The Federal Fire Service plans to acquire firefighting helicopters to help in the fight of fire outbreaks.
Controller-General of the service, Mr Liman Ibrahim, stated this during the inauguration of a renovated the Zone G Command of the organisation on Thursday in Minna, Niger State. Ibrahim also said some senior officers of the service were set to travel to Belarus to discuss with the manufacturers of firefighting helicopters on the purchase.
“We are leaving the country on March 5 to Belarus to engage the manufacturers on procurement of this helicopter,” he said.
He said that the team would also discuss the possibility of acquiring additional hydraulic platforms for high-rise buildings firefighting and training of fire instructors and investigators for the newly established training schools in states.
The fire service CG said, “We have taken delivery of one hydraulic truck which can extend to 18 floors. Our special crew for the truck is presently undergoing training to master the operation because it is purely hydraul”ic.
“When the vehicle is commissioned, it would be stationed in Lagos and when we purchase another, it would be stationed in Abuja,” he said.
According to him, the agency has received requests from state governments asking for fire investigations on fire outbreaks in their state. Ibrahim said, “It is our statutory duty and we will continue to do it to partner with states.
“The state governments are advised to engage the federal and state fire services to see how we can come together to make markets free from fire outbreaks.
“We are facing the challenge of market fires and the solution is political will.”
Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State said the renovation of the station would help to improve the self-confidence of firefighters in the state.
The governor, represented by Mr Ibrahim Matane, Secretary to the State Government, appreciated the service for the training and retraining of firefighters in the state for better service delivery.
The service Zonal Controller in Minna, Mr Ahmad Gana, said that before the renovation of the state command, the office was unkempt.
“Before the renovation of this station, most workers disliked being at the office to work because the environment was not friendly.”
Court strikes out money laundering charge against Olisa Metuh, firm
A Federal High Court Abuja has struck out the seven-count money laundering charge filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh and his firm, Destra Investment Ltd.
In a ruling on Monday, Justice Emeka Nwite held that it was of no use keeping the charge in his court’s docket when the prosecution and defendants have appeals pending at the Supreme Court.
Justice Nwite, who described the retention of the charge, marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/05/2022 as “an abuse of court process,” held that there was no way the case could return to his court without the Supreme Court first deciding the appeals by parties in the charge.
The ruling was on arguments by lawyers to the EFCC, Metuh and Destra.
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At the mention of the case on Monday, Justice Nwite asked EFCC’s lawyer, Olanrewaju Adeola about the status of the case.
Adeola said the defendants – Metuh and Destra – were earlier convicted by the Federal High Court, which conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal following the defendants’ appeals.
He said the prosecution has since lodged an appeal at the Supreme Court against the Court of Appeal’s decision.
Adeola added: “We understand that the matter was listed this morning at the instance of the defendants for application for the release of the first defendant’s international passport.”
Lawyer to Metuh, Afam Osigwe (SAN), who claimed that his client learnt, via the socio media, about hearing of case on Monday, said he had a prior discussion the EFCC lawyer on the status of the case, “because there is a pending appeal at the Supreme Court in suit number: SC/ CR/583/2021 between FG Vs. Olisa Metuh and another.”
Osigwe said the EFCC was, in the appeal, urging the Supreme Court to among others, reinstate the order of the Federal High Court, which was set aside by the Court of Appeal.
“So, in the light of the reliefs sought in that appeal, it will amount to an abuse of court process for a fresh prosecution to be commenced when they are asking for reinstatement.
Lagos scammers defraud, rape lady in uncompleted building
Two suspected fraudsters, Rotimi Fisher and Sherif Adebayo, have allegedly defrauded a 23-year-old girl in the Ipaja area of Lagos State.
The suspects also reportedly lured the victim to an uncompleted building on Majiyagbe Street, Ipaja, where Adebayo allegedly raped her.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the victim was on her way to a destination in Iyana Ipaja when Fisher approached her to help him locate an address.
The suspect, who reportedly presented himself as a foreign businessman to the victim, said he came to Nigeria to deliver goods to one of his clients at the address and to collect his outstanding payments.
A source said after Fisher approached people for help to no avail, the young girl offered to help, but upon checking the address, she did not know the location.
Seven passengers burnt to death in bus accident in Lagos
Seven passengers were on Sunday burnt to death in a commercial bus that caught fire in the Iyana Oworo area of Lagos State.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) confirmed the incident in a statement.
Permanent Secretary at LASEMA, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, attributed the cause of the accident to reckless driving.
The statement said, “Upon arrival at the scene, a commercial bus of 14 passengers with registration number KJA 699 GY was discovered to have been gutted with fire.
“Further investigation gathered at the scene revealed that the incident occurred due to recklessness by the driver which resulted in the fire with 12 passengers trapped.
“Unfortunately seven victims, four males, two females and a male child were burnt to death. The driver escaped with some burns while three female adults were rescued and rushed to Gbagada General Hospital. A male adult was also attended to by LASAMBUS at the scene.”
The LASEMA permanent secretary said their remains had been bagged by the agency’s paramedics and handed over to the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU).
He said, “Arrangements have been made by LASTMA officials at the scene for the removal of the burnt vehicle from the road. Road is partially opened for vehicular activities.”
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