There is growing tension and anxiety in Lagos over increasing daylight robberies and other crimes perpetrated by cultists and robbers in the metropolis.
This was even as the Lagos State Task Force said that it has arrested another 71 miscreants around railway-line in Oshodi as part of efforts to rid the state of all criminal elements, especially those operating at notorious black spots across the metropolis.
While some residents are raising concerns over increasing robberies during traffic and in some streets, other expressed worry over heavy presence of hoodlums smoking Indian hemp and using other hard drugs in their areas without anyone checking them.
Confirming the development, the Taskforce Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, who led the enforcement team in Wednesday’s early morning raid, said that some of those arrested were in possession of suspected illegal substances (Indian hemp) and other dangerous drugs such as Codeine, Skunk and Tramadol.
He explained that the crackdown is in line with the determination of the Task Force to curtail the activities of hoodlums who rob unsuspecting members of the public.
Egbeyemi reiterated that all identified black spots across the state would be continuously raided and arrested suspects would be fully prosecuted if found guilty, stressing that the present administration has zero-tolerance for all forms of crimes and criminality.
“Lagos State is the most populous in Nigeria as well as its economic heartbeat. As such, the state government is committed to providing a conducive environment for both local and foreign investors,” he said.
He, however, revealed that while 13 of all the arrested 71 suspects were released after a thoroughly screening by the Chairman. The only underage male among them was transferred to the Lagos State Correctional Centre for proper rehabilitation.
House Committee to investigate Onitsha fire – Chairman
The gory tales of the fire tragedy of last Wednesday in Upper-Iweka area of Onitsha in Anambra State was one preventable disaster too many.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, Hon. Tunji Olawuyi, who stated this in a statement in Ilorin on Saturday, said the Committee was shocked and saddened by the sad event.
According to him, the Committee is initiating an inquiry to unravel the immediate and remote causes of this preventable tragedy which has led to loss of precious human lives and enormous economic dislocation.
The Committee, he said, is working in earnest with the leadership of the House of Representatives to unravel the factors responsible for the apparent dismal level of response of fire service officials in this index case, adding that the committee would not neglect the associated factors that occasioned the petrol tanker fire in the first instance.
This inquiry, according to Olawuyi, would afford the Committee an opportunity to review countrywide disaster prevention, mitigation and response mechanisms, collaboratively with multilateral stakeholders.
Escaped Kano zoo lion finally captured
The Managing Director of Kano Zoological Garden, Alhaji Usman Gwadabe, has announced that a team of experts have arrested the escaped lion from the zoo around the city center.
The lion, which escaped from the Zoological Garden late Saturday night, caused panic among residents of the area.
According to reports, on Sunday morning, the ever-busy zoo with shops, filling stations, including the popular Ado Bayero Shopping Mall were padlocked with nobody around the place.
Luckily though, the lion, which was captured around the city area, was not reported to have caused any havoc.
The zoo’s Managing Director said the lion has been taken back to the zoo and residents could now return to their normal businesses.
Ogun seals off 2 buildings, marks 526 for demolition
The Ogun government on Saturday sealed off two dilapidated buildings in Abeokuta and ordered occupants of the houses to move out within 24 hours.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning, Mr Nafiu Adebiyi, told newsmen during an inspection tour that 526 other houses built on water ways, canal and erosion channels had been marked for demolition across the state.
Adebiyi said at the scene that the order became necessary to prevent loss of lives and other possible disaster which could arise from the partially collapsed buildings.
The two buildings were located along NEPA Road in Isabo area of the state capital.
“As a responsible government, we cannot continue to watch and allow the buildings to collapse totally while people still reside in them,” he said.
Adebiyi said that the government was only waiting for response from National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) which had promised to provide alternative shelters for the affected victims before demolition could be effected.
“Demolition of houses is not what can be done in a hurry, no matter how illegal such structures are. In as much as human beings live in such houses, we must follow the rules in carrying out such demolitions,” he said.
He affirmed that government’s intention was to ensure that nobody was negatively affected as a result of preventable natural disaster which was predicted by the National Metrological Agency (NIMET) earlier in the year.
Flooding: Sea level on the rise, Lagos alerts residents
Lagos State Government has alerted residents on the rise of the sea water level, saying that the development has contributed to current to flooding in many parts of Ikoyi, V.I, Dolphin Estate and Oworoshoki.
The government explained that the inability of the lagoon to discharge water into the ocean is what is causing backflow into the drainage channels.
In a statement by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, the officials of the state are also working on different measures to remove the constriction and blockades that would allow easy passage for the resultant flooding.
The state government is also in talks with the officials of the Ogun-Osun River Basin Authority which is releasing water to do so gradually.
He said the officials of the Drainage Department had expected the backflow to go down by evening but from the look of things now may last throughout the weekend.
Similarly, the commissioner said the Ogun-Osun River Basin Authority can no longer hold the Oyan Dam hence has been releasing its water causing a rise in the Ogun River and this has affected low lying areas like Isheri North and Magodo and up to Owode Onirin.
Bello said until the ocean level goes down, the lagoon cannot discharge water into the ocean and causing back flow into all the drainage outlets in the state.
Lagos raises alarm over Monkey Pox outbreak
….Records three cases
Lagos State Government Friday said it has received three cases of monkey pox in the past one month, urging the residents to intensify and maintain adequate personal and environmental hygiene at all times as part of precautionary measures to prevent the outbreak of infectious diseases.
Hence, the government strongly warned residents to observe the highest possible standards of personal and environmental hygiene especially through regular washing of hands with soap and running water and attention to environmental exposure.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who gave the warning, said that three suspected cases of monkey pox were reported by health facilities in the past one month noting that the cases were positive for Monkey Pox as revealed by reports of laboratory investigation.
Speaking during the biosecurity update meeting on the situation report of Monkey Pox disease in the state, the Commissioner gave details about the recent report of the disease in the state, saying there was need for Lagosians to be conscious and take necessary precautions.
He said: ”The patients were treated at the specialized infectious disease isolation centre of Mainland Hospital, Yaba have since recovered and have been discharged. The close contacts and family members of these cases were actively monitored for 21 days for any development of signs and symptoms of monkey pox and none of these contacts develop any symptoms.”
He explained that the State Epidemiology and the Monkey Pox focal persons from Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has earlier carried out sensitization for clinicians and community members in some local government areas of the state three months ago to increase awareness and reporting of any suspected case.
The Commissioner explained Monkey Pox is a rare viral infection of animals which can be transmissible to man and caused by Monkey Pox virus noting that the symptoms in human is similar to those seen in Chicken Pox patients although less severe. It occurs primarily in Central and West Africa close to tropical rain forest where there is frequent contact with infected animals.
“In the early phase of the disease, patients usually present with fever, swelling of lymph nodes, back pain, intense headache, muscle pain and lack of energy while in the late phase, skin rashes or lesion with a flat base develops between three days after the onset of fever which later form small fluid filled blisters. This fluid later become pus and then crust in about 10 days,” he explained.
Kwara gets N3.5bn allocation for Oct
Kwara State Government has received a total of N3,516,975,521 as net monthly allocation for the month of October.
The amount is minus N681,499, 217 deductions made at source as monthly repayment of loans including the bailout funds (budget support) that the past administration received from the Federal Government. The monthly deductions started in September.
The monthly allocations included N3:333:607:862,59 statutory revenue allocation (SRA); N859, 606, 843,58 Value Added Tax (VAT); and N5,260,032,85 Exchange Gains, according to a statement on Friday by Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance Benjamin Fatigun.
The statement said a total of N2,689,825,780 also came to the 16 local government areas of the state as allocation for the month.
Berger to divert another section of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Monday
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says Julius Berger on Friday notified of its intention to extend the reconstruction work on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway from Magboro to Punch section of the road from October 21 to January 31, 2020.
Mr Clement Oladele, Ogun Sector Commander of FRSC, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ota, Ogun, that the development was to enable the company begin rehabilitation work on the 1.3-kilometer stretch of the expressway from Magboro to Punch from Monday.
Accordingly to him, the rehabilitation work will cause a temporary diversion of the Lagos bound traffic to the Sagamu bound carriageway from Magboro to Punch.
“This temporary diversion of traffic will transfer the Lagos inbound traffic to the same carriageway conveying traffic outward Lagos.
“Thereby making both the traffic inward and outward Lagos accommodated on the same section of the expressway within the 1.3-kilometer stretch of the road from Magboro to Punch in Ogun State,” he said.
NAN reports that there was partial closure of the Lagos end of the expressway from September 2 for the ongoing reconstruction work on the 600-metres stretch between Ojodu Berger and the beginning of Kara Bridge.
The sector commander advised motorists to take note of the development and plan their trips by allowing more time to their traveling time, in view of the construction work that would narrow the carriageway which may impair traffic.
“Motorists are also enjoined to observe lane discipline and avoid driving against traffic, as violators risk impoundment of their vehicles and liable to payment of N50,000 traffic fine,” he said.
The FRSC boss cautioned motorists to drive within the maximum speed limit of 50km per hour, the maximum speed at construction zones as prescribed by the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2012, to avoid road crashes.
Oladele, however, commended the public for their patience and cooperation, adding that they still have to bear with the inconvenience the temporary diversion might cause.
He also implored motorists to continue to cooperate with the FRSC and other traffic and emergency agencies that would be strategically deployed to control the diverted traffic around the rehabilitation sections.
The sector commander said that motorists observing traffic emergencies could contact the FRSC toll free number 122.
Two clerics charged after pupils found shackled
Two clerics have been charged following this week’s raids on private Islamic schools where men and young boys were being subjected to physical abuse, police in northern Nigeria say.
One of them ran a facility in President Muhammadu Buhari’s hometown of Daura in Katsina State, reports the BBC.
The police said they had been charged with multiple counts including running illegal detention centres, torture and abuse.
In September police raided another Islamic school, in Kaduna state, where nearly 500 boys and men were found – many in chains.
Correspondents say these facilities are a last resort for some families whose children have committed petty crimes or are addicted to drugs.
Man arrested for manslaughter in Niger
A 39-year-old suspect has been arrested by the Niger State Police Command for allegedly killing his neighbour in Shambo village in Rijau Local Government Area of the state.
The suspect, Filani Mallam, was said to have killed one Angulu Makeri, of the same address with a cutlass over some misunderstanding.
It was learnt that one Magwino Makeri had earlier reported that his brother who left home did not return.
The suspect reportedly engaged Makeri in a fight along Atabio village road where he allegedly killed him.
It was reliably learnt that the suspect inflicted deep cuts on the deceased leaving him to bleed to death.
Upon interrogation, the suspect said that he killed Makeri with a cutlass over what he described as accumulated misunderstanding between them.
While confirming the incident, the Command Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, said the suspect had confessed to the crime.
Abubakar said the operatives recovered from the murder one cutlass, adding that the matter had been charged to court.
Another fuel tanker catches fire in Onitsha
Tragedy was averted in Onitsha, Anambra State on Friday morning after another petrol tanker fell, spilling fuel into a canal in the commercial town.
It was reliably learnt from residents of Omagba Phase two in Onitsha that the tanker fell at about 4am spilling its contents which subsequently caught fire.
“As the product flowed through the canal, its fire was spreading too,” a source in the area said.
Naturally the latest incident caused apprehension in the town coming so soon after Wednesday’s incident, which residents of the city were yet to recover from.
Narrating the incident, the source said: “PMS laden tanker early this morning lost control and rammed into a parked caterpillar in front of Bessoy Filling Station, along Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, Onitsha.
“The tanker started emptying its content on the tarmac, parked cars and balls of fire erupted.”
Again, like the incident of 48 hours earlier, the Anambra State Fire Service men were unable to put off the fire, until their Delta counterparts came to their rescue.
“We called the Onitsha fire service, but they said they didn’t have a functional vehicle, we called Awka, and they said they were coming, but miraculously, it started raining and the Delta State Fire Service came too and helped to put out the fire,” explained an eyewitness.
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