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Lagos Govt. reviews security architecture for safety of residents

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Lagos Govt. reviews security architecture for safety of residents

The Lagos State Government says it is currently reviewing the security architecture of the state to ensure safety of lives and property.


Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu made this known during the 13th Annual Town Hall Meeting on Security, organised by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF).

LSSTF was established with the aim of reducing the critical deficiencies in equipment, training and logistics of security agencies operating in the state, in response to the historical neglect suffered by the agencies, especially the police.

Sanwo-Olu said that the review was in line with the recommendations of the Lagos State Security Summit, with the aim of implementing a holistic and sustainable strategy for the state.

He said that the safety and security of all residents of the state remained the most important responsibility of his administration.

According to him, the government will ensure that the state becomes a no-go area for crime and criminality in any form.

”As chairman of the Lagos State Security Council, I am very much aware of the security challenges in our state.

”It is our job, at the level of the State Security Council, to constantly develop and review strategies, with the cooperation of all security agencies, to make Lagos a safer and more secure place for all its residents.

”We have introduced new security strategies to combat security issues, including making available new equipment for our security agencies.

”We have revitalised security coverage in the Epe and lkorodu waterways, and recently established, in partnership with all the states in the Western region, a regional security outfit code-named: ”Amotekun”, to combat banditry and kidnapping.

”We also realise that there are strong connections between infrastructure and security. We know that potholed streets can cause traffic jams that create opportunities for traffic robberies; and also that properly-lit streets are a disincentive to petty thieves and muggers.

”By working to upgrade infrastructure across the state, it is clear we can achieve significant improvements in security. Let me assure you that you will see a lot more infrastructure work in transportation, energy and other areas in the months ahead,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu said that his administration recently extended the working hours of LASTMA officials to help mitigate the traffic situation, while road infrastructure was currently being significantly upgraded all over the state.

”We are also reviewing the operations of the Command and Control Centre (which houses the Emergency Call Centre, that is 767/112), the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Lagos Response Unit (LRU), in line with the realities of today.

”Other public order issues, such as those relating to issues around commercial motorcycles, tricycles and buses are also being addressed.

”Very importantly, we are fully aware of the nexus between young people and security, and therefore, very much focused on putting young people at the centre of our security strategy.

”To this end, we are engaging youths and educational institutions, right from primary school level, in order to empower them to shun cultism and criminality, and to help them build skills to be active and responsible citizens,” he said.

The governor appreciated those who had made contributions to the Fund, especially those who had been consistent since its inception.

He said that over the years, the voluntary contributions made to the Fund had helped improve the operational capacity of security agencies in the state.

Sanwo-Olu called on private organisations and individuals, especially those that put additional strain on the security architecture such as hotels, event centres and concert organisers, to contribute their fair share to the Fund.

”We are resolute in our quest for the safety and security of all in Lagos, and we count on your consistent support as worthy partners by donating to the Lagos State Security Trust Fund in our collective interest.

“A secure Lagos is a prosperous and greater Lagos,” he said.

Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq

 

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Judiciary

Sales representative docked for alleged impersonation

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A 25-year-old sales representative, Queen Ngele, who allegedly impersonated one Vicky Omeh, a  customer of Home Affairs Supermarket with the  intention to steal, was  docked on Tuesday before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.


 

Ngele whose address was not provided, is facing a three-count charge of impersonation, conspiracy and attempt to steal.

 

The Prosecutor, ASP Rita Momoh, told the court that the accused committed the offences between June and July at Home Affairs Supermarket in Ogudu.

 

Momoh said that the defendant, an employee of the supermarket on July 14, impersonated a customer-Vicky Omeh- by diverting the customer’s purchases as a bonus to herself.

 

She also said that the defendant and one other conspired to perpetrate the said act but were later caught.

 

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 380(2), 411 and 406 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 380 prescribes seven years’ jail term for impersonation.

 

Ngele entered a plea of `not guilty’ to the charges.

 

The Magistrate, Mrs O.M. Ajayi, in her ruling granted him bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until Aug. 19 for mention.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Peter Dada (NAN)

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Employee absconds with employer’s N199, 500

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A 37-year-old employee, Yinusa Mohammed, who allegedly absconded with his employer’s N199,500, was on Tuesday charged before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.


 

Mohammed, who resides in Ojota area of Lagos State, is facing a charge of stealing.

 

The Prosecutor, ASP Rita Momoh, told the court that the accused committed the offence on July 14 at Winfords Ltd., Ojota.

 

Momoh said that the defendant, who worked as an accountant at the said company failed to remit N199, 500 being proceeds from sales.

 

“The accused who was employed sometime last year absconded with the money.

 

“Efforts made by the company to get the money were unsuccessful as the defendant refused to pick calls made to his cell phones.

 

“He was later arrested and handed over to the police,” she said.

 

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 287 (7) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015(Revised).

 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the section stipulates seven years’ imprisonment for stealing.

 

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

 

In her ruling, the Magistrate, Mrs O.M. Ajayi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.

 

Ajayi said that the sureties should be gainfully employed with an evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government {LASG}.

 

She adjourned the case until Aug.11.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Peter Dada (NAN)

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Farmer laments over difficulties in disposal of poultry waste in Lagos

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A poultry farmer, Mr Joel Oduware, has lamented over the challenges faced by local farmers in Lagos State in the disposal of poultry waste.


Oduware, made this complaint in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos.

The farmer said a number poultry farmers in the state were closing shop owing to the issue of inadequate poultry waste disposal.

“The disposal of poultry waste is a very big issue to poultry farmers in Lagos. Most farms in the state are closing shop because of the issue of poultry waste disposal.

“The inability to find adequate means to dispose poultry waste in the state has posed a major challenge to the industry.

“We have very big issues with the disposal of poultry waste in this state; the government needs to come back with the project on poultry waste management scheme.

“To commence the scheme, the government should liaise with the poultry farmers on how to manage the waste they generate.

“The government should work out a formula on poultry waste management that local poultry farmers in the state can key into effectively,” the farmer said.

Oduware said the issue of inadequate poultry waste disposal was peculiar to farmers in Lagos, unlike other states that have adequate land spaces to process the waste into organic fertiliser.

He also decried the epileptic services of the waste disposal agents in the state who rarely came to evacuate the poultry waste in good time.

“In rural areas like Ogun and Oyo states, poultry farmers do not have issues with waste disposal but actually generate extra income from them.

“What they do is that they bury the poultry waste in the ground because of the land space available and generate organic fertilisers from them and sell them to local crop farmers.

“The reverse is the case in Lagos because you cannot just go dig up anywhere to bury poultry waste, waste management have pushed a lot of poultry farmers out of business.

“I was once reported to the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency that my farm was generating waste that constituted environmental nuisance.

“We pay the waste collectors to pick up the poultry waste but they are epileptic in their services and do not come to pick up our waste in good time,” Oduware said

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Third term Resumption: Private schools have right to charge fees – Minister

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The Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, says  that private school owners are entitled to charge fees for third term as schools start resuming for exit classes. 


Nwajiuba said this at the media briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic on Monday in Abuja.

He was reacting to a question on if it was proper for private schools to charge third term fee since the period the exiting students would spend in school was short.

The minister said that private school owners were running a business venture and not a charity organisation.

He added that  “for public institutions, we can’t tell you that we charge school fees, as most of our schools are free. Public schools are free and vary from state to state.

“But when you go into a contractual relationship with a school owner, a school owner is a passionate person, but is also a business person. He or she is not running a charity organisation, they may be charitable in their approach, but it’s not charity.

“So, it’s important that you appreciate that a private school is entitled to charge fees for the work they do. The person that runs a school may be passionate about education but will still charge fees.”

Nwajiuba said that “once the WAEC examination starts on Aug. 17, it will run till the middle of September and NABTEB will start immediately and run till October.”

He said “NECO examination will start on Oct. 10, about a week to the end of NABTEB and run through to November.

“We expect that throughout the period, students are working and learning.

“We don’t just want them to be in school and be playing, this is exit class, it says a lot about the six years spent in secondary school.

“Right now, we are lifting the registration for NABTEB and NECO, continuously running, even while we are about to begin WAEC.

‘”All examinations are a test of outcomes. We will want our teachers to continuously engage the students,” he said.

Nwajiuba emphasised that schools resumption was for exit classes at the moment, adding that some schools had even opened on Monday, Aug. 3.

He said “I monitored developments in Lagos State, where some schools opened and cleaned the classes and the environment, while some other states will open as the week proceeds.” 

 

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)

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