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No Rift Between Me And Tinubu, Says Ambode |The Republican News

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday played down speculations of a rift with a national leader of All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying reports to such effect were untrue.

Both the social and traditional media have been flooded with news of a major rift between Tinubu and Ambode over an alleged disagreement on the second term bid of the governor.

Addressing party faithful in Epe during the election of delegates for the presidential primary election and national convention of the party, Ambode said the reports indicating a fight between him and Tinubu were out of place and that there was no fight anywhere.

“I want you to know that there is no fight anywhere. The National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and my good self, we are not in any fight, we are not in any controversy.

“We are praying to God that the best is yet to come and the best will be what Lagos State deserves and I want you to just continue with your prayers that at this time, God will show His hand and make sure that everything that is of blessing to Lagos State and also blessing of Epe will come to pass,” Ambode said.

He specifically commended all the leaders and party faithful who contributed to the success of the delegates’ election in Epe, saying APC remained the party to beat in Lagos and Nigeria.

“We have just concluded our Delegates’ Election in Epe Local Government and by consensus, we have picked our three delegates that will be going to the National Convention come October 6 for the Presidential direct primaries and the convention for all other people.

“I want to say a very big thank you to all our delegates that are present here; I want to say a big thank you to all our leaders that have also supported us to make sure that this event has come and is done very successfully.

“I want to reiterate once again that our party, All Progressives Congress (APC) remains the party to beat; we are the party at the national level and we are going to remain the party in the State,” the governor said.  (Punch)

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2019: Tinubu Dumps Ambode, Backs Sanwoolu For Lagos Governor |The Republican News

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All the leaders who spoke at the meeting, especially Odunmbaku and Olusanya, confirmed they were instructed by Tinubu to back Sanwoolu in the race.

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In a dramatic twist, barely 24 hours after Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode formally declared to run for a second term, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party’s structure may have been withdrawn.

Ambode had, on Monday morning, flown to Abuja to obtain his Expression of Interest and Nomination forms from the APC national headquarters, following what he interpreted to be greenlight from the National Leader of the party and godfather of Lagos politics, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

And, within hours, he was back to Lagos, to meet his cabinet members and some party leaders at a brief ceremony where he reeled off his achievements and the assurance of a second term.

Unknown to the governor, while his declaration ceremony was still ongoing, owners of the party structure he was relying on to realise his ambition had pulled off the rug under his feet.

By the time the ceremony ended, the party leaders present, including the 57 local government chairmen in the state were asked to return, yesterday morning, to endorse the governor’s forms.

But, the political tide turned against Ambode.

An Army of Tinubu’s political Generals, under the banner of Mandate Group, had been assembled at Watercrest Hotel, off Obafemi Awolowo way, Ikeja, where a former commissioner in the state and current Managing Director, Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC) Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, was handed over to them as Ambode’s replacement in the 2019 governorship race.

The facility where the meeting was held is owned by a former chief security detail to Tinubu, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, who was equally present at the meeting.

A leader of the party and veteran coordinator of Tinubu’s political machinery, Dr James Omolaja Odunmbaku led the meeting. Others included Dr. Tola Kasali and Mr. Kaoli Olusanya, who were commissioners in Tinubu’s administration and Alhaji Ganiyu Badmus; among several others.

All the leaders who spoke at the meeting, especially Odunmbaku and Olusanya, confirmed they were instructed by Tinubu to back Sanwoolu in the race.

In a dramatic twist, as soon as the meeting at Watercrest Hotel leaked, all the local council chairmen and party leaders who were supposed to gather at the governor’s office in Alausa, yesterday morning, to endorse the governor’s nomination form, simply changed route.

Instead, they joined the meeting at the hotel where, one after the other, they endorsed Sanwoolu’s nomination form and pledged their loyalty to the party and its leader, Tinubu, Jagaban Borgu.

One of the council chairmen told Daily Sun at the venue that, “Up till 7.30pm on Monday, when we were still with the governor, we didn’t hear anything; until this morning.

“By the time I got to Alausa yesterday),to join my colleagues to endorse the governor, the atmosphere had changed and the place deserted. That was when I knew there was a problem before I got information that there was a new direction.”

Party leaders who were taken unawares by the development, who could not attend the meeting began to call Odunmbaku, to pledge their loyalty and support for Sanwoolu’s candidacy.

Daily Sun further gathered that by yesterday evening, the team proceeded to Abuja, along with their candidate, to submit his forms at the APC national headquarters.

They are expected back in Lagos this afternoon when they will lead Sanwoolu to the Bourdillion Ikoyi home of Tinubu, who is expected to openly anoint the candidate as the party’s choice for the Lagos governorship race in 2019.

Governor Ambode may have found himself in a tight corner due what the party leaders regard as his many sins.

The last straw, it was gathered, may have been the petition from a former managing director of Alpha Beta Consulting, a tax collection firm with suspected links to the leadership of the party in the state, Mr. Dapo Apara who accused the firm of tax fraud and money laundering.

Apara’s sudden move, almost a year after he had left the company, is believed in Tinubu’s inner circle to be Ambode’s arm-twisting game of forcing the party leader to endorse him for a second term.

But, before now, the governor had been detached from the party and its leaders who consistently complained to Tinubu.

One of the party leaders told Daily Sun, yesterday, that, “the governor had, on three occasions, asked some of the party leaders to meet him in the office for interaction.

“On each occasion we spent a minimum of five hours waiting to meet him and at the end of the day, his aides would tell us the governor had gone out for other official engagements.

“Aside that, he promised the state party executive official vehicles. After a long wait, he then said he was going to give each N2.5 million to buy used cars; we accepted and till today, there has been no word from him.”

The governor is also believed to have lost the needed support due to some of his unpopular policies.
One of such is increment in taxes, especially the Land Use Charge by over 400 percent, a decision which impacted negatively on the image of the APC in the state.

Another is the sacking of private operators of the waste management sector.

Tinubu introduced the waste system in 1999; to address the problem of waste management in the state and also, empower party leaders and operatives who had been controlling the sector from inception.

The governor simply handed over waste management to a private firm, Visionscape, which has reportedly proven incapable of tackling the refuse problem in the state.

Several attempts by this newspaper, through telephone calls and text messages, to get Ambode’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan and the Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, to respond to Sanwoolu’s endorsement by the state’s APC, up till 9:30 p.m., yesterday, went unanswered.    (The Sun)

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Lagos Man Attempts Killing Mother For Money Ritual |The Republican News

                             Taiwo Akinola. Photo: Police

Deji Lambo

 

The police in Lagos State have arrested a suspected cult member, Taiwo Akinola, for allegedly attempting to kill his mother, Alice Akinola, for money ritual.

Operatives of the command reportedly arrested the suspect on Raji Ajanaku Street, Alaja Road, Ayobo, Lagos, where the incident happened.

It was gathered that around 8.30am on Sunday, the 29-year-old battered his mother after he called her to meet him inside the house for a discussion.

The police, in a statement on Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said in order to carry out his plan, Taiwo sent his 14-year-old nephew, Faruk, to get him a white handkerchief and a cigarette.

He added that as soon as the victim (Alice) entered the house, the suspect attacked her, hitting her on the head with a plank, a pressing iron and a USB charger.

Oti also said Faruk raised the alarm upon seeing his grandmother in a pool of blood, adding that officers from the Ayobo Police Station were mobilised to the scene to arrest the suspect.

He added that the victim (Alice) was rushed to a hospital where doctors were still battling to save her life.

The PPRO said, “When Faruk returned from the errand, he did not see his grandmother in the shop; so he went into the house only to see the poor woman in a pool of blood. Shocked by what he saw, the small boy raised the alarm which attracted neighbours to the scene.

“They called the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ayobo Division who arrested the suspect and secured the scene for further investigation by the police forensic experts attached to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.

“The victim was rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment and is hanging to life. Right now, the doctors are battling to revive Mrs Alice Akinola who is unconscious. Meanwhile, the CP has paid the initial hospital cost which enabled the doctors to commence treatment.”

Oti said the suspect, during interrogation, said he was asked to kill his mother in order to have more money.

He noted that when the suspect’s room was searched, the police recovered two calabashes, with one containing a skull; a mixture of dark concoction; a plank perforated with nails and stained with blood; a pressing iron stained with blood; a white handkerchief with which he allegedly wanted to scoop the victim’s blood; a bottle containing oil and labelled ‘Back To Sender.’  (Punch)

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Again, Militants Storm Lagos Model, Abduct Principal, 6 Stduents

By Christopher Oji

PANIC and tension overwhelmed Epe area of Lagos, yesterday, as gunmen suspected to be militants stormed Lagos State Model Junior and Secondary College, Igbonla, Epe, and abducted two principals and six male students.
Parents and relatives of students immediately thronged the school in panic to ascertain the identities of those that were abducted and to withdraw their children and wards. Relatives of staff and students of the school were seen in state of confusion as the school authorities were yet to reveal the identity of those kidnapped.
By the time of going to press last night, the kidnappers were yet to establish contact with either the school or the parents of the abducted students.
Yesterday’s attack was the second time militants were abducting teachers and students in the school. The first attack was in January.
In the current kidnap, the hoodlums came through the Imeru/Iji waterways in three boats and bored a hole through the school’s fence to gain entrance to the premises.
The gunmen stormed first the assembly ground, shooting sporadically into the air, and commanded everyone to remain still.
It was reported that some of the courageous students and staff took to their heels, while others stood still.
Daily Sun gathered that six students and two teachers were abducted and taken away by the hoodlums, who escaped the same way they came.
The identities of the kidnapped students were not released for security reasons last night, but the names of the teachers were given as Bolaji Oyesola, the principal of the Junior Secondary School and Akinrinmade of the Senior Secondary School.
A resident, John Busari, told Daily Sun that the militants had written to the school that they would visit again, after the first abduction in January.
According to him, “I don’t know whether the school management informed the police or not. There is tension in Epe now, because during the last school abduction, the police claimed they had put adequate security in place around schools within riverine areas. This recent abduction has exposed the police that they are not providing adequate security in the area.
“We are on our own, because many people have been kidnapped in our area in recent times. The Baale is still in the hands of kidnappers who are demanding a N20 million ransom.”
Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who confirmed the story,  said only six students were kidnapped. He said the  police were on the trail of the militants.
He said: “Today, at about 0500hrs, pirates/kidnappers gained entrance into Igbonla Model School, Igbonla, near Epe, and abducted six students. Investigation and rescue operations have commenced with the visit to the affected school by a police team, led by me.
“From the visit, it was found that the criminal elements used the Imeru/Iji waterways to access the swampy forest bordering the school, bored a hole on a part of the school fence to gain entrance. The dastardly act of the criminal elements is nothing other than sheer wickedness as there is no justification whatsoever to abduct innocent children.
“The trauma of parents/guardians and relatives of the innocent children can be imagined, we, however, appeal for calm to enable security agencies focus on rescue operations and apprehension of the suspects.
“The police and other security agencies will intensify all necessary measures towards ensuring safety and security of the good people of Lagos.  We will appreciate useful information from members of the public, please.”
As at the time of filing this report, parents and relatives of students of the school were trooping to the school to ascertain the identities of those kidnapped.
A guardian, Madam Mercy Ukagbue, told Daily Sun: “My younger sister’s son is in the school. I have come to find out how he is faring. Well, we have not been briefed by the school management. You can see that everybody is confused because we don’t know who is among those abducted.”
Daily Sun investigation revealed  that, a  few days ago, a Baale in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area was kidnapped.
The Baale is still in the den of his captors, as N20 million ransom has been demanded for his release.
As at press time, a combined team of marine police and Navy were combing the creeks around the area. A police source said the police were making efforts to contact the Nigerian Air Force to assist in combing the creeks.
Meanwhile, two weeks ago, police in Lagos arrested a pharmacist over his suspected involvement in the kidnap of his boss, one Donatus Duru, owner of a multi-national pharmaceutical company in Ilupeju area of Lagos State.
The businessman was abducted close to his office in Ilupeju on February 14, 2017, and taken to a hideout, after which his abductors demanded €1 million for his release.
The family later paid N150 million, but the kidnappers insisted on the complete ransom, failing which they would kill him.
Similarly, two months ago, a student of Caleb University was abducted from his Epe, Lagos residence.
The kidnappers had contacted the family to demand N100 million as ransom, an amount the family said was outrageous.
In January, a Lieutenant of the Nigerian Army, Diya, was kidnapped along Badagry road in Lagos while the Nigerian/Turkish college, Isheri, a boundary town between Lagos and Ogun States was invaded by militants who abducted eight persons, including staff and students. All the victims were released after ransom were paid.  (The Sun)

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Obanikoro, PDP Bigwigs Joining APC Soon, Says APC Lagos Chairman

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Former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro

Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Henry Ajomale, has said the party is stepping up arrangements to welcome former minister of state for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ajomale, who gave the hint in an interview with newsmen in Ikeja, yesterday, said Obanikoro is coming into the APC along with other bigwigs of the state’s PDP.
The party chairman said Obanikoro and others had reached out to the party to resolve their issues with it and all was set for their formal defection.
He said Wednesday’s defection of Lukman Ajose, a PDP bigwig, would open a floodgate of defections from the PDP to the APC in the coming days.
“We welcome Prince Ajose to the APC. His defection is a plus for us,” he said.
“But, Ajose is not the only one joining us. Some of the bigwigs in the PDP, including Obanikoro, will be joining us soon. I don’t want to give you a particular date, but all I can tell you is all is set.”
Ajomale said the coming of Ajose into the party, as well as other PDP members would add value to the party and enhance its electoral fortune.
He said their coming was particularly gladdening as the party was preparing for the council poll and making early preparations for the general election in 2019.
Asked if the mass movement of PDP members into the party would not weaken the opposition and make the state a one-party state, Ajomale answered in the negative.
He said since the PDP was not the only party in the opposition, it would be wrong to say the decimation of the party through defection would make the state a one-party state.
Ajomale described as false allegations in some quarters that the party was imposing candidates in some council areas ahead of the July elect ahead of the July election.
The chairman said those making the allegations were blackmailers who were not sure of themselves and their ability to win at the party primary.
“It is pure blackmail. There is nothing like that. Everybody will be allowed a level playing ground,” he said.
The Lagos State independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) has fixed July 22 for the council election and July 29 for runoff.
Meanwhile, NAN quoted a source at the Lagos state house of assembly as saying one of the remaining two PDP members in the assembly had already indicated his intention to defect to the APC and his letter would likely be read at the next sitting of the lawmakers.
Six of the eight lawmakers who won their elections to the house on the platform of the PDP had earlier defected to the APC on February 16.   (The Sun)

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Pregnant Lagos Beautician Beats Maid To Death |The Republican News

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A beautician, identified only as Oby, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly beating her maid, Miracle, to death on Lateef Aregbe Street, Ago Palace Way, Okota, in the Isolo area of the state.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the mother of two had descended on the eight-year-old on Saturday and beaten her till she collapsed and gave up the ghost.

She was allegedly plotting with some persons to dispose of the corpse when some neighbours raised the alarm and reported the case to the police.

The suspect was subsequently detained at the Isolo Police Division.

A resident of the area, who did not want to be identified, said the suspect had been beating Miracle for months.

He explained that anytime Oby, who hailed from Anambra State, was confronted by neighbours, she would shun and insult them.

He said, “She is a beautician and has two children and she is heavily pregnant with her third child. Her husband was deported from Libya before he travelled again to Angola, where he is now based.

“She brought the victim and another girl by name Chinacherem, from their village in Anambra State some years ago. They were formerly going to school before she stopped them.

“However, anytime I visit their house, she was always beating this particular girl. Whenever people intervened, she would tell them to go away because she brought the girl from the village and it was none of their business.

“She usually maltreated the two girls and would wake them up as early as 4.30am to start working. She beat them for the least provocation.

“Early Saturday, she descended on Miracle again and beat her till she gave up. She called some people to help her in disposing of her corpse. They were about taking the body out when people challenged them. The people she brought quickly ran away.”

The police from the Isolo division were said to have arrested the suspect.

PUNCH Metro was told that the case was also reported to officials of the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender.

An official of the agency, who did not want to be identified, said 12-year-old Chinacherem had been taken away from the community by some family members who didn’t want her to testify against the suspect.

She said, “We gathered that Oby told Chinacherem that when she is queried, she should tell people that she (Chinacherem) and the victim fought and she collapsed and died. After the girl told the crowd that, she quickly added that it was what her madam asked her to say.

“But the woman has confessed to the police that she killed the girl. When we went to the station, we were prevented from talking to her, but they confirmed it was a case of homicide. The case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.”

The Director of OPD, Mrs Olubukola Salami, called for an end to child abuse in Lagos State, urging residents to quickly report such cases before it was too late.

She said the agency would follow the case to ensure justice was served.

She said, “The girl’s life could have been saved if people raised the alarm early enough and that is why we always say if you see something, say something. There is no room for child abuse in Lagos State and we will ensure due diligence is done in this matter.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the incident, adding that the victim’s corpse had been deposited at the Isolo General Hospital for an autopsy.

He said, “The suspect, Obiageli, beat her housemaid, Miracle Edegwu, to death. She was arrested and transferred to the SCIID. The matter is under investigation.”   (Punchng.com)

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2019: Alausa Is Already Occupied, Says Oba Akiolu |The Republican News

By Moshood Adebayo

Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu I, began campaign for the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s second term when he asked those nursing any ambition to contest the 2019 governorship election in the state to shelve the idea.

Oba Akiolu based his backing of Ambode on what he described as the governor’s performance.

The monarch said this at the 21st convocation ceremony of the Lagos State University (LASU) held at the university’s auditorium complex.

The monarch said Ambode’s performance in the last two years has been wonderful and should be given second term of four years in office.

“That was why, about nine months to the 2015 governorship election, I told residents of Lagos that Ambode will be the next governor of the state, either they vote or not.

“Few days ago, one of the aspirants greeted me and alleged that I halted his ambition.

“No one should come out in 2019 and declare his ambition. The only way to avoid not wasting their money is to support Ambode and his deputy to rule Lagos for the next six years,” said Oba Akiolu.

To improve on the learning experience at the university, Ambode revealed plans by his administration to build a 6,000-bed hostel within the campus of the institution.

The governor, who said the project would be in partnership with the private sector to make the tertiary institution emerge as great citadel of learning and pride of all, commended management and governing council of the institution for the professionalism with which the affairs of LASU had been piloted and promised to invest in infrastructure in all tertiary institutions in the state.

Ambode urged them to build on the ranking of the institution as the Best State University in Nigeria to become one of the best five universities in the country by 2020.  (The Sun)

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