The Commissioner for Health in Ondo state, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, has died of COVID-19 complications, NRM gathered.
Adegbenro died of COVID-19 at the state infectious disease hospital in Akure on Thursday July 2, 2020. He was 65 years old.
According to a government official who spoke with Media, Mr Adegbenro died on Thursday after he was rushed to a hospital in Owo after contracting Coronavirus.
The source said;
“The Commissioner died at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo and this has just thrown the entire cabinet into chaos.
“He died of COVID-19 because he had contracted the virus earlier and was taking drugs at his own comfort being a medical doctor.”
This comes two days after the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, tested positive for Coronavirus. Governor Akeredolu in a statewide broadcast disclosed his COVID-19 status. He said he is asymptomatic and is now in isolation.
Who was former Commissioner for Health in Ondo state, Dr Wahab Adegbenro?
Wahab Oluropo Adegbenro was born on 5th June 1955 at Ilara-mokin in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State.
After his elementary education at Muslim Primary School, Ilara-mokin. Between 1962 and 1967, Wahab attended Oyemekun Grammar School, Akure; and the University of Benin, Benin City. He holds the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B; B.S).
He was a member of the Nigeria Medical Association; member of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria; Associate member, Royal College of General Practitioners of London; and member of Nigeria Guild of Medical Directors.
He established Crown Hospital, Akure where he was the Chief Medical Director.
Wahab was appointed the Vice Chairman, Ondo State Committee on Sports for the Disabled from 1997 to 1999; and later chairman of the Committee from 1999 to 2002. He was a Director, Ondo State Waste Management Board from 1999 to 2002 before he was appointed a Commissioner in Ondo State and was in charge of Culture and Tourism and later the Ministry of Health.
Wahab before his death was the Chairman, Ondo State Council of All Progressive Congress (APC) Muslim Members.
Killing of Oromo singer and activist Haacaaluu Hundeessaa sparked two days of protests that left some 80 people dead.
Security is high in the Ethiopian town of Ambo for the funeral of popular musician and activist Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, whose killing in Addis Ababa earlier this week sparked two days of protests that killed more than 80 people.
A farewell ceremony began on Thursday with well-wishers laying wreaths in Ambo stadium and mourning the death of the 34-year-old musician from the ethnic Oromo group, Ethiopia’s largest. He will be laid to rest later at a church in Ambo, some 100km (60 miles) west of the capital.
“Haacaaluu is not dead. He will remain in my heart and the hearts of millions of Oromo people forever,” Santu Demisew Diro, his wife, said. “I request a monument erected in his memory in Addis [Ababa] where his blood was spilt.”
The singer was shot dead in the capital on Monday by unknown gunmen.
His songs had provided a soundtrack to a generation of Oromo protesters whose three years of anti-government demonstrations finally forced the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in 2018. Hailemariam was replaced by Abiy Ahmed, the first Oromo to become Ethiopia’s prime minister.
Following the killing, protests broke out on Tuesday morning in the capital and other towns and cities in the surrounding Oromia region. The military was deployed in Addis Ababa as armed gangs roamed neighbourhoods in a second day of unrest on Wednesday.
“The riots and demonstrations we’ve seen in the past 48 hours were caused by the refusal of the government to have Hundeessaa buried in Addis Ababa,” NRM gathered
“The government felt that was not going to go well security-wise and said he should be buried in [his hometown of] Ambo.
“But his supporters, opposition members and officials thought it was befitting that an Oromo man and leading figure … should be buried in the capital.”
At least 35 people have been arrested this week, including fellow Oromo and media mogul Jawar Mohammed who was held after his supporters tried to intercept the singer’s body as it was being transported to Ambo.
Jawar was a prominent supporter of Abiy’s appointment but became more openly critical last year. His popular Oromia Media Network gives him the ability to mobilise support quickly across Oromia and his power base could pose a significant challenge to Abiy’s party in the country’s elections, originally scheduled for this year but postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ethnic unrest The funeral was broadcast live by the Oromo Broadcasting Network, which is owned by the Oromia regional state.
Police were turning people away from the stadium, according to one Ambo resident who tried to attend but met crowds of people who had been told to return home.
Members of the military, federal police and regional police were out in force, he said
“It is very sad that his body is accompanied by only a few people and security forces are keeping many others away,” one of Haacaaluu’s relatives, who had been allowed to attend the funeral, said.
Abiy has indicated that foreign forces may have been involved in assassinating the singer in an attempt to destabilise the country.
The prime minister’s rise to power two years ago ended decades of political dominance by ethnic Tigray leaders in the ethnically diverse nation.
His rule has ushered in greater political and economic freedoms in what had long been one of the continent’s most repressive states. He was awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his reforms and his work to end the conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.
But the rise in political activism has also led to an increase in unrest in a country made up of more than 80 ethnic groups. Abiy’s rule has been frequently challenged by local powerbrokers demanding more access to land, power and resources.
“One of the big questions is who actually killed the musician?” David Shinn, former US ambassador to Ethiopia, said.
“This is the match that touched everything off and I think what you’re seeing here is a great deal of ethnic unrest, which has been touched off by this incident,” he said.
Tsedale Lemma, editor-in-chief of the Addis Standard publication, described Haacaaluu as a “larger-than-life” iconic figure who embodied the struggle of the Oromo people “for equality and justice”.
“He leaves behind a legacy of a man [who] is the institution of the consciousness of the Oromo people,” she said.
“When people were out on the street being shot at and being killed, he comforted the Oromo people with his songs of revolution, love and resistance to the system that really oppressed the people and led them to their streets.”
Fresh facts have emerged on the agonising last days of the Chief Justice of Kogi State, the late Justice Nasiru Ajanah.
Justice Ajanah had reportedly died of COVID-19 on Sunday 28th June, 2020.
According to credible family sources, the man walked into an avoidable death as there was no credible evidence that he contracted the dreaded Coronavirus Pandemic.
A very bitter family member told this medium that what the judge complained of was malaria fever, over which he had even been treated with the local herbs.
“What gave us the confidence that all was well with him was that all the people close to him were tested along with him. His wife, driver and orderly were tested and they all came out negative.
“Inspite of this, he went to the isolation centre in Gwagwalada, Abuja expecting to be given a clean bill of health and to be back home this past Monday only for the family and the members of the public to be told that he passed on exactly two weeks after he got to the centre,” said a source.
Sources revealed that it wasn’t as if his condition was bad, and that a family member even volunteered to pay for the services of a nurse and that a sum of N500,000 (five hundred thousand naria) was agreed but that the CJ insisted on following the laid down rules. ” He went to the isolation himself not that he was taken there, even the text messages he sent to the family never indicated any cause for concern” said a source.
The family source told us that the amiable judge died a broken and sad man as he complained of severe neglect and abandonment even when he requested to see his family or be discharged from the centre.
The source said that he was never a man given to unnecessary complaints or undue preferential treatment as a result of his office.
The family disclosed that the oxygen level of the jurist was 97 percent which to them was still okay, with a sources saying that “we were confident he was going to be discharged.”
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, who had been at loggerheads with the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) over issues relating to COVID-19 in Kogi State seriously faulted the claims of the parastatal that the late Chief Justice of the state, Justice Nasir Ajanah died of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The Governor maintained his opinion that the “disease was forced on the people for no just cause.”
Bello insisted that Justice Nasir Ajanah died of natural cause rather than the deadly virus, while disagreeing with the NCDC on the cause of the death of Ajanah.
Sources said that the Governor, who was once in a bitter confrontation with the amiable judge and made up with him before the last election in the state was particularly pained by this loss thus necessitating his recent outburst against the disease control agency.
Ajanah was however, buried in Abuja on Sunday June 28th according to Islamic rites.
In his sermon during the burial, Justice Nurudeen Khalifa urged Nigerians to live a life of emulation, pointing out that every man has a reward after death. He also advised Nigerians on good living while alive.
In his remarks, the son of the deceased thanked the state government for its support, describing his father’s death as painful.
The acclaimed “accomplished judge”, who died at the age of 64, was first appointed a high court judge by the Kwara State Government in 1990 and later transferred to Kogi when the state was created in 1991.
As a high court judge, Ajanah served in several jurisdictions across the state, including Ankpa (1991 to 1993), Isanlu (1994 to 1996) and Okene (1996 to 1999) before moving to Lokoja in 1999 where he served until his death.
Kogi Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Alhaji Mouktar Atimah, condoled with the state government and the entire Ajanah family over the incident.
He described CJ’s death as shocking, coming when his services were most needed.
According to him, the late CJ will be remembered for his calmness, forthrightness and selfless service to the state and his community.
He prayed to God to grant the soul of the late CJ eternal rest and the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Ajanah’s death came barely one week after that of the former President of Kogi State Customary Court of Appeal, Shaibu Atadoga.
The late CJ started his education at the Local Authority (Central) Primary School Okene between 1962 and 1968. He proceeded to the Federal Government College, Keffi, in 1969 and was admitted by the same college for his Higher School Certificate (HSC) in 1974.
He studied Law at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School. He was called to the Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
His working career started with Kwara State Ministry of Justice where he served as State Counsel between 1982 and 1984. He later set up Nasiru Ajanah & Co. in Okene between 1985 and 1989 before he was appointed as a Judge of Kwara State High Court in 1990.
Ajanah served as Chairman, Kabba Disturbance Tribunal in Kogi State (1994); Chairman, Election Petition Tribunal in Adamawa State (1998); member of Governing Council, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (1999 to 2006); Chairman, Panel on Murtala Muhammed International Airport Fire Incident (2000); Chairman, Election Petition Tribunal in Akwa Ibom State (2007); and Chairman, Election Tribunal Petition in Rivers State (2008).
A spike in non-coronavirus related deaths in the Indian city of Ahmedabad highlighted the impact of the pandemic on general healthcare, doctors warn.
The rise in the number of fatalities in the most populous city in western Gujarat state, is due to patients with serious illnesses either not able to go to hospitals or being afraid to visit them because of the virus, doctors said.
Data collected from twenty-four Hindu crematoriums and four of the largest Muslim graveyards in the city shows that there have been 3,558 deaths in April and 7,150 in May. During the same months the previous year, the number of reported fatalities were, respectively, 2,784 and 2,706.
The numbers contain “ominous signals” for the rest of the country, doctor Rajib Dasgupta, a professor of community health at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, told Reuters.
Viral picture of the three-year-old has sparked outrage with family accusing armed forces of killing the victim.
A picture showing a three-year-old child sitting on his grandfather’s dead body in Sopore town of Indian-administered Kashmir has stirred anger in the Muslim-majority region, with the family of the deceased accusing the security forces of killing the 65-year-old civilian during a gunfight.
“My brother was not a militant. He did not carry a gun. Why was he killed?” Nazir Ahmad, brother of the victim Bashir Ahmed Khan, asked.
“If you want, I can come with you to meet the top police officers to counter their claims,” he told Media.
The police rejected the family's allegations, saying the civilian vehicle had gotten caught in a gun battle between rebels and security forces.
Vijay Kumar, inspector general of police in Kashmir, told reporters that rebels opened fire at security forces from a mosque in the northern town of Sopore, setting off a gun battle on Wednesday. Kumar said one security official was killed and three were injured.
“The family is being pressurised by the militants to blame it on the security forces,” Kumar said.
But the victim’s family continued to contest the police claim. “We received a call that my father had met with an accident,” Khan’s son, Suhail Ahmad, said.
“When we reached Sopore, we were told he was killed in a crossfire. If it was a crossfire, his body should’ve been inside the car, but it was found on the road.”
Aijaz Ahmad Qudsi, Khan’s nephew, told Anadolu news agency his deceased uncle’s car was unharmed, with not even a scratch. Qudsi claimed the 65-year-old was taken from his car and shot by the armed forces.
The family members also accused the security forces of putting the child on the deceased civilian’s body “for taking pictures”.
“They dragged the body out and put the child on top. The child’s clothes were drenched in his grandfather’s blood,” one of Khan’s relatives claimed.
The family said the man was a small-time employee who earned 6,000 rupees ($80) per month.
The photo of the toddler lying on the body of his dead grandfather was widely shared on social media.
A spokesman for India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) faced criticism for mocking the picture of the dead civilian.
Sambit Patra tweeted the photo with the comment “Pulitzer Lovers??”
BJP leaders, including Patra, had criticised the awarding of the Pulitzer Prize to three Kashmir journalists in May, claiming the photos and commentary on them were “anti-India”.
Hundreds of people in Kashmir staged protests on Wednesday in the wake of the killing.
Relatives and neighbors carry the coffin of civilian Bashir Ahmed Khan during his funeral on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Suspected rebels attacked pa
Later on Wednesday, hundreds assembled at the man’s funeral near Srinagar, shouting “We want freedom [from Indian rule]”.
Government forces have intensified operations against rebels since a coronavirus lockdown was imposed in March.
Since January, at least 229 people have been killed during more than 100 military operations across Kashmir, including 32 civilians, 54 government forces and 143 rebels, according to the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), a rights group.
For decades, rebel groups have fought for the region’s independence or its merger with Pakistan. Since 1989, the fighting has left tens of thousands dead, mostly civilians.
India has more than 500,000 troops stationed in Kashmir, a Himalayan territory also claimed by Pakistan.
India accuses Pakistan of arming and training rebels. Islamabad denies the allegations.
India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir, a region both claim in entirety but rule parts of.
The miners were ‘smothered by a wave of mud’ caused by heavy rain, officials say.
A landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar has killed at least 113 people, officials say, warning the death toll was likely to rise further.
The incident took place early on Thursday in the jade-rich Hpakant area of Kachin state after a bout of heavy rainfall, the Myanmar Fire Services Department said on Facebook.
“The jade miners were smothered by a wave of mud,” the statement said. “A total of 113 bodies have been found so far.”
Photos posted on the Facebook page showed a search and rescue team wading through a valley apparently flooded by the mudslide.
‘No one could help them’ Maung Khaing, a 38-year-old miner from the area, said he saw a towering pile of waste that looked on the verge of collapse and was about to take a picture when people began shouting “run, run!”
“Within a minute, all the people at the bottom [of the hill] just disappeared,” he told Reuters news agency by phone.
“I feel empty in my heart. I still have goosebumps … There were people stuck in the mud shouting for help, but no one could help them.”
Tar Lin Maung, a local official with the information ministry, said authorities had recovered more than 100 bodies.
“Other bodies are in the mud. The numbers are going to rise,” he told Reuters.
Fatal landslides are common in the poorly regulated mines of Hpakant, the victims often from impoverished communities who risk their lives hunting the translucent green gemstone.
The government of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to clean up the industry when it took power in 2016, but activists say little has changed.
Official sales of jade in Myanmar were worth $750.4m in 2016-2017, according to data published by the government as part of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
But experts believe the true value of the industry, which mainly exports to China, is much larger.
Northern Myanmar’s abundant natural resources – including jade, timber, gold and amber – have also helped finance both sides of a decades-long conflict between ethnic Kachin and the military.
The fight to control the mines and the revenues they bring frequently traps local civilians in the middle.
Fatima Ganduje-Ajimobi, who is married to late Isiaka Ajimobi’s son, Idris has taken a swipe at Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.
According to the daughter of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Seyi Makinde can never surpass the achievements of the late ex-Governor Ajimobi.
Fatima, who is SA to Speaker Gbajabiamila, said this in a tweet in response to a post by Nigerian activist Segun Awosanya aka Segalink on Tuesday.
Awosanya had tweeted, “I don’t know how many people are glad to know that Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State cannot be guilt-tripped into endorsing a heist wrapped in emotions at the expense of the beleaguered people of Oyo State. I’m personally happy he saw through the shenanigans.”
In her response, however, Fatima tweeted, “Lol. Face with tears of joy half-truth is dangerous sha! SM can never ever ever come close to Ajimobi. Not your mate!!!”
The Ajimobi family has been engaged in a feud with the governor since the death of their patriarch last week.
Ajimobi’s widow, Florence, had last week accused Makinde of abandoning the family, and being insensitive and refusing to condole with the family when Ajimobi died.
The family had also accused the governor of refusing to give them the approval to bury their father on a parcel of land in Ibadan.
Makinde had said the land in question was a subject of court litigation and thus could not allow Ajimobi to be buried there.
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has described the death of foremost Ibadan businessman and philanthropist, Chief Bode Akindele, as a great loss to the state and Nigera as a whole.
Noble Reporters Media reports that the late Akindele died on Monday morning in Lagos, barely 24 hours after the burial of a former governor of the state, Abiola Ajimobi.
Makinde described the late Akindele, who was the ‘Parakoyi’ of Ibadanland and Chairman of Modandola Group, as a worthy elder statesman and someone who was genuinely interested in the wellbeing of others.
A statement issued on Monday evening by Mr Taiwo Adisa.the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, quoted Makinde as saying that the late Akindele contributed in no small measure to the growth of the state and his community.
The governor also commiserated with the family of the late statesman, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and the entire people of Oyo State, praying that God would grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.
“The governor said the news of the death of our revered elder statesman, Chief Bode Akindele, the Parakoyi of Ibadanland and Chairman, Modandola Group, came to us as a shock.
“Baba Akindele was one of the worthy elder statesmen in the state and he lived a life worthy of emulation. As an elder, he was always after the progress and wellbeing of the state and its people.
“I remember that only a few months ago when the state put out calls for support towards the Oyo State COVID-19 Endowment Fund, Baba Akindele was one of the elders who responded by donating N25 million to the state.
“It is sad that we lost such a noble elder and philanthropist at such a moment as this.
“I pray to God to grant his entire family and the state the fortitude to bear this loss,” the statement said.
A 6-year-old girl has been found dead inside a mosque located at New Road, Kurmi Mashi by Nnamdi Azikiwe bypass, Kaduna North local government area of Kaduna State.
The young girl is believed to have been raped to death by yet-to-be-identified persons.
Confirming the sad incident, the Spokesperson of the Kaduna state police command, ASP Muhammed Jalige, said the body was discovered on Friday, June 26, 2020.
ASP Muhammed Jalige said the community members called men of the Kurmi Mashi police division to make a report after seeing the dead body at about 3.20pm which is close to the time they were supposed to converge for their Friday prayers.
Jalige said no arrest has been made but that the police is investigating the matter. He said;
“Though no arrest has been made in connection to the crime, but police detectives attached to Kurmi Mashi division of the Command have launched an investigation to unravel the misery.
Yes, the case was reported at Kurmi Mashi division on Friday. Our men in that division received a call from the people in the community in Kurmi Mashi that they saw a dead body lying in the mosque. With the lockdown, they have not been opening mosques except for Friday prayers. They discovered the dead body around 3:20 pm close to prayer time.
An investigation into the matter has commenced. No arrest made so far. But police detectives attached to Kurmi Mashi are seriously on the issue.”
The global number of COVID-19 deaths has exceeded 500,000, with the US reporting the highest number of fatalities.
The worldwide reported death toll in the coronavirus pandemic has surpassed half a million, according to figures published by Johns Hopkins University, with the United States, Brazil and the United Kingdom being the three countries recording the highest numbers of fatalities.
The number of confirmed deaths related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, reached 500,108 on Sunday, while the total number of infections passed the 10 million mark worldwide, with some 10,055,037 cases reported.
Johns Hopkins' tally registered the new milestone after India and Russia reported thousands of new cases. The US has confirmed more than 2.5 million infections, the most in the world.
While the university reports only confirmed coronavirus cases, some experts believe the true number of people who have been infected could be as much as 10 times that figure, given that so many people cannot get tested or may have the virus without showing any symptoms.
The surge in the number of cases comes as countries around the world roll back lockdown restrictions that were imposed in a bid to curb the spread of the disease.
Earlier this month, the World Health Organization warned of a second wave of infections as governments rushed to reopen their economies amid soaring joblessness.
The death of the Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, has been announced.
Ajanah died after at the age of 62 after suffering from a brief illness.
This comes barley a week after the death of the President of the Customary Court of Appeal in the state, Justice Ibrahim Shaibu Atadoga.
This is confirmed in a statement issued by the Kogi State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo.
The statement reads “The Kogi State Government wishes to announce the demise of Hon. Justice Nasir Ajana. Until his death, Nasir Ajana was the Chief Judge of Kogi State.
“The passing of the legal luminary is a massive blow to the Government and people of Kogi State for his brilliant justice administration throughout his career as a Judge and his tenure as the Chief Judge of Kogi State.
“He will be sorely missed for his tenacity of purpose and outstanding commitment to the sanctity of the temple of justice. He was a colossus in the noble profession of law.
“The State Government will work with the family of the late Chief Justice to give him a befitting burial. His shoes will be impossible to fill. May God forgive all his shortcomings and grant him eternal life.”
According to the reports, the Oyo State Government has come out to strongly denied insinuations that it is responsible for the delay in burying the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, who died on Thursday.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the insinuations amounted to a wicked lie, NRM report
The statement read: “In view of the intense enquiries from news media organisations regarding the perceived delay in burying the late former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Oyo State Government wishes to place on record that there is no truth in the rumour making the rounds that the burial is being delayed by the state government.
“The rumour, which is being deliberately spread to give the state government a bad name and to play undue politics with the dead, initially came by the way of social media gossips, which gained traction to attract the attention of traditional media outfits.
“Several media outfits reached out to the Media Office of the Governor of Oyo State to make enquiries on this barefaced lie on Saturday.
“Let it be stated clearly that the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has played no role at all in causing any delay whatsoever regarding the burial of his immediate predecessor, Senator Ajimobi.
“The truth of the matter is that the family, through a proxy, approached the state government and sought approval to bury the late governor on a plot of land at Agodi GRA, which is currently under litigation.
“Incidentally, it was the same former Governor Ajimobi who instituted the legal action.
“Governor Seyi Makinde had no choice than to state the facts as they are to the emissaries and turn down the request.
“Governor Makinde, however, against the established land use rule in Oyo State, gave approval that the family can bury the late governor in his Oluyole Estate residence.
“It is to be noted that the rules guiding land use in Government Reservation Areas (GRA) forbid the burial of bodies in such locations as Oluyole Estate and Agodi GRA.
“Let us also put on record that whereas the family did not follow the laid down protocols in passing information on the sickness and eventual demise of Senator Ajimobi, Governor Makinde overlooked all that and directed the full cooperation of the government with the family on this matter.
“It can only amount to a wicked lie to insinuate that the incumbent government in Oyo State attempted to obstruct the burial of the immediate past governor.”
Former Oyo State Governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, said on Saturday the late Abiola Ajimobi left behind enduring legacies for the people of the state.
Alao-Akala stated this in a condolence message he personally signed and made available to journalists in Ibadan, the state capital.
He said: “Kemi and I are deeply saddened. Senator Abiola Ajimobi was a man of principle who championed truth, justice and kindness.
“I am comforted in the fact that the late Ajimobi left behind enduring legacies for the people of Oyo State to enjoy for generations.”
Alao-Akala described the ex-governor as a passionate public administrator and a powerful voice of moral conscience.
“He was a brother, friend and political associate; a passionate public administrator and a powerful voice of moral conscience who served Oyo State and his country for decades with dignity and integrity.
“We have lost a giant. My brother, Ajimobi, was a fearless leader, a protector of democracy, and a fighter for the people of Yoruba nation.
“Our world is dimmer without him in it.
“He was a politician of high repute and immense clout. All his life, he defined his politics and pitted his tent early in life with the progressive school,” the former governor added.
He said the late Ajimobi’s decision to set up the reconciliation committee for All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state was informed by his desperation to see a united party.
Alao-Akala was sad the deceased did not live to see him reconcile aggrieved members of the party.
He pledged that the committee would deliver on the desired mandate of the late All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain.
However, the Yoruba actor who died on Thursday, June 25, at his Imalenfalafia residence in Ibadan, Oyo state has since been buried.
Ogun Majek’s death was also confirmed by comic actor and president of Theatre Arts and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Bolaji Amusan, who is popularly known as Mr Latin.
According to Muslim rites, the veteran has been buried just a few hours after his death. Videos of his burial were shared by actor and governor of TAMPAN for Ogun state, Owolabi Ajasa on his official Instagram page.
In the video shared online, the body of the late actor was seen wrapped in a mat. He was lifted by some men who headed towards his grave.
A crowd was seen gathered at the burial site while mourning voices were heard in the background.
When the men carrying the body of the late actor reached his grave, they dropped him on the floor, the mat used to carry him was taken away from his body and one could see the white cloth he was wrapped in.
As soon as his body was dropped in his grave, the voices of his relatives and daughter were heard crying as they mourned the entertainer.
Meanwhile, the actor who shared the videos of his burial prayed that the late actor would rest in peace.
Two employees of Afghanistan’s human rights body were killed in a bomb attack in Kabul on Saturday, the agency said.
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission said the pair died when a homemade “sticky bomb” attached to their vehicle exploded in the morning.
Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramurz confirmed the attack, which has not been claimed by any group.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan condemned the killings.
“There can be no justification for attacks against human rights defenders,” it said on Twitter, calling for an immediate probe.
It comes less than a week after two prosecutors and three other employees from the attorney general’s office were shot dead by gunmen on the outskirts of Kabul.
On May 30, a television journalist was killed when a minibus carrying employees of private television channel Khurshid TV was hit by a roadside bomb in the city. That attack was claimed by the extremist Islamic State group.
Violence had dropped across much of the country after the Taliban offered a brief ceasefire to mark the Eid al-Fitr festival last month, but officials say the insurgents have stepped up attacks in recent weeks.
Most attacks by the Taliban have targeted Afghan security forces, although there are regular police reports that civilians have been killed in roadside bomb blasts.
On Saturday, the National Security Council said 21 civilians were killed and 30 wounded in attacks over the past week across 14 provinces.
The Taliban and Afghan government are preparing to enter into much delayed peace talks aimed at ending the war in the country.
US finalizing plan to pull 4,000 troops –Fresh Report
On Saturday, NobleReporters gathered that the Trump administration is close to finalizing a decision to withdraw more than 4,000 troops from Afghanistan by the fall, citing two Trump administration officials.
Almost a week ago, Gen Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, said the United States has reduced its troop level to 8,600 in Afghanistan, fulfilling the first phase of the planned withdrawal specified in the US-Taliban deal signed in Doha in February.
The new move would reduce the number of troops from 8,600 to 4,500 and would be the lowest number since the very earliest days of the war in Afghanistan, which began in 2001.
This comes a day after a meeting between US Defence Secretary Mark Esper and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels. “We will also follow up on our discussion on Afghanistan. NATO will continue to adjust our presence in support of the peace process,” Stoltenberg said on Friday. “This will be done in close coordination with Allies and partners.”
The US has committed to withdrawing all of its forces from Afghanistan by next April under the agreement it signed with the Taliban.
It is unclear when the withdrawal of the 4,000 additional US troops would take place, NRM learnt
The late former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, will be buried on Sunday at his Ishaq Abiola Ajimobi Central Mosque, Oke-Ado, Ibadan.
In a statement issued by the ex-governor’s family, Ajimobi would be buried after the traditional Muslim prayers at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.
The statement read:
“In close consultation with the governments of Lagos and Oyo States, the date for the burial ceremony has been announced.
“Barring any changes, the ex-governor’s body will be interred at the Senator Ishaq Abiola Ajimobi Central Mosque at Oke-Ado, Ibadan at 12noon on Sunday, 28th of June 2020 after the traditional Muslim prayers.
“To ensure that strict COVID-19 protocols are adhered to and in light of the current circumstances of our national health challenges, the family appeals to the public to observe strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols in their participation.
“Furthermore, details of the live media coverage of the funeral ceremony will be made public by tomorrow (Saturday).
“In the near future, details of a larger funeral gathering will be announced where a lot more of his well-wishers will have the opportunity to pay him their respect.”
Ajimobi died at the First Cardiology Consultant, Ikoyi, Lagos, on Thursday after his battle with COVID-19.