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“We Lose Half Of Our Income To Ticketing”, Lagos Commercial Bus Drivers Commence 7-day Strike

The Joint Drivers’ Welfare Association of Nigeria has commenced its seven-day strike in Lagos State on Monday due to its inability to reach an agreement with the state government.

In a statement by its lawyer, Ayo Ademiluyi, the group lamented that it had been subjected to indiscriminate extortion and violent harassment by the management of parks and garages in the state.

The statement read in part, “As commercial drivers in Lagos State under the aegis of JDWAN, we are left with no choice than to embark on seven days of protest and boycott of services over multiple and excessive extortions by the management of parks and garages in the state.

“We have notified members of the public and the Lagos State Government over multiple and excessive extortions by the motor parks and garages management.

“The cost of transportation affects the cost of goods and services and consequently the cost of living, which has spiralled astronomically in Lagos State as a result of the effect of motor parks excessive and illegal ticketing and tolling at almost every bus stop.”

The group alleged that its members lost half of their income to motor park ticketing, stating that they got arrested whenever they refused to pay for the tickets.

The group said, “No to charging drivers three passengers money after loading in parks or garages; we kick against paying motor park thugs at every bus stop; harassment of law enforcement agencies & intimidation with guns, cutlasses, broken bottles by LASTMA, task force and RRS must end immediately; we demand that the Lagos State Government should provide official bus stops in each community to avoid incessant arrests and stress for commuters who complain of having to trek several kilometres back to their bus stops”, the statement read.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu Is My Biological Father, Father-of-three Declares

A father of three, Mr Emmanuel Sanwo-Olu, 27, has asked the Delta State High Court 2 sitting in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area, to declare the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his father.

In the suit no: EHC/148/2022 between Emmanuel Moses Sanwo-Olu and Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the complainant said his mother, Grace Moses, and the governor gave birth to him in 1994/95.

Also, in his writ of summons issued by J. O. Aikpokpo-Martins, he told the court that “the defendant is the biological father of the claimant begotten from Madam Grace Moses of Oleri, Delta State.

He also prayed the court to order and compelled Governor Sanwo-Olu to accept and accord him all the rights deserving to a son in accordance with all the laws applicable whether customarily, statutorily, or constitutionally.

He also sought a perpetual injunction restraining the defendant from further denying him of parenthood.

The claimant, in the 19-paragraph statement of claim attached to the writ, said Sanwo-Olu worked with a private company in Warri, Delta State, from 1994 to 1995, and in the course of working and living in the community, he had a relationship with a girl known as Grace Moses from Oleri village near Warri metropolis, Delta State.

He said the lady in question was put in a family way by Governor Sanwo-Olu in 1994 to the defendant’s knowledge, adding that shortly after, the defendant left Warri and she lost contact with him till date.

 

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Borno Government To Plant 5m Trees In 2023

The Borno Government is to plant five million trees in 2023 across the state.

Gov. Babagana Zulum made this known on Wednesday while presenting the 2023 Budget to members of the State Assembly.

Zulum who lamented the delay recorded on this year’s tree planting campaign said preparations have begun in earnest for the 2023 exercise.

“The Ministry of Environment was created by the State Government to proffer solutions to environmental problems ranging from deforestation, desertification, soil and land degradation, floods and soil erosion as well as solid waste management.

“Mr Speaker, during the period under review, Government distributed thousands tree seedlings of assorted types to control desertification as well as restore the vegetation lost as a result of climatic factors.

“In addition, government undertook free distribution of different types of seedlings to schools, communities and individuals to plant and protect the environment and improve the green culture.

“Mr Speaker, as a measure to stop desertification as well as provide wind breaks and shelter, the ministry of environment undertook the planting of trees at the Borno State University Teaching Hospital along Damaturu road in the State Capital,” Zulum said.

He also said that in an effort to discourage the use of firewood, the ministry also distributed “wonder box” (coolers) to women for use in cooking.

Zulum said the state government in collaboration with the World Bank assisted NEWMAP project undertook measures aimed at the control of flooding and erosion in Gwoza and the desilting and evacuation of drainages in Maiduguri and environs in 2022.

He also noted that the Borno State Environmental Protection Agency (BOSEPA) conducted fumigation to curtail the outbreak of diseases such as malaria, cholera etc across the State as well as approved new site for safe disposal of solid waste in the state capital.

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3 Men Arraigned For Stealing Goat In Ekiti

Three men were on Wednesday docked in an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ court for allegedly stealing a she-goat.

The suspects, Bamisaye Felix, 34, Adebayo Wasiu, 35 and Kolawole Sunday, 42  were charged with theft and possession of a stolen goat.

Prosecution Counsel Inspector Bamikole Olasunkanmi told the court that the defendants committed the offence on December 4 at 4 am in Iye-Ekiti.

He alleged that the defendants stole one she-goat worth N35,000 belonging to Oyeyemi Funmilayo.

Olasunkanmi alleged that the defendants had in their possession five other goats and one sheep suspected to have been stolen.

The offence, he said, contravenes the provisions of sections 302(1) (a) and 345 of the Criminal Laws of Ekiti State 2021.

The prosecutor asked the court for an adjournment to enable him to study the case file and present his witnesses.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge while their counsel, Mrs Aduni Olanipekun, prayed the court to grant her clients bail.

Chief Magistrate Saka Afunso granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N50,000 with one surety each in like sum and adjourned the case until January 9, 2023, for hearing.

(NAN)

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