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​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

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Why Lagos building collapsed, death toll now eight

Lagos Building Collapse Day 2: Death toll rises to 8, 16 rescued
By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Two more bodies were, yesterday, recovered from the debris of the collapsed building at 3, Massey Street, Lagos Island, bringing the death toll to eight.

Among the dead was an 11-year-old boy, whose body was reportedly recovered at about midnight, while 16 people were rescued alive from the rubble.

According to eyewitnesses, the building went down at about 2.43p.m., Tuesday, during a rainstorm. Two bodies were recovered in the evening of the same day.

The rescue effort, which lasted throughout the night till the early hours of yesterday, saw many more bodies recovered.

Lagos building collapse

This is just as, yesterday, survivors, relatives and sympathisers wailed uncontrollably while the rescue operation lasted.

Telecomm mast

Meanwhile, Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, has said the building came down due to the additional load on its foundation brought on by the telecommunication mast mounted on the building two weeks ago.

Corroborating this point, one of the residents of the area, Mr. Yusuf Align, blamed the collapse on greed by the landlords.

Align said: “They know it is an old building and they allowed one of the communication networks to erect a mast on top of it. Even if they have paid them N10 million or more, what have they gained now?”

This was confirmed by Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, General Manager, Mr. Adeshina Tiamiyu.

He said that some of the residents explained that the building collapsed on Tuesday, exactly two weeks after the community rejected a generator brought there for the mast.

Tiamiyu said the community believed that the building was not strong enough to carry the generator as it vibrates whenever the power generating set was on.

The LASEMA chief said after the rescue and recovery operations, the agency will carry out its investigations to ascertain the cause of the collapse.

He said the investigation will be done with other emergency management agencies to ensure that the number of families living in the building tallied with the community’s account.

It used to be a bungalow —NEMA

Also speaking on the incident, Alhaji Ibrahim Farinloye, the South-West spokesman for National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said integrity test will be carried out on other buildings in the area to prevent recurrence of the incident.

Farinloye said the collapsed building was initially a bungalow before it was converted to a four-storey building with a penthouse.

He said the required six feet between buildings was not observed in the area, adding that the adjacent building was also under threat of collapse.

Farinloye advised the Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency to prevail on house owners to renovate their buildings regularly.

He said the advice followed the challenges of climate change, which might have effects on buildings in view of high volume of rainfall this year. He urged building contractors to avoid the use of substandard materials in their construction works.

LASG fumes

Meanwhile, worried by continued rising cases of building collapse in the state, Lagos State Government, through the state’s Building Control Agency, LASBCA, has warned building owners and developers to desist from adding unapproved floors or structures to old and existing buildings.

The agency’s General Manager, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde, who handed out the warning, said approvals are given for additional floor(s) after a thorough engineering appraisal and integrity test on the structure.

Verdict

Commenting on the collapsed building at Lagos Island, Lagos, Shodeinde said the building, a four-floor structure built with bricks, collapsed due to foundation failure when the bearing capacity of the soil could not sustain additional structure.

The occurrence, he stated, was due to the additional load on the property resulting from a communication mast erected on the building two weeks ago.

Shodeinde said several inspections conducted on the same property in the past did not reveal any signs of distress even though the structural members were constructed with gravel.

According to him, “the additional load imposed on the structure added to the previous design capacity, as such the extra load being transferred through the structural members made the building heavier than the capacity of the soil, which is the ultimate load bearer.”
Source: Vanguard

Five tips on driving safely on flooded road

Five tips on driving safely on flooded road
Tunde Ajaja

Photo courtesy Joe Akintola

Daniel’ s journey back home on Saturday was smooth and fun – filled. He had his children and lovely wife in the car , thus , they chatted and cracked jokes . They had gone to attend a wedding in Ibadan and looked forward to being home in Lekki, Lagos in about one and a half hours .

They were already at the popular Redemption Camp in Mowe , Ogun State when the rain started . For someone driving a relatively new saloon car , Daniel foresaw no trouble . Even when the rain was becoming heavy , Daniel was confident they would be home in record time . And given the intensity of the rain , he had to drive at snail speed .

But as they got to Ozumba Mbadiwe Street in Victoria Island , Daniel ran into troubled waters. He kept driving until he made it to the Lekki – Epe Expressway where his car stopped working suddenly .

He recalled , “ I thought we could go through it till we would be home, but the rain didn ’ t subside. The flood was much , especially when we got to the Lekki- Epe Expressway . At that time , some vehicles had already broken down on the road , but I trusted my car . But close to Law School Bus Stop , the vehicle stopped moving and the engine went off. By that time , the water had reached my bonnet . ”

Still at loss as to what could have happened , he tried switching on the engine but it never responded . Thus , they had to remain there for a long time until help came their way . “ At the end of the day , we had to tow the vehicle and as I ’ m talking to you , the vehicle is still in the mechanic ’ s workshop , ” he added .

It is inevitable to drive in the rain , but it is not uncommon to see people run into such troubles in the rainy season , even when they follow traffic rules and their vehicle is in good condition . However , to avoid being stuck , there are tips that could help :

If your vehicle stops in a flood :

Like Daniel , many people driving in the rain have found themselves in situations whereby the vehicle would stop working . To a large extent, one could surmise that something could have gone wrong with the vehicle ’ s electrical system . However , if it happens , the Chief Executive Officer , Automedics , Mr . Kunle Shonaike , says the worst thing to do would be to make an attempt to restart the vehicle , as people are wont to do . He said , “ If your vehicle stops in a flood , please make no attempt to start the engine , have the battery completely removed and arrange a tow . Any attempt to start the engine will cause grave damage that will cost a lot of money . So , remove the battery to avoid electrical short circuits and minimal damage to electronic control units. Check the presence of water inside the transmission , if your finding is positive, early repairs may save you buying another transmission . Also , have the transmission system scanned to know what is faulty apart from water in the transmission system . ”

Pull over if the water level is much:

If Daniel had known confidence and optimism would not be enough to drive a saloon car through flood , he probably would have pulled over and wait for the rain and the flood water that accompanied it to subside. According to experts , this is one option people rarely consider , because they think there should be no trouble . They warned that it is best to pull over once you find yourself on a flooded road and the rain is not subsiding or if it’ s gaining intensity. According to an auto expert and Chief Executive Officer , Auto Care Ltd . , Rasaq Toriola , people could discontinue their journey if the rain is continuous and the road is flooded already . He added , “ If your vehicle is in good condition , you can give a try, say if you are familiar with the terrain . But people who have bad sight or vision impairment should not try it. Stay where you are until the atmosphere is clear . ” He added that driving on a flooded road in traffic has its bad side . He added, “There are things to consider . If there is no traffic jam and you are just driving through the water , which should be at a reasonable level , there should be no problem . But if there is traffic jam, I would advise you not to go inside it because staying there might affect the engine , and the water might find its way into the vehicle. ”

Know the level of water that is too much for your vehicle :

Driving on a flooded road can be a tough task , but it should be noted that not every flood water on the road poses danger to the vehicle . According to Toriola , for a sport utility vehicle , the level of the flood water should not be above three feet. Also for a saloon car , the level of the water should not be more than between 1 ft. and 1 . 5 ft. He said anything more than these could pose danger for the vehicle, as it could get to some components and cause some damage . “ In effect , once the water rises to the level of the vehicle ’ s bumper, there could be trouble because the water could get into some parts of the engine that could eventually damage. ”

Don ’t drive in flowing flood water :

Over time, people have believed that the weight of a vehicle is enough to withstand any flowing water , and some people would even speed while driving on flooded roads . But perception might be wrong after all. Video evidences and people’ s personal experiences have shown that fast -moving water could sweep off a vehicle . Toriola said the best way out is to avoid such situation. He said , “ If the volume of water is much and it is moving with speed, it can sweep a vehicle off the road. The volume of the water , its speed and how big the vehicle is matter in this regard. But overall , people should avoid finding themselves in that situation. If it happens , you need to navigate yourself to a safe place. Once you feel something is not right with the way the water is pushing your vehicle , especially towards its direction of flow , you should navigate to a safe place. The most important is your safety . ”

Avoid speeding :

Sometimes people dare the odds to speed even when it’ s raining , especially when the vehicle is in good condition and the tyres are very okay . But according to experts , that is not the right way to drive at such times . Toriola says once it is raining , people should drive at relatively low speed . He said the average speed should be between 40 and 60 km / h . “ In some cases, the road could be slippery and the break might be bad . If you are on speed and there is sudden occurrence , how do you handle it without running into another vehicle or an obstruction ? Driving at low speed enables the driver to be in firm control and that is important at such times , especially when you are not familiar with that environment . ”

Meanwhile , Toriola advised further that people make sure their vehicle is in good condition before driving in the rain . “ If the vehicle is not in good condition and you are stuck , then you have to do double work, ” he added . He explained that people should make sure their wiper is effective and efficient , and that people should endeavour to use their air -conditioning system so they could have a clear view of the road ahead . He added , “ The purpose of having the air conditioning on is to clear the windscreen. If the water level is okay , I don ’ t see any reason why you shouldn ’ t use it. It’ s when the water level is above the normal level that you have to think twice because you don ’ t want the water to knock off the compressor . ”
Source: The Punch

​Container crushes pastor, wife, kids, another in Lagos crash

Container crushes pastor, wife, kids, another in Lagos crash


•Three sustain injuries

A pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), his wife, their two children and a church worker, were crushed to death by two containers yesterday in Lagos while on their way home from the monthly Holy Ghost vigil of the church.

Three others were injured.

Pastor Charles Ito and his wife Rosaline were killed. The names of the children and the church worker could not be immediately confirmed.

The Nation gathered that two tyres of the truck carrying the containers unexpectedly lost pressure which made the vehicle tilt heavily on one side, just by the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) terminal on the Lagos /Ikorodu road, Ojota.

The truck soon lost its balance, flinging the two containers down and on the mini bus in which the pastor and other victims were travelling.

Time was about 3 am.

The five died on the spot.

Three others were trapped in the crushed bus.

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Fire Service, and Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) raced to the scene and succeeded in rescuing the three.

Among those rescued were Olasunkanmi Adeogun of 133, Olatunji Street, Ojota, and another young man identified as Ifeanyi.

All the victims are from RCCG Province 8, sources said yesterday.

They said the bus belonged to the late pastor.

The scene was littered yesterday with dismembered human parts, which were later packed by rescue workers.

Eyewitnesses said the trailer driver fled the scene as soon as the accident occurred. His conductor was however apprehended and handed over to the police.

Hoodlums who got to the scene early were said to have attempted to rob the rescue workers.

The saving grace was the police and NSCDC operatives drafted to the spot.

The accident triggered a traffic gridlock on the route and officials had to break the median demarcating the BRT lane to make way for the heavy duty equipment used in clearing the scene.

Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni who was at the scene confirmed that five persons were killed and three others rescued alive.

He said it was time people started obeying traffic laws, adding that apart from the truck’s bad tyres, it lacked capacity to carry the two containers.


He said: “We will spare nothing to arrest the driver of this truck. Even the truck owner, under the Lagos State Traffic Rules, has some questions to answer. We would focus attention more on people conforming with the law.

He urged those who suspect that their relatives could be among the victims to go to Alausa Police Station for identification.

Also speaking, the General Manager LASEMA, Adesina Tiamiyu said: “Around 3:45am today (Saturday), our men got here after we received information that people were trapped in a bus that was smashed by container. We had to break the median for equipment to access the spot and we noticed that three of the persons trapped were alive.

“Fortunately, we were able to bring them out alive, while the other five who were already dead, have been evacuated as well.”

The agency, later issued a statement saying: “The agency’s emergency response team (ERT) received a distressed call regarding an accident at Ojota bus stop on the July 8, 2017, about 4:02am. This prompted the immediate activation of the agency’s ERT to the scene of the incident.

“Investigation carried out by the ERT at the scene revealed that an articulated truck with registration number AKD 663 KF conveyed 40ft container laden with plywood fell on Volkswagen commercial bus (Danfo) with registration number FST 944 XR which the passengers were trapped.

“The prompt intention by the LASEMA response unit led to the rescue of three victims who were taken to the Trauma Centre Toll Gate, while five dead bodies trapped in the bus were extricated and taken to Ikorodu General Hospital Mortuary.”

Source: The Nation

Lagos trains officials on communicating with people with hearing disability

LASODA organises workshop on hearing disability

Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Pharmacist (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf

The Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs, LASODA has started a three-day Sign Language workshop for government officials as a way of bridging communication barrier between hearing-impaired individuals and civil servants who provide services to such persons.

Speaking at the opening session of the sign language training exercise on Monday in Alausa, the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Pharmacist (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf said that the training workshop was designed to promote better welfare services; rights, privileges and social integration of people living with disabilities in the State.

According to the Commissioner who was represented by the Director of Administration and Human Resources in the Ministry, Mr. Lanre Rufai, the training which is at present focused on public servants who often have challenges relating and communicating with the hearing-impaired members of the society, adding that the training will be extended to other members of the society in due course.

“The objective of this training is to ensure that in every Ministry, Department or Agency of the State Government, there must be at least, one or two people who can communicate with persons with hearing impairment, who may be there to make enquiries or for other official purposes” the Commissioner explained.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola in his address delivered by the Director of Social Welfare in the Ministry , Mrs. Laide Latinwo, expressed the belief that the skill of sign language would further endear the able-bodied in the society to those with hearing impairments and thus improve communication flow and understanding.

He urged the participants to put the knowledge that would be acquired in the course of the training into practice with the aim of developing an interest in sign language interpretation.

Also speaking at the event, the Chairman, LASODA Governing Board, Dr. Waheed Oki called on the participants to henceforth become representatives of the Office wherever they go, by easing the deafness barrier usually confronting persons living with disabilities.

He said that the Office would reward outstanding participants who excel above their peers at the end of the three-day training as a way of sustaining their interest in sign language.

The General Manager of LASODA, Dr. Awelenje emphasised the need for members of the public to support the inclusiveness initiative of the State government, stressing that the more residents of the State are able to communicate through sign language without hindrance, the better for the society at large.

Shocking revelation: Badoo sells one blood-stained handerkerchief for N500,000

‘Badoo sells one blood-stained handerkerchief for N500,000’


By Odita Sunday 

Some of the suspects arrested by the police

• Three suspected members set ablaze in Ikorodu, 100 others arrested

• Heroic dog prevents terror group from carrying out attack

Facts emerged at the weekend as to why end may not be in sight to the menace of Badoo cult group in Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

The group, according to a top security source, sells the handkerchief, which the terror group use to clean the blood of their victims, for a whooping N500,000 to some highly placed Nigerians.

“We heard they sell one handkerchief containing the blood of their victims for N500,000 to highly placed Nigerians. The police must urgently investigate this lead in order to put an end to this menace, so that residents can sleep with two eyes closed in Ikorodu.”

The police, which is now investigating the veracity of that information, engaged in joint operations with the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Department of State Services (DSS), Lagos State Task Force, the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and local vigilance groups to raid the dreaded group’s black spots at Igbobo/Bayeku, Ibeshe, Ijede and Imota at the weekend.

This came few days after a closed-door emergency stakeholders meeting was held between officials of the Lagos State police command and National Leader of the OPC, Otunba Gani Adams, with leaders of other vigilance groups over the security challenge in Ikorodu.

The operation was led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, in charge of Operations, Edgal Imohinmi, with over 100 suspected members of the cult group arrested during the raid.

There was a brief meeting with the security agencies and local vigilance groups at Ipakodo division before the raid took off from Ibeshe, where majority of the suspects were arrested.

An OPC member, Mr. Abiodun Akerejola, a.k.a. Ojolebua, who spoke to crime reporters, said the raid was a welcome development.

“The issue of Badoo and other cult activities in Ikorodu and environs should give everyone some concern and not only the police. We do not know the next family or person they may attacked,” Akerejola said.

Mr. Balogun Moses, a resident in one of the communities, said: “If the raid is maintained on a regular basis, crime rate would be drastically reduced. We commend the effort of all the security agencies and local vigilance groups, who know the terrain. Everyone can have some respite now. For the past eight months, Ikorodu was on the news daily for negative stories.”

Meanwhile, angry residents went berserk in the early hours of yesterday, lynching three suspected members of the Badoo cult in Odogunyan area of Ikorodu.

The suspects were caught around 2a.m. in an SUV and were flagged down by residents who were doing stop and search around Odogunyan junction. It was gathered that a big stone, diesel and a cutlass were found in the vehicle.

The suspects reportedly could not offer any explanation as to what they used the objects for and where they were heading. They were subsequently beaten up and burnt to death together with the vehicle.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the incident, urging residents to desist from jungle justice.

The PPRO confirmed that over 100 Badoo suspects had been arrested across Ikorodu, adding that investigations were ongoing to screen out innocent persons among them.

He said: “We can confirm the arrest of 100 suspected members of the dreaded cult group, and they are helping with ongoing investigation into the activities of the gang. Government is on top of the situation and we like to use this medium to caution the people to desist from jungle justice.

“We also like to assure residents that they are free to go about their normal activities without let or hindrance, as the police and other security agencies in the state are poised to make Lagos uncomfortable and hot for criminal elements to perpetrate their nefarious activities.”

Also, it was reported that in another incident, a heroic dog prevented suspected Badoo members from carrying out an attack in Ikorodu yesterday.

According to a resident of the area, who shared the story on his social media page and posted images of a wounded dog, he wrote: “In spite of the recent raids, let’s be vigilant. Badoo deadly group are still at work. Around 1a.m. on Sunday, they wanted to enter a house in my area at Ojogbe, but their dog stopped them by barking loudly.

“In frustration, they stabbed the dog. Am not sure the dog is going to survive the stabbing because it has been bleeding seriously all day. May God continue to guide and protect us. At this stage, it is only God that can help us in Ikorodu.”

Despite the declaration of traditional rituals by Ikorodu chiefs and traditionalists on Friday to halt the activities of the killer gang, they stormed the Jumofak area of Igbo-Oluwo in Ikorodu around 1a.m. This time, the gang of three ran out of luck as local vigilance team arrived the scene as they were trying to break into one apartment near a gas station in the area.

The vigilance team, however, apprehended one of the suspects while the other two took to their heels.

Eyewitnesses’ account said the trio were naked and rubbed their bodies with engine oil but it could not be ascertained if they were in possession of objects like hammers, white handkerchiefs and grinding stones that the gang was noted for.

Source: The Vanguard

100 suspected Badoo cult members arrested

100 suspected Badoo cult members arrested

The Lagos State Government has arrested 100 suspected members of the dreaded cult group , Badoo , who have been terrorising residents of the state , especially in the Ikorodu axis .

The state government also cautioned residents to desist from carrying out jungle justice on suspected members of the gang , as the government would leave no stone unturned to bring the perpetrators of any dastardly act to justice.

For some time now , members of the Badoo cult group have been fingered in violent killings in Ikorodu axis, a development which had prompted some suspected members of the group to be lynched through mob action .

The 100 suspects were arrested in a joint operation carried out by men of the Lagos State Police Command , Rapid Response Squad, Odua People’ s Congress , as well as local vigilantes , including Onyabo , in Ikorodu on Saturday.

As at Sunday morning , the number of arrested suspects had risen to 100 .

The team, in the operation which started early in the morning of Saturday, moved around Ikorodu and combed the suspected hideouts of the members of the gang from street to street .

The combined security team led by Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations , Lagos Police Command , Mr . Imohimi Edgal and the RRS Commander , ACP Olatunji Disu , specifically combed black spots and suspected areas like Ikorodu, Ibeshe , Ita Maja , Ijede , Ipakodo and other areas , arresting about 100 suspects for questioning.

The exercise was a follow- up to a meeting which the National Coordinator of Odua Peoples ’ Congress , Chief Gani Adams and Onyabo leaders held with security chiefs in the state on Friday .

Confirming the operation , Public Relation Officer of Lagos State Police Command , ASP Olarinde Famous- Cole , said about 40 police and RRS vehicles were used for the operation ; adding that the exercise was a part of the ongoing efforts to rid the state of the activities of the reprehensible cult group .

He said : “ We can confirm the arrest of 100 suspected members of the dreaded cult group , Badoo ; and they are helping with ongoing investigation into the activities of the gang .

“ Government is on top of the situation and we will like to use this medium to urge the people to desist from jungle justice.

“ We would also like to assure residents that they are free to go about their normal activities without let or hindrance, as the police and other security agencies in the state are poised to make the state uncomfortable and hot for criminal elements , ” Famous- Cole said .