Revealed: How Ifako-Ijaiye LNSC Boss Runs A One-Man Show, Pockets Largesse Meant For The Office
Facts have emerged on how Babatunde Onipede, the Coordinator, Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC), Ifako-Ijaiye, has been running a one-man show to the detriment of the outfit in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government.
The LNSC is a uniformed security agency established by a law of the Lagos State House of Assembly in 2016 to assist the Police and other security agencies to maintain law and order in the state.
IfakoIjaiyeNews, in the course of our investigation, gathered that Mr Onipede, on many occasions, placed his personal ambition ahead of the outfit, thereby limiting the effectiveness of the agency.
The Many Sins Of Babatunde Onipede
As gathered by IfakoIjaiyeNews, during the last primary election in the Local Government, Mr Onipede denied receiving security mobilisation fees which other agencies did.
Findings, however, showed that was a lie. Mr Onipede allegedly diverted the security mobilization fee to the naming ceremony of his baby.
Largesse also meant for the office during festive periods is also pocketed by him.
This, according to sources who spoke with our reporter under the guise of anonymity for fear of victimisation, was not the first.
Some of these highly placed sources also mentioned the sorry state of the office of the LNSC close to the NRC building.
A discreet visit to the LNSC office by our reporter confirmed the sad state of the premises, despite the interventions by the member, Lagos State House of Assembly representing Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 01, Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji.
In addition to this, the agency was recently given a prepaid meter but at the time of filing this report, the meter hasn’t been connected to the main pole because of N3,000 (Three thousand naira).
Our findings further revealed that PHCN disconnected the light three years ago over N5,000 (Five thousand naira) debt. However, failure to resolve the issue with the electricity company has left the office in darkness and accumulated debt.
The prepaid meter, as reliably gathered, has humongous debt on it.
LNSC Boss Turns Official Vehicle To Personal Use
Out of the three official vehicles given to the outfit, only one van is functioning.
One of the vehicles has been abandoned at Obawole for over a year and some parts missing at the mechanic workshop.
IfakoIjaiyeNews tracked the abandoned vehicle to Anuoluwapo Street, Obawole where the vehicle with number plate APP 133 EQ has turned into a ‘home’ for some mechanics who have their clothes littered inside.
IfakoIjaiyeNews also gathered that Mr Onipede has turned the issue of the abandoned car into a means for revenue generation as he has met with several community leaders within Ifako-Ijaiye for financial assistance.
Many of these unsuspecting leaders gave his cash to repair the vehicle, which to date, he hasn’t done.
This is in contrast to his counterpart in Ojokoro, Mr Arowo Yekini, whose outfit still operates the three official vehicles.
According to verifiable fact, Mr Onipede, on many occasions, drives to Ogun State with the only functioning official vehicle to inspect his farm.
This gross abuse of power has left the vehicle in a bad condition despite the fact that in 2019, Hon Adewale Temitope replaced the engine of the car.
In addition, due to Mr Onipede’s one-man show, some officers of the LNSC have also gone against his instructions many times.
IfakoIjaiyeNews gathered that despite the directive that officers should man the ‘U-turn’ opposite the Iju Primary Health Centre at Lonlo Bus stop to help with the free flow of traffic, they have stationed themselves at Fagba Traffic light where, in conjunction with LASTMA officers and Policemen from Red House Police Station, they extort motorists.
In the principle of balance and fairness, our reporter reached out to Mr Onipede on Friday around 1pm to hear his side of the story via phone calls, a text message and WhatsApp message but at the time of going to press (24 hours later), he didn’t respond to any.
Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji Wins Polling Unit For Asiwaju, Other APC Candidates
The honorable Member representing Ifako Ijaiye constituency 01 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adewale Temitope on Saturday, delivered his polling for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Hon Adewale, who voted at unit 005 Ward 06 (Jagunmolu), won with a wide margin as the candidates of the APC for other positions emerged victorious as well.
Hon Adewale, who is also the Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Transportation, had campaigned vigorously for Asiwaju, visiting different wards in his constituency and engaging directly with voters.
Speaking after the announcement of results at his polling unit, Hon Adewale urged the people to eschew violence. He reassured them that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu will be declared winner by INEC and Nigeria will return to the path of greatness.
Below are the results of his polling unit: Ward 06, PU: 005
APC – 90
PDP – 12
LP – 31
APC – 108
PDP – 22
LP – NIL
House of Reps
APC – 100
PDP – 13
LP – 15
2023: Gov. Sanwo-Olu, Adebule Commend Political Strength And Unity In Ifako-Ijaiye (PHOTO)
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Senatorial candidate for Lagos-West Senatorial District, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule have commended residents and political stalwarts of Ifako-Ijaiye and Ojokoro for their show of love, unity, and peace in the state.
Speaking during a Town Hall Meeting organized by the Coalition of Progressive Minds for Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at African Church Primary School Field, Ifako-Ijaiye, Sanwo-Olu who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde said, Ifako-Ijaiye has been pushing stronger for massive votes for Political stalwarts in Ifako-Ijaiye LGA and Ojokoro LCDA.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu commended the unity of political stalwarts in Ifako-Ijaiye and Ojokoro in what he described as a “huge political strength” and an assured victory for the All Progressives’Congress (APC) in the forthcoming General Elections.
Further speaking, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule stated that she had been a close ally of Ifako-Ijaiye and will surely facilitate more developmental projects to the Local Government and across Lagos-West Senatorial District.
Ifako-Ijaiye News reports that the Executive Chairman of Ojokoro LCDA, Hon. Hameed Idowu Tijani (HID) who spoke on behalf of the two Council Chairmen (Ifako-Ijaiye LGA and Ojokoro LCDA) charged the party supporters and residents alike to step up strategies towards canvassing and voting for all candidates of the APC in the forthcoming General Elections.
Speakers at the event charged residents to take the “Renewed Hope” and “Greater Lagos Rising” Mantra to every doorstep.
Other present at the town hall meeting include; Hon. Benjamin Adeyemi Olabinjo (BAO), APC House of Representatives Candidate; Hon. Adedeji TemiTope Adewale (ATA), APC Candidate for Lagos House of Assembly, Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 01; Hon. Emmanuel Olotu (Oxygen), APC Candidate for Lagos House of Assembly, Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 02 and Hon. Dayo Saka Fafunmi (Deputy DG, Adebule Campaign, Lagos-West).
2023: Temitope Akinyemi Canvasses Support For Hon Adewale, BAO With Political Empowerment Program
Temitope Akinyemi, the convener of Temitope Akinyemi Movement (TAM), will on Thursday, February 2, 2023, empower residents of Ifako-Ijaiye LG as part of his support for Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji (ATA) and Hon Benjamin Adeyemi Olabinjo (BAO) ahead of the 2023 polls.
The event will hold at the Unity Centre (Ajumose) by 11am.
The programme is a strictly a political one and attendance will be by display of the Permanent Voters Card (PVC).
According to Temitope Akinyemi, the event is part of drumming support for the two APC candidates from Ifako-Ijaiye as well as campaign for APC’s Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and H.E (Dr) Idiat Adebule.
Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji is a member, Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 01 while Hon Olabinjo is contesting to representing Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives.
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