The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Monday arraigned 34 traffic offenders before the Mobile Court as the enforcement of traffic rules began in the territory.
Mr Wadata Bodinga, the Director of FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), addressing newsmen in Abuja, noted that the enforcement would continue until motorists abide by traffic rules and regulations in the territory.
Bodinga explained that fines for traffic offenders ranged from N30,000 to N40,000 adding that this would be imposed on offenders after subjecting them to psychiatric test before they faced the mobile court.
“We started the operation on Ahmadu Bello way and transcended to Oando filling station at Gwarimpa and all the way to Gudu.
“Our personnel have been stationed on all the intersections where some traffic lights are not working to ensure traffic control.
“The operation is basically successful with some little challenges that have to do with the people that resisted arrest.
“We have only one case of someone who tried to run with our officer and along the line there was a minor road accident but fortunately for us nobody got injured.
“The person has since been remanded at Kuje Correctional Centre because of his act, deliberate dangerous driving and intention to abduct our officer.
“The operation will continue and will be intensified until order is restored in the FCT,” Bodinga said.
Earlier, Dr Jumai Ahmadu, Acting Director, Reform Coordination and Service Improvement of the Agency, said the operation was necessitated by a matching order from the highest body in the country.
Ahmadu said the FCT Minister, the Minister of State and Permanent Secretary took the assignment seriously.
She re-echoed their pledge saying “it doesn’t matter who you are once you are arrested you will be subjected to psychiatric test and be made to face the law.
“Because no normal human being will beat traffic so we need to check the state of mental stability.
“When that is done, the person will now face the law and offenders will pay for their mental evaluation.’’
She advised FCT residents to be law abiding by obeying traffic laws stating that faces of offenders would be publish in the newspapers.
The Chairman, FCT Ministerial Task Team on Traffic Control, Mr Ihkaro Attah, cautioned against reckless driving and reiterated the commitment of the FCT administration to ensure free movement of motorists in the territory.
Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Donald Ugwu
10 drug traffickers arrested in Afghanistan
“Counter-Narcotics Police of Afghanistan (CNPA), which is part of ANP, arrested three people in Qalat city, capital of southern Zabul province. The arrestees had hidden around 10 tons of henbane inside a trailer truck and tried to transfer the drugs to neighboring Kandahar province,” the ministry said in a statement.
The smugglers planned to traffic the drugs to Kandahar, according to the ministry.
After initial investigations, the CNPA handed over the cases to the Counter Narcotics Justice Centre of Afghanistan (CNJC) that has a special court for jurisdiction of major drug cases, the statement added.
Court sentences 2 drug traffickers to 6 months imprisonment each
Justice Dorcas Agishi of Federal High Court on Thursday sentenced two drug traffickers to six months imprisonment each.
Justice Agishi sentenced Mansir Usman, 34 and Nuhu Samuel, 27 after they pleaded guilty to being in possession of 106gm of cannabis sativa, 0.9gm of Dizapham and 1.4gm of Tramadol.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Counsel, Mr Uche Chukwu, said the offence is punishable under the provisions of Section 19 of NDLEA Act CAP N30 Law of FRN 2004 as amended.
Delivering judgment, Justice Agishi, warned the convicts against indulging in criminal acts, which she said would only destroy their destinies and put their family members in agony and pain.
“You should know that the offence you committed can earn you 25 years in jail but because you are first time offenders and you pleaded for Mercy, l sentence both of you to only six months with an option of fine of N50,000 each.
“If any of you is caught and brought before me again, you shall not enjoy this sort of mercy again but will face stiffer penalty. So look for better things to do to help your families order than hard drugs, ” she warned.
Earlier, the judge, expressed gratitude to God for keeping her alive alongside the staff and Lawyers in her court room from the deadly Coronavirus pandemic
Yobe Road Agency to enforce traffic regulations – Official
Alhaji Babagana Modu, General Manager, Yobe Road Traffic Agency (YOROTA), said the agency was set to instil the culture of traffic control, management and regulations across the state.
He made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Damaturu on Sunday.
Modu said the control of traffic operations was necessary to avoid abuse of traffic regulations capable of causing accidents on the roads.
“The agency is committed to ensuring hitch-free traffic flow on all Yobe roads.
“Our vision is to reduce injuries, economic loss and deaths arising from road traffic accidents,” he said.
According to him, personnel of the agency will be trained on prevention, maintenance and enforcement to inject sanity on the roads.
“We appeal to all road users in Yobe State to cooperate with the agency in the interest of safety on the roads” he said.
Modu, however, commended Gov. Mai Mala Buni for establishing the agency to curb the menace of traffic accidents and loss of lives on the roads.
“The establishment of the road agency will seek to substantially reduce road accidents in Yobe,” he said.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
IOM deplores killing of 30 trafficked migrants in Libya
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), on Thursday, deplored killing of 30 trafficked migrants in western Libya.
“The tragedy that occurred is a smuggling warehouse in Mezda, near the city of Gharyan, southwest of Tripoli where a group of migrants were being held.
“Eleven migrants who sustained severe injuries have been rushed to the hospital,’’ the IOM said in a statement.
IOM called on Libyan authorities to immediately launch an investigation to bring those responsible to justice.
The agency also called for urgent establishment of an alternative safe disembarkation scheme for migrants rescued at sea and returned to Libya, providing them with a port of safety and guaranteeing their needs and protection.
“This senseless crime is a bleak reminder of the horrors migrants have to endure at the hands of smugglers and traffickers in Libya.
After the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s government in 2011, Libya has become a preferred point of departure for thousands of illegal immigrants, hoping to cross the Mediterranean towards European shores.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
IOM deplores killing of 30 trafficked migrants in Libya
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Thursday deplored killing of 30 trafficked migrants in western Libya.
“The tragedy that occurred is a smuggling warehouse in Mezda, near the city of Gharyan, southwest of Tripoli where a group of migrants were being held. Eleven migrants who sustained severe injuries have been rushed to the hospital,” the IOM said in a statement.
The IOM called on Libyan authorities to immediately launch an investigation to bring those responsible to justice.
The agency also called for urgent establishment of an alternative safe disembarkation scheme for migrants rescued at sea and returned to Libya, providing them with a port of safety, and guaranteeing their needs and protection.
“This senseless crime is a bleak reminder of the horrors migrants have to endure at the hands of smugglers and traffickers in Libya. These criminal groups are taking advantage of the instability and security situation to prey on desperate people and exploit their vulnerabilities,” said IOM Libya Chief of Mission Federico Soda.
After the fall of Muammar Gaddafi‘s government in 2011, Libya has become a preferred point of departure for thousands of illegal immigrants hoping to cross the Mediterranean towards European shores.
Kenyan gov’t to clear 50km traffic jam at border into landlocked Uganda – Minister
The Kenyan government says it will clear the traffic jam that has been choking the flow of vehicles at its border into landlocked Uganda as soon as possible.
The country’s transport minister, James Macharia said this on national television on Tuesday.
The approximately 50-kilometre-long traffic jam has been slowing down the movement of goods on one of the most important transport corridors in the Great Lakes region for days.
The road links the port of Mombasa to landlocked Uganda.
Trucks have been stuck on the Kenyan side of the Malaba border.
The country’s transport minister blamed a group of disgruntled truck drivers.
“We had a few elements who came to incite the other drivers,” Macharia said.
He was joined by Adan Mohamed, Secretary for the East African Community and Regional Development, who said truck drivers had complained about hostility when driving in Uganda since the coronavirus outbreak.
Drivers have reported that their vehicles have been pelted with stones, that Ugandans have refused to sell them food and have referred to them as “Coronas” suggesting that they carry the virus.
They have also said that the coronavirus testing they were made to do in Uganda was painful.
Mohamed said the snarl-up was becoming a security threat and would be cleared in the next four to five days.
“Mombasa port serves the whole of the region,” Mohammed said, adding that the Malaba border was important to Kenya.
The Independent, a media outlet in Uganda, reported on Friday that more than 500 trucks were stuck at various entry points in the region because of issues around COVID-19 testing.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
N1.9bn Karu mega bus park will ease traffic congestion along Maraba – Abuja road, says Gov. Sule
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State says the N1.9 billion Karu mega bus terminal, when completed, will ease traffic congestion on the Mararaba- Abuja corridor.
Sule, who congestion spoke on Monday after inspecting ongoing work at the site of the project at Mararaba in Karu Local Government Area of the state, said various motor parks in the area would be collapsed into the bus terminal.
According to him, the terminal will serve the FCT, Plateau, Benue, Kaduna and other states , when completed.
He added that the choice of Karu for the project was due to its proximity to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and large population in the area with overwhelming transportation demand.
Sule, who inspected the project as part of activities to mark his one year in office, expressed satisfaction with the quality of work so far.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor was taken round the project by the Project Consultant, Mr Shehu Tukur, who assured him of quality job.
Traffic accident kills 2 teenagers in central Vietnam
A traffic accident in Vietnam’s central province of Ha Tinh has killed two local teenagers, Vietnam News Agency reported on Monday.
The two victims, both under driving age, drove a motorbike at high speed and fell over after hitting a milestone themselves late Sunday night, the news agency cited a witness as reporting.
The two teenagers were found dead by the motorbike when the local authorities arrived, according to the report.
More than 4,500 traffic accidents occurred in Vietnam, killing over 2,100 people and seriously injuring nearly 1,300 people in the first four months of this year, according to the country’s General Statistics Office.
57 killed in traffic accident in Sudan’s Darfur
At least 57 people were killed in a traffic accident on Thursday evening in Sudan’s North Darfur State, official SUNA news agency reported on Friday.
“The accident took place on Thursday evening at Um Draisai area on the road linking Nyala and El Fasher cities, a few kilometers from Shangil Tobaya area,” the report said.
It added that over 20 people others were injured in the accident, noting that the accident happened when a cargo vehicle carrying passengers collided with a truck transporting small vehicles.
Sudan is among the countries with the highest death rates in traffic accidents, mainly due to careless driving, poor road conditions and poor vehicle scrapping system.
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