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Update: Five Killed, 20 Trapped In Gupta Mine Gas Explosion

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Death Toll Rises To Six, 22 Still Trapped AT South Africa Coal Mine Gas Explosion

Five persons have been killed in a gas explosion in a South African unused coal mine owned by Gupta brothers.  At least 20 persons are still trapped underground.

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State broadcaster, SABC, says rescue efforts were hampered by dangerous high levels of toxic gas underground.

Police spokesman, Leonard Hlati says several people had entered the mine on Wednesday afternoon to steal copper wires that supply electricity for lighting and ventilation when a gas pipe exploded.

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Copper is often stolen from disused mines in South Africa and sold for scrap.

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INEC Includes Zamfara APC Candidates In 2019 Elections

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INEC Includes Zamfara APC Candidate To Participate In 2019 Elections

Independent National Electoral Commission has included All Progressives Congress candidates in the governorship, National and State Assembly elections. The commission says their inclusion is in compliance with court order.

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As seen on INEC official Twitter handle:

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Kaduna CP Faults El-Rufai’s Figures On Adara Killings

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Kaduna CP Faults El-Rufai's Figures On Adara Killings

Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Abdulrahman Ahmad, has faulted figures given by Governor Nasir El-Rufai on the number of people killed in the crisis in Adara, Kajuru local government area of the state.

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Ahmad says the governor pre-empted police investigations.

Governor El-Rufai had said earlier that 66 Fulani were killed in the local government. Later, he jacked up the figure to 130.

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Ahmad says investigations were still ongoing and it would be inappropriate to provide any figures at this time.

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Ogun PDP Crisis Deepens As Party Suspends Abati, Sowunmi, Others

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Ogun PDP Crisis Deepens As Party Suspends Abati, Sowunmi, Others

The crisis rocking the People’s Democratic Party in Ogun State worsened on Thursday as a faction loyal to a member of the House of Representatives, Oladipupo Adebutu, suspended, for anti-party activities, a deputy governorship candidate, Reuben Abati; spokesperson of the Atiku Abubakar campaign organisation, Segun Sowunmi; and 37 candidates of the party loyal to Kashamu.

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The faction led by Sikirulai Ogundele says the suspension is at the instance of the ward and local executive committees which noted that affected members failed to appear before them and also did not respond to queries served on them.

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