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Again, commuters along Abuja-Keffi Express way stranded as FG closes Ado Bridge for repairs

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By Francesca Iwambe, Abuja

Again, thousands of commuters are currently stranded on the Abuja-Keffi Express Way were left stranded Iver the weekend as the Federal Government closed a section of the major Ado Bridge for repairs to avert its collapse.

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This is the second draft time in two weeks commuters will be subjected to this torture since work commenced on the road.

The commuters who embarked on early Sunday trips to various parts of the Northern and Eastern parts of the country are presently in the scorching heat of the sun as their vehicles are held up in long queues of more than ten kilometres.

Apart from the long distant travellers, members of various churches especially Living Faith, otherwise known as Winners Chapel could not access the road to their churches due to the blockade of the bridge against the traffic.

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The closure of traffic on the Ado Bridge linking the One Man’s Village portion of the expressway is responsible for the traffic congestion.

Commuters who have spent more than five hours in the gridlock are already thinking of cancelling their journey due to uncertainty on when the repair works would be completed.

It was gathered that the traffic problem was compounded by the absence of a bypass road between Keffi- Abuja.

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At the time of this report, heavy security has been woven around the Federal Government workers carrying out the major repairs on the bridge.

All efforts by to speak with the head of the workers were rebuffed by fully armed security operatives who stood their ground that they have been directed not to allow anyone access the bridge for now.

One of the security operatives who did not want his name mentioned told newsmen that information on the bridge closure had been on for the past week adding that no one is expected to be caught unaware.

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“I am aware that Churches and Mosques were used to disseminate the information that the bridge would be closed to traffic today.

“This repair work must be carried out before the coming raining season otherwise, anything can happen if not done before the rain begins, he said.

However, our reporter saw that the commercial motorcycle riders otherwise known as Okada operators are making brisk businesses from the passengers desperately trying to reach their respective destinations.

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A drop on Okada which used to cost only N100 now attracts between N400 and N500 while several others have resorted to trekking several kilometres.

Meanwhile, adequate security has been put in place by both plain and uniformed policemen to prevent hoodlums from taking advantage of the gridlock against the stranded passengers.

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NBC Slams TVC, Arise TV N2m Fine For Broadcast Violation

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By Gloria Ikibah

The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission NBC, has sanctioned Television Continental (TVC) and Arise television stations for breaching sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

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According to a letter by the Director General of the Commission, Barabe Shehu Ilelah, the television houses are to pay a fine of N2m each.

The letter reads in part: “The penalty shall be paid within two weeks of the receipt of this letter or sanction shall be graduated.

“The broadcaster shall ensure that its presenters handle programme with professionalism and sound judgement, to ensure that it does not lose focus or lead to unfair treatment of any person or institution.

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“Broadcasting shall promote human dignity; therefore, hate speech is prohibited. The Broadcaster shall not transmit any programme, programme promotion, community service announcement or station identity, which is likely, in any circumstance, to provoke or perpetuate in a reasonable person, intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule against a person or groups of people because of age, colour, gender, national or ethnic origin, disability race, religion or political leaning”.

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SAD! Customer Dies Inside Bank In Delta

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A customer slumped and died after standing in a queue for long hours at a commercial bank in Agbor, Delta State.

According to the Tribune on Friday, the yet-to-be-identified man died after waiting for hours on end to collect his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card at the bank’s branch in Ika South Local Government Area, Delta State.

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Confirming his death, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, said, “He was not trying to withdraw cash as claimed; however, he came to the said bank to collect his ATM card.”

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Angry Customers Attack Wema Bank in Ibadan For Inability To Withdraw Money+VIDEO

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A group of angry protesters have attacked Wema Bank Plc at the Ibadan the Oyo State capital.

Naijablitznews.com reports that this is amid the Protest of scarcity of the new naira notes and fuel in Ibadan

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Naijablitznews.co recalled that residents of Ibadan had taken to the streets in protest against the hardship triggered by the naira notes swap and the hike in fuel price.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) late last year introduced newly-designed N200, N500, and N1,000 notes and gave a January 31st deadline to phase out the old notes. The deadline was later extended by ten days following the outcry by Nigerians over the policy.

Despite the extension, the new notes are scarce and Nigerians are finding it difficult to get the old ones.

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Also, in several parts of the country, the pump price of fuel has increased with people buying the product for as high as N500 per litre. Long queues have also resurfaced in many places.

People are Fed Up with the situation forcing some residents to take to the streets, demanding that the authorities urgently address the situation.

The roads leading to the Iwo area of Ibadan were deserted as the protesters barricaded them. They were also burnfires on the road and reports suggest that a commercial bank was attacked in the process.

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