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2 men docked for alleged land scam



A technical personnel, Kareem Rasheed, and an estate agent, Jacob Ekpenyong, were on Tuesday docked before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State, for forgery, stealing and forcible possession of a piece of land.

The police charged Rasheed, 27, and Ekpenyoung, 55, with stealing, forgery, forcible entry and forcible possession.

The residents of Oworonshoki and Bariga, respectively, however, pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, Insp Donjour Perezi, told the court that the defendants committed the offences in January and April.

Perezi said, “The defendants fraudulently and deceptively sold a piece of land valued at N10 million and measuring approximately 30ft x 85ft and situated on Prince Adisa Eshinlokun Street, Ilaje, Bariga Lagos State.”

Pereze said that he land belonged to one Mrs Janet Ojeikere.

He said that the duo also stole 470 solid blocks, 20 tonnes of granite and several trips of sharp sand worth three million Naira.

“On April 25, Rasheed, with an intention to defraud, did knowingly make false documents by providing false information to forcibly possess the piece of land belonging to Mrs Janet Ojeikere.

“Rasheed went to the above-mentioned address, where the land is situated, and forcibly entered it to claim possession,” Perezi said.

He told the court that Ojeikere, the complainant, had bought the piece of land and had begun developing in it, as the German floor was already completed.

“She had a total of 479 blocks and some sharp sand on the land, and her workers were waiting for supply of cement and rods to continue their work before she got to know that Mr Rasheed had stolen her building materials.

“She met with him physically to confront him; then, he threatened to beat her up as he claimed to have bought the land from one Mrs Chioma Frank and her agent, Ekpenyong, who is the second defendant,” he submitted.

The alleged offences contravene the provisions of Sections 52, 53, 287, 365(1) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Forgery is punishable with three years’ imprisonment in line with Section 365.

The Magistrate, Mrs M.O. Tanimola, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N500, 000 each with two sureties in like sum.

Tanimola ordered that the sureties must provide valid identification cards and certified bank statements of account as well as have their aaddresses verified by the court.

She adjourned the case until July 28 for hearing.


Stakeholders appeal for justice in Ogoniland



Stakeholders in the environment sector on Sunday in Abuja appealed for justice in Ogoniland to alleviate the plight of the people of the area.

Mr Michael David, the Executive Secretary of Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP), an NGO said this at a workshop on Strengthening Capacity for Afrika Vuka Volunteers in Nigeria.

This is a build up to power up global day of action #PowerUpOgoni.

The Power up for Climate Solutions action would take place by Nov. 2 to Nov. 4.

“We are to promote the injustices happening in Ogoniland. I have been there, I can feel what the people of Ogoniland are passing through.

“Their water and farmlands are covered with oil, it is very sad. This should not be happening.

“I’m not sure we can proclaim the land in Ogoni, the level of pollution is indescribable,” David said.

He assured that the actions revealing the injustices in Ogoniland would be carried out in Ogoni and Abuja.

“We want to call the world’s attention to what is happening in Ogoniland.
They can’t farm, fish or drink clean and safe water,” David said.

He said that Karen community in Ogoniland never knew what electricity is like since existence.

“We shall carry out the action in Karen community in Ogoniland where we shall provide street lights for the market women only.

“We want to do a massive photo exhibition in Abuja of all the injustices in Ogoniland from 2018 till Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) came into inception.

“Vuka is a Zulu word from South Africa and it means rise up or in Swahili it means awaken so the came up with this campaign to say Africa wake up. We also intend to have a group tagged Nigeria wake up,” David said.

He appealed to stakeholders that are into climate advocacy to partner to fight against climate injustices in the country and also appealed for increased budgetary provisions for key agencies in the fight against climate injustices.

NAN reports that is a group campaigning against fossil fuels, and the promotion of renewable energy and has also been in partnership with GIFSEP to build up global day of action #PowerUpOgoni.

Rukiya Khamis, a representative from said that the group is a platform for climate advocacy and justice and urged stakeholders to take the message #PowerUpOgoni across the world.

Khamis said that the group uses grassroots organising to run locally-driven campaigns in every corner of the globe.

“The climate crisis is about power — but not just the kind of power that keeps the lights on.

“We believe that the only way we’ll see meaningful action on climate change is if we can counter the power of the fossil fuel industry with the power of people taking collective action.

“We use online tools to connect that power, help those people see themselves as one movement, and to facilitate public actions,” she said.
(NAN) (

Edited by Razak Owolabi

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LASTMA, others combat Ilupeju industrial fire outbreak



The operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and other emergency responders at early hour on Saturday combated an industrial fire outbreak at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass.

Mr Taofiq Adebayo, the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Saturday.

Adebayo stated that the industrial fire outbreak took place at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass beside Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Ilupeju area of Lagos.

“The Traffic Officer of LASTMA, Mr Ayo Olaosebikan (Falcon) of Zone 21, confirmed that LASTMA rescue team arrived at the scene of the industrial fire outbreak around at 6:30a.m. before other emergency responders were contacted by LASTMA.

“Immediately we arrived at the scene of the industrial fire, we quickly informed other emergency responders particularly the Lagos State Fire, Rescue Services and the Nigerian Police.

“The causes of industrial fire could not be immediately ascertained, he said.
Olaosebikan noted that preliminary investigation revealed that the storage and factory section of the petrochemical company were seriously affected by the fire outbreak.

According to him, emergency responders on ground include Federal and State Fire Services, policemen and LASTMA Response Unit.

Olaosebikan said that neither injury nor death had been recorded.

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