Court Remands Ex-Kwara Poly Council Chairman In Prison

Court Remands Ex-Kwara Poly Council Chairman In Prison
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The Kwara State High Court in Ilorin has ordered that a former Chairman of the Governing Council of Kwara State Polytechnic, Dr Saadu Alanamu, be remanded in prison.

Justice Mahmud Gafar gave the order following the arraignment of Dr Alanamu by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

In a statement by the ICPC spokesperson Ms Rasheedat Okoduwa on Wednesday, the former chairman was charged along with the Chief Executive Director of Namylas Nig. Ltd., Salman Sulaiman, for allegedly collecting bribe from a contractor.

In the course of the trial, the defence counsel alleged that the accused was “forced, harassed, intimidated and coerced” into making his statement to the commission’s investigators and, therefore, the statement should not be admitted in evidence.

Justice Gafar consequently ordered a trial-within-trial, which commenced the same day, noting that it was for the court to determine whether the statement was made voluntarily or not.

While delivering his ruling on the trial-within-trial, the judge overruled the objection of the defence and admitted the first defendant’s confessional statement in evidence.

Justice Gafar also revoked the bail of Dr Alanamu for abuse of bail conditions.

Kwara Police Arrest 26 Suspected Cult Members

kwara police-on cult membersThe Kwara State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of 26 members of two cult groups involved in a clash.

The cultists are suspected to be students of Kwara State Polytechnic.

However, the management of the school denied the clash ever took place adding that the school had earlier finished its academic session and closed the school.

Confirming the arrest, the Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, said one death occurred inside the polytechnic while another death occurred as a result of reprisal attacks at Agbo Oba area of Ilorin.

He noted that 43 arrests were made while 26 would soon be charged to court.

The Deputy Rector,  Ahmed Ayodele, noted that the students union election venue where the alleged cult member was killed, was supervised by security operatives, maintaining that it was held without hitches.

At the spot where the cult member was said to have been killed, some student leaders were seen putting finishing touches to the construction of some structures while the President of the Students’ Union Government, Abdurahman Muhammad denied the death of the student.

He confirmed the death of a cult member outside the school but not within the school premises.

Kwara Government Earmarks 200 Million Naira For Employment Programmes

kwara_emblemThe Kwara State Government has earmarked the sum of 200 million Naira to carry out policy programmes in the areas of youths’ employment and empowerment, including borehole drilling, classroom renovation, as well as rural electrification on monthly basis.

It also stressed that no fewer than 5,400 youths would be engaged in the first phase of the QuickWin intervention aimed at reducing unemployment, adding value to public service, providing social safety nets for youths and other less privileged, among others.

The Secretary to the State Government, Isiaka Gold, stated this in Ilorin while speaking with journalists. He noted that areas to be covered include entrepreneurial scheme, clean and green, bridge empowerment, environmental corps, traffic management and advertisement agency.

Isiaka Gold further added that, a total of 1,872 youths would be engaged in the first phase of the scheme, which would be further divided into graduates (NCE and above) and non-graduates (SSCE and below) who will be given entrepreneurial training for two weeks at the Kwara State University, KWASU, and Kwara State Polytechnic, followed by another two weeks of internship with renowned entrepreneurs.

Each beneficiary would receive 5,000 Naira monthly for a period not exceeding 12 months, depending on the nature and duration of the trainers. Master trainers would also receive the sum of 5,000 Naira monthly per trainee for the duration of the training.

The State Commissioner for Finance, Demola Baanu, assured interested youths who are not engaged in the first phase of the programme that an additional 200 youths would be engaged monthly until the whole 8,200 are fully absorbed. He emphasized that financial provision had been made for the sustenance of the programmes.

It is hoped that the provision of the employment would drastically reduce the unemployment rate in Kwara State to the barest minimum.