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Okada Ban: Dispatch Riders Exempted From Ban – Lagos CP



My Candid Opinion On The Okada Brouhaha In Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has said that dispatch riders were exempted from the ban on motorcycles and tricycles in Lagos.

The police gave the clarification amidst outcry on the ban and explanation on the kind of motorcycles affected by the ban.

Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Hakeem Odumosu, in a statement, warned police officers not to arrest motorcycles used for courier services as they were not part of the restrictions.

The statement reads, “Lagos State Police Command wishes to reiterate that motorcycles used for courier services are not included in the restrictions by Lagos State.

“Operators of courier services must strictly obey traffic laws and ensure that they do not drive against traffic (one way).

“Dispatch riders must put on their crash helmets and should have the dispatch box fixed at the back of the motorcycle.

“The bike must strictly be used for courier purposes, no carrying of passengers.”

Odumosu added that power bikes are also not affected by the restrictions as he warned officers on enforcement to strictly abide by the rules of engagement as contained in the extant laws.

The CP also urged its officers to refrain from harassing members of the public during the enforcement of the exercise.

He added, “The exercise must be free of harassment and extortion.

“Erring police officers will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

“Members of the public with genuine grievances and complaints against police officers should call any of the following numbers: 08063025274, 08063104759, 08113615350, 08113615350.”

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Idumota Crisis: NURTW May Suspend Operations In Lagos After Kunle Poly’s Arrest



Following the deadly clash in the Idumota area of Lagos Island, Lagos State, the National Union of Road Transport Workers says its operations may be suspended in Lagos State.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the arrest of two of its leaders in Lagos State, Kunle Poly and Sego in connection with the chaos at Idumota.

Recall that two persons were feared killed during a clash between two factional members of a transport union in the Idumota area of Lagos .

The two factions – Eyo boys, reportedly loyal to a union leader known as Kunle Poly, and Kosoko boys – have been at loggerheads over control of territory in the bustling commercial centre.

It was gathered that Eyo boys expected Kosoko boys collecting levies from commercial bus drivers on Idumota Bridge to make returns but the latter declined.

The growing tension reportedly erupted in a clash around 12pm on Thursday as hoodlums fired gunshots and brandished cutlasses.

One person was said to have been shot dead while another bled to death from machete cuts inflicted on him.

The violence forced traders in markets around the area to abruptly shut down their shops and run for dear life.

Videos of the clash went viral on Friday, with one of the clips showing a bloodied youth being carried away in a wheelbarrow as people ran helter-skelter.

On Monday, the Lagos State Rapid Response Squad arrested Kunle Poly and Sego.

The police said Kunle Poly and Sego are principal suspects in the recurring clashes in Idumota and its environs.

RRS said Kunle Poly and Sego have been transferred to Zone II, Onikan, Lagos.

Reacting, President of NURTW, Tajudeen Baruwa, condemned the killings and attacks among members of the union, and the unrest that lead to the death of people yet to be identified at Idumota axis of Lagos last week.

He said, “The NURTW has followed this incident that brought Lagos island to a chaotic situation, posing danger to life and properties and grounding business activities in the area. We hereby assure Lagosians, as the national body of NURTW, that something will be done to end such conduct. We cannot continue this way, putting a bad image on the entirety of the Union, this is unacceptable.

“We are using this medium to pass a strong message to the union’s members in Lagos at large, that state’s council executives and NURTW operations in the state entirely may be suspended indefinitely to allow investigation on the incident to be carried out diligently.

“However, consultations are ongoing with the state government, security agencies, and other stakeholders so as to reach an arrangement on next line of actions which would be determined by the outcome of the reached agreement.”

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Fuel Subsidy: NLC Suspends Thursday’s Nationwide Protest



The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called off the planned nationwide protest against the proposed removal of fuel subsidy.

Addressing journalists on Tuesday at the Labour House in Abuja, NLC president, Ayuba Wabba said that: ” Following the reversal and reapproach by government, the national Executive Council of NLC met this morning virtually to consider the new position of the government.

“The NEC after vigorous debates took a decision to suspend the planned nationwide protest scheduled for January 27 and the national protest scheduled for February 2nd”.

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JUST IN: CBN Committee Retains Benchmark Interest Rate At 11.5%



The Central Bank of Nigeria’s Monetary Policy Committee on Tuesday retained the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) at 11.5% and kept all other parameters unchanged.

CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele made the announcement while addressing journalists at the bank’s headquarters in Abuja.

The MPR, which has remained unchanged for months, is a powerful tool for regulating interest rates in the economy.

Lowering the rate could have stimulated more borrowing while raising the rate could have signaled the CBN’s intention to reduce the economy’s money supply.

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