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Lagos Govt Reportedly Marks 600 Houses For Demolition; Set To Relocate Computer Village To Abule Egba, Landlords Kick




Members of the Ifesowapo Abule-Egba Community Development Association in the Alimosho area of Lagos State, on Wednesday, protested the ongoing demolition of their properties by the officials of the state government to pave the way for the new Computer Village in the area.

The protesters, who took their grievances to the state House of Assembly, said they were surprised to see bulldozers pulling down houses in the community.

The Chairman of the association, Mr Gbenro Akerele, said the community was not averse to the establishment of the Information and Communication Technology Park in the community but wanted things to be done properly.

He stated, “We are not averse to any developmental effort of the state government, but what we are saying is that we are not animals. I was a political office holder and I have many supporters. We have been carrying the area along very well. Alimosho delivers a lot in terms of voting.

“Even if a landlord were to give a tenant a notice to quit, he will give him up to six months to get another place. But for us, this was not done; they just brought a notice and asked us to remove our properties from the area within seven days.”

Akerele urged the assembly to intervene in the matter urgently in the interest of peace.

The Secretary of the association, Mr Sulaimon Akewusola, said the state government had marked over 600 houses for demolition, adding that the removal of the structures had already started.

He said the property he had been living for the past 40 years was built by his father, adding that the areas affected by the demolition were Alubarika, Osunde, Ugochukwu, Ogunyemi, Abubakar and Church streets.

According to him, the government should concentrate on the market and leave the areas where people are living alone.

He said, “We have been living here for the past 40 years and suddenly last week Friday, a seven-day notice was brought to the community from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development that we should vacate our properties.

“This is why we are here to make our grievances known; all the homeowners here have the Federal Government’s Certificates of Occupancy signed by the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN).”

The Chairman, House Committee on Lands, Mr Aderemola Kasumu, who was accompanied by the chairmen on Science and Technology, Mr Olarewaju Afini, and Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Nurudeen Adesanya, asked the protesters to submit their petition to them.

Kasumu, who spoke on behalf of Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, assured the protesters that the House would do something about their case.

He said, “We, the honourable members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, have something to do on the issue because we have the interest of the people at heart.

“What I will say is to implore you all to present to us a position paper so that in one way or the other we can look into the issue promptly.

“I cannot say for certain, because we don’t know the next plenary date, but I am sure there is a way to deal with matters of urgent public importance. The Speaker will direct further action on how to go about it.”

When contacted, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, said the issue started since 2002 when the government informed the residents that it would use the area for a development project.

He said several notices had been given to the residents prior to Friday before the government took action.

Salako stated that the government had rolled out a programme to compensate all qualified property owners in the area, adding that the compensation package was being sorted out.

The commissioner said, “This matter started in 2002 when we told them that the state government would use that land for a future development programme. Notices had been given to them but they refused to quit. The seven-day notice that was given to them on Friday, January 17, 2020, was the last resort before the demolition.

“Under the Land Use Act, the law invests the land in a state in the state government. Those who are qualified will be compensated; the government cannot do something like that without compensating the right persons.”


One Year After, Abuja Court Fines Senator Abbo N50m For Assaulting Woman At Sex-Toy Shop




The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama, Abuja, on Monday, awarded N50m damages against the senator representing Adamawa North, Elisha Abbo, to be paid as compensation to a female attendant at a sex-toy shop, Osimibibra Warmate, whom he assaulted.

Justice Samira Bature gave the order in her judgment on the fundamental rights enforcement suit instituted by Warmate against the senator.

The video clip of the alleged assault of the woman by the senator had gone viral.

The police had in 2019 charged before a magistrate court in Zuba, Abuja with one count of assaulting Warmate at a sex-toy shop in Abuja.

But the presiding magistrate, Abdullahi Ilelah, had dismissed the case after upholding the no-case submission filed by the senator.

Warmate, through her legal team including Esosa Omo-Usoh and Nelson Onuoha, went on to sue Abbo in a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed before the FCT High Court and marked FCT/CV/2393/19.

Justice Bature upheld the plaintiff’s case in a judgment on Monday by ordering the senator to pay N50m to the applicant.

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War Of Words: Amaechi Fights Wike At Supreme Court Justice’s Burial




Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, on Saturday engaged in a verbal fight at the burial of a former Justice of the Supreme Court, Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, in the Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the state.

Amaechi, who is the Minister of Transportation, while speaking at the funeral service, lamented what he termed the rising insecurity and political intimidation in the state, saying the state was back to the time of Ateke Tom, a former militant leader, who is now the traditional head of Okochiri town in Okrika LGA of the state.

“You have lost your voice. The sage (the late justice) has gone under and nobody is speaking. When I was governor, I gave people voices, but they have blocked those voices.

“Everyone is scared. We are going back to when Ateke held sway. We are going back to the period where we run away from our people. We are back to a period when nobody could speak. But from next year, I will begin to speak, if nobody wants to speak.

“We are all here because we need to bury a man God has blessed. I have stopped traveling because of bad weather, but I told myself I must be here because of Justice Whyte.

“If you knew Justice (Karibi-Whyte) very well, you will know I was close to him. I was one of the few people he mentored,” Amaechi stated.

Wike on his part described the late Karibi-Whyte as an epitome of unshakable integrity, civility, and dignity, but noted that comments credited to Amaechi were embarrassing.

Responding to Amaechi, Wike who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Emeka Woke, said the minister had lost touch with developments in the state, adding that since the launching of Operation Sting by his administration, the security situation had improved greatly.

Wike said, “It is unfortunate for Amaechi to come to Kalabari land and accuse former President Goodluck Jonathan of not developing the area six years after he had left office.

“I wonder why the former governor will choose to make such embarrassing remarks at the funeral of late Justice Karibi-Whyte, a man he (Amaechi) claimed to be his mentor.”

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Nationwide Strike: Nigerian Govt Releases Details Of Agreements With Labour Leaders




The Federal government on Monday made public the details of its agreements with organised labour.

A statement on FG’s Twitter handle said officials held consultation meetings with leaders of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) on September 15, 24 and 27, 2020.

The resolutions reached included establishment of Technical Committee on Electricity Tariff.

It is chaired by the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, and comprises ministries, agencies, NLC and TUC.

They will work over the next two weeks.

They are to examine the justification for the electricity tariff review; review the deployment of meters, and advice FG on issues hindering implementation.

During the two-week period, DISCOs will suspend implementation of the electricity tariff adjustments.

The statement reiterated that the petrol subsidy regime has stifled downstream sector growth.

“In addition, the dire financial circumstances of the Federation preclude the ability to sustain any subsidy on PMS, and thus makes the deregulation of the sector inevitable. NNPC will expedite the rehabilitation of its Refineries, with a 50% completion target for Port Harcourt by December 2021.

“NNPC will integrate national leadership of NUPENG and PENGASSAN into the Steering Committee established to oversee the Rehabilitation Exercise. A Validation Team comprising of Reps of @NNPCgroup, @nigeriaeiti, @icrcng, NUPENG and PENGASSAN will be established to monitor the progress of the Rehabilitation of Refineries, Pipelines and Depot Networks.

“The Federal Government will continue to facilitate licensing and delivery of new modular and regular refineries. FG will ensure delivery of 1 million CNG/LPG Autogas Conversion Kits, Storage Skids and Dispensing Units under the Nigeria Gas Expansion Programme, by December 2021.

“A Governance Structure for this project will be established and will include Labour Representatives. FG will work to facilitate the removal of tax on minimum wage. FG will make available to Labour 133 CNG/LPG-driven Mass Transit Buses immediately, for use in major cities nationwide, and thereafter extend to all States and LGAs before December 2021.

“Ongoing FG Housing Initiatives will have 10 per cent allocated to Nigerian workers. Moribund National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) will be revived before the end of 2020, to institutionalize dialogue and engagement on socio-economic and labour issues to forestall future crises,” it disclosed.

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