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Economist Advocates Defensive Training For Drivers, Others

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An international economist in Rivers State and Chairman of BFI Group, Alabo Reuben Jaja has stressed the need for drivers and motorists to undergo training on defensive driving in a reputable government approved and accredited training school to enhance safety and curb road accident, especially in this ember months.
Speaking with The Tide recently in Port Harcourt, Jaja said such training would enable the trainees have full knowledge of the road signs. “Learn to drive defensively and not offensively, know vehicle handling and care, as well as good knowledge of what professional driving is all about”, he said.
He explained that companies should as a matter of priority ensure that all their drivers be it convoy, truck, heavy duty and industrial lift machines among others are trained by the accredited driving school, and called on the federal and state governments to introduce road safety education into the school curriculum from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions to catch them young as obtained in other developed countries.
According to him, introduction of drivers’ education in schools would help to reduce illegality on road and afford them the theoretical aspect before they enroll in a government accredited driving school for practical, after their educational career from 18 years and above, adding that it would also help to curb accident rate on the road, where he called, for frequent public enlightenment by the National Orientation Agency (NOA), the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and other relevant authorities to save lives.
He, however, condemned the manner in which some convoy or company drivers flout traffic laws by driving one way with siren blasts and appealed to the relevant authorities to also take appropriate action against offenders to serve as deterrent to others.
Alabo Jaja admonished motorists to always be on alert mentally and physically, adding that the need for those with bad sight to go for proper eye test, avoid driving in the rain or at night, do not drive and make calls, do not drink and drive, do not carry overload or over-speed, ensure vehicles are in sound condition and obey road signs as the lives of others are in the hands of the drivers.
He used the opportunity to commend the Rivers State Government (RSG) for the good road network, and hoped that all the Opobo/Nkoro internal roads will be re-constructed in this dispensation of Governor Nyesom Wike, where he called on Vehicle Inspecting Officers (VIOs), among other law enforcement agencies to carry out their constitutional duties professionally.

By: Bethel Toby

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We Work With Police To Ensure Security – OSPAC Commander

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Rukpokwu local vigilante called OSPAC, says it is working with the police to ensure safety of citizens
The Commander, Mr Worlu Chigor, stated this while on routine patrol yesterday at Eliokpokpodu
Worlu restated the determination of the local vigilante to ensure peaceful atmosphere in the area
He noted that the sanity for which OSPAC is known remained their watchword.
Rukpokwu Market Ospac said although the task before them had never been an easy one, with support and cooperation, of the people, every challenge is surmountable.’
Mr, Worlu appealed for logistics which he described as the bane of their operation and appreciated the Community Development Chairman, Prince Sunny Wopara, for his immense support.
He warned criminals to stay clear of Rukpokwu as the area can never be a hiding place them
Worlu however urged residents of the area to report any suspicious movement to them for prompt action
He said criminals caught had been handed over to the police for necessary action.

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Auto Accident Claims One In PH

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The Rivers State Police Command has called on members of the public whose relations are missing to visit it with a view to identifying for the body of a young man allegedly knocked down by a car on the 11 of may 2022.
The was contained in a press release by the Traffic officer state traffic division, Nigeria police port Harcourt, CSP Christian Cyril.
Eyewitness account informed the Tide that the deceased whose identity remains unknown was allegedly knocked down by a car along the Elimgbu junction in Obio/Akpor local government area.
According to the account the deceased in an attempt to dodge a tricycle jumped on top of the bonnet of a car and was knocked down.
The deceased whose identity was unknown was said to have died instantly.
The driver of the vehicle was said to have carried the deceased body to the Elimgbu police station.
The Tide also learns that since the incident no member of the public had come out to claim his body.
According to the press release, “today 11/05/2022 at about 153hrs a case of fatal motor accident transferred from Elimgbu Divisional police headquarters Rumuewhara farm road Port Harcourt received and referred for investigation”
The release said the driver of the vehicle reported that he knocked down a male pedestrian name and address and relatives unknown while crossing the road..
It said the victim died at the spot as a result of the accident.

By: John Bibor

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Man Stabs Mother Of Six In Philadelphia

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A man stabbed a mother-of-six to death in a minivan, according to cops in Philadelphia. Victim Ashley Lockhart, 32, had taken out a protective order against defendant Raymond Thompson, 34, authorities said in local news reports.
“This particular victim obviously did the right thing,” Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Chief of Homicide Joanne Pescatore said of the protective order in a press conference, according to Philadelphia CBS affiliate KYW-TV. “For some reason, she was back with this man in that particular van. I don’t know the circumstances of that; I don’t know why that was. But sadly enough she is not going to be here to tell us what happened.”
“As men we’re supposed to be out here protecting our women, not abusing them.” Mother of 6 Ashley Lockhart was found stabbed to death inside a van in West Philadelphia. Police say her fiancé, who had a restraining order against him, has been arrested.
Police say Ashley Lockhart – a mother of six little girls she called her ‘6 Charms’ – was brutally stabbed to death by her finance – Raymond Thompson. Lockhart had a protection order against him. She’s the latest victim in a spike of violence against women
Surveillance footage reportedly showed Thompson leaving a Honda Odyssey from the 5300 block of Chestnut Street on Saturday morning. Lockhart was allegedly a passenger in the minivan. Thompson allegedly went to a convenience store, returned to the vehicle, and attacked Lockhart.
“Extremely sad, and very, very troubling,” Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said of Lockhart’s death, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Lockhart was found in the passenger seat of the minivan. She had sustained stab wounds to her neck and arms, and she was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities in a WPVI report.
The alleged motive: jealousy. Thompson told detectives he stabbed Lockhart because he thought she had cheated on him, according to law enforcement sources cited in the Philadelphia Inquirer report. He reportedly said he took a train to the Kensington neighborhood, used heroin, and called the cops to turn himself in.
Thompson is being held without bail on charges of murder and possessing instruments of crime. He reportedly has prior convictions for drug offenses. Those charges are said to include pleading guilty to resisting arrest after authorities said he wrenched himself from cops during an arrest in a drug case. He also is said to have jumped onto railroad tracks to try to escape.
Friends and family reportedly gathered at the scene of the crime with white and green balloons — Lockhart’s favorite colors.
34-year-old Ashley Lockhart, a mother of six, was brutally stabbed to death by a man she was in a relationship with. Police say she had a protection order against him. 34-year-old Raymond Thompson is in custody charged with her murder. Families are raising money for her girls.

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