A CHANCE ENCOUNTER: Evans in shock as reporter confronts him with family photograph
Security at the State Command of the Nigeria Police Force, Ikeja, yesterday afternoon, was extra-ordinarily tight.
The visit by Sunday Vanguard to the State Command was in pursuit of the need to serve the readers with the latest in the unfolding saga of the arrested kidnap kingpin, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike a.k.a Evans.
The earlier impression was that the notorious gangster was being kept in a hidden location outside the headquarters.
Clutching a copy of Saturday Vanguard’s Special Edition, which was an expose of the kingpin, the story of his father, how his mother was a major influence in his life, as well as the plea by his Ghana-based wife and his children, the reporter stepped into the building housing members of the equally dreaded Special Anti-Robbery team, SARS.
Now, this team of crack detectives is noted for its swiftness in dealing with criminals, especially armed robbers.
Just as the reporter made some flights of stairs towards the first floor, he was confronted by fierce-looking and heavily armed policemen who were also descending the stairs.
His attention was immediately drawn to the man in their midst, who was gingerly toeing their steps.
Behold, it turned out to be the notorious man of the moment, Evans, in leg chains.
Instantaneously, the reporter’s instinct was aroused.
Without weighing the consequences of what he was about to do, he dared the menacing presence of the gun-totting policemen and confronted Evans.
This, inspite of the pushing and shoving by the eagle-eyed policemen wearing black vests with the bold inscription, FED SARS.
Sunday Vanguard’s reporter wasted no time in establishing communication with Evans – an act considered a breach of protocol.
But he was an experienced crime editor, with decades of experience, risking it all just to get his scoop.
Sunday Vanguard: Evans, (he raised his head eagerly looking at the reporter). – I just spoke with your wife and kids in Ghana.
Evans: It is not true. It can’t be my wife.
Sunday Vanguard: (Showing him the front page of the copy of Saturday Vanguard with the photograph of his wife and kids weeping) Look at them here.
Your son in particular, crying his hearts out.
Evans: (He quickly retraced his steps, looked intently at the photograph). Suddenly, his countenance changed.
(He became speechless upon seeing the photograph clearly).
Sunday Vanguard: Are the people in the photograph not your wife and kids?
Evans: (Looking downcast and in deep thought, maintained a studied silence).
Sunday Vanguard: Just look at what what you have done to your family. The many lives of innocent people you have ruined with your activities. Look at your beautiful kids crying their hearts out just for…
His hostile stare towards the reporter spoke volumes.
Were it possible, he would have grabbed the riffle from the policemen and shot at the reporter.
Sunday Vanguard: Evans, you are a very wicked man. See what you have done to your family. This is judgement time.
Meanwhile, this encounter may appear smooth and easy, but it was more like passing through the eye of the needle while it lasted because the policemen, though decorous, did not particularly cooperate and were angry.
At this stage, the policemen pounced on the reporter with guns drawn for a kill.
“Oga, if you don want trouble, leave this place now. (They snatched the newspaper forcefully from the reporter and ordered one of their armed colleagues to escort him out to the gate).
As the reporter was being led out, it was noticed that the copy of Saturday Vanguard was being passed from one eager hand to another as they quickly threw Evans back to the cell where they were taken him to.
BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Appoints Olaleye As LASPOTECH Rector
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed Dr. Oluremi Nurudeen Olaleye as the new Rector of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH).
The appointment was announced in a statement from the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education and signed by Omolase Yejide, Head Public Affairs on Monday.
Mr. Olaleye was earlier interviewed by the Institution’s Governing Council and subsequently recommended.
He is to serve five years single tenure will take effect from 1st December 2020 at the expiration of the tenure of the Acting Rector, Mr. Olumide Olusola Metilelu.
WORLD TOILET DAY: HYPO TOILET CLEANER SEEKS END TO OPEN DEFECATION
With the global calculation of about 4.2 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation and at risk of deadly diseases globally, Hypo Toilet Cleaner in celebration of the World Toilet Day, rehabilitated and maintained over 50 water closets in three high traffic areas in Lagos State while providing access to free usage to encourage the use of public toilets and reduction of open defecation
2020 World Toilet Day in Nigeria is themed: “Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change“.
While demonstrating its contribution towards curtailing the global sanitation crisis and achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 6: “water and sanitation for all come 2030″ , Hypo took the World Toilet Day sensitisation and awareness campaign to Berger, Oshodi and Ojo area, offering free defecation service at these identified public facilities.
L-R: Mr. Opeyemi Awojobi, Sponsorship Manager- Tolaram Group,Mrs. Adenike Adebayo, maintenance manager Ojodu Berger Toilet; Mrs Sola Hassan, Director Public Health Education, Lagos State Min of Health;Mr Akintayo Akinseloyin, Brand Manager Hypo Toilet cleaner and Mrs Olasunkanmi Fasilat, Cleaner Ojodu Berger toilet during the Hypo Toilet cleaner maintenance activity to commemorate 2020 world toilet day in Lagos.
The three days long activity which was organized with the participation of the Lagos State Ministry of Health is geared towards building the trust of the public towards utilizing public toilets while also bringing into their consciousness the need to ensure good maintenance and hygiene culture in these facilities to curtail the spread of deadly infectious diseases and encourage more usage.
Speaking at the event at Ojodu Berger Motor Park Toilet facility, the Brand Manager, Hypo Toilet Cleaner, Akintayo Akinseloyin, said with the huge infrastructural deficit in terms of toilet facilities across Nigeria, according to statistics, there is need to create massive sensitisation around behavioral change towards using safe toilets and eschewing open defecation.
“We have decided to take over the cleaning and management of over 50 Water Closets in Berger, Arena market in Oshodi and Trade fair, all in Lagos state for the first phase of our programme. We shall be deploying our resources including the Hypo toilet cleaner to keep the toilet sparkling, attractive and germs free. By so doing, people who make use of the facilities can have a positive view of public toilet and develop a taste for using it when there is need for it.”
“Today we want to build people’s trust in using public toilet facilities, discouraging the act of indiscriminate defecation in open places while working towards the objective of a hygienically safe environment for all.
The Director, Health Education, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Shola Hassan commended Hypo on its partnership with the state government in discouraging the culture of open defecation, unhygienic practice among the people thereby keeping infectious diseases around the environment at bay.