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Hamzat heads 20-man

transition c’ttee in Lagos

By Olasukanmi

Akoni & Monsur





inauguration ceremony,

Governor Akinwunmi

Ambode of Lagos State,

yesterday, set up a 20-man

Transition Committee, led

by deputy Governor-elect,

Dr. Femi Hamzat.

The transition committee,

co-chaired by Secretary to

the State Government, Tunji

Bello, was inaugurated in

Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

Speaking at the

inauguration, Governor

Ambode explained that

the 20-man committee was

set up to aid smooth

transition of his

administration to the next

dispensation of Sanwo-

Olu, Hamzat.

He said: “To maintain

stability, build on the solid

status of the state and give

the next administration a

smooth take-off, it is

imperative to quickly put in

By Godwin Oritse

L Nigerian AGOSTHE


Administration and Safety

Agency, NIMASA,

yesterday, donated relief

material worth several

millions of Naira to victims

of the two building collapse

that claimed the lives of

over 50 persons a few

weeks ago in Lagos.

Speaking at the

presentation ceremony,

NIMASA’s Director for

Special Duties and

External Relations, Hajia



commiserated with the

victims of the unfortunate

incident saying that it is the

prayer of the agency for

such accidents do not

reoccur again.

According to Tumaka, the

presentation of these relief

materials is part of the

agency’s Corporate Social

Responsibility function to

reach out to Nigerians that

have suffered one calamity

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place a transition committee

whose major responsibility

will be to ensure a seamless

transition to the next

administration on May

29 th .”

While charging the

committee to consider the

assignment important, he

said members of the

committee should accord

the assignment the

diligence and commitment

it deserves.

Responding, Hamzat

assured that the hand-over

will be a seamless one.

Members of the

Committee include: the

Head of Service, Hakeem

Muri-Okunola; Attorney

General and Commissioner

for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem;

Commissioner for

Finance, Akinyemi

Ashade; Commissioner for

Works and Infrastructure,

Ade Akinsanya, Special

Adviser to the Governor on

Education, Obafela Bank-

Olemoh and Special

Adviser on Urban

Development, Yetunde

Onabule among others.

NIMASA donates relief materials

to victims of building collapse

Woman charged over alleged

N4.5m fraud

By Onozure Dania


Special Fraud Unit,

SFU, yesterday, arraigned

a 33-year-old woman,

Ijeoma Udeabor, before an

Igbosere Magistrates’

Court, Lagos, for allegedly

obtaining N4.5 million

under guise of investing it

in an online business.

Udeabor, whose

residential address was not

given, is standing trial on

a three-count charge

bordering on fraud.

or the other.

Tumaka said: “Lagos is

the flagship of this second

leg, we started last year as

it took us round the country.

The appeal by the Federal

Government to its agencies

and parastatals to assist

victims of flood and other

natural disasters informed

NIMASA’s decision to

embark upon this

presentation of relief

materials to victims of these

unfortunate accidents.”

Similarly, the General

Manager, Lagos State

Emergency Management

Agency, LASEMA, Mr.

Adesina Tiamiyu said that

there were about 700

families accommodated at

the agency camp in Igando

in Lagos adding that after

profiling the occupants of

the camp, some victims had

to be moved out.

He disclosed that the

bottom line is to return

them to normal life and

make them put the past

behind them.

The Prosecutor, ASP

George Nwosu, told the

court that the defendant

committed the alleged

offences sometime in

January 2017 in Lagos.

He said that the

defendant obtained the

sum of N4. 5 million from

two people under guise of

investing the money in a

forex market Swissgolden


Meanwhile the

Magistrate, Mrs O. O.

Oshin granted her bail in

the sum of N200, 000 with

one surety in like sum.

The case was adjourned

to June 3, for trail.

Abductors of Lagos fire service boss, others

demand N200m ransom •We're on their trail Police

By Evelyn Usman,

Olasukanmi Akoni &

Monsur Olowoopejo

Lindications AGOSSTRONG


yesterday, that the

kidnappers of the Acting

Director, Lagos State Fire

Service and six others, have

demanded for N200 million

as ransom.

Vanguard gathered that

N50 million ransom was

requested for the release of

the fire service boss, Rasaq

Musibau, while the

remaining N150 million

was meant for the other six


However, after much plea,

Vanguard was reliably

informed that the abductors

agreed to a reduction in the


The kidnappers did not

specify how much was to be

paid as ransom.

The abductors, during the

conversation, assured family

members of the victims’


They, however,

threatened to treat victims

harshly if their demand was

not met.

We’re on their trail


Meanwhile, the Police

said they were still on the

trail of the kidnappers, with

a view to rescuing the

captives alive.

When contacted,

spokesman for the Lagos

State Police Command,

DSP Elkana Bala stated that

it would be improper to

disclose the operational

strategy on ground to ensure

the safety of the captors.

He said this might

jeopardize the operation.

Bala said: “The

Commissioner of Police, CP

Zubairu Muazu, has tasked

the Command’s Anti

kidnapping Unit to ensure

that they rescue the seven

persons abducted by some

hoodlums suspected to be

kidnappers on April 6, 2019,

at about 8pm along Iwoye

Bridge, Itokin-Epe road,


By Sam Eyoboka


Olukoya, mother of

General Overseer of

Mountain of Fire and

Miracles Ministries

worldwide, Dr. Daniel

Kolawole Olukoya, has

died at age 95 years.

Mama Olukoya died

peacefully in her sleep in

the wee hours of Sunday,

March 31, 2019, 25 years

after she lost her husband.

Dr. Olukoya, who officially

announced the demise of

his nonagenarian mother

while rounding off the

monthly Power Must




•As Navy vows to dislodge kidnappers from creeks

“The CP, accompanied by

the Tactical Units

Commanders, visited the

crime scene in Monday

and assured families of the

victims that the Command

is leaving no stone

unturned in ensuring that

the victims are rescued


“Those abducted include

Rasaki Musibau, Mufutau

Adams, Funmilayo

Adelumo, Asiogu Martha,

Lasisi Muka and two

others. Vehicles recovered

from the scene include

aToyota Sienna, a Toyota

Corolla and an Opel Jeep.

Also, the Command has

assured Lagosians of their

safety at all times saying it

has intensified patrols and

surveillance along Itokin-

Epe road, Ketu, Ereyun

and other major highways

in the State.

We’re working to ensure

victims’ release Lagos


Meanwhile, the

Commissioner of Police

Lagos State Command,

Muazu, who briefed State

House correspondent after

the security meeting at the

State House, Alausa

Secretariat, Ikeja, said the

command is working to

ensure release of the


Muazu said: “I can

confirm the abduction of the

director of fire service and

six others. And since his

kidnap, all the security

agencies in the state have

not rested on their oars; we

are working towards

prompt rescue of the


The Police boss, however,

dispelled reports that the

abduction of the fire boss

was an indication that

kidnapping had returned to

the state.

He said: “I must clarify

that the abduction does not

mean that kidnapping has

returned to the state. I can

assure residents of Lagos

that all the security

agencies in the state are

working seriously to put a

stop to this menace in the


Navy threatens to

dislodge kidnappers from


In the same vein, the

Nigerian Navy, yesterday,

said it was set to dislodge

kidnappers from their dens

in creeks within riverine

areas, as part of its strategy

to ensure safety on


Already, it said it had

identified criminals’ dens in

Olukoya’s mum dies at 95

Change Hands prayer

programme of the church

last Saturday, directed the

congregation to shout

seven halleluiah first, and

afterwards, simply said that

he was announcing that

his mother has gone to be

with the Lord.

She was said to have

been a fervent worshipper

at the MFM International

Headquarters, Onike-Yaba,

Lagos, where she was a

prayer warrior and member

of the Elders Group.

The burial programme of

Mama Olukoya will be

announced later.

She is survived by Dr.


From right; Newlyappointed


to the State

Government of Osun,

Prince Wole

Oyebamiji: Newly

appointed Chief of

Staff to the Governor,

Dr Charles Akinola

and Newly appointed

of Deputy Chief of

Staff, Hon Abdullahi

Binuyo, during the


ceremony of SSG,

Chief of Staff and

Deputy Chief of Staff,

at the State

Secretariat, Abere,

Osogbo yesterday.

some creeks in Lagos,

Ogun and Ondo states,

adding that modalities on

how to displace them had

been put in place.

The newly deployed Flag

Officer Commanding,

FOC, Western Naval

Command, Rear Admiral

Oladele Daji, made the

declaration, during the

handover ceremony.

The FOC, however,

described as untrue claim

that kidnapping and other

criminal activities in

riverine areas within the

Western Naval Command’s

area of responsibility had

increased, stating rather

that it had declined.

Daji said: “The data we

have at the Naval

Headquarters shows that

kidnapping is on the

decline. Perhaps, there are

one or two cases with

prominence which make it

seem as though it is on the




notwithstanding, the out

gone FOC has briefed me

in his handing over. We are

going to the source to rout

them out. These people do

not leave perpetually at sea,

they have where they

operate from. That is one of

our strategies and I won’t

say more than that.”

Late Mrs Olukoya.

Daniel Olukoya and Mrs.

Funmilayo Olowoake, also

a member of the MFM,

grandchildren and other

family members.

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