Looting: Politicians Sponsoring Angry Youths To Overthrow Govt – Abdulrasaq

File Photo of Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq.

 

Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, says some politicians are sponsoring some angry youths to overthrow the country’s government.

He said this on Sunday while inspecting looted malls in Ilorin the state capital, describing the situation as sad and handiwork of disgruntled persons.

“Behind the ideas (of angry youths) are people with ideologies of trying to overthrow the government, loot the country or trying to take some sort of advantage the legitimate concerns of #EndSARS,” he said.

After inspecting the damages inflicted on business outfits by hoodlums and looters hiding under the guise of EndSARS protesters, Governor Abdulrasaq announced a N500 million fund to assist owners of looted businesses.

While condemning the looting of people’s businesses on Friday and Saturday, the Kwara leader said there can be no justification for such criminal behaviour.

“We are therefore not going to leave the business owners like that. We are setting up a N500 million fund for those that were affected, to access.

“The application form is live and active on the state government’s website and can now be filled by interested parties. We are going to get them back on their feet as soon as possible,” he added.

He sympathised with owners of all the businesses affected, adding that the incident may bring businesses to their knees and cause massive loss of jobs and a surge in the poverty rate.

He was also at the Agro mall where the materials meant for the flood victims in four local governments were kept before being looted.

#EndSARS: Kwara Governor Inaugurates Judicial Panel To Probe Police Brutality, Rights Violation

Kwara Governor inaugurates judicial panel to probe police brutality

 

The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AdulRazaq has inaugurated a judicial panel of inquiry to probe the violation of human rights and police brutality on its citizens.

The panel comes after the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, had directed all State Governors to set up the Judicial Panels in all the States would include representatives of Youths, Students, Civil Society Organizations and would be chaired by a respected retired State High Court Judge.

He also directed State Governors to immediately establish a State-based Special Security and Human Rights Committee to be chaired by the Governors in their States, to supervise the newly formed police tactical units and all other security agencies located in the State.

The idea of the Special Security and Human Rights Committee in all States of the Federation and the FCT is to ensure that police formation and other security agencies in the State consistently protect the Human Rights of citizens.

EFCC Arrests Two Lecturers, 28 Others For Internet Fraud In Kwara

 

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC), Ilorin zonal office, have arrested two lecturers of the Kwara State College of Health Technology, Offa: Abdulahi Opashola and Adebisi Ademola and twenty-eight others over their alleged involvement in offences bordering on internet fraud.

The twenty-eight other suspects are: Kingsley Essien; Tobiloba Adenuga; Tope Ayodele; Rasheed Mujib; Oladipo Opeyemi; Saadu Muktar; Oladejo Hammed; Hammed Tope; Ameachi Umenyi, Salauden Adam and Afolabi Gafar.

Others are: Oladimeji Timi; Remilekun Adeolu; Audu John; David Momodu; Abdulkareem Samad; Adebiyi Sodiq; Dawodu Olusoji; Yusuf Amoo; Kehinde Olarenwaju; Philip Mike, Ademola Adebukola and Adeniyi Olamilekan.

The rest are : Adeyemi Adedeji; Ajayi Teslem; Olawale Oladayo, Olasunkanmi Olawale and Adeleke Damilola.

They were arrested at different locations within Kwara State, following intelligence gathered by operatives of the Commission over their alleged involvement in the offence.

Meanwhile, efforts are ongoing to arrest a herbalist who is also linked with the alleged offence.

Items recovered from them include cars, phones, laptops among others.

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Kwara Deputy Governor Recovers From COVID-19

 

The Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Kwara State Technical Committee, Kayode Alabi has tested negative for the coronavirus disease.

Mr Alabi and his wife, Abieyuwa, tested positive to the virus after showing slight symptoms in August.

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor and Spokesman, Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19, Rafiu Ajakaye, confirmed that Mr Alabi’s test result came back negative on Friday.

“On Friday evening, August 28th, the results of a repeat test by His Excellency the Deputy Governor of Kwara State and Chairman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19 Mr Kayode Alabi came back negative. This means the Deputy Governor is free of the virus and would be back to his desk.”

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The statement however revealed that Mrs Alabi is yet to recover from the virus while wishing her and other patients, a safe recovery.

“The government thanks members of the public for their support and prayers, and the medical team for their hard work.

“The government equally wishes all of our remaining patients, including Her Excellency the wife of the Deputy Governor, safe recovery like the Deputy Governor, while calling on everyone to not let down their guards as every step is being taken to flatten the curve of transmission,” the statement read in part.

Nigeria on Friday, reported 160 more new cases, raising the total infections figure to 53,477.

However, Ekiti recorded 2 cases, putting the number of cases on admission at 64, while total discharged at 183.

Kwara Deputy Governor, Wife Test Positive For COVID-19 

A Lab Scientist Conducting COVID-19 Test

 

The Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Kwara State Technical Committee, Kayode Alabi and wife, Abieyuwa Alabi have tested positive for the coronavirus disease.

The couple took the COVID-19 test after showing slight symptoms of the virus.

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor and Spokesman, Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19, Rafiu Ajakaye, confirmed that their test results came out positive.

Kwara Senator, Eight Others Arrested Over Alleged Killing Of Two
a map of Kwara State.

He stated that the Deputy Governor and his wife are in high spirits and stable conditions.

He noted that they are now undergoing standard management protocols supervised by the government’s medical team.

According to Mr. Ajakaye, immediate contact tracing and tests, among other safety protocols, are being done for persons who have met with the couple in the past few days.

He said, “The government wishes the second couple and all others a quick recovery”.

COVID-19: Violators Of Face Mask To Be Sanctioned – Kwara Govt

A boy wearing two face-masks records with his phone during a football match for international women’s day in Abuja on March 5, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels TV

 

The Kwara State Government has threatened to sanction violators of the face mask in the state.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, disclosed this on Tuesday while addressing journalists in Ilorin, the state capital.

His warning which comes amid the increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 in the north-central state, adds that social distancing must be maintained to avoid being arrested.

Although the state government is disturbed by the rising cases of the pandemic, the governor’s spokesman said no effort will be spared to flatten the curve and protect the people.

US President Donald Trump wears a mask as he visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland' on July 11, 2020. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN / AFP)
US President Donald Trump wears a mask as he visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland’ on July 11, 2020. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN / AFP)

 

“Consequently, effective this Friday, 24th July 2020, nobody would be allowed into any public building, markets, malls, transport, and banks and so on without their proper use of the face masks as a safety measure to lessen the transmission of the virus,” he said.

Ajakaye explained that the state government will fully enforce the Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020 in a week’s time.

“Henceforth, anyone seen outside without proper use of the face mask will be arrested, prosecuted in a mobile court, and taken to any of our quarantine centres.”

Meanwhile, raids on night clubs and viewing centres will continue as residents caught will face sanctions from July 31.

COVID-19: Kwara Govt Quarantines 50 People Arrest At Night Club

Kwara Senator, Eight Others Arrested Over Alleged Killing Of Two
a map of Kwara State.

 

No fewer than 50 people have been arrested by officials of the Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19 at a night club in Ilorin, the state capital.

The Chairman of Medical Advisory Committee on COVID-19 in the state, Dr Femi Oladiji, disclosed this on Saturday at the state’s quarantine centre in Ilorin where the suspects were kept.

He explained that the operation was led by the state Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, Mr Kayode Alabi.

“Around 1:00am, we got information that some people were clubbing at Kwara Hotel.

“The deputy governor, in my accompany and some security officials, raided the club and we arrested so many boys and girls within the age range of 20 to 30,” Oladiji was quoted as saying in a statement by Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and spokesman for the technical committee.

He added, “Around 2:00am, we brought them to the Hajj camp (Quarantine Centre). We made them comfortable overnight, and early this morning, we took their samples for COVID-19.

“The arrest, which may lead to prosecution, is to send the signal that we cannot tolerate such conduct. Violations will henceforth attract a strong response from the government.”

 

 

The commissioner insisted that the ban on night clubbing remained in force to prevent the further spread of the virus in the state.

He stressed that the action of the clubbers violated the Kwara State Infectious Diseases Regulations, 2020, as well as the government’s subsisting ban on congregation beyond 20 people.

Oladiji, however, noted that this excluded places of worship where preventive measures have been put in place in agreement with religious leaders.

According to him, the government is considering other measures, including enforcement of the use of face mask in public to flatten the curve of transmission of the virus.

“The government will take appropriate actions against any officials of the hotel found to have authorised the violation of the existing ban to send the signal that such behaviour will not be tolerated,” the commissioner said.

Kwara Govt To Provide Interest-Free Loans To Private School Owners

Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

 

The Kwara State Government on Friday said it will support owners of private schools in the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, the state government promised to provide interest-free loans to private schools.

This is to enable the proprietors to “pay their workers and prevent massive job losses in the sub-sector.”

Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq said he would “not be blind to the plight” of any resident of the state, including “proprietors and workers across private schools in the state who he acknowledged have been the hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic due to the closure of schools and some other businesses.”

The governor who had a virtual meeting today with the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), said his administration will need to have the right database to know the number of private schools in the state, the number of their teachers, and their students.

According to the governor, the database would be key for efficiency, transparency, and success of the move.

He added that his administration had established a hitch-free and transparent bursary regime with digital registration and verification of all applicants last year.

“The issue of the database is critical for planning. We want to know how many private schools we have (and) where in the state. If we do so, we can even give land (to those who may need it), issue a certificate of occupancy and other relevant documents,” he said.

Kwara Governor, AbdulRazaq Sets Up Independent Panel To Probe LG Funds

Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

 

Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to conduct an independent probe into funds so far received and disbursed to the 16 Local Government Areas from May 2019 till date.

The governor also set up a panel of inquiry comprising members from various backgrounds will also be set up to look into the Local Governments’ funds.

This was confirmed in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye.

“For the sake of accountability and transparency, the Governor is hereby calling in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to conduct an urgent probe into funds so far received as allocations and spent by the 16 local government between May 29 and now.

“Separately, the Governor will also be setting up a Panel of inquiry in the immediate to look into the same issues. Members of the panel and its terms of reference would be announced soon,” the statement read.

Ajakaye said the administration was of the view that council funds should be probed and laid to rest because governance was about public trust.

He noted that the investigation is necessary following “outrageous claims by some persons that money to the tune of N300 million was diverted monthly from LG accounts.”

“The governor restated that he would not be found mismanaging or siphoning public funds. He maintains his stand, which dates back to his days in the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), that the local governments should be allowed to manage their own funds with minimal or no supervision by the state as the law may allow.

“He insists that any official found to have diverted or mismanaged public funds under him would be made to account for the same as prescribed under the law,” Ajakaye added.

35 Doctors Test Positive For COVID-19 In Kwara

A government health worker shows a Covid-19 test. Credit: AFP

 

Thirty-five medical doctors have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Kwara State.

The Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association in the state, Kolade Sholageru disclosed this on Monday while addressing journalists on the activities of the union.

According to him, most of the affected members are those working outside the isolation centres as they have no access to personal protective equipment.

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The NMA boss, therefore, appealed to the state government to give hazard allowance as being enjoyed by the doctors in the employment of the Federal Government and also made a case for a tax rebate for his colleagues.

COVID-19: Kwara Deputy Governor’s Aides Test Positive

File photo of health workers gearing up for a task.

 

Kwara State Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Technical Committee on Coronavirus, Mr Kayode Alabi has again called on the people of the state to always adhere strictly to COVID-19 safety protocols.

Mr Alabi, who made the call shortly after some of his aides tested positive for COVID-19, warned that the disease is a real and poses a present danger that requires serious caution.

He explained that the government is determined to flatten the curve of Coronavirus and curb community transmission.

Mr Alabi said his COVID-19 positive aides have been admitted into the COVID-19 Infectious Centre located at Sobi Specialist Hospital, Ilorin.

The deputy governor called on the Kwara people to take responsibility in the fight against the disease, saying that the only antidote against COVID-19 is to obey all government and health officials’ precautionary measures such as wearing of nose masks, avoidance of large gathering, adherence to physical distancing, washing of hands with soap and running water or sanitizer, among others.

He also advised all ministries, departments and agencies to emulate his action by testing staff.

Kwara Governor’s Chief Of Staff Dies Of COVID-19

A file photo of late Aminu Logun, the Chief of Staff to Kwara State Governor.

 

 

The Chief of Staff to Governor Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman of Kwara State, Aminu Logun, is dead.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

He revealed that Logun, aged 73, died in the evening from complications related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

“With total submission to the will of the Almighty Allah, we wish to announce the passing of the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kwara State Aminu Adisa Logun (mni).

“Logun, an industrialist, a public intellectual, and an elder statesman, died Tuesday evening of complications from COVID-19. He died only a few hours after the test of his result returned positive,” the governor’s aide said.

He added, “The entire government and the people of Kwara State have lost an outstanding public servant who diligently served the state at various times, including as Chief of Staff to the Governor from June 7, 2019 until he returned to his Lord.”

According to Ajakaye, Governor Abdulrahman has declared a seven-day mourning in the state in honour of the late Chief of Staff.

He said the governor has also commiserated with the family of Logun and the entire Ilorin Emirate for the loss.

“We pray the Almighty Allah to grant him Al-Jannah Firdaus and give the family the fortitude to bear the huge loss.

“Details about his janazah will be made public by the family and the government in due course,” Ajakaye stated.