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The Times of India has reported the arrest of five Nigerians and an Indian lady by the Indian police,  the latest in the serial busting of  Nigerian gangs  either for drug related crimes or  fraud.

According to the newspaper, the Nigerians and their Indian accomplice were found in  possession of a wide variety of drugs, including cocaine, brown sugar and amphetamine. They were also accused of human trafficking by way of offering Nigerian girls into prostitution.

Arrested were by  the Rachakonda Police in Hyderabad  were Palaparthi Sangeetha, 35, a resident of Sun City, her partner  Cosmas Ojukwu, 30, their associates John Okorie, 26, a BA student of Nizam College, Okereke Cyril Anezi, 31, a BCom student of Nizam College and president of Nigerians in Hyderabad, John Paul Onyebuchi, 34,  and Ogunka Henry Okechukwu, 31.

Sangeetha, the Indian partner of Cosmas  and  John Paul Onyebuchi were the first to be arrested. They were nabbed  at a  bus stop on Sunday night with three grams of cocaine and 200 grams of ganja in their possession.

Based on Sangeetha and John’s confessions, police raided Ojukwu Cosmas’ flat  and arrested Cosmas having 10 grams of cocaine, 12 grams of brown sugar, 37 blue amphetamine tablets and 40 pink amphetamine tablets, a laptop, `1.54 lakh cash, three cell phones and an Activa vehicle in his possession.

Cosmas then told about his drug business in Hyderabad. “He had been procuring drugs from his friend Gabriel, who operates from Goa and Hyderabad. He supplied drugs through Sangeetha, John Paul and Henry,” Rachakonda commissioner Mahesh Bhagawat said.

After confessing about his drug network, Cosmas then, gave away the address of his associates John Paul, Henry and Cyril. Police seized seven grams of cocaine, 300 grams of ganja, Rs 50,000 cash, laptop and cell phones from their possession, the TOI reported.

The hansindia.com gave the total drugs seized as  20 grams of cocaine, 12 grams of brown sugar, 39.8 grams amphetamine tablets and pieces, 1.675 kg of ganja and Rs 2 lakh cash.

John Paul and Henry confessed that in addition to peddling drugs, they also trafficked Nigerian women to customers in Kushaiguda and Neredmet areas.

“The Indian visas of Cosmas, John Paul and Henry had expired years ago . John Paul was arrested twice by Mapusa police of Goa in 2016 for illegal stay and drug peddling. Despite knowing about all this, Cyril knowingly provided him shelter at his rented flat in Yapral,” the commissioner of police said.

Cosmas, who came to India in 2012, was reported to have links with drug peddlers operating in Goa, Mumbai and Chennai.  He sold each gram of cocaine and brown sugar for Rs 20,000 to customers.

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 .Backs Appeal Court Judgment authorizing State to control Inland Waterways

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday expressed excitement at the judgment of Appeal Court in Lagos which set aside the judgment of the Federal High Court empowering the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) to regulate transportation and sand dredging in the State, saying that the development would go a long way to aid the efforts of the State Government in abating flood in the State.

Police authorities on Monday said they have dismissed three policemen attached to Area ‘N’ Command, Ijede-Ikorodu, under the Lagos State Command.

The affected officers are AP.No 136005 Insp. Okelue Nkemeonye, F/No. 355897 Sgt. Braimoh Sunday and F/No. 359928 Sgt. Yusuf Olukoga.

The Head, Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), ACP Abayomi Shogunle, made this known in a statement in Abuja. He said the dismissal followed an Orderly Room trial at the Zone Two Command Headquarters, Onikan-Yaba, Lagos.

Shogunle said the men were found guilty of two offences bordering on Corrupt Practices and Discreditable Conduct as contained in the First Schedule of Police Act and Regulations Cap. P19, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

He said on the receipt of the complaint on June 21, the unit dispatched its team to Ikorodu where the three policemen, including AP No. 98199 ASP Bayo Obadia, who led the team were apprehended.

Shogunle said that preliminary investigation revealed that all the allegations contained in the WhatsApp message actually happened.

According to him, the four armed police officers falsely paraded themselves as operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). He said that investigation also showed that the officers extorted a total sum of N200, 000 from the young men whom they tagged “Yahoo Yahoo Boys”.

The unit head said that the money was forced from them via ATM withdrawal (N90,000) and mobile bank money transfer (N110,000), to a third party account provided by the policemen.

“All the arrested officers, witnesses and recovered exhibits including the N200, 000 cash and printed bank statement of account were handed over to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2 Lagos, for further detailed investigation and necessary disciplinary measures.

“The approval of the punishment of dismissal from service as recommended by the Adjudicating officer is part of the outcome of the disciplinary measures.” He said that by the AIG Zone 2, Lagos, had issued an official query to Obadiah who led the team.

He said that the query and his reply and had been forwarded to the office of the Force Secretary, Force Headquarters, Abuja, from where it would be sent to the Police Service Commission as required by Police Regulations.

Shogunle further said that the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, who commended the unit, said all allegations of professional misconduct reported against any police officer would be treated in line with the relevant laws.

He enjoined members of the public to report cases of police misconduct to the PCRRU for resolution, adding that the Idris administration was bent on ensuring a corruption-free Police in Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on June 20, the police also dismissed two traffic Wardens attached to the Wuse Police Division for extorting money from a motorist in Abuja.

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said a total of 35,179 people were killed in road accidents between 2012 and 2016.

 The accidents, according to the Corp Marshal, FRSC, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, involved 436,633 persons in which 401, 454 of the people were rescued.

 Oyeyemi, who spoke at a seminar in Lagos through the Zonal Commander, FRSC Zone 2 for Lagos and Ogun states, Mr. Shehu Zaki, on Monday, said the accidents were recorded on highways across the country within the period under review.

 Giving details of the crashes, he said last year, a total of 5,053 people died in accidents involving 65,467 persons in which 60,414 travellers were rescued.

 In 2015, about 64,394 persons were involved in road accidents and 5,440 people died while 58,954 others were rescued.

 Those that died in the accidents recorded in 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 were given as 5,996, 6,544, 6,092, and 6,054 people, respectively.

 Oyeyemi attributed the high percentage (over 91 per cent) of people rescued at the accident scenes to the improvement in the emergency response to reports of road crashes.

 He said, “The coordination of the call centre with emergency response point called ‘Zebra’ has increased the response time during emergencies.

 “This also led to significant improvement (91.1 per cent) in the number of persons rescued alive from crash scenes in Nigeria.”

 He also said the corps had conducted 71 road safety audits in eight years, at all levels of government during pre- and post-road design and construction phases to identify gaps and make necessary recommendations.

 The FRSC boss gave the breakdown of the audits as 10 in 2009; five in 2010; nine in 2011; seven 2012; nine in 2013; six in 2014; 10 in 2015; and 15 between 2016 and June 2017.

 The corps marshal gave a number of other initiatives and interventions introduced by the FRSC and concerned groups expected to improve the level of road safety and substantially reduce the carnage on the highways.

 For instance, he said the National Post Crash Community Care Initiative was introduced to equip first responders and ‘good Samaritans ‘at crash scenes with professional and sound skills while attending to victims of road accidents at the communities.

 Oyeyemi also said some safe systems stemming from the United Nation’s Decade of Action had influenced the application of smart solutions to road user challenges in Nigeria.

 He said that the safe systems approach advocated for the implementation of the Decade of Action for Road Safety facilitated the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy, adding that the NRSS aimed to reduce fatalities by 35 per cent by 2020.

 He said, “The NRSS has been approved by the Federal Executive Council and endorsed by the National Economic Council. The smooth and successful driving of NRSS will be anchored by the National Road Safety Advisory Council.

 “NRSS is expected to be cascaded in the states for effective implementation of NRSS through the State Road Safety Advisory Council.”

 He also said with the stringent measures being put in place for the training of drivers in the country, “safety on the highways is assured as well as generation of employment through driving schools.”

 According to him, the World Bank’s intervention has led to manpower development and general capacity building; improved road safety practice and assistance in the creation of additional legal framework under in the corps.

 Specifically, Oyeyemi said 30 patrol rank officers were intensively trained, in addition to the training of 30 managers at the California Highway Academy Patrol, US; and the support for the training of 40 officers on train –the-trainers for the delivery of liquid hydrocarbon products in France.

 The import of this capacity development translated to the deployment of officers to the various petroleum products tank farms across the country to enhance operational safety.

 Oyeyemi also spoke on the deployment of speed limiting devices on commercial vehicles, stressing that it was based on the safe systems approach.

 “The implementation of the policy on the speed limiting devices has brought about visible reduction in traffic fatality in the first quarter, 2017 to date. There is an assurance that a greater degree of reduction in fatalities will be recorded at the end of the year arising from increased SLD use,” he added.

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Lawmaker blames Rivers government for Port-Harcourt‎ flood

The lawmaker representing Port-Harcourt State Constituency one in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Victoria Nyeche has accused the State Government of failing to prevent flooding in parts of the state capital.

Nyeche expressed regret that the State Government failed to take advantage of warnings that were made by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency about the impending disaster.

The lawmaker made her observation after undertaking an on-the-spot assessment of affected areas within her constituency.
She also called on residents of Port Harcourt Local Government not to erect buildings on waterways and to avoid dumping refuse in drainage channels.

“It is so unfortunate that our people will be made to suffer in this hardship.
“We have said times without number that we need to watch what we do to our environment.
“Early this year, NiMET warned about the impending flood and now it has come upon us.

“The government has to take more proactive measures if we must stop flooding in our state. And the government must take responsibility for this one that has happened.

“Relief materials must be provided for those who have lost one thing or the other due to this flodding,” she said.

Meanwhile, residents of Nkpogu told newsmen that ongoing sand-filling project in the area had blocked water drainage channels, thereby exposing their homes to flooding.

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