Two Killed In Violence Over Oba’s Disapproval Of ‘Ogun’ Festival

A map of Ekiti, a state in South-West Nigeria.

 

Two persons were killed on Sunday when a group of angry youths attacked the palace of Oba Victor Bobade, the traditional ruler of Ire Ekiti, a town in Ekiti State.

The incident which occurred in the evening in Oye Local Government Area of the state is said to have forced the king to flee the town.

Channels Television gathered that violence erupted when the monarch refused to allow the people gather in their large number to celebrate the annual Ogun festival, a request the traditional ruler said was contrary to COVID-19 protocols and government rules.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti, Sunday Abutu, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Monday.

He also revealed that two persons lost their lives as a result of the violence, while the monarch decried that the irate youths set his property ablaze.

Oba Bobade condemned the incident and frowned at the action and ignorance of those involved in the violence.

“Coronavirus kills honourables, kills governors, kills whoever; I don’t know why my people will descend so low, they are daft.

“I sensitised them, but they just don’t want to know,” the traditional ruler told Channels Television in an interview.

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A file photo of a police patrol van.

 

He revealed that after the violence broke out, a team of policemen deployed to calm the situation could not contain it.

Oba Bobade noted that the security operatives, however, succeeded in whisking him away to safety.

He said, “In my residence, they came there but couldn’t find me anyway, but I was in there. They started throwing stones, breaking everything breakable in the palace.

“They destroyed everything, including the vehicle of the policemen. I had to break a fence before those policemen on the ground could find their way to escape.”

In his reaction, the Chairman of the State Task Force on COVID-19, Professor Bolaji Aluko, condemned the incident, stating that the relevant authorities would swing into action to restore normalcy to the town.

The “Ogun” festival which is linked to a god of iron has been the major festival celebrated by the people of Ire Ekiti as history has it that the valiant Ogun immortalised himself in the town.

Police Boss Condemns ‘Backdoor Release’ Of Arrested Criminals In Ekiti

The new Commissioner of police in Ekiti State, Tunde Mobayo speaks on the security situation in the state.

 

The new Commissioner of police in Ekiti State, Tunde Mobayo, has condemned what he describes as the release of criminals in the state through the backdoor.

Speaking during a press conference on Friday, the police boss said he is determined to deploy intelligence-driven policing in safeguarding lives and properties in Ekiti.

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“If we have a situation whereby we have offenders apprehended and not punished, there is that possibility that the propagation of crime will increase,” he said.

The police boss also vowed to flush out criminal elements in the state, adding that anyone arrested will face the full wrath of the law.

“So I am the type of person that believes that a criminal must be seen to have been disciplined according to the law,” he said.

He also warned officers of the command against indulging in acts that run contrary to the law, adding that any personnel caught will be severely sanctioned.

Ekiti Attorney-General Tests Positive For COVID-19

The Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Ekiti State, Wale Fapohunda on July 26, 2020 tested positive for COVID-19.

 

The Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Ekiti State, Wale Fapohunda has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Fapohunda disclosed this on Sunday via Twitter.

The Commissioner also noted that he has gone into self-isolation and has delegated the duties of his office accordingly.

“The result of my second COVID-19 test came out positive today. In line with the established protocols, I have commenced a period of self-isolation.

“In my absence, all state legal matters should be referred to the Solicitor-General of the State,” the Commissioner said.

This comes a week after the state Governor, Kayode Fayemi, was infected by COVID-19.

Govt Postpones Reopening Of Churches, Mosques In Ekiti

A map of Ekiti, a state in South-West Nigeria.

 

The Ekiti State government has postponed the reopening of churches and mosques in the state until August 14 as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the state.

This was announced in a statement by the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Dr Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, in the state.

She explained that the decision to shift the date for the reopening of worship centres in Ekiti was taken to enable the stakeholders have enough time to meet the government’s conditions.

Yaya-Kolade, who is also the Chairman of the Committee on Reopening of Worship Places in Ekiti, noted a communique by the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria.

She believes the statement which emanated from the Christian group is suggestive of the fact that worship centres are not ready to comply with the conditions set out by the government.

According to the commissioner, the government is committed to its constitutional responsibility for the safety of lives and properties of residents in the state.

She stressed that for worship centres to reopen, the government will take seriously, fumigation of the premises, social distancing, provision of infrared thermometer, hours of worship.

Yaya-Kolade insisted that it was important to enforce the age limit, saying children between the age of one to 12 and adults above the age of 65 years should be exempted from congregational worships.

Ekiti reported five new cases of (COVID-19) on Thursday, bringing to 72 the total number of confirmed cases in the state.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said 30 patients were receiving treatment at the government’s isolation centre, 40 others have been discharged while two persons have lost the battle to COVID-19.

Read the statement by the commissioner below:

Constitutionality Of Virtual Court Hearings: Supreme Court Set To Hear Ekiti Attorney General’s Case

 

The Supreme Court has fixed tomorrow, 14th July 2020 for the hearing of the suit brought by the Attorney- General of Ekiti State, Olawale Fapohunda against the Attorney-General of the Federation and Attorneys- General of Lagos and Ogun States respectively.

In the suit brought pursuant to Order 3 rule 6, Supreme Court Rules (as amended in 1999), section 232(1) of the 1999 constitution (as amended) and sections 1(3), 36(3) and (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), the Attorney-General of Ekiti State is asking the Supreme Court to determine whether the directive issued by the Attorney-General of the Federation, vide its directive issued on the 20th of April, 2020 to the Head of Courts at Federal and States level, in conjunction with Guidelines, issued on the 7th May,2020, by the National Judicial Council specifically as it relates to the conduct of virtual proceedings in court is not only a violation of the federalism provisions of the 1999 Constitution but also in violation of the constitutional provisions on fair hearing specifically as it relates to the conduct of criminal trials in public.

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The Ekiti State Attorney- General is also asking the Supreme Court to set aside, or strike down so much of the said directive of the Attorney-General of the Federation and National Judicial Council Guidelines, as it relates to Virtual or Remote Court sittings to the extent that they purport to be binding on the Ekiti State High Court for being inconsistent with Section 1(3), 4(6), 5(2), 6(2), 36(3) and (4), 272 and 274 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

The issue of the constitutionality or otherwise of remote or virtual court hearing has dominated national discussion since the publication of the guidelines of the National Judicial Council which recommended virtual court proceedings for courts in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Opinion has been divided among lawyers on the legality of the directive. A number of High Courts including those in Lagos, Ogun, and Borno States have proceeded to implement the guidelines while many States have been adamant in their opposition to the directive insisting that only a constitutional amendment or pronouncement by the Supreme Court can ensure the legality of virtual court hearings.

Gunmen Abduct Two Persons, Shoot Driver In Ekiti

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
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Gunmen have abducted a senior federal worker and another person in Ode, Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

The gunmen were also said to have shot the driver of the Hilux van conveying the victims before whisking them away.

Confirming the development to Channels Television, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sunday Abutu, said the driver is currently receiving treatment at a health facility within the state.

The police spokesman noted that the gunmen, numbering about 10, first attacked and robbed some people at a Sawmill where they abducted two persons, out of which one later escaped.

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According to him, the Force is already on the trail of the perpetrators and will ensure the release of the abducted persons.

This comes three months after the Ekiti Commissioner for Agriculture, Folorunso Olabode, was kidnapped and a politician traveling with him shot dead.

Seven Arrested For Multiple Bank Robberies In Ondo And Ekiti

A file photo of Police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba.

 

Police Operatives attached to the Special Tactical Squad have arrested a 7-man criminal gang that attacked and robbed three comm​ercial banks in the South-West States of Ondo and Ekiti between 2019 and 2020, killed innocent citizens including six (6) policemen and carted away several millions of naira.

According to a statement by the police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, investigation reveals that the dare-devil armed robbers – Tunbosun Ojo ‘m’ 42years, Ismaila Ojo ‘m’ 25years, Victor Oyeyemi ‘m’ 36years, Dele Ariyo ‘m’ 44years, Shola Oladimeji ‘m’ 50years, Olubodun Folayemi ‘m’ 44years and Adeniyi John ‘m’ 42 years – carried out the robbery of a commercial bank in Ile-oluji, Ondo State on 7th February, 2020 where four (4) policemen were killed. Similarly they were also involved in the robbery of a Microfinance Bank in Idanre, Ondo State in December, 2019 and a commercial bank at Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State where two policemen lost their lives.

Efforts are being intensified to arrest other members of the gang still at large and to recover other sophisticated weapons used in the operations.

In a similar vein, twenty-three (23) other suspects were also arrested by the Police operatives for their involvement in various crimes including armed robbery, kidnapping, illegal possession of prohibited firearms, car snatching at gun point, amongst other offences.

The following were recovered from the suspects: One (1) AK49 rifle, One (1) AK47 rifle, two (2) pump action guns, five (5) locally made guns, nineteen (19) locally made short guns, one hundred and twenty-five (125) cartridges, one hundred and forty-five (145) AK47 ammunition, locally fabricated explosives and a Toyota Corolla vehicle with Reg. No. LSR 490 GC. The suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigations.

Fayemi Signs Bill On Children Sexual Violence

 

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi has signed into law a bill making treatment and care compulsory for child victims of sexual abuse.

While signing the bill on Friday at the Government House in Ado-Ekiti, Governor Fayemi lamented the rising cases of sexual abuse in the state and said there was a need for legal reviews to prioritize the interest and welfare of victims.

He also called for a more effective prosecution of sex offenders, stressing the need for a national consensus on rape he described as a monster.

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With the Sexual Violence Against Children (Compulsory Treatment and Care) Law 2020, a child victim will have rapid access to relevant medical facility for emergency care and infection treatment.

Other provisions include compulsory report of incident to relevant authorities by care givers, safekeeping of records of victims at medical facilities and order of restitution among others.

Former Old Ondo State Governor, Bamidele Olumilua Is Dead

A file photo of former old Ondo State Governor, Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua.

 

 

A former governor of the old Ondo State and elder statesman, Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua, is dead.

Olumilua, whose son is the Commissioner for Information in Ekiti State, died in the early hours of Thursday.

The 80-year-old was governor of old Ondo State from January 1992 to November 1993.

He was elected on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and served the old Ondo State before the eventual military takeover by General Sanni Abacha.

The late former governor was also appointed by Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, as the Chancellor of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti.

75-Year-Old Woman Dies Of COVID-19 Complications In Ekiti

 

A 75-year-old woman has died of COVID-19 complications in Ekiti State, according to a statement from the State Government.

This was revealed in a post on the Ekiti State Government’s official Facebook page on Thursday.

The statement explained that the woman’s result came out positive after the samples sent to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for testing were returned.

“We can confirm that one (1) of the samples sent to the NCDC accredited laboratory for testing returned positive of the COVID-19 virus infection,” the statement read.

It added: “The new positive case, a 75-year-old female, has died from complications of the virus.”

On Thursday night, Nigeria reported 339 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, bringing its total infections to 7,016.

In a tweet via its official handle, the NCDC confirmed the new figures, saying that Lagos reported 139 new cases, Kano had 28, Oyo 28, Edo 25, and Katsina 22.

Other states with new cases include Kaduna with 18, Jigawa with 14, Yobe and Plateau with 13 cases each, the FCT with 11, eight in Gombe, five in Ogun, four in Bauchi and Nasarawa each, three in Delta, two in Ondo, and one each in Rivers and Adamawa.

NCDC also reported the discharge of 67 patients, bringing the number of successfully treated cases to 1,907.

Ekiti State Discharges Five Recovered COVID-19 Patients

A file photo of Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi
A file photo of Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

The Ekiti State Government has discharged five recovered COVID—19 patients after successfully managing them.

In a tweet on Monday, the Ekiti State COVID-19 Task Force noted that they were discharged after their results tested negative to the virus.

With this development, the tweet further noted, Ekiti State now has five active cases of COVID-19 as of 8:30 pm, May 11, 2020.

Of the infected number – 15 –one death has been recorded so far in the Southwest state with nine discharged, the statement added.

 


On Sunday night, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Sunday confirmed 248 new COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, bringing the number of infections to 4,399.
According to the agency, Nigeria also recorded 17 more deaths from the pandemic, taking the country’s death toll to 143 with total recoveries rising to 778.

Eighty-one of the new cases were in Lagos State, 35 in Jigawa, while Borno and Kano states each had 26 new confirmed cases.

Twenty new cases were confirmed for Bauchi, 13 in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, 12 in Edo, 10 in Sokoto and seven in Zamfara.

Kwara and Kebbi each had four new cases; Gombe, Taraba, Ogun and Ekiti each had two cases, while Osun and Bayelsa had a case each.

COVID-19: Ekiti Govt Reviews Curfew, Lists Days For Businesses To Open

A file photo of Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi
A file photo of Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi.

 

 

Ekiti State government has released fresh guidelines spanning a month to regulate the movement and activities of people in its bid to curb the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.

Following the easing of the lockdown announced last week by the state governor, Kayode Fayemi, the government has further reduced the time of the dusk to dawn curfew in the state.

As reflected in the guideline, the curfew would be effective from 8pm to 6am daily to afford the people more time for movement, as against the 6pm to 6am curfew earlier in place.

Only three days – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – will be open for movement and businesses for the one-month period as stated in the document.

However, businesses will only operate for 10 hours on the days between 6am and 4pm, while major markets will remain closed indefinitely.

The government also directed that the boundaries of Ekiti should remain closed and the ban on physical school and church activities, as well as other large gatherings, remained in force.

Governor Fayemi announced public service resumption for officers on Grade Levels 13 and above within the three days designated for free movement.

He also approved that duly certified corpses could be moved in and out of the state but only within the free days.

The government, therefore, called on residents of the state to imbibe the culture of regular hand washing, use of face masks, and social distancing among other measures prescribed to curb the spread of coronavirus in Ekiti.

Ekiti has recorded 12 cases of COVID-19 with nine active cases, two discharged and one dead.