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Naira tumbles to 402 on dollar scarcity
The naira tumbled to 402 against the dollar at the parallel market on Wednesday,
a day after the Central Bank of Nigeria banned nine banks from the
foreign exchange market for failing to remit $2.334bn to the Federal
Government’s Treasury Single Account domiciled with the Central Bank of
The local currency had closed at 397/dollar on Tuesday.
At the interbank market, the naira closed at 315.93/dollar, lower than 305.5 it recorded on Tuesday.
The slide being witnessed by the naira has caused costs to soar with
the inflation rate hitting an 11-year high at 16.5% in June.
Explosion rocks Damaturu, welder killed, Army officer injured
welder was killed in his workshop on Wednesday in Damaturu, Yobe State
when an explosion went off. Three persons including an army officer were
injured in the explosion.Investigation revealed that the
explosion occurred when an army officer approached a welding shop to
repair an equipment belonging to the military.
The welder, it was
gathered, brought out his equipment to start work and it exploded
killing him instantly while the soldier was seriously wounded.
One killed, 4 houses burnt in Benin tanker fire accident (photos)
than four houses gutted by fire Wednesday morning at Upper Mission
junction along the Benin-Auchi express road after a tanker carrying fuel
fell and spill its contents.One life was reportedly lost in
the incident. Witnesses said residents in other buildings are packing
out their belongings to safe areas.
Three other persons were said to have sustained varying degrees of burns in the accident.
Meanwhile, shops and some vulcanisers, who were affected by the inferno have started counting their losses.
One of the shop owners, Mrs. Deborah Afubeli, whose provision shop was razed, said she lost goods worth N2 million in the fire.
residents of the area who spoke to journalists, blamed the condition of
the expressway for the accident. They likened the road to a death trap.
contacted, the Director of the Edo State Fire Service, Mr. Franklin
Agbonlahor, said the fire was put out shortly after his team arrived the
He blamed the driver of the Audi car for the accident, saying he refused to heed instructions when flagged down.
story is positive; the fire was brought under control. A vehicle
defied instructions of people that were flagging vehicles down when this
happened. Immediately he came across the tanker, fire was ignited,”
He advised road users to be patient while driving
on the road, adding “When there is a distress situation, they should
try and listen to anybody flagging you down. Life has no spare parts.”
Death toll in Italy’s earthquake rises to 120
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has confirmed that the death toll in the
earthquake which devastated Central Italy has risen to 120.The
magnitude 6.2 quake occurred early this morning. Many residents are
still trapped under hills of rubble while thousands have been rendered
homeless in the devastating quake.
The quake struck early today
when most people were asleep, razing homes and buckling roads in a
cluster of towns and villages some 140 km (85 miles) east of Rome.
emergency services released an aerial photograph showing whole areas of
the town of Amatrice flattened, while debris filled the streets of
“Now that daylight has come, we see that the
situation is even more dreadful than we feared, with buildings
collapsed, people trapped under the rubble and no sound of life,” said
Accumoli mayor Stefano Petrucci.
Wide cracks appeared like open wounds on the buildings that were still standing.
sifted through the rubble with their bare hands before emergency
services arrived with earth-moving equipment and sniffer dogs.
quake hit during the summer when the populations of the communities in
the area, normally low during the rest of the year, are swelled by
Officials said six people were known to have died in
Accumoli and a further six were reported dead in Amatrice. Sky Italia
television said 10 had died in the nearby village of Pescara del Tronto.
Some 100 people were still unaccounted for in the village of Arquata
“Three quarters of the town is not there anymore,”
Amatrice mayor Sergio Pirozzi told state broadcaster RAI. “The aim now
is to save as many lives as possible. There are voices under the rubble,
we have to save the people there.”
A Reuters reporter said the
town’s hospital had been badly damaged by the quake, with patients moved
into the streets. RAI reported that two Afghan girls, believed to be
asylum-seekers, were also missing in the town.
The earthquake caused damage to towns in three regions – Umbria, Lazio and Marche.
U.S. Geological Survey, which measured the quake at 6.2 magnitude, said
it struck near the Umbrian city of Norcia, while Italy’s earthquake
institute INGV registered it at 6.0 and put the epicenter further south,
closer to Accumoli and Amatrice.
The damage was made more severe because the epicenter was at a relatively shallow 4 km below the surface of the earth.
of Rome were woken by the tremors, which rattled furniture, swayed
lights and set off car alarms in most of central Italy.
“It was so
strong. It seemed the bed was walking across the room by itself with us
on it,” Lina Mercantini of Ceselli, Umbria, about 75 km away from the
hardest hit area, told Reuters.
Olga Urbani, in the nearby town of
Scheggino, said: “Dear God it was awful. The walls creaked and all the
books fell off the shelves.”
INGV reported 60 aftershocks in the four hours following the initial quake, the strongest measuring 5.5.
Italy sits on two fault lines, making it one of the most seismically active countries in Europe.
The last major earthquake to hit the country struck the central city of L’Aquila in 2009, killing more than 300 people.
most deadly since the start of the 20th century came in 1908, when an
earthquake followed by a tsunami killed an estimated 80,000 people in
the southern regions of Reggio Calabria and Sicily.
LASU sanctions 84 students over indecent dressing
(LASU) have issued warning letters to 84 students in different
departments for indecent dressing even as it disqualified a student from
contesting the forthcoming students’ union election.
The decision of the management is contained in a statement from the
Centre for Information, Press and Public Relations (CIPPR) made
available to Daily Sun disclosed that the Students Affairs Division
(DSA) of LASU issued the warning letters to the 84 students for flouting
the dress code of the institution.
A breakdown revealed that eight of the affected students are in the
final year, three in 300 level, 20 in 200 level and 43 in 100 level.
Details of the students sanctioned showed that Faculty of Management
Sciences to the list with 24 students, followed by Faculty of Arts with
18, Sciences 16, Social Sciences and Education recorded 11 students each
and School of Communication has four students.
‘’The students have been magnanimously pardoned by the university
authority and were warned to desist from the act of indecent dressing,
henceforth or face disciplinary action, the CIPPR statement noted’’.
In a related development, the LASU management has disqualified one of
the contestants from the Lagos State University Students Union (LASUSU)
presidential race. The action Daily Sun gathered is generating ripples.
Yusuf Omotola, a 300 level Economic Education Department, a presidential
candidate in the students union was disqualified by the students’
affairs division for concealing his suspension at Federal College of
Education (Technical), Akoka.
The statement alleged that Omotola was suspended from the college on
allegation of breach of peace and cultism in 2012 stressing ‘’there is
no documentary evidence to prove that he has been cleared of this
allegation or that his suspension from FCE Technical, Akoka has been
‘’Mr. YUSUFF, Wasiu Omotola was given several opportunities to redeem
himself by voluntarily and honourably opting out of the LASUSU
presidential race. However, such magnanimous entreaties were met with
utter disdain and unbridled arrogance.
‘’It is on record that Mr. YUSUFF, Wasiu Omotola flagrantly refused to
complete the security background check form made available to all
contestants in the LASUSU general election race, DSA office noted.’’
The statement explained that in consonance with LASU management’s policy
of zero tolerance to cultism and other forms of gangterism, the
presidential aspirant, stands disqualified pending when he can provide
documentary evidence that the allegation against him is false.
When Daily Sun called his mobile line five time, Omotola did not respond.