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.

Police Arrest Suspected Leader Of Cult Group, 20 Others In Ikorodu

 

The Lagos State Police have arrested the leader of a notorious cult group in the Ikorodu area of the state along with 20 others.

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

According to him, the arrest was made after the Force received a distress call that some cultists from two rival groups engaged themselves in a supremacy battle along Isikalu Palace and Solomade area of Ikorodu.

Subsequently, the Command’s Anti Cultism Unit and patrol teams were promptly deployed to the scene where the leader of the gang, Yusuf Omidele, popularly known as General, who according to them had been on the wanted list, was arrested.

He was arrested alongside 20 other suspects, while four locally made pistols, eight machetes and three daggers were recovered.

According to the Police, General had been charged to court on several occasions and sentenced to prison.

He completed his last sentence in 2014 and has become an Elder-in- Council, in Eiye Confraternity, the statement said.

He led his gang in a reprisal attack on the members of Aye confratanity, whom they alleged to have killed the wife of one of their leaders some weeks ago.

The suspects arrested belong to both Aye and Eiye confraternity and have all confessed to belong to secret societies.

Elkana, however, noted that the suspects will be charged to court as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu (mni), later on met with traditional rulers, religious leaders, elder statesmen, parents, youths and other stakeholders in the area.

The meeting according to the police, was aimed at discussing lasting solutions to the cultism and other criminal activities by the youths, as the menace has been on the rise especially in the area.

PHOTOS: President Buhari Departs Lagos After Projects Inauguration

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari was in Lagos on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, to inaugurate some projects initiated by the state government.

He was received by the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and Governors Ibikunle Amosun, Abiola Ajimobi, Kayode Fayemi, Rotimi Akeredolu, of Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti and Ondo respectively.

Also present was the Lagos State Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, amongst others.

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The president inaugurated an ultra-modern 170-bed Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialist hospital located within the premises of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), The Eko Theatre, Oshodi International Airport Road, Oshodi Transport Interchange and 820 mass transit buses.

The President after the ceremonies headed back to Abuja.

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Suspected Cultist, Four Others Arrested In Lagos

 

A notorious cultist, Ibrahim Abdullahi, popularly known as Tiny, who operates around the Satellite-Town area of Lagos, has been arrested.

He was arrested along with one of his accomplices, Obinna Kelvin Okey, 23, on Friday, March 23, at his hideout in the Ijegun-Egba area of the town during an operation led by the Divisional Police Officer of Satellite-Town Division, CSP Chike Oti.

During preliminary interrogation, the suspects confessed to being members of a cult group called the Aro-Bagger a.k.a. Vickings.

Subsequently, their arrest led to the arrest of three other cultists: Ismaila Adebayo, 21, Bode Akodo, 21 and Adefesun Abdulwahab, 25.

This was confirmed in a statement issued on Sunday by the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Zubairu Muazu (mni), had earlier in the week charged Area Commanders DPOs and Tactical Unit Commanders in the state to clamp down on the activities of members of unlawful societies and raid all identified criminal enclaves.

Based on the directive and credible intelligence received about the suspect, who had been on the run since he was linked to the murder of three residents of the community, Satelite division swung into action.

Following the arrest, CP Zubairu Muazu directed the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, to take over the case involving the key suspect.

The other suspects, on the other hand, were transferred to the Command’s Anti Cultism Squad for further investigation.

In a related development, one Stephen Egbe, a notorious traffic robber who specialises in robbing commuters along the Mile 12/Badagry Expressway, was caught in the act also on Friday.

He was caught around Mosalachi Bus Stop near maza- maza, by detectives of the Satellite Town Police Division.

The Command Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was, thereafter, directed to take over the investigation.

According to the Police spokesperson, all the suspects arrested will be charged to court.

Lagos Building Collapse: Rescue Operations Concluded – State Govt

 

The Lagos State Government says rescue operations following the building collapse in the Ita Faji area of the state, have been concluded.

The government said this via its Twitter handle on Thursday, after emergency officials said they had reached ‘ground zero’ on the site, meaning that all the rubbles had been excavated and there was no evidence that anyone was still trapped.

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This was disclosed after the state Head of Service, Mr Hakeem-Muri Okunola, visited the scene of the incident in the early hours of Thursday for an on the spot assessment.

He also visited the hospitals where the rescued persons are receiving treatment.

According to the government, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and other relevant stakeholders including the Ministry of Health are now intensifying efforts to save the lives of the rescued victims.

At least 24 victims, mostly children, have so far been rescued from the rubbles of the three-story building which caved in on Wednesday.

The children were mostly pupils of a primary school located on the top floor of the building.

Although nine persons had been confirmed dead as at Wedenesday, the government says it is yet to have any authentic figures of the number of casualties.

PHOTOS: Tinubu, Osinbajo Others Jubilate With Sanwo-olu After Victory

 

A day after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the winner of the Lagos State governorship election, supporters have continued to jubilate with him.

The National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, other party chieftains, friends and supporters were seen celebrating with the governor-elect at his home in Lagos.

See photos below.

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PHOTOS: Collation, Declaration Of Results Continue Into The Night

 

Hours after results of the Governorship and House of Assembly elections have been announced in some states, collation and declaration of results are still ongoing.

See photos from across states below.


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PHOTOS: Final Collation Of Governorship Election In Lagos

 

A day after the Governorship and House of Assembly elections held across some states in the country, collation of results is ongoing.

In Lagos State, officials are set for the final collation and declaration of results at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Sabo, Yaba.

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