12 Dead, 39 Injured In Gas Explosion, 7 Soldiers Killed In Clash With Unknown Gunmen

At Least 12 Dead, 39 Injured In Gas Explosion In Central China

At least 12 people were killed and 39 seriously injured Sunday after a gas line explosion tore through a residential neighborhood in central China.

Responders to the early morning blast in the city of Shiyan in Hubei province sent more than 150 people to the hospital, according to officials quoted by state media.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.

Stall keepers and customers buying breakfast and fresh vegetables at a food market were the majority of victims when the explosion hit shortly after 6 a.m., according to the reports. The blast struck a two-story building built in the early 1990s, which includes pharmacies, restaurants and other businesses. More than 900 people were evacuated from the area.

Images showed rescuers climbing over broken concrete slabs to reach those trapped inside.

Chinese president Xi Jinping called for a thorough probe into the cause of the blast in order to create a “good atmosphere” for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Communist Party on July 1.
Source – Global News

Seven Soldiers Killed In Clash With Unknown Gunmen In Abia Community, Houses Burnt

Soldiers of 14 Brigade, Army Headquarters, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Barracks, who invaded Ohafia in the Ohafia Local Government of Abia State in search of gunmen suspected to be members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), have burnt down several houses in the area.

A source who spoke with SaharaReporters on Sunday said a lot of residents and indigenes of Elu, Amangwu, Ebem and Ohafia fled their communities to neighbouring villages due to the constant invasion.

Seven soldiers have now lost their lives in the attack, the source said.

According to him, some unknown gunmen were passing through the Amangwu village when soldiers from the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Barracks launched an attack.
Source – Sahara Reporters

Tinubu’s Posters Flood Abuja

Posters of the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, have flooded parts of the nation’s capital, Abuja even as Nigerians continue to bask in the euphoria of democracy day celebrations.

The posters which carried Tinubu’s bold picture and name surfaced on Sunday and were strategically posted on public infrastructures like traffic kiosks, bus stops in Garki, Central Area, Maitama, Wuse 11 around APC national secretariat and Shehu Shagari way opposite Ministry of Justice in the FCT.

The posters also carried inscriptions like “TinubuNe”, “Happy Democracy Day” and “Tinubu Advocates Group.”

The former Lagos state governor is believed to be nursing a presidential ambition ahead of the 2023 general elections, although he (Tinubu) has not publicly declared intention despite pressures.
Source – Vanguard

Mother Sells Own Daughters For N300,000 In Ogun

A 35 years old housewife, Blessing Ebuneku Agoro has been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police command for selling her two biological daughters; Semilore Agoro 4 years and Deborah Agoro 2 years.

The suspect, according to a statement by the command spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, was arrested following a report lodged at Redeemed Camp divisional headquarters by husband of the suspect, Oluwaseyi Agoro.

Oyeyemi said, Oluseyi reported that, he travelled for sometime and when he returned on the 8th of June 2021, he couldn’t find his two daughters.

He added that since all efforts to make his wife tell him the whereabout of the children proved abortive, he therefore found it necessary to report at police station.

Oyeyemi added, “upon the report, the DPO Redeemed Camp division, CSP Alabi Akinjide detailed his detectives to apprehend the suspect, who had already been with the camp’s code of conduct department”.

“On interrogation, the suspect explained to the police that, her husband left home for the past two years, and while he was away, she found it difficult to cater for the two children with her other two children she had for another man”.
Source – Vanguard

Buhari Greets Gen. Abubakar At 79

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated former Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on his 79th birthday, joining family members and friends to celebrate with the iconic leader.

The President’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Sunday.

Buhari noted that Abubakar’s legacy of setting the country on the path of democracy and good governance, and passionate pursuit of peace had continued to yield results.

He congratulated the General for another age, appreciating his patriotism and visionary leadership style of always advocating unity, projecting maturity and wisdom on national discourse, and providing a rallying point for the future of the country.
Source – The Nation

Herdsmen Killings: We’ve Cried Enough, It’s Now Time For Action – Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has vowed to take action against the unabated attacks by herdsmen in his state.

Ortom said it is time to stop crying over herdsmen attacks and take action against them.

The Governor spoke during a media parley at the state’s Government House on Saturday.

He stressed that his administration would take steps to protect the people of the state from marauding killer herdsmen.

Ortom also insisted that his administration would not repeal the anti-open grazing law in the state despite the attacks by herdsmen.

He said the attacks would rather push his administration to strengthen the law against open grazing.

Ortom said: “A few weeks ago, Benue stakeholders met and gave this administration the mandate to activate and implement the Community Volunteer Guards Law enacted in 2000.
Source – Daily Post