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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
The trial of five suspects in the 2018 Offa bank robbery has been stalled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Justice Halima Salman had last week, adjourned the case till today but a circular from the office of the Chief Registrar of the Kwara State High Court directed all members of staff below grade level 14 to work from home.
As early as 8:00 am when Channels TV crew got to the court premises, the entrance was locked with no member of staff in sight.
The five suspects standing trial were brought to the court but the prosecuting and defense counsel did not show up.
It is now unclear when next the court will sit on the case.
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.
Kwara State Government has suspended five senior officials implicated in the ongoing investigation of ghost workers and suspicious deductions of workers’ salary at the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
The officials are the Permanent Secretary of the parastatal Bayo Audu Onimago; Director of Finance and Supply of SUBEB Husseni Ahmed; account officers Mujeeb Ibrahim and Oyerinde Fatai; and a staff of the Teaching Service Commission who doubled as the Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers Toyin Saliu.
“The indefinite suspension is connected to some discoveries of alleged fraud in the parastatal by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This is in line with the efforts of the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq administration to cleanse the system, particularly at SUBEB where some startling discoveries have been made,” Murtala Olanrewaju, Commissioner for Communication, said in a statement.
“Salaries connected to the controversial names on the payroll have been flagged and suspended until the end of the exercise.”
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has directed the sack of a government driver in charge of a COVID-19 response team ambulance.
The driver in a video which has gone viral on social media is seen evacuating a suspected COVID-19 patient in an unprofessional manner with the help of members of the public.
He was reported to have turned deaf ears to directive and gone ahead to evacuate the victim without waiting for the arrival of the Rapid Response Team (RRT).
“The governor totally condemns the shoddy handling of the gentleman who was clearly going through a hard time,” Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, said in a statement on Wednesday.
“He has directed that the driver be fired immediately. As the investigation revealed, the driver failed to heed clear directive not to take any action until the Rapid Response Team (RRT) arrives the scene. He evacuated the gentleman with the help of members of the public without waiting for the arrival of the RRT.
“That incident was avoidable, and we sincerely apologise to the gentleman and to the people of Kwara State for the embarrassing development. We assure them this will not happen again,” the statement added.
Governor AbdulRazaq also directed the issuance of queries to top officials of the state ministry of health for failing to act with necessary caution and expertise in the handling of the incident.
The governor directed that members of the RRT be queried so as to ensure such incident of dangerous violation of COVID-19 safety protocols does not repeat itself.
He added that it is equally distasteful and unacceptable that the driver, who had long been involved in such operations, made unethical comments to somebody in distress.