PDP Releases Timetable For Ekiti Governorship Elections

The Peoples Democratic Party is one of the major political parties in Nigeria.
The PDP is one of the major political parties in Nigeria.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has released its timetable and schedule of activities in early preparation for the June 18, 2022 governorship election in Ekiti State.

PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said sales of expression of interest and nomination forms would commence on September 13 and end on September 30.

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Ologbondiyan noted that the party’s National Working Committee fixed the screening of aspirants for October 11, while appeals on the screening exercise are scheduled for October 25.

“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has released its timetable and schedule of activities in early preparation for the June 18, 2022 Ekiti Governorship Election,” the statement partly read.

“In line with the timetable, the National Working Committee (NWC) has approved the Sales of Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms from Monday, September 13 to Thursday, September 30, 2021, with Tuesday, October 5, 2021 as the last date for the submission of forms.”

The PDP spokesman stated that the party’s congresses to elect the 3-man Adhoc Ward delegates have been scheduled to hold from January 7 to January 8, 2022, adding that the local government congresses to elect national delegates will take place on January 15, 2022.

Ekiti Govt Reinforces Restrictions Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases

A file photo of a healthcare worker holding a COVID-19 test kit. TARSO SARRAF / AFP

 

The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has announced the reinforcement of COVID-19 restrictions, following the increase in the number of positive cases in the state.

Recently, the state recorded 85 cases in five days.

In a statement on Tuesday, Governor Fayemi was worried about the effect of the COVID-19 third wave. But he vowed that the state would not leave anything to chance.

“In the month of July, we recorded 95 cases, and we have now recorded 85 cases in the first week of August. 85 cases in just five days.

“We are obviously experiencing the third wave with more cases than we experienced in the second wave in March 2021,” the governor declared.

Consequently, he announced that all public gatherings should observe the previous rule of restriction to 50 people at most.

A screenshot taken on March 27, 2021, shows Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, during an interview on Channels Television’s Hard Copy.

 

“Our religious gatherings in the state would be with temporary restrictions starting from Friday, August 13, 2021, for Muslims and Sunday, August 15, 2021, for Christians,” the governor said.

“All gatherings must be held in strict and full compliance with the regulations regarding worship centres which include social distancing of six-feet between worshippers, hand washing, and face masks.”

He also spelled out the rules for other gatherings.

Fayemi said schools must be fumigated and gave an assurance that the government would take delivery of more doses of COVID-19 vaccines and intensify testing.

“I have also approved the sensitization and screening of teachers for Covid-19 upon resumption,” he disclosed. “All efforts to ensure safe school reopening will be put in place before school resumption.”

The governor asked all residents to adhere to the rules of hand washing, use of face masks, and other existing protocols as prescribed.

According to him, members of the state’s task force will go round to assess the level of compliance with a view to bringing defaulters to book.

Ekiti Govt Raises Alarm Over Rising Cases Of Sexual Offences

File photo of  Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

The Ekiti State Government has vowed to prosecute anyone preventing legal punishment for sex offenders and confiscate any facility used for the rape of minors in the state.

In a release signed by the State Attorney General, Wale Fapounda, the government raised the alarm that more than 120 cases of rape are being heard in various courts across the state with a larger number of victims unwilling to toe the legal path.

“The Ministry of Justice is presently prosecuting 121 cases of Rape in various courts across Ekiti State. This number is particularly disturbing considering that this statistic only relates to victims or their relatives who are willing to support the Ministry in the prosecution of these cases as the number of unwilling victims is even more alarming,” the statement noted.

Consequently, the state government is sponsoring a bill in the State House of Assembly to criminalize any attempt to wield unlawful influence to discontinue certain criminal matters including Rape, Sexual Assault and Child Defilement.

“The punishment prescribed is 5 years imprisonment on conviction. Persons in the habit of writing letters of discontinuance in rape matters are specifically invited to take note, the Attorney General warned.

In addition, the state government is proposing an amendment bill to ensure the protection of whistle-blowers in cases of sexual violence.

According to Fapounda, any hotel or facility found to have been used for the rape of minors would be confiscated and the Certificate of Occupancy revoked.

He stated, “Similarly private residences that are found to have been used for the rape of minors will also be subject to possible confiscation by the Government of Ekiti State. The Ministry of Justice is currently working on a legislative proposal that will allow Government to revoke the Certificate of Occupancy of such properties with a view to converting them to rehabilitation centers for ex-convicts.”

Meanwhile, the state Ministry of Justice said it is aware of a complaint of rape against security personnel attached to the convoy of the Wife of the Governor, Mrs Bisi Fayemi, promising to support police investigation in the matter.

The commissioner explained that the case is now being handled by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), FCT Command Headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, noting that the “state government will cooperate fully with the police investigation team to ensure the matter is investigated thoroughly. The victim is receiving extensive psycho-social and legal support to cope with the trauma, and seek justice, and her identity is protected.”

Armed Robbers Kill Police Officer In Attempted Bank Robbery In Ekiti

 

Armed robbers have attacked a commercial bank in Otun Ekiti in Moba local government area.

Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti State, Sunday Abutu confirmed that a police officer was killed in the robbery attack which took place on Thursday at about five in the evening.

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Abutu explained that the group of armed men stormed the Otun bank and initially succeeded in breaking the bank security door before their mission was thwarted by the swift arrival of a combined team of police, military, and local security outfits.

He said an attempt to escape by the criminal elements triggered a shoot out which claimed the life of the officer while the robbers had to desperately escape via some routes on foot.

The police spokesman assured that perpetrators of the crime will be tracked and arrested, calling on Ekiti residents not to panic.

Ekiti Govt Stops Monarch’s Salary For Abandoning Duties

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

 

The Ekiti State Government has stopped the monthly salary of a monarch,  the Obasaoye of Isaoye Ekiti, Gabriel Olajide, for abandoning his royal duties and residing outside the town for about 3 years.

The Deputy Governor Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi gave the directive on Thursday in Ado Ekiti during a meeting he held with the monarch, chiefs, and other stakeholders from the community who petitioned the state government over the monarch’s conduct.

A statement from the office of the Deputy Governor said the meeting was summoned following receipt of a security report from the Department of State Services (DSS) on the likelihood of violence over a conflict between the Oba and his chiefs who had accused him of highhandedness and disrespect for the town’s tradition.

The aggrieved chiefs accused the monarch of abandoning the community since ascending the throne in 2017 despite the government’s directive.

They also demanded his dethronement accusing him of sponsoring attacks on his subjects, violation of the town’s cultural heritage, destruction of the shrines and artifacts, using the police to harass his subjects, and refusal to participate in cultural and traditional practices which he claimed are against his faith.

The Deputy Governor expressed displeasure over the monarch’s conduct, wondering how he would collect salaries for services not rendered.

“You know I told you since 2018 that if you prefer your Police duty to the throne, the choice is yours, You were enthroned as the king of your town and you have not stayed in that town for the past three years”.

The Deputy Governor however declined the community’s request for Oba Olajide’s dethronement.

“You said you can’t perform sacrifices and participate in rituals. If you can’t do it, you will have problems with your people. This government does not want your town to dethrone you.”

In his short response, Oba Olajide reportedly admitted that he had abandoned his domain for the fear of the unknown.

One Die, Others Injured As Two Vehicles Collide In Ekiti

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

 

A fatal accident involving two vehicles along the Ado – Iyin Ekiti axis has claimed the life of a trader identified as Mrs Betty.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti State, Sunday Abutu confirmed the incident to channels TV via the telephone on Wednesday.

The deceased was said to be driving from Iyin-Ekiti and heading to Ado the state capital when a bus coming from opposite direction ran into her.

The collision caused the woman’s car to go into flames thus killing her on the spot.

Occupants of the other vehicle also sustained serious injuries.

The son of the deceased who was also in the vehicle has been hospitalised at Iyin-Ekiti Specialist Hospital.

Men of the Federal Fire Service rushed to the scene after a failed attempt by road users to rescue the woman and took her lifeless body to the mortuary.

Police Storm Initiation Ground, Arrest Five Suspected Cultists

A photo released by the police on April 25, 2021, shows the suspected cultists arrested in Ekiti State.

 

The Ekiti State Police Command has arrested five suspected cultists who claimed to be students of the Ekiti State University (EKSU).

In a statement on Sunday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sunday Abutu, noted that the arrest was made during an initiation ceremony held in a bush behind the school campus.

He explained that the Police Rapid Response Team acted on a tip-off and burst into the initiation venue to stall the exercise.

Those arrested were Adeyeye Adeyemi (29), Adeyemi Tobi (25), Moyosore Onajobi (22), Dickson Godwin (23), and Olowosaye Martins (21).

“The information was received by the Police Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Ekiti State Command, that some members of the Black Axe (Aiye) secret confraternity were holding an initiation rite inside a bush behind the Ekiti State University (EKSU) Campus, Iworoko-Ekiti,” the statement said.

On sighting the police team, the command’s spokesman said the suspects shot sporadically but later bowed to the superior power of the security operatives, leading to the arrest of five of them while others took to their heels and escaped.

“Upon the receipt of the information, a team of the RRS Operatives, in synergy with the police personnel attached to Iworoko Divisional Police Headquarters swung into action and stormed the bush where the suspected cultists shot sporadically on sighting the police,” the statement added.

Items recovered from the scene included a small-sized locally made pistol, two expended cartridges, a gallon containing liquid drug, weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, and two motorcycles.

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Ekiti, Tunde Mobayo, ordered a thorough investigation of the arrested suspects and asked the security operatives to ensure they apprehend the fleeing suspects.

According to him, the police will not give cult activities a breathing space in the face of other security challenges currently bedevilling the country.

Last week, about eight people were killed and many injured in Ikere Ekiti when two rival cult groups clashed.

Police confirmed the arrest of about 50 suspects in connection with the incident.

Ekiti Shuts Varsity Over Protest, Bans All Unions

Ado Ekiti
The entrance of the Ekiti State University in Ado Ekiti.

 

The Governing Council of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti has announced an indefinite closure of the institution.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Saturday by EKSU’s spokesperson, Bode Olofinmuagun, adding that the council banned the Academic and Non-Academic Staff Unions as well as Senior Staff Association and National Association of Academic Technologists in the university.

The action followed the recent protest by Unions in the University, who have been occupying the campus for days, disrupting all activities and insisting their unpaid salaries and other entitlements are met.

With the new order by the Governing Council, academic activities have been put on hold as students are expected to vacate the campus this weekend.

Specifically, the unions have been asking the state government to pay them three months’ salary arrears dated 2018, six years of earned allowances and unremitted cooperative deductions among other demands from the University Council and Management.

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They also condemned the disengagement of some duly employed staff of the institution and failure to reabsorb some disengaged staff who took the institution to court and won, a development they claimed has reduced the workforce unjustifiably, adding to the burden of staff.

When contacted on phone by Channels Television, ASUU Chairman in EKSU, Kayode Arogundade, said the Governing Council has no right to proscribe the unions.

He declined further comment until Monday when the national body of the unions must have taken a position.

Reacting, the Special Adviser to Ekiti State Government on Tertiary Education, Sikiru Eniola, explained that the unions walked out of a meeting with the EKSU governing Council where the bones of contention were being discussed.

“Unfortunately they had a meeting yesterday where they were supposed to discuss the issues but the unions walked out on council and management. The state government will be awaiting reports from the council and other stakeholders and will step in to ensure the crisis is resolved as soon as possible,” Eniola said.

One Week After Monarch’s Abduction, Gunmen Kidnap Ekiti LG Supervisor

 

Gunmen have kidnapped a local government supervisor in Ekiti State.

This is coming one week after a monarch was abducted by gunmen who invaded his palace.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state Sunday Abutu confirmed to Channels Television that the Supervisor of Ekiti West Local Government was kidnapped Thursday evening while driving towards a town within the local government (Erijiyan Ekiti).

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His car was reportedly left beside the road as he was whisked away by the abductors.

Abutu assured that the state police command will ensure the rescue of the politician and sustain efforts to rid the state of kidnappers and other criminals.

Six Die As Rival Cult Groups Clash In Ekiti

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

 

Six people have been killed in a clash between rival cult groups in Ikere, Ekiti State.

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

He said that six corpses have been recovered and deposited at the morgue after the clash which occurred in the early hours of today.

A source in the town said the sound of sporadic gunshots was heard while the attack lasted, forcing members of the community to run for safety amid tension.

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The police spokesperson explained that the casualties who lost their lives to the incident belong to one of the cult groups which was attacked by the other apparently on issues of rivalry.

He explained that the Ekiti State Police Command has arrested three suspects in connection to the incident.

According to him, that a good number of police officers have been deployed to the town to ensure the restoration of law and order.

“I can confirm to you that it was a violent cult clash between two rival groups. About six persons have been killed as a result of a show of strength between the two nefarious groups,” he said.

“We have begun serious operations there with the combined forces of the men of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Army, Amotekun corps and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.

“Those arrested are being kept in our custody and by the time we conclude our investigations, they will be charged to court accordingly.”

The police authorities also appealed to residents of the state to remain calm, adding that the command will sustain efforts to always put criminals under check.

Gunmen Kidnap Traditional Ruler In Ekiti

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

 

Gunmen have attacked the palace of the traditional ruler of Ilemeso Ekiti, David Oyewumi, and kidnapped the monarch.

The incident occurred on Thursday evening in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State in south-west Nigeria.

Police authorities confirmed the abduction of the traditional ruler to Channels Television on Friday.

Sunday Abutu, who is the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, explained that the gunmen scaled the fence of the palace and released several gunshots before taking the monarch to an unknown destination.

He, however, stated that police command was undeterred in its determination to overrun crime in the state despite emerging cases of kidnap and ambush.

Thursday’s incident occurred a week after another traditional ruler, Adetutu Ajayi, was attacked by gunmen in the state.

Ajayi, who is the traditional ruler of Ewu Ekiti in Ilejemeje Local Government Area of the state, was shot by gunmen on Friday last week while on transit to a neighbouring town in Ido/Osi Local Government Area.

After the incident, the monarch was taken to a hospital for treatment while the police command said it had swung into action to unravel those behind the criminal act and bring them to book.

Gunmen Kidnap Another Petrol Dealer In Ekiti

A file photo of a gun recovered from crime suspects.

 

Gunmen have abducted the General Manager of a filling station situated in Isan Ekiti, the home town of Governor Kayode Fayemi.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sunday Abutu confirmed the abduction to Channels Television on Friday, adding that the operation was carried out by close to 10 gunmen on Thursday evening.

According to Abutu, the abductors took a bush path with about six motorcycles and started shooting sporadically before whisking the victim away.

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The State Police Command said it has deployed a rescue team to ensure the release of the victim and the arrest of culprits.

A similar incident occurred in January when a popular petrol dealer in the state was kidnapped at one of his filling stations in Ado, the state capital and later released after about seven days.