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Lagos State Government evacuates lion from residential area to zoo

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Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences, Unit, Monday, afternoon removed a two-year-old lion from a residential building at number 229, Muri Okunola Street, Victoria Island, VI, Lagos.

The lion kept in a cage was said to be owned by an Indian national living in the apartment.

The removal was sequel to alarm raised by a neighbour to the Indian residence to authorities of the presence of the lion in the neighbourhood considered as highly dangerous to the people in the community.

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Confirming the report to Newsmen, Chairman of the state task force, Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, Yinka Egbeyemi, said that the lion was removed at about 1. pm and relocated to one of the zoos in the state for proper habitation and tendering.

According to Egbeyemi, “There is no cause for the alarm to the people living in and around Muri-Okunola, V.I as men of the agency and officials of the relevant state ministries evacuated the lion and was taken to one of the zoos in the state for proper habitation and tendering.

Egbeyemi, however, said the Indian national who owns the lion has been invited for questioning.

“Administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State will not condone any act inimical to the security of lives and property of citizenry.”

The evacuation of the lion which had been put under strict surveillance by men of the Nigeria Police Force deployed to the area to prevent the animal from causing any harm, led to terrible traffic jam in the area.

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At press time normalcy has returned to the environ as normal activities resume to the area.

 

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Enugu: NGO records 227 sexual, GBV incidences in three months

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An Enugu-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Women Aid Collective (WACOL), says it recorded no fewer than 227 sexual and gender-based violence within the last three months.

Its founder, Prof. Joy Ezilo, who briefed newsmen on the NGO’s activities on Monday in Enugu, listed the cases to include rape, defilement, incest, harmful cultural practices, malicious damage to property, child abuse and trafficking.

Others included physical and emotional abuses, early and forced marriage, forceful ejection and abandonment of spouse, and discrimination on grounds of sex and custody.

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The founder said that 81 of such cases were recorded in April, 72 in May, while 74 cases were recorded in June.

She said that 26 cases of rape, defilement, and incest were reported to WACOL within the period under review, adding that the NGO had taken measures to ensure that the victims got justice.

The university don said that one of such cases involved a 12-year-old girl raped by a 43-year old man.

Another case, he said, involved a 10-year-old housemaid who was allegedly raped by the husband of the woman she was living with at Agbani village in Nkanu West Local Government Area.

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She said that the Police Command in the state had commenced an investigation into the cases with some nearing completion.

Ezilo said that one of the cases being investigated involved a 16-year-old girl from Ebonyi, who reported her father for allegedly forcing her to marry a 40-year old man in exchange for “basic family sustenance” during the recent lockdown occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic.

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“The girl was visibly shaken by the ordeal in the hands of her father who refused to accept the suitor she preferred,” she said.

Ezilo also spoke of an 87-year-old widow from Akegbe Ugwu, Enugu State, whose two brothers-in-law attempted to stop her from inheriting her husband’s landed property.

The founder regretted that such abuses were becoming even more common “in spite of enabling laws which prescribe severe sanctions”.

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New Registrar of Federal Poly, Nasarawa, assumes duty

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Nasarawa (Nasarawa State) The newly appointed Registrar of the Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, Alhaji Munir Ahmad, has formally assumed duty.

The Rector of the polytechnic, Malam Abdullahi Alhassan, stated this in a statement made available to the Newsmen in Nasarawa on Monday.

Alhassan said that the new registrar was the Deputy Registrar, Federal College of Education, Zaria, before his new appointment.

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He stated that Ahmad, who was born in 1971 at Kwarbai in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State, received his primary school education in Zaria from 1977 to 1982.

He added that Ahmad attended Alhudahuda College, Zaria from 1982 to 1988, and then proceeded to the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, between 1990 and 1992.

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The rector added that the new registrar had attended several courses in Management, Administration, and Corporate Executives at home and overseas.

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NSE donates ambulance, cash to CMSCC

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday redeemed its pledge of N60 million to the Capital Market Support Committee for COVID-19 (CMSCC) with the donation of an ambulance and N22.7 million cash.

The Chief Executive Officer, NSE, Mr Oscar Onyema, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos.

CMSCC is a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)-led initiative set up to stimulate the capital market ecosystem to play an active role in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

Onyema said that the initiative was in furtherance of the collaboration in fighting the pandemic, targeting the very vulnerable in the society.

“We are facing an unprecedented crisis that requires us to adopt a more collaborative approach in fighting this pandemic, especially as economic activity and social interactions resume.

“As we work to encourage the use of reusable face masks and adherence to other safety guidelines, we call on responsible corporate citizens and well-meaning individuals to support this initiative by wearing a mask when in public settings and donating masks especially to those at the bottom of the pyramid, so as to protect lives.

“As part of the Masks For All Nigerians campaign, the Exchange executed a nationwide awareness campaign on social media and radio to educate Nigerians on the need to wear face masks, practice social distancing and maintain good hygiene.

“It also involved its Good Cause Ambassador, Innocent ‘TuFace’ Idibia, to amplify the need for Nigerians to wear and donate face masks via www.masksforallng.com, as well as adhere to the guidelines put in place to keep our communities safe.

“As part of its Employee Giveback Programme, members of staff are also donating 500 masks per week to Nigerians,” he said.

Onyema also said that the Exchange was displaying undaunted support in the fight against COVID-19.

“The Exchange has displayed remarkable resilience during this pandemic and continues to support the fight against COVID-19 in line with the strategic pillars of its Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (CSR) strategy – community, workplace, marketplace and environment.

“The Masks For All Nigerians campaign and the attendant mask donation will provide immense support to the Government in reaching communities who have hitherto been left vulnerable.

“The Exchange also continues to sustain market activity through remote working and trading; promote market deepening activities; create an enabling regulatory environment for stakeholders; and recognise the efforts of public and private sector players in raising awareness, ramping up testing and increasing the capacity of the health sector to slow the spread of COVID-19,” he said.

The statement said the donation was received by the Chairman of CMSCC, Mr Ariyo Olushekun and the Director, Lagos Zonal Office, SEC, Mr Steven Falomo.

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According to the statement, the Exchange, to further its commitment to support the fight against the virus, launched the Masks For All Nigerians campaign.

It was launched with the aim of galvanizing responsible corporate citizens and individuals to donate 400 million face masks to Nigerians, especially low-income households.

The NSE kicked off the campaign with an anchor donation of 100,000 face masks that are being distributed in areas where it has operations and areas that are greatly affected by COVID-19.

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In response to the call, several private sector players sprung into action, with the total number of masks donated under the initiative hitting 216,300.

Opay was the first to partner the Exchange with a donation of 100,000 face masks to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital on June 4; also, Morbod Group donated 13,000 masks to residents of Lagos and South-Eastern part of Nigeria.

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The two most recent donors were Babalakin & Co Legal Practitioners and AIICO Insurance who donated 1,300 non-medical face masks to the Ikoyi Custodial Centre, Nigerian Correctional Service and 2,000 non-medical face masks to the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Lagos State Branch, respectively.

AIICO Insurance has also made a commitment to donate another 7,000 face masks.

The Exchange gave the breakdown of face masks for distribution as; 33,000 face masks in Lagos; 7,000 in Oyo; 5,000 in Ogun; 5,500 in Anambra; 5,500 in Rivers; 3,800 in Edo; 14,500 in Abuja; 18,000 in Kano; 3,900 in Borno; 3,800 in Kaduna; and 10,000 to capital market stakeholders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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