Coronavirus: Makinde Apologises For ‘Lapse In Judgment’

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.
A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Thursday said his government had a ‘lapse in judgment’ after a rally held on Wednesday in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

On Wednesday, Makinde was part of a mega rally held by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ibadan.

This was despite the confirmation, on Wednesday morning, of a coronavirus patient in Ekiti state who had made a stopover in Oyo state.

“Between yesterday and today, a lot has come to light in Nigeria regarding COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus Disease, which has been ravaging the world for the past few months,” Makinde said in a tweet.

 

“I have received your complaints about the rally that was held yesterday, and I feel obligated to state in clear terms that we acted based on the information we had at that time. In retrospect, it should not have happened and I take responsibility for that lapse in judgement.”

The coronavirus is a highly infectious and contagious disease which has afflicted more than 250,000 people worldwide and killed over 10,000.

In total, Nigeria has confirmed 12 cases of the disease.

PHOTOS: Oyo Lawmakers Don Leopard Skin-Like Attires For Amotekun bill

Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin, during plenary on March 3, 2020.

 

 

A drama played out on Tuesday as lawmakers stormed the legislative chamber of the Oyo State House of Assembly clad in Leopard skin-like attires.

One could easily tell the rationale behind the mode of dressing of the lawmakers which was to pass the Amotekun Bill.

The Speaker of House, Adebo Ogundoyin, was not left out of the scene as the lawmakers attended the plenary in the unusual dress mode with various styles.

The clerk of the House, as well as other staff of the Legislative Chamber, were also seen in their Amotekun outfit.

Amid the hilarious reactions to the development, the lawmakers deliberated and unanimously approved the bill, just like their colleagues in other states in the South West.

Ogundoyin was optimistic that the new bill would help stem the tide of banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal acts in Oyo State, and the entire region in general.

Some of the highpoints of the plenary are captured in the pictures below:

Amotekun: Southwest Governors To Formalise, Use ‘Vigilante Groups’, Says Owoseni

 

The Special Adviser to Oyo State Governor on Security Matters, Fatai Owoseni, has explained that vigilante groups have been adopted and recruited into the ‘Operation Amotekun’.

The South-West security outfit, Operation Amotekun, was launched by the governors of South-western states on Thursday in a bid to have an integrated approach in fighting crimes in the region.

Speaking on Channels Television Sunrise Daily, Mr Owoseni said that before the narratives came out properly from the governors, so many people had corrupted what ‘Amotekun’ means, and it was only right to set the records straight.

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He described the personnel who will be working with the Police as ‘vigilante’, and Southwest is a network formalising them.

The security expert used Oyo state as a point of reference, intimating that the police command has been working with the vigilante groups, and they are registered at each area commands.

“People decided to corrupt the interpretation of what it is, people were just jittery. The summary of it is that it is an enlargement of what Lagos is doing, the Neighbourhood watch. We have enlarged the scope and integrated in the southwest, so call it Neighbourhood watch Southwest Vigilante.

“The problem had always been that they have supported security activities and government don’t bother or know about their existence, so they are now formalizing them, making them officially recognised and providing those tools with which they will work with.

“So what the Southwest is doing is that they have recognised them formally, captured them into the security architecture and provide for them by buying equipment and pep talk because they are already trained,” he added.

The former police commissioner in Lagos and Benue state stated that it is not cast on a stone that the Vigilante’s will carry guns, but if necessary, such an approach will be adopted.

“Nobody has said that they will be armed and even in our different areas, we have the vigilantes who carry Dane guns and if it is necessary for the Amotekun personnel to carry Dane guns because the hunters do so with their dogs, those are their tools and it is not illegal; they are not going after anyone, in security architecture, they are local human intelligence, they work with the conventional security groups.

“With the guidelines, the DFID had written for the police, part of it is that each of the locality, the DPO must have their register but before it wasn’t formalised and now it has been formalised, not only have their names and addresses, you can capture them biometrically, so each of them will have identity cards.”

I Take Responsibility For Oyo Market Fire, Says Makinde

Governor Makinde addressing victims of Akesan Market during a visit to the site of the fire incident on Wednesday, January 7, 2020.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, says he takes responsibility for the fire incident that razed the Akesan market in Oyo State last week Sunday.

He said this on Wednesday after visiting the site of the incident alongside his cabinet members.

Makinde also assured that the State Government would rebuild the market and provide support to all victims of the fire incident.

He added that rather than engage in buck-passing over the failure of the past administration to provide necessary fire-fighting tools, he would take responsibility for the failure of the system.

“I must, at this point, express my deep sadness over the loss of lives and property because of the various fire outbreaks in Oyo State. This is deeply regretted. Of course, things happen that signal the failure in our system.

“I swore an oath to protect the lives and property of everyone living within the borders of this State, so I take full responsibility for this failure and promise that I will make things right,” the governor said.

Makinde noted that an investigative panel had already been set up to look into both the remote and immediate causes of the inferno.

According to him, the state government has commenced the process of acquiring an additional 10 fire-fighting trucks to boost fire-fighting services in the State. The governor also urged residents to be safety-conscious with regards to the prevention of fire outbreaks considering the current weather condition.

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi while receiving the governor at his palace said he believed Governor Makinde would fulfil his promise to rebuild the market.

The monarch, who went into a brief history of the market said to have been in existence for 400 years.

He called on the Government to consider returning the market to the Palace for control and management as it was in the past, for effective management.

Makinde Signs N213.78bn 2020 Budget

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has signed the state’s 2020 Appropriation Bill into Law.

He assented to the bill on Monday at a brief ceremony which held inside the State’s Executive Council Chambers of the Government House in Ibadan, the state capital.

The governor’s assent to the bill heralds the beginning of preparations for the 2020 fiscal year.

In his remarks, Governor Makinde was explained that the budget which was increased by over N4 billion by the state House of Assembly targeted a minimum of 70 per cent implementation.

He was confident that the budget would achieve landmark infrastructural development in the state.

The Governor commended members of the State House of Assembly for promptly scrutinising and passing the proposed budget in order to accelerate its implementation to start from the beginning of the next year.

He noted that the drafting of the budget was holistic in nature as everyone in all the nooks and crannies of the state was carried along.

The total amount passed by the state House of Assembly was N213.78 billion, an increase of N4.9 billion compared to the budget proposal submitted.

Governor Makinde revealed that the top four sectors with the highest budgetary allocations are infrastructure – 23.93 per cent, education 22.37 per cent, health – 5.18 per cent, and agriculture – is 4.1 per cent.

He hinted that all the civil servants would receive their 13th-month salary by December 28, 2019.

On his part, Speaker of the Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin, explained that the increase of over N4 billion was targeted at the development of grassroots areas.

Makinde Declares Emergency On Waste Management In Oyo

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has declared a state of emergency on refuse collection and waste management in the state.

The governor’s decision follows the re-appearance of refuse and filth on streets in the state.

Makinde during an extraordinary meeting at the Executive Council Chambers in Ibadan, the state capital, said waste management has become a matter of emergency, adding that poor waste management could have wider implications on the state of health of individuals in the state.

“I am sure that most of you must have gone through our state and have noticed that as far as our solid waste management is concerned, we are all living in the midst of filth basically.

“Apart from these wastes being an eyesore, it also has wider implications as far as health is concerned, because when you have a filthy environment, all kinds of health challenges will come in. We need to declare an emergency on our solid waste management. It is a big issue for all of us and we have to take the bull by the horn. We have to take leadership.

“What I have asked to be done is to, first of all, mobilize all resources possible and we will all be out this evening (Monday evening) to do the cleanup. We have trucks and have mobilized workers and we will take off,” he said.

Makinde also warned that no one should misconstrue the exercise for showmanship, adding that a serious issue like waste disposal has to be taken with all seriousness.

“This is not for showmanship but a serious challenge that we have. If we don’t do it, I can bet that a few weeks down the line, we will see the impact at our hospitals.

“I have also heard that there are saboteurs who neatly arrange thrash on the median. Well, I wish them luck because we now have security personnel involved and anyone caught importing waste to Oyo State will be dealt with according to our environmental laws.

“I believe, from our projection, that within the next three to four weeks, we should have a permanent solution in place, a model that will be sustainable and that will also be full-proof for the saboteurs.”

INEC Compensates Family Of Corps Member Who Died In Oyo

INEC REC in Oyo, Mutiu Agboke, with relatives of late Abimbola Adeniran at the commission’s office in Ibadan, the state capital.

 

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has compensated the family of a corps member who died, Abimbola Adeniran, in an auto crash during the general elections in Oyo State.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr Mutiu Agboke, presented a cheque to the family of the lady on Friday at his office in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

He condoled with Abimbola’s family and encouraged them to see their daughter as a heroine who paid the ultimate price for a better nation.

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According to him, INEC will do all within its power to nurture the relationship it has with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and other ad-hoc staff community.

Agboke added that INEC recognises the critical mass represented by the ad-hoc staff during the electoral process and would continue to do all necessary to keep them safe.

He, therefore, called on the entire ad-hoc staff community not to be deterred by Abimbola’s death but to renew their determination for service to Nigeria and mankind.

The REC also asked politicians to stop the ‘do or die’ attitude during elections and allow the electorate to freely choose their leaders without violence, intimidation or harassment.

Missus Folasade Adeyemi, who received the cheque on behalf of Abimbola’s family, thanked the electoral body for commiserating with them and remembering their daughter.

Appeal Court Affirms Makinde’s Election Victory, Validates Adelabu’s Appeal

Photo combination of Seyi Makinde and Adebayo Adelabu

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan has affirmed the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the state and validated the appeal of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The court of appellate jurisdiction says it disagrees with the tribunal judgement on grounds that the documents submitted were not properly processed while the evidences submitted by the appellant  was not adequately evaluated.

It further stated that this however does not give sufficient grounds to tamper with  the victory of Seyi Makinde as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Court of Appeal also ordered that status quo before the tribunal’s judgment should remain, which is the return and declaration of Makinde as winner of the March 9,2019 governorship poll in Oyo State.

The court held that if not for time, it would have ordered a re-trial at the tribunal, noting that unfortunately, the time limit of 180 days for tribunal had been exhausted.

The Court of Appeal found that the judgement of the lower tribunal  that dismissed Adebayo Adelabu of the APC’s petition against Makinde’s election as the governor was perversed and therefore set the judgement aside.

But the Court of Appeal did not make any further order concerning the election of Seyi Makinde and did not make any order for re- hearing of the election petition, and that the status quo as the time of filing the petition by Adelabu should remain.

Electoral Act allows a grace of 180 days for the petition to be heard at the tribunal, which affirmed that the tribunal duly spent her time and so nothing could be done on their pronouncement as to the validity of the election.

Three of the four-person panel of the Court of Appeal resolved 3 major  issues in the favour of the appellants. But there was a dissenting judgment from a judge with a proviso that the panel could not nullify Makinde’s election.

The lead counsel to Makinde, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), told journalists after the delivery of the judgment that the declaration of Makinde as governor “has not been affected in any way. The Court of Appeal in their wisdom said they did not agree with the lower tribunal. They did not also say that they did not agree with INEC. So, INEC’s declaration is sacrosanct and it remains until any other pronouncement from the court.

“We have not seen the details of the judgment. We were all in court and you (journalists) saw that the details were not read to us. As far as we are concerned, there is no cause for alarm.”

Fielding questions from reporters on the implications of the judgment of Governor Makinde, Jegede said: “There is no implication on the return and declaration of Seyi Makinde as the governor of Oyo State.”

Counsel to Adelabu and APC, Adeboye Shobanjo, also told journalists: “You listened to what my lord said about the evaluation of judgment of evidence that when there are evidence before the court, the evidence of all parties before the court should be evaluated. Judgment should not be based only on the evidence of a party in a case and if that was done during the trial,  or during the judgment, that is contrary to the provision of the constitution on fair hearing.

“Second, this court settled the issue of dumping of documents on election cases, and contrary to the decision of the tribunal that all the documents tendered by the appellants were dumped on the tribunal. The judgment made it known that the documents were not dumped on the tribunal.

“In totality, the appeal was allowed. But my lord said that because of effusion of time, that since the time for trial has lapsed at the tribunal, they cannot order for retrial of the case.

“But generally or totally, the appeal was allowed. It showed that the judgment of the tribunal occasioned miscarriage of justice against the appellants.”

When asked to comment if Adelabu wnd APC would proceed to the Supreme Court, Shobanjo simply said: “The next step depends on my clients. They will brief us accordingly and it depends on instructions.”

Meanwhile, the APC in Oyo State has reaffirmed its strong belief in the judiciary as the pillar of hope for the sustenance of democracy, saying Adelabu and the party would approach the Supreme Court for final settlement of the litigation.

While reacting to the judgment through a statement issued by its Assistant Publicity Secretary, Prince Ayobami Adejumo, Oyo APC lauded the Appellate Court’s Judges for their pronouncement which validated the claims of the plaintiffs in the matter before it but “regretted that the good people of the state would still have to wait for the final adjudication on the case before our candidate could reclaim his mandate.

“The verdict given on Monday was unambiguous, apt and sound enough to convince any informed mind about the genuineness of our claim that Makinde’s declaration as the winner of the March 9 poll was done by INEC in error. The results announced were ridiculously inflated and there is no way such conspiracy could stand the test of proper scrutiny as this was just confirmed by the Appellate Court

“While we use this opportunity to salute the court for living up to its responsibility as the last hope of the common man, we are appealing to the good people of the state including Oyo APC faithful and other key stakeholders to remain calm and resist being provoked, in whatever way or form, by the PDP government and its agents who are apparently occupying the Agodi Government House on a borrowed time.

“Obviously, the next line of action is for us as a Party and our gubernatorial hopeful to approach the Supreme Court for perfection of the landmark verdict delivered by the Court of Appeal today and, by the special Grace of God, we shall obtain favorable judgment from the Apex Court as only this would lend credence to the fact Nigeria’s democratic practice is premised on free and fair elections as well as the rule of law.”

Police Rescue 259 People From Another ‘Illegal Detention Centre’

 

A total of 259 people have been liberated from another detention facility uncovered by the Oyo State Police Command in Ibadan, the state capital, and handed over to the government.

Among those rescued were 34 females, 10 children and an infant.

Operators of the facility, located at the Olore area along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway at Ojoo, claim it is a correctional centre for delinquents.

However, the Police Commissioner, Oyo State Command, Shina Olukolu, who led a team from his command along with state government officials, frowned at the deplorable condition of some of the people held at the centre, and promised to bring the perpetrators to book.

Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, Shina Olukolu, says those who ran the centre will be prosecuted diligently.

 

The police boss said he and his men stormed the centre after a young man informed a divisional police officer (DPO) under his command of its existence.

He said the young man who tipped the police off told the DPO that the centre was being run by someone who claimed to have the powers to be able to change the anti-social behaviours of youngsters and others.

“The young man said they were being maltreated, not being well-fed, being treated like slaves and they are engaged in false labour and, sometimes, their death is not reported to anybody,” the Police Commissioner added.

The illegal detention centre in Oyo is the latest in the growing list of such centres being discovered in parts of the country, a development rights activists and many others have found alarming.

 

Lamenting the discovery and the need to ensure that more people do not operate such centres, he told reporters that a thorough investigation will be carried out/

“This area will be secured and the police will be able to do further investigation, further search, and anyone at all who is found culpable will definitely be arrested, investigated and prosecuted diligently to serve as a warning to others who may want to operate such houses that serve as illegal detention centres,” the commissioner said.

Operators of the centre claim it was a rehabilitation centre, a claim the Police Commissioner dismissed.
Police and government officials stormed the centre after being tipped off about it.
More than 30 women and one infant were among those found at the centre.
Many young boys and girls were at the centre with some sharing tales of torture and exploitation.
Young boys and a girl at the centre watch on from a window in the building where they had been held in deplorable conditions.

Vigilante Leader, Suspect Die As Operatives Rescue Man Abducted In Oyo

 

The vigilante community of Igbo Ora in Oyo State has been thrown into mourning following the loss of one of its leaders, Tajudeen Ayanwale, during a rescue operation of a kidnapped victim.

The victim identified as Bakare was abducted by a five-man gang of suspected kidnappers on Tuesday last week at about 8pm in the suburbs of Eruwa in the Ibarapa area of the state.

He said he was made to face the gruelling task of walking through a dense forest spanning over 42km before his abductors ran out of luck.

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The police assisted by some vigilantes had caught up with the suspects while an exchange of fire ensued between the security operatives and Bakare’s abductors.

Some of the local vigilantes in Igbo Ora.

 

 

This led to the rescue of the kidnapped victim with paying the ultimate price while a member of the gang was killed.

“I saw a touch flashing at me with some people shouting stop. There were 5 of them and I tried to manoeuvre but they eventually caught up with me,” Bakare told reporters after he regained his freedom.

He further narrated, “As I fell off my bike, they started tying me up with rope and marched me through the forests. We nearly got into Ogun State when I heard gunshots.

“It continued for a while until my abductors left me and scampered for safety. I also ran to hide then I heard a vehicle arrive and picked up someone then left.”

“Shortly afterwards, the vehicle returned with many motorcycles; then I cried out that I was the man abducted. They asked if I was hurt but I said I was fine but one of my kidnappers was hit.

“We searched for a long time but couldn’t find him until the next morning when we saw his body. They also told me that the kidnappers shot one of the vigilantes who came to rescue me,” he added.

A file photo of late Tajudeen Ayanwale.

 

 

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Mr Shina Olukolu, led some top officials of the State Police Command to condole with Ayanwale’s family.

He conveyed the message of the Inspector General of Police to the deceased’s family, as well as his friends and colleagues.

Olukolu, however, stressed the need for the renewal of courage and commitment to achieving a peaceful society against the odds.

He urged security agencies and allied groups not to allow the incident loss to deter them in the fight against kidnapping, banditry, and other criminal activities.

Oyo Govt To Construct Five Model Schools Across Senatorial Districts

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

 

Oyo State Government has revealed plans to construct five new model schools across the three senatorial districts of the state.

A statement by the Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, explained that this was in line with the 2018 intervention project in conjunction with Federal Government’s Universal Basic Education Board.

The Chairman of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Nureni Adeniran, made the announcement during a prequalification exercise for the 2018 FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB intervention projects in Ibadan.

He noted that the projects would be awarded to qualified contractors among the 76 applicants who applied for the pre-qualification exercise.

Dr Adeniran listed the beneficiary schools to include Methodist Primary School, Bodija in Ibadan North Local Government Area (LGA); and St. Paul’s Primary School, Yanbule in Ibadan North East (LGA).

Others are Methodist Primary School, Arowomole, Ogbomosho South LGA; Community Primary School, Airport, Ona-Ara LGA; and Muslim Grammar (Jnr) School, Odinjo, Oluyole LGA.

The SUBEB boss affirmed that the present administration would ensure equity, fairness and objectivity in the award of these contracts.

“The anomalies observed in the award of contracts by the last administration through awards of 64 and 72 projects to a single contractor is a thing of the past, as our administration is guided by fairness, equity, transparency and accountability,” he was quoted as saying in the statement.

Dr Adeniran commended the state governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, for his bid to enhance education delivery and access to basic education in the state.

According to him, this is made manifest through the governor’s immediate intervention in the education sector through the budgetary increment of the sector.

The SUBEB chairman also reiterated the government’s determination to terminate payment of legal and illegal fees in public schools.

He added that the newly introduced extra-mural classes for JSS3 and SS3 students would improve the academic performances of the students tremendously.

Oyo Election Tribunal To Rule On APC’s Petition Challenging Makinde’s Victory

akwa ibom-benue, tribunal-saraki

 

The governorship election petition tribunal in Oyo state is currently sitting to deliver judgement on the petition filed by the candidate of the All Progressives congress (APC), Adebayo Adelabu challenging the victory of governor Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the March governorship election.

The tribunal had in August admitted the final written addresses of governor Makinde of the PDP, Mr Adelabu of the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The counsel to INEC asked the tribunal to dismiss the petition for being grossly unmeritorious and lacking in substance.

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He insisted that the petitioners complained of irregularities in 1,334 polling units and only called 38 polling unit agents out of which majority of them confirmed that the election conducted by INEC complied strictly with the electoral act.

The counsel to governor Makinde had also faulted the relief by the petitioners claiming they amount to hearsay and asked the court to dismiss the petition.

But counsel to Mr Adelabu and the APC, Yusuf Alli is insisting that the petition is meritorious and that other witness not called have their statement properly laid before the tribunal.