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Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters – Odumakin
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Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters – Odumakin

Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests and other sundry issues. Excerpts: South-West governors, traditional rulers and Ministers met in Lagos state last week to proffer solution to the #EndSARS crisis last and Afenifere was not invited. What do you think was responsible for that? The thing is very clear. Like we said, the Kaduna meeting is an afterthought on our unity as a country. They had a sectional meeting of the North where you have all the key appointees of the President, Chief of Staff, IGP, Chief of Army Staff, Lai Mohammed and others. Even in their communiqué, they were so insensitive. There are places they said nomination from Federal Executive Council (FEC)...
Lekki Hidden Camera: Fashola Illegally Tampered With Exhibits – Judicial Panel Member
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Lekki Hidden Camera: Fashola Illegally Tampered With Exhibits – Judicial Panel Member

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and member of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on activities of disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Mr. Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN, has faulted the visit of South-West governors to Lekki Toll Plaza, saying it is an usurpation of the powers of the panel. In a statement on Monday morning, Adegboruwa said since the panel has been vested with the powers to investigate alleged shooting at the Toll Gate, it is illegal for anyone else to visit the place without approval from the panel. According to him, reports that Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing  discovered a hidden camera which he took amounts to tampering with exhibits which may be useful to the commission. He said "On Sunday, October 25, 2020, it was widely publicized tha...
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#EndSARS Protests: Lagos Will Need N1trn For Reconstruction — Gbajabiamila

Aftermath of wanton destruction of lives and properties during #EndSARS protests, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed that Lagos State required a minimum of N1 Trillion to reconstruct the wilful extensive damage of properties across the metropolis. This happened as South West Governors have alleged that there were some elements keenly anxious to annihilate the South West and destroy it common heritage. Also, the Ministers from South West condemned the violence, saying proper investigation would be conducted to determine the cause of the violence and prevent future occurrence. They spoke during a commiseration and solidarity visit to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at Lagos House, Marina, after an the spot assessment of some structures burnt by...
South-West Will Not Accept Amotekun Under Nigeria Police – Kunle Olajide
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South-West Will Not Accept Amotekun Under Nigeria Police – Kunle Olajide

Kemi Olaitan holds a conversation with Dr. Kunle Olajide, the Secretary General of Yoruba Council of Elders, on South-west regional security outfit, Operation Amotekun and the performance of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari South-west governors and the Federal Government seem to have reached an agreement on the Western Nigeria Security Network, Operation Amotekun. Do you think this is the best way to go? There is nothing wrong in having an agreement. For now, the terms of the agreement have not been made known. Beyond what we all read in the media, we have not seen the details of the agreement. But whatever the agreement is, the Yoruba people would not accept that the security outfit be subsumed under the community policing system but that the two work together. ...
Amotekun: South West Governors To Sign Bill For Legal Backing On February 14
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Amotekun: South West Governors To Sign Bill For Legal Backing On February 14

Ekiti Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi on Monday said the bill seeking legal backing for the Western Nigeria Security outfit code-named ‘Operation Amotekun’ initiated by the six Governors in the Southwest region would be simultaneously assented to on Friday, February 14. Fayemi, who disclosed this while receiving proposal bill on Amotekun from Ekiti Attorney-General, Olawale Fapohunda, said the bill when enacted will give the security outfits legal strengthen for sustainability. The governor said that the draft bill will be extensively discussed during the State’s Executive Council meeting on Wednesday for immediate transmission to the House of Assembly. He pointed out that Amotekun was conceived by the six governors as a regional response to curb the scourge of kidnapping, banditr...
Akerodolu To Meet Buhari On Amotekun Today
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Akerodolu To Meet Buhari On Amotekun Today

The Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, will meet with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd,), to discuss the details of the Operation Amotekun security initiative being championed by South-West Governors. A reliable presidency source on Monday said the governor had secured an appointment to meet with the President to explain the issue to him. The source said, “The governor has an appointment to meet with Mr President on the Amotekun issue tomorrow (Tuesday).” However, the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Mr Donald Ojogo, said, “I am hearing this from you. I just left a meeting with my governor and there was nothing like that. So, I don’t know where this is coming from.” Recall that the Ondo State governor, had on Friday, Janua...
Amotekun Is Another Terrorists Group In Disguise – Primate Ayodele Warns
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Amotekun Is Another Terrorists Group In Disguise – Primate Ayodele Warns

Founder of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Lagos, Primate Elijah Ayodele has has said that Amotekun is a lie in wait while attacking the Spiritual leader of the Adoration Minister, Enugu, Father Ejike Mbaka. Ayodele, who has just been appointed as the United Nations Peace Ambassador, speaking to the Sun said that the newly established security outfit by the South West governors, Amotekun, will soon turn into another group that will cause upset in the country. On Mbaka’s prophecy, which aligned with the Supreme Court removal of Emeka Ihedioha and declared Uzodinma as the Governor of Imo State, Ayodele said “Mbaka is not a prophet. ”Leave him out of what happened in Imo, he is not a prophet, he is just taking advantage. “God gives spiritual support to whoever that seeks him, n...
Amotekun Proposed Law: Wale Fapohunda Says Personnel Will Have Powers To Arrest
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Amotekun Proposed Law: Wale Fapohunda Says Personnel Will Have Powers To Arrest

Lagos, Ogun and Ekiti states are leading the drafting of model bills on the South-West security outfit, Operation Amotekun The Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Wale Fapohunda, who gave this indication in an interview with one of our correspondents on Sunday, also said operatives of Amotekun, would have the power to arrest suspected criminals. Fapohunda said this just as indications emerged on Sunday that the South-West attorneys general would on February 6 meet to harmonise positions of different states on the proposed Operation Amotekun bills. The Federal Government and the South-West governors had, at a meeting in Abuja on Thursday, resolved their differences on Operation Amotekun, which was launched in Ibadan on January 9 to address killings and kidnap...
FG Orders The Recruitment Of Constables For Community Policing
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FG Orders The Recruitment Of Constables For Community Policing

The Federal Government has directed the police hierarchy to commence the recruitment of special constables nationwide preparatory to the implementation of its community policing policy. The directive on community policing is coming as the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Operation Amotekun, an initiative of the six South-West governors, is gaining momentum. The governors had set up Amotekun to complement the efforts of the police in tackling insecurity in the region. The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who reportedly described it as “illegal” has since said he was misquoted. The opposition to the takeoff of the security outfit appears to have been cleared after the South-West governors met with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the Inspector-Gen...
Amotekun: Akeredolu Says South West Governors Will Meet Buhari Soon
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Amotekun: Akeredolu Says South West Governors Will Meet Buhari Soon

The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akerodolu (SAN), on Friday, said governors of the South-West will soon hold a meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), over the “Operation Amotekun” security initiative. Akerodolu, who is also the Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum, said this while speaking to journalists in Abuja, on Friday. He explained that the meeting which was earlier scheduled had to be postponed because the president had to travel for official engagements in the United Kingdom. The governor said, “We will discuss with him when we have the opportunity. I can tell you our letter was to see the President, that we wanted to see him and discuss with him but he said he was going to be in England because of time, why don’t we meet with the Vice...
FG, South-West Governors Agree To Formalise Amotekun
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FG, South-West Governors Agree To Formalise Amotekun

The Federal Government and Governors of states in the South-west have reached the agreement to draw up a legal framework for the Western Security Network code-named: Amotekun. Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, disclosed this to state house correspondents at the end of a meeting Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo had with the six governors from the region on Thursday. Akeredolu said the legal framework will help resolve all “burning issues” surrounding the security network. Asked if the governors failed to draw up the legal framework for the outfit before the launch on January 9, Akeredolu said the inspector-general of police and other “relevant security agencies” were consulted earlier. Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, who had d...
Amotekun Comment: South-West Governors Back Tinubu
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Amotekun Comment: South-West Governors Back Tinubu

South -West governors and the apex Yoruba socio -political group, Afenifere, on Wednesday differed on the All Progressives Congress leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu ’ s position on the Western Nigerian Security Network, Operation Amotekun . The governors commended the former Lagos State governor and promised to look into the issues he raised , but Afenifere hit Tinubu hard , saying his statement lacked substance . After almost three weeks of silence on the launching of Amotekun, Tinubu on Wednesday made his position known on the security outfit, which was launched by the South- West governors in Ibadan on January 9. Afenifere chieftains , Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Senator Femi Okurounmu , had , in a report published by Sunday PUNCH on January 19, challenged Tinubu to speak on the security o...
Amotekun: South West Governors Say They Won’t Back Down
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Amotekun: South West Governors Say They Won’t Back Down

Southwest governors insisted on Sunday that the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) Operation Amotekun has come to stay. The security outfit, launched on January 9 to give cover to the zone, was declared illegal by the Federal Government. Reiterating the position of the governors on Sunday, Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu said they would not “capitulate to blackmail either from within or outside the region but ready to pursue the Amotekun security scheme through all permissible political and legal means.” Akeredolu (SAN) is the Chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum. He made this position known through a statement by Commissioner for Information Donald Ojogo. Senior Advocate of Nigeria Afe Babalola, said attempts by the Federal Government to scuttle the initiat...
Amotekun: South-West Governors’ Intentions Good But Unconstitutional – Minister of Police Affairs
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Amotekun: South-West Governors’ Intentions Good But Unconstitutional – Minister of Police Affairs

The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, says the intentions of South-West governors for establishing Amotekun are good but the constitution bestowed the responsibility of national security on the Federal Government. NAN quoted Dingyadi as speaking during an interview with newsmen in Sokoto. The minister, who said the police were doing well in tackling the menace of kidnapping in all forms, enjoined Nigerians to support them in order to ensure maximum success in that regard. Commenting on the South-West security outfit codenamed "Operation Amotekun”, Dingyadi said, "The intentions of the Southwest governors are good. However, some people have expressed fears about the regional security force. ”Security is an exclusive responsibility of the Federal Government b...
Yorùbá World Congress Press Statement On Operation Amotekun
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Yorùbá World Congress Press Statement On Operation Amotekun

Yoruba World Congress to hold Solidarity Walk Tuesday January 21st ...Says South West Governors Must Not Backdown The Yoruba people within and beyond the shores of Nigeria have been urged to come out in their large numbers on Tuesday 21st January 2020 to stage a protest rally in support of Operation Amotekun, a security network recently established by Governors from Western Nigeria to wage war against the spate of insecurity ravaging the zone. The protest code-named "Amotekun Solidarity Walk" which is being organized by Yoruba World Congress (YWC); an umbrella body of all Yoruba Socio-cultural and Self Determination Groups within and beyond Nigeria will take place in all the South West States capital. The YWC is being led by Yoruba Leader, Emeritus Professor of History and Sec...
South-West Governors Move To Legalise Amotekun
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South-West Governors Move To Legalise Amotekun

Emboldened by the huge support from the people of the South West region in particular and across the states of the country in general, the South West governors have moved fast to give legal backing to the regional security outfit, codenamed Operation Amotekun which they launched on January 9 this year. This is just as the Nigeria military has vowed that it will not allow any individual or group to jeopardize the sovereignty and stability of Nigeria’s territorial integrity. The military told relevant stakeholders to join hands with the armed forces and intelligence agencies to ensure that Nigeria is secured and not to look for other methods likely to negate the national policy and Community Policing approved by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. Meanwhile, Saturday Van...
We Have Capable Hands To Work In Amotekun — Fulani Group
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We Have Capable Hands To Work In Amotekun — Fulani Group

A Fulani cultural group, Jamu Nati Fulbe association has called on the South-West governors to recruit members of the Fulani community as operatives of the newly launched Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) codenamed Amotekun. President of the association, Alhaji Abdulkadir Salihu, who is also the Sarkin Fulani of Oyo State told our correspondent that Fulani have capable hands that can be recruited as officers of the security outfit. He said involvement of Fulani men would give them assurance that the Fulani residents in the region would not be target of the new outfit. Salihu stressed that the Fulani community in the South-West is in the dark about the operation of Amotekun saying “this is a government programme and we cannot stop it and we are not antagonizing the governors wh...
Amotekun Not Unconstitutional, Falana Tackles Malami
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Amotekun Not Unconstitutional, Falana Tackles Malami

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has differed with the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), on the legality of the southwestern states’ joint security outfit, code-named ‘Amotekun’. Barely a week after the five South-West governors jointly inaugurated Amotekun for the security of the zone, the AGF, on Tuesday, issued a statement, declared the security out illegal and unconstitutional. Falana spoke in Lagos on Wednesday at the 16th Annual Gani Fawehinmi Lecture, with the theme, “Federalism and the Judiciary in Nigeria”. Falana, who was the programme moderator, described Malami’s position on Amotekun as discriminatory, noting that northern states were operating similar security outfits such as Hisbah and the Civilian Joint Task Force. Falana sa...
Ibrahim Babangida Says Amotekun Not Viable, Advises South-west Governors
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Ibrahim Babangida Says Amotekun Not Viable, Advises South-west Governors

Former military President, Ibrahim Babangida, has shared his view on Operation Amotekun recently launched by the South-West governors, stating that the move is not a viable one. Amotekun was set up by the governors to combat the security menace in the region. He highlighted some of the challenges facing the states and the need for the governors to adopt a more sustainable approach in addressing the security challenges. Speaking on Channels Television Newsnight, Mr. Babaginda the governors should have convinced the Federal Government to put up some part of the revenue for the purpose of curbing insecurity in the region. “It is not viable because they are quarreling with minimum pay, now they create another force that you must equip them, pay them salaries, and give them all ...
Amotekun: South-West Governors ‘Stole’ Our Security Idea – Ebonyi Government
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Amotekun: South-West Governors ‘Stole’ Our Security Idea – Ebonyi Government

The Ebonyi State Government on Monday said Operation Amotekun security outfit launched in the South-West last week was its brainchild. It said governors in the South-West region ‘stole’ the security idea from it, saying, “When the Governor of Kano State, muted something about this kind of security architecture in the South, recently,” he was referring to the South-East geo-political zone, in particular. According to the State Government, until the launch of Operation Amotekun, last week, governors and leaders of the South-East zone, had had elaborate and far-reaching security meetings on how to curtail insecurity in the region, saying the South-West zone only ‘borrowed’ a leap from its South-East counterpart, in its establishment. The Commissioner for Internal Security and Bor...
Amotekun: IPOB Commends South-West Governors, Blasts Ohanaeze, Others
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Amotekun: IPOB Commends South-West Governors, Blasts Ohanaeze, Others

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Saturday commended Southwest governors for establishing a security outfit, South West Security Network also known as Operation Amotekun. IPOB said the establishment of Amotekun was a dogged and courageous move to protect people of the South West. Recall that six governors of the region had on Thursday launched the Operation Amotekun in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. However, a statement by IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful reads: “We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great and indomitable leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu commend South-West governors, elders, stakeholders and politicians for their doggedness and courage to protect their people and their region from the evil hands of Fulani terrorists he...
Ondo State Is Poor — Governor Akeredolu
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Ondo State Is Poor — Governor Akeredolu

Akeredolu said this on Thursday at the launch of the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) codenamed “Amotekun” (leopard), a joint security initiative by south-west governors. Reacting to the absence of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, at the event which held in Ibadan, Oyo state, Akeredolu said his Lagos counterpart wanted to fly into Oyo but could not do so because of the weather. Akeredolu said he that is from a poor state had to travel down by road but because Lagos is rich, Sanwo-Olu opted to fly in. “I must convey the apologies of two of our governors who are not here. What has happened is part of problems you face in harmattan period, particularly when you are from a rich state that you believe you can come with helicopter but helicopter now say that it cannot l...
Amotekun Not Regional Police – Fayemi
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Amotekun Not Regional Police – Fayemi

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has dispelled rumours making the rounds that the newly launched Western Nigeria Security Network code-named Operation Amotekun is a regional police. Fayemi who spoke in Ibadan at the launch of the security apparatus stated that the South west governors were not out to undermine the integrity and sovereignty of Nigeria but were providing the Yoruba people with a "confidence building strategy" to tackle crime and criminality in the region. The governor added that Amotekun was neither an alternative to any of the conventional security agencies in the country nor a state police. He said rather, Amotekun would complement and work in collaboration with existing security agencies to provide adequate security of lives and property in the region. ...
Buhari Summons Makinde, Fayemi, Other South West Governors Over ‘Amotekun’
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Buhari Summons Makinde, Fayemi, Other South West Governors Over ‘Amotekun’

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has summoned the six governors from the South West region to a meeting at Aso Rock over Amotekun security created in the region. According to the Daily Post who gathered the report that the summon is connected with the launch of a new security outfit code-named Amotekun by the six governors. It was gathered that the six governors, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State had last year agreed to establish a security outfit that will put a stop to the insecurity situation in the region. According to the Daily Post who gathered the report that Buhari has summoned the Governors to a meeting over the lau...
Why South West Governors Are Scared Of Taking Actions Against Herdsmen – Afenifere
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Why South West Governors Are Scared Of Taking Actions Against Herdsmen – Afenifere

Pan-Yoruba socio-po­litical organisation, Afenifere, on Tues­day said South-West governors are reluctant about tackling insecurity challenges in the region because of party allegiance and fear of offend­ing leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Speaking with Daily Inde­pendent, Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary, said there will not be solution to insecu­rity challenges in the region unless there is autonomy through restructuring. “For the governors, we un­derstand that party allegiance is a problem for them. If they take any firm action against the herdsmen, they will be offending their party leaders. “I know the difficulty around that. When the In­spector General of Police (IGP) came to South-West to organise a security summit, a...
Gani Adams Warns South-west Governors Against Land For Herdsmen
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Gani Adams Warns South-west Governors Against Land For Herdsmen

The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has warned governors in the south-west region against providing land for herdsmen to breed cattle. Adams on Thursday at the South West Security Summit held in Ibadan, Oyo State, called the governors by their names and asked them to be proactive about the issue. The monarch rebuked the governors for ignoring his letters and calls to take proactive steps on the matter. “Nobody can take Yoruba land or constitute nuisance in south-west because Yoruba have been living peacefully for the past 120 years, so the incursion of criminally-minded people will no longer be accepted. “History will not forgive any south-west governor that gives land to herdsmen for the breeding of their cattle because the issue of insecurity is now overwhelmi...
South-West Governors Invite Army, Police, OPC To Security Summit
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South-West Governors Invite Army, Police, OPC To Security Summit

Governors of states in the South-West have reached out to the army, police and other security agencies on the need to redouble their efforts to stop atrocities being perpetrated by armed herdsmen and other criminals in the region. The Commissioner for Information in Ekiti State, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua, told one of our correspondents on Saturday that Governor Kayode Fayemi had reached out to the police and other security agencies in the state on the issue. The Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has also told the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai, on the need to assist in flushing out kidnappers from the state. The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, said governors in the region in conjunction with all stakeholders would hold a security meeting on the rampaging ar...
Lagos-Ibadan Road: Falae, Afenifere, YCE, Others Slam FG, National Assembly
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Lagos-Ibadan Road: Falae, Afenifere, YCE, Others Slam FG, National Assembly

Olufemi Atoyebi, Samuel Awoyinfa, Adelani Adepegba, Femi Makinde and Peter Dada The Yoruba Council of Elders, pan Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, and a youth organisation, Yoruba Socio-Cultural Association have blamed the executive arm of government and the National Assembly for the suspension of work on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Reynolds Construction Company Nigeria Limited, which handles the expansion of Section II of the Lagos-Ibadan highway, in a letter dated June 2, 2017, called the attention of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, to the worsening financial obligations to the project. N8.94bn debt: Contractor suspends work on Lagos-lbadan Expressway It stated that the letter was a notice of its intention to suspend work on the proje...
21 Killed During Rescue Of Lagos Kidnapped Students + More Photos
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21 Killed During Rescue Of Lagos Kidnapped Students + More Photos

Sources told The Eagle Online that the first line of action after the identities of the kidnappers were established was to arrest their family members in Ondo State who were supporting them by taking to them food, medicine, clothes in Lagos creeks and also picking up ransom money The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday hailed the successful rescue of the six kidnapped students of Igbonla Model College, Epe. Ambode equally promised that the government would utilise the current academic break to reinforce security in all schools in the State, especially in the suburb and riverine areas, to prevent a reoccurrence. The Governor, who spoke through the State’s Deputy Governor, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, said he remained totally committed to ensuring the security of all residen...