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Friday, 29 June 2012

NSA Denies Putting Timeline To End Of Boko Haram Hostility



The National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki retd has denied reports quoting him as putting a timeline to the end of Boko Haram islamist sect hostility in parts of the country.

The NSA who is on tour of some states where Boko Haram hostility has been rampant to meet stakeholders in such areas was quoted in some media reports to have said that an end will come to Boko Haram hostility before the commencement of Ramadan Fast.

A statement issued on Friday by the Special Assistant to the NSA on Media, Karounwi Adekunle however said that "the NSA never at any forum in Potiskum, Damaturu, both Yobe state on Thursday or today in Maiduguri, Borno state said he will bring an end to the sect's hostility before the start of Ramadan Fast. His cogent message in all the meetings he's held so far with some stakeholders is the need for leaders to reach out and prevail on Boko Haram members to cease fire so as to create room for dialogue."

"This clarification has become necessary to avoid further spread of this misinformation and unnecessary insinuations", the statement added.

Chief of Army Staff Calls Public Support to Defeat Terrorism

Chief of Army staff, Onyeabo Ihejirika, says there is a compelling need for the civil populace to be unrelenting in its support for the Nigeria Army to defeat Terrorism.

The Army chief, who was speaking in Abuja, at the flag off of activities marking this year's Nigerian Army Day celebration, say this was imperative as terrorism remains the nation's common enemy.

Ihejerika, who was represented by Major General Bitrus Kwaji, said despite the current security crisis in Kaduna and some other parts of the country, the Nigerian Army  is fully resolved to protect lives and property.

As a demonstration of this,  the 2012 Army Day celebration is to hold in the troubled Kaduna state.

The highpoint of the ceremony will be the unveiling of the Nigerian Built Armoured Personnel Career, combat Airborne Jump and Helicopter Repelling.

The theme of this year's celebration is 'Partnering the Civil Society Towards Improved Security'

GOVERNOR OBI INAUGURATES NEW STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL


Governor Peter Obi has inaugurated the reconstituted Anambra State executive council with a charge that they must be ready to make personal sacrifices in the interest of the State.
Speaking after the swearing in ceremony performed by the solicitor general, Ada Unubagha, the Governor charged members of the new state executive council to sustain the financial stability of his administration.
He also urged them to contribute to make the last eighteen months a further consolidation of his administration’s achievements.
Oseloka Obaze who resigned his job at the United Nations was first to take his oath of office as the new secretary to the state Government.
Among the 12 commissioners sworn in are, Professor Stella Okunna, who retains her position in the ministry of budget and economic planning along with her new position as the chief of staff.
Others are Emeka Nwankwu, Public Utilities, Calistus Ilozumba, Works, Peter Afuba, Attorney general and commissioner for justice, while Robert Okonkwo is to oversee the ministry of commerce and industry.
Chike Ohamobi is the commissioner for transport, Azuka Enemuo is to preside over the ministry of local governments, Patrick Obi is in charge of the housing ministry, Edozie Aroh takes over as the commissioner for youths and sports while Joe Martins Uzodike is the new commissioner for information, culture and tourism.
Commissioner for women affairs and social development is Henrietta Agbata as Vincent Ezenwaji is expected to serve as the commissioner for special duties.
 Governor Peter Obi as saying the remaining eight commissioner nominees will soon be made public after a rigorous selection process.

Appeal Court Orders Retrial of Kenny Martins, Three Others


N 7.7Bn Police Equipment Scam: 
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has ordered the retrial of Chief Kenny Martins and three others in respect of the embezzlement of Seven Billion, Seven Hundred and Forty Million Naira (N7,740,000,000.00) belonging to the Police Equipment Fund.
In a well-considered judgment delivered by Justice Regina Nwodo, JCA, Leading two other justices on Thursday June 28, 2012, the appellate court among other issues, held that the four accused persons have a case to answer and that Justice Mohammed Talba of the FCT High Court misdirected himself and was wrong to have discharged the accused persons on a no-case submission.
The Appeal arose from a criminal charge preferred by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Chief Kenny Martins, Ibrahim Dumuje, Yaro Gella and Nigerstalg Limited.
After the trial at the High Court, the accused persons were discharged on a no-case submission. However, dissatisfied with the ruling, the EFCC filed an appeal.
On the issue of bias, on which basis an Abuja Magistrate court and a Federal High Court, Abuja had disqualified prosecution counsel, Festus Keyamo from prosecuting the accused persons, on the grounds that he had written several petitions against the accused persons in the past, the Court of Appeal held that a prosecutor cannot be disqualified from prosecuting a matter based on allegations of bias.
The court ordered that the case file be remitted to the Chief Judge of FCT for reassignment and re-trial of the accused persons.

FCTA AND UN SIGN MoU TO BOOST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME WITH 204 BILLION NAIRA


The FCT Administration and the United Nations System in Nigeria have agreed to increase their counterpart funding of development programmes in the capital territory from N2billion to N2.4billion in the 2012 financial year

The development programmes which commenced in 2010 cut across agriculture, health, education,  human capacity development as well as projects aimed at promoting accountability and good governance in the FCT

Minister of FCT Administration, Senator Bala Mohammed made this commitment during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding MoU between the United Nations and the FCTA on the 2012 FCT UN Development Assistance Framework, UNDAF.

He stated that since 2010, 60 communities were empowered under the programmes with 10-hectares of farm land in each community across the 6 Areas Councils.

On his part, the UN Resident Coordinator, Daouda Toure  in Nigeria  said the success of the partnership over the years has encouraged the United Nations to seek further collaboration with the FCT  to boost the new pilot project under 

Taoure assured of increase in the UN counterpart funding and urged the minister to keep up with commitment that would positively impact on the lives of the people

AMAECHI CONDEMNS MURDER OF RIVERS ANPP CHAIRMAN, JULIUS NWAOFU


…Says police must apprehend the killers
Rivers state Governor, Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has condemned the killing of the State Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Julius Nwaofu by unidentified gunmen in Port Harcourt.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. David Iyofor, Amaechi decried the dastardly act calling it “wicked and atrocious at this time in the life of our nation and state.”
While consoling the bereaved family and ANPP members, the governor made it abundantly clear that the police must get to the root of the murder.
He directed that all security agencies in the state must work assiduously to ensure that the perpetrators of the evil crime are caught and brought to book in no distant time.
“As a State government, we will ensure that the security agencies do not relent until the criminals behind this heinous act are captured and face the full wrath of the law,” Amaechi said.
He further urged everyone in the State to remain calm as the government is working closely with law enforcement agents to rid the state of such inhuman and unlawful activities.

PICs: GOV. FASHOLA UNVEILS 18TH NATIONAL SPORTS FESTIVAL (EKO 2012)

Cross section of the audience during the official unveiling of the 18th National Sports Festival (Eko 2012) Logo, Website and Mascot held at the Muson Centre Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (6th left) and his Deputy and Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 18th National Sports Festival, Hon (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (4th left) ikn a group photograph with the 18TH National Sports Festival Mascot, LASGIBI (middle), Minister of Sports, Dr. Bolaji Abdullahi (6th right), Director-General, National Sports Commission, Patrick Ekeji 5th (right), Former Director General of the Nigerian National Sports Commission (NSC), Dr Amos Adamu (right), ), Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Taofiq Tijani (left), a member of the Committee, Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas CON (3rd left) and other top officials during the official unveiling of the 18th National Sports Festival (Eko 2012) Logo, Website and Mascot held at the Muson Centre, Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (3rd left), his Deputy and Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 18th National Sports Festival, Hon (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (left), the 18TH National Sports Festival Mascot, LASGIBI (3rd right), ), Minister of Sports, Dr. Bolaji Abdullahi (2nd right) and Director-General, National Sports Commission, Patrick Ekeji (right) during the official unveiling of the 18th National Sports Festival (Eko 2012) Logo, Website and Mascot held at the Muson Centre Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (3rd left), his Deputy and Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 18th National Sports Festival, Hon (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (left), the 18TH National Sports Festival Mascot, LASGIBI (3rd right), ), Minister of Sports, Dr. Bolaji Abdullahi (2nd right) and Director-General, National Sports Commission, Patrick Ekeji (right) during the official unveiling of the 18th National Sports Festival (Eko 2012) Logo, Website and Mascot held at the Muson Centre Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (2nd left), his Deputy and Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 18th National Sports Festival, Hon (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (right), the 18TH National Sports Festival Mascot, LASGIBI (2nd right) and members of the Committee, Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas CON (5thright), during the official unveiling of the 18th National Sports Festival (Eko 2012) Logo, Website and Mascot held at the Muson Centre Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (middle), his Deputy and Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 18th National Sports Festival, Hon (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (right), the 18TH National Sports Festival Mascot, LASGIBI (2nd right), Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Development and Vice Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Wahid Enitan Oshodi (left), and a member of the Committee, Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas CON (2nd left) during the official unveiling of the 18th National Sports Festival (Eko 2012) Logo, Website and Mascot held at the Muson Centre Lagos

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FASHOLA UNVEILS MASCOT, WEBISITE, LOGO FOR 18th NATIONAL SPORTS FESTIVAL



…Seeks spport of Corporate Lagos as he promises that Lagos will host a spectacular Festival

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Thursday unveiled the Logo, Website and Mascot for the 18TH National Sports Festival urging all stakeholders concerned with sports in the country to use this edition as an opportunity to realize the much needed renaissance in the sports sector.

Promising that the State will host a spectacular Sports Festival which comes up between November 27 and December 9, the Governor said it was time to rebuild, replan and depart from an era where sportsmen and women who fail to prepare hard pray for miracles.

Governor Fashola who spoke at the unveiling event held at the Shell Hall of the Muson Centre, Onikan-Lagos, said the decision of the administration to host the sports Festival was a clear indication of his administration’s commitment towards sports development in the state.

He said as soon as the issue of when the festival would be held was resolved to hold in 2012, the administration took it up as a duty and responsibility to ensure that the date was sacrosanct and has delivered on the promises it made.

“As a manifestation of the commitment of the administration, the Local Organizing Committee was officially inaugurated with the Deputy Governor as the Chairman and comprising of notable Lagosians chosen for their love and contribution to sports as well as their knowledge, success and excellence in their respective fields”, the Governor said.

According to Governor Fashola, “The LOC wasted no time in getting down to business and before long, 10 Sub-Committees were formed to serve as the working organs for the LOC”. He listed the committees as Venue and Facilities, Accommodation and Welfare, Catering and Feeding, Security, Transport, Media and Publicity, Marketing, Ceremonial and Protocol, Medical and Games Service Secretariat.

In his words “We are pleased to have these organs in place and fully functional towards a common objective. Renovation of the LOC Secretariat complex at the Teslim Balogun Stadium is almost completed and contracts have been awarded by the Ministry of Works for renovation projects necessary to upgrade the various venues and facilities to be used for the Games. Lagos is working, LOC is working and I am confident we will acquit ourselves as worthy hosts of the National Sports Festival”.

Governor Fashola noted that the unveiling of the Official logo, the Official Mascot and Launching of the Official website are further steps in the process of announcing the 18th National Sports Festival into the consciousness of the public.

“The Logo, Mascot and the Website provide icons and instruments for the public to latch on to and identify the sports festival .It is important that the people of Lagos embrace and identify with the Sports Festival as their own and I expect these icons to be projected around the city for the people to see and familiarize with”, the Governor stated.

The Governor seized the opportunity of the unveiling event to solicit the support of the Corporate Lagos and indeed, Corporate Nigeria to partner with the State Government describing the support and partnership of the private sector as a key attribute to the development of the State.

He said “I wish to appeal to the Corporate Lagos to support this worthwhile sporting initiative and partner with us for EKO 2012.Sports sponsorship in Lagos should be an investment and extend beyond a mere CSR exercise.It should be a mutually beneficial relationship that yields clear and quantifiable rewards to the brands and businesses of Private companies”.

“I am also aware that the Federal Government has in place tax breaks for companies that support sports in Nigeria.EKO 2012 Marketing brochure developed by the LOC has more details and this brochure will be made available to our corporate partners today” he concluded.

Governor Fashola acknowledged the inspiring co-operation and support received from the Main Organizing Committee (MOC) and in particular, Dr. Patrick Ekeji as well as the entire members of the MOC.

Earlier, the Deputy Governor and the Chairman of Local Organizing Committee, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, explained that the Mascot (LASGIDI) symbolizes excellence, commitment, strength, resilience and limitless possibilities in Lagos State.

Mrs. Orelope-Adefulire said all the necessary logistics for the successful conduct of the games were being put in place adding that in line with the administration’s policy to make government activities ICT-compliant, the LOC will provide on-line resources for sports lovers to access information,monitor the game real time and engage in online activities that will make the game more exciting and interesting.

The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi said he has no doubt that the Lagos State will set a new benchmark in the hosting of this year’s National Sports Festival.

According to the Minister, “I strongly believe the festival will provide a platform to discover new talents to represent the country at international sporting events and serve as avenue to foster unity among people from various parts of the country”.


The Director- General of the National Sports Commission, Patrick Ekeji who also doubles as the Chairman of the Main Organizing Committee (MOC) said the commission is working to use this year’s festival to consolidate on the successes recorded by the previous festivals.

Also present at the event were members of the Local Organizing Committee including its Vice Chairman, Mr. Wahid Enitan Oshodi, Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas, top sports administration both at the State and National levels and other top government functionaries.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Electrocution: Ajimobi orders demolition of structures in Apata Market

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has ordered the immediate demolition of all the structures under the high tension cable on the Apata-Bembow Road in Ibadan where seven people were electrocuted on Monday morning.

The governor, who gave the order when he paid a sympathy visit to the affected market in Apata, Ibadan, said that trading under high tension cable constituted great danger to the lives of both traders and buyers in the market.
Represented by his deputy, Chief Moses Alake Adeyemo, Governor Ajimobi urged the traders at the market to cooperate with government by vacating the area to avoid another occurrence.
He directed the Chairman of Ibadan South-West Local Government Council, Mr. Taoheed Adeleke, to find another suitable place where the market serving the people of the area would be relocated.
The governor also directed the council to replace all the cables connecting the area to the main PHCN poles and ensure that electricity was restored back.
He commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives in the incident and prayed for the repose of their souls.
The Local Government Chairman said that his council was working hard to put an end to future re-occurrence of such disaster, promising that the surviving victims of the incident, who are currently receiving treatment in hospitals, would have their medical bills paid by the council.
One of the residents of the area, Mr. Mustapha Muritala, who said that he survived a similar incident about two years ago, explained that several reports had been made to the PHCN on the matter without any serious action taken.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Two feared Killed as feuding hausa groups Burn Police Station in Ibadan

Pandemonium was let loose today in Bodija,  near the plank Market as Feuding Hausa groups invaded the Divisional Police Station and set it ablaze.

Violent clash had erupted between two Hausa groups in the market during which many people were stabbed.

The police were said to have, as a result arrested some of the principal actors including those stabbed who were said to be loosing blood without medical attention.

Our man gathered that this prompted the group affected to approach the police for the release of their men to treat them before they die in police cell.

Consequent upon the refusal of the police to release their man for treatment, the group mobilised their members and attacked the police station setting it ablaze

They also burnt 8 vehicles including a Jeep belonging to the Divisional Police Officer and 8 machines (Okada).

Owing to insufficient weapons, some of the police ran for their lives while they called for reinforcement.

The Police however, shot two of the invaders alleged to have been killed in the process. 

Our man who visited the scene of the violence reports that blood littered the front gate of the Bodija police station with smoke still oozing out of the station.

All the exhibits inside the station were hurriedly evacuated outside while the Operation Burst team and Police Armoured personnel carrier was stationed to cordon off any further aggression.

The Bodija main market became a ghost of sort and market women and men closed shops for fear of being attacked.

Peace is however returning to the area with the presence of the team of operation burst.

The Police Commissioner Tambari Mohammed who visited the scene has summoned the woman Divisional Police Officer to his Eleyele Office for debriefing.

Reps suspend Faruk Lawan

The House of Representative has removed Hon Faruk Lawan as chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on subsidy regime. Lawan was also stripped off his function as Chairman Committee on Education. These decisions were taken at an emergency plenary session by the House on Friday. 
Hon Faruk Lawan has been embroiled in a 620,000 dollar bribery scandal in the aftermath of the investigation of the Committee.

The lawmakers however passed a vote of confidence on the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, and the leadership of the House.

The House also urged president Goodluck Jonathan and other anti graft agencies to proceed with the implementation of the subsidy report.

PICS: GOV. FASHOLA AT LASU’S 17TH CONVOCATION CEREMONY

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (middle), flanked by theChancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Sir Molade Okoya-Thomas (left) and the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Board of LASU, Mr Akin Kekere-Ekun (right) during Lagos State University’s 17th Convocation Ceremony held at the University’s New Auditorium, Ojo

Cross section of the graduands in higher degrees during Lagos State University’s 17th Convocation Ceremony held at the University’s New Auditorium, Ojo

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (middle), First Elected Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande (right), Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Sir Molade Okoya-Thomas (2nd left), Vice-Chancellor of the School, Professor John Oladapo Obafunwa (left), Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Board of LASU, Mr Akin Kekere-Ekun (2nd right) during Lagos State University’s 17th Convocation Ceremony held at the University’s New Auditorium, Ojo

Cross section of the graduands in higher degrees during Lagos State University’s 17th Convocation Ceremony held at the University’s New Auditorium, Ojo

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) addressing the graduands in higher degrees, students academics, royal fathers and other stakeholders of Lagos State University (LASU) during their institution’s 17th Convocation Ceremony held at the University’s New Auditorium, Ojo

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (3rd right), First Elected Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande (right), Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Sir Molade Okoya-Thomas (3rd left), Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Board of LASU, Mr. Akin Kekere-Ekun (2nd right), Professor John Oladapo Obafunwa (2nd left) and the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Oluranti Adebule (left) during Lagos State University’s 17thConvocation Ceremony held at the University’s New Auditorium, Ojo

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) addressing the graduands in higher degrees, students academics, royal fathers and other stakeholders of Lagos State University (LASU) during their institution’s 17th Convocation Ceremony held at the University’s New Auditorium, Ojo

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) addressing the graduands in higher degrees, students academics, royal fathers and other stakeholders of Lagos State University (LASU) during their institution’s 17th Convocation Ceremony held at the University’s New Auditorium, Ojo

PICTURES: GOV. FASHOLA SWEARS-IN HON. JUSTICE AYOTUNDE ADEYOOLA AS NEW CHIEF JUDGE OF LAGOS

Cross section of traditional rulers, royal fathers, guests and other stakeholders during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Chief Judge of Lagos, Hon. Justice Ayotunde Adeyoola Phillips by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja

ppointed Chief Judge of Lagos, Hon. Justice Ayotunde Adeyoola Phillips taking her Oath of Office during her swearing-in as the Chief Judge of Lagos by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja

Cross section of traditional rulers, royal fathers, guests and other stakeholders during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Chief Judge of Lagos, Hon. Justice Ayotunde Adeyoola Phillips by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja

 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (3rd left), the newly appointed Chief Judge of Lagos, Hon. Justice Ayotunde Adeyoola Phillips (3rd right), former Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Inumidun Enitan  Akande OFR (2nd left), Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeola  Rahman  Ipaye  (left), Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Ajibayo Adeyeye (2nd right) and Oba of Lagos, Oba Riliwan Aremu Akiolu the I (right) during the swearing-in ceremony of the Chief Judge at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (3rd left), the newly appointed Chief Judge of Lagos, Hon. Justice Ayotunde Adeyoola Phillips (middle), former Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Inumidun Enitan Akande OFR (2nd left), Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeola  Rahman  Ipaye (left), Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Ajibayo Adeyeye (3rd right), Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Chief (Mrs.) Oluremi Tinubu (2nd right) and the Oba of Lagos, Oba Riliwan Aremu Akiolu  I (right) during the swearing-in ceremony of the Chief Judge at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (3rd right) listens with rapt attention as the newly appointed Chief Judge of Lagos, Hon. Justice Ayotunde Adeyoola Phillips taking her Oath of Office during her swearing-in as the Chief Judge of Lagos at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday, June 14, 2012. With them is the Oba of Lagos, Oba Riliwan Aremu Akiolu  I (right).

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (2nd right) signing the Oath documents during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Chief Judge of Lagos at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday, June 14, 2012. With him are the newly appointed Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Ayotunde Adeyoola Phillips (left), Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Ajibayo Adeyeye (3rd right), Oba of Lagos, Oba Riliwan Aremu Akiolu I (right) and former Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Inumidun Enitan  Akande OFR (2nd left).

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (right) congratulating  the new Chief Judge of Lagos, Hon. Justice Ayotunde Adeyoola Phillips (left) during the swearing-in ceremony of the Chief Judge at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday, June 14, 2012. With them is the Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Ajibayo Adeyeye (middle).

Thursday, 14 June 2012

CAR THIEVES INVADE IBADAN-POLY, STEALS SIX, VANDALS OTHERS



There was total confusion at the North campus of the Polytechnic Ibadan today as no fewer than six cars packed by their owners were stolen before dawn.
The vehicles according to our man included three Honda cars, Honda CRV, Primera and Peugeot and belonged to residents of Apete community who sought refuge inside the polytechnic to pack their vehicles owing to the ongoing construction of the connecting bridge.
The car thieves were suspected to have arrived the campus yesterday evening and waited till all car owners had packed and left before starting their operations.
They were said to be more than twelve in numbers
They were however unsuccessful on their attempt at taking away another Toyota Camry belonging to Tade Oludayo of Silverbird Communications and another Toyota CRV though their doors and ignition were badly vandalised.
The stolen vehicles belonged to residents of Apete community owing to the construction of the bridge connecting the community to the mainstream hinterland.
Many protests have been staged for the government to provide access roads but all seems to have fell on deaf ears as the Ologuneru road as become impassable with growing attack on car owners owing to insecurity.
The Polytechnic Ibadan has therefore become packing hub for residents who then have to pack their cars around the Olori Annex students’ hall, Rector Lodge and beside the pedestrian gate linking the Polytechnic with Apete.
Owing to the invasion of their campus by Apete car owners, the polytechnic Ibadan Security unit usually run out of Tally cards and usually allow cars into the campus, without any tally.
Those who lost their cars were left in disbelief as they searched even the gutters to be sure their cars had been stolen.
The residents of the community have therefore called on the state government to make the Ajibode access road motorable to reduce insecurity in the area as well as increase security patrol of the area.