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UPDATE: Angry Mob Burns Down Lagos State Governor’s Family Home On Lagos Island |The Republican News

Sanwo-Olu family home set ablaze

Eniola Akinkuotu

Irate youths on Wednesday set ablaze the family home of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Omididun Street, throwing stones at the house.

Sanwo-Olu had imposed a curfew on the state due to the #EndSARS protests. Soldiers were subsequently called in and eyewitnesses claimed seven persons, mostly youths, died in the attack.

Eyewitnesses told The PUNCH that one of the youths holding a jerry can of petrol was seen soaking the house in petrol but was quickly stopped by residents for fear that the fire could spread uncontrollably.

Moments after, however, the youths succeeded in burning down the house.

The eyewitness, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “Around 7.45am, angry youths gathered around Sanwo-Olu’s family home on Omididun Street, Lagos Island, throwing stones and shattering glasses.

“One of the youths poured petrol on the building but was immediately prevented from setting it ablaze because the fire could spread and lead to loss of lives.

“However, the youths soon gathered again and burnt down the house. The fire is currently spreading but firefighters have arrived at the scene.”

It was learnt that policemen attached to the Adeniji Adele Police Station had raced to the scene in a bid to quell the violence. (Punch)

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Racist Chinese Restaurant: Lagos Gov’t Defends As More Victims Speak Up |RN

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Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

 

The Lagos State Government, on Tuesday, cleared the Chinese restaurant accused by some Nigerians of racism, even as yet another Nigerian, who was barred from entering the restaurant, spoke to The PUNCH.

The Lagos State Government’s position, made known via a Press statement issued by the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Steve Ayorinde, said that findings by its officers sent to “investigate the veracity of the claim” showed that the allegations were false.

“The two officers who went there on Monday did so incognito, and found the allegations to be false.

“The officers were served without any questions or discrimination. They also took photographs without being noticed.

“Our officers also observed that the restaurant had a number of Nigerians working inside there and did similarly observe that pepper soup, a Nigerian delicacy, is also on the menu.

“More importantly, the restaurant has been registered with the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture since 2016, as required by law.”

The ministry which regulates eateries, restaurants, hotels, and other hospitality facilities in Lagos promised to conduct further investigations.

However, findings by our newspaper, which is standing by its report, showed that the restaurant relaxed its obnoxious racist policy after the initial outrage on social media on Sunday.

After our report on Monday, the restaurant threw open its doors to the public.

One of the workers of the company who spoke to our reporter after he was turned back, had admitted that the restaurant took notice of the outrage on social media on Sunday.

A director of the company, Niyi Adegbite, who spoke to our Correspondent on Monday, also refuted the allegations of discrimination but added that the restaurant had two sections: One of the sections is open to the general public, while the other is strictly for Chinese.

According to Adegbite, “The restaurant is divided into two sections. There is one open to the public and there is one called Hot Pot.

“The Hot Pot is where you enter and cook on your own. All the ingredients are made available. But it’s only for Chinese nationals.

“Maybe it’s this one that some people tried entering and were disallowed and is now causing the outcry.”

Joshua Jenom Gidin, who said he was denied entry along with five of his friends last Saturday, said it all seemed like a joke at first when he was told that Blacks would not be let in.

Gidin, who is a journalist with Pulse TV in Lagos, said, “When we got to the gate, we saw some pretty Chinese girls going inside and we even laughed with them.

“When we attempted to go in, they refused to allow us in because we were Black.

“I first thought it was a joke, but when the guards repeated it almost five times, I knew they were serious.

“In order not to cause a scene, we left the place; but I made sure that I scored them low on Google reviews and let the whole world know that they are racists.

“I am sure it was after the negative reviews online and the condemnation on social media that they quickly decided to change their racist policy.”

Obianuju Uba, whose experience was published in one of our earlier reports, found it strange that the government could rush to defend the restaurant.

Uba said, “We know what we witnessed. The government cannot tell us otherwise. Why would I be making spurious allegations against a restaurant?

“If the guards had told us that the restaurant was a members-only establishment, we would have understood and left. But we were told that we would not be allowed in because we are Black. That is truly what happened.

“So, I was confused because I had never experienced such in my life.

“I was shocked that a Nigerian — and not a Chinese — was used as the security guard. The guard even spoke with a Yoruba accent, so I was sure that he was a Nigerian.

“I was pissed off and left, and I walked away while my friends continued to argue with him.”

Blessing Ukeje, a computer programmer who was part of a group that was turned back on Saturday, reiterated that she had visited the restaurant along with four other friends around 8pm on Saturday and that they were turned back because they were Africans.

Ukeje said, “When we were about to enter, a guard asked what we came for and we responded that we were there for Karaoke.

“He told us that they didn’t have a Karaoke bar, but his colleague said they have, and that anyone who wants to enter must enter with Chinese people.

“He said Blacks are not allowed. He said the Blacks that come must come with Chinese people.

“We were all shocked because, even when we travel, we never see such.

“So, I asked him again if he was sure and he said that was the management policy.

“I actually thought I was dreaming. I asked him if he was okay with it as a Black man and he said nothing.

“While we were standing there, we saw Chinese people going in. Two Chinese ladies and two Chinese guys went in. It was after our experience that we decided to expose these people.”

When asked if she was denied entry because of the way they were dressed, Ukeje said, “I was coming from a wedding and I was well dressed. Those people had no excuse for turning us back.

Also speaking with The PUNCH, Akpan Aniefiok, who was barred from entering the restaurant along with his friends, lambasted the state government for defending the restaurant.

Aniefiok, who is a student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, said he and his friends visited many fun spots on the same day without issue.

He said they had no reason to tell lies or unjustly malign anyone’s business.

The final year student said, “We visited three lounges on that fateful day. Why would we unjustly tell lies against the Chinese restaurant? What do we stand to benefit from such?

“What happened on that day was that the security guard told us that we would not be allowed inside because we are Black and that he was following orders.”  (Punch)

 

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Buhari Meets Tinubu Ahead Of Lagos APC Governorship Primary |The Republican News

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met behind closed doors with the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The meeting which was held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, came barely 24 hours before the APC governorship primary for the state slated for Tuesday.

It was gathered that the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, was, however, not part of the meeting Buhari had with Tinubu.

A Presidency source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the meeting to one of our correspondents.

“There was a meeting. But I don’t know what the meeting was about,” the source said.

Tinubu and other critical stakeholders in the party in the state had adopted Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu as their preferred choice for the party’s governorship ticket despite the fact that the state governor had expressed his intention to seek re-election.

The party leader had accused Ambode of deviating from the development blueprint prepared for the state.

While confirming the meeting between Buhari and Tinubu, another source in the camp of the former Lagos State governor, however, said nothing has changed.

He said, “You know that Asiwaju meets regularly with the President. They discuss party and the nation’s matters regularly. So there is nothing unusual about this meeting.”

When asked if Buhari had succeeded in resolving the matter, he replied, “What issue will be resolved when tomorrow (Tuesday) is primary?

“There is nothing to resolve. The people will elect their candidate at the primary on Tuesday.

“Asiwaju is back in Lagos from Abuja. Everybody is preparing for the primary.”

Ambode meets NWC panel, insists on credible primary

However, Ambode on Monday met with the panel appointed by the National Working Committee of the APC to conduct the primary in the state, insisting on a level playing field for all aspirants.

The governor, who spoke when he received members of the panel led by its Chairman, Mr Clement Ebri, said it was important that the election was free, fair and credible.

Ambode said he had no doubt that the panel would deliver a credible process, adding that such would go a long way to determine the future of Nigeria and the greatness of Lagos in particular.

“This is a star studded election team; the members are distinguished Nigerians in their individual and collective rights. There can’t be any better team than these distinguished personalities.

“I must tell you that what you have taken up may look like a political assignment, but history is on your side. You are being called upon to discharge a selfless service that would determine the future of this country and the greatness of this state.

“I receive this election team as being acceptable and credible to me enough to discharge its civic responsibility to the best of its ability; and to also say that whatever it is that is the outcome of the primaries, your presence has shown that this will be credible and this will be acceptable by me,” he said.

The governor, who recalled that he had gone through the same process with 12 other aspirants to emerge as the governorship candidate of the APC in 2014, said it was not out of place to have other aspirants contest for the same ticket.

“But all I seek is credible primary, transparent primaries and a level playing field.

“There were issues that we have raised and they have been put in form of a letter which I will pass to the chairman and I believe the committee will look into it judiciously,” Ambode said.

Earlier, Ebri, a former governor of Cross River State, said the panel deemed it fit to pay a courtesy visit to the governor as the number one citizen in the state.

“We have come to intimate you that this exercise is going to take place in the next few hours. The process we are laying out will ensure and guarantee transparency and credibility.

“We have people of integrity in this panel and I can assure you that we have the experience to conduct this exercise. We assure you of our sincerity and transparency and we seek your cooperation,” the chairman said.

He said a stakeholders’ meeting had been fixed for Monday evening at the party secretariat in Acme to enable aspirants and other stakeholders exchange ideas concerning the primaries in accordance with the democratic principles of the party.

Other members of the panel are Alhaji Ahmed Mahmud Gumel (Secretary), Mr Nze Chidi Duru, Chief Clever Egbeji, Senator Clever Ikisikpo and Ambassador Jerry Ugokwe.

‘Address Ambode’s allegations against Sanwo-Olu’

Meanwhile, activist lawyer, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has challenged the APC to come clean on the image and personality of one of its governorship aspirants in Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Adegboruwa’s challenge followed the allegations by the governor, that Sanwo-Olu, who sought to unseat him, was unfit to govern Lagos State because he had a criminal record.

Ambode had during a world press conference on Sunday alleged that Sanwo-Olu was once arrested and detained in the United States of America for spending fake dollar bills at a nightclub.

Ambode added that his challenger had undergone rehabilitation at the Gbagada General Hospital and was therefore unfit for governance.

In a statement on Monday, Adegboruwa said Ambode’s allegations against Sanwo-Olu were too weighty to be ignored by the leadership of the APC.

He argued that Nigerians deserved to know the true status of whoever would govern Lagos State.

He said, “Nigerians and Lagosians, in particular, deserve to know the true status of anyone aspiring to public office; not just in relation to health, but also his preferences, his financial status and all other areas of common concern. It is not proper to just wish this away.

“The APC, as a party, owes a sacred duty of disclosure. A sitting governor will not just wake up one day and be throwing allegations of mental instability against his opponent, who he knows very well, just for the sake of winning an election.

“The import of any serious health challenge for any person aspiring to the position of the governor of the largest economy in Nigeria is that of capacity.

It then raises the issue of a lame duck governor installed only as a figure head, but in truth not capable of governance.”

Crisis in APC, blessing for Lagos – Oyeniji

A governorship aspirant in Lagos State on the platform of the Alliance for New Nigeria, Mr Oluyinka Oyeniji, on Monday described the wrangling in the Lagos APC as a blessing to the people.

According to him, the crisis has provided an opportunity to dislodge “a few individuals who have for nearly two decades” ruled the state without accountability and transparency.

Oyeniji lamented what he described as uneven development in the state, arguing that under the current political arrangement, no governor in Lagos State could work independently.

The aspirant, who said the education and health sectors in Lagos State had been left in shambles, said, if elected governor next year, he would immediately declare a state of emergency in the two sectors.

He spoke ahead of ANN primaries in Lagos this week, according to a statement on Monday.

He decried the systematic dismantling of public institutions in the state and insisted that this could not have been the dream of the founding fathers of the state.  (Punch)

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Apapa Gridlock: Export Business May Collapse, Operators Cry Out |RN

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Indigenous exporters have cried out that their business is about grinding to a halt as a result of the difficulties in accessing the Lagos ports due to the near total collapse of roads leading to the port complex in Apapa.

Highlighting the problems associated with the deplorable state of the roads, the exporters said trucks bringing produce to be shipped abroad often spend weeks on the road before they would be allowed into the export terminal and that by the time they would have discharged their contents, the produce would have lost quality.

Speaking on behalf of the exporters at a press briefing in Lagos on Thursday, the President, National Cashew Association of Nigeria, Tola Faseru, said export commodities like cashew nuts, cocoa, sesame seeds ginger, hibiscus, shea nut and gum arabic, among others, were perishable and if not shipped on time, would perish.

Faseru said, “An exporter who can ship 1,700 tonnes of commodities per day under normal circumstances, when the Apapa Road was in good condition, now manages to only ship between 100 to 250 tonnes of commodities, and this is bad for business.

“Our truck drivers are idling away on Apapa Road, waiting in their trucks for as long as seven days to get into the port as against four hours.”

He added, “Bank customers who have borrowed or taken loans to finance their exports now find it difficult to meet their financial obligations and their inability to pay is hampered due to cost overrun as a result of this delay.

“Export warehouses are filled with commodities instead of being promptly shipped and they are rotting away. Transaction circle for all export is now taking longer than necessary and this is threatening export from Nigeria to the benefit of other countries that also produce and export same.”

As a result, Faseru stated that the exporters were now being forced to reduce their workforce due to the lull in export business arising from the Apapa gridlock.

He also alleged that the gridlock had given rise to corruption as security personnel were now collecting a bribe of N25,000 on every container, while the cost of transporting containers to the port had increased by 150 percent.

While describing the organisation of the port as an embarrassment to the nation, the exporters said there were eight roads at the APM Terminal, two of which were dedicated to exports, adding that inside the port, there were so much import consignments that export consignments could not go inside the terminal.

“This situation is not acceptable at all. We want all roads dedicated for export to be made absolutely for export only and nothing else,” Faseru added.

The exporters stated that the Oshodi-Apapa road to Sunrise required urgent palliative, adding that the emergency fixing of the road should be done within 14 days to allow for easy access to the port, while the core repairs go on, otherwise there would be a total collapse of the export business in two weeks.

The group also wants the Nigerian Ports Authority to be privatised as its level of inefficiency currently has become intolerable, while the concession of the APM Terminal should be terminated and the process for the choice of a new concessionaire/operator should be made transparent and open.

According to it, key private stakeholders, who are mainly exporters, should be involved in the process of appointing a new concessionaire for the terminal along with relevant government representatives.

Faseru added, “The obnoxious terminal handling charges should be cancelled immediately. Terminal charges were increased from N4,000 to N40,000 for 20-foot containers, and N6,000 to N60,000 for 40-foot containers. This is an increase of 1,000 percent. This increase is not supportive of the economic diversification of the Federal Government.

“Exporters should be granted unconditional express entry to the port in order to enable us to meet our export contractual agreements as foreign buyers are becoming wary of signing contracts with Nigerian exporters and if nothing is done, this situation of gridlock at Apapa may kill exports.”

The Chief Executive Officer, Starlink Global and Ideal Limited, Adeyemi Adeniji, said most cocoa exporters had been unable to deliver June consignments meant to be received by the importers in July, adding that it was now taking about 45 days instead of the normal 15 to 18 days to send cocoa from Nigeria to Europe.

“We are likely to be out of business in the next six months if the government does not come to our rescue. The non-oil economy target of the government is seriously being threatened by the situation at the ports,” he added.  (Punch)

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Ambode Will Deal With Kanu If He Tries To Hold Rally In Lagos – Lagos Lawmaker

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A Lagos state lawmaker has fired warning to IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who threatened to hold a rally in Lagos.

While speaking in exclusive interview with The Independent, Honourable Segun Olulade, lawmaker representing Epe constituency II in the Lagos State House of Assembly, warned the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu to steer clear of Lagos if he does not want to incur the wrath of Lagosians and the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

The IPOB leader has earlier vowed to take his protest to Lagos, Nigeria’s economic and commercial capital and shut down the state in his bid to draw support for the actualization of Biafra republic.

Speaking in a chat on Monday, Olulade, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Health Services, said Governor Ambode and Lagosians will not fold their hands and allow anyone disturb the peace that is enjoyed by residents in the state.

He said; “I think as a state, we will be ready to curtail any act of insecurity in Lagos state. We will not fold our hands and allow anybody to cause crisis and breakdown of law and order in the state.

“Governor Akinwunmi Ambode will deal decisively with anyone threatening to shut down the state. If any fellow is threatening to shut down our state, he should go back to where he is coming from. He is not welcome in Lagos state. Lagosians will resist it.

“The government of Lagos will resist it and we will ensure that nobody truncates the peace we enjoy in Lagos. I see his threat to hold a rally and shut down Lagos state as an empty threat. Lagos is not like any other state.”

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Lagos State Gov’t Arraigns Hotel Owner, Workers For Aiding Homosexuality |RN

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…As Court remands suspects in prison pending legal advice
We’ll continue to uphold Child Rights law, others, AG vows
The Lagos State Government, on Friday, arraigned the owner of Vintage Hotel in Owode Onirin area of Ikorodu, Chief Patrick Okeze before a Yaba Magistrate Court for allegedly aiding and promoting same sex sexual activities and a gay club in his hotel.
Okeze was arraigned alongside two of his workers, Sunday Isang and Bright Oba for allegedly encouraging the illegal act to be perpetrated by young men and minors in the hotel contrary to the provisions of Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act of 2014.
The State Government had on Thursday arraigned 28 adults and 12 minors before Yaba and Ebute-Metta Magistrate Courts respectively for engaging in homosexuality using the said hotel.
Specifically, Okeze and his workers were said to have aided 40 people and others still at large, to engage in same sex activities as well as gay club/party in the said Vintage Hotel located at No 999, Ikorodu Road/Toyin Close, Weigh Bridge, Owode Onirin, Lagos contrary to and punishable under Section 5 (2) of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, 2014.
After the one-count criminal charge against Okeze (56), Isang (30) and Oba (28) was called and read before Chief Magistrate Adewale Ojo, the defendants were not allowed to take their plea on the account of the fact that the court lacked the jurisdiction to adjudicate on the subject matter of the case.
The prosecution team including Ms Adetutu Oshinusi, Bosun Aroyehun, Folabi Sholebo, Olaitan Shoetan and Nnena Okereke, all from the State’s Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), urged the court to remand the defendants in prison pending the outcome of the legal advice of the DPP.
But the defence team led by Mr Alli Abba urged the court to discountenance the application of the prosecution and admit the defendants to bail, as the offence under which they were charged, is bailable.
He referred to the arraignment of the principal suspects in the case who were granted bail by the same court on Thursday, assuring that his clients would not abscond if admitted to bail.
But in response, Police’s counsel, Mr Effiong Asuquo said the application for the defendants to be remanded in prison pending legal advice was based on the need to prevent the defendants from going back to run the hotel if granted bail.
He said the subject matter of the case being about Same Sex Marriage Act could only be tried at the High Court, and that the application was needed to keep them in custody pending legal advice.
In his ruling, Magistrate Ojo held that in view of the provisions of Section 264 (1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, he found merit in the application for the defendants to be remanded pending the DPP advice.
The court said having examined the affidavit in support of the application for remand, he found “sufficient merit” in it, and ruled that: “It is hereby ordered that the 1st, 2nd and 3rddefendants be remanded in prison custody pending their legal advice.”
The Magistrate also adjourned the matter to September 4, 2017.
Magistrate Ojo had, after the arraignment of the 28 adults on Thursday, ordered them to undergo health screening by the Lagos State Aids Control Agency (LSACA) and sexual rehabilitation by the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT).
Responding to the arraignment, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem said the development was an eloquent testimony to the commitment of the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration to fight all forms of crime and criminality.
“The arraignment is a confirmation of the commitment of the Lagos State Government to ensure that every resident abides by the law of the State and also to put a stop to the exploitation of under-aged children who are often lured by unscrupulous and criminally-minded adults to engage in acts or behaviours that are not in consonance with the laws of the State,” Kazeem said.
He also reiterated the commitment of the State Government to do everything humanly possible to uphold the Child Rights Protection Laws of the State.
To ensure proper rehabilitation of the suspects in line with their bail condition, DSVRT Alternate Chair, Mrs Clara Ibirogba, who was at the arraignment, pledged to work with other relevant agencies of the State Government to ensure that the best care is provided for the suspects.
On his part, Dr Michael Essien of LSACA also promised that the minors would be given proper counselling and necessary medical screening to determine the State of their well-being.  (The Sun)

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55 Percent Of FG VAT Generated In Lagos, Says Adeosun |The Republican News

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            The Minister for Finance, Kemi Adeosun

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The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun on Tuesday said that 55 per cent of the revenue generated by the Federal Government from Value Added Tax receipts is collected from Lagos State.

Adeosun, according to an online publication-The Cable, said this during a meeting with progressive governors forum.

She explained that the balance of 45 per cent is generated from the remaining 35 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

Giving a breakdown of the receipts from VAT, she said while Lagos accounts for 55 per cent of VAT revenue, 20 per cent comes from FCT.

She added that Rivers, Kano and Kaduna accounts for six per cent, five per cent and one per cent respectively.

Cumulatively, she noted that these four states including the FCT account for 87 per cent of the entire collections from VAT

She described the tax compliance rate in the country as very low, adding that this was why the Federal Government is taking proactive steps to improve the rate of voluntary tax compliance.

She said,“There is no poor country that has a high tax compliance rate, and no rich country that has a low one.

 “55 per cent of Nigeria’s VAT is collected in Lagos State. 20 per cent in FCT, six per cent in Rivers, five per cent in Kano, one per cent in Kaduna”.

“I’m hoping that one day, Finance Commissioners will stop needing to come to Abuja monthly to share FAAC (Federation Account Allocation Committee) because IGR (Internally Generated Revenue) will be sufficient.”

Based on allocation from FAAC, the Federal Government gets 15 per cent of VAT revenue, while the states and local governments get 50 per cent and 35 per cent respectively.

Based on figures from the National  Bureau of Statistics, the sum of N204.77bn was generated as VAT in the first quarter of 2017 as against N207.35bn generated in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Out of the total VAT generated in the first quarter of 2017, N126.64bn was received as Non-Import VAT locally while N31.72bn was generated as Non-Import foreign VAT. (Punchng.com)

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Twist As CAN Supports Ambode’s Wife Against Sacked Lagos Chaplin

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The Lagos State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria has endorsed the sacking of the Presiding Chaplain of the Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa, Ikeja, Venerable Femi Taiwo.

The Chairman of CAN in the state, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, said the sacking of Taiwo was done by the Governing Council of the chapel which hired him, adding that the council had the power to fire him.

However, questions on the circumstances surrounding the sacking, including the order for Taiwo, his wife and kids to vacate their official quarters within 24 hours, were parried by the cleric, who insisted that the matter should be allowed to rest.

Related: Amode Sacks Chaplain, Throws Family Out Of Residence For ‘Disrespecting’ His Wife

Reporters were later asked to stop asking questions at the briefing, which was attended by leaders of CAN, representatives of the Christian Council of Nigeria and the African Church.

PUNCH Metro had reported exclusively that Taiwo’s sacking came after Bolanle, the wife of the state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, stormed out of an anointing service at the chapel on May 14.

Members of the church had told our correspondent that Bolanle was angry because she was not anointed first.

It was reported that some members of the church’s governing council were used by Bolanle, who felt embarrassed by the Sunday incident.

No query was issued to Taiwo on the matter before he was kicked out.

The outrage that trailed the report made the state government to change the venue of the Lagos at 50 thanksgiving service from the chapel to the banquet hall of the state house, Ikeja.

Taiwo’s leader at the African Church, Ifako Diocese, Rt. Rev. Michael Adeyemi, had, in an exclusive interview with our correspondent published last Saturday, described the action of Bolanle as ungodly and sacrilegious.

Realted: Ambode’s Wife Committed Sacrilege And Should Apologise – African Church Bishop

On Tuesday at a press briefing organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Home Affairs in the church, the CAN Chairman, Bamgbola, lauded the Lagos State Government for its achievements, adding that the governor and his wife had moved the state forward.

He said, “Over the past three weeks, while thanking our God and celebrating our jubilee in Lagos State, one very simple matter has been dominating the social media. This is the issue of the severance of the employment of Venerable Femi Taiwo, the former Presiding Chaplain of the chapel, by his employers.

“As a result of the unfortunate misunderstanding of the issue, caused by erroneous publications in the print and social media, we believe  CAN, Lagos State, must make clarifications to educate the public on this matter.

“First, the CCTL was built by the state government for itself, its family of Christian employees and for the public at large.

“Second, the government created a standing legal constitution for the CCTL, which has guided the running of the chapel for years. According to that constitution, CCTL is under the leadership of a governing council, which reports to the Ministry of Home Affairs. All religious bodies in this state report to the ministry.

“The governing council of the chapel has the constitutional responsibility to recruit and terminate the appointment of two officers who run the chapel. The two officers are the presiding chaplain, who is the senior officer; and the chaplain, who is the deputy. The two are officers of the chapel and officers of the government of Lagos State.”

He said CAN had investigated the matter and discovered that the governing council sacked Taiwo within its constitutional powers.

Bamgbola, who commended other media for being silent on the case, noted that a newspaper (The PUNCH) had been accusing the state government as the brains behind the sacking.

Related: CAN Takes Over Case Of Sacked Lagos Chaplin |The Republican News

“In particular is the accusation against our responsible and most revered First Lady, Deaconess  Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, as being instrumental in the termination of the chaplain in the course of one anointing service.

“We wish to state clearly that this is far from the truth. Deaconess Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, as far as we know, is a true woman of God, who fears God and lives a godly life and whom it has pleased God to raise to be the First Lady at this time. We must be careful with God in all we do. The Bible says in Matthew 7:1, ‘Judge not, so that you are not judged.’” he added.

Drama ensued while Bamgbola and the other Christian leaders were fielding questions from journalists.

A reporter with Silverbird Television asked CAN chairman if Taiwo was actually asked to vacate his house within 24 hours.

He said, “This story would not have been of interest in anyway except that the reverend was thrown out of his residence in 24 hours. A lot of people consider that to be inhuman and unjust. Do you know exactly what happened? Was he thrown out of his residence? Was he given due notice to leave?”

Bamgbola, in his response said, “Thank you for your question. While all of us here have been talking, we have emphasised something: the matter is under control. The church and the government are handling it. Ok? That is the answer to your question.”

The response raised murmurs of discontent among the press as the Silverbird reporter insisted on a clearer response.

“I want to answer your question point blank. He was given notice!  No, don’t shake your head. You asked if he was given notice and I said, yes, he was given notice,” Bamgbola said.

Another reporter asked if CAN had investigated the incident and what were its findings.

Bamgbola said the Christian body was still “finding the details.”

After contributions from other CAN leaders, a reporter, who observed the reticence of representatives of the African Church, picked on the silence of Adeyemi.

He said, “Rt. Rev. Michael Adeyemi, I notice that you have been silent since we started. You granted an exclusive interview to The PUNCH, where you described the act (of the sacking) as sacrilegious and ungodly. What we are hearing today is at variance with your statement. We are confused. Can you please shed more light on this? And sir, you said he was given notice. How many days notice? There is a tenancy law in Lagos State…”

The CAN Chairman quickly cut in.

He said, “Young man, I said he was given notice. You should take it like that; and that is all I will say. The question you are asking Baba Adeyemi, I will answer it. One of the things that happen with some of you in the press is quoting what is not totally complete. That is why some of us don’t talk to the press.

“You people want to do sensational reporting so you can sell your newspapers. Yes, a discussion was held (between The PUNCH and Adeyemi); but how are you sure that was what was said?

“Look, people have thrown so much emotion into this matter. This is a practical matter. It happens all the time. I have had to send a minister out of my church and you didn’t report it. Let us stop whipping up emotions. And let’s fear God.”

Further questions were also not well answered as some of the reporters had to seek clarifications which did not come.

The CAN leaders insisted it was an in-house matter.

The leader of the African Church, Adeyemi, after observing growing discontent, offered to address journalists.

He noted that his church had decided to leave the matter to CAN no matter how long it would take to resolve it.

He said, “We are a well-disciplined organisation. We have a very good structure and we appreciate God. All along, the African church has been part and parcel of CAN. We are an established church. Seeing us here today with the leadership of CAN in Lagos shows that the matter is under control. We are very much in agreement with what CAN is doing on this matter. We respect our government and we respect the First Lady; she is our mother. We appeal to the press to suspend any other question. Don’t bother yourself. If we are not satisfied, we will cry out. We appreciate you and we will come back together to appreciate God. The most important thing is to honour and glorify God in all we are doing. We will agree with CAN whatsoever be the outcome.”

After his speech, a reporter took on Adeyemi over his interview with The PUNCH, saying his statement showed he had made a U-turn.

He asked him if he had apologised to Bolanle and the government of Lagos State for the interview.

“Gentleman, there is nothing like a U-turn in this matter. I have said that everything is already transferred to CAN and we are very much satisfied with the way things are going. We are under CAN and we are subject to them. CAN is saying they are working on it. Why are we in a hurry? So, it is still in a process. Let us wait until the process is completed, even if it will take one year. Let us wait,” he added.

A statement by the home affairs ministry’s spokesman, Lookman Seriki, also stated that CAN backed the sacking of the presiding chaplain.      (Punchng.com) 

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Anger, Wailing As Lagos Gov’t Demolishes Oshodi Curtain Market |The Republican News

Temitayo AyetotoGloom as govt. demolishes Oshodi curtain market

2017 is starting on a gloomy note for Oshodi traders as the Lagos State Government, yesterday destroyed the Olorunsogo market. The demolition of the popular curtain and interior decoration material market commenced around 12am.

The 14-building plazas housed 368 units of shops, 144 open stores and 129 small units stores for meat sellers, household items traders among others.

Destroyed commodities varied from curtain materials to hanging poles, sewing machines, electrical appliances, beauty kits, etc.

The police and Lagos Task Force officials were heavily deployed to the premises to prevent the area boys from formenting trouble and looting of the goods.

As soon as the day broke, traders besieged the scene, scavenging what they could from the rubble. Many lamented the government’s action, describing it as an unfair treatment of businesses in the state.

According to them, they were not updated on the particular date of demolition. While admitting that hints had spread round the market many months earlier, it was not honoured as there was no official warning from any agency of the state.

On his part, the Babaloja, Olorunsogo Ultra modern market, Lukman, said the traders were adequately informed of government’s plan to demolish since October but majority disbelieved the warning. He said the government extended their stay till December 31st, 2016 for them to make festive sales. He, however, pleaded with the state not to renege on its pledge to return the shop owners to the market after reconstruction.  The matter according to the traders is already in court and the last adjournment date  is February 9.  (The Nation)

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