Oyo 2019: Ajimobi Promises Support For Oke-Ogun Aspirants

Chances of governorship aspirants from the Oke-Ogun Area of Oyo State including the Minister of Communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu is now brighter at 2019 governorship poll has the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has expressed support for the agitation of the zone to produce the next governor of the state.

He, however, counselled that the people must seek the support of the other zones of the state for the dream to be actualized; noting, for instance, that Ibadan alone constitutes 52 percent of the entire population of the state.

The governor spoke in Okeho, the headquarters of Kajola Local Government Area of the state, at the fidau prayers for a stalwart of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Salami Oloola, on Sunday.

Addressing the gathering, the governor acknowledged the role played by the people of Oke Ogun in his election victories, particularly in 2015 when he won an unprecedented second term in office.

The governor said, “I can recall vividly that during the 2015 governorship election, I won in nine, out of the 10 local governments in Oke-Ogun, and this aided my emergence as the first governor to secure a second term in office in Oyo State. I cannot thank you enough.

“I will forever cherish you my people from Oke-Ogun and I am using this opportunity to assure you that I will reciprocate your love for me. Without prejudice to the competence and legitimacy of aspirants from other zones nursing the ambition of succeeding me, I can say the people of Oke Ogun deserve my support. But, I will advise that you seek the support of people from other zones. You must win them over to win a governorship election. For instance, Ibadan people alone constitute about 52 per cent of the population”.

The governor said he had, in his own little way, repaid the loyalty and support of the zone by appointing the highest number of commissioners from the zone, which, he said, was unprecedented in the history of the state.

Similarly, he said that he had constructed and was still constructing new roads in Oke-Ogun, while he also established new tertiary institutions in the area.

Ajimobi said he decided to personally grace the fidau of the late Oloola because of his credential as a committed progressive and a great supporter of his administration.

Aside from being a close associate of the late father of the deceased, Ajimobi said that the late APC stalwart would be sorely missed because of his openness, love for his fellow men and commitment to party affairs.

Ajimobi used the opportunity to admonish politicians to desist from character assassination and politics of do-or-die but to live a life worthy of emulation.

Speaking earlier, the Onjo of Okeho, Oba Abdulrafiu Adekiitan, praised the governor for his kind gestures towards the people of Oke-Ogun, and particularly for locating the Oyo State College of Health Science and Technology in his domain.

It will be recalled that Oyo State was formed in 1976, alongside Ogun and Ondo States, from the defunct Western Region, while Osun was excised from the state in 1991.

The slain Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige, an indigene of Esa Oke, which is in the present Osun State, was the first democratically-elected governor of the old Oyo State.

In the post-Ige era, Ibadan had produced five out of the six civilian governors that had ruled the state, including the incumbent, under different political configurations and platforms.

The only exception being Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, an indigene of Ogbomoso, who steered the ship of the state between 2007 and 2011; apart from his infamous stint in the same office from January to December 2006.



Source: News Nigeria

25 Injured As Muslim, Egungun Worshipers Clash In Oyo Community

About twenty-five people have been reportedly injured in a clash between some Muslims and Egungun worshipers (Masqueraders) in Kishi, Oke-Ogun area of Oyo state.

The ugly incident is happening at a time the traditional ruler of the town, Oba (Engineer) Moshood Aweda Lawal Arowoduye 11, the Iba of Kishi is celebrating his 20th coronation anniversary, which is to hold between May 4th(Today) and 6th, 2017.

Public Relations Officer of the state Police Command, Mr Adekunle Ajisebutu confirmed the incident to journalists.

Ajisebutu revealed that the state police command has now provided adequate security to restore peace in the town.

DAILY POST gathered that problem started on Tuesday when a Muslim cleric identified as Alfa Lati, insisted that masqueraders observing the annual Egungun festival should not pass through his (Alfa Lati) street, located at Koso, Mapo area of the town.

The masqueraders considered this as an affront to their own religion, and passed through the street, claiming that Kishi town belongs to every indigene of the town, irrespective of religious affiliation.

It was also gathered that following an instruction from Alfa Lati, his followers reportedly attacked the masquerade (Egungun) with stones and other dangerous weapons, a situation that forced the Egungun to remove his mask, and ran for dear life.

In the melee that ensued, no fewer than 15 followers of the masquerade reportedly sustained serious injuries, and this made the furious Egungun worshippers to plan a reprisal attack on Wednesday.

A source informed journalists that over 10 people from both sides were also injured during the reprisal attack on Wednesday.

It was also learnt that some of the injured persons have been taken to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara state for medical treatment.

Reacting to the incident, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the International Council for Ifa Religion, Oyo state chapter, Baba Awo Awogbemiga Bogunmbe called on the police and other security agencies to ensure that justice is done.

While condemning the attack on the Egungun worshipers, Bogunmbe noted that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria makes the country a multi-religious one in which every citizen is free to practice whatever religion of his or her choice.

He noted that there was no time traditional religion worshippers disrupted activities of adherents of other religions in the country, calling on the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111, to use his good offices to liberate traditional religion against perpetual oppression by “foreign religions”

In a telephone conversation on Thursday with DAILY POST, Publicity Secretary of Ancient Religion Societies of African Descendants International Council of Nigeria (ARSADIC), Chief Ifakayode Fayemi said he heard about the incident but was yet to get full details.

Fayemi said “I have heard about the incident, but I don’t have the details now. I will call you back when I get details.

Our correspondent gathered that the Iba of Kishi, Oba Arowoduye had summoned a security meeting on Wednesday, and instructed that the ongoing 2017 annual Egungun festival should be put on hold pending the end of his 20th coronation anniversary, and to allow peace to return to the town.


Source: Daily Post

NDLEA Seize Drugs In Oyo State, Arrest 51 Suspects

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Oyo state command, said it arrested 51 suspected drug traffickers and addicts from January to date.

A statement by the state command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mrs Mutiat Okuwobi, on Sunday in Ibadan, disclosed that 1,933.28 kg of drugs were also seized during the period.

The PRO added that the agency also got the conviction of 17 drug traffickers with jail terms ranging from six months to five years in the period under review.

She said interventions were also given to some drug dependants persons through counselling after which they were reintegrated into the society.

The PRO said some drug users were still undergoing rehabilitation.

She said that the command would continue to do its best to frustrate the activities of drug peddlers in the state.



Source: The Nations


LAUTECH : Oyo Appoints External Auditors And Others

This was disclosed by the Commissioner of Education, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela, while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan.

He added further that the auditors would start work in a fortnight adding that the decision was one of the efforts being made to reposition education in the state.

According to him, this would help the government determine the level of intervention required and capacity for self-sustenance.

He said: “Government is in the process of appointing external auditors to enable them to know the state of finances and manpower of all the tertiary institutions owned by the Oyo State Government. “The auditors will commence work in two weeks’ time. All these will help us reposition education in the state.”

High Court to Resume Trial of Ex-Gov. Ladoja

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday adjourned until March 31, the trial of a former Governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, charged with N4.7 billion fraud.
Ladoja is charged alongside one of his aides, Waheed Akanbi.

They are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on an eight-count charge bordering on fraud.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the case, which was earlier slated for continuation of trial, could not proceed on Monday, as judges were said to be attending a conference.

The court’s registrar consequently, fixed a new trial date as March 31.
NAN recalls that EFCC had in November 2008 arraigned the accused on 10 counts of conspiring to convert properties and resources derived from an alleged illegal act, with the intention of concealing their illicit origin.

The EFCC also alleged that Ladoja used N42 million out of the proceeds to purchase an Armoured Land Cruiser Jeep, and remitted about 600,000 pounds to one Bimpe Ladoja in London.
Ladoja and Akanbi, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Governor Ajimobi’s Daughter spotted with Khole Kardashian and others

The Governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi’s daughter, Abisola Kola-Daisi shared a selfie with her friends, Khloe Kardashian, Malika and Khadijah Haqq in Los Angeles. The lady has surely made her way down the international level of hanging out with the Reality Tv star khole Kardashian and her best friends Malika and Khadija Haqq and others in the celebrity circle.

Fulani Herdman Kills His Landlord in Oyo State

A Fulani herdsman at the weekend killed his landlord and farmer, Musliu Aliu at Igbeti in the Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State, leading to a heightened tension between the indigenes and the herdsmen in the area.

Chairman of Igbeti community, Alhaji Alawode Jimoh Fasina, said the indigenes of the town had warned the deceased not to accommodate the herdsman who has many cows in the area.

He said: “Aliu went to his farm where he had preserved some yam seedlings for planting. But the cows ate some tubers of yam, which resorted into a quarrel between them. The herdsman accused the deceased of poisoning his cows, who he said were discharging bile.

“The deceased told us he was going to report the incident to the police. But we learnt that he went to his farm to plant the yamseedlings. It was in the process that the herdsman attacked and killed him.”

In another incident, a woman was attacked by another Fulani man, who she claimed was trying to rob her.

According to the woman, the herdsman tried to forcefully grabbed her purse in which she had some money, but when she resisted, he tried to cut her purse which she tied to her waist with a dagger and in the process, the dagger pierced her stomach and gouge out her intestines. She is in the hospital.

However, in his response to the allegation of murder, leader of Fulani herdsmen in the area, Alhaji Saliu Kadiri who is also the National Chairman, Jamu Nati Fulbe Association of Nigeria, alleged that the deceased farmer poisoned his crops which the cattle ate and that led to its death.

“The herdsman reported the case and the following day, the man was found dead. He was not stabbed and there were no stab wounds on him. His tubers of yam were also burnt. Only my God knows who killed him,” he said.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO) Oyo Command, Mr. Adekunle Ajisebutu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), told The Guardian that the herdsman who killed the farmer was still at large.

Meanwhile, Ambassador of the United States (U.S.) to Nigeria, Williams Stuart Symington has said the only way to stop incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen was to engage in ranching of cows as it obtains in the U.S.

The American envoy, who made the suggestion during his visit to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State as part of efforts to achieve peace, advised Nigerians to always uphold peace and unity in their diversity for development to take place in the country.

He agreed with Ortom’s call for ranching of cattle in the country, noting that only such move will end the constant crises between farmers and herdsmen.

October/November Salaries Have Been Paid to Oyo Workers-Toye Arulogun

It is said that the Oyo state Government made arrangement to ensure that salaries and arrears of its workers’ and pensioners are being paid.

It stated that payment of October and November salaries have been made as further demonstration of its commitment to improve the lives of the people and the welfare of its workers especially in these times of economic recession.

 Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun in a statement made available to journalists on Sunday reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the payment of workers’ salaries.

He explained that despite the lingering shortfall from Federation Account, state government will continue to make concerted efforts to meet its wage obligation to the state workforce.

Arulogun said the government was committed to the welfare of the people especially its workforce, noting that two months salaries have been paid for three consecutive months from December 2016.

“The state government is committed to clearing the backlog of salaries owed its workers. In December 2016, the government paid two months salaries for the months of June/July 2016 and repeated the same feat in February 2017 to cater for August/September 2016. The government has now approved and released October/November 2016 payment this month, March 2017, which is another two months’ salary.

 “We are doing a lot of financial reengineering to expedite action on payment of arrears to workers in order to cushion the effects of recession in the country. The State Government wants to start paying salaries promptly and that is why more efforts are being put in place to clear the backlogs.

“You will recall that Governor Ajimobi promised at the 2017 Interfaith service with the workers that Oyo State will survive this period. The governor is not relenting in fulfilling his electioneering campaign of welfarism, human face and improvement of lives to the people and so many cost saving measures have been put in place to cut government spending,” he emphasized.

We are Ready to Preserve the Yoruba Heritage- Brazilian Tourists

Some Brazilian tourists who arrived Oyo State last week on a tour of sites and discussions on the development of a partnership between the Yoruba culture in Bahia, Brazil and Oyo State, have declared their decision to promote the Yoruba culture.

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun who received the tourists led by Leopoldino Alves De Campos (Baba L’Orisa), stated that the visit to Oyo state is a fruit of his ministry’s recent meetings with the Brazilian Embassies in Abuja and Lagos.

Mr Arulogun said that the state government is committed to the Yoruba cultural exchange with the Brazilians because it is “aware that there is a strong inter-cultural relationship between the Yorubas here and those in Brazil, especially Bahia, where they do things in common with us in the South western part of the country.”

Arulogun also extended a promise to them (the Brazilians) trace their cultural origin. This, he said “will lead to the official connection between Brazil and Nigeria and promote the two countries’ relationship. Hopefully we would soon have a twin city arrangement and understanding.”

The leader of the delegation, Leopoldino Alves De Campos in his response to the warm welcome said it excites Brazilians to visit Nigeria, especially the South Western part of the country which shares the same cultural values with Brazil, noting that there are several thousands of Yoruba traditional worship centres in Brazil.

He promised that they are ready to preserve the culture and tradition of the Yoruba heritage, noting that many Brazilians are enthusiastic take a trip down to Nigeria, in order to further rediscover their origin.

Leopoldino Alves De Campos said the team will visit the Oke’badan shrine and Oje market in Ibadan, Egungun initiation centre in Oyo, the Igbo Oranmiyan in Ile-Ife and other tourist attraction centres in the South west region of the country.

Arulogun earlier paid working visits to the Brazilian Ambassador and Consular General, and both parties agreed on a bilateral relationship that will further unite Nigeria and Brazil as well as strengthen the ties between Oyo State and the Yoruba community in Bahia, Brazil.