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12 injured as fuel truck, two other vehicles catch fire in Osun

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No fewer than 12 people sustained varying degrees of burn on Thursday in an accident involving three trucks and one other vehicle at the Ikire axis of the Ife-Ibadan expressway in Osun State.

According to sources near the scene, two trucks carrying cement and one other carrying petroleum, as well as, a commercial bus heading towards Ife end were involved in the crash.

The accident which occurred around 3:30 pm, few kilometres to Naira and Kobo Junction in Ikire led to a diversion of traffic to Ibadan lane of the dual carriageway, as people tried to put out the fire.

The content of one of the trucks involved, it was learnt, later spilled to the other lane of the road.

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A commuter, Michael Mokolade, whose vehicle was near the scene of the accident when the crash occurred, told The Punch that the vehicles collided while making efforts to avoid the bad portion of the road shortly after Alasape Prayer ground.

He said,

“My vehicle was about 10 vehicles away from those ones involved in the crash.  The vehicles were trying to avoid bad portion of the road and they, in the process, ran into each other.

“Initially, people were scared to move near the scene, but some of the commuters in the commercial vehicles involved later managed to disembark, but many of them were trapped as the fire grew intense.”

When contacted, General Manager of Osun Ambulance Scheme, Dr. Olusegun Babatunde, said twelve people that sustained various degrees of burns in the accident had been taken to General Hospital in Ikire.

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He said “Efforts are on to move the victims to Ife as soon as possible.”

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Commenting on the accident, Osun Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Peter Oke, said the crash occurred at Alasepe Area, Ikire Osun State.

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He said,

“Two of the three trailers involved are Dangote trucks including a tanker and a bus.

“One of the passengers in the bus in the hospital confirmed that they were only 2 passengers in the vehicle and that two of them survived.

“The status of the Dangote vehicles and the tanker could not be ascertained for now until the fire is completely extinguished.”

Administrative Officer of Osun State Fire Service, Fatai Aremu said men of the Federal Fire Service were deployed to the scene of the crash.

“They are still there trying to put out the fire,” Aremu said.

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NAF renews loyalty to Buhari

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Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadiq, has renewed the loyalty and support of the Nigerian Air force to the Commander-In-Chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Sadiq gave the assurance at the Chief of the Air Force Eid-el-Fitr Luncheon organised with troops in the North East on Monday in Yola.

Represented by Air Commodore Muhammed Yusuf, Commander 153 Base Services Group, Yola, Sadiq said that the get together was a tradition to bring the Air personnel in the region together.

”Let me assure our loyalty to the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his constant support to the Nigeria Air Forces.

”The get together is a tradition being organised by the Nigeria Air Force to facilitate the front Air personnel in the North East region during the festivity.

”And the Nigeria Air Force is committed to ensuring our country is safe and people can go to their normal activities,” Sadiq said.

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He added that the Nigeria Air Force base in Yola would continue to play a vital role in the fight against insurgency in the northeast.

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He equally assured the people of Adamawa in particular and the entire region the utmost best of the Air Force to protect them from dreaded insurgents and other crimes.

Host Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa appreciated the Nigeria Air Force’s role in the fight against COVID-19 in the state.

Fintiri, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Maxwell Gidado, recalled that before the opening of COVID-19 test centre in Yola, the state government relied on Nigeria Air Force to carry samples of suspected Corona patients to Abuja for the test.

”The Nigeria Air Force had also rendered social services to our people which include education and healthcare services,” the governor acknowledged.

 

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Coronavirus spreads to 16 of Ogun’s 20 LGAs

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The Ogun State Government on Monday said COVID-19 had spread to 16 out of 20 local government areas of the state.

The Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Tomi Coker, disclosed this on Monday afternoon.

He said only four local government were free of COVID-19 in the state.

The Commissioner, who mentioned three out of four councils that were free of the virus, said she did not remember the fourth one. She said could not access her diary where the detailed report of the geography was recorded.

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The commissioner said,

“There are four local government areas that are free of these cases. Both Egbado North and South, Ijebu-Ode, there is one more that I cannot remember now, but, they are four.”

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FG screens 19 Nigerian firms for COVID-19 drugs production

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The Federal Ministry of Health is screening 19 local firms for the production of herbal drugs that can possibly treat or cure COVID-19.

The firms, it was learnt, made many claims ranging from the outright cure for COVID-19 to the treatment of the symptoms.

It was learnt that the 19 firms had met with the leadership of the ministry and the Department of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

The firms have, however, been asked to submit their samples to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control [NAFDAC] out of which three would be picked and recommended for funding.

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The Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, confirmed this on Monday.

He said a meeting was held with the leadership of NAFDAC, the National Institute for Medical Research, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and other relevant stakeholders.

Mamora said the ministry asked interested herbal manufacturers to tell the government what their challenges were.

The minister said some of them complained about funding as well as possible theft of their patent. Mamora said concerns over how to identify patients for the trial were also discussed.

He said,

“We met with about 19 of them to know what remedies they have in place and to know how we can put them through the processes from listing the medicine to clinical trial and then we wanted to know the challenges they were having.

“They said those challenges essentially were funding and they needed assurances that their intellectual property would be protected and their product or remedy would not be stolen or repackaged by someone else.

“The other challenge is how to go about the clinical trial. Part of that is how they source for patients because they will need patients who are volunteers. These patients have to be volunteers since it is a new product that will be put out there.

“So, we are now in the process of screening the 19 of them and we will shortlist some of them. About three will be shortlisted for further assessment and we will recommend support for them in order to fast track the process of determining their efficacy.”

When asked if the drugs were for the outright cure of COVID-19 or just for the treatment, Mamora said it was too soon to say as discussions were still on.

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He said NAFDAC would test the herbal solutions to see if they are safe for human consumption.

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