Police Commissioner In Ogun Builds Orphanage In Home Town

Ogun Police commissionerOgun State Commissioner of Police, AbdulMajid Ali, has commissioned a four million Naira ultra-modern orphanage in Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger State, his home town.

Mr Ali donated the facility to both the State and the Local Governments for the day-to-day running of the edifice.

He handed over the facility after official commissioning of the project by Mr Shehu Umar Danyaya, Secretary to the State Government, who represented the State Governor, Mr Abubakar Sani Bello.

The Police Boss stated that his decision to build the multi-million Naira edifice was an attempt to give back to the society, which he said that made him what he was.

Mr Ali also said that the building was in fond memory of his late daughter, Miss Mujidat, a 200 Level student of Igbinedon University, Okada, Edo State, who died some years ago in an auto crash within the campus of the private university.

He said: “I am a Civil Servant, I am specifically a Police officer and it is not something out of context to give back to the society that has contributed immensely to what I am today.

“However, it is a challenge to the present day politicians not only in Niger State, but the country as a whole to let them show more to the yearnings of the society, especially to the less privilege people in the society”.

He also mentioned that the governors of Ogun and Imo States, Ibikunle Amosun and Rochas Okorocha respectively were part of the project’s success.

“This one is just my own contribution, especially the small one I can do and I promise that I will continue to do more the way I have started this one.

“I am retiring to my farm, after my service in the Nigeria Police Force with the view to going home and staying calm, because I do not want to be part of any political association or group,” Ali said.

“Yes, one has to come back to his hometown because I started from here and even though I am to come back after the Service and it is better to put a solid Foundation for yourself when you are still agile,” he said.

The ceremony was attended by the Emir of Kontagora, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Saidu Namaska, Col.Sani Bello (Rtd) and a former Deputy Inspector General of Police (Rtd), Nuhu Aliyu, among other prominent citizens.

Ogun Police Announces Restrictions On ‘Okada’ Riders

Ogun policeThe Ogun State Police Command has restricted operators of motorcycle popular known as ‘Okada’ in order to check the increasing rate of robbery, kidnapping and other criminal acts in Ijebu Ode, Sagamu and its environs.

Announcing the restriction order which takes immediate effect, the Public Relations Officer of the Police Command, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi on Friday, said that criminal activities, especially kidnapping and armed robbery has been on the increase adding that it has continued to affect the peace of the area as well as commercial activities.

While asking for the cooperation of residents in this direction, the Command, however, said violators would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Incidents of kidnapping has been on the increase which necessitated the Command to mobilize armed policemen to the Ijebu Ode axis to maintain law and order.

Mixed Reactions Trail Suspension Of Motorcyclists In Akure

motorcyclistsSome residents of Akure, the capital city of Ondo State,  have expressed displeasure with the suspension of the operation of commercial motorcyclists in the major roads in the city.

It was difficult for some of them to get to their places of work on Monday, as they had to trek long distances.

The State Government had last Friday, given the directive as a result of a protest by the motorcyclists over an order from the officials of the State Ministry of Transport to purchase the red number plates meant for commercial vehicles for their motorcycles.

They, however, refused the order, insisting they already had the blue colour number plates, which were paid for.

During the protest, the motorcyclists in anger, damaged some government properties including some bus stops and ornamental trees planted along some major highways in the city.

In annoyance to the act of vandalism, the State Government ordered the suspension of their activities in the city.

Government officials, other workers as well as traders, who depended on motorcycles otherwise called ‘Okada’ to transport themselves, had to trek as the few taxis were not enough to transport them to their destinations.

The State Chairman of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycles Riders Association of Nigeria, Obabi Jimoh, said that all members of the association in Akure, had complied with the government’s directive, pleading with the government for mercy.

Police Cancel Social Gatherings During Sallah In Kaduna

police CheckpointsThe Kaduna State Police Command has cancelled all forms of social gathering at public places such as recreation centres and amusement parks during the Eid-el Fitr celebrations in the state.

This followed a security alert by the state security outfit, code-named ‘Operation Yaki’, that the state might be attacked on Sallah day by terror group, known as ‘Surasuka’ or ‘Masushara’.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Umar Shehu, announced this in a statement he issued to journalists on Thursday.

He said that places for fun seekers such as the Gamji Gate Amusement Park, Galaxy Park and others would be closed down during the celebration.

He also disclosed that the State Police Command had deployed both conventional and mobile policemen, as well as undercover operatives to man and monitor vulnerable points, with a view to ensuring tight security across the state.

Mr Shehu warned residents against accommodating or harboring strange fellows, as the Boko Haram terror group had changed their tactics of attacks.

The Police Commissioner urged parents and guardians to be vigilant, monitor and warn their children and not allow them to be used by mischief makers.

He reiterated that the ban on commercial motorcycles popularly called ‘okada’, as well as street begging and hawking were still in force, all in the bid to ensure that Kaduna residents have a crime and violence free Eid-El Fitr celebration.

Similarly, the Emir of Zazzau, who is also the Chairman of Kaduna State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Shehu Idris, has cancelled the traditional Durbar that usually takes place during the Sallah, citing insecurity as reason for the cancellation.

Lagos Must Heighten Enforcement Of Okada Restriction Law- Opeifa

Kayode_OpeifaThe Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Kayode Opeifa, on Saturday, warned that the state needs to do more to enforce the law restricting motorcyclists from plying a total of 475 roads.

“We hav not changed anything about the restriction law, it is still in force”he said, adding that “Lagos State is not the only state with such restriction in place.

“What we seem to notice that there are violations and outright disregard for the law and this is a sign that we need to do more to enforce the law”, he said.

He however said despite the restrictions, “you can ride any bike above 200cc on all roads” but warned that “it must not be for passenger carrying purposes”.

The commissioner, who noted that about 20 states in the country also have such restrictions in the country, noted that “Lagos has the most friendly regulations on motor cycles in this country”.

He further noted that it is the responsibility of all security agencies in the state to enforce the restriction law but noted that only the Nigeria Police has been doing so “since we started in November 2012 and they have been doing their best”.

He however maintained that people who don’t want the best for the State “started making media publications describing the operations of the police as harassment and extortion” and that “naturally set in some issues and it got to a point it became difficult”.

A youth activist, Lukman Lawal, said most of the youths that have chosen to ride motor-cycles for commercial purposes are doing so because of the “failure of the government” to provide adequate jobs.

He however noted that “any law that will better your health, welfare and make your security improve is a good law” adding that “to that extent you (okada riders) do not have any business with those roads.

“It is a fantastic law” he adds.

A former Trade Unionist, Mr Linus Okoroji, who has been carrying an Okada accident inflicted wound for eight months, on his part said he supported the Okada Restriction Law at the first instance.

He said no “Nigerian will be proud to join Okada as a means of transport, even in the rural areas let alone the urban areas about 25 years ago”, wondering how the country “managed to come to this level.

“As far as I am concerned, I am one of those who supported the law at the first instance”, revealing that “my colleagues in the civil society fought against me and walked me out of a meeting.

“But I am strong in my conviction that the law should remain”, he added.

The state government had on August, 2012 signed the Lagos State Traffic Law in to law. The objective of the legislation was to provide for road traffic administration.

It also seeks, among others, to restore sanity in the state transportation system of the state.

Some of the roads include Lagos Ibadan Expressway, Apapa Oshodi, Oworonshoki, Lagos Ikorodu, Lagos-Abeokuta, Agege motor road, Egbeda, Ikotun, Ikeja, Funsho Williams Avenue, Eti-Osa Lekki Coastal Road among others.

Kaduna Distributes 1,000 Tricycles To Cushion Effects Of Ban On Motorcycles

TRICYCLE1Following the ban of commercial motor cycle operators in Kaduna last month, the State Government has provided 1000 tricycles to members of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders of Nigeria (ACOMORON).

Governor Mukhtar Yero, while presenting the tricycles on Monday, said that the gesture was in line with the state government’s promise to provide alternative means of transportation to cushion the effect the ban may have on the former Achaba operators and residents of the state, giving assurances that the government was committed to the well-being of its citizens.

He, however, explained that the ban was not in any way meant to witch hunt anybody but meant to sanitize the state and as a way to further address the security situation in the state.

The Governor said that the tricycles, purchased at the cost of N531, 825, would be given out at 50% discount with a 10% down payment of the 50% by the beneficiaries.

He urged the beneficiaries to ensure that they make proper use of them and not to use them to indulge in criminal activities.

Earlier, the Chairman of Kaduna State Subsidy Re-investment and Implementation Programme (SURE-P) Committee and the State Deputy Governor, Ambassador Nuhu Bajoga, described the occasion as another milestone by the present administration in the state to uplift the standard of living of the people, especially the youth, adding that the tricycles would be distributed to areas affected by the ban.

He also warned that beneficiaries will be prosecuted if they sell the tricycle.

Kaduna Assembly Bans Use of Okada

The Okada riders are demanding that the court gives an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Lagos state government from hindering their operation or arresting their members for using commercial motorcycles The Kaduna State House of Assembly (KSHA) has announced a ban on the operations of commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada, in the state capital and some other parts of the state.

Speaking to Channels Television after plenary on Wednesday, the Chairman House Committee on Information, Mr Yusuf Yakubu said the decision was informed by the spate of insecurity said to be perpetrated with motorcycles in the state.

He also blamed the recklessness of motorcyclists which has led to incessant accidents and other social delinquencies  in the state, adding that  adequate arrangements have been made to cushion the effect of the ban.

He announced that the ban will affect metropolitan communities within the state and will take effect after 14 days of passage of the Bill.

He listed  the areas affected to include  the entire Kaduna North Local Government, Kaduna South Local Government , Kafanchan Metropolis only, parts of Zaria Township , parts of Chikun Local Government , Lere, Birnin Gwari,  Giwa and  Igabi  Local Government Areas .

An earlier move in February, 2013 by the government to ban the activities of commercial motorcyclist in the state met stiff resistance and almost caused crisis in the state.

It was also greeted by a barrage of criticism from other stakeholders who believed that the ban would impact negatively on the security and the unemployment rates in the state.

The reasons adduced for the ban then, according to the government, were to improve the state transport system and curb insecurity within Kaduna metropolis, Zaria, Sabongari and Kafachan.

The Bill titled; “Kaduna state Commercial Motorcycles Prohibition Law, 2014”, warned that any person who contravenes the ban shall be fined either the  sum of N20,000 or six months imprisonment or both.

It also empowers all magistrate courts in the affected local government areas to prosecute violators of the law, including confiscation of their motorcycles.

The news of the ban has generated mixed reactions from residents of the state with the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN) describing the decision as ill-timed and one that would  worsen the unemployment crisis in the state,  while some residents applauded the ban which they said will reduce crime and accidents in the state.

Kaduna state has had its own share of security challenges in the country, having witnessed several bomb attacks by the Boko Haram sect. It is the belief of many that the state government should produce alternative means of transport and also come up with various poverty alleviation intervention measures in order to provide a means of livelihood to those that will displaced by this ban.

Niger State Bans Commercial Motorcycles

Niger state Government has announced the  banning of the operations of commercial motorcyclists, popularly called Okada in Minna, the state capital.

In a statement made available to Channels Television in Minna, the government noted  that adequate arrangements have been made to cushion the effect of the ban.

It also added that the state Ministry of Transportation has now taken full delivery of 1000 units of Mahindra Tricycles (KEKEN TALBA) in addition to 8 units of 18-seater buses and 12 units of 100 capacity Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) buses that have already been put on the roads to ease transportation problems in the state capital.

The statement dismissed concerns that motorcycle operators would be put out of job as a consequence of the ban, saying that the newly purchased tricycles would be distributed to Okada operators through the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN).

Commercial Motorcycle Riders Clash In Abeokuta, 25 Arrested

Two factions of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association Of Nigeria, ACOMORAN, have clashed at the premises of the federal high court in Abeokuta.

The crisis was said to have started when a former secretary of the association who is being investigated for alleged embezzlement, mobilized thugs from Ibadan and Igbo-ora areas of Oyo state to unleash terror on a faction led by the South West chairman of the association, Mr Samsondeen Apelogun on the premises of the court.

In the commotion that ensued, 25 members of the association were arrested by the Ogun state police command for disrupting public peace and order.

According to reports, the clash which could have resulted in a serious breakdown of law and order was averted by the combined men of the Nigeria Police, Department Of State Security, DSS, and men of the Nigerian Army.

Edo Fixes Tax Rates For Buses, Okada

Edo State Government has rolled out the daily levies and rates to be paid by operators in the commercial transport sector in the state.

In a release by the Chief of Staff, Patrick Obahiagbon, the government said while its ban on the collection of rates by some unions in the sector remains in force, it has authorized Akugbe Ventures to collect Personal Income Tax from operators in the sector on its behalf.

While commercial inter-state motor vehicle drivers are to pay N150 daily, intra state commercial buses are to pay N100 daily while commercial motor cycles are expected to pay N50 daily

“It is hereby announced for the information of the general public that the Edo State Government’s ban on various unions including the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Drivers’ Welfare Scheme and other illegal collectors of levies and rates in the transport sector remains in force” the statement read.

The only revenue collector authorized by government in the transport sector is Akugbe Ventures and they are authorized to collect Personal Income Tax from the following categories of persons only:

The Governor emphasised that anybody or group that acts in breach of this directive will be prosecuted and appropriately sanctioned within the provisions of the law.

The Government appealed to all law enforcement agencies to assist in the implementation of this directive with immediate effect.

Police Foils Protest Against New Lagos Traffic Law

The police in Lagos on Monday arrested four members of the Joint Action Front (JAF) and leaders of commercial motorcyclists popular called Okada during a rally organised to protest the new Lagos traffic law.

The rally was organised by the JAF to protest the new Lagos traffic law.

The protesters were arrested in Yaba area while distributing leaflets to residents.

Those arrested were taken to the Iponri Police Division where they were detained. Three of them were identified as Simeon Aremu, Yusuf Oladimeji and Malik Pappuchi.

The General Secretary of the JAF, Abiodun Aremu condemned the arrests describing it as unjust and an attempt to intimidate the people.

Addressing the crowd gathered at the NLC secretariat annex at Yaba, Mr Aremu said Nigerians will not be intimidated by arrests.

“We are here to tell the Lagos State government that enough is enough. Enough of the humiliation of poor people. The law banning okada is a bad law and the government should rescind it,” he stated.

He urged the people to come out and fight for their rights. “This is the beginning of the struggle to liberate the poor people in Nigeria and the struggle must continue until we win,” he said.

After his speech, the protesters marched round some streets in the area displaying placards with various messages.

“You gave us no job, we gave ourselves one and you are killing us for it.

“They say okada riders are robbers, who gave them guns?” “Fashola, give me my vote back,” the inscriptions read.

Police restrict okada in Kano state

The Police Command in Kano state has announced the restriction of motorcycle (okada) operation within the state from 6PM to 6AM.

Addressing a news conference on Thursday, the state’s Police Commissioner, Mr Ibrahim Idris said the imposition of ban on motorcycle operators was necessitated because “some criminals are using motorcycles to wreak havoc in the state.”

Until the new restriction, the motorcycle operators were restricted from 8PM to 6AM.

Relative peace is reported to have returned to Kano city that has witnessed a number of terror attacks in recent months, however, various armed robbery attacks and killing of civilian and police officers in some areas of the state poses a new threat to the state’ security agencies.

Although several arrests were made in the fast few days, the police say most of the crimes are committed using motorcycle.

Meanwhile, the Police boss also declared that snap check points have been put in place across the state to check and arrest the violators.

He called on road users to abide by the new rules and regulation.

On the forthcoming Christmas and New Year festivals, the police command said water tight security deployment at strategic points including places of worship, markets, and other public places will be in place.