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Extortion: ICPC arrests 33 FRSC officials during highway patrols

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Thirty-three officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps have been arrested in different parts of the country for alleged extortion of motorists on highways.

The arrests were carried out by a combined team of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, Department of State Services and the FRSC.

According to a statement on Friday by the ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, through a joint operation, Operation Tranquility V, raids were carried out simultaneously in five locations nationwide.

The statement titled, ‘Again, ICPC leads arrest of 33 FRSC officials, one other for alleged extortion on highways,’ said five FRSC officials and a civilian were nabbed at Onitsha Head Bridge; 11 officials on Awka – Onitsha Road, both in Anambra State; eight officials on Calabar-Bakassi road, Cross River State; four FRSC officials at Hawan Kibo, Jos road, Plateau State; and five officials on Oboloafor-Enugu road, Enugu State.

The ICPC stated, “The operation also yielded the recovery of a total sum of #45, 870 from the suspects which was alleged proceeds of their extortionate activities.

“While the suspects have been granted administrative bails and further investigation ongoing to ensure that those culpable are appropriately punished, it is noteworthy that the ICPC is determined to sustain the operation to rid Nigeria’s highways of officials who extort money from road-users.”

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Niger driver kills three students, injures eight in Suleja

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Three SS1 students of the Government Secondary School Field Base Suleja, Niger State, have been killed by a vehicle that rammed into them on their way from school.
The students were trekking home on the Suleja-Kaduna road on Monday afternoon when the incident occurred.
Three of the students were killed on the spot while eight others sustained injury.
Names of the students that died were given as Abdulhafeez Musa, Kawiyat Sharafadeen and Sunday Paul.
The driver was also said to have been injured and was receiving treatment under police watch in Suleja.
Niger State Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Hannatu Salihu, described the incident as painful and tragic.
She said the students were returning from school to their parents when they met with their death in a preventable accident.
To prevent future occurrences, the commissioner stated the state government would construct speed breakers (bumps) on the roads to schools across the state.

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NADDC DG to open auto journalists capacity building workshop Thursday

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Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council, Jelani Aliyu, will Thursday July 29 in Lagos declare open auto journalist training programme, which is centred around the ‘Migration to Electric Vehicles and Gas-powered Vehicles; Opportunities and Challenges for Nigeria’.
The one-day event is expected to feature technical sessions that will take the auto writers through the current global automotive industry issue of electric and gas as an alternative to petrol and diesel.
Also expected at training and capacity building programme as a guest of honour is Boboye Oyeyemi, corp marshal, Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), according to the Nigeria Auto Journalists Association, the organisers of the event.
It listed in a statement stakeholders supporting the event as the NADDC, Toyota Nigeria Limited, Coscharis Motors, Weststar, CFAO Motors, Autochek Africa, OMAA, Jet Systems, Kojo Motors (Yutong) and the FRSC.
It stated that the one-day training programme would educate participants and indeed Nigerians on what the global shift to electric and gas as an alternative to petrol is all about and the opportunities and challenges for the country.
After the declaration of the programme open and presentations by the NADDC DG, who has been on the driver’s seat of Nigeria’s new thinking towards the use of electric and gas to move vehicles and other automobiles as a cheap alternative to fossil fuel, local auto assemblers of electric vehicles and gas-powered vehicles are expected to give technical presentations of their operations in the country.
Presentations will be made by Stallion Motors, assemblers of the Hyundai Kona electric vehicle in Lagos, OMAA Global, assemblers of the OMAA gas-powered range of buses at Igbo-Ukwu in Anambra State and Jet Systems Limited, assemblers of the JetMover range buses that runs on electric.
It would be recalled that Ford Motors South Africa (FMCSA) in collaboration with Coscharis Motors, its local franchisee, led sponsors of the first and second editions held in 2016 and 2017, while Nissan Motors South Africa (NMSA) followed the following year.

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Contractor begins 72-hour closure of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway section

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• FG dismisses three-month closure reports
By Dada Jackson

Julius Berger Nigeria Plc will today close a section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, expected to last for 72 hours, the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr OluKayode Popoola, has said.
He said the closure around the Sagamu Interchange was to enable the contractor to carry out a major construction work – laying of a beam on the flyover.
According to him, there will be diversions of traffic for period (72 hours) from Makun Sagamu overpass (bridge).
He dismissed the earlier reports that the road would be closed for three months for the construction work.
He spoke on the issue to newsmen while on an inspection of the flyover, preparatory to the placing of the beam on the bridge.
Popoola advised motorists to adhere to traffic regulations and slow down as they approached the diversion points to avoid crashes and gridlock.
He said diversion would be for 400 metres before and another 400 metres after the diversion points.
The federal controller said that the ministry was working with all the relevant traffic regulatory agencies such as road safety, police and Ogun State traffic agency to manage traffic on that route.
He assured motorists and members of the public that the Federal Government and the contractor were working so hard to complete the work on expressway by next year.

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