Policeman kills community leader during Makoko demolition

A Police officer on Saturday allegedly shot dead an Egun community leader in Makoko during a protest staged by residents of the waterfront over the on-going demolition in the area.

The late Otun Baale,Timothy Hunpoyanwa

According to eye witnesses, the victim who was identified as Timothy Hunpoyanwa, was said to be conducting residents of the troubled community who were on a peaceful protest before the police corporal shot him.

The deceased was the assistant Baale of Makoko with the title Otun Baale.

He reportedly gave up the ghost on the way to Gbagada General Hospital.

The Lagos state government began the demolition of the waterfront shanties last Monday, claiming that structures built within 100 metres from a power line installed on the lagoon would be demolished.

It was however gathered that on Saturday morning, a joint task force consisting of police, officials of the state Ministry of Environment and Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI), extended the demolition and this led to a scuttle and protest by the residents.

Confirming the unfortunate incidence, a statement signed by the Police PRO, Ngozi Braide, named the alleged police officer as Corporal Pepple Boma. He is said to be attached to the Marine Police, Oworonsoki Division and was posted on special duty with the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) on the demolition exercise at the water front of Makoko.

According to the statement the police officer “allegedly shot a man in the stomach. The victim was rushed to the General Hospital, Gbagada where he was later confirmed dead. The corpse has been deposited at the General Hospital, Ikeja for post-mortem examination, while the suspect has been arrested and detained at the State CID Panti, Yaba.”

The Police Command appealed to Lagosians to “maintain peace and remain calm as justice must be done in this case” adding that investigation has commenced in the matter.

According to some residents, the incident, which reportedly happened at about 1pm, was unprovoked.

Appealing to the state government, one of the residents, Peter Hunsa, said “we only went out to plead with the government to keep to their word and stop the demolition.”

According to him, “before the demolition, the state government told us that only the structures under a high tension power line would be demolished.”

“So, those of us that were not under the power line did not bother but we were surprised that the demolition has continued beyond the power line and it seems they want to demolish every of our houses,” he said.

“It was a very peaceful protest. Nobody fought them and while we gathered, they still continued the demolition undisturbed. All of a sudden the police came and started shooting and Timothy was killed,” he said.

Since the demolition started, some of the displaced residents have been sleeping outdoor inside the wooden canoes.

A youth in the community, who declined to give his name, was quoted to have said “government needs to appreciate the maturity of the community’s youth because we could have pushed those police officers inside the lagoon and drown them.”

“They cannot swim better than us but we just wanted peace to reign” he added.

12 others residents of the waterfront were also arrested during the protest as KAI officials continued to demolish the shanties.

Economic Council orders establishment of state and local disaster management units

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has been directed by the National Economic Council (NEC) to help state and local governments put in place emergency management units to manage disaster before the arrival NEMA.

Governor of Ekiti, Dr Kayode Fayemi, made this known while briefing State House Correspondents on the outcome of the monthly meeting of the council in Abuja.

He said the directive was prompted by a presentation made by the Director-General of NEMA,  Mohammed Sani Sidi on the need to decentralize the functions of the agency to local and state governments.

Fayemi, however, maintained that the establishment of SEMA and Local Emergency Committees (LEMCs) by state and local governments respectively would provide effective and speedy disaster management in the country.

“The Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) briefed Council on steps that are being taken to provide effective and speedy disaster management in Nigeria and the role and relationship between NEMA and various State Emergency Management Agencies, particularly in terms of clarifying the laws backing State Emergency Agencies and ensuring that all States are encouraged to set up structures and institutions that would enable them response to emergencies in a speedy and efficient manner.

“NEMA also was asked to provide technical support, not just disaster relief after the facts, but technical support for these emergencies at the local level and necessary training to aid the States establish the State SEMA and then the Local Government Emergency Management Committees.”

According to him, the council also directed the Federal Ministry of Finance and state commissioners of finance to discuss details of the government’s Ecological Fund allocations to states to provide enough funding for SEMA and LEMCs.

Fayemi also stressed the need for the country to develop a “Disaster Management Protocol” to raise the level of awareness of the people on the implication of emergency situations.

Lagos and Bauchi states already have the proposed state controlled emergency management units but will have to go a step further in creating local units.

Fashola warns artisans on cutting corners

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Wednesday joined thousands of artisans and tradesmen at the 2012 Edition of the Tradesmen and Artisans Week celebrations, describing them as cornerstones of prosperity in the State even as he urged them never to compromise on standards as any shoddy jobs by them could have fatal consequences.

The Governor who spoke at the BlueRoof Hall in LTV 8, Agidingbi, IKeja added that all practicing artisans and tradesmen must make it a point of duty to always keep it at the back of their minds that they must not cut corners, because it does not pay.

He explained that since artisans have proved to be a cornerstone of prosperity of Lagos State and being the ones who make things happen, with their skills always in constant demand for the people’s daily survival, they must also improve and form themselves into co-operatives in order to realize their full potentials.

Governor Fashola reiterated that the State will organize more training for the different grades of artisans and also ensure that those trained impart the knowledge on those coming behind them in a train the trainers’ concept.

He urged them to organize themselves in terms of their working environment by ensuring that they separate their offices from their workshops, adding that for some people, untidy state of their workshop which is not separated from the office often drives away potential customers.

He noted that what is ideal for every artisan is to set aside the money that he uses for business as distinct from what he spends as personal emolument, adding that what is very desirable is for everyone to earn a salary from his earning and if possible also employ an accountant who keeps a proper record of the financial books.

The Governor also said there is strength in numbers and that the artisans as professional groups should form themselves into Co-operatives where they stand a chance of attracting loans from commercial lending institutions.

He cited the example of the Lagos State Meat Sellers Association, who successfully organized themselves into a co-operative group and got N1.2Billion as loan from Fidelity Bank at a programme yesterday to fund the procurement of refrigerated meat vans for the use of their members in the state.

The Governor who spoke at length on the vital roles that artisans play in various sectors urged them to note that each time a building collapses in the state, they might be a part of the problem for agreeing to use a substandard material either as a bricklayer or a carpenter in the course of constructing the building.

The Governor said the same applies when an automobile mechanic decides to buy a substandard brake pad to be installed in a vehicle and the vehicle ends up in a road crash that may involve fatalities.

Anti-Graft War: Legal practitioner seeks more compliance checks

The damage on the Nigerian psyche with the continuous dashing of the hopes of the majority by the elites is very worrisome and portends no good for the country.

These are the thoughts of a legal practitioner, Mr George Etomi on the fallouts of the Farouk/Otedola bribery allegation.

Mr Etomi in an interview with our judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele says more than ever there is a need to act swiftly & decisively against issues of corruption to avoid giving the impression that a political rather than a legal will is being applied.

Fashola demands refund of N16 billion illegal deductions on power by FG

The governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to refund the N16 billion deducted from its allocation from the Federation Account over its investment in power.

Claiming the nation’s economic capital has been unjustly treated in the on-going privatization exercise, especially, when it comes to privatization of assets. The governor asserted that if the nation must make a success of the privatization exercise in the Power Sector, it must start from Lagos

Mr Fashola made the lamentation about the alleged plight of the state while playing host to the members of the Senate Committee on Privatization which paid him a courtesy visit.

Explaining the genesis of the N16 billion illegal deductions, the governor explained that the state government invested in power plant, yet the power was not dedicated to Lagos, “but they (FG) have deducted about N16billion of our money in spite of court orders.” “Now, we get punished for taking the initiative” he added.

“There is a standing liability to us by the PHCN, the illegal deductions of N16 billion for power that we did not get, for the power that other states used. Now, those are issues of social and economic injustice that must be resolved before we can even have a successful privatization exercise. We are in court and there is arbitration”, the Governor said adding that he has written to the National Assembly to say that those are “red flakes to the successful completion of the exercise.

The governor however warned that as much as the state government supports the privatization exercise, if the money was not refunded, it would constitute clogs to the successful execution of the exercise.

Noting that the debt would be part of the due diligence obstacles for any concessionaire to cross, Governor Fashola warned, “If our money is not paid, clearly there will be issues of financial caution, I can tell you that”, calling on the Committee to persuade the National Assembly to make appropriation to refund the N16 billion to Lagos State.

“”It is no longer a question of who is right and who is wrong. The impact of Power to the National Economy is more than N16 billion”, the Governor said, adding, “Now, if the PHCN workers that went on strike at the onset of Power Reforms were paid, why should we not be paid because we did not go on demonstration; we are being civil”.

Governor Fashola insisted that for the privatization of the Power Sector to be successful, “We must put our best foot forward in Lagos because the Power demand is here, the Power assets is here”, warning that if the Federal Government should put on the attitude of “we can do it without them”, there would be problems ahead.

“Most of the distribution assets are here, we have invested in transformers, feeder pillars, poles, cabling and others. Those are the distribution assets any concessionaire is going to use. We have a transformer manufacturing company in Lagos where we are producing transformers and distributing to communities”, the Governor said pointing out that so far the electricity regulatory company has come to inspect the assets.

Noting that there is a provision in the Constitution that allows states to distribute power in areas not covered by the National Grid, Governor Fashola said such areas were not defined and called on the Committee to take up the task to legislate on such issues so that concessionaires and private investors would know which areas to invest in distribution.

The Governor also called on the Committee to assist to create “Greenfield Power Distribution Companies” saying they would act as backups for the 11 distribution companies carved out of the PHCN.

“It is not enough to say that the 11 distribution companies carved out of the PHCN are the only ones because if you look at the NITEL story, it was the Greenfield telecommunications companies that ultimately baled us out of our problem. So we must have Greenfield distribution companies that carry no baggage.

Federation’s orphan

“We have been given the short end of the stick consistently. Given our contribution to the national economy, there has been no reciprocity. Our assets and our lands have been servicing the nation; these lands were there before they were acquired by the Federal Government for government business and we are saying, if they are no longer serving government business we are supposed to take our land back”, the Governor said.

Describing it as social injustice, Governor Fashola said Lagos State has been “the orphan of the entire Federation”, adding that the Federal Government took the State’s assets and gave nothing in return in spite of the fact that the State contributes  the highest quota to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, Chairman of the Committee said the Committee was in Lagos to inspect the Egbin Thermal Station in Ikeja and the Eko Business District as part of its oversight functions on the processes for the Privatization of the Power Sector.

According to Senator Obadara, the Committee paid a courtesy call Mr. Fashola with a view to interface with the State Government on areas of mutual interest in the drive towards improvement in the Energy Sector and to appreciate efforts made by the state government in the Independent Power Project scheme.

Lagos Speaker fails to stop money laundering trial against him

The Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos on Thursday dismissed the application brought by the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji to quash the money laundering charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial crimes Commission (EFCC).

The presiding judge, Justice Okechukwu Okeke in a ruling delivered in a packed courtroom filled with Mr Ikuforiji’s supporters and some lawmakers, held that the reasons canvassed in support of the application to quash the charges were not tenable.

The court also dismissed a counter motion filed by the EFCC challenging the propriety of the Speaker’s application; the judge held that the objection raised by the commission was misconceived, and lacking in merit.

Justice Okeke in his ruling also faulted the Speaker’s argument that since the alleged acts were done in his capacity as the Speaker he was not liable as that would amount to suing Lagos State government.

According to the court such reasoning cannot stand because the Speaker and his aide were charged to court in their own capacity.

The judge maintained that “If the prosecution had wanted to, it could have filed the action against the Lagos State Government or the Attorney-General, but this action is filed against the accused persons.

The motion to quash the charge was therefore dismissed while the court ordered an accelerated hearing of the matter.

It will be recalled that the EFCC had on March 1, 2012 arraigned Mr Ikuforiji and his Personal Assistant, Oyebode Atoyebi, on an amended 20-count of money laundering.

The commission is accusing the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly and his aide of accepting cash payment from the Assembly to the tune of N501 million without going through a financial institution.

Justice Okeke adjourned the case till the 24 October for commencement of trial.

Fashola warns Lagosians to be vigilant

The Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola on Wednesday emphasized the need for Lagosians to be security conscious.

In a meeting with religious leaders, he stressed the need for everyone to ask questions around their neighbor hood “If we do all of these and you know those are the real first sides of safety and security.

We have taken many things for granted for a long time and that really is the essence of the meeting. Know your neighbor, ask questions, and don’t take anything for granted. If you are in doubt, call law enforcement and use the 767 and 112 numbers.

Also speaking on the issue was State Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), Bishop George Amu, who said “If you know your neighbor, strange persons cannot come to your neighborhood without you noticing it.

We were told that for every action, there is a consequent reaction and that whatever we sow we shall reap. The security of Lagos State is our joint concern. The Governor was straightforward in telling us that we should be careful, watchful and observant”.

Pastor of Daystar Christian Center, Rev. Sam Adeyemi who was also present at the meeting said there is a need for every citizen of Lagos State to know their neighbor, adding that people without addresses should not just be allowed to roam the streets in the State.

He added that they constitute a security threat and there was a need to create awareness about the emergency numbers that the state has, stressing that all the religious leaders who attended the meeting did agree that they have a role to play more than everything else and that it is God who keeps everyone safe and secure.

He explained that the State Governor also used the meeting to appraise the leaders of plans in the offing to keep improving things in Lagos State, adding that the Governor made the religious leaders see the role they should play in ensuring that the state is safe.

“A whole lot what is happening in the country has to do with the choices we make as individuals and the choices we make are influenced by our values and in shaping those values” he further added.

Mr Umaru Manko Lagos State commissioner of police, rounded up the meeting by saying everyone should be security conscious.

Chief Imam of Oriwu Central Mosque in Ikorodu, Sheikh Yahaya Ajagbemokeferi who also spoke after the meeting said “What is left for the religious leaders who attended the meeting is to ensure that just as the Governor has done his part by convening the meeting, it is compulsory for the leaders to relay the message to their followers and consider how to go about it so that no one will have cause to regret in Lagos State at all”.

Gov Fashola’s courtesy visit to Channels Television

Chairman/CEO of Channels TV, Mr John Momoh welcoming the Governor of Lagos state to Channels Headquarters.
You are most welcome
The Chairman/CEO of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh introduces Channels Television staff to the Lagos State Governor

 

 

You've got something here, the governor thinks as he looks around Channels TV complex.

 

Grand Entry for the Chief Executive of Lagos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very ready for your questions.
Controller of News Channels Television

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. John Momoh showing Gov. Fashola around

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's farewell time.

 

 

 

 

Glad to be here

 

 

 

 

Protocol members of Gov. Fashola

 

 

 

 

The Editors

 

 

National University Commission lost 5 officials in the Dana Air crash

Five top officials of the National Universities Commission (NUC) were among victims of the ill-fated Dana Airline Flight 0992 which crashed into residential buildings in Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos state on Sunday.

Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Julius Okogie made this known, while receiving the Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Rufai at the commission’s office in Abuja on Monday. Prof Rufai was on a condolence visit to the commission.

The late officials include, the former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology (FUTO) Owerri, Professor Celestine Onwuliri and four deputy directors who left Abuja for an official assignment in Lagos.

Prof Okogie prayed for the families of those who lost their lives in the crash saying the education sector would be in mourning for a long period.

Signing the condolence registers amidst tears, the Minister of Education, Prof Rufai, said the nation did not deserve to be thrown into this magnitude of disaster.

She pledged to provide full support to the families of the victims.

Lagos rescues 497 abandoned babies

The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Youth and Social Development, Dr. Dolapo Badru, has stated that 497 abandoned babies have been rescued from the streets by state government.

Badru, disclosed this on Tuesday at a news conference , where he stated that the babies have been taken to various motherless babies home and orphanage in the state.

“The babies were rescued at different sites, which made it obvious that their mothers did not want them. We took them to homes and orphanages.”

He  further explained that 82 children have been released for adoption, as the state received 753 applications from prospective adopters out of which 709 were within the country and 24 were outside the country.

The special adviser added that the state government is presently making arrangement with countries like France, United States of America, United Kingdom and Germany among others on the possibility of securing international adoption for the children with medical challenges.

UNILAG VC, Adetokunbo Sofoluwe dies of Cardiac Arrest at 62

Professor Adetokunbo Sofoluwe, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos has died of cardiac arrest.

The 62-year old professor was rushed to the University of Lagos Health Centre last night from the Faculty of Sciences and as his condition got worse, he was then transferred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital Idi-Araba where he was pronounced dead early this morning.

Sofoluwe who was known for his remarkable transformation of the institution showed no sign of any kind of illness on Tuesday when he addressed the institution at the press conference marking the Golden anniversary of the University where he also attended for his first degree.

The school is yet to issue any statement over the death of the Professor.

Background

Born April 15th 1950, Sofoluwe attended CMS Grammar School for his secondary education after which he proceeded to the University of Lagos to study Computer Science and graduated with a Second Class upper Division (Honours) in 1973.during his days as a student, he was awarded a German scholarship award for being brilliant academically, he also won the Dean’s prize back to back in the 1971/72 session.

After graduation from the University of Lagos and the completion of his one year compulsory service to the nation, he proceeded to Edinburgh University in Scotland where he earned his Masters and Doctorate in 1975 and 1981 respectively after he won a Commonwealth Scholarship.

Back  home, he kick-started his teaching career at the University of Lagos as a graduate assistant in 1976 ,rose through the ranks till he became a full professor in 1996.

 

Achievements

*Professor Sofoluwe served twice in the computer science department as the head of department (1989-1991 and 1994-1996).

*Served as a Dean of the faculty of science between 1998 and 2002.

* He was elected as member of the Governing Council of the University of Lagos (2000-2004).

*While he was appointed as a Deputy Vice-Chancellor, he returned to the Governing Council in August 30, 2006 by virtue of the appointment.

* On January 30th, 2010 Professor Adetokunbo Sofoluwe was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos.

Falana says Lagos govt sack of doctors cannot stand

Human Right lawyer, Femi Falana on Friday said that the sacking of 788 medical doctors by the Lagos State government is illegal and cannot stand.


The renowned lawyer disclosed this while speaking as a guest in Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

“That can’t stand, it wouldn’t stand,” Mr Falana said.

He said the Lagos State governor, as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) knows that the sacking of the doctors cannot stand.

Mr Falana said since the Lagos state government has always taken the Federal government to court for violating the rule of law with matter pertaining to Local government fund, creation of local government, town planning law in the state and the extension of tenure of Local government, it will be mindful of violating the rule of law with regards to sacking the doctors.

The Lagos state government had on Monday dismissed 788 medicals doctors in the Lagos State public service over their persistence with an ‘illegal strike’, and refusal to answer a query over a warning strike.

The state government also announced the employment of 373 doctors for immediate deployment in the public hospitals while recruitment continues.
The doctors’ dismissal was authorised by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Board and the State’s Health Service Commission (HSC), following an illegal strike embarked upon by the doctors since April 16, 2012.