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17 People Burnt To Death In Delta Tanker Explosion

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Tragedy hit residents of Koko Junction along the Benin/Sapele Expressway in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, as tanker explosion burnt scores of people to death.

The horrible explosion has resulted in the death of no less than 17 persons, while some were reportedly left with severe injuries.

However, a police report revealed that three persons were confirmed to be burnt beyond recognition in the incident which has left scores of casualties.

Confirming the incident, an eyewitness noted that the tanker explosion happened at about 11.00 a.m on Wednesday after the tanker fully loaded with fuel exploded while the driver was attempting to escape a bad portion of the express road.

Naija News learnt that the whole place catches fire after the petroleum product from the tanker spilled on the road.

Eyewitnesses confirmed to newsmen that numbers of people were burnt beyond recognition while no about 10 vehicles around the vicinity gutted with fire.

“More than 20 persons were burnt beyond recognition,” said one of the sources.

“About 10 vehicles were trapped in the explosion. The victims were occupants of the burnt vehicles. Officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission and security agencies later moved to the scene making frantic efforts to remove the corpses while some of those injured were rushed to the nearest hospitals.”

“Many persons were injured. It’s a terrible situation”, said another local source.

The Commissioner of Police for Delta State Command, Mr Hafiz Inuwa when reached by newsmen, confirmed that he has been briefed of the incident.

Confirming the report, the Command’s spokesperson, DSP Onome Onovwakloyeya stated that “three victims were burnt beyond recognition on the spot” while some vehicles and motorcycles were also razed in the tanker explosion.”

Meanwhile, Ebonyi State Government has ordered the arrest of a site engineer after a three-story building under construction collapsed.

Source: Naija News

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Biafra: How Nigerian Army Tried To Assassinate IPOB’s Lawyer – Nnamdi Kanu

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The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has accused the Nigerian Army of allegedly attempting to assassinate Barrister Chukwuemeka Okoroafor.

In a press statement released to newsmen on Thursday by the spokesperson of IPOB, Emma Powerful, Nnamdi Kanu claimed that Okoroafor was ambushed by men who came out of a white Hilux truck on Suleja-Bida highway on Thursday and opened fire on his car.

He said the lawyer was leaving Alpha Military Commando Base in Suleja where he had gone to confirm an intelligence report regarding some Biafran agitators detained by the Nigerian Army, when he was attacked.

Nnamdi Kanu said: “Barrister Okoroafor went to the Alpha Military Commando Base in Suleja to confirm intelligence reports from credible sources that civilians being held at this military detention camp are all missing Biafrans, including Elvis Ngozi and 109 others.

“Upon exiting this facility and into Suleja-Bida Road, an unmarked white Hilux truck pulled up by the side of his vehicle and opened fire on him in an effort to kill him. The same thing they did to Barrister Ejiofor about two years ago when they invaded his country home in a similar state-sponsored attempt to assassinate him.

“Barrister Okoroafor told me that before leaving the base, he discovered that the left rear wheel of his SUV was marked with black paint. He drove into Suleja Area Command and made a report. Shortly afterwards he was attacked on the road. This testimony convinced me that the attackers were members of Nigeria’s security agents.”

The IPOB leader claimed that the alleged attack on Okoroafor was an attempt to scare lawyers from working with the pro-Biafra group.

He said: “The whole world must take note of this barbaric attack against innocent Barrister Chukwuemeka Richard Okoroafor in Abuja today being the 25th day of February, 2021, a lawyer who is doing his professional job.

“Since the Nigerian Army and police have taken it upon themselves to assassinate IPOB lawyers and to stop IPOB from challenging them with self-evident truth in their own law courts, they will soon reap the fruit of their evil deed. We, therefore, demand the immediate release of all sex slaves in the custody of the Nigerian Army.”

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Imo: ‘Your Turn Has Finally Come’ – Nnamdi Kanu Mocks Police, Army

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The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has taken to social media to mock the Nigeria Police Force and Army over reprisal attack by citizens.

Kanu in a tweet on his Twitter handle on Friday morning, February 26 said the security agencies are now enjoying what they sowed during the Obigbo and Lekki Toll Gate incidents that caused the loss of lives a few months ago.

Naija News understands that the IPOB leader was reacting to the ongoing crisis in Imo State. It was reported earlier that some hoodlums threw inflammable objects at the Aboh Mbaise Divisional Police Headquarters in Imo State and burnt down the police facility.

The development ignited the environment, causing the policemen on guard, suspects, and natives to run into nearby bushes.

Confirming the report a source said, “This is very strange. Fleeing hoodlums have just razed Aboh Mbaise Divisional Police headquarters. They didn’t bother going into the compound. They just threw ignitable objects on the Divisional headquarters and drove off few minutes after it caught fire.

“All the policemen on duty including suspects who were being detained ran into the nearby bushes. Locals also fled their homes as the fire raged. We have not seen this one before.”

Affirming to the incident, a police spokesperson for the state command, Orlando Ikeokwu, said no policeman was lost to the incident.

Reacting to the development moments later, Kanu took to the micro-blogging platform and wrote: “Nigerian Police & Nigerian Army, do you think that those you killed their brothers and sisters in #Obigbo and #LekkiTollGate, will sit back and watch all of you enjoy your lives? Hell No!”

“Seems your turn has finally come, please enjoy it to the fullest!”

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Lagos state government seals off supermarket for selling expired products (photos)

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu government of Lagos State has sealed off the Home Affairs Supermarket located at 21, Ijaye Road, Ogba.

Naija News understands that the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA) on Thursday, February 25 announced on its official Twitter handle that it halted business operation at the store for displaying expired products for consumers to buy.

Conversing with reporters on the development, the General Manager of the agency, Afolabi Solebo Esq, said the supermarket was caught having expired products such as Kelloggs Krave (Chocolate Hazelnut) and Frozen foods, on their shelves, of which unsuspecting customers could visit for purchase.

Solebo said it is a wonder that despite several public campaigns and warnings by LASCOPA against such deadly and greedy acts, store managers still sell expired products to their customers, and offence which contravene the State government’s directives on the sale of unwholesome goods.

He said: “I, personally, discovered the expired items on the supermarket shelves on the 23rd of February, 2021, while on a routine check of supermarkets in the area. On discovering the expired products, I told the staff to remove the items from the shelves, which they did in my presence, only for the monitoring and enforcement team to go there the following day and discovered that the items have been returned to the promo shelf.”

Solebo reiterated that the agency had to seal off the Supermarket in the interest of the general consumers in the state, adding that LASCOPA would not fail to initiate litigation if retail shops and supermarkets do not stop displaying expired products for sale.

While charging consumers not to hesitate to report any supermarket or shops within the State where expired products are sold, Solebo enjoined residents to submit their complaints free of charge by visiting the office of LASCOPA at 2b, Soji Adepegba Close, off Allen Avenue, Ikeja or send correspondence to the Agency’s e-mail addresses: lascopa@lagosstate.gov.ng and lascopa@gmail.com for necessary action.

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Meanwhile, the Niger State chapter of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has arrested no fewer than eight suspected drug peddlers.

The state command revealed that it seized 603.24 kilogrammes of illicit drugs in different parts of the state in recent operations, Naija News reports.

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