Nine Dead In Jos Building Collapse, Rescue Operations Ongoing

Nine persons have been confirmed dead while two others have been rescued after a building collapsed in Jos, Plateau State.

The three-storey building collapsed on Butcher Street, Dilimi area of Jos North Local Government Area on Monday evening.

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The figure was confirmed by NEMA’s Head of Rescue Operations, North Central, Mr Nurudeen Musa. He noted that the rescue operation is still ongoing with evacuator machinery mobilised to the site of the collapse.

The joint rescue effort is being carried out by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Plateau State Emergency Agency (SEMA), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officers, the fire brigade, police officers and members of the Nigerian Red Cross Society.

The search and rescue operators, however, lamented that their operation is been hindered by the crowd.

 

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30 Killed, Dozens Injured As Triple Suicide Bombing Rocks Borno

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Thirty people were killed in a triple suicide bombing attributed to Boko Haram jihadists in Borno State.

Emergency services say the bombings took place late on Sunday, June the 16th.

Three bombers detonated their explosives outside a hall in Konduga, 38 kilometres (24 miles) from the Borno state capital Maiduguri, where football fans were watching a match on TV.

“The death toll from the attack has so far increased to 30. We have over 40 people injured,” Usman Kachalla, head of operations at the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said on Monday.

An earlier toll from the blasts, the bloodiest in months, gave 17 dead and 17 wounded.

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The attack happened around 9:00 pm (1800 GMT), Ali Hassan, the leader of a self-defence group in the town, said.

The owner of hall prevented one of the bombers from entering the packed venue.

“There was a heated argument between the operator and the bomber who blew himself up,” Hassan said by phone.

Two other bombers who had mingled among the crowd at a tea stall nearby also detonated their suicide vests.

Hassan said most of the victims were from outside the soccer viewing centre.

“Nine people died on the spot, including the operator, and 48 were injured,” Hassan said.

Kachala said the high number of fatalities was because emergency responders had been unable to reach the site of the blast quickly.

Nor were they equipped to deal with large numbers of wounded.

“Lack of an appropriate health facility to handle such huge emergency situation and the delay in obtaining security clearance to enable us deploy from Maiduguri in good time led to the high death toll,” he said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack bore the imprint of Boko Haram, which has led a decade-long campaign to establish a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria.

The last suicide attack was in April this year when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the garrison town of Monguno, killing a soldier and a vigilante and injuring another soldier.

Konduga has been repeatedly targeted by suicide bombers from a Boko Haram faction loyal to longtime leader Abubakar Shekau.

The faction typically carries out suicide attacks against soft civilian targets such as mosques, markets and bus stations, often using young women and girls as bombers.

The jihadists are believed to sneak into the town from the group’s haven in nearby Sambisa forest.

Eight worshippers were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in the town last July.

Boko Haram insurgency has claimed 27,000 lives and forced some two million to flee their homes.

The violence has spilled into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting the formation of a regional military coalition to battle the insurgents.

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Alleged Theft: EFCC Arrests Gombe SEMA Top Official, Others

Alleged Theft: EFCC Arrests Gombe SEMA Top Official, Others
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has arrested the Secretary to Gombe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr Danlami Rukuje.

Rukuje was arrested by operatives of the Gombe EFCC Zonal office for his alleged involvement in the diversion of materials meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

A statement issued Wednesday by the agency’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said the arrest followed a tip-off received by the Intelligence and Special Operations Section (ISOS) of the office.

“The materials, which include cans of paints and bags of cement meant as building materials donated to the state by the Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiatives (PCNI), never made it to the IDP camps.

“Investigations revealed that they were, instead, diverted to other areas including markets, for sale. A team of operatives acting on the information immediately swung into action and located shops where the materials were being sold,” the anti-graft agency said.

It added that operatives also raided the Gombe State Fertiliser Grinding Plant where some of the materials were reportedly kept.

“A store keeper at the state’s Emergency Agency, Isa Garba, was subsequently arrested.

“Further investigations led to the arrest of a staff of the state’s Fertiliser Grinding Plant, Mu’azu Suleman KT,” the commission said.

The EFCC said the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

Death Toll In Niger Attack Rises To 27

The death toll in the attack at Epogi Community in the Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State, has risen to 27.

This was disclosed by the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on Tuesday.

The Director-General of the Agency, Ibrahim Inga, told reporters in Minna that 21 people were killed during the attack, while three bodies were recovered from a river.

He also noted that three other victims died at the Federal Medical Centre, Bida, bringing the total number of deaths to 27.

The attackers were reported to have swooped on them while they were praying in a mosque, killing everyone, including the imam.

The gunmen were reported to have left women and children with various degrees of injury.

The incident is believed to be a reprisal after the killing of a herdsman following a disagreement over a piece of land between some Fulani youths and members of the community.

The state police spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana, who confirmed the incident, said the retaliatory attack was unexpected as the issue surrounding the killing of the herdsman had earlier been resolved.

Two Children Killed In IDP Camp Fire Accident

Fire Outbreak Victims Count Losses In Enugu StateTwo children have died in a fire disaster that broke out in an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Jere local government of Borno state.

The ill-fated camp, located in an area called Khurso Bashir, is only few kilometers to Maiduguri and is one of the unofficial settlements for displaced persons in the host community.

Witnesses say the fire, which reportedly started on Friday afternoon, spread fast as a result of the dried stalks used in erecting the tents.

At least 400 families reportedly lost their homes to the fire before men of the State Fire Service arrived the scene to prevent further spread.

Sources at the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said some of the IDPs are from Marte and Mafa areas of the state, while others are migrants from smaller villages and the state capital.

Survivors of the misfortune have blamed the incident on one of their fellow IDPs who was said to have been roasting groundnuts when the fierce wind blew embers from the fire she lit to the thatched shelters.

Unfortunately, the deceased children, caught up in the fire could not be rescued until they died.

Northeast Rebuilding: UN To Support One Million Displaced Nigerians

IDPs, Phillipo Grandi, Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, International Best PracticesThe United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says it will support one million displaced persons in Nigeria’s northeast in the rebuilding process.

This is coming just as peace has returned to three most security threatened northeast states – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

In a press conference in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State, the Executive Director of the WFP, Ms Ertharin Cousin, said beneficiaries drawn from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States would use the support to improved agriculture and fight hunger and poverty in the region.

Towards Agricultural Productivity

In Yobe State alone, according to her, 350,000 people will benefit from the arrangement also geared towards checking poverty among the people.

“In January this year, WFP will support one million people across the three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe state who are still in need of assistance.

“In Yobe state, 350,000 people will be assisted in the rebuilding process which is aimed at checking hunger and poverty among the people who suffered insurgency over the years,” Ms Ertharin said.

She appreciated the role played by the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) towards actualising the assistance for the less privileged.

Ms. Ertharin assured the people that the WFP would work hard towards returning the affected states to peace, growth and even development.

“We must return these states bedeviled by Boko Haram to the pre-conflict era and that requires us to work assiduously in partnership with other stakeholders to achieve the desired results,” she said.

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UNICEF said over 75,000 children were at risk of death due to malnutrition

The Executive Director told reporters that the WFP would work towards agricultural productivity of the returnees by ensuring they were provided with improved seedlings ahead of the 2017 cropping season so that, with the improved peace, they could engage themselves in gainful ventures that would check hunger and poverty.

She also said they were working in partnership with UNICEF among other stakeholders to address the problems of malnutrition suffered in September last year among the displaced children in the region.

“Our work is all about providing the humanitarian needs to ensure these families have not just the ability to return home but also rebuild their lives.”

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, whose speech was read by his deputy Abubakar Aliyu, said over 600,000 IDPs and other less privileged had so far benefited from cash transfer and food assistance by the WFP.

“While thanking you individually and collectively for your humanitarian role in ameliorating the plight of the IDPs and other vulnerable groups, I wish to stress that over 600,000 IDPs have so far benefited from cash and food assistance from your organisation.

“This development will go a long way in checking hunger, starvation and poverty among the displaced persons in the state and beyond,” he stressed.

The Governor also thanked the WFP for establishing a Center for Capacity Development on Humanitarian Studies at the Yobe State University, saying it will greatly enhance the capacity of operators of humanitarian activities within the northeast zone.

UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said the insurgency had affected about five million people, including more than 2.2 million Nigerians who are internally displaced and almost 180,000 who have fled to neighbouring countries.

Yobe Govt. Disburses N18.3m To Returning IDPs Who Lost Farms

Yobe Govt. Disburses N18.3 Million To Returning IDPs Who Lost FarmsThe Yobe state government has disbursed the sum of 18.3 million naira as immediate support to some farmers among returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

Beneficiaries were people who suffered losses in an inferno in three communities of Gulani Local Government Areas of the state.

The beneficiaries, 117 in number, were drawn from three communities of Gabai, Ruhu and Kaigeme and were presented with the cash support by the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Mr Idi Jidawa.

Presenting the cash support to the victims, Mr Idi Jidawa said government in its magnanimity approved the money as recommended based on the losses as accessed by SEMA.

The victims, according to him, were the first set of returnees who rushed home to cultivate their farmlands sequel to the recapture of their communities by security forces.

“This cash support was approved as we submitted to government and I want to commend the state government for this gesture and hope you will use the money to buy foodstuff that will cater for the needs of the family.

“During the assessment, we discovered that the losses varied and the assistance equally vary depending on the severity of the destruction,” Idi Jidawa said.

He praised the beneficiaries for daring the Boko Haram insurgents to rush home in order to continue with the means of their livelihoods but regretted the inferno which thwarted their efforts.

One of the beneficiaries, Aji Bularafa, applauded the Gaidam administration for the gesture and called on the people of the community to support the Governor towards achieving the transformation agenda.

“We really appreciate this gesture and wish to thank the Governor most sincerely for this magnanimity. This palliative will help us not in small measure,” he said.

Gulani Local Government Area is one of the council areas that suffered insurgency most in Yobe state north east Nigeria.

10 People Killed In Fresh Attack In Kaduna

10 People Killed In Fresh Attack In KadunaAt least ten people have been killed and many houses destroyed following a fresh attack by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen at Goska and Kaninkon villages in Jemaa Local Government of Kaduna State.

An eyewitness told our correspondent that the gunmen numbering over 100 stormed the villages on Saturday evening when the people were preparing for the Christmas celebration, and started shooting and burning down houses.

The attack, according to the villagers continued unabated till the following morning, while all the residents fled from their homes to neigbouring communities for fear of being caught in the attack.

The fresh attack was carried out despite the curfew that was imposed on three local government areas in the southern part of Kaduna – Kaura, Jemaa and Zango-Kataf.

Already, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the attacks, and vowed to fish out those that invaded Goska.

The Governor, who empathized with families that lost loved ones, charged security agencies to double their efforts towards halting the persistent killing of innocent people.

The Governor said: “While the government and security agencies were working assiduously to block all windows to ensure that citizens throughout the three local government areas are protected and the state at large, these forces of darkness that represent evil and inhumanity struck again killing innocent citizens, burnt their houses and injured some and terrified many.

“Government and security agencies will not be deterred. We will continue to be resilient, up and doing and courageous in tackling this unfortunate situation. Their tactics are to create a chasm, divide people, breed hate and prejudice and plunge the state into chaos but we will triumph over these evil forces by the grace of almighty God.

“No amount of evil will change our deep commitment. We will continue to be firm, decisive and put lives of our citizenry and their well-being as our ultimate goal.

“We will see the end of these messengers of hell who are out to cause pains by attacking unsuspecting citizens in our communities. They are threats to our existence; they are deviants that we must all put our hands together irrespective of religion, ethnicity and political inclinations to confront.

“They become stronger only when our people are divided instead of coming together to weaken and neutralize them and the evil they represent and to free our humanity from their devilish act.

“It is also clear, that resorting to self-help compounds the precarious situation thereby, breeding the cycle of vicious killings. It must be clear to all by now that inciting of tit-for-tat does not help our security agencies and communities attain our quest for peace and those calling for that will also be brought to justice.

“The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has been directed to take inventory of those affected and also bring relief materials to assist the victims of the attack.

“Our deep empathy and prayers go to the families that lost their loved ones, those that lost their homes and properties. May their souls rest in peace and may God see us through this challenging time.”

Southern Kaduna Attacks: El-Rufai Orders Arrest Of Suspected Masterminds

Southern Kaduna Attacks: El-Rufai Orders Arrest Of Suspected MastermindsKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has ordered the arrest and prosecution of the suspected masterminds of the November 14 attack on some Southern Kaduna villages by suspected herdsmen.

This came as the displaced people of Rimi, Kitakum, Ungwan Magaji and Kigam in Kauru Local Government Area of state appealed to the state government to help them get over the shock from the attack.

The attack has displaced over 2,000 indigenes of the communities from their homes, and also claimed the lives of 39 persons while several others were injured.

The State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai was at the community to broker peace between the natives and the herdsmen, and ordered the arrest and prosecution of the suspected masterminds of the attack.

The Governor, while sympathizing with the people, promised to work closely with the security agencies in the state to stop the attacks.

He also urged the communities to embrace peace and cease from taking the law into their hands, promising to address the complaints raised by the communities.

On their part, the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria promised to call their members to order and to stop further attacks.

The association’s Assistant National Secretary, Ibrahim Abdullahi, spoke on behalf of the cattle breeders: “What the Governor has said is a fact. As an association, we are ready to live in peace. Some of us have been living is this part of the community for so many years.

It is unfortunate what happened has happened. But we will ensure how we can live in peace.

The Governor said it is our responsibility to live in peace with one another, our people are ready to return to their communities”.

Although government has promised to do everything possible to stop further attacks in southern part of Kaduna state, the people demanded that an urgent arrangement be made for their immediate return to their homes so as to resumes normal lives.

Many residents of the communities were yet to return to their homes a week after the attack.

While many fled to neigbouring communities in Nasarawa, Plateau and Abuja pending when normalcy would return, others who have nowhere to go have become homeless.

Some of them were being camped by the State Emergency Management Agency at a primary school in Chawaii Chiefdom.

Principal Challenges

The President General of Chawaii Development Association, Rueben Turbi, condmened the attack and the condition it has led the people into.

He told Channels TV that members of the communities have lived in peace with one another until Fulani herdsmen attacked them in a bid to forcefully take over their farmlands.

“From nowhere, we received a letter from the Fulani men that they were coming to attack the entire community and the day that the notice was given, precisely, on the 12th, we warned the entire community that we received a security alert that the Fulani people are coming to attack us.

“And of course they were all alert, but suddenly when they came, they were shooting from all over the community, burning down houses, killing people. Infact they almost wiped the entire community.

“Now the question is this, do we have a government in place? If there is a government in place, why are these people going about perpetrating evil not brought to justice?

“We want the state and federal governments to build a police post in our community, and not only that, we need a full functional divisional headquarters here in Daman Kasuwa.

“And in each of the districts, there should be an outpost for security consciousness. Just in case if anything happen, they will control the situation and try to protect lives and property.

“One of the principal challenges we are facing is the fact that we don’t have road, if not before the attack would have escalated, security agencies could have rushed in to control the situation, but because the road is bad, the Fulani men did the damage and left.”

Southern Kaduna Attack: Residents Still In Fear Of Fresh Attacks

Herdsmen, Kaduna, Gunmen, Southern Kaduna Attack: Residents In Fear of Fresh AttacksTension has continued to mount in southern Kaduna communities of Rimi, Kitakum, Ungwan Magaji and Kigam communities all in Kauru LGA of Kaduna state.

It is one week after gunmen suspected to be herdsmen carried out a coordinated attack that left over 32 people dead.

The gunmen invaded the four communities on Sunday, November 14, killing at least 31 persons, and burnt down over 100 houses and farmlands.

A visit by Channels Television to the area today, reveals that residents fled their homes to neigbouring communities in Nasarawa, Plateau and Abuja pending when normalcy will return.

Security agencies have also responded by deploying their operatives to the affected areas, but the people are scared of returning to their communities due to fear of fresh attacks.

The gunmen are said to have attacked the communities simultaneously when the residents were asleep.

All the four communities have been deserted, schools, shops and other economic activities have been paralysed while the few residents who have nowhere to go are being camped by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) at a primary school in Chawai chiefdom.

Flood Prediction: Volunteer Workers Get Search And Rescue Training

Flood, training of search and rescue volunteer workers At least 170 persons have received training in search and rescue operations, as part of the contingency plans for the predicted 2016 flooding.

The capacity building workshop on Basic Skills in Search and Rescue was conducted by the Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in conjunction with trainers from the Southeast Zonal National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

According to SEMA Director, Mr Chukwudi Onyejekwe, who coordinated the workshop on behalf of the Executive Secretary of SEMA, the directive to build community resilience for disaster risk reduction was from the State Governor, Willie Obiano.

He said that it was to ensure that volunteer workers from the 21 local government areas of the state get needed training to ensure there would be enough hands to tackle any unforeseen situation.

The volunteer workers in Otuocha, Anambra East Local Government Area, are also expected to gain knowledge needed to assist the flood prone rural dwellers ahead of the speculated flooding in order that no life will be lost.

In a simulated training at Otuocha, an emergency situation-like mood was activated, with sound of the Ambulance rattling the atmosphere while Emergency Management officials rallied around to assist the supposed victims.

This is part of the training programme organised by SEMA and NEMA.

From the outdoor-dramatised emergency response display to the indoor actual training workshop, the crux of the matter was to train the 170 volunteer workers from the 21 local government areas of the state on community resilience and disaster risk reduction with the use of modern equipment.

The Director of SEMA, Mr Chukwudi Onyejekwe, coordinating on behalf of the SEMA Executive Secretary, said that the training was a paradigm shift in disaster management which had moved from emergency response to disaster risk reduction.

The NEMA trainer, Ifeyinwa Onyia, who also represented the Southeast Zonal Coordinator urged the participants to follow instructions and learn every skill taught them.

The technical session was handled by other NEMA trainers who explain the function of each modern equipment used for search and rescue operation.

The technicalities in the use of the state-of-the-art ambulance was also explained to the participants, as a mobile clinic that sustains a victim before being taken to the hospital.

For one of the participants, Eucharia Attah, the training was a good development, as the use of advanced equipment in disaster risk reduction produce best results in rescue operations.

The idea of bringing rescue operation training to the rural communities is one that will not only help in the event of flooding but one that will also assist in reducing disaster rate in different emergency situation.

After the Nigerian Meteorological Agency predicted that some states in Nigeria would be devastated by flood, the identified states, including Anambra, are taking precautions to guard against the disaster.

Flood has already sacked some persons from their homes in Kaduna and some other states in the northern part of Nigeria.

Second Earth Tremor Hits Kaduna, SEMA Says Incident Exaggerated

Earth TremorThere were reports on Monday that a fresh earth tremor has occurred at Sambang Dagi community barely 24 hours after a similar incident was recorded at Kwoi village both in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna state, North West Nigeria.

An indigene of the area told Channels Television’s correspondent that the second vibration occurred very early in the morning on Monday, leaving residents scampering for safety.

There were also concerns that the earth tremor could destroy several artifacts that are located in Nok community.

The town of Nok is barely four kilometres from Kwoi where the local government secretariat of ‘Jaba’ is located, while Sambang Dagi is about 20km away from Nok.

Exaggerated 

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency has said that no life or property was lost from the earth tremor that occurred at Kwoi community.

Speaking to our correspondent, the Executive Secretary of the agency, Mr Ezekiel Baba-Karik, also debunked report that similar incident occurred in Nok and Sambang Dagi villages on Monday.

Instead, he explained that the earth tremor occurred twice only in Kwoi community on Saturday and in the early hours of Monday morning.

While he explained that the incident was not as devastating as being exaggerated by the public, Mr Baba-Karik said that most residents fled from their homes due to fear.

He further explained that a team of geologists have been dispatched in the area to ascertain the cause of the earth tremor.

Speaking when rescue workers visited the affected areas, the caretaker chairman of Jaba Local government, Ben Kure, said that government would do everything possible to ensure that the people are protected.

Appropriate Guidance

After the first incident in Kwoi community, the Kaduna state government had also appealed to the people of the community to be calm.

In a statement issued on Sunday by spokesman to the state governor, Samuel Aruwan, the government said that a formal report has been made to the appropriate authorities to investigate the development and issue appropriate guidance.

The statement directs the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to mobilise its officials to the area and to monitor the situation and assist the people in case of any emergency.

An earth tremor, according to geologists, is the perceptible shaking of the surface of the earth, resulting from the sudden release of energy in the earth’s crust that creates seismic waves.

Earlier in the year, the Nigeria Geographical Information Service (NGIS) had warned of possible earthquakes in the country, particularly in the south west region due to indiscriminate drilling of boreholes.