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Lagos govt monitors yellow buses’ compliance with fare reduction promise



The Lagos State Government has expressed dissatisfaction with partial compliance by commercial transporters (yellow buses), on their promise to reduce fares across board.


The Director, Transport Operations, Ministry of Transportation, Olasukanmi Ojowuro, said this during an inspection visit to Parks and Garages in Lagos on Thursday.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Ministry of Transportation team, with the media, visited Agege, Iyana-Ipaja, and Ikeja areas of Lagos.


Ojowuro, addressing the union and commuters, said they came to monitor their compliance level with the promise to reduction transport fares across board.


He said that transportation was key to the development of any society.


“We visited seven units in Agege, while five units complied, and we have informed the noncompliant units to do the needful because we have officials who will be monitoring them.


“We all know the situation in the country now, and government wants to stabilise the economy, that is why we came to find out the level of compliance by the commercial operators.


“The commercial buses union had pledged to reduce their fares by 25 per cent across board after the meeting with Mr Governor before the implementation.


“We discovered that the union had also reduced the daily ticketing to N600 from N800.


“We need your cooperation and we want to find out if you are complying with the directive,” Ojowuro said.


He urged transport union to always comply with safety standards and avoid parking indiscriminately, which could add to traffic on the road.


At Ikeja, Ojowuro commended the compliance level of the transport union and pleaded with them to support with the reduction in some of the parks where it had yet to be implemented.


He commended compliance level at Iyana-Ipaja saying that they had reduced fare from Iyana-Ipaja to Abesan area of Lagos by 50 per cent.


The Director Administration and Human Resources, Ministry of Transportation, Lawal Akapo, begged the commercial buses union to comply.


Akapo said that if the transport fare was reasonable, many passengers would benefit from the transportation system and it would help government to achieve its relief intervention.


He explained to the transporters that Gov. Sanwo-Olu had always respected and appreciated them for their interaction and movement of goods and services from one point to another.


Akapo advised them to always drive with number plate, sticker and follow other regulatory standards to reduce accidents to the barest minimum.


The Director, Public Transport and Commuter Services, Adebayo Olusoji, appealed to commuters and transport union to always do the right thing.


Olusoji appealed to the transporters to always drive with number plate and comply with government transport regulations.


Iyabo Akeju, Chairman, Alausa route in Agege, said they had reduced state government ticket to N600 following government directive, while they had also reduced their daily ticket to N200 from the initial N400.


“Before now, passengers usually paid N200 and they were sitting four on a row, but the passengers complained that they preferred to sit three on a row and pay N300 per person,” Akeju said.


A driver, Ikechukuw Mba, it was so expensive to maintain vehicles lately, as spare parts were on the high side.


“The vehicle insurance was N7,500 before the subsidy removal and now it has increased to N20,000,” he said.


At Iyana-Ipaja, Nosiru Disu, Chairman, Branch U, inter State Transportation, said they were collecting N3,000 from Iyana-Ipaja to Ijehu, and they had reduced it to N2,500, and same was applicable to Ibadan trip.


“We are begging LASTMA and police to intervene in reducing traffic congestion at Iyana-Ipaja area of Lagos.


“We have reduced the transport fare from Iyana-Ipaja to Berger which was N600 after subsidy removal to N400,” Disu said.


He said that their park was complying with the directive on transportation reduction.


The Chairman, Ikeja Branch A, Sulaimon Elegbeda, said they had reduced the ticket from N800 to N600 adding that they had also reduced fares across board.


The organising Secretary, Ishaga unit, Hakeem Egberonbi, said they did not increase their fare, and collect, Ikeja to Ishaga, N400 and N500 at night.


Oluwasegun John, Secretary, Oba Akran unit, Lagos State Park and Garages Brach B, said the subsidy removal actually affected the income of the drivers.


He said they complied after discovering the government efforts.


“Our Branch Chairman, Mr Biodun Ariyo, has compelled us to reduce the cost on transportation across board and the transport management has reduced their fares across board.”


The Unit Chairman, Ikeja Alausa, Samsideen Babajide, said they had not increased their fare before and after the subsidy removal.


“Before now, we were collecting N1,500 for booking, loading and the Lagos State ticket, after the directive, we have reduced it to N1,000 — N600 for government ticket while the remaining N400 is for booking and loading.”


Recall that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on Monday announced that the state was effecting a 50 per cent slash on fares on the BRT buses with effect from Aug. 2.


The move was to reduce the hardship faced by commuters in the aftermath of the removal of petrol subsidy.


Sanwo-Olu had also said the yellow buses privately owned had also promised 25 per cent reduction on their fares from the same date.

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Nigerian Navy arrests Motor Tanker VINNALARIS 1 Lagos for crude oil theft



The Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base, IGBOKODA in Ondo State, has arrested 77-meter-long Motor Tanker (MT) VINNALARIS 1 LAGOS in the early hours of Thursday 7 December 2023 at about 3.00am.


A Statement by the Nigerian Navy spokeperson Commodore Ayo Vaughn said the vessel had 17 crew members onboard at the time of arrest and was caught engaging in illegal siphoning of crude oil from one of the well heads at EBESAN oil field about 7 nautical miles off the coast of Awoye riverine community in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.


He said the apprehension of the vessel was based on credible intelligence received by the Base on the illegal activities of crude oil thieves at the location which informed the swift deployment of FOB IGBOKODA personnel to enforce the arrest of the vessel and her crew.


The vessel, MT VINNALARIS 1 LAGOS, has a storage capacity of about 15,000 metric tonnes and as at the time of arrest had loaded about 500 Metric tonnes of crude oil.


The statement further added, “it is believed that Tantita Security Service TSS is involved in the illegalities because Awoye riverine area which is close to the place of arrest is covered by TSS.” Vaughan noted that it was upon the arrest of the vessel by the Nigerian Navy that TSS began to raise false alarm, which the Navy described as totally unfounded and mischievous.

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The National Judicial Commision has recommended the appointment of 11 Supreme Court Justices, one Justice of Court of Appeal, 6 Heads of Courts and 26 other Judicial Officers.


This was the consencus at the Councils 104 Meeting after considering the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee



According to a statement signed by the Director Of Information, Soji Oye, the council after much deliberations, recommended Justice Hannatu Sankey, Justice Chidiebere Uwa, Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, Justice Haruna Tsammani and

Justice Aseimo Adumein as Supreme court Justices.


Others are Justice Obande Ogbuinya, Justice Stephen Adah, Justice Habeeb Abiru, Justice Jamilu Tukur, Justice Abubakar Umar, and Justice Mohammed Idris.


The NJC also recommended Justice Mohammed Ramat as a Justice of the Court of Appeal.


Some heads of court nominated are Justice Joel Agya, as the Chief Judge Taraba State,

Justice Umar Abubakar, Chief Judge of Taraba State amongst others.


The Council has said that all recommended candidates to the Supreme Court Bench would be sworn-in after the approval of their recommendation by President Bola Tinubu and the subsequent confirmation of their appointment by the Senate.


NJC has also noted that the various Heads of Court recommended would also be sworn-in upon the approval of their appointment by their various State Governors and subsequent confirmation of same by their respective State Houses of Assembly.

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EFCC denies comments on 70 percent Nigerian Youths involvement in internet fraud



EFCC denies comments on 70 percent Nigerian Youths involvement in internet fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has denied comments by it’s Executive Chairman, Ola Olukoyede which labelled seventy percent of Nigerian Students as internet fraudsters.




While stating this in a Statement by the Head, Media and Publicity Dele Oyewale, the Commission says it is a misrepresentation of the concerns of the Chairman of the EFCC to the rising incidences of internet- related crimes involving Youths across the Country.




It explains that its Chairman had called for wider media enlightenment of youths as a counter- measure against the menace of internet fraud at a meeting with Representatives of the Civil Society Organizations, CSOs that paid him a visit in Abuja.




Olukoyede says that reports and intelligence available to him indicated that, unless the trajectory of youth involvement in internet fraud is addressed and reversed, the future of their leadership of Nigeria may be threatened and if it continues in the next ten years, seven out ten of the youths may be getting involved in cybercrimes.



The EFCC says that at no time did its Chairman mentioned that “seven out of ten” Nigerian students are criminals” as widely reported.




The Commission assures the public that its Chairman is doubly committed to the progress of Nigerian Youths and underscores his calls for collaborative interventions in offering them more productive and sustainable alternatives.



The Statement added that the concerns of the EFCC Chairman bothers on breaking the jinx of mass indulgence of youths in cybercrimes.

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