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Lagos advises residents on regular cleaning of drains

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By Dada Jackson

Lagos State Government has charged residents to complement its year-round cleaning of all primary and secondary channels by also regularly cleaning tertiary drains that run across houses.

The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, in a statement said that the state government was always ensuring the cleaning, clearing and dredging of all major collectors to ensure that they all discharge properly.

Speaking against the background of the heavy rainfall experienced in Lagos on Friday, he said a change of attitude was desired from the residents to prevent flash flooding.

Bello pointed out that the nonchalant attitude of some residents in this regard was causing some drawbacks for the successes recorded by the state government in flood control.

The Commissioner further said regrettably, even commercial concerns and companies were also guilty of not cleaning their drains but would rather leave them, waiting for the government to undertake the task.

He added that investigations by officials of the ministry round the state after the Friday’s rain revealed that flash flood occurred as most tertiary drains were blocked with refuse, thus spewing water onto the roads.

According to Bello, the people should realise that it portends great danger when tertiary drains are littered with refuse as this can bring about unexpected destruction and fatalities.

He used the opportunity to also remind local council areas that they must step up enforcement of infractions as it concerned tertiary drains are not cleaned.

Bello added that part of what could be done was to increase the number of environmental health officers to monitor the drains on a regular basis.

He said that many hours after each torrential rain, the water would disappear because of the improved state of the drains round the state.

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Pandemonium as Lagos motorcyclists kill policeman, destroy patrol vehicles

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A Chief Superintendent of Police, Kazeem Abonde, has been killed during a clash between policemen and motorcyclists in the Ajao Estate area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the policemen were carrying out enforcement in the area on Thursday when they were resisted by the riders, who protested against the seizure of their means of livelihood.

The situation was said to have snowballed into a clash and resulted in the death of Abonde, who was reportedly hacked to death.

Our correspondent saw a photo of the bloodied remains of the policeman as he lay motionless by the roadside. The victim’s head appeared to have been smashed with some objects.

Another photo captured no fewer than 10 persons milling around a damaged patrol van inscribed with the Lagos State Police Command.

A source told our correspondent that the policemen involved in the incident were attached to the Ajao Police Station.

“Everywhere is tense; we don’t know what exactly caused the fight, but we know that there was a confrontation between motorcyclists and the policemen attached to the Ajao Police Station,” the source added.

Deji Lambo, Punch News

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Police arrest, parade three suspected kidnappers of Bethel Baptist School students

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Three suspected kidnappers have been arrested by the Nigeria Police in connection with the abduction of over 100 students of Bethel Baptist school in Kaduna State.

The suspects include, “Adamu Bello, Isiaku Lawal and Muazu Abubakar.”

They were paraded on Thursday by the Force Public Relations Officers, Frank Mba, at the headquarters of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The suspects dressed in military camouflage told journalists during an interview that they were among the 25 gunmen who stormed the school recently.

Abubakar, a 27-year-old suspect, said, “Twenty-five of us carried out the operation. We kidnapped 136 students and I got N100,000 share from the money.”

DAILY POST recalls that the school was invaded by armed men suspected to be bandits on July 5, 2021, while 121 students were whisked away.

Some of the abducted students have, however, regained their freedom.

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BREAKING: Police arrest three kidnappers of Kaduna Baptist school students

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The police have arrested three people allegedly involved in the kidnap of over 100 students of Bethel Baptist School, Kaduna.

The suspects, dressed in military camouflage, were on Thursday paraded by the Force Public Relations Officers, Frank Mba, at the headquarters of defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), in Abuja.

Names of the suspects were given as Adamu Bello, Isiaku Lawal and Muazu Abubakar.

The suspects told newsmen that 25 of them abducted the students, adding that they carried out the operation in desperate bid to get money.

“Twenty-five of us carried out the operation. We kidnapped 136 students and I got N100,000 share from the money,” 27-year-old suspect Abubakar said,

 

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