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Ambode dragged to court over revocation of Lekki land

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The story is being told in Lagos State of the hard nose treatment Governor Akinwunmi Ambode handed close friends of a former governor in South-West.

Allegations of nepotism and impunity flow freely just like tears for many selected for witch hunting.

Governor Ambode and one of the associates of the former governor are locked in a fresh tango over hasty revocation of land.

A letter dated August 8, 2016 and signed by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode revoked the existing Right of Occupancy in the parcel of land known and referred to as Block 128B, Plot 10, Lekki in Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Governor Ambode gave the failure to develop the Lekki land within the stipulated time and non-payment of ground rents and development charges as the grounds for the revocation.

“That I or any person duly authorized by me shall take possession of the said parcel of land and that any holder, owner or occupier of the said land or any part of it is accordingly directed to yield up possession of the land.”

“Any person who willfully hinder or obstruct the Governor or any person authorized by him from taking possession of the land or any part thereof or from the execution of any function under the provisions of the Land Use Act Cap. L5 of 2004 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria shall be dealt with according to Law.”

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But legal experts, public affairs analysts and prominent Lagos leaders are crying foul.

They claim that the property was fully fenced up to protect iron rods and blocks before the notice of revocation of right of Occupancy was handed over to the owner of the land.

They also recalled the encroachment committed by adjacent development owners, the need to regularize it and the visit of top officials of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to the site in view of enforcing physical and structural adjustment.

Incidentally, the owner of the land, Mr Ayodele Odunlami obtained court order restraining the Lagos State Government,  Office of the Governor of Lagos State (Bureau of Lands), Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Lagos State, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, their agents, privies, or any person acting for and on their behalf from assigning, disposing or purporting to dispose of, dissipating or laying waste to or otherwise dealing with the land  and property known and referred to as Block 128, Plot 10, Lekki in Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State pending the determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.

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Despite the restraining order, the Lagos State governor gave a go-ahead to his security aide to take over the property as a parting gift.

Some policemen and government officials under the authority of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the security aide were ordered to destroy the Walls and Boys Quarters (BQ).

The incident came on the heels of an outcry by some prominent South-West leaders about renewed efforts by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to take some lands from the owners and give them to his political cronies.

“It is undeserved, unmerited treatment to be given to a Lagosian” one of the leaders of the new South-west People’s Union, Chief Abayomi Ajasa said Monday in Lagos.

Ajasa told a gathering of eminent Lagosians that the security aide moved to the land and commenced construction on it, despite the judgement ordering all the parties to desist from taking possession of the land.

“Flouting a court order, they destroyed the structure on ground and started building whatever they want on the land” Ajasa added.

Credit:  Henry Ovie

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Man Steals Church’s Tithes, Offering

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An 18 year-old man identified as Elikor Ehud has been arrested by men of the Ejigbo police station in Lagos state for allegedly stealing a church’s tithes and offering.

Suspect arrested for stealing Tithes and Offerings in a church in Lagos (photo)

Suspected Thief, Elikor Ehud

Ehud stormed Divine Chosen Vine Ministry in the area and carted away the it’s tithes and offering.

A statement released by the state police command’s spokesperson, Bala Elkana, was quoted as saying on October 1st, one Pastor Moses Nwoke  of the Divine Chosen Vine Ministry, Furniture Avenue, Ejigbo, reported at the Ejigbo Police Station that on August 30th after Church Service, unknown persons broke the wooden boxes placed on the altar meant for tithes and special seeds of faith offering carting away the money inside.

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After a thorough and painstaking investigation conducted by the Ejigbo Police Station under the supervision of the Divisional Police Officer, Ehud was arrested on October 15th.

On interrogation, he confessed to stealing the sum of six hundred and seventy thousand Naira (#670,000.00) cash from the church boxes. He also mentioned one Lucky as his accomplice.

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According to the police, efforts are in place to apprehend the said accomplice, while the suspect will be charged to Court.

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CAN Caution MURIC Over Kidnapping For Christ Statement

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Joseph Hayab, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (Northern Region), has cautioned the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) over statements made by its director, Ishaq Akintola.

Akintola had associated the Christ to abduction and recent the news of the conversion of 9 Kano children who were reunited with their parents after 5 years.

He was quoted to have said: “kidnapping for Christ is disgusting, nauseating, wicked and reprehensible. Kidnappers have taken over the house of God. The phenomenon of kidnapping for Christ has now rented the air. We are shocked to our marrows.”

Reacting to Akintola, Hayab described his comment as “irresponsible, derogatory and provocative,” adding that there is nothing like kidnapping for Christ.

Hayab said:

“Criminals abound in everywhere and in every religion, for MURIC to say a crime was perpetrated for Christ, is sheer mischief aimed at provoking Christians,” he said.

“How could rational, sane and educated person, associate the action of criminals to a religion? There are many instances where Christian girls were abducted, forcefully converted to Islam and married off by criminals in Northern Nigeria. In some of these cases, the police either refused to act, or turned blind eyes.

“Will it be right to accused all Muslims for the action of such criminals? The answer is no.

“A particular group which belongs to a particular religious group has always been alleged to be responsible for the rampant kidnappings and banditry across the country, especially in the north, will it be right to say that they are committing the crime to promote their tribe or religion?

“We also have the case of Leah Sharibu who is still being held by Boko Haram insurgents for refusing to denounce her Christian faith and convert to Islam. No Christian has associated Muslims with such criminal acts.

“If we have any witness against the culprits behind the abduction, we will join hands with the people of Kano to testify against him or them in court.

“There is nothing like kidnapping for Christ. This evil kidnapper or child trafficker, knowing that he did not carry away the children for religion gave them new tribal names, MURIC should note.

“CAN northern states, therefore, condemned anybody carrying peoples children away and supports security agencies to investigate the matter and prosecute the culprits. Abduction of children is a criminal offence. MURIC can call whoever is found doing that whatever name they like, but don’t associate criminality with Christ.”

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I Started But I Did Not Finish, Man Who Raped 9 Year-old Girl Says

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A 30 year-old man named Mohammed Babangida arrested for raping a 9 year-old girl has denied committing the offence.

Babangida told men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), who arrested him that he actually attempted to rape the girl, but didn’t carry out the act.

According to the NSCDC, Babangida raped his victim on October 10 at Damare community in Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

He was nabbed after being linked to the sad act by Damara residents.

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“The suspect will be charged to court through the intervention and advice by Director of Prosecution (DPP), state Ministry of Justice, which we always partner with on capital offence that amounts to prosecution” The state Commander of the NSCDC, Nurudeen Abdulahi said.

 

Confessing to the crime when paraded before newsmen, Babangida said he gave the girl N50 and N20 on two respective occasions and tried raping her when they met for the third time after giving her N50.

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“I started but I did not finish,” he said, adding that someone knocked on the door and that was how it ended.

He asked for leniency, saying, “I have not done it before and I will not try it again. I have a wife and children. The government should pity me and not ruin my family.”

 

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