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Mechanics get 21-day ultimatum to quit

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Lagos State government yesterday served all the mechanics using under the bridge at Oregun/Opebi axis as workshops a 21-day ultimatum to vacate.
The Chairman of the state Task Force, Olayinka Egbeyemi, who disclosed this, said that the 21 days ‘Eviction Notice’ would expire on March 4.
Egbeyemi said activities of the mechanics had constituted serious environmental nuisance as used oil and contaminated diesel including waste water from car-wash were freely deposited on roads.
He added that bridge under was filled with mechanic scraps, used tyres and refuse generated by residents around the area which might eventually lead to flood whenever it rains.
The chairman alleged that miscreants and hoodlums terrorising innocent members of the public around Oregun, Opebi and Allen Avenue had turned the illegal mechanic workshops under the bridge to hideouts.
Arguing that the move was not to discourage artisans and sack people from their work places, Egbeyemi said that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode increased the number of mechanic villages across the state from 20 to 42 in order to create more jobs for artisans and other young people willing to acquire skills as automobile mechanics.
According to him, the 42 mechanic villages are spread across the state to accommodate more mechanics and other complimentary artisans such as vulganizers, rewires and panel-beaters.
Egbeyemi, however, warned all mechanics operating on all road set-backs and walk-ways to immediately vacate and move to any nearby mechanic village closer to them.
He said anyone caught violating any section of the state Environmental Sanitation Law would be seriously death with.

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Naval personnel beat up man over carton of beer

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A middle-aged man, Inah Arome and six of his friends were over the week, beaten to pulp by some unknown naval personnel for allegedly refusing to buy a carton of beer for them. Narrating his ordeal to our correspondent, Arome aged 36, who identified himself as a young entrepreneur said he was sitting in company with his friends in the front of his house in Okpachala Ogbagba near Idah Local Government Area of Kogi State at 10 am when a naval patrol van led by one Lt Commander Megida suddenly pulled to a halt.

He said a member of the patrol team numbering about six then ordered them to stand up and salute their leader who he said was just transferred to the area.

After saluting the officer, he said the officer pointed to a nearby restaurant and ordered them to buy a carton of Gulder so as to entertain their ‘oga’ but he pleaded with them that they had no money as they came from Lokoja for a wedding ceremony.

This, he said infuriated the officer who said he was rude and landed him a slap while the five others in the vehicle jumped down and started beaten them up continuously. He said in the course of beating them, they nearly stripped them naked publicly as they dragged them on the ground and took them to their office where they locked them for seven hours with intense torturing.

According to Arome, who claimed he fainted three times in the torture room, he sustained arm dislocation and had to be rushed to a private clinic for treatment. “Upon all these torture, they vehemently refused to release us until they collected N4,000 from us which they claim was the amount a carton of Gulder is sold.”

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Vandals destroy NDPHC’s transmission lines in Enugu

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The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) announced yesterday that the 132KV double circuit transmission lines at Eziama, Enugu State, being constructed by Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), were destroyed by vandals on February 20. A statement in Abuja by TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mba, said assessment by TCN engineers revealed that the vandals carted away two spans of conductors, insulators and other accessories.

She said the equipment were removed from the towers and transmission lines through which the company planned to feed the new 9th Mile 2×60 MVA 132/33kV substation and the Nsukka 1x30MVA sub stations.

She said the vandalised double circuit lines would slow down the pace of work on the transmission line and eventually impede prompt energising of the two ongoing transmission substations in the state.

Mba said vandals had also destroyed four towers at the Alulu Nike transmission line. She said vandalism was threatening TCN’s expansion effort in the state, as efforts, time and funds would have to be provided to replace the vandalised lines

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Police arrest another gang member of Zenith Bank robbery

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The Imo State Police Command has arrested a member of the four-man robbery gang that attacked a customer at Zenith Bank in Owerri, killing two policemen.

The suspect, Chinomso Onwuegbuchulam, popularly known as Ogolo, was arrested at his hideout at Close 7 Mgbuakara, Eleparanwan in Rivers.

The Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr Chris Ezike, who paraded the suspect on Friday in Owerri, described Onwuegbuchulam as the last man standing in the robbery gang.

He said that Onwuegbuchulam had a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the Imo State University.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the four-man robbery gang attacked a customer at Zenith Bank, Owerri in February last year, killing two on-duty police officers.

The police had, however, arrested two out of the four gang members, days after the incident, recovering three AK47 riffles and 175 rounds of ammunition, while one member of the gang was killed during the robbery.

Ezike said that operatives of the command had been trailing the Onwuegbuchulam, who had been on the run since the incident.

Speaking to NAN on the sidelines at his parade, Onwuegbuchulam said that he had been into robbery since 2012.

He said that he was the one, who snatched N2.8 million from the customer at Zenith Bank.

Onwuegbuchulam disclosed further that he got N400, 000 as his share in the robbery, while the remaining money was shared among other gang members and the informant. (NAN)

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