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Peter Obi reacts to the recent demolition of buildings at the Alaba International Market

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Mr Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, has reacted to the recent demolition of some buildings at the Alaba International Market by the Lagos State Government.

Obi said although some of the demolitions might be excusable, they had left many victims, mostly ordinary people who he believed were either innocently ill-informed or misguided.

He said the primary duty of any government is to care for and protect its citizens.

In a statement issued via his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday, the former Anambra State governor advised that “necessary corrective measures to planning or zoning violations by governments, need not be punitive or unduly insensitive.”

Recall that the Lagos Government had on June 16 begun the removal of what it described as distressed buildings in the Alaba International Market located in the Ojo Local Government Area of the state.

DAILY POST reports that the enforcement team of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA and the Lagos State Task Force embarked on the joint exercise.

Following the controversy that trailed the exercise, the government insisted that the exercise was a measure to prevent disaster.

However, Obi maintained that Nigerian citizens should not be subjected to the additional stress of unexpected hardship.

The statement read: “Recently, there have been reports of widespread government demolition of so-called ‘illegal’ structures erected by some innocent Nigerian citizens in error. We face a paradox: with a 70 million housing deficit and vast unmet housing needs nationwide, some resort to self-help by building structures that serve as homes, businesses, SMEs offices and stores. Invariably, some of these structures were either not approved or were built with the tacit collusion or approval of the local authorities.

“While some of these ongoing demolitions may be excusable, they have nonetheless, left many victims, mostly ordinary people who erred innocently or were ill-informed or misguided. Necessary corrective measures to planning or zoning violations by governments need not be punitive or unduly insensitive.

“There should always be room for compassion and humane correction in taking any remedial action. I respectfully appeal to various governmental authorities to marry the need to enforce compliance with extant regulatory regimes, with consideration for human feelings and necessary compassion.

“In Nigeria, we live in a time of extreme difficulties for citizens because of stagnated income, spiralling inflation, huge unemployment escalating socio-economic costs and high costs of living.

“Nigerian citizens should therefore, not be subjected to the additional stress of unexpected hardship. Moreover, the various concerned governments should consider paying compensation to those who have lost properties and livelihoods in these unfortunate demolitions to ameliorate their suffering. Such compensation should fall under the rubric of eminent domain that is applicable for properties and assets acquired or demolished in the public interest.

“It cannot ever be overemphasized that the primary duty of any government is the responsibility to care for and protect her citizens.”

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Police Rejects Tainted Recruitment List, Demands Transparency

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– Police discovers anomalies in recruitment list
– List contains unqualified and medically unfit candidates
– IGP demands transparent review of recruitment process

The Nigeria Police Force has rejected the Police Service Commission’s recruitment list due to alleged irregularities and corruption.

The list contained names of unqualified and medically unfit candidates who did not apply or failed the recruitment exercise.

Furthermore, the police spokesman, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, revealed that the list included individuals who were disqualified due to financial dealings and corrupt practices.

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Olukayode Egbetokun, has written to the Chairman of the Police Service Commission objecting to the list.

Consequently, the police have dissociated themselves from the published list and called for a transparent review of the recruitment process.

“The same people who recruited anyhow for the police today will turn round to accuse the police tomorrow of inefficiency when their recruits start messing up,” Adejobi stated.

The police are determined to recruit “qualified, competent, trainable, and productive hands into the Nigeria Police Force.

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Rivers Varsity Suspends Four Students Over Brutal Assault

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– Four students suspended for assaulting a colleague
– Suspension lasts for one academic session
– Students urged to live in peace and harmony

The Rivers State University has suspended four students linked to the brutalization of their colleague, Victor Tobins. The students, who are members of the Man O’ War, were suspended for one academic session.

According to the university’s management, the students’ actions contravened the institution’s regulations. Management saw the actions as contrary to the regulations of the University.

The students had beaten Tobins, a 300-level student, black and blue, inflicting injuries on his right eye and other parts of his body. The development sparked a protest among students, who demanded the disbandment of the Man O’ War from campus.

The university’s management intervened, promising to take action within 24 hours. The management has since suspended the four students, urging students to live in peace and harmony.

“We urge the student population to continue to live in peace and harmony and comply scrupulously with all the rules and regulations of the University,” the management said.

 

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