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EXCLUSIVE: Six Months After, Lagos Govt Fails To Deliver On Street Lights

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…Motorists, Residents Cry Out As Darkness Fuels Traffic Robbery, Petty Crimes

…127 Suspected Traffic Robbers Arrested In Three Months- Lagos CP

Six months after the Lagos State Government promised to deliver on Smart LED Streetlights, major parts of the State metropolis, especially highways remain in darkness.

Recall that in January 2021, the State’s Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Eng. Olalere Odusote revealed that it had concluded arrangements to execute a Streetlight Infrastructure Agreement with LEDCo Limited for the retrofit of existing conventional High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlight installations across the State to Smart Light Emitting Diode (“Smart LED”) lights under what he tagged as ‘Streetlight Retrofit Project.’

The commissioner had also disclosed that the full implementation of the Streetlight Retrofit Project will span six months with an estimated project completion timeline of June 2021.

According to him, the project will be implemented under the close supervision and management of the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources, through the Lagos State Electricity Board.

But checks by Thepledge as at July 8, shows that except for Airport Road and the Motorways end of the Lagos Ibadan Expressway, major roads in the state are still without functional street lights.

This development, residents and motorists say have aided accidents, surge in crime, especially traffic robbery in several parts of the state with many persons falling victim.

A top official in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources told Thepledge that the project only kicked off two months ago (May) and was flagged off from the Island assuring that by July it will get to the mainland.

“if you recall during the ministerial briefing last month, the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources said that the street light project has commenced and that by July ending, the streets of Lagos will be lit.

“Right now the project is in progress and at Lekki-Epe Toll Gate, it is already 80 percent completion. But for the rains, it should have been completed. From Lekki the project will move to the Island before it gets to the mainland.

On why the project only took off in May rather than in January, the official said, “Well, the project is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) and it will involve perfecting some paper works and this could take some time to achieve, coupled with a few unforeseen and unplanned challenges.”

But while Lagosians wait for the street lamps to come on, they will have to contend with the incidence of traffic robbery fast gaining ground.

Thepledge findings shows that some dark spots in the metropolis include Eko bridge, Third Mainland Bridge, Oshodi, Mile 2, Ketu, Abule Egba, Long Bridge, among many others.

Some motorists who spoke with our correspondent said that driving in traffic has become their worst nightmare due to the nefarious activities of hoodlums, traffic robbers who take advantage of gridlock to smash windows and rob driver and passengers of their valuable.

Tony Adekanye told Thepledge, “These days once you find yourself in traffic, regardless of whether it is daytime or night, your heart starts racing because you just get this feeling that these boys can come out of nowhere and harass you, collect your valuables and walk away freely like it’s a normal thing.”

Memunat Salau who recently witnessed an incident said the trauma is one that has remained fresh in her mind especially while driving at night.

“I used to think that Lagos was safe, but the past few months has been hell especially at night. I witnessed an incident at Ketu last two weeks and it felt like a movie. Three boys who look like they are in their early 20s came out from nowhere and started harassing private cars. They usually know who their target is. After that incident, once I encounter traffic at night, I hide my phone under my seat and just say a silent prayer hoping that these bad boys will not spring up from nowhere to start their operation,” Mrs Salau said.

In April, the US Consulate in Lagos had raised the alarm on the increase in crime in Lagos, particularly noting that incidents of robberies, smash and grabs by armed men had increased significantly in both Ikoyi and Victoria Island.

Explaining how they operate, the statement from the Consulate office read, “Typically, men on a Motorcycle will follow a vehicle until it stops at a traffic light or intersection then approach the vehicle, present a weapon, and rob the occupants.

“Although most of these incidents happen at night, the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos has received reports of robberies taking place during daylight hours.”

While giving tips on preventing falling victim of such incident, the U.S. Consulate General however cautioned residents on engaging in night travel across that axis especially after 10pm.

But the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has again reassured Lagosians that traffic robbery will soon fizzle out and become history in as the State Police Command has deployed its human and material resources to tackle the menace headlong.

Odumosu, a fortnight ago, confirmed the arrest of not less than 127 suspected traffic robbers at various locations within Lagos State from March, 2021 till date.

He said the command has been fighting robbery in traffic relentlessly, even before the recent donation of crime fighting equipment and communication gadgets to the command by the Lagos State Government; and the fight against the menace will be intensified and more effective with the new equipment.

Similarly, the Police boss has ordered continuous combat training, musketry and range practice for Police personnel in the command as the command also commenced the training of the police operatives attached to the newly formed Anti Traffic Robbery Squad to tackle the menace of robbery in traffic in Lagos State.

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“This Instagram Life Is Not For Me”, Actress Ruth Kadiri Cries Out

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Nollywood actress, Ruth Kadiri has lamented over the difficulty in living a life on social media.

The mum of one, who often shares motivational quotes and advice with her fans, complained about the pitfalls of living the gram life.

Ruth Kadiri revealed that she is one of the most useless persons when it comes to taking pictures.

According to her, her glam team made her wear a shirt and skirt for a photo shoot and when they asked her to turn around, she quit taking pictures.

The thought of asking her to turn her back to get a good picture for the gram set her off and made her quit the photo shoot lifestyle.

“I swear I’m the most useless person when it comes to taking pictures. And thus my team will not let me breathe. So after making me wear this short skirt. They asked me to turn around. Since that day no more photo shoots. This Instagram life is not for me”.

Kemi Filani news weeks after she was attacked on social media for defending Will Smith’s action during the Academy awards, prolific actress and producer, Ruth Kadiri had addressed her colleagues who flaunt their material possessions and were quick to call others ‘broke’

Addressing her colleagues, Ruth said wealth and assets had no hiding place, so those who are fond of fighting over who was rich and who was not wealthy and were quick to call others ‘broke’ should come prepared by tabling their assets and their bank accounts for people to see. And if they were not ready to do that then they should ‘get out’ and ‘stop stressing’.

Kadiri who further described herself as a wise investor noted that assets don’t include cars, bags or gold.

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‘This Is Totally Unacceptable’, PDP Kicks Against Planned BRT Fare Hike In Lagos

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State has faulted the proposed increase in the fare for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) across various routes in the state, calling for a reversal of the plan.

The Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Hakeem Amode, in a statement on Saturday in Lagos, berated Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for approving such a hike, saying it would add to the plight of the masses.

Amode said the APC-led government blamed the hike on the pump price of diesel from N187 to N830 and the unavailability of spare parts for the increase were not justifiable.

According to him, with the crippling economic situation being experienced by Lagos residents daily, the government showed a lack of compassion and total disregard for the plight of the citizens of the state.

“Sanwo-Olu-led APC administration has completely abdicated its responsibility to the people of the state and turned a blind eye to their predicament.

“The few ‘luxuries’ that the people benefit from the state are being taken away.

“Now is not the time for any form of increment, as the people of the state have suffered enough under this unsympathetic government,” he said.

Amode said the proposed increase should be “shelved so as not to worsen the citizens’ situation in the face of dilapidated infrastructure, insecurity, hunger, rise in crime”, among others being experienced by the people of the state.

Sanwo-Olu had on Thursday approved a flat rate increase by N100 in bus fares for all Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Standard Routes with effect from July 13.

With the increase, a bus ride from Ikorodu-TBS will now cost N600 from N500 while Berger to Ajah is now N700, up from N600.

Also, Oshodi to Abule Egba will cost N450 from N350 and Abule-Egba-CMS-Obalende will attract a fare of N600.

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“I Love The Fact That She Gives Me Money”, Toyin Lawani’s Husband, Segun Wealth Makes New Revelation About Their Marriage

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Photographer and husband of celebrity stylist Toyin Lawani, Segun Wealth has revealed one of the reasons why he loves his wife.

The couple sat down with Pulse TV for ‘Fun Facts’ about the couple where he boldly made it known to the world that his wife gives him money.

Though Toyin Lawani tried to hush him up and cover it, Segun Wealth maintained his stance that the go-to celebrity stylist credits his account.

During the interview, Toyin Lawani had asked him the 3 things he likes about her and the photographer stated that he loves that she gives him money among other things.

Toyin Lawani later acknowledged that her husband never spends her money.

She noted how she credited his account once with N20 million and he never spent it.

See their conversation below,

Toyin Lawani : What do you love the most about our relationship?

Segun Wealth : 3 things that I love is that one, the relationship isn’t getting old, we do everything together and lastly, you give me money.

Toyin Lawani: Segun ti ba interview je (Segun has spoilt the interview). Which money?

Segun: I like that you bring a lot of money

Toyin: They would bow say it’s because of money u married her

Segun: What’s my concern. Don’t you give me money?

Toyin: Egbami o Sugar Mummy

Toyin: What I love about our relationship is that you are one of the people that I have dates that I know isn’t after my money, even when you need something, you literally kill yourself before you ask me for that thing. You never take advantage of me. Times that I will leave 20m in your account, I will come back and meet it there. You will need money for yourself, you wouldn’t even touch it.

Toyin Lawani vowed that no man can dupe her with her money again, “No man can chop my money again”.

Netizens had a lot to say about the interview.

hublovey_ : Full house husband

rhodaowolabi : I love her sincerity, unlike some others who fool themselves by saying the husband is the one giving money when it’s obvious he’s not financially buoyant

etimajonathan : With my full chest, I’m not amused. How old is this man’s last child from his other wife? Mtchewwwwww! Una two should just gerrout!

Jacyntambachu : she will still come back to tell us how he stole from her

callmegeraldinee : She wan use laugh cover am

Kemi Filani news recalls Toyin Lawani had opened up about controlling her husband Segun Wealth, as widely speculated by many social media users.

Toyin Lawani revealed the current state of her marriage following the criticism and backslashes she received after sharing a video of her husband, kneeling to feed her.

A follower had commented on the post, saying that with many people seeing such a display of love online, they will conclude that Toyin Lawani was controlling her husband.

Responding, Toyin Lawani opined that only those who do not know her husband will think anyone can control him.

She wrote: Only people who don’t know my husband will think anyone can control him. He’s just normally a clown.

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