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ISOA Moves To Rest Traffic Jam In Imo, Partners, With Drivers, Unveils Advert



Given traffic jams and other related issues surrounding the free movement of both vehicular and human, Imo State Orientation Agency under the leadership of Dr. Ethelbert Okere has moved to partner with Drivers Association in the State to bring to an end the said hurdles.

The Imo State Orientation Agency (ISOA) is to partner with commercial vehicle drivers in the state with a view to ensuring a more orderly traffic situation especially within the Owerri capital city. At a meeting with heads of different drivers associations over the weekend, the Director-General of the Agency, Dr. Ethelbert Okere, said that the traffic situation in a city is the first indicator of how seriously indigene of the state are taken by outsiders and a major factor put into consideration by potential investors. He urged the union leaders to encourage their members to cooperate with the government in its efforts at restoring orderly traffic in Owerri.

Okere further pointed out that with the phasing out of commercial motorcycles (Inaga) and tricycles (keke) from the state capital, Owerri is expected to be the envy of other states with the cooperation of the mini bus drivers.

He informed them that the parley was to consult with the executives for their inputs into a proposed workshop that will be held in due course in collaboration with other major stakeholders in traffic control and management in the state.

In their different remarks, the union leaders said they were ready to cooperate with the state government towards ensuring a better flow of traffic in Owerri but blamed the latter for the perennial neglect in putting in place structures and facilities that would make their businesses easy. They, however, expressed appreciation to the governor, His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodimma, for banning task forces on the roads, and streets adding that the gesture will go a long way in making their business easier. 

A major highlight of the event was the unveiling of a mobile mini bus advert enjoining motorists to avoid reckless driving. Present at the parley were: Elder Anaelechi Ukanwanne, Chairman, Amalgamated Drivers Association; Comrade Chigozirim Ononiwu, Vice Chairman, Amalgamated Drivers Association; Okoroji Daniel, Secretary, Imo Niger Delta Drivers Association; Lady Onome Nwachukwu, Secretary, Imo Women Drivers Association; Comrade Chidi Iwuoha, Member Drivers Progressive and Social Welfare and Elder Uche Ukanwanne who represented the Self Employed Drivers Association, among others.         

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Boko Haram Releases Bride Abducted In Borno



The bride, who was abducted along Maiduguri/Damaturu Highway, on Thursday, has been released.

She was kidnapped alongside her friends and some persons who were plying that route when the insurgents struck.

It gathered that the insurgents dropped the victims off at a village near Damaturu, Yobe State capital, around midnight.

It is not known yet if any ransom was paid.

Babagana Kashim, a family member of the victim, said that the bride and her friends are currently being treated at an undisclosed hospital in Damaturu.

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“It is confirmed that they have been released. The insurgents dropped them off at a village close to Damaturu.

“As we speak, they are currently receiving medical attention in an undisclosed hospital in Damaturu. We are happy they are finally back home.” Babagana said.

The wedding held successfully in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, but the victims were kidnapped on their way to Damturu.

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Freed Kagara Victims Now In Minna



The kidnapped students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger, have arrived in Minna, the State capital.

A total of 27 students, three staff and 12 members of their family were abducted in the attack on the school.

In a video, the students were seen filing out from the bush. The footage was said to have been shot around Attahiru Secondary School, Madaka, Niger State.

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Jibrin Usman, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education in Niger, said the commissioner has been contacted to receive the boys ahead of their meeting with the governor.

One of the parents of the students told our correspondent that they were released near Madaka in Raffi Local government area of Niger.

The father said he would withdraw his child from the school immediately, describing that as the only reasonable thing to do as a concerned father.


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‘Your Words Mean Nothing’ – Aisha Yesufu Slams Buhari



Aisha Yesufu, a human rights activist, says the words of President Muhammadu Buhari “mean nothing”.

Reacting to the abduction of the students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State, Yesufu said the primary responsibility of government is to protect lives.

In a strongly worded statement on Friday night, Buhari had warned bandits that he would not fall for threats and blackmail.

He had also said that his government had the capacity to deal with them but has not taken drastic action to prevent a situation where captives are used as shields.

Yesufu said Nigerians are used to a president “whose words are meaningless”.

“What I make of the statement is absolutely nothing. We are used to a president whose words mean nothing. He says one thing, and another thing happens.”

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“The body language of President Muhammadu Buhari enables the terrorists. They know that we have an ineffective President and Commander-In-Chief, we have an incompetent one a clueless one, who does not even bother about what is happening in the nation.

“Yesterday we buried seven military officers, the best that we have, the nation was in mourning and the President was a few minutes away from the location of the burial and didn’t even turn up, what does that signify? It Is high time we began to make serious demands on the president.

“It is not in our place to give the way forward. His salaries are being paid for it; his needs are being taken care of. He was voted to give the way forward,” she said.

Yesufu was a strong member of the #Bring Back Our Girls Movement, which was on the frontline of the campaign for the release of students abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, in 2014.

Up till dates, some of the students are still in captivity.

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