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  •  Pensioners welfare our top priority Lagos govt pledges
    Pensioners welfare, ‘our top-priority ‘, Lagos govt pledges
     Pensioners welfare our top priority Lagos govt pledges
    Pensioners welfare, ‘our top-priority ‘, Lagos govt pledges
    Economy2 weeks ago

    Pensioners welfare, ‘our top-priority ‘, Lagos govt pledges

    The Lagos State Government on Friday said it would not relent in its pursuit to improve life for its retirees and had placed the welfare and wellbeing of its pensioners as top-priority .

    Mrs Ajibola Ponnle, Lagos State Commissioner For Establishments, Training and Pensions made the pledge at the 96th Retirement Certificates Presentation organised by the Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC) in Lagos.

    “Recently, the state government through the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) and in collaboration with sister agencies launched an upgraded Lagos State Resident Identity Card (LAG ID Card) .

    “The card will include benefits such as  subsidised health care and transport services for our retired public servants.

    “Please ensure you are registered with LASRRA to enjoy these benefits upon commencement,” Ponnle said.

    According to her, the state government has paid N1.113 billion as accrued pension rights into the Retirement Savings Accounts (RSAs) of 295 retirees for the month of July.The commissioner stated that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration had paid over N43 billion as accrued pension rights to 11,644 retirees in its public service from May 2019 till date.

    Ponnle said: ” The state government recognises the plight of our estimable workers who have served in the Lagos state public service and the need to safeguard their financial security after service.

    “Tp this end, it implemented the payment of the new minimum wage six months after the new wage bill was adopted as law and with a higher amount than the approved recommendation in response to global and national economic challenges.

    “The state also implemented the upward review of pension contributions from 7.5 per cent of employee and employer contributions to 8 per cent employee contributions and 10 per cent employer contributions.

    “This is in line with the administration’s vision to cater for its workforce even in retirement.

    ”The commissioner congratulated the retirees, wished them the best and advised them to carefully review the retirement savings options available for them to utilise their money prudently.

    She charged them to contact LASPEC or the Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions should they require clarifications or advice on their retirement benefit matters.

    “Please embrace the joy and challenges of this new phase of life.

    Be prudent with your money and practice a healthy lifestyle to enjoy your retirement,” she said.

    In his address, the Director-General , LASPEC,  Mr Babalola Obilana said the Sanwo-Olu’s administration deserve applaud for its constant support for the payment of pension obligations and the various policies initiated to better the lives of the senior citizens.

    Obilana stated that the contributions of Lagos State to the success of the Contributory Pension Scheme in Nigeria was an undisputable fact.

    ” Lagos State is a trail blazer in the industry with 10 per cent employer and eight per cent employee contributions remitted monthly into individuals RSAs after salaries are received.

    “The governor approved the automation of business processes in LASPEC to ensure first class service delivery to our dear retirees in order to accomplish the state government’s goal of the immediate payment of pension entitlements upon retirement from the public service,” he said.

    The director general appreciated the efforts and contributions of the retirees whilst in the service, noting that the vision of a ‘Greater Lagos’ would have been an impossible dream without them.

    Obilana urged the elderstatesmen to beware of any Individual or Association who claim to be affiliated with the state government and can process or fast track their pension entitlements for a fee. 


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  •  2 men docked for allegedly impersonating military officers
    2 men docked for allegedly impersonating military officers
     2 men docked for allegedly impersonating military officers
    2 men docked for allegedly impersonating military officers
    General news3 weeks ago

    2 men docked for allegedly impersonating military officers

    Two men were on Friday brought before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ court in Lagos for allegedly impersonating military officers.

    The defendants are, Ahmed Sulaiman, 45, and John Adah, 23, are facing a-count charge of impersonation of Army officers, to which they pleaded not guilty.

    Police prosecutor, ASP Rita Momah, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on April 25, at Ilupeju Oshodi area of Lagos.

    She said that the defendants were caught wearing the full army camouflage uniform and parading themselves as Army officers in the area.

    She submitted that the offence contravened Section 77 (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 79 provides three years imprisonment for unlawfully wearing Armed Forces uniform.

    The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adeola Olatunbosun, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N100,000 each with one responsible surety in like sum.

    She held that the sureties must submit copies of their National Identification Number (NIN) and their Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) card.

    She further directed that the sureties must also be residing within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

    Olatunbosun adjourned the case until Aug. 16, for mention.


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  •  Lagos to recruit over 1 000 neighbourhood corps
    Lagos to recruit over 1,000 neighbourhood corps
     Lagos to recruit over 1 000 neighbourhood corps
    Lagos to recruit over 1,000 neighbourhood corps
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    Lagos to recruit over 1,000 neighbourhood corps

    The Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency(LNSA) says plans are underway to recruit over 1,000 corps officers to boost its operating capacity  for effective community policing in the state.

    Dr Ifalade Oyekan, General Manager of the agency, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday, that the agency received over 34,000 applications on its portal.

    Oyekan said that the first stage of the screening exercise took place across Lagos, Epe, Ikorodu, Ikeja and Badagry divisions of the state.

    He said that the applicants were required to fill and submit an online form on the agency’s website, after which, they were invited for physical screening.

    Oyekan said that those who had scaled through the previous stages were awaiting examination and successful candidates would proceed for fitness screening and documentation.

    According to him,the applicants are indigenous locals in the various Local Government Areas (LGA) ,where they operate and are registered with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA).

    This , he said, was a deliberate policy to make use of their local knowledge to achieve maximum grassroots intelligence gathering and community policing.

    He, however, refuted rumours claiming that the recruitment process had been completed.

    “Applicants who have gone through preliminary stages of the recruitment process will write the examination at Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC) because we want the process to be unbiased.

    “However, there has been a delay due to an ongoing promotion exam taking place at the centre.

    “We have received messages on why the recruitment process is being delayed, while some are saying that we have completed the process.

    I assure you that as soon as the centre is free, we would proceed, ” he said.

    He advised candidates to visit the agency’s website www.lnsa.lg.gov.ng to check their status and print their invitation.

    The general manager added that the agency would create more operational units to complement the activities of other security agencies and boost community policing in the state.

    He said that the new units would include: Research, Development and New Innovation; Human Trafficking, Domestic and Sexual Violence; Forest Rangers; Marine Patrol and Deterrence, Anti-riot and Crowd Management.

    He gave the others as Forensics and Crime Scene Management; Paramedics; Technical and Mechanic units.

    “When LNSA was created, it was stated that every LGA must have at least 100 officers.

    But that is not the situation right now because many are struggling to have at least 50 per cent of the required number.

    “This number is enough to meet the demands of our operations, especially with the rebranding that is going on now.

    “Despite this, we are still giving our best and creating more units to enhance our operations.

    These units would need more competent hands for it to run effectively,” he said.

    Oyekan thanked Gov.

    Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his support toward making the agency a model in community policing in the country He said that the governor’s investment  in security showed commitment to the actualisation of the sixth pillar of his administration’s THEMES agenda.

    NAN reports that the agency was established in 2016 to partner with communities, police and other relevant security agencies in gathering, collating, and sharing information and intelligence to ensure safety in communities within Lagos State.

    The agency’s personnel are currently operational in all the 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas of the state.

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  •  Identity Lagos unveils upgraded smart multi purpose card
    Identity: Lagos unveils upgraded smart, multi-purpose card
     Identity Lagos unveils upgraded smart multi purpose card
    Identity: Lagos unveils upgraded smart, multi-purpose card
    General news4 weeks ago

    Identity: Lagos unveils upgraded smart, multi-purpose card

    The Lagos State Government on Wednesday unveiled an upgraded smart and multi-purpose resident identification card for comprehensive database of residents.

    Unveiling the smart card in Lagos, Gov.

    Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said that the upgrade was borne out of the need to embrace change and align with global best practices.

    The upgrade held simultaneously at four other locations -Lagos Island, Badagry, Ikorodu and Epe.

    Sanwo-Olu said that the initial Lagos State Residents Card was an ordinary plastic card meant only for identification purposes.

    He said that the new ”smart”, ”multi-purpose” card combined biometric identification with other functionalities and benefits that cut across areas such as security, financial services, mobility and access to government services and amenities.

    According to him, the upgrade of the ID card demonstrates the administration’s commitment to the Smart City vision, which seeks to integrate and embed cutting-edge technology into daily lives and daily interaction with government and public services.

    ”As the nation’s commercial nerve centre, Lagos State experiences significant levels of inbound daily migration of people seeking economic opportunities and a better life.

    ”As a result, our population, currently estimated at over 22 million residents, is rising rapidly, with obvious implications for social services, social infrastructure, and security.

    ”It has therefore become imperative for the state government to re-examine strategies aimed at improving the security of lives and properties of the people of Lagos state.

    ”This ‘Smart’ Resident Card will help address the issues surrounding the identification and traceability of Lagos residents, and ultimately help inform government’s planning and provision of services designed to secure lives and property,” he said.

    The governor said that the new card would aid financial inclusion, as it came with an electronic ‘wallet’, which could hold funds and be used for daily transactions, supporting the cashless agenda of the monetary authorities.

    He further said that the smart card would enable residents have access to government services such as health insurance, pension administration and school allocation based on residential addresses and many more social amenities.

    Sanwo-Olu said that residents would also access value-added services such as the ability to pay for Lagos state transportation services and toll gate fees.

    The governor said that this would be achieved through integration with the COWRY card and  collaboration with LCC.

    He urged residents to register and acquire the Lagos State Resident Card to enjoy the many benefits on offer.

    On planning, he said that registration by residents would enable government be more thoroughly and effectively plan and budget for delivery of the dividends of democracy, against the backdrop of the ever-growing population.

    ”Already, 6.5 million residents have been enrolled on the database by Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA), with the state witnessing four-fold increment in registration in the last three years,” he said.

    ‘With the launch of digitised card format, Sanwo-Olu said the state government was targeting to capture 10 million residents on the database before the end of 2022.

    The governor also said that new visitors in Lagos who planned to live in the state for more than two consecutive months were now required to register for the residency card.

    The Special Adviser to the governor on Innovation and Technology, Mr Olatunbosun Alake, said that the unveiling of the smart residency card became another foundational layer on which the government’s Smart City project would stand on.

    Alake said the registration procedure now came with elastic and expandable biometric interfaces to allow updates of information and the card utilised industry standard security chips that prevented duplicated identities and profiles.

    ”We have a cloud redundancy system that allows 24 hours operations and a highly rated machine accuracy system.

    It has back-end cloud workload protection and two-factor authentication to make changes to information originally supplied, such as physical address,” he said.

    LASRRA General Manager, Mrs Ibilola Kasunmu, said that the state could not afford to lag behind in the age of global digitalisation, thereby, making the transition to smart residency card compelling.

    Kasunmu said that the agency was motivated by the resolve to contribute to the overall vision of the current administration on finding innovative ways to improve on efficiency of governance and service delivery for the benefits of the people.

    ”We took account of certain limitations inherent in the initiative, developed an ecosystem framework with propositions to include a cost-effective approach to produce the smart ID cards for residents.

    ”We are glad to announce that we have been able to secure partnership of several private sector players on this laudable project as we needed to ensure the card remained free to the residents of the state.

    Residents are not expected to pay for the card,” she said.

    Endorsing the new digitised ID format, the Managing Director of Sterling Bank, Mr Abubakar Suleiman, said that Lagos remained the cradle of transformation.

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  •  50 year old man docked for alleged N8 5m land fraud
    50-year-old man docked for alleged N8.5m land fraud
     50 year old man docked for alleged N8 5m land fraud
    50-year-old man docked for alleged N8.5m land fraud
    General news1 month ago

    50-year-old man docked for alleged N8.5m land fraud

    A 50-year-old man, Tunde Alabi, on Wednesday appeared before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos over alleged N8.5 million land fraud.

    Alabi of no fixed address, is facing a four-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining under false pretences, entry by violence and stealing.

    He however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

    The prosecutor, SP Idowu Osungbure, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in 2020, at Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos.

    Osungbure said the complainant, Mr Nnona Ejiofor, bought two plots of land valued at N8.5 million located at Ibeju-Lekki from the defendant who claimed it was a family land.

    She said that the defendant issued a receipt of the sale to Ejiofor and he started constructing a building on the land.

    The prosecutor stated that the defendant unlawfully entered the land and destroyed building materials worth N5 million belonging to the complainant.

    Osungbure said that it was later discovered that the defendant was not the real owner of the land.

    The offences contravened sections 411, 314 and 287 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (revised) and Section 3 of the Properties Protection Law of Lagos State, 2016.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 314 is punishable by 15 years imprisonment for obtaining under false pretences, while 287 stipulates three years imprisonment for the offence of stealing.

    NAN further reports that Section 3(4) of the Properties Protection Law of Lagos State, 2016 provides for 10 years imprisonment for the offence of entry by violence.

    Chief Magistrate Olatunbosun Adeola admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

    Adeola held that the sureties must submit copies of their National Identification Number (NIN), six months bank statements and Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) card.

    She further directed that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, be gainfully employed with an affidavit of means and evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

    Adeola adjourned the case until Aug. 3 for mention.


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  •  Suspected land grabber docked over theft assault
    Suspected land grabber docked over theft, assault
     Suspected land grabber docked over theft assault
    Suspected land grabber docked over theft, assault
    General news1 month ago

    Suspected land grabber docked over theft, assault

    A 51-year-old man, Oladele Ahmed, was on Tuesday arraigned in a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for alleged land grabbing and assault.

    Ahmed, whose house address was not given, was arraigned on seven count charges bordering on conspiracy, forcible entry, stealing, willful damage to property and assault occasioning harm.

    Police prosecutor, SP Idowu Osungbure, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in Oct. 2021, at Ado Town, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area (LGA), of Lagos State.

    Osungbure said the defendant allegedly forced his way into a land which belonged to the Abule Ado family, and which they had sold to new owners, and tried to claim the property as his own.

    She alleged that the defendant, in the process, damaged some bags of cement, blocks and other building materials, valued at N5 million belonging to Mr Anthony Agupusi and David Nwize, and their company, GodsFavour Multi-properties Ltd, the new owners of the land.

    The prosecutor alleged that the defendant also stole 40 pieces of Iron rods, planks, cements and other building materials, valued  at N10 million.

    Osungbure further alleged that the defendant also invaded the plots of land with stern looking men, who attacked Nwize and two other persons, Miss Judith Obiezue and Mr Isiaka Adio, with cutlasses and sticks and caused them bodily injuries.

    She said the offences contravened sections 411, 52, 173, 350 and 287 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015, (Revised).

    The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that sections 52 and 350, bordering on forcible entry and willful damage to property respectively, provides for two years imprisonment each.

    While sections 173 and 287, assault occasioning bodily harm and stealing respectively, prescribe three years jail-term each for convicted offenders.

    Ahmed, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

    The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olatunbosun Adeola, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N10 million with three responsible sureties in like sum.

    Olatunbosun held that one of the sureties must submit copies of their National Identification Number (NIN), and their Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) cards to the court’s registrar.

    She also directed that all three sureties must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction, and that they must be gainfully employed. 

    The Magistrate also ruled that the sureties must show evidence of an affidavit of means, and three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government, as part of the bail conditions.

    She further ordered that one of the sureties must be a land owner.

    Adeola adjourned the case until Aug. 3, for further mention.

     

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  •  6 charged with theft of N28m musical instruments from church
    6 charged with theft of N28m musical instruments from church
     6 charged with theft of N28m musical instruments from church
    6 charged with theft of N28m musical instruments from church
    General news2 months ago

    6 charged with theft of N28m musical instruments from church

    The police on Wednesday brought six men before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly breaking into a church and stealing musical instruments worth N28 million.

    The defendants are Kelechi Israel, 39; James Abichele, 28; Simon Abi, 25; Ifeanyi Mba, 40; John Odiong, 39; and Austin Bassey, 47.

    They are facing a four-count charge of conspiracy, breaking into place of worship to commit crime,  stealing from a locked room and unlawful interference with property.

    They, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts.

    The prosecutor, ASP Rita Momah, alleged that the defendants committed the offences at 11.50p.m. on June 6, at Redeemed Evangelical Mission Church, Gbagada, Lagos.

    According to Momah, the defendants damaged three German iron doors worth N1.5 million while breaking into the church to steal the instruments.

    She said that the defendants stole all the musical instruments in the church and transported  them away in a truck at night.

    Momah submitted that some of the instruments had been recovered.

    The alleged offences contravene Sections 411, 311, 340 and 287 (5) {f} of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (revised).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sections 287 (5) {f} and 311 stipulate seven-year jail term each for breaking into place of worship and committing felony, and stealing from a locked room.

    NAN also reports that Section 340 provides for  three years’ imprisonment for unlawful interference with property, while conspiracy attracts a two-year jail term under Section 411 of the law.

    The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adeola Adedayo, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of six million Naira each with two  sureties in like sum.

    She held that the sureties must submit  their National Identification Numbers and their Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) cards.

    She directed that all sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, be gainfully employed  and provide evidence of three years’ tax payment to Lagos State Government.

    Adedayo adjourned the case until Aug. 2 for mention.

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  •  Estate agent 62 docked over alleged N30m fraud
    Estate agent, 62, docked over alleged N30m fraud
     Estate agent 62 docked over alleged N30m fraud
    Estate agent, 62, docked over alleged N30m fraud
    General news2 months ago

    Estate agent, 62, docked over alleged N30m fraud

    A 62-year-old estate agent, Sulaimon Gbajabiamila, was, on Monday, brought before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos over alleged N30 million property sales fraud

    The defendant is facing a two-count charge of obtaining money under false pretence and stealing.

    He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

    Police Prosecutor, ASP Rita Momah, told the court that the defendant committed the offences at No. 20, Bankole Olemoh Str., in Surulere area of Lagos.

    She told the court that the defendant had acted as the complainant, Lateef Adeyemo’s agent in the sale of his two-bedroom apartment but converted the N30 million proceeds from the sale to his personal use.

    According to Momah, the offences contravane Sections 314 and 287 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 314 is punishable by 15 years imprisonment for obtaining by under pretence while 287 stipulates three years imprisonment for the offence of stealing for offenders convicted of the charges.

    The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adeola Adedayo, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N5 million, with two responsible sureties in like sum.

    She said that the sureties must submit copies of their National Identification Number (NIN) and Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) card.

    Adedayo further said that one of the sureties must be a religious or community leader and that both of them must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

    She, thereafter, adjourned the case till July 25 for mention.

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  •  Surety docked for failing to produce brother in court
    Surety docked for failing to produce brother in court
     Surety docked for failing to produce brother in court
    Surety docked for failing to produce brother in court
    General news2 months ago

    Surety docked for failing to produce brother in court

    A 28-year-old man, Innocent Okoloneli, who allegedly stood as surety for his brother and failed to produce him in court, was on Monday docked in a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Yaba, Lagos.

    The police charged Okoloneli, who resides in Bariga area of Lagos, with attempt to pervert justice.

    He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

    The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Rita Momah, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on April 30, at the office of  the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti in Yaba, Lagos.

    Momah said the defendant stood as a surety for his brother, Victor, who was facing a charge of obtaining by false pretences and theft.

    She that while the matter was still being investigated by the police, the defendant willingly stood as a surety for his brother at the station.

    She added that the defendant also signed an undertaking to produce his brother in court until the end of the case against him but failed to do so.

    The offence, she said, contravenes the provisions of Section 97 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 97 provides seven years imprisonment for attempt to pervert justice.

    Chief Magistrate Adeola Adedayo admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N5million with two responsible sureties in like sum.

    She held that the sureties must submit copies of their National Identification Number (NIN), and their Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) card.

    She further directed that both of them must be residing within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

    Adedayo adjourned the case until July 19 for mention.

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  •  6 men arraigned over alleged cultism
    6 men arraigned over alleged cultism
     6 men arraigned over alleged cultism
    6 men arraigned over alleged cultism
    General news2 months ago

    6 men arraigned over alleged cultism

    Six men were on Monday brought before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly belonging to an unlawful society and causing breach of public peace.

    The defendants are Sulaiman Odunsanya, 22, Akeem Odunsanya, 25, Rasheed Abdulazeez, 25, Abubakar Mohammed, 29, Idowu Daramola, 21, and Musa Tahiru, 24.

    The defendants are facing four count charges of conspiracy, belonging to an unlawful society, wilful damage to property and breach of peace.

    They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

    The prosecution Counsel, Mr Williams Ologun, told the court that the defendants committed the offences at about 11p.m. on May 21, at Agbalaya Street, off Capital Road in Agege area of Lagos.

    Ologun alleged that the defendants, who had gathered together as members of an unlawful society and were disturbing the entire neighbourhood, wilfully damaged a Sienna Van with Reg No. LSR 185 HP, belonging to one Mr Fatai Kasali.

    Ologun said the offences contravaned Sections 411, 41, 350 and 168 (1) (d) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sections 350 and 411 stipulate a two-year jail term each for willful damage to property and conspiracy.

    NAN also reports that Section 42 (a) stipulates a three-year jail term for offences relating to unlawful society for offenders found guilty.

    Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adeola Adedayo, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two responsible sureties in like sum.

    Adebayo held that the sureties must submit copies of their National Identification Number (NIN) and their Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) card.

    She also directed that all sureties must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction and should show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

    Adedayo adjourned the case until July 27 for mention.


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