141 Libya Returnees Arrive Lagos

Another batch of 141 Nigerians stranded in Libya have  arrived the country with the  assistance of the International Office for Migration and the  European Union, EU.
The returnees who arrived on board a chartered flight through the cargo wing of the Lagos airport were received by officials of the Immigration Service, NAPTIP, Refugee Commission, FAAN and Port HEALTH.
These comprised  71 female, 53 male adults and 17 children.
Amongst them were 2 medical cases, 9 families and 11 pregnant women.
Receiving the returnees, the Chief Planning Officer, on behalf of the Director General NEMA and other Federal Agencies urged the Returnees not to allow the unfortunate experiences to negatively impact on their lives.
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Lagos, Ogun To Get 6 Substations, Says TCN

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says it will construct six 330kv transmission substations in Lagos and Ogun s to improve power supply and boost industrialization in the country.

The Managing Director of TCN, Mr. Mohammed Usman-Gur made this known at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said the construction of the substations became necessary in view of the importance of electricity in promoting industrialization.

According to him, TCN‘s move to build the substations in the Western parts of the country is aimed at consolidating on its Transmission Rehabilitation Expansion Programme (TREP), having begun the Abuja transmission expansion projects.

Mohammed, who did not disclose the cost of the projects, listed the locations of the projects in Ogun to include Mountain of fire, Ojijo, Aribajo and new Agbala.

He said the other two substations would also be developed at the Badagry area of Lagos.

According to him, TCN will ensure that companies who had previously abandoned TCN’s equipment at the port will not be allowed to win the contract.

He said that only qualified and credible contractors would be allowed to bid for the project.

Mohammed also said that TCN had begun the process of acquiring a functional Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system (SCDA) to monitor activities of power sector operators on the national grid.

He said the installation of a functional SCDA would deter operators across the value chain from engaging in activities capable of affecting the grid.

The TCN boss also announced that the company had attained a wheeling capacity of 7,124, as at Dec. 2017, having commissioned new substations and installed 27 new transformers across the country.

Mohammed noted that installation of the transformers was done by TCN in-house engineers at a reduced cost, adding that the company had also maintained its frequency control at 49.5 and 50.5.

He, however, said TCN was working to attain the West African Power Pool (WAPP) frequency control target of 49.8 and 50.2, and would also establish a spinning reserve to stabilize the grid.

On TCN’s stranded containers at the port, he said the company via the support of Federal Government recently recovered 693 containers of transmission equipment.

According to him, several attempts to recover the containers in the last 15 years have been unsuccessful by previous management.

The TCN boss said European Union (EU) had also agreed to provide a 25 million Euro grant to TCN to build solar power transmission line in Katsina.

He said the line would be used to transmit Federal Government’s planned 1000 solar power Independent Power Project due to be constructed in Katsina.

Mohammed also revealed that TCN’s funding had not improved, hence it submitted a request to Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to review its tariff.

According to him, the company had devised other measures to source funds to execute its projects through multilateral and donor agencies and reduction of the cost of projects by using in-house engineers to execute projects.

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Passenger Accused Of Stealing N1m On Board Faces Trial

The Lagos Airport Police Command on Monday, arraigned a male suspect, who allegedly stole N1,008,000 aboard an Air Peace flight from Abuja to Lagos.

Command spokesman, Joseph Alabi, told newsmen that the suspect would be arraigned at an Ogba Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for stealing.

He said the suspect, who lives in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, allegedly stole N504,000, N350,000 and N154,000 aboard the flight.

Alabi said the money belong to Messrs. Olaniye and Abubakar Jimoh.

The suspect was arrested by vigilant passengers and crew while pilfering from luggage aboard the flight, about 11am on Saturday.

Alabi said the suspect was handed over to the command upon landing in Lagos for investigation and prosecution.

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Group Commences 761 Kilometer Walk From Lagos To Abuja For Good Governance

A group, New Nigeria Nationalists (NNN) have commenced A 761-kilometer New Nigeria Walk’ from the old National Assembly complex in Lagos to the National Assembly complex in Abuja, and would last for 45 days.

Addressing journalists on the importance of the walk, the National Chairman of the group, Mrs. Foluso Makanjuola-Oyenuga, said the walk was to physically demonstrate solidarity with Nigerians and empathise with the struggling masses.

Makanjuola-Oyenuga believed that urgent and timely intervention would reassure the disturbed and distressed populace despite the frightening situation in the country.

According to her, it is undeniable that Nigeria is in a desperate situation and the survival of this greatly promising nation is under threat both from internal and external.

“This trek is designed to intimate all relevant stakeholders with our vision, passion, compassion and commission to birth a great nation. Indeed, every hour, the battering waves of contentions, conflicts and confrontations are violently and ruthlessly shoving the country further away from the shores of peace, prosperity and progress with the risk of the total breakdown of personal and collective safety, security and stability, he said.

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Fuel Queues Resurface In Lagos, Benin, Sokoto

Residents in some cities including Lagos, Ilorin, Benin City and Sokoto are facing fuel scarcity as marketers have increased the pump price to N150 per litre.

In Lagos, petrol marketers said they had gone on strike over the failure of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to grant their demand  for reduction in the price of the product.

The members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) claim that they buy petrol   at N142 per litre from depots and the Petroleum Products Association of Nigeria(DAPMAN), a price, which has left them with little or no gains, after adding transportation and other incremental costs.

They said they were planning a major strike from Monday, unless the government averts it.

IPMAN South-West Chairman Debo Ahmed said the queue was as a result of the exorbitant price of the products .

He said marketers might go on strike, should the government fail to order DAPMAN to reduce the price at which they supply fuel to them.

Ahmed said: ‘’  The queue in some parts of the country, is a pointer to the fact that major one is coming, in the event the Federal Government is unable to avert it.  We( independent  marketers) really  want the NNPC to resolve the problem between the marketers and DAPMAN once and for all.

We cannot continue to buy fuel at N142 per litre from DAPMAN while NNPC, which remains the only importer of fuel in Nigeria, is selling to DAPMAN at N133. 28 per litre. The margin is too high.’’

He added: “If marketers in Lagos are buying fuel at N142 per litre. How much do you think marketers in Ilorin, Kwara State will buy the product, when they add transportation cost to it?  The farther the distance, the outlets of the marketers, the higher the cost of transportation.

“In areas such as Benin, Akure, Kaduna, the price of transporting fuel to their desired locations (outlets) would be higher.’’

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Customs Intercepts Container With 440 Guns In Lagos

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) yesterday impounded another 440 pump action rifles at the Tin Can Island Command, Lagos.

According to the the zonal commander, Tin Can Island command, Monday Abue, he said that the cargo was shipped into the country from Turkey.

Abueh told journalists that customs agent were able to carry out the arrest based on intelligence report.

According to him, the pump action rifles were manufactured in the U.S and Italy but imported from the Turkey.

Abueh who stated that arrests had been made in connection with the importation, added that for security reasons, the service was not ready to reveal their identities for now.

“They are pump actions of various designs, this is black colour, they are all pump-action and also the single barrel device that you’re familiar with.

“Based on intelligence report our officer under the command of Controller Bashar (Tincan Island Command), the container was identified and intercepted.

“We discovered that they used POP to conceal the importation and so there is no way you could know but based on intelligence report, we were able to know that the container was laden with arms.

“We have one defendant but due to security reason, we don’t want to make it public for now even the consignee, we are still keeping them under wrap because such information could hamper investigations which are still ongoing,” he said.

According to the ACG, the nation has been saved from another round of problem that the pump actions would have caused.

Recall that Customs operatives attached to the Federal Operations Unit had earlier this year intercepted 49 containers with 661 pump action rifles at the Mile 2 area of Lagos.

Three persons among who are the importer, the clearing agent and the driver were arrested in connection with the 661 rifles.

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“Help Me To Beg The Government Not To Prosecute Me,” Lagos Textile Dealer Cries Out

A Lagos textile dealer, Mrs. Taiwo Momoh, who recently attempted suicide in the Lagoon, has appealed to the government to stop her prosecution.

But she lamented her treatment in the hands of the police after she was rescued from jumping off the Third Mainland Bridge.

Momoh said she was put in a cell at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for four days, which further depressed her as neighbours started ridiculing her.

This is just as the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender said the government would give the 58-year-old medical assistance with a view to making her get over her suicidal thoughts.

Momoh had put off her shoes and was about taking a dive into the Lagoon late March, when she was rescued and handed over to officials of the Rapid Response Squad.

After she was taken to the office of the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, she lamented that she became suicidal after a bureau de change operator defrauded her of N18.7m.

She had said her Swiss textile creditor had been on her neck, adding that her situation became compounded after her shop was burgled.

During a visit to her Ajah residence on Thursday, Momoh pleaded with the government to drop the charges against her, which she said had subjected her to shame and ridicule.

She said, “I don’t know how I got to the Third Mainland Bridge. What is strange is that even if I am driving, I don’t take the bridge as it scares me. So for me to want to jump into it is strange, I believe it is a spiritual attack.

“All I can remember was that I left home alone. I got down from a cab. The driver didn’t try to stop me. I didn’t know where I was. I was disoriented, until I got to Alausa (RRS office) that I regained consciousness. I was in the CP’s office, who treated me well and even came to visit me the next day when I arrived home.

“What was painful to me was that the police locked me up at the SCIID for four days after I was arrested. I slept on the floor; they collected my phone. I had to wear the same dress for four days. They didn’t give me food. It was on Monday that I was able to call my son, who then contacted a friend of mine. I was taken to Ebute Meta Magistrate’s Court, where I was asked to enter a plea. How can I do that in my state of depression? I begged them to forgive me and let me go home.

“When I got back, I was still disturbed as I became conscious of people staring at me. Because of that, I didn’t go out for a while. Please just help me to beg the government not to prosecute me, I have suffered enough. I am scared.

“I never want to collect loan for business again in my life. It is a shameful thing, one should be satisfied with what one has.”

The Director of OPD, Mrs. Olubukola Salami, who consoled Momoh, said the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Health, and the agency were planning to secure medical treatment for her in line with the provisions of the Criminal Code, Section 235 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.

Saturday PUNCH learnt that the government was considering dropping the charges against the businesswoman.

“The Attorney General is considering withdrawing the case,” a source said.


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Encomium As Yinka Adeparusi Foundation Births In Lagos

The fond memories of the late multiple award-winning photojournalist, Yinka Adeparusi, once again came alive on Monday, when his family members, friends and colleagues gathered in Lagos to officially unveil a foundation named after him- Yinka Adeparusi Foundation (YAF).
The ceremony, which was held at the headquarters of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ), was part of the activities to mark the late Adeparusi’s first posthumous birthday.
In his tribute, the Editor of Naij.com, an online news hub, Mr. Bayo Olupohunda, described his late colleague as a humble and silent achiever, saying his focus was always on the work without giving room for any distraction.
He said; “I met Yinka only once when I visited our Abuja office but the impression he created in me was that of a great guy. He would not talk much but allowed his work to speak for him.
“From the administrative headquarters of our platform the instruction is that we must support this Foundation to realise its target objectives. We will appreciate everyone’s commitment to this project.”
In a similar development, the WSCIJ Coordinator, Mrs. Motunrayo Alaka, expressed delight that the Centre was considered to be part of efforts to immortalize one of the past winners of its media award series.
According to Alaka, the Centre worked closely with Adeparusi on many projects, and that his dignity, honesty, and dedication to work singled him out as a goal-getter. “We say Yinka as a young man full of dreams, who should be emulated by the younger generation. He was focused and committed. WSCIJ is glad to associate with the Foundation.”
Speaking on behalf of the family, Adeparusi’s immediate elder sister, Mrs. Oluwakemi Adeparusi-Ajiboye, commended everyone who contributed to the success of the programme, saying the family is comforted by the massive support from individuals and organisations to keep their son’s legacies alive.
The Acting Chairman for the Foundation, Mr. Femi Ajasa, who gave the background into the focus of the Foundation, said the platform would maintain the standard the late photojournalist was known for.
He said; “We are considering three major areas to focus our activities on, which include the academic institute he passed through, the family he left behind and the media world he actively engaged while alive. Yinka lived for excellence and his dream must be kept alive.”

Adeparusi, who until his death was a photojournalist with Naij.com, died in a fatal accident in Abuja, and his copse was later found in a morgue on November 15, after about 24 hours he was declared missing.

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How Lagos Plans To Fund N1tr Budget By 2019

Lagos, the commercial nerve centre of West Africa and Nigeria’s economic capital says it will ascertain its annual budget hits N1 Trillion (about $2.5billion) come 2019.

To achieve this feat the state government says it will push up its monthly internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to N30billion every month from 2017 and N50billion a year later.

With enhanced revenue, the state says it will immediately commence the upgrade of schools located in slum communities .

Other areas where the state council says it will better the lots of its residents  are investments in Tourism and hospitality sectors for job creation, transport and health among others.

These are contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a three-day retreat held in Lagos for members of the State’s Executive Council and legislators from the state.

“Private investments towards accelerating growth in the Tourism and Hospitality sector for sustainable job creation and increased revenue generation would also be encouraged.  Aggressive priority to integrated transportation system and sustainable solid waste management system by overhauling and re-branding the sectors in collaboration with the private sector,’’ it said.

On the health sector, it resolved to fast-track the implementation of the recently passed Lagos State Health Insurance Law to provide the necessary financial resources for development of health infrastructure.

The communiqué said that with the health infrastructure, government could as well as promote medical tourism in the State.

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Kiki Omeili wins Lagos 30 Under 40 Awards for Best Female Act, English

Doctor-turned-actress, Kiki Omeili, has won the Best Female Act, (English) at the Lagos 30 Under 40 Awards.
The Lekki Wives actress topped the nominee list that comprised heavyweight actresses such as Kehinde Bankole, Lilan Esoro, Adesua Etomi, Nse Ekpe Etim andOmoni Oboli to become the maiden winner of the award.
Lagos 30 Under 40 Awards, a Lagos State initiative organised to celebrate young people who have risen to the top echelon in the entertainment industry, announced the winners of the maiden edition via their Instagram page on Wednesday.

The award presentation ceremony, scheduled to be held on Sunday, 9th October at the Bamboo Halls & Spaces, was cancelled due to logistical reason.

However, while speaking about the cancellation of the awards presentation ceremony, the Head of 
Communications of Shawttynatt, the organising outfit, Mrs. Adebukola Ogunrinde, said that the award plaque will be presented to the winners individually.

She said, “We encountered a major setback from our sponsors at the last minute. And we didn’t want to hold a below-the-standard event. That was why we cancelled it. However, the award plaque will be presented to the winners at our office. And we hope that the next edition will be well celebrated”.

Other winners include, OC Ukeje, Best Male Act, (English), Lateef Adeimeji, Best Actor, (Yoruba), Yewande Adekoya, Best Actress (Yoruba), Nancy Isime, New Face of Nollywood.

More winners, Comedian of the year, Ushbebe; Entrepreneur of the year, Pretty Mike; Personality of the year, Soft Olowo Eko;  Style Person 2016, Mercy Aigbe Gentry; Entertainment Personality 2016, Soso Soberekon; Best Act – Male 2016, Kiss Daniel; Best Act – Female 2016, Seyi Shay; Lagos Calendar Event, One Lagos Fiesta;  Music Video Director of The Year, AJE Films; International Music Act (Straight Outta Lagos), Olamide .
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T-Pain Is Coming To Lagos This October For The Heineken Live Your Music Party

American singer and rapper, T-Pain, has been announced as the host of
Heineken’s Live Your Music party by Nigerian Breweries, brewers of
premium beer brand, Heineken.

The Heineken Live Your Music party is a celebration of music, tailored
to give music lovers a passionate music experience and an avenue to not
just listen to the music but also live their music.

This announcement was made by Sampson Oloche, Portfolio Manager,
International Premium Brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc., at the press
cocktail for the 2016 Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week held at the
Heineken House on Tuesday, 11 October.

“We’re happy to sponsor this year’s Heineken LFDW themed ‘Connecting the
dots’, to reaffirm our commitment to the growth and expansion of
Nigeria’s fashion industry,” said Oloche. “We’re putting together a
fantastic after party for Heineken LFDW to be hosted by T-Pain. The Live
Your Music party will create an excellent music experience that is in
line with Heineken’s global reputation as a premium beer brand.”

Guests will experience brilliant fusion of lights, fashion and music at
the Heineken Live Your Music party featuring popular Nigerian DJs and
the interactive music Takeover session, where guests get to choose their
own playlists.

The Heineken Live Your Music party will take place on the closing night
of Heineken LFDW 2016, Saturday, 29 October.

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HEINEKEN employees are ambassadors for our responsible consumption
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with many stakeholders to encourage responsible attitudes and to
understand and address alcohol misuse.

About Red Media Africa

Red Media Africa (www.redmediaafrica.com) is the PR & Empowerment
Marketing division under the parent brand, RED. It focuses on using
inspiration, empowerment and action to help brands and organisations
connect with their audiences, enhance their bottom-lines and lead in
their industries.

It has 6 major practice areas: Corporate Practice, Technology Practice,
SME practice, Governance Practice, Faith Practice and the International
Practice – with work for brands across Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South
Africa. RED owns the continent’s largest portfolio of youth media

Its Content Division holds brands across TV, radio, online and events
including Y! Magazine, YNaija.com, Rubbin’ Minds, #YTech100 and The RED

It also anchors a development firm, The Future Project, which projects
include Africa’s leading youth platform, The Future Awards Africa,
HowCanIGetInvolved.com and Aiki.ng, which is run in conjunction with

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Lagos Hijab Imbroglio: We Must Separate Office From Religion – MURIC


Sequel to the response given by the Lagos State Deputy Governor to a question on hijab in which she gave the official government position, some concerned Muslims raised eye brows immediately. Although we made an attempt to douse tension by issuing a press statement immediately the issue broke in the public domain, we are still constrained to update our press release on this burning issue.

We fully understand and respect the feelings of fellow Muslims who expressed concern. Most people expressed genuine fear without an iota of malice. We appreciate them. But the facts must be put on the table and critically analysed in order to avoid hurting the innocent and labeling a committed Mother-of-Islam unjustly.   

She was confronted with a delicate question during a television interview. The question had to do with Islam, her own personal faith and hijab to be precise. Incidentally the state government already has an official position on the issue and she happens to be the sitting deputy governor. Ceteris paribus, she is expected to give the official position of the state government. Anything to the contrary would have been tantamount to desecration of the office she holds, a betrayal of her sacred oath of office and an attempt to undermine the state government.

Muslims in Lagos State and all over the country must consider the fact that the question was put to her as the Deputy Governor, not as a Muslim. The fact that she gave the official position of the state government does not mean that she has jettisoned her faith or abandoned her fellow Muslims. She does not need to betray her personal emotions in official matters.

It was a difficult moment. Whereas a judge can afford to step down in a case in which he has personal interest, like when his junior brother is arraigned before him, a politician cannot resign because he is a stakeholder in an issue in which the press seeks to know the government’s official position. Parrying the question could have been worse as it is likely to imply that she had something to hide.

We must separate government officials from their religion in order to get the best out of them. Dr. Mrs. Idiat Adebule is well respected in academic and political circles. But she is not the ‘Deputy Governor of Lagos Muslims’. She is the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, of the good and progressive people of Lagos State, of the indigenes and non-indigenes and of the Christians, the Muslims and the Traditionalists.

She is therefore expected to speak for all and attend to all regardless of tribe or faith. She should not be guillotined for giving the official position of the state government. She would have been deemed to have failed in her duty if she had done otherwise.

In view of the foregoing, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) hereby reposes full confidence in the Lagos State Deputy Governor. We are proud of her as a practicing Muslim, a non-extremist and a public servant of high integrity. We appeal to the Deputy Governor to treat the events of the last few days with equanimity. It is part of the challenges and sacrifices of leadership. We plead with her to bear the comments with fortitude and to continue to serve the state with her well known passion, accommodation and humility.  

We invite Muslims in Lagos State and indeed in the whole country to join us in working for peace and progress in Lagos State. We appeal to Muslims who expressed the fear ab initio that the Deputy Governor had abandoned her fellow Muslims to ponder over the above analysis for a better assessment of the situation. We are all working towards the emancipation of the oppressed Muslims of Nigeria. We assure you that there will be no retreat, no surrender until our goals of equal rights and justice are attained.

We remain oppressed until the right of the Muslim girl to use hijab is fully recognized everywhere in Nigeria. Hijab is the symbol of our right to self-determination and we will employ every legitimate means to ensure it becomes fait accompli.


Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

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