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Computer Village Ikeja is residential not commercial area – LASG

Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on eGIS and Urban Development Dr. Olajide Abiodun Babatunde has said the state government is committed to the regeneration and development of urban areas of the state.

Babatunde disclosed this on Tuesday during an on-the-spot assessment of the Computer Village, Ikeja, where he stressed that area is residential and not commercial area.

A statement by Director, Public Affairs at LASBCA, Olaoye Olusegun quoted the special adviser as saying the Computer Village area within the state law is a residential but had grown into a full-blown market, which is against the Modern City Plan of the state.

He said the present administration led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu was committed to the restoration of the master plan of Lagos which is being degraded and distorted.

He said, “The relocation of Computer Village presently in Ikeja to Kantagua in the Abule-Egba area of the state is in progress and when fully completed will boast of world-class facilities such as schools, hospitals, clinics, hotels, banking facilities, warehouses and storage rooms, which will make shopping more conducive and befitting of the mega city status as envisaged by the governor and as obtained in other modern cities of the world.”

“The current location of computer village in Ikeja was planned to be a residential area and that plan is being distorted by commercial activities within the area. We cannot fold our hands and allow the distortion to go on. The residential status of that area must be restored.”

He said further, “We are trying to do things in proper ways that will ensure that urban centres are regenerated, redeveloped, innovated, conserved in line with the THEMES+ agenda of present administration.

“The Computer Village area still remains a Residential Area and its Land Use has not been changed by the state government and this is the main reason the government is relocating the traders to Katangua for proper settlement.”

“If the rules say it is a residential area, then it must remain a residential area. Therefore, the government has to make provision and also accommodate the people who are in this area and that is the reason why the state government is developing Katangua into a model market,” he added.

He noted that Lagos State’s exponential growth would have serious consequences on its urban space if not properly planned. Hence the need for the relocation of the Computer Village to a more spacious area that would not have traffic implications and other consequences on the citizens.

The Special Adviser assured the shop owners and traders that the planned relocation would be transparent.

He said the state government would carry them along as nothing would be imposed on them.

He stressed that the relocation of the market would be done in consultation with all relevant stakeholders including the markets associations and owners of properties in the area.

Babatunde hinted that the regeneration and development of urban Lagos is not limited to the Computer Village alone but across the state.

He disclosed that shortly Lagosians would start feeling the positive impact of the redevelopment plans on traffic decongestion, security implications and other positive areas.

Accompanied on the assessment tour of the Computer Village are top management of the Lagos State Building Control Agency led by the General Manager, Arc. Gbolahan Owodunni Oki.

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Cindy Liu Bei, owner of an Abuja-based Chinese supermarket accused of discriminating against Nigerians, has fled the premises with her family.

The facility workers disclosed this on Monday when the officials of the Federal Competition and Consumer and Protection Commission (FCCPC) visited the place.

The supermarket situated at the China General Chamber of Commerce is said to only allow Chinese and not Nigerians to shop there.

This has created an uproar since the development was made public on Sunday.

When the FCCPC team visited on Monday, the workers said Bei, a Chinese lady that owns the facility, left the place in the morning around 8:26am with her family.

This was confirmed on the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) camera.

The FCCPC officials subsequently shut the supermarket.

Nigerians had expressed outrage over the discriminatory policy implemented by the Chinese supermarket.

The facility manager of the complex Shaibu Sanusi confirmed that Nigerians from outside the complex were not allowed to shop but only those within could access it.

While the supermarket remains shut, the consumer protection agency felt some people were hiding inside in a bid to avoid confrontation with the agency.

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How gunmen killed Babcock university lecturer, abducted two – Police

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How gunmen killed Babcock university lecturer, abducted two – Police 

The police authorities have confirmed the killing of a lecturer with Babcock University, Ilisan-Remo, in the Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State, Yinka Olowojobi.

He was said to have been shot dead by some gunmen at a relaxation centre in the Iperu area of Ogun State.

The spokesperson for Ogun State Police Command, Omolola Odutola, said this in a statement.

She said Odutola, Olowojobi was among three persons shot by the gunmen who invaded Ajadeh Event Centre on Sagamu Road, Iperu, around 9.20pm last Friday.

“The lecturer was taken to Babcock University Teaching Hospital, where he was pronounced dead,” he stated.

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She said about eight men dressed in black and armed with guns emerged from an unknown place into the relaxing lounge and opened fire.

Olowojobi was said to have been shot in the chest for refusing to go with the armed men, while a manager of a car stand, simply identified as Dare and another yet-to-be-identified person were abducted.

“Efforts are underway to apprehend the culprits and rescue the kidnapped victims. Further updates will be provided as the situation develops,” the statement added.

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ISWAP bread factory found in Borno

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ISWAP bread factory found in Borno

Troops from Operation Lake Sanity III, part of Operation Hadin Kai, have reportedly uncovered an Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist bread production factory concealed within their hideout in Maisani, Timbuktu Triangle, Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

Security analyst and counter-insurgency expert Zagazola Makama, quoting intelligence sources, disclosed that on Monday, the combined forces of 199 Special Forces Battalion, Hybrid Forces, and Civilian JTF (Joint Task Force) discovered the bread factory during a mission into the terrorists’ hideout on Sunday.

“The sources said that the factory was destroyed while items recovered include 2 Lister generating plants, 1 baking machine, and several baking materials,” Makama reported.

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According to the report, the discovery came amidst a week-long clearance operation aimed at decimating the terrorists from their stronghold in the Timbuktu Triangle, an area comprising Buk 1, 2, and 3, Talala, Ajigin, Dusula, Abulam, and Gorgi – a region notorious for harbouring these extremist groups.

“These groups of terrorists are mostly responsible for attacks, ambushes, and IED/mine incidents targeting the Damboa roads, Damaturu-Maiduguri MSR (Main Supply Route), attacks towards Askira, Buratai, Buni Yadi, as well as the destruction of the high-tension transmission line connecting Borno and Yobe State.

“Despite the complexity of the terrain, characterised by highly fortified camp mostly located under thick foliage and IEDs planted in several locations within the Timbuktu Triangle, the troops continued to maintain high fighting efficiency,” Makama stated.

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