Customs Destroy Impounded Goods Worth N12m

 

The Kwara State Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has destroyed some impounded foreign goods worth 12 million Naira.

Briefing journalists before the destruction of the goods on Tuesday, the Comptroller of the Kwara Command, Ahmed Bello said the goods included 927 bags of rice, 148 bags of Semolina, and 35 cartons of vegetable oil.

According to him, the goods had been certified unfit for human or animal consumption because they had expired.

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Comptroller Ahmed Bello, thereafter, advised the smugglers to desist from the illegal act as the Service, through intelligence gathering, will always be on their trail.

COVID-19: Kwara Govt Quarantines 50 People Arrest At Night Club

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a map of Kwara State.

 

No fewer than 50 people have been arrested by officials of the Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19 at a night club in Ilorin, the state capital.

The Chairman of Medical Advisory Committee on COVID-19 in the state, Dr Femi Oladiji, disclosed this on Saturday at the state’s quarantine centre in Ilorin where the suspects were kept.

He explained that the operation was led by the state Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, Mr Kayode Alabi.

“Around 1:00am, we got information that some people were clubbing at Kwara Hotel.

“The deputy governor, in my accompany and some security officials, raided the club and we arrested so many boys and girls within the age range of 20 to 30,” Oladiji was quoted as saying in a statement by Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and spokesman for the technical committee.

He added, “Around 2:00am, we brought them to the Hajj camp (Quarantine Centre). We made them comfortable overnight, and early this morning, we took their samples for COVID-19.

“The arrest, which may lead to prosecution, is to send the signal that we cannot tolerate such conduct. Violations will henceforth attract a strong response from the government.”

 

 

The commissioner insisted that the ban on night clubbing remained in force to prevent the further spread of the virus in the state.

He stressed that the action of the clubbers violated the Kwara State Infectious Diseases Regulations, 2020, as well as the government’s subsisting ban on congregation beyond 20 people.

Oladiji, however, noted that this excluded places of worship where preventive measures have been put in place in agreement with religious leaders.

According to him, the government is considering other measures, including enforcement of the use of face mask in public to flatten the curve of transmission of the virus.

“The government will take appropriate actions against any officials of the hotel found to have authorised the violation of the existing ban to send the signal that such behaviour will not be tolerated,” the commissioner said.

Police Take Over Saraki’s Ancestral Home

 

Policemen have surrounded a property belonging to the family of the former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The property has in recent days been a subject of controversy between the former Senate President and the current Kwara State Government.

Prior to this development, the state House of Assembly had deliberated on a petition against the ownership of the expanse of land which was reportedly not paid for, prompting the call for the executive to take over the property.

The matter has also triggered political arguments between the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kwara State and the state government.

Court Dismisses Human Rights Violation Suit Against EFCC

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A file photo showing the signpost of a Kwara State High Court in Ilorin.

 

 

A Kwara State High Court in Ilorin has dismissed a case of an alleged breach of human rights filed by a lawyer against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The legal practitioner, Suleiman Abaya, had filed the suit against the anti-graft agency for arresting him without a warrant and displaying his pictures on the internet over alleged fraud.

He had also asked the court to order the EFCC to pay him the sum of N1 billion damage for allegedly violating his human rights.

Ruling on the suit on Friday, Justice Hammed Gegele dismissed the case.

He held that the EFCC operatives acted within the law for arresting the lawyer without warrant of arrest since they have substantial evidence to take such an action.

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The judge also dismissed the claims by Abaya that displaying his pictures on the internet infringed on his fundamental human rights.

According to him, the anti-graft agency acted within its powers since it used the word ‘alleged’ in the caption.

Reacting to the verdict, the lawyer’s counsel, Raheem Ismaila, insisted that his client would appeal the judgement.

Police Discover Illegal Rehabilitation Centre In Ilorin

 

Another illegal rehabilitation centre has been uncovered by the Kwara State police command in Ilorin the state capital, with one hundred and eight inmates living in inhuman conditions.

The centre held in its confines one hundred and three males and five females with ages ranging between twelve and forty, several of whom were chained.

The victims looked malnourished and unkempt, allegedly as a result of being denied food for days.

While some of the rescued inmates admitted to being wayward and drug users, they described their experience as horrific, and asked the government to ensure the closure of such centers across the country.

The police say the victims will be investigated to ascertain the claims of being dropped at the centre willingly, before they are returned to their parents.

PHOTOS: Heavy Security Stalls ‘RevolutionNow’ Protest In Ilorin

 

The ‘RevolutionNow’ protest march scheduled to take place on Monday has suffered a setback in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The march failed to hold as security operatives from the Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) took over the venue for the take-off.

At the entrance of the Ilorin Stadium Complex, heavily-armed security personnel were stationed, preventing people from gaining access to the facility.

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This affected the athletes who usually go to the stadium for training as they were also denied entry.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, the need to forestall any breakdown of law and order informs the heavy security presence as the call for revolution is against the law.

See photos of the situation at the stadium below:

Alleged Money Laundering: Court Postpones Bail Hearing Of Four Kwara Govt Officials

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State, before Justice Babangana Ashigar, has postponed the bail hearing of four officials of the State Government arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin Zonal Office on money laundering.

Those arraigned include the Permanent Secretary, Kwara State Government House, Abubakar Ishiak, Director of Administration And Finance, Shina Akorede, Controller Finance and Account, Rasaq Momonu and cashier of the Kwara State Government House, Hafees Yusuf.

The four men were first arraigned on May 2 on two counts of money laundering and making cash payments of N20.3 million.

The payments were allegedly made to one Energy Multi-Trade Unique Interbiz Limited through the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Jimoh Sarafadeen Kolade, for services rendered to the Kwara State Government house.

The sum was said to have exceeded the limitation of 10 million Naira payable to a corporate body and thereby resulting in an offence contrary to Section 1 (b) and punishable under Section 16 of the same act.

At the hearing today for their bail application, the prosecuting counsel, Christopher Mschelia, urged the presiding judge to accelerate the proceedings of the arraigned officials in order for the trials to commence.

In response, the lead counsel to the defence, Abdulwahab Bamidele, however, noted that the case was bordering on money laundering which does not involve human lives, hence it is bailable.

Countering the position, Mscheli, insisted that any case on the nation’s economy is equivalent to human life.

After listening to both parties, Justice Ashigar then postponed the date for hearing on bail application till further notice and ordered that the accused persons be remanded in the custody of the EFCC.

[Updated]: APC Wins Two Local Govt Areas In Saraki’s Senatorial District

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won two of the four local government areas in the Senatorial District of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

Collated results from Asa LGA revealed that the APC polled 15,932 votes while the PDP scored 11,252.

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Similarly, in Ilorin East, the APC scored 30,014 while the PDP polled 14,654.

The race for Kwara Central Senatorial District is between Dr. Bukola Saraki of the PDP and Ibrahim Oloriegbe of the APC.

Results for Ilorin West and Ilorin South are expected soon.

Several Vehicles Damaged As Thugs Attack Saraki’s Home Town

 

Several vehicles were damaged on Sunday in Agbaji, Kwara State after thugs attacked the home town and family house of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

Several persons were also said to have been injured in the process.

The attack comes few days after some thugs were said to have attacked supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also in the state.

Saraki condemned the attack, claiming that it was masterminded by members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“I just finished assessing the level of damage done to my family quarters and community today in Agbaji, Ilorin by the thugs of a factional All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state,” he wrote on Twitter hours later.

He also urged members of the PDP not to retaliate, saying that regardless of the attacks, the party will continue to run issues-based campaigns across the country.

The state chairman of the APC also condemned the attack.

He, however, blamed it on the members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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Suspected Female Kidnapper Lynched In Ilorin

A woman suspected to be a kidnapper has been lynched in Ilorin the capital city of Kwara State.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that the woman was caught at an Islamic School while trying to forcefully take away a set of twins earlier on Monday morning.

It was gathered that the timely arrival of their mother resulted in the rescue of the children after which a mob descended on the suspect and set her ablaze.

The spokesman of the state police command, Ajayi Okasanmi confirmed the incident. He said some persons have been arrested in connection with the killing.

“Before we got the information, the deed had been done and as we speak, policemen are already there making effort to arrest the culprit and I can assure you we are going to do just that because it is lawless for people to take life of another human no matter the offence and allegation.”

He said residents should allow the law to take its course and not indulge in jungle justice.

Osun Govt Approves N18m For National Youth Games

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The Osun State government has disclosed that it has released the sum of N18 million for the preparation and participation of athletes and officials for the 2017 ‘3rd National Youth Games’ holding in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

Addressing pressmen in Osogbo, on the preparations of the state team, the Commissioner for Social Protection, Sports and Special Need, Hon. Biyi Odunlade said the State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola had already released the money for the event.

Odunlade noted that, the governor approved and released the total sum of N18 million for the camping, preparation, and participation of athletes and officials in the Games and that the athletes and officials are all in high spirit as they set out for the Games in two days time.

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(File Photo) Rauf Aregbesola

Hon. Odunlade said the governor, a sport loving governor, believes that sports enhance physical and mental development and that his love for sports facilitated the quick release of funds for the state participation in the Games.

A total of 68 athletes would be representing the state in 17 events, which includes; Athletics, Swimming, Boxing, Scrabble, Weight lifting, Karate, Judo, Table and Lawn Tennis and others.

He said the athletes going for the Games had been training within and outside the state for a long time and that the expectation of the state/government from the athletes are: ten Gold medals, 15 silver, and 19 bronze medals.

He said the officials and athletes were well prepared, motivated and ready to move and that by Thursday, they would all be in Ilorin for the Games.

He said his Ministry is saddled with Sports and Youths Development and that the Youths Games will provide an avenue for engaging the youths to channel their energy positively.

“in the concern that we must develop the youths, we must develop sports. Besides laurels, sports is a positive attraction for all round development of the body.

“When you do sports, all negative distractions would go as your health will improve and your vision about life would equally improve as you become more righteous,” he said.

The National Youth Games would kick-off on September 7 to 17.

PHOTOS: Four-Storey Building Collapses In Ilorin, Injures Three

A four-storey building has collapsed in Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital.

The building which is being constructed as a hotel collapsed on Friday morning, around the Sulugambari road, injuring three workers.

Although no causality has been recorded yet, the injured workers have been taken to the hospital.