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Lagos CP Odumosu to prioritise traffic management

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The new Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu has said that managing the menace of traffic in the metropolis would be his top priority.

Odumosu disclosed this during a press briefing Monday in Ikeja.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Odumosu took over from AIG Zubairu Muazu, who was recently promoted from Commissioner of Police to Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG).

Muazu has been posted to Force Headquarters, Abuja as AIG in charge of Counter Terrorism Unit.

The commissioner said that bad roads were the major cause of traffic in Lagos State, adding that poor attitude of drivers also contributed to the traffic problem in the state.

“The Lagos State Government under Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has started palliatives on all the roads especially now that the rains have subsided.

“However, I urge him to increase more of the palliatives on the roads because bad roads contribute to traffic congestion.

“If we have the government tackling bad roads from that angle and we the police on the road controlling the traffic, congestion would be reduced to a minimum.

“Once traffic flows, we would have reduced crime by at least 30 per cent in the city,” Odumosu said.

He said that more men would be mobilised from all sections of the police so that there would be enough personnel to manage traffic in the state.

The commissioner also said that he had enlightened the various Divisional Police Officers (DPO) and Area Commanders on the need to change strategy towards traffic management.

“We need to change our traffic management strategy such as the time of reporting for duty and the time of closing of the traffic officers.

“The closing time of any traffic junction will be 10 pm and in areas where the traffic congestion is very serious, the time would be extended to 12 midnight,” he said.

The new CP added that part of the strategy to effect community policing would include publishing the phone numbers of all the DPOs in national dailies for easy access by the public.

“Improved communication matters in every relationship for sustainability and growth. So, we want to reduce the gap between the police and the members of the public through the press,” he said.

Odumosu also said that his administration would leave no stone unturned in tackling and reducing the menace of commercial motorcycles that have contributed to increased crime rate and accidents in the state.

“I have given my DPOs an order that the law on Okada restriction should be carried out fully in order to curb their menace to the society,” he said.

The commissioner urged the media to report occurrences accurately and promptly, saying that such reports would encourage the police and give a lot of confidence to members of the public.

“Police and journalism have two things in common because of their peculiarities as the two professions that cut across everybody in the society.

“The media is ladened with the responsibility of interviewing all aspect of life while the police is a Jack of all trade so these are the bond that they have together.

“Therefore, I plead for your cooperation and assistance in moving the Force forward,” he said.

Odumosu pledged to do everything in his power to ensure that the upcoming Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN) Awards scheduled for Nov. 28 would be grand and successful.

Meanwhile, the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana has expressed confidence in the ability of Odumosu in discharging his duties effectively and bringing crime to the minimum in the state.

Elkana had said that the new commissioner was very much familiar with Lagos terrain having occupied different leadership positions in the past.

“There is no doubt, he will bring his wealth of experience to bear in piloting the affairs of the command.

“The good people of Lagos State are enjoined to accord the new Commissioner of Police maximum support,” he said.

NAN reports that Odumosu started his career in the Police as Operations Officer in Isokoko, Ketu and Satellite Divisions as well as Area D Command, Mushin, Lagos.

He was at a time Chairman, Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences, Governor’s Office, Alausa, Ikeja.

NAN also reports that Odumosu was also one time Commander, Rapid Response Squad, Lagos State Command and also Assistant Commissioner of Police Operations, Western Ports Authority Command, Lagos.

He was also a member and Head of Enforcement Unit of the Presidential Taskforce on the Restoration of Law and Order on Apapa gridlock, Lagos.

Edited by Buhari Bolaji/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Nigerian Army troops neutralise more Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, rescue women, children in Borno

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The Nigerian Army says it has neutralised a number of Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in different encounters in parts of Borno and rescued 12 women and four children from their hideouts.

The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliysu, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Iliyasu disclosed that the terrorists fell to the superior fire power of the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in an encounter at Mafa Local Government Area of the state on Dec. 1.

He said that after the encounter which lasted for about 40 minutes, the terrorists suffered heavy casualties in both men and equipment.

According to him, the dogged troops of the Unit embarked on a hot pursuit of the scampering insurgents and exploited their withdrawal route.

“During the exploitation, troops recovered three Boko Haram bodies of which two of them were strapped with suicide vests.

“Additionally, one Boko Haram criminals’ Gun Truck, one motorcycle, one Anti-Aircraft Gun, one PKT Gun, one Rocket Propelled Gun Tube were captured by the troops.

“Other items that were equally captured by the troops include two Rocket Propelled Gun bombs, two AK 47 Rifles, 25 Rounds of Anti-Aircraft Gun, 723 Rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 51 Rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition and 52 Rounds of 7.62X54mmR (PKT) ammunition.

“Other recovered items are, surgical kits, Boko Haram terrorists uniforms and warm clothing were also captured by the gallant troops,” he said.

Iliyasu also disclosed that two female suicide bombers attempted to infiltrate the Defence Company of 26 Task Force Brigade Garrison location at Gwoza in another encounter on the same date.

He said that the soldiers deployed on sentry duty identified the criminal intruders and neutralized them before they could detonate their suicide vests.

Iliyasu said that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, had commended the troops for their exceptional display of patriotism, professionalism and responsiveness.

“He, however admonishes them to remain resilient and continue to be steadfast in the fight against criminal elements across the nation,” he said.

Edited & Vetted By: Tukur Muntari.
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Fire Service rescues one from fire disaster, while 2 others injured in Lagos

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The Lagos State Fire Service has confirmed that one of the victims of the  fire disaster  that happened at Iyana Odo Bus Stop, in Idimu area of Lagos State on Dec. 5 had been rescued.

 

The Chief Public Affairs of the service, Mr Dosunmu Jamiu, who confirmed the development, added that  two other victims sustained  various degrees of burnt.

 

“The rescued victim has been taken to the Alimosho General Hospital where he is receiving treatment,” Jamiu said in a  statement.

 

It said, “Two people were trapped in a fire disaster at Iyana Odo Bus Stop in  Idimu Local Council Development Area of  Lagos state on Thursday.

 

Jamiu in the statement  also quoted the Acting Head of Lagos State Fire Service, Mrs  Adeseye Margaret, as saying  that the agency would continue to serve the people of Lagos State .

 

Adeseye was also quoted to have  said that the state fire service was  determined to ensure that fire incidents were contained to the barest minimum in the state.

 

She said that the organisation would continue  to guarantee  the safety of  the lives and property of the residents of the state .

 

The statement by the PRO said that  preliminary investigation had  revealed that a cleric was performing a spiritual bath for a man.

 

It stated  that the cleric had  attempted  to light a candle and the spark from it  ignited a fire from an oil spillage caused by pipeline vandalism .

 

It said that  men from Ikotun Fire Station were drafted to the scene and were supported by their counterparts from Abesan Fire Station.

 

The spokesman in the statement also said that men from the Agege Fire Station carried out a rescue operation at No. 16, Oladimeji Oladipupo St., Enilolobo Bus Stop, Iju Ishaga.

 

” The rescue operation was carried  out on a 24-year- old boy, Yusuf Olajide,  who accidentally fell into a well.

 

” Olajide suspected to have died in the well was, however, rescued alive by the men of the  fire service, ” the statement said.

 

Edited & Vetted By: Peter Dada
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NDLEA, Lagos Command, gets new boss

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Lagos Command,  now has a new boss.

 

He is Commander of Narcotic (CN) Ralph Igwenagu, who took over from CN Frederick Ezeorah.

 

The Lagos state command’s spokesman of the NDLEA, Superintendent of Narcotics (SN) Malum Musa, confirmed the resumption of Igwenagu at the command to the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Lagos.

 

Musa added that Ezeorah  had  been deployed to Citadel of Counter Narcotics Nigeria (CCNN) at  Jos Training Academy.

 

According to Musa, the new Lagos NDLEA commander officially assumed duty on Dec. 2.

 

The PRO said that  the  new NDLEA  boss will  oversee the workings of the agency in the state in line with the  act that set it up by  the Federal Government.

 

“Upon resumption, Igwenagu had begun to  undertake necessary tasks aimed at  building  a friendly environment in the state,” Musa said.

 

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NSCDC arrests 10 suspected illegal LPG operators in Akwa Ibom

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Corps (NSCDC) in Akwa Ibom said it had arrested 10 suspected illegal Liquified Petroleum Gas operators in the state.

The State Commandant of the corps, Mr Adeyinka Ayinla, made the disclosure while addressing newsmen at the end of a routine surveillance in Uyo on Thursday.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the routine surveillance was in conjunction with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in the state.

He said that the corps was in collaboration with DPR to fish out illegal LPG refilling points in the state.

“We are going to investigate the matter and after thorough investigation, we will take them to court or to pay some penalties to DPR.

“We have been pleading with the people of the state not to engage in illegal business. This kind of business can kill and that is why we are telling them to desist from it,” Ayinla said.

He advised gas operators to stop the illegal business, saying that anyone caught would face the wrath of the law.

Responding, Mr Tamunoiminabo Kingsley-Sundaye, Operations Controller of DPR, said that the department was against illegal LPG refilling points in the state.

“We went on joint action with NSCDC to ensure that we dismantle the illegal LPG refilling points in the state.

“This process is not allowed, they are not facilities, people converted residential houses and commercial areas to gas plants, where they turned cylinders to become vessels.

“This process we will continue to say that the mode is not known to any known standard in oil and gas industry not only in Nigeria and to the World,” he said.

He noted that the department would continue to sensitise and create awareness on the dangers of the illegal business.

Kingsley-Sundaye said that the objective was to save lives and property in the state, adding that the department would not wait until the incident happens.

The controller said that the sister agency would continue close monitoring of the LPG refilling points across the state.

He advised the operators to desist from the business as it was dangerous even to the operators’ lives.

“Refilling in the process end with gas refilling plants, you cannot refill any cylinder at this point, what is allowed is gas resellers.

Edited & Vetted By: Joseph Edeh/Ismail Abdulaziz
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NSCDC arrest 2 for selling gas in Calabar carnival village 

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The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Cross River has arrested two suspects for selling gas at the Calabar carnival village.

Commandant of NSCDC in the state, Mr Danjuma Elisha, who paraded the suspects on Thursday in Calabar, said they were arrested on Dec. 4.

Elisha said it was wrong to dispense cooking gas at the carnival village were cooking of all sorts and other activities were taking place.

According to him, fun seekers should be allowed to have their leisure time at the village in peace without running for safety over any emergency disaster.

“You know that when fire disaster starts, it would go round and kill so many people. At this time where people are coming into the state for the festival, we need to be cautious.

“It is wrong to sell gas at the carnival village because that area is a densely populated place where people are selling many things; roasting of fish, cooking of all sorts and some are smoking.

“Gas is highly inflammable and when such disaster occurs, it will affect many people. We want a situation where people will come and enjoy the carnival and go back peacefully.

“I belief in preventive measures; that is why we are taking this action. We are working with the Department of Petroleum Resources to ensure safety in gas dispensing in the state,” he said.

The Commandant said that gas operators have specific places where they have been licensed to operate by the DPR, adding that the carnival village was not safe for such business.

He further said that the Command had issued warning in collaboration with the DPR, urging gas operators to site their businesses far from residential areas.

“We are going to prosecute them to serve as a deterrent to others; else these people will still go back there”, he said.

One of the suspects and a sales representative of Namnomi Nigeria Limited, said she was unaware of the implications of selling gas in the carnival village.

She told Nigeria News Agency that she was deployed by her boss (name withheld) to the carnival village.

NAN reports that at the time of parading the suspects, the management of the gas company were yet to honour the invitation of NSCDC to give further explanation on the matter.

Edited & Vetted By: Ismail Abdulaziz
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CNS commends NOWA’s empowerment initiative to widows, orphans

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The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, on Thursday commended the Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) for organising empowerment programmes for widows and orphans.

 

The CNS who was represented by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Oladele Daji; gave the commendation at the empowerment programme held at the Navy Town, Ojo , for 25 widows and orphans.

 

He said that such empowerment would help the beneficiaries to become self reliant and live a better life.

 

The CNS then implored NOWA to reach out to philanthropists to support its skill acquisition and empowerment programme.

 

“I want to enjoin NOWA to keep up the wonderful work as well as reach out to well-to-do and well-meaning individuals and organisations to support this laudable programme.

 

“Through that, it will be sustained accordingly.’’

He also felicitated with NOWA for the noble programme.

 

“I will like to say that the theme of this event is very apt as most of us are aware that a large number of Nigerians are living in extreme poverty.

 

“Widows as well as orphans make a great percentage of this figure; we know the challenges that widows face in the society as well as orphans in losing their loved ones at any age.

 

“And this has severe impact on their well being and psychology. This event, I believe will go a long way to reassure the widows and orphans that NOWA cares for them.

 

“It will also ameliorate the feeling of loneliness, social isolation, exclusion and hardship they are forced into due to the losses of their loved ones.

 

“ It is, therefore, a most welcomed development,” he said.

 

Ibas said that NOWA should not relent in the good work of reassuring the widows, orphans and less privileged that they were not alone.

 

The CNS also acknowledged the past efforts by NOWA which he said had led to building support network with love, empathy around widows, orphans and the less privileged.

 

He also urged the beneficiaries to judiciously make use of whatever they got from the empowerment programme.

 

He said that they should use them as a stepping stone toward improving their lots instead of always waiting for handouts every time.

 

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the programme has as its theme: ‘Navigating the storm, sailing forward’.

 

NOWA under the arrangement empowered 25 beneficiaries who received: gas cookers, bags of rice, groundnut oil and fabrics.

 

In her welcome address, the NOWA President, Mrs Theresa Ibas, said that the association would continue to help the widows and orphans who lost their loved ones.

 

She said that this was part of the efforts by the association to make life easier for widows and orphans.

 

Edited & Vetted By: Peter Dada
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