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Lagos resumes sales of Lake Rice to celebrate Sallah

Sallah: LASG resumes sales of LAKE Rice

The Lagos State Government said it would resume the sales of LAKE Rice at approved retail outlets across the state from Monday , June 19 , ahead of the Eid – el – fitr .

The state ’ s Commissioner for Agriculture , Mr Oluwatoyin Suarau , said this on Sunday while reviewing the modalities for the distribution of the rice across the state .

Suarau said that the sales would be part of the state government ’ s commitment to ensure food security and help residents sail through the current economic recession.

According to him , the rice which has been subsidised to ensure affordability is fresh and safe for consumption.

“ The selling of the rice is auspicious , especially , with regards to the forthcoming Eid – el – fitr.

“ The ministry will ensure a fair distribution of the rice across the state and ensure that the product is available during the festive period .

“’The prices of the product have not changed : a 50 kg bag will sell for N12 , 000 while each bag of the 25 kg and 10 kg are going to be sold for N6 , 000 and N2 , 500 respectively , ’’ he said .

The commissioner listed the approved sales ’ outlets to include : Lagos State Agric Input Supply Authority Centres at Ojo, Ajah, Odogunyan in Ikorodu, and Epe .

Other will include the secretariats of all the 57 local government and local council development areas in the state .

He said they would also be available at the Agricultural Development Area Complex at Oko – Oba, Agege ; LTV8 Complex in Agidingbi; the State Universal Basic Education Board complex at Maryland ; the Government Technical College premises at Idimu – Alimosho and the Eko Farmers Mart , in Surulere .

Alleged infidelity: ​Woman sets husband, self ablaze weeks after wedding

Woman sets husband, self ablaze weeks after wedding
Ted Odogwu, Kano

Tragedy struck in the ancient city of Kano on Tuesday morning when a newly – wedded woman set her husband and herself ablaze over alleged infidelity .

The woman was said to have lit a keg of petrol in their No 54 Middle Road residence in the Sabon Gari area of the city , which exploded and engulfed her and the husband .

The husband , who did not die on the spot, was rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention where he later died .

It was learnt the woman accused her husband of infidelity shortly after she overheard a conversation between him and an unidentified lady on the telephone .

The burnt building

She reportedly got angry and lit a keg of petrol which exploded and engulfed their home at about 12 am on Tuesday .

An eyewitness disclosed to our correspondent that the wife , who was burnt beyond recognition, died at the scene of the incident , while her husband later died at an undisclosed hospital , where he was rushed to after receiving first aid at Fortress Hospital at Sarki Yaki within the metropolis .

Another eyewitness , Mr . Emmanuel Okorie , who simply identified the late husband as Emeka , disclosed that the couple hailed from Anambra State .

He said the late couple got married about five weeks ago .

He said the woman whose pregnancy was about seven – months- old , joined the husband in Kano three weeks later .

Okorie , who could not confirm if it was the alleged telephone conversation that led to the tragedy .

When contacted , the spokesperson for the Kano State Police Command , DSP Musa Majiya , said detectives from the Command had commenced an investigation into the incident .

Meanwhile , policemen from Nomansland Division had since deposited the remains of the couple at an undisclosed mortuary.

​LASTMA dismisses 20 officials for corrupt practices

LASTMA dismisses 20 officials for corrupt practices

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Monday said it had dismissed 20 of its personnel over corrupt practices.

LASTMA’s Head of Public Affairs, Mr Mahmud Hassan, confirmed the dismissal to newsmen in Lagos.

He said that the action was part of efforts by the state government to reposition, improve the agency so that it could continue to offer better services to the state.

“The management of the agency has dismissed 20 traffic officials and sanctioned 20 others for offences ranging from extortion, misconduct to indiscipline.

“The actions of those dismissed were considered not to be in tandem with the agency`s new philosophy, rules and provisions of the Lagos State Civil Service.

“The decision was taken by the Lagos State Civil Service Commission at the end of its Policy Meeting.

“The meeting considered the Minutes of the Personal Management Board (Disciplinary) of LASTMA and representations made by the traffic officials involved in the unwholesome acts.

“All the dismissed officials had been directed to hand over all government property in their possessions, including staff identity cards to the agency’s head of administration and human resources, immediately,” Hassan said.

He also said that 15 other officials were given letters of warning for minor misdemeanour.

He said that they were admonished to be more diligent, be of good behaviour and desist from any act that could be inimical to the image of the service.

They were warned that future recurrence of acts of negligence against them could lead to their dismissal or termination of appointment from LASTMA and Lagos state civil service, he said.
Source : Tribune 

​Two dead, 14 rescued in another Lagos building collapse

Two dead, 14 rescued in Lagos building collapse

By Odita Sunday 

• We warned occupants to vacate the house, says LASBCA boss

It was a black Democracy Day in Lagos, as another three-storey building at No. 9, Daddy Alaja Street, Oke Arin, Idumota on Lagos Island, collapsed yesterday morning with two people confirmed dead and 14 others rescued.

This is the fourth building to have collapsed in Lagos in less than a month. The Guardian gathered that the collapsed building was being renovated with people inside when it caved in.

The bodies of the deceased have since been deposited at the Lagos Island Hospital mortuary while the 14 persons that were rescued were being treated at the emergency unit of the hospital.

Both the deceased and those rescued alive were said to be working at the site of the building that was undergoing reconstruction. Sources said more persons were still trapped under the collapsed structure as at 5:30p.m. yesterday.

The house collapsed around 6:45a.m. when workers were just resuming for work. Taiwo Omilani, 38, a carpenter at the site, alleged that he escaped being trapped minutes after he left to buy some materials.

“I had just moved out of the building and was inches away when the building collapsed. At first, I was confused but the reality of what had happened slowly dawned on me. I was covered with dust from head to toe. I screamed for help. I was running as I was screaming because in my mind I thought I have not ran very far away from the collapsed structure.

“Tijani, my fellow carpenter had just entered one of the rooms on the ground floor to change into his working cloths when the house fell. Thankfully, he is among those rescued.”

Another eyewitness, Fatai Amao, who also claimed to be working as a bricklayer at the site, said his late arrival to work was what saved him.“I always believe in arriving early to work. It affords me the opportunity to arrange myself ahead of time. But yesterday morning, I was feeling too reluctant to stand up from bed. When I eventually dragged myself out of bed, I told my wife I might not be going to work, but when I thought about the money I will be paid and what it will do for my family, I set out only to arrive the place few minutes after the house collapsed.

“I thank God for saving my life and those that were trapped. I heard that two persons who were brought out from under the collapsed structure had died. I pray that God will accept their souls. They only came out to find what they would eat for the day. I believe that, like me, if they had money, none of them would leave home for work today being a public holiday.”

The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu, who confirmed the incident, said it was the prompt response by emergency responders that culminated in the rescue of 14 victims.

Tiamiyu noted that preliminary investigation conducted at the scene of the incident revealed that illegal activities of repairs were ongoing. He advised owners and developers of buildings in the state to strictly adhere to building codes and physical planning laws to avert unnecessary loss of lives.

However, the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) yesterday said occupants of the collapsed building failed to heed its repeated warnings to vacate the house.

LASBCA Acting General Manager, Oyewale Joseph, told newsmen that the building collapsed due to weak foundation and use of substandard materials.“Before now, LASBCA district office in Lagos Island had served all statutory notices on this very building and having served all the notices, we have also sealed the building twice. Last week Friday, the building in question was sealed off and all the occupants were chased out by the agency’s enforcement team.

“But the developer took advantage of the long weekend and began illegal renovation of this building; there is no renovation permit and there is no letter from the supervising engineer,’’ Joseph said.

Source : The Guardian 

​Street hawkers allegedly stone KAI official to death in Lagos

Street hawkers allegedly stone KAI official to death in Lagos

By Odita Sunday | 

Street hawkers at Iyana-Oworo area of Lagos State have allegedly lynched an official of the Lagos State Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) brigade.

The victim, Moshood Ayeni, was reportedly lynched by street traders on Tuesday when the officials apprehended a trader who was hawking in traffic. Instead of showing remorse, his colleagues mobilized themselves and attacked the vehicle of the KAI brigade.

According to the agency’s spokesperson, Alabi Rahmat, in a statement yesterday, “the law enforcement environmental sanitation officials were on their way back to office when they saw the traders and tried to enforce the law.

“The officials were coming from an assignment when they saw the traders hawking in the traffic by Car Wash area and arrested Jeremiah Nnana and Orich Nwofokoh, both selling sausage and phone accessories in traffic.

“The suspects were taken into the agency’s vehicle with registration number KRD 643 DS. Suddenly, the suspect’s colleagues who had escaped came back and pelted the officials with stone.”

Rahmat added that “the traders started shouting and calling the KAI officials thief. The stone thrown by the rampaging hawkers hit the victim on his head inside the vehicle. He fell down from the moving vehicle and instantly became unconscious.”

The victim was said to have been rushed to the state emergency centre, where he was revived and later referred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), but he was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

The KAI Marshal General, a retired Chief Superintendent of Police, Mr. Jimoh Amusat, condemned the barbaric act. Amusat said the deceased was only doing his lawful duty when the hawkers unleashed the attack on the agency’s officials.

He, however, said the brigade would not deter them in combating the menace of illegal highway traders and hawkers within the metropolis.

He also commiserated with the deceased’s family, whose body has been deposited at the mortuary.

Source : The Guardian=