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Inmates electrocuted at Ikoyi Prison

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An electric power accident has been reported at the Ikoyi Prison, a major correctional facility in Lagos.

Several inmates were said to have been killed or injured when electric cables at the prison went up in flames late Monday morning.

Francis Enobore, chief spokesperson for the Nigerian Correctional Service, confirmed the accident, but said details were still being gathered before appropriate information about the accident could be passed to the public.

Ikoyi Prison is one of Nigeria’s oldest and largest correctional facilities, holding thousands of inmates.

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Fake News: Abisogun Family Denies Picking Hakeem Ajasa As Next Oniru Of Iruland

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The Abisogun Family has described a report in a section of the media that the former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to ex-governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, Mr. Hakeem Ajasa has been picked as the next Oniru of Iruland in Lagos State as fake news.

According to the family, the selection of Ajasa, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) as the next Oniru of Iruland, is kangaroo and it is not known to the entire family.

The family said in a public notice titled; “Fake News By A Section of Abisogun Ruling House” that the “public and all interested parties are put on notice of the kangaroo selection of a person unknown to the entire Oniru Family to rule over their land and fill the currently vacant Oniru Chieftaincy stool.”

The family, who described themselves as Cheated Members of Abisogun Ruling House, alleged in the notice that was released to the media on Friday that being a policeman, they had information from reliable sources that Akeem Ajasa had harassed, intimidated and threatened other members of his ruling house.

“We also have information that under the table exchange of funds have taken place and the result of all these illegalities is the kangaroo selection.

“It does not accord with reasoning that only 6 to 8 men of an entire ruling house will make a decision that will affect the whole of the Oniru Royal Family and select a candidate for the vacant stool.

“Owing to the above, other cheated members of the Abisogun Ruling House have decided to do the needful to preserve the good name of Oniru Royal Family by distancing themselves from this propaganda and public show of disgrace by an individual (working together with his cronies) unknown to the Family,” they said in the notice.

The family insisted that from time immemorial, no member of any royal family could impose himself on the community.

The Oniru family, which they said had been in existence for over 500 years, has lived together in peace and harmony.

It was added in the notice that it was therefore quite unfortunate that “one unknown individual using his public influence and position as a police officer, to harass and intimidate the other members of the Family, has now disunited the Family, all in the bid to become the next Oba.

“This completely goes against the customary heritage and values of the Oniru Family. The uncustomary selection of this individual has disrupted the unity that the past Obas of Iruland worked tirelessly in achieving.”

They then advised Hakeem Ajasa, who they alleged was working in connivance with the Olori-Ebi of the Abisogun Ruling House, “his supporters and cronies” against parading himself as the selected candidate for the vacant stool.

“Moreso, if Akeem Ajasa has indeed been selected as a candidate for the vacant stool, he ought to have resigned his position as a police officer and properly put himself forward,” they said.

The three ruling houses in Oniru were given as Abisogun, Akiogun and Ogunyemi.

The three ruling houses have been stamped in accordance with the Lagos State Declaration made under the Customary Law Regulation Selection to the Oniru Chieftaincy of Lagos of September 14, 1993 and approved by the then Governor of the state, the late Sir Michael Agbolade Otedola.

The Declaration approved rotation and the procedure to be followed in the nomination of candidates by the local government.

It was however, revealed that plans were in top gear to ensure that a new Oniru of Iruland is elected in accordance with the tradition of the land.

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Tinubu, Oyinlola Others Honour Late Mobolaji Johnson As Sanwo-Olu Names Onikan Stadium After Him

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The newly constructed Onikan stadium is to be known as Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson Arena, Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu pronounced on Tuesday during a ‘Day of Honour’ event organised to celebrate the exit of the first Military Governor of Lagos State, Brigadier-General Mobolaji Johnson.

Paying glowing tributes to the late Brig. Gen. Johnson, Sanwo-Olu described him as a man who saw the future and worked to achieve the Lagos of our dreams.

The Governor and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, led members of the State’s Executive Council and high-profile dignitaries to the event held to honour the life and times of the deceased.

The late Johnson passed away in his Ilupeju country home on October 30, at the age of 83.

Sanwo-Olu said the late Johnson’s selflessness in service and excellent achievements had been a source of inspiration to successive administrations in Lagos.

Describing the former administrator as quintessential manager of resources and people, Sanwo-Olu said the late Johnson’s personality symbolised integrity, humility, fairness and justice.

He said: “In whatever role we knew him, the first and longest serving military administrator of Lagos State stood out as a special person for his leadership and charismatic personality. If anyone was qualified to be addressed as ‘an officer and a gentleman’, it was Brigadier General Johnson. Despite his imposing frame, he was as gentle as a dove.

“He never threw his weight around, even though he was a man of power. As a man of authority, he was never authoritarian. Though a soldier, he never ruled with an iron hand; he was compassionate.”

The late Johnson’s administration, Sanwo-Olu said, started the construction of Ikorodu and Mushin General Hospitals. He added that the former administrator also modernised the Lagos Island General Hospital, expanding the facilities of the hospital.

Aside building maternity annex at Onikan Health Centre and an additional ward at Igbobi Orthopedic Hospital, the Governor said the late Johnson also established five new Government Colleges in each of the five divisions of the State.

All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, spoke glowingly of the deceased, describing him as “a servant leader and a man of incorruptible character”.

The former Governor said the late Johnson, despite being a military administrator, put the people at the cornerstone of his administration and economic policies.

He said: “I salute a courageous officer who never compromised the rules of the military despite becoming a State administrator at a younger age. He put the people at the cornerstone of his administration and economic policies. Having met 10,000 Pounds in the treasury of the State when he assumed office, the late Johnson deployed his ingenuity and talent to set the pace for the State’s modernisation and development.

“Just as he had great exploit in the army, his retirement was also solid. He lived a life of principle and contentment. He ran a clean and honest administration.”

Tinubu recalled that 10 State administrators were arrested for corrupt practices when General Murtala Muhammed took over as Head of State in 1976. Only late Johnson, the APC National Leader declared, was the military administrator absolved of corruption.

This, Tinubu said, spoke of the deceased’s trait of uprightness and spirit of accountability.

Dr. Hamzat said the late Johnson lived above pettiness, describing the former administrator as a giant “who matched his stature with achievements”.

The Deputy Governor said the late Johnson always preferred a spartan life, which was why he chose to live his retirement life among average citizens of the State.

Also, former Lagos military administrator, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (rtd), observed that the late Johnson maintained the dignity of his profession and the office he occupied during his tenure.

Former Ogun State Governor, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, in his tribute, said all the late Johnson’s children attended public schools and rode in public transport despite their father being the reigning military administrator.

Some former governors and administrators of the State also graced the event to pay tributes to the deceased. They include Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (rtd), Col. Raji Rasaki (rtd), and Brigadier General Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

The first son of the deceased, Mr. Seyi Johnson, who led family members to the event, thanked the Lagos Government for the honour done to his father.

He said: “One of the lessons our father taught us as children is the attribute of tolerance. He told us not to discriminate against anyone irrespective of background.”

The event was also graced by Lagos residents and schoolchildren from different parts of the State.

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Lagos-Ibadan Expressway: FG opens Kara Bridge to traffic

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The Federal Government on Sunday opened the Kara Bridge section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to traffic, after completing repair works on a 600-metre stretch, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

NAN reports that the section between Kara Bridge and Isheri Junction inbound Lagos was partially closed on September 2 for reconstruction, resulting in traffic diversion.

When a NAN correspondent visited the site, traffic regulatory agencies, law enforcement agencies and officials of Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing were supervising removal of barricades by construction workers.

Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) personnel closed the Kara end of the bridge, using patrol vehicles to lead vehicles into the newly-constructed lane.

The FRSC in a slow motorcade took off from the Kara end of the bridge at exactly 10:30 a.m. leading the vehicles on the Lagos-bound carriageway to merge onto the Lagos traffic at the Isheri intersection on the highway.

An FRSC Assistant Corps Commander, Taofik Iyanda, expressed satisfaction at the road repair and thanked the federal government and its agencies that carried out the repair.

Mr Iyanda appealed to road users to exercise caution while driving on the highway.

“Motorists should not see the road as a racecourse. They should exercise patience on the little segment that has been completed and opened for use.

“They should not exceed the specified speed limit.

“The road is still under construction and a lot of things will have to be put in place, so they have to be very careful and exercise patience anytime they are plying the road,’’ he advised.

He told journalists that the collaboration of traffic management agencies and law enforcement agencies helped to minimise road accidents and deaths during the repair period.

Some motorists and road users, who spoke to NAN, expressed satisfaction and appealed to the government to complete the construction to ease traffic on the highway.

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Adedamola Kuti, had in an interview with NAN appealed to road users to observe speed limits to avert crashes.

Mr Kuti, while inspecting the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Saturday evening, told NAN that the site cleaning was being completed to prepare for the opening of the road to traffic.

“We have already completed the work up to the asphalt level on this inbound Lagos lane.

“We have completed this lane of 600 metres. We were slowed down by that huge October rain.

“We will not be able to complete the outbound Lagos side; so, rather than start work there, we decided to open both lanes for use so that it will ease traffic during Christmas, ’’ he told NAN.

Mr Kuti added that repairs on the Ibadan-bound carriageway would continue in January.

On Apongbon Bridge on Lagos Island, the controller said that it had been completed and ready to be opened to traffic ahead of Christmas.

He said that ongoing repair on the outer lane was completed and would be opened to traffic within a few days.

“We just completed repairs, it is concrete, we are going to cast some cubes or crush the cubes.

“Once we crush the cubes and it gives us a good result, next week, we will open this completed second section to traffic.

“Crushing the cubes is a method used to determine the strength of the road,“ he said.

NAN reports that rehabilitation work on Apongbon Bridge on Lagos Island began on November 7. (NAN)

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