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Lagos Gov’t warns Residents from using Airport flyovers

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Adeyoye said that truck accidents were most times caused by reckless driving.

Lagosians have been warned to avoid using the Lagos Airport Road Flyover, burnt by petrol tanker fire, pending the determination of its structural safety.

Giving the warning in Lagos Friday was the Federal Controller of Works Mr Olukayode Popoola.

The federal and Lagos State officials on Friday carried out a joint inspection to know the extent of damage to the bridge and adjoining roads.

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Leading the state and federal officials, Popoola raised concerns over the safety of the bridge, saying that its structural integrity had yet to be ascertained.

He said samples were being taken from the burnt bridge for analysis to be able to ascertain the level of damage and where to carry out repairs.

Popoola said that 200 meters of the rigid pavement of the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonshoki Expressway reconstruction project, being carried by the Dangote Group, was burnt.

He added that the deck of the flyover was burnt and its pier badly damaged, raising fears of structural instability of the bridge.

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The controller said that the bridge was barricaded after the fire because of safety concerns, regretting that the barriers were removed at night.

Popoola warned that there would be risks in using the bridge.

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“We are taking some samples to go and analyse before we know the structural stability, but physically, a lot of damage has been done to this pier of the bridge.

“The integrity is already compromised.

“On Thursday, the road was barricaded but in the night, some people removed the barricade.

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“We are advising that members of the public should not take the risk of using this bridge,” he said.

Popoola said that about 200 meters of the bridge deck as well as the pavement of Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonshoki Expressway being reconstructed was affected by the inferno.

He added that one of the piers – pillars of the bridge – was badly burnt, making the ministry unsure of the structural integrity and safety of the bridge.

He said that outcome of tests would ensure appropriate action on the flyover constructed by Julius Berger Plc, as well as the highway under reconstruction by the Dangote Group.

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According to the controller, the Federal Highway Act empowers the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to prosecute whoever caused damage to assets of the Federal Government.

“This Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonshoki Expressway project is ongoing, and we have not even completed it. Now, due to carelessness of drivers, this fire occurred, and you can see the level of the damage.

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“The pavement that we have spent a lot of money, up to 200 meters – have been affected; that will cost a lot of money,” he said.

Popoola noted that the ministry had been working in collaboration with Lagos State Government to tackle trucks’ menace and other infractions affecting road infrastructure.

The Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, said that the state government, through its Ministry of Transportation, would embark on strict enforcement of road worthiness regulation.

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She told NoRM‘s known Media that the government’s agents would begin to enter depots and loading bays for petrol tankers to ensure that those not road worthy would not lift petroleum products.

Adeyoye said that truck accident causing damage to road infrastructure had become recurrent.

“Oftentimes, they claim that the roads are bad. What do you say about this one now that the road is very good, there is no pothole anywhere,” she said.

Mr Cyril Zango, Deputy Corps Commander (Operations), Lagos Sector Command of the Federal Roads Safety Corps, said the offending truck had been impounded.

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He said that investigations were on as regards the accident, adding that, if found guilty, the owner and the driver of the tanker would be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to other road users.

Zango said that articulated vehicle drivers engaged sharp practices to evade checks.

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Former UNILAG VC, Ibidapo Obe is dead

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Former University of Lagos Vice-chancellor, Professor Ibidapo Obe, has died of COVID-19 complications.

The former University don passed away on Sunday, 3rd January 2020.

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Lagos CP orders matching orders over New Year curfew [Nigeria]

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Odumosu, however, urged the general public to be law-abiding and support security agencies for effective policing of the state.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered police officers to enforce the 12am to 4am curfew imposed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

He also directed them to enforce all other protocols highlighted by the PTF as well as ensure the total closure of night clubs, bars, lounges, event centres, amongst others.

In a statement released by the force on Thursday, Odumosu gave the order to Commanders and DPOs during an event at Ikeja.

The statement partly read, “The Commissioner of Police reiterated that they must enforce the use of face mask regularly at public places (markets/malls), social distancing, total closure of night clubs, bars, lounges, event centres, no social party, street carnivals, use of infra-red thermometer to check body temperature, sanitisers and enforcement of the imposed curfew between 12 midnight and 4am.

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“He further ordered that all Area Commanders and DPOs must ensure such due enforcement in their various offices across the command; noting that COVID-19 is real and we must do everything possible within our reach to halt its spread.”

Odumosu was also quoted to have warned police officers in the state against incivility, drunkenness, excessive or misuse of power, accidental discharge, extortion and other inappropriate behaviours in the New Year, noting that “anyone found wanting will be heavily sanctioned within the ambit of the law”.

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Lagos Churches makes U-turn on Cross over night service

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The senior pastor of the Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi, is however not new to this arrangement.

A number of popular churches in Lagos State have adjusted their service time for crossover services this year.

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This follows a directive from the Lagos State government that curfew times will be imposed from 12am to 4am.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has since instructed worship centres to adhere to government’s directives.

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In the years past, most churches began their Crossover services by 9pm or 10pm and it ended way back midnight on January 1 of the New Year.

However, this year, they have been forced to push back by several hours.

The House on the Rock Church in highbrow Lekki area for instance, will begin their service by 6.30pm with an end-of-the-year praise and worship session. The main service starts 7pm and ends 9pm.

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It will not be streamed online until 10pm.

Also, The Covenant Nation has announced through its senior pastor, Poju Oyemade, that the on-site service will be held from 7pm to 9pm.

Oyemade said it would be “a time of teaching praises and declarations”.

He has always ended his services before 11pm, encouraging families to cross into the New Year together, in their homes.

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This week, Adeyemi tweeted: “If you say “Happy New Year” at 2pm on 31st December in Lagos, you won’t be wrong. You’ll only be joining people in Sydney Australia to say it at that time. In fact, you’ll be 10 hours ahead of others in Nigeria.

“Don’t stress over time to crossover. Just crossover. #HappyNewYear.”

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Xmas’20: Lagos Gov’t takes new decision on Cross over night

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This was confirmed yesterday, in a statement released by Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Lagos state chairman, Bishop Stephen Adegbite.

The Lagos State government which is head by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has taken a new decision on December 31, 2020 cross service.

The Lagos state government has sanctioned that the service can go on but insisting that the worship must end by 12.15 a.m and all necessary measures must be put in place.

He said the timing was in deference to Federal Government’s existing curfew to check the COVID-19 pandemic.

He advised members who could return home to remain within the premises till 4:00a.m. when the restriction elapses.

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Adegbite pleaded with worship centres to observe extant safety measures, pleading that infections should be promptly reported to relevant authorities.

This will come as good news for most Christians in the state as they will have the opportunity to give thanks to their maker alongside their fellow brethren after going through a tough year.

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COVID-19: Third mainland bridge resumes as Nigeria records 838 cases

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The 11.8km bridge is the longest of the three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the Mainland.

He, Popoola told Noble Reporters Media NoRM yesterday in Lagos that the total shutdown had to be lifted because the contractor quickened the delicate task they needed to execute.

Popoola said the initially scheduled 72 hours timeframe was achieved within 48 hours, hence the reopening to traffic 24 hours ahead of schedule.

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“We have completed the casting of the three number expansion joints on the Third Mainland Bridge.

“Therefore, the bridge shall be opened at midnight Sunday, December 27 and no longer Monday, December 28.

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“That is 48 hours and no more 72 hours,” he said.

NoRM reports that the controller on December 22 announced a 72-hour total shutdown of the bridge with effect from midnight on Saturday to midnight on Tuesday.

The shutdown was to stop vibrations caused by movement of vehicles for contractors to cast concrete on additional three expansion joints in the ongoing rehabilitation of the bridge.

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NoRM reports that the Third Mainland Bridge, which was going through series of repairs, had to be partially shut on July 24 for another round of rehabilitation.

The repair, expected to last six months, was extended by one month due to the #EndSARS protests in Lagos, thereby extending the completion date from January 2021 to February.

The construction was initially divided into two phases of three months on each carriageway, starting with the Oworonsoki bound carriageway, whose completion dragged to four months.

Traffic was partially diverted on a stretch of 3.5km where construction is ongoing between Adeniji Adeniji Ramp and Ebute Meta, while different time belts were allotted for traffic diversions on the bridge.

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The bridge starts from Oworonshoki, which is linked to the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway and the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and ends at the Adeniji Adele Interchange on Lagos Island.

Constructed in 1990, the bridge was adjudged as the longest in Africa until 1996 when the Oct. 6 Bridge in Cairo, Egypt was completed.

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Lagos task force captures 130 motorcycles

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According to him, the total clampdown of these motorcycle operators will be vigorously sustained on a daily basis throughout the Yuletide to check criminal activities perpetuated by these notorious motorcyclists.

Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force have impounded 130 commercial motorcycles used for illegal operations on restricted routes at Iyana-Ipaja, Abule-Egba, Fagba and Ogba areas of the state.

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The Agency’s new Chairman, Shola Jejeloye, gave this figure in a statement signed on Monday by the agency’s Head of Public Affairs Unit, Adebayo Taofiq.

Jejeloye said that several warnings had been issued to motorcycle riders to desist from operating on restricted routes, particularly highways and bridges across the state, to no avail.

“A series of complaints received from the public on illegal and criminal activities perpetuated by these motorcycle operators is seriously alarming and must be checked.

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“While some of them harass innocent members of the public at various bus stops, others engage in all sorts of criminal acts by dispossessing their passengers of valuables.

“Also, motorists held in traffic both in the morning and night around these areas are not spared,” the chairman said.

Jejeloye also warned dispatch riders using power bikes to desist from engaging in illegal commercial activities as anyone caught violating Lagos State Traffic Laws would be prosecuted.

He urged various motorcycle riders associations across the State to always educate their members on all 475 restricted routes.

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“They should also educate their members on a regular basis, on the life threatening dangers to those plying high-ways and bridges,” Jejeloye said.

According to the chairman, the raid on these illegal commercial motorcycle operators was directed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu.

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Lagos-Ibadan expy: Nigerian Gov’t to adopt fresh measures against gas pipeline accidents

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The federal controller harped on the need for the stakeholders to ascertain if due diligence was followed in laying the pipelines.

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola has scheduled an emergency stakeholders meeting to seek a solution to the hazard of gas lines in the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan Expressway reconstruction/rehabilitation project.

Popoola told NoRM on Saturday in Lagos that the meeting was important for all stakeholders to rub minds on how to avert danger on the Right of Way (RoW) on the project.

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NoRM reports that that there was panic on the highway on Wednesday as a gas pipe got ruptured during construction works by Julius Berger on a section of the highway.

A similar gas leak had occurred on section one of the highway in 2019 during construction activities which also made road users to panic.

Section one of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway rehabilitation/reconstruction project spans from Ojota in Lagos to Sagamu Interchange.

Popoola stressed that there was an accepted depth for pipes to be buried deep into the ground such that there should not be interactions between excavators and the pipes during construction works.

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He explained that the Federal Ministry of Works had a tradition of interacting with service providers from the oil and gas, telecommunication, power and other industries to identify exact location of facilities before construction works.

He also noted that only the Minister for Works and Housing had the powers to grant approval on use of RoW for laying of pipes or any services after careful analysis.

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Popoola explained that the minister usually liaises with the federal controllers of Works in states involved to crosscheck with engineers from its Planning and Development Departments to inspect the sites.

“The engineers will inspect and write their reports before the Honourable Minister will grant the approval. When it comes to execution like laying of the pipes, there is a minimum depth that pipes are supposed to be laid under.

“If all those technical things of minimum depths are observed, I am sure this problem we are having may not have occurred.

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“Now you are saying maybe we are not working together with NNPC, ideally, they are the owners of the pipes, they are the custodian, they are supposed to tell us which alignment they have their pipes to guide us,’’ he said.

He explained that he only assumed office in 2020, and that the contractors were not aware of the existence of gas lines in its RoW, hence the incident of Wednesday.

“The contractors were not aware of the existence of gap pipes there. Now that they know, they will be more careful in working on that corridor, such things will not happen again,’’ he assured.

He said that errors on gas lines that ruptured would have been averted if site engineers were aware of the depth of the gas pipe on the alignment.

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“Any time we want to do any construction, we will call a meeting of the stakeholders, to say please we want to do this or that.

“If you have either pipes for gas, either cables or water pipes and in recent times for internet, we also advise them, please come and remove your pipes or telecommunication.

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“There was that kind of stakeholders meeting at the inception of this project which started in 2013. Things must have changed, we are talking of seven years ago, and probably these pipes were laid after that inception meeting.

“I was not there at that time and most of the people at NNPC were not there at that time too, but we will work together, it will not happen again.

“Part of the measure is to discuss with them, we will invite them for a meeting, they are supposed to have done cathodic protection for the pipes to prevent fire,’’ he said.

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He said that cathodic protection was like a casing of protection to prevent charging between the pipes and another external material that could cause fire.

“This is very urgent, so the meeting will come up any moment from now,’’ he said.

He lamented new settlement encroaching on Right of Way (RoW) of the project and stressed the need for state governments to liaise with federal agencies when granting building permit approvals.

He explained that section one of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway which spans from Ojota in Lagos to Sagamu Interchange was about 56 per cent completed.

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He said that heavy vehicular volume was slowing down traffic diversion and construction works on the site.

He, however, commended traffic regulatory and law enforcement agencies who have worked tirelessly to make the site accessible for construction works to continue.

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Lagos Bye-election: APC’s Tokunbo Abiru wins Lagos East

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Abiru defeated his opponent by a wide margin in all the five local government areas in the senatorial district.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Tokunbo Abiru as the winner of Lagos east senatorial bye-election.

According to the results announced by INEC, Abiru polled a total of 89,204 votes while his major contender Babatunde Gbadamosi, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), secured 11,257 votes.

Below are the results in all LGAs:


Shomolu
APC: 17,728

PDP: 2,067

Epe
APC: 22,213

PDP: 1,826

Ibeju Lekki
APC: 16,336

PDP: 937

Ikorodu
APC: 19,204

PDP: 3,766

Kosofe
APC: 13,723

PDP: 2,661

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Lagos Bye-election: Obafemi Hamzat delivers polling unit

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The ADP got two votes and the ADC followed with one vote. One of the votes cast at the unit was voided.

The Lagos State Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat has delivered his Polling Unit 004, Ward 4, Oke-Balogun registration area for the candidate of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tokunbo Abiru.

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The APC’s Abiru scored 97 votes out of the 111 votes cast at the unit, while his closest challenger, Babatunde Gbadamosi of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) got 10 votes.

The number of registered voters at the unit is 738.

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Fifteen Lekki Massacre victims storm Lagos Panel. CNN could be wrong?

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In their entourage was Mr. Nathaniel Solomon, whose younger brother Abouta Solomon was said to have been shot dead at the toll gate.

Fifteen (15) protesters who suffered gunshot wounds during the #EndSARS protests in Lagos have visited the Lagos State Court of Arbitration and Mediation in Lekki, venue of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS related abuses and other matters.

14 of them were said to have been shot at Lekki Toll Gate on the evening of October 20, while one was said to have been shot Ojodu Berger.

The deceased has since been buried in his hometown in Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State, and Aiyedungbe Olufunmi Grace, whose brother died at LASUTH after suffering gunshot wounds to the head.

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Grace told NoRM‘s known Media that after her brother’s death, the hospital authorities changed the story and said he died of COVID-19.

The Nigerian Army has denied allegations that it shot at peaceful protesters, saying it merely fired blanks into the air to disperse stone-throwers.

Details later….

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Tragic: Mayhem as another pipeline explosion hit Lagos

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Pandemonium has broken out in Isheri-Idimu community, Egbe-Idimu Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Lagos State after a pipeline explosion occurred.

NoRM gathered that the explosion occurred around 12.50 pm on Sunday and has left many residents to scamper for safety in the area.

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Lagos Gov’t decries Manhole roguishness on roads

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Some other residents complained of accessibility of roads on the GRA to commercial vehicles, which they claimed caused increased vehicular traffic and quick road degeneration.

Lagos State Government has raised alarm over continued theft of manhole covers on roads in the state, promising to continually pursue infrastructure delivery that would meet needs.

Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, Special Adviser to the state Governor on Works and Infrastructure, raised the alarm at a stakeholders’ meeting for the rehabilitation of Sobo Arobiodun Street in Ikeja GRA.

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She was responding to concerns raised by some residents over missing manholes in some parts of the GRA, constituting danger.

Adeyoye said that she was saddened by continued `serial’ vandalism of manholes in the state.

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“It grieves my heart that it is not because the state government has not provided the manholes.

“Eric Moore Road was constructed eight or 10 years back with every manhole on that alignment but if you go there now, 90 per cent of those manholes is gone.

“They are gone not because government has not provided them, but because of the serial vandalism that we have seen taking place.

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“On most of our major roads, they are gone,’’ she said.

She said that influx of people had made scavengers to steal manhole covers for sale, adding that some other residents turned them to refuse cans.

She appealed to the residents to assist the government to take ownership of manhole covers and other road infrastructure to prevent their damage.

Adeyoye added that the state government would revisit its environmental laws to profile scavengers to ensure they would not sell stolen road infrastructure.

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She said that the Sanwo-Olu administration was following a standard operating practice which must include stakeholders’ input so that people would understand projects and get involved.

She said the planned rehabilitation of Sobo Arobiodun Street in Ikeja GRA was in line with the Urban Regeneration Intervention Programme which recommended upgrading of road infrastructure within Ikeja Government Reservation Area (GRA).

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“Sobo Arobiodun is a major arterial which connects directly, Bank Anthony Road to Oba Akinjobi Street and interconnects eight roads to form a network.

“The road is for you, and we need to have your buy in so that there will be less friction during the course of the project,’’ she said.

She said that the road was located in a high-end residential area with commercial businesses, adding that its construction would improve socio-economic activities due to its interconnectivity with other roads in Ikeja.

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She said that the construction which included provision of a functional drainage system would eliminate gridlock and reduce travel time.

Adeyoye also said that the government would address other issues raised at the meeting including security challenges and inadequate laybys.

A town planner from the state Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Akeem Animasaun, said the Right of Way (RoW) recovery would follow due process.

He said that staff of the ministry would be visiting the site in collaboration with some other ministries to mark affected buildings in line with dimensions given to the ministry.

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The General Manager, Lagos State Parks and Gardens, Mrs Ibilola Popoola, said that an assessment of the green areas had been done and 75 trees on the RoW would be given the right treatment.

She said that those constituting nuisance due to old age would be removed and viable ones transplanted.

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She said that on completion of the road, the remaining portions would be landscaped and trees replanted.

“We have estimated that we should be able to plant about 200 to 300 trees depending on what is on ground including grass,’’ she said.

Dr Muize Banire, a three-term Lagos State Commissioner, thanked the government for the project but noted that heavy trucks were going through the GRA.

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He promised cooperation of residents and urged that a maintenance package should go with the contract for the contractor to maintain the road for some time.

Banire who is the Ikeja Residents Association Chairman called for measures on Adekunle Fajuyi Road – a major road linking a rail line and has a lot of pot holes.

He called for increased budgetary allocation to tackle flooding on the Remi FaniKayode Road.

He also called for fixing of emerging potholes on Isaac John Street while urging improved street lighting facilities in the area.

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A representative of the contractor, Mrs Grace Okoya, while giving a brief of the project, said that the contractor had the capacity to handle the project and assured commitment to deliver high quality work.

She said that the delivery period would be 12 months but cooperation of stakeholders could reduce the completion period.

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Clash of Godfathers over Lagos senatorial seat

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Tinubu unilaterally settled for Abiru. Trust and loyalty to himself always dictated such selections.

The godfather of Lagos politics, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has always preached that his followers should not expect power to be served to them a la carte.

But, his selection method has often faced condemnation for the singlehanded way it spoon-feeds anointed candidates with party tickets, to the frustration of sometimes more popular and longstanding aspirants.

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And in Tinubu’s latest selection of the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidates for the expected by-elections for two legislative seats left vacant by the demise of a Senator and a Member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, history repeated itself again.

Now, aggrieved members have said they want to show him that enough is enough. Both deceased legislators belonged to the APC.

The Lagos East Senatorial District (comprising the five local governments of Ikorodu, Kosofe, Shomolu, IbejuLekki and Epe) became vacant after Senator Adebayo Osinowo (alias “Pepper”) died last June 15.

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His friend and fellow constituent, Honourable Tunde Braimoh, transited on July 10, which also rendered vacant the Kosofe 2 State Constituency seat in the state Assembly.

Although, the #EndSARS protests had forced a 35-day shift from the original date of October 31 to December 5, the Lagos bye elections will from all indications boil down to a two-horse race.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has 13 political parties filing their intention to contest the vacant seats, but facts on ground show that the contest will see the bereaved party APC square up against its major opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Rumblings in the APC house

However, rumblings linger within the APC from the process that produced these two candidates.

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Members begrudge the fact that the flag-bearers’ emergence trampled upon the internal democracy process of the party –as usual.

This is vintage Tinubu. Not only did Jagaban unilaterally midwife Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s candidacy in the 2019 general elections, Tinubu reportedly singlehandedly sidestepped the primaries to choose 40 finalists from the 201 aspirants who purchased forms for the State House of Assembly, and got the party to refund the rest their deposits.

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The same method produced the two APC candidates in this bye-election. Both Obafemi Saheed, who emerged APC candidate for Kosofe II, and Tokunbo Abiru, the party’s senatorial candidate, were returned unopposed, as ordered “from above.”

Even then, Abiru’s candidacy remains contentious to party aficionados. Virtually lacking in core political credentials, Abiru until recently served as the Managing Director of Polaris Bank, although he had been Commissioner for Finance under former Governor Babatunde Fashola.

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But his brazen anointing and imposition by the power-that-be has left feathers ruffled within the party, so much so that a sizable number of APC members in his Lagos East Senatorial Zone have sworn to vote anti-party and either boycott the election or cast their lots with an outsider.

Asiwaju, APC leaders and wild good chase over Abiru Asiwaju had mandated the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), the highest decision-making body of Lagos APC, to headhunt a befitting replacement for the deceased “Pepper.”

However, the GAC soon discovered it had embarked on a wild goose chase. The council had shortlisted for the vacancy the former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, former Permanent Secretary, Radio Lagos, Mr. Lekan Ogunbanwo, Chairman of the House Committee on Finance, Rotimi Olowo, and former member of the House of Representatives, Dayo (Bush) Alebioshu.

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The eminent GAC members tabled these four names. But, Tinubu sent them back to the drawing board to beef up the list. Subsequently, they submitted an expanded list of seven candidates, embellished this time around with the inclusion of three newcomers; the banker Abiru, former Lagos PDP stalwart, Chief Bode Oyedele and former House of Represenataives member, Wole Diya.

But additionally, Asiwaju appeared enamoured with Abiru’s formidable credentials as a financial guru with an equally intimidating pedigree.

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Tokunbo’s father, Senator Mudashiru Akanbi Abiru, served two terms in the Second Republic on the platform of the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), following which he became a judge after the 1983 military coup.

Also, Tokunbo’s tenure as managing director on the driving seat of Skye Bank PLC (that transmuted to Polaris Bank) saw the bank recovering over N200 billion erstwhile bad loans, just as his tenure as finance commissioner helped the state’s N80 billion bond transaction.

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Despite all this, his overnight and meteoric displacement of other aspirants has been described as curious.

It is being bandied around that the APC National Leader unilaterally imposed Abiru on the party because he might be the godfather’s ace for the 2023 governorship.

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Apart from the selection process triggering off deep grumblings among party leaders, what other factor may be working against the young man?

Party leaders view him as a technocrat lacking grassroots depth; and they had no political relationship with him; and for him, more experienced loyalists had been sidelined and sacrificed without any pretence to any democratic ethos.

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Tinubu’s recent faux pas and misadventure in the Edo election (where his intervention met with irritating tones of “Edo no be Lagos”) as well as his tangible and intangible losses in the #EndSARS protests have combined to query his infallibility and may have emboldened intra-party antagonists.

Meanwhile, major beneficiaries of the trouble currently rocking APC would be the PDP godfather, Chief Bode George, and his party’s candidates –Mr. Ademola Alebioshu for the state assembly seat and Chief Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi (BOG) for the Senate seat.

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A scion of the famous Gbadamosi family in Ikorodu, Gbadamosi is no political neophyte. He is a businessman and estate magnate.

Despite flying the flag of another party, the Action Democratic Party (ADP) as governorship candidate, Gbadamosi benefitted in 2019 from the PDP godfather, Chief Bode George’s falling out with an erstwhile protégé, Jimi Agbaje, the party’s governorship candidate for the last two elections.

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Just a couple of days to the last election, George directed followers to abandon the PDP flag-bearer and instead vote Gbadamosi, the rival ADP candidate.

Agbaje lost. Gbadamosi lost too. With that 2019 collaboration, it took no hard marketing to convince Gbadamosi to cross-carpet and become a full-blooded member of PDP.

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In fact, the young man is supposedly being lured into the Senate to keep him occupied while George shops for a governorship candidate with a huge warchest for PDP in 2023.

PDP Divided But, like APC, PDP comes into the bye-elections with a divided house. Camaraderie has broken down between George and other PDP forces.

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Agbaje today does not see eye to eye with George. George wants to upstage and see the back of the party’s Lagos State chairman, Engineer Deji Doherty, his erstwhile godson during the 2019 governorship primaries that Agbaje won.

These internal fault-lines have been further accentuated with George’s recent spat with the former Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, and Fayose’s face-off with Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, clashes that have split the Lagos PDP executive between Doherty and George.

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Some who see Gbadamosi as a protégé of George will want to have the former PDP National Vice Chairman cut to size and humiliated by his candidate’s loss at the polls. Unresolved, PDP’s internal hiccups will only make George and his party play into the hands of Tinubu –again! Since the advent of this Republic, Tinubu has dominated the Lagos political scene and beaten George.

Jagaban won the governorship on the Alliance for Democracy (AD) ticket in 1999 and after serving his maximum two terms became the dominant factor in Lagos politics.

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In their previous encounters, Tinubu had caged the Lagos PDP godfather, whose party has lost all the governorship contests and recorded minimal success in elections into the Lagos State House of Assembly and National Assembly.

In fact, PDP has never won a senatorial seat for the past 21 years, only managing to clinch some House of Representatives seats.

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Conversely, Tinubu’s progressives family has monopolised the Lagos East senatorial seat currently under contention beginning with Seye Ogunlewe (1999-2003), Olorunnimbe Mamora (2003-2011), Gbenga Ashafa (2011-2019) and Osinowo (2019-2020).

Today PDP has only three of the 24 House of Reps seats from the 2019 polls, while APC made a clean sweep of the entire 40 seats in the state Legislature.

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However, it will be foolhardy to discount the impact of the recent #EndSARS protests that placed Tinubu and his party at the butt of attacks by rampaging protesters.

In fact, PDP will be hoping that voters transfer their anger over the Lekki Tollgate killings to reject APC at the polls in December.

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Head or tail, the December polls will either rubberstamp Bola Tinubu’s penchant for pseudo-democratic impunity or satisfy Bode George’s long-nursed hunger to bloody the nose of his political nemesis?

Whichever way the coin spins, one godfather wins.

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EndSARs: Army speaks on repeating what happened at Lekki toll gate

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The army had maintained that blank bullets were used to disperse the protesters who were out on the streets during the time the Lagos state government imposed a curfew.

The Nigerian Army has promised to repeat the same action it took at the Lekki tollgate if such a situation arises again.

Recall with NoRM that soldiers had forcefully dispersed #EndSARS protesters who converged on the tollgate for 13 days and it triggered an outrage within and outside the country.

When he appeared before the panel set up to probe the incident, on Saturday, Ibrahim Taiwo, commander of the 81 division of the Nigerian Army, said given the same circumstance, the army would act in a similar to that of October 20, 2020.


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EndSARs: Lagos Gov’t didn’t get ‘the right information’ – Army

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One day after, Sanwo-Olu said two deaths had been confirmed among the protesters in Lekki.

Ahmed Taiwo, commander of the 81 division of the Nigerian Army, says Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, was misinformed about the incident at Lekki tollgate.

Speaking on Saturday while addressing the judicial panel set up to probe the incident, Taiwo said it is not correct to say anyone died as a result of the shooting at the tollgate.

When he featured in NoRM‘s known Media TV one day after the shooting at the tollgate, Sanwo-Olu had said no one died from the incident.

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But hours later, he tweeted that he had received information about the death of one person.

“Information reaching us now is that a life was lost at Reddington Hospital due to blunt force trauma to the head. It is an unfortunate and very sad loss. This is an isolated case. We are still investigating if he was a protester,” he posted on his Twitter handle.

But while being cross examined at the panel by Olumide Fusika, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Taiwo said no one died from the incident.

When the lawyer told him about Sanwo-Olu’s position on the incident, Taiwo simply said: “The governor was misinformed.”


#Newsworthy.