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Ibarapa Now Safe – Traditional Rulers



Ibarapa Now Safe - Traditional Rulers

Traditional rulers from Ibarapa zone of Oyo State, on Thursday, met with the state governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, over the security issues affecting the zone, stating that calm had returned to the area since the governor visited.

The Secretary to the Traditional Council and Onidere of Idereland, Oba Aderoju Kingsley, while speaking to newsmen shortly after a closed door meeting with the governor, held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, said calm had returned to the area since the governor’s visit to the zone, and that the situation had changed for the better.

A statement by Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, quoted the Onidere as saying: “On behalf of the Ibarapa Traditional Council, of which I am the Secretary to all the Obas in Ibarapaland, we are here today to come and see the governor and discuss with him some of the issues that are affecting us in Ibarapaland.

“Today, we want to also appreciate the governor for his visit to us in Ibarapaland and to appreciate him for what he has done for us.

“Concerning the issues of insecurity, we have as a whole, discussed at length with the governor and he said he is going to look into the matter. He said we will have a statutory meeting, mostly in the three local government areas to see to the welfare of the people of that area.

“The governor also promised that he will set up a Peace and Security Committee and he is going to use Ibarapaland as a test case that will be used for other local government councils. That was all that we discussed.”

Responding to questions from newsmen on situation of things in the area at present, the Onidere said normalcy had returned since the governor’s visit and that people were now free to go anywhere in the area.
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“Yes, peace has returned to Ibarapa. Since the governor visited us, calm has returned and the situation has changed. Everybody is now free to go anywhere,” he said.
The traditional ruler equally said that all the Obas in Ibarapaland hailed Governor Makinde for his unrelenting efforts to fish out the criminals that had been terrorising the area.

“We have a general problem in Ibarapaland. It is not only Wakili. We cannot just make mention of one person because if we are talking about Wakili, what about those who are not Wakilis, who are troubling us?

“All we want the government to do for us is to send all the criminals away in Ibarapaland. That is what we want the government to do for us.

“As a traditional ruler, what we did today will show that peace will reign supreme in Ibarapaland. On the 15th of February, we will inaugurate the Peace and Security Committee members in all the local government in our areas,” the Onidere added.

The meeting had in attendance traditional rulers including the Onilala of Lanlate, Oba Sunday Bolawale Oladejo Oguntayi; Olu of Igboora, Oba Titiloye Olajide Jimoh; Onidere of Idere, Oba Aderoju; Asigangan of Igangan, Oba Lasisi Adeoye; Asawo of Ayete, Oba Okeniyi Ewuola; and the Eleripe of Tapa, Oba Sunday Titiloye.

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‘Governor Abiodun Committed To Rule Of Law, Democracy’



Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun

The commitment of the administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun in Ogun State to ensure the preservation of the rule of law, battle corruption and, protect the tenets of democracy in the country has again been reiterated.

According to a top functionary of the government, apart from prioritising the welfare of the people, the administration is working hard to deepen the people’s beliefs in the nations democratic process.

Kayode Akinmade, a Chief Consultant on Media to the governor, who spoke while answering questions on a television programme on Friday, said as a law-abiding leader, the governor has always taken recourse to the judiciary to seek redress for himself and his administration whenever the need arises, rather than engage in self-help.

Akinmade stressed that the decision of the governor to approach the court over the matter between him and the impeached chairman of Ijebu East Local Government Area, Wale Adedayo, is a demonstration of his belief in the rule of law and his indisposition to ‘rule of force’.

Adedayo appeared before a Magistrate’s Court at Isabo, Abeokuta, on a petition filed by the state government against him over an earlier allegation of diversion of funds meant for Council Areas in the state. Governor Abiodun is insisting that the former Council boss must prove his allegations against his administration or face the wrath of the law for falsely inciting the people against the government.

Adedayo was arraigned on a two-count charge. According to Akinmade, it is wrong for people to rush to accuse the governor of persecuting Adedayo, who according to him, has “severally apologised to the governor in private while continuing with his ill-motivated misinformation in public.”

“The governor believes that taking Adedayo before the court will deepen our democracy and entrench the rule of law.

“Unlike some other people in Governor Abiodun’s shoes who would readily recourse to sending thugs after and unleashing other forms of violence on those who accused them rightly or wrongly, our governor decided to seek redress in court. I think he should be commended by all and sundry for this. What he is doing is giving Adedayo a chance to prove his allegations,” Akinmade said.

On the allegation by the impeached chairman that the governor is behind his removal, Akinmade said Adedayo was already facing removal from office before he raised the false alarms against the governor. “He has already been accused of several impeachable offences before he wrote the letter alleging that the governor diverted council funds. He had already reached out to the governor and other leaders of the party to help him stave off his removal. It was when he realized he may not survive the impeachment move that he connived with some other unscrupulous politicians in the party to malign the governor and discredit the APC in Ogun State,” Akinmade said.

The media chief added that claims by Adedayo that he got zero allocation since he became chairman of his local government were proved wrong by the Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC) in the state when the House of Assembly looked into his petition. He recalled that other council chairmen in the state also debunked the allegation and even brought Adedayo with them to apologize to the governor for the wrong allegations.

“But in spite of all these, he didn’t stop his scripted plot to tarnish the image of the governor. Hence, Governor Abiodun approached the court for redress,” he added.

Speaking further, Akinmade recalled that the impeached council boss has been in office for more than two years before making his frivolous and unfounded allegations. “One then wonders why he is raising this alarm now. He claimed zero allocation, but he has been collecting his monthly N3 million security votes regularly. Local government staff in his LGA are not being owed, and primary school teachers there are paid as at when due. We all should be asking him to explain what he meant by zero allocation,” he said.

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BREAKING: Kaduna Guber Tribunal Nullifies Election Of Governor Uba Sani



Kaduna State Governor UBA Sani

The governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Kaduna on Thursday declared the election of Uba Sani of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as inconclusive and thus nullified the exercise.

The tribunal made the declaration while delivering judgement via Zoom in a petition by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Isah Ashiru, challenging the election of Sani in the March 2023, election.

The tribunal ordered that fresh election be conducted in seven wards in four LGAs of the state.

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In Shakeup Of FCT Administration, Wike Sacks Agencies, Parastatals Heads



BREAKING: Wike Dares Ayu To Stop Elections Of Ortom, Others
Federal Capital Territory Minister Nysom Wike

In a decisive shakeup of the administration of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), its Minister Nyesom Wike, has sacked the heads of 21 parastatals, agencies, and government companies.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Director of Press, Office of the Minister, Anthony Ogunleye, in Abuja on Wednesday.

Ogunleye identified the affected heads of the agencies as follows:

1. Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Abuja Investment Company Ltd

2. CEO/Managing Director, Abuja Markets Management Ltd

3. MD/CEO, Abuja Urban Mass Transport Company

4. CEO/MD, Abuja Property Development Company

5. CEO/MD, Abuja Technology Village Free Trade Zone Company

6. CEO/MD, Abuja Film Village International

7. CEO/MD, Powernoth AICL Equipment Leasing Company Ltd

8. MD, Abuja Broadcasting Corporation

9. MD, Abuja Enterprise Agency

10. General Manager, FCT Water Board

11. Director-General, FCT Emergency Management Agency

12. Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Healthcare Board

13. DG, Hospital Management Board

14. Director, Abuja Environmental Protection Board

15. Director, FCT Scholarship Board

16. Director, FCT Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board

17. Director, Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board

18. Coordinator, Abuja Infrastructure Investment Center

19. Director, FCT Health Insurance Scheme

20. Coordinator, Satellite Towns Development Department

21. Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council

The director of the press said that the affected appointees should hand over the affairs of their offices to the most senior officers in rank.

He added that appointments in the offices would be made in due course.

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