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We won’t resume tolling at Lekki tollgate soon – LCC



The Lekki Concession Company (LCC) has said resumption of tolling at the plaza may take months because of the extent of the damage done to the plaza.

Its Managing Director Yomi Omomuwasan gave the indication on Monday while speaking at a media briefing alongside Lagos State Information and Strategy Commissioner Gbenga Omotoso.

The event was in response to the controversy surrounding the firm’s repossession of the Admiralty Circle Toll Plaza, popularly called Lekki Tollgate.

Omomuwasan urged aggrieved youths bent on preventing the firm from the evaluation of the damage done to its assets on October 20, 2020 to show understanding.

The LCC chief regretted that some people were using fake news to misinform Nigerians about the company’s ownership and whip up public sentiment against its return to business.

He cited the firm’s indebtedness to banks and the fate of its over 500 workers as the compelling reasons the damage assessment ought to begin without further delay.

According to him, LCC’s assets were “comprehensively insured” before they were burnt and that the insurance companies need to examine the extent of the damage.

Omomuwasan said, “The assessment of things that are burnt will require a team of engineers from both the LCC and those working with us. What we operate is an electronic tolling system that requires a lot of equipment to be brought together. We need to do this proper and critical assessment, and it takes some time.

“It is not something that will happen within a month. I am not sure this will happen within three months, because of the extent of what has been damaged.”

The LCC boss explained that the firm denied a forensic expert access to its servers because the letter he brought from the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry said the audit would only focus on the site of the shooting and not its servers.

He also said his company expected the analyst to return with another letter with appropriate content, but had not received any.

He explained that the non-return of the company to operation was negatively affecting its subsisting loan obligations to local and international lenders, maintenance of the road, as well as its ancillary services.

Omomuwasan said, “As of January 31, 2021, the outstanding debt liability from the local lenders was in the region of N11.6 billion and from the foreign lenders $31.1 million (USD), with the difference being the amount LCC has so far paid the lenders.

“It is important to say that before the #EndSARS protest, LCC had continued to meet up with servicing its loan obligations without default to the lenders.

“However, since the commencement of the #EndSARS protest, the forceful takeover of the Admiralty Circle Toll Plaza and the unfortunate incident of Tuesday, October 20, 2020, we have had to plead for moratorium repeatedly with our local and international lenders. It has been impossible to meet our loan repayment obligations and obligations to our workers.”


Buhari to travel to London for ‘medical follow-up’



President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to London, the United Kingdom, on Friday for a scheduled medical follow-up, his media office has announced.

Femi Adesina, his spokesman, said in a brief statement on Thursday that the president is due back in the country “during the second week of July 2021”.

Recall that the President in March left for the UK for a “routine” medical checkup, which saw him remain abroad until April 15, 2021. This was shortly after the Nigerian Association Of Resident Doctors (NARD) had declared a strike.

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BREAKING: Why I stabbed Super TV CEO to death- Unilag student



The 21-year-old 300 level student of the University of Lagos, Chidinma Adaora Ojukwu, who was earlier arrested by the Lagos State Police Command has confessed to stabbing her lover, Super TV CEO, Mr Usifo Ataga to death.

She revealed that she stabbed the deceased, after he had sexual intercourse with her.

The undergraduate student of Unilag said she attacked and stabbed Mr Ataga to death during their stay in a short-let apartment in Lagos.

According to Chidinma Adaora, “I stabbed him on his neck twice and later on his stomach after he had forcefully had sex with me initially.”

“I was tired and exhausted and wanted to sleep but Mr Michael won’t have any of that.

“He became very violent and tried choking me to death.”

Frank Talk Now had reported that the suspect was paraded at the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters in Ikeja on Thursday.

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Igbo youths call for arrest of Gumi over support for banditry



The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, (COSEYL) has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Islamic cleric Sheik Abubakak Gumi for openly supporting and encouraging banditry and kidnapping in the country.

Gumi was reported to have said that “Murderous Fulani herdsmen only kidnap children for money and that they are better than Indigenous People of Biafrà (IPOB).”

He urged the Federal Government to offer amnesty to criminal herdsmen engaged in banditry and kidnapping, saying the bandits do not kidnap to kill but to make money.

The Igbo youth leaders said such a statement has simply unmasked and exposed the true identity of the Islamic cleric as “a hardened promoter of terrorism in the country,” describing it as wicked and barbaric.

Speaking to newsmen in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Thursday, the President-General of the organisation, Goodluck Ibem noted that kidnapping school children is the most heinous crime anyone can commit.

“No sane country will tolerate such heinous crime against humanity. Kidnapping school children is the wicked and barbaric crime anyone can commit.”

He said: Fulani herdsmen, according to the Global Terror Index (GTI), are the world’s fourth most deadly terrorists. The GTI lists thousands of individual attacks that occurred in Nigeria where herdsmen deliberately kill or maim, or rape Nigerians.

The youth leader said “Sheikh Gumi is not a peace negotiator as he claims, he is rather a facilitator of terror.

It is very unfortunate that our country Nigeria has been reduced to a level where kidnappers who kidnap school children, kill security agents who try to stop them in their bid to kidnap the children are good people because they are Fulanis committing crime to make money.

Though we do not speak for IPOB, no sane person will compare the activities of murderous Fulani herdsmen kidnappers with IPOB. Nigeria is rated as a fail state and a country on watch list because of the terrorists activities of the people who Gumi and his likes support. If Nigeria must move forward, terrorists and kidnapping activities must be brought to a halt.”

According to him, Gumi’s statement has confirmed to all that he is the godfather of murderous Fulani herdsmen kidnappers and bandits who have been terrorising the country.

“We demand the immediate arrest and prosecution of Sheik Abubakak Gumi for supporting and encouraging violent crimes and kidnapping in the country. The law is no respecter of persons and Kidnapping is a capital offence.

“If the Federal Government fails to arrest Gumi and his partners in crime, it will be confirmed to all that they are working in synergy with the kidnappers, bandits and terrorists to cause insecurity so that elections will not hold and they will remain in power beyond 2023.

“We therefore put the United Nations and the international community on notice that they do not need to look far for the sponsors of banditry and terrorism in Nigeria. We now know those behind the killing spree, kidnapping of infant school children, Fulanisation and Islamisation agenda to exterminate Indigenous ethic population across Nigeria.”

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