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
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 Republic. “Women, children and aged died on their way seeking refuge in Zurmi town while many others were seen in devastating condition,” he said. Deputy governor of Zamfara State, Ibrahim Wakkala, in a visit to Zurmi town described the attack as barbaric. Mr Wakkala, who represented the governor, vowed to take drastic action on the matter. Chairman of the state Damage Assessment and Relief Committee, who is the speaker Zamfara State House of Assembly, Sanusi Rikiji, called for improvement of security around the area. Police spokesman in the state, Mohammed Shehu, did not answer Journalist call. Source: News Agency
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 reaching the flood spot, the driver declined to move on, but the elder brother to the deceased said he could drive pass the spot. “When he took over the vehicle the raging flood swept off the bus into Obibia swamp with four occupants including the girl. The incident happened behind the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia.” An eyewitness, Ogechi Chine, said after being swept away by the flood, the girl was trapped in it for over four hours before rescue came her way. She said, “The vehicle which was said to be heading to Nibo through City Landmark Hotel road lost control immediately its tyres entered the flood. The flood took over the road and when the engine stopped the flood threw the bus into the Obibia stream.” Chine said the girl was trapped from 7:30am till 2pm when she was rescued by lifeguards with the help of a crane driver and was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was confirmed dead. “She is the daughter of the pastor of Zion Pillar Intercessory Ministry from Adabebe Village in Amawbia. The girl was sick and they were going to hospital as directed by the father,” she added.
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 News gathered that the suspect and her daughter-in-law had been at loggerheads for some time before the incident. The grandmother, who hailed from Funtua, Katsina State, told our correspondent on Thursday that since her son married his wife, there had been a lot of unresolved issues. She said, “I told my husband to tell his son to divorce his wife but he did not listen to me. My daughter-in-law is fond of insulting and assaulting me all the time and the only way I could pay her back was to tie her daughter with the rope and throw her inside a well to die so that she will equally feel the pains and agony I have been going through. “We have been living in peace as one big family before my son married her; I have 12 children and all of us are living in one compound; she cannot come from somewhere to destroy the family I have suffered for years to keep, it is unacceptable,” she explained. Asked if she felt any remorse for allegedly killing her grandchild, Aisha said, “It was temptation, I didn’t know when I did it, I can’t just tell but may Allah forgive me. Honestly, it was a wicked act that can never be accepted anywhere in the world,” she admitted. The Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, confirmed the incident, saying the suspect had confessed to the crime and regretted her action. Abubakar told Northern City News that she would be arraigned in court after investigation.
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 Akpan had told me he loves me and I told him that it cannot work because I am a married woman with four children. But he kept pestering me until the day he raped me. “I was picking my children’s clothes from the line, without knowing that he was outside, when all of a sudden he removed my rapper and started raping me from behind. I shouted for help but nobody came to my rescue.” However, the defendant said: “On March 28, at about 11:30p.m., she called me to come and make love to her which I did and then I told her that I love her. “She now asked me why I did not tell her earlier and I said I was afraid.” The prosecutor, Sergeant Kokoye Olusegun, told the court that the incident occurred at about 2a.m., on March 30, at the address mentioned above.
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 him in the forest. Delivering Judgment yesterday, Justice Andove Kaakan, who found the two guilty sentenced them to death by hanging. Justice Kaakan while delivering judgment said that the prosecution, which called eight witnesses, proved the case beyond reasonable doubt.