Vanguard Newspaper 10 january 2018
C M Y K 32—SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 10, 2018
Flush out criminals in your fold or..., Govt orders “Okada” union leaders ..Impounds 176 “Okada”, to arraign 72 riders for traffic offenses Stories by Olasunkanmi Akoni Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force in collaboration with officials of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps, LAGESC, have impounded 196 motorcycles, while 72 arrested riders are set to face prosecution at Lagos Mobile Court, Oshodi, Lagos. Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, Superintendent of Police, SP, Olayinka Egbeyemi, while parading the suspects yesterday, at the agency’s headquarters in Oshodi, said they were arrested for violating the Lagos State 2012 Road Traffic Law. According to Egbeyemi, the enforcement operations was jointly carried out following series of complaints from innocent members of the public over criminal activities perpetuated by motorcycle riders around second Rainbow, Festac and Mile 2 areas. He explained: “Investigation conducted, revealed that activities of the operators were on the increase as they terrorize innocent members of the public both day and night by dispossessing them of their valuables. “Investigation further revealed that these motorcycle riders were responsible for series of attack on vehicle owners/drivers in traffic at night around Mile 2 bridge towards Festac.” Egbeyemi then urged union leaders and operators of “okada” to properly screen out criminals among their members who rob and perpetrate criminal acts; adding that they should stop plying any of the restricted 475 routes which include highways and bridges across the state. He also urged operators of private power bike (200cc above) particularly corporate bodies to warn their dispatch By Olasunkanmi Akoni Chairman, Butchers Association, Ikorodu, Alhaji Talatu Lawal has vowed to clampdown on unregistered butchers who engage in unwholesome practices in the business. Lawal added that the union has set up a special team in collaboration with the state’s taskforce to go after operators of illegal abattoir and slaughter slabs with a view to arresting and prosecuting them riders to stop engaging in illegal commercial activities as anyone caught violating any sections of the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012 would be prosecuted. Egbeyemi said, following directive of the state’s Commissioner of Police, CP, Edgal Imohmi, all the suspects arrested during the operations would be charged to court. Meanwhile, a resident, simply to serve as deterrent to others. He said the move became necessary following discovery of illegal activities by unscrupulous people in the industry. Commenting on the alleged poor condition of abattoirs in the state, Lawal attributed the trend to the handiwork of saboteurs, who were prevented from processing diseased and substandard animals for slaughtering. According to him, “If there is any unwholesome processing of meat in the identified as Engr. Damilola Okanlawon said majority of these motorcycle riders plying restricted routes “could hardly speak nor understand simple English.” According to Okanlawon, “Many of them came from neighboring countries, who migrated to Lagos without any legitimate means of livelihood other than using motorcycle to commit crime.” SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 10, 2018—33 Butchers move against illegal operators of abattoirs state, those unregistered butchers who engage in illegal operation of abattoirs are behind it. Because we refused to allow them to operate here (government approved abattoir), they decided to go to unauthorized places to carry out their nefarious activities. “Here in Ikorodu, the abattoir, as you can see for yourself is hygienic and we adhere to the relevant laws governing meat slaughtering in the state. We are ready to go after saboteurs any moment from now.” Also, Alhaji Suleiman, a stakeholder in the meat industry commended the state government’s all inclusive style of governance in its developmental projects going on in the state. He further assured the government that his people are in full support of the development in the state. When Saturday Vanguard visited Ikorodu Abattoir, Dr. (Mrs) Kofoworola Olorintan, Senior Veterinarian of the abattoir, said due process and global standard were being followed in the meat processing, adding that, “at least two veterinarians are Trouble brews at Alaba Int’l market over alleged imposition of leader The popular Alaba International market, Lagos is yet engulfed in another crisis. Members of the Lagos Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, RETEAN, of the market are at loggerheads following the deposition of its chairman, Akindele Omole, alias, “Dododanwa” recently. A faction of the union led by the deposed Chairman, Omole stormed the Alausa government house, Ikeja, a few days ago urging Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to intervene in the crisis. “Dododanwa” who led over 300 members during the protest, accused the national President, Musa Esiawele of unilaterally imposing Mohammed on the union after he was deposed. The development he said did not augur well with members who have been spoiling for a show down if the injustice was not addressed as soon as possible. “We are making this appeal before the governor and relevant authorities to intervene because we are law abiding citizens and we want to avoid possible blood-letting in the state,” he said. A petition forwarded to the Governor, read in parts: “This to bring to the notice of your Honorable office the nefarious activities of one Alhaji Musa Mohammed who was imposed on the Lagos State branch of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria. These activities range from the following: High handedness, intimidation, and using some officers of OPMESA to harass members at will. Dododanwa continued, “We therefore, call on His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to use his good office to save us and to avoid possible mayhem in Lagos State as a result of the injustices going on in the union. A stitch in time saves more than nine. We are law abiding citizens and residents of the state”. stationed at each designated government abattoir across the state to ensure standard operation and wholesome meat processing for the public.” Ogunbanwo Olatunbosun, Director Public Affairs in the ministry, reiterated that the present Government had embarked on massive rehabilitation and transformation reform in the red meat value –chain. He said, “The report in some media recently on unhygienic state of abattoirs in the state is not the true reflection of situation in the state. Highlighting measures put in place to ensure that only wholesome meat and meat products are consumed in the state, he said the state government embarked on upgrading of existing slaughter slabs across the state to semi mechanized abattoirs, such as: Ikorodu, Matori, Ilaje and Ejigbo, while the Oko Oba Abattoir and Lairage Complex, Agege have been rehabilitated to ensure that operations at the complex meet international standard.