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FG approves Kabusa Phase 3 design, airports screening machines repair

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved some memos from ministries.

They include Ministries of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Aviation and Works.

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, spoke to State House correspondents after the meeting.

He confirmed the approval of a memo by FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello, for the final design of engineering infrastructure and production for Kabusa district phase three in FCT, Abuja.

The 850 hectares of land will be a mixed-use of both private and government, residential and offices.

The contract was approved for N183.7million to Messrs Techno Engineering and Consult Limited.

Also approved was the memo by Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika, for the rehabilitation of the airports screening machines at the cost of N654million.

Mohammed said with the COVID-19 pandemic, a new protocol sanctioned by IATA and other Aviation authorities are being effected.

“We need more points to screen passengers and their luggage. This is what has necessitated for the rehabilitation of those screening machines that have broken down”, he explained.

On behalf of the Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, Mohammed reported the approval of his memo for completion of the rehabilitation of Abeokuta-Ibadan road – 72 kilometers.

The memo sought augmentation by N788million to bring the project cost to N4.78billion, plus six months extension time for construction.

“We hope that by 2021, this road will be completed. You need to note also that this was a contract that was awarded in 2010 but due to the paucity of funds and other constraints, we have to take it over.”

Furthermore, the memo by Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, for the purchase of 21 operational vehicles for the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) was approved.

Messrs Pan Nigeria Ltd won the contract in total sum of N292.6million.

“The purpose is to enhance the operational capability and capacity of the Corps. The unique thing about this memo is that these vehicles are being sourced from one of our local assemble plants, Peugeot Nigeria Ltd in Kaduna”, Mohammed said.

 

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Bandits attack police formation, kill 13 officers in Zamfara

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Armed men suspected to be bandits have attacked the Kurar Mota community in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing at least 13 police officers

We gathered that the incident occured on Sunday when the assailants invaded a police formation and gunned down officers on duty.

A residents who identified himself as Kabir Dansada, told Daily Trust that the armed men had earlier attempted to invade Magami, a community located 50km south of Gusau, the state capital, but were repelled by soldiers.

“They withdrew after they were overpowered by the soldiers there. They then rode to a community along Magami – Dankurmi – Dangulbi road and killed one person and torched four shops.”

“Thereafter, they moved to Kurar Mota community and attacked the police formation near the township clinic. The criminals then dashed into the forest”

“The slain officers and the injured ones were conveyed to Gusau in a convoy of police vehicles this afternoon. I saw several police vehicles move towards the area,” he said.

When contacted by our correspondent, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Muhammad Shehu said he would inquire and revert.

 

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Clean smelly Lagos gutters, stop making noise – Deji Adeyanju rebukes Joe Igbokwe

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Deji Adeyanju, an Abuja-based human rights activist, has berated Joe Igbokwe, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, over his recent comments on social media.

Adeyanju said Igbokwe who should be cleaning smelly gutters in Lagos State is making noise on social media.

Igbokwe, who is the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been very outspoken on social media lately.

The APC chieftain celebrated the rearrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

He had explained that Kanu once asked IPOB members to kill him and his family members.

The governor’s aide also rebuked Kanu’s style of agitation, stressing that the IPOB leader never witnessed the Biafra civil.

Igbokwe further stressed that the Nigerian government has enough evidence to convict the embattled IPOB leader.

However, Adeyanju, in a tweet wrote: “Joe Igbokwe who should be busy cleaning smelly gutters in Lagos is still on Facebook making noise.”

Meanwhile, we observed that Lagos State has witnessed serious flooding due to rain fall and bad drainage management.

 

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Cultism: Four arrested during cult supremacy battle in Ogun

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Four persons, who the police said are members of dreaded cult groups, were on Saturday arrested during a supremacy battle in Ogun State.

Police said the supremacy battle led to a gun duel between Aye and Eiye confraternities in the Atan-Ota area of Ogun.

The suspects, according to the Ogun Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, were identified as Olusegun Owoola (26), Gbenga Akinkade (34), Jinadu Waliu (30) and Sanni Hammed (27)

Oyeyemi informed us that they were arrested following a distress call received by the DPO of Atan Ota division, CSP Abolade Oladigbolu at about 4am on Saturday.

The two groups were said to have gone on a rampage at the Hotel road area of Atan, shooting sporadically.

The DPO had mobilized his men to the scene “where they met the two groups engaging themselves in a serious gun battle.”

According to Oyeyemi, “the police engaged the hoodlums and subsequently subdued them”, leading to the arrest of four of them.

Items recovered from them are a locally-made pistol, three live cartridges, two knives, an iron rod and assorted criminal charms.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has directed that the case be transferred to the anti-cultism section of the State CIID for investigation.

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