Dispute:LASG Considers Land Compensation For  Shangisha Landlords 

The Lagos State Government has promised to provide 549 plots of land to Shangisha landlords as compensation to end the land dispute between them and the Magodo Residents Association.
The move is an agreement reached by parties following Wednesday’s meeting presided by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State.
Governor Sanwo-Olu had on Tuesday visited the area where he implored  the parties in the in the crisis to sheathe their swords, in a bid to completely resolve the matter.
 “We have actually started a committee meeting, but I want to invite them (Judgement creditors) again officially to my office tomorrow (Wednesday) by 11 a.m. to come over with two or three of their representatives.
 “The State Government representatives will be there, the residents’ association will be there, and the police will also be there. So whatever it is that must have brought about all these troubles and heartaches will need to be brought there.
“We will all go through every line of it and we will come to an amicable resolution. So, I want everyone to please ensure that peace will be restored to the estate. I want all of our citizens to go about their lawful businesses knowing full well that nobody will be harassed or any property will be trampled upon pending all of these conversations,” the governor had said then.
FG Moves To Sack Workers Over Drop In Revenue

The Federal Government  says  it has designed  measures to reduce its workforce in order to cope with its present dwindling revenue profile and provide efficient infrastructure to  boost the economy.
Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, who disclosed this at the public presentation and breakdown of the highlights of the 2022 Appropriation Act, in Abuja,disclosed that the
 government is designing  an exit package for the workers that will be affected by the impending sack.
She noted that reducing the size of government has become imperative given the huge amount the government spends on recurrent expenditure annually.
She explained that the government’s mode of reducing the workforce, she pointed out will not entirely be in line with the Stephen Oronsaye report but based on a committee recommendation.
She added:”The government is already working on an “exit package” to be paid to those that will be affected.There is a special committee led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) that is working on the review of agencies with the view to collapsing them partly using the Oransanye report.
“At the end of it, what we want to do is to reduce the size of government and also to reduce the size of personnel cost and part of it will be designing the exit packages that are realistic,” she said.
Speaking on  the reason for the planned merger of agencies, the finance minister said “We are revenue challenged; so everything we do we can’t put an exit package if you are not willing to cash it immediately. So, when you are asking people to exit by choice you must be able to give them that package as they are exiting.”
“There are so many things that are happening; these are not easy decisions to make because they affect people and families. So, you have to make sure that whatever we commit to we are actually going to deliver on it.”
Sylvester Oromini Was Murdered, Family Insists

The father of Sylvester Oromoni (Jnr.), the late 12-year-old student of Dowen College, has punctured the release of the suspects linked to the murder of  his son.
He maintained that the teenager was murdered  by five senior students of the school on November 30, 2020, for allegedly refusing to join their cult.
The Lagos State Government  had yesterday exonerated  five students and five employees of Dowen College accused of complicity in the death of 12-year-old Sylvester.
But Sylvester Oromoni’s  father said he was not surprised that the students   were granted bail even before the stipulated time granted by the courts for the police to carry out their investigation.
According to him,contrary to the results conducted by the Lagos State Government, there was another autopsy carried out by the Delta State Police Command which suggested that his late son may have been fed with harmful chemicals.
He insisted he will not give up and that his family will meet with his lawyers on the way forward.
He added:“This one is not new to us. I remember of the 31st of December when the Commissioner of Police was making his speech, he mentioned that at the instance of the governor, the Attorney General and the DPP, they have completed their investigation.They discovered that the children, housemasters have no case so he has released them on bail, discharged. He is not the court to decide this matter. What I will tell you is that the family will sit with our lawyers, we will respond appropriately and that time, all of you will be there.
“But on the main time, let me assure you that on December 21, the same Commissioner of Police told me that they were not done with their investigation. They also told me that they are writing to the Attorney General of the state and the Governor to return those boys back.
“Okay look at the holiday. When did they write to the Attorney General to send those boys back to complete their investigation? We did not hear anything like that. At what point did they complete their investigation?
“There was a holiday on Monday, Tuesday and all of that. Don’t worry; we are not bothered, we have heard of this before. This is just the beginning of the case,” he said.
Expect Rise In Temperature-NiMet

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency,has alerted of a possible rise in temperature in some parts of the country in the next couple of days despite the harmattan being witnessed in Nigeria.
The agency disclosed this  in  a weather advisory released by the  Central Forecast Office on the 5th of January, 2022 titled  high-temperature outlook.
 It said  on the 6th of January, 2022 parts of Niger and Kwara are expected to experience temperature greater than 40°C.
It also said, parts of Kebbi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Adamawa in the north are expected to experience temperatures greater than 35°C and less than 40°C.
It added:”The alert also said that parts of Niger, Kwara, Kogi, FCT, Nasarawa and Benue in the north-central are also expected to experience temperatures greater than 35°C and less than 40°C. Similarly, the entire south (except Lagos) is expected to be in the same temperature range.The advisory disclosed that on the 7th of January, 2022 parts of Niger and Kwara are expected to experience temperature greater than 40°C. Parts of Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Yobe, Borno, Adamawa and Taraba are expected to record temperature between 35°C and 40°C.
“The same is expected over parts of Niger, Kwara, Kogi, FCT, Nasarawa, Benue and Kogi in the north-central. The south (except Lagos, Ekiti and Ondo) is expected to be in similar temperature range.NiMet therefore advised that  to cope and stay safe in extreme heat,  drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration, avoid leaving humans or animals in the car, especially young children. It is best to stay in the shade such as trees if you have to wait outside and to wear light and bright clothing, avoid wearing dark colours, the advisory said.
BPE Pockets $679.4m From Ports Concession In 10yrs,Senate Alleges 

Senate discovers $679.4m unremitted fund by BPE - New Telegraph
The  Senate has said that the  Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) didn’t remit $679.4 million realized from the concession of various ports  granted to 23 companies under Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) for ten years.
The Senate Committee on Public Account chaired by Senator Matthew Urhoghide, which made this discovery, hinged the investigation, where this was uncovered
 on Auditor General’s report, which had been transferred to the Committee for consideration.
According to the query by AuGF, 23 companies were granted concessional rent at various Port under Nigerian Ports Authority for ten years and above associated yearly rent of $679.4 million payable to NPA as at 31st December.
He said there was no evidence to show that $679 million was collected as at when due and remitted to Consolidated Revenue Fund.
The  Bureau of Public Enterprise,in its written response to the Senate Committee explained that the concession transactions were done in 2005 .
The agency also said the concession agreement executed shows  that BPE was only a confirming party while the primary parties to the concessions are the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA).
According to the agency,the responsibility for such collection, is that of NPA  and not that of the agency, adding, “having midwife the concession transactions, the BPE collected some of the remittance to the NPA.
“The NPA has since acknowledged the transfer made regarding the rentals received on its behalf by the Bureau.Revenue accruing on the Ports concession have, beyond 2008, been paid directly to ‘Landlord,’ NPA and not the BPE as the OAuGF report appears to allege.We are therefore unaware of the $679.4 million.”
The AuGF query reads: “Twenty-three (23) companies were granted concessional rent of various Ports under Nigerian Ports Authority for ten years and above with associated yearly rent of $679,403,172.00 (Six hundred and seventy-nine million, four hundred and three thousand one hundred and seventy-two dollars) payable to NPA as at 31st December, 2016.
“There is no evidence to show that the sum of $679,403,172.00 was collected as at when due and remitted to the Consolidated Revenue Fund. This has been communicated to the Bureau vide letter with reference No. OAuGF/RESAD/05/2016/07 dated 19th April, 2018. No response has been received from the Bureau.   Unremitted funds may be misapplied by the Bureau. Also, it may lead to diversion of funds to other uses”.
Senator Okadigbo Chairs  NNPC Board

President Muhammadu Buhari appointed  Senator Margret Chuba Okadigbo as  new chairman of the Board and Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.
Her appointment was confirmed  in a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed the appointment on Wednesday, in Abuja, who also said the  development was in accordance with the power vested in President under Section 59(2) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021.
Other members of the Board includes Mele Kolo Kyari, as Chief Executive Officer, and Umar I. Ajiya, as Chief Financial Officer.
Other Board Members are; Dr Tajudeen Umar (North East), Mrs Lami O. Ahmed (North Central), Mallam Mohammed Lawal (North West), Engr. Henry Obih (South East), Barrister Constance Harry Marshal (South South), and Chief Pius Akinyelure(South West).
The appointments take effect from the date of the incorporation of the NNPC Limited.
Also appointed are;Executive Commissioners of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission.
They are: Dr Nuhu Habib (Kano), Executive Commissioner, Development and Production, Dr Kelechi Onyekachi Ofoegbu (Imo), Executive Commissioner, Economic Regulations and Strategic Planning, Capt. Tonlagha Roland John (Delta), Executive Commissioner, Health, Safety, Environment and Community, and Jide Adeola (Kogi), Executive Commissioner, Corporate Services and Administration.
Earlier appointed are the Board Chairman, CEO, Executive Commissioner, Exploration and Acreage Management, and Executive Commissioner, Finance and Accounts.
New appointees at the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority are Francis Alabo Ogaree (Rivers), Executive Director, Hydrocarbon Processing, Mustapha Lamorde (Adamawa), Executive Director, Health, Safety, Environment and Community, Mansur Kuliya (Kano), Executive Director, Midstream and Downstream Gas Infrastructure Fund, Bashir Sadiq (Sokoto), Executive Director, Corporate Services and Administration, and Dr Zainab Gobir (Kwara), Executive Director, Economic Regulations and Strategic Planning.
They join the Board Chairman, Executive Director, Downstream Systems, Storage and Retailing Infrastructure, the CEO, and Executive Director, Finance and Accounts, who had earlier been appointed.
For Midstream and Downstream Infrastructure Fund, new Council Members are; Mr Effiong Abia (Akwa Ibom), Bobboi Ahmed (Adamawa), and Engr. Abdullahi Bukar (Katsina).
Lagos Names Babajide Martins As Director Public Prosecution

Lagos Appoints Babajide Martins As Director, Public Prosecution –  Independent Newspaper Nigeria
Lagos State Ministry Of Justice has appointed Former Director, Office of the Public Defender (OPD), Dr. Babajide Martins, as the Director, Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
His appointment was conveyed in a memo signed by the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice, Ms. Titilayo Shitta-bey,who said  Martins’s appointment was sequel to  the elevation of the former DPP, Mrs. Adenrera Olayinka Adeyemi as a Judge of the High Court of Lagos State.
He is a graduate of University of Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1990 and is also a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.
Dr. Martins graduated with Master in Law, LLM in European Management and Employment Law and Master of Business Administration (MBA) respectively from the University of Leicester, England. He thereafter bagged a PhD in Constitutional law from Birkbeck College, University of London.
Dr.  Martins is the current Director of the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender an agency  saddled with the mandate of ensuring that every resident of Lagos State has equal access to justice. Prior to joining the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Dr. Martins had worked in England as a Crown Prosecutor and at Blackburn Borough Council in England, where his practice included criminal prosecution, civil litigation, employment law, youth justice and safeguarding.
A versatile facilitator who has conducted, presented papers and served as a discussant at the National Judicial Institute and Lagos State Judiciary legal week. He has also conducted several trainings on Criminal Justice Administration to Police Officers, Magistrates and Customary Court Judges.  He is an ardent advocate of restorative justice and mediation in criminal matters.
He is an advocate of a fair and just Criminal Justice system and was a member of the committee that drafted the Lagos State sentencing guidelines.
He has served as the Liaison Officer on the European Union funded Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme administered by the British Council in Lagos state.
He is also currently the Liaison Officer for the Ministry of Justice on the German GIZ Programme for support for the Criminal Justice Administration.
He has served as Special Assistant on Criminal Prosecutions to two former Lagos State Attorney Generals and was formerly a Director of the Office of the Public Defender, before his recent appointment as Director of Directorate of Public Prosecutions.
Dr. Martins is a current member of the Lagos State Biosecurity Board.
 Ms Oshinusi Adetutu has also been appointed as the new Director, Directorate of Citizens Rights, Mrs. Adenike Oluwafemi as Deputy Director, Directorate of Public Prosecutions and Mrs Aderoju Salau as Deputy Director, Directorate of Civil Litigations following Martins’s elevation.
Police Arrest Ex-Convicts,Others For Allegedly Robbing Accident Victims

Ex-convicts, others arrested while robbing Lagos accident victims - 9ja  Breed
Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have arrested six young men  for allegedly robbing couple whose vehicle had an accident on Monday night at Otedola Bridge inward Ojodu – Berger, Lagos.
The suspects are Stephen Godslove (21); Christopher Edema (25) David Tobore – Sodiq (22); Joseph Hassan (23); Adebayo Rashid (23) and Sulaiman Akinwunmi (30).
Preliminary investigations by the officers revealed that four of the suspects,Adebayo Rashid, David – Tobore Sodiq, Stephen Godslove and Christopher Edema are ex – convicts.
They  were arrested at the scene of the accident when Rapid Response Squad (RRS) officials got to the place after them.
The  officers said tge suspects were met fighting over the personal effects of the accident victims rather than assisting them as at the time the policemen got there.
The arrival of the RRS Team led to the recovery of a handbag containing the couple’s personal belongings and an android phone.
The six suspects were descending the slope of Otedola Bridge towards Olowopopo Road in groups when they witnessed the accident.
The suspects, according to the couples, “surrounded us and were robbing us while we were struggling to make it out of our vehicle.They were helping themselves with our phones and hand bag. Thank God RRS arrived the scene just in the nick of time.”
Akeredolu Faults Army Withdrawal From  Ondo Correctional Centres

Akeredolu raises alarm over sudden withdrawal of soldiers from Correctional  Centres in Ondo - Daily Post Nigeria
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has condemned the withdrawal of soldiers from all correctional centres in the state, saying there could be jailbreak any moment.
According to him, the withdrawal of the soldiers was an action capable of inducing jailbreak.
He expressed this in a  statement by his Chief Press Secretary Richard Olatunde.
He  said that the state Commissioner of Police, Oyediran Oyeyemi disclosed the development to the governor.
The statement reads inter alia: “Last night, Governor Akeredolu received reports from the Commissioner of Police in the state that soldiers attached to the correctional centres in the state have all been withdrawn.
“This development came as a surprise, considering the fact that both the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Correctional Centres belong to the Federal Government.
“The Governor was more bothered about the overflow effect of the soldiers withdrawal on the security situation in the state. Moreso that such action could easily encourage jailbreak across the state.
“It is, however, pertinent to alert members of the public and the Federal Government of this unwholesome situation. Findings into the remote cause of this action has only revealed that it was an order from above without corresponding details.
“The situation not withstanding, proactive efforts have been made to secure these centres so as not to allow premeditated jailbreaks as whoever gave order to withdraw those soldiers was in the process of encouraging such.”
Land  dispute: I  Sent Cops  To Magodo-Malami

The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Wednesday, confirmed that policemen dispatched to Magodo Phase 2 Estate area of Lagos State were there on his orders.
He picked holes in the criticism of the South-West governors, saying nothing was unruly about the operations of the police officers’ presence at the estate.
The minister conveyed these in a statement by by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Umar Gwandu.
Policemen besieged the estate in the company of suspected land grabbers and members of a family who had planned to demolish property in the choice estate to execute a Supreme Court judgment.
This caused commotion at the estate as landlords and tenants panic over their fate.
The South-West governors had in a statement signed by Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Wednesday faulted the alleged roles of the IGP and the AGF.
Malami said in a statement that:“It is important to state that the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation belongs to the Executive arm of the Government. The Supreme Court belongs to the Judiciary.The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice takes exception to the Southwest Governors unjustifiable insinuation of impunity against the office of the Attorney General over execution of a judgment of the Supreme Court.
“The role of the executive is, in this respect, simply to aide the maintenance of law and order in due compliance with rule of law arising from giving effect to the judgment of the apex court of the land.
“Let it be known that the issue is regarding a Supreme Court Judgement that was delivered in 2012 long before the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in office at a time when Malami was not a Minister.
“The judgment was a reaffirmation of the judgments of Court of Appeal and High Court delivered on 31st December, 1993.”
“It is widely reported in the papers that the Lagos state Governor was quoted to have said “I’ve spoken extensively with the Inspector-General of Police and the Honourable Attorney-General, and we’ve resolved all the issues”.
“The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, would appreciate if the coalition of the Governors will help to unravel the circumstances preventing the Lagos State Government from enforcing the court order despite several attempts from 2012- 2015 and so-called settlement initiative started in 2016.
“Some of the cardinal pillars of democratic Government are the doctrine of separation of powers and obedience to the rule of law inclusive of Court Orders.
“It is a common knowledge that execution of the judgment and orders of Courts of competent jurisdiction, and the Court of last resort in the circumstances remains a cardinal component of the rule of law and the office of the Attorney General wonders how maintenance of the law and orders in the course of execution of the judgment of the supreme can be adjudged by imagination of the governors to be unruly.
“We want restate that sanctity of the rule of law is not a matter of choice,” the statement added.