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A 300-Level student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Fatile Emmanuel, drowned when he went to swim at a hotel outside the university campus.

It was gathered that the late student, who was studying in the Faculty of Pharmacy, died at OAU Teaching Hospital on Sunday.

It was learnt on Monday that the deceased went to the swimming pool with two of his colleagues when the incident happened.

The president of Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Students, OAU branch, AdeyemI Yusuf, lamented the death of his colleague, saying that it was a painful loss to the association and Faculty.

He explained that Fatile died after returning to the pool alone without a life jacket.

He said, “We learnt that three of our students that were friends went to a hotel to swim. They were done already, but the deceased entered again to swim alone and drowned.

“The other students called for help, but the people around could not also swim. ‎When the lifeguard came, he tried to rescue him, but it was late already.

“The doctor said he was brought to the hospital exactly 05.10pm as a ‘lifeless body.’ After leaving the hospital, we went to the mortuary to confirm that he is dead.”

He noted that the parents of the deceased have been notified, adding that three people were currently detained for interrogation.

He said, “The police are aware already. The parents are also around from Akure to identify his body. Police have arrested two of our students and the lifeguard for interrogation. ‎

“We are in touch with police to ensure that our students are not wrongly accused or maltreated. The police want the doctor to do postmortem, after which the students will be released.”

When contacted on the telephone, the Public Relations Officer of Osun State Police Command, DSP Folashade Odoro, said, “The matter is under investigation.”


UPDATE: 9 Confirmed Dead As Container Falls Off Truck In Lagos [VIDEO]



An articulated truck conveying a 20ft container fell on a commercial bus at Ojuelegba, Lagos on Sunday killing nine persons.

Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said the truck lost control while ascending a bridge.

“Upon arrival at the scene, a truck conveying a 20ft container was found to have landed on top of a commercial bus.

“Investigation revealed that the bus was picking up passengers when the truck lost control and fell over the side of the bridge.

“A total of nine fatalities were recovered, comprising four adult males, three adult females, a girl, and a boy.

“After suspending the container load with the aid of LASEMA’s forklift, an adult woman was extricated alive and taken to the trauma center,’’ he said.

Oke-Osanyintolu said LASEMA’s heavy-duty ambulance and Lagos State Fire Service were on hand for a rescue operation, just as LASTMA and Nigeria Police were on ground to control traffic.

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INSECURITY: Three Officers Killed As Gunmen Attack Ebonyi/Enugu Border Checkpoint



Three police officers have been killed by gunmen at the border checkpoint along Enugu/Abakaliki expressway.

The police officers were reportedly shot dead on Saturday night.

The gunmen, who operated in a Sienna bus, reportedly opened fire at the checkpoint, injuring one officer in the leg and killing three.

The Ebonyi police command confirmed the incident.

Chris Anyanwu, the command’s spokesperson, said the attack occurred around 6pm.

“The attack by gunmen at Ebonyi/Enugu boundary took place at about 18:08hrs ” he said.

“Three police personnel of Operation Safer Highway were fatally injured and later confirmed dead.

“The hoodlums operated in two sienna vehicles, drove into the checkpoint, and opened fire on the policemen.”

He said the officer who was shot is receiving treatment at a medical facility in Abakaliki, the state capital.

In December, two people, including a police officer, were killed following an attack on a police checkpoint in Abakaliki.

One of the gunmen was also killed in the attack.

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Outrage As Container Falls On Bus At Ojuelegba Bridge 



A container-laden truck fell on a bus at Ojuelegba bridge in Lagos on Sunday.

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) said rescue and evacuation efforts are ongoing at the scene of the accident.

According to a witness account shared by @PoojaMedia on Twitter, the truck fell while trying to prevent a bus from overtaking it.

It is not immediately clear if there are casualties but passengers are said to be trapped in the bus.

“Container just fell on a bus at Ojuelegba bridge. There are people inside the bus (full load) as health officials are giving them trip. We need emergency here to lift the container,” @PoojaMedia tweeted.

“Speaking to an eyewitness (an Uber driver), he said the trailer wanted to block the bus from overtaking him immediately he overtook the trailer as he saw everything through his side mirror. He went to turn at the roundabout to see the impact.”

Different containers have been involved in accidents on the bridge in the past.

The latest incident on the bridge has sparked outrage and heated reactions on Twitter.

Here are some of the comments.


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