The Libyan authority has announced the arrest of 3 Libyans who are suspected to have killed a Nigerian migrant worker by setting him on fire in Tripoli.
While making the disclosure on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, the Tripoli-based Interior Ministry confirmed the arrest of the 3 suspects, in what a U.N. agency described as another senseless crime against migrants in the country.
The Libyan Country Chief for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a UN migration agency, Federico Soda, said that those responsible for the crime must be held accountable.
This is coming on the heels of a report earlier yesterday, that a migrant worker was burned to death in the Libyan capital, Tripoli—the latest of abuses that migrants and refugees face in the conflict-stricken country.
It was revealed that the 3 Libyans on Tuesday stormed a factory where African migrants were working. The Libyans detained one of the workers, who was a Nigerian, poured petrol on him and set him on fire with no clear motive yet for the shocking crime.
According to the IOM, there are about half a million migrants in Libya, with some of them having worked in the oil-producing country before it descended into chaos and warfare, and others attempting to travel through it to Europe.
The IOM and the United Nations High Commission for Refugee (UNHCR), U.N. refugee agency have both repeatedly said that Libya should not be classified as being safe for migrants.
Thousands of migrants, including Nigerians, have attempted the very dangerous sea crossing to Europe this year, with hundreds drowning quite often in shipwrecks.
In July, three migrants from Sudan were shot dead by Libyan authorities while trying to flee detention after they were disembarked in Khums.
In May, some 30 mostly Bangladeshi migrants were shot dead in a southern desert town, after being abducted by a local gang, according to Bangladesh and the Libyan Interior Ministry at the time.
BREAKING: What led to the Ogba tanker explosion- Lagos
Lagos State Government has disclosed the explosion was caused by the spillage of petrol from a truck laden with petrol.
The Lagos State Government has attributed the tanker explosion that occurred at Yerevan Filling Station earlier today to the spillage from the articulated truck, laden with 33,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly called petrol.
This was disclosed via the official Twitter handle of the state on Tuesday.
According to the government, the revelation was as a result of the investigations by the LASEMA Response Team.
It tweeted, “The inferno was quickly curtailed due to the prompt response of the Agency’s team in conjunction with the Lagos State Fire Team.
“The leaky valve which was the source of the inferno has been shut off, the inferno has been extinguished while blanketing of the truck and entire area is ongoing in order to avert any secondary incident.”
LASEMA Response Team in swift response earlier this morning, has extinguished the fire outbreak that ocurred inside Yerevan Oil. A filling station located at Ajayi Road in Ogba Aguda area of Lagos.@jidesanwoolu @drobafemihamzat @lasemasocial @LAG_FireService @gbenga_omo#LASG pic.twitter.com/BTJplOIGk4
— The Lagos State Govt (@followlasg) October 27, 2020
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Petrol tanker explodes at filling station in Ogba
Residents of Ajayi road in the Ogba area of Lagos came close to panic at the explosion of a petrol-loaded tanker.
A petrol-loaded tanker has exploded along Ajayi road, Ogba area in Lagos.
The incident, which was confirmed by Nairametrics’ staff, occurred on Tuesday morning, at Yerevan petrol station along Ajayi Road, Ogba.
When Nairametrics inquired from the owner of the filling station on what caused the explosion, he refused to talk to our analyst.
He said, “I can’t make any comment now because I am still trying to process what actually happened myself too.”
Men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) have arrived at the location.
No casualty was reported, as the fire only affected the tanker.
Meanwhile, some residents had allegedly taken the owner of the filling station to court, when they claimed such a facility is not meant to be in a residential area like Ogba.
– Just In : Tanker explode in a filling station at Ajayi Road , Ogba.
— Postsubman (@Postsubman) October 27, 2020
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Governor Makinde directs the employment of 5000 youths
Governor Makinde has initiated moves to create job opportunities for about 5000 youth in Oyo state.
Governor Seyi Makinde has directed the employment of 5000 youths across the state under the auspices of the State Government’s Agency Schemes in the next few months.
This information was disclosed by Governor Seyi Makinde while speaking yesterday at the Post-Protest Meeting with Traditional Rulers and Other Stakeholders, held at the House of Chiefs, Agodi, Ibadan.
During the meeting with the traditional rulers, caretaker chairmen of local government and local council development areas, and clerics; Makinde discussed the way forward for the state following the #EndSARS protests and subsequent events.
The Governor disclosed that in line with the mandate of his administration, he has directed the employment of 5,000 young persons across all government agency schemes over the next few months.
What they are saying
The Governor during the meeting said,
“Let me again reassure the good people of Oyo State that our administration will continue to live up to our mantra of putting the people first. We will continue to protect the rights of every resident of Oyo State as contained in the amended Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.
“I have directed the employment of 5,000 young persons across all government agency schemes over the next few months. The criteria for employment and the dates for assessment will be announced by the agency authorities.
“Going forward, starting from 2021, there will be provisions made for the Direct Labour Agency in the budget. This will ensure more employment opportunities for residents who have requisite skills when projects are awarded.
“We will be proceeding with the fifth phase distribution of palliatives by the end of this week, having completed the verification of the individuals who qualify for them.
“I outlined the steps we are taking to address the issue of ending police brutality and other injustices, as a judicial panel will be inaugurated within a week to consider cases of injustice.”
Why this matters
The 5000-youth employment initiative across the state under the auspices of the State Government’s Agency Schemes is in line with the current administration’s determination to address the needs of the youths and quell their dissatisfaction.
However, this move is expected to create opportunities for youths in the state, as it will reduce the level of unemployment in Oyo State, and build on the gains of previous actions and steps taken by Governor Seyi Makinde.