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BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu suspends Lagos building agency boss
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BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu suspends Lagos building agency boss

The General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, Mr. Gbolahan Oki, has been suspended after the collapse of the Ikoyi 21-storey building on Monday. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who ordered the suspension on Tuesday said the government will find out what went wrong and punish those indicted in the Ikoyi building collapse. The Governor slammed the indefinite suspension on the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Mr. Gbolahan Oki, who is an architect. This was disclosed in a press statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso.  The statement partly read, “The Lagos State Government is setting up an independent panel to probe the collapse of the 21-storey building on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi. “Members of ...
BREAKING: Another building caves-in in Lekki, Lagos
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BREAKING: Another building caves-in in Lekki, Lagos

Barely twenty-four hours after a twenty-one storey building collapsed in Lagos State, killing no fewer than ten persons with scores still trapped, another two-storey building has caved-in in the Lekki area of the State on Tuesday. This is according to a report shared by a Twitter user - SGN TV (@SkyGospelNewsT1) The tweet reads “Another building collapses in Osapa London in the Lekki area of Lagos.” Details later…
Osun Assembly workers join strike, insist on financial autonomy for state legislature
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Osun Assembly workers join strike, insist on financial autonomy for state legislature

The Osun State House of Assembly workers on Tuesday joined the ongoing strike by legislative workers across the country to protest the refusal to grant state assemblies financial autonomy. The workers, under the aegis of Osun Parliamentary Association of Nigeria, while declaring industrial action, said the strike action was in compliance with the directive of its National Secretariat. Addressing reporters at the Assembly complex, the Chairman of the union, Adesina Adekunle said the strike was aimed at ensuring the implementation of Executive Order 10 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari last year. “Osun Assembly workers need to comply with the national body’s directive to pave way for the autonomy of the legislative arm of government. “We will ensure full compliance with t...
Ekiti fences public schools to prevent abduction
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Ekiti fences public schools to prevent abduction

EKITI State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said that his administration had begun the construction of fences in public schools as part of proactive ways to forestall abduction of students. The governor, who spoke on Tuesday in a statewide radio and television programme tagged ‘Media chat’, said, “The Government of Ekiti State, in efforts to boost security, has ensured that primary and secondary schools across the 16 local government areas of the state are adequately protected. “In doing so, school fencing projects are ongoing. Also, the government has improved on the security surveillance across the state, deploying more personnel to strategic locations for effective coverage,” the governor said. On state police, Fayemi, who faulted the argument that state governors would deploy...
BREAKING: Controversy as security operatives attempt to arrest Sunday Igboho
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BREAKING: Controversy as security operatives attempt to arrest Sunday Igboho

There was controversy in Oyo State on Friday as security operatives attempted to arrest a self-styled warlord, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho. PREMIUM Times reports that sources close to Mr Igboho said that the acclaimed activist was accosted by security operatives attached to Operation Burst while on his way to Lagos. “Mr Igboho did not respond to our correspondent’s calls and text messages seeking full details of what played out. ” The state’s police spokesperson, Olugbenga Fadeyi, did not respond to calls and text messages either,” PT said. But Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation and ally of Mr Igboho, confirmed the incident. He said Mr Igboho was going to meet an elder statesman , Ayo Adebanjo, when the attempted arrest occurred. Mr ...
Security: Southwest Governors, Traditional Rulers, others meet in Ibadan
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Security: Southwest Governors, Traditional Rulers, others meet in Ibadan

SouthWest governors and some first class traditional rulers in the zone have met in Ibadan, Oyo, to address the security challenges in the region and other parts of the country. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting which started at about 3 pm on Saturday held at the executive chamber, office of the governor, state secretariat, Agodi, in Ibadan. NAN reports that in attendance were Dr Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Mr. Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Mr. Gboyega Oyetola (Osun) and the host governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde (Oyo). Among the traditional rulers at the meeting were the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi; Akarigbo of Remo, Oba Babatunde Ajayi; Olugbo of Ugbo kingdom, Fedrick Akinrutan; Olubadan of Ibadan, O...
Yorubas will lose more in war against Fulanis – Oluwo
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Yorubas will lose more in war against Fulanis – Oluwo

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, has cautioned the Yorubas to stop the drum of war against the Fulanis in the southwest. Oluwo argued “the lifestyle of many Fulanis is not worth fighting as they tend to lose nothing except their cows.” A statement personally signed by the monarch on Friday cautioned the herders to respect human dignity. He also appealed to Yorubas to consider their brothers in the northern parts of the country. “The lingering Yoruba-Fulani saga is a fragile issue that demands a witty, technical approach. No doubt, the activities such as killing, kidnapping, raping perpetrated by the bad eggs among the Fulanis are ccondemnable. “As a people, we must understand who to fight. I see Fulani as a section of the Hausas. And most Fulanis are not stati...
Herdsmen: Fani-Kayode blasts Unongo for advising Buhari to deploy soldiers to S’West
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Herdsmen: Fani-Kayode blasts Unongo for advising Buhari to deploy soldiers to S’West

Former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has lambasted elder statesman, Paul Unongo for advising President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy soldiers to the South-West zone to “protect Northerners”. Fani-Kayode in a Twitter thread on Sunday described Unongo’s advice as “reckless, irresponsible and dangerous”. Unongo, who is the Convener of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), made the comment in an interview with Sunday Tribune. He was reacting to recent clashes between farmers and herdsmen in some states of the South-West. The Second Republic Minister of Steel Development also urged Buhari to use the opportunity of being in power to develop the north. “He is the president. He is from the North. He knows the yearnings and aspirations of the region. If the North does not ge...
Ekiti govt sues police, IGP over sack of pregnant cop
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Ekiti govt sues police, IGP over sack of pregnant cop

The Ekiti State government has filed a suit against the Nigeria Police Force challenging the sack of a pregnant police officer, Olajide Omolola, by the Force. The Ekiti State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda filed the suit on behalf of the state government at the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti. The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Tunde Mobayo and the Police Service Commission (PSC) were also listed as respondents in the case. Olajide, who was attached to the Iye Ekiti Police Station in the Ilejemeje local government area of state, was sacked by the Nigeria Police Force for getting pregnant less than a year after graduating from the police academy. In the case filed on Saturday with suit no:...
Osun Gov, Oyetola, sacks all political office holders at LGA level
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Osun Gov, Oyetola, sacks all political office holders at LGA level

The Osun State governor, Gboyega Oyetola has sacked all political office holders at the Local Government Council level. This was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, which informed that the order to vacate their respective offices, was sequel to the expiration of their tenure. It also directed the Local Government office holders to hand over the administration of their concerned councils to the most Senior Local Government personnel after the expiration of their tenure today (Friday), February 5, 2021. The statement reads thus in full; “The Executive Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Gboyega Oyetola has directed all political office holders at the Local Government Council to vacate their respective offices ...
Ogun govt denies Sunday Igboho as he arrives the State for his campaign against herdsmen
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Ogun govt denies Sunday Igboho as he arrives the State for his campaign against herdsmen

A grassroots politician in Oyo State, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, on Monday, stormed Ogun State in continuation of his efforts to send packing the Fulani herdsmen from the South-West. Igboho arrived in Abeokuta, the state capital, alongside his supporters on Monday afternoon and immediately proceeded to Yewa in Ogun West Senatorial district to launch his campaign against the herdsmen in the area. The activist had last month led a group of youths to Igangan, Ibarapa local government area of Oyo State, to eject the head of the Fulani settlement and some herdsmen from the community. At least two persons were killed and properties worth several millions of naira were destroyed in the ensuing violence between the youths and the Fulani herdsmen. The incident forced the In...
I will soon visit all Southwest states to issue quit notices to Fulani herdsmen — Sunday Igboho
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I will soon visit all Southwest states to issue quit notices to Fulani herdsmen — Sunday Igboho

Yoruba cultural activist and a freedom fighter, Mr Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho, on Monday said that he will soon visit all the Southwest states to issue quit notices to Fulani herdsmen. Sunday Igboho warned Fulani herdsmen to keep off Southwest zone saying, enough is enough on the killing of Yoruba people. Igboho who dropped the warning while featuring on Rave FM in Osogbo during a “Talk Show, Frank Talk”, declared Southwest zone as a no-go area for them to perpetrate evil any longer. “I will soon visit Osun, Ekiti, Ogun, Lagos and Ondo and Kwara. Anywhere the herders are in Yoruba land will be visited to give quit notice. We shall no longer live like a slave on our land. Many of our people who are abroad can’t come home because their security is not guaran...
Herdsmen’s registration starts as NGF, Miyetti Allah supports Akeredolu’s decision
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Herdsmen’s registration starts as NGF, Miyetti Allah supports Akeredolu’s decision

The Ondo State Government led by Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu on Monday said it had started registering herdsmen in the state with the aim of ejecting unregistered herders from the state’s forest reserves. The Special Adviser to state Governor on Security, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, disclosed this in an interview with one of our correspondents in Akure where the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and the Nigeria Governors Forum met. It was gathered that herdsmen had started leaving the Ondo State’s forest reserves in deference to the state government’s order, which was backed by governors’ forum and the Miyetti Allah at their meeting on Monday. The NGF and the cattle breeders’ meeting was on a seven-day ultimatum, which the state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), on...
Just in: No more night grazing, underaged grazing in South-West — MACBAN
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Just in: No more night grazing, underaged grazing in South-West — MACBAN

The National President of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa has directed Fulani Herders across the Southwest to put an end to both night and underaged grazing with immediate effect. Kiruwa also warned herders to desist from taking their cows to people’s farms for grazing, adding that the frequents farmers/herders clash must be brought to an end. He spoke in Akure, the Ondo State Capital during a meeting between the Miyetti Allah and some Governors under the platform of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF). The MACBAN President said the order given by Governor Akeredolu was not new but has been issued two years ago, adding that those who wished to remain in the government forest reserve should get registered. While stressin...
Arresting Igboho will escalate tension, Fayose tells IGP, Makinde
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Arresting Igboho will escalate tension, Fayose tells IGP, Makinde

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has cautioned against any attempt to arrest Sunday Adeyemo, a youth activist popularly known as Sunday Igboho. He told Oyo governor Seyi Makinde and Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, that arresting Igboho would escalate tension in the South-West region. The PUNCH had reported that Senior Special Assistant to President Muhumadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, during an interview with BBC Hausa, said IGP Adamu, had ordered the arrest of Igboho for giving Fulani in Oyo State an ultimatum to exit the state. Shehu also claimed that the IGP had ordered the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Ngozi Onadeko, to immediately transfer Igboho to Abuja after his arrest. Makinde had also directed Onadeko to arrest “...
South-West governors should cage killer herdsmen – Ondo Monarchs backs Akeredolu
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South-West governors should cage killer herdsmen – Ondo Monarchs backs Akeredolu

Traditional rulers in Ondo State, under the aegis of the Ondo State Council of Obas, have called on governors in the South-West to employ relevant laws in tackling the menace of killer herdsmen in the region. The monarchs were reacting to the imbroglio that has been raging following a seven-day ultimatum given to herders to vacate the forest reserves in Ondo State by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and the reaction of the Presidency to the order. The monarchs also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to caution his aides to desist from making inciting statements on the security situation in the country after Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, had carpeted Akeredolu after he gave the herdsmen the quit notice. In a communiqué issued at the end of ...
Insecurity: Ekiti allocates N1.4 billion to Amotekun – Official
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Insecurity: Ekiti allocates N1.4 billion to Amotekun – Official

The Ekiti official says the priority to security through Amotekun was in a bid to further attract investment and ensure safety of all investors and residents. The Ekiti Government, on Sunday, said it was not taking anything to chance in 2021 to address the growing insecurity in the state, particularly kidnapping. It, therefore, voted N1.4 billion for the State Security Network, codenamed Amotekun Corps, in its 2021 budget. The Commissioner for Budget, Femi Ajayi, made this known at a press conference in Ado Ekiti where he gave the detailed analysis of the N109.666 budget passed by the state legislative and recently assented to by Governor Kayode Fayemi. Mr Fayemi had on December 23, 2020, assented to the budgetary provision, christened “Budget of Recovery and Economic Rest...
BREAKING: Ekiti Assembly sacks workers as Labour protests
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BREAKING: Ekiti Assembly sacks workers as Labour protests

The Ekiti State House of Assembly Service Commission on Tuesday sacked 21 members of its staff for sundry offences including irregular appointment, absenteeism, and other allegations that contravened the condition of service. The Chairman of the Commission, Hon Taiwo Olatunbosun who stated this in a statement in Ado-Ekiti, said the decision was taken in compliance with the report of staff audit undertaken as part of the efforts to reorganize the commission for effective service delivery. He added that the audit, which started last year on assumption of office of the present Commission members engaged the services of Auditors over complaints, agitations and petitions from members of staff on allegations of absenteeism, arbitrary promotion and placement of officers above colleague...
South-West governors, monarchs, others meet in Lagos for security matters
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South-West governors, monarchs, others meet in Lagos for security matters

The governors of the six states of the South-west on Sunday had a meeting in Lagos to strategise on a security formation aimed at enhancing security in the region following the mayhem that trailed the recent #EndSARS protest in the country. At the meeting on Sunday was Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State governor and Chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State. In his address at the forum, the Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, said the region had gone through a lot in recent times. Akeredolu, who is also the Governor of Ondo State, said police personnel were guiding the #EndSARS campaigners when the protest started in the South-West and other parts of the country. He added that what started as a peaceful d...
Ekiti govt uncovers 362 ghost workers receiving N20m monthly
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Ekiti govt uncovers 362 ghost workers receiving N20m monthly

The Ekiti State Government on Wednesday said it had uncovered 362 ghost workers in it's payroll, receiving N20 million monthly as salary in some Local Governments. The Commissioner for Local Government and Community Development, Prof. Adio Folayan, made this known while presenting a State Staff Verification Committee report to Governor Kayode Fayemi in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday. The state government had set up the committee to audit the local government staff towards identifying those who are genuine or fake workers. Folayan said: ”Further screening by the committee revealed that only 362 workers out of the initial figure were clarified to be on the government payroll as of June 2019. ”The committee recommends that all illegal salaries so far earned by the affected workers sh...
Stolen staff of office: Lagos ruling house wants Oba’s palace cleansed
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Stolen staff of office: Lagos ruling house wants Oba’s palace cleansed

The Ruling House of Lagos State Akinsemoyin has requested that the palace of Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, should be cleansed after its invasion on October 21 by hoodlums, who carted away the royal staff of authority. The thugs had on October 21 invaded the palace and carted away the royal staff of authority and other items after violence broke out in several parts of the state over the shooting of #EndSARS protesters in the Lekki area of the state. In a statement on Sunday, the ruling house described the invasion of the palace and the removal of the royal staff of authority as a sacrilege. The statement, titled, ‘#EndSARS protest: Akinsemonyin ruling house condemns attacks on Oba’s palace,’ was co-signed by the Olori Ebi Akinsemoyin Ruling House of Lagos, Chief Musliu Ani...
New N30,000 minimum wage approved, embargo on promotion lifted by Gov Oyetola
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New N30,000 minimum wage approved, embargo on promotion lifted by Gov Oyetola

Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, on Friday approves new minimum wage for workers in the state. According the governor on his twitter handle , the new minimum wage is N30, 000 which the implementation takes effect immediately from November 1. He also lifted the embargo on promotions and conversions with immediate effect. Oyetola said: “I’m delighted to announce that the implementation of the new minimum wage for Osun workers will commence on November 1, 2020. “This follows the perusal of the recommendations of Government/Labour Committee that we set up to work out the modalities for resolving all workers’ welfare-related issues. “Additionally, we have lifted the ban on annual salary increment which was done in 2012. The embargo on promotions and conversions is also ...
Ogun government imposes no reason curfew on October 1
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Ogun government imposes no reason curfew on October 1

The Ogun State government on Wednesday announced that it is imposing a curfew on the state from 10.00 pm on Wednesday to 6.00 am on Thursday while it will also impose the same curfew on Thursday night from 10.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. on Friday. Though the state government did not give reasons for the imposition of the curfew, it might not be unconnected with security reports and the fact that some groups are planning to hold a rally on October 1. “This curfew will again be effective tomorrow at the same time, 10:00 pm-06:00 am.” The state government had earlier in the day opted for a low-key celebration of the 60th Independence Anniversary of the nation. The government said this became expedient as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to ensure public health, safety ...
Yoruba, others have rights to demand independence –Prof Akintoye
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Yoruba, others have rights to demand independence –Prof Akintoye

The President -General of Yoruba World Congress , Prof Banji Akintoye , has maintained that Nigerians , including Yoruba people , have the constitutional rights to demand to cease to be part of the country .Akintoye , an emeritus professor of History , however cautioned Yoruba people against using violent means to assure independence from the country .He said this in a statement on Sunday to debunk a statement credited to hi that the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari , could be the last President of NigeriaHe said some words he did not use were exported into the interview while blaming this on some persons he said wanted to discredit him .The statement read partly , “Nigerians have constitutional rights to organise peaceful protest over the state of the nation and have the ri...
Nobody can dethrone me, I will rule for 67 more years –Oluwo
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Nobody can dethrone me, I will rule for 67 more years –Oluwo

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has told those who care to listen that no one can dethrone him as a monarch, boasting that he would spend 67 years more on the throne. Oba Akanbi made the declaration on Friday while speaking to his supporters who thronged his palace on a solidarity walk, in opposition to the petition by the 12 kingmakers urging the Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, to remove him from the throne over alleged misconduct. He said; “I have 67 more years to spend on the throne. I am going to live for 120 years. Those who want me out and want to become Oluwo, should wait because this is my time. “With this crowd that engaged in this solidarity walk, it is obvious that I am in the good books of my people. That is why you are all standing in suppo...
BREAKING: Many Feared Dead In Fresh Ondo Accident
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BREAKING: Many Feared Dead In Fresh Ondo Accident

Multiple road accidents on Sunday have claimed many lives in the Akungba Akoko area of Ondo State. The accident, which occurred on Sunday night, was caused by an articulated truck, which rammed into some vehicles by the roadside. This is coming barely three days after another accident occurred in the area where five persons died. An eyewitness, who confirmed the incident said many passengers were still trapped inside the vehicle. It was gathered that passengers still alive but sustained injuries were rushed to the hospital for treatment at the time of this report.
50-Year-old Security Man Suffocates In Ogun After Reportedly Sleeping With His Face Mask On
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50-Year-old Security Man Suffocates In Ogun After Reportedly Sleeping With His Face Mask On

A security guard identified as Solomon Ede has died after he allegedly slept wearing his face mask in his place of work in Alako area of Abeokuta, Ogun state on Friday, August 28. It was gathered that that Solomon was well known in the area for never failing to wear his face mask as part of measures to protect himself from contracting the dreaded Coronavirus. However, on Friday, the 50-year-old had a few glasses of local gin popularly known as Ogogoro before going to bed. He went to bed with his face mask on. His lifeless body was discovered face down, suggesting that he died of suffocation from the face mask. Neighbors who came to fetch water at the compound of the house where the deceased worked, banged on the gate of the building endlessly but late Ede did not come out ...
Kwara Govt Receives N148m Looted Funds From EFCC
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Kwara Govt Receives N148m Looted Funds From EFCC

Kwara State Government has received a bank draft for another N148,049,580:81 looted funds which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) recently recovered from some officials of the past administration. According to the statement issued by governor’s Chief press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye to journalists in Ilorin on Friday morning, the money was received on Thursday on behalf of the state government by Commissioner for Finance and Planning Olasumbo Florence Oyeyemi. The commissioner reportedly commended the EFCC for its patriotic efforts to stamp out corruption and abuse of public office and assured that the money would be duly appropriated and deployed to serve the public that it is meant for. The Ilorin Zonal Head of the EFCC Mr Oseni Kazeem had during a recent co...
Governor Akeredolu Declares Today Public Holiday In Ondo Ahead Of Tomorrow’s Election
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Governor Akeredolu Declares Today Public Holiday In Ondo Ahead Of Tomorrow’s Election

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has declared Friday, August 21, public holiday in his state, ahead of the local government elections tomorrow in Ondo State. According to him, the directive will enable residents of the state to have adequate time to prepare for the local council election scheduled to hold tomorrow, Saturday, August 22, 2020. In a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, he also urged the electorate to freely exercise their voting rights, imploring them to shun violence during the exercise. On the other hand, the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC), has expressed its readiness to conduct free, credible and transparent election. Chairman of the commission, Prof. Yomi Dinakin, gave the assurance a...
Confusion As Police Found A 55-year-old Slaughtered Woman In Osun
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Confusion As Police Found A 55-year-old Slaughtered Woman In Osun

Residents of Okuku in Odo-Otin Local Government Area, Osun State were thrown into confusion following the discovery of the body of a 55-year old woman, Afolabi Olawatoyin, murdered in her residence. It was gathered that the woman’s neighbours in the house found her very early in the morning slaughtered. However, residents of the Oba Oyebode street, where the house was located fled their abode to avoid being arrested by police over the incident. Confirming the incident, Osun State Police Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola said the slaughtered body was found around 6am after a tip-off by a resident in the town. She added that the body has been deposited at the morgue of a private hospital in the town while special investigating team has visited the scene.“The State’s C...