Police Uncover Another Baby Factory In Lagos

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Alleged N9.9bn Fraud: Court Freezes Bank Accounts Linked To Lagos State Govt

 

The Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has ordered the freezing of three bank accounts which have been linked to the Lagos State Government.

Justice Chuka Obiozor made the order following an exparte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over an alleged N9.9bn fraud.

The EFCC had urged the judge to freeze the account ‘pending the conclusion of investigation and possible prosecution of Adewale Adesanya, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff to former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’.

In an affidavit filed in support of the ex parte application, a member of the EFCC investigating team, Kungmi Daniel, said the commission discovered “a huge inflow of N9,927,714,443.29” from the state accounts into an FCMB bank account opened on September 17, 2018 during the administration of former governor Akinwunmi Ambode and operated by Adesanya.

Daniel said the schedule of the FCMB account showed how Adesanya and the other signatories to the account made fraudulent transfer from the accounts of the Lagos State Government and dissipated the funds housed in the said accounts.

“The trend in the account is that the account always witnessed huge inflow from Lagos State Government in the above scheduled accounts managed by the respondent (Adesanya),” the investigator said.

He said upon the receipt of intelligence, the EFCC analysed it and found it worthy of investigation.

The EFCC also asked the court to grant it an order to temporarily attach and take over the accounts to enable it to conclude its investigations.
“There have been concerted efforts and attempts to dissipate the contents of the accounts listed in the schedule to this application.
“Without freezing the nominated accounts and temporarily forfeiting the money to the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, there is no way the fraud being perpetrated using the scheduled accounts can be stopped,” the EFCC said.

After listening to the submissions of the EFCC lawyer, Mohammed Abbas, Justice Obiozor granted the application and adjourned to Sept 9.

Waterways: FG, Lagos Govt End Decade-Long Rift, Sign Agreement

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu (left) and Managing Director/ CEO, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, signing an agreement for cooperation between the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) and NIWA at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, July 29, 2019.

 

The Federal Government and Lagos State have signed an agreement of cooperation to end the decade-long row over the control of waterways surrounding the state.

According to a statement by the Deputy Chief Press Secretary of Lagos State, Gboyega Akosile, the agreement which concerns both the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), will guarantee a better working relationship between both government agencies.

After signing of the treaty, Managing Director of NIWA, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, said the agreement was signed in good faith and in the best interest of the people, noting that the previous administration in the State prepared the groundwork for collaboration between NIWA and LASWA.

“We don’t need the court to intervene in ensuring safety on waterways and protecting the rights of our people and avoiding multiple-taxation, which discourages investors; these are the areas we are partnering on. This agreement shows that we care for our people, particularly the users of the waterways.

“This agreement means a better life for our people. What we have signed today will promote a better working relationship and collaboration for the good of our people. Our desire is to see the possibility of settling out of court because this disagreement has been on for over 10 years. The most important thing is that, once we have this understanding, we won’t have issues. Investors, too, would be free to come in, since they know there is no friction and restrictions again.”

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Meanwhile, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu received the officials from NIWA, described the treaty as “right choice” to end the long-drawn-out rift.

“I congratulate these two agencies of government that have found it right to collaborate. This is one of the signs of progress we have made to promote ease of doing business and as regulators; we must always find a way to close our differences in order to convince investors and private sector.

We have said we have plans to introduce a comprehensive intermodal transportation system, which will cover rail, roads and waterways. A critical component of this objective is what this agreement just enabled for us. It means we are prepared for investors and partners who have shown interest in the partnership on waterway transportation to move our people from one part of the state to another.”

Sanwo-Olu Forwards Tunji Bello, 24 Other Names For Appointment To State Assembly

Swearing-In: Salis Is Seeking Relevance After Election Loss, Says Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has forwarded a list of 25 names, to the House of Assembly for ratification as Commissioners and Special Advisers.

On the list include Tunji Bello, a former Secretary to the State Government of the immediate past governor, and Commissioner for Environment to former Governor, Babatunde Fashola.

According to a statement by the Governor’s Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, Sanwo-Olu carefully picked the nominees based on their cognate experience in their respective professions.

The statement said: “We took our time to pick the best hands for the tough job Lagosians have elected us to do. The nominees for the twenty-five Commissioner and Special Adviser positions include women and men who have made their mark and at the zenith of their professional callings.’’

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He further disclosed that the new cabinet would be unique, because of its diversity. Quoting Governor Sanwo-Olu, he said Lagos would continue to take the lead in innovation, gender-balance and youth inclusion in the administration of the State.

“We have a blend of youth who are under 40 among nominees for Commissioners and Special Advisers. Women too are well represented in the list. We believe Lagos deserves the best and we cannot give the people anything less than that,” the statement said.

Below are names of the nominees:

  1. Mr Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo
  2. Mrs Folashade Adefisayo
  3. Prof Akin Abayomi
  4. Dr Idris Salako
  5. Mr Tunji Bello
  6. Mr Gbenga Omotoso
  7. Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka
  8. Mrs Bolaji Dada
  9. Mr Lere Odusote
  10. Dr Frederic Oladeinde
  11. Mr Gbolahan Lawal
  12. Ms Adekemi Ajayi
  13. Mr Femi George
  14. Dr Wale Ahmed
  15. Mr Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN)
  16. Mr Hakeem Fahm
  17. Mrs Ajibola Ponnle
  18. Engr. Aramide Adeyoye
  19. Mr Segun Dawodu
  20. Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf
  21. Mr Sam Egube
  22. Ms Ruth Bisola Olusanya
  23. Princess Aderemi Adebowale
  24. Mr Tunbosun Alake
  25. Mr Afolabi Ayantayo

10 Years After, Lagos Govt Resumes Construction Of Lagos-Badagry Expressway

Member, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mojisiola Alli-Macaulay; Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola; Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; Executive Director, CCECC, Mr Bill Bian and Chairman, Oriade LCDA, Hon. Ramotalai Akinola-Hassan during the flag Off of the continuation of the construction of Lagos-Badagry Expressway on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

 

The Lagos State Government has flagged off the construction of the ten-lane Lagos-Badagry Expressway, 10 years after it was conceptualised by former governor, Babatunde Fashola.

Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Obafemi Hamzat, in a statement by his Director, Public Affairs, Biola Fagunwa, stated that the return to the road will bring life to the axis and relief to commuters who daily experience hardship on the road.

The project handled by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), covers specifically the Agboju to Trade Fair segment as well as the rehabilitation of the Eric Moore – Mile 2 stretch.

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He explained that Lagos State is handling Eric Moore to Agboju while FERMA will do four-lane maintenance to Agbara and the Federal Government has awarded Agbara to Seme as a six-lane Highway.

Mr Hamzat further commended the co-operation of the Federal Government and assured that both State and Federal Agencies will be present along the road up to Seme border.

The Lagos-Badagry project which is approximated to 60km long from Eric Moore to Badagry consists of two major intermodal transport schemes namely Lagos-Badagry Expressway project and Lagos Light Rail Mass Transit project.

According to the General Manager, Lagos Office of CCECC, Mr Bill Bian the Corporation’s will ensure that the project is completed on schedule.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor, who stopped to address Lagos residents, apprehended at least five errant drivers who drove against traffic.

“We must obey the law, citizens co-operation is critical to what successes we will be able to record during this tenure.  We must also monitor the project and report progress and observations to us.”

He said the State Government will deploy Taskforce to clean up the area and ensure a free flow of traffic.

‘Pay Attention To Children’s Mental Health’, Sanwo-Olu’s Wife Urges Parents

File Photo of the Wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu
Source: Lagos State

 

Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has urged parents and guardians to pay serious attention to the welfare and mental health of their children and wards.

She made the appeal on Monday at a symposium on substance abuse, explaining that it has become necessary in order to build a sanitized society.

She also stressed the importance of parents giving quality attention to their children adding that they sometimes need to go as far as intruding into their privacy to truly be abreast with them.

“As individual family units, we must focus on the home front, by paying due attention to the welfare and mental health of our children,” the governor’s wife was quoted as saying in a statement signed by the Asst. Director, Public Affairs, Office of the Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Olubukonla Nwonah.

“The type of adults that children grow to become, has a lot to do with the level of decency of their upbringing.

“We must make it our business to sometimes intrude into their business, by knowing who their friends are, where they go, how they relax, what they drink and so on and so forth.

“By so doing, we will be their friend and earn their confidence. It is the way to go, to positively influence our children and reduce peer pressure on them. This will help remarkably, to evolve a decent youth population, for a sanitized society.”

Speaking further, Mrs Sanwo-olu noted that the state had recently updated its Mental Health Law to meet with current realities.

She also assured Lagosians that there will be renewed efforts on the part of the government to improve the overall welfare of youths.

“In the current dispensation, we will see a renewed effort of government to scale up the welfare of youths, through gainful employment, modern education infrastructure, health interventions, sports and recreational activities, among others,” she said.

At a separate event, the governor’s wife also said it was important for all residents to register for the recently unveiled Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme.

According to her, the scheme was a strategic policy of the government designed to achieve affordable, comprehensive and unhindered quality healthcare services for all residents, and as such, it was imperative for it to be embraced by all.

Man Arrested For Cutting off 11-Year-Old’s Hand

 

A 61-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly cutting off the hand of an 11-year-old boy.

The incident was said to have occurred on June 7, 2019 at about 12:20 pm and reported at the Okoko Police Station by one Doris Isaac who claimed that the victim was her foster son.

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According to a statement issued by the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, the suspect stated that he saw the victim around his fish pond and attacked him because he assumed that he came to steal his fish.

The Police say investigation is ongoing and the suspect will be charged to court soon.

Police Arrest Two Suspected Kidnappers, Rescue Victims

 

The Lagos State Police has arrested two suspected kidnappers and rescued two victims in the Itire area of the state.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

According to him, the commands control room received a distress call that a mob action was ongoing on at Lawanson junction, Itire, on June 6, 2019 at about 12:45 pm.

Subsequently, the Anti-Crime Patrol Team led by the Divisional Police Officer, Itere, CSP Odey Ogah, was deployed to the scene.

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The victims, one Justina Emmanuel and her one-year-old daughter, Munachisom Agugom were rescued, while the two suspects, Joseph Agugom and Paul Agugom were rescued from the mobs for allegedly kidnapping the victims for ritual purposes.

Also recovered were one Honda CRV car with Registration No. LAGOS FST 587 BU, one LG Phone, one iPhone, one bag containing two flasks, three pieces of rope, one black para military belt and one green beret.