Senator Isiaka Adeleke Dies At 62

A member of the Nigerian Senate, representing Osun West Senatorial district, Isiaka Adeleke, has died at 62.

A family source who spoke to Channels Television under the condition of anonymity, said Adeleke died at Biket hospital in Osogbo at 6:00am on Sunday.

When his corpse was brought to his home in Ede town, the atmosphere became tense with friends and family members weeping uncontrollably.

As at the time of filling the report, the body had been taken to the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo for autopsy.

Mr Adeleke, who was the first governor of the state in 1992, under the Social Democratic Party (SDP), was elected into the Senate in 2015 as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Omoworare Applauds Workers, Calls For More APC Support

Ondo APC Promises Better Days in 2017Senator representing Osun East Senatorial District, Mr Babajide Omoworare, has called on workers and people of the state to intensify their support for the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the government of Rauf Aregbesola in order to move the state as well as the Nation forward.

In his goodwill message to mark the 2017 New Year celebration which was signed by his Media Assistant, Comrade Tunde Dairo, the senator expressed appreciation to God for his mercies which according to him, saw Nigeria through the economic and political turbulence of 2016.

“I felicitate with the people of the State of Osun most especially my good people of the Ife/Ijesa Senatorial District as we enter the New Year 2017.

“We must be grateful to God Almighty for seeing us through the travails of the year 2016 and we look up to him for a viable, stable and productive 2017.”

Omoworare went further to appreciate Nigerians, most especially, the workers for their sacrifice, perseverance and support for the APC Government both at state and federal level.

“It will be a great disservice if we fail to commend Nigerians for supporting the APC and standing by President Muhamadu Buhari as he pilots the affairs of the Nation. This goodwill investment and trust is unprecedented and highly commendable,” he said.

Omoworare however admonished Mr President and his team to put in more effort to rescue the country from recession, provide more jobs, diversify our production base, provide favourable economic environment and convert the present challenges to opportunities to promote patriotism and believe in the quality of Nigerian products as alternative brands for local consumption and export.

“As a progressive legislator and Chairman of Senate Committee on Legislative Compliance, we assure Nigerians of qualitative legislative activities that will be people focused, reflate our economy and promote substantive adherence to laws of the land and resolution of the parliament”. the senator stated.

On the activities of his committee for the New Year, Senator Omoworare said, “the time is now to run the bureaucracy and government according to the laid down rules, laws and principles to ensure efficiency, transparency and productivity.”

He went further to state that Nigeria is not lacking in legislative framework to move the country forward rather, it has challenges with plying according to the rules and that is what the Legislative Compliance Committee seek to overcome.

Omoworare also commended Governor Aregbesola, for providing focused leadership with strong adherence to his electoral promises, which he described as the basic tenet of a virtuous leader.

According to him, “Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola deserves more support from the people to drive Osun to its desired developmental destination.

“The Governor made electoral promises and has toiled on daily basis not to betray his electoral covenant with the people regardless of the economic downturn.”

“It is my strong believe that the challenges of previous years are gone for good, we are in a new year with new hopes and expectations which I belief will be met sooner than we envisage if we consciously and collectively work towards it,” the Senator said.

NGO Warns Jammeh Over Rejection Of Gambian Election Result

NGO Warns Jammeh Over Rejection Of Gambian Election ResultA Non-Governmental Organisation, Advocacy for Advancement of Peace and Harmony in Africa Initiative (ADAPHAI), has warned President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia, over his recent rejection of the presidential election of December 2.

Addressing journalists on Monday in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, the Executive Director of the organisation, Mr Olaniyi Ajibola, berated the action of Jammeh, described it as a threat to the peace of his country, and Africa at large.

Ajibola said the action of the President is capable of plugging the West Africa country into bloody crisis and turmoil, reminded him of the fate that befell former President of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo.

He averred that the allegation of electoral “abnormalities” by President Jammeh after congratulating the winner is nothing but an after thought, and display of cowardice, advising him to quickly change his mind and save his country of crisis.

According to him, democracy would be seriously threatened in the country if such position of the president stands without swift action to stabilise the political atmosphere and toe the path of democratic principles and rule of law.

Ajibola added that the development in Gambia remains a political retrogression in Africa, at the time when the continent is progressing systematically in the quest for democratisation and egalitarianism.

The Peace Advocate maintained that there is need for regional and sub-regional bodies like the African Union (AU) and Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS), to quickly call the president to order and advise him to toll the path of honour before things get out of hand in the country.

“The development in Gambia is disheartening and uncalled for, it is a retrogression in the efforts of democratisation in Africa, President Yayah Jammeh must reverse his decision and toll the path of honour he had earlier chosen.

“Obviously, his sudden change of mind on the outcome of the Presidential election is not only primitive and strange, but a huge threat to the peace of the country and entire region of Africa.

“Africa has passed this stage of despotism and megalomania, no individual has the monopoly of power to determine the fate of majority of the people without recourse to the rule of law and popular will.

“It is rather bizarre to hear President Yayah Jammeh complaining of electoral abnormalities after conceding defeat to his opponent and even went on to congratulate the winner.

Recalling the past, Ajibola said: “he must not quickly forget history and patiently learn from President Laurent Gbagbo of Ivory Coast, that any undemocratic attempt by a leader to subvert the popular will could spell doom without remedy.

“We call for timely intervention of regional and sub-regional bodies like the AU and ECOWAS, including the United Nations Organisation (UNO), through its different organs to call President Jammeh to order to avert any humanitarian crisis in the country”, the peace advocate stressed.

UNIOSUN Students Protest Against Alleged Police Harrassment

Osun-Student-ProtestThere was palpable apprehension over the weekend, at Okebaale area of Osogbo, the Osun state capital, as students of the Osun State University, UNIOSUN, took to the streets in a protest, over alleged incessant harassment by members of the police.

They had alleged that police officers from the State Criminal Investigation Department, (SCID), constantly raid their hostels, taking their belongings and arresting the students who, only get freed after parting with huge sums of money.

The students barricaded the roads, while chanting anti-police songs and burning tyres, which led to a hours of heavy vehicular and human traffic.

Road-side traders were equally forced to close their shops and makeshift stalls for fear of a potential clash between the students and police.

Although the students refused to grant interviews for fear of sanctions by the school authority, should their identity be discovered, one Bamigbayo Gabriel, who claimed to be one of the students representatives of the university, confirmed the incidents.

He told newsmen off camera, that officers from SCID Osogbo, and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), zone eleven headquarters, “have been coming to harass the students”, under the guise of looking for internet fraudsters, popularly known as ‘yahoo boys’ from among the students.

“They (the police) will just burst into the hostels and start harassing the students, collecting their phones and laptops.

“They raid and arrest students who are later made to part with huge sums of money before they can be released.”

Some other eye-witnesses, said the police sometimes climb through the fences just to have their way in.

“The matter was said to have gotten to the notice of the State Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye, who promised to arrange a meeting between the students and the police, to iron things out.

“This was however yet to materialize before the men of the SCID allegedly raided their hostels again, this week resulting to the protest,” an eye-witness confirmed.

According to the witness, a former Commissioner for Information in the state, Honourable Sunday Akere, who was passing through the road to a function, was forced to stop and attend to the students.

Mr Akere urged the students to channel their grievances through the right quarters, to the state government and the matter would be taken up at the state security council level.

“The matter is not between the students and the government neither is it between them and the school management.

“You can see that they are only angry with the over-zealousness and police brutality, but I have talked to them on how to go about tabling their grievances before the necessary and right quarters and I hope they will surely do that.

“When that is done, I can assure you that Mr Governor himself, as the Chief Security officer of the state, will take it up at the appropriate quarters,” the information commissioner stated.

The school management on the other hand, claimed they only “got wind of the issue two weeks ago and it was taken to the Police Public relations officer, (PPRO) and the Commissioner of Police in the state, who promised to look into the matter and find amicable ways of resolving it”.

The Dean, students affairs, UNIOSUN, Dr. Adepeju Adigun expressed surprised at the recurrence of the matter.

She however appealed to police authorities in the state to quickly look into it and find a lasting solution.

Efforts to speak with the PPRO Osun state, SP Folashade Odoro, failed to yield positive results as she was said to be out of the command headquarters, while her phones were switched off when calls were put through.

Normalcy has however returned to the areas, as residents continue to await a lasting solution to the issue, before they are forced to witness such tension again.

Phone Theft Earns Man Six Months Imprisonment

court23-year-old man, Omodolapo Iyanu Oluwa, was on Monday sentenced to six months imprisonment in Ilesa prison, by an Osogbo Magistrate Court in Osun state, for stealing an Infinix mobile phone. 

The Magistrate, Mr Olusola Aluko, ordered that the convict be kept behind bars due to the magnitude of the offence committed.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Rasaki Olayiwola, told the court that the convict committed the offense on October 1, 2016, at about 10:00am, at Akede Iyaloja area, Oke Baale, Osogbo.

Olayiwola said the convict did unlawfully seize one Infinix mobile phone, from one Mrs Oladipo Ifeoluwa, without any genuine reason for such action.

He said the convict refused to return the phone to the complainant before he was arrested by the Police and brought to the court.

The Prosecutor said the offences contravened sections 516,144 and 390 of the criminal code Cap. 34 Vol. 11 laws of Osun, 2003.

Although the convict pleaded guilty to the three count charges of theft and unlawful possession of property, counsel to the convict, Mrs Bose Adeyinka, prayed the Magistrate to temper justice with mercy, in the delivery of his judgement.

Osun Govt. Introduces Development Levy

Osun, Economic developmentTo increase the state’s revenue, the Osun state government has introduced the Economic Development Levy programme (EDL), which ensures business owners pay an approved revenue tariff into government’s coffers.

The new policy was introduced at Osogbo, the state capital, in a gathering of stakeholders who appeared to not be in tune with the policy.

In attendance were market women, artisans,‎ leaders of the road transport unions, motorcyclists as well as officials of the Osun State Inland Revenue Service and representatives of the World Bank.Osun, Economic development

Majority of the stakeholders consider the development levy as burdensome as they currently pay to their various associations.

They argued that the EDL would mostly affect low income earners and there is a need for more dialogue between themselves and the government.

Affordable levies

In response to this, the General Manager of the Osun State Internal Revenue Service, Dayo Oyebanji, explained that the levy would enhance the furtherance of the economic and infrastructural development of the state.

He insists that the payment would not amount to additional burden on the people.

Osun, Economic developmentAccording to Mr Oyebanji, the state government was lenient as to make the levy rates affordable while also stating that it would vary based on the individual level of each business.

He asserted that the over-dependence on oil revenues has encouraged the avoidance of tax and other levies and this in turn has inhibited the development of other sectors of the Nigerian economy.

Mr Oyebanji therefore stressed the need for the residents of the state to live up to their civic responsibility.

“The prompt payment of taxes and other constitutional obligations, would also contribute to Nigeria’s efforts to overcoming the recession,” he added.

FEC Approves 3.5bn Naira For Car Purchase To Decongest Prisons

FEC, PrisonsThe Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of 3.5 billion Naira to procure 320 made-in-Nigeria vehicles to aid prisons decongestion across the country.

The approval was in response to the request in a memo presented at a FEC meeting on Wednesday by the Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahaman Dambazau (rtd).

General Dambazau noted that the procurement of vehicles was part of requirements needed to strengthen the criminal justice system.

He told State House correspondents after the meeting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, that at least 75% of an estimated 65,000 inmates were awaiting trial.

The Interior Minister blamed their continued detention on lack of logistics and availability of vehicles to transport them to at least 5,000 courts from prisons within the country.

On September 24, an official of the Prisons Service in Ilesa Prison in Osun State, said 454 out of 582 inmates are awaiting trial, a situation he said was as a result of huge challenges facing the Prisons Service.

The officer in charge of the Prisons, Deputy Comptroller Ope Fanimikun, said that presenting 454 inmates for trial in 72 courts was a huge challenge for officers.

He said that the Prisons service had just four vehicles, the newest of which was given to the prisons four years ago.

The Deputy Comptroller sought the support of Nigerians in form of vehicles’ donation to ensure that inmates were presented for trials to decongest the prisons.

The state of a prison in Enugu in Nigeria’s south-east

He disclosed that the prison needed at least 20 vehicles, medical facilities and consumables.

To meet this demand the FEC approved monies for procurement of vehicles.

On his part, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, briefed reporters on pending infrastructural projects as well as the state of power generation and transmission in Nigeria.

In the light of increasing dilapidation of Federal Roads, he said no new road contracts had been awarded besides inherited projects.

Mr Fashola further disclosed that the Federal Executive Council approved a memo for the provision of three 150 MVA transformers in three sub-stations in Oshogbo, Shiroro and Ondo.

He said the demand was made by the transmission company of Nigeria, in order to increase electricity transmission in the country.

Osun Flood: Residents Count Losses Following Heavy Rain

Flood, Osun StateTwenty-four hours after the heavy rains in Osogbo the Osun state capital, the rains are yet to subside.

No help has come from the emergency agencies or the state authorities.

Channels Television’s correspondent who returned to the scene of the incident, said properties have been destroyed and the flooding has left one person dead.

A woman and her daughter were trapped in a store just as many of the residents around one of the communities were stranded after a bridge collapsed.

The Muslim festival was going well with residents already looking forward to resuming back to their businesses when the holiday suddenly turned sour.

Some residents in areas like Testing Ground, Rasco, Oke-Onitea, Fiwasaye, Gbomi and Iludun in Osogbo have been counting their losses as the rain came down heavily for three hours, causing flood in many parts of the city.

According to a report by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Osun state was identified as one of the flood-prone areas and the residents believe that the government should have been proactive to avert this occurrence.

While the residents count their losses, no official statement had been made by the Osun state government at the time of the report.

The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency has predicted flash flood in Lagos, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Sokoto, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Makurdi and Yola.

Speaking at the unveiling of the 2016 annual flood outlook, the Director General of the agency, Dr Moses Beckley has urged state governments to put in place artificial reservoirs to check the flow of the flood.

NDLEA Destroys 21 Hectares Of Cannabis In Osun

NDLEAThe Osun state command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said it destroyed about 21.4 Hectares of cannabis sativa farm located at Onikete farm settlement in Isokan Local Government area of the state. 

The State Commandant Mrs Sylvia Egwunwoke who spoke to Channels Television at her office in Oshogbo the state capital, shortly after the destruction, says the command was alerted about the farm settlement by residents in a nearby village near Onikete Farm settlement.

Although she confirmed that no arrest was made, but stated that land owners who lease out their farm lands, to people for the purpose of planting cannabis sativa will be made to face the wrath of the law.

She further stated that the process of nabbing all cannabis sativa farmers is a continuous one as other farm lands have also been identified in the state and the command is set to destroy all of them at this early stage.

The Osun State NDLEA Commandant therefore warned farm owners ‎to desist from being accomplices in this illicit trade, as much as she sought for the cooperation of the state government and other stake holders to rid the state off the trade.

Christians Celebrate Easter In Southwest Nigeria

Easter - Christians Jesus ChristChristians in southwest Nigeria have joined their counterparts globally to observe the Easter Sunday which is believed to signify the resurrection of Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago.

At the House on the Rock Church in Lagos State visited by Channels Television crew, the entire church was in the mood of thanksgiving with a strong conviction that Jesus Christ has resurrected.

There was also a pleasant side attraction lined up to make the Easter service an unforgettable one as international gospel icon, Don Moen, performed some of his hit tracks.

In his Easter message, the Senior Pastor of the House on the Rock Church, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, urged citizens to adopt a positive approach and good deeds towards the reprieve that has come the way of Nigerians.

In Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, and wife joined other Christians at the St. Peters Cathedral, Ake to be part of the thanksgiving service marking the Easter celebration.

In his Easter note to the populace, the Bishop of Egba Diocese, Bishop Emmanuel Adekunle, admonished Nigerians to continue to have faith in God in the face of the many challenges currently facing the country.

Similarly, Christians in Osun State were not left out of this year’s commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as they all trooped out to their various places of worship.

It was a filled day for choristers and bands at the various worship centers in Oshogbo, the state’s capital, which were packed full with worshippers apparently in joyous mood dancing and singing.

In their various sermons, clergymen at the various worship centres sued for ‎peaceful coexistence among Nigerians and emphasised living in love and humility between the rulers and the ruled.

They urged leaders‎ to embrace the virtues of sacrifice and tolerance in governance, stressing that the welfare of the people should be their priority.

In Edo State, the Bishop of the Benin Catholic Archdiocese, Most Reverend Augustine Akubeze, admonished Christians to see the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the right path to eternal life.

The Edo State Police Command also had a special thanksgiving at the cathedral to commemorate the end of activities for 2016 Nigeria Police Force Week.

15 Die In Osun Road Accident

accidentResidents of Akoda town in Ede South Local Government in Osun State, south west Nigeria, are mourning the death of 15 traders and hawkers.

The deceased were killed in a road accident at the Akoda junction involving a fuel tanker and an 18-seater commercial bus.

The tanker involved belongs to the Nigeria National Petroleum Commission (NNPC) and the driver is now at large.

An eye witness who spoke to Channels Television said that the tanker, which was coming from Osogbo, had earlier hit a car at Owode Ede, before hitting the stationary bus with passengers on board.

The tanker was said to have lost control and run over some roadside petty traders and hawkers. The victims include a family of three who were reportedly buried immediately.

Most of the victims were said to have been mutilated while survivors have been rushed to hospitals.

FG Determined To Revamp Rail System – Transport Minister

TransportThe Minister of Transport says that the main focus of the Federal Government is to revamp the Rail System to make transportation easy and accessible to all Nigerians.

Mr Rotimi Amaechi made the disclosure to reporters on Thursday at the Government House in Oshogbo, the Osun State capital in southwest Nigeria.

He said that he was in the state for an assessment tour of some Federal Government road projects embarked upon by the Osun‎ State government in line with the directive of the Federal Executive Council.

The Minister also hinted that other sectors in the Ministry of Transport such as maritime, road and aviation would also be given due attention.

He said that the Federal Government, having successfully reached an agreement with the Chinese government, would soon embark on the construction of Lagos-Kano rail line.

Mr Amaechi also disclosed that the construction of four terminal buildings was already underway in Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Port Harcourt ‎as part of the ongoing reform in the aviation sector.