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Anambra: Senate sends delegation to condole tanker fire victims

The Senate on Thursday resolved to send a delegation to commiserate with the victims and people of Anambra State over the recent tanker fire incident which claimed scores of lives. The upper chamber while reacting to the incident through a motion considered on the floor, urged the Federal Government through the Nigeria Fire Service to provide firefighting equipment in all major markets across the country. One of the sponsors of the motion, Senator Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra North) lamented the incident which claimed many lives, especially that of a woman and her child after 16 years of childlessness. The lawmaker noted that between 2015 and 2018, fuel tanker infernos and accidents caused by vehicles have led to many deaths on Nigeria’s highway. Oduah recalled that in July this year, a motion on similar incident sponsored by Senator Orker-Jev Emmanuel Yisa (PDP, Benue North West) claimed many lives and destroyed property worth millions of naira. She called for strict enforcement of traffic safety rules by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and all relevant security agencies in order to ensure safer roads across the country. Accordingly, the Senate urged the NPF to work in conjunction with the FRSC to carry out a thorough investigation of the circumstances leading to the fuel tanker fire, with a view to prosecuting anyone found culpable. Meanwhile, the upper chamber on Thursday directed its Committees on Navy, Marine Transport and Finance to investigate the activities of Messrs OMSL limited and other security agencies at the Safe Anchorage Area in the Lagos Ports to determine the legality of their operations and revenue implications. The resolution was reached sequel to the consideration of a motion titled: “Illegal security activity by Messrs OMSL Limited at the Safe Anchorage Area of Lagos Ports and the need to investigate their excesses”. Sponsor of the motion, Senator George Thompson Sekibo (PDP, Rivers East), said that “a security company registered in the name of OMSL limited has since 2014 carried out provision of security of the Lagos Ports Safe Anchorage Area on fees from vessels without regard to the Nigerian Ports Authority. The lawmaker disclosed that “OMSL Limited charged every ship that anchored within the Safe Area $2,500 on the first day of anchorage and $1,500 on every subsequent day for the period any ship stayed at the anchorage area.” According to Sekibo, “it takes between 28 to 30 days for ships that anchor at the Safe Anchorage Area to exit, meaning that every ship pays as much as $46,500 for making use of the Anchorage Area within that period.” He added that, “OMSL in connivance with other security agencies are collecting a whooping sum of $133.28 million or N47.98 billion every year from 2014, meaning that over $733.04 or N263.89 billion have been collected by OMSL and its collaborators.” The lawmaker noted that by virtue of the Ports Act (1954), the Anchorage Area is an integral part of NPA statutory responsibility while NIMASA, Marine Police and Nigerian Navy have the sole responsibility to ensure safe and secure Nigeria territorial waters.
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The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered vehicular restriction from 6am – 6pm tomorrow 16 February during the election.

IGP Adamu orders manhunt for killers of four Bayelsa policemen

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has ordered a massive manhunt for the perpetrators of the killers of four policemen in Bayelsa State.

Police launch search for kidnapped oil workers in Rivers

The Rivers State Police Command has launched a search for five oil workers who were kidnapped along the OML 55 operational area in Akuku-Toru local government area of the state.

Expert: Fish smuggling affecting local production

An expert in the aquaculture industry and former Chairman of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Agriculture Sector, Prince Wale Oyekoya, has urged the government to adopt effective measures towards curbing fish smuggling.
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Governor Obaseki set to receive President Buhari, as APC campaign train berths in Benin...

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, will tomorrow, Thursday, receive President Muhammadu Buhari, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Presidential elections scheduled for February 16.
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Godwin Obaseki donates vehicles to police in Edo

The Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Monday boosted the security apparatus of the state as he donated 50 patrol vehicles, 30 hilux and two Armored Personnel Carriers to the Police Command in the state.
A journalist with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) on Friday drowned having jumped into the lagoon from the third mainland bridge in Lagos.

FRCN employee jumps into Lagos Lagoon, dies

The man who got drowned after he reportedly jumped into the lagoon in Lagos State yesterday day has been identified as a staff of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria.

Police officers wives donate relief materials to IDPs in Edo

The Police Officers Wives Association (POWA) has donated relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Ohogua Community in Ovia North East Local Government Area, Edo State.
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NPA explains reasons for low cargo throughput in Eastern ports

The Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) on Thursday identified lack of infrastructure as one of the factors responsible for low cargo throughput in the Eastern ports.
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Sallah: Lagos CP deploys additional 1,000 policemen

The Commissioner, Lagos State Police Command, Edgal Imohimi, has directed the deployment of additional 1,000 policemen for the upcoming Eid-el-Kabir holiday to boost the number of men designated for that purpose in the Command’s Operations Order.

Marine Police, Red Cross evacuate residents as floods ravage Yola

Marine Police and members of the Nigerian Red Cross have mobilised to evacuate stranded residents of Yolde-Pate Ward of Yola, which has been flooded after a downpour.
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Marine police rescue three in Badagry boat mishap

The Marine Police on Thursday said its men rescued three persons on Pashi river, Badagry, Lagos State, when their boat capsized on July 29.

In Pictures: LASEMA, Police search for woman who ‘plunged into Lagoon’

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and Marine Police have launched a search for a woman who allegedly plunged into the Lagoon on Sunday.

Panic as Lagos government simulates accident on Third Mainland Bridge

There was panic on Sunday on the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos State, as emergency management workers blocked the bridge for a simulated road accident.

In Pictures: Lagos hold simulation exercise of multiple accident on Third Mainland Bridge

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency with its Stakeholders is presently conducting a live simulation exercise code-named “Operation Oko Jasosa” on the 3rd Mainland Bridge, Opposite the Unilag Waterfront, inward Lagos island.

Shippers’ council seals GAC Shipping

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council, NSC, yesterday sealed the premises of GAC Shipping Nigeria Limited for about three hours over alleged seizure of 50 containers of raw materials for production belonging to Nestle Nigeria Limited.

IGP Ibrahim Idris okays marine base for Edo

In order to halt the incessant cases of kidnapping and violent armed robberies carried out with ease on the waterways of Edo State, Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has graciously approved a marine Police base for the state.

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