Eleven people have lost their lives in an auto crash said to have been caused by wrongful overtaking along the Jebba-Bode Saadu in the Moro local government area of Kwara State.
According to eyewitnesses, the accident which occurred around 4:00pm on Sunday at Onipako village, involved two vehicles – a Toyota Corolla salon car and a commercial Toyota Hiace bus.
The state Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Jonathan Owoade, who also confirmed the incident to Channels Television said there were 26 people involved in the accident – (20 males and six females).
Owoade also added that 15 other people suffered varying degrees of fracture.
The FRSC boss said those injured were taken to the Jebba Medical Centre and Emmanuel Hospital, Jebba, while the corpses of the deceased have been deposited at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH).
Gunmen have abducted the twin daughters of a traditional ruler in Kwara State, Oba Samuel Adelodun, and three of his aides.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Okasanmi Ajayi, confirmed the abduction in a statement on Friday.
He identified others kidnapped as the monarch’s driver Kunle, his security aide Lawrence Abiodun, and his maid, Bukunmi Akanbi.
Oba Adelodun, the Owalobo of Obbo Ayegunle in Ekiti Local Government Area of the state, said his daughters and aides were kidnapped on Thursday.
According to Ajayi, the victims were travelling from Osi to Obbo Ayegunle before they were abducted by the assailants along the road connecting the two towns.
The Toyota Sienna vehicle with a registration plate number bearing Owalobo of Obbo Ayegunle, conveying the victims, was abandoned on the road.
“On receipt of the information, the Commissioner of Police Kwara State, CP Tuesday Assayomo, dispatched the anti-kidnapping and other tactical units of the command, alongside local hunters and vigilantes to immediately commence a search and rescue operation in the area for possible arrest of the abductors and safe rescue of the victims,” said Ajayi.
“The commissioner of police wishes to advise members of the public with useful information that can aid the quick rescue of the victims to make such information available to the command.”
He assured the people of the state of their safety and security at all times and asked them to be conscious of happenings around them.
The command’s spokesman also urged them to avoid movements in isolated and lonely routes at odd hours of the day.
Kwara doctors under the aegis of the Nigeria Association of Government Medical and Dental Practitioners, (NAGMDP) Kwara Chapter have threatened to withdraw their services across the state over poor remuneration and conditions of service.
The group issued the threat via a letter addressed to the Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq which was sighted by Channels Television on Tuesday.
“If our demands are not met by Monday 13th of September 2021, we shall have no alternative than to withdraw the service of our members across all the hospitals in the state,” the letter signed by the association’s Chairman, Saka Agboola and Secretary Ayinde Musa, partly read.
Following its emergency meeting on August 20, the doctors said there was the need for the Kwara State Government to better reposition the conditions of service of their colleagues.
According to them, the move is necessary, in order to prevent the imminent collapse of the health care system in our state.
The association also insisted that the state government must recruit more medical officers in addition to the constant replacement of those that are resigning on a daily basis.
“There should be the provision of adequate security in all of our hospitals to avoid breaking down of laws and order by a patient and their relatives.
“The state government should provide patient-relatives building in hospitals, where relatives can be in comfort, while health workers take care of their relatives on admission,” the group added.
The association also called for payment of COVID-19 allowance to members and other health care workers, as well as provision of a vehicle and housing loan facility at single digit interest rate to all members as a way of motivation and retention in service.
Kwara State governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has explained why the 2021 durbar celebration was cancelled in the state.
According to the state governor, the celebration was not cancelled due to security concerns.
He made the clarification while hosting the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman, Kwara State Council of Chiefs, Ibrahim Sulugambari at the traditional Sallah homage.
Durbar is an important horse annual cultural festival in northern Nigeria, held a day after Sallah.
Indigenes and residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital had prepared for this year’s durbar only for the government to announce its cancellation.
While hosting the Emir, Governor Abdulrazaq said his government had to comply after a security report which did not favour hosting of the event.
Kwara State Government had earlier on Tuesday announced the suspension of the annual Durbar earlier scheduled for Wednesday, July 21, 2021, on security grounds.
According to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communications, Rabiat Mopelola Abdulrahman the followed a police intelligence report which indicated that some forces plan to use the boisterous nature of the cultural event to cause a breakdown of law and order in the state, thereby complicating national security challenges.
The police authorities have arrested a man with a human head and hands concealed in a bag in a commercial bus travelling from Ajase-Ipo to Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Okasanmi Ajayi, the suspect, Kehinde Moses, confessed to having killed the victim, Mohammed, for ritual purposes in Ajase-Ipo, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.
He said the suspect was apprehended on Monday after police operatives stopped the vehicle for search on the road, adding that Moses’ accomplice escaped by taking to his heels.
“In the course of interrogation, the suspect confessed that he and his fleeing partner killed the victim named Mohammed in Ajase-Ipo for ritual purposes,” the police spokesman said via a statement issued on Tuesday.
“Today, May 3, 2021, around 6.30 am along the Ajase-Ipo/Ilorin Road, a team of Operation Harmony on stop-and-search duty stopped one suspected commercial bus and in the process of searching a bag, one boy took to his heels, while his partner was held; the bag was searched and a freshly severed head and hands of a boy were discovered.
“The suspect by name Kehinde John Moses took a team of investigators to where the body was dumped for purposes of recovery and subsequent transfer to the hospital for autopsy.”
Reacting to the arrest, the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Mohammed Lawal Bagega, directed the homicide section of the state criminal investigation department (SCID) to thoroughly investigate the case and arrest anybody connected to the heinous crime.
He also warned criminals to vacate Kwara State, noting that Command would deploy all legal means to deal with them.
The police boss also reiterated the commitment of the State Police Command in flushing out criminal activities from the state.
Meanwhile, an investigation into the case is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of the probe.
Kwara United striker, Michael Ohanu scored his 7th goal of the season on matchday 19 of the Nigeria Professional Football League as the Harmony Boys cruised to a 2-0 victory over Nasarawa United in Ilorin.
The matchday 19 encounter against the Solid Miners didn’t produce any goal in the first half but both teams showed more intent to win it in the second half. The home team showed more hunger and it paid manifested with a goal in the 58th minute.
Jude Stephen provided the assist for Samuel Ganda who went through the Nasarawa United defenders to blast home the opener. Stephen provided the assist again for Ohanu to double the lead for the home side.
With today’s win, Kwara United extended their unbeaten home record to 10 matches. The victory also means coach Abdullahi Biffo’s team will return to the top of the league table with 36 points. The Harmony Boys have recorded 3 loses and 6 draws so far this season.
In Uyo, Dakkada FC recorded their 9th win of the season, thrashing Rivers United 4-2 at the Nest of Championship. The result lifted the Chosen Ones to 8th on the log.
It was indeed a festival of goals. Emmanuel Charles opened the scoring for the home side in the 23rd minute. Nelson Esor pulled one back for the Pride of Rivers and shot them into the lead moments later. Musa Bashiru scored just before the break to put the home team back into the contest.
When play resumed in the second half, Bashiru secured his brace and shot Dakkada into the lead. Christian Ekong put the icing on the cake when he scored via a free-kick from 25 yards out to seal the victory.
At the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, Kano Pillars moved to joint top with Kwara United on the league table with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Warri Wolves. Rabiu Ali’s goal from the spot in the 63rd minute made the difference for Sai Masu Gida.
In Bauchi, Wikki Tourists beat Katsina United 3-1 to record their sixth win of the season. Manu Garba scored a brace while Stephen Chukwude wrapped up a fine performance for coach Musa Abdullah’s team with a goal in the 72nd minute. Joseph Atule scored Katsina United’s only goal.
In Makurdi, Lobi Stars came from a goal down to beat Jigawa Golden Stars 2-1. The visitors got into the lead in the first half and kept it till the second half when Chinonso Okonkwo scored to put the hosts back into the contest and got his brace in the 57th minute to deliver the 8th win of the season for the Pride of Benue.
In Lagos, MFM FC and FC Ifeanyi Ubah played a 1-1 draw. Justice Zachariah gave the home team the lead in the first half while Lukman Aliu’s goal in the 64th minute ensured the visitors leave with a point.
On Saturday, Akwa United extended their unbeaten run to 8th matches after playing a goalless draw with Sunshine Stars at the Agege Stadium in Lagos. The result extended the winless run of Coach Gbenga Ogunbote’s team to twelve matches.
On Monday, In Okigwe, Abia Warriors will take on Plateau United while Heartland FC will clash with Adamawa United.
Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has said his administration will be fair and courageous in taking decisions in the overall interest of the state.
He stated this in a state broadcast on Tuesday amid the controversy trailing the ban of hijab in some mission schools in the state.
The school authorities had on February 19 denied the students entry, saying that the use of the headgear is not allowed in line with the doctrine establishing the mission schools, but the students have defied the directives.
In a statement issued on February 26, the Secretary to the Kwara State Government, Prof. Mamma Sabah Jibril, said “any willing schoolgirl with the approved (uniform) hijab shall have the right to wear the same in public/grant-aided schools.”
Additionally, the government through its Ministry of Education ordered the closure of 10 schools, where the use of hijab is disputed.
But this didn’t go down well with the school authorities.
When the schools were eventually reopened on March 17, violence erupted in Ilorin as Christians and Muslims clashed in the state capital.
The violence started after Christian officials of Baptist School, Surulere disallowed the girls in Hijab from gaining access into the school.
Reacting to the issue, Governor AbdulRazaq said his administration announced an official policy on February 26 allowing any willing Muslim schoolgirl to wear the hijab in public schools after “several days of consultations, meetings, brainstorming, and dispassionate weighing of policy options.”
“We took that decision in good faith and in the overall interest of all. I swore to an oath to protect every Kwaran. This oath includes looking at the bigger picture and doing everything to prevent a crisis before it occurs,” he said.
“I acknowledge the apprehension from the Christian and Muslim communities. Having held dozens of meetings with various thoughts leaders from both sides in the last four weeks, I am convinced that beneath the tensions and misgivings around the hijaab decision are old wounds that must be healed.
“I assure all Kwarans that we will take genuine steps to address the concerns raised by various faith communities. In doing so, a huge dose of understanding, selflessness, and patriotism will be required. Going forward, we will need leaders from both sides to spread the message of love, accommodation, patience, peace, and mutual respect.
“Notwithstanding their varied positions, I am proud of the level of restraints and statesmanship shown by our religious leaders. I commend them and reassure them that we will always be fair, courageous in taking decisions for sustainable peace, and be willing to listen to their concerns.”
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Text of the broadcast by Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on the hijaab decision on March 23, 2021.
On 26th February, the administration announced an official policy allowing any willing Muslim schoolgirl to wear the hijab in public schools. That announcement followed several days of consultations, meetings, brainstorming, and dispassionate weighing of policy options. We took that decision in good faith and in the overall interest of all. I swore an oath to protect every Kwaran. This oath includes looking at the bigger picture and doing everything to prevent a crisis before it occurs.
I acknowledge the apprehension from the Christian and Muslim communities. Having held dozens of meetings with various thoughts leaders from both sides in the last four weeks, I am convinced that beneath the tensions and misgivings around the hijaab decision are old wounds that must be healed.
I assure all Kwarans that we will take genuine steps to address the concerns raised by various faith communities. In doing so, a huge dose of understanding, selflessness, and patriotism will be required. Going forward, we will need leaders from both sides to spread the message of love, accommodation, patience, peace, and mutual respect.
Notwithstanding their varied positions, I am proud of the level of restraints and statesmanship shown by our religious leaders. I commend them and reassure them that we will always be fair, courageous in taking decisions for sustainable peace and be willing to listen to their concerns. The starting point will be the reconstitution in the coming days of the interfaith committee to further build confidence as well as provide templates to steadily resolve all issues of mutual concerns.
I commend the security agencies for their professionalism and their sticking to strategic patience jointly agreed upon. This has helped to prevent the loss of lives and properties while keeping crisis merchants in check. I urge parents to speak to their wards to stay away from trouble. Any attempt to take advantage of the situation to foment trouble will be met with maximum punishment prescribed by the law.
Finally, my profound appeal goes to all our leaders to prioritise communal peace and human brotherhood. We need to join hands to build a generation of future leaders who acknowledge and respect one another’s differences. This is necessary to build a community of patriots and partners for a greater Kwara.
The Christian Association of Nigeria has called on the Federal Government and the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed to intervene in the ongoing violence over the hijab policy which according to the association has led to violence and bloodletting in Kwara State.
CAN in a statement issued on Wednesday by the CAN General Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola, said Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, should be held responsible if the matter degenerates.
According to the religious body, the governor’s pronouncement on the issue of hijab-wearing is in violation of the court directive on the matter that the status quo should be maintained until the matter is resolved by the court.
“Wisdom is required by those in leadership to handle sensitive issues such as that of religion so as not to precipitate war. if any damage is done to any church or anyone is injured on this matter, the governor of Kwara State will be held responsible,” the statement partly read.
“It is disheartening and unfortunate that a government that was installed democratically will become insensitive to the plight and the yearning of the people as if the governor was voted into the office primarily to protect his own religion. This is unfair, ungodly and reprehensible.
“There are public schools and schools that belong to some Islamic organisations where those who wanted to be wearing hijab can be attending without causing the ongoing needless crises rocking the state.”
The Christian association called on Governor Abdulrazaq to give peace a chance in the state by ordering hoodlums attacking mission schools and churches in the state to stop before the situation degenerates into an unprecedented religious crisis.
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed up five filling stations in the Ilorin metropolis over offences ranging from over-pricing, under-dispensing and absconding.
Speaking with journalists after monitoring over 35 filling stations in the state capital on Tuesday, the Controller Ilorin field office of the DPR, Engineer Sule Yusuf, said that there is no fuel scarcity and plan to increase fuel price in the country.
“We observed that operators seem to be taking laws into their hands by selling over what government has allowed them to sell, especially, for Petrol. We’ve been going out to monitor before, and we’ll continue to do that. Today is just special because it’s the price we’re out to monitor price, quality, quantity and pump efficiency.
“Two teams of the DPR officials went out this morning in different directions. We visited about 35 filling stations out of which two absconded and sealed. They know the consequences.
“They will only be reopened when they show remorse, pay sanction fees and comply. About three stations were caught over-pricing. We’ve forced them to bring the price down to the allowable range and they’ve complied so that they don’t continue cheating the public.
“For now, there’s no increase in pump price, so they have to comply. If any station is selling above the window range of N162 and N165 per litre people should inform the authority. We’ll visit those stations and force them to comply in addition to sanctions”.
Engineer Yusuf, who advised consumers to watch out so they are not short-changed, said that they should get value for their money.
“Operators are advised to play the game according to rules to avoid being sanctioned. Yes, they are out to make profits but not at the detriment of the majority of the public”, he said.