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Crisis Looms In Lagos Over Move To Delineate Divisions As Obas, Others Kick

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The move by the Lagos State House of Assembly to delineate and readjust the five administrative divisions in the state is generating ripples across the state.

 

The Lagos Assembly Delineation Bill whose sponsor is yet to be revealed has triggered massive protests across the state leading to the suspension of its consideration, it was learnt.

 

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The public hearing slated for last Friday did not hold following the suspension.

 

Despite the suspension, stakeholders across the state said they would remain vigilant and oppose any attempt to push the bill through.

 

The state has been operating on five administrative divisions – Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Eko (Lagos Island) and Epe.

 

Penultimate week, the bill scaled through first and second reading same day, fuelling speculations that there was something sinister causing the rush.

 

In the proposed bill, which sponsorship was still shrouded in secrecy, the house proposed to readjust the divisions as follows: Agege, Ikeja, Mushin, Ifako-Ijaiye, Oshodi as one division; Alimosho, Ojo, Amuwo-Odofin, Badagry and Ajeromi-Ifelodun (second division).

 

Others are Ikorodu, Shomolu, Kosofe and Ibeju-Lekki, Etiosa and Epe.

 

But notable traditional rulers and stakeholders from Eti-Osa LGA, such as Oniru of Iruland, Oba Abdul Wasiu Omogbolahan Lawal; Ojomu of Ajiranland, Oba Tijani Akinloye; former Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Wale Edun; and others have kicked against the bill.

 

The leader of Eti-Osa Heritage Group, Mr. Adewale Sani, who spoke on behalf of the stakeholders, said they are opposed to the bill which seeks to take them from their ancestral home to Epe.

 

Also, the Ikorodu Division stakeholders have rejected the bill which they said could draw the area backwards.

 

Chairman of new Ikorodu-Oga Development Association (IKODASS), Otunba Ganiyu Olusegun Abiru, said the passage of the bill for first and second reading in a single day called to question the sincerity of its promoters.

 

Abiru, who is a former Clerk of the House said his experience in the legislature showed that it is rare to pass a bill for first and second reading in one sitting “except the matter is very important and crucial and of immediate importance to the state”.

 

“That is when you can pass the bill for first and second reading in one day. So it means there is a hidden agenda somewhere. These local governments they are merging, culturally and historically do not have any affinity,” he added.

 

When contacted, Chairman of the House of Assembly Committee on Information,

Setonji David, however, said there was no hidden agenda anywhere.

 

According to him, while the bill has been put on hold at the moment, the will of the people would still prevail.

 

“The process is very clear. We are going to hear from our people. We are not going to impose our own will. Every plan and policy of the government is directed at the betterment of the people,” he said.

~~Additional report from Daily Trust

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Makinde a Failed Governor, Says Fayose

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Makinde a Failed Governor, Says Fayose
Makinde a Failed Governor, Says Fayose

Former Ekiti Governor Ayodele Fayose has described Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde as a failed Governor, who does not deserve re-election.

He said the Governor had decided to betray party elders, who assisted him during the electioneering by turning his back against them.

The former governor ruled out any reconciliation with Makinde, saying that the Governor is an obstacle to dialogue.

Fayose told reporters in Lagos that Makinde had the effrontery to query the decision of the National Working Committee (NWC) on critical party matters, thereby making a mess of party leadership.

He alleged that the Oyo Governor was behaving as a politician itching to run the NWC along with his state, adding he had evolved some strategies for division and polarisation of the party in the Southwest.

The former governor was reacting to comments by Makinde, who vowed to ensure that reactionary elements within the Southwest PDP would be fought and defeated.

Makinde also was reported to have warned the NWC against postponing the zonal congress of the party billed for March 6.

He said the zonal chapter will explore legitimate avenues to get the chieftains to do what is right for the party.

However, Fayose said the Makinde had deluded himself into thinking that he is the zonal leader because he is Governor.

He said: “Makinde is a failed governor. He has proved it by his inability to protect the people of Oyo State. He has demonstrated more than enough reasons not to be fielded as our PDP candidate again. He has betrayed trust and in our group, we will not sit with him in dialogue.”

Lamenting that the Governor is opening many battle fronts, Fayose added: “Majority of people Makinde is fighting today are the people who made him. He should stop his ranting. During the congress, we will teach him lessons; that becoming a Governor does not make him a leader. Let him continue to parade the failed politicians around him.

“He wants to run the NWC alongside Oyo State to assist his inordinate ambition to control the Southwest. He lacks the moral justification to criticise the NWC. He who comes to equity must come with clean hands.

“Makinde must be rejected by the people of Oyo State. The young man is opening all fronts for war, barely one and half years in office.”

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JUST IN: Admiral Aikhomu Dies From ‘COVID’ Complications

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JUST IN: Admiral Aikhomu dies from ‘COVID’ complications

Former Chief of Naval Administration Rear Admiral Joe Aikhomu (rtd) is dead, The Nation has learnt.

 

Aikhomu, 65, passed on Thursday morning in Abuja allegedly from COVID-19 complications.

 

The deceased who was younger brother to former military Vice President, Admiral Augustus Aikhomu (rtd), was until his death, chairman of Ocean Marine Solutions (OMS), a company his late brother founded with businessman Captain Hosa Okunbo.

 

Aikhomu was also a member of the investigative panel on arms procurement between 2007 and 2015 which was set up by President Muhammadu Buhari during his first tenure.

 

According to sources, his death has thrown the navy community into mourning as Aikhomu was considered a mobile encyclopedia on maritime operations and logistics in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) region.

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Woman Caught Sleeping With A 13-Year-Old Boy Says ‘He Asked For It’

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Woman Caught Sleeping With A 13-Year-Old Boy Says ‘He Asked For It’

A  yet-to-be-identified Greendale woman has been arrested after she was caught red-handed having sex with a 13-year-old boy at the teenager’s parents’ home in Houghton Park, Zimbabwe

The minor’s mother got the shock of her life when she returned home on Tuesday February 23, and caught her son being sexually abused by the woman. ­She immediately called the police, leading to the arrest of the accused.

 

Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest and also disclosed that investigations into the case were already underway and details will be released in due course.

“­The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm the arrest of a woman alleged to have been caught having sex with a minor in Houghton Park.”

 

Upon being interviewed by H-Metro, the lady said she didn’t commit any crime as the minor was the one who invited her to have sex at his parents’ house.

What did I do wrong and how did I know his house if he hadn’t called me?

We had protected sex and I do not see any reason why I can be treated like a thief or robber.

The yet-to-be-identified woman was taken to Waterfalls Police Station where she is currently being detained. In Zimbabwe, having sex with a minor is a criminal offense even if the minor consents. It is a serious crime that attracts jail term.

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