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Sanwo-Olu Makes Fresh Appointment For LASPARK

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed Mrs. Adetoun Ibilola Popoola as the new General Manager of the Lagos State Parks & Gardens Agency (LASPARK).

The new GM has already assumed duties as she replaced the former GM, Mrs. Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, who has moved on to another State establishment.

Popoola, a graduate of Business Administration from the University of Lagos with a postgraduate degree in Marketing and Communications Management from the University of Hull, UK brings on board 10 years experience in Commercial Banking and Development Finance, Customer Service and Total Quality Management.

Prior to her present appointment as General Manager, she served as Assistant Manager in the Strategy and Corporate Transformation Group of the Bank of Industry. During the General Manager’s maiden meeting with staff of the Agency, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment & Water Resources, Mrs. Ronke Odeneye, encouraged all members of staff to give the new general manager the necessary support and cooperation in her new role in order to achieve the dream of a greater Lagos.

Mrs. Odeneye said, “I acknowledge the great work achieved under the leadership of the past General Manager and I would like to encourage you all to support the new General Manager by every means possible to enable her deliver on her assignment, as well as help Lagos State attain the lofty vision of bequeathing a cleaner, safer and greener environment to the people of the State.

“The responsibility of mitigating the negative effect of climate change on the environment rests on our shoulders and so we must ensure to work together as a team to make it a reality.” In her remarks, Mrs. Popoola expressed her desire to work in harmony with all staff as well as receive maximum cooperation, stressing that she would operate an open-door policy for seamless communication.

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How Wife Of MAERSK Nigeria MD Was Killed By Daredevil Armed Robbers

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The Lugard Road, Lagos home of the Managing Director of MAERSK Nigeria, Mr Gildas Tohouo was invaded by daredevil armed robbers on Sunday 8th December, 2019.

During the invasion, Tohouo was stabbed by the assailants alongside his Hungarian wife, who died from the incident.

The MD is said to be a Cameroonian.

However, Mr Tohouo, who survived the attack, is said to be in a very critical situation at an undisclosed hospital in Victoria Island, not too far from their Ikoyi residence.

It was revealed that the incident occurred at about 8 – 9pm on the fateful day, while an expert in the same building was having a party.

Sources stated that the building maintenance man/ electrician brought in an accomplice under the guise of being a guest at the party.

“Once in and plan finalized, he tripped off the light to the victims’ residence and asked for access to the victims’ apartment to resolve the fault.

“Being a known person, Tohouo gave access and the two culprits proceeded to stab his wife fatally.

“The MD was able to send SOS text before he was accosted and also stabbed severally. MAERSK team received the SOS and mobilized policemen to the location in Ikoyi.

“Some suspects were arrested after a thorough search of the premises and the death of the deceased was confirmed, while Tohouo is responding to treatment,” said a source..

It was gathered that two of the domestic staff present, when the unfortunate incident occurred have been arrested by men of the Lagos Command of the Nigeria Police and are being interrogated.

The suspects, Olamide Goke and Ade Akanbi, who were allegedly found with the knife believed to have been used during the operation, were reportedly helping security operatives get to the root of the matter.

Reports say none of the couple’s three children was attacked by the hoodlums during the invasion.

Confirming the attack, a statement issued by MAERSK Nigeria and signed by one Mr Richard Smith, quoted the Regional Managing Director of Africa for A.P. Moller, MAERSK, Mr David Williams, saying that, “We are very sorry to confirm that a colleague and his family have been attacked in their residence in Lagos, Nigeria.

“Tragically, the wife of our colleague passed away at the scene. Our colleague is in the hospital, where his condition is critical, but stable. The three children are all safe and accounted for.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathy goes to the family. We will do whatever we can to support them in this tragedy.

“The relatives of the family are in the process of being notified. Relevant authorities are investigating the incident. Maersk is supporting the investigation in every possible way.”

Completely sick. It was a robbery organised by some maintenance guys working in his compound at Lugard Road. They’ve been apprehended.”

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Oniru Obaship Stool: Enough Of Lies

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By Babatunde Olowu.

It has become necessary to nip in the bud the vicious lies being shamelessly peddled by certain unscrupulous fellows who have allowed their greed to rob them of their senses. Where good people choose to stay away while untruths are being fed to the people, they (the good people) enable the ground upon which the truth is forever lost, actual history is interred and the lies become the new truths.

The desires of certain persons to illegally appropriate the currently vacant stool of Oniru of Iruland has foolishly caused them to fabricate history and feed their fabrications to the innocent members of the public. After several failed previous attempts at selling their fabrications to the people, they have invented a new one wherein they are claiming that a certain ruling house within the Oniru Royal Family had been occupying the Obaship stool of Oniru of Iruland for the past 75 (Seventy Five) years. This claim, we must say, is the height of falsity. That any lineage has been occupying the Obaship stool of Onri of Iruland for the past 75 (Seventy Five) years is both factually unfounded and legally ungrounded.

To set the record straight, it is a verifiable fact that there has been only 1 (one) Kabiyesi Oniru of Iruland from time immemorial till date. The Late Kabiyesi, Oba Abidoun Idowu Oniru has been the only Oba of Iruland till date. Therefore, we must not fail to ask these evil people who are hell bent on wanting the people to believe that the one family has been occupying the Obaship stool of Iruand for a phantom period of 75 years to please tell the world who the occupants are prior to the late Oba Abidoun Idowu Oniru. Just like in the case of Obaship of Ikate, only one Eleguishi of ikateland reigned before the present Oba who incidentally is the son of immediate past Oba.

To further expose the lies, prior to 1995 when the late Oba Abidoun Idowu Oniru was crowned as the first Oba of Iruland, what obtained was a chieftaincy position. One does not require any form of formal education in order to appreciate the difference between a king and a chief.

May we advise that rather than resorting to harmful lies, these peddlers of falsehoods may vie to be chiefs, if they so desire: the only obstacle is that even to become a chief in Iruland or anywhere else in Lagos State, integrity is key (a quality they apparently lack).

It is not much of a surprise that these unscrupulous fellows would take this path of dishonour and shamelessly seek to mislead our people: we know their antecedents. Persons that have built a culture out of deceiving people cannot change over night. As the saying goes: eefin ni iwa.

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We will not repeal pension law for ex-governors- Lagos state House of Assembly

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Lagos State House of Assembly says it will not repeal the state’s pension law permitting former governors and other public office holders to receive juicy pensions from state coffers.

Tunde Braimoh, Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, had a chat with NAN where he said the Lagos State Assembly would not go the way of the Zamfara Assembly which recently repealed pension law for its former governors. 

A Federal High Court in Lagos last week ordered the Federal Government to recover pensions collected by former governors now serving as ministers and members of the National Assembly.

Speaking during the interview, Braimoh said no court has the jurisdiction to repeal a state’s law.

“The Supreme Court had made it clear several times that no arm of government can repeal the constitutional provisions of another arm of government. Therefore, legislators make laws that are in tune with the yearnings and dynamics of their society. Until another legislature comes to alter, review or amend the law, the law is meant to be obeyed. The judiciary cannot pronounce that a law by the state is unconstitutional unless such state law is contradictory to the constitution” the lawmaker said

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