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Accident claims 2 lives on Lagos-Ibadan expressway



Accident claims 2 lives on Lagos-Ibadan expressway

… As Official says Kano Govt to unveil new transport system***

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says two persons have died in an accident involving a Toyota Camry car and Boxer motorcycle at Mile 2 Roundabout, near Ogere on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Mr. Ahmed Umar, the Ogun Sector Commander of FRSC, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta on Tuesday.

According to him, the accident occurred on Monday at 3:41 p.m.

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Umar said that the accident was caused by excessive speed on the part of the driver of the Toyota Camry car marked KRD 275 HG who hit the motorcycle marked LAR 363 VH.

The FRSC boss said that four people were involved in the accident, comprising three men and one woman.

Umar also said that a male and female died in the accident and added that the bodies had been deposited at Idera Morgue in Sagamu.

The sector commander said that most crashes recorded within the Christmas period were caused by excessive speeding by motorists.

He advised motorists to drive cautiously, obey traffic rules and regulations as well as consider other road users.

Umar also commiserated with the families of the crash victims, saying they should contact FRSC, Sagamu Command, for more information about the accident.

In the meantime, the Kano State Government will soon unveil a new transport system within the metropolis.

The Managing Director of the Kano State Traffic Agency, Mr. Baffa Babba-Dan’agundi, made this known while briefing newsmen on the prolonged strike embarked upon by tricycle operators in the State.

“Government will unveil the new transport system because we want to check the monopoly in the transportation system, as is the case now.

“Arrangements have already reached advanced stage to provide residents with a means of transportation.

“The tricycle operators went on strike because of the introduction of the operational permit.

The state government has reduced the cost from N100,000 to N8,000, to enable them to pay.

“Even though some of them have paid, others do not want to pay government revenue and the law says they should pay.

“They don’t want to respect the law, they think the security they are getting is for nothing.

“I don’t have any authority to say they must resume work.

“However, they do not have any authority to tell me not to ask for their particulars and not to arrest them and take appropriate action against them,” he said.

Babba-Dan’agundi said the government is concerned over security and not just the revenue aspect.

“Some of them perpetuate criminal acts with the tricycles, they don’t want to register,” he said.

He also said that Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje has directed the agency to assist those whose tricycles were damaged by some thugs when they decided not to join the strike.

The newsmen report that passengers were stranded in Kano on Monday following a one week strike embarked on by tricycle operators.

Newsmen report that the development reduced traffic gridlock normally being experienced in the city as a result of the high number of tricycles.

Most of the passengers were left with no option other than to either suspend their local travels within the metropolis or trek.



Tragedy: 2 die in early morning accident in Akure



Tragedy: 2 die in early morning accident in Akure

Tragedy struck at dawn on Wednesday in Akure, when a commercial motorcyclist conveying a passenger to the hospital crashed into a stationary truck resulting in the death of the two.

The accident, which occurred at 5.45 a.m., on the Airport Road, Oba-Ile in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, later attracted motorists, commercial motorcyclists, and passersby who gathered to mourn the loss.

A source, who did not want his name mentioned, told the newsmen that the accident occurred opposite the residence of Chief Olu Falae in Akure.

The source said that a truck owned by a block-making industry broke down beside the road two days ago, but was not moved.

“The commercial motorcyclist who was coming from the Oba-Ile axis and going to Akure at full speed hit the stationary vehicle,” the source said.

Another source said that the commercial motorcyclist came to Oba-Ile from Akure to convey a passenger, who was ill, to the hospital before the tragedy occurred.

“The commercial motorcyclist was one of our colleagues living in Akure. He came to pick up a brother, who had been sick for some time, to the hospital.

“The motorcycle did not have any lights and the rider only used a touch to illuminate the darkness before the accident happened

“The commercial motorcyclist and his passenger died on the spot after hitting the truck in spite of the ‘C caution’ and some blocks placed on the road,” the source said.

SP Olufunmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Ondo State, who confirmed the incident, said that the corpses had been deposited at the morgue at the specialist hospital, Akure.

Odunlami-Omisanya advised motorists to always exercise caution whenever they were behind the wheel.

“What happened was that the stationary vehicle was parked on the roadside because it had a mechanical fault. It was the commercial motorcyclist that ran into the vehicle.

“Everybody needs to be careful. I cannot, however, confirm whether the motorcyclist was at high speed or not,” the PPRO said.

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1 shot as Police, Traders Clash in Lagos Alaba Rago Market



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One person was on Tuesday shot, during a clash between police and traders at Alaba Rago market, in Ojo area of Lagos State.

Eye witness told the Maritime First that trouble started after police officers from Okokomaiko Division stormed the market to effect the arrest of a suspect and were resisted by traders.

The police it learnt, felt taken aback by traders bent on preventing them from carrying out what they saw as legitimate duty.

The din and din-dong had actually continued, and this eventually resulted into a violent clash, during which one person sustained a gunshot injury.

The Spokesperson, Lagos State Police Command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident.

He said that the police, who went to the market to arrest a suspect, shot in a bid to retreat from the attack.

“The policemen of Okokomaiko Division today went into Alaba Rago market to effect arrest of a suspect but came under heavy attack from a large number of traders.

“In a bid to tactically retreat from the armed mob attack, one of the officers fired his weapon, resulting in a fatal injury to one of the attackers.

“A detailed investigation has commenced into the immediate and remote causes of the incident,” he said.

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One dead, another rescued with injury in Lagos tanker accident



One dead, another rescued with injury in Lagos tanker accident
One dead, another rescued with injury in Lagos tanker accident- Maritime First Newspaper

The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service says one person died and another rescued with injury from a fallen tanker at Otto Wharf Bus Stop, Apapa – Oshodi Expressway, Mile 2, Lagos.

The Director of the service, Mrs Margaret Adeseye, confirmed the incident, on Sunday.

Adeseye said that the incident happened at about 4:02 a.m. on Sunday involving a 45,000 litres tanker loaded with diesel, heading towards Oshodi from Apapa area.

She said that the tanker on motion reportedly fell on a stationed towing van while negotiating its way out of barriers introduced by unidentified tolls collectors on Apapa road.

“The resultant accident was mitigated by the Sari-Iganmu fire crew of the service. However, two male adults were involved. One was rescued alive with varying degrees of injury to the nearest hospital and the other recovered dead,” she said.

The Director said the tanker and towing van have been evacuated from the road.

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