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Fire At Ecobank Building

A diesel tanker explosion has resulted in fire outbreak at Ecobank head office in Victoria Island, Lagos. The fire outbreak occured at about 8:40 am on Tuesday morning. An eyewitness report said the bank’s diesel tanker supplier was offloading diesel when it caught fire. Not switching off the generator when offloading the fuel was said to be the cause of the fire incident. Source: News Agency ...
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42 Killed, Villages Razed Down In Fresh Zamfara Attack

Armed bandits have killed at least 42 people when they launched onslaught on 18 villages under Mashema, Kwashabawa and Birane districts of Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Friday. Sources said the death toll could be up to 100 as hundreds of people were declared missing. Journalists gathered that the attackers razed many villages down. A witness who survived the attack, Lawwali Mashema, said thousands of residents displaced by the attack have fled to Zurmi town, some 50 kilometers away from their communities. He said many other survivors are seeking refuge in Katsina state, while others in Niger ...
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Flood Kills Anambra Pastor’s Daughter

Flash flood on Wednesday killed a 14-year-old daughter of a pastor in Amawbia, in the Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State, Punch reports. The flood followed a downpour in the area, which lasted for over six hours. Southern City News gathered on Thursday that the father of the deceased had hired a driver to take his late daughter to hospital after she complained of feeling feverish. A source told our correspondent that the incident happened at a spot where flood had accumulated and the water swept the bus containing four persons into a swamp. The source said, “On ...
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Katsina Woman Throws Grandchild Into Well To Teach Daughter In-Law Lesson

A 55-year-old woman, Aisha Ibrahim, has been apprehended by the police in Niger State for allegedly killing her two-year-old grandchild at Karaya Fulani Camp in the Rafi Local Government Area of the state, Punch reports. The suspect was said to have tied the girl with a rope and threw her inside the well in their compound just to get at the mother of the deceased, who is her daughter in-law. Journalists learnt that the incident took place when her son, Bello Ibrahim, and his wife left their child in her custody to attend christening at a neighboring village. Northern City ...
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Bank Cleaner Accused Of Raping Neighbour’s Wife

A 35-year-old cleaner at a new generation bank, Essien Akpan, who allegedly raped his neighbour’s wife, was yesterday arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ajegunle, Vanguard reports. The defendant, who resides on Prince Fadina Street, Olodi Apapa, Lagos, is facing a one-count charge of sexual assault. Earlier, the victim narrated how the incident happened, saying she had come out of her apartment at 2a.m. to pick her children’s clothes from where they were hung, as it was about to rain, when the defendant attacked her. The victim, a housewife and a mother of four, said: “Before the incident ...
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Court Sentences Two To Death For Killing Priest In Benue

No wonder the Bible says, “the heart of man is desperately wicked who can comprehend it?” If not, how can one explain the incidence that led to the prosecution of two people for murder in Benue State. A High Court sitting in Makurdi yesterday sentenced to death by hanging two people for killing Otukpo Catholic Vicar, Rev Fr John Adeyi. The priest was kidnapped on April 26, 2016, while returning from a mass in Orokamu in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State and going to Okpokwu his base. The attackers after collecting N1.5m ransom later killed him and abandoned ...
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5 Feared Killed In Lagos Boat Mishap

Five persons were on Wednesday evening feared killed as a passenger boat capsized between CMS and Ikorodu waterway. Three bodies had been recovered by rescue operators as at the time of filing this report, while efforts were on to rescue other passengers of the boat. Twenty passengers had reportedly boarded the ill-fated boat from CMS bus stop and heading towards Ikorodu when the accident happened. The cause of the accident was yet to be ascertained as at the time of filing this report. It was gathered that local fishermen recovered three bodies, which were taken to the Ipakodo terminal in ...
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Daughter Fakes Own Kidnap, Collects Ransom From Father

Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested Dorcas Adilewa for allegedly faking her kidnap to defraud her father, Taiwo Adilewa. The police also arrested Dorcas’ friend, Ifeoluwa Ogunbanjo, for her alleged involvement in the fraud,Punch reports. Nineteen-year-old Dorcas was said to have conspired with Ogunbanjo to execute the scheme and allegedly demanded N600,000 ransom. The police said Taiwo had received a call from someone who told him that his daughter had been kidnapped and allegedly demanded the N600,000 for her release. Taiwo reportedly informed the police about the kidnap of his daughter. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, ...
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Suicide Bomber Kills 7 At Borno Mosque

A male suicide bomber has killed seven worshipers during morning prayer in a Mosque on Monday in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno. Ali Kolo, the Head of Vigilance Group in the area, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria. Mr Kolo said seven other persons including a child, sustained injuries when the bomber detonated the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped to his body during the congregational prayer. He explained that the suicide bomber sneaked into the affected mosque at Mainari area of Konduga and carried out the attack. “It is not clear how the suicide bomber infiltrated the ...
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