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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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N5.9billion Alleged Fraud: Lagos High Court adjourns Fani-Kayode’s trial

The Federal High Court in Lagos Thursday adjourned till February 24, the N5.9billion alleged fraud trial of Femi Fani-Kayode.

The former Minister of Aviation is on trial for the offence alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenadi Usman; Danjuma Yusuf, and a firm, Joint Trust Dimensions Ltd.

Justice Rilwan Aikawa fixed the date following the absence of the counsel for Yusuf and Joint Trust Dimensions Ltd, Mr Clement Onwuenwuenor.

Onwuenwuenor wrote to the court to seek an adjournment on the ground that he was before the Court of Appeal in Lagos in respect of three criminal cases.

Justice Aikawa granted his prayer.

The defendants are facing 17 counts bordering on conspiracy, unlawful retention of proceeds of theft and money laundering.

Fani-Kayode, who was the Director of Publicity of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential campaign organisation for the 2015 election, was accused of conspiring with the others to, directly and indirectly, retain various sums which the EFCC claimed they ought to have reasonably known were proceeds of crime.

In one of the counts, the defendants were accused of conspiring among themselves to “indirectly retain the sum of N1,500, 000,000.00 which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: stealing.”

The four were also accused of indirectly retaining N300m, N400m and N800m, all proceeds of corruption, according to the EFCC.

Fani-Kayode was accused of directly using parts of the money at various times, including a N250,650,000.00, which he allegedly used between March 20 and 25, 2015.

He was also accused of making a cash transaction of N24m with one Olubode Oke, said to still be at large, on February 12, 2015 “to Paste Poster Co of 125, Lewis Street, Lagos Island.”

The duo were said to have made the transaction without going through any financial institution, an act the EFCC claimed was contrary to sections 1(a) and 16(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012, and punishable under Section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.

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7 killed during a cultist clash in Lagos

At least seven persons have been killed during cult violence in the Ijede area of Ikorodu, a sprawling suburb in the state.

According to the Spokesperson for the police in Lagos, Bala Elkana, further disclosed that 10 others had been arrested in connection with the crime.

He said the fracas started after an argument ensued between members of two rival cult gangs.

He added that the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, called an emergency meeting and summoned the Area Commander, DPOs, tactical commanders where the incident happened, and ordered the arrest of the miscreants to deal with the situation.

Chairman of Ijede Local Council Development Area, Fatiu Salisu, said the clash started on January 20 when a man was reportedly stabbed with a bottle and was rushed to a hospital.

According to Salisu, the man was rejected due to the nature of his injuries and was later referred to a teaching hospital.

Salisu added that his members thought he had died and so launched a reprisal.

He said, “I was at a meeting in Ikeja when I was called that a boy belonging to ‘Eiye Fraternity’ had been stabbed.

“On that day, two people died, another four were killed the next day while another one was killed on Wednesday, making seven in all.”

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Missing Anambra Billionaire Body, Found Dead and Body Dismembered.

Officers of the Nigeria Police, acting on the directives of Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, AIG Ahmed Iliyasu, have arrested 4 suspects in connection for the gruesome murder of Anambra State billionaire and owner of Fireman Generators Chief Ignatius Odunukwe popularly known as IG. His body was found, chopped into pieces and dumped inside the forest. 

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Mc Oluomo, Kunle Poly and Sego Signs Peace Accord with Police.

The Nigerian Police Lagos Command with members of National Union of Road Transport Workers, Lagos State Branch signs a peace accord treaty with Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu and Chieftains of the NURTW Lagos council, Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya popularly known as MC Oluomo, Azeez Adekunle aka Kunle Poly and Mustapha Adekunle aka Sego on Thursday, 17th January, 2020,

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MC Oluomo 100 Days as NURTW Lagos Chairman

The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lagos State Council under the leadership of the State Chairman of the Union Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, a.k.a MC Oluomo celebrate 100 days in office with success stories and unveil various achievement that its administration had achieved within the short time as Chairman of the Union.

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Lagos Task Force Begin Operation Clean Up Ikoyi and Victoria Island.

The operative of the Lagos State Task Force team, under the supervision of CSP Yinka Egbeyemi aka White Lion, in collaboration with the Special Environmental Enforcement Team with the ‘Clean Up Ikoyi and Victoria Island’ initiative campaign project intensified its operation as the special team impounded 29 indiscriminate parked vehicles in Ikoyi and Victoria Island popular spots, last night Saturday, 18th of January, 2020.

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LASG installs 2,000 Okada, Tricycle Restriction Signs on Major Highways, Bridges.

In a renewed effort towards creating awareness on the Lagos State Traffic Laws on restricted areas for the operation of motorcycles popularly called Okada and tricycles known as Keke, the Lagos State Government has commenced the installation of 2,000 prohibition signs across the metropolis.

The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde disclosed that a good number of the road signs indicate restricted areas, warning that anyone that violates the law after this effort would be punished in accordance with the law.

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PMS TO SELL AT N97 PER LITRE. FG

Federal Government recently announced its 

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