Thursday April 17th, 2014
Thursday April 17th, 2014
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Abuja Bomb Blast: My close shave with death—bus driver

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Okorie-Alomo

TIMOTHY Eze Okorie was aware that driving under the influence of alcohol was a crime that could earn him either imprisonment or a fine if caught by law enforcement agents.

But he is today grateful for his decision to buy a bottle of Alomo, a bitter alcoholic beverage produced in Ghana but popular with artisans and commercial vehicle drivers across the country, before beginning his job as a commercial bus driver.

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Majidun ferry mishap: The LASWA story, by agency’s boss

  /   in Metro 12:37 am   /   Comments

*MOURNING: Boat operators at Majidun Jetty, Ikorodu, suspended ferry services in honour of the victims of Wednesday's boat mishap that claimed seven lives. INSET: Stranded passengers redirected to the Metro Jetty, Ikorodu, yesterday. NAN PHOTOS.

There are controversies surrounding the boat mishap that occurred on the second day of this month which left eight people dead, while 12 others were rescued after a wooden boat capsized in Majidun area of Ikorodu.

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Conflicting posers over kidnap of Chief E. K. Clark’s son

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Although the victim of the latest high profile kidnap in Delta State, Mr. Ebikeme Clark, son of the Ijaw national leader, Chief EK Clark has been released unhurt, a lot of controversies and unresolved riddles have been raised.

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Insecurity: Plateau equips 17 councils with 129 patrol vans

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Efforts to curb incessant attacks in villages in Plateau State have received a boost as the State government in collaboration with chairmen of the 17 local government areas of the State used the proceed from the SURE-P funds to purchase 129 Hilux vans for patrol and crime fighting, especially in the hinterlands.

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Men from hell snatch 20 children in Calabar

  /   in Metro 6:27 pm   /   Comments

File: Suspects paraded with the stolen children

With over 20 kids abducted in three months in Calabar, the stories surrounding their disappearance are like tales from the moon, but what is happening to kids between the ages of three and six in the Cross River State capital, is far from tales; they are real life incidents which are sending fear down the spine of many parents.
Since February, men from hell have besieged the city, snatching children suspected for ritual purposes or sale to barren women around the city who allegedly pay triple digit amounts for the kids.

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Enugu mystery ‘Pool of Bethesda’ dries up

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Enugu-pool

The only permanent thing in the world is change. Less than four months after its inundation, the Enugu mystery pool has dried up triggering major soil excavation by new visitors who had come for healing in the pool. The town itself which became a tourist destination a few months back, has had a fair share of the change as it has become a ghostly abandoned place.

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Boat mishaps: Residents shun waterways transportation

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*MOURNING: Boat operators at Majidun Jetty, Ikorodu, suspended ferry services in honour of the victims of Wednesday's boat mishap that claimed seven lives. INSET: Stranded passengers redirected to the Metro Jetty, Ikorodu, yesterday. NAN PHOTOS.

In reference to a rider-ship survey of the Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA, about a year ago, over 1,800,000 people in the state travel by water monthly, up from 1.5 million recorded as at June 2012. At present, there are over 47 ferry operators currently providing services to water travelers in the state.

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Govt takes battle against mosquitoes to households

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Malaria disease is recorded to be responsible for 63 percent of all clinic attendances in Nigeria as a whole and it affects mainly children under the age of five years and pregnant women. Malaria is responsible for 25 percent of infant mortality and 30 percent of all childhood deaths, 11 percent of all maternal deaths and 70.5 percent of morbidity in pregnant women.

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Ebola, Lassa fever and the bush meat connection

  /   in Metro 12:15 am   /   Comments

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‘Stop eating bush meat!”Anyaa Vohiri, Executive Director of Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, warned on the heels of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Hemorrhagic fever in the West African country. In a terse statement, the health official highlighted the connection between the Mano River countries and danger of the bush meat trade to lives of animals and humans in the region.

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Tohon, Badagry: The gathering storm

  /   in Metro 12:09 am   /   Comments

*De Whenu Aholu Menu Toyi 1

Badagry, a coastal town and local government area in Lagos State, was a major slave post and market during the better forgotten slave trade era. Situated between Metropolitan Lagos and the border with Benin at Seme, it remains today one of Nigeria’s most treasured historic sites and tourist destinations.

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Environmental abuse unacceptable — Utuama

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UTUAMA

Utuama, has warned that the state government is determined to put an end to all forms of environmental abuse going on in the state.

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A time to be wary: Return of ‘One chance’ in Lagos

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*Danfo buses in Lagos...can they be phased out?

None of the passengers in the yellow painted commercial bus suspected anything unusual when the bus took off from Apongbon area of Lagos, heading towards Lawanson the supposed destination of some of them. Maybe they had no choice in boarding the bus as its arrival was a welcome relief after a long wait under the sun.

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How we got mortgage houses in Lagos — Allotees

  /   in Metro 12:47 am   /   Comments

A Housing Estates in Lagos

LAST week, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos state presented keys to the first set of successful allotees of the Lagos Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme, Lagos HOMS, it was all smiles for the allotees who could not believe their good fortune.

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Row over Abakaliki Rice: Millers vow to resist govt’s relocation order

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Abakaliki-rice

ABAKALIKI, the capital of Ebonyi State, has for years enjoyed the bragging right of being called the home of local rice production in Nigeria. Indeed many are familiar with the popular Abakaliki rice which is believed to have a higher nutritional value than the imported polished and parboiled rice, and possibly the best in the world as certified by American experts.

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Vehicle emission test starts soon

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PIQUED by the spate of road accidents caused by excessive smoke emitting vehicles and their damaging effect on the environment, Lagos State Government has concluded plans to commence emission tests for vehicles plying the metropolis, next year.

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Community service punishment gaining ground in Lagos

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LAGOS State government said 1,015 offenders have been sentenced to various terms of community service across the 12 magisterial districts of the state, in the last 100 days.

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Bloodbath averted in Anambra

  /   in Metro 12:39 am   /   Comments

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Major mayhem, nay wanton destruction of properties and possibly lives, was at the weekend averted in Anambra State as irate electricity consumers in Ugwuagba Layout, Obosi, near the commercial city of Onitsha, were prevented by their leaders from extending their protest march to Uguwagba office of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC(formerly PHCN).

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NEMA urges Nigerians to engage in tree planting

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•The remains of the tree and it’s root

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has advised Nigerians to engage in tree planting, saying this will prevent disasters arising from windstorms presently ravaging many communities in Nigeria.

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Lagos to enforce parking policy

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Anytime from now, the Lagos State Government will commence the enforcement of the state wide parking policy, aimed at ensuring parking discipline culture on roads as well as free flow of traffic in the state.

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Lagos: Return of night markets, roadside traders

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Night-Life-412

Lagos has long been known as the undisputed commercial capital of Nigeria. The scale of commercial activities is such that you find all manner of outlets for business transactions at every nook and cranny of the heavily populated metropolis.

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Egbin residents rise against power plant, protest marginalisation

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Electricity-new

Hundreds of Egbin residents in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, recently shutdown the popular Egbin power plant, protesting what they described as marginalisation on the part of the company.

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Kogi council boils, workers chase out Chairman

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Wada.. governor of Kogi state

Local government workers in Kogi State have continued to grapple with half salary for quite a long time. While some spoke about it in hushed tones or vented their anger during any discussion in town, most of them bemoaned their fate in silence.

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Soka kidnappers’ den: ‘My son cannot recognise me’

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SOKA-1

Is it possible for a mother not to recognize her biological child? Or what would make a grown up child not to recognize his mother again?

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‘Our royal father wants to annex our ancestral land’

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Ewatto is a sleepy community in Esan North East Local Government Council of Edo state, but there is tension currently in the peaceful community as a result of land dispute between a 48 year old teacher in the community, Mr Osahon Osimhen and the Onogie of the area, HRH, Sylvanus Ikhumhen.

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Experts, stakeholders task govt on new paradigm angle against climate change

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Mast-broken

It has been discovered that cities with high concentration of people and buildings, particularly those along the coasts, including Lagos, will be more adversely affected by climate change in the future.

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Royal Face-off: One community, two Igwe-elect

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Chief Amachukwu Okeluwa, Deputy PG, Atani community presenting Chief Nnamdi Azaka (in red cap) as Igwe-elect for Atani before newsmen  at LG HQ, Atani.

The chieftaincy tussle which is currently rocking Atani community in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State, the country home of Prof. Ben Nwabueze, a constitutional lawyer, appeared to have climaxed with the presentation of two Ezes-elect by two factional groups.

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Spirit of Lagos unveils plans to restore Lagos

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An octogenarian Pa Samuel Sode, a former policeman, has for long been nostalgic of the period when peace and security were easily taken for granted in Lagos

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Lamentations as rainstorm sacks nine Lagos communities

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*Adenike’s relatives taking refuge in a makeshift shed after rain reduced their house to rubbles. Inset: Madam Adikat.

Madam Rufai Adikat has lived in Imowo-nla area of Ikorodu for about eight decades, while her neighbour, 35 years old Mrs Oseni Adenike, moved into the community with her two children three years ago after completing her mini-flat.

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Disturbing tales from Ibadan forest of horror

  /   in Metro 12:40 am   /   Comments

One of the rescued victims believed to have been bewitched and bound with fetters in a dungeon, in Soka, Oluyole local government area of Oyo State.

IT is certainly not a place for the squeamish and the faint-hearted. The reason being that the gory sights there are not only indescribable but more than enough to give anyone serious nightmares. It is a place where you are immediately confronted with an overpowering aura of fear and death. Welcome to the now aptly named Soka Evil Forest in Ibadan, Oluyole Local Government where hundreds of kidnapped victims either met their untimely end or were languishing in agony before they were recently rescued.

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Dopemu, Iyana-Ipaja bridges: We need expansion not repairs – Residents

  /   in Metro 12:20 am   /   Comments

*Dopemu-Iyana-Ipaja road

THOUGH repairs on Dopemu and Iyana-Ipaja bridges were completed at least three days ahead of schedule, residents of the areas are not impressed. According to them what the bridges need is expansion rather than the purported repairs.

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Trouble awaits abandoned vessels in Lagos waters

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Abandoned-vessel

BEING a littoral state and the commercial hub of the country, Lagos has attracted more ships and vessels than any other city in Sub Saharan Africa since the Portuguese explorer Ruy de Sequeira named the area around the city Lago de Curamo, meaning lakes in Portuguese.

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Angst over red card for Keke NAPEP in Abuja

  /   in Metro 7:00 pm   /   Comments

Tuesday, March 18 is not a day some operators of tricycles, popularly called ‘KEKE NAPEP’, in the heart of the Federal Capital Territory would want to come back.

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