The governor of Lagos state , Jide Sanwo Olu says 👇
After critical review of our restriction on Okada activities in the first six Local Government Areas where we restricted them on February 1, 2020, we have seen that the menace has not abated. Therefore, we are now directing a total ban on Okada activities across the highways and bridges within six Local Government and their Local Council Development Areas, effective from June 1, 2022.
The affected councils are Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, and Apapa. The total ban order also extends to all LCDAs under these councils.
This is a phased ban which we are embarking on, and we expect that within the shortest time, this ban will be enforced. We have given the notice now, and we expect all commercial motorcycles plying the routes in the listed councils and areas vacate the highways before enforcement begins.
We have advised the police to enforce the order without compromise, and we would not condone any security formation that relaxes the new ban in its jurisdiction.
Residents patronising Okada riders on highways should embrace the alternative transport schemes already provided by our administration to plan their journey.
We have provided Last Mile buses in the affected affected areas; they are working and effective. We also have medium-capacity buses and high-capacity buses working in these areas. Before the end of the year, we are also bringing the rail along these corridors with their terminals. We have provided jetties as well to provide alternatives.
We will not sit back and watch criminally-minded people use that mode of transportation (motorcycles) to perpetrate crimes and criminality in Lagos. Lives are being lost on a daily basis, preventable accidents are happening every day and the riders are not respecting any of our traffic laws. The situation has led to a complete breakdown of law and order.
This ban has come to stay and we will not tolerate any weakness in enforcement.
TROOPS CLEAR IPOB/ESN ENCLAVE, CAPTURE CACHE OF ARMS, AMMUNITION IN IMO
Troops of 34 Brigade, Nigerian Army(NA) have captured a cache of arms and ammunition belonging to elements of the dissident group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network(ESN), after a gun battle at Amaifeke-Akkatta Road in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo state.
The fire arms and ammunition were recovered during troops’ operations to clear separatists’ hideouts in the general area of Amaifeke – Akkatta road.
Troops uncovered the weapons concealed in a black Toyota Camry, after they successfully surmounted ambushes staged by members of the outlawed dissident group, who, having been overpowered by the gallant troops, abandoned their vehicle and weapons in the heat of the combat and fled the scene.
After a thorough search, the troops recovered ten Pump Action Shotguns, seven locally fabricated guns, one locally made Revolver Pistol, eighty Live Cartridges, one Baofeng Radio and substance suspected to be gun powder.Others include Satchet of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and a Toyota Camry Saloon car.
The Nigerian Army commends members of the public for their continued support to the military and security agencies, as they protect the citizens from attrocious activities of the outlawed dissident groups, who in defiance of law and good order have annihilated innocent Ndigbo and other Nigerians, in their enforcement of an illegal sit at home order, foisted on the good people of the South East.
The NA urges all to continue to provide timely and credible information in support of ongoing operations to restore peace and security in the South East and other troubled parts of the country.
ONYEMA NWACHUKWU Brigadier General Director Army Public Relations 19 May 2022
The NBA decided to cancel the conference after the killing of Deborah Yakubu over alleged blasphemy drew nationwide outrage.
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), on Tuesday, called off its conference that was scheduled to hold in Sokoto State following the brutal killing of Deborah Yakubu, a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, over alleged blasphemy.
The event, with the theme, ‘Rule of Law and Democratic Evolution in Nigeria’, was scheduled to hold in Sokoto between May 22 and 26.
Miss Yakubu was accused of blasphemy and subsequently lynched with her body set ablaze by a mob last Thursday in Sokoto. The mob was made up of mainly fellow students.
The incident drew nationwide outrage with many calling for the prosecution of those involved in the killing.
In the wake of the student’s murder and the arrest of some suspects linked to the murder, protests erupted leading to the torching of properties.
A former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Chidi Odinkalu, and a former education minister, Oby Ezekwesili, among many other prominent Nigerians, had called for the cancellation of the NBA conference after the gruesome murder.
Concord. ng reported how Mr. Odinkalu, one of the expected participants at the conference organized by the Section on Public Interest and Development Law (SPIDEL) of the NBA, announced his withdrawal from the conference on account of Miss Yakubu’s lynching.
Mr Odinkalu announced his withdrawal from the conference in a statement last Friday
“I, Chidi Anselem Odinkalu, am cancelling my participation,” he said. “I will, in addition, actively campaign against the meeting.”
But the SPIDEL chairman, Monday Ubani, in a statement, described the calls for the cancellation of the conference as “preposterous.”
Mr Ubani said the conference would go on since the lynching was not authorised by the Sokoto State Government.
Conference called off
However, the NBA President, Olumide Akpata, on Tuesday, issued a statement calling off the conference.
“The NBA is deeply worried not just by the chilling news of the murder of Miss Deborah Yakubu, but also by the sudden and sad turn of events and the deteriorating security situation in Sokoto State,” Mr Akpata lamented.
He based the NBA’s decision to cancel the conference on “the current security condition in Sokoto,” saying “it has become apparent that we cannot guarantee the safety of our guest speakers, delegates and other stakeholders that have committed to attend the NBA-SPIDEL’s conference.”
“Accordingly, the Executive Committee of NBA-SPIDEL came to the painful decision to request, and I have approved, that the 2022 NBA-SPIDEL Annual Conference be postponed not only for the safety of our conferees and guests, but as a mark of respect for the memory of the slain Miss Deborah Yakubu,” Mr Apkpata said.
NBA opposes suspects’ charge with ‘mere breach of public peace’
The umbrella body of Nigerian lawyers in the country expressed concerns over the prosecution of the suspects in Miss Yakubu’s murder.
We are, however, worried by yet-to-be-confirmed reports reaching us that the suspects have been charged with mere breach of public peace in an episode that cut short Deborah’s life in her prime,” the Bar president said.
He said the NBA is opposed to a “banalisation of the situation”, calling on the “Sokoto State Government to immediately rethink its prosecution strategy and file charges that truly reflect the gravity of the situation.”
Security agencies must bring perpetrators of killings to justice
Detailing the spate of extra-judicial killings by criminals across the country, the NBA urged the government to “ensure that the perpetrators of these heinous acts are made to face the full wrath of the law.”
It condemned the gruesome murder of a military couple in Anambra State recently and the lynching of a sound engineer by a group of commercial motorcyclists in the Lekki area of Lagos last week.
“The government should immediately commence the prosecution of all suspects involved in these brutal and arbitrary killings in order to send a strong signal that such acts will no longer be tolerated in Nigeria.
There was palpable fear in some parts of Asaba, the Delta State capital, yesterday, following reports that hoodlums would enforce the previously suspended sit-at-home order on Mondays, declared by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in protest against incarceration of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Earlier in the morning, unknown, in a bid to enforce the order, invaded Asaba, shooting sporadically in the Bonsaac area, off the Asaba-Onitsha expressway, thereby creating apprehension in the state capital as news of the incident spread.
Many institutions of learning in the area hurriedly closed, with some students already turned back and those already on their way to school retuning home. The confusion persisted until mid-morning.
Schools in communities outside the capital city, but close to Onitsha, such as Okwe, Oko, Akwuebulu, Oduke and even Cable Point in Asaba were shut.
Even the expressway was devoid of the usual traffic, with motorists and commuters staying off the road, especially towards Onitsha.
Many shops and business premises in the area did not to open for fear of being attacked and their wares looted.
A trader told The Guardian that it was better not to open and remain on the safe side, because “if anything happens, you are on your own, as the something bad could have happened before the police or anybody could intervene. I decided not to open, but be around and monitor things.”
Ogbe-Ogonogo Market was paralysed in the early hours of the day, as traders stayed away from their shops, unlike in the early morning when parents who had earlier dropped off their children in schools, hurriedly withdrew them to avoid an unforeseen circumstances.
The Guardian observed that most of the shops were not open for business until noon, with traders milling around and observing the situation. Normal activities returned after noon, as more shops and offices opened for business in the affected areas. Some of them said they were apprehensive following threat by some hoodlums that the sit-at-home should extend to Asaba. In most other neighbouring communities, including Okpanam and Ibusa, it was business as usual. When contacted, spokesman for the state Police Command, Mr. Bright Edafe, said the Command had drafted personnel to all nook and cranny of state, especially Asaba, to provide security to the people. He said he was not aware of any gunshots, but that there was shooting of fire crackers in some areas. He advised residents to go about their normal businesses and activities and disregard the order, now or in future, saying the police were in total control of the situation.
Three suspects arrested in connection with the murder of a female corps member, Stephenie Terungwa, in Abuja, were paraded at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command on Monday.
Stephanie was declared missing after leaving home for her Community Development Service (CDS) in April, she was later found dead, with her body mutilated.
The three suspects identified as Jennifer Tsembe, 26, Monday Simon (a.k.a Black) 36, and Solomon Abu, 35, all residents of Oguta lake Maitama area of the FCT voluntarily stated their involvement in the murder.
The Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, CP Sunday Babaji, who spoke to newsmen, revealed that the female suspect, Jennifer, conspired with the other two male suspects and murdered the victim so as to be with the victim’s partner, Edward Achadu.
The police said Jennifer who is Edward’s alleged ‘estranged lover,’ poured corrosive substance on Stephanie in a bid to separate her from Edward.
The CP said the Maitama Division had on April 15, received information about the body of a middle-aged lady lying on the road.
Following the receipt of the information, Babaji said, crime scene investigators (CSI) were quickly dispatched to the area and transferred the body to the hospital, where a doctor on duty verified her death.
He stated the initial attempt to profile the victim’s face failed owing to her disfigured face, which he felt was caused by exposure to a corrosive substance.
According to the CP, a discreet inquiry revealed that the dead is Terungwa Stephenie, a 26-year-old Corp member who lived with Edward Achadu at City Homes estate Lokogoma.
He said it was discovered that she left home with her one year and five-months-old son on April 14 and never returned home. A day later, the son was recovered at Holy Trinity Catholic Church upon a call placed through to one of the Paternal relatives.
The CP stated that discrete and painstaking Investigations by Tactical and Intelligence assets of the Command attached to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) led to the arrest of three suspects.
Babaji said the suspects criminally conspired and murdered the victim to separate her from Edward Achadu to pave way for the female suspect and estranged lover of Edward, Jennifer Temba, to have him to herself.
According to him, investigation has been intensified to reveal groundbreaking facts that could lead to the arrest of fleeing participant(s) in this criminal act.
He said the suspects would be charged to court upon the conclusion the investigation.
However, the female suspect told newsmen that the deceased only came to her house to collect phone the day she was found dead and denied any involvement in the act.
She said the male suspects were the ones that told her that they wanted to kidnap the deceased to demand for ransom.
EFCC Arrests Ahmed Idris, Accountant General of the Federation for N80billion Fraud
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, May 16, 2022 arrested serving Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris in connection with diversion of funds and money laundering activities to the tune of N80billion (Eighty Billion Naira) only.
The Commission’s verified intelligence showed that the AGF raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.
The funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.
Mr. Idris was arrested after failing to honour invitations by the EFCC to respond to issues connected to the fraudulent acts.
The full list for the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Award, season 8 which held tonight, May 14, 2022, has been released.
The AMVCA 2022 had Funke Akindele Bello’s movie, Omoghetto The Saga winning best actress in comedy award with Rattle Snake, Amina movie carting away the highest awards and Ramsey Noah winning best movie director.
Best Online Content Creator
Mr Macaroni Tee Kuro Bukunmi Adeaga-Ilori Oga Sabinus (winner) Jacqueline Suowari Eden Victor Elozonam
Best Short Film or Online Video
Mary Nsikanabasi Uyoh (Something About Zee) Abimbola Craig (Fractured) Ozor Uche (Ounje Ale) Nicholas “Big Ghun” Nartey (Koro) Korede Olayinka (Kiitan) Sandra Tetteh (Dices) Taiwo Ogunnimo (I am the prostitute mama described) Winner
Best Supporting Actor (Movie or TV Series)
Bucci Franklin (Rattlesnake: The Ayanna Story) Adjetey Anang (Gold Coast Lounge) Odunlade Adekola (Jankariwo) Winner Eric Roberts (A Soldier’s Story) Amina (Magaji Mijinyawa) Yemi Blaq (The New Normal) Tope Tedela (Country Hard)
Best Supporting Actress
Bisola Aiyeola (Sugar Rush) Mercy Johnson Okojie (The New Normal) Clarion Chukwurah (Amina) Mumbi Maina (La Femme Anjola) Enado Odigie (The New Normal) Omowunmi Dada (Country Hard) Winner Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha (Omo Ghetto: The Saga)
Muhammed Attah Ahmed (Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story) Winner James Amuta (Collision Course) Peter Kreil, Wale Adebayo, Samuel Jonathan, Moruf Fadaro (Amina) Samuel Jonathan, Moruf Fadaro (The Mystic River) John Njaga Demps (Nneka The Pretty Serpent) Victoria Mbogo (Just in Time)
Best Lighting Design
Stanley Idegbu Okechukwu (Amina) Yemi Awoponle (The Mystic River) Mathew Yusuf (Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story) Jaco Strauss (The White Line) Godwin Lawani (Light In The Dark) Mathew Yusuf (Nneka The Pretty Serpent) Winner Fei Mustafa (Dear Affy)
Gift Ameh (Voiceless) Dagogo Diminas, Gabriel Okorie Gabazzini (Amina) Balogun Abiodun (Omo Ghetto: The Saga) Ugochinyere Ihendi (Nneka The Pretty Serpent) Carina Ojoko (Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story) Adewunmi Fatai, Ayobami Abolarin – Peregun Abiola Popoola (La Femme Anjola)
Best Costume Designer
Titi Aina Raji (Voiceless) Millicent T. Jack (Amina) Winner Isoken Ogiemwonyi (The Smart Money Woman) Funke Akindele Bello (Omo Ghetto: The Saga) Obijie Oru (The Mystic River) Yolanda Okereke (La Femme Anjola) Yoanna “Pepper” Chikezie (Nneka The Pretty Serpent)
Best Actor in a Comedy
Shawn Faqua (Soole) Deyemi Okanlawon (Omo Ghetto: The Saga) Gideon Okeke (Loving Rona) Samuel Perry ‘Broda Shaggi’ (Dwindle) Winner Femi Adebayo (Progressive Tailor’s Club) Williams Uchemba (Dear Affy) Timini Egbuson (Ponzi)
Best Actress in a Comedy
Funke Akindele Bello (Omo Ghetto: The Saga) winner Bimbo Ademoye (Breaded Life) Nse Ikpe Etim (Quam’s Money) Bisola Aiyeola (Dwindle) Nancy Isime (Kambili: The Whole 30 Yards) Sarah Hassan (Just In Time)
Best Actor in a Drama
Stan Nze (Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story) Winner Uzee Usman (Voiceless) Gabriel Afolayan (For Maria Ebun Pataki) Efa Iwara (This Lady Called Life) Femi Jacobs (Introducing the Kujus) Enyinna Nwigwe (Dear Affy) Timini Egbuson (Introducing the Kujus)
Best Actress in a Drama
Asabe Madaki (Voiceless) Osas Ighodaro (Rattlesnake) Winner Meg Otanwa (For Maria Ebun Pataki) Bisola Aiyeola (This Lady Called Life) Nancy Isime (Superstar) Genoveva Umeh (A Tune Away) Kehinde Bankole (Dear Affy)
Best Writer Nominees
Tunde Babalola (La Femme Anjola) Toluwani Obayan, Kayode Kasum (This Lady Called Life) Tunray Femi, Damilola E. Orimogunje (For Maria Ebun Pataki) Chigozirim Nwanegbo (One Lagos Night) Manie Oiseomaye, Donald Tombia, Biodun Stephen (Introducing the Kujus) Frank Chinedu Uba (Amina) Abosi Ogba, Sally Kenneth Dadzie, Lydia Idakula Sobogun, Olawale Adetula, Belinda Yanga Agedah (Little Black Book)
Taiwo Adeyemi (Road2Blow) Femi Odugbemi (Unmasked: Leadership, Trust and the COVID19 Pandemic in Nigeria) Eugene Mbugua ;This Love) Allen Onyige (Sunset in Makoko) Saitabao Kaiyare, Mumo Liku Elena Schilling, Daniela Fritz, Ann Katrina Boberg (If Objects Could Speak) Winner Lawrence Adejumo (Streets of Lagos: Dear Little People)
Best Indigenous Language – Swahili
Obambo (Freddy Feruzi) Jaramandia (Dennis Humphrey, Bernard Kahindi) Rishai (Omar Hamza Hassan)
Nne-Ka – Uche Nnanna Maduka Winer Uhuruchi (Sunset) – Victor Iyke Echezona – Victor Onwudiwe, Ugomma Onwe Udene – Oma Nnadi
Best Movie (Southern Africa)
Hairareb – Dantagos Jimmy-Melani winner Black Dollar – David Kazadi Paul S. Wilo – Maria Kristu Veza The Unfolding – Dumie Manyathela
Best Movie (East Africa)
The Girl In The Yellow Jumper – Morocco Omari winner A Grand Little Lie – Denise Kibisu Ngubuini My Husband’s Wife – Ndagire Mariam Just In Time – Sarah Hassan, Dolapo Adeleke Ugonwa Wa Kifo – Raphael Emmanuel Beautiful Ashes – Ayeny T. Steve
The Mystic River – Rogers Ofime Winners The Smart Money Woman – Arese Ugwu, Isoken Ogiemwonyi, Lala Akindoju, Akintunde Marine Marinho Rumour Has It (S3) – Vincent Nwachukwu Little Black Book – Olawale Adetula My Name Is A-Zed – Olawale Adetula Butuku – Nwaka Nakweti Jenifa’s Diary – Funke Akindele Bello
Best Africa Magic Original Comedy Series
The Johnsons – Roger Ofime winner My Flatmates – Bright Okpocha, Solomon Adekunle My Siblings and I – Funke Akindele Bello, JKC Skillz
Best Africa Magic Original Drama Series
Movement: Japa – Femi Odugbemi Riona – James Omokwe Unmarried – Uche Ikejimba Dilemma – Uche Ikejimba Venge – Tosin Igho, Rogba Arimoro Eve – Winifred Nwokedi Enakhe – Victor Sanchez Aghahowa Rishante – Dimbo Atiya winner
Best Picture Editor
Rogers Ofime – Voiceless Dolapo Adeleke – Just In Time JJC Skillz, Adeyemi Shomade, Valentine Chukwuma – Omo Ghetto: The Saga Tester Bassey, Abiodun Okunola, Moses Inwang – Lockdown Moses Inwang – Bad Comments Tunde Apalowo – For Maria Ebun Pataki Winner Tega Salubi – Collision Course
Best Art Director
Ediri Okwa – The Smart Money Woman Pat Nebo – Rattlesnake Mayowa Labiran – The Mystic River Tunji Afolayan – Amina Winner Chima Adighije – One Lagos Night Chris Udomi – Day of Destiny
Best Sound Editor
Jim Lively, James Nelson – Amina Winner Bayo Adepetun, Biola “Lala” Olayinka – Prophetess Puffy Tee – Omo Ghetto: The Saga Tom Koroluk – For Maria Ebun Pataki Habib Adebayo Olaore – Nneka The Pretty Serpent Hassan Mageye – Tinka’s Story
Larry Gaaga – Rattlesnake Collision Course Boumeester Lindsay Kagwe Mungai – Just In Time Dabs Agwom – Amina Pascal Aka Raquel – Gold Coast Lounge winner Awele Mekwunye Bizzouch – Light In The Dark Michael Pulse, Ponti Dikuua – The White Line
Best Multichoice Talent Factory
Bride Untangled by Abisola Aboaba Engaito by Daisy Masembe Nyau by Masuzyo Mwale, Cosmas Ngandwe, Abel Ngoma and Edward Sakala Rebirth by Brian Ontiri Oko K3 Akueteh by Christine Boateng and Eric Okyerefo
Best Director (Movie)
Mildred Okwo – La Femme Anjola Izu Ojukwu – Amina Ramsey Nouah – Rattlesnake wninner Bolanle Austen-Peters – Collision Course Robert O. Peters – Voiceless Ekene Som Mekwunye – Light in the Dark Tiencepay Lawal, Hamisha Daryani Ahuja – Namaste Wahala
Best Overall Movie
Amina – Izu Ojukwu, Okey Ogunjiofor Voiceless – Robert O. Peters, Rogers Ofime Rattlesnake – Ramsey Nouah, Chris Odeh Collision Course – Bolanle Austen-Peters Omo Ghetto – Funke Akindele Bello, JJC Skillz Nneka The Pretty Serpent – Tosin Igho, Chris Odeh La Femme Anjola – Mildred Okwo, Rita Dominic Just In Time – Dolapo Adelek, Sarah Hassan
Trail blazer award was won by Teniola Aladese.
Industry merit award was given to Taiwo Ajayi lycette.
Delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, on Sunday, pledged to give their votes to a presidential aspirant and outgoing Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi.
The delegates made the decision two days after they had promised same to another visiting presidential aspirant, stating that the earlier pledge by some of the delegates to that aspirant was a spur of the moment decision which no longer stands.
Addressing the delegates during the consultative visit by Mr Amaechi to the state, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said, “I told you when you made that pledge to Asiwaju that others may not come, because of what you have done. You made that choice without listening to anyone else. Today you have seen the difference. You’ve heard Amaechi, you’ve seen what he has done. And he has brought a very strong security team. So you know what will happen with our security if he is in charge.”
“What are you going to do? Who are you supporting now? You have a huge burden on you, and you must choose what is best for Kaduna and for Nigeria,” Mr El-Rufai said.
He further narrated his experience of the goodness and sterling leadership qualities of Mr Amaechi, from when he was governor till date, and why President Muhammadu Buhari has high regard for him.
He described Mr Amaechi as a friend who sticks closer than a brother, stating that he is trustworthy.
“Let me tell you my history with Governor Amaechi….When we started discussing with the G-7, the seven governors that wanted to defect to the APC, I was holding nocturnal meetings with Governor Amaechi and Governor Nyako of Adamawa State until we got five of them to move to our party, and that was the game changer. And for you to understand how difficult it is, imagine Governor Amaechi of Rivers State from the same South South with incumbent President Jonathan. He made the sacrifice to move to our party. It was a game changer. This is part of the reason why President Buhari loves Minister Amaechi till tomorrow.
One time the SSS wanted to arrest me, that I wrote something. Governor Amaechi called and said I will take you there and I will not leave until they let you go, what did you do? He took me there in his car and stayed there until they let me go. Till tomorrow, my wife will never forget that. Amaechi is her favourite Nigerian.
“I’m putting this in context so you’ll understand. APC is one family and this primary is an internal competition. We don’t need to call each other names, but let us bring out the virtues and good character of everyone. It is up to you as delegates to make the best choice for Nigeria,” the governor stated.
Governor El-Rufai then asked the delegates who is their choice for president, to which the delegates unanimously chorused “Amaechi” and “Dan Amanar”, the traditional Daura title of Mr Amaechi
Speaking on behalf of the delegates, Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Yusuf Zailani, declared that Kaduna State delegates have reached the conclusion to give all their votes to Mr Amaechi
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, has cleared the air on why a building owned by Joseph Egbri, popularly known as Kpokpogri, was demolished on Saturday morning.
Recall that Kpokpogri, an ex-lover to actress Tonto Dikeh, took to his Instagram live on Saturday, May 14, 2022, where he shared videos of the agency pulling down his fence.
The visibly distressed Kpokpogri cried for help as the agency pulled down his fence while trying to gain access to the main building.
Kpokpogri alleged in the video that someone was behind his ordeal, citing that he wasn’t given any notice before the demolition.
Reacting, In a phone chat with News Media, an aide to the FCT Minister noted that Kpokpogri’s house was built on a major highway, hence the demolition.
The Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection, and Entrustment, Attah Ikharo, noted that the building didn’t get approval from the necessary agencies.
Ikharo said, “His house is on a super highway known as M-16. He doesn’t even have a building plan approval. It’s like somebody who knows that the highway is coming sold the land to him and he just went to build. We have been asking him to stop but he refused.”
Debunking Kpokpogri’s claim, the minister’s aide noted that he was warned against building on the land but he refused.
“In Abuja, before you build, you must get building plan approval. There was no approval at all for him. The place was initially allocated to somebody long ago. So I think the person now sold it to somebody who then sold it to him,” Ikharo said.
He added, “When he discovered that it was a road, He didn’t stop but kept rushing the building. The whole building was built in less than a year.
The Federal Housing Authority Managing Director came here twice this week. The MD came the day before yesterday (Thursday) that they didn’t give him approval and the building was illegally constructed.
“The FCDA Executive Secretary also came, adding that it was illegally constructed. We came here twice this week asking him to vacate because of the super highway.”
Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command have arrested three suspects in connection with the gruesome murder of Terungwa Stephanie, a 26-year-old corps member, whose last address was City Homes Estate, Lokogoma.
The FCT Police Spokesperson, DSP Josephine Adeh, who made the disclosure, noted that the arrest was made following the deployment of Tactical and Intelligence assets at the Command’s disposal attached to the Homicide Department of the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID).
According to her, the suspects, Jenifer Tsembe, 26; Monday Simon (a.k.a Black), 36 and Solomon Abu, 35, all residents of Oguta Lake, Maitama area of the FCT, voluntarily stated their involvement in the perpetration of the dastardly act.
She said: “The investigation is ongoing to unravel other ground-breaking facts while effort has been doubled to apprehend the fleeing suspects. The suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of the investigation.
“The Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, CP Babaji Sunday, while applauding the gallantry and result-yielding effort of the investigating team, enjoined the good people of the Territory not to relent in cooperating with the Police, especially as touching the rendition of prompt and actionable intelligence.
“The CP further stated that the Police will not rest on its oars until unscrupulous elements are fished off their hideouts and flushed out of the territory as a whole.
“To adequately complement the crime-fighting effort of the Command, the good people of the FCT are therefore urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious or abnormal occurrence to the Police through the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883, while the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) Desk could be reached on 0902 222 2352.”