“This is to inform the motoring public that Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, currently rehabilitating the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway, would be temporarily closing only the Ibadan bound carriageway from Magboro to Kara and Ibafo, scheduled to commence from Wednesday 22 May 2019 and reopened on Friday 24 May 2019.
“The temporary closure is to lay a section of 400m of wearing asphaltic surface on the affected section of the corridor.
“The closure would not affect traffic inbound Lagos around the affected road, but would narrow the carriageway which is expected to build up traffic around the mentioned sections,” the statement read in part.
The FRSC Sector Commander Clement Oladele therefore advised motorists to note the occurrence and plan their trips, while those using the corridor within the period should obey all traffic rules and regulations, including refraining from driving against traffic, as violators are liable to be apprehended for dangerous driving which attracts the fines of fifty thousand naira (N50,000) and impoundment of the erring vehicle .
The FRSC working with sister traffic agencies will maintain visibility to ease the traffic discomfort the temporary closure of that section of the corridor would cause.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has announced a temporary traffic diversion around the Ibafo axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Ogun State Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Clement Oladele, disclosed that the diversion would take place in the hours of Sunday, August 26.
Mr Oladele explained that the decision was to enable the construction company building the pedestrian bridge at Ibafo bus stop erect the beams of the bridge.
In a statement signed by the Public Education Officer in the state, Florence Okpe, and posted on Facebook on Wednesday, the FRSC urged travellers to bear with them as a result of the inconveniences of the diversion.
The Corps also asked motorists to cooperate with FRSC officials and other relevance agencies that would be deployed in the area to control the diverted traffic.
“Motorists are accordingly advised to observe lane discipline and enjoined to drive cautiously while obeying traffic rules and regulations around the diversion area and on all other road corridors,” it said.
FRSC asked motorists who notice traffic emergencies to contact the agency through its toll-free number ‘122’.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has again on Monday struck at criminal hideouts and camps harbouring pipeline vandals at Arepo and environs.
According to a statement by the Air Force spokesman, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, the latest air strike is in continuation of the aerial bombardment commenced by the NAF on Thursday, July 28 to rid the affected areas of pipeline vandals and other criminal elements.
The statement further said that the ongoing air operations are aimed at providing air support for the joint task force recently set-up by the Defence Headquarters to dislodge pipeline vandals in the south west region of the country in an operation codenamed ‘Operation Awatse’.
The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has ordered the immediate clearing of about 500 metres of bush around the creeks of Arepo area of the state.
This is to ensure better security around the place which has witnessed activities of militants in recent times.
He gave the order while on an on-the-spot assessment of the area allegedly sacked by suspected militants from the creeks as well as pipeline vandals.
The Governor, while commending the federal government for its prompt response to security threats around some communities within the state, expressed the commitment of his administration towards providing adequate security to bring normalcy to those areas.
According to the residents, suspected militants have made life unbearable for them.
The State Governor admonished the security personnel posted to the place not to drop the ball just as he ordered the immediate clearing of the bushes around the creeks to ensure better security.
The Governor, who visited in company of security chiefs, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his prompt response to the challenges of the suspected militants terrorizing the affected communities.
Some level of calm returned to Arepo community in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State after a special security apparatus was recently deployed to contain the activities of suspected militants in the area.
The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday, June 30, 2016 deployed a Tactical Operation Unit to flush out vandals and other criminal elements operating in Arepo and Ibafo areas of Ogun State.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, the team comprises the Police Mobile Force, the Counter-Terrorism Unit with the back-up of an Air Surveillance Team.
IGP Ibrahim Idris said that the deployment of the Unit to Arepo/Ibafo is to ensure that normalcy returns to the areas in record time.
“The IGP also said that the Nigeria Police Force will not watch any criminal group or groups take the law into their hands, he therefore authorized the Unit to deal decisively with anyone who constitutes himself an enemy of the State, while asking law-abiding citizens of the area to return home and go about their normal businesses,” the PPRO said.
Arepo and Ibafo in Ogun State have been in the news due to anti-social behaviours of miscreants.
In another development, the Nigeria Police Force has arrested one Aloysius Ebiniko, said to be the kingpin of the armed gang that abducted and murdered Col. Samaila Inusa on March 27, 2016 in Kaduna, Kaduna State.
The arrest of Aloysius Ebiniko was made possible as a result of a credible technical intelligence employed by the Police after a confessional statement of a member of the gang earlier arrested.
Aloysius Ebiniko will soon be arraigned in court as those earlier arrested in connection with the crime had been arraigned and are remanded in Prison custody.
The Ogun State Police Command has rescued 26 children from three suspected human traffickers at Ibafo area of Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state.
The three traffickers, alongside 26 innocent under-aged children were paraded at the state headquarters of the Police Command in Abeokuta, the state capital.
The State Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, said that the children, who were rescued at Ibafo, were taken from Kano State.
The CP said that investigations were being carried out by the command to ascertain the motives for which the children were brought to the southwest, especially at a time when children are being used as suicide bombers by the Boko Haram members.
The widows and families of the five slained police officers that were recently murdered by armed robbers in Ogun state has been awarded the sum of N7.5 million.
At a press briefing in Abeokuta, the state capital, the secretary to the state government, Mr.Taiwo Adeoluwa handed over N500,000 each, to widows of the deceased for immediate burial expenses, while he announced that N1,000,000 will be given to each of the families after the burial.
While promising the continuous assistance of the state government to the families, the state government however stated that the unfortunate incident will not deter it from providing adequate security of life and property in the state.
Widows clutching to their babies and family members no doubt are still trying to contend with the loss of their beloved and bread winners.
And as a way of alleviating their sufferings, the state government announced some measures which also included footing the bills of the injured officers and cash reward for families of the deceased promising to always feel for them especially during this trying period.
Responding on behalf of the families, Mr.David Ayogu commended the state government for the gesture.
Mayhem broke out this evening in the Ibafo Area along the Lagos Ibadan expressway, following a clash between the police and a group of people.
One man has been confirmed dead.
Accordinfg to an eye witness account, the victim was in a 14-seater bus en route Ibafo when he was hit by the bullet from a policeman said to have been shooting randomly.
Channels Television crew who arrived at the scene were immediately driven away by the policemen who eventually took the corpse away to Ibafo police station while still firing in the air. Photos of the scene below, by Channels TV.