Collapsed building kills two in Abuja

A building collapsed on Wednesday morning at Dutse Alhaji, a district of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, killing two people instantly and injuring five.

The National Emergency Management Agency’s Head of Public Relations Unit, Yushau Shuaib, who confirmed the incident, said five injured people have been taken to the hospital for medical attention.

He said the rescuers are still at the scene to rescue other trapped victims.

Details to come

Unexploded bomb discovered in another church in Kogi

A bomb has been discovered at the Revival Church in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi state.

Our correspondent in the state says that gunshots could also be heard in the town.

This development comes a day after the attack on the Deeper Life Church in Okene in which 19 people were killed, including the Church’s Pastor.

The Church which is located at Eika Adagu in Okehi Local Government Area is now surrounded by officers of the Nigeria Police Force and soldiers as family members of the deceased are coming around in tears, to identify their bodies.

It is still unclear how many people were wounded in the attack Monday night as a number of the church members sustained various degrees of injuries.

According to the Military spokesman, Lt. Col. Gabriel Olorunyomi, the gunmen surrounded the church in the middle of a worship service and opened fire with AK-47 assault rifles on the worshippers.

Soldiers searched for gunmen through the night, but have made no arrests as of this morning.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesperson Yushau Shuaib said his agency has dispatched rescuers to the area.

Anglican Primate condemns attack

The Primate of the Anglican Church, Reverend Nicholas Okoh has condemned yesterday’s attack on a church in Okene, Kogi state which claimed the lives of sixteen people.

Reverend Okoh who spoke with journalists in Abuja said that securing places of worship should not be left in the hands of the church alone.

He called on government to expedite action to secure the lives of its citizenry.

Responding to the call for the resignation of the president by members of the Boko Haram sect, the Anglican Primate said that the sect members are not responsible for Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s election and should therefore not call for his resignation.

 

Flood kills 35, destroy properties in Jos

At least 35 people have been confirmed dead and over 200 houses destroyed by the flood that followed the heavy down pour in Jos, Plateau state capital. Red Cross officials said on Monday 23 July 2012.

“We have recovered the bodies of 35 people that drowned in the overnight flooding,” said Manasie Phampe, head of the Red Cross in Plateau state.. “About 200 homes have either been submerged or destroyed.”

He said the confirmed victims so far included a 90-year-old woman and a three-month-old baby, adding that the toll could rise.

“Rainwater and water from the Lamingo dam which overflowed swept across several neighbourhoods in the city,” he explained. “We are still searching for more bodies as many people have been declared missing.”

However, a statement released by the Head of Public Relations of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Yushau Shuaib, put the number of the dead at 21 and 35 missing.

The statement further said a search party has been dispatched to the north-central city to find missing persons “search and rescue officers to the areas as they were immediately deployed to assist in the recovery of those affected.”

Director of Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Edward Maigida, who is representing the Director General of the agency, Mohammed Sani Sidi, is leading the party.

Two camps have been opened to provide temporary shelter for the affected persons in Gangare Primary School and Islamiyya Secondary School where the Agency has also moved relief assistance to provide them with some succour.

The rescue operations were launched in the Gangare and Rikkos areas of Jos which was submerged by the devastating flood.