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Gridlock on Lagos-Ibadan road as gas leakage causes panic

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A gas pipeline exploded on Wednesday near the PUNCH head office in the Arepo-Magboro of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, causing panic among residents and motorists in the area.

As the gas continued to erupt with a huge sound heard many kilometres away, people scampered for safety, causing gridlock on the highway.

The Punch reported that the gas pipeline ruptured during construction work by men of Julius Berger company on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

People said the loud sound was heard around 9.30am, forcing many to rush out of their apartments.

The Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps asked motorists to find alternatives routes.

It said, “An incident of gas leakage, through a damaged pipeline by Julius Berger, the construction company, working on the Berger-Interchange stretch of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which has resulted in an explosion around Punch Newspaper, Magboro, has been reported with traffic gridlock on both inbound and outbound sections of the expressway.”

TRACE’s statement added, “Road users around the axis are implored not to be jittery as safety officials from TRACE, FRSC, police, and the fire service are on top of the situation.”

The FRSC Corridor Commander, Lagos-Ibadan-Egbeda Corridor, Kehinde Hamzat, also said, “We have a case of gas pipeline explosion around Punch Newspaper, Magboro. The pipeline got busted while men of Julius Berger, the construction company working on Lagos-Ibadan expressway were excavating a surface for worksite.

“This has led to a standstill traffic situation on both sections of the expressway.

“Motorists are advised not to panic as professionals are being contacted to take care of the situation.

“For people who have time-bound activities may explore alternative routes and for those who can postpone their trips, let us endeavour to do so while the situation gets controlled.”

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Bandits invade Abuja community, kidnap 5

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Bandits invade Abuja community, kidnap 5

Bandits on Saturday night invaded one of Abuja’s bustling communities, Dutse, and kidnapped at least five persons.

The bandits invaded the community through the hilly part that links the area to Mpape, another community within the Federal Capital Territory.

It was gathered that the bandits arrived at the Mango Tree area, New Jerusalem part of Duste at about 8pm on Saturday.

A resident of the area who does not want her name in print, said those living in the area could not sleep till daybreak as a result of fear.

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The source said: “They came around 8pm. One woman, three men and two boys were kidnapped.

“One of the boys, who is three years old, was found in the bush today (Sunday) morning.

“The mother of the two boys that were among those kidnapped were beaten by the kidnappers. She is currently at the hospital receiving treatment.”

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Suspected killers of Kaduna seminarian who burnt Catholic parish still in prison custody – Police

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Suspected killers of Kaduna seminarian who burnt Catholic parish still in prison custody – Police

Kaduna State Police Command has debunked the rumoured release of suspected bandits earlier arrested for their alleged involvement in the burning of the rectory of Saint Raphael’s Catholic Church Fadan Kamanton in the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, which led to the death of Na’aman Danladi, a Catholic Priest.

The Police Command had on the 23rd March, 2024 announced arrest of a suspected notorious kidnapper, and one Yakubu Saidu, also known as Ismail who allegedly masterminded the Fadan Kamanton arson and homicide.

Meanwhile, a statement by one Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi, BoT Chairman PVC-NAIJA and Initiator, Concerned Nigerians for Security, Unity and Sovereignty, had gone viral on social media, where he raised the alarm that, the arrested suspects have been released and that they are back to the Southern Kaduna community.

Akinyemi, claimed that, the return of the suspects to Ikulu land, has sent fears down the spines of the community people while the families of the suspected criminals were celebrating their release.

Akinyemi said: “These same criminals are known to be responsible for why Southern Kaduna, particularly Ikulu land, has become a theatre of death; a cluster for kidnappers, and a harmful colony to both its people and would-be investors.

“It was the operations of these murderers, and later, their acolytes, that led to the cold-blooded murder of the likes of the former Director General of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Dr. Yakubu Sankey, Ardo Saleh Umar that was slaughtered like ram in view of his commitments to Peace, and a retired Airforce Officer, Master Warrant Officer Hamza Musa, among tens of people that they sent to their early graves.

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“Some of them were infact found with dangerous ammunition such as the AK-47 they freely use against innocent farmers in broad day light. This is not to mention their report card in the kidnap of especially vulnerable women and children that they often keep in their custody for weeks or months depending on when ransom is paid.

“And like an oxymoron of sorts, their coming back is marked by both celebration and mourning. Celebration by families and friends, and mourning by the rest of society. In fact, the last few days, particularly in Ikulu land, have seen some impromptu migrations for fear of the obvious,” he said.

Akinyemi however called on the Commissioner of Police to explain the circumstances surrounding the alleged release of the arrested suspects and asked the government to investigate the matter.

Meanwhile, when contacted on Sunday, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Kaduna Police Command, ASP Mansir Hassan told The Nation that, the suspects, including Yakubu Saidu and others arrested by the Police and the military in connection with Fadan Kamanton, have been remanded in the Correctional Center.

The PPRO said the Police had since concluded investigations on the arrested suspects and their cases files have been forwarded to the state’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), for legal advice.

According to ASP Hassan, “You know this is a criminal case, the suspects could not have been released on bail or for whatever reason by the Police.

“I can tell you that, we have concluded investigations on suspects. It was not only those that we arrested, the Army also arrested some on the same matter. We have investigated all of them and their case files have been forwarded to the DPP for legal advice,” he said.

When asked of the suspects whereabout, the PPRO who asked our Correspondent o give him some time on the enquiry, later called back to confirm that, the suspects have been remanded in the Correctional Center.

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Govt intervenes as alleged poisoned cow meat unsettles Ilorin residents

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Govt intervenes as alleged poisoned cow meat unsettles Ilorin residents

The Kwara State Government has commenced investigation into alleged sale of poisoned  cow meat at the Mandate Market, Ilorin, the state capital.

Already, a team of government officials has visited the market and seized all the cow meat suspected to have been poisoned.

The government in a statement on Sunday appealled to the people to remain calm while trying to establish the veracity of the claims.

It was earlier reported that 33 cows had died as a result of poison and the meat sent to the market for sale.

The investigation followed an alarm raised by the Kwara Monitoring Group (KMG) in a statement on Sunday, April 21, 2024, calling for an immediate action to prevent the poisoned meat from being sold to unsuspecting people.

The group said, “Over 33 cows were suspected to be poisoned and died immediately but surprisingly, the dead animals were slaughtered and distributed out to butchers to be sold.

“It happened along Atere Road (that leads to Al Hikma campus) right inside College of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Ilorin.

“It is our prayer that the concerned ministry and agency take appropriate action as nobody knows whose family the poisoned meat could be sold out to in the market.”

In a reaction, the statement government issued a statement titled “Kwara govt team arrives Mandate market, confiscates suspected beef” jointly signed by the Commissioners for Health, Dr Amina El-Imam, and that of agriculture, Toyosi Thomas Adebayo. It said the government team had moved in.

The statement read, “Kwara State Government officials and experts have arrived at the Mandate Market in Ilorin to activate measures to protect the public amid rumours of poisoned cow meat.

“On the team were the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Toyosi Thomas-Adebayo; Commissioner for Health Dr. Amina Ahmed El-Imam; officials from the Ministry of Environment, including the Executive Secretary of the Kwara State Environmental Protection Agency, Mrs Folorunsho Idayat, and officials from the Ministry of Health including the Permanent Secretary, Alhaja Afusat Ibrahim, and the Director of Public Health Dr. Oluwatosin Fakayode, among others.

“The government has immediately confiscated all the suspected meats for laboratory tests and confirmation of claims after initial engagements with the Mandate Market stakeholders.

“Further information will be given as may become necessary.

“The government urges members of the public to be calm while the team establishes the truth of the rumour of poisoned meat.”

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