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Gunmen Abduct Lagos Fire Service Director, Six Others

Peter Okunoren



The acting Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Rasaki Musibau, and six other people have been abducted by suspected kidnappers in the Ejirin area of Ikosi-Ejirin Local Council Development Area of the state.

The other victims are Mufutau Adams, Funmilayo Adelumo, Asiogu Martha, Lasisi Muka and two others, whose identities were yet to be confirmed.

Report says the gunmen had laid a siege to the Iwoye Bridge, along the Itokin-Epe Road around 8pm on Saturday, when Musibau, who was on his way to Epe, and the other victims, who were travelling to various destinations, ran into the ambush.

The gunmen were said to have abandoned the three vehicles conveying the victims to their various destinations on the Iwoye Bridge.

It was learnt that the abductors had yet to initiate contacts with the victims’ families.

The state’s Police Public Relation Officer, DSP Bala Elakana, said in a statement on Sunday that operatives of the command were on the trail of the abductors, adding that the Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Mu’azu, had visited the scene of the incident and gave an assurance that the command would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the victims were rescued.

Elkana stated, “The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Mu’azu, tasked the command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit to ensure that it rescues the seven persons abducted by some hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers on Saturday, April 6, 2019, around 8pm, on the Iwoye Bridge, Itokin-Epe Road, Ikorodu.

“The CP, in company with the tactical unit commanders, visited the crime scene in the early hours of today (Sunday), and assured the families of the victims that the command was leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that the victims were rescued unhurt.

“Those abducted include Rasaki Musibau, Mufutau Adams, Funmilayo Adelumo, Asiogu Martha, Lasisi Muka and two others. The vehicles recovered from the scene were a Toyota Sienna SUV, Toyota Corolla car and an Opel SUV.

“Meanwhile, the command has assured Lagosians of their safety at all times as it has intensified patrols and surveillance along the Itokin-Epe Road, Ketu, Ereyun and other major highways in the state.”


Nigeria Yet To Receive Ventilators From US, A Month After Trump’s Promise — FG




The federal government says it is yet to receive ventilators from the US.

On April 28, US President Donald Trump, during a telephone conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari, promised to send ventilators to support Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19.

Speaking at the presidential task force briefing on Thursday, Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, said the ventilators are yet to arrive in Nigeria.

He said there is no specific date for the arrival of the medical items, and that the information will be made public once the ventilators are received.

“On when the ventilators promised by President Trump will arrive, to the best of my knowledge, they have not arrived. When they do arrive it will be made known to the public,” he said.

On the efforts made by the information ministry in curbing the spread of COVID-19, Mohammed said there has been increased community sensitization against the disease.

He said there has been a series of jingles played on radio stations to enhance rural engagements.

“In addition, we also have support from 40 community and campus radio stations across the country awaiting our jingles,” he said.

“Our aggressive and sustained campaign on the Social Media has gained traction, in the last five days alone some of the videos we posted have been viewed over one million times.”

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Buhari Came To ‘Steal, Kill, Destroy’ —- Fani-Kayode




A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has described the five years of President Muhammadu Buhari as “disastrous.”

He disagreed with Special Adviser to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, whose weekly column argued the President’s emergence, saved the nation from collapse in 2015.

Fani-Kayode, on his verified twitter handle, said Buhari’s emergence has plunged the nation into a deeper abyss.

Responding directly to Adesina’s tweet, the former Minister said: “Not so my friend. The emergence of Buhari in 2015 annihilated Nigeria and plunged her into darkness, death, and destruction.

“He came to steal, kill and destroy and for the last disastrous 5 years that is all he has done.”

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Lagos BRT Increases Fares By 50%




Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Primero Transport Services Limited, operators of the Bus Rapid Transport, have said fares will increase by about 50 percent.

The company on Thursday said it got approval from the regulator of the sector, the Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, to increase the fares.

Earlier, the News Agency of Nigeria reported that the company withdrew its services on Monday due to losses caused by the new guidelines of government which restricted the number of commuters on BRT to 20 per trip instead of 70.

The BRT Managing Director, Mr Fola Tinubu, told NAN that the management of the company would resolve the issues after a meeting with the government.

After the meeting, Tinubu said an agreement had been reached for the fares to be increased.

He said, “We are going to increase our pricing effective from Friday, May 29 (today). We agreed on this after our talk with the Lagos State Government.

“Everywhere commuters are paying N200 for a trip, it is going to be N300 and everywhere commuters are paying N300 per trip, it is going to be N500.

“We are increasing our fares. We have secured the permission of the regulator, Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority.”

He said the number of passengers on the buses would also be increased to 42, with no passenger standing on buses as against 20 earlier approved by the government.

The LAMATA External Relations Specialist, Kola Ojelabi, confirmed the development.

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