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Angry mob shut Lagos/Benin road in ‘extortion’ protest.

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Leading the protest, Comrade Mayegun Oloruntobi expressed the association’s grievances against Ogun revenue agencies, which he described as inhumane.

The Flicthers Association in Ondo State, on Monday, protested the alleged illegal extortion, molestation and coercion by the Ogun State Revenue agencies.

The protesters, who blocked the ever-busy Lagos/Benin Road at Ajebamide area, a border community in Odigbo Local Council Area of Ondo State, hindered the free flow of traffic movement for about 40 minutes.

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Noble Reporters Media reports that the protesters carried different placards with inscriptions: “Stop Unlawful Collection of N50,000 only from Our Members at Atoyo Junction”, ” Abiodun, Call Your People to Order”, “Stop Illegal Ticketing on the Highway” and “Unlawful Ticketing by Ogun State Govt. at Atoyo Junction”.

Leading the protest, Comrade Mayegun Oloruntobi expressed the association’s grievances against Ogun revenue agencies, which he described as inhumane.

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“The government of Ondo State has created jobs by giving the association permission to work in forests in the state.

“But it was disheartening that the Ogun Govt. would stiffen the association’s means of livelihood through numerous and unnecessary ticketing while transporting their logs to Ogun State.

” We are Flitchers’ Association in Ondo State and we pay to the government in Ondo State. Our government has created a job through timber work so that we will not be jobless.

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” The government has done this for us through our natural resources but anytime we cross our trucks with goods to Ogun State, the state will bring illegal ticket worth 50,000 while we only pay N7,000 to Ondo State Government.

“And if we can’t pay, they will impound our vehicles and take them to Abeokuta and ask us to pay N2 million, ” he stated.

He appealed to Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State to intervene in the matter within seven days so that it would not degenerate into the crisis.

Also, Mr Sunday Aro, the state’s Secretary of the association, explained that all attempts to settle the matter with the Ogun State Government had proved abortive.

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” All our efforts were to no avail. Last week, we met the Ogun State revenue agencies but nothing was done,” he said.

Aro enjoined all stakeholders and authorities to wade into the matter, adding that the association has provided jobs to no fewer than 10,000 workers in Ondo State.

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” We want authorities to intervene within seven days. We have some evidence on our members that have been molested and harassed including some of our women raped.

” This is not done anywhere. At Control Post in Ondo State, you pay only N7,000.

“We have written petition to Ogun State Commissioner of Police, the state Commissioner for Natural Resources, the state Attorney General because we don’t want to take the law into our hands,” he stated.

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Reacting to the development, Chief Alex Ajipe, the Consultant to the Ondo State Ministry of Natural Resources on Revenue, said that the government had confirmed the alleged extortion especially at Atoyo on the highway.

Ajipe noted that different kinds of money were being collected without any basis, describing the action as barbaric on the Federal Government road.

According to him, people should be allowed to ply the road without disturbance, having done the right thing.

He explained that though the Ogun State Government claimed ignorance of the extortion, different receipts issued bore the state’s logo and name.

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Ajipe appealed to the association not to take the law into its hands but allow for more dialogue.

He also urged Ogun State Government to ensure that sanctity was maintained.

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Court dismisses appeal against Fanimokun’s Eko Club Presidency.

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The court also declared Fanimokun as the recognised President of the Eko Club.

Lagos division of the Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal filed by the board of trustees of Eko Club against the return of Chief Babatunde Fanimokun as president of the club.

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The lower court had on March 9, 2020 held that Fanimokun, who was endorsed by the Annual General Meeting of the club on February 27, 2019 be returned as the president of the club against the decision of the incorporated trustees and the Guardian Council of the club to field Dr. Shamsideen Ade Dosumu.
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Trial judge, Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court, Lagos, in his judgment declared that Ade Dosumu was not qualified to contest for selection for the post of President of the Eko Club for the year 2019/2020 as required under article 18 of the constitution of the Club and thereby rendered his selection null, void and of no effect whatsoever.

The court therefore asked Ade Dosumu to stop parading himself as President of the Eko Club henceforth.

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Dissatisfied with the decision of the lower court, Ade Dosumu, the incorporated trustees and the Guardian Council of the club, who were the respondents at the lower court lodged an appeal at the Lagos division of the court of appeal, challenging the decision.
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In its lead judgment delivered by Justice Onyekachi Otisi on Wednesday, the court of appeal dismissed the appeal and upheld the decision of the lower court, which recognized the right of Fanimokun to run for a second term in office as president.

Justice Otisi held that the judgment, which affirmed the decision of the Annual General Meeting of the Eko Club, dated February 27, 2019, to return Chief Fanimokun as the President of Eko Club, for the 2019/2020 term remains legal and should be adhered to.

The court therefore unanimously nullified the supposed selection of Ade Dosumu as President of the Eko club.

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Justice Otisi held that Chief Fanimokun has every right as regards to the provision of the amended constitution of the Eko Club, 2014 and of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria to contest for President for a second term, having served as President of Eko club from February 2017 to February 2019.

The court also declared Fanimokun as the recognised President of the Eko Club.

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Lagos Gov’t must prove Seyi Tinubu doesn’t control Lekki toll gate – Bode George.

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The PDP chieftain said the open grazing in forests, in the farms and even in the cities is wrong, archaic, deleterious to the economy itself.

A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, has called on the Lagos State Government to prove that the son of an All Progressives Congress leader, Seyi Tinubu, does not own or control the Lekki tollgate.

George called on the Lagos State Government to do this by honouring Freedom of Information requests and revealing the terms of agreement between the Lekki Concession Company and the state government.

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The PDP chieftain said this in a statement on Friday titled, “We Must Withdraw from the Brink”.

He said the state government must address allegations that Tinubu’s son and his former Chief of Staff, Sunday Dare, who is now the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, control the tollgate.

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The PDP chieftain recalled that the state government had changed the terms of the concession years ago and paid off the LCC.

He, therefore, wondered why tolls were still being collected from Lagosians.

George said, “We are demanding that the Lagos State Government through the Freedom of Information Act publishes the names of those who are managing the Toll Gates.

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“We do remember however that there was a buy-back several years ago returning the control and ownership of the Admiralty Tollgate to the Lagos State Government. The Lekki-Ikoyi Tollgate was built from scratch with taxpayers money.

“How then can anyone/company inexplicably make a legal claim to the Lekki toll gates? Again, what is the relationship between Seyi Tinubu and Lekki Concession Company?

“Equally, what is the relationship between Sunday Dare and the Lekki Concession Company? We all know that Sunday Dare until he became Minister last year was Bola Tinubu’s Man Friday. There are too many untidy, dirty, stinking intimations here. That’s why we demand that the details of the tollgate ownership should be presented to the public immediately.”

The PDP chieftain argued that since the tollgate was the epicentre of the #EndSARS protests where unarmed demonstrators were shot, the state government should demolish it and erect a monument in its stead.

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He said there was nowhere in the world where a single stretch of road would have two toll plazas as is the case along the Lekki-Epe Expressway.

“George added, “In fact how much is Lagos State earning from these two tollgates per day, per month, and annually? It is alleged that an estimated N400m is collected on both tollgates everyday. If we are wrong, let them bring out their books and tell us how this humongous money is being spent.

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“I have gone to this length to illustrate what could go wrong when there is a brazen interloper and a destructive tin-pot despot who has handcuffed the government of our state.

“This overbloated character is obsessed with the interests of the privileged few to the detriment of the majority of our citizens.”

George urged the Federal Government to tackle the tendencies towards nepotism and prejudicial preferences that are basically injurious to national unity.

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He argued that the seemingly intractable clashes between herdsmen and farmers across the nation which are now more pronounced in the South-West can only be stopped with the outright banning of open grazing.

The PDP chieftain said the open grazing in forests, in the farms and even in the cities is wrong, archaic, deleterious to the economy itself.

He added, “The corralling and the ranching of cows are the model in Argentina, Brazil and all other beef-producing nations of the world.

“This is the time that President Muhammadu Buhari demonstrates a rallying unifying leadership to bring all our people together.

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“Surely, this is not the time for ethnic or sectarian jingoism. This is the time for healing. This is the time to mend the broken places and rectify the pervasive wrongs.”

NoRM learnt that Dare had earlier in the week denied owning a stake in the Lagos toll gates while Tinubu’s son admitted to only controlling the advert display boards at the toll plaza.

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Lagos Gov, Sanwo olu celebrate Buhari’s wife, Aisha at 50.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has felicitated with the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Mrs Aisha Buhari, as she marks her 50th birthday.

The governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile on Wednesday, celebrated the first lady, saying she has touched the lives of millions of Nigerians, especially women and children, since the assumption of her husband as President of Nigeria in May, 2015.

He described her as a courageous and amiable woman, kindhearted and a strong pillar of support for President Muhammadu Buhari.

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“On behalf of the good people of Lagos State and my adorable wife, Ibijoke, I heartily congratulate the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari on the occasion of her 50th birthday celebration,” Governor Sanwo-Olu said.

“Our First Lady attaining the age of 50 years in grace, elegance and good health is worth celebrating. Over the years, you have shown your passion for the needy in our country and as a women’s rights activist and child rights advocate, you are a major critic against child marriage.

“As an advocate of women’s and children rights, your campaign for young girls to get primary and secondary school education before getting married has yielded positive results in the country.

“Your passion for women and children made you establish a Pet Project, ‘Future Assured’ an initiative to continue your advocacy work for the health and well-being of women and children through community mobilisation and health promotion. This programme without any iota of doubt has impacted positively on millions of people directly and indirectly.

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“On the political turf, your ideas and contributions on national issues are of good use. You have displayed courage and bravery on many occasions to show your passion for a better Nigeria.

“On this landmark occasion of your golden Jubilee celebration, I pray that God will continue to grant you good health to enable you render more service to humanity.”

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EndSARs: Lagos Gov decries police brutality against Lekki protesters.

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The managing director of the LCC also stressed that an estimated N2.5 billion worth of assets were lost to the violent protest.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, condemned the alleged brutality against protesters at the Lekki tollgate. The governor, therefore, ordered the state’s Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, to investigate the incident.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho, disclosed this at a joint briefing by the state government and the Lekki Concession Company in Lagos. He reiterated that Lagos State government, under the leadership of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, would never trample on people’s rights.

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Meanwhile, making clarification on some issues, Managing Director, Lekki Concession Company (LCC), Yomi Omomuwasan, who spoke on alleged use of the firm’s operational vehicle to convey protesters at the tollgate, said that the vehicle was donated to the police to assist them as a logistical support.

He said: “We have operational vehicles. One of them is that donated to the police to assist them in their logistics support. On some people wearing LCC logo vests, remember that is our site and we have our men working around there but we didn’t engage in arresting people. We don’t have the power.”

Omomuwasan said the request to reopen the tollgate from the judicial panel of inquiry was based on the fact that the firm needs to assess the worth of the volume of valuables that was lost to the October 20, 2020 violent protest with the aim of getting the necessary insurance cover. He stressed that the reopening was not to immediately start tolling on the facilities.

The managing director of the LCC also stressed that an estimated N2.5 billion worth of assets were lost to the violent protest.

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“As of 2011, we had N24 billion owned by local lenders and N49 billion borrowed from the International Development Bank. We need to bring a formal report of assessment of the damage back to our lenders because when you don’t pay, you are blacklisted. The claims could be verified. Assets would require a team of engineers both within and outside to do critical assessment. We need to do civil and electrical works, which cannot be completed within three months.

He also denied claims that the firm refused to give its full consideration to the forensic investigators from the judicial panel of inquiry, adding that all the needed support according to demand were rendered.

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EndSARs: Policemen to remain at Lekki toll gate – CPR.

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The arrest was acquainted with protesters constituting nuisance in the community and neglecting the federal government’s order and directive to shelve any proposed protest on the said date.

Lagos Police Command Public Relations Officer Muyiwa Adejobi said officers would stand by at the Lekki Toll Gate until further notice.

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Muyiwa said this while speaking to newsmen stating that the directive is from the state’s Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu.

According to him, Police officers have been deployed to five different locations of the state.

He said, “Our policemen are still at the tollgate, it is a deployment, and we are working with an operation order, and until there is a stand-down order of the operation from the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, the men will still be there. We have not arrested anyone today; there was no law and order breakdown, no gathering or procession, everything is normal in the area.

“But we are still maintaining our ground there, and we have deployment in about five places aside from the Lekki tollgate, and our men are still on standby at these strategic places. We have police deployment in Unity Park, Gani Fawehinmi Park, Ogombo Junction, Adeniran Ogunsanya Junction, among others.

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Recall with NoRM that the Nigeria Police arrested about 40 #OccupyLekkiTollGate and #DefendLagos protesters on the 13th of February, 2021, and also released them the same day.

The arrest was acquainted with protesters constituting nuisance in the community and neglecting the federal government’s order and directive to shelve any proposed protest on the said date.

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Okada riders rule Lagos roads over Sanwo olu’s ban order.

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For Chinedu Azodoh, Max NG co-founder, the ban was an opportunity for the company to pivot into other business units and drive growth in other cities in Nigeria.

When the authorities in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial capital and one of the country’s most populous states, banned commercial motorcycles and tricycles from major routes in Lagos city, officials said the move was aimed at securing lives and sanitising transportation in the city.

Traffic in the city is maniacal, frenzied, time-consuming, and can be outright dangerous.

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To reduce the number of hours spent daily in traffic, thousands of residents of the state resort to using commercial motorcycles and tricycles – okada and Keke Marwa as they are popularly called. Their sizes provide ease of navigating through hellish gridlocks.

Besides, thousands of Nigeria’s army of young people are employed in the most disorganised public transport sector ferrying people on around the city’s major highways and inner streets.

“It’s a lot easier for me to take a bike from here (Festac on the mainland) to Ebute Metta to get what I want to buy and come buy quickly,” said Ibrahim Bashir, an auto mechanic said, although he has a car of his own. “The traffic is discouraging.”

But state officials said in February 2020 that the motorcyclists and tricyclists, the former especially, have wreaked more havoc than could be imagined.

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Consequently, the government restricted their operation in six local government areas. It said the ban will restore sanity to roads and reduce security threats. The ban encompasses Okada riders and bike-hailing companies like O’Ride, Max NG, and others.

How are Lagos roads now?
It is over a year since the ban has been imposed and Okada riders still rule on major Lagos express roads, defying the government’s order. In fact, they now ply the roads in Alausa Secretariat, the seat of the Lagos State Government despite signages that reads “Okada/Motorcycles are prohibited”.

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Unregulated okada riders are ubiquitous on Oshodi-Apapa Expressway and other major roads. In some cases, the motorcyclists charge exorbitant rates and mostly without safety measures.

And as traffic jams continue to exert more stress on commuters and road networks in the city without any tangible solutions yet in sight, thousands of commuters still rely on the banned motorcycles and tricycles to move around even in the areas where they were restricted from.

The Bus Road Transit (BRT) owned by the Lagos State government would have been an option for some commuters because of the subsidised transport charges and a section of the road dedicated to the blue-coloured vehicles but they are not immune to the traffic situation.

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“Going to work late isn’t an option for me – I must avoid a sack from the bank I work in this economic situation,” one Ademola Adekola who said he relies on using Okada from Ikeja to Oshodi told The Guardian.

GoKada, O’Pay, Max NG, others gone. Is Lagos State killing businesses?
While Okada riders continue to be ‘king of the roads’, ride-hailing companies whose operations have been halted would feel hard-done, with millions of dollars into the Lagos transport sector almost going down the drain.

The prospects of mass employment and reduction in vehicular movements on Lagos’ over-stretched roads has been cut short by the ban.

Some investors in the transport sector believe the ban is a bad signal for potential investors in the state.

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Lagos State information and strategy commissioner Gbenga Omotosho on Tuesday refuted claims that the government was working against the growth of businesses because of the Okada ban.

“There’s been talks of so many people bringing investments and all of that but safety of lives is paramount to the government of Lagos State,” Omotosho said.

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Omotosho insisted that the ban on motorcycles was in the best interest of the people of the state to safeguard their lives from road accidents often caused by the reckless operation of Okada riders.

He stated that the government did not target bike-hailing companies but said none of the private and public motorcyclists should be operating on the road because they have tendencies of similar dangers.

“The hailing services were not targeted at all,” Omotosho said.

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“In fact the problem is that the hailing services were seen to be committing the same offence that the popular motorcyclists (Okada riders) you see around were committing. So they (bike-hailing companies) had to go with them.

“There is no way one could be left for the other.”

Enforcing the ban

Taofik Adebayo, the spokesman of the Lagos State Taskforce, an agency responsible for the enforcement of the ban, said a minimum of “250 motorcycles are confiscated by operatives during operations every week.”

Adebayo absolved the government of any blame for the halt in the operation of bike-hailing companies in the state.

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“Nobody asked them to go,” Adebayo told our correspondent on Tuesday. “They choose to leave the roads. The only thing the government said was that there is an engine requirement for any bike to be on the road.”

Despite glaring views of unhindered operations of Okada riders in the restricted roads, Adebayo said the enforcement is on course and has recorded success as “lesser accidents have been recorded in Lagos State since the restriction was announced”.

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His claim was corroborated by the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Yaba where victims of road accidents are often treated in Lagos State, especially those with severe wounds and injuries.

Ranti Babalola, head of emergency services in the hospital, said they “observed a cynical decline in road traffic injuries resulting from motorbikes” when the ban was just announced in 2020.

He, however, said there has been a corresponding increase in road accident fatalities due to the “poor enforcement” of the ban.

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Babalola did not disclose figures of road injuries and fatalities caused by motorcycles pre and post the restrictions.

Bike-hailing companies diversify

While the restriction hit hard on their operations, bike-hailing companies have since diversified to other businesses. Gokada, ORide, Max NG have all moved to logistics and courier services in Lagos State.

For Chinedu Azodoh, Max NG co-founder, the ban was an opportunity for the company to pivot into other business units and drive growth in other cities in Nigeria.

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“Since the ban, we have been aggressively pushing growth in other markets. Today we’re outside Lagos, we currently operate in Ibadan which is a bigger market than Lagos for us then Akure, Kano, Ekiti, Ogun state,” Azodoh told The Guardian in an email.

But he admits that “the government restrictions were difficult, it was unexpected because we thought as a company, we had done a lot of work in building relationships.”

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OPay, the operators of now-defunct ORide, declined to speak about the effects of the restrictions on its business and investment. A spokesman for the company said, “the company has moved on to other things.”

The company announced the closure of three of its units – ride-hailing services, ORide and OCar, and logistics service OExpress in July, blaming harsh business conditions and the coronavirus pandemic for its decision.

With Max NG’s 1000 bikes in operation in Lagos prior to the restriction, the bike-hailing company’s investment into the state’s transport sector is estimated to be about $1.8 million. According to Azodoh, one bike costs N700,000 on average.

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Max NG had a minimum of 1000 bikes and tricycles before the ban. GoKada arguably had the largest chain of motorcycles with other bike-hailing companies sharing a proportion of 1000 motorcycles on average.

The ban consequently meant a massive loss of jobs for the riders, many, whose means of livelihood was hampered. Though it was hard for the companies to swallow the restrictions. It was harder for the bike riders.

“I was hopeless (when the government ordered the restriction),” Olamide Ogunronmbi, a former O’Ride motorcyclist said. “There was nothing to eat and I couldn’t perform my responsibilities to myself and my family.”

Private transportation companies in Lagos are heavily reliant on investor participation. This may have dampened their morale but some of the companies have stayed afloat due to resilient innovative business drive and investor’s belief in the companies.

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For Max NG, Azodoh said, “the blessing is that we have really amazing investors who stood by us during the trying times by helping us turn things around and figuring out strategic ways to continue to deploy capital to drive success.”

Azodoh, however, declined to speak on the almost seamless operation of their okada counterparts but said they are willing to resume operations if the government reverses the restriction and leaves the door open.

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EndSARs: Instagram comedian, Mr Macaroni granted bail.

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The Instagram comedian, Mr Macaroni was arrested at the Lekki toll gate on Saturday morning.

Nigerian comedian, Debo Macaroni, better known as Mr Macaroni and other OcuppyLekkiTollgate protesters who were arrested have been granted bail in the sum of N100,000 each.

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This comes after the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu ordered the immediate release of End SARS protesters who were arrested at the Lekki toll gate ground this morning.

Recall with NoRM that Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu ordered the immediate release of End SARS protesters.

The Instagram comedian, Mr Macaroni was arrested at the Lekki toll gate on Saturday morning.

The suspects were detained at Area J police command, Elemoro, Ibeju Lekki.

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According to NoRM‘s known Media, CP Odumosu ordered that about 35 persons arrested in connection to #OccupyLekkiProtest be released immediately.

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EndSARs: Lagos CP orders immediate release of Mr Macaroni.

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CP Odumosu ordered that about 35 persons arrested in connection to #OccupyLekkiProtest be released immediately.

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu has ordered the immediate release of End SARS protesters.

Recall with NoRM that the protesters alongside Instagram comedian, Mr Macaroni were arrested at the Lekki toll gate on Saturday morning.

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The suspects were detained at Area J police command, Elemoro, Ibeju Lekki.

According to NoRM‘s known Media, CP Odumosu ordered that about 35 persons arrested in connection to #OccupyLekkiProtest be released immediately.

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EndSARs: Mr Macaroni has been arrested. (Reactions).

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Nigerian comedian Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr. Macaroni, has been arrested by personnel of the Nigerian Police Force at the on-going #OccupyLekkitollgate protest in Lagos.

He was seen detained in a Black Maria in a live video on his Instagram page.

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Mr Macaroni arrested with other protesters during #occupylekkitollgate rally.

This incident has generated lots of reactions and below are some:

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EndSARs: Lagos Gov’t reminds Protesters others’ rights.

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The state, however, urged the Nigeria Police that in responding to any protest, its officers should respect the rights of the citizen as guaranteed in the 1999 Constitution and carry out their duties in accordance with the law.

The Lagos State Government, yesterday, reminded those planning another #EndSARS protests in the state to be mindful of the rights of other citizens of the country, stressing that government will do everything in its powers to safeguard the residents

In a statement issued by Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), said while the state recognised the rights to peaceful protests, demonstrators should not block roads and deny other members of the public their fundamental rights to free movement within the state.

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He said any person or group of persons planning to organise protests should bear in mind the exigencies of the COVID-19 health regulations 2021, which prevents any gathering beyond 50 persons and other safety measures including, but not limited to maintaining social distancing and use of face masks.

“Our attention has been drawn to the planned protest scheduled for Saturday, February 13, 2021, at the Lekki Toll Gate for and against the opening of the Admiralty Toll Gate.

“The State is aware of Sections 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which guarantees the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. However, such right does not permit violation of the rights of other citizens in the state,” the statement reads.

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The state, however, urged the Nigeria Police that in responding to any protest, its officers should respect the rights of the citizen as guaranteed in the 1999 Constitution and carry out their duties in accordance with the law.

MEANWHILE, the Federal Government, yesterday, said security forces had been placed on alert to deal with the planned protest being organised by #EndSars campaigners scheduled for Saturday, February 13, 2021.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the Federal Government received intelligence report that the protests would be hijacked to cause violence and warned that the government would not watch hoodlums unleash another mayhem on the country.

In a statement issued in Abuja titled: Perpetration Of Violence Under The Guise Of #ENDSARS: Never Again, the minister disclosed that it was aware of the Occupy Lekki Toll Gate flyers circulating online, with the proponents threatening that Lagos would burn again.

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Mohammed said while peaceful protests remained the constitutional rights of Nigerians, violent protests were not, adding: “This time, chances that any peaceful protest will be hijacked are high.

“Based on intelligence available the Federal Government, some activists have networked with others outside Nigeria, including subversive elements, with a view to destabilising the country. We cannot allow this to happen.”

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EndSARs: FG issue warnings to #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters.

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He said the chances that any peaceful protest would be hijacked at this time were very high.

The Federal Government on Thursday warned those planning a fresh #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos on Saturday to desist.

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It said it would not allow any further resort to violence in the name of #EndSARS protest.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, handed down the warning at a press conference in Abuja.

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While admitting that peaceful protests are the constitutional rights of Nigerians, the minister said violent protests are not.

While admitting that peaceful protests are the constitutional rights of Nigerians, the minister said violent protests are not.

He said the chances that any peaceful protest would be hijacked at this time were very high.

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The minister claimed that based on the intelligence at the disposal of the Federal Government, some Nigerian activists have linked up with others outside Nigeria, “including subversive elements,” with a view to destabilising the country, adding that “We cannot and must not allow this to happen.”

Mohammed said, “Any further resort to violence in the name of EndSARS will not be tolerated this time.

“The security agents are ready for any eventuality. A situation in which six soldiers and 37 policemen were murdered in cold blood by hoodlums will not repeat itself.

“We therefore strongly warn those who are planning to re-occupy Lekki Toll Gate on Saturday to desist. We know that many of those who have been loudest on social media in advertising the plan to reconvene in Lagos on Saturday are not even in Nigeria. They are elsewhere around the world fanning the embers of violence and inciting gullible people back home. No one should fall for their antics.

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“The attack, looting and razing of 269 private and public property will not happen again. The killing of 57 civilians will not be re-enacted.

“We therefore strongly warn those who are planning to re-occupy Lekki Toll Gate on Saturday to desist. We know that many of those who have been loudest on social media in advertising the plan to reconvene in Lagos on Saturday are not even in Nigeria. They are elsewhere around the world fanning the embers of violence and inciting gullible people back home. No one should fall for their antics.

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Pandemonium as thugs clash in Obalende, Lagos.

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The Complaint Response Unit of the Nigeria Police Force confirmed the report and said they at the top of the matter.

Gunshots were fired on Thursday morning as armed members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) clashed at the Obalende area of Lagos State.

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An eyewitness said the clash started on Thursday around 8: 00 am and left commuters to scamper for safety.

The eyewitness alleged it was a rival clash between factions of the NURTW but another report said it was a clash between members of rival cult groups.

The series of gunshots has led to panic in the area with some properties destroyed.

“Everyone should avoid Obalende right now. Thugs are heavily armed with guns shooting here and there,” a Twitter user @notjustsalmanPR.

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The Complaint Response Unit of the Nigeria Police Force confirmed the report and said they at the top of the matter.

The police said DPOs and other policemen are on the ground addressing the situation.

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Former Gov of Lagos, Alh Lateef Jakande rest on at 91.

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Former Lagos State Governor Lateef Jakande has died on Thursday.

Jakande was governor of Lagos State from 1979 to 1983, and later was Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha military regime between 1993–1998.

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Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu mourned the death of the former governor.

“With gratitude to God for a worthy life well spent in the service of Lagos State, Nigeria and humanity, I announce the death of a venerable statesman, outstanding politician, public administrator and the first Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande,” Sanwo-Olu tweeted on Thursday.

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Emirates Airline suspends ‘oversized passenger services’

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Emirates remains committed to Nigeria and we look forward to resuming passenger services to Dubai for our customers when conditions allow.

Emirates Airline has suspended passenger services from Lagos and Abuja until February 28, 2021.

The airline, which disagreed with the Nigerian authority over extra COVID-19 protocols, however, said the suspension would affect only outbound passengers from Nigeria.

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) recently reversed the suspension of Emirates flights into Nigeria, following the UAE’s cancellation of the antigen rapid tests earlier imposed on Nigerians departing on Emirates Airlines.

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But since the reversal at the weekend, Emirates has been flying passengers into Lagos and Abuja, and refrained from carrying outbound passengers from Nigeria.

A memo issued by the airline yesterday stated: “In line with UAE government’s directives, passenger services from Lagos and Abuja to Dubai are temporarily suspended until 28 February 2021.

“Itinerants from Abuja and Lagos will not be accepted for travels prior to or including this date. Passengers, who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days, are not allowed entry into the UAE, whether terminating in or connecting through Dubai.

“Emirates flights from Dubai to Lagos and Abuja will continue as per the normal schedule. We regret the inconvenience caused and affected customers should contact their booking agent or Emirates call centre for rebooking. Emirates remains committed to Nigeria and we look forward to resuming passenger services to Dubai for our customers when conditions allow.”

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The Guardian had earlier reported that some international carriers had begun enforcement of fresh safety protocols much to the discomfort of Nigerian travellers. Emirates, especially, was conducting mandatory antigen tests on Nigerian passengers, in addition to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test approved by the Federal Government and the global standard.

The test costs additional N25, 800 per traveller at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja and N36, 800 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, until the Federal Government banned the airline to enforce reversal of the antigen test.

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APC warns against reopening of Lekki toll gate.

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The party said the intention of such call was to get the youths back on the streets and to unleash further mayhem on innocent people, who are still individually and collectively struggling to overcome their recent losses.

The Lagos State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged citizens of the state to disregard calls urging them to engage in protests or activities that could lead to further unrest in the state.

The state’s Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Seye Oladejo, in a statement, yesterday, also urged the people to be mindful of the ravaging second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, which thrives in an atmosphere of mammoth crowd, before heading to any reckless call to protest.

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The party said its position was based on the recent call by a former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of APC, Timi Frank, who said citizens of the state should troop out to protest the reopening of the Lekki Tollgate Plaza, which was closed down in the aftermath of the October 20, 2020, #EndSARS protests.

The party said the intention of such call was to get the youths back on the streets and to unleash further mayhem on innocent people, who are still individually and collectively struggling to overcome their recent losses.

According to Oladejo: “Our earlier position that the violent and orchestrated protest was sponsored is perhaps being buttressed by this renewed efforts to make the state ungovernable.”

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“We need to emphasise that the mindless reaction of the politically-frustrated Frank is typical of someone seeking relevance through a rather sensitive issue.

“Besides, it is subjudice and lawless on the part of Timi Frank to condemn a panel that is yet to officially submit its findings.

“We hereby call on all well-meaning Lagosians to condemn any act under whatever guise that could lead to further unrest in the state.

“We also need to be mindful of the ravaging second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, which thrives in an atmosphere of mammoth crowd.”

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The party commended the state government for its earnest and committed efforts to rebuild the state.

It also appreciated those who partnered with the government on corporate and individual capacities for the rebuilding of the state.

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Obasa revalidates APC membership.

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Obasa said that the exercise was like carrying out a population census because at the end of the day, it would be able to tell them the strength of each state, local government and ward across the country.

Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly Mudashiru Obasa has revalidated his membership of All Progressives Congress (APC).

Obasa revalidated his APC membership at his Ward E005, in Agege Local Government Area (LGA )of the state on Tuesday.

He assured that the state would turn out the highest number of registered members of the party at the end of the registration/ revalidation.

“If you talk about the exercise, it has been good and perfect and the major exercise has just started today.

“However, we await report from the field so we can know how dedicated and loyal our members are toward the exercise.

“We have faith on our members and I believe they will comply with the party structure,” he said.

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Obasa said that the exercise was like carrying out a population census because at the end of the day, it would be able to tell them the strength of each state, local government and ward across the country.

He said by extension, the party would be able to tell the number of members in each state ahead of 2023 general election.

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Call for fresh protest kicks in Nigeria’s most popular state

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Protesters, angry at the decision to restart commercial activities at the tollgate where unarmed civilians died, are calling for a fresh protest to demand justice.

Activists behind massive protests that swept across Nigeria in October have called for a new rally on Saturday in Lagos as an investigation stalls into a deadly shooting during last year’s demonstrations.

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Youth-led protests against police brutality and bad governance brought Africa’s largest city to a standstill last year, with the campaign drawing support from many high-profile celebrities.

[files] An aerial view shows protesters gathering at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, on October 15, 2020, during a demonstration to protest against police brutality and scrapping of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Pierre FAVENNEC / AFP

On social media, the hashtag “OccupyLekkiTollGate” was widely shared after a decision on Saturday by a judicial panel to authorise the reopening of the Lekki tollgate where security forces shot at peaceful protesters on October 20.

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After the shooting, the army said only blank rounds were fired to disperse the crowds who had defied a curfew but Amnesty International said soldiers killed at least 10 protesters.

Demonstrations that had spread across the country came to a sudden halt after a wave of looting and civil unrest followed.

Amnesty said at least 56 people had died in the October protests.

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Calm returned to Lekki but the company in charge of the tollgate had stopped operating — until a judicial panel launched by the state of Lagos said on Saturday it could resume its work.

Protesters, angry at the decision to restart commercial activities at the tollgate where unarmed civilians died, are calling for a fresh protest to demand justice.

“No Justice, No Re-Opening. You can’t open a tollgate where victims of state sanctioned murder are yet to get justice,” was a slogan largely shared on social media.

The investigation into the shooting has lingered as representatives of the armed forces have failed three times to appear in front of the panel.

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“If they reopen Lekki Tollgate & start collecting blood money, the people should occupy it again,” wrote one protester, Comrade Deji Adeyanju, who has 120,000 followers on Twitter.

Some are worried that the protest could be used as an excuse to loot properties and have called for a counter-protest to take place on Saturday at Lekki, with the hashtag “DefendLagos” also trending on social platforms.

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Lagos Gov’t to build more schools – Report

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The Chief Resilience Officer stated further that the design for the proposed school has provision for proper ventilation and lighting

As part of efforts to encourage more enrolment of school-age children and check out-of-school children, Lagos State Government has expressed its readiness to build more schools.

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The State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo disclosed this during a meeting with the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), Lagos State Resilience Office (LASRO), Arc. Gbolahan Owodunni Oki and the Chairman, Itire/Ikate Local Council Development Area, Dr. Ahmed Olanrewaju Apatira at Ikeja on the proposal for the establishment of Itire/Ikate Model College.

In a statement, on Monday, the commissioner also hinted that special provision was made for additional schools in the Y2021 budget, while existing school infrastructure would be constantly upgraded to make the teaching and learning environment more conducive.

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She explained that education remained a potential weapon with which the government can fight crime, ignorance, poverty and underdevelopment, adding that the ongoing reforms embarked upon by the present administration would not only improve the State’s quality of education but encourage mass enrolment of pupils of school age.

While commending LASRO for initiating resilience strategies that could help the State Government realise its vision for quality education and technological development, Adefisayo affirmed that the State Government would always create an enabling environment for partnership in the ongoing education sector reforms and reduce activities that could promote street trading, hawking, child abuse and other related vices.

Adefisayo promised that the proposal for the Itire/ Ikate Model College would be taken to the Governor and the State Executive Council for consideration, noting that the establishment of a secondary school in Itire/Ikate community is long overdue because pupils have to travel to Mushin, Surulere, Coker-Aguda and other far distances on daily basis in the search for knowledge.

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Earlier, the Chief Resilience Officer, Arc. Gbolahan Oki explained that LASRO, in conjunction with the Itire/Ikate LCDA, had come to make a presentation in favour of possible consideration for the establishment of Itire/Ikate Model College in line with the State Government’s resilience initiatives in educational development.

Oki further explained that the proposed school, if approved, would help to reduce lateness to schools, students’ exposure to travel hazards, child abuse and similar vices to the minimum, while pupils’ enrollment for secondary education in the area would increase significantly.

He stated that after extensive stakeholder-engagements and due consideration, LASRO came up with a compact and comprehensive design that could accommodate junior and senior Secondary Model College to fit into the available space donated by the community.

The Chief Resilience Officer stated further that the design for the proposed school has provision for proper ventilation and lighting, classrooms that meet minimum requirements as well as amenities such as offices, staff rooms, library and other facilities that could make learning more conducive.

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In his contribution, the Chairman, Itire/Ikate LCDA, Dr. Ahmed Olanrewaju Apatira, who was represented at the meeting by his Vice, Pastor Gbenga Oyebode, explained that after a stakeholders’ meeting, all leaders of Itire Ikate community including Oba of Ikate Kingdom, (HRM) Oba Lateef Atanda Abiodun, the Regent of Onitire Kingdom, High Chief Atanda Aberejo, Itire/Ikate CDC Chairman, Otunba Dupe Adekoya and other prominent citizens of the area unanimously agreed on the need to establish a secondary school in the community to encourage more enrolment and reduce the stress of having to travel long distances to where schools are located.

Apatira said that apart from providing the land for the proposed Model College, the community is equally ready to give every other necessary support to the State Government to make the dream come to reality, noting that the establishment of a secondary school in the area is one of the needs of the people of the area.

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Police arrest 27 suspected criminals in Lagos.

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The suspects arrested are Olajide Kolawole, 26; Kehinde Ayoola, 25; Dola Abdullahi, 20; Michael Ogungbade, 19 and 23 others.

The Lagos State Police Command, at the weekend, arrested 27 suspects in a planned raid of different criminals’ hideouts in the metropolis.

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The arrest was carried out by the operatives of the RRS as a follow-up to the directive of the Commissioner of Police to the commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, to place certain spots under surveillance and dislodge criminals hibernating in the areas, especially at Ikeja, Agege and Alimosho areas of Lagos State.

The raid was also extended to Ile Zik, Dopemu Under Bridge, Shasha, Orisumbare, Iyana-Ipaja Underbridge, Ile-Epo, Abule Egba, Isokoko, Alfa Nla, Capitol Road, Akilo, Marketing and Alausa Central Business District, among others.

The suspects arrested are Olajide Kolawole, 26; Kehinde Ayoola, 25; Dola Abdullahi, 20; Michael Ogungbade, 19 and 23 others.

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The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said the command would continue to intensify efforts to reduce traffic robberies, cult activities and other social vices within the state to their barest minimum.

While commending the RRS operatives for the successful operations, Odumosu advised parents and guardians to monitor their children and wards on the company they keep, as cultism and traffic robberies remain unpardonable crimes, as they attract stringent punishments.

Meanwhile, in furtherance of the promises of Odumosu, at the recently concluded Ikorodu town hall meeting held on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, that Ikorodu would be rid of illegal and criminal acts, spokesman for the police in Lagos, Muyiwa Adejobi, told newsmen that the police special squad hit the town on Thursday, February 4, 2021, around 6.00 p.m. on sting operations.

“The special squad, commanded by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Operations, comprised RRS operatives, Task Force, State Intelligence Bureau (SIB), Special Anti-Crime team, Police Mobile Force, Motor and Traffic Division and other security operatives.

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The operations were carried out simultaneously to remove the shanties, blockages and open markets on the roads in Ikorodu Division, particularly at the Agric Area and some other parts of the town, that had been an eyesore and criminal hideout, with a view to making the town free of gridlocks and crimes.

The squad succeeded in clearing the blockages on the roads, illegal parks and shops.

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Tinubu, others to speak at Lagos economic summit.

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The summit’s opening address will be delivered by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, with the Deputy Governor

President Muhammadu Buhari, former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, are expected to deliver goodwill messages at the Ehingbeti, Lagos Economic Summit scheduled to commence next week.

The summit’s opening address will be delivered by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, with the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; and Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, leading the session on “Strengthening Governance, Institution and Legislation.”

Also leading the array of speakers at the summit are Founder and Chair of Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Mo Ibrahim, Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola; Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation, Mr. Ben Akabueze; Former Nigerian Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; and others.

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President, African Development Bank (ADB), Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina; United Nations (UN) Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed and UNDP Resident Representative, Mohammed Yahaya, among others.

The three-day summit, which is structured into segments, will have subject experts speak on specific themes such as “Destination Lagos: Becoming the World’s Best Investment Destination”, “Eko to the World: Shaping the Future of Trade and Economic Independence”, “Lagos, the Industrial Hub”, “Made in Lagos: Shaping the Future of Media, Entertainment, Culture and Tourism”, “Security, Law and Order (Balancing Regulation and Economic Growth)” and Citizens Participation in Governance.”

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LASEMA stops man from committing suicide in Lagos capital.

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ZdOke-Osanyintolu said that the victim sustained suspected fracture at the distal end of the right tibia on account of alcohol intoxication and suicide attempt.

The Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, says the agency has rescued a man who attempted suicide at National Bus Stop, Ikeja.

Oke-Osanyintolu made the disclosure in an interview with NoRM‘s known Media in Lagos.

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According to him, the man allegedly fell from a height with a view of suicide attempt on Saturday and a distress call was made to the emergency agency.

He said that the alleged ‘suicider’ was rescued by LASEMA officials alive.

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“We received a distress call around 9:50 a.m. about a man reported to have attempted to commit suicide at National Bus Stop, Ikeja.

File Photo: Lagos State Emergency Management Agency trying to rescue man who wants to commit Suicide at Ikeja | Noble Reporters Media | Adigun Michael Olamide | NoRM News

“ This prompted the immediate activation of our emergency responders to the scene,” he said.

He explained that when his team got to the scene, they met an adult male who sustained open lacerated wound on the heel of his left leg.

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Oke-Osanyintolu said that the victim sustained suspected fracture at the distal end of the right tibia on account of alcohol intoxication and suicide attempt.

“Information gathered at the scene of incident was that the adult man fell from height with a view of suicide attempt.

“At the scene safety was ensured, wound was irrigated, the victim was assessed and vitals checked with BP 130/80mmHG, PR 92bpm, RR 22cpm, spo2 92 per cent, gcs 15.

“Oxygen was administered with Nasal Cannula at 4 lit for 45mins and his bleeding was controlled and dressed with 1m 75mg of diclofenac and he was also given a litre of Normal Saline,” he said.

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He said that the man was immediately taken to Ikeja General Hospital for further treatment.

He said that the victim was responding to treatment adding that investigation was ongoing.

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