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Navy seeks speedy trial of sea pirates, arrested vessels



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The Nigerian Navy has called on the nation’s judiciary to ensure a speedy trial of sea pirates and other suspected criminals involved in illegal bunkering activities in the nation’s maritime environment.

Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo, made the call while delivering a lecture on his mission and vision for the Nigerian Navy to participants of Naval War College Course 6 on Friday in Calabar.

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Gambo said that while the Nigerian Navy and maritime law enforcement agencies had made commendable efforts in the arrest and prosecution of maritime offences, there still existed some loopholes.

He that such loopholes in the nation’s judicial process were the endless trial periods for maritime crimes which had continued to be exploited by criminals.

According to him, this has led to prolonged litigations and several abandoned vessels across Nigerian Navy bases.

“The effect of this lengthy trial process on the Nigerian Navy is evident in instances where out of the 488 vessels arrested between 2015 till date, 234 were handed over to prosecuting agencies.

“Yet, only 52 have been successfully prosecuted, while others were still in the Nigerian Navy custody.

“Beyond the logistic and manpower committed to this process, the Nigerian Navy expense enormous resources to preserve and keep over 100 detained vessels afloat,” he said.

He said that due to the difficult operating environment, it was appropriate for the navy to streamline its structure and operations in line with the total spectrum maritime strategy.

The CNS said that an appropriate legal framework would be necessary for expeditious prosecution of maritime crime in order to dissuade criminals and lessen the burden on the Nigerian Navy on custody of arrested vessels.

He observed that unlike the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), police and other agencies that have the powers to prosecute, the navy was not permitted to prosecute maritime suspects in civil courts.

“The service relies on lawyers from the Ministry of Defence and other security agencies while retaining services of private lawyers to prosecute maritime criminals.

“Even though the Navy has an established directorate of legal services with the current strength of over 600 qualified lawyers.

“In the last four years, the Navy has lost a significant number of cases due to non-diligence of prosecution.

“The service has also expended almost N300million on services provided by private lawyers at the expense on the provision of other essential infrastructure for the service,” he lamented.

On the provision of naval operations equipment, the CNS lauded the Federal Government’s unprecedented interventions in equipping the Nigerian Navy for effective operations.

He added that in spite of intervention, there remained a huge platform bases needed to enable the navy meets its strategic mandate.

“Currently, the present number and needs of officers in the Nigerian Navy inventory is largely inadequate, visa-vis the scope of our task and vastness of our area of responsibility.

“From the total spectrum maritime strategy in 2012, a shortfall of eight patrol vessels and about 85 patrol craft exist, even though the projection was done almost 10 years ago.

“The inadequacy has affected the Nigeria Navy’s capacity to effectively secure the maritime environment; making fleet recapitalization a top priority and urgent requirement,” he said.

He said the navy was in dire need of bases along the coast, equipped with appropriate infrastructures like jetties, petroleum oil and lubricant storage and other facilities to sustain maritime operations.

The high point of the event was the presentation of a souvenir and a plaque by the Commandant of the Naval War College, Rear Adm. Saheed Akinwande, to the Chief of Naval Staff.

In the same vein, an Ikeja High Court on Thursday ordered one of the wives of the late Rear Adm. Ndubuisi Kanu to serve the registrar of the court’s probate, an amended originating summons she presented to the court.

Kanu was the Military Administrator of Lagos and Imo.

The court gave the order to Mrs Gladys Kanu.

The newsmen report that the court had on April 12 ordered Gladys’s counsel, Mr Wale Adesokan (SAN), to serve the respondents the amended originating summons within seven days.

The respondents in the suit are the children of the late naval chief, his two other wives – Josephine and Christine – and the Nigerian Navy.

On Thursday, Adesokan sought an order of the court to join the probate registrar in the suit but the registrar said she had not been served the originating summons

Justice Christopher Balogun ordered the counsel to serve the probate registrar the originating summons.

“There is nothing to show that the probate registrar has been served.

“I want a fair hearing for all.

The probate registrar will be served the amendment originating summons,” he ordered.

Balogun adjourned until May 16,  hearing of the application to join the probate registrar in the suit.

Counsel to the second respondent in the suit (Nigeria Navy), Mrs C.G. Cirbam, had prayed the court to strike out her client’s name from the suit.

Balogun, however, requested proof of payment of gratuity to the deceased, from the Nigerian Navy.

“I know the law.

What I am saying is that the Navy should show evidence that the deceased’s gratuity has been paid.

“The Nigeria Navy has to do more work.

How do we know if his gratuity has been paid?

” You are still here for some time; so, be very patient,” the judge ruled.

Counsel to the deceased’s children, Mr O. A. Shodimu, also prayed the court for an extension of time for his clients to file and reply to the amended originating summons.

Newsmen report that Gladys, in a suit marked LD/3685FPM/2021, is seeking the Nigeria Navy to calculate the entitlements of the late rear admiral into a bank account.

She is also seeking to be declared the only legal wife and sole widow of the deceased.

She said that she and the deceased lived together until his death.

She added that she was married to him for 27 years but was in a relationship with him for 31 years.

Balogun adjourned the case until May 16 for the response on the service of the amended originating summons.




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LASG Totally Bans Street Trading, Hawking, Seals Up Ladipo Market



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 The Lagos State Government (LASG) on Friday announced a total ban on street trading, hawking, building of illegal structures on drainage setbacks, and the display of wares on walkways across the state.

The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab, made the announcement in a statement in Lagos.

Wahab said that the State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) has been directed to strictly enforce compliance with the environmental Sanitation laws.

According to him, the latest offensive is meant to curtail the nefarious activities of hawkers who disguise to rob motorists and also disrupt the free flow of traffic on Highways and Streets.

Meanwhile, the commissioner also effected the sealing up of Ladipo market in Mushin in the early hours of Friday following several environmental offences, including reckless waste disposal, unhygienic premises, and non-payment of waste bills, amongst others. 

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SRHIN: Empowering Communities through Comprehensive Sexual Health Education



…Kwara Chapter’s Transformative Health Walk***


Sexual health is a basic human right that transcends geographical and demographic boundaries. It incorporates not only physical health, but also emotional and social aspects, making it imperative that individuals have access to accurate and comprehensive information in order to make informed decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health. Recognising this, the Kwara State Chapter of the Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN) embarked on a mission to empower communities through an innovative sexual health walk conducted on September 2, 2023.

*Volunteers from the Kwara State Slum and Rural Health Initiative Chapter

Sexual health is a basic human right that transcends geographical and demographic boundaries. It incorporates not only physical health, but also emotional and social aspects, making it imperative that individuals have access to accurate and comprehensive information in order to make informed decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health. Recognising this, the Kwara State Chapter of the Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN) embarked on a mission to empower communities through an innovative sexual health walk conducted on September 2, 2023.

Dispelling Misconceptions and Fostering Awareness

*Volunteers educating community members on safe sex

The primary objective of this initiative was to educate community members about the critical significance of sexual health. The health walk sought to dispel the prevalent myths and misconceptions surrounding sexual lifestyles, which have resulted in a broad range of negative outcomes, including the spread of disease, early pregnancy, and a lack of sexual satisfaction. SRHIN intended to bridge this information gap and empower individuals to take charge of their sexual health through open communication channels, engaging debates, and widespread broadcasts.

Educating Women About Condoms and Promoting Safe Practises

The distribution of crucial information regarding the use of female contraceptives was one of the most significant components of the walk. SRHIN identified the importance of empowering individuals, notably women, with the knowledge and tools necessary for their sexual health and well-being. In addition, male and female condoms were distributed to encourage community members to adopt secure sexual practices.


*Volunteers educating the community in their local language.

By providing access to these preventative measures, SRHIN made a proactive step towards preventing sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancies.

Emphasizing Consent and Breaking Taboos

Consent is essential for a healthy sexual relationship. By emphasising the significance of a clear and unequivocal “yes,” the initiative aimed to empower individuals to establish and respect their partners’ boundaries. Additionally, the health walk is intended to eliminate sex-related social taboos and stigmas.  The health walk endeavored to create an environment of acceptance and equality in which open dialogues about sexual health are not only encouraged but prioritized.

Redefining Pleasure: Debunking Misconceptions

SRHIN also aimed to challenge prevailing myths about sexual pleasure. It emphasized that pleasure is not a performance-based goal, but rather an exploration of one’s body and an understanding of their partner’s desires and boundaries. The initiative debunked the notion that sexual enjoyment is solely dependent on penetration, emphasising that oral sex and other forms of stimulation can also lead to gratification. In addition, SRHIN debunked the myth that women cannot experience orgasms as readily as men, emphasising that orgasmic ability varies from person to person and may necessitate different types of stimulation.


By providing accurate information to communities, dispelling misconceptions, and advocating for safe practices, SRHIN has taken a significant step towards empowering individuals to make informed decisions regarding their sexual health. Through open conversations, the initiative has fostered a culture of acceptance and equality by dismantling sex-related taboos and stigmas. Thus, SRHIN has paved the way for healthier, better-informed communities in which sexual health is recognised as a fundamental human right.

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Heavy Downpour Leaves Lagos-Badagry Expressway Flooded; Residents Groan 



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Hundreds of motorists and passengers going to Mile 2 were on Saturday stranded as flood from morning downpour disrupted free movement on the Trade Fair and Abule -Ado axis of the Lagos- Badagry Expressway.

The resultant flood from the downpour also blocked the trade fair axis, temporarily impeding the movement of vehicles on the expressway.

NAN also reports that the rainfall, which started at 5.00 a.m. and continued for hours, forced many passengers to come down from commercial vehicles and resort to trekking from Abule-Ado to Barracks in Ojo.

Some passengers and motorists urged the Lagos State Government to clear the drainage to avert such flood incidents.

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*Lagos State Governor, Sanwo-Olu

Mrs Ibironke Adegboyega, a trader in Ebute-Aro, Lagos Island, said that the flood had prevented her from going to open her shop.

*Another passenger trying to cross from one side of Lagos Badagry expressway to the other during the downpour on Saturday.

“The flood has completely blocked the expressway, some vehicles that tried to access the road had been trapped in the flood.

“The drainage is blocked by plastics and nylon preventing the passage of the water.

“Lagos government should wake up to its responsibility and clear the drainage, they should also warn the traders against indiscriminate dumping of refuse.

“I have to go back home now because it is dangerous to force your way in there due to the flood,” she said.

*Commuters trekking due to flood caused the morning downpour  in Lagos

Mr Toyosi Stephen, a passenger, said the blockage of the expressway was due to the way the contractor handling the project constructed the road.

“One will see that from Abule-Ado down to the Trade fair axis is very sloppy making water to gather under the bridge.

“This also applies to when you are coming from Barracks down to Trade fair, so the water coming from Abule-Ado and Barracks will gather at trade fair and block the movement of vehicles and passengers.

“Government should work on this and also ensure clearing of drainage around this place all the time.

“I have been trapped here, I have to go back to Agbara and sleep,” he said.

*The blockage at the Trade fair axis of Lagos Badagry expressway.

Mr Mutiu Suru, a bus conductor, said the flood would reduce when the rain stopped and that vehicles and passengers would be able to move freely on the expressway.

“The rain is heavy, that’s why the flood blocked the road, but I can tell you that in an hour’s time, vehicles will start going.

“All we need to do is to exercise patience and relax in our vehicles,” he said.

NAN reports that the floods also affected communities in Badagry including Mowo, Ikoga, Ansarudeen, Ajara-Vetho, Aghelaso, and Zogakome areas.

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