Kidnapped Twin Daughters Of Kwara Monarch Rescued

Kwara is a state in Western Nigeria
Kwara is a state in western Nigeria

 

The kidnapped twin daughters of the Owalobo of Obbo Ayegunle in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State have been rescued.

They were rescued on Sunday alongside three workers of the king.

According to a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Kwara State Command, SP Ajayi Okasanmi, all five of them were rescued unhurt.

SP Okasanmi disclosed that the kidnappers abandoned them after a hot chase by the police, local hunters and vigilantes.

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He added that the five rescued have been medically certified and have been handed over to their families.

The twin daughters of the monarch were abducted alongside their driver and palace workers along Osi-Obbo Ayegunle road while returning from school on Thursday.

This comes a day after the abducted Emir of Bungudu in Kaduna State, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, also regained his freedom.

Outrage Over Students Flogged In Arabic School As Kwara Govt Opens Probe

 

Many Nigerians have reacted with shock over a viral video showing students being inhumanely flogged at an Arabic school in Kwara State.

The students apparently had attended a birthday party where they also took alcohol.

Meanwhile, the Kwara State Government has announced a probe into the incident after its delegation visited the school.

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The government also directed the suspension of the school head, who admitted to directing the punishment.

All the students involved in the beating have been taken to a public hospital, the government said.

A collage of screengrabs from a viral of video of students being inhumanely flogged at an Arabic school in Kwara State.
A collage of screengrabs from a viral of video of students being inhumanely flogged at an Arabic school in Kwara State.

 

“The government’s team carefully listened to the authorities of the Arabic school, the father of the sole girl in the video, and four other students involved in the unsavoury development,” a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Education, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, said.

“Regardless of the explanations of the authorities on the development, the self-confessed consent of the parents and regret of the affected students, the government seriously frowns at the harsh beating seen in the footage.

“Consequently, the government has directed the setting up of an investigative committee, comprising Muslim scholars, leaders and government officials, to look into the issue while the head of the Arabic school, who admitted to directing the punishment, has been asked to step aside pending the conclusion of the investigation.

“The government has also taken the affected students to a public hospital for proper medical examination and treatment. This is to ensure that none of them suffers any physical or psychological damage.

“The government appeals for calm while the committee does it works and submits a report for further action.

“The government commends the Ganmo Muslim community for the support given to the team.”

Court Sacks Transitional LG Chairmen Appointed By Kwara Governor

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

An High Court sitting in Ilorin has declared the Transition Implementation Committees across the 16 Local Government Area in Kwara State as illegal and ordered for the conduct of proper election to usher in new executives.

Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, had earlier suspended the elected Local Government Council Chairmen in the state and replaced them with the Transitional Chairmen.

Justice Hassan Gegele, while delivering his judgement on Friday in a suit filed by Elite Network for Sustainable Development (ETSUD) said the appointment of Transition Committees to run the affairs of the third tier of government is against the provision of section 7 (1) of the constitution.

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The Judge also ordered that all the funds expended in the running of the councils in the last six months should be refunded to the coffers of government.

Reacting to Friday’s judgement, the Kwara State Government said it would appeal the judgement.

“We wish to state that the reasoning of the trial judge is not a finality on the issue as it is subject to appeals at the higher benches, up to the Supreme Court. This allowance is guaranteed under our law,” a statement signed by the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Salman Jawondo, said.

“In exercise of its right of appeal as enshrined under the 1999 constitution as amended, the state government intends to explore that right.

“It will also, as allowed under the law, seek immediate stay of execution of the judgment of the trial Court.”

Abandoned Train Set On Fire In Kwara

 

A train has been set on fire by yet to be identified persons in Offa, Kwara State.

It took the combined efforts of men of the Kwara State Fire Service, Offa, and officials of the Railway Corporation to put out the fire.

“On the 5th of October, 2021, my men were summoned to a fire incident and immediately we were being summoned to that incident, we swung into action,” the Director, Kwara State Fire Services, Olumuyiwa Falade, said.

“On getting to that place, it was observed that a train that has about 17 coaches was on fire and they were able to curtail the spread of the fire immediately. It was only two coaches that were affected.

“In the course of our investigation, I was told that the train happens to be the one that carries goods,” he said.

On arriving at the Offa Railway station on Thursday, the Channels Television crew was prevented from filming the area.

It was, however, observed that the coaches had been abandoned for a long time and as a result, became a hideout for hoodlums.

While it is unclear how the inferno started, a source claimed that the incident may have been caused by the hoodlums who smoke Indian Hemp around the area.

NSCDC Intercepts Tanker Loaded With Illicit Petrol In Kwara

 

The Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has intercepted a tanker loaded with petrol illegally drawn from the NNPC pipeline at Laduba Village in Asa Local Government Area of the state.

Men of the NSCDC were on patrol on Friday when they ran into the tanker drivers perpetrating the illegal act.

According to the state NSCDC Commandant, Iskil Makinde, the men equally wanted to vandalise the pipeline before they were intercepted.

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The drivers were said to have attempted to run away with the tanker but the vehicle tumbled in the process, after which the drivers took to their heels.

Makinde warned vandals to stop their acts, stressing that the command is prepared to go any length to protect critical national assets.

Police Rescue Kidnapped Kwara Student, Arrest Six Suspects

This photo shows six suspects arrested in connection with the abduction of a 300-level Mass Communications' student of Kwara State University.
This photo shows six suspects arrested in connection with the abduction of a 300-level Mass Communication student of Kwara State University.

 

The police have rescued a 300-level Mass Communication student of Kwara State University (KWASU) Khadijat Isiaq.

Khadijat was kidnapped last Sunday at Okoru village, near Malete at about 9pm.

The suspected kidnappers had on Monday contacted some people in Malete, demanding a N50m ransom before they could release the victim.

Six suspects involved in the abduction of Khadijat were also arrested by the policemen.

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The commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Tuesday Assayomo, in a statement by the command’s spokesman, Okasanmi Ajayi, confirmed that Khadijat has been rescued.

“I am happy to inform the general public of the successful search and rescue operation conducted in liberating the abducted 300L Mass Communication female student of Kwara State University by name Isiaq Kadijat.

“The command wishes to acknowledge the support of the Inspector General of police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, the local hunters, vigilante and the school authority,” Assayomo said.

He added: “Six suspects involved in the act have been arrested, different categories of weapons used in the kidnap were also recovered. The suspects will be charged to court after investigation.
The victim has been medically examined and declared fit and will be reunited with her family.”

The Vice Chancellor of KWASU, Prof Muhammed Akanbi, expressed joy over the rescue of Khadijat by the policemen.

“We thank God for making this possible and our policemen for this feat,” he said.

Hijab Controversy: Kwara Government Directs Principals To Resume

Students in missionary school prevented from wearing hijab to school

 

Following the clash over the wearing of hijab in some schools in Ilorin, the Kwara State Government has directed principals, teachers, and staff of ten schools recently shut down over the matter to report at their respective schools tomorrow.

In a statement Thursday, the government explained that the resumption became necessary in order to prepare the final year students for their external examinations.

The government warned that any staff that fails to report to duty will face the full wrath of the law as it will not condone any act of insubordination.

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It also advised stakeholders against taken laws into their hands, stressing that peace meetings will continue between the government and stakeholders.

The Kwara government said it regrets the inconveniences the shutdown might have caused the students, saying the action was taken in the interest of peace.

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VIDEO: Kwara APC Stakeholders Meeting Turns Violent

 

The planned stakeholders meeting scheduled to discuss the modalities for the commencement of registration and revalidation of members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) ended in violence.

At the meeting which held in Ilorin the Kwara State capital, a factional state chairman was allegedly rough-handled, causing opposing factions to go at each other with chairs being thrown in different directions.

While the clash forced many to abandon the meeting, the violence did not stop in the hall as the vehicle of the women leader was smashed.

Efforts made to get reactions from the governor were not successful.

Below is a video from the meeting that ended in chaos.

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20 Doctors Contract COVID-19 In Kwara Within Three Weeks

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About 20 doctors in Kwara State have become infected with COVID-19 within the past three weeks.

President of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Dr Badmus Habeeb, disclosed this to Channels Television during a phone interview on Wednesday.

He lamented that members of the association are battling with the pandemic “based on the available resources”.

“About 20 of our members have become infected in the last two to three weeks.

“I must reiterate that this is not the best of times for us, our families and the affected patients,” he said.

Habeeb, however, noted that the discovery of vaccines have brought hope and relief for everyone.

But he lamented that there is a poor resource setting in the country, where the necessities to make the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines easy and possible, are not readily available.

“So, it seems we may never be able to get the vaccine anytime soon,” he said.

The UITH-ARD President said the vaccines have so far proven to be effective and therefore, urged Nigerians to get vaccinated when it arrives, while adhering strictly to other COVID-19 guidelines.

“The public should adhere strictly to the laid down guidelines on the prevention of COVID-19 by NCDC,” he warned.

COVID-19 Second Wave: Kwara Govt Declares Partial Lockdown

 

Kwara State government has imposed a partial lockdown in the state from 12 midnight to 4.30 a.m. with effect from Thursday, December 24, 2020, till further notice.

The State Commissioner for Health, Raji Rasak announced this on Wednesday while addressing journalists in Ilorin, the state capital, and revealing new guidelines on COVID-19 in the state.

“There shall be partial state-wide lockdown between 12:00 a.m and 4:30 a.m. until further notice,” Rasak, who is also the Vice-Chairman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19 said.

Also, according to the new guidelines, “Concerts/carnivals/Clubbing are not allowed until further notice while worship centres are not to allow congregations exceeding 50% of the maximum capacity of the venue,” in the state.

This is to allow for physical distancing.

Other measures and restrictions announced by the Commissioner include appropriate and mandatory use of face mask.

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“Other gatherings (formal and informal) exceeding 50 people are disallowed

“Again, the proper use of face mask in public space is mandatory. Therefore, the protocol of ‘No face mask, no entry’ must apply at all public places.

“Civil servants are to work from their homes. The only exemptions are essential workers, especially in the health sector. Virtual meetings are encouraged

“Transporters are to enforce all COVID-19 protocols, including proper use of face mask by drivers and passengers. Appropriate sanctions will apply to defaulters,” the governor added.

Other measures and restrictions announced by the Commissioner include “Appropriate use of face mask in public places is mandatory

The Health Commissioner added that Security agencies will deploy all lawful means to enforce these protocol and defaulters are deemed to constitute dangers to public health. Provisions of the Kwara State Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020 shall apply to all offenders.

These new guidelines are subject to reviews as situations dictate; Rasak said there will be further communications on school resumption.

Worst Police Better Than Best Criminal, Says Governor Abdulrazaq

Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq

 

The Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has made a passionate appeal to Nigerians to never turn their backs or abandon the police and other security agencies, saying the worst policeman is better than the best criminal.

Governor Abdulrazaq stated this on Wednesday while receiving the three Senators representing the state at the National Assembly who paid him a visit over the destruction of properties by angry youths.

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He said the majority of the officers are patriots who are equally committed to a greater Nigeria.

Abdulrazaq said the events of the past few weeks, especially the #EndSARS protest, should not be framed in a way that might leave officers and men of the police demoralized or dejected.

According to him, demoralizing the security forces, especially the police, might play into the hands of criminals who prefer anarchy to hurt their victims.

Looted CACOVID Palliatives Were Meant For Special Vulnerable Group – Kwara Govt

A photo of the scene of the incident which occurred in Kwara State on October 23, 2020.

 

The Kwara State government has condemned the action of some looters who invaded the cargo terminal in Ilorin, the state capital, and carted away palliatives donated by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID).

The state government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Communications, Harriet Afolabi-Oshatimehin, on Friday, said the items were meant for the poor and a special group of vulnerable people.

The Commissioner said further that CACOVID and the state government on September 23rd flagged off the distribution of the palliatives and had distributed the majority of the palliatives to the identified vulnerable households in 15 of the 16 local government areas of the state.

“The remaining palliatives in the terminal, which the hoodlums preyed on until chased away by security agencies, were meant for special vulnerable groups and just one local government where names of the beneficiaries have just been delivered and officials have started distributing when the street urchins breached the wall of the facility,” the statement added.

Afolabi-Oshatimehin explained that the looted items were meant for specific households, as dictated by CACOVID, and so names had to be properly generated to allow for transparent and orderly distribution.

“The actions of the hoodlums are condemnable and those already arrested would face the full weight of the law.

“The government would not tolerate anyone hiding under any guise to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere in the state,” she added.

The state government said the action of the looters is condemnable and does not reflect the good nature of the people of the state.