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14 persons killed at a wedding after a transformer explosion

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At least 14 people, were killed when an electric transformer exploded during a wedding in India’s North-Western State of Rajasthan, the police said on Wednesday.

The blast occurred in a village near state capital Jaipur on Tuesday as locals were gathering at a house for a wedding function.

“The powerful explosion took place in the transformer located just outside the house as people gathered and women were singing folk songs,’’ local police officer Prahlad Singh said through the telephone.

“Five people died on the scene. Witnesses said scalding oil from the transformer fell on people and their clothes immediately caught fire.

“Among the victims were 11 women, a pregnant woman who was seriously injured in the accident lost her baby, 15 others were injured,’’ Singh said.

The condition of six victims was described as critical, having suffered 80 per cent burns.

Police said the explosion could have been due to poor maintenance of the transformer even as the state government ordered a probe to determine the cause of the blast.

Authorities also announced compensation of $15,500 each to the next of kin of the deceased.

Local leaders and villagers held protests accusing the government and electricity department of “criminal negligence’’ media reports said.

Source: (dpa/NAN)

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Tell Nigerians Who Ordered Lekki shootings, Osundare Urges Buhari

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Tell Nigerians Who Ordered Lekki shootings, Osundare Urges Buhari
Tell Nigerians Who Ordered Lekki shootings, Osundare Urges Buhari

Niyi Osundare

Poet laureate, Professor Niyi Osundare has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to tell Nigerians the person who ordered soldiers to shoot at unarmed protesters in the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos State.

Soldiers of the Nigerian Army had on Tuesday opened fire on peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza following the declaration of a 24-hour curfew by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Following the shooting, Nigerians urged President Buhari to address the nation.

Addressing Nigerians on Thursday, Buhari called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing the demands of the protesters.

Also Read: Buhari Holds National Security Meeting Amid EndSARS Protests Violence

He, however, failed to acknowledge the use of excessive force by soldiers of the Nigerian Army on protesters in Lekki Toll Plaza.

In a statement titled, ‘President Buhari, Say Something,’ Osundare asked Buhari to reveal who ordered the shooting.

The poet disclosed that many saw Buhari’s silence on the matter as a sign of contempt while others said it was due to lack of concern.

Osundare said, “You have an urgent, even existential reason to prove them wrong. Tell us: who ordered the Lekki Massacre? Who oversaw its execution? What sanctions are you putting in place for those perpetrators? The Nigerian people are waiting to know. The whole wide world is waiting.”

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#EndSARS: Hooligans Pushing For Regime Change – Northern Governors

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#EndSARS: Hooligans Pushing For Regime Change, Say Northern Governors
#EndSARS: Hooligans Pushing For Regime Change, Say Northern Governors

Simon Lalong

Governors of the 19 Northern States under the aegis of the Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF) have accused hoodlums of hijacking the #EndSARS protests and attempting to change government outside the ballot box.

The Governors laid the accusation in a communique issued on Thursday at the end of their emergency meeting in Kaduna State which was signed by Simon Lalong, the Forum’s chairman.

According to Lalong, they recognize the constitutional liberty of citizens to protest but don’t understand or support the decision to continue the protests after the government had met their demands.

Also Read: Use any lawful means to bring back law and order – Buhari tells law enforcement agents

He stated that the protests have been hijacked by criminally minded persons who are now using the protesters to push their selfish ambitions.

He said the protesters have turned themselves to enemies of the state and called on well-meaning Nigerians to resist any act or attempt to cause division in the country.

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Buhari To Make National Broadcast At 7pm

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Buhari To Make National Broadcast At 7pm
Buhari To Make National Broadcast At 7pm

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will make a national broadcast Thursday evening, following the escalation of violence in different parts of the country.

“Following detailed briefing by security chiefs on the current situation in the country, Buhari will make a national broadcast Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7pm,” President Buhari’s media adviser Femi Adesina said.

“Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Radio Nigeria respectively for the broadcast,” says Femi Adesina who is Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

Lagos and most of Nigeria has been overrun by arsonists and hoodlums since soldiers opened live rounds on peaceful protesters on October 20, 2020.

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