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NCC Worker, His Wife, Children, Others Perish In Fatal Accident



NCC Worker, His Wife, Children, Others Perish In Fatal Accident
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Nuhu Gabdo, a staff member of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has died in an auto crash.

Gabdo passed away alongside his wife, four children, and their driver on Saturday, January  9, 2021, along Nasarawa-Abuja Expressway.

Confirming Gabdo’s death, Spokesperson for the commission, Ikechukwu Adinde, said, “Gabdo died alongside his wife, four children, his niece and driver in an accident that occurred on Saturday, January 9, 2021 along Nasarawa-Abuja Expressway.”

According to Adinde, the deceased and his family were returning from their country home, Serti in the Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State when they met their untimely death.

Until his death, Gabdo was a Principal Manager in the Human Capital and Administration Department of the commission.

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PDP Chieftains To Consider Saraki As 2023 Presidential Candidate



2023 Elections: North-Central PDP Chieftains Holds Bukola Saraki As Sole Candidate

Chieftains and stakeholders in the North-Central zone of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have resolved to produce Bukola Saraki as the sole candidate for the 2023 presidential election.

Prof. Yorwuese Hagher, a stakeholder and leader of the Movement for North Central Presidency, hinted that former Senate President, Bukola Saraki would be the zones’ sole candidate.

He told newsmen in Lafia that the zone was working towards the objective.

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Prof. Hagher, former Nigeria’s ambassador to Canada who described the North- Central zone as the bleeding wound on the conscience of Nigeria, said it was time for the zone to lead the country.

According to Hagher, the zone has been a cord that holds the country together in difficult times since independence and has been supporting other zones to produce presidents.

“Out of the country’s six geo-political zones, three have produced presidents – the Northwest, the Southwest and the South-South, the North-Central, the Northeast and the Southeast are yet to produce presidents.

“Today we are happy that North-Central PDP resolved to produce one presidential candidate and that candidate will become eventually the president of this country,’’ he said.

Prof. Hagher said Sen. Saraki would be the candidate and described him as a young man with a wealth of experience at every cadre of governance.

He said Bukola Saraki would bring his experience to bear by restoring Nigeria to where it belongs.

In his remarks, Mr. Theophilus Dakarshan, North-Central PDP Chairman, also noted that the zone had been instrumental to the emergence of presidents since the First Republic.

“The North-Central zone has in the past given its unflinching support to other zones; we appeal to other zones to reciprocate the gesture,’’ he said.

Mr. Abubakar Baraje, former PDP Chairman, called on the party to support Sen. Saraki as the sole presidential candidate for 2023 to salvage the country.

“I have not come to sell Bukola Saraki. I have come to sell the idea of one candidate for the North-Central, and the only candidate is Bukola Sarki.

“Saraki will no doubt make a good president because he has demonstrated that clearly when he was governor of Kwara and as Senate president.

“Bukola Saraki will turn the economy of this country around,’’ Baraje said. 

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BOOM: Petrol Tanker Engulfed In Flames In Ibadan



Petrol Tanker Engulfed In Flames In Ibadan

Two cars were burnt on Thursday night in Ibadan, when a fully loaded petrol tanker, went up in flames.

According to an eyewitness, Mr. James Oladeji, a commercial tricycle operator, the incident occurred at Agodi area of Ibadan, on Total Garden-Gate road, near the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Station, in Ibadan.

Oladeji said the driver of the tanker, laden with premium motor spirit, jumped out from the truck when he noticed the fire from the engine apartment of the truck while in motion.

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He said the truck, with no driver in control, spilled its content on the road before exploding.

Two vehicles were burnt while the occupants of the cars were said to have narrowly escaped death.

Four water tank trucks from both the Federal and State Fire Services were deployed to the scene as officers made frantic efforts to prevent the inferno from spreading.

The dual carriageway was cordoned off by security operatives who diverted traffic from the axis to other parts of the city.

Speaking on the incident, the Director of Operations, Oyo State Fire Services, Mr. Ismail Adeleke, confirmed the incident, saying that he and his men were at the scene at 11 p.m. before they could finally put off the fire.

He said no life was lost in the incident.

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LPG Retailers Discloses Cause Of Explosion At Ladipo Market



LPG Retailers Discloses Cause Of Explosion At Ladipo Market

The Liquefied Petroleum Gas Retailers (LPGAR), branch of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), says Tuesday’s explosion at Ladipo Spare Part Market, Lagos was caused by acetylene gas.

Its National Secretary, Mr. Olukayode Solomon, made the clarification in a statement issued on Wednesday in Lagos while commiserating with the families of the victims of the explosion.

Five persons were killed in the explosion which occured at an acetylene gas retailing outlet located at No. 33/35 Ojekunle St., Ladipo Spare Part Market, Lagos.

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Solomon noted that the incident was not in any way related to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) which is popularly called cooking Gas.

He said: “It is important to state clearly that the outlet in which the explosion occurred was specifically an acetylene gas outlet.

“Acetylene gas is an industrial gas used for welding, cutting, and other related industrial activities.

“Acetylene gas is often sold alongside oxygen gas which is equally an industrial gas.

“The explosions of these industrial gasses often cause wide-scale destruction similar to military bombs, unlike LPG explosion which often causes inferno.”

According to him, damage arising from an LPG explosion usually comes as a result of the spread of its inferno based on the level of gas leakage and spread.

“On the contrary, industrial gasses such as acetylene and oxygen usually pull down structures around the scene of the explosion because of the high pressure of the industrial gasses as well as the very heavyweight of the industrial gas cylinders.

“Also, acetylene and oxygen gasses do not use the same cylinders used for LPG as exemplified by the type of cylinders that littered around the scene of the explosion yesterday.

“It is equally important to note that acetylene and oxygen gasses are not derived from the same sources as LPG, ” Solomon said.

He further explained that they were
also are not regulated by the same agency that regulates LPG.

Solomon noted that LPG was derived from petroleum and natural gas and regulated by the former Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) now replaced with Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority.

“The regulation of acetylene gas, oxygen gas, and the other related gasses is presently located within the federal ministry in charge of industry.

“These clarifications have become necessary to forestall further misrepresentation of facts whenever an explosion relating to gas occurs.

“We equally use this opportunity to implore the media as a whole to always seek clarifications before publication.

” This is because this particular misrepresentation has been a regular occurrence in the recent time,” he said. 

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