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Rival youths clash leaves scores feared dead on Lagos Islands

 

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Atleast eight persons were allegedly killed, scores of residents sustained severe injuries and property worth millions of naira looted during renewed clashes between rival youths on Lagos Island.

It was gathered yesterday that the clash that claimed the lives was between youths from Onola and Okepopo and started after the later gang leader, Falapa, was released on Friday night.

Residents disclosed that in an apparent show of strength, the Okepopo gang stormed Onola axis, inflicting injuries on residents and looted traders wares within the axis.

They said: “It was during the attack that the Okepopo boys shot and machete to death a-yet-to-be-identified teenager found sleeping inside Keke-Marwa at entrance of Iga Faji.”

It was gathered that some beggars and traders of northern extraction were not spared by the gang during the attack that lasted for several minutes, inflicting injuries on them.

Pained by the narration from traders and residents, the Onola youths regrouped and launched reprisal attack on Okepopo area.

A resident, Adegboyega Ismail, narrated that some traders who lost goods worth millions of naira during the attack teamed up with Onola youths during the attack on Okepopo axis.

He stressed that their grievances was that the Okepopo youths had often during attacks on Onola axis loot traders warehouses and shops.

During the attack, residents narrated that about four members of the Okepopo gang, who participated in the earlier attack, were allegedly killed by Onola gang.

In retaliation, the Okepopo boys alerted their allies and launched another attack on Sunday night. But on arrival, they were resisted by Onola youths, who sources said had laid a siege within the community for them.

As the attack intensified, another youth from Okepopo was hacked down by their opponent before the police arrived to restore normalcy.

The Guild gathered that efforts by the Policemen from Area ‘A’ Lion Building divisional stations to end the mayhem proved abortive as the weapons brandished different weapons, vowing not to relent.

A resident, who doesn’t want his name in print narrated that few minutes after the police deployed to quell the attacks returned to their stations, “the Okepopo boys launch and concluded another attack within 15 minutes, returning into their hideouts.

To bring sanity, a military team was on Tuesday night deployed and was seen at Oshodi/Tokunboh junction on Lagos Island.

.only one corpse was recovered from scene-PPRO

Confirming the clash, Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, Chike Oti, debunked the number of causalities recorded during the clashes.

Oti stressed that the figure was false but disclosed that one body was recovered from the scene by the Nigerian Police.

He narrated: “Some group of boys engaged themselves in a free for all fight. And during the clash, a distress call was made to the Area A, Lion Building Commander, Haruna Muhammed, who rushed to the scene in company of other officers.

“Immediately after their arrival, they restored normalcy. However, they recovered the body of an unidentified young man at the scene. He might have died from the injuries inflicted on him during the clash.

“The number is not true. This is Lagos and such cannot be allowed to happen. I know that if such happened, someone could have recorded it and circulate to others. And I believe it would have gone viral,” Oti added.

 

Diesel tanker explodes, Lagos residents scamper for safety

By Balogun Alabi,

A Diesel tanker laden with 33, 000 fuel has reportedly exploded in Ijegun, Navy town, Ojo area of Lagos State after the tanker rolled of the truck.

Eye witnesses told our correspondent that the incident was known after a loud noise was heard during the day on Wednesday, having discovered that a tanker caught fire.

Although, residents in that area lamented on why tank farms would be situated near the Navy Town, Ojo area in the state.

However, residents have called on state fire service and other emergency agencies to attend to the incidence before it escalates into something worse.

Details later…

Court dissolves 10yrs marriage over husband’s alleged laziness, joblessness

By Balogun Alabi,

A customary court sitting in Igando area of Lagos State, has dissolved a ten year old marriage between Awawu Oseni and her husband, Ibrahim Oseni, over allegations that Ibrahim could not get a work to fend for his family.

Asides inability to fend for his family, Awawu told court that her husband who sleeps from morning till night, snoring, has refused to work, and that before marrying her, Ibrahim promised to procure an apartment which he failed to do.

The petitioner stressed that her mom has been the person paying the house rent of where she and her husband lived, as well as providing feeding since inception of marriage.

She complained that Ibrahim also battered her if she failed to give him food to eat, and that her husband countlessly accused her of infidelity.

During court hearing on Tuesday, the estranged wife told court president, Akin Akinniyi, that her husband also embarrassed her publicly by beating and calling her abusive names.

On his part, the husband denied allegations of being lazy, adding that he has been paying house rent and was also caring for their only child.

“Although I stay in the house from morning but I leave with my motorcycle to work in the evening,” he added.

However, the court president said that the petitioner was adamant in spite of mediation from court and family intervention, and that the court was left with no choice than to dissolve the union.

“The court pronounces the marriage between Mrs Awawu Oseni and Mr Ibrahim Oseni dissolved today; both parties henceforth cease to be husband and wife.

“Both are free to go their separate ways without any hindrances and molestation,” Akinniyi said.

Lagos seaports expects 34 vessels containing consumables, petroleum, others

By Balogun Alabi,

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has announced that not less than thirty four ships containing petroleum products, consumables and other commodities would arrive Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports in Lagos State.

It said that the vessels were expected to arrive in bits between January, 8 and January, 30, 2018.

NPA added that the ships were expected to be laden with buck wheat, frozen fish, bulk gas, bulk fertiliser, aviation fuel, bulk sugar, empty containers, diesel, petrol and goods.

Confirming the development in its publication made available to newsmen on Monday, titled `Shipping Position’, NPA noted that six out of the expected thirty four ships had already arrived the port.

 

It stressed that the ships which arrived, were waiting to berth with bulk fertiliser, containers, aviation fuel, base oil and petrol.

Former Flying Eagles goalkeeper, King, dies

By Emmanuel Onminyi and Agency report,

Amidst the festivity and celebration that engulfed the whole world, former Flying Eagles goalkeeper, Raymond King, has died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos, after suffering stroke.

King, who also had a distinguished club football career with the defunct Abiola Babes FC of Abeokuta, died on New Year’s day at the age of 52.

Tajudeen Disu, King’s former teammate at Abiola Babes broke the news of the passage of the goalkeeper few minutes after he gave up the struggle.

Before his move to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital on New Year’s eve, he was admitted at the Ikorodu General Hospital but had to be moved when his condition deteriorated.

Disu who began on a sober note stated: “Raymond King has just passed on at the LASUTH

“He was transferred from the State Hospital, Abeokuta to Ikorodu General Hospital on New Year’s eve when his condition was not improving.”

Reports on THISDAY suggested that when SOS messages were passed to individuals to support the former Shooting Stars  goalkeeper, First Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Seyi Akinwunmi, Director General of Lagos Sports Commission, Dr Kweku Tandoh, and a host of other sports administrators and personalities joined efforts to ensure that King got the best treatment, following his transfer to LASUTH.

“When the news got to Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Olajide Idris, he directed that he (King) should be taken to LASUTH for better treatment and it was this evening (Monday) he got there and LASUTH told us initially they didn’t have electricity to commence treatment or fuel to run their generator.

“But when they eventually started to set up their equipment to treat him he was already gasping for air and he passed on,” a broken Disu recalled.

But a source at LASUTH disclosed that King may have survived if only there was a scanning machine at the Ikorodu General Hospital to detect what to treat. All efforts to move him to Clinix in Ilupeju for MRI scan became too late.

Police docks man for allegedly stealing mobile phones in Ikeja

By Balogun Alabi

The Nigeria police Force has arraigned one Monday Francis, 26, before a magistrate court in Ikeja, Lagos State, over allegations that he stole two mobile phones in a hotel in the axis, belonging to a man, Moruf Olayiwola.

It was gathered that shortly after the complainant, Olayiwola, discovered that his phone was missing, he immediately alerted the hotel authorities who checked the Close Circuit Television which allegedly showed Monday stealing his phone, including an iPhone 5 and a Nokia phone, which was said to have worth about N60, 500 on November 19.

The prosecutor, Sergeant Yomi Egunjobi, told court on Monday that the defendant was arrested the following day immediately he was seen at the hotel premise.

“The accused came back the following day, when he was questioned, he denied the theft but the CCTV camera revealed he was when he was made to watch it alongside the officials of the hotel.

“He was handed over to the police,” he said.

Egunjobi who stressed that the alleged offence contravened section 287 of Lagos State Criminal Law, 2015 (Revised), added that the section prescribes three years’ jail term for stealing.

However, Monday pleaded not guilty to the offence, and the magistrate, O.I. Raji granted him bail of N30, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Raji ordered that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government (LASG), and adjourned the case till January 5 for judgement.

Head of military formations in Lagos assures maintenance of peace and security

By Balogun Alabi and News agency report

The heads of military formations, Lagos State, Air Vice-Marshal J’afaru Yahaya, during a visit to the State Governor in Ikeja, has assured that security agencies would continue to support the state government in the maintenance of peace and security.

He said that the security agencies would continue to make judicious use of available resources to ensure continued peace and security in the state.

While paying visit to governor on Monday, Akinwumi Ambode, Air Officer Commanding Logistics and Communications, Yahaya, commended the governor for providing vehicles and other logistics support to security agencies.

The governor in his response promised to continue providing security agencies with necessary support and thanked them for their cooperation.

However, General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Peter Dauke, was part of the military delegation.

Lagos bags 2016 best Hajj operation award

By NewsDesk

As part of dedication toward proving that Lagos is a state of excellence, the state government has bagged prestigious award for best performing state during 2016 Hajj Operations in Nigeria, topping 35 other contenders that put in for nomination.

Specifically, the award which was organised by he National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) to recognise state performance during the 2016 performance, was one of others six the Lagos received for its excellent performance throughout the duration of the 2016 Hajj exercise in Mecca and Medina.

Other award state received were best state in Coordination of pilgrims airlift, best state in E-Track Management, and second best state in pilgrims education and enlightenment programme.

It also bagged second best state in Taradudiyyah exercise, third best state in provision of pilgrims accommodation and Third Best State in coordination of pilgrims feeding.

The South West Commissioner, the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON), Fuad Adeyemi, said that out of the eight categories of awards instituted by the commission, Lagos cleared seven which proved that the state did well during the 2016 Hajj operation both in Nigeria and Saudi.

Adeyemi, who presented the awards to the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode,on Friday in Lagos, expressed satisfaction on the state governor support towards pilgrims and providing the necessary logistics that made the holy exercise not only worthwhile, but one that had the state stand out during spiritual journey to the holy land.

“I want to thank the Governor for his support because if a Christian governor can support his people to the level that they became the best, not only the way we used to know Lagos state, but came best throughout the nation and not only the nation, but across the world.

Lagos  did not only make Nigeria proud, but has personally made me proud,” Adeyemi said.

On his part, the state governor, who commended the commission for finding Lagos worthy of the awards, said it was responsibility of the his administration to ensure indigenes received best care both at home and abroad, just as he reiterated that the state government would continue to put in its best to serve its people.

Ambode stated that the performance and recognition would spur Lagos to retain the awards in subsequent exercise, assuring that, 2017 operation would receiving best care than ever.

“For us in Lagos, we do not just see the awards, we focus on making the people comfortable, and we thank the Hajj Commission, not because they recognised us, but because it’s only out of fairness that when you see a good thing you recognise it.

According to him, as a government, Lagos is  committed to make life more comfortable for its people because its the state believes that priority of every government is that of indigenes.

To him, the wards were just  inspirations on the part of the state and that it has open challenge again that the state must keep the awards during 2017 Hajj operations

Ambode, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Idiat Adebule, also commended the Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Board and other partners of the state government that worked towards the success of the Hajj, just as he reminded board that the awards were a call to sustain the good works.

Earlier, the Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry of Home Affairs, Abdulateef Abdulhakeem, in his welcome address, said that the awards were more feathers to the awards already won by the impressive performance of Ambode led administration in all sectors.

The commissioner also assured that the Pilgrims Board would work assiduously to replicate same feat not only during the 2017 Hajj exercise but also the Christian pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Greece and Rome.

“The primary essence of government is the welfare of the people whether they are within or outside Nigeria. So the Governor has touched every sector and the people who are of the religious sector are immensely grateful to His Excellency and we thank the Federal Government for identifying with us and we promise that we would not allow these medals to go without maintaining them,” Abdulhakeem said.

Issues affecting women top LASG priority – Ambode’s wife

By Newsdesk

The Lagos State Governor’s wife, Bolanle Ambode, has re-emphasised  government’s commitment towards ameliorating fortunes of women in the state irrespective of their social, political and religious affiliations.

She stressed that the need to empower women economically cannot be over emphasised as it was crucial for the poverty alleviation and domestic harmony,adding that continuous interventions is crucial to address issues affecting women.

She made made the assertion  on Thursday at the 2017 WAPA Connect Conference, organized by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) held in Lagos.

With the conference theme, “Fostering Domestic Harmony Through Multi Perspective Analysis and Graphic Display Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century,”  she maintained that the State Government believed that women must spur all efforts within their capacity towards economic empowerment, emphasising that all hands must be on deck, and steps taken towards achieving gender equality and inclusive governance.
“Lagos State Government believes that we must galvanize all efforts towards accelerating economic empowerment of women, and all hands must be on deck, as we take steps towards gender equality and inclusive governance,” she said.
“The State Government has embarked on different initiatives to ensure financial independence for women, which is critical to taking charge of their own lives,” she added.

Ambode also revealed that, the state government through Ministry of Wealth Creation, had set up Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), to promote entrepreneurial activities powered by young persons, adding the first phase of funds disbursement has been implemented.

The Governor’s wife urged participants to pay attention, as information that would be provided at the conference, would greatly assist women to take steps, and speak out towards eliminating domestic violence and gender-based discrimination in the society.

Earlier in her welcome address, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Lola Akande, said the conference was meant to project evil effects of domestic violence on women and children, as well as teach women strategies for safeguarding themselves and getting help in event of an occurrence.
“Research has shown that witnessing family violence in childhood is associated with a greater likelihood that sons and daughters will be either perpetrators on victims of violence. These findings reinforce the message that violence is a learned behaviour and the inter-generational transmission of violence is an injurious cost to society, the economy and our moral fabric,” Akande explained.

She further said the ministry had taken crucial steps and made interventions towards ending gender-based violence, including organizing enlightenment programmes, marital dispute mediations, assistance to and rehabilitation of battered women and empowerment, among others.

 

 

Lagos wins 2017 National Scrabble contest

By Newdesk

It was victory all the way for team Lagos State at the National Scrabble Championship after the team emerged winner of 2017 Asaph Zadok National Scrabble Championship.

The team Lagos retained their title at the competition held in Abuja, after five of their six players emerged winners in their respective games and went home with cash prize of N100, 000.

Coming behind Lagos were Delta and Akwa Ibom as they came second and third best respectively.

Dipo Akanbi, representing Lagos state, emerged the 2017 individual champion after winning 18 games with an aggregate of +743; with the victory, he earned a trophy and a cash prize of N150,000

Dayo Tayo, also of Lagos state, came second with 16.5 wins and +346 aggregate and a cash prize of N100,000 while Moses Peter of Akwa Ibom came third with 16 wins and a +1351 aggregate, for a cash prize of N50,000.

Olatunde Oduwole, the 2016 national champion and Lagos representative, came fourth with 16 wins and +764 aggregate.

The reigning world scrabble champion, Wellington Jighere, finished 14th on the score table after winning 14 games and +1076 aggregate.

Speaking after the games, Akanbi dedicated his victory to God, saying hard work and the fact that he has been reading and competing with others helped him a lot.

According to him, in Lagos, we add fun when playing scrabble. Scrabble is part of us because we play everyday. We give all glory to God.

In his remarks, former President of the Nigeria Scrabble Federation, Suleiman Gora, congratulated the winners, noting that the competition was keenly contested.

Gora urged all players and state scrabble associations to do more in the area of grassroots development of the game.

He said the greatest challenge of the sport was funding and called on corporate bodies and stakeholders to support the game