Police officers attached to the Ikorodu Division in Lagos State have intercepted two commercial buses loaded with a large cache of live cartridges, three dismantled motorcycles, and some personal effects.
They were intercepted at Poromope Estate, Ijede Road, Ikorodu, Lagos State, the spokesman of the state’s police command Benjamin Hundeyin said in a statement on Saturday.
“Preliminary investigations indicate that the suspects, Tukur Abdullah ‘m’ aged 35, Muazu Telim ‘m’ aged 50, and Dahiru Idris ‘m’ aged 36 were on their way to Katsina State,” Hundeyin added.
“The suspects, recovered exhibits as well as the vehicles, with registration numbers KMC 438 YK and KMC 394 XF have been transferred to the Lagos State Command Headquarters, Ikeja, for further investigations.”
Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, Zone A Federal Operations Unit, have seized 81, 425 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in the Badagry Area of Lagos.
This was despite an attempt by the suspected smugglers to scare away the officers while engaging them with sporadic shooting during the all-night operation.
The Acting Controller of the unit, Hussein Ejibunu, who spoke on the seizure which was packed in jerrycans and sacks, explained that suspected the suspects used Dane guns to shoot at Customs officers who made the seizure.
He said the seizure was the result of painstaking intelligence and perseverance on the part of the officers who are committed to protecting the national economy.
Mister Ejibunu said ”perpetrators of this illegal trans-border fuel smuggling are saboteurs that must be stopped as they don’t mean well for the country”.
He decried a situation where the Federal Government spends a huge amount of money to subsidise fuel for Nigerians’ benefit but a few elements are smuggling it for selfish gains.
Acting Controller Ejibunu added that “the seizure is a result of serious intelligence.
“We have been monitoring them since last week, and the information came to me that some people are using sacks to smuggle petroleum products out of Nigeria.”
He declared that the unit has been on their lookout and that their cup became full.
“For someone to think that instead of carrying drums like the ones we intercepted a few days ago from Ayegun border where they brought in about 60 drums containing PMS about to be moved from Nigeria and hid them in a bush; it was where they went to secure trucks that we swooped on them.
“The only difference in this new one is that they used sacks to conceal the product and put them close to a creek from where they will be ferried out.
“The implications In the economy are multifaceted, in the sense that firstly, our country subsidized petroleum products for us for our own use, yet some recalcitrant people who believe that that is the way they can always survive still believe it is to shortchange the nation as well. And it is criminal, because it is our collective patrimony, yet some people now believe that they can smuggle it to make gains.
“When my men got there at exactly 1330hrs, they were shot at with Dane guns. And you know that there is a difference between Dane guns, pump action guns, and assault rifles like AK-47.
“They fired their Dane guns a few times and ran away, and since it was their terrain, they knew all the nooks and crannies to use for escape.
“We took possession because I moved in with 18 Hilux vehicles loaded with officers who were armed to the teeth because I was ready and knew what could come up.”
He further explains that “We have not slept; we went there this morning to see what we apprehended, and it was massive.
“The implications on the economy are multifaceted, in the sense that firstly, subsidized petroleum products for us for our own use, yet some recalcitrant people who believe that that is the way they can always survive still believe it is to shortchange the nation as well. And it is criminal, because it is our collective patrimony, yet some people now believe that they can smuggle it to make a gain”.
Sometimes in March, The unit whose sole mandate is to monitor illegal imports and export across the southwest zone, established a team with the sole duty to monitor stolen and diverted petroleum products making their way out of the country through the southwest border.
Four people have been confirmed dead in yet another building collapse in Lagos.
The three-storey building located at Oye Sonuga Street, Off Oye Roundabout in Isolo Road, Mushin collapsed on Friday afternoon trapping an unidentified number of persons.
The latest update from the Lagos Territorial Coordinator of NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, confirms that two female and two male bodies have been pulled out from the rubble of the building.
According to Farinloye, in an update around 7:45 pm, search and rescue operations have been concluded as emergency workers have reached ground zero.
He, however, said emergency workers will cart away the rubble and demolish the adjoining building which was affected on Saturday.
In an earlier update on the latest building collapse tragedy to hit Lagos, the Publicity Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said those rescued alive have been taken to the hospital for treatment.
“After a painstaking search, one female has been rescued from the rubble. This brings the total rescued alive from the incident scene to three,” he said in an update at 7:15 pm.
Building collapses have become commonplace in Lagos with questions rising over the safety of structures in the state. Data from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency show that between January and June this year, up to 18 building collapses occurred in the state.
Earlier this month, on September 4, a seven-storey building under construction collapsed on the highbrow Victoria Island, killing at least six persons.
In reaction to the collapse, the Lagos State Government ordered the arrest of the developer and other building professionals working on it. A day after, the then Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, resigned.
The Federal Government says Ethiopian Airlines, with forty-nine percent share-holding, will be its major partner for the Nigeria Air project.
The Minister of Aviation, Mister Hadi Sirika, disclosed this during a press briefing in Abuja where he says the national carrier is well on its way to being launched with three Boeing 737-800 that will shuttle between Abuja and Lagos.
“On 10th June 2022, the Ministry received on time one closed bid by the Ethiopian Airline Consortium. A few others attempted to submit but unfortunately could not meet the deadline. Since we did not collect the bids, we are not in a position to say who they are,” he said on Thursday.
“The evaluation Team, 11 Experts from ICRC, FMFB&NP, FMA, and the TA met on the 20/21st of July 2022 and again on 1st August 2022.
“The Ethiopian Airline Consortium bid was formally opened in the presence of a representation of Ethiopian Airlines, checking that all envelopes were closed and sealed at that point, 11 am on 20th July, starting with the Technical Bid. The Financial Bid was opened, again under the observation of the Ethiopian representative, on 21st July 2022.
“All 10 forms, as required by the RFP, were evaluated by the team. Unanimously, the assessment team cleared the Technical Bid, which had a total score of 89% out of 100.
“In a further meeting on 1st August 2022, the team assessed the Financial Bid further and graded it with a score of 15% out of 20.
“The Ethiopian Airline Consortium got a combined score (Technical and Financial Bid) of 86.7%.”
He added that the Ethiopian Airline Consortium was declared the Preferred Bidder and the evaluation Team will proceed with the:
a. Due Diligence Phase (completed for all consortium partners on 15 Sep. 2022)
b. Contract Negotiation between the Preferred Bidder and FGN
c. Development of the Full Business Case (FBC)
d. Issuance of Compliance Certificate for the FBC by ICRC
e. Approval of FBC by FEC.
“We aim to finish this PPP process by mid-Nov. 2022,” he said.
Mister Sirika, while responding to questions about the involvement of local airlines in the project, denied shutting out local airlines from participating in the bid process.
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have busted a cocaine warehouse in Lagos State, seizing N193 billion worth of crack.
NDLEA’s spokesman Femi Babafemi described the development as one of “the biggest singular cocaine seizures” in the agency’s history.
He said the officials busted the “warehouse in a secluded estate in Ikorodu area of Lagos where 1.8 tons (1,855 kilograms) of the illicit drug worth more than two hundred and seventy-eight million two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($278, 250,000) equivalent of about one hundred and ninety-four billion, seven hundred and seventy-five million (N194, 775,000,000) naira in street value were seized”.
“At least, four drug barons including a Jamaican and the warehouse manager have been arrested in the well coordinated and intelligence-led operation that lasted two days across different locations in Lagos State,” Babafemi added in a statement Monday.
“Kingpins of the cocaine cartel in custody include Messrs Soji Jibril, 69, an indigene of Ibadan, Oyo State; Emmanuel Chukwu, 65, who hails from Ekwulobia, Anambra State; Wasiu Akinade, 53, from Ibadan, Oyo State; Sunday Oguntelure, 53, from Okitipupa, Ondo State, and Kelvin Smith, 42, a native of Kingston, Jamaica.
“They are all members of an international drug syndicate that the Agency has been trailing since 2018.”
The warehouse, located at NO. 6 Olukuola Crescent, Solebo Estate, Ikorodu, was raided on Sunday and the barons were arrested in their hideouts in different parts of Lagos, the agency said.
“Preliminary investigation reveals the class A drugs were warehoused in the residential estate from where the cartel was trying to sell them to buyers in Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world,” the spokesman noted. “They were stored in 10 travel bags and 13 drums.”
The feat, which was achieved after extensive investigation with American Drug Enforcement Administration, (US-DEA), drew commendation from the NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa, he said.
Assuring that alternative routes have been mapped out to ease movement during the course of the reconstruction of the underpass, the commissioner advised motorists to use the Ojota Interchange to connect Maryland and its environs.
Oladeinde also urged motorists heading to the inner streets of the axis to make use of Mobolaji Bank Anthony to access Emmanuel, Aderibigbe Shitta and Adeoye Adeyemi Streets, while those heading towards Mende and its environs can use Mende Street to link Ajose Street and connect Oki lane to continue their journey.
Similarly, the commissioner stated that the repairs of a section of the Lagos Bound lane at the Iyana Era/Badagry Expressway scheduled for September 17 have been postponed till further notice due to unforeseen circumstances, adding that the new date will be communicated to the public.
He commended motorists for their patience and cooperation, reaffirming that personnel of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority will be deployed to the affected routes to minimize inconveniences.
The state government also asked Lagos residents for cooperation as the gains of the ongoing projects will ameliorate the traffic challenges in the nation’s commercial capital.
Ten lawyers have asked the Federal High Court Lagos to stop the Labour Party (LP), its candidates, and supporters from conducting a rally tagged “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” on October 1 or any other date, in Lagos State.
They specifically asked the court to restrain the LP, its presidential candidate Peter Obi, his vice; Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, one Julius Abure, and their loyalists from holding the rally, until the hearing and determination of their motion-on-notice of September 12.
The 10 plaintiffs are Adedotun Ajulo Esq., Salamatu Suleiman Lewi Esq., Hakeem Ijaduola, Esq., Ogunbona Akinpelu Esq., Owolabi K. Oluwasegun, Esq., Mogbojuri Kayode Esq., Wuyep Mantim Nadom Esq., Dimimu Mabel, Esq., Kolawole Salami, Esq. and Wale Abe Lawrence, Esq.
They filed the suit against the 1st to 10th defendants; Obi, LP, Baba-Ahmed, Abure, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Commissioner of Police (Lagos State Command), Director-General (Department of State Services), Lekki Concession Company (LCC) Limited, Attorney-General of Lagos State and the Governor of Lagos State.
In an ex parte motion filed before Justice Daniel Osiagor through their counsel Mr. Dada Awosika, SAN, leading Temilolu Ademolekun and others, the plaintiffs argued that a repeat or celebration of the “infamous” #EndSARS protest of 2020 under the political guise of “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” will cause a breakdown of peace and will result in a post-traumatic stress disorder for them and the public.
They asked the court for four reliefs – “An order of interim injunction restraining the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th defendants; their associates and loyalists from conducting the scheduled #EndSARS rally tagged as the “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally on the 1st of October, 2020 or any other subsequent date, at the Lekki Toll Gate until the hearing and determination of the Motion-On-Notice dated the 12 Day of September, 2022;
“An order of interim injunction restraining the 1st 2nd, 3rd, and 4th defendants and their loyalists from further planning and promoting the Scheduled #EndSARS rally tagged as the “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally.
“An order of interim injunction restraining the 5th 6th, 7th Defendants from allowing or granting permissions to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Defendants, their agents, and the organizers of “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” at the behest of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Defendants from carrying out the said anniversary on the 1st of October, 2022 and any other subsequent date.
“An order of interim injunction restraining the 8th Defendant (LCC) from granting permission to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Defendants; their agents, privies, allies, and loyalists, to make use of the Lekki Toll Gate or any space under and within the control of the 8th Defendant for carrying out the said anniversary on the 1st of October, 2022 and any other subsequent date.
Justice Osiagor directed the plaintiffs to put all the defendants on notice. The judge made the order following Awosika’s application.
He then adjourned the hearing of the substantive motion till September 23.
The plaintiffs, by their originating summons filed on the 9th of September, 2022 listed 12 grounds upon which the judge should grant their reliefs.
They include, “That the actions of the supporters, agents, privies and loyalists of the 1, 2nd, 3rd and 4 defendants to conduct the scheduled rally tagged “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” to hold on the 1 of October 2022 is contrary to Section 45(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as well as the actions of the 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 Defendants by allowing the 1-4 Defendants amounts to an overreach in executive powers and a breach of statutory duties bestowed on them.
“That the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th defendants, their agents, privies, allies, and loyalists have gone beyond the reach of their fundamental right to assembly as the scheduled rally tagged as “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” is in contravention with the purports of Section 45(1) of the Constitution.
“That the 5, 6, and 7th defendants are security agencies enacted by relevant statutes and have the sole duty and responsibility to maintain public safety, law, and order in the society at large.
“That the 5th 6th and 7th defendants have failed to do their duties as required of them by the law by granting permission to the 1, 2, 3, and 4th Defendants; their agents, privies, allies, and loyalists to conduct the scheduled rally tagged as “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” on the 1st of October, 2022 at the Lekki Toll Gate.
“That the 8th defendant is in gross breach of the purports of Section 38(2) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 to not donate its property to any political party or political association or for any political cause to which the 8 Defendant has failed forthwith.
“That the 9th and 10th defendants, being constitutionally enacted offices, have statutorily bestowed duties and obligations to the general public to preserve and maintain law, public order, and safety and also ensure compliance with the law to which they have failed forthwith.
“That the scheduled rally tagged as “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” is to hold on the 1st of October, 2022, and failure to restrain the defendants from the conduction of the said rally would amount to another display of great destruction to lives and properties as it ensued during the #EndSARS protest of 2020.
“That a repeat or celebration of the said infamous #EndSARS protest of 2020 in this year 2022 under the political guise of “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” will result in a total breakdown of peace and will result in a post-traumatic stress disorder for me and the other plaintiffs, as well as some affected member of the public as same has generated major controversy on the social media with loyalist and members of other political camps, are equally threatening a rival rally at the same date and venue for convergence.”
Over a hundred and thirty abandoned and forfeited vehicles have been auctioned by the Lagos State government through its Ministry of Justice and the State Taskforce. The vehicles were confiscated over several traffic offences.
The open registration for the public auction had over a thousand entries.
Speaking with journalists at the event on Thursday in Ikeja, the Taskforce Chairman, Sola Jejeloye, explained that offenders should approach the office to inquire about the stance of their offences.
THREAD: FACTS about the Lagos State Auction Process that happened yesterday.
1. The Lagos State Taskforce in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Justice auctioned 134 forfeited and abandoned vehicles at the Taskforce compound in Alausa, Ikeja. pic.twitter.com/5Unkku6P76
“My role as a police officer is to carry out enforcement exercises, one of which is confiscation of vehicles for traffic offences, and handing them over to the mobile court for judgement,” Mr Jejeloye said.
“I don’t determine the fate or outcome of any vehicle brought before the magistrate in court.
“Some of the cars being auctioned here were confiscated for obstruction of traffic which only attracts a fine but some people never showed up to claim these cars that’s why they have been forfeited to the State Government after the stipulated period and then auctioned.”
Also speaking, the Coordinator of the State Special Crimes (mobile court), Mrs Arinola Ogbara-Banjoko, added that the process has been improved upon to allow for a seamless and transparent process.
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has commenced the 2022 edition of its private sector economic forum with Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar at the event.
The former Vice-President is currently speaking at the forum about his economic blueprint for Nigeria ahead of the 2023 general election.
The event is actually titled “Private Sector Economic Forum on the 2023 Presidential Election”.
Channels TV is at the event and will keep you updated about the specifics of his agenda when he arrives and unveil them.
The LCC had in a statement last week announced that this year’s edition of the forum will provide a first-hand opportunity for the presidential candidate of the three leading parties to speak to the organised private sector about the economic plans.
While the PDP presidential candidate is speaking today, his Labour Party counterpart, Mr Peter Obi, is expected to speak at the forum on Wednesday.
Nine persons have been rescued from a sinking building in the Maryland area of Lagos on Monday, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.
The Lagos Territorial Coordinator of the agency Ibrahim Farinloye confirmed the development in a statement to Channels Television.
He said, “NEMA received a distressed alert on a sinking storey building where nine people are said to be trapped. The building is located at 47 Akinwunmi street, Akinwunmi North, Estate Mende, Maryland, Ikeja.”
“All nine trapped ladies have been successfully rescued,” he added.
The NEMA official quoted one of the rescued persons identified as Ms Blessing to have said the affected are mostly ladies.
Farinloye explained that “the landlord of the building had used a ladder to escape but NEMA questioned him for failure to contact emergency responders instead of one of the trapped victim’s office contacting the agency”.
He said: “The landlord just returned to the scene and he has been handed over to the Police for leaving the vulnerable ladies. About 35 buildings on Akinwumi Estate, 31 buildings on Arowojobe Estate, and Ebun Otti Estate are seriously impacted”.
The Director of Strategic Communication of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Dele Alake, says those claiming the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, changed his identity, should prove it.
“Now, let me tell you point blank that his name, as far as I know, is Bola Ahmed Tinubu. If anybody else has another name that I am not aware of and has proof of that name, let the person come forward,” Alake said when he featured on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
“Since 1999, so many things have been raised concerning his origin, concerning his name and all of that. Some names have been put in the public domain, but nobody has come to prove or show any evidence of those names being his biological names or of some people being his parents outside of those he says are his parents.
“Now, if you must allege, you must prove. You can’t just allege and then go away and assume that everybody else will be as uncritical in thinking and assume it and take it hook, line and sinker.”
Critics of the former Lagos governor had claimed that Tinubu’s is not from the state and have constantly questioned his origin.
But speaking on the show, the APC chieftain asked: “If Bola Tinubu is not his name, what is his name? How do you now show us evidence, documentary evidence, that this is the name Bola Tinubu was given at birth and not Bola Tinubu?
“As long as you can’t come up with that, as long as nobody — at least since 1999, 23 years, nobody has come up with any contrary evidence that his name is not Bola Tinubu. What do you expect me to say to that but to dismiss it as the rantings of nabobs of negativism? Nothing else.
“Some say he is not a Lagosian; he is from Iragbiji in Osun, he is from Osogbo, he is from that… What is my business with all of that? How does that affect the quality of the man’s brain?”
He went on to mention former United States President Bill Clinton in his argument.
“Clinton was not his father. Clinton was his stepfather,” he said, adding that he wanted to use the opportunity to enlighten “those who think all of these things are material”.
“It is the stuff that the man is made of (that matters). The hood does not make the monk. It is the stuff that is upstairs of the monk”.
Questions about his certificates have come to the fore after it emerged that the credentials Tinubu submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not include his primary and secondary school certificates.
Tinubu has said his certificates were carted away when the military raided his house during the fight against the annulment of the June 12, 1993 elections.
The absence of the certificates has also been cited in reports as proof of claims that he went by another name in his younger days.
But Mr Alake challenged those with any certificate or documentary evidence that the claims are true.