The Federal Ministry of Works says it will be closing the ever-busy 3rd mainland bridge in Lagos for a period of six months beginning from July 24.
Disclosing this to newsmen today July 6, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Olukayode Popoola, said consultations are currently ongoing for another phase of repair works to begin on the 11.8 km bridge. According to Popoola, the repair works would start on the outward mainland section of the bridge. He said the Ministry is already working with relevant agencies to ensure the free flow of traffic during the period.
The bridge has gone through a series of repair works and was last shut in August 2018 for a three-day investigative maintenance check.
A Nigerian man has taken to his Twitter handle to share his alleged experience with some ”drunk and high” police officers in Lagos.
According to @Mobenjaminmusic, he was stopped by the police officers while on his way home on Tuesday, June 30. He said the officers who accused him of doing ‘street’,” asked him and others that were arrested to pay them N300, 000 before they would be released.
He said he was eventually released after his uncle showed up and gave the officers some money.
Peace Mass Transit (PMT) Limited, is gearing up for resumption of operations on July 1st, 2020, following the relaxation of interstate lockdown announced by the Federal Government on Monday.
The company was the first to suspend operations early March at the escalation of the Covid-19 pandemic across the globe, and consequent devastation of lives and businesses. The PMT management,in making the decision to resume, has also mandated it’s staff across the nation to adhere to, and indeed, strictly enforce recommended international/national protocol on control of covid-19, including hand washing with soap and water at entry points, social distancing, use of face masks for entire duration of journeys by drivers and passengers alike, and use of alcohol based hand sanitizers.
Instructively, all PMT passenger vehicles are to carry only 50% of normal capacity, and at no extra cost to the passenger, according to the management reopening manual for staff.The management of the company has also provided infra – red thermometers for screening of passengers and staff and equipment for constant decontamination of depots and vehicles at points of departure and arrival.
PMT chairman, Evangelist Sam Maduka Onyishi, reiterated to staff that resumption of critical services to kickstart the economy of families and the nation was more expedient than any immediate consideration for personal profit.
” The cost of extra measures we have instituted and loss of revenues that would come with reduction in carrying capacity, are significant, but I consider them part of the continuing sacrifice we make for the public good, well being and overall safety of compatriots”, he said. ” we have always maintained that PMT has never been just about being a business; it is my own ministry through which I touch lives..” The company urges the travelling public to show understanding, corporate to enforce seamless enforcement, and generally see the new protocol as desirable and in everybody’s best interest. God bless Nigeria. Management,
A representative of the Nigerian Bar Association has called out comedian Lasisi for ‘misrepresenting’ lawyers in his skits.
Habeeb Lawal, the Assistant National Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, took to Twitter to react to one of Lasisi’s comedy videos.
In the skit, Lasisi dressed like a lawyer and also played the part of one.
Reacting, Habeeb Lawal wrote: “Dear @lasisielenu, We’ve been tagged! We beg to use you as a point of reference to all other comedians. Lawyers have awesome sense of humour, as such we enjoy your jokes & appreciate the creativity. However, if you must represent our profession in your works…
“kindly ensure you properly adorn the wig, bip & gown. We acknowledge your right of expression, but NOTE that we also reserve the rights to take all NECESSARY steps to guide against the ridicule of our noble profession and @NigBarAssoc shall not hesitate to exercise those rights.
“In the likely event that you need a guide on how to make a joke about lawyers without ridiculing our appearance, here is a good guide.”
Lawal added a video to guide Lasisi and other comedians on the proper way to represent lawyers in their skits.
The Federal government has extended the ease of lockdown beginning from tomorrow Tuesday, June 30 to July 29.
Announcing this at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID19, the National Co-ordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, said the extension of the eased lockdown however comes with some modifications.
Aliyu mentioned that the ban on interstate travel will be lifted as from July 1st. He said interstate travel must only be done outside the national curfew hours which is between 10pm and 4am. He said anyone without a facemask will not be allowed into any motor park and that commercial buses will only be allowed to operate on 50% capacity.
For interstate travels, movement across state borders will be allowed only outside curfew times effective ffrom the firt of July” he said
With regards to Education, Aliyu said schools will reopen nationwide only for graduating classes which are Primary Six, JS3, and SS3. He added that all primary and daycare centers remain closed until further evaluation. Secondary and Tertiary Schools to remain closed.
Aliyu said there will be safe reopening of airports for domestic flights as soon as practicable.
The Aviation industry is allowed to resume domestic operations as soon as practicable in line with existing International and local guidelines on COVID19″ he said
Sani added Gyms, Bars, Event center and night clubs, Cinemas and other recreational centers are to remain closed until further evaluation.
A 42-year-old woman has been arrested by the police in Naivasha, Kenya for reportedly killing her 4 children (three girls and one boy) who are between the ages of 2 and 8 years.
The mother of 6 identified as Beatrice Mwende Kimotho, allegedly locked her children in the house before giving them poison at Kabati Estate.
K2TV reported that the police said they received a distress call from Jackson Kimani Kimotho, the woman’s brother saying that she had asked him to check on the children who she had killed at her house. He further revealed that his sister shared pictures of the children in a family WhatsApp group after killing them, asking for prayers.
Upon entering the two-bedroom house, the police found the bodies of the four children on their beds with traces of vomit and blood in their mouth.
Naivasha Sub County Police Commander Samuel Waweru confirmed the incident, adding that the suspect is in lawful police custody. He said;
“The accused first told her friend that her children were admitted to the Naivasha Sub-County hospital with chest pains before confessing a few hours later that she had strangled them.”
A police officer involved in the investigations added;
“She (the suspect) took turns to strangle the four and slept in the same house until today (Saturday) morning when she walked away from the house.
“We are at the very initial stages of the probe and at this point, we cannot divulge much details.”
The Naivasha Sub County Police Commander said they are continuing with the investigations to establish the motive of the killing of the minors.
Suspected cultists have abducted Patience Emmanuel, a 20-year-old Pharmacology student at the Bauchi State University, and informed her father that all they need is her “virginity” and not his money.
Narrating his ordeal to newsmen, Mr. Emmanuel Kushi, who is a civil servant, said his daughter whom he described as a well-behaved girl, left his younger brother’s house in Rafin Zurfi in the state on Wednesday, June 24, with the intention of coming to pick up something from his home. However, she never got to his place and has remained unreachable since then.
“On Wednesday, June 24, around 2pm, she left my younger brother’s house in Rafin Zurfi and told him she was coming to my house at Kafin Tafawa, which is a distance of about four kilometers, to pick something and he gave her permission to come.
By evening my younger brother’s wife kept calling her mobile to know if she had arrived but there was no response. They thought she was already in my house working.
Later on, they tried again but the number was switched off. The next day (Thursday) around 1pm, my younger brother’s wife called me and asked why I delayed Patience and didn’t let her come back. She asked if there was any problem.
I told her that I didn’t see Patience because she had not come to my house. She expressed shock about what I told her and said she would call her friend to confirm.”Kushi said
Speaking further, Mr Kushi said he sent a text to his daughter’s phone and the reply he got was shocking
‘Do you think you will ever see her again? Fool.’” the reply he got read
Mr Kushi said he went to his farm and when he returned, he saw a text message sent to him by his daughter’s abductors that read ‘‘“Father, your daughter is with us (BLACK AXE CONFRETANITY . We don’t need your money what we need is her virginity. Don’t bother looking for her.”
The distraught father said he was still trying to comprehend the message in the text when the abductors used his daughter’s phone to send him another text claiming she was dead.
”At exactly 10.25am, they sent me another text message and said ‘she is dead’. We’ve been trying to call her but her number has been switched off. One thing I know is that my daughter is not dead. I believe she will return alive.” Mr Kushi said
Mr Kushi said he and his family have resorted to prayers, believing that she will return home soon and in good health.
Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Ahmed Wakil, said the police are currently investigating the incident.