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High tension wire falls on trailer, kills 5 travellers in Lagos



Tragedy struck when five travellers heading for the northern part of the country were electrocuted in Lagos on Tuesday.

The incident happened around a popular trailer park called Danlami Garage close to Apapa area.

The travellers, mostly youths, were commercial motorcycle riders and other petty traders on their way back to the North because of the ban on commercial motorcyclists in Lagos.

One of the survivors of the incident, Zuladaini Muhammed, said they were over 45 in the truck which was overloaded with goods and heading for Nguru town in Yobe State.

He said: “Majority of us inside the truck were commercial motorcycle riders and the pressure from the police and Lagos State government was too much on us, hence we decided to go back home. Some of us that had motorcycles joined the truck with their motorcycles and paid N6500 each, while those who didn’t have paid N3000 each.

“Some of them have lost their motorcycles to police, and most of us are from Jigawa and Yobe states, and from what I learnt, the destination of the truck is Nguru town in Yobe State, but they were to drop us in Kano from where we would find our ways.

“As the driver was coming out, we realised there was an electric wire which was said to be of high tension that bends down towards the truck within the garage. As the truck was overloaded with goods and passengers, people from the surroundings were shouting; calling the attention of the driver to stop but he did not stop and one of the passengers who was with us on top of the truck pushed the electric wire up with his two bare hands and he was electrocuted instantly.

“He died together with four others closer to him. Many of us were injured and currently receiving treatment. We joined the truck as we had no choice due to the economic constraints; we couldn’t afford the transport fare for buses.”

Another survivor, Isiyaku Adamu, who narrowly escaped the incident and is recovering in a private hospital in Apapa told Daily Trust that he was together with one of the five people that died from the incident.

He said: “He is my blood brother and we were travelling to Jigawa State. This is our first time coming to Lagos; we did not even spend two months in the state. We are hawking bottled water and other soft drinks in traffic.

“We got an emergency call from our parents in Jigawa that we should come home as one member of our family has died. So we had to go there for condolences and we didn’t have much with us to join a bus, hence we took the risk to follow the truck, and we were charged N3000 each.

 “What I can only remember when the incident was about to happen was when people were shouting at the driver. From there I was not in my senses. The current pushed me out of the truck into one gutter; I fell with my head while my legs were outside the gutter. What I can remember is that I saw many people surrounding me, and I tried to stand up but they said I should just relax.”

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2023: Buhari may meet Osinbajo, Tinubu, Amaechi, others



President Muhammadu Buhari would this week meet with all the preidential aspirants of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The meeting was called with a view to reducing the number of presidential hopefuls and also ensuring that all of them pledge to accept the outcome of the primary as was done during the APC presidential primary in 2014.

“The President will meet with the aspirants a few days to the primary with a view to ensuring that there is unity and harmony. He will also meet with the governors separately. The date is not fixed yet, but it should be this week if INEC doesn’t extend the deadline for the primary as we are all hoping,” said an APC chieftain who wished to remain anonymous.

“The President has a candidate. How to present the idea to the likes of Tinubu will be the challenge,” he added.

Buhari’s most senior spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, had said last week that the President indeed had a preferred candidate.

He stated, “In a previous interview when the President was asked whether he had a favourite candidate, he answered yes; but he will not mention him because mischief may happen to that person.

“That shows you that the President himself is interested in the process and he has a preferred candidate; but whether he will impose his candidate is what you cannot determine at the moment.”

When contacted on the telephone, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said he was not aware of any meeting the President would be having with the aspirants.

“I am not aware of any meeting as of now,” he said.

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Gunmen behead abducted Anambra lawmaker from Governor Soludo’s constituency, hang head in motor park



Gunmen who abducted a member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Okey Okoye, have beheaded him.

After beheading him, his head was reportedly displayed at a motor park in Nnobi, Idemili South Local Government Area of the state.

The incident, which happened on Saturday, created panic in the community, which had been witnessing a series of violent killings since last year.

Sources added that his body was not there and indications were that the killers removed the body.

“The Anambra lawmaker representing Soludo’s constituency, Okechukwu Okoye who was earlier kidnapped, has been beheaded by gunmen; the late lawmaker’s head was mounted at Chisco Park in Amichi community,” a military source said on Saturday.

Gunmen had last Sunday abducted the lawmaker who was representing Aguata II state constituency in Aguata alongside Cyril Chiegboka, his campaign director.

Governor Charles Soludo had said during the week that efforts were ongoing to rescue the Anambra lawmaker from his abductors.

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MC Oluomo allegedly demands N100million to support re-election of Oshodi Rep member



Chairman of the Lagos State Parks Management Committee, Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly called MC Oluomo, is allegedly demanding N100 million to support the re-election of the member representing Oshodi Federal Constituency 1 in the House of Representatives, Hon. Bashiru Dawodu.

Dawodu, a medical doctor, rode on the back of MC Oluomo to win the election in 2019 after series of attempts in the past.

Dawodu presenting his Certificate of Return to MC Oluomo

Both, however, fell apart few months after Dawodu was elected due to irreconcilable differences .

MC Oluomo is said to be angry with Dawodu for not honouring agreements he (Dawodu) had with him prior to his victory in 2019.

MC Oluomo, who is seen as de-facto leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oshodi was said to have vowed to work against Dawodu’s re-election in 2023.

He is believed to be working for the emergence of a former Chairman of Oshodi/Isolo Local Government, Afeez Ipesa Balogun to emerge as the APC’s candidate for the House of Representatives election in the constituency.

However, party leaders in the local government including the Chairman of the council, Kehinde Oloyede Almoof had appealed to MC Oluomo to tone down his opposition to Dawodu and support his re-election.

It was gathered that MC Oluomo did not turn down the fence-mending approach because he said he did the same with Oloyede who was his former arch-enemy.

It was further gathered that MC Oluomo demanded N100 million from Dawodu before he gets his support.

The money according to MC Oluomo is to settle his aides and loyalists, who supported Dawodu in 2019 but were abandoned by the Rep member.

According to sources at the various fence-mending meeting, appeals to MC Oluomo to reduce the amount were rebuffed.

Another dimension has, however, been added to the involvement of Oloyede in the matter.

The sources revealed that the council chairman, Oloyede is supporting Dawood because of his own interest.

Oloyede has been eyeing the Rep seat before his election as the council chairman.

Oloyede’s calculation according to the sources is that should Dawood gets the second term, it would be easy for him (Oloyede) to contest for the seat in 2027.

One of the sources who does not want his name in print because of backlash said : “Oloyede is supporting Dawood because of his own personal interest. He believes supporting Dawood may work for him in 2027.

Continuing, the source noted that Oloyede would rather support Dawodu over any other candidates because others eyeing the seat are first timers, who may want to seek for re-election in 2027.

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