Panic in Oshodi after alleged killing of air force personnel

Yesterday, May 19, 2021, there was panic in Oshodi after the dead body of an Air Force personnel was reportedly discovered in the area.

Premium Times reports that many commercial vehicles were destroyed and bus drivers abandoned their vehicles, while traders fled their shops.

But fortunately, no further loss of life has been reported, while law enforcement agencies seem to have de-escalated what would have turned into a much more volatile situation.

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One Way: Lagosian Alleges Some Drivers Deceived, Their Vehicles Seized

As the Lagos State Government begins strictly enforcing regulations against motorists driving against traffic, popularly knows as ‘one way’ a social media user has alleged that during traffic some drivers are deliberately deceived by law enforcement to alternatively take one-way routes, ostensibly to lessen gridlock, only to have their vehicles impounded when they drive into such routes.

According to the unconfirmed report, titled, “CONNECT 3RD MAINLAND BRIDGE THROUGH YABA ADEKUNLE AND FORFEIT YOUR CAR” this is happening as Third Mainland Bridge remains closed for renovations.

This is even as the Lagos traffic rules expressly make it illegal for drivers to disobey traffic enforcement authorities.

See what the social media user shared:

Also of concern is the hidden nature of one-way signs on many routes. According to motorists, unsuspecting drivers take such routes, only for them to be stopped and their cars impounded.

Follow the rules and regulations. You will thank me later… CONNECT 3RD MAINLAND BRIDGE THROUGH YABA ADEKUNLE AND FORFEIT YOUR CAR

This is my personal experience yesterday.

The link between Yaba and the Bridge is closed for now, but you will see a LASTMA officer or a Policeman or some tout directing you to an alternative route, if you follow, you will later be arrested for ONE WAY. And the Executive Order for now is forfeiture.

I was arrested yesterday and have been in their office since yesterday. About 50 Cars have been arrested and brought to their office at Oshodi. They want to forfeit the Cars and auction them as they did last week.

From someone in My Alumni group

There are concerns that if such allegations are true but not curtailed, Lagosians will see the Government’s noble attempts to sanitize traffic as an exercise victimising innocent motorists by deceptive acts that get their cars seized.

LAGOS LAUNCHING CENTRE TO HELP FARMERS EXPORT THROUGH E-COMMERCE

The Lagos State Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya has announced that LASG is setting up a centre that will help Lagosians who are into agricultural business sell their produce online to customers outside Nigeria.

It will be part e-commerce hub, part one-stop-shop for necessary quality certification like NAFDAC and SON certifications.

“We are trying to setup hubs or platforms where we are able to get our producers to come together to be able to produce in a sanitary and hygienic condition, so that we can get organisations like SON and NAFDAC to do the necessary assessment on the items being processed and exported.

“Essentially, we want to be able to make it easier for our producers, to be able to sell in a way that they do not have to go through many channels to certify their products. We want to ensure that the certification takes place in one location so that they can easily be exported.

…To let them know that sales do not depend entirely on the physical interaction between the farmers and consumers and that they can set up e-commerce platforms to sell their produce,” she said.

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Where is AGOA when you need it? This was one of the reasons AGOA failed in Nigeria: farmers couldn’t get a dedicated centre where they could get info on the right quality of agricultural produce to export to the United States. Getting certification when they had the right quality was also an onerous task.

As a result, many of the few farmers that tried to export had their goods rejected.

But an Igbo proverb says it is never too late to get on  the right track. We hope execution of this project is as good as its plans, because it is much needed at this time…