Showing posts with label Lagos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lagos. Show all posts

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Police arraign 8 LASU students in court over hike in school fee protest

LAGOS — Eight protesting students of the Lagos State University, LASU, arrested by the Police on Tuesday were, yesterday, arraigned before an Ikeja chief magistrate’s court for alleged breach of public peace.

The students were arraigned before Magistrate Eniola Fabanwo for conducting themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of public peace.
Moments after the charges were read to them by the court registrar, they all pleaded not guilty to the one count offence.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Sheraton hotel:US warns boko-haram attack. Likely

LAGOS (AFP) – US diplomats in Nigeria on Friday claimed that “groups associated with terrorism” could be planning to attack a hotel in the financial capital, Lagos, in a travel note to citizens warning of security risks. “As of late April, groups associated with terrorism allegedly planned to mount an unspecified attack against the Sheraton Hotel in Nigeria, near the city of Lagos,” the US Consulate General in Lagos said in an emailed advisory. “There was no further information regarding which of the two Sheraton Hotels in Lagos was the possible target, or if both of the Sheraton Hotels are possible targets. “There is no further information regarding the timing or method of attack. US citizens are cautioned to avoid these hotels at this time.” The warning comes a day after a car bomb exploded in Nigeria’s capital Abuja, killing 19 people and wounding scores more, just yards (metres) from a bus station where a previous bombing on April 14 killed at least 75. Boko Haram claimed the April 14 attack and both bombings have raised fears about a possible change in tactics and targets by the Islamist militants, whose increasingly deadly, five-year insurgency has largely been confined to the north. Concern has mounted that the violence could spread to other parts of the country given the military’s apparent inability to stem the bloodshed. A hotel attack by Islamist extremists would not be unprecedented. In November 2008, heavily armed gunmen attacked three luxury hotels, a railway station, Jewish centre and popular tourist cafe in the Indian city of Mumbai, killing 166 and wounding more than 300. Sheraton has two hotels in Lagos: the Sheraton Hotel Lagos in the Ikeja area of the city near the international airport and the Four Points by Sheraton. The latter is situated on Victoria Island off the expressway to Lekki, both of which are home to many wealthier Nigerians and expatriates. The US travel advisory said the security situation in Nigeria remained “fluid and unpredictable”, warning its citizens to stay away from all travel to Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states which have borne the brunt of the violence. All three are in northeast Nigeria and have been under a state of emergency since May last year.(VANGUARD)

Friday, 25 April 2014

Mushin Hoodlum crisis: 3 leaders of rival groups arrested

LAGOS—The Lagos State Police Command yesterday said it had arrested three persons in connection with the continued crisis that has been rocking the densely populated Mushin area of Lagos.

The recent clash occurred Monday, after hoodlums from Akala in Mushin area of Lagos State reportedly attacked residents of Railway Line and New Balogun Street, in Idi-Oro, Mushin, during which two of the attackers reportedly lost their lives and several vehicles destroyed.

One of the arrested suspects was Toba Ajibola, a former unit chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW..

Others are, Adigun Oriyomi alias Muda and Yusuf Akinwole.

The trio according to spokesperson for the command, Ngozi Braide, were arrested at about 3.30pm yesterday in their hideout in Karimu street, Mushin. The suspects were alleged to be fine tuning arrangements on how to attack Oshodi .

Braide disclosed that Oriyomi had been on the command’s wanted list for a long time. He was accused of being a serial killer.

According to Braide, ”Oriyomi was fingered in the murder of his bosom friend, one Oluwafemi Adetomi in his residence at 22 Yisa street, Abori.”

We are still combing the whole of Lagos, in search of other members of the group that have made Mushin inhabitable,Braide said.

There were however, different account of how Toba was arrested.

A version of the account said some hoodlums stormed Surulere ,where Toba was attacked . He was reportedly stabbed in the stomach before the arrival of policemen ,who subsequently whisked him away.

Toba who was bleeding profusely on arriving the state command, was reportedly taken to the hospital for treatment.(VANGUARD)

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Fashola meets lawmakers over dwindling federal allocation


LAGOS — Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, yesterday, met briefly with members of the state House of Assembly and expressed worry over the dwindling monthly federal allocation to various states as well as what he called Federal government’s  uncoordinated fiscal policies.
Fashola, in an impromptu meeting with lawmakers at plenary, stressed that the situation called for urgent attention.
He declared that the National Economic Council meeting which ought to be held on monthly basis had not been held for six months.
According to him: “In almost 14 years of our democratic experience, the first time that commissioners for finance worked out of Federal Account Allocation Committee, FAAC,  in Abuja was in 2011.”
The governor also recalled that there was a similar occurrence last year, when commissioner of finance walked out during FAAC, when the account could not be reconciled.
While stressing on the decline in allocation, Fashola explained that some states had resorted to borrowing in an attempt to avoid running the government aground.
Fashola said some of the factors responsible for the decline include uncoordinated, discretionary application of the federal government on waiver, fiscal policy and also decline on oil production, pipeline vandalism and oil theft.
He explained that Lagos had been able to cushion the effect of the decline through revenue from tax payers and thus had managed not to engage in borrowing except for special intervention projects.
Responding, the Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, commended the governor for; “coming to the House to brief us on what pertains to the future and even our today. We need a lot of time to be able to get to the root of the matter.”
Ikuforiji therefore, ruled that the Commissioner for Finance, Ayo Gbeleyi, his counterpart from Economic Planning and Budget, Ben Akabueze, and the state Accountant General should appear before the House  today for further deliberations.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

My worries on who 'll be my successor-Fashola

LAGOS—Governor Babatunde Fashola, has said he is interested in who succeeds him next year, towards advancing the cause of the state. *Fashola When asked on who he prefers to succeed him, Fashola said: “I prefer a successor that would surpass my achievements in office and advance the cause of Lagos State.” The governor who said this during an interactive session with State House Correspondents, at the State House Marina, stressed that he was concerned about who would be the next governor of the state. Fashola, also added a caveat that he was not praying to be the best governor the state would ever produce but expected his successor to carry on the transformation agenda without further delay. He said: “In terms of policy sustainability, we are fortunate that over the years, the government of Lagos state is becoming more institutionalized therefore it is becoming easier for every successor to improve on what his predecessor has done. “I am not worried about the person who will succeed me, but I am concerned because I will be involved. I really hope that the person who will take over after me will be a lot better than me. “I hope that the person can do in four years what it has taken us eight years to do. That I know will be beneficial to all of us. My interest in the next election is Lagos. Who will be the best to guide and advance the course and interest of Lagos.” Harping on steps his government had taken in the area of transportation in the state, he said the government is currently proffering solutions in different areas , saying there was nowhere in the world where regional government had embarked on such massive transportation works his government had embarked on. Fashola said: “I don’t know any state in the world that is building roads like the 60kilometre Lagos- Badagry expressway; 50kilometre Lekki-Epe expressway; 20 kilometre Mile12-Ikorodu road; a light rail train of 27 kilometres; four major jetties and terminals and also partnering to install a cable car system – all at the same time. “Only national governments do what we are doing. That is what is emboldening us to build more homes in Ikorodu, more homes in Agbowa, in Epe and Badagry because we know that by the time they are completed, any journey from there to the city center will be a maximum of 45 minutes to one hour.”(VANGUARD)

Friday, 29 November 2013

Private sector to finance 4th Mainland Bridge

The private sector in the country is to finance the construction of the 4th mainland bridge with N220 billion. This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Lagos State, Mr. Ben Akabueze, at the 2013 Seminar/Luncheon of the Financial Services Group of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI. Akabueze said the federal or states government would not be financing the 4th Mainland Bridge as private sector investors have made plans to invest N220 billion in the construction of the bridge. Akabueze noted that the state requires a much larger budget than it currently operates, adding that inadequate revenues constitute the principal impediment to achieving a larger budget. “Lagos State has consistently recorded good budgetary performance, more than any other state government in Nigeria. We have tried to make the people to own the budget, and make it work for them because effective budgetary systems and implementation have contributed significantly to socio-economic development in Lagos.” According to him, investment in infrastructure simultaneously tackles a number of challenges such as job creation, poverty reduction, lower cost of operations for manufacturing and commercial enterprises. “Empirically-proven correlation between investment in infrastructure and economic growth (a World bank study of 39 African countries covering 1990-2005 shows that if our infrastructure was developed to standard of Mauritius (best infrastructure in Africa) GDP growth would rise by about 2.5 percent per annum. “Percentage allocated to sectors reflects government’s priorities and sustenance of past trend highest priority goes to Economic Affairs Sector. In line with the policy thrust of government, infrastructure, health and education sectors are being gradually notched up to meet global benchmarks.