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Man Kills Property Agent in Lagos

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A businessman, Tosin Salako, has crushed a property agent, Akinola Ademola, to death in the Kola area of the Ifako-Ojokoro Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, off the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

PUNCH Metro gathered that tragedy struck when the 45-year-old Salako, who drove a Camry car with number plate MUS 335 FJ, lost control of the vehicle while struggling for space with a Toyota Highlander SUV around 3pm last week Wednesday.

While passersby gathered to mourn the tragic death of Akinola, they condemned Salako’s driving.

It was gathered that Salako had been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command.

An eyewitness, Stephen Ubam, said the accident occurred due to excessive speeding, adding that Salako lost control when the car entered into potholes on the road.

The Anambra State indigene said, “I was coming from my house located at No. 3 Adeniyi Street, beside the Zenith Bank, Kola bus stop, Agbado-Ijaiye, Lagos. I crossed to the other side and  I saw that the driver (Salako) was on top speed struggling with the driver of the Highlander SUV for the lane.

“The way he was driving showed that he did not know much about the road, because he was just entering the potholes. All of a sudden, he entered one of the potholes, lost control of the car, and crushed the man (Akinola), who was by the roadside.

“The man died instantly. So, we took his damaged phone, removed the SIM card and inserted it into my phone and called his wife. When she got to the scene, she was shocked. While crying, she explained that her husband came to her shop and was on his way to withdraw money from the Zenith Bank when he got knocked down. We were also able to call his brother.”

The deceased’s younger brother, Abiodun, said he rushed to the scene of the accident immediately he was informed, adding that his relatives had instructed him to bring Akinola’s corpse for burial.

He stated, “When the people, who witnessed the accident, called me that my brother had been killed, I quickly rushed down there and seeing his corpse lying on the floor was really painful. It was that white Camry car driver who killed him.

“I have contacted our relatives and we are saddened by the news of his death. We are on our way to bury him today (Tuesday).

When contacted, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, said police personnel, who were mobilised to the scene of the accident after the command received a distress call, arrested Salako and impounded his car.

“When we received the distress call about the accident, we deployed our traffic personnel in the scene of the accident and they cleared the obstruction on the road, arrested the suspect and impounded the vehicle for inspection. The corpse has been evacuated and investigation is ongoing,” Elkana stated.

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FUTA Suspends Six Students for Brutalising Mate

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The Federal University of Technology, Akure, has placed six students of the institution, who were allegedly involved in beating a female undergraduate to a pulp, on an indefinite suspension.

The sanctioned students are Olaniyi Popoola, Faith Oluwadare, Jessica Nandi, Emmanuella Ajuwon, Taiwo Emmanuel and Cecilia Alao.

The assault on their fellow student reportedly occurred at one of the students’ hostels outside the campus of the institution.

It was gathered that the students had on Saturday pounced on the victim for allegedly gossiping about one of them, while the other five decided to teach her a lesson by beating her mercilessly.

One of the students recorded the assault and posted it on the Internet.

In the video that went viral, two of the students were seeing slapping and whipping the victim, who was begging them to leave her alone.

A source said the brutal assault landed the victim in hospital, where she was treated and later discharged.

“The victim was accused of gossiping about one of the female students in the hostel. So, the accuser invited her friends, a male and four females, to deal with the gossip. That was how they started beating her,” the source said.

FUTA said in a statement on Sunday by its Deputy Director of Corporate Communications, Mr Adegbenro Adebanjo, that the six students had been suspended indefinitely, while an investigation into the incident had begun.

The university declared that it would not tolerate indiscipline or any act that contravened its rules and regulations, and vowed that the errant students would not go unpunished.

The statement read in part, “Following the ugly incident of bullying of a female student by some students and as a result of preliminary investigation, the students have been placed on an indefinite suspension with effect from Monday, November 17, 2019.

“As a consequence of their suspension, they are precluded from all academic-related activities indefinitely and barred from the university and its precincts forthwith.

“At the conclusion of the ongoing investigation, the full weight of the law of the university, as contained in the handbook and oath of matriculation, which all the students were made to sign and subscribe to, will be visited on those found culpable.”

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Man, Grandchildren Die of Suspected Food Poisoning in Imo

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A man, Moses Oguebuka, and two grandchildren, were on Tuesday found dead in Okwudor in the Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State.

The development, our correspondent learnt, caused tension in the community as the police took over the investigation.

A community source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent that the man and his grandchildren ate dinner together.

He said the bodies of Moses, who was a widower, and his eight and 11-year-old grandchildren had been evacuated by the police.

The source said, “Their lifeless bodies were found in a room in the morning. It was the man’s mistress, who had come to check on him, who found the corpses. She quickly raised the alarm, which attracted the villagers.

“We don’t know what actually happened, but food poisoning is suspected. The deceased ate dinner together and were found dead the next morning.”

The state Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Ladodo, confirmed the incident and said investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths had commenced.

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Price of Cooking Gas Soars as Supply Drops

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The drop in the supply of Liquefied Petroleum Gas, popularly known as cooking gas, to Lagos has led to an increase in the retail price of the commodity, raising fears of an imminent scarcity in the state and many parts of the country.

The Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers said last Wednesday that terminal owners had increased the price of 20 metric tonnes of the LPG by 33 per cent to N4.2m within five days.

NALPGAM said efforts to extract the cause of the sudden price increase from the terminal operators had not been successful.

The Nigeria LNG Limited, which is based in Port Harcourt, uses a vessel to deliver the LPG to Lagos at least twice in a month and buyers take the commodity to different parts of the country through trucks.

The company only delivers volumes to government-owned Northern Oil Jetty terminal and Navgas terminal, a private facility.

Our correspondent gathered that over 34 off-takers involved in the distribution of the NLNG’s volumes across the country received supply from the terminals.

But investigations revealed that the vessel only delivered the LPG volumes to Lagos once in October and no supply had been received this month as of the time of filing this report.

The Liquefied Petroleum Gas Retailers branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers said on Sunday that the reduction in supply had led to about 90 per cent increment in gas price within a space of one week.

“It is likely that this ugly situation will continue if there is no urgent intervention, especially as Christmas and New Year approach. Just a week ago, in Lagos and some neighbouring states, 12.5kg LPG was sold between N2,600 and N3,000 at retail outlets. It is now sold between N4,000 and N4,500 owing to the sudden hike in the price by tank farm operators,” the LPGAR said in a statement.

Last week, the NLNG, in a letter seen by our correspondent, explained to off-takers recent delays and disruptions to the Lagos delivery schedule.

It said deliveries to Lagos had progressed uninterrupted until August when the LPG vessel, ‘Navigator Capricorn’, loaded a cargo in Bonny and then experienced a suspected piracy attack en route to deliver the cargo to Lagos.

The spokesperson for the NLNG, Sophia Horsfall, in an emailed response to questions, told our correspondent on Friday that the company delivered 12,000MT to the Navgas terminal in Apapa, Lagos on October 15, 2019.

“Before then, we delivered a total of 32,050MT (three cargoes) in the month of September to Lagos. Our next delivery for about the 10th of November will be to NOJ terminal in Lagos. We typically deliver at least two cargoes of the LPG each month to Lagos via NOJ and Navgas terminals,” she said.

The LPGAR called on the Federal Government and other stakeholders to urgently intervene in order to restore sanity.

“The situation is already forcing many users to abandon their cylinders and opt for other sources of cooking energy such as firewood and saw dusk irrespective of the attendant health risks and resultant environmental degradation that results from those alternative energy sources,” it added.

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