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Five die as cultists clash in Lagos

At least five persons including a meat vendor were on Saturday killed after suspected cultists went on rampage around Night Market, Imota in Ikorodu, a Lagos district in the early hours of the day.

It was gathered that the fight was between members of the Aye and Eiye cult groups.

It was learnt that the meat seller, identified as Olaitan Omo-Ibadan, was beheaded and his head dropped at the Inner Town Roundabout.

A source who hinted on the incident said that most residents were leaving the neighbourhood for fear of reprisal.

He said: “There was a fight early Friday morning at Imota. Cultists engaged in a serious fight and they killed five people. They severed the meat seller’s head, placed it on a platter and dropped it on the road.

“The incident caused panic as people were running for fear of a reprisal attack. I do not know why they fought but those two gangs are also clashing.

“The police later came and made some arrests. This fight was severe because cultists who escaped arrest from other parts of Lagos have moved into Ikorodu.”

Crocodile Smile 2: Army arrest 399 suspects in Lagos, Ogun

The Nigerian Army on Saturday said no fewer than 399 suspects were arrested for various offences during the Exercise Crocodile Smile 2 in Lagos and Ogun States.

The 35 Artillery Brigade Commander, Brig.-Gen. Bassey Adonkie, disclosed this while giving an appraisal of the exercise during the closing ceremony of the Crocodile Smile 2 at 192 Battalion, Ajilete, Ogun State.

He said the Crocodile Smile 2 was aimed at flushing out pipeline vandals, kidnapers and miscreants.

“The exercise led to the arrest of suspects including armed robbers, kidnappers and recovery of ammunition.

“So far, a total of 399 suspects were arrested for different offences across as the South-West region and handed over to various security agencies concerned.

“In addition, 20 assorted arms were recovered, while illicit drugs were also recovered and handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA),” he said.

The commander, who said over 1,000 officers participated in the exercise, added that criminal activities had reduced following the crackdown which denied the hoodlums freedom of action.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, who was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Maj.-Gen. David Ahmadu, said that the exercise leveraged on the gains of the Crocodile Smile 1.

“Experience drawn from the exercise conducted in 2016 revealed that criminals and miscreants do fled from areas of ongoing operations to seek safe haven and cause security menace in areas hitherto regarded as peaceful.

“It was in line with this development, that I deemed it necessary to extend the areas of coverage for this year’s exercise crocodile smile, to cover the South-West and South-South regions of the country,” he said.

He said that the closing ceremony should not be regarded as the end of the exercise and urged the men to sustain the tempo of the operation.

“The army places premium on training and thus Exercise Crocodile Smile is one of the training activities embarked on to sharpen the skills of personnel in the conduct of operation,” he said.

He said that the exercise was a joint operation conducted with other sister agencies, adding that it improved comradeship, inter-agency cooperation and synergy.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division, Maj.-Gen. Peter Dauke, in his opening remark, said that the exercise was flagged off by the chief of army staff on Oct.7.

“The exercise was designed to develop and enhance professionalism among units, foster relationship and synergy among participating services, security agencies.

“It was also designed to improve the overall planning and conduct of internal security operations in combating prevalent security challenges.

“It is gladdening to note that the exercise was able to mitigate prevalent security challenges such as reduction in pipeline vanderlism, militancy, ritual killings, smuggling, kidnapping and drug related offences amongst others,” he said.

The GOC said troops were exposed to the rudiments of administration in the field, operational staff work and battle map marking during the operation.

“It is pertinent to note that all these activities were done in collaboration with other sister services with each playing its statutory roles in internal security duties,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a medical outreach was rendered to the Ajilete community by the army to commemorate the closing ceremony of the Crocodile Smile 2.

NAN reports that free eye test, health talks and other medical services were rendered to over 100 residents in the area.

Present at the closing ceremony were senior military, para-military officers.

Lagos communities decry power outage

Some residents of Aguda, Surulere, and Orile/Iganmu in Lagos State on Sunday decried two weeks blackout in their communities which, they said, had caused food wastage and sleeplessness.

The residents told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the power outage had paralysed commercial activities and made life difficult.

NAN reports that the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) is in charge of electricity supply to the communities.

Mr Tunde Adeleke, a resident of No. 93, Adetola St., Aguda, said: “The outage has paralysed commercial and domestic activities in the area.

“It has led to wastage as foods are being thrown away because we can’t preserve them again; they have rotten in fridges.

“The area is used to one or two-day outage but now, it is becoming unbearable; the management of EKEDC should help us.’’

He told NAN that the weather had been hot, making it difficult for the residents, especially children, to sleep well at night because of inability to use fans and air conditioners.

“Some of them are battling with heat rashes now,’’ he said.

Mrs Adijat Kasali, a frozen food seller at No. 4, Salvage St., Orile, said that the outage had affected her trade.

“I spend over N1,500 daily to buy petrol and engine oil for my power generating set.

“I cannot transfer the cost by increasing the price of my wares because people will not buy at an extra cost.

“I am appealing to Eko Disco to come to our aid and restore power supply to our area,’’ Kasali said.
Also, Mr Idris Zubair, a landlord at Salvage Street in Orile, told NAN: “The problem in Orile started two weeks ago and some officials of EKEDC assured us that they were on top of the problem.

“Power was restored on Saturday but our area was excluded from the supply.

“We want to know the problem with our area; I urge the company to restore power supply to our part.

“We cannot be happy to see our neighbouring areas have power supply while we are in darkness,’’ he said.

Responding, Mr Godwin Idemudia, General Manager, EKEDC, said that the company’s engineers were addressing the problem.

Idemudia said that the company was working tirelessly to rectify the fault.

He apologised for the power outage, and promised that electricity supply would be restored to the affected areas as soon as possible.


Lagos has the highest number of prisoners in Nigeria

With a population of 7,396 out of the total of 68,686 in all states of the federation, Lagos has the highest number of prisoners.

According to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Bayelsa, which has 444, is the least populated, next to Ekiti with 585.

The statistics showed that the total prison population grew by 5.6%. Majority of inmates in prisons are awaiting trial.

The most represented age category is the 26-50 years age group followed by the category of those above 51 years.

The level of inmates under 16 years reduced from 446 in 2015 to 309 in 2016.

“Lagos state has the highest number of prison inmates. The state recorded 7,396 prison inmates population as against a prison capacity of 3,927, closely followed by Rivers and Kano states with 4,424 and 4,183 prison inmates population,” the report read.

“Conversely. Ekiti and Bayelsa states had the least prison inmates population of 444 and 585 as against prison capacity of 200 and 400 respectively.”

In 2015, 63,668 of the prison inmates were males against 1,365 females.

In 2016, 67,329 of the prison inmates were males as against 1,357 females, signalling a reduction in the number of female inmates in the prisons.

Earlier in the month when he met with judges, President Muhammadu Buhari lamented over the congestion of prisons.

“We need a new approach to prisons decongestion. It is a national scandal that many prisons are overcrowded by up to 90 percent. Urgent new measures should be put in place to speedily decongest prisons not only in the interest of justice but to save cost for prisons maintenance and enhance the welfare of prisoners,” he had said.

Ambode seeks partnership with business community


The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has invited the business community to partner with government in the tourism, hospitality, recreation, transportation and agro-based sectors to harness the abundant potential across the State.

The Governor stated this while speaking as the Special Guest of Honour at the 2017 ‘Exemplary Leadership in Business’ awards ceremony organized by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Channel 10 in collaboration with Business Executives Forum (BEF) at the NTA station, Ahmadu Bello way, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Fola Adeyemi, the Governor said that the doors of the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment (Lagos Global) are open to provide necessary support to both existing and potential investors.

While using the opportunity to appreciate the business community for the improvement in tax compliance, he urged them to continue on this path, saying the State government is relying more than ever before, on revenue generated from taxes to meet its obligations to the citizens.

Commenting on the recession that earlier plagued the country, Governor Ambode affirmed that the challenge posed by the global economic recession was not confined to Nigeria alone, noting that in spite of the fact that the ripple effects were harsh on developing economies of the world, the State still managed to survive and grow her economy as well as explore new frontiers.

He said, “Our administration was able to counteract the effects of the recession by implementing programmes and projects that reflated the economy. By increasing capital expenditure, we were able to improve the purchasing power of the people which in turn impacted positively on the turnover of the manufacturing sector”.

Ambode, however, expressed his confidence that as Nigeria emerges from the economic recession, the entrepreneurs would have acquired new skills in piloting turbulent economic waves.

Commending the awardees, the Governor described them as front-runners who have provided leadership in challenging circumstances within their various fields of endeavour, thus motivating upcoming entrepreneurs that there is “light at the end of the tunnel”. He advised them to step up their game by expanding the frontiers of leadership in the business world as mentors to the younger generation of entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

While urging the awardees to conduct themselves as “Ambassadors” of a new generation of entrepreneurs, he assured them that Lagos State is adequately prepared to harness the available resources and potentials of this technology era to build a thriving socioeconomic and commercial platform that will make Lagos a preferred destination for investment and tourism.

The Governor also congratulated the management of NTA Channel 10 and the leadership of Business Executives Forum (BEF) for providing a common platform to promote and reward excellence in entrepreneurship.


Monkey pox patient commits suicide in Bayelsa

A victim of monkey pox receiving treatment at the Niger Delta University Hospital (UNDTH), Okolobiri, Bayelsa State, has committed suicide.

It was gathered that the victim, whose name was not disclosed, hung himself early yesterday.

The state government confirmed the development at a joint press conference by commissioners for Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson and Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, with the Chief Medical Director, NDUTH, Prof. Dimie Ogoina and other senior health officials.

Etebu said that the deceased was among the 21 suspected cases of “monkey pox” being managed at the NDUTH.

He regretted that the patient took his own life despite speedily recovering from the disease.

Etebu said the patient’s medical history did not suggest any mental illness or depression.

He maintained that the patient did not die of monkey pox.

Etebu said the police and his family had been contacted and all due diligence was being followed for his funeral.

He sympathised with the family and said that a committee would evaluate his past and recent clinical and social history.

The examination will determine “if there were undisclosed mental illness or personal family problem that could have justified the suicide”.

Iworiso-Markson urged residents to continue to use preventive measures, such as avoiding bushmeat and other causes of the disease.

The Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Police Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, said the death had been reported.

He, however, said the police were not suspecting any foul play, noting that there were no visible marks of violence other than the rope the patient tied around his neck.

Three cases of monkey pox have been confirmed after laboratory analysis.

The cases are all in Bayelsa State where the outbreak was first reported in September.

Briefing reporters yesterday in Abuja on the outcome of the tests from the World Health Organisation (WHO) reference laboratory in Senegal, Health Minister Prof. Isaac Adewole said only three of the 21 were confirmed positive; 12 were negative.

Results of two others were being awaited.

On the suspected outbreak in Lagos, the minister said the four cases turned out negative.

The minister also noted that further investigations would be carried out on the cases that came out negative to confirm what the ailment is.

He said: “As at 13th of October 2017, there were 17 suspected cases reported from Yenagoa Local Government in Bayelsa State. We have received laboratory confirmation for monkey pox virus from three of these cases from the WHO Regional Laboratory in Dakar, Senegal. Samples from 12 other cases from Bayelsa were negative.

“With these results, three suspected monkey pox cases in Yenagoa have been confirmed with laboratory evidence. The most likely source of infection is a primary zoonotic transmission, from an animal, with secondary person-to-person transmission.

“Since our initial announcement, a total of 43 other suspected cases have been reported from eight other states (Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ekiti, Lagos, Enugu, Nasarawa, Rivers, and FCT).

“Of these, four cases from Lagos have also been tested and confirmed to be negative for the monkey pox virus.”

The minister also posited that other cases from other parts of the country might not be caused by monkey pox.

Adewole said: “We expect that many of these cases being reported from other states in Nigeria are not caused by the Monkey pox virus, but we will continue to investigate all those cases that fit the case definition.”

He added: “Further laboratory tests using whole genome sequencing are being carried out by the Africa Centre for Genomics and Infectious Diseases in Redeemers University, Ede, Osun State.”

Adewole also reassured Nigerians that there was no reason to panic as the West African strain of the monkey pox virus is milder, compared to that of East Africa.

This, he said, explained why there has not been any casualty.

The minister stressed: “Monkey pox is largely a self-limiting disease, from which all suspected patients that have been reported to date are doing well clinically. Even before this confirmation, all the necessary public health measures have been put in place and will continue to be implemented.”

On the symptoms, Adewole said: “The monkey pox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, and exhaustion. Monkey pox causes lymph nodes to swell (lymphadenopathy) and the incubation period (time from infection to symptoms) for monkey pox is usually 7-14 days but can range from 5-21 days.

“Specifically, it begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion

Within one-three days (sometimes longer) after the appearance of fever, the patient develops a rash, often begin on the face, then spread to other parts of the body.”

The minister urged Nigerians “to remain calm and supportive of public health authorities, avoid self-medication and report to the nearest health facility if feeling unwell or notice any of the above symptoms in anyone around you. It is important to note that there has been no confirmation of monkey pox in any other part of the country, and it is likely that many of the other cases being reported are not caused by the monkey pox virus. Nigerians should continue to be vigilant at all times.

“Health care workers are strongly advised to always practise universal precautions while handling patients and/or body fluids at all times. They are also urged to be alert, be familiar with the symptoms of monkey pox and maintain a high index of suspicion. All suspected cases should be immediately reported to the local government area or state Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers.”

No monkeypox in Lagos, three confirmed cases in Bayelsa -FG


The Federal Ministry of Health says all the Monkey Pox test samples obtained from Lagos tested negative.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said this during a press conference in Abuja on Monday.

He said only three cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in Nigeria.

Adewole said, “As of October 13, 2017, there were 17 suspected cases reported from Yenagoa LGA in Bayelsa State.

“We have received laboratory confirmation for Monkeypox virus from three of these cases from the WHO Regional Laboratory in Dakar, Senegal. Samples from 12 other cases from Bayelsa were negative.

“With these results, four suspected Monkeypox outbreak in Yenagoa have been confirmed with laboratory evidence. The most likely source of infection is a primary zoonotic transmission, from an animal, with secondary person-to-person transmission.

“Since our initial announcement, a total of 43 other suspected cases have been reported from eight other States (Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ekiti, Lagos, Enugu, Nasarawa, Rivers, and FCT). Of these, four cases from Lagos have also been tested and confirmed to be negative for the Monkeypox virus.

“We expect that many of these cases being reported from other states in Nigeria are not caused by the Monkeypox virus, but we will continue to investigate all those cases that fit the case definition.

“Further laboratory tests using whole genome sequencing are being carried out by the Africa Centre for Genomics and Infectious Diseases in Redeemers University Ede, Ogun State.”

Monkeypox lands in Lagos

Lagos State commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, on Monday said that two suspected cases of Monkeypox have been recorded in the state.

The Commissioner disclosed this at a news conference on Monday, saying that the two suspected cases were currently under observation in health facilities in the state.

“Though no confirmed case has been recorded, there is need to sensitise members of the public and provide adequate information on measures for prevention and control of the disease in line with the policy of the State government,” he said.

Army ordered to pay N85m damages for man’s death

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday ordered the Nigerian Army to pay the family of the late Mr. Olajide Enilari N85million for causing his death.

The family sued the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Naval Staff, Attorney-General of the Federation, Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Finance and Administration, Private Friday Ameh and one Nimmack Nappon.

The family claimed Ameh and Nappon assaulted the deceased on January 29, 2009, which resulted in his death.

Among others, they sought a declaration that army’s failure to ensure that the deceased was given proper medical attention from the injury inflicted on him by Ameh and Nappon, violated his right to life as guaranteed by Section 33 of the 1999 Constitution.

The family sought N50million as exemplary/aggravated damages and N35million as general damages.

Justice Ibrahim Buba, in his verdict, agreed that the defendants “behaved in a most irresponsible, unaccountable, insensitive and callous way.”

A copy of the judgment, delivered on March 30, was made available to journalists on Friday.

The suit was filed by a human rights group, the Access to Justice (A2Justice) on April 28, 2009, on behalf of the deceased’s family.

Justice Buba held that the principle underlying the award of exemplary damages is that it would deter others from infringing similar rights.

“There is no case of some animals are more equal that the others in the eyes of the law and rule of law.

“If our courts do not through bold judicial activism say what the law is, and that men in uniform have no right to be assaulting innocent citizens and even cause their death, then there will be anarchy.

“In the circumstances of this case and having regards to the pleadings and evidence – both documentary and oral – the case of the plaintiffs has merit and this court upon a calm reflection upholds the case of the plaintiffs and hereby enter judgment for them,” Justice Idris held.

Justice Buba awarded N85, 545,000 as damages against the Nigerian Army for the assault and killing of late Mr. Enilari.

The family challenged the brutal assault of the late Mr. Enilari, a flour merchant, by officers of the Nigerian Army on January 27, 2009 along Airways junction in Apapa, Lagos.

Due to head injuries sustained during the assault, Mr. Enilari died on January 29, 2009.

Eyewitness said the deceased was standing alongside his truck driver when a vehicle suddenly hit him.

He ran towards the driver of the fleeing vehicle, but the occupants, who were military personnel, alighted and started beating him with iron butts of their belts and iron rod found on the side of the road.

When the case commenced, the defendants raised the issue of self-defense, alleging that the deceased first hit the military personnel driving the vehicle and ran away.

The defense counsel further argued that it was in the course of apprehending the deceased that an angry mob gathered with dangerous weapons to attack the officers, who then used the deceased as a human shield, to ward off the crowd at the scene of the crime.

After careful consideration of the evidence (oral and documentary) of the parties in the suit, the court found no merit in the defense.

Justice Buba was of the view that it was inconceivable that an armed mob would attack military officers for merely apprehending a civilian.

He said it was also unfathomable that none of the officers sustained any injury from the attack.

The court held that the assault, which resulted in the death of the deceased, was unlawful, wrong and a gross violation of his right to life.

Police quiz Davido, others over friend’s mysterious death

The Lagos State Police Command has commenced investigations to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of Tagbo, a friend of the hip hop musician, David Adeleke, popularly called Davido.

The command said it was awaiting the result of an autopsy conducted on the deceased to ascertain the cause of death, which would guide its investigations.

The Acting Commissioner of Police in the state, Edgar Imohimi, said on Thursday that he had and met with Davido and other parties involved in the case.

Tagbo reportedly died on the eve of his birthday on Tuesday at a bar in the Lekki area of the state.

A Nigerian actress, Caroline Danjuma, had, through a post on Instagram, accused Davido of dumping Tagbo’s corpse at the General Hospital, Lagos, after he allegedly died in his (Davido’s) car.

The actress alleged in the post, which she later deleted, that Davido and his crew fled after depositing the corpse.

Danjuma wrote, “Davido where is Tagbo? He was with you and your crew last night. You all wore fez caps to hide your identities after he died in your car. You dumped him at the general hospital and ran away…the law must play its role this time…you all better provide Tagbo alive.@davidoofficial.

“After you all abandoned him at the general hospital, you continued your stupid grooving at DNA and had the nerves to promote your show. This is not an ordinary boy that you can intimidate his family…we need you to tell us how he died in your car and why you ran away. The police and the hospital confirmed that you all ran away. If you think your money can save you, you just met your match.”

She also dismissed insinuations that Tagbo died from drunkenness, saying he was not a drunkard.

“Even in death, lies are being told of you. Those who knew you knew you never drank to an extent of getting drunk…the wicked shall never go unpunished. RIP. The truth is already out. Today (Wednesday) is your birthday. Happy super birthday,” Danjuma added.

Davido had also responded to Danjuma’s post via Snapchat, absolving himself from Tagbo’s death.

The celebrity musician described the allegation as “false” and vowed not make further comments on the incident.

Davido wrote, “People are just wicked and this is what I get for treating everyone like a brother. I was deeply saddened to hear the sudden death of my friend, Tagbo. First and foremost, my sincere condolences and prayers are with the family at this time. I’ve been in the same position before, multiple times and of recent.

“But it is disappointing that false information and complete lies have been put out there, using my name as usual. Out of total respect for Tagbo and his family, I will not discuss this matter further for now. Rest in peace, Tagbo.”

But the Commissioner of Police, Imohimi, said on Thursday that the command had commenced investigations into the incident.

He said all the parties involved had met with the police and had been advised to embrace peace while investigations continued.

The CP, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone, said no foul play was suspected so far.

He, however, noted that the autopsy report would give proper directions to the case.

He said, “The Lion Building Police Division is investigating a case of sudden and unnatural death. The person concerned, who was Davido’s friend, was brought in dead to a general hospital on Lagos Island and the doctor notified the police.

“The autopsy report will be out tomorrow (Friday) or Monday and that would determine the cause of death. The deceased’s girlfriend insinuated that Davido had a hand in the friend’s death because they (Tagbo and Davido) were seen together in a bar somewhere in Lekki, having a nice time.

“I called all the parties concerned because there is always the need for the police to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order. The police are already investigating the circumstances surrounding the death and we are ensuring that all possible angles are touched. We will issue a statement after investigations. Meanwhile, there is no need for speculations.”