Day 1: Toju Foyeh rocks the runway at Arise Magazine Fashion Week

Fashion Designer Toluwaloju Olowofoyeku got the spotlight at the Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2012 with her design label Toju Foyeh. The Milan trained Nigerian designer featured sassy, flirty looks in her glitz and glam collection.

Toju Foyeh, who launched her first collection in Lagos at the Arise Magazine Fashion Week last year, is back for seconds and the rising fashion designer is quickly rising to prominence in Nigeria’s fashion scene.

Her fans include A-list celebrity Tiwa Savage who has been spotted wearing Toju Foyeh in a few photo shoots. See some of her looks from Thursday’s show below!

Toju Foyeh hopes to open flag ship stores in Lagos, New York and London.

Day 1: Kenya’s Kaveke introduces “African King Swagger” at the Arise Magazine Fashion Week

Designer John Kaveke from Kenya shined at the Arise Magazine Fashion Week in Lagos on Thursday, thrilling fashion lovers with his unique combination of patterns and bold colours.

The Kenyan designer displayed looks from the autumn/winter 2012 collection of his self-named label Kaveke.

“It feels great to be invited to showcase my work in Nigeria,” said Kaveke. “I’m excited to be included in this wealth of fashion talent that seeks to show what African fashion is all about.”

The collection which Kaveke titled “The Last Age of Elegance” is inspired by the end of an era, “and the birth of the African King Swagger”. The collection has definitely got “swag”, right?

Day 1: Designer Kola Kuddus wows at Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2012

“Day one” of the Arise Magazine Fashion Week 2012 was off to a great start on Thursday when proudly Nigerian designer Kola Kuddus sent his fab designs down the silver runway.

The mens wear designer has been a part of Nigeria’s thriving fashion industry for four years and was elated to be a part of Africa’s biggest fashion showcase.

“Arise is the biggest right now,” the designer said right before his wears hit the runway. “It’s really great to be a part of it.” Check out photos of his designs below!

More Policemen, FRSC officials face trial for setting up roadblocks

It appears more police officers and even the Federal Road Safety Corps officials (FRSC) have decided to turn deaf ears to the IG’s order on the removal of roadblocks from highways.

No fewer than 38 police and 8 FRSC officers are currently facing trial for defying acting Inspector-General’s (Mohammed Abubakar) directive on the dismantling of roadblocks across the country.

The officers were said to have been apprehended by the committee on anti-corruption which was set up by the Force Headquarters to ensure compliance with the IG’s order in different parts of the country.

The officers who are being detained in various police stations nation-wide, may be dismissed if found guilty of the charge on money extortion through roadblocks.

A breakdown of the arrests shows that four police officers were arrested on the Warri-Sapele Road; six at Anambra-Nkwule Junction, five at 9th Mile, Enugu and four at Abia State.

Also, eight FRSC personnel were arrested in Akwa Ibom State and at East-West Road, Bayelsa State while four police officers were arrested in Ikot-Ekpene, Akwa-Ibom State as another four were picked up at Itokim Bridge.

Three police officers were also arrested at Itowolo Point; four at Owode Onirin, Lagos State and another four at Okene Road, Lokoja, Kogi State.

Lagos and Ogun police co-operate to rescue abducted woman

The Lagos and Ogun state police comands have joined hands to rescue Jumoke Oyegbola, who was abducted on Tuesday night by unidentified men at Isheri-North area of Ogun State.

Mrs. Oyegbola was on her way to a friend’s house at River View Estate, Isheri North LSDPC, in her Mitsubishi Montero car, when some gunmen halted in front of her vehicle, shot sporadically in the air and dragged her out of the car. They however left her belongings and vehicle behind.

The scene where the abduction took place is a boundary between Lagos and Ogun State, thus, policemen from the two commands have collaborated to locate the victim.

The spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Mr. Joseph Jaiyeoba, who confirmed the incident, stated that, “The incident did not occur under the Lagos jurisdiction but under Ogun. I inquired from the Divisional Police Officer, Isheri, and he told me the case was not being handled by his division. Nevertheless, because of its proximity to Lagos State, our command will partner with the Ogun command on the case.”

The spokesperson for the Ogun State Command, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, in response, says the case was being treated as abduction rather than kidnap.

In his words, “It is true that one Jumoke Oyebola was abducted by gunmen on Tuesday night. We cannot describe the case as that of kidnap because to our knowledge, no ransom has been demanded for now, we are treating it as a case of abduction.”

Meanwhile, Residents in the area have disclosed that hoodlums easily perpetrate crimes in the area at night due to the absence of functional street lights.

A security guard at Tinubu Estate, who craved anonymity, stated that although vigilantes operated at night and policemen usually carried out routine patrols, the absence of street lights in the area made it susceptible to crimes.

Bobby Brown visits Lagos

Bobby Brown, American R$B/Pop singer and former husband of late music diva, Whitney Houston has arrived in Lagos for his first African tour.

The former band member of 80s all-male group New Edition, breezed into the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in a private jet alongside his colleague and friend, Bell Biv Devoe on Tuesday.

Speaking with journalists on arrival, Bobby Brown expressed his happiness touching down in Africa for the first time.

In his words, “I’m happy to be here, but men, its hot here. I can’t wait to perform this weekend”.

Also, other members of the band said they are excited about the trip and looking forward to connecting with African fans and talent.

Meanwhile, Brown and the New Edition will on Friday lead a pack of Nigerian stars to Eko Hotel and Suite for what promises to be a night of performances.

The concert dubbed ‘New Edition In Concert’ will also on Sunday 11 March, move to Polo Club, Port Harcourt, with the singer and his band mates thrilling fun lovers in the city and others from neighbouring Niger Delta states, for another spectacular show.

40 year old man goes to jail for stealing hair attachments

A 40-year-old man, Emmanuel Chinedu, has been sentenced to a one-year jail term by the Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court for stealing a shirt and four pieces hair attachment worth N4,800.

The Magistrate, O.O. Olatunji, in handing down the sentence, gave Mr. Chinedu, no option of fine, after he pleaded guilty to a three-count-charge bearing on felony and stealing.

The prosecutor, Paul Ojogo, had told the court that the accused, at about 3a.m on March 2, broke into the store of Chukwuma Ezenwa at Iddo, a Lagos suburb, to steal a shirt and the attachments.

He said the accused, who had no occupation and was of no fixed address, was released from prison five months ago.

The prosecutor also said the offence contravened 285 and 307 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

Lagos demolish mosques, relocates church in secretariat

The Lagos State government is cracking down on religious activities within its secretariat, demolishing three mosques and relocating churches in the state secretariat in Alausa, Ikeja over the weekend.

According to reports, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State said the decision was made for security reasons. He said the recent spate of bombings and attacks on religious institutions made it necessary to safeguard the secretariat.

He asked worshipers to use the central mosque and the secretariat chapel for their prayers.

Three mosques, those close to the ministries of justice, finance and environment were completely demolished to rubble; another mosque behind the state Public Service Commission, PSC, was not demolished, but was locked away.

Reports say Muslims who worship at the affected mosques and are also members of the state executive council had made efforts to sway Fashola’s decision, which they deemed anti-Islam, but their pleas went unheeded.

Gang wars; fresh clashes in Lagos leave residents in fear

Violence erupted in Adeniji Adele in Lagos Island on Monday when rival street gangs clashed in a battle for control over territory.

According to reports from the PUNCH, fighting between the Onola and Isale Eko street gangs has been ongoing and recent clashes have claimed three lives on Sunday.

A source told the papers that fighting between both groups have been ongoing for the last three weeks and police officers deployed to the area have done little to subdue the growing violence on Lagos’ troubled streets.

The fighting saw traders locking up their shops and stalls and children in the neighbourhood were too afraid to venture out to school rooms.
Residents in the area remained indoors, reporting that shards of broken bottles were strewn on the streets.

Police officers have been on ground today to quell the fighting between the warring gangs, and while some measure of calm has returned, casualty figures are yet unknown.

Calm Returns to Lagos after a Day of Rage

Calm has returned to the city of Lagos following yesterday’s protest by civil rights activists kicking against the implementation of the order removing the subsidy on the premium motor spirit or petrol

Four days into the implementation of the order, residents and motorists in Lagos appear to have reconciled themselves to the reality of the new policy.

Our reporters monitoring the situation across the metropolis say motorists are driving into the filling stations which are open for business and buying petrol at the new prices ranging, from N140 to N165 per litre.

A visit to the Nigeria Labour Congress office in Yaba revealed less activity as the officials are said to be attending a meeting with the NLC member unions to determine the next action to take.

There has also been a free flow of traffic on major roads in the state

Federal High Court in Lagos Convicts American of Money Laundering Charges

Parker Damian George

A Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos has convicted an American, Parker Damian George for money laundering and order a forfeiture of 40 percent of the total sum found on him at the point of arrest.

He was charged and found guilty by Justice Mohammed Idris under the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 which stipulated that any person who falsely declares or fails to make a declaration to the Nigerian Customs Service pursuant to section 12 of the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to forfeit not less that 25% of the undeclared funds or negotiable instrument or to imprisonment of not less than two years.

The charge against Parker George read in part ; that on or about November 30th 2011 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court failed to make a declaration of the sum of USD 42,700 (Forty two thousand and seven hundred dollars) which you were transporting from Nigeria to the United States of America to the Nigerian Customs Service as required under section 2(3) of the Money Laundering Act of 2011 and Section 12 of the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provision) Act Cap. F3, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 2(5) of the Money Laundering Act of 2011.

Parker Damian George was arrested on the 29th November, 2011 during a secondary check at the boarding gate with Forty two thousand and seven hundred United States Dollar ($42,700) by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agent and was handed over to the EFCC for prosecution.

Consequent upon this, as a first offender without previous criminal record, the court ordered that Parker should forfeit 40 percent of the total undeclared sum of found on him at the point of arrest at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Lagos Lawyers Round off Annual Law Week with a Lavish Dinner

They stashed the robes and powdered wigs and opted for more dapper looks, as some of Lagos’ best legal minds gathered together for a Law Dinner that marked the end of the Annual Law Week.

The event held at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos and Metrofile was on the scene to bring you the brief. Watch the video below!