…As Lagos CP Confirms Arrest Of Truck Driver
…FRSC Denies Involvement In Accident
At least 13 school children died in Lagos on Tuesday after a truck reportedly suffered a brake failure and rammed into them.
The pupils were said to be students of Ojodu Grammar School, Ojodu, Berger, Lagos.
According to reports from Traffic Radio, the truck which lost control due to brake failure rammed into the children who just closed for the day.
“I have never witnessed such a terrible scene in my life. I saw about 15 pupils lying lifeless on the floor. The incident occurred around 2 pm,” a commercial motorcyclist said.
Another witnesses said the truck driver ran into the children just outside Ojodu Grammar School and sped away.
“He was pursued and caught around Ogba and was brought back to the station. That is why the youth are attacking the police station.”
People are seen running helter and skelter as sound of guns are heard in the area. Shops have shut down and the entire area is deserted.
There is massive police deployment in the area which has helped to restore calm.
Police used teargas to disperse protesting students and hoodlums in the area.
The entire Ojodu-Berger road is deserted as people feared for their safety.
Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Lagos Police Command, Adekunle Ajesebutu said more policemen had been deployed to the area.
“We are on top of the situation. Adequate policemen are on ground to maintain law and order. The situation is being professionally handled,” he said.
In the same vein, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, confirmed the accident to Channels Television via a telephone interview.
He said the exact number of casualties is still sketchy, although it is believed that about 15 students are feared dead.
After hitting the schoolchildren, the police boss explained that the truck driver made attempts to escape but was chased by police operatives before being arrested.
Upon his arrest, he was detained at the Ojodu Police Station where some angry mob tried to lynch the driver but were resisted by the police.
According to Odumosu, the crowd upon failing to lynch the driver tried to burn the police facility but they were resisted by police personnel.
Following the incident, there are reports of civil disturbances in the area as students are said to be vandalising trucks in the axis.
However, operatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps has denied involvement in the crash that claimed lives of students in Ojodu area of Lagos state.
A statement signed by FRSC Public Education Officer, Route Commander Olabisi Sonusi stated that men of FRSC were only called upon by passerby to help intervene after the crash had happened.
The statement reads: “An articulated truck was said to have lost control at Grammar School Bus stop along Ogunnusi road, Lagos today Tuesday 7th December, 2021 which caused the death of unverified number of students and leaving many injured.
The men of FRSC were called upon by passerby to help intervene after the crash had happened.
About seven (7) of the victims were rescued and immediately taken to Lagos State Emergency Centre Ojota by FRSC personnel while another road user helped in carrying about seven (7) also to the same emergency centre.
The general public should disregard the disgruntled information been circulated by some unscrupulous element that FRSC men caused the crash.
“We want to place it on record that our men were not in any way involved in the cause of the crash as patrol activities was not ongoing along that axis as at the time of the crash.”
The Sector Commander Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide however wishes to commiserate with the families of the deceased, that God will grant them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss. He also prayed that the injured will recuperate fast.
He therefore wishes to state that normalcy as been restored to the axis as security agents are on ground to ensure free flow of movements for motorists.
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BREAKING: APC Convention To Hold February 26, Says Buni
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker Committee Chairman Mai Mala Buni has announced February 26 as the date for the APC convention.
Buni, who is also the governor of Yobe State, said this on Tuesday at the national progressive women conference 2022 holding at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja.
He said the party is counting on the support of women to hold a successful convention.
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Lagos Transporters To Pay ₦800 Daily Levy, Excluding RTEAN, NURTW Dues
…Effective From February 1
Lagos State government, on Tuesday, introduced a daily ₦800 consolidated informal transport levy for transporters in the state.
The levy is outside the union dues collected by the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).
Lagos State finance commissioner, Dr Rabiu Olowo, who revealed this at the agreement-signing ceremony by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), local councils and transport unions, said that the consolidated levy collection will start February 1.
He stated that the harmonized levy became expedient to ensure that the transport sector in the state is organised and fits into a 21st-century economy.
Olowo added that the consolidated levy takes into consideration all the elements in a sane society.
According to him, the levy takes care of dues previously accrued to local councils across the state, as well as revenue for Lagos Waste Management Authority (LASWA) and Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Lagos State Inland Revenue Service (LIRS) among other MDAs.
He said that the state government expects that once a transporter pays the ₦800 at a point, he or she is expected not to pay at any other park or bus stop throughout the day.
He also said that the government expects that union members will not collect levies from transporters as they are not expected to pay at every bus stop or park.
Olowo said the consolidated levy would reduce the multiplicity of levies collection as many residents and transporters have complained about the huge levies unions often collected.
The commissioner also made an allusion to a report about the ₦150bn that transport unions collect in Lagos under the disguise of collecting dues, saying the new development will eliminate multiple taxes.
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House Of Reps To Reintroduce Electoral Act Amendment Bill Wednesday
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has disclosed that the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, which was rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari, will be reintroduced Wednesday for a rework by the lawmakers.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in December rejected the Bill, citing issues with direct primary provisions.
Gbajabiamila, in his welcome address at the resumption of plenary Tuesday while chiding the appalling argument that lack of proper membership registration of the political parties was among the reasons why the Bill should be rejected, however stated that a credible electoral law is what the people want and that is what they will get.
He also assured Nigerians that the lawmakers will prioritize action to pass the constitutional amendment bill.
Thereafter, the lawmakers went into a close door session.
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