Aregbesola Flags Off Olumirin Access Road: Assures Citizens of Improved Economy

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola has reiterated his commitment towards making life more meaningful to the people in a bid to making tourism a money spinning venture and ecotourism accessible to tourists all over the world in order to boost the economy of the host community and the State in general.

Ogbeni Aregbesola who was represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Culture and Tourism, Mrs Taiwo Oluga made this remarks at Erin-Ijesa during the flags off ceremony of access road to Olumirin Water Falls.

The Governor explained that provision of access road is a major criterion for consideration before a tourism site is recognised and when the road is completed, a lot of unimaginable transformation will definitely come to Erin-Ijesa and its environment in terms of socio-economic and cultural-tourism activities.

Ogbeni Aregbesola said his administration has made easy the task of tourists at Olumirin Water Falls by constructing the Pedestrian bridge to ease the ascension and dissension of tourists and aesthetics to attract visitors and researchers.

The Governor who said this is happening at a time when MKO Abiola International Airport, Ido-Osun is being put in place thereby making the arrival of tourists to Olumirin Water Falls from around the world an easy one.

He therefore thanked the management of International Breweries Plc, Ilesa for the construction of Garden Parks at the site as part of her Corporate Social Responsibility while appealing to the people to pay their taxes and other levies, so as to make government provide more infrastructural development to the State.

Also speaking, Chairman Osun State House of Assembly House Committee on Home Affairs, Tourism and Culture, Hon. Olasunkanmi Akinola, Chairman House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Kamil Oyedele and Hon. Israel Aloba appreciated the governments’ gesture and appealed for the continued support to Aregbesola’s administration.

Earlier in his welcome address, Chairman Osun Tourism Board and Authority, Engr Abimbola Daniyan thanked the Governor for his commitment to tourism development in the State.

In his brief on the project, the Project Coordinator, Office of Water Resources, Rural Development and Community Affairs, Engr. Adelere Oriolowo said the intervention of the RAMP which is to make life meaningful to rural dwellers has impacted positively in Osun through the commitment of Mr Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. He then assured all that, the road will be completed by January, 2018 and all bridges will be done to standard with asphaltic lane.

In his address, the royal host, Oba (Dr) Engr Isaac Adeyeba Ayeni, Okin Oloro 2nd of Erin -Ijesa who was visibly happy thanked the Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for his support and commitment to making Olumirin Water Falls the desired place for every tourist. He therefore appealed to the government, to provide security post and health centre along the site for the safety of visiting tourists.

Highlights of the event were cultural entertainment by Osun Cultural Troupe and site tour of the vicinity.

Osun, Oyo Assemblies Move To Reopen LAUTECH

By Israel Afolabi

The Joint Houses of Assembly Committees on Education in Oyo and Osun states have assured that the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso would soon be reopened for academic activities.

This was the conclusion at the end of the committees’ jointly meeting with the LAUTECH Governing Council, management, Alumnus and other stakeholders.

Briefing Journalists after the meeting, Chairman, Osun House committee on Education, Folorunsho Bamisayemi explained that the two houses met to put head together and bring life back to the university, saying, the deliberations at the meeting were centered on how to give the university a new roadmap for the benefits of students.

According to him, “We met to open the school in the shortest possible time”, as he appealed to students to remain calm, saying efforts are being frantically made to reopen the school.

This is just as he assured the government commitment to the university.

Also, the Chairman Oyo House Committee on education, Adegbenga Adeleke assured that the two states are working in accord to reopen the school soonest.

He said, the two Assemblies would meet the Governors of the two states, Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) and Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) on the outcome of the meeting and find a way out of the crisis rocking the institution.

We Are Not Sleeping, Start Counting Days Not Weeks For Resumption – LAUTECH Governing Council

By Toba Ajisafe

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Professor Oladapo Afolabi has expressed that the strike action will end in days as the Council had intensified efforts to find a lasting solution to the challenge.

Prof Afolabi made this known at a press conference held at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, College of Health Sciences, Osogbo, Osun State.

According to the address read by Prof Oladapo, “We had our inaugural meeting at the main campus in Ogbomoso, on August 9,2017 and charted for ourselves a 90-day action plan which has started in earnest.

” We are determined to bring LAUTECH to Canaan.

“We have set timelines that are achievable for the activities of Council in handling the challenging task of resuscitating the University and redirecting its resources towards fulfilling the vision of the founding fathers.

” From the various interactions of the Council with the diverse stakeholders, we have realized that we all are on the same page, working towards the same goal.

“We all realized that the Council should spare no efforts to get the University reopen for students to continue with their studies and move on their academic pursuit.

” The Strategic Intervention Team on its own has advised the new Council to interact more closely with the staff members through their Union in order to gain their confidence and boost their morale which was observed to be at low ebbs owing to the nonpayment of their salaries for an upward of ten months.

Prof. Oladapo also declared that the Council is not sleeping nor insensitive to the incessant strike by the staff community of the institution.

Oladapo while responding to questions from journalists said, “Since we were inaugurated, we have called all the stakeholders and with the way we are now, we are closer to the answer than when we started.

“We may not give you a categorical date but we can assure you that, start counting days and not weeks. Let everybody have hope.

“As regard the pattern of funding of the Institution, the take of this Council is that the funding model must change radically. We don’t expect the University to be going cap in hand to the owner State every month if they will fund the School.

“We expect that whatsoever would be provided should be within the basket that enable planning with the resources so that we could also be creative and add value; not just be a body that is just absorbing money.

“We expect that any resource that come to the system is a resource that will provide something that public and humanity will appreciate. He added.

 

Realities And Truth Untold

Condemnations have continued to trail the refusal of the management and labour unions of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho to allow the forensic auditing of the university’s account, as some stakeholders have attributed the main reason behind the continuous strike in the university to the failure to allow proper auditing.

The auditing has been identified as the lasting solution that can be administered to the incessant and the current seeming-not-to-end industrial action by the workers of the institution.

The labour unions of the institution were reported to have frustrated the Accounting Firm, KPMG which was engaged by the two owner states, Osun and Oyo to audit the finances of the university, as part of the recommendations by the Chief Wole Olanipekun visitation panel. Series of drama and threat have thereafter trailed and frustrated this effort to get the institution back on its feet.

The Olanipekun-led panel had found out that the LAUTECH accounts were audited last in 2012, and a sum of N400 million was in question then, just as it revealed that the university runs 97 different accounts, in spite of the Treasury Single Account policy that has since been in vogue as recommended and adopted by the Federal government since 2015.

It was also revealed that the TETFUND and Needs Assessment Funds running into billions of naira have been given to LAUTECH without commensurate research output to show for it.

Besides the alleged prevention of the auditing firm to carry out the audit, the joint labour unions of the institution had filed a suit before an Oyo State High Court to stop the exercise, a situation that had continued to raise suspicion that the management and the labour unions had skeleton in their cupboard and they have ignored the lives of students.

It has been in contention that the university should be able to finance itself without subventions from the owner states, considering the number of students and the fees being charged.  Comparisons have been made with UNIOSUN, another state University completely independent of the State of Osun’s control.

Some of the students and staffers of the institution, who spoke with this medium under the condition of anonymity wondered why such exercise would be frustrated by the labour unions.

A lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology wondered why the management and the unions would be preventing the audit of the university’s account, saying that the action was suspicious.

“It is now clear that the management and we the staff members, particularly the union leaders are the ones preventing the end to the prolonged strike in LAUTECH. Why are we then blaming the government for what we are guilty of?

“The issue of the nationwide strike by ASUU is another discussion, but as for the LAUTECH, if indeed we are sincere about what we are saying, why are we preventing what the government is claiming will bring an end to the prolong strike?

Also, a student in the department of Architecture, who also spoke anonymously, appealed to the labour unions and management of the institution to take the interest of the student as a priority.

“We can blame the government, fine, but the blame now is of the unions and the management who have been resisting the audit of the account. What are they hiding? “The governments of the two states have proffered solution to this crisis. Let us give them that opportunity. It is after they have carried out the audit and nothing is forthcoming that we can be blaming the government’, he stressed.

However, the governments of the two states have continuously called on parents, students and other stakeholders to prevail and plead with the unions to stop frustrating sincere steps of owner governments to get LAUTECH back on track, saying they are not happy and comfortable with the prolonged strike that has kept the Nigeria’s future leaders at home.

Oluwo Holds Special Prayers For Buhari, Aregbesola

The Emperor of Iwo Kingdom, Oba (Dr.) AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, has organised a special prayer for President Muhammadu Buhari’s health, Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the leaders at all in the state.

A statement personally signed by the monarch urged all people of good intent to rally round the country in this season of economic challenges.

According to the statement, “The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba (Dr.) AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi Ilufemiloye, Telu I, is inviting the general public, most especially sons and daughters from Iwo, Ayedire and Ola-Oluwa LGAs to a special prayer for our leaders, the traditional rulers, Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and President Muhammad Buhari for God to guide them right and quick recovery of our president on Thursday 24th of August 2017 at Oluwo’s Palace by 10 O’Clock in the morning.

“Buses will also be available to convene sons and daughters from all towns in Iwoland to the palace of Oluwo, Oba (Dr.) AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi for the Prayer.

“Come one! Come all!
Long Live Iwo Land
Long Live Our Traditional Rulers
Long Live Governor Rauf Aregbesola
Long Live President Muhammad Buhari
Long Live Federal Republic Of Nigeria

“Announcer:
Oba (Dr.) AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi Ilufemiloye Telu I
Oluwo of Iwo.”

Osun Speaker Charges LAUTECH Council On Crisis Resolution

By Israel Afolabi

Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Honourable Najeem Salaam has expressed hope that the trouble with Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) would become history soonest.

In a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika on Wednesday, Salaam while addressing the governing council and Houses of Assembly standing committees of both Oyo and Osun in his office, asserted that with the composition of Professor Oladapo Afolabi-led governing council, the hope for the lasting solution to LAUTECH crisis soonest, appears brighter.

Salaam said it is painful seeing students out school for that long, asking the parties to overhaul the system in the university in such a way that the current crisis would be the last.

He empathized with students and parents for their patience on the messy situation, saying that the restitution should be put in place to assuage their strained nerves on the matter.

Speaking, Chairman House Committee on Education of Osun parliament, Hon. Oladoyin Bamisayemi assured that the school would be reopened at the end of the meetings with all concerned stakeholders.

Osun People And The Response To Service (II)

There seems to be serious disconnect between the information the grapevine sources are disseminating and the reality on ground. It is like a scenario of a someone telling another human being what apparently is black in colour should be taken as white. It is simply logical that the person being deceived should call the bluff of the deceiver, telling him to tell such to the marine. For the person being deceived to fall for the deception of the crafty companion, is like proving to the whole world that the power of the discernment has been decimated by the antics of someone who by no means is superior in aptitude and logic. For such misrepresentation of facts to stand therefore, it is an indirect way of calling the people elements of foolery with no remedy.

One thing that is sure today is that anything recession must be seen as the strongest menace that must be fought. We must also rout out our past extravagance and profligacy. What we have now is purely a similitude of the post-civil war era, when the then Head of State came up with a chagrin generalisation that Nigeria’s problem was not money, but how to spend the money. The only difference between the two is the non-expression of the latter as it was for the former. Rather than make open proclamation, the custodians of our commonwealth held their peace. They connived to make top secret their intention, to empty the treasury and share among the influential members of the political class. The greatest headache of the government at the centre now is how to track down the looted fund and to channel such back into productive ventures that will take us out of the woods.

The misunderstanding that we have of economic indices might have also blinded our eyes to the truth that the looting spree of our treasury represents serious disservice that all those responsible need to weep and suffer for. What is our sin in Nigeria that only very few people are designed to have access to our money? This loot has been estimated to be enough to fund our current plans and the future budget proposals of six to eight years. This is shrouded in serious confusion because not all the loot can be recovered fully. Some beneficiaries must come to terms with the reality that if they choose to keep the money, it is either that they have demonised the money, and as such, it is the spirit controlling them, and it will remain a thorn in their flesh or they are planning for future waterloo because those being deprived of better life today will gang up later to annihilate them and their future generations. The blood of the innocent majority that they have deprived of normal means of livelihood and survival will continue to cry against them.

It is in the face of this hopeless situation that few Governors are still striving to make a difference in the life of their people. I remember in the year 2009 when some students from the Colleges of Education in Osun chose to paralyse commercial and social activities in Osogbo Township. People could not move into town from Ataoja area, while the motorist and people at old governor’s office could not move towards Ogo-Oluwa area. The only way out was for motorist to turn back and merry-go-round the state capital and pass through Ede and subsequently link the Osogbo-Gbongan road at Akoda. The story is different today as one can easily pass through Dada estate area and link the road beside Ataoja High School Osogbo, within a few minutes; courtesy of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who opened up the major towns in the state in order to make life easier for people living therein.

I have had opportunity to travel to some towns in Europe. I can conveniently say that what the governor of the state of Osun is doing is to ensure that when people travel to such big cities and towns, they will not behave strangely because of what are already in place. A new mindset and social behaviour are being inculcated. Sadly, I saw a relapse into bad behaviour of old last week, when the traffic marshals positioned around first bank along Gbongan road tried to caution a man who parked the car wrongly. I later realised that the man deliberately wanted to foment trouble. Not knowing my position on the matter, he told me to always call the bluff of Aregbesola’s traffic marshals because their actions are synonymous with anti-people policy that can cause any government to face rejection at the poll. I was forced to ask him a question and the question bothers on whether he has ever travelled out of Nigeria or not. Not knowing where I was heading to, he enthusiastically told me he has had opportunity to visit a few countries including Germany and United Kingdom. What an irony!

In the two places that the man mentioned, nobody will be allowed to park anyhow. They obey rules and order without necessarily waiting to be penalised. Why then should someone who even boasted that he has a house he procured by mortgage in U.K choose to become a deviant in his state of nativity; all because he felt the opposition should make the state ungovernable for the Governor. To whose disadvantage would it be, if Governor Aregbesola is prevented from finishing the projects he has started as promised? A laudable project that is halted half-way can surely not bring a sense of satisfaction and belonging to a rational being. This is where all right-thinking persons should pray for the success of the ongoing drive towards transforming the state which before now was a glorified slum.

Our recalcitrance has dealt us devastating blows in the past. The state is now totally free from the menace of flooding, but some people still believe that the best thing to do is to dump refuse in the dredged waterways, gutters and drainages, especially when it is envisaged by meleorologist that that the state will experience heavy downpour this year. This kind of careless behaviour will surely draw us backward. Again, we now enjoy the legacy of durable projects for four to five years running. We can see solid roads that are yet to give in to potholes. That dotted all roads constructed before the regime of Ogbeni Aregbesola. The drainages are solidly done and it only takes a good maintenance culture on the part of the citizenry for the roads to endure a long period of usage. With good road network and stable electricity, the people’s economic activities are bound to receive a boost that no one will say he/she does not have a room conducive for operation in any field of practice.

We must support every move to up the income generation strategy by government. Tax payment is a civic responsibility that can help stabilise the economy, if well harnessed. Failure to support the government which has shown seriousness in doing business will be counter productive for the people at the end of the day. We have achieved reasonable level of change that we all can be proud of. A comparison between the outlook of the towns and villages in pre-Aregbesola era and the state now will help all of us to appreciate what the present governor has actually achieved. All hands must be on deck to ensure that those who only have interest in cake sharing have no chance to return. The stringent conditions we have endured so far must be allowed to yield fruits of respite which will make us proud that we have not suffered in vain.

 

Re: Now That PDP Is Back…

By Abiodun Komolafe And Kunle Owolabi

Bola Bolawole’s article, entitled, ‘Now that PDP is back …’, published in Nigerian Tribune, July 16, 2016, refers.

In his postmortem of how Osun West Senatorial bye-election was lost and won, Bolawole identified three important factors, which, in his opinion, resulted in the loss of the Senatorial District to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by All Progressives Congress (APC). These factors were: the controversy surrounding the death of the late Isiaka Adeleke (an accusation which was laid at the doorstep of the Government of the State of Osun); imposition of (Mudasir Hussain) as the party’s candidate; and the supposedly abysmal performance of the governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola.

To start from the foundation of his prognosis, the controversy surrounding Adeleke’s death no longer exists as the coroner inquest into the cause of the deceased’s death has laid it to rest. So, we need not belabour that issue again! But this does not detract from the fact that Adeleke was an illustrious son of the State of Osun and his demise will forever remain an irreparable loss to the state and its people.

 

Again, the postulation that PDP’s victory in the bye-election was as a result of Candidate Hussain’s imposition is a lie straight from Dante’s inferno! And his submission that the loss is a bad omen for the ruling party is not only false, it is also an inaccurate interpretation of the whole political system; nothing but a columnist’s blatant misreading of the situation.

 

On a serious note, one wonders what some Nigerians stand to gain by deliberately engaging in the misuse of terms. Essentially, if fielding the best candidate for an election amounts to imposition, then something must be utterly amiss. Maybe Bolawole has forgotten that, in the said bye-election. there was no question of imposition in the APC as was wildly claimed by a sectional few. If we may ask, do you talk of imposition where there was a primary to choose a candidate for an election?

In as much as nobody would want his child christened Judas, Christians still reserve the right to appreciate God for Iscariot’s life; for, without Judas, there probably would have been nobody to betray the Stone of Israel. And, without this betrayal, there certainly wouldn’t have been crucifixion and, we doubt if Jesus Christ’s mission on earth would probably have been complete. Had Bolawole feigned ignorance, especially, with respect to issues relating to the emergence of the younger Adeleke, who was never a card-carrying member of the APC, then, his sins would have been forgiven. Had he come to terms with the fact that it was only the late ‘Serubawon’ who once sought succour in the party when the situation in PDP was getting threateningly deadly for him to withstand, we would have understood where the commentator was coming from. Notwithstanding, wasn’t it disloyalty at its peak for Ademola to have connived with some APC ingrates and renegades for the sinister purpose of making him the only candidate in the primary. For God’s sake, what imposition could be more than this?

For Bolawole’s information, the Screening Committee disqualified Hussain; and the Appeal Committee upheld the disqualification, on the ground that the electoral law mandated him to resign one month before the primary. That no doubt was another mis-reading of the letters and the spirit of Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) which specifically states in Section 107 subsection (f) that, if (an aspirant) ‘is a person employed in the public service of the Federation or of any State or Area Council (other than a person holding elective office) and he has not resigned, withdrawn or retired from such employment 30 days before the date of election; then he stands disqualified from the election.” It is the law that has spoken here! So, neither Bolawole’s misinterpretation nor his hues’ grievous error of opinions counts! Thanks to the National Working Committee of the party which, in its wisdom, upturned the decision of the Appeal Committee on the ground of ‘error of law.’ On the other hand, what other name should we call a man who got a party’s nod to contest a major election, even when he was less than 6 hours old in the said party?

Sad that Nigeria’s major shortcoming as an independent nation is her clashing contradictions. Nigeria is one such enclave where world changers who are capable of being in effective interactions and competitions with their counterparts globally are reduced to mere means of self-satisfying ends. So far, ours has been a case of “bread and butter” gastro-politicians exploring the womb of primordial innuendos with acidic fundamentalism, geo-political absurdity and socio-economic silliness. Well, one may blame APC and the governor for removing the disgraceful robe bedecked Adeleke by the PDP buccaneers. But to say that Aregbesola sought Adeleke’s help to win the 2014 governorship election is not only fallacious, it is also an attempt by false friends who delight in mischievously and deliberately writing history based only on their standards and viewpoints.

Curious also that Bolawole even chose to refer to some of this administration’s projects as “elephant projects.” He blatantly lied that some schools were demolished and that they were yet to be rebuilt. Funny enough, he did not mention where those schools were located! But facts on ground proved him wrong! If only he could venture out of his cocoon and visit locus in quo instead of relying on some “good friends, who always called me or I phone them to confirm whatever I hear from Osun.” Sitting down in Lagos or elsewhere and passing fatwa on a man everybody – home and abroad – showers encomiums on for his sterling performance is in contradistinction to the ethics of his profession, which pronounces truth as sacred. The imprint of the governor’s performance litters the state and only infantile minds can dispute it.

Aregbesola’s social protection programmes alone have become so attractive to other state governments and international agencies all over the world that a couple of months back, United Nations International Children Emergency Funds (UNICEF) brought fifteen states in Nigeria to Osun to understudy the state’s School Feeding Scheme, aka O’MEAL; the programme for the vulnerable elderly, popularly referred to as Elderly Welfare Scheme); the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (O’YES); welfare scheme for the widows, called O’widows’ and the rehabilitation of the mentally-challenged persons in the state (O’Rehab). He has so far constructed close to 2000 kilometers of roads and added more than 50 new structures to … Funke Egbemode rightly captured the mood of the moment when she remarked, recently: “One thing is obvious: whether you are in Osun or you are outside the state reading about Osun, you definitely have a feeling that it is a secured state. And one good thing about a peaceful and secured state is that it attracts investors to the state because a peaceful and secured environment helps business to thrive.”

What other confirmation of performance does any armchair critic require?

May principalities and powers, assigned to rubbish our leaders’ efforts, backfire!

abiodun KOMOLAFE & Kunle Owolabi,
Osun State.

The Need For TIN, By Wasiu Babalola

 

The yearning and aspiration of tax payers towards the era of positive change that would rescue them from the burden of multiple taxation has eventually come. This is as a result of the introduction of Tax Identification Number (TIN) for all taxable entities being recently initiated by the Joint Tax Board in collaboration with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the 36 State of Boards of Internal Revenue Service (SBIRS).

One may therefore ask about the Joint Tax Board and more importantly the responsibility it is saddled with.

The Joint Tax Board is a national body created by the defunct income Tax Management Act of 1961, now the personal income Tax Cap P.8, LFN 2004.

It is saddled with the responsibility of issuing and administrating TINs to all taxable entities in Nigeria among other functions.

Meanwhile, Tax Identification Number by its definition is a 10 digit Identification Number that is unique to each identified taxpayer in Nigeria. It was launched by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Thursday, 5th of April, 2012 at the Council Chambers in Abuja, along with a harmonised National Tax Policy. On the 8th of May, 2014, Tax Identification Number was signed into law by the then Minister of Finance and coordinating Minister of Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala. The regulation was subsequently gazetted on the 9th of May, 2014, and fully has the backings of the law.

The aim and objective behind this initiative is to create a National platform for the registration and the allocation of a unique identified number to all tax payers to aid effective tax registration and to automate effectively efficient tax processes.

Tax registration activities for all taxable entities are also germane to the TIN initiative and above all, are to abolish tax errors such as double counting or multiple taxation on taxpayers, hence, the essence of sensitisation.

Meanwhile, the State of Osun, under the leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, having fulfilled its own part of the deal by paying the counterpart fund of N86 million, has set a conducive ground for the smooth running of the registration exercise in term of the procurement of all needed equipment with a free of charge registration for the prospective taxpayers.

However, every taxable entity, be it individual or cooperate organisations is therefore urged to bring along any valid means of Identification like Drivers license, International passport, National identification card e.t.c to register and be captured within the tax net.

To register, such taxable individuals and organisations can visit only the designated Tax Identification Number office under the Osun Internal Revenue Service, Finance Building, Secretariat Complex, Abere, Osogbo.

It is paramount to note that social services regulated by the Federal, State and Local government, such as the provision of pension, driver’s license, bank transactions among other have incorporated Tax Identification Number as a pre-requisite for access to such services, which means that it is unavoidably needed for all taxable individuals and organisation as well.

The earlier we register, the better it aids our daily transaction.

  • Babalola is the Information Officer, Osun Internal Revenue Service.

Man Arraigned For Stealing N1.2m Power Cable

By Oluwaseun Adeoye
A 23 years old man, Tapa Adeshina was dragged before an Osogbo magistrate court over an allegation of stealing electricity cable worth 1.2 million.
The accused was said to have conspired with other now at large to burgle into the house of Mrs Aderonke Amuda  situated at Oke-onitea area, Osogbo on 21st, July.
Although Adeshina pleaded not guilty to a three count charge of conspiracy, stealing and burgled leveled against him.
According to the police prosecutor, F.C Okafor the offence committed by the suspect is contrary to and punishable under section 516, 414 and 381(1) of the criminal code cap 34 vol. II laws of Osun state
The defense counsel, K. Ngwote pleaded to the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal term promising the accused would not jump bail.
The presiding magistrate, A.A Ayeni granted the accused person bail in the sum of 500,000 with two sureties in the like sum.
The case adjourned till 13th October for mention.

BREAKING: Gov Aregbesola’s Mother Is Dead

The mother of the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola is dead

Alhaja Aregbesola passed on to the great beyond this morning

She will be laid to rest according to Islamic Rite today in Ilesa, Osun State.

Iya Olobi as she is fondly called would be remembered for her humanitarian and philanthropy gesture to the society.