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Before We Close The 3rd Mainland Bridge — By Prince Adeyemi Aseperi.

Peter Okunoren

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Sequel to the notification that the popular and busy Lagos 3rd Mainland bridge will be closed from Thursday, August 23rd to the midnight of Sunday, August 26th, for investigative maintenance test, I write to notify you that there are things to be done before 3rd mainland bridge could be closed to motorists.

I called that the Federal Government had earlier announced plans to close the bridge in July, but had to be shelved after due consultation with the state government and wide deliberations with other stakeholders, who expressed concern about the indiscriminate parking of articulated vehicles on other alternative routes which would have adversely affected motorists.

Subsequently, a Joint Task Force set up to remove the articulated vehicles from the highway was said to have been able to achieve a tremendous success but, the trailers are still on the bridges and the road on ikorodu road.

Once third mainland bridge is closed the only alternative route that Lagos State government will be banking on is the Lagos-Ikorodu road, Herbert Macaulay, Muritala Muhammed into oyingbo ,Iddo towards idumota. Sir those roads need fixing before 3rd mainland can be closed.

However, a critical look at Ikorodu road shows that the level of potholes and at some levels big gullies at the roads from mile 12, Ikorodu road to CMS to Bonny Camp is unimaginable. The same thing with Muritala Muhammed road is equally very bad. The road is worst anytime it rains. These we believe should have been fixed before closing the bridge.

Also, Leventis to Silverbird Galleria, overhead bridges and at some point the light rail construction is making motorists pass through hell along with those routes and blocking this most used bridge without fixing the bad roads and moving the trailers will further compound the hardship being experienced there already.

Meanwhile, a check at the Lagos-Ikorodu road still shows that tanker drivers are still packed on the bridges and along ikorodu road, Yes! This is the true nature of that road. If the 3rd mainland bridge is closed, there is no way Lagosians can withstand the kind of hardship that will be accompanied it. Motorists moving from Mainland to Island will be left with no choice than the Lagos-Ikorodu road via Stadium-Constain which will have a hellish time moving to the island due to the present rehabilitation going on in some areas connected to the road. Part of Harbert Macaulay road and Muritala Muhammed roads are also asking for repairs.

A typical example was when there was rain on Monday, 13th of August, 2018, 3rd mainland bridge and ikorodu roads were locked down due to bad roads and water logs and many motorists and others didn’t get to work until about 12noon.

Meanwhile, the tanker drivers menace needs urgent attention before the close of the 3rd mainland bridge for easy access to the island.

We agree that the decision jointly taken by the Lagos State’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya and the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to close down the 3rd mainland bridge is an excellent idea for assessment and repairs.

Therefore, on behalf of millions of Lagosians /Nigerians using the roads, I will like to suggest to our distinguished governor to please fix the problems on some of the alternative routes we talked about before the close of 3rd Mainland bridge. Otherwise, the good intention may turn out to be a major problem to Lagosians / Nigerians.

I also hope that the 3 days closure of 3rd mainland bridge will be used to fix visible potholes on the bridge.

We acknowledged the work of our distinguishes governor, we also know that closing the road is for the welfare of the Lagosians /Nigerians. Well done for all the wonderful jobs you are doing in Lagos state.

Wishing you more wisdom to govern Lagos state.

Cc. Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing
Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola

Cc. Lagos State Commissioner Works and Infrastructure,
Mr Ade Akinsanya

By Prince Adeyemi Aseperi.

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Ex-Skye Banker, Tunde Ayeni Not Detained By EFCC, Only Invited For Questioning Over Alleged Fraud

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Following recent reports published by a national daily, The Punch Newspapers that the anti-graft body, Economic and Financial Crimes CommissionEFCC, has detained a former Chairman of Skye Bank Plc., (now Polaris Bank,) Mr. Tunde Ayeni, for alleged fraud, it has been reliably discovered that Tunde Ayeni was only invited for questioning at the Abuja office of the commission hours ago.

Confirming the development, the acting spokesman for the EFCC, Mr.Tony Orilade, said Ayeni was only being grilled by detectives over some issues related to fraud and embezzlement allegedly committed by Ayeni when he was Chairman of the bank few years ago. “I can confirm that he is in our custody on an invitation, for questioning and interrogation. More information will be released tomorrow,” he said.

It would be recalled that the anti-graft agency had entered into an agreement with the Asset Management Corporation of NigeriaAMCON, to check out some banks and its officials, who facilitated the huge non-performing loans in AMCON’s portfolio.

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Nigeria Police List Criteria For Having Sex In A Car [SEE LIST]

Peter Okunoren

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The Nigeria Police Force has listed the criteria to have sex in a car for it not to be a crime.

The position of the police was made known by the Head of its Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit, Abayomi Shogunle, who said having sex in a car is in itself not a crime.

Tweeting a response to a question on his Twitter handle, Shogunle said in response to if it is a crime to have sex in a car: “No.

“Sex in a car in a public place is not a crime in Nigeria, provided the location is not a place of worship; both persons are 18 years and above; the act is consensual (agreed to by parties); parties are of opposite sex.

“If threatened with an arrest over above, please report to the Police.”

The issue came up after an incident last week during which a couple was harassed by a mob for having sex in a car.

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Bizzare: Father Kills His Four Children In Their Sleep, Hangs Himself

Gbemileke Ajayi

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A dad, Archibong Patrick, has killed his four children, who were asleep, and then also himself.

The incident occurred on Tuesday in Alesha community near Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Patrick, said to be 35, had chased away his wife from their two-room apartment before carrying out the dastardly at.

As Patrick’s wife fled from the house shouting for help, the man went after the four children aged one, three, five and eight.

He set the home ablaze and hanged himself around 1am after killing the children.
The development has been confirmed by the Police.

The spokesman of the Rivers State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, said the remains of Patrick and his children have been evacuated from the burnt house.

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