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Lekki-Epe Expressway: Govt promises speedy work, warns against one-way driving

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Lagos State Government has warned motorists plying Lekki- Epe expressway against driving against the traffic, just as it promises speedy completion of the ongoing rehabilitation and construction of the road.

Aramide Adeyoye, Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, stated this after an inspection of the phase two of the project from Epe junction to Eleko.

He sought the cooperation of residents and motorists during the project and promised speedy completion of the second phase of the road project, which is about 16 kilometres.

“You will recollect that about two years ago, January 2020, the construction work on the road began after Mr. Governor’s flag off ceremony. The phase 1 which is about 18.5 kilometres was practically 95 per cent completed within the space of one and half years. All the street light poles have arrived and will be fixed very soon.

“Anybody coming from Epe junction down to Eleko will see the whole road transformed. The second phase starts from Eleko to Abraham Adesanya. As we go towards Lagos, the road gets busy, so the methodology we are going to use for this one will be different from the phase 1.

“We have decided to address Awoyaya to Eleko, but in doing this, certain areas are flat. So, we need to raise the road. The reason motorists are having difficulty moving is largely as a result of failure to comply with road signs.

“On my way to this inspection, I saw a lot of people driving one way while some were trying to overtake at a construction zone. This is a bad attitude and our people need to change. We appreciate the traffic management team but they need to do more.

“In this stretch of 16 kilometres from Eleko to Abraham Adesanya, we will have enough discharge points so that this road will last longer. We are having some setbacks due to rainy season but major work will commence by October.

“It is a mechanized process, the contractors have enough equipment and they are well mobilised. They will deliver a kilometre every month. They have demonstrated it before, it is about performance. They have delivered 18 kilometres in 18 months. These 16 kilometres stretch won’t be a big deal.”

On the durability of the road, Aramide said that they are aware of the kind of investment going on around Lekki-Epe axis, and the road is being constructed in such a way that it will stand the test of time.

“We have thought of investment coming to this area, and that is why the kind of pavement here is not the usual flexible one you will find anywhere. We also have provision for weight bridge, so that vehicle on this corridor will know that there is control.”

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Angry youths set ablaze Iree Oba palace in Osun

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Spokesperson, Osun State Police Command, DSP Yemisi Opalola

The Palace of Aree of Iree in Boripe North Local Council Development Area of Osun, was on Thursday evening vandalised and set on fire by angry youths in the town.

The palace was said to have been burnt by youths who were not pleased about the arrest of the Aogun of Iree, Chief Soliu Atoyebi, by security agents on Thursday morning.

It was attacked and burnt around 7.00 p.m, when the traditional ruler, Oba Ponle Ademola, was said to be out of the palace.

The incident led to the blockage of major roads leading to the town, while the aggrieved youths made burn fires on the roads.

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Business owners in the town were said to immediately locked up their shops, while residents too locked up themselves for safety measures.

The Osun Police Spokesperson,  SP Yemisi Opalola, was not available for comments, as her phone was switched off.

NAN recalled that Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun, had on Monday a day after his inauguration, issued an Executive Order, setting aside the appointment and enthronement of three traditional rulers, Aare of Iree; Akirun of Ikirun and Owa of Igbajo.

Adeleke also directed that the palaces of the three traditional rulers should be locked up, while security agents should take charge of the palaces to the prevent breakdown of law and order.

There had been palpable fear in Iree Town following the appointment and approval of Prince Ponle Ademola as the Aree of Iree by the immediate past administration of Gboyega Oyetola.

Some ruling houses and groups in the town had rejected the selection of Ademola, alleging that he was imposed on the people by officials in the Oyetola’s administration.

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Final year student kills course mate in Bauchi

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Kamaluddeen Musa holding the knife used for stabbing his friend at Police net

Police detectives have arrested Kamaluddeen Musa, a student of Adamu Tafawa Balewa College of Education Kangere-Bauchi LGA, Bauchi State, for allegedly killing his friend, who was his course mate.

He was said to have stabbed the victim, Usman Umar, aged 25 years, around 9am on November 28, with a sharp knife in his stomach.

Upon arrival at the scene, the police detectives evacuated the victim to the Specialist Hospital Bauchi where the victim was certified dead by a medical doctor, while the suspect was immediately arrested.

Preliminary investigation revealed that both the suspect and the victim were friends and final-year students of Adamu Tafawa Balewa College of Education Kangere Bauchi LGA, Bauchi State. that on the 28th November 2022 at about 0915hrs, a little altercation broke between them when the deceased bewailed that the suspect went on an outing without notifying the deceased, this led to a physical confrontation which inflicted injury to the thump finger of the suspect, on the process the suspect drew a small knife from his pocket and stabbed the deceased in his stomach and it was corroborated by the two eye-witnesses; Musa Danjuma ‘m’ aged 22yrs and Nawasi Sadi ‘m’ aged 20yrs all student of the same school. As the investigation continues to explore other facts of the case.

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In another development, on the 29th of November, 2022 at about 0020hrs, suspected hoodlums attacked Gobirawa village via Gwana district, Alkaleri LGA. The hoodlums numbering about six armed with AK-47 rifles and other dangerous weapons, riding on three Bajaj motorcycles invaded the village and started shooting sporadically.

During the raid, they further went to a business area and burgled a kiosk shop in a bit to loot valuables. in the process, they met a 45yrs Rabiu Lawan ‘m’ of Gobirawa village who was asleep inside a shop and was shot multiple times by the hoodlums.

On receiving the information, the Command detectives led by Dpo Alkaleri Divisional Police Headquarters in collaboration with a local vigilante group of the area swiftly swung into action and engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel. Consequently, following superior firepower from the operatives, the hoodlums were subdued and scampered in disarray into the nearby bush with possible bullet wounds. In the process, the hoodlums abandoned one AK-47 rifle and three operational motorcycles.

Furthermore, the victim was evacuated to the General Hospital Kashere Gombe State, where he was certified dead by a medical doctor.

To this end, members of the general public are enjoined to report any suspicious and/or bullet wounded person(s) to the nearest Police Station.

SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, Anipr
Police Public Relations Officer,
For: Commissioner of Police,
Bauchi State Command.

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Court orders arrest, imprisonment of COAS

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Chief of Army Staff, General Farouk Yahaya

A Federal High Court sitting in Minna, Niger State has ordered the arrest of the Chief of Army Staff, General Farouk Yahaya, for alleged contempt.

Justice Halima Abdulmalik, who issued the warrant and presided over the case, said the order followed notice brought before the court in pursuant of order forty two rule ten of the Niger State High Court Civil Procedure 2018

The judge ruled that the order is commuting Yahaya to be kept in Minna correctional custody for contentions of order of the court on October 12, 2022, adding that the COAS is to remain in custody till he has been “purged”of the contempt.

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The judge issued that the Commandant Training and Doctrine Command, Minna, Major General Olugbenga Olabanji, be arrested and imprisoned for a similar offense.

Justice Abdulmalik then adjourned the case to December 8 for continuation.

This is coming few days after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja sentenced the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to three months in prison for disobeying a court order.

The IGP’s committal followed a suit that was filed by a police officer, Patrick Okoli, who was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigerian Police Force.

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