Gunmen kill Kwara doctor, kidnap teenage daughter

Residents of Kambi community along Ilorin/Jebba Expressway in Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State were on Thursday left in shock as some gunmen invaded the home of a medical practitioner, Dr David Adefikayo, killed him and kidnapped his 16-year-old daughter.

PUNCH Online gathered that the gunmen stormed the residence of the Medical Director of Dafikayo Clinic in Kambi around 8.30pm on Thursday, shooting sporadically and killed the doctor.

The motives behind the act remained unclear as of the time of filing this report.

A close family source who pleaded anonymity recounted the horrifying incident, expressing shock and grief.

She said, “The assailants, whose motives remain unclear, gained entry into Dr Adefikayo’s home around 8.30pm, and despite the doctor’s desperate pleas and offers of money or any other possessions they might wish to take, the gunmen remained resolute in their deadly intent, tragically executing their horrific mission in front of his horrified wife and children.

“Adding to the family’s anguish, the assailants abducted the youngest child of the deceased, a 16-year-old girl, before fleeing the scene.”

PUNCH Online gathered that the abducted girl was later released on Friday and has since been reunited with her family.

The spokesperson of the Kwara State Police Command, Ejire-Adeyemi Adetoun, confirmed the incident, noting that the investigation is ongoing.

Adetoun, who did not respond to calls made to her phone number on Friday, told a local newspaper in Ilorin that the command had launched a manhunt as the operatives led by the DPO of Kambi/Oloru Divisional Police Headquarters are currently combing the bush in Moro and Ifelodun Local Government Areas of the state.

(Punch)

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Subsidy: Kwara labour movement demands N35,000 wage award

Kwara State Joint Labour Movement has asked the state government to implement N35,000 wage award for all categories of state workers to mitigate the hardship resulting from the fuel subsidy removal by the Federal government.

The labour movement said it was constrained to remind the state government due to its refusal to attend to the demands of the workers in the state, thus heightening fear of industrial unrest.

The request was contained in a joint statement issued in Ilorin and signed by the state Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Murtala Saheed Olayinka, state Chairman, Trade Union Congress, Comrade Tunde Joseph, and state Chairman, Joint Negotiation Council, JNC, Comrade Saliu Oluwole.

They said the demand was in line with the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, reached between the Federal government and the organized labour after the removal of the fuel subsidy.

The statement called on the state government to domesticate and implement the 40 percent peculiar allowance for workers across the state as approved and provided for workers under federal employment.

The labour movement also demanded the implementation of consequential adjustment for pensioners and weigh-in allowances for workers in the state-owned media houses who this week embarked on a two-day warning strike to demand for better welfare.

The statement further pleaded with the state government to pay local government workers outstanding arrears and look into the outstanding arrears of promotion for 2021, 2022, and 2023 of all categories of workers in the state.

(Daily Post)

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KWASU-ASUU awards scholarships to four indigent students

The Kwara State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has recently awarded four indigent students scholarships under its Indigent Students Scholarship Scheme.

In a statement signed by the chairman of the ASUU branch, Comrade Shehu Abdulganiyu, Salau and made available to NEWS FLASH today, the Union said the good gesture extended to the selected brightest indigent students was in consonance with its philosophy as it launched the indigent scholarship in 2021-2022 since it joined National body of the Union (ASUU).

The National Executive Council had at its meeting of 3rd and 4th February, 2018 held at Gombe State University had instituted a scholarship scheme for students in Nigerian public varsities, the statement added.

According to the chairman, the selection of the beneficiaries followed a due process and was a product of the recommendation of a Committee set up to strictly consider a laid down criteria in arriving at the decisions.

The beneficiaries who were selected among the brightest indigents are Muyideen Alaro, Musa of Faculty of Law and Temitope Odunayo, Babalola of Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences for 2023/2024 edition each of who is recommended for N200,000 as national award. Others are Emmanuel Aanu, Ajayi of Faculty of Engineering and Technology and Ibraheem Olusola, Musa of Pure and Applied Sciences recommended for N100,000 each.

During the presentation of the awards, the chairman stated that the award was earlier pegged at N100,000 but had to be upwardly reviewed to N200,000 in order to cushion the the adverse effects of the subsidy removal and hike in tuition fees of varsities across the country.

Comrade Salau encouraged the beneficiaries to reciprocate the gesture, sustain and improve on their impressive academic records to an enviable height while restating the Union’s commitment to ensuring that indigent but brilliant students are not denied quality education.

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‘Operation Gbalumo’ yields result as NDLEA seizes 11kg of illicit drugs in Kwara

A few hours after the launch of Operation Gbalumo to rid Kwara of drug abuse, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Kwara State Command, said it intercepted 11 kilogrammes of illegal substances on the Ilorin-Lagos Road.

The drugs identified as cannabis sativa, according to officials of the NDLEA, were packed in a carton inside a bus with number plate NG116-A28 coming from Lagos State through Kwara to Minna in Niger State on Friday.

The Deputy State Commander Operations of NDLEA, Daniel Ogohi, disclosed that the recent collaboration between the agency and the Kwara State government has yielded results with the interception of the illicit drug within the state.

According to him, over 100 operatives of the NDLEA have been deployed to strategic entry and exit points within the state to check transactions in the illicit drug trade.

He said, “The latest interception of the 11kg of cannabis from a driver of a Hummer bus belonging to Niger State Transport Authority while on a journey from Lagos through Kwara State to Minna in Niger State is one of the gains of routine checks during the yuletide to check movement of illicit drugs through the state.

“The drugs were carefully packed in a compressed form and concealed in the bus.”

The Kwara State Commander of NDLEA, Ibrahim Mohammed, who confirmed the seizure said the command has begun an effort to make the state free of illicit drugs during the yuletide season and after the celebration.

“We are making efforts to rid the state of illicit drugs, especially among the youth and we are trying to let them know that they can enjoy the celebration without being involved in drug abuse.

“We want to advise parents to look after their children, know the type of people they move with, and monitor the parties they attend. We want to show our young people that they can enjoy the yuletide celebration without being involved in drugs,” Mohammed added.

(Punch)

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Gov. Abdulrazaq approves 100% CONHESS for Kwara nurses

The Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has approved the implementation of a 100 per cent Consolidated Health Salary Structure for nurses in the state.

This was disclosed in a statement on Thursday jointly signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Kwara State Council, Mr Aminu Shehu and Markus Luka, respectively.

The statement indicated that the governor also approved the recruitment of more nurses to fill the vacuum created by the migration of health workers abroad.

According to the statement, the governor expressed the hope that the move “will improve the quality and standard of nursing care, in line with global best practices.”

The health workers’ union appreciated the Executive Secretary of the State Hospital Management Bureau for playing a vital role in the struggle to ensure that the government met its demands.

The association also commended AbdulRazaq for the approval and the recruitment of more nurses, saying it would boost manpower and health care delivery in the state.

(Punch)

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I’m not involved in Kwara failed road projects, Saraki denies allegation

The President of the 8th Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki has reacted to a story published by Arewa PUNCH denying any involvement in the construction or rehabilitation of the Ero Omo-Kilanko-Biada community road project in the Ilorin South Local Government Area of Kwara State which was credited to him.

A community member had earlier linked the former Senate President  to the construction of the road, but Arewa PUNCH further investigations have revealed that Saraki was not a party to the failed road construction.

Some notable members of the community who spoke with our correspondent have also confirmed this.

Arewa PUNCH gathered that though the community road project was approved and executed in the 2017 Budget approved by the Federal Government when Saraki was serving as the Senate President, it was discovered that he never fast tracked nor involved himself in the construction of the community road as it was not one of his constituency projects.

More investigations revealed that the Ero Omo-Kilanko-Biada community road was approved in the 2017 Federal government budget as one of the MDA projects in Kwara State and was executed and supervised by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Speaking with Arewa PUNCH Correspondent in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, a director in the FMARD, Dr Aliu Issa said that the Ero Omo -Kilanko-Biada road was one of the projects approved for rehabilitation in the 2017 Federal Government budget and was executed according to the specification in the budget.

“The Community road project was approved for rehabilitation in the 2017 budget as one of the MDA projects, it was awarded to a contractor and it was supervised by the ministry, completed and handed over to the people of the community.

“Although, the Ero Omo -Kilanko-Biada road project had erosion problem and needed to be provided with drainage but since the contractor was awarded the rehabilitation of the road project, he did what was awarded to him, completed it and handed it to the government.

“After the road was handed over, the community came to this office and wrote a letter to thank the then Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, for the successful execution of the road project.  Unfortunately, a few months after the completion of the project, the rains came, and erosion washed away the road,” the director disclosed.

The Ero Omo-Kilanko-Biada Community Association which claimed that it had written many letters to the state government through the State Ministry of Works and Transport to assist in rehabilitating the road regretted their erroneous assumption that the former Senate President influenced and constructed the road for them in 2017.

According to the Secretary of the Association, Mallam Saka Abdulkadir, “the road was rehabilitated and laid with Asphalt in 2017 during the regime of Alhaji Abdulfattah Ahmed as the Governor of Kwara State. Dr Bukola Saraki was the Senate President then, we thought that every project given to us then was from Dr Saraki and we believed that our community road project was one of his Constituency projects that benefited from his magnanimity that is why we wrote in our letters submitted to the Ministry of Works that the Ero Omo -Kilanko-Biada road was a Constituency project of Dr Saraki. We did not know that it was one of the MDA projects.

“What we wanted from the state government was that the road should be in good condition for our members to get to their homes.

“Our community association has spent over N800,000 as a self-help project to buy sand and laterite to fill the potholes on the road to make it passable but the erosion has been washing it away each time the repair work was done.

“We are appealing to the state governor, Mallam AbdulRaman AbdulRazaq, to come to our aid by constructing a good drainage and rehabilitate the road which runs through many communities,” Abdulkadir stated.

A community leader who resides on Mubo Street, Maraba in Ilorin East Local Government Area of Kwara State, Mr Godwin Banji who said that no rehabilitation work had been done on the road project for over ten years stressed that it had never been earmarked as a Constituency project whether by the state or federal governments.

Banji who equally disclosed that no provision was made for the building of drainage facilities during the construction of the road by the government lamented that a facility hitherto used as ‘corpers’ lodge’ built in the area no longer functions because it has been abandoned by the corpers who can not access the place as a result of the totally collapsed state of the road which the community can no longer maintain.

“Mubo road is totally bad. I’m appealing to the government as I always do, that they should help us to put the road back in good shape.

Also dissociating  Dr Saraki, who incidentally was a former governor of the state from the failed road project, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, Head, Abubakar Bukola Saraki Media Office, Abuja, in a signed statement clarified that the former Senate President had no constituency projects in either Ero Omo -Kilanko -Biada Community in Ilorin South Local Government and Mubo Street, Maraba in Ilorin East Local Government Areas respectively when he was elected as the Senator representing Kwara Central and when he was the Senate President in the National Assembly.

In the statement titled, ‘Saraki Has No Constituency Road Project on Ero -Omo, Mubo Street Areas’ Olaniyonu, stated that “the highly placed and respected politician who had served Nigeria in many capacity had no constituency projects in the two aforementioned areas in Kwara state.

 “We would like to say without any equivocation that contrary to your report, Dr. Saraki has no road constituency project in the Ero Omo-Kilanko-Biada community in Ilorin South LGA and Mubo Street in the Maraba Area, Ilorin East LGA. We believe that aspect of the report linking Dr. Saraki’s name to the failed road is pure mischief by the reporter, Tunde Oyekola, who simply chose to mislead the readers for whatever purpose or objective.

“We want to state categorically once again that Dr. Saraki has no road constituency project on Mubo Street in the Maraba area. Also, none of the road projects facilitated in Kwara Central Senatorial District in the eight years that Dr. Saraki spent in the Senate failed within three months of its completion. To prevent such a shameful occurrence, Dr. Saraki had a project supervisor who monitored the work as they were being executed by the contractors and the supervisory ministry or agency.

“We will appreciate it if this rejoinder can be given the same prominence as the original story so that the wrong and mischievous impression created by the story can be corrected and the readers can be given the benefit of our explanations,” the statement concluded.

(Punch)

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I’ve never intervened for suspects before EFCC since its creation – Emir of Ilorin

The Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, on Friday, said that he has never approached the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to plead on behalf of anyone who violates the law since its establishment about 22 years ago.

The traditional ruler stated this when he received the Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ola Olukoyede, who paid him a visit in his palace in Ilorin, Kwara State capital.

The Emir said  since the establishment of the anti-graft agency, he has never pleaded on behalf of anyone who has violated the law of the land, saying, “This is because I cannot say the government is wrong for doing the right thing in the society.

“Ilorin Emirate is peaceful, and you will discover that most people who carry out criminal acts are always outsiders, and unfortunately, the people of Ilorin always end up being their landlords. Ilorin Emirate is the gateway between the North and the South and I am the gatekeeper.”

He also chronicled some of his experiences while in the civil service as the acting Director of Public Prosecution in the old Gongola State, stressing that a leader should not commit mistakes that are significant in the course of carrying out his or her duties.

He advised Olukoyede to remain focused and uphold the rule of law in the discharge of his duties as he promised during his screening at the Senate and prayed for his success in office.

The Emir assured the management of the  commission of his support towards achieving its core mandates of fighting crimes and criminality in the state.

He assured all that with him on the throne as the Emir of Ilorin, he will ensure that the commission continues to wax stronger by carrying out its responsibilities to the nation in a peaceful and conducive environment.

Earlier in his remarks, Olukoyede thanked the Emir for supporting and encouraging the agencies to carry out their duties without fear in the state, stating that much has been said about the first-class monarch to his satisfaction.

The EFCC boss confirmed that before his appointment as the EFCC boss, “President Tinubu told me that this appointment that I was about to take is one of the riskiest jobs that anybody can take, but I replied to him that it won’t be hard because I’m going to be guided by the rule of law and ethics of the profession.

“I said to the entire nation during my screening at the Senate that I am going to face three-point agenda and I want to assure Your Royal Highness that with these points, EFCC will continue to serve the nation better.”

The EFCC boss also narrated his experience while defending a case before the Emir when he was the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal before his ascension to the throne almost three decades ago.

“Your Royal Highness, I have known you before now as someone who is courageous and always stand by the rule of law. I am happy to be here today, to seek your royal blessing and thank you for what you have been doing for our personnel at the Ilorin Zonal Command. We shall soon commission our office here in Ilorin and I want to personally request that you grace the event,” he added.

EFCC boss was accompanied by the Commander of the Ilorin Zonal officw, Mr. Michael Nzekwe, and other top officials of the commission.

(Punch)

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Kwara Assembly to check proliferation of roadside ‘motor parks’

The Kwara State House of Assembly has moved to check the indiscriminate relocation of motor parks to roadsides in Ilorin, the state capital.

In a resolution on Tuesday on a motion on the need to checkmate the indiscriminate relocation of motor parks in the Ilorin metropolis to roadsides, the House urged the public to patronise boarding vehicles only at designated motor parks across the metropolis for obvious security reasons.

The House also urged the state government to, as a matter of necessity, direct the state road traffic management authority to monitor the activities of motor parks in the Ilorin metropolis with a view to ensuring that roadsides are not used as motor parks.

The legislative arm further urged the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), and other transport unions to enforce government policies on their members for the good of all.

The House further directed all local government councils to exercise control over all motor parks by ensuring that operators are restricted to places designated for the purpose and officially allocated to them.

The motion on the need to checkmate the indiscriminate relocation of motor parks to roadsides in the Ilorin metropolis, KWHAM 10, was moved by Yusuf Abdulwaheed Gbenga (Essa/Shawo/Igboidun) and seconded by Rukayat Motunrayo Shittu (Owode/Onire).

In leading the debate, Gbenga noted that Ilorin is fast growing into a cosmopolitan environment with the influx of people from other parts of the country for various reasons, which has grown the population of Ilorin, thereby overstretching its infrastructure.

This, he explained, leads to an ugly trend that has characterised the use of the roads with the unruly conduct of some commercial vehicle operators.

He further asserted that most commercial drivers do not respect rules governing road usage with indiscriminate parking, especially whenever they want to pick up passengers, causing unnecessary gridlock on major roads and junctions within the metropolis.

He also noted the need to control bad practices to ensure the safety of lives and property, which is the statutory responsibility of the government.

(Daily Post)

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Police commence probe into killing of Fedpoffa student

A female student of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa in Kwara State, Miss Toyin Bamidele, has been allegedly hacked to death by yet-to-be-identified people.

The Higher National Diploma student of Food Technology was said to have been murdered in her rented apartment outside the campus on Thursday.

The acting Head of the Public Relations Unit of the institution, Mrs Folake Oyinloye, told Sunday Special on Friday, that the management of the polytechnic has commenced an investigation into the bizarre murder in conjunction with security agencies.

“The management condemns this inhumane act in strong terms as it is strange in the polytechnic community. While the circumstances behind the incident remain unknown, investigations are currently ongoing to reveal the identity of the evil occurrence by the appropriate security agencies and, as a matter of urgency, to fish out the culprits.

“Her demise is an irreparable loss to the entire management and staff of the polytechnic. The management somberly condoles with her family, friends, and the Department of Food Technology for the great loss and urges anyone who has useful information on this occurrence to report to security agents,” Oyinloye said.

All efforts to contact the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Olaiya Mobolaji, proved abortive as he could not be reached.

(Punch)

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‘I didn’t know burning Qur’an is offense’, ‘Isese’ practitioner begs Muslims

A popular traditionalist, Abdulazeez Adegbola, a.k.a Tani Olohun, has pleaded with the entire Muslim community to forgive him for allegedly burning the Qur’an and defaming some Muslim personalities in Kwara State.

Tani Olorun made this plea while addressing the court after he was granted bail on Thursday.

The Isese adherent pleaded with “Alfa Labeeb”, one of the applicants, and the “Muslims” for his actions.

He said, “I don’t know that burning the Qur’an is an offense, and when I was told, I immediately pulled down the video of the incident from my social media handle in less than a minute.

“I beg all my prosecutors and the Muslims all over to forgive me, and I promised I would not repeat such an act again of posting negative videos on social media handles.”

Earlier, the court presided over by Magistrate A.S Adam, where Tani Olohun is standing trial for two separate cases granted him bail in the sum of N2 million and three sureties in the same sum.

Two of the sureties must own landed property within the court’s jurisdiction or in Oyo State, the court ruled.

The matter was adjourned to January 9, 2024.

The complainant’s counsel, Taofeeq Olateju and Y.Y Ajibade, did not oppose the bail application moved by Tani Olohun’s counsel, Barrister Ademola Banks.

Daily Trust reports that the two separate cases heard Thursday were instituted by Sheikh Labeeb Lagbaji and Modrasat Muhammed led by Professor Abubakar Aliagan before Magistrate Adam for allegedly burning the Quran among other offences.

With the latest development, Tani Olohun has finally gotten bail from the four different cases and three courts where he’s standing trial for the alleged offense of defamation and burning of the Qur’an in Ilorin.

He was first arraigned before Magistrate Muhammed Ibrahim for allegedly insulting Ilorin elders, a case brought against him by the Association of Proud Sons and Daughters of Ilorin (Ogo Ilorin) and later at the Upper Area Court through a direct complaint by the counsel of one Alfa Okutagidi.

(Vanguard)

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