By Laide Akinboade
The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Minister, Muhammad Bello said Abuja is still a safer place compare to other cities, urging residents not to leave security matters to the law enforcement agencies alone.
Bello reiterated this after a meeting of the FCT Security Committee which comprises of the heads of the police, military and para military formations in the FCT as well as Area Council Chairmen and religious leaders.
He said that in comparison to several cities around the world, FCT remains quite safe. While acknowledging that there were indeed two incidences of kidnappings over the past few weeks, the Minister said both victims have been rescued.
According to him, “it is almost impossible for security agencies to be everywhere one hundred percent. So every resident in a way is also a security officer. So, it is very important for residents to be vigilant, to be very conscious of their personal security”
He continued, “if for instance, you see a vehicle without number plates, it means that vehicle is not registered and can be used for criminal activities, please report to the relevant authorities”.
He called on residents not to be swayed by rumours or unverified news online but to confirm their veracity before circulating. Fake news or false security information has the capacity to lead to breach of peace, he said.
On the issue of communal clashes, he commended the efforts of the Area Council Chairmen and traditional rulers in curbing the herders/farmers clashes and urged them to continue on the path of ensuring peace.
He also assured residents that the FCTA will continue to partner and render support to the Nigerian police, the military and para -military commands in the FCT that are charged with the task of keeping the city secure.
Also speaking, the FCT Minister of State Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu called for synergy between all security agencies in the task of combating crime and enforcing security measures in the FCT.
The FCT Commissioner of Police Bala Ciroma on his part said that there will be more deployment of officers and men across the city to combat crime. He revealed that they were also intensifying both vehicular and foot patrol to ensure more visibility of officers and men of the Force in the city. The raid of black spots he said, will be stepped up.
Mr. Ciroma echoed the opinion of the Hon. Minister when he said that community policing, which involved a robust collaboration between the police and the citizenry will be intensified. He said this method has succeeded in curbing criminality in the Area Councils, especially Abaji where information provided by the citizens stopped a kidnapping ring which operated between Kogi State and the FCT.
On the menace of “one Chance” the police commissioner said that the criminals perpetrated their acts by using unregistered and unpainted taxis. He said that the police was collaborating with the FCT Directorate of Road Transport Services to apprehend the criminals. He also revealed that a unit within the CID was created specifically to combat one chance and so far, over one hundred of suspected one chance perpetrators have been arrested and their vehicles confiscated.
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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