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How Drivers in Military Camouflage Beat Up Policeman, LASTMA Official

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A police inspector, Ben Thompson, and an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Caleb Akerele, have been hospitalised after they were allegedly assaulted by two bus drivers who were dressed in military camouflage along the Eko Bridge.

The drivers were reportedly conveying passengers on a one-way route from Costain to Ijora Olopa in commercial buses, when they were accosted by the traffic officers.

The officers reportedly ordered them to turn back, which started an argument.

The drivers were said to have pounced on the officers and beaten them up.

The LASTMA spokesperson, Taofeek Adebayo, who confirmed the incident, said one of the military officers was apprehended.

He said, “Two commercial buses fully loaded with passengers were driving one-way from Costain to Ijora Olopa and they were challenged by a policeman and a LASTMA officer, who asked them why there were plying one-way.

“After several pleas to turn back, the two commercial drivers, who were putting on army camouflage, descended on the two officers and started beating them. It took the intervention of a team of policemen from Ijora to rescue the officials.

“In the course of the operation, one of those drivers ran away with his vehicle, while the second driver was apprehended and his vehicle impounded in our office. The injured officers were taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute Meta. The policeman’s hand was severed with a jackknife; the LASTMA officer was injured on his cheek. The military officer has been detained at the Lagos State Police Command.”

According to Adebayo, no one is above the law.

“So, I see no reason why anyone should contravene the law. Our officers are the ones bearing the brunt. We are appealing to members of the public to desist from plying one-way and respect the law,” he added.

A police source said a policeman was abducted by one of the military officers.

The source said, “The military men, while confronting the officers, sighted and beckoned on their colleagues who were on a different bus and those ones joined them in assaulting the policemen. Some policemen, who came to the scene, were also attacked.

“The soldiers abducted a policeman. We had to radio the patrol team in front to quickly block the road and we rescued the policeman. But all the soldiers succeeded in running away. One of them who drove the commercial vehicle was arrested and his vehicle impounded.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, also confirmed the incident.

He said, “One policeman and a LASTMA officer were injured during the incident. They are currently receiving treatment.”

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Traffic Control: FRSC Special Marshals Fill Up Portholes, Ease Traffic Flow at Iyana Era

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In a bid to add humanity to their constitutional duty of traffic control, special marshals from the Iba Unit Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), have taken it upon themselves to add construction abilities to their duty in other to achieve free flow of traffic.

Speaking to members of the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), who encountered them in action, the Head of the Special Marshal Unit, Olabisi Dennis, said nothing is too big to do for humanity, and to make life easy.

He said, “As part of the National Patrol Exercise and Eid Kabir Patrol Operation in Lagos State, Special Marshals sprang into action to alleviate heavy traffic congestion at Iyana-Era Junction, along the Lagos/Badagry Expressway, on June 15th, 2024.

“Despite their initial efforts, the traffic persisted. Undeterred, the team conducted a thorough Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and identified two deep potholes as the primary cause of the problem. Taking initiative, we sourced broken concrete blocks and sand from the nearby Tipper Garage bus stop, and patched up the potholes.

“Our efforts paid off, and the traffic congestion disappeared. We actually earned praise and gratitude from motorists.”

NAOSNP learnt that the operation, which lasted from 11:00 to 13:15 hours, was a resounding success, with the Special Marshals from Iba Unit Command receiving commendations from the motorists for a job well done.

This exemplary service demonstrates the dedication and proactive approach of the FRSC Lagos State Sector Command in ensuring the safety and convenience of road users, and sustaining the accident-free road agenda of Corps Marshal Shehu Mohammed.

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Eid-el Kabir: FRSC Felicitates with Nigerians, Deploys Massive Personnel, Logistics for Crash-Free Celebration 

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has felicitated with Nigerians on the Eid El-Kabr festival, assuring that modalities have been put in ace to ensure accident-free celebration.

It also said that over 743 patrol vehicles, 184 administrative vehicles, 92 ambulances, 23 tow trucks and 144 motorbikes are being deployed as part of the patrol logistics for a hitchfree festival.

The Corps made this known during a press conference addressed by the Lagos Sector Commander, Patrick Davou, who representated Corps Marshal Shehu Mohammed.

The Corps maintained that it has put every mechanism in place to checkmate overspending thereby reducing accidents on the nation’s various highways.

While identifying certain road traffic management issues, the Corps Marshal relayed strategies the Corps has put in place to ensure that roads are safe for all to use.

He itemized the collaboration with the Nigeria Bar Association and State Judiciaries for timely prosecution of drivers and vehicle owners caught contravening established traffic regulations like overloading, dangerous driving, and use of phone as well as speeding.

Additionally, he mentioned collaboration with Beer Sectorial Group, which has been able to make available adequate breathalyzers which have been deployed to motor parks and highways to check and stop drivers who control the wheels under influence of alcohol.

The Corps has also set up Inter-Agency Joint Task Force to enforce compliance against use of trailers to convey passengers as well as mitigate road traffic crashes, fatalities and injuries emanating from the lawlessness of trailer drivers, noting that the Corps has successfully arrested a total of 222 trailers loaded with 3169 passengers hanging on top of goods and animals

These efforts are in addition to the aggressive sensitisation campaigns for all road users including door to door awakening among many other mechanisms.

Reiterating that the objectives of the special operations are to achieve reduction in Road Traffic Crashes, Road Traffic Fatalities and Road Traffic Injuries, Corps Marshal Mohammed said that prompt response to road traffic crash victims; unhindered engagement in purposeful public education and speedy removal of obstructions from the highways, amongst others have been achieved to ensure accident-free Eid-el Kabir celebration.

It further informed that over 200 Mobile Courts have been set up to check

a. Speeding and Dangerous Driving/Overtaking.
b. Lane indiscipline/Route violation,
c. Road Obstructions,
d. Use of Phone while Driving
e. Overloading,
f. Seatbelt/Child restraint Use Violations,
g. Passenger’s Manifest Violation,
h. Operation of mechanical deficient and rickety vehicles,
i. Loading of trailers with passengers
j. Illegal use of the Spy Number Plates.

The Corps, while wishing the Muslim Ummah a happy Sallah, therefore called on the motoring public to adhere to laid down instructions to ensure an accident-free celebration.

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Gunmen Abduct Three Fouani Brothers in Lagos

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Three brothers who work for Fouani Nigeria Ltd have reportedly been abducted in Lagos state, according to a TheCable’s report.

Fouani Nigeria Ltd specialises in electronics and is the sole distributor of LG, Hisense and Maxi products in Nigeria.

The brothers; Abbas Fouani, Youssef Fouani and Amtal Fouani, were said to have been abducted around 6pm on Friday.

They were reportedly coming from their factory by boat when they were abducted.

The Lagos police command confirmed the abduction to TheCable.

“We got a report about the abduction and we have commenced investigations,” TheCable quoted Benjamin Hundeyin, the command’s spokesperson.

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