South West Leaders Meet, Insist On Restructuring Of Nigeria

South West Leaders Meet, Insist On Restructuring Of Nigeria
A Yoruba leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo

The leaders of the Yoruba race in South West Nigeria have resolved to push harder for the restructuring of the country before the next general elections.

This, they intend to achieve by setting up a high powered committee to rouse the people to network with other people of like minds across the country.

The plan was one of the major resolutions of the meeting of the leaders of the group known as the Afenifere in Akure, Ondo State, country home of its National Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

The meeting which had the theme ‘Yoruba Rise For Restructuring’, was well attended by Yoruba leaders with the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, also in attendance.

At the end of the meeting which lasted for about four hours, the Publicity Secretary of the organization, Yinka Odumakin read the communique.

The leaders expressed worry by the mass killings going on in Southern Kaduna, Oke-Ogun, Oyo State, among the Igbos and all over Nigeria.

The meeting also cautioned that there is urgency to insist that the country must be restructured before going into another election as it cannot continue to slide dangerously the way along the path of anarchy and total disintegration.

Also, the leaders unanimously agreed to get all hands on deck for mobilisation towards the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 national conference.

The roll call of leaders present at the meeting are: former Secretary to Federal Government, Olu Falae; Secretary General of Afenifere, Chief Sehinde Arogbofa; former Senators Adegbenga Kaka and Iyiola Omisore.

Others include Chief Bode George, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Prof. Banji Akintoye, Pa Cornelius Adebayo and Chief Kole Omololu.

Two of the leaders who spoke to newsmen; Prof. Banji Akintoye and Chief Bode George, also emphasized empowerment, restructuring as well as the implementation of the 2014 national conference recommendations.

The meeting also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm the appointment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen and equally commended the outgoing governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko for good governance in the state.

Oyo Farmers, Herdsmen Clash: CP Intervenes

policeConstant dialogue on the need for respect of rules of engagement and peaceful co-existence is a major tool for eradicating communal clashes arising from grazing on farmlands across Nigeria.

The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, made the recommendation while addressing various stakeholders in at least 5 agrarian Local Government Areas in the Oke Ogun axis of Oyo State.

The Police Commissioner pointed out that the recommendation was the way forward in the bid to control and avoid incessant communal clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers.

He stressed the need for all concerned parties to realise and respect that there are boundaries from both sides that must be respected in the interest of peace.

Oyebade emphasised that the peace accord jointly signed by both Fulani herdsmen and farmers at the Police Headquarters in Ibadan, would be implemented and enforced to the letter as the accord spelt out individual roles for all involved.

Some traditional rulers were prominent features at all the meetings as some of them were accused of granting permit to cattle rearers without consent of farm owners.

On the side of the Fulani herdsmen, they claimed that some of the farmers have poisoned water sources for their cattle, making them suffer huge losses resulting from the death of their poisoned cattle.

Having listened to all involved, the Oyo State Police boss ordered that the agreement contained in the earlier peace accord must be obeyed.

He added that there should be no more underage boys as grazing guides during the scheduled time frame now established for grazing.

Oyebade warned that no farmer should poison or harm any cattle, but should rather report any infringement to the Police.

He also ordered the newly deployed DPOs in affected communities to ensure that they do not take sides, even as they respond promptly to distress call.

Customs Seizes Contraband Goods In Oyo State 

customsThe Oyo/Osun Area Comptroller of Customs, Temitope Ogunkua, said the command is ready to assist all legitimate importers of goods and genuine products into the country.

This assurance was given to traders during a meeting with journalists at the area command headquarters in Ibadan, the state capital.

The Customs boss also added that the command has blocked more than 200 illegal entry and exit points through which smugglers operate in the Oke Ogun area of the state.

He vowed to clamp down on recalcitrant smugglers in the state, saying more personnel are being deployed for better effectiveness.

While handing over some seized petroleum products to representative of Civil Defence in the state, the Customs boss lauded the inter agency collaboration among security agents across the state, saying it has improved efficiency tremendously.

Items recovered include; imported rice, groundnut oil and gallons of liquid suspected to be petrol.

One suspect was also apprehended and handed over to authorities of Civil Defence for further investigations.

Oyo Farmers Ask For Speedy Activation Of Grazing Zones

farmersFarmers in the Oke Ogun zone of Oyo State have called on the Federal Government to speed up the creation and activation of grazing zones across the country.

They said that the activation of grazing zones would stem the tide of frequent clashes between Fulani cattle grazers and farmers.

The farmers made the call at the Oyo State Police headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan during a peace parley on Wednesday.

The State Police Commissioner, Adeleye Oyebade, who convened the meeting, told both representatives of the farmers and Fulani herdsmen, that the state would not tolerate any break of peace arising from grazing issues.

He asked that the peace accord earlier signed by all parties, should be adhered to at all times as it guarantees mutual respect against farm land encroachment from all concerned.

According to the complaints brought before the Commissioner, under age boys are still grazing with no time limit.

Mr Oyebade, however, said that it is unacceptable for farmers to poison water holes for cattle, who graze on their land.

A representative of the farmers, who spoke to Channels Television, pleaded with the Federal Government that the only way to avoid frequent clashes between the cattle grazers, farmers and community, is to speed up the creation and activation of grazing reserves across the state.

Meanwhile, all police units in the area, had been detailed to ensure compliance to the peace accord earlier signed by all parties.

Police Broker Peace Between Fulani Herdsmen And Farmers In Oyo

police-oyoThe Oyo State Commissioner of Police (CP), Adeleye Oyebade, has brokered a peace deal between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in the state, bringing them to a round table discussion.

This is part of efforts to rid Oyo State of incessant clashes in Oke Ogun axis.

After an exhaustive meeting where all stakeholders poured out their minds, far reaching resolutions were adopted to ensure peaceful co-existence in all identified flash points.

Part of the resolutions include the establishment of alternate grazing zones outside farm settlements, government reserves and respect of already set boundaries by all concerned.

The Police Commissioner warned that any infringement would attract dire consequences under the law.

He added that all the 21 leaders, who signed the peace accord, are expected to ensure compliance among their people, or be held responsible for any breach of peace.

Ajimobi Endorses Shittu’s Ministerial Nomination

ajimobi endorses ShittuThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has endorsed the nomination of the ministerial nominee from Oyo State, Bayo Shittu.

Governor Ajimobi, on Monday, joined Shittu’s supporters in endorsing his nomination.

While addressing groups of various concerns including some religious leaders from Oke Ogun, who trooped to his office in solidarity for Shittu’s nomination, Governor Ajimobi said that though he had reservations about Shittu’s nomination, he would not oppose him.

The Governor added that despite the fact that Shittu worked against him during the past election, he had forgiven him because the nominee had apologized.

Hundreds of people from Oke Ogun gathered at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan to show solidarity for Shittu’s nomination, saying those who opposed it did so for selfish political reasons.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state had earlier made their reservations public about Shittu’s nomination, claiming that he had embarked on various anti-party activities in the past.

Collation Of Results Continues Across Nigeria

ibadanThe collation of election results are ongoing across Nigeria, a day after the presidential and National Assembly elections held across the oil rich nation.

In Oyo State collation continued through the night till Sunday morning  in 11 Local Government Areas.

The collations are still on in Oyo, Ogbomosho, Iseyin, other parts of Oke Ogun and Abarapa areas of the State.

There was massive turn out of voters who got accredited and voted peacefully in Ibadan north, Ibadan north-east, Ibadan north-west,  Lagelu , Akinyele , Ona Ara south-west, Egbede, Ogbomosho south and Ogbomosho north.

However, issues of card reader failure were recorded in about five units in ward 9 in Ibadan South-west Local Government Area and Ogbomosho North where the House Leader, Mulikat Akande Adeola, had to wash her hands with soap more than five times, trying to ensure the card reader read his finger print.

Meanwhile, there had not been any reported case of violence or electoral malpractice yet, except for a man caught by the Oyo State police command with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Permanent Voter Card register on the eve of elections.

Reporters are waiting at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s headquarters in the State to see which results are being brought in.

But no collation centre has submitted results yet.

Kaduna Collation

In Kaduna State, collation of results has commenced across the 255 wards and 23 Local Government Areas.

Channels Television’s correspondent monitoring the exercise reports that the process is peaceful and orderly, with party supporters keeping an eagle eye on the electoral officials counting the results.

This is to ensure that there is no manipulation of votes along the way until the final results are announced by the commission.

Party agents, security officials and electoral officials slept at the various collation centres, while awaiting the arrival of polling agents.

At Rigachikun Ward in Igabi Local Government Area and Ungwar Seriki ward in Kaduna North Local Government Area, there was heavy security presence to ensure a hitch free exercise.

Electoral officials and some party agents described the election as peaceful and transparent, as party supporters expressed hope of victory at the end of the entire exercise.

At the end of collation of results at the Local Government level, all election results would be moved to the State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office for final collation and delivery to the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Ondo Collation

In Ondo State, election results collation started at about 9:45am local time at the St. Peter’s Unity Secondary School, Akure, the collation centre for Ondo Central Senatorial District.

The Six Local Government Areas in the district are; Akure South, Akure North, Ondo West, Ondo East, Idanre and Ifedore.

Amongst these Local Government Areas, only those from Akure South and Ifedore had arrived at the collation centre. The officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are collating the results. The electoral body said it was  expecting results from the remaining Four Local Government Areas.

The atmosphere is calm and there is huge presence of armed military men and policemen.


Oyo State Politicians Sign Peace Accord

OYO STATECandidates running for National Assembly seats from various political parties across Oyo State have signed the much awaited peace accord promising to maintain peace and dignity of the electoral process in all their undertakings.

Candidates from three geo-political zones in the State namely Ibadan, Oyo and Ogbomosho trooped to various police formations in their zones to append their signature on the peace document.

The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Musa Katsina, who presided over the event, admonished all who signed and the parties they represent to uphold the law, maintain peace and respect the sanctity of life or face the wrath of the law.

On their part, the candidates who are mostly Senators and House of Representative members promised to do all possible for credible and peaceful polls.

The much awaited peace pact began in Oyo State, taking the Commissioner of Police to three out of the five geo-political zones in the State.

In Ibadan the Oyo State capital, where the peace accord was first signed, the area command at Iwo Road hosted several politicians from various political parties, coming to commit to the peace accord.

The police boss in the State, who presided over the event, told all politicians and their party hierarchy that it would no longer be business as usual after the commitment to peace.

Katsina vowed that every breach of peace would be met with stiff penalties.

At the historic Oyo town, persons vying for Senatorial and House of Representatives seats all appended their signatures to the important document in the presence of Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operatios, Mr Musa Kimo and promised to abide by it in words and deeds.

The story was not different at Ogbomosho where National Assembly candidates from all the five Local Government Areas in the zone signed and promised to ensure peace during campaigns, during and after elections.

Meanwhile, the peace accord would also be signed by politicians in Oke Ogun and Ibarapa areas of the State during the week ahead.

Smugglers Attack Customs Special Task Force In Oyo

custom attackYoung men suspected to be smugglers attacked some Customs officers at Igbeti in Oke Ogun axis of Oyo State brutalizing and damaging properties belonging to the Nigerian Customs Service.

According to the leader of the Task Force and Coordinator of the Comptroller General’s Task Force Team, D.C Shallangwa, the hoodlums attacked his men while on duty brandishing guns, cutlasses and other harmful weapons.

Shallangwa added that his men were well equipped to deal with such challenges but they refrained from the use of retaliatory force so that innocent people would not be affected.

The Deputy Comptroller of Customs further disclosed that the smugglers aimed at killing the morale of his men but they remain undaunted as any attempt to repeat such dastardly act would be resisted.

He also warned that the Task Force would not hesitate to use necessary force to curtail and discourage smuggling activities anywhere in the country.

Customs/Police Seize 65, 000 Rounds Of Ammunition

The Osun state Police Command has arrested a man with 3,500 live cartridges; the Oyo/Osun Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service also impounded a vehicle loaded with 56,750 rounds of ammunition at Saki in Oke Ogun area of Oyo State.

The Customs Area Controller, Mr. Richard Oteri, said the vehicle conveying the ammunition was arrested along the Igboho road in Saki.

Disclosing that the contraband was concealed in bags packed with dried cassava tubers, he appealed to royal fathers and community leaders to sensitize their subjects on the dangers of smuggling especially in the light of serious security challenges in the country.

He said the command generated more than N4.5 billion in the first quarter of this year. The breakdown showed thatN49, 726,393 was made from revenue collected on vehicles between January and April this year.

Oteri further explained that 2,716 bags of rice, 28 fairly used assorted cars and SUVs, 2,500 cartons of frozen product, a lorry loaded with 700 cartons of foreign shoes, a bus loaded with textile materials and 521 used tyres concealed with 600 bags of animal feeds in a trailer were seized by his command.

Oteri later handed over the ammunition to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Oyo State Police Command, Musa Kimo.

Kimo, while receiving the ammunition said “we shall not relent in ensuring adequate security” Customs impounds N5.9m contraband Also the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone C of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, yesterday, intercepted a trailer loaded with 62 sacks of second hand clothing.

2,500 ACN Members Defect To PDP

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Kwara state, has lost over 2,500 members to the Peoples Democratic People (PDP) over non – fulfillment of election promises.

Dr. Bukola Saraki (Senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District) who received the new PDP members promised that they will partake in the prosperity that the PDP government offers.

Elaborating on the reason for the defection, Abdulazeez Kazim who was the ACN secretary for Oke Ogun ward in Ilorin South local government area noted that the decampees were disappointed by ACN’s failure to provide jobs for the youths.