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Many Feared Dead As Container Falls On Vehicles In Aba

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Tragedy struck Tuesday in Aba the commercial capital of Abia State, when a 40 – feet container fell off and landed on vehicles trapping many occupants.

No fewer than four persons were reported dead on the spot while scores of others were critically injured.

The accident happened at the popular Ogbor Hill Aba which has witnessed so many auto crashes in the past.

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One of the victims’ heads was trapped and buried by the container while a woman and a man were observed clutching the steering of the Siena bus and gasping for breath.

According to an eye witness accounts, a trailer conveying a 40-foot container was descending the hill from the Ehere direction when it suddenly lost control and collided with another vehicle precisely on top of the Aba River Bridge.

The trailer was said to be swerving uncontrollably as a result of the brake failure trying to avoid hitting other vehicles when it suddenly ran into a stationary lorry that broke down on top of the bridge.

This, according to the witness, led to a collision with a Sienna bus while the container fell on other vehicles trapping many occupants inside.

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Meanwhile, residents and passersby were making frantic efforts to rescue the victims.

Attempts by hooligans to vandalize the trailer and set it ablaze were stoutly resisted by some of the rescue workers at the scene.

Recall that Ikot Ekpene Road, Ogbor Hill Aba, which has so many bad portions has become notorious for road accidents, particularly near the abattoir.

The Abia State Government had about two years ago ordered the relocation of the Ahia Udele market close to the scene when a similar accident occurred there and claimed so many lives including traders in the market.

 

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PHOTOS: Makinde Joins NLC Protest In Oyo

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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, joined the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress in its peaceful protest.

During the protest, Makinde assured the protesters that the current hardship would soon be over.

The workers began their protest from the NLC state secretariat, Agodi in Ibadan, the state capital, down to Gate – NTA – Yemetu roundabout where Governor Makinde joined the protesting workers.

The governor said, “I am aware of the hardship in town and the difficulty the people are going through but I will be part of the generation that will fix the country.”

He also assured the workers that their letters of protest and complaints would be delivered to President Bola Tinubu.

Earlier, the state NLC Chairman, Kayode Martins said the cost of living was no longer bearable, especially for the common man.

He said, “The cost of living in Nigeria today is nothing to write home and the people are fed up, so that’s why we are on the street now.”

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BREAKING: NDLEA Intercepts Largest Heroin Consignment St Lagos Airport

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has intercepted what it described as the single largest heroin consignment at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos State.

The agency also arrested members of an organised criminal organisation which specialises in trafficking heroin across Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Europe and America in an operation leading to the seizure of the consignment which weighed 51.90Kg on February 12, 2024.

The Chairman of the NDLEA, Buba Marwa, disclosed this while briefing journalists on Tuesday in Lagos.

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Marwa said the operation was the single largest seizure of heroin at the airport.

The NDLEA boss said the consignment was concealed in 15 cartons of 2300-watt metal cutting machines.

He noted that there was a parallel between the seizure and the September 18, 2022, seizure of 2,139.5kg cocaine in a warehouse in the Ikorodu area of the state, which he described as the biggest singular cocaine seizure in the history of NDLEA.

According to him, four cartel members linked to the recent seizure were arrested in a follow-up operation conducted by the NDLEA operatives.

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He said, “NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Command intercepted a suspicious package at the SAHCO Import Shed of the airport’s Cargo Terminal. The consignment was concealed in 15 cartons of 2300-watt metal cutting machines. Each carton was stocked with three blocks of high-grade heroin. In total, we recovered 45 blocks of the illicit substance with a total weight of 49.70kg.

“After the discovery, we were methodical and meticulous in our investigations. We started with the arrest of the freight agent whose name is Olowolagba Wasiu Babatunde. It turned out that he was hired for clearing services by Mattpee Logistics, a company operated by one Mr. Kola resident in South Africa.”

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Hardship: Workers Begin Protest In Ondo

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Hundreds of civil servants took to the streets of Akure, the Ondo State capital on Tuesday to protest current economic hardship in the country.

The protest was based on the directives of the national body of the Nigeria Labour Congress.

The peaceful protest is ongoing along the major roads in the capital city while the protesters are chanting various solidarity songs.

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They also wielded placards with different inscriptions such as, “Stop the hunger, lower food prices,’ ‘Fix the local refineries end, oil subsidy,’ ‘Tax the rich, subsidise for the poor, and ‘ ‘End naira devaluation, support local production’ among others.

Security operatives were seen around the town to ensure that hoodlums do not hijack the protest

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