UPDATED: Officials Rescue Man Trapped Under Collapsed Lagos Building

Some emergency officials at the scene of a collapsed building in the Ago Palace Way axis of Lagos State on January 17, 2020.

 

 

A man said to have been trapped under the rubble of a collapsed building at the Ago Palace Way axis of Lagos State has been rescued.

The man was saved by emergency officials following a rescue operation after the three-story building collapsed on Friday.

Shortly after he was rescued, the man was given a first aid treatment by medical officials present at the scene before he was taken to a hospital.

A medical official attends to the victim trapped under the rubble of a collapsed building at the Ago Palace Way axis of Lagos State on January 17, 2020.

 

Earlier, the Director-General of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the structure was near completion before it collapsed.

He noted that the impact of the collapse has affected some adjacent buildings around the scene of the incident.

The LASEMA boss gave an assurance that once the recovery operation was completed, the remaining parts of the collapsed building would undergo a controlled demolition exercise.

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An emergency official at the scene of a collapsed building in the Ago Palace Way axis of Lagos State on January 17, 2020.

 

PHOTOS: Three-Storey Building Collapses In Lagos

Emergency officials at the scene of a collapsed building in the Ago Palace Way axis of Lagos State on January 17, 2020.

 

 

A three-storey building said to be under construction on Friday collapsed in the Ago Palace Way axis of Lagos State.

The Director-General of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the incident said a man was trapped under the rubble.

He, however, noted that emergency officials have begun an operation to rescue the victim.

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Three-Storey Building Collapses In Lagos

An emergency official at the scene of a collapsed building in the Ago Palace Way axis of Lagos State on January 17, 2020.

 

 

A three-storey building under construction has collapsed in the Ago Palace Way axis of Lagos State.

The Director-General of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed this on Friday in a situation report forwarded to Channels Television.

He revealed that a man whose identity has yet to be ascertained was trapped under the rubble.

Oke-Osanyintolu, however, noted that emergency officials were already at the scene and making efforts to rescue the trapped person.

He said the impact of the collapse has affected some adjacent buildings around the scene of the incident.

The LASEMA boss gave an assurance that once the recovery operation was completed, the remaining parts of the collapsed building would undergo a controlled demolition exercise.

See more photos from the scene of the incident below:

Emergency officials at the scene of a collapsed building in the Ago Palace Way axis of Lagos State on January 17, 2020.

‘Mentally Deranged’ Suspect Sets Man Ablaze In Surulere

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A man said to be mentally deranged has set ablaze another man in the Surulere area of Lagos State.

The incident occurred on Wednesday last week while the police have identified the suspect who committed the crime as Badejo Adewale.

According to a statement on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Bala Elkana, Adewale poured petrol on the victim after which he ignited it.

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“On 09/01/2020 at about 0708hrs, one Adeola Kadara ‘f’ of No 13 Aiyeleto Street Surulere reported at Surulere Police Station that she received an information that on 08/01/2020, her brother, one Bolatito Farook Kadara ‘m’ was set ablaze at Hogan Bassey Street Surulere and was taken to Lagos Island General hospital,” the statement read.

Elkana disclosed that following the complaint, police detectives visited the scene and proceeded to the hospital where the victim was seen recuperating.

The victim, according to him, made a statement to the police and narrated how he was set on fire by the suspect.

The police command’s spokesman added that investigation was extended to the psychiatric hospital in Yaba where the suspect was admitted.

He said efforts made to interview him proved abortive as he could not utter a word, although the police were investigating the incident.

Sanwo-Olu Signs N1.168trn 2020 Lagos Budget

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has signed the N1.168 Trillion 2020 appropriation bill into law.

At the budget-signing event attended by members of the Executive Council and House of Assembly, Sanwo-Olu described the ratified expenditure as a “New Year present” to all residents of the State, saying his administration’s efforts to deliver a ’Greater Lagos’ had gained additional momentum.

He asked the State’s Executive Council to ensure full implementation of the budget to demonstrate their tenacity in achieving the Lagos dream.

“Now is the time for members of the State’s Executive Council who will be implementing this budget to demonstrate their tenacity to the vision of achieving Lagos of our dreams. We must display the conviction that we can do the job given to us by all residents of Lagos.

“With the speedy passage of the budget, the responsibilities cut out for us have gained additional momentum and the effort to achieve our development agenda has just started because this is the first budget this administration will be implementing in full cycle. We are hopeful that we would have improved the quality of life of residents at the end of the budget year.”

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Sanwo-Olu praised members of the Assembly for accelerated passage of the budget, saying the legislators, by their action, aligned themselves with the overall interest of residents.

“The happiness of the speedy passage of the budget is not for all of us in Government, but for all the 22 million Lagosians on whose behalf we act and take the decision to make the State habitable and developed.

“When we fix the road, when we make the drainage flow better, when we turn around the services of our hospitals for good, when we ensure Lagos becomes a choice destination for investments and tourism, when we fully implement the budget, we would have given the people the voice to express their happiness.”

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa hailed the Governor and his team for timely transmission of the budget to the House for legislative scrutiny.

The Speaker noted that the Assembly was thorough in the process of scrutinising the budget. He added that the House did not substantially cut down the expenses contained in the original document, because “the budget cuts across all sectors of the State’s economy.”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Sam Egube, observed that speedy passage of the budget was not without challenges and disagreements, but said the acceleration of the process indicated “cooperation and smooth working relationship” between the executive and the legislature.

Police Arrest Suspected Tanker Hijackers, Recover 40,000ltrs Of Petrol

The suspects arrested by the police.

 

 

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two suspected notorious petroleum tanker hijackers in the Mile 2 area of the state.

Police Operatives from Itire Division made the arrest after intercepting a tanker loaded with 40,000 litres of petroleum product along Iyana-Itire pin down point.

The suspects are Charles Obllomo (37) and Osita Onyeka (35) while the truck driver, Muhammadu Mande, (42) and the conductor, Lawali Usman, (34) were rescued in the process.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Bala Elkana, confirmed in a statement on Sunday that the suspects were apprehended while acting on the strength of information from a reliable source.

“In his statement, the truck driver averred that his truck loaded with 40, 000 litres of PMS at Swift Depot, Apapa was billed for Kontagora, Niger State.

“That on getting to a bad portion of the road at Mile 2, four men in military uniform stopped him and asked what product he was carrying before ordering him and his conductor out of the truck into a red Toyota Corolla,” the statement said.

Obllomo and Onyeka were said to have taken possession of the truck while the driver and his conductor were sandwiched by the four men in military uniform in the car.

According to Elkana, the truck was driving behind the car and heading to an unknown destination before it was intercepted by the police.

Mande initially thought the hijackers were military men on stop and search duty until they started beating him and his conductor and threatened to kill them if they refuse to follow their orders.

However, the four suspects in military uniforms escaped with bullet wounds after a fierce battle with the police.

“The Truck and the Toyota Corolla were recovered and moved to the Police Station. Two pairs of vehicle plate numbers and military caps were recovered in the Corolla.

“The truck containing the PMS was handed over to the owner, Sani Samaila ‘m’ 55 years old, the Manager, Petroleum Nigeria Limited, Kontagora, Niger State,” the statement added.

Samaila decried that truck owners have suffered a lot of losses from the activities of hijackers in the past without remedy.

He explained that the syndicate usually hijack trucks and offload the content in locations, mostly outside Lagos, and abandon the truck for the owners to find after some days or weeks.

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, has directed the Commander of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to take over the investigation and ensure that the fleeing suspects were arrested.

Lagos Is The Second Worst City To Live In – Rewane

The CEO of Financial Derivatives Company and a member of the Economic Advisory Council (ECA), Mr Bismarck Rewane, says Lagos State is the second-worst city to live in.

Rewane who was a guest on Channels Television’s Business Morning, which aired on December 25, said the city follows Damascus in Syria.

While citing the Economist Pocket Book, the ECA member noted that the nation’s commercial capital deteriorated from being the third-worst in 2018 to its current position now.

“In the world, Lagos in 2018 was the third-worst city to live in, according to the Economist Pocket Book. Now, Lagos deteriorated to become the second-worst city to live in.

“The city which beat Lagos is Damascus in Syria which is a war zone. So there are many things happening in Lagos,” he stated.

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While commenting Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration for some achievements recorded upon assuming office in May, he, however, wants the state government to tackle insecurity for businesses to thrive.

The CEO of Financial Derivatives Company and a member of the Economic Advisory Council (ECA), Bismarck Rewane, says Lagos State is the second-worst city to live in.

Speaking on Nigerians seeking political asylum, the economist said the figure dropped from 60,000 in 2018 to 57,000 currently.

According to him, the decrease in the statistics is as a result of the decline in the misery index which translates to political asylum seekers.

On the life expectancy rate in Nigeria, Rewane explained that Nigerians live at 56 years compared to 54 years in 2018.

Police Arrest Rep Member Shina Peller In Lagos

A file photo of House of Representatives member, Shina Peller. Photo: Twitter- @ShinaPeller

 

 

The lawmaker representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Shina Peller, has been arrested.

The Press Secretary in the lawmaker’s office, Kola Popoola, confirmed this in a statement on Monday.

Popoola explained that Peller was arrested and detained at a police station in the Maroko area of Lagos State.

 

A file photo of House of Representatives member, Shina Peller, during plenary at the National Assembly in Abuja. Photo: Twitter- @ShinaPeller

 

 

Peller’s aide claimed that his boss was “unjustly held hostage” at the police station and demanded that he should be released immediately.

According to him, the lawmaker who owns Club Quilox was at Maroko police station to bail some of his clients said to have parked on the road during a show at the club.

Prior to the kick-off of the event, Popoola claimed that Peller had informed the relevant traffic authorities in the state to avoid unnecessary gridlock.

“On getting to Maroko police station, the police started harassing Honourable Peller and even went as far as seizing all his phones for no reason,” the statement said.

It added, “The continuous harassment and unjust detain of a member of House of Representatives, Hon. Peller, by the police calls for urgent attention of the media and the Inspector General of Police.”

VIDEO: Sanwo-Olu Gives Update On Fourth Mainland Bridge Project

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday featured as a guest on Channels Television breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

During the one-hour-long interview, the governor gave an update on the progress made regarding the Fourth Mainland Bridge project and other critical issues affecting the state such as security, traffic, and the environment.

He noted that the state government began a campaign two weeks ago, in line with the Public-Private Partnership scheme to embark on the construction of the 37-kilometre bridge.

“It’s not just Fourth Mainland Bridge, we want to make it a ring road that would take the back of Ikorodu, come out at Agric Isawo, and now further take you to Badgary Expressway,” the governor explained.

He added, “We cannot handle it alone, let’s use private equity. We’ve advertised two weeks ago and we did that internationally to say that we have the alignment, we have the right of way for the Fourth Mainland Bridge, we have all of the biometric studies that we have done; let everybody come and play in it.”

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Although he didn’t give a specific timeframe as to when the project would begin, Governor Sanwo-Olu was confident that a good job would be delivered with the approach being taken by the state government.

He was happy that the advert has generated a lot of interest and insisted that the government would only patronise qualified contractors who meet up with its expectations.

The governor said, “The fourth Mainland Bridge, by the grace of God, we should be able to close up on the commercials by the middle of next year. We’ve given a four-week deadline… a lot of people are interested.

“We do not want to do fourth Mainland Bridge under the table or just people that we know, we want the best quality at the cheapest cost and at the closest timeframe for Lagosians.”

Slums: Thousands Of People Come Into Lagos Without A Plan – Sanwo-Olu

 

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has blamed the challenges of slums and shanties in the state on those coming into the state aimlessly.

He stated this on Wednesday during his appearance on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

“Thousands of people come into the city without plans, and we do not have any border control to mitigate this,” the governor decried.

He added, “A lot of people come into Lagos and they really don’t even have a place (to stay). They do not have a means where the next meal is going to come from; they do not know where they are going to sleep and that’s the reality.”

 

A Huge Challenge

The governor, who gave an overview of his plan for the environment, stressed the need to put measures in place to prevent a situation that could lead to population explosion.

He noted that one of the efforts by his administration was to appeal to residents to ensure they register with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) for proper capturing and planning.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu also disclosed that the government has been sending out officials in the middle of the night to sensitise those living in shanties across the state.

On the contrary, he noted that they have moved in to pull down slums under the bridges, only to find out that such structures were rebuilt shortly after.

“People have started to build on the Right of Ways but it is a corridor that has been preserved for future development. We are going to take them out,” the governor insisted.

He stressed, “We go round 2am, 3am to ask ‘why are you under the bridge, why are you sleeping here?’ … it’s a huge challenge.

“People erect makeshift shanties but you also have NGOs that say you can’t remove them. We want to provide better amenities, but the truth is that the government cannot do it alone.

“We need to continue to engage with the private sector to see how we can provide job opportunities and skill acquisition.”

Security: Lagos To Build New Control Centre, Install Over 2,000 Cameras – Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says his administration has put certain measures in place to improve the security situation in the state.

He revealed that by 2020, the state government would build a new control and command centre, as well as install over 2,000 cameras across the state.

Governor Sanwo-Olu who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday explained that this was part of his administration’s safety project.

He said, “One of the things that we realised that is happening every in the world is that security is also going tech; you need a lot of devices to be able to monitor all of it.

“Next year, we are building what we call a new control and command centre as part of our safe city project, as part of our megacity security deliverables. We will have up to 2,200 high definition cameras across the state.”

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The governor also gave an overview of his plan for the environment and called for measures to prevent a situation that could lead to a population explosion.

He noted that one of the efforts by his administration was to appeal to residents to ensure they register with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) for proper capturing and planning.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said the government has been sending out officials in the middle of the night to sensitise those living in shanties across the state.

On the contrary, he noted that they have moved in to pull down slums under the bridges, only to find out that such structures were rebuilt shortly after.

The Governor said, “Thousands of people come into the city without plans, and we do not have any border control to mitigate this.

“A lot of people come into Lagos and they really don’t even have a place (to stay). They do not have a means where the next meal is going to come from; they do not know where they are going to sleep and that’s the reality.”

1,700 FRSC Personnel Deployed To Oversee Traffic Activities On Highways During Yuletide

 

A total of 1,700 personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have been deployed to oversee traffic activities on highways across Ogun and Lagos States.

Specifically, the personnel would be overseeing the Lagos – Ibadan; Sagamu – Ijebu Ode; Sagamu – Mosinmi – Ikorodu; Abeokuta – Sagamu; Abeokuta – Ibadan; Abeokuta – Ifo, Sango – Ota and Idiroko corridors.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Route Commander Florence Okpe Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps, Ogun State Sector Command.

According to the statement, this deployment is part of the Ember Months Special Patrol Operations which will commence from Thursday, December 19, 2019, till Monday, January 20, 2020.

The Special Patrol Operations would focus on, excessive speed; dangerous driving; wrongful overtaking; lane indiscipline; use of phones while driving; seat belt violation; overloading violation; tyre violation (expired/ substandard) as well as speed limiting device violation; unlacthed vehicles violation; child restraint violation; passengers manifest violation by commercial vehicles and use of drugs & intoxicating alcoholic beverages while driving.

Meanwhile, the FRSC Ogun State Command has also embarked on aggressive motor parks public enlightenment campaigns across the state.

It has also concluded arrangements with the NDLEA to conduct joint drug tests on drivers suspected to have consumed illicit drugs as well as those that have consumed intoxicant alcoholic beverages beyond the legally tolerable level.

In addition, eye examinations would be conducted in partnership with the National Optometric Association (NOA), to ensure only drivers with good eye sights are allowed to drive passengers during the Yuletide.