EFCC Arraigns Contractor Over Alleged Diversion Of N0.3bn TETFUND

EFCC Arraigns Contractor Over Alleged Diversion Of N0.3bn TETFUNDThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned one John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa alongside his company, Digitpro Engineering Technology Ltd. before Justice A.O. Oladimeji of the Osun State High Court sitting in Ede.

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Commission arraigned Mr Ojemuyiwa on Monday, April 3, on a two-count charge bordering on stealing and giving of gratification to public officers.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Ojemuyiwa’s journey to the dock followed a petition to the EFCC sometimes in April 2016 by the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun, alleging a fraudulent conversion and diversion of 0.3 billion Naira TETFUND approved for sundry projects at the Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Oluwatoyin Owodunni, asked the court for a trial date while the defence counsel, Banjo Akinwande, approached the court with an oral application for bail which was opposed by the prosecution counsel.

Justice Oladimeji ordered that the defence counsel presents a formal application to help the court exercise its discretion on the bail application, in view of the antecedents of failure of the accused person to honour the EFCC’s invitation twice.

One of the counts read: “That you John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa and Digitpro Technology Ltd., sometimes in February 2014 at Ila Orangun within the Osogbo judicial division, stole the sum of 53,837,574.08 Naira (fifty three million, eight hundred and thirty-seven thousand, five hundred and seventy-four Naira, eight Kobo) only, from the sum of 112,810,952.20 Naira (one hundred and twelve million, eight hundred and ten thousand, nine hundred and fifty-two Naira, twenty Kobo) advance payment to you as mobilisation fee for the construction of an amphitheatre by the Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun, Osun State”.

The second count also read: “That you John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa and Digitpro Technology Ltd., sometime in February 2014 at Ila Orangun within the Osogbo judicial division, corruptly gave the sum of 43,093,694.36 Naira (forty-three million, ninety-three thousand, six hundred and ninety-four Naira, thirty-six Kobo) to members of the Governing Council, Osun State College of Education, Ila Orogun, through one David Olayinka Olojede of De Capstone Ltd. on account of the award of a contract worth 228,298,302.00 Naira (two hundred and twenty-eight million, two hundred and ninety-eight thousand, three hundred and two Naira) and the over payment of mobilisation fee to you by the Governing Council and the Management of Osun State College of Education”.

The matter was adjourned till Tuesday, May 2, 2017 for hearing of the bail application and commencement of trial.

The accused is to be remanded at the Federal Prison, Ilesha in Osun State, South-west Nigeria.

Students, Market Women Protest Long Closure Of Osun Tertiary Institution

students, osun state college of education, ProtestStudents of the Osun State College Of Education have taken to the streets again, to protest the long closure of the tertiary institution.

The crisis seems to have taken a new turn, as not only students, but market women, youths and residents of the Ila Orangun town in Osun state, joined in the latest protest.

The agitation which paralysed commercial activities in the town almost led to a face-off with security personnel.

Activities at the institution came to a halt in August, following a disagreement ‎between the Governing Council, the school management and the workers union.

The union called for the removal of the chairman of the institution’s Governing Council on grounds of misappropriation of funds.

This development has, however, thrown the academic calendar of the school into disarray since January 2016.

One of the students, Fabode Oluseye, lamenting the effect of the whole crisis on their academic calendar, said “the protest became necessary to call for the re-opening of the school”.

Traders on the other hand are equally affected, as they receive major patronage from the students.

Some of them complained that their means of livelihood had been cut short as a result of the long closure of the school.

The traditional ruler of the town, the Orangun of Ila, Oba Abdul Wahab Oyedotun, believes that a policy statement from the Osun State government will ‎go a long way in resolving the impasse.

The Chairman, House Committee On Education, Folorunsho Bamisayemi, who spoke to Channels Television via telephone, appealed for calm while assuring the students and the community that the state government would resolve the lingering crisis soon.

Ila residents have, however, adamantly, vowed to continue the protest if no word was heard from the government as soon as promised.

Alumni Appeals To Osun On Alleged Merger Of Colleges

Osun College Meger Plan: Alumni Joins To Appeal ProcessThe alumni association of the Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun has joined others to appeal to the State Government to re-consider the proposed merger plans of the institution with the Ilesa College of Education.

The group made the appeal in Oshogbo, the state capital in Nigeria’s south-western region, following the State government’s assertion that the merger‎ report was mere rumour.

The National President of the association, Ayobami Fakeye, observed that the stakeholders are not convinced that the government would not go ahead with the plans.

According to him, transfer of some courses and closure of the college should be carried out following due process through the Osun State House of Assembly and not by a unilateral decision not backed by law.

Students of the college and the host community had earlier staged a protest on alleged merger of the institution.

The students accused the Osun State government of planning to merge the Ila Orangun College with Osun State College of Education, Ilesa thereby, reducing the staff strength.

The Osun State Government refuted the allegation, maintaining that there was no such plan to merge any of the State-owned‎ tertiary institutions.

Osun Students, Residents Protest Governments’ Merger Plan

Osun Tertiary Institution: Students, Indigines Protest Governments' Merger PlanStudents of Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun and the host community have staged a protest on alleged plan to merge the institution and change its status to a Primary and Technical Education ‎centre.

The protesters stormed the Palace of the Orangun of Ila, Oba Wahab Oyedotun, Bibire 1 in Osun State, South-west Nigeria.

The students accused the Osun State government of planning to merge the Ila Orangun college with Osun State College of Education, Ilesa thereby, reducing the staff strength.

Addressing reporters and residents of the community, Secretary of Ila Action Council, Prince Yemi Adeoye, appealed to the government to rescind its decision.

Prince Adeoye stressed that the economic, financial and social impact of the community would be greatly devastated by the development.

Responding to the allegations, the Osun State Government refuted its claim, stating that the merger rumour was mere speculation and unfounded.

The government maintained that there was no such plan to merge any of the State-owned‎ tertiary institutions as rumoured.

The college currently has a population of over 15 thousand students and runs 28 academic programmes, including 15 other academic degree programmes in affiliation with University of Uyo and Ekiti State University.

Osun State also has two State-owned polytechnics in Iree and Esa-Oke as well as two Colleges of Education in Ila Orangun ‎and Ilesa.

 

Student demands N100 million from police for assault

A student of the Osun State College of Education, Adebayo Olaide is suing the Inspector General of Police, a police officer, Mukaila Gujuba, and three others for the sum of N100m for the loss of his left eye at a police checkpoint at Alagbayun Village, Ogo-Oluwa, LGA of Oyo State.
Mr Olaide, who filed the suit at an Oyo State High Court, is seeking a ruling that the action of Mr Gujuba, the third respondent, is unlawful and a violation of his rights.

The plaintiff explained that the incident happened at a checkpoint manned by Police Sergents Charles Omonia and Hammed Balogun including the following officers Ajolasi Bunmi, Abdulmalik Hassan, Morakinyo Joseph , Julius Apin, Abtrous Daniel, Ayeni Sunday, Akogun Bright, and Akaogba Saso.

He said that after being searched and asked to go by the policemen, Mr Gujuba, for some unclear reasons allegedly swung a long stick towards him hitting him in his left eye.

Mr Olaide accused the suspect of initially denying the said offense before accepting due to the overwhelming evidence against him.

O. A. Kupolati, who is the counsel to the defendant, presented a counter-affidavit explaining that what happened was an accident and Mr Gujuba did not mean to assault the plaintiff.

The Vanguard Newspapers reported that Mr Kupolati said his client’s rifle butt, which hung on his shoulders, accidentally hit Mr Olaide while he was trying to cross the road.

To show that the action was not intentional, he explained that he took out time to visit the victim in the hospital and at home and even offered to pay Mr Olaide N200,000 to mitigate the pains, an amount which N193,000 has been paid.

Peter Idowu, Counsel to the applicant said in his submission that the N100m demanded was “the general, exemplary and aggravated damages for the violation of his client’s fundamental human rights which resulted in loss of the left eye of the applicant and also a severe damage to his right eye.”

The presiding judge, Justice Mashud Abass, has fixed October 17 for hearing.