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Nigeria Authorities Recover 17 Corpses After Bus Plunges Into River2 minutes read

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Authorities in Nigeria say no fewer than 17 corpses have been recovered after a bus plunged into the Akeze-Ukwu River in eastern Ebonyi State.

The Mercedes 608-model bus was said to have been conveying members of a church, who were returning from their pastor’s funeral, when the incident happened on Friday, 18 September 2020.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ebonyi explained that the bus driver lost control of the vehicle while trying to overtake an articulated vehicle on the bridge.

Mrs Stella Uchegbu, the FRSC Sector Commander in Ebonyi, confirmed 17 bodies have been retrieved from the river since the Friday incident.

She added that the corpses were deposited at the Mater Misericordae hospital Afikpo.

Uchegbu said the FRSC sent its personnel to the hospital, where some rescued victims were being treated, to interact with doctors on the true reports concerning the incident.

“We have been getting conflicting reports on the casualties so we sent our personnel to the hospital to interact with the doctors handling the cases. We were able to ascertain that seven persons were actually rescued from the river on the day of the incident instead of five earlier reported. One person was confirmed dead, two persons are presently on admission, two have been officially discharged while two opted to return home having sustained no injuries from the incident,” she said.

Ughegbu added that with the 14 corpses retrieved from the river on the second day of the rescue operations and the three other corpses retrieved on Sunday, the total number of retrieval is 24.

The total number of dead victims is now 18.

The Ebonyi Command of the Nigerian Police Force also confirmed in a statement the retrieval of three more corpses on Sunday, adding that a retired police officer was among the deceased.

The statement signed by DSP Loveth Odah, the Police Public Relations Officer, said that “the lifeless body of retired CSP Livinus Mbah was among the retrieved corpses.

“Efforts are still on to recover the remaining 10 people,” it stated.

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#EndSARS: Edo Governor Imposes 24-Hour Curfew In State

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Edo State will be under a 24-hour curfew until further notice beginning from 4pm, October 19, 2020, the Godwin Obaseki-led government confirms.

According to a press statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, on Monday, schools and businesses will also be affected.

The government also advised parents to “rein in their children, youths and wards, to forestall further breakdown of law and order.”

The statement read in part, “This decision has become necessary because of the very disturbing incidents of vandalism and attacks on private individuals and institutions by hoodlums in the guise of #ENDSARS protesters.

“While the government of Edo State respects the rights of its citizens to undertake legitimate protests, it cannot sit idly when hoodlums have taken laws into their hands to cause mayhem on innocent citizens and the state.

“By the directive, schools and businesses are to shut down activities accordingly. Those who cannot move safely are to stay put between now and 4pm till calmness is restored.

“Parents are advised to rein in their children, youths and wards, to forestall further breakdown of law and order.

“The responsibility of government is to protect lives and property and maintain law and order, therefore, anyone found outside in violation of the curfew would be dealt with according to the law.”

It would be recalled that hoodlums, pretending to be protesters, on Monday broke into the Benin Custodial Centre at Sapele Road, Benin freeing inmates.

The hoodlums’ action on Monday at the facility, popularly called “White House’’ saw many prisoners escaping, though the number could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report.

It took the efforts of the prison’s armed guards to quell the riots while some prisoners who fled the centre were caught.

Benin metropolis was on total lockdown as banks, private and government-owned schools were under lock and key following continuous youth protests.

A correspondent who monitored the protest reports that all the major roads leading to the city centre were all blocked by the protesting youths.

Some of the youth were seen chanting solidarity songs and playing football, while others were busy cooking on the road.

Mr Osagie Obamogie, one of the protesters who spoke with newsmen said: “We are tired of the hardship, no sector of the economy is working and we can no longer continue like this.

“I graduated since 2012 with no job in sight. I managed to open a barbershop and there is no adequate electricity supply to run it properly.

“They have increased fuel and increased electricity tariff. Everything is on the high side. We are no longer protesting only # EndSARS, it has metamorphosed into End bad government”.

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Nigerians Protest Ghanaian Government Refusal to Open Locked Shops

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The Nigeria Union of Traders Association in Ghana (NUTAG), has carried out a peaceful protest over Ghanaian authorities’ refusal to open shops owned by Nigerians in that country.

The President of NUTAG, Mr Chukwuemeka Nnaji, who led the protest, said in a telephone interview that Ghanaian authorities’ refused to open their shops since 2019.

He noted that the Ghanaian authorities’ refusal to open the traders’ shops was despite several meetings between top officials of both governments of Nigeria and Ghana.

He said that the protest was to press the Ghanaian authorities to open shops owned by Nigerians living in Ghana, to enable them tackle economic challenges amid COVID-19.

According to him, the shops owned by Nigerians under lock and key since past one year should be opened to enable the traders return to normal businesses, urging the Nigerian central overnment to evacuate them.

Nnaji said: “I am in talks in with my leader, Mr Ken Okoha, National President of Nigerian Traders, and he has assured us that he will take our case up to the highest level in Nigeria.

“In fact, plans are on for him to move to institutions that are related to trade; I have known him for five years now and I know what he is able to do.

“I am rest assured that the leadership of Nigerian traders are working towards achieving this goal; some of you, who still have funds, should also continue to help other traders.

“Be law abiding citizens, COVID-19 is still on and lots of businesses are affected; many of us are living from hand to mouth due to the downturn.

“If you do not have anything to do, stay at home; rest assured that at the end of October, if we are not evacuated, we will keep ourselves at the border.”

Receiving the traders, Mrs Easter Arewa, Charge de Affair of Nigeria High Commission in Ghana, said that government would remain committed to protecting Nigeria citizens.

According to her, the letter by Nigerian traders has been well received and their message will be conveyed to the highest authority.

“Government is not resting on your case; it is because of you Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of House of Representatives, came to Ghana.

“Likewise, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was here. In spite of his busy schedule, he came here and met with the leadership of NUTAG. He promised to continue with the cause on his return to Abuja.

“He has not failed; very soon your situation will be addressed because a hungry man is an angry man. It is not nice to hear that in a brotherly country as Ghana, you are being treated like this.

“We have Ghanaians in Nigeria too and they are treated as brothers, so do not worry. It is a government-to-government dialogue.

“I believe, very soon, we will get to the end of this matter and we will all be at peace,” Arewa said.

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Breaking: Tanker Explodes In Lagos Nigeria

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A midnight tanker explosion has rocked the Otedola Bridge area of Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre.

No casualty has been confirmed as of this report with witnesses saying the explosion happened around 3am.

The spokesperson of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Nosa Okunbor, confirmed the incident.

The Otedola Bridge in Lagos is notorious for its accidents. In May 2020, a tanker rammed into a commercial bus and a car on the Bridge, along Lagos Ibadan-Expressway, killing a female while others sustained injuries in the process.

In November 2019, a tanker loaded with 33,000 litres of petrol with registration number KJA-900XR got burnt on the Otedola Bridge. Okunbor, in a statement at the time, blamed the incident on the tanker’s tyres which bust while it was in motion.

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