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RESIDENTS of the affected flood areas yesterday counted their losses as motorists and commuters groaned under heavy traffic snarl, which dominated the state capital following the collapse of many bridges in the Saturday night’s downpour.
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RESIDENTS of the affected flood areas yesterday counted their losses as motorists and commuters groaned under heavy traffic snarl, which dominated the state capital following the collapse of many bridges in the Saturday night’s downpour.

This came as the state government sacked the contractor handling the reconstruction of Apete Bridge, which was washed away in the last August 26, 2011, flood disaster.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi had awarded contract for the reconstruction of Apete Bridge to KBP International alongside some others damaged during the flood disaster.

Also group within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State again took on Governor Abiola Ajimobi over the last Saturday’s flood disaster, which ravaged the state capital and washed away many bridges, houses and churches.

The group, “PDP Synergy League” through its Spokesperson, Dotun Oyelade, accused the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) led government of negligence and insensitivity in the handling of the flood disaster.

But the ACN, while faulting the group’s claim, described its members as ‘renegades and rouble rousers’ and should be ignored.

The PDP group demanded to know what Ajimobi has been doing for the past 11 months after last year’s flood disaster during which Federal and state governments, as well as corporate bodies, donated handsomely to bolster government purse to assist thousands of victims.

Although no life was lost in the latest flood disaster, many houses particularly around Odo-Ona Elewe/New Garage, Arulogun, Oluyole, UI-Ojoo, as well as Eleyele were affected.

Residents of Oluyole were stranded as the two bridges at 7-Up and Rhema end which serve as a link to the town, have been washed away.

This forced many to go through Apata road, also plied by trucks operating at the depot in the area, thus resulting in heavy traffic snarl.

The story was the same in Mokola and its environs as the bridge along Jemibewon/Celestial road also caved in during the heavy downpour.

Men of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and policemen were deployed to major roads in the state capital to control traffic and prevent chaos.

While announcing the sack of KBP International, the state government assured that a new contractor would move to site in the next 24 hours after due process must have been observed.

The state Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Yunus Akintunde, at a press briefing stated that the bridge, as well as 15 others damaged across the state during the flood exercise that occurred on Saturday night would be reconstructed as soon as possible.

Apparently irked by the slow pace of work on the rehabilitation of Apete Bridge, the government said it had decided that a new contractor would take over the project within the next few hours.

Akintunde said the state executive council had mandated his ministry and that of Physical Planning and Urban Development to come up with a new proposal on the possible and urgent ways of putting all the damaged bridges back to use as soon as practicable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The council equally considered the Apete Bridge today and resolved that because of the current development and the heavy downpour that had suddenly occurred, there is the need to take a drastic action on the bridge construction so as to ameliorate the suffering of our people. In this wise, council decided that the drastic measure would have to be a reassessment and re-awarding of the bridge contract which should take place within the next 24 hours,” he said.

The commissioner explained that government was largely hampered from demolishing all the houses earlier red-marked for demolition because many of the owners had gone to courts to obtain injunctions against the planned demolition.

“The government is beginning soon the second phase of the removal of such structures (built on flood plains). However, we are inhibited by the activities of some landlords and landlords’ associations whose houses are located on flood plains who have taken government to court even for marking their structures for demolition. But we do plan to embark on the demolition exercise very soon. We have marked the structures and we are going to remove them but we may not cover them in totality due to these court injunctions.”

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

Lekki, Ikoyi tolls will rise on February 1 – LCC - Ivory NG

According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

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Ajimobi sacks bridge contractor over

RESIDENTS of the affected flood areas yesterday counted their losses as motorists and commuters groaned under heavy traffic snarl, which dominated the state capital following the collapse of many bridges in the Saturday night’s downpour.
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RESIDENTS of the affected flood areas yesterday counted their losses as motorists and commuters groaned under heavy traffic snarl, which dominated the state capital following the collapse of many bridges in the Saturday night’s downpour.

This came as the state government sacked the contractor handling the reconstruction of Apete Bridge, which was washed away in the last August 26, 2011, flood disaster.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi had awarded contract for the reconstruction of Apete Bridge to KBP International alongside some others damaged during the flood disaster.

Also group within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State again took on Governor Abiola Ajimobi over the last Saturday’s flood disaster, which ravaged the state capital and washed away many bridges, houses and churches.

The group, “PDP Synergy League” through its Spokesperson, Dotun Oyelade, accused the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) led government of negligence and insensitivity in the handling of the flood disaster.

But the ACN, while faulting the group’s claim, described its members as ‘renegades and rouble rousers’ and should be ignored.

The PDP group demanded to know what Ajimobi has been doing for the past 11 months after last year’s flood disaster during which Federal and state governments, as well as corporate bodies, donated handsomely to bolster government purse to assist thousands of victims.

Although no life was lost in the latest flood disaster, many houses particularly around Odo-Ona Elewe/New Garage, Arulogun, Oluyole, UI-Ojoo, as well as Eleyele were affected.

Residents of Oluyole were stranded as the two bridges at 7-Up and Rhema end which serve as a link to the town, have been washed away.

This forced many to go through Apata road, also plied by trucks operating at the depot in the area, thus resulting in heavy traffic snarl.

The story was the same in Mokola and its environs as the bridge along Jemibewon/Celestial road also caved in during the heavy downpour.

Men of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and policemen were deployed to major roads in the state capital to control traffic and prevent chaos.

While announcing the sack of KBP International, the state government assured that a new contractor would move to site in the next 24 hours after due process must have been observed.

The state Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Yunus Akintunde, at a press briefing stated that the bridge, as well as 15 others damaged across the state during the flood exercise that occurred on Saturday night would be reconstructed as soon as possible.

Apparently irked by the slow pace of work on the rehabilitation of Apete Bridge, the government said it had decided that a new contractor would take over the project within the next few hours.

Akintunde said the state executive council had mandated his ministry and that of Physical Planning and Urban Development to come up with a new proposal on the possible and urgent ways of putting all the damaged bridges back to use as soon as practicable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The council equally considered the Apete Bridge today and resolved that because of the current development and the heavy downpour that had suddenly occurred, there is the need to take a drastic action on the bridge construction so as to ameliorate the suffering of our people. In this wise, council decided that the drastic measure would have to be a reassessment and re-awarding of the bridge contract which should take place within the next 24 hours,” he said.

The commissioner explained that government was largely hampered from demolishing all the houses earlier red-marked for demolition because many of the owners had gone to courts to obtain injunctions against the planned demolition.

“The government is beginning soon the second phase of the removal of such structures (built on flood plains). However, we are inhibited by the activities of some landlords and landlords’ associations whose houses are located on flood plains who have taken government to court even for marking their structures for demolition. But we do plan to embark on the demolition exercise very soon. We have marked the structures and we are going to remove them but we may not cover them in totality due to these court injunctions.”

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

Lekki, Ikoyi tolls will rise on February 1 – LCC - Ivory NG

According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

Read the release report below;

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