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Yoruba Groups Clash Over Creation Of Oduduwa Republic

Two Yoruba groups on Saturday clashed over the demand for the creation of Oduduwa Republic from the present Nigerian state.

While some leaders under the banner of the Ilana Omoodua Youth Initiatives, led by a Yoruba leader, Professor Banji Akintoye, insisted on having Oduduwa Republic for the Yoruba nation, another group under the auspice of Yoruba Welfare Group (YWG), disagreed with the position.

The secretary of the Ilana Omooduwa Youth Initiatives, Dr. Akin Adejumo, who represented Professor Banji Akintoye at a Yoruba mega rally held at Mapo, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, yesterday, insisted that the breakup of Nigeria was imminent.

Adejumo said the nation was not working and there was a need for Nigerians to go back to the drawing board and make a profitable decision for their people.

But the National President of Yoruba Welfare group (YWG), Comrade Abdulhakeem Adegoke Alawuje, on Saturday insisted that those clamouring for Oodua Republic cannot decide for the Yoruba people.

Speaking with Daily Post in Lagos, the group blasted the secession advocates, accusing them of attempting to destroy the peace, love and harmony of Yoruba land.

Alawuje warned them to desist from such advocacy, saying, “We are issuing a last warning to those behind the political agitation to stop all this rubbish in our land. Yoruba land cannot be a testing ground for any form of criminal act.

“YWG is calling all traditional rulers in Yoruba land to call these people to order, because it will not favour all of us to start mobilising against ourselves in the same region.”

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Yoruba Groups Clash Over Creation Of Oduduwa Republic

Two Yoruba groups on Saturday clashed over the demand for the creation of Oduduwa Republic from the present Nigerian state.

While some leaders under the banner of the Ilana Omoodua Youth Initiatives, led by a Yoruba leader, Professor Banji Akintoye, insisted on having Oduduwa Republic for the Yoruba nation, another group under the auspice of Yoruba Welfare Group (YWG), disagreed with the position.

The secretary of the Ilana Omooduwa Youth Initiatives, Dr. Akin Adejumo, who represented Professor Banji Akintoye at a Yoruba mega rally held at Mapo, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, yesterday, insisted that the breakup of Nigeria was imminent.

Adejumo said the nation was not working and there was a need for Nigerians to go back to the drawing board and make a profitable decision for their people.

But the National President of Yoruba Welfare group (YWG), Comrade Abdulhakeem Adegoke Alawuje, on Saturday insisted that those clamouring for Oodua Republic cannot decide for the Yoruba people.

Speaking with Daily Post in Lagos, the group blasted the secession advocates, accusing them of attempting to destroy the peace, love and harmony of Yoruba land.

Alawuje warned them to desist from such advocacy, saying, “We are issuing a last warning to those behind the political agitation to stop all this rubbish in our land. Yoruba land cannot be a testing ground for any form of criminal act.

“YWG is calling all traditional rulers in Yoruba land to call these people to order, because it will not favour all of us to start mobilising against ourselves in the same region.”

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Oyo governor constitutes councils for tertiary institutions

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has constituted the governing councils of tertiary institutions owned by the state.

A statement issued on Tuesday by Taiwo Adisa, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, announced this in a statement in Ibadan.

The statement said the board of the Oyo State Waste Management Board was also constituted.

According to the statement, the chairpersons and board members for state-owned institutions announced were for The Polytechnic, Ibadan; Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa; and Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo; among others.

The statement further announced the appointment of the chairperson of the governing councils of the state-owned tertiary institutions, including Samuel Ogundiran (The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa) and Mathew Odedokun (Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo).

Others are Bisi Ojebola (College of Education, Lanlate); Sunday Ajayi (Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki); Lateef Sanni (Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo Ora) and Kunle Akinyemi (The Polytechnic, Ibadan).

“Those appointed as members of The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa are Alhaji Musiliu Oyedemi; Barr. Segun Adebayo; Mrs Alice Adedokun; Mr Wazir Adekunle and Alhaji Azeem Badmus.

“Mr Banji Folaranmi; Al-Hassan Sakirat; Alhaji Liadi Busari and Chief Joshua Oyetunde were appointed as members of the Governing Council of Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo.

“Similarly, Alhaji Aliyu Tajudeen; Mrs Lawal Jumoke; Mr Ajayi-Ope Phillips and Mrs Mojisola Akande were appointed as members of the College of Education, Lanlate’s Governing Council.

“For the Governing Council of the Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Dr. Omotayo Funmilola Olubunmi; Mr. Isiaka Adegbayi Kareem; Prof. Stephen Adegbite; Mr Ife Oyelere and Mr. Balogun Nurudeen were appointed as members.

“Mr Abdulrahman Alayande; Dr. Abegunde Ilori Amos; Mrs. Tunrayo Ajeigbe; Princess Adenike Adedoja; Mr. Lukman Balogun; Mr. Olalekan Kazeem Bello; Taiwo Akano; Mr. Adesope Elijah and Mr. Olawuwo Samuel were appointed as members of the Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo Ora’s Governing Council.

“For The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Prof. Sarafadeen Kareem; Prof. S.G. Odewumi; Jide Ojolowo; Mr. Adedapo Joshua; Moji Adeyemi; Abiola Taoreed and Bola Akinyemi were appointed as members of its Governing Council, ” it said.

The statement said that Seun Adelore would continue to chair the board of the state’s Waste Management Agency.

Members of the agency’s board, it added, included Johnson Ojebiyi, Azeez Adeoti, Lamunyegun Moses, Salawudeen Tajudeen, Ayuba Akinsola, Lukman Adesina, Isiaka Aliu, Janet Oguntona, Yusuf Sarafa and Shuaibu Oladayo.

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Court remands man for allegedly raping teenager

A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Iyaganku, Oyo State, on Monday ordered a 20-year-old bricklayer, Sodiq Raifu, who allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl, remanded in police custody, pending legal advice.

Mr Raifu, who resides in Olorunda – Aba area, Akobo, Ibadan, is charged with one count of defilement.

Magistrate Titilayo Oyekanmi did not take Raifu’s plea but ordered him remanded pending legal advice from the Oyo State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Oyekanmi adjourned the matter until October 5, for mention.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Sunday Ojeleye, told the court that Mr Raifu committed the offence on June 23, at about 7 p.m.

Ojeleye alleged that Rafiu ambushed the victim who was heading home after hawking and raped her.

He said that the victim’s father reported the matter at the Akobo Police Station, Ibadan and was later transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Iyaganku.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 357 and is punishable under Section 358 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 , Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State 2000.

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Police Prevent Oyo Deputy Governor, Olaniyan, From Attending Late Ajimobi’s Fidau

Amild drama took place at the Oluyole residence of late former governor of Oyo, Abiola Ajimobi, as a delegation of the state government led by the deputy governor, Raufu Olaniyan, was prevented from attending the eighth day Fidau prayer for the deceased.

SaharaReporters gathered that Olaniyan arrived the residence at about 11:20am in a convoy of five vehicles.

On getting to the gate of the road leading to Ajimobi’s residence, the convoy was stopped by policemen and members of other security agencies manning the gate.

They insisted that only the deputy governor’s vehicle could be allowed into the street to join the prayer.

But on getting to Ajimobi’s house, the gate was also locked.

The deputy governor’s aides introduced their principal but they were told that the gate had been locked and that Mrs Ajimobi was in possession of the key.

Olaniyan waited, believing that the issue would be sorted in no time.

Olaniyan, it was gathered, left after making frantic calls to people believed to be close to the family.

A condolence visit to the Ajimobi’s family last Sunday by some governors led by Olaniyan had ended up being an unpleasant visit.

Wife of the late former governor opened the floodgate of allegations when she accused the state government led by Seyi Makinde of neglecting her family at a critical time.

At the time of the visit, she alleged that the government had not commiserated with her on the death of her husband.

She also confronted the deputy governor, who was in company with governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Umar Ganduje of Kano State among others, for not calling her on phone to condole with the family, an accusation the deputy governor disputed.

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Oyo governor inaugurates another isolation centre in Ibadan

The governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, on Saturday, inaugurated an upgraded 10-bed space Agbami Isolation Centre in Jericho, Ibadan for the COVID-19 patients.

Makinde said the new facility would encourage private individuals to self-isolate at the centre.

He explained that the facility, which was a Tuberculosis (TB) Centre, was inaugurated at the twilight of the last administration.

“It has been upgraded now; we have oxygen concentrator here and you will get the type of care that you truly deserve.

“Now, there is COVID-19 pandemic in our hand and we also have high-earned individuals in Oyo State, who are not comfortable going to Olodo Isolation Centre, because they want individual room and privacy.

“For those individuals, we know some of you have aged parents at home and because we have to give concession for such individuals to self-isolate at home and monitor them, now, we don’t have to do much of that anymore.

“With the facilities here, you can self-isolate privately by just (driving) in.

“We will give you the treatment and we will ensure that you don’t infect others.

“Once you have been properly managed, you will go back to your various homes,’’ the governor said.

He enjoined people not to be negligent of the coronavirus, or afraid to confirm their COVID-19 status, adding that the disease was not a death sentence.

“I battled COVID-19; so, it is not a death sentence and it is not something to be ashamed of.

“The virus is here with us and it will be here for some time to come.

“It is not going to disappear in two or three weeks from now. So, we have to learn to live with it.

“If any of us is sick, we have the facilities; we have taken the opportunity of the disease to strengthen our health care facilities.’’

He said that after the pandemic, the facilities would remain and that government would continue to maintain them.

“You don’t need to go and hide at private hospitals where they don’t really have facilities, resources and the personnel to ensure that you access adequate care,’’ he said.

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Police parade man for allegedly killing mother of three over sex

The Police in Oyo State on Tuesday paraded a 26-year-old man for allegedly killing a 30-year-old mother of three who denied him sex.

Newsmen report that the suspect was one of the 33 paraded by the command at its headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan.

Newsmen also report that other suspects were paraded for offences ranging from murder and kidnapping to armed robbery and conspiracy.

Parading the suspected murderer, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, said he had hit the victim with a hanger as well as gave her blow on the neck which resulted in her death.

Enwonwu said that the suspect thereafter threw her corpse into a well within his compound.

“In the morning of that day a neighbour wanted to fetch water in the well and saw the leg of the lady and reported the incident to the police.

“On June 25 at about 7am, a complaint was recorded at Ojo’o Police Station from one Agu Benson of Oritoke area that one Happiness Winifred, “f’ aged 30 years, left her home on June 21, 2020, was found inside a well on June 25.

“Investigation was conducted and the suspect was arrested and he confessed to have carried out the dastardly killing,” Enwonwu said.

In an interview, the suspect said he had known the victim for six months, adding that she was his girl friend.

”The lady is a commercial sex worker and has three children and not living with any husband.

”I always beg her for sex anytime we want to have one. On that day, I questioned her action and an argument started that resulted in her death.

”I carried her corpse and dropped it in a well in our compound because the gate was locked.

“I didn’t want to kill her intentionally and I regret my action now,”the suspect said.

Newsmen report that others also paraded were some notorious gang members who trailed a foodstuff seller, Mrs Tawa Iyadunni, from her store at Bodija market to her residence and collected N4.4million, phones and other valuables from her.

Also paraded were some suspects linked to the kidnap of the daughter and wife of Baba Aso, the Baale of Igbole, Igboora, Oyo State.

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Oyo Assembly holds special sitting in honour of deceased Senator Ajimobi

The Oyo State House Assembly on Tuesday held a special sitting in honour of the late Abiola Ajimobi, the immediate past governor of the state.

Addressing the Assembly, the Speaker, Adebo Ogundoyin, said the news of the death of Ajimobi filtered into the state like a dream.

Ogundoyin said that Ajimobi’s death was unexpected and painful because he died at a time that his wealth of experience was needed by the nation, especially APC, his political party.

“O death where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory? Ajimobi was endowed with supernatural wisdom and intelligence, the virtues which he displayed in the governance of the state in particular and the nation in general.

“He was a statesman of note as he served as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and governor of Oyo State for two consecutive terms, hence he became the “Koseleri“ governor.

“As the helmsman of the state he embarked on infrastructural development across the state.

”He was an amiable and humorous personality.

“He impacted positively on so many lives especially his political associates.

”He was able to change the political landscape of the state through his three-point agenda of restoration, transformation and repositioning,” he said.

Ogundoyin added that Ajimobi impacted on governance and greatly improved environmental sanitation, especially in Ibadan.

“There was monumental improvement in terms of security of lives and properties while brigandage was reduced to its barest minimum.

“He was no doubt a renowned captain of industry, successful manager, seasoned administrator, political judgement, responsible family man and fan of his political followers.

“His sense of humour cannot be easily forgotten,” he said.

The speaker conveyed the condolences of the lawmakers and staff of the Oyo State House of Assembly to the wife of the deceased, Florence, the children and the entire Ajimobi family.

“We pray that God in His infinite mercy would grant them the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.

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The Politics Of Ajimobi’s Death By Reuben Abati

Except something else occurs that grabs the headlines and dominates Nigerian social media, the big news of the past week would probably be the death of Senator Abiola Ajimobi and the political drama that it has generated.

Senator Ajimobi served as a Senator between 2003 -2007. He was Governor of Oyo State between 2011 – 2015, 2015- 2019. He achieved the distinction of being the first Governor in that state to be elected for a second term in office. He broke the jinx. His tenure as Governor was quite controversial with mixed results and divided opinions. He was a very frank and outspoken Governor who was also very conscious of his social status and the powers attached to his office. He was also quite audacious. He engaged the Olubadan in an open battle when he chose in one instance to transform some high chiefs of the Olubadan-in-council into beaded kings.

There was also his infamous confrontation with students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) who had stormed Government House to protest the prolonged closure of their school. Ajimobi hushed the students up and told them harshly that they should remember that they were in the presence of “the Constituted Authority” of Oyo State. The Oyo State Government under his watch owed arrears of salaries. By the general election of 2019, his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) stood no chance in the elections. It was generally believed that the “Constituted Authority” had alienated the people he governed so much they were bound to reject the country’s ruling party in the state. As expected, the APC lost the Gubernatorial election to the rival, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) whose flag-bearer Engr. Seyi Makinde is the incumbent Governor of the state.

In 2019, Ajimobi also sought election into the Senate. Nigeria’s Upper Chamber is increasingly an old people’s home for retired Governors. But he lost the Oyo South Senatorial bid to the candidate, again, of the PDP. He took his case to the Election Petition Tribunal. He lost again. In the face of this rejection, the APC consoled itself with the conclusion that the performance of their party in Oyo state did not amount to a rejection of the APC by the people, but a rejection of Ajimobi’s politics! The same party would later reward Ajimobi with the position of Deputy National Chairman, South West. His admirers insist that he was a hero, a bridge-builder, and an illustrious Ibadan son and politician who made his own contributions to the development of his state and country. His style may just have been a bit brash, they admit.

Man lives. He dies. It is in the nature of all living things to die. Human experiences like love, achievements, social status can bring an individual much fulfilment, but death is the biggest event of our lives. It defines our mortality. It is arbitrary and tragic, because it marks the end of everything. It is not a form of completion, because nobody ever completes life, even a man of 100 still nurses hope, but with death, everything is finished. Death does not grant the dead a say in what happens to him or her: but there is a form of survival to it. The dead survive in social contexts: in the memory of those who love or hate them, and each recollection is absolutely beyond the control of the dead. The dead exist only as social identities. Culturally, we are expected to respect and honour them. This is seen as a moral obligation. We are also likely to feel offended if the people besmirch their memory.

But what we often see is that this moral obligation is merely socially constructed. It cannot be imposed. It is determined by context and relationships. We have seen this at play with two recent high profile deaths: that of former Presidential Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari, whose death generated so much emotion that it has now formed the substance of a book titled: Abba Kyari –Portrait of a Loyalist: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Sides of Public Service in Nigeria edited by Magnus Onyibe. And now: the death, at 70, of Senator Abiola Ajimobi. Both men died as a result of COVID-19 related complications. Both died in the same hospital: First Cardiology Consultants in Lagos. But if anyone thought Kyari’s death was controversial, that of Senator Ajimobi would seem to be even more so.

At the centre of the latter is the ugly and totally avoidable conflict between Mrs Florence Ajimobi and the Seyi Makinde administration in Oyo State. During a condolence visit to the Ajimobis led by the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Mrs Ajimobi turned on the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, and accused the Governor, Seyi Makinde of “playing politics” with her husband’s death. She said: “…He didn’t call me. Even if he had called me, I never had his number. He should have sent text messages for record purposes. The Governor of Oyo State never called me. He never signed a condolence message. Never called even when my husband was on sick bed for one month. What politics are you playing please..?”

The outburst was recorded in a video that has gone viral. The Oyo State Government and the Governor have responded almost in equal measure. The revelations have been unpalatable. It turned out that there was some disagreement over where the former Governor should be buried. The Government says the preferred location by the family in Agodi GRA is a land that is under litigation. The permit that was eventually granted to allow Ajimobi to be buried in his Oluyole GRA home, we are told, was even in violation of an existing law. Really? Governor Makinde’s administration should not form the bad habit of breaking the law, no matter what! It was further established that the Governor issued a signed condolence statement and had also made efforts to reach out to Mrs. Ajimobi. He also ordered that the flag should be flown at half-mast in honour of the deceased.

When Mrs Ajimobi watches that video again in the future, she may regret speaking too hastily. She only needs to do a review of the reactions to her outburst by the public. She has been accused of having “a sense of entitlement”. “Who does she think she is?”, some asked. The Agodi GRA property where she wanted her husband buried has also become a subject of many uncomplimentary remarks about her husband’s integrity. She has even been told that if she loved her husband that much, why didn’t she shut down her own shop the day her husband was buried? Ordinary Nigerians are not always nice to political leaders dead or alive. Social media has given them such voice and freedom that has turned them into a “Constituted Authority” of their own. But the Oyo State Government should sheathe its sword and not add to Mrs Ajimobi’s grief. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in a book titled “On Death and Dying” wrote about the “Five Stages of Grief,” and although the emotions of grief are not scientifically chronological, anger is one of them. When people lose loved ones, they tend to be angry for various reasons, until they come to terms with reality. Mrs Ajimobi deserves support, not abuse at this time.

More people will probably still disappoint her, but if she must be angry, I believe that the people she needs to be angry with are members of the APC National Working Committee who used her husband as a means to their own political ends. By June 16 when Senator Ajimobi was named Acting Chairman of the party as the in-fighting between factions raged, Ajimobi was said to be on life support. Didn’t they know that? Party spokespersons lied that he was recuperating. By June 18, Fisayo Soyombo, an award-winning journalist had gone on twitter to announce that the Senator was dead. He was challenged. He stood by his story. He said his source has never failed him. On June 25, the National Executive Committee of the APC dissolved the party’s NWC and set up a Caretaker Committee. The same day, Ajimobi’s death was announced. What manner of men are these who will do political 419 with dying and death and turn a man they claim they love into a pawn? Fisayo Soyombo has been vindicated. A journalist is as good as his or her source. He deserves another award for his investigative journalism. And may God, the only “Constituted Authority”, over and above all things, grant Senator Ajimobi, peaceful repose.


For more than a week, the refuse bins across the streets were filled to the brim, surrounded by bulging refuse packs. Garbage collectors who are contractors of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), under a PSP arrangement, were said to be on strike over the non-payment of their salaries for three months! Street sweepers, with their ubiquitous orange overalls, helping to keep Lagos clean were also nowhere to be seen. In the middle of a global public health crisis like COVID-19, and with hygiene as one of the recommended safety responses, I thought Lagos had a big problem on its hand. Waste managers going on strike, in a state that is the epicenter of the pandemic in Nigeria? Many Lagos residents were outraged. Why won’t LAWMA pay waste managers?

Before long the media focused on the story. The facts as reported in summary are as follows: In May, Governor Babajide Sanwoolu, as part of efforts to reposition LAWMA, was said to have ordered an audit of the agency. The auditors reportedly stumbled on damning irregularities, wastages and leakages within the system. These include the discovery of sharp practices by PSP contractors, the middle men who interface between LAWMA and street sweepers/refuse collectors. LAWMA has 652 of such operators who in turn engage 15, 498 workers, who manage 600 routes across the state. The contractors were accused of padding their bills, and passing their cost to the state government. In LAWMA’s record, a sweeper is paid N25, 000 per month as salary, while a supervisor is paid N40, 000 per month. In reality, the contractors don’t even pay their staff up to this amount. As the agency’s wage bill rose from N540 million per month to N1 billion, the Governor asked the former MD to step aside and insisted on an audit. Many of the contractors were found guilty, with the most notorious among them identified as “The Iron Lady”. As part of the reform process, the state government appointed a new Managing Director to oversee the changes that needed to be made.

It was at this point that hell broke loose. Contracts were terminated including that of the “Iron Lady” who alone managed 66 routes. There were attacks on the new management of LAWMA by street sweepers who publicly discarded their orange overalls, and took their case to the social media. They had my sympathy. Not to pay these hapless workers, who risk their lives every day for mere pittance didn’t look good. But it soon became clear that this was not about LAWMA but some powerful contractors and middle men who were determined to resist and frustrate the proposed reform, insisting that they are untouchable.

Anyone who is familiar with the waste management process in Lagos will attest to the fact that this is one of the major areas reserved for the purposes of political patronage. The contractors are not necessarily independent. They are either party stalwarts, or their representatives, being rewarded for their contribution to election victory. They have behind them Godfathers who also report to Godfathers. Governor Sanwoolu is right to have ordered an audit, and to have asked the former Managing Director to step aside. But the audit must be fair and it certainly can’t go on endlessly. Yesterday, I saw a few street sweepers back at work. There must be some honest contractors whose staff do not deserve to be out of work and whose salaries must be paid. But there must also be a strong monitoring mechanism in place. No contractor should be paid for work not done or be allowed to pad bills. The new man at LAWMA, that is the Acting MD, will need the personal support of the Governor and that of the Commissioner for Environment, Tunji Bello under whose Ministry LAWMA falls. Both Sanwoolu and Bello have been long enough within the system to know where the corpses are buried.

The Governor should be firm and tread carefully though. One of the reasons adduced for the humiliation of his predecessor, Akinwunmi Ambode was that he too tried to change things at LAWMA. In so doing, he stepped on very powerful toes and burnt bridges. The contractors and Godfathers that he displaced never forgave him. They blackmailed him. In the course of the current face-off, I have noticed garbage being dumped, seemingly deliberately, on the streets of Lagos. Governor Sanwoolu should be watchful. Nobody, Iron Lady, or Caterpillar Man, should be allowed to play politics with public health and hygiene in Lagos.

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Ex-Oyo State Governor, Ajimobi, Buried At Private Residence In Ibadan

The remains of ex-Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, was on Sunday laid to rest in Ibadan, the state capital.

The former governor was buried at 10:20amaccording to Islamic rites at his Oluyole residence.

The burial, which was only attended by his wife, children as well as very close associates, held around 10am.

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Oyo shuts five private clinics over quackery

The Oyo State Government, on Saturday, said it has sealed five private health facilities in Saki and Ibadan metropolis over unprofessional and illegal practices.

As contained in a statement by State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, the facilities were found culpable for engagement of quack staffers, lack of approval of premises, poor hospital setting among other acts capable of compromising the health status of patients.

State Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello, who led the task force, decried the lackadaisical attitude of some owners of private health facilities in the State, reiterating that the government would not tolerate quackery in the health sector.

Bello, who spoke through the Director of Secondary Health Care and Training in the ministry, Dr Wale Falana, said the poised to promote good practices and ensure quality health care delivery across the state.

Bello noted that most of the facilities visited by the task force operated without qualified personnel cum scientific orientation which led to the closure of three facilities in Ibadan and two at Saki, while preference was given to facilities that had commenced registration.

“These people are practising quackery and are killing people. They are not qualified, the environment is not good, no qualified personnel, no scientific orientation, nothing, they are just doing what they like and putting people’s lives in danger.

“In Saki, one of them was using a room where people are living to operate. As we know that one of the pillars of this present administration is health, we are not compromising this. We need to move and make sure our people are been well taken care of by qualified personnel, with good facilities,” Bello said.

He admonished the people of the state to be vigilant and at all times patronise government-accredited private health facilities, which would have Oyo State government-accredited logo displayed.

He, however, assured reopening the concerned facilities the moment their owners fulfil all requirements.

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Ex-Oyo State Governor, Ajimobi, To Be Buried On Sunday

The remains of late former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, will be interred on Sunday, 28th June at his Ishaq Abiola Ajimobi Central Mosque, Oke Ado.

Strict COVID-19 protocols are to be adhered in light of the current circumstances of our national health challenges.

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Oyo: Bayo Adelabu, Seyi Makinde clash over performance

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde and his All Progressives Congress (APC) rival in the last year governorship election Bayo Adelabu have clashed over the latter’s scathing criticism of his first year performance.

Adelabu had given a detailed assessment of Makinde’s performance, describing it as lack-lustre.

Instead of building on the legacies of his predecessor Abiola Ajimobi, Adelabu said Makinde has failed to maintain the standards he inherited but embarked on populist programmes that will not bring future benefits to the state as a whole.

He gave the assessment during his interview on Southwest Political Circuit, a popular programme on Ibadan-based Fresh FM 105.9.

Measuring performance indices in education, health, infrastructure, agriculture, security and good governance, Adelabu posited that Makinde has shown that he was ill-prepared for the position given his poor handling of the core areas of development in the last one year.

According to him, crime has increased since Ajimobi left, Makinde has not sustained or built on Ajimobi’s achievements in tourism; the Security Trust Fund has become dysfunctional; Ibadan is now dirtier than before; Makinde’s free education is not funded and his style of governance has not allowed the private sector to contribute to the development of the state, among others.

Adelabu specifically faulted Makinde’s handling of COVID-19. He said there was no empirical reason to support reopening of schools and worship centres this time. He described the decision as a deliberate move to endanger people’s lives.

The criticism immediately sent ripples down the entire political landscape of Oyo State with applause and condemnation from supporters of each gladiator.

Reacting, however, Makinde described Adelabu’s criticism as baseless, saying he has been developing the state with his campaign blue-print. He said Adelabu’s criticism only exposed his ignorance about his successes in the last one year.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Governor said no amount of “lies, misinformation and deliberate plots to malign the government by members of the opposition would make the people of the state regret electing Makinde as their governor.”

According to him, the governor remained committed to delivering on the mandate given to him by residents of the state, noting that the administration has been developing the state in accordance with the carefully-worded manifesto tagged Oyo State Roadmap for Accelerated Development, 2019-2023.

“The Makinde administration is surefootedly taking the people of Oyo State from poverty to prosperity despite intense efforts by APC chieftains to distract it,” the statement read.

The governor’s media aide added that the administration has also been transparent and open in the last one year and that this has continued to endeared it to the people, who have come to realise that indeed, good governance and probity were achievable in the state.

The statement also questioned Adelabu’s pedigree, especially his criticisms of Makinde’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, declaring that measures taken so far by the Oyo State Task Force on COVID-19 have been adopted even by the Presidential Task Force.

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Another Female Student Raped And Killed In Oyo State

Grace Oshiagwu, a 21-year-old female National Diploma student of Business Administration at the Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Oyo State, has been raped and killed.

The young lady was sexually assaulted and killed on Saturday afternoon at a church where her parents live around the Idi-Ori area of Shasha under Akinyẹle Local Government Area in Ibadan, the state capital.

A source, who confirmed the incident said, "Yes, it was another rape case close to my street and the lady was murdered at the same Akinyẹle LGA where Barakat was killed a few weeks ago.

"But one thing that surprised me the most is that the lady's hair was shaved and taken away too. I feel it was for ritual purposes."

He revealed that her corpse had been deposited at Adeoyo State Hospital in Ibadan for autopsy.

Confirming the incident, the police in Oyo State said an investigation had commenced into the case.

The incident occurred 10 days after Shomuyiwa Azeezat, who was seven months pregnant and a postgraduate student of the University of Ibadan, was raped and killed in Akinyele LGA.

It also came after 18-year-old Barakat Bello was raped and killed in the same LGA.

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Oyo Government Discharges 95 Coronavirus Patients

The Oyo State Government has discharged 95 Coronavirus patients after they received their second negative test results.

Governor Seyi Makinde announced this through his official Twitter handle on Saturday.

Makinde said the figure raised the number of discharged cases so far to 271 in the state.

He said, “95 confirmed COVID-19 cases have received their second negative test results and have been discharged. This brings the number of discharged cases in Oyo State to 271.”

The governor, who is also the head of COVID-19 Task Force in the state, further announced that the COVID-19 confirmation tests for 35 suspected cases came back posi.

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Olabode Olajumoke @78 Celebrating Extraordinary Years of Positive Impacts ,Sterling National Standing

Raji Bomodeoku

In today's climate, leadership is examined from one of the tenets mostly denoted by the values that are appreciated within a culture as an influence that is capable of producing some valuable results that are considered from that cultural standpoint.

Indeed ,many have done far better as individuals and as members of their local and national communities. When the attendance of those who have made remarkable memories in our Nation is called. One name that will feature prominently is Olabode Olajumoke . Olajumoke's impact can be traced to his strides in the political, economic and humanitarian landscape of Nigeria.

Olajumoke has gone on to show that creating insight and taking action are winning combination for anyone coming from a humble background . Only a few people have done more impacts to others like they would to themselves. Olajumoke is a deeply good man from searchlight and one of the evidences that Nigeria was blessed with great Leaders.

Growing up as a young Man in the Precincts of Imeri in Ondo State . Olajumoke's mission from outset was how to serve his fatherland, inspiring many other similar thinkers to stimulate a national synergy for his people’s emancipation at the National front.

One of the inspiring accounts of Olajumoke’s groundbreaking success in community development was the founding of Imeri Unity Group, a socio political group with the intention of increasing the presence of his Yoruba speaking Imeri minority people at the frontline of National Politics . He was concerned that his people of Yoruba extraction should move from regional political theatre to national as the centre influences so many critical decisions in Nigeria. The focus of IUG therefore was to galvanise the Yoruba speaking people of the six Southwest states and the two states of Kogi and Kwara to play central politics.

This strategy was successful as the movement attracted followers of Governor Lateef Jakande and his deputy Rafiu Jafojo, Chief J.S Olawoyin of Offa, Chief Yomi Akintola and Chief Oluwole Awolowo both from the prominent families of late S.L.A. Akintola’s family of Ogbomoso and late Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s of Ikenne among other prominent Western flank leaders.

One of the most significant achievements of IUG was the unification of the two famous Yoruba families of Awolowo and Akintola. For almost 35 years - the rift that several Yoruba monarchs could not resolve at that time was settled. Indeed the only three instances that IUG monthly meetings were ever moved out of Imeri were when Chief Oluwole Awolowo hosted IUG meeting at Efunyela Hall, Ikenne and the following month in the Ogbomoso family home of late Chief SLA Akintola by his eldest son Chief Yomi Akintola. IUG also honoured late Chief J.S. Olawoyin by Senator Salawu of Offa hosting IUG in Offa after the Ogbomoso meeting.

Modern history will be kind with Olajumoke as his emergence to the elite group did not only open ways for a turnaround in public representation , he set some standard metrics for future seekers of public office, building a lasting legacy for his people of Ondo North and influencing a national landmark for people living with disabilities. Prior to being elected into the Nigerian Senate where he served as the Senate’s Committee Chairman on Navy. He is noted for sponsoring the disability bill which drew national consciousness to the need to make all public and private facilities accessible to people living with special needs as it is practiced in civilized world .

This remarkable bill had been tested and actualized some years earlier when Dr Bode Olajumoke was the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko. As the Pro-Chancellor, he converted the institution from a glorified secondary school into a modern University such that within two years of his being Chairman of Council, the school was adjudged the best state university in Nigeria by the Nigerian Universities Commission. Massive road networks sprawled the university landscapes, modern lecture theatres were constructed. He insisted that all the emerging structures - roads, buildings, lecture theatres were all disabled compliant. He did not limit this campaign to Adekunle Ajasin University. As a prominent member of the national conference of Pro-Chancellors, he persuaded his colleagues to adopt the policy of making their campuses disabled friendly. Some Pro-Chancellors visited his University to duplicate the concept. Such was his passion for the disabled and less privileged that at the earliest opportunity he had as a Senator, his major bill on disability in the one term he was privileged to serve was passed by the Senate into law. The Nigerian Navy honored him with a Navy Secondary School in his home town Imeri as a recognition for effective Senate Leadership.

He had served pre-eminently as a Federal Civil Servant and played notable roles in the return of democracy in 1999. His civil service years was condoned after twenty five years of meritorious service. Professionally , Olajumoke was inspired to read Law after covering the famous treasonable felony case of the FGN vs Dr Tunji Otegbeye as an intern-reporter with the Daily times of Nigeria in 1965. He got the Soviet Union Scholarship in 1965 to study law at the famous Friendship University , Moscow where he bagged LL.M in flying colours. He Later proceeded to the University of Edinburgh in the UK where he bagged a Doctorate Degree in the International Law Department of the Prestigious University. Olajumoke has been an advocate of true federalism tackling several extra-constitutional tendencies in teaching and through court prayers as a liberal exponent with complete believe in the principles of liberty, freedom of people and Nations.

Born on the 1st of July ,1944 , in Imeri ,Olajumoke’s growing up set the foundation for his exemplary journey and disciplined life as a member of the Boys Scout where he mastered the most important leadership lessons in developing young people to become self fulfilled as individuals and play constructive roles in the society using the scout method . He has throughout his scouting journey developed special interest in people living with special needs . At the 100th year celebration of the founding of Scouting in 2007 World Scout Jamboree at Essex, London. Olajumoke sponsored several Scouts from Schools of deaf and impaired hearing to the World events raising hope for the children to dream again . He has served on the Board of The Scout Association of Nigeria as its Deputy Board Chairman. He has strong passion for charity and his many years work has created some of the notable charity organizations that are restoring hopes for people with extreme conditions. Among these is the mission to save the helpless MITOSATH. - the first Chairman was late Prof. Olikoye Ransome-Kuti and was succeeded by Dr. Bode Olajumoke. Rtd General T.Y. Danjuma is the Grandpatron.

Dr Bode Olajumoke has been a member, Board of Trustees of PDP since year 2000. He is not a shifty politician and so has been very constant in his vision when he ran for the Nation’s Presidency under APP in 1999.

Long before Dr. Bode Olajumoke contested the Senate seat, he had sponsored many budding politicians for elective and executive offices. In year 2007, he eventually ran for the Senatorial seat of his Ondo North and won one of the largest votes nationwide.

He is a Member of the Board, University of Ibadan Advancement Centre since over a decade.

At 78 , Olajumoke’s example serving leadership is still rubbing positively in the heart of Nigeria and everywhere else that he has made footprints throughout his proud history .

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Statesman on the auspicious occasion of his 78th birthday.

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Super Eagles head Coach Jose Peseiro will arrive Uyo today to watch Nigeria Professional Football League match between reigning Champions Akwa United and visiting Plateau United slated for Four O'clock in the afternoon at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.

Coach Peseiro who took charge of Super Eagles in May will be accompanied by his assistant Acacio Dos Santos and Super Eagles Head of Administration Enebi Achor.

The Portuguese tactician who led the senior national team to a 0-10 victory over Sao Tome and Principe will be the special guest of honour on match-day 35 when 8th placed Akwa United will square up against 2nd placed Plateau United.

Coach Peseiro has been scheduled to have a technical session with Coach Ayodeji Ayeni of Akwa United and the head Coach of Plateau United Fidelis Ilechukwu after the crucial game.

With Godswill Akpabio International Stadium selected by Confederation of African Football CAF as one of the two venues suitable to host international games in Nigeria, coach Peseiro will on Sunday morning be conducted round facilities at the stadium by a member of the NFF technical committee Elder Paul Bassey ahead of the 2023 AFCON qualifier against Guinea-Bissau in September.

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TINUBU'S EMERGENCE: Federal lawmaker commends APC for examplifing good democracy

By Samuel Vincent

The All Progressives Congress APC has been commended for setting a good example of democracy in Nigeria to the world.

Member representing Oshodi/Isolo II federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Ganiyu Johnson in a statement made available to press on Thursday says the party's presidential primary, which saw the emergence of former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu as the presidential candidate of the APC was thorough and a demonstration of the will of its members in sustaining democracy.

Hon. Johnson urged Tinubu to forget about the hurdles presented to him by his adversary in the build up to the primary, adding that the challenges were normal in participatory democracy.

While congratulating Bola Tinubu for his victory at the presidential primary, the lawmaker pointed out that the country was on its way to getting the practice of democracy right, particularly that the differences and confusion which would have marred the primary were harmonized in line with the amended Electoral Act.

The statement said: "Before and midway into the primary election for the presidential aspirants, there were confusion as to the mode of election.

"As members of the APC, we didn't know whether it would be consensus or indirect election, but then those who meant well for the party insisted on the rule of law; they insisted on due process in light of the Electoral Act as amended. The consideration of what the law stipulated forced the party into the delegates election and after the exercise, nobody among the aspirants is aggrieved.

"There was fairness and a level playing field was created for all aspirants to test their popularity. Going forward, the party has set a good example of democracy", Hon. Johnson said.

He called on the flag bearer to immediately reach out to all the aspirants and unite further, the party faithful across the six geopolitical zones of the country in readiness for the general election, noting that there was no dull moment after winning the primary election.


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