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Explosion kills three in Katsina.


Katsina-State-map

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.


 

Ibrahim-Attahiru

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.

One killed, 12 houses razed in Lagos firecracker explosions.


 

Scenes of the banger fire.Scenes of the banger fire.
credits: Sodiq Adelakun

There was confusion in Jankara Market, Isale Eko area of Lagos State on Wednesday after a building containing a stockpile of firecrackers caught fire, killing at least one person and injuring 40 others.

Our correspondents observed that at least 12 buildings were razed by the fire while 10 vehicles were completely burnt.

According to residents, the fire started from a makeshift warehouse located on 45 Ojo Giwa Street at about 9:30am.and spread to other houses.

An occupant of the building where the fire started from, Chibuzor Ukandu, said it started around 9am. Ukandu, who owned an electronic store on the ground floor of the two-storey building, said he lost all his property.

He said, “Around 9am, I was attending to a customer when I heard a loud explosion. Before I knew it, fire had started spreading very quickly.

“I tried to issue my customer a receipt before evacuating my goods but the fire was spreading so fast. The explosion occurred again and I managed to pull out only my customer. All my goods were burnt.”

It was learnt that the explosions caused pandemonium as many people thought they were bomb blasts.

Fire fighters were seen attempting to put out the fire for hours as smoke billowed from the affected buildings. The fire, however, continued to rage as the explosives continued to go off.

Some of the buildings affected by the fire were warehouses and shops for traders on the Island. Items stored in those building, included electrical accessories, electronics equipment, and household items among others.

Bomb-like firecrackers

Chairman of Lagos Island East Local Government, Mr. Kamal Bashua, said his office would carry out a discrete probe into the matter with a view to fishing out the perpetrators of the act.

He said, “We have been trying to curtail what comes into our market, I cannot explain how these people beat our security to bring in explosives like these. Thank God that as at now, no life has officially been declared lost.

“It is disheartening to see that fireworks that look like bomb could be imported. The fire has put down over 10 buildings. By the time you go to the next street, you will discover that this fire has affected many houses. We are trying to make sure that it does not escalate.”

A resident of the area, who is also an eyewitness, Kehinde Shotimu, said the explosives were brought into the building on Sunday.

He noted that the store was owned by a Chinese but managed by a Nigerian, who is responsible for the distribution of the firecrackers to retailers in Lagos markets.

He added, “Unless we want to deceive ourselves, we all know that there were dangerous explosives in the building. The store is a major distributor of fire crackers in Lagos and many customers come here for them. It is just unfortunate that this is happening today that is a day for celebration.

“The store is owned by a Chinese who regularly comes here whenever the firecrackers are to be offloaded. They just offloaded some three days ago in a container of about 240ft.”

Four streets affected

An eyewitness, Aji Qudus, who explained that the cause of the fire was not clear, lamented the slow response of the fire service.

“More than 10 houses were burnt and 15 cars completely damaged. The fire spread over four streets –Ojo Giwa, Okoya, Oko Awo and Moshalashi streets. I cannot actually say what the cause of the fire is, but it was beyond imagination,” he said.

One of the traders whose shop was also affected, Mrs. Shogunle, explained that the fire was caused by a small boy who lighted a cracker that hit the room where the explosives were kept.

She said, “I learnt a small boy caused the explosions. He was playing with crackers and raised it up to blow. Unfotunately, it hit the store where other explosives were stored and the fire escalated.

“But, apart from this, the store where the explosives are kept is too hot. The temperature is high there and there is no ventilation. This will surely contribute to the high rate of explosion.”

Director of Lagos State Fire Service, Mr. Fadipe, complained that the mammoth crowd at the scene prevented more fire-fighting trucks from moving in and supporting firefighters.

Fadipe said, “Some of the buildings are about to collapse but we have been prevailing on the residents to vacate the residence but they refused. The major factor hindering our service now is crowd control.

“Our fire-fighting vehicles are around but they cannot come in here because of the crowd. The police and the military are trying their best but the crowd still persisted. But I can assure you that if more of our fire-fighting trucks move in here, the fire would be contained.”

South West Zonal Information Officer, National Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye, said the first-hand information the agency got was that firecrackers caused the fire.

He added that the absence of water hydrant in the area frustrated the emergency officials putting out the fire.

“Our major challenge is the lack of a water hydrant in any of the buildings in this area. Besides, the non-compliance with urban development laws which provides that there should be at least a six- metre gap in between buildings made the fire spread swiftly. As it is, over 40 people have been injured,” he said.

Families besiege hospital

It was learnt that six vehicles were used to convey the injured to hospital.

When one of our correspondents visited General Hospital, Marina, Lagos, the emergency unit was packed with about 20 of those injured in the incident.

Their family members waited outside with apprehension as doctors attended to them.

One of the victims, Jimoh Ahmed, who suffered a leg fracture, said he jumped down from the second floor of the building housing his shop, adding that he thought it was a bomb attack.

He said, “I heard a loud bang around 9:30 and the bang kept on sounding. Afterwards, the wall of my shop started peeling off and the door leading out of my shop collapsed.

“I looked outside through the window and saw flames emanating from one of the buildings around and I concluded that it was a bomb attack. I then jumped through the window of my shop which is on the second floor.”

Another victim, Waheed Bashiru, who was writhing in pains after taking X-ray examination of his leg, said he came down through the pipe supplying water to his apartment when his residence went up in flames.

Police arrest looters

Policemen attached to Area ‘A’ Police Command, Lion Building, Lagos led by the Area Commander, Mr. Imohinmi Edgal, arrested about 10 persons who attempted to loot the affected buildings.

One of the looters was caught stealing a stabiliser from one of the stores.

It was learnt that the looter was  one of those hired by one of the storekeepers to help evacuate her goods from the store.

He was arrested when the security men at the scene noticed that he was diverting the stabiliser to an obscure place different from the destination of other recovered goods.

Dead victim recovered

At about 1:45PM, NEMA Incident Response Vehicle brought a corpse from the scene of the incident to the General Hospital, Marina, Lagos.

It was learnt that the corpse was that of a teenage boy whose identity was yet-to-be identified as it was burnt beyond recogntion.

A middle-aged man who was identified simply as Quadri said he followed the corpse from the scene to see if it was that of his younger brother who had been missing since morning.

He said, “My teenage cousin who was playing around the neighbourhood when the incident happened is nowhere to be found. I came to see if the body is that of my brother.

“His father, mother and siblings sustained injuries and are being taken care of in the emergency ward.”

One of our correspondents overheard one of the doctors who went to check the corpse saying that a DNA test would have to be carried out to identify the deceased.

Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency has said that security agencies would investigate the cause of the explosions.

A statement by the spokesperson for NEMA, Mr. Yushau Shuaib, said the fire had been brought under control.

“While security agencies would investigate and determine the real cause of the explosion and fire outbreaks, casualty figures have yet to be determined but some residents who were injured while assisting with putting off the fire have been taken to hospital for treatment. So far no death has been recorded,” he said.

Although firemen from the Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos Island East Fire Service and Lagos State Emergency Agency were battling the flame, parts of some of the buildings were still burning as at 4pm when our correspondents left the scene.

Source: PUNCH NIGERIA.

BY FRIDAY OLOKOR, ENIOLA AKINKUOTU, TEMITAYO FAMUTIMI AND SODIQ OYELEKE

Governor Ahmed flags-off N1billion Hospital Rehabilitation Project in Kwara.


The Kwara State Government is to spend the sum of N1.6billion to
rehabilitate and upgrade five hospitals across the three senatorial zones of
the State. This was made known yesterday in Ilorin by the executive governor
of the State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed during the formal flag off of the
exercise at the old University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH).

According to the Governor, the UITH and General Hospitals in Share, Omu-
Aran, Offa and Kaiama have been earmarked for phase one of the
rehabilitation with completion periods of 24 weeks for the UITH and six
months for the four General Hospitals respectively. The UITH rehabilitation is
expected to cost N900million in view of the mass population of people in
Ilorin, the State capital.

Speaking further, Governor Ahmed said “with the relocation of UITH to its
permanent site at Oke-Ose, it became necessary to rehabilitate and convert
the hospital back to a first class status to enhance accessible and qualitative
healthcare services in the State.”

Alhaji Ahmed disclosed further that in the next three years, nine additional
General Hospitals would also be rehabilitated, while three new ones would be
constructed to ensure that qualitative health care is made available to the
people within a 500 metre radius.

According to him, the Primary Health care would be strengthened with
additional construction of 20 Comprehensive Health Centres which are
expected to be serviced by the Secondary Health Centres such as the
General Hospitals.

The Governor, who announced the formal take-over of the old UITH by the
State Government and its subsequent rename as the Ilorin General Hospital,
lamented that until the hospital was taken over by the UITH, it was the best
health facility in the State.

Earlier, the State Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Kayode Issa, had
congratulated the governor for giving priority attention to qualitative health
care services and commended him for recruiting more medical doctors and
health personnel in the State.

The State, he said, is expanding its coverage in the areas of community
based health Insurance Scheme, Malaria, HIV/AIDS control, noting that in
the last three years, the State had not recorded any case of polio virus.

By African Examiner.

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