Lagos DNA Centre Set To Tackle Homicide, Drug, Alcohol Abuse

Lagos DNA Centre Set To Tackle Homicide, Drug, Alcohol Abuse

…Resolves 35 Cases In Three Months

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said it has awarded the contract for the expansion of the operations of the DNA and Forensic Centre to include a world class Forensic Toxicology and Chemistry Section in line with efforts to expand the scope of operation of the Centre to offer more services.

The State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, who disclosed this in a statement, said the addition of the Toxicology and Chemistry Section was due to the high incidence and growing cases of homicide and suspicious deaths related to substance, alcohol abuse, drug related accidents and deaths, as well as suspected cases of poisoning.

“The award of this contract by the State Government is in fulfilment of the promise made by His Excellency Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the commissioning of the Centre in September 2017, where the Governor informed Lagosians and the World that the first phase of the Centre was that of DNA and Forensic Biology and promised that the State would move to other phases by expanding the scope of operation of the centre to include Forensic Toxicology & Chemistry, Latent & Trace evidence, Firearms & Toolmark, Questioned documents and Digital evidence to expand the level of services offered by the DNA Centre,” the Attorney General said.

Kazeem expressed optimism that the Toxicology and Chemistry Section, which would be ready for commissioning in the third quarter of 2018, would automatically place Lagos as one of the leading centres for Forensics in Africa.

Highlighting some of the strides by the Governor Ambode administration in the justice sector, the Attorney said  the DNA and Forensic Centre in the last three months received over 150 requests for forensic analysis from within and outside Nigeria, while over 35 cases have been resolved using Forensic Technology.

He said the DNA and Forensic Centre since it began operation in September 2017, has become a significant milestone and a symbolic manifestation of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s efforts to carry out reforms in the justice sector.

Kazeem listed some of the cases handled by the Centre to include: Suspicious Death Investigations, Analysis of Human Remains that were exhumed to resolve inheritance disputes, Child Trafficking, Rape, Impersonation, Paternity and Maternity issues, among others.

“In stating the achievements of the Ambode Administration in the ongoing reform in the Justice Sector in Lagos State, the Attorney General confirmed that the Lagos DNA Forensic Centre in the three months of operation has received over 150 requests for Forensic Analysis from within and outside Nigeria, while over 35 cases had been resolved using Forensic DNA Technology,” the Attorney General said.

Besides, he explained that the Centre held workshops and training for Judges, Legal Practitioners, Police, other Law Enforcement Agencies and Emergency Responders in the State, while several representatives of foreign embassies in Nigeria and several International agencies have visited the facility and expressed their willingness to partner with the Centre, a situation, which demonstrates the importance and credibility of the centre.

As part of the ongoing overall reform of the justice sector, Kazeem also pledged the State Government’s commitment to support the reform and digitization of the probate system currently being driven by the Judiciary to make it more efficient and responsive to the needs of the people. He also vowed to accelerate prison decongestion through aggressive use of restorative justice techniques, plea- bargaining and non-custodial sentencing.

While reiterating the continued commitment of the present administration to justice sector reforms, Kazeem thanked Lagosians and enjoined all stakeholders to continue to partner with the State Government in its effort towards maintaining security, law and order.

No More Hiding Place For Criminal Elements In Ikorodu

No More Hiding Place For Criminal Elements In Ikorodu

…Commissions New MOPOL Squadron Base In Igbogbo-Baiyeku

…We’ll Use Unit To Fight Ritual Killings, Kidnappings, Other Crimes, Says IGP

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday commissioned a new Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadron Base 63 in Igbogbo-Baiyeku area of Ikorodu, with a declaration that the criminal elements hitherto hibernating in the axis would no longer have a place to hide.

Speaking at the event which was well-attended by traditional rulers, community chiefs, political and religious leaders as well as top security chiefs, Governor Ambode expressed optimism that the new unit would go a long way in effectively addressing the security challenges experienced in Ikorodu and environs in recent times.

Representative of Lagos State Governor/Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello (right), inspects guard of honour during the commissioning of 63 Squadron Base of the Nigeria Police Mobile Force at Igbogbo, Ikorodu, on Monday, January 22, 2018.
Representative of Lagos State Governor/Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello (right), inspects guard of honour during the commissioning of 63 Squadron Base of the Nigeria Police Mobile Force at Igbogbo, Ikorodu, on Monday, January 22, 2018.

Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, said aside the fact that the primary responsibility of government is to ensure the safety and security of its citizenry, the decision to put the new unit in place was in line with the commitment of his administration to transform all parts of the State, as no meaningful development could be achieved in an atmosphere of chaos, fear and uncertainty about safety of lives and property.

He said: “The security and safety of residents of our dear State cannot and will not be compromised. This is why this administration, in partnership with well meaning individuals and the Organized Private Sector (OPS) have invested and continue to invest in the provision of equipment and other security infrastructure for efficient and effective operations of security agencies in the State.

“The establishment of this Police Mobile Force 63 Squadron in this location, was initiated by the Lagos State Government to effectively address the security challenges being experienced in the Ikorodu axis of the State.

 The new 63 Squadron Base of the Nigeria Police Mobile Force at Igbogbo, Ikorodu, commissioned by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday, January 22, 2018.
The new 63 Squadron Base of the Nigeria Police Mobile Force at Igbogbo, Ikorodu, commissioned by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday, January 22, 2018.

“With the commissioning of this Squadron, which we have provided with operational vehicles, communication equipment, among others, all criminal elements within Ikorodu and its environs, will have no place to hide.”

The Governor commended the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris for approving the request for the establishment of the unit, saying that the police boss and the officers of the State Police Command deserve to be commended for partnering with the State Government to ensure that criminals do not have safe haven in any part of the State.

He said with the renewed vigour and commitment of police and other security agencies, incidences of violent crime in Ikorodu and other parts of the State would be tackled headlong.

Governor Ambode, who emphasized the importance of community involvement in fighting crime, specifically urged traditional rulers, community leaders and all residents of the axis to support the security personnel that would be deployed to serve at the base, saying the people should not hesitate to pass on useful information that would help in tracking down criminal minded persons.

In his remarks, Idris commended Governor Ambode for the constant and continuous support to the police and other security agencies, saying that the commissioning of the new Police Mobile unit was another manifestation of the Governor’s commitment to security and crime control.

Representative of Lagos State Governor/Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; representative of Inspector General of Police, D.I.G Foluso Adebanjo; Chairman, Igbogbo-Bayeku Local Council Development Area, Hon. Olusesan Dairo; Oba Adegboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, Oba Semiu Kasali and Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edgal Imohimi during the commissioning of 63 Squadron Base of the Nigeria Police Mobile Force at Igbogbo, Ikorodu, on Monday, January 22, 2018.
Representative of Lagos State Governor/Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; representative of Inspector General of Police, D.I.G Foluso Adebanjo; Chairman, Igbogbo-Bayeku Local Council Development Area, Hon. Olusesan Dairo; Oba Adegboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, Oba Semiu Kasali and Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edgal Imohimi during the commissioning of 63 Squadron Base of the Nigeria Police Mobile Force at Igbogbo, Ikorodu, on Monday, January 22, 2018.

Idris, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of Southwest, Folusho Adebanjo said Ikorodu, being one of the fastest growing suburbs of Lagos State, had developed from a once serene town to a city with thriving commercial and social activities with attendant crime features such as ritual murders, kidnappings, armed robbery, among others.

He said the security challenges in the axis necessitated the need for the establishment of the new unit, assuring that the police would deploy officers of the base to fight crimes associated with the area and enhance law and order.

Also speaking, Adeboruwa of Igbogbo kingdom, Oba Abdulsemiu Kasali lauded the initiative of Governor Ambode to establish the new police unit, saying the development coupled with the ongoing road construction in the area would fast-track transformation of the axis.

Despite Harsh Economy, Lagos Generated N503.7BN IGR IN 2017

Despite Harsh Economy, Lagos Generated N503.7BN IGR IN 2017

…Says Budget Recorded 82 Percent Performance

…Thanks Lagosians, Promises To Deliver Key Infrastructures In Health, Education, Others

…Holds 10th Town Hall Meeting In Ikeja

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday commended residents of the State for supporting his administration to deliver on key projects in various sectors and sections, revealing that the State generated a total of N503.7billion revenue in 2017 despite the harsh economic climate in the country.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the first quarter Town Hall Meeting in 2018, the 10th in the series since his assumption of office, held at De Blue Roof, LTV Complex in Agidingbi, Ikeja said while the State was entering into the new year with confidence of being on a solid prosperity footing and interesting prospects for all Lagosians, it was indeed gratifying that the support of the people enabled government to achieve a lot and commenced the transformation of the landscape of the State.

He said: “As we celebrate entering a new year, we thank you all for your support and cooperation last year. It was your backing that enabled us to achieve the modest successes we recorded last year and commence the transformation of the landscape of our State. In the last year, we delivered on our promises to Lagosians despite the harsh economic climate.

“Despite the harsh economy, our State budget performed at 82 percent. Total Revenue Generated was N503.7bn representing a performance of 78 percent; Total Recurrent Expenditure was N281.33bn representing a performance of 92 percent, while Total Capital Expenditure was N387.60bn or 76 percent performance.”

The Governor listed some of the key projects delivered last year to include the new Tafawa Balewa Square Bus Terminal, new Ojota Pedestrian bridge, Aboru – Abesan link Bridge and adjoining inner roads, Ojodu Berger Slip Road and Pedestrian Bridge, Jubilee Bridges in Ajah and Abule Egba, Freedom and Admiralty Road in Lekki, new Lands Registry, newly upgraded Jubilee Chalet in Epe, among others.

In addition, Governor Ambode said as at December 2017, the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (ETF) had disbursed a total of N4.5billion to 5,500 beneficiaries who also received training on financial literacy and business management, while keys were presented to beneficiaries of the first set of allottees of Lagos State Rent-To-Own Housing Scheme, as well as creation of Neighbourhood Safety Corps and beautification of the State with the erection of monuments, parks and gardens.

Giving a report of activities of his administration in the last quarter in line with tradition of the meeting, Governor Ambode said between the period under review, the State Government commissioned the first State-owned DNA Forensic Centre in Nigeria and West Africa, and in the coming weeks would sign a contract to upgrade the facility to offer toxicology services, which will make it the first in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“In fulfillment of our promise to our students in tertiary institutions across the State, this administration disbursed a total sum of N635.5million to 8,419 students across the State.

Our government acquired healthcare equipment worth N2.5 billion. The equipment will strengthen the capacity of our health facilities to render improved health services and also facilitate smooth take off of the Lagos State Health Scheme which is designed to enable residents enjoy unfettered access to qualitative healthcare.

“Since the last Town Hall meeting, we have continued the renovation and upgrade of our Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) and our people at the grassroots have started to witness a revitalized healthcare delivery. In order to meet the needs of the youth in the area of technical and vocational development, we have approved the establishment of three other Technical Colleges bringing the number of Technical colleges in the State to Eight,” he said.

While reeling out the outlook for the year, Governor Ambode assured that he would sustain the momentum of development and vigorously pursue all on-going projects, with special focus on health and education.

Already, in the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N1.046trillion budget size awaiting approval of the House of Assembly, the State Government has earmarked N92.676billion for health representing 8.86 per cent and N126.302billion for education representing 12.07 per cent of the budget.

He assured that the State Government in the coming weeks would pay compensation to all those whose structures gave way for construction of the 1.4 kilometre Pen Cinema Flyover/Bridge, as well as those in Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Owutu and other areas where construction activities are ongoing.

The Governor, who also entertained questions from residents, ordered the Public Works Corporation to immediately move in to fix bad roads in Computer Village, Abesan Estate, Oriade, Abule Egba, among others, while the office of the Special Adviser on Primary Health Care was directed to make the PHC in Resettlement Area of Eti-Osa functional in two weeks.

While also revealing that the Market Development Board would be inaugurated in coming weeks, the Governor expressed optimism that when functional, the board would address issues of market relocation for developmental projects, just as he said that the Onikan Stadium will be ready in January 2019.

Besides, Governor Ambode urged all taxpayers to be alive to their responsibility of fulfilling their obligations to the State, saying regular payment of taxes remained the major source of funding infrastructures, and assured that the government on its part would judiciously utilize the taxes to make life comfortable for the people.

“I urge all taxpayers to be alive to their responsibility of fulfilling their obligations to the State.  Regular payment of taxes remains the major source of funding the infrastructure being put in place to ease transportation, provide security build new roads and refurbish existing ones,” the Governor said.

Responding to a question from a resident on efforts made to forestall any invasion by herdsmen, Governor Ambode allayed fears, saying that the State Government had taken precautionary measures to ensure safety of lives and property of residents.

“We have already prayed at the beginning of this year, herdsmen would not be our portion, but after prayer, we will work. So, all the issues that you have raised, I am not taking them for granted, I will look at them and also make sure that all our security agencies are on alert and up to date to mitigate any action or intrusion that may arise from that particular quarters,” he said.

Keynote Address Delivered At The Inauguration Of The Board Of The Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency, 2018 At The State House, Ikeja

Keynote Address Delivered At The Inauguration Of The Board Of The Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency, 2018 At The State House, Ikeja

Today, our administration has taken another giant stride towards guaranteeing the welfare of the good people of Lagos State on a sustainable basis with the inauguration of the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency.

The establishment of the Consumer Protection Agency is a strong demonstration of our commitment to the protection of the rights of consumers, the promotion of consumer satisfaction in the State and our resolve to ensure that they get value for money spent on goods and services.

The need for the Agency has become more imperative in view of the fact that Lagos State, with its huge population provides the largest commercial market in Sub-Sahara Africa, with the highest reported cases of daily infractions on the consumer rights.

The Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency is therefore meant to complement our reforms on the ease of doing business in the State especially as it affects the development of the Industrial, Commercial and Consumer satisfaction value chain.

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Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, the Agency whose Board has just been inaugurated will be an effective service centre for the protection of the interests of Consumers, settlement of Consumer disputes and for other connected purposes as enshrined in the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency Law, Cap.C13, Laws of Lagos State, 2014.

Because of the responsibilities of this Agency, membership of the Board has been carefully selected both from private and public sectors based on their impeccable character, remarkable track records, experience on the subject matter and passion for the job.

The members of the Lagos State Consumer protection Agency are as follows:

  1. Mrs. Olufunmilola Falana – Chairman
  2. Olugbode O. Ajoke –           General Manager
  3. Mrs. Sola Salako Ajulo –           Member
  4. Mr. Femi Awogbami –           Member
  5. Mrs. Toki Mabogunje –           Member
  6. Dr. (Mrs.) Adeleke Monsurat Modupeola –  Member
  7. Mrs. Adejoke Oladipupo –           Member
  8. Mr. Alayande Olanrewaju –           Member
  9. Mrs. Faderera Lekan-Rotimi –           Member
  10. Mr. Segun Tayo Kuti-George –           Member
  11. Mrs. Mosunmola Samuel –           Member
  12. Mr. Oduyebo O. Jacobs           –           Secretary

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I charge you all to be dutiful and nurture this new Agency to become an institution that will guarantee timely delivery of effective services to aggrieved consumers in Lagos State.  I also urge Lagosians to utilize this alternative commercial dispute mechanism that will guarantee reduced time for the resolution of consumer related cases.

I thank you all for accepting to serve on the Board of this Agency and I wish you success in your activities.

Thank you.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko lo je wa l’ogun!

 

LASG Orders Legionaires To Take Charge Of Security In Lagos Schools

LASG Orders Legionaires To Take Charge Of Security In Lagos Schools

…Launches 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem

…Donates N25m, Bags Of Rice To Families Of Fallen Heroes

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday directed Legionnaires to take charge of security in public schools in the State so as to forestall all forms of crime in schools.

Governor Ambode, who spoke while launching the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, said his administration remains totally committed to ensuring safety of pupils across all schools in the State.

He said: “What is important is that we have taken as a matter of fact to take care of our public schools which will henceforth be secured by the Nigerian Legion. We promise to give surveillance vehicles to them to enhance security and keep the safety and security of our children in their hands.”

Launching the Emblem, the Governor said the event has continually served as a reminder of the gallantry and sacrifice of men and women of the Nigerian Armed Forces that have in no small measure contributed in protecting the nation’s cherished sovereignty.

He said that it was important to remember them, especially for paying the supreme price of keeping the country safe and secure in challenging periods, and for achieving unity at the expense of loosing their lives.

“It is time to engage ourselves in deep reflection of how such homes have been coping and how the widows and children left behind have been surviving, without important loved ones. It is time to rise in support by alleviating some of their needs, it is the time to express our love, extend appreciation and show gratitude to them for their services to our fatherland.

“We must indeed show to each and every veteran that their service to Fatherland is appreciated, not just by the Nation, and the State, but also by ordinary individual citizens of this great nation.

“It is important that we can continue live in unity and peace. Accordingly, we must use this opportunity to convey symbolic messages to our serving Military men and women, that services and sacrifices to the Nation will always be rewarded and appreciated, to inspire them to be more patriotic and motivate them to give their all in the protection and security of our dear country,” Governor Ambode said.

While urging Nigerians to always treat ex-servicemen with respect and donate generously in the support of the Nigerian Legion, Governor Ambode announced a donation of N25million as well as trailer load of rice to aid the welfare of the families of fallen heroes.

“Also in this yuletide, we extend a trailer load of Lake Rice and N25million to the Nigeria Legion” he said.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Abdul Hakeem Abdul Lateef, emphasised the need for all citizens to appreciate the gallant fallen heroes through donations for the welfare and upkeep of their families.

Also speaking, Chairman of Lagos State Branch of Nigerian Legion, Col Samuel Akanbi (Rtd) commended Governor Ambode for his efforts at rapidly transforming the State and fulfilling the promises made to the Legion.