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.

APC’s Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq Wins Kwara Governorship Election

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq.

 

Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won Kwara State governorship election.

Mr. Abdulrasaq polled 331,546 votes to beat his closest rival, Razak Atunwa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who secured a total of 114,754 votes to emerge second.

Below is a list of the Local Government Areas announced by INEC:

Oyun – APC 11,399, PDP 3,728

Offa – APC 22,874, PDP 5,172

Irepodun – APC 16,155, PDP 7,339

Isin – APC 6,624, PDP 2,588

Moro – APC 18,985, PDP 5,490

Asa – APC 16,246, PDP 8,963

Edu – APC 26,805, PDP – 6,174

Oke Ero – APC 7,423, PDP 4,891

Ilorin South – APC 26,752, PDP 9,489

Ilorin East – APC 31,521, PDP 10,888

Ifelodun – APC 23,734, PDP 7,445

Ekiti – APC 7,938, PDP 3,950

Kaiama – APC 14,829, PDP 3,386

Ilorin West – APC 55,287, PDP 25,583

Patigi – APC 18,109, PDP 2,578

Baruten – APC26,865, PDP 7,090

[Updated]: APC Wins Two Local Govt Areas In Saraki’s Senatorial District

Kwara Senator, Eight Others Arrested Over Alleged Killing Of Two

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won two of the four local government areas in the Senatorial District of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

Collated results from Asa LGA revealed that the APC polled 15,932 votes while the PDP scored 11,252.

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Similarly, in Ilorin East, the APC scored 30,014 while the PDP polled 14,654.

The race for Kwara Central Senatorial District is between Dr. Bukola Saraki of the PDP and Ibrahim Oloriegbe of the APC.

Results for Ilorin West and Ilorin South are expected soon.

Saraki Hails Peaceful Conduct Of Polls, Says Turnout Impressive

 

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has expressed satisfaction with what he described as the massive turnout of voters in Kwara State for the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Senator Saraki who spoke with journalists shortly after he cast his vote at Ode Opobiyi polling unit 005/006, in Ajikobi Ward of Ilorin West Local Government Area, also commended the peaceful atmosphere witnessed during the exercise.

Accompanied by his wife and mother, as well as his eldest son, the Senate President cast his vote at exactly 10.20am.

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He asked the electorate to maintain the peaceful atmosphere and remain patient to enable them to cast their vote within the stipulated time frame.

The Senate President, however, decried the late arrival of voting materials to some polling units within Ilorin metropolis and called on the Independent Electoral Commission to redress such anomaly in subsequent elections.

PDP Condemns Kwara Senator’s Arrest, Demands His Release

PDP Condemns Kwara Senator's Arrest, Demands His Release
A file photo of Senator Rafiu Ibrahim.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the arrest of its member and lawmaker representing Kwara South district, Senator Rufai Ibrahim.

In a statement on Friday, the party demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the lawmaker, as well as the other members it claimed, were framed-up and detained by the police in Kwara State.

It described the arrest of Senator Ibrahim on the eve of the general elections as “provocative”, and cautioned the police to stop harassing its members.

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“This resort to police brutality by the All Progressives Congress (APC) is a script by a losing team which seeks to introduce violence and use the police to execute their rigging plots,” the party alleged.

The PDP accused the ruling party of plots to cause pandemonium and pave the way for rigging in favour of its candidates in the state.

It noted that nobody has the monopoly of show of strength, stressing that its members in Kwara and other states are law-abiding.

The party, however, said its members would not allow themselves to be subjugated by anybody, particularly in the electoral process.

In this regard, it called on its members to activate individual and collective defence mechanisms by using every legitimate means available to resist those it described as “rigging machineries”.

The PDP claimed, “We know that the plan of the APC is to stop our members from accessing their polling centres.

“Our members should deploy all legitimate means, including lawful self-preservation strategies and tactical manoeuvres to beat the aggressions, arrive at their respective polling centres and exercise their voting rights accordingly.”

The party, therefore, asked the Inspector General of Police to call the police authorities in Kwara to order.

It also called on lovers of democracy to rise in condemnation of the harassment and arrest of its members ahead of the elections.

Police Arrest Kwara Senator, Eight Others Over Alleged Killing

Police Arrest Kwara Senator, Eight Others Over Alleged Killing
A file photo of Senator Rafiu Ibrahim

 

The police authorities in Kwara State say they have arrested a senator, Rafiu Ibrahim, and eight others for their alleged connection with the murder of two persons in Ojoku area of the state.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed this to Channels Television on Friday.

According to him, Senator Ibrahim who represents Kwara South district and the others were arrested on Thursday.

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Okasanmi said the suspects were arrested following the violence that broke out at the campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) organised by the party’s senatorial candidate, Lola Ashiru.

He confirmed to Channels Television that the lawmaker was invited for questioning on the allegations of being the mastermind of the attack.

The command’s spokesman added that the suspects were in police custody at the time of this report while an investigation into the matter was ongoing.

He noted that the Commissioner of Police in the state would give more details on the arrest at a press briefing expected to take place on Friday.

Court Affirms Bolarinwa-led Faction As Kwara APC Executives

 

An Appeal Court sitting in Ilorin has affirmed the Bolarinwa-led faction as the authentic executives of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State as against Ishola Balogun-Fulani faction recognised by the lower court.

In his ruling on Tuesday, Justice Ibrahim Saulawa described the judgement of the lower court as a “share fruitless academic exercise” which holds no water in law.

The court also upturned an earlier judgement of the Kwara state high court over the authentic state working committee of the All Progressives Congress in the state.

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According to Justice  Saulawa, the lower court has no jurisdiction in entertaining the case in the first instance as matters relating to the Independent National Electoral Commission cannot be heard by a state high court.

Reacting to the judgement counsels to APC National Chairman and State Chairman said the judgement has validated the primary elections that produced Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq as the APC governorship candidate and other candidates of the party in the state.

Meanwhile, counsel to Ishola Balogun-Fulani said they will appeal the judgement by the court.

INEC Prepares For Elections In Kwara

INEC Prepares For Elections In Kwara

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is preparing for the general elections in Kwara State.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Garba Attahiru-Madami, said this on Friday while briefing reporters on the level of preparation of the commission.

The Presidential and National Assembly elections are scheduled to hold on Saturday.

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Kwara Govt Declares February 15, March 1 Work Free Days

 

The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has declared February 15 and March 1, 2019, respectively as work-free days for public servants in the state.

This was contained in a statement released by the Head of Service in the state, Susan Olawole on Tuesday.

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She said the work free days will allow public servants to exercise their franchise during the general elections scheduled for February 16 and March 2, 2019.

“Public servants are therefore advised to conduct themselves in a manner devoid of any acrimony”.

She further stated that work resumes on Monday, February 18 and March 4, 2019.

 

Buhari Arrives Kwara For APC Presidential Campaign

President Muhmmadu Buhari arrives Kwara for Presidential APC rally

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Ilorin, the Kwara state capital for the presidential campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The President was in the company of the National Chairman of the party Adams Oshiomhole, National Leader Bola Tinubu, Minister of Infomation Lai Mohammed,  Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, among other party officials.

Mr Oshiomhole while addressing the supporters said he believes that the election will witness sustainable democracy contrary to PDP assertion that there will be chaos.

He accused the opposition party of getting into power through rigging, adding that the APC does not believe in rigging.

President Buhari is expected to visit Ogun State for his campaign.

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Ahmed Approves N30,000 Minimum Wage For Kwara Workers

Ahmed Approves N30,000 Minimum Wage For Kwara Workers
A file photo of Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed.

 

Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has announced plans to implement a minimum wage of N30,000 for workers in the state.

He made the announcement on Monday at a meeting with the leaders of organised labour held at the Labour House in Ilorin, the state capital.

The governor also approved the release of funds for payment of one month salary of Local Government and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) workers.

He sought the support of the workers for the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara, Razak Atunwa, who was also present at the meeting.

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Governor Ahmed also urged them to support other candidates of the party taking part in the coming general elections.

On their part, the organised labour declared their support for the party after signing an agreement with the governor who led top government officials to the meeting.

“In view of the MoU, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Joint Negotiations Council (JNC) and all affiliated unions resolve to fully support Kwara State government and all candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 general elections,” the organised labour said in a letter.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Yekini Agunbiade (NLC), Nasir Olumo (TUC), and Salihu Sulyman (JNC).

Others who signed the document are Toyin Salihu, Yusuf Salihu, and Seidu Oladimeji, who represented the National Union of Teachers (NUT), National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), and  National Union of Pensioners (NUP) respectively.