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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ex-defence chief’s son beats up motorist for complaining of damaging his car
Kayode Petirin, a son of an ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Oluseyi Petition, has reportedly beaten up a Lagos motorist, identified as Sola, for daring to complain about his damaged car hit by Kayode.
The assault was said to have taken place in the CMS area of Lagos.
PUNCH Metro reported that Kayode, who is a naval officer, damaged Sola’s car while trying to manoeuvre on the Bus Rapid Transit lane along the axis on Tuesday.
It was learnt that when Sola complained about his damaged car, the officer allegedly beat him up.
Sola said he was planning to take the car to the palace of the Elegushi for royal blessing when the incident happened.
He said, “I was driving along CMS and there was traffic; everybody was driving orderly, but he (Kayode) just wanted to come in front of me and I had already passed where he could enter from.
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“So, he tried to squeeze his way in and hit my car. I got out of my car to see the damage and I challenged him that what he did was wrong. But he just came out and told me to get back into my car.
“I reported him to a policeman around the area, and when the man challenged him, he showed the man his ID card. I told him that if he’s a naval officer, that did not give him the right to hit my car.
“Then he started punching me. I have a deep cut on my lips. My hand was bruised, and I was seriously injured in the attack.”
Sola said he reported the case at the Maroko Police Station, adding that the DPO called the military police to follow him to Kayode’s house.
He, however, said some Air Force officers guarding the house threatened to shoot if they got closer to the gate.
“I followed him all the way from CMS to know where he lives. I then called the palace to tell them what happened. That was when kabiyesi sent two men to meet me.
“On getting there, they said I should take the legal route by reporting at the nearest police station.
“We went to Maroko Police Station; the DPO, Ganiu Raji, called the military police to inform them what the military man did.
“When we got his house, two military men came out and stopped us before we could get closer. They said they were going to shoot us. The military guys said the house belonged to a former general, and we had no right to come there.
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“The most annoying thing is that I was driving the car to the palace so that they could pray for me. It’s a new car; a BMW series,” he added.
The spokesperson for the Navy, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, described Kayode as one of the bad eggs in the service.
Ayo-Vaughan revealed that the officer was recently suspended, while his rank was reduced.
He said, “This Petinrin (Kayode) was just disciplined. In fact, his rank was reduced because of a similar issue. He is one of the bad eggs that we are managing and that is because he is our son and brother.
“I will take it up; I will call the chief staff officer so that our naval police can invite him. I will send what you have sent to me to them so as to follow up from there.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident.
He said the police did not go to the house to avert a face-off.
Hundeyin said, “The DPO informed the military police; but it turned out that the Air Force personnel there threatened to shoot the military police if they did not leave that place immediately. The military police had to withdraw.”
The police spokesperson said the property belonged to the Air Force, adding that efforts were being made to officially inform the Air Force authorities about the case for further action.
ICPC docks NSCDC Official over Alleged N12.2m Employment Scam
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has dragged a Superintendent of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Solomon Ogodo, to the dock over allegations bordering on forgery, employment racketeering and fraud.
ICPC, in charge no: CR/503/2022 brought before Honourable Justice M.S. Idris of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, sitting in Jabi, Abuja, accused the defendant of defrauding unsuspecting job seekers to the tune of Twelve Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N12,200,000).
In the 5-count charge, the Commission told the Court that the accused person on different occasions hoodwinked members of the public into parting with different sums of money in the guise of securing employments for their relatives in the Nigeria Correctional Services (NCoS).
The Court was further informed of how Mr. Ogodo, with the intent to commit fraud, forged offers of provisional appointments for some applicants into the Nigeria Correctional Services.
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His actions are contrary to Section 13 and punishable under Section 68 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000, and contrary to Section 363 and punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Act. The actions also violate and is punishable under Section 1 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offence Act of 2006.
The defendant entered a “not guilty” plea when the charges were read for him.
The defense counsel, Mr. Osita Eze, thereafter moved a bail application on behalf of his client which was not opposed by ICPC counsel, Mr. Mashkur Salisu. However, Mr. Salisu urged the court to impose stringent conditions that will compel the defendant attend his trial, considering the fact that he only made himself available when he was declared wanted by the Commission.
The trial judge admitted the accused person to bail in the sum of N5m and two sureties in like sum who must be resident of FCT and civil servants not below grade level 12. The sureties were also ordered to swear affidavit of means, failure of which the defendant would be remanded in ICPC custody.
The matter was adjourned to the 16th of January 2023 for definite hearing.
Signed: Mrs. Azuka Ogugua
Don’t buy meter, transformer, wires, NERC tells electricity consumers
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Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), yesterday, in Abuja, said it remains the responsibility of electricity distribution companies to provide meters, transformers, poles, wires and other things needed for electricity supply to consumers.
NERC’s Commissioner-in-charge of Consumers Affairs, Aisha Mahmud, speaking during a three-day NERC/Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) Customer Complaint Resolution Meeting, said a lot of consumers in Nigeria are not aware of their right.
“It is not the responsibility of the consumers to buy meters, poles or any assets for the DisCos (distribution companies) because we have already provided for that in the tariff of the utilities.
“But under any circumstances that you have to purchase these items and you cannot wait for the DisCos to make that investment, we have made provision for that under our ‘investment regulation’,” Mahmud said.
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She noted that the commission will continue to educate consumers on their responsibilities and obligations, adding that there’s a regulation, and based on that, if a consumer has to purchase a transformer, it has to be done through an agreement.
She said: “The agreement should contain a dispute resolution clause and all other items that are expected of a standard agreement. What we expect from the DisCos is to use their Internally Generated Revenue to buy those assets or rather use shareholders’ investment or borrow from banks to purchase the assets.”
According to her, it’s NERC’s responsibility to educate customers on their rights and obligations and all they are supposed to know about the electricity market.
Managing Director of AEDC, Adeoye Fadeyibi, said the company will do everything possible to meet the demands of consumers.
Represented by the Head, Regulatory and Government Relation of the AEDC, Olajumoke Delonia, Fadeyibi said the idea of the forum was to address customers’ complaints and commended NERC for the initiative.
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