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Steer clear of Rivers State – Wike warns IPOB

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For the first time since the incident occurred, the Rivers State Government has finally condemned the attack on the Hausa community by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB at Oyigbo Local Government area of the state.

Governor Nyesom Wike in a state-wide broadcast said he is concerned about the activities of IPOB members in Rivers state.

Governor Wike also stressed that Rivers state is in total support of the corporate existence of the Nigerian state adding that, his administration will not tolerate any attack by any group on other Nigerians living in any part of the State .

The Governor also re-iterated his position on the activities of officers and men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS whom he accused of sabotaging security of the state.

Governor Wike, however, called on members of the general public to be vigilant and protect themselves from the activities of SARS in Rivers State.

“The Rivers State Government is seriously concerned with the recent activities of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB),particularly the attack on Nigerian citizens living in Rivers State.

“Rivers people fully subscribe to Nigeria’s corporate existence and its indivisibility.

“As a people we shall continue to support the unity and peaceful co-existence of all ethnic nationalities and work towards actualizing our collective aspirations for a just, inclusive and progressive nation.

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“Rivers State belongs to all those who live in it. We heartily welcome any Nigerian who wishes to reside here and go about with his or her lawful businesses. Therefore, we shall not tolerate any attack by any group on other Nigerians living in Oyigbo or any other part of the State. We warn trouble makers those who are bent on causing violence on others to steer clear of Rivers territory.

“For months on end, we have been receiving reports fromtraumatized victims who had been robbed of theirs valuables by SARS operatives under the guise of conducting searches on thevictims.

They employ several malevolent methods, including planting illicit drugs on their unsuspecting victims as bargainingchip or forcefully taking them to ATM boots to collect specifiedamount of money as ransom for their freedom.

“Although the veracity of these allegations can only be fully established through an independent probe, the recent killing of aSARS operative while carrying out a kidnap operation by the Inspector General of Police’s Special Squad clearly lends credence to SARS direct involvement in criminal activities across the State.

Recall that the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris had described the allegation by Governor Nyesom Wike against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad as “nonsense”.

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Oyo Begins Enforcement of Law Against Overloading For Commercial Cyclists, Motorists

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Commercial motor drivers with more than one passenger on the front seat as well as cyclists with more than one passenger would henceforth be arrested and prosecuted for violation of Oyo State Road Traffic Law.

 

This was disclosed on Monday by the Chairman, Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA), Mogaji Akin Fagbemi, at Ibadan while addressing journalists.

 

Fagbemi said the number of accidents attributed to overloading in the recent has risen, calling on all motorists to comply with the State Road Traffic Law (2019) that compelled motorists not to take more than a passenger at the front while commercial motorcyclists were also to take a passenger with compulsory use of crash helmet.

 

“Owing to the significant number of motorcycle-related road crashes recorded in the State in the last two quarters of the year, it has become imperative and expedient to fully and strictly implement the portion of the State Road Traffic Law 2019, which clearly stipulates that all motorists and motorcycles operating within the State should not at any point in time carry more than one passenger and must as well utilize the crash helmet.

 

“In the best interest of citizens of Oyo State, particularly as the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration is committed to the security of lives and properties of the people, the governor has directed, through OYRTMA that all commercial motorists and motorcycles must adhere strictly to the traffic law on the number of passengers to load, so as to avoid accident.”

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Fagbemi reiterated the readiness of the State administration to put any offender caught violating the law through the legal process to serve as deterrence for others.

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Accident Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Claims Five Lives

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At least five persons have died in an accident which occurred along the Lagos Ibadan Expressway.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Ogun State Command, on Sunday in a report released confirmed this ugly development.

Contained in the report, the incident which involved one vehicle occurred around 21:10 pm on Saturday.

A total of 14 people which included 10 male and 4 female were involved, nine of which survived with injuries.

According to the State FRSC Commander, Clement Oladele,  the Injured victims were rushed to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) Sagamu, for treatment, while the corpses of the dead victims were deposited at the hospital’s morgue.

While the true cause of the incident is yet to be ascertained, Oladele observed that it may have been as a result of over speeding.

He commiserated with the victims and enjoined members of the public whose relations travelled in the Ill-fated crash to contact the FRSC Command in Sagamu or the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) Sagamu, for further details.

The sector commander, however reiterated the need for motorists to drive cautiously within the recommended speed of 50 kilometers per hour at construction sites.

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Revolution Now: Security agents attack protesters, brutalise septuagenarian in Osun

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Members of “Revolution Now” led by the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Mr Omoyele Sowore, on Monday were attacked by security agents in Osogbo, the Osun State capital as they hit the streets for protest.

Also, a septuagenarian, Mrs Sariyu Akanmu, a hawker, who joined the protesting youths was seriously brutalised by the combined forces of operatives of DSS, Police, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Recall that the presidency has since declared Sowore’s call for revolution a treasonable felony, which led to his arrest on Friday by operatives of the Department of Security Service (DSS).

The protesters, after addressing pressmen at NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel early Monday morning subsequently move to hit the street in protest but were violently accosted, brutalised and arrested, including the leader of the group.

Earlier in his address, the leader of the group, Comrade Olawale Adebayo said the call for revolution by Sowore was necessitated by seeming ineptitude and insensitive of the Buhari led administration.

He said every member of the group was convinced that there was an urgent need for Nigerians to clamour for change in the political order and entrenchment of selfless leadership.

He said: The coalition for revolution and other concerned Nigerians all over the nation, and precisely in Osun state today aligned with the pains of the voiceless and oppressed Nigerians, having observed the spate of joblessness, insecurity, hunger, modulated workers salary and fraudulent implication of the Contributory Pension Scheme in Nigeria and especially Osun state.

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” We are also worried about the menace of estimated electricity billing and epileptic power supply, coupled with the destruction of farms by herdsmen, the inconsiderate and insensitive levies being imposed on our artisans, Okada riders, drivers and traders in the state. We hereby maintain that we have inalienable, constitutional and fundamental human rights to peacefully protest the inadequacies.

“We, therefore, demand the unconditional release of Omoyele Sowore and an end to systemic corruption, brutality, harassment and intimidation, especially in the student populated areas in Osun state and the country at large”.

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