• I want Justice for my son
  • Classic version © 1971-2019 The Punch newspaper     Classic version © 1971-2019 The Punch newspaper                                                              Classic version © 1971-2019 The Punch newspaper  6'  ‌ METRO PLUS Mourners feared dead as bus plunges into Ebonyi river Published September 19, 2020  ‌ • Many trapped in Lagos tanker explosion Afeez Hanafi A 30-passenger bus carrying church members returning from a burial in Afikpo, Ebonyi State plunged into a river along Akaeze-Ishiagu bridge on Friday, with many people missing. A woman out of the five persons rescued by local divers as of 10pm was said to have died in a hospital. The accident occurred around 6pm. This is just as emergency agencies responded to a tanker explosion at Anthony inward Gbagada area of Lagos. While two vehicles were burnt, casualty figures could not be ascertained as of 11pm. In the Ebonyi accident, Saturday PUNCH learnt that the bus driver wanted to overtake a truck when he lost control and skidded off the bridge. The Federal Road Safety Sector Commander in the state, Stella Uchegbu, who confirmed the crash to our correspondent on the phone, said the number of people on board could not be ascertained as the bus was still trapped. She said, “The accident involved a 608 bus carrying members of a church returning from a burial. They were coming from Afikpo to Enugu. The bus lost control on Akaeze Bridge while trying to overtake a truck or while the truck was trying to overtake it. It lost control and plunged into the river. “I learnt about five people were rescued by divers organised by the local government area chairman and they were taken to a hospital. We could not ascertain the number of people on board because the vehicle has not been found. “Being a group outing, we do not know whether they observed COVID-19 protocols. That kind of bus normally carries up to 30 or more passengers. We do not know whether it was fully-laden. Search and rescue is still on and our men are on the ground. The divers said it was already dark and they could not continue.” The police spokesperson in Ebonyi, DSP Loveth Odah, told our correspondent that one of the rescued victims had died while the four others were receiving treatment. More in Just In  Misau dumps PDP, rejoins Dogara in APC    Polio nearly crippled our son –Parents of Africa’s last polio case    Woman whose kidnapped husband died after release: I fainted when I saw his battered body    Baba Wande, Antar Laniyan, others mourn Jimoh Aliu    Visa ban: Kogi government writes US “The bus is still trapped in the river. We don’t know the number of passengers in the bus,” she added. A preliminary report on the tanker explosion released by the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, indicated that the petrol-laden tanker fell while in motion. It read, “The agency responded to distress calls and upon arrival at the scene of the incident, it was discovered that a tanker with unknown registration number conveying PMS lost control while in motion and subsequently fell sideways. This led to an explosion in which two unidentified vehicles were burnt. “A joint team of responders led by LASEMA, LASG fire service, LRU fire unit, Nigeria Police and LASTMA are working together to curb the inferno from escalating further. Casualties cannot be ascertained at this time (11pm) Rescue operation is ongoing.” Copyright PUNCH. All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH. Contact: DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON   Receive Alerts on: Whatsapp: +2349090060943, Twitter: @MobilePunch, BBM: C003D3DC0 Share your story with us: SMS: +2349090060943,Whatsapp: +2349090060943, Email: FOREX , BITCOIN and BINARY TRADER: DO YOU NEED THE SERVICE OF A PROFESSIONAL FOREX, BITCOIN and BINARY TRADER TO HELP YOU TRADE YOUR ACCOUNTS FOR WEEKLY 20% PROFIT?....Click here for details: www.betaforex.org WhatsApp us : +2348030797998 PrivateProperty.com.ng - Your Nigeria Property Search.  Property For Sale: Houses | Apartments | Land |Commercial  Property For Rent: Houses | Apartments | Commercial  BUS EBONYI RIVER ‌ ‌ Subscribe to Punch News Alert Email Address *  Comments Classic version © 1971-2019 The Punch newspaper  5'  ‌ NEWS Boko Haram recruiting children, over 1.1m IDPs can’t access farms – Zulum Published September 19, 2020  Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum ‌ Gbenro Adeoye Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has raised the alarm that Boko Haram terrorists are recruiting children in the state while expressing concern over the challenges facing internally displaced persons in camps. The governor disclosed this on Thursday in Maiduguri, the Borno capital, while receiving some members of the House of Representatives, according to TheCable. Zulum also said more than 700,000 IDPs in Monguno and 400,000 in Gamboru Ngala had no access to their farmland According to the governor, the continued stay of able-bodied persons in IDPs’ camps poses a serious problem that could worsen the crisis. He said, “The only solution we have now is to ensure the safe return of our people to their homes in a dignified manner. If nothing is done, believe me sincerely, we shall face a very serious challenge, even more than what we are facing now. “This is because right now, the insurgents are recruiting many of our children into the sect because of the increasing unemployment rate.” The governor advised the federal lawmakers, who were in Maiduguri for an oversight function at the North-East Development Commission, to focus on long-term development in the region instead of giving short-term humanitarian support. He also urged them to work out sustainable policies to ensure the safe return of IDPs to their communities. Copyright PUNCH. All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH. Contact: DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON   More in Just In  I want justice for my son attacked with hot oil –Mother of 24-year-old puff puff seller    Mourners feared dead as bus plunges into Ebonyi river    Misau dumps PDP, rejoins Dogara in APC    Polio nearly crippled our son –Parents of Africa’s last polio case    Woman whose kidnapped husband died after release: I fainted when I saw his battered body Receive Alerts on: Whatsapp: +2349090060943, Twitter: @MobilePunch, BBM: C003D3DC0 Share your story with us: SMS: +2349090060943,Whatsapp: +2349090060943, Email: FOREX , BITCOIN and BINARY TRADER: DO YOU NEED THE SERVICE OF A PROFESSIONAL FOREX, BITCOIN and BINARY TRADER TO HELP YOU TRADE YOUR ACCOUNTS FOR WEEKLY 20% PROFIT?....Click here for details: www.betaforex.org WhatsApp us : +2348030797998 PrivateProperty.com.ng - Your Nigeria Property Search.  Property For Sale: Houses | Apartments | Land |Commercial  Property For Rent: Houses | Apartments | Commercial  BOKO HARAM RECRUIT CHILDREN ‌ ‌ Subscribe to Punch News Alert Email Address *  Comments Classic version © 1971-2019 The Punch newspaper  7'  ‌ INTERVIEW I want justice for my son attacked with hot oil –Mother of 24-year-old puff puff seller Published September 19, 2020  Bilikisu Bello ‌ Bilikisu Bello, mother of Abdulqudus Bello, on whom a hoodlum poured hot vegetable oil, speaks on the pains her son is passing through, in this interview with TUNDE OYEKOLA   What is your name and what is your relationship with Abdulqudus? My name is Bilikisu Bello. I am his mother. How did you learn about the incident? The husband of my sister came to inform me. He was in a tricycle on his way home when he saw people gathered around the place where my son was frying puff puff. So, he came to inform me about what happened; that was around 10pm. I then rushed there but they told me that they had taken him to the general hospital. When I got to the hospital, the security men at the gate blocked us from entering. Despite our pleas, they didn’t allow us inside. I was emotional because, when I was at the hospital gate, one man who was coming out from the emergency ward uttered a word of prayer. He said, ‘God should spare the life of this man because the wound is too much.’ I just wanted to enter and see him to know if he was alive or not. The security men didn’t allow me to enter the hospital because they said I was too emotional. They, however, allowed my mother to go into the ward to see my son. I didn’t see my son till the second day. When you were not allowed to see him on that day, what did you do? My other relatives and I stood at the gate but later I learnt that some of his friends were planning to go and attack the home of the boy that poured hot vegetable oil on him. I also followed them, but when we reached the place, I started pleading with his friends not to engage in violence but I also shouted that my son should not be allowed to die as a result of what happened to him. What type of work are you into? I am a trader. I used to sell cosmetics before my business nosedived. Now, I sell soybean cake. Abdulqudus has been supportive by giving me out of the little profit realised from the sale of puff puff. He gave us puff puff on a daily basis and money at intervals to feed. Abdulqudus Bello What happened on the second day when you saw the condition of your son? More in Just In  Mourners feared dead as bus plunges into Ebonyi river    Misau dumps PDP, rejoins Dogara in APC    Polio nearly crippled our son –Parents of Africa’s last polio case    Woman whose kidnapped husband died after release: I fainted when I saw his battered body    Baba Wande, Antar Laniyan, others mourn Jimoh Aliu I lost all hope for his survival. Later, people advised us to move him out of the government hospital. He was discharged on the third day, but when we got to the first hospital in town we approached, the doctor gave us a bill of N500,000. We left the place for another hospital in Gerewu area, but the hospital told us that there was no bed space for admission. People, however, advised us to take him to this (current) hospital where some good Samaritans have been assisting us. How much have you expended so far on the treatment of Abdulqudus? We have so far spent over N600,000 on the treatment. We spent N59,000 at the General Hospital and the remaining amount here. We are from a poor background; we don’t have money but the good Samaritans whom we did not know provided the money. A philanthropist paid the hospital bill and some provided money for drugs, while others bought beverages for us. My prayer is that God will help them in their hours of need. You said you went to the family home of the person who poured hot vegetable oil on your son. What was their reaction? The people didn’t make any reaction. They were just begging us. Have they made any contribution towards the treatment of your son? Yes, on the third day since I went there, they brought N40,000, which they paid to the hospital. They have also come to make an additional payment to the hospital. In view of this, what do you expect the government to do to the perpetrator of this act? I want justice to be done. Abdulqudus said he would like to go back to school. Would you support his aspirations? Yes, I would also like him to return to school and sit his West African Senior School Certificate Examination, but the challenge we are facing is (lack of) money. He wouldn’t have survived this burning but for those who came to assist us. Copyright PUNCH. All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH. 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