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Lagos Assembly: Finally, lone PDP lawmaker defects to APC




Lagos Assembly: Lone PDP lawmaker defects to APC


Lagos, April 29, 2019 (NAN) The lone Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member in the Lagos State House, Mr Dipo Olorunrinu, Amuwo-Odofin Constituency I, on Monday defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Olorunrinu lost his re-election bid to APC candidate, Mrs Mojisola Alli-Macaulay, in March 9 House of Assembly election with just 278 votes.

He vowed not to challenge the result at the election tribunal.

The lawmaker informed the House of his defection at the plenary through a letter titled: “Letter of Defection from PDP to APC, addressed to the Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa.

The letter was however, read by the Clerk of the Assembly, Mr Azeez Sanni.

The letter read in part: “I have been a young progressive-minded person and I have decided to realign with the APC based on moving trend and party to reckon with taking Lagos State to the next level.

“I will like to appreciate Mr Speaker for his continuous act of service to my constituency. This explains the magnanimity of Mr Speaker.”

Olorunrinu earlier, said that in 2015, there were eight PDP members in the House but seven defected adding that, in all sincerity I made bold to say here that, I have never had any regret.

He said he was happy to still find himself in the midst of great administration.

“Sincerely, I said to myself that continuity as a young man in politics is a necessity. I said to myself that I must join the progressives’ party, which is the APC.

“Permit me to say this in this hallowed chamber that the PDP have been discovered by my humble self, as a party that is not to be reckoned with.

“Not to be reckon with because it is a party that lacks structure, it is a party that lacks visions for Nigeria of tomorrow.

“That’s the more reason why I said to myself that we must start from here and preach the good news of APC. I want to say a very big thank you to Mr Speaker for accepting me,” Olorunrinu said.

He apologised to the Speaker for his late defection.

According to Olorunrinu, he has spoken with his constituents, stakeholders of different cadres on the decision to join the moving train”.

The Speaker welcomed Olorunrinu to APC and commended him for his decision while other APC lawmakers also received the defector into the party.

“I thank you for making the decision at last. We welcome you into our midst as members of APC in the House of Assembly.

“You have always been part of us save the fact that you refused to dump the leaking umbrella but today you have decided, I welcome you on behalf of our party.

“I want to thank you for lending your voice to what have been our position from quite sometime that the best party in Nigeria today is APC.

“So there is nothing to gain from PDP, for realising this, I congratulate you.

“Distinguished colleagues, we are now 40 members of APC. Thank you for joining us,” Obasa said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that eight PDP lawmakers were elected into the 40-member Lagos Assembly in 2015 general elections but seven defected into the ruling party in 2017.

While six of the lawmakers defected on Feb.16, 2017, the seventh, Akande moved on July 10 same year, all citing the achievements of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode and the leadership quality of Obasa.

Five of the seven defectors got the party tickets to return to the House and won their re-election while two, Akeem and Famakinwa could not get the party tickets.

The candidates of APC won the entire 40 seats in the House of Assembly during the 2019 poll, unlike in 2015 general elections when PDP clinched eight seats.(NAN)


Court remands 3 men over alleged armed robbery



An Ikeja Magistrates’ court on Tuesday ordered that three men, who allegedly robbed a shop owner while armed with a machete and a locally made pistol, be remanded in a correctional centre.

The police charged Kelechi Okonne,29, Emmanuel Uche, 25, Chibuike Nwankwu,27 with criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and breach of peace.

Magistrate A.O. Ajibade, who did not take the plea of Okonne, Uche and Nwankwu, adjourned the matter until Oct. 20 for mention.

Ajibade, however, admitted Usmaila Shuaibu,25, to bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties for receiving the stolen goods from Okonne, Uche and Nwankwu.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, ASP Kehinde Ajayi told the court that the crime was committed on Feb. 16 at No 12, Awosika Street, Governor’s road, Ikotjn, Lagos.

She said that the complainant, Alhaji Moruf Akanni, alleged that the suspects and some others at large, while armed with machete, a knife and a locally made pistol, broke into his shop and stole 16 wrist watches  worth N1.2 million.

Ajayi also alleged that they stole nine cell phones worth N835, 000, a Plasma Television set, worth  N65,000 and cash of N200, 000.

She alleged that they stole properties worth N2.2 million.

The prosecutor also alleged that they caused a breach of peace by causing public disturbance with their act of violence.

However, she said Shuaibu, was on Feb. 17 by about 4.40p.m. at Alaba-Rago area in Lagos, caught with a Techno Canon 11 pro phone valued N79,000 from Okonne, knowing full well it was stolen.

She said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 168(1)(d)297, 299 and 328 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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Igando video on police brutality, an attempt to malign force – PPRO



The police in Lagos State has described a video trending online, accusing police of brutality while effecting an arrest, as an attempt to give the Nigeria Police Force a bad image.

The Public Relations Officer in the command, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Tuesday said that the video was a calculated attempt to malign the efforts of the police in maintaining law and order.

Adejobi said that Insp. Stephen Inumanu, attached to Igando Police Station was the officer shown in the viral video apprehending the suspected hoodlum who resisted arrest.

“Inumanu with two other team members were deployed on a routine Stop and Search duty on Sept. 18 at Isuti Road in Egan area, Lagos State.

“The team sighted two nervous young men who took to their heels. They were chased and one Stephen Ade, 28, was arrested while his partner escaped with a micro wallet.

“Ade, practically refused arrest as captured in the video but was subdued with the aid of members of the public using minimal force, without assault from the arm bearing Inspector,” he said.

Adejobi said that the trending video had been carefully
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He reiterated the command’s commitment in discharging its duties with diligence, human feelings and respect for the rule of law and human rights.

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Court dissolves 3-yr-old marriage over father-in-law’s interference



A Customary Court, sitting in Ile-Tuntun, Oyo State, on Tuesday dissolved a three-year-old union between Ibukun Amuson and estranged husband, Babatunde,  over interference by her father in-law in the marriage.

Ibukun, a conservationist, a fortnight ago petitioned the court, seeking divorce on grounds that her  father-in-law has ”poisoned”  her husband’s mind to abandon her.

Delivering  judgment, Chief Henry Agbaje, the President held that the court dissolved the marriage in the interest of peace.

He advised both parties to avoid any act that could bring about confrontation with each other.

Earlier, Ibukun who lived in Apata area in Ibadan said that her father in-law contributed to her marriage crashing.

“Before Babatunde and I got married, I got a good job in Lagos and we agreed that I will continue working.

“However, after the wedding, he told me to abandon the job and be a stay at home wife.

”I disagreed with him and convinced him to allow me to work. But each time he visits his parents, they change his mind against me.

“My husband changed the locks on me. When I called him, he informed me that his father advised him to do so.

“His parents also ignored all calls to settle the matter,” Blessing explained.

The respondent gave his consent to the suit and stated his reasons for pulling out of the matrimony.

Babatunde’s father, Johnson had in the first hearing in the matter testified on behalf of his son because he was not in court.

“My lord, I never told my son to lock her out. We could not cope with her attitude.

”She refused to get pregnant until she finishes her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

“In our own belief, married couple must live together. Her mother kept supporting her.

“Again, she was never dressed like a married woman because she keeps wearing provocative dresses around,” he said.

Also in her testimony, Amuson’s mother, said that Babatunde’s father should have allowed the couple to work out their disagreements and not meddled in their affairs.

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Improve supply chain in agriculture sector to curb inflation, Economist urges FG



An economist, Dr Bright Eregha, has urged the Federal Government to improve the supply chain in the agricultural sector in order to boost food production and curb inflation.

Eregha, a lecturer in Department of Economics, Pan Atlantic University, Lekki, Lagos State, made the appeal in interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Monday.

The economist said that improving the various supply chain in the agriculture sector was imperative to attain food security.

“ The aspect of logistics in the agriculture sector should be better organized in order to better convey farm produce in real time.

“The roads and transportation sector ought to be improved upon in order to connect the farm areas to the urban market,” he told NAN.

According to him, since the country’s economy is an import driven one, the demand for dollars is triggering rise in inflation rate.

He said that the prolonged border closure was one of the factors responsible for surge in inflation at the expense of low productivity.

“ The optimum productive capacity of the country’s economy is inadequate to meet the huge demand of basic essentials caused by the border closure.

“ The action led to the high cost of commodities, and the health pandemic exacerbated the situations,” the don said.

Eregha said that flooding in some parts of the country, particularly in the Northern region, which followed torrential rains destroyed many farm produce and thereby spiked inflation rate.

NAN reports that Nigeria’s inflation has recorded seven months (from February to August) rise to 13.22 per cent in August, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) Report for August 2020.

Similarly, in August 2020, food inflation increased by 0.52 per cent to 16 per cent from15.48 per cent in July 2020.

This was due to a rise in prices of bread and cereals, potatoes, yam and other tubers, meat, fish, fruits, oils and fats and vegetables.

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