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FCTA Taskteam raids Okada riders, impounds 115 motorcycles in Kubwa

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By Muhammad Abdullahi, Abuja

No fewer than one hundred and fifteen commercial motorcycles popularly known as Okada were confiscated yesterday during a raid by officials of the FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) otherwise known as Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), in Kubwa area of Bwari Area Council, Abuja.

The DRTS officials in a joint operation with FCTA Command and Control Taskteam on city Sanitation which lasted for hours clampdown on the Okada operators from various hotspots within the Kubwa metropolis, for allegedly flaunting the ban on Okada and constituting nuisance in the area.

Blueptint gathered that the enforcement Team raided major Kubwa streets notorious for okada operations including a two storey building, an unoccupied residential house situated at number 214 Bakori Road, where over 30 motorcycles were discovered and confiscated.

Speaking after the exercise, Head of FCT DTRS Taskteam, Adamu Shehu Maiwada , explained that the joint operation aimed at riding the city of the environmental and security concerns from the operations of commercial motorcyclists within Kubwa and prohibited areas of the nation’s capital city.

Maiwada noted that although okada have been banned in terms of operating in Kubwa and other designated places in the city, the operators are bent on causing all sorts of nuisance in the city.

He however reiterated that the Taskforce will not relent to sustain the exercise, so as to rid the city of such menace.

“Preliminary report generated so far revealed that we have caught over one 115 motorcycles during today’s operation, in Kubwa.

“Everyday, we are out there on the streets, clamping down on contravening okada riders, which we will continue until order is maintained.

” In order to sustain the tempo of this kind of raid, we are going to keep going after them, to ensure that there’s strict compliance with the ban on operations of commercial motorcyclists in anywhere around Kubwa and other parts of the city centre”, he stated.


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NSCDC dismisses viral video on ‘bandit personnel’

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has dismissed a viral video purporting that a member of the corps confessed to being a bandit.

The suspected bandit, Mr Abdullah Saidu, in the viral video called himself personnel of the Corps.

This is contained in a statement issued by the NSCDC Spokesperson, Mr Olusola Odumosu, in Abuja.

Newsmen report that Saidu was arrested in connection to a group of armed bandits terrorising some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi.

The spokesperson said that the NSCDC has set up a team to investigate the available records to confirm the authenticity of Saidu’s claims that he was the corps personnel.

“The general public shall be adequately briefed on subsequent findings.“Based on the aforementioned, the purported video where the alleged suspect openly confessed to the crime did not in any way give credence to or affirm his membership to the Corps.

“Experience has shown that criminals are fond of impersonating security operatives in order to divert attention, subvert investigation or get away with the crime,” he said.

Odumosu further noted that the NSCDC was saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property amongst others.

“The Corps will not in any way condone any saboteur of national security or sponsorship of criminals.”He reiterated the Corps’ zeal to discharge its statutory mandates without compromise but with humility and integrity.

He said the NSCDC will continue to synergise with sister agencies to combat crimes in the country.

Source: (NAN)


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Federal government to incorporate NNPC board in six months

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President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday he had appointed a board for the NNPC and directed that it should be incorporated within six months, a move that could allow it to sell shares in the future.

The President signed the petroleum bill into law last month which has been in the works for nearly two decades, aiming to overhaul the sector and turn the state-owned oil company into a private firm.

The new oil law requires NNPC to be incorporated within six months, Buhari said in a statement, appointing Ifeanyi Ararume as NNPC chairman and its current Chief Executive Mele Kyari to lead the firm.

Kyari has said NNPC could consider an initial public offering (IPO) within three years. The incorporation could pave the way for NNPC to sell shares.

Buhari said last month that NNPC made its first profit in 44 years in 2020.

Source:(Global World News)


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Niger state becoming safe haven for fleeing Zamfara bandits

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Shiroro Local Government in Niger State has cried foul over the influx of bandits and terrorists fleeing Zamfara state.

The bandits/terrorists are identified by their masks and motorcycles, and their presence is causing fear and apprehension among the locals, spokesman of the local government, Salis M. Sabo disclosed in a statement.

Sabo said the bandits are believed to have flown from “Zamfara or other adjoining troubled states which the Niger State borders through Shiroro.

“The marauders have started showing their ugly faces in Galadiman Kogo, Zama, Magami, Maganda m, Paleli, Iburo, Chukuba, Dnasapa all in Shiroro Local Government.

“The military operation going on in Zamfara needs to be well coordinated and replicated in other States on Zamfara borders so as to save the vulnerable neighboours from bearing the brunt arising from the operation.

“The Coalition of Shiroro Associations (COSA) calls on the authorities concerned to swiftly intervene and listen to the cries of the people of Shiroro” Salis M Sabo said.


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