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Ogun residents troop out to scoop diesel from fallen tanker

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A tanker which was laden with diesel, on Thursday, fell and spilt its content on the road in the Arepo area of Ogun State.

It was gathered that the tanker driver, who was conveying diesel to a company in Arepo, veered off the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to connect to his destination and lost control of the vehicle.

An eyewitness, who gave his name simply as Kehinde, said the vehicle was stopped by an abandoned metal on the earth road.

“The driver was going to a company in Arepo when the tank fell off the truck head after the vehicle hit a metal that stopped it from going to the expressway. If not for that metal, the truck would have entered the expressway and cause a serious accident,” he said.

At the scene of the crash, PUNCH Metro observed that many residents were taking advantage of the situation to scoop diesel as it was spilling on the road.

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Some other persons suspected to be the owners of the diesel were seen trans-loading what was left into another truck with number plate AKD 584 XC, while some of the residents were seen fighting themselves over the content.

When asked if they were not scared that an explosion could occur, one of the residents, who gave his name simply as Abdul, said:

“Nothing is working in this country and people are hungry and there is no money. An explosion will not occur.

“I have scooped one bowl of diesel and I am here to take another one. The incident happened around 6 pm. The driver wanted to drive up the road, but the truck rolled back and as it was falling, we made an attempt to put a breaker on the tyres but the vehicle climbed it.”

Emergency responders at the scene included officials of the Isheri station of the Ogun State Fire Service and police personnel from the Warewa Division.

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Keke rider reportedly languishes in DSS custody over SMS message to Ooni of Ife

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has admitted reporting a tricycle rider named, Lawal Moshood, to the Department of State Services [DSS] after his mobile phone was allegedly used to send a text message to the monarch.

One of the leaders of the #RevolutionNow protesters, Olawale Bakare, better known as Mandate, said that DSS officials did not see the SIM allegedly used by Moshood to send the message to Ooni yet arrested and kept him in unlawful detention since that period.

WuzupNigeria reports that Mandate is one of the recently arrested and detained #RevolutionNow protesters in Osogbo. He [Mandate] was released last weekend.

He said the young man had been denied access to a lawyer or his family members since he was picked up from Ijebu-Ode by the secret police.

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Confirming knowledge of the young man’s ordeal even though trying to distance himself from it, Oba Ogunwusi, through his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, said that Moshood was arrested for impersonating the Ife monarch.

“You will notice that some women and ladies have been defrauded by some people claiming to be Ooni, promising their victims marriage,” the statement read on Tuesday.

“There was even a recent case of a woman who sold her properties in the United States of America based on an online scammer, who impersonated the Ooni, promising to marry the woman.

“The only thing Ooni can do is to make an official report to the security agents who are constitutionally empowered to initiate investigations where the need arises.”

According to SaharaReporters, findings [it conducted] revealed that after a thorough scrutiny of the mobile phone of Moshood, who lives in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, the DSS was yet to find anything incriminating to tie him to the said offence.

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Already, some civil society groups and human rights campaigners have called for the immediate release of Moshood by the secret police.

It is not the first time that high-profile Nigerians would be using the DSS to intimidate ordinary citizens over claims of impersonation through various guises.

For instance, in July 2019, Hanan, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, used her position to get the DSS to arrest a young businessman based in Delta State for using a mobile number previously used and abandoned by her.

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The man named Anthony Okolie was issued the mobile number by telecoms firm, MTN, when he visited one of their outlets in Asaba, the state capital, to purchase a SIM.

Accused of using the mobile number to defraud unsuspecting members of the public by pretending to be Hanan, Okolie was kept in unlawful detention for 10 weeks until he was finally released by the secret police.

Three months after a court in Delta State ordered the DSS and all parties involved to pay the victim N10m as compensation for the violation of his rights, the agency has refused to do so.

 

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One burnt to death, others injured as fire guts bus on Lagos-Ibadan expressway

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A yet-to-be-identified passenger was Monday, August 10, 2020, roasted to death while many other passengers sustained varying degrees of injuries, when a commercial bus with number plate LSD-715XV, suddenly went up in flames on the Ogun State axis of Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.

The incident occurred in the evening, on the Long Bridge, inward Arepo.

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However, the existing collaboration between Lagos and neighbouring states in tackling emergencies prevented the situation from degenerating due to prompt response by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

Confirming the incident, the Head, Public Affairs, LASEMA Nosa Okunbor, said the cause of the incident and the accurate number of those injured could not be ascertained.

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As at 7 pm, he said the wreckage of the vehicle has been moved to a layby to allow free flow of traffic. He said the Agency received a distressed call which promoted the activation of the Agency’s equipment.

“The incident which involved a commercial vehicle with registration number LSD-715XV gutted by fire along the Lagos/Ibadan expressway claimed the life of a yet-to-be-identified passenger that was burnt beyond recognition, injuring several others who were rescued by Police and FRSC officers,”

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Police stop sale of day-old baby in Port Harcourt

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The Rivers State Police Command says it aborted the sale of a day-old baby in Port Harcourt.

Police Public Relations Officer in the State, SP Nnamdi Omoni made the disclosure in a statement circulated in the media.

Omoni stated that the alleged sale of the day-old baby was aborted in an operation by the Special Anti Robbery Squad at Igwuruta, Ikwerre Local government area of the state.

“Operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in a covert operation at the early hours of today 11/8/2030 cracked a Child Trafficking Syndicate at Igwuruta, Ikwerre LGA, where one Florence Jonah, a 56-year-old woman was arrested.

“She is alleged to have conspired with the father of the child, one Izuchukwu Success to sell him to waiting buyers at a cost of Nine Hundred Thousand Naira (900,000).

“Upon his arrest, the father led the Police to Better life Clinic, Eneka, where the child who had been sold, was eventually recovered and handed over to his real mother, Rejoice Izuchukwu. Both mother and child are in stable condition.

“The suspects arrested are Florence Jonah ‘f’ 56yrs, Ogum Ifeoma ‘f’ 22yrs, Beauty Nnodim ‘f’ 25yrs, Isabella Chika ‘f’ 20yrs’ and Blessing Udoh ‘f’ 20yrs,” he disclosed.

The Police Spokesman said those arrested are helping the Command in investigation and will be charged to Court soon.

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