A suspected leader of a cult group terrorising residents of the Iyana Ipaja area of the state has been arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement
The suspect identified as, Franklin Anyawu of Oremeji Street, Iyana Ipaja, was also reportedly caught with bags of cannabis.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Anyawu was arrested along with 75 miscreants during raids on black spots in the Iyana Ipaja and Oshodi areas on Saturday.
Anyawu was said to have confessed to the police that he was the ringleader of a cult, Omije Boys.
The Head, Public Affairs Unit of the agency, Mr Taofiq Adebayo, said the gang was notorious for dispossessing members of the public of their items.
“He (Anyawu) confessed to selling illicit drugs to miscreants and hoodlums around Oshodi, Fadeyi, Idi-Oro (Mushin) and Bariga.
“Another suspect, Olumide Sanni, 19, who specialises in snatching bags and phones from innocent members around Railway lines at Oshodi, was arrested. Operatives of the agency had arrested him three times for criminal activities around Oshodi. He has made a confessional statement.
“The two suspects are among the 76 miscreants and hoodlums arrested by the agency during an enforcement operation tagged, ‘Eradication of Criminal Hideouts,’ carried out at midnight,” he said.
Adebayo explained that the Chairman of the agency, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, had been directed by the state Commissioner of Police, Legal Imohimi, to crack down on criminal hideouts and black spots in the state.
He said, “The chairman listed areas to be raided, as directed by the CP, to include Egbe-Idimu, Iyana-Ipaja (Abule-Oki and Car Wash), Ikotun, Mushin, Bariga, Apapa, Orile-Agege, Ajegunle, Ikorodu, Lagos Island, Oshodi, Pen-Cinema, Berger, Oyingbo, Mile 2, Fadeyi and Ojuelegba.
“SP Egbeyemi stated that government would not fold its arms and watch criminals destroying huge investment already expended on infrastructural development across the state.
“He said the Commissioner of Police had warned parents to always monitor their wards particularly during and after the ‘ember months’ as anyone caught engaging in any criminal act such as selling or smoking illicit drugs, rape, robbery, cultism or any other nefarious activities would be prosecuted in accordance with the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Law.
“The chairman enjoined criminal elements to turn a new leaf and get themselves meaningfully engaged in vocational skills such as tailoring, carpentry, shoe-making and bead-making at any of the government established vocational centres in the state.”
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )
WTO: Trump Wrong For Rejecting Okonjo-Iweala – Fani-Kayode
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned the move by the United States President, Donald Trump to block the appointment of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the Director-General of World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Recall that Okonjo-Iweala on Wednesday won the popular vote by a wide margin, with the expectation of an announcement after a World Trade Organization meeting in Geneva.
She was reported to have won the support of 104 of all 164 member countries of the WTO, many of which were from Africa and Europe.
However, the US reportedly expressed its disappointment over the appointment of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala despite her widely gained support.
Reacting in a post on his Twitter page, Fani-Kayode warned that Trump’s opposition to Okonjo-Iweala would upset millions of his supporters in Nigeria and Africa.
..This extraordinary lady is by far the best candidate,her integrity is unimpeachable & her ability is unquestionable. Opposing her has upset millions of Trump-lovers in Nigeria & Africa &hundreds of thousands of Nigerian/Americans in the U.S. itself.
I hope he reconsiders.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) October 29, 2020
Nigeria’s Economy Too Fragile For Fresh Lockdown —Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that Nigeria’s economy is too fragile for fresh coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
The president stated this in a post on his Twitter handle @MBuhari on Thursday.
Buhari stated that compliance with COVID-19 protocols by all Nigerians is crucial to avert a second wave of the pandemic in the country.
This is coming following the recent increase in Coronavirus cases in many countries around the world.
“Looking at the trends in other countries, we must do all we can to avert a second wave of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
“We must make sure that our cases, which have gone down, do not rise again. Our economy is too fragile to bear another round of lockdown.”
Looking at the trends in the other countries, we must do all we can to avert a second wave of Covid-19 in Nigeria. We must make sure that our cases, which have gone down, do not rise again. Our economy is too fragile to bear another round of lockdown.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) October 29, 2020
Femi Adesina: #EndSARS Protests Fuelled Looting Of Warehouses
Femi Adesina, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity has alleged that some Nigerians involved in recent cases of looting experienced in some cities across the country didn’t do it because they were angry or hungry.
He alleged that they were simply taking advantage of the collapse of law and order caused by the #EndSARS protests.
He stated this on Thursday, 29th October when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme.
He declared that poverty has nothing to do with the invasion of COVID-19 palliatives warehouses.
He said: “Criminality is criminality. Would it justify armed robbery because the man was poor? Would you justify armed robbery because the man didn’t have money?
“Just as you cannot justify armed robbery because a man was poor and took a gun to rob another person, you can’t also justify the lootings going on because it is pure criminality. My view is that it is not everybody that is hungry that engaged in that looting. This is the truth, it is greed and pure criminality.
“Criminality will always be criminality and anarchy promotes criminality. What has happened in the past two or three weeks led to what is happening now. If there was cohesion and tranquility in society, this would not have happened. Therefore, it is corollary to the near anarchic situation that came on the country because of the protest.
“If you did not have people burning police stations, killing policemen, burning private and public property, you won’t have this kind of looting. That means those same people will be in society and will find ways to eke out a living but because the situation was created for near-anarchy that is why you have this.
“So, I don’t agree that it is all about poverty. Yes in any country, you will have people that are poor, hungry…that is one of the reasons you have government to ensure that the number of the poor reduces progressively.
“So this crowd of people you see going to loot are not necessarily hungry or angry; they are taking advantage of the collapse of law and order that came as a result of the protest.”
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