Archive for March, 2013

kano saturday blast

The City of Kano is under a severe attack from the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram just days after a suicide bomber blew a luxurious bus loaded with passengers in the commercial city of the State.
Two explosions happened in different locations of the city Saturday morning. The first explosion happened at Hotoro area, close to the NNPC Mega station while the second explosion occurred at Tishama neighbourhood along the Eastern Bye-Pass Road.
The explosion is said to have come from a suicide bomber’s car that refused to stop for search at a military ‘stop and search’ point. The military patrol team subsequently pursued the car and later engaged the occupants in an exchange of gun fire which caused the explosives in the vehicle to detonate.

Details of casualty is still unknown.

Chinua Achebe, one of the world’s most celebrated writers and author of the classic novel “Things Fall Apart”, has passed away. The 82 year old Proffessor who has been sick for some time, was a David and Mariana Fisher Professor of Literature at Brown University, until his death last night in a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
May his soul rest in Peace.

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14-year old Hafsat from Benin Republic and 27-year old Togolese Sani Kieve, are 2 of the survivors who were rescued by Kaztec Engineering staff offshore, after a boat carrying an estimated 128 people capsized off Nigerian coast of Calabar last week.
The boat set off on Friday from neighboring country Benin, overloaded with passengers who had hoped to find work in Gabon, said the head of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, Vincent Aquah, citing survivor accounts.

The vessel had stopped at the Nigerian port of Oron to collect more passengers, but two hours after returning to sea the engine began taking on water.

The captain told passengers to pray, telling them “we are in serious trouble”, according to Aquah.

As the boat began to sink, passengers jumped into the water, with the captain and three others grabbing hold of the floating cylinder.

Only two of the four survived, including Kieve Sani and Hafsat who are both being treated at the Bakor Medical Centre Calabar, Cross River State.

At the hospital, Sani who is a commercial motorcyclist, confirmed to Oversabi Republic that the captain “and another lady held onto the cylinder with us, but as time went by (the captain) could not continue and told us he was going.” Later the woman also let go and slid beneath the surface.

As Sani and the teenage girl drifted together while clutching the cylinder, they saw a flame coming from an offshore oil field operated by Kaztec Engineering Limited, contrary to reports that the oil field was from Addax. The Kaztec Kaztec Logostaff who were on that vessel quickly dispatched another vessel to rescue Hafsat and Sani.

According to Sani, who had stayed in Oron for a few weeks from where the boat stopped to pick him, “It was just a miracle how we survived. We were so lucky that in that three days we clung to the gas cylinder, no fish came to swallow us. From nowhere i saw a can of coke and an energy drink afloat in the water and i quickly grabbed it while still holding on to the cylinder and Hafsat. We clung to the gas cylinder for three days before the Kaztec people came to our rescue”. Sani went further to tell Oversabi Republic that someone had promised to give him a job in Gabon if he could save up to 5, 500 Cepha that would take him from Oron to Gabon.

Although the wreckage of the ship is yet to be located, 27 other people have been rescued in Oron, Akwaibom State from the rescue operations which started on Sunday, bringing the total number to 29. 9 bodies have been recovered so far out of the estimated 128 people on board the capsized boat.

In a related development, founder of the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (a philanthropic and charitable organisation), Sir Emeka Offor, whose Company Kaztec Engineering Limited rescued Hafsat and Sani, visited Bakor Medical Centre on Thursday, to know how they are fairing, made some cash donation as well as food items. While donating the food items on behalf of the SEO foundation, Sir Offor thanked the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Ebaye for taking care of them so far while appreciating the miraculous way God used his company Kaztec to rescue them. He offered to employ the two of them (Sani and Hafsat) in his company as soon they are discharged.
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Over 30 innocent Nigerians have been sent to their early grave on Monday evening at about 6pm in the city of Kano after multiple explosions went off at a motor park in the popular Newroad area of Sabongari district. According to an eye witness, an Improvised Explosive Device, IED, was planted near the park causing one of the buses to go up in flames. The luxurious bus was was said to be headed for the Eastern part of the country. The Boko Haram sect is being fingered in this atrocious crime.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has ordered Dana Air to suspend all its flight operations in the country, barely two months after resuming operations.

Sources say the decision was taken by NCAA yesterday. However, the reason for the suspension remains unclear as at the time of filing this report.

While speaking to newsmen today, Dana Air spokesman Tony Usidanem said  that Nigeria’s aviation ministry asked for the suspension in a letter which it received yesterday. He said the letter did not give any reason for the suspension.

Usidanem said a meeting has been scheduled between the management and the NCAA for purposes of clarity.

A Dana Air crash on June 3, 2012 left more than 160 people dead, leading the carrier to lose its license.

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Sunday Oliseh, former Super Eagles midfielder has been appointed by world’s football governing body, FIFA as a member of its technical study group amongst carrying out other functions. The former Dortmund and Juventus player personally shared the cheering news on his official facebook page and website on Saturday.
“It is with Great Honour that i share with you my appointment by the world’s Football governing body F.I.F.A as a member of its Technical Study Group amongst other functions.
I am flattered to be a part of this football family and i believe that this is a blessed period not only for me personally but for my beloved Nation,Nigeria!”
He also shared his picture with the FIFA president, Sepp Blatter.
Congrats to him!

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According to reports reaching Oversabi republic, the Lagos State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Mr Obafaiye Shem, popularly known. and referred to as “My oga at the top” has been suspended.
His suspension is unconnected with the embarrassing interview he granted Channels Tv on Sunrise daily, a few days ago, where he could not correctly give the website of his organization. His famous “My oga at the top” comment which went viral has totally affected the reputation of the organization since then.

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The “Okpekete master” KCee is back with a bang. This is officially one of the hottest songs in Nigeria now. The #Oversabi song of the week for 4weeks running now.. Congrats!


I have not stopped laughing…

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Nigerian airline Aero Contractors Co. said all flights have been grounded until further notice due to staff strikes over cost-cutting measures.
Aero management is in talks with unions “to find a quick and amicable resolution,” company spokesman Simon Tumba said by phone today from Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital. The airline, which has been operating in the West African country for more than five decades, employs 1,300 people and operates 15 fixed-wing aircraft and 20 helicopters, according to the company’s website.
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The strike comes after similar recent disputes within the Nigerian aviation industry. Air Nigeria suspended operations in September due to staff “disloyalty” and a weak business environment, according to Jimoh Ibrahim, the company’s chairman. Air Nigeria was also being investigated by the Federal Inland Revenue Service for taxes owed. Arik Airlines Ltd., Nigeria’s largest operator, resolved a dispute with unions in the same month that grounded the company’s planes for three days.

Aero Contractors is fully owned by Nigeria’s Ibru family and run by acting Managing Director Obaro Ibru, according to its website.