Fire At Dubai Port After Loud Explosion

 

 

A fire that broke out on a container ship in Dubai’s main port following a blast has been bought under control with no casualties reported, the emirate’s media office said Thursday.

At least three residents in the area of the blast, the cause of which remains unknown, reported windows and doors in their homes were shaken as a result of the incident.

“A fire caused by an explosion within a container on board a ship at Jebel Ali Port has been brought under control; no casualties have been reported,” the Dubai Media Office wrote on Twitter.

The post was accompanied by video of firefighters tackling the blaze on a large vessel stacked with containers, identical except for their logos, as the flames scattered detritus over the quayside.

An AFP correspondent at the scene said there was a helicopter circling overhead as smoke rose from the tightly secured facility.

The port is capable of handling aircraft carriers and was the US Navy’s busiest port of call outside of the United States in 2017, according to the US’ Congressional Research Service.

Such events are a rarity in the ultra-secure Gulf emirate, one of seven which make up the wealthy United Arab Emirates.

 

A fireball is seen after an explosion at the Jebel Ali port in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 7, 2021.

 

– ‘Saw the windows shaking’ –
“I was outside on my balcony. My friend saw something yellow coming (like) the sun. I took the picture and after (there was) a sound,” said intern Clemence Lefaix, who is staying near the blast site and posted a photo of a bright orange light against the night sky in front of apartment buildings.

A resident of Dubai’s Marina district, close to the Jebel Ali port, told AFP they “saw the windows shaking”.

“I have been living here for 15 years and this is the first time I’ve seen and heard this,” they said.

The port of Jebel Ali handled 14.1 million TEU in 2019, a 5.6 percent decline, but still leaving it among the top 10 globally.

There are 8,000 companies based at the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) which contributed a whopping 23 percent of Dubai’s gross domestic product last year. It is the Middle East’s largest trade zone.

The glitzy Gulf emirate of Dubai transformed itself over 50 years from a sleepy port town to a regional travel, trade and financial services centre.

The city state is now home to more than three million people, mostly foreigners, compared with only 15,000 inhabitants in the 1950s.

Unlike Abu Dhabi, the leading member of the UAE that sits on a large wealth of petroleum, Dubai has dwindling oil resources and has worked to develop non-oil industries, diversifying into services.

Fire Engulfs Specialist Hospital Store In Adamawa

Adamawa is a state in Nigeria's north-east region.
A map of Adamawa, a state in Nigeria’s north-east region.

 

A fire outbreak has razed down a store that contains hospital beds, mattresses and other items at a Specialist Hospital in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

The incident started in the early hours of Monday as some eyewitnesses said they noticed a bellow of smoke from the direction of the hospital.

They quickly rushed to the area only to discover that the building was already ablaze.

Although firefighters were quickly contacted, all efforts to save the building were unsuccessful as nothing could be salvaged from the building.

Six Vehicles Razed As Hoodlums Attack INEC Enugu Office

Some of the burnt vehicles in the INEC Enugu office.

 

Six vehicles have been razed with two others damaged following an attack on the Enugu State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by hoodlums.

INEC Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye who disclosed the attack via a statement on Monday said the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, reported that the incident happened on Sunday night.

“Some unidentified persons overpowered the security personnel on duty around 9.00 pm and tried to set the entire building ablaze. The attention of the security agencies, as well as the Federal and State Fire Services in Enugu, was drawn to the unfolding situation and they responded swiftly,” he said.

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“The attackers set the foyer ablaze, vandalised some offices in the main building and caused extensive damage to some of the Commission’s movable assets within the premises.

“Six utility pick up vehicles (Toyota Hilux) were burnt down while two more were smashed and damaged. The security agencies who were at the scene have commenced an investigation.”

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INEC offices have been witnessing series of attacks by unknown persons lately with the most recent happening a few days ago.

 

On Thursday, INEC’s office in Enugu was also involved in a fire incident. However, the remote cause of the inferno is yet unclear.

Also last week, the Commission’s office in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State was set ablaze by hoodlums on Sunday night, a week after the Commission’s Headquarters in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State was also razed by unknown persons.

The Commission has lamented the spate of attacks on its facilities, noting that it portends danger to national electoral activities.

Following the ugly incidents, INEC said it would hold an emergency meeting with all Resident Electoral Commissioners across the states over attacks on its offices.

INEC To Hold Emergency Meeting Over Attack On Offices

A file photo of INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will hold an emergency meeting with all Resident Electoral Commissioners across the states over attacks on its offices.

INEC Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, made this known in a statement issued on Friday, adding that all RECs would be summoned in Abuja on May 19.

The Commission’s office in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State was set ablaze by hoodlums on Sunday night, a week after the Commission’s Headquarters in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, was also razed by unknown persons.

On Thursday, INEC’s office in Enugu was also involved in a fire incident. However, the remote cause of the inferno is yet unclear.

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The commission had decried the unfortunate incidents, describing the situation as worrisome.

“Following the attack in Abia State, the commission resolved to convene an emergency meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security next week to discuss this disturbing trend. The latest destruction of the commission’s physical infrastructure and electoral facilities in Enugu State calls for an immediate review of the measures necessary to secure INEC’s assets across the states,” the statement partly read.

“Consequently, the Commission is convening an emergency meeting with all the Resident Electoral Commissioners on Wednesday, 19th May 2021, in Abuja ahead of the meeting of ICCES.

“Meanwhile, the commission is determined to continue to discharge its responsibilities, including the conclusion of the expansion of voters’ access to Polling Units, resumption of the Continuous Voter Registration, capacity-building activities, the review of the draft Strategic Plan 2022-2026, engagement with stakeholders as well as all scheduled and pending elections.”

 

Fire Guts INEC Office In Enugu

 

A map of Enugu state in the south-east.
A map of Enugu state in the southeast.

 

The Enugu office of the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been gutted by the fire.

The spokesman of the state police command, Daniel Ndukwe confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday.

Mr. Ndukwe stated that preliminary investigation suggests that the fire, which was eventually put out before it could spread to other offices may have been caused by a power surge.

According to him, It’s not certain the level of damage this may have caused but the state Police Commissioner has ordered the cordoning off of the scene and launch of a thorough investigation to further ascertain the actual cause of the fire and damages incurred.

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FIRE INCIDENT AT INEC OFFICE IN OBOLLO-AFOR: CP ORDERS THE CONDUCT OF THOROUGH INVESTIGATION TO ASCERTAIN CAUSE OF THE FIRE OUTBREAK AND DAMAGES INCURRED

Following a distress call received at Udenu Police Divisional Headquarters of Enugu State Command on 13/05/2021 at about 2140hrs, alleging that there was a fire outbreak at the Obollo-Afor Office of the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Udenu L.G.A. of the State, Operatives attached to the Division immediately raced to the scene, while contacting Fire Service Office in the area to promptly put out the fire.

The affected portion of the office

 

2. Preliminary investigation suggests that the fire, which was eventually put out before it could spread to other offices around the building, through the combined efforts of the State Fire Service, the Police, and law-abiding citizens, may have been caused by a power surge due to sudden power supply to the building.

3. Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, psc, has ordered the cordoning off of the scene and launch of a thorough investigation to further ascertain the actual cause of the fire outbreak and damages incurred.

ASP DANIEL NDUKWE, Anipr
Police Public Relations Officer
FOR: Commissioner of Police
Enugu State Command

Fire Razes INEC Office In Akwa Ibom

The INEC office in Essien Udim Local Government Area was gutted by fire on May 2, 2021.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Essien Udim Local Government Area has been gutted by fire.

INEC Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a statement issued on Sunday.

He said INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini, reported that the inferno occurred in the early hours of today.

“Our security guard on duty escaped unhurt but the destruction to the building and properties therein was extensive,” the statement partly read.

“Items destroyed include 345 ballot boxes, 135 voting cubicles, megaphones, water tanks and office furniture.

“The police, which have also been battling with attacks on its facilities and personnel in the area, is aware of the incident and has commenced an investigation.”

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Okoye recalled that on the eve of the 2019 general elections, the newly constructed prototype LGA office in Ibesikpo Asutan was burnt down while two more offices of the Commission in Mkpat Enin and Eastern Obolo LGAs were bombed.

The INEC National Commissioner lamented that the recent attack on the electoral umpire after a recently concluded inventory of material.

He regretted that the ugly incident is coming as the electoral body prepares for the conduct of the 2023 general elections.

Okoye added, “If unchecked, these attacks may constitute a setback on the Commission’s preparations, including the ongoing conversion of Voting Points to Polling Units, the forthcoming Continuous Registration of Voters (CVR) exercise and the conduct of polls.

“Nevertheless, the Commission wishes to assure Nigerians that we will leave no stone unturned to recover from the  incident in Akwa Ibom State as we continue to prepare for all electoral activities.”

Gunmen Attack Governor Uzodinma’s House In Imo

 

Gunmen have attacked the country home of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma in Omuma, Oru East Local Government Area of the state

They were said to have invaded the governor’s village house in the early hours of Saturday, before torching it.

The Commissioner of Information in the state, Declan Emelumba, confirmed the attack to Channels Television via a telephone conversation.

 

He however explained that the attack was repelled by a combined team of security operatives attached to the house.

“Gallant security operatives this morning repelled an attack on the Omuma country home of the governor of Imo State, Sen Hope Uzodimma,” he said via a statement.

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A photo combination of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma and his country home in Omuma, Oru East Local Government Area of the state.

 

“At about 9 am today, Saturday, April 24th, a group of hoodlums numbering about 15 driving in a motorcade of three vehicles accompanied by a tipper loaded with used tyres, stormed the country home of the governor in Omuma,  Oru East  LGA and attempted to burn down the house.

 

“However, vigilant security operatives attached to the Governor’s house successfully repelled the attack and consequently minimised the damage they had planned to unleash.

“In the crossfire that ensued a few casualties were recorded.  Preliminary investigation suggests that the foiled attack may have been politically sponsored.”

The commissioner noted that security agencies have been asked to investigate the incident, promptly apprehend the sponsors and their agents and bring them to justice

Although it could not be ascertained if there was any loss of life, reports say two security operatives were killed during the attack.

 

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but sources alleged that the attackers are suspected members of the Eastern Security Network of IPOB.

According to eyewitnesses, one security detail in the compound was shot in the process.

The attack comes barely 24 hours after Governor Uzodinma accused politicians of funding banditry to run down the present administration.

Briefing reporters shortly after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja, the governor condemned the recent attacks by armed bandits on communities, especially in the northern part of the country, challenged the security agencies to urgently reveal the names of their sponsors.

He also condemned the call for secession, stressing that criminals particularly in Imo were a combination of individuals within and outside the state.

Imo State has been experiencing series of attacks lately.

Fire Guts INEC Data Processing Unit In Kano

The Kano State Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was on Tuesday gutted by fire.

The data processing unit was burnt down to ashes while the main building is still intact as men of the Fire Service tried to put the fire out.

Men of the Fire Service put out the fire at the INEC office in Kano

Although the cause of the fire has not been ascertained.

A staff of the commission assured that all hope is not lost as the burnt data can be retrieved from the national headquarters in Abuja.

An investigation is still ongoing to know the cause of fire and measures taken to forestall a repeat of such incident.

A photo of a burnt section

UPDATED: Seven Confirmed Dead In Benue Tanker Explosion

The scene of a tanker explosion in Oshigbudu, Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State on April 18, 2021.

 

 

Seven persons have been confirmed dead following a tanker explosion in Oshigbudu, Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State.

The Executive Secretary of the Benue State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Emmanuel Shior confirmed this to Channels Television on Sunday in Makurdi, the state capital.

He said about 50 houses were destroyed from the information he got the local government chairman, adding that a detailed assessment would be carried out tomorrow when he visits the scene of the explosion.

Shior conveyed the condolences of the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom who he said, has directed for a comprehensive audit of the fire incident and report back.

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He also commiserated with those who lost their loved ones and properties to the fire.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Youths and Sports and an indigene of the area, Ojotu Ojeme, had confirmed the incident via his Facebook post.

He also commiserated with the victims of the explosion, calling on the government at all levels and spirited individuals to help residents of the area.

“The fire inferno at Oshugbudu in Agatu local Government, my local government of origin today, 18-04-2021 which has claimed so many lives and destroyed properties yet to be quantified, is the Chief of all the calamities that have fallen us this year,” he said.

“As I pray  God to comfort the good people of Agatu and most especially those directly involved, over the lost, I wish to call on Government at all levels and spirited individuals to come to our aids in order to drastically reduce the effect of the disaster on the people. Once again may God grant us the fortitude to bear the huge loss.”

This comes amid an amateur video sent by an eyewitness which showed many houses, shops and properties were also destroyed in the inferno.

Agatu local government area is some four hours drive from Makurdi, the Benue State capital and help from this axis is unlikely as the fire is believed to have gone out of control.

Many residents of the area called for help from relevant authorities to come to their rescue as the only fire station is in Otukpo Local Government Area, a one hour thirty minutes drive from the scene of the fire.

 

 

Buhari Mourns Children Killed In Niger School Fire

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned over 20 schoolchildren killed in a fire incident in Niamey, Niger Republic.

Buhari in a statement issued on Friday by his spokesman Garba Shehu, commiserated with the government and people of the Niger Republic, describing the tragedy as extremely terrific.

“On behalf of the government and people of Nigeria, we commiserate with our brotherly neighbours on this tragic loss,” a message to President Mohammed Bazoum read.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and communities affected by this unfortunate incident, wishing quick recovery to those who were injured.”

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No fewer than 20 children died on April 13 after they were trapped in a fire at a school in the country’s capital.

According to eyewitnesses, the fire started late on Tuesday afternoon when the children were in lessons, many in straw-hut classrooms.

The flames blocked the school gate, so most pupils had to escape over a wall, said a teacher’s union official quoted by Reuters.

Most of those who did not manage to escape were attending the school’s nursery, officials say.

Presidency Denies Report Of Fire Outbreak In Presidential Villa

A file photo of Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu
A file photo of Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu

 

The presidency has dismissed some media reports suggesting that a fire outbreak was recorded inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, said there was no fire within the seat of power.

“I would like to clarify that there was no fire inside the Presidential Villa,” the presidential spokesman said 24 hours after an online medium reported a fire outbreak at the Presidential Villa, causing confusion among workers.

“In the evening of Saturday, March 6, a fire broke out burning shrubs between the outer wire fence and walls surrounding the Villa, precisely in the area between the Villa and the Barracks, towards Asokoro.

“The fire, as being speculated, might have started from a passer-by dropping a burning cigarette. The Federal Fire Service will ascertain the reason for it when they complete their investigation.

“It suffices to say that this bush fire, which started and ended outside the perimeter walls of the Villa, was seamlessly contained by fire stations of the State House and the one nearby from the Federal Fire Service. No loss of life, no loss whatsoever to building and property was recorded.”

Fire Destroys Shops At Kaduna Automobile Market

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s north-west region.

 

Several shops at the popular Jos road auto spare parts market at the Oriapata area in Kaduna State have been gutted by fire.

Although the cause of the fire which began in the early hours of Friday is yet to be ascertained, traders and residents of the area told Channels Television that the fire started from one of the shops which also has some tenants inside the compound, and later spread to nearby shops.

The leadership of the Automobile Spare Parts Dealers Association said the fire outbreak has negatively affected the traders whose goods were lost in the inferno.

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President of the Kaduna Automobile Spare parts Dealers Association, Cyprian Eneje, appealed to the Kaduna State Government to come to the aid of the victims to enable them to start a normal life.

Presently, Kaduna State and other parts of the northern region are experiencing severe harmattan weather.

During this period,  incidents of fire outbreak usually occur either at the markets or in the homes