10 — VANGUARD, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019 MAY 29 INAUGURATION: Hamzat heads 20-man transition c’ttee in Lagos By Olasukanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowoopejo LAGOS—AHEAD of May 29th 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 AGOS—THE Maritime 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 Lami Tumaka 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 vanguardnews @vanguardnews @vanguardnews 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 LAGOS—THE Police 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 business. 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 AGOS—STRONG emerged, 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 victims. However, after much plea, Vanguard was reliably informed that the abductors agreed to a reduction in the ransom. The kidnappers did not specify how much was to be paid as ransom. The abductors, during the conversation, assured family members of the victims’ safety. They, however, threatened to treat victims harshly if their demand was not met. We’re on their trail — Police 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, Ikorodu. By Sam Eyoboka LAGOS—MRS Janet 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 NEWS HOTLINES 018773962, 08052867058 •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 unhurt. “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 CP 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 victims. 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 victims. 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 state.” Navy threatens to dislodge kidnappers from creeks 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 Nigerians. 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. SWEARING-IN: From right; Newlyappointed Secretary 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 swearing-in 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 increase. “That not 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.
Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019 — 11 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Aviation union disrupts activities at Lagos Airport By Lawani Mikairu L AGOS—MEMBERS of the National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, yesterday, disrupted vehicular movement at the Muritala Muhammed Airport, Lagos for few hours. The union said it was protesting the bad labour practice of Caverton Helicopters. Caverton is alleged to have declared some workers of the company redundant without paying them their redundancy money. The redundant workers and some members of NUATE gathered, yesterday morning, at the entrance of Caverton to •14 NUATE members arrested, Caverton Helicopters mgt keeps mum protest non-payment of their entitlement. The management of Caverton allegedly invited members of the Police Rapid Squad, RRS, to disperse the protesters. In the process, some union members were allegedly manhandled and injured by the Police. Failure of the company’s management to immediately call members of the RRS to order further aggravated the situation. NUATE disrupts airport operations NUATE then decided to disrupt activities within the airport. At least, 14 members of the protesting unions were whisked away by officials of RRS who insisted that their picketing was illegal, while no fewer than five of them were thereafter hospitalised as a result of the various injuries sustained from the brutality. One of the union leaders, identified as Paul Igene, alleged that the “union members were assaulted because Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was due to fly with one of the helicopters of the company on Tuesday.” General Secretary of NUATE, Comrade Aba Ocheme, while speaking on the protest said the union members were arrested and detained. Ocheme said: “We are mobilizing heavily against Caverton and Nigeria Police.” Spokesman of MMIA Police Command, DSP Joseph Alabi confirmed the blockade of airport road by the protesters. He, however, said the team that arrested the union members was from Lagos Airport Police Command, adding that policemen were on ground to provide security. Caverton mgt keeps mum Efforts to get the reaction of Caverton Helicopters management proved abortive as phone calls were not answered or returned. EKITI COMMISSIONERS: Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and his deputy, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi (centre) with newly sworn-in commissioners shortly after the inauguration of commissioners and Special Advisers in Ado-Ekiti yesterday. Ex-Deputy gov sues Ondo govt over non-payment of emoluments hardship, By Dayo Johnson ADeputy KURE—FORMER governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo has dragged the state government to court over non payment of his outstanding emoluments and monthly arrears. Oluboyo through his counsel, Olu Ogidan is asking the court to compel the government to pay his gratuities and pension running into millions of Naira. However, the state’s Attorney General and Justice Commissioner had in a letter affirmed that Oluboyo was entitled to his gratuity but was silent on his monthly pension as passed into law by the State House of Assembly. But Oluboyo disagreed with the letter which only recognized the two-year period he was in office. He insisted that he is entitled to all benefits of his former office as Deputy Governor as stipulated in the laws of the state. In a suit no AK/75/2019 filed in the High Court of Ondo State with the Governor, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice as well as the Ondo State Pensions Board as defendants, the claimant, Alhaji Oluboyo prayed for the payment of what is due to him as former number two citizen of the state. “A declaration that the Claimant having assumed the office of the Deputy Governor of Ondo State and having served meritoriously in that capacity is entitled to the payment of arrears of his pension, allowances, benefits and all other entitlements due and payable to him as former Deputy Governor of Ondo State. “A declaration that the letter dated 12th February, 2019 written by the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry if Justice to the Acting Permanent Secretary, Political and Economic Affairs Department, limiting the payment of the monthly allowances and entitlement of the Claimant to the period within which he was in office as Deputy Governor of Ondo State, between 27th April, 2015 and 24th February 2017, is null and void having contravened the provision of the Law to provide for Pensions to the Governor and Deputy Governor of Ondo State and for other Ancillary matters, 2004. “A declaration that the Claimant is entitled to the payment of his pension, allowances benefits and all other entitlements for life having served as Deputy Governor of Ondo State between 27th April, 2015 and 24th February, 2007 equivalent to the annual salary of an incumbent Governor or Deputy Governor. “A mandatory order directing the Defendants to pay all arrears of pension, allowances benefits and all other entitlements due and payable to the Claimant as a former Deputy Governor of Ondo State and to pay his pension for life at the rate equivalent to the annual salary of an incumbent Governor or Deputy Governor. Consequently, the claimant is seeking N10 million as damages to compensate for his “untold emotional distress, scorn and ridicule to which the action of the defendants exposed the claimant to, “as the court is yet to fix a date for the hearing of the suit. By Rotimi Ojomoyela A GOVERNOR DO-EKITI— Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, yesterday, told the newly constituted members of the state executive council that he would not hesitate to sack any cabinet member found wanting or involved in unwholesome practice warning that there is no room for grumbling or display of ineptitudeness. Fayemi spoke during the swearing-in of new set of Commissioners and Special Advisers in Ado Ekiti. He said: “You all know the state of our state before I was inaugurated and you could attest to the fact that we have raised the bar and changed the landscape for better now within these few months. “Commissioners and Advisers are creation of the constitution. Those appointed today emerged through wide consultation. I want to tell you that you were chosen because POLLS: PDP candidate wants election in Ondo West constituency 2 cancelled By Dayo Johnson A K U R E — CANDIDATE of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last House of Assembly election for Ondo West Constituency 2, Mr Abiola Oladapo has called for the cancellation of election, citing irregularities and intimidation of voters. Addressing newsmen in Akure, Oladapo said: “The conduct of the election defied all decent, civilised and acceptable approaches to democracy and as such the election cannot be said to have held. “The House of Assembly election in the state was characterised by violence, ballot snatching, ballot stuffing, vote-buying and threat to life. No room for the inept in my cabinet, Fayemi warns Commissioners, Advisers people believed in you. “You must try and represent your people well. In coming up with their list, We ensure that each council get one commissioner each. “Make sure you make yourselves accessible. This is a government of restoration and you must key into our 4 -cardinal objective of this government in your respective ministries. “Penalties are there if you don’t live up to expectations. This is an opportunity to write your names in gold for being part of the restoration team. For those who know how to grumble, we won’t hesitate to ask for your resignation if you are not contended with the meagre resources accruing to you,” he said. Responding on behalf of the commissioners, Dr Yaya-Kolade promised that they would justify the confidence reposed in them by being diligent and resourceful. TWO YEARS AFTER GRADUATION: Ibarapa Poly students protest non-accreditation of courses By Ola Ajayi IBADAN—A week after the Polytechnic of Ibadan was shut over violent students’ protest, the Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa is embroiled in crisis over non-invitation of students for the one year compulsory National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, and non accreditation of their courses two years after their graduation. The enraged students, who paralysed academic and administrative activities in the institution, are also angry with the management of the school for their alleged docile attitude to “The entire constituency and by extension the Ondo West and East local governments were riddled with uncivilised attitude to politics, all in a bid by the All Progressives Congress, APC, their candidate in the constituency, Wale Williams and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to have a majority in the House of Assembly. He said: “I and my party have resolved not to allow this unchallenged, hence, our resolve to approach the judiciary as the only democratic process available. “We have approached the Election Tribunal because if this goes unchallenged, it is going to consume the nation and our democratic norms and process.” their plight. Speaking on the crisis, the Oyo State leader of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Mr. Moronkola Teslim said the students were only demanding for their rights from the management of the institution. Moronkola said: “NANS as a body is also behind the protest because it is part of the duties of NANS to listen to the cries of Nigerian students. “We decided to join this protest because we want justice to prevail. The students had been denied of their rights for two consecutive years. The school authority and the government of Oyo State should come to their aid.” Due to the protest, some offices were locked by the protesting students and this paralysed academic activities in the institution. While addressing protesters, the Deputy Rector of the institution, Dr. Peter Adejumo said the school management was working relentlessly to resolve it adding that the rector of institution was in Kaduna to meet with the National Board of Technical Education concerning the issue of accreditation. He said: “In 2014, NBTE came to our institution for the validation of all our programs, 22 programs were validated and NBTE also came for resource inspection. There was deficiency in core engineering course which needs to be upgraded and this was what led to the non accreditation of the course.”