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Three dead, five missing in Lagos boat mishap

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Lagos State Government yesterday confirmed three persons dead and five others missing after a passenger boat capsized mid-way to destination on the lagoon.

The 20-seater passenger boat including two operators, capsized when it collided with another wooden boat on Wednesday evening.

Eyewitness disclosed that after the mishap, 12 passengers were rescued by Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA officials and other emergency agencies.

Other agencies were Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Lagos State Ambulance Services, LASAMBUS, State Environmental Health Management Unit, SEHMU.

It was gathered that the accident would have been prevented if the boat operator had adhered to LASWA cautions against night operation in the state.

Confirming the mishap, General Manager of the Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA, Damilola Emmanuel, disclosed that the boat enroute Ojo from Coconut jetty, a suburb in Lagos, capzised mid-sea.

He hinted that investigation conducted revealed that the boats were a passenger boat, “God Bless” and a wooden water supply service boat.

According to him, unfortunately three persons were confirmed dead and their bodies have been deposited in the morgue, while 12 persons were rescued alive and five persons are missing.

He stressed that efforts of the rescue operators aided rescue of 12 passengers, assuring that recovery efforts will continue until those missing have been found.

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The LASWA boss however expressed concern that boat operators were in the habit of flouting the order by the agency to desist from operating at night due to the dangers inherent.

Emmanuel also urged passengers to always ensure that they wear life jackets before embarking on any trip on the waterways and ensure they are worn properly to prevent loss of lives.

He said the State Government in conjunction with the Marine Police will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident, adding that the operator of the boat would also be held accountable.

Many Feared Dead As Truck Carrying Container Tumbles Off Bridge


On Tuesday morning, at few minute past 9, a truck carrying container fell off the road into the canal along Alapere/Estate towards Toll Gate, Lagos state. It was said that the driver was trying to turn into the main road when he lost control.

It was not confirmed if any lives were lost, but it seemed to be a place for roadside mechanic and petty traders.


More details later.

Lagos Police Inspector Found Dead In A Pit

An Inspector of Police, Samuel Onwuerigho, attached to the 22 Police Mobile Force, Lagos, Tuesday was found dead in a pit along Ekwuoma Road, Owerri Olubo in Delta State.

The 51-year-old’s weapon and ammunition were taken away by those who murdered him,The Guardian reports..

The cause of the incident and those responsible for this criminal act couldn’t be ascertained at the period of filling this report.


Source: Guardian

Idris Elba is People’s sexiest man alive

By Entertainment Desk,

Actor Idris Elba, who James Bond fans are campaigning to be the next person to play 007, was named the sexiest man alive on Monday by People magazine.

The London-born actor, 46, said he didn’t believe it when the magazine told him.

“I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’” Elba told the celebrity publication. “Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy today.’ But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise — an ego boost for sure.”

One of Britain’s best-known stars, Elba won a Golden Globe for his lead role in BBC television detective series “Luther”, played a Norse god in “Thor” and appeared in U.S. television series “The Wire.”

Other actors and singers who have been given the title by the magazine’s editors in recent years include Blake Shelton, Chris Hemsworth, Adam Levine, George Clooney and Channing Tatum.

Only two other non-white men – African-American star Denzel Washington in 1996 and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, whose mother is Samoan and whose father is black Canadian, in 2016 – have won the title since People started the feature in 1985.

Fans have been campaigning for Elba, the son of African immigrants to Britain, to take over from Daniel Craig as secret agent James Bond in the lucrative movie franchise after the next Bond film, due for release in 2020.

Elba in August stoked the rumors that he was set to become the first black actor to play Bond when he posted a cryptic message on Twitter using one of the character’s best-known lines – “My name’s Elba, Idris Elba.” Days later he flatly denied it was going to happen, however.

Elba appears on the cover of a special double issue of People that arrives on newsstands on Friday. people.com/sexiestmanalive2018

Labour suspends nationwide strike

By News Desk,

The planned nationwide strike by the labour unions over a new minimum wage has been shelved for now. The strike was scheduled to start on Tuesday.

Labour leaders, government representatives and organised private sector spent many hours on Monday to reach a consensus on a minimum wage.

But it was in vain as the Tripartite committee decided to convey the resolution of the meeting to President Muhammadu Buhari, for onward transmission to the National Assembly.

The report will be  submitted to  President Buhari on Tuesday  by 4:15 pm.

Government wants to pay N24,000 as minimum wage, but the labour leaders are insisting on N30,000.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday intervened in the impasse  by appealing  to the labour unions, especially the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to consider  the rot  his administration inherited from the previous governments.

The President explained that the present government was doing more with the ‘fewer resources’ at its disposal in putting the nation’s economy right.

Atiku Support Groups Battle Tough Over Supremacy, Recognition

By NewsDesk, 

Task ahead for People Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate and Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, may not only be limited to election campaign and activity, but could also involve resolving of crisis brewing among support groups, who have continued engaging in supremacy battle, particularly between two factional groups’ members who were reported to have engaged in fight for recognition.

Of the troubled groups were Atiku Reloaded led by one Bello Osaretin God lpower and Atiku Die Hard which is under, Ibrahim Sufi’s control, whose members were said to had engaged in fight during a press conference on Monday in Abuja.

As gathered, fight over which group becomes what had continue creating confusion within Atiku’s campaign organization days after Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, was appointed as Director General of the campaign house.

The Guild learnt that various groups from over 2000 Atiku’s support groups had been laying claims on supremacy right while another set were pushing for those not to be recognized by the campaign organisation.

However, a source from the campaign office who confided in The Guild, confirmed that the two groups’  members engaged in fight over rating of one support group above other and that various organizations had been seen agitating against non recognition.

She disclosed that of 2000 Atiku support groups, the two groups members had supremacy battle over recognition by the campaign organisation and that the office needs to find common ground for entire supporters of Atiku before the 2019 election.

The source added that the groups headed by God lpower  and Sufi took to streets in Abuja during which they expressed their various dissatisfaction against supremacy.

She hinted that fight broke off after members of the Atiku Die Hard learnt of the reloaded group staging press conference to lay claim of its supreme above other group, the action of which the source claimed could pass wrong signal to other support grioups,

“It is a good development that support groups are struggling for space and recognition in the Atiku Campaign organisation but that should be done with decorum”.

Besides, a source from the Atiku Die hard, who later spoke to our correspondent through phone after the fight, alleged that the intention of the Atiku’s Reloaded Group was to stage a press conference and such move could send a wrong signal to the world that there were problems within Atiku support groups.

He stated that the action of his group’s members was to prevent the other group from holding the conference in a civil manner, before they were been attacked by the Atiku reloaded members who he claimed violently resisted the disruption of the press conference.

Also, a member of the Atiku Reloaded, who also spoke on the same issue, claimed that notable members of the group had warned the leader of organisation against consequence of the action and that the move could send wrong signal to members of the public.

He told The Guild that Atiku Reloaded’s motives of embarking on such a mission maybe attributed to wanting to send a wrong signal to the society and that the action of the group’s leader caused members abandoning the group.

“Because of the proposed plan to embark on street protest to press home their demand for recognition, members of the Atiku Reloaded are already exiting the group.

Bello God’s power is on his own. Because we are for Atiku and why should we be making unnecessary problems where there is none”.

Meanwhile, effort by The Guild to reach the Director of support groups in the Atiku campaign organisation on the issue proved abortive as they were no members of the directorate available to speak to our correspondent.

Lagos APC Puts House Into Order, Collapses Campaign Groups Under ICG

By NewsDesk,

As part of the effort towards finding common ground among party members, the Lagos State chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) has been able to resolve disputes among various groups, such that many had seemingly divided the party after governorship primary election in the state, by harmonizing Buhari and Osinbajo Campaign Support Group (BOCSG), Ambode Mandate Support Group (AMSG), and Babajide Olusola Campaign Organization (BOSCO) into an Independent Campaign Group (ICG), which would serve as an extra hand to the party in the state during forthcoming general elections.

Specifically, the collapsing of the groups was aimed at forming a formidable independent campaign team that accommodates all party members with the party ideology as its focal point.

However, The Guild got hinted that a drawn Organogram for the newly formed campaign group has Tayo Ayinde, who until recently was serving at BOSCO, as Director General of the Group, with an APC chieftain, Cardinal James Odunbaku, as his deputy.

Others on the list include, People Democratic Party (PDP) Lagos chapter former chairman, Moshood Salvador, who was named as Assistant Director General, West Senatorial District, alongside Wahab Alawiye-King, who was also appointed as Assistant Director General, Central Senatorial District, just as AMSG’s former DG, Akeem Sulaimon, got Assistant Director General for East Senatorial District.

As gathered, the resolve, which was said to have been reached during a reconciliation meeting broker by leaders of All Progressive APC on Monday, was said to have been aimed at addressing factional issues ahead of governorship and other elections in the state.

It would be recalled that crisis broke off in the party after the state incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, second term move was rejected by leaders of the state chapter of the party while another governorship aspirant, Babajide Sanwoolu-Olu, continue to receive endorsement.

The effect of the rejection was concluded as cause of Ambode’s loss to Sanwo-Olu during primary election earlier in the month, with over 900,000 votes against the incumbent.

Meanwhile, a source from the Lagos APC’s secretariat who spoke to The Guild, after the meeting, disclosed that merger of the trio was necessary, saying, it was reached after finding a common ground.

He added that the three groups had been harmonized to form a formidable organisation that would work for the state chapter of APC governorship candidate, Sanwoolu-Olu, President Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and other political offices’ seekers in the state.

He stressed that the groups had agreed to work together as an ICG, with Ayinde to head the newly formed organization.

On the development, the source stated that the listed assistant director generals were up to task and that they were prepared to achieve the set goal of the newly formed campaign group.

He disclosed that Salvador’s mandate was to deliver for president Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo and other candidates of APC including Sanwo-Olu.

Former Chief Justice Idris Kutigi dies

By News Desk,

Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Idris Kutigi is dead. He was 78 years old.

Niger state commissioner for Information, Danjuma Sallau said Kutigi died in a London Hospital.

Idris Legho Kutigi was the chief justice of Nigeria between 2007 and 2009 and after retirement, he was made the chairman of the Constitutional Conference set up by the Jonathan administration in 2014.

Kutigi was born on 31 December 1939 in Kutigi, Lavun local government of Niger State.

He began his early education in the town and later had his secondary education in Bida and Barewa College in Zaria.

He also graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, after which he left for England, where he studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and Gibson and Weldon, before returning to attend the Nigerian Law School in Lagos.

Justice Kutigi served as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Niger State until 1976, when he was appointed high court judge.

He was on the bench in Niger for more than 10 years before his appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court in 1992.

He became the chief justice in 2007, succeeding Justice Alfa Belgore.

He retired on 30 December 2009 and did the unusual by swearing in his successor, Justice Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu, who died in July. He did so because President Umaru Yar’Adua was not in the country at the time, due to ill-health.

Ambode accepts Sanwo-Olu as primary election winner

By NewsDesk, 

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has recognized his co-contender in just concluded governorship primary election, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as winner of the exercised, accepting t result that was announced by leaders of All Progressive Congress (APC).

Ambode, whose decision came hours after leader of National Working Committee of the APC, Clement Ebri, and Chairman of state chapter of the party, Tunde Balogun, separately announced the result in which the incumbent governor had 72,901 votes and against that of Sanwo-Olu’s 970,851, also congratulated the winner, just as he praised the party and its leadership for their commitments.

It would be recalled that Ambode had been battling with his second term agenda rejection with the leaders of the party in Lagos until he had the governorship election was conducted and lost to his contender, who had 970,851 votes.

In a statement issued on Wednesday after several consultations, Ambode expressed his satisfaction on the conducted election while showed readiness to work with Sanwo-Olu ahead 2019 general election.

He said: “Fellow Lagosians, the last few days have witnessed intense political activities that have gripped the attention of the nation and created palpable tension in the polity. I strongly believe that the time has now come for the State to move forward in order that the gains of the last three and half years are not lost”.

“Dear Lagosians, APC is a great party and the interests of our beloved State must always supercede that of any person or group. It is in this regard that I wholeheartedly congratulate the winner of the Lagos State APC Primaries, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and urge all Lagosians to immediately support our party’s gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 elections and work for the success of our dear party.

“As a governor, I will do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition in the remaining period of this administration and ultimately to the new Governor, come May 2019.

“I therefore appeal to all our party members that we remain one family and unite behind the candidate of the party, so that we can continue to move this state forward.

“The progress of Lagos state is non-negotiable. It is a project that I have passionately worked for in the last three and half years as your Governor and one to which I will forever be devoted.

“I wish to use this opportunity to thank our national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the leadership of our great party at state and national levels, all party faithfuls and all Lagosians.

“I thank all Lagosians for their faith and trust in me. I urge you not to relent in your support for our party as we prepare for the General Elections”.

APC officially declares Sanwo-Olu as Lagos guber primary election winner

By NewsDesk, 

Hours after confusion tore apart Lagos State Chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) and National Working Committee delegation deployed to oversee governorship primary election which was conducted yesterday in the state, the two parties have resolved on their differences by declaring one of the aspirant, Babajide Sanwo-Olu as winner of the election with a total votes of 970,851.

The new development occurred on Wednesday after both the state chapter of the party and NWC unanimously came to term that the election witness yesterday in the state was conducted peacefully and also free and fair.

They both agreed that Sanwo-Olu had won the election after results across 20 local governments was compiled in which the winner had 970,851 votes against that of his contender, the incumbent governor Akinwunmi Ambode, of 72, 901.

The result which was signed leader of the NWC, Clement Ebiri, and announced by the state chapter of APC chairman, Tunde Balogun, in favor of the winner of the election.

Although, the chairman of the state chapter of the party had yesterday night  declared Sanwo-Olu as winner of a primary election after due consultation even though there was disagreement over some issues which were yet to be clarified.

Balogun confirmed that Sanwo-olu won the election with total votes of 970,851 against Ambode, who scored 72,901 in the exercised.

The chairman said that the primary election was free and fair in its conduction and that the working committee delegation had also agreed to the process of the exercise.

According to him, there were two contenders in the governorship election and they are, the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

“Ambode has 72,901 votes and Sanwo-olu has 970,851 votes to himself. And Sanwo-olu is the winner of the primary election conducted in the state”


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