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BREAKING: Lagos resident shot dead by SARS

Men identified as members of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) of the Nigeria police force have shot dead a man in Ilupeju area of Lagos state.

A witness said that incident happened on Ajisegiri street in Ilupeju in Odiolowo Ojuwoye local council development area of Lagos.

The victim was simply identified as Francis, while residents said he had gone about his daily job of cleaning when he was killed.

“The guy was in the area to sweep the compounds of his customers,” a witness said.

“The Ajisegiri area is notorious because of these boys who come there to smoke, and the area has always been raided by police. But this morning none of the boys was there, just this man going about his business. He was shot and he died almost immediately.”

Alleged killer accuses woman of murdering her, husband, mistress

The Lagos State Police Command, on Tuesday, announced the arrest of one Promise Oguegbu for allegedly killing an accountant, Rasaki Balogun, and his mistress, Muyibat Alabi, in the Ejigbo area of the state.

Balogun’s wife, Akorede, who discovered the corpses of her husband and Alabi at his second home, reported the incident to the police.

It was gathered that police investigation led to Oguegbu, who was arrested.

While speaking with journalists during a parade by the state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, on Tuesday, the 25-year-old Oguegbu, however, accused Akorede of killing her husband and his mistress.

Oguegbu, one of Balogun’s tenants, stated that he saw when Akorede poured a substance into Balogun and Alabi’s mouths, adding that she pleaded with him (Oguegbu) not to expose her and bribed him with her husband’s car.

The suspect said, “I just came back from South Korea. On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, my landlord’s wife (Akorede) came around and called me to assist her with something. I asked her what it was and she said I should join her in the main building.

“When I got there, I saw a huge man in the sitting room, the man ordered me to tie the landlord girlfriend’s hands. My landlord and his girlfriend were shouting for help, but there was nothing I could do because I was afraid.

“I did not kill my landlord; it was my landlord’s wife who poured something into his mouth and that of his girlfriend. I saw her (Akorede) doing it. She gave me the key to her husband’s car and said I should not expose her. I did not report to the police because I was scared.

“The police arrested the woman (Akorede) and the man who was with her, but I don’t know where they are at the moment. I am not the one to carry their cross; they are not innocent of this crime. The police should also bring them to answer to the crime.”

When confronted with Oguegbu’s claims, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said the matter was still being investigated.

Similarly, the command has arrested one Bidemi Mojuba for allegedly stabbing a commercial sex worker, identified simply as Christy, to death in the Amuwo Odofin area of the state.

Mojuba, who was also paraded by the CP on Tuesday, confessed that he committed the crime under the influence of hard drugs.

He stated that he felt the urge to have sex on the day of the incident after taking hard drugs, adding that he visited a club to pick Christy in order to satisfy his sexual urge.

When they got to his place of residence at No. 55 Cooperation Estate, Amuwo Odofin, Mojuba said they were about to have sex when Christy demanded to be paid before rendering her service.

The suspect, who insisted that he would pay the deceased after the sex, said her insistence on getting paid in advance led to a disagreement and in the process, he picked up a knife with which he stabbed her to death.

A footage in possession of our correspondent revealed how Mojuba was tortured by residents of the area, who caught him after he had perpetrated the crime.

At first, Mojuba was seen confessing to killing Christy because she resisted his sexual advances; he later said he committed the crime for ritual purposes.

While speaking to journalists during the parade, the suspect said he took drugs to enhance his sexual performance, adding that Christy was his regular customer.

The 26-year-old said, “On the day of the incident, I took lots of hard drugs and I needed a lady to be with at home; so, I went to a club to pick Christy and we went home together. We were about to make love when she demanded money, but I told her that I was not a stranger to her and said I would pay her after we were through.

“We started quarrelling from the bedroom and came to the sitting room, but before I knew what was happening, I went into the kitchen, picked up a knife and stabbed her multiple times in different parts of her body. It was after the incident that I realised what I had done. It was unfortunate; I had taken the drugs before I went to pick her because I wanted to enjoy the sex.

“I feel guilty about what happened; she was a nice person to me, but I don’t know what came over the two of us. I did not kill her for ritual purposes; I only admitted to killing her for ritual purposes because of the serious beating the residents subjected me to.”

Muazu said Mojuba would be charged to court after the conclusion of investigation.

Eight Lagos pipeline explosion victims die in hospital

At least  eight hospitalised victims of the pipeline fire incident in the Ijegun area of Lagos State have reportedly succumbed to death as a result of the severe burns they suffered.

The inferno resulted from an explosion at a vandalised point of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s product pipeline in the Ijegun area of the Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area on Thursday, which led to the death of two persons, while scores of residents were injured and properties worth several millions of naira destroyed.

Despite frantic efforts by doctors to save the victims, PUNCH reported  that a mechanic, Murphy Afolabi; his wife, Rashidat; their three-year-old son, Ridwan; and their daughter, Opeyemi; as well as Idayat Mondiu; her daughter, identified simply as Iya Jumoke, all gave up the ghost.

A couple, identified simply as Daddy and Mummy Warris, were also said to have passed away where they were being treated three days after the fuel spillage and the attendant fire.

Footage in the possession of our correspondent showed how some of the hospitalised victims were writhing in pain as they were being bandaged from head to toe due to the severity of the burns they suffered.

The spillage occurred when some yet-to-be identified vandals were ambushed by security agents, while scooping fuel from a punctured NNPC pipeline.

The vandals, in an attempt to escape from the scene, were said to have left the punctured point open as fuel spilled all over the area, including the drainage channel connecting Irede Street and the canal on the Catholic Church Street.

While an account had it that the vandals set the spilled fuel on fire in order to escape arrest, another stated that a motorist, who had attempted to start his engine in the area, caused the explosion.

Mondiu’s family of 12, Afolabi’s family of seven and the Warris’ family of four, among others, were said to be asleep in their various homes around the canal on the Catholic Church Street when the incident occurred and were burnt by the raging inferno.

They were all hospitalised at the Gbagada General Hospital and the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, while the surviving members of the families were said to be battling to survive the tragedy.

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The Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, while speaking to journalists at the scene of the incident, assured Lagosians that Governor Babajide Sanwolo-Olu was closely monitoring the situation, adding that the injured victims were receiving treatment in hospitals.

But the families of the hospitalised victims, while lamenting the loss of their loved ones, refuted Oke-Osanyintolu’s claim, saying the government had abandoned the victims in hospitals.

A member of the Afolabi family, Qausarat, who appealed to Sanwo-Olu to come to the aid of the victims, said she had lost four members of her family.

She said amidst tears, “I lost my younger brother, Ridwan, on Friday; my daddy’s wife, Rashidat, on Saturday; and before I received your call, someone at the hospital informed me that my father died today (Sunday). My sister, Opeyemi, has also died. This is getting too much; I am not sure I can continue to bear all these losses as I still have four siblings in critical conditions.

“Ever since they were admitted in hospital, we have been the ones sourcing for the money to treat them; they have not received any free treatment and this means that the government has abandoned my family.

“Even Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has not done anything for us. We want Sanwo-Olu to urgently come to our aid so that adequate treatment can be given to my four siblings, Amudat, Opeyemi, Fatiu and Mariam, because I don’t want to lose them.”

Mondiu’s brother, Kehinde, while mourning the death of his brother’s wife, daughter and grandchild, also accussed the government of abandoning the vicitms in hospital.

He stated, “Our family members have been donating money for the treatment of my brother’s family. In fact, whenever I get to hospital, the doctors would have prescribed drugs to buy for their treatment and the money for the drugs is prohibitive.

“If you see my brother and his wife and some of their children, they are bandaged from head to toe. We are surprised that the government has abandoned us; we want the government to intervene so that they can be treated properly.”

PUNCH Metro learnt that residents of the Catholic Church Street and environs had been contributing money to support the medical treatment of the victims of the fire incident.

A landlady, Habibat Ojoolowo, said she had mobilised women in the area to contribute money for the treatment of the hospitalised victims.

“When the doctors at the general hospitals were not attending to our neighbours properly and most of them were dying due to poor treatment, we had to mobilise support for them through donations so that they could be treated properly,” Ojoolowo stated.

The Oba of Ijegun, Nureni Akinremi, also appealed for government’s intervention to ensure that the victims were adequately treated to avoid further loss of life.

“My people in hospitals are highly in need of government’s financial support and I also seize this opportunity to thank the firefighters for their quick response to the fire incident,” Akinremi said.

The Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, said the government was on top of the situation, adding that the victims were not abandoned.

Ogunbanwo said, “Presently, the government is picking the medical bills of the victims; some of them have high degrees of burns and in spite of that, the government is still responsible for their care.

The Chief Executive Officer of LASEMA said he had been to the hospitals today (Sunday) to check on some of the victims.

“Some of these families may not know that the medical treatment has various stages, but if they see their family members suffering, they may be reacting and start making some wild allegations. The burns unit in Gbagada and the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Ikeja are specialists’ hospitals capable of taking proper care of the victims. They (victims) cannot be abandoned.”

When contacted, Oke-Osanyintolu said he had done an on-the-spot clinical ward round to ensure that the victims received adequate medical care, adding that he had yet to get reports from the medical directors on the death of any of the victims.

Oke-Osanyintolu stated, “I am just leaving the Gbagada General Hospital and as I speak to you, the medical workers are giving all of the victims adequate medical treatment. I have posted some of the doctors working with me to the Gbagada General Hospital and LASUTH to assist in the treatment, because some of the victims sustained 80 per cent to 90 per cent burns.

“When we talk about burns, it comes with different kinds of complications. I have made arrangements for some of the drugs that they don’t have in the hospitals and I will be moving advance ambulances there on Monday (today).

“I have done an on-the-spot clinical ward round and also spoke with relatives like Mr Gabadin, whose driver was a victim, and I have assured them that they should not panic. I cannot say anyone has died until I receive comprehensive medical reports from the medical directors.”

JUST IN: Many feared killed as pipeline fire engulfs Lagos community

Fire broke out in the Ijegun area of Lagos State on Thursday after suspected hoodlums vandalised pipelines belonging to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation.

Although the details of the incident are still sketchy, our correspondent gathered that some of the hoodlums were caught up in the explosion and were feared dead.

An eyewitness, Babajide Lawal, said the noise of the explosion woke the residents, adding that casualties have been recorded.

Lawal said, “There is fire incident at Ijegun Last Bus Stop, in fact, no one can move near the place because the whole area is burning. What woke us up was the sound of the explosion and when we came out to observe what happened, we saw the fire burning everywhere.”

Firefighters from the National Emergency Management Agency and the Lagos State Fire Service were said to have responded to the incident.

The spokesperson for NEMA, South West zone, Ibrahim Farinloye, in a release said the agency had alerted the NNPC management to the development.

“NEMA has also called on the safety unit of the corporation to immediately shut down further supplies through pipeline in order to suffocate the fire.

“It is noted that vandals are responsible for the incident and some of them are affected in the inferno.

“Security agencies have cordoned off the area to restrict access of undesirable elements. People should remain calm,” he added.

An official of the Lagos State Fire Service, Amodu Shakiru, said firefighters were still battling the fire, adding that he could not make any comment yet.

From Ikeja to Ikoyi, soldiers clean up Lagos

Residents of Ipodo community in Ikeja area of Lagos State woke up to receive unusual visitors in the neighborhood on Saturday.

A battalion of military personnel from the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army swarmed the neighbourhood in early hours for environmental sanitation, cleaning streets of filth.

From Ikeja to Ikoyi, soldiers clean up Lagos

Led by the Commander of 9 Brigade in Ikeja, Brigadier-General Nasir Mohammed Jega, the troops moved to the area with sanitation materials, including shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows, to carry the exercise organised in commemoration of the Nigerian Army Day.

The startled residents watched in awe as the soldiers dropped their riffles and swept the streets, clearing the drainages of PET bottles and used sachets.

From Ikeja to Ikoyi, soldiers clean up Lagos

The sanitation started from Mobolaji Bank-Anthony Way to Olowu Street and ended Oriyomi Street.

The exercise was also held simultaneously in Ikoyi and Ojo areas of the state, where the troops engaged in cleaning exercise.

On the choice of sanitation as part of activities marking the Day, Brig-Gen. Jega said the military leadership in Lagos was excited by the environmental approach of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu

administration, pointing out that the exercise became a necessity to encourage Lagos residents on the need to promote cleanliness.

He said: “Nigerian Army believes in the cleanliness and we promote green activities as community service, because healthy environment brings about higher productivity. We are also doing this in support of the environmental initiative of the Lagos State Governor.

From Ikeja to Ikoyi, soldiers clean up Lagos

“We chose Ipodo community in Ikeja for this exercise since it is close to our 9 Brigade Cantonment.
“The sanitation is also to promote cordial relationship between the Nigerian Army and civilians living in communities around our formations. This is a directive from the Chief of Army Staff,” he said.

From Ikeja to Ikoyi, soldiers clean up Lagos
Brigadier-General Jega speaking

Brig-Gen. Jega said the Army also organised a free medical outreach to mark the Day adding that the celebration will also feature thanksgiving services at the church and mosque, before it would be wrapped up by a parade on the final day.

Residents hailed the soldiers for the exercise, describing it as “uncommon service from men in uniform”.
A resident of Olowu Street, Mr. Ogbonna Onwuzurike, said the gesture of the soldiers would prod residents into action to keep the area clean.

“We are excited that military officers are taking steps to improve their relationship with civilians. This is one of the ways to show that soldiers are friendly. I couldn’t have imagined soldiers would engage in this kind of activity, much less coming to clean up our drainages.

“This gesture would encourage residents and owners of businesses on this street to dedicate time for sanitation. “Before the soldiers came, used plastic bottles and nylon had blocked the drainages. Now that the gutters have been cleared, we can sleep with our eyes closed.”

Lagos NURTW seeks more time to comply with new traffic law


The Lagos State chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers has said its members would comply with the Lagos State Government traffic laws.

NURTW chairman, Mr. Tajudeen Agbede, said this on Wednesday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

Agbede, however, pleaded for time to educate his members on the traffic laws operational in the state.

NAN reports that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu signed his first Executive Order on indiscriminate refuse dumping, traffic management and public works a day after his inauguration.

He reiterated the need for residents to obey rules contained in the executive order.

The governor also charged the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority to arrest motorists who flout traffic laws and ensure they are punished accordingly, irrespective of their statuses.

Agbede said, “We are law-abiding citizens but we want to plead with the government to give us time to call our members to order.

“We are in support of the government of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, but we plead that the government should always carry the unions along while making traffic laws.

“We also believe that any law the government makes is in the interest of its citizens.”

He also implored all NURTW members to always obey all the traffic laws put in place by the state government.

He also advised them to always ensure that their vehicle particulars are valid and they should have genuine driving licences.

He said that these were the certificates they needed to be on the road.

Agbede added, “Commuters intending to board commercial motorcycles must always demand crash helmets before boarding.

“They must also refuse the riders from carrying more than one passenger during a trip.”

Secondary school pupil dies after taking beverage laced with Sniper

The family of Favour Ekemedili, a Senior Secondary School 1 pupil of the Cedar College, Baruwa, in the Ipaja area of Lagos State, has been thrown into mourning after she allegedly died of drinking a beverage said to be laced with an insecticide, Sniper, on the school premises.

PUNCH Metro reports that Favour was in the classroom receiving lectures with her classmates when she allegedly took the beverage.

Immediately after consuming the beverage, it was learnt that she started complaining of severe stomach ache and was rushed to the school’s sickbay for urgent medical treatment.

While the nurse on duty was examining her to ascertain the cause of the discomfort, our correspondent gathered that Favour’s classmates, who saw when she took the beverage, were said to have showed the school management the leftover.

The beverage, after being examined, was discovered to be laced with Sniperand this prompted the school management to rush her to the General Hospital.

The Principal of the school, Samuel Adeliyi, said the management discovered that the beverage that Favour took was the cause of her stomach ache, because her classmates saw when she consumed it.

While commiserating with the bereaved family, the principal said the school management had paid a condolence visit to the family.

Adeliyi said, “On that faithful day, the first period was over and the teacher had left the class for the next teacher to come in. While they were waiting for the next teacher to come in, the girl (Favour) stood up, brought out the drink from her bag, went to the window and started drinking it.

“As she was drinking it, she poured some quantity through the window. Her classmate even challenged her for pouring the beverage away, but she didn’t answer them and as the next teacher entered the class, she threw the bottle away through the window.

“Three minutes later, she started complaining of stomach ache and she fell down. The classmates quickly rushed her to the sickbay and while she was being attended to by the nurse, her classmates, who went in search of the bottle, brought it to the sickbay to show the nurse what she took. When they smelled the content, they realised that the drink was Sniper. So, the nurse realised that the case was beyond the capacity of the sickbay and rushed her to the hospital that the school uses.”

When contacted, the deceased’s mother, Nkem, blamed the school management for not properly monitoring her daughter while in their care.

“I don’t have any issue; I leave everything to God. Whatever I say cannot change what has happened. My daughter left my house and went to school; while in the class, was she monitored? But I leave everything to God because whatever I say cannot bring back my daughter,” she stated.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, in a statement on Sunday, said Favour died while receiving treatment at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.He added that the remaining content of the beverage bottle had been taken to the laboratory for testing.

He stated that the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department had commenced investigation into the incident.

Elkana said, “On Thursday, May 30, 2019, around 5.40pm, the Ipaja Police Station received a complaint from the Cedar College, Baruwa, that on the same date around 9am, one Favour Ekemedili, an SS1 pupil complained of severe stomach ache and was rushed to the school’s sickbay. The school’s sickbay immediately moved her to the general hospital, which in turn referred her to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, where she was admitted for medical attention.

“Her parents were contacted by the school authority. She died around 6pm while receiving treatment. Her friends, who witnessed the incident, stated that the stomach ache started after the girl took a beverage, known as Fanjuice. On a close check of the bottle, it was discovered that it contained an insecticide known as Sniper and not the beverage. The chemical substance was taken for laboratory testing. Homicide detectives from the SCIID are investigating the case.”

Sanwo-Olu declares state of emergency on refuse disposal, traffic jam

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babjide Sanwo-Olu, has declared a state of emergency on environmental sanitation and traffic management matters in the state.

Sanwo-Olu declared this while signing the first executive order of refuse management, traffic management and public works on Thursday at the Lagos House, Alausa.

This, according to the Governor, will start the process of restoring stability and a culture of accountability in which all the citizens become active stakeholders in bringing about the necessary changes.

“As from the date of this order, there shall be zero tolerance for environmental abuse, including illegal and indiscriminate dumping of refuse, construction on drainage points and setbacks,” he said.

According to him, all LASTMA officials shall effectively carry out their functions by ensuring strict enforcement and compliance with all extant traffic rules and regulations.

He said the LASTMA officials would immediately begin work on a shift basis in which road and traffic management operations would be on till 11 pm on a daily basis.

Sanwo-Olu said that the Lagos State Public Works Corporation would immediately commence the identification and repairs of all potholes and bad roads within the state.

He also said provisions of the order would extend to all enforcement agencies in the state, in maintaining law and order for the collective good of the citizens.

“I expect the fullest level of compliance with this order and will look to the various heads of ministries, departments and agencies to give full force and effect to the orders therein contained and to take responsibility for any failure,” he said.


Sanwo-Olu appoints ex-HoS Folasade Jaji as new SSG

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos on Thursday appointed a former Head of Service in the state, Mrs. Folasade Jaji, as the new Secretary to the State Government.

The news is contained in a statement issued by the Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, on Thursday in Lagos.

Jaji, a chemist, had served as the 17th Head of Service of the state’s Public Service.

She joined the Lagos State Civil Service on October 27, 1980 at the State Judicial Service Commission before she was deployed to the Governor’s Office, Department of Political Affairs where she served for two years between 1980 and 1982.

She is the 18th Secretary to the State Government.

The statement said that full details about the appointment would come later.

Breaking: Four-year-old killed, several trapped as another building collapses in Lagos

A four-year-old has been reported killed by The Nation newspaper as another building collapsed in Lagos on Tuesday.
According to the newspaper, the building collapsed on Agarawu Street, Lagos Island, where several buildings have collapsed in recent times.

We’ll compensate owners of affected properties along Ojodu road construction site

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday began construction of road at Ojodu-Berger area of the state, promising to compensate residents whose properties will be affected.

According to the government, the expansion of the two-lane road to six-lane was going to bring inconveniences to people but appealed to concerned stakeholders to cooperate for the successful execution of the project.

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Prince Rotimi Ogunleye, while speaking at the stakeholders’ meeting for the construction of Kosoko Road, Ojodu Berger in Ojodu Local Council Development Area, called for understanding of the residents and other property owners whose property might be affected by the project.

He said the project was part of moves of the current administration to ensure regional integration and implementation of policies that would fast-track the southwest integration.

Ogunleye said the concept of regional integration was very crucial to the state government, saying that the Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration believed in developing the border roads to actualize the southwest regional integration agenda.

The commissioner stated that property owners were bound to undergo some inconveniences during the construction of the roads, he assured the stakeholders of enhanced value of their property when the project was completed.

He promised that the administration would adequately compensate those affected by the regeneration of Ojodu Berger as well as other developmental projects carried out by the government irrespective of the time left for the administration to handover.

According to him, the Sanwo-Olu administration would continue to work on the infrastructural development.

“Please we want you to cooperate with our team who will soon begin to mark your houses. First team will come to do the enumeration, other will come for the marking and another team will come for the removal,” he said.

Ogunleye allayed fear over denial of payment, urging the residents and affected property owner to bring any document to prove their ownership of the affected property.

“Bring whatever documents to you have to prove ownership of the house. As long there is evidence to prove that the property is yours, you will be duly compensated.”

Also speaking, the Iya-loja of the demolished market, Alhaja Abibat Adegbola said though most Lagosians and residents were happy with the regeneration of Ojodu Berger by the outgoing administration, she lamented that hundreds of marketers were being rendered jobless and wrecked by the demolition of the market.

No more prison sentences for petty crimes, Lagos CJ declares

Justice Opeyemi Oke, the chief judge of Lagos, says petty offenders will no longer get prison sentences effective from June 3.

Speaking on Tuesday at the presentation of the two practice directions, the ACJL Practice Direction and Restorative Justice Practice Direction, Oke said there would, henceforth, be a speedy resolution of criminal cases to ensure an effective justice system.

“Today in Nigeria we have seen countless cases where defendants are arrested for minor offenses such as burglary and wandering; they are locked up in our prisons for the flimsiest reasons to join the teeming population awaiting trial inmates,” she said.

“In fact, the awaiting trial inmates account for more than 75 percent of the inmates in our prisons today.

“They are in our prisons with hardened criminals and by the time they come out they have been initiated into a life of crime and are ready to spread terror, death, and destruction in their post-prison escapades.”

The CJ said petty offenders will be diverted to the Practice Directions centres where non-custodial sentences, including fines, restitution orders, community service orders would be used as long as they are willing to take responsibility for their actions.

“Lagos State has been at the vanguard in terms of criminal justice reform when it passed the ACJL in 2007, amended it in 2011. Other states followed suit, adopted and improved upon it,” she said.

“Now, Lagos State is going further with these new practice directions to realise the goal of expedited trials, improvement in the case disposal rates and hopefully, this will culminate in the decongestion of our prisons.”

Teenager rescued from suspected ritualists’ den

A 17-year-old girl identified as Rachel was on Thursday rescued from a suspected ritualists’ den at Ijanikin where she was whisked to by a gang of three men.

The girl, a make-up apprentice, was said to have been hypnotised and abducted on Wednesday morning while on an errand along Ibasa Road, Alasia, Ijanikin, a Lagos suburb.

Her abductors were said to have taken her to a secluded place on Dan Ajaiyi Street, Ijanikin where they allegedly perfected plans to kill her.

She reportedly miraculously regained consciousness and screamed “Blood of Jesus.”

Her scream was said to have caught the attention of neighbours who invaded the house after the suspected ritualists had fled through the bush.

A resident, Chika Ugochukwu, said the suspected ritualists packed into the neighbourhood last year, adding that people hardly bothered about their activities since their home was isolated from others.

Another neighbour, Tochukwu, said the suspects allegedly touched the girl with a charm which made her followed them unconsciously.

“The suspects were already preparing the girl to be used when some neighbours heard her scream.

“The shrine where they took her to is behind an isolated house on Dan Ajaiyi Street. The suspects fled when they knew that the game was up,” he said.

Poisonous ‘ponmo’ now in market, Lagos Govt warns consumers


The Lagos Government has warned consumers about the health risk of some cow hide, popularly called ponmo, being offered for sale in the state.

A Press release signed by Director, Public Affairs, Adeola Salako, said government arrested three persons connected with the sale of “toxic ponmo” in Ojo and Iba council areas, while the suspicious meat was also confiscated in large quantity.

“The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who disclosed this in his office today (Sunday) while reviewing report of preliminary investigation and enforcement carried out on the sale of the toxic ponmo in the areas, stated that the three persons involved have been charged to court, while samples of the confiscated ponmo had been sent to the NAFDAC laboratory for suitability test analysis for human consumption,” the release further stated.

Idris, while explaining what brought about the action, stated that the attention of the state government was drawn to the activities of traders who deal in the sale of the poisonous cow skin at odd hours in different locations in Ojo and Iba local government areas of the state.

“Preliminary investigations and suspect-tracing revealed that the traders were very active in the early hours between the hours of 4.00am and 6.00am at various locations such as Volkswagen bus stop, Iyana Iba, and Afolabi Ege markets, all within Ojo local government and Iba local council areas of the state.

“Furthermore, a company said to be located at Ije-Ododo area of Iba LCDA was indicted as the source of supply of this toxic ponmo and has subsequently been put under surveillance,” Idris said.

The commissioner called on the public to be vigilant and report any suspected activities and sale of unwholesome foods and food products to environmental health officers in their nearest local government or to the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Agriculture.

He also advised the public against purchase and consumption of foods whose sources are doubtful or are perceived to be hazardous to human health.

TCN rations power in Lagos as Egbin, Omotosho power plants shut down

Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said the National Grid is experiencing reduced power generation because of an emergency maintenance by Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) on pipeline supplying gas to Egbin, Omotosho, Olorunsogo and Paras power stations.

Mrs Ndidi Mbah, TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs in a statement on Saturday said the maintenance had necessitated the total shutdown of the four power generating plants on April 25.

Mbah said the maintenance on the pipeline was reportedly caused by a leakage discovered on the Escravos-Lagos gas pipeline system.

She also said that prior to the incident, Omotosho National Integrated Power Plant (NIPP) and Olorunsogo NIPP had already been out due to gas supply issues.

She, however, said NGC hard begun repairs on the gas pipeline and restore normal gas supply to the affected power plants.

“Presently, repairs have been completed and the pipeline is currently being pressurised prior to resumption of gas supply to the affected power stations’’

She said TCN had diverted about 312MW of electricity from the Benin-Egbin 330kV transmission line which tripped by 23.14 hours on April, 23 to Omotosho–Ikeja West and Ayede-Ikeja 330kV transmission lines.

The TCN spokesperson attributed the diversion to on-going repair works on the Benin-Egbin 330kV transmission line.

She said the tripping was caused by a transmission line cut between Ofofu and Okada towns, noting that TCN engineers are making concerted efforts to complete repair works on the transmission line.

She, however, said the diversion had also reduced the load shedding in Lagos axis.

“Due to the diversion of the load from the line to the two transmission lines equally feeding Lagos axis, load shedding in Lagos axis was minimised to about 280MW at the first instance.’’

She, however, said with the attendant gas supply issues and sudden gas leakage problem, load shedding had increased considerably.

Mbah said TCN regrets the inconveniences, but assured that power supply would return to normal as soon as normal gas supply is restored to the affected power stations and transmission repair work completed.

Cultists on the rampage in Lagos, behead two, kill three others

Residents of Alasiya in Abraham Adesanya Estate area, in the Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, were thrown into panic on Sunday as a suspected clash by rival cults left five corpses on the streets.

Eyewitnesses said the clash started around midnight, adding that two of the five corpses were beheaded.

It was gathered that one victim was shot dead, another was slaughtered and the last one was butchered to death.

It was learnt that the police were able to recover four corpses because the family of one of the victims refused to release his remains.

A resident, Black Che, said he heard multiple gunshots around midnight.

The Enugu State indigene said, “Last night, when we were inside the factory around midnight, we heard gunshots. But when we came out this morning, we saw five corpses. The police evacuated four corpses but the last corpse was not released to them, because the family of the person who was killed prevented them from taking his corpse away.

“Two of the corpses that I saw were beheaded; another one was shot dead and his assailants slit his throat; another was slaughtered; and the last one was butchered. The corpses were dumped at different locations around the Alasiya bus stop.

“One dead body was by the road divider at General Paint; one was in front of the bus stop; another was in front of a school; one was not far from the Total filling station; while the last one was by the recycling area around the bus stop.”

A security guard, Uka Kalu, said when he heard the gunshots around midnight, he immediately closed the gate of the company he was hired to secure, adding that he was surprised to learn of the death of five people in the morning.

He said, “I was inside when I started hearing gunshots and the noise of people. I came out to observe what was going on. When I got outside, I asked the people I saw what was going on and what they told me was that some people who disembarked from a vehicle were the ones shouting. I immediately got inside and locked the gate.

“It was in the morning that we realised that the noise was in connection with the killing of five people, and when one of our workers visited the scene, he came back saying the sight was gory.”

A welder, Isiak Adebayo, while condemning the rate at which youths were killing themselves in the name of cultism, charged security agents to restore normalcy in the area.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said four corpses that were probably dumped in the area were recovered, adding that the command had commenced investigation into the matter.

“Four corpses were recovered from the scene of the incident and what we are suspecting is a cult supremacy fight. We have launched an investigation into the case,” Elkana said.

Lagos medium, high capacity buses to start operations


The Lagos State Government is set to roll out 820 medium and high capacity buses under its public transportation Bus Reform Initiative to meet the yearnings of its citizenry.

The State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson, who disclosed this on Thursday at the Secretariat, Alausa, noted that the deployment of the new buses will address the inadequacies of the present unreliable transportation system in Lagos metropolis.

According to him, the State Government designed the Bus Reform Project to correct the many challenges inherent in the present system, through the replacement of yellow mini-buses with air-conditioned vehicles of uniform specification, predictable bus schedules, and routes supported by appropriate infrastructure.

Lawanson recalled the first implementation of the bus reforms which began with the construction and commissioning of the Ikeja Bus Terminal by President Muhammadu Buhari, followed by the completion of other terminals at Yaba, Oyingbo, Ojota, Agege, and Ajah as well as the Oshodi Transport Interchange masterpiece to be unveiled by the President before the end of the administration’s tenure on May 29.

He maintained that the Bus Reform Project which will be technology driven will ensure seamless integration of transport modes and passenger movement through 23 routes for efficiency and effectiveness that will restore the confidence of Lagosians in the use of public transport facilities.

Explaining further, Lawanson said 75 of the 100 bus shelters earmarked for the first phase of the Bus Reform project have been completed to support the operations of the buses.

Allaying fears that the existing transport unions members will be sent into labour market, Lawanson stated that 800 of the buses will be released to private operators through the operating lease model which has incorporated the current road transport operators – National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) – as part of the Bus Operating Companies.

While congratulating Lagosians for being part of the laudable project aimed at ensuring a better life for all, Lawanson urged citizens to take ownership of the project by guiding against misuse and vandalisation when the buses commence operations.

Ship carrying over 2,000 cars bound for Lagos sinks

The fire stricken Italian ship, MV Grande America, owned by the Grimaldi Group, has sunk in the Bay of Biscay in water depths of 4,600 meters off the coast of France.

According to France’s Marine Nationale, the ship, a container-roro carrier, sank on Tuesday at 1526 local time about 180 nautical miles off the French coast.

Fire broke out on the Grande America on Sunday night as the ship was underway in the Bay of Biscay during a voyage from Hamburg, Germany to Casablanca, Morocco.

The fire was primarily located in cargo containers in the forward portion of the ship. Several containers fell off the ship into the water while it was burning before it eventually sank on Tuesday afternoon.

All 27 crew members abandoned ship in a lifeboat and later rescued by British frigate HMS Argyll and were taken ashore to the French port of Brest.

No major injuries were reported, although several of the crew members were treated for smoke inhalation.

The 213-meter, 27,965 dwt Grande America was built in 1997.It was carrying 2000 cars and 365 containers bound for Lagos, Nigeria

BREAKING: Occupants trapped as yet another building collapses in Lagos

Occupants of a building in the Oke Arin part of Lagos Island are currently trapped following the collapse of a house at Egerton Square.

A resident said that the incident happened at around 3.30pm on Monday.

Eyewitness said the building located at No 57, Egerton square in Alakoro area, Lagos Island, collapsed just as Lagos State Building Control officials were demolishing a building beside it.

The affected building itself was earmarked for demolition.

It was gathered that many people are still trapped in the rubble as rescue mission by residents and sympathizers is underway.

This is coming after a school building collapsed at Itafaji area of Lagos Island on Wednesday, March 13th.

Over 20 residents including pupils of a Nursery/Primary School operating within the building lost their lives while tens of others were rushed to different hospitals on Lagos Island on Wednesday.

SERAP seeks compensation for victims of Lagos, Ibadan building collapse

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged “the governments of Lagos and Oyo states to “take immediate action to address the numerous ongoing human rights impacts of the deadly and catastrophic building collapse in their respective states, including by taking meaningful steps to avoid further damage to the human rights of the people affected.”

The organization said: “The Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode and Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi should ensure as a matter of priority, access of victims and their families to effective remedies in a transparent manner, specifically, access to justice, adequate compensation, reparation, and guarantees that incidents like these can never happen again.”

According to the organization: “These tragedies point to weak enforcement of building regulations and oversight by the two states and urgent need for effective action and reforms. SERAP is concerned that the responses so far by the governments of Lagos and Oyo states have been insufficient to deal with the massive extent of the human costs of the incidents.”

In a statement Sunday, SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare said: “These incidents come as a tragic reminder of the mismanagement, weakness in the regulatory and monitoring regime. The governments should have done more to prevent them from happening. The governors should act decisively on their commitments to do everything in their powers to prevent more such tragedies, and to bring to justice those responsible, to serve as a deterrent and end the negligence at which many are carrying out their duties.”

The statement read in part: “Schools should be a sanctuary – a place where children can learn, develop and play with their classmates, and prepare for their future lives in society. Collapse of school building due to weak enforcement regulations or corruption is an implicit attack on the right of Nigerian children to education, life, and human dignity. Such situation creates an environment of fear and severely diminishes the quality of children’s education.”

“The tragedies demand accountability and both Lagos and Oyo states should accept responsibility for these incidents; promptly, thoroughly and impartially investigate exactly how they happened, and publicly apologise to the victims, their families and Nigerians. Building developers and contractors can only be properly held to account if the two states do the right thing for the harm they have caused.”

“SERAP is seriously concerned about the frequency of building collapse in the country. Many buildings within Lagos and Oyo states reportedly remain in breach of minimum standards. Both governments should urgently take effective monitoring and enforcement action and provide conclusive evidence that buildings within their states are safe, strong, stable and meet applicable legal and building standards.”

“In order to prevent other tragedies, authorities at both federal and state levels should monitor and effectively enforce compliance by public and private actors with their regulatory and environmental standards. President Muhammadu Buhari and all the 36 state governors should publicly commit that they will do everything possible to prevent new tragedies like those of Lagos Island and Bode, Ibadan.”

“We condemn the collapse of a three-storey building in Ita Faji area of Lagos Island with over 20 people including school children reportedly dead and 45 injured, and the collapse of a two-storey building in Ibadan, Oyo State, with some people reportedly injured.”

“We stand in solidarity with those affected and ready to help by providing free legal advice, assistance and support in order to ensure that justice is not only done, but also seen to be done in these cases.”