Analyst Calls For Increased JTF Operation in Edo

A security analyst, Mr Ona Ekhomu has called on the Joint Task Force to increase its operations in Edo state, where members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, are hiding.

Speaking on Sunrise, Mr Ekhomu said that the insurgency has moved to the southern region of the country, into states like Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo and Edo. He added that Edo state is where the Ansaru factionof the insurgency, which was operating in Kogi, is now running into to escape law enforcement and JTF, he said.

That means “Edo ought to have a good JTF operation in place”.

A human rights activist, Razaq Oladosu, while speaking on the programme debunked claims that the insurgency declared a cease fire in honour of the Muslim fasting season.

Voicing his suspicions of certain people in government, who are using the situation against the Goodluck led administration, he said that it is just an effort to misinform and distract plans and strategy on ground because they know their days are numbered.

Mr Ekhomu also said that the government needs to control the violence until Boko Haram’s will to fight is down, afterwhich dialogue will be more effective.

Amosun Calls For Increased Unity Amongst South West States

 The Governor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun has challenged governments of the south west states of Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Lagos, Ekiti and Osun  to ensure more economic integration among the states to improve the socio economic development of the region.

He made the call at the opening session of the 4th summit of Heads of Service, south west geo-political zone held in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital with the theme “Re-engineering the Public Sector for Regional Integration”

While commending the foresight of the region’s founding fathers, the governor called on the summit to come up with measures that would promote unity and a new lease of life to the people of the region in particular and the country at large.

The summit brought participants and heads of service from the south west states for cross fertilization of ideas, especially integration among the states for effective service delivery and to re awaken the sense of history  and achievements of the old western region.

Governor Amosun said the meeting became imperative in view of the challenges facing Nigeria as a nation. He also bemoaned the creation of states which he said stands as an artificial barrier that gives rise to the state’s citizenship

The governor also challenged governors of the south west states to create a more united front for the development of the region and its people

The summit is expected to come out with resolutions that would further strengthen the  socio-economic integration of the region, especially at a time when synergy among states has proved  to be a formidable avenue for development.

Fire Razes Kara Village, Properties Worth Millions Lost

An unfortunate fire disaster has razed a large part of the residential part of the Kara village in Ogun State.

Scores of houses and kiosks were brought down by the fire but no loss of life has so far been reported.

Eye witness account says the fire started at about 7pm and was caused by a cooking fire inflaming a nearby generating set.

The fire service arrived the scene at about three hours after the fire started exhausted their only tanker then drove back to get more water while the fire raged on.

Property worth millions of naira was lost in the fire as well as valuable documents.

Many residents have now been rendered homeless and it’s difficult to say exactly the number of houses destroyed by the fire.

Kara is a border village between Lagos and Ogun state.

HRH Adedapo Tejuosho Celebrates 75 In Egba

Egbaland stood still for one man the Oshile of Oke-Ona Egbaland in Ogun state, HRH Dr. Adedapo Tejuosho as he celebrates his life well lived at the age of 75 with family and kinsmen.

Fuel Price Will Remain The Same In January 2013-NNPC

The Acting Group General Manager, Public Affairs of the NNPC, Mr Fidel Pepple, has assured Nigerians that the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) or petrol will not be increased in January.

Pepple said this on Sunday in Abuja while speaking with newsmen where he also restated that the Federal Government had earmarked some money for fuel subsidy in the 2013 budget.

He also announced that the vandalised Ije-Ododo and Arepo pipelines in Lagos and Ogun had been restored.

“I can affirm to you that our engineers from the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company Ltd. (PPMC) have finally fixed the Ije-Ododo pipeline that was ruptured last Monday by pipeline vandals.

“Going forward, the good news for Nigerians is that we have resumed pumping petroleum products through the pipeline and system 2B is equally working after the restoration of the pipeline,” he said.

Pepple assured motorists that with the restoration of the Ije-Ododo pipeline and the NNPC system 2B pipeline, normalcy had been restored in the supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country.

He stated further that pumping of the PMS had resumed in earnest to depots and tank farms in system 2B, spanning from Atlas-Cove in Lagos to Ilorin in Kwara. He described media reports that fuel scarcity and queues in some parts of the country might last beyond the New Year as “mischievous and misleading”.

Pepple said that that the NNPC was working hard to check fuel scarcity and eliminate queues at filling stations across the country. He attributed the long queues at filling stations to the activities of vandals and the closure of some filling stations, due to the Christmas holidays.

The spokesman said that the company had product sufficiency that could sustain the country for more than a month. He said the NNPC was working hard to supply PMS so as to ease the hardship of motorists before and after the New Year.

Pepple appealed to independent marketers to stop diverting petroleum products to the black market, saying that sanctions would be meted out to culprits.

The general manager stressed the need for marketers to team up with the NNPC in ensuring steady supply and distribution of petroleum products.

He also called on motorists to desist from panic buying and hoarding as the NNPC was doing its utmost to restore normalcy in the supply and distribution chain.

New Salary Scheme: NUT issues ultimatum to defaulting states

The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has directed teachers in all the states that are yet to implement the enhanced salary structure to begin indefinite strike action as soon as the schools resume for a new session in September.

Addressing the media in Abuja, the President of NUT, Comrade Michael Olukoya said the teachers have ran out of patience, three years after an agreement  on the payment of the 27.5 per cent enhanced salary scale was signed between the union and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

The NUT president said the union has exhausted all efforts to convince the teachers that there was significant difference between the payment of Minimum Wage and the 27.5 per cent teachers’ enhanced allowances.

The affected states include Delta, Lagos, Cross River, Ogun, Katsina, Ekiti, Kogi, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi and Nasarawa states.


Wole Soyinka is 78 today

Play writer, Nobel Laureate and Poet , Prof. Wole Soyinka turns 78 today.

Wole Soyinka was born on 13 July 1934 at Abeokuta, near Ibadan in western Nigeria.

After preparatory university studies in 1954 at Government College in Ibadan, he continued at the University of Leeds, where later in 1973 he took his doctorate.

During the six years spent in England, he was a dramaturgist at the Royal Court Theatre in London 1958-1959. In 1960, he was awarded a Rockefeller bursary and returned to Nigeria to study African drama.

During the civil war in Nigeria, Soyinka appealed in an article for cease-fire, for this he was arrested in 1967, accused of conspiring with the Biafra rebels, and was held as a political prisoner for 22 months until 1969. Soyinka has published about 20 works: drama, novels and poetry. He writes in English and his literary language is marked by great scope and richness of words.

Soyinka has been influenced by, among others, the Irish writer, J.M. Synge, but links up with the traditional popular African Theatre with its combination of dance, music, and action.

He bases his writing on the mythology of his own tribe-the Yoruba-with Ogun, the god of iron and war, at the center. He wrote his first plays during his time in London.

Soyinka’s poems, which show a close connection to his plays, are collected in Idanre, and Other Poems (1967), Poems from Prison (1969), A Shuttle in the Crypt (1972) the long poem Ogun Abibiman (1976) and Mandela’s Earth and Other Poems (1988).

Transport company apologises to parents and students over Saturday’s attack

Ekene Dili Chukwu transport company, on Thursday, issued a formal apology to the parents and students of Holy Rosary College Enugu over last Saturday’s robbery attack, however, the transport firm still maintains that the students were neither hurt nor sexually molested.

Female students on the Lagos-bound bus claim say the assailants, robbers who had attacked the bus, had done more than fleece them for petty change, alleging that they had been gang raped along the Ijebu Ode expressway in Ogun state.

However, police officers on the scene claim that neither the female students of Holy Rosary College nor the driver had filed a rape or sexual assault report.

Speaking to newsmen on the robbery attack, the transport company’s legal adviser, Mr. Frank Obayagbona, said the sole focus of the EDC transport firm is ensuring the students overcome the trauma of being robbed by armed men.

“Our company sympathises with the students and their parents for the inconvenience, emotional and psychological trauma they may have subjected to as a result of the unfortunate incident,” Obayagbona said.

“We are ready as a responsible corporate entity to work with parents of the children with a view of helping them overcome the traumatic experience medically and otherwise to the best of our ability.”

He, however, refuted wide reports in the press that the students had been raped, insisting that at the time of the attack, none of the females on the bus had made the claim.

“At the time students were rescued and a head count conducted, we inquired whether any of them (students) was hurt or sexually molested but they all confirmed they were fine and not molested.

“Even the woman who was a representative of the Parent Teachers’Association in the bus at the time they were all rescued confirmed that non of them was sexually molested.”

He added that no reports of rape or sexual assaults were filed by the female students or representatives on the bus, and was surprised when the shocking allegations surfaced in the media.

In the mean time, police have arrested the bus driver, aged 52, who had failed to listen to warnings by other motorists that robbers were operating ahead; he is being detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department in Abeokuta.

Lagos and Ogun police co-operate to rescue abducted woman

The Lagos and Ogun state police comands have joined hands to rescue Jumoke Oyegbola, who was abducted on Tuesday night by unidentified men at Isheri-North area of Ogun State.

Mrs. Oyegbola was on her way to a friend’s house at River View Estate, Isheri North LSDPC, in her Mitsubishi Montero car, when some gunmen halted in front of her vehicle, shot sporadically in the air and dragged her out of the car. They however left her belongings and vehicle behind.

The scene where the abduction took place is a boundary between Lagos and Ogun State, thus, policemen from the two commands have collaborated to locate the victim.

The spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Mr. Joseph Jaiyeoba, who confirmed the incident, stated that, “The incident did not occur under the Lagos jurisdiction but under Ogun. I inquired from the Divisional Police Officer, Isheri, and he told me the case was not being handled by his division. Nevertheless, because of its proximity to Lagos State, our command will partner with the Ogun command on the case.”

The spokesperson for the Ogun State Command, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, in response, says the case was being treated as abduction rather than kidnap.

In his words, “It is true that one Jumoke Oyebola was abducted by gunmen on Tuesday night. We cannot describe the case as that of kidnap because to our knowledge, no ransom has been demanded for now, we are treating it as a case of abduction.”

Meanwhile, Residents in the area have disclosed that hoodlums easily perpetrate crimes in the area at night due to the absence of functional street lights.

A security guard at Tinubu Estate, who craved anonymity, stated that although vigilantes operated at night and policemen usually carried out routine patrols, the absence of street lights in the area made it susceptible to crimes.

Robbers invade Babcock University

A gang of armed robbers was reported to have invaded Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State and attacked two commercial banks located within the premises of the private university on Wednesday.

The affected banks were Wema and Zenith Banks Plc.

The incident was said to have sent panic among students as well as academic and non-teaching staff of the institution who scampered for safety while the operation lasted.

It was gathered that the bandits, numbering seven, arrived the university in a green Nissan Quest car and shot sporadically into the air to scare away people.

The robbers were said to have succeeded in gaining entrance into the Wema Bank and eventually carted away undisclosed amount of money from the vaults.

Eyewitnesses said the robbers vandalised the nearby Zenith Bank after a failed attempt to break into it.

The three other bank situated in the vicinity, were spared by the bandits who allegedly operated for 20 minutes unchallenged.

The Ogun state Commissioner of Police, Nicholas Nkemdeme, who was at the scene of the robbery incident for an on-the-spot assessment, told reporters that three suspects had been arrested in connection with the robbery.

He said police investigation will unravel whether or not the arrested suspects were students of the institution.

Mr Nkemdeme described the robbery as an embarrassment, promising that his command will unmask the perpetrators of the crime.

The Vice Chancellor of Babcock University, Professor Kayode Makinde who confirmed the robbery, expressed gratitude that no casualty was recorded in the incident.

Prof Makinde disclosed that only three people, who were apparently frightened by the scale of the robbery, had been admitted into the University’s hospital for medical attention.

The Vice Chancellor assured parents and guardians of the safety of their wards, adding that the management will review the security arrangement and other operational logistics in the school.

He commended the police commissioner for his prompt response to the distress calls.

Ogun revoke Daniel’s property

The Ogun state government has stripped the immediate former governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel of the ownership right to the Golf Resort hotels and Gateway Front Foundation without compensation.

Gateway Front Foundation was the pet project initiated by the wife of the former governor, Mrs Funke Daniels shortly after the administration was inaugurated in 2003 while the Golf Resort hotels are privately owned hotesl opened by Mr Daniel whilst serving as the governor of the state.

The incumbent state government alleges that “state funds were used to build the two facilities.”

The government has also taken over the Gateway hotels in Ijebu-ode and Otta which were concessioned to private companies by the erstwhile administration for non-performance. The Daniel’s administration had privatized the state owned hotels due to non-efficiency.

The revocation and confiscation followed a white paper issued on the first report of the judicial commission of inquiry into all land allocations, acquisition, sale and concessions of government property and administrations between January 2004 and May 29, 2011.

The special committee, chaired by the Deputy governor Segun Adesegun, was mandated to look into the allegations that state resources were used to build the hotels.

The state government also recently rescinded the policy of the former governor by changing the nation’s premier university of education, the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) to a department of Education with the state university.

A ruling by an Ogun state High Court has however thwarted the policy, ordering the state government not to proceed with the conversion.

Mr Daniel is currently standing trial for money laundering and financial mis-appropiation while he was the governor of Ogun state from 2003 to 2007.