Police Take Over Saraki’s Ancestral Home


Policemen have surrounded a property belonging to the family of the former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The property has in recent days been a subject of controversy between the former Senate President and the current Kwara State Government.

Prior to this development, the state House of Assembly had deliberated on a petition against the ownership of the expanse of land which was reportedly not paid for, prompting the call for the executive to take over the property.

The matter has also triggered political arguments between the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kwara State and the state government.

Court Orders Final Forfeiture Of Ex-NDDC Director’s Property Worth N1.8bn

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the final forfeiture of property worth N1.8 billion belonging to a former Executive Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Tuoyo Omatsuli.

The court on Monday gave the order that the property would be forfeited to the Federal Government

The EFCC listed the properties as: Block 117 Plot 4, Lekki Peninsula Scheme, Plots 1-18 Block 43 TPAO 992, Ikate Ancient City, Lekki. Plot 1B Northern Business District Lekki Peninsula, and Plot 1 Block 25 Lekki Peninsula Scheme Eti-Osa Local Government Area measuring 10,000Sqm.

Others are: Plot 1b, Northern Business District, Lekki Peninsula Scheme 1, measuring 1000Sqm and Plot 1, Block 25, Lekki Peninsula Residential Scheme 1, Eti-Osa L.G.A, measuring 2989.10Sqm.

Lagos Govt To Boost Economy With Power, Property Laws

Lagos Govt To Boost Economy With Power, Property Laws


Lagos State has perfected plans to bring about a quantum leap to its economy in 2018 through the Embedded Power Supply Project and the review of the Land Use Charge Law.

The state government disclosed this in a statement signed on Saturday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan.

The power project, aimed at delivering an estimated 3,000 megawatts to homes and industries, is expected to lift the economy of the state being is Nigeria’s industrial hub, while the revised Land Use Charge Law had been designed to improve the values of property in the state.

The State’s House of Assembly had announced the passage of two bills last week, expected to provide the legal framework for the programmes by enacting the Lagos State Embedded Power Supply Law 2018 and the Lagos State Land Use Charge Law 2018.

Both laws are expected to be signed in the week by the state governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.

Speaking on the development, Mr Bamigbetan explained that the two strategic laws were part of the grand plan of the government to boost the economy and make life easier and comfortable for the people.

“The Embedded Power Supply programme will provide the enabling environment for the private sector to generate not less than 1000 megawatts every year in the first phase of three years by using gas to produce power and distributing the electricity to consumers,” he said.

“As an enabler, the Lagos State government will guarantee the off-take of the generated power. This new product is expected to expand the distribution network and increase metering capacity of the electricity distribution firms in Lagos State, including Eko Distribution Company and Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company.”

The commissioner noted that to ensure return on investment by participating companies and encourage more electricity companies to invest in the embedded power sector, the law has been arranged to provide the framework for the government to support the firms in the collection of tariffs and enforcement of contracts.

He said: “A novel feature of the law is the introduction of provisions for the prosecution and sentencing of those who tap electricity illegally or use the power produced through the embedded power system without entering into contracts with the companies.

“Defined as power theft, industry watchers believe that this is the first law to provide penalties for a major cause of financial failures of electricity companies and with regular power supply in homes and industries, the Lagos State government expects a giant leap in the production and growth of the economy.”

Besides, the Land Use Charge Law is considered as the answer to the agitations of residents for a transparent process of determining rates.

Under the revised law, estate valuers authorised to assess and value tenements would ensure that the data are reliable, and the indices are explicit.

The revised law also exempts tenements owned by non-profit organisations, religious bodies, public cemeteries, and burial grounds.

Abuja Development Control Commences Demolition Of Uncompleted Buildings

DemolitionOfficials of the Abuja Developmental Control, an agency of the Federal Capital Territory have embarked on the demolition of uncompleted buildings in the city centre.

According to officials of the agency, the exercise was carried out to reduce security risk and prevent collapse of  buildings in the nation’s capital.

Over 500 owners of uncompleted buildings within the city are at risk of losing their property to the exercise.

The demolition commenced after over four months of publicity and notices were sent to owners of the uncompleted buildings in the Federal Capital Territory from the Development Control Department of the Federal Capital Development Authority.

While some property owners complied with the agency’s action, others found it hard to do so.

According to the agency, most of the over 500 uncompleted buildings have failed quality tests and had become threats to the residents of the capital city.

The agency explained that it was acting within a legal framework which property owners are aware of.

Fashola Hands Kalu 14 Days Grace To Pay Land Use Charge

Lagos state governor Babatunde Fashola has given Orji Kalu 14 days grace to pay up his land use charge, after the business man claimed that his Ikoyi home has been sealed off following a threat to sue the Lagos state government over an unrelated matter.

The Lagos state government was alerted on the misleading claim by Kalu in quick action stated that Kalu’s property in Park View Estate, Ikoyi was seized pursuant to Section 40 of the Revenue Administration Law of Lagos State for failure to pay the statutory annual land use charge despite three separate notices delivered to the said property.

In a statement released by the Aderemi Ibirogba, the Hon. Commissioner for Information and Strategy, state government expects that all residents of the Lagos are expected to follow the law and process and one of it is to discharge such responsibilities to the state, but on the part of Kalu, he has failed to do that.

Governor was alerted by the agency after sealing off Kalu’s Ikoyi home on Tuesday evening but the governor ordered that the property be unsealed and ordered the agency to give Kalu, an additional 14 days grace period be given to Kalu to pay the said charge.

Tankers Responsible For 30 percent Of Road Accidents – FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has attributed 30 percent of road accidents to tankers while 40 percent of deaths are caused by same.

Corps Marshall, Osita Chidoka made the disclosure while meeting with top officials of the Total group on the challenges posed by oil tankers to lives and property.

Mr Chidoka urged oil companies to take responsibility for their tankers.

He said FRSC is working to reverse this trend where the trucking industry has become a deadly menace on Nigerian roads.

Kwara Communal Clash Claims 3 lives, Properties Worth Millions

Three people are reported to have died in the recent communal crisis between Offa and Erin Ile in Offa and Oyun Local Government Areas of Kwara State, which has witnessed the destruction of properties running into millions of naira.

Although the rift between the two communities over land dates back to forty-two years ago, there are conflicting reports over the cause of the current scuffle. While some residents blame it on the tussle over land, the Chairman of Offa Local Government Area, Mr. Saheed Popoola, attributed the latest violence to disputing transport unions.

Offa, the second largest commercial city in the state, after the state capital, Ilorin, has been deserted following the two-day crisis with its age-long neighbour, Erin Ile.

The latest fracas was the first in the New Year, but the sixth in the last two years and has been described as the worst in terms of the scale of destruction on both sides of the communities. A visit to Offa by Channels Television correspondent, Hakeem Garba, showed bullet pellets still littered the ground, although it could not be confirmed if they were fired by the warring parties or the military personnel drafted to the battleground to keep the peace.

The newly commissioned town hall in the town was not spared, as some of the windows were shattered with pebbles while a nearby petrol station was razed down.

Although the state government has imposed a 24-hour curfew, this has made most of the commercial institutions located in Offa especially banks to shut down, while the students of the Federal Polytechnic were seen rushing to make their way out of the town with the few available commercial vehicles cashing on the situation to inflate transport fares.

Meanwhile, the state command of the Nigerian police in a statement signed by the public relations officer, DSP Femi Fabode, revealed that an hotelier, Bukola Lawal of Adlag Hotel, located at the border of the two communities, was reported to have lost his life in the crisis while a police officer was also shot dead, together with an unidentified victim while trying to escape the scene of the fight.

Efforts by our correspondent to get to Erin Ile, the other community involved in the dispute, was not successful as he was turned back by the security personnel stationed at the buffet between the two warring communities.