Saturday April 25th, 2015
Saturday April 25th, 2015
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Planned privatisation of water: Residents, civil societies dare Lagos govt

  /   in Metro 12:55 am   /   Comments

Bottled Water

A recent study by the World Health Organisation says 66 million Nigerians do not have access to potable or safe water, a situation which has given rise to water-related diseases, costing the country a whooping sum of $2.5billion as people throng various hospitals for treatment.

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Abuja Area One IDPs camp: A place of tears, uncertainty

  /   in Metro 12:38 am   /   Comments

*A people displaced

They looked so forlorn, torn and tattered. Indeed, their fate appeared to be hanging in the balance. Their future, somewhat, looks bleak, yet they are Nigerians living in their country.

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The tough, but exciting world of a female Marwa operator

  /   in Metro 12:40 am   /   Comments

marwa-pix

Mrs. Awolowo Nike, 37, was quite cheerful that Monday afternoon, though she had been working for hours under the scorching sun. In fact, as she went about her business, she had a smile for everyone she met, an indication that she has been enjoying every moment of it since she went into the transport business some four months ago.

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Safe drinking water? Wind-to-water machine to the rescue, courtesy of church

  /   in Metro 12:11 am   /   Comments

Water vendors (Mairuwa) at work. Pics: Biodun Ogunleye

Water, it is said, is life. But certainly not unclean water which instead of enhancing life shortens it by harbouring disease-bearing germs. The dearth of potable or safe drinking with attendant prevalence of water borne diseases among the populace in Nigeria was a situation that had bothered a Pastor of Mountain of Liberation Miracles Ministries, Dr. Chris Okafor, hence he decided to do something about it.

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Superintendent Chris Eza: Sad end of a fine cop

  /   in Metro 12:19 am   /   Comments

met-pix

When he was leaving the shores of the Southern part of Nigeria to the Bauchi State Police Command on transfer, Chris Eza, a Superintendent of Police, obviously had no premonition that death, especially a tragic one, was lurking around the corner.

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Insecurity: Securex expo to the rescue

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Nigerians who are unduly disturbed by threats to their personal safety owing to the increasing security and other related challenges in the country can now heave a sigh of relief. And they have Montgomery West Africa to thank for this as it is organising the Securex West Africa commercial, homeland, cyber security, fire protection and safety exhibition which will hold on March 24 and 25, 2015 at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre, Lagos to offer solutions on security issues within the West African Region.

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Land tussle: Feuding families threaten to tear Lagos community apart

  /   in Metro 12:26 am   /   Comments

Twenty four months after, peace is yet to return to Olugbusi/Agufoye Asoga community which has almost been paralysed by violence after land grabbers allegedly unleashed terror there, forcing residents to flee for their dear lives. The violence reached a tragic climax last weekend when two persons were allegedly shot by yet to be identified hoodlums.

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From the blood-soaked battlefields of Lagos

  /   in Metro 12:32 am   /   Comments

Weapons of operation

‘Who goes there?!’’ they hollered. Those seated at the same relaxation spot with him were taken aback by this. Indeed, many could not help but wonder aloud what could have prompted a group of powerfully dressed young men to erupt into such a reckless outburst. It was at this point that a slim, dark complexioned man walked in.

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‘Pay ransom, save me from captivity!’, Kidnapped American pleads

  /   in Metro 1:00 pm   /   Comments

Phyllis Sorto

OWORO is a small community located between Ajaokuta and Lokoja, Kogi State capital. It’s a community that is relatively unknown. Even commuters from the eastern flank of the country who traverse the ever busy Ajaokuta federal road may not notice the name. The only time the community has ever come into reckoning was in December 2012 when the governor of Kogi State, Capt. Idris Wada, was involved in an accident that occurred in the community.

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Expressions of joy, hope as IDPs return home

  /   in Metro 12:28 am   /   Comments

DISPLACED—Some Internally Displaced Persons (Idps) during the visit of Gov Kashim Shettima of Borno State to their camp in Maiduguri, weekend. Photo: NAN.

MALLAM Mohammed Muhammadu, a suya meat seller in Gombi town, is excited being back to his business after his displacement and forced sojourn as a result of attack by insurgents on the town. His experience is same as that of many other returnees who were similarly displaced and also suffered untold hardship following the unlawful invasion of their towns and communities by terrorists in North Eastern Nigeria.

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From the blood-soaked battlefields of Lagos: The chilling story of street cultism

  /   in Features, Metro 1:23 am   /   Comments

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Who goes there?!’’ they hollered. Those seated at the same relaxation spot with him were taken aback by this. Indeed, many could not help but wonder aloud what could have prompted a group of powerfully dressed young men to erupt into such a reckless outburst. It was at this point that a slim, dark complexioned man walked in.

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The tough, but exciting world of a female Marwa operator

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*Nike...Inside her Keke Marwa

Mrs Awolowo Nike, 37, was quite cheerful that Monday afternoon, though she had been working for hours under the scorching sun. In fact, as she went about her business, she had a smile for everyone she met, an indication that she has been enjoying every moment of it since she went into the transport business some four months ago.

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Seamless movement: Lagos pursues road, rail, water multi-modal linkages

  /   in Metro 1:00 am   /   Comments

Governor Fashola aboard one of the 100 air-conditioned Wifi buses

TO further boost intra-city transportation the Lagos State Government has added 100 new air-conditioned buses to the existing fleet through the partnership of LAGBUS Asset Management Limited and a franchise operator, Metro Bus.

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Flood: Residents warned against dumping refuse into drains

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Heap of refuse at Coconut bus-stop on the Oshodi-Apapa expressway, yesterday.

AS the rainy season begins, Lagos State Government has urged residents to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse into drains and unapproved sites.

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Don’t rear animals in residential areas, LASEPA warns Lagosians

  /   in Metro 8:52 pm   /   Comments

Goat

The General Manager of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Mr Adebola Shabi, has condemned rearing of animals in residential areas saying it constitutes a huge environmental menace.

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The living waters of Cross River

  /   in Metro 2:53 am   /   Comments

•Itigidi beach

Let your living waters flow over my soul, let your Holy Spirit come and take control… somehow, I find this song reverberating in my spirit and I wonder why. Perhaps my latest trip may have a whole lot to do with this. It was January 1 and indeed a new beginning. Before I go any further, I’d like to say a big Happy New Year to any and everyone who is reading this. Welcome to the year 2015, a year that marks a new order and a year of accelerated growth.

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Bayelsa: I nearly stopped my wife from going on ill-fated trip — Bereaved husband

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Ill-fated bus conveying the women

February 14, 2015 is a day Bayelsans will not forget in a hurry. It was supposed to be a day of celebration of love being the Valentine’s Day, but it turned out to be a black Saturday. On that day, 11 prominent daughters of the state were cut down in their prime in a road accident near the old Ahoada Market Road, along the East-West Road axis of Rivers State.

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Disturbing tales of rape, child trafficking in IDPs camps

  /   in Features, Metro 1:54 am   /   Comments

Displaced Chibok people in a camp in Kuje

Call it a case of double tragedy, you will not be wrong. If disturbing reports from the camps of internally displaced persons located in parts of Northern Nigeria are anything to go by, then there is every reason to believe that these unfortunate Nigerians are in for more troubling times. Until situation and circumstance turned them to refugees in their own country, most of these people were living peacefully in their various communities and engaged in sundry means of survival. That was before the terrorist group, the Boko Haram, struck in their determined bid to overrun the North Eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, ostensibly to impose extremist Islamic-style hegemony in these parts.

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Barracks/Volks/Iyana-Iba traffic chaos: No respite in sight

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Traffic Gridlock at Mile 2 Bus Stop Along Oshodi Apapa Expressway Lagos.Photo By Akeem Salau.

Residents and commuters plying the Mile2 – Badagry expressway have once again cried out to the Lagos State government to come to their aid, even as they blame men of the Ojo and Barracks Commands of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, for the intractable traffic jam at the Volks end of the expressway, alleging that it was a fall out of the desperation by some police men there to collect toll from commercial motorcyclists and bus operators, popularly called Okada riders and danfo drivers, respectively.

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Pedestrian bridges of death

  /   in Metro 1:00 am   /   Comments

Pedestrain-bridge

No doubt, pedestrian bridges have provided commuters safe means of crossing the ever-busy highways in Lagos, a reason the Federal and Lagos State governments are rehabilitating existing pedestrian bridges and constructing additional ones in the state.

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Traffic control: FG task force, LASTMA flex muscles again

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FERMA

OFFICIALS of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA, otherwise called Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, Federal Taskforce are at daggers drawn with the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, over control of traffic on federal highways in the state.

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Benue community calls for help

  /   in Metro 12:56 am   /   Comments

*The house where family perished

Just when it seemed that the lingering bloody conflict between Benue farmers and Fulani herdsmen had at last been contained, the crisis suddenly resurfaced and escalated in parts of the state, especially in Agatu and Logo local government areas of the state. As at last count, well over 300 persons may have lost their lives in the last few weeks, with hundreds of houses and property destroyed in the protracted crisis that seemed to have defied all genuine efforts to contain it.

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Why I slept with my 11-year-old daughter — Confession of a father

  /   in Metro 8:06 am   /   Comments

father rape

How will you feel as a mother if your husband sexually abuses your innocent daughter? This is the question a woman in Bauchi State is trying to come to terms with as her husband, Abubakar Magaji, a resident of Liman Kagum in Bauchi local government, did the abominable act of having carnal knowledge of their 11-year-old daughter.

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Rapists on rampage: Shocking stories of how minors have become endangered (2)

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13-year-old  girl in agony after attempted rape

If recent reports are anything to go by, these are indeed strange times, especially in a country where there is an upsurge in girl-children being abused and robbed of their innocence by randy men who have become specialists in taking advantage of them and traumatising them in the process.

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21 Nigerians on death row: Relations protest indiscriminate killings in Indonesia

  /   in Metro 12:23 am   /   Comments

row-pix

This certainly is not the best of times for Nigerians in Indonesia as they are presently living in palpable fear said to have been fuelled by recent hostile actions of the government of that country which culminated in 21 Nigerians being condemned to death.

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The Kogi philanthropy without borders

  /   in Metro 3:20 am   /   Comments

*Sen. Smart Adeyemi

Senator Smart Adeyemi has become part of those Nigerians who towered to the height of national recognition. Though this attainment may not be anything peculiar, there is another side of the ebullient senator that makes him different from many other politicians.

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Lagos evacuates 260 beggars in 100 days

  /   in Metro 4:12 am   /   Comments

Beggars protesting

In spite of Lagos state Government’s effort to end street begging, more beggars still troop into the state daily. This compelled the government to intensify its raid, leading to the evacuation of 260 beggars from the streets in the last 100 days.

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Lagos gets law to simplify land related issues

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land-pix

AT last, Lagos has signed into law a bill to simplify procedures in land transactions.

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Feb polls: Lagos residents lament shoddy distribution of PVCs

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Residents of Sebiotimo street, Agege, checking for their Permanent Voters Cards at  ward 5, Agage Local Government in, Lagos state,  yesterday [08-11-14]. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

TWELVE days to the conduct of February 14th, 2015, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has disclosed plans to release about 1.9 million Permanent Voter’s Cards, PVCs to Lagos State this week.

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Relief at last for Lagos residents as rehabilitation of dilapidated road begins

  /   in Metro 12:05 am   /   Comments

Alaba-bad-road

Motorists and commuters plying the Jakande Gate-Iyana Ejigbo-Ikotun route will readily tell whoever cares to listen that they know what hell on earth means. According to them, it is the same as the traffic nightmare they experience everyday either going to or coming back from Cele Express or Oshodi via Isolo.

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Campaign posters war intensifies in Lagos

  /   in Metro 1:09 am   /   Comments

Campaign-posters

Some 18 days to next month’s general elections billed for February 14 and 28, the controversies surrounding the pasting of campaign posters and materials by the two major political parties in Lagos State, the All Progressives Progress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, continues unabated, given dramatic twists it has assumed.

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Gathering storm: Tension in Rivers over spate of political violence

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A victim of political violence in Rivers State

From every indication, the people of Rivers State have every reason to be apprehensive as the commencement date of the general elections draws near. Indeed, early warning signs of electoral violence have started rearing their heads in the State. For instance, unknown gunmen opened fire at separate locations on some members of the All progressives Congress, APC, on the day the party had its presidential rally at the Amiesemaka stadium, in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state recently.

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