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Bauchi legion wives’ group plans trade training for 100 widows, others

By NewsDesk,

A Bauchi State women non government organisation, Legionnaire Wives Association, has said that it would soon embark on raining of 100 widows and wives of retired soldiers in various trading, the move of which the group claimed could keep selected women well-being in shape.

It said that the training would be party of the association’s women give back to society and that would ensure that the training has effect on lives of beneficiaries.

The Founder, Legionnaire Wives Association, Fatima Idris, stated that the training focus was to ensure widows were not neglected and given needed attention.

Speaking on Monday in Bauchi on the move, Idris disclosed that participants would be trained on pomade and detergent and soap making, heat balm, hair creams, among others.

She said that the Bauchi-based Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) would select participants among  wives of fallen heroes and that of retired soldiers across all the 20 local government areas in the state.

She indicated that the aim was to ensure the beneficiaries had a sense of belonging among their peers and that women with relevant training on trades should to set up such businesses within their neighborhood to generate income.

Buhari arrives Maiduguri for re-election continuous campaign

By NewsDesk,

The President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Maiduguri on Monday morning in continuation of his re-election campaign activities, a day after former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, attacked him in a letter directed at the present government.

It was reported that Buhari who arrived the state capital early enough was received by Mr Adams Oshiomole, the Chairman, All Progressive Congress (APC); National Security Adviser, Maj. -Gen. (rtd), Babagana Monguno and the Minister of State Works, Alhaji Baba Shehuri.

As confirmed, other dignitaries that received the president were Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, members of the national and state House of Assembly and other party leaders.

The president is expected to address a gathering of party supporters at the Ramat Square in Maiduguri, to drum up support for his re-election bid.

Meanwhile, hundreds of party supporters with posters thronged streets of the metropolis to welcome the president and display solidarity.

Before Buhari’s arrival, The Borno State Government had declared Monday as public holiday to enable residents welcome the president.

Edgal’s controversial redeployment on suspension, remains Lagos CP

By NewsDesk, 

Hours after Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi, controversial deployment and assumption of another office at Police Headquarters in Abuja, hit headlines, the state command has disclosed that the speculated transfer has been suspended, confirming the the CP as officer in charge of the command’s affairs.

It was gathered that there was a mid drama at the command earlier today after Imohimi refused to hand over office to Acting Commissioner, Kayode Egbetokun, who was announced as officer to who was going to replace him, on receiving new order from police office in Abuja.

It would be recalled that the CP reported to Abuja yesterday after receiving signal during the weekend, to assume the office, but had twist of development, with directive that the Edgal should remain in his office.

However, a statement issued to confirmed the new order, as written by the command’s spokesperson, CSP Chike Oti,  was that the newly appointed Inspector General of Police (IGP), Adamu Mohammed,  had instructed that status quo should be maintained, signifying that the CP would still be in charge of the office.

The statement issued on Tuesday by Oti said: “The Lagos State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that the Inspector General of Police has graciously suspended the planned redeployment of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Edgal Imohimi, from the command.

“The CP, who is well known for his discipline and respect for orders, was about handing over to Mr Kayode Egbetokun on Tuesday when he received the directive to suspend the ceremony and await further instructions”.

“As a command, we thought it necessary to inform the people of Lagos that the CP, Edgal Imohimi, going by this development, remains the head of the police in the state.

“While humbled by the decision, the CP wishes to assure the people of Lagos that their safety and security remains his priority”.

 

Female Soldiers Assault Motorist in Lagos

Two female soldiers assaulted a man on Tuesday at Shipeolu Street, Shomolu, Lagos.

The incident happened in traffic this morning, an eyewitness said that the soldiers came down from a BMW car and started beating up the man.

Click to watch video of him being beaten.

The man Mr Onilude Ayangbemiga said they tried to overtake him but he did not stop because their plate number was covered and he feared they were robbers. They overtook him the second time and started beating him when he came down.

“They were claiming to be a soldier, but at the end of the day I was beaten to the extent that I have this wound on me”. – Mr Ayangbemiga.

Efforts to talk to the soldiers were proved abortive as our correspondent was slightly attacked by the soldiers.

Sanwo-Olu hits campaign ground-running after 5,000 OPC members endorsement

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos state gubernatorial candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu campaign has received external boost from 5,000 Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) members’ who endorsed him as next governor of the state.
OPC endorsement came barely days after the Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obefemi Hamzat, shelved their holidays to extend their campaign across the state for all APC candidates including President Muhammadu Buhari.
Director General, Independent Campaign Group (ICG), Tayo Ayinde, said that the endorsement would serve as a boost for the party to achieve maximum vote during election.

Addressing the members on Thursday at the Sanwo-Olu Campaign office in Ikeja, Ayinde assured that the Sanwo-Olu administration would operate all inclusive governance.
He said: “Aside declaring your support here, we all need to also do it with our Permanent Voter Card (PVC), by voting for APC candidates in Lagos. And do not limit this endorsement to Lagos alone, extend it to other states because your members are present there; tell them that they should cast their vote for all APC candidates.”
According to him, the victory of APC must not be ensured in order to have a better Nigeria because welfare of every Nigerian is concern of the party.
After accepting their endorsement, Ayinde tasked the OPC members to ensure they protect their vote to prevent alteration of election results.
“As you have declared your support for us, ensure that on Election Day, wait till electoral officers count your vote. After announcing the result, monitor movement of ballot boxes to the collation centres because anything can happen within that time. I am not saying you should fight but monitor movement of ballot boxes to prevent any alteration.
“Our aim is to have more votes than any political party and with your support, we can achieve it. We accept this support and believe with this support, we will achieve our aim during forthcoming election,” the Director-General added.
Earlier while declaring their support for APC, Vice President, OPC, Wasiu Afolabi, stressed that their visit was to officially declare their loyalty to APC and Sanwo-Olu, saying, this is the dream of our late founder, Fredrick Fasheun.
Afolabi added that the aim of the late founder was to partner APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to protect the interest of Yoruba race in the country.
He noted that part of the plan was to assist APC claim all available seats during forthcoming election in South West.
“We are fully ready to ensure APC win through our votes. Aside voting, we will ensure that no one disrupt the electoral process across the state.”
The Vice President hinted that the official declaration would have happened before demise of Fasheun but efforts to actualise it broke down due to miscommunication.
“The APC party leadership played a role in bringing the dream of our founding father, Fredrick Fasheun, to reality towards the formation of OPC, so we are glad to be back home as a progressive people.

“It is a of joy and great achievement for OPC that our late founding father Dr fredrick fasheun has resolved to put his difference aside with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and work together for the common interest of the Yoruba race and the whole South West.”

Jimi Agbaje and freedom misconception

By Olusesan Daini,

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”- Martin Luther king Jr.

Being sincerely disposed to error is excusable, but activating ignorance and making deliberate attempt to walk a population of 26 million people into the proponent’s political frenzy will not be accepted in Lagos state of today.

Perhaps, the Jimi Agbaje, Lagos People Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Candidate, recent utterance in public and inscriptions on campaign banners, that Lagosians needed freedom, at a time when Lagos is been unanimously considered the dominant and major contributor to Nigerian economy,  goes against Oxford Dictionary, which defines freedom as a state of having free will; the power or right to act, speak or think freely.

Could it be that the governorship candidate has separate meaning contrary to world accepted definition  of freedom such that gave him the right to portray Lagosians, the 21st century citizens and indigenes, as having deficiency of free will and lacking the power or right to act, speak or even think freely, the position of which obviously indicated how Mr Agbaje thinks about average Lagosian – a person with no right whatsoever.

Moving away from core issues and riding on emotional chagrin, Mr Agbaje goofed to have portrayed Lagosians as lacking political and democratic freedom. First, it must be noted that democracy is a game of number anywhere in the world. At a point in this country, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) was the ruling party by majority decision of Nigerians; today, it is the All Progressives Congress. Also, states have been won and lost by both parties as reflection of the freedom Nigerians enjoy to make choices in the political space. Lagos is not different. One Permanent Voters’ Card is equal to one vote, and that Lagosians have continuously preferred the APC government based on conviction on the party’s ability to deliver good governance does not translate to lack of freedom whatsoever.

In APC’s Lagos State that gives no political and democratic freedom to Lagosians in the context of Mr Agbaje’s definition of freedom, six federal constituencies and six state constituencies were won by the PDP candidates in the 2015 general election. Three out of these 12 seats are currently being occupied by Lagosians of Igbo descent. The longest serving Publicity Secretary of the party and longest serving Commissioner of Finance are both of non-Yoruba ethnic origin.

Mr Agbaje’s attempt to launder his political deficit on the threshold of freedom fighting is not a goal! Also, claiming to wash Lagos financial mess under the APC is like wearing a fragrance to perfume shop to impress the owner. On two occasions that Mr Agbaje has contested to become Governor of Lagos State, his main financials were host of popular names on the looters’ directory who were members of the PDP and have participated in mindless looting of our national treasury.

The reign of PDP saw needless blockade of developmental strives such as independent power plan project, creation of additional 37 Local Governments, repair of Federal Government Roads under concessional plans, harmonisation of State traffic enforcement agency to provide assistance to Federal Government’s on federal roads within Lagos and lots more. All these anti-development policies were firmly supported by Agbaje in his several utterances on the matters. In fact, he supported the freezing of Lagos State allocations from federation account for three years during Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration.

At a point, Agbaje, the proponent of mischievous freedom agenda, threatened Lagosians and the entire Yoruba race that Nigeria would explode should PDP lose Lagos State and Presidency in the 2015 general election. According to him, “Niger Delta militants would unleash terror”, which indeed came to pass before they were curbed at the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government in 2015.

PDP is a party badly damaged leaving no trusted person of integrity as member till date – that is the platform Jimi Agbaje has been running and considers best for the good people of Lagos State.

On economic freedom, only three per cent of the State’s population have their wealth affiliated with earnings around politics and governance as active party members or serving political appointees; the rest 97 per cent are out there succeeding as industrialists, entrepreneurs, career personnel and creative talents. Lagos State is a place where someone with two pairs of shirts and trousers can become a billionaire in another one year due to enormous opportunities and freedom that are abound. No single person is capable of controlling Lagos State’s economy to himself because it is vast, diverse and limitless under a competitive economic atmosphere.

Agbaje’s attempt to divide Lagsosians along emotional line and drag them into campaign of denigration under the guise of freedom advocacy is a ruse, unpopular, uninteresting and does not represent a clear, unambiguous manifestoes for ensuring a greater Lagos, which Agbaje’s has failed to concentrate his efforts on but which APC’s Babajide Sanwo-Olu is critically addressing.

The 21st century thoughts respects facts, evidence, clear vision and deliverables in the political manifestos, which is the key thing that sells before electorates in Lagos State. As a multi-cultural and diverse ethnic base, Lagosians want issues addressed not sentiments capable of dividing the people. Agbaje needs to hearken to President Barrack Obama’s truism that any politician who divides the people for the purpose of winning election will not be able to govern them as divided people; neither would he be able to unite them back as a government.

I don’t see Lagosians trading their peace, continuity, steady development and unity they enjoy for any flimsy coax. That Agbaje thinks Lagosians lack free will, the power or right to act, speak or think freely is the biggest insult to an environment that would have been the fifth largest economy in Africa if it were to stand as a country. Agbaje is tactically misrepresenting thoughts of Lagosians, dismantling their intelligence base, reducing them to C class citizens akin to a war torn societies around the world.

Undoubtedly, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has, in his brief media appearances, demonstrated proficiency and ability to take Lagos to a greater level given his vast knowledge for 13 years. Mr Sanwo-Olu has served as Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions and Managing Director of the Lagos State Property Development Corporation spanning through three successive administrations of Governors Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Babatunde Raji Fashola and Akinwunmi Ambode consecutively.

Lagos State is the present and future of Nigeria. It is therefore very clear that only a person with clear ideas, experience and proven track records in governance is worthy to assume exalted position of a Governor of Lagos State, not an emotionally riddled and inconsistent fellow.

Daini is the Director, Media and Publicity, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu Independent Campaign Group (BOSICG) and Chairman, Igbogbo Bayeku LCDA.

Sanwo-Olu to participate in Ajegunle community football tournament

By NewsDesk,

The All Progressive Congress (APC), Lagos State chapter Governorship Candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has indicted that he would be participating in a community football tournament, Mock Nations Cup, that would be hosted in Ajegunle axis of the state, the decision of which came after it was renamed Babajide Sanwo-Olu Mock Nations Cup, solely for the particular edition.

While the date of the tournament, expected to hold in Ajegunle area of Apapa Local government, is yet to be announced, it was gathered that the declared participation of Sanwo-Olu in the community football competition was to signify his interest on sports and that of his plan to promote the industry.

Through a statement issued on Thursday by Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu Independent Group (BOSICG) Directorate of Sport Director, Toyin Bolowotan, the governorship candidate disclosed that he had thrown support behind the competition, an annual Football tournament in the community, and that he would be spreading his interest across various fields of sports

He said that the the grassroots sports orientation would enjoy full sponsorship from him and that the annual tournament would continue to receive expected support from his person.

The statement hinted that asides enjoying the fun that comes with the football action, fans would also get an opportunity to relate with the representatives of Sanwo-Olu campaign team and get to know more about his programs for Lagosians when he’s elected as governor in 2019.

It would be recalled that Sanwo-Olu set up a particular directorate for sports under his Independent Campaign Group, with aim to drive initiatives for the campaign in the sports sector and also create an avenue to show the relevance of sports in his plans for a Greater Lagos.

He implored Lagosians to be rest assured of enormous sports activities lined up, urging sports lovers to ensure they were participate in electioneering campaign for Sanwo-Olu as the next governor of Lagos state.

Sanwo-Olu flags off campaign, announces Badagry expressway fixing as priority

Lagos State chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has flagged off campaign as flag bearer of the party running for governorship office in the state.

Besides, Sanwo-Olu assured that fixing of the Lagos-Badargry express way would be one of his priority should he get into office after election in 2019.

The unofficial flag of by the candidate came 24hrs after Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officially lifted ban on campaigns for governorship candidates and that of other political offices’ seekers, aside  that of presidential,  which as removed barely two weeks ago.

Sanwo-Olu, while speaking before a political gathering at Lagos senatorial Badagry division on Sunday, which has Deputy Governor, Idiat Adebule, in attendance, after a visit to various monarchs in the axis, declared that campaign for his governorship move had kicked off on Sunday and that he would hitting ground running.

He said that those saying Lagos state is behind is very wrong as Lagos state is far ahead, and they do not know Lagos state very well. He said it’s a must Lagos – Badagry expressway is fixed, and it becomes a priority for his administration once he is elected. “I and my deputy will transform the two lanes to ten lanes if we are elected in the 2019 elections’.

Addressing the constituents, Sanwo-Olu said his visit to Badagry is imperative and significant because he will run an all inclusive government when voted in as governor of Lagos state.
He assured that the completion of the 10 lane Badagry expressway will be of utmost importance to his government .
He said his administration will bring succor to the people of Badagry as he promised to fix the Ijeodo road, Iyafin road in BADAGRY, Ijagemo and Ijegun road
Students in that area were not also left out,as Sanwo-olu promised to make free WiFi available for LASU and ACOED students this month.

Siblings’ cut-off 10-year-old head in Lagos

By Newsdesk

 

The Nigerian Police has arrested two siblings, who allegedly killed and cut-off a teenager’s head in Shapati, Ibeju-Lekki Local Government, Lagos.

It was gathered that the two siblings, Ayodeji Obadimeji, 18, and Saheed Obadimeji, 19, who reside on Tunde Balogun Street, lured their victim to a safe location before perpetrating the act.

The suspects, who wre arrested with the skull of the deceased, Joseph Makinde, 10, alleged that they were contacted by one Sodiq Abefe.

After their arrest by Lagos State Police Command on routine patrol between Ajah/Epe expressway, yesterday, they hinted that Abefe contracted them to provide him with human head at the cost of two hundred thousand Naira (N200, 000).

According to them, they lured the victim by sending him to buy Coca-Cola drink for them and when he brought the drinks to them, they held him and cut of his head with a knife.

The torso has been recovered from an uncompleted building located at Shapati and effort is being made to arrest the said Sodiq Abefe who allegedly contracted the duo to commit the heinous crime.

Meanwhile,  the Commissioner of Police, Edgar Imohimi, has directed that the case be handed over to the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation And Intelligence Department (SCIID) Panti Yaba for further investigation.

The CP Lagos reiterated his earlier warnings to criminals to repent or relocate from the state or regret the consequence of their action.