Yobe Turns To Tricycles In Fight Against Maternal Deaths

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria


Yobe State has procured 28 customised tricycle ambulances in order to ease the transportation of pregnant women in labour and other emergencies in hard-to-reach areas in the state.

Yobe state has one of the highest rates of maternal deaths in Nigeria.

On Friday, the State Governor,  Mai Mala Buni, declared the training of the ambulance’s drivers open.

The training is being conducted in partnership with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Represented by the State’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Lawan Gana, the Governor handed over the tricycle keys to the drivers and charged them to handle the improvised ambulances with care to reduce maternal deaths in the state.

The Sector Commander of the FRSC in Yobe State, Ezekiel Sonallah, believes the training will help the drivers take precautionary measures in transporting pregnant women, and during other emergencies.

Four Die As Train Crushes Tricycle In Lagos

File Photo: LASEMA General Manager, Mr Adesina Tiamiyu.


Four persons have been killed in an accident involving a moving train and a tricycle at the Iju area of Lagos State.

The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, confirmed the incident in a statement on Tuesday.

He said the accident was as a result of reckless driving on the part of the tricycle operator who tried to cross the rail line.

“The Agency received a distress call via the emergency toll free number 112/767 regarding an accident at the Iju area, Shina Peters Road Iju Ishaga on Tuesday, 30th of April 2019 at about 6:52 am.

“On arrival at the scene of incident, it was gathered that a tricycle with five people on board had a collision with a moving train at the aforementioned address.

“Further information gathered at the scene revealed that the immediate cause of the incident was due to reckless driving on the path of the tricycle driver trying to cross the rail crossing,” he added.

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The statement also stated that “four (4) persons (three adult males and one adult female) lost their lives, while one adult male escaped unhurt.”

The bodies of the deceased were recovered and handed over to the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU) who was on ground at the scene of the accident.

Mr Tiamiyu also advised motorists especially tricycle operators to always exercise patience when crossing railway line to avoid unnecessary loss of lives in the State.

58 Killed, 139 Injured In Maiduguri Bomb Blasts

Maiduguri58 people have been reported killed while 139 were injured following the multiple bombings that hit strategic points of Maiduguri the Borno State capital.

The Borno State Commissioner of Police, Clement Adoda, confirmed this to the media on Saturday.

The Chief Medical Director of Borno State Specialists Hospital, Dr Salisu Kwaya Bra, had earlier told Channels Television that more than 50 people died in the multiple blast.

“So far 50 dead bodies have been received here from the three blasts and 36 injured persons are receiving treatment at our Accident and Emergency Unit,” he disclosed to journalists at the hospital.

At the hospital mortuary, an attendant also confirmed that “more corpses were being brought to the morgue apart from the ones already on ground”.

The anonymous source had also explained that more corpses might be recorded because some victims of the blast had been taken to the University Teaching Hospital and others to Umaru Shehu Hospital.

The first blast which occurred near a local market along Baga road around 12:00 noon was said to have claimed some lives at the scene before the second, which happened at the popular Monday market at about 12:05 noon local time.

Witnesses said that the blast occurred close to the scene of the last November 2014 blast which killed scores of people.

A resident told Channels Television, “A tricycle was about to enter the popular Baga market at about 12 noon and speedily the blast occurred from the tricycle.

“The exploded scene was crowded as there were many merchants there and many people may have died in the explosion,” he said.

Residents said that they heard another heavy sound within the metropolis at about 12:32 noon

Most roads in Maiduguri metropolis were condoned off to avoid further attack as youth volunteers mounted heavy surveillance in many parts of the city.

Saturday’s bombings in Maiduguri, Borno State is the latest since security forces commenced severe operation in the northeast after the shift of the 2015 general election with a view to curtail the activities of the insurgents in the troubled region.


Gunmen Storm Church During Service in Maiduguri

Gunmen suspected to be the radical Islamic sect; Boko Haram today launched an attack on a local Church of the Brethren- Ekilisiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN) in Maiduguri the Borno State capital while the Sunday service was in progress.

Today’s incident marks the first time that an attack will be launched on a church in the Maiduguri metropolis in broad daylight during Sunday service since the Boko Haram insurgence heightened in the area.

Worshippers said the gunmen numbering about five came to the church area located at Bulunkutu ward in the metropolis in a tricycle at about 11a.m and opened fire directly into the church targeting the worshippers when the sermon was being delivered.

They wondered how the gunmen could dare the soldiers in front of the church to launch such attack.

Spokesman of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Lt Col Sagir Musa who confirmed the incident said the troops at the church post immediately repelled the attack.

“They came firing into the church area but our men at the post rose to the occasion and fired back at them. We successfully repelled the attack and the gunmen fled immediately”

He revealed that a police attached to the JTF was hit by bullet but has been treated and discharged from the hospital.