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FRSC to clamp down on trucks carrying livestock, human passengers together – Biu

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FRSC to clamp down on trucks carrying livestock, human passengers together – Biu

 

The Corps Marshal, FRSC, Mr Dauda Biu, said the corps would clamp down on the dangerous practice of trucks conveying livestock and human passengers together.

Biu made this known while speaking with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.

Biu observed that such dangerous practice, mostly by drivers conveying livestock and other goods from Northern parts of Nigeria to South, had been putting many lives in danger, particularly when accidents occured.

Biu said that his working visit to Borno was part of the issues to be discussed with stakeholders, particularly road transport unions.

“We are in Borno for a couple of days to assess and see how our operatives are faring.

“There are several issues and challenges around here and we need to boost their morale.

“We also intended to sit down with stakeholders, especially the road transport unions,” Biu said.

Biu, who also spoke on speeding, particularly by some commercial bus drivers, said the need for speed limit device to regulate them was necessary.

He lauded the Borno Government for its sustained support to the corps in the state and reiterated the its commitment to improve FRSC presence in the state.

“The Government of Borno made our stay very comfortable in the state.

 

“Our men are feeling safe, based on some measures taken by Gov. Babagana Zulum,” the corps marshal said.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

 

Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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Lassa Fever Kills 150 In Nigeria — NCDC

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According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), 150 people died from Lassa virus in 125 local government areas throughout 27 states in the federation between January and March 2024.

The NCDC reported that the deaths were recorded with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.6% overall from week one to week thirteen, 2024. This is higher than the CFR for the same time in 2023 (17.5%).

In its Lassa Fever Situation Report Epi Week 13, which was released on March 25–31, 2024, the agency revealed that 806 of the 5,295 suspected cases that were recorded were confirmed. Eyes Of Lagos reports,

According to the report, in week 13, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 25 in Epi week 12, 2024 to 15. These cases were reported in Ondo, Bauchi, Plateau and Edo states.

 

In total for 2024, 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 125 LGAs, even as 62 percent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi states, while 38 percent of cases were reported from 24 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.

Of the 62 percent confirmed cases, the NCDC said Ondo reported 24 percent, Edo 22 percent, and Bauchi 16 percent. The predominant age group affected is 31-40 years (Range: 1 to 98 years, Median Age: 32years), with a male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases of 1:1.

From the report, the number of suspected cases (5,295) increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2023 (4,338).

The agency confirmed that the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Incident Management System has been activated to coordinate response at all levels at the Emergency Operations Centre, EOC.

No new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week 13, the report noted.

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