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Rice truck crashes into house, kills new born baby, others

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No fewer than eight persons, including a nursing mother and her baby, have been crushed to death in Nasarawa by a truck conveying 600 bags of rice.

The rice consignment, it was learnt, belonged to the National Emergency Management Agency in Idadu community, Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

Northern City News learnt that the accident happened on Monday morning.

According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the truck, who was suspected to be drunk, lost control of the vehicle, crashing it into two houses along the road.

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Apart from the nursing mother and her baby, others who died in the accident included a woman identified as Omo Talatu, an unidentified Tiv woman and the conductor of the truck.

One of the affected houses belonged to a man identified as Mr. Danjuma Omaku, whose aged mother, Otunsha, just passed away.

Omaku said most of the victims of the accident were people who paid him a condolence visit.

Omaku said, “Majority of those that died in my abode were sympathisers who came to condole with me over the demise of my mother.  They were at my compound when the truck lost control and crashed into the house.”

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A survivor, Mr. Abdullahi Wanzan, in an interview with Northern City News on Thursday, attributed his escape to luck.

An eyewitness, Danjuma Ibrahim, said he heard noises and saw the truck crashing into two houses nearby.

“I heard people shouting and I had to run for my life, but before I knew what was going on, some people were hit by the fast-moving truck which lost control and in the process crashed into two houses nearby,” he said.

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Omaku called on the government and the truck owner to assist his family as they had lost their shelter.

“I lost over five rooms, including shops, and I have nowhere else to go to,” he lamented.

Some of those who were wounded in the accident were said to have been taken to Doma General Hospital and others to the Primary Health Care Clinic in Igbabu.

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Five killed, 10 injured in Somalia bomb attack

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At least five people were killed and ten others injured following a bomb attack in Baidoa, southwest Somalia on Saturday, officials said.

Somali government spokesman Ismael Mukhtar Omar confirmed the attack, saying the militant group al-Shabab was behind the latest attack in Baidoa town, the administrative capital of Southwest State in Somalia.

“Remote control landmine blast killed five people and injured 10 others. Most of the victims of the attack were civilians and the casualties could rise as this is the initial report,” Omar told journalists, noting that the situation was still tense.

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Omar said the casualties were innocent civilians who were going about their daily routines in the area.
Local residents said the explosion targeted a local tax collection center, south of Baidoa town but exploded at a nearby restaurant.

“The remote-controlled explosive device targeted a tax collection center which is located in the town on Bardhere road. The casualties included passersby and some security officers,” said a resident who declined to be named.

On Saturday morning, another bomb attack happened in front of the revenue headquarters in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, injuring seven people, including security guards.

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The Somali government has condemned the two attacks, saying the two incidents will not deter its resolve to stabilize Somalia.

The Somali security forces backed by allied forces have stepped up their air and ground operations against the militants in the country despite the militants’ continued resistance, at times targeting military bases, hotels, and other public places.

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Pantami: I have earned more as a professor than as minister

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Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami has said that his salaries and allowances fall below his earnings as an academic at the International University Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

Pantami said this while reacting to a report that he had procured three houses since his assumed office as a minister barely a year ago.

In a statement by Uwa Suleiman, his spokesperson on Friday, July 3, 2020, the minister said he has not purchased a single property anywhere in the world.

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The statement reads in part,

 “For the purpose of setting the records straight, the Honourable Minister has not purchased a single property anywhere In the world, in the period he has been in office as a Minister. One of the apartments in the images published is one which the Honourable Minister has occupied since January 2017, more than two years before becoming a minister, while the other one is a house he rented since 17th December 2019. Two of the images are not even known to him.

“It is worthy of note that as a serving Minister, Dr Pantami’s salaries and allowances fall below his earnings as a Professor at the International University Madinah Saudi Arabia, where he still holds the record of being the first Nigerian to lecture at that level. He only returned to Nigeria out of the zeal to contribute his quota to national development.

“Dr Pantami is one of the few Nigerians who are driven by nothing, but an unequalled sense of patriotism and selfless service as demonstrated in his act of sacrifice, to answer the call to serve his country as a sign of his patriotism and selfless service.”

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JUST IN: Police arrests Ebonyi NUJ chairman, Nwizi

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Police operatives have arrested Tony Nwizi, Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Ebonyi.

According to The Nation, he was picked up on the orders of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

Police spokesperson in Ebonyi, Loveth Odah, said she was yet to get details of the development.

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She said,

” agents came into Ebonyi yesterday from the Anti-Kidnaping Unit of the Lagos State Police Command. They wanted their papers to be signed so they could effect an arrest”.

“We are still on the matter, in order to confirm if he was the one that they came for. The identity of whoever they came for is not usually disclosed.”

It was gathered that Nwizi’s arrest was due to a petition.

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