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Residents Lament As Tanker, Truck Drivers Turn Streets, Major Roads To Parking Lot

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The illegal parking of petrol tankers along the streets of Lagos is becoming worrisome. Residents in Lagos especially in areas where these trucks are parked have continued to express their displeasure over this horrible situation. Some truck drivers constitute nuisance on the road causing traffic gridlock and daring anyone to challenge them.

In areas such as Oshodi/Apapa Expressway, Ajegunle, Okokomaiko, Mile 2, Oriade, among others, trucks are permanently parked by the roadside causing heavy gridlock. Some of them deliberately left their terminals to park by the roadside. At times, the roads are completely locked down because of traffic while motorists spend hours on the road, which is so annoying.

At times, more than 30 petrol tankers are parked on the road from Toyota bus-stop to the Airport.

At Oriade local council development area which consist of the Satellite town, Finiger bus-stop by old Ojo, trucks have taken over the road while the traffic spill over to all the major roads in Satellite Town. The affected roads include Marwa road (the major artery) in Satellite, the assembly road, mission road, and Navy gate, Old Ojo by Alakija.

Saturday Vanguard also discovered that a tractor was abandoned on Marwa road by the company that partially reconstructed the road. The abandoned articulated vehicle often cause accident on the narrow road as tankers laden with fuel had to compete for space with other vehicles.

A resident in the area, Mr Charles told Vanguard that the tractor had been abandoned there over six months and had caused several accidents.

According to him, “Vehicles sometimes would run into the articulated tractor, even the local government authorities claimed ignorant of the owner of the tractor and residents are appealing to state government to remove the tractor in order to save lives. The residents are also appealing to the state government to relocate the tankers

“Although Satellite town was originally planned by the federal government as a middle income earner residential area such as civil servants, but oil dealers have now set up their tank farms there which have become a threat to residents of the various estates located in the area”, he added.

Vanguard also discovered that all the roads in the area are in a very bad state.

A motorist, Mr Banjo said the tankers blocked one of the lanes, forcing all other vehicles to use one lane, and causing traffick gridlock in the process. “The tankers are the main cause of the problem here. We would get stuck in the traffic gridlock for more than three hours for a drive that should ordinarily not take more than 15 minutes”, he said

One of the tanker drivers however, said the big challenge the tanker drivers have was lack of parking space.

A lawmaker representing Amuwo Odofin Constituency 1, Dipo Olorunrinu argued that trucks were not parked in Amuwo Odofin but in Oriade local council area. “We have driven all the trucks out of the Apple Junction. I personally ensured that trucks were off that road. I think, I have been a nuisance to the truck drivers so they would not dare park on Amuwo Odofin road.

“Initially, they were parking on the road but after the series of meeting that I had with the tank farm operators in Apapa, it was discovered that the construction terminal along Ajeromi was still in progress and that they have been given a site at the International Trade Fair which has not been cleared, so I encouraged them to clear it”, he said.

The terminal according to him has been cleared and some of the trucks have been moved while others were yet to move.

In his reaction, Akeem Bello representing Amuwo Odofin constituency 2, said the development was uncalled for. “We need the enforcement agencies to address the issue. If they are not chased out of that road, it will damage the road. Trucks are parked on the bridge and this cause traffic gridlock in the process. The truck drivers know the menace caused by parking on the road but they do not care about it. They feel what they are doing is normal”, he said.

In his reaction, chairman, physical and urban planning, Engr. David Setonji, representing Badagry constituency 2, in the Lagos State House of Assembly, lamented the menace caused by trucks parked on the road.

According to him, “it is a bad behaviour on the part of our truck drivers. The state government has consistently been warning against parking of trucks on the road and for truck drivers to adhere strictly to the rules and regulations but, they would not obey. There are some roads which they were not supposed to ply by the daytime because of the risks involved but some of these trucks would still ply the roads. The main problem is that of enforcement on the part of the Nigerian police and other enforcement agencies. We want to encourage them to do what is right.

“Ours is to make law and theirs is to enforce the law. But, when they fail to do what is right, it becomes a problem for us. The government is trying its best in the midst of the challenges at hand and I can assure you that things will get better”, he said.

Source: Vanguard

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#EndSARS: Ekiti state government declares 24-hour curfew

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Following the various attacks on #EndSARS protesters in the state, Governor Kayode Fayemi has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state effective from 10pm on today, Tuesday, October 20.

In a statement released by the Secretary to the State Government, Biodun Oyebanji, the state government said the curfew became necessary following the state government’s observation of how the end SARS protest, which started as a peaceful protest against police brutality by youths in Ekiti State, has been hijacked by some hoodlums.

Read the statement below

1. The Government of Ekiti State has observed with growing concern how the ENDSARS protest, which started as a peaceful protest against police brutality by youths in Ekiti State, has been hijacked by some hoodlums.

2. The hoodlums have capitalised on the ENDSARS protest to rape, assault, rob and extort innocent citizens across the State. These are in addition to the wanton destruction of properties, particularly private properties.

3. Government is concerned that if this state of affairs is allowed to continue unabated, it will lead to a breakdown of law and order thereby threatening the wellbeing of the people of Ekiti State.

4. For the purpose of clarity Government continues to show understanding and responsiveness to the demands of the legitimate protesters.

5. On 16th October 2020, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, Governor, Ekiti State met with the protesters in person. While identifying with the legitimacy of their protests, he assured them that the State Government will immediately put measures in place to respond to all their demands.

6. Government has since then constituted a Human Rights Investigation Panel to review all cases of abuse by Officers of the disbanded SARS. In addition, Government has enabled a Victims Compensation Fund to facilitate speedy remedial measures for victims of such abuse.

7. Furthermore, several officials of Government have engaged the protesters at multiple fora and platforms including the social media in order to ensure that concerns of protesters are properly identified and responded to in a prompt and efficient manner with necessary feedback.

8. Government had also at various times drawn the attention of the protesters to the troubling hijack of the protests by individuals whose only interest is to inflict violence on the people of the state.

9. In the past 48 hours there have been incidents of gang-rape, robberies, physical assaults on innocent people, looting and burning of a police station. These acts of brigandage are not in consonance with the legitimate aspirations of the protesters. It cannot be logical to seek to remedy impunity with impunity.

10. Government therefore cannot afford to watch a deliberate enthronement of anarchy by some bad elements who have hijacked the protest for some clandestine reasons.

11. Consequently, the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, hereby imposes a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the State starting from 10.00 pm tonight, Tuesday, October, 20, 2020.

12. Only essential workers and service providers with valid means of identifications are allowed to move around during the period of the curfew.

13. Any person found on the street that does not belong to this category, would be promptly arrested and prosecuted according to the laws of Ekiti State.

14. We seek the understanding of the good people of Ekiti State as we continue to take deliberate steps towards ensuring that peace and normalcy return to our state.”

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Davido speaks on the events of the past 48 hours

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Davido speaks on the events of the past 48 hours

Nigerian superstar, Davido has said criminals are responsible for the attack on two Correctional Centres in Benin City, Edo State.

Davido made the claim while absolving End SARS protesters of involvement in the attacks.

The singer pointed out that no amount of mischief would stop the protest against police brutality and bad governance.

Davido made the remark while condemning the attack on two Correctional Centres in Benin City, Edo State.

The hoodlums had attacked the facilities and freed some inmates.

Reacting, the singer in a series of tweets wrote: “After seeing all that’s gone on today I just want to say that from the beginning we have preached that the protest must remain peaceful and Law Abiding and as far as I know we have kept to that! And we will continue to keep to that so the narrative can NOT be switched up on us!

“The people they claim broke into prisons to free convicted criminals, burn police stations to steal weapons, damage police, government, and private vehicles are Criminals and everybody must condemn these acts. They are not part of our movement !

“#EndSars is a peaceful and law abiding protest that is going somewhere great! And no mischief can scatter it!”

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Address Nigerians over #EndSARS protests – Senate urges Buhari

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Address Nigerians over #EndSARS protests – Senate urges Buhari

The Nigerian Senate has called on President Buhari to urgently address the nation so as to douse the tension in the country.

This comes as hoodlums continue to carry out various attacks on #EndSARS protesters and others in some parts of the country.

The Senators made the call for President Buhari to speak to the Nation after a motion was moved by Senator Biodun Olujimi and co-sponsored by all Senators on the ongoing nationwide protests believed to have been hijacked by hoodlums.

Part of the resolution of the Senators after deliberation include:

-Urge all tiers of government to put in place and sustain policies of social economic reforms that raise the standard of lives of our people;

-Call upon the Police to operate strictly in accordance with the rules of engagement appropriate in a democratic environment;

-Urge the Inspector General of Police to ensure a holistic comprehensive reforms of the police to increase the overall welfare including training and medical insurance of all members of the Nigeria Police Force

-Appeal to all Nigerians to resort to use of legal institutions to resolve disputes and conflicts;

-Urge the Nigerian youths and the Nigerian citizens to approach the National Assembly Committees Constitution and Reforms in order to secure far-reaching holistic amendments that are vital to the restructuring of our federation

-Urge the Federal Government to faithfully and comprehensively implement all the five demands of the #EndSARS movement and protesters with necessary timelines to rekindle confidence in government

-Appeal to #EndSARS movement and protesters to kindly in the interest of everyone stop their actions and embrace genuine dialogue; 7. Urge Mr. President to address the nation as soon as possible on these issues.

-Police should make it a duty to accompany protesters and should be involved in protecting genuine protesters.

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