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Fire guts popular Jos motor park

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A popular motor park in Jos called the NTA Park has been gutted by fire.

The park is located opposite the NTA Jos Network Centre on the Yakubu Gowon way, Jos.

The fire was said to have started on Wednesday night, around 7:30 pm was and lasted for several hours before it was eventually put out by men of the fire service.

Chairman of the Motor Park, Maikwudi Ibrahim, told journalists in Jos, on Thursday, that no life was lost during the fire incident but the it destroyed several properties including shops.

He said, “The fire started in the office of our financial secretary and spread to shops around the park.

“The fire was much because it started where tires and forgotten items of passengers were kept and everything was burnt down. The drivers who always sleep in the park were still around, they were able to quickly remove their vehicles and that saved vehicles from being burnt. But the fire spread to shops and razed them.”

The chairman also said, “The fire was caused by a power surge from the Jos Electricity Company because, while we were still at the park, they restored light and took it again almost immediately. This happened more than ten times. It was when they brought the light for the eleventh time that we saw a spark from the Financial Secretary’s office and before we knew what was happening, the fire was everywhere.”

Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Federal Fire Service in Plateau State, Mr Matthew Edogbonya, was unavailable to comment on the incident.

A senior officer of the service, who preferred anonymity, confirmed the situation to NAN in Jos.

He said, ”The PRO and other key officers of the command are on the scene of the fire incident and can’t talk now.

”We can’t say what is the cause of the fire outbreak, but our men have been deployed in the scene to prevent further damage by the fire.

”At the moment, we can’t say the level of damage. Our immediate concern is to stop the fire from destroying property and human lives.”

 

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Thugs allegedly loyal to Governor Wike attack Rivers PDP presidential campaign boss’ residence, destroy vehicles

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Political thugs allegedly working for the Rivers state governor, Mr Nyesom Wike have invaded the residence of former Rivers South-East Senator, Lee Maeba.

The house located at GRA, Phase 3 axis in Port Harcourt, Rivers State was invaded by thugs on Thursday morning.

Maeba is the chairman of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council in the state.

A source said the hoodlums, allegedly loyal to Governor Wike, destroyed many cars, including an SUV, while occupants of the house including Senator Maeba’s relations fled the scene.

It was learnt that the hoodlums also shot indiscriminately and injured some occupants of the building during the attack.

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“About 200 hoodlums loyal to Governor Wike attacked the residence of Senator Lee Maeba this morning. They destroyed vehicles and injured some occupants,” the source said.

Since Governor Wike lost the presidential ticket of the party to the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the party has been factionalised.

This followed allegations made by the governor that the National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu manipulated the process to favour Atiku, a fellow northerner.

He subsequently asked Ayu to resign from office but the national chairman has refused to do so amid the attendant crisis in the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The Wike-led Rivers government earlier revoked the ownership of a landed property belonging to Maeba in Port Harcourt.

When contacted, DSP Grace Woyengikuro Iringe-Koko, spokesperson for the state police command said she wasn’t aware of the incident.

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Over 100 injured in Spanish train collision

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At least 150 people have been injured after two trains collided in the Catalonia region of north-eastern Spain, emergency services have said.

The crash, which occurred around 07:50 (06:50 GMT), took place at a station on the outskirts of Barcelona.

Local media reported that the trains had been travelling in the same direction and collided while one was parked at the station.

It is unclear how the accident happened and officials have yet to comment.

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Emergency officials wrote on Twitter that the crash happened at the Montcada i Reixac – Manresa station, about 12km (7 miles) from the city centre.

Writing on Twitter, emergency services said that 150 people were “in a mild condition” and five others had been left with “in a less serious condition”.

They added that three people had been transferred to hospital.

Train traffic was briefly disrupted on several lines due to the accident, the national rail service Renfe said.

One passenger told RAC1, a local radio station, that “train was full and my carriage, which was the last one, was completely full” at the time of the collision.

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ICPC Arraigns Rector, others over N6m fraud

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The Rector, Samuel Timi Johnson and the Acting Bursar, Werepere Martins Degbegha of the International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, as well as one Yerikema Tony Tombra have been arraigned for their complicity in a Six Million Naira (N6,000,000) fraud.

The defendants were brought before Honorable Justice M.A Ayemieye of High Court 2, sitting in Yenagoa, by ICPC, on allegations bordering on ‘using office to confer corrupt advantage, conspiracy & making false statement.’

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ICPC, in a 7-count charge, is accusing the Rector and the Acting Bursar of conspiring and using their offices to confer corrupt advantage on themselves when they withdrew the above sum from the confers of the institute under the guise of spending the money on renovations of a viewing centre in Tropani Community while investigation revealed otherwise.

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