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Sanwo-Olu bans okada in Ikeja, five other Lagos LGAs

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The Lagos State Government has announced a total ban on the operations of commercial motorcycles in six local government areas in the state.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, announced the directive while briefing the state’s security agents on Wednesday.

Local government areas affected by the ban are Ikeja, Surulere, Eti Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa.

The ban is coming just days after some commercial motorcyclists lynched a sound engineer identified as David Imoh in the Lekki axis of Lagos.

The governor said the ban would take effect from June 1, adding that “we want all commercial motorcycles completely off all major roads”.

“A total ban from all the highways in these LGAs and is effective from June 1. This is the phase of banning that we are going to be embarking on so that others know that, within a short while, they either get out or go look for something else to do,” the governor said.

“And from June 1, we are going to list all the LCDAs under these LGAs and publish them. So we are giving the notice now. So everyone can come up with strategies to achieve this. As from June 1, we want all commercial motorcycles completely off all major roads,” he added.

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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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Aisha Buhari to testify against student over ‘poor people money’ tweet

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First Lady, Aisha Buhari

First Lady Aisha Buhari, is expected to testify against Aminu Mohammed, a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa, who criticised her on Twitter.

Vanguard that Aisha is among the five witnesses listed by the prosecution to testify against Mohammed in court.

Meanwhile, the police alleged that the offence, bordering on defamation and cyberstalking, contravened Section 391 of the Penal Code.

“And wrote on it in Hausa language ‘Su mama anchi kudi talakawa ankoshi’ roughly translated to the English language to mean ‘mama has embezzled monies meant for the poor to satisfaction’ and posted same on your above Twitter handle for the members of the public to read, knowing same to be false and capable of affecting her reputation. You thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 391 of the penal code.”

The defendant is to be remanded in Suleja Prison pending the hearing and determination of his bail application, as disclosed by his lawyer, Kinsley Anga.

Recall that the said student was remanded in prison after being arraigned at the FCT High Court No. 14 in Abuja on Tuesday for cyberstalking and defamation against the First Lady.

Although Mohammed pleaded not guilty, he was still sent to the Suleja correctional centre without an option of bail.

The 24-year-old who hails from Bauchi State was allegedly arrested on the orders of the First Lady a few days ago sparking outrage among Nigerians with many calling for his release.

He had tweeted back in June in the Hausa language that the First Lady was feeding fat on the poor people’s money.

The tweet read, “Su mama Anchi Kudin Talakawa an koshi,” meaning, “Mama has fed fat on poor people’s money.”

The 500-level student was picked up from his school two weeks ago and taken straight to the Presidential Villa where he was allegedly brutalised, beaten, maltreated and humiliated by the police suspected of men belonging to the Department of State Services.

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Aminu Mohammed detention: NANS to begin nationwide protest on Monday

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Aminu Adamu and Aisha Buhari

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