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Sunday, 8 December 2019

High Court Workers Injure Six LASG Officials

High Court Workers Injure Six LASG Officials

Over six operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) have been badly injured on Friday 6th of December, 2019 while carrying out enforcement on street trading along Queens Drive in Ikoyi, leaving the officers seriously injured with three of the operational trucks also damaged.

The operation which is part of the Governor’s mandate to clear every part of the State of all environmental nuisances and infractions such as street trading on walk-ways/setbacks as well as erection of illegal shanties across the State was led by the Deputy Corps Mashal Operation, Mr. Ganiu Kazeem and Deputy Corps Marshal Discipline and Staff Welfare, Mr. Adeleke Adeeso on the instructions of the Honourable Commissioner of Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello.

The staff of the Federal High Court who were known to patronise the street traders obstructed the operatives while dislodging the street traders who had earlier been given several notices to vacate the drainage part used for  hawking of food items and drinks.

The Deputy Corps Marshal explained that on getting to the scene of the incident at about 1:45 pm the staff of the Federal High Court with the private security personnel of the Court came out en mass to attack the team with stones, Iron-rod, broken bottles and cutlasses leaving them injured and damaging two operational vehicles. He further explained that the operation had nothing to do with the staff of the Court, but for the fact that the hawkers who occupied the drainage channels were allegedly paying rent to the private security of the Court, the private securities in conjunction with some staff of the Court decided to stop the peaceful  operation.

The Agency’s officers who were injured include; Oyedokun Samson (driver), Iwatan Oluwa Seun; Riwatan Oluwatobi; Shipeolu Babatunde amongst others were immediately rushed to the hospital and currently receiving treatment, with one of them stabbed on the neck under serious condition.

The Deputy Corp Marshal confirmed that some of suspects were arrested during the fracas, while the case was also immediately reported at the Ikoyi Police Station for further investigation. He advised Lagosians to comply with the law of the Lagos State Government on Zero Tolerance to street trading, as the government would no longer tolerate the slightest attack on any enforcement personnel forthwith,” he stated.

Consequently, the Corp Mashal of the Agency, CP Gbemisola Akinpelu (retd) reiterated the determination of the agency to ensure that all the citizens in the state abide by the stipulated environmental regulations of the State, noting that nobody in the State is above the law and warning people to desist from attacking enforcement officers out to carry their legal duties.
Yuletide: FRSC To Hand Over Drivers Under Influence Of Drugs To NDLEA

Yuletide: FRSC To Hand Over Drivers Under Influence Of Drugs To NDLEA

Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Enugu State, Mr. Kalu Ogbonnaya has warned that any driver found to be under the influence of drugs during and after the yuletide will be handed over to the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Ogbonnaya made the disclosure this weekend, in Nsukka during the flag-off of 2019 FRSC Nsukka Unit ember month sensitisation rally tagged “Road Safety is a state of mind, road traffic crash is an absence of mind, stay alert and stay alive”.

He urged the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers(NURTW) to ensure that hard drugs and alcohol were not sold in and around the motor parks.

According to him, “The majority of accidents are caused as a result of hard drugs and alcohol taken by drivers before embarking on a journey.

“In a bid to ensure accident-free yuletide, the commission will test drivers on the road and anyone under the influence of hard drugs will be handed over to NDLEA.

“Drivers should always check their vehicles every morning to ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy before setting out for any journey,” he said.

Kalu who was represented by the Head of Admin and Human Resources department Mr. Tony Uga expressed satisfaction on the synergy between FRSC Nsukka Unit command and security agencies in the area and called for its sustenance.

In a remark, the FRSC Nsukka Unit Commander Mr. Shuaibu Bello said the unit had put adequate measures in place to ensure accident-free yuletide.

Bello said if drivers and other road users would obey safety tips given to them road accidents would be minimized to the barest minimum since the majority of accidents were as a result of drivers’ carelessness and human errors.

Also speaking the Acting Chairman of Nsukka Local Government Council  Mr. Cyprian Omeke implored road users to avoid absent-minded to remain alive.

“There is no denying the fact that over 80 percent of road accidents are avoidable if drivers are in their right state of mind.

“To be a good driver you will not only mind your own business but also the business of other road users.
Ex Taraba Chief Of Staff Family Pays Kidnappers N20m

Ex Taraba Chief Of Staff Family Pays Kidnappers N20m

Alhaji Aminu Jika, the former chief of staff to the late Taraba state governor, Danbaba Suntai, who was abducted five days ago has regained his freedom. He was released on Friday night after his family paid N20million ransom.

Aminu Jika, who is also very close to the current state governor, Darius Ishaku, was abducted by unknown gunmen at his Magami resident in Jalingo metropolis around midnight five days ago.

It was gathered that the abductors used Aminu Jika’s phone and communicated with his family members, demanding N20million ransom.

They insisted that the amount must be paid during negotiation with Jika’s family. However, the ransom was deposited at a location in the forest. His younger brother, Nasiru Bobboji, said that Aminu Jika was released midnight shortly after the ransom was deposited. Police spokesman in the state, DSP David Misal, could not be reach for comment as his line was stwiched off when our reporter dialled him.

OAU Lecturer Dies Inside Office

OAU Lecturer Dies Inside Office

The academic community of Obafemi Awolowo University ((OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State was thrown into mourning on Saturday following the discovery of the body of a lecturer, Mr Nicholas Igbokwe, who died in his office.

Igbokwe was a lecturer in the Department of Physical and Health Education, OAU before his sudden death.

The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju confirmed the death of Igbokwe

He stated “it s a pity we lost him. Nobody expected that. He was brought in (hospital) this morning dead.”

The university was thrown into mourning on Saturday upon discovery of Igbokwe’s lifeless body in his office at beside the Sports Complex of the university.
NDDC Interim Board Was Buhari's Idea Not Mine...Godswill Akpabio

NDDC Interim Board Was Buhari's Idea Not Mine...Godswill Akpabio

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has said the constitution of the Interim Management Board for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was President Muhammadu Buhari’s idea and creation.

The former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, while speaking in Lagos, yesterday, said the committee was set up to help supervise the forensic audit ordered by him because there is nothing on ground to justify the trillions of naira spent by the Commission in the past 19 years.

Contrary to the furore surrounding legality of the board, Akpabio said those faulting the idea seem not to understand the Act that set up the NDDC. “This interim board is in order, especially as it is set up to establish and guarantee probity, accountability, and transparency in the running of the Commission’s affairs. It is also on record that this is not the first time interim management had to be put in place for the Commission. Recall that the last board came in after an interim board, which served for about six months,” he said.

On the outcry over the fact that the Senate has cleared nominees for the substantive board to be inaugurated by the President, the minister said it is Buhari’s prerogative to send names to the Senate for screening, as well as inaugurate the board when he deems fit.

He said: “It should be noted that the President makes decisions, based on the quantum of information available to him, which those crying foul do not have access. If he has deemed it necessary that the Interim Board carry out the house cleaning jobs before inaugurating the new board, my view is that we should let it be. As a matter of fact, there are over 100 litigations against NDDC and the board that have to be cleared…”
Cycling Boss Resigns Over Corruption, Sexual Harassment Allegations

Cycling Boss Resigns Over Corruption, Sexual Harassment Allegations

The president of the Rwanda Cycling Federation, Aimable Bayingana, has resigned following multiple allegations of corruption and sexually abusing female riders.

Bayingana stood down together with his entire executive committee including two vice-presidents, advisors, secretary general and treasurer.

He is also the spokesperson of the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF), which has ruled Rwanda since 1994 under strongman President Paul Kagame.

The federation authorities declined to comment on the development.

The Rwanda Investigative Bureau announced that they had received "the case and it is under investigation" and were not willing to comment further.

The sports ministry is also investigating the allegations.

"The resignations by the cycling federation officials happened last evening and we are also investigating the allegations. But since these are crimes, we cannot comment any further; we will leave it to Rwanda Investigative Bureau to do its work," Shema Maboko, Permanent Secretary at the sports ministry, told AFP.

Following the scandal, the ministry of sports is now planning to introduce a policy against sexual abuse that will govern all sports federations and activities in the country.

The scandal rocking the federation unfolded after the former national team coach Jonathan 'Jock' Boyer and Kimberly Coats, also founders of the Africa Rising Cycling Center in Rwanda's Northern Province, fell out with Bayingana and exposed the goings-on in the cycling federation.

The duo, credited for the success of the national team, left Rwanda after disagreeing with Bayingana on several issues affecting cycling.

In an open letter addressed to Bayingana, published by a local publication, American Boyer accused the cycling federation boss of frustrating efforts to develop the sport, arrogance, having excessive power, mistreating cyclists and sexual harassment among other accusations.

"We are aware that sexual assault and corruption happens and it is our prerogative to fight it. We are strong on it. We have been using the national policies against sexual exploitation," Maboko added.

Investigations into Bayingana began shortly after local media reported that he was allegedly sexually exploiting female riders -- most of whom are poor and uneducated.

Cycling is a much loved sport in the country, and President Kagame once considered making it the national sport.

Why We Rearrested Omoyele Sowore....DSS

Why We Rearrested Omoyele Sowore....DSS

The Department of State Services (DSS) has explained why it rearrested the convener of RevolutionNow protests, Mr Omoyele Sowore.

In a statement on Saturday by its Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, the agency stressed that Sowore is facing trial, not as an activist, journalist or politician.

It said Sowore was taken into custody for allegedly resorting to call for violence, a forceful takeover of government, and suspected transnational illegal activities.

On why he was rearrested, the DSS alleged that Sowore resorted to “acts inimical to security” shortly after being released from its custody.

It added that only Sowore was rearrested while his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, was not picked up by its operatives.

The DSS denied the invasion of the Federal High Court in Abuja by its personnel, adding that Sowore was not arrested in court.

It insisted that it was committed to the discharge of its mandate of detecting and preventing threats against the internal security of the nation.

The agency pledged continued support for democracy and its protection while ensuring that efforts of anti-democratic forces were frustrated.

Read the statement below:


    It has become important that the Department of State Services responds to the serial misinformation being circulated in the media about its involvement in the incident that occurred on 6th December, 2019 at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

    It is instructive to note that during the court proceeding of the day under reference, Defence Counsel, Femi FALANA (SAN), called the attention of the Judge to a suspicion that the Service was planning to re-arrest Omoyele SOWORE immediately after the court session.

    The Court discountenanced his alarm and asserted that the Service was law-abiding and would not engage in such and subsequently adjourned to February 2020.

    However, when SOWORE stepped out of the court and sighted operatives of the Service within the premises, he ran back into the courtroom.

    In a bid to shield him from an imaginary arrest, his uncontrollable supporters mobbed him while chanting “you can’t arrest him” thus the pandemonium that ensued.

    A critical look at the videos in circulation would convince any objective viewer that there was no DSS personnel during the entire period the Sowore crowd acted out its orchestrated drama.

    Its personnel were never, at any time, involved in the incident. In actual fact, it was his people who seized him. And from the latest developments, it has become obvious what the intent for such mischief was meant for – simply to serve a propagandist purpose as well as bring the Service to disrepute.

    Eye witness and several media accounts have disclosed that the Court had adjourned peacefully without an untoward incident when suddenly the unruly crowd imported into the Courtroom went into a frenzy on the mere suspicion that DSS was sighted at the court premises.

    The eventual re-arrest of Sowore by the DSS was effected outside the courtroom.

    His lead counsel has affirmed this.

    The DSS, as a professional, responsible and law-abiding organisation, could not have invaded a courtroom including the one presided over by a respected Judge who is not only handling its case but whose Order was unconditionally obeyed within a 24-hour ultimatum.

    The Service holds the judiciary in utmost respect and will continue to work with it for national peace and public safety in Nigeria.

    It has, therefore, become unarguable and raises a moral question as to who, between Sowore and the Service, dislikes or disobeys the Courts.

    In this regard, public attention may be drawn to the 25th July 2019 statement of SOWORE that “I’m not talking of protest.

    I’m embarking on revolution… Don’t tell me about legal implications or what a Judge will say.

    I don’t care …” On 5th December when SOWORE was released, he had, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja addressed a group of persons who, he reassured of his cause to create anarchy in the country.

    It may be recalled that the Service had on 3rd December 2019 raised alarm about a plot to destabilize the country.

    It is quite remarkable that the plot has already started playing out. To ensure this objective is further achieved, some persons and groups are scurrying to seize the opportunity of the misleading court incident and the wrong narrative against the DSS to organise an insurrection in the country.

    They have continued to falsely curry and mobilise international sentiments and attention, through clear misrepresentation of the facts, for their selfish ends.

    For emphasis, it should be noted that SOWORE is facing trial, not as an activist, journalist or politician, but for his resort to call for violence, forceful takeover of government and suspected transnational illegal activities.

    It is most unfortunate that SOWORE, shortly after being released from custody, based on a court order, resorted to acts inimical to security.

    To this effect, only SOWORE has been re-arrested as his co-defendant, Olawale BAKARE, was not picked up even when FALANA had promised to deliver him to the Service that is not presently interested in him.

    Though sections of the populace have been fed with spurious narratives about these developments, Nigerians and the International Community should not be gullible or even vulnerable to the machinations of groups desirous of misleading them.

    The Service is committed to the discharge of its mandate of detecting and preventing threats against the internal security of Nigeria.

    It supports democracy in the country and will do all that is legal to protect it.

    It will also ensure that efforts of anti-democratic forces are frustrated.

    Peter Afunanya, Ph.D

    Public Relations Officer,

    Department of State Services,

    National Headquarters,