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Rainy season: Be cautious, observe speed limit, FRSC urges motorists




Mr Emmanuel Fadero, Unit Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ile-Ife, Osun, has urged motorists to always maintain the approved speed limit, especially during the raining season, to reduce carnage on the highway.

Fadero, an Assistant Corps Commander, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Ile-Ife.

He said that though FRSC had specific speed limits for respective road users on the highway, he, however, stressed the need for them to apply caution during the raining season.

The FRSC official noted that it was imperative for motorists to reduce their speed due to the prevailing road conditions.

According to him, driving when it is raining comes with a lot of challenges, thus requiring some measure of caution to avert road crashes.

He noted that the unfavourable weather during the rains could hamper visibility, adding, however, that a good driver must endeavour to have visibility ahead of him.

“Some drivers do not see very well when it is raining. Their visibility is not always as accurate as when they are driving during the dry season.

“During this period, potholes are covered with water from the erosion and are usually deeper during the rainy season.

“Potholes that are filled with sand during the dry season will be passable, but as it is raining, the sand will be flushed out, with the possibility of the potholes getting deeper.

“Water may cover the potholes and thus make it dangerous for the driver who is speeding.

“There are even time when branches of trees will fall on the highway and any driver who is not careful can run into such spots,” he said.

Fadero said that FRSC officials had been mandated to regularly check wipers of different categories of vehicles, adding that some vehicles had been apprehended in the process.
“We also have patrol operations on light sign violation (LSV). We check all the lightening systems of vehicles, such as the headlamp, parking light as well as single and double traffic indicators, among others.

“The patrol teams usually ensure that all the light, both static and directional, of all vehicles are functioning properly to provide enough illumination when it is raining.

“Public enlightenment programmes are equally carried out for both drivers and commuters,” he explained.

Fadero warned motorists against reckless driving, urging them to abide by the rules and regulations guiding driving.

He also enjoined road users to be cautious in order not to endanger other people’s lives. (NAN)








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NAF Airstrike Kills 8 Terrorists In Borno




Airstrike undertaken by the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai has killed eight terrorists in Borno State, North-East Nigeria.

The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Cdre Edward Gabkwet, said the aircraft was on armed reconnaissance mission on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 when it took out a guntruck with about eight terrorists at Baranga village in Marte local government area of the State.

He said the strike was carried out when two armed terrorists on a motorcycle along an active track were sighted and trailed to the location.

He said the terrorists after sighting the aircraft, took cover under a thick vegetation.

“Upon engaging the vegetation cover, a gun truck with eight terrorists suddenly appeared, speeding off to evade the attack.

“Subsequently, the gun truck was engaged and destroyed, thus eliminating the terrorists,” he said.

The statement reiterated that remnants of terrorists in the North-East have continued to seek the covers of thick forests and vegetation to evade being detected by the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) and other security agencies.

He said the strike was yet again a clear indication of the commitment of the AFN towards ensuring terrorists find it difficult to randomly roam about freely attacking law-abiding Nigerians.


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Police kill 3 IPOB Members, Recover Arms In Enugu



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The operatives of the Enugu State Police Command have neutralised three members of the Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN) in their hideouts in Ezioha Mgbowo, Awgu Local Government Area of the state.

The police officers also recovered three pump-action guns, 10 machetes, and other incriminating exhibits.

The command’s spokesperson, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, who made the disclosure via a statement, said the gunmen were killed at about 2:15 a.m. on Monday, September 18, 2023.

Ndukwe stated: “A joint security team, comprising police operatives of the Enugu State Command, NPF Special Forces, and Troops of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army Enugu, acting on credible intelligence, busted the criminal hideout of IPOB/ESN subversive criminal elements.

“The criminal elements were already perfecting plans to enforce the illegal sit-at-home order in the state.

“Three of the hoodlums, who opened fire on the joint team upon sighting them, were neutralised, while several others escaped with severe degrees of gunshot wounds in the ensuing gunfight.

“There has been an intense manhunt for those on the run.”

He quoted the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Kanayo Uzuegbu, as commending the joint team, assuring the security and safety of citizens and urging them to go about their lawful businesses in the state.

The commissioner reiterated the commitment of the police and other security forces to sustain the onslaught against unrepentant violent criminals operating under any guise, urging the people of Enugu State to report individuals sighted with gunshot wounds to the nearest police station.

“The good people of Enugu State should remain law-abiding and continue to provide the police with actionable security information and intelligence,” Uzuegbu said.


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Ember months: We’re working to prevent security threats – Police



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The Police command in Bauchi State has placed operatives and residents on high alert for possible security threat at ember months in the state.

This is contained in a statement by the command’s spokesperson,  SP Ahmed Wakil made available to newsmen on Saturday in Bauchi.

He said the command is working closely with sister security agencies to ensure that no one or group of persons succeeded in destabilising the peace enjoyed at ember months in the state.

“The command identified herders’/farmers’ feud and communal clashes, armed robbery, kidnapping and abduction as some of the crimes it is working hard to prevent.

“Road traffic accidents, stealing of farm produce and mischief as well as youths’ restiveness amongst others as potential security threats for the ember months season.

“We,  therefore,  notify the public of the proactive security measures which everyone is required to adhere to and enhance general safety and security in the state,” he said.

The spokesman called on the respective organs to refrain from acts of mischief or any acts that could lead to the breakdown of law and order and public peace.

He also advised farmers to evacuate their farm produce in good time before herders begin  grazing freely and it might  degenerate into the aforementioned.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police, CP Auwal Muhammad reiterated  that the command’s  relentless efforts toward ensuring a crime-free society in our beloved state will never be halted.

“The CP re-emphasises that community engagement in crime prevention, management and control, it is the desired goals and our primary mandate to protect lives and property amongst others.

“The proactive measures came up following  Credible Intelligence and analysis of security threats identified by the command,”  the spokesperson said.

Wakil  advised perpetrators of crime and criminality to vacate the state or face the danger and consequences that came their way

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