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Six arrested for cultism, gay related activities

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The spate of homosexual and cultism among Nigerians appears not abating despite the fact that the constitution has criminalized the act, about six men were arrested on May 18, 2019 for their alleged involvement in gay related activities.

The act is punishable under the law as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution with about 14 years jail term if any suspects is found guilty.

It was gathered that the arrested men were also linked to cult related activities in some parts of Edo State.

Source said a community member who pleaded anonymity alerted the police that some suspected gay members were holding meeting in Ujuolen Area of Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area of the state after which the police swung into action to arrest some of the suspects.

Those arrested on May 18, 2019 are graduates from various universities across the nation; they includes Otaru Oritse, Joseph Peters Awoyemi, Architect Edeki Dennis, Asiriuwa Harry who is a Pharmacist, Zuwa Joshua and Engr. Toju Kemu.

Source said the Police authority deployed its men around the area as they moved in mid night to arrest the suspected Vikins Gay-Cult members during their procession to initiate new students into their Gay-Cult group.

The source said the police have been watching and monitoring the activities of the suspects before they were arrested that fateful night.

It was gathered that the police in 2018 equally arrested some suspected members of the Vikins Gay-Cult group in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State in a cult related clash, among who is one Silver Iyere.

Source said Iyere manage to escape later from incarceration.

Similarly, source said one Joseph Peters Awoyemi was also arrested in October 2017 in a hotel in Lagos for gay related activities, while his partner Irabor Ighosogie Innocent wittily escaped.

Joseph was said to have agreed to take the security agents to the hideout of all other men that are involving in the shameful act. The source he cunningly escaped while taking the security agents to the hideout of other gay members in Egbeda area of Lagos.

According to a reliable source who pleaded anonymity, Joseph Awoyemi and his partner Irabor Ighosogie Innocent, who is a top management staff of a new generation bank in Lagos, were among the five men who sponsored the first Vikins Gay party in an Institution (name witheld) in Akure and Auchi in 2015 and 2017.

It was gathered that Joseph Peters Awoyemi was the head of the Vikins Gay Club in one of the tertiary institutions in Ogun State, while Irabor Ighosogie Innocent was the Secretary of the Vikins Gay Club in 2015- 2016 in one of the Universities in the South West, where he obtained his second Degree.

Another source also revealed that one Felix Odiawe, Asiriuwa Harry and Irabor Ighosogie Innocent sponsored the Vikins Gay Conference with the theme “The Freedom and Medical Access for Gays”; which took place in Ekpoma Hall in Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State in August 2017.

It was gathered that the trio were immediately declared wanted.

Unfortunately for Asiriuwa Harry, he ran out of luck recently as he was among the six suspected gays arrested recently.

As of press time, Felix Odiawe and Irabor Ighosogie Innocent and other escaped suspects are still on the watch list of the security agents.

Meanwhile, the police authority have said it will do everything possible to locate and arrest those that are on the watch list and subsequently bring them to justice, while the arrested suspects will be charged to court.

The security agents are however counting on the support from the general public for reliable information that will lead to the arrest of the escaped suspects.

The police also confirmed that frantic effort are already going on in collaboration with relevant authorities and personnel across the country to ensure that the escaped suspects are arrested and face the wroth of the law.

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Lawmakers call on Sanwo-Olu to investigate viral video on LAWMA sweepers protest

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The Lagos State House of Assembly has urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the state to investigate those behind a viral video, where some sweepers working the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) were protesting the non-payment of their salaries.

This was contained in the Lagos State House of Assembly Motion Number 22 moved by Hon. Desmond Elliot (Surulere Constituency 1) along with other lawmakers during plenary on Monday 6th July.

The motion was entitled; “Need to Enhance Waste Management In Lagos State.”

Hon. Desmond Elliot stated that the House resolved to commend the efforts of the Lagos State government on waste management in the state.

Elliot stressed that the House condemned those behind the videos that went viral on the issue of non-payment of the salaries of sweepers by LAWMA and that the House called on the Governor and the Ministry of the Environment to look into it and bring the people behind it to book.

The House then called on Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu of the state to direct the Commissioner, Ministry of Finance, Accountant General, State Treasury Office, the Commissioner, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, the Acting Managing Director, Lagos State Waste Management Authority and other relevant Agencies to expedite action on the payment of all outstanding allowances of the sweepers.

“Governor Sanwo-Olu should direct the Commissioner, Ministry of Information and Strategy in conjunction with the relevant agencies to sensitize members of the public on the need to dispose their refuse properly and the importance of having waste bin in their respective houses; and mandate the Committee on the Environment to investigate the immediate and remote causes of these irregularities in LAWMA with a view to finding a lasting solution to the matter,” he said.

While stating that the House was mindful of the modern technology means deployed by the state government to ensure a cleaner Lagos, he said that the Governor should mandate the Committee on the Environment to investigate the activities of LAWMA to make their job more effective.

Elliot added that everything was going smoothly before COVID-19, and that with COVID-19, the state suffered a lot over IGRs.

In his comment, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated that there was need to address the issues raised by the staff of LAWMA.

Obasa stated sweepers were employed to sweep Lagos State roads based on humanitarian gesture of the state government, which he said had the alternative of using mechanized ways of removing wastes in the state.

“The state can come up with mechanized ways of removing wastes. We also want to reduce crime, which was why we are doing the job manually.

“We should condemn those behind the video because there are many ways of making their grievances known. The issue started during the break out of COVID-19 and everybody was affected. Those behind the video should be brought to book. We should condemn those going to the media to embarrass the government.

“For those who played roles in the delay of the salaries of the sweepers, the committee could see how they could be held responsible,” he said.

In his contribution, Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Shomolu 1) said that policing the canals and primary drainages in the state required more attention, and that the motion should be supported.

Hon. Kehinde Joseph (Alimosho 2), in his comment, said that the matter should be investigated, but that the government should not stop the salaries of the sweepers in the process.

Also Speaking, Hon. Ajani Owolabi (Lagos Mainland 1) said that Coronavirus pandemic restricted the efforts of the state government to deal with some issues.

Ajani said that the major challenge with wastes in the state had to do with plastic wastes.

“The roads are usually being flooded. We can monetize the plastic waste, and we can call on the Governor to look at this in a way that we can monetize plastic wastes,” he said.

Also contributing, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2) said that the viral video could not be ignored.

Yishawu then supported the resolve that the money of the staff should be paid.

He added that the sweepers were front line officials that worked during the lockdown, and that the matter should be investigated as suggested in the third leg of the resolve.

Some other lawmakers, who contributed to the motion included Hon. Jude Idimogu (Oshodi/Isolo 2), Hon. Olayiwola Sobur (Mushin 2), Hon. Temitope Adewale (Ifako/Ijaiye 1), Hon. Saka Solaja (Ikorodu 2) and Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu (Ikeja 1).

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11 of the 24 allegations that nailed suspended EFCC boss, Magu

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The suspension of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu by President Muhammadu Buhari has once again signalled the seriousness of the Federal Government in the fight against graft.

Recall that Mr Magu was arrested yeaterday in a gestapo manner, although his agency claimed he was invited by the Presidential panel investigating certain allegations levelled against him. There was also a report that the EFCC chief was detained at the villa till this morning.

As discussions continue on the reasons for his suspension, GidiNews decided to highlight some of the allegations brought against Mr Magu.

One of them is that Mr Magu has remained insubordinated to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice,Abubakar Malami and his office.

Another allegation is that, the embattled EFCC boss is in the act of favouring of some investigators called Magu Boys, which enjoy his support and protection regardless of situations.

He was also accused of seling some seized assets to his cronies, associates and friends, without recourse to the law or morality.

According to the the list of allegations, Magu does not also respect a court order to unfreeze a N7b judgment in favour of a former executive director of a bank.

Other allegations include:

Alleged discrepancies in the reconciliation records of the EFCC and the Federal Ministry of Finance on recovered funds

  • Declaration of N539b as recovered funds instead of N504b earlier claimed
  • Not providing enough evidences for the extradition of Diezani Alison-Madueke
  • Alleged late action on the investigation of P&ID leading to legal dispute
  • Alleged delay in acting on two vessels seized by Navy
  • Reporting some judges to their presiding officers without deferring to the AGF
  • Alleged issuance of investigative activities to some media prejudicial to some cases

Ibrahim Magu was appointed EFCC acting chairman on 9 November 2015.

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“We were never deceived by Iyaloja-General” – Computer Village Market Board Spokesman

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The computer village market board in Ikeja has debunked the report on the Iyaloja-General Chief (Mrs) Folashade Tinubu-Ojo deceiving traders in the hub, which appeared on some social networks.

The computer market board spokesman, Godwin Adezi urged media platforms to reject any fictitious stories concerned with the tussles in the market as the market is in the good hand of the Iyaloja and Babaloja officially installed by the Iyaloja-General of the Lagos state market board.

The market according to Mr Adezi has strong loyalty to their leaders led by the the Iyaloja-General and would not allow anyone or anything to tamper with that loyalty and support.

Adezi also highlighted some of the situations involved during the meeting held with Iyaloja and members of the computer village ikeja. According to him “During the installation of the market board in the market, the associations that were in existence had crisis at the court due to leadership tussles before the Iyaloja were installed by the Iyaloja general Folashade Tinubu Ojo, legally, the association tried to challenged the legality of the Iyaloja and Babaloja of the market,which lead to a stakeholder meeting at Folashade Tinubu ‘s residence.”

At the meeting held with Mrs Folasade-Ojo, some of the groups comprised of the Igbo leader groups, the association of computer traders, the community development association CDA and the market, expressed their concerned over the creation of the board, but Folashade was quick to respond on the fictitious news indicting her person over the request made to the traders demanding for #5m and also told them the CDA can not be in charge of the market since there is an existing board.

Earlier, computer traders led by Mr Timi Famoroti had a press conference accusing the Iyaloja general Chief (Mrs) Folashade Tinubu-Ojo of demanding for #5m from them, which was illegal but at the scheduled meeting Famoroti and his group spokesman were made to postrate and apologized to the general for character assassination, and were urged to conduct another media interview to rebuff the fake news over social media.

Chief (Mrs) Folasade-Ojo also called on all the groups to bring up a list of individuals that will be inaugurated under the existing market board led by the digital iyaloja Bisola Isokphi and Mr Olusoji Adeniyi, babaloja which the collation traders and the Igbo leaders agreed to present a sole list a soon as the resolution was made.

The digital hub market board which presently controlled by Bisola Isokphi as iyaloja and Mr Sola Adeniyi as babaloja cleared the air on the issue they were sent to collect money from traders by the general the traders, according to Soji “we were not sent to collect #5m from anyone as calmed by some people, so we called on the general public to reject any story of such as our Iyaloja general Folashade Tinubu Ojo is not a deciever as put by some unknown forces but an actualizer and a woman of peace, unity and love”, bisola also assured the traders that everyone will be carried along as the market board progresses”.

The Iyaloja-General told gidinews.com that she still awaits the reconcilation list of all the groups which is yet to get to her, before moving to the next level, so who is decieving who?

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