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Tears as trailer crushes Enugu schoolchildren, Katsina bandits kill 29

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Tragedy struck on Wednesday at Mgbowo in the Agwu Local Government Area in Enugu State when a truck driver lost control of the vehicle and rammed it into a school bus taking home dozens of pupils of the Presentation Nursery and Primary School, Awgu.

By the time the dust cleared, 21 persons, mostly schoolchildren and woman, were dead.

The school is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Awgu while the truck reportedly belongs to a construction firm working at Oji-River – Awgu.

The Enugu sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Ogbonna Kalu, who confirmed the accident, said it involved a school bus and trailer.

He blamed the accident on speeding beyond the limit and dangerous driving.

Kalu said, “Twenty-one persons have been confirmed dead and more than 50 persons were in the school bus.

“Also of note is that not all the dead were schoolchildren. Those working on the roadside were part of the casualties. From available information, the accident was caused by dangerous driving.”

In Katsina State, about 29 villagers were reportedly killed by bandits that invaded communities in Dandume and Faskari Local Government areas.

The Katsina State Police Command said the bandits killed 12 villagers and set some houses ablaze.

It was learnt that the over 100 bandits stormed one of the towns around 4am, riding on motorcycles.

They reportedly started shooting sporadically and this resulted in the death of 25 persons on the spot.

While some of the bandits held Diskiru community hostage, others operated in fringes of the villages, raiding from house to house, abducting residents and stealing valuables including cows and goats.

 

 

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FG names Nwabuoku to oversee Accountant General Office  

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The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Mr Anamekwe Chukwunyere Nwabuoku to oversee the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF).

This follows the ongoing investigation of the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) over N80 billion fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Aliyu Ahmed, Permanent Secretary (Finance), Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, was quoted as saying this in a letter dated May 20, 2022.

The appointment will be pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a statement by Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

The statement also read in part, “Mr Anamekwe is expected to carry out his duty in strict compliance with extant rules and observe the highest sense of professionalism expected of an officer working at his level.

“Currently, he is director, Inspectorate Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, and presently he is overseeing the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.”

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56 people eating Nigeria like termites — Al Mustapha alleges

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Former Chief Security Officer to late military Head of State General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al Mustapha

…Says Nigerian soldiers have turned into a police

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Buhari appoints Semiu Adeniran new stastician general

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Semiu Adeniran as the Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics.

The appointment follows the demise of the former statistician general, Dr Simon Harry, on April 13, 2022, eight months into his five-year tenure.
A statement by Sufuyan Ojeifo, Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, said, “Adeniran is a professional statistician of repute with bias for Demography and Social Statistics. He has over three decades of statistical hands-on experience garnered from various local and international institutions.”

“Until his appointment, Mr Semiu was the Director of Demographic and Household Statistics at the National Bureau of Statistics.”

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