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Boat Mishap: Illegal Operators Cause Rising Death Toll
Africa, Environment, Nigeria, Safety, Transportation

Boat Mishap: Illegal Operators Cause Rising Death Toll

Over 17 persons have been confirmed dead in the boat mishap that took place at Mile Two in Lagos on Friday night. Around 17 persons were missing when a commercial boat capsized in the Mile Two water canal at 7:45 pm. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed this as of yesterday. NEMA’s coordinator, Ibrahim Farinloye said two bodies were recovered on Saturday night. One was a 52-year-old man and the other a 20-year-old lady. Ibrahim further stated that 17 bodies have been retrieved from the Lagos lagoon so far since the boat accident occurred on Friday. Farinloye said: “17 bodies have been recovered so far from the Lagos Lagoon after the boat accident. Recovery search continues.” He also mentioned that the cause of the accident was due to illegal boat...
Distress as Fire Razes Tank Farm In Warri
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Distress as Fire Razes Tank Farm In Warri

The fire outbreak at the tank farm of Matrix Energy Ltd left the people of Warri in distress on the evening of Friday. African News Today received reports that a massive explosion accompanied by a wildfire outbreak had occurred in the tank farm of Matrix Energy. The smashing explosion distorted Ifiekporo, Ubeji, and other close-by communities. see also: Eleven Newborn Babies Die In Senegal Hospital Fire A video of the incident was received by African News Today. At the time of filing this report, the cause of the outbreak is yet unknown, But it was speculated that the outbreak was caused by loading activities on the tank farm. Firefighters were said to be on the scene to put out the fire that encroached on the tank farm. The chairman of Warri South Local Government A...
Benue Gov’s Convoy Involved In Auto Crash In Abuja
News, Nigeria, Safety, Transportation

Benue Gov’s Convoy Involved In Auto Crash In Abuja

The convoy of Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has been involved in an auto crash in Abuja on Sunday. This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Publicity, Terver Akase, noting that there was no casualty in the crash. Akase said the convoy was returning to Benue State after escorting the governor to the Abuja airport for a foreign trip when a collision occurred with a gold around the Karu Flyover in the Nyanya area of Abuja. See Also: Nigeria: Nigeria: Herdsmen Attack, Sack Gov. Ortom’s Farmhouse The statement read, “We have received numerous calls from concerned Nigerians regarding the accident which occurred today near Karu Flyover in Nyanya area of the Federal Capital Territory. “The Governor’s convoy was on the way from Abuja to Makurdi...
Kenya Crash Kills 11 Returning From Dowry Ceremony
Kenya, News, Safety, Transportation

Kenya Crash Kills 11 Returning From Dowry Ceremony

At least 11 people have been killed in central Kenya when the minibus they were travelling in overturned. Police in Kitui county say the victims, who were related to each other, were returning from a dowry payment ceremony during the night. Police say the vehicle was being driven at high speed, resulting in loss of control and the fatal crash that occurred at 11pm. “The matatu rolled over, killing ten on the spot. The eleventh victim died during treatment at the Matuu Level 4 Hospital,” area chief Jacob Mueti said. Read Also: Okada Riders Raze Houses In Abuja Over Killing Of Two Colleagues The administrator said a few other passengers were injured and taken to Matuu hospital, with some, who sustained serious injuries, being transferred to the Kenyatta National Hospital ...
Two More Miners Found Dead In Flooded Burkina Faso Mine
Burkina Faso, News, Safety

Two More Miners Found Dead In Flooded Burkina Faso Mine

Two more dead bodies have been recovered from a flooded zinc mine in Burkina Faso, the government said on Saturday. Millions of litres of water have been pumped out of the site owned by Canadian firm Trevali as rescue efforts continue. The case has caused outrage in the country. A total of eight miners had become trapped there by unexpected torrential rain six weeks ago. At this stage two of the group still remain missing. Trevali and the Burkinabè government have launched investigations into the causes of the incident at the Perkoa zinc mine, which is about 100km (60 miles) west of the capital, Ouagadougou. Read Also: Four Bodies Recovered In Burkina Faso Mine "We've brought in experts from all over the world. We've got people from Australia, from South Africa, f...
Thousands Abandon Their Homes Amid DR Congo Battles
Armed Forces, Congo, News, Rwanda, Safety, Security, Terrorism

Thousands Abandon Their Homes Amid DR Congo Battles

More than 37,000 people have been forced from their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the last four days of fighting, according to aid agencies. Local media report that the national army has retaken some areas that had been seized by the M23 rebels in recent days. But the main road between Rutshuru and the North Kivu regional capital, Goma, remains blocked by the M23. The DR Congo government has again accused Rwanda of supporting the rebels, which the government in Kigali denies. Earlier this week, Rwanda called for a regional investigation into how some artillery fire crossed into its territory, injuring some Rwandans. Read Also: Over 50 Villages Vacated Due to Bandits’ Attacks in Niger – Gov Bello On Wednesday, a police chief in Goma asked locals to ta...
Senegal Health Minister Fired After Babies Die In Hospital Fire
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Senegal Health Minister Fired After Babies Die In Hospital Fire

Senegal Health Minister, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr Senegal President Macky Sall has sacked his Health Minister, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, after 11 babies were killed by a fire in a hospital on Wednesday. Mr Sarr will be replaced by Marie Khemesse Ngom Ndiaye, the ministry's director general, following the tragedy in Tivaouane city. The blaze, which rapidly engulfed the newborn unit at the Tivaouane hospital, is being blamed on an electrical short circuit. Read Also: Eleven Newborn Babies Die In Senegal Hospital Fire President Sall declared three days of national mourning. He also ordered an investigation into the tragedy. He is expected to visit Tivaouane on Saturday to meet the babies' relatives. Many observers say that Senegal's health system is beset by staffing, infrastruc...
Eleven Newborn Babies Die In Senegal Hospital Fire
News, Safety, Senegal

Eleven Newborn Babies Die In Senegal Hospital Fire

Eleven newborn babies have died in a hospital fire in the western city of Tivaouane in Senegal, the country's president has said. The fire at Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital was in the maternity department, President Macky Sall tweeted. Initial reports suggest the fire was caused by a short circuit, according to Senegalese politicians. Three babies were saved from the fire, said the city's mayor, Demba Diop Sy. The fire spread very quickly and emergency services were still at the scene, Mr Sy told local media. The hospital had been newly inaugurated, according to AFP, citing local media reports. "To their mothers and their families, I express my deepest sympathy," President Sall wrote in a tweet. "This situation is very unfortunate and extremely painful," He...
Eight Miners Trapped For Two Weeks In Burkina Faso Await Rescue
Burkina Faso, News, Safety

Eight Miners Trapped For Two Weeks In Burkina Faso Await Rescue

Rescue efforts has continued in Burkina Faso as workers try to reach eight miners who have been trapped underground for more than two weeks. The zinc mine at Perkoa flooded following heavy rain last month. Six of the miners are from Burkina Faso and the other two are from Zambia and Tanzania. Burkina Faso Prime Minister Albert Ouedraogo said that managers of the mine have been banned from leaving the country while investigations are under way into the cause of the accident. “Precautionary measures have been taken to prevent the persons in charge of the mine from leaving the country and instructions have been given firmly to the Minister of Security for this,” a statement from the PM’s office said on Monday. Read Also: Chinese Businessman Jailed 20 years in Rwa...
Zimbabwean Killed as Protest Rocks South Africa
African Development, Human Rights, Law Enforcement, News, Safety, Security, South Africa, Violence, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean Killed as Protest Rocks South Africa

A Zimbabwean man has been killed as irate protesters took to the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa to clamour for an end to violence and crime. This was contained in a statement issued by South African police on Thursday. According to the public channel SABC and another media, the victim is a Zimbabwean immigrant. The murder comes amid growing popular anger over high crime rates, sometimes directed at immigrants accused of fuelling them. Protests began Wednesday in the township of Diepsloot, after it was announced that seven people had been killed there last weekend. Protesters in South Africa Residents angry at the police for allegedly refusing to attend to one crime scene marched through the streets with chants and placards, burning tires and camping outside the local...