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Vehicle road worthiness certificate policy not a revenue generation drive -Lagos govt

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The Lagos State government has said the newly introduced ‘no-vehicle inspection, no road-worthiness’ policy is not an exercise targeted at generating money for the state.

This is as it appealed to car owners in the state to come forward with their vehicles as the cost of inspection is already inclusive in the total package they paid for the renewal of vehicle particulars.

The Director, Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), Engr. Akin-George Fashola, said this during a radio programme as revealed in a statement issued by the state government.

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He said the old format of issuing a roadworthiness certificate and then expecting the vehicle owners to bring their automobiles forward for inspection within 30 days is no longer sustainable as most people do not bring their vehicles for the said inspection once the certificate is issued.

“The referral note that we give when you come to us is just for a grace period that covers 30 days in which we expect you to have checked and fixed the vehicle. The referral note is not an automatic clearance,” the Director informed.

Fashola further explained that the Vehicle Inspection Service is ramping up its capacity to accommodate more vehicles through the 27 fully-equipped centres with 30 more underway to cover up the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas. He added that a Mobile Testing Centre is also available for companies and owners of large fleets of vehicles.

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He said, “You can go to any centre within the length and breadth of the state. Even if you do your first inspection on the Mainland and you had to do your second inspection on the Island, you have no problem because they are all connected up ”

According to the Director, the existing 28 Computerised Vehicle Inspection Service centres are located in Ayobo, Oko-Oba, PWD, Lagos Island, Agric-Ishawo, Owode-Onirin, Bolade-Oshodi, Oke- Odo, Epe, Ojodu, Gbagada, Coker-Aguda, Yaba and Ajah.

Others centres are Cele, Ibeju-Lekki, Odogunyan, Oko-Afo, Badagry, Ojota, Agbowa, Alausa, Anthony, Suru-Alaba, Omorege-Alaba, LASU, UNILAG, and a Mobile Centre.

Commending motorists for their quick responses as recorded in the number of vehicle inspections conducted between Tuesday 4th and Friday 7th January, which totalled 388, Fashola solicited for higher turnout from motorists and urged them to take advantage of easy accessibility of the centres for their vehicle inspections and services.

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Bauchi emir strips ex-speaker Dogara of ‘Jakadan Bauchi’ traditional title

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A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has been suspended by the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Adamu, as Jakadan Bauchi.

The suspension was in connection with attacks on the convoys of the Emirs of Bauchi and Dass Alhaji Rilwanu Sulaimanu Adamu and Alhaji Biliyaminu Othman respectively on December 31, 2021, by hoodlums on their way to Mwari for the 21st anniversary of a late leader and crusader, Peter Gonto.

The event caused a sharp division among the Sayawa people with several groups coming out to support the event while others on the other hand, including Dogara, kicked against the event – citing security concerns.

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Dogara, then, wrote a letter to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, informing him of security threats if the event is allowed to hold.

But despite the warning, the Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Umar Sanda, gave approval for the event to hold just as he ordered the full deployment of Police tactical teams to provide security for lives and properties before, during and after the memorial anniversary and book launch of the grandfather of Dogara’s wife.

The attacks on the first-class monarchs was widely condemned in the state with many accusing Dogara of allegedly having a hand in it.

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The Bauchi State Government also instituted a case against Dogara and 28 others on January 4, 2022, slamming 11 charges against them.

The Emir of Bauchi while speaking to journalists at a press conference in his palace in Bauchi on Monday, said the suspension is with immediate effect, pending the determination of a case on the matter which indicted Dogara on the attack by court.

He explained that Dogara, who hails from Bogoro and a traditional title holder is suspected to be one of those behind the attacks on the Emirs of Bauchi and Dass.

Adamu who was represented by the Galadiman Bauchi, Sa’idu Jahun, said, “At the recent Council meeting, we reviewed the case again and expressed our dismay one of the sons of the area, a stakeholder and our traditional title holder who was mentioned as one misleading the people and perpetrating the incident.

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“More surprisingly, he did not sympathise nor showed any sign of remorse towards what happened to their Royal Highnesses, the Emirs of Bauchi and Dass.

“The Emirate Council therefore decided to suspend his title of Jakadan Bauchi until the determination of the case by the court.”

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Gunmen blow up Catholic church in Taraba

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Less than 24 hours after terrorists killed three relatives of the village head of Wuro Bokki, in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State, an explosive suspected to have been planted by terrorists blew up at the Catholic Chapel of St. John’s College, Mutum-Biyu, the headquarters of Gassol LGA.

The Principal of the College, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Vershima Ikyaan, told that the explosion went up at about 7:20 pm.

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He said, “We thank God no life was lost, but the Church has been destroyed. About 10 minutes after the explosion in the school, we started hearing gunshots in the town.

“The youths and some students were holding a programme in the Chapel which doubled as the school hall and had left the premises shortly before the explosion.

“This is a religious premises and if attacks like these are happening to the Church, where will people run to?

“I want to call for a thorough investigation to unravel those behind the attack and the perpetrators brought to book.”

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The Taraba State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Usman, confirmed the attack in a telephone interview with our correspondent.

“What happened was that some kidnappers came to kidnap the owner of one filling station in the town, unfortunately for them, they could not achieve their mission.

“In the process of running to escape begin trapped, they started shooting sporadically to escape.

“It was in the process that they threw an explosive into the church to cause fear to enable them to escape. The explosion blew up and caused some damages to the building,” Usman said.

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