Ambode Pledges To Compensate Demolished House Owners

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday while speaking at the 10th Quarterly Town Hall meeting has pledged to compensate owners of buildings demolished to facilitate construction.

Ambode said he would begin the payment in the next four weeks. He added that henceforth, such displaced persons would be relocated before construction begins. He disclosed that his government would not embark on any development without carrying the people along.

On security, he said the government has taken strategic steps to secure the residents, adding that killer herdsmen would not have a space in the state. The governor revealed that the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund disbursed N4.5billion to 5,500 beneficiaries in 2017, who also received training on financial literacy and business management. He said in fulfilling the promise to students in tertiary institutions across the state, N635.5million was disbursed to 8,419 students across the state.

“Our government acquired healthcare equipment worth N2.5 billion. The equipment would strengthen the capacity of our health facilities to render improved health services and also facilitate the smooth take off of the Lagos State Health Scheme. “In order to meet the needs of the youth in the area of technical and vocational development, we have approved the establishment of three new technical colleges, bringing the numbers to eight,” he said.

 

PDP Can’t Win Lagos In 2019 – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as “a dead party, not capable of capturing Lagos in 2019.”

The Assistant Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Mr. Abiodun Salami, stated this during a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Salami was reacting to a claim by the Publicity Secretary of PDP in the state, Mr. Taofik Gani, that the party would capture Lagos in 2019.

Gani had said 2019 would be the beginning of the end of APC administration in the state as the party was sure of dislodging the ruling party.

He had claimed that Lagosians were tired of the “non-performance of APC government “and were eagerly waiting to vote PDP.

“We will shock the APC in 2019. Take my words. We already have a lot of novel ideas to wrestle governance from them.

“For now, we will keep our strategies sealed. When the game starts, we will unleash them.

“Ambode has failed in purposeful governance. The only thing we see is propaganda. Lagosians desire a change, and that change is PDP,” Gani had said.

But Salami described his comments as laughable, saying PDP had been completely decimated and have no capacity to make any impact in the governorship election, let alone winning.

He dismissed the assertion as “empty boast,” saying Lagosians knew the difference between light and retrogression and would continue to vote the APC.

“The assertion made by the PDP that it would win the state in 2019 is a huge joke. In fact it is laughable.

“How do they want to achieve that? The party has been deserted and left for dead by Lagosians.

“A party where virtually all their bigwigs, such as Musiliu Obanikoro and others had deserted because they have seen the light and are now in the fold of APC,” Salami stated.

1,500 PDP Members Defect To APC In Lagos

About 1,500 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area of Lagos State have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The defectors were reportedly received by Mr. Olusola Sokunle, representing Oshodi-Isolo Constituency I at the Lagos State House of Assembly, and the APC Chairman in the local government area, Alhaji Olamide Kasali.

Sokunle, while receiving the new defectors said, “The APC is a party to belong to; (it’s a party) where our political aspirations can be met. So, endeavour to frequently attend political meetings in your wards.

“Let us thank Governor Ambode for giving Oshodi a facelift. More projects are still on the way. The door is still open for other interested PDP members to join us.”

Sokunle was elected into the House of Assembly on the platform of the PDP but had in February, along with six other lawmakers, defected to the APC.

Also welcoming the defectors, Kasali assured them that the APC would ensure their interests were protected.

The party chairman said that the party would soon begin its membership registration in the wards. He urged all new and old members to go to their various wards for registration upon the commencement of the exercise.

Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Mosaku said, “We dumped the PDP for the APC because of the performance of Sokunle.

“We are also motivated by the performance of the APC-led government in Lagos; we will not do a U-turn and return to the PDP.”

Monarch Lauds Ambode On Development As NIJ Postgraduate Students Visit Epe

The Aladeshonyin of Odo Noforija Kingdom in Epe area of Lagos State, Oba Babatunde Ogunlaja (Kalejaiye II) has declared his support for Governor Akinwumi Ambode to be re-elected in 2019.

The royal father made this known while receiving postgraduate students of Nigerian Institute of Journalism on a courtesy call to his palace on Sunday.

Oba Ogunlaja said the overwhelming achievements of Governor Ambode counts him worthy of a second term in office.

He stressed that all royal fathers in Lagos State are solidly behind him and would continue to give him the support he needs during his second term bid.

The traditional ruler also charged journalists to carry out their duties diligently with professionalism.

He also promised to support journalists just as he donated N100,000 to the visiting students.

Earlier, the son of the soil who is the host to the visiting students, Otunba Gbanga Abass tasked journalists across the country on the need for objectivity, particularly when reporting government policies.

While commending Governor Akinwunmi Ambode quest to transform Lagos for the good of all, Abass said the governor has performed excellently in agriculture, infrastructures, job/wealth creation, and human capacity development and many more achievements.

Abass who was full of praise to Oba Ogunlaja’s warmed reception said the monarch has demonstrated unrivaled love for the ancient town of Epe.

Fire Destroys Shops In Lagos

Early on Tuesday morning at least five shops attached to a Union Bank building on 411 Road Junction, Gowon Estate, Federal Housing Authority, Egbeda were destroyed.

The fire began at the makeshift shops at about 11.20 pm shortly after electricity supply was taken by the providers, Ikeja Electric.

However, many of the shop owners had closed and gone home.

The youth in the area had contained the fire before the arrival of the men of the Lagos State Fire Service about an hour after the inferno started.

The residents and sympathisers, who urged the state government to install water hydrants and fire notices all over the estate, lamented that some of the areas marked for the development of infrastructure for sports, fire service stations and recreation had been sold to individuals by the FHA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let Us Try The Lagos Model

From now on, the Rauf Aregbesola administration in the State of Osun enters the last lap of its second term in office. To put it mildly, the first term of four years of the administration has been most defining in terms of its pace and commitment to the highest standard of responsive, value-creating governance. The last three years of the second term has been just as exciting despite the immense fiscal challenges and a distracting propaganda orchestrated by those sworn never to see anything good in the Aregbesola administration.

Seven years on, it is so easy to forget what was and what now is. From a laid-back, socially prostrate state of a few years back, the state marches on, audaciously, confident that the foundation of a prosperous future had been firmly laid. A state that was practically insolvent after inheriting a debilitating loan of N18.38 billion at the time of its inauguration currently has in place a pragmatic fiscal template that keeps governance on an even keel – the aftermath of years of discipline and frugality – and despite the revenue shocks that have knocked the bottom off the finances of all the states of the federation.

Once upon a time, we had a state whose critical infrastructure lay in ruins, whose school structures once looked more like pig-sties than learning environment; where health facilities lay decrepit; a state whose capital Osogbo suffered perennial flooding. Today, the vast transformation is hard to miss – whether in the urban renewal schemes that have changed the face of the major cities in the state; the beautiful ring road that proudly announces the capital city’s romance with sophistication, the rural roads that promises to unleash the latent energies of the rural economy, and no less, the world class classrooms that attests to quality thinking and commitment of the administration to spare nothing in its quest to upgrade the learning environment for our children.

For a state that only a short while ago spoken of in deprecatory terms, we can now talk of a state on a steady cruise, thanks to Ogbeni and his team.

Yet, much as break-taking performance will define the Aregbesola legacy, there is another factor that will be something of an icing on the governor’s cake: His choice of successor. The outcome of the process, aside proving his mettle as a leader, would most certainly make or mar his legacy. If we have any advice to APC as a party and the governor as the leader of the party in the state, it is for them to handle it with utmost responsibility.

Today, Nigerians including the good people of Osun speak glowingly of the Lagos Model of succession. They refer to the carefully planned relay that started with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu with his careful attention to planning, team-building, and execution; then Babatunde Raji Fashola – the actualiser who took the vision farther afield with his spectacular performance; and now, Akinwunmi Ambode who continues to show infinite promises that only an individual which shares in the original promises can.

Between the trio, what we have is a state not only coming to its full potentials but a reference in continuity and excellent performance. We also see this model to a limited extent in Edo State where Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, after eight years of sterling performance handed the baton to a fellow team player, Godwin Obaseki under whom the state continues to coast along.

Our dear state of Osun, we daresay, deserves no less. If we may put it in simple terms: Having seen the sheer toils of the governor, his labour of love of the past seven years, it will be tragic to have either an incompetent, ill-equipped outsider come in to roll back the gains. Moreover, we know how much store the Aregbesola administration places on planning for the future. We know the efforts that went into the making of his Six-Point Integral Plan – the administration’s developmental roadmap.  In the same way that we cannot talk of the Lagos model without the blueprint on which successive Lagos administrations has been running for almost 18 unbroken years, the least the state can wish for is to have a leader that will run on the same development trajectory begun by Aregbesola. The only way to get that done is for the governor to cast his net wide to see which of his team members can build upon the foundation already laid.

 

 

Badoo Strikes Again, Kills Mother, Two Children In Lagos

The dreaded Badoo cultist gang have yet again struck in the Ikorodu area of Lagos state.

The cultists killed with a stone, a mother and her two children who were inside a church.

Confirming the attack on Tuesday, Lagos State Police command said that it had arrested two suspects in connection with the killing that was carried out in a church’s premises.

Addressing reporters, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Imohimi Edgal, confirmed the arrest, saying that the incident happened at Temu village in Ikosi Ejirin Local Council Development Area of the state.

While the police boss said that two persons were killed in the attack, residents told newsmen that a mother and her two children were killed in the incident.

Edgal said, “It is a clear case of murder. The landlady has been arrested and an Okada rider has been arrested.

“One of the victims watched television throughout the night with one of the suspects in our custody.

“It has nothing to do with ritual killing as speculated.”

The CP said that investigation had commenced into the killings.

Residents of the community said a woman and her two children were killed by suspected “Badoo” cultists at about 2 am on Monday.

They explained further that the criminals scaled the fence and killed the woman identified as Iyabo; her 4-year-old son David and her daughter, Rachael, 8, with stones while sleeping, a trademark of the badoo group.

It was further learnt that policemen from Agbowa Police Division had evacuated the corpses to the mortuary.

500 Youths Renounce Cultism In Ikorodu, Arms Recovered

Over 500 youths in Ijede town of Ikorodu, Lagos State, renounced their membership of different cult groups and surrendered their weapons to the Lagos State police boss, Imohimi Edgal, who vowed to profile them and put them under close watch.

 

Some of the weapons submitted to police were AK 47 rifles, pomp action rifles, locally-made pistols, AK 47 magazines, axes and cutlasses. Those who gave up their arms were youths whose ages are between 17 and 35. Leader of Eiye cult in Ijede, Olanrewaju Adesoye, said they were tired of being chased about and needed peace of mind.

 

“I was the number one man of Eiye. My journey to cultism started from power tussle over boundary issue, but the crisis that followed was not what we bargained for. My appreciation goes to the local government chairman who pioneered this move. We had made up our minds to renounce our membership for a long time but we feared we would be arrested,” he said.

 

Abdulazeez Densi, a leader of KK cult group, noted that he decided to give up his membership for safety of his life and community. “The crisis is becoming too much. I am tired and I want to be safe. I also want peace to reign in my community.”

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, who received the weapons on behalf of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), said the event marks a new beginning in the history of the area, pointing out that the act was a boost to his much clamoured police public partnership. He urged other local council chairmen to emulate the actions of the Ijede council boss, Salisu Fatiu Jimoh, for pioneering the move.

 

“Ijede has set the pace for other communities in Lagos. I am, therefore, calling on chairmen of local governments in the state to be at the centre of championing this initiative. They should talk to the youths to shun cultism and drug abuse. We want to stamp out cultism and drug abuse in Lagos State. On behalf of the IGP and AIG Zone 2, I receive these arms for onward transfer to the Lagos State Command armory.”

 

He directed the Divisional Police Officer, Ijede to commence profiling of those that renounced their membership of cult groups as the first step in the process of reintegrating them back into the society.

 

“We would place them on police supervision and monitor their activities. We would also have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with those that championed this cause, in order to ensure they engage them in vocational skills.”

 

Four Story Building Collapses In Lagos

A four-Storey building under construction along Herbert Macaulay way Ebute-Metta, Lagos Mainland collapsed on Wednesday morning. According to the General Manager, Lagos Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Engr. Lekan Shodeinde, the building was under construction when it collapsed and all necessary notices had been served to the developer, including a stop work notice.

 

Shodehinde further stated that the agency had taken all necessary steps within its limits, including sealing up of the construction site with a caution tape to stop further work at the site. He, however, said there was no casualty at the collapse site since it had been sealed for a while now by the agency.

The General Manager in a statement restated the state government’s zero tolerance to building collapse and avoidable death of its citizenry. He said the agency would not rest till incidence of building collapse was at zero level. He further appealed to Lagosians to take all necessary precautions and steps during building construction.

 

Lagos To Put Ban On Commercial Motorcycle

The Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force on Enforcement of Road Traffic Laws yesterday said his team will commence the full enforcement of the State Laws of 2012 that banned motorcycle operators from plying certain routes across the state.

Mr Olayinka Egbeyemi revealed this to journalists while answering to an incident that occurred around Mile 2 area of Lagos, where a sister agency raided hideouts of miscreants and hoodlums.

He said the enforcement had earlier occurred when security operatives of the agency invaded 2nd Rainbow along Mile 2 area including Festac and impounded 163 motorcycles with 29 riders arrested

He said, “There must be a synergy between all security agencies of government in order to collectively fight the menace of these motorcycle operators on all restricted routes across the state.

“There were series of complaints from members of the public on criminal activities perpetrated by some of these motorcycle operators.

“Complaints by the residents of snatching of bags, phones, wallets, and jewelry around these areas at night are on a rampage.”

He advised members of the public to desist from patronizing commercial motorcycle operators on restricted routes as anyone arrested will be prosecuted in accordance with the Law.

He added that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Legal Imohimi has directed the 29 arrested motorcycle operators immediately charge to court for prosecutions.

26 Vehicles Stolen In Lagos, Recovered In Ondo – Police

The Onikan Zone 2 Police Command in Lagos said 26 cars stolen in the last eight months in the Oworonshoki, Bariga and Somolu areas of Lagos State have been recovered by operatives of the Zonal Intervention Squad.

The state command said the cars were stolen in the communities by members of a syndicate, who usually sneaked into the neighbourhoods with master keys to open cars, adding that the vehicles were sold to buyers in Ondo State.

Arrested members of the syndicate are Joshua Adeleke, Moses Ofoke, Oluseye Arokoyo, Ahmed Ali, Folorunsho Ojowuro and Samuel Bolanle.

The police said it recovered 13 Toyota Camry, three Toyota Corolla, one Toyota Sienna, one Nissan Sunny and one Nissan Almera.

Others are three Honda Accord, two Toyota Sienna, one Nissan Pathfinder and one Mazda 626.

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the command, Adamu Ibrahim, said the police got information about the gang on October 6, 2017.

He said, “We learnt the robbers snatched a Toyota Camry big daddy from Lagos around 2.45pm on that day and were heading towards Sango Ota, Ogun State.

“A team of ZIS operatives was detailed to track down the hoodlums and three of them were arrested. They confessed that they specialised in removing vehicles by roadsides and that they operated in the Bariga, Oworonshoki and Somolu areas of Lagos State.”

The suspects, who were paraded at the ZIS office at Obada Oko, Abeokuta, on Wednesday, said difficult situations of life pushed them into crime.

The leader of the gang, Adeleke, said he took 11 cars from the Oworonshoki and Bariga areas between March and October 2017, adding that he sold them for between N100,000 and N300,000.

He said, “I started doing this job after I lost my job as a driver at a company on Victoria Island, Lagos. I was sacked because I stole N200,000. A friend introduced me to this work in

March 2017. I have stolen 11 vehicles in Oworonshoki and Bariga.

“A man made a master key for me and my gang members. We bought the key for N2,000. What we do is to go out by 2am. We open cars parked by roadsides and start the vehicles with the master key. We don’t rob at gunpoint.

“We send the cars to Ondo State where we have ready buyers. The first car we took to Ondo State was a Nissan product, which we sold for N100,000. We also sold a Toyota Camry for N200,000.

“We were four members of the gang; my wife does not know this is what I do for a living.”

Another member of the gang, Ali, an indigene of Ogun State, said he became a member after Adeleke assisted him with money.

The 23-year-old barber explained that he followed the gang leader to Ondo twice to sell some of the stolen vehicles.

The third suspect, Ofoke, an indigene of Izzi, Ebonyi State, said he joined the gang after he lost his job as a private security guard.

One of the receivers of the stolen cars, Ojowuro, said he bought seven cars from the suspects, adding that while he resold some for profit, he converted the rest to private use.

The Igbokoda, Ondo State indigene, denied knowing that the vehicles were stolen until he was arrested by the police.

“They told me that the vehicles were seized from smugglers by customs. One of the boys said he was a soldier and he wore military camouflage to deceive me. The cars I bought for N100,000, I sold for N250,000. The ones I bought for N300,000 I sold for N400,000,” he said.

The AIG said the suspects would be soon be arraigned