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Undercover Investigation Exposes Corruption At ‘Yaba Left’

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Nigerian investigative journalist, Fisayo Soyombo, has uncovered the spate of corruption at the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, popularly known as ‘Yaba Left’.

Investigative Journalist, Fisayo Soyombo

Investigative Journalist, Fisayo Soyombo

Soyombo went undercover for three weeks in November, disguising himself as a patient spending 10 straight days on ward admission.

In the report published by The Cable, the journalist revealed how he had to pay off staffs before being able to secure a bed-space at the infamous hospital.

The report read;

“On Thursday, Olawale’s call was what roused me from sleep. He had found a hospital staffer by the name Tosin Karunwi, who was willing to secure bed space for me, provided we understood that “nothing comes free”. We weren’t sure if Karunwi was a nurse, an orderly or a Crisis official, but we established that she indeed worked at the hospital.

Olawale announced that Tosin had demanded N10,000 to help lock down a bed space for me, but he successfully negotiated a N7,000 deal. He asked us to forward the money to Account Name ‘Olaniyi Olawale Matthew’ with Access Bank — because Tosin didn’t want the money sent to her. He passed the money on to Tosin, after she agreed to return it if she didn’t secure a bed space.

To our utmost shock, once she took possession of the money, Tosin began to sell Oshodi to us. Actually, Oshodi, the neuropsychiatric hospital’s annexe, was even worse managed than Yaba. It was graveyard-like, largely abandoned. Oshodi was technically the hospital into which Yaba’s vomits were spilled. But Tosin argued otherwise.

“Wait a minute, why don’t you want Oshodi?” she’d asked on phone in the evening of Thursday November 14. “Oshodi and Yaba are the same. Three bed spaces are vacant at Oshodi; I’d advise you to take one of them.”

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On December 3, three full weeks after Tosin was paid for the bed space that never came, she was told to refund the payment, but she refused, and blatantly too. “You cannot get N7,000,” she snapped. “The [two] nurses I gave money to, do you expect me to pay back on their behalf? Maybe I can send N4,000 to you; it’s just maybe. Maybe. That’s even if I’m able to raise it. Do you expect me to hold the cash or keep it in the bank?”

Tosin claimed that no space had opened up at all, both at Yaba and Oshodi “since last week”. What she didn’t know was that I’d gone in (and come out) as a patient because a space indeed opened up for me, and that at least two more opened up during my stay.”

Soyombi also revealed the decrepit state of the hospital itself where huge rats serve as roommates.

In his words,

I would learn about Yaba Left rats in the evening of my second day at the ward. Well-fed and therefore robust, they roamed the greenery separating Tolani Asuni from Adeoye Lambo in their droves every night. Not that I hadn’t seen rats before, I just didn’t know rats so big existed anywhere in the world.

“It’s been brought to the attention of the Chief Medical Director several times, but she said there’s nothing wrong with it,” one patient told me.

Reacting to the report, Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, took to Twitter on Wednesday to reveal that the delapitating state of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos will be looked into.

Ehanire tweeted;

“This will be looked into immediately.”

See the tweet below:

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NASS Will Secure Justice For Police Brutality Victims, Ensure Five-Point Demands Are Implemented – Lawan

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NASS Will Secure Justice For Police Brutality Victims, Ensure Five-Point Demands Are Implemented – Lawan

Ahmad Lawan

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has assured that the National Assembly will get justice for victims of police brutality.

Lawan said the legislature will collaborate with the executive to ensure that rights abuses by personnel of the disbanded Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are probed.

The lawmaker, in a statement on Monday, noted that the government has shown a commitment to implement the five-point demands of the #EndSARS protesters.

“I want to seize this opportunity to re-assure our youths that the National Assembly will collaborate with the Executive to ensure justice for victims of misconduct and rights abuses by personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police.

“In the same vein, to discourage impunity, we will insist that the perpetrators of the alleged abuses be prosecuted and sanctioned as appropriate.”

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He condoled with the victims of the reprehensible violence and criminality witnessed in the last few days in many parts of the country.

“I send my condolences to the families of our security and law enforcement agents who have made the supreme sacrifices in the course of their service to their fatherland.

He, however, condemned the arson, violence, and looting in several parts of the country.

“I also call for a thorough investigation of every criminal act that we have witnessed in the past few weeks with a view to bringing to justice all those elements who have so callously destroyed public and private property”.

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No State Hoarded COVID-19 Palliatives, NGF Insists

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No State Hoarded COVID-19 Palliatives, NGF Insists

Governor Fayemi

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has denied hoarding the food items donated by the organised private sector to ease the economic hardship imposed on the poor by the COVID-19 lockdown.

This was contained in a statement on Monday, titled “Governors and the CACOVID Palliatives” which was signed by Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, the head of the media and public affairs unit at the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

This is coming following the discovery and looting of state governments warehouses where COVID-19 palliatives were found by Nigerians.

This has led some Nigerians to accuse the governors of hoarding the food items even as millions of citizens starved.

However, reacting to the accusations, the governors denied charges that they deliberately delayed the distribution of the items.

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“The NGF wishes to state categorically that no State has been involved in or has hoarded any palliatives,” the governors said.

Although the governors regretted the loss of lives and property occasioned by the violent protests that erupted they stressed that it is important for, “a lot of the information circulating on the social media needs to be fact-checked.”

“The NGF pleads with members of the public to desist from spreading rumours which further creates panic and stampede.

“For example, some of the properties stolen and vandalised, include palliatives set aside for vulnerable members of society.

“The NGF reemphasizes and corrects the impression that palliatives found in warehouses that were broken into in Lagos and some other states were kept in storage for members of the society especially our vulnerable citizens,” the statement read in part.

According to the governors, the erroneous impression in the public domain that these palliatives were hoarded is inaccurate, “entirely erroneous and untrue.”

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Fani-Kayode Slams Fashola Over Discovery Of Hidden Camera At Lekki Toll Gate

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Fani-Kayode Slams Fashola Over Discovery Of Hidden Camera At Lekki Toll Gate

Femi Fani-Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has claimed that Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing has tampered with exhibits at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos State.

Recall that Fashola had led a federal government’s delegation to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, following the destruction recorded during the #EndSARS protest that was hijacked by hoodlums.

During a tour of the delegation to the Lekki toll gate, Fashola, a former governor of Lagos State discovered a camera that he handed over to the state government for forensic examination.

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Reacting to the development, Fani-Kayode wrote on his Twitter page:

“Why would a Minister remove a camera from the crime scene of the biggest mass murder in our history? If the camera was planted by Govt. they will show us what they want us to see. If the camera was not planted &provides evidence of genocide it will be doctored or destroyed.

“The deep state is at work here but we cannot be fooled. It is only after PMB leaves office that the truth about what happened at the Lekki Toll gate will be exposed.After that he &all those that were involved will be bundled to the ICC at the Hague for crimes against humanity.

“You can play Sherlock Holmes and Jack Baur today but tomorrow you will smell the shit! Every single one of you that had a hand in that heinous crime will suffer the consequences and be brought to justice.”

 

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