Naval Rating Allegedly Kills Man Over N200 Fee


The police say they are on the trail of a yet-to-be-identified non-commissioned officer of the Nigerian Navy over extra-judicial killing.

The naval rating is said to have shot and killed a man over N200 toll fee on Saturday at the popular Kara market along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway in south-west Nigeria.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that the military man had threatened to kill the victim if moved and he made good his promise.

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The Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Mr Kenneth Ebrimson, confirmed the incident to Channels Television in a telephone interview.

He explained that men of the Ogun State Police Command were immediately drafted to the market to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

“When I got the distress call, I had to mobilise my available men to ensure that there is no reprisal.

“I have contacted the military authorities to trace the actual identity of the military officers involved and I was told that the military officers came there at the instance of the security of the market,” Ebrimson said.

He added that the police have begun investigations into the incident with a view to bringing the culprit to book while the remains of the victim have been deposited at a morgue in Sagamu.

The police commissioner decried that it was the second time in the less than five months that the military personnel deployed in the market were accused of extra-judicial killings.

The first was during the Isheri Day celebration which held in August at the Isheri Olofin town – located adjacent the Kara market – where three people were alleged to have been killed by soldiers while the investigation into the matter has yet to be concluded.

Ebrimson described Saturday’s incident as “a very sad event” and called on the military authorities to put measures in place to prevent a reoccurrence.

He condemned the deployment of soldiers in the market, stressing that no security situation in the area was beyond what the police could handle.

The police commissioner said, “I don’t know the reason for deploying soldiers into Kara market. We have the Ibafo Police Station, Ojodu Abiodun Police Station; we have Mowe Police State.

“So, I don’t see any security challenge in that axis that we cannot contain. What we are trying to do now is to actually identify the soldiers that were deployed there, whether legally of illegally so that they can account for their misdeed.”

Kara Market Fire: Ogun Govt. Moves To Control Recurrent Incident

Kara Market Fire: Ogun Govt. Moves To Control Recurrent Incident The Ogun state government says it is immediately commencing the process of restructuring the development at the Kara market to prevent incidents of fire outbreak which has become a yearly occurrence.

The measure, according to the Commissioner for Urban and Physical Planning, Mrs Ronke Sokefun, is pending the final relocation of occupants of the market to the proposed final place at Ogere area of the state.

She made the disclosure when she led other commissioners on an on-the-spot assessment of the damage done to the market by an inferno which broke out on Christmas Day.

“It is just because of the holidays, we have equipment on ground to commence work at once. If you look behind me you will see that the place has been red tapped. The red tape is to contain the incident site where the fire started from.

“We want to put a stop to a regeneration of uncontrolled development activities around this market. Nobody has been able to pinpoint what exactly was the cause of the fire and for us, safety precaution and every moral sense dictates that we stop further development around this market,” she said.

She also commiserated with the leadership of the market over the unfortunate incident.

Meanwhile occupants of Kara market have expressed their readiness to relocate to the new market being prepared by the state government.

Reacting to some of the steps being taken by the state government, the secretary to the market expressed the willingness of the traders to abide by whatever decision the state government arrives at.

“We do not know what caused the fire, we just saw the fire and we immediately contacted the Ogun state government and they responded. We are not happy about the incident at all. This is why the commissioners are here.

“We are waiting for the government because the government is currently doing something at Ogere. So, we are ready to go to the place anytime they say we should move, we are cooperating with the government, no problem at all.’’

The Commissioner for Environment in his own contribution, admonished residents of the state and especially markets to always take adequate precautions to forestall fire outbreak during the harmattan season.

“This time of the year of course is prone to fire outbreak. Basically people should be mindful of how they handle electrical appliances and those who deal with naked fire should control  how it is done because the season we are in fire thrives most,” he said.

Meanwhile, the affected place has been cordoned off by officials of the State Emergency Management Agency and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), as occupiers of the market tried to salvage some of their belongings  while others still counted their loses.

No life was lost but property worth millions of Naira were destroyed by the inferno.

Fire Engulfs Kara Market In Ogun State

Fire Engulfs Kara Market In Ogun StateProperty worth millions of naira have been destroyed in a fire outbreak at Kara market in Ogun state.

Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) claimed that the fire might have been caused by a faulty generator.

The NEMA official said that the swift response of the emergency unit, security operatives and members of public helped reduce the spread of the inferno.

He said that it was premature to ascertain the value of property lost but the nature of business carried out in the market proved that indeed millions of naira must have been lost.

Ogun River “Turns To Dryland” At Kara Market

Kara-River-Turns-DryA part of the popular Ogun River which flows under the Kara Bridge around Ojodu Berger area of Lagos State has suddenly gone dry.

Unidentified green plants are seen on the river while the water body has given way.

The Kara cattle market community under the bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway has become a Mecca of some sort with residents of the community and passers-by trooping to see the dried section of the river which once provided water for the Kara cattle and ram market.



Traffic in bound Lagos slowed down and Road Safety officials tried to make light the gridlock.

Before the unusual incident, the water body once served as means of transportation for canoe owners but residents say they woke up to see the channel blocked on Saturday morning.

The Lagos-Ibadan expressway has become a Mecca of some sort

There were initial suspicion that this could be water hyacinth but the surface of what used to be the flowing river had become a firm ground.

Some people were seen testing the solidity of the green that has taken over the waterway by walking across the river and some found it a readymade recreation ground.

Surprisingly, on the other side of the Kara Bridge, the river is seen flowing freely.
Some people were seen testing the solidity of the green

Surprisingly, on the other side of the Kara Bridge, the river was seen flowing freely.

Environmentalists have, however, warned that residents keep off the blocked channel for the risks of it opening up unexpectedly and advised relevant authorities find a means of clearing the plants.

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Ogun Govt. Donates Relief Materials To Kara Fire Victims

AmosunRelief materials worth millions of Naira has been presented to victims of the fire disaster which razed many buildings at the Kara cattle market in Iseri Olofin area of Ifo Local Government Area, Ogun State.

Presenting the relief material which included roofing sheet, blankets, bags of cement, mattresses among other personal effects, the State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Ayo Olubori said this became necessary in order to cushion the effect of the fire disaster on those affected

Accepting the materials on behalf of the victims, the Secretary to the chairman of the cattle market commended the government for the gesture promising that these would be judiciously put to use ,to ameliorate the loss suffered during the unfortunate incident

Considering the nature and frequency of fire incidents in this particular market, it is suggested that residents of this area should continue to take precautions that would ensure an end to this unfortunate incident.

Kara Market: Fire Razes Stores, Houses at Isheri

Fire has razed the popular Kara market situated in the Isheri area along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Ogun state in Nigeria’s south west region.

A similar incident happened April 3rd (night) where an annex of the market which deals on provision, food stuffs, soft drinks, tailoring, cement and spare parts was gutted by fire as many traders counted their losses which ran into millions of naira.

The Ogun state government had earlier explained to the traders that they will be relocated to a more suitable environment which will be situated at Arepo village in Ifo local government area of the state.