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Fire guts petrol station, destroys shops, buildings in Ibadan

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A fire incident, which occurred on Monday, completely burnt down Al-Amin filling station located at Elebu area of Ibadan.

Mr Omole Ayodeji, the Federal Fire Service station Officer, while speaking with journalists said that the service responded swiftly when they got the call.

He said,

“We got a call about an hour ago and we did not get exactly what was going on but on getting here we met the filling station on fire and it had already spread out to the building behind it.

“So, we went to the building behind and put off the fire first to stop the further spread to other buildings, before coming back to put off the fire at the filling station.

“We are not sure of what caused the fire but l think what happened was that the tanker was offloading and maybe there was a spark which caused the fire.”

Two shops inside the petrol station, a section of a building behind it and money from sales made for the day, which was said to be kept inside one of the stores in the filling were also destroyed by the fire.

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Speaking on the incident, one of the workers in the station, Mr Shina Siba, said that the fire started suddenly when a tanker loaded with 33,000 litres of petrol was off-loading into the underground tank.

Siba said that the fire started around 4.20p.m and it took the fire service about 40 minutes to arrive at the scene of the fire outbreak.

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He said that everything inside the filling station got burnt, adding that he was still in shock and could not even recollect other things affected by the fire at that moment.

However, the Principal Fire Service Superintendent in the State, Mrs Sakirat Ogunayo, said that no casualty was recorded during the inferno.

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According to her, the filling station was located around residential buildings and the fire could have escalated if not for the prompt arrival of officers of the fire service.

She appealed to filling station owners to always leave a gap between the station and residential buildings.

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COVID-19: South African-based firm donates palliatives to vulnerable in FCTA

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A South African Real Estate Investment Company based in Nigeria, Novare, has donated palliatives to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to help vulnerable communities cushion the effect of COVID-19.

Head of Legal of the company, Mr. Chineme Onuoma, while presenting the items on Monday in Abuja, assured that the company would continue to support the FCT and Government of Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19.

According to reports the items donated included 100 bags of 50kg rice, 245 cartons of indomie noddle, 100 cartons of spaghetti, 100 cartons of vegetable oil, and 75 cartons of tomato paste.

He commended the steps taken by the administration to manage the pandemic in the territory.

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Onuoma revealed that aside from the provisions of palliatives to underserved communities, Novare had approved four months rent-free period, beginning from April 2020 to July 2020 with the intention to extend if necessary for its tenants.

“Particularly those tenants providing non-essential services as described by the Federal Government.

“Each of Novare’s mall accommodates over 60 tenants, having Shoprite and Game as its anchor tenant, with over 600 direct employees and well over 2, 000 indirect employees in each mall, including suppliers of the different goods and products sold by the tenants at the mall.

“To ensure that jobs and livelihoods are protected, starting from those closest to it, Novare, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, has so far approved four months rent-free period, beginning from April 2020 to July 2020.

“The rent-free concession granted to tenants has helped to keep their various businesses afloat, thus alleviating the financial burden on these tenants.

“This financial assistance enables the tenants to channel the income they generate to payment of staff salaries and sustaining their respective supply chains.

“This effectively reduces unemployment, which would have been the consequence if tenants were unable to survive this period,” Onuoma said.

He also stated that the firm had expressed commitment to observe all laid down protocols by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on the prevention of the spread of the virus particularly within its facilities, and to educate and sensitize the public in line with government directives.

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Receiving the items, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, commended the thoughtfulness of the firm especially in supporting the vulnerable with palliative items.

Represented by Prof. Muhammad Usman, her senior Special Assistant on Administration, Aliyu also appreciated the company for putting measures in place to ensure job sustainability.

The minister, who stressed the need for collaboration in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic, assured that the items would be distributed to underserved communities.

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Police arrests 69 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers

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Police arrests 69 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers

No fewer than 69 people have been arrested by the Adamawa state police for been involved in kidnapping, armed robbery, homicide and violence in different parts of the state.

The police said 19 of them have been involved in kidnapping incidents and six others allegedly threatened people with kidnapping and collected money from them.

The suspects paraded on Monday at the police headquarters in Yola also included 25 suspected Shila Boys who were mostly teenage boys and allegedly engaged in street snatching of valuables from residents.

The others paraded were 18 people arrested for allegedly inciting communal clashes in Tigno in Lamurde LGA, as well as one person who was accused of culpable homicide.

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The state Commissioner of Police, CP Olubenga Adeyanju, who paraded the suspects, said the suspected kidnappers were rounded up when operatives of the state police command and members of vigilantes and hunters, stormed their hideouts in April.

“Investigation led to the arrest of a syndicate that kidnapped Sule Haro and Solomi Ishaya and killed the husband, Pastor Ishaya, in April 2020 at Mararaba Boki in Gombi LGA.

He added that the suspected kidnapping gang also kidnapped one Aminu Hassan, Isah Usman and Hamza Adamu of Uba village in Hong LGA and demanded N10 million ransom before they were rescued.

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“The group further confessed to having kidnapped Dodde Zumo and Ya’u Mohammadu, both residents of Zumo in Maiha LGA and collected N1 million before they were apprehended.

The police commissioner named the six people charged with criminal intimidation and extortion as Musa Bello (20 years), Adamu Ibrahim (28), Lazarus Musa (32), Bashir Ali (30), Yahuza Mohammed (25), and Faruk Usman (28).

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He said the six belonged to a syndicate that frequently called and threatened their target to pay millions of naira or risk being kidnapped, but that the command, following complaints of members of the public, arrested them.

Speaking on the 25 Shila Boys who were mostly teenagers, the police commissioner said their arrest followed frequent area patrol of different parts of the state capital, Yola.

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Bayelsa shuts six churches for violating COVID-19 safety protocols

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Six churches have been closed indefinitely the Bayelsa State government for violating the state’s coronavirus [COVID-19] safety guidelines.

WuzupNigeria reports that churches are in Yenagoa, the state capital.

The affected churches were Living Faith Church; Salvation Victory Centre; Shalom International Christian Centre and Great Grace Distinguished Assembly; Brotherhood of the Cross and Star and Hebrews International Church.

The permanent secretary, Ministry of Information and Orientation, Freston Akpor, in a statement on Monday, said the defaulting churches were sealed off by the security sub-committee of the State COVID-19 Task Force during its unscheduled visits to churches on Sunday.

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The state government had on May 20 announced that churches could accommodate 200 worshippers in seating arrangement during worship service on Sundays.

Two weeks earlier, the government had lifted the ban on worship service permitting 50 worshippers for big churches and 20 for small churches.

The government, however, warned that “churches must observe physical distance of two metres or six feet apart for worshippers.”

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It also advised that it was “compulsory for churches to provide hand sanitizer, running water and soap at their entrances, and ensure the use of face mask by all worshippers.”

Freston said the affected churches flouted safety measures announced by the government to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

He said,

“The six churches were sealed (off) for failure to comply with safety measures put in place by the government to contain the spread of the pandemic and protect the people of Bayelsa.

“The churches will remain sealed until further notice to serve as deterrent to other churches.”

The task force also unsealed two churches, the Halleluya Deliverance Ministry International and Embassy Faith, earlier shut down for violating COVID-19 safety protocols.

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