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Tornado Rips Through Nashville: Carrie Underwood, Shania Twain, Blake Shelton And More React

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Amidst the heat of Coronavirus outbreak and efforts being made to contain it, two (2) tornadoes rips through Nashville early hours of Tuesday, killing at least 19 people, destroying homes and businesses, and leaving more than 50,000 residents without power.

“A tornado skipped across the county,” Nashville Mayor John Cooper told the Tennessean. “You do have people at the hospital and frankly there have been fatalities.”

Metro Nashville police reported police officers and fire crew responded to about 40 building collapses around downtown Nashville, including the areas of Mt. Juliet, Germantown, and Hermitage.

My heartfelt condolences to the families who lost some loved ones to this Tornado and i pray for quick recovery for the casualties. It’s quiet unfortunate that Nashville one of the cities that suffer natural disaster and in all she bounces back. this one won’t be an exemption.

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Below are some reactions from Twitter users who were directly or indirectly affected by this Tornado;

Chris Conte @chrisconte

This is downtown Nashville. I’m speechless @NC5 @CBSNews @NashSevereWx

Justin McFarland @ThisJustinTv

I was here for 1998 East Nashville tornado. Nashville came back.

I was here for the historic 2010 flood. Nashville came back.

And now I’m here for the March 3rd, 2020 tornado.

Nashville will come back from this too. #comeback #codered

Several images on social media showed extensive damage to the legendary Basement East bar, home to the famed “I Believe in Nashville” mural which still stands after the destruction.

Christopher J. Hale @chrisjollyhale

At a legendary music venue in East Nashville, the building was nearly destroyed, but the iconic “I believe in Nashville” mural remains. It’s a sign of hope and redemption that made it through a night of terror. #NashvilleTornado

During an appearance on “Today”, Carrie Underwood reacted to the storm by revealing that her husband Mike Fisher had to “go upstairs at 2 a.m. and take the boys down to a safe room in our house. I bet everybody was crying.”

Country singer Ryan Hurd took to Twitter to announce he and his pregnant wife Maren Morris are safe but their neighbourhood is in ruins.

Ryan Hurd @RyanHurd

We are ok. I’m in New York and Maren and our house are fine, but our neighborhood is not. Places we have loved for many years don’t look like they are there any more. We are so thankful and devastated at the same time.

Trisha Yearwood @trishayearwood

Seeing the responses “I’m here for you” “Do you need a place to stay?” …this community comes together to take care of its own. So proud to be part of the family we call Nashville. All of our love and strength to those who have lost so much. #NashvilleStrong ❤️ TY & g

Justin Bieber @justinbieber

Sending love to Nashville

Blake Shelton @blakeshelton

Thinking about you #Nashville. Stay strong!!!

AJ McLean @aj_mclean

My heart goes out to all of you in Nashville…one of my second homes. Stay strong and stay safe. Sending love from Chile.

Tim McGraw @TheTimMcGraw

The iconic “I Believe In Nashville” murals started popping up after the big flood ten years ago. It’s stood as a symbol of resilience and togetherness. We are heartbroken for our community after last nights tragic tornado, but know that together we will rise up and rebuild again!

Shania Twain @ShaniaTwain

Sending my love to everyone in Nashville, Stay Strong ❤

Chris Stapleton @ChrisStapleton

My wife & I are deeply saddened by last nights tragic events in Tennessee. Our thoughts & prayers are with our community. We can all help by donating directly to ( https://www.cfmt.org/story/middle-tennessee-emergency-response-fund/ …  ) Please give what you can. If it’s 10 cents or 10 dollars every bit helps.

K A C E Y @KaceyMusgraves

Me and my fam are safe but many friends aren’t so lucky. We did live right in one of the worst hit spots a matter of months ago. It’s so crazy. I’m so nervous to find out who the fatalities are. Nashville is so tight knit. 💔 I’m gonna help in any way I can. https://twitter.com/brandon_dean21/status/1234864350759923715 …

Brandon @brandon_dean21

@KaceyMusgraves can u confirm that you and pepper are safe after Nashville tornadoes??

Maria Shriver @mariashriver

With everyone paying so much attention to #coronavirus here comes Mother Nature in Tennessee. Sending love to everyone in Nashville ❤️ https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/03/03/nashville-tornado/#click=https://t.co/i9K0IDgHh6 …

Tornadoes kill at least 19 people, leave trail of destruction in and around Nashville

The governor asked that residents be cautious when traveling to vote in the Super Tuesday primary election.

Scott Baio @ScottBaio

A lot of property loss & damage at Tuckers Crossroads where my in laws live. We JUST heard, by text message, they’re alive! No power & now the cleanup begins. Thanks for the prayers & kind words.  Middle Tennessee needs a lot of prayers for the community right now. #Nashville

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Arms Procurement Investigation: “Issues of arms procurement were done by specific individuals, call these individuals to explain to you ” – COAS Ibrahim Attahiru tells House of Reps members

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A dramatic scene was recorded today April 13 after the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru appeared before House of Representatives ad-hoc committee on arms and ammunition as part of the investigation into arms purchase by the military.


Attahiru refused to speak on arms procurement after presenting a document to the committee.


According to the COAS, he just resumed office and the issues surrounding the procurement of arms should be answered by the “specific individuals” who initiated the purchase.


He said;


“The submission before you speaks to the report before you. It is an executive summary. It is very self-explanatory to the extent that it has been pluralised. When you demanded this report, you stated a specific period for which you wanted it.

“You may wish to recall that the Chief of Army Staff took over the mantle of leadership barely two months ago.

“The period for which you want this report having been summarised in the executive summary explained whatever details you require.

“Issues of arms procurement that you so demand to know were done by specific individuals, I will rather you call these individuals to explain to you very specific issues the general explanation is contained in this report.”


A member of the committee, Ejiro Ogene had also faulted the COAS explanation for not appearing before the committee earlier.


Ogene said;


“When we ask you to come, the people are the ones speaking, sovereignty lies in the people; if we see it like this, things will be different.

“I expect that the COAS tenders an apology, not an explanation; you are serving the people and they are as your employer.”


Firing back at him, Attahiru insisted that his explanation serves as an apology. He said;


“When you say I offered an explanation, it is as good as an apology. It only tells you the reasons why I wasn’t here and the reasons are pungent enough.”


Following the rising tension at the proceeding, Chairman of the Committee Olaide Akinremi ruled that the hearing goes into a closed-door meeting and the media were asked to leave the hearing.

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25-year-old Nigerian man arrested for Scamming woman of N16million in India

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A 25-year-old Nigerian has been arrested in India for allegedly scamming a 62-year-old woman from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, of Rs 31.64 lakh (N16,048,923.81)

“The accused, Wisdom Obinna, from Imo State, was part of a gang that befriended women on social media and then scam them with lottery and gift frauds,” said Indore Cyber Cell Superintendent of Police, Jitendra Singh, on Friday, April 9.

“Obinna was arrest25-year-old Nigerian man arrested in India for duping woman of N16m ed from Delhi, where he was staying even after his business visa expired. Efforts are on to nab other members of the gang,” he added.

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During the interrogation, the accused said that he came to India on Business Visa in 2014 and 2017. After the visa expired, he became active in cheating and used to operate from Delhi.

The gang members befriend Indian girls and women on Facebook by creating accounts with different foreign fake IDs.

After Wisdom has made friends with the women, he lured his victims by claiming he sent them some expensive gifts.

Later, other members of the gang pose as custom officers and demand money in the name of Tax and Penalty to get the parcel, send a message through bank account WhatsApp and get the money transfer. They would also threaten the victim with legal action.

Police recovered eight passbooks of various banks, three ATM cards, two laptops, three pen drives, 9 mobile phones, eight SIM cards, two dongles, passports and Rs 11000 in cash from the accused.

 

25-year-old Nigerian man arrested in India for duping woman of N16m

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CBN gets order to freeze 194 accounts in 17 banks

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CBN gets order to freeze 194 accounts in 17 banks

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has secured three separate interim orders from a Federal High Court in Abuja to freeze bank accounts linked to 194 business entities and individuals in 17 banks.

This was contained in a post by the apex bank on its website yesterday pursuant to the court order. The freeze orders were sequel to three exparte applications filed by the apex bank seeking a mandatory order of the court to ask the 17 banks to freeze the account of the business organizations and individual pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation the apex bank had initiated.

In one of the suits against Nuru Abubakar and 24 others, the court granted the request by CBN to freeze the account of the defendants in the banks for 45 days. Justice A.R Muhammed who made the order in his ruling on March 30, 2021, said: “An interim order is hereby made empowering the applicant to direct the head office of the listed banks to freeze forthwith all transactions on the bank account of the defendants for a period of 45 days pending the outcome of investigation and inquiry currently being conducted by CBN.”

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In another suit filed by CBN against Sethwealth Ventures and two others, the court granted an exparte application by the apex bank to freeze 50 accounts linked to the three defendants in 13 banks. A similar order was also made in the suit by CBN against Bluebeam Capital Ltd freezing 60 accounts of the company in 13 banks.

The 17 banks affected are Access Bank, First City Monument Bank, Fidelity Bank, Sterling Bank, Keystone Bank, Providus Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Wema Bank and First Bank. Others are Guaranty Trust Bank, Ecobank Bank, Heritage Bank, Polaris Bank, Zenith Bank, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Union Bank.

The companies affected include Bluebeam Capital Limited, Sethwealth Ventures, Seasons Bureau De Change, Lat-Ade Logistics, Sani Polo Global Investment Ltd, Saneo Global Resources Limited and Romvic Ventures Nigeria Limited.

 

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