Lagosians React To Traffic Situation As Buhari Visits Lagos

Source: Bashir Ahmad

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Lagos for his Presidential Campaign, holding at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

As a result, there’s been an influx of people into the stadium since the early hours of Saturday, causing gridlock around the area.

While some have expressed their support for the President’s second term bid, others have criticized his administration.

Below are some of the comments as Lagosians took to the Social Media to air their views.

‘Youths Are The Active Breadwinners Of Nigeria’ – Ajimobi

 

Florence Ajimobi, the wife of Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has described the youths as the active breadwinners of the nation.

She stated this on Saturday during the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential rally in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

“Your Excellency, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, youths and women constitute nothing less than 75 per cent of the critical mass required to successfully prosecute our re-election bid. They are the young blood of our country and the active breadwinners of our nation.”

The First Lady believes that the youths and women play a crucial role in the re-election bid of the President.

According to her, they cannot be ignored in ensuring the party’s victory in the general elections that are a few weeks away.

“Consequently, this critical mass cannot be underestimated in our quest as a party to take the country to a next level,” she stated.

She stated that the current administration has done quite a lot to handle the welfare of the young people since its inception in 2015.

Ajimobi explained that under the N-Power scheme, President Buhari’s government has gainfully employed over 500,000 youths in parts of the country.

In food production, she noted that the Anchors Borrowers programme of the Federal Government has succeeded in boosting various agricultural enterprises across the federation.

With the presidential election that is about a month away, Mrs Ajimobi appealed to the young people to vote for the ruling party for the re-election of President Buhari.

APC Rally: Police Arrest 16 Suspects Over Violence

 

 

The police have arrested 16 suspects over their alleged involvement in the violence that broke out at the rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday in Lagos.

The state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, confirmed this to journalists on Wednesday.

According to him, the arrest was made after he got information about where the thugs were hired from.

“At about 2:00 am, I led my men on a road to Lagos Island where I got intel that some of the boys were hired from.

“In those two locations by the uncompleted millennium housing estate and some areas under the bridge at Adeniji Adele, we arrested 14 suspects, some of them have given us useful information.

“The Deputy Commissioner of Police Investigation State CID is handling this matter personally. So, as at now, we have a total of 16 suspects that are being interrogated,” he said.

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The CP further explained that preliminary interrogation carried out, revealed that the violence was a result of some intra-party matters.

He said, “The preliminary interrogation we have carried out reveals that it is just their intraparty national union crisis.

“I hear that their state chairman is exiting soon and there are some players who are fighting to take over from him. But for crying out loud, is it the flag off of a governorship candidate that is a good venue for them to do their inter-party squabbles?”.

The CP explained that three of the four persons, including NURTW chieftain, Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo, who were rushed to the hospital after the incident, are recuperating.

One person, however, did not survive.

“One person (MC Oluomo) was taken to Eko Hospital and among the four persons taken to LASUTH, one person died. Three were treated and discharged,” Imohimi said.

I Am Running On My Track Record Of Serving Ekiti People, Says Fayemi

Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Kayode Fayemi addressing party faithful during a mega rally in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital on Tuesday.

 

The All Progressives Candidate for the Ekiti State governorship election, Kayode Fayemi, says he is running for the position based on his performance as governor of the state from 2010 to 2014. to serve the people of the state.

He on Tuesday during a mega rally organised by the APC in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

“I am running on my track record of serving of people in all of our communities and constituencies,” he said.

His comments come just four days to the gubernatorial polls in the state. Fayemi would be jostling with incumbent deputy governor of the state, Professor Kolapo Olusola, of the PDP who is being backed by Governor Ayodele Fayose.

At the rally, Fayemi accused Governor Fayose who denied him re-election in 2014, of failing to consolidate on his achievements for the people of the state in delivering on infrastructure.

“There is no single village, hamlet or town in Ekiti State in the last four years that has benefitted from the government. In my time as the governor of this state, there is no community that did not have at least four or five projects that we implemented.

“If we did not construct your roads, we built your hospital. If we did not build a hospital, we renovated your schools. If we did not renovate your schools, we built the palace of your Kabiyesi (traditional ruler). If we did not build the palace of your Kabiyesi, we fixed the drainage,” he said.

Boko Haram Members Do Menial Jobs To Stay Under Cover – Omeri

Boko Haram Attack GombeThe coordinating spokesman of the National Information Centre, Mr Mike Omeri, has advised Nigerians to be more vigilant, as some members of the terrorist group engage in menial jobs in order to ward off security operatives.

Mr Omeri explained that the military onslaught against members of Boko Haram terrorist group in the north-east had forced members of the group to take up menial jobs.

Addressing a weekly news conference of the Centre in Abuja on Wednesday, Mr Omeri announced the re-capture of more towns in the north-east by Nigerian troops supported by the regional Multi National Force.

He noted that the onslaught against the insurgents would be intensified until terrorist activities were reduced to the barest minimum and eventually wiped out.

Mr Omeri, who commended the renewed support by the regional forces and the offer of assistance from the United States of America, however, appealed to politicians to shun violent acts and provocative comments.

He condemned the recent attack that occurred in Okrika in Rivers State, saying “it is unacceptable for Nigerians to be attacked at a political rally”.

Sporadic gunshots by unknown hoodlums had scuttled the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship rally at the National Secondary School, in Rivers State on Tuesday.

Before the disruption, Channels Television’s correspondent, Charles Eruka, explained that three explosions were heard before the APC governorship candidate, Dakuku Peterside, arrived the rally venue.

Troops in a military operation spearheaded by highly coordinated air assaults completed the mission of clearing terrorists from Monguno in Borno State and environs, a military official said on Monday.

The spokesman for the military, Major General Chris Olukolade, in a statement said that a number of the Boko Haram terrorists were captured in the course of the operation on Monday morning.

Major General Olukolade further said that truck loads of rice, beans and other logistics meant for resupply to the terrorists operating around Baga were also captured.

Okrika Rally: APC, PDP In War Of Words As Police Vows To Nab Culprits

pdp-apc-1The violence that disrupted the rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Okrika, Rivers State appears to have blown the peace parley between the governorship candidates of the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party.

Both parties are embroiled in a war of words, blaming each other for the violence that resulted in the death of one and injuring of many, including Channel TV senior correspondent Charles Erukaa.

At the peace parley, both candidates had held hands in a show of support for a violence-free election in the state.

However, things may have changed as the last is yet to be heard concerning the APC rally that was disrupted by explosions and shootings by unknown gunmen in Okirika, Rivers state, on Tuesday.

While the APC and PDP tackled each other with words as to who masterminded the attack, the Police Commissioner in the State told Channels Television in an exclusive interview that his command would get to the root of the matter.

The APC governorship candidate, Mr Dakuku Peterside, points accusing fingers at a PDP member of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

The man accused of masterminding the attack denied the allegation, saying that his innocence would vindicate him.

Kogi CP Promises Zero Tolerance For Election Violence

Kogi-police-logo-1The new Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Samuel Ogunjemilusi, has pledged to provide security to the people of the state before, during, and after elections in the state.

Ogunjemilusi, who disclosed this while speaking with journalists in his office in Lokoja, shortly after assuming office, stated that the police under his command would maintain law and order with zero tolerance for violence in any form.

He based his speech more on security for the 2015 election, insisting that the crime rate is unacceptable.

 

Ogunjemilusi assured the residents of the state that his command would make the state the safest and most peaceful state in the country.

Earlier before this, a one-day interactive session for stakeholders and party candidates on constituency reportage and community outreaches was organised by Kogi Central CSOs Network in Okene.

The initiative was taken by a coalition of Civil Society organisations in the zone to erase the battered image of politics in the central zone of Kogi State.

 

Nigeria, US To Finance Pharmaceutical Warehouse In Abuja

Tablets and pillsNigeria and the United States are collaborating in the construction of a pharmaceutical warehouse in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The Supervising Minister of Health, Mr Khaliru Alhassan, announced the US financial assistance on Tuesday.

Mr alhassan said the project, when completed, would reduce wastages and improve supplies of medical consumables to government hospitals across the nation.

“Nigeria will be saving a lot of money and this will  in ensure that our drugs are warehoused and are in one place,” he said.

The project, which is code-named “Warehouse In a Box” is expected to be completed within five months.

The development is in line with the National Drug Policy that stipulates that all medicines meant for the public should pass through the National Warehousing System for proper storage and maintenance of quality.

This has almost been impossible since 1945, as the Federal Medical Stores in Oshodi in Lagos State has been the only major warehouse doing this job.

However, if words are matched with actions, the $10 million jointly financed project by the Nigerian and the United States to float the “warehouse in a box” project in Abuja, would boost warehousing of drugs in Nigeria.

Bearing in mind that the current administration has barely three months to go, the Director, US Mission in Nigeria, Michael Harvey, said it would take charge of the project implementation to ensure its completion.

Three modern warehouses are expected be built and completed in July.

APC Rally Disrupted By Gunfire, Hoodlums Stab Channels TV Staff

APC rallySporadic gunshot in Okrika on Tuesday scuttled the APC governorship rally at the National Secondary School, in Rivers State.

Before the disruption, our correspondent, Charles Erukaa, explained that three explosions were heard before the APC governorship candidate, Dakuku Peterside, arrived the rally venue.

Shooters were unseen and no one could tell from which direction the gunfire was coming but it appeared to be from all around the venue of the APC rally.

The situation worsened as hoodlums have reportedly taken over the town.

A member of Channels Television crew has been stabbed and is currently receiving treatment in a hospital.

More details soon.

Three IEDs Go Off Close To APC Rally Ground In Rivers

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FILE: Picture from a different blast scene

Three Improvised Explosive Devices have gone off close to the rally ground of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Okrika, Rivers State.

This has caused a stampede, as people gathering for the APC rally scampered for safety.

The party supporters, in their numbers, had gathered and were waiting for the leaders of the party in the state to arrive the venue of the rally.

Loud sounds were heard in quick successions, causing panic among those who gathered for the rally.

So far, there are no reports of any injuries or casualties and it is not clear if the rally would eventually get underway.

More Details Soon…..

Rivers APC In State-Wide Rally To Woo Voters

APC_Rally_in_LagosThe Camps of the All Progressives Congress have been busy, with Leaders and Supporters of the Party staging rallies across the Country.

In Rivers State, the party and its governorship candidate moves from one Local Government Area to another to woo voters to vote for the party in the governorship election slated for the 28th of February, 2015.

The Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi alongside the Governorship candidate of the APC in the state, Mr Dakuku Peterside visited Emohua Local Government Area where they promised to execute more projects if the party is voted into office.

Ibadan Violence Continues Despite Ajimobi’s Stern Warning

ajimobi abiolaViolence continues to erupt in parts of Ibadan the Oyo state capital even as residents count their losses from violent attacks of last weekend within the city.

Residents in some of the areas affected attributed the chaos in which a police inspector has been confirmed dead to the clash which began on Friday during an APC rally at Oke Ado in the south west region of the city.

Unconfirmed reports say at least 3 people were killed in Saturday’s attack on Idi Arere/oopo/born photo areas of Ibadan but the police denied this account saying only a police inspector was killed in line of duty while many sustained serious injuries

The Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi in a statement through his Special Assistant on Media Dr. Festus Adedayo has condemned the attacks with a promise to bring whoever is responsible to book.