The leadership of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has appealed to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to sustain the peaceful coexistence between the union and state government.
The NURTW National President, Mr Tajudeen Baruwa, in a statement on Friday, thanked the governor for the support he had been giving the union over the years.
“The body’s national leadership appealed to governor Sanwo-Olu, to allow the existing harmonious relationship between NURTW and Lagos State Government to continue and that it will be extended to the newly appointed officers of the union,’ he said.
The president said that the union had inaugurated a nine-man caretaker committee to oversee and coordinate operations of the union across Lagos state.
He said the committee was constituted following the dissolution of the State Administrative Council (SAC).
Baruwa said the caretaker committee was set up to allow for continuity in the administration of the transport activities.
The president added that the move was to ensure that members of the union continued to support the government’s master plan for transport development.
“The nine-man caretaker committee will be led by Mr Fatai Adeshina, a stakeholder in the transportation sector, and the committee will operate for next three months as stipulated in the union’s constitution.
“Other members of the committee are Mr Sunday Yusuf, Abraham Onifade, Jamiu Erinfolami, Ismaila Ojora, Lekan Ariyibi, Murtala Lawal, Taiwo Azeez while Kayode Agbeyangi would serve as the secretary,” he said.
Baruwa said that members of the committee were carefully selected to ensure sanity in the transportation sector.
“The union knows that they will effectively manage affairs of Lagos chapter after SAC dissolution, which was done to bring sanity to the union’s operation across the metropolis,” he said.
The Lagos state government recently appointed an ex-chairman of the state’s chapter of NURTW, Musiliu Akinsanya popularly called MC Oluomo, as the chairman of its Parks Management Committee.
A former Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, was appointed as the Liaison Officer between the government and the committee.(NAN)
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The Lagos State Government has established a 25-member Park Management Committee to oversee the affairs of all motor parks and garages in the state.
Information and Strategy Commissioner Gbenga Omotoso said in a statement on Thursday that the committee fulfilled the government's promise to ensure that events in the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) could not threaten law and order. in the state.
The Nigerian News Agency recalls that the state government suspended NURTW operations in all parks and garages on March 10, following tensions in the union.
Omotoso said the government had therefore exercised its constitutional powers to ensure that no voids that might disturb the peace of the state were allowed to exist in the parks.
He said that ensuring peace in the state was a government duty for all residents and visitors.
According to him, the members of the committee have been selected after consultations with stakeholders in the sector.
Committee members include Mr. Hakeem Odumosu (AIG Rtd), as Government Liaison Officer; Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya – President; Alhaji Sulyman Ojora – Vice President, Dr. Taiwo Olufemi Salaam – Secretary.
Others are Mr. Olayiwola Lemboye, Alhaji Mustapha Adekunle; Alhaji Ganiyu Shittu; Alhaji Mukaila Runsewe; Alhaji Sulyman Yusuf; Alhaji Mufutau Mutiu; Alhaji Yinka Hassan; Alhaji Domingo Ogunleye; Alhaji Moshood Omojowa; Alhaji Ismaila Aigoro and Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf.
Also on the committee are Alhaji Akeem Tijani; Ms. Omolabake Adelakun; Mr. Kazeem Hassan; Alhaji Wasiu Amole; Alhaji Ganiyu Ayinde, Mr. Anthony Adeboye; Mr. John Owolabi; Mr. Saburi Salami; Mr. Ibrahim Onitiju and Mr. Gbenga Odusanya.
Omotoso said that the committee members were to report to the Ministry of Transportation, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.
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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday inaugurated a Police Station in Ise Town, Ibeju-Lekki Local Government, toward boosting security in the area.
Sanwo-Olu, who was represented of Staff, Mr Tayo Ayinde, said that the government would deploy cutting-edge technology to prevent crime and criminality.
He said that the completion and inauguration of the station was a clear demonstration of his administration’s commitment to the security of lives and property of the people of Lagos State.
According to him, the spate of insecurity and incessant attacks on innocent citizens and businesses across the nation almost on daily basis is worrisome.
”This administration remains unflinching in its resolve to boldly and efficiently deploy cutting-edge thinking and technology to prevent crime and criminality, with the hindsight that prevention is always better than cure.
”And in the situations where crime has been committed, we will ensure that no stone is unturned in apprehending the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
”Our Lagos is safer and more secure today because of the improved operational capacities of our security agencies.
”Note that Individuals and corporate organisations have made this possible largely through the ficial and material donations to the Lagos State Security Trust Fund.
”The effectiveness of this initiative as a strategy to fight and prevent crime has been widely acknowledged through its replication governments, and even at the national level,” he said.L-R: Permanent Secretary, Office of the Chief of Staff, Mr Olawale Musa; former Permanent Secretary in Lagos, Otunba Nurudeen Ojora-Adejiyan; Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of Operations, Lagos Police Command, Mr Ahmed Kontagora; Lagos State Governor represented of Staff, Mr Tayo Ayinde; Special Adviser to the Governor on Commerce, Industry & Cooperatives, Mr Oladele Ajayi; Onise of Ise; Oba Ganiu Adebowale Adegbesan and Chairman, Lekki Local Council Development Area, Hon. Razak Kasali, during the inauguration of Ise Police Station at Ibeju Lekki, Lekki LCDA, on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Sanwo-Olu said that the construction of the Police Station was another fulfilment of the commitment to safer and secure clime that would engender confidence of investors.
He said that this was considering the fact that the area was within the precinct of Lekki Free Trade Zone, the emerging industrial hub of not only Lagos State but also Nigeria.
The governor, therefore, urged the people of Ise Community to fully cooperate and collaborate with the security personnel that would be deployed there.
He said that such collaboration would assist and strengthen the security in the environment, so as to ensure the full realisation of the objectives behind the construction and equipping of the Police Station.
Sanwo-Olu called on the police formation to deploy the best of its professionals to the station, adding that the government would not to relent in prioritising the needs and wellbeing of the men and officers of security agencies in the state.
”I wish to mention that in furtherance of our commitment, work will commence before the end of this year on the construction of two other Police Stations at Elepe in Ikorodu and Lekki.
”In addition, we will be constructing a modern office facility for Area ‘N’ Police Command Headquarters in Ijede, as well as the reconstruction of Alimosho and Ikeja offices of Department of State Security Services.
”All of these projects, when completed, will provide conducive environment for our security operatives to perform optimally.
”I sincerely appreciate and congratulate His Royal Highness, Oba Ganiu Adegbesan for his firm commitment to the safety and socio-economic development of his people and community.
”This is as demonstrated for our intervention in providing this Police Station, to address the spate of kidnapping and activities of land-grabbers, among other criminal activities within the community and its environs,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, who was represented Commissioner of Police (Operation), Mr Ahmed Kotangora, commended the Lagos State Government for the newly constructed Ise Police Station.
Odumosu said that the building of the station in Ise would reduce crime among the people of the community and its environment, and Lekki LCDA at large.
Also speaking, Oba Adegbesan commended Gov. Sanwo-Olu for delivering the dividends of democracy to residents, especially the ongoing construction of Lagos-Epe Expressway and other physical infrastructure, which had turned many parts of the state to construction sites.
The traditional ruler, who commended the role played Ayinde toward the building of the Ise Police Station, said the government gesture would contribute immensely to reduction of crimes in the community.
The Chairman, Lekki Council Development Area, Mr Rasak Kasali, said that the station would reduce fears of residents of Ise community and environs.
”With the presence of this police station, our people can feel safer and peaceful, we would be in a better position to prevent crimes and respond to security emergencies.
”The presence of this police station also reminds us of certain tragedies we have experienced in the past like kidnapping, robbery, and murder.
”This is why the commissioning of this police station, at this time, is very welcoming and reassuring,” Kasali said.
By Moses Omorogieva
The police in Lagos have arrested 10 suspected traffic robbers terrorising motorists in different parts of the state.
The spokesman for the state police command, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Monday in Lagos.
He said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, had rejiggered the command’s security strategies.
He said the Strike Team of the command arrested the suspects at Railway Crossing, Ikeja Along.
According to him, the suspects were attacking innocent people and dispossessing them of their belongings.
The image maker said that the police responded to distress calls from victims and arrested some of the suspects during robbery, adding that the others were arrested at their hideouts.
“They have confessed to the crime.
“The suspects also revealed that they attack their targets with iron rods, guns, cutlasses and charms.
Adejobi said that a gold necklace belonging to one of the victims and some other suspected stolen items including phones and wristwatches were recovered from the suspects.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ketu/Mile 12/Ikorodu Road, Mile 2/Badagry Expressway and Ikeja Along-Iyana-Ipaja/Abule-Egba axis record high rate of traffic robbery.
These areas are known for heavy vehicular traffic.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, had recently promised to rid the state of criminals, particularly traffic robbers.
According to Adejobi, Odumosu has directed the commander of Rapid Response Squad and other tactical commanders to sectorise the state for easy operations. (NAN)(NAN)
By Oladapo Udom
Lagos State Police Command ordered its men to step up patrols and other anti-crime strategies to protect lives and property during the Easter celebration.
Mr Hakeem Odumosu, the state police commissioner, said this in a statement by CSP state police public relations official Olumuyiwa Adejobi on Friday in Lagos.
Odumosu instructed the officers to implement the operation order prepared for the celebration by ensuring an adequate deployment of men in strategic locations.
"These places include worship centers, picnic parks and recreation arenas, as many recreation enthusiasts will come to celebrate Easter," said the commissioner.
He, however, called on residents, especially fun-seekers, to be moderate in their celebration and to abide by the country's laws without exception to COVID-19 protocols.
Odumosu also warned them to refrain from reckless driving and blatant violation of traffic rules and regulations, especially driving against the tide (one-way) and the BRT lanes.
“Police and other security personnel have been deployed throughout the state to enforce law and order,” he said.
Odumosu said police detectives attached to Maroko's division on Thursday along with officials from the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) broke up a "One-Chance" union operating around the axis. Lekki.
He said that one Nurah Muazu, 31, from Aboki Estate, Marwa Lekki alongside his gang members, Roland Onoge, 38, and Daniel Abah, 28, were arrested by LASTMA officials.
“The gang members were pulled over by LASTMA officials along the Marwa Lekki bus stop after stealing an Amarachi Isaac, f, in their unregistered red Toyota Camry car.
"I have ordered an investigation to apprehend other members of the One-Chance Flight Syndicate and other similar unions, who have been placed under police surveillance for some time," he said.
The commissioner praised the efforts of LASTMA officials to intercept suspects and police detectives for follow-up.
“I urge other security and safety agencies to emulate their acts of professionalism and commitment to duty, as every individual is expected to play a vital role in securing Lagos State.
"I ordered the suspects to be transferred to the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Panti, Yaba for a low-profile investigation," Odumosu said. (NOPE)(NAN)
The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Taskforce has issued a seven-day quit notice to squatters in illegal structures at Fagba on Abbatior Road in Oko-Oba, Agege, near Lagos.
The Head of Public Affairs of the taskforce, Mr Taofiq Adebayo, issued the notice in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.
Adebayo said the illegal structures were home to hoodlums, whom he said, had destroyed property in the area during the recent #ENDSARS protest.
He said that over 2,500 illegal structures and shanties, including shops in containers had been served quit notices.
“It is an eye-sore seeing miscreants, including under-age boys smoking Indian hemp freely in the area.
“Residents around Fagba can no longer sleep with their two eyes closed, due to series of criminal activities perpetuated by these notorious boys.”
According to Adebayo, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that after the expiration of the seven-day quit notice any hoodlum arrested should be charged to court.
The spokesman said that the Chairman of the taskforce, Mr Olayinka Egbeyemi, had assured that the taskforce would not relent in securing the environment for citizens.
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The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, on Tuesday said that 520 suspects had been arrested for various offences ranging from arson, robbery, murder to unlawful possession of firearms during the #EndSARS protests.
Odumosu told newsmen at the Command’s Headquarters, Ikeja, that the suspects were arrested in relation to crimes committed as a result of breakdown of law and order resulting from the #EndSARS protests.
“The protests which started peacefully turned violent on Monday, Oct.12, when some criminally-minded hoodlums at the Surulere protest venue cashed-in on the precarious situation.
“They proceeded to attack the Anti-kidnapping Unit’s Office of the Command located at Iyun Road, Western Avenue, Surulere, with premeditated intention to liberate suspected kidnappers detained inside the facility.
“In the process, three of the policemen on duty were shot and critically injured while two suspects were set free,’’. the Commissioner said.
Odumosu said that Insp. Erinfolamin Ayodeji and one male civilian passer-by, Mr Ikechukwu Ilohamauzo, were hit by stray bullets and they later died in the hospital.
“It was then that it became crystal clear that the #EndSARS peaceful protest had been hijacked by hoodlums,” he said.
The commissioner said that 16 police stations were set ablaze, 13 others vandalised, 58 police vehicles burnt, and several private and public facilities vandalised.
Odumosu said that six police personnel were gruesomely murdered while four civilians lost their lives during the crisis.
“Based on these incidences, the command was able to arrest 520 suspects for various crimes committed.
“One Olamilekan Ibrahim, male ,19, was one of those who broke into a new generation bank and carted away cash and other valuables. His share is N250,000 from the loot.
Odumosu said that contrary to rumour, policemen were seen at their posts as directed by the Inspector General of Police to protect lives as well as public and private properties.
“We have restrategised and our men come out as early as 5a.m. to their various posts to ensure that there is no further breakdown of law and order.
“I will like to commend the community leaders and stakeholders for their support with useful information which has helped in the recovery of looted arms, ammunition and other valuables,” he said.
Odumosu said that the command had put measures in place to legally deal with the criminals who might want to foment troubles or deprive law abiding citizens of their properties.
Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Peter Dada
The Police Command in Lagos State has said that no life was lost to the accident which involved two tankers laden with Petrol and a container that occurred on Otedola Bridge, along the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway in the early hours of Saturday.
The command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi in a statement released on Saturday said that the accident occured around 2.30 a.m. along the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.
Adejobi said that the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, had visited the scene for an on-the-spot assessment and evacuation to ease flow of traffic.
“His team was assisted by the personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Fire Service of Lagos State.
“They have been working assiduously on the evacuation since 2.30 a.m, ” the PPRO said.
According to Adejobi, preliminary findings show that the accident was caused by a container driver who lost control and rammed into a tanker laden with PMS and caught fire.
“No life was lost and all efforts are on to ease traffic along the expressway,” he said.
Edited By: Peter Dada
The Police Command in Lagos State has arrested six suspected hoodlums who attacked innocent Lagosians and damaged some vehicles along Ondo Street, Ebute-Meta in Lagos State on Tuesday, Oct.13.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement said that the hoodlums took advantage of the ongoing #EndSARS protest to forment trouble in the area.
Adejobi listed the suspected hoodlums as: Qudus Oke, m, 22; Abdullahi Ajose, m, 25; Kayi Ajayi, m, 33; Michael Ben, m, 27; Godwin Joseph, m, 25 and Oluwasegun Akinlade, m, 29.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, has vowed to rid Lago State of hoodlums, hooliganism, gangsterism, cultism and other social vices.
“All hands are on deck to resist any act capable of jeopardising security networking of the state and causing pains and agonies to Lagosians during the ember months and beyond,” Adejobi quoted the CP as saying in the statement.
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The Lagos State House of Assembly on Friday demanded proscription of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) over alleged high-handedness of the outfit.
The assembly made the plea, following an emergency plenary called by the Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, on the ongoing nationwide agitations for FSARS to be disbanded.
The house also told the inspector-general of police to set up a new outfit in place of FSARS.
It told the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, to provide protection for #EndSARS protesters as they express their grievances against FSARS.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Obasa and some lawmakers had on Oct. 9, addressed protesters demanding an end to FSARS, who alleged that operatives of the outfit were killing innocent people nationwide.
Addressing the assembly’s plenary earlier, Obasa said that among the seven-point resolution passed after an extensive deliberation was that the Senate and House of Representatives should probe allegations against F-SARS.
The speaker cited the allegations as incessant killing, maiming and dehumanizing of Nigerians.
He said the assembly also urged the senate president and the speaker of the House of Representatives to institute public enquiries on the squad’s extra-judicial activities, including killings, maiming and dehumanizing of youths.
“This investigation is to ensure that the victims are duly compensated while erring officers are sanctioned appropriately.
“SARS should be proscribed and a new security outfit which will be more efficient with clearly spelt out code of conduct and rule of engagements be established, while sanction is imposed for misdemeanour.
“Mr President should ensure that culpable officials of the F-SARS receive the punishment as prescribed by the National Assembly,” Obasa said.
The house passed a resolution directing the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Public Petitions to liaise with the commissioner of police and the attorney-general of the state.
The house also urged Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to engage relevant institutions to protect lives and desist from scrutinizing phones, laptops and other gadgets belonging to youths.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Silas Nwoha