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Road Construction: Another section of Lagos – Ibadan expressway to be diverted on Monday

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Road Construction: Another section of Lagos – Ibadan expressway to be diverted on Monday

 

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says Julius Berger on Friday notified of its intention to extend the reconstruction work on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway from Magboro to Punch section of the road from Oct. 21 to Jan. 31, 2020.

Mr Clement Oladele, Ogun Sector Commander of FRSC, in Ota, Ogun, said that the development was to enable the company begin rehabilitation work on the 1.3 kilometers stretch of the expressway from Magboro to Punch from Monday.

Accordingly to him, the rehabilitation work will cause a temporary diversion of the Lagos bound traffic to the Sagamu bound carriageway from Magboro to Punch.

“This temporary diversion of traffic will transfer the Lagos inbound traffic to the same carriageway conveying traffic outward Lagos.

”Thereby making both the traffic inward and outward Lagos accommodated on the same section of the expressway within the 1.3 kilometers stretch of the road from Magboro to Punch in Ogun State.” he said.

There was partial closure of the Lagos end of the expressway from Sept. 2 for the ongoing reconstruction work on the 600-metres stretch between Ojodu Berger and the beginning of Kara Bridge.

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The sector commander advised motorists to take note of the development and plan their trips by allowing more time to their traveling time, in view of the construction work that would narrow the carriageway which may impair traffic.

“Motorists are also enjoined to observe lane discipline and avoid driving against traffic, as violators risk impoundment of their vehicles and liable to payment of N50,000 naira traffic fine,” he said.

The FRSC boss cautioned motorists to drive within the maximum speed limit of 50km per hour, the maximum speed at construction zones as prescribed by the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2012, to avoid road crashes.

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Oladele, however, commended the public for their patience and cooperation, adding that they still have to bear with the inconvenience the temporary diversion might cause.

He also implored motorists to continue to cooperate with the FRSC and other traffic and emergency agencies that would be strategically deployed to control the diverted traffic around the rehabilitation sections.

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The sector commander said that motorists observing traffic emergencies could contact the FRSC toll free number 122.

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Troops eliminate 75 terrorists, rescue 35 victims in 17 encounters in June – DHQ

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Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole eliminated 75 Boko Haram/Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in 17 encounters within the North-East theatre of operation in June, Defence Headquarters has disclosed.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Sunday, said the sustained onslaught by the troops also resulted in surrendering of a number of insurgents during the month.

He added that the encounters also led to the capture of assorted arms and a large cache of ammunition, including one anti-aircraft gun, 13 AK-47 rifles, one sniper rifle, 21 locally made guns, two Dane guns, and one rocket-propelled gun.

Other items captured, according to him, were three hand grenades, five rocket-propelled gun bombs, 205 rounds of anti-aircraft ammunition, and 1,018 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition.

“Also captured were two Boko Haram criminals’ flags.

“In the same vein, one gun truck, one vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device, one Toyota Starlet car, and several makeshift structures belonging to the terrorists were destroyed by the valiant troops within the period.

“Regrettably, one officer paid the supreme price while one soldier was wounded in action.

“The wounded personnel has since been evacuated to a military medical facility where he is recuperating,” he said.

Enenche further disclosed that four terrorists, including two women, Aishatu Manye and Kelune Mate, identified as wives of the local Boko Haram commander at Gajingi in Madagali area of Adamawa, were captured during the period.

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He added that the troops also arrested one Boko Haram spy named Kawalu, in Michika while another Boko Haram fighter was captured in an encounter at Miyanti general area in Bama area of Borno.

According to him, the period under review also witnessed four surrenders by Boko Haram criminals.

“The trio of Mohammed Babagana, Modu Jugudun, and Alhaji Usman surrendered to troops of Delta Company at Strong Response Area, Pulka, in Gwoza, while one Mustapha Kori surrendered to troops of Army Super Camp 11 Gamboru, Ngala, in Borno.

“It is equally heart-warming to note that during the period, troops rescued 35 persons from the captivity of BHTs/ISWAP criminals.

“Amongst those rescued were 18 women, 16 children, and one adult male.

“Polio vaccine was promptly administered on the rescued children in line with the Buratai Intervention Initiative while First Aid was administered on the women as required.

“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has commended the troops for the resilience and patriotism they have continued to demonstrate in crushing the remnants of BHTs/ISWAP criminals.

“He also urges them to maintain the tempo against the criminals as we approach the end of the insurgency in our country.

“In a similar vein, the Military High Command encourages the troops of Lafiya Dole to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of terrorists and their collaborators in the North-East zone of the country.

“The high command equally appreciates Nigerians for their support and urges them to continue providing timely information to troops on activities of BHTs/ISWAP collaborators in their respective localities for prompt and effective action,” he said. 

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Enugu to take care of brutalised 10-year-old victim’s medical bills

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Enugu State Government has taken interest in the wellbeing of Miss Nneoma Nnadi, the 10-year-old victim of child abuse and domestic torture in the state.

The state government has promised to offset her medical bills and ensure that she receives adequate medical attention.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi also directed the Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Rt. Hon. Princess Peace Nnaji, to immediately visit the victim at the hospital to ensure that she receives proper medical attention.

Nnaji, who was accompanied by the Chief Medical Director of ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu, Prof. Hycienth Onah, to see the abused child, empathized with the victim and her immediate family and promised them that the state government will not take the matter lightly.

She said;

“We can never sweep it (matter) under the carpet”, pointing out that the act undermined the Child Rights Act.

Nnaji also thanked the neighbours for bringing the cruel incident to the public domain, describing them as “Good Samaritans”.

Responding, the mother of the victim, Mrs Nnedinso Nnadi, expressed gratitude to the state governor for the government’s concern and intervention, disclosing that it was a traumatic experience for the child and the entire family and asked God to reward all those who have played roles towards the rescue and treatment of their child.

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In his remark, the Chief Medical Director of ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu, Prof. Onah, explained that the victim is responding to treatment and is being taken care of adequately,” adding that “her chances of full recovery are high”.

Police Command had, at the weekend, rescued the 10-year-old Nneoma Nnadi, whose guardians, an aunt and her husband maltreated.

A police bulletin from the commands’ spokesman, ASP Daniel Ndukwe Ezea, said the victim, Nneoma Nnadi, was being mistreated by her aunt whom she is living with to the extent of using different objects such as hot pressing iron, iron roads and nails to inflict grievous bodily harm as well as inserting pepper into her private part.

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The aunt, Ifeoma Ozougwu, and her husband, Jude Ozougwu, residents of Thinkers Corner, Enugu, were arrested by the police following a tip-off.

The police said

“Following credible information received at Enugu Area Command on 02/07/2020 at about 0900 hours, alleging that a woman in Akonameze Street, Thinker’s Corner, Enugu, inflicted degrees of injuries on her minor female ward, Operatives of the Command swiftly moved to the area where they rescued the victim, Nneoma Nnadi, aged 10, arrested the suspect, one Ifeoma Ozougwu, aged 24; and thereafter arrested her husband, one Jude Ozougwu, aged 40.

“On receipt of the visibly exhausted and traumatized victim, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad Abdur-Rahman instructed the Area Commander to rush her to hospital for treatment. He bemoaned why the suspect will be so heartless to abuse and inflict such grievous injuries on another woman’s child left in her care and directed the immediate launch of a thorough investigation and prosecution of the suspect, her husband and any other culpable accomplices to the crime.

“The Commissioner further warned all those who may have been in the habit or are intending to maltreat and/or inflict grievous harm on susceptible children to desist forthwith, as the Command will not spare anyone found culpable in such inhuman acts that infringe on the dignity and fundamental human rights of children. He also advised parents/guardians to take responsibility, adequately care for their children/wards and train them with the fear of God Almighty.

“Meanwhile, preliminary investigation shows that suspect, who is victim’s relative and a mother of three (3), mistreats her to the extent of using different objects, including hot pressing iron, iron rod and nails to inflict several grievous bodily harm as well as inserting pepper into her private part.

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Osun records two COVID-19 deaths, 14 new cases

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 The Osun Government says it has recorded two coronavirus related deaths with 14 new cases in the state.

Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, the state’s Commissioner For Health made the disclosure in a statement in Osogbo on Sunday.

Isamotu said four patients had been discharged from the isolation and treatment center in the state after they tested negative to the virus.

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The commissioner said the new cases were discovered, following contact tracing of previously confirmed cases in the state.

He noted that with the new cases recorded, the number of confirmed cases in the state had risen to 165 with 95 active cases.

“With the latest development, the number of our active cases as of today is 95.

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“We have 165 confirmed cases, out of which the state has successfully treated and discharged 63 patients while seven deaths have been recorded,” Isamotu said.

He appealed to residents of the state to always observe all the precautionary measures laid down by the state government against the spread of the virus.

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