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Taraba FRSC Establishes Emergency Response Clinic for Accident Victims

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The Taraba Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said it has established an emergency response clinic for victims of road accidents in the state.

Celina William, Sector Commander of the Corp in Jalingo, made this known on Tuesday in an interview with newsmen in Jalingo.

William said that the clinic, located within the command headquarters, is to serve as a medical emergency response to accident victims, especially those who might have required emergency medical response.

She said that the project had received the blessings of the Chief Corp Marshal (CCM), Dauda Biu, who graciously supported the clinic with ‘state of the earth’ ambulance and assorted medical equipment to the clinic.

She also said that the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Jalingo, had accepted to deploy a physician and other medical workers to the clinic.

She said that the feat was achieved due to the robust collaboration between the FRSC and the FMC which she said had yielded positive result.

She also said that her tenure had seen the growth of the command in the state, adding that the befitting new office complex was constructed under her watch.

William also announced that the Chief Corp Marshal has graciously approved a new FRSC Unit Command (UC) in Takum.

She said that the CCM has provided the unit command with a new Innoson hilux vehicle and other logistics for the take off of operations in Takum.

She added that the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has also provided a befitting house which would serve as office accommodation for the corps.

She stated that the command had already deployed some of its personnel to commence operations in the new unit command..

She added that the Takum Unit command would cover its operations from Takum to Ashuku in Kurmi local government, and to Marraraban Baisa in Donga local government area.

The sector commander also said that plans were underway to establish another unit command in Zing which would operate from Zing down to Mayo Belwa in Adamawa.

She advised motorists to adhere to driving rules such as observation of speed limits, using of seat belt, avoidance of wrong over takings, and over loading, among others.

According to her, these rules, if observed, will reduce accidents on the highway to the barest minimum.

William thanked other sister security agencies in the state for their support to the command.

She also thanked Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba for his support to the command, but appealed to the governor to provide more funds to support the command’s operations. (NAN)

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Rivers Assembly Screens, Confirms Eight Commissioner Designates

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The Victor Oko-Jumbo-led faction of the Rivers State House of Assembly, on Tuesday screened and confirmed eight nominees for possible appointment as commissioners in the state.

Reports says that the screening took place at the temporary legislative chambers located within the state Government House.

The Oko-Jumbo-led three-member legislature is loyal to the state Governor, Siminalayi Fubara.

The commissioner designates are to fill some of the vacancies created by the recent resignation of nine commissioners loyal to the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Chief Nyesom Wike.

During the sitting, Oko-Jumbo read the correspondence from the governor, requesting the screening and confirmation of the nominees.

He expressed the assembly’s commitment towards supporting the governor to provide democracy dividends to Rivers people.

The factional speaker said that the screening was part of the assembly’s responsibility in the governance of the state

Responding, the House Leader, Mr Sokari Good-boy and Deputy Speaker, Adolphus Timothy, unanimously adopted the request.

They said that most of the nominees had previously served the state at various capacities without blemish.

The commissioner designates include, Mr Charles Bakee, Mr Collins Onunwo, Dr Peter Medee and Mr Elloka Amadi,

Others are, Mr Basoene Benibo, Mr Sydney Gbara, Dr Ovy Chukwuma and Mr Solomon Eke.(NAN)

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Police Arrest Suspect for Allegedly Defrauding Thai Citizen of $216,000, N30m

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Police in Lagos State have arrested a suspect, Chimereze Chinedu, for allegedly defrauding a citizen of Thailand of $216,000 (₦317,725,271) and N30 million.

Police spokesman in the state, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest in a post he shared on his X (formerly Twitter) handle @benHundeyin on Tuesday.

He said that the suspect was arrested by detectives of the State Criminal Investigative Department (SCID).

“Chinedu defrauded his victim under the pretense of selling 37 tricycles to her.

“He further expanded his fraudulent activity by forging letters of SCID, Lagos, showing that the tricycles were seized by the police and further extorted N30 million from the victim to purportedly secure the release of the tricycles,” he said.

The image maker said that the suspect was arrested on May 10 in Enugu State following weeks of diligent investigation and technical support from the International Criminal Police Organization, (INTERPOL)

The spokesman said that the suspect was currently in detention, as investigations continued to uncover details towards identifying and apprehending his accomplices.

According to Hundeyin, the Lagos State Command remains steadfast in its commitment to combating internet fraud and ensuring that perpetrators are brought to justice. (NAN)

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Death Penalty for Drug Traffickers not Proven Effective, Says UNODC

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has said that the move by the Nigerian Senate to impose death penalty for drug trafficking offenders would not yield the desired result.

UNODC Country Representative, Oliver Stolpe, said this at a two-day Media Personnel Training organised in collaboration with NDLEA and other partners on Tuesday in Abuja.

Reports says that the training is centered on Anti -Corruption, Police Accountability, Wildlife Crime and Sensitisation on Drugs Prevention, Treatment and Care, (DPTC).

“Our stance as UN is clear on the death penalty we are principally and categorically against it. And from a very practical viewpoint, I have to say, it doesn’t make sense,” he said.

Stolpe maintained that the UN had always advocated for clear distinction between crimes of drug trafficking as opposed to the issue of drug use.

He said that it was always considered primarily to be a health issue saying that it should be dealt with as such.

According to him, addiction is a health condition, it is not a choice.”

On the need for an updated drug data for Nigerians, Stolpe observed that the current national drug survey for Nigeria was last done six years ago, (2018), and therefore does not reflect the current situation for Nigeria.

He said “the drug use survey of 2018 remains as far as I can tell the most cited study in the media.

“This data is outdated and I think a very critical question that media could ask at that point is really well, how can we still refer to 2018 data to describe today’s levels of drug use?

Stolpe enjoined the media to keep the good work while ensuring that information were disseminated efficiently and effectively. NAN)

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