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Lekki Gardens Managing Director Arraigned To Court Over Collapsed Unapproved Building

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The Lagos State Government on Monday brought the Managing Director of Lekki Gardens Estate Limited, Mr Richard Nyong before a Lagos High Court in Igbosere over complicity in the events leading to the collapse of a building in Lekki area of the State on March 10, 2016.
Nyong was arraigned alongside others before Justice Sybil Nwaka over alleged negligence resulting in the collapse of the building which reportedly killed 34 people.

Other defendants are Lekki Gardens’ Executive Director, Mr Sola Olumofe; the firm’s contractor, Odofin Henry Taiwo; Omolabake Mortune, Omotilewa Oluwatosin Joseph, Lekki Gardens, Get Too Rich Investment Limited and HC Insight Solution Limited.

Before the arraignment of the defendants, Justice Nwaka had ruled on an application contending the suitability of the criminal charges against the defendants on the ground that there was no seal of the counsel to the prosecution on the information as required.

The Court held that the contention was a simple matter that only required a directive for the prosecution to affix the seal on the charges, and thereafter ordered the prosecution to do so, a directive which the prosecution led by the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem immediately complied with.

After the charges were read to them, the defendants pleaded not guilty, while their lawyers including Bode Olanipekun and George Oguntade (SAN) urged the court to allow the defendants to continue enjoying the previous bail granted to them.

In response, Kazeem said in as much as the court was now seized of the matter, it was important for conditions that would ensure the presence of the defendants for trial to be imposed.

In her ruling, Justice Nwaka ruled that the defendants except the second defendant (Olumofe) should continue enjoying their formal bail conditions, but added that they should deposit their international passports with the court.

With respect to Olumofe, who is an Executive Director of Lekki Gardens, Justice Nwaka granted bail to him in the sum of N100, 000 and two sureties in the like sum. The sureties, according to the court, must be gainfully employed, while the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) must verify the sureties.

The court also ordered Olumofe to deposit his international passport, while he is to be remanded in prison pending the perfection of his bail conditions.

Tragedy had struck on 10 March, 2016 when a six-storey building under construction by Lekki Gardens in Lekki area of the State collapsed and killed 34 people.

The developer was said to have added additional floor to the building against what was approved by government for construction.

Specifically, the defendants are facing six-count charges for failure to obtain building approval for the collapsed building and involuntary manslaughter, offences contrary to and punishable under Section 75 (1) of the Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law of Lagos State 2010, and Section 229 of Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 respectively.

The government also listed some of the victims to include William Akpati (M), Kazeem Ilesanmi (M), Raphael Ezeh (M), Saminu Umar (M) and Sunday Ezeh (M).

The matter has been adjourned to October 26 and 30, 2017 for definite hearing.

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Power Outage hit Murtala Mohammed Airport for five hours – Read what passengers did

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It came as a shock as Murtala Mohammed Airport in Ikeja Lagos State went into stone age for five hours. The airport experienced power outage which forced the terminal to switch to manual for continuity.

Power Outage hit Lagos Airport for five hours - Read what passengers did

Power Outage hit Lagos Airport for five hours – Read what passengers did

The General Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, said that the power failure was due to a “minor electrical fault”.

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Sahara Reporters reported that sources close to the terminal reveal that some of the passengers had to pull off their shirt especially the males and use hand fans.

Phew.

Yakubu further stated that FAA  engineers were already working to rectify the “minor electrical fault”, assuring the public that normalcy would be restored soon.

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Yakubu added by saying that the outage did not affect normal flight operations at the airport and flight operations continued uninterrupted.

Well, the terminal crew switched to manual.

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Presbyterian pastor Justin Hoke sacked for saying “Homosexuality is still a sin”

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Pastor Hoke Justin of Trinity Bible presbyterian church at Northern California has been sacked after he posted a sign that reads “Bruce Jenner is still a man, Homosexual is still a sin, Culture may change, the Bible does not”.

Presbyterian pastor Justin Hoke sacked for saying "Homosexuality is still a sin"

Presbyterian pastor Justin Hoke sacked for saying “Homosexuality is still a sin”

The presbyterian pastor who strongly believed in the word of God which says a man shall not lay with a man was fired after his sign post sparked a protest and Drew media attention.

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Bruce Jenner now Caitlin Jenner is a transgender activist who was transformed from a man to a woman scientifically.

Presbyterian pastor Justin Hoke sacked for saying "Homosexuality is still a sin"

Presbyterian pastor Justin Hoke sacked for saying “Homosexuality is still a sin”

“As of today, I am no longer the pastor of Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church. I was informed that essentially all but one couple in membership would leave the church if I continued as pastor” Pastor Justin Hoke posted on his Facebook account.

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He told NBC that there was not hate speech in his statement which is the truth.

But recall that the Presbyterian Church of U.S.A has conformed to same sex marriage as enforced by  law.

Hoke did not want to leave the ministry but he had because his philosophy is no longer in line with the church.

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“I did not want to leave, I did not quit, and I was willing to stay. There was a fear we would lose what little congregation that we had if I remained – Hoke said.

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New Police Spokesperson Takes Office – Frank Mba

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Nigerian Police force has appointed a new public relations officer for the force – ACP Frank Mba.

Frank Mba immediately replaced Moshood Jimoh who has occupied the position since 2017 as appointed by former NPF IGP – Ibrahim Idris. Jimoh took over from Sogbeba West.

New Police Spokesperson Takes Office - Frank Mba

New Police Spokesperson – Frank Mba

Nigerian Police Public Release on New Spokesperson – ACP Frank Mba

The Inspector General of Police, Ag IGP AbubakarAdamu Mohammed mni, has appointed a new Spokesman for the Nigeria Police Force. He is ACP Frank Mba. He takes over from MoshoodJimoh, an acting Deputy Commissioner of Police who is being redeployed to other national assignment. Until his appointment, Frank was working at the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Ikoyi- Lagos. The posting is with immediate effect.

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Frank Mba, an Assistant Commissioner of Police and a Lawyer, is an alumnus of the University of Lagos where he studied Law. He also has a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Dundee, Scotland- United Kingdom. A product of the Nigeria Police Academy, Kano where he had his initial police trainings, Frank is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy, Quantico- USA. He also holds a Certificate in National and International Security from the Harvard University, USA.

A former Police Spokesman- both at the national and the Lagos State Command levels, Frank is an experienced communicator and image maker. The new Inspector General of Police has therefore charged him to bring his wealth of experience to bear in revamping the image of the Force, improving the relationship between the citizens and the police, bridging existing communication gap between the police and its stakeholders, and assisting the IGP in realizing his Mission and Vision for the Force and the nation.

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A passionate and versatile police officer who has worked in multiple police units and departments across the country, Frank has attended some of the finest Law Enforcement trainings, both within and outside Nigeria. These include:Countering Violent Extremism and Police Leadership Course at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), Roswell, New Mexico, USA (2018); Strategic Leadership and Command Course, Police Staff College, Jos (2017); Crisis and Disaster Management Course, Israel (2013); Managing the Media in Crisis Situations, School of Media and Communications, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos (2013); US-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program, with special focus on International Crime Issues, Washington DC (2010); General Criminal Investigation Course at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), Botswana (2009); Middle Management Course on Global Peace Operations in Vicenza, Italy (2008); amongst others.

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He was a member of the Nigeria Police Contingent to the United Nations Peace-Keeping Mission in Liberia between 2006 and 2007, where he distinguished himself through a combination of hard work, professionalism, and discipline, thereby earning himself the prestigious UN Medal. He has since assumed duty as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Force Headquarters, Abuja.

CSP AREMU ADENIRAN

DEPUTY FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

FORCE HEADQUARTERS

ABUJA

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