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IMPOUNDED VEHICLES: Police Urges Owner To Pick Them At Its Formations In Lagos Or Risk Auction.

Owners of impounded vehicles, accident and exhibit cars parked at various police formations across  Lagos state have been urged to come forward for claims with immediate effect or risk been auctioned to the members of the public soon.

A Statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Lagos command, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said, “The Command detests the manner in which police formations in the state are littered with such exhibit cars and items and therefore directs the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Departments to decongest their formations of the items without delay.

“This publication avails the affected car owners 14 day-grace to claim their cars/items after which the command will be left with the option of selling off the cars and items on public auction after due court processes”.

“The Lagos State Police Command has warned the general public, particularly those who have their accidented and exhibit cars or items parked at various police formations across the state to come forward for claims with immediate effect”, the statement read.

The PPRO revealed that the command was reacting to the insinuations from some owners who claimed to have abandoned their vehicles as a result of finding it difficult to claim them back from some Police stations.

He however implored the true owners to come forward with the original documents that will ascertain their ownerships.

WAR AGAINST DRUG ABUSE: Marwa Constitutes Special Purpose Committee Soon

The Chairman/Chief Executive of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. General Mohammed BubaMarwa (Rtd) has revealed that an all-inclusive Committee that will ensure the involvement of the entire Nigeria in the renewed onslaught against drug use will soon be inaugurated. 

He dropped the hint during a courtesy visit by International Society of Substance Professionals (ISSUP), in Abuja.

In a statement by Jonah Achema, the agency Deputy Commander of Narcotics, DCN PSO, Public Affairs and made available to newsmen,  Gen. Marwa said, “everybody have a stake in ensuring a drug free Nigeria and should be given a platform to contribute”. 

“The Committee to be known as NDLEA Chairman’s Special Purpose Committee is our whole-society strategy to form a coalition of stakeholders against the drug menace. It will be made up of wide-ranging strata of society. Controlling substance use in Nigeria is a task that must be done”, the statement read.

Marwa revealed that the drug demand reduction department will be reorganized and streamlined under his leadership and would pay greater attention to drug prevention. 

“Prevention will be central to our drug control efforts because we have the responsibility to prevent more than 180 million Nigerians that are yet to get involved in drugs.” 

He commended ISSUP Nigeria for its efforts to professionalize the field of drug control. “ISSUP is a pride to all of us”, he maintained.

Speaking earlier, National President, ISSUP Nigeria, Dr. Martins Agwogie said the appointment of Gen. Marwa as Chairman of NDLEA was one of the best things to have happened to the Agency. 

“I can tell the challenges of NDLEA and how the challenges have affected the nation in different ways”, Dr. Agwogie said. 

According to him, since Gen. Marwa’s appointment, ISSUP has followed his policy direction, pronouncement and action, assuring “You have demonstrated commitment, passion and courage to make positive impact. We are solidly behind you”

Land Grabbing: Convicts To Face Six Years Jail Term With No Option Of Fines As Lagos Reviews Law.

Hard times await people who indulge in the habits of encroaching on government and private land in Lagos as the State government is in the process of expunging option of fines to any convicted offenders.
Lagos State Government has commenced the process for the review of the State Properties Protection Law, LSPPL, 2016 to expunge option of fines to any convicted land grabber(s) with mandatory six years jail term to serve as deterrence to others 
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Lands Bureau, Bode Agoro revealed this at the stakeholders’ forum on fraudulent sales of state government land by land grabber, popularly called “Omo-Onile”, held in Alausa, Ikeja.
He revealed that Lagos State Government has commenced the process for the review of the State Properties Protection Law, LSPPL, 2016 to expunge option of fines to any convicted landgrabber (s) with mandatory six years jail term to serve as deterrence to others
Agoro said, “Since the first of February 2021, you probably must have been exposed to our advertisement calling on Lagosians to the activities of dubious elements in certain communities who are selling Lagos state government lands to unsuspecting pubic in some parts of Lagos”.
The land is located at Okenla village ibeju-lekki Idake village Ajao Oki, Ladegbole, Imedu, Iratirin, Obadimisi, Ogombo, Eti-Osa, among others 
“These land grabbers have now taken their game to a new level as they have the audacity to erect signpost bearing government logo and excision application file numbers in their desperate attempt to deceive prospective buyers into believing that sales of such lands are genuine transactions and have government backing.
“In line with our vision to be a platform for efficient land resources management that promotes easy access to land and title registration in Lagos State and our mission to entrench a culture of excellence that ensures prompt and efficient service delivery anchored on the most current technology, we are doubling efforts to confront all circumstances that may undermine transparency and integrity in the process of accessing land for either residential or commercial purposes. 
“The Attorney-General of the state has drafted the proposed amendment bill and presently with the state House of Assembly for public hearing. In the next two months or less, we expected the law to be in operation.
“The focal point of the review is to remove the aspect of option of fines and make it mandatory of six years in jail for convicted landgrabber (s). 
“We cannot afford to fold our arms while some persons continue to take advantage of hardworking and responsible Lagosians by selling illegal lands to them. 
“This is even so as the consequences of those transaction put lands bureau under unnecessary pressure when the buyers eventually come forward to process title documents. That is why it is better to proactively tame this preventive action now.
“Without address the Omo-Onile syndrome, we would have left a big monster plaguing investment in real estate in Lagos State to continue festering. 
“There are many well-meaning corporate organisations, some of which are represented here today who cannot easily make investment decisions due to the confusion, anarchy and avoidable conflicts caused by land grabbers activities. All these have to stop. 
“It is regrettable that many of the faces behind this criminal acts are supposedly responsible leaders in the communities affected. It is hoped that after this engagement they will see that the government is willing and ready to confront this menace and bring it to the barest minimum if not totally eradicated”. 
“Also, the Chairman of the State Special Taskforce on Landgrabbers, Owolabi Arole said, “Prior to the enactment of the LSPPL Law 2016, the issue of unlawful entry and forceful takeover of land was rampant. 
“The reason is not far-fetched, Lagos State being an urban centre by virtue of the designation of all lands in Lagos pursuant to the Land Use Regulation Notice of 1981 and section 34 of the Land Use Act has limited accessibility to land, hence competitive underhand tactics in order to have their hands on this scarce and limited resources”. 
Arole explained that the Lagos State Government is a proactive government sponsored the bill, enacted by the State House of Assembly in 2016. 
According to him, ” It should be noted that this law has its shortcomings as it does not adequately address issues that may arise in the course of enforcement. “The law is presently undergoing a review in order to meet the yearning and aspiration of the teeming Lagos population. 
“However, the essence of this paper is to see how private property developers can successfully work within the framework of the LSPPL 2016. 
It is important to highlight the salient provisions of the law: Section 2 – prohibition of the forceful land takeover, section 3 – prohibition of entry by violence, section 4 – the illegal occupation of the property. 
“The offence of land grabbing is a strict liability offence; hence you need not prove the elements of actus reus and men’s team 
“Section 12 – this  is the section that establishes and empower the State Special Task force on land grappers. “Section 14 -this section gives jurisdiction to the special offences court to prosecute cases of land grabbing. 
“The Lagos State government has control over practically all lands in Lagos and any prudent developer should approach the lands bureau and apply under the private property developer scheme. 
Arole continued, “The unwholesome activities of this so-called Omo-Onile have remained unchecked and have since brought about the loss of confidence by private developers as most of them are often swindled and at other times made to pay for a particular property several times. 
“In order to drastically reduce incidences of land grabbing and encourage private developers, the LSPPL 2016, the Lagos state special taskforce on land grabbers may enforce the law and vest in it the power to arrest in pursuance of the law alongside any other enforcement unit/agency in the state, while jurisdiction in respect of the offences under the law was granted to the special offences court. He therefore urged anyone who is desirous of acquiring an interest in any landed property should ensure that he followed due diligence by verifying if the intended property is free from any form of encumbrance before investing in such, furthermore that such property is duly registered to forestall third party claim in future


A suspected drug baron, Mr Chidi Olife who escaped arrest for unlawful importation of 5.250kg of heroin, concealed in books, from Pakistan to Nigeria since June 2010 has been arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Lagos.

A statement by the agency revealed that the arrest was carried out by the Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Unit of the agency in Lagos.

It also gave the details of Olife’s arrest indicating that following vital intelligence, a planned controlled delivery operation was coordinated and led by the Commander of the JTF, Adeniyi Olumuyiwa, a deputy commander of narcotics.

“The careful execution of the operation led to the arrest of Oladimeji Oladotun and Alhaji Danjuma Idris while processing the documents for clearing the consignment. Both were the clearing agents hired by Chidi Olife, the owner of the drug.

“Upon being arrested, Alhaji Idris Danjuma, one of the clearing agents was used to effect the arrest of Oke Ningo who Chidi contacted to receive the consignment from the agents on his behalf, unfortunately he escaped arrest at the point of receiving the drug as he suspected the person with the clearing agent to be an NDLEA officer.

“Subsequently, the house of Chidi Olife was traced to a street in the Ajao Estate area of Lagos but before the JTF team could get there he had escaped with all members of his house due to the failed arrest of Oke Ningo.

“The undaunted JTF team of officers placed surveillance on him. Their resilience yielded fruit ten (10) years after as Chidi Olife was eventually arrested and he is currently cooling his heels in NDLEA’s custody while a manhunt for Oke Ningo, his criminal associate continues.”