Aregbesola Sets Up Coroner’s Inquest Into Adeleke’s Death

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, says a coroner inquest into the death of the first civilian governor of the state, Senator Isiaka Adeleke has become imperative to put an end to the controversy that trailed his death.

Governor Aregbesola stated this on Wednesday during the signing of the coroner inquest at his office in Osogbo, the state capital in South-West Nigeria.

He explained that the sudden passage of the late politician, his status and the circumstances surrounding the incident informed the decision of the State Government to investigate his death.

“The suddenness of the death and the huge confusion that accompanied it, the circumstances and the importance of the deceased made it very important for our government to put in place the inquest using the instrumentality of the law,” the governor said.

According to him, Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara would lead the coroner Inquest which he said must be concluded within three weeks.

“I am using today, an instrument pursuant to Section 3 subsection 1 and 2 of the Coroner Law Cap 32, Laws of the State of Osun 2002, to appoint and empower Mr Olusegun Ayodele Ayilara, Chief Magistrate, to order an inquest under the Coroner Law Cap 32 Volume 1, Laws of the State of Osun 2002, as to the cause of the death of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke of country home Ede in Osun State, who died a sudden death of which the cause is unknown on the 23rd of April, 2017,” he added.

Earlier, the Osun State Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs Abiola Adewemimo, stressed the importance of the inquest.

She expressed optimism that the coroner inquest would create the chance to explore all avenues to investigate the cause of Adeleke’s death, and also bring the controversy his death created to an end.

EFCC Arraigns Contractor Over Alleged Diversion Of N0.3bn TETFUND

EFCC Arraigns Contractor Over Alleged Diversion Of N0.3bn TETFUNDThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned one John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa alongside his company, Digitpro Engineering Technology Ltd. before Justice A.O. Oladimeji of the Osun State High Court sitting in Ede.

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Commission arraigned Mr Ojemuyiwa on Monday, April 3, on a two-count charge bordering on stealing and giving of gratification to public officers.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Ojemuyiwa’s journey to the dock followed a petition to the EFCC sometimes in April 2016 by the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun, alleging a fraudulent conversion and diversion of 0.3 billion Naira TETFUND approved for sundry projects at the Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Oluwatoyin Owodunni, asked the court for a trial date while the defence counsel, Banjo Akinwande, approached the court with an oral application for bail which was opposed by the prosecution counsel.

Justice Oladimeji ordered that the defence counsel presents a formal application to help the court exercise its discretion on the bail application, in view of the antecedents of failure of the accused person to honour the EFCC’s invitation twice.

One of the counts read: “That you John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa and Digitpro Technology Ltd., sometimes in February 2014 at Ila Orangun within the Osogbo judicial division, stole the sum of 53,837,574.08 Naira (fifty three million, eight hundred and thirty-seven thousand, five hundred and seventy-four Naira, eight Kobo) only, from the sum of 112,810,952.20 Naira (one hundred and twelve million, eight hundred and ten thousand, nine hundred and fifty-two Naira, twenty Kobo) advance payment to you as mobilisation fee for the construction of an amphitheatre by the Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun, Osun State”.

The second count also read: “That you John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa and Digitpro Technology Ltd., sometime in February 2014 at Ila Orangun within the Osogbo judicial division, corruptly gave the sum of 43,093,694.36 Naira (forty-three million, ninety-three thousand, six hundred and ninety-four Naira, thirty-six Kobo) to members of the Governing Council, Osun State College of Education, Ila Orogun, through one David Olayinka Olojede of De Capstone Ltd. on account of the award of a contract worth 228,298,302.00 Naira (two hundred and twenty-eight million, two hundred and ninety-eight thousand, three hundred and two Naira) and the over payment of mobilisation fee to you by the Governing Council and the Management of Osun State College of Education”.

The matter was adjourned till Tuesday, May 2, 2017 for hearing of the bail application and commencement of trial.

The accused is to be remanded at the Federal Prison, Ilesha in Osun State, South-west Nigeria.

Students Protest Killing Of Colleague In Ede

protestSome youths in Owode-Ede town in Osun State have protested the killing of their colleague, a student of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede.

The young man, simply identified as Dada and said to be in his twenties, was reportedly knocked down by a fuel tanker driver whom the youths accused of reckless driving.

The angry students also alleged that the Police helped the driver escape.

They took to the streets of Owode-Ede area of the state on Thursday to register their displeasure over the incident.

While the youths claimed that the incident was not the first, residents in the area called for the construction of speed breakers on major roads across the town.

2017 Is Our Year Of Consolidation, Aregbesola Says

Argebesola Stresses Need To Educate Nigerians On RecessionThe New Year, 2017 will be the year of consolidations on the various achievements of the Rauf Aregbesola administration.

This was the summary of the governor’s New Year broadcast to the people of the state, as they ushered in year 2017 on Sunday.

In the broadcast, the Governor reeled out the achievements of his administration in the year 2016, ranging from accomplishments in education, infrastructure, social protection services, urban renewal, provision of massive supports for business initiatives and several others.

Great Hope And faith

“This year, 2017, is going to be our year of consolidation. We are going to consolidate on all our programmes, especially in education, agriculture and road infrastructure. We are not going to abandon any of our projects. It is going to be our busiest year so far.

“We have great hope and faith that 2017 will be the best year for us and all the people of Osun,” he said.

Governor Aregbesola admitted that the year 2016 was one with huge trials, travails and tests, but however rejoiced that “it was also a year of great victory and accomplishments”.

The governor expressed satisfaction that his government recorded landmark achievements in the commissioning of many schools, a philosophical disposition towards just and equitable sales of consumer goods with the launch of Osunwon Omoluabi (Omoluabi Scales and Measures) and others.

He said: “In the field of education, we commissioned to the glory of God, Anthony Udofia Elementary School, Osogbo, St Michael Elementary School, Ibokun, St Thomas Elementary and Middle School, Iwoye Ijesa, Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo, Adventist Government High School, Ede and AUD Government Elementary School, Sabo, Osogbo.

“The commissioning of Osogbo Government High School coincided with the 25th anniversary of the creation of our state which was celebrated with pomp, pageantry and funfair, including breath-taking calisthenics display by 4,000 pupils from Osun’s public schools. We also successfully hosted President Muhammadu Buhari, who commissioned Osogbo Government High School”.

Harping on the performance of his government on education, Governor Aregbesola said the statistics had confirmed a marked improvements in the performance of students in external examinations as a result of strategic interventions.

“Osun was the cynosure of all eyes as our state provided the template for the national take-off of school feeding programme. This programme was launched by our administration in 2012. Under it, we provide nutritious and healthy meals to Elementary 1-4 pupils in all public schools on every school day. This programme is integrated into our agriculture and poverty eradication programmes and is now a roaring success.

“Still under education, we established Osun Education Quality Assurance and Morality Enforcement Agency to address the twin problems of indiscipline and falling standards in education.

“The year was also a good one for us in education. Our pupils had 46.3 per cent pass in the last West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), a giant leap of 137 per cent increase over the previous year’s paltry 19.5 per cent pass. Though this is far from satisfactory to us, nevertheless, it is an affirmation of our efforts and investment in education. It has put ashes in the mouths of those who have made a career of running down our efforts in education development,” he said.

In the area of security, Aregbesola said his government’s investment in security paid off in many areas citing instance when its capacity was tested by some criminals in Ikirun bank robbery but were neutralised.

The governor, however, lamented that the year did not go down without its own pains listing the transition of a member of the House of Assembly representing Ife Central State Constituency, Oladejo Samson Makinde.

He also regretted the deaths of Sir Olaniwun Ajayi, a prominent Yoruba leader, Mr Deji Sasegbon and the legendary Cuban leader, Fidel Castro.

Identifying hard work as a panacea to solving many of the societal complications, Governor Aregbesola said it was now clear that there was no free money again.

He said: “No one should be under any illusion about this. Oil price doesn’t look like it will spike up very soon, as we have had in the past. Even if it will, we should never find ourselves in a position of dependency again. If oil windfall should come, it should go into special projects and savings for the future.

“The way to go therefore is that we should work hard and earn our own money. We should develop the capacity to create wealth from which we provide jobs and generate revenue to the government”.

Again, Magistrate Orders CP To Produce Iwo King In Court

Again, Magistrate Orders CP To Produce Iwo King In CourtAn Osun State Chief Magistrate Court on Friday, December 30, 2016 ordered the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fimihan Adeoye to immediately arrest the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, a first class traditional ruler in the state.

Senior Magistrate Olusola Aluko on Friday, December 20, 2016 had issued a bench warrant for Oluwo’s arrest and also last Wednesday ordered the monarch to appear in court on Friday December, 30, 2016 but the traditional ruler was conspicuously absent when the case came up for hearing.

According to the Magistrate, the case brought before him against the Oluwo of Iwo was a criminal case and by the bench warrant issued by him, “the accused person supposed to have been arrested and kept in prison custody”.

Although, the defendant’s counsel, Barrister Olayide Yekeen wrote the court on why himself would not be present for the proceeding, counsel to the applicant, Barrister Soji Oyetayo explained that no reason was given for the absenteeism of his client.

While highlighting the alleged criminal matters brought against Oba Akanbi, Magistrate Aluko noted that the applicant, the Oluwo of Iwo-Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye did not file a chieftaincy case before him.

“I will like to say that the matter before me was filed based on sections 35, 37 and 38 of the criminal procedures of Osun State.

“In a criminal case such as this, a defendant must appear in court. This court is not trying a chieftaincy matter. It is the law that once an order is made, to prevent anarchy such order must be obeyed.

“It is to be noted that an order was first made by my brother, Magistrate Omisade of Iwo jurisdiction before the case was transferred here by fiat and I had warned him (Oba Akanbi) three times to appear before this court”, he said.

Reading parts of the statement credited to Oba Akanbi, the Magistrate stated, “The first respondent is in contempt of the court. He should also come and explain the statements credited to him on television and newspapers against this court.

“I have a duty to protect the judiciary which the respondent wanted to embarrass and humiliate”.

Magistrate Aluko chided the state Commissioner of Police for failing to perform his duty by not effecting the bench warrant on Oba Akanbi which he personally signed and which was handed over to an officer of the state police command.

He said, “I am baffled that the Commissioner of Police has not done his duty. I am also surprised by his claim that he was unaware of the bench warrant. That must be a joke of the century. I therefore order him to immediately arrest the respondent.

“I am not joking with my order. He should be arrested and brought to this court on Friday, January 6, 2017. The sanctity of the judiciary must be protected”, Magistrate Aluko added. ‎

Mischief Makers

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, recently cleared the air on why he refused to appear in court to face litigation instituted against him by Oluwo-Oke of Iwo-Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye, on the allegation that he was sponsoring thugs and involved in internet fraud.

At a meeting with one of the leaders of Quadiriyah Islamic Movement of Yoruba land, Mr Muhammed Imran-Adio, at Imoru Compound, Iwo, Osun State, Oba Akanbi described the allegation as a mere threat to intimate the crown.

“The lawsuit was the handiwork of some mischief makers who want to distract my compassionate leadership style and an attempt to get me docked so as to discredit the crown.

“How can I appear in court on defamatory allegations? There are two respondents in the case, Oluwo and State Commissioner of Police.

“The CP has been represented in court several times and I (Oluwo) have also been represented by three royal fathers and qualified layers, so why should the magistrate run after the crown leaving the man in khaki? This is an indication that something is wrong somewhere.

“If they can represent CP, why must they request the physical appearance of a first class ruler? You now insisted on docking Oluwo, maybe you meant another Oluwo not Adewale Abdulrasheed,” he said.

Yahoo Fraud Allegation: Oluwo Explains His Refusal To Appear In Court

Abdul-Rasheed-Akanbi-Oba-Oluwo-of-IwoThe Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has cleared the air on why he refused to appear in court to face litigation instituted against him by Oluwo-Oke of Iwo-Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye, on the allegation that he was sponsoring thugs and involved in Yahoo fraud.

At a meeting with one of the leaders of Quadiriyah Islamic Movement of Yoruba land, Mr Muhammed Imran-Adio, at Imoru Compound, Iwo, Osun State, Oba Akanbi described the allegation as a mere threat to intimate the crown.

“The lawsuit was the handiwork of some mischief makers who want to distract my compassionate leadership style and an attempt to get me docked so as to discredit the crown.

“How can I appear in court on defamatory allegations? There are two respondents in the case, Oluwo and State Commissioner of Police.

“The CP has been represented in court several times and I (Oluwo) have also been represented by three royal fathers and qualified layers, so why should the magistrate run after the crown leaving the man in khaki? This is an indication that something is wrong somewhere.

“If they can represent CP, why must they request the physical appearance of a first class ruler? You now insisted on docking Oluwo, maybe you meant another Oluwo not Adewale Abdulrasheed,” he said.

The Olowu further claimed that he “was spiritually at the meeting where the plan to ridicule Oluwo was orchestrated. There was never any case, any indictment in the allegations. It was just a paper allegation and baseless binding over”.

In a short speech, the Khalifa Qodiriya, Ede, Sheik Abdullahi Olohunlomerue, condemned the litigation against the monarch, saying “people only throw stones to a tree with fruits.

Sheik Olohunlomerue, who prayed for Oluwo to conquer his enemies, described the frontline monarch as a source of happiness for Nigerians through his services to humanity cutting across roads renovation, improved health materials targeted at liberating many generations.

He warned those behind the false allegations against the Oluwo to desist from it as it would not earn them any good thing.

“You call him Yahoo Yahoo and he renovated Iwo-Osogbo road that politicians cannot fix for years. He complemented government’s effort. The truth is that Oluwo is great and will never fall.

Earlier, the host, Khalefa Qodiriya, Iwo Land, Sheik Muhammed Imran-Adio, commended Oba Akanbi for his rare progressivism and spirituality just as he described the monarch as a blessing to the entire Yoruba race.

Sheik Adio while eulogising the Oluwo’s leadership style said the frontline monarch had brought unprecedented development to the ancient town through his infrastructural and empowerment programme.

The Khalifa Qodiriya, who said he was surprised by the visitation to their compound, appealed to Iwo indigenes, both home and overseas to drum their support for the monarch to pilot the sleepy town to constructive point.

Policeman Remanded In Prison For Alleged Murder In Osun

Policeman Remanded In Prison For Alleged Murder In OsunA Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, the Capital of Osun state, on Thursday, ordered the remand of a 48-year-old policeman, Pius Felix, in prison custody for allegedly killing a commercial driver.

Felix, who is attached to Awo Police Station, Ede, is facing a count of murder.

Magistrate Olubukola Olowolagba, ordered that the accused be kept in custody at Ilesa prison due to the magnitude of the alleged offence.

Police Prosecutor, Mr Mireti Wilson, had told the court that the accused committed the offence on December 20 at Ara Junction, in Awo, Ede.

Wilson further explained that the policeman killed one Michael Ishola, who allegedly refused to stop his vehicle at a check point.

He told the court that the accused had threatened to shoot the deceased, if he failed to stop and later did so.

He said the offence contravened Section 316 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. 11 Laws of Osun, 2003.

The plea of the accused was not taken because of the criminal nature of the offense committed.

Olowolagba, while handling down the verdict, ordered that the accused policeman be remanded in prison custody.

She, thereafter, adjourned the case till February 9, 2017 for mention.

Analyst Proffers Solution To Nigeria’s Economic Recession

Richard-Dickson-KramerA global economics analyst, Richard Kramer, says if Nigeria must be realistic and know that there are no quick fixes or easy solution to any problem if it must come out of its current economic recession.

He suggested the formulation of long term oriented policies, stressing that patient and non political commitment are needed to overcome the recession.

According to Mr Kramer, these, in addition to hard work, will bring about lasting and strong economic growth.

“Dutch Disease”

Delivering a lecture on the topic “Nation Building And Nigeria’s Economic Challenge” at the Redeemer’s University Convocation, ceremony in Ede, Osun State, Mr Kramer said it was also imperative to understand that Nigeria was suffering from the “Dutch Disease” and would require the support of all stakeholders to bounce back.

He identified the characteristics of the “Dutch disease” as spending oil revenues without savings, spending on consumption and not building the future economy and the private sector not fully mobilised.

Mr Kramer, who is also the chairman, African Capital Alliance, pointed out that “from an economic standpoint, it is clear that Nigeria should develop beyond petroleum to an economy that benefits from all its natural and human resources.

“Petroleum can provide much of the investment capital required but we need to attract Nigerian and international investment capital by developing what economists refer to as enabling environment.‎

“The details of an attractive investment climate have been well developed by economists and business leaders.

“Nigeria’s challenge is to define an economic strategy which uniquely builds on our comparative advantage and meets the needs of both investors and consumers as well as provide productive jobs for our growing population,” Mr Kramer told the gathering.

He further called for some practical ways which he believed if adhered to could salvage the economic recession in Nigeria.

“The most practical way in my view is to first implement the proposed ‘Emergency Power’ effectively so we make up for the lost time and gain momentum.

“Then, Nigeria has to take steps to forge an effective public-private partnership,” he stated.

Mr Kramer also advised the government to also develop a three-to-five-year Plan which will have a broad private sector support and finally foster long term nationwide support for implementing Nigeria’s Long term economic plan”.

Nigeria’s economy had slipped into recession, as indicated in a second quarter report of the National Bureau of Statistics.

The report showed that the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracted by 2.06 per cent.

According to the report, the decline has caused the Naira to get weaker while lower oil prices dragged the oil sector down.

The report also showed that agriculture had picked, showing the government’s determination to shift the nation’s revenue source away from crude oil to agriculture.

Scientists Close To Quicker Lassa Fever Diagnosis

lassa feverThe leader of a group of scientists says tackling the outbreak of Lassa Fever might be closer than imagined as his team has come up with a diagnosis that can diagnose Lassa fever virus within ten minutes.

‎Professor Christian Happi disclosed this at a forum in Ede, Osun State while speaking on new discoveries on Lassa virus.

Professor Christian Happi said that the new discoveries include a ten-minute rapid diagnostic test, neutralizing antibodies that inhibit Lassa fever virus while vaccines for the treatment of the virus are being worked upon.

He disclosed that using next generation sequencing, the research team has identified a signal of natural selection in human gene called LARGE in the Yoruba populations of southwest Nigeria that may be associated with protection to Lassa Fever Virus.

With careful hypothesis, Prof Happi believes that this could be key to the future Lassa Fever Vaccine.

Happi added that Africa needs to produce more scientists that will deal with emerging trends in health related issue.

FG To Provide Conducive Learning Environment For Universities

universitiesThe Federal Government of Nigeria says it will provide a conducive learning environment and a level playing ground for all Nigerian tertiary institutions.

It believes that the move will develop‎ and produce graduates that can compete with their counterparts across the world.

Speaking at a Capacity and Sustainability Training Forum for Heads of African Centres of Excellence in Abuja on Monday, the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, pledged the government’s support for the 10 African Centres of Excellence in Nigeria to enable them attain world class standard.

Mr Adamu appealed to the private sector to team up with the Federal Government to turn around the fortunes of Nigerian universities particularly in the area of research.

The World Bank representative and Task Team Leader of African Centres of Excellence for Nigerian universities, Andreas Blom, urged officials of the centres to look inward for the sustainability of the project while the Secretary General of the Committee of Vice Chancellors, Professor Michael Faborode, urged Nigerian universities to grow beyond depending on the World Bank for funding support.

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Julius Okojie, expressed confidence about the capacity of the project to address Africa’s developmental challenges.

The objective of the ace initiative is to promote regional specialisation among participating universities within areas that address particular regional and national development challenges.

On his part, the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, lamented the loss of about 78 billion Naira yearly to the activities of cyber criminals who offer online study opportunities to Nigerians.

The Centres of Excellence in Nigeria are: the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Bayero University, Kano, Benue State University, Markurdi, Redeemers University, Ede and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Others are: University of Benin, University of Jos, University of Port Harcourt, University of Ibadan and African University of Science and Technology.