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Lagos Tasks Force: The Brigandry Of A Police State By Bolaji O. Akinyemi.



Lagos Tasks Force: The Brigandry Of A Police State By Bolaji O. Akinyemi.


Lagos Tasks Force: The Brigandry Of A Police State By Bolaji O. Akinyemi.



A democratic society should rely purely on the rule of law and its processes at achieving peaceful co-existence among its component parties!





Nigeria is of course a country in practice of Constitutional Democracy on paper!

Our reality speaks to the contrary!






Recently, in order to redeem the integrity of the police force, the new IGP Mr Kayode Egbetokun took the decision to withdraw all mobile police-men attached to VIPs!


Lagos Tasks Force: The Brigandry Of A Police State By Bolaji O. Akinyemi.




The police before now, had been so abused that some have become mere bag carriers for our oga madams as we call them!




Others are family errands men, in some cases these attached officers serve as bullies for their paymasters!




Lagos is the worst hit of all the states, where in a bid to fast-track enforcement, task forces are set up!

This however has proven to be counterproductive, a country that is under-policed is forced to pull out of the limited number of its officers to serve the special needs of the state on tasks considered special!





Truth be told, most task force operations have easy access to money and officers will do anything to head or be selected to be on the task force!

The existence of tasks force has made accountability of the Force on its men and officers difficult!





Officers attached to the Tasks force, in some cases, are ready and available tools of harassment for those who can afford to pay for such illegalities! As they are not easily traceable to a Police station, area, or command of the police where such nefarious activities are carried out.







There is the BRT track monitoring task force operating in manners that suggest that they are given a certain amount to deliver on a daily basis. “Offenders” are at the mercy of these contractors. Against the practice in the civilized state of a computerized camera system.





The task force is the only way for Governors to have loyalty and control of police officers who by the infraction of our constitution are compelled to be loyal to the IGP and consequently the President.

Akinwunmi Ambode as Governor of Lagos State, gave attention to the issue of land grabbers and set up a task force to that effect.

One would have thought that its existence would curb the menace of Land grabbing, but a new twist is the brigandry of “Federal Police” disarming “State police” over land disputes!





I use the words Federal and State in the context of the drama at 37A Ajisafe Street, Ikeja GRA, where a police team claiming to be acting on the order of the IGP came to disarm officers of Nigerian police on security duty!






A complaint written by FESTUS IGHAGBON & CO. Dated 2nd of August, 2023, a firm of Barristers, Solicitors, and Corporate & Property Consultants, haplessly addressed to
The Director,
Department of State Services,
Ikoyi,31, Kingsway Road.




COMPLAINT AGAINST AL-TRADE AGENCIES LIMITED, MESSRS JULIUS ESHIET, YEMI BALOGUN, AND SOME OTHERS YET UNKNOWN FOR FORGERY AND INTIMIDATION according to them became necessary as a result of the confusion occasioned by police against police in their unfortunate frustrations!

The complaint reads:

“We refer to the above-mentioned matter as we write as Solicitors to Viagem Property and Investment Limited ‘our client.’ We are aware that our client is the bona fide owner of a landed property situated and lying at No. 37A Ajisafe Street, Ikeja G.R.A. Lagos State.




The said property was purchased from Western Metal Productions Company Limited under the supervision of Access Bank Plc to which it was hitherto mortgaged as collateral.
The history of the property and ownership dates back to 1962 when it was first assigned to Nigerian Enamel-ware Company Plc by the defunct Western Region Government.





So, the property was assigned to Nigerian Enamel-ware Company Plc who in turn assigned the same to Western Metal Productions Company Limited (Wemco). Wemco eventually assigned it to our client. All the parties mentioned have been in possession and are still in possession till date!





The property is purely under Lagos State Government which duly granted consent to the parties up to our client in the year 2019!

The various documents of title are herein enclosed and marked as documents 1, 2, and 3.

Our client’s own is registered as 76/76/2625 and dated July 2019, being the latest!




Sometimes in the year 2021, the above-named persons i.e. Al-trade Agencies Limited, Julius Eshiet, Yemi Balogun, and some other unknown persons started to parade the vicinity of the property and made several attempts to invade the property with the aid of some fierce-looking men to take forceful possession of the property.





Their attempts were warded off and this made them resort to the Lágos State Task Force under the chairmanship of Shola Jeje Oloye!




The said chairman invited the parties to his office with their relevant documents of title. He dismissed them when he noticed that they were fraudsters. They procured the possession of the same. They were warded off. Next, they complained to the Commandant of MOPOL 20, Oduduwa Street, Ikeja, who, having gone through their forged documents, dismissed them. They went back to the site and attempted to abduct the security men thereon but failed. Still, in the bid to achieve their nefarious purpose, they complained to the Lagos State Task Force on Land Grabbers and later abandoned the case.





Sometime in July 2023, our client commissioned some workers to clear the site and demolish the dilapidated buildings thereon, they attempted to abduct the workers but were frustrated by them. They therefore went to lodge false complaints to lkeja Police Division who came to the site and arrested the workers and occupants found thereon. They were subsequently released on bail.





As the investigation was ongoing, they abandoned the case and lodged further false complaints to the A.I.G. Office, Alagbon under the Escort Unit!






The officers came to the site and arrested everybody found thereon numbering about 15 persons. In the midst of the confusion that ensued, some fierce-looking men suspected to be thugs, but claimed to be members of the dreaded O.P.C., invaded the property and attempted to take possession and cause mayhem but were promptly arrested and taken to Ikeja Police Station. They were there and then released on the orders of officers from A.l.G. Alagbon’s office.
As at the time of this petition, the suspects and their faceless men are still lurking around the property waiting for the slightest opportunity to cause havoc!





All the relevant documents supporting the allegations are herewith enclosed including a copy of the Lagos State Government permit to demolish the property which is marked Document 4!




Since the Federal Government does not have landed property within the vicinity of the property in question, we highly suspect that the C of O registered as No. 17/17/263 Federal Lands Registry dated 16th October 2021, which they are parading about, is fake and forged and the persons behind it should be unraveled!




The address used for the company is NO. 6, Adele Street, Apapa, Lagos while the phone number of Yemi Balogun is 08033891073. This is because we don’t have their fixed address.




We, therefore, appeal to the good offices of the Director of the DSS to use their offices to track down the suspects and their cohorts before they commit mayhem!

If they have an actionable case, they ought to know where to go rather than using force and intimidation!

Thank yóu.
Yours faithfully”




The petition was signed by Festus p. lghagbon, Esq.
Fort and on behalf of Festus lghagbon & Co.”

The Assistant Director, Department of State Services, was also copied.







The drama of police against police, I hope is not now being upgraded to DSS against Nigerian police by a frustrated Lagosian in his desperation to keep possession of his property! Will you blame him?





When land grabbers opt for a quick-fix approach and the civility of referring them to the judiciary process is intercepted by some police officers in the hope of gain, then we are heading for a state of anarchy!





A call to the number of Yemi Balogun for his side of the story was picked, I introduced myself but once I mentioned the address of the property, an uncomfortable tone intercepted me and claimed he is not interested in my enquiry and cut the call rudely.





Even at the risk of system failure, it is important that failure is properly defined and apportioned so we know where to lay the blame and which system to up to serve the greater good of Nigeria!

The parties involved in this drama should know that the reasonable thing to do is go to court!





The attention of His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos should be called to this, same for that of the IGP and the Director of Department State Services, Mr Yusuf Magaji Bichi.






Mr Nuhu Ribadu, Special Adviser to the President on National Security, needs to help us notify Mr President that the DSS is being pitched against Nigerian Police in his backyard in Lagos!






He may need to act fast to restore confidence in the Judiciary System and refrain security agencies from meddling in cases where they lack constitutional jurisdiction before the peaceful serenity of GRA, Ikeja is turned into a needless battleground!


Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi is an Apostle and Nation Builder, Convener Apostolic Round Table, ART. Also the BOT Chairman Project Victory Call Initiative, AKA, PVC-Naija.

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Aare Adetola Emmanuel-King Celebrates Akarigbo of Remo on 61st Birthday



Aare Adetola Emmanuel-King Celebrates Akarigbo of Remo on 61st Birthday

Aare Adetola Emmanuel-King Celebrates Akarigbo of Remo on 61st Birthday



The Group Managing Director of Adron Homes and Properties; Aare Adetola Emmanuel-King Has congratulated and celebrated the Akarigbo of Remo and the Paramount ruler of Remo Land, HRM Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi CFR (Torungbuwa II) on his 61st birthday today.


Aare Adetola Emmanuel-King Celebrates Akarigbo of Remo on 61st Birthday




In a statement signed by his Senior Special Adviser on Media; Oladapo Sofowora, Aare Adetola described the Kabiyesi Alayeluwa Akarigbo as a King of many parts whose reign has been beneficial to all Remo sons and daughters across the globe. Aare Adetola further described him as a man of peace who is also forward-thinking and always ready to stand for what he believes in.


“Kabiyesi Alayeluwa Akarigbo of Remo is a father I hold in high esteem and I appreciate his fatherly love always. I marvelled at his approach to issues and his repertoire of knowledge in resolving crises. He is highly cerebral, cosmopolitan, peace-loving, considerate, knowledgable, and intelligent. Kabiyesi Alayeluwa Akarigbo carries the throne He occupies with so much prestige, which all sundry in Remo are proud of.”


“Under his reign, it has been from one greater height to the other. We have witnessed unprecedented success and growth rates across Remo land. I want to wish Kabiyesi Alayeluwa Akarigbo a long life in good health and wealth on the throne of his forebearers. I want to wish him more wisdom and the ability to steer the Remo Ship without sinking to the promised land. I also want to wish him hitch hitch-free reign on the throne of his ancestors. On behalf of me and my wife, Olori Aderonke Emmanuel-King, I want to wish you a happy birthday and many more years Kabiyesi Alayeluwa Akarigbo.”

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Lagos Speaker Receives ANAN President, Charges Members On Integrity



Lagos Speaker Receives ANAN President, Charges Members On Integrity

– Obasa says accountants must do more to help Nigeria

– ANAN president praises Lagos Assembly for achievements





The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has charged members of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) to always uphold the virtues of honesty, integrity and trust as components of their practice.

Dr. Obasa said these three virtues, if practised with a deep sense of patriotism, would contribute to making Nigeria greater and having a more positive global image.

The Speaker gave the advice when he received the executive members of ANAN led by its president, Dr. James Ekerare Neminebor, at the State Assembly complex.

“I congratulate you for the level you have taken your association to make your members capable of favourably competing with their counterparts across the world. Training people alone is a major task. It is an exercise we embark on regularly at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

“I want to urge you to continue to sustain the practice of learning, because learning does not have an end.

“Without people of your profession, there is hardly an organisation or institution including this House of Assembly that can stand in Nigeria. This is because records of transactions must be kept.

“However, we must all be ready to address the issues of honesty, integrity and trust. I am very sure that with your association, this can be achieved.

“Where your people carry out their duties with honesty, integrity and trust, they would assist Nigeria tackle what confronts us in this nation. We have been labelled to the extent that when you mention Nigeria, what people think of is corruption.

“With your association, we can change the tide and send positive signals to the rest of the world. You know nothing can happen in any organisation without being noticed by an accountant,” Obasa said.

He expressed joy that the association chose Lagos for the last leg of its training programme for its members saying the State remains open and receptive.

Earlier, Dr. Neminebor, who said they were at the House to inform the Speaker of their training programme holding in Lagos, commended the Assembly for helping to advance the growth and progress of the State through its legislative activities.

“I came to Lagos first in 1985. I have also visited in the recent past. But, I can see the wonderful things happening, because, you, a good man, decided to offer your service. Some of us who feared to come to Lagos in those days are now struggling to come.

“A colleague once said if a neck sits fine for a good head to stand on, the head will always succeed. The governor is working very hard because the House of Assembly provides him the ambience to succeed, thank you sir,” he said while commending the House for the safety currently enjoyed by visitors and residents of the State.



Lagos Speaker Receives ANAN President, Charges Members On Integrity

Eromosele Ebhomele
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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It was a jubilation galore on Sunday as members of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), including well wishers across the globe gathered to celebrate God’s faithfulness and grace upon the church at the 2nd thanksgiving anniversary.

The event which was to commemorate the reopening of the ministry after the glorious passing of its founder, the God’s General Senior Prophet TBJOSHUA on June 5, 2021 and to celebrate the great and mighty works of God still heralding the ministry under the new leadership of Pastor Evelyn Joshua.

The colourful event witnessed a huge turn out of members, well wishers, guest artistes and invited guests from all over the world with an array of kaleidoscope of group members in scintillating colours of different attires.

The elated Evelyn Joshua, cladded in a simple but elegant pink attire in her speech expressed gratitude to God, ministers and members of the church who have stayed with the church even in the time of challenges.

She promised that the church’s new administration would continually strive to preserve the legacy of the church’s founder, Prophet TB Joshua.

“The legacy of Prophet TB Joshua shall live forever” she said

Quoting from the book of Psalm 107:1 Pastor Joshua enjoined the people to give thanks to God “for He is good and His mercy endureth for ever”.

She also expressed profound gratitude to Emmanuel TV Partners for their unquantifiable support.
Highlighting various activities undertaken by the SCOAN in the year, Pastor Joshua mentioned the ministry’s including special meetings at The Prayer Mountain, outreaches in Ghana, Spain, Zambia and Kenya, and numerous charity events in Spain, Turkey, Malawi, Ukraine, Kenya and other parts of the world. The woman of God also commended the different groups in the church for their faithfulness and steadfastness making the church to continue to move forward in God’s grace.

High profile Gospel artiste including Christina Shusho from Tanzania performed at The SCOAN Shusho sang beautifully in Swahili language the popular southern and east African tongue to the excitement of the mammoth overflowing audience.

Guest artiste Akintayo Akinwande performed a medley of Nigerian praise songs while SCOAN youth deployed choreography to offer a dance offering to God and to illustrate a message by Prophet TB Joshua.

The Congregants also watched clips highlighting God’s goodness in various amazing dimensions.

De creme de la creme from all works of life including Bishop Micheal Fleming of Church On The Street, a charity based in the United Kingdom graced the earth-shaking thanksgiving service.

Foreign visitors from all over the world, different groups of the church danced to the altar with their thanksgiving offering as the SCOAN Chorister sang like never.

All who attended the service were richly blessed and filled with joy. The church has continued to wax stronger under the leadership of Pastor Evelyn Joshua.



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