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OVER-SPEEDING: FRSC records 978 crashes, 223 deaths in 9 months in FCT

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…FRSC deploys 3,115 personnel, 68 vehicles in FCT, over Ember months***

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has recorded 978 Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) and 223 deaths between January and September in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Sector Commander, FCT, Mr Oga Ochi, disclosed this during the inauguration of the 2022 Ember Months campaign on Thursday in Abuja, adding that 1,753 injuries were recorded within the period.

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Ochi attributed the accidents largely to speed limit violations.

He said that ember months, which referred to the last four months of the year, were usually characterised by higher vehicular movements which often resulted to high RTCs and fatalities.

Ochi said that human factor, which included speeding, overloading, use of unsafe tyres, and reckless and dangerous driving among others, was responsible for more than 75 per cent of traffic crashes.

“Records obtained within the FCT reveal that between Jan.1 to Sept. 30, 2022, a total of 978 RTCs occurred resulting to 223 deaths and 1,753 injuries with speed limit violations as the highest causative factor.

“This record, even though slightly lower when compared to Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, 2021, which had 987 RTCs, 159 deaths and 1,872 injuries, the trend still shows that RTCs and injuries is a major concern,‘’ he said.

Ochi urged stakeholders in the transport system to support the efforts of the Corps and other relevant agencies towards ensuring safety on the highway during ember months and beyond.

in his message, the Acting Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dauda Biu said that the ember months campaign was for stakeholders to sensitise their members on road safety culture.

Biu, who was represented by the Deputy Corps Marshal, DCM Kayode Falola said that there were more crashes even where there were good roads.

“Bad roads is not a factor for road crashes, even where we have good roads, crashes still occur.

“We need a high level of discipline to make use of the roads. Law enforcement will not solve the problem alone, everyone needs to be engaged for us to achieve a crash-free society,’’ he said.

The FCT Minister, Muhammed Bello, represented by the Secretary, Transportation Secretariat of the FCT Administration, Mr Abdullahi Candido, expressed their commitment towards addressing road crashes in the territory.

He said that there was usually an increase in vehicular movements during the ember months, hence it was important to sensitise the public.

He urged the stakeholders to take advantage to ensure that drivers were sensitised and vehicles were in order before being put on the road.

Mr Yusuf Alabi of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), appealed to the government to construct good roads nationwide to enable drivers to avoid night trips and reduce crashes.

“We are law-abiding citizens, what we need are good roads for a smooth journey; going to Lagos from Abuja could take more than 24 hours now due to bad roads,” he said.

The event was attended by representatives of the Civil Defence Corps, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, the Police, and the Directorate of Road Traffic Services, among others.

Highlight of the events was the presentation of plays by the Road Safety Club of National Youths Service Corps and NDLEA respectively.

In another development, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has deployed a total of 3,115 personnel and 68 patrol vehicles among other logistics as part of a strategy towards achieving safety during the ’ember’ months, in the FCT.

The Sector Commander, FCT, Mr Oga Ochi said this during the flag–off ceremony of the 2022 Ember Months Campaign on Thursday in Abuja.

Ochi said that 16 ambulances, four heavy and light duty tow trucks and eight power bikes would be deployed to cover all the area councils and highways leading in and out of the FCT.

He said that FRSC embarked on public sensitisation, stakeholder engagements and robust enforcement particularly during ember months to ensure that the high rate of Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) was reduced drastically.

“The herculean challenge occasioned by the increasing rate of RTCs, lack of obedience to road traffic regulations, impatience on the part of road users, and relative lack of knowledge of road code among others required collective efforts.

“The tasks of reversing the trend as contained in the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021 -2030 required that all hands must be on deck.

“This is to ensure proper and adequate dissemination of road safety messages to every road user,” Ochi said.

He urged road users to take advantage of the conducive environment created by the FCT minister, Muhammed Bello to maximise service delivery to road users in the FCT.

“We have concluded plans to respond to all emergencies that may occur during this period in order to reduce cases of deaths resulting from road-related mishaps.

“This deployment of logistics will last from now till January 2023 for proper attention to road safety these ember months,“ Ochi said.

Earlier, the Zonal Commanding Officer (ZCO) in charge of FCT and Niger State, Assistant Corps Marshal, Shehu Mohammed said that motorists must avoid speeding at all costs to curtail crashes.

Mohammed who was represented by the Deputy Corps Commander, Ms Barbara Ekpekpe said that speeding and overloading have remained major factors causing incessant road crashes in the territory.

He urged road users to comply with road safety rules and regulations to avoid crashes resulting in the loss of lives and properties.

The year 2022 ember months’ campaign theme is ‘avoid speeding, overloading and unsafe tyres to arrive alive’.

 

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EFCC secures 166 convictions, recovers N1.4bn in Kano; Student docked for alleged threat to life, stabbing another with bottle

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EFCC secures 166 convictions, recovers N1.4bn in Kano

 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Kano Zonal Command, said it secured 166 convictions and recovered N1.4 billion in 2022.

The Zonal Commander of EFCC, Mr. Farouk Dogondaji, made the disclosure during a courtesy visit by Head of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) office in Kano State, Aminu Garko, on Thursday in Kano.

“In 2022 the commission investigated, prosecuted, secured 166 convictions and recovered N1.4 billion in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa. We still have pending cases in court.

“The Government of President Muhammadu Buhari has given all Nigerians the opportunity to report cases of economic and financial crime.

“EFCC Chairman, Mr. Abdulrashid Bawa, brought a lot of changes and policies among which is the development of EFCC strategic plan to improve public participation in the fight against corruption.

“Fighting corruption is for all of us Nigerians. We have to put our hands together to push our country forward,” Dogondaji said.

He noted that the issue of corruption in Nigeria was of great concern to all patriotic citizens, and as such various stakeholders must work together to tame it, especially as the country goes into election.

“Citizens have to know what corruption has done to Nigeria so that when they go to cast their votes, they vote for credible Nigerians. Even as citizens, we have a duty to Nigeria,” he said.

He commended NAN for its zeal to partner with the commission to win the war against corruption.

Earlier, the head of the Kano state NAN office said corruption has been the major problem militating against the smooth implementation of government policies and programmes that would impact the well-being of the populace.

“Fighting corruption is like fighting a war among communities, we cannot move forward without fighting corruption,” he said.

Garko called for synergy between NAN and the EFCC in the ongoing fight against corruption in the country. 

In another development, a 26-year-old student, Victor Adegbulugbe, was on Friday docked in an Ogudu Magistrate’s Court in Lagos, for allegedly stabbing another with a broken bottle on the head and back.

The police charged Adegbulugbe, who resides at Kazeem Street, Ojota, Lagos, with count bordering on assault, threat to life, grievous confrontation and breach of peace.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecutor, Insp Donjor Perezi, had told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Jan. 19, 2023, at about 9 a.m. at Muwazani hotel, located on No 22 Ogudu road, Ojota, Lagos State.

Perezi told the court that the defendant stabbed one Akeem Adebare, during an altercation and threatened the lives of Sharon Eunkoroh and Ibrahim Adebare that he would kill them with a gun.

He said that the offences contravened the provisions of Section 175, 56 (1)(a), 168 and 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

According to section 173, anyone found guilty of the offence will be liable to three years imprisonment

The Magistrate, Mrs M.O. Tanimola, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200,000, with two sureties in like sum.

She said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and must show evidence of tax payments to Lagos Government.

Tanimola adjourned the case until Feb. 15 for mention.

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381 people killed, 2,082 injured during “Special Operation Zero” nationwide – FRSC

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381 people killed, 2,082 injured during “Special Operation Zero” nationwide – FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) killed 381 people during the Yuletide “Operation Zero” tolerance to crashes across the nation.

The Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dauda Biu, said during a press briefing on Friday in Abuja that the Corps recorded a total of 626 RTCs across the nation

Biu who said that 4,698 people were involved in the RTCs added that 2,082 people were injured which included various degrees of injuries.

The Just concluded 2022 Operation Zero Tolerance Special Patrol began on December 15, 2022, and came to a conclusion on January 15, 2023.

Biu said that the gratifying development was that the Corps went into the exercise with strategic initiatives that would tackle all variables that promoted RTCs particularly speed which had been a principal risk factor over the years.

He said that the Corps was out to check and tackle it head-on by intensifying enforcement on the compulsory installation of Speed Limiting Devices by all commercial vehicles.

“We also ensured that the 2022 exercise was well put together with evidence-based projections, timely and judicious deployments of personnel and equipment complemented by a large pool of volunteers

“These are in the categories of; the Police, Military and Paramilitary Agencies, Ambulance Service Organisations, Federal and State Ministries of Works, Construction Companies, and Community Volunteers.

“During Operation Zero Tolerance to road crashes, a total of 2,295 people were rescued without injuries while 30,726 People were arrested for various offences.

“690 people were arraigned, out of which 650 were convicted with paid fines, 0 were imprisoned, while 40 were discharged and acquitted, “he said.

Biu said that there was an increase in the 2022 records as against 2021 adding that the increase recorded in most of the data presented occurred majorly because of increased visibility.

This, he said was a result of a much wider coverage by Operatives, particularly with the establishment of Local Government Stations which resulted in almost all traffic crashes across the country being captured.

The FRSC boss said that it was even more pertinent to note that the main factors responsible for the crashes were speed violations and continuous night journeys leading to Fatigue.

He said that driving Under Influence, dangerous driving, Wrongful overtaking and tyre violation (worn out and expired) were among notable factors that caused RTCs during the yuletide season.

He urged travellers to as much as possible avoid excessive speed and steer clear of night trips due to the perennial dangers that come with it.

He emphasised that poor visibility, excessive speed, fatigue and other unhealthy driving behaviours were also associated with driving during the dark hours on Nigerian roads.

“I say this because, travelling at night is a risk factor to all road users, and this must be totally avoided to save lives, “he said.

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Nigeria records 23,550 cases of cholera

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Nigeria records 23,550 cases of cholera

Nigeria recorded 23,550 suspected cases of cholera in 2022 with Borno taking the lead with 12,459 cases.

The country also lost 583 lives to the scourge in 2022, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, said on Friday in Abuja.

He said that Borno’s neighbour, Yobe placed second with 1,888 cases, while Katsina State followed with 1,632 cases.

Taraba had 1,142 cases; Gombe State had 1,407 cases, while Kano State recorded 1,131 cases.

The six states accounted for 84 percent of all cases of Cholera in Nigeria in 2022, Adetifa said.

He also said that 52 percent of cholera victims in 2022 were female while males accounted for the balance of 48 percent.

He put the fatality rate at 2.5 percent of cases reported in 33 states of the federation.

Adetifa said children between the ages of five years and 14 years were the most affected.

He noted that bacterial cholera, endemic during the rainy season, is an acute diarrhoeal disease passing through faeces, contaminated foods and drinks and an unhygienic environment and causes severe dehydration.

He lamented that cholera is largely associated with rural communities and among the poor with poor nutrition, poor water quality, and poor sanitation and had not gotten the desired attention from governments.

Adetifa said the rise in cholera cases in Nigeria was exacerbated by limited access to clean water and sanitation facilities, open defecation and poor hygiene practices.

He cautioned that without proper Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practices, Nigeria would continue to be at risk of cholera outbreaks along with the associated sufferings and deaths.

“The long-term solution for cholera control lies in access to safe drinking water, maintenance of proper sanitation (especially the discontinuation of open defecation) and the practice of hygiene.

“Nigerians should avoid open defecation and indiscriminate refuse dumping which contribute to the spread of cholera,’’ he said.

In 2016, Nigeria launched an action plan to end open defecation by 2025. The plan involves providing equitable access to water, sanitation, and hygiene services and strengthening tailored community approaches to total sanitation.

The country needs an estimated N959 billion to end open defecation by 2025, experts say.

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