Police arrest three suspects with two human hearts

Operatives of the Zone 2 Police Command, comprising Lagos and Ogun states, have arrested three men with two human hearts.

This was made known in Lagos on Thursday by the Zonal Public Relations Officer, SP Tunni Ayuba, who stated that the human hearts were discovered while searching the house of one of the suspects in the Oke-Ola area of Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.

The police spokesperson said that during interrogation, the suspect implicated a man, whom he claimed to have paid N50,000 to assist in obtaining two human hearts.

The second suspect identified the third suspect as the source of the human parts.

According to SP Ayuba, investigation is ongoing, adding that the two suspected human hearts have been sent to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital for examination.

(Daily Post)

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Tax laws affecting Lagos revenue growth, says Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that the tax revenue accruing to the state government is facing slow growth amidst constraints in tax laws.

He noted that the state could widen its tax base and enhance efficiency in the collection mechanism, whereas, it’s yet to fully optimise its tax potential.

The governor disclosed these on Monday when he received members of the Presidential Committee on Fiscal Policy and Tax Reforms led by its chairman, Taiwo Oyedele, at the State House, Marina.

The visit was part of the extended consultations with sub-national stakeholders to develop a viable tax administration framework for the country.

Sanwo-Olu noted that the state can do a lot from the “revenue generation standpoint; more importantly, from the effective generation and utilisation of the tax. During our bilateral meetings in preparation to present next year’s budget, we pulled numbers up to N7 trillion based on our needs. But we are constricted by only the amount of revenue we can generate and pegged the value at N2.2 trillion.

“This speaks to the huge gap that we have in our capacity to develop the economy quicker and faster. We can no longer continue to complain. What are those things we can do to improve our revenue stream and our ability to be able to leapfrog and take governance in a more audacious way? This engagement with your committee is critical at this time, as you go around states to have feelings of what the bottlenecks are.”

Sanwo-Olu said the committee’s objective was not to generate abstract and non-implementable documents but to practically identify tax issues facing sub-national governments and eliminate bottlenecks.

The governor urged the committee to come up with a quality intervention that would help the state attain its full potential in revenue generation and fiscal sustainability.

He said, “We all need to work collaboratively on this objective. If all constraints are attended to, we should begin to see monumental changes in our revenue projection. The potential is there and the numbers show the results we can achieve if fully explored, but we cannot sit back and think things will change overnight if we do not take the right approach to resolve the issues.

“We expect every member of this committee would put all your skills and mental resources into this task. I believe the committee will achieve the objectives for which Mr. President set it up. As a State, we are ready to give you all the support required. We will open our books and share data to learn where we also need to make changes for higher revenue performance.”

Oyedele said Lagos was the first port of call for the committee considered to visit in its nationwide consultation, noting that the state’s achievement in tax reform had been a model that had been adopted by other states.

The tax specialist said the country needed to address its revenue problems, which, he said, would involve creating a robust tax system and quality spending.

He said, “We are no longer at a point where we can continue to celebrate incremental progress in revenue generation; we need to accompany it with a transformational shift in the quality of spending of the generated revenue.

“Our spending on the ration of GDP is the lowest in the world. We need to address this without taking attention away from the quality of spending.”

(Punch)

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Kogi, Lagos, Rivers most expensive states in Nigeria as inflation rises to 28% – NBS

Kogi, Lagos, and Rivers are the most expensive states in Nigeria, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

NBS’s November latest Consumer Price Index disclosed that the All-Items Inflation rate is the highest in the three states.

Accordingly, the report stated that Kogi (33.28 per cent), Lagos (32.30 per cent), and Rivers (32.25 per cent) states recorded the prices on a year-on-year basis.

Meanwhile, Borno (22.47 per cent), Katsina (24.91 per cent), and Plateau (25.53 per cent) recorded the slowest rise in Headline inflation on a Year-on-Year basis.

On a month-on-month basis, however, November 2023 recorded the highest increases in Kano (3.55 per cent), Kebbi (3.34 per cent), Borno (3.24 per cent), while Taraba (0.74 per cent), Anambra (1.00 per cent) and Enugu (1.18 per cent) recorded the slowest rise in Month-on-Month inflation.

Narrowing the analysis to food inflation in November 2023, on a Year-on-Year basis, Kogi was highest (41.29 per cent), Kwara (40.72 per cent) and Rivers (40.22 per cent), while Bauchi (26.14 per cent), Borno (27.34 per cent) and Jigawa
(27.63 per cent) recorded the slowest rise in food inflation on a Year-on-Year basis.

On a Month-on-Month basis, however, in November 2023, food inflation was highest in Cross River (4.37 per cent), Edo (3.95 per cent) and Rivers (3.91 per cent), while Anambra (0.63 per cent), Oyo (0.91 per cent) and Bauchi (1.00 per cent) recorded the slowest rise in inflation on a Month-on-Month basis.

DAILY POST reports that Nigeria’s inflation in November rose to 28.20 per cent.

(Daily Post)

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Retire once you are tired, Lagos CJ tells judges

The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, has advised judges not to die on the job, but to retire if they can no longer do well on the bench.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Alogba gave the advice at the public presentation of a book written by the Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Lawal Pedro (SAN) in Ikeja on Wednesday.

The book titled ‘The Supreme Court of Nigeria; History, Establishment, Jurists and Speeches’ was co-authored by Mr Abdulrasheed Ibrahim.

Alogba said judges should retire from the bench if they were no longer in good health.

According to him, regardless of the retirement age, judges should be able to eat the fruits of their labour.

He said: “When it comes to a time until death do you and service part, I do not agree.

“You must assess yourself when you are tired, do not wait, please go home and rest.

“There is nothing you want to do again which you could not have done on the bench before you got to the stage of being tired if you are really interested in the work.

“You do not need to die and have a valedictory for you, so retire if you are no longer in good health.”

The chief judge said that the issue of retirement age should be an individual thing.

According to him, good health is by God’s grace and judges should retire when they no longer have it.

He said though the retirement benefit might be peanut, he did not think any judge who had been in practice for quite some time before coming to the bench, would be a poor man.

“Ostentation apart, but to live a simple, quiet, and reasonably comfortable life, any judge who has spent 10 to 15 years on the bench,  should be able to do that.

“So why do you want to kill yourself on the job and then people will just collect your benefit after you have died?

The law has spoken; speak for yourself and assess if you are mentally and physically capable of going on with the work, but if your answer is no, go back home,” the chief judge said.

(NAN)

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Yaba overpass, others will end train-vehicular crashes, says Lagos gov., Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, said his administration was concerned about the safety of Lagosians, hence, the construction of bridges across rail lines in the state.

The governor, who spoke during the unveiling of the Yaba Overpass at Tejuosho Junction, Yaba, on Thursday, said his government commenced the construction of four bridges across rail lines between Oyingbo and Ikeja to stop the “avoidable fatal accidents on railway crossings.”

The Yaba Overpass, which is to serve the Red Line rail station, is a T-bridge design, which is one of the five bridges the Lagos State Government was apportioned for construction out of 10 to separate vehicular and train traffic. The Federal Government is to handle the remaining five.

Speaking at the inauguration, Sanwo-Olu said, “About three years ago, we commenced the construction of four bridges across rail lines between Oyingbo and Ikeja. The bridges, located at Ikeja, Mushin, Yaba and Oyingbo, are designed to ensure the safety of our people.

“Over the years, we have recorded avoidable fatal accidents on railway crossings, most of the time due to human errors. We recall the last one which occurred in March this year at PWD/Ikeja GRA level crossing involving a Lagos State government staff bus. Sadly, lives were lost and people suffered varying degrees of injury in that accident.

“Today’s ceremony is, therefore, significant because, with this overpass and others at Ikeja, Mushin and Oyingbo, which will be formally opened before the end of the year, there will be no more occurrence of train-vehicular accidents at these locations.”

The governor, while speaking on the projected completion of the Red Line rail before the end of the year, said the construction of the Green, Purple and Orange Lines rail system would commence soon.

“It’s my pleasure to announce that three additional rail lines will be added soon, because we’ve done extensive feasibility and viability studies. The Green Line is a 68km rail route from Marina all the way to the Lekki Free Trade Zone. The Purple Line is a 60km length all the way from the Redemption camp in Ogun State to Ojo Majority in Lagos West region. And, of course, we also want to do the Orange Line, from Agbowa in Ikorodu to Ikeja,” he said.

He added that the implementation of the rail lines across the state “will improve the travel experience of our people, reduce congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve their lifestyles.”

Sanwo-Olu called on residents of the state to take ownership of the transport projects across the state and protect them.

He also warned that the bridges are not to be turned into places where traders display their wares.

“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, our transport projects have been implemented at a huge cost. We should not feel unconcerned when societal enemies are bent on destroying our commonwealth. We should be concerned because great societies are built and sustained when their people take ownership of their infrastructure.

“I, therefore, ask you all to protect this bridge from vandals and other societal enemies.

“For the avoidance of doubt, let me reiterate that this bridge is not a marketplace; the steps, ramps, and sidewalks are not for displaying wares.

(Punch)

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14 LASTMA officials to face panel over extortion

FOURTEEN officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, will face a disciplinary panel over alleged extortion and high-handedness, in line with the extant rules and regulations of the state.

Vanguard learned that the officials consisted of 11 seniors and three juniors, who were allegedly caught, at different locations across the state, extorting money from motorists.

Confirming the development, Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, Adebayo Taofiq, said that the affected officer’s cases had been investigated and would be facing “Government Disciplinary Committee known as the Personnel Management Board, (PMB) Discipline, which will adjudicate their cases in line with the Public Service Rules”.

Meanwhile, the General Manager of LASTMA Mr. Bolaji Oreagba said the Agency would continue to offer stiff and severe punishment on officers and men in its effort to weed the agency of a few bad elements tarnishing its image.

According to him, “We thereby call on residents especially the motoring public to support us by promptly reporting any errant officers at the nearest LASTMA offices or use any of the Agency’s complaints hotlines with proof of evidence”

He also advised all officials of the Agency to always carry out their duties without fear or favour, in accordance with the stipulated laws guiding the authority, threatening that officials caught in the process of “ bringing the agency or the Government into disrepute shall face the consequence.”

(Vanguard)

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FG halts pilgrimage as Lagos airlifts 310 from Jerusalem over Israel-Hamas war

Following the raging war between Israeli armed forces and the Hamas terrorist organization, the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, NCPC, yesterday announced the suspension of all pilgrimages to Israel and Jordan.

This is coming as the Lagos State government also yesterday announced the airlift of 310 pilgrims from Jerusalem back to the state.

The casualty figure from the conflict has continued to rise, with over 1,600 dead, thousands wounded and hospitalized and many others still unaccounted for.

Announcing the suspension of the pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan, NCPC in a statement signed by the Head of Operations, Abu Okpanachi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Yakubu Pam, said the commission deeply regretted the inconveniences caused as a result of the postponement.

The commission had initially disclosed plans to airlift consular and self-sponsored intending pilgrims in the later hours of yesterday to Amman in Jordan, where they were to spend four days before airlift to Israel.

Okpanachi, however, assured the pilgrims that the commission would re-start the exercise as soon as the situation in Israel improved.

The statement reads; “I am directed to inform you that our planned pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan has been postponed due to the prevailing crisis situation in Southern Israel.

“The Executive Secretary deeply regrets every inconvenience this will cause you and prays that the Good Lord will give peace in our hearts, knowing that all things work together for good for us who love God.

“Kindly be assured that as soon as the situation improves, the Commission will commence the pilgrimage exercise. May the Good Lord honour you greatly for your understanding.”

310 Lagos pilgrims return

Similarly, the Lagos State Government announced yesterday that it airlifted 310 Christian pilgrims from Jerusalem back home amid the raging conflict.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed this via his verified social media handles.

The governor, while responding to calls from the pilgrims, wrote on his X handle (formerly Twitter): “Good morning Lagos, I’m happy to announce that we have successfully airlifted and returned all 310 citizens who went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Israel.

“I want to thank you all for your concern and I must also express my joy to our Ministry of Home Affairs for a job well done.”

Congratulating the pilgrims, NCPC, Executive Secretary, Mr Pam expressed excitement over their safe arrival while commending their good conduct throughout the exercise. “I am very excited to know that our fifth batch of pilgrims returned safely to the country, sound and complete,” he said.

Global shock waves

The spiralling conflict has been felt globally, with oil prices surging on fears of tightening supplies.

US energy firm, Chevron said it suspended operations at a natural gas platform off Israel’s coast at the request of authorities.

Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in a phone call that the Gulf kingdom is working to prevent the conflict from spreading across the region, state media said early Tuesday.

The European Commission said it was reviewing its development aid to the Palestinians, but clarified that no support had yet been suspended. Britain said it is undertaking a similar review.

Conflict taking toll on children — UNICEF

The United Nations’ agency for children, UNICEF, said yesterday that the conflict in Israel and Palestine was taking a “horrendous toll” on the lives of children.

According to reports, hundreds of children have been killed since Saturday.

“The ongoing surge of conflict-related violence continues to take a horrendous toll on the lives of children and their families in Israel and the State of Palestine.

“We call on all parties not to target children and take all necessary measures to ensure their protection during hostilities,’’ UNICEF spokesman, James Elder, said in a statement.

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BREAKING: APC, Sanwo-Olu win as Tribunal dismisses PDP, LP’s petitions on Lagos guber

Babajide Sanwo-Olu and All Progressives Party have won again as the Lagos Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal dismissed the petitions brought by Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour and the Labour Party, and Olajide Adediran, also known as Jandor of the People’s Democratic Party, challenging the victory of March 18 governorship election.

Jandor had contested the results of the March 18 governorship election in Lagos state, challenging the victory of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dr. Obafemi Hamzat.

Justice Mikhail Abdullah announced the decision while delivering judgment on the objections raised by the respondents in the case.

Details later…

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Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat ticket inseparable, says tribunal

The Lagos Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has said that the governorship ticket of Babajide Sanwo-Olu and that of his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat are one ticket and inseparable.

Justice Mikhail Abdullahi stated this while delivering judgment in the objection of PDP candidate Olajide Adediran against the election of Governor Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat in the March 18 election in the state.

Governor Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat are the 2nd and 3rd respondents in the petition.

The tribunal held that this issue has been decided in a number of cases and went on to hold that a deputy governor and governor are not separate candidates.

The tribunal also held that they are not required to pay a separate security deposit.

The petitioner, Adediran a.k.a Jandor, had also asked the tribunal to decide whether a person who lost an election could be joined as a respondent in an election petition.

Adediran had joined the Candidate of the Labour Party, Rhodes-Vivour as a respondent in his petition.

Citing a list of decided cases, the tribunal held that a petition is contemplated to be filed between the winner and the loser of an election and not between two persons who lost.

The tribunal therefore upheld the prelim objection of the 2nd and 3rd respondents and subsequently struck out the name of the 5th respondent, Rhodes-Vivour from the petition filed by Ade.

The tribunal also expunged from its records all exhibits tendered in evidence by Rhodes-Vivour in the petition filed by Adediran.

The tribunal held that Rhodes-Vivour cannot subsequently go on to challenge any part of the judgment of the Jandor’s petition or else he becomes a meddlesome interloper.

In a similar vein, the tribunal held that the 6th respondent, the Labour Party, ought not to have made a respondent in Adediran and the PDP’s petition.

The name of the party was subsequently struck out for being improperly joined.

All evidence and exhibits concerning the party were also expunged from the tribunal’s records.

The Tribunal however disagreed with the objections made by the APC & its candidate that the Mis joinder of the LP & its candidate was a ground for striking out the petition.

The tribunal held, “That the 5th and 6th respondent ought not to have been made respondents to the petition cannot rob the tribunal of the jurisdiction to hear the parties. The question of misjoinder cannot lead to a striking out of the petition as the proper order to make is to strike out the names of the parties”.

“Already the name of the 5th respondent has been struck out and the 6th respondent who has been found to be improperly joined is also ordered to be struck out”.

Details shortly…

(Nation)

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Lagos guber: Court to deliver judgment on Sanwo-Olu’s victory September 25

The Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has fixed a date to deliver judgment on petitions brought before it after the 2023 election.

The judgement will be delivered on Monday, September 25.

The governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour made this disclosure on Saturday.

Via a post on X, Rhodes-Vivour said he has been told that the ruling will be delivered on Monday.

He posted, “We have just been informed that judgement on our election petition at the tribunal will be delivered on Monday, the 25th of September.”

Rhodes-Vivour, alongside the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Abdul-Azeez Adediran approached the tribunal with their separate petitions.

Citing electoral fraud, among other claims, the two parties are asking the tribunal to nullify the re-election of governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Each of them wants to be declared winner of the election.

(Daily Post)

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