Ikeja Bus Terminal: Buhari Applauds Lagos’ Giant Strides In Three Years

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday applauded the giant strides of the Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on infrastructure development, even as he assured that plans by his government to develop the nation’s railway infrastructure remain unshaken.

He said: “We are committed to strictly adhering to the rail reforms because it will lead to job creation, improve security and return our dear country to its position of respectability among the comity of nations in the world.”

Buhari said the Ikeja Bus Terminal, which projected to change the narrative of transportation in the state will boost job creation, enhance commercial activities and improve the condition of living of Lagosians.

His remarks came, just as the Governor said the Ikeja Bus Terminal, which is a product of the transportation summit organised by his government in November 2015, is one of the flagship projects meant to revamp transportation and ensure that the people now use public transportation.

He said under this first phase, 13 new bus terminals are simultaneously ongoing at Oshodi, Yaba, Ojota, Agege, Maryland, and TBS, with 5,000 brand new buses to be injected into the state’s economy in the next three years with 820 high capacity buses to be injected by September.

Ambode said construction is ongoing on 300 new bus stops across the state to further complement the efforts to bequeath a working, more friendly, safe and convenient transportation to the people of the state.

He thanked President Buhari for the import waiver on the first phase of the buses to be imported for the project.

He disclosed plans by the government to begin assemblying the buses within the next 20 months, even as he disclosed of plans to promote non-motorized modes of transportation such as walking by ensuring the creation of walkways on all road projects ongoing in the state.

He disclosed that the government will soon deliver the blue line light rail in its determination to deliver a functional and sustainable integrated system to enhance commerce and codition of living of the people.

The Ikeja Bus Terminal contractor and Managing Director of Planet Project Mr Biodun Otunola said the terminal will service 200,000 passengers daily and serve 23 different designated routes with about 100 buses.

He said the Ikeja Bus Terminal is a bold statement by the government to reinvent public transportation by ensuring that the 12 million Lagosians who uses the roads every day are assured of their safety, and given the benefit of a more convenient travel experience.

“It is completed with Intelligent transportation System (ITS) that ensured that buses can be planned and people can plan their journey time as it would give the arrival and departure time of all buses. It would be opened from 6am to 11 pm.

He said; “it is sad that while only 21,000 passengers use all Nigerian airports, the about 80 million Nigerians who uses public transportation have no adequate infrastructure and no standard structure to provide for their safety and protection by the government. That is what the Lagos State Government want to address with the ongoing transportation reform.

The idea, according to him is to capture a sizeable population of the 12 million Lagosians that commute daily in Lagos State alone.

He said the bus reform which would see the gradual reflecting of public transportation from the rickety and unsafe yellow buses to a more comfortable air conditioned buses will transform the narrative of transportation in the state.

 

2019: Traditional Rulers To Endorse Ambode For Second Term

First class monarchs from Ijebu Traditional Rulers in Lagos state will on Tuesday 27th March, 2018 endorse the second term bid of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

A press release jointly signed by trio of Oba Asunmo Ganiyu Aderibigbe, the Alayandelu of Odo Ayandelu; Oba Olumuyiwa Ogunbekun, the Onileki of Lekki; Oba Adeoriyomi Oyebo, the Obateru Of Egbin, said the endorsement is imperative judging from unprecedented performance of the governor.

The event which also to formally launch the Lagos State Ijebu Traditional Group will hold at Lagos State Jubilee Chalet in Epe.

The statement read: “The approach of Governor Ambode to governance is in consonant with progressives tenet as all his programmes are people-oriented”

Governor Ambode whose landmark achievements are visible to all Lagosians in a spate of 3 years is expected to grace the occasion as special guest of honour.

According to the statement, the attendance for the event is strictly by invitation and all invitees are expected to comply with the event dressing code which is Royal Blue on White.

CNI Hails Ambode Over Land Use Charge Policy Reversal

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) known as the Community Network Initiative (CNI) has commended the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, over his administration’s reversal of policy on land use charge.

The organisation made the commendation in a press statement signed by its Convener, Otunba Gbenga Abass where it described the governor’s gesture as rare and a proof of exemplary leadership.

Abass observed that it was not in the character of highly placed government official to back down from their lofty offices in deference to the wishes of the masses, whether in the implementation of polices or in just the day-to-day governance process.

He added that for Ambode to have done so, has shown him as a man of compassion, a governor who is concerned about overall impact of governmental policies on the lives of the people than his personal egos and interests.

It would be recalled that the Lagos State Land Use Charge (LUC) was successfully reviewed and then passed into law by the Lagos State House of Assembly on February 8, 2018; however some stakeholders in the state rose in criticism of the said policy, requesting that it be scraped.

CNI observed that not only did the government slash the rates payable on commercial properties by 50 per cent in response to the demands of the people, it also reduced the charges for Owner-occupier properties with third party including industries and manufacturing concerns by 25 per cent, while it gave tax credits for LUC charges already paid. Besides, property owners were given grace of instalment payment.

CNI said this also underscores the fact that the administration’s tradition of inclusive governance and civic engagement, was not a lip service but a sincere article of faith and as a Government that is committed to the welfare of its citizens.

“We also commend the government for the open dialogue with stakeholders including the Organised Private Sector, Nigeria Bar Association, Real estate investors & developers, Landlord & Resident Associations, Community Development Associations, Civil Society Organisations, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industries (LCCI) as well as the Nigeria Institute of Estate Surveyors & Valuers, as it is obvious that this achieved much”.

“As an interested party in the smooth administration of Lagos State, we hereby congratulate the governor, his cabinet as well as the people that raised the objection in a civil manner. This is a way forward for the positive development of the state, we welcome it”, the release added.

In his words: “Obviously, there is no better way for a government to show responsibility and compassion than this one.

This is especially when one realises that the legislation had gone through the normal process before becoming law, and also, given the intense lobbying that goes with this kind of legislation.

To have factored all these and decided to stomach the repercussions is one move the state executive has made that deserves commendation”.

According to CNI, the reversal in the policy demonstrated louder than ever, the state government’s determination to deliver the famed dividends of democracy, while showing the government itself as a pro-people, a listening and humble government.

It observed that many in the position of Governor Ambode in other climes would have perceived a possible reversal of that law as a personal affront and would have mobilised every resources, human and material to thwarting it.

“Ambode did otherwise. Beyond personal ego, he saw a window to an impactful touch on the people’s welfare; he saw an opportunity to demonstrate his humaneness and did not let it pass by”, the release said.

It added: “Long years to come, Lagosians, and indeed other analysts of governmental process would remember this singular gesture of Governor Ambode. They would be able to re-tell the tale that not all those who occupy executive office are driven by inconsideration, but that beyond their official briefs as elected politicians, that they truly feel what the people feel. This is one lesson that Governor Ambode teaches in this magnanimous move.

At the expense of sounding repetitive, it truly deserves commendation by all patriot and positive-minded persons. Kudos to you, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode”, he added.

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If You’re Not A Senator, Leave Ambode’s Lagos Now!!!

By Tunde Odesola

(Published in The PUNCH on Monday, March 19, 2018)

It is not the red piece of cloth waved by the matador in a bullfight that enrages the bull. Bulls are colorblind. The red piece of cloth is to mask the blood of the gored bull. Sheer animalistic instinct propels the bull to charge at one of the three matadors, who rides a horse, taunting the brawny beast. Bullfighting is common to Spain, Portugal, France and some Latin America countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru. Basically, bullfighting is in three parts: the entry, the planting of the banderillas, and the killing of the bull. The entry sees the bull being released into the bullring with one of the matadors approaching it. The planting of the banderillas is the thrusting of wooden spikes into the bull’s neck muscle to weaken it, and the third and final part is putting the bull to the sword. After the bull is felled, harnessed horses come in and pull out the unfortunate animal, which would be cut up and sold in the local market. The head of the matadors that kill all six bulls could be awarded one or the two ears of the bull. And if the spectators feel he did the job with panache, they would root for him to be given the tail of the bull. If the head matador is injured and leaves the bullring to receive treatment, the remaining two matadors must kill the bull. But if by fate and grit, the bull survives the fight, which is a very rare occurrence, it would be granted a pardon called ‘indulto’ in Spanish and returned to its home ranch to become a stud for the rest of its life.

A few days ago, the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, and Lagosians were locked in a bullfight over the state’s an-arm-and-a-leg Land Use Charge. The matador and the bull were in the bullring – sizing, guesstimating, eyeballing and assessing each other. Who will blink first? The matador did; he backtracked, dropped his sword headlong into the sandy arena. He also dropped the red cloth and sauntered out of the ring with a grim, sad frown etched on his brow. But the bull will not be fooled. It continues to watch intently, muscles taut, head lowered, body angled back like a catapult ready to fly. Lagos is on the cross.

The contempt unfolding in Lagos today couldn’t happen over 2,000 years ago in the whole of Rome and Judea when Jesus Christ was dragged before Pontius Pilate. The priests and the elders of the time couldn’t unilaterally pronounce Jesus guilty; they had to take him through the law of the land. And Pontius Pilate, who represented the law, openly asked the traducers who they would love to be released between Jesus, the Messiah and Barabbas, the notorious criminal. The people shouted, ‘Jesus!’ Pilate tried all he could to deliver Jesus Christ from the priests and the elders because he knew they wanted to kill him out of envy. Pilate stalled. The shouts of ‘Crucify him!’ became intense even as Pilate inquired what Jesus’ offence was. Absolving himself of Jesus’ impending crucifixion, Pilate washed his hands off the case and released Jesus to them. In a mutual respect move, one would have expected the Lagos State Government to make wide consultations with all the various segments of the Lagos economy before arriving at the controversial Land Use Charge which saw rates increase by 400%. Did the Lagos Sate House of Assembly meet with all segments of the economy? If it did, did the opinions of the segments reflect in the 400% increase? How Ambode, a chartered accountant, assented to the record-breaking increase in an economy that just moved from recession to depression was an ultimate betrayal of voters’ trust. Chinese philosopher, Confucius, never lived in Lagos but in an enduring epigram, he says: “To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.”

I had thought the governor was a different breed until this shocking action that revealed his underbelly and disrespect for Lagosians. To think that the state-in-council sat and approved the increase showed that the political hegemony bequeathed by Governor Emeritus, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in Lagos State, is low on benevolence and high on malevolence. To think that Ambode expects Lagosians to applaud the reduction of the rate shows the hypocrisy in the prebendal politics of ‘Baba so pe’ (Baba says), which is always quick to describe the opposition Peoples Democratic Party as wicked and greedy. Really, I don’t think there’s any difference between the nest-of-killers’ politics and the politics of a godhead, who determines who get into posts within vicious transport unions, local government councils, state executives and legislatures, federal parliaments, federal cabinet, churches, mosques, banks and palm wine drinkers’ club. Ambode and his cabinet must have thought that Lagosians remained the puppets which subsequent administrations controlled on the strings of deceit and coercion; bringing the word of promise to their ears and breaking it to their hope. Methinks announcing a price increase and reducing same to gain cheap political popularity had faded out of governmental fad. If any state was to return to that vomit, it shouldn’t be our Almighty Lagos.

Not a few Lagosians saw through the politics of the rate reduction. Many are still shocked as to why the government decided to trifle with its immense goodwill earned on the platter of non-lousy service delivery. They contend that if the governor wasn’t playing politics and taking the masses for granted, he shouldn’t have, in the first instance, assented to the unholy increment. They’re also quick to note that the governor shouldn’t have embarked on a superfluous reduction after all the hues and cries, but should have returned the law to the assembly for a proper amendment – when the spirit of the disturbing law still lives. Some of the questions on the lips of Lagosians are: How would the government check landlords who are sure to increase rents astronomically? Is the new law not unfair to property owners whose buildings or lands aren’t in use? Did the representatives of the masses in the Lagos State House of Assembly truly enact a law that stipulates 100% increase in charge if payment was not made between 75 and 105 days? Does the increase reflect the economic realities of the citizenry? Defending the law, Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Akinyemi Ashade, said property of N10m and below constituted 75% of property owners in the state, who were expected to pay N5, 000 per annum as land use charge. But the commissioner failed to state how much the owners of property above N10m were expected to pay.

The caliber of people Ambode is building his new Lagos for is probably encrypted in the revelation by the senator representing Kaduna-Central senatorial district, Shehu Sani, that each of the nation’s 109 senators monthly receives a running cost of N13.1m and a consolidated salary of N750, 000, in addition to N200m for constituency projects. The labourer, teacher, civil servant, commercial motorcyclist, unemployed, petty trader, struggler appear to have no place in the future Lagos. Aside from senators and privileged members of the political class, other Nigerians whose citizenships are guaranteed in the new Lagos, on account of their earnings, include big-time kidnappers such as Evans, big-time assassins such as Ade Lawyer, transport union kingpins, herdsmen, sweepstake winners, armed robbers, ‘pen robbers’, security chiefs, corrupt judges, big-time prostitutes, rich clerics, successful sycophants, shylock businessmen, smart blackmailers, foreign-based footballers, expatriates, etc.

Land Use Charge Reversal: Ambode’s Exemplary Leadership Gesture

It is not common to find a highly placed government official back down from his lofty office in deference to the wishes of the masses of the people, whether in the implementation of polices or in just the day-to-day governance process.

The average occupier of a position of influence won’t want to flaunt his powers to show he is in charge; he is likely to stick to his positions even when such a position is suffocating the people that he is supposed to be governing. If you find any highly placed official do the opposite, it could only be because such a one truly has the interest of his people at heart.

This is one perspective from which many analysts now view the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunm Ambode. Just one move he made recently, above all others, has shown him as a man of compassion, a governor who is concerned about overall impact on the lives of the people than sticking to principles and procedures. With such a singular step, he had been able to demonstrate that governance is more about the welfare of the people than unnecessary expression of executive power.

Under reference here is the now famous Lagos State Land Use Charge (LUC) Law. It was successfully reviewed and then passed into law by the Lagos State House of Assembly on February 8, 2018, only for stakeholders to begin to raise issues concerning the law.

You would have thought that the state executive would ignore such agitations given that the said law had been given the seal of approval and gone ahead to do the needful. In fact, some governors in some states out there would have staked everything to see that the dissenting voices are silenced by all means, and the law rammed into implementation.

Not so, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. He had the axe on his hands, and the authorisation to apply it, but he listened to his emotions as a human being; he decided to listen to the cries of the people directly affected by that law.

Thus he acceded to convocation of stakeholders meeting on the matter. After an extensive deliberation, his government came out with one of the most beautiful pieces of news for house owners this season; it announced a major reduction on those new rates payable by property owners under the new land use charge law. It equally waived penalty for late payments across board.

It was the State’s Commissioner for Finance, Mr Akinyemi Ashade, who addressed the press on the matter, saying the rates payable on commercial properties have been reduced by 50 per cent in response to the demands of the people.

The concession by government also covered reduction of the charges for Owner-occupier with third party including industries and manufacturing concerns by 25 per cent, while tax credits have been given for LUC charges already paid in addition to introduction of instalment payment system.

The decision to reduce the rates was taken at the weekly Council Meeting Chaired by the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.

In the words of Ashade: “The Lagos State Government, in its desire to build world class infrastructure and improve the well-being of its citizens reviewed the Land Use Charges payable by all property owners. This exercise was received with mixed feelings by various interest groups who expressed serious concerns.

“In line with this administration’s tradition of inclusive governance and civic engagement, and as a Government that is committed to the welfare of its citizens and understands the importance of continuously engaging the populace, we undertook extensive dialogue with various stakeholders on the Land Use Charge (“LUC”) revised Law and its implementation.

“Consequently, we received a wide range of responses from our dialogue with various stakeholders on the amended LUC Law 2018. The stakeholders included the Organised Private Sector, Nigeria Bar Association, Real estate investors & developers, Landlord & Resident Associations, Community Development Associations, Civil Society Organisations, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industries (LCCI), Nigeria Institute of Estate Surveyors & Valuers and several other professional groups.”

With the latest development, a property valued at N20million for instance and earlier billed N91,200 would now pay N45,600 per annum as a result of the 50 per cent discount, while property occupied by owner, third party and property used for industrial and manufacturing purposes will now pay N23,040 per annum on a property valued at N20million as against the earlier N30,720 based on the 25 per cent discount.

On owner-occupied property, for a property valued at N20million, only N7, 752 would now be paid per annum as against N9,120 earlier demanded

“We appreciate and commend property owners of all categories who have performed their civic duties faithfully by paying the LUC. Consequently, as a result of these new measures, those who have paid the original amount will be awarded tax credits to the extent of the excess amount paid and carried forward to next year,” Ashade said.

Obviously, there is no better way for a government to show responsibility and compassion than this one.

This is especially when one realises that the legislation had gone through the normal process before becoming law, and also, given the intense lobbying that goes with this kind of legislation.

To have factored all these and decided to stomach the repercussions is one move the state executive has made that deserves commendation.

It demonstrates louder than ever, the state government’s determination to deliver the famed dividends of democracy. In rolling back the law, the government had demonstrated that it is pro-people, a listening and humble government.

Many in the position of Governor Ambode in other areas would have perceived a possible reversal of that law as a personal affront and would have mobilised every resource, human and material to thwarting it.

Ambode did otherwise. Beyond personal ego, he saw a window to an impactful touch on the people’s welfare; he saw an opportunity to demonstrate his humaneness and did not let it pass by.

Long years to come, Lagosians, and indeed other analysts of governmental process would remember this singular gesture of Governor Ambode. They would be able to retail the tale that not all those who occupy executive office are driven by inconsideration, but that beyond their official briefs as elected politicians, that they truly feel what the people feel. This is one lesson that Governor Ambode teaches in this magnanimous move. At the expense of sounding repetitive, it truly deserves commendation by all patriot and positive-minded persons. Kudos to you, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

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Senator Adeola Yayi, Lagos West Endorse Ambode For Second Term

Following the superlative endorsement of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for a second term in office based on widely acclaimed performance by Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West) and the entire constituents of Lagos West, the attention of the office of Senator Adeola aka Yayi has been drawn to some misguided social media traducers to the effect that Senator Adeola has abandoned his ongoing consultations and aspiration to run for governorship of Ogun State come 2019.

The spin doctors of those perpetually in fear of the wide acceptance of Senator Adeola across Ogun state for Ogun 2019 was hinged on various banners, placards and T-shirts agitation by satisfied constituents of Yayi at the endorsement of Ambode for Second term programme, that they desire his continuity as a senator having meritoriously served them in various capacities till date.

The presence of Senator Adeola at the occasion was misrepresented as having returned to Lagos as if he ever left his constituents in the first place. Nothing could be further from the truth of a situation that shows Yayi as a true representative that will never abandon his constituents while pursuing his constitutional and legal aspiration anywhere in Nigeria.

For the records of well meaning and enlightened Nigerians, Senator Adeola holds the mandate of the Lagos West Senatorial District as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria till June 2019. He will continue to effectively represent Lagos West in the Red Chambers and in all matters relating to Lagos West and Lagos State. It was in his dutiful representation of the largest Senatorial District in Nigeria that he had to be in one accord with his political leaders and constituents to give a merited endorsement for Governor Ambode.

And for his satisfied constituents, it is within their rights to use the occasion of the endorsement to show his continuing acceptability as a representatives and “earnestly yearning for continuity” for Yayi in Lagos West against any “wanna be” interloper. More importantly it is also the right of the Senator’s people back in Ogun state to “earnestly yearn for his return home as the most acceptable aspirant” to assist in delivery of dividends of democracy come 2019 as he has done and is doing in Lagos State.

In all these Senator Adeola is holding wide consultations in Lagos and Ogun State to determine the best way to serve the people in any capacity that the people and God wants him to serve. These consultations will not however lead him to abandon his primary constituents as some people would want or should lead to an erroneous conclusion that he has “returned to Lagos”.

For those looking for all avenues to exclude Senator Adeola from Ogun 2019 race at all cost, let it be on record all options are open for considerations as wide consultations continues before official declaration and electoral campaigns for Senator Adeola. But all such options will not compromise his effective representation that he is noted for in Lagos West till 2019 as dutifully demonstrated in the endorsement of Governor Ambode for Second term by Lagos West.

BREAKING: Ambode Reshuffles Cabinet, Drops Three Commissioners; Appoints Five New Ones

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday carried out a major cabinet reshuffle, dropping three commissioners and appointing five new ones.

In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, the three affected cabinet members are Mrs. Adebimpe Akinsola, Mr. Femi Odubiyi and Mr. Anifowoshe Abiola.

The newly appointed cabinet members include Mr. Hakeem Fahm (Ministry of Science and Technology); Mr. Ladi Lawanson (Ministry of Transportation); Mr Segun Banjo (Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget); Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye (Ministry of Commerce and Industry) and Mr. Hakeem Sulaiman (Communities and Communications).

The Statement added that major deployments have also been effected.

Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye from Commerce and Industry to Physical Planning and Urban Development; Mr. Steve Ayorinde from Ministry of Information and Strategy to Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan from Communities and Communication to Ministry of Information and Strategy; Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi Etti from Ministry of Wealth Creation to Ministry of the Environment; Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf from Ministry of Youth and Social Development to Ministry of Wealth Creation; Mr. Agboola Dabiri from Central Business District to Ministry of Youth and Social Development.

Others include Dr. Samuel Adejare from Ministry of the Environment to Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development; Engr. Ade Akinsanya from Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development to Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.

In the same vein, the statement also added that Mr. Benjamin Olabinjo has been moved from Special Adviser Commerce and Industry to become Special Adviser Civic Engagement, while Mr. Kehinde Joseph moved from Special Adviser Civic Engagement to become Special Adviser Housing.

Mr. Deji Tinubu, Special Adviser Sports has been redeployed as Special Adviser to the Governor on Commerce and Industry and Mr. Anofiu Elegushi moves from Special Adviser Transport to become Special Adviser, Central Business District.

The new Commissioners are expected to be cleared by the State House of Assembly while the other redeployment and postings take immediate effect.

According to the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Bello, the new appointments and redeployments are intended to create a new vigour and vitality for service delivery which has been the hallmark of the Governor Ambode administration.

Police Apprehend 2 For Impersonating Gov. Ambode

The Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja on Monday remanded two men in prison for allegedly impersonating the state governor, Gov Akinwumi Ambode in a text message and attempting to defraud the State to the tune of N50m.

The accused – Rilwan Jamiu and Balogun Oyewole are facing a three-court bordering on attempting to commit a felony and obtaining money by false pretenses.

They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecutor, Mr Adebayo Haroun, told the court that the offense was committed on February 10, 2016 at Block 11, State Treasury Office, Ministry of Finance, Government Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.

Haroun said the men cloned Ambode’s Globacom telephone number in a text message demanding N50m to be transferred by the Accountant General of Lagos state, Mrs Abimbola Umar.

Umar in her statement to the authorities, said, “ On Feb. 10, 2016, I received a text message at exactly 12.52 pm.

“I initially thought the message was from His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Lagos state because the name with which I saved his number appeared in my inbox.

“The message reads, ‘AG, Urgently transfer N50m to Dayder Limited account number 002806988 Keystone Bank. We will talk later, H.E.’

“I became suspicious because His Excellency does not send text messages for any payment, he normally calls his office when the need arises.

“This text message also looked strange because His Excellency would not end his message with H. E nor start with AG.

“This is not his pattern, I put a call to the Governor and he immediately asked me to take the phone to the security to investigate the text since the message did not come from him.”

The judge, Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya adjourned the case until November 17 for trial.