One Killed In Otedola Bridge Accident

 

One person has been confirmed dead while another sustained life-threatening injuries in a multiple motor crash close to the Otedola bridge outward Lagos.

The incident occurred on Sunday when a containerized trailer lost control while descending towards the bridge.

In the process of trying to park off the road; the container fell off the body of the vehicle and landed on top of another vehicle which was being driven by a woman. She was rushed to the hospital after sustaining serious injuries.

A young man who was hawking snacks amidst the gridlock was unfortunately crushed to death.

A combined team of officers from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the police and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), were immediately deployed to the scene.

Meanwhile, NEMA has appealed to motorists to exercise utmost caution while driving in this festive season.

NURTW Vice-Chairman Shot Dead In Lagos

A file photo of a man carrying a gun.

 

The Vice-Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Samuel Kayode, popularly known as Ekpo Kinkin, has been killed at the Agboju area of Lagos State.

Ekpo who was a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress was at a rally organised by the party at Oriade Local Development Area when the gunmen invaded the rally on Thursday and shot him dead.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

Eyewitnesses said a gunshot was heard from the crowd outside while the meeting was on, forcing residents involved at the rally to scamper to safety.

When those inside the hall rushed to the scene, Kayode was found in the pool of his blood.

However, NURTW in Lagos State confirmed the incident to The Punch, noting that the deceased was trying to protect a fellow politician when he was killed.

“He was protecting a fellow politician, Wale Yusuf, from harassment when the gunmen shot him dead,” said Jimoh Buhari, the spokesman for the NURTW Chairman, Musiliu Akinsanya.

 

EFCC Arrests Nightclub Owners For Alleged Internet Fraud In Lagos

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Two owners of a nightclub have been arrested for alleged internet fraud in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial hub.

The suspects – Boniface Odenigbo Amandianeze and Olasunmbo Olawale Winfunke – were nabbed by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren confirmed this to Channels Television via a statement issued on Monday.

He said their recent arrest on Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island area of the state followed credible intelligence about their alleged involvement in romance scam, business email compromise, benefit scam, credit card fraud and money laundering.

“Upon their arrest, four exotic cars, mobile devices, laptop computers, jewelry and wristwatches worth hundreds of millions were recovered from them,” the statement partly read.

“Further investigations have also established nexus with other associates who are suspected to be into computer-related fraud.”

The anti-graft agency also assured that the suspects would be charged to court upon the conclusion of the investigation.

Police Deny Killing Teenager In Lagos Protest

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, speaks during a protest in Ojota on July 3, 2021.

 

The police in Lagos have denied killing a teenager during a protest in the Ojota area of the state on Saturday.

Agitators of the Yoruba nation had defied the presence of security operatives and converged at the Freedom Park, chanting different songs of freedom and flying their flags.

They said the nation is bleeding and they need Oodua Nation, insisting that it is time to have a separate nation for the Yoruba ethnic group because they are suffering and are being marginalised.

Reports emerged that a 14-year-old girl was hit by stray bullets as policemen dispersed the protesters in the nation’s commercial hub.

But the Lagos State Police Command distanced itself from the incident, describing it as a rumour being circulated to cause confusion and fear amongst residents of the state.

In a statement, the spokesman of the state police command, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the police was not responsible for the lady’s death.

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While claiming that the lady’s corpse is not fresh, the police spokesman maintained that no live bullet was fired during the protest.

“The Command hereby wishes to debunk the rumour and state categorically that it’s a calculated attempt to create confusion and fear in the minds of the good people of Lagos State and the country at large,” the statement partly read.

“The Command did not fire a single live bullet at Ojota rally today. The said corpse was found wrapped and abandoned at a distance, far from the Ojota venue of the rally, behind MRS Filling Station, inward Maryland, on the other side of the venue, with dried blood stains suggesting that the corpse is not fresh.

“After a close look at the corpse, a wound suspected sustained from a sharp object was seen on it,” Adejobi said adding that investigation to unravel the incident will commence immediately.

VIDEO: UNILAG Student Arrested Over Murder Of Super TV CEO, Claims He Forcefully Had Sex With Her

The police have arrested a university student accused of killing Usifo Ataga, the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV.

Ataga was said to have been found in a pool of his blood with multiple wounds on his body after the media mogul was stabbed to death at a hotel where he reportedly lodges in the Lekki area of Lagos.

Chidinma Ojukwu, a 300-level Mass Communication student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), was paraded on Thursday at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, told reporters at the briefing that the suspect had confessed that she stabbed Ataga.

He disclosed that the owner of the rented apartment where the tragic incident occurred has been arrested and held in police detention.

Odumosu added that Ataga’s bank account has been blocked in a bid to prevent further withdrawals by those taking advantage of his untimely death.

During a session with reporters, 21-year-old Chidinma gave an account of what transpired between her and the late businessman whom she accused of raping her.

She claimed that Ataga made a first attempt which was successful, noting that the unfortunate incident took place after she resisted a second attempt.

Chidinma was paraded at the Police Headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos State on June 24, 2021.

 

“We were in the lodge smoking. He was trying to make advances on me. I was tired and he became violent on it. I let him have his way.

“Towards afternoon, he ordered roofies. We took it together and ate food. He became high. I was still not happy with the first one (sex) that we had, so, I was staying on my own, smoking and drinking. He, too, was on his own. He came to me, and I told him I wasn’t happy with what he did,” the suspect recounted.

She added, “He was like, ‘Take my ATM and withdraw what you want’. He later became violent trying to get to me and I was resisting and defending myself. At some point, he hit my head on the wall and I also retaliated.”

According to Chidinma, Ataga began to chase her at some point in the kitchen where she took a knife and stabbed him in the neck.

She explained that the media mogul followed her as she approached the door before she stabbed him twice on the neck side again.

“I threw the knife to the bed, and he was going for it, but I also went for it. He dragged the knife with me and it broke, and he fell on the floor,” she narrated.

Lagos Needs ₦300bn Annually To Achieve Universal Access To Water – WaterAid

 

International non-government organisation, WaterAid, has said that in order for Lagos State to meet its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets on universal access to water, an annual sector spending of ₦300billion would have to be committed to the state.

Country Director, Evelyn Mere said this on Wednesday at the second edition of the annual International Water Conference organised by the Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission (LASWARCO) which held at Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island.

She also noted that Nigeria would have to spend $2.1bn annually in capital, operations and maintenance to meet the SDG.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said the state is working assiduously to bridge the huge deficit in water supply to residents.

He assured Lagosians that phase (II) of the Adiyan Water Project which now stands at 80 per cent completion stage would soon become operational.

Speaking further, Hamzat said the state government was quite aware of the 540 Mil-lion Gallons Per Day (MGD) demand and every necessary effort would be mustered to ensure residents have access to clean and safe water.

“The Lagos State Water Supply Master Plan estimates daily water demand in the city at 540 million gallons per day (MGD) but production by the Lagos State Water Corporation (LSWC) stands at 210 MGD,” he said.

“This shows a clear deficit of over 300MGD, which translates to less than 40% access to clean, and safe water.

“As a government, we are not oblivious of this gap and its consequences on the health of our populace. In order to close this gap, I toured the Lagos Water Corporation Facilities at Adiyan, Iju and Akute at the inception of my administration.

“We have expended resources on these facilities and I am happy to tell you that the Adiyan (II) plant that will bring an additional 70 MGD to the already existing water capacity will soon become operational.”

He said the conference, with the theme: “Water Security and Investment Opportunities in Megacities: A case of Lagos State,” was targeted at harnessing how Lagos as a State and an emerging Smart City can develop ideas for water security and to create investment opportunities in the water sector like other megacities.

Mr Hamzat added that the nexus between water security and socio-economic growth could not be overemphasized, just as he described access to clean water as a fundamental right, which to a large extent determines how well people flourish even when other basic rights are in place.

He also noted that with a population of over 22 million people, there was no better time than now to make calculated decisions on what must be done to actualize the goal of an efficient water sector that is complemented with high returns on smart in-vestments, adding that concerted efforts have also been made to regulate the sector to protect residents.

“As you know, health and environment are two key pillars of my administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S Development Agenda and this conference is vital to the accomplishment of some of our key deliverables for these pivotal sectors.

“With the Sustainable Development Goal 6 as our anchor, we have committed major resources to groundwater quality control, drinking water quality regulation, and pack-aged water service oversight. All these are being done to improve Lagosians’ productivity and quality of life.

“Through LASWARCO, we have been able to curb unwholesome water production and indiscriminate drilling of boreholes, which is a major contributor to lower aquifer and flooding,” he said.

Earlier, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello said the conference was intentionally organized to focus on solutions and results capable of unbundling the obstacles to financial viability and access to clean water and sanitation through experimental knowledge, and also significantly improve on the indices of wa-ter supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in the state.

Executive Secretary of LASWARCO, Mrs Funke Adepoju said the conference was aimed at deepening conversations around expanding access to water and investment opportunities in the state, adding that recommendations at the end of the conference would be very useful, going forward.

Lagos Gas Explosion: Death Toll Increases To Five, 11 Others Injured

 

The death toll from the explosion that occurred on Thursday in Ikeja, Lagos has risen to five with 11 others injured and 25 vehicles burnt.

The inferno also resulted in several damages to the OPIC plaza building structure.

The tanker, conveying Liquefied Petroleum Gas on the Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way around 10 pm on Thursday, spilled its flammable content into nearby OPIC Shopping Plaza, beside Sheraton Lagos Hotel.

Two businesses situated in the plaza, New China Restaurant, and Oasis Supermarket, suffered extensive property damage from the explosion.

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Thirteen causalities with various degrees of burns were recorded at the scene of the incidents as they were attended to by the pre-hospital care unit of the LASEMA  response unit and transported to LASUTH and Gbagada general hospital for further treatment.

Unfortunately, three adult males died at the site of the incident while two others died early hour of Friday morning.

The acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office, National Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye told Channels Television that the three bodies recovered are workers of the Chinese restaurant including their manager who is a Nigerian.

The building has been cordoned off as a disaster zone ahead of further investigations.

At Least Three Killed, 13 Injured As Gas Tanker Explodes In Lagos

A screengrab taken on June 18, 2021, captures the scene of the explosion.

 

No fewer than three persons have been confirmed killed in a gas tanker explosion in the Ikeja area of Lagos State.

Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, a spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), disclosed this in a telephone interview with Channels Television on Friday.

The incident occurred on Thursday night after a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) tanker exploded at Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, affecting a plaza housing dozens of organisations.

“The latest is that we just recovered three dead bodies this morning, which was beyond our expectation,” said Farinloye while giving an update on the incident on Sunrise Daily.

He added, “Yesterday, we made a headcount and management officials of the plaza were around, officials of all the organisations using the plaza were around; only one boy was claimed to be missing and unfortunately, we could not trace the boy yesterday night.

“Unfortunately, when we got there this morning, we saw three dead – one Mr Balogun who was the manager of the Chinese restaurant. He was recovered with two other personnel of the restaurant.”

 

The NEMA spokesman noted that the victims seemed to have made an attempt to escape from the building when the incident occurred.

He explained that this possibly led to their death, while the boy said to be missing since Thursday night had yet to be found.

The explosion, said to have been caused by a leakage while the LPG tanker was in motion, threw the environment into panic as a result of the huge fire that ensued.

This also left some people wounded with four of them taken to the Trauma and Burns Centre at the General Hospital, Gbagada.

Farinloye noted that the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, led a team of policemen to the scene on Friday in a bid to restore normalcy in the area.

“Recovery effort will continue this morning. Thirteen people sustained injury – four women and nine men. 25 vehicles were destroyed completely.

“The police personnel were left behind to take care of the whole situation. The whole situation is under control,” he said.

At Least Three Judges Sit In Lagos As Courts Resume Activities

A file photo of a court.

 

At least three judges of the Lagos High Court in Ikeja sat to hear proceedings on Tuesday following the resumption of judicial activities in courts across the country.

Court staff, lawyers, and litigants arrived at the court premises, some as early as 8am while most of the courtrooms were open with parties seen moving in and out.

Hearings could, however, not fully commence in earnest as most of the cause lists were yet to be updated.

This was because the dates for hearings had been overtaken by the industrial action by members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).

Although Channels Television’s camera could not go into the courtrooms, the crew observed that many lawyers were liaising with court officials with a view to getting new hearing dates for their matters.

But the cause list at the court presided by Justice Mojisola Dada was up to date and the judge sat to hear some cases.

Similarly, Justice Josephine Oyefeso and Justice Sherifat Solebo sat to hear matters in their respective courtrooms.

Elsewhere at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, activities were on low-key with only one judge sitting when the crew monitored proceedings.

In an interview with Channels Television outside the courtroom, a lawyer, Ikechukwu Chiaha, commended the judiciary workers for the industrial action.

JUSUN embarked on a nationwide strike on April 6 to demand the implementation of the financial autonomy of the judiciary.

Two months later, the strike was suspended on Wednesday last week following a meeting between officials of the union and the National Judicial Council (NJC) led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad.

Buhari To Visit Lagos On Thursday

File Photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected in Lagos on Thursday for the inauguration of the 157 kilometre Lagos-Ibadan standard rail project at the Mobolaji Johnson railway station in Ebutte Metta.

Thereafter, the President is expected to proceed to the Energy Nature Light Terminal of the Apapa Port to further commission the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, otherwise known as the Deep Blue Project.

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Presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad had on Tuesday noted that his principal will be in the nation’s commercial capital for the commissioning.

“Construction started in March 2017, and test-running commenced in December 2020,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

“The Ebute Metta Station, known as the Mobolaji Johnson Station, is the largest railway station in West Africa with a holding capacity of 6000 passengers.

“President Buhari is committed to developing a modern national railway network that will connect every part of Nigeria, and promote trade, travel, tourism, commerce, and national integration.”

Buhari is expected back at the State House later on Thursday after the inauguration of the projects.

The 156km Lagos—Ibadan standard gauge railway line in Lagos is the first double-track standard gauge rail in West Africa,

It is also the first Nigerian railway line to be started and finished by the same government, since 1960.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, had earlier explained that the projects primarily aim at ensuring the seamless movement of cargoes from the Apapa Seaport via train to further decongest the ports.

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President Buhari commissioned projects at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital during his visit to Lagos in 2019.

 

Buhari had visited Lagos in April 2019 to commission several projects including the reconstructed Oshodi International Airport Road, Oshodi Transport Interchange, 820 mass transit buses, an ultra-modern 170- bed Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialist hospital located within the premises of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja and The Eko Theatre.

Falana, Falz Join CSOs To Protest Insecurity, Unemployment

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana speaks during a protest at the Lagos State Government House, Ikeja on May 31, 2021.

 

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana and his son, Falz on Monday joined civil society organisations, labour unions and youth bodies to protest against insecurity, unemployment, mass poverty and bad governance.

Bearing placards with different inscriptions, the groups took the peaceful protest which had the theme “National Day Of Action Against Insecurity in Nigeria” to the Lagos State Government House in Alausa, Ikeja.

They were received by members of the State House of Assembly.

Falana told the lawmakers that there was a need to provide for the poor so that peace could be guaranteed in the country.

He called on states that had not adopted the Child Rights Act to urgently do so and take all the children off the streets so that they could get an education.

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“South-West has 54 universities, graduates are being churned out daily and nobody is planning for their future,” he said.

“We are asking you because Lagos is where everybody comes to. This is the home of every Nigerian and we are asking you to intensify your efforts and increase the budget of the poor so that there will be peace.

“It is now clear in our country that without peace for the poor, there cannot be peace for the rich. For those who want to fight banditry and terrorism, we must put all our children in school.”

The protesters, which included trade unions, civil society, students, farmers and peasants, were led by Jaye Gaskiya, a foremost activist.

Gaskiya said the protest was organised to express displeasure over how badly the country had degenerated.

He expressed worry that Nigeria, characterised by extreme poverty, arms proliferation, religious intolerance, the rise of hate and ethnic nationalism is moving towards social upheavals due to exploitation of the people, greed and avarice of a spineless political class that has reached its end.

Lagos Judicial Panel Issues Bench Warrant On LCDA Chairman

Justice Doris Okuwobi and other members of the Lagos Judicial panel during a sitting on April 30, 2021.

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of SARS has issued a bench warrant to summon Hon. Rasaq Ajala, the Chairman of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area.

Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi issued the warrant on Tuesday at the instance of the police counsel, Cyril Ajiofor who told the panel that the Chairman had again failed to honour the summons issued to him to appear.

Today’s proceeding makes it the third time, that Hon Ajala would be ignoring the summons of the panel.

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At previous sittings, the panel had summoned the LCDA Chairman to assist with information in the petition filed by the family of late Adeshina Adeosun against the Nigerian police.

Adeosun, a taxi driver was allegedly shot by officers of the Nigerian police force, Olosan division on October 20, 2020.

His family claims that his body is still with the police. They are therefore seeking the help of the panel to retrieve the body. The family is also seeking compensation for his extra judicial Killing.

The police are however challenging the facts as put forward by the family. Through their counsel, Cyril Ajiofor, they had asked the panel to summon the Chairman of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA who they say is seized of the incident and has personal information that can assist the panel in its fact finding.

But the chairman has consistently failed to appear. Before the bench warrant was issued, the police counsel had first made an application asking the panel to nominate a few lawyers to meet with the Chairman ‘in camera’ to get the necessary information from him, a move which the petitioners counsel and the panel strongly opposed.