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Explosion kills three in Katsina.


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Three people were killed when two fuel-laden articulated vehicles exploded at Gyazama village, along the Funtua-Birnin Gwari

road in Dandume Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Alhaji Abdulkadir Muhammad, the Transition Committee Chairman of Dandume Local Government Council, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dandume that four other persons sustained burns of various degrees.

He said six houses were also burnt in the resultant inferno which occurred on Saturday evening.

NAN reports that the blaze started when some drivers were transferring fuel from a broken-down vehicle to another through the use of a pumping machine.

Muhammad said two of the deceased were the operators of the pumping machine, while those who sustained burns were receiving treatment at Funtua General Hospital.

He added that the houses were burnt because of the fuel which spilled from the scene of the incident.

Muhammad, who was an eye-witness, explained that the fire could not be contained by the Dandume council’s firemen, adding that it took the intervention of nearby firemen from Faskari, Funtua and Dandume local government areas to put it off.

He said the fire lasted up to Sunday morning, adding that he attended the burial of the deceased, while paying condolence visits to the victims’ families.

Muhammad warned people in the area against illegal parking of vehicles, poor handling of flammable fuels as well as inappropriate use of pumping machines.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Army arrests ex-colonel who led Yobe B’Haram attacks.


 

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A retired lieutenant colonel, who was said to have led the Boko Haram attacks on Damaturu, Yobe State, on Thursday was arrested by security forces during the encounter.

The retired army officer is being detained at a military facility. It could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report if he has been moved to Abuja for interrogation or not.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Ibrahim, had put the casualty figure on the part of the insurgents at 70 in a statement that was silent on the number of soldiers killed in the attack.

It was however, learnt that nine soldiers including a lieutenant and four policemen lost their lives in the attack.

 

“The retired lieutenant colonel was properly discharged from the Army and it was a big surprise when he was arrested and identified by those who knew him as a former officer,” an Army source said.

It was further learnt that the attack on security formations in Damaturu was to avenge the seizure of a truck containing military uniforms and arms by security forces.

The truck was seized last week when the driver objected to a search of the vehicle and he tendered a memo purportedly from the Defence Headquarters directing that the truck should not be searched.

The driver and other passengers were detained and the truck was impounded and parked at the Police Area Command, Guija Road, Damaturu, when the army camouflage and weapons were found inside it.

SUNDAY PUNCH further gathered that members of the sect are holding a medical doctor who was abducted while on duty at the Sani Abacha Hospital during the Thursday attack.

They also carted away drugs that were in the pharmacy of the medical facility and took away two ambulances belonging to the Damaturu General Hospital.

Security operatives are said to be looking for the doctor who is feared to have been taken to one of the enclaves of the sect in the North-East.

A security source said on Saturday that the Boko Haram members might have taken away the drugs for the purpose of giving medication to injured fighters of the group while the medical doctor might have been seized for the purpose of rendering medication to their injured members.

Meanwhile, the military on Saturday relaxed the 24 hours curfew imposed on Yobe State to nine hours.

When our correspondent contacted the Director of Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade, he said, “Whatever you call it, we are capable of dealing with it decisively.

“We will continue to do the required adjustment both in approach and structure to respond appropriately and ensure that our duty to defend the country and the citizenry is discharged effectively.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

Again, Winners Chapel Staff Assault Ogun Officials, Journalists -PREMIUM TIMES.


Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel accompanied by armed guards
By Dimeji Kayode-Adedeji

Barely 48 hours after staff of Heritage Nursery School, Ota, owned by Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners Chapel) assaulted Ogun State tax officials for demanding the payment of six years outstanding taxes, some of the church’s staff, on Saturday, brutalized the news crew of the state owned television station, OGTV.

The crew, comprising a reporter, Peter Falomo, and cameraman, Lekan Egunjobi, had gone to the church’s premises to cover the serving of building inspection notices on the church by officials of the Ministry Of Urban and Physical Planning when they were attacked.

The journalists were severely beaten. Their camera was damaged and subsequently seized before it was released after the recording on it had been wiped off.

Aside from the television crew, two officials of the Ministry were also injured by the irate church members who prevented the team from entering the premises.

Ironically, the assault meted out to the crew was said to have been witnessed by the Head Pastor of the church, Timothy Oyedepo, who was equally visibly angry by the officials’ attempt to carry out their statutory duties on his church premises.

Mr. Oyedepo, at some point, according to sources, uttered unprintable words while querying the effrontery of the state officials to attempt to regulate the building of structures for commercial purposes on the church premises.

However, it was reliably gathered that, earlier, before the assignment, officials of the Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning, accompanied by policemen had, following the previous day’s similar assault of their counterparts in the OGIRS, made a report of their planned visit to the Winners Chapel premises at the Divisional Police Station, Onipanu, Ota.

The injured journalists and other wounded officials were treated at the General Hospital, Ota, and subsequently discharged. The incident has also been reported to the police.

The General Manager of Ogun State Urban and Physical Planning Board, Stephen Adewolu, who was part of the team that was molested in Ota, while reacting, expressed shock at the lawlessness displayed by the Winners Chapel members and their leaders.

“No organisation can carry on as if it is above the law. We have information that the people in that church are just building structures indiscriminately without building approval, without necessary environmental impact assessment reports and they are violating planning laws and regulations. We only went there to serve statutory notices on the on-going building development and they are behaving as if the premises of the church is not covered by the laws of the state in which it is located,” he said.

“The incident led to the hospitalisation of one of the officials while others sustained minor injuries. The state government has directed its Ministry of Justice to study the facts on the two incidents with a view to taking appropriate legal measures.

“Also, officials of the Winners Chapel had shunned meetings of the Stakeholders Forum established by the state government for representatives of organisations located in the state to deliberate with the government on issues of common interest.”

When contacted, Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu, confirmed the attack, adding that a report had been made to police.

“The government reiterates its commitment to its philosophy of one law for everyone in the state and that any harassment or intimidation of its officials and agents in the course of discharging their statutory duties will be seriously viewed,” he stated.

Meanwhile, efforts to get the reaction of the church have been unsuccessful; as no official would comment. The church is also yet to react to the earlier attack by the school, located within the church premises, on the tax officials.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

185 Killed, 2,000 Houses Razed As Soldiers, Boko Haram Clash In Borno-Blueprint Newspaper.


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By SaharaReporters, New York

The entire township of Baga, a border town in Borno state, was razed down at the weekend as a Nigeria-led multinational force and suspected members of Boko Haram engaged in a shootout that left no fewer than 185 persons dead, according to government officials.
The level of destruction and loss of lives, according to a source, remains one of the most unprecedented since the insurgency by the Islamic sect commenced.

Residents of Baga, a town famous for having the largest fish market in Nigeria, alleged that the killings and burning down of houses were perpetrated by soldiers.

Governor Kashim Shettima, who visited the town yesterday, was overcome by emotion at the sight of charred houses, vehicles and how homeless residents took refuge in the bush.

The commander of the multinational force, Brigadier General Austin Edokpaye, explained that the conflagration that consumed the town and resultant deaths should be blamed on Boko Haram, who opened fire on soldiers and used civilians as human shield.

However, a local trader in the town told Blueprint that the attack, which started at about 8pm on Friday, was unprovoked even as he blamed soldiers for going house-to-house, chasing residents and setting their abodes on fire.

A resident who pleaded not to be named said: “Only God can understand what we have done to deserve this. But the soldiers were mindless that night in their approach; they killed and burnt our houses, chased everyone into the bush, including women and children.

So far, we have buried 185 corpses. Some were burnt beyond recognition; others are hospitalised, with various degrees of burn.”

Shettima, who drove through the charred streets with a large retinue of government functionaries, including the member of the House of Representatives representing the area, Hon. Isa Lawan Kangarwa, and the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Baba Ahmed Jidda, also visited the General Hospital, Baga, where he commiserated with women, children and aged men admitted for various cases of burn.

Food and other basic needs became a problem in the town yesterday as a grocery merchant, who lost his house and business stall in the conflagration, Malam Bashir Isa, said, “Everyone has been in the bush since Friday night; we started returning to town because the governor came today. To get food to eat now is a problem because even the markets are burnt. We are still picking corpses of women and children in the bush”.

Brigadier General Edokpaye said his men were on Friday night attacked while on a routine patrol of the town by a mob suspected to be members of Boko Haram.

He said: “We lost an officer during the attack on our men on patrol. We had received an intelligence report that some suspected Boko Haram members usually pray and hide arms at a particular mosque in town. It was around that mosque that our men were attacked, with several of them injured, and an officer died.

“When we reinforced and returned to the scene, the terrorists came out with heavy firepower, including RPGs, which usually has a conflagration effect that caused houses with thatched roofs or fencing to catch fire.”

The commander denied claims by the villagers that the attack was premeditated and deliberately executed to get at some people.

He noted that with his years of stay in Borno he had been able to cultivate civil and military relations to the effect that Baga township and environs had enjoyed relative peace for years.

He said those who died as a result of the incident could be victims of the crossfire between the soldiers and the Boko Haram gunmen, which he said was highly regrettable.

The state governor, who took ample time to pacify the aggrieved residents, pleaded with those in the bush to return home.

He also directed that those in the hospital with severe cases of burns be transferred to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital where they could get better treatment.

Shettima later expressed his displeasure with the way the soldiers carried out their duties on that fateful day, just as he implored the commander to “take full charge” of his operation and ensure he personally supervises his field officers from time to time “in order to avert such nasty incidents in the future.”

Before he left the town, which is about 230 kilometres from Maiduguri, Shettima inaugurated a high-powered committee, led by Hon Isa Lawan Kangarwa, to ascertain the extent of the damage and how the people could be helped out of their seemingly irreparable trauma.

Body Of Ikoyi Golf Club Manager Found Day After Van Plunges Into Lagos River.


 

Emergency workers prepare body of Kolawole Ahmed for the morgue
By SaharaReporters, New York

Emergency workers recovered and identified the body of Mr. Kolawole Ahmed the manager of Ikoyi Golf Club and driver the ill-fated Toyota Hilux Van that plunged into Majidun river yesterday morning.

Mr. Ahmed body was recovered today at 8:23 am by divers affiliated with National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA). NEMA spokesperson in Lagos, Ibrahim Farnloye released a short statement earlier stating that NEMA  workers are continuing search andrescue operations with the hope of finding more bodies.

Mr. Ahmed reportedly plunged into the river early Saturday morning with three other occupants in a van he was driving, according to eyewitnesses.

The account of the eyewitnesses raises natural curiosity that the accident may be homicide as Mr. Ahmed was said to be heading to Ikorodu to manage a property of his under construction. He lives originally in the Ikeja area of Lagos. Lagos is replete with notorious land grabbers who routinely kill people over land disputes. The body retrieved today had severe injuries to the head, NEMA recovered the vehicle yesterday but Mr. Ahmed’s body was not found inside the vehicle.

NEMA states that the body of Ahmed has been deposited at the General Hospital in Ikorodu  an Islamic funeral is expected later tomorrow.

Pharmacists, Hospital MD In Drug Racketeering Scandal As Uduaghan’s Acclaimed Free Maternal Health Care Extorts Pregnant Women in Delta.


By SaharaReporters, New York

Startling revelations are emerging in across hospitals in Delta State that the government’s well-publicized free health maternal care services for pregnant women and children under five years of age are nothing but deceptive political propaganda characterized by gross extortion of pregnant women.

At the Ughelli Central Hospital, our investigation shows that pharmacists and the Medical Director have turned the purported free health programme of the Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan administration into a lucrative business, allegedly hoarding the drugs that are then sold to patients, and sharing the money.

Since the inception of the exercise, our reporter can authoritatively report that over 70 percent of the program has seen payment for ante-natal treatment, delivery and treatments of children under five, contrary to the propaganda of the government that such services are now free.

A similar situation exists at the Central Hospital, Sapele, where, for treatment of children under age five and pregnant women, families are being made to pay between N4,000 and N5,000.

What is worse, those undergoing ante-natal treatment and as well as those due for labour are tasked with buying 12 litres of diesel to power the generator for the theatre.

It was found during our investigation that drugs that originally were meant for ante-natal mothers are being hoarded and taken to private pharmacy stores.  Apart from the branded “Uduaghan Paracetamol,” virtually every other drug needed for the free Under-Five and Maternal Health Care programmes are being bought outside the hospital.

Further investigations have revealed that these extortions are been carried out across the state’s hospitals and monies not remitted to the state coffer.

At the Oleh General Hospital, headquarters of the Isoko South local government area, a six months pregnant woman, Mrs. Francis Juliana, who went for ante-natal and the treatment of her three year old, was made to cough out the sum of N4,610.000 and N2,500, 000 respectively including other unaccounted payments.

In an interview with our reporter, Mrs. Francis said the payments were made between December 28, 2012 and January, 1, 2013 at the hospital as all attempts by the patient’s relative to find out what the payments were meant for proved abortive.  As in other government-owned hospitals throughout the State, nobody was willing to give them a definite answer.

Displaying some of her receipts of payment at the hospital, Mrs. Francis lamented what she described as the deceptive free maternal health care programme of the Uduaghan’s administration.

An impeccable hospital source at the Okwe General Hospital in the state capital, told our report, “There are a list of drugs by the government to be given free to patients under the Under-Five and Maternal Health Care treatments but are being sold out and is not as if the state government is not aware of such practices as no single culprit has ever be prosecuted by the government hence the practices have continued in nearly all the hospitals across the state.”

In a related development, the Ughelli Central Hospital has been termed a den of hoarding and selling of government drugs meant for patients.

Being accused are the pharmacists, Mr. Miller H. Eguriase, the Head of Pharmacy Department of the hospital, Mr. Oscar Amatesiro and the Medical Director, Mr. Moses Eyovwerhuvwu and other staff.

They are allegedly involved in the selling of drugs into their private pockets, hoarding of drugs, and diverting of drugs meant for the so-called free maternal health care programme to private pharmacy stores where patients are directed to purchase drugs.

A staff told our reporter that such cases are not peculiar to a particular hospital as it has become a normal practice in government owned hospitals due to lack of proper supervision and checks and balances by the Delta State Hospital Management Board, the Commissioner of Health and the supervising Ministry.

Our reporter gathered that Mr. Eguriase has been sacked for allegedly defrauding the state government by hoarding, diverting and selling drugs but is insisting he was sacked for exposing illicit practices in the hospital.

The embattled Egurias has written a petition, made available to SaharaReporters, entitled “The wrongful Termination of my Temporary Appointment by the Honourable Commissioner for Health Delta State (Dr. Joseph Otumara) without Fair Hearing given to me in Breach of the Civil Service Rules”.  It was addressed to the Director of Pharmaceutical Service; the Permanent Secretary and the Commissioner of Health, both of the Delta State Ministry of Health, as well as others.  The petitioner indicted the Head of Pharmacy Department of the hospital, Mr. Oscar Amatesiro and the MD alleging that they are the main culprits involved in the drugs racketeering.

Mr. Eguriase accused the hospital Medical Director, Mr. Moses Eyovwerhuvwu and the Head of Pharmacy Department, Mr. Amatesiro of drugs racketeering in the hospital which are meant for patients.

“My appointment was terminated because of my refusal to play ball with Mr. Amatesiro, who had at various times boasted that he would get me out of the system using his Itsekiris’ connection to sack me from the Ministry despite his culpability in the misconduct of directing patients to his private pharmacy which is a walking distance from the hospital as against the 200 meters away as stipulated and a calendar with his pharmacy address, phone number and picture hanging in strategic locations and offices all over the hospital. I am not allowing Mr. Amatesiro to run the pharmacy department as a personal enterprise so as to enable him (Amatesiro) make up for the huge deficit accumulated between August 2012 to December 2012 amongst other criminal activities in connivance with the MD.”

Investigations have also revealed that the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Otumara, Mr. Amatesiro’s kinsman, has deliberately ignored the calls to investigate the alleged involvement of Mr. Amatesiro, Mr. Eyovwerhuvwu, the MD and all those involved in the scandal.

When contacted, Mr. Amatesiro and Mr. Eyovwerhuvwu debunked all the allegations, claiming they are merely the fallout from an election for the position of the MD where his candidate, one Dr. I. Cheikwe, lost out as MD.

All calls and text messages to Dr. Otumara’s for his reaction on the issue at stake were ignored, but staff in his office who pleaded for anonymity disclosed that the Commissioner and the governor are merely deceiving Deltans with the so-called free maternal health service.

According to the staff, “There is no way the commissioner can exonerate himself of all these malpractices going on in the hospitals across the state. When the issue of the Ughelli Central Hospital was brought to him, instead of setting up a panel to look into the issue as well as looking into some petitions brought concerning the issue, my boss deliberately kept deaf ears because his Itsekiri kinsman, Mr. Amatesiro and some of his loyalists were involved in the racketeering and he went ahead to sack one particular person just to deceive the people that government doesn’t condone such sharp practices. Ask him how many persons they have sacked since the inception of the programme, or are workers not being caught in the act?”

Reacting to the developments by text message, the Commissioner of Information, Mr. Chike Ogeah, stated, “Well this is a bad news for us in the government as a few bad eggs are bent on rubbishing the hard earned image of this government in the Health sector knowing how passionate the Governor is about this sector. We shall investigate all such malpractices and culprits will face the full wrath of d Law.”

Meanwhile as of the time of this report, it was reliably gathered that the management of the Ughelli Central Hospital has doled out huge sums of money to some local journalists to kill the story.

PHOTONEWS: Harmattan-Fire Razes Residential Home In Fadeyi Area Of Lagos.


A fire outbreak blamed on the harmattan wind has completely razed down a residential building on Ogati Street of Fadeyi, Lagos today.

Origin of the  fire remains a mystery. But  residents within the premises said the fire  started around 2.00pm. Eye witnesses say firefighters arrived about one and half hour later and did their best, but the fire had done irreparable damage before their put it out.

Four persons were injured in the fire  , three of them sustained minor injuries and were immediately treated by a first aid medical team in  a mobile intensive care ambulance nearby.

However, one resident caught napping by the fire, Mr. Emmanuel Joseph had a more serious injury and is now receining treatment at  Somolu General Hospital.

About fourteen rooms were  affected by the fire which unexpectedly ejected the occupants, completely. In front of the burnt house is a beer joint which was also engulfed by smokes from impact of the fire.  Area residents  say they just had a street carnival in front of the burnt house a day earlier.

Source: Sahara Reporters.

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