Army Launches Operation Crocodile Smile II In Lagos [PHOTOS]

The Nigerian Army on Friday launched a special operation in Lagos state with code-named Operation ‘Crocodile Smile II’.

Over a thousand military personnel including special boat services of the Nigerian Navy are currently stationed at the Tarkwa bay axis of Lagos state

Chief of Army State, Lt. General Tukur Buratai was on hand to flag off the ceremony which is expected to cover Ogun and Lagos states.

Recall the Operation Python Dance II was launch few weeks ago in the South-East region of the country to curb activities of now proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra,  IPOB .

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PSC To IGP: Disregard Letter Demoting Ag Lagos CP, Edgal Imohini

In a swift reaction to the trending demotion of the Acting Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr. Edgal Imohimi, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Dr. Mike Okiro, has disassociated the commission from the purported letter signed by the commission’s Permanent Secretary.

Okiro said he was not privy to such letter and therefore cannot be said to be official position of the commission.

PSC’s Permanent Secretary, Musa Istifanus, had written to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, about the demotion of Imohimi to his former rank of DCP.

The letter had generated confusion and consternation within the leadership of the police, as well as stakeholders.

Okiro explained that he had told the IG to ignore the letter written by the commission’s Permanent Secretary, Musa Istifanus, about the demotion.

“The letter was not authorised by the commission; Istifanus did not write on my behalf. I read the letter too like everybody and I have told the IG to ignore it. The letter was not authorised at all. I will meet with Istifanus about it and find out how the letter came about,” Okiro said.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, also stated that Imohimi remains the Acting Lagos CP.

“The PSC has the power to appoint, promote and discipline officers, but it does not have the power to demote. It can only demote an officer after the Force Disciplinary Committee has looked into what the officer has done and then recommend him for a disciplinary action, PSC can only authenticate what the police take to it.

“In this case, Acting CP Imohimi has not committed any disciplinary offence and the Force Disciplinary Committee has not recommended him for demotion,” he said.

Banker Arraigned For Allegedly Stealing N25m Depositors’ Money

A former banker James Oke, arrested on board a flight out of Nigeria after allegedly stealing N25,466,330 million from the bank has been arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court sitting at Igbosere.

 

Oke 28, alongside his accomplice Moyosore Shofowora 27, also a banker, were docked before Chief Magistrate B. A Snouga.

 

They are standing trial on two-count charge of conspiracy and theft.

 

The prosecutor, Inspector Abbass Abayomi, told the court that the defendants committed the alleged offences between September 22, 2016 and July 28, 2017, at Ogba Branch of the Bank.

 

He claimed they conspired among themselves and stole N25, 466,330, property of the bank.

 

According to him, the offences committed by the duo is punishable under Sections 411 and 287 (7) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015.

 

However the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge against them.

 

Their counsel Mr O Gani and Mr U.N Ezeokeke urged the court to grant the defendants bail in liberal term, as they were still presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

But the prosecutor objected to the application to grant them bail in liberal term.

 

After listening to the submissions of the defendants counsel and the prosecutor, Magistrate Sonuga granted the defendants N5million bail each, with two sureties each in like sum, who must be bank managers of two separate banks.

LASG: Automobile Technicians To Embrace ICT

The Lagos State Ministry of Transportation has urged members of the National Automobile Technicians Association ( NATA ) in Lagos to embrace the use of information technology in their workshops.

Mr Akinola Johnson, the Director, Transport Operations, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen on the sidelines of the election of new executives of NATA in Lagos.

Johnson said it was necessary for technicians to ensure that their workshops and garages were operating according to the standard set by the ministry.

“We have advised them that roadworthiness in Lagos is going automation, so they have to move with time.

“The technicians’ workshops must move with time and be computerized to be able to diagnose the fault in the vehicles brought to them.

“As you know, most of the testing centers in Lagos State will need their services when cars develop a fault.

“We advise the public to patronize them, that is why we expect them to have a computerized vision of where the state is moving to,’’ the director said.

He said though, the ministry does not interfere with the activities of the association, it controls their activities and plays a fatherly role to them.

Earlier, Mr Abdulahi Sulaiman, the Secretary, National Electoral Committee of the association, said that the automobile technicians were set to create more jobs.

Sulaiman advised the newly elected officers to work together and move the association forward so as to contribute their quotas in moving Lagos forward.

Meanwhile, the newly elected chairman of NATA, Mr Jacob Fayeun, promised to embark on the training of his members, and work toward providing the permanent secretariat for the association.

Shrine Owner Arrested Over The Murder Of 4 Year-Old Girl In Lagos

Three months ago, Juliana Taiye had gone to a mosque with her siblings on the 24th of July, 2017, before she was declared missing. Her body was later around 8:00p.m. of the same day, with the neck slashed, at an Ogun shrine in her parents abode at No. 54, Owoduni Street.

Latest updates which came through the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Edgal Imohimi, told newsmen the owner of the shrine where the kidnapped four-year-old girl was allegedly used as sacrifice in Iwaya, Yaba area of Lagos, three months ago, has been arrested.

Briefing newsmen on his arrest yesterday, Imohini said “after an extensive investigation into the incident, one Olalekan Olatise, mastermind of the heinous crime, who resides in Ikorodu, was arrested. He confessed to the crime and also mentioned his sister and one other in connection with the incident. Efforts at arresting the two other fleeing suspects are ongoing. They would all be charged to court at the completion of investigation.”

When approached, the 35-year-old suspect admitted to be the custodian of the shrine. He however denied having anything to do with the slain girl.He said:  “I do not have a hand in the killing. On the day in question, I was in a Cherubim and Seraphim church where I had gone for prayers because I was sick. It was when I came home to pick some clothes that I was told what happened.

“My father was the custodian of the shrine. After his demise, the oracle chose me as the next custodian. At first, I refused because I was a Christian. I was forced to accept out of fear, because they threatened that I would go mad if I refused.

“I have never done sacrifice on the shrine since I took over. Rather, a man named Kazeem has been doing it. Besides, they do not use human beings to sacrifice to the god of Ogun. They use dogs, goats, cola nut and bitter cola for the sacrifice all over.

“When the incident happened, I went to Ikorodu to stay. I was initially staying in my mother’s compound where the shrine is before I moved to Ikorodu. I was arrested because I did not show up when the police came.

“I am using this opportunity to call on all Ifa priests across the country to come to my aid by consulting the oracle on my behalf  to know who killed the little girl.

“I have cried to a traditional ruler in Ikorodu, but he rebuffed me and told me plainly that there was nothing he could do since I was not worshipping the god of the shrine since it was handed over to me.”

Asked how it was possible for anyone to access the shrine without his consent, the Ogun state – born suspect said: “ any worshipper could go to the shrine without my knowledge as long as Kazeem who knows how to perform the ties is there.”

Aregbesola Commiserates With Lagos People Over Chief Imam’s Death

The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has described the death of the ‎Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Garba Akinola as a big loss to the entire Muslim community in Lagos and Nigeria.

In a condolence message by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Sola Fasure, Aregbesola described Akinola as a foremost Islamic Scholar, who was not only well versed in the Quran and the Hadith, but lived all his life as a good Muslim and worthy leader of the faith.

He added: “The death of Sheikh Akinola is a big loss to the Muslim Ummah in Lagos as well as the entire state because he preached peace and unity while alive. His preaching at home and his gospel of Islamic scholarship will be missed.”

“I received the news of the death of the Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Garba Akinola, which occurred on Sunday at Lagos State Teaching Hospital, with shock but submission to the will of Allah.
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“He was a man of peace who built bridges and reached out to people of other faiths.
Imam Akinola was a honest man who built a reputation for integrity and high service.

“He served humanity and the Muslim Ummah well. His passage is a great loss which has left a huge void that will be hard to fill”.

While praying for the repose of the soul of the late cleric, Aregbesola urged members of various Muslim societies to continue the good works Sheik Akinola started, adding “this is the only way to immortalise this pride of Lagos in particular and Nigeria as a whole.

“This is a sad moment for the Muslim Ummah in Lagos, we are however grateful to God that he led a profoundly peaceful life.‎

“He was no doubt a scholar of higher integrity who touched the lives of many Muslims positively.

“I commiserate with the government and the people of Lagos, particularly the Muslim Ummah and the family of the Imam. I pray that Allah will grant them the fortitude to bear the loss”. Aregbesola stated.

ASUU Chairman, Others’ Dismissal Has Nothing With Politics – LASU VC

The Lagos State University (LASU) on Monday rationalised the dismissal of the institution’s Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), his deputy and 13 other staff members, saying it was not politically motivated.

“The dismissal is not politically motivated but to sanitise the system,” Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, LASU’s Vice-Chancellor, told a media briefing in Lagos.

He said the dismissal of the 15 staff members, most of who are Phd holders, followed a “thorough investigation of specific documented allegations of misconduct levelled against them.”.

Fagbohun said he inherited the petition as part of the handover note by the immediate past Vice-Chancellor , Prof. John Obafunwa, to the council, insisting that he “had no personal interest in the case.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that LASU Governing Council had on Sept.8 dismissed 15 academic staff members, two non-academic staff members and demoted two others.

Those dismissed include ASUU Chairman , Dr Isaac Oyewunmi, and his deputy, Dr Adebowale Adeyemi-Suenu , among others.

A statement by the university said the Governing Council took the decision at its meeting of Sept. 7.

The university said it was established that Oyewunmi demanded the sum of N50, 000 from 2003 modular year students of Political Science Education on sandwich programme to process their results.

It also alleged that Adeyemi-Suenu unilaterally altered the results of 12 students already advised to withdraw by Senate in the Department of History and International Studies in the 2015/2016 academic session.

While others were accused of defaulting on conditions of their training such as leave bond and abandonment of duty. Fagbohun said the cases of Oyewunmi and Adeyemi-Suenu and others had nothing to do with their roles in the union’s activities.

“The university sees the frantic efforts being made by some individuals to make these cases a union issue as a deliberate ploy to distract and hoodwink members of the public.

“The university acted strictly in conformity with her rules and regulations , the petition pursuant to which Oyewunmi was investigated for same dated Oct. 6,2016 was copied the Governor.

“Also, Deputy Governor , Honourable Speaker , Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice , the Special Adviser on Education , the Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor were also copied, the VC said.

Fagbohun said he wrote the three members of staff who were mentioned in the petition and they all responded that Oyewunmi indeed demanded money.

He said it was premised on this that a fact finding panel headed by Prof. Michael Ikhariale was set up and the panel also recommended that Dr Oyewunmi had a case to answer and the fact-finding panel called witnesses to testify against Oyewunmi.

On Adeyemi-Suenu’s case, he said the management had directed that a forensic audit should be carried out on the alleged alteration of results perpetrated by him.

In his reaction, ASUU Secretary in the institution, Dr Tony Dansu, disagreed that the vice-chancellor inherited the case as claimed.

Dansu questioned why the case was not followed from 2012 until 2016 if there was no wrong motive behind it and described the allegations as spurious.

(NAN)

 

 

Four Dead In Lagos Explosion

Four persons were on Monday killed after an explosion hit the jetty of the Petroleum Wharf, Apapa, Lagos State.

It was gathered that a vessel, identified as Histria Ivory, was discharging Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) around 3am when some hoodlums besieged it to scoop fuel spilling from the vessel, which resulted in the death of four people.

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, men of the Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Fire Service, Nigerian Ports Authority and the Nigerian Navy were said to have been called when the jetty’s in-house fire unit could not handle the inferno.

The Director of the Lagos State Fire Service, Rasak Fadipe, who confirmed the explosion, said he could not tell if there was any casualty.

He said, “A vessel was discharging fuel and the manifold caught fire, which led to an explosion.

“The jetty in-house fire unit responded first, before calls were made to other fire agencies. We all battled the fire and put it out.”

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, in a statement on Monday, said the fire was caused by hoodlums who interrupted the discharge of fuel.

A statement, which was signed by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, assured motorists and other consumers of petroleum products nationwide that the fire would not affect the supply of petroleum products.

He said, “The NNPC has deployed a team of engineers in the jetty, while the repair of the affected parts will commence immediately.

“The fire was caused by the activities of hoodlums who were scooping fuel spilled from ships discharging fuel at the jetty.

“NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru, who has been fully briefed on the incident, described the occurrence as unfortunate, assuring the public that the NNPC has more than 1.6bn litres of Premium Motor Spirit, otherwise called petrol, enough to last for 48 days.”

Five Nabbed For Printing Fake Currency Notes

By Toba Ajisafe

 

Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adeoye Fimihan has confirmed the arrest of five suspected culprits for printing fake currency and duping unsuspecting members of the public.

 

Fimihan disclosed this at the Osun State Police Command, Osogbo while parading the syndicate in connection with the crime alongside a suspected herbalist who allegedly specialized in printing fake foreign currency.

 

The fake currency and other materials used in printing, recovered from the syndicate were displayed at the command before the suspects.

In a briefing, Fimihan told OSUN DEFENDER that the operation was carried out by ‘Police Special Patrol Team’ in Ife, Osun State about a month ago when the team apprehended someone with fake currency during ‘Stop and Search Operation’

 

Fimihan said, further investigation led Police to the place where the counterfeit currency is being printed and subsequently arrested the owner of the printing press.

 

He said “In the course of the investigation, a search warrant was executed which made it possible for us to recover other fake currency at the printing press that is located in Lagos.

 

The syndicate who has network around the country was arrested in Osun, Kogi and Lagos.

 

He noted that, the Police collaborating with Central Bank of Nigeria to move the machine used by the syndicate.

 

Fimihan disclosed that investigation is still on-going and the Command is trying to find out if there are others who are engaging in the illegality.

 

Fimihan said, “we know that this (printing fake currency) criminal act constitute serious threat to Nigeria economy.”

Read Alfred Rewane Account of How Apartheid Ended In Nigeria By Onigegewura

On my way to Federal High Court, Lagos recently, my route passed through Awolowo Road. One of the historic structures on the street is Military Hospital. It is to your right if you are coming from Onikan driving towards Falomo. I saw Nigerians trooping in and out of the hospital. And I remember that if not for the struggles of some Nigerian youths, the hospital could have remained a forbidden territory to Nigerians, at least until independence.

When we talk of apartheid today, it is common to discuss the practice of racial discrimination with reference to only South Africa. This is not entirely accurate. There was a time in this country of ours when Nigerians were prohibited from accessing certain public facilities.

Yes, you read that right. Some hospitals funded by the government were reserved for only Europeans. Some clubs did not admit Nigerian members. Some hotels were not open to people who were not white in colour. Onigegewura had already told you that Pa Tony Enahoro was the first Nigerian to be admitted as a member of the Ikoyi Club.

How was this practice stopped? Who were the young Nigerians who spearheaded the struggle?

Today, Onigegewura brings you the first hand historic account of how the practice was forced to stop. The following account is in Pa Alfred Rewane’s words. And by a very strange historical coincidence, the road named after Pa Alfred Rewane is not far from the Military Hospital.

History Does Not Forget

-Onigegewura

APARTHEID AT BRISTOL HOTEL, LAGOS

In 1948, Mr. Ivor Cummings, a distinguished African-Caribbean national and a top official of the Colonial Office in London was scheduled to pay an official visit to Nigeria.  Naturally, his first port of call was Lagos, then our capital. Accommodation was reserved for him at the Bristol Hotel, Martin Street, Lagos, then owned and managed by expatriates.

Apparently, the hotel authorities thought, from the name Cummings, that he was a white Anglo-Saxon. But they were shocked when he presented himself at the reception to find that he was black. He was refused a room at the hotel on that ground.

One witness to the incident was a Warri-based Sierra Leonean legal luminary called T. E. Nelson-Williams. He deeply resented the action of the hotel management but was helpless in the circumstances.

Pa Alfred Rewane

It was a hot and humid afternoon and Nelson-Williams left for the Grand Hotel (now defunct), on Broad Street by Odunlami Street, Lagos, to rendezvous with friends for an afternoon drink. There, he met Frank Olugbake, the trade unionist, and others and narrated to them the Bristol Hotel incident.

They later trooped to the Island Club where they met me and my friends, also having a drink and cooling off in the gentle breeze from the lagoon. The Onikan Stadium was not walled round then. Nelson-Williams told us what had happened, and we were dumb-founded, angry, outraged, furious and bitter.

One of my friends at the Island Club was Oladipo Odunsi, a distinguished and enterprising Lagos lawyer. He stood up and exclaimed, “Our Nigeria of 1948, we cannot have this, let’s go and die.” I jumped up and shouted: “Die? No! Let’s go and teach them a harsh lesson.”

The atmosphere of the club was now charged, and under Odunsi’s leadership, the late Milton Macaulay, the late Akiniran Olunloyo, Prince Adeleke Adedoyin, the late Garnet Williams and others and I marched through the Onikan Stadium, to the Marina.

Our elder friends, the late JK Randle and the late Bolaji Finnih, wanted to join us but we asked them to go and get hold of two lawyers, the late Oladipo Moore and the late Alaba Akerele, and our other colleagues to go to Tinubu Police Station (now defunct) on Customs Street, which is now part of the land on which the Central Bank of Nigeria headquarters is located (then), to wait for us because we were sure that we would be arrested and brought there if we carried out our plan “to die or teach them a lesson.”

At the Onikan Stadium point on Marina, we assembled all sorts of people known compendiously as Boma Boys, who collected their clubs and sticks and horse whips (koboko) and followed us without hesitation, although they did not know our plan or where we were headed to.

We then launched an assault on Bristol Hotel. By the time we finished, the reception, bar and restaurant were sacked and the white men in the hotel premises and its vicinity had a sorry tale to tell. The whole place was wrecked and left in a shambles.

Meanwhile, some police officers arrived on the scene but, surprisingly, did not arrest any of us. The job completed, we trooped back to the Island Club, to a rousing reception and warm congratulatory embrace from members.

But the then chairman of the club, late Mr. Omololu, was deeply concerned about our action, realizing that the then British Governor of Nigeria, Sir Arthur Richards, was himself the grand patron of the club. Mr. Omololu was sure that sooner or later we would be rounded up. We had only a pyrrhic victory and the inaction on the part of the colonial government was no more than the calm before the storm. However, we waited all day but there were no arrests.

Meanwhile, Mr. Omololu contacted our patron, the late Sir Adeyemo Alakija, to intervene with the authorities to preempt our arrest. Subsequently, Sir Adeyemo made an appointment to meet with Sir Arthur in his capacity as grand patron of our club and it was suggested that we who led and participated in the sacking of Bristol Hotel should accompany him. We reluctantly agreed.

A day or so before we were to meet with Sir Arthur, the Governor made a statement to the nation in which he referred publicly for the first time to the Bristol Hotel incident. His Excellency declared that some seventy years previously, there might have been justification for whites and blacks to live apart, for the reason, if none other, that there were some diseases to which whites were immune but which killed blacks, and vice versa.

But for well over seventy years there had existed a medical department in Nigeria maintained at public expenses to find a solution to the problem and if no solution was found, then there was left only one of two choices, that is either to continue to live apart and abolish the medical department or to live together and continue to maintain the department.

Sir Arthur then declared: “I have chosen the latter. With effect from today, there will be no more European hospital, club or reservation in Nigeria.”

Thus, racial discrimination or apartheid was abolished in Nigeria. The European hospital in Lagos (now Military Hospital) and European Club at Ikoyi were renamed Creek Hospital and Ikoyi Club respectively. The European hospital at Warri serving the then Central Provinces of Ondo, Benin and Warri, was changed to Maple Annex. The European hospital at Ibadan was changed to Jericho Nursing Home. Areas otherwise known as European Reservation were renamed Government Reserve Area (GRA). And so on throughout the country. There was general jubilation throughout the country.

Led by Sir Adeyemo and Mr. Omololu, we later went to meet with Sir Arthur at Government House, Marina. Naturally, we expected a hostile reception, but we were widely mistaken. Sir Arthur, undoubtedly tempered by age and maturity and experience, welcomed us warmly, smiled broadly and, turning to Sir Adeyemo, said jokingly something in words like these:

Sir Adeyemo, I did not make my statement because of your young rascals, who took the law into their hands, but deliberately to preempt an imminent danger. This is the first time that violence has been introduced into the public life of Nigeria, and once it started, it may never recede. I have seen it happen in many countries where I served, in India, Burma and the Caribbean. My statement, therefore, was to prevent violence spreading.”

Apparently, Sir Adeyemo expected us to apologise to Sir Arthur but we never did. The Governor then turned to Sir Adeyemo and asked: “Will you and your friends like to have a drink with me?” Sir Adeyemo thanked the Governor for the invitation but expressed regret that we had no time and had to go.

On our way back to the Island Club, travelling in two cars, all of us somehow began to develop a guilty conscience about what we did at the Bristol Hotel. This was because Sir Arthur, who had the security agencies and the full force of British imperial might behind him, chose to completely disarm us with his charm and unprecedented diplomacy.

At the club, Odunsi was the first to speak. He addressed me and asked me how we could be sure that, in fact, all the white men we attacked at Bristol Hotel supported racial discrimination and the treatment meted to Ivor Cummings? Was it not possible that many of our victims would have disapproved of the treatment? How could we be sure that many of them were not innocent persons who did not even know what happened to Ivor?

We felt thoroughly ashamed that in prosecuting a worthy cause, we might inadvertently have wronged innocent people. We were all convinced that if a similar act of discrimination was re-enacted, we would never yield to violent reaction as we did at Bristol Hotel.

Sir Arthur had taught us, as youths, an enduring lesson – to be responsible and give peace and reason a chance.

I hope next time you are on Alfred Rewane Road and Awolowo Road in Ikoyi, you will remember this story and its inherent lessons.

May the soul of Pa Alfred Rewane continue to rest in peace.

Source: Onigegewura©

Image Credits: NNP and PM News.

Civil Servant Commits Suicide After Attending To Sick Child

Mr Oludare Buraimoh, a Director in Lagos State Ministry of Youths, has committed suicide by hanging in his room.

Buraimoh, who lives at Unity Estate, Phase II, Gbonagun, Abeokuta, took his life at about 4.00 p.m. on Monday after attending to his son Dotun, who was sick.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that many sympathisers, who spoke in silent tones about the ugly incident, were seen in the compound.

Dotun told NAN that the incident happened around 4.00 p.m. after his father gave him a drug to treat malaria.

“We were both at home; he came to give me a drug and left me thinking he was going to retire to his room. But when I did not hear his voice I called him, but no response came.

“I, thereafter, went to his room only to find him hanging on the ceiling with a traditional Aso Oke tied to his neck and a stool with which he committed the suicide.

“I then alerted the neighbours, who in turn, told me to alert the police, which I did,” Dotun said.

The wife of the deceased said she was yet to come to terms with her husband’s despicable act.

“I don’t know what came over him, it is inexplicable.

“We have been surviving through the thick and thin and now that we ought to sit down and enjoy after all the years of toiling, he decided to take his life.

“He did not show any sign of depression at the time he committed suicide.

“He was in high spirit, what led him to this remained a riddle,” she said.

The Obantoko Police Station, where the incident was reported, confirmed the suicide.

DSP Rasheed Olaleye of the station confirmed the incident, but declined to give further comments, saying that the DPO would be in the best position to handle the case.

The body of the deceased has been deposited at General Hospital, Abeokuta, after clearance from the police.