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BLACK SUNDAY: LEVI AJUONUMA, 3 GENERALS, 166 OTHERS DIE IN PLANE CRASH

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LAGOS - CALL it a weekend of disaster and you will not be wrong. Beginning from Thursday, Nigeria, the world's largest black nation has been engulfed in a series of air and land tragedies that have claimed about 267 lives and destroyed property worth billions of Naira.

Yesterday's Dana Airlines commercial aircraft crash at Iju, Lagos, which claimed about 170 lives, one of the worst air crashes in Nigeria's history, caps a weekend of tragedies, which began on Thursday.

Levi Ajuonuma others killed in the Lagos Dana Air crash

Although peace has become a scarce commodity in many northern cities of the country on account bombing activities in recent times, the southwestern part, including Lagos, the economic nerve-centre has had no respite since last Thursday.

In two unrelated accidents between Lagos and Ibadan, last Thursday, 10 persons were killed. At Ibafo along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, five persons were burnt in a multiple accident and explosions involving nine fuel tankers while a building under construction at New Covenant Church, Sagbe, Ojoo, Ibadan collapsed during a downpour and claimed five persons including two women.

On Saturday, another fuel tanker explosion, which claimed 24 vehicles rocked the ever-busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The tragedy occurred at Danco Village in Obafemi Owode Local Council of Ogun State. The citizenry were still absorbing the effects of the  tanker explosions when the news of the death of 30 people in Assakyo, headquarters of Lafia Local Council Development Area of Nasarawa State broke. They were killed following renewed violence between Alago and Beron communities. And on the same day, an accident in Funtua, Katsina State, claimed three persons and injured 17others.

Still thirsty for blood, the agents of death remained on prowl yesterday. First,  nine people were killed and 40 others injured when a suicide bomber in a Honda Civic, who attempted  to force his way into the iron barricade at the entrance of Living Faith Church, Ungwan Angas, Yelwa, Bauchi State but was denied entry detonated his explosives at the barrier opposite the church.
 

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