Death Toll In Collapsed Church Building In Uyo Rises To 29

The number of people who died in Saturday’s collapsed Reigners Bible Church building in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital, has risen to 29.

The state Police Commissioner, CP Murtala Mani, confirmed this on Monday in Uyo while speaking with correspondents. But Reuters is disputing the figures, anchoring doubts on witness accounts.

According to the news agency, no fewer than 100 people were killed by collapsed church, belonging to Reigners Bible Church International, according to a resident and photojournalist who visited a morgue. It was earlier reported that 27 died as at Sunday, while 37 persons, who suffered from various degrees of injury were receiving treatment in designated hospitals.

The latest figure now shows that 35 persons injured are currently receiving treatment. The police commissioner said,“ the remaining 35 persons are responding to treatment.”

He however declined to confirm whether any member of the Akwa Ibom Executive Council (EXCO) was involved. “I don’t know of any EXCO member involved,” Mani said.

He said that he was not aware of the arrest of the contractor and the engineers that handled the church building project.

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Death Toll In Cameroon Train Crash Hits 79

The death toll in last week’s train crash in Cameroon has climbed to 79, state radio said Monday, as the authorities continued to comb through the wreckage.

On Sunday, 11 more bodies were pulled from the debris of the packed passenger train that derailed on Friday between Cameroon’s two main cities, CRTV reported.


Godogodo Death Toll Hits 40, As Mob Hacks 14 Herdsmen Dead

The death toll from the invasion of Godogodo in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, between last Saturday and Sunday, has risen from 20 to 40, according to sources from Southern Kaduna Peoples Unions, SOKAPU, the umbrella body of the 67 tribal groupings of Southern Kaduna.

However, Kaduna State Police spokesman, ASP Usman Aliyu, said that he had not been informed of any figure higher than the Sunday figure of 20, but agreed that the casualty figure could be higher.

Meanwhile, a mob attack on herdsmen in Kaduna left no fewer than 14 persons “hacked and burnt” to death. A commercial bus driver, Adamu Aliyu, told newsmen yesterday: “I was returning from Plateau State with eight passengers, all of them Fulani herders. My bus broke down in Kaduna State, so I left it to go search for a mechanic.

“While I was away, a mob surrounded the vehicle and forcibly brought out the eight passengers. They hacked them to death, dumped them in the vehicle and set it ablaze.

“Another vehicle was also attacked, when it stopped to refuel and all the six people were burnt to death along with the car.”

Aliyu said a riot broke out in the streets, with soldiers and policemen finally intervening to contain the carnage.

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Death Toll Of Military Personnel Killed In Niger By Bandits Rises

The death toll of military personnel killed by suspected gunrunners and bandits in Kopa, Dagma and Gagaw villages of Bosso Local Government Area of Niger State, has risen to 12 following the recovery of the dead body of a soldier earlier declared missing.

This came as the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade vowed that the military would not rest until all those involved in the killings were arrested and brought to justice. It will be recalled that one officer, eight soldiers and two Airmen were killed by gun runners and bandits after they were ambushed when troops of 31 Artillery Brigade, under 1 Division Nigerian Army, in conjunction with Nigeria Air Force detachment on Internal Security Operation, MESA went on quick cordon and search in the affected areas to recover suspected arms and ammunition .

In a statement, General Officer Commanding, GOC, 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade who noted that the situation had been brought under control, insisted on the need to contain the nefarious activities of the gun runners and the armed bandits in the area as “it has direct bearing with the influx of weapons and general insecurity in some parts of the Federal Capital Territory and the North West geo-political zone of the country.

“The same gun runners have been confirmed to be the suppliers of arms to armed robbery gangs that were involved in series of armed robbery attacks along Minna-Bida road and the general environment. The military will continue to deal with any violent threat to our national security. All law abiding citizens are enjoined to go about their lawful duties as the cordon and search operation continues in the general area and if necessary expand to other identified areas to keep our people safe.”

Justifying the invasion of the villages, the GOC said: “If the weapons recovered in the communities had found its way outside the state, a lot of lives would have been lost. Those who are busy criticising and condemning us unjustly don’t even realise how we have saved millions of lives.”


Death Toll In Adamawa Herdsmen Attacks Hits 30

The Adamawa State Police Commissioner, Mohammed Ghazzali has been criticized over his comment and handling of the Fulani herdsmen attacks on Kodomun, following the discovery of eight more corpses.

Youths from Kodomun who brought out the corpses of the slain members of the community from the bush said, the recovery of the additional bodies had raised the death toll from the attacks which started on Friday to 30.

The incident, came on the day the Adamawa State Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, visited the paramount ruler of the area, the Hama Bata, HRH Alhamdu Teneke, and held a security meeting with him at his palace with other service chiefs in the state in attendance.

Ghazzali, who visited the area on Monday shortly after the attacks by herdsmen, had reportedly claimed no life was lost.

Ghazzali’s denial of any casualty resulting from the attacks, while addressing journalists, after the security meeting, elicited anger from those present at the palace.

Ghazzali explained that his refusal to deploy policemen to Kodomun, which had come under attacks, from Fulani herdsmen, earlier on Friday and Saturday, before that of Monday was done so as not to make him look like “taking sides”

He said, “My men were on the ground. We would not risk our men to be there just to give security to one side so that the other side will not think we have taken side with one side.

“There are two different people involved in these clashes: the herdsmen and the farmers. And we have to be very careful in handling such type of communal clashes.”

It was, however, the police commissioner’s insistence that no life was lost in the Monday attacks which sparked the uproar.

The angry youths who threatened to unleash mayhem in the aftermath of his comment were dissuaded from their action by the elders in the palace.

The monarch, who said his people had been killed in the attacks, challenged the security chiefs to visit Kodomun, to find out for themselves if indeed there were “no deaths”.

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Death Toll In Pakistani Park Bombing Hits 71

Grief enveloped Pakistan on Monday as the official death toll from a suicide bombing at a public park in Lahore rose to 69, with 341 people wounded.

But the local news media put the number of people killed at 71.

The Sunday’s suicide bombing was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban’s Jamaat-ur-Ahrar faction, which once declared loyalty to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, saying it was targeting Christians.

The attack within the power base of the Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, was Jamaat-ur-Ahrar’s fifth bombing since December.

Reuters reports that at least 29 children enjoying an Easter weekend outing were among those killed when the suicide bomber struck in a busy park in the eastern city of Lahore. Pakistan is a majority-Muslim state but has a Christian population of more than two million.

Police investigators said a suicide bomber had detonated explosives in a vest during the evening rush hour on Sunday at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, one of the largest public parks in this eastern city.

Prime Minister Sharif arrived in Lahore on Monday morning and visited Jinnah Hospital to show solidarity with the victims. He said he was deeply grieved and vowed to bring the culprits to justice.

Later, he met with senior government officials and pledged to eliminate terrorism, The New York Timesreports.

“Our resolve as a nation and as a government is getting stronger, and the cowardly enemy is trying for soft targets,” Sharif said during the meeting. “Our goal is not only to eliminate terror infrastructure but also the extremist mind-set, which is a threat to our way of life.”

A military spokesman, Lt. Gen. Asim Bajwa, said intelligence raids had been carried out in three cities in Punjab Province, of which Lahore is the capital, after the attack, and that a “number of terrorists and facilitators were arrested.” However, he gave no further details about the identities of those arrested or whether they were connected to Sunday’s bombing.


Conflicting Death Toll Trail Dalori Attack

The National Emergency Management Agency has put the death toll in the attacks on Dalori village in Borno State at 65 which is less than the earlier figure of 85.

In a statement on Monday by the spokesman for the agency, Sani Datti, NEMA said 65 persons lost their lives and 136 persons injured in the weekend attacks.

Earlier report on Sunday say 85 persons were killed while 62 others sustained injuries and are receiving treatment at the General Hospital in Maiduguri the capital  of the state.

Most of those affected were fleeing women and children who ran into suicide bombers in a nearby village, an official of the National Emergency Management Agency said.

Dalori, which is less than 10km from Maiduguri, came under attacks on Saturday evening, with the agency’s Emergency Response Team immediately mobilised for rescue along with the Police Anti bomb Squad, NSCDC, Nigerian Army, Federal Road Safety Corps and Nigerian Red Cross.

Victims were evacuated to Umaru Shehu Hospital, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and Borno General Hospital for medical attention and 40 persons were confirmed dead.

According to NEMA, the community buried 25 deaths beside those that were taken to the hospitals.

Explaining the incident, the agency said that the suspected insurgents came into the village and started shooting sporadically.

“This put the villagers and the neighbourhood into pandemonium, with residents running helter-skelter.

“Some of the villagers that succeeded in moving out, including those in the nearby IDPs camp (Dalori Camp II), gathered under a big three where people normally gather in the evening to do menial trading activities.

“Unknown to them, one of the suicide bombers sneaked into their midst and detonated explosive devices killing scores of people and injuring many,” NEMA further explained.

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Death Toll In Maiduguri Mosque Bombing Rises To 28

At least 28 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, on Friday, raising fresh security concerns after a wave of similar attacks.

The attack happened shortly after 5:00 am (0400 GMT) in the Jidari area of the Borno state capital, which has previously been targeted by Boko Haram militants.

Maiduguri has now been hit six times this month, killing a total of 76 people, according to an AFP tally, underscoring an increased risk to civilians after similar strikes in neighbouring states and near the capital, Abuja.

Umar Sani, a civilian vigilante assisting the military in the counter-insurgency, and local resident Musa Sheriff both told AFP there were two blasts at the mosque.

“People from various mosques nearby rushed to the scene to assist the victims,” said Sani.

“I was involved in the evacuation. We counted 28 dead bodies apart from the two bombers, who were identifiable by the mutilation of their bodies.

“Over 20 other people were injured.”

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Nigeria 3rd In Casualty Figures As Death Toll In Hajj Stampede Hits 1,849

The death toll from last month’s hajj stampede has risen to at least 1,849, according to tallies given by foreign officials, making it the deadliest incident in the pilgrimage’s history.

An Agence France Presse (AFP) tally from more than 30 countries shows the death toll has overtaken the 1,426 pilgrims who died in the hajj’s worst previous incident — a tunnel stampede in July 1990.

This is the breakdown of the dead from foreign governments:

– Iran: 464 dead

– Egypt: 182 dead

– Nigeria: 145 dead

– Bangladesh: 137

– Indonesia: 129 dead

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Hajj Stampede: Nigeria’s Death Toll Rises To 145

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, on Sunday, confirmed that 145 Nigerians were killed in the September 24 stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia.

Although Saudi authorities confirmed more than 769 pilgrims from across the world dead, the death toll is believed to be over 1,000 with Iran having the higher death casualty of over 400 people. About 1,000 people were also injured during the stampede on one of the roads leading to the Jamarat complex (stone throwing site) in Mina.

Briefing journalists in Mecca in an update, NAHCON’s commissioner in charge of Planning, Research, Information and Library Services, Saleh Okenwa, said that seven of the 42 injured pilgrims were still on admission at various hospitals in Saudi Arabia.

He, however, said that the number of pilgrims earlier declared missing had reduced from 214 to 165 following the discovery of additional bodies of some Nigerians killed in the stampede.

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Killer Gin: Rivers Death Toll Hits 66

The Rivers State Government said on Wednesday that 28 more deaths had been recorded, following the continued consumption of the killer local gin by unsuspecting consumers, thus increasing the figure from 38 to 66.

The Director of Public Health in the State Ministry of Health, Dr. Nnana Onyekwere, disclosed this in Port Harcourt shortly after dealers in local gin, popularly known as Ogogoro or Kai–kai, met with the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr. Somieari Harry, on the burning issue in the state.

Onyekwere told newsmen that apart from the 38 deaths announced last week, health workers on the field discovered that more people had died after consuming local gin.

He pointed out that apart from the deaths recorded in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, more persons, who drank the poisonous product in Bonny, Port Harcourt, Gokana and Ahoada West, had also died.

He expressed worry that despite the enlightenment campaigns and warning for people to stay away from local gin, many were still consuming the product.

Explaining that the ban on sale and consumption of Ogogoro by the state government still stands, Onyekwere added that only total abstinence from the product could stop the increase in deaths as a result of the killer gin.

Onyekwere advised that those who were addicted to local gin should go for branded hot drinks, saying, “There are affordable hot drinks that are branded and sealed. Those who cannot do without drinking gin can go for them.”

He explained that places that were most affected were riverine areas, describing such places as high alcohol consuming areas.


Ondo Mysterious Disease, Death Toll Rises To 28

The Ondo State Government is working hard to control a strange disease which suddenly broke out in the Ode-Irele community of Ondo state, leading to the death of no fewer than 28 people in the past three days.

Residents say the disease broke out three days ago and spread rapidly around the community, killing its victim within 24 hours. The cause of the disease remained unknown.

Experts say preliminary reports from victims revealed neurologic clinical symptoms: blindness, and loss of consciousness.

Ebola Alert, an evidence-driven group of volunteer professionals who helped with the Ebola Virus Disease interventions in the country, said 28 people have died from the disease. But the State Health Commissioner, Dayo Adeyanju, put the number of dead victims at 12.

Mr. Adeyanju, while briefing newsmen in Akure, said preliminary investigations showed that the disease is not Ebola “as it does not manifest any of its symptoms, but it attacks the central nervous system of the victims”.

He said the state government, after getting information on the disease, immediately deployed officials who took samples from victims which was sent to Lagos for laboratory analysis to help understand the nature of the disease.

Mr. Adeyanju, who warned against spreading false information on social media, said the government is on top of the situation, and advised people in the council area to report any strange illness to the nearest health facility.

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