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CP orders clampdown on vehicles without number plates in Abuja

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Last Updated on June 30, 2024 by Fellow Press

Mr Benneth Igweh, the Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has ordered a clampdown on vehicles plying roads in the territory without number plates.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, SP Josephine Adeh, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Adeh stated that the Police Command in the FCT had observed with serious concern, the manner in which motorists drive around the territory with single or no number plates.

She said it had also been observed that car dealers drive such vehicles beyond the stipulated time of between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Section 25 (5) of the FCT Road Transport Regulation Act, 2005.

It is no news that several recorded cases of armed robbery, popularly known as “one chance” are mostly associated with vehicles with single or no number plates.

According to her, the unlawful act has pricked the attention of the populace, who question the effectiveness of the police in addressing the menace.

“Consequent upon this, the CP has given a marching order that vehicles plying the roads with a single or no number plate should be impounded, with the driver arrested and prosecuted.

“This is to also warn car dealers against parking their vehicles in an unauthorised parking lot and driving beyond the stipulated time.

“Defaulters will henceforth be made to face the full wrath of the law.”

Adeh reiterated the commitment of the command to ensure the safety of residents of FCT, adding that “no motorist or car dealer would be allowed to come in conflict with the substantive laws in the territory.”

She urged residents to be vigilant and take advantage of the police emergency lines in reporting suspicious activities on 08032003913, 08028940883, 08061581938 and 07057337653.

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Nigerians paid N721bn in cash bribes to govt officials in 2023 – NBS

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Last Updated on July 12, 2024 by Fellow Press

A survey by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that Nigerians paid a staggering N721 billion in cash bribes to public officials in 2023.

The survey, titled “Corruption in Nigeria: Patterns and Trends,” released on Thursday, July 11, revealed that over 95 percent of these bribes were in monetary form.

According to the report, there has been a decline in Nigerians’ confidence in the government’s anti-corruption efforts during the period under review.

The report stated, “Overall, it is estimated that a total of roughly N721 billion ($1.26 billion) was paid in cash bribes to public officials in Nigeria in 2023, corresponding to 0.35 percent of the entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nigeria.”

The report further revealed that bribes paid in a public official’s office and on the street accounted for approximately 35 percent and 36 percent of all bribes respectively while, 11 percent of bribes were paid in respondents’ own homes, while 7 percent occurred in public buildings such as restaurants, malls, or stations.

The report highlighted that healthcare professionals and public utility officers were the most frequent recipients of bribes, accounting for 30 percent and 24 percent of encounters respectively. Police officers followed closely with a contact rate of 20 percent

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Vice President Trump, President Putin Of Ukraine – Biden Goofs At NATO Summit

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Last Updated on July 12, 2024 by Fellow Press

U.S. President Joe Biden had a series of verbal slip-ups on Thursday alongside the NATO summit in Washington, an unfortunate development for the 81-year-old as he tries to move past concerns that he is too old to run for re-election.

Verbal gaffes are not unusual in the long political career of Biden, who overcame a childhood stutter, but there is closer attention on him amid the fallout from his dismal debate performance against Republican candidate Donald Trump last month.

Trump, who is 78, and also has faced concerns about his age, frequently made false claims during the debate and often rambles during campaign speeches.

Below is a summary of Biden’s mistakes on Thursday.

BIDEN MISTAKENLY CALLS ZELENSKIY ‘PUTIN’

Biden mistakenly referred to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as “President Putin”.

“And now I want to hand it over to the president of Ukraine, who has as much courage as he has determination, ladies and gentlemen, President Putin,” Biden said at the NATO summit, drawing gasps from those in the room.

“Going to beat President Putin, President Zelenskiy. I am so focused on beating Putin,” Biden said while correcting himself.

BIDEN MISTAKENLY REFERS TO HARRIS AS TRUMP
During a news conference on Thursday evening, Biden mixed up the name of his vice president, Kamala Harris, and his rival Trump.

“Look, I wouldn’t have picked Vice President Trump to be vice president if she was not qualified to be president. So start there,” Biden said as he responded to a question from Reuters about his confidence in Harris.

BIDEN FUMBLES ‘CHIEFS OF STAFF’
Biden also struggled at the news conference to find the words “chiefs of staff,” mistakenly referring to the group of the country’s top uniformed military leaders as “commander in chief,” the title he holds as president.

“And so our military is working on following the advice of my commander in chief my, my, my, the chiefs of staff, of the military as well as the secretary of defense and our intelligence people.”

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