Man Kills Girlfriend, Dumps Corpse By Roadside

A 19-year-old boy identified as Junior Omo Shaba has killed his lover and left her corpse by a roadside.

The incident happened at No. 2, Akugbe Street, Off Siluko road, Ogida, Egor local government area.

It was learnt the deceased, Matilda Odiri, who is 18 years old was stabbed to death inside her boyfriend’s room during an argument.

The deceased was said to have gone to her boyfriend’s house to spend the night when she was stabbed with a knife on her right upper breast.

Witnesses said the victim was stabbed at about 11pm after she accused her boyfriend of having affairs with other girls

The boyfriend reportedly dumped her body by the road side after killing her to cover his deeds.

He was said to have fled when his father called in the police.

Police sources said the suspect is currently in custody at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).

The police source said the suspect confessed that he murdered his lover and dumped her body on the street to cover his evil deed after an argument ensued between them at night.

Shaba told the police that he killed his girlfriend with a knife which she used to peel some oranges they took that night.

Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, said it was a case of murder and the suspect would soon be arraigned in court.

“APC Differences Expected, Party Still Evolving”

The Deputy Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has stated that the ruling party (APC) is still evolving and there will always be differences.

He stated this on Friday on a live national television programme monitored in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

Peterside, who is also the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), maintained that the APC-led Federal Government had done well in the past three years.

He noted that what a lot of people had been seeing as internal combustion within the APC was part of its evolving process, where people with different tendencies would always struggle to realise their political ambitions, with all the issues being resolved internally.

The NIMASA chief said: “APC as a party is still evolving. There will always be differences and there is no time when all the issues can be resolved, but we are doing and have done well.”

Peterside, who was the 2015 governorship candidate of the APC in Rivers state, also admitted that some national leaders of the party might have some concerns, but the relevant hierarchies of the party were addressing all the issues.

On the issue of farmers/herdsmen clash, he said the Federal Government was genuinely concerned about the security of lives and property, hence identifying the problem and seriously working out measures to arrest the ugly situation.

The APC chieftain noted that since security breaches varied from one locality to another, the Federal Government decided to take multidimensional approach to identify and resolve the root cause of each challenge.

He said: “The Federal Government is concerned about insecurity in Nigeria. The government has identified the problem and it is being tackled. The government is not living in self-denial and that is very important. It did not start today and the government is looking at multidimensional approach to resolving it.”

On whether the service chiefs should not have been sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari, the NIMASA chief stated that without first identifying the root causes of the various security challenges, sacking them might not solve any problem.

Peterside stressed that information at the disposal of the President would determine the kind of strategy to use and whether the service chiefs should be removed from office, pointing out that taking rash decisions because of opposition was not the best of response.

Buhari: Why I’m Seeking Re-Election

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said he decided to announce his desire to seek re-election early enough in April in order to cool tempers.

Buhari said this while receiving members of the Buhari Support Group Centre at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He thanked members of the group for consistently standing by him over the years “without getting anything.”

He said, “I had to announce before the National Executive Committee about my intention to ask for the party’s nomination for next year’s election, so that we can save a lot of time and cool tempers.

“A lot of people are trying to make it a habit of being a nuisance to themselves and to Nigerians.

“So, when I announced my intention, ‘I said okay, let those who are serious come out;’ and I try to make sure that the party is re-organised and consolidated.

“This is so that we start from bottom to top, so that Nigerians will be involved and that each constituency will pick those they want to represent them at various levels, whether local government chairmen, counselors, state houses of assemblies, House of Representatives, Senate and finally, the Presidency.

“With this participation, some of the people who are educated and sophisticated, they say for those who have got the money, bring the money but we will still do what we want to do.”

Buhari said having contested presidential election for a record of four times before winning, he was familiar with happenings in different constituencies.

He reiterated that his failure in the previous three attempts was a result of people sitting down somewhere and writing election results and asking those aggrieved to go to court.

He wondered how a politician who is still looking for the next meal will he get money to pay lawyers.

Lauding the introduction of technology which he said assisted in his victory at the last election, call on the group to encourage Nigerians to collect their Permanent Voters Cards.

The President added, “Thank God that technology has come in. With PVCs, with Card Reader, wherever you register it will show whether you voted or not. That is why voters education is very important.

“Tell people that the PVC is their nationality and they are entitled to it. They can use across party, religion, ethnicity.

“So, let them take pride in their PVC, let them keep it and use it. This is an additional assignment for your group.

“I have been talking to the governors, urging them to carry out voters education. It may not favour them, but people will eventually understand whether they tell the truth or not, people will do what they feel right.”

Earlier, the Chairman of the BSGC, Umaru Dembo, said members of the group view Buhari as a leader who has sacrificed his entire life for the well being of the common man in Nigeria.

Dembo said they were in the Presidential Villa to assure the President that they have been working hard to explain the new life that his government has ushered in for the good of Nigerians.

“All of us and various groups attached to us will convey in various forms the successes of your government in the last three years.

“Boko Haram has been disbanded, Single Treasury Account implemented, farming to feed the nation in progress, petrol available, second Niger bridge in progress, roads, railways, Ajaokuta reclaimed, Mambilla hydroelectric power and dam being built, dredging the Niger, new prisons and so many other developmental programmes and activities changing the face of Nigeria,” he said.

He assured Buhari of their commitment to his re-election in 2019.

Northern Leaders Criticizing Buhari Are Shedding “Crocodile Tears” – Presidency

The Presidency on Friday came down hard on some leaders who recently faulted the way President Muhamamdu Buhari is handling the nation’s security challenges, describing them as selfish leaders.

Leaders of some socio-cultural organisations led by the Northern Elders Forum, had issued a communique accusing Buhari’s administration of incompetence in handling the security situation in the country.

But the Presidency, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said it considered the communique “as the shedding of crocodile tears by selfish leaders.”

Shehu claimed that the leaders felt alienated after a transparent and accountable system “halted their disproportionate survival on resources of the state.”

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to ignore what he described as the unholy alliance by the groups.

He said the groups were only stepping up their assault on the All Progressives Congress administration as it expands its national dominance and moves closer to securing an outright victory in the elections next year.

He said, “The Presidency notes with dismay that the refrain about President Buhari not doing anything about security in the country had turned into the number one fake news item being peddled in the media.

“The Presidency refers all the purveyors of falsehood to a State House press release published a few days ago and signed by the Special Adviser to President, Femi Adesina, which clearly outlined the government’s major achievements and initiatives in tackling security challenges from January to July, 2018.

“The press release which was titled: ‘Combating Insecurity in the Country: Lest We Forget – Presidency’ listed out ongoing security operations: (1) Nigerian Army’s Exercise Ayem Akpatuma covering Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger States launched in February to tackle cases of kidnappings, herdsmen/farmers’ clashes, among others; (2) Nigerian Air Force establishment of three new Quick Response Wings (QRW) in Taraba, Nasarawa and Benue States respectively, and deployment of Special Forces personnel.

“The press release also noted President Buhari’s approval for the establishment of a new Battalion of the Nigerian Army, as well as a new Police Area Command, in Birnin Gwari Local Council in Kaduna State, as part of measures to scale up security in response to the banditry affecting the area.

“We advise Nigerians to read Adesina’s statement if they haven’t yet, or re-read it for better understanding of the efforts to ensure peace in the country.

“It is sad and misleading for anyone to say that President Buhari had not responded to the security challenges in the country.

“No one can honestly say that President Buhari is doing nothing about security. It’s just a fake news item being peddled by selfish politicians with vested interests in keeping Nigerians incensed, and it risks being entrenched as reality if we don’t educate ourselves with the truth.”

Monarchs Laud Aregbesola’s Impact In Rural Communities

  • Honour Him As Champion Of Rural Development

Royal fathers have lauded the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola for the rapid development the government has brought to the nooks and crannies of Osun especially in the rural areas of the state.

The monarchs, under the aegis of Network of Kings from Osun Country Side made up of royal fathers from rural communities gave commendation on Sunday during the presentation of an award tagged: “Champion of Rural Development” to the governor at the government house, Osogbo.

Led by their chairman, the Owalaja of Kajola Ajaba, Oba Taiwo Adeniyi Ayeni, the morachs explained that they decided to honour the governor with the award because of the unprecedented development he has brought to the state.

The monarch, who described Aregbesola as God sent to the state at the right time, explained that the governor has written his name in gold in the state, as his achievements would be difficult to surpass in the nearest future.

He noted that Aregbesola in just eight years has taken Osun on a journey that would ordinarily have taken the state about 30 years to cover, stressing that the development of Osun has been fast tracked by the visionary leadership style of the present governor.

Oba Ayeni who lamented the paucity of funds which hindered some of the positive visions of the governor, explained that there is no aspect of human life that has not been touched by the administration despite the lean resources of the state.

 

Osun Gov. Proffers Solution To Farmers/Herdsmen Crisis

  • World Bank Partners Osun On Livestock Yield

Governor Rauf Aregbesola has said that the improvement of the nation’s cattle and other livestock breed is the major solution to the herdsmen/farmers crisis the nation is facing.

This was made known on Monday during a partnership visit of the World Bank Livestock Productivity and Resilience Team to the governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola at the government house in Osogbo to seal the World Bank collaboration with the state through the state Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to improve livestock production in the state.

The governor stated that when the breed of the local cattle is improved upon and they become as healthy and robust as they ought to be, it would be difficult for nomads to move or roam around with them and the crisis between farmers and herdsmen will stop naturally.

The governor added that the goal for every government in the country should be to raise cattle and other livestock animals in such a way that will make it completely impossible for them to be moved around.

He noted that when this is done, it will not only put an end to the farmers and herdsmen crisis, but also improve the economic value of the animals, noting that a lot of yield is being lost as a result of moving them around.

According to him, “the objective for us as a government has always been to raise our local stock in such a way that it will make it difficult to move them around thereby improving their yield and at the same time eliminate the social crisis between the farmers and herdsmen.

Speaking on the partnership between the state and the World Bank on the improvement of livestock breed in the Osun, Aregbesola stated that his administration will fully support the move, promising that the state will ensure prompt payment of its counterpart fund as and when due.

Aregbesola who explained that there is no aspect of agriculture which the present administration has not touched, stressed that his government will continue to support agriculture because it is one of the major ways out of poverty, as it will make make people to understand the value of work and money.

The World Bank Team, led by Mr Samuel Taffese had earlier gone round the state visiting locations where the state government uses for animal husbandry in a bid to access the readiness of the state for the collaboration.

Delivering an address, Taffese who was represented by the Senior Social Development Analyst of the bank, Professor Olukayode Taiwo stated that having gone round the state, they are rest assured that the Osun is fully ready for the project.

He said, of all the states visited so far, Osun is the only state that has shown the enthusiasm for the project, saying that the state already has an efficient team that will deliver on the needs of the World Bank concerning the project, as he noted that the personal interest of the governor for the project is motivating.

The World Bank team leader commended the Osun governor for the efforts made in the past to improve cattle and other livestock yield in the state, noting that it is a pointer to the fact that the bank has a good partner in the state.

He said: “Osun government is doing a fantastic job in the area of agriculture, with what we have seen on ground in the last 24 hours of our stay, we are so comfortable that we have come to the right place.

“It is obvious that we are on the same page with the Osun government, it is clear that the present administration in the state has taken steps to also improve the yield of livestock in the state and we are so encouraged by this because that’s what we intend to do.

“We sincerely appreciate the interest of the governor in this project, the team for this project on the part of the Osun government is fantastic and we can’t wait to start working with them.

“What we saw that is already being done at the Leventis center in Ilesa is fantastic and amazing, with that, we know that our job here in Osun is going to be easy and interesting because a foundation has been laid and the Osun team already has an idea of what we are bringing. Kudos must be given to the governor for the vision.

Among other eligibility conditions the state government must meet up with in the collaboration with the World Bank to improve livestock yield in Osun is the payment of N20million yearly counterpart fund for six years.

 

Breaking: Gov Yari Arrives Osun To Monitor APC Primary

Governor Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari of Zamfara State who is the Chairman of the APC Governorship Primary Election in the State of Osun is presently in the state to monitor the on-going Primaries across the State.

He is accompanied on the tour by Governor Rauf Aregbesola and top government functionaries.

 

Photos Credit: Dolapo Julius

Aregbesola Receives Outstanding Awards On Governance, Policies

Governor Rauf Aregbesola has been awarded as the Best Performing Governor in Nigeria’s Southern region.

The award is from Nigeria’s foremost Business Oriented Newspaper, Business Day.

Aregbesola also received an Award on the Best Social Investment and Social Protection.

According to the organizers, the awards are in recognition of the new grounds the administration has broken in the State of Osun that has sent an enduring legacy that will span 50 years.

In the last seven and half years, the Aregbesola administration has invested heavily in Social Security, Rural and Urban Development with Quality Infrastructural Development Projects and a vibrant Education Sector tailored to make a New Man that will change things in the fast changing world.

“From 2010 till date, over 1,000 km of Urban Road construction projects in Osun created over 5,000 direct jobs and over 12 ,000 indirect jobs for the local welders, plumbers, bricklayers, food vendors, iron steel suppliers as over 500 new areas across the 30 local Government Areas opened up for development.”

“While in the rural areas, over 500km of roads as government ensured that no community, village, settlement or town in the state is not connected to its nearest cities. Aside the rural roads, state-of-the-art standard roads with 9 big bridges; a feat unprecedented in the annals of the state have also been put in place by the Ogbeni Aregbesola administration.”

On Social Security, The paper notes that “programmes like Agba Osun, O’MEAL, O’YES and other laudable milestones have put the state on a prosperity pedestal. When Aregbesola assumed office in 2010, the unemployment and poverty of the state dropped from 17.2% to 5.30% in 2017. The National Bureau of Statistics confirmed the development with its report of Osun as being the 2nd least poverty ridden state in the country. The financial derivates company even confirmed this in their report.”

“The Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration through his social investments and social protection programmes has empowered at least 150,000 youths with different skill acquisition and vocational trainings in the state. Many of these youths have now established their businesses after the training and have also engaged extra hands in the management of their ventures.

“The other initiatives of the Ogbeni Rauf Aregesola’s administration have resulted in the creation of sustainable employment opportunities and enduring capacity development for the teeming population of youths in Osun. It has equally improved livelihoods for the beneficiaries who were supported to grow their businesses and incomes and have therefore created about 200,000 direct and indirect jobs for the teeming population of youth in Osun.”

Business Day Newspaper in its judgement commended Governor Aregbesola who it adjudged has created a long lasting legacy that is enduring for the development of the State of the Virtuous through his six-point integral action plan.

UPDATE: Voting Concluded, Massive Turnout As Osun APC Holds Governorship Primary

There is a large turnout of members of the All Progressives Congress APC in the State of Osun to their respective wards for the ongoing governorship primaries.

Today is the D-Day where Members of the All Progressives Congress in the State of Osun are electing who becomes the candidate of the party in the September 22 governorship election.

The process of the primary is Direct and with Option A4. Direct primaries allow all party members in the process to elect the party’s flag bearer for the election.

This is also the first time Option A4 is going on in the political process in Osun; the first of its kind in the history of Primary Elections in Nigeria.

Guidelines and Code of Conduct for today’s Primaries were communicated to the respective aspirants at a stakeholders meeting held at the party’s secretariat in Osogbo, the state capital, yesterday.

Reports from Field indicates that there is a massive turnout of party members who line up behind the poster of respective aspirants to decide those they are supporting in the election.

From Osogbo to Ejigbo, Ila, Boluwaduro, Boripe and other local government areas of the state, party members including a foremost aspirant, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola were seen casting their votes.

Ward 2, Ejigbo Local Government

Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola in his Ward in Iragbiji

Oyetola Acknowledges Cheers From Party Faithfuls in Iragbiji

  • In Ejigbo Local Government, Party Members were seen with party and Voter Cards as the means of identification to participate in the process.

  • This is the situation of things in Ward 1, Boluwaduro Local Government
Ward 1, Boluwaduro
  •  Voting Begins In Ile Ife, Massive Crowd For Ilerioluwa
    By Sodiq Lawal
    Members of the ruling All Progressive Congress in Ile Ife have begun voting  for the conduct of the governorship primary election of the party holding on Friday (today).
    The party is using the direct primary method whereby all party members with the party membership card would vote in all the wards to elect the candidate of the party.
    Members of the party have trooped out as early as 8am to most electoral wards at Post office in Ile Ife and commenced voting at exactly 1:57pm.
    It was learnt by our correspondent  that there is a massive turnout of party members who line up behind the poster of respective aspirants to decide those they are supporting in the election.
    However, our correspondent noticed a large turnout of voting for a foremost aspirant, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola popularly called IleriOluwa as most members chant series of solidarity songs for him.

 

  • Voting according to many sources as at 3.30 pm have ended in most wards across the State of Osun while the entire state await the results of the process.

Result Sheets are now trickling in:

 

 

 

Follow @OsunDefender and #OsunDirectPrimaries for Updates.

 

Osun Health Insurance Scheme Passes Second Reading

By Israel Afolabi

The State of Osun House of Assembly has said, it would ensure the speedy passage of the State Health Insurance Scheme Bill 2017, as the bill passed the second reading before the parliament.

Speaker of the Assembly, Dr. Najeem Salaam stated this through the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Adegboye Akintunde while speaking at the plenary when the bill was further considered at the Assembly Complex, Osogbo.

The bill which had been read for the first time was further considered as it was extensively debated on the floor of the House.

Presenting the policy thrust of the bill, the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Dejo Osuolale described the scheme as the best to happen in Osun particularly in the health sector.

The lawmaker who enumerates the benefits accruable to people from the scheme, urged the parliament to expedite action on its consideration with a view to passing it into law.

He made it known that with the passage of this bill, it would help health service to go round the citizen of the state.

However, the chairman House Committee on Health, Hon. Leke Ogunsola provided more information on the basic issues involved and the merits derivable from the scheme.

According to him, “the scheme is in line with the health policy of the State Government with desire for provision of health care delivery to all”.

He maintained that the scheme would not only provide more money for health care delivery, but would ensure even distribution of health services across the state.

He added that the bill is very crucial and has social economic goals if passed into law, while stressing that it will reduce health burden of the citizen.

Meanwhile, reacting to the presentations of the lawmakers, Adegboye stated that the Assembly would always align itself with legislation that would serve the interest of the people.

He directed that the bill, be committed to the joint house committee on health and judiciary to work further on it and report back in the next one week.

Earlier, in their separate remarks, the cross section of lawmakers have corroborated the views expressed by the Deputy Leader and the Chairman House Committee on health with respect to the benefits of the scheme.

They however concurred on the need for speedy passage of the bill as they enjoined the relevant joint committees to expedite action on it.

In another development, the House directed authorities of Local Government, Local Council Development Areas, Council Areas and Administrative Offices to furnish it with their statement of Account since inauguration to date.

The documents according to the directive should not be later than Tuesday 17th of July 2018. The same goes for Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government who are also requested to submit their midyear budget performance report to the House soonest.

 

Osun Exco Urges Peaceful Conduct As Osun APC Guber Candidate Emerge

The State Government of Osun has urged all aspirants participating in today’s Governorship Primary Elections of the All Progressives Congress APC to be dutiful and eschew violence during the process.

This is contained in a statement at the end of the State Executive Council issued by Aregbesola’s Media Adviser, Sola Fasure.

See the full information below:

AT THE END OF THE MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF THE STATE OF OSUN, HELD AT THE BANQUET HALL OF THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE, OSOGBO, ON JULY 18, 2018, THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC

  1. Council deliberated upon and approved a memorandum that requested the sum of N300 million be paid to Messrs Tecno-Katagum Construction Company Limited for the Completion of Osogbo City Stadium.

2. Council admonished its members and other All Progressives Congress (APC) party stalwarts contesting Friday’s primary election into the Office of the Governor to eschew politics of bitterness, blackmail, slander and character assassination but worked hard to sell their candidature to the voters.

Council required them to display the highest ideals of democracy and provide true democratic leadership for the people.

Council encouraged them to refrain from any action or utterances that will drag the government, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its leaders (in the state and nationally) in the mud.

Council urged them to abstain from actions and statements capable of pulling down the house we have all laboured hard to build in eight years of meritorious service to the people.

Council enjoined them to put the people first before their personal ambition and never forget that it is God almighty that enthrones and dethrones as He wills.

Council wished them good luck in their endeavour.

Signed 

Sola Fasure