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Fresh earth tremor hits Kaduna community in Nigeria

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Another earth tremor on Tuesday rocked the Kwoi community in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The incident had reportedly forced many residents to flee the community.

Our correspondent gathered that the Tuesday incident which occurred around 9am was accompanied by a heavy vibration.

An earlier tremor had taken place on Monday around 3am.

 Following the incidents, schools in the city were shut down and students, who had just resumed from the long vacation, were asked to return home.

Many of the residents too had started fleeing the community.

A resident of the community,  Ayuba  Nok, in a chat with our correspondent described the Tuesday incident as more serious than the earlier ones.

Nok said, “Today’s tremor was very loud. It was louder than the previous ones. Some schools were forced to close. They sent their students back home.

“Mallam Maude School, LEA Central Primary School and Sabzuro Primary School were some of the schools which were forced to close as a result of the sound of the tremor. They were afraid that something worse might happen.

“The heavy vibration of the tremor happened around 9 am today. It also occurred on Monday around 3am. The sound of Monday’s tremor was not as loud and devastating as the one of this morning.

“The Chairman, Mr. Ben Kure, is saying that people should be calm and stay where they are. But, the people are already frightened and they are in shock.

“When the incident happened again today, many of us who were thinking otherwise before decided to leave the town, especially the women and children. This is because we don’t know probably the whole town may sink when another one happens. And the government is not doing anything for now to evacuate people.”

Meanwhile, the Head of Geography Department, Kaduna State University, Dr. Idowu Abbas,   said  the constant incident of earth tremor in Kwoi town might lead to a major earthquake, urging the government to place the community on a watch list for a possible evacuation.

He said, “It is unfortunate that the tremor happened but it is not unusual. This is because it can happen anywhere and at any time as long as there is movement underneath the earth surface. It can happen anywhere, it is just unfortunate that it happened in Kwoi.

“The tremor could be a signal of a bigger incident in Kwoi. And it still depends on what happens within the earth surface. I think the Nigerian Space, Research and Development Agency is already looking into that.  Honestly speaking earth tremor is a small earth quake, the major earth quake can come.”

Meanwhile, a Non-Governmental Organisation, the Environmental Right Action and Friends of the Earth Nigeria, has condemned the relevant authorities for failing to institute a probe to ascertain the causes of the earth tremors that took place in some communities in Bayelsa and Rivers states.

Communities such as Mbiama and Okaki in Ahoada West local Government Area of Rivers State and Igbogene, in Yenagoa LGA of Bayelsa State were hit by earth tremors in July 2016.

The ERA observed in a field report after visiting the affected communities that findings from the residents of the communities confirmed that the incidents were real.

The report which was made available to reporters in Yenagoa on Tuesday indicated that there was need for the relevant authorities to institute a body of experts to ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the earth tremor to avoid future occurrence.

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Nigerian President Buhari Warns Ballot box snatchers to value their lives

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President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the elections to desist or pay with his or her life if caught.



President Buhari who stated this at the opening session of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus meeting in Abuja, on Monday, said that such act would be the last unlawful act the person will be brought to book.

Meanwhile, the governors of Imo, Rochas Okorocha and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun were conspicuously absent at the meeting.

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Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.

While urging party agents to watch out for the party interests at the polling units the president said that he has directed security agencies to identify hot spots and be ready to move should they suspect any attempts to cause problems by thugs across the country irrespective of party affiliations.

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DR Congo blame Unending Ebola Outbreak on Violence , Community Mistrust.

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DR Congo Ministry of Health spokesperson Jessica Ilunga has declared that violence and community mistrust have continued to hamper all efforts to control and end the fresh Ebola outbreak, which started Aug. 1.



Though according to the World Health Organization the number of new Ebola cases has dropped slightly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as there are 33% fewer cases to date in February compared with the same time period in December per STAT’s Helen Branswell, but some experts warn Axios that there remain signs that this outbreak is far from over.

Meanwhile, some experts warn that, that doesn’t mean the world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is yet under control, and in fact it could simply be moving to new areas of the sprawling country.

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Johns Hopkins’ public health expert Jennifer Nuzzo maintains there are several reasons people should continue to view this outbreak as a cause for concern.

However, Nuzzo said Congo needs more than money from the international community and the U.S. in particular. Safety concerns have largely caused the CDC to limit its Ebola experts to the capital city of Kinshasa, where some have returned after being evacuated during an uptick in election-related violence, Nuzzo added that Now is the time for the U.S. to send them into the field.

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