It was the second day into the new year. The poor Benue farmers just had a feel of the festive time of Xmas and New Year and had resumed farm work. Little did they know that an evil loomed. Unprepared for the attack, the farmers only raised their heads to see armed Fulani herdsmen running in their direction with machetes raised in the air and ready to cut human flesh. The result was a national sorrow, a land drenched in tears and a state soaked in the blood of innocent citizens.
BENUE RESTRICTS COMMERCIAL MOTORCYCLISTS
The Benue State Security Council has restricted the operations of commercial motorcycles, also known as Okada in the state.
Henceforth, commercial motorcycle operators would only be allowed to operate from 6am to 8pm everyday until further notice.
The security council took the decision at its emergency held on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Governor Ortom stated however that the earlier outright ban on the use of motorcycles in the Sankera geopolitical zone comprising Katsina-Ala, Logo and Ukum still subsists.
He said the decision followed the recent security alarm raised by the Nasarawa State government and what is happening in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and other parts of the country.
The Governor emphasized that the decision to restrict the activities of commercial motorcycles was aimed at nipping in the bud the resurgence of criminal elements suspected to be moving into the state.
The Governor stated that security agencies in the state have been mandated to enforce the new regulations, saying stiff penalties such as arrest and prosecution awaits anyone found flouting the order.
The security council also resolved that all heavy-duty vehicles coming into the state, with covered tarpaulins would be searched at designated checkpoints along routes in and out of the state with the contents thoroughly checked before being allowed to pass.
He also disclosed that the 500 personnel of the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards, which will be formally launched on Thursday, August 4th, 2022 to complement conventional security agencies in the state have been trained and kitted with an additional five hundred expected to begin training next week.
The Governor who said the Community Volunteer Guards would work with the traditional rulers and other security agencies in fighting crime expressed optimism that being members of the communities, it would be easier for them to fish out criminals.
Governor Ortom noted that the Security Council also approved a committee headed by the SSG, Professor Tony Ijohor to work towards regulating the activities of miners, which he said have been causing environmental hazards.
Other members of the committee include the Commissioner for Lands and Solid Minerals, Hon. Bernard Unenge, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Micheal Gusah and Adviser on Mining, Andrew Kputu as well as the chairmen and second class chiefs of Gboko, Kwande, Ogbadibo and Logo as members.
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August 3rd, 2022
67-Year-Old Man Attempts To Jump Into Lagos Lagoon After Losing Job
A 67-year-old man, Oluwatoye Bamgboye, decided to end it all on his 67th birthday by attempting to jump into the Lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos.
He was however rescued by officials of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command patrolling the axis on Tuesday afternoon.
Bamgboye, who hails from Oju-Ore in Ogun State, said he was frustrated and wanted to end it all having lost a job he newly secured.
He said he had secured the job only to be told that it had been given to someone else on the day he resumed.
Bamgboye, in a statement by the RRS, said a personal challenge made him sell his house, land and car yet he couldn’t solve the problem.
He added that he obtained a loan but the problem still persisted.
“He explained further that, he secured a job and on the resumption date, he was informed that the job had been given to someone else,” the statement added.
“Today being my birthday, I have decided to end it all. The burden and the frustration is too much for me to bear. My wife has abandoned me in the process,” Bamgboye was quoted in the statement.
The police said he had been conveyed to the Adekunle Police Station, adding that efforts were in progress to contact his family members.
Police arrest Soldier For ‘Robbery’ In Yobe
Three suspects, including a soldier, have been arrested by the Yobe State Police for criminal conspiracy, housebreaking, and armed robbery.
The suspects were said to have invaded the Damaturu residence of one Hajiya Aisha Usman of Sabon-Pegi-ward at midnight.Armed with deadly weapons, including an AK 47 rifle, the suspects were said to have carted away the sum of N250,000 cash, 307 Peugeot saloon car and Nokia handset belonging to the victim.