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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.”

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.”

Emergency work begins on Lagos roads, bridges

The Federal Government has begun emergency and remedial repair of some major roads and bridges in Lagos State, the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr Godwin Eke, said on Sunday.

Eke told journalists in Lagos that some of the bad roads required urgent attention and that the Federal Government was determined to make all federal roads across the country motorable.

He stated that repair work on some of the roads have been completed while others are still ongoing.

The controller explained that remedial work on both carriageways of Apongbon Bridge undulations had been completed.

According to him, the repair work was completed speedily because the contractors worked at night.

He identified the ongoing emergency repair projects as repairs on Ijora Causeway, Ijora Flyover (East Link), Funsho Williams Avenue, replacement of 1 N (one number) expansion joint on Eko Bridge, Costain Roundabout to Eko Bridge Ramp and Costain to Iganmu Bridge (Orile Bound).

Some others are: Funsho Williams Bridge to Alaka, Carter Bridge Roundabout to LAWMA Junction (Eko Bridge Bound Carriageway), Herbert Macaulay Way (Jibowu Junction to Adekunle Junction) and Outer Marina to Ahmadu Bellow way (From Apongbon Bridge to Bonny Camp).

Also listed are: Falomo Roundabout through Kingsway Road to Osbourne Road, Apapa Road to Western Avenue (Between Iganmu Bridge Ramp and Western Avenue Bridge Ramp (Alaka Bound Carriageway), Apapa Road towards Iganmu Bridge (Orile Bound) which were receiving attention.

Eke said that Ijora Olopa to Ijora7Up (Beside Oloye Nursery and Primary School (Ijora Olopa Bound), Alaka to Apongbon through Eko Bridge (both carriageways) and Onikan Junction through Independent Bridge to Apongbon Bridge (Apongbon Bound) were undergoing repairs.

According to him, the follwing roads – Lagos Island/General Hospital to Apongbon; Onikan/Lagos Island to Apongbon through Apongbon Bridge/CMS (CMS Bound); Eko Bridge Approach to Ijora; Ijora to Apapa Road through underneath Iganmu Flyover (Costain Bound) and the National Theatre Train Station to Costain (Costain Bound) were being worked on.

He said that government was working assiduously to conclude plans for other roads not yet captured.

He, therefore, appealed to Lagos State residents to be patient with the government as repair work would soon reach those roads not captured earlier.

“Due to paucity of funds government cannot repair all the roads at the same time,” he said.

Earlier, the controller had said that the bids for the repair of the Apapa Oshodi/Tin Can Island Road was passing through the procurement process and that government was planning to reconstruct the network of roads on the Apapa/Tin Can Island/Oshodi road corridor to reduce congestion to the barest minimum.

“We will carry out some palliatives as soon as the procurement process is concluded.

“The high water table in Apapa requires proper design and adoption of rigid pavement to ensure longevity of our roads,” Eke said.

Truck drivers ordered to stay away from Lagos

The Lagos state government has directed owners and operators of articulated vehicles/trailers and petroleum tankers to stay away from the state “for now”.

Olanrewaju Elegushi, acting commissioner for transportation, said the move is to curtail the gridlock that has taken over Apapa and its environs.

Elegushi said the incessant traffic bottleneck in the area has impacted negatively on the commercial activities of the citizens.

He said investigations revealed the traffic lockdown was a direct result of the challenges being faced by operators of the ports in loading the trucks that have come from the hinterland to evacuate imported items.

He also said the gridlock was worsened by the current rehabilitation of some major and minor roads necessitating the closure of some routes in Apapa.

Steve Ayorinde, commissioner for information and strategy, who was also at the briefing said: “We keep having this issue of gridlock in Apapa because issues that the ports authorities and the concessionaires are dealing with are recurrent and the spillover effect of those issues are causing all these.

“If the ports can’t determine how many trucks they are able to deal with on a daily basis; how they are informed about coming in and going out, then it will be a problem to deal with.

“What we need to do is to keep on engaging with them, we keep on engaging with other states and so on. I mean, people who have trucks in other states and already know that there is a logjam in Lagos, why send other trucks to Lagos?

“The idea is not to say don’t come into Lagos. It is part of what makes the economy of Lagos what it is but we are saying let us deal with the logjam that we have presently and there is no way we can deal with it, we can only deal with the effect because the causes essentially have to do with the operations at the Ports and that is why we are appealing to them.”

The government, however, urged the operators to utilise the Ogere trailer park and other parks outside the state in the interim to avoid further hardship for motorists on the road.

 

Shoot any cultists found with firearms, Lagos CP, tells officers

 

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, has said cultists will now be treated as robbers whenever they are arrested by the Police, stating that he has ordered policemen in the state to shoot any cultist found with a firearm.

The Police boss identified cultism as one of the major security challenges bedevilling the state, stating that he is determined to put an end to cult-related clashes in the state.

Edgal, who made this remark while addressing security stakeholders at the Area M, Police Command, Idimu, Lagos, warned parents across the state to caution their wards who are members of various cult groups to stay out of violence as he is prepared to deal ruthlessly with any person found to be a cultist in the state.

He also explained that he discovered during interactions with stakeholders at the ongoing security Town Hall meetings across the state that most areas don’t experience violent crimes such as robberies and kidnappings, but suffer from huge cult-related activities, which, he said, had claimed many lives.

Edgal admitted that most parts of the state are currently being terrorised by cultists and vowed to crush them, as he is prepared to put an end to their activities.

He said the era where cultists are treated with kid gloves when arrested is over, adding that he will deal with anyone who is caught with firearms or any other dangerous weapon.

His words: “Cultism is currently a very serious issue we must tackle in Lagos State and everyone must be involved. I am fully out to tackle it head-on and I urge parents to warn their children to stay out of cultism and turn a new leaf because I am coming for them.

“The era where cultists apprehended with firearms are treated with kid gloves is over. I have ordered my men to shoot at any cultist who is seen with a fire arm. This is not a joke, parents must take this message home to their children and warn them to desist from all cult-related activities henceforth.

“I have also strengthened the Anti-Cultism Department of the Lagos State Police Command and I have directed them to move all out to track all cultists operating within the state.”

Kidnappings: Lagos sets up special security to protect vulnerable schools

 

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said it had established Joint Tactic Squad comprising different security agencies to heighten safety of schools in the outskirts, riverine and other vulnerable areas.

Mr Imohimi Edgal, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos said this while briefing newsmen after the state’s monthly Security Council Meeting chaired by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode.

”The Council deliberated extensively about security of all our Model Colleges and other schools that are situated in vulnerable areas.

“I have taken a tour of all the Model Colleges; all lapses observed have been noted by the Council and the governor has given instruction that all those lapses be taken care of immediately.

” We now have Joint Tactic Guards of both the police and the military in all Model schools to heighten security,” he said.

The CP said the Council also resolved to increase police presence across the state, especially now that the ‘Ember’ months had set in.

”We have noticed heightened security across the state; there is high visibility of police and other security presence across the state.

”We can recall that most of the bridges are being cleared. This effort is geared towards displacing hoodlums who might want to use such areas as hideouts.

”The Council has approved the resuscitation of the Joint Inter-Agency Raids Committee that will take care of raids on areas that are designated as black spots where criminals hibernate, such as uncompleted buildings, markets, among others.
”It also approved partnership with the informal policing sector in all neighbourhoods across the state to stop the trend of residential robberies, ” he said.

Edgal said that the state government also resolved to vigorously enforce the state traffic law prohibiting operation of commercial motorcyclists popularly known as Okada riders in certain routes across the state.

He added that the enforcement would take place immediately after another round of public enlightenment on the dangers and security implications of plying Okada on restricted routes.

Also, the CP said all those involved in the murder of the winner of 2007 Gulder Ultimate Search, Hector Jobateh, had been arrested including the principal suspect who fired the shot that killed the victim, saying that all the suspects would soon be charged to court.

He, however, urged members of the public to continue to support the police with useful information and tips.

” Partnership is key because it is the only way information can flow and I want to assure residents that for any information given freely, the confidentiality of the informant will be taken with utmost seriousness”, Edgal said.

Also speaking, Mr Tunji Bello, Secretary to the State Government, said the Council deliberated on the recent restriction order on inter-state buses along Ikorodu Road, saying that all the identified setbacks have been considered and were being addressed.

Lagos to launch compendium of registered artisans to boost informal sector

The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to launch a compendium of registered artisans in the State to scale up the informal sector with the overall objective of increasing job opportunities and growing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the State.

Speaking with Government House correspondents on Tuesday at Lagos House, Ikeja after a meeting between Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and members of Lagos State Council of Tradesmen and Artisans (LACOSTA), the State’s Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Dr Babatunde Durosimi-Etti said the compendium was part of the initiatives of the State Government to assist artisans to promote their businesses.

He said the compendium, which will be launched during the Artisans’ Day coming up in October, will comprise the list of all registered artisans in the State, their locations, business details and other necessary information.

According to the Commissioner, the compendium when fully launched will go a long way in increasing number of artisans to access the Employment Trust Fund (ETF) set up by the present administration in the State, and as well help residents and potential customers to locate artisans in any part of the State.

He said: “Governor Ambode at the meeting with the members of the association, said the setting up of the ETF was part of the inclusive policy of his administration and the Governor was also briefed that the association was collaborating with the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment to come up with a compendium of artisans whereby you probably be having state registered artisans which will be launched during the Artisans’ Day coming up in October.

“The compendium will have every artisan having a registration number and can be a sort of reference point for the Employment Trust Fund in assisting artisans to access capital,” Durosimi-Etti said.

He said the Governor also assured the artisans that all necessary efforts would be put in place to give them access to market, as part of initiatives to encourage and promote home-made.

On his part, LACOSTA President, Alhaji Nurudeen Buhari said the courtesy call by members of the association was basically to appreciate Governor Ambode for all the initiatives he
had brought up since the inception of his administration to support not only the artisans but the good people of the State.

He said the meeting was also to assure the Governor and the State Government that members of the association were very much committed toward contributing their quota to the growth and development of the State.

“We had fruitful deliberation with the Governor and he promised to build up the skill of our members as well as the compendium that will help our members to benefit more from the ETF. Most of our members have benefited already from the ETF loan and they are happy. And with the new compendium, I think more of our members will benefit and we want to thank the Governor for that,” Buhari said.

 

Police ‘arrest’ Alsatian dog for robbery in Lagos

Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command, have arrested an Alsatian dog named Bullet, for alleged robbery in the Ladipo, Oshodi area of the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, during a parade of the dog at the command headquarters in Ikeja on Thursday, said two other robbery suspects, Odunade Olajide and Adeniyi Adisa, sent the dog after their victims.

He explained that in fear, their targets would surrender their belongings.

The CP said after dispossessing the victims of cash and other valuables, the suspects would speed away with the dog on a motorcycle.

He said the men, however, met their Waterloo while attempting to rob a lady of her valuables in Ladipo, as the victim raised the alarm and the suspects were apprehended by the police.

Imohimi noted that their operational motorcycle was also recovered.

He said, “On September 5, 2017, two local criminals, who specialised in robbing people by sending a dog to attack them, were arrested. The suspects would command the Alsatian dog to attack a victim. The dog, in response to the command, would pounce on the person. Gripped with fear, the person would hand over all his belonging to the gang.”

The CP explained that detectives had been on the trail of the suspects, but luck ran out on them last Thursday when they were arrested.

But the suspects denied the allegations, saying they had only gone to buy dog feed when the woman raised a false alarm.

Bullet

Olajide said the woman eventually found her phone where she kept it, adding that by then it was late as SARS operatives had arrested them.

Also paraded were five suspected killers of a former winner of the Gulder Ultimate Search, Hector Jobarteh.

The suspects – William Igana, Valentine Igana, Abdul-Rasheed Jimoh, Francis Madu, Usman Adeyemi – were alleged to have been involved in the death of the 38-year-old at his house on Olufowora Close, New Oko-Oba, Agege.

Jobarteh was shot dead on September 3, 2017, after he was trailed to his home from the airport where he had gone to pick up his younger brother.

The state CP, Imohimi, said the suspects were arrested following painstaking efforts by policemen.

However, one of the suspects, William, a Uber driver that drove the suspects to Jobarteh’s house, said he didn’t know their mission when he was hired.

He noted that he had just started with the online transport company when he was hired by the men who later turned out to be killers.

He said, “I had just been registered under the Uber platform and I needed an android phone to facilitate the business. I called my brother, Valentine, to help me with a phone. He introduced me to his friend, JK. JK said he had a phone I could use, which he offered for sale at N10,000.

“The next day, JK called me to take him to Yaba. On our way there, we stopped and picked two other guys. I charged them N10,000 for the service, but they gave me N8,000 and promised to pay the balance later.”

He said after the trip to Yaba, JK called him the following day and asked him to take him and his friends to Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He said he charged N20,000 for the service, which they promised to pay.

“On our way to Sango, they asked me to stop at a bushy path. They brought out a gun, which they pointed at my head. They threatened to kill me if I shouted. Two of them came down and walked to a house where they shot two persons.

“They jumped back into the vehicle and asked me to drive off, which I did. But at a point, I stopped the car and told them I wasn’t going again; they insisted that I continue driving. JK said the only reason he wouldn’t kill me was because my brother, Valentine, was his good friend.

“I never knew they were into any criminal activity. I was only doing my business. I was arrested by the police through my brother, Valentine.”

Jobarteh’s phone was said to have been stolen by the assailants.

Police however the phone was tracked to Jimoh, who bought it at Computer Village, Ikeja.

In his statement, Jimoh said he never knew the phone was stolen.

He said he had innocently gone to Computer Village to buy a phone, adding that he bought the phone for N15,000 from Madu.

On his part, Madu claimed an engineer friend who came with Adeyemi, sold the phone to him.

He said he bought the phone for N7,500 and sold it for N15,000.

Eighteen-year-old Adeyemi said his uncle, one Ismaila, owned the phone.

Imohimi said the command was making efforts to arrest other suspects, adding that the men would be charged to court at the end of investigations.

Police arrest six over murder of Gulder Ultimate Search winner

The Police Command in Lagos State on Thursday announced the arrest of six persons allegedly involved in the killing of Hector Jobarteh, winner of the third edition, Guilder Ultimate Search.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Acting CP Edgal Imohimi, announced the arrest to newsmen in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Hector was shot dead at his Oko-Oba residence on September 4 shortly after returning from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, where he went to pick up a sibling.

Imohimi said one of the suspects arrested was a Uber driver who conveyed the suspected killers while the others were found with the victim’s cell phone.

He said that one of the suspects was still at large and efforts were being made to arrest and prosecute him.

Speaking to NAN on the sidelines of the briefing, One of the suspects, Williams Igana, the Uber driver, said that he had driven some men who threatened him with a gun to Abeokuta but never knew that they were killers.

“I was looking for an Android phone when my brother, Valentine, linked me with one JK. It was JK that called me to drive them to Yaba from Cement and I was paid N8,000 after I charged them N10,000.

“The next day, JK called me again to take them to Abeokuta and I charged them N20,000. On the way, we stopped at Sango and two other men joined us.

” We later stopped by at a nearby bush and JK ordered one of the men to bring out a nylon bag which had a gun inside.

“That was when I tried running away but I was threatened and ordered back into the car.

“I was later arrested through my younger brother who had gone to sell a stolen phone later identified as the victim’s phone,” Igana said.

In another development, the command has arrested a dog and two men for allegedly robbing innocent members of the public and dispossessing them of their belongings.

The police boss said that one Olajide Oduwole and Adeniyi Adisa were arrested at Ladipo market on September 5 with a dog named Bullet, while setting the dog against their victims.

Imohimi said that the suspects would set their dogs on their victims to scare them away after which they steal their belongings and escape on a motorcycle.

He added that the suspects would be charged to court for robbery.

Lagos bans inter-state buses along Ikorodu Road

 

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday announced the restriction of the operation of inter-state buses and vehicles operating along Ikorodu Road from going beyond Ojodu Berger and Ojota Motor Parks.

The State Government has also issued a seven-day ultimatum to the operators to relocate to the designated inter-state motor parks at Ojodu Berger and Ojota, after which stiff sanctions would apply to defaulters.

Speaking after embarking on a joint inspection tour of ongoing construction of Modern Bus Terminal at Yaba and the beautification project at Jibowu, the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, said the decision of the government was in line with the determination of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration to free the city of avoidable nuisances and install sanity and civility in the environment.

He said the inspection was a follow-up to an earlier visit by the Governor to the area, adding that all the necessary quit notices have already been served on the affected operators.

 

He said: “This is a follow-up on the visit of Governor Ambode to this axis last night and was very displeased with what he saw particularly in the manner with which long buses, inter-state buses are using the main town and what we have done so far is the initial announcement to say that henceforth, we will no longer allow inter-state buses to be along Ikorodu Road.

“Henceforth, they will have to go to Ojota and Ojodu Berger which are the two designated inter-state motor parks. The ones that we have here in Jibowu will have to move and there is a 7-day ultimatum for everyone of them beginning from the ones in this axis to move,” Ayorinde said.

Speaking on the reason for the ban, the Commissioner said activities of the operators had not been tidy and decent despite repeated warnings, and that government could no longer sit and watch such to continue in the overall interest of the people.

FG approves concession of Lagos, Abuja airports

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the federal executive council has agreed to concession the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja.

The vice president made this known on Monday while speaking at the fifth edition of the presidential quarterly business forum which held at the State House, Abuja.

“I am pleased to say that the federal executive council (FEC) has approved the concessioning of the Lagos and Abuja airports,” Osinbajo said.

A concession allows private companies and investors to run the airports.

In 2016, the federal government had indicated interest in concessioning the Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano airports to increase their capacity and efficiency.

Labour unions in the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had expressed their lack of trust and confidence in the process, vowing to take all reasonable measures to stop the planned concession of the airports.

Hadi Sirika, the minister of state for aviation, had assured that the process of concessioning the airports would be transparent.

“Public-Private-Partnership and concession in the airports have never been done in a structured and transparent manner,” he had said.

“The contracts are not properly prepared, no risk analysis and no financial models. Consequently, it is not surprising that they ended in litigation. I want to assure stakeholders that we will be transparent and the concession is in the best interest of the country.

“We will ensure that Nigerians are given priority in getting jobs in the aviation sector. We will give adequate time for the airlines to prepare themselves but for sure, we will ensure that it happens soonest.”

Hadi Sirika has already inaugurated two committees, project steering committee and project delivery committee, for the concessioning process.

In 2007, Olusegun Obasanjo, the president at that time, had concessioned terminal two of the Murtala Muhammed Airport to Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), the first public private partnership (PPP) initiative in the history of Nigeria’s aviation sector.