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Sanitation officers clash with marketers in Lagos

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Four operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps on Tuesday sustained varying degrees of injury during a confrontation with some angry traders in Araromi, Oshodi area of Lagos State.

It was learnt that the officials were on patrol when they sighted some alleged environmental infractions in the community.

Some of the men were reported to have come down from the patrol truck to confiscate goods displayed by traders on the sidewalk, while others damaged structures erected by the roadside.

The traders were alleged to have become infuriated when they noticed some operatives filming the scene.

Our correspondent was told that the traders, together with some hoodlums, attacked the officers with broken bottles, sticks and stones.

It was learnt that while four of the officials were injured in the melee, the windscreen of the LAGSC vehicle was shattered.

A statement by the Public Affairs Officer of LAGSC, Ramat Alabi, said the agency reinforced back to the scene and arrested 15 suspects.

She said, “On Tuesday January 23, the men of the special squad of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps were on routine inspection to Oshodi Marcarthy/ Araromi/ Banjoko streets.

“Far reaching environmental infractions were noticed, including drainage littered with debris, stagnated drainage and traders arbitrarily displaying wares on the sidewalk and culverts. Officers commenced enforcement and pictorial recordings of the scene and dislodging of the traders.

“The Executive Secretary, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps, Mrs. Idowu Mohammed, said it was at this point that some of the traders attacked the officers with stones, bottles, sticks and other dangerous objects. The atmosphere became tense and it was realised that the officers could not vacate the scene without getting hurt.

“Upon receipt of the report, we immediately ordered a back up team from the headquarters and before the reinforcement could get there, some of our officers had been injured and some vehicles badly damaged. With the help of the back-up team, 15 people, including eight males and seven females were arrested at the scene.”

While urging residents to desist from attacking sanitation officials in the discharge of their duties, Alabi said the suspects had been arraigned before the Lagos State Special Offences Court, Safety Arena, Bolade-Oshodi.

She said their punishment would serve as a deterrent to others.

“I will like to call on Lagosians to be law abiding and conscious of the cleanliness of their environment,” she added.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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WTO: Trump Wrong For Rejecting Okonjo-Iweala – Fani-Kayode

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WTO: Trump Wrong For Rejecting Okonjo-Iweala – Fani-Kayode

Femi 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.

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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.

He wrote:

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Nigeria’s Economy Too Fragile For Fresh Lockdown —Buhari

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Nigeria’s Economy Too Fragile For Fresh Lockdown —Buhari

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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.

Also Read: Femi Adesina: #EndSARS Protests Fuelled Looting Of Warehouses

This is coming following the recent increase in Coronavirus cases in many countries around the world.

He wrote:

“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.”

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Femi Adesina: #EndSARS Protests Fuelled Looting Of Warehouses

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Femi Adesina: #EndSARS Protests Fuelled Looting Of Warehouses

Femi Adesina

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.

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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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