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$1bn: APC funded 2015 Presidential campaigns with stolen money from Lagos, Rivers


The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has challenged the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, party and the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to deny that the APC’s 2015 presidential campaigns were not funded with stolen money from Lagos and Rivers states.

The opposition party also described as a diversionary tactic employed by APC and Mohammed to deceive Nigerians, a statement saying PDP is rebranding with stolen funds.

A statement signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday, however said that APC should rather address issues it (PDP) raised on why the planned withdrawal of $1bn from the Excess Crude Account, ECA, to fight Boko Haram insurgency is a ruse. PDP also described as inexcusable, the move to withdraw the said $1bn from ECA, maintaining it is an attempt to pilfer the country’s funds by APC to finance partisan activities.

The statement also said that haven failed Nigerians, especially by subjecting them to untold hardship, the APC has resorted to a renewed “wild allegations and cheap blackmail against the PDP” in another wave of attempts to divert the minds of Nigerians away from its failed governance.

The PDP, which insisted that the Federal Government must address the issues it raised, noted that “the attempt by the APC Federal Government to divert attention from the fraud, by resorting to unsubstantiated allegations against the PDP only reinforces its manipulative tendencies and arrogant spurn to the sensibilities of Nigerians.”

It said only the APC-led government has access to public funds in the country and hence, there is no way PDP could be rebranding with stolen funds. Challenging Mohammed to explain the sources of APC’s 2015 campaign funding, the PDP also demanded the APC-led federal government to come clean on the issue of the $1bn Excess Crude money.

The statement partly reads thus: “such wild allegation was only intended to divert public attention from the heavy sleazes under the current administration, the latest being the moves to use the fight against terrorism as a conduit to siphon public funds for partisan purposes.

“The Federal Government has failed to address issues raised by the PDP and majority of Nigerians, including APC members, who cannot fathom how this administration would want to expend N365bn on fighting insurgents it claimed had been technically defeated. “It is indeed appalling that rather than being remorseful, the APC Federal Government has renewed its wild allegations and cheap blackmail against the PDP.

“It is a clear to all that the PDP do not have access to public funds and cannot be rebranding with stolen money. Instead, we are rebranding on the grace of the general goodwill of Nigerians who have suffered untold hardships in close to three years of APC government.

“While we understand the nervousness of the APC Federal Government over our rebranding and the renewed popularity of the PDP, which has signalled their inevitable death knell, resorting to outlandish allegations will not help them as Nigerians have since seen through such old-fashioned propaganda and gimmicks.

“We are however not surprised by this diversionary and deceptive approach from the APC government; a government whose officials have since become notorious for dishing out falsehood to Nigerians to cover their incompetence and corrupt tendencies.

“This is the same minister of information, who in a press conference in Abuja, in 2016, promoted allegations that 55 people stole a total of N1.34 trillion; that 5 former governors stole N146.8 billion; that 4 former ministers stole N7 billion. All these have remained unsubstantiated.

“While we challenge this Government to come clean on the issue of the $1bn Excess Crude money, we also challenge the minister of information to comment on allegations that the APC funded its 2015 presidential campaign with stolen public funds, particularly from Lagos and Rivers states.

“He should also waste no time in commenting on allegations of corruption against their former SGF, Babachir Lawal, the Mainagate and other heavy sleazes going on unabated under the current APC-led administration.”

2019: No automatic ticket in Lagos APC, says Ajomale

Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman Otunba Oladele Ajomale yesterday said the party will not give automatic ticket to its elected functionaries in the executive and legislature for 2029 elections.

He said the party would continue to nurture and defend the institutions which give content, form and predictability to democracy.

Reflecting on his tenure, the chairman said he was fortunate to lead the political family to victory on three occasions, stressing that his successor will also cope and survive through hard work and prayers.

Ajomale spoke at the party office along Acme Road, Ogba, Ikeja on the performance of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the party’s interface with the administration, the agitation for special status by Lagos and preparations for future elections.

He paid tribute to Ambode for his giant strides, saying he had done the party proud by building on the foundation built by his predecessors, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

He said Ambode had converted Lagos in a huge construction site, adding that his achievements are visible in many critical sectors, including education, health, transportation and other forms of social welfare.

Ajomale also praised the state and federal lawmakers on the platform of the Lagos APC for their sense of mission and accountability, singling out Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central) as an embodiment of accountability and fidelity to the chapter.

However, Ajomale said there will be no automatic ticket for any elected functionary, maintaining that the democratic system of selection would be adopted to pick flag bearers.

The chairman said the party is monitoring those who got to public offices on its platform by insisting that they should toe the party line and implement its campaign promises to the electorate.

He said hardworking, disciplined and loyal elected officials will secure ticket at the primary where they will receive the votes of delegates, adding that they have nothing to fear.

He said the party will insist on the constitutional and legitimate method of picking candidates, even where many of the candidates are unopposed.

Ajomale said: “There will be no automatic ticket for anybody. Those who have worked hard have nothing to fear. We are building institutions of democracy. We will employ the constitutional method to select and observe internal democracy. Even, if the person is standing unopposed, we will still pass through the process.”

The chairman chided people for perceiving politics as a veritable occupation, instead of using their certificates, brains and hands on other productive ventures. He said the struggle for few elective slots by many aspirants have led to participation crisis, do-or-die politics and politics of bitterness.

The chairman revisited the agitation for a special status for Lagos, urging the Federal Government to accord priority to the agenda.

He hailed Senator Oluremi Tinubu for spearheading the clamour in the National Assembly and called for the understanding of other legislators to achieve the goal.

Two major Lagos bridges to be demolished

Two major overhead bridges in Lagos metropolis at Jibowu – Yaba and Costain – Surulere, are to be demolished to give way to the new rail line being constructed by the Federal Government in the state.

The Federal government has also said that it will complete the construction of the Itakpe-Warri Standard Gauge Railway line by June next year.

These disclosures were made by the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi at Papalanto in Ogun State after the inspection of the on-going construction of the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Railway line.

The Minister noted that provision had been made in the 2018 budget for the completion of the project  meant to facilitate the movement of goods across the country.

He further said that the completion of the project would boost the manufacturing of steel at the Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Mill.

Regarding the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Railway line he noted that the acquisition of the Right of Way would be completed by January next year while the laying of tracks would commence by April 2018.

According to him, there have been various challenges faced in the clearing of the Right of Way such as gas pipelines, water logged terrains, high tension electricity wires and overhead bridges adding that  discussions were on-going with the relevant agencies and organizations with a view to relocate the pipelines and reconstruct the bridges as the case may be.

He disclosed that already, the Lagos state government has approved the demolition of the Jibowu and Costain flyovers to pave way for the construction of the standard gauge railway line.

Amaechi posited that prior to the demolition of the flyover at Jibowu a new bridge will be constructed by the contractors of the Rail project while traffic will be diverted at Costain.

Lagos to begin bursary, scholarship disbursements

The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to commence disbursements of bursaries and scholarships before the end of the month of December.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had given approval for the disbursement, adding that it was in line with the continued commitment of his administration to ensure that Lagos State students continue to thrive and excel in the academic field.

“Our commitment to education across the sphere is unparalleled, but specifically, with regard to tertiary education, this administration over the past two and a half years has been deliberate about increasing the capacity of our institutions,” Bank-Olemoh said.

The Special Adviser said that despite the challenging economic situation across the country, Governor Ambode has continued to invest in a range of initiatives to upgrade the status of institutions in the State.

He recalled that in 2016, there was an increase in subvention for all the State’s tertiary institutions, while innovative programs such as Ready.Set.Work were launched to equip final year students with entrepreneurship and employability skills for the world of work.

Bank-Olemoh disclosed that to date, a total of 2,500 final year students have trained and exited into the workforce; and up 10,000 students in their penultimate year have participated in the Ready.Set.Work online program (, which qualifies them for the full-fledged program in their final year.

Besides, Bank-Olemoh added that the CodeLagos, a program aimed at teaching coding skills to one million Lagos residents, has entered its next phase, with centers opened across the State to train interested learners at no cost to them.

“These initiatives demonstrate this administration’s unalloyed commitment to the welfare of our students. In view of this administration’s investment towards their success, we urge our students to make the most of these opportunities and continue to be good ambassadors of Lagos State,” the Special Adviser said.

Lagos to establish early intervention centre for children with special needs


Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday said plans are underway to establish an Early Intervention Centre in 2018 to provide therapy and educational support services for infants and young children with special needs.

The centre, according to the Governor, will enable the State Government equip such children with necessary skills and help develop their potential, thereby overcoming identified developmental delays as far as possible.

Speaking at a programme put together by the Lagos State Office of Disability Affairs (LASODA) to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) held at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium in Alausa, the Governor also assured that more people with disability would be employed into the State civil service in 2018.

“Our administration is making plans to establish an Early Intervention Centre for the provision of therapy and educational support services for infants and young children with special needs. This will enable us equip these children with necessary skills and help develop their potential, thereby overcoming identified developmental delays as far as possible,” he said.

While urging Nigerians to always embrace people in such situation and look out for their welfare, Governor Ambode said it was important for the general public to refrain from looking down on them but rather look out for their good qualities.

According to him, “I urge the general public to always embrace People Living With Disabilities and always look out for the good qualities God has deposited in them.”

The Governor, who recalled his promise to deliver an all-inclusive government in which no one would be left behind, said the event was another opportunity to reaffirm the policy stance of his administration, just as he assured that the welfare and well-being of PLWDs would always be a priority.

He said the theme of this year’s celebration – “Transformation Towards Sustainable And Resilient Society For All” was apt and in tandem with his vision which is to enable people with disability become active contributors in the society.

He said: “As a government, it is very critical to us to ensure the effective integration of people living with disabilities, especially in today’s changing world.

“For us in Lagos State, we see ability in disability always. We believe strongly that the socio-economic integration of persons with disabilities is not only a human right but also a prerequisite for sustainable development. Our experience has shown that when people with disabilities are adequately empowered to participate in and lead the process of development, their entire families, communities and even the larger society will benefit.

“As a result, we are leaving no stone unturned in our efforts to ensure a more comfortable socio-economic status for these members of our community by providing them with various opportunities.”

While reeling out some of the interventions of his administration, the Governor said a total of 250 PLWDs were recently employed into the State’s Civil Service, Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas, while more of such people would be employed next year.

Similarly, 500 persons have also benefitted from the State Government’s special empowerment programme drawn from the N500million Special People’s Fund established by the Ambode administration, while various assistive technologies, mobility aids and financial grants were given to 2,000 persons living with disabilities and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) involved in taking care of such categories of people.

“As a government, we will continue to embark on initiatives to improve the quality of lives of our people. We will always work to develop the productive capacity of persons with disabilities and give them opportunities to play a role in socio-economic growth of our State,” he said.

Restating the fact that there is ability in every disability, the Governor charged PLWDs not to allow any circumstance limit their progress and life aspirations, adding that they must strive to achieve the best in everything and command respect from people in the society.

In his lecture at the event, President of Benola Cerebral Palsy Foundation, AVM Femi Gbadebo commended Governor Ambode for his numerous initiatives geared toward upholding the rights and welfare of PLWDs such as N500million Disability Fund and various empowerment programmes.

Also, Chairperson of Lagos State Chapter of Joint National Association of Persons With Disability, Deaconess Beyioku Adedoyin and Dr Adebayo Adebukola of Human and Organizational Resources Development Centre commended the State Government for prioritizing the welfare of PLWDs, saying that the State had become a reference point for positively handling disability affairs and development.

At the event, awards were given to various caregivers and NGOs involved in disability affairs, while there were also performances by groups of disabled people including Divine Melody Makers Band, Down Syndrome Society and Wesley School for the Deaf and Hearing Impairment.

Late night fire guts shops in Gowon Estate in Lagos

A late night inferno that raged into early Tuesday morning gutted five of eight shops attached to a Union Bank building on 411 Road Junction, Gowon Estate, Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Egbeda.

The fire was noticed at the make- shift shops at about 11.20 pm, shortly after electricity supply was taken by the providers, Ikeja Electric.

However, many of the shop owners had closed and gone home as some of them do not reside in the estate but those resident salvaged some of their goods with the assistance of the youth.

NAN reports that the youth had brought down the fire before the arrival of the men of the Lagos State Fire Service from Agege.

Before their arrival which took about an hour, it was wailing and lamentations by the residents and sympathisers who urged the state government to install water hydrants and fire notices all over the estate.

They also lamented that some of the areas marked for the development of infrastructure for sports, fire service stations and recreation had been sold to individuals by the FHA.

“The areas meant for these purposes have been built up. The last is the Kuwait Field which used to house sports facilities, including football, basketball, tennis and others had been appropriated by land grabbers.

“It has now become a shopping complex cum estate within an estate.

“It is regrettable that the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government are not doing much to ensure that the youth have their future their own way,’’ a resident told NAN anonymously.

A resident of the Union Bank building, who does not want his name in print, told NAN that most of the shop owners did not leave in the estate, adding that the cause of the fire has not been identified.

He commended the efforts of the residents, including the youth in containing the fire before the arrival of the men of the fire service who eventually quenched the raging fire.

One of the leaders in the estate, Alhaji Daud Oyebanji, also commended the youth for coming out en masse to contain the fire.

Oyebanji said that the youth ensured that there was no looting of the salvaged items from the burnt and unburnt shops.

Meanwhile, a dry cleaning shop, a mini-cold room as well as a provision shop run by an octogenarian had every item in them destroyed by the inferno.

The Fire Service Officer who led the rescue team, Mr Julius Adewuya, said: “We responded immediately we were called.

“The timing of the call was good because there was no traffic but we had hitches getting into the estate because of bad roads. The roads are near impassable but we managed to come for the rescue.

“Equally on arrival, we discovered that there were not enough notices for the people to know which service point is nearest to them to call.

“`We appeal to the residents of this estate to invite us to enlighten them on when and how they could get timely assistance from the fire service,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) arrived after the fire had been put out but they also helped to ensure the fire was totally controlled.

Also mean of the Nigeria Police, Gowon Estate Division, were also on ground to provide security. (NAN)

Lagos to shut down Oba Akran Avenue in Ikeja for street carnival


The Lagos State Government said plans have been concluded to stage this year’s edition of the Lagos Street Carnival scheduled to hold on December 3 on Oba Akran Avenue in Ikeja.

The Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon Adebimpe Akinsola, in an interview with journalists, said the venue of the carnival would be shut down but adequate preparations have been made for alternative routes to mitigate the impact of the road closure on motorists and residents.

Dubbed, “Lagos Street Party’’ in its maiden edition last year, the event has grown into a carnival to mark the start of the Ministry’s end of the year activities.

It is also designed to celebrate the multi-cultural nature of Lagosians and reposition the State as a formidable cultural destination.

Speaking on security arrangements already put in place, Akinsola said, “To this end, several adjoining roads would be closed on the day of the carnival while alternative routes could be accessed by road users.

“We like to assure Lagosians and visitors that efforts are in place to ensure that the venue and environs are safe and incident-free.

“We expect more visitors this year and a lot more will be coming. In terms of security and crowd control, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is not working alone. We are working with the police, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Fire service, LASAMBUS and the Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA). All of them are onboard and people are not going to see Oba Akran on Monday in a dirty state,’’ Akinsola said.

While giving details about the carnival, Akinsola said: “Last week, we rolled out our end of the year programme. The Lagos street carnival is to herald the yuletide season. When you talk of carnival, it is to showcase all the diversity of cultures in Lagos State.

“There is going to be an overflow all through Oba Akran; people dancing, eating, showcasing diverse cultures from different local governments and other estate groups that are resident in Lagos State.

“That was how it was done on the Island and this year we are bringing it to the mainland and of course next year, we would be looking at another location because the aim of government is to take this carnival all round Lagos. It is not a programme that would be static, but would move round across Lagos State, why because the Governor in his acceptance as the helmsman of the State promised Lagosians that he is going to run an all inclusive government where no one would be left behind, not in infrastructure alone, but in every sense of governance and he has been doing that systematically since he assumed office,” she said.

She added that through Project THESE, which stands for Tourism, Hospitality Entertainment and Arts and Sports to achieve that Excellence, the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode had been turning around the State and ensuring excellence in the true sense of the word.

According to her, “Through the project, the Governor changing the narrative of Lagos as a tourism destination.

“The carnival is not only just for adults alone, the children will have their own corner where they can have fun. We have engaged a lot of artistes from different genres not only hip hop; we have hip hop artistes, Fuji, Waka, Juju, Gospel and the best of it and at the same time we have cultural groups that would be on display on that day. The carnival will start from 12 noon all through 12 midnight.

“Apart from coming to enjoy yourself, I know that small scale businesses will have the opportunity to showcase their businesses. So, aside creating an enabling environment for entertainment, we are also creating a vehicle for people in business to sell their wares, Akinsola said.

The line-up of artists include Olamide, Lil Kesh, Queen Salawa Abeni, Malaika, Tope Sax amongst others.

The Lagos Street Carnival is powered by the private sector to ensure that the event remains on Lagos State cultural calendar even with the succession of new administration.

Death toll rises in Lagos rail, road crashes


At least nine people died in two fatal crashes on the Kara axis of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the Fagba-Abattoir area of Lagos State Thursday morning.

At the Fagba end of Lagos, a train collided with a vehicle, injuring scores of people.

At the accident on Kara Bridge after Berger on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, five persons died and 19 others were seriously injured in the early morning incident involving about 15 vehicles.

Hyginus Omeje, the Lagos State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, who confirmed the accident, said three of the victims died on the spot while two later died in the hospital.

Mr. Omeje said the cause of the accident had not been ascertained but that efforts were on to rescue the injured victims as well as ease the traffic along the corridor.

“We received a call this morning that an accident occurred by the Kara Bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway where about 16 vehicles were involved,” he said.

“Three people died on the spot while two later died at the hospital, the crash involved many vehicles, including buses, cars and trucks.

“The number of people involved in the accident was 53. They are 40 men and 13 women.

“The injured people have been taken to the nearest hospital with the help of Lagos State Emergency Management.”

At the Fagba-Abattoir incident around Ojurin, four people were confirmed dead with several others injured.

The Lagos Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, said a truck with registration number MYM63A was making efforts to make a turn on the railway track when it collided with an oncoming train.

The four dead victims were said to be hanging on the moving train.

Witnesses that several others around the railway track sustained various degrees of injury.

The deceased have since been taken to the mortuary while the injured have been taken to the hospital, our correspondent gathered.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Special Duties, Oluseye Oladejo, was at the scene of the incident to help facilitate efforts made by emergency responders to attend to the injured.

Mr. Tiamiyu said proper investigations would be conducted into the incident.

He advised Lagosians who have a habit of hanging on moving trains to desist from the act to avoid recurrence of such tragic incident.

Lagos CP reveals how fake iphone sellers dupe Nigerians through popular website


The Police in Lagos has smashed an organised crime ring through which Nigerians buying phones on the internet were being robbed on a daily basis.

Thirty-five-year-old Alade Olalekan and Olumide Oluwole, 31, contrived a means of returning fake money to those who they lure to the Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos, to make payment for iPhones advertised on Jiji.

According to the suspects, more victims fall into the trap at the end of every month when workers had just received salaries.

Lagos State Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, while parading the suspects on Thursday, told reporters how his men smashed the syndicate.

Edgal said in a statement: “On Monday October 30, 2017 at about 15:00hrs through the Trust-Built Community Police & Safety Partnership, intelligence report was received from a concerned citizen who had previously been defrauded.

“The victim, who was defrauded through a phone contact number 08081273170 gotten online at website after purchasing an iPhone6 (64gb) for the sum of N70,000 and was to make a physical payment before receiving the product, was lured to make the payment to one of the suspects at Awolowo way around computer village, Ikeja.

“After the victim had made the payment, she was manipulated to believe that task force officials were after them. In that confused state, the cash she handed over to suspected fraudsters was later exchanged with neatly cut-to-size papers covered with three genuine N1000 notes presented as the complete money. It was hurriedly refunded to her. On further confirmation of the money, it was discovered to be a scam of ordinary paper notes.

“The victim reported to the police and gave full information which led to the tracking of suspected online fraud syndicate by Lagos police personnel of the SIB who staged a covert operation on the 31st of October 2014 with another would-be victim.

“This led to the arrest of their kingpin and leader of the gang, Alade Olalekan (m) age 35 years, and Olumide Oluwole (m) age 31 years. Upon arrest, police recovered a bundle of neatly cut-to-size paper wrapped with N1000 notes in their possession.

“The suspects have confessed to the crime and are helping with the progress of identifying other members of the gang at large.”

One of the suspects, Oluwole, told reporters that they usually collect phones from dealers who want us to scout for buyers.

Olalekan said, “We started by buying China phones and passing it as original. We buy the China phones for N17, 000 and we’ll hold it like original and sell at high price. Most people don’t know the difference.

“After many people have reported us, government started paying attention and the market chairman banned hawking. Then, things became tough because they were just packing everybody. So, we started this online method that has been on at the Computer Village.”

Expressing faith in what he described as the new partnership with members of the public and their continuous support to the police, Edgal said that the police would perform better when members of the public give useful information to aid investigation and arrest of suspects committing crime in the state.

He said that the suspects would be charged to court, as he urged Lagosians to be more vigilant and security conscious at all times in order not to fall victim to fraudulent and criminal activities.

Married lovers found dead inside car in Lagos

Residents of Abisogun Leigh Street, Ogba, Lagos State got a shocker  on Sunday when two lovers were found dead inside a Toyota Corolla parked by the roadside.

Although the identities of the deceased had yet to be ascertained, they were said to have been respectively married.

It was learnt that the man was found in the driver’s side, half naked, with his private parts showing, while the woman, who wore a gown, reclined in the passenger seat next to him.

The scene of the incident was behind the headquarters of the Area G Police Command, Ogba, Lagos State.

Our correspondent gathered that a tricycle rider, who was plying the street, noticed that the headlamps of the car were on around 8.30am.

When the light remained on about 30 minutes after, the rider reportedly drew the attention of an executive member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers to the car.

It was gathered that the executive member and the rider went to the scene, peeped into the car and observed that the lovers were motionless. They were said to have immediately alerted the police at the command.

The car had been moved to the premises of the Area G Police Command when our correspondent visited the scene around 2.30pm, while the corpses of the duo were said to have been deposited in a morgue.

The NURTW member, Adewale Sofuyi, said that he alerted the Area G Command to the incident.

He said, “A tricycle rider approached me around 9am. He said the headlamps of a Toyota Corolla by the roadside were on and that he had knocked at the car door without getting response from the occupants.

“I followed him to the scene and confirmed what he said. The man wore a shirt only; he did not cover his private parts. The woman was in a gown. They were both in the front seats. The seat where the woman sat had been adjusted so that she reclined on it. From all indications, they had had sex with each other before their deaths.

“I went to report at the area command and some policemen followed me. When they opened the car, a bottle of an alcoholic brand – Best – was found there. Their phones were also recovered. They moved them to the back seats and drove to the station. The police contacted their families through their phones.”

Sofuyi stated that when families and relatives of the deceased arrived at the command, they were shocked to know they were in an amorous relationship.

“According to the families, both of them lived in the same building in Ogba. The woman’s husband said he had suspected that she had extra-marital affairs, but decided not to confront her.

“The man’s wife is a nursing mother. She cried profusely. I learnt that the man’s father is the landlord of the house where they both lived.”

Our correspondent, who went to the Area G Command, was told by the policemen at the entrance that the Area Commander was not around.

“She (Area Commander) went to the police command headquarters in Ikeja over the incident. You can come back,” one of the policemen said.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the deaths.

He, however, said he had yet to be fully briefed on the matter.

He said, “They (the lovers) were taken to a hospital, where they were confirmed dead. Autopsies will be conducted on them, while investigation is ongoing to ascertain the cause of death. I don’t have their names for now.”