Buildings collapses: Traders threaten to vacate Lagos Island

• I wish they’ll stay, it’ll affect us –Landlady   The frequency with which buildings are collapsing on the Lagos Island is currently sending cold shivers down the spines of some traders who are rethinking leaving Island for safer locations, even as others who do not fancy the idea, however, beleive taking such drastic steps will make them lose their customers. Instead, they argued, vulnerable buildings should be avoided. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports that even the landlords do not want the traders to relocate as it’ll impact on their earnings  …

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I escaped but my mum was unlucky –Collapsed building survivor

I reported the building but LASBCA failed to act –Resident   For fear of repeat of last Wednesday’s incident where a four-storey building collapsed on Lagos Island, killing 20 persons including school children, injuring 40, and rendering over 60 others homeless, Lagosians are calling for demolition of old buildings across the state, even as a survivor of the tragedy tells the story of how she survived the terror, which snuffed out life from her 58-year-old mother. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports     Seeing bruises all over her body, not sparing the…

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But for Buhari APC is gone, says Usani

Pastor Usani Uguru Usani is the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State. The Minister has been at the centre of the APC crisis in the state to the extent that he was recently suspended by the National Leadership of the party. In this interview, he explains the crisis in the party in his state to some journalists carpets the Cross River State party chieftains. JOHNCHUKS ONUAYIM reports   What is your take on the allegation of anti-party activities…

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How politicians defaced Lagos with posters

Section 3 of the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency Law, 2006, prohibits indiscriminate posting and display of posters on public structures and highways in Lagos, but this law seems suspended during political campaigns or when influential Lagosians are involved. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports, perhaps, that only the ‘lowly and weak’ obey this law, while the ‘high and mighty’ violate it   Indiscriminate bill-postings have become one of the nuisances threatening the ‘health’ and aesthetic credibility of the physical environment in Nigerian society, especially Lagos State, where the extant law treats…

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The Daniel’s Grace

For many who are familiar with the Bible, the name and story about Daniel won’t be too strange to them I’m sure. And for many of us who did Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) in our secondary schools, we feel in love with the man Daniel because of the lion’s den part of his story. How would a man be thrown into a lion’s den and not be eaten? He must be Superman! I remember vividly, it was after one of such classes in my secondary school days that I was…

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Destitute, hoodlums take over Orile-Badagry monorail terminals, bus lay-bys

•It’s not our duty to drive them out –CCECC supervisor •Dead bodies are seen at Pako regularly –Residents   The snail speed with which the Lagos-Badagry Expressway rehabilitation project is being executed by China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC), company which the contract was awarded to in 2009, has spurred a number of hoodlums, beggars and destitute to turn the monorail terminals and bus lay-bys already in place to their homes and dens respectively. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports that some hoodlums launch their heinous activities from there     For…

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Elections are becoming organised crime in Nigeria –Chukwuma

Mr. Innocent Chukwuma is the Regional Director of FordFoundation, the frontline American private foundation with the mission of advancing global human welfare, in West Africa. An international observer in several elections across the world, he relieves his experience on the last polls in Nigeria in this interview with BIYI ADEGOROYE   What is your general impression about the last polls in the country? Well, as you very well know, election is not an event, but a process that begins with the pre-election preparations, voting day activities and the post-election process…

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Malaria control using GM mosquitoes may affects male fertility –Investigation

  • Doctors warn against proposed release of 10, 000 GM mosquitoes   • 90% scientists fear that GM mosquitoes could spread uncontrollably   • WHO certified Sri Lanka malaria-free without GM mosquitoes   Malaria control using genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes is a new technique developed to contain the scourge of the disease. However, this has been criticised by Nigerian scientists, doctors, and environmentalists for its potentiality to cause male infertility, depopulation of Africa and wreaking havoc on the environment. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports that Sri Lanka got a Malaria-free status…

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Olafeso: Presidential poll, worse electoral nightmare since 1960

Following last weekend’s presidential and National Assembly elections where President Muhammadu Buhari was returned for a second term, National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Dr. Eddy Olafeso, in this interview with BIYI ADEGOROYE, says the elections were allegedly fraught with irregularities and massive rigging aided by security agencies   What is your overview of the presidential and National Assembly elections? To me, my party and to most electorate in Nigeria, the country has just gone through the worst electoral nightmare since independence. It is unfortunate that it…

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I regret being pregnant, says 7-month pregnant wife of ‘camp boy’ killed by Customs officer at Sagamu

Unexpectedly, there was no presence of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Patrol Team and its road block on Thursday at the Sagamu Interchange, Ogun State. That point is strategic as everyone travelling to the South East, South South, parts of South West and even North by road must pass through that spot. To confirm that the Customs patrol team did not just take one day off, a return trip to the area on Friday revealed that the patrol team was not there! Has the service stopped its road patrol policy?…

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