Lagos Police Raid Majidun Creeks, Destroy Militants’ Camp

The Lagos State Police Command, today Wednesday19th April 2017, raided creeks at Majidun base and destroyed the militants’ camp.

The state commissioner of police, Fatai Owoseni, and other top hierarchy of the command were on hand to supervise the operation still ongoing at the time of filing this report. As at the time of this report about 13 people have been arrested.

Details Shortly……

N250m Cash Recovered In Lagos Market- EFCC

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recoveved another cash haul in Lagos.

Where N250 million was recovered by the Agency at the popular Balogun market in Lagos.

The cash haul came barely three days after the commission recovered N449 million at an abandoned bureau de change on Victoria Island, Lagos.

EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren, who disclosed yesterday’s incident in a statement, said the discovery followed a tip-off from a whistle-blower.
The intercepted money, according to him, include 547,730 Euros, 21,090 pounds and N5,648,500 about N250 million at the prevailing exchange rate at the parallel market.

“The interception followed information that about N250 million cash was being moved somewhere in the market for conversion into foreign currencies by unnamed persons.

“Operatives responded timely, met the money in a Bureau de Change (BDC) office, but a large chunk of it had been converted into Euro and Pounds sterling.

“The BDC operators found in possession of the monies claimed they were acting on behalf of their boss who sent the money to them from one of the Northern states in Nigeria,” Uwujaren said.
He said two suspects were assisting the commission in its investigation.

 

 

Source: The Nations

Lagos Approves Fresh N582m Pension Payment

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has approved the release of N582,195 million as payment of entitlements to over 109 retirees’ for the month of March, 2017.  The Director-General, Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC), Mrs. Folashade Onanuga, who disclosed this during the 37th retirement benefit bond certificate presentation ceremony, held in Lagos said the state government, through LASPEC has, since the beginning of this administration paid 5,956 retirees from the mainstream Civil Service, Local Government and State Universal Basic Education Board, Teachers Establishment Pensions Office as well as other parastatals and agencies.

He said that by April 2017, the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) would clock 10 years of its commencement in Lagos State.

Ambode Inherited a Debt Burden- Tinubu

Former governor of Lagos State and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said he was worried about how the current governor of Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, would handle the burden of debt that he inherited from previous administrations.

Speaking at the opening of some construction projects in the Alimosho area of Lagos State to commemorate Tinubu’s 65th birthday, Tinubu said Ambode has shown sterling performance despite the deb burden.

He said, “I was worried when you (Ambode) took over; not about your credibility, character or capacity, but because however wise or smart a man is, if there are no resources to back the ideas, production will be zero; progress will be zero.

“When you took over, I know  you inherited a burden of debt. The debt profile of Lagos was high. I was wondering how you would reengineer and face the challenges to make progress.

“Today, I can see your report card; you have scored well, and you have shown prudency, especially in the judicious use of resources of the state.”

“Oshodi used to be a den of robbers, but what is going on there now is developmental activities for the benefit of the entire country.

“Ambode is very quiet, very peaceful, not a noise maker; but he is delivering on the job. Today, you have given me a good birthday present. This is a great opportunity for me to be very proud again,” Tinubu added.

 

Eviction of Residents of Waterfront Communities Must Stop – Amnesty International

Amnesty International, a Human right group, has urged the Lagos state government to stop what it terms the forceful eviction of residents waterfront communities in the state.

In a statement on Monday, the group noted that the latest forced eviction of residents of Otodo Gbame community was carried out despite an ongoing legal suit and mediation process.

“Over 30,000 thousand residents of Otodo Gbame, Ilubirin and Ebute Ikate waterfront communities in Lagos State were forcibly evicted by Lagos State authorities on 9 and 10 November 2016 respectively,” Amnesty International noted in the statement.

Officials of the Lagos State government environmental task force and armed police officers on March 17 began a fresh demolition of houses and destruction of properties at Otodo Gbame, a fishing settlement on the edge of Lagos lagoon, ignoring a court ruling against the forceful eviction of residents.

The Lagos State government denied flouting a court order, insisting it acted to ensure public health and safety.

The recent demolitions came months after a similar exercise by the state government destroyed about 800 homes and rendered almost 10,000 people homeless.

Amnesty International said more than 4,700 people lost their homes and livelihoods during the latest forced eviction.

“In September 2015, approximately 10,200 residents of Badia-East community in Ijora area of Lagos were forcibly evicted, and many of them remain homeless and dependent on family and friends. In September 2016, residents of Ilubirin community were also forcibly evicted from their homes without prior notice.

“The state government is yet to provide any compensation or resettlement to evictees from these demolitions. The Lagos State authorities stated that the forced evictions and demolitions in the waterfront communities is because of the environmental risks these waterfront communities. Over 40 communities and tens of thousands of residents are currently at risk of imminent eviction across the state.

“Nigeria is a party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and other international and regional human rights treaties, which require it to realize the right to adequate housing, and to prevent and refrain from carrying out forced evictions.”

 

Source: Premium Times

Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, a Man of Strong Legacies- State of Osun Assembly

State of Osun House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt.Honourable Najeem Salam has felicitated with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the Celebration of his 65th birthday.

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In a statement signed by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Honourable Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, the Assembly described Tinubu as a quintessential, larger than life politician, with passion for democratic ideals and commitment to national development.
It noted that the former governor of Lagos state is a man of many parts, a bridge builder, philanthropist, master strategist and patriot who in many ways has raised the standard of civilization and human dignity. Osun Assembly maintained that Nigeria owes Tinubu a huge gratitude for his determination, consistency, doggedness, vision and fearless disposition in the strengthening and enthronement of good governance in the country.

The parliament noted that Tinubu, who is acknowledged by friends and foe, far and near, as a rounded politician, pathfinder, investor, generous and people person, said, through his extra ordinarily large heart and unusual magnanimity of character, he had raised countless men from miry clay, produced several remarkable politicians and business leaders.

The statement pointed that Tinubu warm disposition, visionary leadership and cares for the oppressed and the under-privileged had endeared him to all and sundry. The Assembly then advised him to remain focus in the days and years ahead at ensuring that democracy which he bravely fought for is not left to drift or suffer any form of setback. While wishing him many more years in radiant health, State of Osun Assembly added that his many legacies and contributions to nation building, party politics and wealth creation are eloquent testimonies of his great personality as a distinguished Nigerian and pan Africanist.

Ambode Recruits 5,700 Neighbourhood Corps Officials

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, launched the re-branded Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, with a pledge that the security of lives and property in the state is now non-negotiable yesterday.

A total of 177 salon cars and vehicles equipped with necessary communication gadgets, 377 motorcycles, 377 helmets, 4,000 bicycles, metal detectors for ensuring that illegal weapons are not smuggled into public places, among other operational equipment were handed over to the Corps by the governor.

Speaking at the official launch held at Agege Stadium, Governor Ambode said the move was another giant step towards enhancing security all over the State and a vital part of the ongoing efforts of his administration to reform the security and justice sector. The Governor, who on August 15, 2016 assented to the law that created the Neighbourhood Safety Corps, said the Corps had been designed to provide a second layer of policing in order to ensure that the State and communities are more secure.

He acknowledged the fact that the Nigerian Police had been very supportive to the state government especially in fighting crime, but that the need for the Neighbourhood Corps arose from the identified security challenges confronting the State due to huge population, adding that the members of the Corps would complement police especially in areas of community policing. “Let me, however, make it abundantly clear that the Neighbourhood Safety Corps is not in any way in competition with the regular Police Force. “In actual fact, they are expected to assist and complement the Police by providing useful intelligence for crime prevention and to facilitate the arrest of perpetrators of criminal activities in our communities,”  Ambode said.

He added that in realization of the fact that nothing can be more important in law enforcement than educating the people in charge of enforcing the law, the re-branded Neighbourhood Corps have been trained and equipped with the requisite knowledge and skills to complement the good work of the Nigerian Police.

 

He said in addition to the induction on orthodox community policing techniques, the Corps were also trained on how to mediate disputes and the art of negotiating for peaceful resolution; balancing communal interest in resolving disputes and proactive policing engagement instead of reactive policing. “Special hotlines have also been created direct to the Executive Secretary and senior management of the Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency for easy communication with our communities in the event of any crime. “Any valuable information given to the Corps will attract handsome rewards from the State Government. I therefore call on all Lagosians to join hands with us to say a final no to crime in our State. “All these equipment have been made possible through the judicious use of tax payers money and funds from the State Lottery Fund for good causes. Please continue to pay your taxes for a better Lagos. “I am very happy to state that through this Safety Corps initiative the State Government has created over 7,000 jobs for officers of the Corps, artisans and other support staff. Job creation is at the heart of economic prosperity and we remain fully committed to a more prosperous Lagos for our citizens,” the Governor said.

The Governor, however, charged the Corps not to indulge in brutalizing citizens, but that they should exercise lot of restraint, patience, understanding and maturity while carrying out their duties. Besides, the Governor said in order to further strengthen security, a new executive bill to regulate employment of domestic workers and security guards would soon be forwarded to the State House of Assembly, explaining that the bill, among others, will prescribe regulations for the set of workers and other details to monitor their activities. He also handed over four vans fitted with Close Circuit Television Cameras (CCTVs) to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the State Police Command.

While noting that there is no longer any room for child abuse or under aged workers, Governor Ambode said it had been discovered that domestic workers were largely undocumented and pose a grave security threat in the State. He also said the recruiting agencies, under the bill, would be licensed and regulated to ensure safety.

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Lagos Threatens To Shut Down Ikoyi Federal Marriage Registry

The Lagos state government has told the Ikoyi Federal Marriage Registry, that it would be shut down if they fail to work towards the complains already laid against them.

Lagos state said that the registry will be shut down if an immediate solution is not proffered by the owners as its patrons always constitute a nuisance through indiscriminate parking on the road among other environmental offences.
It also issued 14 days grace to owners of illegal structures on Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Lekki and environs to remove such infractions or face prosecution according to the state’s environmental law. This came following approval by Governor  Akinwunmi Ambode for the commencement of enforcement of the Clean-Up of the inner streets of Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki environs.

The Chairman and Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr. Tunji Bello who made the remarks yesterday, explained that the measure became necessary in order to restore the original plans of the areas as well as ensure sustainable environment for residents. According to Bello, “The Governor gave the go-head after receiving a briefing from the committee on the completion of the first stage of the exercise which involved the major streets. Meanwhile, the Lagos @ 50 Planning Committee yesterday unveiled range of activities for the final celebration of the State’s Golden Jubilee anniversary.

Addressing a world press conference at the Banquet Hall in Lagos House, Ikeja, Co-chair of the Lagos @ 50 Planning Committee, Mr Habeeb Fasinro said the final lap of the celebration would kick off on Saturday, April 8 and culminate on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Fasinro, who was joined at the conference by other members of the Committee including Professor Ademola Abass, Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola, Mrs. Sarah Boulos, Mrs. Chika Balogun, said the events lined up for the celebration has been carefully selected to tell the story and journey from 1967 when the State was created till date. He said the event would kick off on April 8, with a special Musical Play tagged “Wakaa” produced and directed by ace producer and director, Bolanle Austen-Peters at the Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos.

Pictures of the Unilag student who died after outing with an unidentified man

We brought you reports some few minutes ago about the death of a Unilag Chemistry Education Student, Tope who died after a night out with an unidentified man.

We’ve gotten pictures of the student… and more details. Her name is Temitope Omolara and she was a 100 level Chemistry Education student of Unilag. Temitope Omolara reportedly started “behaving in a strange way” after going out with an unidentified man. Some say the man was her sugar daddy. We have not been able to independently verify this claim.

As at Monday, she appeared sick. This worried her friends. “I’ll be fine,” she reportedly told one, only to die on Thursday night at an hospital off campus. She was buried on Friday.

Temitope’s passing, according to sources, wasn’t easy. She was reportedly in pains and “even vomited blood”.

Friends say she might have fallen victim to ritual killers. We don’t know how that happened, if that was what happened.

Temitope’s death has thrown the Faculty of Education into shock as UNILAG prepares for another examination period. She was a 100 Level student of Chemistry Education.

While some said Temitope was a “runs girl” who stumbled across the wrong “sugar daddy”, Micheal Ogunlaja, argued otherwise.

“I knew her for more than two years,” Ogunlaja wrote in a Facebook post the day Temitope was buried.

“Tope was a good girl, humble, nice and jovial lady. She was a prestigious lady ready to sacrifice everything for someone. I remember those moment we spent together reading, joking, and tackling serious issues.

“Memories of you can never vanish from my life. You never tell me you will go this soon. It was a shock when I heard your death. Why would death pick you? The last time we saw, we talked, joke, laughed and sobered together not knowing that was the last time we were gonna to see. Indeed we lost icon, an Akokite.

“May your gentle soul rest in peace,” he wrote.

Body of Doctor who Jumped Inside the Lagoon has been Discovered

It has been reported that the body of the legal practitioner Allwell Oji who committed suicide on Sunday at about 4:30pm around Adekunle Bus Stop on the Third Mainland Bridge has been recovered by the Officials of the Marine Command of the Nigeria Police, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and local divers immediately after the incident started the search for Oji’s body.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, confirmed the recovery of the body on Tuesday at about 11:30am on Tuesday and have sent for Oji’s mother for proper identification of the corpse.

 

 

Lagos States Rewards Teachers

56 teachers have been rewarded under the Lagos State Ministry of Education for their exemplary contributions to the education sector within the last one year. The reward has been an annual event since 2007 when the first set of most productive staffs and students at various levels and categories within the education family were honored with sumptuous gifts.

The star prize has always been a brand new car and goes to whoever that emerges as the best teacher in the secondary school category. And the winner of this year’s edition is Mr. Ajanaku Babatunde Fatai of Ojota Senior Secondary School, Ojota. He won a brand new Chery E5, 1.8litres Automatic transmission car, valued over N4 million.

Others who included his counterpart at the primary school category-Mr Olusegun Mufutau of Lasa Primary School, Ibeshe, Amuwo-, the best principal, vice-principal, best headmaster and assistant, best non-teaching staff, best student, among others went home with various gift items. These include refrigerators, generators, grinding and washing machines, desk top computers, laptops, and so forth.