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FRSC Prosecutes 74 Traffic Offenders In Benin

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The Edo State FRSC Sec
tor Command said yesterday that it prosecuted 74 motorists for various traffic offences during the Sallah holidays.
Those prosecuted included a bus driver, Osas Osarunwenbo, who was sentenced to one month imprisonment for abduction and assault.
The sector commander, Mr Oluwasusi Familoni, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Benin.
Familoni said that the arraignments were done at a mobile court that sat at Ramat Park in Benin.
“The special mobile court was held on October 7 at Ramat Park to prosecute traffic offenders and ensure safety on the roads during the Sallah celebration.
“A total of 74 traffic offenders were arrested and arraigned before the mobile court; 69 of the offenders were convicted while five others were discharged,’’ he said.
The commander said the court sentenced Osarunwenbo to a one month imprisonment for abducting and assaulting an FRSC officer with a spade.
He said the officer attempted to arrest the culprit for disobeying road traffic rules when he was attacked.
Familoni warned motorists to desist from violating traffic rules so as to reduce the rate of auto crashes on highways.
He also advised drivers to desist from disobeying road traffic law enforcement officers, saying it was a punishable offence.

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Nigeria Sliding Because Judges Are Afraid To Be Firm -Wike

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has explained that the country is sliding because judges are afraid to function in line with their oath of office.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by the National Association of Women Judges, South-South chapter to him at Government House, Port Harcourt, last Tuesday, Wike stressed that judges must always uphold the law.
The governor said: “The problem with Nigeria today is because people are afraid to say the truth. Judges are afraid. They don’t want to be identified. That is why the country is sliding down.”
He regretted that Nigerians have allowed the country to degenerate so low and charged judges not to allow themselves to be intimidated by any other arm of government.
“Whether you like it or not, people will accuse you. So, you must go ahead to do what is right.
“Whatever you do, people will accuse you. You must understand the oath of office that you took,” he said.
He said that the judiciary must defend itself from irrelevant accusations from other arms of government.
The governor noted that judiciary should not allow the executive and legislative arms of the government to muzzle them.
Earlier, the Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Adama Iyaye-Laminkara, had said that the judges were in the state for a workshop organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
He said that the workshop will help the judges to administer justice.
She said women judges from the six South-South states were in Port Harcourt for the conference.

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LG Boss Presents N3.66bn Budget To Legislative Assembly

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The Chairman of Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State, Dr Tony Philmoore, has presented the 2020 Appropriation Bill to the Legislative Assembly.
He made the presentation of the budget to the assembly, in Degema, last Tuesday.
Tagged, “Budget of Consolidation”, the bill which has a revenue projection of N3,660,937,762.53 only is projected to give oxygen to ongoing projects and nurture them to completion while capturing the funding needs of the new minimum wage and the consequential adjustment.
A breakdown of the budget shows that recurrent expenditure will gulp N1,996,025,250.04 only, equalling about 65 per cent of the total budget while capital expenditure will draw N1,664,912,512.50 or 35 per cent of the total budget.
A cursory glance at the 2020 budget reveals that it is higher and above the 2019 budget with about N918million or 33.4 per cent increase with an estimated N90,215, 215.00 in recurrent and capital expenditures.
The 2019 budget was N2,742,625,203.86 only
Presenting the budget to the DELGA Legislative Assembly, Philmoore said the budget, when implemented, would fulfil the yearnings of the greater majority of DELGANS, assuring that every ward would benefit from it.
He said the free tertiary education programme formed the bedrock of his administration and that council had paid 65 per cent of the total fees payable by students from Degema Local Government Area to the Rivers State University, adding that funding for the programme was adequately provided in the current budget commenting that other schools would have their turn soon.
On the delay of the electricity project in Bakana, the council boss blamed it on policy flip flops by the federal government which affected the importation of industrial equipment into the country.
He, however, assured that all materials and equipment had arrived the shores of the country and safely tucked in the warehouse.
Philmoore thanked the Legislative Assembly for its invaluable support, and urged it to make laws that would empower the executive to improve internally generated revenue of the local government area.

 

Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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Prison Inmates Write Bayelsa Gov, Seek Review Of Cases

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Some prison inmates in the custody of the Okaka Medium Prison Facility and the Port Harcourt Maximum Security Prison in Bayelsa and Rivers States respectively have sent a Save-Our-Soul message to the State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, seeking a review of over eighty-six cases of alleged armed robbery, murder and kidnapping.
The prison inmates, made up of indigenes of the State, said the decision to contact the newly sworn-in Governor, Senator Douye Diri was based on his State-wide broadcast which gave Bayelsa Indigenes new hope for a fresh start under his administration.
The concerned inmates, in the letter to Governor Douye Diri and signed by Eldred Jonah, Jackson Feutebobai, Diepreye Olayo, and Victoria Ambakaderemo, called on the new Governor to tamper justice with mercy, and have their cases reviewed.
“We are glad that a man of compassion and fellow-feeling has come into office as Governor of Bayelsa State,”
“We have no doubt that Senator Douye Diri will run a people-oriented government that will call into play the personal qualities for which he is famous”
“We can tell the direction of his government already by his resounding call for reconciliation amongst the good people of Bayelsa, in spite of political affiliations. We pray God to give the new government the spirit of empathy to enable it identify with the ideals of the prison as a correctional facility that would serve to make better citizens of those behind bars when they regain their freedom”.
“We also enjoin the new Governor to put his powers of clemency to good use in a bid to evolve a better Bayelsa in which everyone is truly reconciled to the singular ideal of developing the state in the greater interest of future generations”.
“We, the inmates,are reacting to Governor Diri’s maiden broadcast calling for fellowship to all stakeholders and progressive-minded individuals, at home and in diaspora, to join hands with the new government and consolidate the building of a new Bayelsa”

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