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Sanwo-Olu Starts Assessment Tour Of State-Owned Schools [PHOTOS]

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The Lagos State government has commenced the implementation of its plan to improve quality of education in all state-owned schools, with the tour of schools on Monday by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to physically assess the state of facilities.

The Governor said immediate repairs and rehabilitation of dilapidated facilities would be the first phase of the plan to strengthen the public schools, pointing out that the tour was to carry out complete assessment of the facilities to be rehabilitated.

The Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, who represented the Governor on the tour, identified the provision of quality education as a top priority of the present administration, stressing that the environment in which pupils learn required sanitization in order to get quality output.

He said: “The reason why we are embarking on a tour of our schools is to physically assess the quality of facilities and see things for ourselves. We are choosing schools that are in bad shapes for immediate rehabilitation. Children will be going on holiday; before they come back, we want to see what we can immediately fix, so that these pupils won’t be at disadvantage in the area of learning.

“Our children must be protected from harsh weather when they are in school. We want to ensure that the pupils are as comfortable as they should be. If it is dilapidated classrooms we are fixing immediately in these schools, this would go a long way in reducing overcrowding in our schools. But, we understand the challenges vary from one school to another; we are committed to changing their conditions for the future of our children and state.”

Maryland Primary School was the first to be visited during the tour. The Headmistress, Mrs Adeyemi, conducted the Deputy Governor round the school, explaining the challenges posed by decrepit facilities to pupils.

Of the 32 classrooms originally built by the government, Dr. Hamzat learnt that only 22 classrooms were in use in the school – a development that has led to overcrowding.

The Deputy Governor disclosed he took stock of other dilapidated facilities in school, including the seats, doors, roofing, and electrical appliances, among others.

He later moved to Saint Francis Primary School, also in Maryland, where he was taken round by the Headmistress, Mrs. Lydia Balogun.

Afterwards, the Deputy Governor visited schools in Papa Ajao and Agege areas of the state.

Other top government officials on the tour included the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo, Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, and officials of the Ministry of Education, among others.

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BREAKING: Many Feared Dead In Multiple Accident At Otedola Bridge, Lagos [GRAPHIC PHOTO]

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Tragedy occurred again at the notorious Otedola Bridge, Lagos, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, in the early hours Wednesday, when many were feared dead in fatal multiple-accident.

According to an eyewitness, Remilekun Abiola, the accident involving five vehicles, occurred about 8 am during the early morning downpour at Otedola Bridge, out ward Lagos to Berger.

Though, the immediate and remote cause of the accident could not be ascertained at press time, but eyewitness attributed over speeding and sloppy nature of the road by Otedola Bridge, coupled with the heavy rainfall which affected visibility of motorists.

At press time, one of the victims, an unidentified male, has been confirmed dead by men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA and Lagos State Ambulance Service, LASAMBUS, who raced to the tragic scene.

There were different versions on the number of casualties.

While eyewitnesses said many people died, LASEMA confirmed one person dead so far.

The injured victims have also been taken to various hospitals for treatment. Other rescue team at the scene, include: Men of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, of the Lagos State Police Command, Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Ciro’s, FRSC, among others.

The accident led to chaotic gridlock along the axis as motorists were trapped in the resultant traffic.

Meanwhile, motorists have been urged to make use of alternative routes.

“Anyone going out of Lagos should take either Otedola under bridge or go through Ogba-Ojodu-Berger axis to connect the Lagos Ibadan Expressway and move on their journey,” LASEMA source stated.

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ICPC Declares Buhari’s Former Aide, Obono-Obla, Wanted Over Fraud Allegations

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has declared the suspended Chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), Mr. Okoi Ofem Obono-Obla, wanted due to his repeated failure to appear before it to answer questions bordering on allegations of fraud and corruption.

The spokesperson of the ICPC, Rasheedat Okoduwa, in a statement Tuesday, said Mr. Obono-Obla is facing a series of allegations levelled against him by members of the public on his role as head of the government panel on asset recovery.

She said the Commission was in receipt of petitions accusing him of abuse of office, falsification of admission records, living above his income and collection of gratification from suspects under his investigation.

She said the suspended chairman is also facing allegations of working outside the guidelines governing the panel by investigating unauthorized petitions and prosecuting suspects without recourse to the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

Okoduwa said the ICPC had conducted series of investigations on the allegations with preliminary findings showing that some provisions of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and extant laws of Nigeria had been allegedly violated by Mr. Obono-Obla.

“Consequently, ICPC had extended several invitations to him, which he had failed to honour without giving any reason.

“Attempts to track and make him appear before the Commission also failed to lead ICPC to contact other law enforcement agencies for assistance concerning his whereabouts,” she noted.

She explained that “one of such contact has yielded results as records from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) show that Mr. Obono-Obla had travelled out of the country.”

She said the NIS records revealed that he left the country to an undisclosed location on 17th August 2019, through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, and has not returned two months after.

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VIDEO: How We Arrested Mompha With N20million Watches On His Way To Dubai — EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed how its operatives from the Lagos Zonal Office arrested Ismaila Mustapha, a social media celebrity, popularly known as Mompha.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement, on Tuesday, said: “The suspect was arrested on Friday, 18 October 2019, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on his way to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, following series of actionable intelligence reports linking him to organized transnational cyber fraud and money laundering.”

He added Ismaila allegedly perpetrates his fraudulent activities under the cover of being a Bureau de Change operator, to launder his proceeds of crime.

The five wristwatches with a total value of over N20,000,000 was recovered by the EFCC from Mompha.

Also in a series of tweets by the commission, it quoted EFCC operatives saying, “actionable cross border intelligence received from collaborative law enforcement agencies about his alleged involvement in the criminal activities further strengthened our suspicion.”

It added: “Ismaila who allegedly perpetrated his fraudulent activities under the guise of being a Bureau de Change operator is always seen with his little son flaunting huge amount of foreign currencies on his social media platforms.

“Investigations have also revealed that Ismaila is only using the BDC business, he jointly owned with his siblings, as a decoy to launder his proceeds of crime.

“However, the suspect has volunteered useful information to the operatives and has admitted being reasonably involved in the first two cases he was alleged to be involved.”

Uwujaren further noted that the suspect had volunteered useful information while the investigation continues.

“At the point of arrest, five wristwatches with a total value of over twenty million Naira (N20, 000,000:00) was recovered from him.

“The suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded,” the EFCC spokesman added.

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