Guns, Drugs Recovered As Task force Demolishes 2,500 Illegal Structures

The demolition of illegal structures at Ijaiye and Bode Thomas in Ojokoro and Surulere local councils this weekend by the Lagos State task force lead to the recovery of guns and wraps of illicit drugs recovered by the operatives. The task force also arrested suspects named; Mr Saka Lawal, Mrs Tawa Lawal and Miss Kausara Saka in connection with the recovered gun and illicit drugs.

 

The demolition was sequel to the directive by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who tasked the agency to remove illegal structures across the state, especially those under high-tension cables. Confirming the exercise, the task force chairman, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Superintendent of Police (SP), said over 2,500 structures were demolished with Dane guns and wraps of illicit drugs suspected to be Indian hemp recovered from Powerline Street at Ijaiye.

 

According to him, before the agency embarked on the demolition, all occupants of the demolished structures were served with ‘Removal Order’ notice by the government. He said: “The demolished structures and containers constructed under the high tension cables were an eyesore with miscreants freely smoking Indian hemp, including prostitution by underaged boys and girls around the area.

 

“Wraps of substances suspected to be Indian hemp and other outlawed drugs such as Tramadol-200 Super, Tramadol Capsules RG11 and Analgin Injection 500mg were recovered from the notorious cult group called Adura Boys, who have been terrorizing the area in Ojokoro.”

 

Egbeyemi called on landlords, local councils, traditional rulers and other stakeholders to stop allocating lands indiscriminately and collecting money from innocent citizens in order to erect illegal shanties/structures under high tension cables as anyone caught would be arrested and charged to court.

 

A resident of the area, Mr Eniola Augustine, commended the government for the demolition. He lamented that apart from people risking their lives by living or trading under high-tension cables some members of the dreaded Adura Boys usually escape into these illegal structures after attacking innocent citizens with dangerous weapons.

Task Force Demolishes 120 Illegal Structures Under High Tension Cables

LAGOS State government has through the State’s Task Force on environmental sanitation demolished over 120 illegal shops, including structures constructed under high tension cables at Itedo area of Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

Chairman of the Task Force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, who led the operatives of the agency to carry out the demolition exercise, said this on Sunday, disclosing that the affected structures were demolished after the government had served a six-month demolition notice to both owners and occupiers.

Egbeyemi said the government took the step because ‘radiation’ from these high tension cables poses serious danger to human health, pointing out that no responsible and responsive government would put any of her citizens’ lives at risks.

He described the affected structures under high tension cables as an eye-saw where prostitution by underage thrives at Itedo and miscreants/hoodlums freely engaged in smoking Indian hemp.

The Task Force boss hinted that the newly introduced ‘Rent-To-Own’ housing policy scheme of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, which had more than 4,355 fully equipped housing unit spread across the state was meant to alleviate housing problem of both low/middle income earners and to equally discourage people living at any restricted areas such as under the high tension cables

He urged traders/middle income earners to apply and benefit from the N25billion Lagos State Empowerment Trust Fund (LSETF) Scheme, which tended to help residents start and grow their micro small/medium enterprises with between N500,000 and N5million soft loan and stop trading under high tension cables and other restricted areas across the state.

Egbeyemi has however urged owners and occupiers of shops and structures constructed under high tension cables across the state to immediately remove them as the demolition exercise would be extended to other areas.

One of the residents of the area who simply identified himself as Dr Femi Ololade commended the government for saving the lives of both traders and residents living under high tension cables.

Source: Nigerian Tribune

Absconded Failed Bank Directors To Be Rearrested – Task Force

The Task Force on the Implementation of the Failed Bank Act has decided to re-arrest directors and officers of licensed banks who committed banking malpractices had absconded for prosecution.

A statement from the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) said the decision to rearrest and prosecute the directors of failed banks  was because “the Task Force noted that some of those accused persons had sneaked back into the country in the hope that their prosecutions might have been terminated.”

It is against this backdrop that the Task Force gave the notice that such accused persons would be re-arrested and prosecuted to serve as a warning to other bank offenders.

The statement added that “the Task Force would leave no stone unturned to ensure that erring bank offenders were brought to book.”

The Task Force had at its 38th meeting held on 13th March 2017 reviewed two (2) cases of closed Deposit Money Banks [DMBs] involving their former Directors.  One of the closed DMBs cases currently under prosecution was FRN vs. Prince Adekunle Adeyeba Ors where the accused persons being erstwhile directors of the closed Gulf Bank of Nigeria Plcwere facing trial over banking malpractices involving N15.1 billion of depositors funds in that closed bank. 

The Task Force also reviewed about sixteen (16) criminal cases being prosecuted under the Failed Banks Act in which prosecution had been stalled as a result of the fact that the accused persons in those cases had jumped bail and had absconded from the country in the heat of their investigation and prosecutionThe sureties that took them on bail had also disappeared. 

It would be recalled that the Failed Banks [Recovery of Debts] and Financial Malpractices in Banks Act 1994 [Failed Banks Act] was promulgated to recover debts owed to Failed Banks which had remained outstanding as at the date the banks were closed or declared failed and to prosecute directors and officers of licensed  banks who had committed banking malpractices.  

In July 1995, the Inspector General of Police established a special Police Unit called the Failed Banks Inquiry to assist the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Central Bank of Nigeria implement the criminal aspects of the Failed Banks Act through investigation of criminal complaints referred to the Unit by the Regulatory Authorities.  

On the 28th of December 1998, the Hon. Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice constituted the Task Force on Implementation of the Failed Banks Act, [The Task Force].  

The objective of the Task Force was to coordinate the different agencies involved in the implementation of the criminal aspects of the Failed Banks Act in order to achieve heightened police investigation and legal officers/ private legal practitioners’ prosecution of suspects under the Failed Banks Act.  

The members of the Task Force are made up of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation as Chairman, the  Federal Ministry of Justice represented by the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation, the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Failed Banks Inquiry [now Financial Malpractices Investigation Unit],  the Special Fraud Unit of the Police and subsequently, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The statement from NDIC said that “in carrying out its objective, the Task Force reviewed the police investigation of suspects and the prosecution of accused persons by state counsel and private legal practitioners issued with the Fiat of the Attorney General of the Federation under the Failed Banks Act.”

Generally, the mandate of the Task Force was to superintend over the investigation and prosecution of failed bank cases from the commencement of police investigation to ensure early arraignment of suspects before the Tribunals. 

Source: The Nation