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JUST IN: Two Dead As Tanker Explodes, Crushes Car In Rivers

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Two persons were confirmed dead when a tanker suspected to be carrying Liquefied Natural Gas exploded at the Obiri-Ikwerre flyover along the East-West on the outskirts of Port Harcourt in Rivers state.

Eyewitness accounts that the explosion occurred at about 9:25 am when the tanker upturned while trying to negotiate the bypass at the flyover and immediately went up in flames crushing a salon car with two occupants inside.

This came after a month when a fuel-laden tanker exploded along the Eleme axis of the East-West Road claiming about five lives and burnt over 60 cars.

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In the latest incident, an eyewitness said two occupants of the car were trapped before they could escape and were roasted.

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He stated, “My office is just close by here. It was a terrible sight. Two persons inside a salon car parked nearby were burnt beyond recognition.

“The tanker was trying to negotiate through the flyover when it fell and the explosion occurred.”

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The Obiri-Kwere flyover leads to the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa in the Ikwerre local government area of the state.

Another eyewitness who simply gave his name as Lucky said the sound of the explosion spread to residential areas near the flyover and caused panic.

He stated “It was about past 9 am that I was driving towards the University of Port Harcourt that I saw the flames.

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“I quickly made a u-turn because I was driving. Many vehicles started making a detour to avoid the scene of the fire, somewhere even videoing the fire with their phones”.

When contacted, the spokesperson of the State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the incident and the casualty figure.

Iringe-Koko, stated, “Yes I can confirm that two persons died in the tanker fire. Myself and the Commissioner of Police are on the ground as I speak to you.

“The fire has been put out but the area is still dangerous because the gas is still licking.

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“So motorists are advised to take alternative routes to avoid any further casualty. The investigation is ongoing. “

 

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Police Hunt For Killers Of Retired Army General Slain In Abuja

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has launched a manhunt for the killers of retired Army Brigadier General Uwem Harold Udokwere, who was slain in a robbery attack at Sunshine Estate in Abuja.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday, June 22, 2024, at approximately 3:00 a.m.

According to the police, a group of armed robbers invaded the estate, broke into the general’s residence, and shot him during a struggle.

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The Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, CP Benneth C. Igweh, has condemned the attack and promised to leave no stone unturned in apprehending the perpetrators.

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A statement by the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, indicated that the police have commenced a thorough investigation into the incident and are urging anyone with useful information to come forward.

“CP Benneth Igweh assures the family and the public of swift justice, with every effort being made to ensure the perpetrators of this atrocious act are apprehended and brought to justice,” she added.

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The retired general’s body has been deposited at a hospital mortuary for autopsy, while the investigation is ongoing.

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Flood Sweeps 16-year-old Barber Into Ogun Canal

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A 16-year-old barber apprentice, simply identified as Dimeji, was reportedly swept away on Friday after a torrential rainfall in a gully erosion around St. Anthony Nursery and Primary School, Igbeba, Ijebu-Ode

Dimeji was said to have mistakenly stepped into the canal covered with erosion thinking that he was stepping on the plank which pedestrians usually walk on to move to the other side.

A viral video circulating on Saturday showed how the corpse of the young boy was retrieved from the gully.

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The video was accompanied by a condolence message explaining that the victim was not a student, but a barber apprentice around Awokoya Street in Ijebu-Ode

The message reads, “With a heavy heart, we share the sorrowful news of a young life lost to the devastating erosion in Ijebu Ode this evening.

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“The victim, an apprentice barber at Awokoya, has been confirmed to be a non-student.

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“Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his mother, who sells “fufu” at the same location.

“May his soul rest in peace, and may his family find comfort in this difficult time”.

A source confirmed the incident to The PUNCH on Saturday.

The source who pleaded anonymity said “yes, what you saw in the video is true, the boy, Dimeji actually slipped into the canal.

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“What happened was that he escorted his friend to take motorcycle, while the friend sat on the bike and went away, he mistakingly put his leg in the water thinking that he was stepping on the plank and that was how he was swept away”.

Effort to get the spokesperson of Ogun State police command, SP Omolola Odutola to speak on the incident proved abortive, as calls to her phone were not picked while message sent to her WhatsApp was yet to be replied as at the time of filing this report.

 

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Army General Killed In Abuja

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Brig Gen Harold Udokwere rtd was reportedly attacked in the early hours of Saturday, June 22nd 2024 at home in Abuja.

Sources said suspected armed robbers attacked the General’s house at approximately 3 am located at No 1 Sanga Street Sunshine homes by Kabusa Junction at Lokogoma Abuja.

The source said the robbers asked for her jewellery money and other valuables adding that gunshots were later heard.

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A source in the estate said the robbers also injured one of the Estate guards during the attack noting that Brigadier Gen Udokwere was taken to the National Hospital Abuja where he was confirmed Dead.

The FCT Police Commissioner, CP, Benneth Igweh “in his response to the tragic and unprecedented attack at Sunshine Homes estate by armed robbers has ordered a thorough and discreet investigation into the circumstances surrounding this regrettable event.

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A statement by SP Josephine Adeh, spokesman of the Police Command confirmed that the armed robbery attack “resulted in the untimely demise of one Brigadier General Uwem Harold Udokwere (rtd.) on June 22, 2024, at approximately 03:00 a.m

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“Expressing profound condolences to the bereaved family, CP Benneth Igweh assured the family and the public of swift justice, with every effort in conduit to ensure the perpetrators of the atrocious act are apprehended and brought to justice.

“Furthermore, the commissioner of police reaffirms the unflinching commitment of the command to amplify the security landscape of the nation’s capital, by continually adapting strategies to effectively combat evolving criminal activities.

“Updates on this matter will be provided in due course.”

 

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