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Rainstorm Destroys Property Worth Millions Of Naira In Plateau

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While the country and the entire world are worrying about the coronavirus pandemic, property worth millions of naira were destroyed, Monday, when some parts of Plateau State recorded their first rainfall of the year.
The rainstorm, which started around noon that fateful day was accompanied by a heavy windstorm that blew off rooftops of over fifty houses and rendered many families homeless.
The unfortunate incident, which occurred in Jibam District and environs of Pankshin LGA headquarters of Plateau Central Senatorial Zone of the state, has thrown the inhabitants into confusion and panic as most of the affected persons are stranded.
Narrating the incident to newsmen in Jos, a resident of Jibam village, Samnaan Pebhilip, lamented that the storm wrecked unimaginable havoc on the community.
According to Pebhilip, who operates a block industry in the village, said: “most of us have lost property worth millions of Naira and the general mood in the community is one of despair and confusion because as the wet season sets in, our seedlings have been completely destroyed in the rainstorm.”
However, when newsmen contacted the Plateau State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, on what the agency is doing to ameliorate the sufferings of the affected persons, a Senior official of the agency who would not want her name in print said: “We are yet to receive an official report to that effect.”

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Lockdown: Security Personnel Force Garri Price Down In Asaba

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Some residents of Asaba yesterday lauded security personnel who forced garri sellers to reduce the price of garri at Ogbeogono Market in Asaba.
The eyewitnesses, who spoke to newsmen in Asaba, lauded the officers for intervening in a crucial period like this.
They said that most families could not afford to buy enough food for a day let alone cope with hike in prices of staple food items.
They also called on the state government to work out palliatives to cushion the two weeks stay at home, particularly for those who live from “hand to mouth”.
According to Mr Collins Ovire, some security personnel stormed the Ogbeogono Market and forced the Garri sellers to crash their prices from N2,000 to N750 for a measurement of Garri.
“We hail them for the action because the garri sellers were just common thieves, they have hiked their prices because they know that garri is one of the staple food eaten by the people.
“But just imagine, this is man inhumanity to man, the whole world is worried about how to combat an epidemic, the Coronavirus and in the midst of this, the market women and traders are only thinking of how to reap the poor people.
“Just last week, a paint (gallon) of garri was sold for N600 but as soon as the stay at home order was announced, garri prices skyrocketed to N1,500 and now N2,000.
“This hike in Garri price has affected other staples foods which have also attracted high prices.
“Now, with this stay at home order, how will that man, who feeds on his or her daily bread, survive this two weeks stay at home order, without support from government”.
He said that government at all levels should make funds available to all Nigerians with a Bank Verification Number (BVN) as well as procure food stuff to people.
Also, Mrs Evelyn Chukwuma, a civil servant, said that prices of tubers of yam increased within the short notice.
She expressed concern that the rise in prices of food items may not be reversed after the two weeks lockdown unless a drastic measure was taken by concerned authority.

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Rainstorm Destroys Radio Bayelsa

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A late night rainstorm on Monday destroyed property worth millions of naira in Bayelsa State including the state broadcasting corporation, Radio Bayelsa and crippled its operations.
The administrative building, the general manager’s office and the make-shift live studio were not spared by the rainstorm.
The havoc caused by the rainstorm brought down the mast of the station which also plays host to the transmitters of Radio Nigeria’s Creek FM and the Nigeria Television Authority thereby crippling their operations too.
Though some parts of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital were affected by the rainstorm
The worse hit was Radio Bayelsa, NTA Yenagoa and Radio Nigeria, Creek FM.
The acting General Manager of the station, Mrs. Pere Obobo described the incident as a monumental loss.
Also, Creek FM General Manger, Mr Sunday Udosen lamented the huge loss the rainstorm had caused the station
The Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Benson Agadaga who was among the early visitors to the station, gave an assurance that government would work towards fixing the damage at Radio Bayelsa.
Radio Bayelsa had earlier this year on February 14 experienced large scale destruction by irate youths protesting the Supreme Court judgement which dislodged the All Progressives Congress candidate in the November 16, 2019 governorship election, David Lyon as elected governor, resulting in the swearing in of the People’s Democratic Party candidate, Senator Douye Diri as governor.
On July 2 last year, a fire outbreak also destroyed equipment and parts of Radio Bayelsa.
The rainstorm equally wreaked havoc on roofs, electrical poles and wires, billboards and buildings in parts of the State capital.

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COVID-19: Lagos Police Receive N3m Preventive Materials

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Lagos State Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) has donated COVID-19 preventive materials worth N 3 million to the State Police Command.
Some of the preventive materials donated to the command includes Infrared thermometer, washing hand kits, hand sanitisers, gloves and masks.
The items were meant for all the area commands and divisions in the state.
Presenting the materials, Chairman of PCRC, Apostle Kehinde Showemimo, said the gesture was part of PCRC effort to support the police, noting that association is concerned about the safety of police officers while carrying out their duties.
He disclosed that the gesture would also be replicated by the PCRC in all the police commands and divisions across the country.
Showemimo said that the PCRC in Lagos State embarked on the project both as part of its welfare obligations for the officers and to forestall any untoward circumstances as recently experienced by the State of New York in the US where over 230 police officers were infected with coronavirus in the course of their duties.
He urged all Lagos residents to be vigilant, cooperate and support efforts and measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Apostle Showemimo appealed to other well-meaning organisations and good-spirited individuals to support the Nigeria Police and other security agencies in their bid to ensure a safer and crime-free society, especially during this period.

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