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Another 40-foot container truck falls on Ikorodu-Sagamu Expressway




Forty-eight hours after a 40-foot container truck fell off the Ojuelegba Bridge along Funsho Williams Avenue , Lagos State, killing three persons, another incident had also occurred along the Ikorodu-Sagamu Expressway, on Friday.

No life was lost in this latest incident which occurred at Winners Bus Stop, located between Lagos State Polytechnic and Jubilee Estate in Ikorodu, Lagos State.

The truck with a Lagos licence number plate , JJJ-933 XA, was said to be ascending a hill en-route Lagos road, Ikorodu, when it lost control and fell on its side.

It fell across the entire breadth of the dual carriage way and prevented both motorists and other vehicles from using the major road.

An eyewitness, simply identified as Kabiru, who lives few meters away from the scene, told NAN that “the accident happened at about 2.30 a.m on Friday.

“We heard a loud noise and when we came to the scene, we saw that it was a container truck that had fallen.

“We didn’t see the driver of the truck by the time we arrived’’.

A resident of the area, Mrs Chioma Amadi said, “This sort of accident used to happen here, and on some occasion lives are lost.

“A similar fatal accident happened here about four years ago which claimed the life of a polytechnic lecturer’s pregnant wife.

“But the government has failed to address our plight’’.

Another resident and a business woman, Mrs Folashade Aina, said that cases of fallen articulated vehicles were a regular occurrence on the road.

She attributed this to reckless driving, the rickety trucks used by some of the truck owners and the deplorable state of the Ikorodu-Sagamu Expressway.

“Incidents of fallen containerised -trucks and petrol tankers are a regular occurrence here, especially because of the many companies and industries that are sited between Lagos and Sagamu in Ogun.

“The trucks are either owned by some of the companies or their contractors.

“Imagine if such a loaded truck falls on someone’s car, it will take the grace of God for the occupants to survive it and be alive.

“We are lucky this one happened early in the morning; otherwise, it no doubt that it would have claimed lives.

“We should thank God that no life was lost in this latest incident.”

Mr Ganiu Adekanbi, a panel-beater in the area wondered why the recurring cases of fallen trucks in the area had yet to be addressed.

“On Wednesday, it was at Ojuelegba, today it is here in Ikorodu. Imagine the thousands of people who ply this road daily and each time an accident occurs ,the entire road becomes impassable.

“Think of the ripple economic effect of the delays this will cause, people are stranded, businesses suffer and money is lost.

“The Lagos State Government should find a lasting solution as well as penalise owners of such trucks.”

Adekanbi said that alternative roads should be constructed to ease the challenges commuters and motorists faced on the road.

Meanwhile, many passengers who had hitherto boarded other vehicles either abandoned them or boarded commercial motorcycles.

On their part, commercial motorcyclists who plied the route took advantage of the situation to hike fares.

For instance, the fare on a trip between Odogunyan Bus-Stop and Garage Roundabout on the Lagos Road, in Ikorodu, which normally goes for N150 has now risen to between N200 and N250.

Tthe 40-foot truck had yet to be removed as at the time of filing this report.

An official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency,(LASTMA) who did not want to be named, said, “this is going to be a major exercise.

“We are aware of the delays this will cause most motorists and commuters, but we are doing everything to ensure that impatient and indiscipline motorists don’t cause further chaos.

“We are expecting the towing trucks to arrive any moment from now

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2023: Buhari may meet Osinbajo, Tinubu, Amaechi, others



President Muhammadu Buhari would this week meet with all the preidential aspirants of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The meeting was called with a view to reducing the number of presidential hopefuls and also ensuring that all of them pledge to accept the outcome of the primary as was done during the APC presidential primary in 2014.

“The President will meet with the aspirants a few days to the primary with a view to ensuring that there is unity and harmony. He will also meet with the governors separately. The date is not fixed yet, but it should be this week if INEC doesn’t extend the deadline for the primary as we are all hoping,” said an APC chieftain who wished to remain anonymous.

“The President has a candidate. How to present the idea to the likes of Tinubu will be the challenge,” he added.

Buhari’s most senior spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, had said last week that the President indeed had a preferred candidate.

He stated, “In a previous interview when the President was asked whether he had a favourite candidate, he answered yes; but he will not mention him because mischief may happen to that person.

“That shows you that the President himself is interested in the process and he has a preferred candidate; but whether he will impose his candidate is what you cannot determine at the moment.”

When contacted on the telephone, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said he was not aware of any meeting the President would be having with the aspirants.

“I am not aware of any meeting as of now,” he said.

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Gunmen behead abducted Anambra lawmaker from Governor Soludo’s constituency, hang head in motor park



Gunmen who abducted a member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Okey Okoye, have beheaded him.

After beheading him, his head was reportedly displayed at a motor park in Nnobi, Idemili South Local Government Area of the state.

The incident, which happened on Saturday, created panic in the community, which had been witnessing a series of violent killings since last year.

Sources added that his body was not there and indications were that the killers removed the body.

“The Anambra lawmaker representing Soludo’s constituency, Okechukwu Okoye who was earlier kidnapped, has been beheaded by gunmen; the late lawmaker’s head was mounted at Chisco Park in Amichi community,” a military source said on Saturday.

Gunmen had last Sunday abducted the lawmaker who was representing Aguata II state constituency in Aguata alongside Cyril Chiegboka, his campaign director.

Governor Charles Soludo had said during the week that efforts were ongoing to rescue the Anambra lawmaker from his abductors.

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MC Oluomo allegedly demands N100million to support re-election of Oshodi Rep member



Chairman of the Lagos State Parks Management Committee, Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly called MC Oluomo, is allegedly demanding N100 million to support the re-election of the member representing Oshodi Federal Constituency 1 in the House of Representatives, Hon. Bashiru Dawodu.

Dawodu, a medical doctor, rode on the back of MC Oluomo to win the election in 2019 after series of attempts in the past.

Dawodu presenting his Certificate of Return to MC Oluomo

Both, however, fell apart few months after Dawodu was elected due to irreconcilable differences .

MC Oluomo is said to be angry with Dawodu for not honouring agreements he (Dawodu) had with him prior to his victory in 2019.

MC Oluomo, who is seen as de-facto leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oshodi was said to have vowed to work against Dawodu’s re-election in 2023.

He is believed to be working for the emergence of a former Chairman of Oshodi/Isolo Local Government, Afeez Ipesa Balogun to emerge as the APC’s candidate for the House of Representatives election in the constituency.

However, party leaders in the local government including the Chairman of the council, Kehinde Oloyede Almoof had appealed to MC Oluomo to tone down his opposition to Dawodu and support his re-election.

It was gathered that MC Oluomo did not turn down the fence-mending approach because he said he did the same with Oloyede who was his former arch-enemy.

It was further gathered that MC Oluomo demanded N100 million from Dawodu before he gets his support.

The money according to MC Oluomo is to settle his aides and loyalists, who supported Dawodu in 2019 but were abandoned by the Rep member.

According to sources at the various fence-mending meeting, appeals to MC Oluomo to reduce the amount were rebuffed.

Another dimension has, however, been added to the involvement of Oloyede in the matter.

The sources revealed that the council chairman, Oloyede is supporting Dawood because of his own interest.

Oloyede has been eyeing the Rep seat before his election as the council chairman.

Oloyede’s calculation according to the sources is that should Dawood gets the second term, it would be easy for him (Oloyede) to contest for the seat in 2027.

One of the sources who does not want his name in print because of backlash said : “Oloyede is supporting Dawood because of his own personal interest. He believes supporting Dawood may work for him in 2027.

Continuing, the source noted that Oloyede would rather support Dawodu over any other candidates because others eyeing the seat are first timers, who may want to seek for re-election in 2027.

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