Explosion Kills Nine In Maiduguri

Police in Borno said nine persons were killed on Tuesday in Maiduguri in a vehicle explosion.

Spokesman of the command, Mr. Victor Isuku, said in a statement that the dead were all in the vehicle when it exploded.

Isuku said the incident occurred at about 10.30a.m. near a military checkpoint along Gubio road in the metropolis.

“There was an explosion today along Gubio road, just before the military check point. The incident occurred at abolut 10.30a.m.

“According to preliminary report, a pick-up van with nine persons on board emerged from a bush path to join the road to Gubio town, when it exploded, killing all the persons,” Isuku said.

He added that details of the incident would be released after due investigation.

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Certificate Forgery: Nine Ekiti Assembly Members To Face Trial

The Federal Government is planning to prosecute nine out of 26 members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly for alleged forgery of their academic results.

A security said in Abuja on Sunday that  the decision to prosecute them was based on the outcome of “an intensive investigation carried out by the Department of State Services into the state lawmakers’ certificates.’’

The DSS, it was gathered, carried out the investigation into the credentials submitted by the politicians to the Independent National Electoral Commission during the last general elections.

It was gathered that the probe was sequel to a myriad of petitions sent to the agency and the Police by aggrieved members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party and the opposition party in the state, the All Progressives Congress.

Investigation was said to have been carried out in schools allegedly claimed to have been attended by the lawmakers and their former places of work.

The source explained that the files of the affected lawmakers had been sent to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation for prosecution.

The source added, “We have investigated the academic credentials of the lawmakers based on petitions sent to us by the politicians in the state.

“The petitions were based on alleged false declaration of academic qualifications and alleged age falsification in the papers presented to the INEC.

“We have been able to know that petitions against nine members of the State House of Assembly are genuine.

“We have already presented our report and we are expecting the office of the AGF to study it and prepare the charges against the suspects.”

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Baby, Nine Others Dead, 12 Injured In Lagos Crash

A baby and nine other passengers were on Monday night burnt to death in an accident that occurred at Iyana Yafin along the Badagry Expressway in Lagos State, while 12 others were rescued alive although they sustained varying degrees of injuries.

The fatal accident occurred after two vehicles, an 18- seater commercial bus fully loaded with passengers, and a Mazda saloon car had a head-on collision.

It was gathered that at the impact of the collision, the two cars exploded and fire engulfed them and their respective passengers.

Although men of the state fire service rescued 12 of the passengers from the flames, 10 others were not so lucky as they were burnt to death.

The commercial bus with registration number KJA 654 XF, which was said to have been coming from the Seme end of the Badagry Expressway, had driven against traffic from the Gbaji bridge.

It was gathered that the driver of the bus switched off the bus lights in an attempt to evade the road blocks mounted by security agents along the expressway and, in the process, had a head-on collision with an oncoming Mazda car .

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Nine Dead In Renewed Agatu Community Attack

Benue State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom, today (Tuesday) confirmed the killing of nine indigenous farmers in a renewed attack on several Agatu communities by armed herdsmen dislodged by security forces on Sunday evening.

The attack lasted for over three hours, according to the Governor, who spoke to journalist shortly after inaugurating a committee on renewable energy.

He added that apart from the lives lost, a number of Agatu villages were burnt to the ground.

Governor Ortom assured the people of Agatu that he is working with the Nasarawa State government to ensure that the security threats is nipped in the bud.

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Troops Clear Nine Boko Haram Strongholds In Borno

Troops of 115 Task Force Battallion under 28 Task Force Brigade have, in a major boost, cleared nine more Boko Haram terrorists strongholds around Lassa axis of Borno State.

A statement by a military spokesman, Colonel Tukur Gusau, said the troops cleared Lassa, Muthavo, Dagu Kumabza, Isge, Unworo Zangore, Kilekasa And Pumpum while on clearance operations between November 3 and 5.

During the offensive, four Boko Haram terrorists met their waterloo in the hands of gallant troops of the Nigerian Army.

Some of the terrorists fled, abandoning their weapons. The military spokesman said they left seven den guns.

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Buhari Orders Sale of 9 Presidential Aircraft to Cut Cost

Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly ordered that nine government aircraft from the presidential fleet should be sold.  The move is aimed at reducing the cost of government, as previously promised by the All Progressives Congress politician, This Day reports.

According to the raw calculations, the presidential fleet, which is registered as Nigerian Air Force aircraft, is one of the largest in Africa and the third largest in Nigeria after Arik Air and Aerocontractors. The annual cost of maintenance of the fleet totals N12billion.

An aviation source disclosed: “Nine, which still have market value, are to be sold immediately to reduce maintenance costs.”

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