Twin Explosion Leaves At Least Five Dead In Maiduguri

maiduguri blastsAt least nine people have died and 24 others injured after two loud explosions rocked Maiduguri around 7:10am on Saturday.

A blast occurred at the Bakassi camp for Internally Displaced Persons while the second went off at the NNPC station along Damboa road in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

Unconfirmed sources say two female suicide bombers detonated the explosives in a gathering of women who were going to the farm.

The injured have been evacuated to hospitals for treatment.

Explosion At Muna Garage

The blasts came barely three weeks after an explosion killed eight with 15 persons injured in Muna garage, Borno State capital, where a suicide bomber was said to have joined a cab before detonating the IED, killing herself and other occupants.

The Police said the ill-fated cab was about joining the convoy of hundreds of vehicles to be escorted by security operatives to the border town of Gamboru Ngala when the explosion occurred.

A witness, Adamu Garbam, said the vehicle had already made moves to join the convoy when the explosion occurred.

The number of casualties was confirmed by the spokesman, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Sani Datti.

No group has claimed responsibility for the Saturday morning twin explosion yet.



NEMA Confirms Eight Killed In Maiduguri Blast

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Remains of Burnt Vehicle At Gambarou, Maiduguri

The National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA) has confirmed that eight people were killed in Wednesday morning’s bomb blast in Muna garage, Maiduguri.

The Public Relations Officer for NEMA, Sani Datti said in a statement that “Eight persons lost their lives, while 15 others who sustained injuries have been taken to specialist and teaching hospitals”.

The suicide bomber reportedly joined a cab before detonating the IED killing herself and other occupants.

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Remains of Burnt Vehicle At Gambarou, Maiduguri

According to the Police Public Relations Officer in Borno State, Victor Isuku, the ill-fated cab was about joining the convoy of hundreds of vehicles to be escorted by security operatives to the border town of Gamboru Ngala when the explosion occurred.

A witness at the Muna garage area, Adamu Garba said the vehicle had already made moves to join the convoy when the explosion occurred.

Maiduguri, NEMA, Military escort

“The car appeared to be coming from custom area towards the garage,” he said

Describing the scene, he said he was trying to park his vehicle when he heard a loud bang.

“We all went flat on the ground. When we got up, we just saw pieces of human parts everywhere and a newborn baby whose mother had obviously died so we picked the child and sought help for the injured”.

Gamboru is an economically strategic town as it borders Central and North Africa from the northeast region of the country.

Previous Attacks

In 2015, the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, had killed at least 10 people in a town in northeast Nigeria, two security sources confirmed to Reuters.

The sources said Boko Haram attacked a settlement on the way into the centre of Gamboru, on the border with Cameroon.

The nearby village of Ngala was also attacked.

However, later in the year 2015, the Nigerian Army appeared to have gained substantial victory in the fight against insurgents in Gamboru-Ngala, Borno state

A statement by the spokesman for the military, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said the troops had reclaimed and started clearing and mopping up patrols in the town.

Fresh Attacks

The attack is coming shortly after the Maiduguri/ Gamboru road was re-opened for civilian passage in July 2016, after nearly three years of closure due to the activities of the insurgents in the area.

The Nigerian Army marked the successful counter insurgency operations by reopening the Dikwa-Mafa-Gamboru road in Borno State.

During this occasion, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, declared the road safe for civilian passage.



Ogun Government Advises Flood Survivors To Relocate

Osun-floodThe Ogun State government has told survivors of flood ravaged communities along the Ogun river bank to relocate in order to avoid being caught unawares by another incident.

The State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye, issued the warning in a statement.

The statement read: “the Ogun State Government wishes to draw the attention of the public to the recent river flooding that has affected some areas in Ifo and Obafemi-Owode Local Government Areas, namely Kara, Isheri, Denro, Akute, Wawa and Warewa”.

Mr Oyeleye, explained that adequate preparations had been made in case of further emergency.

This is after residents complained that the government had not done enough to stem the recurring problem and cried out for their intervention as the flood lingers.

NEMA Warnings

Ogun State is one of the 14 flood-prone areas named in a warning issued by the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA). Some of the States have experienced recurrent flooding.

Flood, Osun State
Flood in Osun State killed one person in September

The flooding incident has also affected various states and communities across Nigeria and as a result, lives and huge amount of property have been lost.

NEMA and various state governments assert that adequate warnings had been sent through various sensitisation avenues. However, some residents of affected areas adamantly refused relocating ahead of the flood incidents, the agency says.

Several affected states have begun counting their losses and forging ahead in attempts to avoid a recurrence.

Osun is one of those states and the government has taken active steps such as dredging waterways to improve the drainage systems.

With NEMA recently opening three new offices in Kano, Adamawa and Edo State, the agency hopes to enhance disaster management operations within Nigeria.

NEMA Opens New Offices In Kano, Adamawa And Edo State

NEMA, KANO, ADAMAWA, EDOThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has opened three new operation offices in Kano, Adamawa and Edo State.

The development is aimed at bringing disaster management operations closer to communities, reducing the response time to disasters in those states.

A statement issued by the Head Media and Public Relations of NEMA, Sani Datti said “NEMA is making conscious efforts to build stakeholders’ capacity and devise an appropriate mechanism to address the various facets of disaster risk reduction, namely- prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery”.

He said to achieve all this, “there is the need for cooperation and collaboration of all stakeholders at the Federal, State, Local Government and Community levels.”

The statement however expressed satisfaction over the fact that members of the public call on the agency for minor incidents.

It said “it is a testimony to the level of confidence placed on the agency by members of the public”.

Speaking on the functionalities of the new offices, the agency said “the offices will be responsible for taking disaster risk reduction to grassroots, capacity building programmes for stakeholders and coordinating government agencies and non- governmental organisations involved in the disaster management in the states”.

The agency commended the efforts of the Kano and Adamawa State governments for donating office spaces and warehouses to facilitate the opening up of the operation offices in both states.

With the creation of Adamawa, Kano and Edo operation offices, the agency now has a total of nine offices and six zonal offices across the country.

Air Force Establishes New Hospital For IDPs In Bama

Sadique Abubakar, Bello Abubakar, Niger, Military
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar,

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has established a hospital in Bama, a town in Borno State, formerly occupied by Boko Haram insurgents, as part of its medical outreach.

Bama is home to 25, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), consisting mostly women and kids.

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, gave the state governor, Mr Kashim Shettima, a tour of the hospital, equipped to meet the health needs of the residents.

The Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the coordinating agency for humanitarian services in the state, believe that collaboration between sister agencies and support from the Nigerian Air Force medical team is responsible for the seamless defeat of malnutrition in the camp.

“The government of Borno State in conjunction with NEMA and the 31 NGOS working together were able to work together. So many tents have been built, water supply has improved and we now have two health facilities and food system has improved to meet the needs of this IDP camp.”

The health facility, initiated by the Nigerian Air Force in Bama, is an extension of the Dalori IDP camp in Maiduguri, which has been conducting surgeries for sick IDPS, at no cost, where necessary.

Explaining the vision behind the Air Force Medical Outreach, Air Chief Abubakar, said he believes that gaining the confidence of locals in the area of operations is key to winning the counter insurgency war.

Bama and Gwoza local councils of Borno State have the highest number of IDPS living in camps and the host communities.

Governor Kashim Shettima has assured that the state government is engaging in fruitful partnerships with the Presidential Initiative for rebuilding North East (PINE) and others, to facilitate the quick return of IDPS and closure of camps.

The Nigerian Air Force is a beneficiary of a N20 million grant from PINE, in support of its medical outreach.

Malnutrition among IDPs in Borno State was first reported in the unofficial camp in Bama Local Council Area.

A large part of the population of the IDPs in the Bama camp are former captives of the insurgents, who regained their freedom following intensive military operations.

At least 3, 000 malnourished persons, mostly kids, had to be evacuated to Maiduguri, the capital city for treatment and proper nutrition.

Nine weeks on, the narrative of the IDPS has changed, as they speak of changes in their diets and improved medicare.

Gohna Alkali, an IDP in the Bama camp said “we are no longer hungry, we now have food. We have doctors here taking care of us, and food and clothes we do not have any problems. They give us spaghetti for breakfast, rice and beans for lunch and semovita for dinner we are grateful to God”, he said.

Flood Destroys 5,300 Houses In Kano

Flood in NigeriaThe Kano State Relief And Emergency Agency (SARERA), has confirmed that at least 5,300 houses have been destroyed by flood in six local government areas of Kano State.

According to the Executive Secretary of the Agency, Mr Aliyu Bashir, the affected local government areas include, Bebeji, Dawakin Kudu, Kiru Shanono, Bagwai and Garun Mallam.

Mr Bashir said over 2,300 houses were affected in Dawakin Kudu, while about 600 houses in each of the remaining five areas were also destroyed by the flood.

He added that officials of the agency have undertaken an assessment visit to all the affected areas, so as to determine the extent of damage caused by the flood.

He further noted that the Kano State Government would come to the aid of the victims as an interim measure, as soon as the agency concludes and submits its report.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) issued a flood alert in certain areas.

The North-West zone of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) also issued a warning that about eight local government areas in Kaduna State are likely to be affected by flood.

The Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Musa Ilalah, gave the warning on Tuesday during an interview with Channels Television.

He explained that the agency had alerted communities living very close to river banks to leave the areas before the floods come.

NEMA Warns Of Impending Flood In 8 Kaduna LGAs

floodingThe North West zone of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued a warning that about eight local government areas in Kaduna State are likely to be affected by flood.

The Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Musa Ilalah, gave the warning on Tuesday during an interview with Channels Television.

He explained that the agency has alerted communities living very close to river banks to leave the areas before the floods come.

He also asked the State government to, as a matter of urgency, embark on a massive sensitization to residents of the affected Communities to see the need of moving away from the flood prone areas.

He further disclosed that the agency has taken all proactive measures to mitigate any flood disaster that may likely occur, warning residents to stop the indiscriminate dumping of refuse inside gutters or buildings along water ways .

House Constitutes Committee To Investigate Attack On Ekiti Community

House-of-RepsThe House of Representatives has resolved to constitute an adhoc Committee to investigate the recent attack on the Oke – Ako Community in Ekiti State by alleged Fulani herdsmen.

In a motion sponsored by Rep Emmanuel Agboola, he expressed concern on the number of lives lost as a result of these frequent attacks adding that it might lead to reprisal attacks if it is not curtailed.

The lawmakers have directed the Inspector – General of Police, Solomon Arase to deploy the police to affected areas and urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to send relief materials to the affected community.

The Committee is to report back to the House within six weeks for further legislative work.

One person was killed and five others injured when herdsmen attacked Oke-Ako community in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

The attack occurred at about 8:00pm local time on Friday, May 21.

An eyewitness alleged that the herdsmen in their numbers invaded the community in the night with guns, bow, arrows, sword, machetes and shot sporadically, leaving Mr Lekan Arossayin dead and five others seriously injured.

Cattle Grazing Banned

The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has banned grazing and cattle rearing in the state.

He made the declaration during his visit to Oke-Ako community and the affected victims.

He asked that anyone interested in the cattle business should build a ranch.

Governor Fayose said that he was also declaring war against the gunmen for killing his people after destroying their farmland and that he would support in any way to protect the people.

Six Dead, 11 Rescued In Lagos Lagoon Boat Accident

boat mishapSix people have died following a boat accident in Lagos on Saturday morning.

It was gathered that the incident occurred after the boat which was conveying 17 people from Badore in the Ajah area of Lagos to Ijedeh in Ikorodu, Lagos State capsized.

The Spokesman of the  National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in the Southwest region, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, told Channels Television through a telephone call that, 13 of the occupants of the boat were rescued while one reportedly died in a hospital in Ajah.

The remaining 12 are said to be receiving treatment in the hospital.

As at the time of the phone call, Mr Farinloye explained how the incident happened.

“We received a distress call at about 10:25am about a boat mishap with 17 passengers on board, immediately we mobilized the Marine Police, National Island Waterways and Lagos State Waterways Agency to search and rescue the victims.”

He explained that the cause of the accident was a pile up of sand along their route which the boat did not see and ran into it.

He added that two more people are yet to be found although there are conflicting reports from the different rescue agencies but he added that “some people are dead while 11 people have been rescued”.

FG To Commence Earnest Return Of IDPs To Their Homes In 2016

Muhammadu-BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja declared that the return of persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency to their home communities will begin in earnest next year.

Speaking at an audience with a delegation from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) led by former British Foreign Minister, Mr. David Miliband, President Buhari said that his administration will do all within its powers to facilitate the quick return and resettlement of over two million IDPs in their towns and villages.

The President told Mr. Miliband and his delegation that the Federal Government will welcome the support of the IRC and other local and international non-governmental organizations for the rehabilitation of IDPs.

“In 2016, the return of the IDPs will start in earnest. They will return to their communities to meet destroyed schools and other infrastructure which we have to be rebuild.

“With agriculture being moribund in the region in the last two years without cropping, hunger is already manifest. We will welcome all the help we can get to assist the returnees,” President Buhari said.

Responding to a request by Mr. Miliband for the Federal Government’s priorities as to the nature of assistance required for the IDPs, the President said that there was an urgent need for support in the areas of agricultural inputs, health, nutrition, water and sanitation.

President Buhari urged the IRC and other international agencies to work with the Presidential Committee on the North-East and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) which, he said, were already doing a lot to cater for the IDPs and restore some basic infrastructure in communities affected by terrorism and insurgency.

Mr. Miliband assured President Buhari that the IRC will intensify its ongoing work in Nigeria which has assisted over 350,000 displaced persons, mainly in Adamawa and Borno states.

He called for an increased security presence in recovered towns and territories, saying that most prospective returnees still feared for their safety on their return home.

Buhari Decorates War Heroes In Yola

Muhammadu-Buhari-in-Yola President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday decorated brave war heroes with a Purple Heart medal, an award given to troops who fought for six months under ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’.

The decoration of the soldiers took place in Yola, during President Buhari’s visit to the State.

President Buhari, on arrival, was received at the Yola International Airport by the Governor of Adamawa State, Senator Mohammad Umaru Jibrilla, the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara and other dignitaries including a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General General Tukur Buratai, before the medals were handed out to the soldiers

The President inspected a guard of honour by the 23rd Armoured Brigade of the Nigeria Army after which he was invited by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, to present the medals to the wounded soldiers.

After decorating the soldiers with the medals, President Buhari expressed his confidence on their ability to end the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in the oil-rich nation’s north-east.

Visit To IDPs Camp In Yola

After the medal presentation, the President visited the Malkohi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Yola in the southern part of Adamawa State.

He told the IDPs that the Boko Haram terrorists do not represent any religion, stressing that the terror group is set to disintegrate Nigeria.

President Buhari described the condition of the IDPs as unfortunate and called on them to remain calm, as the government was working towards returning them to their homes.

The President said: “The government is proactive about rebuilding your Schools, hospitals and homes”.

The chairman of IDPs in Malkohi IDPs camp, Mr Nicholas Samuel, thanked the Federal and State governments for coming to their aid and appealed to the President to facilitate their return to their homes.

Governor Jibrilla had earlier told the President that one of the major concerns of the State government was the welfare and wellbeing of the displaced persons.

The Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Sani Sidi, told the President that at present, the camp had 80 pregnant women and 175 unaccompanied children.

Five Rescued After Three-Storey Building Collapses In Lagos

Collapsed-building-in-Lagos Five people have so far been rescued after a three storey-building collapse in Lagos Island Area of Lagos State, South West, Nigeria.

According to an eye witness report, several people are trapped inside the collapsed building.

The building, which is located on Odun Ifa street by No. 100, Adeniji Adele street, collapsed on Wednesday morning.

An eyewitness, Ajayi Timi, told Channels Television that “we heard the sound of the collapsed building and I had to rush out as a licenced Red Cross officer.

A woman being taken away from the site by rescuers

“We had to mobilise so many rescue officials to come and assist. The LASEMA, State Red Cross, Area Commander of the Police and Fire Brigade, were all contacted”.

He complained of Nigeria’s slow response to emergencies.

An official of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed to Channels Television that no casualty was recorded during the incident.

The cause of the collapse is not yet ascertained.