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Crashes: FG directs RCC to fix Ososa River Bridges on Sagamu-Benin Expressway



The Federal Government has directed Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) to immediately start fixing the bad portions of the Ososa River bridges on the Sagamu-Benin Expressway.

This is contained in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Monday by Mr Ahmed Umar, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander in Ogun.

He explained that the measure was to reduce motorists’ vulnerability of plunging into the river.

Umar with some of his officers; the Federal Comptroller of Works in Ogun, Mr Bakare Umar and a representative of RCC had earlier conducted an assessment tour of the three faulty bridges on Ososa River.

He said that the tour was sequel to a crash that claimed four lives there last Wednesday.

“The Federal Comptroller of Works has directed the management of RCC to begin immediate palliative works on the bridges as agreed to reduce motorists’ vulnerability to traffic injuries and deaths there.

“One of such moves is the temporary placement of movable concrete barriers at the edges of the bridges to create a better motoring environment and prevent vehicles from free fall into the river in the event of crashes.

“A good number of concrete barriers are being placed on the edges of the bridges by a team of engineers from RCC at the moment.

“Traffic has been temporarily diverted for a seamless palliative exercise,” he said.

The sector commander advised motorists to exercise caution while approaching the Ososa bridges, saying that the FRSC traffic control operatives from Ijebu Ode were there to control traffic.

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UK orders probe into Islamophobia claims by conservative lawmaker



UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered an investigation into conservative lawmaker, Nusrat Ghani claims that she was sacked as a junior minister in 2020 over concerns that she was a Muslim.

A Downing Street spokesperson announced on Monday in a brief statement to reporters that “the Prime Minister has asked the Cabinet Office to conduct an inquiry into the allegations made by Nusrat Ghani MP.’’

In an interview published by the Sunday Times, Ghani said that she was dismissed as a junior transport minister in February 2020.

She said following her dismissal a senior Conservative lawmaker told her that her Muslim faith made colleagues “uncomfortable” and that her career would be “destroyed” if she tried to complain.

In a subsequent statement on Sunday, she said that she had directly informed Johnson about the matter but that the prime minister wrote to her that he could not get involved and suggested that she use the internal Conservative party’s complaint process.

Reacting to the launch of a probe, Ghani wrote on Twitter that she welcomed the decision and asked that all that was said in Downing Street, and by her senior Conservative colleague be included in the terms of reference of the inquiry.

“As I said to the Prime Minister last night, all I want is for this to be taken seriously and for him to investigate,’’ she added.

The Islamophobia claims came as Johnson was facing calls to resign over a string of parties that were allegedly held in Downing Street during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger involved in car crash



Hollywood actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been involved in a car accident, his spokesman has confirmed.

The four-vehicle crash, which occurred on Friday afternoon, January 21 in Los Angeles left one person with injuries, Los Angeles Police said.

Photos from the scene published by TMZ show a large SUV on top of at least two vehicles at an intersection in Brentwood while the ‘Terminator’ actor can be seen standing nearby.

Police said that no arrest has been made and ruled out the involvement of drugs and alcohol.

Officers did not identify those involved but the actor and former California governor’s spokesman confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that he was driving the SUV when the incident occurred.

A report by police, seen by CBS Los Angeles, said that the SUV driver was “near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Allenford Avenue, when a collision occurred with a red Prius making a u-turn as he continued through a ‘red arrow’ signal to turn left.”

It added that the SUV rolled on top of the Prius and ended up hitting two other vehicles.

One person was taken to hospital by ambulance, but the injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Schwarzenegger’s spokesman said that the actor was uninjured and had spoken with emergency services and the injured person.

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Minna district head suspended over forceful marriage



District Head of Allawa in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Mallam Bello Haruna has been suspended by Minna Emirate Council for engaging in forceful marriage.

The district head who was accused of forcefully marrying out a girl (name withheld), humiliating her father and also ordering that she be beaten by vigilantes, was also accused of insubordination by not answering the calls from the Emirate council leaders to explain some of the complaints against him.

In a letter signed by the Emirate’s assistant secretary, Usman Umaru Guni, the district head was accused of not having the leadership qualities necessary for peace and progress of the community he was appointed to lead.

Galadima Allawa, Ahmadu Magaji has now been appointed as the acting district head.

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