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Nyanya Tragedy Survivors Narrate Their Stories

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Survivors of Thursday evening explosion in Nyanya, Abuja, which occurred close to the scene of a less than 3-week-old explosion, narrated their ordeals about another Abuja tragedy, which has already claimed 19 lives.

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Scores of severely injured people are currently receiving treatment in hospitals. While most of them suffered various degrees of burns, some had fractures of various body parts, The Nation reports.

Survivors speak 

Fruit seller Aminu Umar had a narrow escape that day only because upon arrival to his usual place he saw that it had already been occupied by someone else. Thus he had to set up his fruit stand at some distance.

“The blast was scary. A motorcycle operator was beside the car that exploded. The motorcycle and its operator were the first to catch fire before the fire engulfed other cars. When I realised what had happened, I ran off… Unfortunately, the fruit seller that took over my spot died in the explosion.”

Luckily Aminu sustained minor injuries which were stitched in a private hospital, because the Nyanya General Hospital had many other victims delivered with serious injuries.

Businessman Chief Obiora Anibuike, who cheated death, also narrated his story. The man was coming back from Masaka in his auto, when the bomb went off.

“And because the doors of the car were locked, I had to jump out through the window. My head was drenched in blood and I shouted for help. Bystanders quickly covered my head with clothe but I did not know what was wrong until I was taken to Asokoro Hospital where I later saw other victims of the blast.”

Eyewitnesses speak

One of the eyewitnesses recalls the first moments of the tragedy:

“A victim was shouting for help near the car that exploded saying: ‘Come and help me! Do you want me to die? Do you want this fire to consume me? Come and help me! Come and help me!’ On rushing there, there was no ambulance or security agent around to rescue him while the car was on fire. Two of the victims had their heads split into two, while a victim was cut into three.”

The eyewitness said they did everything possible to help rescue the victims, saying:

“It was a terrible scene because the skin of many of the victims peeled off while being rescued. Some had broken legs and arms and it took about 30 or 40 minutes before security agencies arrived… There were no security agencies around like they used to be at Nyanyan because if they were on ground, we would have seen them when we started rescuing people. We were left to help the victims on our own.”

Residents speak

Locals lamented that they did not feel protected and asked Goodluck Jonathan to urge security agencies be responsive.

One of them said:

“The Golf car that was used came through Nasarawa Road. That means the vehicle travelled all the way to this place without passing through security checks on the road. If the vehicle could beat security agents or check points before coming here, then it shows we have no security in this country.”

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  1. ayoola gold

    May 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    May God help us

  2. Maurice

    May 3, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    God have mercy

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Lady buys carton of indomie with COVID-19 sticker in Akwa Ibom

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Lady buys carton of indomie with COVID-19 sticker in Akwa Ibom

A Nigerian lady has lamented over the insensitivity of some Nigerians who go about selling what rightfully belongs to the citizens of the country.

In a Facebook post, the lady, Inemesit Green-Nathaniel said she bought a carton of Indomie and removed a new sticker found on it. It turned out to be a covid-19 sticker, stating that the indomie is not for sale.

 

To her utmost surprise, after removing the “indomitable” sticker, she found COVID19 sticker, underneath it.

“I don’t really know what took my mind to this pack of indomie in my house, I decided to remove this new sticker from it, lo and behold at the back of it I saw Covid 19, Not for sale.

So all this while I have been buying my own right? So if you are looking for warehouse in Akwa ibom, our own palliatives has been sold out to us. HOW HEARTLESS CAN PEOPLE BE?”, She lamented.



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Lekki Toll Gate Future Proceeds Should Go To Victims Of Police Brutality: Tinubu

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Lekki Toll Gate Future Proceeds Should Go To Victims Of Police Brutality: Tinubu

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state has stated that the future proceeds from Lekki toll gate be donated to victims of late endSARS protest in Lagos.

The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress stated this in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos.

 

 

Read his statement below;

“Today, I speak to those who believe in the importance of, and want to know, the truth,” Tinubu said.

“The slander aimed at me is based on the untruth that I own the toll gate concession. The hate mongers prevaricate that I ordered the Lekki assault because the protests had caused me to lose money due to the interruption of toll gate activity,” Tinubu said.

“The toll gate is a public asset. Given what has happened, I would like to propose to the government that the toll gate be left closed for an indefinite period.

“If it is reopened, revenues should be donated to the confirmed victims of the Lekki attack as well as to other identifiable victims of police brutality in Lagos.

“Let government use the money to compensate and take care of those who have lost life or limb in the struggle for all citizens to go about the quiet, peaceful enjoyment of life without fear of undue harassment at this or that checkpoint,” he said.

“Although equipped with prior notice of the imminent trespass, I did not call anyone to seek or request for the army or police to deploy let alone attack, kill, or injure those who razed and vandalized these properties.

“I did not want any bloodshed. These elements, mostly hirelings of my political opponents, wreaked their havoc and destroyed those buildings and facilities and I thank God that the employees of these two media institutions managed to escape largely unharmed,” he said.

”In good opinion, it is illogical that he allowed damage to his investments but ordered: “soldiers to repel peaceful protesters from the toll gate where I have no financial interest”.

“Why would I be so moved as to instigate the army to attack peaceful, law-abiding people at the toll gate where I have no pecuniary stake, yet lift not a single finger to stop hired miscreants bent on setting fire to these important media investments?”.

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Nigerian leaders constantly leaves me heart broken – Singer Orezi

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Nigerian leaders constantly leaves me heart broken – Singer Orezi

Orezi, famous  Nigerian singer has stated that the fraudulent and corrupt activities of Nigerian leaders constantly breaks his heart.

The singer made this known in a series of tweets he sent out recently.

According to him, political leaders should be held accountable and made to face justice when found culpable of a crime.

He wrote,

“The only reason this politician do this and have the nerve to sleep well at night is because they are not sleeping in KIRIKIRI YET , they commit all this sorts of crimes against the same people who put them in power , Oppress them and the JUDICIARY SYSTEM STILLS FAVOURS them.

“I REPEAT UNTILL OUR POLITICIANS START GOING TO JAIL FOR ALL THIS BROAD DAY LIGHT CRIMES WITH EVIDENCES STARING AT US IN THE EYE NIGERIA WILL NEVER BE GREAT

“This past week has been my worst as a Nigerian living in Nigeria , I have been sad , angry , pained , cried , I can’t mehn !! TIRED GOD GIVE US THE STRENGTH !! ITS NOT EASY, EVERYBODY GO GET YOUR PVC !! na the only way oooo ”.

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