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BREAKING: Fire outbreak in National Assembly

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Reports reaching New Telegraph says there is a fire outbreak in the National Assembly.

The fire reportedly  started from the Technical Room  in the main building of the National Assembly which houses the chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

As at press time, the Senate was unable to commence sitting as smoke from the fire has taken over the entrance of the Red Chambers.

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BREAKING: Dana Air plane skids off runway, aircraft damaged (PHOTOS)

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A passenger plane belonging to Dana Airline skid off the runway of the Port Harcourt International Airport as it was landing at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

The aircraft, with number 9J0363, flew into Port Harcourt after taking passengers from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

 

According to an eyewitness, Layefa Walter, a Port Harcourt based oil worker, the flight skid off the runway and a wing of the airplane was damaged.

Tuesday’s incidence was suspected to have been caused by a heavy rain, which was accompanied by strong wind and storm in Port Harcourt.

The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Henrietta Yakubu, confirmed the incident.

She said, “A Dana aircraft numbered 9J0363, flying from Abuja to Port Harcourt airport has overshot the Port Harcourt runway.

“The incident was suspected to have been caused by a heavy rain, which was accompanied by strong wind and storm in Port Harcourt.

“No casualty was recorded, as all passengers on board were safely evacuated.”

This is coming almost six years after the airline’s service from Abuja to Lagos crashed, killing all the 159 persons on board.

The crash occurred on June 3, 2012 in Ishaga area of Lagos State.

 

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JUST IN: Kaduna APC factional office demolished  (PHOTOS)

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The factional office of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC in Kaduna State has been demolished in the early hours of today.

 

New Telegraph gathered that the incident took place between the hours of 4-5 am in the morning.

 

The demolition of the building located at Sambo road, GRA Kaduna was said to have been supervised by stern looking mobile and regular police officers.

The faction which is led by Senator representing Kaduna North, Suleman Hunkuyi last week issued a query to the state Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai for what they described as anti-people and anti-party activities.

 

The faction followed up with a suspension of the Governor for 6 months.

 

 

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Zamfara Massacre: Security agencies failed to act- Gov Yari

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Governor Abdulaziz Yari has alleged that his administration gave security agencies 24-hour head-start to alert them on the impending invasion of communities in Zamfara by bandits that resulted in the death of 39 persons in Zurmi local government area of the state on Wednesday night.

Speaking Friday evening when he led five Northern Governors on a sympathy visit to the palace of the Emir of Zurmi, Yari said security agencies in the area have failed to tackle the problem of cross-border banditry and terrorism bedevilling communities in the area.

“Whatever humanly possible that needed to be done, we as a government have done to mitigate this disaster. But it does appear that security agencies are failing in their responsibilities.
“I feel let down facing the people of this state whenever I remember the promise I made to them that when they elect President Muhammadu Buhari into power, these killings will end. But unfortunately, things are now getting worse.

“As such, I urge you security agencies to up the ante so as not to lose this war. If you let us take issues on our hands, anarchy will reign which is not what we hope us.

“On this particular incidence, we had intelligence reports 24 hours before it happened that the bandits were grouping and ready to attack. I alerted the security agencies but unfortunately they sent inadequate personnel to confront these people from where they came from,” he said.

In his remarks, the Emir of Zurmi, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, said echoed what Yari said, adding that if not for the bravery of vigilante groups who confronted the bandits, the casualty figures would have been higher.

Giving insight into what really happened, the Emir alleged that 600 bandits made attempt to invade Zurmi but were repelled by vigilantes.
“They came on 200 motorcycles with three persons on each bike. Each of them was well-armed. We stationed 500 vigilante members who stood their ground and gallantly fought the bandits. Unfortunately, these same bandits turned their anger on travellers and other villagers on their way here, that was why we had 39 people killed.

“Thes terrorists are known to us. Their major hide-out is in a village called Kagara, very close to Bafarawa in Sokoto State, and a few kilometres from Shinkafi in Zamfara State. But despite several appeals to security agencies to storm the area, our appeals have failed.

“I need to state here that majority of weapons used by bad people in this country are brought in from this area. I had reason to personally inform Zamfara State Director of SSS sometimes back of a large cache of weapons being brought into the country but no concrete action was taken until the containers were moved away.

“I am happy that other Northern Governors are here because we believe the solution to this problem lies in cooperation among all of you.

“I don’t need to repeat here that we need a full battalion of soldiers here and in areas surrounding Maru, Maradun, Shinkafi and Zurmi LGAs,” the visibly angry Emir said.
He added that the people have been pushed to the limit and a negative reaction from them will have a devastating consequence on the continued peaceful coexistence of all communities in the area.

In his remarks, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno appealed to the people not to lose patience. He sympathized with the victims and prayed to God to grant the deceased eternal rest.

In addition to Shettima and Yari, other Governors on the entourage were Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Umar Tanko Al-Makura of Nassarawa States.

 

 

 

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