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2022: FRSC records 74 deaths in 2Q; Begs: Avoid Over Speeding, Overloading

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2022: FRSC records 74 deaths in 2Q; Begs: Avoid Over Speeding, Overloading

… As Osun records 280 accidents, 78 deaths in 9 months***

A total of 74 deaths were recorded in the second quarter of this year, the Lagos Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said.

The Zonal Commanding Officer, Asst. Corp Marshal, Peter Kibo made the disclosure during the 2022 Ember month flag-off on Wednesday in Lagos.

Kibo, represented by the Lagos Sector Commander, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide said that a total figure of 232 people were injured.

He said another 10 deaths were recorded at Shagamu fire accident recently, adding that the safety of the road was everybody’s business.

The Theme of this year’s Ember Month Campaign: “Avoid Over Speeding, Overloading, Unsafe Tyre to Arrive Alive”.

“Many of the road users accused Government of not repairing the road while accidents usually occur on a smooth road.

” Lagos is blessed with gridlock that is while accidents are reduced within Lagos metropolis.

“Every day, people and emergency units are called for rescue due to excess speed.

” This is caused by lack of discipline and failure to obey the rules of Government regulatory road authorities,” Kibo said.

He said that virtually all the religious houses were always praying for protection, adding that both drivers and commuters too had roles to play in safety on the road.

He advised commuters not to leave the safety of the road to drivers alone because they also had their motive and interest to increase their turnover while they engage in overspeeding which could lead to accidents.

Kibo said that many reckless drivers do not feel the pain of death and urged them to avoid overspeeding while driving.

He pleaded with drivers to avoid night driving saying that 50 percent of death recorded in 2022 so far happen at night.

In a goodwill message, stakeholders advised motorists to obey safety rules in other to avoid crashes.

In his opening remarks, its Head of Operation, Mr. Lucas Oguntade described ember months as the month where intensive activities took place which involved traveling from one place to the other.

Oguntade advises motorists to ensure their safety and always check their health status which would help them in reducing accidents on the road.

He said a lot of accidents were caused as a result of bad eyesight, he commended the effort of medical experts who support them with free medical tests and Vision Spring for providing 250 free glasses to drivers with bad sight.

In his goodwill message Lt. Col. Emmanuel Sholotan, Commanding officer, 174 Battalion, Nigeria Army Ikorodu, urged road users to avoid use of drugs and overspeeding.

The Commissioner of Police (CP), Lagos, Mr. Abiodun Alabi, Represented by Assist. CP Mr. Oludotun Odubona commended the efforts of FRSC for complementing police duties and assisting the Government in reducing crashes in Nigeria.

Alabi said that parking on the road to pick up passengers caused a lot of traffic which also encouraged robbers to take advantage of the situation at the bus stops.

He pleaded with road users to desist from consuming alcohol which he said was an advert for accidents.

The General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA), Mr. Bolaji Oreagba urged road users to obey the traffic law of all regulatory agencies to assist Government achieve its aims.

Oreagba, represented by LASTMA Controller, Mr. Jubril Oshodi, said that the 2020-2030 safety declaration action by the United Nations (UN) aimed to achieve crashes to 50 percent compared to the figure of crashes occurs between 2012 and 2020.

He said that the UN had looked forward and expected Nigeria should understand that road safety was Paramount and essential for all everyone.

He urged drivers to ensure they laid safety foundations before moving their vehicles on the road adding that safety begins from point of origin to destination.

The Assist. Commandant, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Lagos, Mr. Igbeke Austine, said that most accidents had something to do with drug abuse.

Austine advised road users to avoid taking alcohol which he said intoxicated the body, makes someone misbehave, and also affects their health.

The Partnership Manager, Leadway Assurance, Mr. Rotimi Olowofela, said the accidents happened suddenly and no driver had power over them.

Olowofela said that a total of 3,345 accidents happened in the first quarter of 2022 in Nigeria adding that 1,834 people were killed as a result of the road accident.

He urged drivers to obey the rules and avoid crashes.

The Chairman More Blessing Park, Sobo, Ikorodu, Alhaji Gbeminiyi Animashaun, pleaded with other parks officials to desist from taking alcohol.

He said that if motor driver leaders take alcohol that other drivers at the parks would engage in illicit drugs which would endanger passengers.

In another development, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says 280 accidents and 78 deaths were recorded in various traffic accidents in Osun from January to September 2022.

The Sector Commander, Mr. Paul Okpe made the disclosure during the flag-off of the ember months campaign on Thursday in Osogbo.

Okpe said 1,894 people were caught up in the traffic accidents involving 429 vehicles, which left 78 dead and 898 injured.

“Most of these accidents occurred on Ibadan-Gbongan expressway, Ife and Iwaraja junction, Ipetu-Ijesa and Owena road.

“We shall continue to work with transport stakeholders, transport unions, traditional institutions and sister security agencies to reduce accidents on Osun roads,” the sector commander said.

According to him, the command has identified some black spots that are prone to accidents and has taken strategic measures to ensure safety of road users.

He urged motorists to comply with road traffic regulations, warning that the command would not spare any traffic offender.

Mr. U Ojeamere, the FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer in charge of Osun, Oyo and Ekiti, said the corps was collaborating with sister security agencies and key stakeholders to ensure safer roads.

According to him, all zebra and roadside clinics must be active, while the FRSC will enhance its response time to accidents.

“The toll-free call during an emergency is 122 and within three minutes you will see our men there,” he said.

The zonal commander said regular and special marshals had been deployed to cover all road corridors during the yuletide.

 

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LASG Unveils 24-hour Customer Service Centre To Enhance Traffic Management

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LASG Unveils 24-hour Customer Service Centre To Enhance Traffic Management

In a significant move to enhance the operations of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), the Lagos State Government has launched a 24-hour Customer Service Center, equipped with a dedicated Toll-Free Hot Lines, a Walk-In Complaint Centre, a Website, a Whistleblower App, and a new Department of Statistics, Research, and Data. 

According to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa, the centre is at the LASTMA headquarters.

Speaking at the inauguration, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Giwa officially opened the Customer Service Center and announced the dedicated lines as 0800-00-527862 or 0800-00-LASTMA.

Explaining the initiative, Hon. Sola Giwa said Motorists can contact the Call Center via the toll-free hotlines to report incidents, request assistance, or seek information on road conditions, including updates on the activities of LASTMA personnel. 

He said the centre will also enable drivers get real-time updates on road conditions and traffic advisories, enabling them to plan their routes more effectively, avoid congestion and reduce travel time.

Highlighting the features of the customer support centres, the Special Adviser further explained that the whistleblower app is designed to involve everyone in the state’s traffic management. 

“When you see something, say something,” he added. The app is available for download on the Android Play Store”, Sola Giwa said, stressing that the whistleblower app will allow Motorists and other road users to report dangerous driving and other reckless behaviours on the road, enabling LASTMA to take immediate action and uphold traffic regulations. 

He said the public can also earn points for every valid incident they report and get rewarded for their actions.

Hon. Giwa also mentioned that a walk-in complaint centre and a live interactive website (lastma.org) are available for citizens to engage with traffic management personnel, urging everyone to embrace the initiative.

Discussing the new Department of Statistics, Research, and Data, he explained that the department aims to provide a comprehensive breakdown and analysis of vehicles on Lagos roads. 

This includes real-time data on the number of vehicles impounded, categorized by private and commercial vehicles, and details on accidents and other traffic offences.

In the demonstration on statistics and data carried out between January and June 2024, the Special Adviser debunked the belief that the agency concentrates more on private vehicles disclosing that 5, 547 commercial vehicles were impounded for traffic infringement as against 3, 823 private vehicles. 

In his address, the Commissioner for Transportation Mr Oluwaseun Osiyemi emphasized that the customer support centres aim to improve communication between the public and LASTMA, streamline traffic operations, and significantly enhance the overall driving experience in Lagos State. 

He noted that with these new centres, Traffic Management Officers are now just a phone call away, at no cost to the public.

The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Olalekan Bakare Oki, confirmed that officers managing the newly launched Call Center have been thoroughly trained by the government, noting that the agency will use multiple languages, including English, Pidgin, and Yoruba, to ensure convenient communication for all members of the public.

 

He reiterated the agency’s commitment to prioritizing public feedback, stating that input from citizens will aid in efficient traffic management across the state.

The event was also attended by the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos Ministry of Transportation Mr. Olawale Musa, Directors in the ministry and LASTMA Personnel.

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Waterloo: NAF Kills Several Terrorists In Aerial Bombardment In Borno

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Waterloo: NAF Kills Several Terrorists In Aerial Bombardment In Borno

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai, has eliminated several terrorists in an aerial bombardment in their hideouts in Borno.

This is contained in a statement by the Director, Public Relations and Information, NAF, AVM Edward Gabkwet, on Thursday in Abuja.

Gabkwet said that the hideouts located near Degbewa and Chinene in the Mandara mountains in the state were known terrorists’ hideouts.

He said the air strikes became expedient after several days of aerial surveillance which revealed a consistent gathering of a large number of terrorists in the area.

According to him, the location is also suspected to be a site for manufacturing Improvised Explosive Devices and a storage area.

”The terrorists were also observed to be loitering within the vicinity, clearly oblivious of what was to befall them, and probably confident that their location was safe and secured from any form of military bombardments.

”The air strikes were thus authorised with the aircraft bombarding the locations in several passes until the majority of the terrorists were eliminated.

”Others observed fleeing the location were taken out using canons,” he said.

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Sumal: 1 Dies, 12 Arrested In Ibadan Palliative Protest – Police

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ABUJA: Police Arrest 1 Prankster, 5 Kidnappers

… Affirms protest hijacked by criminal elements who forced their way into the factory

The Police Command in Oyo State says one person died and 12 suspects were arrested in a violent protest by workers of Sumal Food Company, Ibadan, over palliatives on Monday.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Adewale Osifeso, confirmed this in a statement issued on Tuesday in Ibadan.

Osifeso said the protest broke out in the factory located at Oluyole Industrial Estate, Ibadan around 4 p.m. on Monday.

He said that the workers staged the protest to challenge what they called non-distribution of the palliatives allegedly given by the Federal Government to all private companies across the country.

Osifeso said that it was sad that the protest was hijacked by criminal elements who forced their way into the factory, thus destroying vehicles and other property worth millions of naira.

“One person died and 12 suspects were arrested in connection with the violent protest,’’ he said.

The spokesman, however, said that normalcy had returned to the area where the company is located, following the deployment of police operatives to maintain peace.

He also said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ayodele Sonubi, had ordered the transfer of the matter to the homicide unit of the Criminal Investigations Department for further investigation.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the protest was premised on false information created and peddled by some workers over the disbursement of palliatives to privately-owned companies,’’ he said.

Osifeso said that the command would give further information on the matter as soon investigation was concluded.

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