Sanwo-Olu approves full reopening of Lagos markets

Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved full reopening of markets following COVID-19 lockdown.

Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr Wale Ahmed, made this known in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement made available by the Governor’s Senior Special Assistant on New Media, Gawat Jubril, noted food markets and non-food markets can reopen every day of the week.

Before the announcement, food and non-food markets were allowed to operate three days in a week – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

The state government had regulated the opening of the markets to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The statement reads: “The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved the full resumption of operations of both food markets and non-food markets.

“They are now to open daily.

“Mr Governor took the decision to further enhance trade and commerce and mitigate the hardship of recent times and ensure that Lagosians can recover fast.

“Mr Governor also advised the continued observance of all safety protocols.

“Traders and their customers must adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols for their safety and the citizenry at large.”

Covid-19 Palliatives Gotten From Wareshouse not good for Consumption-What a waste?

After opening Covid-19 palliatives gotten from abandoned warehouse, see what was seen inside “garri” sack.

The incidence of invading warehouses where Covid-19 palliatives were stored spread swiftly and many residents of the area of warehouses got there fast to get their own palliatives that were hoard instead of being distributed. We have seen photos online as people cartered away different palliatives such as garri, rice, sugar, pastas and noodles.

These palliatives were stored in the warehouses in Lagos and were supposed to have been distributed during the lockdown when people were helpless and suffering, not working and starved, however they were kept in the warehouse maybe till Jesus comes.

If not for the angry Youth who stormed the places the content would have still been there till when God knows. The palliatives were so much plenty that nobody fought over it. Everyone packed the amount they wanted.

One of the beneficiaries opened one of the sacks when he got home but was disappointed. The food has spoiled , it is no longer suitable for eating, even the pets can’t eat it. It has become a waste. You won’t believe what this supposed “garri” has turned to. If “garri” is kept for some months it would spoil. That is why it is advisable to eat such food on time only for those in charge of distribution of the palliatives to abandon it since May of this year. See as it has turned to something like sawdust now.

Fortunately for them, noodles has not expired yet. If fact something has cooked it. He prepared it with some correct ingredients ; spring onion, onion, carrot, eggs, pepper and shared it on social media. See below.

The government is silent on this, no media report on it yet.

FG deploys more troops to Lagos to secure public buildings

To prevent further destruction of public infrastructure in Lagos State by aggrieved youths, the Federal Government has deployed more security forces to guard public assets in the state.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made this known on Thursday morning while speaking in an interview on Arise TV.

Sanwo-Olu revealed that the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Abayomi Olonisakin and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, called him on the phone on Wednesday.

He said the two security chiefs asked to deploy more troops to secure public assets and he said, “Why not? Our airports and other public buildings must be secured.”

There have been reports of widespread arson and violence in the past few days as rampaging victims of Lekki shoot out razed and destroyed public assets.

Sanwo-Olu had announced the imposition of the curfew on Tuesday afternoon in the wake of the unrest in the state.
The situation was further worsened when soldiers, in a bid to disperse the protesters at the Lekki toll gate, opened fire on the youths

Armed Soldiers opened fire on the protesters who were unarmed and were demanding for just cause which will favour every Nigerian, the protesters who were seen chanting National Anthem with the National flags were gruesomely killed by the military, while those who ordered them to kill were said to have allegedly left the country for their safety.

The #EndSARS protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings have cause mayhem in the state.

Banks, local government secretariats, police stations, the Palace of the Oba of Lagos, Shoprite Ajah, Nigerian Ports Authority head office, the governor mother’s house at Akerele, VIO/Federal Road Safety Corps’ offices at Ojodu, magistrates’ courts at Igbosere, TVC station, the Nation Newspapers office, and many others have been burnt down in the last 48 hours.

BREAKING: Hoodlums raze police stations in Lagos

Apap-Iganmu Police Station in Lagos has been set ablaze by suspected hoodlums.

Ibyson Fortes Blog learnt the incident occurred around 09.50am

The Layeni and Pako police stations in Ifelodun and, Apapa- Iganmu LCDA were on Tuesday afternoon set ablaze by hoodlums under the guise of the #EndSARS protests.

The incident bring to three police stations burnt down in Lagos as at Tuesday afternoon.

Responding to the burning down of the Orile police station and the violent dimension the protest had assumed, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu declared a 24-hour curfew in the state.

The other two police stations were said to have been set ablaze few hours after the announcement of the curfew, raising speculation that it might have been in reaction to the declaration of curfew

#EndSARS: Day of rage, deaths in Edo, Lagos, Abuja, Ekiti, others

•20 shot dead, protesters break into prisons, free inmates •Torch police stations, patrol van, destroy high court building •Edo declares 24-hour curfew

#EndSARS: Day of rage, deaths in  Edo, Lagos, Abuja, Ekiti, others

Tony Osauzo, Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin, Romanus Ugwu and Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye,

There was pandemonium  across the country, yesterday as the 13-day-old demonstration against police brutality took a violent twist.

The #EndSARS protest started on October 8 with protesters taking to the streets in different parts of the country, calling for a reform of the Police force and disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for alleged brutality on citizens.

In Benin City, the Edo State capital, it was a day of rage, blood and death as hoodlums stormed two prisons, set free inmates including 120 condemned criminals at the Oko Correctional facility.

In the process, at least nine inmates were reportedly killed while trying to escape, just as others escaped with gunshot injuries.

Four people were also reportedly shot dead in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area. The protesters were said to have beaten up a military man, forcing soldiers to react leading to the killings.

This came as two persons were feared killed when hoodlums broke into the Benin Prison along Sapele road and freed several inmates in one of the cells.

The casualty was said to have been recorded at Oko Prison when armed squad of prison officials engaged the hoodlums in gun fire. According to sources, immediately after the attack on Benin Prison along Sapele road, security was alerted in Oko but calls to the Army and the Police for reinforcement were not heeded hence the ease with which the  hoodlums overpowered the prison guards.

“They came in their thousands and their mission was to free inmates. They have been communicating with the inmates because even before they broke into the facility, the inmates were already rioting inside the place,” a prison source said.

The hoodlums were also said to have torched no fewer than five police stations and vandalised the High Court 4 beside the prison.

They were said to have started gathering along Sapele Road beside the prison as early as 7 am setting bonfires and turning back motorists and other road users.

They launched their attack when their number had increased considerably, broke a part of the wall while some climbed the fence into the prison yard. Some of the inmates escaped with gunshots while an elderly man was recaptured.

2 feared killed, others injured in cult clash in Edo

No fewer than two persons were killed in a rival cult clash that followed the protest in another party of the city.

A source, however, said the figure could be higher as the clash spread  from Okhoro area to Medical Store Road, Eweka and Upper Mission and its environs.

The rival cult groups, Aiye and Eiye, had taken advantage of the protest to settle scores.

Several others were said to have also sustained gunshot injuries of varying degrees in the shootings.

“I can confirm to you that one of those injured, a young man, was rushed to the clinic along Okhoro road, close to Oransaye junction.

“We can only pray and hope that the curfew declared by the government will calm the warring cult groups home,” the source said.

3 dead, many injured in Abuja

At least two persons died at the Mobile Barracks entrance road to Kuje Area Council, FCT, Abuja.

The peaceful protest which started in the early hours degenerated into bloody scene around 4pm when boys suspected to be Fulani stormed the venue of the protest in three buses with all manners of weapon and attacked the participants.

The protesters had in retaliation fought back and within 20 minutes, both camp lost one person each while several others sustained various degrees of injuries before the police and detachment of the military intervened.

However, instead of normalcy returning, tension heightened again when the protesters narrowly lynched another Fulani boy, forcing the police to fire teargas.

In another development, one person was feared killed and a vehicle torched as soldiers, police personnel and a ProSARS clashed with #EndSARS group.

The deceased, Anthony Onome Unuode, was said to have died from multiple injuries he sustained during the protest that was believed to have been hijacked by hoodlums in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The #EndSARS protest took a different dimension with the emergence of the PROSARS protesters who clashed with #EndSARS protesters at the Central Business District, where they had gathered.

While urging protesters to be law-abiding, remain peaceful in their conduct and shun all forms of violence, Commissioner of Police FCT, CP. Bala Ciroma, reassured residents of his unflinching commitment to the protection of lives and property.

5 police stations attacked, suspects freed

The Edo Police command has confirmed attacks on its facilities at Oba Market, Idogbo and other areas.

A statement on its official Twitter page said they carted away arms and ammunition and freed suspects in custody.

The tweet read: “@policeNG regrettably confirms the unfortunate attacks on police facilities – Ugbekun Police Station, Oba Market Police Station and Idogbo Police Post by persons posing as #ENDSARS protesters in Benin, Edo State, today, Monday, 19th October, 2020.

“The extent of damage cannot be ascertained at the moment but report indicates that the protesters carted away arms and ammunition from the armoury and freed the suspects in custody before setting some of the facilities ablaze.

“The Force is doing everything possible at the moment to bring the situation under control, protect lives of innocent citizens and prevent further attacks on any other critical infrastructure in the state.”

The hoodlums also reportedly torched the St. Saviour’s and Textile Mill road police stations.

Edo declares 24-hour curfew, sets up 12-man Judicial Panel of Inquiry

Following the violence, Edo Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew across the state till further notice.

A statement by Osarodion Ogie, Secretary to the State Government, said the decision became necessary because of the disturbing incidents of vandalism and attacks on private individuals and institutions by hoodlums in the guise of #ENDSARS protesters.

“While the government of Edo State respects the rights of its citizens to undertake legitimate protests, it cannot sit idly when hoodlums have taken laws into their hands to cause mayhem on innocent citizens and the state.

“By the directive, schools and businesses are to shut down activities accordingly. Those who cannot move safely are to stay put between now and 4pm till calmness is restored.

“Parents are advised to rein in their children, youths and wards, to forestall further breakdown of law and order.

“The responsibility of government is to protect lives and property and maintain law and order, therefore, anyone found outside in violation of the curfew would be dealt with according to the law.”

The government also announced the setting up a 12-man Judicial Panel of Inquiry into circumstances surrounding the #EndSARS protests in the state.

Mr Ogie disclosed in a statement that the panel has 90 days to complete the assignment.

The panel is chaired by Hon. Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe, while Mrs. Joyce Ugbodaga is the Secretary to the Committee.

BRT Bus Killed 3 at Iyanu-Ipaja Area of Lagos.

There was an accident in the early hours of Thursday, 30th September, 2020 involving a BRT Bus and two bike riders , popularly Known as okada men at the Iyanu-ipaja Area of Lagos State, the south west of Nigeria. The incident left 3 persons dead, the two bike men and a passenger.

An eyes witness who narrated the story said that the two bike men were coming from opposite directions trying to over take the BRT bus, but ended up colliding with each other while the BRT which was on motion could not avoid than Ram them down . Three of the Victims died at the spot while one of the passengers has been rushed to a nearby hospital

There has been series of warnings from the lagos state government Transport Management Agencies concerning other motorists using BRT Lanes as exits.

Meanwhile, the state government has a task force in place to arrest and detain any other motorists running on BRT Lanes Who have hittherto paid deaf ears to such warnings.

800 houses to go as Lagos proposes $2.2b for 4th Mainland Bridge

Artistic impression of the proposed 4th Mainland Bridge

The Lagos State Government is proposing the sum of $2.2 billion for the construction of the 37.4 kilometres 4th Mainland Bridge.

Upon completion, the bridge would have 2 x 4 lane carriageway cross-sectional road with allowance for BRT Lane and future road expansion.

It would also become the longest Bridge in Africa second only to the 6th October Bridge in Cairo, Egypt, featuring three toll plazas, nine interchanges, 4.5Km Lagoon Bridge, Rest and Service Areas and an eco- friendly environment amongst other added features.

800 houses are also expected to go when construction begins against the 4,000 houses earlier marked for demolition in the previous design before it was realigned.

Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu disclosed this Tuesday at the first stakeholders meeting on Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the bridge held at Adeyemi Bero Hall, Ikeja .

The freeway bridge is subdivided into three sections namely Island Section, Lagoon Section and Mainland Section.

It starts at the Abraham Adesanya Roundabout in Lekki where a “free flow” interchange will be constructed as well as some traffic flow alterations to the existing Lekki – Epe Expressway so as to maintain traffic movements during construction.

Sanwo-Olu, represented by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat , said the event is very significant in the state’s joint effort to change the narrative of the socio-economic development of the state through the provision of critical infrastructure for sustainable prosperity.

He stressed that the 4th Mainland Bridge project was deliberately included during their electioneering campaign as a key deliverable in their manifesto.

As an administration, he said, the government decided to upgrade the project and develop a method to deliver “this strategic piece of highway infrastructure and have since left no one in doubt about our commitment to ensure that this project becomes a reality.”

According to him, the history of the 4th Mainland Bridge project goes back almost 15 years when it was first raised due to the ever-decreasing efficiency of the existing 3rd Mainland Bridge in addressing the transportation needs of a growing population.

The 3rd Mainland Bridge , he said, was the first real piece of strategic infrastructure deployed in Lagos Metropolis and the proponents and developers of that project should be commended for their vision. Lagos today without the 3rd Mainland bridge is simply unimaginable.

Hamzat stressed that engagement and consultation on Environmental and Social impact assessment is a precursor to the third step which will involve issuing a “Request for Proposal” (RfP), to the six Consortia who will be required to present their respective financial proposals and methodologies for carrying out the project. It will be concluded with the selection of the “Preferred Bidder” and “2 Reserved Bidders”.

He urged stakeholders to use the meeting to consult amongst themselves on the steps to take in order to remove all the bottlenecks that may impede the delivery of 4th Mainland Bridge.

All the components of Lagos mobility, he said must be considered, including Road planning, public transport integration and urban freight;

Strengthening the current radial commuting connections towards Lagos urban core and the establishment of transversal connections that will serve both long distance traffic (avoiding the metropolitan traffic) and also other connections within the Megacity which are not Lagos bound.

He assured that the proposed 4th Mainland Bridge project has been well integrated into the overall Lagos Master Plan in relation to Transportation Infrastructure. The project allows for the first time “direct access” from the large suburb of Ikorodu to the Island and the Lekki Free Trade Zone area.