- We’re still consulting, say luxury bus owners
Luxury bus owners have decried the directive of the Lagos State government to vacate Ikorodu Road. Our correspondent, who visited the area yesterday, discovered that policemen, officials of the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) had taken over the Jibowu interstate motor parks, Ikorodu Road, following government’s directive that every transport company should vacate the axis.
A source said policemen were drafted to Jibowu to ensure compliance with the directive and prevent breakdown of laws and order. Last Friday, the Lagos State government issued a sevenday ultimatum, which will lapse on Friday, to operators on the Ikorodu Road axis to relocate to the designated interstate motor parks.
The transporters were threatened with stiff sanction if they failed to comply. However, the offices of the transport companies were locked yesterday. One of the workers of a transport company, who refused to give his name, said that several letters had been sent to the transport companies by government, instructing them to ensure effective management of transport in the axis and that they had complied. According to him, to show they were cooperating with the government, they even constituted a task force that would monitor vehicle movements to check gridlock. He said: “The problem we are facing here is not new; just as government is coming with new measures and directives, the local government also comes with its own.”
A food vendor said: “The directive that the companies should stop operations here is affecting those of selling food the most. Before, within three hours, I would have finished selling my food. Now, I’m just here with the food.” Mr. Emeka, who works with Ifesinachi Motors, disclosed that the locations assigned the transport companies to go, were at Ojota and Berger. He said there was confusion, because they were operating at those areas before they were moved to Jibowu.
Another person, working with Peace Mass Transit Company, said he was still in shock over the government directive, explaining that his boss just paid a whooping N400 million for their park at Jibowu. He said: “The acquisition of the half plot of land cost the company N400 million, and the park was built a few month go.
This movement means leaving the infrastructure. It’s a huge loss.” The Secretary General of Association of Luxury Bus Owners of Nigeria (ALBON), Chief Ralph Eke, an umbrella body of interstate bus operators in the country, said that there was reason behind the development. Eke said that soon, ALBON was going to come out with its position. He said: “We’re also still meeting with the transport companies, which the relocation move affected, to know the way forward. The situation has historical issue and there is a way we want to treat it.
We’re meeting on Tuesday on this same issue.” The Commissioner for Information, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, neither picked his calls nor responded to a text message on why policemen were deployed to the parks when the ultimatum has not lapsed. But when contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said policemen were not there to prevent activities of the transporters. He said: “The operators still have till Friday. But policemen must be there to maintain law
EKiti varsity sacks randy lecturer, two others for absconding from duty post
The management of EKiti State University in Ado-EKiti (EKSU) said it has ratified the dismissal of a lecturer, Mr. Olola Olaleye Aduwo, who allegedly sexually harassed a female student of the institution.
Two other lecturers were also dismissed for abandoning their duty posts. Aduwo, Lecturer 1 in the Department of Accounting, was found guilty of sexually harassing a female student of his department.
A statement on Friday by the Head, Directorate of Information and Corporate affairs of the university, Mr. Bode Olofinmuagun, stated that: “The University Governing Council, at its 135th meeting held on 5th December approved the recommendations of the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee (Academic) that recommended the dismissal.”
It will be recalled that Aduwo was recorded in a video that went viral a few months ago being molested for sexually harassing a female student. The university, thereafter, instituted a preliminary investigation panel, which forwarded its findings to the school management.
The findings were later considered by the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee, which found overwhelming evidence against the lecturer who was then invited to appear before it to clear himself. Aduwo, admitted to the allegations and confirmed the authenticity of the report of the preliminary panel before which he appeared.
The statement explained that: ‘‘Governing Council at its meeting approved the recommendations of the committee that Mr. Aduwo be dismissed from the services of the university with effect from 7th October, 2019.
“In a similar development, the Governing Council approved the dismissal of Mr. Temitope Olusegun Cephas Faleye and Dr. Adebanji Kayode Adegoke, with effect from 7th June, 2019 and 11th July, 2019 respectively for abandoning their duty posts”
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Edward Olanipekun, stressed that, “the university would not tolerate any act of misconduct and that the university would continue to flush out bad eggs in the system.”
Court jails two fraudsters in Ilorin
The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of two persons charged before the Kwara State High Court, sitting in Ilorin, the state capital, on offences that border on internet fraud and other related offences. The convicts, Okoro Raymond and Ogundowole Tosin, were charged before the court presided over by Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar on separate charges.
The charge against Raymond stated: “That you, Okoro Raymond, sometime between March and September 2019, within the judicial division of the Kwara State High Court, fraudulently induced some unsuspecting Nigerians vide your created WhatsApp platform, Winners Chapel Investment, with your phone number; 09010197532; to deliver properties to you to wit: money totalling #200,000 under the guise of their investing and making double gains, and thereby, committed an offence contrary to section 321 of the penal code and punishable under section 324 of the same penal code.”
While for Tosin, the charge sheet stated: “That you, Ogundowole Tosin (a.k.a) Clarissa Doss) sometime in October 2019 or thereabout, at Ilorin, Kwara State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court attempted to commit an offence of cheating by pretending to be one Clarissa Doss, presenting yourself to be a white woman, a property agent who has a property to lease at popular castle gate subdivision, New Jersey, United States, to one Hillary Kurtz, as it is contained in your gmail account, clarrisadossa@ gmail.com and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 95 and 321 of the penal code law and punishable under section 322 of the same law.”
They pleaded guilty to the charges. Justice Abdulgafar convicted and sentenced them to six months imprisonment and ordered that phones, laptops and money recovered in their bank accounts should be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Benue, Taraba govs, NBC begin moves to demarcate inter-state boundary
Benue and Taraba States governors in collaboration with the National Boundary Commission (NBC) have begun moves to demarcate the boundary between the two states to douse the perennial crisis rocking the states. This follows a resolution reached at a bilateral meeting of officials of the two states and those of the NBC.
The meeting also resolved to make available to the governors the comprehensive map of the 1996 fieldwork based on the 1923/24 description so that they can expeditiously study and with input from stakeholders interface bilaterally on areas of concern.
The bilateral meeting further resolved that after the interface, the two state governments shall report to the NBC not later than end of January 2020 after which the NBC shall convene another meeting to discuss the needs of the states as well as plan the way forward. Benue State Deputy Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu, led Benue State team to the meeting while Taraba State delegation was led by Engr. Haruna Manu.
The Acting Director General of the NBC, Surveyor Adamu Adaji, led the NBC team. Chief Press Secretary to Abounu Ogaba Ede, in a statement after the meeting, quoted the deputy governor as stressing the need for peace in the border corridor and highlighted the various efforts put in place by the two state governments in finding lasting peace in the area.
Abounu called on the communities to support the peaceful demarcation of the boundary and to see boundaries not as lines of division but as tools for administrative convenience.
He further charged the leaders of the communities to embark on massive sensitisation of the people in their areas tin order for them to embrace and fully support the forthcoming demarcation exercise.
While on his part, Taraba State Deputy Governor, Engr. Manu, who also stressed the need for peace in the troubled areas, called on the people to change their concept of boundaries and see boundaries as bridges of opportunities, and cooperation between communities and not as barriers to development.
In a remark, Surveyor Adaji thanked governors Samuel Ortom of Benue and Arc. Darius Ishaku of Taraba for their untiring support for the peace process. He outlined activities planned towards the demarcation work and solicited the support of the states and the affected communities.
Apapa: Lagos to shut Mile 2-Tincan Island road for 72 hours
As part of the measures to completely restore sanity on Apapa axis, the Lagos State government Friday announced plans to close the Mile 2-Tincan Island road to traffic for 72 hours.
With the move, New Telegraph learnt that the palliative measure would enhance free flow of traffic on the axis, while the ongoing restoration of law and order by the Presidential Task Force would be remarkably improved when the road is completed.
The Commissioner for Transportation Dr Fredric Oladeinde, who disclosed this, said the closure would commence on Monday and would allow the Federal Government to carry out palliative work on the bad portion on that axis without any hindrance.
The commissioner directed that effective from Sunday midnight, all vehicles and trucks carrying exports and empty containers for Tin Can Port Operations are to stay out of that corridor for the next three days that the palliative works will last.
He explained that fuel laden-tankers and other cars on essential services are exempt from the directive.
Attorney General orders release of 11 minors in Lagos prisons
*As LASG tasks Mothers to Watch over female children
Worried over reports of the presence of under-aged children at various Correctional Centres in Lagos State, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) has ordered immediate release of minors, saying imprisonment of children is contrary to the provision of Section 207 of the Lagos State Child Rights Law of 2015.
New Telegraph learnt a total of 11 minors, who were discovered to be in custody in various Correctional Centres in the State, even as some activists said there could be more, going by the rate overzealousness on the part of law enforcement agencies who are either ignorant of the law or just being brutal.
The Attorney General further directed that the minors be released immediately from prison custody and transferred to the Department of Youth and Social Development for placement in appropriate facilities.
Meanwhile, following the order, a 16-year-old boy was immediately released from the Correctional Centre, Ikoyi, the Attorney General on behalf of the other 10 minors, filed a Nolle Prosequi dated November 29, to discontinue cases filed against them and toward ensuring their release from Correctional Centres.
And in a related development, the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender (OPD), Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi has advised mothers to keep watchful eyes on their female children and desist from entrusting their care to people that their character cannot be vouched for.
The director urged victims of rape, victims of violence and less privileged in the state to take advantage of free legal services being rendered by the Office of the Public Defender to protect their rights.
Nnamdi Kanu’s father dies at 86
The traditional ruler of Afaraukwu autonomous community, Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and the father of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has died.
Eze Kanu’s death was announced Friday afternoon by the traditional ruler of the neighbouring Okwulagha Afaraukwu, Eze Eddie Ibeabuchi on behalf of the Afaraukwu traditional rulers’ council.
Eze Kanu died three months after the death of his wife, Ugoeze Sally Kanu, who died on August 30 in a German hospital and is yet to be buried.
The news of Eze Kanu’s death, who was said to be in critical health condition at the time of the wife’s death, was confirmed by his second son and Kanu’s younger sibling, Emmanuel Kanu.
Reacting, the Abia State government through the Commissioner for Information described the death as a rude shock.
“It was with rude shock that we learnt of the passing on of one of our great royal fathers, HRM Eze Sir I.O. Kanu, the Egwu Ukwu II of Afaraukwu Ibeku at the age of 86 years.
“His unwavering love and sterling contributions to the development of his community in particular, and Abia State in general, are well documented. No doubt HRM left a lasting legacy and an indelible impression on the minds of Ndigbo everywhere in the world.”
He assured the family of the late monarch of support in the period of mourning.
17 escape death in Anambra auto crash
No fewer than 17 persons escaped death in a multiple crash involving three vehicles on the old Enugu-Onitsha Expressway in Anambra.
The accident occurred on the Nkpor/Umuoji stretch of the road.
Mr Pascal Anigbo, the Public Enlightenment Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed the crash.
He said the vehicles included a red Mitsubishi bus with registration number JJT920ZW, a white Hummer bus without registration number and a truck marked KPE686XA.
Anigbo attributed the cause of the accident to wrongful overtaking.
He said 17 persons including 10 males and seven females were involved in the crash while seven persons were injured.
“The Mitsubishi bus did wrongful overtaking and collided with an oncoming bus and the two buses collided with a truck.
“The injured victims had been taken to Crown hospital Nkpor,” he said.
The FRSC officer also said efforts were on to recover the vehicles and valuables, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Three killed, pastor hospitalised as explosion rocks Lagos communities
- NNPC shuts system 2B pipeline, allays fuel scarcity fear
Three people were killed and a badly burnt pastor of a white garment church hospitalised following a pipeline explosion which occurred at the Glory Land Estate, Isheri/LASU Igando Road, yesterday.
It was a gory scene at the neighbourhood of Diamond Estate/Idowu Egba Estate, Isheri, Igando.
For hours, waves of panic among residents were high and parents ran to pick up their children and wards from schools around the areas, as others fled from the community.
One of the residents, Bimbo Oke, said that the explosion was caused by the pastor, who took one of his members to the area for a prayer of deliverance. According to Oke, residents some weeks back had noticed leakage at the pipeline axis.
The pastor was alleged to have lit a candle during the deliverance session, igniting the explosion.
Oke said: “When the pastor was heading to that area with his member for prayers, he was warned and told about the leakage. He however, ignored the warnings. It was in the course of the deliverance that he lit a candle and caused an explosion. The pastor was rushed to the hospital while the member of the church was burnt beyond recognition. Fire fighters got to the scene an hour after the explosion.”
Another resident, Mr Ayo Adedeji said: “We heard a loud noise at about 7:am, we rushed out of our houses and saw a huge fire. It must have been caused by oil spillages. We saw a body inside the river, but we believe the bodies are more. One person was rescued, but his condition was bad. I don’t think he’ll survive. This incident has become a recurring one and we are pleading with the government to come and do something about it. It’s like we don’t have a government.”
Kayode Ajishafe, another member of the community, said: “The explosion was caused by vandals. The fire started as early as 6:30am. We noticed the flame and later discovered that it was a pipeline explosion. This is not the first time this is happening. It is always caused by vandals. Local vigilante people made us to understand that they sighted vandals some weeks ago and even alerted the police. The fire spread from Idowu-Egba road to Baruwa, Ipaja and Ayobo areas. Other places are Isheri Kpako area inside Peace Estate. Three people died. One of them was a lady, who went for spiritual deliverance with a pastor from a white garment church. The church is actually closed to the pipeline areas. A bridge, which links Idowu-Egba and Ayobo communities, was gutted. Fire fighters couldn’t access the scene of the fire because the damaged bridge.”
Mr. Atobatele said: “ I was in the bathroom when I heard the explosion. I ran out. The fire was much. When we rushed to the scene, we saw a burning pastor, screaming for help, but nobody made any move to help him. Two men and I rushed over and assisted him. We rushed him to Alimosho General Hospital. I wonder while these pipeline explosions keep recurring. At the other side, we saw three dead bodies. We really don’t know the cause of this present explosion.”
The Director-General, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, said: “There is an outbreak of fire at the back of Diamond Estate along Isheri/Lasu -Igando Road. I suspect that the fire must have been caused by pipeline vandalism. I have activated the Lagos State Response Plan. All key Stakeholders have moved to the scene.”
Oke-Osanyintolu said that one male adult was burnt to death. His words: “Upon arrival of the LRT as well as other emergency responders at the incident scene, it was observed that pipelines located within Diamond Estate/Idowu Egba were ruptured and spilling petrol which resulted to a fire outbreak in four points. One adult male was burnt to death. Rescue and recovery operations ongoing.”
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), yesterday, shut down all important System 2B fuel pipelines linking Atlas Cove Mega Jetty in Lagos with Mosimi Depot in Ogun State over an explosion and fire outbreak.
The Corporation, which also reported an oil pipeline fire outbreak on the pipeline in Baruwa Swamp area of Lagos, allayed fear that the incident could lead to scarcity of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol during the Yuletide and beyond.
A preliminary report of the incident, the NNPC said in a statement, “indicated that the pipeline might have been torched by act of vandalism of suspected oil thieves who had hacked into the line to intercept flow of petrol.”
The corporation, in conjunction with the Lagos State Fire Service, the statement issued by Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs division, Samson Makoji, read, “had deployed various categories of personnel to the scene to bring the fire under control.
“NNPC assured the general public that the pipeline will be put back into operation shortly, while the breach has no impact on petroleum products supply in the area.”
Allaying fear of product’s scarcity, the corporation also said that it has 116million litres of PMS in Mosimi Depot, 7.5million litres in Satellite Depot and 35million litres in Ibadan depots, all within System 2B network.
Lawyer accuses AIG of illegal detention of widow
Mr. Samuel Akpologun has accused an Assistant-Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Special Enquiry Bureau (SEB), Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID), Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos State, Mr. Murtala Mani, of infringing on the fundamental human rights of his client, Alhaja Alilat Safiriyu.
Akpologun, who is the Principal Partner at Samuel Akpologun & Co, said that Alilat was grabbed and detained in place of her son, Ibrahim Safiriyu.
Akpologun further stated the woman, a widow, had spent at least 11 days in detention.
According to the lawyer, even if his client had committed any crime, the right thing was to charge her to court within 24 hours or grant her bail.
He also argued that the matter, which made the AIG to arrest and detained his client, was a land issue, which he said was a civil case.
He said: “My client has been in detention at FCID since 26th of November, 2019 over a contractual non-criminal matter.”
He said that problem started after the Administrators of her husband’s estate, which include two of her sons and two other wives of her late husband, contracted orally to sell a property at Adiyan, Ogun State to a Brigadier-General.
He went on: “They nominated Ibrahim Safiriyu to act on their behalf. Ibrahim being an illiterate contracted one lawyer Olufemi, who had been his lawyer for seven years to do the paper works. The property which consists of an acre of land, an event centre and a hotel, was priced for N100million. The General paid N44million in installments over a period of one year.
“After a year, his lawyer compromised and began to work for the General. He told the General about the fact that the Administrators have other property in Lagos.
“The General therefore suddenly began to demand that the money he paid be deemed as payment for another property in Oko-Oba. The family insisted that they didn’t intend to sell the property. They also told the General that the property was not listed in their letter of administration, so they do not even have power to sell. Lastly, the property does not belong to their late father. Rather, it belongs to a company in which he was a shareholder. The General refused to listen. Initially, he kidnapped Alhaja Alilat simply because some of the money he paid, about N9million was paid through her account. He took her to his lawyer, who forced her to sign on behalf of the Administrators that they would pay N45million to the General within a month.
” The family paid N5million through the lawyer’s account and the woman signed the sham agreement even though she couldn’t read it. Thereafter, the General got policemen from Abattoir Police Station to go and inscribe on the Oko-Oba property that same had been sold and the purchaser had taken possession.”
Akpologun said that it was after then that the police invited the widow to SEB, she honoured the invitation and was promptly arrested.
The AIG, reacting to the lawyer’s allegations said: “The lawyer is a liar! We went to her account and found out that she collected the money. She’s even claiming that she couldn’t speak English Language, so we got someone to interpret. The money was lodged in her account and her son’s account. Everything concerning the transaction shows that the money was lodged into her personal account. They came to my office, I sent them away. That’s why they want to go and write a report. Let them go ahead and write whatever they want to write. I have my entire file. It’s a criminal case! She collected somebody’s money and refused to give him the property and also refused to return the General’s money. The money is about N44 million, part of it was lodged in her account and the rest is in her son’s account, and for the last five days, the woman’s son had been saying he was coming, but he refused to show up. Let the lawyer go and look for him. For someone to collect money and go away with it no longer a civil case, it’s a case we should investigate.
We have no business with the issue of the property that was bought, but about the money she collected and received over the property, that is our concern.
We traced the money in their account and of course the bank couldn’t lie. If there was no transaction, there was no way the bank could say there was a transaction. We have all the documents and the man sent the money in his own name so what makes it a civil case?”
When our reporter spoke with the AIG on Tuesday, he promised to charge Alifat to court the following day, but as at yesterday, Akpologun said that his client was yet to be arraigned.
Explosive chops off secondary school student’s hand
An object, suspected to be explosive device, yesterday, exploded at Glory Land High School, Azugwu, Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, chopping off the left hand of a Senior Secondary Student (SS2) identified simply as Chibuike.
The device, which exploded during lunch break hour, left many students of the school injured. The incident occurred at about 11 a.m. causing panic within the school and its vicinity.
Chibuike was rushed to the emergency unit of the Alex-Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, while others with minor injuries were treated around the area.
When our correspondent visited the school at about 2:30 p.m. The gate was under lock and key. No student was seen. Our correspondent, however, saw some students of the school, returning to their homes and had a chat with them.
The students confirmed the incident, adding that Chibuike was playing with the device when it exploded.
One of them said: “I was in the school when the explosion occurred. I can’t tell what it was. “But I saw Chibuike playing with the thing before it exploded. It’s like he came to school with it. “The thing chopped off his left hand. He has been taken to the Hospital.”
The Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident.
She, however, said she was yet to get official report from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Eke-Aba Police Station on the incident.
Odah added: “The DPO has gone there, but he has not reported to us. So we are still waiting for him.”
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