Let’s immortalize Kamoru Bombata

At the peak of insecurity of lives and properties in Ikorodu, one bold and patriotic son of Ikorodu volunteered to sacrifice his own life for the sake of others. As the nation stepped into the new millennium in the 21st century, the mass migration of population into Ikorodu Division brought with it influx of crimes and criminality. Just as developers, investors, business men and women as well Nigerians scrambled for land, spaces and new ventures to promote in the area, bad elements strategized on how to devour the efforts of…

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Let’s immortalize Kamoru Bombata

At the peak of insecurity of lives and properties in Ikorodu, one bold and patriotic son of Ikorodu volunteered to sacrifice his own life for the sake of others. As the nation stepped into the new millennium in the 21st century, the mass migration of population into Ikorodu Division brought with it influx of crimes and criminality. Just as developers, investors, business men and women as well Nigerians scrambled for land, spaces and new ventures to promote in the area, bad elements strategized on how to devour the efforts of…

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OBA KABIR SHOTOBI’S LEGACY NEW PALACE EXTENSION

When two years ago, Kabiyesi Kabir Adewale Shotobi mooted the idea to build a multi-million naira Palace extension that would complement the one the State Government built for his kingdom, not many gave him a chance of attaining that goal, how much more trusted the time-frame of its attainment. Many people close to the monarch wondered where he intended to get the funds for such a huge project. Not deterred by people’s pessimism, the monarch went ahead to set up a committee for the project, which included two outstanding architects…

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Oro festival controversy: The way out

The heat started when His Majesty, Oba Kabir Shotobi, the Ayangbure of Ikorodu, directed the Ikorodu Town Hall Management not to book any one for any party or event on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, because it had been declared Oro Festival Day. The Town Hall Management put out the notice on its board. The Kabiyesi also went on air as he had done in other years of his reign to announce on radio and TV that the Oro festival would hold that day, giving all the details and conditionalities. Reactions…

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Interview: my wife and I would have been murdered in Agbowa shrine…Victim rescued by police

Mr. Babatunde Hassan, and his wife, Ann, were rescued from one of the shrines demolished by the police in Lagos recently. He tells TOLUWANI ENIOLA how he got to the shrine Q: What do you do for a living? I am a car dealer based in Lagos.   Q: How did you get to the shrine? A: Recently, when I was trying to do some transaction in Ibadan, Oyo State, for my car business, my wife called me. She complained of a sharp pain in her chest and back. She…

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Our Stand on Criminals in Ikorodu Division

1.    CHALLENGES OF AJAGUNBALE (LAND GRABBERS) AND OMO ONILE The activities of the twosome, noted for their notoriety in terms of land grabbing and other related menace require more attention from all tiers of government and the public. There is no doubt that the Lagos State Government has promulgated a law against the nefarious activities of the twosome, however, the expected positive result from the activation and implementation of this law is yet to be realized as the harassment and rampage of the groups, seem yet to be checked. Ikorodu…

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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH FOR OUR POLITICAL LEADERS

The selection, rather than election of candidates for the forthcoming Local Government elections in Lagos State, is a bad omen for the state. It is a bad omen in the sense that the All Progressives Congress (APC), which prides itself as an ardent supporter of democracy, should not be seen to be involved in this charade of selection, which the party referred to as compromise. This does not speak well, not only for APC, but for the entire democratic process, as it seemingly signals the beginning and the end of…

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COMBATING THE SCOURGE OF MURDER IN IKORODU: ALL HANDS MUST BE ON DECK TO REDEEM OUR IMAGE

international media are daily awashed with ugly stories about Ikorodu division, portraying this Eastern gate way of Lagos State as a den of robbers, militants, cultists, ritualists, kidnappers, land grabbers and serial rapists and murderers. In the past five years, Ikorodu has been in the news and on the internet for bad reasons, the latest being the emergence of a group called “Badoo”, a deadly gang, whose members have been invading mostly rural communities and wiping off entire families and killing their victims like vampires and monsters. So much blood…

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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH IN SABO MARKET: GOV AMBODE SHOULD PROBE THIS MARKET CLOSURES

With the 4th closure of Ayangbure Market, a,k,a Sabo Market  in Ikorodu within one year, and innocent traders and patronisers of that center in great agony and losses as a result of greed and self-aggrandizement of some council officials, past and present, the time has come for a decisive action by Governor Ambode and the Lagos state government to halt this unfortunate trend. Without mincing words, the closure of this celebrated market, the biggest in Ikorodu division, in February this year for about three days was no fault of the…

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What GovAmbode, FG must do to reduce crimes in Ikorodu

Lagos State has made great strides in security since it established its security trust fund in 2007. Brazen robbery, car snatching and other violent crimes have reduced as a result. Unfortunately, the Ikorodu area of the state is an island of insecurity. The fragile security architecture in Ikorodu was underlined again in January when assailants from Badoo, a neighbourhood gang (or cultists in local parlance), murdered KoredeAdeyanju, a fresh University of florin graduate, in his home. His untimely death is a vivid reminder of the pervasive insecurity in that community.…

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