The Federal Government will go the whole distance to put measures in place to address flooding on the Lagos-Ibadan rail line, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has assured.
Addressing journalists in Ibadan during the inspection of the project, Amaechi said the Ministry is keeping its eyes on possible areas of flooding along the line with the aim of ensuring uninterrupted running of train services which flooding can disrupt. This came against the backdrop of compliant by residents of communities along the route of incessant flooding of their environment due to upsurge in rainfall. According to the Minister, “the technical committee will resolve the case of overpass, the problem now is the flooding challenge which we asked the committee to address. Ajegunle community is complaining of the need to build overpass and we cannot build overpass everywhere.
“During the raining season, we will observe where the construction has led to flooding as the citizens that have given us land must enjoy the sacrifice they made and when it happens, we will correct those mistake.” He called on the Ministry of Works and Housing to expidite action on the processes of obtaining approval to construct access roads to the sub-stations along the corridor. “The rains are coming, so you must hasten up with the approval or the construction will linger till after September,” he advised. With work along the route almost completed, lack of access roads to the stations especially in Ogun and Oyo states remain a cause of worry. Nevertheless, Amaechi assured that a date for commissioning of the project is on the verge of approval by President Muhammadu Buhari. “If you look at level of work now, we cannot ask the president to commission this, but once we give the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC definite time, I know they will speed up. “There are some minor things they still need to put in place but it’s taking them time to do that. Some of those things should not take more than a day or two to put in place. So I am not so worried. “On port, I have asked the permanent Secretary to discuss with the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, as tanker drivers disrupted the movement of train into the port recently and we have to stop them now, or we stop the owner of that terminal,” he added. On the slow pace of work, Amaechi said at this point “we can say to ourselves that we have tried from coverting a bush into usage that will grow the Nigerian economy. For CCECC, I am sick and tired of them and that is why I asked them to see us on Wednesday. Although, most of the things remaining are minor and cannot delay the movement of goods. They have promised to finish up by the end of the month.” The Minister was accompanied on the inspection tour by Dr Magdalene Ajani, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation; Engr Fidet Okhiria, Managing Director, Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC; Eric Ojiekwe, Director, Press and Public Affairs at the Ministry and top officials of the NRC.
Pandemonium as Lagos motorcyclists kill policeman, destroy patrol vehicles
A Chief Superintendent of Police, Kazeem Abonde, has been killed during a clash between policemen and motorcyclists in the Ajao Estate area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the policemen were carrying out enforcement in the area on Thursday when they were resisted by the riders, who protested against the seizure of their means of livelihood.
The situation was said to have snowballed into a clash and resulted in the death of Abonde, who was reportedly hacked to death.
Our correspondent saw a photo of the bloodied remains of the policeman as he lay motionless by the roadside. The victim’s head appeared to have been smashed with some objects.
Another photo captured no fewer than 10 persons milling around a damaged patrol van inscribed with the Lagos State Police Command.
A source told our correspondent that the policemen involved in the incident were attached to the Ajao Police Station.
“Everywhere is tense; we don’t know what exactly caused the fight, but we know that there was a confrontation between motorcyclists and the policemen attached to the Ajao Police Station,” the source added.
Deji Lambo, Punch News
Police arrest, parade three suspected kidnappers of Bethel Baptist School students
Three suspected kidnappers have been arrested by the Nigeria Police in connection with the abduction of over 100 students of Bethel Baptist school in Kaduna State.
The suspects include, “Adamu Bello, Isiaku Lawal and Muazu Abubakar.”
They were paraded on Thursday by the Force Public Relations Officers, Frank Mba, at the headquarters of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The suspects dressed in military camouflage told journalists during an interview that they were among the 25 gunmen who stormed the school recently.
Abubakar, a 27-year-old suspect, said, “Twenty-five of us carried out the operation. We kidnapped 136 students and I got N100,000 share from the money.”
DAILY POST recalls that the school was invaded by armed men suspected to be bandits on July 5, 2021, while 121 students were whisked away.
Some of the abducted students have, however, regained their freedom.
BREAKING: Police arrest three kidnappers of Kaduna Baptist school students
The police have arrested three people allegedly involved in the kidnap of over 100 students of Bethel Baptist School, Kaduna.
The suspects, dressed in military camouflage, were on Thursday paraded by the Force Public Relations Officers, Frank Mba, at the headquarters of defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), in Abuja.
Names of the suspects were given as Adamu Bello, Isiaku Lawal and Muazu Abubakar.
The suspects told newsmen that 25 of them abducted the students, adding that they carried out the operation in desperate bid to get money.
“Twenty-five of us carried out the operation. We kidnapped 136 students and I got N100,000 share from the money,” 27-year-old suspect Abubakar said,
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