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Many feared dead as tanker explodes in Lokoja

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Lokoja tanker explosion

Many feared dead as tanker explodes in Lokoja

It was another black Wednesday in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, as over 30 persons were burnt alive when a tanker collided with a tricycle.

The incident which happened at about 9am on Wednesday also saw a family of six burnt to ashes in a Toyota Sienna bus.

The incident which saw victims helpless as they burnt beyond recognition, occurred along the ever busy Lokoja/ Okene/ Abuja road.

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Also, among the casualties, were Kogi State Polytechnic students, school bus conveying primary and secondary school students, residents and passesbye.

Eyewitness account revealed that the petrol tanker which was coming from the Okene while making its way to the northern part of the country had a failed break which led to the accident.

NCBN gathered that more than 10 vehicles were burnt to ashes at the scene of the incident.

As at the time of filing this report, the personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, the Police were seen evacuating dead bodies to the morgues.

This is not the first time a fatal accident happened in this area.

In 2019, more than 25 persons lost their lives at the same spot.

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Williams Uchemba-EndSARS Movement Requires Leadership Structure

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Actor Williams Uchemba Calls for Leadership Structure in EndSARS Movement

Actor and Comedian Williams Uchemba has stressed the need for a leadership structure in the #EndSARS protests worldwide.

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Williams Uchemba stated that any movement without leadership will eventually fizzle out and die.
Uchemba maintained that the need for leadership is to ensure that there is focus, strategy, negotiations, execution and evaluation.

In his words;

“Anything without leadership will die and fizzle out. It might have began organically but it needs leadership for focus, strategy, negotiations, execution and evaluation.

If we get carried away with our emotions and not put a proper leadership structure in place, this movement will be hijacked and when that happens, we have no only failed our generation but might not be given a golden opportunity such as this, to change our nation for good anytime soon.”

Williams went on to write an open letter to the government. His letter reads

Dear Nigerian Government,

I know you’ve been wondering the people championing this protest, I know you’ve been asking yourselves why the protest is still going on after agreeing to do everything the Nigerian youth have asked, I know you been asking and investigating who the leader of this protest is and how you can stop this new movement that has been on for days now. Well in case you don’t know this protest is no longer about ending police brutality ( as that is just one out of a lot to address), this is about the pain and frustration the Nigerian citizens have been going through for years, this is about the over 40 million people who after four or five years of schooling can’t find a job, this is about people that their loved ones died in the hospital over a very little issue because of the poor health care system, this is about people that after working for years can’t even have access to their pension money, this is about new business and entrepreneurs the Nigerian government have Frustrated because of all the unnecessary charges on a baby business thereby shutting the business down, this is about years and years of living in darkness when every year we hear about the billions and billions of naira that is put into the electricity system in this country, I could go on and on to tell you why this protest is happening, I can tell you for free that the people have had enough and have woken up in Unity with one voice and you can’t break that because POWER BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE. #restructureNigeria #giveusbasicamenities”.

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Lagos-Ibadan Railway, Buhari to Commission January 2021

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Buhari to Commission Lagos-Ibadan Railway January 2021

 

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has announced that President Muhammadu Buhari will commission the Lagos-Ibadan railway in January 2021 to improve movement for cargoes and passengers in the country.

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Amaechi made the disclosure during an oversight visit from Lagos to Ibadan while inspecting the ongoing construction of the standard gauge in Ibadan.

The Minister said that the contractors had done their best with the project while attributing weather conditions as one of the challenges being faced by the contractors.

The Minister tasked the contractors on the Lagos-Ibadan railway line to ensure completion of all the stations by December including the Apapa station which started late, so it can be commissioned and the route made fully operational.

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Senate President Calls For End To #EndSARS Protest

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#EndSARS: Senate President Calls for End to Protests

The Senate President , Ahmad Lawan, after a closed-door meeting with Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday called for an end to the hashtag EndSARS and hashtag EndSWAT protests that have rocked the country for the twelfth day.

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The Senate President  noted that since the issues raised by the protesters have been accepted by the government, the time had come for the protests to stop.

He further added, that government needs to have time to implement the demands of the protesters.

The meeting which took place Sunday afternoon also had the speaker of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila in attendance.

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