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Sanwo-Olu suspends all construction in Banana Island

The directive comes after a seven-storey building under construction in the area collapsed on Wednesday.


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Sanwo-Olu suspends all construction in Banana Island

A file photo of Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Credit: Babajide Sanwo-Olu/Twitter
A file photo of Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Credit: Babajide Sanwo-Olu / Twitter

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has directed that all developments on Banana Island be placed on hold subject to a comprehensive audit by the officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA).

The directive comes after a seven-storey building under construction in the area collapsed on Wednesday.

According to a statement signed by government spokesperson, Gbenga Omotoso, the collapsed building had been “sealed by the Lagos State Government for not having the approval to commence construction, but the developers continued to build, hiding under the security of their estate/gated community.”

Police impound 245 motorcycles, arrest riders in Mile Two

This picture shows motorcycles seized by the police on April 13, 2023 in the Mile Two area.
This picture shows motorcycles seized by the police on April 13, 2023 in the Mile Two area. Credit: Benjamin Hundeyin/Twitter

The spokesman of the Lagos State police command, Benjamin Hundeyin, on Wednesday announced the seizure of 245 motorcycles and arrest of seven riders around Mile Two and Apapa Road.

He said the raid is in line with the  “enforcement of the existing ban on the use of motorcycles in parts of Lagos State.” 

“We will not relent!” he said.

Daystar set to hold annual Women’s Conference in Ikeja 

Nike Adeyemi is an international conference speaker and co-pastor, Daystar Christian Centre.
Nike Adeyemi is an international conference speaker and co-pastor, Daystar Christian Centre. Credit: Nike Adeyemi/Instagram

Daystar Christian Centre, Lagos has announced its annual ‘Women of Destiny’ conference for ladies 

This year’s conference is tagged ‘Light’ and is billed for April 15 and 16 at Main Auditorium, Plot A3C, Ikosi Road, Oregun, Ikeja.

“Looking forward speaking this Saturday with @audreyjezigbo. Ladies, you don’t want to miss this. Two sessions, Q& A and a great time of worship,” Nike Adeyemi, the host of the conference wrote in a post via her official Instagram page. 

The Nigerian gospel singer, Sinach, and the Deputy Managing Director of Falcon Corporation, Audrey Joe-Ezigbo will be ministering at the event.

Ouidah announces date for April’s Open Mic Night

Ouida has positioned itself as one of Ikeja's culture treasures. Omon Okhuevbie/Ikeja Record
Ouida has positioned itself as one of Ikeja’s culture treasures. Omon Okhuevbie/Ikeja Record

Ouida, a three-floor cultural space and bookstore in Ikeja GRA has announced its monthly Open Mic event for April.

Ouida organises an Open Mic Night for creatives to network and share their work. It is a night for music, poetry, spoken word and stories.

This month’s Open Mic Night is scheduled for April 20th at 6pm at the bookstore and it attracts a gate fee of N1000.

One-Chance Victim Narrowly Escapes Death, Dumped At Ikeja

Bukola Afolarin (right) is pictured in pain.
Bukola Afolarin (right) is pictured in pain. Credit: Seyifunmi Folarin/Twitter

A young lady, Bukola Afolarin, on Wednesday, narrowly escaped being killed and blinded, after she boarded a ‘one-chance’ at Gbagada, and was dumped at Ikeja.

Her sister, Seyifunmi Folarin raised an alarm in a tweet, revealing that the unfortunate incident happened while Bukola was on her way to work in Victoria Island, Lagos, The Guardian reported.

“I got a call at about 6:00a.m. that my sister entered one-chance and was dropped off at Ikeja,” Seyifunmi said. “It was devastating to see her because she was badly beaten and almost shot at. Everything was taken from her.”

Cleric to be Arraigned for Sexual Assault on April 17

Bishop Oluwafeyiropo Daniel, founder of International Reign Christian Ministry, Ikota, Lekki, will be arraigned before the Lagos Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences court over allegations of sexual assault on April 17.

The Street Journal reported that Justice Rahmon Oshodi fixed the new date following “the defendant’s absence in court to take his plea following the defilement case filed against him by the state government” on a previous sitting.

Tinubu named in Time’s 100 Most Influential list

Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the best man for president in 2023, argues Adebayo. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images
Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

Former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been named in Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people for 2023. 

Tinubu was credited for winning the hotly contested 2023 presidential election, joining the likes of German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz and US President, Joe Biden on the list.

“Winning an election in Africa’s most populous country is no easy feat,” Time Magazine staff writer, Astha Rajvanshi, wrote.

Ikorodo, Epe teachers invited to apply for innovative fellowship

Over a hundred teachers have previously benefitted from he Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) fellowship.
Over a hundred teachers have previously benefitted from he Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) fellowship. Credit: Tokunbo Abiru/Twitter

The Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) has announced the opening of applications for the Lagos East Teachers’ Fellowship (Cohort 3). 

The fellowship is designed to empower teachers with knowledge and tools to implement inquiry-based learning and technology in the classroom, according to SAIL.

Teachers from Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu, Kosofe, and Somolu local governments are eligible to apply.

Isolo gets modular recycling exchange hub

This recycling hub was launched in Isolo LCDA on April 13, 2023.
This recycling hub was launched in Isolo LCDA on April 13, 2023. Credit: Lagos State Employment Trust Fund/Twitter

A modular recycling exchange hub has been launched in Isolo Local Council Development Area.

The hub is part of the Recycle for Pay Program (GoRecycling) which is backed by the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, Sahara Foundation and Wecyclers.’

GoRecycling is a crowd-sourced, incentive-based recycling program that aims to “foster a sustainable approach to waste management and contribute to the development of a circular economy by helping Lagos residents turn their waste into wealth.” according to a statement from LSSTF.

‘Gangs of Lagos’ desecrates heritage of Lagos, says Commissioner

An official poster of the Amazon Prime film, Gangs of Lagos.
An official poster of the Amazon Prime film, Gangs of Lagos.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf believes the Amazon Prime film ‘Gangs of Lagos’ is a misrepresentation of the state’s culture for portraying the Eyo Masquerade as a gun-wielding villain while adorning the full traditional regalia.

 “We are of the opinion that the production of the film ‘The Gang of Lagos’ is very unprofessional and misleading while its content is derogatory of our culture, with the intention to desecrate the revered heritage of the people of Lagos,” she said.

 “It is an unjust profiling of a people and culture as being barbaric and nefarious. It depicts a gang of murderers rampaging across the State.”