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Gas Explosion Injures 30, Destroys 23 Buildings, Event Centre, Vehicles in Lagos

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30 persons were injured and about 15 vehicles reportedly destroyed by fire on Thursday after a tanker conveying gas exploded at Balogun Bus stop, in the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State, .

PUNCH Metro learnt that two gas tankers were being offloaded at a gas station in the area when one of the tankers, a 30 tonnes LPG tanker, exploded around 3pm.

It was gathered that the discharging valve of the tanker, which was compromised, led to leakage and ignited fire.

The fire, which spread to adjoining buildings, affected 23 buildings and 35 shops, destroying property worth millions of naira.

Our correspondent learnt that officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Lagos State Fire Service, National Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Red Cross were at the scene of the incident.

The Head of Public Affairs of LASEMA, Nosa Okunbor, said no life was lost.

He said, “It was discovered that a 30 tonnes LPG tanker being operated by Manna Gas Ltd was involved in an explosion which destroyed several vehicles, X and Y Event Centre and a plank market.

“It was discovered that a compromised seal device by the truck driver led to gradual leakage, which then ignited when the tyres burst. The impact of the explosion led to fire at adjoining buildings and several vehicles were burnt.

“Thirty people were found to have serious injuries and were taken to various hospitals, while two in critical conditions were referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.”

However, the Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the National Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye, said 15 people were injured.

He said, “One of the gas tankers wanted to enter into Manna Gas Refiling Plant and before it could get access inside, it exploded and affected the second gas tanker and other domestic gas cylinders in the gas plant also exploded.

“The explosion affected 18 buildings housing 35 shops; no residential building was affected.

“Fifteen people had various degrees of injury and were taken to Iju Waterworks Clinic, while two were referred to the general hospital; 16 vehicles were burnt.”

The Acting Head of the State Fire Service, Margaret Adeseye, said the Ajuwon, Agege and Alausa Fire stations were mobilised to the scene.

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NSCDC Boss Becomes Fellow of Institute of Criminology, Says ‘I Won’t Rest on My Oars’

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By Eric Elezuo

The Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Lagos State Command, Commandant Ayeni PK, has been honoured with the DISTINGUISHED FELLOW of the Institute of Criminology and Strategic Studies.

The investiture, which was conducted with strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols, was performed by the Institute’s Registrar-General, Dr S. A. Adekunle, at Alausa – Ikeja, of the Commandant.

During the course of the event, a brief citation of the Commandant was presented, before he was inducted, decorated and certified.

The honour bestowed on the Commandant is seen as the most prestigious award of the Institute to any person.

In his remarks, the Commandant extended his heartfelt appreciation to the Almighty God for His mercies and for sparing everyone’s life to the present. He also lauded the Institute for considering him for the honours.

Furthermore,  he specially thanked the Chairman Governing Council of the Institute and the immediate past Commandant General of the Corps, Dr Ade Abolurin Phd OFR psc+, saying he was grateful to him for being a great inspiration.

In his key note address, the Institute’s Registrar-General, Dr S.A. Adekunle, remarked that the mandate of the Institute, is to train and retrain members. T

“The Institute also identifies various sources of crimes and proffer solutions, before the commission of such crimes,” he said.

He stressed that Commandant Ayeni PK is one of the best Commandants the Corps has produced in recent times, affirming that selection of awardees is being done without any form of bias or prejudice.

“His selection is informed by his high-level performance, and doggedness towards ensuring the security and safety of lives and property, in Lagos State. His hardwork and and dedication to duty amidst other professional and administrative qualities are also some of the reasons, for his investiture today,,” the Registrar concluded.

“This is another inspiration for me to do more and give my best to my father land. I will therefore, not rest on my oars,” Ayeni promised while requesting the Institute to develop a training programme for officers and men of the Command.

Among officers of 1.DCthe Corps who attended the event were Obimma Frederick ( 2ic to the Commandant), 2. DC Paul O. Shomide ( HOD Administration), 3. DC Jayeola Margaret ( HOU Anti- Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit), 4. CSC Atolagbe Mohammed ( S A to the Commandant), 5. SC Durodola Abdullahi ( HOU Protocol), 6. ASCI Abolurin Oluwaseun O. ( PRO).

There were also members of the Institute present, and they were the Registrar-General, Dr S. A. Adekunle; the Registrar, Revd John Olagunju; the Deputy Registrar, Mr Gideon Ogundare; Director, Education and Training,  Dr Adeniran Adewale S.; Director, Membership, Mrs  Nwobodo Ijeoma; Director, Media and Publicity, Ovi John Aziamagba and Mr Odunlami Davidson, Asst Director Management Services.

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Tincan Island Port Customs Declares N112.7bn Income in Three Months

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The Tincan Island Ports had declared its revenue earnings for a three months period covering January to March 2021.

The revenue earnings for the period under review stood at One Hundred and Twelve Billion, Six Hundred and Ninety-Five Million, Six Hundred and Ninety-Three Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty-Eight Naira, Sixty-Six Kobo (N112,695,693,158.66), which shows an improvement of about 21.05Billion (23%) when compared with Revenue earnings of 91Billion In the first quarter of the previous year 2020.

This improvement, according to a press statement signed by the Area Controller, M.B.A. Musa, is in spite of the twin threat to lives and livelihood posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic, noting that the Command had inspired their officers to continue to work hard while observing all the safety measures to achieve the best of performances through the use of technology and collaboration.

“We kept our lines of communication open and concerted effort was made to ensure that the supply chain is not disrupted,” he said.

The statement also noted that during the period under review, anti-smuggling activities yielded result with a spectacular seizure of cocaine weighing 43.110kg concealed in Raw Bulk Sugar, arrest of 20 suspects in connection with the seizure and detaining of the vessel MV SPAR SCORPIO.
The Command has handed over the case file, suspects and the vessel to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigation.

The Command has also put various trade facilitation measures in place to help ensure stress-free engagement with clients, customers and the Nigerian public. The statement observes as follows

“The Command has put measures in place with a view to ensuring that legitimate trades are given expeditious attention.

“Accordingly, the Dispute Resolution Committee and the Help Desk have been re-jigged with a mandate to attend very expeditiously to all Trade related disputes. We have also reinvigorated the use of inter-modal transport system (Use of Barges for Cargo movement in line with Global Best Practices.”

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NSCDC Arrest 50 Armed Herders in Ekiti, Cross River, Borno

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Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Audi, has said operatives of the security outfit have arrested 50 armed herders.

The armed herders, he said, were arrested in different parts of the country, including Ekiti, Borno and Cross River states.

NAN reports that Audi spoke on Wednesday in Abuja while presenting licences to private guard operators.

He said: “We arrested 50 illegally armed herdsmen and realised that some of them are into cattle rustling and kidnapping.

“The armed herdsmen were arrested in Ekiti, Borno and Cross River states and in some other parts of the country.”

Audi said the arrest of the illegally armed herders, shortly after his assumption of office, was an indication of his determination to reposition the corps for optimal delivery on its core mandate.

“It is part of our mandate to settle disputes between herdsmen and farmers and to also give some security protection to our agro-allied investments,” he said.

Audi spoke on the need for synergy between security agencies, noting that the nation’s security challenges could only be addressed substantially through intelligence sharing.

He charged the private guard operators to ensure valuable contributions to ongoing efforts at checking rising insecurity.

“The nation is bedevilled with a very serious insecurity crisis, and that is the asymmetric warfare,” he said.

“If you want to deal decisively with this, you must synergise with all stakeholders in terms of credible intelligence.”

He warned that the licences of private guard operators would be withdrawn if they engage in unethical practices.

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