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Lagos declares Thursday work-free day

Lagos declares Thursday work-free day

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday declared Thursday, March 29 as work-free day in the State. A statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan disclosed that this will enable Lagosians come out enmasse to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari who is on a historic two-day visit to Lagos State.

The statement urged residents to adhere to the security guidance earlier announced to make the visit as peaceful and orderly.

Announcing traffic diversions and alternative routes ahead of a two-day visit by President Muhammadu Buhari to the State between March 29 and 30, State’s Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal, at a press briefing held at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, said adequate preparations have been made to mitigate the impact of the road diversions on residents, while access would be given to any emergency situation.

Edgal, who addressed the briefing alongside heads of security and emergency agencies in the State, said while in Lagos, the President would commission the new Ikeja Bus Terminal, attend a colloquium in honour of national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and as well as embark on tour of the Eko Atlantic City, among others.

According to the CP, “To ensure smooth, security-free visit of the President, we would need to do some diversions. Some certain roads will be closed at certain times; some diversions will be made but I want to use this opportunity to appeal for the support and understanding of Lagosians that this temporary road closures and diversions might cause a little inconvenience.

“We want the people to bear with us to ensure that we all join hands together to make the visit of Mr. President not only hitch-free but also very memorable. The road closures and diversions will be very temporary and immediately the President leaves a certain location, that area will be opened very quickly for the general public. We have also made adequate arrangements to mitigate the impact of the closures on residents,” he said.

He listed the areas to be affected to include Bank Anthony Way in Ikeja, Agege Motor Road, a section of Eko Hotel Road in Victoria Island and Old Marina in Ikoyi axis.

Besides, Edgal said security arrangement was already in top gear and that people would see a lot of deployment of personal of both military and civil logistics adding that it is nothing to worry about.

“We have done the necessary threat assessments; we have reached out to all stakeholders in areas that we believe we should reach out to them to ensure their full cooperation. We are using this opportunity to call again on the Okada Unions and the National Union of Road Transport Workers that they must abide with the terms of agreement we reached during meetings with them regarding the visit.

“We will not want to see commercial motorcycles plying the prohibited routes of Agege Motor Road, Bank Anthony Way and anywhere on the Island. Should that order be disobeyed, we would be constrained to ensure that you are arrested with your motorcycles impounded. Whoever is also found as a passenger will also be arrested and prosecuted so do not patronize these Okadas on these prohibited routes not only for the purpose of the visit but also to ensure that Lagos State Laws on the regulation of commercial motorbikes are obeyed at all times,” Edgal said.

He added that three locations have been designated for all first emergency responders to station their equipment and officials including the Police, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), LASAMBUS, Civil Defence, Fire Brigade, among others at Ikeja, Victoria Island and Free Trade Zone at Lekki-Akodo axis.

On the Apapa gridlock which has spilled over to other parts of the State, Edgal said while the Joint Task Force set up by the State Government was already working to ensure free-flow of traffic, the government nonetheless has commenced the construction of a new Trailer Park in Ijora axis that can conveniently accommodate 2,800 trucks and tanker at a time.

“The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, in collaboration with stakeholders, has identified a location known as the White Sand in Ijora axis and we have done an assessment of the place with my colleagues in other agencies and all shanties there have been destroyed.

“Now, the State Government has given out the contract to a firm and they are now smoothening up the place. It has the capacity to take well over 2,800 trucks and tankers at the same time. Work is ongoing there at a very fast pace and I can assure Lagosians that very soon, the place will be completed and we intend to move all trucks, tankers to that location and as soon as that is done, we would have permanently take care of this trucks and tankers,” Edgal said.

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Gbagada residents flee as monkeys invade homes

Gbagada residents flee as monkeys invade homes

Invasion by monkeys from their natural habitat is forcing many residents of Soluyi/Sosanya community in Gbagada area of Lagos State to flee. Some of the residents told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday that they could no longer withstand the situation.
They called on the state government to save the community from the trouble, saying that the animals forced their ways into their rooms, destroying window and door nets, foodstuffs and other items.

Chairman of the community’s Landlord Association, Mr. Adigun Olaleye, said it had become difficult for the community to curtail the monkeys and their destructive attitude.

He said the invasion might have resulted from the nearness of the community to a swamp forest that separated the community from Ifako area.

According to him, the monkeys come into residences at any time including early morning and gain entrance into rooms even if the houses are locked. Olalaye told NAN that the community had written a letter to the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture as regards the situation but had yet to get a relief.

He said that the invasion had been on for years but recently became unbearable. Olaleye appealed to the state government to urgently intervene.

Narrating her ordeal, a journalist who lives in the community, Mrs. Funmilola Gboteku, told NAN that the monkeys had forced her family to flee. “Many times, these monkeys come to the neighbourhood to destroy our property. Once they see food items inside a house, they direct all their energies at gaining entrance forcefully.

“The monkeys are in the habit of tearing the protective nets on windows to gain entrance and eat whatever they find in the house. I have had to replace the protective nets several times; I am tired of doing it. I have been locking my windows but locking of windows has disadvantages; there is no cross ventilation in the house and as a result, we suffer heat,’’ she told NAN.

Another resident, Mr. Gabriel Omopariwa, said he was tired of the destructive attitude of the monkeys and had tried to look for ways to stop them, to no avail.

Lagos appoints Folashade Adesoye new head of service 

Ambode appoints Folashade Adesoye as HoS

Folashade Adesoye

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday approved the appointment of Mrs. Folasade Sidikatu Adesoye as the 20th Head of Service in the State.

Her appointment follows the statutory retirement of the outgoing HoS, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola on November 10, 2017.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Habib Aruna, in a statement said Mrs. Adesoye’s appointment will take effect on November 11, 2017.

The new HoS was first appointed into the Lagos State Civil Service on December 28, 1983 as an Accountant and has served in several ministries.

She was elevated into the Body of Permanent Secretaries in 2010 and was deployed to the Civil Service Pensions Office where she served until August 2015 when she was deployed to the Office of Local Government Establishment, Training and Pensions Office. In 2016, she was asked to serve in the same capacity as Permanent Secretary, Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

Until her appointment, she was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Governor Ambode thanked the outgoing HOS, Mrs. Ademola, for her meritorious service to the State and wished her well in her future endeavours.

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Lagos to experience eight days of darkness as Ikeja Electric announces interruption of supply 

Lagos to experience eight days of darkness as Ikeja Electric announces interruption of supply 


Ikeja Electric Plc on Wednesday said there would be an interruption of power supply to some parts of Lagos from November  3 to 10.

Head, Corporate Communications, Mr. Felix Ofulue, said in Lagos that the outage was part of the strategic efforts to improve power supply to consumers across the network.

Ofulue said in a statement in Lagos that the company would carry out a complete rehabilitation of Maryland Injection Substation.

He said this would involve the replacement of obsolete switch gear panels at the switch room.

“The rehabilitation will affect power supply to Mende, Anthony, Maryland, Ikeja GRA, Shonibare Estate, parts of Ojota, Ketu, Ikosi, Demurin and environs.

“Power supply will be restored immediately after the completion of the exercise.

“We solicit the understanding and cooperation of all our consumers that would be affected by this outage,’’ he said.

Ofulue said IE had put in place arrangements to ensure that the rehabilitation was completed within the stipulated time.

He assured consumers that regular update would be made available through various channels of communications, especially to the Community Development Area chairmen and other stakeholders.

(NAN)

Married lovers found dead in vehicle after making love

Lagos : Married lovers found dead in vehicle

Afeez Hanafi

Abisogun Leigh Street, Ogba, Lagos State was the cynosure of all eyes on Sunday when two apparent lovebirds were found dead in a Toyota Corolla parked by the roadside.

Although the names of the deceased had yet to be revealed, they were said to have been respectively married.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the man was found in the driver’s side, half naked, with his private parts showing, while the woman, who wore a gown, reclined in the passenger seat next to him.

The scene of the incident was behind the headquarters of the Area G Police Command, Ogba, Lagos State.

Our correspondent gathered that a tricycle rider, who was plying the street, noticed that the headlamps of the car were on around 8.30am.

When the light remained on about 30 minutes after, the rider reportedly drew the attention of an executive member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers to the car.

It was gathered that the executive member and the rider went to the scene, peeped into the car and observed that the lovers were motionless. They were said to have immediately alerted the police at the command.

The car had been moved to the premises of the Area G Police Command when our correspondent visited the scene around 2.30pm, while the corpses of the duo were said to have been deposited in a morgue.

The NURTW member, Adewale Sofuyi, told PUNCH Metro that he alerted the Area G Command to the incident.

He said, “A tricycle rider approached me around 9am. He said the headlamps of a Toyota Corolla by the roadside were on and that he had knocked at the car door without getting response from the occupants.

“I followed him to the scene and confirmed what he said. The man wore a shirt only; he did not cover his private parts. The woman was in a gown. They were both in the front seats. The seat where the woman sat had been adjusted so that she reclined on it. From all indications, they had had sex with each other before their deaths.

“I went to report at the area command and some policemen followed me. When they opened the car, a bottle of an alcoholic brand – Best – was found there. Their phones were also recovered. They moved them to the back seats and drove to the station. The police contacted their families through their phones.”

Sofuyi stated that when families and relatives of the deceased arrived at the command, they were shocked to know they were in an amorous relationship.

“According to the families, both of them lived in the same building in Ogba. The woman’s husband said he had suspected that she had extra-marital affairs, but decided not to confront her.

“The man’s wife is a nursing mother. She cried profusely. I learnt that the man’s father is the landlord of the house where they both lived.”

Our correspondent, who went to the Area G Command, was told by the policemen at the entrance that the Area Commander was not around.

“She (Area Commander) went to the police command headquarters in Ikeja over the incident. You can come back,” one of the policemen said.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the deaths.

He, however, said he had yet to be fully briefed on the matter.

He said, “They (the lovers) were taken to a hospital, where they were confirmed dead. Autopsies will be conducted on them, while investigation is ongoing to ascertain the cause of death. I don’t have their names for now.”
Source: The Punch 

Tragedy! Two dead, four hospitalised after eating amala in Osun



2 dead, four hospitalised after eating amala in Osun

From Clement Adeyi, Osogbo

Tragedy struck in Ibokun, Obokun Local Government area of Osun State yesterday when two persons died and four others were hospitalized after eating yam flour also known as amala with stew. Saturday Sun gathered that one of those that died, Mrs Kehinde Fasanya, was a staff of Obokun Local Government Council.

However, the identity of the second person could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report.

Their bodies have been deposited at the Osun State General Hospital morgue at Asubiaro in Osogbo, for autopsy to determine the real cause of their death.

Four others that ate the food were rushed to Our Lady of Fatimah Hospital at Jaleyemi area in Osogbo for treatment against suspected poison.

The doctors at the hospital said their cases could not be handled and referred them to the Wesley Guild Hospital of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Ilesa for treatment.   

There was palpable tension in Ibokun and its environs as well as Osogbo yesterday as residents were seen warning their relations within and outside the state not to buy yam flour or eat amala for now.

The Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Rafiu Isamotu said proactive measures had been taken with a view to unveiling the circumstances that led to the incident.

He therefore advised people not to panic.

He said preliminary findings revealed that the family members had been eating  the same yam flour in the past few weeks.


He said that the poison could be in the stew that the victims used to eat the amala.

Source: The Sun


​No going back on relocation of Computer Village,  Lagos government insists

No going back on relocation of Computer Village, says Lagos government
By Gbenga Salau and Godwin Dunia | 

Ikeja Model City Master Plan designated the computer village for residential use and that the government would adhere to the plans to make the area more organised and habitable.

Election tribunal begins sitting over council poll

The Lagos State Government yesterday said it would not reverse it decision to relocate the Computer Village from its present location at Otigba, Ikeja.

This, it stated, was in its commitment to achieve the objectives of the renewed Ikeja Model City Master Plan originally conceived to address infrastructure challenges in the city.

A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was desirous of making Ikeja a model city and would leave no stone unturned in actualising the relocation of the Computer Village to the new site in Katangowa, Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area in line with the new Master Plan.

He said the Ikeja Model City Master Plan designated the computer village for residential use and that the government would adhere to the plans to make the area more organised and habitable.

Ayorinde, however, explained that the state government had not given permits to any individual or organisation for the construction of an ICT specialised mall directly beside the newly built Ikeja Bus Terminal, adding that such move was not in line with government’s regeneration plan for the capital city.

He disclosed that the government had met with the executive members of Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) where it reiterated its commitment to the relocation plan.

Meanwhile, the Local Government Election Petition Tribunal will commence

sitting from today, August 7 to August 11, 2017 in line with provisions in the electoral law for aggrieved parties that participated in the July 22 council election to seek redress.

A statement from the Chief Register of the High Court of Lagos State, Mrs. A.O Soladoye, said: “The tribunal is a platform for those who participated in the election to seek redress through a legal process and in accordance with relevant laws and legislations”.

The statement added that the tribunal under the Chairmanship of Justice Olateru Olagbegi (rtd), will be sitting at High Court 1 Igbosere, Lagos.

Also, the Ikeja Division of the Election Petition Tribunal under the Chairmanship of Folasade Adetiba would sit at the Roseline Omotosho Courthouse in Ikeja.
Source: The Guardian