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Panic As Traders, land Owners, developers protest demolition of shopping plaza in Lagos

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A group of traders, land owners and property developers, have protested over what they described as “unlawful’ demolition of their multi-million naira shopping plaza” by officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency.

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Panic As Traders, land Owners, developers protest demolition of shopping plaza in Lagos

 

 

 

 

According to them, officials of Lagos State Building Control Agency accompanied by policemen and thugs, stormed the plaza, a three- storey building at  7, 9, and 11, Akinsemoyin Street, by Breadfruit Street, Balogun, Lagos, and demolished the property.  The traders said they were not served any prior notice before the demolition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the protesters, in what appears to be a land-grabbing scheme, the property was later reassigned to another developer, who started building immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The traders, who demanded that they should be restored to the property and duly compensated for their loss, carried placards with different inscriptions, some of which read: ‘Sanwo-Olu, call LABSCA, LASURA, LASPPA to order,’ ‘Sanwolu do not be silent,’ ‘Sanwolu, you said our rights as Lagosians would be protected,’ ‘LABSCA GM, how much did you collect for this job,’ ‘LASURA GM, how much did you collect for this hatchet job,’ ‘Sanwolu must speak up about his involvement in the demolition of our shopping Plaza,’ among others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The traders alleged that despite being extorted by Lagos State government officials, who demanded payments of N2.5 million and N2 million respectively into two separate accounts (a GTB account number 0169226434 owned by one Olusogo Titilola, and a Wema Bank account number, 0243550566 owned by the House of Ghufraan,  supplied by LABSCA officials for the regularisation of all documents relating to the building, they still went ahead to demolish their property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Addressing newsmen during the protest, the developer of the demolished building, Mr. Chidozie Chikelu, Executive Director, Good Wave Resources Limited, who leased the land from the Akinsemoyin family, said: “After leasing the land from the Akinsemoyin, we followed due process to ensure that the land was free from previous acquisition or encumbrances that could render it ineligible to be sold or leased.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We also got the necessary building permit to build on the land after following due process. We got a letter from the Office of the State Surveyor-General dated July 13, 2021, with reference number 05G 272/2022/VOL X/64, signed by the duo of Tejuosho Adenike. A (Mrs) – Assistant Surveyor-General and Mr. Dada Oluwafemi, Principal Surveyor, on behalf of the Surveyor-General, Lagos State, gave the approval for the building to commence.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spokesman for the traders, Emeka Ojiego told of how they were all woken up on August 20, 2023,  to the news that officials from the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LABSCA, Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency, LASURA, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority and a combined team of armed policemen had invaded the site of the building located on 7, 9 and 11 Akinsemoyin Street, by Breadfruit Street, Balogun, Lagos with the clear mandate to bring the building down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking on the incident, the two members of the Akinsemoyin family, Oyeku Akinsemoyin and Gbenga Akinsemoyin, condemned the reckless invasion of their family land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“That land where the demolished complex was built belongs to our family. We have owned the rights to the land since it was acquired in 1944. It is a freehold and there has never been any contention over it up till now. We the Akinsemoyin family duly signed a 15-year agreement leasing this land to Chidozie Chikelu, the developer and CEO of Good Wave Resources Limited.”

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Eko Cares: Group Commends Sanwo-Olu’s Compassionate Leadership On Social Interventions

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has garnered praise from The Mandate Movement for his decisive actions in the face of economic challenges with the launch of the ‘Eko Cares’ initiative. The initiative, aimed at alleviating the hardships faced by residents, particularly the economically vulnerable, has been lauded as a significant step towards improving livelihoods in the state.

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The Chairman of The Mandate Movement, Abdullahi Ayinde Enilolobo, conveyed his gratitude to Governor Sanwo-Olu through a member of the group’s Central Working Committee (CWC), Prince Adewale Arogundade, for spearheading various interventions aimed at mitigating the adverse effects of inflationary trends. A total of 300,000 households are expected to benefit from the inaugural program.

According to Enilolobo, “This holistic approach shows Governor Sanwo-Olu’s commitment to addressing the multifaceted challenges facing Lagosians and ensuring that no one is left behind in the pursuit of progress. Additionally, measures such as free ante-natal care, reduced transportation fares, and support for small businesses underscore the government’s dedication to improving the quality of life for all residents.

“We at The Mandate Movement commend Governor Sanwo-Olu for this initiative put together for the residents of Lagos, which also collorates with the wonders of the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led administration. This clearly shows that the All Progressive Congress (APC) remains a beacon of hope for Lagosians, and Nigerians at large.”

Residents across Lagos have begun to laud the ‘Eko Cares’ initiative, stating that the government has shown determination to prioritize the well-being of its citizens, embodying the principles of empathy, inclusivity, and resilience in the face of adversity.

 

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An Icon of Service: NATCOM boss, Otunba Adejare Adegbenro’s Leadership Legacy

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In the intricate mosaic of Nigeria’s societal fabric, Otunba Adejare Adegbenro stands as a beacon of commitment, resilience, and service.

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Born on March 6th, 1973, in Lagos, he draws from a lineage steeped in political legacy, being the grandson of the late Premier of Western Region, Alhaji Daudu Sooroye Adegbenro. Raised in a family that values service to the community, Otunba Adegbenro has carved his path as a distinguished figure in Nigerian society.

The culmination of his familial heritage and dedication to community service was marked by his installation as the first Otunba Laje of Owu Kingdom in Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria.

This historic event, which took place on January 20th, 2018, under the auspices of His Royal Majesty Oba Olusanya Dosunmu II, traditional ruler of Owu kingdom, reinforced Otunba Adegbenro’s deep-rooted ties to his cultural heritage and commitment to uplifting his people.

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Beyond his traditional titles, his influence extends globally, with his appointment as High Commissioner by the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC), where he spearheads foreign special missions aimed at preventing illegal migration and human trafficking. This appointment is a testament of his reputation as a renowned security expert and industrialist, whose expertise transcends national borders.

In his role as the acting Director-General of the National Commission against the Proliferation of Arms, Light Weapons, and Pipeline Vandalism (NATCOM), Otunba Adegbenro has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to combating threats to national security. His vast experience in security consultancy and supply of security gadgets has positioned him as a pivotal figure in Nigeria’s security landscape.

However, Otunba Laje of Owu Kingdom’s contributions extend beyond the realm of security.

Through his foundation, the Otunba Adejare Adegbenro Foundation (OAAF), he channels his resources towards uplifting the less privileged in society. With initiatives ranging from the provision of boreholes to communities lacking access to clean water, to scholarships for deserving students, he exemplifies the spirit of philanthropy and communal solidarity.

Reflecting on his journey, Otunba Adegbenro once acknowledged the challenges he has faced, from navigating the complexities of entrepreneurship to confronting societal stereotypes.

Yet, through it all, he remains resolute in his commitment to service and upliftment. His philosophy, rooted in faith and compassion, drives him to make a tangible difference in the lives of others, regardless of obstacles encountered along the way.

Otunba Adejare Adegbenro stands as a testament to the power of leadership, resilience, and unwavering dedication to the common good. In him, Nigerians find not only a visionary leader but a compassionate steward of progress, whose impact reverberates far beyond the shores of his homeland.

 

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Bullying: Victim may sue As Abuja School Shut

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Lead British International School Abuja, which has been in the eye of the storm over viral videos of bullying involving some of its students, has been shut for three days.

The shutdown order was issued on Tuesday by the Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye.

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The Public Relations Officer of the FCT Education Secretariat, Kabiru Musa,  confirmed that the school had been shut down by the minister.

“Yes, it was shut down by the honourable Minister of Women  Affairs for 3 days,” Musa in response to a Whatsapp message by one of our correspondents.

 

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staff member of the school, whose name could not be ascertained as of press time, had earlier announced the shutdown of the school by the minister.

The PUNCH reports that an X user, @moooyeeeee, had on Monday night posted two videos of a female student of the school being repeatedly slapped by another female classmate.

The user called for justice for the victim. Since they were posted, the videos have drawn the wrath of many users of the microblogging platform, who condemned the incident and called for the school authorities to investigate and punish the culprits.

 

A third video depicting a separate case of bullying at the Lead British International School, Abuja emerged on Tuesday.

In the new video posted on Tuesday, some male students in the school’s uniform are seen surrounding another boy who appears to be in casual attire.

A student slapped the boy, who was on his knees, and then some of the other boys who were gathered appealed to stop the ‘bully’ from further harming the boy, who was later whisked away in the nine-second video.

An X user, @PopoolaJoke4, who posted the video wrote, “No be the same school?”, in response to the first viral video of bullying in the same school that was released earlier.

In one of the videos of the minister’s visit, the  representative of the school was heard saying, “By the request of the Minister of Women Affairs, we are Nigerians who respect rules and regulations and we are under the law because our school is actually recognised and our school is under the Federal Capital Territory, and we are registered and based on that, Lead British International School, Abuja is hereby shut  for three days.”

As of the time of filing this report, our correspondent could not ascertain whether the FCTA would use the occasion to investigate other private schools in which alleged cases of bullying take place in the FCT.

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Namtira Bwala, the student assaulted by her fellow students at Lead British International School, has written the school management, demanding a thorough investigation and heavy sanctions for the 11 students who bullied her.

Two of the bullies were identified tobe Maryam Hassan and a certain Faliya.

Bwala, in a letter addressed to the management of her school through her lawyers at the Deji Adeyanju and Partners Law Firm, gave the school an ultimatum of 48 hours after which she will seek legal redress.

 

A copy of the letter obtained by The PUNCH read, “Our client and several other parents in Lead British International School have informed us and we verily believe them that this act of bullying is a reoccurring issue in the school, and despite several attempts to draw the school’s attention to it, the issue has persisted, leaving our client traumatised from the emotional and physical effect of the oppressive acts by these daredevil bullies.

“Our client completely dissociates herself from the statement issued by the school on April 22, 2024, wherein a case of battery was unconscionably referred to as an ‘incident between minors’.

“Sequel to the foregoing, we have our client’s instruction to demand an immediate investigation and the pronouncement of the stiffest possible sanctions in the student’s rule book on Ms. Maryam Hassan, Miss Faliya and nine other students who have formed a cult of bullies in Lead British International School, Gwarimpa, Abuja.

“Please note that if the school fails to sanction the student bullies within 48 hours of the receipt of this letter, we have our client’s further instruction to seek an immediate and severe legal redress against Lead British International School, Gwarimpa, without further recourse to you.”

 

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