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Hundreds burn to death in Anambra gas explosion; Shiites accuse Kaduna government of demolishing home of El-Zakzaky’s mother; DPR Begins 24-hour Surveillance On Depots, Filling Stations . . .

Anambra . Fire . Gas explosion

Hundreds burn to death in Anambra gas explosion

An industrial Gas plant suddenly exploded and burnt over 100 persons to death in the commercial/industrial town of Nnewi in Anambra state.

According to an eye-witness, the fire incident was caused by an explosion when a truck was discharging its contents.

The source hinted that all the customers who went to the gas plant to get a refill were allegedly burnt to death while some of the victims who were in the neighborhood and passers-by also got caught in the inferno.

At the scene of the incident, the charred bodies of the victims and other severely burnt persons were taken to Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital, NAUTH, Nnewi.

Shiite . Demolition of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky's mum's house

Shiites accuse Kaduna government of demolishing home of El-Zakzaky’s mother

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria on Thursday accused the Kaduna State government of demolishing the home of Hajiya Hari Jamo, mother of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky. The group also accused the state government of one of its religious centres, the Fudiyyah Islamic Centre.

Pictures posted on the group’s website showed the alleged demolition of the buildings.

The pictures showed the buildings before and after its demolition with hundreds of onlookers on the scene.

The Kaduna State government has yet to react to the claims.

Fuel lines

DPR Begins 24-hour Surveillance On Depots, Filling Stations

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it has set up a 24-hour special task force to supervise and monitor petrol sales at depots and stations. It said that the task force would sanction depots and stations selling above the recommended price.

Mrs Dorothy Bassey, Assistant Director, Public Affairs in DPR, disclosed this in telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday.

Bassey said the special team was set up purposely for the Yuletide with powers to take over the sale of the product from those selling above the approved price.

She said that the agency had met with stakeholders to convey government’s displeasure on illegal sale of petrol above the stipulated price and the long queues at the filling stations.

The DPR warned that those involved in the criminal act would henceforth lose their licence under the new steps being taken by agency to enforce discipline.

“We have instituted 24-hour surveillance by special task force which we are not going to disclose their identity because we don’t want them to be harassed.

Bassey said that those selling petrol above the pump price were doing so at night.

She said that any station caught would be forced to sell at the official price “so that we don’t seal them to compound the scarcity”.

Sambo Dasuki & DSS

Sambo Dasuki will spend Christmas in Kuje prison

A former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki might be spending Christmas in Kuje prison. Dasuki, who is being prosecuted for two sets of charges before two judges of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, has not been able to meet up with the bail conditions granted him last Friday and on Monday.

A close source to the ex-NSA confirmed  that Dasuki and some of the accused persons were yet to meet the bail conditions, especially the ones granted them on Friday.

The week has been so short that it also affected the turnout of the situation. Wednesday being the last working day before Christmas and Eid-el-Malud, the possibility of the former NSA and the other defendants remaining in prison during the festivities is almost certain.

NND | News

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