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Okada Ban: Lagos rolls out 65 new buses from Monday [See routes & fares]

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The Lagos State Government has said it will deploy a fleet of 65 buses along major routes on Monday to cushion the effect of the ban on motorcycle and tricycle operators in some parts of the state.

Lagosians have been groaning and lamenting since the restriction came into effect on Saturday 1st February.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, in a statement on Sunday night, said that the government was not unaware of the difficulty that the ban on Okada and Keke may throw up.

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And as a result, the government is taking steps to cushion the effect.

A fleet of 65 buses will join the others on some major routes as from Monday , February 3, 2020: No less than 550 more buses are being expected. Besides, 14 ferries will be commissioned on Tuesday.

“This will further open up the waterways, reduce travel time on various routes and provide safe, dependable and comfortable alternatives for commuters,” Omotosho said.

He praised motorcycle and tricycle operators for complying with the restriction from six local government areas, major highways and bridges.

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“The level of compliance was over 90 percent . In fact, some of the ride-hailing companies directed their riders to obey the directive.

“This is commendable. The high level of compliance has shown that Lagosians agree with the government on the need to stop the danger that commercial motorcycles and tricycles have become – a big threat to safety of lives and security of our people. They should stand firm in supporting the government,” the commissioner said.

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He added that

“The little discomfort experienced  by commuters on some routes due to the absence of motorcycles and tricycles is noted. This will not last as alternatives are being rolled out.

“Lagosians are peace loving and law abiding people, who will not embrace any disruption of their legal activities by failed politicians hiding under the evil of unwholesome activism. The law enforcement agents have been directed to ensure that nobody,” he said

 

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Nigeria records 499 new cases of COVID-19, total now 30,748

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Nigeria recorded 499 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing total cases reported in the country to 30,748.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said 12, 546 patients have been discharged upon treatment and recovery.

It added that 689 associated deaths have been recorded all over the country.

Lagos-157
Edo-59
Ondo-56
Oyo-31
Akwa Ibom-22
Borno-21
Plateau-19
Kaduna-18
Katsina-18
Bayelsa-17
FCT-17
Delta-14
Kano-11
Rivers-10
Enugu-8
Ogun-6
Kwara-4
Imo-3
Nasarawa-2
Osun-2
Abia-1
Ekiti-1
Niger-1
Yobe-1

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30748 confirmed
12546 discharged
689 deaths

 

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FRSC confirms 10 dead, three injured in Bayelsa auto crash

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 The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Command in Bayelsa has confirmed ten persons dead in a road traffic accident along Tombia-Amassoma road in the state.

Mr. Robert Ogom, the Sector Commander, told the Newsmen on Thursday in Yenagoa that three persons were injured in the incident which occurred on Wednesday night.

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”The incident was a head-on collision involving a truck and a 14-seater bus that had 13 persons on board.

“The impact was heavy on the bus and it caught fire, burning all the occupants. The incident occurred at about 9 p.m.

“Eight of the passengers were burnt to ashes on the spot, two others died at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital in Okolobiri.

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“By the time our personnel got to the scene, the driver of the truck had run away,” he said.

Ogom blamed the crash on the bad lighting system and speeding by both drivers.

“Drivers should always ensure that their vehicles are in order before entering the road. They should also avoid speeding and dangerous driving,” he advised.

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Lawyer drags Buhari, Senate to court over appointment of Judges

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Oladimeji Felix Ekengba, a legal practitioner, Thursday dragged President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, among others before a Federal High Court, Abuja over the alleged breach of Section 256(2) of the Nigerian Constitution, 1999 in the appointment of judges of the FCT High Court.

In the suit with number: FHC/ABJ/CS/733/2020, Ekenogba held that President Buhari breached some constitution provisions when on July 7 he forwarded the names of 11 persons to the Senate, who include, Abubakar Useni Musa, Edward Okpe, B. Abubakar, M. Francis, Jude Nwabueze, Josephine Enobi, Christopher Opeyemi, Mohammed Idris, Hassan Maryam Aliyu, Fashola Akeem Adebowale and Hamza Muazu, to be appointed as judges of the FCT High Court.

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The president had forwarded the names to the Senate for confirmation.

Defendants in the suit are President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the Senate, the Clerk of the Senate, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, and the National Judicial Council.

In the suit, which includes an originating summons, motion on notice and motion ex parte, the lawyer urged the court to make an order of interim injunction restraining the respondents from screening, confirming and/or swearing in the names of the persons as judges of the FCT High Court, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

In the main motion filed by the lawyer in person, he wants the court to make a declaration that “by virtue of the provision of Section 256(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria cannot abdicate his duties and responsibilities to the Senate for the appointment of persons as judges of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory.

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“A declaration that the forwarding of the names of Abubakar Useni Musa, Edward Okpe, B. Abubakar, M. Francis, Jude Nwabueze, Josephine Enobi, Christopher Opeyemi, Mohammed Idris, Hassan Maryam Aliyu, Fashola Akeem Adebowale, and Hamza Muazu all recommended by the National Judicial Council to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as judges of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory cannot be subjected to the Senate for screening and confirmation contrary to and in breach of Section 256(2) of the Constitution of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.”

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The lawyer held that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad and the NJC yielded to the clamor for more judges in the FCT High Court to ease the workload on the FCT High Court to meet the cosmopolitan nature of the FCT, but “it is absurd that the President decided to purport to send only 11 names out of the 33 names painstakingly and thoroughly screened/interviewed and recommended by the NJC to the President since April this year.”

The case is yet to be assigned and the date has been fixed for hearing.

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