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Lagos COVID-19 Taskforce Storms Suprise Party; Arrests 60 Guests, Seals Off Venue [PHOTOS]

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The Lagos State Task Force on COVID-19 on Wednesday stormed a surprise party and arrested 60 fun-seeking guests for violating the lockdown orders and not complying with the social distancing pronouncement of the State.

The surprise party which was held at 84 Parks and Gardens, Idi Oparun bus stop opposite Abattoir at Abule Egba, area of Lagos had in attendance at the time of the enforcement over 56 youths who have gathered to celebrate against the directive of the President on lockdown.

The Joint Taskforce of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Lagos State Safety Commission, RRS and Task Force according to the team leader, Mr Kayode Bello, the Director Enforcement and Monitoring LASEPA, the team stormed the party after receiving a tip-off from concern citizen of the state of an ongoing birthday party.

Reacting to the seal off, the GM LASEPA, Dolapo Fasawe, “ it is no longer business as usual in the State, this pandemic has united us all and encourages citizen participation in terms of information sharing. We responded at exactly 3:10 pm after receiving the information and surprisingly met the youth who were shabbily dressed for a birthday party. It shouldn’t be difficult for us to obey simple instructions and adhere strictly to safety precautions, so as to timely flatten the curve so normalcy can return back to the world.

“The facility has been sealed off while the youths were taken away by the police for further investigation and profiling. This is to appeal to parents and guardians to seriously warn their wards and stay away from the unlawful gathering. All hands are on deck to ensure that there is a hidden place for flagrant violators. The war can only be won through the collective efforts of all. We all have a party to play as stakeholders.

We sealed off a night club using a pharmacy to cover up at VGC on Monday as a result of information sharing from concern citizens She expressed

In his own part, The DG safety Commission, Mr Lanre Mojola expressed shock that despite the enlightenment and advocacy of the state on social distancing and staying at home, some people can still devise unholistic means to gather and merry when lives are been lost across the globe. “ its disheartening that the youth who are the future of this great nation are insensitive about their health and if not because of them they should think about those people who are to be affected directly or indirectly by their action or inaction.

He further waned facility owners not to allow themselves to be used in perpetrating evils by occupying the centers for unlawful means under the pretense of social gathering.

The duo maintained that the state won’t hesitate the apply the provision of the law on event facility owners who defy government orders and cut corners without consideration for the implication all because of financial gain. The stakeholders were carried along and sensitize on the zero-tolerance of government to gathering at this crucial period.

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BREAKING: APC Nullifies Suspension Of Fayemi, Ojudu, Others

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has nullified the suspension of Ekiti Governor Kayode Fayemi, presidential aide Senator Femi Ojudu and others.

Fayemi and the Paul Omotosho-led State Executives Council were suspended for alleged anti-party activities by the State Executives Committee (SEC) on Friday.

The development came barely 24 hours after the Omotosho-led executives suspended Ojudu and 10 others following a report of the Patrick Ajigbolamu-led eight-man disciplinary committee set up to probe allegations of anti-party activities levelled against them.

But in a statement on Friday by Deputy National Secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena, APC said the suspensions were a “nullity.”

The party said: “The attention of the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to a purported and widely-reported “suspension” of the Governor of Ekiti State, H.E. Kayode Fayemi as well as an earlier reported, “indefinite suspension” of some other party members in the state.

“The actions are a nullity as the Party’s National Secretariat is yet to receive communication from the state chapter on the purported “suspensions”. We strongly advise all members to adhere to our Party constitution.

“Governor Kayode Fayemi remains the leader of the party in Ekiti State.

“In line with the mandate of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee and the President’s admonition to party members to ensure and support ongoing amicable and rancour-free settlement of internal party disputes, we call on our esteemed party members and leaders in Ekiti State to be duly guided.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Architect Paul Omotosho-chaired APC Ekiti State Working Committee is the authentic, valid, and duly recognized Executive as no factions or divisions exist in the State Chapter.”

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JUST IN: Ekiti APC Crisis Deepens As Factional SEC Suspends Governor Fayemi Over Anti-Party Activities

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The internal crisis rocking the ruling All Progressive Congress in Ekiti took a new dimension on Friday as some statutory members of the State Executive Committee(SEC) suspended Governor Kayode Fayemi over alleged anti-party activities.

According to the allegations against Fayemi, the SEC members said he worked against Edo APC candidate, Pastor Ize Iyamu, and supported Godwin Obaseki, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP).

The statutory members of the SEC also imposed sanctions on the party chairman, Paul Omotosho, and other executives by suspending them.

They alleged they were products of the list hurriedly compiled through undemocratic means by Fayemi.

The suspension came barely 24 hours after the party suspended a presidential aide, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, and 10 others following a report of the Patrick Ajigbolamu-led eight-man disciplinary committee set up to probe allegations of anti-party activities leveled against them.

The decision suspending Fayemi and all the state Working Committee was carried out at an emergency meeting of the State Executive Committee of the party on September 23.

The SEC members, in a statement on Friday, said Fayemi was suspended in view of his alleged numerous anti-party activities, especially his role in the recently concluded governorship election in Edo State which is contrary to the provisions of Article 21 (A) (ii) of the APC Constitution.

Signatories to the statement include Senator Tony Adeniyi, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, former House of Representatives members Bimbo Daramola, Hon Robinson Ajiboye, Hon Oyetunji Ojo, former Speaker Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Adewale Omirin and Hon. Femi Adeleye.

According to the statement titled: “Re: Dr. Fayemi Anti-party Activities”, Senator Adeniyi was appointed as the SEC acting
chairman owing to what they described as the “absence of direction from the National Body” and was adjudged as “the only one thus capable to call the SEC meeting as duly required by the constitution”.

The ruling APC has been wallowing in a fierce self-inflicted political storm for a long time. The crisis has inexplicably defied spirited attempts made to ensure that peace reigns with the party split into two factions; one camp is led by Governor Kayode Fayemi, while the other is led by Senator Ojudu.

The intense political battle may not be unconnected with a subtle but fierce struggle among its leading chieftains, for the control of the state ahead of the 2022 gubernatorial poll.

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A Certain Nigerian Collecting Illegal $36,000 Monthly For Secure Anchorage From Ship Owners —– Amaechi Alleges

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The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has registered his displeasure with continuous patronage of illegal harbours known as secure anchorage areas.

According to the minister, an individual has sought to exploit the industry by collecting $1,200 daily for secure anchorage in the country from ship owners.

He said this while delivering a virtual keynote address at the 2020 World Maritime Day Celebration which held at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos.

The minister said the issue was quite unsettling.

He said, “There is a crisis in the maritime sector. The crisis is on the issue of security.

“Today, we have a single individual partnering with the military that is collecting $1,200 to the detriment of shipping companies.

“That one individual is still managing the business with the support of other institutions.”

He accused stakeholders of doing nothing to the individual, stressing that no one other than the minister had the right to step up a secure anchorage area.

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