Lagos Partners Chinese Govt To Train Youths On Technology, Manufacturing

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (right), presenting a plaque to the Consul General of China in Lagos, Mr. Chu Maoming during a courtesy visit by the Consul General at the Lagos House,

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said his administration’s development agenda was aimed at leveraging the population of the State for sustainable socio-economic development.

The Governor said although the State was facing the challenges of a growing population, his administration was prepared to turn the burden to opportunities by training people and equipping them with life skills.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed this on Monday while hosting the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Chu Maoming, in Alausa on a courtesy visit.

The Governor said his administration would be expanding the state government’s relationship with the Chinese government to build human capital by exposing young population in the State to training opportunities in diverse areas, including technology, agriculture, manufacturing, construction, and cultural exchange.

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“Lagos and China can learn from each other because we share similarities in several areas. Both entities are both hugely populated, with Lagos being the most populous city in Africa. China has a huge population not only in Asia but also in the world. Based on these similarities, we can promote value exchange that would lead to improved human capital development on both sides, Sanwo-Olu said.

“Lagos is growing by the day and we are faced with the challenges of catering for this population. We initiated a development agenda that is aimed at harnessing the potential of residents. We are looking forward to a mutually beneficial partnership with China, which would explore the opportunity of technology transfer to build the skills of our young people.

Also, there are many exchange opportunities in Chinese manufacturing sector, agriculture, construction and culture. Our people need to take advantage of this opportunity for employment generation.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu observed that Lagos and China shared a long history of collaborations, but added that his government would deepen the relationship.

Maoming said the Chinese private sector investors had concluded to increase the volume of trade with Lagos to the tune of billions of dollars, stressing that the investment would result in job creation and knowledge transfer.

He said: “I arrived in Nigeria in May and I have visited a lot of Chinese businesses operating across the country, including Lagos. Today, there is good news. Chinese business community has concluded the plan to increase their size of investments in Lagos. The presence of Vice Chairperson of the China’s biggest oil company, National Offshore Oil Corporation, here today is an indication of the readiness of the Chinese business community to inject billions of dollars in the Lagos economy. We are exploring other areas of opportunity in which China and Lagos can cooperate to sustain our bilateral partnership.”

Police Arrest Fake EFCC Operative, Suspected Cultist

A fake EFCC operative paraded by police in Lagos.

 

 

The police have arrested one Emeka Emmanuel with a fake identity card of the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) at the Iyana Iba area of Lagos state.

A statement from the State Police Command on Sunday said operatives also arrested suspect cultist, Emmanuel Olatunde, also known as pastor in the Bariga area of the state.

Mr Bala Elkana, the command’s spokesman, explained that 29-year-old Emeka was apprehended on Saturday night by operatives of the Ojo Police Station while acting on credible intelligence.

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“The suspect was in possession of a fake EFCC ID card which he uses in parading himself as an EFCC operative. The suspect duped innocent citizens under the pretence of providing them employment with the EFCC as operatives.

“One Olaposi Semiu ‘m’ of Agbara, Lagos who is one of such victims. He told police investigators that the suspect collected the sum of N51,000 from him over a month ago with a promise of securing employment for his son as an EFCC operative,” he said.

According to him, the suspect who was also found to be operating an illegal medical facility in his residence confessed to committing the crime.

While the police recovered medical equipment and fake certificates from him, Elkana said the suspect would be charged to court as soon as they conclude investigation.

He also advised members of the public, especially job seekers to be mindful of the activities of such people in order not to fall prey of their antics.

On the other hand, 31-year-old Olatunde was arrested following sustained monitoring at Oremenunu Ibafo Street in Bariga.

The suspect, according to Elkana, is an ex-convict and is a high ranking member of Eiye Confraternity, terrorising people in Bariga.

“He (Olatunde) has a link with a series of robberies and murder cases in Bariga. He is responsible for the murder of one Ahmed Karowi, an Aiye Confraternity kingpin on 11th September 2019,” he added.

Elkana said the suspect would also be charged to court as soon as they conclude investigation.

Man Arrested In Lagos For Drugging, Defiling 14-Year-Old

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A file photo of policemen on patrol.

 

 

A 34-year-old man identified as Innocent Ifunayachi has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command.

The suspect was nabbed following a complaint of alleged defilement at the Bariga Police Station, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Bala Elkana, said in a statement on Sunday.

According to Elkana, Innocent was said to have drugged the victim and had carnal knowledge of her when he visited the girl’s family house.

He said, “The suspect, being a friend to the family, visited and found the girl eating indomie and while she left to get him some drinks, he quickly put some quantities of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp into the food.

“She returned and ate the food without foreknowledge of the substance added. She lost consciousness after eating the food and he took advantage of that to rape her.”

The command’s spokesman added that the suspect was later arrested by detectives from the Family Support Unit and he confessed to committing the crime.

He noted that Innocent would be charged to court while the victim has been taken to hospital for treatment and forensic examination.

 

Raped Teenager Gives Birth

 

In a similar development, the police station in Bariga received a complaint on Wednesday last week that one Kazeem Bello about 26 years of age conspired with another person to rape a 13-year-old girl sometime in November 2018.

The other suspect is identified as Dayo A Maker who is about 24 years old.

The victim, according to Elkana, became pregnant as a result of the defilement and gave birth to a baby girl about five weeks ago.

He added that Bello threatened to kill the victim if she tells anybody about the incident but she summoned the courage to narrate her ordeal to her family when the same suspect threatened to rape her younger sister.

Elkana said Dayo was arrested by detectives from the Family Support Unit while his accomplice, Bello, was at large.

He noted that the police were investigating the incident with efforts ongoing to apprehend the second suspect.

43 Arrested Over Illegal Activities In Lagos

 

43 persons have been arrested in connection with some illegal activities in the Ikeja area of Lagos.

Head, Public Affairs Unit of the Lagos State Task Force, Adebayo Taofiq confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

According to the statement, the arrest was made after operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) raided all streets within Central Business District including surroundings of the Afrika Shrine, Alausa, Ikeja, over the weekend.

Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi was also quoted to have said that the enforcement operations became imperative following complaints from members of the public about the activities of miscreants constituting a nuisance, as well as illegal street traders around the Shrine.

“The night enforcement operation was carried out on all roads around Afrika Shrine where hard drugs like Tramadol, Codeine, Skunk, Weed, Illegal Mixed Liquor, Assorted Food and all sorts of consumable and non-consumable items are freely sold on the streets in defiance of security agencies and government authority,” he said.

 

 

According to the statement, one of the arrested persons, Tunde Babalola who was caught with a bag of substance suspected to be Indian hemp confirmed that he had been selling hard drugs for eight years, particularly around the Afrika Shrine.

He further explained that dealing in hard drugs has been a lucrative business because he realised an average profit of between N60,000 and N100,000 weekly from customers around the Obalende, Akala, Mushin, Bariga and Ikeja areas.

Another arrested trader who identified herself as Mrs. Abike Adeyemi was also said to have disclosed that she pays N1,900 every week to a representative of the Ikeja Local Government from the sales of ‘Skuchies’ and ‘Hot drinks’ around the ‘African Shrine’.

CSP Egbeyemi therefore, stated that the enforcement operations will be a continuous exercise in line with the vision of the present administration to rid the state of criminals.

“The Lagos State Government has vowed to sustain the security onslaught on all areas identified as criminal hideouts and hard drug outlets across the State, especially within the metropolis,” he said.

Also according to him, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu has directed that all those arrested should be immediately prosecuted.

Boko Haram: 22,000 Missing In Northeast Insurgency – ICRC

 

Nearly 22,000 people, mostly children, are missing as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, the Red Cross said on Thursday.

The jihadist uprising which started in 2009 has killed more than 27,000 people, displaced some two million, and spilt over into neighbouring countries, sparking a dire humanitarian crisis.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement that the nearly 22,000 Nigerians constituted the highest number of missing persons registered with the organisation in any country.

Some 60 percent of the total were minors at the time they went missing, meaning that thousands of parents do not know where their children are and if they are alive or dead, according to the Red Cross.

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“Every parent’s worst nightmare is not knowing where their child is. This is the tragic reality for thousands of Nigerian parents, leaving them with the anguish of a constant search,” ICRC President Peter Maurer said at the end of a five-day visit to Nigeria.

“People have the right to know the fate of their loved ones, and more needs to be done to prevent families from being separated in the first place,” he said.

During the visit, Maurer met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, senior government officials, civil society and business leaders.

He also spoke with family members affected by conflict in the northeastern cities of Maiduguri and Monguno, many of whom have missing relatives.

The Red Cross said that some families were often separated while fleeing attacks, while others have had loved ones abducted or detained and do not know their whereabouts.

“The ICRC works with the Nigeria Red Cross and other Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in the region to trace missing people by showing photographs, calling out names and going door-to-door in camps and communities,” the statement said.

“So far, 367 cases have been solved since ICRC received its first cases in 2013, underscoring the immense challenges that come with finding missing people and reconnecting them with their families in Nigeria,” it said.

Nigerian army chief Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai said on Tuesday the military had done a lot in the war against the insurgents, but admitted that humanitarian efforts were being hampered.

“Large swathes of the northeast of the country remain completely inaccessible to humanitarian organisations. People have also been displaced by fighting many times, making them harder to find,” he added.

Chess Offers Nigerian Slum Children New Move

 

 

Crowds of children bustle around chessboards in Nigeria’s Lagos, figuring out their next moves as part of a project aimed at bringing hope in one of the city’s impoverished slums.

Dozens of matches are played simultaneously as participants as young as three master a game often considered out of reach for the masses in Africa’s most populous country.

“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose,” 24-year-old teacher Tunde Onakoya tells his young charges after getting their attention.

“But it’s how you respond that makes you a champion. Don’t get down when you lose, don’t feel like you can’t do it, just concentrate and do your best.”

Seasoned player Onakoya started the Chess in Slums project last September in the sprawling neighbourhood of Ikorodu, a place where residents often feel cut off from the bustle and business of the vibrant megacity around it.

The goal of the club is to provide a space to play and learn the game for the young inhabitants of the slum, many of whom are not in school and work to support their families.

Held beneath a makeshift tent in the courtyard of a local bar, in less than a year the programme has already drawn an enthusiastic following.

As elderly men sip beer and watch football nearby, a dozen volunteers divide the pupils into groups.

While some turn their figures into battling action heroes, most are focused and intent on winning.

The youngest children sing rhymes about chess to help them master the rules, as the older ones settle down into intense games.

They use mobile phone apps to time their moves and record the matches in notepads to review their mistakes and successes later.

“I want to be a Grandmaster,” one of the children tells AFP, laughing.

‘Food for your brain’

Chess — a board game famous for its reliance on strategy — has a tiny but avid following in Nigeria.

The West African nation ranks 88th out of 186 countries, according to the FIDE World Chess Federation’s rating of top players across the globe, but still does not have any Grandmasters.

Other board games are more popular.

Nigeria is a superpower in Scrabble, winning multiple championships and boasting 29 of the top 100 players in the world, more than any other country.

Onakoya says that chess has lagged behind in part due to an image problem.

“There’s this perception of it as being a really difficult game, not as accessible, like for people of a different class,” he says.

Onakoya took chess in primary school and works with private schools as a consultant to add it to their curricula.

“I believe in the game because it helps your cognition, your creativity, your focus. It’s like food for your brain,” he said.

Last year, he started the club in Ikorodu specifically to reach disadvantaged children.

“Ikorodu is the kind of place where there’s a lot of troubles and poverty. It is a tough place to get to, if you tell someone to come to Ikorodu they will laugh,” he says.

“I felt it would be powerful to help children here because many of them are really talented.

“If they could master a game that people wouldn’t expect them to even know, it could really show them their potential and give them confidence.”

School sponsorship

The club already boasts several success stories.

Ten-year-old Odunayo Olukoya joined Chess in Slums in January. Four months later, she came first in the national chess championship for her age group.

For Jamiu Ninilowo, 14, taking part has also been transformative.

The skinny boy worked as a mechanic fixing cars at a garage in Ikorodu instead of attending school.

He had to earn money for his family after his mother’s leg was mangled in an accident as she picked scrap at a local refuse site to sell on for a meagre profit.

In February, Ninilowo joined the club and is now its best player.

After he won a tournament in April, an impressed donor partnered with Chess in Slums to pay for his secondary education.

“Chess is helping me to be a mechanical engineer by sending me to school,” he tells AFP, proudly wearing the medal he won.

The attention that the project has generated has helped shine a spotlight on more of these marginalised children.

Videos of the budding chess masters shared on Instagram also showcase some of their other talents that have often been overlooked in the struggle to survive.

One 11-year-old boy even got a mentorship from a leading Nigerian architect after he was seen building models out of cardboard.

“At first it was about teaching the kids a game that can impact the way they think and boost their confidence, but actually it’s become much more. It’s become a gateway to other opportunities,” says Onakoya.

“It is helping us show them that their lives can go far beyond Ikorodu.”

 

 

Three Arrested Over Rape Of Girls Under 16 In Lagos

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A file photo of policemen on patrol.

 

 

Three suspects have been arrested in Lagos over allegations of rape in the Bariga and Ajao Estate areas of the state.

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

He explained that the Bariga Police Station received a complaint on Saturday that one Fatai Nafiu, 28, forcefully had unlawful sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl.

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Elkana said a team of detectives from the Family Support Unit arrested the suspect and he confessed to committing the crime.

He added that the victim was taken to hospital for medical treatment and forensic examination while efforts were ongoing to charge the suspect to court.

Similarly, the Lagos State Police Command’s spokesman said another 34-year-old man, Taiwo Sheuases, was arrested for allegedly defiling a girl of about 15 years old in Bariga Market square.

The suspect also confessed to committing the crime and would be charged to court.

Elsewhere, a 50-year-old was arrested by operatives from the Ajao Estate Police Station following a complaint that he allegedly defiled a three-year-old girl.

The suspect, Isaac Ubogu, confessed to committing the crime while the victim was taken to hospital for medical treatment and forensic examination.

Police Release 121 Jigawa Indigenes Arrested In Lagos

A file photo of northers arrested in Lagos.

 

 

The police have released the 121 indigenes of Jigawa State arrested in Lagos State.

Mr Bala Elkana, the Police Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, confirmed this in a statement on Saturday.

The persons were arrested on Friday by a team of policemen attached to the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences.

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The police team was on traffic enforcement duty along Moshalashi Road in the Agege area of Lagos before the arrest was made.

Elkana explained that the police intercepted a truck loaded with 121 males between the ages of 16 and 35 while 48 motorcycles were seized.

In the course of investigation, he noted that the persons were discovered to have travelled from Jigawa to Lagos in search of a better living.

The Command’s spokesman said, “The vehicle and passengers were searched but nothing incriminating was found. They were profiled with a view to ascertaining who they are, where they come from, their background and their mission in Lagos.

“They all came from Jigawa State, north-west region of Nigeria and are mostly artisans, commercial motorcyclists and traders. They are in the state in pursuit of greener pasture.”

Elkana disclosed that some of the persons were already based in Lagos with their families while others came for the first time.

According to him, the police released all of the arrested persons after they found out that there is nothing incriminating about their intentions of coming to Lagos.

“The police being satisfied with their legitimate mission in the state has allowed them to proceed to their various destinations.

“The Command will not relent in its efforts to protect the lives and properties of the good people of Lagos State,” the Command’s spokesman said.

Although 123 people have been reported earlier, it is believed that the driver of the truck and his travel partner were arrested with the 121 people the police referred to in their statement.

Lagos Assembly Sets Up Panel To Probe Ambode

 

The Lagos State House Assembly has set-up a committee to investigate the purchase of 820 buses by the administration of former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

Members of the Assembly constituted the panel on Tuesday during plenary, saying it was important to investigate the purchase of the 820 buses out of the 5,000 buses proposed by the former governor for mass transit in the state.

They said the vehicles were purchased despite objection by the House.

In a motion titled ‘Lagos State House of Assembly Motion Number II’, a lawmaker Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa II) explained that the House noted that at the Executive/ Legislative parley held in September 2017, Mr Ambode informed the lawmakers that 5,000 buses would be bought by the state government.

He stated that the executive proposed to spend N17 billion to purchase the buses in the 2017 budget, but the Assembly did not approve the request.

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Yishawu said, “In the 2018 and 2019 budgets, the state government proposed N24 Billion and N7 Billion respectively, but these were not approved.

“The state government still went ahead to import 820 buses at N7 Billion, and out of them, 520 are still awaiting clearance at the ports.”

The lawmaker added that the House was worried that 520 buses were awaiting clearance from the bonded warehouse and the port, stressing that they were purchased with taxpayers’ money without approval.

He, thereafter, submitted that the House should set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate all the issues relating to the purchase of the buses.

Yishawu also asked his colleagues to investigate the cost of the purchase of the buses and other issues surrounding the purchase to prevent a reoccurrence.

He said, “The state government requested waivers for the importation of the buses and it was not granted. The value of the buses was overrated; some of the buses are still in the ports and they are attracting demurrage.

“N45 Billion would be spent on the total purchase of the buses and we need to prevent such an occurrence in the future.”

In his remarks, the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, said the House needed to prevent waste because the expenditure had been done.

According to him, the vehicles are in the ports and they have been there for almost a year and the state will continue to suffer if the lawmakers allow the buses to stay in the ports.

“We should be the regulators of transporters; the state should not operate the buses. How much we are giving the buses out should be addressed.

“We should get the buses to the roads and save the state from further wastes,” he said.

The House subsequently resolved to set up a committee headed by Mr Fatal Mojeed (Ibeju Lekki II) to look into the matter and report to the lawmakers in due course.

Members of the committee, according to the Speaker, included Yishawu, Bisi Yusuff (Alimosho I), Olanrewaju Afinni (Lagos Island II), Rasheed Makinde (Ifako Ijaiye II), Yinka Ogundimu (Agege II), Mojisola Miranda (Apapa I) and others.

Speaker Obasa directed the committee to invite the Accountant-General of the state, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, and others involved in the purchase to give their account on the purchase of the vehicles.

He also told them to invite the present Commissioner for Finance, the Managing Director of LAMATA and others.

In his contribution, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu (Agege II) stated that the House needed to investigate every transaction that had to do with the procurement of the buses.

He added that it would become a bad precedent if the House did not do anything about the matter.

“A huge amount of money still needed to be paid on the purchase of these buses. Whoever has erred should be brought to book,” he said.

The House subsequently went on a break until further notice for members to embark on various programmes.

It is expected to hold town hall meetings across the 40 constituencies of the state on September 10, 2019, among other activities.

Two Robbery Suspects Arrested In Lagos

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A file photo of policemen on patrol.

 

 

The Lagos State Police Command says it has arrested two suspected robbers in the Mushin area of Lagos State.

In a statement on Sunday, the command’s spokesman, Bala Elkana, explained that the suspects were arrested by a team of policemen on patrol on Thursday.

“On 22/08/2019 at about 0730hrs,  Anti-Crime patrol team from Mushin Police Station led by Inspector Atipi Agasa while on patrol along Olorunsogo Bus Stop, Mushin intercepted one Omisogun Mathew ‘m’ 25 years old and Yetunde Lawson ‘F’ 28 years on a motorcycle.

“On sighting the police team, the hoodlums attempted to escape but were given a hot chase,” he said.

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Elkana added that one locally-made double barrel pistol with two live cartridges was recovered from them.

According to him, the suspects belong to a five-man armed robbery syndicate operating in Mushin, Ikotun and Igando areas of Lagos.

The Police Public Relations Officer said the duo have been transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for discreet investigation.

He added that they would soon be charged to court.

Police Arrest 25 Suspected Cultists In Lagos

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A file photo of suspects paraded by the police.

 

 

Operatives of Operation Crush from the Anti-Cultism Unit have arrested 25 suspected cultists in the Ijora, Mushin, and Bariga areas of Lagos State.

The spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Mr Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, a copy of which was forwarded to Channels Television.

According to him, the team of security operatives arrested one Olaitan Rilwan on Saturday last week at the Ijora roundabout.

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Elkana noted that the 20-year-old suspect, who confessed to being a member of the Ayie Confraternity, was intercepted with an automatic pistol concealed in his bag.

He explained that in follow-up operations at Bariga, one 23-year-old Mustapha Oseni and 22 others were also arrested.

In a related development, also on Saturday, operatives from the Anti-Cultism Unit arrested another suspect along Gaskiya Road in the Mushin area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer said one locally-made pistol with eight rounds of live cartridges was recovered from him.

He added that all the suspects would be charged to court at the conclusion of the ongoing investigations.

Police Dismiss, Arraign Officers Who Killed Suspected Thieves In Lagos

A file photo of the dismissed police officers.

 

 

The Nigeria Police Force has dismissed four of its personnel serving at the Lagos State Command from service.

The officers were dismissed after they were accused of killing two suspected phone thieves in the Iba area of the state.

Those dismissed are Ex-Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, Ex-Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon, Ex-Sergeant Solomon Sunday, and Ex-Corporal Aliyu Mukaila.

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The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Mr Bala Elkana, confirmed the development in a statement on Thursday.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Zubairu Muazu, had ordered the arrest of the four dismissed police officers involved in extrajudicial killings.

The men, Elkana said, were subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings at the Provost Department and were tried on three counts bothering on discreditable conduct, unlawful and unnecessary exercise of authority, as well as damage to Article.

“The four policemen were found guilty and awarded the punishment of dismissal from service and prosecution,” the Command’s spokesman said.

He added that the dismissed officers were subsequently handed over to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba for prosecution in conventional court.

The four suspects were arraigned on Thursday in Magistrate Court Five, Ebute Meta for conspiracy and murder.

They were remanded in Ikoyi prison while the case was adjourned until Friday for DPP Advise.

“This will serve as a deterrent to others,” Elkana added.