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Tragic scenes in states



…In Lagos, three siblings, motorcyclist killed by fleeing driver
…Twin blasts rock P’Harcourt
…NAF chopper crashes in Katsina
…Family of six die after relation’s wedding, 23 others in critical condition

A DRIVER of a sachet water producing factory identified as Ademola Awe, crushed three siblings and a motorcyclist taking them home to death on Ekundayo Street in the Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The victims were identified as Esther Orimisan, 24; Kofoworola Orimisan, 17; two-year-old Emmanuel Orimisan; and the motorcyclist, Femi Shojedo.
Awe, who was driving a Ford pick-up van with number plate GGE 42 XN around 11pm allegedly under the influence of alcohol, had hit another vehicle on his way, but while attempting to escape from the scene, he allegedly drove without the vehicle’s headlights in order to avoid being apprehended.
Tragedy struck when he drove into Ekundayo Street as Shojedo who was conveying the siblings to their home on Mosalasi Street, had a head-on collision with Awe’s van at the junction leading into the street.
Also, a twin blast that occurred at two points in Port Harcourt Mall complex yesterday evening has left one person dead and several others injured.
The explosion, which touched off around 5:00pm sent many residents scampering for safety as news went into town.
There was no immediate explanation as to what may have caused the blasts.
Meanwhile, Rivers State Government has assured members of the public that the Port Harcourt Shopping Mall will resume operations today as  the fire incident at the facility has been contained. Secretary to Rivers State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, gave the assurance after inspecting the facility alongside the management of the mall.
Similarly, Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has said that its helicopter crashed in the process of landing while returning from an anti-banditry combat mission in the Northwest Theatre under Operation Hadaran Daji.
Although details of the incident, which occurred at the Katsina Airport at about 3.30pm, were still scanty, a statement by NAF spokesman, Air Commodore, Ibikunle Daramola, in Abuja yesterday, said that there was no loss of life, either of persons on board the helicopter or on the ground.
According to him, the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, immediately directed the constitution of a board of inquiry to determine the exact cause or causes of the incident. He said that NAF continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general public as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians.
In another development, six persons were reportedly dead and 23 others critically ill after attending a marriage ceremony  on Sunday, June 9,  2019 at Mbieri in Mbaitoli  Local Government Area of  Imo  state.
National Light gathered that the incident occurred in the house of one Herbert Uzoukwu, the bride’s  uncle, Mr Raymond Uzoukwu.
Our source said that Herbert reported the incident to the police, saying that the victims accompanied the groom to the ceremony but decided to sleep over because the event ended late.
Herbert  added  that when the victims could not wake up on Monday morning, he raised alarm and later alerted the police.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Orlando Ikeokwu, who  confirmed the incident, described it as unfortunate.
He said: “This morning, one Herbert Uzoukwu alerted the police that people who slept in his compound after observing a traditional wedding on Sunday were yet to wake up.
“He told us that his brother, Raymond, gave out his daughter in marriage on Sunday but the ceremony lasted till night, which made the visitors to sleep in his house.
“The police in our usual way went to the scene and discovered that all the victims were unconscious.
“They evacuated them to a nearby hospital, where six persons were confirmed dead, while 23 were still unconscious.
The PPRO said that the command would not rely on Herbert’s account but would carry out full investigation into the incident as directed by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Rabiu Ladodo.
Another source from  the community said that the victims might have inhaled carbon monoxide from a steaming generating set, which was allegedly kept close to where the victims slept.



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