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Lagosians Stranded As Commercial Drivers Begin 7-day Strike



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Lagosians on Monday were stuck at various bus stops in the state as commercial transporters began a 7-day strike.

The Lagos State Chapter of the Joint Drivers Association of Nigeria (JDWAN) had said it would go on strike starting from Monday, Oct 31 to protest multiple extortions and violent harassment by members of the Lagos State Parks and Management Committee led by Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo, in collaboration with law enforcement agencies in the state.

IfakoIjaiyeNews went around some parts of Lagos to see how effective the strike is.

At Ogba, commuters going to Berger stood for hours in long queues as there were few buses available.

A visit to Berger is also the same.

Commuters were stranded at Berger while the few available buses tripled their fares.

Some commuters who spoke to IfakoIjaiyeNews said there were in support of the strike.

Mrs Nwachukwu said the harassment faced by the commercial drivers from touts at every bus stop in Lagos is too much.

She said, “I am totally in support of the strike. Yes, the buses are not here and we are stranded but they are fighting a good cause.

“At every bus stop in Lagos, these touts harass the bus drivers by demanding money for picking up or dropping off passengers. It is just too much.”

Another commuter, Miss Nike, blamed the Lagos State Government for emboldening the motor park thugs, especially in a city like Lagos.

“It is the state government that I blame. Those jobless motor parks thugs will not be making life difficult for transporters if not that they have the support of the government,” she said.

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Sanwo-Olu Approves 20 Percent Increase In Salaries For Civil Servants




Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved a 20 per cent increase in salaries for civil servants in the state.

In a circular seen by IfakoIjaiyeNews, signed by  Hakeem Muri Okunola, Head of Service and dated March 20, the increase took effect from January 1, 2023.

In the circular, the state government said the arrears from January till date will be paid along with the March salary.


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Lagos Auto Dealer Arraigned For Killing Wife




A popular Lagos auto dealer, Ikechukwu Ogbonna, alias (IVD) was on Monday arraigned before an Ikeja High Court for the alleged involuntary manslaughter of his wife,  Abimbola.

Lagos State Government arraigned IVD on one count of involuntary manslaughter.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The State Counsel, Mrs Adeshola Bello had informed the court that the defendant was for arraignment, adding that there was a mixed up in the date the alleged offence was committed.

The offence, she said, contravened Section 222 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

“We have on record Oct.10, 2022, but the actual date of the incident was Oct.12

“We pray for the indulgence of the court to make amendment on the date,” she said.

The defence counsel, Mr Victor Ogunde, SAN, sought bail for the defendant, following his arraignment.

Ogunde added that the suit against the defendant was with a different number.

Justice Modupe Nicole-Clay questioned the defence for bringing a bail application despite the defendant being on bail since March 1.

Nicole-Clay thereafter adjourned until March 30 for the commencement of trial.

Abimbola was said to have died as a result of the fire incident that occurred in the couple’s home on  Oct.12, 2022.

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Truck Crushes Okada Rider, Passenger To Death



A commercial motorcyclist and his passenger, on Wednesday, lost their lives after colliding with a truck at Bible College area on the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander in Ogun, Mr Ahmed Umar, confirmed the accident on Wednesday in Ota, Ogun.

Umar said that the accident, which happened at about 9.10 a.m., involved four people, a vehicle and a Bajaj motorcycle.

He said that the motorcycle, with no registration number, drove against traffic and collided with a Daf truck, marked: KTG 941 YG, leading to the death of the Okada rider and the passenger, while two others were unhurt.

“The corpses of the dead had been deposited at the morgue of the General Hospital, Ifo,” he said.

The sector commander blamed the accident on excessive speeding and route violation.

He advised motorists and okada riders to desist from excessive speeding to avoid unnecessary loss of life.

Umar also cautioned them to refrain from driving against traffic to prevent mishaps on the highway.

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