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World Car Free Day: Lagos to promote non-motorised transport modes



World Car Free Day: Lagos to promote non-motorised transport modes

The State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde and his team

The Lagos State Government is set to promote non-motorized transport modes with an intention to construct infrastructure that will ensure seamless implementation of the Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) plan in the state.

Making this known at the state’s maiden edition of “Car Free Day” held on Sunday at Alausa, Lagos, Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made this known at the state’s maiden edition of “Car Free Day”,

held on Sunday at Governor’s Road, Alausa, Lagos.

Sanwo Olu said Lagos State, being the ‘Centre of Excellence, had begun to embrace NMT because of its environmental and economic benefits.

He said plans were underway to construct some of the terminals taking into consideration walking, cycling, skating and other small wheeled forms of transportation that would encourage the citizenry to embrace NMT.

Sanwo-Olu said that his administration was working hard to make transportation more effective, efficient, and sustainable.

He also said it was doing this through the provision of infrastructure, policy, and institutional reforms to curb the looming dangers of climate change.

The governor who was represented by the State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, explained that the Car Free Day was an avenue for a city like Lagos to appraise the state of its road network.

Sanwo-Olu said that Car Free Day was marked to create an innovative way of making Non-Motorised Transportation equitable, effective and sustainable in the State.

He said that the celebration in the state would create a paradigm shift in the culture needed for the transformation of the city of Lagos.

Speaking in his own capacity, as Transportation Commissioner, Oladeinde, reassured that the infrastructure to support NMT would be put in place to ensure seamless movement for the commuting public.

Oladeinde said that the decision was important as transportation was the biggest culprit of carbon emissions affecting the environment negatively.

“The bicycle lanes will be created for Cyclists on the road to encourage the use of bicycles which would benefit the public.

“This is by ensuring pollution-free environments, road safety and improved health for every individual, regardless of their ages,” he said.

The commissioner said that the ministry of transportation was working with physical planning to pilot the Non-Motorised Transport Policy and sustain it.

The Managing Director, Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) Mrs. Abimbola Akinajo, said the first phase of implementation of the Lagos Sidewalk Pilot Project had been concluded on Catholic Mission Street/Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS).

Akinajo, represented by Mr. Osa Konyeha, said the completion of the sidewalk had enhanced walking access to St. Nicholas Hospital, Kings College, and Lagos High Court.

The managing director said that it also enhanced walking access to the Federal Court of Appeal and Tafawa Balewa Square, which is home to a multi-storey office/shopping complex and one of the major Origin-Destinations.

Akinajo said that plans were underway to implement a cycling pilot project that would traverse Eti-Osa Local Government and Ikoyi-Obalende Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

She said: “The Design Review Sub-Committee has conducted site visits and prepared a preliminary design.

The Transportation Commissioner, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, close to the Pem Sec. Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Gbolahan Toriola, at the maiden edition of “Car Free Day”, held on Sunday at Governor’s Road Alausa, Lagos.

“I believe this will be discussed extensively with all key stakeholders at the next quarterly meeting.

“I want to affirm that LAMATA is committed to executing a network of walking and cycling routes to implement a transport system.

” This is to improve the lifestyle of the people and improve the economic competitiveness of Lagos.”

Also speaking, the representative of the Lagos Urban Development Initiative (LUDI), Mr. Yinka Jones, maintained that the level of pollution in the state was increasing due to motorised activities.

Jones encouraged all to play their parts in reducing pollution in the state by embracing Non- Motorised Transportation.

Mrs. Temitope George, representing Psychology, one of the NGOs that collaborated with the state to organize the event, said the essence of Car Free Day was to awaken the consciousness of residents.

George said it was to awaken them to the fact that there were alternative modes of transportation apart from the car.

She said that other means of transport were the Non-Motorised means of commuting, revealing that her NGO had earlier spear-headed the “share the road” campaign in collaboration with LAMATA.

George explained that the “Share the road” campaign was aimed at sensitizing the motorised road users that the road furniture was for everyone.

“I am calling on the state government to continue its inclusive infrastructure that will ensure cyclists, bikers, skaters and other Non-Motorised road users co-habit safely,” she said.

A member of the African Cycling Federation (ACF), Mr. Dennis Kange, said that the rate of air pollution and road crashes in the state called for concern.

He re-emphasized the need to create more awareness about the social and environmental benefits of Non-Motorized Transport modes.



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Amotekun Recovers Ak-47 Rifles, Ammunition hidden in Oyo Forest



Amotekun Recovers Ak-47 Rifles, Ammunition hidden in Oyo Forest

 The Oyo State wing of the Southwest Security Network (Amotekun Corps) has recovered AK-47 rifles, military camouflage and other items hidden in a forest in the state by suspected kidnappers.

Commandant of the corps in Oyo State, retired Col. Olayinka Olayanju, told newsmen in Ibadan on Monday that the corps recovered four AK-47 rifles, four magazines and 50 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition.

Also recovered were wraps of Indian hemp, raincoats, two Nigerian Army caps, and a beret.

He said the items were recovered while operatives of the corps were combing forests following rising cases of kidnap on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“Last weekend, efforts of our men were rewarded when the arms and ammunition were found in one of the forests following a tip-off that some gunmen sighted in the area.

“The security network’s agents are still present in the forest to possibly apprehend the criminal elements,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Special Adviser to Gov. Seyi Makinde on Security Matters, retired Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said the governor had directed security personnel in the state to take proactive steps to stop abductions in the state.

Owoseni said collaboration with local hunters and vigilantes assisted greatly in recent successes recorded by the Amotekun corps in the state.

He assured that the state government would provide the equipment needed for the smooth operation of the corps to enhance their performance.

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Motor Park Attacks: Osun Police Recover 5 guns, Arrest 10 Suspects



Motor Park Attacks: Osun Police Recover 5 guns, Arrest 10 Suspects

 The Osun Police Command on Monday said it had arrested 10 suspects over the attacks across some motor parks in the state on the premise of the forceful takeover of the parks.

SP Yemisi Opalola, the Command’s Spokesperson, in a statement, said five guns, nine live and four expended cartridges and five cutlasses were recovered from the suspects.

“This is to inform the general public that the Osun State Police Command is aware and frowns at the crises that erupted within the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state in the early hours of today (Monday).

The Commissioner of Police, the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and other stakeholders had met with the NURTW executive, members and other stake holders to avert the crisis and forceful take-over of the parks in the state.

“All consented to maintain peace, but it was a surprise to learn about the attacks by NURTW members in several parts of the state with attendant destruction of offices and injury to some persons and police personnel.

“The CP, Faleye Olaleye, swiftly charged the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Tactical Commanders to ensure the situation is brought under control and arrest culprits.

“Consequently, the Police operatives tactical operation led to the arrest of 10 suspects and recovery of one Barretta pistol, two Pump Action guns, two Barrel guns, nine live and four expended cartridges, five cutlasses and charms,” she said

She said the CP was, however, assuring the public that the command was fully on top of the situation as mobile, conventional, tactical and patrol teams had been deployed to curtail the crises.

The CP also advised members of the public to go about their lawful businesses without fear of insecurity or attacks.

He warned that anyone found culpable in the unwarranted violence and attacks would face the full wrath of the law.

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LASTMA apprehends 2 suspected ‘one chance’ robbers; Troops neutralize 4 Kaduna Bandits



LASTMA apprehends 2 suspected ‘one chance’ robbers; Troops neutralize 4 Kaduna Bandits

Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) have arrested two suspected ‘one chance’ armed robbers in Ikate, Lekki-Ajah area of Lagos.

The General Manager of LASTMA Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, said this through the Director, Public Affairs of the authority, Mr. Taofiq Adebayo, in Lagos on Sunday.

 Oreagba disclosed that the suspects were nabbed by the patrol team of the Agency while on duty monitoring and controlling traffic around Lekki-Ajah axis of the State.

 “Our officials heard passengers with loud voice shouting, thieves! thieves!! while on patrol team, in an unpainted commercial bus.

“While trying to stop the driver, he drove dangerously and our men pursued them with LASTMA patrol vehicle down to Ikate where they were blocked by another pathfinder car belonging to a good Samaritan”.

“Two suspects were arrested while the remaining two suspects escaped with the P.O.S. they used to withdraw passengers’ money inside the T4 commercial bus.

“The two arrested suspects with the recovered unpainted T4 commercial bus were later handed over to R.R.S personnel who were on pin-down at Chisco, along Lekki- Ajah”.

“They were all later moved down to Ilasan Police Station for further investigations,” Oreagba said.

The General Manager advised Lagos residents to always ensure they board buses at designated garages adding that they should be vigilant, especially when boarding public vehicles.

One of the rescued passengers Mr. Christophe Omukoro is quoted as saying that he boarded the unpainted commercial bus from Alfa-Beach going to Ikate.

He disclosed that they were four with P.O.S machine collecting passengers’ ATM cards and withdrawing money from individual accounts.

Omukoro confirmed that passengers started shouting thieves! thieves!! thieves!!! after they had collected their phones with other valuables from them.

In another development, the troops of Operation Forest Sanity have neutralized four bandits during clearance operations in identified bandits’ hideouts around Tsohon Gayan, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan confirmed the development in a statement on Sunday in Kaduna.

“The troops made contact and pursued the fleeing bandits, two bandits were neutralized during the engagement while credible human intelligence sources revealed that two others died from gunshot wounds.

“Credible sources in the general area reported that two of the four neutralized bandits have been identified as Dogo Mallam and Bello Mallam.”

According to him, the troops recovered one AK47 rifle, one magazine with 22 rounds of ammunition and a motorcycle.

The commissioner said Gov. Nasir El-Rufai praised the troops for their resilience and courage.

He assured that the clearance operations will continue in the general area and other locations.

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