ACF Chairman, Ibrahim Coomassie is dead

The death has been announced of the Chairman, Board of Trustees of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and a former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie.
Alhaji Dahiru Coomassie, a younger brother to the deceased, confirmed the death on Thursday in Katsina.
He said that Coomassie died in this evening after a protracted illness at Amadi Rimi Specialist Hospital, Katsina.
He died at the age of 76.
Coomasie will be buried in Katsina on Friday after Juma’at prayers.

Zidane/Materazzi head-butt drama: Angel told me to red card Zidane, ref Elizondo reveals

Argentinian referee Horacio Elizondo has spoken for the first time about the World Cup 2006 infamous clash between French captain Zinadine Zidane and Marco Materazzi.
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Boko Haram: I received N30, 000 for abducting Chibok school girls — Suspect

Modu said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday at the Borno state Police Command, Maiduguri. A suspected Boko Haram insurgents’ commander, Mayinta Modu, said he received N30, 000 as payment for coordinating and participatiing in the abduction of Chibok schools girls.Modu said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday at the Borno state Police Command, Maiduguri.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that the insurgents had in 2014 abducted over 200 students of the Government Secondary School Chibok, Borno.Modu, 23, was among the 22 suspected Boko Haram members arrested by the police for their role in facilitating and coordinating the abduction of the school girls and attacks on communities, military, security agencies as well as suicide bombings in Borno and Adamawa.The suspects were arrested by the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), under the command of DCP Abba Kyari two weeks ago in Borno and Yobe.The Commissioner, Mr Damian Chukwu, disclosed that Modu and seven other suspects participated actively in the abduction of the school girls.The police identified Modu, as one of the insurgents’ commanders, who coordinated the abduction of the girls and participated in the attacks on Bama and Gwoza communities.Modu, who hails from Bama in Borno, said that he and other commanders led dozens of fighters to Chibok and abducted the girls from their school in Chibok.The suspect  narrated that after the abduction, they trasversed through many areas between Nigeria and Cameroun border.Modu added that the insurgents spent many days in the wilderness before they finally handed over the girls to top commanders of the group.“Most of the abducted girls were released. We were paid N30, 000 each for participation in the abduction.“Equally, when the girls were released sequel to the negotiation with government, we got additional payment of between N30, 000 and N60, 000 each,” he said.Modu added that he also coordinated several attacks on Bama and Gwoza communities, which resulted in the loss of lives and property.The suspect further revealed that he also facilitated recruitment of girls and boys used as suicide bombers in Maiduguri and other parts of the northeast.

Sexy Criminal: Prison beauty queen sentenced to death 2 years after winning pageant

Kamanda, who was 22-year-old when she won the beauty pageant, was sentenced by a Kenyan High Court on Thursday, July 19, 2018. Two years after emerging Miss Langata Prison 2016, in a beauty contest organized for female prisoners, Kenyan lady, Ruth Wanjiru Kamanda has been sentenced to death.Kamanda, who was 22-year-old when she won the beauty pageant, was sentenced by a Kenyan High Court on Thursday, July 19, 2018 after she was found guilty of killing her boyfriend, Farid Mohammed.Justice Jessie Lesiit during the ruling at the Milimani law court said she had no other option but to send Kamanda, who is now 24-year-old to the hangman’s noose, as she deliberately stabbed her boyfriend.Justice Lesiit held that Kamande acted in malice adding that her actions proved the same.Kamanda stabbed boyfriend for cheating and contracting HIVKamanda had been imprisoned for killing Farid Mohammed, 24, in 2015.The prison beauty queen has been in prison custody  for allegedly stabbing Mohammed 22 times after she found love messages from another woman on his phone at their residence in Buru, Buru Estate, a large middle-class residential area in the Eastlands part of Nairobi. Also Read: “Deadly Jealousy: Kenyan woman stabs lover to death for hugging her friend”The victim who sustained stab wounds on his back, stomach, chest, and neck, later died in the hospital while undergoing treatment.

Apapa Gridlock: Lagos Govt Reacts, Wants Closure Of Third Mainland Bridge Postponed

 
The Lagos State Government has sympathised with residents and commuters of Apapa-Oshodi and other parts of Lagos affected by the lingering gridlock caused by the congestion of trucks and articulated vehicles along the area.
The state government has asked the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing to consider shifting the proposed closure dates for the Third Mainland Bridge to a later date, to avoid compounding the situation as Ikorodu Road and adjoining roads will not be adequate to cope when the Third Mainland Bridge is shut for repairs at the same time the Apapa-Oshodi is experiencing traffic congestion.
In a statement issued on Thursday by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, the Government expressed sadness over the difficulties faced by motorists and commuters seeking the use of the Apapa-Oshodi highway and other routes leading to the ports.
He blamed the renewed congestion on the recalcitrance of owners and drivers of tankers and trucks to fully comply with the subsisting directive that restricts their movement within the State.
He linked the situation to the ongoing industrial action by a section of workers at the Apapa ports which has slowed down the pace of goods clearance as well as the slow pace of repair works on the roads leading to the ports, most of which are federal roads.
He explained that the State Police Command and the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) have been directed to flood the affected areas with sufficient officers to further control traffic and bring sanity to bear “on this hectic situation so as to bring immediate succour to our people.”
The Commissioner said, that “the State Government would urge the and others leading in and out of the ports are experiencing an unusual, albeit, temporary traffic snarl.
“It is indeed pathetic that private firms seeking to make a profit from legitimate commerce would continue to subject the citizens of Lagos State to horrendous pains inspite of the provision of holding bays for their trucks and tankers until it is their turn to pick goods at the ports,”.
He added that the recent rehabilitation of the truck parked at Orile Iganmu, with the capacity to take 3,000 trucks shows the commitment of the Akinwunmi Ambode administration to find a lasting solution to the enormous challenge posed by the indiscriminate use of the highways by articulated vehicles.
According to the Commissioner, the government had hoped that, with the unfortunate loss of lives and property to destruction caused by tanker explosions and truck mishaps, the conscience of the haulage stakeholders would be pricked sorely enough to save Lagosians from the threat of carnage on the highways by adhering to directives and also investing in truck terminals themselves.
He however noted that the State Government would not allow its highways turned to death traps while urging speedy delivery of the roads under reconstruction within the axis and full computerisation of the port’s operations in order to save the State from this incessant but avoidable hardship.
“If the powers of the State is inadequate to force these powerful merchants to obey the law, shall we also say that the Federal Government with all the forces at its command, is unable to protect residents of Lagos against this common threat?”
He called on Lagosians to exercise patience, noting that President Muhammadu Buhari had assured Lagos State that the Federal Government would tackle this matter decisively, the latest hardship makes the much-needed intervention extremely imperative.
The Commissioner expressed regrets that ongoing rehabilitation of roads in Apapa and its environs and the efforts towards sanitizing truck entry procedures have pushed the trucks to other parts of the city all because the haulage operators have continued to illegally turn major roads to parks thereby using public facilities to increase their private profit.
“We therefore once again call on the Federal Government to save Lagosians by assisting to enforce the rule that all haulage operators must have designated parks immediately, while we continue to solicit the understanding and cooperation of the general public.”
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In Congo: ICC denies damages to kids born after village attack

War crimes judges ruled Thursday that five children born after their parents were victims of a brutal 2003 attack on a Congolese village were not eligible to receive compensation. War crimes judges ruled Thursday that five children born after their parents were victims of a brutal 2003 attack on a Congolese village were not eligible to receive compensation.The International Criminal Court (ICC) judges “dismissed the requests for reparations made by these applicants” in the case of the convicted warlord Germain Katanga, the tribunal said in a statement.Katanga, 40, a former militia commander from the restive northeastern Congolese Ituri province, was ordered in March 2017 to pay $1 million in damages to his victims after his forces attacked their village.He was convicted of supplying weapons to his militia, which went on the rampage, shooting and hacking to death with machetes some 200 people, out of a small close-knit community of about 800 people.In its first-ever reparations, the ICC awarded a symbolic $250 each to 297 people caught up in the brutal attack by Katanga’s militia on Bogoro village in Ituri province.It also awarded collective compensation for projects to help victims with housing, education and “income-generating activities” as well as counselling.Katanga had sought to appeal the amount of reparations but the sums were upheld in March this year, and the appeals judges also ruled that the claims of five children who had applied to share in the damages should be re-assessed.Lawyers and rights groups had sought to win compensation for victims of what they called “transgenerational harm”.But the judges ruled on Thursday that the five children “had not established to the requisite standard of proof the causal nexus between the psychological harm they had personally suffered and the crimes of which Mr Katanga was convicted”.Katanga is now behind bars in the Democratic Republic of Congo serving a 12-year sentence imposed in 2014 on five charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for the attack.

Ibrahim Coomasie: Former Police Inspector General is dead

Coomasie, who served as Inspector General of police under Sani Abacha, have been reported dead on Thursday, July 19. Former Inspector-General of police, Ibrahim Coomasie, has been reported dead by TheCable.It was reported that Coomasie was confirmed dead by a family source on Thursday, July 19, 2018.It was further reported that Coomasie, who served as inspector-general of police under Sani Abacha, the late military dictator, died at Orthopaedic Hospital, Katsina, around 6:35pm. ALSO READ: Gunmen kill security aide of ex-IGP, Commasie in KatsinaThe Coomasie’s orderly was also reported to have confirmed the news of his death but the cause of his death is yet to be confirmed.Before his death, Commassie held traditional title of Sardaunan Katsina.Gunmen attack ex-IGP Commasie’s residenceon Saturday attacked the residence of former Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Coomasie, killing a mobile policeman and injuring another.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that two attackers on a motorcycle opened fire on the two policemen stationed at the gate of the residence at the about 8pm, but did not gain entrance into the house.

NFF to move into Sunday Dankaro House next week, Giwa says

Chris Giwa, the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Thursday said the federation’s secretariat would move to the Sunday Dankaro House at the Abuja National Stadium next week.
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Dino Melaye: Senator accuses security operatives of attempted assassination

On Thursday, July 19, 2018, Senator Melaye took to Twitter handle to announce that he narrowly escaped an assassination attempt on his life. Kogi lawmaker, Senator Dino Melaye has alleged that members of the Nigerian Police Force, Special Anti-Robbery Squad and Military men made an assassination attempt on his life.On Thursday, July 19, 2018, the controversial lawmaker took to his Twitter handle at about 7:53 PM to announce that he narrowly escaped an assassination attempt on his life.”I thank God for spearing my life once again. Over 20 bullets holes on my jeep. Combination of police,SARS and military. God i thank you,” he tweeted. ALSO READ: Kogi Senator now has 3 criminal cases in 3 courtsMelaye had once raised an alleged attempt on his lifeIn 2017, Melaye had accused Kogi’s Governor Yahaya Bello’s Chief of Staff, Edward Onoja David, of masterminding an attempted assassination on his life. The allegation was found out to be false.Earlier in 2018, the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation filed a lawsuit against Melaye for allegedly providing false information to the police about an assassination attempt on his life.In the suit (CR/106/18) filed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama on January 31, 2018, Melaye is accused of falsely incriminating Kogi’s Governor Yahaya Bello’s Chief of Staff, Edward Onoja David, as well as making false statement in regards to the attempted assassination.

Lewis Hamilton: F1 star signs £40m-a-year extension with Mercedes to become 8th most-paid sports...

Hamilton and Mercedes who have been partners since 1998 just announced the deal which runs through the end of 2020. Formula One star Lewis Hamilton has signed a two-year contract extension with Mercedes worth £40m a year to become the eight most-paid sports star in the world. Hamilton and Mercedes who have been partners since 1998 just announced the deal which runs through the end of 2020. Although the specifics of the deal were not revealed, Daily Mail report that the 33-year-old will earn up to £40-million-a-year making him the highest-earning British sportsperson. The new expansion upped his earnings with Mercedes by about £8m-a-year from £32m.  Biggest earner in Formula One  “This contract extension has basically been a formality since Toto [Wolff] and I sat down during the winter, so it’s good to put pen to paper, announce it and then get on with business as usual,” the four-time world champion said on the Mercedes website. “I have been part of the Mercedes racing family for 20 years and I have never been happier inside a team than I am right now.“We are on the same wavelength both on and off track – and I am looking forward to winning more in the future and shining even more light on the three-pointed star. I’m very confident that Mercedes is the right place to be over the coming years. “The competitive passion that burns bright inside me is shared by every single member of this group – always chasing the next improvement and digging even deeper to make sure we come out on top. I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together in the next two-and-a-half seasons.’Hamilton’s new deal also means he is now the highest earner in the Formula One more than Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who is on £38m a year.

Pulse List: 10 memorable Nigerian TV characters of the 80s & 90s

The 90s was a decade that featured most of TV’s unforgettable characters. From Chief Fuji to Papa Ajasco, here are some memorable ones. The 80s and 90s were heavily loaded with memorable and engaging Nigerian TV characters.Decades later, those characters have remained iconic in pop culture, and today, Pulse Movies has selected just 10 of those unforgettable characters.From Chief Fuji to Papa Ajasco, here are some of Nigerian TV’s most memorable characters of the 80s and 90s, or arguably, of all time.In no particular order, check them out:1. Papa Ajasco – Papa Ajasco and Company On “Papa Ajasco and Company,” formerly “The Ajasco Family,” the titular character is a promiscuous bald-headed husband, who often dramatically hits his head when amazed at an event.Papa Ajasco’s silly demeanor and his love for the slang “Ojigbijigbi” made his character in the sitcom an instant hit with Nigerian audiences.2. Ann Haathrope – Checkmate In the 90s hit TV series, Ann is a determined young woman who returns to Nigeria to revive her family business, Haatrope Investments.To achieve this, she has to take on rivals like the immoral Segun Kadiri, who bears a long-time grudge against the Haatropes.In “Checkmate,” Ann Haatrope is pretty, smart and bold about everything she wants.3. Segun Kadiri – Checkmate Segun Kadiri and Ann Haatrope’s relationship in “Checkmate” earns them a spot as one of the most memorable TV couples of all time.The tale of Ann and Segun has been passed on from one generation to another, creating an intense fan base that cuts across the old and young generation.Segun, who bears a grudge against Ann’s family, meets her for the first time in the 13th episode of the series when he pays her a visit to avoid losing a contract to her.For several episodes, viewers watched Ann and Segun grow from hero-villain rivals to a hot romantic couple still fondly remembered in Nigerian TV history.4. Okonkwo – Things Fall ApartIn “Things Fall Apart,” Okonkwo is a brave and rash Umuofian warrior and clan leader. A son of a man he considers lazy and poor, Okonkwo works hard to become the opposite.Despite his achievements, his existence is controlled by the fear of failure, weakness and becoming his father.Decades after its release, Pete Edochie, who played the character, is still widely admired for his portrayal of Okonkwo.5. Chief Fuji – CheckmateIn “Checkmate,” Chief Fuji is a rich man who has many wives and kids to provide for. He is mostly unable to provide for them all, so he always seeks a way to dodge his responsibility. Chief Fuji is also an old friend of the Haatropes.As one of the most interesting characters on the show, Chief Fuji earned his own spin-off show; the evergreen “Fuji House of Commotion.”6. Chief Zebrudaya Okoroigwe Nwogbo – New MasqueradeOver the course of its run, the character Chief Zebrudaya was played by three different actors; Nwora Asika, Nsofor Obua and Chika Okpala.On the sitcom, which tried to capture the struggle of the common man in Nigeria, Zebrudaya is a World War II veteran who has visited various foreign countries.Also known as 4:30 and considered by those around him as enlightened, he is a somewhat overbearing husband.On the show, he uses a mixture of Queens English, Igbo language and Pidgin English as a means of communication, and alongside his wife Ovularia; daughter, Philo; and two Houseboys, Clarus and Giringori, Zebrudaya elicited laughter from viewers and became another memorable character whose tale has been passed from one generation to another.7. Bitrus – Cockcrow at Dawn Bello, Zemaye, Bitrus and Ene are some of the lead characters in “Cock Crow at Dawn,” but decades after it aired in the 80s, Sadiq Dada, who played Bitrus, is still fondly remembered and addressed by some Nigerians as Bitrus.”Every Friday, 6 p.m, everybody is rushing to watch Cock Crow at Dawn and I had the honour of playing the role of the mischievous boy, Bitrus.  Everyone fell in love with the role.  As old as I am, everywhere I go people still call me Bitrus, but again it is God’s making,” Daba told Encomium during an interview.8. Madam the Madam – Basi and CompanyOccasionally described as “Madam the Madam,” she is fond of showing off her wealth, and is as greedy as her tenant – the titular character Basi – who dreams of becoming a millionaire by tricking wealthy people.As she tirelessly chases Basi around for rent,  she often falls victim of Basi’s pranks. Madam the Madam is popular for the huge head-ties which she wears in nearly every episode.The character was also popular for the catchphrase “It’s a matter of cash”  – her response to any proposal.9. Bisi – I Need to KnowBefore she became the popular funny Jenifa, Funke Akindele was Bisi, an inquisitive school girl in the family-oriented television series “I Need to Know,” which aired on the NTA network in the 90s.Her ability to be curious and sweet in every episode can’t be easily forgotten.10. Jagua – Jagua The titular character, Jagua, is a mischievous elderly old man who was popular for the catchphrase: “my belle o…my head o.

FG Orders AGF To Fast-track Decongestion Of Prisons In Nigeria

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The Federal Government has directed the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, (AGF), Abubakar Malami to fast-track the decongestion of prisons and set up a stakeholders committee to that effect.
The call comes after the AGF had in October 2017, inaugurated an 18-man committee, chaired by the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Justice Ishaq Bello, to fast-track prisons decongestion in Nigeria.
The state of the prison across the country has been described as pathetic and a complete abuse of the fundamental human rights of the inmates.
The committee says it has set free 1,310 inmates that have committed minor offences with an option of fine.
There have been several calls for the decongestion of the prisons in the country, following the jailbreaks that the nation has experienced in recent times.
 
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Lagos blames ‘powerful merchants’ for Oshodi-Apapa road gridlock

The massive gridlock on Oshodi-Apapa Expressway has been blamed on the refusal of “powerful merchants” to obey a subsisting order of the Lagos State government restricting the movements of articulated vehicles in the State.
The government also attributed the logjam to an ongoing industrial action by a section of workers at the Apapa ports which has slowed down the pace of goods clearance as well as the slow pace of repair works on the roads leading to the ports.
“It is indeed pathetic that private firms seeking to make profit from legitimate commerce would continue to subject the citizens of Lagos State to horrendous pains in spite of the provision of holding bays for their trucks and tankers until it is their turn to pick goods at the ports,” Lagos State’s commissioner for information Kehinde Bamigbetan said in a statement on Thursday.
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Trucks and tankers have been occupying a section of the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway inward Mile 2 for more than two months.
But the numbers suddenly increased in the last five days with the queue stretching for more than four kilometres and the expressway completely blocked at some points.
“It is a total chaos,” a commuter told The Guardian on Thursday. “I have to trek a four more than a kilometre to board a bus. It is either that or I stay in the hold-up for hours.”
Lagos State Commissioner of Police Imohimi Edgal referred to the situation as a “national disaster”. He said the command and other stakeholders will on Friday night deploy 3, 500 official, to the affected areas in order to ease the situation.
“We have sat together with relevant agencies to launch “Operation Restore Sanity on Lagos Roads” which will kick off on Friday by midnight,” Edgal said.
Bamigbetan noted that the State will explore all avenues to make the truck drivers and owners obey the laws. He also urged the Nigerian government to use its power to force the truck owners to vacate the expressway.

Insecurity: Rep advocates decentralisation of Police Force

He told News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday that dismantling the Force was necessary as its current restructure was too big to be managed by one person. A member of House of Representatives, Mr Kwewum Shawulu (PDP-Taraba), has suggested the unbundling of Nigeria Police Force into independent special units for better handling of security in the country.He told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday that dismantling the Force was necessary as its current restructure was too big to be managed by one person.Shawulu, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Army, said that the office of Inspector-General of Police (IGP) was overwhelmed and could not answer all the calls coming from across the country.According to him, if we have a system where we have police for traffic, terrorism, financial crimes, election matters, and are all independent, you will not have an overwhelmed IGP.Shawulu explained that the heads of the special units will be more focus and proactive in doing their jobs without waiting for “orders from above.”He said that Britain, which established the nation’s police in line with its system, no longer had ‘IG office’ that supervised and gave direct command to all the police in the United Kingdom.The lawmakers explained that Britain had constabularies like in the London Metropolitan Police, the Chief Constable reports directly to the Minister, who is a parliamentarian.He said that same applied in Luton and Birmingham and that there was no office similar to that of the IGP, commanding everywhere.He explained that every section operated independently but were answerable to the government, the parliament and the public.Shawulu said that in Germany, there is the Federal Police, Regional Police, the Parliamentary Police that took care of issues of parliament and immigration police, all doing different things independently.“Anything can happen under such system; I am not saying we should not have IG but the people we copied this system from have moved on and changed their systems to reflect the changing times.“Why do we want to remain stuck to laws created by colonial authorities? Why can we not reform our laws and system to reflect the realities we have in the country today?” he said.Shawulu said that the 2016 Security and Policing Global Index showed that Nigeria police, in terms of processes, was the last in the world.The legislator also said that in terms of public perception, legitimacy and credibility, Nigeria police was fourth to the last out of about 180 countries surveyed.He explained that the factors considered for the ranking included effectiveness of the police, the processes and public perception of the police.“In other climes, when you report a case to the police, there is a process; you will know the steps to be taken and when to get feedback till you get the solution.“In the Nigeria’s system, you are not sure of anything at all; for instance, the Public Order Act says that the state governor issues permit for public rallies.“But police in Ekiti said the governor did not get permit from them; it is not the duty of the police, that is an abuse of process which makes the credibility of our police very low,” he said.According to the lawmaker, all over the country, nobody says anything good about the police to the extent that if there is a problem in parts of the country, people resort to calling the army for intervention.He said that the first point of call for people in distress ought to be the police, but regretted that people did not have confidence in the police.On the call for State Police, Shawulu said that a problem could not be solved by creating another one.He said state police as being canvassed would be a product of the states’ Houses of Assembly and would be funded by the state, adding that some state governments could not pay salaries.According to him, not properly funding trained armed men to do their job could make them veritable tools to increase insecurity in the country.“What I think is that we should put all the options on the table and do what we should do – unbundle the police force, it is too big, it is not achieving what it needs to achieve.“We have 350,000 policemen on our records, but the streets do not have policemen; when there is a distress call, we do not have policemen there.“Why is it so? It is because the police among other reasons are commanded by one person who tells them where to go.“Where he tells them to go may not reflect the problem on ground. For instance, the Governor of Sokoto state gave notice of imminent attacks, instead, 30,000 policemen were deployed to Ekiti.“If we have a police for electoral matters and the police for terrorism or violent crimes, they would not have been bothered by the election and would have been deployed to Sokoto, Taraba or Zamfara.“Having such a big force in our political sphere creates corruption that portends danger to our political system and so the police need to be unbundled,” Shawulu stated.

Apapa-Oshodi: Ambode sets up special squad to keep trucks off highway

A special squad involving security agencies and stakeholders in the maritime will clear trucks and tankers on Apapa-Oshodi highway from early hours of Friday to Monday. Lagos State Government has set up a joint operation tagged, ‘Operation Restore Sanity On Lagos Roads,’ to clear trucks and tankers parked along the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.The special squad involving security agencies and stakeholders in the maritime was set up on Thursday, July 19, 2018 to carry out the clearing from early hours of Friday to Monday.The special squadThe special squad, according to a report by Nation Newspaper, consists of 1000 policemen, 500 officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), 100 officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), 120 officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), and 250 personnel of the Nigerian Military including Army, Air Force and the Navy.  In the same vein, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) will also deploy 20 officials, while the relevant unions within the maritime sector such as Amalgamation of Container Truck Owners Association, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), National Association of Transport Operators (NATO), Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), will provide hundreds of their members to serve as Task Force to work with security agencies.We need to restore sanity to Lagos roads – Police commissionerAt a press briefing on the chaos in Apapa axis as a result of the gridlock, the Lagos State’s Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal said the decision to set up the operation became imperative owing to the need to restore sanity and prevent complete breakdown of law and order.According to the CP, “Everybody is aware of the madness going on along the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway that has been completely blocked by trailers and tankers. The same problem we have on our bridges in Western Avenue, Iganmu and Apapa axis.“However, it would be irresponsible of us to continue to watch and allow Lagosians go through these period of untold hardship without coming up with strong palliative and security measures and strong joint effort to at least ease the traffic problem and allow for free flow of traffic, while agencies that are responsible for these problems sit together like I hear they are doing currently and fashion out permanent solutions to the problems.“We have held series of meetings betweenThursday and Friday and we have come up immediately with a resolve to immediately start ‘Operation Restore Sanity On Lagos Roads’. This operation which kicks off by early hours of Friday is intended to move trucks and containers from our roads, highways and bridges to designated locations.“Thereafter, inventory will be made. The shipping companies themselves will be called to send their representatives to take inventory of these containers and at least have records that the containers have been taken to the designated locations so that they can continue their activities from there,” Edgal said.Also speaking, LASTMA’s General Manager, Olawale Musa assured residents that normalcy and order would soon be restored, saying that the men of the agency had fully been mobilized.