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Lekki residents accuse developers of encroaching on coastal road



Lekki Estates Residents & Stakeholders Association have appealed to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to immediately stop the ongoing allocation of coastal road in the area to private property developers.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, President of LERSA, Olorogun James Emadoye decried the hardship that residents of the area go through due to building construction projects being carried out by property developers on the coastal road.

Emadoye noted that the reluctance of the Lagos State Government to develop the coastal road said to be the only access route for some residents in the area had given rise to massive illegal building construction projects on the road.

According to Emadoye, previous efforts and meetings by the residents with some agencies of the state government to issue a ‘stop work order’ on the projects have been unsuccessful.

He said, ”What is happening in this area is sad. During Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s campaign to become governor, he promised to ensure the development of the coastal road to ease the challenge residents face to reach their homes.

”Two years down the line, nothing is happening on the road. Just last year’s we began to notice building projects on the road. When we approached the state government, we were told that it was just a temporary approval. Since then more building projects are springing up every day and nothing is been done about it.

“We are worried because we find it difficult to now access our homes. We believe that this is also an indication that government is not ready to develop the road despite the huge revenue the state generates from Lekki.

“We are ready to support the government in developing the coastal road but the government must stop this improper allocation to developers who are not concerned about the hardship residents pass through but are only after money. What is happening here will further create a problem for the government in paying compensation when it eventually decided to develop the road.”

Also speaking to journalists, Secretary of LERSA, Gbemi Adelekan, said the residents had written to the Lagos House of Assembly over the issue and were hopeful that the legislators would act fast.

Adelekan said, “We have written to several authorities of the state government including the state House of Assembly and we are hopeful that the building projects which are already obstructing residents will be stopped before it is too late.

“We will continue to engage the state government to fulfil its promise of creating access roads for us on the coastal axis. As peace-loving residents, we will not take laws into our hands to enforce our rights but we would certainly explore all options available to us to ensure that government does the right thing.”

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Father, daughters, relation die after ‘amala’ meal in Kogi



Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, CP Edward Egbuk

The people of Mopa town in the Mopa-Muro Local Government Area of Kogi State have been thrown into mourning following the mysterious death of four members of a family after reportedly eating a cassava flour meal known as ‘Amala.’

The deceased died in quick succession between Friday, September 30 and Sunday, October 2.

Those who died included the family head, Pa. Motilewa, two daughters and a girl who is said to be their relation.

One of the deceased daughters identified as Motun was a National Certificate of Education holder and teacher in the town. The mother, however, miraculously survived.

The event has left residents of the town and the entire neighbourhood in mourning, fear and confusion, with many calling for an investigation into the death of the family members.

It was gathered that the family prepared the ‘Amala’ meal from the left over of cassava flour from which they had previously made and eaten ‘Fufu’. They were said to have spread the processed shafts in the sun to dry for some days.


The dried flakes were subsequently ground into soft powder which was used for ‘Amala’ which they ate on Thursday evening, before retiring to bed.

An eyewitness reported that the victims became sick overnight and efforts were made to stabilise them. Unfortunately, the youngest member of the family passed away on Friday, quickly followed on Saturday by the relation living with the family.

With the sudden passage, the others were moved to the highly rated ECWA Hospital, Egbe, for better medical attention.

Sadly, the eldest of the daughters, Motun, gave up the ghost at about 3:00am Sunday. The father also died later the same Sunday.

At the time of filing this report, the mother, identified as Molomo, was still alive in the hospital and under a close observation.

Members of the community are said to be suspecting foul play in the sudden death and have, therefore, suspended the burial for proper investigations to unravel the cause of their deaths.

“We are shocked. I have never seen a thing like this. We suspect that someone may have poisoned the food. For what? We cannot tell. I’m confused and in pains. This is too much to bear,” a member of the family lamented.

Earlier in August this year, five persons lost their lives after eating a cassava flour meal prepared at their family house in Usugnwe-Okaito, Okehi local government area of Kogi State.


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Building collapse claims one as flood displaces 651,053 in Anambra communities



Flood in Anambra

One person died in Enugu-Otu, Aguleri in Anambra State, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed.

The Acting State Coordinator, Mr. Thickman Tanimu who disclosed this to reporters on Monday, said the deceased, identified as Ginikanwa Izuoba passed on following sudden collapse of his apartment occasioned by impact of the flood.

He further hinted that no fewer than 651,053 persons were rendered homeless by the disaster in six local government areas of the state.

He added that Ogbaru Local Government Area recorded highest number of victims followed by Anambra East and West Local Government Areas.


“NEMA, accompanied by officials of Anambra State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, visited Umueze-Anam, Mkpunando, Igbedo, Inoma and Ifite-Ogwari all in Anambra East and Anyamelum Council Areas,” he said.

Appreciating Anambra SEMA for taking certain proactive measures to mitigate impact of the disaster, Tanimu identified such measures to include identification of 13 Internally Displaced Persons’ camps, recruitment of camp managers, support staff and activation of health workers to work with people in the camps.

“The camps so far activated include the Ifite-Ogwari and Igbakwu Health Centres,” he added.

The Nation

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Father Mbaka Removed From Adoration Ministry As Worshippers Attack Priest Brought As Replacement



Ejike Mbaka

… Fr Amadi replaces Mbaka

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