Six Feared Dead After Clash Over Broken Side Mirror In Kwara

 

Six people were feared dead and seven missing after members of the Odu’a Peoples Congress (OPC) and Fulani cow sellers clashed at the Kara market in Ajasse Ipo, Kwara State.

The clash, which erupted due to a broken side mirror of one of the OPC members’ vehicle also left 17 persons injured and the market deserted.

The Kara market is usually busy every five days, mainly for cow buyers across Kwara state.

On Friday, one of the market days, the influx of buyers led to a traffic congestion.

According to the Seriki of the market, the side mirror of one of the vehicles of the OPC members, who were returning from the just concluded Osun-Osogbo river festival was broken either by a drunken commercial motorcyclist or a buyer transporting a cow.

An official of the Miyetti Allah association said six corpses had been recovered, seven missing and 17 others receiving treatment for various degree of injuries.

The police in a statement confirmed the incident but said only four persons died.

In a statement signed by spokesperson Ajayi Okasanmi, the police said normalcy has been restored to the area.

Same Faith Ticket: Kumuyi Asks Politicians To Consult Widely

 

 

Revered cleric William Kumuyi has urged politicians to consult widely and consider the interest of Nigerians before picking running mates of the same faith.

The Founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry made the call when he addressed journalists after a visit to Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State.

“The political officers should look at the heartbeat of the country and they should look at the desires of the people,” he said after the Wednesday visit.

“They are not there for themselves. They are there for us. Let them ask and make their research about what the country wants.

“They should ask and make their research on what the country wants, what the people want. If they listen to the people at this time, we will be confident that they will listen to us when they get there.”

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Pastor Kumuyi, who also spoke about security issues in Nigeria, commended officers for putting their lives on the line. He, however, said there is room for improvement.

“In every area of life, I will say there’s room for improvement,” he said. “I want to credit the officers who are putting their lives on the line to secure the whole country.”

Terrorist Enclaves Identified In Kwara, Niger States – Senate

A file photo of lawmakers during plenary in the Senate.

 

The Senate says terrorist enclaves have been identified within three local government areas of Kwara and Niger States.

This formed part of discussions raised after the upper chamber considered a motion on the worsening insecurity in Kainji Lake National Park and threat to communities in Kaima, Baruten and Borgu Local Government in Kwara and Niger states.

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According to the sponsor of the motion, Senator Sadiq Umar, kidnapping and other forms of criminality have now become prevalent in communities close to Kainji Lake National Park and this has led to palpable fear in the communities.

“Many are leaving their villages and farms to seek refuge in the towns that will soon be threatened as well if nothing is done about this insecurity situation. In fact, some communities have started paying the criminals some sort of tax to be allowed to stay safe,” Umar said.

The senate has, therefore, asked the military to carry out a comprehensive onslaught of bandits and criminal elements within the Kainji Lake National Park and the identified communities.

Abducted Anglican Bishop, Wife And Driver Regain Freedom

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The Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Aderogba Adeyinka of Jebba Anglican Diocese, Kwara State, his wife and a driver who were abducted on Sunday have regained their freedom.

The Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday.

“The Massive deployment of Police personnel for the operation to rescue the victims and the domination of the entire area by the Police Tactical teams pressurized the abductors into freeing the victims,” the statement read, adding that the victims were released unhurt at about 18:20 pm on Tuesday.

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The Bishop, his wife and the driver were abducted on Sunday along the new Oyo/Ogbomoso Expressway in Oyo State.

Following the abduction, Osifeso said preliminary investigations revealed that before the incident, the victims’ vehicle had developed what seemed like a mechanical fault while traveling from Yewa in Ogun State to Jebba in Kwara.

Subsequently, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations of the Command was directed to oversee the case.

According to the PPRO, investigations are ongoing to apprehend the perpetrators of the crime and bring them to justice.

Kwara Hijab Crisis: Group Rejects N1m, Demands N113m Compensation For Late Victim’s Family

The Muslim group held a press conference on Monday, February 21 in Ilorin, Kwara State capital.

 

A group called Kwara State Muslim youths has asked the State Government to pay a sum of N113, 388,000 as compensation for the alleged killing of one Habeeb Idris during the recent hijab crisis in Ijagbo, Oyun Local Government Area of the state.

In a press conference on Monday at Ilorin, the chairman of the group, Abdurrazaq Al-Amin, rejected the one million naira compensation offered by the state government citing it as inadequate for the various injuries sustained and loss of life during the hijab crisis.

Al-Amin, said they are also demanding the prosecution of those responsible for the killing of Habeeb Idris and other injured persons during the hijab protest.

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“The sum of one hundred and thirteen million naira, three hundred and eighty-eight thousand naira should be paid as diyyah (blood-money) to the mother of Idris Habeeb at Ijagbo.

“It is instructive to note that some of the victims of the shooting still have bullets lodged in their bodies. The government should be 100% responsible for the hospital bills of the 10 injured Muslims during the crisis.

“The government should avoid in its official and unofficial communications referring to the public schools as mission schools. This is very contemptuous of courts’ judgements/orders. In the eyes of the law, there is nothing like missionary-owned schools in Kwara State,” the group said.

The crisis over the usage of hijab in public schools in Kwara state turned sour recently. when Habeeb Idris was killed during a protest in Ijagbo over the denial of Muslim female students to use hijab at Ijagbo Baptist High School.

Following the violence, the Kwara State Government announced the closure of the school.

Nine Dead In Kwara Road Accident

Kwara is a state in Western Nigeria
Kwara is a state in the north-central region of Nigeria.

 

At least nine persons have died in a road accident in Kwara State.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday in front of the Ilorin Airport along Ilorin – Eyenkorin road.

According to the Sector Commander, FRSC Kwara sector command, Corps Commander Jonathan Owoade, the crash occurred at about 08:00 am; involving a Toyota Hiace Bus with registration number AFN 06 YL and a Toyota Corolla saloon car marked LRN 787 FE with 17 people involved.

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Eyewitnesses noted that the Toyota saloon car was driving out of the airport while the Lagos-bound Hiace Bus was on top speed along the expressway before they rammed into each other and went up in flames.

The nine deceased persons were said to have gotten burnt beyond recognition and their bodies have been deposited at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, while five men sustained various degrees of injuries and are currently receiving treatment at the Ilorin General Hospital.

Three other men inside the saloon car, however, escaped uninjured.

Reacting to the incident, the Sector Commander lamented that the crash was avoidable and therefore, warned members of the public against reckless driving.

Owoade also warned motorists to avoid keeping petrol inside jerricans in their vehicles while driving.

He commiserated with the families of the victims and assured the public that the corps will continue to strive hard towards ensuring that such unfortunate incidents are curtailed on the roads.

Gunmen Attack Kwara Villages, Kidnap Ex-Customs Boss, Four Others

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Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted five persons in separate attacks on two different Local Government Areas of Kwara State.

In one of the attacks which occurred at Egbejila along Obate village, Asa Local Government, a fish farmer, said to be a retired Deputy Comptroller of Nigeria Customs Service identified as Mohammed Zarma was kidnapped on Thursday evening.

The other attack occurred along Obo Ayegunle/Osi road in the Ekiti Local Government Area of the state.

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The attackers according to locals invaded the fish farm of the former customs boss with dangerous weapons such as AK-47 and took him away through the bush.

“The bush where the attackers operated links to Ogele village, Pampo village, and Arowosaye village. The main road links Afon village in the Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State,” a resident told Channels Television.

The four other victims were abducted from Ekiti Local Government Area of the state. The victims were identified as Sunday Balogun, a mechanic, his pregnant wife, Mary, his apprentice Taiye and his twin brother, Kehinde.

Family members and locals said the kidnappers have contacted the family and demanded N10million ransom

“They have contacted the family demanding N10million ransom. We have been able to negotiate it to N4million.

“Although the family and community have been able to gather N2million, the kidnappers rejected it and said that a Toyota Sienna in his workshop should be sold to pay the ransom. The wife of the mechanic, Mary, was however released” they explained.

Confirming the development, the state Police command, through the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Okasanmi Ajayi, said an investigation has commenced and efforts are ongoing to rescue the kidnap victims.

“The Kwara State Police Command under the leadership of Mr. Tuesday Assayomo has deployed relevant assets, both human and material, for the rescue of one Mohammed Zarma ‘Male’ a retired Deputy Comptroller of Nigeria Customs Service, who was kidnapped on his farm located at Oke Jia, Egbejila at about 1730hrs of 6/1/2022 by some unknown gunmen speaking a particular Nigerian language.

“On the visit to the scene after the incident by the Command’s operatives, four empty shells of expended ammunition were recovered,” the police said.

The police also assured the family of the victims and public that no effort would be spared in getting the victim rescued unhurt and possible arrest of the perpetrators of the crime.

Cracking The Glass Ceiling: The Story Of Kwara Women

 

The Kwara State Government led by His Excellency Governor Abdulrahaman AbdulRasaq is celebrating women for their contributions to growth, change and development in the state.

At an event on Tuesday tagged ‘Cracking The Glass Ceiling: The Story Of Kwara Women’, Kwara women will tell their stories and break the stereotype of women subjected to being mere spectators.

Some of those expected to give speeches are: Businesswoman, Mrs Ibukun Awosika; Minister of Women Affairs, Paulen Tallen; Wife of Ekiti State Governor Mrs Bisi Fayemi; Mrs Sarah Jibril; Former acting Governor of CBN Mrs Sarah Alade; Former Chief Judge of Kwara State Justice, Raliat Elelu – Habeeb and others.


 

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11:52 am: Dr Rukayat Alburni, the representative of the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, addresses the crowd.

11:31 am: The wife of the Kwara State Governor, Mrs Olufolake Abdulrasak, addresses the crowd.

11:25 am: Ibrahim Damaigoro is invited to give Islamic prayers.

11:24 am: Most Rev Paul Adegboyega is invited to give a Christian prayer.

11:11 am: Shortly after, the Keynote Speaker, Mrs Ibukun Awosika is invited up to speak.

11:08 am: The state governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasak just arrived at the venue.

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.