Lagos court orders final forfeiture of $16.5m, N127m diverted from NIMASA

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Justice Kehinde Ogundare, of the Lagos Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, has ordered the final forfeiture of $16.5 million and N127 million which were fraudulently diverted from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA), to the Federal Government. Justice Ogundare finally forfeited the monies, while granting an application for such orders, which was filed and moved by an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) lawyer, Sulaiman I. Sulaiman, yesterday. The monies, according to the EFCC, were said to be proceeds of unlawful activities. The judge had on May 23,…

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Tinubu joins Muslim faithful to mark Eid-el-Kabir in Lagos

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President Bola Tinubu yesterday, joined Muslim faithful to observe Eid-el-Kabir prayers at the Dodan Barracks in Ikoyi, Lagos. The Eid-el-Kabir festival is celebrated by Muslims worldwide on the 10th day of the month of Dhual-Hijjah in the Islamic calendar. Accompanied by top government functionaries, the President arrived at the Eid praying ground at 8:55 am yesterday. Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila; the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu; Lagos State Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat; former Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola; businessman Aliko Dangote, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, and other…

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Lagos: Gunmen kidnap Lebanese MD, Fouani, 3 other foreigners

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Managing Director of Fouani Company Ltd., Abbas Fouani and three other persons have been kidnapped in Lagos State. Fouani deals in a popular electronics store and is the sole distributor of LG and Hisense products in Nigeria. It was gathered that the other three abducted victims, Abbas Fouani, Youssef Fouani and Amtal Fouani, are brothers who work for the company. They were reportedly abducted around 6pm on Friday while coming from their factory, around Falomo Bridge while traveling from Apapa to Victoria Island by boat. A source familiar with the…

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Sanwo-Olu emerges South-West Governors’ chairman

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Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu was yesterday nominated as the new Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum. Sanwo-Olu was nominated at the South-West Governors’ Forum’s meeting held at the State House, Ikeja, Lagos yesterday. All South-West governors were present at the meeting, which lasted for hours. At the meeting were Governors Lucky Aiyedatiwa (Ondo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Ademola Adeleke (Osun) and Biodun Oyebanji (Ekiti).​The governors unanimously nominated Sanwo-Olu, who is now in his second-term to lead them as chairman. The meeting by the South-West Governors Forum addressed…

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Lagos State indigenes reject Bill to return Nigeria to Regional Govt.

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The Indigenous people of Lagos State have vowed that they will not be part of Western Region or South West region if the country were to return to regional structure as being canvassed in some quarters. The indigenes, under the umbrella of ‘De Renaissance Patriots Foundation‘, in an issued  statement at the weekend, said that a proposed Bill seeking approval of the National Assembly to return Nigeria to regional system is set to be considered, but that Lagos State people will not be part of the Western Region. The statement, signed…

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Lagos: Reaction trails demolition of Alaba Rago Market

Alaba Rago Market

The Alaba Rago market, one of the major markets where Northerners carry out their businesses without harming anyone, was demolished between Tuesday and yesterday. A part of Alaba International Market, Alaba Rago, (rago tranlates to ram in Hausa), is primarily a livestock market which receives perhaps the largest of rams and goats transported from northern Nigeria into Lagos. While the Alaba Internati onal, also known as Alaba Electronics, is dominated by the highly enterprising and resilient Igbos, the Alaba Rago is a sort of economic community of Hausas in Lagos.The northerners not…

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Lagos: “80 percent of buildings in Lekki have no approval’ – Govt.

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Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Oluyinka Olumide, has said that 80 percent of buildings in the Ibeju Lekki-Epe have no government approval. In an interview with newsmen, Olumide disclosed that despite the rigorous processes involved in securing government approval, developers and property owners are still circumventing due process. He said: “Just last week Thursday and Friday, my team and I were in the Ibeju Lekki and Epe axis and you would agree with me that anybody passing through that corridor would see a lot of estates…

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Lagos: 86 under-bridge rooms where tenants pay N250, 000 annually uncovered  

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Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water resources, Tokunbo Wahab, says the State has uncovered apartments under the Dolphin estate bridge where tenants pay N250,000 in annual rent. Wahab disclosed that 86 rooms partitioned into 10×10 and 12×10, and a container, were discovered by an enforcement team of the Lagos ministry of environment. In a post alongside videos posted on X on Wednesday, the commissioner said the illegal structures have been destroyed. “A total number of 86 rooms, partitioned into 10×10 and 12×10, and a container used for different illegal…

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Lagos court grants CBN gov., Emefiele N50m bail

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The embattled former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele, has been granted bail in the sum of N50m after being charged with a 26-count bordering on alleged abuse of office and irregular allocation of $4.5 billion and N2.8 billion respectively. Emefiele was admitted to bail with two sureties in like sum by Justice Rahmon Oshodi yesterday. The  former CBN governor is facing trial in Lagos on a 26-count charge bordering on abuse of office. Oshodi ordered the sureties must be gainfully employed and must have made three years tax…

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Eid-el-Fitr: Tinubu’ll continue official duties in Lagos during holidays – Presidency

The Presidency has said President Bola Tinubu will continue his official duties during the Eid-el-Fitr holidays. To his end, Tinubu will depart the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), for Lagos today, Sunday, to observe this year’s Eid-el-Fitr. The President’s trip was made public by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale via an issued statement. According to the statement, “President Bola Tinubu will depart Abuja, the nation’s capital, for Lagos on Sunday ahead of Eid-el-Fitr. “In deference to the solemn occasion, which marks the end of Ramadan, the President…

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