Ife Clash: Ooni Sets Up Reconciliation Committee

Ife Clash: Ooni Sets Up Reconciliation CommitteeThe Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has set up a Truth and Reconciliation Committee to look into causes of the recent communal clash that occurred in Sabo Area, in Ile ife.

Addressing journalists in Osun State, President of the Ife Progressive Forum, Awowoyin Lawrence, said the ‎committee is also expected to come up with ideas to prevent a future occurrence of such mayhem.

The leader of the Hausa community in Ile Ife, Mahmud Madagali, who is a member of the reconciliation committee, spoke on the helplessness of his people in the aftermath of the crisis.

Affected communities have been receiving relief materials to cushion the effect of the crisis.

The lawmaker representing Osun East Senatorial District, Senator Babajide Omoworare, also visited some victims of the clash who were left behind.

According to Senator Omoworare, “what we have done in the interim is to assure both the Arewa community and the Yorubas in Sabo area that we are interested in peace and we are doing everything to get peace”.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Aminu Koji, confirmed the death of seven persons with several others injured in the unfortunate incident that occurred in the ancient city of Osun State in Southwest Nigeria.

He said the clash was caused by an altercation between a Yoruba woman and a Hausa man on the previous day, but was brought under control on the directive of the Ooni of Ife.

The DCP said the incident left many homeless while goods worth millions of Naira were destroyed.

Hausas Evacuate Sabo After Ile Ife Communal Clash

hausa-and-yorubaSeventy-two hours after the communal clash in Ile -Ife, the last batch of Hausas residing in Sabo where the crisis took place have reportedly left the town.

This is in spite of the appeal from the Osun State Government and the Oni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

Traders in the area have also been counting their losses after the mayhem as commercial activities still remain grounded.

The relocation of the Hausas is as a result of the bloody clash which left seven persons dead with several others injured in the ancient city of the state in Southwest Nigeria.

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Barely 24 hours after the incident, Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, imposed a two-day curfew in Ile Ife.

Spokesman for the Governor, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, said the decision was “compelled by the breach of the peace in the area which has led to avoidable destruction of lives and property”.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Aminu Koji, who confirmed the casualty figure to reporters, explained that the clash was caused by an altercation between a Yoruba woman and a Hausa man on Tuesday.

He said the situation was consequently brought under control on the directive of Oba Ogunwusi.

The DCP said the incident left many homeless while goods worth millions of Naira were destroyed.

Governor Aregbesola Imposes Curfew In Ile Ife

Rauf Aregbesola, Osun, BudgetOsun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has imposed a two-day curfew in Ile Ife, Osun State.

The declaration followed a communal clash which left seven persons dead with several others injured in the ancient city of the state in Southwest Nigeria.

Spokesman for the Governor, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, said the curfew takes effect from 6:00pm to 7:00am, and would be in force till Friday.

He added that the decision was “compelled by the breach of the peace in the area which has led to avoidable destruction of lives and property”.

Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Aminu Koji, who confirmed the casualty figure to reporters, said normalcy has returned to the areas affected by the clash.

Ile Ife Communal Clash: Police Confirm Seven Dead

He explained that the clash was caused by an altercation between a Yoruba woman and a Hausa man on Tuesday, and was consequently brought under control on the directive of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

The DCP said the incident left many homeless while goods worth millions of Naira were destroyed.

States’ Financial Crisis Will Soon Be History – Kwara Governor

States' Financial Crisis Will Soon Be History – Kwara GovernorThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, is hopeful that the financial crisis some Nigerian states are facing  will soon be over. 

In an interview with reporters on Wednesday at the Ilorin International Airport, on his arrival from a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Ahmed revealed that the President had promised to look into the issue.

At the meeting, State Governors and the President had considered ways of solving the crises that had led to the inability of some States to fulfil salary obligation to workers in the states.

The Federal Government promised to refund monies the state governments had expended on Federal projects in their various states to help offset some months of the salaries owed.

The State Governments were also asked to look inwards and increase their Internally Generated Revenue to ensure enough funds are generated for salary payment.

However, Governor Ahmed noted that various issues including the economy, differences at the National Assembly and States owing salaries were given in-depth attention.

He stated that the decision of the party, as it affects issues at the National Assembly, was supreme, expressing optimism that the challenges would make the ruling All Progressives Congress stronger in the long run.

In another development, the Osun State Government had assured its Civil servants and Pensioners that the state would pay their remunerations by the end of June.

The inability of the Osun State government to meet the payment of eight months salaries has been attributed to the drop in Federal Allocation.

 

I Will Pay Osun Workers Before June 30 – Aregbesola

Aregbesola_Osun-election-resultThe Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has promised to pay the salaries of workers in the state before the end of June.

Aregbesola made this promise in a statement released in Osogbo on Sunday by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Mr Semiu Okanlawon.

The statement read: “Before the end of June, workers would be paid their salaries”.

The Governor stated that he had a great dream for the state, explaining that he desire to achieve the dream had contributed to why he was in hurry to begin programmes which had earned him applause even outside the country.

“The dream has not gone awry and it is a clear vision that Osun must be on its feet, self-reliant and be a reference point in Nigeria. The race to ensure development within the first term of Aregbesola was informed by the fear of what is happening now.

“Aregbesola wanted an Osun State that is self-reliant. That Osun State, almost two decades after its creation, could not boast of tax-paying companies speak volume about the magnitude of the works that awaited the Aregbesola administration.

“But he did not shy away from this task of industrialisation. Within his first term, his government had caused investors to bring up companies, such as the Omoluabi Garment Factory, Osogbo and Adulawo/RLG Technology Company in Ilesa.

“Just last month, a leading telephone line company, Airtel, came to establish partnership with the Adulawo/RLG Company. These are aside the various agro-allied companies which have benefited from the growth schemes of the Aregbesola administration throughout the state.

“The government has also commenced aggressive drive for the development of the solid mineral sector with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with an Australian mining firm, Andalusia Mining Industry.

“It was in the same vein that the idea of an airport for aircraft maintenance was conceived.

”Only a lazy administration would accept the tag of Osun State as a ‘civil servant’ state as excuse for not developing initiatives for industrialisation.

”To accept that our state must continue to survive on the meagre inflow through what goes to the civil servants alone is to accept that we would continue to depend on external forces for our survival,” the statement further read.

Workers in the state are being owed seven months salary as it was not stated whether the backlogs would be paid in full or it would be in part.