Monday May 25th, 2015
Monday May 25th, 2015
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At last, Lagos gets portal, number for non-emergency services

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*Fashola

A platform, known as Citizen Relationship Management, CRM, on which citizens can interact with officials of the government on issues affecting them directly, has come into affect in Lagos State

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From stinking waste to recovered wealth: The story of a Lagos dump site

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*Governor Babatunde Fashola and Oba Tijani Gbadmosi, flanked by officials during the launch of the facility

Record has it that six million tonnes of waste are generated annually in Lagos and that 30 percent of such waste can be recycled to reduce the amount going to landfills. In other words, Lagos generates the equivalent tonnage in waste products for eight states in the country daily. It also operates eight landfill sites to process domestic and industrial waste in various locations across the state.

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Our son hacked to death for confronting herbalist —Bereaved family

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*Rita Emmanuel ... the deceased feared he could lose second wife

Mama Imaobong Titus refused to be consoled. She asked hysterically: Why did my son have to die?

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Planned demolition of PCRC structures: PCRC officials sue for restraint, appeal to Gov Fashola

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PCRC structures for demolition & Prince Michael Oyeniyi

The aforementioned structure being the nerve centre of the Area Command, if demolished without a functional substitute to same being put in place for a seamless change over, will paralyse the operations of the Area Command.

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OSHODI-APAPA EXPRESSWAY: 48 hours deadline choking us — AMATO

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*Traffic congestion on the Berger axis of Oshodi-Apapa expressway due to reconstruction of the road

fOR helping them to secure about 51 hectares of land around Mile 2 axis, the President, Association of Maritime Truck Owners, AMATO, Chief Remi Ogungbemi, has commended the Federal Government. The federal government had through the management of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), made efforts to secure the land to ease the perennial traffic logjam in the state.

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LAWMA moves in as truck drivers quit Oshodi-Apapa expressway

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Waste by the road side

Since 2009, business operators, motorists and other road users of the Oshodi-Apapa expressway have continuously been subjected to untold hardship of perennial traffic logjam, caused by the activities of drivers of tankers, trailers and other articulated vehicles, who park indiscriminately along the road. But following a 48-hour ultimatum given by the Lagos State Government last Wednesday, for the truck drivers to vacate the road, officials of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), whose duty is to handle public waste collection, disposal and clearance of backlog of waste, have moved in to clear the road of the mess caused by the truck drivers.

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Environmental degradation: How sand excavators expose Imo communities to danger

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Erosion-pix

SAND excavation has become a huge economic enterprise in parts of Imo State. People who engage in it smile to their respective banks on a daily basis, while lovers of clean and habitable environment grieve on account of the environmental degradation caused by the excavators. Sand excavators in Owerri started their illegal and harmful operation in Otamiri and Nworie, the two rivers that run through Owerri municipality. This was decades ago! Their target at the time was the white sand in the rivers which is in high demand by builders.

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Lagos school where pupils share classrooms with animals

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If you are a regular user of the Ijora flyover bridge, you may have consciously or otherwise noticed a perimeter fencing with two gates shielding two primary schools, a junior high school and an abandoned health centre with ugly shanties erected around the perimeter fencing. The schools are Banjo Primary School, Ebenezer Primary School and Ogbo Junior High School, all in the swampy Otumara community, Ebute Metta West, Lagos State.

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NEMA sensitises traders, others on flash flooding

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Members of a rescue team gathering personal belongings from victims of a Dana Air plane crash, which occurred on June 4th, at the site of the crash in the densely populated Toyin Area of Iju Ishaga in Lagos. Nigerian aviation authorities have suspended Dana Air's licence after a flight operated by the commercial passenger carrier crashed in Lagos, killing at least 159 people, a spokesman said on June 5. AFP PHOTO

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, South West zone has flagged off a public sensitisation and awareness campaign to enlighten the citizens on the possible implications of the rainfall patterns for 2015. The implications include flash flooding, especially in built-up urban centres. If utmost cautions are not exercised. The agency in a statement signed by its Information Officer, Ibrahim Farinloye described flash flooding as more destructive and deadly than the normal flooding because the rainfall does not give prior notice.

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Confession of robbery suspects: Introduction of cashless policy is affecting us

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•Ogun suspects (l-r:  Lukmon Bello and Jide Abass)

Two suspected members of a robbery gang which specialised in attacking customers while they are withdrawing money from banks in Lagos and Ogun states are currently cooling their heels at the Ogun State Criminal Investigation Departments , Elewee-Eran. The suspects, Lukmon Bello and Jide Abbass, met their waterloo, penultimate Monday, after a foiled attempt to snatch a bag containing an unspecified amount from a car parked in front of a business centre in Oke-Ilewo area of the state

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Motorists want railway corporation to erect warning signs at crossings

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File photo: Passengers hanging on a moving train in Lagos at Ikeja Railway Station, Lagos...

Aba — Road users in Aba, Abia state are grumbling over the inability of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, to erect warning signs at railway crossings along major roads to avert possibilities of motorists being crushed by moving trains in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State. South East Voice investigations showed that there are no indicators to warn road users on the movement of trains at the Aba –Owerri; Okigwe, Ama Ogbonna and School roads railway crossings.

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Enugu residents lament as FG abandons rehabilitation of Enugu-Onitsha Expressway

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ENUGU — The rehabilitation of the Enugu-Onitsha expressway which the Federal Government commenced its rehabilitation few week to the general elections has been abandoned. Rehabilitation work had commenced at the Enugu end prompting the closure of the dual carriage road to a single lane causing untold hardship to motorists in Enugu metropolis. At the Penox to Abakpa Junction axis, motorists meandered through the single lane even as traffic gridlock caused snarls of vehicle lines along the ever busy road.

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Hoodlums disrupt Lagos carnival

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Eko-carnival

Hoodlums during the weekend disrupted the activities at the Lagos Carnival, held at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos Island leaving scores injured and three carnival revelers hospitalized.

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Kaduna attackers wanted my head for being ‘an infidel’ — Redeemed Church pastor

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*Garkida... They stabbed me until I fell

Old giant threes with fat, twisting trunks that outlived their colonial planters, spread forth their huge branches of green leaves over the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, Jengree in Bassa Local Government Area, LGA, of Plateau State.

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Escape from ‘hell’: The story of 275 women and children rescued from Sambisa forest

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Their doleful expression and haggard, weather-beaten appearance said it all: They had not only passed through the valley of the shadow of death but lived in it and are today alive to tell the story; a story that elicited shock as well as pity. Indeed they are the lucky survivors out of many who were taken into captivity after their communities were invaded and destroyed by insurgents. This is the story of the 275 women and children who were recently rescued by Nigerian troops from the dreaded Sambisa forest. They are presently trying to start life afresh at the Malkohi Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, Camp in Yola.

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How two brothers died inside freezer in Delta community

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Freezer-of-death

AGBOR—WHEN 34-year-old Mr. Andrew Oseni, a father of three, who hails from Edo State, locked up his two sons, David and Shedrack, aged six and four, respectively, at his home in Agbor, Delta State, to attend to his daily business, he never knew that calamity was lurking around the corner. It was his habit to padlock the entrance door, with kitchen door slightly opened, while he and his wife go in search of daily bread. But his very last attempt proved fatal.

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Rivers’ monarch speaks from hideout

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RUMUOSI—THE under-attack paramount ruler of Rumuosi community, Akpor Kingdom, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Rivers State, HRH, Eze John Chibuzor Owhortee, Nyewe Eli Rumuosi, presently in exile after a section of his subjects invaded and desecrated his palace, last month, over a land dispute, has recounted how he escaped death by the whiskers and his travails as a fugitive in a nearby community.

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Road challenges in Lagos: Residents call for govt’s intervention

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badroad

While the outgoing government in Lagos State prides itself as having performed creditably in the area of construction and rehabilitation of roads, many Lagosians think otherwise and have been expressing their displeasure in this regard. Indeed, there have been so much hue and cry from Lagos residents over the parlous state of many roads belonging to federal, state and local governments in the state.

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No end in sight to Lagos, Ogun states’ boundary face-off

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The tripartite body of the National Boundary Commission, NBC, Lagos State Boundary and the Ogun State Boundary Committees, comprising of town planners, physical planners, officials of the state Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, are currently enmeshed in yet to be resolved boundary dispute between the two neighbouring states.

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US-based Enugu Ezike people to hold convention in NY July 16

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US-based-Igbo

The Enugu Ezike people in the United States of America, USA, are to hold their 2015 annual convention in New York city from July 16 to July 18, their Spokesman, Hon. Linus Eze has said. Eze said that proceeds from the convention/ banquet and fund raising would be used to build a community health centre for the people of Enugu Ezike in Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.

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Insurgency: Lifeline for 100 orphans in Kano

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Women and children fleeing from Boko Haram attacks sit at Kabalewa Refugees Camp, Diffa in Niger Republic, on March 13, 2015. Governor of northeastern Nigerian Borno State Kashim Shettima recently visited refugee camps where Nigerians fleeing from Boko Haram Islamists attacks are sheltered in Diffa province of Niger Republic. More than 13,000 people have been killed and some 1.5 million made homeless in the Boko Haram conflict since 2009, while recent cross-border attacks from Boko Haram bases in Nigeria on neighbouring countries have increased security fears.  AFP PHOTO

Until lately, little or no attention was paid to the plight of thousands of kids orphaned by six years of debilitating insurgency in the North-East of Nigeria. This explains why news of the Kano State Government’s decision to adopt 100 kids from the front line states last Tuesday made headlines around the world.

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DESOPADEC Bill splits Delta oil communities

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WARRI—OIL communities in Delta State are at “war” over a bill by the governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, to the Delta State House of Assembly, to streamline the operations of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC. The bill for a law to provide for the establishment of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Commission, Five Ethnic Nationalities Oil Producing Development Agencies, Five Ethnic Nationalities Producing Areas Investment Corporations and Other Matters Connected Therewith, will go for a second reading today.

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Suspicion trails Ogbe-Ijoh market fire

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*Fire fighters battling the raging fire

Saturday, April 18 was a day of lamentation in Warri, Delta State. On that fateful day, a fire which started at night had destroyed property and trading wares worth millions of Naira at Ogbe-Ijoh Market. It was an incident that left several victims and community leaders attributing the frequent destructive infernos at the busy market to acts of sabotage.

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Vandals are better armed than us — Lagos NSCDC

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Mrs.-Echendu...NSCDC-comman

TWO months after the anti-vandals squad of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, was attacked by some suspected pipeline vandals in Oke-Oko, a border town in Ikorodu, the Lagos State Command of the Corps has come out to say that the law enforcement agents were overwhelmed by the sophisticated weapons employed by the vandals, adding that three of its men were still missing.

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AACN set to host investors’ conference in London

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CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele

The Association of Assets Custodians of Nigeria, AACN, has said that it is set to hold its fourth annual investor conference in London. The conference which is billed to hold on 7th of May has the theme, Nigeria: Navigating changes, extracting opportunities. Speaking to journalists in Lagos, AACN President, Mrs. Kemi Adewole, said that the purpose of the event is to provide expert insight on Nigeria’s current market trends, and an opportunity for significant interaction among the various Nigeria capital market operators and investors.

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Don’t let me die, lady bathed with acid by ex-lover cries

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After: Aladi Sule

ALADI Sule lies critically ill at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Kogi State. Her body is wrapped in bandage, from the head to the chest. Part of her back and her right leg are socked in foil. One of her eyes has been “eaten” by acid and her right ear is rolled into a small ball. Aladi’s critical situation is no thanks to an alleged angry ex-lover who was said to have promised to destroy her beauty and fulfilled his promise.

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Hope rises for destitutes, less-privileged in S/East

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A N10 million skill acquisition and rehabilitation centre being constructed at Amagunze in Nkanu Local Government Area of Enugu State, by Hope Onyemaechi for the rehabilitation and training of destitute and other less-privileged ones in the society is now nearing completion.

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Reptiles, weeds take over courts in Aba

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As a result of the lingering strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, Abia State chapter, weeds and reptiles have taken over court premises in Aba, the commercial hub of the state. Court buildings now serve as abode for birds, reptiles and other wild animals as JUSUN leadership were yet to heed the call of stakeholders in the judicial sector to call off the strike.

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How Anambra oracles, deities got APGA victory—Chief Priest

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Chief-Priest

Ekwuluobia—Strange information is coming out from Ire-Inwelle Ogidi community, Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra state. The chief priest of all the shrines and oracles in Inwelle Ogidi community, Chief Felix Obika hinted that Governor Obiano is a traditionalist who respects the ancestors and believes in the efficacy of the spirits, oracles and deities which earned him victory for All Progressive Grand Alliance, in the state House of Assembly.

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Family sacked by fire sends SOS to Imoke

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CALABAR—A 54-year-old man, Mr Francis Bassey, his wife and four children whose modest home in Calabar, Cross River State, was razed by fire, January 3, have sent a Save Our Soul to the governor, Senator Liyel Imoke and public spirited individuals. Bassey, who is squatting with friends, said he has not been himself since the unfortunate incident and does not have money to repair his damaged house.

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They killed my brother, stole his corpse from the morgue and set it ablaze – victim’s brother

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PORT HARCOURT: The governorship and state assembly elections have come and gone but some families in Rivers state will continue to be haunted by the very sad memories of April 11 and its aftermath. It was a day they lost their loved ones to electoral violence.

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Anibeze, endangered Bayelsa community

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ANIBEZE—RESIDENTS of Anibeze, an agrarian and fishing settlement in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have raised an alarm over the damage wreaked on the community by erosion, especially since Setraco, one of the construction companies handling the East-West Road, started mining sand in the village, about six years ago. Located along the bank of the Forcados River, a tributary of the River Niger, less than four kilometres from the East-West Road that straddles the states of the South-South from the Bayelsa axis, close to the border with Delta state.

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