Eight die, 24 injured in Lagos, Ogun

Eight people lost their lives yesterday while about 19 others were injured in auto crashes in Lagos and Ogun states. Five people were burnt to death yesterday while five others were injured at the popular Barracks Bus Stop, Surulere when a Volkswagen commercial bus known as Danfo caught fire while descending from the popular National Stadium Bridge on Funsho Williams Avenue. Pedestrians and other sympathisers could hold back tears watching the gory scene of the mangled and burnt bodies of the victims which littered the road. A child, three women…

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What we do with dogs, monkeys, dolls – Commercial drivers

An ancient traditional practice of sacrificing live dogs on the altar of Ogun, the god of Iron, by commercial drivers in search of protection is still being practiced today, mainly by truck and commercial bus drivers. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports A very experienced driver, who has been a commercial transport driver for over 30 years, Mr. Akinrede Ephraim, who is in his early 60s, said that the practice of deliberately killing dogs with a vehicle for protection against accidents does not work for him. Rather, he believes strongly in drivers praying…

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Varsity don, pregnant woman, six others die in Ebonyi auto crashes

                …seven injured     A Professor with the Federal University, Ndufu- Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State, Robert Nneli, and seven others, including a pregnant woman, yesterday lost their lives in multiple accidents that occurred along the Ezzamgbo axis of the Abakaliki/Enugu Expressway. Nneli, who is the Dean of Studies of Basic Medicine of the University and Human Physiology, was travelling in his Toyota Camry to his hometown in Anambra State, when the incident occurred. It was gathered that the first accident which involved a Camry and truck occurred at…

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Varsity Prof, pregnant woman, six others die in Ebonyi auto crash

A Professor with the Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Robert Nneli and seven others Friday lost their lives in multiple accidents that occurred along the Ezzamgbo axis of the Abakaliki/Enugu Expressway. Nneli, who was the Dean of Studies of Basic Medicine of the university and Human Physiology, was travelling to his hometown in Anambra State in his Toyota Camry saloon car when the incident happened. His driver also died while the son survived The first accident, which involved the Professor’s Camry and truck, occurred at about 9pm. The Camry, which…

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Drivers’ mobile madness: I almost drowned in Lagoon

Placing a call on cell phones and sending text messages while driving is a risk, contributing to over one-in-four auto accidents across the country. In Lagos, it’s an offence but many motorists, including the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officials are now caught in the web of breaching this Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Lagos Traffic Laws. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports The use of cell phones while driving is a contributing factor to over onein- four automobile accidents across the country. A recent study from the National Safety Council…

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Two feared killed, one injured as car crashes into Bishop’s house

At least, two people were yesterday, feared killed and one person badly injured when the driver of a Honda Civic salon car lost control and veered into the Catholic Bishop’s house in Makurdi. Sunday Telegraph learnt that the driver was speeding when he ran into a tree in front of the Bishop’s house along Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), towards Government House roundabout Makurdi, leading to the tragedy. The driver died instantly, while the passenger was confirmed dead at the emergency ward of the Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi, the state…

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Banks ready to impose charges on cash deposits

In line with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s recent review of the cashless policy, which resulted in the reintroduction of charges on some categories of cash deposits and withdrawals, banks across six states- Lagos, Ogun , Kano, Abia, Anambra, Rivers- as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), are getting ready to begin implementing the policy. Findings by New Telegraph revealed that in recent weeks these banks have increased the number of emails and text messages that they have been sending to their customers to inform them that the…

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