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Lagos governor intervenes as Magodo residents protest planned demolition

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says efforts have commenced towards peaceful resolution of the legal tussle over land ownership in Magodo estate phase two.

This followed a protest by residents of the estate over earlier threat of demolition of houses in the estate, with police and bulldozers moving to the area on December 21.
According to the Lagos State Government, the case dates back to the demolition of properties at Shangisha village between 1984 and 1985, after which a Supreme Court verdict ordered the state to give the Shangisha landlords 549 plots of land as a “matter of first priority”.
The state, however, said the verdict of the Supreme Court only relates to “allocation” and not “possession” of any land, and as such the Shangisha landlords have no claim to land in Magodo.
On Tuesday, residents had converged in front of the estate, demanding the intervention of the state government amid the threat of demolition and “police invasion”.
Speaking to the residents, Sanwo-Olu said the parties involved would meet at the state house on Wednesday to sort out the issues amicably.
“I had talked extensively with the inspector-general of police, the attorney-general and we have resolved all of the issues. What we will see is that there is going to be a total standown and tomorrow, we will be inviting the representatives of the judgement creditors,” he said.
“We have actually started a committee meeting but I want to invite them again to my office tomorrow by 11am to come over with two to three of their representatives. The state government will be there; the residents’ association will be there; the police also will be there.
“We will go through every line of it and come to an amicable resolution. I beg everyone to ensure peace is restored into the estate. All of our citizens should go about their lawful business, knowing that nobody will be harassed and properties trampled upon until all of these are brought to a final closure.”

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How Hoodlums Attacked, Destroyed Fire Station to Prevent Officers From Stopping Inferno At Abuja Market + Video

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More facts have emerged how hoodlums on Wednesday attacked the Federal Fire Station situated at the Abuja International Building Materials Market, located at the Dei-Dei Market, Abuja.
Hoodlums had set building materials worth billions on fire after a clash between okada riders and traders in the market.
An okada rider was accused of putting his passenger, an Igbo woman o the harms way by running under a moving trailer which ended up crushing the woman’s head.
The issue had led to the okada riders attacking traders and setting the building materials on fire.
The hoodlums had allegedly prevented Fire Service officials from carrying out their duty to allow the goods to burn.

The Federal Fire Service has condemned the attack on Dei-Dei area fire station in Abuja by angry mob, following the unrest at building material market on Wednesday.
The FFS Public Relation’s Officer, Mr. Paul Abraham, said the attack by the hoodlums led to the destruction of several parts of the station and the station’s firefighting trucks.
Dei-Dei International Building Material Market, experienced a civil unrest at the early hours of Wednesday which led to the destruction of property.
FCT Minister Mohammad Bello, had also ordered the indefinite closure of the market, following a clash between commercial motorcyclists and the traders.

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Abraham said that FFS Controller General, Abdulganiyu Jaji, had decried the attack emphasising that men of the service were determined to save lives and property.
“Firefighters have a statutory duty to protect lives and property even in the face of danger.
“It is on this note that it is unacceptable and inexcusable to attack gallant men who at the expense of their lives turned out to put under control the self induced fire.
“ No Nigerian has the right to take laws into his or her hands talk more of vandalizing firefighting equipment, threatening firemen as well as tampering with private property,” he said.
The PRO said that the Dei-Dei command received a distressed call from the market association chairman regarding the arson ongoing in the market.
He explained that men of the service said that they would only turn out to the scene of fire if they were protected by security operatives who were yet to be on ground at that time.
He said that while the firemen were on standby waiting for the arrival of security operatives, a mob approached the fire station and began attacking firefighters who were ready to be deployed.
He said that the firemen eventually turned out to the chaotic scene to put the fire under control with the presence of security operatives.
The spokesman said that the CG commended the gallant firefighters for their act of bravery which went a long way in saving lives and property worth billions of naira from the inferno.
Jaji also sympathised with persons who got injured during the crisis.

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How my mum’s boyfriend defiled me – Six-year-old

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A six-year-old girl has narrated how she was allegedly defiled by an herbal doctor, Sangosanya Boluwatife, in the Igbogbo, Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

Boluwatife is standing trial before Justice Abiola Soladoye of the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court.

He was arraigned before the court in September 2020 for defilement, which contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law, C.17 Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The charge read, “Sangosanya Boluwatife, on or about June 6, 2020, at Oreta, Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Lagos, in the Ikeja judicial division, defiled one (name withheld) aged six, by having unlawful sexual intercourse with her.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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The prosecution presented two witnesses, who testified against Boluwatife.

During the Monday sitting, the prosecuting counsel, A.R Abolade, led the victim through her account of the incident.

She said, “I stay with my grandma, but my mummy usually takes me to stay with the defendant.

“On a particular day when we were alone in the defendant’s apartment, there was no electric power and the defendant asked me to pull off my clothes and pants. He said that I would like what he was about to do to me and later, I couldn’t hear what he was saying as he was talking very low.

“He put his hand in my private parts and after a while, he asked me to go and have my bath. I didn’t tell my mummy when she came to pick me up afterwards, but I told my grandma and she informed my mum.”

The defence counsel, O.A. Lawal, while cross-examining the child, said, “Has anyone ever touched your private parts before and was it painful?”

The victim answered in the negative.

 “That means you enjoyed it,” Lawal added.

Justice Soladoye objected to the question and urged the counsel to be sensitive.

“Did you like what the defendant did or shout while he did it to you?” he queried.

The victim again replied in the negative.

The judge adjourned further hearing till June 4, 2022.

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Man sells son N600,000, sends wife to Mali for prostitution

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The police have arrested a 36-year-old man, Kingsley Essien, for allegedly selling his two-year-old son for N600,000.

The suspect was also accused of trafficking his wife to Mali for prostitution.

The Police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspect was arrested following the report lodged at Agbara divisional headquarters by the suspect’s wife, Bright Essien.

Oyeyemi said the wife told the police that her husband informed her of securing a job for her in Bamako, Mali, last October.

She said she did not suspect any foul play because the man had assisted many people to that country for before.

She said it was when she got to Mali she discovered that she had been sold to a human trafficking cartel headed by a woman at the rate of N1.4 million.

“While in Mali, she was forced into prostitution, but later found her way to the Nigerian embassy in Bamako where she was assisted back to Nigeria.

“On getting to Nigeria, she discovered that her two-year-old son in care of her husband was nowhere to be found,” Oyeyemi quoted her as saying.

He said following the report, the DPO Agbara division, SP Abiodun Salau, detailed detectives to go after the suspect, and he was arrested.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to crime. He confessed further that he sold his son to somebody at the rate of six hundred thousand naira,” he said.

Oyeyemi said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered the transfer of the suspect to anti-human trafficking and child labour unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

He also ordered that the buyer of the son be traced and arrested in order to recover the stolen child.

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