Five Die As Two Vehicles Collide In Nasarawa

Gunmen Kill 15, Injure 11 In Nasarawa Village Attack

 

Five persons have lost their lives after a fatal accident along the Akwanga/Lafia highway in Nasarawa state.

The head-on collision involved a Toyota Hilux truck belonging to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Makurdi office and a commercial vehicle.

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Confirming the accident and number of casualties, the Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa state, Bola Longe said that the accident which occurred on Saturday morning was a collision between a Federal Government DPR truck with Reg. Number DPR 18B-19FG and a green Sharon Volkswagen with Reg. number: ABUJA KWL 820 AJ.

He added that the DPR vehicle was heading to Abuja before the incident happened and the injured persons are currently at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi receiving treatment.

Troops Recover Large Cache Of Boko Haram’s Arms At Gursum

Boko Haram arms at Borgozo-AlarganoTroops of Operation Lafiya Dole and some Civilian Joint Task Force have discovered large cache of arms and ammunitions concealed by Boko Haram terrorists in Borgozo-Alargano general area of Borno State.

The discovery was made on Sunday during a clearance patrol by the troops following a tip off.

According to the Theatre Commander, the patrol team also cleared remnants of Boko Haram terrorists that were dislodged from Alagarno forest hibernating at Kadari, Camp Abu Fatima and Gursum.

The troops discovered large cache of arms and ammunitions that include 36 boxes of .51mm calibre, 5 x 20 Lyra beefcake mixture of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, large quantity of 7.62mm (Special), ammunition and one 81mm mortar tube.

In addition, the troops recovered one Toyota Hilux, one generator and several motorcycles.

The Nigerian Army also appealed to Nigerians and in particular, residents of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States to continue to provide useful information to troops in order to facilitate complete routing of the remnants of Boko Haram insurgents hiding in their localities.

Scores Feared Killed In Borno Attack

Borno AttackScores of people are feared killed by militant groups believed to be members of Boko Haram after they launched an attack on Damasak, a town on the border with Niger Republic.

Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that gunmen in a convoy of Toyota Hilux vehicles and motorcycles, on Monday morning, attacked the town located in Mobar Local Government Area of Borno State, with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and petrol bombs, killing scores of the residents.

The gunmen were said to have also torched and looted several houses and shops, before soldiers rushed to the area at about 11.45AM.

Many of the residents were reported killed as they fled into a river and nearby towns.

It was also gathered that the gunmen were dressed in military uniform, giving the impression that they were there to protect Damasak, only to launch an attack on the town.

Damasak is about 187 kilometres north of Maiduguri, the state capital.

The Borno attack comes after the killing of over 40 fishermen and traders at the weekend by the militants at Doron Baga, 155 kilometres east of Damasak, the council headquarters of Mobbar.

Democracy Day: Kwara Government Employs 5,200 Youths

Abdulfatah AhmedThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has said that his administration has employed 10,200 youths since its inception and would engage an additional 3,000 by the end of the year.

The Governor stated this at the official launching of Quickwin Empowerment and Employment Scheme, where he presented letters of appointment to 5,200 youths at the Government House, Ilorin, as part of activities to mark Democracy Day.

In his remarks, he noted that the flag off of Quickwin was meant to arrest youth unemployment and prioritize empowerment.

He explained that the employment of the 5,200 youths in various fields was out of the urgent need to empower the largest component of the population, as this was the founding principle of the Quickwin programme.

He said that apart from youth empowerment schemes; the Government has boosted entrepreneurship with the provision of 640million Naira in revolving credit to 41,000 SMEs and structured skill acquisition centres for the benefit of the youths.

He noted that to underline this scheme’s importance and ensure its sustenance, Government has set aside 2.4billion Naira to fund the scheme for the next one year while 164million Naira has already been expended on the newly created Environmental Corps and an enhanced Kwara State Road Traffic Management Agency (KWARTMA).

Governor Ahmed added that to further stimulate economic activities and enhance public works, Quickwin also includes low-hanging projects such as classroom rehabilitation, transformer installation, and borehole construction across the state.

In his remarks, the Chairman, Quickwin Empowerment and Employment Scheme Committee, Isiaka Gold, disclosed that the enlisted 5,200 youths had been segmented into the clean and green, entrepreneurial, environmental corps, KWABES and KWARTMA.

Mr Gold, who is also the Secretary to the State Government, noted that 200 youths would be employed on monthly basis until the end of the year, with a view to curbing youths’ restiveness in the state.

Some of the beneficiaries lauded the Government for the employment which they believed would reduce unemployment in the state.

The highpoint of the occasion was the presentation of 6 Hilux vehicles, 2 fire fighter vehicles, 2 18-seater buses, and 1 towing vehicle among others to enhance the productivity of the scheme.

Borno School Abduction: Headmistress Appeals To Govt, Education Commissioner Speaks

Borno CommThe Principal of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State has appealed to the Government to do more to save teenage girls abducted by suspected Boko Haram members on Monday.

Mrs. Asabe Kwambula, has also been appealing to the kidnappers to have mercy on the students.

The Principal said that she was with the parents, praying continuously for the teenagers’ safe return.

Her plea is coming after the Borno State Government said that 84 girls were still missing and 45 in total have managed to escape.

The Borno State Commissioner of Education, Mr. Musa Kubo, in a telephone interview with Channels Television, appealed to parents to bear with Government as everything was being done to rescue the abducted girls.

In his update for Saturday, April 19, the Commissioner said: “Only one of our missing students returned today. She was not among those abducted. She was however one of the 129 girls at the hostel on that black day the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok was attacked.

“She ran out of the school during the attack and thereafter, went to her parents. She was brought back by her mother today (Saturday).

“Remember I told you in my first statement that we made announcements calling on parents and guardians whose daughters might have ran home to bring them back so we could take account to be precise on the number of students missing out of the 129 that were in school during the attack.

“So far, we now have 45 students back in school. Out of this number, 28 escaped from abduction while 17 fled home during the attack and returned home. You may recall that in my Friday update, I told you that 14 students escaped from their abductors. Out of them, 3 were helped back to the school in Chibok while 11 escaped from captivity to a town along Damboa/Biu road in Borno State.

“We are hopefully expecting the return of our 84 students as intensive search and rescue efforts continue.

“On behalf of the Borno State Government, my ministry, staff and students of the affected school, parents and relations of affected students, I very well appreciate the Nigerian and international media organisations for their most helpful support which we need to sustain till by the grace of God, these students – who are so important to us as a Government and parents – are found in sound health.”

 

Borno School Abduction: 16 More Girls Found, Reunited With Families

child brideThe story of the missing school girls in Chibok, Borno State, North-eastern Nigeria, had begun to look better, as reports say 16 more girls have been found alive near the Cameroon border forest.

The Borno State Commissioner for Education, Musa Inua Kubo, said that with the 16, it brings the total number of those reunited with their families to 30.

There had been confusion over the release of girls kidnapped from the secondary school in Chibok, Borno State.

The Ministry of Defence had put the number of those released at 121, but later retracted that claim on Thursday.

The girls were abducted after the group raided the host community in Chibok, a town on the border between Borno and Adamawa States.

Witnesses said the gunmen, who came in Toyota Hilux vehicles and motorcycles, stormed the town and kept firing sporadic gunshots before setting ablaze several houses and shops.

It was also disclosed that the hoodlums carted away several bags of grains and other food items into waiting trucks and buses as residents fled into bushes and farmlands.

Ajimobi Fortifies Security In Oyo State

Three Armoured Personnel Carriers and four Toyota Hilux trucks have been handed over to the Police and the Joint Security Task Force code named ‘Operation Burst’ to enhance the effectiveness of security officials in Oyo State.

While handing over the vehicles to the Oyo State Commissioner of Police Mohammed Indabawa and the Commander of the Operation Burst, Brigadier-General Laz Ilo, at the Governor’s Office, Agodi Ibadan, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, said that the vehicles are critical operational tools that must be provided for security operatives in the state.

He added that the peace currently enjoyed in the state is as a result of the dedication and relentless effort of security agencies in the state.

“I’ll like to assure you that the security of lives and property for which you have been working hard to secure will be supported by us fully, in terms of welfare, equipment, technology, and in terms of what I call commitment of the state,” He assured.