Eight Injured As Building Collapses In Oshodi

Photo: Lagos State Emergency Management Agency on Twitter.

 

Eight persons have been injured after another building collapsed today at the Mafoluku area of Oshodi in Lagos State.

Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Oke Osanyintolu, confirmed this to Channels Television.

Speaking further, he blamed the collapse on poor maintenance, adding that integrity tests will be carried out on adjacent buildings to ascertain their suitability and durability.

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According to him, no death was recorded. However, occupants have been evacuated as the building is expected to be pulled down to ensure the safety of people living in the area.

He says council officials have also been directed to ensure proper maintenance of drainages around the area.

Fire Wreaks Havoc At Ebute Metta Sawmill

Fire Wreaks Havoc At Ebute Metta SawmillGoods worth millions of naira have been destroyed in a fire incident that gutted the popular Adekunle Sawmill in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos State.

Residents said the inferno started from a surge, after the restoration of power by the electricity distribution company covering the area.

Although no life was lost in the incident, the traders called for a permanent solution to the recurring cases of fire outbreak in the market over the last couple of years.

The inferno comes less than 24 hours after the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said it has attended to about 50 cases of disasters between Friday and Sunday.

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The agency has appealed to Nigerians to be safety conscious and guide against unsafe practices as the new phase of dry season sets in.

NEMA also advised parents and schools to educate children and the elderly about basic safe actions.

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NEMA: About 50 Disasters Recorded In Lagos, Ogun

fire4Emergency agencies in Lagos and Ogun states say they have attended to about 50 different disasters between Friday and Sunday.

According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), one of the disasters which occurred on Sunday was the fire outbreak at Rida National Plastic Company in Oshodi area of Lagos State.

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Other cases include the fire outbreak at CMS Bookshops in Lagos, a car explosion in Abeokuta and a wild bush fire at Ipokia area of Ogun State, all on Saturday.

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NEMA said that five deaths have been recorded so far in all the incidents.

The agency has appealed to Nigerians to be safety conscious and guard against unsafe practices as the new phase of dry season sets in.

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Parents and schools have also been advised to educate children and the elderly about basic safe actions.

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RRS Nabs Five In-Traffic Robbers In Lagos

RRS Nabs Five In-Traffic Robbers In LagosThe Lagos State Police Command says it has arrested five robbery suspects in different parts of the metropolis as its onslaught on in-traffic robbers by the operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) continues yielding results.

The suspects were apprehended during a special raid by the RRS operatives on robbers who were attacking and dispossessing members of the public of their valuables in traffic.

The suspects, Oyeleke Abdullah (24), Olajide Dipo (17), Saheed Alayande (17), Azeez Yusuph (21) and Oyeniwa Wasiu (18) were nabbed in Victoria Island, Ojodu Berger, Oshodi, Obalende and Ilubirin around the state.

RRS investigator revealed that before the arrest, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, had directed the RRS Commander to deploy more operatives to Ojodu Berger, Lekki and Oshodi in order to ensure ‘Ember’ month free crime.

It was gathered that some operatives of the RRS’s Decoy Team, in arresting one of the suspects, Azeez Yusuph, pretended to have had a broken down car under the Ilubirin Bridge around 4:23AM.

“It was very early in the morning when an undercover policeman pretended as if his vehicle broke down on the bridge while some of his colleagues hid somewhere to ambush the robbers who would come and harass the lone occupant of the vehicle…. The suspect showed up few minutes trying to collect handset and money from him, that was when we arrested him,” the source said.

He hinted that the operatives also got complaints from members of the public on RRS social media platforms about the activities of miscreants on road users with broken down vehicle in Ilubirin.

Abdullahi confessed to interrogators “I was trying to make ends meet by snatching valuables of stranded drivers on the bridge,” adding that he sleeps underneath the bridge along with his colleagues.

In his confessional statement to interrogators, another suspect, Oyeleke Abdullah, a danfo driver revealed, “I snatched a Zeltel phone from a passenger around 9:00PM on Saturday…. There was traffic entering Lagos on Saturday at Berger, I decided to use that opportunity to snatch handset and other valuables from commuters. My colleague and I do this whenever we need money.”

Another suspect, Saheed Alayande, who was arrested in Oshodi disclosed that he was a bus conductor in Oshodi. “Whenever I am not doing that, I carry load and wares for people with my friend. It was here that I stole the phone that I was caught with before I was arrested.”

Confirming the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Dolapo Badmos, said that the Command was on high alert to curb social miscreants who exploit traffic situations in the metropolis to dispossess Lagosians of their valuables on the road.

The suspects have been transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Yaba, for further investigation.

Pastor Arrested For Alleged Defilement Of Underage Girls

Pastor, Defilement, Under-Aged Girls A self-acclaimed pastor of a new generation church in Oshodi area of Lagos state has been arrested over allegations of abduction and defilement of underage girls.

Channels Television visited Shogunle community, where the Tongues Of Fire Restoration Ministries, the Church Pastor Chukwuemeka Nkwocha oversees.

One of the victims, while in tears, explained to Channels Television’s correspondent that the pastor asked her to sleep with him, and promised to pay her school fees if she did.

Pastor Chukwuemeka Nkwocha in defence, said that one of the alleged victims was his fiancée to whom he was hoping to get married.

Nevertheless, the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owosheni, has assured the parents of the girls that the suspect would be charged after investigations.

Lagos To Host President Buhari On Two-Day Working Visit

Muhammadu Buhari, LagosThe Lagos State Government will formally welcome President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, May 23, on a two-day working visit to the state.

It will be President Buhari’s first official visit to the state since he assumed office about a year ago.

A statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, stated that this is the first time in about 15 years, a sitting President would be visiting the state on a working visit.

Mr Ayorinde said that was a testimony to the landmark achievements of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the last one year and the good working relationship between Lagos State and the Federal Government.

He added that the President during the visit, would formally commission the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Rescue Unit in Cappa Oshodi, built by the state government to ensure prompt and swift response to emergency situations in the state.

The Commissioner said President Buhari would thereafter, commission the newly constructed Ago Palace Way in Okota, Isolo after which he would pay homage to the Oba of Lagos, Oba Babatunde Rilwanu Aremu Akiolu.

He stated further that the President would later in the day be hosted to a reception rally by the state government at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos, where he would also commission and hand over security equipment and vehicles contributed by the Governor Ambode led administration to securities agencies to beef up security in the state.

The statement added that activities for the first day of the President’s visit would be rounded up with a State Banquet in his honour at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island.

The President would on Tuesday, participate as the Special Guest of Honour at a breakfast session with Corporate Lagos to be hosted by Governor Ambode at the Lagos State House in Marina after which he would have a short session with the public service at the State House in Alausa-Ikeja.

The Commissioner quoted Governor Ambode as being joyous over this landmark presidential visit to Lagos State that contributed so much to his emergence as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He added that Lagosians (the state residents) were looking forward with excitement to receiving the President, just as he urged them to bear with law enforcement agents and traffic control authorities, who would effect road diversions in some of the routes that the President motorcade would pass through during the visit.

Ladipo Market Demolition: Leadership Recounts Experience, Counts Losses

Ladipo MarketTraders at the popular Bakassi spare parts in Ladipo market, Oshodi axis of Lagos State have lamented the demolition of the market.

This is coming after the traders’ shops were demolished over the weekend by persons believed to be officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Environment.

Recounting the experience, the market’s spokesman, Ezeigbo Nkire, described the act as ‘disheartening’ in the face of the current economic challenges.

“Two weeks ago, we discovered that the Ministry of Environment came to lock this market and after the locking this market, they put a seal.

“After two days, we went to the Ministry of Environment to find out what was the problem (and) they said that this place is very dirty and they need the people to go and do environmental sanitation there an after that, they will come and open the place,” he said.

The exercise allegedly carried out at night in which at least 4,000 traders were displaced, took them unawares and left behind trails of losses.

As at the time Channels Television crew visited the scene, most of the traders affected were short of words as they searched through the remains of their shops, attempting to salvage what was left.

Lagos Defends Action On Oshodi Demolition

oshodiThe Lagos State government has come out boldly to defend its action in the demolition of Owonifari market in Oshodi, insisting that the action was taken in the overall interest of public good, safety and security.

The state government made its position known at a joint press briefing addressed by the state’s Ministries of Information and Strategy, The Environment, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and the Office of Civic Engagement.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, said that there was no illegality in the demolition as the traders were adequately notified before the exercise took place as required by law.

He explained further that government engaged with the leadership of the market severally before carrying out the demolition exercise.

In addition to this, the State Government said it has constructed an alternative market stall for the traders which can conveniently accommodate over 600 shops and hundreds of key clamps.

They agreed to subsidize payment by giving shops at the new market at a monthly give away price of 5,000 Naira.

Gov. Ambode Inspects Ongoing Road Projects In Lagos

AmbodeLagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday embarked on an inspection of ongoing projects across the state.

Governor Ambode also commissioned the Ipaja-Ayobo and Ikotun-Ejigbo roads where he assured residents that street lights would be installed on the road within three months.

The Governor was accompanied on the tour by some members of the State Executive Council and the inspection began from the Ebute Metta axis of the third mainland bridge.

While speaking, Governor Ambode gave the assurance that the gesture would be extended to neighbouring communities.

Governor Ambode said that his administration is committed to reforming the rural areas by ensuring that the necessary infrastructure are delivered to make life comfortable for residents.

From Ikotun, the Governor visited an ongoing construction work on the popular Brown Street in Oshodi.

Lagos To Provide Wi-Fi To Residents And Boost E-governance

WiFi in LagosThe Lagos State government is working on making Wi-Fi accessible to every resident of the southern Nigerian State,  an official said.

According to the Permanent Secretary of the State’s ICT Ministry, Mrs Nike Animashaun, the first phase of the Wi-Fi connectivity would be deployed at parks located at different parts of the state.

She said the Wi-Fi would be deployed at parks in Oshodi, Alausa and Ajegunle.

“The Wi-Fi services will be in some of the parks in the state and when it is deployed, residents of Lagos State would be able to access Wi-Fi in some of the parks,” she said

Mrs Animashaun said that the state government came up with the idea to stimulate and encourage the interest of children in science and technology.

She did not state if the Wi-Fi would be free.

At a ‘2015 Ministerial Press Briefing in Alausa’, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Adebiyi Mabadeje, said the ministry would continue to provide advisory services for all Ministries Department and Agencies on science and Information Communication Technology (ICT).

Mr Mabadeje said the government was using ICT to strengthen the state’s E-governance capabilities in other to conveniently serve its residents.

“In line with our ministerial responsibilities and mission statement of employing science and technology in all activities towards improving the quality of life of Lagos residents and transforming Lagos into a developed industrial and modern city of international statute, the state has leveraged on science and technology to improve service delivery, especially leveraging on ITC to strengthen our government’s capabilities and enable the state to serve residents better,” he said

 

 

 

Thugs On Rampage In Oshodi, Other Parts Of Lagos

Oshodi2Hoodlums wielding guns, axes, matchetes and other dangerous weapons have gone on rampage in the Oshodi, Mushin, Maryland and Costain areas of Lagos State, Nigeria’s south-west region.

Commercial vehicle drivers are reported to have discharged their passengers and driven off in fear, causing gridlock in the process.

Traders at Oshodi were also said to have hurriedly shut their shops and fled as the hoodlums shot sporadically.

The cause of the mayhem is not clear at this time.

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Police Assure Residents Of Peace During Elections In Lagos  

policeThe Police in Lagos has assured residents of their readiness to work in collaboration with other security agencies, to ensure hitch free elections in the state.

The State Deputy Commissioner of Police Operation, Mr. Johnson Kokumo said this while fielding questions from journalists at the Lagos House, Marina.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police also told journalists that the State Police Command and other security agencies have put in place adequate strategies, to ensure a hitch free exercise and adequate peace before, during and after the general elections in the State.

Reacting to the incident that happened in Oshodi two weeks ago, the Police boss said security has since been beefed up in the area with Armored Personnel Carriers stationed in strategic locations, ensuring the incident would never recur.

The Police boss also said, “already security has been beefed up all over the place; if you go there now you will see things for yourself. We have in place Armored Personnel Carriers, we have adequate number of Police Mobile Force units deployed there along with Intelligence officers who are collecting information to ensure that before any evil plans  are carried out we would have gotten information; meaning that proactive measures are in place.’’

Present at the event are members of the Security Council; Cammander NNS Beecroft, Olokun Apapa, Navy Commodore Teikum Ikoli, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Major Tunde Panox (Rtd), Commander Airforce Base Ikeja, Air Commodore Lere Osanyintolu, , Commander 9 Mechanized Brigade, Major General Ahmed Mohammed Sabo, Director State Security Service, Mr. Ben Olayi, among others.