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.

Alumni Appeals To Osun On Alleged Merger Of Colleges

Osun College Meger Plan: Alumni Joins To Appeal ProcessThe alumni association of the Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun has joined others to appeal to the State Government to re-consider the proposed merger plans of the institution with the Ilesa College of Education.

The group made the appeal in Oshogbo, the state capital in Nigeria’s south-western region, following the State government’s assertion that the merger‎ report was mere rumour.

The National President of the association, Ayobami Fakeye, observed that the stakeholders are not convinced that the government would not go ahead with the plans.

According to him, transfer of some courses and closure of the college should be carried out following due process through the Osun State House of Assembly and not by a unilateral decision not backed by law.

Students of the college and the host community had earlier staged a protest on alleged merger of the institution.

The students accused the Osun State government of planning to merge the Ila Orangun College with Osun State College of Education, Ilesa thereby, reducing the staff strength.

The Osun State Government refuted the allegation, maintaining that there was no such plan to merge any of the State-owned‎ tertiary institutions.

Osun Students, Residents Protest Governments’ Merger Plan

Osun Tertiary Institution: Students, Indigines Protest Governments' Merger PlanStudents of Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun and the host community have staged a protest on alleged plan to merge the institution and change its status to a Primary and Technical Education ‎centre.

The protesters stormed the Palace of the Orangun of Ila, Oba Wahab Oyedotun, Bibire 1 in Osun State, South-west Nigeria.

The students accused the Osun State government of planning to merge the Ila Orangun college with Osun State College of Education, Ilesa thereby, reducing the staff strength.

Addressing reporters and residents of the community, Secretary of Ila Action Council, Prince Yemi Adeoye, appealed to the government to rescind its decision.

Prince Adeoye stressed that the economic, financial and social impact of the community would be greatly devastated by the development.

Responding to the allegations, the Osun State Government refuted its claim, stating that the merger rumour was mere speculation and unfounded.

The government maintained that there was no such plan to merge any of the State-owned‎ tertiary institutions as rumoured.

The college currently has a population of over 15 thousand students and runs 28 academic programmes, including 15 other academic degree programmes in affiliation with University of Uyo and Ekiti State University.

Osun State also has two State-owned polytechnics in Iree and Esa-Oke as well as two Colleges of Education in Ila Orangun ‎and Ilesa.

 

Igbomina’s in Kwara and Osun demand a separate state

A socio cultural organization of the Igbominas from Kwara and Osun states, Asepo Omo Igbomina, has held its 12th conference in Ilorin where they resolved to intensify efforts in their demands   for the creation for a separate state of their own.

The conference which was chaired by the Olupo of Ajase Ipo, Oba Sikiru Atanda Sanni, Wonuola II, as the head of Igbominas in Kwara stated that the conference was part of the series of efforts by the people to demand for unified identity in the name of a state.

They argued that their agitation had started since the colonial time to the successive military regimes in the country when they used to meet in Ila Orangun, now in Osun state well ahead of the creation of states in the country.

They said their agitation was renewed in 2004/2005 under President Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime when they demanded for Oke Oodua state after holding due consultations with eminent groups and persons in the south western states.

They pointed out that their agitations would never cease until a re-arrangement is done with the boundaries along the ethnic lines to make them belong to their historical and cultural place.

In a lecture by Dr. Ebenezer Ejalonibu, a lecturer with the University of Ilorin, Dr Ejalonibu noted that the idea of agitation for the state is to suit the historical and cultural belonging of the people and such demand is not a sin or harmful venture.

He described it as a demand necessitated by pronounced marginalization and victimization.

He also stated that so far, the states created in the country had been done by the military alone based on established wrong grouping of a people, pointing out that the best a democracy could do for the people is to listen to their genuine agitation and demands.