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Lagos Taskforce nabs three fake LG officers for extorting motorists

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By Tobi Adetunji

Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences unit(Taskforce) has arrested three suspects posing as Local Government Traffic officers  for extorting motorists in the Oshodi Area of the state.

The suspects were arrested on Wednesday on the orders of the Chairman, Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit, CSP Shola Jejeloye.

CSP Shola said, the arrest was effected after receiving complaints from some of their victims.

Giving detailing of the suspects as; Samuel Oyegbule (52), Olayiwola Thomas (53) and Kola Taiwo (47), had claimed to be working with Oshodi–Isolo Local Government.

According to the Taskforce, “The suspect had yesterday extorted N25,000 from one of their victims for obstruction. Another victim equally alleged he was extorted of the same amount the previous day.”

The first victim who pleaded anonymity said “they walked up to my vehicle while waiting for traffic light in Oyetayo Street.

“They knocked on my side glass and I wound down to listen to them. They said I have committed a traffic offence and I was forced to Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Secretariat, Oshodi, where I was made to cough up N25,000 as fine.”

The second victim, a bolt driver, said, “I was arrested for dropping my client in front of his house in the inner street of Oshodi. It wasn’t a major road or expressway or where there are bus stops. They refused to listen to my explanation. They fined me N25,000.”

The Taskforce said, the victims alleged that the suspects select vehicles they know can pay their charges before arresting them on trumped-up charges and forcing them to the local government headquarters to make payment.

“They also brought into the same place several other vehicles arrested in the same manner like mine and they were made to pay as well as. Some of them were made to pay a higher amount”, one of the victims added.

Warning other touts and persons who illegally issue tickets to motorists on public roads and streets, CSP Jejeloye noted that Taskforce would continue with the arrest of miscreants posing as council officials to extort road users.

“I have received a lot of complaints and we have taken time to analyse them.

We have made our findings too. Lagos State Government would not tolerate such excesses”, he added.

 

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Lagos First Lady charges NYSC members to make positive impact in society

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The First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. Mrs Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has called on corps members deployed to Lagos State for the mandatory one year national service to make a positive impact for the growth of Lagos and Nigeria as a whole.

Dr. Sanwo-Olu made the call today during an interactive session with the Y2024 Batch ‘B’ Stream 1 Corps Members undergoing orientation at the NYSC Camp, Iyana Ipaja.

She noted that the NYSC scheme has fostered youth engagement and sustained the vision of its founding fathers who believed in a united Nigeria despite the differences in language, culture and religion .

The First Lady lauded the corps members for their resilience and patriotic spirit in serving the Nation, stressing that their commitment in enduring camping activities, following laid down rules and regulations guiding the Orientation Programme was commendable.

“Your decision to serve Nigeria through this program reflects your commitment towards making a positive impact in the society,” she said.

Mrs. Sanwo-Olu seized the opportunity of the interactive session to enlighten the corpers about various programmes and interventions her Office undertakes to improve the quality of life in Lagos.

While educating the youth corps members about her current project tagged ‘War Against Drug Abuse in Lagos State, the First Lady pointed out that drug abuse has assumed an alarming rate, emphasising that the project rrequires public support in increasing the campaign messages and expanding its reach.

She added that her office is also involved in raising public awareness about the dangers of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, in addition to the provision of assistive and protective care for victims while ensuring access to justice.

Appreciating the officials of NYSC Lagos State for their tireless efforts in nurturing the future leaders, Dr. Sanwo-Olu assured the gathering of the government’s commitment to supporting initiatives that empower the youths for a bright future.

Earlier in her welcome remarks, the Lagos State Coordinator, NYSC, Mrs. Yetunde Baderinwa described the First Lady’s visit as a source of motivation and inspiration to the corps members serving their fatherland.

Mrs. Baderinwa appreciated the State Government for its selfless efforts in ensuring that issues concerning the Scheme get top priority, reiterating that the program will continually contribute to the development of the Nation.

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LASG refunds 145 subscribers for Egan-Igando housing scheme

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The Lagos State Government has refunded 145 subscribers to the Egan-Igando Mixed Housing Estate following their indication to opt out of the housing scheme.

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Housing, Mr Abdulhafis Toriola, confirmed this in a statement issued by Mr Adesile Rufai, the Chief Public Affairs Officer, Ministry of Housing, on Monday in Lagos.

Toriola said that reasons for the delay was because the completion of the estate faced issues such as bureaucracy and vandalism.

He added those who previously subscribed and paid in full, but no longer interested in the house, could apply for a refund.

Toriola said that those who applied for a refund but were yet to be paid to visit the Ministry with their original payment documents.

He noted that a police report and a declaration of loss should be provided in the case of lost documents.

According to him, the ministry is checking applications with questionable documents.

He emphasised that priority would be given to those who paid in full to get their houses first, saying others with partial payments can choose to complete the payment or get a refund.

Toriola noted that more housing units were underway, with 576 homes expected to be finished by March 2025.

He assured that the government would hold more meetings to ensure all genuine subscribers are satisfied.

Toriola assured the people of the state government’s commitment to providing affordable housing for its citizens.

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188 Lagos pilgrims return safely from 2024 Hajj

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By Sodiq Adelakun

A total of 188 Lagos State pilgrims who participated in the 2024 Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia have arrived in Lagos, safely.

The pilgrims, including the elderly, those with health issues, and international pilgrims from the USA and Europe, landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, on a Flynas flight from Jeddah.

According to the Amir-ul-Hajj and Commissioner for Home Affairs, Hon. Olanrewaju Ibrahim Layode, the remaining pilgrims will be airlifted according to the schedule set by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

He assured that another batch of 320 pilgrims will be airlifted on Monday, June 24, 2024, and urged pilgrims to remain calm and patient.

The successful return of the first batch of pilgrims marks a positive start to the return journey of Lagos State pilgrims from the holy pilgrimage.

Recall that Lagos State airlifted a total of 1,869 pilgrims for the holy pilgrimage exercise. Thus, with the arrival of the 188 in the first/special batch, the number of Lagos pilgrims yet to be airlifted is now 1,681.

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