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Tragic incidents in Lagos, Nairobi claim over 30 lives

Tragic incidents in Lagos and Nairobi have claimed over 30 lives, leaving hundreds injured in accidents that occurred between Wednesday and Thursday

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Tragic incidents in Lagos and Nairobi have claimed over 30 lives, leaving hundreds injured in accidents that occurred between Wednesday and Thursday.

On Thursday, a petrol tanker exploded following an accident, leading to the burning of several vehicles and the killing of some people.

The petrol tanker went up in flames in Lagos, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria.

Following the ghastly accident, the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) said over 20 vehicles were burnt in the accident.

“A tanker which had break failure loaded with PMS caught fire on the Otedola Bridge INW Berger. The number of vehicles affected is 20+, Traffic Situation is @ a stand still, all alternative routes advised ATM” the agency said on its Twitter handle.

However, other accounts put the number of vehicles burnt at 54 and the number of the dead at 9.

In Nairobi, at least 15 people were killed in a fire at a market in the Kenyan capital.

More than 70 people were reported injured in the Gikomba blaze, which broke out Wednesday night, destroying many properties. The market is well known for the sale of second-hand clothes, shoes and vegetables, and also hastimber yards

Gikomba is one of the largest open-air markets in the city and fires there are frequent, leading to speculation about possible arson attacks, The Standard newspaper said.

Hospital officials reported four children among the dead.

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Gabon, Togo become newest members of Commonwealth group of nations

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Gabon and Togo have become the latest countries to be admitted into the Commonwealth Group of Nations following their acceptance at the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda.

The two African Francophone nations were formally admitted to the group after years of trying to join the 54 nations bloc, bringing the number to 56, the first since Rwanda joined in 2009.

The admission of Gabon and Togo by the Commonwealth on Saturday, which was the highlight of the summit as it drew to a close, sees a continuing expansion of the group of nations beyond ex-British colonies as smaller states seek to benefit from the group which is projected to bring $2 trillion in trade by 2030.

While welcoming the new nations in his closing remarks at the summit, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said:

“We have admitted Gabon and Togo as new members, and we all welcome them to the Commonwealth family.”

Togo’s Foreign Minister Robert Dussey said the membership of the country has opened the door to 2.5 billion consumers in the Commonwealth realm, offered new education opportunities, and tapped a craze for English among his countrymen.

“Togo’s membership is motivated by the desire to expand its diplomatic, political, and economic network… as well as to get closer to the English-speaking world,” he told a news conference.

On his part, Gabonese President Ali Bongo said his country was “making history” by joining the group after 62 years of its independence.

“Sixty-two years after its Independence, our country is getting ready to breakthrough with a new chapter. It’s a world of opportunities for Gabon on the economic, diplomatic & cultural levels,” Bongo said in a statement on Twitter.

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Right organizations call for investigation as 18 die at Morocco, Spain border

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Right organizations in Morocco and Spain have called for investigation into the death of at least eighteen Africans and dozens injured in the attempt to scale the border fence.

According to official report by Morocco in a statement on Friday, the casualties occurred when a “stampede” of people tried to climb the iron fence that separates Melilla and Morocco.

The call for investigation comes after Moroccan Human Rights Association shared videos on social media that appeared to show dozens of migrants lying on the ground, many of them motionless and a few bleeding, as Moroccan security forces stood over them.

Right group, Amnesty International In a statement released late Friday, expressed its “deep concern” over the events at the border.

“Although the migrants may have acted violently in their attempt to enter Melilla, when it comes to border control, not everything goes,” said Esteban Beltrán, the director of Amnesty International Spain. “The human rights of migrants and refugees must be respected and situations like that seen cannot happen again.”

Morocco’s Interior Ministry said 76 civilians were injured along with 140 Moroccan security officers.

Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, while commenting on the accident on Saturday condemned what he described as a “violent assault” and an “attack on the territorial integrity” of Spain. Spanish officials said 49 Civil Guards sustained minor injuries.

A spokesperson for the Spanish government’s office in Melilla said that around 2,000 people had attempted to make it across the border fence but were stopped by Spanish Civil Guard Police and Moroccan forces on either side of the border fence. A total 133 migrants made it across the border.

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