Thursday March 5th, 2015
Thursday March 5th, 2015
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‘The Lamido magic that stopped Fulani-farmers conflicts in Jigawa’

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Gov Sule Lamido

Clashes between pastoralists and farmers are worsening in many parts of the country due to disputes over grazing reserves and water sources but the Jigawa State administration under Sule Lamido is far ahead of all others in tackling this social problem. The state government has established 400 grazing reserves, 50 of which have already been gazetted. Grazing reserves tend to be merely unattended bush in other places, but, in Jigawa State, Lamido has seen to it that they are equipped with facilities such as windmills, power pumps and boreholes as well as improved grass and resting facilities.

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Truck crashes into building

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•Scene of the accident.

Several Customs operatives and clearing agents operating at the PTML Mile 2 Annex, Lagos narrowly escaped death when a truck crashed into the building housing both the customs office and staff of the terminal operator on Wednesday.

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Travails of a dismissed, ailing military officer

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NIGERIA yesterday 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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Beware, criminality has taken a new dimension in Lagos

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This is a new dimension in criminality as some underage persons are being initiated into three cults namely: ‘’Awawa, Baseje and…

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Apapa/Oshodi traffic snarl: The Agony Continues

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Oshodi/Apapa road

THE Yuletide is over,
but the traffic gridlock
experienced by Lagosians, especially road users of the ever-busy Oshodi-Apapa expressway and the Apapa environs, remains.
Towards the end of last year, the perennial traffic snarl which crippled vehicular and commercial activities on the road worsened, as drivers of petroleum tanker and articulated vehicles heading towards and out of the Apapa ports, as well as tank farms located on the road, took over the road .
Road users’ hope for solace any time soon, may have been dashed, as Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has declared that the situation might continue unless the Federal Government takes certain necessary measures.
Bothered by the activities of tanker drivers and operators of articulated vehicles on the road, as well as the ongoing reconstruction of the road by the Federal Government, through the construction giant, Julius Berger Plc, the state government had over the years taken steps in collaboration with other agencies to find tangible results to the situation.
Fashola, severally gave ultimatums to oil firms to re-organise their operations by refraining their clients from parking on the highway which had continued to paralyse business activities in the axis, especially along Oshodi-Apapa and Ijora-Apapa axis.
Necessary measures were actually put in place to ensure compliance with the state Road Traffic Law 2014. Unfortunately, the horrible situation seems to have defied all solutions.
Fashola in company of some stakeholders visited Mile 2 and Apapa environs severally to assess the causes of the traffic gridlock in the area with a view to finding lasting solution.
Despite promises made to the governor by members of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, and drivers of articulated vehicles to address the situation, they have not budged.
Comrade Tayo Aboyeji, the Zonal Public Relations Officer of PTD, who met with the governor, actually pleaded for time to change their ways with a pledge to free the roads leading in and out of Apapa.
Speaking at an interactive session with media executives, recently, in his Alausa, Ikeja office, Fashola attributed the problem to the failure of the Federal Government policy on distribution of petroleum products.

Fashola said: “The first
thing to understand was that the responsibility of the state government is traffic management on that axis. But the problem on that road comes from the tankers and containerized trucks which come to the ports to lift fuel and others. I don’t manage the port and I don’t discharge fuel. So it is inaccurate to say that we are not doing enough to solve the challenges faced on that road or that we have lost the battle.
“The problem from the port was that vehicles that used to park inside the port have been driven out by the concessionaires and they have no option than to park on the road in order to gain access into the port.
“The information from within the ports was that there was no enough cargo handling equipment inside the port. So the turnaround time per vehicle is longer and slower. Anyone who puts that burden on us was doing that inappropriately.
“It is a Federal Government responsibility. The Tin-Can Island road that would have helped reduce the traffic belongs to the apex government. If they finish fixing it, it will bring relief. But we need to understand that the relief will only last for a short time. No nation delivers that kind of cargo by road. With the huge load transported on that road, there is no construction done on that road that will last, until we move those cargoes through rail. The rail tracks are available in that axis.
“The Europeans built them, but with coordinated plan, political will and clarity of purpose, we can move all these huge cargoes on rail. If you visit that axis today, you will still find the Agip, NNPC and other fuel wagons in the yard. So, we can do it if there was political will. But unfortunately, the rail the current administration embarked upon was for political demonstration,” explained Fashola.
Giving a breakdown of the number of users of the port, he disclosed that no less than 3, 000 tankers and at least 1, 000 articulated vehicles enter the ports daily, noting that their only mission is to lift fuel, diesel and kerosene, while the trailers visit the port to transport fish, rice, vegetable oil and others and the people are the ones consuming the commodities.
Continuing, the governor said: “That is not a bad thing. If you have 4,000 trucks daily visiting a place, any government that really loves its citizens must ensure that they move those things by rail.
It is bad economics because the Apapa roads had been constructed several times and after few months, the road gave way again.
“The fact that it is moving today is a credit to us because we are managing a very difficult situation. My hearts goes out to the residents and business owners in Apapa.
But when you see that traffic, one is only seeing the symptoms of a profound failure of port and oil management. And these are the responsibility of the central government,” he lamented

PTD reacts
However, reacting, the
Zonal Public Relations Officer of PTD, Tayo Aboyeji, told Vanguard that the trailer park would not accommodate petroleum tankers as it was meant only for dry cargoes.
Aboyeji lamented the difficulty and the hostile environment the tanker drivers were operating in, in the absence of a convenient place to park their vehicles despite the essential services they were rendering to the citizens and the nation’s economy.
He however, blamed the situation on the failure of the federal government to properly manage the ports and the granting of licenses to private business concerns to site tank farms indiscriminately along the Apapa environ.
His words: “There are over 15 tank farms around the Coconut area alone all in Apapa. Our members have to drive long distances from different parts of the country to Apapa in Lagos to lift products. This shouldn’t be so. Why can’t we have depots in other places to free Apapa?”
The PTD image-maker stated that the union is currently discussing with a private investor for a land deal in Amuwo-Odofin area where they hope to jointly develop as parking lot for petroleum tankers. This he said would at least reduce the pressure on Apapa axis.

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Lagosians groan under biting harmattan season

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Since November 28, 2014, when the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, issued an advisory forecast for dust outbreaks to affect several parts of the country during the December to February dry season, residents in Lagos State have continued to express mixed feelings over the dry and hazy weather condition that has continued to bite harder on them.

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Badia demolition: 2 years after, compensation issues linger

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One of the demolished illegal squatters at Orile area, Lagos

Just like any other parent, Mr. Babatunde Ogunyemi’s aim has been to have family that would always be together to celebrate every festive period. For Ogunyemi, his joy has been to watch his children grow with high model of moral social values in them.

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Fear grips southern Kaduna over capture of villages

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BOKO-WOMEN

Many residents of southern Kaduna are gripped by fear following the pace at which alleged Fulani gunmen are capturing villages on strategic hills in the area.

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2015: Catholic bishops move to avert bloodbath in Benue

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*The house razed during mayhem

Bothered by the recurrent crisis that trails elections in Benue State, and the heightening tension in the state ahead of the February elections, Catholic bishops, last weekend, organized a two- day Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace in the state.

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Frequent fire outbreaks in Lagos: New fire trucks, fresh concerns

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Fire outbreaks have in recent years been a recurring problem in Lagos, wreaking much havoc which included the destruction of lives and property. In most cases, both the Federal Fire Service and the Lagos State Fire Service had failed to rise to the occasion in containing such fire incidents.

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For orphans, a reason to celebrate at Christmas

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Christmas-today

FOr over 30 kids from three different orphanages in Lagos, the last yuletide celebration is one to remember and cherish. This is because they had fun and excitement courtesy of the Ikeja City Mall under the auspices of its annual Christmas funfair for orphans.

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FIRST SUNDAY CRASH: How Lagos police continually flout no check-point order

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Despite the order given by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, charging all commissioners of police across the country to ensure strict compliance with the ban on police roadblocks, Vanguard, gathered Sunday, that some policemen in the Lagos State Police Command were still flouting this order, as in recent times, illegal checkpoints have been resurfacing across major roads in the metropolis.

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For widows in Edo, a New Year of hope, celebration

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Woman

For widows in Edo State, penultimate Saturday was a day to remember and cherish. Reason? It was a day they were hosted to a highly rewarding New Year celebration under the auspices of a Widow Empowerment Programme.

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Lagosians bemoan rising robbery cases

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Police officers holds arms to block supporters of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from marching on the president's official residence in Abuja on October 14, 2014.   Some 276 girls were seized from their dormitories at the Government Girls Secondary School in the remote town of Chibok in Borno state, northeastern Nigeria, on the night of April 14. AFP PHOTO

Despite the various security strategies adopted by the Lagos State Government, residents have continued to lament the rising number of robbery cases in the state. In 2007, when Governor Babatunde Fashola came on board, he had initiated the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, LSSTF, to fund the police and other security officials in the state to enhance policing across the state.

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Vehicles registration becomes easier as Courtevill upgrades ‘Autoreg’

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Innoson-cars

For proper identification and regulation of vehicles in Nigeria, Courteville Business Solution Plc., patent owners of the AutoReg business solution has announced the third upgrade of her AutoReg Motor Vehicle Administration Documentation MVAD, software to the latest AutoReg Version 3 (V3).

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Bombers killed my only child – Widow

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Madam Omokoro(left) being consoled byProphetess Robertson

It was a swell Christmas for one of the victims of the Nyanya bomb blast when Women in Clergy, under the leadership of Prophetess Nonnie Robertson, gave her reason to smile without her only child whom she lost in the bomb blast.

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Doctor shot, hands and legs cut, body burnt — Family

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Police IG Sulaiman Abba

THE death of a former Acting Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Dr David Oguntuase, in a mysterious fire incident on Christmas day has pitted the police against the family of the deceased and his colleagues in the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).

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Ebonyi/ Cross River war: Another bloodbath looms

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Protesting NURTW members in Lagos.

A full scale war is brewing between the people of Adadama Community in Abi Local government area of Cross River State and Ndiagu Amagu Community in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State over land disputes. Before now, about 35 people have been killed, including a Ph.D student and a Youth Corps member beheaded recently by militants who invaded the community.

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Narrow escape: How traders escape tanker accident

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They had hoped to make brisk business that night but suddenly, the light went off and was not restored, forcing them to lock their shops and retire for the day earlier than expected. In their frustration, they cursed the authorities of the Ikeja Power Distribution Company, Ikeja DISCO for falling to provide light even after giving them crazy electricity bills.

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18 Years After: Joy reigns as Basden Special Education Centre gets facelift

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*The newly rehabilitated Basden Memorial Special Education Centre, Isulo.

The Special School for the Blind, Deaf and Dumb otherwise known as the Basden Memorial Special Education Centre, Isulo, in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State, was among the 1,320 primary and secondary schools, categorized under (public and public-mission schools) across the three senatorial districts of the state that have been renovated by the state government. This was even as the schools have continued to receive direct government funding.

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Christmas: Refuse overwhelms LAWMA as residents resort to burning

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AS is characteristic of Christmas celebration, Lagos metropolis is filled with heaps of refuse generated during the period.

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Devt plan: Lagos needs N370bn for sewage in 5 years

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*A sewage drain pipe channeled into the open drain opposite Adeola Johnson Street, beside block 233, Jakande Estate, Mile 2, Amuwo-Odofin LGA,Lagos

THE Lagos State Government has said that it requires over N370 billion ($2 Billion) in five years to meet the sewage need of the state.

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‘We escaped Boko Haram killers, help us escape poverty’

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*A people displaced

As you approach the internally displaced persons’ camp, mostly populated by women and children and situated at a corner of the Zang Commercial School, Bukuru, a funny smell hits your nostrils. You see the inmates going about their daily chores wearing long faces. Except the laughter from children who play quietly in the compound, the sight is depressing.

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Man, wife, 5 children roasted in midnight mystery fire

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*The house where family perished

They had gone to bed that fateful night in Gboko, Benue State, not knowing they would not sleep to see the break of a new day – no thanks to the outage in public power supply which compelled the head of the family, Lawani Oye, to put on his power generating set

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The Boko Haram many routes into Nigeria

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BOKO-WOMEN

Since July 26, 2009, acts of domestic terrorism perpetrated by the Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awati wal Jihad (People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad”), also known as Boko Haram, have eclipsed Nigeria’s long standing security threats such as piracy, militancy, kidnappings, and armed robbery.

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The threat Boko Haram poses to Nigeria, by Ayo Oritsejafor

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•Oritsejafor

This is the story of Pastor Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor’s crusade against members of the Jama’atu Ahliss-Sunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram. It is also the story of a crusade which foresaw the dangers that this group constituted at a time when the Federal Government of Nigeria chose to play footsy.

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Adadama/Amagu war:Another bloodbath looms

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Protesting NURTW members in Lagos.

A full scale war is brewing between the people of Adadama Community in Abi Local government area of Cross River State and Ndiagu Amagu Community in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State over land disputes. Before now, about 35 people have been killed, including a Ph.D student and a Youth Corps member beheaded recently by militants who invaded the community.

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The experience of Plateau’s internally displaced persons

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NIGERIA, Maiduguri : Women and children gather into a car's trunk as villagers flee the village of Jakana, outside Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, on March 6, 2014.. AFP PHOTO

“I lost my husband in one of the attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen. I left the village for a while but now, I am back because this is the only place I know and call home”.That was how Mrs. Jummai Dachung, one of the 39 widows displaced from their communities in Riyom and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas of Plateau State, recounted her plight to Vanguard Metro, VM.

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Yuletide: Govt, again, puts Lagosians on red alert over Ebola

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An image made available by the Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases research laboratory at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases and taken on November 21, 2011, shows laboratory technicians and physicians working on samples during research on the evolving Ebola disease in bats, at the Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases research Laboratory of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in Pretoria. AFP PHOTO

THE state government has advised Lagosians to be at alert and be mindful of what they do, eat and drink during the yuletide celebrations even as it urged residents to call the Ebola Help line or the Local Government nearest to them in case of any suspected case during the season

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From evil forest to tourist haven:The transformation of Ibadan criminal hideout

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The joy of hundreds of school children who thronged the Agodi Resort and Conferences Centre to enjoy the rustic environment, knew no bounds as they played with the state of the art recreational facilities provided in the once “evil forest”.

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Demolition: 20,000 residents denied access over Police blockage

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One of the demolished illegal squatters at Orile area, Lagos

EXACTLY one year after the demolition of over 1,000 houses belonging to residents of Atinporomeh Central, Aiyedotun and Ajagbe Community Development Areas, CDAs, in Badagry area of Lagos, allegedly by the Nigerian Police Force, NPF and their assigned contractors, the people have continued to lament the untold hardship they have been subjected to by the activities of the law enforcement agents.

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The Lagos street carnivals are here again

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Some of the participants at the carnival

ONE of the most salient things to notice in most streets in Lagos is the banner advertising the street carnivals coming up during this Yuletide season. Most of the carnival are held between the last week of December and first week of January.

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