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Fire Razes Nnewi Timber Market In Anambra

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Fire on Thursday gutted part of the Nnewi Timber Market in Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra, destroying goods and machines.
Eyewitnesses said that five traders in the market collapsed and were rushed to hospitals due to shock of losing their valuables in the inferno.
Chukwunonso Nnetu, Chairman of the Nnewi Timber Dealers Association, said that a security guard in the market alerted him around some minutes past midnight about the inferno.
Nnetu explained that fire fighters in Awka, Nnewi and Onitsha fire service stations were immediately contacted to fight the fire.
“The Nnewi Fire Service men later arrived though the fire had reached an advanced stage. We lost about 155 shops, 555 sawing and curving machines valued at N2 million each were destroyed; different categories and quantities of woods and planks, were also destroyed. We don’t know the exact cause of the fire, but we have lost well over N3 billion to the inferno,” he said.
According to him, most of the traders have lost their only means of survival unless government intervenes.
Jude Ugwu, the Secretary to the market association, who noted that the fire affected most processing machines, wondered how the traders would overcome the loss in this time of recession.
Ugwu, who recalled that a similar fire incident occurred in 2002, appealed to the state and federal governments to assist the traders recover from the loss.
Chukwudi Onyejekwe, a Director in the State Emmergency Management Agency (SEMA), described the incident as a “painful and a bizarre situation”, considering the quantity of goods destroyed.
“As you can see, the fire fighters are still battling with the fire since 1AM. The agency will later ascertain the remote cause of the fire. We will assist the traders by pleading with the state and federal governments to come to their rescue through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). We anticipated this and had been moving round the markets sensitizing the traders on how to fight such fires,” Onyejekwe said.
The state Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of Operations, Johnson Kokuko, said no life was lost, no casualty and no one was arrested during the disaster.
Kokumo said, “Immediately we got the information, we cordoned the area to ensure that hoodlums did not take advantage of the situation.”
A victim of the fire, Anthony Ezenwa, who disclosed that he had been in the market for more than 15 years, said he lost more than N2 million worth of goods.
Ezenwa appealed to Governor Willie Obianoand other public spirited individuals and organisations for assistance as their sources of livelihood had been consumed in the disaster.
A fire fighter, who pleaded anonymity, said the service was not contacted early, adding that security guards and sympathisers had struggled to put out the fire before it degenerated.
However, social media reports said that Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah‘s Capital Oil fire-fighter tanks saved the market from being totally burnt down.

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Ghanaian Teacher ‘Allows Students To Fight’ In Class After Canning Was Banned

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Ghanaian Teacher ‘Allows Students To Fight’ In Class After Canning Was Banned

Two pupils were left to fight in front of their classmates and teacher who purportedly filmed the shocking incident which happened recently in Ghana.

It is believed that the very person who filmed the incident was the Class Teacher, since pupils are not allowed to use phones in school.
It is claimed that the unnamed teacher left the pupils to fight since the Ghana Education Service (GES) banned caning in schools.

The GES in a statement signed by the Deputy Director General, Anthony Boateng, ordered all schools to immediately adopt a new disciplinary toolkit together with alternative sanctions as measures for correcting pupils and students in schools.

The tool indicated that “apart from the physical pain corporal punishment inflicts on children, this approach also causes significant emotional damage.

Some of the lasting effects of this method of disciplining school children include physical scars, emotional scars (trauma, fear, timidity etc.) and violent behaviour.”

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Senator Dino Melaye Compares Himself To The Scrotum Of A Ram, Says He Will Never Fall

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  • The embattled senator has often trended in social media circles especially when he runs into trouble with the law and begins demonstrating what many have dubbed ‘his theatrics’.

    Melaye who has been at war with the Nigerian police recently over an allegation of homicide, took to his Instagram page to make a statement today.

    According to him, he will not fall despite everything happening to him, because he is like the scrotum of a ram which dangles but never comes off.

    First, he shared the photo below of himself, he then wrote:

    “Dino Melaye is like the scrotum of a ram,it will dangle and dangle but will never fall.

    “God pass man any day.”

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Family raises funds to bring home Irishman who travelled to Africa to meet a lady he found online

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Relatives of the Irishman who headed to South Africa to meet a person he was chatting to online for two years, only to wander the streets of Johannesburg, have started a crowdfunding page to try to get him home.

“We’re raising £1,000 to help get Stanley Currie home from South Africa after he was mugged of all his belongings, passport and money,” Currie’s crowdfunding page on justgiving.com read.

“We need to put Stanley up in a hotel until his emergency passport can be got and we get him home as soon as possible (sic).

“He has been walking the streets of South Africa for a week with no food or water and is currently receiving medical care,” the page read.

By January 8 2019, more than £1,164 had been donated by 48 sponsors.

The 66-year-old was reported missing after no one heard from him following his departure from his Dublin home on December 28 2018, when he said he was headed for South Africa.

His brother, Robert, took to social media to locate him.

“He hadn’t booked any accommodation over there [and] was carrying a large amount of cash. He suffers from depression and has got heart health problems,” Robert said.

“This ‘person’ who he was going to meet… no one from the family have any idea who ‘she’ is and we are obviously concerned that it is a scam.”

On January 7, his family announced that he had been located in Edenvale, east of Johannesburg, in Gauteng, a suburb approximately 17km from the OR Tambo International Airport.

This was after several tip-offs that he had been seen in the area.

Some of those who came forward claiming to have seen him said they had identified him as the missing man by the tattoos on his arm.

The SA Community Crime Watch group, which assisted in the search, said he had the names of his family members tattooed on his forearm.

Spokesperson Steven King told TimesLIVE that two women had found a sunburnt Currie lying under a tree on a pavement in Edenvale.

“When they found him, he was disorientated. He said he got lost and could not find the way back to the place where he was staying,” King said.

He had his cellphone and a pair of jeans with him.

It was not immediately clear whether he met the woman he travelled to South Africa to see during his time in the country.

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Pastor claimed that he went to hell and killed satan.

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Pastor MBORO claimed on his Facebook page that he went to hell and killed satan.

On a post that was later deleted when people started asking questions, the pastor claims God sent him to hell to get rid of world’s number one enemy.

He wrote “when I got to hell there was a queue of millions of people waiting to be braai’d by Satan. I even saw some prominent South African politicians. I was so shocked because they lived like angels here on earth. I thought they went to heaven. When Satan saw me he panicked and directed his army to kill me. Like Samson in the Bible, I defeated them. Satan was my last victim”

His received a moria of insults and condemnation from people who told him to stop misleading people. The post went down after an hour. It is not clear whether he will post it again or not. His claims comes months after another equally controversial pastor claimed he went to heaven and took pictures with Jesus.

At the time, the pastor claimed that the exclusive photos would only be released to select few members after of course a fee.

He later released photoshopped images to prove. This is one of the photos he released then.

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World Bank President Jim Yong Kim Resigns

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Jim Yong Kim announced that he would step down next month, more than three years before his current term was due to expire.
The decision ends Kim’s six-year tenure and may give US President Donald Trump decisive influence over the future leadership of the 189-member global development lender.
“It has been a great honor to serve as president of this remarkable institution, full of passionate individuals dedicated to the mission of ending extreme poverty in our lifetime,” Kim, 59, said in a statement.
Kim, who became the bank’s president in 2012, is to join an unnamed firm focusing on investments in developing countries, the bank said in a statement, and will return to the board of Partners-in-Health, which he co-founded.
World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva will serve as interim president upon Kim’s February 1 departure, the bank said in a statement.
Under Kim’s leadership, the bank set the goal of eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 and ramped up financing.
Last year, it also won approval for a sharp $13 billion capital increase after acceding to requests from the Trump administration to curb loans to high-income countries like China.

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