Thursday March 5th, 2015
Thursday March 5th, 2015
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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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Lagos to deploy 172 solar powered panels in public schools

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electricity-NIGERIA

Poised to improve the learning environment of public schools across Lagos State, through the provision of constant power supply, the Lagos State Government, has finalised plans to install about 172 solar panels to light-up the schools.

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Seven years after, miscreants still flock Oshodi market

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*New Oshodi

In March 2008, when the current administration of Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State took a bold step to transform the popular Oshodi market, residents heaved a sigh of relief, giving the terrorising activities of miscreants in the area then.

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After two months in UBTH ‘solitary confinement’ over bill, 45-yr-old widow down with cancer

  /   in Metro 3:19 am   /   Comments

Mrs. Helen Enoghayin....Esosa  abandoned education in order to save mother

Mrs Enoghayin Ukponayusi Helen, a 45-year-old widow, was diagnosed with cancer and taken to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) for treatment. Although she hails from a poor background, she didn’t know her quest for cure was going to be tortuous. Prior to her ailment, the mother of four sold roasted plantain to take care of her four children following the death of her husband, a pensioner, in 2009.

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Travails of a dismissed, ailing military officer

  /   in Metro 12:57 am   /   Comments

iberi

NIGERIA last week observed this year’s remembrance for the country’s fallen heroes who died in active service as members of the Nigerian Armed Forces. This came at a time the family of a distressed former military personnel, Kingsley Iberi, who claims to have been wrongfully dismissed from the Nigerian Army, was lamenting and telling their tale of woe to every sympathetic ear.

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RED ALERT:2,000 birds killed, as bird flu hits Lagos

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...Workers at a Poultry Farm

AGAIN, Lagosians will have to be very careful in the consumption of poultry products such as chicken and eggs, following the sudden resurgence of Avian influenza, AI, commonly called bird flu, into the state.

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Lagosians lost N54bn property to inferno in 3 years – Fire service

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The-gutted-Berlin-Market,-M

Indeed, it has been three years of pains and anguish for some residents in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial hub centre, as properties valued at over N54 billion had been lost to fire accidents.

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