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Abdul Samad Rabiu Foundation donates 25 vehicles to boost NDLEA operations



The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) has donated 25 operational vehicles to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to boost its operations across Nigeria.

The donation to the agency is drawn from the ASR Africa security sector support grant, which is a security intervention initiative targeted at providing critical assistance to the agency to boost its operational reach and capacity.

ASR Africa had earlier announced the support grant for the armed forces and other security agencies as its aid for security operations across the country.

Beneficiaries of the grant include NDLEA; Nigerian navy; air force; army; the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC); the Nigerian Customs Service; Nigerian Immigration Service; Department of Secret Services (DSS), and the Nigerian Correctional Service.

On Monday, the documents and keys of the vehicles were presented by Ubon Udoh, managing director of ASR Africa, to Buba Marwa, NDLEA chairman.

Udoh said Abdul Samad Rabiu, founder of BUA Group and ASR Africa, is “very passionate” about giving back to the society and has created the initiative to uplift and restore the dignity and lives of Africans.

Udoh thanked the NDLEA for its support in ensuring the speedy realisation of the project, adding that the operational vehicles would assist the agency in the fulfillment of its mandate in the war against drug-related crimes in Nigeria.

“We are very pleased to be here. I want to start by appreciating you and your team for all the collaborations to make this day a reality,” he said.

“This is a testament to your tenacity and will to ensure this handover happens within a short time.

“I want to thank you all for the work you do. This agency has made a very giant stride under your leadership and this is a testament to the quality of your team.

“On behalf of Abdul Samad Rabiu, we are presenting you 25 operational vehicles to aid the work your do and I can assure you on his behalf that this is just the beginning of better things to come.”

On his part, Marwa appreciated the foundation for the support and redeeming the pledge.

He also promised full utilisation of the vehicles.


Gunmen abducts CAC members travelling for burial in Ondo




Some members of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) in Oke Igan, Akure, Ondo state capital have been abducted.

The Ondo police command confirmed the abduction on Saturday.

The church members were reportedly travelling for a burial ceremony when they were attacked and abducted by gunmen at Ifon in Ose LGA of the state.

Olufunmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, police spokesperson in the state, said the victims were kidnapped on Friday afternoon.

“Yesterday afternoon, the police was informed that a church bus with the inscription CAC was abandoned around Elegbeka area and there are suspicions that the passengers in the vehicle were kidnapped,” Odunlami-Omisanya said.

“The police anti-kidnapping squad and other tactical teams have been deployed to the area to rescue the victims and arrest all involved in the crime.”

A family member of one of the abductees, who did not want to be named, said the victims are members of the church’s choir.

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Lagos state government announces closure of Ojuelegba Flyover Bridge for repair of truck barrier




The Lagos State Government has announced traffic diversion at Ojuelegba flyover bridge on the night of Monday, October 2, 2023, from 10pm to 6am.

This is in line with plans by the state government to repair the truck barrier at the bridge which was recently damaged again.

This is contained in a statement issued by the state government on Friday, September 29, 2023, and can be seen on its official X (formerly Twitter) account.

The state government in the statement said that the following alternative routes will be available to Motorists during the diversion:

Motorists from Eko Bridge/Constain/Iponri inbound Ojuelegba/Alhaji Masha Road will be diverted to the service lane from Alaka via the National Stadium gate to link Barracks or Alhaji Masha Road to continue their journeys.
Motorists from Eko Bridge via Costain and those from Apapa Road going through Iponri will make use of Iponri Estate Road to link Bode Thomas via Adeniran Ogunsanya to Shitta Roundabout for their desired destinations.
Motorists were implored to be patient as the brief closure of the bridge is planned for night time as part of a traffic management strategy to avert further accidents and loss of lives.

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Mohbad: Witnesses to appear October 13 as coroner begins sitting




The coroner’s inquest into the death of the singer Mohbad began sitting in Lagos on Friday.

Mohbad, 27, died on September 12 and was buried the next day.

The circumstances surrounding his death have sparked controversies on social media.

Thousands of Nigerians have demanded justice for Mohbad in nationwide protests.

On September 18, the Lagos police inaugurated a 13-man special investigation team to probe Mohbad’s death.

On Tuesday, the Lagos state judiciary said it will begin a coroner’s inquest into Mohbad’s death following a request submitted by Falana & Falana Chambers.

The first sitting was held on Friday at the Candide Johnson court in Ikorodu, Lagos.

Representatives of the parties in the case had a close-door session to determine different matters.

Funmi Falana, a lawyer representing Mohbad’s family, told BBC that the sitting was to determine the persons of interest to be invited to the court.

She said people should be hopeful as the lawyers will pursue the cause of justice.

“What we did today was to determine the how and what procedures to follow to help us get justice. We have fixed the next date and we will bring in our witnesses,” she said.

“We are representing the interest of justice, we should allow peace to reign but justice must be served. We will get to the root cause of the death”.

Festus Ogun, a Lagos-based lawyer, said any witness who fails to appear in court will be charged with contempt of court.

The court thereafter fixed October 13 for witnesses to present their pieces of evidence in court.

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