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Lagos Pipeline Explosion Update: Five Die, 20 Injured, 39 Vehicles Razed, 150 People Displaced

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The number of deaths recorded in the pipeline explosion that rocked the Ekoro area of Abule-Egba, Lagos State, on Sunday, January 19, 2020, has increased to five.

The explosion was reportedly caused by the activities of vandals, who ruptured the pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in the area in a bid to steal fuel.

The explosion was said to have occurred during the operation around 8pm and sent shivers down the spines of residents who ran scampered for safety.

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According to the Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, five fatalities involving three adult males, one female and a five-year-old child were recorded.

He stated that no fewer than 20 people who sustained minor injuries were given on the spot treatment, adding that the fire incident had displaced over 150 people.

Oke-Osanyintolu said, “Five fatalities including three adult males, one adult female and a five-year-old child were discovered.

“Also, 20 people were treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene, while 150 people including children were displaced.

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“The buildings affected are a storey building at No 18 Musa Erimo Street and four buildings, including a storey building and three bungalows on No 1, No 2, No 7 and No 20, Joel Nnadede Street, in Ekoro. Also, on Hamed Sodiq Street, a two-storey building on No 2 and two bungalows on No 4 and No 8 were affected, while on the NNPC power line road, three bungalows on No 45, No 47 and No 49 were razed.

“17 shops and 39 vehicles including 33 trucks, three cars and three tricycles were also affected. We will continue to keep members of the public abreast with updates”, he added.

(PUNCH)

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JUST IN: Tragedy Averted In Benin As Heavy-duty Trucks Falls, Destroys Vehicles, High-tension Cables

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Tragedy was averted at Reservation Road, front of Nigerian Correctional Service Headquarters Benin, on Friday when Crane said to have been brought from Abuja for site work fell off its Lowbed meant for carrying it.

The Crane was said to have been brought from Abuja to fix some irons at the Edo Museum for West Africa Arts- EMOWAA ARCHAEOLOGY PAVILION – situated on the land where Edo Central Hospital was sited.

The Crane was said to have finished its work and was about climbing its Lowbed (Truck meant to carry it) when it suddenly fell off the truck and destroyed high-tension cables belonging to power distribution company.

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The incident happened a stone throw away from the EMOWAA ARCHAEOLOGY PAVILION.

The driver of the Crane was said to be inside the Crane and was trying to set it on the Lowbed when one of the tyres suddenly tripped off leading to the Crane falling off the Lowbed.

The driver has been rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.

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High-tension cables pulled down by the Crane also destroyed a car parked by vehicles plying Government House whose park is exactly where the incident happened.

Officials of the company who were on site declined comment but the driver of the Lowbed who wouldn’t want his name mentioned spoke in Pidgin English: “He don finish work ooo, and I say make I carry am dey go Abuja. No, the tyres balance, we no just know wetin happen, but thank God say him no die, we don rush am go hospital.”

Men of the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police Force have cordoned off the scene thereby restricting vechular movement

 

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EFCC Arrests 48 Kwara Varsity Students For Internet Fraud

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Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have arrested 48 students of the Kwara State University and two others for offences bordering on internet fraud.

EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

According to the statement, the suspects were arrested on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at their various hideouts, after days of surveillance, adding that they will be arraigned in court when investigations are concluded.

Items recovered from the suspects, according to the statement, included laptops and different brands of phones.

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The statement read, “Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 48 students of the Kwara State University, KWASU, and two others for offences bordering on internet fraud.

“They were arrested on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 in their various hideouts after days of surveillance and fruitful intelligence on their suspected involvement in internet-related offences.

“Items recovered from the suspects include nine exotic cars, 24 laptops, and different brands of phones. The suspects will soon be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigations.”

A week ago, the anti-graft agency also arrested 14 individuals suspected of internet fraud at a “Yahoo Academy” in Makurdi.

In a statement on its official X handle, the EFCC said, acting on intelligence, operatives from the Makurdi Zonal Command raided a three-bedroom apartment along Achusa Road, Benue State, believed to be a training centre for internet fraud trainees.

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PHOTOS: Three-storey Building Collapses In Lagos During Downpour

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A three-storey building at Ita Faaji Market in the Lagos Island Local Government Area of Lagos State collapsed during the downpour on Thursday.

The PUNCH learnt that the incident which happened around 9am caused panic in the community.

The Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services, Magaret Adeseye, in a statement obtained by The PUNCH, said the building was under renovation before it caved in.

She, however, added that the construction workers escaped unhurt.

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“A three-storey building under renovation at 24, Binuyo Street off Ita Faaji Market, Lagos, collapsed during a downpour. The few artisans on site escaped unhurt,” the statement read in part.

Adeseye further disclosed that its personnel from Ebute Elefun Fire Station and other state emergency responders were at the scene of the collapse.

The LSFRS boss noted that the supposed cause of the collapse was unknown, adding that recovery operations had since been concluded.

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The PUNCH reported that a yet-to-be-identified woman said to be 80 years old died as the staircase of a storey building caved in the Oyingbo area of the state in September 2023.

The Lagos State Building Control Agency while condoling with the victims of the collapsed building blamed the non-compliance on the vacation notice on the part of occupants of the building.

Emergency responders raced to the scene for a rescue mission following the incident.

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