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Gombe Records 76 Deaths, 300 Crashes In 8 Months – FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Gombe State command said at least 76 persons died in 300 road crashes in the state between January and August. The Sector Commander, Mr Ishaku Ibrahim, said this at a press conference in Lafiyawo Community in Akko Local Government Area of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the press conference was part of the activities lined up by the command to mark the commencement of the ’ember months’ campaign.

Ibrahim said that within the period under review, 1,333 persons were involved in various crashes, 798 others sustained various degrees of injuries, while 459 were unhurt.

He said there was an increase in the number of crashes between January and August when compared with the 2020 statistics of crashes in the state.

According to him, between January and August 2020, 46 persons were killed in 191 crashes, 545 others sustained various degrees of injuries, while 438 were unhurt.

The sector commander attributed the increase in crashes to different factors, including speed limit violation, defective lighting system, reckless driving at night, use of phones while driving, and route violation.

Ibrahim said the sensitization campaign, billed to be launched on Friday, would be taken to worship centers and motor parks.

 

Source: Dailytrust

 

 

Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont arrested in Italy four years after fleeing Spain

Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has been arrested.  He was arrested on the Italian island of Sardinia on charges related to his activities in Catalonia’s failed bid in 2017 to secede from Spain, a court official and his lawyer told CNN.

His lawyer, Gonzalo Boye, told CNN the arrest was carried out on a Spanish Supreme Court warrant and a court spokeswoman said the Spanish court is contacting the Italian courts on Friday. Puigdemont has been living in Belgium the past four years and faced arrest if he returned to Spain. He went to Sardinia on Thursday to attend a cultural festival in an area where the historic Catalan language is spoken, a Catalan regional government official told CNN on Friday.
Separatist tensions continue in Barcelona and the surrounding northeast region of Catalonia. And the issue affects national politics right now, with the minority government of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez relying on a Catalan pro-independence party, the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), for support on the upcoming budget and other issues. The ERC now heads Catalonia’s coalition government, partnered with Puigdemont’s Together for Catalonia (JxCat).
Spain’s government last June pardoned nine Catalan leaders, serving prison sentences, for their roles in the failed 2017 independence drive. Sanchez at the time said the move aimed to foster reconciliation between Catalonia and the rest of Spain. But the pardons did not apply to Puigdemont, who fled in 2017 along with some top aides, after Madrid took temporary direct control of the region.
Puigdemont will now seek relief from European courts over his arrest in Italy, his lawyer told CNN. He’ll argue that the Spanish court arrest warrant was not currently valid and he will also ask to reinstate his immunity as a European Member of Parliament, which was revoked earlier this year.

 

Source: CNN