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Bandits burn 16 to death in Kaduna



… House fire kills woman, 30, In Lafia
… RRS office in Lagos torched

ABOUT 16 persons constituting one family were burnt to death in a dawn assault on their home by bandits suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists.

  The incident occurred when the gunmen attacked Bakali Village in Fika District of Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

  Although there has been no official police confirmation of the attack, a source in Police Headquartres Kaduna said the bandits locked in the family and set their house ablaze when they invaded the village.

  Similarly, a 30-year-old university graduate, Nnena Efe, was burnt beyond recognition yesterday when fire broke out in her apartment in Maidunama-Tudun- Kauri area of Lafia, Nasarawa State, destroying numerous valuable properties.

  Neighbours said that Efe was trapped in the inferno by iron barricades she did not know was locked with padlock by her flat mate, regretting that Fire Service officers were not available to put out the fire before Efe was burnt to ashes.

Sympathisers were seen trooping to the scene of the incident.

  Yet there was another fire outbreak yesterday morning at the Rapid Response Squad Headquarters Ikeja, Lagos State.

  An eye witness who refused to be named explained that the incident occurred when an electricity surge from impromptu restoration of power supply to the area by AEDC capitalised a faulty distribution boxes to spark fire.

  According to him, efforts by Lagos Fire Service to control the blaze did not come in time as he and others battled to help aged parents and kids escape through windows. But RRS officers later mobilised to bring the situation under control.

  “The power distribution box located on the first floor of RRS Headquarter’s one-storey building caught fire at about 11:30 a.m. Officers of Lagos State Fire Services were not at sight to assist in putting out the fire but men of RRS who were on ground did their best to minimise destructions,” he said.

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