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Bad roads: Bamisile advocates introduction of weighbridge across Nigeria

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The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA, Hon. Femi Bamisile has urged the federal government to, as a matter of urgency, introduce weighbridges across Nigeria.

The development became imperative following the continued destruction of Nigerian roads by heavy and articulated vehicles plying the roads with excess loads as against the recommended ones which the roads were originally designed for.

The federal lawmaker who represents Ekiti South Federal Constituency II made the remark while featuring on a radio programme on Fresh FM 106.9 in Ado Ekiti.

According to him, the deplorable condition of roads across Nigeria and especially Ekiti State, is unfortunate, appalling, and regrettable, hence the need for necessary actions to prevent further damage of roads across the country.

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“Introduction of weighbridges will ensure strict adherence of truck and other articulated lorry drivers to all rules and regulations guiding loading procedure. The move is also to discourage such drivers from engaging in excess or overloading, which in turn affects the durability of the roads and vehicles.

“Weighbridge technique which must be backed with a good legislation will make erring Drivers or Defaulters to be liable to fine which will also serve as another source of revenue for the government to repair damaged roads,” he said.

The former Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, explained that, though many roads needed urgent attention in Nigeria, fund crunch or economic doldrums across the world has made it difficult for the government to respond.

He added that the government had struggled to meet its responsibilities due to a lack of funds occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic which affected the global economy.

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Bamisile noted that his Committee has been up and doing in its over-sight functions, especially at ensuring all Nigerian roads are motorable, but the bureaucratic challenge at awarding contracts by the federal government has been hindering the work of the agency.

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“For instance, to fix some bad portions on Ado-Aramoko-Ekiti- Efon Alaaye Roads requires over N2 billion, but the approving limit of the Managing Director of FERMA is about N250million. Therefore, to fix such road, a proposal must be submitted to the Federal Ministry of Works for presentation at the Federal Executive Council meeting for deliberation and subsequent approval.

“Though, there are contractors who also create hardship for Nigerians through sub-standard jobs, hence the need for thorough scrutiny of all intending contractors before the award of contracts,” he said.

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Gas Explosion kills man while he was preparing food (Photos)

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A Gas Explosion has killed a man at Ayimensah in the Greater Accra Region.

This sad incident happened this morning, Tuesday November 29, 2022.

Mr. Daniel, an agent was killed by the gas explosion this morning while preparing his breakfast.

The cylinder exploded and caught him in the fire.

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He was rushed to the hospital after the unfortunate incident but he passed away hours later.

The body has been kept at the morgue for autopsy and preservation.

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Native doctor shoots his client dead while testing bulletproof charm in Enugu

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Operatives of the Enugu State Police Command have arrested a 23-year-old native doctor, Odoh Emmanuel, for accidentally killing his client while testing a bulletproof charm he prepared for him.

Odoh shot the deceased, identified as Onunze Benedict, with a locally-fabricated single-barreled gun in his shrine while testing the potency of the charm he made for him.

According to the Command’s Spokesperson, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, who disclosed the incident in a statement released on Tuesday, November 29, the killing occurred in Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of the state.

The statement reads,

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“On 16/11/2022 at about 11.pm, police operatives serving in Isi-Uzo Police Division of the Command, arrested Odoh Emmanuel (male and a native doctor) aged 23, of Umuaram Village in Ikem community of Isi-Uzo LGA, for shooting and murdering his adult male client, one Onunze Benedict, of Eha-Amufu community in the same LGA.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect confessed to having used a locally-fabricated single-barreled gun to shoot and murder the said victim in his shrine at the mentioned location, while testing the gunshot protection charm he had prepared for him

“The gun has been recovered, while further investigation is ongoing at the Homicide Section of the State CID Enugu.”

The suspect will be charged to court once the police conclude their investigation.

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Ogun: Yahoo-boy kills girlfriend for refusing to remit fraud proceeds

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A 27-year-old suspected internet fraudster, otherwise known as Yahoo boy, Obeta John, has allegedly killed his girlfriend, Idowu Buhari over claims that she refused to remit to him, a proceed of fraud paid into the girl’s account by a victim.

The victim, an HND 1 student of Mass Communication, Gateway Polytechnic Saapade, Ogun State, was reportedly beaten to death by the suspect.

Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Ogun State police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspect, was arrested Tuesday following a distress call received at the Ode-Remo divisional headquarters.

The police were informed that the suspect, a resident at 3, Mojubade Compound, Eredu Ishara, locked his door and started beating the girl, hitting her head against the wall.

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Efforts by neighbours to persuade him to open the door did not succeed, DAILY POST learnt.

Acting on the distress call, Oyeyemi said the DPO of Ode-Remo division, CSP Fasogbon Olayemi, had quickly led his officers to the scene, “where they met the victim in the pool of her blood after forcing the door open.”

The police rushed the victim to the State Hospital, Ishara, where she was pronounced dead by the doctor on duty.

The suspect said to be an indigene of Enugu State, is presently in police custody.

“On interrogation, the suspect informed the police that he is an internet fraudster and that a certain amount of money from one of his clients was paid into the account of his deceased girlfriend which she refused to relinquish to him,” Oyeyemi explained.

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He quoted the suspect as saying that the fight over the said money had eventually led to the death of the girl.

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Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Lanre Bankole, has ordered the transfer of the suspect to the State CIID for further investigation and prosecution by the homicide team.

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