Police Hunt Abductors Of Lagos Fire Service Chief, Others

Police Hunt Abductors Of Lagos Fire Service Chief, Others
A file photo of the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Mr Zubairu Muazu.

 

The Lagos State Police Command says it is already on the trail of the abductors of the Director of Lagos State Fire Service, Rasaki Musibau, and six others.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

He said the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Mr Zubairu Muazu, visited the scene of the crime in company with Tactical Units Commanders in the state.

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Musibau and the six other people were abducted by some hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers on Saturday last week at about 8pm along the Iwoye bridge on Itokin-Epe road in Ikorodu.

Others abducted include Mufutau Adams, Funmilayo Adelumo, Asiogu Martha, and Lasisi Muka, as well as two other persons.

Following his visit to the scene, the police commissioner ordered the Command’s Anti Kidnapping Unit to ensure that they rescue the seven victims.

He also assured the families of the victims that the police were leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that the victims were rescued unhurt.

Mr Muazu gave assurance that the command was working tirelessly to ensure the safety of the residents and their properties at all times.

He noted that patrols and surveillance have been intensified along Itokin-Epe Road, Ketu, Ereyun, and other major highways in the state.

During the visit to the scene, the police recovered some vehicles which included a Toyota Sienna, Toyota Corolla, and an Opel Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV).

Several Injured In Third Mainland Bridge Accident

Several Injured In Third Mainland Bridge AccidentAn accident that occurred on the Third Mainland bridge in Lagos has left many people severely injured.

The accident happened on Saturday morning and involved a Toyota Hiace commercial bus and a Camry car.

Witnesses said both vehicles were headed from Lagos Island towards the mainland.

Emergency workers from the Lagos State Fire Service and the Federal Road Safety Commission were at the scene of the accident to rescue the victims.

The injured were later rushed to the Accident and Emergency Centre at the old Lagos Toll Gate.

Fire Engulfs Nigerian Breweries In Lagos

Fire, Nigerian Breweries, LagosA massive fire outbreak has occurred at the premises of the Nigerian Breweries Plc in the Iganmu area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.

The blaze is said to have engulfed the factory section of the company.

At the time Channels Television senior correspondent, Ambrose Okoh, was at the scene, the fire service was battling the inferno.

According to officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the fire started at about 5:30AM on Sunday.

No death has been reported in the incident and the cause of the blaze has not yet been established.

However, about three victims have been taken away by NEMA officials for treatment due to the fire outbreak, although it is not known if they are staff of the Nigerian Breweries or emergency agency workers.

Situation Under Control

In the meantime, the company, in a statement signed by its Adviser on Corporate Affairs, Mr Kufre Ekanem, said the fire has been brought under control.

Mr Ekanem confirmed that no life was lost, but only the plastic crates used in storing the liquid content were destroyed by the fire.

Fire disasters such as this are very common during festive seasons as an eyewitness told Channels Television crew that the fire began from the generator room.

Incorporated in November 1946, the Nigerian Breweries Plc boasts of 10 operational breweries from which its products are distributed to all parts of Nigeria, in addition to the malting plants in Aba and Kaduna.

The company also supports operations in Champion Breweries Plc, Uyo.

Another Tanker Accident Occurs On Kara Bridge

Another Tanker Accident Occurs On Kara Bridge Another tanker accident occurred on Thursday at the Kara bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

This comes barely less than a month after the road witnessed a horrifying accident that claimed four lives.

The latest one occurred just a few metres away from where the initial one occurred.

The accident happened when a tanker lost control and rammed into a passenger bus conveying 12 passengers, almost knocking it over the bridge.

The incident led to traffic build up but the combined effort of the Police, Federal Road Safety Commission, Lagos State Fire Service and the Ogun State Road Marshals brought it under control.

Thankfully, no life was lost but those with injuries are said to be receiving treatment at a nearby hospital.

Millions of Naira Lost In Sawmill Inferno

kaduna fireTragedy struck in the early hours of Thursday morning as fire gutted parts of the Ketu Sawmill in Lagos South West Nigeria.

Although no life was lost in the inferno, but machinery worth millions of naira were destroyed in the fire.

It is believed that excessive current from the circuit breakers may be the cause of the fire, which has been put under control by men of the Lagos State Fire Service.

Fashola Visits, Commiserates With Victims Of Balogun Market Fire Disaster

DSC_0650Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, on Tuesday visited and commiserated with victims of the Balogun Market fire disaster in Central Lagos, urging them to embrace the practice of insuring their investments and properties against such unforeseen incidents.

Addressing traders after inspecting the ruins of goods and houses caused by the inferno which ravaged the Market on Monday, Governor Fashola, who stressed the value of insurance in business and daily life, said apart from taking simple safety measures like not storing inflammable materials in business premises and in homes, it was also important that citizens embraced the practice of insuring their goods and properties against unforeseen disasters.

The Governor recalled that he had on some occasions appealed to the leadership of the various traders’ unions to meet and educate their membership on the value of insurance, pointing out that since the premium of such insurance are often not a lot of money the traders could find it handy when emergencies like fire disasters happen.

Pledging to work with the unions to help create such insurance, if necessary, in partnership with some of the insurance companies, Governor Fashola said some of the companies offer special packages that address the levels of people who do not have big businesses, but need nonetheless to secure their investments without necessarily dipping, in any significant way, into their profits.

The Governor recalled that in the past, Insurance companies used to be much more dynamic and responsive in getting people to market policies at market places where ordinary people are and educate them about the value of policies adding, “I think it is good also for that sub-sector of the finance industry to revitalize the insurance business if there is this kind of demand, it will also create employment in that sector of the economy other than banking”.

He described as a sad reflection of Federal Government’s failure to supply a basic need to the citizens the complaints of power surge which often result in fire disasters adding, however, that power distribution is a risk which, according to him, “is accentuated by either an unauthorized connection or multiple generators”.

The Governor said although people have to generate their own Power as a result of the failure of the Federal Government in this direction, people should be very careful in the way they managed their generator explosions adding, “We have lost too many lives to generator explosions, we have lost too many lives to carbon monoxide poison and all of that and people should remember to switch off all their appliances at the end of the business day, disconnect them before they shut down their premises”.

Commending the capacity of the State Fire Service to contain the fire, Governor Fashola expressed gratitude to God that the incident did not result to loss of life adding, “There used to be a Federal Fire Service in this place, it is gone and what you have now is a full complement of Lagos State Fire Service with equipment that we received late last year”.

“Yesterday, they responded to about 18 fires, so you should just imagine what conditions, what situation would it have been today without these fire engines. That is the power of our Government to respond and to use taxpayers’ money to provide this kind of fire fighting, lifesaving equipment”, he said adding, “And as I have always said, security of lives and properties is my top job and it is my most important job”.

Earlier in his remarks at the Market, General Manager of State’s Emergency Management Agency, (LASEMA), Mr. Femi Osanyintolu noted that the major causes of the fire outbreaks at the market was that the people were not safety conscious adding that they kept lots inflammable materials including generators inside their shops.

He commended the State Fire Service saying with the equipment available to them, they were able to curtail the fire. He said they had to do controlled demolition in order to control the spread of the fire adding that his agency had invited the State’s Building Control Agency and Solid material Testing Agency to look at all the affected buildings to attest to their structural stability.

In his own remarks, Director Lagos State Fire Service, Mr. Razak Fadipe, said the information gathered was that workers of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) came on the day of the incident to work on the transformer in front of one of the buildings in the market and when light was restored in the area later, there was an explosion which resulted in the fire.

He, however, noted that the Service was on top of the situation as it fought the fire gallantly adding, “We are not going to leave here until we ensure that there is no smoke coming out of the building anymore”

Among those present at the scene were Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Wale Ahmed and his Works and Infrastructure and Sports and Youth Development counterparts, Dr. Obafemi, Hamzat and Mr. Waheed Oshodi, rescue teams, shop owners and market leaders among other

Court Refuses To Stop Synagogue Inquest

NFFA Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has refused to issue restraining orders to stop the inquest into the Synagogue building collapse.

Justice Ibrahim Buba refused to stop the inquest in a ruling delivered on an oral application brought by a Lagos based lawyer, Mr Olukoya Ogungbeje, who is seeking to stop further sittings in the Coroner’s court, on the basis that the outcome will be biased against the Founder of the Synagogue Church, TB Joshua.

The court said it will hear the case on its merit.

On Sept. 12, a six-storey building within the premises of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, collapsed in the Idimu area of Lagos, killing 116 people and leaving several others injured.

On Sept 26, the Lagos State Government constituted a Coroner’s Court to unravel the circumstances leading to the incidence with a view to forestall a recurrence. Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe was appointed Coroner.

The coroner has taken testimonies from some parties interested in the inquest before Lagos lawyer, Mr Olukoya Ogungbeje, on Oct. 28, filed a suit, seeking an order to restrain further proceedings in the suit.

Listed as defendants in the suit are the Lagos State Government, the Attorney General of the State, Mr Ade Ipaye, and Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe.

When the case was mentioned on Tuesday, Counsel representing all the respondents, Mr Akinjide Bakare, informed the court that he had been served with the processes filed by the applicant.

He however, prayed the court for a short time to regularise his responses.

In reaction, Counsel to the applicant, Mr Nelson Okedinachi, said although he was not opposed to the adjournment, it was important for the court to issue an order, restraining the Coroner from further inquest.

He informed the court that the General Overseer of the Church, Prophet T.B Joshua, had already been summoned to appear before the Coroner on Nov. 5, adding that it was important to stop this.

According to Okedinachi, “the draconian speed at which the coroner’s court is sitting, simply means that after it summons Prophet T.B Joshua, it would make it findings and submit its report, then this entire suit will be a waste.

In response to this, Bakare informed the court that since he had been served with the processes of the applicant, it was important for him to put in his response.

He noted that the said Prophet T.B Joshua was not held in detention, and had not declined to appear before the Coroner, adding that there was no basis for the application for restraint.

“The said T.B Joshua is not held in detention and has not refused to appear before the court, so I wonder why a man will drink Panadol for another man’s headache” he said

After listening to the submissions of counsels, Justice Ibrahim Buba held that an order of interim injunction was not necessary in the situation, since the applicant was not personally affected by the inquest.

“Although, Okedinachi wants an order of interim injunction restraining T.B Joshua from appearing before the coroner, I must say that he is not a party to the suit, neither is he held in detention.

“The respondents were served with the court processes on Friday, and by the rules, they have five days to respond, but time was abridged and they accepted, and so, let us not loose sight of the issue here.

“If Ogungbeje was the party summoned before the coroner, then the issue of a restraining order will arise, but in this situation, how can I restrain the whole world.

“The applicant has not shown that he will suffer any danger if the restraining order is not granted, and so, I will hear this case on its merit on Thursday, Nov. 6, and I will not grant any restraining orders; this is the ruling of this court” he said

It would be recalled that the applicant in his suit, averred that the composition of the Coroner’s Court, was a negation of the principle of natural justice and Section 36 of the Constitution, and as such, was unconstitutional and void.

He averred that the inquest was constituted by the Lagos State Government after the agencies of the state government had indicted the Church of erecting additional structures on an already existing building without approval.

He argued that if allowed to continue, the proceedings of the Coroner inquest will occasion a miscarriage of justice, as the same Coroner would based its decision on the testimonies of the same agencies of Lagos State.

The lawyer alleged that the Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA), the Lagos State Building Control Agency, and the Lagos State Fire Service, had made prejudicial reports that the building collapsed due to additional structures.

He averred that the contention of the Church that the building collapsed as a result of an aircraft hovering round the building moments before it collapsed, was ignored.

Ogungbeje averred that The Lagos State Building Control Agency went ahead to seal up the main building of the church.

The lawyer, is therefore, seeking an order nullifying the composition of the Coroner and the proceedings so far, as well as an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the defendants jointly and severally from further proceedings.

He wants every sitting, investigation, fact finding or any action in any manner whatsoever on any facts connected to the case, to be put on hold until the suit is determined.

Pregnant Woman, 5 Others Electrocuted In Lagos

Falling power poleTragedy struck in the early hours of Thursday at Oworonshoki area of Lagos as a pregnant woman and five others were electrocuted by a live cable that reportedly fell on a vehicle loaded with petrol.

Eyewitness account said that the vehicle exploded, setting the entire environment on fire.

Confirming the incident, the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Wale Ahmed, said that the incident occurred at number 6 and 8 of Onabanjo Street and that a Power Holding Company of Nigeria cable sparked when power was restored.

He said that the spark was so forceful that it detached one of the live cables from the pole and landed on a vehicle loaded with 50 liters of PMS, resulting in the explosion.

Describing the incident, the eyewitness explained that the victims on hearing the explosion of the vehicle, rushed out of their homes but unfortunately ran into the detached live cable in front of their house and were all electrocuted.

The Director of the Lagos State Fire Service, Mr Rasak Fadipe, also confirmed the incident. He said that his men were able to contain the fire from spreading to nearby buildings.

The incident happened around 2.00 a.m. and the victims included three teenagers, a pregnant woman and another woman.

Great Nigeria Building On Fire In Lagos

The Great Nigeria House, a 15-storey building, situated along Martins Street, off Balogun, on the Marina, Lagos Island is engulfed in fire.

According to the Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Mr. Rasaq Fadipe, the fire started at 6:30 am, when fire fighters from Onikan Fire Station responded.

Eyewitness said that the fire started on the 1st floor of the building with many traders and neighbours worried about it spreading to other buildings and trying to salvage their goods. However, the fire fighters were successful in preventing its spread to other buildings around the skyscraper.

The fire, whose cause is not yet known, halted all commercial activities in the popular Balogun market, but no life was lost as the building housing many offices had not opened for business when the fire started.

Although the activities of the firemen was hampered due to lack of adequate access to the building, the Federal Fire Service has been commended for their quick response as they are still battling to put out the fire.

Traders have been advised to vacate the neighbouring buildings.

 

LAGOS: Fire Guts Alade Market

Popular Lagos market Alade Market Ikeja, was on Sunday consumed by flames, although the extent of the damage is yet to be known eyewitness said the fire was extensive.

The director of the Lagos State Fire Service, Razaq Fadipe, who confirm the incidence, said  officials of the service were battling to put out the fire.

He said, “We got a distress call this evening (Sunday evening) that Alade Market was on fire. We have deployed a team from Alausa station to the place. The fire is extensive, but as I am talking to you, we are working hard to put it out.”

The Lagos State Police command spokes person, Ngozi Braide said policemen had been deployed to the area to prevent hoodlums from looting shops in the market.

She said, “the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area is already on the ground. He is leading the effort to ensure that hoodlums did not take advantage of the confusion that the inferno will cause to commit crime.”

Kara Village Razed Down

Residents of Kara village, a border community between Lagos and Ogun state are reeling in shock a day after a furious blaze swept through the area, leaving vast destruction in its trial.

Scores of houses and kiosks were razed down by the inferno that swept across the village on Wednesday night, claiming no loss of life.

Eye witnesses said the fire started at about 7pm and was caused by a cooking fire, which was further inflamed by a powered generating set that was nearby.

The officers of the Lagos State fire service reportedly got to the scene about three hours after the fire started with only one truck.

After they exhausted the tanker, they drove back to get more water while the fire raged on.

Properties worth millions of Naira as well as valuable materials were lost to the inferno as many residents have now been rendered homeless.

It is still difficult to exactly determine the number of houses that were razed.