Tag Archives: yutelide

Police ban bangers, personnels from civil defense deployed.

…felicitating with the Christian faithful

The Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Abdullahi Muhammadu, has deployed NSCDC personnel nationwide to ensure hitch-free Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Apart from the general duty personnel, the CG has also ordered the deployment of sniffer dogs, specialised units such as the Special Forces, Counter-Terrorism, ambulances, and the Surveillance Teams which are expected to man strategic areas.

Gana made this known while felicitating with the Christian faithful over the birth of Christ.

The CG in a statement in Abuja on Friday by the Corps spokesman, Emmanuel Okeh. urged Christians to live exemplary lives.

It said, “For the purpose of effective and efficient deployment, the Corps’ Chief Executive has recalled all the senior officers on leave and pass to report for duty.

“He also directed the Zonal Commanders and state Commandants to ensure that there is no hitches during the festive period and beyond as he advised that there should be a watertight security arrangements in and around their jurisdictions most especially around churches, recreation centres, shopping centres, among others.”

Muhammadu further disclosed that ambulances would be stationed along the highways, airports and other designated areas for quick and timely response to emergency situations.

He stated that mobile surveillance vehicles would also be on duty to monitor the movement of those with sinister motives.

The CG urged the personnel to work in synergy with other sister agencies “as the Corps will not tolerate any form of sabotage and crisis over issues that could be avoided.”

Meanwhile, the Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Mr Akeem Busari, has announced the ban on firecrackers in the state.

In a statement in Lokoja on Friday, the command’s Public Relations Officer, William Aya, quoted Busari as saying that the ban on the use of firecrackers was due to the threat it posed to security of lives and property.

He admonished parents and guardians to restrain their children and wards from the use of the devices throughout the festive season.

“Anybody caught using the knockout will be arrested and prosecuted,” he warned.


FRSC establishes camps at Onitsha Niger Bridge. #Yutelide

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra state said it would set up camps at the Niger bridgehead and other flashpoints in Onitsha to tackle traffic challenges during Christmas and new year celebrations.

The State Sector Commander, Andrew Kumapayi disclosed this yesterday in Onitsha during the lunch of operation no traffic 93.7 Wazobia FM Onitsha, tagged “I WONT” at the Onitsha bridgehead.

He said no fewer than 600 officials would be deployed to the commercial city during the period with about 50 to be stationed at other camps located at flashpoints in the town with heavy traffic congestions.

“The camps are to be manned twenty-four hours by our men who we’re withdrawing from the neighbouring commands so we don’t overburden those in Onitsha,” he said.

Kumapayi commended the media organization for partnering with the corps through the volunteering service towards a traffic-free season.

He called for commitment and discipline on the part of the staff, assuring them of maximum support and corporation.

He added, “We in the FRSC are set to ensure safety on the highway. We’re synergising with other relevant stakeholders to ensure there’s ease of movement before, during and after the festive season.

“You’ll be booed and insulted by the motoring public, but keep your calm. You’ll be working hand in hand with my men and I expect the best from you.”

Also speaking, Managing Director, Anambra State Traffic Management Agency (ATMA), Nwachika Obiefuna urged the staff of the media outfit to see the work as a sacrifice, urging them to carry it out with courtesy and decorum.

“You must acknowledge that this job is a state responsibility. Since the bridgehead is a gateway to the state, we expect you to be courteous so as not to represent the state in a bad light,” he added.

Earlier, Head of station, Wazobia FM, Onitsha, Mr Ugo Enwerji explained that the exercise was part of the organisation’s corporate social responsibility.

He said the media outfit was also partnering with the FRSC in Delta to ensure the traffic jam that characterised the bridgehead was greatly minimized during the festive season.

“We carried out a similar campaign in 2018 and continued on our radio station because we expect massive vehicles on the road following the closure of the Enugu Airport,” he said.

Enwerji revealed that the campaign would be temporarily suspended on December 25 and would continue on December 29 till January 1, 2020 between the hours of 11a.m and 4p.m.


FRSC set to hand over drivers under the influence of drugs to NDLEA

…during and after yutelide

Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Enugu State, Mr. Kalu Ogbonnaya has warned that any driver found to be under the influence of drugs during and after the yuletide will be handed over to the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Ogbonnaya made the disclosure this weekend, in Nsukka during the flag-off of 2019 FRSC Nsukka Unit ember month sensitisation rally tagged “Road Safety is a state of mind, road traffic crash is an absence of mind, stay alert and stay alive”.

He urged the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers(NURTW) to ensure that hard drugs and alcohol were not sold in and around the motor parks.

According to him, “The majority of accidents are caused as a result of hard drugs and alcohol taken by drivers before embarking on a journey.

“In a bid to ensure accident-free yuletide, the commission will test drivers on the road and anyone under the influence of hard drugs will be handed over to NDLEA.

“Drivers should always check their vehicles every morning to ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy before setting out for any journey,” he said.

Kalu who was represented by the Head of Admin and Human Resources department Mr. Tony Uga expressed satisfaction on the synergy between FRSC Nsukka Unit command and security agencies in the area and called for its sustenance.

In a remark, the FRSC Nsukka Unit Commander Mr. Shuaibu Bello said the unit had put adequate measures in place to ensure accident-free yuletide.

Bello said if drivers and other road users would obey safety tips given to them road accidents would be minimized to the barest minimum since the majority of accidents were as a result of drivers’ carelessness and human errors.

Also speaking the Acting Chairman of Nsukka Local Government Council Mr. Cyprian Omeke implored road users to avoid absent-minded to remain alive.

“There is no denying the fact that over 80 percent of road accidents are avoidable if drivers are in their right state of mind.

“To be a good driver you will not only mind your own business but also the business of other road users.


Ebonyi government bans the use of banger.

…this Yuletide does not need explosion

Ahead of the yuletide, the Ebonyi State government, yesterday, has placed a ban on sale and use of fireworks popularly known as knockout, anywhere within the state.

The development came as a result of an explosion that rocked one of the schools in the state, Glory Land High School, Azugwu, on Thursday and which shattered the left arm of an SS2 student identified as Chibuike, while leaving many other students injured. Report gathered that the incident caused fear and pandemonium around the area. But yesterday the state government announced that investigations revealed that the explosion was caused by careless application of fireworks by the students.

Addressing newsmen in Abakaliki, Special Assistant to Governor, David Umahi, on Media, Francis Nweze, warned that henceforth anyone caught in possession of fireworks would be arrested and prosecuted.

When His Excellency received the message about alleged bomb explosion in one of the secondary schools in the state, he was shocked,” he said.

And he gave immediate directive for further investigation about that. It was later found out that it was a mere knockout.

As a result of this, His Excellency has banned the use of knockout in the state, especially in this festive period. He gave the directive this afternoon and that is the stand of the governor.

“When the governor gives a directive, it is expected that the general public should obey it, if they don’t, any person caught will face the full wrath of the law and the government disciplinary committee.”