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MR. GOVERNOR, YOUR BELOVED LAUTECH IS PRODUCING MORE DROPOUTS EVERY YEAR THAN GRADUATES - INDIGENT STUDENTS

MR. GOVERNOR, YOUR BELOVED LAUTECH IS PRODUCING MORE DROPOUTS EVERY YEAR THAN GRADUATES - INDIGENT STUDENTS






As much as we all have tried to come to terms in agreement with the fact that education isn't free, at least not any longer, for reasons of maintenance and smooth running that should result to exploits, innovations and discoveries from the sector; we are yet to see these results manifest in the Nigerian educational sector; it has solely been a parasitic business venture that no longer has benefits for the consumers, rather than the fattening of cheeks and pockets of those who were assigned to meet the satisfaction of the consumers; education has been shortchanged.


This outcry is as ancient as tattoos as fashion but it is devastating that we've been left to continue crying and wallow as victims of education, yes, victims of education; the educational system in Nigeria has become a predator over the lives of those it should empower.


Every year in LADOKE AKINTOLA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, we bury victims of education who didn't die naturally by the inability to catch up academically, but because some coronavirus-like policies were introduced without prior or due notification, forcing students who never signed to these policies to abide by the policies, rendering the purpose of what would have been a good policy, ulterior.


Needless to recount past incidence, the recent repetition of the effects of this policy suffice as evidence in any court of law; the institution kicked off the second semester examination of the 2021/2022 academic session on Monday, November 29, 2021 and a good percentage of students who are the supposed purpose of the institution have been denied the access to write this examination; LAUTECH is producing more dropouts every year than graduates.


What is this policy? NO TUITION, NO EXAM POLICY. A very good policy that every sane person should understand that it is for the purpose of maintenance and the smooth running of the institution, considering the blows that the institution has faced in past times from strikes and tussle of ownership between two States.


The policy was initiated at a time when the institution was being self funded to meet the payments and arrears of staff members of the institution; and students who were never the cause of these arrears or irresponsibility of the visiting governments then, became the only victims of this anomaly by being forced to adjust; in fact an unreasonable geometric increase in the tuition was proposed as at the time, to leave the students' representatives no choice than to bargain the price rather than fighting a policy they were never prepared for; the tuition was still geometrically increased, at least that was the middle ground between the management and the students then, and the policy stood.


Ever since, it has been series of students dropping out of the institution; it has been a journey of marring the careers that the institution was supposed to make; it has been the production of hooligans, fraudster and victims of disappointments and a failed government, or what do we expect of students whose fees were suddenly increased alongside a policy that ensures they pay up the fees or they won't be eligible to write the examinations that will certify them?


The school has witnessed a financial turn around in recent times at the advent of a new visitor that has not only been responsible and responding to demands, but made sure that the fundamental troubles faced with the institution was resolved, and that was the sole ownership of the institution by a State(Oyo State).


This Governor has been paying FULL SUBVENTION to LAUTECH; arrears that are not even owed by the present visitor has been taken care of, obviously there had been a smooth running, funds are being generated and there is no need for unnecessary pressure on the students who should be the purpose of the institution, and not victims.


Ironically, it is students who are not appointees of the Governor that understands his good intentions for the Institution; or what else could be the intention of someone who removed #3,000 levy for Primary Schools in the State, and reduced our own tuition here by 25%? We see such gesture, and we appreciate it as a notable value for education and the greatest caution against having dropouts from schools.


These students are still the ones overworked, running TWO SESSIONS IN A YEAR; putting parents on the run to rally for TUITION OF TWO YEARS IN A YEAR; and they will term it our own share and advantage as it implies graduating on time, but the truth is, it only implies a rapid in flow of cash for the greedy purses and unproductivity from being worn out.


It is only unfortunate that the good intentions of the State Government are being sabotaged by the appointees who are supposed to implement credits to the good intentions; rather appointees such as the COMMISSIONER FOR EDUCATION in the State, Barr Rahman Abdul-raheem has connived with the Management of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology  starting from the Institution's ACTING VICE CHANCELLOR, Professor Mojeed Olaide Liasu, and his subordinates, the DEAN OF STUDENTS AFFAIRS, Professor Azeem Ige, who has actively been playing the role of silencing the students who are the very platform that influenced the newness in the State, the advent of clear waters.


It has been a tussle of who eats more from the spoils of the students as the fattening of the pockets of some of the Management Staff and purchase of VEHICLES is the reason why members of the ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES (ASUU), LAUTECH CHAPTER are also hell bent on having their shares by threatening with STRIKE ACTIONS.


These appointees have been deliberately sabotaging their principal's effort, because even as we speak, an IMMEDIATE IMPLEMENTATION OF A 25% REDUCTION has still not effected, why else if not because the school management has not made enough for their pockets.


We hereby call on the Executive State Governor of the Oyo State to rise to action to defend his love and good intentions for Education and do the needful to the pests and greedy personnels sabotaging his efforts.


The students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology will not stand down and watch the Institution we should be proud of in years to come, to be clamped down and feasted on by selfish interests; we won't fold arms and watch our colleagues drop out and become elements of destruction in our society; we want to graduate and rise together.


We hereby declare that there would be a peaceful protest at the Oyo State Secretariat to state our grievances, and make our plights known in solidarity of our fellow students, and for a call to action of a Governor whom we know has our good at heart.



Signed:

Indigent Students


CC:

THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF OYO STATE

OYO STATE COMMISSIONER FOR EDUCATION

OYO STATE COMMISSIONER FOR YOUTH AND SPORTS

SA, STUDENTS’ AFFAIRS, OYO STATE

LAUTECH MANAGEMENT

VICE CHANCELLOR, LAUTECH

DEAN OF STUDENTS AFFAIRS, LAUTECH






As much as we all have tried to come to terms in agreement with the fact that education isn't free, at least not any longer, for reasons of maintenance and smooth running that should result to exploits, innovations and discoveries from the sector; we are yet to see these results manifest in the Nigerian educational sector; it has solely been a parasitic business venture that no longer has benefits for the consumers, rather than the fattening of cheeks and pockets of those who were assigned to meet the satisfaction of the consumers; education has been shortchanged.


This outcry is as ancient as tattoos as fashion but it is devastating that we've been left to continue crying and wallow as victims of education, yes, victims of education; the educational system in Nigeria has become a predator over the lives of those it should empower.


Every year in LADOKE AKINTOLA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, we bury victims of education who didn't die naturally by the inability to catch up academically, but because some coronavirus-like policies were introduced without prior or due notification, forcing students who never signed to these policies to abide by the policies, rendering the purpose of what would have been a good policy, ulterior.


Needless to recount past incidence, the recent repetition of the effects of this policy suffice as evidence in any court of law; the institution kicked off the second semester examination of the 2021/2022 academic session on Monday, November 29, 2021 and a good percentage of students who are the supposed purpose of the institution have been denied the access to write this examination; LAUTECH is producing more dropouts every year than graduates.


What is this policy? NO TUITION, NO EXAM POLICY. A very good policy that every sane person should understand that it is for the purpose of maintenance and the smooth running of the institution, considering the blows that the institution has faced in past times from strikes and tussle of ownership between two States.


The policy was initiated at a time when the institution was being self funded to meet the payments and arrears of staff members of the institution; and students who were never the cause of these arrears or irresponsibility of the visiting governments then, became the only victims of this anomaly by being forced to adjust; in fact an unreasonable geometric increase in the tuition was proposed as at the time, to leave the students' representatives no choice than to bargain the price rather than fighting a policy they were never prepared for; the tuition was still geometrically increased, at least that was the middle ground between the management and the students then, and the policy stood.


Ever since, it has been series of students dropping out of the institution; it has been a journey of marring the careers that the institution was supposed to make; it has been the production of hooligans, fraudster and victims of disappointments and a failed government, or what do we expect of students whose fees were suddenly increased alongside a policy that ensures they pay up the fees or they won't be eligible to write the examinations that will certify them?


The school has witnessed a financial turn around in recent times at the advent of a new visitor that has not only been responsible and responding to demands, but made sure that the fundamental troubles faced with the institution was resolved, and that was the sole ownership of the institution by a State(Oyo State).


This Governor has been paying FULL SUBVENTION to LAUTECH; arrears that are not even owed by the present visitor has been taken care of, obviously there had been a smooth running, funds are being generated and there is no need for unnecessary pressure on the students who should be the purpose of the institution, and not victims.


Ironically, it is students who are not appointees of the Governor that understands his good intentions for the Institution; or what else could be the intention of someone who removed #3,000 levy for Primary Schools in the State, and reduced our own tuition here by 25%? We see such gesture, and we appreciate it as a notable value for education and the greatest caution against having dropouts from schools.


These students are still the ones overworked, running TWO SESSIONS IN A YEAR; putting parents on the run to rally for TUITION OF TWO YEARS IN A YEAR; and they will term it our own share and advantage as it implies graduating on time, but the truth is, it only implies a rapid in flow of cash for the greedy purses and unproductivity from being worn out.


It is only unfortunate that the good intentions of the State Government are being sabotaged by the appointees who are supposed to implement credits to the good intentions; rather appointees such as the COMMISSIONER FOR EDUCATION in the State, Barr Rahman Abdul-raheem has connived with the Management of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology  starting from the Institution's ACTING VICE CHANCELLOR, Professor Mojeed Olaide Liasu, and his subordinates, the DEAN OF STUDENTS AFFAIRS, Professor Azeem Ige, who has actively been playing the role of silencing the students who are the very platform that influenced the newness in the State, the advent of clear waters.


It has been a tussle of who eats more from the spoils of the students as the fattening of the pockets of some of the Management Staff and purchase of VEHICLES is the reason why members of the ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES (ASUU), LAUTECH CHAPTER are also hell bent on having their shares by threatening with STRIKE ACTIONS.


These appointees have been deliberately sabotaging their principal's effort, because even as we speak, an IMMEDIATE IMPLEMENTATION OF A 25% REDUCTION has still not effected, why else if not because the school management has not made enough for their pockets.


We hereby call on the Executive State Governor of the Oyo State to rise to action to defend his love and good intentions for Education and do the needful to the pests and greedy personnels sabotaging his efforts.


The students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology will not stand down and watch the Institution we should be proud of in years to come, to be clamped down and feasted on by selfish interests; we won't fold arms and watch our colleagues drop out and become elements of destruction in our society; we want to graduate and rise together.


We hereby declare that there would be a peaceful protest at the Oyo State Secretariat to state our grievances, and make our plights known in solidarity of our fellow students, and for a call to action of a Governor whom we know has our good at heart.



Signed:

Indigent Students


CC:

THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF OYO STATE

OYO STATE COMMISSIONER FOR EDUCATION

OYO STATE COMMISSIONER FOR YOUTH AND SPORTS

SA, STUDENTS’ AFFAIRS, OYO STATE

LAUTECH MANAGEMENT

VICE CHANCELLOR, LAUTECH

DEAN OF STUDENTS AFFAIRS, LAUTECH

Osun: a future in the making?

Osun: a future in the making?

By

Abiodun KOMOLAFE 


(Published in The Nation, Nov 27, 2021)



Talking philosophically, the seed of tomorrow is always said to be planted today. In other words, whatever actions that are taken today will certainly be giving definition to the future. If, _‘whoever defecates on the floor will later have to contend with flies’,_ then, it behooves the people to always bear in mind that, in taking political decisions; even for the government in power to implement a particular policy, its consequences beckon, if not now, assuredly, later! It is all about posterity!


When the late Obafemi Awolowo started _‘Free Education’_ in the First Republic, that eventually became the tonic needed by the then Western Region of Nigeria to access freedom! As fate would have it, that advantage subsists, till date! Although the region is hated for it, _‘Free Education’_ has become a ritual of a sort for parents and guardians in the Southwest geopolitical zone not to let their children and wards end up as almajirai! Impliedly, the culture of _‘Boko Haram’_ is strange to the zone because somebody introduced a policy that defined education-friendly future, which is today. Since the past is what we carry along with us into the future, we should rather be circumspect, and think through our issues for informed decisions. For example, it’s true that Awolowo was denied a seat at the helm of Nigeria’s political Administration; but then, who is now bearing the brunt of the wahala that was created as a result of that ignoble decision by the political elite? Of course, it is the poor man on the street!


When the feud between Awolowo and the late Samuel Ladoke Akintola peaked; and the _‘Oloye Aare Ona Kakanfo XIII’_ of the Yoruba opted to align with the _Northern Elements Progressive Union_ (NEPU), it was like a mere decision back then. But it was also a fitting definition of the future. How? Well, long after the _dramatis personae_ of that crisis have joined their forebears, Ogbomoso is not believed to have hidden its dislike for _Awo_ (as he was fondly called), whatever he stood for, and/or whosoever stood by him! Many decades after, it is doubtful if an Ogbomoso man will contemplate sharing a space with any mortal who has something in common with the late sage. That a former Governor Christopher Alao-Akala is currently eating at the same table with elements within the camp of the ruling _All Progressives Congress_ (APC), which is the nearest to Awolowo’s political family, cannot be divorced from ‘politics of the belly’. Yes, it is all about survival instincts!


History also reminds us of a prominent man of Ijebu-Jesa descent in Osun State, whose 2-storey building was razed in the aftermath of Governor Bola Ige’s re-election loss in the old Oyo State. Almost 40 years after, the one-time imposing structure in my Native Nazareth remains a shadow of its old glory. It is even doubtful if the victim’s twin buildings on a certain street in Osogbo, the State Capital, which were similarly destroyed by arsonists under the same guise, have been rebuilt; or that my kinsman ever recovered from the disaster before he died a fair few years ago.


In the 3rd Republic, Lagos missed the rare opportunity of developing at the right time and pace. For reasons best known only to posterity, the leaders of the now-defunct _Social Democratic Party_ (SDP) wanted to exact their pound of flesh; and they got it – through the careless surrender of the governorship of Lagos State to Michael Otedola of the now-rested _National Republican Convention_(NRC). Of a truth, the aftereffects of that imprudent decision ruined the political structure of the  _‘Centre of Excellence’_ for a long time to come, simply because Otedola was largely unprepared for the rigours of that coveted office. Since he won the governorship seat without treading upon the serpents and scorpions, not even the thorns and thistles associated with such a struggle for power, especially, in this part of the world, the Epe, Lagos State-born politician could not fathom how important it was to build institutions in a democracy. And _‘Political Lagos’_ paid dearly for it!


Between 1997 and 2003, Ile-Ife and Modakeke communities in Osun State engaged in an intra-ethnic conflict that ended up consuming thousands of erstwhile friends, in-laws and neighbours, in addition to property worth billions of naira that were destroyed. With the benefit of hindsight, has any development accrued to the two communities as a result of that war? A visit to the two communities will bring one face-to-face with the carcasses of burnt buildings, which still litter the two landscapes, decades after.


Once upon an era in Osun, the _People’s Democratic Party_ (PDP) was in power. Its major preoccupation at the time was crass class opportunism, practically founded and oftentimes funded by paranoid illiterates and political bigots. Apart from the party’s recklessness with our commonwealth, residents of the state no longer felt safe under PDP’s misgovernance. Amidst political frustrations, released fury and unprompted emotional outbursts, all which gave expression to the frustration of the society, impunity thrived! At the right time, the electorate acted with their thumbs! Had _PinDiPi_ checkmated the vanity of greed and sheer illogicality that had taken the better part of its rank and file, it’d not have lost the election of April 14, 2007.


Let’s revisit Nigeria’s Civil War! Those who witnessed it would no doubt have been treated to a bombardment of complicated puzzles as to why the war had to be – and was actually – fought. From Olusegun Obasanjo’s reluctant _‘Will’,_ to Emeka Ojukwu’s willing _‘Involvement’;_ even, Frederick Forsyth’s _‘Emeka’,_ did anyone remember how and why things so fell apart with unnerving rapidity that Nigerians had to go to war against Nigerians in order to rescue Nigerians from Nigerians? And, if one may ask: where were our seers and allied spiritual gymnasts when the war was being concocted by nationalists as well as self-servers? Who actually won the war, who lost it and for whom was it won or lost? If the war was in the end won, what about its resultant peace, hope and consolation? Were they also won, lost or compromised? If, truly, the war was won, where has the peace been hiding that Nigeria’s troubles are growing by the day? If it was lost, has there been a replacement for the lost peace?


In times like this, the disputatious wrangling allegedly gaining currency within Osun APC readily comes to mind. As a society, one can only hope that the import of posterity would not be lost on the political gladiators who delight in fanning the embers of deep divisions and troubling rancor in the state. Be that as it may, history has over the years shown Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a listening, resourceful and courageous leader. So, Nigerians are hoping that he would deploy these much-coveted virtues at a level that will help deescalate the _‘Us vs. Us’_ conflict currently troubling the ruling party’s Israel. The otherwise won’t be palatable as it can fatally rupture the internal dynamics of APC, not only in the state but also nationally.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, make Gboyega Oyetola’s Administration the best in the history of Osun State!


 _*Komolafe wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected]; 07087941459)_

By

Abiodun KOMOLAFE 


(Published in The Nation, Nov 27, 2021)



Talking philosophically, the seed of tomorrow is always said to be planted today. In other words, whatever actions that are taken today will certainly be giving definition to the future. If, _‘whoever defecates on the floor will later have to contend with flies’,_ then, it behooves the people to always bear in mind that, in taking political decisions; even for the government in power to implement a particular policy, its consequences beckon, if not now, assuredly, later! It is all about posterity!


When the late Obafemi Awolowo started _‘Free Education’_ in the First Republic, that eventually became the tonic needed by the then Western Region of Nigeria to access freedom! As fate would have it, that advantage subsists, till date! Although the region is hated for it, _‘Free Education’_ has become a ritual of a sort for parents and guardians in the Southwest geopolitical zone not to let their children and wards end up as almajirai! Impliedly, the culture of _‘Boko Haram’_ is strange to the zone because somebody introduced a policy that defined education-friendly future, which is today. Since the past is what we carry along with us into the future, we should rather be circumspect, and think through our issues for informed decisions. For example, it’s true that Awolowo was denied a seat at the helm of Nigeria’s political Administration; but then, who is now bearing the brunt of the wahala that was created as a result of that ignoble decision by the political elite? Of course, it is the poor man on the street!


When the feud between Awolowo and the late Samuel Ladoke Akintola peaked; and the _‘Oloye Aare Ona Kakanfo XIII’_ of the Yoruba opted to align with the _Northern Elements Progressive Union_ (NEPU), it was like a mere decision back then. But it was also a fitting definition of the future. How? Well, long after the _dramatis personae_ of that crisis have joined their forebears, Ogbomoso is not believed to have hidden its dislike for _Awo_ (as he was fondly called), whatever he stood for, and/or whosoever stood by him! Many decades after, it is doubtful if an Ogbomoso man will contemplate sharing a space with any mortal who has something in common with the late sage. That a former Governor Christopher Alao-Akala is currently eating at the same table with elements within the camp of the ruling _All Progressives Congress_ (APC), which is the nearest to Awolowo’s political family, cannot be divorced from ‘politics of the belly’. Yes, it is all about survival instincts!


History also reminds us of a prominent man of Ijebu-Jesa descent in Osun State, whose 2-storey building was razed in the aftermath of Governor Bola Ige’s re-election loss in the old Oyo State. Almost 40 years after, the one-time imposing structure in my Native Nazareth remains a shadow of its old glory. It is even doubtful if the victim’s twin buildings on a certain street in Osogbo, the State Capital, which were similarly destroyed by arsonists under the same guise, have been rebuilt; or that my kinsman ever recovered from the disaster before he died a fair few years ago.


In the 3rd Republic, Lagos missed the rare opportunity of developing at the right time and pace. For reasons best known only to posterity, the leaders of the now-defunct _Social Democratic Party_ (SDP) wanted to exact their pound of flesh; and they got it – through the careless surrender of the governorship of Lagos State to Michael Otedola of the now-rested _National Republican Convention_(NRC). Of a truth, the aftereffects of that imprudent decision ruined the political structure of the  _‘Centre of Excellence’_ for a long time to come, simply because Otedola was largely unprepared for the rigours of that coveted office. Since he won the governorship seat without treading upon the serpents and scorpions, not even the thorns and thistles associated with such a struggle for power, especially, in this part of the world, the Epe, Lagos State-born politician could not fathom how important it was to build institutions in a democracy. And _‘Political Lagos’_ paid dearly for it!


Between 1997 and 2003, Ile-Ife and Modakeke communities in Osun State engaged in an intra-ethnic conflict that ended up consuming thousands of erstwhile friends, in-laws and neighbours, in addition to property worth billions of naira that were destroyed. With the benefit of hindsight, has any development accrued to the two communities as a result of that war? A visit to the two communities will bring one face-to-face with the carcasses of burnt buildings, which still litter the two landscapes, decades after.


Once upon an era in Osun, the _People’s Democratic Party_ (PDP) was in power. Its major preoccupation at the time was crass class opportunism, practically founded and oftentimes funded by paranoid illiterates and political bigots. Apart from the party’s recklessness with our commonwealth, residents of the state no longer felt safe under PDP’s misgovernance. Amidst political frustrations, released fury and unprompted emotional outbursts, all which gave expression to the frustration of the society, impunity thrived! At the right time, the electorate acted with their thumbs! Had _PinDiPi_ checkmated the vanity of greed and sheer illogicality that had taken the better part of its rank and file, it’d not have lost the election of April 14, 2007.


Let’s revisit Nigeria’s Civil War! Those who witnessed it would no doubt have been treated to a bombardment of complicated puzzles as to why the war had to be – and was actually – fought. From Olusegun Obasanjo’s reluctant _‘Will’,_ to Emeka Ojukwu’s willing _‘Involvement’;_ even, Frederick Forsyth’s _‘Emeka’,_ did anyone remember how and why things so fell apart with unnerving rapidity that Nigerians had to go to war against Nigerians in order to rescue Nigerians from Nigerians? And, if one may ask: where were our seers and allied spiritual gymnasts when the war was being concocted by nationalists as well as self-servers? Who actually won the war, who lost it and for whom was it won or lost? If the war was in the end won, what about its resultant peace, hope and consolation? Were they also won, lost or compromised? If, truly, the war was won, where has the peace been hiding that Nigeria’s troubles are growing by the day? If it was lost, has there been a replacement for the lost peace?


In times like this, the disputatious wrangling allegedly gaining currency within Osun APC readily comes to mind. As a society, one can only hope that the import of posterity would not be lost on the political gladiators who delight in fanning the embers of deep divisions and troubling rancor in the state. Be that as it may, history has over the years shown Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a listening, resourceful and courageous leader. So, Nigerians are hoping that he would deploy these much-coveted virtues at a level that will help deescalate the _‘Us vs. Us’_ conflict currently troubling the ruling party’s Israel. The otherwise won’t be palatable as it can fatally rupture the internal dynamics of APC, not only in the state but also nationally.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, make Gboyega Oyetola’s Administration the best in the history of Osun State!


 _*Komolafe wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected]; 07087941459)_

#JusticeForTimothy: FURTHER PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE GRUESOME MURDER OF MR. TIMOTHY OLUDARE

#JusticeForTimothy: FURTHER PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE GRUESOME MURDER OF MR. TIMOTHY OLUDARE

By: KAYODE AJULO & Co. CASTLE OF LAW


Our attention has just been drawn to a broadcast allegedly made by the owner of Hilton Hotel, Ile-Ife, Prince Rahmon Adedoyin with respect to the ongoing police investigation on the strange death of Mr. Timothy Oludare.


From the abysmal worldwide broadcast allegedly released by the Suspect from police custody, now trending both in print and social media, what was supposed to have been a solemn declaration and recording of statement at the Police facility was transmogrified into a musical concert or show of comedy fest, advertisement and a maudlin plea of non-guilt and exoneration by the Suspect.


What is more befuddling and disheartening is the fact that the Police who is meant to be an unbiased Investigating Agency would allow its custody to be used as a recording studio for the Suspect to toot his own horn! 


Applying the test of a reasonable man, no doubt one will be led to the irresistible conclusion that the broadcast is not only an obfuscating façade but also a stratagem of invasion and confusion.


Considering the trajectory and the incendiary surrounding the heinous and gruesome murder of Mr Timothy Oludare, it is expected that the Police ought to have been very professional and discreet in ensuring that a thorough investigation is conducted, no matter how highly placed anyone could be!


Late Timothy Oludare

Be that as it may, while it is not in our stead to direct the Police on how to conduct its investigation, however the perdurable questions that urgently cry for answers are as follows:


*Since the exhumation of the Corpse of Mr Timothy Oludare, has the Police put a protective cordon around the facility extending to some radius beyond the location where his body was found? There is a probability that this not the first victim. The use of a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is an efficient and effective means to search for buried bodies.


*Was there a CCTV in the hotel? If no, why? It is pretty standard for CCTVs to be in public places especially hotels. If none was installed, same is suspicious and indicative of premeditation.


*Has the premises of the suspect been searched by the Police in order to discover any incriminating materials? If not, a warrant should be obtained to search his properties for such.


While we await the outcome of Police investigation, it must be stated with every sense of purpose that we shall ensure, as ministers in the temple of justice and adherent to the dictates of the rule of law that the water of justice is not muddled in the instant case by any guise no matter how highly placed anyone could be!


We therefore urge the Inspector General of Police to use his good offices to see to it that the deceased gets JUSTICE!


In the interim, while we await the completion of autopsy on the cause of death of the deceased, we take the liberty to request that the remains of the deceased be promptly released to his family for a proper and befitting burial.


Thank you

By: KAYODE AJULO & Co. CASTLE OF LAW


Our attention has just been drawn to a broadcast allegedly made by the owner of Hilton Hotel, Ile-Ife, Prince Rahmon Adedoyin with respect to the ongoing police investigation on the strange death of Mr. Timothy Oludare.


From the abysmal worldwide broadcast allegedly released by the Suspect from police custody, now trending both in print and social media, what was supposed to have been a solemn declaration and recording of statement at the Police facility was transmogrified into a musical concert or show of comedy fest, advertisement and a maudlin plea of non-guilt and exoneration by the Suspect.


What is more befuddling and disheartening is the fact that the Police who is meant to be an unbiased Investigating Agency would allow its custody to be used as a recording studio for the Suspect to toot his own horn! 


Applying the test of a reasonable man, no doubt one will be led to the irresistible conclusion that the broadcast is not only an obfuscating façade but also a stratagem of invasion and confusion.


Considering the trajectory and the incendiary surrounding the heinous and gruesome murder of Mr Timothy Oludare, it is expected that the Police ought to have been very professional and discreet in ensuring that a thorough investigation is conducted, no matter how highly placed anyone could be!


Late Timothy Oludare

Be that as it may, while it is not in our stead to direct the Police on how to conduct its investigation, however the perdurable questions that urgently cry for answers are as follows:


*Since the exhumation of the Corpse of Mr Timothy Oludare, has the Police put a protective cordon around the facility extending to some radius beyond the location where his body was found? There is a probability that this not the first victim. The use of a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is an efficient and effective means to search for buried bodies.


*Was there a CCTV in the hotel? If no, why? It is pretty standard for CCTVs to be in public places especially hotels. If none was installed, same is suspicious and indicative of premeditation.


*Has the premises of the suspect been searched by the Police in order to discover any incriminating materials? If not, a warrant should be obtained to search his properties for such.


While we await the outcome of Police investigation, it must be stated with every sense of purpose that we shall ensure, as ministers in the temple of justice and adherent to the dictates of the rule of law that the water of justice is not muddled in the instant case by any guise no matter how highly placed anyone could be!


We therefore urge the Inspector General of Police to use his good offices to see to it that the deceased gets JUSTICE!


In the interim, while we await the completion of autopsy on the cause of death of the deceased, we take the liberty to request that the remains of the deceased be promptly released to his family for a proper and befitting burial.


Thank you

PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE GRUESOME MURDER OF MR. TIMOTHY OLUDARE

PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE GRUESOME MURDER OF MR. TIMOTHY OLUDARE

 KACCL/PS/OB/45                                                                   19th November, 2021

 

PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE GRUESOME MURDER OF MR. TIMOTHY OLUDARE

We act as solicitors to the family of the deceased; our Client, whose illustrious son, Mr. Timothy Oludare, was murdered in a cold-blooded manner in his hotel room at Ile-Ife, Osun State and it is on their unequivocal instructions that we issue this statement.

 

For contextual expediency, it is needful to state that the late Timothy Oludare, a 37-year-old husband and father of three had travelled from Abuja to Ile-Ife, Osun State on the 5th of November, 2021 in furtherance of his Masters of Business Administration studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. He subsequently checked in at the Hilton and Resorts Hotel owned by Dr. Ramon Adedoyin, the founder of Oduduwa University on the same ill-fated day. He went ‘missing’ for the next two days only for his dead and mutilated body to be found buried in a shallow grave near the hotel.

 

We welcome with keen interest, the news of the arrest of six suspects linked to the gruesome murder of Mr. Timothy Oludare by men of the Osun State Police Command on the 15th November 2020. Indeed, the preliminary investigation, arrests and findings have nullified the initial apprehension that the deceased must have fallen into the hands of killer herdsmen which if true, could have exacerbated ethnic tensions in Osun State and beyond. While commending the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force for these painstaking efforts, we however strongly want to emphasize that it will serve the overriding interest of justice to bring all those involved in this dastardly murder to book.

 

It is worrisome and sad that Mr. Timothy Oludare can be cut down in his prime for motives best known to his killers which of course, must be extracted and investigated by the Police without delay. It portends serious danger that a place meant to serve the temporary accommodation needs of Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike could in actual fact be a place where cold-blooded murders are orchestrated and carried out in the most desperate and daring manner. Again, we note the temerity and the audacity in which the murder of the late Timothy Oludare was carried out as contained in the preliminary findings made by the Osun State Police Command. According to the findings, our Client’s son was strangled to death in his hotel room, his body was subsequently mutilated and wrapped in a blood-soaked blanket/bedsheet belonging to the hotel and finally buried in a shallow grave near the hotel.

 


The law is clear that an offender(s) who causes the death of a person is guilty of murder under 316 of the Criminal Code Laws Cap 34, Laws of Osun State and same is punishable by death under Section 319 of the same law and it is our legally considered view that the confessional statements as obtained from some of the suspects are cogent enough to establish the varying degrees of guilt of all the suspects.

 

As things stand, the hotel and its vicinity are a crime scene and should be treated as such, nothing must be on the way of a thorough and wider investigation of this highly reprehensible murder because nobody irrespective of their status or influence is bigger than the extant laws of the land.

 

We therefore urge utmost professionalism by the Police in this matter; no stone must be left unturned to get to the root of this matter. On our part, we are ready to partner with the Police to ensure that justice is not only done but seen to be done. While we trust that this matter will reach its expected legal conclusion, we want to reiterate that we will not hesitate for a second to do everything within legally permissible limits to fight anyone who attempts to frustrate the expected end of justice.

 

Late Timothy

As it is historically believed that Ile-Ife is the cradle of the human race, it is important that the ancient city and by extension, other parts of the nation must not be allowed to become safe havens for murderers and other criminals alike. It shreds our collective humanity into pieces when the blood of any innocent Nigerian can be spilled without consequences.

 

Conclusively, as a firm committed to the promotion of the rule of law and protection of the fundamental rights of all law abiding citizens which include among others, the right to life, we are emphatically restating that the killers of Timothy Oludare must face the full weight of the law.

 

Thank you.

 KACCL/PS/OB/45                                                                   19th November, 2021

 

PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE GRUESOME MURDER OF MR. TIMOTHY OLUDARE

We act as solicitors to the family of the deceased; our Client, whose illustrious son, Mr. Timothy Oludare, was murdered in a cold-blooded manner in his hotel room at Ile-Ife, Osun State and it is on their unequivocal instructions that we issue this statement.

 

For contextual expediency, it is needful to state that the late Timothy Oludare, a 37-year-old husband and father of three had travelled from Abuja to Ile-Ife, Osun State on the 5th of November, 2021 in furtherance of his Masters of Business Administration studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. He subsequently checked in at the Hilton and Resorts Hotel owned by Dr. Ramon Adedoyin, the founder of Oduduwa University on the same ill-fated day. He went ‘missing’ for the next two days only for his dead and mutilated body to be found buried in a shallow grave near the hotel.

 

We welcome with keen interest, the news of the arrest of six suspects linked to the gruesome murder of Mr. Timothy Oludare by men of the Osun State Police Command on the 15th November 2020. Indeed, the preliminary investigation, arrests and findings have nullified the initial apprehension that the deceased must have fallen into the hands of killer herdsmen which if true, could have exacerbated ethnic tensions in Osun State and beyond. While commending the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force for these painstaking efforts, we however strongly want to emphasize that it will serve the overriding interest of justice to bring all those involved in this dastardly murder to book.

 

It is worrisome and sad that Mr. Timothy Oludare can be cut down in his prime for motives best known to his killers which of course, must be extracted and investigated by the Police without delay. It portends serious danger that a place meant to serve the temporary accommodation needs of Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike could in actual fact be a place where cold-blooded murders are orchestrated and carried out in the most desperate and daring manner. Again, we note the temerity and the audacity in which the murder of the late Timothy Oludare was carried out as contained in the preliminary findings made by the Osun State Police Command. According to the findings, our Client’s son was strangled to death in his hotel room, his body was subsequently mutilated and wrapped in a blood-soaked blanket/bedsheet belonging to the hotel and finally buried in a shallow grave near the hotel.

 


The law is clear that an offender(s) who causes the death of a person is guilty of murder under 316 of the Criminal Code Laws Cap 34, Laws of Osun State and same is punishable by death under Section 319 of the same law and it is our legally considered view that the confessional statements as obtained from some of the suspects are cogent enough to establish the varying degrees of guilt of all the suspects.

 

As things stand, the hotel and its vicinity are a crime scene and should be treated as such, nothing must be on the way of a thorough and wider investigation of this highly reprehensible murder because nobody irrespective of their status or influence is bigger than the extant laws of the land.

 

We therefore urge utmost professionalism by the Police in this matter; no stone must be left unturned to get to the root of this matter. On our part, we are ready to partner with the Police to ensure that justice is not only done but seen to be done. While we trust that this matter will reach its expected legal conclusion, we want to reiterate that we will not hesitate for a second to do everything within legally permissible limits to fight anyone who attempts to frustrate the expected end of justice.

 

Late Timothy

As it is historically believed that Ile-Ife is the cradle of the human race, it is important that the ancient city and by extension, other parts of the nation must not be allowed to become safe havens for murderers and other criminals alike. It shreds our collective humanity into pieces when the blood of any innocent Nigerian can be spilled without consequences.

 

Conclusively, as a firm committed to the promotion of the rule of law and protection of the fundamental rights of all law abiding citizens which include among others, the right to life, we are emphatically restating that the killers of Timothy Oludare must face the full weight of the law.

 

Thank you.

Update on TIMOTHY ADEGOKE OLUDARE:

Update on TIMOTHY ADEGOKE OLUDARE:

Update from his brother  !!!


(1) The lady receptionist who had earlier denied admitting the young guy into the hotel confessed after the payment was traced to her account 

(2) the lady also confessed that their Chairman had hand in the brutal ritual killing

(3) the lady supposed to close at 12noon but called another staff to take over duty at 8am, that she had emergency call at Ejigbo. Her phone was tracked and eventually picked up by the police. She then pleaded with the police that she was ready to confess everything that happened 

(4) It was at her instance that all principal actors were mentioned and apprehended, including the Chairman of the hotel.

(5) Contrary to earlier report that an herbalist from Ejigbo was involved. No please. The Manager "4", who is also one of the principal staffs of the hotel is an Alfa/ritualist and probably been used by the Chairman to carry out their evil plans. He had also confessed and in police net with 6 others 

(6) the lady receptionist is on N200,000.00 monthly salary, salary that Eko Hotels or Sheraton cannot pay if not for her involvement in ritual killings 

(7) The young man was suspected to have been strangled to death in his hotel room 

(8) His body was wrapped with hotel blanket and bed sheet and buried at the upper side of the hotel in Ife (contrary to earlier report that he was found around Ejigbo), the Dustbin arena and reliable sources said that spot has been the burial ground for various victims

(9) The body of the man was exhumed and already taken to Ife teaching hospital for proper examination 

(10) Sources said that the Chairman had involved in ritual killings in the hotel numbering about 6 but was covered 

(11)  One deputy commissioner of police from Osogbo Command supervised the body removal where he was buried.

(12) Please recall that the hotel initially denied of ever seeing him. Even his wife had  given his  previous lodgment receipts to the police. He always lodged there during the previous MBA  exams. 


WE ARE WATCHING AND WAITING  !!!

Update from his brother  !!!


(1) The lady receptionist who had earlier denied admitting the young guy into the hotel confessed after the payment was traced to her account 

(2) the lady also confessed that their Chairman had hand in the brutal ritual killing

(3) the lady supposed to close at 12noon but called another staff to take over duty at 8am, that she had emergency call at Ejigbo. Her phone was tracked and eventually picked up by the police. She then pleaded with the police that she was ready to confess everything that happened 

(4) It was at her instance that all principal actors were mentioned and apprehended, including the Chairman of the hotel.

(5) Contrary to earlier report that an herbalist from Ejigbo was involved. No please. The Manager "4", who is also one of the principal staffs of the hotel is an Alfa/ritualist and probably been used by the Chairman to carry out their evil plans. He had also confessed and in police net with 6 others 

(6) the lady receptionist is on N200,000.00 monthly salary, salary that Eko Hotels or Sheraton cannot pay if not for her involvement in ritual killings 

(7) The young man was suspected to have been strangled to death in his hotel room 

(8) His body was wrapped with hotel blanket and bed sheet and buried at the upper side of the hotel in Ife (contrary to earlier report that he was found around Ejigbo), the Dustbin arena and reliable sources said that spot has been the burial ground for various victims

(9) The body of the man was exhumed and already taken to Ife teaching hospital for proper examination 

(10) Sources said that the Chairman had involved in ritual killings in the hotel numbering about 6 but was covered 

(11)  One deputy commissioner of police from Osogbo Command supervised the body removal where he was buried.

(12) Please recall that the hotel initially denied of ever seeing him. Even his wife had  given his  previous lodgment receipts to the police. He always lodged there during the previous MBA  exams. 


WE ARE WATCHING AND WAITING  !!!

Ilesa Water Supply: Genesis, Challenges, Pitfalls and the Red Flag - Wale Bolorunduro

Ilesa Water Supply: Genesis, Challenges, Pitfalls and the Red Flag - Wale Bolorunduro






It is always good to keep the historical record of a lifetime challenge because, Nigerians forget easily and therefore, I will devote the following to the history of the Ilesa water supply, the challenges and the pitfalls.


The old Ilesa Water Supply Scheme, commissioned in 1952 in the old Western Region, supplying 2,700m3/day went into a state of disrepair in the mid – eighties as the Efon – Alaye Intake Structure (now in Ekiti State) was frequently filled with silts; efforts to de-silt became unproductive and raw water abstraction impossible. The 22km Efon – Alaye/Ilesa raw water Asbestos Cement Transmission mains became deplorable and unserviceable because of frequent damage due to old age. Also, the road expansion works on Efon - Alaye roads created, a worst scenario when several kilometres of the Transmission Mains was damaged during construction. These and others led to abandonment and complete shutdown of the treatment facilities and hence led to Ilesa inability to access public water supply and total dependence on water from doubtful sources.

 

The new Ilesa Water Supply Scheme was conceived during the administration of Uncle Bola Ige, the Executive Governor of old Oyo State when it became clear that old Ilesa water Scheme would not be able to serve Ilesa with potable water because the town was increasing in population yearly. The contract for the new scheme was awarded to Messrs. Johnson Brothers International (Nig.) Ltd at a contract price of $65M. The Eximbank (USA) loan of US70m had been secured for Oyo State Government for the procurement of essential Mechanical and Electrical equipment and services to be rendered by the Technical Partners, Johnson Brothers International (Nig.) Ltd, i.e. Johnson Brothers Corporation of Minnesota, USA. The loan agreement which was signed in 1983 by old Oyo State Government was guaranteed by the Federal Government of Nigeria.


Out of the external loan, some equipment and materials such as pump-sets, generators, electrical items and large diameter pipes were purchased and stored at Asejire Waterworks, Oyo State.

 

Messrs. Johnson Brother International mobilized to site in 1983 but not much work could be done when the military took over power in Nigeria on 31st December, 1983.

 

Prior to the sudden change of Government (around July/August, 1983) a sum of N7.2m and $11.6M was paid to JBI Ltd.; these payments were made in accordance to the contract agreement signed by the then Oyo State Government. The manner in which the said amount was managed by the contractors and their overseas partners, Messrs. Johnson Brothers Int’l Ltd created a lot of problem, so the project could not make much progress and became stalled and all project activities stopped. The USA Technical Partners of JBI Ltd moved out of the sites. The Eximbank Foreign loan for the project was lost. The contract with JBI (Nig.) Ltd was terminated by the old Oyo State in July 1985.

 

In 1985, Oyo State Military Government commenced negotiations with Nigerian Water Resources and Development Ltd & Messrs. Taylor Woodrow, United Kingdom (UK), the negotiations did not succeed.

 

In 1987, General Staff Headquarters, Dodan Barracks, Lagos via Letter No. GHQ/CGS/322 of February, 1987 directed Oyo State Government to allow Messrs. Johnson Brothers International Ltd. to continue with the jobs in view of the huge sum of money already committed into the project.

 

Consequent upon the above, the contract of New Ilesa Water Supply Scheme was re-awarded in conjunction with that of Ejigbo on 29th April, 1987, however, the efforts of the contractor to resuscitate Eximbank loan to execute the project failed because the Federal Government could not guarantee the loan and the Technical Partners JBC of USA withdrew in 1992.

 

The project was transferred to Osun State on its creation in August, 1991. Osun State Government decided to re-award the project to Messrs. Johnson Brothers International Ltd in 1992 but no new Contract Agreement was signed. JBI (Nig.) Ltd relied on the 1987 Contract Agreement signed with the then Oyo State Government which could not hold water.

 

All these were the efforts of the previous administrations on the New Ilesa Water Scheme since 1983; and from all the efforts narrated above, the State Government inherited two (2) large generators, some electrical equipment and about 18km of ductile iron pipes, out of which the government of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola laid over 9km from Osu to College of Education, Ilesa in an attempt to get water to Ilesa, but a drop of water has not flowed through these pipes since then. Attempts were made by Aregbesola’s Administration to utilize, the generators inherited, but all efforts failed as the manufacturer informed that the model is outdated. The remaining Ductile Iron Pipes are kept at the Centre for Black Art Culture’s compound, Abere with majority of them stacked at a school premises in Igila, on the way to Ilesa.

 

In the year 2006, the Federal Government of Nigeria awarded a contract for the construction of a dam at Kajola to Messrs. RCC, for the purpose of raw water source for Ilesa Water Supply Scheme. By 2009, the project was abandoned because of the variation needs on the contract. Due to economic devastation that was envisaged and a lot of compensations that would be paid to land owners should their land be submerged by the dam; the scope of works was reduced to the construction of a weir on Osun River and an intake structure at Kajola. An asset though, but without transmission and the distribution that take water to the doorsteps of Ijesa people, it could actually be a liability creating such pond of water without utilizing it.










Ijesaland was fortunate that his own son, Aregbesola Rauf was sworn in as the Executive Governor of Osun and at the inception of his administration in 2010, he wrote to the Federal Government on the need to complete the project as his priority. This is yielding to the yawning of his people and the clarion call of the paramount ruler of Ijesaland, His Imperial Majesty, Owa Obokun Adimula, Olokun Ola, Oba, Dr Adekunle Aromolaran, who used the 2011 and 2012 Iwude Ijesa to reinforce the demand for water supply. Through the initial powerful effort of Governor Aregbesola, the contract for the construction of weir, for water pond and intake at Kajola was re-awarded in 2012 and was completed in 2014. The upstream structure (a weir to create water pond and intake pumps) was handed over to the Water Corporation on 11th March, 2016.


The next challenges were the funding requirements for the construction of water treatment plants, transmission structures and the distribution networks that will take water to the communities, neighborhoods and doorsteps of the ijesas. The peak funding requirement would be over One hundred million dollars, about 25 billion Naira. How would Aregbeaola raise this huge fund and from which sources. How would he devote such huge fund to ijesaland alone without trading off other competing needs of the whole state. How would he handle the moral burden associated with funding and allocation of such huge funding to his people. How Ogbeni Aregbesola showed courage and demonstrated the love for his people to resolve these funding challenges (once and for all), will be documented and presented in another write up.


The pitfalls are the construction risks and the operational risks, which are already rearing their ugly heads. With destructive mining activities in Kajola and the adjoining communities, which are already altering the courses of the upstream rivers and depositing heavy metals (lead, Mercury, etc) into the rivers, the huge risk in addition to the pollution is that sufficient water may not get to the kajola pond for intake and water supply according to the ilesa water scheme, after the completion. The Government of Osun and the Ijesa community leaders must rise up to the challenges posed by these artisanal miners, with candor and with sincerity of purpose to stop them!!.


Wale Bolorunduro, PhD

Former Commissioner of Finance, Osun

2011 to 2014






It is always good to keep the historical record of a lifetime challenge because, Nigerians forget easily and therefore, I will devote the following to the history of the Ilesa water supply, the challenges and the pitfalls.


The old Ilesa Water Supply Scheme, commissioned in 1952 in the old Western Region, supplying 2,700m3/day went into a state of disrepair in the mid – eighties as the Efon – Alaye Intake Structure (now in Ekiti State) was frequently filled with silts; efforts to de-silt became unproductive and raw water abstraction impossible. The 22km Efon – Alaye/Ilesa raw water Asbestos Cement Transmission mains became deplorable and unserviceable because of frequent damage due to old age. Also, the road expansion works on Efon - Alaye roads created, a worst scenario when several kilometres of the Transmission Mains was damaged during construction. These and others led to abandonment and complete shutdown of the treatment facilities and hence led to Ilesa inability to access public water supply and total dependence on water from doubtful sources.

 

The new Ilesa Water Supply Scheme was conceived during the administration of Uncle Bola Ige, the Executive Governor of old Oyo State when it became clear that old Ilesa water Scheme would not be able to serve Ilesa with potable water because the town was increasing in population yearly. The contract for the new scheme was awarded to Messrs. Johnson Brothers International (Nig.) Ltd at a contract price of $65M. The Eximbank (USA) loan of US70m had been secured for Oyo State Government for the procurement of essential Mechanical and Electrical equipment and services to be rendered by the Technical Partners, Johnson Brothers International (Nig.) Ltd, i.e. Johnson Brothers Corporation of Minnesota, USA. The loan agreement which was signed in 1983 by old Oyo State Government was guaranteed by the Federal Government of Nigeria.


Out of the external loan, some equipment and materials such as pump-sets, generators, electrical items and large diameter pipes were purchased and stored at Asejire Waterworks, Oyo State.

 

Messrs. Johnson Brother International mobilized to site in 1983 but not much work could be done when the military took over power in Nigeria on 31st December, 1983.

 

Prior to the sudden change of Government (around July/August, 1983) a sum of N7.2m and $11.6M was paid to JBI Ltd.; these payments were made in accordance to the contract agreement signed by the then Oyo State Government. The manner in which the said amount was managed by the contractors and their overseas partners, Messrs. Johnson Brothers Int’l Ltd created a lot of problem, so the project could not make much progress and became stalled and all project activities stopped. The USA Technical Partners of JBI Ltd moved out of the sites. The Eximbank Foreign loan for the project was lost. The contract with JBI (Nig.) Ltd was terminated by the old Oyo State in July 1985.

 

In 1985, Oyo State Military Government commenced negotiations with Nigerian Water Resources and Development Ltd & Messrs. Taylor Woodrow, United Kingdom (UK), the negotiations did not succeed.

 

In 1987, General Staff Headquarters, Dodan Barracks, Lagos via Letter No. GHQ/CGS/322 of February, 1987 directed Oyo State Government to allow Messrs. Johnson Brothers International Ltd. to continue with the jobs in view of the huge sum of money already committed into the project.

 

Consequent upon the above, the contract of New Ilesa Water Supply Scheme was re-awarded in conjunction with that of Ejigbo on 29th April, 1987, however, the efforts of the contractor to resuscitate Eximbank loan to execute the project failed because the Federal Government could not guarantee the loan and the Technical Partners JBC of USA withdrew in 1992.

 

The project was transferred to Osun State on its creation in August, 1991. Osun State Government decided to re-award the project to Messrs. Johnson Brothers International Ltd in 1992 but no new Contract Agreement was signed. JBI (Nig.) Ltd relied on the 1987 Contract Agreement signed with the then Oyo State Government which could not hold water.

 

All these were the efforts of the previous administrations on the New Ilesa Water Scheme since 1983; and from all the efforts narrated above, the State Government inherited two (2) large generators, some electrical equipment and about 18km of ductile iron pipes, out of which the government of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola laid over 9km from Osu to College of Education, Ilesa in an attempt to get water to Ilesa, but a drop of water has not flowed through these pipes since then. Attempts were made by Aregbesola’s Administration to utilize, the generators inherited, but all efforts failed as the manufacturer informed that the model is outdated. The remaining Ductile Iron Pipes are kept at the Centre for Black Art Culture’s compound, Abere with majority of them stacked at a school premises in Igila, on the way to Ilesa.

 

In the year 2006, the Federal Government of Nigeria awarded a contract for the construction of a dam at Kajola to Messrs. RCC, for the purpose of raw water source for Ilesa Water Supply Scheme. By 2009, the project was abandoned because of the variation needs on the contract. Due to economic devastation that was envisaged and a lot of compensations that would be paid to land owners should their land be submerged by the dam; the scope of works was reduced to the construction of a weir on Osun River and an intake structure at Kajola. An asset though, but without transmission and the distribution that take water to the doorsteps of Ijesa people, it could actually be a liability creating such pond of water without utilizing it.










Ijesaland was fortunate that his own son, Aregbesola Rauf was sworn in as the Executive Governor of Osun and at the inception of his administration in 2010, he wrote to the Federal Government on the need to complete the project as his priority. This is yielding to the yawning of his people and the clarion call of the paramount ruler of Ijesaland, His Imperial Majesty, Owa Obokun Adimula, Olokun Ola, Oba, Dr Adekunle Aromolaran, who used the 2011 and 2012 Iwude Ijesa to reinforce the demand for water supply. Through the initial powerful effort of Governor Aregbesola, the contract for the construction of weir, for water pond and intake at Kajola was re-awarded in 2012 and was completed in 2014. The upstream structure (a weir to create water pond and intake pumps) was handed over to the Water Corporation on 11th March, 2016.


The next challenges were the funding requirements for the construction of water treatment plants, transmission structures and the distribution networks that will take water to the communities, neighborhoods and doorsteps of the ijesas. The peak funding requirement would be over One hundred million dollars, about 25 billion Naira. How would Aregbeaola raise this huge fund and from which sources. How would he devote such huge fund to ijesaland alone without trading off other competing needs of the whole state. How would he handle the moral burden associated with funding and allocation of such huge funding to his people. How Ogbeni Aregbesola showed courage and demonstrated the love for his people to resolve these funding challenges (once and for all), will be documented and presented in another write up.


The pitfalls are the construction risks and the operational risks, which are already rearing their ugly heads. With destructive mining activities in Kajola and the adjoining communities, which are already altering the courses of the upstream rivers and depositing heavy metals (lead, Mercury, etc) into the rivers, the huge risk in addition to the pollution is that sufficient water may not get to the kajola pond for intake and water supply according to the ilesa water scheme, after the completion. The Government of Osun and the Ijesa community leaders must rise up to the challenges posed by these artisanal miners, with candor and with sincerity of purpose to stop them!!.


Wale Bolorunduro, PhD

Former Commissioner of Finance, Osun

2011 to 2014

Islam Got Talent Foundation Executives List for 2021/22

Islam Got Talent Foundation Executives List for 2021/22


*1. Mr. Razaq Olamilekan - Ex- Officio 


*2. Mr. Olayinka  Ayanshola - Executive Directo


*3. Mr. Aremu Mudasheer - Assistant Executive Directo


*4. Mr. Yomi Quadri- Treasure


*5. Sister Yussuf Mariam - Welfar


*6. Sister Lawal Monsurat - Registra


*7. Sister Afolabi Modinat - Organizing Secretar


*8. Comrade Abiola - P. R. O 


*9. Mr. Adeyeye Gboyega- P.R.O 


*10. Dr. M. A . Bogunmbe - Special Advise


*11. Mr. Ismail Abdlateef- IGTF 1st Ambassado


*12. Sis. Sekinat Ajokeade - IGTF 2nd Ambassado


*13. Mr. Hassan Jamiu - IGTF 3rd Ambassado


*14. Mrs. Afolabi Mutiyat - Customers Care Agen


*15. Mr. Abidoye Tajudeen - Membe


May Allah support and guide us through our individual quota in the quest to make IGTF great.


*1. Mr. Razaq Olamilekan - Ex- Officio 


*2. Mr. Olayinka  Ayanshola - Executive Directo


*3. Mr. Aremu Mudasheer - Assistant Executive Directo


*4. Mr. Yomi Quadri- Treasure


*5. Sister Yussuf Mariam - Welfar


*6. Sister Lawal Monsurat - Registra


*7. Sister Afolabi Modinat - Organizing Secretar


*8. Comrade Abiola - P. R. O 


*9. Mr. Adeyeye Gboyega- P.R.O 


*10. Dr. M. A . Bogunmbe - Special Advise


*11. Mr. Ismail Abdlateef- IGTF 1st Ambassado


*12. Sis. Sekinat Ajokeade - IGTF 2nd Ambassado


*13. Mr. Hassan Jamiu - IGTF 3rd Ambassado


*14. Mrs. Afolabi Mutiyat - Customers Care Agen


*15. Mr. Abidoye Tajudeen - Membe


May Allah support and guide us through our individual quota in the quest to make IGTF great.

Court awards #20b damages against Lawless DSS for illegal raid of Igboho house

Court awards #20b damages against Lawless DSS for illegal raid of Igboho house


An Oyo State High Court on Friday granted a relief sought by Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho and ordered the Nigerian government to pay him N20 billion.

The Court Orders the Major General Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government To Pay Sunday Igboho N20billion for the illegal raid of his house in Ibadan, Oyo State Capital.

In its ruling, the court also dismissed an application filed by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, challenging its jurisdiction to hear allegations against Nigerian government agencies.

The court was expected to deliver judgement or ruling on the N500 billion fundamental human rights case instituted by the Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho against the Nigerian Government and Department of State Services (DSS).

Adeyemo Sunday Igboho had through his lawyer, Yomi Alliyu, filed a suit challenging the invasion of his house in Ibadan on July 1 by operatives of the DSS, also known as the State Security Service (SSS) or secret police.

Igboho is, among others, seeking an order of the court to declare the invasion of his residence by DSS operatives as illegal and an infringement on his fundamental human rights.

The three respondents are Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), as the first respondent, SSS as the second respondent and Director of SSS in Oyo State as the third respondent.

Counsel for the AGF, Abubakar Abdullahi had filed an application challeging the ability of a state High Court to hear the activities of Nigerian government agencies.

But citing several judgements by the Supreme and Appeal courts in respect of the ability of the state high court to hear such cases, Justice Ladiran Akintola said the invasion of the house of the applicant violated his fundamental human rights as stipulated in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as ammended.

“Unfortunately, this court is not a Father Christmas and cannot award the sum of N500 billion as requested by the applicant but the court retrained the respondent from arresting or harassing the applicant. He has right to his free movement as contain in section 35.1 (a)(b) of the 1999 constitution as amended.”


Meanwhile, Buhari led Nepotic Government is known for lack of respect for the rules of law, fundamental human rights and fragrance disobedience to court orders.


An Oyo State High Court on Friday granted a relief sought by Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho and ordered the Nigerian government to pay him N20 billion.

The Court Orders the Major General Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government To Pay Sunday Igboho N20billion for the illegal raid of his house in Ibadan, Oyo State Capital.

In its ruling, the court also dismissed an application filed by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, challenging its jurisdiction to hear allegations against Nigerian government agencies.

The court was expected to deliver judgement or ruling on the N500 billion fundamental human rights case instituted by the Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho against the Nigerian Government and Department of State Services (DSS).

Adeyemo Sunday Igboho had through his lawyer, Yomi Alliyu, filed a suit challenging the invasion of his house in Ibadan on July 1 by operatives of the DSS, also known as the State Security Service (SSS) or secret police.

Igboho is, among others, seeking an order of the court to declare the invasion of his residence by DSS operatives as illegal and an infringement on his fundamental human rights.

The three respondents are Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), as the first respondent, SSS as the second respondent and Director of SSS in Oyo State as the third respondent.

Counsel for the AGF, Abubakar Abdullahi had filed an application challeging the ability of a state High Court to hear the activities of Nigerian government agencies.

But citing several judgements by the Supreme and Appeal courts in respect of the ability of the state high court to hear such cases, Justice Ladiran Akintola said the invasion of the house of the applicant violated his fundamental human rights as stipulated in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as ammended.

“Unfortunately, this court is not a Father Christmas and cannot award the sum of N500 billion as requested by the applicant but the court retrained the respondent from arresting or harassing the applicant. He has right to his free movement as contain in section 35.1 (a)(b) of the 1999 constitution as amended.”


Meanwhile, Buhari led Nepotic Government is known for lack of respect for the rules of law, fundamental human rights and fragrance disobedience to court orders.

Lawless DSS Releases Two More Sunday Igboho’s Aides

Lawless DSS Releases Two More Sunday Igboho’s Aides

The Nigeria's Lawless Department Of State Services has releases two more associates of  Yoruba agitator Sunday Igboho.


According to their lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, the two were released by the secret police in. Abuja on Friday.

The Nigeria's Lawless Department Of State Services has releases two more associates of  Yoruba agitator Sunday Igboho.


According to their lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, the two were released by the secret police in. Abuja on Friday.

Lekki Now Hotbed of Cyber Crime: EFCC say 402 suspects arrested in three months

Lekki Now Hotbed of Cyber Crime: EFCC say 402 suspects arrested in three months






Blatant failure on the parts of government at all levels - Comrade Dele Abiola


Lekki, the fast-developing upper middle class area of Lagos Metropolis, is emerging as the new hub of internet-related fraud. Data from the investigation activities of the Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for the second quarter of 2021, indicates that Lekki District is the preferred location for all manner of cyber fraud syndicates.

Between April and June, 2021, the Advance Fee Fraud and Cyber Crime Sections of the Command recorded a total of 402 internet-related fraud arrests. While the Advance Fee Fraud Section was responsible for 243 arrests, the Cyber Crime Section executed 18 sting operations which resulted in 159 arrests, from which 13 convictions have so far been recorded.

Of the 159 suspects arrested by the Cyber Crime Section, 70 are from Lekki, comprising communities such as Ajah, Badore, Victoria Garden City, Sangotedo and Oniru.

Ajah accounted for 24 suspects, while Oniru and Sangotedo had 14 and 13 suspects respectively. Badore had 8 suspects. Neighbouring Ikoyi and Eko Atlantic had 2 and one suspect each. Ikorodu and Alagbado on the Lagos Mainland make up the remainder.

The suspects are mostly millennials, with 82 of them aged between 25-34 years, which speaks to the fact that most of the individuals arrested are either still in school, recent graduates or university drop outs.

Analysis of the data from the Cyber Crime Section further shows that the dominant form of internet crime is Dating Scam/Online Dating Scam/Romance Scam. Sixty Four percent (64%) of individuals arrested are involved in romance scam, followed closely by “Middle Man Scam” and “Picking” which account for 8% and 7% respectively of those arrested.

The 64% involved in the dating scam benefitted to the tune of N8, 310,000; $349,290 USD; £ 900; €10 and Cryptocurrency 0.17513.

Other typologies of fraud identified include forgery, possession of fraudulent documents, spamming, credit card fraud, impersonation, rental scam, loan fraud, Business Email Compromise, Hacking, stealing, cheque scam, phishing, and money laundering.

The data also reveals gift cards, at 39%, as the prevalent method employed by the suspects to access their illicit funds. It is followed by bank transfers at 27% and Cryptocurrency at 21%.

A total of $12, 512.49USD was recovered from the e-wallet accounts of four suspects within the period.


Reacting to the EFCC revelations above, Comrade Dele Abiola said if the data and statistics shown are accurate, it just revealed a blatant failure on the part of the governments at all levels both past and present to invest in country's youth.


"In my opinion and views, there are more Fraudsters in every parts of the country more than ever as nothing is working under this APC anti-democratic and ant-masses regime."


"If you asked them to go to farm, the herdsmen are there sending farmers away from farms, if they succeed in killing or kidnapping them. The insecurity in the country is beyond any estimation and calculations. We just know that this is not the country of our dreams."


"While no sensible person will be in support of frauds and scams or the ills perpetuated by Fraudsters but something must be drastically done to curtail this prevalent issues via massive investments on the youths population."

"More also the EFCC needs to start going after politicians, they have looted the country's common wealth that has brought us to where we are as a country."

"The anti-graft body itself also needs to be accountable to the public, trillions of naira and foreign currencies as well as properties were said to have been recovered during Magu, where are they? They have never been seen to be reflected on the life of an average Nigerians. This only confirmed the Buhari led tyrant Regime as worst and most corrupt in recent time." He concluded.






Blatant failure on the parts of government at all levels - Comrade Dele Abiola


Lekki, the fast-developing upper middle class area of Lagos Metropolis, is emerging as the new hub of internet-related fraud. Data from the investigation activities of the Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for the second quarter of 2021, indicates that Lekki District is the preferred location for all manner of cyber fraud syndicates.

Between April and June, 2021, the Advance Fee Fraud and Cyber Crime Sections of the Command recorded a total of 402 internet-related fraud arrests. While the Advance Fee Fraud Section was responsible for 243 arrests, the Cyber Crime Section executed 18 sting operations which resulted in 159 arrests, from which 13 convictions have so far been recorded.

Of the 159 suspects arrested by the Cyber Crime Section, 70 are from Lekki, comprising communities such as Ajah, Badore, Victoria Garden City, Sangotedo and Oniru.

Ajah accounted for 24 suspects, while Oniru and Sangotedo had 14 and 13 suspects respectively. Badore had 8 suspects. Neighbouring Ikoyi and Eko Atlantic had 2 and one suspect each. Ikorodu and Alagbado on the Lagos Mainland make up the remainder.

The suspects are mostly millennials, with 82 of them aged between 25-34 years, which speaks to the fact that most of the individuals arrested are either still in school, recent graduates or university drop outs.

Analysis of the data from the Cyber Crime Section further shows that the dominant form of internet crime is Dating Scam/Online Dating Scam/Romance Scam. Sixty Four percent (64%) of individuals arrested are involved in romance scam, followed closely by “Middle Man Scam” and “Picking” which account for 8% and 7% respectively of those arrested.

The 64% involved in the dating scam benefitted to the tune of N8, 310,000; $349,290 USD; £ 900; €10 and Cryptocurrency 0.17513.

Other typologies of fraud identified include forgery, possession of fraudulent documents, spamming, credit card fraud, impersonation, rental scam, loan fraud, Business Email Compromise, Hacking, stealing, cheque scam, phishing, and money laundering.

The data also reveals gift cards, at 39%, as the prevalent method employed by the suspects to access their illicit funds. It is followed by bank transfers at 27% and Cryptocurrency at 21%.

A total of $12, 512.49USD was recovered from the e-wallet accounts of four suspects within the period.


Reacting to the EFCC revelations above, Comrade Dele Abiola said if the data and statistics shown are accurate, it just revealed a blatant failure on the part of the governments at all levels both past and present to invest in country's youth.


"In my opinion and views, there are more Fraudsters in every parts of the country more than ever as nothing is working under this APC anti-democratic and ant-masses regime."


"If you asked them to go to farm, the herdsmen are there sending farmers away from farms, if they succeed in killing or kidnapping them. The insecurity in the country is beyond any estimation and calculations. We just know that this is not the country of our dreams."


"While no sensible person will be in support of frauds and scams or the ills perpetuated by Fraudsters but something must be drastically done to curtail this prevalent issues via massive investments on the youths population."

"More also the EFCC needs to start going after politicians, they have looted the country's common wealth that has brought us to where we are as a country."

"The anti-graft body itself also needs to be accountable to the public, trillions of naira and foreign currencies as well as properties were said to have been recovered during Magu, where are they? They have never been seen to be reflected on the life of an average Nigerians. This only confirmed the Buhari led tyrant Regime as worst and most corrupt in recent time." He concluded.

I AM A UNIVERSITY GRADUATE: THE PROBLEM WITH GRADUATES OF YORUBA ORIGIN

I AM A UNIVERSITY GRADUATE: THE PROBLEM WITH GRADUATES OF YORUBA ORIGIN

By Abdul-Ganiyy Raji


Yoruba people of South Western Nigeria are known to be lovers of education. They can borrow or sell their valuables just to get a tertiary education. One particular South Western State is reputed to have the most professors in the country. I guess you know the state I am talking about.



It is an incontrovertible fact that the Yorubas are the most educated people in Nigeria. They love education so much that they also pursue it beyond the shores of the country. There is hardly any continent of the world that does not have a student of Yoruba origin. However, a study of the economic realities of many Nigerians show that other ethnic groups like Ibo, Hausa and Fulani are better off financially than many graduates of Yoruba origin. Let us begin by taking a look at most of the big and small shops in Lagos State, they are owned by Ibos. Most highbrow estates in Lagos State are also fast becoming another South East within a State because of the high concentration of people of South Eastern origin who are resident in them. This is kudos to Ibos. At least, they are working hard and smart. It is wrong to think that all Ibos who are well-off are fraudsters or money ritualists. Many of them just have great legit business ideas that many Yoruba graduates do not have. They never get carried away by their academic qualifications.



One wrong assumption that many South Westerners have is thinking that the Hausas who do menial jobs and hawk yams and pepper in Lagos State are also poor people back in their various states. What we fail to realise is that most of these Hausas are making fortunes in Lagos and other big cities. Many of them are millionaires in their states. Some of them even have farmlands that are big enough to feed large communities.



Why are Yorubas not the richest people in Nigeria notwithstanding their educational edge over other tribes? The simple answer is Yorubas are egomaniacal. They are arrogant. Their arrogance makes them avoid jobs which yield high profits but which will require them to get their clothes and feet stained with mud, oil or sand. Yorubas like white-collar jobs. They all want to work in cosy offices. If they fail to get jobs in big companies, they keep waiting till eternity. When a graduate of Ibo origin fails to get his desired white-collar job, he considers selling Okirika, raw foodstuffs or any other thing that he can lay his hands on. This is not the case with graduates in the South West. To the Yorubas, it is an embarrassment that a university graduate should be seen selling Okirika, raw foodstuffs or cooked food, or doing a blue-collar job. This is one of the reasons why many graduates are poor in the South West. 



Friends and family members are also blameworthy for the poor economic status of many  graduates in the South West. They will mock you behind and in front of you for selling raw foodstuffs, cooked food or Okirika, or for doing blue-collar jobs if you are a graduate. *"How can a graduate like you be selling yams?* This is what they will say even without making any attempt to help you get an alternative job. They will taunt you so much that if you are not focused, you may end up becoming frustrated and hopeless.



A Hausa man will put out a tray with 20 oranges and within two months, the oranges will become 200. Before long, he will be buying multiple sacks of oranges. The same Hausa man who came to Lagos with nothing will return to his state annually with lots of money. Where is the Yoruba man who is a university graduate? He is still roaming the streets looking for a white-collar job that does not exist. 



The problem with graduates in the South West is that they have a morbid sense of self-importance and and entitlement. *"I am a graduate and therefore, I must get a prestigious white-collar job"* *"I am a graduate and therefore, I must not be seen doing a job that is meant for non-graduates."* Yorubas who reason in these manners are living in a utopian world. Today,there are many blue-collar jobs and self-run busineses that pay more than white-collar jobs. We can see many blue-collar workers and self-employed people building their houses and sending their children to schools of their choice while many white-collar workers are even struggling to make ends meet.



Do not misconstrue me. I do not mean to say that white-collar jobs are bad. What I am aiming at is that if you cannot get a white-collar job, never sit down wallowing in poverty and self-pity. Think about other things you can do that will put food on the table for you and your family, even if such other things will not involve knotting a tie or wearing a suit. Do not allow mockery from your friends, family members or former classmates, or your supposedly intimidating credentials to prevent you from doing legit blue-collar jobs that can bring you money. Let people ridicule you for doing a blue-collar job or running your small business. When you finally make it, they will come back to congratulate you.


Yoruba people, wake up before it is too late.



Abdul-Ganiyy Raji

By Abdul-Ganiyy Raji


Yoruba people of South Western Nigeria are known to be lovers of education. They can borrow or sell their valuables just to get a tertiary education. One particular South Western State is reputed to have the most professors in the country. I guess you know the state I am talking about.



It is an incontrovertible fact that the Yorubas are the most educated people in Nigeria. They love education so much that they also pursue it beyond the shores of the country. There is hardly any continent of the world that does not have a student of Yoruba origin. However, a study of the economic realities of many Nigerians show that other ethnic groups like Ibo, Hausa and Fulani are better off financially than many graduates of Yoruba origin. Let us begin by taking a look at most of the big and small shops in Lagos State, they are owned by Ibos. Most highbrow estates in Lagos State are also fast becoming another South East within a State because of the high concentration of people of South Eastern origin who are resident in them. This is kudos to Ibos. At least, they are working hard and smart. It is wrong to think that all Ibos who are well-off are fraudsters or money ritualists. Many of them just have great legit business ideas that many Yoruba graduates do not have. They never get carried away by their academic qualifications.



One wrong assumption that many South Westerners have is thinking that the Hausas who do menial jobs and hawk yams and pepper in Lagos State are also poor people back in their various states. What we fail to realise is that most of these Hausas are making fortunes in Lagos and other big cities. Many of them are millionaires in their states. Some of them even have farmlands that are big enough to feed large communities.



Why are Yorubas not the richest people in Nigeria notwithstanding their educational edge over other tribes? The simple answer is Yorubas are egomaniacal. They are arrogant. Their arrogance makes them avoid jobs which yield high profits but which will require them to get their clothes and feet stained with mud, oil or sand. Yorubas like white-collar jobs. They all want to work in cosy offices. If they fail to get jobs in big companies, they keep waiting till eternity. When a graduate of Ibo origin fails to get his desired white-collar job, he considers selling Okirika, raw foodstuffs or any other thing that he can lay his hands on. This is not the case with graduates in the South West. To the Yorubas, it is an embarrassment that a university graduate should be seen selling Okirika, raw foodstuffs or cooked food, or doing a blue-collar job. This is one of the reasons why many graduates are poor in the South West. 



Friends and family members are also blameworthy for the poor economic status of many  graduates in the South West. They will mock you behind and in front of you for selling raw foodstuffs, cooked food or Okirika, or for doing blue-collar jobs if you are a graduate. *"How can a graduate like you be selling yams?* This is what they will say even without making any attempt to help you get an alternative job. They will taunt you so much that if you are not focused, you may end up becoming frustrated and hopeless.



A Hausa man will put out a tray with 20 oranges and within two months, the oranges will become 200. Before long, he will be buying multiple sacks of oranges. The same Hausa man who came to Lagos with nothing will return to his state annually with lots of money. Where is the Yoruba man who is a university graduate? He is still roaming the streets looking for a white-collar job that does not exist. 



The problem with graduates in the South West is that they have a morbid sense of self-importance and and entitlement. *"I am a graduate and therefore, I must get a prestigious white-collar job"* *"I am a graduate and therefore, I must not be seen doing a job that is meant for non-graduates."* Yorubas who reason in these manners are living in a utopian world. Today,there are many blue-collar jobs and self-run busineses that pay more than white-collar jobs. We can see many blue-collar workers and self-employed people building their houses and sending their children to schools of their choice while many white-collar workers are even struggling to make ends meet.



Do not misconstrue me. I do not mean to say that white-collar jobs are bad. What I am aiming at is that if you cannot get a white-collar job, never sit down wallowing in poverty and self-pity. Think about other things you can do that will put food on the table for you and your family, even if such other things will not involve knotting a tie or wearing a suit. Do not allow mockery from your friends, family members or former classmates, or your supposedly intimidating credentials to prevent you from doing legit blue-collar jobs that can bring you money. Let people ridicule you for doing a blue-collar job or running your small business. When you finally make it, they will come back to congratulate you.


Yoruba people, wake up before it is too late.



Abdul-Ganiyy Raji

COAS IN IBADAN: NO ETHNIC PROFILING IN OYO STATE -GOVERNOR MAKINDE

COAS IN IBADAN: NO ETHNIC PROFILING IN OYO STATE -GOVERNOR MAKINDE



The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Oluseyi Makinde has assured the general public that there is no ethnic profiling in the state. He pointed out that the government is rather poised to go after criminals no matter their position in the society.

Governor Makinde gave the assurance when the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.


He solicited for continuous synergy between the government and security agencies as well as members of the society at large to fish out unscrupulous persons for peace, harmony and socio-economic growth in the state.


Commending the role 2 Division of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies have been playing in the state, Governor Makinde pledged his support to carry out the onerous task of securing lives and property in the state.



In the same vein, His imperial Majesty, Olubadan of Ibadan Land , Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Ajeogunguniso 1, has described the role of the Nigeria Army as very important in the security architecture of the nation.The Olubadan stated this when the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Popo Yemoja area of Ibadan. The Imperial Majesty described the role and actions of the COAS, especially in the war against insurgency and banditry as commendable, calling for collaboration between the traditional rulers and the security agencies for enduring solution to emerging security challenges in the country.


The Royal father, speaking through the Balogun of Ibadan Land, High Chief Akintoye Owolabi Olakunlehin prayed for a better and peaceful Nigeria in the near future.


He however urged the Army not to relent in its operations against bandits' and insurgents' hideouts which has culminated in their surrendering in droves.

Responding, both at the government house and the Olubadan palace, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya appreciated the support and cooperation enjoyed by the Army from the Oyo state government and Olubadan in council, as well as the good people of Oyo State. The COAS solicited for more support and pledged that the Nigerian Army will continue to carryout its constitutional duties effectively and perform the role of providing aid to civil authority, when called upon to do so.


He assured that the existing cooperation between the Army and other security agencies, both in the state and the country at large would be sustained and reinvigorated for the common goal of securing the nation for peace, unity and stability.


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU
Brigadier General
Director
Army Public Relations
23 Aug 21



The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Oluseyi Makinde has assured the general public that there is no ethnic profiling in the state. He pointed out that the government is rather poised to go after criminals no matter their position in the society.

Governor Makinde gave the assurance when the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.


He solicited for continuous synergy between the government and security agencies as well as members of the society at large to fish out unscrupulous persons for peace, harmony and socio-economic growth in the state.


Commending the role 2 Division of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies have been playing in the state, Governor Makinde pledged his support to carry out the onerous task of securing lives and property in the state.



In the same vein, His imperial Majesty, Olubadan of Ibadan Land , Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Ajeogunguniso 1, has described the role of the Nigeria Army as very important in the security architecture of the nation.The Olubadan stated this when the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Popo Yemoja area of Ibadan. The Imperial Majesty described the role and actions of the COAS, especially in the war against insurgency and banditry as commendable, calling for collaboration between the traditional rulers and the security agencies for enduring solution to emerging security challenges in the country.


The Royal father, speaking through the Balogun of Ibadan Land, High Chief Akintoye Owolabi Olakunlehin prayed for a better and peaceful Nigeria in the near future.


He however urged the Army not to relent in its operations against bandits' and insurgents' hideouts which has culminated in their surrendering in droves.

Responding, both at the government house and the Olubadan palace, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya appreciated the support and cooperation enjoyed by the Army from the Oyo state government and Olubadan in council, as well as the good people of Oyo State. The COAS solicited for more support and pledged that the Nigerian Army will continue to carryout its constitutional duties effectively and perform the role of providing aid to civil authority, when called upon to do so.


He assured that the existing cooperation between the Army and other security agencies, both in the state and the country at large would be sustained and reinvigorated for the common goal of securing the nation for peace, unity and stability.


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU
Brigadier General
Director
Army Public Relations
23 Aug 21

Party Crisis: Osun APC Scribe, Frm. Chair, TOP Leaders Arraigned In Court

Party Crisis: Osun APC Scribe, Frm. Chair, TOP Leaders Arraigned In Court


The Caretaker Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in the State of Osun, Hon Rasaq Salinsile and former Chairman of the party, Reverend Adelowo Adebiyi were today arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate Court.


Arraigned alongside Salinsile and Adebiyi are former Commissioner for Works and Transports, Engr. Kazeem Salami, former Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Special Needs, Com. Biyi Odunlade, former Special Adviser to the Governor on Taxation, Barr. Gbenga Akano , a member of the APC in Ilesa, Alaba Popoola and Azeez Adekunle .


They were arraigned before Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara few minutes ago by the police on the allegations of assault, conspiracy, among others.


But the APC chieftains pleaded not guilty to the allegations.Defence Counsels, Abdulfatai Abdulsalam and Muftau Adediran applied for the bail of the APC chieftains on self recognisance


Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara granted bail to

Salinsile, Adebiyi, Salami, Odunlade and Akano, on self recognisance in a sum of N5million each.


The Magistrate also admitted Alaba and Adekunle to bail in a sum of N5million with one surety each. The surety must either be a civil servant or house owner residing within the jurisdiction of the magistrate.


The case was adjourned till September 24 for mention.


Source: Social media


The Caretaker Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in the State of Osun, Hon Rasaq Salinsile and former Chairman of the party, Reverend Adelowo Adebiyi were today arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate Court.


Arraigned alongside Salinsile and Adebiyi are former Commissioner for Works and Transports, Engr. Kazeem Salami, former Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Special Needs, Com. Biyi Odunlade, former Special Adviser to the Governor on Taxation, Barr. Gbenga Akano , a member of the APC in Ilesa, Alaba Popoola and Azeez Adekunle .


They were arraigned before Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara few minutes ago by the police on the allegations of assault, conspiracy, among others.


But the APC chieftains pleaded not guilty to the allegations.Defence Counsels, Abdulfatai Abdulsalam and Muftau Adediran applied for the bail of the APC chieftains on self recognisance


Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara granted bail to

Salinsile, Adebiyi, Salami, Odunlade and Akano, on self recognisance in a sum of N5million each.


The Magistrate also admitted Alaba and Adekunle to bail in a sum of N5million with one surety each. The surety must either be a civil servant or house owner residing within the jurisdiction of the magistrate.


The case was adjourned till September 24 for mention.


Source: Social media

ISESE DAY: Osun govt. Declares Friday work-free day

ISESE DAY: Osun govt. Declares Friday work-free day


The Osun State Government has declared Friday, a work-free day in marking this year’s Isese Day, even though the celebration would be without fanfare as Covid 19 pandemic still remains a threat.

According to a statement on Wednesday signed by Osun state Commissioner for Home Affairs, Alhaji Tajudeen Lawal, the celebration would be low-key because of the increasing cases of COVID-19.

The statement congratulated the traditional worshippers in the state on the occasion of this year’s Isese Day and appealed to them to be peaceful and law-abiding in their conduct before, during, and after the festival.


Also the statement enjoined them to continue to support the Oyetola administration and emphasised the need for the residents to continue to embrace Omoluabi ethos.

 “On the part of the “Isese Day” participants, we urged
them to observe the COVID-19 Protocols especially the use of nose mask, social/physical distancing among other safety protocols before, during and after this year’s celebration.”


The Osun State Government has declared Friday, a work-free day in marking this year’s Isese Day, even though the celebration would be without fanfare as Covid 19 pandemic still remains a threat.

According to a statement on Wednesday signed by Osun state Commissioner for Home Affairs, Alhaji Tajudeen Lawal, the celebration would be low-key because of the increasing cases of COVID-19.

The statement congratulated the traditional worshippers in the state on the occasion of this year’s Isese Day and appealed to them to be peaceful and law-abiding in their conduct before, during, and after the festival.


Also the statement enjoined them to continue to support the Oyetola administration and emphasised the need for the residents to continue to embrace Omoluabi ethos.

 “On the part of the “Isese Day” participants, we urged
them to observe the COVID-19 Protocols especially the use of nose mask, social/physical distancing among other safety protocols before, during and after this year’s celebration.”

Fake Democrats: Sowore Slams Ekiti Governor, Fayemi For Praising Ex-Military Dictator, IBB On 80th Birthday

Fake Democrats: Sowore Slams Ekiti Governor, Fayemi For Praising Ex-Military Dictator, IBB On 80th Birthday


Human rights’ activist and Amnesty International designated Prisoner of Conscience, Omoyele Sowore, has lambasted the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, for describing former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, as a patriotic and dedicated leader committed to the Nigerian project.

Fayemi had in a birthday message on Facebook in honour of Babaginda, who clocked 80 this week said, “I join the rest of the country to celebrate former head of state and elder statesman, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd), on his 80th birthday. 

“Gen. Babangida has demonstrated his patriotism, dedication and commitment to the Nigeria project as a soldier and commander-in-chief of the armed forces. 

“May Almighty Allah grant you wisdom and grace to enjoy this special day to the fullest, and to continue to make meaningful contributions to our dear country. Ameen.” 

Commenting on the Facebook post, Sowore described the governor and others like him as fake democrats. 

He said, “John Kayode Fayemi, Femi Fani-Kayode and Atiku are all among the fake democrats and rogues sending IBB, a well-known coupist and enemy of democracy birthday goodwill messages. Shame. 

“It is so sad to think that Kayode Fayemi was a member of the pro-democracy movement; he was one of the people masquerading as democracy “fighters” living abroad while Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida smothered the future of Nigeria by annulling the June 12 presidential election in 1993. 

“Fayemi and others were probably working for Babangida in those days while we as students and youths in Nigeria were moving from prison to prison. Tueh! Now we know! #RevolutionNow.” 

Known as Maradona, Babangida was born on August 17, 1941.

He was Nigeria’s military president between August 1985 and 1993.

IBB led the coup of August 1985 to topple Muhammadu Buhari who was then the Head of State from December 31, 1983.

At the time of the coup, Babangida was the Chief of Army Staff.

The dictator also annulled the June 12, 1993 election.

The election, which was keenly contested by the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, the late MKO Abiola; and the Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention, and said to have been won by Abiola, was adjudged as the most transparent election in Nigeria’s political history.

But the poll was declared a nullity by the military regime led by Babangida.


Human rights’ activist and Amnesty International designated Prisoner of Conscience, Omoyele Sowore, has lambasted the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, for describing former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, as a patriotic and dedicated leader committed to the Nigerian project.

Fayemi had in a birthday message on Facebook in honour of Babaginda, who clocked 80 this week said, “I join the rest of the country to celebrate former head of state and elder statesman, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd), on his 80th birthday. 

“Gen. Babangida has demonstrated his patriotism, dedication and commitment to the Nigeria project as a soldier and commander-in-chief of the armed forces. 

“May Almighty Allah grant you wisdom and grace to enjoy this special day to the fullest, and to continue to make meaningful contributions to our dear country. Ameen.” 

Commenting on the Facebook post, Sowore described the governor and others like him as fake democrats. 

He said, “John Kayode Fayemi, Femi Fani-Kayode and Atiku are all among the fake democrats and rogues sending IBB, a well-known coupist and enemy of democracy birthday goodwill messages. Shame. 

“It is so sad to think that Kayode Fayemi was a member of the pro-democracy movement; he was one of the people masquerading as democracy “fighters” living abroad while Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida smothered the future of Nigeria by annulling the June 12 presidential election in 1993. 

“Fayemi and others were probably working for Babangida in those days while we as students and youths in Nigeria were moving from prison to prison. Tueh! Now we know! #RevolutionNow.” 

Known as Maradona, Babangida was born on August 17, 1941.

He was Nigeria’s military president between August 1985 and 1993.

IBB led the coup of August 1985 to topple Muhammadu Buhari who was then the Head of State from December 31, 1983.

At the time of the coup, Babangida was the Chief of Army Staff.

The dictator also annulled the June 12, 1993 election.

The election, which was keenly contested by the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, the late MKO Abiola; and the Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention, and said to have been won by Abiola, was adjudged as the most transparent election in Nigeria’s political history.

But the poll was declared a nullity by the military regime led by Babangida.

BLOODY: APC intra-party crises deepens as factions clash in Osogbo

BLOODY: APC intra-party crises deepens as factions clash in Osogbo

 

Gunshots were heard along Ogo-Oluw- Abere route of the popular Gbangan/Ibadan road of the anti-riot police deployed to ensure peace is restored at the APC party Secretariat when the two factions clashed.

The movement of vehicles were also brief interrupted as a result of the violence confrontation at the APC party office beside GTBank.

The known two factions of the ruling party in the state aeparately control by the incumbent Governor of the state Mr Gboyega Oyetola and his predecessor who is also present Interior Minister Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola are at longer head for the battle to control the party.



More details later.

 

Gunshots were heard along Ogo-Oluw- Abere route of the popular Gbangan/Ibadan road of the anti-riot police deployed to ensure peace is restored at the APC party Secretariat when the two factions clashed.

The movement of vehicles were also brief interrupted as a result of the violence confrontation at the APC party office beside GTBank.

The known two factions of the ruling party in the state aeparately control by the incumbent Governor of the state Mr Gboyega Oyetola and his predecessor who is also present Interior Minister Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola are at longer head for the battle to control the party.



More details later.

#Oduduwa12: NIGERIA'S Lawless DSS files fresh charges to keep Igboho associates detained despite bail granted by a federal High Court

#Oduduwa12: NIGERIA'S Lawless DSS files fresh charges to keep Igboho associates detained despite bail granted by a federal High Court

The NIGERIA'S Presidential Lawless DSS on Monday files fresh motion to keep detained #oduduwa12 perpetually detained after a Federal judge granted them bail last week ans their lawyers were processing the bail conditions.















The NIGERIA'S Presidential Lawless DSS on Monday files fresh motion to keep detained #oduduwa12 perpetually detained after a Federal judge granted them bail last week ans their lawyers were processing the bail conditions.















Is the desired change possible in Lagos State policing? TIB Welcomes Newly appointed Police Public Relations Officer CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu

Is the desired change possible in Lagos State policing? TIB Welcomes Newly appointed Police Public Relations Officer CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu

An open letter by the Take It Back Movement, Lagos.


The New Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer,

Lagos State Police command,

'CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu.'



Take It Back Movement Lagos Chapter congratulates you on your new appointment as Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO). With your past experience both within Lagos and outside, it is an appointment well deserved.



Having Said that, we all know policing in Lagos is a great task. Lagos is highly populated and there are so many young men and women living on the street, doing all sought of unchecked activities. The question on the mind of Lagosians is, 'Is it possible for the new PPRO to bring the desired change we need in Lagos State?'


Also, your predecessor who resumed September 2020 made his phone number available to the public just as you have done; it came in handy for Lagosians when they had issues with the police, but the PPRO must find a way to connect deeply than that.   


Over the years, the Lagos State Police have not been able to form a strong relationship with the public it serves, all they have done is to input fear into the people. Not only that, systematic corruption, using of lethal force wrongly, extra judicial killings, extortions, illegal arrest and detention, illegal raiding and much more. All these make the public to continue to detest the police and in-turn reduce the chances of the police to solve real crimes. The Lagos State Police Command cannot succeed in its fight against crimes and criminality in the state as long as they keep going after innocent citizens instead of criminals on the street.


Recent cases of torture include the following: the case of Tunde Abass, who was arrested at Onipanu for filming a scene where  policemen from Onipanu division were carrying out illegal arrest and harassment. He was in prison for days, beaten and tortured. Thanks to Nigerians and the former PPRO that stepped in to secure his release. Another one happened in Ikorodu where a young man was arrested for no reason at all, he was tortured, moved to SCID Panti where he died in police custody. Eji died for no reason, the most terrible part of the story is the police denied his family the opportunity of seeing him and treating him while he was still alive. Also, the case of  Oyeleke Jumoke that was killed by a stray bullet from the police at Yoruba Nation protest in July. We have not gotten justice for that yet. There are many more terrible events of the Lagos State Police command violating the rights of citizens and getting away with it.


CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu

This must stop; we believe you can be the one to influence that change and as a Human Rights Movement, we are ready to work with you. Importantly, Police are meant to detect and prevent crimes and protect lives and property. But in Lagos, the reverse is the case. Actually, some of them are committing crimes against the people. As for protection, only the rich and the influencial get it. The masses are deprived of their rights.


The police system is a necessity but there is a need for reformation so as to serve the people properly and not further the endangerment of people at the expense of protecting them. Lagosians see the police as an instrument of the government to unleash terror at the slightest opportunity. The taskforce carries out illegal activities such as: raiding the markets and violating the rights of taxi and Danfo drivers. All these must stop. The police gets very little or zero cooperation from the public to aid their work. The communication gap between the police and the public continues to grow wider everyday. 


Lots of crimes, murders and robbery have not been solved because Lagosians with information on the case would never come forward due to their hatred for the police force. You cannot expect a family or community that has experienced trauma as a result of the actions of the police to give credible information on any case. In fact, criminals get more cooperation from the public than the police. 


The police cannot do any real police work without good relationship with the community they are serving. But it seems some of the men in the police force are not even interested in solving those crimes. Neither are they  interested in their public image. And that can only change when they are properly reorientated. 


The Lagos State Police command needs to be reformed and their welfare in terms of payment and incentive should be looked into. When the perception of the people about the police changes, the police would enjoy maximum cooperation from the public, which would enable them to carry out their function on crime prevention, apprehension of criminals and maintaining a peaceful society.


In a society, where peaceful protesters are seen as criminals while criminals are treated as VIP's, crime would continue to flourish. 


The  Lagos State Police command needs to reorganize their activities in Lagos. Peaceful protesters should be protected and their rights to protest respected. Police officers should be taught on how to handle peaceful protest, because the protest would never stop, even after we have gotten a better Nigeria.


Until the renumeration of the police are looked into and their welfare properly taken care of, the Lagos State Police command will continue to serve the highest bidder or the deepest pocket before they think of an average Lagosian. The tendency to get rich quick would continue to cause illegal raiding and unfairness to the public.


Even though our country is in a terrible economic, political and social state, the police force can still maintain peace and respect  human and civil rights of her citizens.


Brutalizing of citizens, corruption, unfairness in dealing with suspects, overuse of force, bullying of citizens, abuse of citizens right with impunity, extra judicial killings, aiding and abetting criminal activities and much more must stop in Lagos and in Nigeria.


Lagos State is the center piece of every action. Once the police force in Lagos gets better, most state would follow suit. Police should stop being snipers but learn to stop snipers in Nigeria.


Once again, congratulations on your new appointment as Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Police command.



Ayoyinka Oni,

Lagos State Coordinator,

Take It Back Movement.

An open letter by the Take It Back Movement, Lagos.


The New Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer,

Lagos State Police command,

'CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu.'



Take It Back Movement Lagos Chapter congratulates you on your new appointment as Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO). With your past experience both within Lagos and outside, it is an appointment well deserved.



Having Said that, we all know policing in Lagos is a great task. Lagos is highly populated and there are so many young men and women living on the street, doing all sought of unchecked activities. The question on the mind of Lagosians is, 'Is it possible for the new PPRO to bring the desired change we need in Lagos State?'


Also, your predecessor who resumed September 2020 made his phone number available to the public just as you have done; it came in handy for Lagosians when they had issues with the police, but the PPRO must find a way to connect deeply than that.   


Over the years, the Lagos State Police have not been able to form a strong relationship with the public it serves, all they have done is to input fear into the people. Not only that, systematic corruption, using of lethal force wrongly, extra judicial killings, extortions, illegal arrest and detention, illegal raiding and much more. All these make the public to continue to detest the police and in-turn reduce the chances of the police to solve real crimes. The Lagos State Police Command cannot succeed in its fight against crimes and criminality in the state as long as they keep going after innocent citizens instead of criminals on the street.


Recent cases of torture include the following: the case of Tunde Abass, who was arrested at Onipanu for filming a scene where  policemen from Onipanu division were carrying out illegal arrest and harassment. He was in prison for days, beaten and tortured. Thanks to Nigerians and the former PPRO that stepped in to secure his release. Another one happened in Ikorodu where a young man was arrested for no reason at all, he was tortured, moved to SCID Panti where he died in police custody. Eji died for no reason, the most terrible part of the story is the police denied his family the opportunity of seeing him and treating him while he was still alive. Also, the case of  Oyeleke Jumoke that was killed by a stray bullet from the police at Yoruba Nation protest in July. We have not gotten justice for that yet. There are many more terrible events of the Lagos State Police command violating the rights of citizens and getting away with it.


CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu

This must stop; we believe you can be the one to influence that change and as a Human Rights Movement, we are ready to work with you. Importantly, Police are meant to detect and prevent crimes and protect lives and property. But in Lagos, the reverse is the case. Actually, some of them are committing crimes against the people. As for protection, only the rich and the influencial get it. The masses are deprived of their rights.


The police system is a necessity but there is a need for reformation so as to serve the people properly and not further the endangerment of people at the expense of protecting them. Lagosians see the police as an instrument of the government to unleash terror at the slightest opportunity. The taskforce carries out illegal activities such as: raiding the markets and violating the rights of taxi and Danfo drivers. All these must stop. The police gets very little or zero cooperation from the public to aid their work. The communication gap between the police and the public continues to grow wider everyday. 


Lots of crimes, murders and robbery have not been solved because Lagosians with information on the case would never come forward due to their hatred for the police force. You cannot expect a family or community that has experienced trauma as a result of the actions of the police to give credible information on any case. In fact, criminals get more cooperation from the public than the police. 


The police cannot do any real police work without good relationship with the community they are serving. But it seems some of the men in the police force are not even interested in solving those crimes. Neither are they  interested in their public image. And that can only change when they are properly reorientated. 


The Lagos State Police command needs to be reformed and their welfare in terms of payment and incentive should be looked into. When the perception of the people about the police changes, the police would enjoy maximum cooperation from the public, which would enable them to carry out their function on crime prevention, apprehension of criminals and maintaining a peaceful society.


In a society, where peaceful protesters are seen as criminals while criminals are treated as VIP's, crime would continue to flourish. 


The  Lagos State Police command needs to reorganize their activities in Lagos. Peaceful protesters should be protected and their rights to protest respected. Police officers should be taught on how to handle peaceful protest, because the protest would never stop, even after we have gotten a better Nigeria.


Until the renumeration of the police are looked into and their welfare properly taken care of, the Lagos State Police command will continue to serve the highest bidder or the deepest pocket before they think of an average Lagosian. The tendency to get rich quick would continue to cause illegal raiding and unfairness to the public.


Even though our country is in a terrible economic, political and social state, the police force can still maintain peace and respect  human and civil rights of her citizens.


Brutalizing of citizens, corruption, unfairness in dealing with suspects, overuse of force, bullying of citizens, abuse of citizens right with impunity, extra judicial killings, aiding and abetting criminal activities and much more must stop in Lagos and in Nigeria.


Lagos State is the center piece of every action. Once the police force in Lagos gets better, most state would follow suit. Police should stop being snipers but learn to stop snipers in Nigeria.


Once again, congratulations on your new appointment as Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Police command.



Ayoyinka Oni,

Lagos State Coordinator,

Take It Back Movement.

Osun declares Monday public holiday to mark Islamic New Year

Osun declares Monday public holiday to mark Islamic New Year


The Osun State Government in Nigeria has declared Monday, August 9, as a public holiday to commemorate the Islamic new year — Hijrah 1443 AH.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Tajudeen Lawal, on Friday in Osogbo.

The governor of the state Mr. Gboyega Oyetola enjoined both Muslims and people of other faith and religions to use the holiday to pray for the growth and development of the state and Nigeria as a whole.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Hijrah is the first day in the Islamic New Year Calendar.

Source: NAN

The Osun State Government in Nigeria has declared Monday, August 9, as a public holiday to commemorate the Islamic new year — Hijrah 1443 AH.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Tajudeen Lawal, on Friday in Osogbo.

The governor of the state Mr. Gboyega Oyetola enjoined both Muslims and people of other faith and religions to use the holiday to pray for the growth and development of the state and Nigeria as a whole.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Hijrah is the first day in the Islamic New Year Calendar.

Source: NAN

History: Chief SL Akintola on his installation as the 13th Aare Onaa Kakanfo of Yorubaland

History: Chief SL Akintola on his installation as the 13th Aare Onaa Kakanfo of Yorubaland


Premier of the Western Region, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola on his installation as the 13th Aare Onaa Kakanfo (Military Generalissimo) of Yorubaland by Alaafin Gbadegesin Ladigbolu II of Oyo, after a 79-year hiatus, 1964.


Of all who lost their lives in the January 15, 1966 coup, only Samuel Ladoke Akintola (1910-1966), who was the 13th Aare Ona Kakanfo, Field Marshal General (1964-1966), of Yorubaland, died fighting back.


After the previous Kakanfo, Aare Latosa who reigned from 1871 to 1885, no one had the courage to accept the title for 79 years because of the mysterious curse associated with it.


Since Alaafin Ajagbo inaugurated the first Aare Kokoro Gangan (Scorpion) of Iwoye in 1650, no Aare was expected to live long and enjoy a soft death.

Akintola was brutally killed by Captain Emmanuel Nwobosi during the coup and the curse continued when his successor MKO Abiola (1937-1998) also died under mysterious circumstances in July 1998.


The Aare Ona Kakanfo title had been vacant for 19 years until Otunba Ganiyu Adams was invested with it as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo by Alaafin Adeyemi III on October 14, 2017.


Credit to History Ville


Premier of the Western Region, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola on his installation as the 13th Aare Onaa Kakanfo (Military Generalissimo) of Yorubaland by Alaafin Gbadegesin Ladigbolu II of Oyo, after a 79-year hiatus, 1964.


Of all who lost their lives in the January 15, 1966 coup, only Samuel Ladoke Akintola (1910-1966), who was the 13th Aare Ona Kakanfo, Field Marshal General (1964-1966), of Yorubaland, died fighting back.


After the previous Kakanfo, Aare Latosa who reigned from 1871 to 1885, no one had the courage to accept the title for 79 years because of the mysterious curse associated with it.


Since Alaafin Ajagbo inaugurated the first Aare Kokoro Gangan (Scorpion) of Iwoye in 1650, no Aare was expected to live long and enjoy a soft death.

Akintola was brutally killed by Captain Emmanuel Nwobosi during the coup and the curse continued when his successor MKO Abiola (1937-1998) also died under mysterious circumstances in July 1998.


The Aare Ona Kakanfo title had been vacant for 19 years until Otunba Ganiyu Adams was invested with it as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo by Alaafin Adeyemi III on October 14, 2017.


Credit to History Ville

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