220 Terrorists Captured

Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole has revealed that about 220 suspected Boko Haram terrorists have been captured by the Nigerian Army in various operations to clear North East region of insurgents.

Nwachukwu said “Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have intensified offensive on Boko Haram enclaves in the Island around Lake Chad.

“The offensive which commenced about two weeks ago with coordinated air and artillery bombardments on Boko Haram enclaves is yielding positive results, as several insurgents have been killed while 167 fleeing insurgents have been captured by troops.

“Troops also extricated and profiled 67 women and 173 children who revealed during profiling exercise that they are family members of the insurgents who fled the troops’ offensive…

“During the operations troops intercepted and arrested 53 fleeing insurgents who have been profiled and are currently helping with investigations.

“Fifteen insurgents have also willingly renounced the sect and surrendered, dismissing it as futile struggle”.

Nigeria’s Escape From World Cup Disaster Emmanuel Okogba

But for the unassailable fourteen-point dominant lead Nigeria stamped on the earlier touted “zone of death”, the Group B of Africa’s World Cup qualification efforts, the nation could have been thrown into deep mourning after it was sanctioned by the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

FIFA had announced the deduction of three points from our fourteen points and awarded them to Algeria over the fielding of an ineligible player, Shehu Abdullahi, in the final leg of the qualification for the tournament which will hold in Russia in 2018. Abdullahi was given a one-match ban which he had not served when he was drafted to play in the second leg of Nigeria’s away tie against Algeria.

FIFA ruled as follows: “The Nigeria Football Federation is liable for having breached Article.55 paragraph.1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code and article 8 of the 2018 Regulations of the FIFA World Cup Russia. “The match played within the frame of the preliminary competition of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia between Algeria and Nigeria on 10 November 2017 is declared to be lost by forfeit by Nigeria (3-0).”

Nigeria was also fined 6,000 Swiss Francs or N2.2 million. Luckily and happily, the deduction did not affect our standing at the top of the log as Nigeria had already qualified for the tournament before the Algeria match.

This kind of blunder which escaped the attention of the coaches led by Gernot Rohr and also the Technical Department of the Nigerian Football Federal (NFF) is as unconscionable as it is potentially dangerous. If the country had had a narrow lead, its qualification could have been nullified. The euphoria that is still the toast of our football circles would have been cut short. It would have been a massive shocker in the soccer world where Nigeria has established a foothold as a major force from the African continent.

Such a turn of events could have sparked off riots leading to the destruction of lives and property in view of the deep love Nigerians have for football which stands as perhaps the only unifying factor for the citizenry. The mistake of a few unconscionable officials could have reversed the thrill of our most commanding world cup qualification in history.

Our football house has remained a sorry symbol of the general incompetence and unwholesomeness of our public institutions, which is why the country is so poorly governed. The NFF has been severally sanctioned by FIFA for age cheating, bribery, corruption and other misdemeanours.

We call on the football governing body to probe and punish those responsible for the blunder. It should wake up from its slumber, clean up its acts and give Nigerians the quality football administration they deserve.

Man Kills Wife After Argument Over Food

The police in Niger state has arrested 50-year-old Tanko Bamaiyi for allegedly killing his 30-year-old wife of 10 years, Auta, because she refused to serve him food at their home in Maigoge village in Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State.

The suspect had an argument with his wife over food and in the middle of the argument, he picked up a machete and hacked her to death. After the attack, he threw the machete into a river.

“In the heat of argument I used my cutlass (machete) and killed her. My wife was fond of not giving me food in time and when I complained, she will abuse me. She never gave me food each time I asked for it. She even asked my 10-year-old daughter to abuse me because I was asking for food and whenever I want to correct the girl, she will abuse me. I lost my temper. I am sorry, extremely sorry for what happened. It is the act of the devil and I pray my in-laws will find a place in their hearts to forgive me. I regret all of my actions.”

The acting Public Relations Officer (PPRO), of the state command, Peter Sunday, said the suspect will soon be charged to court.

Osun Launches Four New Health Programmes

It was a carnival-like atmosphere at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo, as the government of the State of Osun flagged-off a four-in-one programme of health activities embarked upon by the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

The four-in-one programme is a combination of sensational events which includes; Saving One Million Lives Programme for Results; December edition of the Maternal Newborn and Child Healthcare Week; Sustainable Development Goals and distribution of 12,500 Mama kits for pregnant women in the state.

In his address, the governor harped on the need for family planning amongst parents in the state.

His advocacy was based on the fact that Nigeria with a population of 193 million people was on the brink of population explosion.

According to him, “in the next few years, Nigeria with a population of 193 million people will be the 3rd most populated country in the world after China and India.

“In order to help control the level of population growth which is fast overtaking the resources available to cater for such growth, government should encourage family planning to achieve optimum development”.

Aregbesola made it known that no religion kicked against family planning, as it is a worlwide phenomena that the rate of population growth globally was unprecedented.

He also stated that as part of the efforts of his government towards encouraging family planning, he was distributing 12,500 Mama Kits for pregnant women all over the state.

Meanwhile, in a bid to boost health of its citizens, the Aregbesola administration has embarked on the repair of health centres spread across the state and ensured that free health care is the bedrock of the government’s health policy.

In his welcome address, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu stated that the ‘Save One Million Lives Programme for Results’ was a federal government programme supported by the World Bank which focuses on maternal and child health.

He said: “About 900,000 children and mothers die every year in Nigeria largely from preventable diseases. The Save One Million Lives Programme for Results (SOML PforR) is designed to drive the institutional process needed in saving mothers and children from avoidable deaths.

“The programme is designed to catalyse change in the way health business is done by focusing on results rather than the inputs”.

Isamotu revealed that the aim of SOML PforR was to promote competition in the day to day activities, assuring that the programme would be used to rate the performance of health workers and facilities.

He also revealed that an award for the best performing health facility and the best performing local government in the state had been instituted.

“SOML PforR was also to objectively increase the utilisation and high quality impact reproductive, child health and nutrition interventions”, he stressed.

For the Maternal Newborn and Childcare Week (MNCHW), he said communities would be utilised as a means of incurring coverage of simple, but effective, positive interventions such as childhood immunisation, vitamin A supplementation, nutrition assessment and de-worming.

“During the MNCHW, health workers from public health facilities are expected to visit remote villages to provide these basic health services. Communities living closer to these health facilities are expected to visit the health facilities nearest to them to receive these services.

“MNCHW is a weeklong activity, conducted twice a year, aimed at strengthening the routine services at health facilities while harnessing the excitement and energy of a campaign”.

The Commissioner maintained that MNCHW represented an opportunity to increase demand for preventive and primitive services and also to bring services closer to communities, thereby yielding quick wins in terms of immunisation and vitamin A coverage.

“The achievements of SOML PforR in the state according to Isamotu include; repair of cold chain system to aid immunisation programmes; support LLINs replacement campaign in the state and the routine distribution of LLINs; training of health workers on modern daily family planning methods, malaria eradication campaign and skilled birth attendance.

Others are; “Provision of HIV test kit to all the primary healthcare facilities towards Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMCT) of HIV; procurement of Mama Kits for distribution to health facilities; integration of supportive supervision to the health facilities towards ensuring quality service delivery.

“The essence of the Mama kits is to encourage pregnant women to deliver in public health facilities across the state so as to ensure their safe delivery. This will go a long way in preventing Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR)”.

In respect of the matching order given for the establishment of the State Health Insurance Scheme to ensure achieving Universal Health Coverage and reduce pocket expenditure in health, Isamotu assured the Governor that the assignment would be fulfilled with the birth of the State Health Insurance Agency before the end of 2017.

He also thanked the Governor for his doggedness in ensuring the birth of the state Primary Health Care Development Board which has brought all the Primary Health Centres in the state under one roof.

Police Arraigns Suspect Over Fraud

Osun State Police Command has arraigned a 49 year old man, Tiamiyu Lateef on a one-count charge of fraud.

The accused person was said to have fraudulently collected N300,000 from one Aina James under a false pretence of selling one Acre of land to him.

The offence is contrary to and punishable under section 419 of the state penal code.

Police prosecutor, Inspector Olayiwola Rasaq told the court that the accused person committed the offence on the July 20, 2014 at Mosadoluwa community, Oke Baale area Osogbo.

The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charge leveled against him.

His counsel, Barrister Amaechi Ngwu prayed the court to grant him bail in the most liberal term, assuring the court that he would not jump the bail if granted.

In her ruling, Magistrate Mary Awodele granted the accused person bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in the same sum.

She adjourned the case till January 26, 2018 for hearing.

Iconic Comrade Hassan Sunmonu

The choice of Comrade Hassan Sunmonu as Chairman of the Committee of Government and Labour to oversee the allocation of Osun state’s revenues towards prompt payment of salaries as well as adequate running of government is quite symbolic of a worker-friendly government. This appointment did not come to many as a surprise, going by Sunmonu’s antecedents. Surprisingly, if there is any, may be, is probably due to the fact that the much maligned head of government of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, was bold enough to go for a no-nonsense labour leader in the mould of the Comrade. Why? If truly the government was guilty of the sometimes alleged nonchalant attitude towards Osun workers, he most certainly wouldn’t want such a calibre of person near his administration. So far, so good, transparency runs in Osun finances and the workers are most satisfied. The sacrifices by Osun workers cannot but be commended.

Comrade Hassan Sunmonu was born in the village of Akim-Eshiem, in Ghana to Nigerian parents. He has an identical twin brother named Hussein, both of whom worked with the Federal Ministry of Works in the 1960s. Sunmonu briefly attended a primary education in Ghana before following his paternal grandmother and mother back to Nigeria where they settled at Osogbo, present day State of Osun, Southwest Nigeria. In Osogbo, he attended Ansar Ud Deen between 1948 and 1950, All Saints School, Osogbo and then Osogbo Grammar School in 1955. As a young student, he and his twin met Alake Ladapo Ademola who was then in exile in Osogbo. Ademola later sponsored his trip to Ghana after he quit school due to lack of support in paying the school fees. Sunmonu stayed in Ghana till 1956 before moving back to Nigeria a year later. In 1957, he gained admission into a technical school in Yaba where he earned a certificate in 1961. Sunmonu completed his education with a diploma in civil engineering from Yaba College of Technology. During his final year at Yaba College, he was president of the college’s student union, an executive member of the National Union of Nigerian Students and member of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria.

Sunmonu joined the civil service in 1961 working for the Federal Ministry of Works and Surveys as a technical officer. His first assignment was working on the Zaria-Kano road. Sunmonu later became the General Secretary of the Association of Technical Officers within the Ministry.

In 1969, he became the Second Assistant Secretary of the Wahab Goodluck led Public Works Aerodrome Technical and General Works’ Union. In 1974, he became the union’s president.

Sunmonu was elected president of the newly formed Nigerian Labour Congress in 1978. Prior to the union’s formation, the Obasanjo-led federal military government had disbanded four national labour centres, including the moderate United Labour Congress led by Haroun Adebola and the more radical Nigeria Trade Union Congress. As a labour leader, Sunmonu’s NLC presented a Charter of Demands that among other things sought the institutionalisation of a national minimum wage and minimum pension scheme. To press the government to approve its demand, NLC embarked on a nationwide strike in May 1981.The Shehu Shagari’s administration subsequently reached a compromise with the union.

So popular was this famed fiery labour leader that Fuji lovers of the early 80s will not forget easily Kollington Ayinla’s vinyl “Sunmonu n so fun ‘Joba p’ogorun meta lawon le-gba…” (Sunmonu is telling government that Labour won’t accept anything less than N300 as minimum wage….”). Labour and government later settled for about N100 minimum wage.  Today, the sing-song is N56,000! But sweet as a raised minimum wage could be in the short run, has this ever solved workers’ problem or added to it, even quadrupled? It is high time we put on a thinking cap on best ways to remunerate workers other than raising of salaries which later create galloping inflations and quadruples workers’ sorrow instead of abating it. This has put question marks on the desirability of raising minimum wage arbitrarily. But this is a story for another day.

Today, Ayekooto celebrates this labour icon, father of workers, friend of government, untainted, and trusted by both government and people of the state of Osun to create a win-win atmosphere in the equitable sharing of scarce state resources.

Court Remands Suspect In Prison Over Stealing

The Osun State Police Command has arraigned a 32 years-old Saheed Ganiyu before an Osogbo Magistrate Court for burglary and stealing.

The accused person committed the offence on the March 12, 2017, at Aduramigba area of Ofatedo Osogbo.

The charge sheet disclosed that the accused broke into the dwelling house of one Adebisi Olalekan with intent to commit felony to wit stealing and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 411 (1) (2) laws of Osun State Nigeria 2003.

The charge sheet disclosed that the accused person stole one Infinix phone with sim card number 0806828514 valued N50,000, cash sum of N5,000 properties of Adebisi Olalekan, an offence contrary to and punishable under section 390 (a) laws of the state

It further disclosed that the suspect unlawfully and maliciously damaged one Toyota car with Reg. No. LND 317 DDM with intent to commit felony and thereby committed an offence contrary to an punishable under section 509 of the state criminal law.

The charge sheet disclosed that the accused person stole one flash drive, and the sum of N5,000 property of Odebiyi Idowu and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 390 (a) Laws of Osun Nigeria 2003.

The accused person, who was not represented by counsel, pleaded not guilty to the five-count charge, leveled against him.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Fagboyinbo Abiodun asked the court to deny the accused person bail due to the nature of his offences and his records before the court.

The presiding Magistrate A.A. Olowolagba ordered that the accused person should be remanded in Ilesa prison custody and adjourned the case till January 31, 2018.

Sex & Life: The Hook-up Culture

The term hook-up has an ambiguous definition because it can indicate kissing or other forms of physical sexual activities between sexual partners. The term has been widely used around the world in many generations, for many years.

Mostly called no relationship sex or sex without dating, a hook-up culture is one that accepts and encourages casual encounters, including one-night stands and other related activities, which mainly focus on physical pleasure.

According to Shannon T. Boodram, “hooking-up is nothing more than settling which often leads to instant gratification for sex, pleasure, a feeling of being loved, an emotional feeling of being adhered to” and et cetera. Other terms as slang terms for hooking up are “friends with benefits”, casual sex, booty call, “recreational sex” or defined as a relationship with “no strings attached”.

In Nigeria, the slang ‘hook-up’ is a gateway to a coded industry for sex. The art of the hook-up is a subtle way of paying for sex without the direct approach of prostitution and ‘runs’ – oh runs girls are the new urban prostitutes, on-demand and tech savvy call girls which are one step ahead of prostitutes. They are also called the ‘money for hand, back for ground ministry’. They don’t hang around in clubs and lounges frequently. They don’t live with a group of other runs girls. They don’t attend all the celebrities and entertainment industry events. In fact, looking at them, you would not know that they are in business of sexing.

Some of these ‘hook-up’ babes have not only monetised casual hook-ups, they have turned sexing into a business.

Abdul (not real name) was chatting with a cutie on WhatsApp. At some point, he decided to shoot his shot and asked her for nudes! Yes nudes. She told him to pay N5,000 flat.

Some twitter surveys have shown upwards of 50% of sexually active teens reported within this year where boy are more likely to have several hook-up partners at the same time than girls. Hook-ups are more likely to be with an ex-boyfriend, an ex-girlfriend or a friend than with an acquaintance.

About half of hook-ups among adolescents were a one time affair and this is the same for both boys and girls. Only 6% teens have had sex with someone they just met, and such encounters are a onetime affair 75% of the time. Overall, 25% of those who had sexual experience with a dating partner have also hooked up with someone they were not dating. Additionally, 40% of those who had hooked-up with someone they are not dating had also hooked up with a dating partner in the last 11 months.

Also some studies have made a connection between hook-up culture and substance use. A majority of teens, young adults and adults say that hook-ups occurred after drinking alcohol. Alcohol can act as a cue regarding sexual availability, as a dis-inhibitor, and as a rationalisation or excuse for their behavior, poor sexual performance etcetera. Studies also show that greater alcohol use is associated with more sexual activities in the course of a hook-up.

Extra effects and causes of hook-up culture

  • Some girls state that the main reason they are involved with random hook-ups is because they think that is what boys want.
  • The feeling of being wanted by a cute guy is what they want and hook-ups are how girls think they can get that attention.
  • Some actually want to find someone they truly want to have a serious connection with.

Now, adults with low self-esteem, physiological issues, depression and loneliness are more susceptible to hook-up mostly via mobile phone (dating sites). Adults can now download an application on a dating website to find another person who is looking for the same thing.

Isokan South LCDA Lays Foundation For Secretariat, Staff Quarters

The Caretaker Management Committee, Isokan South Local Council Development Area (LCDA), led by the Executive Secretary, Prince Wasiu Oyelami has recently laid the foundation for a new secretariat and staff quarters complex in Ikoyi, the headquarter sof the council.

Laying the foundation for the structures, the council boss said that the essence of embarking on the projects was to meet some of the basic needs of the staffers and rural dwellers who are yearning for people-oriented projects.

He said the initiative was part of the government’s efforts to make provision for conducive environment for official engagement and housing for staff in order to make them work and live well.

According to him, it is necessary to embark on the projects, with a view to ensuring that the LCDA workers reside in their communities, so that they can provide effective services to the residents of the LCDA.

He also maintained that the gesture was part of the government’s rural transformation drive to stimulate economic growth and to a very large extent, discourage rural drift.

The Executive Secretary then expressed appreciation to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Governor, State of Osun for deeming it fit to create the council, which according to him has brought development to the grassroot.

Commending the administration of Aregbesola for running an open-door policy of governance, he said inspite of limited resources available to the state government, the administration has been able to make meaningful impacts.

Congratulating the governor on the successes recorded so far within seven years of his administration, the council boss noted that the efforts of the administration have placed Osun on a higher pedestal.

He then urged all eligible voters to vote for the All Progressive Congress (APC), in all future elections and most especially in the forthcoming councillorship election in the state.

Also, the Council Manager, Alhaji Sheu Ajibade, implored all taxable adults to pay their taxes and dues as and when due, as these are what the governor would use in providing social amenities for the people.


Council Boss Promises More Developmental Projects

The Caretaker Management Committee, Ife North West Local Council Development Area, Edunabon, State of Osun, has assured the people of the council of more laudable projects during his tenure in office.

Executive Secretary of the council, Ademola Olabisi made the assurance during his tour of different projects embarked on by his administration, particularly the just-completed Events Centre in Edunabon.

According to him, in spite of the limited resources available to the council, the management committee has been committed to the development of the council area, saying, more of such development would still be witnessed.

He said, no matter how little the resources of the council might be, all hands must be on deck to ensure that it is properly utilised to the satisfaction of the people in line with the promises and commitment of the administrations both at the council and state levels.

The council boss noted that his administration would try as much as possible to ensure that the dividends of democracy percolate among the people of the council area in line with the six-point integral action plan of the Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration.

He then tasked the people of the council area to reciprocate the good gesture of the present administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

He said the gesture should be reciprocated through adequate supports to the government in terms of payment of taxes and other payable levies, which the government would eventually use for development.

Also speaking, the Council Manager, Mrs. Olanrewaju Elizabeth assured that the career officers in the council would also put in their best towards the fulfillment of the administration’s promises to the people in the council area.


A Season Of Cheer And A Happy New Year Ahead!

The management and staff of Osun Defender Newspaper wish our esteemed readers a fulfilling season of cheer and goodwill, as well as a prosperous new year ahead. Our felicitations go in particular to the people of the State of Osun for the stoicisms and understanding with which they have coped with a demanding year. Our indomitable Ogbeni Gomina Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola deserves special commendations here. He has with great gusto, creatively used the levers of the machinery of government to keep things going in a positive direction in spite of the debilitations of a quasi-federalism.

The year ahead will be pivotal in the State of Osun with a changeover of government. We urge the good people of Osun State to be resolute and steadfast in working towards a continuity of the progressive, innovative government which has continuously put the best interests of the people first.