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We Were Warned Hours Before Vandi Killed Bolande Raheem, Inspector Tells Court

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A police inspector, Matthew Ahmen, who was a colleague of ASP Drambi Vandi, the police officer who allegedly killed a lawyer, Mobolanle Raheem, on Monday, told a Lagos State High Court that the Ajah Divisional Police Officer warned them against shooting any civilian.

Ahmen, who was led in evidence-in-chief by the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Moyosore Onigbajo, SAN, told Justice Ibironke Harrison that on December 25, 2022, when the incident happened, he and his colleagues resumed duty at 6am in their office at Ajah.

The witness said, “The DPO told us that on no account should anyone use firearms, except someone was in danger or our lives were being threatened.”

He said the three of them were posted to Ajah under bridge and Vandi was the leader of the team.

The witness, who noted that he enlisted in the Nigeria Police Force in 2001, stated that while they were conducting stop and search, another colleague, Dimini, was in front, while he was at the middle; Vandi was at the back.

Ahmen said when Dimini saw a car coming and he flagged it down, the car did not stop.

According to him, when the car got to where he stood, he also flagged it down but the driver did not stop.

“The next thing I heard was a gunshot and I looked back to see what was happening; I saw that a windscreen was falling down.

“The next thing I saw again was a dark woman who jumped down from the vehicle and I heard her saying, ‘Oga you have killed my sister.’ The woman held him (Vandi) and before I and Dimini could get to them, they had entered the car, locked it and left,” he added.

Ahmen said after the shooting, he and Dimini returned to the station.

He said, “Vandi entered the same vehicle and they drove him away; we did not know where they went to. While we were at the station, we saw that the DPO brought ASP Vandi to the station with the police patrol vehicle.”

Earlier, Vandi was arraigned on one count of murder preferred against him by the Lagos State Government.

He was accused of killing Raheem at the Ajah under bridge, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos State.

The state government said Vandi unlawfully killed the pregnant woman by shooting her in the chest.

According to the prosecution, the offence contravened Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Consequently, the AG told the court that he had two witnesses and they were ready for trial.

Trial commenced immediately as Ahmen was called as the first prosecution witness.

After his testimony, the case was adjourned till January 25 and 26, for continuation of trial.

The President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Mr Yakubu Maikyau, SAN, and some of his members and the chairman of the Lagos Island NBA branch were also present during the trial on Monday.

Maikyau said the presence of his team in the court was to demonstrate commitment to pursue the case to a logical conclusion.

“Never again will matters like this be swept under the carpet under our watch; we would not let it happen,” he added.

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Death Toll in Lagos Cholera Outbreak Hits 24

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The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi said the cholera death toll has risen to 24.

Abayomi disclosed this in a post on his Instagram handle on Friday.

He also has confirmed 35 cases out of the 417 suspected cases across 20 Local Government Areas in the state.

The Commissioner said the situation report as of June 19, 2024, indicated, “417 suspected cases, 35 confirmed cases, and 24 recorded deaths.”

He advised residents to ensure personal and environmental hygiene.

He advised, “Let’s adhere strictly to personal and environmental hygiene. Let’s stay safe #ForAGreaterLagos”

The cases were reported from Agege, Badagry, Ikeja, Mushin, Ajeromi-Ifelofun, Epe, Ikorodu, Ojo, Alimosho, and Eti-Osa.

Others were Kosofe, Oshodi-Isolo, Amuwo-Odofin, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos Island, Shomolu, Apapa, Ifako-Ijaiye, Lagos mainland, and Surulere.

Cholera is a food and water-borne disease caused by ingesting the bacteria— Vibrio cholerae — in contaminated water and food. Cholera can cause severe acute watery diarrhoea, and the severe forms of the disease can kill within hours if left untreated.

In Nigeria, cholera is an endemic and seasonal disease, occurring annually mostly during the rainy season and more frequently in areas with poor sanitation.

The World Health Organisation on Thursday announced a spike in cholera in several regions of the world, with almost 195,000 cases and over 1,900 deaths reported in 24 countries since the start of 2024.

WHO said the Eastern Mediterranean Region reported the highest number of cases, followed by the African Region, the Region of the Americas, the Southeast Asia Region, and the European Region.

The global health body, however, noted that there are no reported cases in the Western Region, according to its bulletin released on Wednesday.

It said it exhausted its global stockpile of Oral Cholera Vaccines by March but was able to exceed “the emergency target of five million doses in early June for the first time in 2024.”

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Glo Hails Ojude Oba, Others As Promoters of Cultural Heritage, Unity

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Telecommunications company, Globacom, has said that Ojude Oba and similar festivals in the country have enormous potential to promote cultural diversification, national identity, harmony and unity.

In his goodwill message to this year’s Ojude Oba festival in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, on Tuesday, the Chairman of Globacom, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr., also noted that these age-long festivals could foster cultural exchange and showcase Nigeria’s rich heritage to the world.

Dr Adenuga observed that the theme of this year’s celebration, UNITY AND HARMONY IN IJEBULAND: THE GIFT OF OJUDE OBA, emphasised the values that the festival had espoused for over a century that it has been in existence.

He added that the festivals also had potential to boost tourism and help in the diversification of the economy which was why the Federal Government and many governments across the globe have placed tourism on top of their development agenda. Dr. Adenuga pointed out that Globacom has kept its partnerships with the nation’s largest festivals to solidify and establish them as premier events that would draw even more visitors to Nigeria from around the globe.

He further stated that Globacom and the sons and daughters of Ijebuland, both at home and in the Diaspora, would greatly benefit from the partnership with the Ojude Oba Planning Committee.

One of the star activities of the Globacom-sponsored festival was the Regberegbe competition among the different age groups in Ijebuland. Egbe  Bobasete Okunrin Omooba came first; Egbe Bobagunte Okunrin Akile Ijebu second and Egbe Bobamayegun Okunrin Asiwaju came third.

In the female category, Egbe Bobagunwa Obinrin Omooba was adjudged the best dressed with Egbe Bobagunwa Obinrin Asiwaju and Egbe Arobayo Obinrin Akile Ijebu coming second and third respectively.

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FRSC Begins Mass Production of Drivers Licence, Churns Out 73, 740 Cards in 14 Days

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The Corps Marshal Shehu Mohammed-led Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has began a mass production of National Drivers Licence as a strategic intervention mechanisms introduced towards clearing the backlogs of the National Drivers Licence.

Consequently, the Print Farm has produced 73,740 licenses in a space of two weeks according to a statement signed by the Public Education Officer, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP).

Recall that on assumption of office, one of the most cardinal steps taken by the Corps Marshal towards revamping the entire processes of the Corps was a working visit to the FRSC Print Farm, as well as other critical infrastructures so as to have on the spot assessment of the facilities with a view of strengthening their production capacity.

This assessment was propelled by the alarming rate of public outcry about the unprecedented delay applicants faced regarding issuance of the National Drivers License.

At the end of the assessment, the Corps Marshal set up a task force to ensure that the backlog is cleared in soonest possible time. He further directed 24 hours production and immediate rectification of the identified technical glitches that affected the overall production capacity of the farm.

As at the moment, a total of 84, 500 NDLs are on queue for production and expected to be delivered to the respective State Licensing Authorities nationwide.

Corps Marshal Shehu Mohammed, while assuring the public of the Corps’ commitment to quality service, called on applicants, especially those who have experienced delay, to await notification or contact their state licensing offices for pick up of the already produced ones.

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