Security Of Lagos Must Remain Military’s Priority, Says Sanwo-Olu

A photo taken on September 20, 2021, shows Governor Sanwo-Olu with Lieutenant General Yahaya, and the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos, Moyosore Onigbanjo, at Lagos House in Marina.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has called on service personnel in Lagos military commands to be fully committed to their constitutional responsibilities of keeping the peace and strengthening security in the state.

He promised that the state government would not waive its mandate to provide logistics support to all security agencies for continuous operations across the state

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who spoke on Monday when he received the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya, at the State House in Marina, urged the personnel to justify the confidence with improvement in security.

He explained that it was important to prioritise safety in the state, given its economic importance and geographic location as one of the country’s international borders.

The governor stated that the state government had shared a commendable relationship with the army and other security agencies in Lagos, promising to strengthen the synergy.

“Lagos has uniquely not only the land borders, but it is also an international route in and out of the country through the air and waterways,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile.

“I acknowledge the leadership role being played by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division with other security agencies in raising the bar of security surveillance, training, information sharing, and collaboration in operations.

“From this robust engagement, we have developed a mechanism in which every agency works in synergy with others to improve the state’s security architecture. We have continued to experience improved security, calmness, and safety.

“But there is much that needs to be done and this requires the total commitment of our personnel. We will continue to give support to the security agencies to ensure not only their safety and that of the residents, but also the safety of visitors coming to do business in Lagos.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu commended the army for the progress recorded in improving security across the country, especially in the North East where terrorists were being degraded.

He also urged the army chief to build on the collaboration with the state government in the area of intelligence sharing and rapid response to curb kidnapping, vandalism, and other peculiar security challenges.

In his response, General Yahaya said he was excited after learning about the collaboration existing between the army and other security agencies operating in Lagos.

He thanked the governor for the support towards army operations in the state and promised to improve on the collaboration.

“We will do our best to ensure security is enhanced across Lagos and other parts of the country,” the army boss said.

VAT Dispute: Appeal Court Reserves Ruling On Lagos Govt’s Application For Joinder

A file photo of security operatives at the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

 

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has reserved its ruling on the application for a joinder filed by the Lagos State government as the legal tussle over the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) continues.

When the court resumed sitting on Thursday, the Attorney General of Lagos State and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Moyesore Onigbanjo, began the day’s hearing by taking his application for joinder in the suit.

He informed the panel of judges led by Justice Haruna Tsammani that Lagos was entitled to collect VAT, stressing that the VAT Act was approved by an order of the court, although it has been annulled.

According to the senior lawyer, the states that are recognised by the Constitution to collect VAT and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) recognises that fact.

He added that the principles for joinder of a party, seeking to be joined, must be a necessary party and show that its interest, legally and financially, will be affected.

Onigbanjo stated that going by the submissions of the FIRS, Lagos State has already enacted the VAT law and it would lead to another action if they were not allowed to be joined in the suit.

He, therefore, urged the court to uphold the application for joinder, arguing that the case of joinder sought to prevent multiplicity of action.

On his part, counsel to the Rivers State government and SAN, Ifedayo Adedipe, supported the application for joinder by the Lagos State government.

But counsel to the FIRS and SAN, Mahmoud Magaji, opposed the application for joinder while relying on Section 243 of the Constitution.

He explained that the Constitution does not support applications for joinder and Lagos State was not a party to the suit at the trial court.

Responding, Onigbanjo countered Magaji’s argument, insisting that Lagos was one of the 36 states mentioned in the judgement of the trial court.

After listening to the arguments of the counsels to the parties in the matter, Justice Tsammani reserved the ruling on the application for joinder to a later date to be communicated in due time.

I Have No Immediate Plan To Be Lagos Governor, Says Gbajabiamila

 

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, says he has no immediate plan to become the governor of Lagos State.

He stated this when he featured as a guest on Channels Television’s Political Paradigm, in reaction to speculations that he was making a move to contest the governorship election in Lagos in 2023.

“No, I don’t have any such plan; I have no immediate plan,” Gbajabiamila who does not want to be distracted said on the special programme which aired on Tuesday.

“I have a job that I am doing now, a very tough job; sometimes the most difficult job but people don’t understand.”

The lawmaker has been representing Surulere I Federal Constituency in the House since 1999, and emerged as the Speaker in 2019.

According to him, the incumbent Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is doing quite well despite the challenges he faces.

 

More Than Qualified To Contest?

Gbajabiamila said since the governor was elected into office, he has proven himself as a diligent public office holder.

“I don’t want distractions. I am working as the Speaker of the House of Representatives with a lot of responsibilities on my shoulders right now; any other thing will be a distraction.

“As for the Lagos State governorship (election), I have not even thought about it and why? (because) the present governor of Lagos State is doing a good job,” he stated.

“The fact that we had a one-term governor at one time does not mean it is going to be the same. The governor is doing a good job under the circumstances – these are difficult times in the last two years and he’s come out well.”

 

The Speaker also reacted to rumours that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, plans to join the race to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

Although he did not specifically state whether Tinubu has revealed his intention to run or not, Gbajabiamila believes the APC National Leader is more than qualified to contest the election.

When asked to evaluate the performance of his party in terms of tackling insecurity, the lawmaker replied in the affirmative.

He explained that since APC took over Nigeria’s leadership in 2015, the present administration has done well in dealing with the nation’s security challenges.

NSCDC Arrests Suspected Vandals, Seizes 36 Kegs Of Petrol in Lagos

A file photo of NSCDC officers.

 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested some suspected pipeline vandals and seized 36 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit also known as petrol in Lagos State.

NSCDC spokesman in the state, Abolurin Oluwaseun Olumide, disclosed the arrest via a statement obtained by Channels Television on Friday.

He said the Divisional Officer of Badagry, Akinyemi Rasheed Ayodeji, led the operation, adding that the suspected vandals took to their heels on sighting the security operatives when they were about perfecting their act.

“The gallant marine and anti-vandal team, who intercepted the suspected vandals at the Badagry Division, discovered some thick nylons (white colour ) wrapped with sacks loaded with unknown quantity of litres of petrol, numbering four eight (48) in quantity and another thirty six 30 litre kegs loaded with (PMS), which the vandals intended to cart away around Mangoro creek along Iya’fin waterways heading towards the Republic of Benin,” the statement read.

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“The Commandant has immediately ordered the anti-vandal unit of the command to evacuate the suspected products back to the Lagos State Command, Head Quarters, in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, in a bid, to carry out further investigation.”

To avoid further destruction of pipelines in the state, the Lagos NSCDC Commandant, Eweka Okoro directed that the security of lives and properties and the protection of oil pipelines in the Badagry Division and other oil pipeline areas be beefed up immediately.

Okoro said that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) office in the state has also been contacted for proper evacuation of the products due to its highly inflammable nature.

The NSCDC boss also reiterated the command’s commitment to ensuring a zero tolerance against oil pipeline vandalism and other forms of criminalities.

He assured Lagos residents of his unflinching commitment and dedication towards sustaining the already established peace and security in the state.

According to him, promised the NSCDC will continue to work assiduously and laboriously, with the government and other security agencies and stakeholders to tackle insecurity.

Sanwo-Olu Signs Bill Empowering Lagos Govt To Collect VAT Into Law

A photo taken on September 10, 2021, shows Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, signing the VAT bill into law.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has signed into law a bill empowering the state government to collect Value Added Tax (VAT).

The Commissioner of Information and Strategy in Lagos, Gbenga Omotoso, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

“The governor signed the ‘bill for a law to impose and charge VAT on certain goods and services’ at about 11:45am today, after returning from an official trip to Abuja.

“By this act, the bill has now become a law,” said Omotoso.

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This comes a day after members of the Lagos State House of Assembly passed the VAT bill and another that prohibits the open grazing of cattle in the state.

Both bills were passed after unanimous votes by the lawmakers during a plenary after they were read for the third time.

 

A New Twist

Following the approval, the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, had directed the Acting Clerk of the House, Olalekan Onafeko, to transmit clean copies of the bills to Governor Sanwo-Olu for assent.

While the governor assented to the VAT bill, the statement by the commissioner was silent about the bill prohibiting the open grazing of cattle in Lagos.

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

 

Governor Sanwo-Olu signed the VAT bill into law three weeks after his counterpart in Rivers, Governor Nyesom Wike assented to the VAT and Open Rearing and Grazing Prohibition bills, and three others passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly.

Governor Wike was the first to take such action after Rivers State challenged the legality of the Federal Internal Revenue Service (FIRS) to collect VAT – as it has done over the years – at the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt.

This led to a series of litigations and rulings, as Lagos and some state governments indicated their interest to follow in that direction after the coast was clear to collect VAT as a result of the judgement delivered by Justice Stephen Pam.

In a new twist on Friday, a Court of Appeal in Abuja ordered all parties in the matter to maintain the status quo pending the hearing and determination of the suit filed by the FIRS.

The appellate court also refrain from taking action that would give effect to the judgement that allowed the Rivers State government to collect VAT.

#EndSARS Protests: Police Recount Losses As ACP Testifies Before Lagos Panel

Lagos State Judicial Panel (File Photo)

 

The Lagos State judicial panel on restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses and other matters, today, listened to the testimony of Oludotun Odubona, an Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of operations at the State Police Command.

The ACP is representing the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, who was summoned by the panel to assist it in its investigations especially aimed at unraveling what happened on the night of October 20, 2020, at the Lekki Toll Gate.

ACP Odubona recounted how the #EndSARS protests which started around October 8, grew to become a well-coordinated movement, with gatherings across the state, including one at the police command, the government house in Alausa, the Lekki/Ikoyi link bridge and the Lekki Toll Gate.

He also recounted how the protests started to turn violent such that the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu had to be protected and whisked away on October 13 when he addressed protesters gathered at the toll gate.

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He recalled that the governor tried to plead with protesters to vacate the area as their demands were being considered but instead he was pelleted with sachet and bottled water, some of which he said contained urine.

ACP Odubona also said that on October 19, the protests had turned very violent, and there was a need to protect police facilities, so that the armoury wouldn’t be looted.

The witness testified that the highest level of gladiated force was needed to protect these installations, but this was dependent on executive approval which he said “was not forthcoming at the time.”

According to him, this is why so many police stations were burnt without much resistance, including the one at Orile, which is one of the newest stations in the state with high-tech equipment, which the Lagos State Government was building and furnishing to serve as a model police station.

ACP Odubona put the number of police casualties at the Orile Station at 6 with claims that many more officers were maimed and injured including the DPO of Orile police station CSP Folashade Daniels, who he said is now permanently incapacitated owing to the injuries she sustained during the attacks.

The witness supported his testimony by putting in evidence which included several pictures of police officers badly wounded and receiving treatment at various police stations, as well as gory videos of officers allegedly being attacked by protesters in different areas of the state.

He mentioned areas where the attacks took place to include, Orile, Surulere, Apongbon and EbuteEro.

He also tendered in evidence a list containing the names of a 109 police officers allegedly killed and wounded during the protests as well as the list of stations burnt, vandalised and looted across the country.

Anti-Open Grazing, VAT Bills Scale Second Reading At Lagos Assembly

Clashes between herdsmen and farmers have been an age-long issue in Nigeria. LUIS TATO / AFP

 

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday committed an anti-open grazing bill to the Committee on Agriculture after it scaled second reading.

The House also read for the first and second time, the state’s Value-Added Tax bill and asked the Committee on Finance handling it to report back on Thursday.

Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, described the ‘Prohibition of Open Cattle Grazing Bill’ as timely and one that would ensure harmonious relationships between herders and farmers and protect the environment of the state and the South West.

He suggested that the bill should make provision for the registration of herders and prepare them for ranching.

“Allocating parcel of land is not enough but there should be a training of those who would go into ranching,” said Obasa who admitted that ranching was expensive and required adequate preparation.

Speaking about the bill on VAT, he expressed hopes that it would lead to an “increase in revenue and increase in infrastructural development. This is in line with fiscal federalism that we have been talking about”.

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) had lost its bid at a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt to stop the Rivers State Government from collecting VAT.

Justice Stephen Dalyop Pam who refused the application held that the revenue agency failed to file an application to set aside the tax law recently enacted by the Rivers State House of Assembly and signed by Governor Wike on August 19, therefore, the state law on VAT was valid and subsisting.

In his reaction, Obasa who believes the court decision affects all states, is hopeful that when passed, the VAT law would help the Lagos State Government to tackle the challenges in its various sectors.

He urged the government to do everything legally possible to ensure the judgement of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, is sustained even up to the Supreme Court.

The lawmaker decried a situation where about N500 billion was generated from Lagos State while N300 billion was generated from other south-west states, but paltry amounts were disbursed to them in return.

“It is an opportunity for us to emphasise again on the need for the consideration of true federalism,” he said.

Before the speaker’s remarks, some members of the house – Bisi Yusuff, Kehinde Joseph, Olumoh Lukeman, Gbolahan Yishawu, Tobun Abiodun, David Setonji, Adedamola Kasunmu, Rasheed Makinde, and Sanni Okanlawon, made various contributions.

While reacting to the bill on open grazing, Yusuff lamented the havoc that herdsmen had caused in the South West, saying farmers have continuously become afraid to visit their farms, leading to a shortage of food.

He also said many farmers had become indebted as they now find it difficult to pay back loans they secured, stressing that it was lamentable that cattle roam the streets, causing accidents and harassing people.

While the lawmaker advocated stiffer penalties for herders caught carrying firearms, his position was supported by Joseph who said open grazing in the 21st century was an aberration.

Joseph said the bill would ensure peaceful coexistence, reduce crime, and help to guide the activities of herders, while Lukeman suggested that the high courts should be made to handle cases from the enforcement of the bill when passed, or that the state should establish special courts for such purpose.

#EndSARS: Lagos Govt, LCC Ask Panel To Strike Out Protest Coordinator’s Testimony

One of the Coordinators of the #EndSARS protests, Serah Ibrahim holds a live bullet as evidence while giving her testimony before the panel on April 17, 2021.

 

One of the Coordinators of the #EndSARS protests, Serah Ibrahim again failed to show up for her cross-examination on Saturday at the Lagos State judicial panel on restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses and other matters.

This prompted the lawyers representing the Lagos State Government, the Lekki Concession Company, LCC and the Police to ask the panel to strike out her previous testimony.

They premised their application on her continued absence at the proceedings of the panel.

During her previous testimony, Serah, who described herself as a professional auditor said she was at the protest ground every day and in fact helped in coordinating activities.

Led by her lawyer, Yinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN), Serah had narrated how the Nigerian Army and subsequently the police shot at protesters at the Lekki toll gate on the night of October 20, 2020.

She testified that at least 10 persons were killed.

During her appearance at the panel on May 8, Serah came along with several videos, some of which she said she shot personally with her iPhone.

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One after the other, she played the videos which according to her demonstrates that soldiers shot at peaceful protesters on the night of October 20.

As she played the videos, she explained to the panel that soldiers shot at the harmless protesters and even took away some of the dead bodies.

Counsel to the Lagos State Government, Olukayode Enitan (SAN), in his application to strike out her testimony told the panel that the witness has been evading cross-examination after making “scandalous and outrageous claims.”

He asked the panel to note that this is about the 4th court sitting that the witness had failed to turn up for and having failed to present herself for cross-examination, she should be deemed to have abandoned the cause.

The Senior Advocate’s application was supported by Counsel to the LLC, Rotimi Seriki and Counsel to the Police, Joseph Eboseremen.

On her part, the Chairman of the Panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi said members would consider the application and take a decision which would be communicated later.

She adjourned the proceedings till September 11.

Lagos Govt To Demolish Structures Around Ikorodu Roundabout

A photo taken on August 23, 2021, shows Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at a press briefing.

 

The Lagos State Government has announced plans to commence the demolition of structures along the Right of Way of the roundabout in the Ikorodu area of the state.

Commissioner for Transportation in the state, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, made the announcement in a statement on Thursday.

He revealed that the demolition exercise would be conducted on Monday and Tuesday next week, in preparedness for the junction improvement traffic diversion plan slated for the midnight of September 17.

Oladeinde explained that demolition would be executed in phases, as the first would cover the CAC Road Junction to Ayangburen Road on Monday morning, while the second phase would cover AP Filling Station inwards Sabo in the afternoon.

He added that on the second day, the exercise would be carried out at the Sabo Police station, Central Mosque, Conoil, and Ayangburen Road from morning till afternoon

The commissioner stated that although the demolition would not impede on traffic flow, alternative routes have been made available to reduce the pressure that may occur during the exercise and to sensitise motorists ahead of the full commencement of the project that would last eight months.

“Motorists heading inwards Ayangburen from CAC can alternately utilise Ayedere Owowu Road by GTB to make an exit at Etunreren to reach their destinations, while motorists inbound Ketu/Lagos axis from AP Filling Station are advised to use Suleiman Soderu Road and make an exit at Awoshode Street,” the statement said.

“In the same vein, traffic inbound Central Mosque and Ayangburen from Ikorodu Police Station can alternately use Adeniran Ogunsanya Road and exit Sabo Sagamu Road while Lagos bound motorists can make a detour at Suleiman Soderu Road to access their destinations.”

According to Oladeinde, the exercise was organised in phases to ensure the safety of the motoring public, as well as the contractors on site.

He gave an assurance that road signs, barriers, and caution guards would be mounted along the affected sites to guide traffic flow inbound and outbound the Ikorodu Roundabout.

The commissioner urged the residents in the area to cooperate with the state government to ensure the successful commencement and execution of the project.

Lagos Handles 10,007 Domestic, Sexual Violence Cases In Two Years 

A file photo of women campaigning against rape.

 

The Lagos State Government, through its Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), has handled 10,007 domestic and sexual violence cases in two years.

Chairman of DSVRT and Lagos State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo, disclosed this on Wednesday at a press conference in Ikeja to commemorate the Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

He said the recorded domestic, sexual, gender and non-gender based violence cases were perpetrated against adults and children.

Onigbanjo disclosed that since May 2019, the DSVRT attended to an average of 150 new cases monthly, adding that the team provided a coordinated response and created unprecedented levels of collaboration among professionals working to end sexual and gender-based violence in the state.

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“Under Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration, DSVRT has received a total of 10,007 reported cases which include domestic violence and sexual violence perpetrated against adults and children,” said the commissioner.

”From May 2019 till August 26, 2021, the team has handled 4,150 domestic violence; 177 rape; 255 attempt to commit rape/sexual assault; 246 sexual assault by penetration/threat; and 877 others cases (separation, not taking responsibilities of child (ren), neglect, custody of the child, non-GBV).

“The team also handled 436 child abuse/physical assault, 271 defilement cases; 13 defilements by minor to minor; 454 child labour; abduction neglect/others; and 148 sexual harassment/molestation cases.

“Also, a total of 2,980 children have experienced emotional abuse (that is these children have been exposed to domestic violence within the home). Some of these children had been taken through counselling programmes, to ensure they were able to psychologically deal with the events they had witnessed, without it having a permanent and negative impact on them.”

Onigbanjo also disclosed that DSVRT has witnessed an increase in reporting of cases from other states, mostly from Ogun and Oyo State.

According to him, a total of 526 cases occurred outside Lagos in the past two years, and such cases were promptly referred to the relevant agencies in their respective states.

The attorney-general informed reporters that the Office of the Public Defender, Lagos Public Interest Law Partnership (LPILP), as well as the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) provided free legal representation to 188 survivors of domestic violence.

He said the free legal representation ranged from judicial separation, divorce, custody of children, mediation and settlement.

The team, the DSVRT chairman noted, provided services to 10 Persons with disabilities who were experiencing one form of gender-based violence or the other in 2021.

He explained that such reports were escalated to the police and the Chief Coroner of Lagos State, for a coroner’s inquest to be conducted with a view to ascertaining the cause of death, the outcome of which would greatly strengthen the case of the prosecution.

Onigbanjo added that prosecution was ongoing in three of the cases, while the remaining two suspects were on the run.

Court Orders Interim Forfeiture Of ₦5.3bn Linked To Firm In Kwara

 

 

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the interim forfeiture of the sum of ₦5,318,517,789 warehoused in a new generation bank.

Justice Tijjani Ringim made the order on Wednesday following an ex parte motion filed and argued by counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Rotimi Oyedepo.

Oyedepo linked the sum to a firm, Kaiser Strategic Services Ltd, located at 9, Orioko Ilorin Kwara State.

He added that it was reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity as the firm has no known business endeavor.

He told the court that the money was deposited in three bank accounts in tranches of ₦1,407,182,797.00, ₦2,275,525,493.17 and ₦1,635,809,499.31.

The lawyer asked the judge to forfeit the sum to the Federal Government for 14 days in the interim and subsequently, permanently.

To this end, he applied for an order of court “directing the publication in any national newspaper the interim order…to enable any interested party in the sum sought to be forfeited to appear before the court to show cause within 14 days why the final order of forfeiture of the funds should not be made in favour of the Federal Government of Nigeria”.

Oyedepo backed his application with a four-page affidavit sworn to by an EFCC investigator, Adamu Usman Yusuf.

Justice Ringim in a bench ruling granted the application.

He then adjourned till September 29, for a report of compliance.

According to the affidavit, Kaiser Strategic Services Ltd was incorporated on November 18, 2010, with a registered address at No. 9. Orioko Ilorin, Kwara State.

Yusuf said: “That there is no business endeavour in the said address. That the Company is not carrying out any legitimate business but rather was primarily procured to retain proceeds of unlawful activities.

“Upon incorporation of the Kaiser Strategic Services Ltd, a corporate account was opened. The account started witnessing huge cash deposits which are not proceeds of a legitimate business but rather represent funds reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities.

“We invited the Managing Director of Kaiser Strategic Services Ltd vide a letter dated 3rd August 2021 which letter was acknowledged by one A. Muhamed.

“Till date, we have not received any objection or opposition from Kaiser Strategic Services Ltd to the Commission’s decision proceeding against the funds sought to be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria, same having been reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities.”

Nigeria Confirms 626 COVID-19 Cases As FG Warns Vaccine Skeptics

A man takes the COVID-19 vaccine as Nigeria flags off the second phase of the exercise on August 16, 2021. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Nigeria on Tuesday confirmed 626 new COVID-19 cases, as the Federal Government said it is mulling actions against vaccine skeptics. 

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed the number of new cases in an update on its Facebook page.

According to the NCDC, the new cases were recorded in ten states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). 

Nigeria’s COVID-19 epicenter, Lagos, had the highest number of cases for the day under review with 334 new infections. It was followed by Rivers State which had 134 fresh cases.

Other states with more COVID-19 infections are Oyo – 60,  FCT – 41,  Osun – 20, Plateau – 14, Ogun – 9 and Ekiti – 7,  Kwara – 6,  and Benue – 1. 

As of Wednesday morning, the total number of cases in the country stands at 192,431.

Of this figure, 178,759 have been treated and discharged while 2,469 people have died due to complications from the virus.


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COVID-19: FG Considers Action Against People Who Refuse Vaccines


FG Mulls Action Against Skeptics

In this photo taken on August 16, 2021, a health official holds a vaccine tube and a syringe as Nigeria commences the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

While the COVID-19 cases continue to soar in the country, the Federal Government said it is considering actions against those who refuse to take the vaccines. 

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib made the comment in Abuja on Tuesday as the second phase of the vaccination gathered momentum across the country. 

“If some individuals refuse to take the vaccine, hence endangering those who have or those who could not due to medical exemptions, then we have to apply the basic rule of law which stipulates that your human right stops where mine begins,” he said, explaining that the government will ensure that the vaccines are available to Nigerians.

“So, you have a right to refuse vaccines, but you do not have the right to endanger the health of others.”

“Once these vaccines are made equitably available to all Nigerians, then we would need to have a frank discussion about justice, fairness and liberty that exist around vaccine hesitancy,” he added.