Bauchi Security: Police Launch Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit

Bauchi, security, policeThe Bauchi state police command in its efforts towards fighting crime and criminal activities, has launched the ‘change begins with me’ campaign and public complaint rapid response unit, to take care of complaints from the public.

This according to the force is to fight against police professional misconduct, emanating from policing activities and operations.

As the festive season approaches with the accompanying high rate of criminal activities during the period, the state police has decided to put some strategies in place that would curtail crime rate in the state.

Other activities at the launch included the unveiling of suggestion boxes at strategic locations, which would give members of the public, opportunity to provide useful information that will be treated with confidentiality.

Also a road walk was organized to campaign for attitudinal change on zero tolerance to corruption and quality services delivery from the police force.

The police commissioner accompanied by other security agent chiefs in the state, members of the police community relations committee, National Union of Road Transport Workers and the civil society, embarked on the walk, across the Bauchi metropolis.

They were seen carrying placards with various inscriptions on attitudinal change, zero tolerance to corruption, quality service delivery, among others.

The force has emphasized the need to build public confidence, by also encouraging synergy with other security agents in fighting crime; a move considered to indeed be a step in the right direction.

Motorists React To FG’s Order To Eliminate Speed Breakers

speed breakers, motorists, FG, HighwaysMotorists as well as residents of some communities have been reacting to the ‘no speed breakers’ directive by the Federal Government.

This is sequel to the directive by Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, ‎that all speed breakers on federal highways be removed.

Those agitating for the speed breakers to remain have insisted that they are necessary, in order to control the speed of motorists on the highways.

They believe that several lives have been lost to road accidents as a result of over-speeding by motorists, especially as some motorists indulge in drunk driving.

Some citizens are, however, in support of the government’s order for the removal of the speed breakers.

Motorists especially have complained that the speed breakers damage their vehicles, insisting that they are of no advantage on the highways.

Federal Controller of Works in Ondo State, Hezekiah Kehinde, in an interview with Channels Television, opined that ‎speed breakers are not part of road design.

According to him, “they are illegal and they even cause accidents”.

Channels TV also spoke with two transporters, Adewale Ojo and Kayode Agbeyanju, who were also of the view that the speed breakers should be removed from the highways.

Meanwhile, an Assistant Corps‎ Marshall in the Federal Road Safety Commission, (FRSC), Wole Olaniran, has suggested that it is rather “preferable for speed limit devices to be installed in vehicles, in order to limit the speed of motorists”.

Sallah Celebration: Abuja Motor Park Records Low Turn-Out of Passengers

Abuja, sallah, motor park, passengers,Transporters at the Jabi Motor Park in Abuja have recorded what they described as the lowest turn-out of travelers compared to other festive periods.

This is in spite of the fact that transport fares have remained the same.

The Park which is arguably the biggest and busiest in Abuja, purportedly experienced a mild traffic on Saturday morning, as travelers complained about hardship due to lack of money.

Some were seen lamenting bitterly about the state of the economy.

The motor park was said to be a bee hive of activities during weekends, especially the ones preceding public holidays. However, things seemed to take a different turn this time.

Some passengers, who spoke to the Channels Television crew, said they would rather send foodstuff to their loved ones than spend the money on transportation.

Transporters however took advantage of the few passengers rushing to their destinations by hiking the fares.

Also in the food stuff market, while some complained about not having money to buy what they needed, others said they were experiencing bumper sales.

Although the holiday period will afford majority the opportunity to visit their loved ones, the current economic realities would generally have an effect on the way the holiday is spent.

Transport Union Rallies For Peace In Oyo

NURTWThe members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Oyo State are advocating peace and a truce in the ongoing crisis between labour and government over alleged privatisation of some schools.

Several transporters in their hundreds engaged the public for hours in what they called a ‘walk for peace’, sensitising residents along major roads on the need to shun violence.

The rally was led by the chairman of the union, Mr Taofeek Oyerinde, who condemned the faceoff that took place last week, leading to the indefinite closure of all primary and secondary schools in the state.

The union urged labour unions to choose the path of decency and stop violent protests.

The Governor of Oyo State, Mr Abiola Ajimobi, while addressing the union at the entrance of the Government Secretariat sought labour unions understanding and advised them to dialogue even though they had refused several previous advances.

The Governor also expressed his surprise and pleasure that those who were involved in violence were now leading a good cause to strengthen peace in the state.

Known flash points like Beere, Molete, Mapo, Challenge, Oke Ado, Dugbe, Gate and Agodi- the seat of government, were some of the places the union visited, calling for peace in the land.

No Intention To Sell Schools

Disagreement between labour unions and government started after the government made a decision to involve private sector in the running of schools in the state currently managed by the government.

But the Governor Ajimobi has cleared the air over the raging controversy about the new education policy, which the labour union said was aimed at selling public schools.

In a no holds barred consultative forum on June 8, Governor Ajimobi said the government had no intention to involve private group and individuals in the management of public secondary schools.

He apologised to the people of Oyo State over the crisis which erupted as a result of various misconceptions, admitting that advertorial should not have preceded the forum.

The Governor reiterated that no school was for sale or transfer to any concern and called on residents to join hands with the government to salvage the education sector in the state.


Police Give 2-Week Ultimatum To Unregistered Vehicles

IGPThe Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, has advised transporters in the country to register with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and ensure that their vehicle particulars are up to date within two weeks.

Mr Arase made this declaration during a meeting with the national leadership of the NURTW.

The meeting, according to the NURTW, was to commend the Police for the ongoing reorganisation of the system which has led to better policing.

The IGP said that while the Police would continue to sanitize its system, it would not take it lightly with any transporter found on the wrong side of the law.

The Police Chief also warned that failure to comply with the directives would lead to the seizure of any vehicle found wanting.

To this end, the grace of two weeks was announced for all affected transporters to comply with laid down procedures or face the wrath of the law.

Four Killed In Oshodi Clash

oshodi clashFour people have been killed following a clash between rival members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers at the Mosafejo area of Oshodi in Lagos State.

The fracas, which reportedly started on Tuesday evening lasted till Wednesday after the intervention of security agents who are still keeping watch over the area to avoid further breakdown of law and order.

The violence also led to the destruction of many property, including about 27 vehicles, 15 of which were completely burnt. Several shops located at the Mosafejo motor park were also razed.

It was gathered that trouble started after the rival gangs of the union disagreed over an order given to them by the police to stop the smoking of Indian hemp in the area.

Suicide Bomber Kills 4 In Potiskum

bomb blastA suicide bomb attack has killed at least 5 people in Potiskum, Yobe State, North East Nigeria.

An official of the National Union of Road Transport Workers told Channels Television that a suicide bomber who pretended to be a passenger entered Bulala Motor Park near Fika junction, along Bauchi- Jos road and detonated the improvised explosive device.

Four died on the spot.

He said apart from the four killed on the spot, the bomber also died in the process with 35 injured victims taken to the Potiskum General Hospital.

“The explosion went off around 9:50 Sunday morning at the Bulala motor park close to Ibal filling station along Jos road.

As I speak, we counted 5 dead bodies but others injured are being conveyed to a nearby hospital in Potiskum for immediate medical attention”, he said.

Hospital sources said that they are still receiving victims from the scene of the blast while those at the hospital are being treated.

Sunday’s explosion is the third within the space of three weeks in Potiskum, the largest commercial city in Yobe state, north-east Nigeria.

A hawker was killed in the first week of January after a blast targeting footballers went off late evening while two female suicide bombers carried out coordinated attacks killing 8 in Potiskum town.

Kaduna Beefs Up Security At Motor Parks, Public Places

PoliceThe Police and other Security agencies in Kaduna State have deployed more men to motor parks and other strategic areas in the state ahead of the Christmas and New Year holiday to ensure a hitch-free celebration.

The Kaduna State Police command said that they had made adequate arrangements to ensure that public places, including churches, markets and recreational centres were well secured during the period.

The Kaduna State Police Command spokesman, Aminu Lawan, said in a statement that the command, in collaboration with other security agencies in the state, had designed measures to ensure the safety of residents and motorists at all parts of the state during the period.

He called on the public to be vigilant and also put security measures in place in their places of worship during the Christmas service in view of the current security situation in the north.

To forestall any breakdown of law and order at motor parks, passengers were subjected to thorough security checks on their vehicles and luggage by officials of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

This measure, according to the Union’s Chairman, is to ensure that the security of passengers is guaranteed at the motor park and to avoid attack by terrorists.

Channels Television’s correspondent went round the state capital and reports that policemen were deployed to all major streets and roads while officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps were also on ground to maintain orderliness on the roads.

On their part, the passengers traveling to different parts of the country, complained increase in transportation fares which they said had doubled due to the Christmas celebration.

Commercial drivers blamed the increase on the scarcity of fuel in the state. In the state capital, only few petrol stations were seen selling fuel to motorists despite the suspension of the three day warning strike by oil workers.

There were, long queues at petrol stations where the product is available. This has significantly affected the movement of people within and outside the state.

However, the spokesman for the North-West Zonal office of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Rabiu Bello , told Channels Television, shortly after inspecting some petrol stations within the metropolis, that there was enough fuel to serve motorists during and after the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

He disclosed that 94 trucks of PMS had been deployed to the state on Monday while more were expected. He also said that the agency had sealed three petrol stations for diversion of PMS and warned that the agency would not hesitate to sanction any marketer found indulging in an unwholesome practice.

Workers Gather At Eagles Square Abuja For Rally

nlcThe workers day rally in Abuja may not witness the usual pump that is associated with the day.

At about 10am only a few workers were  at the Eagles Square for the rally that goes with the day.

Some of the Union Leaders who spoke to Channels Television blamed the situation on insecurity in the land.

One of the officers used the public address system to plead with the workers who were outside the Eagle’s Square to get into the center stage for the rally, a plea that only a few workers adhered to.

Among the groups that came in on time was the Drivers’ Union otherwise known as the National Union of Road Transport Workers, followed by the Vice President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Issa Aremu

Also, the Minister of Labour, Emeka Wogu had been at the Eagles Square very early trying hard to ensure that things are in order.

UCH Doctors Embark On Strike Over Attacks By Motorists

The Association of Resident Doctors, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, on Monday declared a three-day strike in protest against an attack on two of their members by members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Oyo State.

Some doctors were among persons allegedly attacked by NURTW members while waiting to receive the body of their Deputy Chairman, Alhaji Kamorudeen Beyioku, who was shot earlier in the week by unknown gunmen.

President of the Resident Doctors in UCH, Dr. Tunde Babasanya, during a media conference on Monday explained his members had resolved to embark on a three-day strike to express their anger at the treatment meted out to doctors at the hospital.

“It is sad and the situation is getting out of hand. Many of our members have been victimised and the undeserving treatment is fast becoming a norm” he said.

“Last year, a doctor was attacked with gun at the Accident and Emergency Unit. That same year, a female doctor was dragged on the floor, while another doctor was reportedly beaten up at the Children Emergency Unit.

“We agreed on a 72-hour strike, believing that the management would meet us midway before the expiration of the strike and we would review the situation. The action is directed at sending a message to the transport union members to stop harassing us.”

Meanwhile, Chief Medical Director of UCH, Prof. Temitope Alonge, condemned the action of the association, saying “we came to work this morning only to meet an illegal strike action by the resident doctors.

“We managed an important personality who had a gunshot wound to his upper tummy. We removed the bullets in his abdominal cavity and he was responding well until we discovered that he had renal impairment. He had the first dialysis and while he was about to receive the second one, he had cardiac arrest and passed away.

“It was between the process of autopsy and the release of his remains for burial that a medical officer was assaulted. While we are not in support of this we are also not in support of the strike. Strike is not the solution. When there is dispute, the proper thing is to report to the authorities. But there was no formal report in this case.”

FRSC Launches New Drivers’ License That Requires Medical Verification

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has launched the new commercial drivers’ license with security features that require a mandatory medical certification of drivers before issuance.

According to the Corps Marshall of the commission, Mr Osita Chidoka, the new license has security features, intelligence camera and biometrics that will mandate a medical certification for all commercial drivers before issuance.

He noted that the new license will be issued to commercial drivers after verified medical certificates on hearing and eyesight.

Hypertension and blood sugar level among other requirements.

Statistics reeled out by the Corps Marshall showed that up to 40 per cent of road accidents between 2007 and 2010 across the country resulted to almost 13,000 deaths involving commercial drivers.

This is the reason for the launch of the new commercial drivers’ license that will require all commercial drivers to present their medical verification before being issued the new license.

Also to be mandated for commercial drivers is a compulsory standard driving school check and a yearly retraining programme to be handled by the drivers’ unions.

The issuance of new drivers’ licenses will commence immediately as stated by the FRSC, while all old licenses will be phased out by September 2013.

This new developments was welcomed by key players in the transport sector such as president, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Alhaji Najeem Yasin and the Special Assistant to the Minister of Transport, Dikko Bala.

The Corps Marshall said other categories of licenses will also be released shortly.

It is believed that when fully in use, the new license will build a good data base of drivers and vehicles and help curb the high rate of accidents involving commercial vehicles in the country.

Police to collaborate with NURTW

Members of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) have been challenged to assist the police in curbing the spate of violence in the country

The Inspector General of Police Mr Mohammed Abubakar, threw down the gauntlet at a meeting with the transport workers in Abuja, to explain how they can collaborate with security agencies to ensure the protection of lives and property on the roads.

According to the police boss, the transport workers have turned the motors parks across the nation into criminal spots where hoodlums hide, various illegal drinks and drugs are sold.

He called for caution from the transporters and sought their support and collaboration, fighting the menace in the parks.

The IGP also defended the removal of road blocks on Nigerian roads, saying corrupt policemen used them to harass and exploit Nigerians.