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Traffic: Police launch joint operation on Lagos roads




The CP urged motorists to adhere to traffic laws and that the operation code named Velvet will commence today, enforced between 6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.

Christopher Oji

Lagos State Police Command, in collaboration with other sister agencies, have declared Operation Restore Sanity on the roads, beginning today.

The Command said saying anyone arrested driving against traffic would be arrested and tried by a mobile court.

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Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Imohimi Edgal, who is in charge of the team, disclosed this and said aside arresting defaulters, their vehicles would be impounded, in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, CSP Chike Oti.

To restore normalcy, the CP urged motorists, no matter their status in the society, to adhere strictly to traffic laws and that the operation, code named Velvet, will commence today, and would be enforced between 6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.

At a meeting with stakeholders, which comprised members of transport unions and other traffic agencies, at the Police Officers Wives Association (POWA) Hall, Ikeja, Edgal disclosed that 1,000 policemen would be deployed to man strategic locations within the metropolis.

He also added that policemen have been directed to maintain order and arrest offenders.

“Any motorist, motorcyclist or tricyclist, private or commercial drivers caught driving against traffic or found without Driver’s Licence, and necessary things in their vehicles, would be arrested and charged to court; in accordance with the state traffic laws.

“The impunity with which traffic laws are being flouted has called for caution and it won’t be acceptable anymore; even law enforcement officers who disobey traffic laws must be made to face the music.

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“Lagosians and visitors disobey traffic laws with regards to driving against traffic, driving on BRT lanes and driving without required documents. We must collectively fight this in order to restore orderliness on our roads. Drivers have been discovered in many routes in the state for fragrant abuse of traffic rules,” the CP said.

He listed areas to be manned, from today, to include Apongbon bridge, Obalende bridge, Idumota (inward Iddo), Marina and Victoria Island, all under Area ‘A’ Command Lion Building as well as the 13 Area Commands.

Others include Ijora-Marine Bridge, Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, under Area ‘B’ command; Ijora-Badia to Alakia Junction, Ojuelegba under bridge, Trade Fair, Alakija, Volks, Iyana-Oba, Alaba Rago, Festac 1st Gate, Second Rainbow, Agege Motor Road, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Allen Avenue, Agidingbi, by Omole, and Ile Zik to Mangoro.

Also included are Oko Oba Road, Ashade Road, College Road, Elere Oke Koto, Pedro, by Charlie Boy, Ketu Mile 12, Maryland Intersection, Odo Iya Alaro, BRT Lane, inward Ojuelegba, Jibowu, Bariga Traffic towards express, Lekki Admiralty Way, Freedom Way Ikate, Chevron Roundabout, VGC Roundabout, Ilaje Bus Stop, Ajah, Ado Road by Ajah, Abraham Adesanya Roundabout, Customs Point, by Agbara Bridge, Agege Road, by Dopemu, Ikotun/Egbeda Bus Stop and Iyana-Ipaja Roundabout.”
Identified routes under Area ‘D’ command, Mushin, notorious for traffic congestions included Cele, inward Mile Two, Cele (inward Ago – Okota), Oke-Afa( inward Ejugbo), Ijesha express, Mushin Ojuwoye street and Fadeyi, among other routes.

Edgal said that the police, as the lead agency in law enforcement, would deploy 50 men to each of the designated routes while other traffic management agencies such as the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) would have not less than five of their officials at the designated routes, while the transport unions would deploy one of their task force officials to the locations.

“Tell your members who don’t have the required documents to drive to leave the road in order not to risk their vehicles or okada from being impounded,” Edgal told heads of traffic unions.

But, he was quick to disclose that the exercise is not to generate funds, and that offenders would be given the opportunity, by the mobile courts, to get the correct documents before their vehicles or motorcycles would be released to them.

READ ALSO: In Lagos, okada riders still kings on highways

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes



Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump - CAN fumes

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers



CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike



Increasing Fuel and Electricity Prices

Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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