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Road crashes: FCTA vows to clamp down on owners/drivers of heavy duty vehicles involved in accidents

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… cautions against looting…

By Muhammad Tanimu, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has vowed to arrest and prosecute owners and drivers of heavy duty vehicles involved in accidents that maim and kill people, while adding that any heavy duty vehicle and truck that is involved in accident on these routes would be throughly investigated, their  owners and drivers would be prosecuted for lives lost and damages.

Chairman,  FCT Ministerial Traffic Management Team, Comrade Ikharo Attah stated this on Wednesday at Nyanya during a rescue operation at two scenes of road crashes involving heavy duty vehicles and trucks.

He hinted that, “a late Tuesday night accident involving two trucks carrying food,  Malt drinks and alcoholic beverages caused severe traffic gridlock during the morning hours on Wednesday when workers were heading to work. 

“An early morning accident less than two hundred meters from the night crash, involving a Dangote truck, a costal Bus and tree other vehicles worsened the already chaotic traffic situation.

” From investigations of previous road crashes particularly on the Zuba- Gwagwalada and the AYA-Nyanya Road, we discovered that some of this trucks and  articulated duty vehicles are not properly maintained by their corporate and private owners.

He continued; ” If not for the combined efforts of the DPO Nyanya, CSP Majia, FRSC Nyanya unit Commander,  Mrs Sabena and a strong support of the Karu police Division the road would not have been passable at all. They deployed their men from 11. 40pm Tuesday night and worked till 10am Wednesday morning to bring the situation fully under control”.

“Despite series of efforts and enlightenment, it seems as some persons are yet to come to terms with the vision to make Abuja a safe city for motorists and commuters” , he explained.

Attah, however, condemned attempts by some youths  and refuse vendors to loot the food and other items from the scene of the crashes,  saying, ” one wonders why some people will see rice, drinks at accident scene and be calling them palliatives. The Nyanya police team did a brilliant job by preventing the youths who came out in their hundreds to loot the items”. 

Meanwhile, an eye witness told journalists that policemen fire teargas several times during the night to disperse the youths who were desperate to cart away the items, particularly the bags of rice. 


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Breaking: Ganduje appoints new Emir of Gaya

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has in the early hours of Sunday appointed Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim-Gaya as the new emir of Gaya.

Ibrahim-Gaya succeeded his late father, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir who died at the age of 91 years after protracted illness.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji announced the appointment on behalf of the Governor.

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Tanks head for Kosovo-Serb border as Balkans tensions grow

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A Kosovo security unit trooper guards the border with Serbia as the Balkan nations trade accusations.
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Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti has accused neighbouring Serbia of “provoking a serious international conflict”, with tensions between the two countries at their highest for years.

In the latest flashpoint, two interior ministry offices in northern Kosovo were on Saturday attacked near border crossings blocked by local Serbs angered by a ban on cars with Serbian licence plates entering the country.

The car registration office in the town of Zubin Potok was set ablaze, and two hand grenades were thrown at the civil registration office in the nearby town of Zvecan, though they did not go off, police said.

There was no mention of any casualties.

Serbs from Kosovo’s north have blocked two main roads near the border since the government ban went into force on Monday.

Drivers from Serbia must now use temporary printed registration details that are valid for 60 days.

The Kosovo government says its move mirrors measures in force in Serbia against drivers from Kosovo since 2008, when Kosovo declared independence from their neighbour.

Serb fighter planes flew close to the border crossing of Jarinje where protesters cheered them. A day before, three helicopters also flew in the vicinity.

Media in Belgrade reported that tanks and other military equipment were heading towards the border, but the Serb army did not give any details.

NATO’s mission in Kosovo, where peacekeepers maintain a fragile peace, called for restraint.

Source: (NewDaily)


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Anthony Joshua breaks his silence after devastating defeat to Oleksandr Usyk

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Joshua was outclassed by Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Anthony Joshua is determined to stay positive after his devastating world title defeat to Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday.

Usyk turned in a boxing masterclass to take the IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight titles, dethroning Joshua in his own back yard at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Joshua immediately left the ring after the Ukrainian’s unanimous decision win and was taken to hospital to be assessed after taking damage to his right eye during the contest.

But he wrote on Twitter: ‘Keep positive even if the world’s crumbling in front of you!

London I love you and thank you each and every time

A rematch clause will give Joshua the chance to reclaim his titles but promoter Eddie Hearn has warned big changes are needed if he is to avenge the loss.

The fighter in AJ is already talking about winning the rematch.

‘It was a tough defeat. I had it reasonably close in the eighth and then Usyk ran away with it. If that happens again, he will get beat again.

‘Usyk’s confidence will be sky high. He has to impose himself but when you get to the level of AJ, there are no 10-round comeback fights or warm ups.

‘You are straight into the fight. He will be an underdog in that rematch.

‘He chose to take on a pound for pound great tonight, and it didn’t work out. He deserves credit for that but this is sport.’

Source: (Metro News)


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