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Ondo’20: I will spend one term – PDP governorship candidate. (Nigeria)

A governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State, Dr. Bode Ayorinde, has declared that he would serve only one term in office if elected governor.

This, he explained, was because he would be completing the tenure of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, as both of them hail from Owo, Ondo North senatorial district.

Dr. Ayorinde said he opted to work closely with Governor Akeredolu to move the state forward but all his intentions were repelled.

Ayorinde stated that he was chased out of the All Progressives Congress by Akeredolu despite his several pleas to him to be magnanimous in victory and tolerant of all of them that contested against him at the party primaries.

He said all efforts to make Akeredolu realised he is the Governor of all in Ondo State rather than Governor of Aketi Team failed.

The PDP governorship hopeful noted that the present realities in the state and emerging facts have rekindled his genuine concern that achieving a great and prosperous Ondo State is a task that must be accomplished.

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According to him, “People had equally asked me whether an Owo man can succeed Aketi as Governor. My answer has been emphatic no but that it is only fair and just for an Owo man to complete the expected tenure of office.

“Therefore, my honest intention is to complete the term due to Owo through the mandate of the good people of Ondo State and I am prepared to give our Leaders in PDP, a written undertaking to that effect.

“Ondo State, the 5th amongst the nine oil producing States in the Federation deserves better leadership. Given the opportunity to serve, my mission is to industrialise Ondo State, create wealth and provide gainful employment for our teeming citizens.

“That has been my concern, my consistent sermon and my mission in government. So, 1st on my priority list is Industrialisation, 2nd is Industrialisation, and the 3rd is Industrialisation.

“I must acknowledge the fact that many of the aspirants from Ondo Central and Ondo South are eminently qualified to govern the state. However, they must be appealed to, to allow us finish our two terms in Ondo North.

It is expected, reasonably too, that when power shifts to their districts, they would be allowed to complete their terms. Very logical and desirable to so think and act.

“This decision was reached after a very wide consultation coupled with strong conviction that I can make a positive difference. After 44 years of its creation, Ondo State must stop crawling. It must stand right and be counted amongst self sufficient states in Nigeria.

“As I present myself for genuine service with the fear of God, I appeal to all indigenes and residents of Ondo State to stand by me towards rebuilding our dear sunshine state.”


COVID-19: Ondo govt. shut borders as cases increase in Nigeria.

Ondo State has closed its borders at neighbouring states like, Ekiti, Edo, Osun, Kogi and Ogun states over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The closure takes effective from 6.00pm on Thursday, April 2.

According to the state government, the directive which was given on Wednesday follows the rise in the number of persons infected by the virus.

In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo, the decision was taken after observing the possibility of the disease spreading into the state.

The closure of the border means no vehicles will be allowed into the state from any of the neighbouring states.

Ojogo explained that a monitoring team, including security operatives has been set up and mobilized to ensure that the directive is followed to the letter.


Nigeria: Ondo govt sack Nurses for demanding accumulated salary arrears.

The Ondo State Government has sacked some recently employed nurses, who embarked on a protest to demand payment of their accumulated salary arrears, NobleReporters gathered.

The six nurses, who worked at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital both in Akure and Ondo town, were laid off on February 14, 2020.

It was gathered that the affected nurses were employed in batches in June 2019 and were placed on three-month probation.

The termination letters of the affected nurses was signed by Acting Director of Administration, Mr Adeeyo Babatunde, on behalf of the Chief Medical Director of the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Ondo, Dr Oluwole Ige.

The sacked nurses had in December 2019 embarked on a protest to press for the payment of their salaries after pleas to the hospital’s management were ignored.

One of the affected nurses, who spoke with media, described the termination of their appointments by the Ondo State Government as victimisation for speaking out against injustice.

“When some people were employed in June and July, they were expecting three months salaries in September or October but the government refused to pay and people began to agitate for it having worked well during that period.

“When government noticed that people were asking for their salaries, they decided to hurriedly call for a peace meeting with the nurses in October 2019.

“It was at the meeting that they decided to choose some of us to represent our aggrieved colleagues anytime there were meetings with the management.

“At that point, they made a promise to pay the salaries by November, we believed them and kept working but they never fulfilled their promise.

“We embarked on a warning strike in December and surprisingly we received payment for one month the next day instead of three months salaries.

“Thereafter, they mounted pressure on us to call off the strike, we agreed and resumed work after they again promised to pay the remaining salary arrears.

“A few weeks later, we wrote another letter to tell them that if the arrears was not paid, we would embark on fresh industrial action.

“On December 23, 2019 we all agreed to embark on another strike which lasted five days and it was after this that we received another payment for one month.

“The management put pressure on us to call off the strike and on December 28, we again suspended the strike and resumed back to work,” the nurse said.

Speaking further, he disclosed that on January 23, 2020, the management of the hospital called for a meeting of all nurses and gave them query letters, accusing them of absconding from their duty posts.

“In our responses to the query, we let the management know that it was the Chief Medical Director of the hospital that said we could go home and return to work after receiving payment.

“As at January, they were still owing us up to four months salaries but doctors were being paid promptly.

“We consulted the management to know what exactly was going on but they kept assuring us that we would be paid but we told them that if by February 2 we didn’t see our salary arrears, we were going to embark on another strike.

“Before we knew it, they sacked us and even instructed us to submit all hospital’s properties in our possession.

“Although, the leadership of our union intervened by writing a letter of appeal to the management to reinstate us and instructed those of us affected to write letters of apology.

“We eventually wrote the letters after being forced to do so. But up till this moment, we are yet to be reinstated or paid for the service we rendered.”

Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Ige, could not be reached for comments but Chairman of the Medical Advisory Council of the teaching hospital, Dr Micheal Gbala, confirmed the sack of the nurses when contacted. NobleReporters

He however, said the management of the hospital was already considering recalling the sacked nurses after receiving their letters of apology.

Gbala said, “Well, the affected nurses had already written an apology letter to this effect.

“Even though the management is already considering reinstating them into the system, they need to also ensure that they help themselves and do not do what will jeopardise ongoing efforts.”


Akure Explosion: No Casualty – Info Governor.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has disclosed that no individual was killed in the explosion that occurred in the early hours of Saturday, March 28th, at Ilu-Abo in Akure North Local Government Area of the state.

He, however, confirmed that some individuals sustained injuries as a result of the explosion and are already recuperating in the hospital.

The explosion which damaged buildings within a wide blast radius is said to be as a result of a consignment of dynamites being conveyed in a truck travelling from Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to its destination at a mining quarry in Auchi, Edo State. The devices had exploded in Akure on Saturday, causing a deep crater and sparking commotion in the area.

The victims of the explosion were admitted at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Akure where they are said to be recuperating.

Governor Akeredolu, during a visit to the hospital yesterday, promised that the state government will pay the medical bill of the victims.

He thanked God that the explosion was not fatal and that no life was lost to the incident.

He said six of the victims admitted at the hospital had already been discharged, while 11 others were still receiving treatment.

He prayed for the speedy recovery of all the victims.


COVID-19: Akeredolu tests Negative.

Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has tested negative for coronavirus.

The announcement was made by the governor on his official twitter handle this morning.

His tweet read;

Good morning sir. The result is negative. Congratulations your Excellency” I just recieved the above text from the Commissioner for Health regarding my #Covid19 test results. We give all glory to God. Wish everyone affected speedy recovery.


15-year-old boy made king in Ondo. {Photo}

The Ondo State Executive Council on Monday, approved the appointment of 15-year-old Prince Oloyede Adeyeoba as the Arujale of Okeluse in Ose local government area of the state.

The 15-year-old Senior Secondary School student is the only surviving son of the late king.

The appointment was among the three ratified by the Executive Council presided over by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Monday, 23rd March, 2020.

The council also approved the appointment of Prince Ebenezer Adewunmi Ogunmolasuyi as the Olupenmen of Upenmen in Owo local government Area of Ondo State.

The 47-year-old Mass Communication and Journalism graduate from the Nigeria Institute of Journalism, NIJ and an Associate Member of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, NIPR is from the Ayiwoye Akinola ruling house.

The Olupenmen stool became vacant in August 2017 after the demise of Oba (Rtd Col.) Samuel Ademulegun. The third Prince whose selection was ratified is Prince Olorunsola Akinyelure as Odogbo of Ode Omi in Irele council area.

Briefing government house correspondents after the meeting, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Lola Fagbemi, flanked by his Information counterpart, Donald Ojogo, said Ogunmolasuyi’s appointment followed an election conducted by kingmakers in the community.

Fagbemi said the ratification was arrived at after hours of deliberations by the Council. The election was supervised by Mr Segun Omojuwa, the Director of Local Government Administration in Owo local government.


Nigeria: Rainstorm render many injured, homeless in Akure.

Rainstorm in Akure, Ondo State, has killed one person and injured at least six others, NobleReporters learnt.

The rain, which fell on Thursday night, also wreaked havoc on residents of Olu foam, Omoniyi Estate and Igoba community in the state capital.

The deceased identified as 14-year-old Faith Utobo was killed while in a makeshift church for the evening service at Igoba area of Akure when the rain began.

Daniel Utobo, father of the victim, told journalists on Friday that his son died when the church building collapsed.

The rainstorm, which lasted at least 30 minutes, destroyed a lot of buildings while no fewer than 400 residents were rendered homeless.

The rainstorm also damaged several electricity poles, leaving residents in total blackout.

During a visit to some of the affected buildings, landlords were seen removing blown off roofs.

One affected resident, Mr Ayeni Abayomi, described the damage by the rainstorm as a big disaster.

“What happened yesterday (Thursday) was beyond imagination.

“It started around 6pm and many properties were destroyed. It is beyond our capacity,” he said.

Another resident, Helen Eniola, said the rainstorm was terrible and very devastating.

“Our properties were destroyed and we lost many things. I was in my house throughout when it started,” she said.

Femisola Olofinsawo, a retiree badly affected by the storm, pleaded with Ondo State Government to come to their aid.

“The rain started and next thing we heard was heavy breeze and houses started collapsing.

“The little shop I have has been blown off. We are pleading with the state and federal governments to come to our aid,” she added.


COVID-19: We’ve equipped Ondo camp against outbreak – NYSC.

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ondo state says it has equipped its orientation camp to prevent any coronavirus outbreak among corps members.

Nigeria had confirmed two cases of the zoonotic disease ever since it broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Remember, NobleReporters earlier reported that 1 case escalated in Ondo NYSC camp.

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COVID-19: Outbreak in Ondo NYSC camp.

Grace Akpabio, NYSC’s coordinator in Ondo, on Tuesday, said the scheme is adopting “proactive measures” to prevent any outbreak on camp.

She said the secretariat deployed hand sanitizers, washing basins, and other medical supplies to hostels and other strategic places at the Ikare Akoko orientation camp.

According to her, the move had come in compliance with the health safety measures approved during a pre-orientation workshop held at the directorate headquarters in Abuja.

“I assure prospective corps members posted to Ondo state that we’ve done what’s humanly possible to prevent any outbreak of diseases in our camp,” the state coordinator said.

“We have enough hand gloves and face masks to go round. Some measures put in place are thorough clearing and cleaning of the whole landmass on which the camp is situated.

“We have equally replaced nets of all doors and windows which were torn by previous participants. We do not stop at that, all ceiling fans have been serviced and they are working perfectly well.”

NYSC earlier made headlines after claims spread that it had diverted funds meant for corps members’ February allowance to the ongoing fight against coronavirus in the country.


COVID-19: Outbreak among corps members in Ondo camp – NYSC.

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ondo state says it has equipped its orientation camp to prevent any coronavirus outbreak among corps members.

Nigeria had confirmed two cases of the zoonotic disease ever since it broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Grace Akpabio, NYSC’s coordinator in Ondo, on Tuesday, said the scheme is adopting “proactive measures” to prevent any outbreak on camp.

She said the secretariat deployed hand sanitizers, washing basins, and other medical supplies to hostels and other strategic places at the Ikare Akoko orientation camp.

According to her, the move had come in compliance with the health safety measures approved during a pre-orientation workshop held at the directorate headquarters in Abuja.

“I assure prospective corps members posted to Ondo state that we’ve done what’s humanly possible to prevent any outbreak of diseases in our camp,” the state coordinator said.

“We have enough hand gloves and face masks to go round. Some measures put in place are thorough clearing and cleaning of the whole landmass on which the camp is situated.

“We have equally replaced nets of all doors and windows which were torn by previous participants. We do not stop at that, all ceiling fans have been serviced and they are working perfectly well.”

NYSC earlier made headlines after claims spread that it had diverted funds meant for corps members’ February allowance to the ongoing fight against coronavirus in the country.


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If I decide to make my son ‘chief of staff’ no one can stop me – Gov. Akeredolu

Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has said that he can appoint his last son, Babajide, as his Chief of Staff if he wishes.

The governor, who said nothing would happen if he took such decision, disclosed that his son was qualified to hold the position because he worked hard towards his emergence in office.

Akeredolu made the remarks during a dinner held at the International Event Centre in Akure, the state capital, to celebrate the third anniversary of his administration.

He said, “When somebody says Baba (Babajide) is this, I just laugh at them. If I wanted to make Baba my Chief of Staff, he can be.

“Ask yourself, how many of you did more than Baba during the campaign? How many?

“The young boy (Babajide) was going everywhere and all of us saw him but we decided because he won’t want it. I just said leave him.

“My son is satisfied, that is why, if he was not, I will put him somewhere, there is nothing anybody can do.

“I will put him, there is nothing you can do. Is he not my son? Is he not from Ondo State? Has he not worked?”

Speaking further, the governor explained the role his wife, Betty, had been playing in his government since coming into office.

He said, “I can never forget the great work that my wife has done in this state. I am not sure you can find a better First Lady, someone who has great interest in women.

Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu

“She is committed to women’s cause. I am not too sure I know many women who are in government today who are there on their own. It’s all through her efforts.”

Akeredolu said he had nothing to fear about in seeking re-election during the October 10, 2020 governorship election in the state.


Ondo 2020: Feud APC Chieftains Reunite To Support Akeredolu

As the governorship election in Ondo State is approaching, some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress in the state under the aegis of the APC Unity Forum have united against the re-election bid of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

The group said it would present a strong and credible candidate for the party’s primary election scheduled to hold in July according to a timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Friday.

A key member of the group and the Senator representing the Ondo North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Ajayi Boroffice, said the APC Unity Forum, which comprises aggrieved members of the party, would present the standard bearer of the party in the forthcoming governorship poll.

Boroffice stated this in Akure, the state capital, on Saturday during his empowerment programme for women in the Ondo Central and Ondo South senatorial districts.

The deputy majority leader of the senate noted that members of the Unity Forum were currently working together to present a consensus aspirant to slug it out with Akeredolu at the party’s primary, coming up in few months.

He said, “We in Unity Group of APC in Ondo State will have one person to vie for the primary of the party.

“It may be Chief Olusola Oke, Jimi Odimayo, Ife Oyedele, Olusegun Abraham or Bukola Adetula. It can even be me or anybody in the group since we have a common goal of presenting a credible candidate for the party in the coming election.”

On the empowerment programme, Boroffice explained that four women from each local government area of the Ondo Central and Ondo South senatorial districts received cash of N50,000 each while two women from each local government area of the districts were also given grinding machines to boost their livelihoods.

Also speaking after the programme, an aspirant and member of the Unity Forum, Chief Bukoka Adetula, said the incumbent governor had exhausted all the ideas he had in the last three years and deserved no second term.

Adetula, a United States-based lawyer, who is a kinsman to Akeredolu, corroborated Boroffice, saying the Unity Forum would produce the candidate of the party in the governorship election.

Meanwhile, a former Chairman of the Ondo State APC, Isaacs Kekemeke, has promised to accept the decision of the Chief Bisi Akande reconciliation committee regarding the crisis in the party in the state, NobleReporters gathered

Kekemeke, who is targeting the party’s ticket for the October 10 governorship poll in the state, passed a vote of confidence in the committee.

He said the reports on social media that the panel would be biased was baseless.

According to him, most of the members of the APC Advisory Council in the state had distanced themselves from the reports.

Kekemeke said, “Such comments do not represent our own feelings or what we think as members of the advisory council. That is the unity group I know in the state.”

“The APC advisory council under the chairmanship of Ali Olanusi will work with the panel to bring genuine reconciliation to the party.

“Everyone who loves the party, young and old, should pursue the path of peace.

“This does not mean that we have supported the second term ambition of Governor (Rotimi) Akeredolu.”

He said the core mandate of the council was to bring every member of the party together as a big family to build a formidable team during the election.


Look closely, the certificate of candidates before voting in Edo, Ondo – INEC tell Voters

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that it will display the personal particulars, including academic qualifications of all the candidates nominated by political parties for the Edo and Ondo governorship elections.

It disclosed that this will afford the citizens the opportunity to scrutinise the particulars of the candidates and take legal actions against those who present false information to the Commission.

INEC insisted that this will help to check the new trend of courts determining the outcome of elections as observed in recent times.

The Supreme Court sacked Bayelsa Governor-elect on the account that his running mate Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo submitted fake certificates to INEC.

INEC National Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, who gave the hint during the quarterly meeting between the Commission and Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) said: “The personal particulars of all the candidates nominated by political parties for the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections, including their academic qualifications, will be displayed in our offices in the two States as required by law.

“This will enable citizens to scrutinise them and take legal action against any candidate who provides false information to the Commission. The personal particulars of candidates will be displayed on 6th July 2020 in Edo State and on 4th August 2020 in Ondo State. I wish to appeal to citizens to note the dates and to seize the opportunity to scrutinise the information provided on oath by the candidates in the interest of our democracy and good governance.

“For our part, the Commission has been studying the judgements of courts arising from the conduct of recent elections. We have also been reviewing the reports from accredited observers as well as internal reports from our State Offices. We will continue to keep an eye on the conduct of our officials and apply appropriate sanctions on erring staff, both regular and ad-hoc”.

He warned political parties to avoid acrimonious primaries that will result in endless litigation and observe due diligence in the screening of their candidates.

According to him: “Given recent experience with some Governorship elections, political parties need to do more to avoid the conduct of acrimonious primaries or failure to observe due diligence in the screening of their candidates, resulting in protracted litigations and eventual determination of the outcome of elections by orders of court.

“I wish to draw the attention of political parties to two critical dates in the timetable released by the Commission a few weeks ago. Party primaries for the democratic election and nomination of candidates for the Governorship election in Edo State must be held from 2nd to 27th June 2020. The date for Ondo State is 2nd to 25th July 2020. The Commission will not extend the dates. We will also rigorously monitor the primaries and where necessary, apply sanctions as provided by law”.

Yakubu also hinted that the Commission will introduce critical changes ahead the coming governorship elections to strengthen the process and procedures.


Tension in Akure over Bank Robbery Rumours

There was tension in Akure, the Ondo State capital, yesterday following rumours of a bank robbery in the town.

Many residents, including shop owners, hurriedly closed their shops when news filtered in that a branch of a first generated bank located at Oja Oba area of the town was being robbed.

The news was also published on some social media platforms thereby creating anxiety in the minds of the people.

But it was later gathered that the news was figment of imagination of those peddling the rumour as there was no robbery in any bank within the state capital.

Meanwhile, Ondo State Police Command has urged Akure residents to disregard any rumour of bank robbery or attempted bank robbery in the state capital or anywhere in the state.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the state police command, Femi Joseph, said the clarification became imperative following the rumour being spread on the social media that some banks were being robbed in Akure.

The police spokesman said the story is not only false and mischievous but also wicked and lacks substance.

He said: “We wish to inform the general public to disregard any rumour of bank robbery or attempted bank robbery in Akure or anywhere in the state.

“We make bold to say the story is not only false and mischievous but also wicked and lacks substance as no such incident happened anywhere in the state.

“We urge the people to disregard this rumour, as it is nothing but a blatant lie from the pit of hell. Our men are everywhere across the state to deal with any manner of crime or criminality,” he said.


Operation Amotekun: Not to order Politicians, VIPs – Akeredolu

Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has said that operatives of Amotekun Corps will not serve as orderlies to important personalities and politicians.

In a statement by his spokesperson, Jimoh Dojumo, Akeredolu said the primary function of the security outfit would be combating criminals in the region.

Amotekun was created by the South-West governors to address the issue of insecurity.

The Ekiti State Assembly passed the bill allowing the corps to operate within the state.

Akeredolu, who is also the Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, said the outfit would key into the model aimed at tackling criminal activities.

Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu

He said, “We are not attaching the Amotekun Corps to anybody or groups, no matter how highly placed. They are to tackle criminal activities such as armed robbery and kidnapping. They won’t be attached to any religious centre, either church or mosque. We don’t want it to be used for political reasons.”

He also stated that the corps would work within the framework of the Nigeria Police Force’s community policing strategies.


Operation Amotekun: Ondo signs bill

Ondo State Government on Wednesday approved a draft bill of the Ondo State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps, codenamed operation Amotekun, for passage into law.

According to a statement issued by Mr Donald Ojogo, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, the bill would be transmitted to the State House of Assembly for legislative scrutiny after which it would be passed into law.

He explained that the details contained in the bill was presented by the Commissioner for Justice in an exhaustive session of deliberations by the state executive members.

“The draft bill has six parts and 44 sections. It is also gratifying to disclose that every apprehension or fears expressed in various quarters have been adequately looked into.

“This is even as traditional rulers will now have roles to play in the operations of the security outfit pursuant to its passage into law by the state assembly.

“Government finds it pertinent to reiterate that this laudable initiative is aimed at complimenting the efforts of the nation’s security agencies.

“It is also necessary to encourage the good people of Ondo State to take maximum advantage of this opportunity,” he said.


G.O, Sotitobire miracle centre remanded in prison over missing child in Ondo

The General Overseer of Sotitobire Miracle Center, Babatunde Alfa and six others have been remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) in Olokuta, after being arraigned before an Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure.

The 7 suspects arraigned before the court on six counts including felony and conspiracy to kidnap in the case of a missing one-year-old boy, all denied the allegation.

Effort of the defendants’ counsel, Olusola Oke to get bail for his clients was futile as Director of Public Prosecution in the state, Grace Olowoporoku stated that he filed multiple bail applications that were difficult to respond to.

Justice Adedun Odusola adjourned the case till March 16, 2020 after the court session on Thursday February 6.


Ondo: CAN protesting, want Buhari to resign (See)

The Christian Association of Nigeria in Ondo State on Sunday demanded the immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over rising insecurity in Nigeria.

The Christian group that converged at the Evangelical Church Winning All in Akure, the state capital, frowned at the consistent attacks, kidnapping and banditry in the country.

They alleged that Christians worshippers were now targets of attacks and abductions at the hands of Boko Haram insurgents.

Led by Reverend John Oladapo, CAN Chairman in the state, the group demanded an end to incessant attacks on innocent people in the country.

Jude Arogundade, Catholic Bishop of Ondo Diocese, explained that since the government had failed in its responsibility of protection, Christians would have to rise and defend themselves.

Arogundade said Christian leaders in the country had agreed to speak out against any unwarranted attacks on Christian worshippers in the country.

He condemned the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to bring those behind the darstardly attacks and killings in the country to justice.

He said, “This is the time for us to speak out clearly. If the government can no longer defend Christians in this country, we would defend ourselves.

“It is our right and its our duty especially when we can see clearly that the system is no longer defending law-abiding and hardworking Nigerians anymore.

“Every country in the world would defend the defenseless, the hard working, honest and ordinary people but our government continue to look the other way.

“They would prefer to arrest those protesting against the system rather than those who are destroying the system.

“We know this too well. We pray for our government so that they can uphold the truth and justice.

“We pray that they would fish out all these terrorists in this country. This government cannot claim not to know those behind this.

“If they can not handle the security of this country, let them resign, that is what people of dignity do mostly.

“If all of us suffer, then we all suffered together; if one of us get killed, we all feel the pain.

“We want to see some arrest and if the government cannot do it, then the people would have to defend themselves and we are getting to that now.”

Earlier in a protest, Dele Oyesola, pastor in charge of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ondo Province 1, asked government to put an end to insecurity in the country and arrest those behind killing of Christians mostly in the North-East.


NAHCO chairman’s mother abducted in Ondo ..

Suspected gunmen have abducted the mother of a popular businessman and Chairman of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company, Mr Sehinde Fadeni, in Ondo State.

Madam Alice Fadeni was kidnapped on Tuesday evening at her residence in Ode Aye town in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state.

NobleReporters learnt that the hoodlums numbering about four stormed the town around 5:30pm before seizing Madam Fadeni at her home.

A source, who confirmed the abduction, told our correspondent that the woman was driven out her compound in a Sienna vehicle.

According to the source, the whereabouts of Mrs Fadeni was not yet known as the case had already been reported to the police.

“She was kidnapped yesterday (Tuesday) evening at her house and we have reported the case to the police immediately but we still don’t know her locations,” the source said.

Also, Mr Nicholas Tofowomo, lawmaker representing Ondo South Senatorial discrict at the National Assembly, confirmed the abduction, describing it as “evil”.

He said, “We urge security agencies to secure her unconditional release and bring the perpetrators to book.”

Spokesperson for the Ondo State Police Command, Femi Joseph, confirmed the abduction on Wednesday when contacted. NobleReporters confirmed

He said the police had already begun investigation into the case and would ensure the aged woman was rescued alive.


Operation Amotekun: Power to arrest criminals – AG says..

Lagos, Ogun and Ekiti states are leading the drafting of model bills on the South-West security outfit, Operation Amotekun.

The Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Wale Fapohunda, who gave this indication in an interview with one of our correspondents on Sunday, also said operatives of Amotekun, would have the power to arrest suspected criminals.

Fapohunda said this just as indications emerged on Sunday that the South-West attorneys general would on February 6 meet to harmonise positions of different states on the proposed Operation Amotekun bills.

The Federal Government and the South-West governors had, at a meeting in Abuja on Thursday, resolved their differences on Operation Amotekun, which was launched in Ibadan on January 9 to address killings and kidnapping in the zone.

The meeting, which was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, was attended by the South-West governors and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, who declared Operation Amotekun illegal on January 14.

At the meeting, both sides agreed that each of the South-West states should make a law to back Operation Amotekun.

As a follow-up to the agreement reached in Abuja, the attorneys general of the South-West states met in Ibadan on Thursday to begin the process of making Amotekun laws in their states.

Shedding light on the proposed Amotekun bill, Fapohunda, in the interview, stated, “We ultimately want to create a security outfit that is accountable and responsible to the people of each of the states involved so that they can have faith in the outfit. We have sights on a law that has focus on the people’s lives.

“The legal framework being drafted by the attorneys general will contain the mandate of Amotekun. The mandate is very crucial and that will be clearly stated; then the administrative structure, particularly as it relates to the issue of accountability and their power particularly as it relates to that of arrest.

“Power of arrest is not new. All our non-conventional forces have the power of arrest. What is important is that when they arrest, what happens to those that they arrest? The way Amotekun will work is that if they see a crime that is being committed, they will have to inform the national security forces like the police, where that is not possible, they can arrest and hand over such a person to the security agencies.”

Fapohunda, who said Amotekun across the different state commands would be working in collaboration, said the law would also spell out the relations among Amotekun in the six South-West states.

He stated, “There is going to be clear provisions on how they are all going to cooperate. The issue of funding is also crucial; where we are going to be getting money from and how the state governments should be funding them. Those are some of the issues that will be contained in the proposed bill.

“The relationship with the conventional security agencies is an important component. The approach that we are taking is that of community policing. The whole concept is going to fit within the framework of community policing. That is one of the areas that the governors agreed with the IG.”

Fapohunda said there would still be consultation among the South-West attorneys general with a view to producing virtually similar laws in the states.

He said, “We are working on it, but don’t forget that we are going to consult. Our own version will be ready, we are now going to look at other versions and see whether we can be inspired by what other versions have.

“Ultimately, it is about having a law that, when you see the Ekiti State Amotekun law, you look at the Oyo State Amotekun law, you see that there will be similarities. We are not warming up to enact a law on our own. We just want to make sure that our is ready and when others are ready, we are all working within a limited time frame, then the South-West AGs attorney-general will meet again and review where we are.

S’West states may adopt Lagos, Ogun Amotekun bill

“In fact, what we have actually as a proposal for the meeting is that Lagos, Ogun and Ekiti are the ones that are leading the drafting of the Amotekun model laws. What we have been doing since Thursday is just to get our own ready, putting together our thoughts on what we want to see in the law given the Ekiti State experience.”

Fapohunda said that the model bill would be the template that the six member states would fashion their laws after, taking into consideration the peculiarities of individual states.

He said, “What we want to do is to look at the best of all the bills and pick a template that we can all adopt. We will adopt one that is common to all of us. Individual states have their own issues, so we will have a model law that can serve as pilot, that will meet the minimum standard of effectiveness in response to citizens’ concern and of course respect for citizens’ right.

“Once we have that minimum standard, the law will be unique, but will be responsive to the peculiarities of each state. The agenda is that the law must respond to the concerns of crime, safety and security and at the same time meeting respect for citizens’ rights.

“When we agree on the template, the six states will have harmonised law, but with variations in respect to circumstances of the members,” the attorney general said.

Operation Amotekun will be based on community policing – Akeredolu

On his part, the Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum and Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, said Operation Amotekun would be based on the community policing arrangement

The governor, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Security Matter, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, said, “As it is now, we are good to go. Any moment from now, the operation will start , we are commencing our recruitment any moment from now in line with the government position.

“We have involved the state House of Assembly. The attorney general is also involved. We have concluded on that everything will be in line with the community policing arrangement.”

S’West attorneys general meet on Feb 6

The Director General, Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, Seye Oyeleye, said the South-West attorneys general would meet on February 6 on the Amotekun bills.

Oyeleye, in an interview, said commission would not want to preempt the outcome of the documents being put together by the attorneys general.

Oyeleye said, “It will not be good for us to preempt the efforts of the attorneys-general. We met with them on Thursday and by February 6, they will be coming up with a proper position, so don’t let me preempt them.

“We are sure by that date, we would have a proper position. Things are moving fine on Amotekun. I want to assure you that things have been moving smoothly on Amotekun since inception, some people are just making noise about what they do not know.”

Amotekun debate shows there’s need to renegotiate Nigeria – Bakare

In a related development, the Serving Overseer, Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said the debate on Operation Amotekun, is a reminder that Nigeria has yet to address its foundation issues.

In an address titled, “No amount of ringworm medicine can cure leprosy,” which he delivered in his church on Sunday, Bakare said the Operation Amotekun debate showed that the nation could not sweep the foundation issues under the carpet unaddressed or run away from them.

Rather, the cleric said the way forward for the nation was “to travel downwards to revisit the constitutional foundations.”

He said, “When one considers the argument for and against Amotekun, one will find a recurring reference to the issues which we, as a nation, have failed to deal with in past decades.

“The proponents of Amotekun, particularly in the South, justify the move by referencing the Sharia police or Hisbah as a northern version of regional policing. The opponents, on the other hand, particularly from the North, express fears of possible regional political motivations. These are clear indications that the issues we swept under the carpet in past decades are still staring us in the face. We cannot continue to hide under the umbrella of one finger. It is time to address the underlying issues of nationhood and reset Nigeria on the path to predictable progress. No amount of ringworm medicine can cure leprosy.”

Bakare said while it was good that the South-West governors and the Federal Government had ironed out their differences on it, the South-West states would do well to give legal backing to Operation Amotekun, by enacting the appropriate laws.

He said such laws should address “recruitment, screening, training and deployment procedures, as well as seamless tactical operations between the outfit on the one hand, and the conventional federal police commissions in the South-West states on the other hand.”

He, however, said the nation must capitalise on the Operation Amotekun debate to address its nagging foundation issue.

Bakare said, “The agreement between the Federal Government and the South-West governors notwithstanding, we must not let this moment pass by without once again telling ourselves some home truths regarding the underlying issues of constitutional federalism that have continued to confront us. We must not lose sight of the main issue in the Operation Amotekun debate, which is that the current mono-level security architecture has proved inadequate to combat the security challenges that confront not just the South-West but every zone in our nation, security challenges such as kidnapping, herdsmen attacks, cattle rustling, terrorism and the porosity of our borders.

“We must not forget that, while the debate over the legality or otherwise of regional security efforts like Amotekun was raging during the past week, Nigeria was, once again, plunged into mourning with the murder of a chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Lawan Andimi, by regional terrorists. We must not forget the fact that tens of thousands have lost their lives to criminal elements who have taken advantage of the national security gaps in the respective zones of our federation. This is why I believe that, although the efforts of the South-West governors towards taking responsibility for the security of the zone are commendable, our nation needs a more strategically effective approach to national, regional and local security.”

Meanwhile, it was learnt on Sunday that the IG had redeployed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of zone 11, Adeleye Oyebade.

Oyebade, who was in charge of Oyo, Osun and Ondo states, was transferred to the Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Plateau State. He was replaced with AIG Bashir Makama, who it was gathered, had resumed in Osogbo.

Sources said Oyebade was removed for failing to stop the protests in support of Operation Amotekun which held in some South-West states last Tuesday.

The rally, which was called by a group, the World Yoruba Congress, was foiled in Lagos by scores of policemen who barricaded the Gani Fawehinmi Park, Ojota, venue of the protest, preventing protesters from converging on the ground.

The protests, however, held in other South-West States as they recorded a huge turn-out in Ibadan, Osogbo, Akure and Ado Ekiti.

A source who spoke to one of our correspondents in confidence said, “AIG Oyebade has been removed by the IG for allowing the protests in support of Amotekun to hold in Ibadan, Osogbo and Akure despite knowing that the government was against Operation Amotekun.

“The police authorities were not happy that the AIG did not order the three commissioners of Police under him to stop the rally as it was done in Lagos where policemen blocked the proposed venue of the protest. The AIG has been sent to NIPSS.”

But the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, while confirming Oyebade’s deployment said he was sent to the NIPSS to fill a vacancy.

“Oyebade’s redeployment to the NIPSS should not be attributed to any other ulterior motive or primordial sentiments. It should be noted that posting to the NIPSS as a directing staff member is a privileged posting and it is reserved only for officers who are very cerebral and with proven record of core competency in general policy and administrative matters,” he said.

Community policing: We need time to put our act together – Rivers command

The Rivers State Police Command Sunday confirmed that they received the IG’s directive on the recruitment of constables for community policing on Friday.

It said it needed some time to put its act together as far as the formation of screening committees was concerned.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, added that the Command received the directive from the Federal Government on Friday.

Omoni stated that the police in the state would comply with the directive of the police high command on the recruitment of constables for community policing.

“That directive came on Friday; it (directive) came from the police high command. We are going to comply as directed. It came at the weekend, Friday night. We need some time for us to put our acts together,” Omoni said.

But his counterpart for Benue State, Catherine Anene, said the command said that it had not received signal from the headquarters.

According to her, the command is aware of the Federal Government directive on the recruitment of constables into community policing.

“But as I am talking to you now, we have not received signal from the headquarters until then there is nothing we can do for now”, Anene stated.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had in wireless message obtained by NobleReporters, directed commissioners of police to liaise with traditional rulers in their domains to screen volunteers for constables who would participate in the Federal Government’s community policing.


Just in: Akeredolu regime set to pay N30,000

Ondo state government and labour unions on Saturday agreed on payment of N30,000 new minimum wage starting from January this year.

This was after series of negotiations between the government and labour leaders.

The labour unions led by the NLC, JNC and TUC were joined by legislative, judiciary and other top government functionaries.

The labour leaders agreed on full payment of the new wage from level six downwards while level seven above had experienced consequential adjustment.

The state’s Head of Service(HoS)Mr Oluwadare Aragbaye thanked the labour leaders for maintaining religious harmony noting that the state government would continue to prioritize the workers’ welfare.

Aragbaye said government had also approved 33 per cent for those who retired before 2014 and peculiar allowances for some workers Responding to the Joint Council.

Chairman, Oyesanmi Ilesanmi, NLC chairman, Sunday Adeleye and his counterpart from TUC Comrade Helen Odofin appreciated the state’s government for regular payment of salaries and allowances since 2017.

The labour leaders who cautioned against retrenchment or downsizing of workers under any disguise solicited recruitment of more workforce in the state’s civil service.

Aragbaiye signed the agreement on behalf of government, the JNC chairman; the NLC Chairman, and the TUC chairman signed for the organised labour and workers.