Connect with us


Gunmen kill one, abduct NSCDC officer, his two children in Kuje



 Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have killed one person and abducted a Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officer, with his two children at Dafara community, in Kuje Area Council, FCT.

The District Head of the community, Makeri Joseph, told newsmen in Kuje on Thursday that the incident happened around 12 0’ clock on Wednesday night with the gunmen shooting sporadically into the air.

Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the incident is the second within a week in Kuje Area Council.

Joseph said the gunmen, who were in army camouflage, came in large numbers and carried sophisticated weapons.

He said that they killed a community vigilante and whisked away a NSCDC officer with his two children to unknown destination.

However, he called on the Kuje Area Council administration and FCT Minister to urgently address the rising spate of insecurity in the area.

Confirming the incident, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, said it had commenced a joint counter operation against kidnapping in Kuje and its environs.

Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), FCT Police Command, on Thursday said joint operation comprising other security agencies had been extended to other identified black spots within FCT.

He said the operation was aimed at rescuing hostages, arresting the suspects and permanently checkmating the emerging security concerns, especially around Kuje and Robuchi axis.

Manzahp said the security agencies were working assiduously to rescue the victims, calling on the residents to be calm and support the ongoing operation with useful information to the police.

“The police are reassuring the public that it will not relent on its effort until the activities of these hoodlums and other criminals are permanently checked.

“Further steps are also being made to engage relevant stakeholders in various communities as part of renewed effort to check crimes,” he said.

NAN recalls that Police had on Tuesday confirmed the kidnap of four persons by unidentified gunmen at Pegi community on Monday night in Kuje Area Council. (NAN)


Edited by Isaac Aregbesola/Felix Ajide



NAF training helicopter crash in Enugu



A training helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has crashed in the NAF Base in Enugu after returning from a routine training exercise.

According to NAF twitter account on Friday in Enugu, the crash occurred on Thursday after a routine training.

It said that although there were casualties, the cause of the incident ws still sketchy and unknown.

@NigAirForce twitter that was re-twitted by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola‏, reads; “NAF helicopter suffers mishap upon landing in Enugu.

“Helicopter has crashed on landing in Enugu after a routine flight today. Fortunately, there were no fatalities or injuries to any crew member or persons on the ground.

“@CAS_AMSadique has directed that a Board of Inquiry be constituted to determine the causes of the accident.

“@NigAirForce continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general public as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians. Details later’’.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that efforts to get NAF officials on ground at the NAF Ground Training Command (GTC), Enugu, to speak on the incident was not successful.

Those that responded to calls, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that it was only NAF Headquarters that can authoritatively speak on the matter.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

Continue Reading


NAF confirms helicopter crash in Enugu, no casualty




Enugu, Nov. 14, 2019 The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed the crash-landing of its helicopter on Thursday at its base in Enugu.

A statement on Friday in NAF’s Twitter handle, said that the incident occurred after a routine flight and that though the blades of the helicopter broke but there were no casualties.

The statement said that the cause of incident could not be ascertained.

The statement reads: “@NigAirForce Helicopter has crashed on landing in Enugu after a routine flight today. Fortunately, there were no fatalities or injuries to any crew member or persons on the ground.

“@CAS_AMSadique has directed that a Board of Inquiry be constituted to determine the causes of the accident.

“Nigeria Air Force continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general public as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians.”

The base is close to Akanu Ibiam International airport where repair works have commenced after it’s closure in August this year.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the scene of the crash was cordoned-off as members of the public attempted to have full glare of the incident.

Edited by Maureen Atuonwu

Continue Reading


Police arrest suspect in killing of student in Kaduna



Kaduna State Police  Command has confirmed the arrest of a suspect in the killing of a student, Hassan Abdullah of Government Secondary Rigachikun, in Igabi Local Government Area, Kaduna State.

The incident occurred in the school premises on Thursday at about 11 am when the suspect, Sani Umar, who is not a student of the school, accosted Abdullahi and allegedly stabbed him with a knife.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, told the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Kaduna that the victim died on the way to hospital.

Sabo said Umar had been arrested and is undergoing investigation.

According to him, the matter was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to unravel the circumstances that led to the incident.

The police spokesman assured that the suspect would be prosecuted after the investigation.


Edited by Hawa Lawal/Maharazu Ahmed

Continue Reading


FRSC to end articulated vehicles crash in Anambra -Commander



The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has expressed concern over the death and injuries resulting from accident involving articulated vehicles in the state.

Mr Andrew Kumapayi, Sector Commander of the FRSC in Anambra said this while addressing participants in the Motorcade Rally held in Awka.

The event was part of the activities marking the 2019 African Road Safety Day and World Day for Remembrance of Victims of Road Traffic Crashes which will end on Nov. 17.

Kumapayi said lack of adherence to road safety rules and recklessness of drivers of these vehicles had sent many people to their early graves, maimed many and brought grief to some families.

He said the celebration was an opportunity to remind motorists that life has no duplicate and must be protected by ensuring that sense of safety of self and others guide all on the road.

Kumapayi blamed the spate of crashes in the state partly on the poor conditions of the trucks.

He restated the resolve of the state command to enforce safety including installation of Speed Limiting Device and checking conditions of the vehicles.

“We have had enough of these crash involving tanker and trucks. On this occasion we are sensitising and warning all motorists to observe safety rules because these accidents must stop.”

He said the sector had strategised for effective patrol of the state ahead of the usual Christmas and New Year traffic.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the Remembrance Week continues with hospital visit to accident victims in hospital on Saturday and ends with thanksgiving at St. Patrick Cathedral, Awka on Sunday.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

Continue Reading


Kebbi records 113 fire incidents in 10 months




Birnin Kebbi, Nov. 15, 2019   The Kebbi State Fire Service on Friday announced that it had recorded 113 fire incidents that resulted in the death of eight persons in the last 10 months.

The service’s Deputy Director, Alhaji Bashir Bello, told Nigeria News Agency in Birnin Kebbi that the fire incidents took place between January to October.

“From January to October 2019, we have recorded 113 fire incidents and eight deaths in the process.

“The incidents occurred on these dates of Jan. 22, Feb. 28, March 22, April 11, May 9, June 4, July 7, Aug. 2, Sept. 5 and Oct. 3,” he said.

Bello said to prevent further fire outbreaks in the state, it was imperative for the residents to always be careful in handling electrical appliances and other inflammable items.

He attributed the fire incidents to mismanagement of electrical appliances, electricity surge, improper use of inflammable items and engagement of unqualified electricians.

Bello also enjoined smokers to always ensure that cigarette butts were properly disposed especially when in the grassy areas.

According to him, the fire service currently does not have  functional vehicle for quickly responding to fire incidences in the state.

“The fire department is only managing two rickety-old trucks out of nine trucks of which seven are grounded,’’ he said.

Bello appealed to the State Government to adequately equip the department for prompt responses to distress calls and fire emergences across the state.

Edited /Ismail Abdulaziz

Continue Reading


Medical expert decries rise in hepatitis B cases



 No fewer than 20 million Nigerians are living with the hepatitis B virus, (HBV), a gastroenterologist, Prof. Adamu Samaila of the Department of Medicine, Bayero University Kano, says.

Samaila, who is a professor of Gastroenterology/Hepatology, disclosed this on Friday at the awareness lecture and screening exercise for HBV organised by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for its personnel in Abuja.

He explained that viral hepatitis is an infection of the liver caused by virus, and the five types of viruses most commonly responsible for viral hepatitis infection are: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis D and Hepatitis E.

Samaila, who noted that hepatitis is a common problem worldwide, said that there were many misconceptions about the ailment.

He said that hepatitis B causes 80 per cent of all liver cancer in human beings, adding that the virus could be transmitted by contaminated blood, semen and risky sex.

Samaila also said HBV could be transmitted from an infected mother to child, through sharing of needles, syringes or other drug-injection equipment and sharing of personal hygiene items such as razors or toothbrushes.

“Health workers can be at risk if they are exposed to unsafe medical practices, such as reusing medical equipment, or not using personal protection.

“HBV is not spread through food or water, sharing eating utensils, breastfeeding, hugging, kissing, holding hands, coughing, sneezing, or insects that bite.

“However, the virus can survive outside the body for at least seven days, during this time,the virus can still cause infection if it enters the body of a person who is not protected by the vaccine,” he said.

Samaila said Hepatitis B has vaccine but no cure and more deadly than HIV, while hepatitis C has no effective vaccine but potentially curable.

“Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) is 100 times more contagious than HIV and 30 times more infectious than Hepatitis C Virus (HCV),” he said.

On screening for the HBV, he said everybody should be screened adding that “all are at risk, and deserves to be counseled and screened for HBV at any opportunity.”

Earlier, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, AVM Napoleon Bali, said the Service appreciated the need to have a healthy personnel for operational preparedness.

He said that the fight against the disease should not be left in the hands of medical personnel alone and urged all the NAF personnel to submit themselves for the screening.

He urged all to work together to eradicate hepatitis B from the country.

Also Air Commodore Gideon Bako, the Chief of Medical Services, NAF, Headquaters, said the awareness lecture came at a crucial time when the Service is being repositioned into a highly professional service.

He said this was in line with Abubakar’s vision “to reposition the NAF into a highly professional and disciplined force through capacity building initiatives for effective, efficient and timely employment of air power in response to Nigeria’s national security and imperatives”.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

Continue Reading