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Stop fueling ethnic, religious crisis, Epe monarch warns Nigerians

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Nigerians have been urged to stop spreading tales that can lead to ethnic and religious crisis, which may further cause division among the people.

This advice was given by the Oloja of Epe, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun, urging them to always profess positivity about the country and its armed forces.
He spoke in his Epe palace Lagos during a courtesy visit by members of a media advocacy group, Prayer and Support for the Armed Forces and other Security Agencies.
He commended the group for coming up with such a great initiative of supporting the security agencies by praying for them while urging others to do same.
The monarch said, “I am deeply touched by the activities of this group. Quite nice that we have people in the media who realise that our armed forces need support spiritually. I promised to pass on the message to all our people in this town.
He also commended the armed forces while praying that almighty God would touch the hearts of the bad eggs among them.
The monarch said, “We really need to pray for our security agencies because it’s when they succeed that we are safe and can have rest of mind too.”
He called for a synergy among all the security agencies in order to truly achieve peace and security in our nation.
“Despite the fact that our military personnel have played major roles in various countries using all the resources at their disposal, human and capital, to restore peace in many nations, we are still finding it difficult to restore peace in our country.
The group’s convener, Mrs Mary Abayomi Fatile, queried.
She recounted many feats of the armed forces in the Gambia and other countries.
The monarch,  who received members of the group in the presence of his chiefs, reiterated  the need to love one another for us to achieve a united nation.
“Let’s stop the tales of woes, ethnic rivalry, negative tales. We should not allow people with evil minds to rule us or lead us astray. Let’s stop flaming anger and negativity,” He said.

“It’s indeed a great idea to have a group like yours that has self-consciousness to look at issues dispassionately.”
The group also paid a courtesy visit to the Commandant, Nigerian Army Ordinance School in Epe, Major General Adeyemi Alabi.
According to him, prayer is very important and prayer being a cardinal strength of the nation cannot be overlooked.
He urged members of the group to continue what they had started and be vanguard of the new generation of people ready to make the needed change.
According to him, security is everybody’s business. He therefore urged the populace to give security personnel all the necessary and useful information.
In her remark, a member of  the  group, Hajia Sekinah Lawal, reiterated the need for unity of purpose and sincere prayers “as we have all noted the challenges, succeses recorded by our security agencies in the ongoing fight against insurgents in the North-East Nigeria, and the lingering kidnappings and banditry across the country.
“As a group of media professionals,  we believe we need to engage in mobilising Nigerians for  special prayers and unique support for our gallant soldiers and other security personnel.”
As part of the group’s planned  activities, there was a sensitisation talk with some students of Yaba College of Technology,  Epe Campus.
The students were reminded on the importance of security agencies in our society, educating them on security as a social contract, changing their perception of security personnel  treating  them as heroes and heroines, advocating for oneness, cooperation and love among all security agencies for seamless operations among others.
In addition, another member of the group, Mr. John Obot of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria,  FRCN, admonished the students to remain focused and shun all forms of drug abuse and  cultism.
Mary Abayomi Fatile urged them to keep blessing and praying for their nation and the armed forces.
“As citizens, let’s continue to say that God bless Nigeria. And always have firm belief in oneness of Nigeria.”
The group had also joined some church services and jumat prayers for awareness creation and prayers.

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FRSC receives 316 new operational vehicles from FG

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The Federal Road Safety Corps has taken delivery of 316 new vehicles procured by the Federal Government to ease its operations nationwide.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, on Thursday in Abuja inaugurated new vehicles, saying they were for effective patrol of highways across the country.

The 316 operational vehicles are made up of 239 patrol vehicles, 49 ambulances, 23 tow trucks and five patrol bikes.

Mustapha said at the inauguration of the vehicles at the FRSC headquarters that they would be mainly for the patrol of new roads just provided by the Federal Government.

He said the provision of the vehicles was to enhance the operations of the corps and ensure safety of road users across the country.

He said the FG would remain consistent in providing improved transport infrastructure and told the regulatory agencies to live up to expectations.

He said, “Let me use this opportunity to reiterate President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to the provision of transport infrastructure.

“This is because he believes that it is a key determinant of performance in any nation’s development and growth process.

“Indeed, investment in transport infrastructure encourages economic impact.”

He urged the corps to sustain its leadership role in Africa in making roads safer for economic growth, adding that the patrol vehicles should be deployed to cover the entire country, as soon as possible, while noting that the vehicles would boost the operations of the FRSC and give it more ambiance to carry out its duties effectively.

Acting Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu, said the vehicles would help to improve the FRSC field operations through the provision of real-time reports and active support as well as backup to field officers.

He assured of proper deployment and utilisation of the vehicles to all locations, for the safety of motorists.

Biu appealed for improved funding of the Corps to enable it to realise its vision of full coverage of all operational commands nationwide.

According to him, the FRSC operational areas comprise 12 zonal commands, 37 sector commands, 223 unit commands, 58 outposts and 527 station offices.

The FRSC Board Chairman, Bukhari Bello, thanked President Buhari for his support to the corps for efficient service delivery.

Representative of the Inspector General of Police Usman Baba, AIG Operations, Bala Ciroma, pledged a harmonious working relationship with the FRSC for effective traffic management in the country.

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JUST IN: Lagos extends okada ban to Mushin, Oshodi-Isolo, Kosofe, Somolu

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Lagos State Government has extended its ban on commercial motorcycle (okada) operation to four more local governments, making a total of 10 the number of local government areas where no okada riding will be permitted with effect from September 1.

The government had initially banned okada in six LGAs of the state to curtail the rate of road accidents and crime using motorcycles.

The state government said on Thursday it had added four LGAs and six local community development areas to the list of the routes restricted to okada.

Lagos State Governor, Babajidr Sanwo-Olu, said full enforcement of the ban in the new areas would take effect from September 1, 2022.

The four LGAs and six LCDAs are: Kosofe Local Government (Ikosi-Isherri LCDA

and Agboyi-Ketu LCDA), Oshodi-Isolo Local Government (Isolo LCDA), Shomolu Local Government (Bariga LCDA) and Mushin Local Government (Odi-Olowo LCDA).

Ealier, the state government had restricted the okada riders from operating in Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa local government areas.

With 20 local governments in the state, only 10 LGAs are left for commercial motorcycle operators to do their business.

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No part of Lagos is under any lockdown – Lagos police

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The Lagos State Police Command has denied reports that some parts of the state is under a partial lockdown as a preventive measure against security threats.

Spokesman for the command, Benjamin Hundeyin, stated this in a series of tweets on Thursday in a reaction emanating from a Wednesday’s statement credited to the state’s Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi.

Alabi was on Wednesday reported to have said that there was a partial lockdown of the state by security agencies due to the threats of attacks by unknown gunmen.

He was claimed to have said this in Lagos during the state stakeholders’ forum on police accountability quarterly meeting and awards.

But the state PPRO Hundeyin in a response via Twitter said, “@LagosPoliceNG Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, fdc only affirmed that entry and exit points are being closely monitored by security agencies to forestall any security breach in the state.

“He gave this assurance while answering a question bothering on police stop-and-search in some parts of Lagos State. NO PART OF LAGOS IS ON LOCKDOWN, PARTIAL OR TOTAL.

“All residents of Lagos State are enjoined to go about their lawful duties without fear; while remaining vigilant and observing situational awareness at all times.”

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