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Outrage in Edo Over Oshiomhole’s failed N30billion Storm Water Project

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As rains turn Benin-City into an ocean – drowning innocent people, cars, houses, schools, hospitals and businesses – Edo State citizens have taken to the social media to express outrage over the failure of the Benin Storm Water Project initiated by the then governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole.

The ex-governor, now Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), had borrowed N30 billion for the project meant to contain the perennial flooding of the city but there is little to show where the money has gone into.

Adams Oshiomhole awarded the project in 2014 at N30 billion to Hitech Nigeria Limited but soon afterwards the contractor moved out of site suggesting that the Storm Water Project may had been conceived to be another white elephant or a conduit pipe.

Ever since, the worry of Benin residents, especially those around the Evbotubu suburb of the city is the danger of gully erosion which poses grave threats to lives and property. So far, six persons including Osarobo Obayuwana, an okada rider, have been killed at the gully erosion sites which developed as a result of the contractors digging deep voids as drainage channels only to abandon them, creating death traps.

Hapless residents have written series of petitions and protest letters to the State’s Ministry of Environment and Public Utilities to register their plight and fears. The rain last week and the havocs in its wake opened a floodgate on the social media as indigenes of the state resume their demands for explanations on where went the N30 billion.

A car submerged in flooded waters

A car submerged in flooded waters

The most vociferous of the social media groups is the Edo Political Forum:

Ralph Odua‎: “What moral justification does Adams Oshiomole have to talk about corruption?”

Ehinomen Odiakachukwu Omelemen‎: “This is Okhoro junction in New Lagos Road. See how flood overtook the area. It was the same situation in 2nd east circular road, Stadium road etc.The question that is begging for answer is; why is the storm water project that Oshiomhole spent #30 billion on not controlling erosion in Benin and environs?”

Knowsayaba D. Enofe: “And there is a moat a pole away from the location of that flood…”

Rene Osayande: “Where are the government vuvuzelas?”

Mayor Scott: “Even before I left Nigeria, the same problem persisted. I can’t believe my eyes that after these year, this problem is till there….

Gab Ezomo Ovi: “It is always a matter of time. There is no secret hidden under the sun.”

Ogiemwanre Victor: “The flood at Okhoro junction pulled off my car bumper & I lost one of my fog lights, I am so sad.”

Elliot Osagie: What are you guys saying? did they spend the money on the water Project? Thing are happening for some reason. We all see what he did in Edo state so you don’t need to complain. What you see is what you get brother.”

Frank Omoregie: “Oshio Lake”

Marvis Pukka Airemwen: “It’s so unfortunate to know we keep praising mediocre in government. The finesse with which our government purported and presented the WATER STORM PROJECT to the people is not what we see today. I can vividly remember the enthusiasm and vigour with which the government attacked the project…. Seven years later, I begin to wonder! I am not judging who is right or wrong, but I am majorly concerned about what should be, should have been but is not….”

A car submerged in flooded waters

A car submerged in flooded waters

Omoregie Osaretin: “Wow! This is disturbing”

Marvis Pukka Airemwen: “Seriously disturbing, how long do will continue to believe lies!!!”

Omoregie Osaretin: “I would have not believed this if not for this picture though someone told me about it before.”

Omoregie Osaretin: “D projects will end up been campaign tools…. As wen election don reach u go see trailer for all project sites…. Tractor campaign strategy”

Marvis Pukka Airemwen: “We are too quick to blow trumpet of mediocres, asked them only road, road and roads. we want leaders who can think outside the box!!!”

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Army releases detained pregnant woman, Noroh Dung

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The Nigerian Army has yielded to pressure and released a heavily pregnant woman, Noroh Dung, who was arrested and detained during a search and rescue operation in Du district, Jos South LGA of Plateau State.

Noroh who was whisked away on October 2 was released on Friday, October 12.

Speaking to SATELLITE TIMES, Barr. Godfree Matthew of the Christian Lawyers Association, confirmed Noroh’s release, adding that he was a signatory on behalf of the NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) he represents.

The news of her release comes shortly after the House of Reps waded into the matter, asking the Federal Government to allow relevant agencies to do everything within the law to trace the whereabouts of all missing persons in Nigeria.

SATELLITE TIMES had reported how Noroh was arrested alongside other civilians on suspicions of probable links to the disappearance of Gen. Idris Alkali, who according to the Nigerian Army was a victim of irate youths who blocked roads and attacked travelers, following the invasion of their community on September 2.

SATELLITE TIMES and the Christian Lawyers Association have been championing the release of Noroh ever since the news of her arrest reached this paper.

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Missing General: House of Reps responds to Satellite Times report

calls for investigation into disappearance of missing pregnant woman, Noroh Dung

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The House of Representatives on Thursday responded to a report by SATELLITE TIMES newspaper over the arrest and detainment of a heavily pregnant 20-year-old woman, Noroh Dung, who was whisked away midnight October 2, following a search and rescue operation by the Nigerian Army in Du district of Jos, the Plateau State capital.

SATELLITE TIMES had reported how Noroh was arrested alongside other civilians on suspicions of probable links to the disappearance of Gen. Idris Alkali, who according to the Nigerian Army was a victim of irate youths who blocked roads and attacked travelers, following the invasion of their community on September 2.

This paper also reported how a PUNCH journalist, Mr. Friday Olokor was arrested and detained in a military dungeon on October 6, where he said he saw a pregnant woman suspected to be Noroh Dung.

READ ALSO: Missing General: Heavily pregnant woman held captive by Nigerian Army in Jos

The motion was raised on the floor of the House by a member from Plateau State, Mr. Edward Pwajok (SAN) who raised concerns about the direct involvement of the military in the investigation of the cases of missing persons.

While sympathizing with families who were affected by the recent unrest, Mr. Pwajok urged the Federal Government to allow relevant agencies to do everything within the law to trace the whereabouts of all missing persons in Nigeria.

He urged the “Federal Government and the relevant security agencies to do everything within the law to trace the whereabouts of all missing persons in Nigeria, including but not limited to Maj. Gen. Alkali and Captain Mwankon-Gyang.”

Mr. Pwajok told the House that allowing constituted security agencies to handle the investigation of missing persons in the communities, specifically the Police and DSS (Department of State Service) would help respect the rule of law and human rights of the citizens.

Similarly, Mr. Pwajok called for the release of all those under detention, particularly civilians detained at the 3rd Division Nigeria Army Rukuba Barracks in Jos, for proper investigation in line with due process and the rule of law.

Part of the motion raised by the House read, “(The House) is further worried by reports that many people, including pregnant women and the aged, were and are being arrested and taken to the Rukuba Barracks of the 3rd Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army for interrogation with some of them spending many days there; among them was a journalist, Mr Friday Olokor, a correspondent of The PUNCH newspapers in Jos, who was arrested along with others in a restaurant in Ray Field…”

On October 8, this paper contacted Col. Kayode Ogunsanya, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations for an official response to confirm whether or not Noroh was in their custody, he did not pick his calls but later responded saying, “no such name in our custody.”

While the army has remained in denial of Noroh’s arrest and detainment, it is suspected that more pregnant women could be sharing the same fate at the 3rd Division of the Nigerian Army in Rukuba Barracks.

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Access Bank to pay N100 million damages to Oba Tejuoso

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After six years of fierce legal battle between Ogun State monarch, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso and Access Bank Plc, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court, Lagos on Tuesday slammed N100 million damages on the bank for its negligence.

The trial judge, Justice Olatoregun in her judgment held Access Bank and the third defendant; Intercontinental Securities Limited liable for gross negligence in the handling of share purchases by the Mr. Tejuoso, kept under their care and control.

The bank, in July 2008 advanced to the plaintiff the sum of N276,613,297.00 for the purchase of shares in various companies.

According to the agreement between the plaintiff and Access Bank, the security for the loan was the share certificates which were kept under the management and control of the bank.

The court took judicial notice of the express instruction in writing given to the bank by the Plaintiff that the shares purchased with the loan should be sold immediately their value dropped below 130% of the loan facility.

The trial court agreed with the contention of counsel to the plaintiff, Mr. Adeleke Agbola that the bank failed to observe the minimum legal duty of care to the plaintiff in their contractual relationship.

However, the court in its judgment ordered the bank and its subsidiary, Intercontinental Securities Limited to pay the sum of N100 million damages to Mr. Tejuosho for breach of contract.

Agreeing with the argument canvassed by Mr. Agbola, the court held that from the material facts placed before it that the Plaintiff has suffered great loss of his monies under the care of the bank.

Oba Tejuoso

Oba Tejuoso [Photo credit: guardian.ng]

The monarch instituted the suit in 2012 against the defendants. The suit had earlier dragged to the Court of Appeal over an attempt to remove Access Bank as a co-defendant in the suit.

However, the attempt was rebuffed by the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division. In its verdict, the appellate court held that the bank was a necessary party to the suit, and ordered for return of the suit to the lower court for the trial to start afresh.

In the suit, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) was listed as the first defendant while the bank and its subsidiary, Intercontinental Securities Limited were listed as second and third defendants.

It was held that the banker/customer relationship between the plaintiff, and the 2nd and 3rd defendants imposed a legal duty of care on the defendants which was breached, as a result of their negligent conduct.

Apart from the N100 million damages, the court ordered the bank and Intercontinental Securities Limited to give account of how they used the N276,613,297.00 facility advanced to the Plaintiff and also give an account of all purchases and sales of stocks and shares effected by or on the instruction of both the 2nd and 3rd defendants on the usage of the Plaintiff’s money.

 

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