Governor Fashola Releases Fantasy Video Of Lagos: A City Most Lagosians Have Never Seen
A pricey video recently released by the Lagos State government touting the state capital, Lagos, as a megacity has been described by various critics as “a myth,” “sheer fantasy,” and “a series of false representations.”
The video, which is available on YouTube, offers a spruced up, non-existent image of Lagos as a safe city that – in the words of Governor Babatunde Fashola – anybody “would like to call home.”
Warm Embrace With The Ghost Of June 12 By ‘Sola Fagorusi
Time is a falcon. It flies. And it does so swiftly. The gun sounds had become the norm and my parents had instructed that we lie down at the first sound. Soldiers were all over Lagos and people, especially young people, were on the street pelting them with stones and other handy items.
PHOTONEWS: Fatai Rolling Dollar On Stage
The highlife musician Fatai Rolling Dollar Olagunju was born on July 22nd 1926. Rolling Dollar as he is famously known around the world is Nigeria’s oldest cultural enthusiast, artist and scholar. Mr. Rolling Dollar died in Lagos Nigeria this morning.
Lagos Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji
Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has filed 56-count amended charge of money laundering against the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, and his personal assistant, Oyebode Alade Atoyebi.
Sports: Drogba Turns Business Tycoon-PM News, Lagos
Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba is building a new image outside the soccer field: as a business tycoon.
He has bought a 5 percent stake in an Ivorian mine, the West African country’s communications minister Bruno Kone has said.
Late Wahab Dosunmu
Former chieftain of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) and Second Republic minister, Dr Wahab Dosunmu, is dead.
He died at a United States of America hospital Sunday night after a brief illness. He was aged 74.
PHOTONEWS: One Dead, Two Injured As Police Chase Motorbike Into Haulage Truck & ‘Eko Meat Van’ Truck In Lagos
A haulage truck loaded with two containers yesterday swerved sharply to avoid hitting a motorbike but rammed into a vehicle belonging to Eko Meat Van. The two heavy containers on the haulage truck tumbled on the Eko Meat Van vehicle, leaving the two occupants injured. However, one passerby died on the spot as a container crushed him to the ground.
The motorbike rider who precipitated the accident was said to be at high speed in a desperate effort to evade mobile policemen who were hot on his heels near Ikeja bus-stop on the bustlingly busy Lagos-Abeokuta Express road.
Baba Suwe in court
A panel of Court of Appeal judges in Lagos today set aside the N25 million compensatory damages earlier awarded Lagos comedian, Babatunde Omidina” Baba Suwe ” over a prolonged detention by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) last year.
In the ruling, the Court of Appeal re-affirmed the right of the NDLEA to investigate, arrest, detain and prosecute drug suspects as long as the agency acts within the law.
EFCC Press Release: Peter Iyen Bags Five Years Imprisonment for Forgery
Justice M.B Idris of the Federal High Court, Lagos on May 27, 2013, convicted and sentenced Peter Nosakhire Iyen to five years imprisonment for forgery and counterfeiting.
The convict, Peter Nosakhire Iyen and Johan Anderson (still at large) was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on January 26, 2006, on a 12-count charge of forgery and counterfeiting of United States Postal Service’s Money Order punishable under Section 1(2) (a) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap. M17 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
Mountain of Fire Church, General Overseer Sued Over Demolition of Private Property In Defiance of Court Order
Mr. Oshodi’s house before it was demolished in Decemeber
A Pentecostal sect, the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM), its General Overseer, Daniel Olukoya, as well as its trustees have been joined in a suit claiming the church illegally demolished a landed property and forcibly evicted its residents in defiance of a court ruling. The demolished property was located at 6th Avenue, Plot 2, Prayer City, Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, Magboro, Ibafo, Ogun State.
SaharaReporters has learned of a cold war among political figures of Isoko ethnicity in Delta State over a purported endorsement of Victor Ochei, speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, for the post of governor come 2015.
Shuttle Bus Catches Fire in Sabo, Lagos
An official bus belonging to a students’ hostel close to the Sabo bus stop in Lagos today caught fire on the streets near the hostel.
With only the driver on board, there was no casualty from the fire. The driver said he was moving slowly with the traffic pace when the
vehicle engines suddenly switched off followed by smokes from the battery compartment.
Nasarawa: 28 Cops Found Alive, Death Toll-PM News, Lagos
Governor Umaru Al-Makura of the central Nigerian state of Nasarawa, on Friday confirmed that the death toll from the 7 May attack on policemen by a militia had risen to 43. Al-Makura gave the revised death toll when he received a delegation from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), who came to help in the search and rescue effort for victims.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Abayomi Akeremale, however confirmed that 28 policemen have been found alive, Akeremale said the 28 policemen were held hostage, but released today.
Pastor Okotie’s Lawyer Fumes About Online Reports As Judge Rejects Church Pianist’s Request
By Sahara Reporters, New York
A Lagos magistrate court today rejected a plea byan ex-pianist at Reverend Chris Okotie’s Ikeja-based Household of God Church to summon thecontroversial pastor for submission of a closed circuit TV recording of an alleged assault by the pianist.
The accused, Okiotor Daphiaghor, was arrested and arraigned for allegedly assaulting Mr. Okotie,preventing the preacher from entering the church,and breach of public peace. The alleged offences happened July 15, 2012 when the ex-pianist reportedly showed up at the church premises to demand unpaid salaries of thirteen years.
Pini Jason, A Nigerian Pundit, Is Dead
SaharaReporters has learned of the death earlier today of Pini Jason, one of Nigeria’s most well known columnists. He was 65.
A professional colleague of his disclosed that Mr. Jason died early in the afternoon in a Lagos hospital after undergoing a surgical procedure a few days ago. SaharaReporters could not ascertain how long he had been ill.