Bus driver docked for allegedly stabbing passenger



A bus driver, Victor Bassey, who allegedly assaulted a man by using broken bottle to stab him, was on Wednesday arraigned in an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.

The defendant, 30, was arraigned on a two-count charge of assault and manner likely to cause breach of the peace, an offence he denied committing.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Urobosa had told the court that the defendant committed the offences on July 14, at Costain bus stop, Iganmu.

He alleged that Bassey had used a broken bottle to tear open the hand of the complainant, Uche Sebastine, who is presently lying critically ill in the Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

“Bassey had refused to give Sebastine his N200 balance after the end of his trip and the duo had gotten into a fight, in the process, the defendant broke a bottle and stabbed the complainant on his right hand,” he said.

The alleged offences contravened Sections 168 and 413 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Magistrate, Mrs Folarin-Williams, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties each in like sum and adjourned the case until Aug. 12 for mention.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)




NCDC, NIMR, partners to conduct COVID-19 antibody tests in 4 states




Abuja, Sept. 21, The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Nigeria Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and their partners are conducting anti-bodies household surveys in four states in Nigeria.

Speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Monday in Abuja, the Director general of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu ​​​​​​said the tests are being conducted to better understand the burden of COVID-19 infection in Nigeria.

“These seroprevalence surveys, which will be carried out in Gombe, Enugu, Nasarawa and Lagos states would provide the best evidence yet, on the extent of COVID-19 infection in the country.

“The seroprevalence surveys are used to identify the occurrence of disease in a population by estimating the presence of antibodies in individuals who have had the disease.

“This is done by testing blood samples in randomly selected households in selected states.

“For Nigeria’s COVID-19 seroprevalence survey, household members will answer a brief questionnaire, be tested for the presence of COVID-19 antibodies, as well as for acute COVID-19, if they consent.

“In addition to this, study participants will also have a rapid malaria test and receive treatment if the test is positive,” he said.

Ihekweazu, said, this is the first set of household surveys to be conducted for COVID-19 in Nigeria and as part of ongoing public health research activities.

“The surveys will increase the current understanding of COVID-19 transmission patterns, the burden of infection in the population, and the age groups most affected.

“This information will help inform COVID-19 response decisions by the Government of Nigeria and partners as part of measures towards ending the pandemic.

” The surveys will also estimate the proportion of people who have COVID-19 but are not showing any symptoms, that is asymptomatic.

“Through this, the country can identify risk factors for infection and measure the transmission of COVID-19 within households,” he explained.

By administering rapid malaria tests, he said, the surveys will also assess malaria infections and their possible relationship to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

The results from the surveys, he added, will inform the response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria.

He also stated that the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC) and the University College London (supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) are supporting the NCDC and NIMR in implementing these surveys.

He also said that while the United States CDC’s implementing partner, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), would also support the State Ministries of Health with implementation.

The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that the surveys will be conducted between September and November, and preliminary results are expected to be released by December 2020.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN


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Sokoto: Hisbah arrest 3 over alleged circulation of rape video on social media



The Sokoto State Hisbah Commission on Monday, confirmed the arrest of three people alleged to have circulated a video on social media while sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

The victim was scheduled to get married on Oct. 17, but the marriage was called off as a result of the viral video circulated by the suspects.

Dr Adamu Kasarawa, the state Hisbah Comandant, told newsmen in Sokoto that the principal suspect, son of a political appointee in the state, and his two friends would be handed over to relevant authorities for prosecution.

Kasarawa said that the commission had concluded investigations into the matter and would ensure the prosecution of the case.

Mother of the victim, (name withheld), told newsmen that the principal suspect sexually abused her daughter sometimes in 2017 when she was 16 years old.

The victim’s mother alleged that the suspect stored the video clips for three years with the intention of destroying her daughter’s life.

”Exactly on June 20, 2020, I received a call from Lagos on the viral circulated video of my nude daughter being sexually abused by Baffa Hayatu Tafida.

”The suspects shared the clips to my daughter’s suitor along with other online groups,” she said.

According to her, marriage arrangements have been concluded for her daughter, scheduled for Oct. 17, this year, when Baffa released the phonographic video of him sexually abusing the girl.

She said that the ugly development made the would-be groom to withdraw from the proposed marriage.

The victim’s mother added that the situation had devastated the life of her daughter as she could hardly eat nor sleep.

She complained that all attempts to get the Department of State Services and National Human Right Commission in Sokoto to pursue the matter proved abortive.

“I was disappointed with the two institutions’ inaction,” she said, and thanked the Hisbah commission for the prompt intervention.

The victim’s mother, claimed that the father of the principal suspect had made attempts to induce her in order to drop the case, and threated her on different occasions when she refused.

When contacted, Hayatu Tafida, the father of the principal suspect, confirmed knowledge of the case, but denied inducing the victim’s mother or threatening her life.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

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Use standard road signs, FRSC tells construction firms in Lagos



The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Lagos State on Monday called on contractors working on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and other major roads to use standard road signage codes on the construction sites.

The Lagos Sector Commander, Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide, made the call in a statement by Mrs Olabisi Sonusi, the sector’s Public Education Officer in Lagos,

He applauded the Federal and State Governments for the ongoing work on the highway and other major roads within the state.

Ogungbemide said that the call had become imperative following the recent mobilisation of contractors to sites.

According to him, contractors must ensure that adequate warning signs are strategically placed at construction sites.

He said this was important, to warn motorists ahead so as to reduce their speed and avoid collision.

“This has become imperative due to the increase in crashes that occurred around construction zones within the state in recent times.

” The Corps has the responsibility to ensure safety on all roads, particularly now that construction is going on within the state,” the FRSC boss said.

He said that the command needed to ensure that motorists were safe when commuting on such corridors.

Ogungbemide warned that violators would be prosecuted according to the National Road Traffic Regulations 2012 section 213(1)(2).

The section states: “Any person, company, organization or enterprise involved in the construction or maintenance of a public road shall provide adequate warning signs of the ongoing construction or maintenance at the construction areas day and night.

“Failure to comply with this provision is an offence and any person, company, organization or enterprise in contravention shall be liable on conviction to a fine of N50,000:00 or to a term of 18 months imprisonment or to both.”

The FRSC boss said that for uniformity or standard in the road signs to be used, so as not to pose serious danger to road users, the construction companies must provide the correct size of signage.

Ogungbemide urged the construction companies to contact FRSC signage plant which produces such according to global standards .

The sector commander advised motorists to always observe speed limits at construction sites and other areas in the state at all times.

Ogungbemide assured that the command was determined to ensure that motorists observe safety measures on the highways.

Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Oluwole Sogunle
Source: NAN


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Sanwo-Olu vows to fulfil promises to Lagosians



The Lagos State Government has assured residents of its commitment to fulfilling all its promises, in spite of disruption occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges not envisaged.

The governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, gave the assurance on Monday during the opening ceremony of the First Lagos State Two-Day Ministerial Performance Review Retreat in Ikeja.

Sanwo-Olu said that fulfilling the promises was in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S development agenda for ‘Greater Lagos’.

He said that in spite of reduction in the budget as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government would fulfil its promises, as no excuse would be tenable to the residents of the state.

According to him, the state government is determined to step up the tempo of governance through innovative and inclusive policies.

”I want to assure you that despite disruption occasioned by COVID-19 and other challenges that we did not envisage, we are still committed as a government to fulfilling the promises we made to people, knowing fully that no excuse will be tenable to our citizens.

”We must be determined to step forward, heighten the tempo of governance and continue to create opportunities through innovative policies that are not only inclusive but provide sustainable solutions for this present administration and lay foundation for future administrations coming behind us,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu implored members of the state executive council and other public office holders to be committed to the incumbent administration’s effort to meeting the yearnings and aspirations of Lagosians.

”Let me emphasise that our yardstick for performance assessment will not be based majorly on the amount of money expended or budget but the outcome of our various interventions that we have had; what measures the impact that touched the lives of citizens that we swore to serve.

”One of the promises we made at the inception of our administration and in line with the principle of continuity was to ensure the completion of projects that were inherited from the last administration.

”A significant part of our efforts and resources was devoted towards fulfilling this promise and taking government to another level,” he said.

The Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, in his remarks, urged members of the state executive council and other public office holders to create the right perception for Lagosians to judge accurately.

”We should understand that our focus should be Lagosians, Lagosians and Lagosians because ultimately, they will define what we do and they will grade us.

”So, we are like in an examination now and examiners don’t have deep knowledge into the operations of how we actually do things but they only measure it by perception and of course, by what they see.

”And as such, our job is to make sure that we set that perception right and then we give quality things in dimension.

”At the end of the day, our integrity will be intact and then they can say the party has done very well and this government has done very well,” Hamzat said.

Also speaking, the Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Mrs Folashade Jaji, commended the State Incident Commander – Gov. Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi.

The SSG also commended the entire health sector family for the outstanding management of COVID-19 pandemic, which was acknowledged statewide, nationally and internationally.

”The COVID-19 pandemic has affected not only the health sector, but also the economic sector and how we work.

”Therefore, our trajectory for implementation of the THEMES agenda to achieve ‘A Greater Lagos’ is going to change as we operate within the new-normal to deliver the dividends of democracy to the good people of Lagos State.

”I believe in the capability of the Executive Council members, to prolifically deliver as political heads in our various MDAs and of course with the support of all others present for this retreat.

”I also believe that when objective feedback is given and taken in good faith, it can only lead to improved performance,” Jaji said.

The Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola called for harmonious and effective working relationship between Permanent Secretaries who are Accounting Officers of Ministries and the Political Heads who are members of the State Executive Council.

Muri-Okunola said that the core objective of the two-day retreat was to conduct a forensic review of the present administration’s scorecard along the five Pillars of the strategic development plans in the last one year.

”We are here to provide a honest and unemotional review of how we have fared sector by sector.

“Have we achieved our set targets in different sectors If yes, what are the enabling factors that have been instrumental in the successes recorded?

”If we have failed to achieve set targets, what have been the factors that militated against attainment of set targets?”

The Head of Service said that the main thrust of the present administration was to make Lagos a 21st-century economy.

”In this regard, the state government has invested heavily in infrastructure renewal and roads rehabilitation across the five divisions of Lagos, not forgetting invitation for expression of interest in the 4th Mainland Bridge,” he said.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Oluwole Sogunle
Source: NAN


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