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Nigerian Police Suspends Recruitment Of 10,000 Constables
The Police Service Commission has suspended the ongoing process of recruitment of 10,000 Constables into the Nigeria Police Force.
The Commission explained that the suspension would enable it finalizes the remaining stage of the exercise.
The Commission also urged candidates to await further directives from it.
This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Friday by the Commission’s spokesperson, Ikechukwu Ani.
The statement reads:
40-year-old Man Arrested For Allegedly Defiling A 2-year-old Girl In Abia State
A 40-year-old man has been arrested by men of the Abia state police command for allegedly molesting a 2-year-old girl in Uturu, Abia state.
Activist, Harrison Gwamnishu, who shared the story online, said the victim, Ihechi Ndubuisi's mother, sells Akara in front of an estate where the suspect worked as a security man. On August 22nd, he lured the little girl into his security post and defiled her. Ihechi's mother found her baby with bloodstains all over her body.
The suspect has been arrested and detained at the Area Command Isiukwuato, Abia State.
The Victim is currently receiving medical treatment. The suspect will be charged to court soon.
Reality Star, Kim Kardashian Dazzles In A Silver Metallic Swimsuit While On The Beach (Photos)
Reality star and mother of four, Kim Kardashian took to her Instagram page to share these new set of sexy photos of herself posing at the beach while clad in a sexy silver metallic swimsuit.
The 38-year-old reality TV icon, who recently holidayed to the Bahamas with her children, posed on the beach in the photos.
See photos below.
Man,62, Gored To Death During Spanish Bull Run Festival
A man has been gored to death by a bull during a festival in central Spain, officials said.
The 62-year-old was killed during a bull run in Cuellar on Thursday.
The man suffered "several deadly horn blows" in the chest and neck and could not be saved, town mayor Carlos Fraile told local media.
The victim was only a spectator at the festival but was rammed into a field and gored. Another spectator climbed onto a wall to avoid being gored.
Spain is famous for its summer bull runs and there are many casualties every year. Eight people were gored and 35 injured at the famed San Fermin festival in Pamplona this year.
Serial Robbers Arrested For Snatching A Lady's Bag Only To Find Fufu And Soup Inside
These three dudes were serial robbers who dispossessed people of their belongings on a daily basis. They were eventually caught by our men after snatching the handbag of a lady. Unknown to them, the bag contained her dinner
Benefits Of Nigeria-China Currency Swap On Naira Exchange Rate
Barely one year after the Central Bank of Nigeria (“CBN”) on June 6, 2018, issued its Regulations for Transactions with Authorised Dealers in Renminbi, the Chinese currency, Nigerians especially those with an eye for trade and commerce have been talking and taking some retrospective look at the implications of the deal on the local economy and particularly the Naira exchange rate.
The deal executed at an official exchange rate of N306.05 to a dollar and one Chinese Yuan exchanging for N44.45, was programmed for extension by mutual consent of both countries, depending on its perceived outcome, makes Nigeria the third African country, after South Africa and Egypt, to sign such agreement with China.
Nigeria thus also became the first African country to include the Chinese renminbi (RMB) in its foreign reserves portfolio, as government believes it was better of with a diversified reserves basket.
The swap deal with a three year -tenor allows both the CBN and PBoC to swap a maximum amount of Fifteen Billion Renminbi/Chinese Yuan (CNY 15 billlion) for Seven Hundred and Twenty Billion Naira (NGN 720 billion), about US$2.5 billion at an exchange rate of NGN305: 1US$.
The purpose of the Swap agreement is to finance trade and investment between China and Nigeria, maintain financial market stability; and facilitate other initiatives as may be agreed upon by both countries.
Indeed the two monetary authorities had sought to create a platform that provides Naira liquidity to Chinese firms and investors looking to do business with Nigeria on the one hand; and also provides Chinese Yuan liquidity to Nigerian firms and investors looking to do business with China on the other.
Another objective of the bilateral agreement is to aid trade transactions between China and Nigeria by removing the need to first source for the US Dollars before payments for transactions involving the two countries can be made.
Under this agreement the CBN and the PBoC shall , make available liquidity in their respective currencies for the facilitation and promotion of trade and investments between the two countries through the purchase, sale, and subsequent repurchase and resale of the Chinese Yuan against the Naira at an agreed intervention period
However in order to checkmate possibility of abuses by users of the facility, Authorized Dealers are not permitted to open domiciliary accounts denominated in Renminbi for customers, as importers who intend to import goods from China shall obtain pro-forma invoices denominated in Renminbi, as part of the documents required for the registration of “Form M”; while foreign exchange purchased in the window cannot be used for payments on transactions in which beneficiaries are not domiciled in China;
They are also expected to utilise the funds within 72 hours from the value date or return such funds to the CBN for repurchase at the apex bank’s buying rate; as bids shall be settled spot through a multiple-price book bidding process, and will cut-off at a marginal rate (which will be disclosed after the conclusion of a Special Secondary Market Intervention Sales.
Indeed, in all relevant particulars, the Nigeria-China Currency Swap Agreement stands out quite significantly in many respects, considering the impact Chinese businesses and government have had in Nigeria and several other African countries in the past two decades.
From the information and communication technology space, to household equipment, food, pharmaceuticals, textiles and garments, construction oil and gas industries, Chinese influence are becoming quite visible and can no longer be taken for granted.
The best government can do in this instance would be to court deals that deliver more values to its people and economy and there lies the logic behind CBN’s currency swap agreement.
For this reason, the deal will will be beneficial in allowing trading between the two countries to be done directly in their local currencies without any need for the dollar, and enabling the Renminbi (Yuan) to flow freely within the Nigerian banking system. In this regard, it will improve bilateral trade between the two countries and engender foreign investment flows and economic cooperation beneficial to both parties.
But in spite of the small value attached to the deal, many believe a significant cut on dollar demand by firms and investors doing business across the two countries will help tame financial market sentiments and boost their respective foreign reserves by suppressng demand pressure, thus saving people the agony often created by spurious forex demand that buffeted the economy in the past years.
However, since the launch of the deal, the general concerns about the capacity of the swap agreement to fully address the challenge of dollar demand by importers still remains, particularly as imports from China account for only 20 percent of Nigeria’s annual total imports. Nigerian enterprises current import bill from China reportedly stands at NGN 1.7 trillion, meaning that the swap deal amount of NGN 720 Billion can only take care of about 15 percent of the country’s annual total imports from China.This also means that the remaining 85 percent will definitely still require dollars.
Notwithstanding this gap, it was imperative that the Nigerian and Chinese authorities took that decisive starting step which can now be scaled up at the expiration of the deal’s current three- year tenor.
But in spite of whatever concerns anyone could raise, some observers are still of the view the deal stands as a step in the right direction on the part of financial and fiscal authorities given that the anticipated reduction in dollar demand, to be achieved through it will complement CBN’s current forex intervention via the Investors’ and Exporters’ FX Window in strengthening stability in the market to checkmate incidences of dollar scarcity and exchange rate volatility that created foreign currency bottlenecks of 2015/2016.
For other commentators, the NGN/CNY swap agreement will be particularly good for Nigeria’s foreign reserves seen to have been on the upsurge with the return of some measure of predictability and stability in the country’s daily crude oil production and international oil prices at the time the deal was first consummated.
In the last one year, the Naira exchange rate has also been positively impacted by the CBN-PBoC having stabilised relative to the dollar despite some unhealthy swings in the international oil market. Over this period, rates have hovered at an average of N362-N365 to the dollar, thus lowering the tension associated with the market before then.
According to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the bilateral currency swap agreement with the Peoples Bank of China (PBoC) will help ease the liquidity challenges faced by Nigerian traders and Chinese manufacturers as businessmen will now have sufficient naira to purchase raw materials from Nigeria while importers from Africa’s largest economy will be spared the challenge of ‘third currency’ fluctuations when trying to make payments for Chinese exports.
The deal structured purely around exchange of currencies, will also make it easier for Chinese manufacturers seeking to buy raw materials from Nigeria to obtain enough Naira from banks in China to pay for their imports from Nigeria. This however opens another window of opportunity for Nigerian entrepreneurs to leverage the deal to export more to China particularly now that President Muhammadu Buhari administration appears committed to diversifying the economy away from oil.
CBN said in a statement.
There are overwhelming indications that several Nigeria products including agricultural and other raw materials and semi processed goods command strong market demand in China. Nigerian manufacturers, cottage industry players and anyone who needs imports from China will be able to secure RMB from Nigerian banks:
The CBN listed benefits of the deal to include helping both to manage their reserves better among other benefits: “It will also assist both countries in their foreign exchange reserves management, enhance financial stability and promote broader economic cooperation between the two countries.
For instance the Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, said at forum of importers and exporters in the north Central zone that the deal will not cover imports of substandard good into the country.
The deal was meant to facilitate trade between Nigeria and China and ensure stability in the foreign exchangemarket, among others.
Emefiele, represented by the bank’s acting Director, Corporate Communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor, said the swap deal has the potential to reduce importation of substandard goods.
He said only goods approved by regulatory bodies such as Standards Organisation of Nigeria would qualify under the agreement, warning that those thinking to collect Renminbi through cbn window to sell on the street would roundly disappointed.
Also, speaking Mr Oreva Eweh, the Assistant Director, Financial Market Department, CBN, cited speed and efficiency as some of the benefits of trading under the Renminbi denominated window for transactions with China.
“Also, the foreign exchange window cannot be used for payments on transactions in which the beneficiaries are not in China.
Many have commended the apex bank for excluding Bureau de Change Operators from taking part in the transaction considering the role the parallel market has played in the nation’s exchange rate crises over the years.
But Mr Adetokunbo Kayode, the Director-General, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ABUCCIMA), believes the currency swap deal would make doing business easier for the organised private sector even as he called on the government to implement favourable business policies to fast track economic growth in the country.
For its part, the Association of Bureau de Change Operators of Nigeria urge the Federal Government to utilise the currency swap agreement with China to strengthen Naira.
Its President Aminu Gwadabe, made the call in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub shortly after the deal was unveiled. He advised the apex bank to deepen currency swap pact with China and diversify commodity exports to the U.S. in order to diversify foreign exchange earnings of the country.
Nigeria should focus on diversifying its foreign exchange earnings through the promotion of Diaspora remittances for economic buffer and foreign reserves accretion, he added. The interventions, during the 12-month period, done at various exchange rates, ranging from N48 to N58 per CNY, at an average of N54/CNY, have been estimated at N64.02 billion.
‘Leah Sharibu Is Still Very Much Alive’- FG Finally Debunks Rumors.
The Federal Government has denied reports that Leah Sharibu is dead.
Leah, a student of Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School, Dapchi in Yobe state, was kidnapped by a faction of Boko Haram terrorists in February 2018. Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, denied the reports of Sharibu’s death when he spoke with journalists in Abuja today Saturday August 31st. According to Garba, the government is not giving up on negotiations for her release. “Instead of giving up, the government is carrying forward processes that should hopefully yield her release by her captors. Lines of communications remain open with the kidnappers, ISWAP, to secure the release of Leah Sharibu. Contrary to false reports, she is alive – given assurances from our security agencies-, and the government is committed to her safe return, as well as all other hostages to their families.
“Kidnapping for ransom should never be encouraged. This means not capitulating to the demands of terrorists: refrain from rewarding their heinous crimes with payment. With the abduction of loved family and friends, the government understands how difficult these times are for them, but the government is pursuing many options to ensure the safe return of Leah Sharibu.” he said.
"I Lost 19 Million Today" - Bobrisky Thanks God Over Cancelled Party
Bobrisky has been released by the police following his arrest today. He has now updated his fans on what is happening, but the problem is that Bobrisky is claiming to have lost 19 million Naira to the failed party. I don't quite believe that the party will cost that much 19 million is a lot of money for a birthday party regardless who is celebrating, what do you think? drop your comment below:
‘No Physical Structure Of Mosque On Disputed Land ‘- Rivers Muslim Leader
A Rivers State Islamic Leader and Vice President General Rivers State Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Nasir Uhor, has slammed claimed that the government demolished a mosque in the state.
Uhor made this known during an interview on a radio programme on Saturday saying that there was no physical structure of a mosque on the disputed land in Rainbow Town in Port Harcourt.
“The insinuation that there is a 10-storey building is not true”, he said.
On how the Rivers State government under Rotimi Amaechi stopped work at the location on two occasions, Uhor answered saying that the leadership of the Muslim community in Rivers is not responsible for the falsehood circulating about the disputed land in Rainbow town.
Uhor further admitted that the State High Court ruled that the disputed land belongs to Rivers Government, he, however, revealed that one Late Chief Amadi sold the land and claimed that he inherited it.
Nigerian Air Force Kills Scores Of Boko Haram Terrorists, In Aerial Bombing In Borno
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says its Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has neutralised scores of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in air strikes at Yuwe “C” in Borno.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday said the operation was conducted on Saturday.
Daramola explained that the air raid was executed in continuation of Operation GREEN SWEEP 3 after credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports.
Operation GREEN SWEEP III targets some identified terrorists’ positions in Borno.
He said the HUMINT reports were also corroborated by series of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions to establish that the settlement was being used as a hideout for the insurgents.
“The ATF therefore detailed 2 Alpha Jets and an L-39ZA aircraft to attack the target area.
“As the aircraft arrived overhead the target area, several BHTs were seen attempting to flee while many others concealed themselves in the structures and dense vegetation of the area.
“The jets took turns attacking the target, scoring crucial hits on the hideout leading to the neutralization of several BHT fighters,” he said.
Daramola said The NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, would sustain its operations against the terrorists in the North-East.
40 People Said Policemen Working With Criminals On Benin-Ore Road- Security Expert, Jackson Ojo
A security expert, Jackson Ojo, has accused police deployed in some sections of the Benin-Ore Expressway of conniving with hoodlums to attack motorists and passengers on the road.
Ojo, a fellow of the International Institute of Professional Securities, told Punch.
The road came into the spotlight following the killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of the leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, in the Ondo State section of the highway in July.
Ojo, a frequent traveller on the highway, said what he observed on some occasions and the information he got from traders and villagers on the road made him conclude that some of the police connived with the hoodlums on the road.
He said, “I travel regularly on the Benin-Ore Expressway and I passed through the road again last week. The policemen at a checkpoint at Akinjagunla were not wearing uniforms, nothing to identify them as policemen and they did not go there with any police van and they did not carry arms.
“I stopped at Ore and I interviewed some hawkers and residents in some of the villages on the road.
“Traders even said that if policemen were coming to that area known for crime to combat criminals, they should be armed and have the equipment to do the job. They said these policemen deployed on the road would just come without wearing a uniform and that they would stay at a particular spot. They normally stay at a spot at Akinjagunla along the expressway. They usually do not use police vans or anything that can be used to identify them.
“I learnt that Ondo State asked the army to take over in the area but the police have refused to leave the road. I interviewed more than 40 persons to get to know what was really happening. They all accused police of conniving with the hoodlums. They said police would usually leave the spot shortly before hoodlums would strike and dispossess innocent people of their belongings on the road.
“I am urging the federal government to act fast and remove police from that side. They should deploy soldiers there and police should come only when normalcy has been restored.”
But the Ondo State Police Command debunked the allegation that its men were conniving with hoodlums to perpetrate a crime on the expressway.
A spokesperson for the command, Femi Joseph, told Punch, “It is either the person saying our men are conniving with the criminals is being mischievous or trying to satisfy his paymasters.
“In the first place, has the person ever passed through that highway in recent times to see how our men have restored normalcy to that area. Or is he just an armchair critic, who will never see anything good in whatever the police do?
“If he has found any of our officers engaged in any infraction, has he made any attempt to report them either to the command or Abuja? I regard such a sensitive statement from him as the ranting of a debased mind and frustrated paid agent that is devoid of any scintilla of truth.”
Lagos-Ibadan Expressway To Close From Today Till 31st Of October 2019
A portion of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway will be shut today for reconstruction, signaling a harrowing traffic experience for travelers between the two cities.
Motorists plying Lagos-Ibadan expressway have been advised to take
alternative routes as rehabilitation on the Berger-Ogun River section
of the expressway, leading a partial closure of the expressway.
According to a traffic advisory by the Ogun State Traffic Compliance
and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) on Sunday, motorists were advised to
make use of alternative routes.
The alternative routes listed by the spokesman of TRACE, Babatunde
Akinbiyi, are Iyana Ipaja/Ota/Ifo/Abeokuta/Sagamu-Benin Ore
expressway; Victoria Island/Lekki/Epe/Ijebu-Ode-Benin/Ore expressway
or the Ikorodu/ Itoikin/ Ijebu-Ode-Benin/Ore expressway.
The failed portion of the road earmarked for repairs would have been shut earlier in August, but it was postponed because of the Redeemed Christian Church of God’s convention.
The failed portion of about 600 meters stretching from the Kara Cattle Market end inward Berger Bus Stop would be completed by the second week of December
Director of Highways, South West Federal Ministry of Works, Mr. Funso Adebiyi, said last week that the target was to complete that critical portion of the road before Christmas when more people would be traveling.
According to him, by December 15, the road would be opened substantially for the Yuletide season to avoid traffic jams.
He assured that the reconstruction would not suffer any financial hiccup as funds for the project were already domiciled with the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Agency (NSIA), adding that approval for release of such funds, rests with the President.
The Lagos-Shagamu interchange section is estimated to cost N113 billion.
Adebiyi, while conducting journalists on tour of the road, revealed that plans have been concluded to ensure smooth operation, indicating that traffic diversion on that portion would begin by September 2.
According to him, palliative work had been done on some portions around the area of diversion to ease traffic for commuters.
South Africans Set Foreigner Ablaze In Renewed Xenophobic Attack (Video)
Disturbing reports of a fresh wave of xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals by South Africans have taken the internet by storm.
Information Nigeria recalls the ongoing xenophobic attacks took a new turn after properties, including cars belonging to Nigerians and other non-South Africans, were being destroyed.
A particular video, that is currently circulating on twitter, captures the moment a man was set ablaze on the road while bystanders watched on as he struggled to quench the fire.
The main reason for the attacks is yet to be known.
Watch the video below:
Xenophobia: Cars, Properties Owned By Nigerians Set On Fire In South Africa
The ongoing xenophobic attacks on Nigerians by South Africans have taken a new turn as a new report confirms that properties, including cars belonging to Nigerians have been set on fire.
This attack, according to report, is also being meted out to other foreigners in the country.
The new attack is coming just after it was reported that South Africans allegedly raided the Nigerian embassy in the country.
Some Nigerians are said to be currently hiding in bushes due to the violence meted out on them.
Here is a video below;
#Xenophobia- South Africans set properties and cars owned by Nigerians on fire.mp4
Court Dismisses Suit Seeking To Disqualify Buhari For ‘Lying On Oath’
The Supreme Court by a five-member panel read by Mary Odili has dismissed a suit seeking the disqualification of President Muhammadu Buhari from the last presidential election for ‘lying on oath’.
The suit was filed by appellants, Kalu Kalu, Labaran Ismail and Hassy El-Kuris, asking the Supreme Court to nullify Buhari’s candidacy in the February 23 presidential poll for allegedly lying under oath.
According to the appellants, Buhari lied on oath in the form CF001 he submitted to the electoral commission, INEC, for the 2019 election.
However, while ruling on Monday, the Supreme Court agreed with the Court of Appeal and the federal high court which had earlier ruled that the suit was statute-barred.
Earlier the request of the appellants was dismissed by the Federal High Court on the grounds that the suit was not filed within the time allowed by law and therefore sustained the preliminary objection raised by Mr Buhari at the hearing.
The Supreme Court ruling by a five-member panel was read by Mary Odili.
Man Hails Self For Successfully Raping 14-Year-Old Girl In Niger
he Niger state police command has arrested a 32-year-old man, Nura Abdullahi, for raping a 14-year-old girl in Suleja Local Government Area of Niger State.
The suspect, Nura, hailed himself while being paraded before Journalists in Minna.
Nura said he had been setting a trap for the victim for a long time and that he was happy for the successful mission.
“I have been waiting for a day like this, and I am happy that I set traps for her severally and at last, she fell into the trap and I have accomplished the mission of having sex with her.
“With the accomplished mission, I am ready for the consequence; let the law take its course on me; I am a happy man already,” Nura declared.
The suspect, it was gathered, lured the young girl into his room, camped her overnight, and had forceful marathon sex with her.
Reports have it that there had been series of complaints on the particular suspect on similar cases before he was eventually arrested.
Niger State Police Command Spokesman, DSP Muhammad Abubakar while briefing journalists, said the suspect has confessed to the crime and will be charged to court after investigation must have been concluded
Gunmen Kill First Bank Staff In Ondo
The deceased, Adetutu
A Twitter user @oluyemifasipe has taken to the micro-blogging platform to share the story of how Adetutu, a staff of First Bank branch in Akure, the state capital, was murdered by suspected hired assassins.
According to the user, the suspected hired assassins disguised as customers before opening fire on her after she took to her heels.
Read the full story below:
See his tweet below:
Lagos Traffic Problem Is More Terible Now Than Ever Before
Traffic gridlock in Lagos
It is no news that the Lagos traffic congestion is not for the lily-livered. If you reside in Nigeria, it is impractical to be oblivious of the Lagos traffic gist. To some Nigerians in other states, the traffic condition is over-flogged; however, if you have ever lived in Lagos you would have an entirely diverse analysis.
The duration which Lagosians waste in traffic every day is quite disturbing. The traffic situation in Lagos has remained a chief hassle in the city. It is even alleged that you can buy your household needs in Lagos traffic. Notwithstanding the fun and amusement Lagos offers, the traffic clause is one of the downsides which take its toll on your entire day.
The amount of traffic gridlock in the city may make you want to consider leaving your car in traffic then advance to taking a long walk home. Worse still, the traffic condition in Lagos does not walk alone, it is escorted by its siblings, noise and air pollution.
The eminence of life, competitiveness of the industrial base and the ability to attract and sustain big business and sightseeing, all hinge on the provision of safe, fast, reliable and convenient roads, including access through public transit. Economic growth brings with it some jamming during busy times.
Over the years, Lagos has witnessed rising transport demand and road traffic which have led to increasing gridlock and delays (go-slow) occasioned by greater access to cars, access to credit, population growth and large supply of used cars; as well as poor quality of driving, especially by those who drive commercial vehicles or transit vehicles.
A Never-Ending Tale
Gridlock in Lagos affects both car and public transport users and produces losses in terms of economic effectiveness and other downbeat social effects like road accidents. Congestion in Lagos State is worse than many, perhaps most, other states in Nigeria. More important, it is getting worse, year by year.
The impact of traffic congestion is overt to anyone witnessing setback on Lagos roadways.
A motorist, Olaniyi, 42, says the congestion is caused partly by road users themselves.
“Lagos road users are known to be very intolerant and terrible at obeying traffic rules.”
Without a doubt, many times traffic congestions have been caused by a driver declining to give way for another road user. The comeuppance of congestion is in many folds; some directly affect the drivers’ sense of wellbeing, be it times worn out sitting in a traffic queue and the changes in the behaviour of drivers.
Such behaviour — according to the middle-aged and eloquent Olaniyi — might include “rude gestures, verbal insults, consciously driving in an unsafe or aggressive manner, or making threats.
“This can further lead to altercations, assaults, and collisions which result in injuries and even deaths.
“Other effects include missed appointments, higher fuel bill, decreased productivity, and a high degree of stress and so on.
“Some of the effects are less palpable, such as the impact on the environment.”
Olaniyi further stated that “commuters, commercial drivers and private car owners should be accurately enlightened on the traffic signage, traffic law and also, they should be well-informed on the penalties of flouting traffic law and signage.”
In a short interactive session with Tajudeen Asiru, a 34-year-old civil servant at the Ministry of Information & Strategy, Alausa, Ikeja, “traffic situation in Lagos gets worse as the day goes by as a result of the poor condition of roads in Lagos.
“There is scarcely any stretch of road that is completely free from potholes and bad portions.
“In rainy season, living in Lagos can be horrendous as the roads are mostly flooded due to blocked drainage channels.
“The lack of control of residents in Lagos has contributed to the predicament of traffic congestion in the state. Driving in Lagos requires a lot of patience and tranquillity as you are bound to see other drivers whose unruly manners would almost drive you over the edge.
“Lagos drivers hardly obey traffic rules.
“The problem of on-street parking is caused by Lagosians as well as other forms of trading activities which disrupt the free movement of cars.”
Good road network, encouragement of mass transport system, proper traffic planning/management, regular road maintenance, construction of interchanges and regular education of road users are among the recommendations suggested by Mr Asiru to reduce traffic congestions in the megacity.
Briefly responding to a stranger-journalist, a young man who prefers not to be named, says “bad roads, trading activities, on-street parking, poor drainage, frequent vehicle breakdown, narrow road sections, religious activities, high volume of traffic, lack of parking space, menace of area boys and unscrupulous policemen, lack of traffic light at some road intersections, bad attitude of many Lagos drivers, over-dependence in road transportation are the reasons why traffic congestion will remain a constant feature of Lagos state.
“They say Lagos has a master plan but there’s a difference between a plan and a paper-work. Is there really a holistic plan for Lagos and Lagosians in their entirety or is it just restricted to a particular place and people?
“When we are able to answer this question, then we can determine the possible way out on the menace of traffic congestion in Lagos”, he added.
Way Out — FRSC Official
A Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corp, Modupe Jikeme, posited various measures to solve the increasing gridlock in the state. According to Mrs Jikeme, “new acts enabling severe punishment for erring drivers and corrupt official should be promulgated.
“This is probably the most important action that needs to be undertaken to improve the prevailing congestion in Lagos as the majority of drivers do not obey traffic laws owing to self – indiscipline, and apparent inefficiency of the pertinent agencies established to enforce the laws.
“Despite being an official of the FRSC, I must admit that some measures that are supposed to help resolve traffic in Lagos have not been implemented by those at the helm of affairs, coupled with some bad eggs in the agency.
“The FRSC should mount sufficient towing vehicles in offices positioned close to the dark spots for swift response once such telephone calls are received.
“Road space diminution and hitch owing to collapse vehicles contribute notably to congestion in Lagos.
“As congestion is caused by increased traffic volume and density, which in turn are prejudiced by road design and behaviour of individual driver, it is much loved to diminish or perhaps eradicate the negative aspect of the latter.
“Although one of the key roles of present FRSC is to publicize safe driving, it appears this has not been helpful, based on the driving culture of Lagos motorist.
“The situation has deteriorated so badly that it often joked that prospective drivers in Lagos should “remember that every road user is mad.
“This situation is compounded with the ease at which a driving licence is obtained. Many drivers, especially commercial drivers often obtain licence without due driving tests by bribing the license authorisation officers.
“The FRSC should carry out proper driving tests and commence enormous efficient ads of safe driving and the ruthless penalty from not obeying the traffic rules or trying to obtain a driving license through bribery or other fraudulent ways.”
Horrifying Chronicles Of Police Extortion, Harassment, Torture Of Harmless Citizens
“The police is your friend” the motto of the Nigerian police force, but many have raised questions if this is really true with the activities that go down in the police force. The Nigerian police force boast of over three hundred personnel, but the level of insecurity in Nigeria is at its emergency state.
Many Nigerians have largely described the Nigerian police to be professionally ill, as many have come out to accuse the police of bribery, corruption, extortion, and harassment of citizens. The international community rates the Nigerian police as one of the most corrupt in the world.
This has, however, caused many Nigerian to lose hope and confidence in the Nigerian police owing to the unethical conduct of some of its operatives.
The Nigerian society is largely regarded as a developing state and some have said it has invariably affected the police force as some have protested that the Nigerian police are not well equipped in literacy and training. Accordingly, illiteracy, inadequate funding and welfare of the policemen have been argued to affect the efficiency of police personnel.
In the same vein, some members of the police have been diligent in their works and have received recognition from the international and local level but this is pinch salt compared to the ills of the force. Some operatives of the Nigerian police have however been reported to involve its self in embarrassing extortion, illegal detention, harassment and extrajudicial killing.
In separate interviews, Information Nigeria reached out to some victims of police harassment and extortion, chronicling their heart-breaking tales.
Testimonies Of Harassments
A student of the University of Lagos, Ramon gave a full insight on what he went through in the hands of some policemen:
“My experience was an unlawful arrest by the police. I was on my way to my mom’s office that fateful day, my mom had ordered an Uber to bring me to her office at Alausa from Unilag.
“I was on my way when a police van crossed us and told us to park, we did and I was interrogated for a while and later one of the policemen requested for my phone, I hesitated at first, but later gave them.
“Scrutinizing what was on my iPhone, the policemen concluded I was a ‘yahoo yahoo’ boy with no proof. According to one of the policemen, I had a flashy lifestyle and any young man who has a flashy lifestyle is a yahoo boy and I was going to be arrested.
“As we continued the journey in the Uber ride, I was told to call my yahoo friends to come bail me, and I said I’m just a young university boy going to see my mom at her office. Then one of the policemen told me to call my mom to come to bail me.
“After I called her she asked she speak with the policemen who told my mom they suspect me to be a Yahoo boy and she has to pay N150k to bail me or I’d be taken to ‘Panti’ Prison and I won’t be seen, my mum protested saying she can’t pay that money because I wasn’t even guilty of I was accused of. After a while, she said she was coming to bail me and not take me away from there.
“The policemen started interrogating me about my parents and wanted to know my family background. After a while, I was released but the officers maintained my face has been marked, saying I will be rearrested.
READ: EXCLUSIVE: Misfortune, Extortion, Pains Of Tenancy In Lagos
“In all of these, my ATM was collected; I was hit and threatened to be shot.”
A young stylist and a student of Yaba College Of Technology narrated his ordeal with men of the police force when he was going to get materials for his clients:
“So I was on my street at Akinola in Bariga, when some police officers on the street were picking boys at random.
“I was on dreads because I’m a fashion enthusiast and a stylist. On my way out, I encountered two men who were on mufti and they flashed an ID card saying they are police force personnel, I was first accused of being a bad boy because of her hair and they instantly told me that I would need to go with them to the police station.
“I protested that I cannot. One of the policemen requested for my phone, an HTC Andriod, and after they searched my phone, they concluded I was a ‘yahoo boy’. In all honesty, I was in a hurry to get some fashion materials for my clients and I did not want any delay from these men so I told them to name their price out of the desire to leave them and get going, not because I was guilty of their accusation.
“One of the policemen said 10k, but I didn’t have up to that, and in fact, I’m, not a yahoo boy Then we were dragging forth and backing, can you imagine we were negotiating on the money they will collect. We settled for 5K and I just had to leave because these policemen will waste your time and still collect money.
“I have encountered them many times and sometimes I have to bail myself away.”
The most common venue for police extortion in Nigeria occurs at police roadblocks and checkpoints. On a daily basis throughout Nigeria, drivers of taxis, minibuses, and motorcycles, as well as private motorists are subjected to routine extortion under threat of arrest, detention, and physical injury after being obliged to stop at official or semi-official police roadblocks.
Meet Michael Iloduba Chukwuebuka, 24 years old, aka Corporate Pure Water.
Micheal dresses like this everyday with an I.d card to sell sachet/bottled water in Lagos.
According to an eye witness, “after selling water till the market closes everyday, he also does Bus Conductor from CMS back to OJO at night before going back home.”
He hopes to get a better job or set up his own water production business to help him and his family out of poverty.
Bride Collapses As Groom’s Ex-Girlfriend Showed Up At Wedding With Thugs In Edo
The International Pentecostal Holiness Church, Benin, was thrown into a great pandemonium after a woman who claimed to have been jilted by the groom showed up during the church wedding to halt the matrimony.
On getting into the church, the angry woman seized the microphone from the presiding pastor and demanded that the wedding be called off.
Speaking after taking over the mic, the distressed woman who addressed the groom as Dele said the groom has actually proposed to her as far as 2017 after seven years of courtship and that they are in a blood covenant.
The bride was said to have collapsed as soon as Dele began to weep.
What AU Should Do To South Africa: Atiku Abubakar
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has urged the African Union (AU) to take precautionary steps against the recent Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
People’s Democratic Party Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar
Videos of the attacks and killings in South Africa which are going viral, has since stirred reactions from well-meaning Nigerians calling on government to send help to its citizens in South Africa.
Taking on his Twitter handle, Atiku wrote:
See the tweet below:
Nigerians In South Africa Flee Inside Forest, Pray To God For protection (VIDEO)
Following the xenophobic attack carried out on Nigerians living in South Africa, a new video has surfaced showing how Nigerians living in the country fled into the forest in order to escape death.
In the video, the distressed Nigerians were seen praying fervently to God to spare their lives from the deadly attack while they take cover in the forest.
Nigerian leaders have since started reacting to the attack with some calling on the African Union(AU) for intervention.
See the video below:
Nigerians In South Africa Flee Inside Forest, Pray To God For Safety.mp422
Angry Nigerians Burn Down Police Van In Lekki After A Protester Was Shot Dead (Videos)
Some Angry Nigerians have set a police vehicle ablaze in front of the Shoprite outlet on Lekki-Epe expressway in Lagos on Tuesday.
Nigerians at Shoprite
This is coming after they succeeded in setting the mall on fire despite the involvement of the Nigerian Police Force.
Nigerians were seen protesting against the Xenophobic attacks meted on citizens of the country as well as other foreign nationals, who earn their source of living, in South Africa.
A protester, who was reportedly shot dead, was found lying on the road as cars drove past his body.
Celebrities, who reacted to the news, encouraged Nigerians to boycott South Africans companies even though they didn’t join them in doing so.
BREAKING News: Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe Dies Aged 95
Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has died, Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday (Sep 6).
“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe,” tweeted the president.
Mugabe “was an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people” he said.
The 95-year-old had received medical care in a Singapore hospital for an undisclosed ailment earlier this year.
Mnangagwa confirmed last month that Mugabe had been hospitalised in Singapore since May.
At the time, Mnangagwa said the former leader was responding well to treatment.
It was announced in November last year that Mugabe was unable to walk because of ill health and old age.
Mnangagwa took over in November 2017 with the backing of the military, ending Mugabe’s 37-year rule. He went on to be elected in disputed elections in July last year.
This is what Nigeria has turned into. Just for N20,000 and they can go naked.
A competition of just N20,000 resulted in these women to pour water on themselves, send these photos, in order to get the highest ´´LIKES´´ to win.
What is your opinion?
He was a musician of Igbo extraction.
He was born in Abakaliki, in present day Ebonyi state on 1st January 1950.
His mother was an Afikpo woman and his father was from Cameron, but now Obubra in present day Cross River state.
Prince Nico Mbarga spoke Igbo fluently and sang many songs in Igbo language.
His most popular hits were SWEET MOTHER I no go forget you, Christiana and Aki.
He signed with Rogers All Stars, a recording company based in Onitsha, where he recorded "Sweet Mother".
He toured England, UK in the 80s, worked with Osita Osadebe and performed many times at the Plaza Hotel in Onitsha, Biafraland.
When he left music, he turned his attention to managing the four-star hotel that he owned, the Sweet Mother Hotel, located in the town of Ikom just minutes away from the Cameroon-Nigeria border.
He died very early at the age of 47 on 24th June 1997 via a motorcycle accident. He would have survived but for the poor healthcare system of Nigeria.
He left behind "Sweet Mother" as the most popular song among Africans.
"Sweet Mother" is sometimes called "Africa's anthem" and has been voted Africa's favourite song by BBC readers and listeners.
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While the MTN users are still enjoying the Mpulse and the N0.0k free browsing cheat, here is something for the Glo users to join in the jollification.
With this simple trick, you will be able to get up to 5.2GB of data for just N100 and 10.4GB of data for N200 only.
This tweak has been tested and confirmed before
Without much talk, just follow the simple procedure below to get the 5.2GB or 10.4GB data for N100 or N200 respectively.
How to Get 5.2GB Data for N100 or 10.4GB Data for N200 on Glo
Step 1: Get your Glo SIM and dial *603# to migrate to glo jollification.
Step 2: After migrating, recharge the line via e-top up (e.g your banking app, bank USSD code or other online channels) with N100 or N200.
Step 3: You will receive either 5.2GB for N100 recharge or 10.4GB for N200 recharge.
How to check Data Balance
To check the data balance, dial #122#.
You can accumulate the data
This tweak is SIM selective and it works mostly with newer Glo Sims.
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it’s yet another network tutorial. Today I will be focusing on Airtel network, lately, it’s all been about mtn cheats. I’m going to show you how to flash someone’s number without necessarily having airtime for AIRTEL users only.
simply follow the instructions below….
HOW TO BEEP A NUMBER WITHOUT AIRTIME ON AIRTEL SIM
1. Get the person's phone number ready.
2. Go to your dial pad and dial **and the person’s number.
3. Hit the dial button and the person’s number will ring for on 4secs.
Note that this works for all networks, I.e you can dial any networks number.
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