Court Remands Man In Prison For Stealing

A 20-year-old Akinyemi Abiodun has been remanded in Ilesa prison custody on Monday over alleged stealing.

The accused person was arraigned before the magistrate court on four-count charge bothering on burglary and stealing.

Police Prosecutor, Inspector Adewuyi Kehinde told the court that the accused committed the offence on May 20, 2018 at zone C Kobongbogboe area Osogbo.

Inspector Kehinde said the accused broke into the building of one Akinola Abiodun to steal valuable properties which include one Attas pumping machine valued N35,000, one korope block engine valued N18,000, a Nokia phone valued N16,000, one big pot valued N5,500 and cash sum of N5000.

She futher said the defendant committed the offence which contravene section 413 and punishable under section 390(9) of the Criminal Code Cap 34 vol. II laws of Osun State of Nigeria.

The accused pleaded not guilty to two counts out of four count charge against him.

The Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. Mary Awodele ordered that the suspect be remanded in prison custody till the next adjourned date slated for June 4, 2018 for hearing.



Man Bags Six Months Imprisonment Over Housebreaking

By Mariam Bello

An Osogbo Magistrate Court in Osun State has sentenced a 30 year-old man, Oladejo Wasiu to six months imprisonment for house breaking and stealing. 

Wasiu was arraigned on April, 2 2018 together with Faleye Azeez, 26 and Salihu Jelili 35 on a four-count charge.

The convict pleaded not guilty on the first day of arraignment and was admitted into bail but latter remanded in Ilesha prison custody when he could not perfect his bail conditions while the duo that was docked together with him perfected their bail conditions.

When the case was called for hearing, the Prosecutor, Inspector Olayiwola Rasaq told the court that the convict and others at large conspired to commit felony to wit house breaking and stealing on March 14, 2018 at Alabameta area in Osogbo.

He explained that the convict and others at large entered into the dwelling house of one Alhaja Alimot Olore and carted away her property and some cash.

According to the prosecutor, some of the property stolen by Wasiu are listed as follows. 21 bundles of Ankara clothe,  5 bundles of Guinea brocad clothes, 16 bundles of lace materials,  7 pieces of baby wear, 3 pieces of baby sawl, pack of baby handkerchief, one LG DVD, Jewelries among others.

The prosecutor tendered all the property and the statement of the accused as exhibit before the court.

The motorcycle of the convict was also tendered as exhibit.

The convict, an indigene of Ikirun having no legal representation admitted to the crime and begged for pardon.

He also told the court that the two accused (Azeez and Jelili) that were docked together with him  had no hands in the crime, adding that Azeez was his herbalist who did some protection charms for him free of charge, adding that  they were friends and  did not know the defendant was a thieve.

Magistrate O A Oloyade thereby discharged and acquitted Faleye Azeez and Salihu Jelili that were arraigned with the accused person, saying the duo were innocent and warned them to desist from bad company.

She then convicted Wasiu on the four count charges and sentenced him to Six months imprisonment with option of N5,000 fine on the ground that the convict had been in prison custody since the day of his arraignment.

She also ordered that the property recovered from the convict be returned back to the owner and that the motorcycle belonging to him be returned back to him after serving his jail terms.


Aregbesola At 61: Working Like A Hurricane

Banji Ojewale

American journalist and scholar Arthur Doak Barnett has recorded the unforgettable experience of a foreigner who went to Communist China in the 60s at the time the great Mao Tse Tung was establishing the foundation of what has become a superpower threatening to dethrone the United States of America as the world’s leading economy. Barnett, who could hardly be described as a friend of China’s ideological inclination, said the man, after his tour, went to Hong Kong and declared ‘with awe in his voice ‘: ‘’I never thought that human beings and society could be reconstructed so easily.’’

The impressed American journalist then added his own comments: “The plastic surgery that the Communists had been performing on Chinese society for over a decade had been painful indeed for millions of Chinese… The Chinese …have dramatically demonstrated that an effective…regime can achieve extensive social change at a breakneck pace.’’

Seven years ago when I went to shoot an independent documentary film on the first anniversary of the Rauf Aregbesola administration, I also concluded from what I saw that a template was in place in Osun for the delivery of the society of the future. What Aregbesola was seen doing then appeared chaotic, misty and cryptic.

As our film crew traversed the state, we were confronted with huge earth-moving machines that roared ceaselessly every time of our visit during the shoot. Overnight, as it were, the whole of Osun became a construction site. There were fetuses of mega schools that foretold learning centres kitted with state-of-the-art teaching techniques. Dilapidated structures that posed as government owned hospitals were pulled down to make way for those that would guarantee the balanced health of the society Aregbesola was creating. He widened and modernized the provincial roads he inherited, both in Osogbo the capital and in the hinterland.

Governor Aregbesola gave the land and its people no rest as he unveiled a 6-point integral blueprint to: banish poverty, banish hunger, banish unemployment (create work/wealth), restore healthy living, promote functional education and enhance communal peace and progress. He turned everywhere to realize this dream that he idolized. Then, he produced his Green Book with the title, My Pact with the People of Osun State. He said in the book: ‘’What I offer you…can be termed Government Unusual-A Government totally committed to unlocking the latent potential (of the people) since the glorious days of Chief Obafemi Awolowo.’’

Part of this ‘unusual’ governance was the delivery of the unlimited benefits of ICT right into the homes of rustic teens. He gave them what he called Opon Imo, customized iPads that had the whole gamut of the secondary school curriculum. This was a radical departure from the pedestrian stone age education we dished out to our youngsters. Along with this came the Omeals scheme that offered free nutritious food to thousands of the children of the poor. The initiative has since been adopted by the federal government and some states as a strategy to boost school attendance and reduce illiteracy in our society.

Still more: at one fell swoop, the governor employed 20,000 youths under its groundbreaking OYES programme to fulfil one of his cardinal goals. Again, it was the first time we had a governor doing that.

One would be wrong to conclude that only those in government benefited from Aregbesola’s reforms. He has pursued a comprehensive policy in areas where he could capture the entire state. For instance, he cleared 1765 hectares of land to support farmers and committed N4b to assist them. He then moved to increase the public water supply so the farmers would not suffer the ill-effects of the vagaries of the elements common to the Nigerian condition.

Crowning all these is Aregbesola’s clamour that the philosophy of Omoluabi (pursuit of a good name, integrity, spotless conduct etc) must guide the lifestyle of the citizens of Osun. This is what distinguishes decent men and women from barbarians. In other words, real development in society occurs when you reform the citizen, when you invest in the people.

As it happened in China in the days of Mao, there have been pains in the lives of the citizens of Osun with the hurricane speed of the governor. Despite a big jump in IGR from N300m to N1bn, there is a debt portfolio; government workers and pensioners are owed months of salaries with the authorities forced to resort to modulated payment.

The governor’s critics have charged him with over borrowing, warning that he is preparing a loan burden for the future. But the point is that development and debt are inseparable.

When the illustrious Awolowo was erecting those great structures in the 50s and 60s that we are all celebrating today, some shortsighted people attempted to instigate the society against his government which they accused of securing heavy loans for wasteful spending. We all know what happened: the masses mobilized in peaceful protests and sang: Leave Awolowo alone to use our resources for development. He is working for our future. We are not complaining.

At 61 and with only a few months to leave the scene, Aregbesola should believe in the creed that the real leader and statesman is the one who builds largely for the future from the proceeds of today. We need to radicalize governance along that thinking.

— Ojewale writes from Lagos

Obokun East LCDA Chair Lays Foundation For Staff Quarters Foundation

In its bid to improve the health standard of the people of Obokun East Local Council Development Area, the council chairman, Hon. Olalekan Omole has laid the foundation for staff quarters for Primary Health staffers at Ilare-Ijesha.

Laying the foundation, the Chairman called for further support and cooperation of workers in the LCDA, adding that the achievements recorded within the short period of his administration was made possible with God and cooperation of the people of the council Area.

While speaking, the speaker of the parliament, Hon. Oyewole Oyebamiji and his deputy, Hon. Ajiboye Hazzan eulogised the charismatic quality of the Chairman, and praised him for the approval of the grading of roads which cut across the council area and his efforts at bringing sound health care to the grassroot.

The Chairman reiterated his commitment to improve the welfare of workers and the electorate saying to whom much is given, much is expected.

Meanwhile, the administration also provided furniture for members of the parliament in other to make their office more conducive and comfortable for them.

The Council Manager, Mr.Wasiu Ayoola saluted the political will of the council boss and pledged the continuous support of workers to the administration.

Present at the event were members of the parliament, Hon. Kolawole Joshua Vice Chairman; Hon.Oyebamiji Oyewole, Leader of the parliament; Hon. Ajiboye Hazzan, deputy leader and Hon. Kolawole Olaluwe, member of the parliament

Others are, the Head of Administration, Mr Musa Subair; Head of Information and Social Development, Mr Jimoh Aliu Abiola and the Information Officer, Mrs Adebanke Lawal.


Iwo West LCDA Empowers 200 Residents

The adage that says “It is good to train a man to fish rather than giving him fish” has been put to reality by Iwo West Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in conjunction with the United Nations Development Program and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) by organizing a 2- day empowerment programme for 250 selected residents of the council.

According to a statement by the Head of Social Development, Mr. John Adewuyi at the said programme that was chaired by the Secretary to the State Government of Osun, Alh. Moshood Adeoti, the chairman of Iwo West LCDA, Hon. Ezekiel Adedibu  admonished the participants to be up and doing in their various vocational skills being trained on.

He also promised financial assistance in no distance time to assist them in their various vocations.

He further promised to embark on the second phase of the transformational projects in the LCDA which include grading of earth roads from, DC School, Olosi to Aba Ode; Agberire to Akinola; Agberire to Ogbogbologun; Agbona Junction through Daodu to Loogun; Elemo village through Monkin to Daodu; Daodu through Aperin through Ogunju to Jolu, and Jolu through Lebulebu to NUD School, Foke/Obajoko.

Others are, Elewonta through Idamodu through Mogbindin to Idi araba Junction; Ologunebi through Foke through Oloba Ijuoba to Agoro Agric; Alagbon Junction through Oro village through Monsaba to Anarun; Papa through Idiomo to Arekese; Arekese to Idiomo Junction and Idi-omo Juction through Oloba Tifede through Monjibere to Arekese.

He concluded that the LCDA has a lot to offer the people in terms of transformation that would enhance better living standard for everyone.

The council boss noted that this can be fully attained if everyone can be up and doing in all their civic duties to the government especially, in the payment of taxes and levies.


Odo Otin South LCDA Embarks On Grading Of Roads

A new wind of change and development is blowing in Odo-Otin South Local Council Development Area, Inisa  as the first woman Chairman of the council, Mrs. Bibitayo Folasade Ajala kick-started her administration with massive road rehabilitation, reconstruction of line drainage, retaining walls and collapse culverts’ boxes among others.

According to a statement by the council’s Information Officer, Olumide Felix, other projects are, renovation of public service utilities with area evacuation and digging out of refuse from some blocked culverts and drainages.

The statement said that the road grading and rehabilitation were embarked upon across the existing six wards of the council, such as lyeku, Elesin funfun, Olore palace and Ologungun to Olola, Agbeye to ring road. Also graded are, Ojubo to station, Selina road-Wednesday market road, while in ward 11and 12, we have police road, Egbebi, Gboiki, Alarin-Ekusa and celestial church road.

In Ward13, the roads graded are, Ekonde, Ode, Machor, Agbeye Junction,  Towoju, opened along Agbeye road.

“Aside the grading, most of the roads retaining wall and water ways were reconstructed, while blocked drainage were cleared to prevent flooding during the raining season.

Similarly, as a measure to assist rural farmers, the new administration in Odo-Otin South repaired tractor to boost mechanised farming activities in the area and use same to generate revenue for the council. Also, the old revenue office along Inisa road was renovated and put in use.

As well, the NULGE Bus was repaired for the entire staff, while all the abandoned cars inherited from the main council was repaired and distributed to all HOD and the leader of the house.

According to the statement, the achievement recorded so far by the present administration will go a long way to ameliorate the problem of bad roads for the community, prevent flood and erosion in the community.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Three Hearty Cheers To The People’s Governor At 61


Hip hip hip hurray!!!

Let those who have been privileged by Almighty God to grace another 365 days in their life cycle, in their utmost sonorous voices sing thanks and praises to the most high. It is highly important to warmly felicitate with the people’s governor, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, the planner, the engineer of good tidings, the new era crusader in the state of Osun as he clocks 61.

The one who the cap fits has had it on for almost 8 years in the state of Osun and has done tremendously well. This is evidenced in the conspicuous developments carried out and seen in the nooks and crannies of the state by the governor and his intelligent cabinet members.

Osun people cannot be grateful enough for the fast-tracked growths and developments shouldered by the compassionate governor of the state within his two terms in office, which is by far greater than the remaining administrative years used by other administrators.

Accolades and deserving encomiums from the private and public sectors, from local, national and international realms is showered on the Ijesha-born politician cum administrator, born on the 25th of May, one who prioritised human welfarism and social safety nets programmes to ease the standard of living of residents in the state.

A popular English maxim says, “People do not value what they have until they lose it”. Osun people both at home and in diaspora have unfailingly reckoned with this wise saying, thus, have all uniformly resolved to appreciate our very own governor as he clocks 61 solid, sound and successful years on earth. We wish him many happy returns and pray him many more prosperous years ahead in good health and wealth.

Notably, as the governor celebrates his 61st birthday, he should endeavour to make the right provision for the ‘right’ successor who would steer the affairs of the state ‘rightly’ as the sea is, as the election draws nearer.

Hip hip hip hurray!!!

Zakat Foundation Empowers Less Privileged With N6.5m In Osun

Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, an Islamic charitable organisation has distributed proceeds of Zakat worth N6.5 million in form of cash and materials to 229 beneficiaries in the State of Osun.

Materials distributed recently at the Multipurpose Hall of the Western Sun International Hotel, Ede, included sewing machines, deep freezers, generators, clippers among others.

The foundation also made cash donations to the aged who were selected from Ede, Osogbo and their suburbs.

Speaking at the programme, the Director of the Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, Alhaji Sulaiman Olagunju said the resources were sourced from Zakat (poor dues) collected from few rich Muslims in the state.

He noted that the purpose of Zakat in Islam is to eradicate poverty among the poor members of the society, asserting that many have so far benefited from the programme.

“170 elders both male and female from Osogbo and Ede axis received varying amount, just as the youths also benefited from the empowerment exercise across the state.

“Zakat is a directive from Allah to assist the poor and the needy in order to establish a balanced society. When the rich show love to the poor by giving the poor-due from their wealth, the rich will feel secure and the poor will have rest of mind. They will eschew envy and reciprocate the good gesture by showing love to the rich in return. This is a veritable means of setting up a just, peaceful and egalitarian society that ensures equity and fairness.”

Olagunju explained that early response of the Zakat payers helped the foundation to distribute the materials early of Ramadan, stating that any Muslim who has N1,183,030 or farm that worth the amount is under obligation to pay Zakat.

“Zakat is the 4th pillar of Islam which is a compulsory due that every wealthy Muslim must pay as soon as his or her money reaches Nisab (measure). It’s been observed that many wealthy Muslims wrongly equate and misunderstood Sadaqat (voluntary donation or charity) for Zakat but these are two distinct institutions in Islam

“Zakat is meant for the poor and the needy. When collected from the wealthy Muslims, it must be centrally administered to get to the expected beneficiaries in the society”

The Osun State Administrative Officer, Mallam Moshood Olaoye said the Zakat distribution was part of a-week-long humanitarian programmes which had earlier featured an Iftar (breaking of fast) for the Ilesa Prison Inmates on Thursday.

“the event will be followed by presentation of valuable materials to FOMWAN Orphanage Home in Osogbo, before another Iftar which will be conducted for the Ile-Ife Prison inmates.”

Olaoye therefore called on well-meaning Nigerians to donate generously to the Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation especially in this month of Ramadan to enhance its capacity to further alleviate poverty, empower the masses and bring succour to the poor.


Insecurity: Osogbo Catholic Members Protest Incessant Killings

By Solomon Odeniyi

Members of the Catholic Diocese of Osogbo on Tuesday in their large numbers took to the streets to join their counterparts across the country to hold a walk as a mark of protest against the various killings in the nation.

The walk which began at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, Jaleyemi Area of the state capital ended at the Osun State House of Assembly.

The walk, according to the Vicar General of the Osogbo Diocese, Reverend Father Thaddeus Ajayi was for the authorities of the Catholic Church in Nigeria to register their collective anguish on the incessant killings in Nigeria and condemn the needless lost of human lives in all parts of the country.

The Reverend Father who alluded to the murder of two Catholic priests, Rev. Father Joseph Gor and Fr. Felix Tyolaha as well as 17 other catholic faithful who were murdered in Benue said, the value of human lives are no longer being respected.

He said: “Human life is sacred and no one has the right to take another person’s life under any pretence, be it Muslim, Christians, Northerners or Southerners.  We assert that a human life is more precious than a million cows and more valuable than all the wealth in the world.  It is an abomination to see human lives being wasted everyday without adequate steps taken to prevent the occurrences or to significantly deter the killers.’’

He frowned at how the federal government has been watching the security agencies turning a blind eye to the cries and wails of helpless citizens who are victims of insecurity.

He demanded that federal government must wake up to its constitutional responsibility of protecting human lives and properties, adding, “they should not wait until the killers of innocent Nigerians are tired of killing.

Lauding the government of Osun for the proactive steps being taking to keep the state relatively safe and peaceful, he enjoined other states and the federal government to emulate the good gesture.

Addressing the protesters, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Najeem Salaam appreciated them in the manner at which they conducted themselves, adding that the house as a matter of urgency will deliberate on the issue, come up with a resolution, as well as intimate the governor of the state about their plight for onward transmission to the government at the centre.

NMA Accuses Health Workers Of Shutting Health Facilities

The Nigerian Medical Association has berated the Joint Health Sector Unions for shutting health facilities and seizing medical equipment in order to prevent doctors from attending to patients.

The NMA in a statement by its President, Dr. Francis Faduyile, called on JOHESU to stop acting like thugs even as it advised the Federal Government not to meet the union’s unrealistic demands.

It called on Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors in government owned health facilities to ensure that doctors were given full protection from the desperate health workers.

The statement read in part, “The striking allied health workers have resorted to undue brigandage and desperate antics in an attempt to prevent our members from offering healthcare services to Nigerians.

“They now lock up clinical service points and equipment thereby making it difficult for our members to operate smoothly within the
hospital environment, and other disruptive acts including thuggery.

We call on the CMDs/MDs of government owned health facilities to provide adequate security for Doctors and contract staff who are currently offering services within the hospitals.

“The lies being peddled by JOHESU regarding our members’ emoluments is an attempt to hoodwink the public against Nigerian doctors.”

The NMA praised the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, for directing heads of government hospitals to ensure service delivery during this trying period.

It, however, described as unfortunate demands by JOHESU for the minister’s sacking.

The doctors also lambasted the union for accusing the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr.Chris Ngige, of incompetence.

It added, “We observe with dismay the maligning of the ministers of health and that of labour by JOHESU, calling them all sorts of uncomplimentary names, and the call by JOHESU for the removal of the minister of health.

“This act of rascality, disregard for these two offices and the call for the removal of the minister of health, have finally exposed their motive for disrupting the progress recorded in the ministry of health in the last three years of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.

“One wonders if the salary of JOHESU members is all that the health ministry is about. We, therefore, call on the Federal Government and its representatives including the minister of health and that of labour not to be distracted but continue to stand with the truth and international best practices in ensuring the improvement of the Health indices of Nigerians.”

Faceoff Between Obasanjo And Buhari Over $16bn Power Project Continues And Other Interesting Headlines Today

There are different captions as to the ongoing controversy between the Presidency and Former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The face-off continued yesterday with Civil Society Groups, Supporters and the EFCC adding salt to the injury currently generated by President Buhari’s comments on Tuesday.

THE NATION reports Revealed: Who Got What In $16bn Obasanjo Power Deals. The paper highlights the Companies who got Power Contracts at what Cost and the relevant Amount Paid. The revelation includes the $10.231b expended on Total Project Allocations/estimates for NIPP as at 2007 and $2.08b spent on the projects funded and scrutinized with advance payment guarantees from “First Class” Nigerian Banks and Letters of Credit issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE and VANGUARD tell the story of how the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) yesterday to probe the spending of former President on the Power Projects. Its leaders Adetokunbo Mumini and Debo Adeniran urged President Muhammadu Buhari to refer the case to the EFCC and ICPC to set up a fact-finding prove to finally lay to rest the accusations and counter accusations surrounding the situation.

THE PUNCH and GUARDIAN have the same lead with the headline; Killings: N’Assembly Set To Approve Special Funding For Security Agencies with the rider Senate Asks Military, Police, DSS, Others To Send In Requets. Rising from a security engagement with security agencies at the Senate plenary yesterday, the lawmakers asked the security agencies to forward their requests for special funding within two weeks for approval.

Here are the Other Headlines For Today:

DAILY SUN & DAILY INDEPENDENT – National Convention Power Play 2019: APC Moves Against nPDP Group; removes aggrieved members from committees.

NEW TELEGRAPH – How Soldiers Starved, Raped Women In IDP Camps – Amnesty International