Armed Bandits Invade 17 Communities, Kill Five In Niger

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Gunmen have reportedly attacked 17 communities in Rafi and Shiroro Local Government Areas of Niger State, killing five persons and abducting 33 others.

According to the State Emergency Management Agency, the incident occurred on Thursday last week, but information about it reached the agency at the weekend.

The Public Relations Officer of the agency, Ibrahim Audu said about 4000 persons were also been displaced as a result of the attacks and are currently taking shelter in temporary camps provided by the state government at Kagara Central Primary School and Pandogari Primary School, in Rafi council.

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He said that the state government had provided some palliatives in the form of food items and sleeping materials, adding that relief materials would be distributed to the affected people within the week.

“NSEMA has activated the temporal camps with profiling of the affected persons and Health personnel have been deployed to the two camps.”

The state government has directed provision of all requirements for camp operation,” he said.The attack is believed to have been carried out by armed bandits suspected to be fleeing Kaduna State which shares borders with the two local government areas.

Flood Victims In Niger State Appeal For Resettlement Support

flood victims, Niger state, resettlement supportFlood victims in over 25 communities, mainly rice farmlands, in Ketso local government area of Niger state, that were ravaged with flood, have pleaded for an urgent government intervention.

They also appealed to international organizations to urgently come to their aid in order to curb the impact of the annual flood that has destroyed several farmlands and other valuables.

Ketso the home town of Niger state Deputy Governor, Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, is situated at the bank of River Niger, and has witnessed annual flooding.

Several houses, public buildings and farm produce were said to have been destroyed in the area, leaving residents in abject poverty.

The District Head of the village, Alhaji Yahaya Abdullahi, speaking to Channels Television, disclosed that they were ready for resettlement but are seeking the government’s support in the resettlement process.

He explained that Ketso has 25 other villages under it that were persistently ravaged by flood annually, which had been more devastating due to their location.

However, the village head stated that the first thing to do was to acquire a Certificate Of Occupancy (C of O) of the land allocated to them from Mokwa.

Mr Abdullahi decried that since the construction of Kanji and Jebba Dams, the community had continued to experience more devastating flood incidents, adding that the people upstream were compensated while the downstream of the dam communities, were left on their own to suffer the hardship it had created.

An indigene of the village, Hassan Umar Sonfada also revealed that the people of the area now live in poverty due to the devastating effect of the continues flood on the people, a situation that calls for concern by all.

Sonfada said that the people are ready to relocate to the land allocated to them at Gbedoti in Mokwa local government but handicapped as a result of lack of C of O, which would authenticate their settlement, avoiding future land tussle from the original owners.

He lamented that although the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), had brought relief items such as rice, maize and mosquito nets, they were however insufficient.

Furthermore, he added that they were vulnerable to all kinds of water borne diseases and infections, due to lack of good drinking water and toilet facilities.

The Director General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency(NSEMA), Ahmed Ibrahim Inga, on the other hand, said that huge sums of money had been spent on providing succor for the victims.

According to him, there had been procurement of drugs, food stuffs, building materials, clothing materials, bed covers, blankets, mattresses, as well as outright cash gifts and provision of temporary camps for the victims of the flood disasters in parts of the state.

Niger State Governor Wades Into Pandogari Crisis

Niger State, Abubakar Bello, Beji ElectrificationThe Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, has asked the people of Pandogori in Rafi Local government Area of Niger State to exercise restrain over the crisis that erupted in the community.

This call was contained in a statement by the spokesman for the Governor, Jibrin Baba Ndace.

The Governor advised residents of the community, the state and indeed the country to abstain from giving the incidence a religious or tribal coloration.

“It will be a disservice and an attempt to overheat the polity if the incidence in Pandogari is given religious or tribal colouration. We must exercise restraint in our actions as well as comments on traditional and online media. It is neither a religious or tribal crisis,” he stressed.

The Governor also expressed displeasure over the outcome of the incident, insisting that it was always better for various stakeholders to pursue the path of dialogue, consultation and peaceful resolution of any conflict, than resulting to violence.

“Pursuing the path of peace, dialogue is cheaper and safer than violence. Violence is a distraction and costly path in any society. That is why I always sue for peace in our communities across the state,” he stated.

Mr Bello emphasised that the State was known for peace and that the incidence in Pandogari was an isolated case of breakdown of law and order which security agencies had been directed to maintain law and order and to ensure protection of lives and property in line with their constitutional role.

“I have directed the security agencies to ensure that law and order is maintained within Pandogari and its environs. Any one person or group of persons found to be involved in any act capable of causing further crisis will be dealt with according to law,” he told reporters.

He said that the Niger State government had set up an investigative panel to establish immediate and remote causes of the crisis.

The Governor also directed top government officials to visit Pandogari for on the spot assessment of the crisis.

“I have directed Deputy Governor, Mr Mohammed Ahmed Ketso, Secretary to State Government, SSG, Alhaji Umar Shehu Danyaya, Commissioner of Finance, Mr Ibrahim Balarabe, Commissioner for Local Government, Mr Kabir Abbas, member , Niger State House of Assembly, representing the area, Danlami Bako to visit Pandogari today (Wednesday).

“Also to be part of the visit are Special Adviser Security, Brigadier General Imam rtd, Director General Niger State Emergency Management Agency, NSEMA, Mr Ibrahim Inga, Chairman Rafi Local government, Mr Gambo Abubakar Bojo, representative of Emir of Kagara, Galadima Kagara, Mr Abubakar Katako, representative of Brigade Commander, representative of Police Commissioner and other security agencies.

Governor Bello then assured Niger residents of his determination to ensure peace and security in the state and urged all stakeholders to support government’s resolve in that direction.

Collapsed Wall Kills Two In Niger State

Building CollapseTwo persons have been killed in Niger State after a collapsed wall hit a room they were in.

The incident occurred in Kwamba, Suleja Local Government Area.

In a statement issued in confirmation of the incident, the Director General Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Ahmed Inga, said a seven-day old child and another seven-year old girl were victims.

Mr Inga said that the incident occurred at about 9:30pm local time on May 11.

He also stated that the mother of the two deceased minors was also injured in the incident.

The naming ceremony of the seven-day old deceased had been schedule to take place on May 12.

“The owner of the collapsed wall was given warning by his neighbours of the poor structure of the wall, but refused to yield to the advice.

“It was not windstorm that lead to the collapse of the fence but the sub-standard materials used in the construction of the fences,” the statement read.

The mother of the deceased is responding to treatment, Mr Mr Inga also stated.

According to the NSEMA official, the government would take full responsibility of her medical treatment.

He also appealed to the public to respect government laws, stressing that appropriate punishment awaited any act of negligence displayed by owners of building or the contractor.

Mr Inga also made a cash support of 50,000 Naira to the mother of the deceased on behalf of the State Governor, Mr Abubakar Bello, for medical treatment.

He prayed that God would grant the deceased eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

NSEMA Distributes Relief Materials To Flood Victims

nsemaThe Niger State Emergency Management Agency, NSEMA on Wednesday, begun the distribution of relief materials to 16 local governments affected by flood in 2015.

The Niger State Deputy Governor, Ahmed Ketso, at the flag off ceremony, said that it cost the state government a sum of 50 million Naira to package the relief materials for the 16 affected local governments in the state.

Mr Ketso stated that the materials were meant to cushion the effect of the flood on the life’s of the victims.

He, however, warned the handling officials to ensure that the materials got to the persons they were meant for.

The Director General of Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Inga, also assured the Governor that measures had been put in place to ensure effective distribution of the relief materials through their Local Government Desk Officers, who took record of the victims.

Mr Inga told reporters that the materials distributed include; two trucks of cement and rice each (1,200) respectively, 500 bags of maize, 300 bags of garri and 200 roofing sheets.

Others were 200 jerrycans of Palm oil and groundnut oil each, 200 cartons of salt and 4,400 cartons of food seasoning.

The Chairman of Bida Local Government Area, Baba Indaman, represented by Umaru Gbate, who received the goods on behalf of other councils, assured the affected persons of a judicious distribution of the materials.

Mr Gbate expressed happiness over the gesture from the state government noting that mechanism has been put in place for onward distribution through their ward chairmen, who would hand the items over to them, with the record available to them.

Fire Guts Abdulkadir Kure Market In Minna

fireFire has gutted Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure Ultra Modern Market in Minna, the capital of Niger State on Sunday.

Properties worth billions of Naira were destroyed including cash. 50 shops were completely burnt down.

The incident occurred at around 1AM on Sunday morning and was blamed on the use of generators because as at the time of the incident, there was no light from the normal electricity supply channel.

Some of the affected victims in an interview with Channels Television expressed shock over the incident describing it as very unfortunate.

Mr Babale Abubakar disclosed that the marketers had earlier complained about inability to access roads in case of incidents like this adding that the fire service men came, but they couldn’t do anything.

Investigation revealed that most of the victims lost millions of Naira in cash due to public holidays and weekend as they could not go to the bank for deposits within the period while expressing bitterness over lack of fire fighting equipment in the market for prompt response.

One of the affected victims, who lost about 40 million Naira cash in foreign currency (Dollars), Mr Salisu, was said to have collapsed on his arrival at the market and was rushed to an unidentified hospital for urgent attention.

But an eyewitness told Channels Television that Salisu had changed the currency so as to travel to Togo between Saturday and Sunday (January 2 and 3) to purchase goods.

The victims, however, appealed to the State Government and relevant agencies, to as a matter of urgency, come to their aid with the view of cushioning the effect.

They called on the state government to also help them renovate the building and assist them financially.

“We are appealing to government at every level and other relevant bodies to please assist us renovate the shops urgently before other assistance can be rendered, so that we can start afresh because we lost everything” one of the victims said.

The Niger State Deputy Governor, Ahmed Ketso, had earlier visited the market to sympathize with the affected victims, where he held a meeting with the Executive of the market, National Emergency Management Agency and Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) to take inventory of what was lost in each of the shops with the view of coming to their aid.

Mr Ketso directed them to compile the list and access everything through Chanchaga Local Government Area to the NSEMA, which would be forwarded to the state government immediately for appropriate action.

He also urged them to take it with good faith praying that such will not happen again.

Gas Explosion Kills One, Injures Two In Minna

Gas ExplosionAnother gas explosion has occurred but this time in Minna, the capital of Niger State in Nigeria.

The incident occurred around 11:30am and killed an attendant identified as Sani Adewale who was refilling a gas cylinder.

The gas shop, located near a second generation bank, had just opened for the day’s business when neighbours heard a loud explosion.

It was gathered that many residents along Bosso road in Minna took to their heels, while those who were courageous enough approached the shop to find out what was happening.

The body, suspected to be the owner of the shop, was found mutilated on the floor of the shop with two other people also injured.

The resulting fire was brought under control by the combined efforts of the Police and Fire Service, including the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Niger State Emergency Management Authority (NSEMA).

A combined security team also arrived the scene and condoned off the part of the dual carriage Bosso road under Chanchaga Local Government Area of the state.

The Chairman of the local government, Mohammed Ndanusa, commended the efforts of security agencies, NSEMA and the State Zonal Coordinator of NEMA for the prompt responses.

He condoled with the family of late Mr Sani Adewale and prayed that God would grant him eternal rest.

The Zonal Coordinator of NEMA in the state said that effort were being put in place to relocate all those selling gas within residential areas to less populated areas to avoid further occurrence.

The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Bala Elkana, also confirmed the incident and the death of Mr Sani Adewale.

Less than a week before this, eight people had been killed and several others injured following a gas explosion at a gas plant in Nnewi, Anambra State.

The incident occurred around midday on Thursday, December 24 when a consignment of gas was about being transferred to the company’s dump, due to leakage, there was a massive explosion which quickly spread to nearby houses wreaking havoc.

The fire left bodies of victims burnt beyond recognition.

Eleven Die In Boat Mishap in Niger State

edo-state-boat-accident-300x215Eleven people have died in a boat mishap in Garafina village in Borugu Local Government Area of Niger State.

The boat with 18 people on board capsized when it hit a tree covered by water.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television via Telephone, the spokesman for the Niger State Emergency Agency (NSEMA), Abubakar Mohammed, said the incident happened on Monday night.

The deceased have been buried according to Islamic rites while the seven survivors are receiving treatment at Borugu General Hospital.

Investors are beginning to take advantage of Nigeria’s waterways by introducing ferries that convey passengers from one location to another, but after a boat mishap in Lagos few months ago, the government advised passengers to ensure that they use passengers life vest.

Several boats lack necessary facilities that could help safe lives when accidents occur.

Flood claims two more lives in Niger state

Two more people have been killed by flood in Lapia local government area of Niger state, making the total lives lost to the rampaging flood in the state to 49.

Speaking to Channels Television in Minna, the Director General of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Mr Mohammed Shaba, explained that 17 years old Isa Mako and 11 years old, Safiya Nakoje of Egba village were returning from their daily farm work when the flood which had ravage the whole community carried them away.

Their corpses were later discovered outside the village square, 24 hours later by a search and rescue team of the local government council.

Mr Shaba further stated that over 6000 persons had been rendered homeless in 37 communities across the state by the flood which he claimed has overwhelmed both the local and the state government.

VIDEO:Flood ravages Nigerian central and eastern cities

Thousands of people across the country have been rendered homeless by the recent floods ravaging the north-central part of Nigeria.

The overflow of River Niger has caused massive flooding in Kogi, Edo, Niger and Anambra states, displacing over a million people, destroying properties worth millions of Naira including highway road and bridges, as a number of lives are reported lost.

The thousands that are lucky to be alive are now internally displaced people (IDP).

The director-general, Niger State Emergency Agency (NSEMA), Alhaji Mohammed Shaba has declared that “the flood has overwhelmed the state government.”

The flood has also divided the country into two parts as the water flooded the Lokoja-Abuja road, making it impossible for travellers to move from the southern part to the northern part of the country.

Many travellers were shocked when on getting to Lokoja, they discovered that they could only get to the other side by canoe.

However the director general of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET ) Dr Anthony Anuforom, noted that “the worst is not over yet.”

NIMET however says more rains are expected which would likely cause more floods in different parts of the country.

The meteorological agency warns that the high level of flooding currently spread across most parts of the central states will soon find its way to the southern part of Nigeria; this is according to the Nigerian meteorology