It was another tragic day at the popular Agric Bus Stop in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State as a container fell off an articulated vehicle and landed on car and three motorcycles on crushing two people to death and injuring a number of others.
Although, as at the time of filing this report, the exact cause of the accident was still sketchy, investigations at the scene of the accident revealed that a truck, with a 20ft container fully loaded with unknown items with registration number LSD-611XU, was on top speed, had a break failure, lost control and subsequently fell on the Toyota Camry with registration number FKJ-732FS and the motorcycles.
It was learnt that the fatal accident led to a serious confusion in the areas as sympathizers and other road users ran helter-skelter, seeking means to assist the trapped victims.
New Telegraph gathered that the victims were among the early risers, who left their homes very early in the morning in order to circumvent the perennial traffic gridlock in the area.
Confirming the accident, the General Manger, Lagos State Emergency management Agency, Dr Oluefemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the dead had been taken to the mortuary while the injured were initially treated by LASAMBUS before they were moved to Ikorodu General Hospital.
Osanyintolu said that items recovered from the container and the car and motorcycles have been bagged and handed over to the Police at Owutu Operation.
He said: “The two bodies of the male victims have been taken to the mortuary while the injured, who were initially treated by LASAMBUS, have been moved to the Ikorodu General Hospital for further treatment. However, the commodities recovered from the container have been bagged and handed over to the Police at Owutu Operation.”
Bad roads: I feel your pains, Sanwo-Olu tells Lagosians
*Declares emergency on roads’ repairs
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Inundated by complaints of residents in the state, Lagos State Government has declared a state of emergency on various dilapidated highways and carriages within the state.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday at the Lagos House Marina, ordered massive construction work on critical roads and highways across the State, beginning from Monday.
The Governor’s directive followed the conclusion of his series of meetings with eight multi-national engineering firms, which began a few weeks back. After his final meeting with the contractors on Sunday, which lasted for about three hours, Sanwo-Olu declared the commencement of major construction work on the identified highways considered critical to the reduction of traffic congestion in the state.
The Governor said all the eight engineering firms had been given the mandate to immediately mobilise their equipment on the sites and commence major construction works on the identified roads.
He said: “This afternoon, we have just concluded meeting with various reputable construction companies and all of them have been given the brief to immediately commence major construction work in various parts of the state. The exercise will begin tomorrow with palliative work on the selected roads, which are both on the Island and mainland divisions of the state.
“The contractors have been given the mandate to start mobilising their equipment to their respective sites without further delay. Their activities must first give our people an immediate relief on the affected roads so that there can be free flow of traffic even during the rehabilitation work.”
To complement the major construction work on the highway, Sanwo-Olu said Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) would be carrying out repairs of 116 inner roads across the state. This, he said, would be in addition to the over 200 roads already rehabilitated by the corporation in the last three months.
The Governor said he was not unaware of the pain experienced by road users in the past few days, which was compound by persistent downpours. He appealed to residents to bear with the government while efforts were being made to assuage their pains and bring permanent relief to them.
He said: “We expect the rains will begin to subside in this month of October and this is why we are mobilising our contractors to immediately start the major construction work on the identified highways and bring permanent relief to residents. I am giving all Lagosians the assurance that the contractors will start the construction in earnest and will deliver on the terms of agreements reached with them.”
Sanwo-Olu said officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) will be working round the clock to control traffic on the areas where the construction would take place.
Serial rapist arrested after defiling 6 minors in Niger
Body of Auchi Poly staff allegedly abducted by gunmen found dead
A staff of the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi in Edo State Mr Samuel Okolie abducted by suspected gunmen on Wednesday has been been found dead on his farm in the state.
The corpse of the deceased was recovered on Sunday on his farm at Aviele, near Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of the state.
The late Okolie was allegedly abducted on his way to his farm on Wednesday evening after close of work.
He was said to be on his way to pick his workers in the farm when the kidnappers swooped on him.
The body was found in the morning, with mutilated marks and dumped close to his farm truck he was said to have been driving to when he was abducted.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Danmallam Mohammed, who confirmed the incident, ruled out a case of abduction.
He said it was probably a case of suicide as the parts of the deceased body were bathed with acid.
According to him: “It is probably a case of suicide and nothing was taken away from him and also from his vehicle. You know the rate of suicide is very high and his might not be an exception.”
Four wanted cultists nabbed in Ogun
Four suspected cult members have been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command while allegedly planning to carry out an attack.
The suspects, who belong to the dreaded Eiye Confraternity, have been on the wanted list of the Lagos State Police Command.
They were said to have participated in various deadly attacks that have claimed lives of many innocent people.
In a statement on Sunday, the police spokesman in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, stated that the suspects arrested while having a nocturnal meeting in a hideout in Ogijo on how to carry out another attack.
He identified the suspects as 28-year-old Owolabi Rasaq of No 3, Ibo-Igunnu Street Bariga Lagos; 26-year-old Chidi Michael aka Chiboy of Adelepo Street Odonla Ikorodu Lagos; 30-year-old Sunday Adetiba aka Sian of No 11 Jagu Lawan Street Ogijo; and 27-year-old Idris Jimoh aka Aloma of No 12 Akinyemi Street Liberty Estate, Itaoluwo.
According to him, the suspects were arrested following an intelligence report received by the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ogijo, CSP Suleman Baba Muhammed.
He said: “Upon the report, the DPO and his men swung into action and stormed the hideout where the four suspects were arrested.
“Investigation further revealed that the arrested suspects have been on wanted list of Lagos State Police Command for series of deadly attacks leading to death of many innocent members of the public.”
12-year-old orphan raped serially by pastor, native doctor; gives birth in Edo
From Cajetan Mmuta, Benin
A 12-year-old girl (names withheld) has given birth to a baby girl at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) in Edo State.
The minor was said to have been raped repeatedly by a popular Pastor, a native doctor and a neighbor who are presently in the custody of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
The trio according to the agency would be arraigned in court next week.
It was learnt that the pastor is aged 30, the herbalist (59) and the third suspect aged 30.
Source close to NAPTIP said the suspects had confessed to have had carnal knowledge of the girl.
The young mother was admitted at the ISTH for pre eclampsia (one of the hypertensive disorders in pregnancy) and she was booked for an emergency cesarean section (CS).
Source said she was later delivered of a baby girl.
It was gathered that the raped victim lost her father at the age of five and was asked to stay with the Pastor when she was six-years-old.
The Pastor was said to slept with her repeatedly until she was taken away to stay with the native doctor who also took his own turns to rape her
She was said to have been taken to stay with her aunt and a neighbour raped her severally until she got pregnant.
Black woman shot dead by police through bedroom window
A black woman was shot dead by police through a bedroom window on Saturday morning, following a request to check on her welfare.
Atatiana Jefferson, 28, had been staying at the Fort Worth residence with her eight-year-old nephew.
A neighbour said he called a non-emergency number after becoming worried in the early hours about an open door.
Police have released body cam footage of the incident, which shows a confrontation lasting only seconds, reports the BBC.
The clip shows officers circulating the perimeter of the residential property and spotting a figure at the window. After demanding the person put their hands up, an officer then fired a shot through the glass.
The Fort Worth Police Department said in a statement that the officer, who is a white man, had “perceived a threat” when he drew his weapon.
He has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, officials added.
The shooting happened at about 02:30 local time (07:30 GMT) on Saturday morning.
Although it is edited, the body cam footage does not appear to show the officers identifying themselves as police.
It does not show footage from inside the property but includes images of a weapon that police say they found inside the bedroom.
It is unclear if Ms Jefferson was holding a weapon at the time, but firearm possession is legal for people aged over 18 in Texas.
Police said officers provided emergency medical care to Ms Jefferson at the scene, but she was declared dead at the property.
‘Playing video games’
The 28-year-old had been playing video games with her nephew before she went to investigate the noise outside at the window, according to a lawyer representing her family.
“Her mom had recently gotten very sick, so she was home taking care of the house and loving her life,” lawyer Lee Merritt said on Facebook. “There was no reason for her to be murdered. None. We must have justice.”
Ms Jefferson was a university graduate who was working in pharmaceutical equipment sales, he added.
The shooting comes less than two weeks after an off-duty Dallas police officer was jailed for shooting a black man, Bothan Jean, dead in his own apartment .
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, himself from Texas, has spoken out about Ms Jefferson’s death .
“As we mourn with Atatiana’s loved ones, we must demand accountability and promise to fight until no family has to face a tragedy like this again,” he posted on Twitter.
The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) labelled Ms Jefferson’s death “unacceptable”.
Neighbour James Smith, 62, said he had checked the property himself before calling police, but failed to spot movement inside.
“I’m shaken. I’m mad. I’m upset. And I feel it’s partly my fault,” Smith told the ‘Star Telegram’ newspaper about requesting the welfare check. “If I had never dialled the police department, she’d still be alive.”
Troops kill 15 terrorists in Borno
- Air Force bridging operational gaps –COAS
The 242 Battalion of the Nigerian Army and the Sector 2 Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in conjunction with Chadian Defence Forces (CDF) have overran Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State, killing 15 of them. The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, disclosed this in Abuja yesterday, noting that the troops encountered the terrorists in an ambush at Jigalta village on Thursday while on a joint clearance operation.
“Two gun trucks were destroyed while another two were captured. Also, four Dutshka anti-aircraft guns, nine AK 47 rifles and a sizeable cache of ammunition were captured. Unfortunately, one soldier paid the supreme sacrifice during the cross fire while a Chadian soldier was also wounded in action,” he said.
This is coming as the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, said that the Nigerian Air Force was bridging the gaps in its operations, in an effort to intensify the onslaught against the Boko Haram terrorists, armed bandits and other criminals in the northern part of Nigeria. The air chief, who spoke at an interactive session with the Senate and House of Representatives joint committee on Air Force, said that the challenging gaps in their operations were being bridged for better firepower against Boko Haram and other armed bandits in the North East and West geopolitical zones.
“In this respect, 100 pilots have just been trained for fire powered air combat attacks on territorial hideouts of the criminals. In addition to this, are over 1,000 special forces that have also been trained and deployed in the various flash points in the affected areas,” he said.
Abubakar however declared that the Nigerian Air Force and by extension, the military could not win the war against the insurgents without required support from the populace in terms of vital information as regards hideouts of the criminals and their collaborators in the society. “Security is everybody’s business and not that of the Military and other security agencies alone. As far as intelligence gathering is concerned, the civilian population have critical role to play by way of giving out vital information on operations of insurgents within their areas.
“I believe that as things are today, Nigerians will agree with us that, compared to where we were coming from in 2014, there is a huge difference now, because the terrorists have been restricted to isolated areas where they will soon be completely decimated”, he added.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Air Force, Senator Bala Ibn Na’ Allah, said the service being rendered by men and officers of the Nigerian Air Force along with their counterparts in the Army and Navy, could not be compared to services being rendered by any other categories of Nigerians now. According to him, service requiring sacrificing one’s life for the protection of one’s country and her peoples, is the most patriotic and that is the reason both the government and people of Nigeria are always proud of the compatriots in the Military as far as the war against insurgency is concerned. He assured the air chief that the committee would always be ready to give the support in terms of appropriations to the security outfit for better service delivery.
The politician said that whatever might have been earmarked for the Air Force in the N10.33trillion 2020 budget, would be expeditiously considered by the committee during budget defence session. “We want you to rest assured of our readiness at any time, to give you required support in terms of appropriations,” he said.
Flood sweeps away 11-year-old boy, rescuer; destroys property in Lagos
Tragedy struck residents of Aboru and Iyana-Ipaja in Alimosho area of Lagos on Saturday as flood swept away an 11-year-old boy and his rescuer, one Wasiu, into a canal linking Aburo and Iyana-Ipaja on Ige Road.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who visited the scene of the accident observed a large crowd wearing long faces due to the unfortunate incident that occurred following the overflow of the canal.
It was learnt that two young boys sent by their parents to buy cooking gas at a gas station unknowingly fell into the drain through which water passed into the canal.
“Three young men attempted rescuing the boys and succeeded in rescuing the older one, but one of the rescuers popularly known as Wasiu Stubborn was swept away while trying to rescue the other victim,” eyewitnesses said.
Speaking at the scene, Mr Solomon Agboghoroma, a Community Development Association leader in Oki town, regretted the development, blaming the failure of government to construct a bridge in the area for such incidents.
Agboghoroma, who recounted the ordeals of landlords and residents of the area anytime it rained, said that there was the need to expand Aboru Road and build a bridge at Cement Bus Stop to forestall recurrence of such tragedy.
“This rain started almost four or five days ago but the one of last night was one of the heaviest and it started at about 2:15 am and by 3:15am, it came with full force and everywhere was flooded.
“At about 7:30 am or 8:00am, we learnt that an OPC member, who was security guard in one of the gas stations here, was carried away by flood while trying to rescue two children who came to buy gas, but fell into the drain.
“The gas station had not opened because of the flood as the whole place including the canal had overflowed its banks.
“The children misplaced their legs and the two of them fell inside the gutter. This OPC boy went and rescued one but in the process of rescuing the second child, he and the boy fell into the canal and that was the end,” Agboghoroma said.
He blamed the government for the tragedy, saying that several petitions had been written to successive governments in the state from the time of former Governor Babatunde Fashola to the last administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
“People have been dying in situation like this here and all landlords have tried, including raising almost N4 million for dredging of the canal.
“The government knows what to do when it is ready because this canal contract was award sometime in 2011 or 2012. When we taxed ourselves, Fashola came and commended us and promised palliative and government takeover.
“The government should come and do the bridge as against this culvert that is here. This flat culvert cannot contain water. The government should widening this road and ensure the canal is dug for the peace and safety of residents,” he added.
Mother, two children, sister die as two buildings collapse in Lagos
*As petrol tanker tumbles, spills contents on Otedola Bridge
Tragedy yesterday struck in Lagos with two buildings collapsing in different parts of the state killing a mother, two children and her sister.
Sunday Telegraph learnt that the fatalities occurred the building that collapsed in the Magodo area of metropolis, while there were no casualties in the one that collapsed in Ikorodu.
In the Magodo incident, it was learnt that that the building caved in on Orisa Street leaving the woman, her children and sister dead.
This was even a fully loaded truck with 45000 litres of PMS tumbled on the Otedola Bridge, outward Lagos. The accident was the third to have occurred on the bridge in recent time.
Confirming the tragic incidences, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said that the building collapse occurred at Orisa Street, Magodo, adding that the four lives lost were the mother, her two children and another lady identified as the woman’s sister.
He confirmed that they were trapped in the collapsed building, explaining that a building on Otun Araromi in Orisa street suddenly collapsed from the top of the hill onto another building.
He said: ”On arrival at the scene it was discovered that a building on Otun Araromi in Orisa Street had suddenly collapsed from the top of the hill onto another building down the street. The effect of which led to four people killed.”
However, another building also collapsed at Ita Elewa, rea of Ikorodu yesterday.
Osanyintolu blamed the heavy downpour for the disaster, adding that the impact of the intense rainfall could be responsible for the Ikorodu incident.
”Further investigations revealed that aside the heavy downpour, the obviously old building constructed with mud bricks, had been seriously distressed over time with visible cracks on its other yet-to-collapse sides. The old storey building, which collapsed this morning at Rademo Street, behind Recreation Centre, Ita Elewa Ikorodu, has so far not recorded any loss of life, nor injuries as time of filling this report,” he said
He also said efforts were on to clear the Otedola Bridge of the tanker and its spilt contents in order to reduce the traffic gridlock along the axis.
How sting operation led to arrest of sex-for-marks lecturer, by committee chair
The Chairman of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) Muhyu Magaji, has explained how the commission organised a sting operation that led to the arrest of one Ali Shehu, a lecturer at the Kano State School of Technology, who pleaded guilty to sexually harassing a female student.
Speaking with Saturday Telegraph, Magaji said his agency first received a complaint from the female student (name withheld), who alleged that Shehu had been pestering her for sex in exchange for good examination marks.
He said the female student reported that the lecturer, who is attached to the Computer Science Department, had been communicating with her through WhatsApp Erha platform, while threatening to fail her if she did not accept his sexual demands.
Magaji added that the student recorded all the conversations she had with the lecturer and reported him to the commission after he asked her to meet with him in person. “That was when the commission arranged its men and attached them to the student to follow her where he asked her to meet him. When our people arrived at the meeting point, they saw the lecturer already waiting for the student, with exams booklet in his hands, ready to award her marks once she accepted his amorous demands,” he said.
Magaji also noted that his agency got the support of Shehu’s employers on the activities of the randy lecturer and the efforts to arrest him, recalling that he was nabbed at Ummi Plaza by the agency officials, who caught him in the cat while inserting his hands in his victim’s private part. Meanwhile, the Kano State Polytechnic, to which School of Technology is attached, has set up a committee to investigate Shehu, who has since been remanded in prison custody by a magistrate court after he pleaded guilty to sexual harassment and breach of trust.
Rector of the polytechnic, Mukhtar Atiku Kurawa, said the committee would also investigate another lecturer Aminu Chedi who is accused of extorting money from students. Chedi is standing trial for a one count charge of collecting gratification in the course of carrying out his official duty. Kurawa of the Chemistry Department urged all staff of the Kano state Polytechnic to desist from all evil acts that may tarnish their image and reputations.
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