Immigration To Commence Issuance Of 10-Year E-Passport In Lagos

 

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has announced plans to start issuance of new enhanced 10-year e-Passport to eligible applicants at its Ikoyi office.

According to the NIS Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede, the roll-out has already commenced in Abuja, but issuance of the new passport will begin on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

“The roll-out has already been done in Abuja by Mr President.

“We hope the Governor will come tomorrow (June 25, 2019) and work with the Assistant Comptroller-General here to roll out the new passports in Ikoyi.

“This is the second place we are rolling out the new enhanced passport which is 10-year valid.”

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Mr Babandede explained that It is mandatory for applicants to first possess a National Identity Number, and be conscious of their identity on both documents.

“We call on Nigerians to be very conscious of their identity. You cannot get this passport unless you have a National Identity number, without that, don’t even approach it.

“If you have a different identity with your NIN, reconcile before you come.”

He added that the National Identity Card Management Commission (NIMC) has provided facilities which will aid a working synergy between both government agencies.

“We are happy to say that NIMC has provided for facilities, working with us here in Ikoyi passport office, just like in Abuja and I hope they do same abroad, so that wherever we are rolling out a passport, National Identity will be available.

“For all inquiries about the status of pending/ongoing applications in IKOYI Passport Office, please send text messages ONLY to

“09069000005, 09069000006, 09069000007, 09069000008, 09069000009; calls are not allowed on these lines.”

EKEDC Restores Power To Ikoyi, Environs After Fire Outbreak

EKEDC Restores Power To Ikoyi, Environs After Fire Outbreak
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The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) says it has restored supply to all areas affected by the inferno at Alagbon Transmission Injection Station where a 66MVA caught fire in Ikoyi area of Lagos State.

The company announced this in a statement signed by EKEDC’s spokesperson, Godwin Idemudia, and obtained by Channels Television on Saturday.

It said the restoration of supply was achieved through the combined efforts of engineers from the company and their counterparts from the Transmission Company of Nigeria(TCN).

According to the statement, the technicians were able to quickly effect a perfect back feeding arrangement while the repairs of the damaged transformer were on.

EKEDC described the restoration of supply to the areas as a testimony to the quick recovery rate of the company during the crisis period.

It further thanked all affected customers and the general public for their cooperation, understanding and sympathy while the power interruption lasted.

Court Orders Interim Forfeiture Of N204.2m Ikoyi Property

Court Orders Interim Forfeiture Of N204.2m Ikoyi Property
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Justice Chuka Austin Obiozor of the Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the interim forfeiture of a property worth the sum of N204,200,000 to the Federal Government.

The property, which is located at 20, Cameron Street in Ikoyi area of Lagos, was recovered from one Joy Obiageli Oti by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to a statement by the EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren on Friday, the judge gave the interim forfeiture order following an ex-parte application filed by the Commission.

The respondent was alleged to have sold 3.02 hectares of land belonging to a company, Industrial Support Services Limited, to P.S. Investment Limited in the sum of N300,000,000.00.

In the bid to cover up the alleged fraud, the respondent reportedly opened an account domiciled in a bank in the name of Industrial Support Services, where she purportedly made herself the sole signatory to the account.

Consequently, the Chairman of P.S. Investment Limited, Mr Patrick Ugboma, allegedly issued a bank manager of another bank a cheque in favour of Industrial Support Services on October 22, 2007.

The respondent, upon maturity of the cheque, allegedly bought the said property from the proceeds of the crime.

In his ruling on Wednesday, Justice  Obiozor ordered an interim forfeiture of the property to the Federal Government.

The judge further directed the EFCC to publish the interim forfeiture order in a national newspaper within 14 days from the day of ruling for the respondent or anyone who is interested in the property to show cause why it should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

The case was adjourned till May 15 for the hearing of the motion on notice for final forfeiture.

Court Orders Forfeiture Of Ikoyi Apartment Where EFCC Found N13bn

Court Orders Forfeiture Of Ikoyi Apartment Where EFCC Found N13bn
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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the interim forfeiture to the Federal Government, the property known as Flat 7b No 16, Osborn Road Ikoyi, Lagos.

It is the property linked to the dismissed Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke, where the EFCC recovered the sums of $43,449,947.00, €27,800 and N23,218,000.00 in April.

Justice Saliu Saidu gave the forfeiture order on Thursday following an ex parte application brought before the court by counsel to the EFCC, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo.

In the application, the anti-graft agency told Justice Saidu that the funds used to acquire the property belongs to the Federal Government but was fraudulently converted to the use of one Chobe Ventures which was used to acquire the property.

In an affidavit supporting the application, an investigating officer of the EFCC, one Musa Yusuf, also explained how the commission obtained intelligence reports which showed that huge sums of money in local and foreign currencies were being surreptitiously kept in the Osborne property.

After analysing the reports, the EFCC said it obtained a search warrant and raided the house where it discovered all the monies which have now been forfeited to the Federal Government, in line with the judgment of Justice Muslim Hassan also of the Federal High Court.

The commission further detailed how the property was acquired for the sum of N360m from Chobe Ventures whose directors are Ambassador Oke and his wife, Folashade.

After listening to the EFCC and reviewing the evidence submitted in proof of the application, Justice Saidu granted the interim forfeiture order.

He also directed the anti-graft agency to advertise the order within 14 days in any national dailies to serve as notice to Chobe Ventures, its directors, and any interested persons to come before the court to show cause why the property should not be permanently forfeited to the FG.

The judge then adjourned till the November 30 for such interested party to appear in court.

N13bn Cash: EFCC Raids Ikoyi Flats Of Mu’azu, Others

As part of investigations into the 13 billion Naira found at a flat in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos state, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has searched apartments of the immediate past Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi; and a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Mu’azu.

Other prominent persons, living in the building, include a former Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mrs Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, and C.E.O of Ebony Life Television, Mo’ Abudu.

The media aide to Mr Obi, Mr Valentine Obienyem, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday, noting that all the apartments in the building were searched by the commission.

Sources within the EFCC also confirmed that all the flats were searched including the unoccupied ones.

The anti-graft agency, had on Wednesday last week, busted the apartment, where it recovered huge sums of money in Dollars, Pounds and in Naira. (43 million Dollars, 23 million Naira and another 27,000 Pounds)

The huge discovery is coming days after the EFCC operatives also announced the recovery of some cash at a Bureau de Change operator in Balogun Market, Lagos, following the Federal Government’s new Whistle-Blowing policy.

Meanwhile, reactions have continued to trail the ownership of the recovered funds.

A legal practitioner, Mr Isaac Anumudu, speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise daily, called on the EFCC to reveal the identities of the owners of all the moneys being discovered by the Commission.

Another Legal Practitioner, Femi Falana (SAN), also reacting to the matter, noted that with the increasing cases of cash hauls, Nigeria is being exposed to unprecedented ridicule before the committee of nations.

Wike Claims Money Recovered In Lagos Belongs To Rivers

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says the huge sums of money, uncovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in an apartment in the Ikoyi area of Lagos on Wednesday, belong to Rivers state.

Governor Wike made this known during a press conference at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Lagos, has ordered the temporary forfeiture of the fund, (43 million Dollars, 23 million Naira and 27,000 Pounds), to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The court said the monies should be in the Federal Government’s custody until May 5, for any interested party in the funds to show cause why the money should not be permanently forfeited.

Amaechi Denies Ownership Of Funds Recovered In Ikoyi

Amaechi Denies Ownership Of Funds Recovered In IkoyiAs the controversy over who owns the huge sum of money uncovered in a luxury apartment in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State continues, the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has denied any connection to the cash.

In a statement issued from his media office on Saturday, Mr Amaechi dismissed claims that the said funds recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) belonged to him.

He urged Nigerians to disregard such claims, noting that he does not know who owns the money or the apartment where it was found.

“For clarity and emphasis, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is not the owner of the $43 million and the Ikoyi apartment in which the money was recovered from.

“Amaechi has no business, link or connection to the money or property. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi does not know who owns the money or Ikoyi apartment,” he said.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Governor Nyesom Wike said the recovered money belongs to the Rivers State government, and asked the Federal Government to return the funds.

The EFCC recovered 43 million Dollars, 23 million Naira, and 27,000 Pounds on Wednesday, April 12, following a tip-off by a whistle-blower regarding some suspicious movement of bags in and out of an apartment in Ikoyi.

The discovery came days after the anti-graft announced the recovery of 547,730 Euros; 21,090 Dollars and 5,648,500 Naira from a Bureau de Change operator in Balogun Market, Lagos.

Consequently, a Federal High Court in Lagos ordered that the funds be temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Justice Muslim Hassan gave till May 5, 2017 for any interested party in the funds to show cause why the money should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

Court Orders Temporary Forfeiture Of Funds Recovered In Ikoyi

Court Orders Temporary Forfeiture Of Funds Recovered In IkoyiA Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of the funds recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from an apartment in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.

In his ruling on Thursday, Justice Muslim Hassan ordered that the 43 million dollars, 23 million Naira and 27,000 pounds be temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The judge gave till May 5, 2017 for any interested party in the funds to show cause why the money should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

The funds were recovered on Wednesday, following a whistle-blower’s confidential alert received by the Lagos Office of the anti-graft agency regarding some suspicious movement of bags in and out of the apartment.

The discovery came days after the EFCC announced the recovery of 547,730 euros; 21,090 dollars and 5,648,500 Naira from a Bureau de Change operator in Balogun Market, Lagos.

Lekki-Ajah Roads Reopened After Rehabilitation

Adams Oshiomhole, Roads, Edo StatePortions of the Lekki-Ajah expressway which were closed for reconstruction, have now been opened.

The reopening is on the orders of the Lagos state government.

According to some motorists, the roundabouts along the Lekki – Epe expressway have been a menace to them owing to their large sizes.

The removal of the roundabouts was part of the junction works and traffic system management designed by the present administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

It is also part of the urban clean-up project started in August 2016.

The government had set up a committee to commence the elimination of illegal structures and shanties, street hawkers, as well as those who have converted walkways to trading points and food courts on the island.

Another Missing Student Of Osun University Found Dead

adebisi damilola mission student of osun universityA 400 Level student of Osun State University, (UNIOSUN) in Osogbo, Adebisi Damilola, who has been missing in the last couple of days has been found dead.

Police detectives say they are making frantic efforts to unravel the circumstances surrounding her death.

Channels Television’s correspondent in Osogbo, Bosede Sodiq, reports that Rofiat who was studying Science Education at the Ipetu-Ijesa campus of UNIOSUN left Ipetu on Thursday to attend a programme of NASFAT society at Ikoyi a town close to Ikire and that her whereabouts was unknown since then.

A source, who asked not to be mentioned, said “Rofiat left Ipetu-Ijesha on Thursday. She was supposed to be at a NASFAT programme at Ikoyi, not far from Ikire. We have been looking for her since Thursday. We just received a phone call that Rofiat’s body was found somewhere around Iragbiji”.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, confirmed the incident and assured the parents of the girls that the perpetrators would be apprehended and brought to book.

He said the remains of the deceased student had been deposited in the mortuary for autopsy and that her family had been notified.

Channels Television also gathered that the father of the deceased student died recently and that the family was still mourning when Rofiat was also sent to her early grave by unknown killers.

Mourners have been thronging the residence of the deceased at Ilesa Garage in Osogbo to console Rofiat’s mother.

Some students, especially the friends of late Rofiat and some staff of UNIOSUN, have visited the house to sympathise with the family.

The management of the university has also sent a delegation to visit the family of the deceased student and commiserate with the parent.

Meanwhile, two final year students of the same university, Samuel Eke and Akinduro Robert who were declared missing since September 5 have not been found. The Commissioner of Police said their disappearance was still under investigation.

Police have arrested and arraigned a student of the university, Adedamola Olagoke, before a Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo for kidnapping saying he communicated with the missing students last before their disappearance.

Lagos Govt. Begins Clean Up Of Ikoyi, VI And Lekki

Lagos, Ikoyi, Lekki, Victoria Island, Akinwunmi AmbodeThe Lagos State government has begun a move to extend its urban clean-up project to the Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki areas of the state in southwest Nigeria.

To achieve its plan, government has set up a committee to commence the elimination of illegal structures and shanties, street hawkers, as well as those who have converted walkways to trading points and food courts on the island.

Inaugurating the committee at the State House, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, expressed worry over the abuse of urban planning and environmental laws.

He said this necessitated the decision to embark on a major clean-up of the environment to restore it to its desired form.

Governor Ambode explained that his administration was passionately determined to rescue the fragile environment in the state from avoidable impediments.

The newly inaugurated 16-man committee, headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, is saddled with the responsibility to commence the implementation of the approved action plan and execute the clean-up exercise among other terms of reference.

The government has given a 14-day ultimatum to those who might be affected by the exercise to vacate the premises.