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Reps to investigate Ibadan-Lagos train fuel saga



Reps to intervene in ASUU strike

… As NSCDC impounds 1700 litres of adulterated diesel, nabs 14 suspects in A’Ibom***

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the circumstances that led to a train conveying passengers from Lagos to Ibadan running out of fuel midway during the journey.

This followed the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance by Rep. Ndudi Elumelu, the minority leader of the House on Tuesday in Abuja.

In his motion, Elumelu said that the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) was for the purposes of easy and cheap movement of bulk goods and commuters from hinterlands to seaports and vice versa.

He said that its first rail business activities commenced with the construction of the Lagos and Ibadan rail line.

He said that in recent times, there had been a series of media reports of how passenger trains breakdown in the middle of nowhere for lack of maintenance.

The lawmaker noted that this had subjected commuters to possible attacks by hoodlums who could brutalise, maim and cart away hard-earned monies and goods of innocent Nigerians.

”Another sad episode happened on  March 11, where a train conveying passengers and goods from Lagos to Ibadan came to a halt midway due to insufficient fuel.

”This has once again endangered the lives of innocent Nigerian travellers on the trip,” he said.

The lawmaker said that the NRC needed to improve services in the area of ticket racketeering and hoarding to the public.

According to him, this undermines government revenue which has inhibited target loan repayment and constituted economic sabotage.

”Such episode exposes the carelessness, irresponsibility and incompetence of the management of NRC to effectively and efficiently manage the sector.

“For a train to leave the station with insufficient fuel only to get stuck midway into the journey with traumatised and stranded passengers, is a huge national embarrassment,” he said.

Rep. Elumelu said that this did not only make the country a laughing stock in the eyes of the international community but was a case of complete system failure.

He observed that the excuse by Mr Fidelis Okhiria, NRC Managing Director, was not just laughable but pointed to the inability of the management to effectively conduct routine standard operational checks.

The lawmaker further said the development had raised serious issues about the safety and reliability of the country’s rail services which should be seriously investigated.

He further said that if the careless act by the NRC was not effectively tackled and nipped in the bud, it could one day lead to a major disaster.

He added that as a result, innocent Nigerians would end up losing their lives, hence the need for this motion.

The House, therefore, resolved that an adhoc committee be set up to do a status inquiry of NRC and its inadequacies and report back to the house within four weeks.

In the meantime, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Akwa Ibom Command, says it has impounded 1, 700 litres of suspected adulterated Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), known as diesel, and arrested 14 suspects.

Mr Abidemi Majekodunmi, NSCDC Commandant in the state, disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the Command’s Exhibits Yard in Uyo on Tuesday.

Majekodunmi said the 14 suspects were arrested on March 10 and March 14, in Itu and Onna Local  Government Areas of the state.

“NSCDC Akwa Ibom Command has in its custody 14 suspects and exhibits of four trucks laden with suspected petroleum product.

“In total capacity, we have 1, 700 litres of AGO inside the trucks.

They were accosted in four different locations.

Three of them were within Itu LGA, while the fourth one was arrested in Onna LGA in Akwa Ibom state.

“Definitely, we are suspicious of the content of the trucks.

From our preliminary investigation, we suspect that this is an adulterated petroleum product.

We are also looking at the possibility that they may be stolen.

“Investigation is underway and we want to tell Akwa Ibom people that there is no breeding space for criminals and vandals in the state,” he said.

The commandant said that the command has inaugurated “Operation Flush” to flush criminals out of the state.

He added that the action was in line with the Constitution and NSCDC was committed to ensuring that the nation was free from vandalism.

“We want the public to support our progress with credible intelligent information so that we can actually execute our mandate and perform our constitutional duties and responsibilities.

“The Nigerian economy has a strong presence in the oil industry.

We must protect this industry because it is a strong national asset and that is one of the advantages that we have as a nation.

“We want Nigerians to shun illegality and crime as NSCDC will not tolerate such activities,” he said.

Majekodunmi said that the suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigations were concluded.


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NAFDAC Warns Against Use Of Sniper For Food Preservation



NAFDAC Warns Against Use Of Sniper For Food Preservation

…Says it can cause cancer, death

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has once again issued a stern warning to Nigerians regarding the hazardous practice of using dangerous chemicals to preserve food items.

 Specifically, the agency has emphasized the dangers associated with dichlorvos, a chemical commonly utilized by traders to safeguard food from spoilage. 

The sale of small-volume dichlorvos (100 ml or less), sold as Sniper® has been banned since 2019 while the sale of the large volume (one litre) is limited to certified agrochemicals outlets. 

NAFDAC underscores the toxicity of dichlorvos to human health, cautioning that its use can have fatal consequences.

In response to a viral video showing individuals using dangerous chemicals to preserve food items like beans, stockfish, and crayfish, the Director General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, urged traders and merchants to desist from using unauthorized chemicals on food meant for human consumption.

The misuse of dichlorvos poses significant risks to human health, manifesting in both short-term and long-term consequences.

 Long-term exposure can result in severe health implications, including developmental abnormalities in offspring, memory loss, reduced fertility, and potential carcinogenic effects. 

“These adverse effects highlight the importance of adhering to safety guidelines to mitigate the risks associated with dichlorvos exposure”, the Director of Veterinary Medicine and Applied Products (VMAP), Dr Rametu further stressed.

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Praying Man Drowns At Lagos Beach, Divers Seek Body



The Police said on Wednesday that divers were battling to recover the body of a 30-year-old man who allegedly drowned at Elegushi Beach, Lagos, where he had gone for prayers.

The Lagos Police Command spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, told newsmen) in Lagos.

He said a report to the police indicated that the man, identified as Samuel, had gone to pray at the beach with his friends.

Hundeyin said that the case was reported to the Ilasan Police Division at about 7.20 a.m. on Tuesday by a man whose name was not mentioned.

Hundeyin said that the man’s report revealed that on Tuesday, at midnight, he and three of his friends left Igbesan in Ogun to Elegushi Beach, Lekki for prayers.

The image maker said that the report stated that during the prayer session, at about 4.00 a.m., one of the friends, named Samuel, 30, allegedly drowned.

“Detectives of the division and effort promptly visited the scene is in progress by divers to recover the corpse.

“The family members of the deceased have been contacted and the investigation is ongoing,” he said. 

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Police Begin 24-hour Bike Patrol On Third Mainland Bridge 



Police Begin 24-hour Bike Patrol On Third Mainland Bridge 
…As Troops neutralise 7 insurgents, recover weapons, motorcycles in Kaduna

The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Police Command in Lagos State have begun a 24-hour bike patrol on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.

RRS made this known in a post it shared on its official X handle @rrsLagos767 on Monday.

It stated that the Commander of RRS, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, had directed the squad’s motorcycle riders to begin a 24-hour patrol on the Third Mainland Bridge.

“RRS Commander, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi has directed the squad’s Bike Riders to commence a 24-hour patrol of the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos as a way of protecting the infrastructure on the bridge.

“Also to prevent the incidence of harassment of road users by miscreants.

“This is in line with the directives of the State Commissioner of Police, CP Adegoke Fayoade to the squad for the protection of lives, property and public infrastructure on the newly renovated bridge,” it stated.

RRS said that Egbeyemi appealed to motorists and road users to cooperate with the riders so that they could serve them better.

In another development, showing observable security improvement, the 1 Division Nigerian Army, said its troops have neutralised seven insurgents and recovered weapons and motorcycles in Kaduna.

This is contained in a statement issued by Lt-Col. On Monday in Kaduna, Musa Yahaya, the Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations 1 Division Nigerian Army.

Yahaya said, “Troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army deployed at a blocking position at Udawa carried out a fighting patrol along Udawa – Kurebe road on May 19.

According to him, during the aggressive patrol, troops made contact with insurgents and terrorist elements. They engaged them with a heavy volume of fire leading to the annihilation of five terrorists and violent extremists.

 He disclosed that items recovered during the encounter included,  one pump action gun, six cartridges, one empty AK 47 rifle magazine, one MP3 radio, one phone battery, two Baofeng radios,  two Baofeng radio chargers, four memory cards, two sim cards and four charms.

Some of the weapons recovered by troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army from the terrorists in Kaduna.

He said, “Relatedly, the division deployed at Sabo Birni in Igabi Local Government of Kaduna State intercepted suspected movement of terrorist elements at Baka general area on 19 May 2024.

 Yahaya said the troops swiftly mobilised to the area and engaged the terrorists.

“In the firefight that ensued, the terrorists who could not withstand the superior firepower of the troops cowardly fled to nearby hills in disarray with several degrees of gunshot wounds.

 “The troops exploited the general area and recovered one AK 47 rifle and two motorcycles while blood stains were seen all over the scene of the incident.

He also disclosed that troops of the Division while lying in wait at Kwaga village in Birnin Gwari local government of Kaduna state, made contact with terrorist elements and neutralised two of the criminals.

 “Items recovered included two AK 47 rifles, two magazines and two motorcycles, “Yahaya said.

The spokesperson said Maj-Gen. Mayirenso  Saraso, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division NA and  Commander of Operation, Whirl Punch, commended the troops for their aggressive posture.

He charged them to sustain the tempo and make life unbearable for terrorists, insurgents, violent extremists and their cohorts.

He equally appealed to all law-abiding citizens to report to the NA or nearest security agencies, persons seen with gunshot wounds seeking medical attention.

 Yahaya also appealed to the good people of Kaduna and Niger States to avail the Army and other security agencies with timely and actionable intelligence for prompt action. 

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