Aborishade reaffirms resolve for political improvement in Surulere


Aborishade reaffirms resolve for political improvement in Surulere

  • Announces intention to run for chairmanship
  • Vows to change Surulere politics

Lagos philanthropist, Honourable Aborishade Kayode Oluwasegun, on Tuesday officially declared his intention to run for the chairmanship of Surulere Local Government.

‘’Our time to rise has come and I promise to change Surulere Local Government politics’’ he said.

In a letter to the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Surulere Chapter, Hon Shakirudeen Sanni Ajao, party leaders and the entire members of the ruling party in Surulere, Hon Aborishade reiterated his determination to improve the life of the people of Surulere, especially the youths, women and the elderly.

The authentic member of the nation’s ruling party said he paid his dues to the local government (party and community) through his various poverty alleviation programmes and philanthropic endeavors.

Aborishade, who has been endorsed by all the relevant stake holders in Surulere and beyond for the chairmanship position, said his chairmanship ambition was virtually signed, sealed and delivered by the good people of Surulere.

‘’It is a call to serve my people, to make life better and Surulere a glorious community’’

He recalled his efforts at working for the greatness of the party and his support to various candidates in the past,

Aborishade promised to abide by the rules for the contest.

‘’I also pledge to abide by the rules and regulations for the emergence of a credible candidate’’






…Adamu: ‘Destruction uncalled for, police tracking culprits’

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, received the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Muhammed Adamu, at the State House in Marina on a commiseration visit.

It was the first time the Number One cop in the country would be visiting Lagos after a nationwide youth demonstration against human rights violations and brutality allegedly committed by the disbanded men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Lagos was the epicentre of the “EndSARS Protest”, which later snowballed to coordinated violence that led to a large-scale destruction of assets belonging to the State, Federal Government, police and private individuals.

Six police officers were lynched in Lagos, 36 critically injured, while 46 police stations were torched.

At 1:45pm, the Governor received Adamu in company of the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, and Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde.

Sanwo-Olu commiserated with the police chief over the mob attacks on police personnel and torching of their stations.

Despite the violence visited on the police formations by hoodlums who hijacked the protest, the Governor commended the officers in the State Police Command for exercising restraint in the face of the attacks.

Sanwo-Olu intimated the IGP on the move by the State Government to rebuild the razed police stations and offer scholarship awards to the children of the officers killed in the violence.

The Governor assured Adamu that all the requests sent to the State Government by the police would be fulfilled, while pledging that the State would be championing a cause to improve citizen-police relationship in order to prevent re-occurrence of the issues that led to the EndSARS protest.

Briefing the State House press on his mission in Lagos, the IGP said he was in the State for an assessment of the police assets vandalised after the protest and to commiserate with residents.

Adamu consoled the Governor and people of Lagos over the coordinated arson, which left strategic assets of the State in ruins. He said the police had widened its intelligence to trace and arrest those that carried out the act.

He said: “Lagos was the epicentre where the EndSARS protest took place and the number of destruction in the subsequent violence was more in Lagos than any other part. I came to commiserate with the Governor and people of the State. The destruction they suffered was uncalled for.

“The second leg of my visit is to see the police stations destroyed and boost the morale of our men in Lagos. We don’t want them to be demoralised by the event in which they suffered personal attacks. Policemen are trained to take such pain. Now that the event has happened, it shouldn’t discourage us from performing our constitutional duties.”

The police boss said he observed that the morale of some officers had dampened in the light of the violence, he noted that his visit would encourage them to give their all in protecting the lives and properties of the citizens.

Adamu said the scale of the destruction witnessed in Lagos and around the country called for the need by Nigerians to adopt standard protocols for public protests whenever they wanted to express their grievances against the system.

“It is very important to set up protocols that will prevent hoodlums to hijack peaceful protest organised with good intentions. The moment the protest organisers don’t have leadership, the purpose and intent of the effort would be defeated. As we have seen in the case of EndSARS protest, no economy will be able to bear the loss that we have seen in Lagos,” the IGP said.

Adamu visited some of the assets torched in Lagos, including the vandalised palace of the Oba of Lagos.

In the IGP’s entourage is the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in charge of Research and Planning, Leye Oyebade, his counterpart in Force Intelligence, Ibrahim Lamorde, Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in charge of Force Operations, Hosea Karma, AIG Zone 2, Ahmed Ilyasu, Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, among others.





NOVEMBER 3, 2020







…Governor Implores Lagosians On Re-Orientation Of Value System


Following recent looting and burning of several shops and stores at Circle Mall in Lekki by hoodlums following the hijack of the EndSARS protests, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has promised to assist the tenants and shop owners at the mall for them to bounce back to business.


Speaking on Sunday during a condolence visit and meeting with tenants and shop owners at the Mall in Lekki, Governor Sanwo-Olu said Lagos State Government will give tax break and some financial assistance to all the business owners affected by the ugly incident.


It would be recalled that some hoodlums went on rampage on Wednesday October 21, after the EndSARS protests were hijacked, and looted property worth billions of naira at Circle Mall and also set parts of the building ablaze.


Speaking on his administration’s readiness to assist those affected by destruction in Circle Mall, Lekki, Governor Sanwo-Olu said Lagos State Government will not leave the people to bear the pains alone, noting that government will assist them to returm to their respective businesses.


The Governor said Lagos State Government will give all business owners in the burnt Circle Mall tax break of PAYE and also appealed to Federal Government to ensure that they get tax relief from from the Federal Internal Revenue Services (FIRS).


Governor Sanwo-Olu said the State Government will give victims of the Circle Mall financial support, which will be in form of grant or loans to cushion the effect of the looting and destruction of their respective shops and stores.


Sanwo-Olu said the grant support is a non refundable financial support to the victims. He said the affected businesses are not expected to pay back while the lending support would be in form of a loan, adding that he is already discussing with some financial institutions to assist people with zero interest loans.


Sanwo-Olu also asked the shop owners to reach out to the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) and urged them to make use of the opportunities being provided by the agency in assisting people who are in business, especially small scale businesses.


The Governor further implored people on reorientation of value system and civil responsibility for everybody to be agent of positive change in their community and anywhere they found themselves.


Reiterating his administration’s commitment to security of lives and property in the state, Sanwo-Olu said that Lagos State will no longer tolerate hoodlums looting and destroying government and private businesses and properties.


He said though Lagos State Government cannot stop people from coming into the state, the Governor warned people with criminal intentions to go elsewhere before being smoked out by the government.


The Governor said his government is ready to encourage people who are in Lagos for business and would go extra mile to protect businesses in the state.


Speaking earlier, the tenants at Circle Mall, thanked Governor Sanwo-Olu for showing empathy in the face of daunting challenges. They asked him to assist them financially so as to get back on their feet.


They also appealed to Lagos State Government to strengthen security around the Circle Mall to prevent future occurrences of the two attacks they suffered in the last 13 months.






NOVEMBER 2, 2020









The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved the nomination of a new Chairman and Members of the Lagos State Local Government Service Commission.

In a Statement released by the Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, stated that Mr. Governor’s approval of the new Nominees, which was in accordance with the provisions of relevant State Laws, was consequent upon the expiration of the tenure of Office of the former Commission Chairman and members, to whom he expressed Government’s deep appreciation for the services rendered to the State.

The statement noted that the newly nominated Chairman and Members, whose appointments is subject to the confirmation of the Lagos State House of Assembly, had been considered based on their sterling credentials, integrity and depth of experience in Local Government Administration. The Nominees are:


i. Hon. Kamal Baiyewu – Chairman
ii. Hon. Taofeek Adaranijo – Member
iii. Mr. Ahmed Seriki – Member
iv. Engr. Biodun Orekoya – Member
v. Hon. Akeem Bamgbola – Member

Hakeem Muri- Okunola
Head of Service
2 November 2020.

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