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Politics / Macron’s Visit To Lagos Mainland; The Good, The Bad And The Crippled by InsideMainland: 9:20pm On Jul 04
The Lagos Mainland once more gained global attention yesterday, Wednesday, July 3, 2018, as the Lagos State Government hosted the French President, Emmanuel Macron, to a night of spectacle at the New Afrikan Shrine, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland.
Not only did the visit treat the French President to good music, arts and multitude of talents that abound on the Mainland, he was also opportune to meet leading entertainment figures drawn from across the Nigerian entertainment industry.

The visit of the highly respected global leader to Lagos Mainland few weeks after supermodel, Naomi Campbell visited Ikorodu community and other past visits by world figures such as Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, John Boyega, Richard Quest and J.Cole among several others approves the notion that Lagos Mainland as the capacity and facilities to attract global leaders.

Not only did the visit interest popular figures across the country, quite a number of Nigerian celebrities, business owners and residents were ecstatic about the turnout of the historic event.

Meanwhile, Macron while speaking at the event recalled his days in Nigeria about 15 years ago, saying it was an emotional come-back, especially as he never imagined he would return to Abuja one day as President of France.

Describing the New African Shrine as an iconic place for African people and culture, he said; “First, because I wanted to find a good occasion to come back there. I know the place and I have some memories. I have to confess at a time that there was no president around. I hope I will not spoil the party.”

He added that: “I think that is such an iconic place for a lot of African people and African culture. And I think very often when you speak of the African culture in Europe, those who are successful in Europe and in France, which is different most of the times are not dramatically very famous in Nigeria or in Africa. And there is a bias because you know people are absolutely not the same.”

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In preparation for the visit of Macron to the New Afrikan Shrine, not only did the government adorn the venue with visually appealing designs, residents of the area would also be thankful as roads leading to the event venue were ... read more here - https://insidemainland.com/2018/07/04/macrons-visit-to-lagos-mainland-the-good-the-bad-and-the-crippled/

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Crime / Exclusive: The Deadly Cult Gangs Terrorizing Lagos Mainland & Their Territories by InsideMainland: 4:44pm On Apr 16
Over the years, Lagos Mainland residents have witnessed the threats posed by various gangs who have dominated territories across communities and as well formed a stronghold of forces where they strike fear into the minds of residents in their immediate surroundings.

Residents have suffered mixed fates in the hands of these gangs as they often times wreak havoc to communities where people lose their lives and hard earned properties during their attacks.

Some of these gangs had spread their tentacles even to the riverine communities and places where residents barely knew they ever existed where they carefully plan their attacks on their targets.

While the gallant security operatives continue to devise means to battle the gangs and ensure peace in these communities, the gangs have found ways to create new mode of operations as the security officers unravel one. This has continued for ages with some of the gangs and their leaders getting arrested and prosecuted in line with the provisions of the laws.

To ensure Mainland residents are more conscious of their surroundings as well as protect themselves against these gangs who sometimes operate in a reckless manner during their attacks, the InsideMainland team with the support of top Police sources have investigated and discovered the deadly gangs on the Lagos Mainland and their territories they have massive control over.

Read al the gangs and check out their territories here - https://insidemainland.com/2018/04/16/exclusive-the-deadly-cult-gangs-terrorizing-lagos-mainland-and-their-territories/

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Crime / Exclusive: Ikorodu Muslims, Osugbo Cultists In Public Power Tussle by InsideMainland: 2:35pm On Mar 05
Like a scene from a scripted Nollywood movie, residents of Ikorodu community, Lagos Mainland, witnessed an unusual gathering across the community last Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

InsideMainland gathered exclusively that the scene witnessed by the residents was as a result of the ongoing tug of war between the Ikorodu Muslim community and the traditional Osugbo cultists group in the area.

Sources told InsideMainland that the trouble started around November 2017 when the leaders of the Osugbo cultists group stormed the residence of one Hajia Riskat Jubril, a member of the Ridwanullahi Islamic Society, Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland, asking her to succeed her mother who was a member of the group. The late mother, died three years ago, InsideMainland learnt.

According to a source privy to the happenings, Hajia Jubril was rescued by the Muslim community in Ikorodu at the time the Osugbo leaders stormed her residence. “She was only saved by the intervention of the Muslim leaders who rushed to the location to whisk her away into a secure location,” the source said.

“The Islamic society decided to give the Hajia an Islamic chieftaincy title in order to save her from those Osugbo cult group. This was done in the mosque and a public procession also held for the entire community to know that she now holds a Muslim title.
“However, the Osugbo group didn’t relent. They insisted that she must replace her mother in the group since she was nominated as her mother’s replacement before her death.”

Meanwhile, events took another turn when the Osugbo leaders heard that Hajia Jubril has become a Muslim title holder. “They come up with another trick that she hasn't done .... READ MORE HERE - https://insidemainland.com/2018/03/05/exclusive-ikorodu-muslims-osugbo-cultists-public-power-tussle/

Travel / Exclusive: Flour Mill Truck Crushes Dispatch Rider To Death In Gbagada by InsideMainland: 9:16am On Feb 20
For motorists and other passerby who all used the Gbagada – Oshodi expressway yesterday, Monday February 19, 2018, the gory sight of auto accident that claimed the life of a dispatch rider would linger in their memories for a long time.
The dispatch rider identified simply as Emmanuel met his untimely death on the expressway just after he set out from his employer’s office to deliver ‘kunu’ and food to patrons of his employer.
He was crushed to death by an oncoming Flour Mill truck that just left the Flour Mill depot located along Charly Boy bus stop, Gbagada.
InsideMainland exclusively gathered that the accident which occurred right in the middle of the Gbagada – Oshodi expressway was caused by over-speeding on the part of the dispatch rider as well as the truck driver. The dispatch rider was said to have tried to overtake the speeding truck before the horrific accident occurred.
For the intervention of motorists and other uniformed security operatives at the scene of incident, area boys would have lynched the truck driver to death. The driver rushed out of his truck and crossed to the other side of the expressway for fear of been mobbed to death.

READ MORE HERE - https://insidemainland.com/2018/02/19/exclusive-deliver-kunu-food-flour-mill-truck-crushed-death-gbagada/


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Career / Man Rescued From 150 Ft Deep Well In Igando (Photo) by InsideMainland: 6:32pm On Feb 13
A resident of Igando community, Lagos Mainland was rescued from the jaws of death by the officials of the Lagos State Fire Service yesterday, Monday, February 12, 2018, after falling inside the well he was working in.
According to the officials of the Lagos State Fire Service, the victim identified as Billiaminu Abdullahi, was rescued from the well at about 2:00 pm after he fell inside the well.

The victim, a local artisan was engaged to dig the well and in the process, slipped and fell inside the well and got trapped.

Speaking on the incident, the Public Affairs Officer of the Fire Service, Bola Ajao, while confirming the rescue operations, stated that Officers of the Fire Service responded to the distress call at about 2:00 pm from the Ikotun Fire Service Station.

Ajao stressed that the agency promptly mobilized to the scene to rescue the victim who was already battling for his life inside the well.


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Travel / Danger In Mushin As Petrol Tanker Suffers Brake Failure - PHOTOS by InsideMainland: 6:05pm On Feb 13
For the bravery of a petrol tanker driver and the quick intervention of rescue officers of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), some residents of Mushin community, Lagos Mainland would have suffered an irreparable loss yesterday, Monday, February 12, 2018.
InsideMainland gathered from the residents that at about 2:00 pm yesterday, a petrol laden tanker was being driven along the axis of Mushin community. In the process, the tanker suffered a brake failure.
It, however, took the bravery of the tanker driver who in the twinkle of an eye, screamed at passerby and other motorists to alert them about the situation. He also swerved off the road to face the opposite lane where he almost crushed an oncoming vehicle and the properties of the Zenith and Guaranty Trust Banks in the area.
Residents and other onlookers were however left in awe of the entire happenings with the driver able to save the entire area from being wrecked by an explosion.
A resident of Mushin community, Aribigbe Afeez who spoke to InsideMainland about the incident said: “I am just getting over the shock. The entire thing happened so fast. It was like a magician performing a trick on everyone present. All I heard was the driver was screaming at the top of his voice while the motor boy quickly opened the tanker door to run for safety.

READ MORE HERE - https://insidemainland.com/2018/02/13/danger-mushin-petrol-tanker-suffers-brake-failure/

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Nairaland / General / Riot In Fadeyi As Rival Gangs Clash - PHOTOS by InsideMainland: 2:52pm On Feb 09
Following the civil unrest at the Fadeyi – Jibowu end of Ikorodu road, Lagos Mainland, the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command have restored relative peace to the troubled axes.
InsideMainland gathered that the rivalry battle between Fadeyi and Igbobi boys started at about 9:30 pm yesterday, February 8, 2018, with the cult gangs shooting sporadically during the fracas.
It was learnt while residents waited in distress on the intervention by security operatives to subdue the shootings, the cult boys continued the rampage with some motorists plying the Ikorodu road axis sustaining injuries in the process.
Reports also have it that the cult gangs took advantage of the situation to rob unsuspecting victims who were caught in the crossfire.
It was gathered that the fracas last night became serious when one of the gangs lost a member to the shootings leading to the civil unrest to continue till the early hours of this morning.

READ MORE HERE - https://insidemainland.com/2018/02/09/civil-unrest-fadeyi-jibowu-communities-cult-gangs-clash/

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Crime / How Police Sergeant Was Killed In Igando Filling Station Robbery by InsideMainland: 9:06am On Feb 06
A police sergeant identified simply as Sgt. Akor has passed away following a robbery incident that occurred in Igando community, Lagos Mainland.
It was gathered that the police officer was killed with two people were injured when some suspected armed robbers stormed the Igando community, Lagos Mainland, and robbed three petrol stations. The stations are Fawa, Forte Oil and Dapsey, New Telegraph reports.
The robbers, all armed with pistols, were said to have shot a female attendant at Forte Oil and killed the sergeant at Dapsey filling station. While the robbers succeeded in robbing Fawa and Forte Oil filling stations, they failed at Dapsey due to presence of policemen and soldiers. Although the law enforcement officers ensured that the filling station was not robbed, a sergeant was killed, while a soldier was injured.
New Telegraph reported that the bandits first attacked Fawa, then moved to Forte Oil and later proceeded to Dapsey filling station. The police sergeant was said to have been killed when the robbers stormed the filling station about 9p.m.
The filling station, located at Olowonla bus stop, was busy when the robbers arrived in a Honda car. Immediately they stormed the station, they shot sporadically into the air, forcing everyone to scamper to safety.
Narrating the incident, the wounded soldier who craved anonymity said: “Immediately the armed robbers entered the petrol station, they shot at me. I was standing with two policemen near one of the parked petrol tankers. They deliberately rammed into us with their car, aiming to crush us to death.

READ MORE HERE - https://insidemainland.com/2018/02/05/police-sergeant-killed-igando-filling-station-robbery/

Crime / Woman In Trouble For Torturing Teenager In Mushin by InsideMainland: 7:03pm On Feb 02
For the intervention of concerned residents and the Officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development, 14-year old girl may have been tortured to death in Mushin community, Lagos Mainland.
InsideMainland gathered that the teenager, Unwana Emmanuel, who is being tortured, with deep wounds inflicted on her body by her guardian was rescued by the officials from the Ministry following a text message sent by an anonymous person to the Child Protection Unit of the Ministry.
The victim had been under severe torture for 16 months since she started living with her guardian, simply known as Mummy Chidera, the Ministry officials said. She was found battered with scars all over her body.
Unwana, who resides at 6, Alamu Close, Surulere, Lagos Mainland, since July 2016 relocated to Lagos from Akwa Ibom due to her parent’s inability to provide her education, leaving her with Mummy Chidera who had since then continuously abused her physical and at some times delayed her going to school.
The enforcement officers of the Ministry, upon their arrival at the residence of the victim at Mushin/Isolo Local Government, learnt that the girl was in school. She confirmed the abuse to the officials during interrogation, InsideMainland learnt.

READ MORE - https://insidemainland.com/2018/02/02/mushin-woman-trouble-torturing-teenager/

Crime / Child Rapists On The Prowl In Bariga; Read About Their Tactics by InsideMainland: 6:51pm On Feb 02
A 38-year-old man, Rotimi Abomini, has been arrested for allegedly poking his finger into the private part of a primary six pupil at Bariga end of Lagos Mainland. The incident was said to have occurred last year at 34, Coconut Street, Ebute Ilaje, Bariga, Lagos Mainland.
The suspect was said to be a serial rapist in the community, who had lured several other young girls with different tricks and made love with them. He also threatened to kill them if they report to their parents.
He was caught when he reportedly lured a primary six pupil with custard and milk to make love to her.
According to the victim’s mother, her 11-year-old daughter told her that when she was returning from school, Abomini called her and her friend to come and take custard and milk, New Telegraph reports.
Narrating the incident, she said: “It was when the suspect was arrested that I got to know that my daughter’s friend had been going to Abomini’s room to collect custard and milk and thereafter the man would make love to the girl.
“My daughter said immediately they entered the suspect’s room, her friend went out and left her in the room after collecting the custard and milk. She also made attempt to leave when the suspect asked her to wait and have sex with her before he could give her custard and milk.

READ MORE HERE - https://insidemainland.com/2018/02/02/child-rapists-prowl-bariga-read-tactics/

Politics / Why Is Ambode Threatening To Shut Down Lagos Markets? by InsideMainland: 7:19pm On Feb 01
Following the excess filth across parts of Lagos Mainland communities including markets across the State, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has expressed displeasure with the present state of the markets across the State adding that leaders of the various markets must prevail on their members to clean up their dirty surroundings within the next 20 days or risk closure of their markets.
The directive was issued in Alausa, Lagos Mainland, during a stakeholder’s forum with market leaders from the 57 local governments and local council development areas of the State.
Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr. Muslim Folami said the present administration abhors the dumping of refuse on roadsides, medians, bus stops as well as markets, urging market leaders to promptly rid their environment of waste.
He said dumping of refuse within the market environment poses health hazards, discourages customers and residents from patronising stalls within the markets, thereby reducing economic activity within the market environment.

READ MORE - https://insidemainland.com/2018/02/01/ambode-threatening-shut-lagos-markets/

Properties / Houses In Oshodi Demolished As Owners Cry Out (Photos) by InsideMainland: 6:40pm On Feb 01
The sight of the demolition exercise at the Oshodi end of Lagos Mainland was a heartbreaking one to behold for owners whose properties were demolished.
It is more worrying for the affected owners when the payment of compensation is yet to reach an advanced stage.

Recall that InsideMainland earlier reported the commencement of demolition of structures on the right of way in Oshodi, Lagos Mainland. The demolition was towards the expansion of Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road.

Speaking to InsideMainland, one of the affected house owners in the demolition, Alhaji Aranseoluwa said although property owners in the area alongside other stakeholders were involved in series of discussions with the government, they are yet to get the compensation package from the government.

“The government is yet to fulfill their own end of the agreement. It was all talks from then till now. The house has now been pulled down, what next?” he said.
“Most people here expects that before the demolition will be carried out, we would have reached an advanced stage even if we are yet to be paid the monies due to us. Till now, all we hear is that they are compiling names but nothing about money has been said,” he added.

As a result of the exercise, more than 50 houses have been pulled down from the Oshodi


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Politics / GHEN GHEN: LG Boss Dares Ifako – Ijaiye Area Boys by InsideMainland: 6:21pm On Feb 01
The Chairman of Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, Apostle Oloruntoba Oke has said that the government would deal decisively with anyone who tried to foment trouble or stop work on the proposed Agege Bus Terminal, on which work will begin on Monday, February 5, 2018.
Oke spoke on the development on the heels of threats by hoodlums to prevent the contractor from gaining access to the site and prevent commercial bus operators who have been ordered to move, from accessing the relief road created for them.
Recall that the popular Iju garage, near Pen Cinema, in Ifako Ijaiye, Lagos Mainland, has been earmarked for the construction of the new terminal. The Akinwunmi Ambode led administration has also assured that the terminal would be delivered in June 2018.
In addition, the council boss has directed security operatives in the council to apprehend anyone found dumping refuse on road medians, junctions and other public places within the local council area.
Speaking to religious and community leaders, market women, leaders and representatives of all CDAs and monarchs and chiefs at a stakeholders gathering at the council secretariat, Oke urged residents to cooperate with the government in its efforts to bring development closer to the grassroots.
He said the modern terminal will further improve the living conditions of residents as it will make public transportation more accessible to the people of the area.

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Politics / MUST SEE! This Is Why Lgs Will Collect Tenement Rates On Land Usage In Lagos by InsideMainland: 8:13am On Jan 31
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday, January 29, 2018, passed a bill to boost electricity supply in the state.
The bill seeks to “improve electricity supply, power generation, distribution and evacuation through an embedded power scheme in Lagos State and the enforcement of consumer rights, obligation and for connected purposes that would lead to constant supply of power.”
The electricity power supply bill, which has 78 sections, would provide for the development and management of sustainable power supply. It would also facilitate the development and management of electricity infrastructure and facilities within the state and promote the provision of effective power generation and evacuation infrastructure.
The bill would ensure collaboration with the federal and state energy and electric power-related agencies to promote and support investment in electric power projects within the state.It would also provide support in the collection of tariffs and revenue from embedded power end users and ensures the protection of electric power generation, evacuation infrastructure and prescribe appropriate sanctions.
Similarly, the lawmakers also passed another bill on land use charge to encourage development.
Once passed into law, it will empower the local governments across the State to levy and collect tenement rates for its area of jurisdiction.
Some of the property exempted from the law includes property owned and occupied by religious bodies and used exclusively as a place of worship or religious education. Others include public cemeteries, burial grounds and property used as a registered educational institution certified by the commissioner to be non-profit making.
The bills have been sent to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for approval.

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Health / See The Relief Materials Handed To Flood Victims Of Igbogbo – PHOTOS by InsideMainland: 9:07pm On Jan 30
The officials of the Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA in collaboration with Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday, Monday, January 29, 2018, handed over relief materials to victims of the flood disaster that rocked the Unity Estate and Redeem Estate CDAs Igbo-Owore, in Igbogbo community, Lagos Mainland.
Recall that in April 2017, the part of Lagos Mainland communities as well as Igbogbo community in Ikorodu witnessed a catastrophic flood which led to the destruction of properties worth millions of naira. With a myriad of residents losing properties to the flood, the local council facilitated the delivery of relief materials to the affected residents in the community.
InsideMainland gathered that the Chairman of Unity CDA, Igbogbo, Alhaji Hafeez Onipasantira, alongside other CDA heads in the community championed the drive to reach out to the management of LASEMA and NEMA to come to their aid in the community.

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Crime / Four Suspects Apprehended For Attacking DPO In Lagos by InsideMainland: 7:38pm On Jan 12
Four suspected members of the Aiye confraternity have been arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly attacking the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the Igando Division, Lagos, Superintendent of Police, Ogoezi Sufade Rawlings.
It was learnt that the DPO had led his men to rescue some victims trapped in the premises of a hotel when the suspects attacked him with his right arm fractured in the process.
According to the Police, on January 4,2018, at about 11.40p.m., a victim of the suspected cultists, escaped from the cultists’ captivity in a hotel located near Afolabi bus-stop, lgando, along the Igando-LASU-lba expressway after the cultists’ leader known as SS had forcefully initiated him, with his phones and other valuables forcefully collected from him.
The victim reportedly alerted Rawlings of the activities of the cult group in the area, saying the suspects were actually in the process of conducting the initiation of new members within the hotel premises.

Read more here: https://insidemainland.com/2018/01/12/igando-four-suspects-apprehended-attacking-dpo/

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Politics / Finally, Repair Works Begin On Delapidated Ikorodu - Shagamu Road (PHOTOS) by InsideMainland: 7:31pm On Jan 12
Following months of hardship in plying the dilapidated Ikorodu – Shagamu road by residents of Ikorodu community, Lagos Mainland, recent efforts by community leaders and government officials from Ikorodu Constituency has returned smiles to the faces of the troubled residents.
This is because ahead of the planned reconstruction of the road, the Lagos State government has commenced palliative repair of the road to ensure easy access by residents and motorists who ply the axis.
InsideMainland gathered that the repair was facilitated by the Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade who also represents the Ikorodu Constituency I in the Assembly.
The development has since drawn wide applause from residents of the communities affected by the decrepit state of the road.
A resident who spoke to InsideMainland said: “Workers are presently on the road grading and filling some affected sections of the road. The engineers brought stones and granite to the road earlier today and they are still working there.”
See more photos from the construction site here: https://insidemainland.com/2018/01/12/good-news-troubled-ikorodu-odogunyan-residents-see-details/

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Crime / BREAKING: Lagos Seals Off Suspected Badoo Kingpin, Alaka’s Properties by InsideMainland: 12:24pm On Jan 03
The Lagos State Government today, Wednesday, January 3, 2018, announced that it has sealed off a Petrol Filling Station, a Hotel and Event Centre belonging to a suspected Badoo cult kingpin, Alhaji Alaka Abayomi Kamal.
The structures, situated along Ijebu-Ode-Itoikin Road in Sabo area of Ikorodu were sealed for violating the State’s Urban and Regional Planning Law of 2010.
Recall that the Police, had on December 22, 2017, declared Alaka wanted in connection with series of well-orchestrated killings and nefarious activities of the Badoo cult group in Ikorodu and Epe area of the State.
ALSO READ: Just In: Police declares Badoo cult kingpin, Alaka wanted
According to a statement issued by the Lagos State Police Command, Alaka is believed to be the ringleader of the Badoo menace.
The State Government, in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, said the order sealing off the structures was in pursuant to Section 60 of the said Law.
It would be recalled that the State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal, on Tuesday, paraded a Badoo kingpin arrested in Ikorodu axis who confessed to the killings and took Police to their shrine in Imosan, a suburb of Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State where the group’s chief herbalist, Fatai Adebayo was arrested.
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Business / Churches And Mosques Will Now Pay Tax In Lagos by InsideMainland: 8:04pm On Jan 02
In a bid to increase its internally generated revenue (IGR) for development by 100 per cent, a bill that would review Land Use Charge in the state had gone through second reading on the floor of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

During a plenary session of the House, the law tagged “A Bill for A Law To Repeal The Land Use Charge Law 2001 and Enact Land Use Charge 2017 and For Connected Purposes” was subsequently committed to the House Adhoc Committee on Finance headed by Hon. Yinka Ogundimu.

According to the Speaker of the House, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the law was all about increasing the revenue generation of the State. Obasa observed that a situation where a few consultants were working with the state governments on the collection of land use charge was not good enough, calling for increase in the number of consultants.

“We need more consultants to do the job so that the entire state could be covered in the collection of land use charge. Whatever tribunal that would be set wup to deal with offenders should have the support of the government.

“On the issue of exemptions, we cannot exempt religious organisations because most of the worship centres are making money. We could only exempt Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).” Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade had informed the House that the Bill would be going through second reading,” he said.

Read more here: https://insidemainland.com/2018/01/01/heres-churches-mosques-will-now-pay-tax-lagos/

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Properties / Just In: Fire Razes Structures In Oworonshoki – VIDEO by InsideMainland: 11:54am On Jan 02
While majority of Lagos Mainland residents and others across the nation are still in festive mood, residents of Oworonshoki community woke up today, Tuesday, January 2, 2017, to a very sad incident.
A fire incident which occurred in the early hours of this morning in the community has claimed several structures while residents struggle to put out the fire.
InsideMainland gathered that the inferno was caused by residents who stored petroleum products in their home.
Sources in the community who spoke to InsideMainland said the fire started from a house close to the Oworonshoki Ferry Jetty with more than 10 houses affected in the fire.
InsideMainland cannot independently verify if the officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority are at the scene yet as calls made to the agency’s lines were not answered.
More updates to follow.
Watch video of the scene here: https://insidemainland.com/2018/01/02/just-fire-razes-structures-oworonshoki-video/

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Politics / Agege Residents Face Six Months Of Vehicular Restrictions; See Route Diversions by InsideMainland: 11:45am On Jan 02
The Lagos State Government has announced plans to enforce partial restriction of movement for motorists in Agege axis to accelerate the ongoing construction of Pen Cinema Flyover starting from Thursday, January 4, 2018.
In a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Engr Olujimi Hotonu, an obtained by InsideMainland, the State Government said there would be a complete closure of the roads in the axis at some point during the construction but that it would start with partial restriction of movement.
While assuring that adequate arrangements have been firmed up to mitigate the impact of the closure of the roads on motorists and residents, Hotonu said traffic diversion routes have been created to ensure ease of movement along the corridor.
Hotonu said the construction of the flyover across the Pen Cinema intersection at Agege embarked upon by the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was part of the continuous drive to ease traffic within the metropolis and improve on the State economy.
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Crime / Exclusive: Why Okada Rider Stabbed DPO Of Ikeja GRA Police Station by InsideMainland: 7:47pm On Dec 30, 2017
An unidentified motorcycle rider popularly known as ‘Okada’ plying the Ikeja GRA route, Lagos Mainland, has stabbed the Divisional Police Officer of Area F in Ikeja GRA multiple times leaving him for dead, InsideMainland can authoritatively report.
InsideMainland reliably gathered that the incident which occurred few weeks ago stemmed from the reaction of the Okada rider who was angered by the actions of the DPO in enforcing the restriction ban on Okada in some sections of the residential area.
Recall that the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) had earlier released a detailed list of prohibited routes to Okada and Keke Marwa operators across the Lagos Mainland and the entire State with Ikeja GRA inclusive.
It was gathered from sources privy to the incident that the DPO is alleged to be fond of running over Okada riders with his car while enforcing the restriction ban. He was alleged to have run over some of the Okada riders shoving them into a ditch or at times, waterlogged gutters at different sections of the area.
A source who spoke to InsideMainland said: “There is a ban on Okada in some areas of Ikeja GRA but sometimes, the Okada riders take the risk of plying the routes due to the number of people who ply that axis.
“Although the some officers in the station usually warn us to avoid plying the axis, the DPO is the most feared officer because he doesn’t even worry about arresting Okada drivers or seizing bikes.
“He will rather chase you till he run over you and your bike and you fall into a gutter before he drives off.”
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Politics / OMG! Victim Of Agege Pen Cinema Demolition Electrocuted by InsideMainland: 9:43am On Dec 14, 2017
Less than 24 hours after the Lagos State Government demolished some structures in Agege Local Government Area, Lagos Mainland, to pave way for the proposed construction of the Pen Cinema Flyover, residents of the area have suffered another major loss.

InsideMainland learnt that an unidentified man was electrocuted on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, while picking items from one of the demolished structures.

While InsideMainland cannot independently verify if the deceased lost his properties to the demolition, it was gathered that his death threw residents and onlookers into confusion... https://insidemainland.com/2017/12/13/omg-victim-agege-pen-cinema-demolition-electrocuted/

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Properties / Ikorodu Houses Marked For Demolition By LASG; The Residents React by InsideMainland: 10:27pm On Dec 07, 2017
‘I am a physically challenged person. The school and the set of rooms on the other side are the only properties I have and it is already marked to be demolished,” a visibly concerned owner who was rooted to her wheelchair told InsideMainland while pointing at the partly competed bungalow that serves as a nursery school she runs in the Love Estate, Mowo Kekere, Ikorodu community, Lagos Mainland.

The source identified simply as Iya Ibeji continued saying: “The first time they came, some of my teachers told them to wait to see the owner of the structure before demolishing it. They begged that they shouldn’t demolish the building because of the condition of the owner.

“The next time was few days ago when they came to paste demolition notices on houses in the community. The Police accompanied the officials from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to carry out the exercise. The officers told me not to sit and watch but do something to prevent my properties from being demolished because they saw me on wheelchair outside my compound.”

Mama Ibeji is just one out of over hundred landlords and tenants who are faced with the battle to ensure their properties are not demolished by the officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.

In November 2017, more than 70% of houses within the Love Garden Estate, Mowo Kekere, Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland, were marked for demolition by the government. The demolition process was scheduled to be effective in 48 hours from the day a contravention notice was served.

Immediately the notices were served, the concerned persons rushed to Alausa, Lagos Mainland, to cry to the Lagos State Government and the lawmakers at the House of Assembly.

InsideMainland exclusively gathered that the contravention and demolition notices were served respectively on November 7 and 9, 2017, by the Office of the Honourable Commissioner for Physical planning and Urban Development through the directive of one Mr. Okuniyi of the Technical Services Department (TSD) of the Ministry.

It was learnt that the notices were served due to the home owners did not get the approved building plan before erecting the structures.

When InsideMainland visited the community, some of the affected persons told our correspondent that since the notices were served some members of the community development association were delegated to resolve the issue. “The community leaders have been attending meetings to ensure a lasting solution is found on the matter,” a resident of the area, Mr. Ayandele told InsideMainland.

According to one of the residents, the alleged owner of the large expanse of land is believed to be working with the government who is fronting for him to ensure he retrieves his land.

It was however gathered that majority of the affected home owners purchased their lands from the Ifegbuwa family with the contact person in the family identified as one Mr. Tolani issuing receipts of the purchase on behalf of the family.

“We have been here for more than two years. We argued with the people pasting the notices that we have all the necessary documents but we were told that was not the case but the case of ownership. The only owner we knew is the Ifegbuwa family. We bought the land from them making full payments.

“I had to call a member of the family and he said the place is a village extension and free from government acquisition,” the source said.

Meanwhile, the landlord association revealed they are yet to get any concrete information from the last meeting they had with the House of Assembly lawmakers in Alausa.

Presently, the residents of the area are crying to the Akinwunmi Ambode led government to rescind the decision to demolish structures worth billions of naira in the community.

“If the entire Ijede and areas Ikorodu are checked, I am certain that hardly will we establish 90% buildings having the required building plan approval. We plead with the government to come to our aid to so that our sweat and labour won’t go down the drain,” the source added.

- https://insidemainland.com/2017/12/07/ikorodu-houses-marked-demolition-lasg-owners-residents-saying/

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Crime / Beware! There Is A New Form Of Robbery Going Down In UNILAG by InsideMainland: 11:57am On Dec 07, 2017
As the end of the ember month draws nearer, residents of the Medical quarters in the prestigious University of Lagos (UNILAG) are currently been terrorized by bandits who have devised a new means to rob unsuspecting victims of their valuables and properties in the area.

InsideMainland exclusively gathered that in the last few weeks, burglars have raided the quarters originally built for medical personnels attached to the Lagos University Hospital (LUTH) and other lecturers of the university on different occasions.

The area, although detached from the main hub of activities in UNILAG is not popular among students but is always patrolled by security operatives attached to the institution... read more here: https://insidemainland.com/2017/12/06/beware-new-form-robbery-going-unilag/

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Fashion / Meet The Duo Changing The Face Of Ajegunle – Through Fashion by InsideMainland: 7:51pm On Dec 03, 2016
Hosting a fashion show in Ajegunle, a community in Lagos known for notoriety and vices, would have been a stuff of ridicule among entrepreneurs in Lagos, but not for Prince Ogaga and Stanley Apokomejeme, the duo who dared to organize the Ajegunle Fashion and Design Week and succeeded. “We’ve always tried to come up with ideas that are not common. What no one has done before... http://insidemainland.com/2016/12/03/heroesofthemainland-meet-duo-changing-face-ajegunle-fashion-shows/

Education / Will You Send Your Child To This Ikorodu School? by InsideMainland: 7:21pm On Nov 26, 2016
Years after the Lagos State Government, LASG, commenced the free education in the primary, secondary, and tertiary cadres across the State, a myriad of residents still send their kids to private institutions.

While many refer to the process as the desire to get adequate knowledge on the parts of the wards, quite a number of guardians or parents send their children to private schools due to the state of some of the institutions of learning in the State.

During an investigation, InsideMainland discovered http://insidemainland.com/2016/11/26/will-you-send-your-child-to-this-ikorodu-school/
Crime / Inside Ikorodu Cultism War; The Confraternities And Their Kingpins by InsideMainland: 6:39pm On Oct 22, 2016
With the spate of cult killings in Ikorodu increasing by the day, residents in the community continue to live in fear. The community, formerly known for its serenity is now ‘unofficially’ the headquarters of cultism in Lagos if not Nigeria. This is due to the number of cult related attacks in Ikorodu Community in the last few months. Investigation by InsideMainland reveals that over 200 cultism-inspired attacks had been recorded in Ikorodu since the beginning of the year.

Ikorodu is now the hot bed of incessant killings by cult groups, daylight robberies, rape, kidnapping and land grabbing. Unfortunately, the residents have been caught in the middle and now live in panic and constant fear of being attacked by the different cult gangs.

But the cult war is a fight for territorial supremacy between two deadly rival confraternities known as the Eiye and Aiye cult groups. In the course of the gang warfare, the cultists have also latched on the mayhem they created to wreaked havoc on businesses and residents in the community, these two gangs were responsible for 22 attacks in October 2016 alone. These attacks led to nine deaths.

To ensure sanity, one of the most dreaded local vigilante group, Onyabo was formed to provide a intervention. It seems to have paid off as the group has arrested over 150 cult members thus far. In an exclusive chat with the Provost Marshall of Onyabo, Mr. Olanrewaju Olabinjo, InsideMainland extensively gathered that the group has been tracking the kingpins of the various gangs as well as their field soldiers.

Onyabo revealed that the Aiye Confraternity is allegedly led by a fearsome middle aged man known as ‘Seventy’.... READ MORE http://insidemainland.com/2016/10/22/exclusive-inside-ikorodu-cultism-war-confraternities-kingpins/

Politics / Re: LASG Commissions Road In Makoko: SEE Shocking Pixs 3 Days After Commissioning by InsideMainland: 10:18am On Sep 23, 2016
The thunder that will fire you is still smoking Abuja weed, the one two brothers smoked yesterday and started walking all round Abuja Unclad. That can never be a newly commissioned road. Are you planning to overtake Lei Mohammed in lying?

Politics / Re: LASG Commissions Road In Makoko: SEE Shocking Pixs 3 Days After Commissioning by InsideMainland: 10:17am On Sep 23, 2016
The thunder that will fire you is still smoking Abuja weed, the one two brothers smoked yesterday and started walking all round Abuja Unclad. That can never be a newly commissioned road. Are you planning to overtake Lei Mohammed in lying?

Politics / LASG Commissions Road In Makoko: SEE Shocking Pixs 3 Days After Commissioning by InsideMainland: 9:14am On Sep 23, 2016
LASG Commissions road @Makoko: SEE shocking PIXs 3 Days After commissioning

Just three days after commissioning, the just completed Erejuwa Street, in Ilaje, Makoko, Yaba, has been completely submerged under water from a nearby canal. This was as a result of the poor drainage system constructed by the road contractor.

The road which is one of the contracted 114 Local Government Roads project by the State Government was commissioned on Monday, September 19, 2016 by Hon Kazeem Ademola Alimi on behalf of the State Government.

A visit by InsideMainland correspondent to the community few hours after the commissioning revealed that parts of the 370-meters long road was hastily done by the contractor in order to beat the deadline day for the commissioning... READ MORE AND SEE PICTURES OF BEFORE AND AFTER COMMISSIONING..... http://insidemainland.com/2016/09/22/lasg-just-commission-horribly-constructed-road-check-unbelievable-pictures-3-days-official-commissioning-makoko/

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