Lagos Commissions Gas Plant, To Boost Supply Of Cooking Gas To 20,000 Homes

Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr. Olalere Odusote; Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Managing Director/CEO, IBILE Oil and Gas Corporation, Doyin Akinyanju; member, Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Jimi Benson; Zonal Operation Controller, Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), Mr. Ayorinde Cardoso and Board member of IBILE Oil and Gas Corporation, Omolara Alakija, during the commissioning of a Gas Plant by IBILE Oil & Gas, at Igbogbo, Ikorodu, on Thursday, November 25, 2021.

 

 

The Lagos State Government has commissioned a 40 metric-ton Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) Refill Plant in Ikorodu.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in the company of his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, opened the gas plant on Thursday built by Ibile Oil and Gas Corporation (IOGC), the state-owned energy firm, in Igbogbo-Baiyeku Local Council Development Area (LCDA) to ramp up the supply of LPG for domestic use.

He also believes the move will create an alternative gas market for residents, thereby, crashing the rising cost of cooking gas in Lagos.

According to the governor, the energy project was also initiated to key into the nation’s ambitious goal to develop the natural gas industry and encourage domestic use of safe cooking gas to cut down the use of dirty fuels responsible for carbon emission and air pollution.

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The Ikorodu plant is the fourth facility delivered by the corporation.

Three other refill plants of varying capacities were built in Amuwo Odofin, Alimosho and Iponri areas of the State.

Sanwo-Olu said the inclusion of gas into the State’s energy mix was critical to the continuous prosperity of Lagos, stressing that the project would not only transform the State into a gas economy and stimulate commercial growth but also enhance the quality of life by reducing carbon footprint in the environment.
The target, according to him, is to increase the supply of cooking gas in local communities, thereby raising domestic LPG usage from the current 25 per cent to about 80 per cent before the end of 2023.

“The gas plant being commissioned today reflects the desire of our administration to align with the global action to reduce carbon emission and address the climate change challenge. One of the measures, which this gas plant will support, is promoting increased adoption of LGP for domestic use in Lagos,” Sanwo-Olu said.

“Our vision is to transit the State into a gas economy and ensure an energy mix that provides different fueling options for residents with the introduction of Gas-for-Transport and Gas-to-Power projects. Expanding the domestic usage of LPG is critical to the continuous prosperity of Lagos and the attainment of our administration’s desire to transform the State into a 21st Century economy.”

The Governor expressed concern over the high cost of cooking gas occasioned by the high foreign exchange rate and introduction of 7.5 per cent VAT by the Federal Government, describing the situation as “unacceptable” in the face of the high cost of living.

Sanwo-Olu said the increment in LPG price put the nation at the risk of reversing all gains achieved from awareness on the advantages of using LPG for domestic cooking.

The Governor urged the Federal Government to reverse the trend in order to make the commodity affordable, while also increasing the availability of safe cooking gas in the country.

“Not only are we excited with our modest intervention by Lagos in the LPG market, it is only when we reduce the cost of basic commodities such as cooking gas that the true dividends of democracy can be felt by the people.

“We have done a lot of advocacy for people to appreciate the benefit that comes with the use of gas for domestic cooking, such as reduction in carbon footprint, and improved quality of life. If we have made this great effort, the least the Government can do is not to make the commodity unaffordable for the populace,” he said.

Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olalere Odusote, said the plant was built with the highest safety standards, noting that the siting of the facility was deliberate to serve a large number of the populace.

He said the State had the plan to expand the gas facility to 20 units which would be spread across all divisions.

Managing Director of IOGC, Doyin Akinyanju, said the gas plants developed by the corporation had the capacity to supply 20,000 homes within the radius of operation, adding that jobs were created for young people in the supply chain through the use of purpose-built vehicles for door-to-door delivery in neighbourhoods.

“Nigeria has an abundant gas deposit that needs to be rapidly developed. Lagos also is blessed with two known offshore fields – Aje and Ogo – in Badagry with large gas deposits. IOGC is taking steps to develop a bulk offtake facility which will ensure gas security in Lagos, as well as provide a competitive pricing advantage.

“We will continue our sensitisation and awareness campaign in the neighbourhoods where we are located to take Lagosians away from the use of dirty fuels like firewood, charcoal, kerosene to Gas for cooking. Today, we start a new journey with cooking gas by creating a market that will make it safely accessible,” Akinyanju said.

‘Okadas Being Used For Crime’: Lagos Crushes Over 400 Motorcycles

 

The Lagos State Police Taskforce has crushed over 400 motorcycles seized from defaulting riders across the state.

Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, who witnessed the crushing on Saturday, said the act will serve as deterrent to others.

The seizure of the motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, is a penalty for breaking a law that restricts the two-wheel machine from some routes in the state.

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“Over the years, we’ve observed that the motorcycles we are seeing here now have been part of the instrument they use in committing crime. When somebody is to be kidnapped, they (do it) with Okada, when somebody’s bag is snatched at the bus-stop, they do that. With the traffic now, Okadas are being used to commit crime,” Mr Odumosu said.

“And because of this now, the state government, in its wisdom, decided that Okadas should be restricted in some areas of the state.

“We have started this enforcement for a long time, yet they are still in town, because Rome was not built in a day. But we will not give them breathing space.

“Some people have insinuated that we sell back the Okadas to those we collect them from, thereby recycling it. That’s why we decided that let the Doubting Thomases know that we don’t sell Okada.

“The law says they should be crushed once they are impounded. And that’s why we decided to demonstrate this.”

Lagos Govt Commences ‘Controlled Demolition’ On Site Of Ikoyi Building Collapse

Workers on the site of the Ikoyi building collapse where the government has commenced ‘controlled demolition’.

 

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has commenced a ‘controlled demolition’ at the site of the collapsed building in Ikoyi.

Workers of the agency ripped the estate entrance structure apart with an excavator on Sunday afternoon – as part of their emergency operation at the scene of the incident which has claimed more than 40 lives.

The two other towers beside the one that caved in on Monday, November 1 have been left untouched as agencies of government continue to clear the rubble at the site.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has, however, said that the other two structures would be subjected to “ageing analysis”.

Sanwo-Olu Signs Administration Of Criminal Justice Amendment Bill Into Law

A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, signing a bill

 

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday signed the Administration of Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill into law.

It was first passed in Lagos State in 2007 and amended in 2011 to ensure the fundamental rights of suspects and persons that come into contact with the justice system, as enshrined in the constitution are protected.

Governor Sanwo-Olu’s assent to the bill is in a bid to further strengthen the justice system, promote the rights of victims and suspects, as well as address the issue of delay in the administration of criminal justice in Lagos State.

However, key innovative provisions have been introduced as amendments to the Law.

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The provisions include conducting criminal proceedings through audio and video conferencing platform, powers of Chief Magistrate to visit Police Stations, prohibition of media parade of suspects, compensation to victims of crime, protective measures for victims and witnesses, as well as the establishment of a Crime Data Register and the Criminal Justice Sector Reform Committee to monitor the implementation of this Law.

The bill also reinforces the commitment of Governor Sanwo-Olu to the promotion of law and order, protection of rights of citizens, decongestion of correctional facilities, and ensuring a crime-free society in Lagos State.

The Ministry of Justice through a collaborative effort with stakeholders in the administration of criminal justice will ensure the provisions of this law are enforced.

One Dies As Boat Capsizes In Lagos

File photo of a boat in Lagos

 

One person has been confirmed dead while 16 others have been rescued after an Ikorodu-bound boat capsized shortly after takeoff from the CMS ferry terminal on Monday evening.

According to a statement by the Lagos National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), the boat was said to have been involved in the accident 15 minutes after it left the CMS terminal.

NIWA confirmed that the 17-passenger boat named “Temi 3 Global” hit an underwater obstacle that broke its hull, resulting in the capsize.

The Area Manager of NIWA, Sarat Braimah also noted that a search and rescue team, comprising staff of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the marine police, fishermen and other boat operators were immediately mobilised to the site of the incident near Adekunle waterfront, leading to the rescue of 16 persons.

One person, however, died while on the way to the hospital.

#ENDSARS: Lagos Panel Awards ₦19.2m To Six Petitioners

Members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution. (File Photo)

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on restitution for victims of SARS related abuses and other matters sitting in Lagos on Friday awarded a total sum of ₦19.2 million to six petitioners for the infringement on their fundamental right to life and human dignity by the Nigeria police force, just as it dismissed a petition for lacking merit.

In the petition of Akinmade Akinrolabu vs the Nigeria Police Force, the petitioner was awarded the sum of ₦1.5 million as compensation.

In another petition of Ezeh Nnamdi Diedonne vs the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), the petition was dismissed for lacking merit.

In the petition of Sanusi Oluwakemi vs the Nigeria Police Force, the petitioner was awarded seven hundred and fifty thousand naira as compensation.

In the petition of Patrick Ocheme Micheal vs the Nigeria police force, the petitioner was awarded compensation in the sum of ₦3 million, while in the case of Ayomide Oyewunmi vs the Nigeria Police Force, the petitioner was awarded compensation in the sum of ₦1million.

In the petition of the family of Adeshina Adeoshun vs the Nigeria Police Force, the petitioner’s family was awarded compensation in the sum of ₦10 million for his killing allegedly by the Nigeria Police Force, Olosan division on October 20, 2020.

The panel also recommended the arrest and prosecution of all the officers involved in the killing of the deceased just as it ordered the police to produce the corpse which was reported to have been taken away by policemen from the Olosan police station Mushin on the day of the incident.

In the petition of Oluwatosin Temitope Odebode vs the Nigeria police force, the petitioner was awarded ₦3 million in compensation for brutality suffered at the hands of policemen.

In another incident that delayed the commencement of the panel’s proceedings today on resumption from its indefinite adjournment of sitting, the panel frowned at unwholesome practices by litigants who sought to drag the name of the panel into disrepute.

The panel informed the sitting through its chairman Justice Doris Okuwobi (Rtd.), that it had to intervene in the case of a petitioner who was awarded the sum of ten million naira as compensation, but from whom the counsel collected thirty percent with a promise that he wanted to give ten percent as appreciation to panel members.

The counsel collected three million out of ten million naira awarded the petitioner as compensation for bodily injuries sustained from indiscriminate shooting by policemen at Ilasamaja, Lagos.

The panel frowned at such irresponsible and criminal act alleged against the counsel by his client and made it clear that it does not collect commission from anybody for the assignment.

The panel stated that the conduct of the lawyer has been reported to the NBA which was present at the interrogation session on the matter at the panel chambers.

The panel also conducted hearings into the Lekki tollgate incident of 20th October 2020 by taking testimony from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Maroko police station CSP Ganiyu Raji on the role of the Nigeria police force under his jurisdiction during the EndSARS protest. The DPO was cross-examined by counsels.

The panel has adjourned for the day.

UPDATED: Sanwo-Olu Signs Anti-Open Grazing Bill Into Law

A file photo taken on September 10, 2021, shows Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, signing the VAT bill into law.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has signed the bill prohibiting open grazing in Lagos into law.

This comes barely a week after the governor assented to the State Value Added Tax Bill, empowering the state to collect VAT.

Governor Sanwo-Olu’s assent to the bill also comes after some governors in the South, including Ogun, Ondo, Akwa Ibom, and Rivers signed the same law prohibiting open grazing.

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Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly passed the two bills on September 9 following unanimous votes by the lawmakers after they were read for the third time.

While open grazing has been prohibited in some states in the South, other states in the region are making effort to ensure the bill becomes a law.

This is in line with the resolution of the Nigerian Southern Governors Forum that member-states should enact or amend the anti-open grazing laws to align with the uniform template and aspiration of the governors.

In their latest meeting held on Thursday last week in Enugu, the governors reviewed the state of the nation and the progress of implementation of the decisions reached in previous sittings.

They commended the rate at which the states in the South were enacting the anti-open grazing laws and encouraged those yet to enact it to do so expeditiously.

The governors had also encouraged the full operationalisation of already agreed regional security outfits – that would meet, share intelligence and collaborate – to ensure the security of the region.

But the position of the governors has been criticised by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who said it was unconstitutional.

“It is about constitutionality within the context of the freedoms expressed in our Constitution; can you deny the rights of a Nigerian?” Malami queried during an interview on Channels Television‘s Politics Today in May.

“For example, it is as good as saying, perhaps, maybe, the northern governors coming together to say they prohibit spare parts trading in the North.

“Does it hold water? Does it hold water for a northern governor to come and state expressly that he now prohibits spare parts trading in the North?”

PHOTOS: Army Chief Visits Sanwo-Olu, Reaffirms Commitment To Securing Nigeria

The COAS (left) during a visit to Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State. Photo: Lagos Government.

 

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, has reaffirmed his resolve to ensure that the entire country is secure. 

Speaking during the visit to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House in Marina on Monday, the Army Chief asked for partnership between states and security agencies.

He called for more hands to be on deck to ensure the security of lives and properties.

The COAS is restating his commitment to securing the country. Photo: Lagos Govt.

 

On his part, the Lagos governor commended the COAS for his strategic effort in tackling security challenges and appealed to him to ensure that the nation remains peaceful.

Below are more photos from the visit: 

Lagos CP Pays Condolence Visit To Family Of Lady Killed By ‘Stray Bullet’

Members of the Lagos State Police Command’s Management team on Monday, September 13, paid a condolence visit to the family of the 18-year-old who was killed by a ‘stray bullet’.

 

The Lagos State Police on Monday paid a condolence visit to the family of an 18-year-old female who was killed by a ‘stray bullet’ during a raid in the Ijeshatedo area of the state.

Accompanied by top members of the Lagos State Police Command’s Management Team and other senior police officers, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police, officers and men of the Command, expressed his heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.

The stray bullet had hit the victim, Monsurat Ojuade when a team of detectives went to the area on Saturday to arrest a robbery suspect.

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CP Odumosu prayed for the repose of her soul, and also prayed that God grants the bereaved the fortitude to bear the great loss.

Presenting a letter of condolence to the family, the Commissioner of Police also reassured them that justice would be served.

He added that that the culprit, Sgt. Samuel Phillips has been arrested and is currently undergoing an orderly room trial.

Police Arrest Officer After ‘Stray Bullet’ Kills 18-Year-Old Female In Lagos

 

 

The police in Lagos have identified and arrested an officer who fired the shot that killed an 18-year-old female during a raid in the Ijeshatedo area of Lagos State.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Lagos Police Command, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu.

According to the statement, the stray bullet hit the victim when a team of detectives went to the area to arrest a robbery suspect on Saturday.

“It has come to the knowledge of the Lagos State Police Command that one Monsurat Ojuade (female) aged 18, was hit by a stray bullet at about 0100 hours of 11th September 2021 when a team of detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti went on investigation activities to effect (the) arrest of a robbery suspect in Ijeshatedo area of the State,” Ajisebutu said in the statement.

“Concerted efforts were made to save the life of the injured victim. She was immediately taken to the hospital for urgent medical attention but later died on the way to the hospital.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, regrets this unfortunate but avoidable incident and sincerely commiserates with the bereaved family in whose pain he shares in this moment of grief.

“This is, therefore, to inform the bereaved family, sympathisers, and the general public that the erring Police officer who pulled the trigger has been identified and is currently being detained”.

The police PRO did not disclose the identity of the arrested officer in the statement titled, ‘Shooting incident at Ijeshatedo: Erring police officer arrested, detained’.

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CSP Ajisebutu said the Commissioner of Police has also directed that the police officer be tried and charged to court immediately after being dismissed from the Force.

This, according to him, will serve as a deterrent to others who do not act professionally in the course of their duties.

He also assured the people of the state that regardless of the incident, the Police “shall continue to strive vigorously and conscientiously to protect the lives and property of the citizens”.

VAT Dispute: Lagos Applies To Be Co-Respondent In Appeal Filed By FIRS

 

The Lagos State Government on Friday applied to be joined as a co-respondent in the appeal filed by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) against the judgement of the Rivers State High Court, which declared that the Rivers State Government had the right to collect Value-Added Tax (VAT) and Personal Income Tax in the state, and not the Federal Inland Revenue Services.

Attorney-General of the state, Moyosore Onigbanjo, made the request at the Court of Appeal in Abuja on behalf of the state government.

Onigbanjo told the court that the state’s interest was at stake, stressing that if they aren’t joined in the matter, it would amount to a breach of fair hearing.

He urged the court to take the application for the joinder first before the FIRS’ application for a Stay of Execution of the judgement of the Rivers State High Court.

The Counsel to the FIRS, Mahmud Magaji SAN, however, urged the court to hear the main application (stay of execution request) first, as that was of utmost priority.

Subsequently, the head of the three-man panel, Justice Haruna Tsammani, stepped down the matter for ruling.

At the resumed session, the court ruled that the motion of joinder by the Lagos State government be heard.

Thereafter, the applicants and respondents were given two days to file their written addresses, while the applicants were also given a day to reply on the point of law.

A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt had on September 6 dismissed an application by the FIRS, seeking to stop the Rivers State government from enforcing the Rivers State High Court judgement vesting the power to collect Value Added Tax, VAT, within Rivers State on the state government and not FIRS.

The FIRS had, through a motion on notice, applied for a stay of execution on the earlier judgement delivered by Justice Stephen Pam, affirming the constitutional role of the state governments to collect VAT and not FIRS.

Customs, NDLEA, DSS Uncover Prohibited Hard Drugs In Apapa Port

 

Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Department of State Service have uncovered and seized cartons of Captagon Pills, a hard drug concealed inside the cylinder of an imported machine at the Apapa Port in Lagos State.

According to a statement signed on Wednesday by the Customs Area Command Public Relations Officer, Abubakar Usman, the discovery was made through a joint operation that lasted for one week.

This followed intelligence and painstaking dismantling of the machine by personnel and sniffer dogs, the statement explained.

Security sources at the port also noted that the seizure is a fallout of a renewed synergy and cooperation aimed at curbing any form of port-related lawlessness.

The heads of the three services insist that the operation will be sustained in the fight against all forms of smuggling and infractions.

One suspect has been arrested in connection with the seizure while further examination and counting are ongoing.

Preliminary findings have shown that long-term use of the drug leads to side effects extreme depression, lethargy, sleep deprivation (insomnia), occasional palpitation, heart and blood vessel toxicity and malnutrition.

It has also been linked as one of the most common stimulants being taken by insurgents.