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Police arrest man for using Google Map while driving in Lagos, extort N45,000 from him

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A Nigerian man who was allegedly arrested and extorted by policemen for using Google Map on his phone while driving on Lagos road has taken to social media to cry out for help.

The man narrated the story of how he was arrested around Ojota area of Lagos via his Twitter handle @Viva_jc.

He alleged that he was on his way to the office and was trying to reach out for his ID card and a calculator in his car when he was accosted by one of the police officers who claimed he had flouted the traffic law by using a phone while driving.

He said while he was still explaining himself to the officer standing in front of his car, his two other colleagues joined him and jumped into his car, asked him to sit at the back as they drove him around Lagos negotiating his bail from N120,000 to N45,000.

The man alleged that the officers drove him to an ATM point where he withdrew N45,000 and gave it to them before he was released.

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He cried out to Nigerians and human rights advocates on social media to help him get justice.

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He tweeted:

I was harassed by some policemen on my way to work this morning at Ojota around 08:10. I was in traffic. I had reached for my id card and calculator(needed at work) from the armrest of my car only for this unarmed policeman to jump in front of my car claiming that I was using the phone whilst driving. Of course, I argued with him showing him the stuffs I had reached for but he kept shouting.

“My reporting time was 9am today and I didnt want to get there late, so I rolled down and kept talking to him only for his other colleagues (2 in uniform and 1 not in uniform) to also join in the whole mess.

“The two guys in uniform got my keys and sat in front whilst the other two asked me to go to the back for us to go to the station. I was sandwiched in between the two not in uniform. Inside the car, they saw my phone,

“I was using google map to get the best route to work and one of them kept saying its an offense to use google map whilst driving.

“These policemen said they were going to charge me N120,000 for “my offense”. I had to resort to begging them eventually when I noticed that arguing with them wasnt going to lead me anywhere and I didnt want to get late to work.

“One of them asked for my license, he took a picture of it on his phone and he started “negotiating” on how much they would collect whilst they were driving me around feigning that they were taking me to the station.

“Throughout the “negotiation” process, they took turns shouting at me whilst also playing good cop bad cop in their mind. When they discovered I needed to get to work ASAP, they kept saying the best they could do was to collect N50,000.

“After several pleas, the “good cop” said they would do N45,000 last. By this time we had reached Maryland and turned back (opposite direction of my office which I had told them).

“At the end of the whole “negotiation” , they took me back to Maryland and parked by the roadside for me to go and withdraw money at Wema bank ATM( they had asked for the money to be withdrawn at the ATM).

“One of them went with me whilst the other 3 stayed back in the car. I was able to get a short video of the 2 guys that sat in the front whilst getting my car back. These policemen collected my hard earned N45,000 for no reason and I still got late to work! This is injustice.”

 

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ACCI calls for stronger Nigeria-India economic relations

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Mr. Adetokunbo Kayode, President, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), has called for a refocused and stronger economic ties between Nigeria and India.

Kayode made the call on Tuesday in Abuja while speaking as a panelist at the webinar meeting tagged: “India – Nigeria Business Promotion, Challenges, and Opportunities – Post-COVID-19”.

Kayode, an economic expert, noted that in a rejigged relationship, a win-win situation should be the watchword.

He said that it had been informally estimated that there would be around 10 billion dollars of investment by Indian companies in Nigeria.

“A maybe very substantial part of that amount has been loaned to Indian companies by Nigerian government-owned banks like, Bank of Industry, Nigeria Exim Bank, Development Bank of Nigeria, NIRSAL FUND of the Central Bank of Nigeria as well as commercial banks.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted negatively on the relationship between the two countries, especially on medical tourism, which is one of the key areas.

“Some of us attended schools that Indians were teachers. For us to move forward, we need to rejig the already existing obsolete 1973 Trade Agreement between Nigeria and India.

“In doing so, we have to bear in mind that Nigeria has several areas where it can do business with India,” he said.

According to him, if Nigeria is ready to use Indian technology then, India should also help Nigeria to diversify its economy into agriculture, mining, manufacturing, amongst others.

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He recalled that in the Great Gujarat gathering in 2019, it was discovered that several Indian companies were rather using Indian firms in Nigeria to carry out activities in a manner that undermined local legislations, particularly in trading in retail and distribution services.

On the challenges in the trade relations, Kayode pointed out that the absence of Indian manufacturing hubs in Africa and Nigeria, in particular, as well as intrusion into local businesses needed to be addressed to strengthen the ties.

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In a remark, the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Abbay Thakur, said Nigeria was one of Indian’s biggest trading partners for several years.

He highlighted some of the activities of Indian companies in Nigeria in several sectors cutting across agriculture, power, technology, automobile, health, and pharmaceuticals, among others.

Other participants at the event unanimously expressed the desire to actively participate in activities and programs that would ensure the sustainability of the already existing cordial relationship.

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In a bid to be spidermen, three brothers let Black Widow spider bite them, land in hospital

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Three brothers have been hospitalised after letting a Black Widow spider bite them believing it would turn them into Spider-Man like the Marvel comics hero.

The boys, aged 8, 10, and 12, were herding goats in the town of Chayanta, in the Andean region of Potosi in Bolivia when they came across the Black Widow spider.

In hopes that they would become Spider-Man, the boys approached the spider and prodded it with a stick on May 14, until it bit each of them in turn, epidemiology chief at the Bolivian Ministry of health, Virgilio Pietro, told local outlet Telemundo.

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The boys started experiencing symptoms within a few minutes and their concerned mother rushed them to a local health centre where their conditions continued to worsen and they were taken to a hospital in Llallagua.

The next day they were transferred to the Children’s Hospital in La Paz, where they were admitted with fever, tremors, sweating and muscular pain, Pietro said.

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The boys were successfully treated at the hospital and were able to be discharged a week later. Pietro said the incident should be taken as a warning that “for children everything is real, movies are real”.

A bite from a Black Widow spider can cause varying symptoms and can prove fatal to young children.

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Their venom affects the nervous system and can immediately cause pain, burning and swelling, as well as longer-term symptoms such as stiff and sore muscles, nausea, abdominal pain, swollen eyelids and weakness or tremors.

The spiders are native to North America, South America, and southern Europe. They are also found in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

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EEDC warns against obstruction of power line, condoles with family of Nnewi electrocution victim

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The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has again warned the public to avoid erecting structures or trading under the power line right-of-way.

The Head of Corporate Communications of EEDC, Mr. Emeka Eze, gave the warning in a statement made available to the Newsmen in Awka on Tuesday.

Eze’s warning followed the electrocution of Mrs. Patience Ugbana, 55, and her 10-year-old granddaughter, Adaeze Ugbana, when a high tension wire fell on their shop in Nnewi, Anambra, on May 18.

He however said that the management of the company had paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased, noting that the deaths were unfortunate.

The spokesman for EEDC blamed the deaths on obstruction of power line right-of-way by the victims.

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He said that the incident would not have occurred if the residents had adhered to the company’s earlier warnings and sensitization.

“On the incident that occurred in Anambra, the victim put up makeshift shop made of the metallic container directly under the high tension line, which was why the victims were caught up and electrocuted.

“The fact is that we wouldn’t have lost these lives if they were not under the power line”, Ezeh said.

The EEDC spokesman described the power line right-of-way as the mapped out corridor for distribution and transmission of electricity.

He reiterated that precautionary safety measures and mandatory clearance levels must be observed by the public.

He explained the various power lines and their respective clearance levels that should be maintained.

”There should be 11 meters observance on 11KV and 33KV lines (that is 5.5 meters on both sides), while 30 meters is observed on 132 KV line (that is 15 meters on both sides).

”Also, 50 meters should be observed on 330KV line (that is 25 meters on both sides),” Eze noted.

He warned that in situations where electricity lines sagged or snapped and the specified clearance level was not observed, the lives of people within the area would be exposed to possible electrocution.

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He said the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) had directed Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to disconnect the power supply to all structures, buildings, and premises that were in violation of the power line right-of-way.

The EEDC’s head of corporate communications said that the company had since begun disconnection of erring properties within its network.

”EEDC is working in full liaison with relevant government agencies to ensure the directive is carried out effectively.

“We frown at indiscriminate manner structures are erected within electricity right-of-way and warn customers to desist from the hazardous behavior.

“We have been disconnecting properties identified to be in violation, and working closely with relevant government agencies; some of these structures have been demolished”, he said.

He added that EEDC had applied various communication media in sensitizing customers on the need to be safety conscious by observing the clearance levels.

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