The Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti has been shut indefinitely following a violent protest by students over the death of one of their colleagues.
Trouble began on campus at the weekend after a final year student Oluwafemi Vincent from the Department of Estate Management died.
Vincent was reportedly rushed to the Polytechnic Health Centre for treatment, but his condition worsened and he was referred to the state’s university teaching hospital, Ado-Ekiti where he died in the early hours of Saturday.
The students who blamed his death on the health centre started violent protest during which they set the centre ablaze and damaged other properties on campus.
The President of the Student Union Government in the polytechnic, Dairo Samuel, however, condemned the violence.
Although he said there had been complaints by students that they receive poor care and attention at the health centre, that did not justify the damage done.
“I was not here yesterday (Saturday) but by the time I got here (at the health centre) today, I saw a lot of students here destroying some things,” Samuel said.
“Me and my executive could not control the situation again. We tried to stop them because if anything happens, it is not for you to take the law into your hands.”
The Rector of the Polytechnic, Taiwo Akande, however, denied the claim by the students.
“The allegations that when they get there (the health centre), they are not attended to is not true because I make use of the health centre. I go there many times unannounced and if there had been lapses, I would have been able to see them,” she said.
She said Vincent whose death sparked the protest did not die in the health centre or teaching hospital but in an unknown location.
According to her, Vincent was brought into the health centre on Friday morning seriously ill.
“He was attended to at the health centre; he was admitted because we have admission facilities. Towards evening, it was seen that his condition was deteriorating and immediately, he was rushed to the University Teaching Hospital accompanied by a nurse,” the rector said.
“According to them, stabilised him, but to their shock, yesterday (Saturday) morning, somebody who claimed to be the brother came and discharged him forcibly and said he was going to take care of him.”
To forestall further violence, the management shut down the institution and inaugurated a seven-man panel of inquiry to unravel the cause of the protest and the level of damage.
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has once again raised an alarm over alleged plots by a former governor of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, in collaboration with other top shots of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to unseat him before the end of his tenure.
Governor Fayose, who made the allegation on Monday at a press conference in Ado Ekiti, said the APC bigwigs plan to unseat him by using the judiciary.
He, however, expressed confidence that the judiciary would uphold justice, stressing that the minority would always have their say.
“They have concluded plans to go to court to reverse my election. I’m sure we have noble men at the Supreme Court who will not allow their image to be smeared.
“Nigeria is bigger than all of us, the APC-led Federal Government cannot win every state and cannot win in all states. In a democracy, majority will have their way, minority will have their say.
“I want to state very clearly that we will not allow this democracy to be destroyed, we will resist every attempt to bastardise it,” he said.
In a phone interview with Channels Television, spokesman to Dr. Fayemi, Mr Yinka Oyebode, described the allegation as false.
“He (Fayose) said the Honourable Minister has approached the Supreme Court for a reversal, I am not aware of that.
“He makes allegation without being able to substantiate it. So for me, no comment,” Mr Oyebode said.
The Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria has raised an alarm over increasing rate of Non-Communicable Diseases like diabetes, cancer and hypertension in the country.
The association stated this in Ado Ekiti at the 33rd National Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting themed: Non-Communicable Disease Burden: Health System Preparedness in Nigeria.
Speaking at the opening, the Chairman, Local Organising Committee, Dr. Olusegun Elegbede, blamed this on change in lifestyle of people and the economic recession.
According to him, there is evidence that NCDs are undermining the attainment of Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.
“There has been growing burden of NCD and the World Economic Forum has reported it as leading macro-economic risk at global level,” he said.
The National Chairman of APHPN, Professor T.M. Akande, said the conference offered another opportunity to network and rub minds on burning public health issues in Nigeria and the strategies for advancing public health practice in Nigeria.
In a paper entitled, “Nigerian Health System Response to the Emerging Epidemics of NCDs,” the Guest Speaker, Professor Olanipekun Alausa, said chronic NCDs have become more prominent causes of illness, disabilities and deaths.
“In addition, changes in lifestyles and in the environment have increased the morbidity and mortality rates due to NCDs,” he said.
Recommending solutions, Alausa called for the strengthening of health systems with appropriate technologies in tertiary institutions.
According to him, the cost of management must be made affordable and heavily subsidised by the government and other health agencies.
“Affected people with diagnosed NCDs should seek hospital patronage early and desist from consulting and seeking for traditional and religious solutions in the first instance.
“The government should come to the assistance of patients, rather than the patients begging for donations on television stations and social media,” he added.
Southwest leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have passed a vote of confidence on the Senator Ahmed Markarfi led Caretaker Committee of the party.
The leaders also promised to give all necessary support to the Committee in restoring the good virtues of the party.
The pledged was one out of the six-point communique issued at the end of the Southwest PDP meeting held on Monday in Ado Ekiti.
The leaders also reposed confidence on the leadership of the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose within the region.
In their opening remarks, Governor Fayose and the Southwest National Vice Chairman of the PDP, Eddie Olafeso, highlighted the purpose of the meeting.
At the end of the opening session, the meeting went into a closed door session after which the communique was read by the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Kolapo Olusola.
The meeting was attended by some PDP leaders in southwest Nigeria, including former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Ebenezer Babatope and all State Chairmen of the party in the region.
A heavy downpour has wreaked havoc and destroyed property worth millions of Naira in Adebayo and Oke- Oriomi areas of Ado Ekiti.
Some of the victims told Channels Television that the rain started around 3:00PM and ended at about 5:30PM on Friday, with a heavy storm pulling off roofs from buildings while some electric poles and vehicles parked on the roadside were damaged.
The most affected area was Isato Street located along the old Governor’s Office, where the incident left the occupants of the affected houses homeless.
The residents, who said the heavy shower was the first major downpour in the state in 2017, counted there loses and called on the Ekiti State Government to come to their rescue.
“We are calling on the State Government to come to our aid, our roofs have been removed and we don’t have any other place to put our head.
“Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) should please look into the area of maintenance of their facilities; some of the electric poles are half broken and due for replacement but nothing is done,” a resident said.
No life was lost so far while BEDC has been asked to urgently disconnect the wires from the poles.
A 43-year-old medical doctor, Akolawole Michael, risked being jailed for allegedly defrauding a colleague of a sum of 900,000 Naira for the purchase of land.
Akolawole was on Wednesday arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti over the matter.
At the Thursday proceeding, Police prosecutor, Sgt. Oriyomi Akinwale, told the Court that the accused committed the offence sometimes in the month of January 2013 in Ado-Ekiti.
The policeman alleged that the doctor fraudulently obtained the sum of N900,000 from one Babalola Olawale, a junior doctor under the pretense that he could sell six plots of land to him at Afao road in Ado-Ekiti.
According to him, the accused committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 419 of Criminal Code Cap C16 Vol. 1 Laws of Ekiti State 2012.
The accused pleaded not guilty, while his counsel, Busuyi Ayorinde, applied for his bail, promising the Court that he would not jump bail.
The prosecutor objected to the bail application because the accused had jumped bail in the police station.
Magistrate Taiwo Ajibade, consequently granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in the sum of N50,000 each, who must be resident within Ado-Ekiti with verifiable addresses.
Ajibade said that one of the sureties must be a senior medical officer, while the other must be a civil servant of grade level 12 or executive member of a landlord association.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Ado Ekiti, has restrained the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon Kola Oluwawole from swearing–in Mr Toyin Obayemi in place of the occupant of Ado Constituency 1 seat, Hon Musa Arogundade.
The Speaker is to stay action on the matter pending the determination of the appeal filed by the sacked legislator.
According to the ruling prepared by Justice Olanrewaju Belgore, which was delivered by Justice P.O. Elechi, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was also restrained from recognizing Obayemi as its candidate for the 2015 House of Assembly poll.
Arogundade had filed a motion for an order staying the execution of the judgment in a case filed by Obayemi which was delivered on July 4, 2016 judgment delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of an Ado Ekiti Federal High Court.
He also filed an injunction restraining the Assembly Speaker from inaugurating Obayemi as the lawmaker representing Ado Constituency 1 pending the determination of the main appeal before the court.
Respondents in the motion at the Appeal Court are Obayemi (1st), Independent National Electoral Commission (2nd), Odunayo Talabi (3rd) and PDP (4th).
He further urged parties in the suit to maintain status quo ante bellum pending the determination of the main appeal filed by Arogundade to keep his seat in the Assembly.
Addressing the court after the ruling was delivered, counsel to the applicant, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), said: “The hierarchical structure of our legal system must be preserved; once a higher court has spoken, the lower court should blow the muted trumpet.
“The lynchpin of the ruling is that Rt. Hon. Kola Oluwawole, who was to be committed to prison for not swearing in Obayemi in place of Arogundade has been ordered not to swear in Obayemi until the main appeal has been duly heard.
“In other words, Arogundade remains a lawmaker and Obayemi must wait for his day in court which has ordered the Speaker not to swear in the first respondent (Obayemi).”
Counsel to Obayemi, Mr. Olayinka Sokoya, urged the court to grant an expeditious hearing of the substantive appeal saying a speedy trial is expedient to dispose of the matter as soon as possible.
Three persons were on Wednesday remanded in prison custody for allegedly stealing 25 million Naira belonging to the Personal Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, Mr Sunday Omosilade.
The police prosecutor, Caleb Leranmo, told the court that the accused persons – Bamidele Temitope, 36, Afolabi Sunday, 42 and Shuaib Amidu, 67 – committed the offence on December 29, 2016 at the Ekiti State Government House Lodge in Ado-Ekiti.
Leramo alleged that the accused persons did conspire together to commit felony to wit: stealing, an offence punishable under section 516 of Criminal Code, Cap C16, laws of Ekiti State 2012.
The prosecutor alleged that the accused persons, on the said date did unlawfully stole the said amount which was in hard currency – $50,000.
He further alleged that the third accused persons, Amidu, on December 30 at Mugbaba area in Ado-Ekiti become an accessory after the fact of felony to one Afolabi Sunday when he changed allegedly stolen $20,000 to Naira denomination for him.
According to him, the offence contravened section 519 of the Criminal Code, Cap C16, Laws of Ekiti State 2012.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges, while their counsel, Mr Busuyi Ayorinde, applied for their bail but the court told him to formalise his application.
The Chief Magistrate, Adesoji Adegboye, consequently remanded the accused persons in prison.
He adjourned the case to January 16 for further hearing.
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has evicted the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) State command from Fayose Estate in Afao Road, Ado Ekiti.
This is reportedly part of measures to get out of the hard-biting economic recession pummeling Ekiti State.
Other agencies given the quit order from Fayose Housing Estate include some Federal Ministries, Agencies and Parastatals.
The estate which housed NSCDC, Prison Service, National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), National Orientation Agency, National Board for Technical Education (NABTEB) and others was built by the Governor during his first term in office as a governor of the state.
Findings revealed in Ekiti on Wednesday that the state government had earlier given a year period of grace to all the ministries to look elsewhere for accommodation or buy the property as the state can no longer give out its property free of charge to agency.
The period of grace ended on December 31, 2016 after which a letter of eviction was served on the occupants of the estate.
The letter reads that “failure to quit the property will result into facing a rent tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti”.
It was reliably gathered that this development had forced the NSCDC officers in the state into sacrificing part of their January salary to buy the property as other well-meaning Nigerians to assist the Corps.
Responding, the Spokesman of the Command, Tolu Afolabi, noted that “not only Civil Defence was evicted by the State Housing Corporation from the property as earlier stated in an online news but all the federal agencies in the estate”.
The Chairman of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in Ekiti State, Mr Rotimi Agbede, was on Wednesday brought before a Magistrate Court for disrupting the peace within the Ekiti State Police Command in Ado Ekiti.
Mr Agbede was arraigned alongside a member of the union, Olaoye Oba, for fighting at the police headquarters over seemingly irreconcilable crisis brewing in the union.
The charge sheet, according to the police prosecutor, Oriyomi Akinwale, read: “That you, Samuel Agbede and Olaoye Oba on 23 December, 2016, at the State Police Headquarters premises under Ado Ekiti Magisterial District did engage yourself in a fight.
“You thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 83 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ekiti State 2012”.
However, the embattled RTEAN chair pleaded not guilty to the charge after which his lawyer, Tajudeen Lamidi, urged the court to grant him bail on liberal terms considering his status in the society.
After listening to the argument of the defendant’s counsel, Chief Magistrate Idowu Ayenimo granted the two accused persons bail in the sum of 20,000 Naira with one surety each in the like sum who must also be resident of Ado Ekiti with a verifiable address.
The presiding Magistrate subsequently adjourned the case till January 20 for further hearing.
It was reliably gathered that Oba had gone to the police station to report the RTEAN boss on December 23, when the RTEAN chair, who is an ally of Governor Ayo Fayose, was in conflict with Oba who is a supporter of an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant, Femi Bamisile.
Oba had written a petition to the Police accusing Agbede of spearheading attacks on APC members and other RTEAN members who are supporters of Bamisile shortly after the aspirant held a political meeting with his supporters on the same day, December 23.