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No company has been licenced to operate Okada services – Lagos Govt

The Lagos State government on Tuesday said it has not given licence to any person or group to operate commercial services with motorcycles.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Gbenga Omotosho, stated this during his appearance on Sunrise Daily.

“You are talking about registration; as far as I am concern, the government has not registered any company to come and be running okada,” he told Channels Television on Tuesday.

He added, “In fact, what the government was trying to look at is how to regulate these people so that their excesses can be curtailed.

“But as far as I know, nobody has been licenced to go and start running okada because it is unfortunate that … the rate at which people are dying; the rate at which people are being robbed on the roads; the police are worried, everybody is worried.”

He made the comments a day after the government announced that it would enforce the ban on motorcycles and tricycles (also known as keke) on major roads and bridges on February 1.

Omotosho explained that the State Security Council took the decision after a robust assessment of the debate on the rate of accidents in the state.

According to him, the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) recorded about 104,000 accident cases involving the common Lagosians with broken arms and legs.

The commissioner stressed that a large number of those he called the poor people have asked the government to ban okada.

He noted that the areas with the highest figures of fatalities were areas dominated by a large population of poor.

Omotosho, however, said, “The guys who are doing courier services, for example, they don’t carry passengers and they don’t constitute so much danger. So, those ones are allowed.

“They have to be above 200cc and you have to have a box behind you that you are doing courier service and you don’t have to carry passengers; you have to be well-kitted and wear your helmet.”

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Lagos State approves N500b ecosystem project

Lagos State government has approved 500 billion Naira in Ikorodu division of the state to support private sector participation in the development of tourism in the state.

This was confirmed in a press conference at the Origin Gardens’ Wildlife Park and Leisure Arcade held at Ikorodu Town Hall.

Mr. Austin Hunpe, who represented the Lagos State Commissioner for Forestry, revealed that the project has been lauded by the government as commendable and deserving of all the support necessary for its actualisation.

He said the Lagos State government is willing to partner with Origin Gardens to ensure that the project is achieved.

“The government is passionate about this project and has accepted to be in partnership with Origin Gardens to see to the success of the project. It is a massive project considering the huge amount of money to be invested in it, the project will also see to the development of the state serving as a tourism centre for all,” he said.

The CEO of Origin Gardens, Prince Abiola Kosoko, revealed that the project requires several hands on deck. “The Lagos State government has approved the license to build and operate the park.

The Origin Gardens has signed partnership agreements with a foreign investor, Jay Steel Roofing Limited, a division of Chinese BNBM and also with local investors namely Mercury Dredge Limited, Ehis Tropical Limited, and others. The windows of partnership are open to willing investors.

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Sanwo-Olu tasks cabinet members, commissioners to add value

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has charged the recently appointed members of his cabinet, as well as and Commissioners to kick off action immediately with adding value as their primary objective.

He  revealed this during the swearing-in of three new members of the state executive council, members of the civil service commission and five permanent secretaries.

Sanwo-Olu, who urged the new appointees to further add value to the administration towards delivering democratic dividends to Lagosians, said the new appointees were called to serve from the pool of numerous competent and highly qualified Lagosians, saying that they must work hard to justify the confidence reposed in them with the appointment.

He said: “You have been brought on to add value in our quest to deliver the dividends of democracy to the citizens. We are pushing the emblem of our party and we have started implementing several programmes under our project T.H.E.M.E.S.

“We must remember that in four months’ time, we will be celebrating our first anniversary. The question that people will be asking is that what have we done in one year? Time will come and time will go but it is what we do with time that prosperity will judge us with. The essence of this reminder is to keep each and everyone of us on the go and to let you know that we need to hit the ground running.

“We cannot afford to be complacent in our approach to governance because there is so much to be accomplished within the 1,460 days that we are rushing against. We cannot afford not to succeed. We owe it a duty to live up to the reputation of centre of excellence through the injection of innovative and visionary ideas into governance.”



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Dispatch Riders are not affected by ban – LSG

The Lagos State Government have reacted with an update with regards to the outright ban on Okada on selected Lagos roads saying Dispatch Riders Motorcycles are not affected by the ban.

According to a statement by Mr. Jubril Gawat, Senior Special Adviser to Gov. Sanwo-Olu on New Media, he said on his official twitter handle that;

“Dispatch riders are NOT affected by the new rules on the bikes in Lagos, as far as they have their complete papers, bike is above 200cc & above and their box is attached properly.


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Just In: Fire razes Sabo market in Sagamu, Ogun

Fire has razed Sabo market in Sagamu, Ogun State early Tuesday morning.

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Lagos State Government to enforce Okada, Keke ban on February 1

The Lagos State government on Monday said it will enforce the ban on motorcycles and tricycles in six local government areas, as well as major highways and bridges from February 1.

According to a press statement released by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, the Lagos State government is concerned about the rate of motorcycle (okada) and tricycle (keke) accidents on roads across the state.
He said, in order to check this, announced that the government would enforce the ban on motorcycles and tricycles in six local government areas, as well as major highways and bridges from February 1.
He explained that the decision was taken after a robust assessment of the debate on the rate of accidents in Lagos, saying security and safety of the lives of the residents were paramount.
“The figures are scary. From 2016 to 2019, there were over 10,000 accidents recorded at the General Hospitals alone.
“This number excludes unreported cases and those recorded by other hospitals. The total number of deaths from reported cases is over 600 as at date,” the commissioner said in a statement.
He added, “The rate of crimes aided by motorcycles (okada) and tricycles (keke) keeps rising.  Motorcycles (okada) and tricycles (keke) are also used as getaway means by criminals.”
According to Omotoso, the law enforcement agents have been directed that with effect from February 1, there would be Zero Tolerance for motorcycles and tricycles in the affected areas.
He warned that all offenders and violators would be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the state.
See the full list of the affected areas below:

LGs and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs)

Apapa LG and Apapa Iganmu LCDA
Lagos Mainland LG and Yaba LCDA
Surulere LG, Itire-Ikate and Coker-Aguda LCDAs
Ikeja LG, Onigbongbo and Ojodu LCDAs
Eti-Osa LG, Ikoyi-Obalende and Iru/Victoria Island LCDAs
Lagos Island LG and Lagos Island East LCDA
The full enforcement begins on February 1, 2020.
This is the first stage of the State Government’s plan to sanitize our roads and protect Lagosians from the negative effects of these illegal modes of transportation.
The Law is very clear.  Motorcycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke) are banned on all highways, bridges and the listed roads.

Major Highways

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
Apapa-Oshodi Expressway
Oworonshoki-Oshodi Expressway
Lagos-Ikorodu Expressway
Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway
Eti-Osa/Lekki-Epe Expressway
Lagos-Badagry Expressway
Funsho Williams Avenue
Agege Motor Road
Eti-Osa Lekki Coastal Road


Iyana- Ipaja Bridge Agege
Dopemu Bridge Agege
Airport/Ikeja Bridge
Agege Motor road/oshodi Loop, Oshodi
Mushin/Isolo Link Bridge
Dorman Long Bridge
Ojuelegba Bridge
National Stadium Flyover
Apapa-Iganmu Bridge
Apapa-Ijora Link Bridge
Liverpool Bridge, Apapa
Mile 2 Bridge-Loop, Amuwo-Odofin
Okota (cele)/Ijesha Link Bridge
Apakun/Apapa-Oshodi Bridge Network
Ikorodu Road/Anthony Clover leaf Bridge
Trade Fair Flyover Bridge
Festac/Amuwo-Odofin Link Bridge
2 Flyover Bridges along Alhaji Masha Road
Ojota Clover leaf Bridge
Ogudu Bridge
3rd Mainland Bridge
Maryland flyover
Ikeja General Hospital Flyover Bridge
Kodesoh Bridge, Oba Akran, Ikeja
Opebi Link Bridge
Sheraton-Opebi Bridge
Jibowu/Yaba flyover Bridge
Carter Bridge, Lagos
Bariga-Ifako Bridge
Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Alapere Bridge
Bariga/Oworonsoki Bridge
Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Gbagada U-Turn
Apapa-Oshodi Expressway
3rd Mainland/Oworonsoki Bridge
Eko Bridge
Apongbon flyover Bridge
Cowry Bridge (Officers Mess)
Mcwen Bridge (Bonny Camp)
Marina/Ikoyi Bridge
Ikoyi/Obalende Bridge
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Lagos State Government orders probe into Amu Plank Market fire

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has set up a team to investigate the fire that gutted Amu Plank Market in the Mushin area of the state on Saturday.

The fire, which raged for several hours, was eventually extinguished on Sunday.

The fire, which was said to have started around 12am as a result of power surge, razed 11 buildings and destroyed property worth millions of naira.

Traders and residents of the area blamed the slow response of firefighters for the massive loss of property.

Sanwo-Olu, during a visit to the scene on, lamented the huge losses recorded in the market as a result of the inferno, adding that relevant government agencies had been mobilised to take inventory of the losses and report back to the state government.

He said, “This is rather a very unfortunate incident; nobody ever imagined this amount of destruction could happen in this market.

We will start a full investigation into the remote causes of this fire incident so that we can plan in future on how to forestall incidents like this.“After the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and other agencies have finished their physical processes, we will come back with the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to take inventory of the various store owners in this place and also sit with our market leaders to see what kind of lasting solution that we can bring about in markets like this.

“We will do enumeration of the houses affected by the fire incident. Then, the government will go back and see what support it can render.

We thank God that it was only goods that were lost and no life was lost, because we cannot equate the life of anybody with goods and services.”

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Two suspected thieves arrested for stealing car from Lagos church

The police have arrested two men, Bamidele Adebayo and Hakeem Taofik, for allegedly stealing a Toyota Corolla car at the Shagari Estate in the Ipaja area of Lagos State.

It was gathered that the suspects removed the car around 1pm from an unnamed church’s car park, while the Sunday service was ongoing.

A member of the church said the robbers pretended to be members of the church, sat and listened to the sermon, according to the Punch.

He stated that the suspects might have targeted the vehicle, known the owner and when the owner was likely to go out, adding that otherwise it would have been almost impossible for them to come into the church’s car park and remove the vehicle.

The source stated, “We couldn’t believe it when the owner of the vehicle wanted to go home after the service and he went right to where he parked the car but couldn’t find it. It was like a joke and a thorough search was conducted on the church’s premises and outside.

“When we couldn’t see the vehicle, the pastor had to call the police, who conducted their investigation.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, said the car was stolen around 1pm on Sunday, January 19, 2020, while the church service was still ongoing.

He added that when the police were informed about the incident, they used available technologies to track it to Ijagba village in Sango Ota after the Obasanjo Farms, Ogun State.

According to the PPRO, the car was recovered around 4pm on the same day and two suspects were arrested in connection with the theft.

Elkana said, “A Toyota Corolla saloon car that was removed from a church’s car park at the Shagari Estate, Lagos, around 1pm on Sunday, was recovered at Ijagba village in Sango Ota after the Obasanjo Farms on the same day.

“The car was recovered around 4pm by a team of policemen, who tracked it to the location. Two suspects have been arrested and the vehicle is at the station.”

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Kidjo beats Burna Boy to win 2020 Grammy Awards

Beninese singer-songwriter, Angelique Kidjo, was announced the winner of the Best World Music Album at the 62nd Grammy Awards.

She beat Nigeria’s Burna Boy and three other nominees to win the Grammy on Sunday at the Staples Center, Los Angeles.

Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, known as Angélique Kidjo, is a Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. In 2007, Time magazine called her “Africa’s premier diva”.

Others nominated in the category alongside Burna Boy are Altin Gun, “Gece”, Bokante & Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley, “What Heat”, Nathalie Joachim with Spektral Quartet, “Fanm D’Ayiti”, and Angelique Kidjo, “Celia”.

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Presidency orders NAF to bomb Zamfara, Niger, Kaduna bandits

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has ordered the Nigeria Air Force to deploy fighter jets against kidnappers, bandits and cattle rustlers said to be terrorising communities in Niger State.

The communities are situated around the Dogon Gona forest, which serves as a hideout for the attackers, Vanguard reported.

The forest stretches from Niger through Kaduna to Zamfara states, according to a State House statement by Buhari’s spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu, on Sunday.

The Presidency observed that the attackers had claimed many lives, saying Buhari saw the development as “a disaster for the nation.”

It added that the deployment of air power was to assist the police and troops to contain the bandits.

In line with this directive, the Nigerian Air Force is setting up refuelling facilities in  Minna, Niger State, to support the aircraft operations, giving assurances that given the improved weather conditions, a major exercise to ‘visually acquire targets and launch attacks will soon follow,” it said.

The Presidency stated further that the Niger State Police Command also supported the air power because of the difficult terrain of the affected areas that did not allow for easy access by ground operations.

The police command in Niger State has equally given assurances that the planned dedicated air raids to complement the police helicopter gun ship operations remain the best approach given the lack of motorised roads in the areas constantly under attack,” the statement added.


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[Just In] Fire guts Amu timbre market in Mushin

Residents were on rampage, Saturday, when fire gutted the Amu timbre market in the Olorunshogo area of Mushin, Lagos State.

According to Punch report, the fire, which started around 1am is still raging as of the time of filing this report.

The Acting Head, Lagos State Fore Service, Margaret Adeseye, who confirmed the incident, said, “We are still trying to put out the fire.

“We received the call around 1am and as I speak to you, the fire is raging. No casualty has been recorded and we are yet to ascertain the cause of the fire incident.”

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Investors’ lose confidence in Oko Oloyun Investment Scheme “Option C”

Investors Lay Siege on Oko Oloyun’s Office, Demand for Their Money

Just less than 48 hours after the death of Alhaji Fatai Yusuf, investors stormed his office to demand for the money they invested in his Ponzi scheme.

Oko Oloyun, a popular Lagos-based trado-medical expert, was murdered on Thursday around 4:30pm on the road while travelling to Iseyin, Oyo State. He was reportedly attacked by some hoodlums at Igboora. His corpse was deposited at the mortuary of Igbo-Ora General Hospital.

Following his demise, investors, who invested money in his Ponzi scheme, known as “Option C” stormed the Head office of his company to know their fate.

The investors were the more confused as his two offices at Egba Idowu along Igando road in Lagos were shutdown with no one to provide information to the investors.

The investors, however, vowed to take drastic measures if a statement was not issued by the organization as soon as possible.

Just like the day MMM folded up, the investors of “Option C” programme narrated how much they had invested and insisted they could not afford to lose their hard-earned money.

An investor, who chose to be called Emmanuel explained that Option C is a money-making programme that promised a 10% return in two months.

Emmanuel, who was trembling while speaking, added that he invested in the scheme in July 2019 and had only received returns once, contrary to the agreement of two months which was stated.

Mrs Bunmi (first name withheld), a retired teacher, who was clearly in shock, stated that she had invested millions having joined the programme in December 2018. She said she had only received N500,000 from her investment and that she was not sure of her fate with the death of Oko Oloyun.

While expressing fear with her documents at hand, she added that she filed to pull out after inconsistency in payment but rescinded her decision when she was told that she could not get her investment back in full.

Mr Azeez, another investor, said he invested N1 million in September 2019 and had decided to pull out after he was not paid in November. He, however, vowed to pursue his profit with all his ability.

Mrs Bisola (second name withheld) said she invested the money sent to her by her military husband who is fighting insurgents in North East. She said she could not afford to lose the money. She urged the management to speak up and address the investment programme issue quickly.

Mrs. Sulaimon, an investor, said she aborted her trip to travel down from Badagry to Igando when she had about the assassination of Oko Oloyun.

She noted with tears that she had invested a lot and could not afford to lose her investment. She was however optimistic that the returns would be paid after meeting her co-investors who cheered her up.

However, in the midst of the lamentation, some investors who had visited the house of the late Oko Oloyun in Lagos alleged that they were denied access by the security men, which says “Alhaja said we should not allow anybody come in, they are all in Ibadan.”

After the outcry, the investors agreed among themselves to visit the house of the deceased in Lagos during the Fidau prayers on the eighth day to demand their returns.

However, a security man at Oko Oloyun’s Egan Idowu office alleged that one of the rooms in the head office was intentionally burnt by unknown men prior to Oko Oloyun’s death.

He said the workers who were on duty had been arrested.

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Police arrest man for defying his two daughters in Lagos

A 40-year old man, Terry Ikechukwu Iheme who allegedly slept with his two underaged daughters has been arrested by Policemen in Lagos.
According to reports, the incident happened at Igbo-olomu in Agric area of Ikorodu Lagos, where they reside.
The matter was reported to the Police at Owutu Police Division led by CSP Margaret Okonkwo, who ordered his arrest in order to be investigated for the alleged offence.
The suspect, Iheme, who was a senior driver with a company known as Hi-Tech construction company in Lagos, was said to have had carnal knowledge of the victims before it eventually leaked.
He was arrested in Church on Sunday and was taken to Owutu Police Station on 12th January 2020, for proper investigation.
After interrogation, the Police found him culpable and then charged him before the Ikorodu Magistrate Court 1, Ita Elewa, for defilement which attracts life imprisonment if he is tried and found guilty before the Court over the alleged offence.
However, his plea was not taken after the prosecutor, Inspector John, asked the Court to refer the matter to the DPP for advice because the victims were still minors and the offence was capital in nature.
The Presiding Magistrate, Mrs F.A. Afeez, ordered the defendant to be remanded in prison custody without an option of bail.
The Court also directed the prosecutor to duplicate the file and send to the DPP for advice. The matter was adjourned till 19th February 2020.
It was gathered that the matter may be transferred to the High Court if the DPP report finds him culpable and recommends that the defendant be tried for defilement and incest
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Alhaji Yusuf Death: Oyo Police Command vow to bring culprits to justice

The Commissioner of Police Oyo State Police Command, CP. Shina T. Olukolu has promised to bring to justice the culprits involved in the killing of Alhaji Fatai Yussuf.
Alhaji Yussuf a.k.a ‘Oko Oloyun’ was reportedly to have been shot dead on Thursday 23rd January, 2020 by unknown gunmen.
According to a statement released on Friday by SP. Fadeyi Olugbenga, Police Public Relations Officer, the Oyo State Police Command is making every necessary effort to ensure that the culprits are brought to book.
The Commissioner explained that the report was received by the Divisional Police Officer, DPO Igbo-ora that around Akeroro Area on the Abeokuta/Igbo-ora/Iseyin road, the 2-car convoy of the deceased was allegedly ambushed shortly after passing through five different Police Stop and Search teams along the route by yet to be identified assailants who fired at the moving vehicles on the road from the thick forest.
“The 2-man armed escorts of Policemen protecting the deceased engaged the assailants, but they managed to escape back into the forest after a single shot had hit the deceased who died later of his bullet injuries,” he said.
He said: “an interesting twist to the story was that the deceased probably had earlier detected an alleged book keeping records fraud in his Lagos office which subsequently allegedly led to the burning/destruction of some financial/book keeping records.
In addition to other possible motives, a plausible nexus is therefore being suspected between the fire incident and the attack on the deceased. Meanwhile, some of the staff and his two (2) Police escorts are being questioned by a team of crack detectives from the homicide section of State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID Iyaganku, Ibadan with a view of finding and apprehending the fleeing suspects who wrecked the heinous act.”
The Commissioner of Police urged members of the public with credible information not to hesitate in passing same to the Oyo State Police Command to assist in the detection of the crime and apprehension of the offenders,
He assured members of the public that the Police is on top of the situation and working with other Police formations/units to ensure that the directive of the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A. Adamu, NPM,mni to crack this case as quickly as possible is complied with to the letter.
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Court remands 2 men for allegedly raping, murder

A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ebute Meta, Lagos on Friday, ordered that two men who allegedly robbed and murdered the wife of the Managing Director of Maersk, be in Kirikiri Correctional Centre, pending legal advice.

The police charge Olamilekan Oke and Adeyinka Akande, both electricians, with five counts bordering on conspiracy, murder, attempted murder and theft.

Chief Magistrate A.O. Komolafe, who did not take the plea of Oke and Akande, ordered the police to return the case file to the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions.

She adjourned the case until March 26.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, ASP A.A. Adegoke, counsel from State Criminal Investigating and Intelligence Department, (SCIID), Panti, told the court that Oke and Agande committed the offence on Dec. 8, 2019, at about 7.30p.m., at Flat 7A, No. 2, Luggard Avenue, Ikoyi.

He alleged that they conspired and robbed a couple, Mr Gildas and Mrs Bernadett Tohovo-Tohovo.

The prosecution alleged that Oke and Akande, cut off electricity from the couple’s house and broke in.

He alleged that they raped Bernadett, stabbed and suffocated her to death before proceeding to stab Gildas on his neck with a knife, but he survived the wound.

He said that they stole hard currencies, N48,790 and two iPhones belonging to the deceased, he said.

He said the offence contravened the provision of sections 223, 230, 233, 260 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.




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Amnesty International Tasks Lagos Government to Stop Forced Evictions In State

Amnesty International, has told the Lagos State Government to end the violent and unlawful evictions that rendered many residents of Tarkwa Bay, a waterfront community in Lagos, homeless.

On January 21 at about 8:00am, personnel of the Nigerian Navy resorted to assault and shooting during the evictions at Tarkwa Bay.

The authorities continued with the forced evictions the next day, in what appears to be a brazen disregard for the safety and security of the affected people, as well as their rights to housing among others.

“What is happening at Tarkwa Bay, Lagos is a violation of human government rights.

“It is unacceptable that the Nigerian Government are evicting people in the most violent manner and destroying their homes without genuine consultations, adequate notice, alternative accommodation or access to remedies,” said Osai Ojigho, Director Amnesty International Nigeria.

“The attacks on poor communities of Lagos must end. Throwing many families into endless misery is not the best way of addressing allegations of crime and urban planning failures of the authorities. We call for a halt to ongoing forced evictions,” she added.

Spate of unlawful evictions in Lagos have surged since last.

For example, in November 2019, nearly 1500 residents of Second Badagry community in Lagos were forcibly evicted.

Similarly, on January 4, 2020, about 3000 residents of Okun Glass Village, Ilaase, were violently evicted by personnel of the Nigerian Navy.

Several other informal communities in Lagos live with perpetual threats of forced evictions.

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[UPDATED] Alhaji Yusuf shot dead

The Founder of Oko-Oloyun Worldwide and De-Fayus International, Alhaji Fatai Yusuf (Aka Oko Oloyun), has been shot dead.

Oyo State Police Command on Thursday confirmed the murder of popular traditional medical expert.

Lagosspy NG confirmed that Alh. Yusuf was killed around 4:30pm on the road while traveling to Iseyin.


Body deposited in Morgue.

We also learnt that his assailant trailed him from Lagos till the point where he was murdered.

It was gathered that Alh. Yusuf opted for that route to escape insecurity on the major roads.

Oko Oloyun was recently commissioned a very large Building in Iseyin for his businesss and was reportedly travelling from Lagos to Iseyin in Oyo State,

He was running his new investment program, ( Option C ) for those wishes to invest their money in his business.

He was said to have been hit by a bullet after suspected assassin shot at his vehicle about 4:30 pm on Eruwa-Igbo-Ora road.

He was alleged to have been traced from Lagos to the spot where he was killed

“Gunmen attacked his vehicle on the Eruwa-Igboora Road in Ibarapa Central; they shot at his vehicle and he was hit by a bullet,”

The man’s corpse has been deposited in the Igbo-Ora General Hospital


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Babajide Sanwo-Olu, reshuffles cabinet, assigns portfolios to new commissioners

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has added to his cabinet three new members.

According to a statement, eight cabinet portfolios were affected by the redeployment, which include ministries of Local Government, Special Duties, Wealth Creation and Employment, Tourism, Arts and Culture, Home Affairs, as well as Waterfront Infrastructure. Others are the Central Business District and Urban Development.

Sanwo-Olu moved three commissioners around, while two Special Advisers have been assigned new roles as commissioners. Affected commissioners and their new portfolios are Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Wale Ahmed, now moved to Local Government and Community Affairs; Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke, formerly Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, has been moved to the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment.

Also, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf has been moved from the Ministry of Home Affairs to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture as commissioner.Two former Special Advisers, Prince Anofiu Elegushi and Architect Kabiru Ahmed are now assigned to the Ministries of Home Affairs and Waterfront Infrastructure as commissioners respectively.

The governor also announced portfolios of the new cabinet members. They are Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, Commissioner-designate (Special Duties); Mr. Oyerinde Olugbenga Olanrewaju, Special Adviser-designate (Central Business District) and Ayuba Ganiu Adele, Special Adviser-designate (Urban Development).

Sanwo-Olu thanked members of the Lagos State House of Assembly for believing in the Executive and carrying out the ratification of the cabinet nominees in a manner devoid of mere political considerations other than the interests of the electorate, assuring that his action is in line with his administration’s vision of delivering good governance to the residents of Lagos State.

The new appointments and redeployments, Sanwo-Olu said, would create a new energy and vivacity for continued delivery of values to the government of Lagos State and provision of service to millions of Lagosians.

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Chinese Coronavirus Disease: Health Expert Shares Insights

An expert the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has explained and advised Nigerians on the possible ways to protect themselves against the new Chinese coronavirus disease.

First identified by Chinese researchers with the pathogen behind a mysterious illness that had sickened 59 people in Wuhan, a city of 11 million in Central China, coronavirus is a group of viruses common among animals but now confirmed that it could also infect humans.

The NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, therefore, in a public health advisory on Wednesday, stated that the sypmptoms of the new coronavirus 2019nCoV appeared to cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like cough and breathing difficulties.

He noted that “from current evidence, it appears that death is a rare outcome, mostly in patients with underlying illness.”

Ihekweazu explained in the advisory that there was no specific treatment for disease caused by the novel coronavirus yet, but many of the symptoms could be treated. He stated that “treatment is based on the patient’s clinical condition.

In addition, supportive care for infected persons can be highly effective.”

The NCDC boss, who noted that the centre was currently coordinating a multisectoral technical group in assessing and managing the risk of importing the virus to Nigeria, said “NCDC is in close communication with World Health Organisation (WHO) which is closely monitoring the situation globally.

“ He added that while the Port Health Services unit of Federal Ministry of Health had been placed on alert and had heightened screening measures at points of entry, Nigerians could maintain some simple hygiene measures to keep safe.

He advised Nigerians to adhere to the following measures to protect themselves:

• Wash your hands regularly with soap under running water

• Cover your mouth and nose properly with handkerchief or tissue paper when sneezing and/or coughing. You may also cough into your elbow if a handkerchief is not available.

• Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing

• Avoid self-medication, report to the nearest health facility when you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms

• Healthcare workers should always observe standard infection prevention and control measures when attending to patients and take a travel history.

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BREAKING: Lagos State Govt announces recruitment

The Lagos State Health Service Commission said it has commenced mass recruitment of health sector workers to bridge the deficit in manpower requirement across the state’s public health institutions.

Dr Ademuyiwa Eniayewun, the Permanent Secretary, Health Service Commission (HSC), made this known on Thursday in Lagos.

Eniayewun said Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had approved recruitment of a large number of health workers, while also directing that exit replacement be done when due, NAN reports

According to him, the directive was imperative to ameliorate the effects of brain drain which often occurs and affects performance in the health sector.

”The recruitment process commences immediately and will continue in phases in the next few months toward bridging manpower gap in the system.

“The quantum of staff to be recruited, as we speak is phenomenal and this move is a clear indication of the commitment of Mr Governor to ensure prompt and quality service delivery in all hospitals at all times,” he added.

According to him, the directive was imperative to ameliorate the effects of brain drain which often occurs and affects performance in the health sector.

”The recruitment process commences immediately and will continue in phases in the next few months toward bridging manpower gap in the system.

“The quantum of staff to be recruited, as we speak is phenomenal and this move is a clear indication of the commitment of Mr Governor to ensure prompt and quality service delivery in all hospitals at all times,” he added.

The permanent secretary advised interested applicants to print out application forms on the official Lagos State Government website, and apply for various positions





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