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20 LAGESC officers’ jobs under threat after agency issue query

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At least, 20 officers from Lagos State Government sanitation agency, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), may have to sacrifice their jobs should the department find them guilty on allegation of their involvement in a street combat in which a video on social showed showed the officers to be fighting members of the public with machetes and other weapons, last week.

The development, however, was coming barely a week after the incident occurred in Ilasamaja axis of the state and the agency promised to take action against the alleged displayed of the officers identified to be members of LAGESC.

The Guild, through a leaked queries separately issued by the agency over the weekend to entire officers involved, learnt that the state government was not happy with the action of the men from the department, who were said to had been warned against their misconducts in public.

It would be recalled that LAGESC had identified and listed the 20 men involved in the street as  Babatunde Segun,  Bature Muhammed, Supt. GL: 07., Whosu Clement, GL: 05. Shofolahun Ibrahim, GL: 05. Adeyanju Ibrahim, GL: 05.

It also listed Qudus Alao, GL: 05, Ojo Tosin,  GL: 05, Sulaimon Kazeem, GL: 05, Adeleke Omikunle, GL: 05. Olowoporoku Salawu, Koleosho Ayinla, GL: 07, Seun Ige, GL 05, Yusuf Tunde, GL: 05, Dibia Vincent, GL: 05, Lawal Fatai, GL: 05, Musibau Adebayo, GL: 05,Odunlami Samuel, GL: 05 (Injured)., Shokoya Adegbuyi, GL: 05,  Obagbenro Yinka, GL: 05, among the officers to be tried after the action.

Meanwhile, in a video circulating across social media, the officers were sighted attacking residents in Ilasamaja axis of the state with machetes and other weapons after claimed assault against the men of the LAGESC during the week.

But against the actions of the men, the Lagos state government took responsibility, with direction of severely punish toward the LAGESC officers over the public misconduct and after action that cost millions worth property.

From the latest development, the state government expressed its displeasure over the actions of the men, while it informed the accused men, through the leaked issued queries, to represent themselves in writing why a disciplinary action should not be taking against them.

Source from the agency, who confided in the The Guild but want his name kept from the public, disclosed that the officers would have to go and that LAGESC cannot keeping such bad elements in the system.

He added that before the incident occurred, the agency had been warning the officers over received complaints from public against their approach and others actions.

The source confirmed that the queries were served to affected officers and that all the men may have to sacrifice their jobs after agency’s investigation.

He explained that even though the officers were attacked first by members of the public, the display was not enough justification for the actions, just as the source expressed certainty that government would not tolerate indiscipline of the men.



Court jail men over public smoking

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A Karmo Grade One Area Court, Abuja, on Monday, sentenced Gift Ibrahim, Abubakar Sani and Lawal Abdullahi, to two weeks in prison for constituting public nuisance.

The Magistrate, Inuwa Maiwada, however, ordered the convicts to pay a fine of N2000 each in the alternative.

Ibrahim, Sani and Abdulahi, of no fixed addresses, had pleaded guilty to one-count charge of constituting public nuisance.

The prosecutor, Mrs Ijeoma Ukagha, told the court that the convicts were arrested at a black spot at Utako village, Abuja.

Ukagha said that the three had been caught smoking at the spot on many occasions and were warned severally to stay away from the spot.

She said that a team of policemen attached to Utako Police Station led by Insp. Abu Mohammed arrested the convicts on Oct. 11 when they failed to adhere to the instruction.

She added that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 199 of the Penal Code.

Lagos goes after enforcement agent’s officers over wrong conducts in public

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The Lagos State Government has directed that officers from Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), who were reported to had involved in a street combat in Ilasamaja area of Isolo, putting the state government in bad light, should be brought to book by facing consequences of their actions.

In a video circulating across social media, the officers, about 20 of them, were sighted attacking residents in Ilasamaja axis of the state with machetes and other weapons during an alleged assault against the men of the LAGESC during the week.

But against the actions of the men, the Lagos state government took responsibility, with direction of severely punish toward the LAGESC officers over the public misconduct and after action that cost millions worth property.

However, a statement issued on Saturday by Public Affairs Officer, LAGESC, Rahmat Alabi,  identified the officers alleged to had been involved in the street combat to includes: Babatunde Segun,  Bature Muhammed, Supt. GL: 07., Whosu Clement, GL: 05. Shofolahun Ibrahim, GL: 05. Adeyanju Ibrahim, GL: 05.

The list also includes:  Qudus Alao, GL: 05, Ojo Tosin,  GL: 05, Sulaimon Kazeem, GL: 05, Adeleke Omikunle, GL: 05. Olowoporoku Salawu, Koleosho Ayinla, GL: 07, Seun Ige, GL 05, Yusuf Tunde, GL: 05, Dibia Vincent, GL: 05, Lawal Fatai, GL: 05, Musibau Adebayo, GL: 05,Odunlami Samuel, GL: 05 (Injured)., Shokoya Adegbuyi, GL: 05,  Obagbenro Yinka, GL: 05,

In the statement, the Executive Secretary, LAGESC,  Idowu Mohammed, who took the necessary action on behalf of Corps Marshal ASP Daniel Isiofia (rtd), condemned the action of the officers.

It said: It has come to the knowledge of the agency the viral report of some Corps Officers engaged in unruly activities with members of public yesterday during their operation at Ilasamaja, Isolo area of Lagos State.

“The State has considered it rather unfortunate that some officers by this singular act had seriously embarrassed the Agency and the State Government at large. In order to quickly correct this, the Agency will make sure that appropriate disciplinary action is quickly sanctioned against any officer found culprit in accordance with Public service rules number 040501(xxviii and xxix) Battery and Assault.

“Meanwhile as a measure to ensure adequate disciplinary action is meted out to the erring officers without delay, the Agency has directed the head of operations to forward the list of all officers in that particular operation and also directed that those officers that were injured during the fracas be taken to hospital for immediate treatment.

“We uses this medium to appeal to the members of the public and those who were directly affected not to take law into their hands and that the State Government would look into the matter holistically and bring any one found culprit into book without fear or favor”.



Story of police officer on theguildng.com, not credible-Lagos police

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The Lagos State Police Command has said that a story published by The Guild on incident of a police officer, attached to Ikorodu Divisional Headquarter, alleged of pulling down campaign poster of one of the state’s governorship aspirant, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, under All Progressive Congress (APC), and shooting sporadically in Igbobo Bayeku community in Ikorodu, was not credible, just as it cautioned member of public not to entertain the report.

It said that it attention of the command was drawn to the news making rounds on a social media platform with www. the guildng.com.

Through statement issued on Sunday by the command’s Public Relation Officer, Chike Oti, it noted that operators of the said platform, wrote a story which was captioned “Police caught pulling down Sanwo-olu’s campaign posters, shoots sporadically in Ikorodu”

It said: “the Command wishes to inform the general public that there is no truth in the allegation and for the records, it wishes to state that on 27/09/2018, at about 1630hrs, at the Civil Service Model College, Ikorodu, one Oregbesan Yekini Owolabi, a staff of the aforementioned school, while acting on the instruction of the College Principal, one Reverend Ajose, to paste a “POST NO BILL” warnings on the school fence to prevent the defacing of the wall by advertisers, was accosted by unknown persons who accused him of removing posters of politicians which he vehemently denied.

“In the ensuing argument, one of the policemen posted on guard duty at the school, Inspector Sunday Ogwuche, intervened but unfortunately, he was attacked by these yet to be identified persons.

These men, not done with humiliating the Inspector of police, still went ahead to put his picture on the social media to give live to their lies.

“Although the picture they circulated contradicted their allegations because the officer wasn’t seen in the said picture yanking off posters from the wall, yet these mischief makers desperate to cause disharmony in a peaceful state, went ahead to portray an innocent middle ranking officer of the Nigeria Police in a most uncharitable manner with an intent to cause a breach of the public peace”.

“The Command wishes to assure Lagosians, especially politicians, that it will discharge its duties firm and fair to all inhabitants of the state while warning those using the social media to fuel hatred and incite the public, to desist from such acts as the Command will not stand idly by and watch them cause civil strife. The Command has always been apolitical and would ever remain so”.

Jos pond yields 4 other cars, apart from General Alkali’s

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The Jos pond, where the car of missing Major General Idris Alkali was found on Saturday, contained other shocking secrets: four other cars were also found inside it.

“This pond contains a lot of hidden secrets. There are four more cars that we have discovered to be inside for now. We are determined to unveil all the secrets in it,” said Major General Augustine Agundu, Commander Special Task Force.

Alkali’s car registered as MUN-670-AA Kwara State, was pulled out of the pond at about 7 p.m, with the combined effort of NEMA, the Fire Service and local divers.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Alkali, former Chief of Administration Nigerian Army was declared missing since Sept. 3.

Agundu told journalists that the search started on Sept. 22 at the site after receiving intelligence reports about the location of the vehicle.

Agundu explained that the missing general was caught up in a fracas at Dura-Du on Aug. 2, when irate youths blocked roads and attacked travellers following an attack in the community on Sept. 2 where 13 persons were killed.

“We started this search on Sept. 22 when we were ordered by the Chief of Army staff to find the missing general.

“We recall that on Sept. 2, the Du District was attacked by armed bandits where 13 were killed and others sustained injuries.

“The general who just left service after 35 years was travelling to Bauchi and he drove himself having left service. Unfortunately he ran into the irate youths who blocked the road.

“We got information about his movement and swung into action to find him. We got intelligence report and convinced ourselves that this pond was where he was dumped.

“There are about 32 abandoned mining sites in this community but to single this one out, you must know a lot of intelligence gathering was done.

“On the first day of operations, some organised women resisted our operations claiming the pond was their source of drinking water and ancestral water but they were all lies.

The GOC, 53rd Army Division, Maj. Gen. Benson Akinroluyo while confirming the discovery said that the car belonged to the missing general. He said Alkali’s body has not been found.

Akinroluyo said that the search for the body will continue immediately and advised members of the community to go about their lawful duties. He stressed that the army will not intimidate them on the findings.

“The vehicle is indeed that of missing Major General Alkali. We have not seen the body but the plate number on the car is his own.

“The Army T-Shirt found has his name tag on it. So I can confidently confirm all these we have found here belongs to him.

“The army is a professional body which carries out its operation according to best practices and human rights. We will not arrest anyone not involved.

“Our intelligence pinpointed where his vehicle was pushed to. So you will know that we have credible intelligence on who and who is involved and we will get them arrested,” he said.

Man seals baby’s eyes, mouth with super glue in U.S.

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A Texas man Johnnie Lee Carter has been arrested for reportedly gluing an infant’s mouth and eyes shut at a motel.

The 29-year-old Carter, allegedly choked a 14-month-old baby and punched her in the head and rib cage, before using a Crazy Glue stick to cover the child’s mouth and eyes, the Dallas News reported.

By the time Carter’s wife reported his alleged actions to police, he fled the scene.

Police reportedly found a glue stick on the motel room’s desk, and also found a 2-month-old child buried in the bed under pillows and blankets, the news outlet reported, citing an affidavit.

Carter allegedly put the 2-month-old underneath bedding, before allegedly gluing the toddler, because the infant was crying, his wife said.

The Odessa Police Department asked for the public’s help in finding Carter in a news release on Sept. 18.

An updated news release indicates Carter was arrested Sept. 24 in El Paso, roughly 230 miles west of Odessa.

Carter was wanted for injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, which police said is a first-degree felony.

Police nab JSS 2 student over illegal possession of pistol

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The police in Enugu State have arrested a 16-year-old  JSS-2 student in Udi Local Government Area, who allegedly specialised in house-breaking.

SP Ebere Amaraizu, the Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO), in a statement on Wednesday in Enugu, said the teenager was nabbed on Sept. 24.

Amaraizu said that the police tracked the suspect as a result of information from good Samaritans about his activities in Umuabi community.

He said that the suspect was a student of one of the secondary schools in Udi council area.

“The JSS 2 student was nabbed by police operatives following intelligence information received from public spirited individuals.

“The suspect is helping police operatives in their investigations as he has revealed how he had been breaking into victims’ houses and carting away properties within Umuabi and its environs,’’ he said.

The police spokesman said that a locally-made pistol was also recovered from the suspect.

“The suspect, who specialises in finding out buildings whose owners are not around, carted away items such as wrappers, breakable plates, radio sets, generating sets, television sets, money and other valuables,’’ Amaraizu said.

Lagos, Abuja trekker arrives destination, okays Atiku’s presidential ambition

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For him,  Isa Munlaila, who had just arrived Abuja after embarking on an angered trekking from Lagos, against President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 presidential ambition, his 34 days journey, which he began about 40 days ago, as he claimed worth sacrificing for, saying his action was to registered youth anger over current state of the nation.

Having spend 34 days on road Munkaila, who left Lagos over a month ago, arrived Abuja yesterday evening, during which he said he was fulfilled to have trekked the distance from Lagos to Abuja against the second term aspiration of Buhari.

Speaking about the journey at People Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat in Abuja, on Tuesday, where he was received, the young Nigerian hinted that he tekked minimum of 12 hours on daily basis and then slept anywhere  night meets him, and continuing his journey to Abuja.

He had initially planned to reach Abuja between 18 and 20 days, but because of a sore leg, the journey lasted for 34 days.

“As I trekked, I saw people angry with this present government because of hardship and failure to deliver on what was promised. When people see me, they hailed me for trekking. Some people were asking me if I was doing it for some political parties and I said no, but for the youths of this country. We are for good governance,” he said.

Munlaila, who said he is not a politician, however, said based on people’s view during his trek from Lagos to Abuja, he would endorse the aspiration of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar to become president next year.

According to him, from his interaction with people, they preferred the candidacy of Atiku among all Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential aspirants because of his achievement.

He said when he got to Abuja, he went to the PDP National Secretariat and asked to see the National Chairman of the party, but was told he was away.

“Because of what I have heard during my trek, I will endorse Atiku for 2019 presidency. If Atiku has the chance to govern, Nigeria will be a better place,” he said.

“PDP must consider Atiku as their choice of candidate to represent the party as its presidential flag bearer because people prefer him”.

Court remands 8 for defrauding Osun lawmaker N38m

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An Osogbo High Court in Osun on Wednesday remanded eight persons in Ilesa prison for allegedly defrauding an Osun lawmaker of N38 million.

The accused including Kazeem Agbabiaka ,40, Abdulrasheed Ojonla, 45, Femi Oyebode,30, Babatunde Oluajo,50, and Adebiyi Kehinde, 42 are being tried for conspiracy and fraud.

Other accused are Oyebamiji Oyeniyi, 32, Ismaila Azeez, 45, and Awodunmola kehinde, 44.

The Magistrate, Olusegun Ayilara, ordered them to be remanded in prison custody until Sept. 28 when their plea would be taken.

The Prosecutor, ASP John Idoko told the court that the accused committed the offences between April and July in Oluajo area of Osogbo.

Idoko said the accused conspired to defraud the Majority Leader, Osun State House of Assembly (OSHA), Timothy Owoeye, of the sum of N38 million under the pretenses of organising a spiritual prayer for him to avert a death revelation.

The prosecutor said the accused dubiously recorded a video clip showing the lawmaker naked and allegedly circulated it, which went viral.

He said the offences contravened sections 516 and 390(9) of the criminal code, cap 34 vol.11 laws of Osun, 2003.

The plea of the accused was not taken.
The Magistrate adjourned the case until Sept. 28 for mention.

Gunmen kill 8 persons in Nasarawa State – Police

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The Police Command in Nasarawa State on Friday confirmed the killing of eight people by unidentified gunmen in Sofiyo village of Toto Local Government Area of the state.

Kennedy Idrisu, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, confirmed the incident in Toto.

The PPRO said scores sustained various degrees of injuries from the attack.

Idrisu advised inhabitants of the area especially the youths against taking laws in to their hands.

He advised the people to ensure that they reported crisis to the appropriate authorities for necessary action rather than engage in violence.

“It is true that gunmen attacked and killed eight people in Sofiyo community of the locality.

“We have also mobilised our men to the scene of the attack to maintain law and order and to forestall further attacks.

“The injured are currently receiving treatment at the Specialist Hospital, Gwagwalada,” he said.

Thee PPRO said that the police would not relent in its efforts to ensure peace and stability in the state and called on trouble makers in the state to shun their evil acts.

He urged the residents to provide the police vital information that would enable them to arrest the perpetrators and generally curtail criminal activities in the state.

In May communal clashes erupted between the Egbira and Bassa ethnic groups during which many people were killed and property destroyed.