The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, says hoodlums have vandalised pipeline at Aboru, Iyan-Ipaja, for fuel theft.
Oke-Osanyintolu made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria after the LASEMA Response Team (LRT) discovered the unlawful operation in Lagos.
NAN recalls that some months ago, pipeline explosion occurred at Abule-Egba which rendered 300 people homeless before government moved them to the Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camp at Igando.
He said that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had been carrying out routine maintenance and suspected vandals took advantage of the situation to engage in fuel theft.
He said that LASEMA response team observed liquid gushing out of the NNPC pipeline, but no injuries or fatalities were recorded at the scene of the vandalism.
He said a combined team comprising LASEMA, Lagos State Fire Service, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Police and Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency (LNSC) worked with the NNPC maintenance team.
“The repair has been concluded while the agency is constrained to remind residents of the commitment of the state government to the safety of lives and property,” he said.
Oke-Osanyintolu, however, urged Lagos residents to report any unlawful activity along petroleum products pipeline to the appropriate authorities before it got out of hand. .
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Hoodlums clash in Ibadan,1 dead, others injured
Two rival hoodlum groups on Saturday clashed in Ibadan and attacked one another with cultlasses and other dangerous weapons resulting to the death of one person and injuring others.
According to an eyewitness, the clash between the groups emanated from Olunde axis and Sanyo axis and later extended to Bonphoto area of Ibadan.
The witness said that one of the groups was allegedly killed in the process while others sustained variousg degrees of injury.
The witness said that the incident cauted panic and pandemonium in the area while residents scamper for safety.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the incident to the Nigeria News Agency in Ibadan.
Fadeyi said that the clash was not between cult groups but two hoodlum groups; namely Ebila and Ekugbemi groups.
The PPRO said that the incident happened around 4 p.m on Saturday.
“A report was received by the DPO Sanyo area that one Mosudi Ekugbemi of Olunde area was allegedly fatally injured with machete cuts by a group of area boys led by one Ebila Abiola during an open fight, while Abiola was purportedly trying to collect land royalty from one Babatunde who was roofing his building under construction.
“But some social miscreants at Mapo Bornphoto and Agbadagudu in Bere area attempted to take advantage of the circulation of the alleged death of Mosudi Ekungbemi.
“The Police with the support from other security agencies were quickly deployed to these areas and doused the tension, while Babatunde Oladapo and Ibrahim Abisoye were arrested and assisting the police in their investigations.
“The State Commissioner of Police, CP Shina Olukolu, wishes to reassure the people of the state that the police are on top of the situation and normalcy have since been restored,” Fadeyi said
He said that the CP has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of Criminal Investigation Department (DIC) to take over the case.
Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola
Police investigates attempt to burn down Zamfara ex-commissioner’s house
The Police in Zamfara have commenced investigation into an attempt to burn down the residence of former Information commissioner, Ibrahim Danmalikin-Gidangoga.
Unidentified persons had hauled burning materials into the resident at about 2am on Friday, but the fire was eventually put off.
“We have received the report of the incident, we have already embarked on investigation to unravel those behind it”, SP Muhammad Shehu, spokesman of the police command told newsmen in Gusau on Friday.
He added:“It is unfortunate, when the state is experiencing peace and stability some people are trying to cause havoc.”
Shehu cautioned youths against all forms of thuggery and violence, saying that the command would deal decisively with anyone caught.
In his reaction, the state APC Chairman, Alhaji Lawal Liman condemned the incident, describing it as unfortunate and worrisome.
He urged security agencies to investigate the attack and arrest the perpetrators.
Liman advised the state government to take measures to end political thuggery and all forms of violence in the state.
Liman noted that when APC was in power in the state, it “allowed opposition political parties to exercise their rights without molestation.
“Security agencies should, therefore, ensure protection of our members as every Nigerian has the right to political choice.”
Earlier, the former commissioner thanked God for thwarting the intention of the attackers as the burning materials thrown into the house fell on bare floor.
“We thank God for His intervention, because if not that the burning materials fell on concrete, it would have been a different story”, he said.
Suspected hoodlums allegedly attack Zamfara APC secretariat, destroy property
unknown persons, suspected to be hoodlums, have allegedly attacked the All Progressives Congress (APC) Secretariat in Zamfara and destroyed property worth million of Naira including billboards, posters and windows.
Briefing newsman on Wednesday in Gusau, Abdullahi Tsafe, the Chairman of the Security Committee of the party, said that the attacks were carried out on Monday and Tuesday.
Tsafe, who is a retired Commissioner of Police, said that apart from the state Secretariat at the bypass Gusau, the Central Zonal office of the party and other offices across the state were also attacked.
He decried the action and said that the party had since alerted the police over the matter.
“I believe they must have acted on it by now”.
“If our members reacted to that it would create problem, but APC as law abiding political party, we always caution our members to be law abiding and shun political violence,” he said.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Muhammad Shehu confirmed the incident to newsmen.
Shehu said that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Usman Nagogo had already visited the scenes of the incident.
“The command has already commenced investigation on the matter and promised to deal with any body found wanting on the matter,” he added.
Badagry LG chair inaugurates ad hoc committee on Agbalata market
Committee assures Badagry residents to address challenges in Agbalata market
Badagry (Lagos State), April 16, 2019 Badagry Local Government of Lagos State has set up an adhoc committee to look into various challenges adversely affecting the ongoing redevelopment of Agbalata International Market in the coastal city.
Inaugurating the fact finding committee at Badagry Town Hall, Council Chairman, Segun Onilude, said the committee would address various complaints by traders on the deplorable state of the market.
“The committee is to identify the developers awarded the contract of building the market and assess the quality and quantity of work done so far.
“The committee is to also find out what amenities are lacking in the market and seek views of traders,” he said.
Speaking during the committee’s public sitting in Badagry, Mr Kamarudeen Ajape, the committee chairman who is also the council secretary, said it would employ consultants from various fields to examine the standard of structures at the market.
“This is a building project, we need the help of quality engineers to test the strength of the structure.
“We need planners to come and see whether the plans fit into what is called modern market.
“We will get in touch with all these professionals soon,” he said.
Ajape said that the committee had just six weeks to submit its report.
Earlier, traders and residents of the coastal town lamented the deplorable state of the market.
Mrs Bamidele Ogunwale, a pepper grinder at the market, said that before demolishing the old market, the council promised to ensure that most traders would be allocated shops in the new market.
Ogunwale, however, said that after building the new market, the council gave out a shop for N1 million, adding that many traders could not afford the new price.
Mr Babatunde Ojugbeleko decried the substandard materials used by developers handling the market project in building shops.
He advised the committee to visit the market and examine the structures built by the developers.
Also, Mr Idowu Jimoh, a community leader and staff of Public Complaints Commission (PCC) in Badagry, said the residents were happy about the modernisation of the market.
“But unfortunately, what we call Agbalata International Market in Badagry has no accessible road, no streetlights and public toilet.
“In fact, hoodlums are using the market as hideout at night.
“All the walkways in the market have been sold out for traders.
“There is no loading park and that is why there is traffic on the roads leading to the market.
“We want the committee to address these challenges,” he said.
Another trader, Mr Serif Babatunde said that the high cost of the shop has made some people to relocate to Ijanikin market in Ojo Local Government.
“Many traders are using the market as stopover now; one discovers that the following day, they will relocate to their shops outside the town because cannot afford to pay the rent,” he said.