At least two persons were confirmed dead in a kerosene in Diobu, in the Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of Rivers State.
According to reports, a young girl and a man were the two victims that died as a result of the fire that followed the explosion on Friday, while 11 other victims reportedly sustained injuries.
It was gathered that the incident, occurred because the kerosene was allegedly adulterated.
It was learnt that the kerosene exploded as the girl lighted a stove for her mother around 5am, killing her and another man who tried to save her.
A tenant in the area, who gave her name simply as Mama Gift, said, “We were all sleeping when we heard screams from the next building. My husband and I ran to the building and saw that nearly all the tenants in the affected house were on fire and screaming for water.
“The noise attracted more people to the scene. The fire was put out, while the injured victims were taken to a hospital.
“We learnt that a male tenant in the building who tried to put out the fire, mistakenly carried a jerrycan filled with kerosene and poured on the already burning flames which engulfed people that came for rescue effort.
“As I am talking to you, the male tenant and one other female have been confirmed dead at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Choba.
“About seven persons have also been admitted to the hospital for burns.”
Reactions were being expected from the police and the state fire service as of press time.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )
Lekki Shooting: No One Can Explain Buhari’s Silence, Says Kukah
Speaking during a Channels TV programme on Wednesday, the cleric said it is the responsibility of the president to communicate his feelings to citizens and set the country on a particular path.
He expressed that the situation will not end until President Buhari wakes up to the fact that there is a major crisis in the country.
He expressed that the decision of the President to remain silent nor show concern is a culture of I-don’t-care.
According to Bishop Kukah: “Unfortunately for us, we have a President that seems almost unwilling to respond to the kind of reflexes that shows evidence that he is listening to wise counsel.
“I really cannot understand this. I feel totally helpless in the sense that I cannot find any reason and I don’t think any Nigerian in the right frame of mind can find a reason to why the president has remained so silent on this crisis,” he said.
Kukah said the apology rendered by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was to compensate for the president’s silence.
Lekki Toll Gate Shooting: Osinbajo Breaks Silence
The Vice President condemned the killing of protesters at Lekki tollgate on Tuesday.
Osinbajo, in a tweet on Wednesday night, also mourned policemen who were killed during the protest.
He promised that all victims will get justice and prayed against more tragedies.
He tweeted, “My heart goes out to all the victims of the Lekki shootings, and also the policemen and all other men and women who lost their lives in the past few days in different parts of Lagos and other states.
“I spoke to some of those in the hospital. The pain of these terrible events is palpable in our towns and cities, and some losses are irreplaceable, but we can and will get justice for all of them. I stand with Lagos and all other affected states in these trying times.
“We pray we will never see a repeat of these tragedies in Jesus name. God bless you all. “
My heart goes out to all the victims of the Lekki shootings, and also the policemen and all other men and women who lost their lives in the past few days in different parts of Lagos & other states.
— Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) October 21, 2020
We pray we will never see a repeat of these tragedies in Jesus name. God bless you all. – YO
— Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) October 21, 2020
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Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has given escapees from the Benin Medium Security Correctional Centre and Oko Medium Security Correctional Centre on Friday to return voluntarily or face the wrath of the law.
This warning is coming following Monday’s jailbreaks in the two centres by hoodlums.
According to the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) 1,993 inmates escaped from their facilities.
Mr Obaseki went on an assessment tour of the affected NCoS centres and the police stations that were burnt in Benin City by the hoodlums.
Speaking during the inspection, Obaseki expressed that the escapees should return or face the wrath of the law.
“We know some of the inmates have been released, but we appeal to all inmates who have escaped to come back on their own before the close of business on Friday.
“They should report themselves back as nothing will be done to them but failure to do that, we will come after them as we have their records.”
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