Ambode appoints 57 sole administrators for LGs
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Saturday approved the appointment of new sole administrators expected to oversee the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in the State.
In a statement issued on Saturday by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, Governor Ambode would on Monday, June 13, 2016, swear-in the new appointees at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja.
Among those to be sworn-in include: Ayeni A. Babatunde; Adebayo Taoheed; Adekunle Julius; Samuel Ojo; Jacob Kent; Mrs. Bashorun Bolanle A.; Gbenga Abiola; Olumide Olayomi; Mrs. Yeyintola D. Agaba; Isa Abiola Jubril; Yusuf Temitope; Alh. Musa Nasir A.; Ogunleye Gbolahon; Babatunde Adetunji; Olu Ogunniyi; Sola Akande; Alh. Wasiu Sanni; Abiola Kolawole Esrom; Muyiwa Okesanya and Shukura Okeowo.
Others are: William Lawanson; Label Raji; Ibrahim Adigun; Mrs. Samiat O. Raji; Segun Anifowoshe; Sherif Balogun; Ilelaboye Rasaq; Mrs. Stella Kokumo; Yinka Kazeem; Quadri Ganiu; Princess Abiodun Elegushi; Mrs. Doyin Y. Salami; Ms Soikoya Abimbola; Bolaji Adele Solomon; Mrs. Animawun Adejumoke; Shefiu O. Osinnuga; Adefuye Bayo; Biodun Agbaje; Genesis N. Williams; Engr. Biodun Taiwo; Okinurudeen Bamidele; Gokef Ona Olawale; Abdul Adewale; Femi John; Sanya Oshijo; Ipaye N. Adeleke; Hon. Tunde Alao; Are B. Abiola; Samson Akerele Oloyede; James Agboola; Princess Aderemi Adebowale; Rotimi Ogunwuyi; Olufemi Okedeyi; Rojaiye A. Olayemi; Surakat O. Idogun; Emmanuel Aguda and Habib Aileru.
The Statement added that the 57 sole administrators after being sworn in would take charge of their various councils pending the conduct of elections at the councils.
Boko Haram kills four women in Borno
Boko Haram has killed four women in a remote village in Nigeria’s northeast in the latest attack by the Islamist group, local vigilantes assisting the military said on Saturday.
Fourteen Boko Haram gunmen on seven motorcycles stormed Mairari village, 80 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital late Friday and picked four women from their homes and slit their throats, they said.
The women were aged between 27 and 45.
“They went into four homes while residents were breaking their fast around 7:00 pm, brought out the four women and slaughtered them,” Babakura Kolo, a vigilante in Maiduguri told AFP.
Release results of June 12, 1993 Presidential poll, Afenifere group urges Buhari
Pan Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, on Saturday, called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to release the official result of the June 12, 1993, Presidential Election, won by Bashorun M.K.O Abiola. Late MKO Abiola
In a statement to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of June 12, the ARG chairman, Olawale Oshun, said President Muhammadu Buhari, as the beneficiary of a ballot revolution that mostly mirrored that of 1993, owed Nigerians the duty of declassifying the result, particularly now that 23 years had elapsed and the Official Secret Act could no longer be binding on the document. ARG, according to the statement, believe releasing the result would “reverse the stigma occasioned by the foolish act of canceling that election, adjudged to be the most peaceful in the history of Nigeria.”
The group said releasing the result would also open up the “hypocrisy” of military rule and help project democracy as a better form of governance. “June 12 is no longer a struggle but now an obligation,” the statement said.
Exhibit virtue of patience, VP’s mother urges Nigerians
The mother of Nigeria’s vice president, Mrs Olubisi Osinbanjo, has called on Nigerians to exhibit the virtue of patience.
She made the call in Lagos on Saturday at the midyear thanksgiving of the Cathedral Group of Churches hosted by Emmanuel Anglican Church..
“The point now is that Nigerians have to bring out their best. Patience is one virtue I have noticed in our women that enable them reap great reward as mothers.
“ I admire Nigerians because they are reasonable and have the attitude of engaging in thanksgiving to God. One should commend Nigerians for being a very reasonable race.
“Many have said that they would not like to be in countries which through impatience have plunged their countries into destruction.
“We need to pray for Nigeria as men and women of virtue and enterprise,’’ she said.
Amodu complained of chest pain, died of frustration – Cousin
A relative of the late Director of the Nigeria Football Federation, Shaibu Amodu, has said that the former Super Eagles coach died after complaining of pain in the left side of his chest.
Akuri Afegbua, who is a cousin to the late Shaibu, also said that the late coach died of frustration from the alleged non-payment of his financial entitlements by the NFF and the Edo State Government.
Amodu died on Saturday morning in his sleep at his residence in Benin, Edo State.
The 58-year-old father of eight from Okpella in Etsako East Local Government Area of the state, was also said to be the Executive Director of the state youth football development agency before he resigned last year.
But Afegbua said that he had complained of not being paid by the football federation and the state government and how his financial status had made it difficult for him to take care of himself and his immediate family.
According to him, Amodu had travelled to Benin to demand the payment of his outstanding entitlements before he died.
He said tearfully, “I think he died of frustration, his financial status. He was not paid. He was complaining of not being paid and had no money to maintain himself and his immediate family.
“I think the purpose of him being in Benin was to put in a bill for his payment, both NFF and the state government.”
Afegbua explained that the late coach had a history of high blood pressure.
“We were together yesterday. In the afternoon, he called to say that he was feeling some pain in the left side of his chest and he called in a doctor.
“The doctor test him; he had 140 over 100 as his blood pressure. The doctor said that it was not bad, he could continue with his fasting,” he explained.
He also added that the ex-Eagles coach was full of life on Friday when he assisted one of his uncles to secure a bail at a police station.
He was also said to have led in the prayer to break the fast on Friday, before he was suddenly found dead at about 4am on Saturday.
“Apart from that he complained of pain in his chest, he was perfectly okay. We came back this morning to wake up to do the normal fasting but met him dead.
Stop the bombings, Tompolo begs Avengers again
Former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, today, called on the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, yet again to halt the ongoing bombing of oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta region.
Tompolo, in a statement, Saturday, said: “I wish to once again write the members of the Niger Delta Avengers to embrace the Federal Government dialogue option as a way out of the brewing crisis in the Niger Delta region. As I have said before now, I do not know you and how to reach you except through the mass media, therefore it is high time you stopped the bombing and destruction of crude oil facilities in the Niger Delta region.”
He asserted: “One thing you guys may not be aware of is that you have not only succeeded in militarizing the Niger Delta region now, but also succeeded in given birth to so many negotiators and political jobbers within the government circle, who are very serious rumour peddlers in the country now.”
The ex-militant leader, who is currently on the run, said that Gbaramatu people had not known peace since the Avengers started bombing oil facilities, while the military was intimidating them under the guise of hunting for NDA and himself, who they have criminally and wickedly linked to the Niger Delta Avengers.”
His words: “Presently all communities in Gbaramatu kingdom have been deserted by residents for fear of a repeat of the 2009 military invasion, which still leave the communities in shambles. Even until now, the military has not returned the symbol of authority they took away from the Egbesu Shrine and other valuables in Oporoza community during the May 28, 2016 invasion.” “It is pertinent to state that I have not heard and seen in any part of Nigeria, even the most volatile North Eastern part of Nigeria,where Boko Haram has been killing innocent people, the way and manner the Military desecrated the traditional worship centres in Gbaramatu Kingdom. This is a clear oppression and intimidation of the peace loving people of Gbaramatu Kingdom “Another dangerous dimension my traducers have introduced into this issue is the allegation that some of my closest men are coordinators of the Niger Delta Avengers. In addition, this is currently trending in the social media, specifically in the niaja.com platform, that Benji Ekeremor, Super and Owomor aka VIP are the coordinators of the Avengers,” he said.
NCC to embark on nationwide raid of MP3 dealers, says DG
The Director- General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission(NCC), Mr Afam Ezekude says the commission will soon embark on a nationwide raid of MP3 dealers and outlets across Nigeria. Ezekude who spoke in Abuja on Friday, said; “we are set to clamp down heavily on pirates who deal in MP3 across the country’’. “It is a relatively new form of piracy, and it will no longer be business as usually for people who download and sell other people’s music using the MP3. “This anti-piracy raid on MP3 will state in major cities known to be piracy hubs across the six geo-political zones,” Ezekude said. According to him, the planned invasion of MP3 dealers is to further reaffirm the commission’s zero tolerance stand against piracy in all its forms. He added that the commission was conducting anti-piracy surveillance exercises across major markets and streets within some cities. “Alaba is the hub of piracy in Lagos, so the commissions operations in the South West will be focused on the market within this period. “Other towns such as Ilorin, Ibadan, Yola, Kaduna, Enugu, Benin City, as well as the Federal Capital Territory will also be checked,’’ he noted.
Ezekude stated that the raid would serve as a warning to those planning to venture into MP3 business that it was no longer a lucrative venture. “The era in which pirates enrich themselves through fake products, thereby undermining the sales and distribution of legitimate products is over,” he warned. He also commended other enforcement agencies, especially the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigeria Customs Service for their collaborative roles in the commission’s fight against piracy.
Julius Berger, RCC resume work on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
Two construction giants — Julius Berger Nigeria Plc and Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) — have returned to site to resume work on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Ongoing construction on Lagos-Ibadan-Expressway Reconstruction and rehabilitation works on the highway were suspended due to some issues with the Federal Government which include funding.
NAN investigations revealed that Julius Berger began work on Friday, while RCC moved to site on Tuesday. NAN observed piles of crash barriers at Wawa, which is part of Section one from Lagos to Sagamu interchange, being handled by Julius Berger. Also, officials of Julius Berger were seen using earth moving equipment to carry crash barriers to demarcate construction zones. An engineer, who did not want to be named, told NAN that the demarcation was for effective traffic management. “The New Jersey Barricades (crash barriers) will be moved to the other carriageway when we finish work on this side, it will speed up our work and at the same time help to traffic control,’’ he said.
Six- year-old girl burnt to death in Lagos church
The Lagos State Fire Service said a six-year-old girl was burnt to death in a church in the early hours of Saturday in Egbeda area of the state.
The Director of the service, Mr. Rasak Fadipe, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the incident occurred at about 2:00am at Faith Revival Church.
Fadipe said the inferno affected the church boys’ quarters while a vigil was going on at the main auditorium.
“We met the fire raging when we arrived. It was after the fire was put out that we discovered the little girl’s burnt body in one of the rooms.
“The church authority was yet to ascertain the cause of the fire. We finally put out the fire at about 5:00am,” he said.