43 Arrested Over Illegal Activities In Lagos

 

43 persons have been arrested in connection with some illegal activities in the Ikeja area of Lagos.

Head, Public Affairs Unit of the Lagos State Task Force, Adebayo Taofiq confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

According to the statement, the arrest was made after operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) raided all streets within Central Business District including surroundings of the Afrika Shrine, Alausa, Ikeja, over the weekend.

Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi was also quoted to have said that the enforcement operations became imperative following complaints from members of the public about the activities of miscreants constituting a nuisance, as well as illegal street traders around the Shrine.

“The night enforcement operation was carried out on all roads around Afrika Shrine where hard drugs like Tramadol, Codeine, Skunk, Weed, Illegal Mixed Liquor, Assorted Food and all sorts of consumable and non-consumable items are freely sold on the streets in defiance of security agencies and government authority,” he said.

 

 

According to the statement, one of the arrested persons, Tunde Babalola who was caught with a bag of substance suspected to be Indian hemp confirmed that he had been selling hard drugs for eight years, particularly around the Afrika Shrine.

He further explained that dealing in hard drugs has been a lucrative business because he realised an average profit of between N60,000 and N100,000 weekly from customers around the Obalende, Akala, Mushin, Bariga and Ikeja areas.

Another arrested trader who identified herself as Mrs. Abike Adeyemi was also said to have disclosed that she pays N1,900 every week to a representative of the Ikeja Local Government from the sales of ‘Skuchies’ and ‘Hot drinks’ around the ‘African Shrine’.

CSP Egbeyemi therefore, stated that the enforcement operations will be a continuous exercise in line with the vision of the present administration to rid the state of criminals.

“The Lagos State Government has vowed to sustain the security onslaught on all areas identified as criminal hideouts and hard drug outlets across the State, especially within the metropolis,” he said.

Also according to him, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu has directed that all those arrested should be immediately prosecuted.

Chinese Nationals Arrested For Operating Illegal E-Waste Factory In Lagos

The police in Lagos have arrested two Chinese nationals for illegally operating an e-waste factory in the residential area of Ikeja, the state capital.

The illegal electronic waste factory which is owned and operated by Lin Piehao, 22 and Li Ruoneng, 27 assembles used electronic panels and packages them for export to China, Vietnam, and Dubai.

Commander in charge of the area, Soji Akinbayo said they were hinted by residents of the community about the illegal activities within the compound.

Employees in the illegal company – majorly youths work on 12-hour daily shift and are exposed to the e-waste which according to research is injurious to human life.

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Several cartons of e-waste already packaged and billed to be exported to China and Vietnam through air cargo were recovered by the police.

“When the residents contacted us, we also contacted the Lagos State Environment Protection Agency (LASEPA) and the safety commission of Lagos State.

“We all came here together and discovered they are working on condemned phones panel and the people working with them are not protected (for the toxic waste),” Akinbayo said.

The arrested suspects in an interview told Channels Television that they arrived in Nigeria in January 2019 on a one month visa but they extended their stay to start up the illegal e-waste factory.

The illegal factory has since been sealed.

Many Trapped, Others Injured As Train Derails In Lagos

 

Several passengers are reported to have been injured following a train accident at the Mongoro area of Ikeja, Lagos.

One of the train coaches was said to have fallen-off the rail track while in motion, causing another coach to derail, trapping the passengers in them.

Some of the trapped passengers were seen struggling to escape through the windows of the affected coaches.

As at the time of filing this report, no deaths had been reported.

Below are some more photos from the scene.

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The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has said there was no major casualty from the train that derailed this morning in the Agege area of the state.

According to the General Manager of LASEMA, Adesina Tiamiyu, no life was lost when three coaches from the train derailed.

He, however, explained that several persons were injured and some of those with injuries fled for fear of being arrested for hanging on the coaches.

“I understand the train was coming from the Ijoko axis, heading for Lagos. Unfortunately, the last three coaches at the back derailed throwing people hanging, some of them on the body and roof off balance.

“Well, nobody died, that I can tell you. Casualty figure I cannot give because we didn’t meet anybody on the ground here. Only that people who were here said there were people perching on the train, some were hanging by the side and they must have been injured,” he stated.

The LASEMA boss explained that the situation was brought under control following the prompt intervention of his officials, assisted by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Nigeria Police.

PHOTOS: Newly Built Ikeja Bus Terminal

The Ikeja Bus Terminal is part of the numerous projects being implemented by the Lagos State Government.

The project, which is nearing completion, was conceived by the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode led administration, to change the face of the transportation system in the state.

See photos below:

 

Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia, Obla’s Trial Stalled

Justice Rite Ofili-Ajumogobia, Obla's Trial StalledThe absence of the EFCC Prosecutor, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, on Thursday stalled the trial of a suspended Federal High Court Judge, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Godwin Obla.

Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, had to adjourn until April 10 for hearing of the pending applications.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia and Mr Obla on a 30-count charge of conspiracy to pervert justice by allegedly giving and receiving a bribe of five million Naira.

The anti-graft agency had also alleged that about $793,800 passed through the judge’s domiciliary accounts between 2012 and 2015, and that she allegedly used the money to buy a house in London.

Five of the charges were centred on an alleged five million Naira bribe given to Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia by the senior advocate, while the remaining 26 charges were on the huge amounts that passed through her accounts and her alleged inability to explain her source of wealth.

The other charges filed against the judge border on forgery, lying, unlawful enrichment and other related offences.

Both have pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Justice Ajumogbia’s Trial Resumes In Lagos

Justice Ajumogbia’s Trial Resumes In Lagos The trial of Justice Rita Ofili Ajumogobia at the Lagos high court sitting in the Ikeja, was almost stalled on Monday after the defense counsel, Mobolaji Kuti, stated that the application filed on January 9, 2017, asking the prosecution to produce additional evidence had not been certified.

The prosecution however argues that the additional proof of evidence has been served on the defense, therefore the trial should go on.

The first prosecution witness, Ademola Oshodi, again detailed in court how monies were debited and credited from corporate accounts belonging to Nigel and Colive in which Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia, is the signatory.

Oshodi, during examination stated that from the month of May 2014, several millions of Naira were moved into the corporate account by the accused persons on different occasions.

Presiding Judge, Justice Hakeem Oshodi, adjourned the case till March 10 and 17, 2017 for cross examinations.

He also ordered a temporary release of Godwin Obla’s, international passport, to allow him travel, under a condition that it must be returned by March 6, 2017.

Police Building Collapse: Force Commits To Personnel Welfare

Police Building CollapseThe Nigeria Police Force has reiterated its commitment to the welfare of its personnel, in a bid to ensuring the efficiency of its workforce.

The Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police-in-charge of Zone 2, Lagos, Mr Kayode Aderanti, said that the well-being of the officers and men was paramount to the force’s authorities.

Mr Aderanti made the remarks on Tuesday shortly after he visited the site of a collapsed building at the Police Barracks in Ikeja.

He appealed to those who have been served notices of evacuation to vacate the blocks for further action.

The AIG went on the inspection visit in company of senior officers from the Lagos State Police Command in Nigeria’s commercial capital.

The visit follows the mishap at the Area ‘F’ Police Command where the “w” block of the barracks partially collapsed on Christmas Day.

The incident led to the death of a sergeant and a civilian.

Officials of the National Emergency Maintenance Agency were at the site of the collapsed building while a vacation order has been issued to the occupants of the remnant.

New Edo State CP Set For Governorship Election

Police,Edo State Governorship ElectionThe newly appointed Commissioner of Police in Edo State, Mr Olafimihan Adeoye, says all security arrangements made so far to ensure a smooth conduct of the September 10 governorship election will remain untouched.

Mr Adeoye made the statement on Monday in an interview with Channels Television shortly after resuming work at the Police Headquarters in Benin City, the state’s capital in south-south Nigeria.

The Police Commissioner took over from Mr Chris Ezike who had been redeployed to the Police College in Ikeja, Lagos State.

Meanwhile, some candidates of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) of the General Certificate Examination (GCE) have called for the postponement of the Edo State governorship election.

The examination applicants voiced their demand in a protest, at the Government House in the state’s capital with placards bearing various inscriptions.

They said that holding the examination and the poll on the same day would disenfranchise them.

The GCE candidates also took their protest to the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission and the secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party in Benin City.

Lagos Describes Maryland Incident As ‘Unfortunate’, Denies Involvement Of BRT Bus

Cancer, Akinwunmi AmbodeThe Lagos State Government has described as “unfortunate” the incident where a street hawker was knocked down by an oncoming truck at Maryland Bus Stop on Wednesday.

The street hawker, who was trying to evade arrest from officials of Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI), had attempted to cross the road before being hit by the truck, which was erroneously thought to be a BRT Bus.

As a result, hoodlums armed with sticks and stones, immediately descended on some BRT buses plying the route as at the time of the incident and in the process destroyed several of the BRT buses.

But the Government in a statement, signed the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, to clarify the ‘misconception’ being circulated in the social media that the street hawker was hit by a BRT bus, said it was a truck belonging to a soft drink company that hit the boy.

“It wasn’t any of our buses that killed him (hawker), it was a soft drink company truck that unfortunately crushed the boy while he was trying to escape from KAI officers who were on patrol trying to rid the street of street hawkers and traders.

“But hoodlums now took advantage of that to start destroying government assets, including several of the brand new BRT buses,” he said.

Ayorinde said it took the intervention of a team from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) to quell the riotous scene caused by the hoodlums before the corpse of the boy was taken to the morgue at the General Hospital, Ikeja.

The Commissioner said that at least three hoodlums alleged to have been part of the mob that destroyed the BRT buses have been arrested, saying that the law would take its full course.

“The Lagos State Government would like to use this opportunity to further reiterate that it would not relent in ridding the state of illegality, street trading and hawking,” he said.

Ayorinde said that Section one of the Lagos State Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law 2003, restricts street trading and hawking in the metropolis, while Sections Seven and Eight of the same law gives jurisdiction and power to the Special Court to order the seizure and public auction of items impounded from street traders.

Section 10 of the law, he said, also prescribes a N5000 fine or three months imprisonment upon conviction.

“Street traders are hereby urged to desist from this illegal activity because the government will not be blackmailed and would do that which is necessary.

“And for the miscreants and hoodlums, the Lagos State Government and the Police Command would not allow any act of civil disobedience and those arrested would be dealt with in accordance with the law and further arrests would be made as investigation continues,” he said.

Lagos To Host President Buhari On Two-Day Working Visit

Muhammadu Buhari, LagosThe Lagos State Government will formally welcome President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, May 23, on a two-day working visit to the state.

It will be President Buhari’s first official visit to the state since he assumed office about a year ago.

A statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, stated that this is the first time in about 15 years, a sitting President would be visiting the state on a working visit.

Mr Ayorinde said that was a testimony to the landmark achievements of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the last one year and the good working relationship between Lagos State and the Federal Government.

He added that the President during the visit, would formally commission the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Rescue Unit in Cappa Oshodi, built by the state government to ensure prompt and swift response to emergency situations in the state.

The Commissioner said President Buhari would thereafter, commission the newly constructed Ago Palace Way in Okota, Isolo after which he would pay homage to the Oba of Lagos, Oba Babatunde Rilwanu Aremu Akiolu.

He stated further that the President would later in the day be hosted to a reception rally by the state government at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos, where he would also commission and hand over security equipment and vehicles contributed by the Governor Ambode led administration to securities agencies to beef up security in the state.

The statement added that activities for the first day of the President’s visit would be rounded up with a State Banquet in his honour at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island.

The President would on Tuesday, participate as the Special Guest of Honour at a breakfast session with Corporate Lagos to be hosted by Governor Ambode at the Lagos State House in Marina after which he would have a short session with the public service at the State House in Alausa-Ikeja.

The Commissioner quoted Governor Ambode as being joyous over this landmark presidential visit to Lagos State that contributed so much to his emergence as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He added that Lagosians (the state residents) were looking forward with excitement to receiving the President, just as he urged them to bear with law enforcement agents and traffic control authorities, who would effect road diversions in some of the routes that the President motorcade would pass through during the visit.

$40m Fraud: Fmr President Jonathan’s Cousin Asks Court To Compel EFCC To Release Him

ObazeeThe detained cousin of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Robert Azibaola, has asked a Federal High Court in Lagos to order the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to either charge him to court or release him from detention.

Azibaola, in a new case filed on his behalf by his counsel, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, claimed that his detention, which has lasted for 46 days by the EFCC, was as a result of his refusal to indict the former President.

He is specifically urging the court to order the EFCC to release him immediately from unlawful custody or institute a criminal charge and arraign him before any court of competent jurisdiction.

Azibaola was arrested by the EFCC on March 23 over an alleged diversion of $40 million dollars through a company, One-Plus Holdings, and a sister company, Kakatar Construction Limited.

The payment was said to have been made by the detained former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

The EFCC on April 22, 2016 transferred him from Abuja to Lagos where it obtained a warrant from a Lagos State Magistrate’s Court in Ikeja to remand him pending the conclusion of investigation into his alleged crime.

However, in the suit, which is yet to be assigned to any judge, Adegboruwa claimed that the EFCC could not rely on sections 293 and 294 of the ACJA to continue to detain his client.

He argued that those sections of the law were designed for criminal offences such as murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and treasonable felony, which attracts capital punishment, for which the police would need time to await a legal advice from the office of the Attorney-General.

Azibaola, who claimed that he is being persecuted based on his blood relationship with former President Jonathan, also accused the EFCC of having perfected the plan to keep transferring him from state to state in order to keep renewing the remand warrant to ensure that he was perpetually kept in detention.

He also claimed that any attempt to make him indict former President Jonathan was a violation of Section 7 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, “which has outlawed the practice of arresting a citizen as ransom for the alleged offence of another citizen.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the fundamental rights enforcement suit.

Appeal Panel Seeks Full Complement Of Court Over Ban On Hijab In Lagos Schools

hijab-Full-VeilA three-man panel of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal today adjourned sitting to allow a full five-member panel hear the appeal challenging the ban on the wearing of Hijab in primary and Secondary schools in Lagos State.

Justice Amina Augie, who led the three-man panel told the applicants – two 15-year old girls and the Registered Trustees of the Muslim Society of Nigeria (MSSN) – that the matter was a constitutional one.

Justice Augie, in her response to an observation by the applicant’s counsel, Chief Gani Adetola-Kazeem (SAN) said, it is also “a very sensitive matter that will most likely still get to the Supreme Court.”

According to her “all 3 justices of the panel were Muslims and if they went ahead to hear the appeal, it could raise issues of bias”.

The court then directed the applicants to write to the President of the Court of Appeal for a five-man panel to be appointed to hear it.

On October 17, 2014, Justice Modupe Onyeabor of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja had dismissed the suit instituted against the Lagos State Government by the two applicants (who were then 12-year-olds) under the aegis of the MSSN, Lagos State Area Unit.

The government had banned the use of Hijab arguing that it was not part of the approved school uniform for pupils.

Following the ban, the students filed the suit on May 27, 2013, seeking redress.
They asked the court to declare the ban a violation of their rights to freedom of thought, religion and education.

In her judgment, Justice Onyeabor held that the prohibition of the wearing of Hijab over school uniforms within and outside the premises of public schools was not discriminatory.

According to her, the ban does not violate Sections 38 and 42 of the 1999 Constitution as claimed by the plaintiffs.

The Judge also said Section 10 of the Constitution made Nigeria a secular state and that government must maintain neutrality at all times.

Justice Onyeabor held that the government had a duty to preserve the secular nature of the institutions concerned as argued by the then Lagos State Solicitor-General, Mr Lawal Pedro (SAN).

She noted that since the public schools were funded by the government, the government was competent to issue dress codes and other guidelines to the students.

According to her, the use of school uniforms engenders uniformity and encourages students to pursue their mutual academic aspirations without recourse to religious or any other affiliations.

The Judge observed that the uniformity sought by the government in the issuance of the dress code would be destroyed, should the prayers of the plaintiffs be granted.