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Collapsed Lagos building: State govt must accept blame, persecute those responsible – NGO

A Non-Governmental Organization, NGO, Center for Children’s Health Education, Organization and Protection, CEE-HOPE, has blamed the Lagos Government for the loss of lives in a building which collapsed in Lagos.

DAILY POST reported that at least 50 children were rescued from the debris by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), as well as other security agencies.

Reacting, the group in a statement sent to DAILY POST signed by CEE- HOPE’s Executive Director, Betty Abah said the incident was avoidable and took place due to the high level of lawlessness in the country.

The group further urged the Lagos government to persecute and punish those responsible for the incident.

The statement reads: “On the heel of yesterday’s school building collapse incidence on Lagos Island, we commiserate with families who have lost precious children and other family members.

“According to media reports, about 18 persons, mostly children, have lost their lives while 41 were rescued with several of them sustaining various degrees of injuries including some life-threatening ones. These casualties, these heart-wrenching pains are clearly avoidable– a result of the pervasive
lawlessness in our society.

“We, therefore, ask for a speedy investigation and the consequent dispensing of the most stringent punishment for violators of building codes and regulations that led to this avoidable loss of lives.

“A society is only taken seriously when there is adherent to set rules and regulations especially when it concerns the safety of the most vulnerable, in this case, children. People are encouraged to commit a crime when there is no adequate punishment from authorities to serve as deterrence.

“Over the years, Lagos has remained the epicenter of collapsed buildings in
Nigeria owing to the use of sub-standard building materials or persons retaining old, decrepit and defective structures in spite of official evacuation warnings, and with all the attendant deaths of innocent persons (building site workers, tenants etc) yet there has never been any clear stand by the government to punish the defaulters other than stimulated media trials that fizzle with time.

“We, therefore, have no hesitation in laying the blame for this tragedy partly at the feet of the Lagos State Government which has the constitutional mandate to secure lives and property of all Lagosians including school children aspiring to change their fortunes by acquiring an education but has been largely negligent. The well-publicized albeit reactive emergency responses we have seen are not enough and clearly, cannot bring back the precious dead.

“These violators (including the property owner who reportedly defied a quit order from the relevant authorities since 2014), the school authorities and other collaborators must not be spared. Justice must be served without fear or favor. Enough of these recurrent mass murders in Lagos State.”

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EPL: Lampard to replace Sarri as Chelsea manager after Europa League final

Chelsea are preparing to fire Maurizio Sarri, regardless of whether he wins the Europa League and want to bring in Frank Lampard as his replacement, Sky Sport Italia reports.

Sarri has struggled to win over fans despite a solid first season in charge at Stamford Bridge, in which he reached the final of two Cups and finished third in the Premier League.

Nevertheless, the Blues are looking to change their manager after the Europa League final and want Lampard to usher in a new era.

The former Chelsea midfielder is currently preparing to face Aston Villa in Derby County’s promotion play-off decider at Wembley next week.

Stamford Bridge bosses have been impressed with the way Lampard has carried himself and are believed to be keen to bring him back along with Petr Cech.

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‘Yahoo Yahoo’: Zlatan Ibile chides fans in new single titled 4nights in Ekohtiebo

Nigerian artist, Omoniyi Temidayo, popularly known as Zlatan Ibile, has dropped new single few days after he was released by the EFCC.

Recall that Zlatan and Naira Marley were arrested by the EFCC over their alleged support of internet fraud also known as ‘yahoo yahoo’.

While Zlatan was released, Afeez Fashola aka Naira Marley has remained in custody of the graft agency.

But Zlatan has now taken to the studio to release a single entitled ”4nights in Ekohtiebo”

In the single, Zlatan chided those he tagged ‘fake friends’ who turned their back on him while he was in detention.

The song composed in Yoruba is translated thus: “Pretend you were dead, see who will shed tears over your death. Pretend to be broke and see who’ll ignore you.

“We eat and drink together. Just four days and you can’t hide your hatred for me. You guys didn’t expect me to return. Nobody is holy and don’t be quick to judge”.

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‘Yahoo Yahoo’ – Naira Marley remanded in prison pending ruling on bail application

Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley was, on Monday, arraigned at the Federal High Court in Lagos over an alleged credit card fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged him with 11-counts of the offence before Justice Nicolas Oweibo.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges when read to him.

The judge then adjourned the case until May 30 for the hearing of his bail application.

Justice Oweibo ordered that the musician be remanded in prison until his bail application is determined.

Marley risks seven years in jail if found guilty in accordance with Section 33 (2) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015.

EFCC had arrested Naira Marley in connection with an alleged advance fee fraud known as ‘yahoo yahoo’ in the Nigerian parlance.

Following his arrest, the anti-graft agency filed an 11-count charge against him.

The charges with suit number FHC/L/178C/19 were filed before a Lagos High Court.

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