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Properties Destroyed, Many Rendered Homeless, As A Result Of Flood In Taraba Community 

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By Henry Agbu, Jalingo

A sudden downpour on Friday submerged houses and caused damage to properties worth millions of naira in Mayo Salbe village, Gashaka LGA of Taraba State, Northeastern Nigeria.

It was gathered that the intense rainfall lasted for approximately six (6) hours, leading to the unfortunate loss of personal belongings, domestic animals, and farm produce.

Worried about the sad incident, a third Class Chief (KUM) Mayo Salbe, His Royal Highness, Kum Thomas Shu’aibu urged both the Taraba State and Federal Governments to assist the victims in rebuilding their ruins.

It was, however, learned that this is the first of its kind, the area witnessed such a natural disaster which also led to the collapse of a bridge within the area.

Also reacting to the development, a representative of the Chief of Mayo Salbe, Wakili Sabana appealed to the government at all levels to as a matter of urgency come to their aid.

According to him, the residents of the community have virtually lost their belongings to the flood, noting that the victims have been subjected to untold hardship as a lot of them don’t have shelter to lay their heads. 

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Taraba Environment Commissioner Sympathizes With Victims Of Takum Windstorm

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By Sani Yarima

Hon. Aishat Barde, the Commissioner of Environment and Climate Change in Taraba State, has expressed her sympathy to the victims of Tuesday’s windstorm which destroyed several houses in Takum LGA of the State.

In a statement released to the press, Barde described the tragedy as a natural disaster, which should serve as a wake-up call for collective responsibility to nurture and protect the environment for future generations.

Barde emphasized the need for everyone to seize the opportunity within this tragedy to reinforce their commitment to safeguarding communities and take proactive measures to prevent future disasters. 

She also stressed that planting trees would foster stability in ecosystems and shield communities from such natural disasters.

The Commissioner further expressed her sympathy for the victims and their families, as well as the entire people of Takum LGA. 

It is worth noting that Governor Agbu Kefas visited the affected places in Takum on Wednesday, 3 April 2024, and promised to assist the victims in rebuilding their houses.

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Gov Kefas Visits Takum As Storm Destroys Over 100 Houses

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By Sani Yarima

Governor Agbu Kefas of Taraba State has reassured residents of Takum that the government would find ways to support efforts to rebuild homes destroyed by a storm that occurred on Tuesday evening.

A statement released to the press by his Special Adviser on Media and Digital Communications said Kefas gave the assurance on Wednesday during his visit to the area. 

it was recalled that a heavy downpour had destroyed several houses on Tuesday, rendering many residents homeless.

The statement further read that in a swift response, Dr. Kefas first dispatched a team of state officials to visit Takum and assess the damage. 

They were mandated to take stock of all the damages proffer the best ways to handle the immediate situation and provide ways to stop any future occurrences.

Later in the day, Governor Kefas visited Takum to get a first-hand report of the damages. 

While going around some of the affected areas of the city, the governor made many stops to sympathize with victims and offer words of encouragement.

Furthermore, meeting with community leaders and residents, the governor assured them of the government’s readiness to support efforts at rebuilding their damaged homes. 

Elated residents of Takum, who had filed out on the streets to welcome the governor, expressed their appreciation for the prompt action. 

They further commended the efforts of the administration, stressing their preparedness to partner with Dr. Kefas in the rebuilding activities. The statement concluded on this note.

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4 Die In Bauchi Auto CrashAs FRSC Returns N1.6m To Families Of Victims

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No fewer than four persons have lost their lives in a road crash that happened at Rinji village, along Bauchi-Jos road in Toro Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.

Mr Patrick Ikaba, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) who disclosed this in Bauchi on Tuesday, said three others were seriously injured in the crash that involved eight people.

Ikaba, who explained that only one person was unscathed, said it took the personnel of the corps a few minutes to arrive at the scene of the crash to clear the site.

He said the auto crash involved one private Mercedes Benz and one commercial Opel Vectra vehicle, where three males and a female lost their lives, adding that the sum of N1.6 million was recovered from the bodies of three deceased persons.

“The Federal Road Safety Corps swung into action and carried out a rescue operation and cleared the crash scene.

“In the process of carrying out the rescue, they recovered a huge sum of money on the bodies of three of the occupants of the vehicles but unfortunately, the amount recovered were found on the dead bodies.

“One of them was carrying the sum of N1,648,500 while the other was carrying N23,500 and the last person was with N8,700 and the money had been released to their relatives after proper identification,” he said.

The Sector Commander also said that other properties apart from the money recovered from the crash have also been released to the next of kins of the deceased.

He however, advised motorists to always be conscious of traffic rules and regulations while plying the roads.

Speaking with newsmen, Aminu Yahaya, one of the relatives of a deceased person, confirmed to have received a total sum of N1,648,500 on Monday from the command.

He said “I want to use this opportunity to express our gratitude to the FRSC especially, with their quick response to the crash which led to the recovery of the money and other items before people with bad intentions got there.

“I collected the money and handed it to the wife of the deceased who has three children of two boys and a baby girl”.

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