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Crime: Police solicit traditional rulers’ support



Crime: Police solicit traditional rulers’ support

The Commissioner of Police in Kebbi State, Mr Samuel Musa, has solicited the support and cooperation of traditional rulers to effectively combat crime in the state.

SP Nafi’u Abubakar, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state police command, quoted the commissioner as saying this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday.

Musa made the call when he paid a courtesy visit on the Emir of Gwandu and Chairman, Kebbi State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Muhammadu Iliyasu Bashar at the Abdullahi Fodio Palace in Birnin Kebbi.

He explained that the visit was in compliance with the directives of the Acting Inspector general of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, to strengthen collaboration with major stakeholders.
The police chief said collaboration with traditional institutions was necessary in view of the critical role of the royal fathers in maintaining peace and unity amongst their subjects.

While expressing gratitude to the Emir for the warmth reception accorded to him and his entourage, Musa said he was at the palace to introduce himself to the emir as a newly posted commissioner of police in the command.

He added that he was also at the palace to seek royal blessings as well as to appeal to the Emir to extend his kind gesture, support and cooperation as done to his predecessors.

“This is because the importance of the royal fathers in policing our community cannot be over emphasised, more especially with present security challenges in the country,” he said.
The poluce commissioner also told the emir that the Acting IG-P with the assistance of Gov. Nasir Idris of Kebbi state, had graciously provided the state command with highly sophisticated operational assets.

He said the gesture was with a view to be deployed to Southern part of the state to eliminate bandits, who usually infiltrate into the state, commit havoc and escape back to their hideouts in the neighbouring states.

Responding, the Emir said: “CP, you are lucky to be in the police serving your people and protecting your country’’.
He assured Musa that the palace would continue to support and cooperate with him in all ramifications, while praying for his success in protecting the lives and property of residents.

The first class traditional ruler however reminded the police boss not to forget his family, as they are thinking and praying for him.


LASTMA, others combat Ilupeju industrial fire outbreak



The operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and other emergency responders at early hour on Saturday combated an industrial fire outbreak at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass.

Mr Taofiq Adebayo, the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Saturday.

Adebayo stated that the industrial fire outbreak took place at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass beside Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Ilupeju area of Lagos.

“The Traffic Officer of LASTMA, Mr Ayo Olaosebikan (Falcon) of Zone 21, confirmed that LASTMA rescue team arrived at the scene of the industrial fire outbreak around at 6:30a.m. before other emergency responders were contacted by LASTMA.

“Immediately we arrived at the scene of the industrial fire, we quickly informed other emergency responders particularly the Lagos State Fire, Rescue Services and the Nigerian Police.

“The causes of industrial fire could not be immediately ascertained, he said.
Olaosebikan noted that preliminary investigation revealed that the storage and factory section of the petrochemical company were seriously affected by the fire outbreak.

According to him, emergency responders on ground include Federal and State Fire Services, policemen and LASTMA Response Unit.

Olaosebikan said that neither injury nor death had been recorded.

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NGO takes free medical outreach to Plateau community



GDG Wellness Initiative, an NGO, on Saturday offered free medical services to no fewer than 400 indigent persons in Gyel community, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau.

Mr Gyang Dung-Gyang, founder of the initiative told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the exercise was his little way of giving back to the society that made him.

He said that he was spurred by the plight of the people and the urgent need to reach out to them, in view of the current economic realities and its implications on their health.

Dung-Gyang said that he had been organising such outreaches annually, adding that the current hardship occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy had made this year’s outing unique.

“It’s my heart desire and passion to reach out to the vulnerable and the needy in the society.

“And it’s not just this, we have been able to give scholarship to some students, with some already graduates.

“Today, we have planned to treat a minimum of 400 persons but from the way it is going, it may exceed that number,” he stated.

The outreach Team Lead, Mr Pam Chong, listed some of the medical services to include testing and treatment of patients for aliments such as malaria, hepatitis B & C, high blood pressure, diabetes among others.

Chong, a pharmacist, told NAN that the medical team comprised of doctors, nurses, lab scientists and pharmacists.
He said cases that they were unable to handle would be referred to hospitals that could handle them.

The team lead said that they have sufficient drugs to treat over 400 patients.

Mr Ishaya Pam, Vice President, Gyel Development Association of Jos South LGA, lauded GDG Wellness for the gesture, which he believed would improve the health and wellbeing of the people.
Pam prayed God to bless the organisers of the outreach to continue to impact the lives of the less privileged.

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