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Yuletide: Respect Environment As You Celebrate, Lagos Tells Residents

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The Lagos State Government has called on Lagosians to be mindful of the environment as they celebrate the Christmas and New Year season.

The Commissioner for Environment, Mr Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, said in a statement on Wednesday that residents should respect the environment as they celebrate.

Durosinmi-Etti said that a lot of waste would be generated during the Christmas and New Year celebrations, hence, should be disposed properly.

”Lagosians should dispose of animal waste properly, as well as bag their refuse and put at designated points,” he said.

The commissioner assured Lagosians that the State Government was redoubling efforts through the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), to ensure a cleaner and healthier state for the benefit of all.

He urged residents to desist from acts that could have negative impacts on the environment, reduce their waste and think of the environment first as they make their Yuletide preparations.

Durosinmi-Etti appealed to Lagosians to guide against the outbreak of epidemics, by ensuring that they handle waste in the most appropriate way.

He also urged Lagosians to be cautious of naked fire in cigarettes, firewood, cooking stoves among other sources, in order to avoid fire outbreaks, especially during this Harmattan season.

”Our environment is becoming dusty and hazy with dryness affecting everything including trees, wooden items, leaves and furniture.

”We urge residents to be extremely careful with fire, so as to prevent outbreaks because fire is nobody’s friend,” the commissioner said.

He advised Lagosians to take precautionary measures by making sure that they avoid bush and solid waste burning during this period.

Durosinmi-Etti said that waste burning might lead to fire outbreak, while urging all to install fire extinguishers in their homes, cars, offices, market places and motor parks.

The Commissioner stated that motorists should ensure that they have fire extinguishers in their vehicles, maintain speed limits and observe road signs.

He advised residents to make use of the Lagos State Parks in their neighborhood and be mindful of their activities in parks and gardens by obeying the Public Smoking Law.

Durosinmi-Etti also urged residents to avoid bringing inflammable objects to the gardens. The commissioner advised Lagosians against the storage of petrol and other inflammable materials at homes, offices, shops and markets.

He said that such storage could aid fire outbreak, especially at this Harmattan period when virtually all objects in the environment were dry.

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‘Good Riddance To Bad Rubbish’, Nigerians React As High Court Sentence Bobrisky To Six-Month Imprisonment

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Nigerians have taken to microblogging platform, X (formerly known as Twitter) to express their thought on the court judgment, which saw cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, sentenced to six months imprisonment.


Recall that Bobrisky, on Friday, was sentenced to six months in jail with no option of a fine.

The judgement was passed by Justice Abimbola Awogboro of the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Thursday, April 4, filed six-count of money laundering and abuse of naira against him.

On Friday, April 5, the EFCC arraigned Bobrisky in court on six charges, including Abuse of the Naira and Money laundering.

The court, however, dismissed the money laundering charges but convicted him of Naira Abuse after he confessed to the crime.

Some Nigerians, reacting to the court judgement, saw the ruling as an injustice against the cross-dresser.

Others wondered which section Bobrisky will be in jail because of the controversy around the gender he aligns with.

See some reactions below:

@brodamike07 wrote, “If this is true, the judgment is harsh and should be condemned by all.”

@Grachidex wrote, “So is it gonna be the male or female prison?”

@iamkelechiO wrote, “I honestly don’t feel sorry for him. He’s a bad influence in the society.

“Good riddance to bad rubbish.”

@_konfam wrote, “This is not right at all, they’re sentencing him over what everyone is guilty of?”

@IamKonrade wrote, “I hope this sets precedence and that anyone who violates the naira, politicians inclusive, is sentenced.”

@JoyMart14 wrote, “May we not offend people wey no deh accept apology ”

@Iamlexprince wrote, “Ok, now this is pure wickedness and jealousy. Bobrisky is the least of our problem in this country. If they channel that same energy to the right people, we for no dey complain for this country.”

@divfee wrote, “This country funny, is she the first to spray money like this in naija??

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Bobrisky Wiill Have Difficult Experience In Prison – Effiong

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A Human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, says controversial cross-dresser and social media celebrity, Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, will have a difficult experience in prison.

According to Effiong, Bobrisky is not a freedom fighter and does not seem like someone who could stay in a restricted environment under harsh and excruciating conditions.

Effiong’s opinion came after a Court in Lagos sentenced Bobrisky to six months imprisonment for abusing the Nigerian currency, Naira.

Justice Abimbola Awogboro handed down the six-month sentence without the option of a fine.

Recall that the controversial celebrity has been in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, since his arrest last week.

However, following his sentencing by the court, the human rights lawyer fears that Bobrisky will be confronted by a culture shock when he enters Ikoyi Prison.

In a post on his X handle, Effiong suggested that he would begin to adjust to his new world after a few days.

He said: “Bobrisky will have a difficult experience in the Custodial Centre (prison) because he is not a freedom fighter and does not seem to me like someone that can stay in a restricted environment under harsh and excruciating conditions.

“The main key to surviving imprisonment is mental strength and courage.

The prison wall only breaks those who are not driven by strong convictions.

“For a freedom fighter, it is a training ground. No true activist goes to prison and comes out weaker. They always come out stronger and bolder. History shows this clearly. Any activist who is broken by imprisonment is a pretender.

If you are all about the ‘soft life’, and you are the fragile type and incapable of enduring physical discomfiture, you should avoid imprisonment.

Some of us came out stronger after our imprisonment because we have always been mentally prepared for it and due to our strong ideological disposition.

“Bobrisky will be confronted by a culture shock when he enters Ikoyi Prison and realizes that it is a different world from what he knows.

“After a few days, he will begin to adjust to his new world.

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Owolabi Olakulehin Nominated As 43rd Olubadan Of Ibadanland

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The traditional kingmakers of Ibadanland, on Friday, unanimously consent to the enthronement of Oba Owolabi Olakulehin as the 43rd Olubadan of Ibadanland.

His nomination followed the Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration specifying that the most senior high chief from either of the civilian or military sides should mount the throne as Olubadan interchangeably.

The late Oba Mahood Lekan Balogun, the immediate past and 42nd Olubadan occupied the respected throne from the civilian lineage.

Oba Olakulehin was the most senior high chief in the Balogun (military) line of Olubadan chieftaincy ascension.

The kingmakers who are also the members of the Olubadan-in-Council ratified Olakulehin’s appointment at a meeting held at Mapo Hall on Friday.

He was nominated by the Osi Balogun of Ibadanland, Oba Gbadamosi Adebimpe at a meeting summoned by the Otun Olubadan, Senator Rasheed Ladoja.

The nomination put an end to the controversial ascension disagreements surrounding the fitness of the Olubadan-nominee for the throne.

The Otun Balogun of Ibadanland, Tajudeen Ajibola, was absent at the meeting.

The meeting which commenced around 11:00 am, ended some minutes after 12:00 pm.

The meeting, which was attended by Olakulehin, was chaired by the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, a former governor of Oyo State, High Chief Ladoja.

Other members of Olubadan-in-Council at the meeting were Osi Olubadan, Eddy Oyewole Foko; Ashipa Olubadan, Abiodun Kola-Daisi; Ekerin Olubadan, Hamidu Ajibade; Ekarun Olubadan, Adebayo Akande; Osi Balogun, Lateef Adebimpe; Ashipa Balogun, Kola Adegbola; Ekerin Balogun, Dada Isioye and Ekarun Balogun, Abiodun Azeez.

The High Chiefs are expected to immediately forward the name of Oba Olakulehin to the Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde for endorsement.

 

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