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COVID-19: ‘Load More Than Two Passengers Per Seat, Get Arrested’, Edo Govt Warns Motorists

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Public transporters running ‘town service’ in Edo State particularly in Benin metropolis have been warned not to load more than two passengers per seat, as they were mandated not to allow more than a passenger in their front seat.

They were also warned not to increase transport fare as a result of the new policy.

Kelly Okogbowa, Vice Chairman, Edo State taskforce on implementation of prohibition of large gathering and maintenance of social distancing, gave the warning on Friday in Benin while addressing a set of public transporters.

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He noted that with a view to curbing the spread of Coronavirus in the state, the state government has mandated all transporters not to allow more than two passengers in a seat and one passenger at the front seat, warning that anyone caught doing contrary would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.

When asked if the transporters are allowed to increase their fare as a result of the decrease in number of passengers, Okogbowa said no driver is allowed to increase transport fare because fuel price has reduced and the state government has suspended ‘ticket’ (money paid daily by transporters to government’s purse)

“You are are to load two passengers at the back seat, two passengers at the middle seat and one passenger at the front seat. If you load more than this requirement, you will be arrested and be prosecuted accordingly.

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“The state government wants to curb the spread of Coronavirus so this is how it will be for now.

“You are not paying for ticket, that has been suspended. Fuel price has drop, so you are not expected to increase your price. You have no reason to inflate transport fare because what could have led you to do so had been addressed by the government. And so, you are expected to charge the old price”, he said.

Accroding to him, the state government is doing everything possible in order to make sure people adhere to social distancing and gathering of not more than 20 persons.

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EFCC Arrests 48 Kwara Varsity Students For Internet Fraud

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Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have arrested 48 students of the Kwara State University and two others for offences bordering on internet fraud.

EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

According to the statement, the suspects were arrested on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at their various hideouts, after days of surveillance, adding that they will be arraigned in court when investigations are concluded.

Items recovered from the suspects, according to the statement, included laptops and different brands of phones.

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The statement read, “Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 48 students of the Kwara State University, KWASU, and two others for offences bordering on internet fraud.

“They were arrested on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 in their various hideouts after days of surveillance and fruitful intelligence on their suspected involvement in internet-related offences.

“Items recovered from the suspects include nine exotic cars, 24 laptops, and different brands of phones. The suspects will soon be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigations.”

A week ago, the anti-graft agency also arrested 14 individuals suspected of internet fraud at a “Yahoo Academy” in Makurdi.

In a statement on its official X handle, the EFCC said, acting on intelligence, operatives from the Makurdi Zonal Command raided a three-bedroom apartment along Achusa Road, Benue State, believed to be a training centre for internet fraud trainees.

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PHOTOS: Three-storey Building Collapses In Lagos During Downpour

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A three-storey building at Ita Faaji Market in the Lagos Island Local Government Area of Lagos State collapsed during the downpour on Thursday.

The PUNCH learnt that the incident which happened around 9am caused panic in the community.

The Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services, Magaret Adeseye, in a statement obtained by The PUNCH, said the building was under renovation before it caved in.

She, however, added that the construction workers escaped unhurt.

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“A three-storey building under renovation at 24, Binuyo Street off Ita Faaji Market, Lagos, collapsed during a downpour. The few artisans on site escaped unhurt,” the statement read in part.

Adeseye further disclosed that its personnel from Ebute Elefun Fire Station and other state emergency responders were at the scene of the collapse.

The LSFRS boss noted that the supposed cause of the collapse was unknown, adding that recovery operations had since been concluded.

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The PUNCH reported that a yet-to-be-identified woman said to be 80 years old died as the staircase of a storey building caved in the Oyingbo area of the state in September 2023.

The Lagos State Building Control Agency while condoling with the victims of the collapsed building blamed the non-compliance on the vacation notice on the part of occupants of the building.

Emergency responders raced to the scene for a rescue mission following the incident.

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JUST IN: One Missing, 15 Rescued In Boat Accident 

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Not less than 15 people were rescued this evening from the scene of a boat accident in Lagos, where a passenger ferry collided with an unexpected shoreline concrete at a construction site near the power line corridor at the Lekki Ikoyi Link Bridge.

Although one person was still missing as of the time the report was filed.

In a statement by the management of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), one of the passengers was said to have sustained an injury, while another is yet to be accounted for.

In a statement signed by Wuraola Alake of the Public Relations Unit of LASWA, said officers from the Search and Rescue Unit of the Lagos State Waterways Authority, the Marine Unit of the Nigerian Police Force and other relevant agencies were still at the incident location carrying out further rescue Operations.

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Part of the statement reads: “At about 6.50pm today Wednesday 21, 2024, an Ibeshe bound passenger ferry named Tee Ben having departed from Addax jetty, had a collusion with an unforeseen shoreline concrete at a construction site around the power line corridor at the Lekki Ikoyi Link Bridge.

“About 15 out of the 17 passengers said to be on board this boat have been rescued, with one casualty confirmed, while rescue efforts are still ongoing as at the time of writing this statement.

“Officers from the Search and Rescue Unit of the Lagos State Waterways Authority, the Marine Unit of the Nigerian Police Force and other relevant agencies were still at the incident location carrying out further rescue operations.”

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