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A passenger was killed and another broke his legs while rushing to board a
moving train at Agbado train station in Agbado, Ogun State on Monday.
The two separate accidents were linked with the Ijoko-Lagos Mass Transit
Trains services of the Nigeria Railway Corporation, the News Agency of
NAN reports that the mangled body of the dead victim was pulled out from the wheels of the and overcrowded train and placed beside the rail track, while
the man with a broken leg was taken to a nearby hospital.
Eyewitnesses told NAN that the two victims slipped and fell off while trying
to board the moving train.
“The man that died rushed to board the train while in motion. He would have
succeeded but was blocked by passengers hanging at the entrance,” a witness
Regular train passengers blamed the accidents on overcrowding and the
attitude of passengers who blocked the entrance of the coaches, preventing
other passengers from boarding.
- The Punch
The police bomb disposal unit claimed to successfully disarmed a large bomb placed on Dutsinma road, Tudun Wada in Kaduna today.
A security source said that the bomb was timed to explode during afternoon rush hour in the area.
This would be the second time the police would defuse a bomb in the city.
Militants of the Boko Haram sect today invaded Mandawari police station in Gwale local government area within Kano metropolis. Residents said the attacks are spreading to other parts of the area and gunfights are still going on between the militants and the police. The police authorities in the state said they will provide details to the media as soon as they can put down the latest attack on their formation.
Eyewitness account told Saharareporters that Nigerian soldiers murdered at least 10 young protesters as they marched on Mai Adiko village near Jos to avenge the death of 5 people killed on Sunday suicide car bomb attack on St. Finbarr’s Catholic church in the Rayfield area of Jos city.
The source said christian youths had been told that the two bombers took off from Mai Adiko village had headed there in large numbers on a revenge operation when soldiers confronted them on their way and started firing indiscriminately, killing 10.
e Women for True Democracy (WTD), on Sunday expressed full support for the move by the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, for a woman to become the deputy chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The WTD, a women wing of the PDP made up of professionals and politicians, said for the PDP to remain relevant in the political space it should reserve the position of the Deputy National Chairman and the National Organising Secretary for a woman.
The President of WTD, Ngozi Onyewuchi, who made this known at the end of the group’s meeting in Abuja, said the PDP must support the transformational agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan by reserving some positions to the women.
“The President needs to be supported in achieving the government’s transformational agenda. He has appointed some women to manage some key sectors of the economy and they are all performing creditably and marvellously.
“We have a woman as the Minister of Finance and Coordinator of the economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. There are also Mrs. Deziani Maduekwe, Minister of Petroleum; Princess Stella Oduah, Minister of Aviation; Chief Olajumoke Akinjide, Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory Ministry; Hajiya Zainab Maina, Women Affairs Minister and Prof. Ruqqayat Ahmed Rufai, Minister of Education.
“We also have special advisers and special assistants to Mr. President who are women. Why then should the women be left out of PDP,” said Mrs. Onyewuchi.
- Premium Times
The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), on Sunday in Abuja gave the Federal Government a 72-hour deadline to intervene in its dispute with some banks or face a nationwide strike.
A communiqué issued by the union and signed by its Secretary General, Mr Elijah Okougbo, indicated that NUPENG would proceed on strike at the expiration of the deadline if the government failed to prevail on the banks to extend the tenure of loans it acquired to 15 years.
The union in its strike notice threatened to shut down vital oil services if the government refused to intervene.
The Federal government has announced its resolve to portray the country in better light to countries abroad by deploying N5billion worth of digital transmission equipment into some foreign countries.
This the government hope will enhance better dissemination of information about the country to citizens of other countries and Nigerians beyond the shores of the country, thereby laundering the nation’s image.
This decision was made known by the Director General of VON, Alhaji Abubakar Jijiwa, who said “The project is made up of 250 kilo watts of three digital transmission equipments that will be deployed in Nigeria and some countries for better coverage and reporting of the country. The listed the countries to which the equipment will deployed to include France, Finland, Poland, and the Americas”.
He said the awareness programme will include road shows.
- Daily Times
Looks like Apple’s past and future are about to hit eBay.
Apple has sold out of initial supplies of the new iPad for Friday delivery—and with the current wait time for shipping being three weeks. In the U.S. and Canada, all pre-orders that were placed through Apple’s on-lien store will receive their tablets on March 19, three days after the on-sale date—and those who placed their orders early in the process will still get their iPads on March 16.
The iPads are expected to hit eBay, where they could fetch up to three times the list price. Meanwhile, the 1990s-era Apple WALT (Wizzy Active Lifestyle Telephone)—a phone with a touchscreen, handwriting recognition, fax support, address book and caller ID that was introduced at trade fairs but never actually sold for retail—hit eBay, with an asking price of $8,000.
- The Daily Beast
resident Jonathan conveys his sincerest and heartfelt commiserations to the families of the victims of the bomb attack earlier today on the St. Finbarr’s Catholic, Jos as well as the entire congregation of the Church and the government and people of Plateau State.
President Jonathan reiterates his Administration’s total condemnation of this and all other terrorist attacks on innocent Nigerians and reassures all Nigerians and friends of the country that the Federal Government is doing everything possible to end the spate of mindless attacks and killings in parts of the country.
The President urges Nigerians not to despair or be discouraged by the persistence of the attacks in spite of government’s efforts to deal decisively with the menace of terrorism within the country’s borders because despite seeming appearances to the contrary, government is indeed winning the war against the terrorists and will continue to progressively destroy their ability to unleash murderous attacks on peaceful, law-abiding Nigerians.
In this regard, it is worthy of note that in recent weeks national security agencies have identified and arrested more of these agents of darkness than at any other time. Their hideouts and modus operandi are also being consistently exposed.
President Jonathan assures all Nigerians that Government will continue to build on these recent successes by our security agencies until terrorism is totally defeated in the country with the support, cooperation and solidarity of all patriotic citizens.
The President therefore calls on the populace to remain patient and refrain from taking matters into their own hands through actions such as reprisal attacks, as Government continues to take the battle to the merchants of terror and close in on their locations, funding and sponsors.
- Sahara Reporters
A suspected suicide car bombing at a Roman Catholic church in the central Nigerian city of Jos has caused a number of casualties, officials say.
They believe the bomber blew himself up after apparently being stopped as he tried to enter the church compound.
Some reports say at least two other people died in the attack.
A bombing at a Jos church two weeks ago killed three people and injured nearly 40. Islamist militants from Boko Haram said they carried out that attack.