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9 People Have Died After an Oil Tanker Caught Fire on Major Lagos Highway

The accident occurred on a major road that connects Lagos and Ibadan, where 53 cars were set ablaze.

An oil tanker has caught fire in Lagos, killing nine people, injuring four people and setting 53 cars on fire, Reuters reports.

The accident occurred on a major highway that connects Lagos and Ibadan, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) spokesperson Adeshina Tiamiyu tells Reuters.


Bisi Kazeem, a spokesman for the Federal Road Safety Commission, also says the crash happened around Otedola bridge on the part of the road that heads out of Lagos. He says to Reuters that the cause of the accident was due to brake failure.

The tanker, five buses, two trucks, a tricycle and 45 cars were set ablaze.

"As a government, we would not relent in putting measures in place to ensure safety of lives and property of all residents," adds Lagos state government spokesman Kehinde Bamigbetan in a statement. "We extend our deepest commiseration to the families of persons who lost their lives as well as properties to the incident."

The state government was clearing damaged vehicles from the road.

Along with extending condolences on social media, Nigerians have been critical to why incidents such as this have not been prevented by the local and federal government.




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Amaarae Breaks Down Her Hits In OkayAfrica's New Video Series 'Decoded'

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We're launching Decoded, our brand new pop-up style video series featuring the latest, buzzing African artists' music and influences.

We kick things off with Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter-producer Amaarae who has been making waves with the release of her debut album, The Angel You Don't Know.

In our first-ever Decoded episode, Amaarae breaks down hit songs like "Trust Fund Baby", "Jumping Ship" with Kojey Radical as well as her Southern rap musical influences. She also mentions being inspired by an op-ed that she penned for OkayAfrica in 2019, and her mother's role in helping her coin the album title The Angel You Don't Know.

When all is said and done, Amaarae just wants to give other young women "an option not to have to be the archetypal female African artist, and give them an opportunity to expand all of their possibilities, explore all the different genres, and still be successful and get this money." Amen to that!

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In the past, Tanzania's pregnant girls of school-going age were banned from accessing an education. However, things are about to change!

If a young girl of school-going age happened to fall pregnant in Tanzania, it usually spelled the end of her schooling career — and the death of any prospects she may have had for a bright future. In Tanzania currently, an estimated 5 500 girls are forced to leave school each year due to pregnancy, according to the World Bank.

The Tanzanian government has announced a new programme aimed at addressing the plight of young girls who have been impacted by this discriminatory ban. Tanzania's Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Leonard Akwilapo said young girls will now be offered an opportunity to further their schooling at alternative colleges.

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Nigerian Government Barred From Prosecuting Twitter Users

The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States has ordered the Nigerian government to refrain from prosecuting Twitter users, while it considers the case brought to it by civil society organisations and journalists.

Activists and journalists took the Nigerian government to court to challenge the recent Twitter ban, asking "the court to declare the indefinite suspension of Twitter a continuous violation of their human rights under the international law." As it stands the ban threatens to criminalise the 40 million Twitter users in the country.

According to Socio-Economic Rights And Accountability Project (SERAP), a Nigerian NGO, the court ruled that no person should be "sanctioned, harassed, intimidated, arrested or prosecuted for using Twitter in Nigeria.The ruling also means that tech companies must immediately restore people's access to Twitter as a matter of human right."

"The court has listened very well to the objection by Nigeria. Any interference with Twitter is viewed as inference with human rights. This will violate human rights. Nigeria must take immediate steps to implement this order," the court ruling stated.

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