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‘Lagos Commissioner has Brazenly Grabbed Our Land’- Ibeju-Lekki family alleges



… Seeks Sanwo-Olu’s intervention to retrieve 48 plots of land!***

The Balogun OLooro Family of Akodo town, Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State has accused the Lagos State Commissioner of Waterfront of forcefully and surreptitiously grabbing 48 plots of land, belonging to the Olooro family of Akodo town.

A statement E-signed by the head of the family said that it was constrained to alert the people of Lagos State and the Governor; Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on the intensive and brazen land grabbing activities and conversion of beachfront properties for private use by Architect Kabiru Ahmed by surreptitiously using government to stylishly dispossess land owners of their property without either paying them compensation or drawing the attention of Government to the need to follow the due process of the law, as globally accepted.

The family cried out that the grabbing of this asset and multiple illegalities that follows it had become more widespread since Arch. Kabiru Ahmed assumed wide power under the government of Mr Babajide Olushola Sanwo-Olu with the belief that he can get away with whatever wrong he commits.

Explaining the events leading to this land-grabbing attempt by the commissioner, the statement further pointed out that the Balogun Olooro family of Akodo owns a large expanse of land facing the Beach beside the popular EKO-TOURIST and landed properties which housed the former Ibeju-Lekki, Local Government Secretariat and now housing the POLICE BASE in Ibeju-Lekki.

It stated that to the surprise of the family, they started seeing Arch. Kabiru Ahmed visited the property secretly even at odd hours and upon our investigation and challenging him, we noticed a private hotel development plan which is neither for the Federal Government, State Government or for local government and a secret issuance of an allocation letter to an undisclosed private developer in the state by the ministry of lands.

“After the discovery of the above, we requested an official meeting with Architect Kabiru Ahmed via phone calls which he never picked and via text messages which he never responded to.

“Then we engaged the services of an indigenous lawyer who wrote him several letters seeking his attention to explain the prime purpose of grabbing the said 48 Plots for private use and to see how the families can be compensated and not lose the land that is now worth well over One Billion Naira only.

Until the time writing of this letter, the Architect Kabiru Ahmed never responded nor awaken to the yearnings of the landowners, and yet he is seen developing the property without any regards for public interest and without the payment of compensation to the natives.

“Gleaning from the above and without mincing words, we see ARCHITECT KABIRU AHMED as a land grabber in GOVERNMENT UNIFORM who deserves to be sanctioned by the EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE,” the statement emphasized.

The family said that as indigenes of Lagos State, they regard it as a slap for non-Lagosian from KATSINA STATE to come to Lagos State and grab their land by using the force of government to subdue them and get away with it without check from the government.


We are cocksure beyond reasonable doubt that the Executive Governor of Lagos State is not aware of this land-grabbing mess.

If ARCHITECT KABIRU AHMED is interested in acquiring the property, he should approach the land-owning family for possible negotiations not by using the government to grab what doesn’t belong to him.

The family urged the Governor to caution his Commissioner, who is now using this letter to warn Architect Kabiru Ahmed, and any persons not authorized by the family towards trespassing into their property, contrary to what the Governor Sanwo-Olu’s position is on land grabbing.

“Ownership and possession of the property still reside in the Balogun Olooro Family Of Akodo, Ibeju-lekki, Lagos state as empowered by all the laws regulating property ownership in Nigeria.

“We, therefore, call on the Governor of Lagos State to prevail on Architect Kabiru Ahmed and his shadow land grabbing (Waterfront) cartels to stop this ungodly, illegal, unlawful attempt as it constitutes a criminal attempt to cause a breach of the public peace which may snowball to bloodbath.

“We also call on the State House of Assembly under the leadership of Alhaji (Dr) Rt Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa to commence investigation into this anti-government attempt masterminded by Architect Kabiru Ahmed and his shadow sponsors.

“We want to declare that Nigeria is a country governed by law and all citizens of the country are to submit to the rule of law for peace and justice to reign.

If however, the Executive Governor of Lagos State and the House of Assembly failed to take action on this stray Commissioner from Katsina State, we will take the matter beyond Lagos State and ask the ICPC to look into this land-grabbing spree by a commissioner in Lagos State.

“We have never doubted the capacity of the Government of Lagos State to deal with matters like this as we assure you of our esteem cooperation,” the statement concluded.


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650 migrants reach Italy by boat, 190 rescued



650 migrants reach Italy by boat, 190 rescued

 About 650 migrants reached the Italian coast in a fishing boat, the latest in increasing attempts to reach the country.

The boat which was about 30 metres long and overloaded, arrived in the southern town of Roccella Ionica, the Italian news agency ANSA reported on Monday.

The report said the boat departed from Libya and its passengers had been travelling for five days.

The passengers were all men who came from Syria, Pakistan, Egypt and Bangladesh, ANSA said.

They reached the Calabrian town unaided, without the involvement of the coast guard or civilian sea rescuers.

Thousands of people arrived in Italy over the weekend. Dozens of others died in the attempt or went missing because their boats capsized.

Meanwhile, the aid organisation Doctors Without Borders brought 190 Mediterranean migrants ashore to the southern Italian city of Bari.

The group’s Geo Barents vessel reached the port on the Adriatic coast previously assigned by Italian authorities late on Sunday afternoon, it said.

The ship picked up people on Friday from an unseaworthy wooden boat, including several unaccompanied minors.

However, many people repeatedly try to reach Lampedusa, Malta, Sicily or the Italian mainland by boats from Tunisia and Libya, crossing the central Mediterranean Sea in a potentially deadly journey.

According to official figures, Italy has already registered more than 21,000 boat migrants since the beginning of January, or more than three times the number of migrants seen in each of the two previous years, when about 6,000 per year arrived.

– dpa

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African migrants stuck in Tunisia say racism persists, following weeks of crackdown



African migrants stuck in Tunisia say racism persists, following weeks of crackdown

African Migrants in Tunisia have urged their government to evacuate them, saying the country is no longer safe as racism still persists.

Outside the United Nations refugee agency in Tunis, dozens of African migrants stood protesting this week in the temporary camp where they have lived, including with children, since authorities urged landlords to force them from their homes.

Weeks after a violent crackdown on migrants in Tunisia that triggered a perilous rush to leave by smuggler boats for Italy, many African nationals are still homeless and jobless and some say they still face racist attacks.

“We need evacuation. Tunisia is not safe. No one has a future here when you have this colour. It is a crime to have this colour,” said Josephus Thomas, pointing to the skin on his forearm.

In announcing the crackdown on Feb. 21, President Kais Saied said illegal immigration was a criminal conspiracy to change Tunisia’s demography, language the African Union described as “racialised hate speech”.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Barbara Leaf told Reuters on Thursday that Saied’s comments had unleashed “attacks and a tidal wave of racist rhetoric”, with rights groups saying hundreds of migrants reported being attacked or insulted.

Saied and Tunisia’s foreign minister have rejected accusations that he or the government is racist and they announced steps to ease visa regulations for Africans and reminded police of anti-racism laws.

While the official crackdown appeared to end weeks ago, migrants say they still face abuse.

“People told me ‘since you are in our country after the president’s speech, don’t you have any dignity?’ I kept silent and they told me I am dirt,” said Awadhya Hasan Amine, a Sudanese refugee outside the UNHCR headquarters in Tunis.

Amine has lived in Tunis for five years after fleeing Sudan and then Libya with her husband. Now 30, she has been living on the street outside the UNHCR headquarters since local people pelted her house in the capital’s Road district with rocks.

“We want to live in a place of safety, stability and peace. We don’t want problems in Tunisia,” she said.

Although some West African countries evacuated hundreds of their citizens earlier this month, many remain stuck in Tunisia, unable to support themselves let alone afford passage home or pay smugglers hundreds of dollars to ferry them to Europe.

“Tunisia is an African country. Why do they do racist things to us?” said Moumin Sou, from Mali, who was sacked from his job working behind a bar after the president’s speech and was beaten up the next day by a man in the street who stole his money.

Sou wants to return home, he said, but many others are determined to travel on to Europe.

In the wake of the crackdown, in which police detained hundreds of undocumented migrants and authorities urged employers to lay them off and landlords to evict them, smuggler crossings to Italy have surged.

Tunisian National Guard official Houssem Jbeli said on Wednesday that the coast guard had stopped 30 boats carrying more than 2,000 people. On the same day and the following day four boats sank, with five people drowned. 

– Reuters

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NAFDAC urges journalists to join in fight against circulation, use of bleaching creams 



NAFDAC urges journalists to join in fight against circulation, use of bleaching creams 

 The National Agency For Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has urged journalists to collaborate with the agency in the fight against the circulation and use of bleaching creams in the country.

Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General (D-G), NAFDAC, made the call while sensitising journalists in the North Central States on the dangers of bleaching creams.

She made the call at a North Central Zonal Media Sensitisation Workshop on the dangers of bleaching creams and regulatory controls which was organised for the Association of Nigeria Health Journalists on Friday in Jos.

Adeyeye said the workshop was aimed at educating and challenging health journalists in Nigeria to play frontline role in the agency’s effort to eradicate the menace of bleaching creams.

The D-G was represented by Dr. Leonard Omokpariola, Director, Chemical Evaluation and Research of the Agency.

 “Bleaching creams damage vital organs in the body, cause skin irritation, allergy, skin burn, rashes, wrinkles and prolong the healing of wounds.

“Black is beautiful, we don’t need to change our color.

“NAFDAC will constantly engage the mass media as we strive to bring down to the grass root levels positive impact of our regulatory activities,” she said.

On his part, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, Director,  Public Affairs of the Agency, said: “The workshop was meant to educate the mass media with the right information and campaign against the use of bleaching creams in Nigeria.

“Public ignorance is not an excuse before the law. The role of the mass media in the promotion of public health is very important not only for cosmetics and all other NAFDAC regulatory products”. 

In a remark, Mr. Hassan Zaggi, President, Association of Nigeria Health Journalists, said: “Skin bleaching cream is a serious concern among the citizens in the country.

“Why would somebody use his hard-earned money to buy a cream that will endanger his skin?.

“As journalists, we have a responsibility to educate people on the dangers and as well shape the opinion of the people,” Zaggi said.

He appealed to the journalists to pay attention to the workshop for onward circulation of learning outcomes to members of the public. 

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