Connect with us

Ibrahim Farinloye

  •  174 Nigerians stranded in Libya return home
    174 Nigerians stranded in Libya return home
     174 Nigerians stranded in Libya return home
    174 Nigerians stranded in Libya return home
    General news2 days ago

    174 Nigerians stranded in Libya return home

    174 Nigerians stranThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Tuesday received another batch of 174 Nigerians who had been stranded in Libya as they arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

    The Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the Agency, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, told the News Agency of Nigeria of the development  in Lagos.

    Farinloye said that the Nigerians arrived at the cargo wing of the airport at 3:45p.

    m. aboard a Boeing 737-800 of Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A-DMG.

    He said that the returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through a voluntary repatriation programme.

    The acting coordinator said that the programme was meant for distressed Nigerians who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrating.

    Farinloye said that the returnees comprised  75 male adults, 69 female adults, 12 male and five female children, 10 female infant and three male infants.

    He said that 23 among the returnees had minor medical cases.

    “This year alone, this flight was the 12th recorded in Lagos that brought returnees from Libya,” Farinloye said.

    He said that so far, about 2, 044 Nigerian returnees from Libya had been assisted back to the country through Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Ikeja in 2022..

    The acting coordinator enjoined the returnees to turn a new leaf in looking for opportunities in the country that are enough for everyone to achieve their desired goals.

    “We admonished the returnees on the need to realise that there’s no country better than Nigeria.

    ” Here you have all the freedom to achieve your potential; looking for greener pastures in foreign lands is no longer a reality, those countries are not better off when you consider the challenges you encounter there and here.

    ” You are encouraged to be positive ambassadors toward advocacy and sensitisation against irregular migration that leave the youths vulnerable to all sorts of abuses and death in extreme cases.

    “There are ample opportunities for all of us to thrive and live happily in virtuous and God fearing manners in Nigeria without unnecessarily exposing ourselves to undeserved dangers in foreign lands,” he said.

    Farinloye said that the returnees were received by NEMA, along with other sister agencies such as: Immigration Service, Refugee Commission, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Police.

    YO
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Flood NEMA advises on conduct during after rainfall
    Flood: NEMA advises on conduct during, after rainfall
     Flood NEMA advises on conduct during after rainfall
    Flood: NEMA advises on conduct during, after rainfall
    Environment3 days ago

    Flood: NEMA advises on conduct during, after rainfall

    Flood: NEMA advises on conduct during, after rainfalThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has urged Lagos residents and the general public to obey safety guidelines during and after rainfall.

    Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Zonal Coordinator, Southwest, NEMA, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos.

    Farinloye said the need to abide by safety guidelines became necessary to avoid the devastating effects of flooding across the country.

    He said that the second phase of the rainy season was expected to be more intense in volume and frequency and as such, there was the need to be prepared for it.

    “Fortunately, the school children are on break; the risk of vulnerability to our children or wards now is less than when the schools were in session.

    “We must ensure that the children are well kept and guided by educating them against moving or playing in the rain water when it is raining.

    “We should discourage them from playing in the rain because there can be flash floods,” Farinloye said.

    He further explained that the volume of rainfall sometimes could be more intense than the capability of the children to withstand it.

    The zonal coordinator, therefore, urged parents to avoid sending children and teenagers on errands whenever the weather was cloudy.

    “If you decide to send the children on errand when the weather is cloudy, rain can start falling and by the peculiarity of children, they like to play in the rain and anything can happen.

    ’’ He also appealed to traders and workers moving on the road to be careful, especially during rainfall, as flood water could be gathering.

    “When the rainwater gets to half the rim of our vehicles, it has the tendency of sweeping away that vehicle.

    “When you are also trekking on the road, if the flood gets to the ankle of your legs, it has the tendency of sweeping such persons away.

    “So, know what to do.

    Stop in a high place till the rain stops; when it stops, wait for some minutes to see the movement of rainwater in the drainage and canals before you start moving.

    “This waiting is important because if it is a flash flood, it goes away about 10-15 minutes after the rainfall.

    “It is then you will determine when to go, especially when you don’t know that terrain well,” Farinloye said.

    He said that there was great wisdom in waiting because no matter your knowledge of the terrain, the drainage might have been washed off and you might think it is still intact.

    The zonal coordinator also warned that staying under makeshift structures such as kiosks, Point of Sales (POS) shops and others could predispose one to the dangers of flooding.

    (
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Mishaps NIWA boss warns boat operators against night operations
    Mishaps: NIWA boss warns boat operators against night operations
     Mishaps NIWA boss warns boat operators against night operations
    Mishaps: NIWA boss warns boat operators against night operations
    Environment2 weeks ago

    Mishaps: NIWA boss warns boat operators against night operations

    The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has warned boat operators to desist from transporting passengers beyond 7.00 p.

    m. to avoid frequent boat mishaps on the waterways.

    The Managing Director of the authority, Dr George Moghalu, issued the warning at a media interactive session with transportation correspondents in Lagos on Friday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no fewer than 13 more bodies have been recovered from the ill-fated boat sailing from Mile 2 to Ibeshe, a suburb of Lagos, on Saturday, bringing the total dead bodies recovered to 17.The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Zonal Coordinator, South-West, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, had said illegal operators are rendering services after the end of official hours of 7:00pm, thereby violating the Inland Waterway operations rules.

    Moghalu said the authority had constituted waterways task force to arrest any boat operators operating beyond the stipulated time.

    The NIWA boss said the Task Force comprised National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Lagos Sate Waterways Authority (LASWA), barge operators, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria and the Marine Police.

    He explained that studies by the authority had shown that these boat accidents occur either at night or early in the morning adding that the practice must stop.

    He stated: ‘‘That is part of the regulation we are putting in place, We are more concern about peoples’ lives,  check the history of accidents even in ferries.

    “You find out that over 90 per cent of accident happens in the early hours of the morning or in the night and most of these vessels do not have navigational lights.

    “On our own parts, we are laying buoys, trying to put navigational aids on the waterways but at the same time, we are appealing to residents in the Riverine communities to ensure the safety of these navigational equipment.

    “We have come to see that vandals, thieves destroy these navigational equipment and make away with them,” he said.

    Moghalu said the authority would sanction offenders of laws regulating the use of the waterways.

    According to him, the Task Force has the mandate to arrest people, sanction people and prosecute people, it is no more business as usual.

    There must be sanity on our waterways.

    He, however, said that NIWA would continue to encourage boat operators to do the right thing and reduce the incessant boat mishap on waterways by adhering to safety regulations as stipulated by it.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  NEMA receives another batch of 175 stranded Nigerians from Libya
    NEMA receives another batch of 175 stranded Nigerians from Libya
     NEMA receives another batch of 175 stranded Nigerians from Libya
    NEMA receives another batch of 175 stranded Nigerians from Libya
    General news3 weeks ago

    NEMA receives another batch of 175 stranded Nigerians from Libya

    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday received another batch of 175 stranded Nigerians from Libya at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.The Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed who was represented by the Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the Agency, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.Farinloye said that the stranded Nigerians were received  at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 23:58 p.m with Boeing 737-800 Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A-DMG.He said that the returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through a voluntary repatriation programme.He said that the programme was meant for the distressed Nigerians who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated.Farinloye said that the returnees are 77 male adults, 64 female adults, 11 male and 12 female child, five female infant and six male infant were brought back to the country.He said that among those brought into the country, two female and 2 male had medical issues.Farinloye enjoined the returnees to turn a new leaf in looking for ample opportunities abound in the country that are enough for everyone to achieve their desired goals.He, however, appealed to the returnees to avoid vices that they must have been exposed to from the country of departure in their homeland in order to best of our potentials in a peaceful and conducive atmosphere.” We admonished the returnees on the need to realise that there’s no country better than Nigeria.” Here you have all the freedom to achieve your potentials, looking for greener pastures in foreign is no longer a reality, those countries are not better off when you consider the challenges you encounter there and here.” You are encouraged to be positive ambassadors toward advocacy and sensitisation against irregular migration that leave the youths vulnerable to all sorts of abuses and death in extreme cases.” There are ample opportunities for all of us to thrive and live happily in virtuous and God fearing manners in Nigeria without unnecessarily exposing ourselves to undeserved dangers in foreign lands,” he said.He said that the returnees were received by NEMA, along with other sister agencies such as: Immigration Service, Refugee Commission, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Police.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Lagos flood claimed 7 lives NEMA
    Lagos flood claimed 7 lives – NEMA 
     Lagos flood claimed 7 lives NEMA
    Lagos flood claimed 7 lives – NEMA 
    Environment1 month ago

    Lagos flood claimed 7 lives – NEMA 

    National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that the flooding that occurred in Lagos last weekend claimed seven lives.Zonal Coordinator, South West, NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Lagos on Wednesday.“The post-emergency phase assessment after the unprecedented rainfall of Friday, 8th July and Saturday, 9th July, 2022 has revealed that about seven people – three children of same parent and four adults – died.“About eight lives were also saved during the period, as a result of the flooding that was witnessed during the two-day continuous rainfall,” he said.Farinloye further stated that the three siblings who lost their lives were residing at a church building belonging to Mercy of Christ Apostolic Church, situated in an uncompleted building.He said that the siblings, Michael, 18; Elizabeth, 17 years and Timi, 14, were swept away while trying to relocate from their room to the main church structure.He said that the youngest child, Tmi, who was said to be asthmatic, while trying to climb the plank linking their room to the church building, slipped and was overpowered by the flood.The coordinator added that the remaining two, while trying to rescue their sibling, were also swept away by the flood.Farinloye said that the NEMA team, while on a condolence visit to the families, met with representatives of Progressive Community Development Area, who conducted the agency round the affected communities.“The bereaved parents were said to be somewhere, but the NEMA team had a brief meeting with the community leaders on the way forward.“An appeal was made to them that for the rest of the year, the community must embark on awareness and sensitisation on safe actions, to avoid the situation that they experienced during the period.“The community leaders also informed NEMA that in the same community, four siblings were also swept away on the same day, but that the community members rallied round and rescued all of them,” Farinloye said.He listed the flooded communities as: Oke Isagun, Agbado Oke, Oko LCDA, all in Alimosho LGA.The NEMA chief said that members of the Progressive CDA briefed NEMA that rainwater from Meiran, Abbatoir, Alagbado, Agege and Toll gate converged in their community.Farinloye also gave an update on the flood at Oyatoki in Orile Agege, saying that two people died, while four were rescued.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  NEMA recovers 13 more bodies from Lagos boat accident
    NEMA recovers 13 more bodies from Lagos boat accident
     NEMA recovers 13 more bodies from Lagos boat accident
    NEMA recovers 13 more bodies from Lagos boat accident
    Environment1 month ago

    NEMA recovers 13 more bodies from Lagos boat accident

    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says that 13 more bodies have been recovered from the ill-fated boat sailing from Mile 2 to Ibeshe, a suburb of Lagos, on Saturday.

    The Zone Coordinator, South-West, NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, made the disclosure in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.

    Farinloye said that a total of 17 bodies had been recovered so far from the recovery operations of the missing victims.

    “Late yesterday night, two more bodies were recovered in addition to the two earlier recovered in the morning.

    “With this, it has become a total of 17 bodies recovered,” he said.

    Farinloye told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview that search and rescue operations had ended

    The coordinator said that illegal boat operators plying the waterways beyond the stipulated official hours led to these avoidable deaths.

    He said that the act was a gross violation of the regulations of the waterways guidelines for operators.

    “It was revealed that the regulatory bodies have tried to stamp out illegal operations of small boat operators who hardly use life jackets after official hours.

    “But they do not heed to regulations put in place to stop them.

    “It was also observed that wooden boats are not permitted to be used as passenger boat.

    “But it is only at this odd hour that illegal operators always put the lives of unsuspecting passengers at risk,’’ Farinloye said.

    He said that efforts were on to address the gaps with all stakeholders such as the Nigerian Navy’s Special Boat Service, the Association of Operators of Nigeria and the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), among others.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  2 bodies recovered from Lagos boat accident NEMA
    2 bodies recovered from Lagos boat accident – NEMA
     2 bodies recovered from Lagos boat accident NEMA
    2 bodies recovered from Lagos boat accident – NEMA
    Environment1 month ago

    2 bodies recovered from Lagos boat accident – NEMA

    Emergency responders have recovered the bodies of a 52-year-old male and a 20-year- old female believed to be victims of boat accident in Lagos.

    Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, the Zonal Coordinator South-West National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos.

    Farinloye said that the incident was as a result of a W19 passenger Fibre boat carrying 16 people that capsized along the Ojo area of the state.

    He said that the boat, which took off from Mile 2 to Ibeshe in Ojo axis, capsized while operating at night against the inland waterways rules.

    Farinloye said that the incident happened at about 7.45 p.m on Friday.

    “It was found out that the tide of the water drifted the boat to a stationary barge which caused it to overturn.

    “Marine Police, the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Lagos State WaterWays Authority (LASWA) and volunteers swung into action in trying to rescue some of the victims, but to no avail.

    “It cannot be confirmed if all the passengers including the captain were wearing life jackets but some people claimed some of them were wearing their life jackets which may not be effective.

    “Recovery operations are still ongoing,” Farinloye said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Emergency responders rescue 3 persons from Lagos flood
    Emergency responders rescue 3 persons from Lagos flood
     Emergency responders rescue 3 persons from Lagos flood
    Emergency responders rescue 3 persons from Lagos flood
    Environment1 month ago

    Emergency responders rescue 3 persons from Lagos flood

    Emergency responders have rescued three persons from a Lexus Jeep that was swept away by heavy flood around Oyatoki area of Agege, Lagos State.

    This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, the Zonal Coordinator, South-West, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Saturday in Lagos.

    Farinloye said that the incident involved two vehicles, a Lexus Jeep carrying three persons and a Toyota with three occupants.

    According to him, the six persons were reported to have been swept away when rainwater overflowed an uncompleted canal in the area.

    “The residents reportedly warned the people in the vehicles to desist from passing through the road but they were adamant, but drove through, and they were swept away,

    “One of the people in the Toyota refused, dropped down from the vehicle, the other two drove and they are the only once missing presently.

    “All together, three rescued alive, one jumped out to safety, while the remaining two are missing,” he said.

    Farinloye said that emergency responders on ground included the Lagos State Fire Service, NEMA, LASEMA, Police and other responders from the community.

    “Search and rescue operations are ongoing in search of the other two persons.

    “The community members are mobilised due to the fact that they know the terrain of the canal and successfully rescued the four persons,” he added.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  NEMA receives 131 stranded Nigerians from Libya
    NEMA receives 131 stranded Nigerians from Libya
     NEMA receives 131 stranded Nigerians from Libya
    NEMA receives 131 stranded Nigerians from Libya
    General news2 months ago

    NEMA receives 131 stranded Nigerians from Libya

    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Tuesday received 131 stranded Nigerians from Libya at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

    The Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed, who was represented by the acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the agency, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

    Farinloye said that the stranded Nigerians arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 7:20 p.m with Boeing 737-800 Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A-DMG.

    He said that the returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through a voluntary repatriation programme.

    Farinloye also said that the programme was meant for the distressed Nigerians who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated.

    According to him, the returnees are 31 male adults, 72 female adults, 11 boys, six girls, four female infants and seven male infants were brought back to the country.

    He disclosed to NAN that the batch IOM  brought the total number of voluntary assisted returnees from Libya to 1,052  this year.

    He enjoined the returnees to turn a new leaf  by looking for opportunities abound in the country which he said, “are enough for everyone to achieve their desired goals”.

    He, however, appealed to the returnees to avoid vices that they might have been exposed to in the country of their departure.

     

    According to him,  this will help them to be the best of the nation’s potentials in a peaceful and conducive atmosphere.

    “We admonished the returnees on the need to realise that there’s no country better than Nigeria.

    “Here, you have all the freedom to achieve your potential. Looking for greener pastures in foreign land is no longer a reality. Those countries are not better off when you consider the challenges you encounter there and here.

    “You are encouraged to be positive ambassadors toward advocacy and sensitisation against irregular migration that leave the youths vulnerable to all sorts of abuses and death in extreme cases.

    “There are ample opportunities for all of us to thrive and live happily in virtuous and God fearing manners in Nigeria without unnecessarily exposing ourselves to undeserved dangers in foreign lands,” he said.

    He said that the returnees were received by NEMA, along with other sister agencies such as Immigration Service, Refugee Commission, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Police.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  NEMA receives 178 stranded Nigerians from Libya
    NEMA receives 178 stranded Nigerians from Libya
     NEMA receives 178 stranded Nigerians from Libya
    NEMA receives 178 stranded Nigerians from Libya
    General news2 months ago

    NEMA receives 178 stranded Nigerians from Libya

    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday received 178 stranded Nigerians from Libya at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

    The Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed, who was represented by the Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the Agency, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

    Farinloye said that the stranded Nigerians arrived at the Cargo Wing of the airport at about 6.20 p.m with Boeing 737-800 Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A-DMG.

    He said that the returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through a voluntary repatriation programme.

    He said the programme was meant for distressed Nigerians, who had left the country for greener pastures in various European countries, but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated.

    Farinloye said that the returnees were 63 male adults, 73 female adults, 15 male and 13 female children, six female infants and eight male infants.

    He advised the returnees to turn a new leaf, saying that ample opportunities abound in the country.

    He, however, appealed to the returnees to avoid vices that they might have been exposed to from the country of departure.

    “We admonished the returnees on the need to realise that there’s no country better than Nigeria.

    “Here you have all the freedom to achieve your potential. Looking for greener pastures in foreign land is no longer a reality, those countries are not better off when you consider the challenges you encounter there and here.

    ” You are encouraged to be positive ambassadors toward advocacy and sensitisation against irregular migration that leave the youths vulnerable to all sorts of abuses and death in extreme cases.

    “There are ample opportunities for all of us to thrive and live happily in virtuous and God fearing manner in Nigeria without unnecessarily exposing ourselves to undeserved dangers in foreign lands,” he said.

    Farinloye said the returnees were received by NEMA, along with other sister agencies such as; Immigration Service, Refugee Commission, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Police.


    Editted by AbdulFatai Ikujuni

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN