The Edo State Government has cautioned officers of the Public Works Volunteers Scheme (PUWOV) against extortion and abuse of power in the discharge of their duties.
In a statement, the State Coordinator of PUWOV, Mukhtar Yusuf-Osagie, urged citizens to call or chat the PUWOV helplines on 08132030846 or 09150322999 to report erring officials.
“We urge you to call to report any PUWOV official found extorting money from drivers and traders on the road; you can identify each official by the number on their reflective jacket as all officials have a unique identification number at the back of their reflective jacket,” he noted.
The statement further reads: “Call and report any PUWOV official in an unlawful act of giving priority to commercial drivers and traders (i.e. giving preference to some drivers/traders in unauthorized areas).
“Also report any PUWOV staff found harassing or victimizing a driver/traders; official and patrol team in a wrongful mode of operations and enforcement as they are expected to be civil in operations and dealing with offenders; official on operation without the PUWOV reflective jacket.
“We are also appealing to drivers and traders to please patronize the Government approved designated commercial motor parks and markets and desist from violating Government laws and creating unnecessary gridlocks on our roads, as the Scheme will continue to uphold her mandate of restoring orderliness and discipline in public places.”
The coordinator assured Edo people that “PUWOV will not relent in sustaining the already inculcated practices of orderliness and discipline enjoyed by Edo people for the past years.
“We, therefore, charge everyone to join the Government to sustain the good temple by calling the PUWOV helplines to fish out the bad eggs as the Scheme does not condone misconducts and other illicit acts by officials,” the statement read.
Drogba Returns, Scores Hat-trick Against Arsene Wenger’s Team
Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, on Wednesday night, returned to action to score a hat-trick against Arsene Wenger’s UNICEF XI team in a charity match.
Wenger returned to management to lead a UNICEF XI out against Marseille legends.
Wenger’s side moved into a 2-1 lead at the Stade Velodrome in his first.
However, Drogba stole the show with his trio of goals for Marseille legends.
The Ivory Coast legend found the net twice and then even dusted off his infamous celebration for his third goal.
Marseille legends triumphed 7-4 against UNICEF XI.
Formula One hotshot Pierre Gasly was also on target in the enthralling game.
Meanwhile, Robert Pires, Jens Lehmann, Mathieu Flamini and Samir Nasri, all Arsenal legends under Wenger, made appearances last night.
EFCC Bursts Internet Fraudsters Hideout, Arrests 22
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Command, has arrested 22 “Yahoo Boys” for alleged involvement in internet fraud.
The suspects were identified as Akintunde Ibrahim Olajide, Yusuf Taiye Afeez, Jimoh Idris Okikiola, Adeyemo Wariz Adegoke, Ademola Olalekan Saheed, Anif Abayomi Busayo, Oriade Sunday Oluwatobi, Ajadi Opeyemi Damilola.
Others include, Peter Akanji Blessing,Olaoluwa Felix Oguniran, Agbei Shola Peter, Toheeb Adeagbo Tola, Ajayi Akinyinka Umar, Ibrahim Opeyemi Ishola, Samson Shonubi Oluwafemi, Oki Kayode Oluwadunsi, Durosamo Temitope Dickson, Akinremi Ridwan Abiodun, Ahmed Ogunyele and Olawore Ridwan Olalekan.
They were apprehended during an operation at their hideout in Ogbomoso, Oyo State based on intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.
At the point of their arrest, five cars, several mobile phones, laptops and other incriminating documents were recovered from them.
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The Commission said twenty of the 22 suspects have been indicted by investigation.
It added that they would be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded.
Six Parties Ready To Merge, Contest Against APC, PDP – Moghalu
A former presidential candidate in the 2019 general election, Kingsley Moghalu has claimed that at least six political parties have indicated their interest to merge and form a mega party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Moghalu stated this when he hosted Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo, the candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) for the November 6 governorship poll in Anambra State.
The ex-Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, who recently defected to the ADC, also called on Nigerians to register in order to be eligible to vote in 2023.
DAILY POST quoted him him: “We hope to be a key part of a much larger third force that is building up for the presidential elections which will include a merger of about six or seven or more parties.
“So, I believe that in the 2023 elections the citizens of Nigeria should not allow it to be a contest between two sides of the same coin because there is no difference. It should be a battle between the old and the new – between the old Nigerian and the possibilities for a new Nigeria. That is what 2023 should be,” Moghalu said.