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Eid-el-Kabir: FRSC tasks commercial motorists on highway safety



Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has urged road users across the country to be conscious of their safety on the highways during the festive period.

Oyeyemi gave the advice at the flag-off ceremony of the 2019 Eid-el-Kabir mega rally campaign organised by the corps to sensitise drivers and other road users on Thursday at Wazobia park, Gwagwalada in Abuja.

Oyeyemi, who was represented by the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), Mr Bisi Kazeem, said that the campaign had become imperative in view of the envisioned increase in vehicular and human movement across the country.

He added that it was necessary for road users, especially the commercial drivers, to know basic traffic rules and regulations with a view to reducing crashes on the highways.

“The fallout of this is the tendency for drivers to violate speed limits for possible economic or social gains, commit lane indiscipline, overload their vehicles and disregard other traffic rules and regulations.

“These violations heighten the spate and fatalities of road traffic crashes within the period.”

He said that the corps had come out to tackle the situation head-on with commitment and determination as evidenced by the comprehensive measures put in place to address it.

Oyeyemi said that it was the responsibility of every road user to drive to stay alive.

He also said that the right to life was not negotiable, and urged the motoring public not to compromise their safety on the roads.

“Only the living celebrates. Wrong driving will not be allowed and speeding would not be acceptable as well.

“Enlightenment without enforcement is just a mere entertainment. The more reason we came up with this idea of taking the message of safety down to all of us at the motor parks,” he said.

The Corps Marshal appealed to motorists, especially commercial drivers, to avoid speeding, overloading, use of cell phones while driving, among other anti-road safety activities during and after Eid-el-Kabir.

”Avoid speeding, overloading, wrongful overtaking and use of cell phones, which put your lives and property in great danger and which usually characterise the period.

“Remember that it is only the living that celebrates and that road safety is everybody’s business.

”It requires the support of all stakeholders including fleet operators, corporate bodies and Nigerian media to ensure its success,” he added.

Oyeyemi urged the road users to heed to all established laws, show compassion to other road users and also be more patient, adding that “let us drive as if our families are in the other vehicles.”

In his remark, Chairman, Wazobia Park, Mr Ibeabuchi Ifeanyi, described the sensitisation campaign as timely and commendable.

He said that members would implement all the safety tips and measures enumerated at the campaign.

“I always ensure my drivers are available whenever opportunities like this come up so that they can be well-informed of the dangers of violating traffic rules and other information needed.

“We would continue to ensure that the drivers are well-informed and educated on the dangers of violating the rules of road use,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that FRSC deployed no fewer than 35,000 regular and special marshals and 736 patrol vehicles across the country for the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.


Air Chief assures NAF personnel of decent accommodation, opens 30 new houses in Kaduna



The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshall, Sadiq Abubakar, said providing decent housing for officers, airmen and airwomen remains one of his top priorities.

Abubakar made the remark at the inauguration of 30 flat of two bed room houses for Senior None Commission Officers at the NAF Base Kaduna on Monday.

Nigeria News Agency report the Air Chief was represented by the Air Officer Commanding, Air Training Command, AVM Muhammad Sulaiman.

“Accordingly, providing decent housing for officers, airmen and airwomen remains one of the priorities of HQ NAF Policy thrust, toward ensuring the Nigerian Air Force personnel and their families live in a befitting accommodation and better prepared to respond to various exigencies of the Service.

“Projects like this were initiated in all NAF Bases to ensure the provision of a conducive atmosphere for personnel at their various work places and homes in line with the change agenda of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The Nigerian Air Force Base Kaduna being the Premier Base of the NAF and home of Air Training Command is crucial to the successful conduct of aircrew and air operations support training.

“It is therefore appropriate that such a Base receive commensurate attention in terms of the provision of facilities for the general well-being of personnel and their families.

“Accordingly, there are ongoing constructions of new quarters as well as arrangement to address many other areas of infrastructural deficit in the Base.

“Moreover, there are other ongoing projects under construction which include 10 x one officers’ transit quarters and the renovation of 2nd officers transit quarters which will take additional 50 personnel when completed.

“It is hoped that these would create an enabling environment and motivation for personnel to discharge their duties effectively and efficiently’’, he said.

Abubakar said the Federal Government would continue to provide the needed support to sustain the tempo of operations against insurgency, kidnapping and other forms of banditry.

“So must our efforts be sustained to reposition the NAF into a highly professional and disciplined force for effective, efficient and timely employment of air-power in response to Nigerian National Security imperatives’’.

According to him, the human being is the most important in every organisation, as such supporting the personnel appropriately is central to the achievement of success in securing Nigeria’s airspace.

“As such, the administration remains committed to upgrading, reforming and building of new facilities as part of infrastructural development drive in all NAF units.

“I enjoin you all to re-dedicate yourselves and continue to add value toward making the Service more relevant and effective in addressing the current and future security challenges in the country.” Abubakar said.

Earlier the Commander 453 Base Service Group, Air Comdr Idi Sani said the construction of the new houses was a remarkable milestone in CAS’s drive toward improving the living condition of NAF personnel.

Sani added that NAF Base Kaduna would remain very grateful for the supportive and unwavering disposition of the Air Chief towards the provision of shelter and other basic amenities for the Base.

“I wish to inform you Sir that the beneficiaries of this stunning structure have vowed to reciprocate this exceptional gesture with continuous commitment to duties as well as developing and upholding a high maintenance culture’’.

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IIPS to establish study centre in Niger



The International Institute of Professional Security (IIPS) on Monday said that it would establish a study centre in Minna.

Alhaji Abdullahi Jabi, Secretary General IIPS made this known in Minna during a courtesy visit on Prof. Yakubu Auna, Provost, College of Education, Minna.

“We have concluded plans to establish Niger state chapter of the IIPS study centre.

“We are here to interface with you to enable us establish a study centre within your premises,” he said.

Jabi said that when the college approves the request the institute would use its classroom facilities for the training programme of members and students.

He said other people to benefit would include security stakeholders both in public and private sectors to scale up capacity building, security education, knowledge and skills transfer in the state and the country.

He said that the institute has specialised training programmes such as Diploma in Security Operations and Management (DSOM), Professional Certificate in Security Management and Strategy (PCSMS) and Advanced Professional Certificate in Security Management and Strategy (APCSMS) among others.

Similarly, Dr Chris Igwe, Director of Programme, IIPS, Minna study centre said that the synergy would enable the Institute train security personnel of the college and offer advice on security issues.

Auna, who said that it was a good idea to establish such institute in the state, urged the IIPS to put forward a request for consideration.

He assured them that the college would partner with the institute to train its security personnel on modern security method.


Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Gov. Zulum administers oath on self, officials, IDPs, to check diversion of relief materials



Malam Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser on Public Relations and Strategy to Gov. Babgana Zulum, disclosed this in a statement in Maiduguri.

Gusau said Zulum, who was on a visit to Monguno, personally coordinated and supervised the distribution of the items to ensure sanity

He listed the food items to include rice, pasta, cooking oil, seasoning and condiments, which were distributed to 190,045 persons displaced by insurgents in Monguno town of Monguno Local Government Area in Borno.

 The beneficiaries had fled their homes in Kukawa, Marte, Mobbar and Guzamala and were currently in 16 IDPs’ camps in Monguno town, headquarters of Monguno local government area.


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Anambra police command arrests 85 cult suspects in 8 days



The police command in Anambra said it arrested 85 cult suspects and recovered dangerous weapons and other incriminating items between August 10 and August 18.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr John Abang, said this on Monday, while parading the suspects before newsmen in Awka.

Abang said that the suspects were arrested at various locations in the state, adding that 36 of the suspects were set free during investigation.

He said that 29 suspects were still undergoing investigation, 10 underaged placed under police supervision, while 10 were charged to court.

The police boss said that some of the suspects confessed to be members of Aiye confraternity who came from different states in the South-East for initiation before they were arrested.

“From all the raids carried out, we recovered six machetes, three berets, three improvised bunkers for inhaling substances suspected to be cocaine, three axes, one dagger, one sword and some quantity of weeds suspected to be cannabis sativa,” he said.

He said that the command launched an offensive against the suspects to stem the rising wave of cult activities in Awka, the state capital.

Abang said that in the wake of the onslaught, the command arrested four alleged sponsors and members of Black Axe and Vikings confraternities.

He claimed that the four were allegedly behind the recent cult-related attacks in Awka.

He said that the suspects would be arraigned at the end of the ongoing investigations.

He further said that police detectives attached to the command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) also arrested an armed robbery suspect with police pistol at Upper Iweka axis of Onitsha.

He said that the arrest led to further arrest of five other armed robbery suspects.


(Edited by Sam Oditah)

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Bandits kill 4 persons in Katsina –Police



The Katsina State Police Command has confirmed the killing of four persons by bandits in Tsayau village, Jibia Local Government Area of the state.

This was contained in a statement issued by the command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Anas Gezawa, on Monday in Katsina.

He said that the incident occurred on Sunday night, adding that the bandits also carted away four cows.

“Villagers mobilized and followed the bandits into the forest, and were able to recover the rustled animals.

“However, the bandits killed four persons and escaped into a thick mountainous forest,” he said.

Gezawa advised the public to always involve security agents in dealing with cattle rustling, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and other forms of criminal acts in the society.


Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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