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New Law Okays 21 Years For Cultists In Lagos

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Anyone found guilty of cultism in Lagos is to spend 21 years in prison, according to a new law in the state.

Lagos State Governor. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday signed into law the bill for the Prohibition of Unlawful Societies and Cultism of 2021.

The state’s House of Assembly, in February, passed the bill, which also stipulates a 15-year jail term for anyone found guilty of abetting cultists and residents who willfully allow their properties to be used as meeting points by cultists.

Governor Sanwo-Olu assented to the bill and three others at the swearing-in e
for newly appointed members of the state’s Public Procurement Agency Governing Board and two permanent secretaries, held in the State House, Alausa.

The other bills are the Lagos State Audit Service Commission (Amendment) Law of 2019, Lagos State Public Procurement Bill of 2021 and Coronavirus Pandemic Emergency Law of 2021.

The Anti-cultism Law repeals the Cultism (Prohibition) Law of 2007 (now Cap. C18, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015) and provides for more stringent punitive measures, as well as makes its application all-encompassing and applicable to the general public, as against the restriction of the previous law to students of tertiary institutions.

Sanwo-Olu said the state had suffered the negative effects of unlawful societies and cultism, stressing that the new law sought to make parents more responsible and show more interest in the upbringing of their children and wards to ensure that they do not become a burden to the society.

On the appointment of the procurement agency’s Governing Board members, Governor Sanwo-Olu said their selection was predicated on their track record of integrity, experience and professional competence.

The governor said the board’s duty was to oversee the procurement process, by ensuring that public funds were judiciously expended in a manner that would promote accountability, transparency and value for money.

“Your major responsibility as members of the Public Procurement Governing Board is to ensure strict adherence to the provisions of the State Public Procurement Law. You hold a crucial and strategic role in preventing wasteful spending and corruption in public procurement. The state government and taxpayers count on you to keep the procurement process as transparent as possible,” he said.

According to Governor Sanwo-Olu, the appointment of the two permanent secretaries into the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure was part of the move to restructure the ministry into two distinct offices, saying the move was necessitated by the need to engender improved efficiency and faster delivery of key projects under the purview of the ministry.

He charged the new permanent secretaries to utilise their wealth of knowledge and experience for the expedited and seamless delivery of works and infrastructure projects, saying they must ensure they achieve the state government’s purpose for restructuring the two offices.

“I challenge you to utilise your wealth of knowledge and experience for the expedited and seamless delivery of works and infrastructure projects; you must ensure that we achieve our purpose for restructuring the two offices,” he said.

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The bill to amend the State’s Audit Law of 2015 was initiated by the executive to address observed flaws hindering the successful implementation of the extant Audit Law, Cap. A13, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

With the amendments, the Central Internal Audit (CIA), which was a department in the Ministry of Finance is now a department under the Audit Service Commission. This is to bring auditors under one body for effective administration and independence of internal auditors in line with best global practice.

Lagos State Public Procurement Agency Law originally enacted in 2011, forms the legal bedrock for the public procurement regime in the state.

The law was based on the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) model which is a properly regulated procurement system standard on international best practice.

The Public Procurement Agency Governing Board members are the Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Rabiu Olowo (chairman); Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Sam Egube; Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN; Mr. Fatai Onafowote (General Manager); Mrs. Foluso Onabowale, Mr. Foluso Mustapha, and Mr. Lanre Olusola, with each member having a term of three years to serve on the board.

The two Permanent Secretaries are: Arc. Adebayo Odusanya (Office of Works) and Engr. Rotimi Thomas (Office of Infrastructure).

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Where Is Anochie Fidel Ezechukwu ?

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Where Is Anochie Fidel Ezechukwu ?

By Ijeoma F.
This is Mr Anochie Ezechukwu, known as ‘Wiselabour’. On Tuesday the 2nd of August, 2022, he woke up like every other hard-working, responsible family man and went about his normal business. He runs a bar/relaxation spot at his home town in Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State. His business has been boosting the economy of his community in its little way…

Mr. Ezechukwu was preparing for the day’s business when Men of the Nigerian Army and other security forces in full uniform with about 20 vehicles in convoy invaded his business premises and totally destroyed his bar! They tied him up like a ram about to be slaughtered, inflicted some injuries on him and took him away to an unknown destination.

Note that in all these, Mr. Ezechukwu was never on the run, never had any criminal questions/allegations/records on his head, was not in hiding, and never gave any form of resistance to the arrest. So why tie him up like a chicken? Why trample on his human dignity? Why strip him naked him and reduce him to nothingness? Why destroy his place of business? WHY, WHY, WHY?

Till date none of his family members, wife, friends have been able to locate him

The accusation against Mr. Ezechukwu is that unknown gunmen may be patronizing his business….Like how on Earth are we reduced to this level in this country? How can the offence of someone who manages a bar/relaxation spot be that “Unknown gunmen” come to take a drink in his establishment?

These are supposed to be UNKNOWN gunmen right? So if they are unknown to the army and all the security formations whose job it is to catch them , then how come these security formations that know these unknown gunmen and the fact that they visit Mr. Ezechukwu’s place of business left the unknown gunmen and more or less “kidnapped” Mr. Ezechukwu? Something is not right!

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This fate that has befallen Mr Ezechukwu is duplicated all over South East. You are an endangered species if you are a young man living in any part of the South East especially in Imo and some parts of Anambra.

The general public should please come to the aid of the family. Help me ask questions. Where is Mr. ANOCHIE FIDEL EZECHUKWU? HQ Nigerian Army , Nigerian police , members of civil societies, ordinary Nigerians, the masses help us please.

The life of Mr. Ezechukwu, a responsible hardworking Nigerian must not be wasted just like that. He is a family man. His wife must not be made a widow for no just cause.

All the family ask is that they know his whereabouts. It is his constitutional right to be entitled to fair hearing, and be treated with dignity no matter the allegation. He has the right to his family and legal representation!

 

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BREAKING: Uduak Frank Akpan To Die By Hanging For Killing Job Seeker Umoren

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BREAKING: Uduak Frank Akpan To Die By Hanging For Killing Job Seeker Umoren

Uduak Frank Akpan who was accused of raping and killing a job seeker Iniubong Umoren has been sentenced to death by hanging.

Justice Bassey Nkanang of the Akwa Ibom State High Court gave the ruling on Thursday.

Umoren, a graduate of Philosophy, University of Uyo (UNIUYO) was raped, murdered and buried in a shallow grave by Akpan in April 2021.

READ ALSO: How I Lured, Raped, Killed Job Seeker Iniobong Umoren – Suspect

Akpan lured the victim, who was 26 years old, to his family residence at Nung Ikono Obio village in Uruan local government area with a job offer.

The body was later exhumed from the shallow grave by the police team, who were guided by the prime suspect, described as a serial rapist.

The remains of Umoren were later laid to rest.

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How 17-year-old Boy Committed Suicide For Not Passing Exam

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How 17-year-old Boy Committed Suicide For Not Passing Exam

A 17-year-old pupil of Offa Grammar School in Offa Local Government Area in Kwara State has committed suicide over his failure to pass his promotion examination from SS1 to SS2.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Okasanmi Ajayi, disclosed this in a statement in Ilorin.

He said the corpse of the deceased was removed from a tree behind Ariya Garden Hotel, Offa, by a team of policemen from the Divisional Police Headquarters, Offa, at about 15.34hours on Tuesday.

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He said that the pupil was asked to repeat the class because he failed the exam.

”The corpse was taken to the Offa General Hospital for autopsy, while an investigation has been launched into the matter,” he said.

In another development, the spokesman said an alleged notorious cultist on the wanted list of the anti-cultism team and other members of his gang, on a mission to carry out another gruesome attack on a target yet to be identified, were traced and arrested in a supermarket located in the Unity area of Ilorin on Tuesday.

“The Commissioner of Police in Kwara, Tuesday Assayomo, advised parents to monitor their wards and show them love at all times”, he said.

 

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