Lagos State Gets Court Order To Auction 108 Abandoned Vehicles

 

The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) has obtained a ‘Court Order’ authorising it to auction 108 court forfeited/abandoned vehicles to interested members of the public.

Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi disclosed that the vehicles to be auctioned by the government include 86 court forfeited and 22 abandoned vehicles after they had been impounded by the enforcement team of the Agency in different parts of the state for driving against traffic (one-way) and other traffic offences.

Egbeyemi also stated that the public auction is scheduled to hold on Tuesday and Wednesday, 3rd and 4th of December, 2019 at the Agency’s car park, Ikorodu, Lagos.

“It was after the expiration of the 30 days public notice issued by the Agency in line with the dictates of the law to all owners of the 22 abandoned vehicles to claim them that the government obtained the court order to auction them to interested members of the public,” he said in a statement signed by the Head, Public Affairs Unit, Lagos State Task Force, Adebayo Taofiq.

“Let me commend the present administration for the on-going massive roads rehabilitation going on simultaneously across the State and to state clearly that motorists both private and commercial bus drivers should desist from driving against traffic (one-way) or causing traffic obstructions to other roads users with”.

While reiterating the State government’s zero-tolerance for the violation of the law under any guise, the Chairman maintained that the Agency will continue to prosecute traffic offenders until sanity is restored on our roads and law-abiding citizens are allowed to commute without being impeded by unlawful individuals.

Meanwhile, the enforcement team of the Agency led by the Chairman over the weekend cleared all illegal trucks and abandoned vehicles causing traffic gridlock at ‘Guiness’ Ikeja / ogba axis in line with the directive of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu.

CSP Egbeyemi commended the new Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP Hakeem Odumosu for his pro-activeness in enforcing both the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Laws and the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law 2018.

Makinde Declares Emergency On Waste Management In Oyo

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has declared a state of emergency on refuse collection and waste management in the state.

The governor’s decision follows the re-appearance of refuse and filth on streets in the state.

Makinde during an extraordinary meeting at the Executive Council Chambers in Ibadan, the state capital, said waste management has become a matter of emergency, adding that poor waste management could have wider implications on the state of health of individuals in the state.

“I am sure that most of you must have gone through our state and have noticed that as far as our solid waste management is concerned, we are all living in the midst of filth basically.

“Apart from these wastes being an eyesore, it also has wider implications as far as health is concerned, because when you have a filthy environment, all kinds of health challenges will come in. We need to declare an emergency on our solid waste management. It is a big issue for all of us and we have to take the bull by the horn. We have to take leadership.

“What I have asked to be done is to, first of all, mobilize all resources possible and we will all be out this evening (Monday evening) to do the cleanup. We have trucks and have mobilized workers and we will take off,” he said.

Makinde also warned that no one should misconstrue the exercise for showmanship, adding that a serious issue like waste disposal has to be taken with all seriousness.

“This is not for showmanship but a serious challenge that we have. If we don’t do it, I can bet that a few weeks down the line, we will see the impact at our hospitals.

“I have also heard that there are saboteurs who neatly arrange thrash on the median. Well, I wish them luck because we now have security personnel involved and anyone caught importing waste to Oyo State will be dealt with according to our environmental laws.

“I believe, from our projection, that within the next three to four weeks, we should have a permanent solution in place, a model that will be sustainable and that will also be full-proof for the saboteurs.”

Lagos CP Declares State Of Emergency On Traffic, Deploys Additional 1,000 Personnel

 

Barely two days after taking over as Commissioner of Police for Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has declared a state of emergency on traffic management and control in the State.

He has also ordered the immediate deployment of an additional 1,000 Police officers to traffic duties.

According to a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, the CP gave the order during an emergency meeting he summoned in the Command’s Headquarters to review the current traffic situation in the State.

In attendance were Deputy Commissioners of the Police Department of Finance and Administration, Department of Operations, Criminal Investigation Department and Rapid Response Squad.

Read Also: Attempted Homicide: Police Arrest Herbalist As Teenager’s Left Hand Is Amputated In Nasarawa

Also, in attendance were Area Commanders, Area Operations Officers, State Traffic Officer, Divisional Traffic Officers across the State and the Chairman Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special offences, among others.

The CP also reviewed the time for duty report for Traffic Officers to take care of the peak hours.

Consequently, traffic duty officers will run shifts between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm while the second shift will be 10:00 pm to 10:00 am, providing a 24-hour coverage.
They will all operate in their usual reflective jackets.

Read Also: 8th National Assembly Sometimes Keeps Budget For Seven Months – Buhari

According to the CP, the measure will help in ensuring a free flow of traffic and will also curb the menace of robbery during traffic.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police called on Lagosians to obey traffic laws and accord the police officers on traffic duties maximum cooperation.

Sanwo-Olu Sympathises With Oko Baba Fire Victims, Promises Relief

File photo.

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has sympathised with residents of Oko Baba in Ebute Metta, Lagos Mainland, over the fire incident in the community.

All structures in the community were completely razed in the inferno caused by sparks from electricity cables. The incident occurred last Friday.

Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, sent a delegation of three cabinet members, led by the Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Rabiu Olowo, to deliver his message of sympathy and to also take stock of the destruction in the community, with the aim to assuage the pain of the affected families.

The Governor’s emissaries arrived at the community at 3:15pm amid tight security. The victims of the inferno trooped out to receive the government officials, pleading with authorities for assistance over property lost to the fire.

READ ALSO: Appeal Court Affirms Sanwo-Olu’s Election, Fines Appellants N2.4m

Olowo described the incident as “unfortunate”, noting that the Government would reach out and bring relief to victims whose means of livelihood were destroyed.

He said: “We have come here to sympathise with the affected residents the community as directed by Mr. Governor. We are also here to understudy the situation, so that we can know what to do in bringing succour to the victims who lost property and means of livelihood.

“We have just inspected the site of the incident to take stock of the destruction; the situation we witnessed was not very good. We will get to the root cause of the fire incident in order to prevent future occurrence.”

“We will be meeting with the representatives of the victims to understand their wants and what we need to do to bring immediate relief.”

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, noted that the destruction was monumental because of the wooden material used in building most of the structures.

He said Government would be considering a complete regeneration of the area. This, he said, will be done in collaboration with the residents, adding that none of the residents would be dislodged from the community.

It was learnt that some aggrieved victims, on Sunday morning, clashed with scavengers who moved to the scene of the fire to pick iron materials.

Some people were injured in the ensuing melee.

The Governor’s delegation sued for peace, while urging the police to maintain peace in the area. The delegation also visited the hospitals where some of the injured residents are receiving treatment.

Some victims relived the incident, recounting how the fire spread quickly from its source to other structures.

A Muslim cleric in the community, Imam Abdulhakeem Thanni, said the incident was the third in three months, describing the tragedy as an “act of God”. He urged the Government to help the residents.

A victim, Sherifat Balogun, said: “The fire started in the morning when most of the residents had left to their places of work. It was from sparks from electric cable after electricity was restored.

Majority of us lost everything to the fire. Even some who were around could only pick a few personal effects, because the fire spread faster than we imagined.”

Other top Government officials in the delegation include Special Adviser on Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, Chairman of Lagos Mainland Local Government, Mrs. Omolola Essien, and Vice Chairman, Mr. Jubril Emilagba.

Armed Men Invade, Demolish Fruit Market In Ketu, Lagos

 

Traders at the popular fruit market in the Ketu area of Lagos State, are counting their losses after armed men allegedly invaded and demolished the market in the early hours of Saturday.

 

 

The traders allege that the operation was carried out after sporadic shooting by some policemen that accompanied the demolition team.

 

 

Some of the traders who spoke to Channels Television claimed that there have been several attempts in the past, by local authorities to take over the market.

 

 

Details later…

Lagos Govt Pull Down Four Buildings Under Construction In Ikoyi

 

The Lagos state government has pulled down the remaining part of the two-storey building and four others under construction for failing integrity tests conducted by Solid Material Testing Agency, LABSCA and Physical Planning Ministry on Saturday.

The two-storey building under construction, caved in at around 4 pm on Friday at Glover Court Ikoyi, killing one person and injuring four others, who were rescued and rushed to the hospital.

RELATED: One Killed, Four Rescued From Collapsed Two-Storey Building In Lagos

According to a statement by the Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Osanyintolu, the tests on the buildings was to avert any further loss of lives and property.

“The tests were conducted following the rescue of four persons and recovery of one body in the collapsed building of yesterday which also was under construction and incidentally in the same compound.

“The decision to pull down the buildings is to avert any further loss of lives and property.

“The Operation is now completed,” the statement added.

Lagos Tackles Fraud In Real Estate Business, Launches E-Platform

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos State Government on Wednesday launched a Real Estate Transaction portal to curb fraudulent practices in the real estate business.

The portal was launched with the aim of finding a lasting solution to incidences of fraudulent and unprofessional practices in the real estate sector. It is also initiated to secure investments in the property market and checkmating unscrupulous dealings in the transactional process.

READ ALSO: Lagos Govt Shuts 14 Health Facilities For Non-Compliance

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed this while unveiling the portal at a stakeholders’ meeting held at Eko Hotel & Suites in Victoria Island on Wednesday.

He added that the portal will also afford property owners and tenants to register and transact genuinely with one another without the interference of third parties.

“Apart from facilitating smooth business relationships between people selling or buying landed property, the portal will also be useful to those in leasing or renting of properties across the State. Removing fraud and doubts from their transactional activities will, in no small measure, contribute to the State’s GDP.

“The data collected from the portal will help the government to formulate policies and programmes to regulate, control and professionalise the real estate sector, which is one of the extremely important needs of mankind,” he said.

Lagos State had initially introduced Lagos State Real Estate Transaction Department (LASRETRAD) in its civil service in 2012 to regulate, monitor and develop the institutional framework that would enhance the integrity of the property market.

According to the governor, the electronic platform was introduced to consolidate the activities of the department.

Sanwo-Olu used the occasion to reiterate his administration’s commitment to bridging the housing deficit in the State by partnering with the private sector, urging stakeholders in the housing sector to embrace the new technology deployed by the Government in securing business transactions in the market.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Toke Benson-Awoyinka, hinted that Lagos had more innovative and sustainable plans to improve the fortunes of the real estate sector and promote the State as the first destination for property business in the country.

She said the Smart City aspiration of Lagos made it necessary for the Government to track all real estate transactions and capture them electronically with access to data. The cabinet member observed the need by the State to continuously capture and update a unified central database for real estate activities within the State, noting that it would help in planning and decision-making.

The Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, who was represented by the Federal Controller for Works and Housing, Lagos State Field Office, Sarah Alawode, urged stakeholders to embrace the new initiative, stressing that the platform remained critical in strengthening ease of doing business in the country.

Police Uncover Another Baby Factory In Lagos

File Photo

 

The Police have uncovered another baby factory in the Isolo area of Lagos State.

The State Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said the factory was uncovered after about seven pregnant ladies escaped from there on Monday night.

According to Elkana, five of the girls hail from Imo State, one is from Abia, while the other is from Rivers State.

Read Also: Police Uncover Lagos Baby Factory, Rescue 19 Pregnant Girls

This comes just days after the force rescued 19 pregnant in the Ikotun area of the state.

Details later…

Lagos Govt Commences Investigation Into Reported Disease Outbreak In Queens College

File Photo; Queens College

 

The Lagos State government says it has commenced an investigation into the purported outbreak of an air-borne flu in Queens College and other schools in the state.

In a statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs of the state, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, the Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, was said to have disclosed this on Tuesday.

According to Abayomi, the investigative team comprises officials of State Epidemiology team, Primary Health Care Services and Environmental Health Department of Lagos Mainland Local Government.

While reviewing preliminary reports of the investigations conducted by the team, Abayomi explained that they identified what appears to be a sporadic increase in upper respiratory tract infections characterized by cough, cattarh, fever and weakness across some schools.

“The team has since visited Queens College and investigations are ongoing. Findings according to the review of health records in the school sick bay revealed that 89 students presented to the clinic with Influenza-like illnesses”, he said.

He added that a walk-through inspection to other facilities in the school revealed that although environmental sanitation and water supply were optimal, they could be improved.

The Commissioner, therefore, stated that nasal swab samples will be collected from pupils for confirmation of the cause of the illness.

He, however, appealed to stakeholders of Queens College, other affected schools and residents of Lagos State to remain calm and ensure strict adherence to personal and environmental hygiene at all times even as they await the comprehensive report of the investigation.

“I assure you that the situation is under control and seems to be subsiding. We will give necessary updates as the assessment and investigation progresses”, Abayomi said.

Speaking further, he advised all schools in Lagos State, either day or boarding to adopt basic precautionary measures against diseases and illnesses by teaching and ensuring good hand washing practices, promoting personal hygiene and providing adequate hand washing points within the school premises.

“They must also commence and continue to raise awareness about respiratory etiquette such as covering of mouth with clean hands or handkerchiefs when coughing or sneezing, and washing hands immediately after.

“School management must also hold food handlers and vendors to the highest health and hygiene check protocols as stipulated in the law, and practiced world over”, the Commissioner posited.

He also advised parents not to send their children to school if they have features of an upper respiratory tract infection such as a cold, or flu-like symptoms but rather have a doctor review them

He appealed to School authorities as well as citizens to report suspected case(s) of any strange illnesses and diseases to the nearest Public Health Facility or the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) their local government area or to the Directorate of Disease Control in the Ministry of Health through the following lines: 08023169485, 08023377487.

Alleged N978.4m Oil Fraud: Court Remands Nadabo Energy Boss In Prison

 

The Lagos State High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan, Lagos, has ordered the remand of the Chairman, Nadabo Energy Limited, Abubakar Ali Peters, in prison for allegedly plotting to evade trial and abscond from the country.

According to a statement by the Head, Media & Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wilson Uwujaren, Justice Christopher Balogun gave the order on Wednesday.

Peters is being tried on 27 charges bordering on obtaining by false pretence, forgery and use of forged documents to the tune of N978, 401, 732, 09 brought against him by the EFCC.

The defendant allegedly defrauded the Federal Government of the said sum of money by supplying 6, 505,140. 04 litres of Petroleum Motor Spirit, PMS, instead of 19,488, 992 litres, being the quantity he was contracted to supply.

He also allegedly forged the documents that were used to procure the product in order to conceal the exact amount he paid for it and receive in excess money for the product supplied.

At the resumed sitting today, the defence counsel, Emefo Etudo, sought to withdraw from the case on the grounds that his client was planning to jeopardize the case and abscond from the country.

Etudo, in a sworn affidavit, also told the court he urged his client to pay back the money upon realizing that he had defrauded the Federal Government.
“My Lord, he agreed to pay the money and subsequently made some payments.

“He, however, stopped at some point.

“He also informed me of his plans to abscond from the country without paying back in full the money he obtained under false pretence,” Etudo stated.

The defence counsel, in his further submission, told the court that his client was planning to frustrate a similar case after receiving money from parties involved.

“My Lord, my client forged his signature on the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, documents and gave damaging false information about me and other lawyers involved in the case.

“He is involved in three oil subsidy cases, although the EFCC is only aware of two of them.

“The total money belonging to the Federal Government of Nigeria, which was siphoned abroad, is about N2billion,” he further told the court.

The defence counsel, therefore, urged the court to permit him to withdraw from the case, saying “the defendant is a threat to national security and will abscond if he continues on the bail he was granted by the court.”

The prosecution counsel, Seidu Atteh, did not oppose the request of the defence counsel.

Justice Balogun granted the defence counsel leave to withdraw from the case based on the serious allegations levelled against his client.

The Judge also vacated all the undertakings made on behalf of the defendant by the counsel’s law firm since he could no longer assure the court that he is in a position to produce the defendant at his trial.

Consequently, Justice Balogun remanded the defendant in prison custody and adjourned the case to October 15, 2019, for continuation of hearing.

Lagos Intercepts Truck Carrying Motorcycles, 123 Persons

 

Security operatives in Lagos, have intercepted a truck carrying 123 persons and 48 motorbikes from Jigawa State.

According to a statement by the government, the truck was seized following a tip-off by members of the public who raised concerns over the way the occupants of the truck were seen to have been conducting themselves.

They were said to be heading to Alaba in Ojo Local Government Area of the state, after which the truck would return to the North to bring in another set.

Read Also: [$9.6bn Judgment] We’ll Soon Expose, Prosecute Everybody Involved In Failed Contract – Magu

The suspects have been detained at the office of the Lagos State Environment Sanitation and Special Offenses Taskforce, where investigations would take place.

One of the detained passengers, Shuaibu Haruna, claimed that he had left Jigawa State with his motorcycle to work in Lagos to enable him to cater for his family.

Cabinet Will Be Fully Inaugurated This Week – Sanwo-Olu

Swearing-In: Salis Is Seeking Relevance After Election Loss, Says Sanwo-Olu
A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Ol.u

 

Lagos State Executive Council will be fully inaugurated on Tuesday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said.

The Governor said he would not delay the swearing-in of Commissioner- and Special Adviser-designates already cleared by the State House of Assembly. He spoke at the weekend while receiving a body of retired top civil servants under the aegis of the Association of Lagos State Retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries (ALARHOSPS).

Sanwo-Olu said that the wheel of governance would be in full gear before the end of the coming week, in fulfillment of his campaign promise to inaugurate his cabinet within 90 days. He added that new Permanent Secretaries would also be sworn in on Monday to complement the activities of Commissioners and Special Advisers.

READ ALSO: Joe Igbokwe, Others Make Sanwo-Olu’s Cabinet Nominees List

He said: “Next week, by God’s grace, we are swearing in all other complements of cabinet and also Permanent Secretaries to have the engine of governance on full swing. At that point, we believe that all the campaign promises we made can come to reality and Lagosians can benefit more from the choice they made at the last election.”

The cabinet members are expected to be allocated their individual ministries during the inauguration ceremony, scheduled to start at 9am.

The Governor described the body of retired civil servants as “valuable assets” to the state, noting that their actions while in service contributed to the “enviable height” Lagos attained among states in the nation.