Video: Soldier Caught On Camera Beating LASTMA Officials After Disobeying Traffic Law

Lagos state – An Army official stopped for flouting traffic law in Lagos state have been caught on camera assaulting men of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA. It was gathered that the offiicial was stopped for flouting traffic law.  The soldier was caught using the road track meant only for the Lagos Bus Rapid Transit, BRT along Onipanu road and when he was stopped by the LASTMA officials, he and one of his colleague decided to engage them in a heated argument that led to one of the soldiers punching the LASTMA official.  Watch the video below: Source

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FRSC Offers Prayer for Deceased Accident Victims in Zaria

By Mohammed Lawal Zaria (Kaduna State) –  The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Friday offered prayer to deceased accident victims in Zaria, Kaduna State. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the prayer, which was held at Park Road Juma’at Mosque, Sabongari, Zaria was organised by the FRSC Zaria Unit Command. The Zaria Unit Commander, FRSC, ACC. Abubakar Murabus-Tata said the prayer was in commemoration of 2019 African Road Safety Day/World Day of Remembrance of Victims. Speaking after the prayer session, ARC. Idris Yahaya, Head of Public Enlightenment, FRSC, Zaria, said the prayers was part of activities lined up for the commemoration of the day. He said the unit of the commission had earlier visited Muslim Hospital, Danmagaji where they sympathised with patients and donated some laundry items to them. Yahaya added that on Sunday another team from the unit would observe a similar prayer in the Church in commemoration of the day. He used the occasion to call on motorists to exercise cautious while plying the road, stressing the need for road users to always obey traffic rules and regulations. …

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NAF Confirms Helicopter Crash In Enugu, Directs Constitution of Board of Inquiry

Enugu (Precise Post) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed the crash-landing of its helicopter on Thursday at its base in Enugu. A statement on Friday in NAF’s Twitter handle said that the incident occurred after a routine flight and that though the blades of the helicopter broke but there were no casualties. The statement said that the cause of the incident could not be ascertained. The statement reads: “@NigAirForce Helicopter has crashed on landing in Enugu after a routine flight today. Fortunately, there were no fatalities or injuries to any crew member or persons on the ground. “@CAS_AMSadique has directed that a Board of Inquiry be constituted to determine the causes of the accident. “Nigeria Air Force continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general public as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians.” The base is close to Akanu Ibiam International airport where repair works have commenced after it’s closure in August this year. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the scene of the crash was cordoned-off as members …

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INEC Assures Of Hitch- free Poll In Kogi

By Tony Akowe Lokoja (Precise Post) – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured residents of Kogi state of conducting a hitch free governorship election across the state on Saturday despite palpable tension and apprehension. The Commission asked the people of Kogi state to come out en masse to cast their votes on Saturday, saying there can only be violence when a few people vote. National Commissioner in Charge of Kogi, Niger and Nasarawa states, Mohammed Haruna, said in an interview in Lokoja said the fear of violence will become a reality only when people fail to turn out to vote. He said: “Pease as much as possible, people should come out and vote. There are of course apprehensions, the tension is there, it is palpable. But if people come out in enough numbers, even those who wants to perpetrate violence would be afraid. “It is only when a few people turn up that there would be problem so people should come out in their huge numbers and vote for whom they want to vote to rule the State.” …

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Roads: Ondo Govt begins rehabilitation of Failed Portions

By Ojo Oluwafemi Akure, – Ondo State Government has started the rehabilitation of the failed portions of both State and Federal roads across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state. The state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, made this known to newsmen in Akure on Friday. He said that the state government had to carry out the repair as it had become inevitable. Ogunleye said the exercise took off in Ondo town, Ondo West Local Government Area on Friday to prevent total collapse of the road and as well bring succour to the users. The commissioner explained that different equipment had been deployed to the Valentino Junction of the Ondo-Ife road, where the rehabilitation work began. “We are working here to fix this road because our people are the end users. If Federal Government stands not to refund money spent on its roads by state government; notwithstanding we must also do our own part. “There is no doubt about the fact that the present administration has a reputation for quality road infrastructure. “We cannot turn a blind …

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Bayelsa: INEC moves sensitive materials to RACs, Calls for Peace

By Christian Ogbonna Yenagoa, – ion of sensitive materials to various Registration Area Centres (RACs) in Bayelsa ahead of the Saturday governorship election. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who monitored the distribution on Friday in Yenagoa reports that INEC officers, party agents, both national and international observers were present early at the Central Bank of Nigeria for the exercise. Mr Monday Udoh, the Resident Electoral Commission (REC), told journalists that INEC was fully ready to conduct credible election for the people. “We are here to observe and monitor the movement of the materials; the sensitive materials are ballot paper, result sheets and card readers. “The distribution is moving smoothly, the security agents are here and National Union of Road Transporter Workers (NURTW) are also with us. The police have deployed many of their men for this and the election proper. “The electorate should be civil, peaceful, conduct themselves well and listen to instructions, especially from the security personnel,” he said. On court granting APC stay of execution to participate in the contest, the REC said, “For now, the political …

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Election: Centre tasks INEC on priority-voting for Deaf, Dumb Voters

By Diana Omueza Abuja – Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has called for priority- voting for those with non-visible disabilities such as  the deaf and dumb voters  in the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections. CCD Executive Director , Mr David Anyaele, made the call in a statement on Friday, urging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to sustain same for other persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the elections. Anyaele said that the call became necessary given the marginalisation of  those with non-visible disabilities among PWDs particularly the deaf and in the nation’s electoral process. Anyaele said that some disabilities could be physically identified while others were non-visible such as hearing impaired, deafness and dumbness, low vision, psychiatric disabilities and mental and traumatic brain injuries. He emphasised that INEC officials and security agents should make efforts to identify PWDs with non-visible disabilities during the elections in both states. “Reports from previous elections show that particularly deaf voters are more exposed to violence and hostility from security agents and other citizens on election days. “We are concerned that measures adopted in …

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Lawmaker Hails Appeal Court victory, Extends Hands of Friendship to Opponent

By Awayi Kuje Nassarawa Eggon (Nasarawa State) – Mr Abel Bala, member representing Nassarawa Eggon West Constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has called on his opponent, Mr Danlami Kuje, to support him to develop the constituency. Bala, a PDP lawmaker, made the call on Friday in Nassarawa Eggon, while reacting to the Appeal Court judgment that affirmed his victory at the March 2019 election. He also dedicated his victory to God and the people of his constituency for supporting him throughout the period of the legal battles. “I am excited that both the tribunal and the appeal court reaffirmed the mandate, which the people of Eggon West constituency gave me during the poll. “I won the election fair and square, as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). “I want to call on my opponent to join hands with me in order to develop Nassarawa Eggon West and the state at large. “By the special Grace of God, I will not fail in my responsibilities, as I will continue to provide the much-needed dividends of democracy …

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Niger LG polls: Police Ready to Provide Security

By Aminu Garko Minna – The Police Command in Niger says it is ready to provide adequate security for the conduct of the Local Government elections in the state scheduled for Nov.30. It said the security arrangement will cover the 4,950 polling units in the state. The Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Adamu Usman, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Minna on the preparedness of the command ahead of the polls. Usman said that security agencies in the state were working together to ensure crisis-free elections, adding that an effective operational order on how to provide security across the state had been work out for implementation. He said that the command had taken concrete security measures to ensure a peaceful political atmosphere before, during and after the elections. ” We have mobilised sufficient armed personnel to provide security before, during and after the elections across the 274 wards in the state,” he said. “I am giving 100 per cent assurance to all law-abiding residents of Niger that they can come out freely to exercise …

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2 die, 17 vehicles burnt in Sango-Ota tanker Accident

By Olayinka Olawale/Ige Adekunle Sango/Ota (Ogun) – Two persons were confirmed dead and six others injured in a fire accident involving a petroleum tanker at Bible College Bus-stop along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway on Thursday night. Ganiyu Akeem, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Assistant Corps Commander in Ota, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that 17 vehicles were also burnt in the accident that happened around 11.55 p.m. on Thursday night. He said the incident happened when the lone tanker fell and spilled its inflammable content into the drainage channel. He said the tanker ignited the fire that burnt many vehicles. Akeem said 17 vehicles were affected, which included one tanker trailer, 10 articulated vehicles, three cars and three commercial buses. NAN correspondents who visited the accident scene in the early hours of Friday report that Sango Toll Gate premises of the FRSC was also affected. Also, Mr Adekunle Ajibade, an official of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), told NAN that the fuel-laden truck was heading to Lagos from Sango-Ota when it developed a gear fault and …

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Police Arraign man for Allegedly Stealing 1,692 Cartons of Engine oil

By Sandra Umeh Lagos – The police in Lagos on Friday arraigned a 42-year-old man, Abdullahai Usman, in an Ojo Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for allegedly stealing 1,692 cartons of engine oil worth N21 million. Usman is charged with two counts of conspiracy and theft. He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. The prosecutor, Insp. Simon Uche, told the court that the defendant committed the offence sometime in 2018, with others who are now on the run. He alleged that the defendant received 1, 692 cartons of engine oil from his accomplices, knowing full well that they were stolen goods. According to the prosecution, the engine oil is property of Richbon Company located in the Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos. The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 321 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. Magistrate A.A Adesanya admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N2.5milliom with two sureties in like sum. Adesanya adjourned the case until Nov. 25 for mention. (NAN)

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Yuletide: FRSC Advises motorists not to be Distracted By family Problems

By Ige Adekunle Sango-Ota (Ogun) – The Ogun Command of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), ahead of yuletide, has advised motorists not to be distracted by family problems while driving to avoid accident. Mr Clement Oladele, Ogun Sector Commander of FRSC, gave the advice during the 2019 Ember Months Campaign organised by Idiroko Command in Idiroko, Ogun on Friday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the campaign was tagged: “Road safety is a state of mind; road crashes is an absence of mind. Stay alert, stay alive’’. Oladele noted that the advice became necessary to motorists as driving required full concentration, saying that any slight distraction would lead to mishap on the highways. The sector commander said that no fewer than 314 people had died this year across the state due to some attitude of some drivers. “Motorists need to change as their attitude may cause sorrow to somebody when an unexpected crash leading to the death of loved ones happened through them. “They can also cause sorrow to members of any family if they drive recklessly and …

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Kano Custodial Centre nabs Suspected Female Drug Trafficker

By Ibironke Ariyo Abuja, – The Kano Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) has arrested a visitor (name withheld) to the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kano State (MSCC). The female visitor was said to be allegedly attempting to smuggle illegal substance into the centre. The Command’s Deputy Superintendent of Corrections (DSC) Mr Musbahu Lawan, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Friday, said the substance was suspected to be Diazepam tablets. Lawan said that the 20-year-old suspect from Hotoro Quarters, Nassarawa Local Government Area of Kano State was intercepted with drugs worth N300,000 while attempting to smuggle it into the MSCC. He said that the substance was concealed in a soup that was meant for an awaiting trial inmate of centre. The DSC said that Yusuf was apprehended at the custodial gate for a routine search while bringing in food for the said inmate. “She later confessed that the items were given to her by unknown person for onward delivery to the awaiting trial inmate,” he said. Lawan said she had since been handed over to the …

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Kogi guber Poll: Court begins hearing on suit challenging Yahaya Bello’s eligibility

By Taiye Agbaje Abuja – The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, commenced hearing on the suit challenging whether Gov. Yahaya Bello, is fit to contest in the Nov. 16 Kogi Governorship election. The presiding judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, however, stood down the case for 30 minutes in order to study a motion filed by Gov. Bello, who is seeking to be joined in the suit. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while the Social Democratic Party (SDP)’s Candidate in the Saturday’s poll, Natasha Akpoti, is the plaintiff, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are 1st and 2nd defendants respectively. At the hearing on Friday, Bello’s lawyer, Mike Enahoro, who filed a motion of a party seeking to be joined in the matter, said he filed the application this morning because they got wind of the case yesterday. Counsel to the plaintiff, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, who acknowledged receipt of the motion this morning, hinted that the motion sought to stop court’s proceeding on the matter. He, however, argued that the motion be …

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Many Feared Killed As Petrol Tanker Falls, Explodes In Ogun

Ogun – A petrol-laden tanker fell in the wee hours of Friday around Toll gate, Ota axis of Lagos-Abeokuta highway, while approaching Shoprite Store, killing yet to be identified number of people. The tanker went up in flames immediately, destroying lives, vehicles, and properties. Confirming the incident, the Ogun State Traffic Compliance (TRACE) Corps Spokesperson, Babatunde Akinbiyi released a video of the inferno. Akinbiyi said that there were casualties but the number could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report. According to Akinbiyi, the TRACE Corps, Fire Service agents, Federal Road Safety Corps, the police, the NSCDC, Naval officers and the Army were all on ground for rescue operations. While sympathising with those affected by the ugly incident, Akinbiyi advised motorists to avoid Toll Gate Area for now. “Nevertheless, they can go through the Old Ota Road to link Awolowo Road down to Sango under bridge to link Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway,” he said. Source

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WHO Supports Nigeria’s Legislative Network to Achieve UHC

By Abujah Racheal Abuja – World Health Organisation (WHO) says  it is supporting Nigeria’s legislative network in achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC), through the collaboration of the European Union. Dr Clement Peter, WHO Officer in Charge (OIC), made the disclosure in a goodwill message at the 3rd Annual Summit of the Legislative Network for UHC on Thursday in Abuja with the theme “Efficiency in the Health Sector and the Role of Legislators’’. UHC is the ability of citizens to access quality healthcare services without going through financial hardships. Peter said WHO would continue to leverage on its unique network to share lessons learnt from the country through the regional office to other countries of Africa. He expressed the hope that the summit would generate consensus around the first- ever Legislative Health Agenda for UHC and catalyse increased legislative action for health at the national and sub national levels. Kwabena Twum-Nuamah, Chairman, Ghana Parliamentary Committee on Health, said many constituents in African countries were unable to access healthcare because they do not have the means to pay out of pocket. He …

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