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  •  The Jigawa State House of Assembly has commenced investigation into alleged shooting and causing explosion by men of the Nigeria Customs Service NCS in Babura Local Government Area of the state The House on Sept 5 set up five member Fact Finding Committee to investigate the cause of the explosion and the extent of damage in the area The committee has Mr Bala Hamza Gada as the Chairman and members representing Babura Kanya Miga Kiyawa and Dutse constituencies as members The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the spokesmen of the Nigeria Security and Civil Corps NSCDC CSC Adamu Shehu and that of Police in the state DSP Shiisu Lawan had on Sept 13 confirmed the incident Shehu in his account said that the incident occurred on Sept 12 at about 9 00 p m after security operatives on stop and search in the area flagged down a truck conveying 25 gas cylinders He alleged that the driver of the truck refused to stop while being pursued by the operatives resulting in one of the cylinders falling off the truck and catching fire immediately According to him the vehicle was coming from Tinkim town in Magarya LGA of Niger Republic and was heading to Hadejia LGA of Jigawa Similarly the Police spokesman Shiisu Shiisu said the vehicle was being pursued by a team of operatives from the Nigerian Customs Border Drill No 12 while transporting the gas from Niger Republic Shiisu said 17 shops and five houses were damaged by the inferno caused by the explosion However during the committee s visit to the scene some of the victims alleged that the customs operatives shot at one of the gas cylinders which caused the 25 cylinders to explode As you can see this is a delegation from Jigawa House of Assembly that came to sympathise with people of Babura as well as assess the level of damage caused by the recent gas which was suspected truck laden with gas cylinders It was alleged that they custom shot at the cylinders which led to the explosion that caused serious damage to property worth millions and injury to between 12 and 15 people the chairman said Garba Gada said that even though the NCS was entitled by the law to carry out their statutory duties they should not do that at the detriment of people in the area He alleged that most border towns in the state suffered from the action of the NCS personnel It is not Jigawa that borders Niger Republic Most of our border towns suffer from this kind of incident Just last week there was similar incident in Garki LGA when one of the NURTW members was brushed by stray bullet shot by custom men in the area while chasing suspected smugglers As these incidences have been recurring we are advising the customs men to do it with caution without posing serious danger to our people he said He added that the committee after the investigation would come up with a comprehensive report about the incident with necessary proactive measures to be taken to avoid future occurrence NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Assembly investigates alleged shooting by customs personnel in Jigawa
     The Jigawa State House of Assembly has commenced investigation into alleged shooting and causing explosion by men of the Nigeria Customs Service NCS in Babura Local Government Area of the state The House on Sept 5 set up five member Fact Finding Committee to investigate the cause of the explosion and the extent of damage in the area The committee has Mr Bala Hamza Gada as the Chairman and members representing Babura Kanya Miga Kiyawa and Dutse constituencies as members The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the spokesmen of the Nigeria Security and Civil Corps NSCDC CSC Adamu Shehu and that of Police in the state DSP Shiisu Lawan had on Sept 13 confirmed the incident Shehu in his account said that the incident occurred on Sept 12 at about 9 00 p m after security operatives on stop and search in the area flagged down a truck conveying 25 gas cylinders He alleged that the driver of the truck refused to stop while being pursued by the operatives resulting in one of the cylinders falling off the truck and catching fire immediately According to him the vehicle was coming from Tinkim town in Magarya LGA of Niger Republic and was heading to Hadejia LGA of Jigawa Similarly the Police spokesman Shiisu Shiisu said the vehicle was being pursued by a team of operatives from the Nigerian Customs Border Drill No 12 while transporting the gas from Niger Republic Shiisu said 17 shops and five houses were damaged by the inferno caused by the explosion However during the committee s visit to the scene some of the victims alleged that the customs operatives shot at one of the gas cylinders which caused the 25 cylinders to explode As you can see this is a delegation from Jigawa House of Assembly that came to sympathise with people of Babura as well as assess the level of damage caused by the recent gas which was suspected truck laden with gas cylinders It was alleged that they custom shot at the cylinders which led to the explosion that caused serious damage to property worth millions and injury to between 12 and 15 people the chairman said Garba Gada said that even though the NCS was entitled by the law to carry out their statutory duties they should not do that at the detriment of people in the area He alleged that most border towns in the state suffered from the action of the NCS personnel It is not Jigawa that borders Niger Republic Most of our border towns suffer from this kind of incident Just last week there was similar incident in Garki LGA when one of the NURTW members was brushed by stray bullet shot by custom men in the area while chasing suspected smugglers As these incidences have been recurring we are advising the customs men to do it with caution without posing serious danger to our people he said He added that the committee after the investigation would come up with a comprehensive report about the incident with necessary proactive measures to be taken to avoid future occurrence NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Assembly investigates alleged shooting by customs personnel in Jigawa
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    Assembly investigates alleged shooting by customs personnel in Jigawa

    The Jigawa State House of Assembly has commenced investigation into alleged shooting and causing explosion by men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Babura Local Government Area of the state.

    The House on Sept. 5, set up five-member Fact Finding Committee to investigate the cause of the explosion and the extent of damage in the area.

    The committee has Mr Bala Hamza-Gada as the Chairman and members representing Babura, Kanya, Miga, Kiyawa and Dutse constituencies as members.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the spokesmen of the Nigeria Security and Civil Corps (NSCDC), CSC Adamu Shehu and that of Police in the state, DSP Shiisu Lawan, had on Sept. 13, confirmed the incident.

    Shehu in his account said that the incident occurred on Sept. 12 at about 9.00 p.

    m., after security operatives on stop-and search-in the area flagged down a truck conveying 25 gas cylinders.

    He alleged that the driver of the truck refused to stop while being pursued by the operatives, resulting in one of the cylinders falling off the truck and catching fire immediately.

    According to him, the vehicle was coming from Tinkim town in Magarya LGA of Niger Republic and was heading to Hadejia LGA of Jigawa.

    Similarly, the Police spokesman Shiisu Shiisu said the vehicle was being pursued by a team of operatives from the Nigerian Customs Border Drill No. 12, while transporting the gas from Niger Republic.

    Shiisu said 17 shops and five houses were damaged by the inferno caused by the explosion.

    However, during the committee’s visit to the scene, some of the victims alleged that the customs operatives shot at one of the gas cylinders which caused the 25 cylinders to explode.

    “As you can see, this is a delegation from Jigawa House of Assembly that came to sympathise with people of Babura as well as assess the level of damage caused by the recent gas which was suspected truck laden with gas cylinders.

    “It was alleged that they (custom) shot at the cylinders which led to the explosion that caused serious damage to property worth millions and injury to between 12 and 15 people,” the chairman said.

    Garba-Gada said that even though the NCS was entitled by the law to carry out their statutory duties, they should not do that at the detriment of people in the area.

    He alleged that most border towns in the state suffered from the action of the NCS personnel.

    “It is not Jigawa that borders Niger Republic.

    Most of our border towns suffer from this kind of incident.

    “Just last week there was similar incident in Garki LGA when one of the NURTW members was brushed by stray bullet shot by custom men in the area while chasing suspected smugglers.

    “As these incidences have been recurring, we are advising the customs men to do it with caution without posing serious danger to our people,” he said.

    He added that the committee, after the investigation, would come up with a comprehensive report about the incident, with necessary proactive measures to be taken to avoid future occurrence.


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  •  NAN The National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW has commended the plan by the Federal Ministry of Transportation for a mass transit scheme that will provide new vehicles for commercial drivers in the country The National President of the union Mr Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa who led some national officers of the union on a courtesy visit to the Minister of State for Transportation Prince Ademola Adegoroye in Abuja said the scheme was long overdue and a welcome development This is contained in a statement on Saturday in Akure by Mr Ebenezer Adeniyan the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the minister The ministry had set up a committee to work towards the implementation of a proposed special scheme for mass transit to be driven by transport operators for ease of road transportation across the country Baruwa who said commercial drivers across the country heaved a sigh of relief when the news of the proposed scheme filtered added that the union would partner with the Federal Government to ensure the actualisation of the scheme The union leader disclosed that the last time commercial drivers in the country enjoyed a sustainable mass transit scheme was in 1992 during the regime of Gen Ibrahim Babaginda saying attempts by successive administrations on mass transit schemes failed Baruwa therefore urged the minister to get the leadership of the transport union involved in the process as the drivers would be able to guide the government on the implementation of the scheme especially on the choice of vehicles suitable for Nigerian roads He said commercial drivers no longer had the capacity to buy new vehicles while vehicle dealers who could give vehicles out on hire purchase to drivers were no longer in business He added that the scheme if implemented would stop drivers from using dilapidated vehicles for commercial transportation The NURTW president who commended the leadership style of Adegoroye since he assumed duties in the ministry hailed President Muhammadu Buhari s efforts towards improving land rail and water transportation in the country Responding Adegoroye commended the union for its readiness to partner with the ministry on the proposed mass transit scheme saying it would be revolving and that other stakeholders such as banks and insurance companies would be involved The minister added that the committee in charge had been given the mandate to seek inputs of transport unions and other stakeholders in the implementation of the scheme Adegoroye expressed worry over the condition of most of the vehicles used for commercial transportation in the country He said the scheme was aimed at phasing out rickety vehicles from Nigerian roads and providing enabling environment for transportation to safeguard the lives of commuters He lauded the leadership of the union for maintaining strong and disciplined followership and urged the union to train its members on the dangers of alcohol drinking and drug abuse currently rampant at many motor parks across the country I commend your leadership but I think there is the need for commercial driving to be professionalised Commercial driving should not be an all comers affair Someone should not just learn driving and then put a vehicle on the road and start commercial transportation There should be special training for commercial drivers and there should be stringent conditions to be met by someone before becoming a commercial driver You also need to curb individual recklessness by training your members against drunk driving and drug abuse Alcohol should not be sold in motor parks and any driver who needs to take medications to relax should do so when he is not going to drive We need to stop putting the lives of our people in danger Adegoroye warned NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NURTW lauds FG’s proposed mass transit scheme
     NAN The National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW has commended the plan by the Federal Ministry of Transportation for a mass transit scheme that will provide new vehicles for commercial drivers in the country The National President of the union Mr Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa who led some national officers of the union on a courtesy visit to the Minister of State for Transportation Prince Ademola Adegoroye in Abuja said the scheme was long overdue and a welcome development This is contained in a statement on Saturday in Akure by Mr Ebenezer Adeniyan the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the minister The ministry had set up a committee to work towards the implementation of a proposed special scheme for mass transit to be driven by transport operators for ease of road transportation across the country Baruwa who said commercial drivers across the country heaved a sigh of relief when the news of the proposed scheme filtered added that the union would partner with the Federal Government to ensure the actualisation of the scheme The union leader disclosed that the last time commercial drivers in the country enjoyed a sustainable mass transit scheme was in 1992 during the regime of Gen Ibrahim Babaginda saying attempts by successive administrations on mass transit schemes failed Baruwa therefore urged the minister to get the leadership of the transport union involved in the process as the drivers would be able to guide the government on the implementation of the scheme especially on the choice of vehicles suitable for Nigerian roads He said commercial drivers no longer had the capacity to buy new vehicles while vehicle dealers who could give vehicles out on hire purchase to drivers were no longer in business He added that the scheme if implemented would stop drivers from using dilapidated vehicles for commercial transportation The NURTW president who commended the leadership style of Adegoroye since he assumed duties in the ministry hailed President Muhammadu Buhari s efforts towards improving land rail and water transportation in the country Responding Adegoroye commended the union for its readiness to partner with the ministry on the proposed mass transit scheme saying it would be revolving and that other stakeholders such as banks and insurance companies would be involved The minister added that the committee in charge had been given the mandate to seek inputs of transport unions and other stakeholders in the implementation of the scheme Adegoroye expressed worry over the condition of most of the vehicles used for commercial transportation in the country He said the scheme was aimed at phasing out rickety vehicles from Nigerian roads and providing enabling environment for transportation to safeguard the lives of commuters He lauded the leadership of the union for maintaining strong and disciplined followership and urged the union to train its members on the dangers of alcohol drinking and drug abuse currently rampant at many motor parks across the country I commend your leadership but I think there is the need for commercial driving to be professionalised Commercial driving should not be an all comers affair Someone should not just learn driving and then put a vehicle on the road and start commercial transportation There should be special training for commercial drivers and there should be stringent conditions to be met by someone before becoming a commercial driver You also need to curb individual recklessness by training your members against drunk driving and drug abuse Alcohol should not be sold in motor parks and any driver who needs to take medications to relax should do so when he is not going to drive We need to stop putting the lives of our people in danger Adegoroye warned NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NURTW lauds FG’s proposed mass transit scheme
    General news3 weeks ago

    NURTW lauds FG’s proposed mass transit scheme

    NAN) The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has commended the plan by the Federal Ministry of Transportation for a mass transit scheme that will provide new vehicles for commercial drivers in the country.

    The National President of the union, Mr Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa, who led some national officers of the union on a courtesy visit to the Minister of State for Transportation,  Prince Ademola Adegoroye in Abuja, said the scheme was  long overdue and a welcome development.

    This is contained in a statement on Saturday in Akure by Mr Ebenezer Adeniyan, the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the minister.

    The ministry had  set up a committee to work towards the implementation of a proposed special scheme for mass transit to be driven by transport operators for ease of road transportation across the country.

    Baruwa, who said commercial drivers across the country heaved a sigh of relief when the news of the proposed scheme filtered, added that the union would partner with the Federal Government to ensure the actualisation of the scheme.

    The union leader disclosed that the last time commercial  drivers in the country enjoyed a sustainable mass transit scheme was in 1992 during the regime of Gen. Ibrahim Babaginda, saying attempts by successive administrations on mass transit schemes failed.

    Baruwa, therefore, urged the minister to get the leadership of the transport union involved in the process as the drivers would  be able to guide the government on the implementation of the scheme, especially on the choice of vehicles suitable for Nigerian roads.

    He said commercial drivers no longer had the capacity to buy new vehicles while vehicle dealers, who could give vehicles out on ‘hire purchase’ to drivers, were no longer in business.

    He added that the scheme, if implemented, would stop drivers from using dilapidated vehicles for commercial transportation.

    The NURTW president, who commended the leadership style of Adegoroye since he assumed duties in the ministry, hailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts towards improving land, rail and water transportation in the country.

    Responding, Adegoroye commended the union for its readiness to partner with the ministry  on the proposed mass transit scheme, saying it would be revolving and that other stakeholders such as banks and insurance companies would  be involved.

    The minister added that the committee in charge had been given the mandate to seek  inputs of transport unions and other stakeholders in the implementation of the scheme.

    Adegoroye expressed worry over the condition of most of the vehicles used for commercial transportation in the country.

    He said the scheme was aimed at phasing out rickety vehicles from Nigerian roads and providing enabling environment for transportation to safeguard the lives of commuters.

    He lauded the leadership of the union for maintaining strong and disciplined followership and urged the union to train its members on the dangers of alcohol drinking and drug abuse currently rampant at many motor parks across the country.

    “I commend your leadership but I think there is the need for commercial driving to be professionalised.

    “Commercial  driving should not be an all comers affair.

    Someone should not just learn driving and then put a vehicle on the road and start commercial transportation.

    “There should be special training for commercial drivers and there should be stringent conditions to be met by someone before becoming a commercial driver.

    “You also need to curb individual recklessness by training your members against drunk-driving and drug abuse.

    “Alcohol should not be sold in motor parks and any driver who needs to take medications to relax should do so when he is not going to drive.

    We need to stop putting the lives of our people in danger,” Adegoroye warned.

    ( NAN)
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  •  The Commissioner of Police CP in Kebbi Ahmed Magaji Kontagora has urged traditional rulers to mobilise their subjects in tackling the security challenges in the state Magaji Kontagora made the appeal on Wednesday when he visited the District Head of Aliero Alhaji Buhari Muhammad The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the visit was part of his familiarisation tour to Divisional Police headquarters in the state He said that would help to build strong synergy and trust between security agencies and citizens and avert the infiltration of criminal elements in the area The CP said it was important for traditional rulers and local government councils to mobilise the people and join force with security agencies in tackling the security challenges in the state Aliero is a peaceful and business friendly environment the area is known for its peaceful atmosphere and hospitality for various ethnic groups in the country and nationalities We are very happy with the way the area is peaceful and we want to maintain its peaceful nature in collaboration with the traditional rulers local government councils youths Keke NAPEP operators NURTW members in the state All we require from good Samaritans is reliable and credible information on the movement of suspected criminals in the society he said The CP said security personnel including vigilantes have been deployed across the state to flush out criminal elements We will do everything humanly possible to deal with any person or group of persons threatening the peaceful coexistence of the people All we expect from traditional rulers LG councils and vehicles operators as well as stakeholders is to come forward with intelligence information on criminal activities in their midst Magaji Kontagora added He also called on other stakeholders including development associations to partner with the police in this regard We will enhance community policing to enable residents to come forward with vital information that will aid the personnel deployed in apprehending criminal elements he said Earlier the district head said he had directed village and ward heads to mobilise their people to support security agencies and expose bad elements in their midst We will work hand in hand with the community policing advisory committee to ward off the infiltration of dubious characters in our midst Muhammad assured Also Alhaji Salihu Auwal Aliero Chairman Aliero Local Government Area pledged total and holistic support and cooperation of the community in order to strengthen security in the area NAN reports that the CP also visited traditional rulers and local government chairmen and other stakeholders in Jega and Maiyama Local Government Areas NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Security: Police seek traditional rulers, LGs support in Kebbi
     The Commissioner of Police CP in Kebbi Ahmed Magaji Kontagora has urged traditional rulers to mobilise their subjects in tackling the security challenges in the state Magaji Kontagora made the appeal on Wednesday when he visited the District Head of Aliero Alhaji Buhari Muhammad The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the visit was part of his familiarisation tour to Divisional Police headquarters in the state He said that would help to build strong synergy and trust between security agencies and citizens and avert the infiltration of criminal elements in the area The CP said it was important for traditional rulers and local government councils to mobilise the people and join force with security agencies in tackling the security challenges in the state Aliero is a peaceful and business friendly environment the area is known for its peaceful atmosphere and hospitality for various ethnic groups in the country and nationalities We are very happy with the way the area is peaceful and we want to maintain its peaceful nature in collaboration with the traditional rulers local government councils youths Keke NAPEP operators NURTW members in the state All we require from good Samaritans is reliable and credible information on the movement of suspected criminals in the society he said The CP said security personnel including vigilantes have been deployed across the state to flush out criminal elements We will do everything humanly possible to deal with any person or group of persons threatening the peaceful coexistence of the people All we expect from traditional rulers LG councils and vehicles operators as well as stakeholders is to come forward with intelligence information on criminal activities in their midst Magaji Kontagora added He also called on other stakeholders including development associations to partner with the police in this regard We will enhance community policing to enable residents to come forward with vital information that will aid the personnel deployed in apprehending criminal elements he said Earlier the district head said he had directed village and ward heads to mobilise their people to support security agencies and expose bad elements in their midst We will work hand in hand with the community policing advisory committee to ward off the infiltration of dubious characters in our midst Muhammad assured Also Alhaji Salihu Auwal Aliero Chairman Aliero Local Government Area pledged total and holistic support and cooperation of the community in order to strengthen security in the area NAN reports that the CP also visited traditional rulers and local government chairmen and other stakeholders in Jega and Maiyama Local Government Areas NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Security: Police seek traditional rulers, LGs support in Kebbi
    Defence/Security1 month ago

    Security: Police seek traditional rulers, LGs support in Kebbi

    The Commissioner of Police (CP) in Kebbi, Ahmed Magaji-Kontagora has urged traditional rulers to mobilise their subjects in tackling the security challenges in the state.

    Magaji-Kontagora made the appeal on Wednesday when he visited the District Head of Aliero, Alhaji Buhari Muhammad.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the visit was part of his familiarisation tour to Divisional Police headquarters in the state.

    He said that would help to build strong synergy and trust between security agencies and citizens, and avert the infiltration of criminal elements in the area.

    The CP said it was important for traditional rulers and local government councils to mobilise the people and join force with security agencies in tackling the security challenges in the state.

    “Aliero is a peaceful and business friendly environment, the area is known for its peaceful atmosphere and hospitality for various ethnic groups in the country and nationalities.

    “We are very happy with the way the area is peaceful and we want to maintain its peaceful nature in collaboration with the traditional rulers, local government councils, youths, Keke-NAPEP operators, NURTW members in the state.

    “All we require from good Samaritans is reliable and credible information on the movement of suspected criminals in the society,” he said.

    The CP said security personnel, including vigilantes, have been deployed across the state to flush out criminal elements.

    “We will do everything humanly possible to deal with any person or group of persons threatening the peaceful coexistence of the people.

    “All we expect from traditional rulers, LG councils and vehicles operators as well as stakeholders is to come forward with intelligence information on criminal activities in their midst,“ Magaji-Kontagora added. 

    He also called on other stakeholders, including development associations, to partner with the police in this regard.

    “We will enhance community policing to enable residents to come forward with vital information that will aid the personnel deployed in apprehending criminal elements,” he said.

    Earlier, the district head said he had directed village and ward heads to mobilise their people to support security agencies and expose bad elements in their midst.

    “We will work hand in hand with the community policing advisory committee to ward off the infiltration of dubious characters in our midst,” Muhammad assured.

    Also, Alhaji Salihu Auwal-Aliero, Chairman, Aliero Local Government Area, pledged total and holistic support and cooperation of the community in order to strengthen security in the area.

    NAN reports that the CP also visited traditional rulers and local government chairmen and other stakeholders in Jega and Maiyama Local Government Areas.  


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  •  The leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW in Kaduna said it had intensified security checks at motor parks within the metropolis to ensure safety of lives and property of passengers Mr Sunday Danlami Secretary of NURTW Sabo Unit disclosed this on Monday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna Danlami said the effort was necessitated to curb crimes like kidnapping and other related criminality associated with the transport business He said part of the measures included verification of registered members security surveillance at the parks routine check of vehicles and ensuring passengers manifest form was filled by passengers We know our registered members as such it is easy to indentify strange faces at the respective parks while verification of new members is also taken seriously We also caution our drivers to always ensure that passengers filled the manifest form by themselves before take off for any journey Danlami added The Official also noted that other agencies including Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC Kaduna State Traffic Law Enforcement Authority KASTLEA and the Police visited parks within the metropolis to sensitise members to road safety nuggets Danlami said part of the challenges the union witnessed included failure of some drivers to renew their licences and ensure their vehicles were in good shape operation of illegal motor parks and impatience of some drivers who would not wait for their vehicles to get filled at the parks before take off Drivers complain about constinued harassment by Government Officials in transport business but fail to on their part do the needful he said He cautioned passengers to always patronise genuine motor parks and desist from boarding vehicles on the road side He added chances of falling victim of being robbed or kidnapped are high when you enter road side vehicles NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NURTW tightens security at motor parks in Kaduna
     The leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW in Kaduna said it had intensified security checks at motor parks within the metropolis to ensure safety of lives and property of passengers Mr Sunday Danlami Secretary of NURTW Sabo Unit disclosed this on Monday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna Danlami said the effort was necessitated to curb crimes like kidnapping and other related criminality associated with the transport business He said part of the measures included verification of registered members security surveillance at the parks routine check of vehicles and ensuring passengers manifest form was filled by passengers We know our registered members as such it is easy to indentify strange faces at the respective parks while verification of new members is also taken seriously We also caution our drivers to always ensure that passengers filled the manifest form by themselves before take off for any journey Danlami added The Official also noted that other agencies including Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC Kaduna State Traffic Law Enforcement Authority KASTLEA and the Police visited parks within the metropolis to sensitise members to road safety nuggets Danlami said part of the challenges the union witnessed included failure of some drivers to renew their licences and ensure their vehicles were in good shape operation of illegal motor parks and impatience of some drivers who would not wait for their vehicles to get filled at the parks before take off Drivers complain about constinued harassment by Government Officials in transport business but fail to on their part do the needful he said He cautioned passengers to always patronise genuine motor parks and desist from boarding vehicles on the road side He added chances of falling victim of being robbed or kidnapped are high when you enter road side vehicles NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NURTW tightens security at motor parks in Kaduna
    General news1 month ago

    NURTW tightens security at motor parks in Kaduna

    The leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Kaduna said it had intensified security checks at motor parks within the metropolis to ensure safety of lives and property of passengers.  

    Mr Sunday Danlami, Secretary of NURTW, Sabo Unit, disclosed this on Monday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.  

    Danlami said the effort was necessitated to curb crimes like kidnapping and other related criminality associated with the transport business.  

    He said part of the measures included verification of registered members, security surveillance at the parks, routine check of vehicles and ensuring passengers’ manifest form was filled by passengers.  

    “We know our registered members as such, it is easy to indentify strange faces at the respective parks while verification of new members is also taken seriously.  

    “We also caution our drivers to always ensure that passengers filled the manifest form by themselves before take- off for any journey,” Danlami added.  

    The Official also noted that other agencies, including Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kaduna State Traffic Law Enforcement Authority (KASTLEA) and the Police visited parks within the metropolis to sensitise members to road safety nuggets.

    Danlami said part of the challenges the union witnessed included failure of some drivers to renew their licences and ensure their vehicles were in good shape, operation of illegal motor parks and impatience of some drivers who would not wait for their vehicles to get filled at the parks before take-off.

    “Drivers complain about constinued harassment by Government Officials in transport business but fail to, on their part, do the needful,” he said.

    He cautioned passengers to always patronise genuine motor parks and desist from boarding vehicles on the road side.

    He added, “chances of falling victim of being robbed or kidnapped are high when you enter road side vehicles.


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  •  The Osun Police Command on Wednesday said it arrested seven suspects for allegedly attacking one Omoniyi Femi the Vice Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW Gbongan Branch The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gbongan is in Aiyedaade Local Government Area of Osun In a statement by SP Yemisi Opalola she said the victim reported at the police station on Tuesday that he was attacked with matchets by some thugs in a bid to take over his motor park On Tuesday at about 1 45p m one Omoniyi Femi of Ajidegbo Gbongan Area the Vice Chairman of NURTW Gbongan Branch 2 reported at the Gbongan Divisional Police Headquarters that at about 11 30am of same date he was attacked and assaulted by a group of thugs led by One Nurudeen Sule a k a Biggy He said as a results of the attack he sustained deep cut on his head through machetes cut and other dangerous weapons used on him by the suspects in an attempt to take over his branch NURTW office Upon the receipt of this report the Police Divisional Officer swiftly led some men together with the Police Response Unit PRU Operatives to the crime scene and the hideout of the assailants Seven male suspects including their ring leader called Nurudeen Sule a k a Biggy were arrested and one short cutlass suspectedly used to perpetrate the act was also recovered from them The victim was later taken to our Lady Catholic Hospital Ipetumodu for medical treatment Opalola however said all the arrested suspects had been handed over to the PRU office in Osogbo for discreet investigation She said further development on the matter would be communicated later NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osun: Police arrest 7 suspects for allegedly attacking NURTW official
     The Osun Police Command on Wednesday said it arrested seven suspects for allegedly attacking one Omoniyi Femi the Vice Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW Gbongan Branch The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gbongan is in Aiyedaade Local Government Area of Osun In a statement by SP Yemisi Opalola she said the victim reported at the police station on Tuesday that he was attacked with matchets by some thugs in a bid to take over his motor park On Tuesday at about 1 45p m one Omoniyi Femi of Ajidegbo Gbongan Area the Vice Chairman of NURTW Gbongan Branch 2 reported at the Gbongan Divisional Police Headquarters that at about 11 30am of same date he was attacked and assaulted by a group of thugs led by One Nurudeen Sule a k a Biggy He said as a results of the attack he sustained deep cut on his head through machetes cut and other dangerous weapons used on him by the suspects in an attempt to take over his branch NURTW office Upon the receipt of this report the Police Divisional Officer swiftly led some men together with the Police Response Unit PRU Operatives to the crime scene and the hideout of the assailants Seven male suspects including their ring leader called Nurudeen Sule a k a Biggy were arrested and one short cutlass suspectedly used to perpetrate the act was also recovered from them The victim was later taken to our Lady Catholic Hospital Ipetumodu for medical treatment Opalola however said all the arrested suspects had been handed over to the PRU office in Osogbo for discreet investigation She said further development on the matter would be communicated later NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osun: Police arrest 7 suspects for allegedly attacking NURTW official
    Defence/Security1 month ago

    Osun: Police arrest 7 suspects for allegedly attacking NURTW official

    The Osun Police Command on Wednesday said it arrested seven suspects for allegedly attacking one Omoniyi Femi, the Vice Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Gbongan Branch.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gbongan is in Aiyedaade Local Government Area of Osun.   In a statement by SP Yemisi Opalola, she said the victim reported at the police station on Tuesday, that he was attacked with matchets by some thugs in a bid to take over his motor park.  

    “On Tuesday, at about 1:45p.

    m, one Omoniyi Femi of Ajidegbo Gbongan Area, the Vice Chairman of NURTW Gbongan Branch 2, reported at the Gbongan Divisional Police Headquarters, that, at about 11:30am of same date, he was attacked and assaulted by a group of thugs led by One Nurudeen Sule a.

    k.a  Biggy.

    ”   “He said as a results of the attack, he sustained deep cut on his head, through machetes cut and other dangerous weapons used on him by the suspects, in an attempt to take over his branch NURTW office.  

    “Upon the receipt of this report, the Police Divisional Officer swiftly led some men together with the Police Response Unit (PRU) Operatives to the crime scene and the hideout of the assailants.  

    “Seven male suspects, including their ring leader called Nurudeen Sule a.

    k.a. Biggy were arrested and one short cutlass suspectedly used to perpetrate the act was also recovered from them.  

    “The victim was later taken to our Lady Catholic Hospital Ipetumodu for medical treatment.

    ”   Opalola, however, said all the arrested suspects had been handed over to the PRU office in Osogbo for discreet investigation.  

    She said further development on the matter would be communicated later
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  •  The National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW has declared that no politician can use its members for campaigns again The Kwara Chairman of the union Alhaji AbdulKareem AbdulRasak made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Ilorin AbdulRasak said that NURTW members were part of stakeholders to ensure free and fair election adding that the rules that govern them did not allow any member to belong to any political party Once you are a member of NURTW you cannot support any political party not to talk of campaign for them or move around with them It has been stated that anyone found participating in political rally or fighting for a particular politician to win will be punished accordingly and also dismissed from the union This is to ensure free and fair election and also to have peace and stability in the country before during and after election he said The chairman explained that many people had wrong mindset about commercial drivers as they believe that majority were trouble makers and irresponsible people Accoding to him the transport union has being in existence for the past four decades and many of its members had made lots of successes and achievements No more thugs and hooligans in NURTW We are responsible and respected people now and many people are willing to associate with us and even give us their daughters in marriage he said AbdulRasak said that the President of NURTW Alhaji Tahjudeen Baruwa had ensured that the union members were well catered for by making the work easy and free of corrupt leaders All the tickets issued at every car park all over the 36 states have been centralised as it is printed from the headquarters in Abuja and as such cannot be tampered with he said On security the chairman said that none of their members had experienced any security challenges saying that it is due to the grace of Almighty Allah and proper arrangements made by the union security agencies and government A meeting was held at the national level and a memo was passed to everyone that no one should move above the scheduled time of 6 a m to 9 p m However there is an arrangement made for night travelers as few drivers usually operate at some car parks to enable travelers get to their various destinations when they arrived he said The NURTW boss commended the administration of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his role in ensuring peace during the last union election that produced him as chairman He commended the governor s effort towards the betterment of transporters in the state but solicited for more support for the drivers to move within and outside the state easily NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No politician can use NURTW members again – Chairman
     The National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW has declared that no politician can use its members for campaigns again The Kwara Chairman of the union Alhaji AbdulKareem AbdulRasak made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Ilorin AbdulRasak said that NURTW members were part of stakeholders to ensure free and fair election adding that the rules that govern them did not allow any member to belong to any political party Once you are a member of NURTW you cannot support any political party not to talk of campaign for them or move around with them It has been stated that anyone found participating in political rally or fighting for a particular politician to win will be punished accordingly and also dismissed from the union This is to ensure free and fair election and also to have peace and stability in the country before during and after election he said The chairman explained that many people had wrong mindset about commercial drivers as they believe that majority were trouble makers and irresponsible people Accoding to him the transport union has being in existence for the past four decades and many of its members had made lots of successes and achievements No more thugs and hooligans in NURTW We are responsible and respected people now and many people are willing to associate with us and even give us their daughters in marriage he said AbdulRasak said that the President of NURTW Alhaji Tahjudeen Baruwa had ensured that the union members were well catered for by making the work easy and free of corrupt leaders All the tickets issued at every car park all over the 36 states have been centralised as it is printed from the headquarters in Abuja and as such cannot be tampered with he said On security the chairman said that none of their members had experienced any security challenges saying that it is due to the grace of Almighty Allah and proper arrangements made by the union security agencies and government A meeting was held at the national level and a memo was passed to everyone that no one should move above the scheduled time of 6 a m to 9 p m However there is an arrangement made for night travelers as few drivers usually operate at some car parks to enable travelers get to their various destinations when they arrived he said The NURTW boss commended the administration of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his role in ensuring peace during the last union election that produced him as chairman He commended the governor s effort towards the betterment of transporters in the state but solicited for more support for the drivers to move within and outside the state easily NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No politician can use NURTW members again – Chairman
    General news2 months ago

    No politician can use NURTW members again – Chairman

    The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has declared that no politician can use its members for campaigns again.

    The Kwara Chairman of the union, Alhaji AbdulKareem AbdulRasak, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Ilorin.

    AbdulRasak said that NURTW members were part of stakeholders to ensure free and fair election, adding that the rules that govern them did not allow any member to belong to any political party.

    “Once you are a member of NURTW, you cannot support any political party, not to talk of campaign for them or move around with them.

    “It has been stated that anyone found participating in political rally or fighting for a particular politician to win will be punished accordingly and also dismissed from the union.

    “This is to ensure free and fair election and also to have peace and stability in the country before, during and after election,” he said.

    The chairman explained that many people had wrong mindset about commercial drivers, as they believe that majority were trouble makers and irresponsible people.

    Accoding to him, the transport union has being in existence for the past four decades and many of its members had made lots of successes and achievements.

    “No more thugs and hooligans in NURTW.

    We are responsible and respected people now and many people are willing to associate with us and even give us their daughters in marriage,” he said.

    AbdulRasak said that the President of NURTW, Alhaji Tahjudeen Baruwa,  had ensured that the union members were well catered for by making the work easy and free of corrupt leaders.

    “All the tickets issued at every car park all over the 36 states have been centralised as it is printed from the headquarters in Abuja, and as such, cannot be tampered with,” he said.

    On security, the chairman said that none of their members had experienced any security challenges, saying that it is due to the grace of Almighty Allah and proper arrangements made by the union, security agencies and government.

    “A meeting was held at the national level and a memo was passed to everyone that no one should move above the scheduled time of 6 a.

    m to 9 p.

    m. “However, there is an arrangement made for night travelers, as few drivers usually operate at some car parks, to enable travelers get to their various destinations when they arrived,” he said.

    The NURTW boss commended the administration of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his role in ensuring peace during the last union election that produced him as chairman.

    He commended the governor’s effort towards the betterment of transporters in the state, but solicited for more support for the drivers to move within and outside the state easily.

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  •  Kwara Government has donated 50 mini buses to transporters in the state as part of its empowerment programme Gov Abdulrahman Abdulrazak presented the buses to the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria RTEAN on Tuesday in Ilorin In a speech Abdulrazak said the gesture was intended to enhance their business and economy The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the donation was made by the government in partnership with a finance company Abdulrazak represented by the Commissioner for Works Mr Iliasu Rotimi also said that the donation was meant to ease the transportation of goods and commuters in the state He said that the event was the second phase of his administration s community transport intervention project He said that the first phase of the intervention took place in August 2021 The governor said that the administration also donated 100 tricycles to the Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria He advised the beneficiaries to take advantage of the government s kind gesture to enhance their economy He also said that they were expected to repay N3 7 million on each of the vehicles within 18 months This intervention is worth N125 million as provided by Self Employment Assistance Program SEAP The government on its part guarantees the facility for the benefit of our people he said Abdulrazak commended the management of SEAP for always supporting the state particularly in the area of transportation He said We want to ensure shared prosperity We have also created direct and indirect jobs to take many of our young population out of idleness through various interventions We are confident that your meticulous use of these vehicles will generate more economic values for our people It is my belief that NURTW and RTEAN will continue to partner our government as we strive daily to give our people a new lease of life The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Intervention Mr Kayode Oyin Zubair also urged the transporters to make maximum use of the opportunity to improve their economy Oyin Zubair further appealed to them to always save money from their daily proceeds to make repayment easier NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kwara Govt. donates 50 mini-buses to NURTW, RTEAN
     Kwara Government has donated 50 mini buses to transporters in the state as part of its empowerment programme Gov Abdulrahman Abdulrazak presented the buses to the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria RTEAN on Tuesday in Ilorin In a speech Abdulrazak said the gesture was intended to enhance their business and economy The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the donation was made by the government in partnership with a finance company Abdulrazak represented by the Commissioner for Works Mr Iliasu Rotimi also said that the donation was meant to ease the transportation of goods and commuters in the state He said that the event was the second phase of his administration s community transport intervention project He said that the first phase of the intervention took place in August 2021 The governor said that the administration also donated 100 tricycles to the Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria He advised the beneficiaries to take advantage of the government s kind gesture to enhance their economy He also said that they were expected to repay N3 7 million on each of the vehicles within 18 months This intervention is worth N125 million as provided by Self Employment Assistance Program SEAP The government on its part guarantees the facility for the benefit of our people he said Abdulrazak commended the management of SEAP for always supporting the state particularly in the area of transportation He said We want to ensure shared prosperity We have also created direct and indirect jobs to take many of our young population out of idleness through various interventions We are confident that your meticulous use of these vehicles will generate more economic values for our people It is my belief that NURTW and RTEAN will continue to partner our government as we strive daily to give our people a new lease of life The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Intervention Mr Kayode Oyin Zubair also urged the transporters to make maximum use of the opportunity to improve their economy Oyin Zubair further appealed to them to always save money from their daily proceeds to make repayment easier NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kwara Govt. donates 50 mini-buses to NURTW, RTEAN
    Economy2 months ago

    Kwara Govt. donates 50 mini-buses to NURTW, RTEAN

    Kwara Government has donated 50 mini buses to transporters in the state as part of its empowerment programme.

    Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazak presented the buses to the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) on Tuesday in Ilorin.

    In a speech, Abdulrazak said the gesture was intended to enhance their business and economy.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the donation was made by the government in partnership with a finance company.

    Abdulrazak, represented by the Commissioner for Works, Mr Iliasu Rotimi, also said that the donation was meant to ease the transportation of goods and commuters in the state.

    He said that the event was the second phase of his administration’s community transport intervention project.

    He said that the first phase of the intervention took place in August 2021. The governor said that the administration also donated 100 tricycles to the Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria.

    He advised the beneficiaries to take advantage of the government’s kind gesture to enhance their economy.

    He also said that they were expected to repay N3.7 million on each of the vehicles within 18 months.

    “This intervention is worth N125 million as provided by Self Employment Assistance Program (SEAP) .

    “The government on its part guarantees the facility for the benefit of our people,” he said.

    Abdulrazak commended the management of SEAP for always supporting the state, particularly in the area of transportation.

    He said: “We want to ensure shared prosperity.

    “We have also created direct and indirect jobs to take many of our young population out of idleness through various interventions.

    “We are confident that your meticulous use of these vehicles will generate more economic values for our people.

    “It is my belief that NURTW and RTEAN will continue to partner our government as we strive daily to give our people a new lease of life.

    ” The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Intervention, Mr Kayode Oyin-Zubair, also urged the transporters to make maximum use of the opportunity to improve their economy.

    Oyin-Zubair further appealed to them to always save money from their daily proceeds to make repayment easier.


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  •  The Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria ACOMORAN Oyo State chapter has appealed to the Federal Government to regulate activities of commercial motorcycle operators rather than its planned ban The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government had on July 21 announced the plan to ban the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes The Minister of Justice Mr Abubakar Malami SAN said that government was considering the idea due to the activities of bandits and other criminals who carry out their attacks using motorcycles However Mr Abimbola Oyediran Secretary of the union told NAN in Ibadan on Monday that the ban may not be the best solution to insecurity issues in the country The planned ban may definitely not be the solution to insecurity rather government can regulate their commercial motorcycle operators activities in the country I see the ban of commercial motorcycle operators increasing the suffering of the masses Abimbola said According to him most commercial motorcyclists use it as a source of income for them and their families Another ACOMORAN unit executive in Mokola area Mr Aliu Ayodele said that the planned ban on operation of commercial motorcycles would further increase the unemployment statistics in the country Ayodele said that many graduates who could not secure white collar jobs have taken to riding commercial motorcycles and tricycles Keke Napep to survive and cater for their wives children parents and dependants Many able bodied who use motorcycles for commercial purposes to make ends meet are still looking impoverished the unit executive said Speaking in the same vein Mrs Yosoye Adedeji a teacher said though the idea was good but it would affect the means of livelihood of many Nigerians Those living far away or living in neighbourhoods with difficult terrain and not motorable will suffer a great deal because commercial motorcycles have been what they rely on as means of transportation she said Also Mrs Tomi Babatunde a civil servant said that the policy if implemented would increase crime rate because many people earn their living from riding commercial motorcycles It should not be ban completely but there can be some form of regulations through a body that can monitor their activities If the ban is placed we won t be able to handle them in their jobless state unless the government will provide jobs for them Babatunde said Similarly Miss Olamide Abu a student said that social vices would increase should government ban use of motorcycles for commercial purposes in the country Fear of insecurity will dominate the landscape More atrocities will abound as those without jobs will indulge in illegal means of livelihood Abu said Also speaking the Chairman of Motorcycle Riders Association Adeoyo Branch Mr Moshood Ibrahim said banning of commercial motorcyclists can not be the solution to insecurity in Nigeria Ibrahim said instead of the ban to reducing crime rate it would rather increased crime and unemployment rate in the country The chairman said that banning commercial motorcyclists would favour no one as most people including graduates ventured into the business as a result of unemployment in the country According to him riding commercial motorcycles has been a source of livelihood to lots of people in Nigeria but those using it for kidnapping and perpetrating other crimes are not authentic commercial motorcycles riders Ibrahim said that most of the criminals using motorcycles to commit crime in the country are the ones destroying the image of authentic commercial motorcycles riders Most of the people using motorcycles to commit crime are recently being apprehended and burnt to death alive by some angry youths he said He said that most commercial motorcyclists collected the motorcycles on higher purchase ranging from N550 000 to N600 000 and usually paid in installments in order to feed themselves and families Ibrahim called on government at all levels to look for other ways to tighten security in the country rather than its plan to ban commercial motorcyclists from operating Also speaking a commercial motorcyclist Mr Akeem Akindele said riding motorcycles for commercial purposes was the last hope of the common man as a result of lack of good job Akindele who said that he was previously a plant seller but now ventured into riding commercial motorcycles because his previous job was not enough to take care of his family He stressed that riding motorcycles for commercial purpose is now his only means of livelihood for him to take care of his family Akindele said plans to ban okada by the federal government would lead to serious suffering for his family and other Nigerians who are in the same condition with him My advice is that the government should not ban the use of commercial motorcycle but look for other ways of dealing with those using it in perpetrating crime he said Akindele commended the Oyo State government for the commencement of registration of commercial motorcyclists in the state This is in order to identify authentic motorcyclists and those using it to perpetrate crime he said Akindele therefore urged the federal government to look into possibility of doing the same However an expert in security and strategic studies at the University of Ibadan Prof Oyesoji Aremu has said a nexus had been established between motorcyclists and insurgency banditry and the likes in the Northern parts of the country This is true for the southern part of the country too People have used commercial motorcycle to carry out terrorism and other criminal acts Placing a ban on use of commercial motorcycle okada will help to stem the tide of insecurity in Nigeria especially in the Northern part of the country But the ban could also precipitate other crimes this is my concern as a security scholar If you plan to solve a problem and in doing so you shouldn t create another problem Okada is a means of livelihood for some people Unfortunately some criminals are using it to their advantage The ban will force many people to be out of job into crime and criminal behaviour this will be counter productive It will also have great effect on Nigerians on low cadres who use okada to ferry their goods and agricultural produce Aremu said The don however advised the government to regulate the use of commercial motorcycles and use their unions to enforce the regulations I know they re registered with NURTW but beyond that they should be made to register with an agency of the government the profiling of okada riders should be done to ascertain their identity So if okada is used for what it was not meant for then the union leaders would be questioned Whether we like it or not they serve some purpose in the country Aremu said By NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Residents, ACOMORAN, don urges FG to regulate commercial motorcycle use
     The Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria ACOMORAN Oyo State chapter has appealed to the Federal Government to regulate activities of commercial motorcycle operators rather than its planned ban The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government had on July 21 announced the plan to ban the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes The Minister of Justice Mr Abubakar Malami SAN said that government was considering the idea due to the activities of bandits and other criminals who carry out their attacks using motorcycles However Mr Abimbola Oyediran Secretary of the union told NAN in Ibadan on Monday that the ban may not be the best solution to insecurity issues in the country The planned ban may definitely not be the solution to insecurity rather government can regulate their commercial motorcycle operators activities in the country I see the ban of commercial motorcycle operators increasing the suffering of the masses Abimbola said According to him most commercial motorcyclists use it as a source of income for them and their families Another ACOMORAN unit executive in Mokola area Mr Aliu Ayodele said that the planned ban on operation of commercial motorcycles would further increase the unemployment statistics in the country Ayodele said that many graduates who could not secure white collar jobs have taken to riding commercial motorcycles and tricycles Keke Napep to survive and cater for their wives children parents and dependants Many able bodied who use motorcycles for commercial purposes to make ends meet are still looking impoverished the unit executive said Speaking in the same vein Mrs Yosoye Adedeji a teacher said though the idea was good but it would affect the means of livelihood of many Nigerians Those living far away or living in neighbourhoods with difficult terrain and not motorable will suffer a great deal because commercial motorcycles have been what they rely on as means of transportation she said Also Mrs Tomi Babatunde a civil servant said that the policy if implemented would increase crime rate because many people earn their living from riding commercial motorcycles It should not be ban completely but there can be some form of regulations through a body that can monitor their activities If the ban is placed we won t be able to handle them in their jobless state unless the government will provide jobs for them Babatunde said Similarly Miss Olamide Abu a student said that social vices would increase should government ban use of motorcycles for commercial purposes in the country Fear of insecurity will dominate the landscape More atrocities will abound as those without jobs will indulge in illegal means of livelihood Abu said Also speaking the Chairman of Motorcycle Riders Association Adeoyo Branch Mr Moshood Ibrahim said banning of commercial motorcyclists can not be the solution to insecurity in Nigeria Ibrahim said instead of the ban to reducing crime rate it would rather increased crime and unemployment rate in the country The chairman said that banning commercial motorcyclists would favour no one as most people including graduates ventured into the business as a result of unemployment in the country According to him riding commercial motorcycles has been a source of livelihood to lots of people in Nigeria but those using it for kidnapping and perpetrating other crimes are not authentic commercial motorcycles riders Ibrahim said that most of the criminals using motorcycles to commit crime in the country are the ones destroying the image of authentic commercial motorcycles riders Most of the people using motorcycles to commit crime are recently being apprehended and burnt to death alive by some angry youths he said He said that most commercial motorcyclists collected the motorcycles on higher purchase ranging from N550 000 to N600 000 and usually paid in installments in order to feed themselves and families Ibrahim called on government at all levels to look for other ways to tighten security in the country rather than its plan to ban commercial motorcyclists from operating Also speaking a commercial motorcyclist Mr Akeem Akindele said riding motorcycles for commercial purposes was the last hope of the common man as a result of lack of good job Akindele who said that he was previously a plant seller but now ventured into riding commercial motorcycles because his previous job was not enough to take care of his family He stressed that riding motorcycles for commercial purpose is now his only means of livelihood for him to take care of his family Akindele said plans to ban okada by the federal government would lead to serious suffering for his family and other Nigerians who are in the same condition with him My advice is that the government should not ban the use of commercial motorcycle but look for other ways of dealing with those using it in perpetrating crime he said Akindele commended the Oyo State government for the commencement of registration of commercial motorcyclists in the state This is in order to identify authentic motorcyclists and those using it to perpetrate crime he said Akindele therefore urged the federal government to look into possibility of doing the same However an expert in security and strategic studies at the University of Ibadan Prof Oyesoji Aremu has said a nexus had been established between motorcyclists and insurgency banditry and the likes in the Northern parts of the country This is true for the southern part of the country too People have used commercial motorcycle to carry out terrorism and other criminal acts Placing a ban on use of commercial motorcycle okada will help to stem the tide of insecurity in Nigeria especially in the Northern part of the country But the ban could also precipitate other crimes this is my concern as a security scholar If you plan to solve a problem and in doing so you shouldn t create another problem Okada is a means of livelihood for some people Unfortunately some criminals are using it to their advantage The ban will force many people to be out of job into crime and criminal behaviour this will be counter productive It will also have great effect on Nigerians on low cadres who use okada to ferry their goods and agricultural produce Aremu said The don however advised the government to regulate the use of commercial motorcycles and use their unions to enforce the regulations I know they re registered with NURTW but beyond that they should be made to register with an agency of the government the profiling of okada riders should be done to ascertain their identity So if okada is used for what it was not meant for then the union leaders would be questioned Whether we like it or not they serve some purpose in the country Aremu said By NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Residents, ACOMORAN, don urges FG to regulate commercial motorcycle use
    General news2 months ago

    Residents, ACOMORAN, don urges FG to regulate commercial motorcycle use

    The Amalgamated  Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN), Oyo State chapter, has appealed  to the Federal Government to regulate activities of commercial motorcycle operators rather than its planned ban.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government had on July 21, announced the plan to ban the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes.

    The Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN) said that government was considering the idea due to the activities of bandits and other criminals who carry out their attacks using motorcycles.

    However,  Mr Abimbola Oyediran, Secretary of the union told NAN in Ibadan on Monday  that the ban may not be the best solution to insecurity issues in the country.

    “The planned ban may definitely not be the solution to insecurity, rather government can regulate their (commercial motorcycle operators) activities in the country.

    “I see the ban of commercial motorcycle operators increasing the suffering of the masses, ” Abimbola said.

    According to him, most commercial motorcyclists use it as a source of income for them and their families.

    Another ACOMORAN unit executive in Mokola area, Mr Aliu Ayodele, said that the planned ban on operation of commercial motorcycles would further increase the unemployment statistics in the country.

    Ayodele said that many graduates who could not secure white collar jobs have taken to riding commercial motorcycles and tricycles, ‘Keke Napep’,  to survive and cater for their wives, children, parents and dependants.

    “Many able-bodied, who use motorcycles for commercial purposes to make ends meet, are still looking impoverished,” the unit executive said.

    Speaking in the same vein, Mrs Yosoye Adedeji, a teacher, said though the idea was good, but it would affect the means of livelihood of many Nigerians.

    “Those living far away or living in neighbourhoods with difficult terrain and not motorable will suffer a great deal because commercial motorcycles  have been what they rely on as means of transportation,” she said.

    Also, Mrs Tomi Babatunde, a civil servant, said that the policy if implemented would increase crime rate, because many people earn their living from riding commercial motorcycles.

    “It should not be ban completely, but there can be some form of regulations through a body that can monitor their activities.

    “If the ban is placed, we won’t be able to handle them in their jobless state, unless the government will provide jobs for them,” Babatunde said.

    Similarly, Miss Olamide Abu, a student, said that social vices would increase should government ban use of motorcycles for commercial purposes in the country.

    “Fear of insecurity will dominate the landscape.

    More atrocities will abound as those without jobs will indulge in illegal means  of livelihood,” Abu  said.

    Also speaking the Chairman of Motorcycle Riders Association, Adeoyo Branch, Mr Moshood Ibrahim, said banning of commercial motorcyclists can not be the solution to insecurity in Nigeria.

    Ibrahim said  instead of the ban to reducing crime rate it would rather increased crime and unemployment rate in the country.

    The chairman said that banning commercial motorcyclists would favour no one as most people including graduates ventured into the business as a result of unemployment in the country.

    According to him riding commercial motorcycles has been a source of livelihood to lots of people in Nigeria but those using it for kidnapping and perpetrating other crimes are not authentic commercial motorcycles riders.

    Ibrahim said that most of the criminals using motorcycles to commit crime in the country are the ones destroying the image of authentic commercial motorcycles riders “Most of the people using motorcycles to commit crime are recently being apprehended and burnt to death alive by some angry youths,” he said.

    He said that most commercial motorcyclists collected the motorcycles on higher purchase ranging from N550,000 to N600,000 and usually paid in installments in order to feed themselves and families.

    Ibrahim called on government at all levels to look for other ways to tighten security in the country rather than its plan to ban commercial motorcyclists from operating.

    Also speaking, a commercial motorcyclist, Mr Akeem Akindele, said riding motorcycles for commercial purposes was the last hope of the common man as a result of lack of good job.

    Akindele, who said that he was previously a plant seller, but now ventured into riding commercial motorcycles because his previous job was not enough to take care of his family.

    He stressed that riding motorcycles for commercial purpose is now his only means of livelihood for him to take care of his family.

    Akindele said plans to ban okada by the federal government would lead to serious suffering for his family and other Nigerians who are in the same condition with him.

    “My advice is that the government should not ban the use of commercial motorcycle, but look for other ways of dealing with those using it in perpetrating crime,” he said.

    Akindele commended the Oyo State government for the commencement of registration of commercial motorcyclists in the state.

    “This is in order to identify authentic motorcyclists and those using it to perpetrate crime,” he said.

    Akindele, therefore, urged the federal government to look into possibility of doing the same.

    However, an expert in security and strategic studies at the University of Ibadan, Prof.

    Oyesoji Aremu, has said a nexus  had been established between motorcyclists and insurgency, banditry and the likes  in the Northern parts of the country.

    “This is true for the southern part of the country too.

    People have used commercial motorcycle to carry out terrorism and other criminal acts.

    “Placing a ban on use of commercial motorcycle ‘okada’ will help to stem the tide of insecurity in Nigeria especially in the Northern part of the country.

    “But the ban could also precipitate other crimes; this is my concern as a security scholar.

    “If you plan to solve a problem, and in doing so, you shouldn’t create another problem.

    Okada is a means of livelihood for some people.

    Unfortunately, some criminals are using it to their advantage.

    “The ban will force many people to be out of job into crime and criminal behaviour, this  will be counter-productive.

    “It will also have great effect on Nigerians on low cadres who use okada to ferry their goods and agricultural produce,” Aremu said.

    The don, however, advised the government to regulate the use of commercial motorcycles and use their unions to enforce the regulations.

    “I know they’re registered with NURTW but beyond that they should be made to register with an agency of the government; the profiling of okada riders should be done to ascertain their identity.

    “So, if okada is used for what it was not meant for, then the union leaders would be questioned.

    Whether we like it or not they serve some purpose in the country,’’ Aremu said.

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  •  The Joint Border Operations Drill Sector 3 has arrested three illegal migrants between 16 years old and 18 years old around Babanna axis of the Sector Controller Olugboyega Peters the Coordinator Joint Border Patrol Team North Central Zone Sector 3 disclosed this during a News Conference on Wednesday in Ilorin He said that the illegal migrants were coming from Benin Edo en route Burkina Faso The Controller said that after thorough investigation it was discovered that the teenagers were being trafficked by a syndicate to Burkina Faso The teenagers were handed over to Nigeria Immigration Service as one of the agencies in the sector saddled with such responsibilities he said Peters further said that within six months January 2022 to July 2022 the sector had made 107 interceptions He said the interceptions included Premium Motor Spirit Foreign Parboiled Rice Motorcycles Cartons of Foreign Tomatoes and Second hand Clothing with a Duty Paid Value of N139 707 500 We wish to express our gratitude to the Comptroller General of Customs CGC retired Col Hameed Ali Office of National Security adviser NIA DSS Immigration Nigeria Police Force and other sister agencies We thank them for their efforts to ensure the realisation of our mandate and provisions made for the needed equipment especially operational vehicles the Conttroller said He revealed that the CGC had contributed greatly to the sector operatives by injecting gallant officers and fresh hands for effective performance I thank the traditional rulers youths community leaders NURTW IPMAN and the people of North central states for providing peaceful and enabling environment for officers to carry out their statutory duties He said that Sector 3 would maintain zero tolerance to smuggling bearing in mind its negative implication on the economic growth and development of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Joint Border Drill arrests 3 illegal migrants
     The Joint Border Operations Drill Sector 3 has arrested three illegal migrants between 16 years old and 18 years old around Babanna axis of the Sector Controller Olugboyega Peters the Coordinator Joint Border Patrol Team North Central Zone Sector 3 disclosed this during a News Conference on Wednesday in Ilorin He said that the illegal migrants were coming from Benin Edo en route Burkina Faso The Controller said that after thorough investigation it was discovered that the teenagers were being trafficked by a syndicate to Burkina Faso The teenagers were handed over to Nigeria Immigration Service as one of the agencies in the sector saddled with such responsibilities he said Peters further said that within six months January 2022 to July 2022 the sector had made 107 interceptions He said the interceptions included Premium Motor Spirit Foreign Parboiled Rice Motorcycles Cartons of Foreign Tomatoes and Second hand Clothing with a Duty Paid Value of N139 707 500 We wish to express our gratitude to the Comptroller General of Customs CGC retired Col Hameed Ali Office of National Security adviser NIA DSS Immigration Nigeria Police Force and other sister agencies We thank them for their efforts to ensure the realisation of our mandate and provisions made for the needed equipment especially operational vehicles the Conttroller said He revealed that the CGC had contributed greatly to the sector operatives by injecting gallant officers and fresh hands for effective performance I thank the traditional rulers youths community leaders NURTW IPMAN and the people of North central states for providing peaceful and enabling environment for officers to carry out their statutory duties He said that Sector 3 would maintain zero tolerance to smuggling bearing in mind its negative implication on the economic growth and development of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Joint Border Drill arrests 3 illegal migrants
    Defence/Security3 months ago

    Joint Border Drill arrests 3 illegal migrants

    The Joint Border Operations Drill Sector 3 has arrested three illegal migrants, between 16 years old and 18 years old, around Babanna axis of the Sector.

    Controller Olugboyega Peters, the Coordinator, Joint Border Patrol Team, North Central Zone, Sector 3 disclosed this during a News Conference on Wednesday in Ilorin.

    He said that the illegal migrants were coming from Benin, Edo, en route Burkina Faso.

    The Controller said that after thorough investigation it was discovered that the teenagers were being trafficked by a syndicate to Burkina Faso.

    “The teenagers were handed over to Nigeria Immigration Service as one of the agencies in the sector, saddled with such responsibilities,” he said.

    Peters further said that within six months, January 2022 to July 2022, the sector had made 107 interceptions.

    He said the interceptions included Premium Motor Spirit, Foreign Parboiled Rice, Motorcycles, Cartons of Foreign Tomatoes and Second hand Clothing, with a Duty Paid Value of N139,707,500.

    “We wish to express our gratitude to the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), retired  Col.

    Hameed Ali, Office of National Security adviser, NIA, DSS, Immigration, Nigeria Police Force and other sister agencies.

    “We thank them for their efforts to ensure the realisation of our mandate and provisions made for the needed equipment, especially operational vehicles,” the Conttroller said.

    He revealed that the CGC  had contributed greatly to the sector operatives by injecting gallant officers and fresh hands for effective performance.

    “I thank the traditional rulers, youths, community leaders, NURTW, IPMAN and the people of North central states for providing peaceful and enabling environment for officers to carry out their statutory duties.

    He said that Sector 3 would maintain zero tolerance to smuggling, bearing in mind its negative implication on the economic growth and development of Nigeria.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Commercial transporters in Kaduna on Saturday attributed the low patronage of motor parks to the current security challenges in the country A check by a News Agency of Nigeria correspondent at some motor parks in Kaduna revealed low vehicular activities with few passengers waiting for vehicles to be filled up Some of the officials of National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW Kaduna Chapter spoke to NAN on the issue They said that as against the usual beehive of activities at motor parks especially during festivities like Sallah people preferred to mark the festival at their locations for fear of the unknown Mr Patrick Onoche an NURTW official at Television Motor Park said the recent incidences of insecurity in the country had forced passengers to observe a low key celebration People are now security conscious so that execpt it becomes necessary nobody travels anyhow lately Although there are a handful of passengers but the patronage is poor Onoche lamented Similarly Mr Kabir Isa a commercial vehicle driver at Abuja Park on command junction said he had yet to get his vehicle filled and had waited for over two hours Usually passengers traveling from Kaduna to Abuja are less than those coming into Kaduna from Abuja Besides that people are afraid of Kaduna Abuja road because of kidnappers and that is the major reason for the low patronage being witnessed he added At Sabo motor park Gambo Musa also a commercial vehicle driver said the park witnessed low patronage because passengers traveling to Kafanchan and Jos especially from Zaria had taken alternative routes The reason is not far fetched from fear of kidnappers he said Mrs Deborah Ambi a passenger told NAN at Abuja park that she had waited for more than two hours for the vehicle she boarded to get filled up I intend to travel to Zuba and spend the Sallah with my family I pray and commit the journey to God s hands and that removes any tendency of fear she said Dogara Idi another passenger on his part said the low patronage at the parks was due to people preferring to spend the Sallah festivity in Kaduna than travel to Abuja It is usually the same even during Christmas and other hollidays he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Eid-El-Kabir: Kaduna transporters attribute low patronage to insecurity
     Commercial transporters in Kaduna on Saturday attributed the low patronage of motor parks to the current security challenges in the country A check by a News Agency of Nigeria correspondent at some motor parks in Kaduna revealed low vehicular activities with few passengers waiting for vehicles to be filled up Some of the officials of National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW Kaduna Chapter spoke to NAN on the issue They said that as against the usual beehive of activities at motor parks especially during festivities like Sallah people preferred to mark the festival at their locations for fear of the unknown Mr Patrick Onoche an NURTW official at Television Motor Park said the recent incidences of insecurity in the country had forced passengers to observe a low key celebration People are now security conscious so that execpt it becomes necessary nobody travels anyhow lately Although there are a handful of passengers but the patronage is poor Onoche lamented Similarly Mr Kabir Isa a commercial vehicle driver at Abuja Park on command junction said he had yet to get his vehicle filled and had waited for over two hours Usually passengers traveling from Kaduna to Abuja are less than those coming into Kaduna from Abuja Besides that people are afraid of Kaduna Abuja road because of kidnappers and that is the major reason for the low patronage being witnessed he added At Sabo motor park Gambo Musa also a commercial vehicle driver said the park witnessed low patronage because passengers traveling to Kafanchan and Jos especially from Zaria had taken alternative routes The reason is not far fetched from fear of kidnappers he said Mrs Deborah Ambi a passenger told NAN at Abuja park that she had waited for more than two hours for the vehicle she boarded to get filled up I intend to travel to Zuba and spend the Sallah with my family I pray and commit the journey to God s hands and that removes any tendency of fear she said Dogara Idi another passenger on his part said the low patronage at the parks was due to people preferring to spend the Sallah festivity in Kaduna than travel to Abuja It is usually the same even during Christmas and other hollidays he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Eid-El-Kabir: Kaduna transporters attribute low patronage to insecurity
    General news3 months ago

    Eid-El-Kabir: Kaduna transporters attribute low patronage to insecurity

    Commercial transporters in Kaduna on Saturday attributed the low patronage of motor parks to the current security challenges in the country.

    A check by a News Agency of Nigeria correspondent at some motor parks in Kaduna revealed low vehicular activities with few passengers waiting for vehicles to be filled up.

    Some of the officials of National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW), Kaduna Chapter, spoke to NAN on the issue.

    They said that as against the usual beehive of activities at motor parks, especially during festivities like Sallah, people preferred to mark the festival at their locations for fear of the unknown.

    Mr Patrick Onoche, an NURTW official at Television Motor Park, said the recent incidences of insecurity in the country had forced passengers to observe a low key celebration.

    “People are now security conscious so that execpt it becomes necessary, nobody travels anyhow lately.

    “Although, there are a handful of passengers, but the patronage is poor,” Onoche lamented.

    Similarly, Mr Kabir Isa, a commercial vehicle driver at Abuja Park, on command junction, said he had yet to get his vehicle filled and had waited for over two hours.

    “Usually, passengers traveling from Kaduna to Abuja are less than those coming into Kaduna from Abuja.

    “Besides that, people are afraid of Kaduna-Abuja road because of kidnappers and that is the major reason for the low patronage being witnessed,” he added.

    At Sabo motor park, Gambo Musa, also a commercial vehicle driver, said the park witnessed low patronage because passengers traveling to Kafanchan and Jos, especially from Zaria had taken alternative routes.

    “The reason is not far fetched from fear of kidnappers,” he said.

    Mrs Deborah Ambi, a passenger told NAN at Abuja park that she had waited for more than two hours for the vehicle she boarded to get filled up.

    “I intend to travel to Zuba and spend the Sallah with my family. I pray and commit the journey to God’s hands and that removes any tendency of fear,” she said.

    Dogara Idi, another passenger, on his part, said the low patronage at the parks was due to people preferring to spend the Sallah festivity in Kaduna than travel to Abuja.

    “It is usually the same, even during Christmas and other hollidays,” he added.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN