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Group Issues 7 Days Ultimatum To Sanwo-Olu To Reverse Okada/Keke Ban, Threatens ‘Take Back Lagos’ Protest

Gbemileke Ajayi

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The Save Climate and Democracy Naija Coalition, on Wednesday issued a seven-day ultimatum to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to lift the ban on the operations of motorcycles and tricycles.

It vowed to institute a lawsuit if Sanwo-Olu refused to reverse the order.

Ayo Ademiluyi, the spokesman, said the government would face “Take Back Lagos protest” if the ban was not lifted in one week.

“The group hereby issues the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led Lagos State Government a seven-day ultimatum to cease and dissipate on Feb. 11, to reverse the ban on “Okada” and “Keke” operators.

“We shall on the said date hold citywide “#tackbacklagos protest”, NAN quoted him as saying.

The group lamented that the ban without an entire upgrade of the existing transportation system and industrialization to absorb the large army of the unemployed will lead to a crisis.

“We have been proven right as the chaos and anarchy are here for everyone to experience.

“Lagosians have been trekking long distances like the Biblical Children of Israel,” he said.

Ademiluyi further wondered why the government failed to put the palliative measures in place before the order.

Meanwhile, Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has lambasted Jimi Agbaje, for condemning the ban.

The former Lagos governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had said: “formal operators that have thus far regulated themselves should be allowed to continue”.

The ban on the operations of commercial motorcycles and tricycles in six local government areas and nine local council developments councils came into force on February 1.

In a statement, Seye Oladejo Lagos State APC Spokesman noted that Agbaje’s comment was a futile attempt to teach a government well-grounded in intellectual and institutional experience how to plan.

He said Agbaje had relative and inconsequential experience in business and zero ideas about governance at any level.

“The gradual implementation of the law is a reflection of the thoughtfulness of the government not to create a shock in the polity.

The spokesman noted encouraged to encourage the riders to take advantage of opportunities offered by the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, the Lagos State Vocational Training Institutes, the ministry of women affairs and poverty alleviation, civic engagement, etc

He added: “The people remain the focal point of the Sanwo-Olu administration while not losing sight of its onerous responsibility to ensure the safety of lives and property of the citizenry.

“Whatever skill or ability to organize possessed by Mr Agbaje and his co-travelers will be better deployed to resuscitate the moribund opposition party on the life support machine.

“The efforts to mobilize and sponsor violent protests against a well-meaning government policy are also not lost on all and sundry.”

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Dusk-To-Dawn Curfew Begins On Sunday In Lagos —- Sanwo-Olu

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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has directed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Lagos starting from Sunday to allow the state to carry out comprehensive disinfection of the metropolis.

He also said the state would close the domestic airport.

He said, “I am hereby directing a statewide curfew from 8pm to 6am, starting from Sunday until further notice. This is to enable us to carry out comprehensive disinfection of the Lagos Metropolis.

“I am pleased to note that we have taken possession of over 200 disinfecting machines, and starting today, we will be disinfecting all major highways, bus stops, markets, parks, and other public areas.

“With effect from Sunday, we will be closing the domestic airport in Lagos, the General Aviation Terminal and the MM2. All movements in and out of Lagos through the two domestic terminals will, therefore, be suspended from Sunday for two weeks in the first instance. The only exceptions will be flights carrying essential supplies and those on emergency operations.”

He further said traveling in and out of Lagos would be restricted on Sunday, adding that all inter-state motor parks should shut down for two weeks.

The governor also signed into law the Emergency Coronavirus Pandemic Bill 2020 passed by the House of Assembly.

The law empowers the governor to punish violators of the shutdown order policy.

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BREAKING: Explosion Rocks Ondo, Hundreds Of Buildings Destroyed [PHOTOS]

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Over 100 hundred buildings were in the early hours of Saturday destroyed following an explosion that rocked Ondo State.

The explosion happened in the early hours of Saturday at Eleyowo, Akure, along Owo-Akure highway around 1 a.m.

According to residents of the area, a terrifying loud bang was heard when everyone was already asleep.

Also affected in the explosion was a full boarding school, Aina Awawul Secondary School, one of the most popular churches in Akure, Possibility Ground Ministry, as well as a filling station and hundreds of buildings.

The highway was cut off with hundreds of travelers stranded.

Police officers and other security agencies are already on ground to assess the situation.

Details later…

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COVID-19: Anxiety In kebbi Over Governor Bagudu’s Status

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There is tension among top government officials in Kebbi state over the health status of Governor Atiku Bagudu after he came in contact with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari who had been tested positive to the virus.

Governor Bagudu held a series of meetings at the Presidential Villa last week where he was alleged to have come in contact with the Chief of Staff.

It was also observed that the governor had allegedly gone into self-isolation in his private home in Birnin kebbi, a day after it was confirmed that COS Abba Khari was tested positive to Covid-19.

Governor Bagudu since his return from Abuja a few days ago held an emergency meeting with various stakeholders in the state including the Emir of Gwandu, Emir of Argungu, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, SSG, Commissioners, special advisers, permanent secretaries, directors, and chairmen of local governments in the state, to chart the best course of action for the financial future of the state, and also ways to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, that was the last public appearance of the Governor.

Meanwhile, he has since directed that civil servants in the state stay at home for two weeks except for the conventional workers.

This development, our correspondent gathered has generated a lot of anxiety in the state, especially among top government functionaries and other critical stakeholders who have come in contact with the governor.

When our correspondent contacted the Special Adviser on Media to the Governor, Mallam.Yahaya Sirki to Know whether the governors is on self-isolation to prevent further spreading? he stated: that “the governor is not on self-isolation.

The directive to stay at home does not involve the media and the security and those on essential services. What actually happened in Govt House yesterday is just to reduce the number of people entering the government house including the media and security they were asked to go home until when needed. But even at this point, some journalist and security are still retained in Govt House. I repeat my Governor is not on self-isolation” he added.

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