Three Dead As Bus Plunges Into River

accident1Three people have been reported dead as a luxury bus plunged into Majidun River in Mile 12 area of Lagos in the early hours of Friday.

The bus was said to have been travelling from the eastern part of Nigeria.

rescue operations by emergency officials

Officials of the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA), as well as other agencies on ground, made the confirmation as they carried out rescue operations.

Emergency officials attempting to rescue victims

Explaining how the rescue operation were carried out, the General Manager of LASEMA, Tiamiyu Adesina, stated that the accident occurred at about 4:30 am and his men responded as soon as they were called.

Speaking of what could have resulted in the accident, he said: “The driver probably did not understand the road very well, came to that junction, suddenly applied the brake and of course he lost control and ran into the water.

General Manager (LASEMA) – Tiamiyu Adesina

“The first set of people that we brought out, many of them had injuries which were treated here by our medics team.

“Two people died immediately and we recovered their bodies, we followed up with the recovery of the vehicle, the load is intact and we are trying to take record of the luggage that were found in the bus.

“But shortly before I came here, another body was recovered from the water bed; so in total we have three dead bodies”.

World Humanitarian Day: UN Urges Support For Nigeria’s IDPs

UNThe United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator and United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Mr Daouda Toure, have urged the international community to scale up support for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria’s north-east.

Mr Toure made the appeal against the backdrop of the 2015 World Humanitarian Day.

The UN Representative also underscored the challenges of access to IDPs in the troubled regions, owing to heightened insecurity.

He noted that the issue of access must be addressed by the government to ensure greater development, investment and reconstruction of the north-east region.

It is recorded that the insurgency and violence in places like Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States have displaced nearly 1.5 million people from their communities, which is almost the populations of some states in Nigeria.

Their displacement was caused by acts of terrorism by members of the Boko Haram sect. They are trying to establish and Islamic State and end western education in the region.

The UN against the 2015 World Humanitarian Day, canvassed for greater reinforcement against such abhorring act.

The Director General of the National Emergency Management Authority, Sanni Sidi, however noted, the dwindling support in the country towards the IDPs, which is a long way to solving the underlying challenge in the north-east.

Just as the Federal Government has promised to end insurgency in three months, the military and a host of other stakeholders have stressed the need for the wherewithal to be equally made available.

Over 3,000 IDPs Relocated To Yola Camp

Borno idpsMore than 3,000 out of the over 12,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) deported from Cameroon have been settled into the IDPs camp in Yola, Adamawa State capital.

The displaced persons were evacuated from an abandoned brick factory by the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) and taken to the camp in Yola.

On arrival at the camp, the displaced person were documented and provided with relief materials.

The Director, Search and Rescue in the agency, Commodore Charles Ofegede (Rtd) gave a breakdown of the exercise, but not everyone agreed with him.

Some of the displaced persons also shared their experiences while in Cameroon.

On their part, the security operatives deployed for the exercise identified seven persons out of the returnees for questioning.