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Residents cry out as Lagos govt demolishes houses in Hopeville Estate

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Residents and homeowners in Hopeville Estate, located in the Sangotedo area of Eti-Osa Local Government Area, Lagos, have found themselves in a state of confusion and helplessness as their homes are being demolished.

On Friday, March 8, 2024, security personnel, accompanied by a task force from the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABSCA), descended upon the estate with two bulldozers and other heavy machinery, for a demolition exercise that has left in ruins numerous buildings in the estate.

Speaking on the development, LABSCA asserted that prior notice of the demolition was served to the residents, citing non-approval of building plans as justification.

However, the residents claimed that the notice was insufficient, especially because there was a pending court case. They argued to be unprepared for the sudden destruction of their homes.

A visit to the estate revealed a scene of devastation, with many buildings reduced to rubble, and debris scattered across the streets.

Faced with the loss of their properties, some homeowners have resorted to selling salvaged scraps and materials to scavengers.

Channels Television cited furniture and household appliances lining sidewalks, a testament to the abrupt displacement experienced by the residents.

Adding to the distress, armed policemen were deployed throughout the estate, further intensifying the atmosphere of tension and unease among the affected community members.

Videos capturing residents’ grievances about what they described as a “hasty and illegal” demolition have circulated on social media platforms, drawing attention to the plight of those impacted by the actions of the state agency and law enforcement officials.

As Hopeville Estate grapples with the ongoing demolition, residents are left with uncertainty and the daunting task of rebuilding their lives.

‘This Is Just Not Acceptable’

One of those affected by the demolition told Channels Television that residents of the estate are still confused over the development.

According to the resident who claimed anonymity, the estate had issues with some persons in the past and was in the process of resolving the challenges before the recent demolition.

“So we were in that process before suddenly on Friday we saw trucks of policemen and our armed policemen and bulldozers moving to the area without any notification to anybody and began to break people’s houses and homes everywhere.

“Many people who were living in their houses were suddenly thrown out of their houses and they had to sleep right on the streets through the night between Friday and Saturday; as the rain fell, most of the people were outside when the rain was falling in the middle of the night. The demolition has continued up till this time and it’s still we are at this point. We still don’t understand who is behind this and what is going on.

“They are claiming that it is from LABSCA. Nothing has been explained to us on why LABSCA is going through this.

“Because we know even if you say people constructed without a permit, that there are processes of integrity tests that can be conducted to confirm whether the buildings are sound or not.

“And then there are penalties for people who have constructed, maybe without a permit to pay penalties to the government, and then we let their properties be in these difficult times. How can somebody, you know choose this alternative as a better alternative breaking down you can say building; nine flats? You know, there are so many people with our houses in Nigeria now, and you are trying to throw more people under the same pressure. This is just not acceptable.”

His account of the sad incident mirrors those of several others who declined to speak on camera amid the tense atmosphere and apprehension, as some of them said they were in negotiation with the authorities to save what they could.

Source: Channelstv

 

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Five children suffocate to death in Niger – Police

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The Police Command in Niger has confirmed the death of five children by suffocation in a car on Sunday in Minna.

The Police Command in Niger has confirmed the death of five children by suffocation in a car on Sunday in Minna.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Niger, Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Minna.

He said that the Kpakungu Division Office of the Police Command received a report at about 6.30 p.m. on Sunday that five children between the ages of five and 13 years were found trapped in a Honda Civic vehicle with registration No. GO 778 ABC at Gurara Albishir area of Minna.

Mr Abiodun said that the children were found to have suffocated in the vehicle, while their bodies were later removed by the various parents, as police visited the scene.

He said that the owner of the vehicle had been invited for questioning and an investigation was ongoing on the matter.

Meanwhile, a source in the neighbourhood who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the children had mistakenly locked themselves in the car, which had been abandoned for more than two years by the owner.

He said that the parents later discovered their bodies in the car on Sunday evening after searching for them for hours in the vicinity.

According to the source, the victims comprised four females and a male, three siblings and two others from different parents including the car owner’s child.

(NAN)

 

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EFCC declares Ugandan, Dennis Aliga wanted for money laundering

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared a Ugandan, Dennis Aliga, wanted for allegedly obtaining money by false

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared a Ugandan, Dennis Aliga, wanted for allegedly obtaining money by false pretences, money laundering, and diversion of public funds.

The anti-graft agency made this known in a post shared on its official X handle on Monday by its spokesperson, Dele Oyewale.

EFCC’s statement read, “The public is hereby notified that Dennis Asega Aliga, whose photograph appears above, is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in an alleged case of obtaining money by false pretences, money laundering, and criminal diversion of public funds.

“Aliga, a 41-year old Ugandan citizen, last lived in Sapeto Towers, No. 1, Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos State.”

The EFCC, therefore, urged that “anybody with useful information as to his whereabouts should please contact the commission in its Benin, Kaduna, Ibadan, Sokoto, Gombe, Maiduguri, Makurdi, Ilorin, Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Port Harcourt, and Abuja offices.”

 

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Gunmen kill Babcock University professor, abduct two

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Gunmen have killed a professor of law at Babcock University, Ilishan, Ogun, Yinka Olomojobi, and abducted two others in the Iperu area of

Gunmen have killed a professor of law at Babcock University, Ilishan, Ogun, Yinka Olomojobi, and abducted two others in the Iperu area of the state.

Olomojobi was shot dead on Friday for allegedly refusing to be taken away by the suspected gunmen.

While he was shot dead, two residents were kidnapped and taken to an unknown destination.

But the spokesperson of the Ogun State Police Command, Omolola Odutola, said one person had been arrested in connection with the incident.

“A two-week-old security man was arrested based on reasonable suspicion as police commence discreet investigation,” she said.

“A report from the Iperu Division indicates that a kidnapping and murder incident occurred on the 19th of April, 2024, at about 9:20 pm.”

“A suspicious coincidence led the police to arrest one Awada Ishaya of Plateau state who was employed two weeks ago when the event centre was launched as a security man for further interrogation,” Odutola said.

“The lecturer was taken to Babcock University Teaching Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“Efforts are underway to apprehend the culprits and rescue the kidnapped victims. Further updates will be provided as the situation develops.”

Gunshots were heard at the Ajadeh Event Centre on Sagamu Road, in the Iperu area in Ogun State.

Eyewitnesses said eight men dressed in black, and armed with guns emerged from an unknown place, went into the relaxing lounge, and opened fire indiscriminately.

They later identified Prof Olowojobi as the victim shot in the chest for resisting to go away with the hoodlum. At the same time, a manager of a car stand known as Dare, and one other yet-to-be-identified person, were said to have been taken captive by the gunmen.

 

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Rainstorm throws 40 Ogun communities into darkness

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Forty communities in Ogun State have been plunged into darkness following a rainstorm on Sunday. The downpour which began around midday,

Forty communities in Ogun State have been plunged into darkness following a rainstorm on Sunday.

The downpour which began around midday, destroyed electricity facilities in some parts of the state, leading to a blackout.

“Due to broken poles occasioned by the heavy downpour at Ota and Mowe, customers in the following communities: lyana lyesi, Osuke Town, Egan Road, lyana Ilogbo, Ijaba, Ijagba, Itele, Lafenwa, Singer, Joju, Alishiba, Oju Ore, Tollgate, Eledi, Akeja, Abebi, Osi Round About, Ota Town, Ota Industrial Estate, Igberen, lju, Atan, Onipanu, Obasanjo, Lusada, Arigba, Odugbe, Ado-Odo, Igbesa, Owode,” the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) said in a statement late Sunday.

“Olokuta, Hanushi, Bamtish Camp Lufiwape, Eltees Farm, August Engineering, Spark Cear Soap Ayetoro, Amazing Grace Oil, Christopher University, Royal Garden Estate, Pentagon Estate, and environs are experiencing power outages”.

It called on residents of the areas to avoid “contact with the broken poles, saggy wires or any other electrical installation affected by the rain”.

“Our technical team is working to clear and replace the broken poles and installations to ensure power supply is restored as soon as possible,” IBEDC said.

A video circulating on social media showed fallen electricity poles on vehicles in a flooded Sango-Ota area of the state.

 

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Eight dead as buses collide in Kogi

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Eight persons have died in a road accident in the Aloma community of Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Eight persons have died in a road accident in the Aloma community of Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander in charge of Kogi State Samuel Oyedeji confirmed the casualty figures to journalists in Lokoja.

He said the unfortunate incident occurred on Sunday and involved a total of 21 passengers.

While 13 persons sustained various degrees of injuries, the FRSC official said eight others died in the inferno caused by the bus collision.

An eyewitness in the community told Channels Television that a Toyota Sienna bus heading towards Abuja from Port Harcourt, and a Toyota Hiace bus heading to the southern part of the country had collided, resulting in the fire which led to the death of some of the passengers.

The eyewitness blamed the accident on overspeeding and potholes on the road, adding that it took people of the community three hours to remove the driver of the Sienna bus whose two legs were badly damaged.

 

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EFCC probes 11 suspected oil thieves in Lagos, docks woman for N12.2m fraud

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The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic Financial Crimes Commissions (EFCC), on Monday, said it commenced the probe of 11 suspected

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic Financial Crimes Commissions (EFCC), on Monday, said it commenced the probe of 11 suspected oil thieves and one vessel, MT SAISNIL II, handed over to the commission by the Nigerian Navy, NNS Beecroft, Apapa, Lagos.

The anti-graft body revealed that the vessel and the crew were stopped and apprehended on February 7, 2024, by officers of the Nigerian Navy for allegedly carrying out illegal oil bunkering and Automatic Identification System infractions at Abo Oilfield, Ogogoro Community, Ondo State.

The suspected oil thieves include Jimoh Olusola, Akinrodoye Tobias, Idolor Ogun, Blessed Udoh Michael, Fineface Zorte, Victor Ime Edem, Shofela Bode, Adejokun Taiye Emmanuel, Golden A. Javan, Yekini Lukman, and Ajayi Oluwole.

The EFCC further disclosed that “the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded”

Also, one Adeagbo Dooshima Claire has been arraigned before Justice G.M.Kamyal of the Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State by the EFCC.

Claire, according to the EFCC, was arraigned last Wednesday on two charges bordering on cheating and obtaining by false pretence by the Gombe Zonal Command of the Commission.

One of the charges reads “that you, Adeagbo Dooshima Claire and Caroline Lawal (Still at large) sometime in May 2021 at Jos, Plateau State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, fraudulently obtained the aggregate sum of N12,250,000 from one Kenechukwu Agubuisi which you claimed was payment for a landed property situated at Favfei, Rayfield Jos, Plateau State and covered by Right of Occupancy No. PL.30415 and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 307 of the Penal Code Law

Upon arraignment, Claire pleaded not guilty to the charges. This led the prosecution counsel, Okemini S.E, to ask the court for a trial date.

Counsel to the defendant, Rimmam P.J told the court of a bail application filed on April 17, 2024, and prayed the court to grant the defendant bail.

The case has now been adjourned to June 3 and 4, 2024. Justice Kamyal also ordered that the defendant be remanded in Jos Correctional Centre.

 

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