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Lekki residents urge Sanwo-Olu to stop property developers from taking over coastal road

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Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA), the umbrella body of residents of the axis, has called on the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State to order an end to the ongoing allotment of the area earmarked for coastal road to private property developers.

LERSA made the call on Friday at a press conference addressed by its President, Olorogun James Emadoye.

Emadoye told journalists at the conference that residents of the area have been severely affected by the activities of private developers carrying out illegal development in places envisaged to be the coastal road.

He noted that illegal building construction projects in the area have been on the rise, due to the failure of the Lagos State Government to develop the coastal road which is the only access route for some residents in the area.

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He added that previous efforts by the residents to secure ‘stop work order’ from some agencies of the state government have been futile.

“What is happening in this area is sad and unfortunate. During Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s campaign to become governor, he promised to ensure the development of the coastal road to ease the challenge residents face to reach their homes.

“Two years down the line, nothing is happening on the road. Just last year’s we began to notice building projects on the road. When we approached the state government, we were told that it was just a temporary approval. Since then more building projects are springing up everyday and nothing is being done about it.

“We are worried because we find it difficult to now access our homes. We believe that this is also an indication that government is not ready to develop the road despite the huge revenue the state generates from Lekki.

“We are ready to support the government in developing the coastal road but the government must stop this improper allocation to developers who are not concerned about the hardship resident pass through but are only after money. What is happening here will further create problem for government in paying compensation when it eventually decided to develop the road,” he said.

While also briefing newsmen, LERSA Secretary, Gbemi Adelekan stated that residents have written to the Lagos House of Assembly over the issue and they remain optimistic that the lawmakers will give urgent attention to their complaint before the situation worsens.

“We have written to several authorities of the state government including the state House of Assembly and we are hopeful that the building projects which are already causing obstruction for resident will be stopped before it is too late. We will continue to engage the state government to fulfil its promise of creating access road for us on the coastal axis.

“As peace loving residents, we will not take laws into our hand to enforce our rights but we would certainly explore all options available to us to ensure that government do the right thing,” he said.

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Traditional Ruler Remanded For Allegedly Sponsoring Cult Group In Rivers

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A Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt has remanded the paramount ruler of Kono Boue community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, His Royal Highness, Taalor Nwidea Tornwe at the Port Harcourt Correctional Centre on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and cultism.

When the matter was mentioned in court, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Amadi Nna, did not allow the charges to be read against the accused following the nature of the case and thereby declined jurisdiction of the matter.

Chief Magistrate Nna also refused the bail application by the defence counsel after it was also opposed by the prosecution counsel from the Office of the Attorney-General of the state.

The Chief Magistrate thereafter ordered that the case file be sent back and encouraged the defence counsel to approach the High court for the bail.

According to the charge sheet, the paramount ruler is accused of conspiring and sponsoring a cult group.

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BREAKING: Heavy security as Abia court set to deliver judgement on Nnamdi Kanu’s fundamental rights suit

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Heavily armed security personnel have cordoned off the roads leading to the premises of the Abia State High Court complex in Umuahia as the court is set to deliver judgement today, Wednesday, on the suit by Nnamdi Kanu for the enforcement of his Fundamental Rights filed against the federal government of Nigeria.

Detained Kanu, leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) filed the suit through his Special Counsel Aloy Ejimakor on August 27, 2021.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that as early as 7:00am, a detachment of law enforcement officers had been deployed around the court premises.

All the roads leading to the court have also been barricaded, forcing motorists and pedestrians to take alternate routes.
Journalists and staff of the court as well as people accessing the premises were asked to produce their identity cards before allowing access to the premises.

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Enugu: Gunmen Storm APC Youth Meeting, Kills Leader, One Other

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Gunmen on Tuesday evening reportedly killed the Enugu State Youth Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Kelvin Ezeoha, and one other person.

The gunmen, who were said to have attacked a meeting being held by members of the Ward 3 Obeagu Awkunanaw, Enugu South Local Government chapter of the party also kidnapped one other person whose identity was yet to be ascertained.

According to sources, the meeting was being held to reconcile members from the two factions of the party when the gun-wielding men numbering over seven stormed the venue, killing the two party members instantly before whisking away one other person.

Enugu State chapter of the APC had been in crisis over leadership of the party for years now.

However, all hopes to resolve the crisis during the ward, local and state congresses failed as two parallel leadership emerged at the end of the exercise.

While former State Commissioner for Works, Ugochukwu Agbala emerged chairman for the faction led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama; Adolphus Ude emerged factional chairman of group led by the former Chairman, Dr Ben Nwoye.

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