SEPTUAGENARIAN LAGOSIAN ACCUSES AMBODE’S COMMISSIONER OF HIJACKING HIS LAND

Akinpelu Dada     A septuagenarian, Mr Afolabi Banjoko, has accused the Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Oluwatoyin Suarau, of illegally and forcefully hijacking his land on Plot 8 Akinyele Street, off Jonathan Coker Road, Iju Station, in the Oko Oba area of the state, and building on it. He said he acquired the land from his aunt, Mrs Omolola Alabi, the daughter of the late Jonathan Coker. According to Banjoko, a retired engineer with the National Oil Company, the commissioner used his position and influence to start building on the…

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AYOBO RESIDENTS CRY OUT OVER LAND TUSSLE: OUR LIVES NO LONGER SAFE

….Beg MKO Abiola’s families to settle rift immediately to avoid bloodshed By Olasunkanmi Akoni lagos—For the umpteenth time, residents of 400 acres of land in Abiola Farms, Ayobo, located at Igbo Ilogbo, Ayobo, Ipaja-Ayobo Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Lagos State, comprising of seven Community Development Associations, have called on relevant authorities to come to their aid as their lives were under daily threat from hoodlums who invaded their community recently. File: Land The disputed land, the residents claimed belong to Radio Communication Nigeria, RCN, Limited, owned by late Philanthropist,…

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SEE KANO PROPERTY TAX THAT HAS BEEN GENERATING CONTROVERSY

As a patriotic citizen I am totally in support of appropriate taxation of people to bring about the much needed development in our country. Especially as state governments are encouraged to source for revenue from within instead of the dysfunctional cap-in-hand survival on funds from Abuja. We are all proud of Kano, Kaduna, Ogun, Rivers and the likes, states that generate about a quarter of their annual allocation. Although it seemed very meager, but with diligence and proper measures the IGR can be boosted to 100% within a decade. However…

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WHY FG CANNOT LEGISLATE ON RENT

Stories by Maduka Nweke  For about three decades, the housing deficit in the country has caused a lot of Nigerians untold hardship worsened by the inability of government at all the levels to match their words with actions. But the federal and state governments had in the past muted the idea of making tenants pay one year tenancy to landlords. This policy, no matter how laudable it is, could not see the light of day as tenants are still held on the jugular by landlords and landladies who will not…

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PROSECUTION OFFICE TO TAKE OVER ABUJA EMPTY HOUSES AND SELL THEM SAYS OBONO-OBLA

The Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, said on Tuesday the Federal Government would soon take over empty houses in Abuja and sell them. Obono-Obla, who is also the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution, stated this when the “Say No Campaign,” a civil society organization, paid him a courtesy call in Abuja. He said there was need for the government to collaborate with civil society groups in order to search out properties of looters of national treasury. He…

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PHOTOS: WHILE OWING KOGI WORKERS FOR MONTHS, BELLO BUILDS NEW MANSION IN OKENE

Civil servants in Kogi state, both serving and retired, may be grumbling about irregular payment of their entitlements, but Yahaya Bello, the governor, is not building his hopes on their economy. On Mahmoud Atta street, GRA Okene, the governor is putting finishing touches to his state-of-the-art country home, or mansion rather, which an insider described as “a thing of beauty”. But there is a snag: residents of the exclusive residential area are complaining about the disruption the 42-year-old governor has brought upon their lives. The governor is converting the street entrance…

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OSINBAJO OKAYS 615 LAND TITLES

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has approved the issuance of 615 pending land titles.. He gave Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola the approval to sign the land titles. The Minister told State House correspondents after a meeting with the Acting President at the Presidential Villa Abuja last night. The approval will enable land transactions, mortgages, assignments and debentures across the country. According to him, letters were already being issued to applicants. He said: “Just to update the members of the public about the delegation of authority to issue…

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4 KILLED IN IMO BUILDING COLLAPSE

BY EMMANUEL MGBEAHURUIKE, Owerri No fewer than four persons including two babies lost their lives in another building collapse in Owerri, the capital of Imo State. Two corps members were among the unconscious victims who were dogged up from the debris of the collapsed building by the Red Cross Society and the Imo State Emergency Management Agency. Our correspondent gathered that the two-storey building located opposite the Owerri Area Police Command Headquarters, which was occupied by families within the low income bracket, caved in about 3:30am, while the occupants, were…

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COURT ORDERS PERMANENT FORFEITURE OF DEZIANI’S 37.5MILLION DOLLAR BANANA ISLAND MANSION

  The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered that a $37.5m mansion on Banana Island, Lagos linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government. The court also ordered that the sums of sums of $2,740,197.96 and N84,537,840.70 realised as rents on the property should equally be forfeited to the Federal Government. The orders were made on Monday by Justice Chuka Obiozor, following a motion on notice argued before him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The anti-graft agency…

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LAGOS SET TO RECOVER OVER 100 ASSETS SOLD ILLEGALLY AND PROSECUTE BUYERS

The Lagos State government may seize under-valued properties allegedly sold illegally and prosecute defaulters. The Nation learnt that the government is set to implement a far-reaching report on the sale of such assets. The report is said to contain a list of over 100 properties, the names of their buyers and the locations of the assets. Sources disclosed that the report  was arrived at after extensive lasting several months by a panel of inquiry set up in late 2016 by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to “investigate the sale of its assets in…

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