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5 FRSC staff arrested for extortion

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Olagunju is the Commanding Officer, Rs 4 Jos Zonal Headquarters, overseeing Nasarawa, Plateau and Benue States.

Olagunju also urged the corps marshals to live within their means and desist from acts capable of ending their careers untimely.

He said that within two weeks of his resumption of duty as the Zonal Commanding Officer, RS 4 Jos, he had arrested five marshals for extortion in Nasarawa State, one of the states under his Command.

The corps marshal also said that the command would not tolerate any form of attack on its staff, both on the road or in the office as such an act would attract serious sanction.

He disclosed that he had set up a monitoring team that monitors the activities of all marshals within the zone, especially, on the roads.

“We must improve on our level of public education and steps of enforcement.

“We must learn to be very civil in the cause of discharging our duties because there are instruments and laws to punish offenders.

“The Command will not tolerate any attack on her staff on the road or office as such an act will attract severe punishment.

“I have warned my men against extortion on several times.

“The issue of extortion is very serious and we have arrested five of our staff within the last two weeks in Nasarawa State for extortion.

“I will ensure that all those bad eggs who are not disciplined are flushed out of the system because discipline is the key and our staff are well motivated,” he said.

Olagunju also disclosed that so far, two FRSC staff under the Plateau Command had tested positive for COVID-19 and urged all marshals to take the pandemic seriously.

The Zonal Commanding Officer said that the Corps must ensure that all motorists obey the COVID-19 safety measures by conveying only 60 percent of passengers that the vehicle should have originally conveyed.

He also appealed to the public to abide by COVID-19 safety measures, adding that the pandemic is real.

He said the issue of overloading, speeding, obeying traffic rules, use of phones while driving amongst others remain a fundamental challenge to the Command.

Olagunju commended the Plateau Government for its decision to build a multi-million naira driving school for the Command.

He also appreciated the Benue Government for allocating land for the construction of a new complex for the State Command.

On his part, the State Sector Commander, Corps Commander Aliyu Baba, said that the Command had deployed 583 personnel for effective traffic control during the Eid el-Kabir celebration in Benue.

Baba said that all motorists must obey COVID-19 safety guidelines before plying the roads and urged travellers to ensure that they travel during the day.

“As part of the enforcement, the command will organise a mobile court where drivers who violate traffic rules and regulations as well as those who flout COVID-19 protocols will be arraigned,” he said.

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Enforce Public Procurement Laws – CSOs tells Buhari

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Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center CISLAC has called for the enforcement of public procurement laws in all contract bidding especially one that has to do with international organisations.

Citing the Process and Industrial Developments Limited P&ID case, the agency said the international scam would not have been possible if due diligence was followed and public officials, patriotic and honest.

The agency also decried the connivance by Nigeria public officers with foreign companies to defraud the country of monies that could be spent on providing basic amenities for the citizens.

While lamenting the non interest of National Assembly in the case, the Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Musa expressed regrets over efforts by the lawyers representing the country to frustrate the case.

The CSO commended the proposed Database for recovered assets, but however called on the government clarify if the database will be accessible to the ordinary citizens.

CISLAC therefore called on citizens to continue to hold public officers accountable.

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Nigerian Navy deploys 6 warships, 60 gunboats for operation in 4 States

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The Nigerian Navy on Tuesday deployed troops on board six warships and 60 gunboats for a special military exercise.

The drill targets pirates, oil smugglers and other criminalizes in the nation’s waters.

Rear Admiral David Adeniran, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command (ENC), Calabar, made the announcement.

He spoke at the flag-off of the exercise in Onne, Rivers State

The operation code-named, ‘Exercise Sanga Sung,’ means ‘Safe Transit’ in Ibibio dialect.

The States to be covered are Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi and Rivers.

The commander explained the operation would consolidate ‘Exercises Bekan Mmon I and II’

Adeniran added that the purpose was to train personnel and check the state of preparedness of fleets.

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Buhari reports Boko Haram, bandits to UN

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday told the international community that Nigeria was still battling Boko Haram and bandits.

Buhari’s message was contained in his pre-recorded address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

He urged countries to take a strong action against illicit flow of small arms and light weapons.

“Nigeria remains deeply concerned over the illicit trade, transfer, and circulation of small arms and light weapons, particularly on the continent of Africa. In Nigeria, we are still facing violent extremism from the insurgency of Boko Haram and bandits,” he said.

He noted that Nigeria counts on cooperation with neighbours and UN counter-terrorism bodies to overcome terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin and the wider Sahel Region.

The President said his administration will sustain the rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement of victims of terrorism and insurgency in the North-East.

On COVID-19, the Nigerian leader added his voice to supply of safe and effective coronavirus vaccines for all.

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