Fire Razes Newly Constructed IDP Camp In Plateau

The newly constructed ultra modern Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Shendam Local Government Area of Plateau has been razed by fire.

The camp was constructed by the Presidential Committee on Flood, Relief, and Rehabilitation, which came into being after the 2012 flood disaster that ravaged 24 states in the country.

Mr. Bintan Wuyep, Director, Relief, and Rehabilitation, Plateau Emergency Management Agency confirmed the inferno while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos on Thursday.

Wuyep, who is the Acting Executive Secretary of the agency, said the disaster occurred on Tuesday.

Woman Who Lost Her Home In A Divorce Set It On Fire Destroying Other 20 Homes

A Georgia woman has been charged with 14 counts of first-degree arson after she set her home on fire when she lost it in a divorce, damaging 20 other homes in the process.

According to the state insurance and safety fire commissioner's office, 41-year-old Adrienne Satterly left her Rosemont Court house with her two cats but not before she set a pile of mattresses on fire in the kitchen.

Photo: Catholic Priest Who Resigned Six Months Ago Set To Wed

A former Catholic priest, Rev. Patrick Henry Edet, has fixed March 17 for his marriage to his fiancée who he would unveil next week. Edet made the disclosure on Tuesday during his Grace Family service.

Edet’s resignation from Catholic Church about six months ago has generated a lot of discourse.

The popular Uyo-based priest and radio preacher, while addressing his radio audience on Planet 101.1FM, Uyo, said then that “the resignation marked the beginning of ‘freedom’ for his spirit and soul”.

Edo State Records 521 Suspected Cases Of Lassa Fever

Dr Osamuwonyi Irowa, the Director of Disease Control, Edo, today said the state has recorded 521 suspected cases of Lassa fever this month.

Irowa disclosed this at the inauguration of the Emergency Operation Centre on Lassa fever in Benin today.

He said 124 cases have been confirmed out of the 521 suspected cases recorded in 13 local government areas of the state. The director also said 15 deaths were recorded with 509 cases under surveillance, while 10 suspected cases had developed symptoms. 

"Monkeys" Steal Senate Caucus’ N70M

While Nigerians are still basking in the euphoria of a snake swallowing N36 million in Benue JAMB office, it has been alleged that monkeys have taken N70 million belonging to the Northern Senators Caucus.

The caucus had sacked Sen. Abdullahi Adamu as its chairman on Wednesday, following allegations of misappropriating N70m belonging to the group.

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu who presided over Tuesday’s plenary, announced the leadership change.

Petrol Scarcity To Linger Over N650b Debt

Respite will not come the way of motorists soon as Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN) warms up for a strike that will compound the present petrol crisis.

The Association has given the federal government a 14-day ultimatum to settle a N650 billion debt owed its members.

The money is the outstanding subsidy claims inherited by the government from the previous administration.

Troops Bring Back 50 Girls Abducted By Boko Haram

Troops last night rescued Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) Dapchi, Yobe State, pupils who were reportedly kidnapped by Boko Haram.

The school was attacked on Monday night by the terrorists, who took away some of the girls. The state government put the figure of the girls that were missing at 50.

A statement last night by Abdullahi Bego, Spokesman to Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, said:  “The Yobe State Government hereby informs the public that some of the girls at Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) whose school was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists last Monday have been rescued by gallant officers and men of the Nigerian Army from the terrorists who abducted them.

Three Pupils Die After Eating Biscuit In School, Another Hospitalized

They died after allegedly eating biscuits shared by an unidentified classmate on Tuesday.

Two of the deceased, said to be from the same family, were buried yesterday.

The victims are Na’imat Yahaya (14 – primary 4); Yahaya Garba (14 – primary 4) and Moses Sunday (primary 1).

Unconfirmed reports said the deceased bled through their mouths and ears before they died.

The incident caused panic in the community as parents and guardians rushed to withdraw their kids from school.

Katsina Elders Lash Also at Obasanjo

A group of senior citizens, under the aegis of the Katsina State Senior Citizens’ Forum, has dismissed former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, saying his assertion that the administration has failed was unsubstantiated.

The response of the senior citizens from President Buhari’s home state was contained in an advertorial published in some national dailies yesterday and signed by the group’s Chairman, Hon. Justice Mamman Nasir and Secretary/Coordinator Alh. Aliyu Sani Mohammed.

The group said Obasanjo had become a compulsive letter writer after he vacated power in 1979 and that he succeeded in the past because people believed he was honest in his advice. But this time around, the statement said the former President’s words do not count, because he got it wrong.

Court Declares ORO Festival Illegal In Ogun

An Ogun state High court has declared the daytime parade of Oro festival and its restriction of people’s movement as illegal.

The court ordered that Oro festival or ritual can only be celebrated between midnight and 4 a.m, subject to the approval and an undertaking to maintain peace. Justice Sikiru Owodunni, who delivered the judgment, also ordered that Oro worshipers have no constitutional power to impose curfew on the people.

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