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Motorcyclist changes guilty plea, says he did not splash urine on girlfriend



A 39-year-old motorcycle rider. Eno Bassey, who pleaded guilty to splashing urine on his  girlfriend on Tuesday changed his plea in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.

Bassey, was on May 24 arraigned and remanded in Kirikiri Prisons, Apapa for facts and sentencing.

However, when the Magistrate, Mrs O.O Ekundayo was about to sentence him, he changed his plea to not guilty, saying that he earlier pleaded guilty because he did not understand the charge.

Ekundayo, therefore admitted him to bail in the sum of N50,000, with two sureties who should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government (LASG).

She adjourned the case until July 10 for mention.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Joseph Ikhayere had told the court that the defendant committed the offence on April 7 at Ogba, Lagos.

She said that the defendant conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by intentionally splashing his urine on the body of Mary Michael.

Ikhayere said that the defendant also stole the complainant’s N30,000.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 168(1) and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the defendant could be sentenced to three years in jail for stealing. 


Autocrash: Commercial motorcyclist dies in Anambra



The Anambra State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Andrew Kumapayi, on Monday, confirmed the death of a commercial motorcyclist at Enugu-Ugwu, along Awka-Onitsha old road.

Kumapayi, who confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka, said the motorcyclist was hit by a Toyota Camry car.

The commander said the accident, which occurred at about 9.32 a.m. was caused by speeding and distraction.

“The crash involved a purple coloured Toyota Camry marked KPP-979 PJ and a blue coloured commercial motorcycle with registration number UX 28-JJT.

“A total of three adult males were involved in the crash; the driver of the Camry, the motorcyclist, who lost his life and a passenger, who sustained some degree of injury.

“The motorcyclist, who was identified as Okafor Chibuzor, 26, was confirmed dead by doctors at Zion Hospital, where they were rushed to by some good Samaritans before the arrival of the FRSC rescue team.

“His corpse has been deposited at the hospital morgue while the driver of the Toyota Camry has been handed over to the police for further investigation,” he said.

Kumapayi said that the clearing of obstruction was going on at the scene of the crash to ensure free flow of traffic.

He warned motorists against driving above recommended speed limit and urged them to drive with maximum concentration devoid of any form of distraction.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)

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Commercial motorcyclists tested for COVID-19 in Rwanda




The Rwandan Health Ministry said Tuesday that it has conducted tests on commercial motorcyclists for COVID-19 in preparation for their resumption of operation on June 1.

“About 1,000 motorcyclists from different localities will be tested for COVID-19 as a baseline health survey, which will help us know whether there are virus infections in the community. Those tested should expect results within 24 hours,” Health Minister Daniel Ngamije said on Rwanda Television.

Commercial motorcyclists, on whom many commuters rely in Rwanda, are allowed to carry goods and offer delivery services under the existing measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, but are banned from carrying passengers.

He said that no community transmission of the virus in Rwanda, as health surveys have revealed, prompted the decision to ease lockdown measures imposed by the government.

As of Tuesday evening, Rwanda has reported a total of 339 cases with zero death and 244 recoveries.


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Motorcyclist dies in Anambra accident



The Anambra State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Andrew Kumapayi, on Tuesday confirmed the death of a motorcyclist at Orie Akwu-Ukwu on the Owerri-Onitsha highway.

Kumapayi, who confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka, said the unidentified motorcyclist was hit by a Toyota Siena car.

The commander said the accident which occurred at about 10 a.m. was caused by over-speeding

“It was gathered that an unregistered motorcycle was hit by a Toyota Sienna with registration number YAB 549 WD.

“One out of the two male adults involved in the crash, who happened to be the motorcyclist lost his life.

“On getting to the scene of the accident, the FRSC rescue team reported that operatives of the Nigeria Police Force were already on ground. They took the corpse of the victim to Gateway Mortuary in Oba, near Onitsha.

“The policemen also took the driver of the Toyota Sienna to their station.’’

Kumapayi said that clearing of obstruction was going on at the scene of the crash to ensure free flow of traffic.

He warned motorists against over-speeding, which he said, could lead to loss of control and road accidents.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Silas Nwoha (NAN)






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Motorcyclist dies in road crash in Ondo



The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ondo State, on Monday, confirmed the death of an unidentified commercial motorcyclist, popular called Okada rider, in a road accident.
Mr Olusegun Ogungbemile, the FRSC’s Head of Operation in the state, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the accident occurred opposite Mum Place Nursery and Primary School, Airport Road, Oba-Ile, Akure.
Ogungbemile explained that the accident, which occurred at about 6.10 pm. on Sunday, involved one Toyota Camry car, with registration number Lagos: FKJ 738 CH and a motorcycle marked WEN 249 WT.
Ogungbemile said that the deceased had yet to be identified, adding, however, that the body had been taken to the morgue of the State Hospital, Akure.
He attributed the accident to recklessness and lack of driving techniques.
“If the two had applied adequate driving techniques, it wouldn’t have led to a crash; even if there would be crash, it wouldn’t have led to fatality.
“Also, if the ‘Okada rider’ had put on a helmet, the injury would probably not have led to his death,” he said.
Ogungbemile, therefore, advised motorists to always exercise care with other road users and ensure observance of traffic and safety regulations.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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COVID-19 Lockdown Ease: Residents commend FCTA over ban on commercial motorcyclists



Some residents of Bwari Area Council, Abuja, on Tuesday, commended the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA) over the ban on Okada (commercial motorcyclists) in some communities.

The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that the ban was necessitated by the Federal Government’s decision to gradually ease the lockdown amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Bwari Council Secretary, Mr Efi Peter, had on May 4 announced the suspension and ban of Okada operations within Bwari town, Ushafa, Dutse, Kubwa, Byazhin, Dei-Dei, Dawaki and Mpape areas of the FCT as part of measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

A resident of Dutse, Miss Hauwa Makarfi, lauded the decision of FCT Authority to suspend the operations of Okada riders within Dutse Area, describing it as timely.

“Bearing in mind the way residents violated the stay-at-home order by the FG before it was recently eased.

“During the lockdown, most people used Okada here since vehicles were not allowed to move.

“Maybe they don’t know that this virus can easily be contracted through these Okada riders that obviously don’t take precautions.

“I feel it was a smart move by the government and I am really happy by that decision,” she said.

In his own reaction, Mr Emmanuel Sunday, a commuter at Kubwa, who was about to climb an Okada, said although the directive was a sad one for residents in satellite areas, “but it was a welcome development because it will help save lives.

“With the high rate at which the virus is spreading and particularly with figures in the North, it is important we either reduce the use of bikes or we don’t use them at all.

“This is because most of the riders are from either Kano or other states with high coronavirus cases and they still sneak into Abuja.

“Right now, you cannot tell who is a carrier of the virus and who is not, so even if we will have to suffer in their absence we will cope till this is over.”

A roadside food vendor at Dei-Dei junction, Mrs Sarah Effiong, lauded the ban to help curb the spread of the virus due to exchange of money between riders and passengers, but noted that intra-community transportation would become difficult.

She said people will have to walk long distances and she could not imagine how she would have to convey her food to the point of sales without Okada.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Salif Atojoko (NAN)

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Lockdown: Motorcyclists’ union urges members to obey Ebonyi govt’s directive



The Motorcycle Transport Union of Nigeria (MTUN), Ebonyi Chapter, has urged its members to comply with the state government’s lockdown directive, saying violators are enemies of the state.

The state President of the association, Paulinus Attam told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abakaliki on Monday that non-compliance was an attempt to frustrate government’s effort.

NAN reports that the state is yet to report a case of COVID-19.

Attam said that the union had observed that some commercial motorcyclists were frustrating efforts of the state government by “smuggling” people through bush paths and other entry points across the state.

He said that the non-compliance by motorcyclists might have been responsible for the ban of commercial motorcycle operation by the government across the state.

“Actions of some `Okada’ riders led to the ban because they refused to comply with the order.

“Really, violators of government’s laws and orders are enemies of the state,” Attam said.

He said the union had several meetings with its members to enlighten them more on the development; to avoid further breakdown of law and the need for precautionary measures to contain the pandemic but some would not comply.

He appealed to the union members to comply with the directive.

Attam commended Gov. David Umahi for his efforts in fighting the pandemic.

NAN reports that the state government had during its Easter broadcast on April 11, banned commercial motorcycle operation to contain COVID-19 pandemic spread.

Edited By: Joe Idika/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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COVID-19: We’ll compel commercial motorcyclists, others to stay at home – Kwara CP



The Kwara State Police Command has directed its men to seize commercial motorcycles of operators defying state government’s lockdown directives.

It said this was part of steps to curb the spread of COVID-19, explaining that commercial motorcyclists were frustrating government’s efforts by conducting their business as usual.

This was contained in statement issued by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, in Ilorin on Saturday.

Egbetokun said, “Commercial motorcycles seen on the road must be seized and the violators forced to go home on foot.

“The seized motorcycles are not to be released until the end of the emergency period.

“Where necessary, road blocks should be established in the evening to ensure maximum compliance by the recalcitrant Okada riders.

“Shop owners and motor park violators are also to be forced to comply.

“You are to note that the primary focus of this assignment is not to make arrests but to enforce compliance.

“We don’t want to do this by crowding our cells or our stations and putting ourselves and others at risk of what we are trying to prevent.”

Speaking on compliance by residents, Egbetokun said that it was initially poor in the early hours of Friday, adding, however, that it rose to 70 percent when the police team began enforcement.

He said that the situation got better in the afternoon, as the level of compliance moved to 90 percent.

“A few recalcitrant commercial motorcyclists, who were seen defying the restriction order, were responsible for the 10 percent deficit in compliance.

“It was, however, saddening that the good job we did in the morning and afternoon was messed up with Okada riders trooping out as early as 4 pm. as if the ban on them had been lifted.

“This must not be allowed to happen again”, he said.


Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo and
(NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Passenger remanded for allegedly robbing commercial motorcyclist



An Ilorin Magistrates’ Court on Thurday remanded a 32-year-old passenger, Rasheed Razaq, for allegedly robbing a commercial motorcyclist, Tanko Aliyu, of his Bajaj Boxer motorcycle valued at N235,000.

The accused is facing trial on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.

Magistrate Bimbola Bamigbola ordered the remand of the defendant at Oke-kura Correctional Centre, ilorin, and adjourned the case till March 23, for further mention.

Earlier, the Prosecuting Counsel, Insp. Isaac Yakub, told the court that the defendant conspired with one other now at large and hit the complainant with hammer on his head, and robbed him of his unregistered motorcycle.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

The prosecutor said that the alleged offences contravened Sections 6B and 1 (2) of Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap. R11 Law of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

He urged the court to remand the defendant in police custody pending the outcome of investigation.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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Motorcyclist docked over alleged criminal breach of trust



The police, on Monday, arraigned a 25-year-old motorcyclist, Jibrin Babalae, at a Grade I Area Court in Kubwa, Abuja, for allegedly selling a motorcycle received from one Lawal Halima on hired purchase.

Babalae, of Kubwa, Abuja, is charged with criminal breach of trust and cheating.

The Prosecutor, John Okpa, told the court that the complainant reported the matter at Kubwa police station on March 2.

He said that Halima entrusted her Bajaj motorcycle to the defendant on hired purchase sometime in July 2019, at the cost of N345,000.

Okpa alleged that the defendant only remitted N40,000 to the complainant, fraudulently sold the motorcycle without her consent and converted the money to his personal use.

He said that the offence contravened Sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

The Defence Counsel, Taiye Okoya, made a bail application for his client, assuring the court that a reasonable surety would be provided, if granted bail.

The prosecution counsel, however, opposed the bail application, saying that the offence had been reoccurring lately.

He further said that the address of the defendant was not clearly stated in the first information report and should be verified.

The Judge, Mr Muhammad Adamu, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N400,000, with one reasonable surety, who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

He, thereafter, adjourned the case till April 23, for hearing.

Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam and
(NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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