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Ondo civil servant smuggles wife into service, places her on grade level 14

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Ondo: 25 civil servants suspended over financial theft

A civil servant in Ondo State has been arrested for allegedly smuggling his wife into the Ondo State Civil Service and placing her on grade level 14 and she had been collecting salaries.

The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Special Duties, Dr Doyin Odebowale, who confirmed the arrest, said the suspect was caught as a result of the reform carried out by the state’s Head of Service, Mr Alex Aragbaye.

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Odebowale did not, however, state how long the woman had been collecting salaries.

He added that other suspects were arrested for alleged involvement in various corrupt practices.

He said,

“We were able to discover that certain elements, whose names appear on the staff list, were never employed. A particular man employed his wife and placed her on grade level 14. She never attended an interview and she has been collecting salaries.

The governor’s aide stated that all the indicted civil servants had already been suspended, adding that they would face disciplinary actions.

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Bachelor, 66, arrested for allegedly luring, raping minors with chocolates in Yobe

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Bachelor, 66, arrested for allegedly luring, raping minors with chocolates in Yobe

A Yobe State police command has arrested a 66-year old bachelor after he allegedly defiled little children by luring them into his compound with chocolates and candies.

The suspect identified as Baba Sahabi was arrested after parents noticed the two-year-old girls expressing pain in their private areas in Daban kare area of Sabon-Gari, Gashu’a.

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A check on the victims showed that their private parts were severely damaged as a result of the repeated assault.

In other news, the staff of Spring School, Lagos, were summoned in March 2020 and were put under interrogations after the reported defilement of a very young girl inside the school premises.

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According to Advocates for Children and Vulnerable Persons Network (ACVPN), a four-year-old was allegedly defiled at Spring School located at Mukandasi Street, Lagos.

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The mother of the little girl disclosed that her daughter was in a perfect state when she brought her to school and left for work in the morning.

However after they returned home after she picked up her child later in the day, she complained of pains in her private part and anus.

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Nigerian woman put up for sale in Lebanon refuses to return home

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The Nigerian woman, Peace Ufuoma Busari, who was advertised for sale on Facebook in Lebanon has refused to return home, according to the head of Nigeria’s diaspora commission.

The woman was being sold for $1,000 (£793). She was rescued by the Lebanese authorities and taken to the Nigerian embassy in Beirut.

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The advert caused an outcry in Nigeria and the man suspected of involvement in the advert was arrested.

The 30-year-old woman now says she has found another job in Lebanon.

Head of the commission Abike Dabiri-Erewa said she tried to convince to return home home but she refused.

“Even the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) of Oyo State, where she is from, spoke to her. We just hope that Nigerians going to work in Lebanon will be properly treated and not treated as slaves,” Ms Dabiri-Erewa said.

She said the Lebanese government had brought back 69 out of 79 Nigerians who were in Lebanon. The 69 are currently in quarantine.

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The Lebanese embassy stopped issuing visas to Nigerians seeking domestic work in Lebanon after the incident.

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UN Decade of Action: Stakeholders harp on enforcement, education to reduce road accidents

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Some stakeholders in transport on Thursday canvassed increased enforcement of traffic laws and education of road users to reduce road accidents and resultant deaths.

The stakeholders spoke during an online meeting organised by National Drivers’ Merit Awards (NDMA).

The meeting was monitored by the Newsmen in Lagos.

The two-day online meeting, which commenced on Wednesday, was organised to celebrate the end of the first UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011–2020).

The decade ended in the midst of a global pandemic, making the Road Safety Week and other activities to be overtaken by the health crisis.

The online meeting was tagged: ‘’An X-Ray of the Decade of Action on Road Safety in Nigeria’’.

The meeting, moderated by Mr Ike Okonkwo and Mrs Bola Edwards, featured talks on: ‘Appraising the Decade of Action (2011-2020)’, ‘Data Integrity: A panacea for Effective Road Safety Management in Nigeria’ and ‘Road Safety Enforcement and Road Safety Education on a Scale’.

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Mr Hyginus Omeje, the Lagos State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said at the meeting that enforcement and advocacies remained key in achieving the UN Action Plan of 50 per cent reduction in road accidents.

Omeje, who called on various state governments to institute viable traffic management agencies, said that road safety required strategic documents, training, right funding and personnel.

“How many state governments or local governments in Nigeria train their drivers annually?

“UN Decade of Action on Road Safety needs the commitment of all; there is a need for private participation, also.

“We must engender safety right from the inside. Before fleet operators will operate, a lot of things must have been done (on drivers and vehicles).

“We need increased road safety education and culture,” he said.

The FRSC boss, who called for national transport policy, said that one of the reasons why motorists disregarded traffic laws was meagre penalties for offenders.

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Another speaker, Dr Charles Asenime of the School of Transport, Lagos State University, attributed the slow reduction in Road Traffic Crashes (RTC) to poor driving attitude and underfunding of road infrastructure, among other factors.

Asenime also listed the factors to include low enforcement and a depressed economy which forced motorists to patronise substandard spare parts for vehicle maintenance.

He decried lack of road safety education in primary to secondary schools, poor established driving schools and lack of modern teaching equipment such as traffic signal simulations in many driving schools.

The Executive Secretary of the Transportation Growth Initiative (TGI), Dr Adeyemi Omidiji, said that driving culture in the country was dangerous.

He added that many road users could not interpret road signs.

“Enforcement and prosecution have impacted positively in changing behaviour pattern of motorists, thereby reducing the rate of RTC across the country,” he, however, said.

A discussant, Mr Hafis Toriola, Director, Transport Operations, Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, said that enforcement and education were very key to road safety.

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Toriola said that education would lead to voluntary compliance by motorists.

Another discussant, Dr Tolulope Olufunlayo, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Community Health and Primary Care, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, called for community engagement in road safety education and risk assessment.

Reports have it that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognises that road safety is a prerequisite to ensuring healthy lives, promoting wellbeing and making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020, officially proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in March 2010, seeks to save millions of lives by building road safety management capacity.

It also seeks to improve the safety of road infrastructure, enhance the behaviour of road users and improve post-crash response.

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