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11 Dead In Enugu- Port-Harcourt Expressway Crash

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has confirmed no fewer than 11 persons dead and one unconscious in a ghastly accident close to the Four Corner Junction along Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.

The FRSC added that two persons among the total of 14 persons involved in the accident at about 8:45p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30, sustained minor injuries.

The Sector Commander of the FRSC, Enugu State Command, Mr Joseph Toby, confirmed the incident on Monday in Enugu.

Toby said that that accident followed a collision between a 14-seater bus with 12 occupants and a truck with a driver and his conductor.

He said that those on the 14-seater bus were making a night journey from Owerri, Imo State capital, to Kano.

He said FRSC marshals were deployed to the scene of the accident immediately they were contacted by public-spirited individuals, adding that “immediately we called in the state fire service men”.

According to him, “it is highly likely that the 14-seater bus might have carried at least one or two gallons of fuel that got ignited immediately the collision took place.

“It was not just an accident but a serious fire scene in which the state fire service spent several minutes and a reinforcement of their water truck to put out.

“Then, we (FRSC officials), moved in and recovered the trapped and dead bodies in the bus.

“The only survival of the bus, who jumped out of the bus forcefully and still unconscious, have been taken by our personnel to the accident and emergency ward of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu,” he said.

The commander noted that the identity of the 14-seater bus was unclear even when its registration number KTG 41 XD was verified on the FRSC system; it was not identified to anybody.

“This development has made contact tracing of the victims’ relatives difficult for the corps,” he said.

Toby advised motorists and passengers to refrain from the temptation of night travels and “learn to plan their journeys ahead of time during the day time”.

“We beg motorists to desist from carrying gallons of fuel or other inflammables in their vehicles or bus loaded with passengers along journeys notwithstanding the benefit from such a negative and dangerous act,” he added.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu Is My Biological Father, Father-of-three Declares

A father of three, Mr Emmanuel Sanwo-Olu, 27, has asked the Delta State High Court 2 sitting in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area, to declare the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his father.

In the suit no: EHC/148/2022 between Emmanuel Moses Sanwo-Olu and Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the complainant said his mother, Grace Moses, and the governor gave birth to him in 1994/95.

Also, in his writ of summons issued by J. O. Aikpokpo-Martins, he told the court that “the defendant is the biological father of the claimant begotten from Madam Grace Moses of Oleri, Delta State.

He also prayed the court to order and compelled Governor Sanwo-Olu to accept and accord him all the rights deserving to a son in accordance with all the laws applicable whether customarily, statutorily, or constitutionally.

He also sought a perpetual injunction restraining the defendant from further denying him of parenthood.

The claimant, in the 19-paragraph statement of claim attached to the writ, said Sanwo-Olu worked with a private company in Warri, Delta State, from 1994 to 1995, and in the course of working and living in the community, he had a relationship with a girl known as Grace Moses from Oleri village near Warri metropolis, Delta State.

He said the lady in question was put in a family way by Governor Sanwo-Olu in 1994 to the defendant’s knowledge, adding that shortly after, the defendant left Warri and she lost contact with him till date.

 

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Borno Government To Plant 5m Trees In 2023

The Borno Government is to plant five million trees in 2023 across the state.

Gov. Babagana Zulum made this known on Wednesday while presenting the 2023 Budget to members of the State Assembly.

Zulum who lamented the delay recorded on this year’s tree planting campaign said preparations have begun in earnest for the 2023 exercise.

“The Ministry of Environment was created by the State Government to proffer solutions to environmental problems ranging from deforestation, desertification, soil and land degradation, floods and soil erosion as well as solid waste management.

“Mr Speaker, during the period under review, Government distributed thousands tree seedlings of assorted types to control desertification as well as restore the vegetation lost as a result of climatic factors.

“In addition, government undertook free distribution of different types of seedlings to schools, communities and individuals to plant and protect the environment and improve the green culture.

“Mr Speaker, as a measure to stop desertification as well as provide wind breaks and shelter, the ministry of environment undertook the planting of trees at the Borno State University Teaching Hospital along Damaturu road in the State Capital,” Zulum said.

He also said that in an effort to discourage the use of firewood, the ministry also distributed “wonder box” (coolers) to women for use in cooking.

Zulum said the state government in collaboration with the World Bank assisted NEWMAP project undertook measures aimed at the control of flooding and erosion in Gwoza and the desilting and evacuation of drainages in Maiduguri and environs in 2022.

He also noted that the Borno State Environmental Protection Agency (BOSEPA) conducted fumigation to curtail the outbreak of diseases such as malaria, cholera etc across the State as well as approved new site for safe disposal of solid waste in the state capital.

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3 Men Arraigned For Stealing Goat In Ekiti

Three men were on Wednesday docked in an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ court for allegedly stealing a she-goat.

The suspects, Bamisaye Felix, 34, Adebayo Wasiu, 35 and Kolawole Sunday, 42  were charged with theft and possession of a stolen goat.

Prosecution Counsel Inspector Bamikole Olasunkanmi told the court that the defendants committed the offence on December 4 at 4 am in Iye-Ekiti.

He alleged that the defendants stole one she-goat worth N35,000 belonging to Oyeyemi Funmilayo.

Olasunkanmi alleged that the defendants had in their possession five other goats and one sheep suspected to have been stolen.

The offence, he said, contravenes the provisions of sections 302(1) (a) and 345 of the Criminal Laws of Ekiti State 2021.

The prosecutor asked the court for an adjournment to enable him to study the case file and present his witnesses.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge while their counsel, Mrs Aduni Olanipekun, prayed the court to grant her clients bail.

Chief Magistrate Saka Afunso granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N50,000 with one surety each in like sum and adjourned the case until January 9, 2023, for hearing.

(NAN)

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