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Viral video of road marshals beating naked tricycle rider old -FRSC

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The Federal Road Safety Corps has clarified that a trending video showing road marshals maltreating a tricycle rider along Sapele road Benin, Edo State, is not recent.

This was contained in a press statement titled ‘FRSC clarifies old trending video encounter with tricycle operator in Benin’, by FRSC Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem.

FRSC explained that the erring tricycle rider has been punished while the disciplinary panel had awarded members of the patrol appropriate punishment.

The statement added that the seven-man patrol team involved in the incident has been sanctioned “loss of seniority and reduction in rank”.

In the viral video that surfaced online, the tricycle rider was arrested in Benin, along Benin/Sapele road on Thursday, 16 July 2020 for allegedly driving against traffic.

He later went berserk at the point of arrest, stripped himself naked, and started throwing obstacles on the FRSC patrol vehicle.

Reacting, the patrol team members applied force against the rider.

In the statement on Monday, Kazeem said, “The attention of FRSC has been drawn to an old video currently been recirculated on the socio media showing an erring tricycle rider who went on a face-off with FRSC patrol team after been caught destroying patrol vehicle along Sapele road Benin, Edo state.

“Corps wishes to inform the general public that the incident did not just happen as purportedly misrepresented by social media operators.

“The video was recorded in Benin, along Benin/Sapele road on Thursday, July, 16,2020 and the Staff involved have been adequately disciplined in accordance with FRSC Regulations on Maintenance of Discipline at the instance of the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi and the outcome of the trial made public on August 2, 2020.

“However, A Magistrate Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State on Monday, January 11 2021, sentenced the culprit, Mr Adeshina Adeyemo, the tricycle operator to three months imprisonment for attacking the patrol operatives and damaging of patrol vehicle belonging to the FRSC.”

The statement also quoted the Corps Marshal of FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, as admonishing “the perpetrators of such media propaganda to desist from heating up the polity at this sensitive moment of the national development, and fashion out measures that could enhance peaceful coexistence, rather than ignite anger and violence”.

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Kalu, NUJ commiserate with Folarin

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Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr. Orji Kalu has condoled with Senator Teslim Folarin over the demise of his wife, Mrs Angela Folarin.

Expressing shock over the sad loss, Kalu, a former two-term governor of Abia State, described the deceased as a woman of virtue who supported her husband in his political and humanitarian endeavours.

The federal lawmaker and eminent businessman urged the Senator to take solace in the fact that his late wife was committed to the service of mankind. In a condolence message, Kalu prayed for eternal rest for the deceased, noting that the late Mrs Folarin would be sorely missed by family, friends and associates.

He said: “I received with pain the news of the passing of the wife of Senator Teslim Folarin, Mrs Angela Folarin. She was a virtuous woman who committed her resources to the empowerment of the womenfolk.

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“The deceased played noble roles in the advancement of the cause of the people by complementing her husband’s humanitarian gestures. Her demise is a huge loss to the womenfolk. May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace.”

The former governor prayed to God to give the Folarin family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, also on Friday condoled with Senator Teslim Folarin on the death of his wife, Angela Nwaka. The condolence message, which was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary of the Union, Sola Oladapo, quoted the union’s chairman in the state, Demola Babalola, as expressing sadness over the death of Angela.

Oladapo stated that Babalola had since called Folarin, who was on his way to catch a flight to the UK around 4pm Friday, minutes after the unfortunate news of his wife’s death was broken. Babalola, in the brief chat on phone with Folarin said Angela’s death was shocking and one death too many to bear, saying: “Distinguished Senator, this is sad and devastating. May Allah comfort you, the children and all the family members of the deceased.”

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Senator Folarin loses wife

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Chairman, Senate Committee on Local Contents, and 2023 governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Teslim Folarin, has lost his wife, Chief Angela Nwaka Folarin, a legal practitioner, to death.

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the former senate leader, currently representing Oyo Central in the National Assembly, YSO Olaniyi, confirmed the death and added that she breathed her last in the United Kingdom on Friday afternoon, although she was not sick.

A statement issued by Olaniyi read in part: “With total submission to the will of Almighty Allah, we announce the death of our wife, mother and sister, Chief Angela Nwaka Folarin.

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“The wife of Oyo Central Senator was confirmed dead on Friday afternoon. She breathed her last in UK.

“The deceased was hale and hearty until the angel of death knocked the door. May Almighty God Comfort us and grant the late Angela an eternal rest.”

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Croatian President calls PM ‘Ukrainian agent

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Croatian President Zoran Milanovic called Prime Minister Andrey Plenkovic an agent of Ukraine on Friday; two days after the latter apologized to Ukrainians over the president’s comments on NATO deployments.

 

In a televised address on Tuesday; Milanovic said that Zagreb would withhold its troops from Eastern European NATO contingents if the situation on the Ukraine-Russia border spirals into a full-blown conflict.

On Wednesday, Plenkovic dismissed the president’s statement as “nonsense,”claiming that; the Croatian contingent stationed in Poland had already returned and apologized to the Ukrainian people.

 

Milanovic, the commander-in-chief, hit back in an interview with Croatia’s RTL TV, suggesting that Plenkovic’s loyalties appear to be misplaced.

 

Let him apologize. He acts like a Ukrainian agent, and I act like a Croatian president. That’s a huge difference.

 

 

Asked if he feels the need to apologize, Milanovic said, “No way. I think the prime minister is an ordinary poltron who goes where he doesn’t belong.” “All I’m interested in is the Croatian interest,” he added.

 

In his statement on Tuesday; the president accused the US of agitating the geopolitical situation in the region amid a Russian military buildup near Ukraine’s border.

 

“This has nothing to do with Ukraine or Russia. It has to do with the dynamics of American domestic politics.”

ALSO READ: Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany reaffirm Ukraine ceasefire

 

Milanovic claimed he is trying to steer Croatia clear of a potentially disastrous conflagration involving Russia.

 

The Croatian leader said that Ukraine must start solving “the problem” it has with the “separatists” in the country’s east through negotiations; noting that Moscow has not recognized breakaway republics either.

 

He added that Kiev should “not constantly confront the thermonuclear and hypersonic power, Russia. It is not Serbia. Whoever encourages them to do so is a dangerous charlatan, and there are many in Europe.”

ALSO READ: NATO rejects Russia’s ‘red line’

 

Milanovic’s comments on NATO have earned him a place on Kiev’s “Peacemaker” database for “anti-Ukrainian activity,” and he’s been accused of justifying “Russian aggression.”

 

He told RTL TV that he’s “neither a Ukrainian enemy nor a Russian friend” but is rather focused on the well-being of his own country.

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