By Laide Akinboade
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), yesterday arrested 14 suspected criminals and recovered some dangerous weapons at some of the dreaded flash points within the City Centre.
The most hit by the manhunt operations were the areas around Bolingo hotels, Church Gate Towers, all located in the Central Business, Wuse and Jahi Districts.
The invasion led by the Chairman, FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, Ikharo Attah, during which several suspects were arrested, revealed that most of the undeveloped plots of land, within the city center have been turned into criminal habitations.
Attah, who decried the rate at which criminal elements were illegal converting all available spaces to hiding places, warned owners of the undeveloped plots to rid their lands of criminal activities and also commence development.
He noted that the discoveries made at some of the places raided were frightening and demands that the exercise be intensified with all commitment.
According to him, FCT Minister has reiterated his resolve to muster enough political will and ensure that the illegalities and criminalities were ended.
“We discovered there have been so much intra-city robbery, so from our check we found that the criminals live among the people in shanties, so today we have to commence intensive operations around the Central Business, Wuse and Jahi Districts.
“Most people in Abuja have experienced robbery experience and these places are where the criminals live. We found fresh Indian hem growing and suspected drug addicts.
“The FCT Minister is giving us enough political will to continue, so the illegalities can’t continue. Today’s operations were by two teams that have gone round the city, and have reduced the illegal shanties by over 75 percent”.
Also speaking, Secretary FCT Command and Control, Peter Olumuji, said the operations were in response to the residents’ complaints of incessant criminal attacks.
Olumuji noted that invasion of these criminal hideouts was to send a signal to all criminals that effective policing of the city has come to stay
He also added that the operations will not end until, until insecurity is frontally combated for all residents to have a sense of security and safety.
Lagos-Shagamu Expressway’s Long Bridge Undergoes Repairs March 4 — Federal Controller
The Federal Government has announced that the Lagos-Shagamu Expressway’s Long Bridge will undergo repairs to its damaged expansion joints from Monday.
The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Mrs Olukorede Kesha, disclosed this in a statement on Friday night in Lagos.
Kesha, who regretted the inconvenience that these repairs might cause motorists, appealed for patience and cooperation by members of the public.
“The Federal Ministry of Works wish to inform the motoring public that repair works for the damaged expansion joints on the long bridge will commence by Monday, March 4, 2024, simultaneously on both bounds of the bridge.
“Consequently, traffic leaving and entering Lagos through the long bridge will be narrowed to two lanes on both sides of the bridge to enable the contractor handling the repair works to commence works on the other two lanes of the carriageways.
“Thus, all road users are advised to be patient and adhere to lane discipline on both approaches to the Long Bridge and around the narrowed sections on the bridge.
“The earth road beside the Shagamu bound carriageway will be made motorable, to serve as complimentary road. Other road users are advised to use alternative routes.
“Motorists are further advised to cooperate with the traffic management officials deployed to manage traffic and ensure hitch-free movements to minimise discomfort during the duration of the repair works,” she said.
According to the notification, the repair, which will begin by 7.00a.m. on Monday, will last till March 25.(NAN)
NAFDAC Clamps Down on Illegal Sachet Water Companies in Anambra
The National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has shut down some unregistered sachet water production factories in Anambra state.
The companies were said to be producing water in unhealthy environments and operating without subjecting their processes to regulatory standards.
Coordinator of NAFDAC in Anambra, Louis Mmadubuatta, told newsmen in Awka that the exercise was part of the routine surveillance of the agency with the aim of protecting the health of members of the public.
“We have over time visited a number of water factories that do not comply to good manufacturing standards and normally such places are shut until they comply and those we earlier closed have done so.
“Those places are sealed and we are not opening them until they respond to the regulatory action taken against them,” he said.
Mmadubuatta, who did not reveal the locations of the sealed companies for strategic reasons, warned companies engaging in illegal manufacturing of table water and other regulated products to desist from such activities.
He said the companies should go to NAFDAC and register their products and those whose licenses had expired should endeavour to renew them.
“We are still embarking on massive sanction activities against erring companies,” he said.
The Coordinator urged members of the public to assist NAFDAC with information on illegal table water production activities going on in their neighbourhood for swift reaction while assuring them of anonymity.
He further advised that consumers should look out for product name, production and expiry dates, NAFDAC number and batch number and if they had doubts they should reach the agency.
Court Sentences Lady to Death by Hanging for Killing Enugu Make-up Artiste
From Sylvia Udegbunam, Enugu
An Enugu State High Court, sitting in Enugu, has sentenced Chiamaka Ifezue to death by hanging for killing an Enugu-based make-up artist, Ijeoma Nweke.
The court, presided over by Justice Kenneth Okpe, in a two-hour judgement on Wednesday, found the accused guilty of killing the victim by forcing her to drink a poisonous substance.
The corpse of the make-up artist was found in Maryland within Enugu Metropolis on Monday.
The deceased, Nweke had left home on Wednesday November 11, 2020, for a job but went missing afterwards.
Her supposed client, having refused to disclose the location for the job, asked the deceased to stop at the Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS) Bus Stop, where she would then be taken to the venue.
Nweke, having perceived foul play, sent the client’s phone number to her brother via text.
Her phones were unreachable after hours leading to suspicion that she might have been kidnapped.
This led to a frantic search for her by friends and relatives until early on Monday morning when her corpse was found at Maryland in Enugu.
Eyewitnesses said that her corpse was mutilated with a substance suspected to be acid.
While delivering the judgement, Justice Okpe, said every evidence pointed to the fact that the convict lured the deceased to her house where she poisoned the deceased and evacuated her body out of her house.
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