Fuel Hike: Police Warn NANS Over Planned Protest In Ogun

A Logo of the Nigerian Police Force

 

The Ogun State Police Command has warned members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) over the planned protest against the increased price of electricity and petrol.

In a press statement on Saturday, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed that the protest is billed for Monday, September 14, 2020.

“The police is in receipt of reliable intelligence that some students are bent on disturbing the public peace in parts of Ogun state, starting from Monday 14th September 2020,” he said.

DSP Oyeyemi warned those who are being linked to the planned protest to have a rethink of their plan.

“In the course of identifying the persons involved and warn them against the planned action, a group of individuals who claim to be NANS executives South- West Zone D, led by one Kappo Samuel Olawale, in a letter addressed to the Command, has given the Federal Government a five-day ultimatum to reverse the recent hike in fuel prices and electricity tariffs, threatening to unleash mayhem in Ogun state after the expiration of the ultimatum on Sunday 13th September 2020.”

According to the command’s spokesperson, the students also plan to block the Lagos/Ibadan and the Benin/ Ore expressway.

“It is part of their violent plans to block all major highways, including the Lagos-Ibadan and Lagos-Benin expressway, recruit miscreants, street urchins, hoodlums, expelled, suspended and perpetual students over-running their courses at tertiary institutions in Ogun State and other states from the South-West, to swell their ranks and ensure their desired objective of spreading violence in the State beginning from Monday 14th September is achieved”

He said any form of protest against the hike in prices as announced by the Federal Government is not welcomed and would be resisted.

“The decision by any group of students to embark on protest over a recent increase in fuel prices and electricity tariffs is unwarranted and therefore unacceptable to the Ogun State Police Command.

“No group will be allowed to hold the entire good people of Ogun state in perpetual fear of violence and harm to their persons and properties. Olawale and his group are hereby advised in their own interest to drop their plan to block any highway in the state, thereby causing confusion, disturbances, and public apprehension. ”

The PRO noted that officers will be on standby to arrest any individual or group that tries to put fear in the heart of the residents.

“The law is not on their side on this Officers and men of the command have consequently be put on red alert in view of this unwarranted threat. Members of the public are advised to call the bluff of the group and go about their lawful businesses without fear of harm or molestation by any person, including Olawale and his cohorts.

“Motorists and all road users alike have however been reminded of their rights to freedom of movement and self-defence of their persons and properties against molestation and violence by any persons acting under any guise, including miscreants and hoodlums”.

He further added that the police in conjunction with other security agencies have resolved, and have the capacity, to deal with such elements in the most decisive manner just as he admonished and guardians to call their wards to order.

Two Suspects Arrested In Attempt To Commit Robbery

Odukoya Ayomide and Abiodun Oyenuga were arrested by a team of policemen in Ogun State, south-west Nigeria.

 

Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested two suspects on their way to a robbery operation along the Awa-Ijebu – Ijebu Ode expressway in south-west Nigeria.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

He identified the suspects as 32-year-old Odukoya Ayomide and Abiodun Oyenuga, who is also 32 years.

Oyeyemi explained that the suspects were accosted on the expressway on Tuesday last week when the Divisional Police Officer in Awa-Ijebu, Adewalehinmi Joseph, led a team of security operatives on routine patrol in the area.

He stated that the suspects who were on a motorcycle quickly jumped down on sighting the policemen and took to their heels.

“They were hotly chased and one of them – Odukoya Ayomide – was apprehended with a locally made cut to size double barrel gun while the second suspect escaped through the nearby bush.

“The arrested suspect informed the police on interrogation that his fleeing partner was the person who invited him from Ijebu-Ode for robbery operation and that they were just going to carry out the operation when they were accosted by the police,” the command’s spokesman said.

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

According to him, information obtained from the arrested suspect led the police to Sagamu where  Oyenuga, his fleeing partner was arrested on Friday last week.

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Edward Ajogun, ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the Special Anti-Robbery Squads (SARS) unit for discreet investigation.

He also warned criminally-minded persons to leave Ogun State, adding that the command would make it too hot for them under his watch.

Five Killed In Ogun Road Accident

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

Five persons were on Thursday killed, while others sustained injuries in a road crash on the Sagamu Interchange end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The spokesperson for the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps in Ogun State, Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the incident.

He said the crash involved three vehicles: a Mazda space bus, a tanker and a truck, blaming the accident on reckless driving and wrongful overtaking.

READ ALSO: Shehu Defends Mailafia’s Invitation, Says N.5m Ineffective To Tackle Hate Speech

“We learnt from the eye witness account that the Space Bus and tanker were inbound Ibadan from Lagos along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway at the diversion axis after Sagamu interchange, when in an attempt to overtake a truck in front of it had an head-on collision with another truck coming from Ibadan,” he said.

“Five people died on the spot including the driver, two injured while another one was rescued.”

While the tanker driver was said to have fled the accident scene, the driver of the truck is recuperating at a private hospital in Sagamu.

Akinbiyi condoled with the families of the deceased, admonishing motorists  to avoid reckless and wrongful overtaken at diversion and construction zones and maintain the 50kph speed limit.

Eight OOUTH Laboratory Workers Test Positive For COVID-19

A file photo of a health official helping his colleague with his PPE.

 

The management of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) has confirmed that eight of its laboratory workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

Chief Medical Director of the teaching hospital, Dr Peter Adefuye, who confirmed this, denied reports that 20 workers had tested positive for the virus.

Dr Adefuye blamed initial reports on people bent on denting the image of the present administration in Ogun State and the efforts of the hospital to manage the pandemic.

More than eight of the laboratory workers had voluntarily had the test but only eight tested positive for the virus.

All those who tested positive are asymptomatic and they have been asked to self-isolate in line with the World Health Organisation and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control guidelines, according to Dr Adefuye.

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

“It is no news that doctors, nurses or any form of health officials have tested positive across the country and globally respectively, but playing cards with human health in this respect is uncalled for,” he said

Adefuye commended the state government for its commitment to the fight against COVID-19, adding that had been making Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and all necessary things available to the hospital without leaving any stone unturned.

Although there continue to be concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and safety, Dr Adefue ruled out the possibility of the hospital shutting down on account of the pandemic.

“Soldiers cannot for the sake of war refuse to go to battle. The same is applicable to health workers. This is the reason we are called heroes as life savers,” he said.

“After all, health workers understand that they do not wear anything more than PPE to attend to HIV/AIDS patients. So, why should some people in some quarters use this to embarrass the government and management of the hospital?”

The CMD called on the media practitioners and  general public to explore only official means to source for information and shun hearsay which, according to him, is capable of sensationalising sensitive issues in the name of political gains.

COVID-19: Ogun Lifts Weekend Lockdown, Okays Reopening Of Worship Centres

Ogun State Governor Mr Dapo Abiodun.

 

The Ogun Government has suspended the weekend lockdown in the state and ordered the reopening of worship centres. 

Governor Dapo Abiodun disclosed this in an update on the state’s effort at fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After thorough deliberation, consideration and resolution, we decided to reopen the worship centres with effect from Friday 14th August 2020 as indicated in my last address,” the governor said.

“This decision was made in line with an agreement reached by the committee set up to develop guidelines for reopening of the religious centres.”

READ ALSO: Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases Cross 48,000 With 373 New Infections

He said worship centres must adhere to certain safety protocols like ensuring all congregants wear face masks, provision of adequate running water, and decontamination of the worship places before and after service among others.

“The duration of religious services should not be more than one and a half hours,” he explained. “In addition, the same duration of one and a half hours must be observed as intervals, where there are multiple services.”

For worship centres with over 200 worshippers,  in a given service, the governor explained that they “must seek further clearance with the State Government.”

“Muslims are advised to perform ablution at home & go to Mosque with their personal praying mats,” he said, adding that, the “administration of Holy Communion should be devoid of sharing of any item and must follow COVID-19 protocols.”

While calling on religious leaders to cooperate with the state government, Governor Dapo warned that there would be sanctions for any erring worship centre which defies the guidelines issued by his administration.

“Let me say that our Task Force is already on the ground and is moving about to ensure compliance.

“And, if perchance we discover that any of our religious centres is not complying or adhering to the laid down protocols, we will not hesitate to close down the centre,” he warned.

As of Thursday, August 13th 2020, Ogun State has 1,521 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1,288 recoveries and 24 deaths, according to data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Prophet Arrested For Impregnating Sisters, Defrauding Mother Of N2m

Police-Policeeeee
A file photo of a police patrol van.

 

The police have arrested a man said to be the founder and general overseer of the Church of the Lord at Olomore in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

In a statement on Sunday, the police explained that the suspect, Prophet Ebenezer Ajigbotoluwa, was apprehended by men of the Ogun State Command for defiling and impregnating two underage sisters.

His arrest followed a report by the mother of the victims who reported at the police station Lafenwa that she fell sick sometimes in 2018 and was taken to the suspect’s church for spiritual healing.

The victims’ mother said the pastor took advantage of her sickness and asked her entire family of six to move into the church premises to avoid being afflicted with the same sickness.

The prophet was said to be having sex with the girls who were 16 and 13 years, unknown to their mother.

“The pastor impregnated the two underage girls and went on to procure abortion for them in a private clinic.

“Aside from this, the prophet also defrauded the family of N2 million cash which he took for what he called spiritual cleansing,” said the statement signed by the command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi.

It added, “Upon the report, the DPO Lafenwa division, CSP Muraina Ayilara, led his men to the church but the place has been deserted. The CP then directed that the suspect be hunted for and brought to book.”

This photo released by the police on August 9, 2020 shows Ebenezer Ajigbotoluwa who was arrested for impregnating two sisters and defrauding their mother of N2 million in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

 

According to the statement, the DPO and his men embarked on intelligence and technical-based investigation which led to the arrest of the prophet at about 5am on Thursday last week while some dangerous charms were said to have been recovered from his home.

On interrogation, the suspect confessed to have committed most of the allegations levelled against him, the police said.

Ajigbotoluwa reportedly explained that it was the reason why he ran away when he heard that police were on his trail.

Following his arrest, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Edward Ajogun, directed that the suspect be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

He also warned those hiding under the umbrella of religion to perpetrate evils to desist from it or get ready to meet their waterloo.

The police commissioner also called on residents to be wary of those he described as wolves in sheepskin masquerading as men of God.

Such persons, according to him, are out to milk their victims dry before destroying their lives.

PHOTOS: Buruji Kashamu Buried Amid Tears In Ijebu Igbo

A combination of photos from the funeral of late Senator Buruji Kashamu at his residence in Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State on August 9, 2020.

 

Senator Buruji Kashamu, the lawmaker who represented Ogun East senatorial district in the eighth National Assembly, has been laid to rest.

The remains of the late senator were buried amid tears and wails on Sunday afternoon at his Ishopen residence in Ijebu Igbo, a town in Ogun State.

Scores of sympathisers thronged the burial of Kashamu to join his family and relatives in mourning the former lawmaker who they described as a generous man and philanthropist.

A crowd of sympathisers at the residence of late Senator Buruji Kashamu in Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State on August 9, 2020.

 

His internment held at about 1pm according to Islamic rites.

READ ALSO: ‘I Admire His Political Doggedness,’ Tinubu Pays Tribute To Kashamu

Among those who attended the funeral to pay their last respect to Kashamu was the state governor, Mr Dapo Abiodun.

Addressing reporters at the burial, Governor Abiodun described the late senator as a caring community leader whose gestures and benevolent acts would be greatly missed by the people.

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, addresses reporters at the burial of late Senator Buruji Kashamu at his residence in Ijebu Igbo on August 9, 2020.

 

He said, “He (Kashamu) was someone that I have known for over 25 years. He was a very courageous man … but more importantly, Senator Buruji was a very cheerful giver, particularly to the needy.

“His death is one too many to the cold hands of COVID-19; it’s come as a complete shock to me and we are all devastated by it.”

“He will be very sadly missed by both his biological family and his political family. The Ogun State political landscape will never be the same without him,” the emotional governor added.

Channels Television had reported that Kashamu, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), died on Saturday at the age of 62 from complications related to COVID-19.

According to a tweet by his former colleague in the Senate, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, Kashamu died at a private hospital in Lagos.

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus outbreak in Ogun and Nigeria at large, many sympathisers, however, failed to observe social distancing at Kashamu’s funeral.

See more photos from the funeral below:

COVID-19 Test In Any Of Our 61 Laboratories Is Free – NCDC

In this file photo taken on June 1, 2020, a healthcare worker holds a Covid-19 test kit.

 

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has insisted that coronavirus (COVID-19) tests conducted within its molecular laboratories across the country are free.

It stated this on Sunday via its verified Twitter handle.

According to the agency, the scale-up of testing is key in assessing the nation’s COVID-19 situation and coordinating response across the country.

The 61 NCDC facilities are located in 30 states across the country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Some of them include the State Specialist Hospital, Amachara in Abia State; Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Adamawa; Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Akwa Ibom; and Virology Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, among others.

 

NCDC’s tweet came amid the controversy over the COVID-19 tests to be conducted for SS3 students preparing for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Ogun State.

covid-19 update
A map showing Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases as of August 2nd, 2020. Channels TV/Benjamin Oluwatoyin.

 

Ahead of the resumption of revision classes for the students, the state government had asked them to take the tests for COVID-19 and malaria.

While the government said it would be responsible for the cost for students in public schools, it asked parents/ owners of private schools to do the same for their students.

READ ALSO: Ogun Govt Clarifies Requirements For COVID-19 Test For Students

This led to a protest in Abeokuta, the state capital by some parents of private school students over the purported payment of N25,000 for the test.

In its reaction, the government said it has decided to further assist the private schools by negotiating “a huge discount” in the cost of the COVID-19 test with some healthcare service providers.

It, however, advised private school owners and parents to engage any other service provider of their choice as long as they were certified by the NCDC as COVID-19 Test service providers.

See the full list of the 61 NCDC laboratories below:

S/NLABORATORIESSTATETYPE
1State Specialist Hospital, Amachara labAbiaGeneXpert
2State Specialist Hospital , AmacharaPCR Laboratory
3Federal Medical Centre YolaAdamawaPCR Laboratory
4Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Akwa Ibom StateAkwa-IbomPCR Laboratory
5Accunalysis medical diagnosticsAnambraPCR Laboratory
6COOUTH Awka Abbott labPCR Laboratory
7Bauchi state Reference LaboratoryBauchiPCR Laboratory
8Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching HospitalPCR Laboratory
9161 AHM labBenueGeneXpert
10University of Maiduguri Teaching HospitalBornoPCR Laboratory
11Lawrence Henshaw Memo CalabarCross RiversGeneXpert
12UCTH Lab
13Delta Mobile LaboratoryDeltaPCR Laboratory
14Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching HospitalEbonyiPCR Laboratory
15Irua Specialist Teaching HospitalEdoPCR Laboratory
16University of Benin Teaching HospitalPCR Laboratory
17Edo Specialist Hospital, BeninPCR Laboratory
18Ekiti – 54geneEkitiPCR Laboratory
19University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital labEnuguGeneXpert
20University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Molecular Virology LaboratoryPCR Laboratory
21Everight diagnostics and Laboratory services LtdImoPCR Laboratory
22Federal Medical Centre Owerri labGeneXpert
23Jigawa molecular labJigawaPCR Laboratory
24DNA laboratoryKadunaPCR Laboratory
25Africa Centre of Excellence for Neglected Tropical Diseases and Forensic Biotechnology, Ahmadu Bello University ZariaPCR Laboratory
26Mobile lab KadunaGeneXpert
27Yusuf Dansoho Memorial Hospital labGeneXpert
28Aminu Kano Teaching HospitalKanoPCR Laboratory
2954gene KanoPCR Laboratory
30International Foundation Against Infectious Diseases in Nigeria (IFAIN)PCR Laboratory
31EHAlab KanoPCR Laboratory
32Bayero University KanoPCR Laboratory
33Sahel Centre for Molecular Diagnostics and Research, KatsinaKatsinaPCR Laboratory
34State Specialist Hospital Kogi labKogiGeneXpert
35Sobi Specialist HospitalKwaraPCR Laboratory
36Virology Lagos University Teaching HospitalLagosPCR Laboratory
37Nigeria Institute for Medical ResearchClosed System
38Biosafety Level-3 LaboratoryPCR Laboratory
3954gene LagosPCR Laboratory
40NCDC Central Public Health LabortaoryPCR Laboratory
41Zankli labNasarawaGeneXpert
4254gene OgunOgunPCR Laboratory
43Afriglobal Medicare LaboratoryPCR Laboratory
44FMC OwoOndoPCR Laboratory
45African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious DiseasesOsunPCR Laboratory
46University College Hospital Virology department laboratoryOyoPCR Laboratory
47Biorepository and clinical virology lab, University College HospitalPCR Laboratory
48National Veterinary Research InstitutePlateauPCR Laboratory
49Jos University Teaching Hospital labGeneXpert
50University of Port Harcourt Teaching HospitalRiversPCR Laboratory
51Rivers State University Teaching Hospital Satallite Molecular LaboratoryPCR Laboratory
52SPDC (shell) labPCR Laboratory
53Indorama Company Molecular LaboratoryPCR Laboratory
54Centre for Advanced Medical Research and Training, Usmanu Danfodio UniversitySokotoPCR Laboratory
55NCDC National Reference LaboratoryFCTPCR Laboratory
56Defense Reference LaboratoryClosed System
57FCT – 54genePCR Laboratory
58State House Annex Clinic lab (SHAC)PCR Laboratory
59University of Abuja, Gwagwalada LaboratoryGeneXpert Laboratory
60United Nations IOM LabGeneXpert Laboratory
61Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Gombe State Specialist HospitalGombePCR Laboratory

SS3 Boarding Students Must Take COVID-19, Malaria Tests – Ogun Govt

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

The Ogun State government has said that all SS3 boarding students in the state must take the tests for COVID-19 and malaria before they will be admitted into their various hostels.

This was announced in a statement on Saturday by the S.A. to the governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo.

She revealed that the State Ministry of Health has already made provisions for the students to take the tests, as part of the conditions for the re-opening of schools in Ogun.

Soyombo explained that the exercise which began on July 31 and would end on August 3, was ongoing at three public health care facilities in the state.

They include ‘The 250 MTR’ – a white edifice opposite the State Secretariat in the Okemosan area of Abeokuta, the state capital.

The other two facilities are the Ogun State General Hospital in Ado-Odo Ota and the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu.

READ ALSO: Nigeria Records 386 More COVID-19 Cases, Total Infections Rise To 43,537

The governor’s aide stated that tests of the students were part of the frantic efforts of the state government to ensure a safe learning academic atmosphere for both learners and teachers in all public and private schools.

She noted that all principals of private and public schools have been asked to enforce the directive of the government which was in line with the guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“All the returning boarding students are to stay in the school hostels only. Parents are hereby advised that private hostels are exempted from accommodating students during this period to ensure strict compliance with NCDC directives,” the statement read.

Soyombo said part of the “strong condition of admittance” to school was that returning boarding students must present a COVID-19 certificate showing negative.

“To this end, all principals are, therefore, directed to immediately disseminate the above important information to all SS3 learners in the state and to ensure that the above instructions are strictly adhered to as sanctions will be meted out to any defaulting school,” the government warned.

Ogun Teachers To Resume August 3

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state where 28 persons have been identified and quarantined.

 

The Ogun State Government has ordered all secondary school teachers to return to their duty posts on August 3.

In a statement issued on Friday by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Ronke Soyombo, the teachers are expected to resume with their principals on Monday in preparation for students’ resumption on Tuesday, August 4.

According to the statement, the resumption would enable teachers to assist in the distribution of materials provided by the state government for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations scheduled to commence on August 17.

READ ALSO: Eid-El-Kabir: Bola Tinubu Asks Muslims To Pray For COVID-19 Victims

The governor’s aide also appealed to all stakeholders to cooperate with the state government towards ensuring a safe return to schools.

This comes two days after the Federal Government released a comprehensive schedule for various national examinations for exit classes including Junior Secondary School (JSS) 3 and Senior Secondary School (SSS) 3.

The examinations are to hold from August 17 to November 18.

These include the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) for SSS3 students conducted by the National Examination Council (NECO) which will start on October 5 and end on November 18.

Speaking on Wednesday after a series of meetings with chief executives of examination bodies in the country, the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba, said the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) will begin on August 17.

 

Stay At Home For Sallah, Ogun Governor Advises Residents

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.

 

Ogun State has banned all forms of gathering above 20 persons across the state during and after the Eid-El Kabir festive period as parts of efforts to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Governor Dapo Abiodun announced the news on Wednesday as he urged Muslim faithful to observe their individual prayers at home.

The Governor also set August 14 as a tentative date for the re-opening of religious centres across the state.

 

Final year secondary school students in the state are expected to resume on August 4.

“I understand that Eid-el-Kabir (called Ileya) will be on Friday, 31st July, 2020, but the COVID-19 circumstances will, unfortunately, deter the usual Eid prayers, partying or any other form of gathering of more than 20 persons at a time,” the Governor said while congratulating the Chief Imam of Egbaland, Sheikh Sa’addallah Alade Bamigbola, who made a courtesy visit to Abiodun’s office in Oke-Mosan.

“I thank the entire Muslim Ummah for their thoughtfulness and cooperation as we observe this year’s prayers solemnly and at home with our individual families,” Abiodun added.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Ogun state has recorded 1,336 cases of the novel coronavirus and 23 deaths, as of Wednesday evening.

 

Police Arrest Five Suspected Robbers In Ogun

A file photo of a police van.

 

The police in Ogun State have arrested five armed robbery suspects said to be terrorising Osiele community and its environments.

In a statement issued on Monday by the State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects and their herbalist were all arrested following information received by operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Oyeyemi said the officer in charge of SARS, Tijani Muhammed, led his men to the area and cordoned off their hideout at Odeda area of the state.

“At the end of the operation, four members of the gang were apprehended. Their arrest led to the arrest of their herbalist who they claimed is their godfather that used to fortify them spiritually whenever they are going out for operation and also used to initiate new members into their fold,” he said

Items recovered from them include one double-barrel locally made short gun, one battle axe, two knives and assorted dangerous charms.

Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, ordered a full-scale investigation into the activities of the suspects with the view to prosecuting them diligently.