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Truck drivers accuse Navy of creating illegal parks for extortion

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Truck drivers operating around the Dockyard – Apapa axis have accused official of the Nigerian Navy of creating illegal truck parks with which they use to extort drivers coming into Dockyard road to load products

Speaking to Vanguard on the development, Bashiru Olarenwaju, a truck driver said that said that it has been discovered that some Transport Unions in connivance with the Nigerian Navy has perfected ways of extorting tanker drivers that come to load products adding that drivers that are duly called into truck parks for onward movement to loading bays, are not called to load.

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Olarenwaju also said that tanker drivers who hang around on the road are that ones that are allowed and called in to load after monies between camp Boys deployed by officials of the Nigerian Navy and drivers must have exchanged hands.

“The situation has become very frustrating as authorized drivers end up spending more than one in some of these parks before they allowed and called into the loading Bays to load while these illegal drivers get quick and easy access into the bays to load.

“We end up spending more money paying demurrage and most times this affects our profit margin.”

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Similarly, another driver, Mr. Anthony Inno, said that he has been inside the park in the last five days and that his truck has not moved an inch due to long queue of truck scheduled to go into the loading bays.

The cause of the delay is caused by the arrangement between the Nigerian Navy and the Transport Union.

“I have been in the last five days, I have been in this very park for five days now and I have not moved an inch. I have not had a proper sleep in the last five because I have to be on the queue.

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“The cause of this whole thing is the wrong arrangement between the Navy and the Union. We are charged before we enter the Truck Park and we also pay Navy before we are allowed to go into loading Bays to load.“ Inno stated.

An official of one of the Truck Parks who did not want the name of his company mentioned said that earlier in the month, one of their senior management staff (name withheld) was injured by an official of the Nigerian Navy for daring to point out their wrong.

The Truck Park official also said that all the Navy care about is the monies they get from the drivers, adding that sometimes the drivers part with as much as N20,000, N25,000 and as much as N50,000.

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The drivers at different accused a particular female Naval Officer simply called Sub-Lieutenant Adeyinka, the Second in Command at the ‘Open OPMESA Camp’ was accused of breaking the windscreen and side mirrors of their trucks.

He explained that most times, the Navy knows that they get nothing from trucks that go a proper call up process and as such they (Navy) only deal with trucks that are processed to go the loading bays because they stand to gain from this category of drivers.

An official of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, who refused to give his name also said that the damage done to trucks belonging to members of PTD cannot be quantified adding that sometimes these drivers are also beaten up by these Naval officials.

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When Vanguard visited to open OPMESA Camp, our correspondent met Sub-Lieutenant Adeyinka who said she could talk to our Correspondent because as she has bosses she reports to and directed Vanguard to a higher authority.

Speaking in defense of the Navy, Information Officer of the Western Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, Commander Edward Yeibo said that the truck drivers have become uncontrollable adding that the drivers are happy with the fact sanity is returning to that part of the port access road.

Yeibo however denied the allegation that officials of the Nigerian Navy were involved in any form of extortion of tanker drivers saying that “officials of the Nigerian Navy cannot extort anybody, they cannot do that.”

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He said: “There are other security agencies involved in the management of traffic in and around Apapa, the Nigerian Navy is not the only arm of government involved traffic management at the part of the road.”

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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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