Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

File Photo of Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has named retired Justice Cornelius Akintayo and retired Police Commissioner, Mr. Dipo Ayeni, as members of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry to probe into the allegations of human rights violations leveled against police officers in the state.

This decision was contained in a statement signed by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebide.

Other members of the panel are: Mrs. Yetunde Kolawole, State Counsel- Representing the Honourable Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice,

Mrs. Kikelomo Owolabi, Chairperson, Nigerian Bar Association, Ikere-Ekiti Branch and Mr. Rotimi Ojomoyela, Chair, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Ekiti State Branch.

Others include: Mr. Jamiu Abiodun Adigun, Representative, National Human Rights Commission, Mr. Adeyinka Opaleke, Representative, Legal Aid Council of Nigeria , Ms. Caroline Fakinlede, Ekiti State Youths Representative, Mr. Abiola Johnson-Ogunleye- Ekiti State Students Representative and Mr. Akin Rotimi, Researcher, Police Reforms

According to Governor Fayemi, the terms of reference of the Judicial Panel include; to receive and investigate complaints of Police brutality or related extra-judicial killings; receive and Investigate complaints of violence against individuals and destruction of properties in every part of Ekiti State in the course of the protest.

“It will also evaluate the evidence presented and other surrounding circumstances, and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaints; and Recommend compensation and other remedial measures, where appropriate”.

Fayemi said the duration of the assignment of the panel will be six months, with the Chairman expected to provide monthly briefings to the Honourable Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice to further enhance the speedy consideration of all complaints.

” In order to enable the panel to respond appropriately to the urgent needs of victims of rights violations, the Governor has established a Victims Compensation Fund to enable the speedy payment of monetary compensation to deserving victims.

The communique also revealed that the governor has further directed the Ministry of Justice to immediately ensure that its Department of Citizens Rights in addition to receiving walk-in complaints by victims of Human Rights violation is able to receive and to process and resolve complaints by telephone or social media channels.

Ekiti Bank Robbery: Police Declare Suspect Wanted

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The Ekiti State Police Command has declared one Samuel Omotoyinbo wanted following the recent bank robbery that took place in Iyin Ekiti last week.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abutu Sunday.

According to the statement, the police authorities called on anyone with a clue that could lead to his arrest to notify the nearest police station.

Omotoyinbo with the nicknames Badoo and Eleven (11) was first declared wanted by the state Police Command some three weeks back for similar allegations.

                 EKITI STATE POLICE COMMAND

PRESS RELEASE

WANTED PERSON

 

The Ekiti State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that one Omotoyinbo Samuel has again been declared wanted by the Nigeria Police. He is suspected to have led the gang of armed Robbers who recently attacked the branch of WEMA Bank in Iyin-Ekiti.

  1. Our Investigation so far has revealed how Omotoyinbo Samuel actively participated in the Bank robbery as mastermind and other robberies, kidnapping and murder incidents in Ekiti State and Ondo State.

 

  1. His real name is Omotoyinbo Samuel but popularly called ELEVEN(11) in Ekiti State and BADO in Ondo State. He is an indigene of iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State where the recent bank robbery incident took place.

The Command implores any person with useful information that could lead to his arrest to please contact the nearest Police Station or the SARS Department on 07031620186 or the PPRO on 09064050086.

 

ASP ABUTU SUNDAY

PPRO

FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE

EKITI STATE COMMAND

Gunmen Kill Civil Servant In Ekiti

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
File photo of a gunman wearing bullets

 

A staff of Ekiti West Local Government in Ekiti State has been shot dead by unknown gunmen.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television on Sunday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Sunday Abutu said that the corpse of deceased who is also a Pastor was found at his farm in a forest located along Aramoko-Ijero Ekiti.

The Police PPRO said the identity of his killer(s) is still unknown, adding that investigation is ongoing for possible detection and apprehension of the perpetrators.

This comes three weeks after a director with the Local Government Service Commission in the state, Mr David Jejelowo, was murdered.

Jejelowo was killed at his residence in Igirigiri, Ado Ekiti in the early hours of September 14.

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The deceased, Jejelowo was a victim of abduction with his driver in January 2019 along Ado-Ijan road while returning from a trip although he later regained his freedom.

Meanwhile, the police spokesman also gave an update on the bank robbery that happened in  Iyin Ekiti on Friday.

According to him, the State Police has recovered three vehicles with some Improvised Explosive Device(IEDs), some wraps of Indian hemp, alcoholic drinks and two handsets result from its manhunt of the criminals.

He also reiterated the commitment of the Force to arrest the perpetrators of the attack to serve as a deterrent to others.

Police Launch Probe Into Death Of Personnel In Ekiti

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The Ekiti State Police Command has launched an investigation into the death of its personnel along Efon-Aramoko Ekiti road on Saturday.

This was disclosed on Sunday by the police spokesman, Sunday Abutu via the phone.

He said the probe is necessary to ascertain the cause of death of the officer who was crushed while going to work.

The victim was said to have died as a result of injuries he sustained when he was crushed yesterday.

Gunmen Invade Ekiti Bank

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
File photo of a gunman wearing bullets

 

Gunmen on Friday attacked a new generation bank in Iyin Ekiti area of Ekiti State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Sunday Abutu, confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a phone call.

He said no casualty has been confirmed, adding that the police team is working to launch a manhunt for the criminal gang.

Sources said the armed robbers, numbering close to 10, carted away large sums of money after blowing up the security door to gain access.

Residents of the town and travellers in transit reportedly scampered for safety following the sporadic gunshots that accompanied the arrival of the gang.

The operation was said to have lasted for at least 40  minutes without any police interruption,  raising questions about the absence of security operatives despite the presence of a police station in the town and the nearness of other police stations in bordering towns.

Just a few days ago, the State Police Command had asked residents to be cautious, warning of the presence of suspected armed hoodlums planning to cause panic.

The police authorities, however, gave the assurance that the Force is committed to saving lives and properties.

 

World Bank Approves $20m Post-COVID-19 Grant For Ekiti

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The World Bank has approved a grant of $20million for Ekiti State to fund projects aimed at mitigating the effects of COVID-19 across various communities.

Governor Kayode Fayemi disclosed this on Tuesday at a Community Development Forum in Ado Ekiti.

“I am happy to inform our people that the World Bank has approved a new project called the Nigeria CARES as a post-COVID-19 intervention grant for Ekiti State.

“The grant is in excess of $20m as a stimulus fund to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on our various communities,” he said.

Fayemi said the fund will be released under the Nigeria CARES initiative, which will be used to fund rural projects and alleviate poverty at the grassroots.

Speaking through his Special Adviser on Development Partnership, Mrs Margaret Fagboyo, on Monday, the governor asked residents of the state to properly maintain all World Bank Projects across communities.

 

SEE STATEMENT HERE:

COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT STAKEHOLDERS WORKSHOP ON COMMUNITIES PROJECTS MAINTENANCE AND SUSTAINABILITY HELD AT ADETILOYE HALL ON MONDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER, 2020, ADO EKITI

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It gives me great pleasure to join the Ekiti State Community and Social Development Agency (EKCSDA) and communities, Local Governments, MDA’s and traditional rulers at this Stakeholder’s Workshop on Maintenance and Sustainability of Community and Social Development Projects (CSDP). A global problem like poverty requires a global solution that developed and developing countries respectively have both moral and strategic responsibilities to address. This is the reason why multilateral institutions like the World Bank are taking necessary steps to come up with mechanisms to address the menace of poverty, particularly in developing countries.

One such development mechanism is the Community and Social Development Projects, CSDP, which is a poverty reduction initiative of the World Bank established in 2009 to accelerate development at the community level in 30 states of the federation. Considering that the community represents the baseline of our society and evidence of poverty is more prevalent at that base level, it, therefore, presupposes that any effective intervention towards tackling the menace must have the community as its focus. This fact underscores the strategic importance of the CSDP.

The development objective of CSDP for Nigeria is to sustainably increase access of poor people to social and natural resources as well as infrastructure services at the community level. In other words, the development objectives of CSDP is supporting the: (i) Empowerment of communities to develop, implement and monitor micro-social infrastructure projects including natural resource management interventions, and (ii) Strengthening of the skills and capacity of LGAs and sectoral public agencies to support communities and build a sustainable partnership that can deliver on the objectives.

The project has since been very active in each of the 30 participating states including the FCT, with a strong emphasis on community participation, commitment, and focuses on results.

Ekiti State Community and Social Development Agency, EKCSDA, as the Focal Agency for the project in Ekiti have strictly complied with the guidelines of CSDP by insisting on the Community-Driven Development approach of the project. In other words, the project allows the benefiting communities to choose, implement and sustain their projects, while also contributing 10 percent as counterpart funds to encourage ownership of the project so as to ensure the maintenance and make sustainability of the project feasible.

In addition, the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach of the project provides control of the development process, resources, and decision-making authority directly to the community. The underlying assumption of CDD projects is that communities are the best judges of how their lives and livelihoods can be improved and, if provided with adequate resources and information, they can organize themselves to provide pin-point solutions to their problems and needs.

While the project has continued to record tremendous successes, the outcomes and impact stories from the benefiting communities and other stakeholders have been impressive and encouraging to the government. What is therefore needed at this point, particularly as the project closes out at the end of September 2020, is to sustain the feat that has already been recorded on the project over the last decade.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, it is important to say that CSDP is one of the veritable tools to reach the poorest of the poor which is the principal objective of our development agenda in the state. That’s why the agency will continue to enjoy the support of the government by creating an enabling environment for it to do more for our people at the community level. I am proud to add that my administration has contributed the largest chunk (N375 million) of the Four Hundred and Seventy-Five million Naira (N475,000,000) released to the agency by the state government in counterpart funding over the last ten years, and we are determined to do more.

As of date, the Agency has funded about 255 Community Development Plans, CDPs, and 19 Group Development Plans, GDPs, translating to over 630 micro-projects across the 16 Local Government Areas of the state. It is also interesting to state that Ekiti State ranked overall third performing State on the projects nationally.

This commitment demonstrates our participatory approach to governance and it allows funds to be directly disbursed to the people for self-help projects of their choice in various communities across the state. What the government does is to offer guidance and strict monitoring of projects in relation to the funds disbursed. This has no doubt led to greater outcomes based on various studies carried out by independent consultants on the projects, and which has been attested to by the community and our development partner, the World Bank.

For example, in the educational sector, there was a 34.0% and 78% increase in schools’ enrollment at the primary school level both for male and female students respectively. At the secondary school level, male enrollment also increased by 135.8% while females increased by 157.4%. A similar outstanding feat was also recorded in the water and health sectors respectively. In other words, increased access to healthcare services and the provision of potable water have tremendously impacted the lives of our people positively in rural communities.

I would therefore like to thank the World Bank for all its development activities in Ekiti State particularly as it relates to CSDP and the Urban water project which is almost at the final stage of completion. We are particularly happy that CSDP has consistently scored greater marks in our development score sheet. I am also happy to learn that benefiting communities have contributed over Two Hundred Million Naira (N200,000.000) in counterpart funds in order to ensure maintenance and community ownership of the various micro-projects.

Even as the project closes out, I am happy to inform this distinguished audience that the World Bank has approved a new project called the Nigeria CARES as a post-COVID-19 intervention grant for Ekiti State. The grant is in excess of $20 million as a stimulus fund to cushion the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic in our various communities.

Let me, therefore, impress it upon the various communities represented here today to put all the CSDP micro-projects in their respective communities to very good use. As a control measure, I will be setting up an independent committee to monitor these projects in compliance with our maintenance and sustainability strategy. Communities that are seen to comply with our sustainability culture will be accorded priority as primary beneficiaries of the upcoming project.  I will like to encourage our Kabiyesi to please take note of this.

On this note, I will like to thank you all for your time and hereby declare the workshop opened.

 

Dr. Kayode Fayemi

Governor, Ekiti State, Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

Gunmen Kill Senior Staff Of Ekiti Local Government Service Commission

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Gunmen have killed a director with the Local Government Service Commission in Ekiti State, Mr David Jejelowo.

Jejelowo was killed at his residence in Igirigiri, Ado Ekiti in the early hours of Monday.

The incident was confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti State, DSP Sunday Abutu.

Mr Abutu said the police have commenced an investigation into the incident with assurances that those behind the act will be unmasked.

The deceased, Jejelowo was a victim of abduction with his driver in January 2019 along Ado-Ijan road while returning from a trip although he later regained his freedom.

Gov Fayemi Appoints Eight New Commissioners, Warns Against Distractions

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

 

The Governor of Ekiti State Dr Kayode Fayemi has sworn in eight new commissioners and warned members of the State Executive Council to shun undue distractions and focus on the set goals of the administration.

Governor Fayemi, while inaugurating the eight newly appointed commissioners and seven Special Advisers at the Governor’s Office hall, explained that the cabinet reshuffle is sequel to a midterm appraisal of his team.

“We have recently carried out a midterm assessment of this administration and made a few changes in line with our performance and emerging reality towards refining our government agenda and strengthen our team,” Fayemi noted.

“This account for the appointment of new people into various positions.”

He called on the new appointees to see their new roles as service-driven and not for illicit gains.

 

 

“To those coming on board, I encourage you to imbibe our ethos which sees public office as a privilege and an opportunity for service and not an occasion for self-aggrandizement or pecuniary gain,” Dr Fayemi stated.

“Let me, therefore, sound a note of warning to all of you coming on board, your watchword should be delivery! Delivery and delivery! Very soon, electoral politics will be here, you must avoid any form of distraction from your primary duty of delivering public good to the good people of Ekiti State.”

While some commissioners were reshuffled and others assigned new offices, some were not reappointed.

The newly inaugurated commissioners are Barrister Akin Omole (Information and Values Orientation); Dr Oyebanji Filani (Health); Mr Akin Oyebode (Finance and Economic Development); Prince Olabode Adetoyi (Agriculture and Food Security); Otunba Oladiran Adesua (Housing and Urban Development); Dr (Mrs) Olabimpe Aderiye (Education, Science and Technology); Alhaja Mariam Ogunlade (Women Affairs and Social Development); and Princess Iyabode Fakunle-Okhiemen (Environment and Natural Resources).

The Special Advisers are Chief (Mrs) Moji Fafure (Gender Empowerment and Social Mobilisation); Prof. Francesca Aladejana (Basic, Secondary and Vocational/Technical Education); (Mr Foluso Daramola (Governor’s Office); Chief Olusoga Davies (Political Matters); Chief Folorunso Olabode (Community and Rural Development); Architect Tope Ogunleye (Special Projects); Mr Ayoola Owolabi (Investment, Trade and Industries).

Also inaugurated were Prof Femi Akinwunmi as Chairman of SUBEB and Mr Febisola Adewale, as member Local Government Service Commission.

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: