26-Year-Old Corps Member Nominated As Commissioner In Kwara

A photo combination of Kwara State map and Joana Kolo.

 

 

Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has nominated 26-year-old Joana Nnazua Kolo, who is still having her National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) as a commissioner in the state.

She hails from Edu Local Government Area of the state and is serving at a Model Boarding Junior Secondary School in Guri, Jigawa State.

Miss Kolo, the youngest commissioner-nominee in the state’s history, is a 2018 graduate of Library Science from the Kwara State University (KWASU). A grassroots mobiliser, Miss Kolo is an ardent advocate of community development.

If confirmed, she would be Nigeria’s youngest commissioner, taking the trophy from Oyo State’s 27-year-old Oluwaseun Fakorede.

The governor also nominated a former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the FBN Mortgages Limited, a subsidiary of the First Bank, Mrs. Folashade Omoniyi, as the new Chairperson of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS). She would succeed Prof Murtala Awodun whose tenure expires soon.

Omoniyi, who holds a bachelor of engineering from the University of Ilorin and Masters of Business Administration from Obafemi Awolowo University, has many years of leadership experience in the banking sector, marketing, information communication technology, and business management.

She has executive education in positive leadership from Michigan Ross Executive Education (USA); Market Driving Strategies from London Business School (UK); Strategic Uses of Information Technology from Stanford Business School ( USA); and Senior Management Programme (SMP18) from the Lagos Business School (Nigeria).

Omoniyi is from Irepodun local government area of the state.

The three other nominees are professionals and grassroots politicians: Mrs Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu; Arinola Fatimoh Lawal; and Aisha Ahman Pategi, according to a correspondence AbdulRazaq forwarded to the House and read at the Tuesday plenary by the Speaker, Rt. Honourable Salihu Yakubu Danladi.

A 1997 graduate of Economics from the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Mrs Modibbo-Kawu also holds Masters in Business Administration from University of Ilorin and various certificates from Penn Foster Career School Scranton in the United States and Metropolitan School of Business and Management in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A member of several professional bodies like the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria and Nigeria Institute of Management, she is a co-founder of a number of schools and learning centres.

She is married to the Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Ishaq Modibbo-Kawu and would be representing Ilorin South in the cabinet if her nomination scales through the House of Assembly.

Arinola Fatimoh Lawal, a 1993 graduate of Catering and Hotel Management from the Kwara State Polytechnic, is a top-rated player in Nigeria’s hospitality industry with experience as chief executive officers of several firms including Batool Nigeria Limited, Mohbalamira Nigeria Limited and MirMira Enterprise.

Hajia Lawal, who was a member of the Kwara State Transition Committee in 2019, is a daughter of former Kwara State Governor Mohammed Lawal from Ilorin East local government. Her skills cover project management, tourism and hospitality, change management, and Risk Management. A grassroots mobiliser with effective leadership skills and emotional intelligence, the nominee is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara State.

A scion of one of Kwara’s oldest political families, nominee Aisha Ahman-Pategi is a professional business manager with over 20 years experience in communication strategy, investment/financial consulting, and marketing and motivational leadership. She is a serial entrepreneur known for a contagious passion for excellence and innovation with great resource skills in research, government and relations.

Ms Ahman-Pategi was educated at the School of Remedial Studies and FASS-International Relations in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State in 1996; Agent and Broker License Barney Fletcher School, in Atlanta GA, USA in 2004; Capstone Institute of Mortgage Finance, also in Atlanta in 2006; Stanford University, Stanford California where she obtained a certificate in Political Science (Data Analysis) in 2013; Bachelor of Art – Mass Communication from Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma; and MBA Business Administration from American Inter-Continental University, Dunwoody GA.

Aisha was Sales Manager for J&S Auto Sales Decatur, GA 30082 before founding A-Line Realty SMYRNA, GA 30082 in 2004 as the President and Managing Broker. The agency serves more than 300 clients by providing financial planning, assets management, commercial and residential estate transactions.

Between 2005 and 2007, she joined Continental Mortgage/World Financial Services Inc., Atlanta, GA 30324 as Financial Advisor/Mortgage consultant where she assisted clients with their needs via financial need analysis.

Aisha, a former Senior Special Assistant to the Speaker of the House of Representatives on Strategy and Communication, has also worked for the non-profit Project Coach Foundation since 2018 as executive director.

The non-profit organisation serves the most vulnerable communities in Nigeria through Community Outreach, Advocacy, Capacity building and Health (COACH) projects.

 

PHOTOS: Heavy Security Stalls ‘RevolutionNow’ Protest In Ilorin

 

The ‘RevolutionNow’ protest march scheduled to take place on Monday has suffered a setback in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The march failed to hold as security operatives from the Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) took over the venue for the take-off.

At the entrance of the Ilorin Stadium Complex, heavily-armed security personnel were stationed, preventing people from gaining access to the facility.

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This affected the athletes who usually go to the stadium for training as they were also denied entry.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, the need to forestall any breakdown of law and order informs the heavy security presence as the call for revolution is against the law.

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Ex-Lawmaker Arraigned Over Alleged Land Fraud

How I Was Tortured, Asked To Implicate Saraki – Offa Robbery Suspect
A file photo.

 

 

An immediate past member of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Muhammed Adebayo, has been arraigned at the State High Court.

The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) brought Adebayo before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye on Thursday on six counts bordering on land fraud.

According to a statement from the anti-graft agencies, Count Two of the charges read: “That you, Mohammed Adebayo, sometimes in July 2013 in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N950,000 (Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) only from one Mary Omowunmi Kolade on the false pretence that three plots of land (situated at Molete, Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State) which you sold to her belonged to you, a representation you knew to be false punishable under section 1 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences.”

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The former lawmaker, however, pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.

Counsel for the EFCC, T. Ola, thereafter, urged to court to fix a date for the commencement of trial.

On his part, the defence counsel, M. Yusuf, moved the bail application of his client.

Justice Oyinlola granted the defendant bail in the sum of N1million with two sureties in like sum.

He also adjourned until September 24 for the commencement of trial.

Four Abducted Turkish Nationals In Kwara Regain Freedom

Four Abducted Turkish Nationals In Kwara Regain Freedom

 

The four Turkish nationals abducted in Kwara State have regained their freedom.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, received the men on Friday at the Police Headquarters in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The victims, said to be construction workers, were abducted from a local bar on Saturday last week at Gbale village in Edu Local Government Area of the state.

They are Seyit Keklik (25), Yasin Colak (33), Ergun Yurdakul (35), and Senerapal (40).

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Addressing reporters on Friday, Mr Egbetokun explained that the police have been working round the clock with local vigilantes to secure the release of the victims.

He added that the effort led to the arrest of a member of the gang which kidnapped them on Thursday while another one was apprehended on Friday.

According to the police commissioner, this mounted pressure on the gang and forced them to release the captives unconditionally.

He disclosed that the kidnappers initially asked for a ransom of N400 million and later reduced their demand to N100 million.

Egbetokun, however, insisted that no ransom was paid for the release of the foreigners.

He noted that three suspects have been arrested so far while others were at large.

Meanwhile, a medical doctor was invited to examine the expatriates at the Command headquarters.

The police commissioner said the victims would be taken to Abuja after the doctor might have finished examining them.

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Gunmen Abduct Four Turkish Nationals In Kwara

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Armed men have kidnapped four Turkish nationals in Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State.

Police authorities in the state confirmed this incident to Channels Television on Sunday.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ajayi Okasanmi, said the foreigners were abducted at a drinking joint in Gbale village on Saturday night.

Those abducted were identified as Seyit Keklik (25), Yasin Colak (33), Ergun Yurdakul (35), and Senerapal (40).

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The victims are said to be construction workers.

According to Okasanmi, the Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has dispatched teams under Operation Puff Adder in the area to rescue the expatriates.

Egbetokun also asked security operatives to ensure that the kidnappers were arrested and brought to justice.

The Police Public Relations Officer told Channels Television that the rescue effort was already yielding positive results.

EFCC Embarks On Road Walk To Mark African Anti-Corruption Day

EFCC Head Makurdi zonal office, Mr Johnson Babalola, speaks during a road walk to mark the African Anti-Corruption Day on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is commemorating the 2019 African Anti-Corruption rally across states today with a promise to intensify its fight against graft.

EFCC officials and members of the civil society in Kwara state have decided to walk the streets of Ilorin, the state capital.

They also sensitised the people on the effectiveness of the anti-corruption agency and the need for everyone to join in the fight.

Similarly, in Benue State, the Head Makurdi zonal office of the commission, Mr Johnson Babalola, said over N50 billion dollars is lost from the African continent annually, with Nigeria accounting for the highest amount.

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“It has been estimated that at least $50bn is being siphoned out of Africa on a yearly basis through illicit financial flow and a trunk of this comes from Nigeria.

“So, there is a need for us to sensitise our people. If you see something, say something. These assets are scattered all over Nigeria, they are scattered all over the world,” he said.

He also appealed to Nigerians to always remember that, if they keep quiet over acts of corruption, they are waving their rights to quality education, health care services, and other key public infrastructure.

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Kwara Governor-Elect Denies Submitting Fake WAEC Certificate To INEC

Kwara Governor-Elect, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq.

 

The Governor-elect of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has denied claims that he forwarded a fake WAEC certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the recently conducted governorship election in the state.

Defending Abdulrazaq at the State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Tuesday, his lawyer, Mr Lawal Jimoh, explained that the governor-elect graduated from Government College, Kaduna in June 1976, hence, the claims of possessing a fake document were false.

“My client attended Government College, Kaduna. And of course, he wrote his WAEC in 1976. The records are there, they are clear,” he stated.

A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Apado ward, in the Ilorin East local government area of the state, Adekunle Abraham, had challenged the authenticity of Abdulrazaq’s WAEC certificate.

Specifically, Abraham pointed out that the way the defendant’s name was written as “RASAQ A R” had raised some suspicious.

“From my personal experience, the West African Examination Council( WAEC) as a standard examination body in West Africa do not normally abbreviate names on the school certificates issued by it,” he said.

Furthermore, he said he knew for a fact the the defendant did not sit for the exams and was, therefore, not issued with the purported certificate.

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He, therefore, urged the court to declare that the APC candidate lied on oath and submitted forged documents to contest the gubernatorial elections.

Speaking with journalists after the court session, the claimant’s lawyer, Lawrence Ola, said the defendant’ lawyer was yet to file a defence but only filed a Memorandum of Appearance for his client.

“The defendant posted an affidavit that he got a WAEC certificate detailed 1976. And based on the findings of my client, we see that it is a cock and bull story. As a matter of fact, it is perjury,” he said.

But also speaking, the defendant’s lawyer who said that his client was served notice of the suit on May 2, 2019, added that appearance was filed immediately.

He also maintained that his client, got his WAEC result from Government College, Kaduna with full evidence of WAEC result obtained from the school in 1976.

In his ruling, the presiding judge, Justice Adenike Akinpelu adjourned the case to June 10, saying the defence was still within the time frame to file their statements.

Kwara CP Warns Officers Against Searching People’s Phones

Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun

 

The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has warned officers against searching people’s phone with the intent of extorting money, stressing it’s unethical for them to do so.

While briefing officers and journalists at the State Command in Ilorin, the police boss said extortion is a criminal offence and will attract a stiff penalty.

“It’s unethical to seize and start searching anybody’s mobile phone on the road. The practice of searching the phone of an individual on the road for evidence of internet fraud amounts to conducting a roadside investigation,” he stated.

Egbetokun noted that he is worried of some media reports of how some policemen on highway patrol would stop and search the phones of young undergraduate.

More worrisome, he explained, is the demand of about N2,000 before their phones could be released to the students suspected to be internet fraudsters.

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While vowing that the Command under his watch would not condone such an act, the Commissioner warned officers to desist from such activities.

According to him, it is a criminal offence for any policeman to extort any member of the public by demanding money before releasing their mobile set.

“In some of these cases, the young men mostly university undergraduates are made to part with a little or as much as N2,000 for their releases or the release of their phones.

“The Command frowns at this ugly trend and will stop at nothing in identifying and dealing with culprits of these acts.

“It becomes a criminal offence if that (search) intends in extortion or done with an intent to extort. Al policemen in this command, especially patrolmen are constantly being reminded that extortion while bearing firearms completes the ingredients of the offence of armed robbery.

“Henceforth, any policeman found to be engaging in any form of extortion while armed on the highway will be arrested, detained, tried and if found guilty, dismissed and charged with armed robbery,” he said.

Those Who Say We Shouldn’t Borrow Must Find An Alternative – Fashola

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, addresses journalists in Kwara.

 

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has replied those criticising the Federal Government for borrowing funds.

Addressing reporters in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, he asked such people to provide an alternative to sourcing for funds.

“Those who say we shouldn’t borrow must have an alternative answer to where we will get the money. Those who don’t support borrowing, are they ready to support increased taxes?” he asked.

The minister blamed the slow pace of works on the federal road across the country on the paucity of funds.

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He went on to defend the decision of the government to borrow monies to fund its various projects in the country.

“Where do we get the money,?” Fashola queried. “It is not from President Muhammadu Buhari’s salary or the National Assembly’s salary; we are talking about quantifiable, substantial billions of naira that need to be spent to pay.”

The minister added, “That is how you move money around the economy because once you pay the contractors, they order sand, cement, iron rods.

“They don’t keep all those things. Where the money stops, supply stops.”

Fashola gave assurance that the government would continue to improve the economic wellbeing of the people through infrastructural development in the country.

Supreme Court Strikes Out Appeal Over Dissolution Of Kwara APC Exco

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The Supreme court has struck out an appeal filed by a former Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), over the dissolution of Kwara exco, for being incompetent.

In a unanimous ruling of a five-man panel of the Apex court delivered by Justice Olukayode Ariwola on Wednesday, the court held that the transmissions of the appeal were done outside the 14 days envisaged by the rules of court.

He said that since rules of court are meant to be obeyed, the appeal having defaulted is incompetent and should be dismissed.

The appellant Mr. Isola Balogun-Fulani challenged the dissolution of his exco by the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole on July 30, 2018.

He is contending that his exco has a four-year tenure which had not expired before the National Chairman of the party dissolved them and set up a caretaker community.

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Mr. Yusuf Ali on behalf of the appellant Mr. Isola Balogun – Fulani argued that their appeal should be heard because it is a pre-election matter that has a lifespan of 60 days at the apex court and will expire on Friday.

But counsel to the APC’s National Chairman, Mr. Akin Olujinmi opposed to the hearing of the appeal because it is not an election matter,  as such there is no urgency.

He added that the case of the appellant is the dissolution of the state APC exco in Kwara and has nothing whatsoever to do with the election.

Counsel to the APC,  Mr. Lateef Fagbemi, however, aligned himself with the National Chairman of the party that the appeal has nothing to do with the election other than challenge the powers of the Mr. Oshiomhole for dissolving the exco.

The presiding judge, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, who presided over the five-man panel stood down to decide on whether it is a pre-election matter or not.

Man Remanded In Prison Over Alleged Vote-Buying In Kwara

Man Remanded In Prison Over Alleged Vote-Buying In Kwara

 

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin has ordered that one Abdulsalam Abdulkadri be remanded in Mandala Prison.

The judge gave the order on Thursday during the arraignment of the suspect by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Abdulkadri is standing trial for alleged vote-buying during the March 9 governorship election in the state.

The EFCC charged the defendant with two counts of conspiracy to use a sum #120,000 to influence voters and provision of #120,000 to influence voters during poll at unit 007, College of Education, Ilorin, the state capital.

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Abdulkadri has, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

He was meant to be arraigned along with another suspect, Oye Obalola, said to be at large.

During proceedings, EFCC counsel, Nnemka Omewa, pleaded with the court that the accused person be remanded in prison.

But Abdulkadri’s counsel, Olokooba Muhammed, argued for his bail, saying when he was granted administrative bail by the EFCC he did not abuse it.

In his ruling, Justice Oyinloye refused the bail application on the ground that it was not properly filed.

He, thereafter, ordered that the accused person be remanded in prison till March 28, when his proper trial would commence.

Reacting to the ruling, Muhammed promised to file a proper bail application very soon.

How I Was Tortured, Asked To Implicate Saraki – Offa Robbery Suspect

How I Was Tortured, Asked To Implicate Saraki – Offa Robbery Suspect

 

The trial within trial of the five suspects involved in the Offa bank robbery in April 2018 continued on Friday at the State High Court sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

During their arraignment before Justice Halimah Salman, the suspects told the court how their confessional statements were obtained by the police.

The first suspect, Ayoade Akinnibosun, in his testimony, told the trial judge that he gave his statement under duress and not voluntarily.

He explained that he was tortured and shot in two legs, alleging that the police asked him to implicate the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, but he refused.

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Akinnibosun claimed that five men were shot dead in his presence and that of other suspects, in order to force them to do the bidding of the police.

He alleged that he was forced to sleep on the spot where the men were killed, adding that his hands and legs were tied for days.

The suspect also told the trial judge that six hefty stones were placed on his back and denied food for nearly one week while he was being tortured.

He said they were kept inside the generator room at Police Headquarters Abuja while a dismissed police officer, identified as Michael Adiukwu, was brought to identify them if they were part of the robbery gang.

According to Akinnibosun, the man denied knowing them and was shot dead on the spot.

Afterwards, he said he was shown an already written statement which he was asked to sign and agreed to do so for fear of being killed.

The suspect insisted that whatever he said during the parade of the press conference was written for him to memorise and confess to the public.

He claimed that the police warned him not to implicate them that the statement was made under duress.

Akinnibosun told the trial judge that he was given a four-page statement to sign but he could not because his fingers were not functioning due to torture.

He said one of his fingers was placed on the documents for thumb printing and his request to read and go through the statement was turned down.

After giving his testimony, the suspect was cross-examined by the prosecution counsel.

Meanwhile, the defence counsel, Mathias Emeribe, asked for further medical checkup to determine if the wounds Akinnibosun sustained were truly from gunshots.

Justice Salman, however, turned down the request until proper trial.

The second accused, Ibikunle Ogunleye, was thereafter called to the dock and he corroborated the first accused, Akinnibosun’s testimony of how he was tortured and how Michael Adiukwu was killed.

In his testimony, the third accused person Abraham Adeola also repeated the same process of how they were tortured both at the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) office in Ilorin and Abuja.