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Flood drowns Gas retailer, throwing Magboro residents into mourning

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Flood drowns Gas retailer, throwing Magboro residents into mourning

…As Badagry residents count losses following home ravaging flood***

The torrential rain that started on Friday till the late hours of Saturday has submerged some houses and cut some roads within Magboro community, drowning a middle-aged gas retailer, identified as Kingsley Ejike, and throwing the people into serious mourning.

Ejike, a gas retailer, and groom to be owner of Kingsfield Gas at Magboro, was swept away by the flood resulting from Saturday’s downpour, just as some communities in Badagry area of Lagos State count their losses following  flooding, after many hours of devastating weekend rainfall, which destroyed homes, churches, shops and farmlands.

Ejike drowned in a flood around the Sparklight Estate area of the Lagos Ibadan Expressway in Ogun; and the bloated body was discovered by the search party of Ilaje fishermen around High-Impact Sparklight Road on Sunday.

A witness claimed that Ejike could have fallen victim on his way to supply cooking gas to some of his customers around the estate on the evening of Saturday.

“There was a search party for the missing Ejike after we found his Motorbike on the flood plain without him,’’ the witness said.

A community leader and Ejikes customer, Mr Tunde Oyebola, described the deceased as a dogged man, who often supplied gas to some residents on credit.

“I have known him for the past six years now. He does his business diligently and everybody loves him in my area.

“He is a nice and dogged man, who does his business in honesty. Sometimes, he supplies gas to us on credit to pay later,” the community leader said.

Oyebola said that the deceased loved his family and was the only one footing the bill of his aged mother who is down with stroke.

A resident, Bolaji Dada, however, attributed the cause of the flooded plains to the diversion of waterways by Julius Berger, the contractor handling the rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

He said the waterways were diverted to the community without making provision of drainage to ensure a free-flow of flood during rain.

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“The contractor should have provided waterways for the diversion, especially the Hi-Impact road.

“We will need the attention of the government to prevent further flooding of the community,’’ he said.

Subsequently, some communities within Magboro such as Oke-Afa, Oke Ayo, Gaun and adjourning communities are flooded as motorists and commuters are unable to pass through the high current flooded roads.

Meanwhile, residents of some communities in Badagry area of Lagos State have begun to count their losses, following flooding after many hours of devastating weekend rainfall which destroyed homes, churches, shops and farmlands.

The communities affected by the flooding, which destroyed property worth millions of naira, include Zongbakomeh, Yoyome, Vetho Gevie, Poshukoh, Oropo, Finanyo, Itoga road and Okutu Imeke.

The flooding rendered many families homeless as some buildings were submerged before residents returned from work while others fled their homes during the weekend heavy rains and took refuge in safer neighbourhoods.

Some residents were seen on Monday spreading their soaked rugs, clothes, mattresses and other household items in sun.

Mr Idowu Jimoh, a staff of Public Complaints Commission (PCC) and resident of Finanyon in Badagry said the flood-affected most of the buildings in the area.

“The rain, which started early Saturday morning affected churches, homes and farmlands.

“Some churches could not open for service on Sunday because their compounds were waterlogged.

“Most of us are still busy cleaning our environments, spreading our soaked mattresses and clothes that were affected by the flood.

“Some people were crying because the flood has destroyed their vital documents while some have moved out of the community,’’ Jimoh said.

He said that the community needed a canal that would channel the storm water into the river.

“We cannot do this alone in the community, we urge the Lagos State Government to come to our aid,’’ the community leader said.

Mr Bamidele Ibrahim, General-Secretary, Alafia Community Development Area, Itoga Road, said more than 400 houses and 500 shops were flooded in the area.

“The road/drainage construction on Samuel Ekundayo/Itoga road embarked upon by Lagos State Government early this year has been abandoned by the contractors.

“This led to the flooding of shops, buildings, churches and mosques. This is a terrible experience,’’ Ibrahim said.

He appealed to the state government to expedite action on the abandoned road/drainage project, urging the contractors to build canals which would channel water to the river.

Commenting on the development, Spokesman for Badagry Local Government, Mr Adeyemi Awotunji explained that the Council Chairman, Mr Segun Onilude, had visited affected areas to assess the extent of damage done by the flooding.

Awoyemi said that the chairman had directed council officials to start palliative work in the areas affected by the flood by clearing the drainage for easy passage of water. 

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5  Die In Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Accident

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19 die, 26 injured in Kano auto crash — FRSC

Five persons were confirmed dead in an accident at NASFAT turning on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Wednesday.

Ten others sustained injuries in the accident.

Mrs Florence Okpe, the spokesperson for the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta.

Okpe noted that the incident occurred at 9:56a.m and it involved a Daf truck marked KUT 561 ZZ, a Toyota Hiace bus marked GGE 84 YF, and a Man diesel truck without a registration number.

She said that the likely cause of the accident was dangerous driving on the part of one of the trucks.

”A total of 15 persons were involved, which comprised 11 men and four women.

” Ten were injured (six men and four women) while five persons were killed from the multiple crash,” she said.

The FRSC spokesperson said that the injured victims were taken to Famobis Hospital, Mowe, while the deceased were deposited at Idera Hospital morgue, Sagamu.

The Sector Commander, Anthony Uga, cautioned motorists on speed and reckless driving, advising them to drive defensively for safety. 

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Customs Suspends Noble Intention To Sell Rice At Rock-bottom Price

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Nigeria Customs Service’s noble intention to sell impounded rice to the masses at the rock-bottom price of N10,000 per half-bag has been suspended.

It would be recalled that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on the directive of Mr. President, announced the commencement of a noble intervention aimed at alleviating the hardships faced by Nigerians and improving access to essential food items through direct disposal of seized edible goods condemned in competent courts of law and certified fit for consumption by relevant government agencies. 

Consequently, according to the Chief Superintendent of Customs and National Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Maiwada, a pilot exercise was conducted on Friday, 23 February 2024, at NCS Old Zonal Headquarters, Yaba, Lagos state. 

Stated Maiwada: “The exercise was conducted following meticulous planning to address all potential risks that may emerge during the exercise. As part of our process and control measures, we had Nigeria Police and military personnel to ensure crowd control. We also fully equipped a medical team on the ground in anticipation of potential risks during an exercise of that magnitude. Their presence was part of our proactive approach to ensuring the safety and well-being of all participants.

“The disposal of the food items got off to a smooth start at about 0800hrs. We enjoyed the cooperation of the large crowd that obliged us, giving preferences to the elderly, people living with disabilities, pregnant women, and other vulnerable Nigerians who showed up for the exercise. This was the case up until about 1700hrs, as attested to by the over 5000 beneficiaries and members of the press. 

 

“However, unforeseen challenges arose when we ran out of stock and announced the continuation of the exercise the following day, leading to a regrettable outcome. The crowd became desperate and charged through our barricades in search of rice bags inside emptied containers. In the stampede that ensued, some fatalities and injuries were regrettably recorded”, the Service Spokesman stated, stressing that the Nigeria Customs Service extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their lives during the unfortunate incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the affected families during this challenging time, and we assure them of our unwavering support. 

“We are working with Hospital Authorities to establish contact and engage directly with the victims’ families on their next steps. Following this incident, an internal investigation was initiated to understand the circumstances surrounding this unfortunate event. 

“As a service deeply committed to the welfare and safety of Nigerians, we recognize the need for heightened sensitivity and preventive measures in all our operations. 

“Considering the recent unfortunate event, we regrettably announce the suspension of this exercise until we establish what transpired on Friday, 23 February 2024. 

“This should help us to properly articulate more robust and comprehensive action that will not defeat the noble intention. We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of all Nigerians as we work towards addressing the challenges facing our nation’s food security”, the Imgemaker said further. 

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LASG Lifts RTEAN- Ban; Dissolves State’s Parks And Garages Administrators’ Committee 

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…To boost peace 

In furtherance of this administration’s quest to foster peace and smooth working relationships among union members in the transportation sector, the Lagos State Government has lifted the ban on the activities of the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in the State.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on transportation, Hon. Sola Giwa said on Monday that the government decided after careful consideration and extensive consultations with relevant Stakeholders, including members of the association, Trade Union Congress (TUC), and the general public.

Hon. Giwa further stated that the Lagos State Parks and Garages Administrators’ Committee which was set up to manage parks and garage facilities in the State has been dissolved with immediate effect.

He explained that the decision is made in the best interest of promoting unity and peaceful co-existence, ensuring the smooth operation of transport services within the State as well as helping to foster a more collaborative relationship between the government and the transport union, ultimately leading to improved services for the public.

The Special Adviser urged all parties involved to adhere strictly to the terms and conditions of the settlement reached for peaceful and sustainable operations in the transportation sector.

He also implored them to cooperate and work together towards building a better transportation system to benefit all Lagos State residents.

It would be recalled that the State Government suspended the activities of RTEAN across the State in September 2022 and constituted a Caretaker Committee to oversee the Affairs of the union.

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