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LAMATA Commences Compensation Of 180 Landlords In Ogun




The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) has commenced the payment of compensation to no fewer than 180 landlords in Ogun state.

This is contained in a statement by the Managing Director of LAMATA, Mrs Abimbola Akinajo, and signed by the Consultant, Corporate Communication of LAMATA, Mr Kolawole Ojelabi, on Tuesday in Lagos.

According to Akinajo, the landlords are those whose houses will be affected by the construction of Agbado Train Station and the stabling yard for the Red Line Rail system.

She said that the compensation exercise, jointly supervised by officials of the Lands Bureau and Survey Department of the Ogun and LAMATA, followed the revocation of the land by the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dayo Abiodun.

Akinajo appreciated the Ogun State Government for facilitating the acquisition of land in Agbado and Ope Ilu.

She, however, said that both states had meticulously looked at the landed space needed for the project to ensure that people affected are adequately compensated to ease their relocation.

“About two months ago, we paid tenants that would be affected. Today, it is the turn of landlords. This is to prove to you that government is serious about compensation.

“On behalf of the governments of Lagos and Ogun, I want to appeal to you to promptly vacate the areas government had acquired and paid for, so we could build the infrastructure for the rail line.

“We are currently running behind schedule because this rail line is expected to commence operation by the first quarter of 2023,” Akinajo said.

Meanwhile, Mrs Oluwaseun Oluwasusi, the Head, Acquisition and Compensation Department in the Lands Bureau and Survey of Ogun, who represented Abiodun expressed delight at the exercise.

Abiodun informed beneficiaries that the compensation was being paid, following the successful presentation of the revocation notice to each of the property owners, and their consent to support the government on the rail development project.

He expressed appreciation for their cooperation and understanding, stating that rail project would make commuting between the two states seamless.

He added that it would improve their lifestyle as well as reduce the stress associated with commuting between the two states.

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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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