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FRSC issues 31,000 driver’s licences in Edo

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The Federal Road Safety Commission on Wednesday, said it issued no fewer than 31,000 driver’s licenses to applicants in Edo in 2018.

He said that the figure comprised new licenses, renewals and replacements.

Oko, who also led staff and stakeholders on a road walk to sensitize commercial and private drivers to the dangers of reckless driving, advised motorists to acquire driving licenses through the proper channel.

“This will help them to avoid possessing fake driving license. There are 41 certified driving schools in the state; interested persons could go through any of them to acquire driving skills.

“Motorists should desist from over-speeding and drunk-driving as well as ensure that they put their vehicles in good shape to be road worthy.

“The FRSC is in partnership with driving schools across the state to reduce road crashes, ensure safer roads and avoid incessant deaths caused by fatal accidents on the roads.

“Road crashes in Edo have reduced significantly due to the improvement in visibility of FRSC personnel in the state,’’ he said.

Oko said that the command was working towards creating more outposts to further promote personnel visibility.

On the issue of scarcity of vehicle number plates few months ago, he explained that the scarcity was not peculiar to state.

He added that the problem had been resolved and the FRSC had cleared the backlog of request for number plates.

“The onus is now on applicants to go and pick up their number plates. Applicants should go and collect their driving licenses.

“Our major challenge is the lukewarm attitude of applicants to pick up their licenses after applying,’’ he explained.

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Army takes medical outreach to Ebonyi community

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No fewer than 302 residents of Akpoha community in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State have benefitted from the Nigerian Army free medical outreach.

The medical outreach is part of the ongoing “Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1’’, which is locally known as Dance of Peace.

Col. Aliyu Yusuf, Deputy Director Army Public Relations 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, said in a statement on Sunday in Enugu that the “comprehensive free medical programme’’ took place on Saturday in Akpoha community.

Yusuf noted that the medical exercise was part of Civil-Military-Cooperation (CIMIC) in-line with activities for Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1 meant to offer humanitarian services to the public and host community.

“The medical outreach is also in line with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Burutai, vision to cater for the welfare of the host community,’’ he said.

According to him, the Nigerian Army through the Division mobilized scores of medical and paramedic personnel to execute the successful medical outreach.

He said that the medical professionals at the venue offered health talk and counseling to the people one-on-one.

He said that they also conducted blood pressure test, sugar test, eye defect test as well as distribution of free medicine, de-worming medicines for children and provision of eye-glasses.

“The medical outreach activities provided usual platform to further strengthen the long standing Civil Military Relations between the Army and its civil populace,’’ he said.

“Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1’’ is meant to be used to carry out community services within the Division’s Area of Responsibility (AOR).

These services included: sanitation, medical outreaches, clearing of drains, road construction, educational support and other social works.

Edited by Mustapha Sumaila/Ismail Abdulaziz

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2 lecturers abducted in Kaduna escape from kidnappers den

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The two lecturers, Umar and Adamu Chonoko, who escaped from kidnappers den in Kaduna on Sunday. Pic NAN

Two lecturers, Adamu Chonoko of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and Umar Chonoko of Kaduna Polytechnic, abducted 10 days ago in Kaduna, have escaped from their kidnappers den.

Spokesperson of Kebbi Indegenes Resident in Kaduna and Garkuwan Wakilin Sarkin Zurun Kaduna, Garba Muhammad confirmed the development to the News Agency  of Nigeria on Sunday.

Garba said “the two siblings and indigenes of Kebbi State have escaped from their kidnappers and arrived the palace of Wakilin Sarkin Zurun Kaduna and were received by the Wakili around 11:51am today (Sunday). We thank Allah for their escape.”

According to him, Umar Chonoko went to deliver the N2 million and a motorcycle ransom to secure the release of his brother, Adamu, but was also held by the kidnappers who demanded for additional N5 million ransom.

“N3 million was delivered, making a total of N5 million, but the abductors made another demand of N10 million.

“Their demand could not be met. Just this morning, with the assistance of security agents, both of them escaped.

“We thank the media, security agencies and all those who helped us in praying for their freedom,” he said.

The Kaduna State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, also confirmed the story.

He said that the Command received the information on the escape of the lecturers from their family.

Sabo said that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Ali Janga  while rejoicing with the families and friends of the victims, assured members of the public that the perpetrators would be apprehended and brought to justice.

“The Police will not relent in the ongoing investigation to track down the perpetrators of this and other similar criminal incidents with a view to arresting and prosecuting them in accordance with the laws of the Land.”

He  enjoined the people of Kaduna State to continue to support the Command in the current battle against criminality in the state.

Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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Police confirm release of Catholic priest abducted in Enugu

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The Police Command in Enugu State says that the abducted Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Theophilus Ndulue, has been released and reunited with the Catholic Diocese of Enugu.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the release of the priest to Nigeria News Agency in Enugu on Sunday.

Amaraizu said that he had yet to get more details concerning Ndulue’s release by his abductors.

“I have learnt that he has been released and reunited with the church. However, I do not have more details concerning the release now,’’ the police spokesman said.

Attempts by NAN correspondent to get Rev. Fr. Benjamin Achi, Director of Social Communication of Catholic Diocese of Enugu, on phone for details of the priest’s release were not successful.

NAN recalls that Ndulue was abducted on his way home from a pastoral council meeting by unidentified gunmen along Amansiodo Road in Ndiagu-Oghe, Ezeagu Local Government Area on Friday evening.

Ndulue is the Parish Priest of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Ihuonyia in Amansiodo community.

The latest incident is barely two weeks after Rev. Fr. Arinze Madu, Deputy Rector, Queen of the Apostle Spiritual Year Seminary, Imezi Owa in Ezeagu Local Government Area, was released by his abductors.

Madu was kidnapped at the seminary’s gate on Oct. 29.

Edited by Dianabasi Effiong/Kayode Olaitan

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Army to conduct Exercise Crocodile Smile IV in Lagos, Ogun

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The 81 Division of Nigerian Army says it will commence Exercise Crocodile Smile IV on Tuesday in Lagos and Ogun State simultaneously.

Maj.- Kamarudeen Adegoke, Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, said in a statement that the exercise would be conducted from Nov. 19 to Dec. 23.

The Army Spokesman said that the exercise was aimed at enhancing troops operational proficiency, inter-agency cooperation and civil -military coordination.

It said that the exercise was also aimed at curbing prevalent contemporary security challenges such as kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism, ritual killing and pipeline vandalism within its area of responsibility.

There would be free medical outreach, maintenance of some selected roads and distribution of educational materials to some schools in Lagos and Ogun State, he said.

The statement advised members of the public not to panic on sighting troops and movement of military equipment throughout the period of exercise.

It said that the Gov Babajide Sanwo-Olu would declare the exercise open on Tuesday.

Edited by Wale Ojetimi

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Police smash armed robbery gang in Enugu

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The Police Command in Enugu State has smashed a gang of notorious armed robbers that usually operates within Udi/Agbudu/Ozalla Road axis of Udi Local Government Area.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement on Sunday that the gang was smashed in the early hours of Sunday along the road.

Amaraizu said that the feat was achieved by men of Operation Puff Adder of the Udi Division of the Command acting on well-gathered and coordinated intelligence information.

“It was gathered that the suspected hoodlums had allegedly blocked the road with woods and other items; and were already in their nefarious activities when police operatives ran into the road block mounted by the suspected hoodlums.

“It was further gathered that the suspected hoodlums had engaged the operatives in a gun duel but were overpowered by the operatives who later got one of them critically wounded and who was later confirmed dead.

“After the encounter, the operatives started combing the bush and later arrested three of the suspected hoodlums,’’ he said.

Amaraizu said that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmad Abdurrahman, had directed a full scale investigation into the incident.

“The suspects have been helping police operatives in their investigation so far,’’ he said.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Bayelsa/Kogi: Police Service Commission lauds officers

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The Police Service Commission (PSC) has lauded the police and other security agencies for their professional conduct during the governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi.

Mr Ikechukwu Ani, the Head of Press and Public Relations of the Commission, gave the commendation in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

He said the commendation followed an interim report from the commission’s teams that monitored the elections.

Ani said the report indicated that the police and other security were very professional in spite of numerous challenges in the two states.

He said the monitoring teams from the commission observed over proliferation of illegal weapons, inadequate logistics and challenging terrains as militating factors in the two states.

“The commission monitored the conduct of police officers on election duties in the Nov. 16 Bayelsa and Kogi elections and observed that the police were professional in their conduct.

“It was observed that the activities of illegal armed men over stretched the capacity of these officers to protect the voters and the electoral materials.

“The commission, therefore, calls on the leadership of the security agencies to immediately take steps to mop up these arms to safe guard the nation’s democracy,” he said.

He said the monitoring team also observed that the police did its best to contain the situation but noted that in several instances they were overwhelmed.

Ani said that the findings showed that the police were early at voting centres and had adequate presence in most places.

He said the team received about 31 distress calls to its advertised dedicated telephone numbers, adding that most of the complaints were on snatching of ballot boxes and indiscriminate shootings.

According to him, there are also complaints on other election malpractices such as vote buying and multiple thump printing.

Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Kayode Olaitan

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