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FIRE: SANWO-OLU VISITS BALOGUN MARKET, SYMPATHISES WITH TRADERS

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu

 

…Says Lagos Island Due For Regeneration

…Governor Summons Emergency Meeting With LGA Chairmen Over Market Safety

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, visited Martins Street on the Lagos Island to sympathise with Balogun Market traders, following an inferno that completely razed a five-storey building in the market on Tuesday.

Although, there was no casualty in the fire incident that gutted the building accommodating scores of clothing shops, traders lost materials worth millions of Naira in the inferno.

Sanwo-Olu identified with those whose shops were razed, but called for calm as Government’s emergency response team made efforts to salvage other valuables left in the building.

The Governor, however, said the fire incident brought out the need for total regeneration of Lagos Island to prevent incidents that could endanger the lives of residents. The move, Sanwo-Olu added, would include a meeting with owners of some abandoned high-rise buildings dotting the area for possible use of the property.

Besides, he said the Government would be conducting integrity test on all buildings in the Central Business District (CBD) on Lagos Island, adding that his administration would re-visit the regeneration master plan already designed by previous administrations. He urged all families that own property on the Lagos Island to support the move.

Sanwo-Olu said: “This fire incident presents discussion for complete regeneration of Lagos. Here, we have a lot of buildings as old as a century. Now is the time to look into the master plan for complete regeneration of entire area. All families must support our move to start the regeneration.

“We also have abandoned high-rise buildings on the Island and we have done audit of all these buildings. We need to have conversation with the owners on how we can put the abandoned property to better use. There are a lot of traders who wish to take away their wares from the road and occupy these abandoned building. We need to talk the owners and reach an agreement on a scheme that would make traders use the abandoned property.”

Sanwo-Olu condemned the hazardous and unsafe conditions created by some traders, who used heavy generating set on topmost floors of multiple-storey buildings in the market. The Governor said the integrity test to be embarked on by the Government would ensure enforcement of structural codes to desist traders from creating condition that would endanger lives and property.

The Governor also said administration would build the Phase II of the Oluwole Modern Market to discourage street trading. The market, he said, would eliminate incidents of fire and other hazards associated with uncoordinated trading.

Sanwo-Olu said the State could not longer tolerate recklessness in market allocations by officials of Local Government Area, disclosing that he had called for an emergency meeting with council chairmen for discussion on shop allocations across markets within the State.

He said: “I have summoned an emergency meeting with all Local Government Areas chairmen later today. We cannot condone reckless approach in which shops are located to people in manner that is not coordinated. When problems arise, it comes back to State Government. We will not fold our arms and wait for disasters like this to repeat itself.”

The Governor said the fire incident should serve as a pointer to us on the need to place high premium on safety of lives and wares in market place. He said the Government would hasten up its discussion with electricity distribution companies for regular power supply to markets.

Sanwo-Olu promised that the Government would support traders whose means of livelihood were destroyed in the incident.

 

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Interpol Detains Ex-AGF Bello Adoke In Dubai

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Interpol in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE),  reportedly detained  a former Attorney-General of Nigeria, Mohammed Bello Adoke.

Adoke was  detained following confusion over a warrant of arrest that has already been vacated.

A federal capital territory (FCT) high court in Abuja had issued a warrant of arrest against Adoke and four others on April 17, 2019, following a request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the controversial OPL 245 deal executed by the federal government in 2011.

However, following an application by Adoke’s lawyers, the court, presided over by D. Z. Senchi, vacated the warrant on October 25, 2019, declaring it “null and void and of no effect whatsoever”. While the first order was sent to Interpol by the Nigerian police, the vacating order was not transmitted, thereby creating confusion for the multinational force.

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The EFCC, reacting to the vacated order, had said it would advertise the originating summons in the newspapers after which it would declare the defendants wanted if they fail to appear for trial. Adoke himself said he was preparing to return to the country after releasing his book and attending to his health.

 

The senior lawyer, who was said to have arrived Dubai on Monday, November 11, for a scheduled medical check-up, was quizzed by the Interpol and then taken into custody following the mix-up.

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Adoke has been on self-exile since 2015, accusing the EFCC of trying to humiliate him and maintaining that he did no wrong in the OPL 245 affair.

 

He recently published his memoir, “Burden Of Service: Reminiscences of Nigeria’s former Attorney-General”, detailing his role in the OPL 245/Malabu Oil deal as well as other events that happened in the Goodluck Jonathan administration, which he served as AGF from 2010 to 2015.

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Kogi West Rerun Election: I Reject Factitious Result In Totality-Dino Melaye

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Senator Dino Melaye has rejected the results of the Kogi West Senatorial District rerun election which held on Saturday November 16.

Melaye who described the election as “helicopter election”, told newsmen that it was marred by compromise, extreme violence, and rigging.

According to Dino, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should have stopped the collation of results following the violence recorded in the election.

“The innovation is that what we had is what I have christened ‘Helicopter election’. For the first time, rigging has been advanced to the level that now the use of a helicopter in perpetuating this electoral atrocity manifested yesterday,” he told newsmen in Abuja.

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“Helicopter hovering around Polling units in Lokoja, dropping bullets on innocent, harmless citizens and electorate; and as I speak, yesterday, teargas being fired from this helicopter.

“Despite the fact that this helicopter was used in harassing, intimidating and firing innocent electorates, the votes of those places were carted away and taken to the government house, stuffed and brought back to the collation centre and they have been accepted and admitted and collation is ongoing.

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“They brought mayhem on my own community and even killed my nephew, we are waiting to see what INEC will do, but I reject in totality, this fictitious result and I want to say that all these are not about the election, it is about Dino Melaye,” he said.

Recall that the election that saw Melaye emerging as the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District was nullified by an Appeal Court on October 11.

 

 

 

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 “Style By Zenith 2.0” Set To Take Centre Stage

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Nigeria will play host to foremost designers and brands, as the second edition of ‘Style By Zenith’ set to hold.

A lifestyle fair, ‘Style by Zenith 2.0’ will hold between Friday, November 29, and Sunday, December 1, at the Eko Energy City, Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island, Lagos.

With an interesting line up of activities such as runway modelling, modelling masterclasses, exhibition of lifestyle, beauty, health & fitness products, food and drinks, games arcade for both children and adults as well as musical concert featuring Nigeria’s biggest artistes, it’s a must-attend event.

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It is billed to feature designers such as Tom Ford, Dolce and Gabbana, Tokyo James, Eyola, Mai Atafo, Okunnoren Twins, Ejiro Amos-Tafiri, Telvin Nwafor, Fikirte Addis, House of Kaya, Gozen Green, Trish O, Chulaap, Agatha Moreno, Sunny Rose, Nonnistics, Caesar Couture, Yartel, Orapeleng Mdutle, Mustapha Hassanali, and the Fabric Hub, amongst others.

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The ‘Style by Zenith’ initiative which launched in 2018 is aimed at supporting and creating value for customers by focusing on various aspects of their lifestyle.

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