DJ Cuppy paid a visit to victims of conflict at the Save the Children Stabilization Centre in Maiduguri, Borno state.
The 26-year-old Nigerian DJ went in her capacity as an ambassador for Save The Children – a nonprofit that works to “improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts.”
Cuppy, whose real name is Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola, took out time during her visit to play with the less privileged kids. She also got into conversations with their parents and carers.
“On to whom much is given, much is expected,” the DJ said of her visit.
She also told of her joy at visiting the kids, writing: “So touched to be visiting Maiduguri in Borno State as a @SaveChildrenUK Ambassador! ?? “
Lagos State Government has promised to take full responsibility of the medical bills of victims of the motor accident involving a Dangote truck and a passenger (BRT) bus which occurred on Tuesday, August 27th at Asolo along the Lagos-Ikorodu Road.
A Dangote truck had rammed into a BRT killing three people with many others injured. State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi who visited the victims of the accident at the General Hospital, Ikorodu expressed deep sympathy to the victims and assured them of quality and adequate care at the facility.
Abayomi explained that out of the 53 accident victims that were brought to the hospital, one of the victims was brought in dead while two others died in the hospital due to the severity of injuries sustained. He added that eight others were referred to other state-owned specialist facilities, noting that five of the patients were referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH while three others were taken to the General Hospital, Gbagada for further treatment.
The Commissioner commended the swift action of the Lagos state Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), LASAMBUS, LASTMA and other first responders in the prompt rescue of the accident victims. Abayomi assured that that the state government would do everything possible to ensure that the victims were discharged soonest.
While speaking with family members of the victims, Abayomi said that the government remained committed in ensuring that Lagosian got the best health care services and would leave nothing to chance in ensuring best practices in health care delivery across the State.
“On behalf of the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu who is currently out of the country, I express my sympathy to the victims of this unfortunate incidence and I assured you that the government has taken full responsibility to ensure that all victims get adequate health care free of charge and I asure you that the government will not relent in ensuring that lagosians get quality health care. I also use this opportunity to condone with the family members of the diseased,” he said.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kebbi has returned N443,180 to relatives of victims of two road accidents in the state.
Abayomi Asaniyan, the Sector Commander of the corps in the state, who disclosed this in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday, said the command recovered the money at two different scenes of road crashes in Birnin Kebbi and Argungu Local Government Areas of the state.
“The FRSC recovered, on 17 August, 2019, at two different scenes of road traffic crashes the sum of N400,160 at Argungu-Birnin Kebbi bypass junction in Argungu Local Government Area and N43,020 at old cemetery in Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area. All the recovered monies have been handed over to the relatives of the victims accordingly,” he said.
Mr Asaniyan commended the efforts of his men and praised their integrity.
“I urge all officers and men in the command to continue to do their best and ensure prompt rescue of road crash victims. They should also continue to exhibit good character they are known with by always documenting monies and other items recovered from scenes of crashes and promptly hand over to the victims or relations of dead ones without tampering with any of the items,” he added.
He warned that the monitoring teams would always be on the road to fish out staff that engaged in extortion or compromise in the discharge of their duties.
The sector commander enjoined motorists to be more patient, and obey traffic rules and regulations to avoid sustaining injuries or loss of lives and property on the road.
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has commiserated with the family of a farmer murdered by suspected herdsmen in Ikot Obio in Mkpat Enim Local Government Area of the state and victims of the attack.
It was gathered that the farmer identified as Friday Etor, went to his farm and met a herd of cattle feeding on his crops. He confronted the herdsmen and asked them to leave his land but they resisted.
In the ensuing disagreement, the herdsmen shot him dead. Several people were equally attacked by the herdsmen. An 11-year-old boy Nsikak Udoh, was also hospitalised, following bullet wounds he sustained in the attack.
Addressing the people of Ikot Obio Nso, Ikpa Ikono clan where the dastardly act took place, Governor Emmanuel who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, said preying on the lives of the people of the state by suspected Fulani herdsmen will not be accepted.
“Governor Udom Emmanuel is very saddened and unhappy by this unprovoked attack on our people. He called me by 1am in the midnight and asked me to be here this morning to console the people and calm frayed nerves. Although we are peaceful and civilized in Akwa Ibom state, the elasticity of our patience is not infinite. As it is said in science when the limit of elasticity is exhausted there must be rupture and we do not want that” He said.
Victims of the El Paso mass shooting have all declined to meet with the country’s president, Donald Trump.
Eight people who are still in hospital after being shot by white supremacist, Patrick Crusius, all said they do not want to meet with Trump.
Following the killing of 31 people in a mall in El Paso, Texas, Trump flew there with his wife but wasn’t welcomed by residents and victims.
A spokesman for the University Medical Center said: “This is a very sensitive time in their lives. Some of them said they didn’t want to meet with the president. Some of them didn’t want any visitors.”
Mr Trump’s motorcade passed El Paso protesters holding signs that read, “Racist Go Home”.
The president – who spent part of his flight between Ohio and Texas airing his grievances on Twitter, berating Democratic legislators, Mr O’Rourke and the press – has refered to his critics as political people.
“My critics are political people,” he said while reacting to accusations that his own words have contributed to a combustible climate that has spawned death and other violence.
One of the victims of the ATBU Bauchi bridge collapse has been identified as Salamat.
Salamat, a 200 level student studying Chemistry Education, was killed alongside four others when a pedestrian bridge at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Gubi Campus, collapsed last night during a heavy downpour (read here).
Salamat and other students were on their way back to the hostel when the bridge linking the lecture rooms to the hostel collapsed, killing 5 and causing others to suffer various degrees of injuries.
Salamat’s sister had gone on Twitter to ask for help in locating her sister after the bridge collapsed. Hours later, she returned to the platform to inform that her sister was one of those who died.
Son of late James Iroha (Gregory stage name) of the New Masquerade fame, Chiemela Iroha, has revealed that he was abducted alongside 4 others by suspected Fulani herdsmen at Lagos – Ore expressway to fund the cost of bullets they used in operations.
Recounting being humiliated, tortured and forced to embark on a drudgery 30km walk into the forest, Iroha said the suspected kidnappers who fled their hideout after Police surveillance helicopter hovered repeatedly across the area where they were kept, abducted them to pay for the cost of bullets expended on a high profile target that escaped. He also thanked the Police, local vigilante group and hunters over their unrelenting effort that led to their release.
Speaking to newsmen after the five kidnap victims Chidioze Eluwa, Okoro Ohowukwe, Ndubuizi Owuabueze, Chiemela Iroha and Ibeleji Chidinma regained their freedom, Ogun State Police Commissioner Baahir Makama debunked claims of all the victims being Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastors. The Nation reported that Makama said only Deaconness Ibeleji Chidinma is an RCCG member.
An ATM card thief identified as, Olawale Aderibigbe, has revealed how he clears the account of his victims without their PIN number.
The 33-year-old suspect was arrested by the police in Lagos, for allegedly using stolen Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards to loot victims’ accounts.
Parading the suspect at the command headquarters in Ikeja yesterday, Commissioner Zubairu Muazu said the police got credible intelligence in January on the activities of a criminal syndicate that specialised in robbing people of their ATM cards.
Zubairu Muazu said the suspect confessed to the crime, adding that efforts were on to arrest fleeing members of the syndicate.
Revealing how he used his victims’ ATM cards to clear their account, he said he could transfer funds from any ATM once he has information about the card owner. Aderibigbe said:
“I do not require pin to effect withdrawal of money from a victim’s account using his/her ATM card. All I need is to have any information about the victims and it is not difficult to get.”
President Buhari has mourned those who lost their lives at the All Progressives Congress, APC Presidential Campaign Rally in Jalingo, Taraba State on Thursday.
Reacting to reports of the tragic death of some APC supporters due to the overwhelming crowd at the Jolly Nyame Stadium, Buhari said:
“I always feel very sad and distressed when ordinary Nigerians who love me and our party because of what we stand for and have done, make personal sacrifices by taking the pains to show their support, end their lives tragically.”
While appreciating the massive support he is receiving all over the country, President Buhari calls for restraint on the part of his supporters to avoid such tragic incidences, and improved crowd management at rally grounds.
“I want them to stay alive and witness the dividends of purposeful governance that the APC administration will unfold when they renew our mandate.”
Commiserating with the families of the victims and the APC family, the President prays Almighty God to grant peace to the souls of the departed and speedy recovery to the injured.
A day after the Kenya Terror Attack, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that Islamists who stormed the upmarket hotel complex, killing 14 people, had been “eliminated” after an almost 20-hour siege in which hundreds of civilians were rescued, AFP reports.
At least one suicide bomber blew himself up and gunmen engaged security forces in numerous shootouts during the assault on the DusitD2 compound, which includes a 101-room hotel, spa, restaurant and office buildings.
The attack was claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Somali group Al-Shabaab, which has repeatedly targeted Kenya since it sent its army into Somalia in October 2011 to fight the jihadist group.
The sight of armed Islamists and terrified civilians fleeing reminded Kenyans of a 2013 Shabaab attack on the Westgate mall left 67 dead in a siege that stretched out over four days and led to sharp criticism of the security response.
In a televised address, Kenyatta said some 700 civilians had been evacuated throughout the attack at DusitD2, with the swift and effective work from security forces drawing widespread praise in local media.
“I can confirm that… the security operation at Dusit complex is over and all the terrorists eliminated,” Kenyatta said in a televised address to the nation.
“As of this moment, we have confirmation that 14 innocent lives were lost to the… terrorists, with others injured.”
Police sources and a mortuary official had previously reported 15 dead.
It was not immediately clear how many attackers there were in total.
CCTV footage broadcast on local media showed four black-clad, heavily armed men entering the complex on Tuesday afternoon.
At least one of them blew himself up at the start of the attack.
A police source said two attackers had been shot dead Wednesday morning after a prolonged shootout.
“The two have red bandanas tied around their forehead and bullets strapped around their chest with several magazines each,” the senior police officer said.
“Each had an AK47 which has been secured.”
Briton, American among dead
The attack began at about 3pm (1200GMT) on Tuesday afternoon, with a loud blast followed by gunfire and rapid calls for help spreading on Twitter.
Kenyan police chief Joseph Boinnet said the attack began with an explosion targeting three cars in the parking lot and a suicide bombing in the foyer of the Dusit hotel.
Among the dead was an American citizen, a State Department official said.
A mortuary official said there were also 11 Kenyan victims, a British victim, one with no papers as well as an unidentified torso of a male adult.
It was a tormented night for families of those trapped as they waited outside the hotel, with sporadic gunfire ringing out, and the rescue of dozens of people at about 3:30am (0030GMT).
Explosions and gunfire intensified from dawn until police managed to secure the complex mid-morning.
As the first explosion and gunfire rang out in the leafy Westlands suburb, hundreds of terrified office workers barricaded themselves in the complex while others fled.
Distraught family members arrived at a nearby mortuary on Wednesday, where they said they had not been permitted to view the bodies.
“My sister is not in any of the hospitals and the last time we spoke she was a bit calm but suddenly she started crying and shouting and I could hear gunshots and her phone remained on but she wasn’t speaking,” said a woman who gave her name as Njoki.
“We have no doubt her body is here. Let them allow us in”, she said, weeping.
A number of heavily-armed foreign forces, who appeared to be from embassies based in Nairobi, were at the scene alongside Kenyan security officers.
One survivor rescued from the building told a local television station the attackers were “very confident; they were people who knew what they were doing”.
John Maingi said there had been “a flash of lights and a loud bang” at the Secret Garden restaurant where he works.
“When I peeped outside I saw a human leg which has been cut off. We hid in the room and then some police officers rescued us,” he said.
Reuben Kimani, a barista who was rescued after several hours trapped inside the hotel, said he recognised one of the attackers as a client.
“I knew one of them because he had a big scar on one of his hands,” he said. “I saw them. They shot six of my friends, four didn’t die but two succumbed.”
An editorial in the Daily Nation newspaper said the attack was a stark reminder that Kenya’s security challenges were far from over.
The last major attack in the country took place in 2015, when Shabaab killed 148 people at the university in Garissa, eastern Kenya.
Since then sporadic attacks have targeted security forces mostly in the remote northeastern parts of the country.
“Just when we thought that things were calm, the gangs unleashed mayhem. For Kenyans the chilling reality is that the attacks are not ceasing,” read the editorial.
In its statement, Shabaab noted the attack came exactly three years after its fighters overran a Kenyan military base in Somalia, killing some 200 soldiers.
The government has refused to give a toll or disclose details about the attack.
Parents and alleged victims of R. Kelly are set to present evidence of sexual abuse and other crimes against the singer.
According to TMZ, at least 1 alleged victim of R. Kelly and families of 2 other alleged spoke Tuesday night, planning to present Chicago prosecutors with what they believe is sufficient evidence to prosecute the singer for sexual abuse and other crimes.
A family member of one of the alleged victims was the leader on the efforts, and he will put together an evidence packet for the Cook County State Attorney.
State Attorney Kim Foxx yesterday she was “sickened” by the Lifetime docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly” and asked anyone who was a victim or has information about a victim to come forward.
An attorney for another alleged victim who does not live in Chicago made it clear she was going to contact the appropriate authorities on behalf of her client.
As for the two women who are still living with R. Kelly, Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary, they are hiring lawyers in an attempt to stop their parents from their efforts to reclaim their daughters and get them out of the singer’s house. The parents have been leading the charge against R. Kelly and believe he’s brainwashed their daughters.