Ambode Orders Contractors To Commence Work On Bariga- Ilaje link Roads

Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has expressed displeasure with the state of roads in Bariga axis of the state, ordering contractors to move to the site in the next two weeks to fix them.

Governor Ambode gave the directive on Monday after carrying out an extensive inspection of the roads within Bariga.

He specifically ordered the commencement of work on Ilaje Road and Odunsi Street in the area.

The governor, who had earlier awarded a contract for the construction of Ariyo Road, said the dilapidated conditions of the roads were totally unacceptable in the state.

He said in line with the commitment of his administration to transform every part of the state, a new jetty would be constructed in Ilaje, while a multi-purpose playground and recreation centre would also be constructed in Oworonshoki.

“I have just gone round Odunsi Street, Ariyo Street and then Ilaje Street, all connecting Oworo Bus Stop with Bariga. I am totally displeased with the state of the roads that I have personally seen.

“So, within the next two weeks, contractors will commence work on Ilaje Road and Odunsi Street. We have already awarded contract for the Ariyo Road that will now go under the Third Mainland Bridge after Bertola and to the other side of Oworo.

“In addition to the roads, on this Ilaje Road, we will give you a brand new jetty. Like we have always said, every community in Lagos will not be left behind. We should be able to live in Bariga, work in Bariga and play in Bariga.

“On the other side of Oworonshoki, we are going to sand fill and dredge that other part where the Bus Stop is so that we can have a multi-purpose playground, recreation and entertainment hub,” the governor said

As a swift response to the plea of residents of Soluyi community in Bariga, Governor Ambode also ordered that work should commence on the road network in the axis within the next 21 days to facilitate ease of movement to Gbagada express.

The governor, while acknowledging that the people of the area have been very supportive to the government, urged them to continue to pay their taxes and embrace peace to enjoy more dividends of democracy.

“I know all the people in all these communities have always supported our government and so what we have just come to do is to say a big thank you to you. We are doing the work you have sent us to do.

“All I just want to encourage you is to continue to pay your taxes. I am very happy this neighbourhood is a little bit crime free now and I am enjoying the peaceful atmosphere in this area. When you promise me peace, I will do more for your neighbourhood,” he said.

Sole Administrator of Bariga Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Sanya Osijo, who spoke earlier, expressed appreciation on behalf of the people of the area, saying that it was a thing of joy that the suffering of the people was about to be addressed by Governor Ambode.

Governor Ambode also made an unscheduled inspection to the site of ongoing construction of world class transport interchange in Oshodi, where he directed contractors to work assiduously to meet the completion deadline.

Source: Nigerian Tribune

Otodo Gbame: Court Postpones Judgment

Justice Surajudeen Onigbanjo of a Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, has postponed judgment in a suit between Otodo Gbame waterfront residents whose houses were demolished and the Lagos State government. The two parties were given 14days to file and respond to written addresses on the issue of the court’s jurisdiction and adjourned till May 25 for judgment.

 

The suit was instituted by 33 applicants suing on behalf of themselves and other residents of settlements, including Otodo Gbame, Tomaro, Otumara, Orisunmibare, Oko Agbon, Itun Atan, Sogunro, the Ikorodu communities of Ofin, Bayeku and Olufunke Majidun and the Bariga communities of Ago Egun and Ebute-Ilaje.

The Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Lagos State governor and the Commissioner of Police are the first, second, third and fourth respondents respectively.

“While I was going through the court processes, I discovered that issues of jurisdiction were raised,” the judge said. “These issues ought to be addressed.”

“The applicant will have seven days to file their relevant court processes while the respondents also have seven days to file their court processes in response to the applicant,” the judge said.

The applicants, through their counsel, Friday Oteiku, are seeking a declaration, among others, that they are the first settlers on the land and are lawful residents of the communities.

But according to the defence counsel and Lagos State Director of Civil Litigation, S. A. Quadri, the claimants had no title to the land whatsoever.

On April 12, Justice Onigbanjo dismissed the plaintiff’s application seeking the respondents’ committal to prison for contempt.

Nigeria Police Allegedly Planning Another Raid On Senator Goje’s Houses

The Nigeria Police are allegedly planning another raid on the residence of the chairman of the Senate committee on appropriation, Danjuma Goje.

A team from the Force Headquarters last week raided the Asokoro, Abuja residence of the senator and carted away millions of Naira and some foreign currencies as well as some documents.

Both Mr. Goje and the police have not spoken officially on the reason for the raid and what was recovered. An aide to Mr. Goje, however, said the police was yet to contact the lawmaker on the reason for the raid.

The police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, told premium Times that investigations on the senator was still ongoing.

However, an aide to Mr. Goje said on Tuesday that “they have information that the police is planning another raid.”

The aide, who declined to be named because he has no permission to speak to the media, claimed any other raid would not be restricted to Mr. Goje’s Abuja house.

“We understand they are determined to nail the Senator and the next raid may even extend to his house in the village,” he said.

He alleged that last week’s raid was “an attempt to bring Senator Goje down by forces within.”

The police team had after the raid on Thursday recovered $19,000 4,000 Saudi riyals and N18 million in cash, the lawmaker’s aides confirmed, arguing the money was legitimate income.

They also allegedly carted away about 18 files and other documents related to the senator’s work at the National Assembly.

When contacted on the alleged planned raid, a police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, told premium times by telephone that he “was not aware of any such plans.”

Source: Premium Times

Father Beheads 6 Year-Old-Son, Chops Off His Legs For Rituals (photos)

Police on Tuesday, April 25, nabbed a 31-year-old farmer identified as Abdul Salam for killing his 6-year- old son and cutting off his head and legs at Adidaase near Amanso Amenfi in Wassa Amenfi of western region, Ghana.

Speaking to Energy fm of Prestea, explain one eye explains that the boy got missing since yesterday which made the the unity committee of the area conducted a search.

It happened that the father Abdul Salam butchered his son and removed some part of him and upon into interrogation confessed that he murdered him to sell the head and the legs. Abdul Salam is in the custody of Asanco police command for further investigation.

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Police Arrest Quack Doctor Who Gave Adeleke Injection Overdose

Alfred Aderibigbe, a medical assistant with a community health center in Ede, Osun State, has been arrested by the Police for allegedly causing the death of Mr. Isiaka Adeleke, a senator and former governor of the state, on  Sunday.

The medical has been accused of practicing medicine illegally and injecting Mr. Adeleke with an overdose of the medication that caused his death. Aderibigbe was arrested on Tuesday and is currently detained at the State Investigation Bureau of the Nigeria Police in Oshogbo, where he is being investigated.

Preliminary report of an autopsy ordered by the Osun State government and Mr. Adeleke’s family showed that the senator died of drug overdose. Aderibigbe reportedly gave him analgesics intravenously.

Family sources said, Aderibigbe, who is addressed as “doctor,” was close to Mr. Adeleke and had been treating him for a long time. Phone call records obtained from Aderibigbe phone confirmed that Mr. Adeleke called him on many occasions to wake him from sleep to administer some drugs on him after he complained of pain in his leg on Sunday morning.

A police source earlier today told SaharaReporters that the deadly dose of analgesics was given to Senator Adeleke a few hours before his death, they said they could not confirm if he received any medication to cope with the leg pains as he underwent a series of political and social events he attended on Saturday.

On Sunday morning, he started complaining that he was feeling unwell and sent for Mr. Aderibigbe to come and give him painkillers intravenously, a double dose was administered on the Senator as he claimed that he forgot his pain medicine in Lagos. Shortly after he had a heart attack and was later taken to Biket Hospital, a private hospital in Oshogbo,  where he was pronounced dead.

Uber Driver Who Made Away With Lady’s Money Arrested

Uber driver who drove off with lady’s bag containing passport and over N1m has been caught.
A first time visitor to Nigeria was left stranded recently after a Lagos Uber driver robbed her of over N1Million. The victim, a South African named Mo (Mongy Mathobela) complained on her facebook and that led to the arrest of the Uber driver.
He was able to drive off with the bag because she was to pick up a document from one Yemi in bakare estate,agungi and head to South Africa. so, as usual, she went into the compound and asked him (driver )to give her few minutes, by the time they came out he was nowhere to be found and he sent her a text saying he drove off to the nearby mosque to pee and he was coming right back but that was the end of the show before they realized he was gone for good.

Mo has been using the guy since she traveled down to Nigeria and she’s a very nice and generous lady. she saw the guy as a young and cool guy and showed support to encourage his hustle.mo would give this guy 50 percent of whatever her fare came to and just last week she said he drove her to balogun or was it ogba and in the process someone picked his iPhone 5 and she had to give him 75k to get a new phone but he didn’t get an iPhone but at least he got a phone with an internet to sort his Uber directory and all.

she gets him food at every outing and made him comfortable. so, it was after the story went viral that his neighbor on the mainland alerted Mo through her DM to come to a particular address on the mainland.then the neighbors alerted others to use cars to block the taxi so as for him not to be able to drive out because already he had packed his stuff and that’s how they were able to arrest him.

  

 

Jonathan: I Lost Re-election To U.S., UK, France, Local Forces

Two years after, former President Goodluck Jonathan has spoken on the loss of his Presidency. He said he lost the 2015 elections to local and international conspiracies. He named the United States, Britain, and France as the conspirators.

He blamed it all on former United States President Barack Obama, ex-British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande for aiding President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory.

Dr Jonathan also said he was disappointed by the conduct of the immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, in the weeks preceding the elections.

He said he conceded defeat to avoid bloodshed in view of a similar experience after the 2011 poll.

He, however, claimed that he did not take disciplinary action against ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke because the evidence against her was weak.

He plans to reveal the nature of his relationship with ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo soon.

Jonathan reminisced on his defeat in a new book, “Against The Run of Play”, which is authored by the Chairman of ThisDay Editorial Board, Mr Olusegun Adeniyi, who is also an accomplished Politics Editor.

The book will be presented on Friday in Lagos.

Jonathan also revealed that he was betrayed by those he relied on to defeat Buhari.

He said: “President Barack Obama and his officials made it very clear to me by their actions that they wanted a change of government in Nigeria and we’re ready to do anything to achieve that purpose. They even brought some naval ships into the Gulf of Guinea in the days preceding the election.

“I got on well with Prime Minister David Cameron but at some point, I noticed that the Americans were putting pressure on him and he had to join them against me. But I didn’t realise how far President Obama was prepared to go to remove me until France caved into the pressure from America.

“But weeks to the election, he had also joined the Americans in supporting the opposition against me.

Asked of Obama’s grouse against him, Jonathan added:  “There was this blanket accusation that my body language was supporting corruption, a line invented by the opposition but which the media and civil society bought into and helped to project to the world. That was the same thing I kept hearing from the Americans without specific allegations.”

The ex-President expressed disappointment with the former Chairman of INEC for allegedly acting American’s script.

Jonathan said: “I was disappointed by Jega because I still cannot understand what was propelling him to act the way he did in the weeks preceding the election.

“As at the first week in February 2015 when about 40 per cent of Nigerians had not collected their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), Jega said INEC was ready to go ahead with the election. How could INEC have been ready to conduct an election in which millions of people will be disenfranchised?

“Of course, the Americans were encouraging him to go ahead yet they would never do such thing in their own country. How could we have cynically disenfranchised about a third of our registered voters for no fault of theirs and still call that a credible election?

“The interesting thing was that the opposition also supported the idea of going on with an election that was bound to end in confusion.”

Contrary to the general perception, he insisted that it was right for his administration to have postponed the election based on security reasons.

“When the military and security chiefs demanded for more time to deal with the insurgency, the reasons were genuine. As at February 2015, it would have been very difficult to vote in Gombe, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

“But the moment all the arms and ammunition that had been ordered finally arrived, the military was able to use them to degrade the capacity of Boko Haram.”

Although Jonathan faulted the results of the 2015 presidential election, he said he conceded defeat to avoid bloodshed.

He added:  “Go and check the results from Kano. The Presidential election and that of National Assembly happened on the same day and same time. The National Assembly result reflected that about 800,000 people voted but that of the presidential reflected a vote of about 1.8 million. I had reports of what happened but I decided that for such to be accepted, it meant that those who called themselves my supporters must have colluded. I was betrayed by the very people I relied on to win the election.

“In 2011 when Buhari did not campaign anywhere and could not have won the election, there was a spontaneous violent reaction that led to the death of several innocent people, including Youth Corps members.”

“I asked myself: what would happen in a situation in which there was already internal and international conspiracy in his favor? I could not bear the thought of anybody dying, so I told myself I had only one option and that was to concede.”

On whether or not he renege on a one-term agreement accounted for his defeat, Jonathan said he never made any such commitment to anybody or party.

He said his comments in Addis Ababa in February 2011 on tenure were grossly misinterpreted.

He added: “I had made a proposition for a single term of seven years. That was the context in which I spoke in Addis Ababa that if the idea was accepted, I would not run again. It was not the context of the second term of four years.

“Of course, at that period, the issue of one term was brought up several times at different meetings and some people took it upon themselves to pledge on my behalf but I never said I was going to spend only one term…the question was always usually randomly asked and I never made any such commitment to anybody.

“In any case, you can make a political promise and change your mind, so long as it is within the law.”

The ex-President denied shielding a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke from being accountable for the alleged rot in the oil and gas sector when she was in charge.

He said he investigated allegations against Mrs Alison-Madueke and others but there was no foolproof evidence.

According to the former President, the report of the Nuhu Ribadu Investigative Committee was “discredited”.

He said: “We commissioned a report which I believe this administration is using. It deals with the undervaluation of the crude oil and gas being declared between what was lifted and what was discharged by the vessels. It was a comprehensive report that dealt with issues of oil theft in Nigeria and how much we lose as a result of it.

“Look at what we did when the allegations became strident. We established four committees to investigate different aspects of the oil and gas sector, including the one headed by Nuhu Ribadu. If I had anything to hide, would I do that?”

“On the day the report was being submitted, there was open disagreement between Ribadu and Steve Oronsaye. How could we use a report that was discredited by its own member?”

“I am from Niger Delta, I have no single oil block and my government never gave out any. Nor did we allocate the marginal fields. In the agricultural sector, I blocked the fertiliser trade. These areas one could make easy money and I blocked those loopholes.”

Jonathan said he was not weak in fighting corruption but he chose to investigate allegations against his ministers or public officers before acting.

He said when the allegations against former Minister of Aviation Stella Oduah were confirmed; he removed her.

He said: “I have been told that I should have made scapegoats of some officials so I would be seen to be fighting corruption, I usually subject them to investigations.

“You know Stella Oduah played a prominent role in my campaign in 2011. But when the investigation I ordered was carried out and the indictment was confirmed, I had to relieve her of her position,” he added

“Up till today, Stella hates me for her removal. No doubt, it was a very hard decision for me to take because I see her as a friend as I take all the people who work with me, but that was what leadership demanded.”

”We live in a country where people fabricate stories about even those they don’t know, where rumor mongering is a national pastime. I have heard stories about me that I find very shocking, stories that are untrue. Therefore, as a leader, it is my responsibility to verify stories before I act. That is why I am deliberative in what I do. The main problem I had was that the media and the civil society had conspired against me.”

On the abduction of the Chibok girls, Jonathan maintained that he did his best but admitted that there was a better commitment against Boko Haram insurgency now.

He said: “What is happening now with regards to Boko Haram was the same thing that happened to me regarding Niger Delta militants in 2007.

“I did my best and so did the military, though I can understand if there is a greater commitment to the fight now than in the past. In my time, Boko Haram said they were fighting an infidel government. That naturally has to change since they cannot also call Buhari an infidel.

“There is a feeling of ‘our man is there now’ that you cannot discountenance. It was the same feeling with me with the Niger Delta militants at the initial stage in 2007.

“I recall that immediately he won the election in 1999 before he was even sworn in, Obasanjo had visited Niger Delta to hold meetings. Meanwhile, the first time I would be meeting Asari Dokubo, Ateke Tom and other militants were years later in Aso Rock at a meeting (Obasanjo) called to find a solution to the problem at a period I was Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State. Despite all those efforts, Obasanjo failed to resolve the problem until the late Yar’Adua came with the Amnesty Programme. Should we then hold Obasanjo accountable for the Niger Delta problem?

”The allegation that I didn’t care was false. Immediately I was alerted, I called the military and security chiefs for a briefing after taking them to get to the root of the matter. Information was initially hazy and there were things that did not add up”

“More than 200 girls were reportedly abducted from different hostels and then put on an open trailer that had no railings. In the same trailer, according to reports, Boko Haram fighters loaded foodstuff. The girls were said to have been abducted by people claiming to be soldiers. The military people were on the ground and I relied on the information I could get from them. Of course, I cared and charged them to find the girls but every effort we took was twisted against me to score cheap political points.”

Jonathan debunked insinuations that he said stealing is not corruption.

He said he was never the author of the statement ascribed to him.

He said: “I invited the leadership of the National Assembly and the Judiciary as well as heads of anti-corruption agencies. I recall that aside from the Chief Justice of Nigeria, the President of the Court of Appeal and Chief judge of the Federal High Court (were also present). I also invited Chief Judges from one state in each of the geopolitical zones. I specifically requested for Lagos and Anambra to represent their zones. My choosing Anambra was because that is one state where every political aspirant goes into the election with at least two court orders in his pocket. You cannot fight corruption without dealing with such issues.”

“That was what the then CJN said which I was explaining, but the opposition latched on to it. A prominent member of the opposition who is now a governor of his state even sponsored someone to write a book titled, ‘Where stealing is not corruption’. The book was supposed to be launched in the days preceding the election though, for some reasons, that never took place but I have a copy of the book where I was lampooned and called all sorts of names.”

“That was what was important to me. I would not go outside the country and say Nigerians are the most corrupt people because not only is that unhelpful, I am also indicting myself. Take the oil industry.

”Yet, people make all the noise about corruption. If the problem is that I failed to label Nigerians as fantastically corrupt, then I don’t think I should apologise for that.

Jonathan said that what those who romanticise the issue forgot was that “when you destroy your country, you are also destroying yourself”.

While dismissing the allegation of Ijawnisationof his administration, Jonathan said he will soon disclose the nature of his relationship with ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.

“That is the same accusation President Obasanjo levelled against me in his letter. In my memoir, I am going to reveal the nature of my relationship with President Obasanjo, beginning from 2007 when he nominated me to be running mate to the late President Yar’Adua to 2011 when I wanted to run and the real roles he actually played before, during and after the 2015 election.

”How many Ijaw people were in my government? One thing people forget is that Ijaw may be a minority ethnic group in Nigeria but Ijaw people actually straddle six states: Ondo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Edo and Cross River.”

 

 

Source: Sahara Reporters

Kwara Govt. Denies Owing Workers, Pensioners

The Kwara Government on Wednesday denied owing salaries and pension arrears.

The Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Demola Banu, made the denial in a statement issued in Ilorin while reacting to a media report.

Banu stressed that the government was up-to-date with payment of salaries and pensions to workers and retirees.

The commissioner, however, said that payment of local government workers was being delayed due to decline in allocations to local councils from the federation account.

Banu said that the challenge was a reflection of the current national economic downturn which had limited the capacity of governments at all levels to meet salary obligations.

He said that the state government had on different occasions assisted the local councils by augmenting their allocation to enhance their capacity to pay salaries.

The commissioner said that the government would use its share of the second tranche of the Paris Club refund, to assist the councils to clear their salary and pension arrears.

Banu recalled that the state government had released N3.4 billion to the local councils as their share of the first tranche of the Paris Club refund.

President Buhari To Operate From Home – Lai Mohammad

The President of the Federation would now choose to work from his home.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC on Wednesday said that the President needed some rest and has asked that all the files on his table be brought to him at his official residence at the Presidential Villa, Abuja for treatment.

 Buhari was not at the FEC meeting.

He delegated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to function in his place.

Triple Suicide Blasts Hit Maiduguri

Three suicide bombings rocked the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Wednesday, killing one civilian militia member and injuring several others, security personnel told AFP.

The bombings came two days after multiple suicide attacks near the strategic city that killed four members of the civilian joint taskforce (JTF) and injured two others.

“There have been three suicide bombings in the city this morning in which one civilian JTF was killed and one other wounded,” a senior military officer, who asked not to be identified, said.

In the first blast, a female suicide bomber struck near a sprawling camp for displaced people in the Muna Garage area of the city at about 4:20 am (0320 GMT).Soon afterwards, another woman exploded her device in the nearby Muna Kuwait area. Neither blast caused casualties.

“The general assumption is that the explosives on the two female bombers went off prematurely before reaching their targets,” said Musa Ari, a JTF member.

“They were obviously trying to sneak into either the IDP (internally displaced people) camp or neighbouring communities under the cover of darkness.”

Twenty minutes later a male suicide bomber blew himself up in the Usmanti area of the city, killing a JTF member and injuring another, the officer said, an account supported by Ari.

The militia had tried to stop the bomber for questioning when they became suspicious of his movements, Ari said.

Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said 11 people in total were injured.

The Boko Haram insurgency has intensified suicide attacks in and around Maiduguri in recent months after losing captured territory to the military.

On March 22, four suicide blasts rocked the camp for the displaced in Muna, killing at least three and wounding 20 more.

Bombers — most of them women and girls — sneak into the city before dawn, often to attack mosques during morning prayers.

JTF patrols usually stop them, and the attackers often detonate the explosives prematurely to avoid arrest.

Source: Guardian

Thailand Media Slammed For Facebook Live Baby Murder Coverage

Thailand media has been criticised for publishing images of a man killing his infant daughter in a Facebook Live video, a grim case that sparked outrage and raised fears of copycat killings.

The video, filmed Monday on the southern resort island of Phuket, showed Wuttisan Wongtalay hang his 11-month daughter, Natalie, from an abandoned building before taking his own life, according to police in charge of the case.

The footage was online for around 24 hours before it was removed on Tuesday, prompting cries for Facebook to move more swiftly to take down clips of grisly crimes and killings.

 A Thai media body also slammed news outlets that showed graphic images of the crime.At least one major Thai daily printed an image of the murder-suicide on its front page Tuesday, while several TV channels also aired segments of the video.