We have no intention of banning Okada. We will regulate them, we will identify them and the criminals will be dealt with. I have seen people with their cars jump okada to go to the bank. They are serving a purpose.
Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday, arrested thirty-nine (39) suspected internet fraudsters in a sting operation in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The suspects who claimed to be undergraduates of different tertiary institutions in Ibadan were arrested at Apete area of the Oyo State capital, following useful intelligence on their cyber-fraudulent activities.
However, following analysis carried out on their devices, incriminating documents, and messages of their fraudulent bank transactions were recovered from thirty-four (34) of the suspects.
Some aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State have asked the Federal High Court in Ibadan to nullify all State House of Assembly, Governorship, House of Representatives and Senatorial District Primaries conducted in the state.
Through their counsel, Tunde Falola, the eight aspirants are urging the court to set aside the PDP Primaries conducted on May 21st, 22nd and May 23, 2022, in Oyo State, because they were allegedly conducted in flagrant violation of the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022 (as amended), the PDP’s Constitution as well as its Guidelines.
The politicians are also seeking an injunction restraining PDP and INEC from using and/or utilizing any other list of Ad-Hoc and National Delegates for the nomination of candidates into various elective positions at the 2023 general election in Oyo State other than the list of Ad-Hoc and National Delegates which emanated from Ward and Local Government Area Congresses conducted on the 30 April 2022 and 10th May 2022 in Oyo State in compliance with the provisions of Electoral Act, PDP’s Constitution as well as its Guidelines.
The Plaintiffs in the suit are Hon. Taofeef Abiola, Niyi Aborisade(a lawyer), Hon. Taiwo Jimoh, Sakiru Olaide Raheem, Akande Olalekan, Jelil Azeez, Ayoade Olusegun and Anifowoshe Dayo James.
The PDP & the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are joined as respondents to the suit.
In the suit, the plaintiffs are asking the court for “a declaration that having regards to the combined provisions of Section 84(8) of the Electoral Act, 2022 (as amended), Sections 15(2)(e) and 18(2)(c) of the PDP’s Constitution and the Guidelines for Ward, Local Government Area, State, Zonal Congresses and the National Convention of the party, the Defendants are statutorily bound to accord recognition to, act on and/or deal with the list of Ad-Hoc and National Delegates elected at the Ward and Local Government Area Congresses conducted in Oyo State on 30th April 2022 and 10th May 2022 respectively for the nomination of candidates for 2023 general elections in the state”.
They further urged the court “to declare that the purported lists of Ad-hoc delegates used for the conduct of State House of Assembly, Governorship, House of Representatives and Senatorial District Primaries on May 21st, 2022, May 25th, 2022, May 22nd, 2022 and May 23rd, 2022 for the nomination of candidates for the 2023 General Elections in Oyo State are illegal and unconstitutional, having not emanated from the Ward Congress conducted on April 30, 2022, in Oyo State”.
In an affidavit filed in support of the suit and deposed to by one of the Applicants, Taofeef Abiola, they claimed that they are card-carrying members of the PDP in Oyo State and as aspirants who participated and contested for the various elective positions in the Oyo State Chapter of the party.
They also maintained that having complied with the combined provisions of Electoral Act 2022 (as amended), the Constitution of the PDP, the Guidelines for Ward, Local Government Area, State, Zonal Congresses and the National Convention of the PDP, the lists of Ad-Hoc and National Delegates elected through the Ward and Local Government Area Congresses held on said April 30, 2022, and May 10, 2022, respectively in Oyo State and no other lists of delegates ought to be accorded recognition as the authentic and lawfully elected delegates of the PDP in Oyo State by the INEC for nominations of candidates at the 2023 General Election in Oyo State.
“That in preparation for the 2023 General Election, the second Defendant (PDP) released and published the Time-Table and Schedule of Activities for its Ward, Local Government Area and the National Convention, to elect party Ad-Hoc and National Delegates”.
“That under the above, the second Defendant also adopted its January 2020 Guidelines for the Conduct of the said Ward, Local Government Area, State, Zonal Congresses and the National Convention”.
“That in line with the party’s already published Time-Table referred to in paragraph 9 above and under the Provision of Electoral Act, 2022 (as amended) and the second Defendant’s Constitution, the second Defendant Conducted its Ward Congresses in Oyo State on April 30, 2022, and Three AD-HOC Ward Delegates were elected from each of the Wards in the State”.
“That contrary to the aforementioned directive by the second Defendant and in sharp contravention of the provision of the Electoral Act, 2022 (as amended) and the 2nd Defendant’s Constitution, a minority group within the second Defendant Party in Oyo State who did not participate at the said Ward and Local Government Area Congresses have connived with some Elements and National officers of the second Defendant and perfected, planned and jettisoned the authentic and legally recognisable list of delegates emanating from the said Ward and Local Government Area Congresses”.
“That notwithstanding our protest also, the 2nd Defendant’s Agents who conducted the primaries insisted and went on with the purported primaries”.
“That at the said primaries also, the authentic Ad-hoc Delegates who could have voted for me as well as other Plaintiffs were severally beaten and injured by the thugs sponsored by the said minority group within the 2nd Defendant, who was behind the manipulation of the lists in question”.
The court is yet to fix a date for the hearing of the suit.
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has restated his administration’s commitment towards the delivery of free and qualitative education as a way of lifting people of the state out of poverty and into prosperity.
The governor who made the commitment at the maiden convocation ceremony of the First Technical University, Ibadan, held at the University Hall, Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Ibadan, on Saturday, said that the graduands of the institution have acquired the necessary skills in vocational training and entrepreneurship skills which should make them self-reliant and ultimately become job creators.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, the governor explained that globally, emphasis has shifted from white-collar jobs to self-employment, adding that attention has shifted towards institutions that prepare graduates to be job providers and not mere job seekers.
While congratulating the eminent personalities that were conferred with distinguished fellowship award of First Technical University (Tech-U), Ibadan, Makinde sought for more assistance in terms of donations for the advancement of the Institution.
He commended the management of the institution for the priority attention it gave to staff and students’ welfare, which he said has manifested in the stable academic calendar and peaceful conduct of the students of the school.
He charged the graduands to support the government in creating jobs through the vocational and entrepreneurship skills that they have acquired in the university.
He also admonished them to be good ambassadors of the Institution and Oyo state at large.
“I am greatly delighted to be here today on the occasion of the maiden Convocation Ceremonies of this citadel of learning – First Technical University (Tech-U), Ibadan,” he said.
“This epoch-making event is not only significant in the history of this great Institution, it also provides more opportunities for the re-engineering of the state and its lost glory in the area of vocational and entrepreneurship skills. Before I dwell further, let me on behalf of myself and the entire State Executive Council congratulate the Vice-Chancellor of this Institution, Professor Ayo Salami together with his team for this milestone and being a part of this historic event.
“However, it is not how long that matters but how well. It is on this background that I congratulate the graduands for the successful completion of your programmes.
“By implication, the graduands have satisfied all academic board requirements for the award of degrees of the Institution.”Let me point out at this juncture that the graduands have been certified to be worthy in learning and character.
“Also, I am aware that the kind of training that this Institution provides exposes students to practicals in various fields of their studies.
“It is no gainsaying, therefore, that these graduands have acquired the necessary skills in vocational training, skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development as prerequisite for self-reliance and job creation.”
According to him, in today’s world, emphasis has shifted from white-collar jobs, which he said are not readily available, to self-employment.
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde and his Ogun State counterpart, Dapo Abiodun on Wednesday held an inaugural joint security meeting and established a security committee and patrol team.
The governors also established a Joint Border Security Task Force with membership drawn from various security agencies in each state, to patrol boundary communities and ensure the security of lives and property for residents and commuters.
Governor Makinde in his speech at the security meeting held in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital said the establishment of the joint task force was necessary to end banditry and kidnapping in boundaries shared by the two states.
“We came here to initiate a collaborative effort between our two states because it is the right thing to do and absolutely important, we do it. In recent times, we have seen cases of kidnapping. So, if it is not a big concern to the leadership of the two states, then we won’t be here also with our service commanders because we have quite a bit to do.
“I am happy that this is not about partisan politics. My brother is from the APC and I am from PDP. We are having security issues along our common borders. Today, we have APC and PDP governors and we are here to collaborate, what we hope to achieve is a long-lasting solution that will benefit the good people of both states,” Makinde said.
The governors resolved that the members of the joint task force would be trained and oriented on the rule of engagement to prevent unwholesome practices, adding that collaboration on emergencies/distress calls on the highways in the two states, intelligence-gathering and sharing on security issues, and effective engagement and collaboration with all stakeholders including the Federal Government will also come with the joint security effort.
The Ogun State Governor, Abiodun, said the joint security meeting is deepened in history, common heritage, and cultural affinity, noting that the realisation of the need to put a stop to the recurring challenge of herders/farmers clashes, kidnapping, and other nefarious activities around boundary communities in the two states, led to the institution of the collaborative effort.
“This collaboration is peculiar not just because Oyo State is our neighbour, but the largest by the landmass of the six South-Western States and the political capital of the Zone. Thus, whatever happens in Oyo State could easily have ripple effects on the other five States.
“No doubt, each of our two states has its peculiar security challenges which the respective State Governments have been tackling through internal security architecture.
“We appreciate the fact that there is no way development in one of our two states will not have a spiral effect on the other state, especially through our border communities.
“With this partnership, between our two states, an enduring peace and security that will promote sustainable economic development that will engender individual prosperity of both our people in Ogun and Oyo States,” Abiodun said.
A communique issued at the end of the joint security meeting and signed by the duo of Makinde and Abiodun indicated that the joint security was at the instance of the two governors and that it was convened to discuss common issues affecting the safety of lives and properties in the neighbouring states.
The communique read in part: “Whilst noting and commending existing measures put in place by the two Governors to eradicate or at least minimise crimes and ensure peace and safety of lives and property in their respective states, the meeting, noted that the shared objective of ensuring peace and security is being undermined by the criminal activities in the communities along the common boundaries of Ogun and Oyo states.
“The meeting agreed to implement the following initiatives in the short term; threat assessment and analysis along the border corridors; deployment of CCTV on the interstate highways; harmonisation and mainstreaming of voluntary police and informal security outfits; timeous and diligent prosecution of criminals to signify the resolve of the governments of both states to clamp down on criminality.”
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State believes the country deserves to be led by its best hands as the nation inches closer to the 2023 general elections.
He made the comment on Saturday when a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, paid him a condolence visit over the deaths of the Soun of Ogbomoso, Jimoh Oyewumi; the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Saliu Adetunji and a former governor of Oyo, Christopher Alao-Akala.
“Let me also use this opportunity to wish you well in your political quest to govern this nation,” Makinde noted during the visit. “We want the best for this country and only the best is good enough at this particular time.”
“I want to welcome you to Oyo State. We are really grateful for this visit. This is the year political parties will elect their candidates towards the election that is coming next year. So, what this had demonstrated to us is, you stood for politics without bitterness.”
The Oyo leader also thanked the former Lagos State governor for the visit.
Makinde expressed delight over Tinubu’s visit even though the move might be misinterpreted especially in view of the political season.
“We may fight, struggle for political positions but we know power can only come from God and He gives it to whomever He will like to give it to at whatever time,” he added.
“We really thank you for this visit and want to let you know that we have taken proper notice that you have risen above politics and all that is going around here to come and share with us at this moment that we are grieving. We say thank you.”
‘We Will Leave One Day’
Earlier, the former governor had commended Makinde for his leadership qualities, explaining that the loss of these prominent Oyo indigenes is a reminder that “we are just passing through and we will leave one day. But no matter how long, it is difficult to absorb the loss easily.”
“With this situation, we share in your loss. You, as the governor on the saddle of power, take responsibility for the situation here,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde.
“I want to say that we thank God Ibadan has been peaceful and not a den of violence but peaceful.”
Governor of Niger State and Chairman North Central Governors Forum (NCGF) Abubakar Sani Bello has commiserated with his Oyo State counterpart over the death of former Oyo State Governor Christopher Alao-Akala.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, on Wednesday, Governor Bello described the deceased as a man who had a humble beginning but through determination and hard work, rose to become a police officer and retired after a meritorious service to the nation.
The NCGF chairman said the deceased was also a grassroots politician pointing out that he made a mark in the political history of Oyo State in particular and the country in general.
Beyond that, he said the late Alao-Akala will be greatly missed for his efforts in making democracy virile in the country.
While praying for the repose of his soul, the governor urged the family members and the Oyo State Government to be consoled by the fact that late Alao-Akala lived a good life.
“He was a hardworking and very determined man, he never allowed his little beginning to hinder him from becoming great and this is a great lesson to many. May god have mercy you on his soul and comfort his family”, the Niger Governor said.
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has donated the sum of N32.5 million to family members of 13 Amotekun Operatives who lost their lives within the first year of its operations.
The governor made the donation at an event marking the first anniversary of the State Security Network Agency codenamed Amotekun Corps and the commissioning of an ultra-modern state headquarters of the outfit.
The event which held at Agbaakin, Moniya, Ibadan, on Friday had the Deputy Governor, Engr Rauf Olaniyan and an array of government officials in attendance.
Governor Makinde said the Amotekun Corps members had become so integrated in the state’s internal security system, adding that unfortunately, some of them even paid the supreme price in a bid to secure lives and property in the state.
He praised the slain officers, saying that they served the state diligently and productively.
Speaking further, the governor stated that his administration will continue to invest in security to ensure that insecurity does not disrupt the economic prosperity of the state.
He said: “It is almost impossible today to think of an Oyo State without members of the Oyo State Security Network. Amotekun has become so integrated with our state’s internal security that it is hard to believe that they were operationalised a year ago, on November 18, 2020. Everywhere we go, we see them; in the city and rural areas, they are ready to respond to distress calls.
“Although the Oyo State security network is part of wider Western Nigeria Security Network, we knew how important Amotekun would be in securing our state from the outset. And that is why we were at the forefront of working with the DAWN Commission to ensure that the other five South West governors bought into the vision. Once that vision became a reality, we signed the Oyo State Security Network Agency, Amotekun Bill 2020, into law in March 2020. We then embarked on recruiting 1,500 personnel for the Corps.
“As you well know, most of the people recruited were already part of the various vigilantes and neighborhood watch groups. However, guided by the Amotekun Act, the recruits were subjected to training on operating procedures. Since then, they have been working under General Ajibola Kunle Togun and Retired Colonel Misiriyu Olayinka Olayanju as Chairman and Commandant, respectively. Both of them were former officers of the Nigerian Armed Forces and fine gentlemen.
“There were few hitches along the way. At some points, people even called for the scrapping of the Corps but this was not unexpected.
“Remember that Amotekun Corps was operationalised just as Nigeria was recovering from the EndSARS protests. There was already a lot of bad blood against anyone who represents them or work as a security agent. So, it became imperative for us to ensure that the Corps members never acted beyond their constitutional powers and authorities.
“From time to time, we have had to punish errant officers. However, for the most part, members of the Amotekun Corps have served our state diligently. Some of them have even paid the supreme price in a bid to secure our lives and properties.
“Yes, I handed over cheques to the next of kin of those fallen heroes but I specially want to acknowledge these 13 heroes of ours. They are our heroes and Oyo State will remain grateful. And for the loved ones they have left behind, we will do everything within our power to support them.
“I want to use this opportunity to convey the heartfelt appreciation of the government and the people of Oyo State to you, serving members of Amotekun. We say thank you for your thankless service.
“While we are sleeping, you help keep us safe, but we hardly remember you guys when you are awake. I read your report and see your daily and weekly activities. We know you expose yourselves to high-risk situations. You confront ritualists, armed robbers, kidnappers, bandits and other criminals despite the constitutional restrictions on the kind of weapons you can carry; you have chosen to do your part to keep us safe. We say thank you.
“I want you to know that each time you respond to a distress call or make an arrest and hand suspects over to the Police, you play a big role in making Oyo State safer for all of us. You make it possible for investors to have confidence in our state. “Ultimately, you do your part to ensure that we grow Oyo State economy and, today, we celebrate you.
“I specifically requested that the Headquarters of Amotekun Corps be cited in Akinyele Local Government Area. Now, let me explain why to you. If you look at Ibadan today, you think the centre is at Dugbe. But in 10 years, I can guarantee that the centre of Ibadan will be Akinyele LGA. It will be our own Victoria Island and Ikoyi.
“Write it down and I stand to be challenged later in the future. Akinyele Local Government Area will be the richest LG in Oyo State in another 10 years.
“So, to our Amotekun Corps, on our part, we will continue to support you with the necessary equipment you need to carry out your duties. As we celebrate the first anniversary today, let us, again, be reminded that even though we have the Amotekun Corps supporting other security agencies in keeping our state safe, security is still everyone’s business.
“As we always say here in Oyo State, if you see something, say something and the authorities will do something. We still have the number 615 for security emergencies. It is free to call anywhere in the state. We will continue to work to ensure that anyone who calls that number gets a swift response.
“Conclusively, we still believe that community policing is one of the best ways in tackling insecurity in our state. Thanks to Amotekun, other security agencies and all who have worked hard in this sector. We could not have been where we are without your collaboration with Amotekun. You will all agree that even the rate of crime reportage in the rural areas of Ibarapa Zone has reduced.
“Let me conclude this remark by thanking you all for joining us in this first anniversary of Oyo State Security Network codenamed Amotekun. We will continue to invest in security to ensure that security challenges do not disrupt the economic prosperity we are enjoying currently in the state.”
Earlier, the Chairman, Oyo State Amotekun Corps, Brig.-Gen. Kunle Togun (rtd), lauded the efforts of the governor to set up the state security outfit with a view to tackling the insecurity plaguing the South-West region.
He noted that Oyo State has the highest number of the operation’s intakes in the western region, adding that Governor Makinde has supported the corps in the realisation of having its headquarters.
In his remarks, the commander, (rtd) Colonel, Olayinka Olayanju, also noted that the operationalisation of Amotekun was a clear commitment to deal with the threat of crimes and law-breaking in the state.
He said that in the past year, apart from the 13 personnel that lost their lives in their line of duty, 32 others are nursing various degrees of injuries from gunshot wounds and fractured bones.
Olayanju also added that 37 personnel have been summarily dismissed for various offences ranging from extortion, illegal activities, extrajudicial killings, theft and insubordination.
Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof Oyelowo Oyewo, a representative of the Commissioner of Police in the state and the Onpetu of Ijeru, Oba Sunday Oyediran, also gave goodwill messages at the anniversary.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention Organising Committee (NCOC) says it will go with the planned National Convention scheduled for October 30 and 31, 2021.
In a statement on Sunday, the Secretary of the NCOC, Governor Seyi Makinde, said the convention will take place regardless of the “distraction” posed by a case instituted at the High Court in Kaduna to prevent the event from being held.
The case, which was launched by Uche Secondus, suspended chairman of the PDP, sought to stop the preparation for the convention, pending the hearing of his chairmanship case in the court of appeal.
While playing down Secondus’ suit, Governor Makinde said the party is “aware of the actions of a few misguided PDP members who have approached the High Court in Kaduna in an attempt to prevent our great party, the PDP from holding its National Convention on October 30 and 31, 2021.
“Notwithstanding their right to approach a court of competent jurisdiction to air their grievances, we maintain that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PDP has acted in good faith in fixing our convention for October 30 and 31. It is not meant to witch-hunt anyone or to truncate anyone’s mandate,” the statement added.
“Therefore, we call on all members and supporters of the PDP to ignore this distraction as we prepare to host a convention that will send a clear signal to Nigerians that the PDP is the only party that has the will and the might to rescue Nigeria from the catastrophe that we have been enduring for the past six years.
“We are aware that a clearly united PDP is a threat to the forces that seek to divide us. Therefore, we urge our teeming supporters nationwide to keep the faith as we are taking all necessary measures to ensure that we will not be distracted from our goal.”
The governor further noted that the PDP is determined to strengthen its party structure and to put in the work needed to unify and restore the nation back on the path to economic prosperity and greatness.
On behalf of the PDP, Makinde urged all party faithful to continue to rally support even as the opposition political party prepares to host its National Convention.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has vowed to pursue and recapture all inmates who escaped from the Abolongo, Oyo, Oyo State, Custodial Centre of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) on Friday night when the facility came under attack by gunmen.
The Minister gave the assurance on Sunday morning during an inspection of the facility.
“I’m assuring Nigerians that the Federal Government will pursue not just those who attacked our facility, but those who have escaped lawful custody.
“The attack was unconscionable. I commend officers of the Nigeria Correctional Service and other members of sister security agencies who provided perimeter security for our facility for fighting gallantly and holding the fort before the attackers were able to gain access to the awaiting trial section of the facility. However, those who escaped are already being pursued. Some have been rearrested, many more will still be captured,” he said.
Giving more details about those who escaped, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola noted that, 446 out of 907 escapees have been recaptured, whilst 69 never left the facility.
“As of the last count, 446 of the escapees have been recaptured, leaving 392 still at large. We want to assure Nigerians that the service has an updated database of the escapees which includes their biometrics. We are sharing the database with all security agencies in the country, including the Interpol, so those who escaped our recapture efforts can be nabbed.
“To those on the run, be assured you have nowhere to hide. You can run, but you can’t hide. We’ll fish you out! We are publishing details of those who escaped in the mass media so the public can assist in that effort,” the Minister reiterated.
On the efforts to rebuild the damaged part of the facility, the Minister noted that he has directed the NCoS, to immediately begin remediation work.
“I have instructed the CG of NCoS to immediately begin the reconstruction of the damaged parts of the building. We hope to make the facility better secured and more habitable for the inmates,” he said.
Also speaking during the inspection, the Controller General of the Nigeria Correctional Service, NCoS, Haliru Nababa (mni), noted that so far, the service has successfully prevented internal jailbreaks in all her facilities.
“The NCoS have so far prevented internal jailbreaks in the country. What we have reoccurring in recent times are external attacks on our facilities. We have been retraining our officers not just on securing those in lawful custody but in preventing external attacks.
“We are collaborating with other security agencies in the country to make such attacks near impossible and where they do occur, the attackers will not live to regret it,” the CG stated.
On the instruction given by the Minister of Interior to immediately begin remediation work on the facility, CG Nababa noted that work has begun already.
“As you can see, workers are already on site fixing damaged doors, broken windows and mounting walls. Before the end of today, work would have been completed on it,” Nababa stated.
Before leaving Oyo, the Minister’s entourage paid a courtesy visit to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, and commiserated with him over the attack of the FG facility in his town.
“We are here to commiserate with your majesty over the attack in your town less than 72hours ago. Oyo is known as a peaceful town and with the measures, we are putting in place, you can be assured nothing of such will take place again,” Aregbesola assured the monarch.