Petrol Tanker Explosion Kills 14 In Niger State

A petrol tanker skidded off the road and exploded in central Nigeria, killing at least 14 people on Friday, witnesses told AFP.

They said eight houses were razed following the accident which happened around 8:00 am (0700GMT) in the transit town of Tegina in Niger state.

“We buried 14 people including a six-month-old baby who died in the tanker explosion this morning,” said Muhammad Sani who took part in the rescue operation.
Eight more victims were taken to hospital with burns, two of them in “very critical condition” while eight homes were burnt in the inferno, said another resident Abdullahi Egiworo.

A spokesman for Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state confirmed the accident, but refused to give casualty figures.

“We received reports of an accident involving a petrol tanker in Tegina this morning but we are still awaiting details,” Bitrus Max told AFP.

He said emergency officials were heading to the scene to assist in the evacuation of victims.

Accidents involving petrol tankers happen frequently on Nigeria’s poorly maintained roads because of speeding and disregard for traffic rules.

Last month, three people were killed when a petrol tanker collided with a trailer and exploded on a road linking Nigeria’s commercial hub of Lagos with the rest of the country.



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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Two dead, three injured in Akwa Ibom kerosene explosion.

Kerosene explosion in Ikono Ibom Clan, Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom has left two children of one Mr. Nsikak Michael dead, with three others injured.

The incident was said to have occurred when Mr. Michael, who operates a small poultry farm near his residence in Ikot Enyingne Ikono, was trying to light up a lantern to keep the birds warm in their cage.

The Nation quoted the victim as saying: “I bought kerosene from a filling station along Idoro road as I closed from my Keke business.

“Upon getting home, I decided to lit up the lantern in my poultry farm to keep my birds warm but needed to top up the kerosene in the lamp as it was soon going off.

“So I came out of the poultry farm just as my kids followed. As I attempted to light up the lantern there was a loud explosion with a big flame of fire which left me unconscious.”

The report had it that one of the two children died few hours after, while the other died the next day at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, UUTH, where they were receiving treatments.

Meanwhile, Nsikak is still receiving treatment at the hospital.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Banned By More Airlines Over Fire Risk

An airline flight ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is spreading fast after reports some phones have caught fire. Carriers in Australia, Asia and Europe put the phone on a prohibited list over the weekend, which comes after the US banned the device last week.

Carriers flying to the US inevitably had to follow suit, but the bans are spreading worldwide.

In addition to several flag carriers taking action, Air Berlin, Dragonair and Virgin Australia now have bans.

Qantas and its discount carrier Jetstar said in a statement: “The ban applies to devices being carried
onto the aircraft, in carry-on baggage as well as check-in luggage.”

Virgin Australia issued a similar announcement, but added that passengers were “strongly advised” not to bring the Note 7 phone to airports.

Air Berlin has banned the phones with immediate effect. Larger German rival Lufthansa has a ban on flights to the US, but is reportedly planning to impose the restriction across all flights soon.

Singapore Airlines said on its Facebook page that “the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone will be prohibited from being brought on board all our flights in person, in carry-on baggage or checked-in baggage with effect from 16 October”.

Samsung recalled around 2.5 million phones in September after complaints of exploding batteries.
While it later insisted that all replaced devices were safe, there were reports that those phones were catching fire too.

The company then said it would stop Galaxy Note 7 production.

BREAKING: Militants destroy oil facility in Delta

A militant group, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate have destroyed a major crude oil delivery line belonging to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company.


According to reports, the pipeline was attacked at about 11:30pm on Sunday around Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state.


The spokesperson of the group, Aldo Agbalaja claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on Monday.

Details later…

New Jersey Explosion: Bomb Squad Detonates Device

A suspicious device found near a New Jersey railway station exploded as a bomb squad was attempting to disarm it with a robot, officials say.

It was one of up to five devices found in a backpack inside a rubbish bin near the station in Elizabeth, according to the city’s mayor. No-one was hurt.

The discovery came after three attacks at the weekend – bombs in New York and New Jersey, and stabbings in Minnesota.

The explosion in New York’s Chelsea area injured 29 people.

In Elizabeth, New Jersey, police detonated a device on Monday following concerns it was a live bomb.

“That was not a controlled explosion,” said Mayor Christian Bollwage, adding that the blast happened as a robot examining a device cut a wire.

FBI Newark said a suspicious package contained “multiple improvised explosive devices”.

It was picked out of a bin by two men who thought the bag could contain something of value.

“They started to examine the backpack when they found the wires and the pipes and they dropped the backpack, walked around the corner, went into police headquarters and notified us right away,” said Mr Bollwage.

In New York City, the FBI said it had stopped a “vehicle of interest” in Brooklyn on Sunday but made no arrests.

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Agip pipeline explosion victims’ families accuse company of neglect

The families of victims of the pipeline explosion at the Agip Oilfield in Azuzuama community in Bayelsa State have accused the company of neglect.

They accused the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, operators of the oilfield, of being insensitive to their plights.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that a pipeline explosion in the Southern Ijaw Local Government community on July 9, 2015 left 14 people dead.

A regulatory official of the Bayelsa State Ministry of Environment and National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency was among the dead victims.

NAN said that officials of NAOC, representatives of the host community and the Bayelsa State Ministry of Environment were investigating the cause of an oil spill in the area when the blast occurred.

The Director-General of NOSDRA, Dr. Peter Idabor, had bemoaned the poor safety procedures at Agip’s oilfields which resulted in the death of its worker and an official of the ministry.

“It is a painful experience to us in NOSDRA. We have informed the families of the affected employees who hailed from Enugu State.

“We are talking with the Bayelsa State Government that also lost an employee from its Ministry of Environment.

“This incident shows the kind of risks and hazards that our officers are constantly exposed to in the discharge of our mandate at oilfields, amidst daunting challenges and limitations,” Idabor said.

Some of the family members of the victims of the blast said that they were still feeling the pains of the loss.

They blamed Agip for neglecting the dependants of the victims.

Mr. Clinton Italia, a relative of one of the victims, told NAN on Wednesday that all that the family got was an N800,000 burial assistance and N7.4m interim palliative.

“Life has been difficult and painful for the families of the victims at Azuzuama.

“Apart from the burial assistance and the sum of N7.4m, nothing has been done to the oilfield to forestall future repetition of the accident.

“The dependants of the deceased feel abandoned as Agip has yet to pay the main compensation.

“We have waited for the compensation and other promises they made to no avail and we are looking at ways of taking up the case with them,’’ Italia said.

Mr. Karibi MacDonald, the spokesman for the bereaved families, also said in Yenagoa that Agip had neither shown remorse nor commiserated with the families of the victims.

“It is very unfortunate that Agip is so insensitive to the needless death of 14 Nigerians due to the poor safety records in their oilfields.

“There has been no contact with us – the relatives of late staff of the Bayelsa State environment ministry.

“The stance of Agip, since this incident occurred, has been regrettable.

“They have not bothered to contact us even during the burial of the victims. When my own brother was buried, we did not see Agip.

“It is very sad that a foreign company can be this arrogant, be shying away from its liability and could not commiserate with the bereaved families.”

However, Eni, the Italian Energy firm and the parent company of NAOC, in a reaction to the claims of neglect, said in a brief email response that its Nigerian operations had assisted 12 families of the victims of the blast.

Reacting, the Media Relations Manager of Agip, Mr. Filipo Cotalini, was however silent on the allegations of unsafe oilfield practices, which reportedly resulted in the death of 20 people within one year of the firm’s oil block operation in Bayelsa.

“Twelve out of 14 families have received support from NAOC.

“For the remaining two families, the process is in progress and will be completed very soon,” Eni stated.

Explosion Rocks NNPC Filling Station In Yola

A deadly explosion has rocked Yola, sending wild flames into the atmosphere. The deadly explosion, which occurred at the Wuro-jobe area of the metropolis, around 8pm is believed to have claimed two cars, which were charred beyond repair, sending motorist who queued around the vicinity to scamper for their dear lives.

No live was claimed in the explosion, eye witness said.

The explosion, according to a military officer who spoke from the scene, was from a filling station belonging to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, licensed marketer.

According to him the fire which has been raging for over an hour, has defied the intervention of fire fighters stationed at Faro bottling company located at  wuro-jobe the scene of the incidence.

The cause of the fire still remains unknown at the time of filling this report.

But eye witnesses who rushed to the scene following the explosion, are lamenting the severity of the fire which they claimed had been amplified by the petroleum products contained in underground tank of the filling station.

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3 Killed, 7 Injured As Explosion Rocks Agip Pipeline

Three persons were yesterday burnt beyond recognition and seven others sustained various degrees of burns following an explosion that hit the pipeline belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in Olugboboro community in Olodiama clan of Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa State.

The explosion,which occurred on Easter Sunday while some technical staff of an Oil contacting firm known as Maco Marine,were working to clamp a ruptured section of the Agip Pipeline,was brought under control on  Monday.

Three of the victims, including an underwater welder identified as  Nelson Negibo,were burnt beyond recognition and their corpses recovered on Monday after the fire subsided.

Two of the victims were further identified as indigenes of Ada-ma in Twon-Brass of Brass local government area of the state.

Most of the victims with various degrees of burns, according to community sources, have been flown to various clinics in Bayelsa and Rivers States.

Confirming the incident, the state coordinator of the environmental group known as Environmental Right Action (ERA),Comrade Morris Alagoa,described the incident as a shocking and tragic.

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Explosion Rocks CBN Building In Calabar

An explosion has been reported in the Central Bank of Nigeria building, along Calabar Road, Calabar, Cross River state, around 12:30pm on Friday.

The cause of the explosion is unknown.

A source at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, said that scores of injured persons were seen being brought into the emergency unit of the hospital.

“I could count up to seven people with serious burns,” the source said.

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Monday Morning Explosion Kills Many In Maiduguri Mosque

At least 20 persons were killed in a fresh explosion in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Monday morning, as residents gathered around a mosque.

The explosion sounded as residents speculated that a fleeing Boko Haram bomber abandoned an improvised explosive device in the area during Sunday night’s attack on the city.

A police officer, said the victims had gathered to investigate if a bomb was truly abandoned in the mosque.

“I have never seen such foolishness when people would go peeping into a mosque to find out if truly there was an explosive deposited in a place. But sadly, the bomb went off and over 20 persons were killed and many injured.”

But the account of Malam Suleiman, a primary school teacher in the area, was slightly different.
“The people normally sit down around the mosque in the morning,” he said. ”The place is like a meeting point where neighbours converge to relax.”

“After the morning prayers they just sat down outside the mosque as usual and then the bomb went off. It was not suicide bombing like that of last night. It may have been planted.

“Many people died but I can’t give actual figure of the casualties”.

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Explosion Kills Many In Maiduguri Bus Station

A bomb explosion has rocked a crowded motor park in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, residents and security operatives have said.

The incident occurred at a busy location where tricycles pick passengers, and may have killed dozens and injured even many more.  The thunderous blast, which sounded at about 6:30am, resonated all over Maiduguri, residents say.

Witnesses later said the explosion occurred near the entrance of Gamboru Market where operatives of commercial tricycles park to pick passengers.

“We heard the blast at about 6:30am this morning and shortly afterwards, we saw people running from the direction of the market screaming that it was a bomb,’ said Maryam Abu, a civil servant whose residence is close to the area.


Man Suffers Burns To His Face After His Phone Explodes

The rate at which phones and chargers are exploding in people’s faces is a cause for concern…

Bhavesh Thummer, a professional diamond polisher, was left with burns to his face and chest, after his mobile phone blew up in his face when he tried making a quick phone call.Mr Thummer’s left eye and ear were burnt in the incident, leaving him wearing a heavy bandage across the whole of his left eye.
The device exploded whilst Mr Thummer was visiting his friend’s timber market in Punagam, Surat
Wanting to make a quick telephone call, he dialled the number and put the phone to his ear.
Feeling the extreme temperature, he dropped the overheating device. The phone landed on to a desk before setting fire to a pile of loose papers and damaging the desk.
Health and safety experts are set to launch an inquiry into the incident.

BREAKING: Explosion, Gun Fire Spree At APC PH Rally (See Photo)

There are reports that there has been an explosion around the venue of the APC rally in Port Harcourt. The rally which is being held at Okrika Secondary School is been said to have turned sour after the explosion went off.

More so, there are reports of random firing of gun bullets at the rally’s vicinity. Party faithfuls have been running for their lives, while it has  been reported that the Party officials and leaders are yet to arrive the venue. Below is a photo of a Channels TV journalist trying to take cover. This report was monitored on Channels TV.



Updates from the Kano Central Mosque Attack

Following the three bomb explosions at the Kano central mosque today, rescue official, speaking to Agence France-Presse, put the casualty toll at 64 dead and 126 hurt, although this has not been independently confirmed.

Aside the three bomb explosions, the attackers also turned gunfire on worshippers, firing randomly at people.

One eyewitness told the BBC’s Focus on Africa that “The imam was about to start prayer when he saw somebody in a car trying to force himself into the mosque. But when people stopped him, he detonated the explosions. People started running helter-skelter.”

BBC Hausa editor Mansur Liman said one witness at a local hospital had described the scenes there as being the most horrible he had ever seen.

Today’s attack is assumed to be targeted at  Emir Muhammad Sanusi II, who has criticised Boko Haram barely a week ago, urging civilians to take up arms against the group. However, the Emir who has been said to be a regular worshipper at the mosque was out of the country during the attack, leaving the assumption ineffective.