Sunday, 23 July 2017


Waiting for Gov Fayose to tell us the story behind the picture!!

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met with the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and some governors elected on the party’s platform.

A statement by the presidency, which provided a photograph of the event, gave the names of those who met with the president to include Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, and the APC National Chairman, John Oyegun.

Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, later quoted Governor Okorocha as describing Mr. Buhari as cheerful and humorous during the meeting.

Mr. Adesina said in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, “In a telephone conversation following the meeting of All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and leaders with President Muhammadu Buhari in London Sunday, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, said the President was very cheerful and has not lost any bit of his sense of humour.

“The governor said the party delegation spent more than an hour with President Buhari over lunch, and it was very clear from the discussions that he followed developments at home very closely.

“He said the President was delighted to receive the delegation and asked each governor about affairs in his state. He also asked the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, about the state of the railways.

“When asked to react to all the negative things being said about him, the President just laughed, describing such negative reports as lies. Governor Okorocha said President Buhari was completely unperturbed by the cocktail of lies. He, instead, sent his best wishes to Nigerians.

“According to the governor, Nigerians don’t have to worry at all, adding that President Buhari will be back as soon as the doctors give him the green light.”

Mr. Adesina also quoted the Imo governor as saying, “By our visit to London today, the merchants of lies have been put out of business and Nigerians will not buy the garbage they have been selling.

“All those who look up to fake news can find better use for their time.”

Mr. Buhari, whose real medical condition is unknown, is in London for medical treatment.

His deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, recently visited him in the British capital, reporting back to Nigerians that the nation’s number one man was recuperating fast and would return soon.


Lagos Clears Huge Debris From Flooded Surulere Within Hours [PHOTOS]

*Applauded by Lagosians for prompt action

The Lagos State Government has earned the praises of residents of the state for its swift response after a street in Surulere area of the state, Akobi Crescent was flooded and overtaken by debris following a torrential rainfall.

The debris before the clean up action by Visionscape and LASG officials | Photo: SIGNAL File

The debris elicited concern from Lagosians who took to their social media handle to express their apprehension. However, within a few hours after the incident happened, officials of Lagos State Government and Visionscape, a globally acclaimed environmental utility group, moved their heavy-duty equipment to the flashpoint and quickly evacuated the tonnes of debris from the area.

Impressed by the quick response, many residents of the state took to their social media handle to show their appreciation.

Toyin Olufemi Bawaallah said on facebook after watching the video of the clean up exercise, “Good job. I am familiar with the area…..”

Another respondent, Azuka Jebose said, “Great rapid response by you guys. Governance is a two way street. The government must meet its responsibility to the people. We the people must also meet ours the govt. Our mindset should change toward our involvement in cleaner society or environment. The earth does not belong to us. We belong to it. Our civic responsibilities to help government to help us cannot be over-emphasised. So next time you drink pure water satchet or bottle, discard wastes purposefully. We must help government to help us. Thanks for the rapid response”.

In his response, Alexis Onome-Egborge said, “Great to see the work is being done.”

In her comment on twitter, a lady, Victoria simply said, “Thanks to @AkinwunmiAmbode and Visionscape. Our streets are clean again, while Mayowa Balogun, also on twitter said, what happened (has) happened but I am happy with the response by the government.

The Lagos State Government said that working in conjunction with Visionscape, it has intensified activities aimed at clearing refuse from all illegal dumpsites spread across the State in an a special process tagged ‘Operation Deep Clean’.

The State’s Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare, in an interview, said the State Government would spare no efforts in ridding the state of all illegal dumpsites, which have been designated as environmental dark spots, assuring that such sites would be cleaned up in the next 60 days.

“Yes, I can confirm that we have commenced ‘Operation Deep Clean’ in partnership with Visionscape”, he said while affirming that this was why the state government was able to swiftly clear from the streets, the heaps of refuse which took over Akobi Crescent in Surulere after a heavy downpour.

“One thing I can assure Lagosians is that as a State Government, we are very determined to bequeath a clean, livable and flood-free environment to the people of this State,” Adejare said.

The State Government had sealed an integrated waste management services contract with Visionscape targeted at ending the perennial flooding confronting the State and ensuring a clean and livable environment. According to the contract spanning 10 years, Visionscape which specializes in providing turnkey solutions in areas of sanitation, energy and wastewater treatment, will be responsible for door-to-door waste collection services to households in the State.

Below is a picture taken after the Lagos State Government had evacuated the waste from the Street, and those of Operation Deep Clean in other parts of the State.

A picture taken after the Lagos State Government had evacuated the waste from the Street | Photo: SIGNAL File


Family and friends of popular actress, Halima Abubakar, have urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the actress as information gathered by R revealed that she is yet to come back to full fitness following a fibroid surgery she had in India sometime back.

It was also gathered that the actress who has been off the radar for months is currently being treated in a Lagos hospital of what is said to be another complications arising from fibroid as those close to her revealed that she needed prayers to put her life back in ‘shape’.

Halima, a couple of months back, shared details of a successful fibroid surgery she had in India. She was said to have been getting better and had to share the good news in a bid to encourage other people.

Shortly after then, the actress was said to have suffered a relapse and had to be taken back to the hospital where she was said to have been receiving treatment.

Days back, her close friend, Tonto Dikeh, confirmed that Halima was ill revealing that she had gone to the hospital to pick her up in order to personally take care of her. Dikeh, who shared the recent picture of Halima called for prayers for her friend and described her as one of the strongest women she knows.

A statement released by Halimah’s brother on Thursday stated that “On behalf of our big sister, we want to thank everyone who called, commented and prayed for her. We all are grateful. And to (Tonto Dikeh) for being a good friend and for always being there.

And to her mentor and guardian, wife of Kogi State governor, Rashida Yahaya Bello for being an example of love,and kindness towards our sister who had complications from fibroid. We love and pray for God to keep uplifting you for all you do for every one. For being a mother to our sister. Your kindness will never go in vain.”

Saturday, 22 July 2017


Suspected members of the Badoo cult early Friday morning killed two lovers in their apartment in Ogun State.

A source told The Punch that the heads of the victims were smashed.

The incident happened at a storey building located on Hassan Abiodun Street, off Ojodu Berger, in Ifo Local Government Area of the state.

Many of the residents could not be consoled as policemen from Ojodu Abiodun Division took away the remains of the deceased for onward transfer to the General Hospital Sagamu.

Many of the residents wailed as the corpses were brought out of the room and wrapped in wrappers.

A resident said the victims were to be officially married in December.

”The lady recently lost her father and the man she was to marry only came on a visit. She was a tall, beautiful lady and was also pregnant,” the resident said.

It was gathered that their assailants tore the window net to gain entry and thereafter smashed the lovers’ heads.

Another resident said none of the tenants knew what happened until daybreak.

”There is a police officer who lives next door to the deceased’s Boy’s Quarter. He did not hear anything. It is very sad and this development will create panic in the area,” the resident said.

Punch observed that the police station is a stone’s throw from where the murder took place even as residents said vigilantes patrol the street every night


Tragedy struck on the eve of local government council election in Lagos State as a PSP truck crushed a chairmanship aspirant of the Ikotun/Igando Local Council Development Area to death.

The deceased, Shakiru Balogun, aka SAB, was a former Chairman, National Union of Local Government Employees of the LCDA and a member of the All Progressives Congress. He couldn’t clinch the party’s ticket at the primaries.

Saturday PUNCH learnt that the aspirant was going to the council secretariat around 12pm on Friday when the driver of the PSP truck lost control of the truck and rammed it into Balogun’s Toyota 4runner at Okofili Bus Stop, LASU-Isheri Road.

An eyewitness, Fadeyi Daisi, said 52-year-old Balogun died on the spot.

He added, “The PSP driver fled the scene, but I don’t know if he was later arrested by the police. It was very tragic. The door of the sport utility vehicle was cut with a saw before emergency officials could extricate his body.”

A resident of Abu Taiwo Street, Afolabi Bus Stop, Akesan, where Balogun lived, Joshua Ogundipe, said the incident had thrown the community into mourning.

Ogundipe added, “He accepted defeat at the primaries in good faith. He was going to the office when the incident happened. He is survived by two wives and four children. He had been buried according to Islamic rite.”

A sympathiser, Oyejobi Olakunle, described SAB’s death as a colossal loss.

“What a great loss to our entire generation. Your indelible mark lives on. #SobbingMode#

WhatAgreatLoss,” Olakunle wrote on Facebook.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole could not be reached for comments.