Wednesday October 1st, 2014
Wednesday October 1st, 2014
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Devastated by flood, Abuja residents cry out

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*Community sacked by flood in Bauchi. INSET: Motorcycles and tricycles wading through a flooded road

Residents of Trademore Estate, Lugbe, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja are still counting their losses after they were held hostage for hours by a rampaging flood that over ran the estate recently. The flood, occasioned by a heavy downpour in Abuja, covered over 60 houses. Also affected was a Catholic Church still under construction, which was pulled down by the heavy flood.

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Spirit of Lagos calls for entries for songs competition

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As part of efforts aimed at changing the mindset of Lagos State residents towards their environment, public infrastructure and their fellow man, among others, the Spirit of Lagos, SOL, has invited Lagos residents to participate in a song competition to select a theme song that will resonate with Lagosians and promote the ideals of Lagos State.

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One dead, Four rescued: How I saved distressed quintuplets, by Onwugbenu

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Onwugbenu

Birthday celebrations, especially for most special children worldwide, are usually made memorable in different ways. And for Chief Louis Izuchukwu Carter Onwugbenu, a household name in international business circles, born 61 years ago to the Catholic family of Augustine and Cecilia(aka Omakaa) Onwugbenu of Ndiojukwu village, Uruagu Nnewi, it was a day for sober reflection he usually spent amidst children and the physically and mentally challenged at the RECDOTS Centre, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo council area of Anambra State.

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For Boko Haram victims, a lifeline from a philanthropist

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Relief has come the way of some Enugu State indigenes who were displaced in the North Eastern part of the country by Boko Haram terrorist activities as a notable philanthropist, Chief Willy Ezugwu, recently intervened to assuage their plight.

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Crisis brews in Enugu community as contestant allegedly declares self monarch-elect

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Tension is presently mounting in Ihe/Owerre autonomous community of Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State after a contestant to the disputed traditional stool of the community, Ozioko George Asadu, allegedly declared himself as monarch-elect.

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Policemen/Okada riders’ clashes: Lagos residents cry out

  /   in Metro 9:30 am   /   Comments

Okada-arrest

CLASHES between policemen and commercial motorcyclists popularly called Okada riders are as common in Lagos as traffic jams. More often than not, such clashes have led to injuries and death of innocent residents, especially commuters. The situation worsened about two years ago when the State government announced a restriction order on Okada riders, especially on major routes in the State

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Aba: Battle to rid Abia’s commercial city of filth

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By UDUMA KALU Aba, the commercial nerve-centre of Abia State, bore for some time the unenviable tag of the dirtiest city in Nigeria. The reason for this was not far to seek. This city which is renowned for its manufacturing and commercial activities was plagued by the problems of insecurity, environmental disorder, poor electricity supply,

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Confusion over Road Traffic Law

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*Some commercial motorcyclists during operation

There is confusion among Lagos residents over the status of the Lagos State Traffic Law signed by Governor Babatunde Fashola two years ago.

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Lagos residents raise alarm over filth, blame LAWMA

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Egbu road

Lagos residents are accusing the Private Sector Participant, PSP of inefficiency. PSP is charged with the responsibility of clearing refuse in Lagos State.

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Bad roads: Lagos residents stage protest, blame drilling company

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Residents of Oteyi Garden Estate in Abule-Ado, a suburb in Lagos, came out recently in large numbers to protest the deplorable state of their roads.

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Why we reside in shanties

  /   in Metro 12:09 am   /   Comments

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Oko Baba, a slum turned commercial and residential area, is not new to many Lagosians, especially given its proximity to nature. Oko Baba which literally means ‘’Fathers’ settlement’’, was dominated by the Ijaws and Ilajes who were fishermen and timber dealers.

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Death in an inferno: The tragic end of two kids

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cene of the Abuja blast and victims receiving treatment at the Maitama General Hospital, Abuja. Photos: Abayomi Adeshida.

Number 43 Salami Street or Ademisoye’s House as it is more popularly known in the Mafoluku area of Lagos easily attracted attention not necessarily because of its appearance or size but due to the fact that it was one of the oldest buildings in the area. Indeed, it was considered a kind of landmark.

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Ebola: The rumours, fear and comic relief of a deadly scourge

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EBOLA ALERT  AT MMIA—A woman, wears protective face masks and hand gloves upon arrival at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos , yesterday. Inset: Security personnel with masks on duty at the airport. Photos: AFP.

IT came like a thief in the night, unannounced but deadly. And since its stealthy arrival, death has been stalking the land, leaving tears, sorrow and fear in its wake.
At the last check, the death toll has hit the 1,145 mark, according to the World Health Organisation, WHO. Indeed the world has known no peace but fear since an outbreak of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, went out of control, ravaging West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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I had sex with five dogs, boy, 18, tells police

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Amid the fear of the Ebola virus in the country, it was with disbelief that residents of Iguosa community in Ovia North East Local Government Council of Edo State ran to an uncompleted building in the area to see an 18-year-old boy, simply identified as Ighodaro, making love to a dog . Curiously, the dog was said to have enjoyed the sex before the crowd stormed the scene. Ighodaro was in JSS 2 before he dropped out from school, due to the inability of his poor parents to pay his school fees.

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Lagos: Living inside flood!

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I HAD to vacate my residence because of this flood issue. It was becoming more of a death trap living here because I had to wear rain boots in my sitting room, kitchen and everywhere in the house because of the flood. And this was very risky as the ground became slippery because of the water. I couldn’t continue living there for fear of being electrocuted. While I was living there, I used to pump water out of the house with machine. It is really devastating watching the house I built with hard earned resources while in active service before I retired being destroyed by flood.”

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Who poisoned UNIBEN VC?

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Oshodin Osayuki

The campaigns for who succeeds the Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Professor Osayuki Oshodin, when his tenure expires in November 2014, is creating tension in the university. The situation has led to the trivialization of Oshodin’s health, following his trip to the United Kingdom for medical treatment on May 8, 2014.

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Fear of epidemic as refuse takes over Abakaliki metropolis

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RESIDENTS of Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, presently have every cause to be alarmed. This is because many parts of the metropolis have been taken over by refuse, prompting many to express fear that the situation may soon lead to an epidemic outbreak if urgent steps are not taken by the State Ministry of Environment to address it

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For over 3,000 youths, a time to say goodbye to poverty

  /   in Metro 6:56 pm   /   Comments

At least 3, 500 residents, mostly youths, have so far benefited in the Lagos State Government-sponsored programme to help citizens acquire relevant skills for self employment.

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Alleged threat to life, attempted murder: Family accuses Imo House Speaker

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These are uneasy times for the Whoba family of Umuode, Ihinna community in Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo state, following the alleged threat to their lives and a murder attempt on one of their own, Chima Ezeoha Whoba, by policemen attached to the Speaker of the Imo state House of Assembly, Benjamin Uwajumogu.

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Alleged Threat to life, attempted murder: Family accuses Imo House of Assembly Speaker

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*The cause of contention

This is certainly a time to dread for members of the Whoba family of Umuode, Ihinna community in Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo state, following what they described as alleged threat to their lives and a murder attempt on one of their own, Chima Ezeoha Whoba, by policemen deplored to the Speaker of the Imo state House of Assembly, Benjamin Uwajumogu.

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Oshodi-Apapa traffic nightmare: How culpable are tank farms?(2)

  /   in Metro 12:44 am   /   Comments

Standstill at Mile-2 to Tincan, along Oshodi-Apapa expressway yesterday. Photo: Joe Akintola, Photo editor.

While buttressing his call for the relocation of tank farms from the Apapa area, Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola had asserted thus: “I think that agencies of the Federal Government must step up their safety compliance levels. Everybody must do his/her job and that is short term.

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2 Yrs Later: Okada riders return as govt relaxes enforcement

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File photo: Okada riders

There is an increase in the activities of commercial motorcycle operators (Okada riders) on major roads in Lagos.
Their presence could be felt on most restricted routes across the state.

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Omole residents sue Lagos govt over housing project

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*From left, Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Fasholas, SAN; Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Dr. Yewande Adesina, during the commissioning of  the Trauma and Burns Centre, at Gbagada General Hospital, Gbagada, yesterday. Photo By Bunmi Azeez

On August 4th, 2014, last Monday to be precise, residents of Omole Phase II Estate, in Ojodu area of the state, staged a peaceful protest to the Lagos State House of Assembly, alleging that the state government was breaking its own laws by erecting high rise structures in the area they had ruled would only be for low density buildings.

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Greenland Estate residents raise alarm over police harassment

  /   in Metro 9:23 pm   /   Comments

*The ongoing road rehabilitation at Jakande Estate, Isolo. Photo: Sylva Eleanya

Some residents of Greenland Estate located on kilometer 42 along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Agbodi, have protested the continued harassment of Police officers from Ibafo Police Division.

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Fashola approves solar power for Lagos schools

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*PSC Solar generator

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has approved the provision of solar power to all public schools in the state even as 134 junior and senior secondary schools won a total sum of N268 million in this year’s Governor’s Award under the Lagos Eko Project.

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Harassed by AEPB officials: The ordeal of an Abuja motorist

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A suspected offender being forcefully arrested  by policemen attached to a task force team.

Officials of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, are more commonly known for running after street hawkers, seizing their wares and sometimes arresting them. But they recently upped the ante by harassing one hapless fellow and vandalising his car. The middle aged man had stopped briefly to answer a phone call along the ever- busy Wuse under bridge

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Nigeria records over 10,000 deaths through ‘generator’ fumes

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Generator-set

Alarmed by the increasing death of Nigerians through inhalation of fumes from electricity generating sets popularly known as generators, the President, Good Governance Initiative, GGI, Mr. Festus Mbisiogu, has called on the Federal Government to urgently take steps to halt the trend. He said at the last count no fewer than 10,000 Nigerians have over the years died from poisonous ‘generator’ fumes, especially in the years between 2008 and 2014

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Varsity scholarship for 102-yr-old monarch

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Recently as rural Emevor rolled out its drums to celebrate the opening of a Study Centre of the National Open University of Nigerian, NOUN, Paramount Ruler of the Isoko North Local Government Area community; HRM Francis Onovughakpor Ekhama got a surprise favour.

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Ikorodu monarch’s demise: A widow reflects

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The death on Saturday August 2 of the paramount ruler of Ikorodu, the Ayangburen, Oba Salaudeen Oyefusi, expectedly threw the entire town into mourning. Also not surprisingly the ancient town has been playing host to several eminent personalities, community leaders and concerned citizens coming to mourn the traditional ruler who died at the age of 83 after reigning for a period of 43 years.

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Escape from ritual killers: The story of two students

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Even as he ponders the mystery behind his recent near-death experience, 13-year-old JSS two student of Government Secondary School Gboko, Dooyum Moar, strongly feels that his escape from the den of ritual killers in Gboko, Benue State calls for celebration.

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Road Traffic Law: 2 years after, Lagos APC faults police misapplication

  /   in Metro 12:27 am   /   Comments

File: Traffic gridlock on Apapa/Oshodi express road, due to slow construction job of the road by Julius Berger and commuter spent sever hours on the road. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos has come out with a damning verdict that policemen of the Lagos command have defeated the intention for which the state’s traffic law was promulgated.

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Lagos govt, rainstorm victims tango over relief fun

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Some victims of April 13, 2014, rainstorm and occupants of defective buildings in Jakande Estate, Oke-Afa, Ejigbo Local Council Development Area, LCDA, are currently at crossroads as the Lagos State Government is yet to disburse relief fund earlier promised the affected people.

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