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COVID-19 Lockdown: Police Impound 600 Vehicles As 78 Violators Get Court Judgment

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Over 600 vehicles have so far been impounded by the Police in Lagos in the effort to enforce government lockdown order over the COVID-19 scourge.
In a statement issued by the Police spokesperson, Bala Elkana Wednesday evening and made available to ThepageNews, Seventy eight violators  have so far been arrested, charged to Court and sentenced to 30 days community service plus 14 days in isolation centre.
”On 8/4/2020, Police Officers on enforcement of restriction of movements order arrested 78 suspects for violating the stay at home directives of Government. 
”The suspects were arrested playing football on major streets and having group exercise in large number, thereby neglecting the principles of social distancing. 
”The suspects were arraigned in Chief Magistrate Court Yaba on one count charge of violating the social distancing directives of Lagos State Government contrary to Regulation 8(1)( a) &(b) and 17(1)(i) of Lagos State Infectious Disease (Emergency prevention) Regulation 2020. 
”It is an offence punishable under Section 58 Public Health Law Cap P16 Laws of Lagos State, 2015. 
”Seventy  three of the suspects pleaded guilty to the charge while 3 pleaded not guilty. The Court ordered that all the suspects should be kept in Government Isolation Centres for 14 days and thereafter serve one month community service. 
”The three suspects who pleaded not guilty will after observing the 14 days isolation, be brought to Court for trial” the statement read.
According to the Police, the suspects were arrested along Bush street, Gbagada expressway, Ogudu, Iyana Iba, Ojo road, Ebute Metta, Asimowu street Itire and Ajegunle .
Some of the offenders include Meeks John 29 years old, Kingsley Jacob 28 years old, Anthony Fashanu 28 years old, Chukwuma Okwubaba 28 years old, Luke Eboro 43 years old, Kenneth Obasuyi 64 years old, Julius Joel 41 years old, Victor Tamund 38 years old, Egbo Nnamdi 40 years old, Fortune Sunday 26 years old, Faith Omoefe 24 years old, Abdulsalam Ahmed 27 years old, Rabiu Aslam 20 years old, Phil Omoefe 32 years old, Adetutu Adurogbanpa 30 years old, Gbadamosi Oluwakemi 30 years, Segun Joshua 24 years old, Amaka Chuks  28 years old, Edokpe Eric Emeka 37 years old, Ismaila Kareem 24 years old, Nduke Kingsley 22 years old, Barnabas James 48 years old, Adeleke Sunday  37 years old, Ibrahim Olaniron  26 years old, Daniel Oduma 31 years old, Bashua Oluwaseyi 45 years old, Folajin Ebunoluwa 21 years old, Folajin Feyi 59 years old, Joshua Oyenusi 30 years old, Adam Abdulrahman 25 years old, Ayomide Adenuga 20 years old, Omoniyi Oladayo 37 years old, Bamidele Stephen 47 years old, Chison Onwusoron 18 years old, Oloruntoba Aisha 31 years old, Obi Okoye 32 years old, Olagoke Onuoluwa 28 years old, Akeem Ikeoluwa 43 years old, Yakubu Musa 27 years old, Segun Michael 27 years old, Idris Abdulsalem 22 years old, Shittu Okikiola 26 years old, Adebayo Adewunmi 44 years old, Isiola kazeem 30 years old, Ojo Moses 21 years old, Nzube Nwaenyi 22 years, Kingsley Hosea 28 years old, John Christopher 22 years old, Saheed Lawal 34 years old, Chibuike Ogbor 31 years old, John Felix Adekanye 30 years old, Adekunle Peter 28 years old, Rilwan Babajide 18 years old, Bukola Oyekola 30 years old, Ubogu Kennedy 30 years old, Yusuf Lawal 25 years old, Olamide Wasiu 17 years old, Shares Isiaka 24 years old, Wisdom Edokpayi 34 years old, Duyilemi Micheal 34 years old, Ofen Francis 30 years old, Mukaila Babatunde 19 years old, Nwanga Sunday 28 years old, Chukwuma ifeadi 30 years old, Kareem Akeem 24 years old, Chibuzor Okonkwo 40 years old, Tosin Oluwadamilare 24 Years old, Zakariyu Mohammed 29 years old, Olasunkanmi Akanbi 37 years old, Babatunde Olafusi 40 years old, Idowu Amuza 25 years old, Kehinde Oke 20 years old, Dayo Adegoke 20 years old, Nachi Emeka 18 years old, Akpede Isaiah 19 years old, Akpede Joshua 17 years old, Akanbi Afeez 18 years old and Tosin Oluwadamilare 24 years old.
For information or complaints regarding non compliance with the orders on COVID 19, the Police admonished the public to  call the following numbers :09010512285, 09010512286, 09010512287 and 09010512288.

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Inclusive Foundation Mourns Veteran Actress, Rachael Oniga

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Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation, a non-governmental organisation has expressed its heartfelt sympathy to family, friends and the entire movie industry over the loss of the veteran actress, Rachael Oniga who died at age 64.

 

 

The CEO of the foundation, Chief (Mrs.) Pat Eleto, in a condolence visit to the family, on Saturday, July 31st, said the news came as a rude shock to many, but she believes that the late actress has created a great impact with her career, and her legacy should never be forgotten.

 

 

In her statement, Chief (Mrs.)Eleto said:

“It is with a heavy heart that I grief with the family of a sister, friend and adviser of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.

 

 

“Mrs. Oniga, is one of our great ambassadors, and we were actually working on a project that is meant for the later part of this year when the sad news of her demise came.

 

 

“Death is inevitable, we pray for the repose of her soul, and may God comfort all the people she left behind. We also hope and pray that all her good legacies, be sustained because, she was indeed a pillar of support to our foundation, and also one of veterans that contributed immensely to the growth of Nollywood,” the statement reads.

 

 

A native of Delta State, Oniga was one of the ambassadors of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.

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Alaafin Shuns Ooni-Backed Group Over Alleged Anti-Buhari Posture

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The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Friday, at the last minute, allegedly cancelled an appointment he gave to a Yoruba group, Ooni’s Caucus, on the alleged complaint that members of the group are “notorious critics” of the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

 

 

The Ooni’s Caucus, which was inaugurated at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on July 20, 2021, is made of many influential Yoruba persons and is being coordinated by a former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Akin Osuntokun.

 

 

PUNCH learnt that Osuntokun led about 14 members of the group to Alaafin’s palace for the alleged 11am appointment on Friday, but after waiting for about two and a half hours, the influential monarch sent words to them that he would not be seeing them.

 

 

According to a source, who spoke to  PUNCH on condition of anonymity, some of the group’s members who went to Alaafin’s palace with Osuntokun were a monarch, the Olugbon of Orile-Igbon, Oba Francis Alao; a former presidential spokesman, Dr Doyin Okupe; a former commissioner in Osun State, Muyiwa Ige;  a former Minister of Defence, Mrs Dupe Adelaja; a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Taiwo Lakanu,  Oye Oyewumi, Sola Lawal, among others.

 

 

A former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, is also said to be a member of Ooni’s Caucus, but he was not on the delegation to Alaafin’s palace on Friday.

 

 

The source, who is a member of the group, claimed that the group had through the Olugbon secured an appointment with Alaafin since Monday, and the same appointment was confirmed on Thursday, only for them to get to the palace and the Alaafin refused to see them on the claim that they were anti-Buhari and were also loyalists of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

 

 

The source explained that the main purpose of the meeting was for the newly-inaugurated group to get Alaafin’s blessings and to possibly discuss the issue of the embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, alias Sunday Igboho, who is currently being held and tried in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

 

 

The source said, “The Olugbon, a member of the caucus, was the one who booked the appointment, but he said the Alaafin said he didn’t want to see us because we’re notorious critics of the Buhari government.

 

 

“He (Alaafin) confirmed the appointment yesterday (Thursday). But when we got there today, he kept us waiting; after a while, he asked to see the Olugbon. He (Alaafin) didn’t come to see us; we were told he said he wouldn’t see us because we are notorious critics of Buhari’s government and that some of us are close to Obasanjo, who is also critical of the government.

 

 

“We were made to wait for about two and a half hours; he gave us an appointment for 11am; we got there at 11am and at about 1.30pm, that was when it was obvious to us that he wasn’t coming (to see us). But he initially asked to see the Olugbon, who went to see him for about an hour. When the Olugbon eventually came back, he said Alaafin would not see us, saying we are a group that is critical of the Buhari government and some of us are loyalists of Obasanjo.”

 

On whether the group’s mission to Alaafin’s palace was to discuss Sunday Igboho’s matter, the source said, “Of course, the issue (of Igboho) would come up but that was not the purpose of the visit. The issue of Igboho concerns all the Yoruba people but that was not our reason for going to him.”

 

 

On whether the group would try and book another appointment, the source said, “I don’t know; we were all surprised that a Yoruba oba can refuse to see his children on account of not wanting to be on the bad side of Buhari’s government. I would have thought that an oba is supposed to take everybody as his children, whether they are supporters of Buhari the All progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party or whatever party.”

 

 

But when contacted by PUNCH, the Media Director to the Alaafin, Bode Durojaye, said the reason his principal did not see the group was because they did not have any prior appointment with him.

 

 

Durojaye said the Alaafin would be willing to entertain the group if they booked an appointment.

 

 

 

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NMA Reacts As Bandits Break Into, Pick Nurse At Zamfara General Hospital

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Suspected bandits invaded General Hospital, Dansadau, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Friday, resulting in the abduction of a nurse and caregiver.

 

 

Residents said that immediately the men stormed the medical facility, the armed men headed to the outpatient ward in search of a doctor or nurse.

 

 

“When they couldn’t find anybody there, they started going from one ward to another. A nurse and a caregiver were abducted. They then moved to staff quarters looking for doctors and nurses but could not find any.”

 

 

“The armed criminals had earlier attempted to attack Maigoge, a community located six kilometres north of Dansadau town.

 

 

“But when they laid siege to the community, the vigilantes otherwise known as Yan Sakai firmly defended the village. The vigilante killed some of the bandits and injured several others.

 

 

“They then invaded the hospital to kidnap nurse and doctors that will treat their injured brothers in the forest.”

 

 

 

Maigoge is one of the few communities in Dansadau Emirate known to be firmly defending themselves against bandits.

 

 

“The staff of the facility are not carrying out night duties now. They only attend to patients at day time. They then move inside the town to spend night usually at undisclosed locations,” he added.

 

 

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association in Zamfara state, Dr Mannir Bature, who confirmed the attack said the association is worried by the unfortunate incident.

 

 

He said they would hold an emergency state officers council meeting on Saturday.

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