Kwara Confirms First Case Of Monkeypox

This handout picture depicts the dorsal surfaces of a monkeypox case in a patient who was displaying the appearance of the characteristic rash during its recuperative stage. Photo: AFP

 

The Kwara State Government on Thursday confirmed its first case of monkeypox in the North-Central state.

Dr Raji Razaq, the Commissioner for Health, disclosed this in Ilorin via a statement, saying the recorded case followed rigorous efforts of the surveillance and response team that it activated since the index case was reported in the country in March 2022.

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“The first confirmed case in Kwara state involves a 29-year-old Nigerian driver who developed symptoms of fever, generalised rash, and weakness in the last two weeks and had been under our surveillance,” the statement partly read.

“There were contacts with the wife and four neighbours with similar symptoms where he lives at Gbugbu in Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State. All of which have been resolved by the health team.

“The patient has been on admission in the last one week because of suspicion of monkeypox. He has also been under strict monitoring by the surveillance and clinical team.”

“Currently, the patient is improving and stable in the ward.

“The government’s team has similarly begun health facility and community case search/contact tracing.

“The team will also intensify continuous public and community sensitization on the disease and its symptoms for public education and control.

“There is also ongoing training and retraining of health workers to strengthen our response to the development.

“The Ministry of Health is also notifying the appropriate agencies, especially the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, of the development.

“Members of the public are implored to step up efforts at personal and community hygiene as we work together to fight this disease.”

Come Out, Collect Your PVC For A Secured Future – Kwara Politician

Kwara PDP governorship candidate, Shuaibu Yaman Abdullahi.

 

The People Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Kwara State, Shuaibu Yaman Abdullahi, has asked residents of the state to come out en masse and collect their Permanent Voters Card for a secured future.

In a statement issued on Sunday to celebrate the nation’s Democracy Day, Abdullahi also admonished residents of the state and other Nigerians to remember the sacrifices of the heroes’ past.

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“I call on Kwarans from all nooks and crannies of the country to come out and collect their PVC, the only document to guarantee a secured future and ensure that our democracy works for us,” the statement partly read.

“Today, I call on the out-going Kwara state government to, without further delay and in compliance with the ruling of the apex court of the land, organise local government elections and stop further pilfering of our collective patrimony.”

The governorship hopeful urged the Kwara State government to conduct local government elections without further delay in compliance with the extant laws.

He added, “Today is another wonderful day when we remember the labour of our heroes past, their sacrifices for us to live a life of freedom and equal opportunities, and strive even for a better future.

“As we remember their sacrifices, we should work in unison to fight corruption, lawlessness and executive rascality prevalent in our State of Harmony, Kwara State. It is our collective responsibility to make the state better and the future of children secured.”

Gunmen Kill Two, Abduct Several Passengers In Kwara

A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

Gunmen have killed two passengers while abducting several others in an attack on an 18-seater bus in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Okasanmi Ajayi, confirmed the attack via a statement issued on Sunday, saying the incident occurred on Saturday along Obbo-Aiyegunle-Osi Road.

The gunmen were said to have shot into the vehicle with registration number XC167MUN, killing the driver named Akeem and one Mama Ariye, all of Obbo Aiyegunle town.

“On receipt of the information by the police in Obbo Ayegunle, policemen, vigilante, local hunters and sister agencies raced to the scene,” the police spokesman said.

“Bodies of the dead were retrieved and deposited at Carosi Hospital mortuary for autopsy, while the security team stormed the bushes in an effort to rescue the victims.”

He said the Commissioner of Police, Tuesday Assayomo, on hearing of the unfortunate incident directed that a massive manhunt for the perpetrators of the heinous crime must commence.

While empathising with the families of the deceased, the Commissioner of Police assured that the perpetrators of the crime would be smoked out from wherever they may be hiding.

Consequently, the CP directed a 24 hourly patrol of the area in conjunction with other sister security agencies to boost the confidence of the people and to also prevent any further attacks in the area.

Fake American Widow Bags Three-Year Jail Term In Ilorin

Aderibigbe Sheu, a student of Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete was said to have posed as a widow resident in the United States of America to defraud unsuspecting victims.

 

A fake American widow on Thursday bagged a three-year jail term in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The convict – Aderibigbe Sheu – was sentenced by Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin.

Sheu, a student of Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete was said to have posed as a widow resident in the United States of America to defraud unsuspecting victims.

He was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and charged with one count of cybercrime and retention of proceeds of crime before the Ilorin court.

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In a statement on Thursday, EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said the convict pleaded guilty to the charge upon his arraignment.

Following his ‘guilty plea’, EFCC counsel, Rasheedat Alao, reviewed the facts of the case and tendered the extra-judicial statements of the defendant including the phone, laptop, and other incriminating materials printed from his devices, which were admitted in evidence.

She asked the court to consider the plea of the defendant, his extra-judicial statements, and all the exhibits tendered to convict him as charged.

In his judgment, Justice Sani having held that the court is satisfied with the evidence before it pronounced Aderibigbe guilty of the charge and sentenced him to three years imprisonment with the option of N982,403.

The court also ordered that the iPhone 7+ and laptop, which were used to perpetrate the crime be forfeited to the Federal Government.

In the same vein, Justice Sani on Thursday convicted one Awoleye Bolaji, who claimed to be from the Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State for an internet fraud-related offence.

Awoleye allegedly posed as one Karan Vanslack, an American lady, with intent to defraud unsuspecting victims in contravention of Section 22 (2) (b)(ii) of Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015.

Upon the guilty plea by the defendant, Counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola, reviewed the facts of the case and tendered one iPhone 6, the statements of the defendants, and all the fraudulent messages printed from his device, which were admitted in evidence.

Justice Sani sentenced the defendant to one-year imprisonment with an option of a fine of N100,000 and ordered that the iPhone 6, which he used to perpetrate the crime, be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Hijab Crisis: Kwara Reopens Baptist School After Four-Month Closure

File photo of students in missionary school prevented from wearing hijab to school in Kwara State.

 

The Kwara State Government has announced the reopening of Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo, for students to resume academic activities after a four-month closure over the crisis caused by the wearing of Hijab.

On February 3, the state government shut the school following a crisis between Muslim and Christian parents who stormed the institution to defend their respective faith on the wearing of Hijab by female Muslim students in the school.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs Mary Adeosun, said the school would reopen from Friday, June 3.

She said the government’s decision to reopen the school is to restore normalcy in the institution.

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“The Ministry’s decision to reopen the school is one of the government’s multi-prong approaches to return normalcy to the school,” the statement read.

“Consequently, all teachers and students are directed to return to their classrooms while the government white paper committee continues the efforts to address pending issues related to the recent disturbance in the public school.

“Similarly, the Ministry restates the government’s position that any Muslim schoolgirl who desires to wear the Hijab is allowed to do so in all public schools, including in Oyun Baptist High School Ijagbo, which is owned by the State Government and run with public resources,”

She urged all stakeholders in the area to give peace a chance and to respect the law, warning that “the government will not hesitate to shut the school again, among other things, if anything threatens the safety of the little children”.

NSCDC Arrests Two Suspected Human Traffickers, Rescues Four Teenagers

A file photo of NSCDC officers.

 

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested two suspected human traffickers in Imo State while rescuing four teenage victims.

The suspects – Gift Rita and Joy Samuel – are said to specialise in trafficking teenage girls from Port Harcourt to Ilorin for prostitution.

While parading the suspects on Thursday, NSCDC Commandant in the state, Iskil Makinde, described the development as unfortunate.

He said the suspects, under false claim, brought four teenage victims – aged 14, 15, 16, and 17 –  respectively into the state to work in a hotel to raise money for their upkeep.

The Commandant commended the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffick in Persons (NAPTIP) for the collaboration that led to the arrest and said the suspects were nabbed following intelligence and surveillance.

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Makinde accused the suspects of luring the victims with a lucrative job in a hotel in Lagos, only to transfer them to Kwara as sex workers.

“She lied to them that they are going to Lagos for hotel work but unfortunately, all the underage girls were trafficked down to Kwara State,” he said.

“It is an unfortunate thing. Based on intelligent information, we were able to arrest them in conjunction with NAPTIP Commander.”

On the consequences of their action, the NSCDC boss said Nigerian laws forbid indulging underage girls in sex work.

He vowed to prosecute the suspects, stating that they have since admitted to trafficking the teenagers for prostitution.

In his remarks, NAPTIP Commander, Saadu Mustapha, promised that the agency would rehabilitate the victims and reunite them with their families.

He also pledged that the suspect would be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted, depending on the level of involvement.

This is even as he appealed to parents and guardians to take good care of their female wards, adding that the victims will be profiled and their families will be contacted after necessary procedures.

29-Year-Old Installer Suffocates, Dies In Kwara Petrol Tank

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

 

Tragedy struck in Ilorin on Saturday as a 29-year-old petrol tank installer identified simply as Ahmed suffocated and died while working on a petrol tank at a filling station along Offa garage road in the Kwara State capital.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the spokesman of the Kwara State Fire Service Hassan Adekunle said the incident occurred opposite Adisco office, Ajase-Ipo Road, Ilorin.

The victim was said to have come from Ibadan with his boss for the job but suddenly suffocated while they were performing the maintenance work on a faulty petrol tank at the filling station and eventually died.

However, firemen were able to evacuate the body from the tank and handed over to his boss identified as Abdulbasit Oladimeji.

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Report said that the casualty was allegedly careless as he embarked on the work without putting on the necessary safety implement.

“A 29-year-old tank installer/maintainer called Ahmed was recovered dead from petrol tank at a popular filling station in Ilorin, capital of Kwara,” the statement read.

“The terrible incident occurred last night at about 19:25hrs, No. 157 Bovas Filling Station opposite Adisco Ajase-Ipo Road, Ilorin.

“The victim man actually came from Ibadan with his boss for the job. While they were performing the maintenance work inside the petrol tank at the filling station, he suddenly got suffocated and eventually died in the tank.

“However, firemen were able to evacuate the body from the tank and handed over to his boss, Mr Abdulbasit Oladimeji.

“Report says the casualty was too careless for his life without putting on the necessary safety gear before he engaged on the work.”

Hijab Controversy: Kwara Govt Shuts Baptist School After Fresh Violence

The scene of the violence at the Oyun Baptist Secondary School, Ijagbo in Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State.

 

The Kwara State Government on Thursday shut down the government owned Oyun Baptist Secondary School, Ijagbo in Oyun Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement, the Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, condemned the fresh violence that broke out in the school following the continued denial of the use of hijab by the authorities of the institution.

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Some parents had stormed the school to protest the rejection of their wards at the school premises.

 

A visit to the school showed youths of both faiths mobilised and engaged in a face-off before they were dispersed by security operatives.

The commissioner said the incident was totally unacceptable, vowing that the state government will not tolerate such discrimination in any public institution in the state.

While calling for calm, Kawu called on security agencies to investigate the incident and arrest anyone linked to the violence to serve as a deterrent to others.

“The Kwara State Government totally condemns the resort to violence in the government-owned Oyun Baptist Secondary School, Ijagbo, on Thursday. This is totally unacceptable,” the statement read.

“The Kwara State Government unreservedly condemns the flagrant act of discrimination against anyone, especially children, on religious grounds. Such discrimination will not be tolerated in any public-owned institution in the state.

“While the government and the security agencies continue to work with leaders on all sides, it hereby directs the immediate shutdown of the school pending resolution of the issue.

“The government commends the security agencies for their prompt action that has restored calm in the area. The government calls on them to investigate and bring to book anyone linked to the violence as a deterrence to others. The government appeals for calm as violence brings nothing good.”

Meanwhile, calm as returned to the school following the deployment of security operatives to the area to forestall breakdown of law and order.

Speaking to Channels Television, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ajayi Okasanmi, said the issue started last week when some hijab wearing students were turned back by the school authority.

He explained that the insistence of the parents of the girls to ensure the entrance of the students led to the crisis this morning.

Though the police could not confirm if there were any casualties, a source said a fatally wounded boy was receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.

Gunmen Attack Passenger Bus In Kwara

Kwara is a state in Western Nigeria
Kwara is a state in North-Central Nigeria.

 

Gunmen have attacked some motorists plying Oro Ago-Omu Aran road in the Ifelodun local government area of Kwara state, dispossessing innocent passengers of their money and other valuables.

It was learnt that the incident, which happened in the early hours of Friday, left two commercial bus drivers with varying degrees of machete cuts.

Confirming the incident, the public relations officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the state, Babawale Afolabi, said that the attackers are suspected highway robbers.

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“On Friday 28/01/2022 at about 0700 hours, our officers on routine patrol at Oro Ago/Omu Aran axis, were alerted that there was an ongoing armed robbery attack at a very remote location along Oro Ago/Omu Aran road,” Afolabi said.

“The NSCDC operatives together with other sister agencies and local vigilante rushed down to the scene of the incident but the robbers had fled.

“Two drivers from the Oro Ago motor park were attacked by the armed robbers and the two seriously injured drivers are receiving medical attention at a hospital in Oro Ago.

“In the meantime, NSCDC operatives and other security agencies in the area are working together with local vigilante and hunters to track down the suspected robbers.”

Kwara Govt To Allow ‘Willing’ Muslims To Wear Hijab In Schools

Students in missionary school prevented from wearing hijab to school

 

The Kwara State Government says it will allow the use of hijab by willing Muslim schoolgirls in all categories of public schools in the state.

The State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Madibbo Kawu, made this known during a meeting between Muslim and Christian stakeholders in Ijagbo, Oyun local government area, held at the Ministry Headquarters, Ilorin on Monday.

“The policy statement of the Kwara State Government allowing willing Muslim schoolgirl to wear the hijab in all public schools, including grant-aided ones, is binding. This conforms with the judicial pronouncements of the courts of law and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” she said.

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She appealed to both Muslim and Christian leaders to allow peace to reign in the State.

Hajia Modibbo-Kawu thereafter directed the School heads of Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo to immediately implement the policy statement on the use of approved hijab in public schools.

The Honourable Commissioner warned that anybody trying to sabotage the peaceful coexistence among the people of Kwara State will face the full wrath of the law.

The meeting was attended by the Honourable Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu; the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Mary Kemi Adeosun; Executive Chairman Teaching Service Commission, Alhaji Taoheed Abubakar Bello; TESCOM Board Members; ANCOPSS President, Alhaji Toyin Abdullahi; NUT Caretaker Chairman, Alhaji Umar Abdullahi.

Also in attendance were the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Ijagbo, Rev. Samuel Ajayi; Rev. Dr. Gbadeyan B. A., President, Ijagbo Youth Association, Mr. Faleye Segun. Also on the Muslim side were Chairman Muslim Stakeholders, Offa &Oyun Local government, Alhaji Abubakar AbdulWasiu; the Secretary, Taofiq Oyetunde; Chairman Kwara State Muslim Stakeholders, Alhaji Isiaka AbdulKareem and Prof. Abubakar Imam Aliagan, among others.

Don’t Impose Hijab Or Beret On Students, Kwara Govt Warns Principals

File photo of students in missionary school prevented from wearing hijab to school in Kwara State.

 

School principals in Kwara State have been warned to desist from imposing the wearing of the hijab (female Muslim headscarf) or beret on any student.

The Kwara State Government handed down the warning via a statement issued on Sunday by the State Teaching Service Commission in Ilorin.

Chairman of the Commission, Mallam Bello Abubakar, had during a meeting on Friday reaffirmed the determination of the state government to promote religious tolerance among teachers and students and enhance peaceful coexistence.

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The meeting was held with the aim of resolving the crisis over Hijab which erupted recently at Oyun Baptist Grammar School, Ijagbo, Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State, according to the spokesman of TESCOM, Peter Amogbonjaye.

“He, thereafter, warned the principals in Oyun axis to abide by the policy of the Kwara State Government and desist from imposing Hijab on any student, instead, it should be made optional,” the statement partly read.

While warning that the present administration would not tolerate religious bigotry, enjoined all to shun religious sentiments and respect the rights of individuals, Bello reminded the gathering that Kwara State is a state of harmony and advised everyone to remain good ambassadors for the coming generation.

The warning came on the heels of fresh controversy on the wearing of hijab in some Christian Schools; Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo and St Claire’s Girls Secondary School, Offa in Oyun, and Offa Local Government Area respectively.

Six Killed In Kwara Road Accident

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

 

Six persons have been in a fatal multiple auto accident at Falokun community along Offa-Ajase road in Kwara State.

The accident, which happened at about 2:35 pm on Thursday, was caused by speed violation and wrong overtaking.

The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Jonathan Owoade, confirmed the incident to Channels Television via the telephone on Thursday.

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He said that the injured persons suffered varying degrees of injury such as fractures and bruises, adding that there was no first aid treatment administered on them.

It was also gathered that the two vehicles involved in the multiple accidents include a grey colour private Peugeot 406 salon car with registration number RBC 424 DW and a blue colour private Mazda 323 vehicle with registration number BWR 590 BJ.

This is even as the sector commander revealed that the two drivers of the vehicles involved in the accident had no national drivers’ licence.

According to him, items recovered from the scene of the crash included luggage, which he said had been handed over to the Police officers at Ajase Police Division.

He also said that the obstruction caused by the crash had been cleared, noting that corpses had been deposited at the mortuary in General Hospital Offa.