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Updated: Jakande buried as Buhari, governors, others pay last tribute to ex-Lagos governor

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President Muhammadu Buhari, governors and other prominent dignitaries have extolled the virtues of the ex-Lagos State Governor Lateef Jakande who died on Thursday at 91.

Their tribute came as Pre-burial prayers of the first civilian governor were fixed at number 2 Bishop Street Ilupeju, Lagos State on Friday, February 12, 2021, at 9am.

Interment of his remains also today (Friday), February 12 at Volts and Gardens Ikoyi is scheduled for 4pm, according to the family.

Buhari, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, expressed the belief that Alhaji Jakande lived for the good of others, Lagos State and Nigeria as a nation.

“President Muhammadu Buhari believes former Governor of Lagos State, Chief Lateef Jakande, lived for the good of others, state and country, and his legacy of standing for all that was right for humanity would be long remembered.

“The President, while condoling with family, friends and associates of the elder statesman, affirms that his imprints on the commercial nerve centre of the country, Lagos State, which was the former national capital, will continue to awe and inspire, reminding everyone of the strength of character and sacrifices of the visionary leader.

“President Buhari notes contributions of the first civilian Governor of Lagos State and former Minister of Works to the growth of democracy and good governance in the country, describing him as a patriot, whose wisdom will run through generations, especially in putting people first in development plans.

“The President joins government and people of Lagos State, Nigeria Union of Journalists, and Nigerian Guild of Editors, in mourning the veteran journalist, praying that the almighty God will receive his soul and grant him eternal rest,” the statement said.

 

Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the remarkable achievements of the late Jakande as governor would remain indelible for generations to come.

“With gratitude to God for a worthy life well spent in the service of Lagos State, Nigeria and humanity, I announce the death of a venerable statesman, outstanding politician, public administrator and the first Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande.

“Baba Jakande’s record of service as a journalist of repute and a leader of remarkable achievements as governor of Lagos State will remain indelible for generations to come. His death is a colossal loss and he will be missed.

“On behalf of the government and people of Lagos State, I want to express my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and comrades of Baba Jakande.”

Abiodun

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle  Somorin, eulogised the deceased elder statesman.

The governor said, “Papa Jakande was a statesman of statesmen. He was not just a great disciple of the legendary Obafemi Awolowo, he carried the Awoist traits everywhere he went. Lagos has lost a visioner. The Awoists family has lost a great inheritor and practitioner of the great legacy and Nigeria’s progressive politics has been weaned of a model.

“There is no way good governance will be mentioned in Nigeria without a reference to the cerebral journalist and administrator, Alhaji Lateef Jakande. He was selfless; an embodiment of in excellence in prudent management of men and resources both as a newspaper man and as governor of Lagos State. Everybody attests to his modesty and exceptional skills in managing the affairs of Lagos State even in the period of austerity measures.”

 

Fayemi

Ekiti State Governor Dr. Kayode Fayemi expressed his condolences on the death of the first elected Governor of Lagos State.

The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, described the late Jakande as a selfless leader, statesman and a role model who utilised public service effectively for the development of the people.

Dr Fayemi described the late Jakande as a leader with uncommon accomplishments, one of the founding fathers of progressive politics in Nigeria and a committed Awoist who elevated service to the people above other consideration.

Uzodimma

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma described the late Jakande as one of the honest, selfless and faithful leaders Nigeria has produced.

Uzodimma said Lagos Sate and Nigeria would miss Jakande because of his populist programmes that stood him out as governor and endeared him to the people.

Oyetola

Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola sent heartfelt condolences to the government and the people of Lagos State over the death of the first civilian governor of the state.

Oyetola, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, also commiserated with the Jakande family and friends.

He said Jakande was a professional and respected journalist, progressive politician, distinguished public servant and an outstanding leader, who demonstrated strong concern and commitment to the welfare of the people he served.

Osoba

Former Ogun State Governor Aremo Segun Osoba said with Jakande’s death an iroko tree has fallen.

Osoba, in a statement, said Jakande would be remembered as a personification of the best in journalism and a political colossus.

He said the deceased politician singlehandedly founded both the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ).

“He was a foundation member of both the Nigeria Union of Journalists and Guild of Editors. An astute politician who left giant footprints wherever he had the opportunity to serve at state and Federal levels.

“As governor of Lagos State, he ran a daily “Political Clinic”, where citizens committed him on issues.

“In Yoruba parlance- Iroko Tree as well as an Elephant has fallen. God grant him eternal rest,” Osoba said.

Obasa

Lagos House of Assembly Speaker Mudashiru Obasa urged Buhari to revisit the Metroline project in honour of the late Jakande.

Obasa made the plea in a motion raised yesterday during a plenary session in honour of the first civilian governor of the state.

”Jakande would have been remembered more if he had been allowed to do the metroline project.

“Now that he is dead, the Federal Government, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, should remember Jakande with the project or any other befitting project,” he said.

Okunnu

A former Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing, Alhaji Femi Okunnu said the late elder statesman left his mark in the political landscape, not only in Lagos but in Nigeria as a whole as a member of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Action Group (AG) and later the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN).

Okunnu described the late Jakande as an astute politician. With the death of Jakande, he said, “He left his mark on the educational development of Lagos, with his free primary education programme, which he launched when he became governor in 1979. Another programme he embarked upon was the housing estates scattered across the state, including the one in Bode Thomas Street, Surulere, in Ikoyi-Obalende, in Isolo, in Ajah, and other parts of the state. Those are some of the landmark projects that he undertook during tenure that I can remember.

-The Nation

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Police arrest Nollywood actor accused of defiling 14-year-old girl

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The police have arrested a popular actor, Olarenwaju James, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, for allegedly defiling a 14-year girl.

PUNCH Metro gathered that a closed-circuit television installed in the victim’s home captured Omiyinka allegedly molesting the victim while her mother was not at home.

It was learnt that the victim’s mother, who had been suspecting that her daughter was being sexually abused, installed the CCTV to uncover the perpetrator.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the victim’s mother monitored the situation in her home on her phone and to her dismay, she saw Omiyinka allegedly conducting himself in a suspicious manner around her daughter.

The thespian allegedly took the victim away from the sitting room into the kitchen, where there was no CCTV camera installed, and the mother, who rushed back home upon the discovery, allegedly caught Omiyinka defiling her daughter in the kitchen.

The victim’s mother was said to have been inconsolable after her discovery.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement on Thursday that Omiyinka was arrested after a case of defilement was reported against him, adding that preliminary investigation revealed that he had been sexually assaulting the 14-year-old victim since she was seven.

The police also said it had commenced investigation into the case.

The statement read, “The Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Olarenwaju James ‘male’ 48, aka Baba Ijesha, popular Nollywood actor for defiling a minor.

“The case of defilement was reported on 19th April, 2021 by one Princess Adekola Adekanya ‘female’ at Sabo Police Station and transferred to the Gender Unit of the State CID, Panti, Yaba Lagos for proper investigation.

“Based on preliminary findings, the suspect started sexually assaulting the victim, 14 years, since she was seven years old. The suspect confessed to the crime and was also captured by a CCTV camera in the house of the complainant.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered for proper investigation as he promised to do justice in the matter.”

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Security agents avert jailbreak in Kano

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Security agents on Thursday evening prevented a jailbreak by inmates of Kurmawa prison, around the emir’s palace in Kano.

Gunshots were heard within the area where the prison is located, as residents prepared to break their Ramadan fast on Thursday.

Spokesman for the Nigerian correctional service in Kano, Musbahu Nasarawa, confirmed the incident, adding that the inmates attempted to cause pandemonium but were resisted.

 

“We have put down the rebellion through the concerted efforts of the prison officials,” he said.

Nasarawa said that violence broke out when prison officials attempted to retrieve illicit items found with some of the prisoners.

Unconfirmed reports had initially claimed that the commotion was the result of the poor quality of food the prisoners were served when they wanted to break their fast on Thursday.

Nasarawa, however, denied the claims that the crisis was the result of lack of food or poor quality of food for the inmates.

According to him, normalcy has been restored to the area.

There has been a series of jailbreaks across the country in recent times.

 

While an attempt by inmates to break out of prison was foiled in Edo on April 14, prison officials sustained injuries following an attempt at the Bauchi correctional centre on April 9.

In Imo, over 1,500 inmates reportedly escaped when gunmen broke into the correctional centre in Owerri, the state capital, on April 5.

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Nine killed, suspects freed as gunmen attack Anambra, Abia police stations

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There was mayhem in two South-East states, Anambra and Abia, on Monday when gunmen separately attacked police formations, leading to the death of two policemen and seven others.

Two Policemen and three other persons were killed when gunmen attacked the Zone 13 police headquarters at Ukpo, in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Detained suspects were reportedly set free after hoodlums had razed the Uzuakoli Police Division in Bende  council area of Abia State. The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has denied any  involvement  in the attacks on security agents, agencies and their formations in any party of the South-East.

The police gave the names of their dead colleagues in the Anambra mayhem as Inspector Ishaku Aura and PC Uzoma Uwaebuka.

One of the buildings at zone 13 was razed by the hoodlums, while four vehicles were burnt. A police officer at the zone said, “The hoodlums invaded the zonal headquarters at Ukpo in the early hours of yesterday but our gallant men repelled the attack.

“In the process, they killed two of our men while our men gunned down three of their men. But they quickly carried them and zoomed off.

“Those hoodlums came in their numbers; in fact, not less than 20, but our men were equal to the task. They tried to gain access into our armoury but our men stopped them.

“One general purpose machine gun was recovered by the police from the attackers and the identities of the attackers were still not known.”

The Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Nkeiru Nwode, confirmed the incident, saying apart from the GPMG, various types of ammunition were also recovered from the hoodlums.

Nwode’s statement read: “Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force attached to Zone-13 headquarters, Ukpo, Anambra State, have successfully repelled an attack on the Zonal headquarters by criminal elements in the early hours of today, (yesterday) 19th April, 2021. “The attackers, who came in their numbers, shot  sporadically in order to gain access to the facility, but were repelled by police personnel on duty who showed profound gallantry in the face of the seemingly overwhelming attack. “Following the inability of the attackers to access the facility, they cowardly threw petrol bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on vehicles within the periphery of the headquarters. “One of the criminal elements was neutralized during the exchange of gunfire between the police and the attackers, while many of the gang members escaped with gunshots injuries.

“One L7A2 General-Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), ninety-two rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, one locally-made smoke pistol and an axe were recovered by the police. Regrettably, two police operatives sustained gunshot injuries and are currently receiving treatment.

“Anambra State Commissioner of Police, CP Monday Kuryas, who is also  standing in for the Zonal Assistant Inspector General of Police, for the zone has commended the police operatives for putting up a strong resistance against the attackers.

“The CP, supported by other senior officers from Zone-13 Headquarters and the state command, is personally leading a special operation aimed at tracing, identifying and arresting the perpetrators to bring them to book.

“The CP also called on proprietors of private and public (including unorthodox) medical facilities in and around Anambra State to admit, but report anyone found seeking medical attention for bullet wounds and related injuries to the nearest police station.”

In Abia, the Police Public Relations Officer, for the state command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, said the gunmen used dynamites and rocket launchers which frustrated the efforts of the policemen guarding the station to repel them. According to him, the gunmen also freed detainees at the station.

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