The popular Ikosi-Ketu Fruit Market in Ketu area of Lagos was on Friday demolished to pave way for a modern market.
New Telegraph learnt that the Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area, LCDA, has awarded the reconstruction of the dilapidated market to Total Value Integrated Service Limited, which is committing about N2.8 billion to reconstruct the market.
Around 10.00am two bulldozers, escorted by policemen, mostly from the state task force stormed the market to ensure that there was no resistance during the demolition.
There was initial resistance from touts in the market who hauled bottles at the police. The police responded by shooting sporadically in the air to scare away the touts and also shot several canisters of teargas to disperse traders unwilling to leave the market.
Some traders, who were in the market earlier were able to rescue some of their wares, but others were not so lucky as they were prevented from gaining access into the market to salvage their wares.
Some of the traders lamented that they were informed sometime ago about the demolition, but said they were not informed a day before the demolition that they were coming to pull down the shops.
One of the local Coordinators of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, in the area, Adebowale Adetona said they were informed some weeks ago that they were coming to demolish the market, but that they did not notify them of the latest development.
But Chris Onyekachi, Managing Director, Total Value Integrated Service Limited, when contacted told newsmen that the traders were giving adequate notice to vacate the market for redevelopment, adding that series of meetings were held with the traders union, traditional rulers and council members on the proposed reconstruction of the market.
“We gave them notice three weeks ago which has expired and we gave them another seven days notice to move their wares to other areas of the market. They are aware,” he said.
“We held meetings with the Iya Olojas, Baba Olojas and we agreed on the mode of demolition. Some people kicked against it and because we want peace to reign, we met with the obas and we saw reasons why the market should be reconstructed. Some miscreants don’t want the redevelopment. We are not interested in chasing people away from the market. Those who owns shop earlier will be considered first in re-allocation at a discounted rate.
“We want to upgrade the market to meet the Lagos mega city standard and we are doing it in phases. We will not shut the whole market. The development will be in four phases and the market occupies 25 acres. We have 18 month duration to rebuild the market and we will invest about N2.8 billion in the reconstruction. The reconstruction of the first phase will begin in January,” he said.
Man kills wife, three sons before taking own life after ‘domestic dispute’
A man shot and killed his wife and three of their sons before taking his own life in an apparent murder-suicide.
Police arrived the home following a neighbour’s report of a ‘nail gun firing’ on Saturday morning to find a young boy covered in blood inside the house in San Diego, California, reports mirror.co.uk.
They broke into the house and found a 29-year-old woman, her 31-year-old husband and three other boys – aged 5,9 and 11 – with apparent gunshots wounds.
Both adults and a 3-year-old were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Lt. Matt Dobbs of the San Diego Police Department.
Two other boys were pronounced dead at the hospital and the surviving boy was taken into emergency surgery in critical condition, the police said in a press conference.
The age of the surviving child is not yet clear. The family has not been named.
Dobbs said: “It’s still very early in an investigation, but it appears to be a tragic case of a domestic violence murder-suicide.”
The mother had yesterday obtained a restraining order against the father but it’s unclear if ‘the order has been served’, he added.
It is understood that the man had visited the home in the morning and had argument before shooting the wife and the children then turning the gun on himself.
The police ruled the incident as a domestic dispute involving one family.
Police Chief David Nisleit said: “My heart goes out to the family and their friends.
“As a husband and a father this incident is very difficult for me to even think about.”
Gunmen kill 2 farmers in Kaduna
Two persons were yesterday reported killed by gunmen at Agon village in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The killing followed an attack on houses of the victims early Thursday, two days after three policemen were gruesomely murdered by gunmen at a checkpoint between Fadan Karshi and Aboro village in the area.
The incident left the villagers in fear as according to residents, there was no provocation to warrant the killing.
The Vice Chairman of Sanga LGA, Alhaji Abba Abubakar Abba Umar, said those killed were Monday Kura and Emmanuel Madaki. Alhaji Umar said investigations into the matter by relevant security agencies had since commenced to track the perpetrators.
He advised people of the area to be mindful of strange persons in their midst and promptly report any suspicious movement to security operatives.
Lagos raises alarm over ‘fake’ Safety Officers
The Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola has raised the alarm over influx of touts who claim to be safety Officers to swindle unsuspecting firms and other member of the public.
According to him, the touts had cloned and forged the Commission’s logo to carry out unofficial duties, calling on the residents to be wary of their activities. He warned that arrangement had been made to ensure that those caught will be arrested and prosecuted in line with relevant laws of Lagos State as security personnel have been contacted to carry out such directives.
The Director-General, who affirmed the commitment of Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu led administration to safety of lives and property of its citizenry, advised members of the public to disregard any illegal purported summons, abatement notices, seal orders and so on.
Mojola, who also decried the activities of unscrupulous members of the public carrying out unlawful activities on behalf of Safety Commission also harped on the need to take punitive measures against touts parading themselves as Staff of Lagos State Safety Commission.
He said: “Lagos State Safety Commission hereby dissociates herself from such persons or group of persons who have branded their vehicles, forged the commission’s official letter headed paper, Abatement notices and some paraphernalia worn by officials of Lagos State Commission “.
Fayemi’s wife inaugurates deworming campaign
Ekiti State First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has advised parents on adequate deworming of their children in line with medical prescriptions to prevent diseases associated with worms’ infection. Fayemi made the call on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti, during the flag-off of mass deworming of schools children in the state.
The flag off ceremony took place at the State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) office complex and Okesa Health Centres in Ado-Ekiti. Fayemi noted that diseases associated with worm infections are common in places where sanitation is inadequate and water supply is poor. She urged residents to ensure they have well sanitised environment and use clean waters. Fayemi said 24 per cent of the world’s population is infected with the soil transmitted infectious diseases, particularly among school children.
She said: “The symptoms of soil transmitted infestation include intestinal manifestation (diarrhoea and abdominal pains), general malaise and weakness of the body, impaired cognitive and physical development, anaemia and others.
“Worm infection includes blood in urine, anaemia and cancer of the bladder. All the common worms in school age children can be treated effectively with pills. “In consequence, the Ekiti State Government has embarked on a mass deworming campaign to treat school children, age four to 15 years in Ekiti State as part of Dr Kayode Fayemi’s commitment to the health and well-being of the citizens.” Fayemi added that the governor had since the inception of the administration, demonstrated his commitment to the provision of effective health care delivery system for the people through several interventions like the free health programmes, school feeding among others. “The introduction of the school feeding programme in particular will impact positively on the mass deworming campaign.
Zamfara: FRSC embarks on aggressive traffic rules
The Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), Zamfara State Sector Command, has pledged to pursue incessant public enlightenment programmes and aggressive enforcement of traffic rules and regulations with a view to serving as deterrence to traffic violators.
This was disclosed in a press briefing yesterday, by the sector Commandant, Mr. Wihioka Uche Chukwu, while commemorating this year’s World Day Remembrance for Victims of Road Traffic Crashes. Chukwu, who promised aggressive operations by the corps of the command in pursuance of laws guiding driving, warned that roads users should ensure total adherence to traffic rules and regulations, and respect for all roads signs for safer driving.
He said: “The theme for this year’s commemoration is tagged as ‘Life is not a Car part’, and was carefully chosen to enable people of the world to reflect on the sanctity of life and the fact that once taken, it cannot be replaced. “Unlike the car parts that are replaceable, nations are simultaneously organising events to promote this theme with various activities lined up to mark the week. “According to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) reports, greater number of people are being disabled for life on world roads through avoidable traffic crashes in the face of increasing motorisation, therefore, the need to address the menace through appropriate measures,” the sector Commandant stated.
Chukwu also charged Corps of the Command, to, for the sake of respecting the Africa Union Executive Council decision and the United Nation’s resolution, arise to discharge their primary assignment in ensuring saving lives. “I am charging you to strictly work on the provisions of your duties without fear or favour on any traffic violator no matter what class he or she belongs to, but you should respect the laws and value lives anywhere and at any time,” Chukwu warned.
Land grabbing: Lagos arrests, arraigns 19 more persons
The Lagos State Government through its Special Taskforce on Land Grabbers has arrested 19 more alleged land grabbers for offences bothering on trespassing, illegal occupation, forceful land take-over and prevention of lawful entry by violence.
They were picked up in a land situated at Plot 1Block II, Ogudu Phase II Government Residential Scheme in Kosofe Local Government Area. The task force had earlier last week arrested three persons in connection with a similar offence. Lagos State Attorney- General and Chairman of the Special Task Force on Land Grabbers, Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN), confirmed the arrest to Saturday Telegraph during the week. He said 18 males and one female were arrested in a sting operation by officials led by the coordinator, Mr. Owolabi Arole and policemen attached to State Taskforce on Environment and Special Offences Enforcement Unit. Onigbanjo said that the arrested persons had been handed over to State Taskforce on Environment and Special Offences Enforcement Unit for prosecution at the Special Offences Court of Lagos State on three counts bothering on land grabbing. “This arrest is the culmination of investigation carried out by the Special Taskforce on Land Grabbers on a petition submitted by Harmonious Attorneys on behalf of the petitioner and claimant of the land, Mr. Ade Bamtefa,” he said.
The commissioner for Justice noted that Special Taskforce on Land Grabbers had been re-energised to receive petitions and conduct proper investigation concerning any case of land grabbing. He frowned at the alarming rate at which land grabbers prevented persons or entity from acquiring legitimate interest and possession of property acquired especially on Government Residential Schemes.
Drug trafficking: Nigerian faces 10 years in US jail
…judgement fixed for Feb 2020
A Nigerian woman, identified simply as Tammy, has pleaded guilty to charges of drug trafficking and bank fraud in the United States and may spend up to 10 years in jail. In a statement issued by the Department of Justice, US Attorney’s Office (Eastern District of Virginia) on November 5, Tammy pleaded guilty to the allegations of conspiring with others to import more than five kilogrammes of cocaine, as well as to her role in a separate bank fraud scheme, and to making false statements relating to fraudulent claims submitted to Medicaid for reimbursement. US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Zachary Terwilliger, said: “Tammy is a ‘triple threat’ of criminality – drug trafficker, a fraudster, and a liar.
“Tammy, a Nigerian immigrant, who has spent the last two decades with the privilege of living in the United States as a lawful permanent resident, clearly has zero respect for American laws pertaining to our borders, controlled substances, our financial system, or our health care system.”
With her guilty plea, Tammy faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison for the cocaine importation charge when sentenced on February 28, 2020. According to court documents, Tammy, who is 40 years old, recruited men from the greater Washington D.C. area to act as drug couriers. She was also accused of opening bank accounts in the couriers’ names, assisting them in obtaining passports and visas, and booking their travel arrangements.
Tammy’s suspected couriers travelled primarily to São Paulo, Brazil, where they picked up kilogramme quantities of cocaine hidden in the lining of soft-sided briefcases or attaché cases. Altogether, law enforcement seized nearly seven kilograms of cocaine at three different US airports from three separate couriers allegedly recruited by Tammy.
The statement also revealed that in addition to the cocaine importation scheme, Tammy also submitted falsified and fraudulent claims to the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance, a health care benefit programme funded by Medicaid. It was reported that Tammy worked as a personal care aide for various home health agencies in the Washington D.C. area, and in order to receive payment for services rendered, Tammy was required to submit time sheets signed by her clients documenting the services rendered. Instead of submitting time sheets for time actually worked providing health care services, Tammy recruited Medicaid recipients to act as her “patients” and to sign her falsified timesheets in return for a small amount of money as a kickback.
On at least two occasions, Tammy billed DHCF for home health services she claimed to have provided while she was out of the country. Apart from the cocaine importation and the home health services scheme, Tammy allegedly used her African goods business in Maryland also to carry out a bank fraud.
Police rescue four-year-old boy kidnapped by relative
The Anti-kidnapping Squad of Operation Puff-Adder in Kano has rescued a four-year-old boy kidnapped by a relative of his who demanded a N4 million ransom.
The Kano Command’s Spokesperson, DSP Haruna Abdullahi Kiyawa said on Sunday at about 1500hrs, a complaint was received at Zango Division of the Force that unknown persons kidnapped one Abdulrahman Dalha ‘m’ 4-years-old of Zangon Rimi Quarters, Ungogo LGA Kano State and demanded a ransom of N4 million.
Haruna said the Command’s Anti-kidnapping team of Operation Puff-Adder was immediately mobilised and directed by the Command’s Commissioner of Police to track down, arrest and bring the perpetrators to book within 24 hours.
“The operatives swung into action where community policing tools were utilized and that led to the arrest of the principal suspect, one Anas Isah ‘m’, 22-year-old of Zangon Dakata Quarters Kano, while planning to collect the ransom,” he explained.
DSP Haruna noted that suspect confessed to committing the crime and led Puff-Adder operatives to the house of his aunty at Inusawa Village, Ungogo LGA where the kidnapped victim was rescued.
The Police said suspects will be charged to court for prosecution after investigation is completed.
Publisher in court over alleged N4m fraud
A 42-year-old publisher, Benjamin Adedoyin, on Friday appeared in a Kubwa Magistrates’ court, Abuja, over alleged fraud involving N4 million.
The police charged Adedoyin, who lives in Dutse, Abuja, with criminal breach of trust, cheating and intimidation.
The Prosecutor, ASP Ejike Peters, told the court that the complainant, Stanislaus Ntekop, in April gave the defendant N4 million to use as down payment for a N6.4 million contract for the supply of books to the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Peters alleged that when the defendant completed the job, he refused to pay the complainant his money back.
He said when the complainant called to demand for his money, the defendant threatened to kidnap or kill him.
Peters said the case was reported by Ntekop on April 10.
He said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 312, 322 and 397 of the Penal Code.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Muinat Oyekan admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100,000, with one reasonable surety in like sum.
Oyekan adjourned the case until December 4, for continuation of hearing.
I bit my boyfriend’s penis ‘out of frustration’, woman tells police
A Florida woman allegedly bit her boyfriend’s penis and threatened him with a knife after she accused him of wanting to have sex with another woman, a report said.
The alleged assault happened during an hours-long drinking session in Miami Beach that ended on Wednesday at about 3 a.m., a local ‘NBC’ affiliate reported.
Esperanza Gomez, 33, was drinking beers with her boyfriend when a female friend joined them at about midnight, according to the report.
The friend left a short time later — but Gomez became enraged and accused her boyfriend of wanting to bed the woman, reports the New York Post.
She allegedly shouted at him, grabbed him by the arms and “began to poke him with a knife,” according to a police report obtained by the station.
She then “bit his penis out of frustration,” he later told police.
Gomez was arrested and hit with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to county records.
Her bond was set at $6,500.
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