By Daji Sani in Yola
A group of hoodlums going by the name, ‘Shila Boys’ yesterday went on rampage and killed three persons in a reprisal attack in Jambutu, a suburb of Yola, Adamawa State capital.
According to eyewitness, trouble started when a group of hoodlums terrorising citizens in the state capital on daily basis popularly called Shila boys killed an old man last week.
The relatives of the deceased old man irked by the development allegedly attacked the group of hoodlums which led to a serious clash between the two warring sides that resulted in one of the boys being killed and many injured
The source further explained that the Shila Boys as a result of the clash retreated, re-enforced and immediately after the Friday Mosque prayers, launched attacks on their targets which claimed the lives of three people at Jambutu Primary School.
Shila Boys, is a group of hoodlums across the state capital ,who specialise in snatching of bags, handsets, money and valuables on streets or inside Keke NAPEP, taxi and even inside the homes of residents.
According to residents, the Shila Boys were allegedly supported by some top government officials and used to carry out dirty jobs which had been a torn on their flesh, accused the security of not being able to put them in check.
“These Shila Boys are also dealers in hard drugs, go about with weapons to use to threaten residents who might want to refuse to handover their valuables,” one of the residents lamented.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state police command, Abubakar Othman confirmed the incident but explained he was yet to get details at the time of sending this report.
Othman said meanwhile the command had deployed a group of policemen to the troubled area to quell the situation.
However, he did not confirm the number of casualties, saying he was yet to receive report from the DPO of the affected area.
S’Court Restores Kalejaiye’s SAN Title
The Supreme Court yesterday restored the title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) on Kunle Kalejaiye, counsel to former Osun State Governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola. The Supreme Court in a unanimous judgment ordered the restoration of the rank of SAN on Kalejaiye shortly after it upheld Kalejaiye’s appeal on the grounds that the trial procedure at the LDPC was flawed. The Legal Practitioners and Disciplinary Committee (LPDC) of the National Judicial Council (NJC) had in 2015 stripped Kalejaiye of his SAN rank over alleged professional misconduct. He was specifically accused of exchanging text messages with an election tribunal judge, Justice Thomas Naron, during the election litigation between Oyinlola and the immediate past Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola. Kalejaiye, who was once a lawyer to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and then Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola faced an inquiry over the alleged misconduct since 2008 when a series of text messages between him and the judge were said to have found their ways into the public.
Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc in Osun
Property worth millions of naira was yesterday destroyed by rainstorm at different parts of Osogbo, the Osun State capital. The affected areas visited by our correspondent are, Oke-Baale, Gbonmi, Isale-Osun, Kelebe, Ofatedo, Igbona and Oke Onitea among others. The rain, which started about 7:10p.m. and fell for almost two hours, pulled down electric poles, block fences and blew off many roofs. There was no report of casualties as at the time of filling this report, however, traffic was obstructed by electric poles, which fell across the Kajola Street, Balogun-Oke Bale. Many residents were seen parking out of their buildings which roof had been blown off by the rainstorm. The head of Kajola community whom his house is one of the affected houses in the area, Chief Tiamiyu Ibraheem said it was a terrible experience for the residents of the area yesterday. Chief Ibraheem said though, no cases of casualties were recorded but, he had personally lost close to one million naira worthy of property to the incident.
Ambode’s Wife Laments Death of Pupils
Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode on Friday described the collapsed building which claimed the lives of some school pupils at Ita-faaji area of the state, as a very sad incident, praying for the repose of their souls. In a statement signed by the Assistant Director Public Affairs in her office, Folashade Kadiri, lamented that it was most unfortunate that young pupils in the course of education should meet such a tragic fate.According to her, “As a mother I feel pained and sad that little pupils in the course of education should meet such a tragic fate.”Mrs. Ambode who is currently out of the country, noted that sad occurrence like that could be prevented, if property developers adhere strictly to building code and integrity, stressing that lives were too precious to sacrifice for economic gains.
Law on Youth Development Fund
Youth Development Fund Bill aimed at creating jobs and evolve greater opportunities for youths in Akwa Ibom State has been passed into law by the State House of Assembly. In passing the bill into law, the Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon Onofiok Luke lauded the Youth Alive Foundation and other youth groups in the state for proposing the bill with Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong as lead-sponsor. The bill, he said proposes the establishment of the Akwa Ibom Youth Development Fund which ultimate aim was to create jobs and evolve greater opportunities for our teeming youths in the state. The Speaker expressed the satisfaction of the legislature to fulfil one of its prominent promises to the youths of the state. “We told them in 2015 that we will always be on their side. There could not have been a better way to reflect that commitment to them other than to pass into law the bill to implement a sustainable youth policy framework. It has been a mark of honour on the 6th assembly that in passing this bill, we have given verve to our economy to attract foreign direct investments into youth development ventures in our state.”
Lions Club Symposium on Women
The International Association Of Lions Clubs District 404B-2 Nigeria, will hold a New Voices Symposium, Tagged ‘The Role of Women in National Building in Nigeria’ next week at Our Saviour’s Church Hall, Tafawa Balewa Square behind Lagos House, Lagos. Speakers at the event will include Kemi Sarumi, Chairperson, Women Symposium, the wife of the Former Ondo State Governor, Her Excellency, Mrs. Olufunke Agagu, the Founder, the Handicapped Education Foundation, Dr. Bridget Itsueli, Founder, Relate African Organisation and Lynda Odu Okpeseyi, PMF, the Constitutional Area Speaker, New Voices for English West African Countries. The event which is expected to be well attended by eminent personalities from the Lions International Community, astute Scholars and Seasoned Administrators from both sectors of the Economy, is being hosted by the District 404B-2 Governor, Dupe Dada, to be assisted by Lion Kemi Eribake of the New Voices Leadership, District 404B-2 Nigeria.
Sanwo-Olu, Abiodun Capable, Says Oyetola
Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has expressed confidence in the ability of Lagos State governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Ogun State governor-elect Dapo Abiodun, to perform to the expectation of their people. He described the two of them as “capable and able given their antecedent.” Oyetola stated this in a message of congratulation to the governors-elect, who, like him, were members of the All Progressives Congress (APC). A statement by Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Adeniyi Adesina, quoted him as saying that the election of Sanwo-Olu would allow the continuation of the purposeful and people-centred administration in Lagos, which Asiwaju Bola Tinubu started in 1999. “The Lagos State Governor-elect has a foundation to build on. He is no doubt capable of carrying on the banner of making Lagos the Centre of Excellence based on the existing roadmap. He has a capable Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, who has equally proved his mettle in the public and private sector in the previous positions he occupied,” Oyetola said.