Workers Embark On Strike In Ogun Over Unpaid Benefits

Workers in Ogun State held a rally on June 27, 2022, ahead of a planned strike.
Workers in Ogun State held a rally on June 27, 2022, ahead of a planned strike.

 

The organized labour in Ogun state has directed the state workforce to commence a full blown and indefinite industrial action.

The action is expected to commence by 12am on Tuesday.

They are seeking to press home their demands for better conditions of service.

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At a Congress held at the arcade ground of the governor’s office in the state capital, Abeokuta, the workers maintained that this has become imperative in view of many failed promises by the state government.

The workers are demanding the payment of outstanding deductions, contributory pension and review of the Ogun state pension law among others.

Assault: Police Insist Portable Must Turn Himself In On Wednesday Or Face Arrest

A file photo of Habeeb Okikiola, a.k.a, Portable.
A file photo of Habeeb Okikiola, a.k.a, Portable.

 

The Ogun State Police Command on Tuesday insisted that popular musician Habeeb Okikiola, a.k.a, Portable, must report himself at the nearest police station or face arrest.

Speaking with Channels Television, the Ogun State Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said Wednesday is the deadline, failure at which the police will go all out for him.

The musician was declared wanted on Monday after a video clip circulating on social media showed Portable organising some youths to beat up a young man and inflict bodily injury.

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The incident was said to have taken place somewhere ilogbo area of Ogun State last week.

“Such unruly and violent behavior is not only barbaric, but unbecoming of somebody who supposed to be a role model for the youths and therefore should not be tolerated,” the police said in a statement on Monday.

“In view of this, the Command is using this medium to advise Okikiola Habeeb a.k.a Portable to report himself at the nearest police station in Ogun State, failure of which his arrest will be ordered.

“The flagrant display of impunity by portable in the viral video is condemnable and if not checked, it will send a wrong signal to the youths who are looking up to him as a role model.

“Jungle justice has no place in our laws and whoever embarked on it must be made to feel the weight of the law, no matter the status of such person.”

Pastor, Sunday School Teacher Kidnapped During Church Vigil In Ogun – Police

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

Two worshippers at a Celestial Church of Christ in Wasinmi, Ewekoro local government area of Ogun State have been abducted during a vigil.

The Ogun state police command confirmed the kidnapping.

According to police spokesperson Abimbola Oyeyemi, the kidnapped persons were a pastor and a Sunday school teacher.

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While assuring that the tactical team of the police are on the trail of the suspected kidnappers, he confirmed that the kidnappers have reached out to family members for a N50 million ransom.

The kidnapping comes after at least 40 persons were massacred in a Catholic church in Owo, Ondo state.

The Federal Government has blamed the Owo massacre on jihadist group, Iswap.

Fayemi Introduces Abiodun As ‘Eleyi Of Ogun State’ At Ekiti Rally

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, was all smiles on June 14 after he was introduced as the 'Eleyi of Ogun State' at a political rally in Ekiti State.
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, was all smiles on June 14, 2022, after he was introduced as the ‘Eleyi of Ogun State’ at a political rally in Ekiti State.

 

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday introduced Dapo Abiodun as the ‘Eleyi of Ogun State’ at a political rally in Ekiti State.

The title is a play on Bola Tinubu’s reference to Governor Abiodun during the former’s presidential campaign visit to Ogun State earlier this month.

Speaking in Yoruba, Tinubu had referred to Abiodun as ‘eleyi’, a term that could be interpreted as derogatory.

Tinubu had touted how instrumental he was to Abiodun’s election as Governor.

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The ‘Eleyi of Ogun State’ later became a meme to mock the Governor on social media.

 

But it appears he has taken ownership of the title, as evidenced by Tuesday’s events.

“I have just been informed that I did not introduce Governor Dapo Abiodun properly as the ‘Eleyi of Ogun State’,” Fayemi said to loud cheers. “The Eleyi of Ogun State is here.”

When the camera panned to Abiodun, he was beaming, in company of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The rally was held in Ado-Ekiti as part of efforts to campaign for the All Progressives Congress’ candidate in the upcoming Governorship election in the state, Biodun Oyebanji.

APC Governorship Primary: Two Aspirants Reject Election Committee Chairman

A file photo of the APC flag.

 

Two governorship aspirants on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State, Adekunle Akinlade and Biyi Otegbeye have rejected the chairmanship of the election committee and passed a vote of no confidence on the Chairman of the governorship election primaries, Wale Ohu.

The aspirants, in a press statement jointly signed copies of which were made to journalists in Abeokuta on Wednesday, also expressed reservations on the delegate list used for the exercise held at the Moshood Abiola stadium in Abeokuta, the state capital.

This was contained in a petition addressed to the National Chairman of the Party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu.

Akinlade and Otegbeye recalled that it was the same Wale Ohu who conducted the wards, local government and state congresses of the Party in Ogun, adding that the three congresses ended in controversies and deepened the cleavages within the Party in Ogun State.

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They also reminded the National Chairman that the outcome of the three congresses conducted by Ohu featured prominently before the National Reconciliation Committee of the APC that was then headed by Adamu.

“It was now surprising that the same Wale Ohu was again appointed to serve as the Chairman of the gubernatorial primary election in Ogun State.

“Our members who have bitterly complained about the partisan conduct of Mr Wale Ohu in all the congresses he had super-intended in Ogun State are therefore not comfortable with the choice of him as chairman of all the election panels.

“By his antecedent, we do not believe that he has the capacity to conduct an objective and impartial gubernatorial primary election.”

The two aspirants also complained that they were not included in the process of delegates selection for the primaries, alleging that only one aspirant collected all the delegate forms in the State.

They added that a few hours before the election, no list of delegates for the primary election was published nor did the Committee meet with them in line with standard procedure.

“The guidelines for the conduct of the congresses in the APC stipulates that aspirants should pay a prescribed fee for Delegate Forms, which we did but no forms were made available to us.

“Furthermore, only one aspirant collected all the delegate forms in the State, thus hedging the entire process in his favour. Your Excellency may wish to note that a few hours before the scheduled primaries, no list of delegates for the primary has been formally published nor did the Primary Election Committee members meet with us in line with standard procedures.

“This has spurred speculations that the list to be used for the exercise is a disputed list of delegates. Our members are aggrieved about it.

“Against this background, we wish to inform your Excellency that we have no confidence in the choice of Chairman of the election panel and have fears and reservations about the list of delegates to be used for the exercise,” the joint statement partly read.

However, both aspirants said they would participate in the primaries currently holding at the MKO Stadium in Abeokuta, the state capital.

2023: I Won’t Use Two Years Trying To Decide What To Do, Says Osinbajo 

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has promised to hit the ground running if elected as the country’s president in the 2023 poll. 

Osinbajo made the remark while addressing his supporters in Ogun State on Tuesday, explaining that he is prepared for the challenge of leading the country.

“With utmost humility, it is now evident that if there is anybody, any candidate, or aspirant, who on day one can hit the ground running, who on day one knows what to do, who will not spend another two years trying to decide what to do, that person is your son, Oluyemi Osinbajo. That is the objective truth,” he told the supporters.

According to him, in the past years, he has garnered enough experience needed to lead Nigeria.

The former lecturer believes his exposure to the rudiments of leadership sets him apart from the rest.

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Osinbajo says he has the experience to lead Nigeria. [email protected]

 

“After I was appointed as vice-president, I had the unique opportunity of serving under President Muhammadu Buhari, who exposed me to practically every aspect of governance. He exposed me to various things in government, especially sensitive issues in government. I then had the opportunity to serve as acting president on several occasions,” the vice president said.

“I know that governing at the highest levels in our country requires some experience. And after a period of seven-and-a-half years of working as vice-president, seeing what many people have never seen, being able to participate at both local and international levels of governance, being able to tackle very sensitive issues of governance, I know that God didn’t provide those opportunities simply so that I’ll go and sit down and write my memoir. No. God does not make mistakes. He provided those opportunities such that one day, I will be called upon to serve in the highest capacity — to serve as president of our nation.

“The opportunity to do so is an important one. And let nobody tell us any stories about that. The truth of the matter is that everywhere where I have served, I’ve served with utmost loyalty, and commitment. I have put my reputation on the line — sometimes, even life. There is nowhere that those I served will not say I put in everything to make sure they succeed.”

Osinbajo To Visit Monarch, APC Chieftains In Ogun

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN attends as the Special Guest of Honor the 53rd Annual Nigerian Association of Law Teachers Conference on February 8, 2022. Photo: Tolani Alli.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) attends as the Special Guest of Honor the 53rd Annual Nigerian Association of Law Teachers Conference on February 8, 2022. Photo: Tolani Alli.

 

The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, is expected to visit Ogun State today as part of his strategic consultations with stakeholders for his presidential ambition.

He is expected to visit the Akarigbo of Remo land, the Alake of Egba land and hold consultations with chieftains of the Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress and delegates to the party’s presidential primary.

On Monday, the VP visited stakeholders of the party in Ondo State as well as the Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

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During the visit, Osinbajo reiterated that having served as Acting President for months, that has given him the needed experience to lead Nigeria come 2023.

According to him, it will, therefore, be a betrayal to the country if he doesn’t contest.

“Many people are dying for the country every day. If with all that has been given to me by the grace of God — all the experience — I now retire to Lagos or Ikenne to go and write my memoir, it would be a great injustice to this country,” the Vice President said.

“Now the opportunity has come, with the experience that I have, the connection and contacts that I have both locally and internationally, it will be a betrayal to the country not to accept to serve the country.

“Nobody can be anything without the endorsement of God. I declare my intention based on the fact that I have served for over seven months as acting president. I was given very serious responsibility as an acting president.”

Last week he had also visited the Olubadan of Ibadan, Senator Lekan Balogun to officially inform him of his presidential ambition.

The monarch, in turn, offered his blessings to the Vice President saying: “I conclude my contribution to you by handing you over to Allah, let him protect you”.

Ogun Govt Offers Free Health Insurance Cover To Triplets, Mother

Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker visited the home of a mother who have to triplets on April 15, 2022.
Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker visited the home of a mother who have to triplets on April 15, 2022.

 

The Ogun State Government has offered to enroll a new set of triplets and their mother on the state’s health insurance scheme to aid their seamless access to quality healthcare.

This was disclosed during the visit of the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, to the Agbetu- Ile Nla home of the triplets- a boy and two girls, who were born on March 29, 2022 at the General Hospital, Odeda within the Odeda Local Government area of the State.

Coker, who was accompanied by the Chairman of the Local Government, Mrs. Folashade Adeyemo, presented some gift items and cash to the mother on behalf of the statement government.

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Lamenting that the babies’ father is unemployed, she declared immediate enrolment of the mother and triplets on the health insurance scheme to aid their easy access to healthcare.

The Commissioner said that the First Lady who has been duly informed about the birth of the babies, would also be visiting soonest, assuring that some other ways to assist the family would be ironed out.

” We have given them some succour and I will be getting the medical team to visit them regularly.

“The mother and the babies would be enrolled on the health insurance scheme free of charge so that it would be easier for her to look after herself and the children for the next twelve months, in the first instance,” she said.

Appreciating the state government for the kind gestures, the triplets’ mother, Mrs. Kafayat Joseph, said she named the babies Dapo, Tomi and Folashade after the Governor, Commissioner for Health and the Odeda Local Government Chairman.

Police Discover Indian Hemp Plantation In Ogun, Arrest Seven Suspects

Arrested crime suspects in Ogun State.

 

The Police in Ogun State have discovered a large expanse of land cultivated for planting Indian hemp.

They have also arrested seven suspects who were caught on the farmland.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Police Command, Dsp Abimbola Oyeyemi (Anipr).

According to the statement, the suspects, Nelson Enu, Patrick Emmanuel, Samuel Paul, Ekioya Joe, Monday Okoro, Endurance Eliobe and Stanley Ogejiagba were all arrested following credible intelligence gathered by policemen at Isara divisional headquarters.

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The intelligence further revealed that the suspects were threatening the lives of the villagers who did not initially know what they wanted to use the cultivated land for, for daring to disturb them while the planting was going on.

Upon the information, the DPO Isara division, CSP Shobiyi Oluwatoshin mobilised his men in conjunction with local vigilante and moved to the scene where the seven suspects were arrested.

Recovered from them were five bags of suspected Indian hemp seeds while two bags had already been planted.

Oyeyemi said the Commissioner Of Police, CP Lanre Bankole has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for onward transfer to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for possible prosecution.

Olu Of Warri Visits Gov Abiodun, Predicts Oil Discovery In Ogun

Olu of Warri Ogiame Atuwatse and Ogun State State Governor at the Presidential Lodge in Abeokuta. With them is the Alake, Paramount Ruler of Egba land, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo. 

 

The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse, in a visit to Ogun State predicted that the state will soon join the oil-producing states as oil and other petrol-carbon products will be discovered in the state. 

The monarch said this on Wednesday when he visited the governor of the state, Dapo Abiodun, at the Presidential Lodge in Abeokuta.

The Olu said the Ogun State has all it takes to be an oil-producing state just like the states in the Niger Delta.

“When our forefathers left the waterside to where we are now, they scooped the water and when they got to Warri, they dropped the water there. When they came back to the waterside, they also scooped water from Warri and dropped it in waterside and since we have oil in Warri, I am sure oil is also here.

“I want to predict that very soon, the oil will be discovered in this state, and you will also join us in that club. When this happens, I will be here to celebrate with you”, the monarch said.

He explained that his visit was to identify with the people of Yorubaland, as Warri people regard themselves as part of the Yoruba people.

Paramount Ruler of Egba land, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, who accompanied the Olu of Warri on the visit in his speech, said Nigerians are one and same people no matter where they come from.

The state governor Abiodun called on Nigerians to see themselves as people with common ancestry, history and therefore work towards a peaceful and united country.

Lovers Found Dead In Vehicle Along Lagos/ Ibadan Expressway

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

A man and a woman have been found dead in a vehicle around the Mowe/Ibafo area of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.

The Ogun State Police on Wednesday said the man who was identified as Akeem had killed himself with a substance suspected to be sniper after killing his lover.

According to the police, Akeem had earlier been reported at the Ilaje Police Division in Lagos State for hitting an object on her head which led to her death.

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“When the lady became unconscious, the man put her in his car and drove off, took sniper on their way to Ogun State and they were both found dead around NASFAT area of Mowe-Ibafo axis of the state,” the State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said in Abeokuta, the state capital.

The PPRO explained that the situation was reported at the station after people became suspicious as the vehicle remained on the same spot for two days.

He also debunked speculations that the couple died during sexual intercourse.

“They did not die while having sex, the man had earlier been reported at Ilaje police station in Lagos. He was reported for allegedly hitting an object on his lover’s head”.

“When the lady became unconscious, the man put her in his car and drove off. He reportedly took snipper on their way to Ogun State and they were both found dead around NASFAT,” Oyeyemi said.

He, however, said investigations are ongoing to ascertain remote and immediate causes of the deaths.

17 Dead In Lagos/Ibadan Expressway Accident

The remains of one of the burnt vehicles from the accident scene in Ogun state.

 

Seventeen persons have died in a road accident that occurred on the Lagos/Ibadan expressway in the early hours of Friday.

The Public Education Officer of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun State Sector, Florence Okpe, confirmed this to Channels Television.

Okpe, however, noted that the total number of people involved in the incident is yet to be ascertained as many got burnt beyond recognition.

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According to her, there was a head-on collision between two vehicles which was a result of route violation and dangerous driving.

The Sector Commander, Ahmed Umar, also noted that the crash was avoidable.

Umar, however, commiserated with families of the victims and enjoined them to contact FRSC Ogere for more information about the crash.