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BREAKING: Another 3-Storey Building Collapses In Onitsha

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A three-storey building on Wednesday collapsed at No. 22 Nkisi Aroli street, Onitsha, Anambra state.

The building said to belong to one Chukwuma Njeka, reportedly collapsed in the early hours of Wednesday following heavy downpour.

It was gathered that although no casualty was recorded, property of value yet to be ascertained were reportedly damaged in the calamity.

Similarly, the rear fence of the Onitsha custodial centre (formerly known as Onitsha prison) also collapsed on Wednesday at about 6:30 am following heavy downpour.

No casualty was said to have been recorded, neither was there any inmate escapee due to the collapsed fence.

The Police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed both incidents, saying the scene was cordoned off by the Police to prevent looters from taking advantage and to clear the rubrics.

He said the Commissioner of Police, John Abang had ordered for immediate deployment of Police personnel to secure the area.

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Ten Wedding Guests Died In Ekiti Road Crash

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An accident involving wedding guest in Ekiti has occurred along Ado-Ikere road of the state which left many dead and several injured

At least 10 wedding guests have died in a motor accident on the Ikere-Ado Road in Ekiti State.

Several others also sustained injuries in the accident. 
The accident involved an 18 seater bus with registration number Ekiti LG 05 MUE.

Eyewitnesses confirmed that the victims were returning from a wedding reception when the tragedy occured.

One witness, Abiodun, told Dammylink that the driver lost control of the vehicle’s wheel. 

He said, “The vehicle was speeding and summasulted several times immediately the driver lost control of the wheel. 

“I counted at least 10 bodies on the road before the arrival of officials of Federal Road Safety Corps.

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Flood Submerged Over 150 Communities In Kogi

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Mr Sanusi Yahaya, Kogi Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, said over 150 communities have been submerged following flood in nine Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the State.

Yahaya made the disclosure while addressing newsmen after a stakeholders meeting at the state emergency operation centre on Saturday in Lokoja.

The commissioner noted that the centre had been activated as the state was already experiencing flood emergency.

Yahaya, also the State Coordinator, Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), said that out of the nine local government areas located along the banks of River Niger and Benue, seven LGAs were severely affected while other two were not so severe.

He said the LGAs severely affected are: Ibaji, Kogi Koton Karfe, Lokoja, Ofu, Ajaokuta, Omala and Idah, saying over 90 per cent of Ibaji communities have been submerged.

”Particularly, majority of communities at Ibaji are under water, and many households have been affected and displaced.

”As we speak, the water level has risen very high to about 10.60m on Saturday in Lokoja from the report of the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA).

”In the last few days, many communities, settlements have been displaced as a result of flooding,” he said.

He said that over 20 camps had been opened by the government to accommodate flood victims, which were spread across the nine affected LGAs.

Yahaya advised residents of flood-prone areas and affected communities to relocate to safer places or move to the nearest camps opened by the state and local governments, to avoid loss of lives and property.

He said that with the activation of the state emergency centre, the state was collaborating with all the relevant stakeholders to ensure timely and appropriate responses.

“The state needs help; while we are working within the resources available to us, we need temporary shelter provision, food, non-food items and water, which the affected victims would need.

“In terms of efforts to document the displaced persons; the profiling is ongoing and we will keep updating the number of the affected households and persons.

”Our officers are in the field profiling, and we have to put it together before we can give out figure, and this figure will keep changing day by day,” he said.

The commissioner said the number of households as at Saturday at Gadumo axis was 215, Ganaja 176, Galili axis 272, and Adankolo axis 246, under Lokoja and Ajaokuta LGAs.

He, however, noted that no human casualty has been recorded in terms of death, but stressed that the victims were facing precarious situation.

The commissioner urged the Federal Government through NEMA to come to the aid of the state, while appealing to individuals, organisations and other relevant stakeholders to assist the state.

”We have the Flood Estate in Lokoja, which is directly under the control of Kogi SEMA, and it is already opened for habitation and those to occupy them have been profiled for camping.

”But we do not have enough camps that could accommodate all the affected people, so we are calling on the general public to assist and also be accommodating to victims.

”We have camps that we have equipped with toilets and borehole, especially with the support of the Red Cross; many of those camps have toilets and water supply through borehole.

”The state is equally doing her best to make sure that sanitation, water and hygiene are ensured.

”We are pleading for more emergency shelter like tent to support the state’s efforts, because what we have are not enough. We want the Federal Government, organisations and individuals to support us,” he said.

He named some of the submerged communities as Adankolo, Gadumo, Egan, Budon, Kinani, Esikaku, Oreza, Edimose, Enumayi, Ogbangede, Iganumo, Bagana, Obakume, and Idirisu.

Others are Edeha, Adabode, Edegaki, Akpaku, Okpaka, Adamogu, Kasemiya, Kpakpazi, Kelebe, Ozahi, Panda, Ikumo, Irenodu, Iganumo, Geregu, among several others.

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Fake Blind Beggar Arrested In Ekiti With 10-Year-Old Girl

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Drama ensured in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Thursday as nemesis caught up with a popular street beggar Nzube Ekene who pretended to be blind.

The mother of two who often beg for money at the traffic light around the popular Fajuyi roundabout with a ten year old girl she trafficked was arrested through the intervention of the chairperson of the Association of Women Lawyers known as FIDA Mrs Seyi Ojo.

During the arrest Ekene was putting on tattered cloths and a hat that covers her face thus deceiving members of the public that she is blind.

She usually seat on the floor while the teenage girl goes around to beg for money from motorists and passengers held on by the traffic light.

Giving her account to Roundoffnews, FIDA chairperson Mrs Seyi Ojo said she was in the queue of vehicle stopped by the traffic light when the girl approached her and begged for money a situation she said touched her heart deeply.

Mrs Ojo said on getting to the office, she ordered the invitation of the woman with hope of rendering possible assistance only to discover that she was a fake.

According to her, the woman was well dressed beneath but only covered herself with the rags so as to attract sympathy.

Over eleven thousand naira was found on her as at eleven o’clock in the morning when she was arrested.

The little girl whom she was using to beg for money could not hide her feelings as she grabbed the FIDA chairperson in joy for rescuing her.

Narrating her ordeal the girl who gave her name as Ada said the woman came to her mother in Imo state and requested that she go with her to the Southwest so that she can assist her trading.

She promised to enroll the girl in school which she never did.

Ada said she was surprised after getting to Ado when the woman told her to be begging on her behalf.

According to Ada, she first insisted but the woman beat and threaten her before she succumbed.

She claimed that she had begged the woman overtime to allow her speak with her mother but she insisted and even tore the book where she had earlier wrote the number of her mother.

The girl also complained that the woman was in the habit of maltreating her despite the fact that they make lots of money on daily basis.

Speaking with Roundoffnews, the fake blind woman-beggar Ekene said she lives in Ikare Ondo State but from Imo State.

She claimed that she was involved in the business to survive due to lack of job.

She confirmed that she lied to Ada’s mother about her job.

As at the time of this report the mother of two has been handed over to NAPTIP for further interrogation.

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