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Mother, Son Die In Lagos Building Collapse

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Mother, Son Die In Lagos Building Collapse

Lagos State Emergency Management (LASEMA), has confirmed the death of a mother and her son in the building collapse that happened on Sunday, May 1, 2022.

Newsrand had reported that a three-storey building in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos, collapsed, and left dozens of people trapped in it.

Confirming the incident, Permanent Secretary of LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu said the affected building located at 24 Ibadan Street (East) off Bonny Way Ebute Metta comprised rooms and parlour.

“Further information gathered revealed that the incident occurred at about 10.56pm with as yet undetermined number of people trapped. Search and rescue ongoing.

As of 02:10am, 22 males, one female rescued alive. One male and female recovered dead.”

Corroborating LASEMA’s report on the incident, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) stated that two dead bodies were recovered from the rubble of the collapse, and 23 persons have so far been rescued.

According to the Zonal Coordinator South-West, NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, the recovered bodies were those of a mother and her child, while the rescued persons included seven children and 16 adults.

Nine of those rescued alive have been treated and discharged.

They returned to the scene, but have been taken away for proper custody while psycho-social and post trauma counselling are being arranged for them by the Nigerian Red Cross,” Farinloye added.

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Tragedy Struck As Students Drown At Lagos Beach

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Tragedy Struck As Students Drown At Lagos Beach

Tragedy struck on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at the Elegushi Beach, in the Lekki area of Lagos State, after four teenagers drowned while swimming in the water.

It was gathered that 10 secondary school leavers, aged between 14 and 15, went swimming at the beach to celebrate the completion of their West African Senior School Examination (WASSCE).

They were said to be pupils of the Kuramo Senior College, Lekki.

The spokesperson for the Elegushi Beach Management, Chief Ayuba Elegushi, in a statement on Tuesday, said the pupils were not properly registered.

He noted that the incident happened at an unmanned section of the beach not open to the public.

He said, “We initially sent them away from the area of the beach they wanted to swim in. Then, they went to another place that was not for the public at all. It was the child of our kinsman, Abass, who took them from school to the beach and those kids followed him.

“They did not pay any gate fee to access the beach. Abass used the leverage that he was one of us to take them through another place.”

The victims were said to have raised the alarm as the water swept them away.

Elegushi said some lifeguards plunged into the water and brought out six of the pupils.

“Out of the six that were rescued, some escaped by the time we got there. We were able to arrest two of them and we took them to the Jakande Police Station.

As of now, there are still four missing as our seamen have not been able to bring them out of the water. We have informed their parents and they have come to the police station.

Abass is one of the missing kids. There is another boy we have not identified and two other girls,” he added.

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Panic In Abuja As Okada Riders Protest Ban

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Panic In Abuja As Okada Riders Protest Ban

There is panic among Abuja residents on Monday, August 8, 2022, as okada riders protested in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) protested against the impoundment of their motorcycles.

The task force of the FCT Administration had stormed the Goza area along the Airport road in Abuja to clamp down on the operators.

Displeased with the seizure and impoundment of their motorcycles, the operators blocked the road in protest and caused heavy traffic for motorists plying the road.

FCT taskforce went there to seize the motorcycles of those operating at the expressway. They have been warned to stop using the highway. But they still do, which was why the task force came. But they angrily blocked the road afterward,” a commercial bus driver stated.

Confirming the incident, the FCT Police Spokesperson, Josephine Adeh said policemen have been deployed to the area to restore normalcy.

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Warri Old NPA Engulf In Flames, As Residents Scatter

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Warri Old NPA Engulf In Flames, As Residents Scatter

Residents have scampered for safety, as popular Warri old Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Delta State engulf in flames.

Report reaching NEWSRAND is that the particular side that is on fire is the Miller Waterside axis of NPA in Warri South LGA. 

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Meanwhile, residents of the area have called on the Delta State Government to intervene, as they use local means to battle the fire in order to give it under control. 

Our source continued that many houses and properties have already been destroyed by the fire. 

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