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Be Patient with Sanwo-Olu, Lagosians Urged

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Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu
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From Ganiyu Obaaro, Lagos

Residents of Lagos State, South West Nigeria, have been told to be patient with the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu as he is fully ready to implement his pre-election campaign promises.

Recall that Sanwo-Olu, who was sworn-in on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the governor on May 29, 2019, following his victory over his closest rival, Mr.

Jimi Agbaje of the People Democratic Party(PDP), had promised to implement his party’s programme of enhanced security, job creation, while also addressing the peculiar problems of the state, including perennial traffic challenges, environmental sanitation, job creation, electricity, among several others.

Speaking exclusively with DAILY ASSET in Lagos, a chieftain of the APC in the state, Dr.

Babatunde Okeyomi said the new governor was poised to take the state to the next level of development.

“Governor Sanwo-Olu is highly experienced. He is fully ready to address the daunty challenges of Lagos. The good people of our state should just give him time and cooperative with him and his team; they will definitely deliver.”

Okeyomi,  a businessman and council aspirant in the Ojokoro Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of the state, described the new governor as possessing “what it takes to deliver on good roads, traffic gridlock, job creation, secure, safe and sustainable environment to the delight of the people and Nigerians generally in line with the vision of former civilian governors of the state like Alhaji Lateef Jakande, APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Mr. Babatubdd Raji Fashola, immediate past minister of Power Works and Housing in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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He said if elected as the chairman of his LCDA, he would create jobs for the youths, empower them and enunciate robust policies to cater for women, the elderly and other vulnerable members of the community.

He described himself as a humanist, and assured that he would encourage local and foreign investors to invest in the LCDA with a view to enhancing development in the area.

“When I came to Lagos years ago, I did menial jobs like a loader to survive. I have promised God to always help people with the little God has given me,” he said.

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Troops arrest 10 Robbers, rescue 3 Victims in Kaduna 

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By Gom Mirian, Abuja 

The military high command, yesterday said its troops deployed on internal operations in Kaduna state has arrested ten armed robbery suspects at Kafanchan town in Jema’a local government area of the state. 

A statement issued by the Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko stated the names of the arrested suspects as: Messrs Manga Ismail, a 22 – year-old, Idris Haruna (Ban Sambo), 20- year-old, Sani Bali, 19- year-old.

 

Others are Shamsudeen Ladan, 25 – year-old, Abdulmajid Yau (Sele), 22 – year – old , Abubakar Hassan, 23 – year-old, Abbas Aliyu, 15 – year-old, Mohammed Umar (Jazuli), 17 – year – old, Jonathan Vincent (Bamai), 19 – year-old and Stephen Joseph, 25 – year-old.

According to him, items recovered from the criminals include: TV, DVD, gas cookers, Mattresses, woofer, phones, scissors, among others.

 

Gen. Onyeuko also said on the same day, troops acting on intelligence reports, conducted a cordon search operation at Fanock Village, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State and found a Toyota Corolla car with registration number ABUJA KUJ 452 AZ with no occupant. 

Onyeuko explained that Troops conducted search operations in the surrounding bush and rescued 3 kidnaped civilians comprising two females and a male. 

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Speaking further, he said :”Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN in a sustained effort to eliminate criminals elements in their Area of operation on 28 June 2022 based credible intelligence conducted clearance operation in conjunction with vigilantes at Kan Duniya Village, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State, neutralized notorious bandit and kidnapper.

“Similarly, on the same day, troops on fighting patrol sighted 2 x suspected kidnappers around Sara High Ground Mangu Local Government Area Plateau State on a motor cycle, suspects abandoned their motor cycle on sighting troops and fled.

” Troop exploited area and recovered 2 AK47 rifles, 101 rounds of 7.62mm special, 5 magazines, 1 motor cycle, 1 iron digger and 2 black jackets amongst others”, he said. 

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Husband of Slain Kenyan Runner Tirop Seeks Plea Bargain

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The husband of slain Kenyan distance runner Agnes Tirop is seeking a plea bargain after initially denying a charge of murder, his lawyer said yesterday.

Tirop, a rising star in the world of athletics, was killed last October in her home in Iten, a high-altitude training hub in western Kenya for top runners.

Emmanuel Ibrahim Rotich was arrested after a dramatic late-night chase the day after Tirop’s body was found with stab wounds, and has been in custody ever since.

The 41-year-old denied a charge of murder at a November court appearance.

But in the latest twist in the legal saga, his lawyer Ngigi Mbugua told the Eldoret High Court that Rotich was willing to plead guilty to a lesser charge in the hope of attracting a more lenient sentence.

The prosecution said it was not against the idea of a plea bargain but wanted Tirop’s family to be involved in the process.

A hearing on Rotich’s request will take place on 22 September.

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HEDA Petitions ICPC over Allegations against Ex-CJN

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The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) has petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over the allegations against the immediate past Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Chairman, HEDA, Mr Olanrewaju Suraju, yesterday in Lagos.

Suraju, in a letter to the Chairman of ICPC, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, urged the commission to stand tall over the allegations of corruption, maladministration and incompetence leveled against Muhammad.

“As a leading anti-corruption organisation in Nigeria and non-partisan human rights and development league, we call on the ICPC to commence investigation into the budgetary allocation, utilisation and development process of the judiciary with a view to sanitisation of that critical arm of government,” he said.

Suraju said it was widely reported that the immediate past CJN responded to the allegations brought against him by 14 Justices on the aforementioned allegations.

“It is unarguable that the judiciary is the last hope of the helpless and its judges are only meant to be heard and not seen.

“However, these allegations made by fellow Justices of the apex court against the CJN cannot be overlooked as it is weighty and must be diligently investigated by the commission in order to protect that vital institution.

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“If the Supreme Court of Nigeria is infested with corrupt persons, then our democracy is doomed, ICPC and others relevant bodies should rise and act fast to redeem the temple of justice from possible collapse,” HEDA said. (NAN)

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