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Nigeria: Mother of 3 jumps into Osogbo river over COVID-19 lockdown.


A single mother-of-three attempted suicide by jumping into the Osun River in Osogbo, Osun State over her inability to continue providing for her children due to the lockdown

Kafayat Alake jumped into the river yesterday, April 1, a few hours after the state government imposed a stay-at-home order on residents of the state as part of measures to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. She would have drowned, but for the timely intervention of some residents of Aregbesola area of Osogbo.


Single mother-of-three jumps into Osun River over Coronavirus lockdown

Alake’s strange movement on the bridge was said to have been noticed by some passersby. When she jumped, they quickly raised alarm and youths in the area trooped out, dived into the river and rescued the woman.

Single mother-of-three jumps into Osun River over Coronavirus lockdown

“We were somewhere around that place when the woman fell into the river. At first, we thought she slipped while walking on the bridge but we later discovered it was a suicide dive. While others were calling for help, I had to jump into the river before others joined me in rescuing her,” a resident said.

Single mother-of-three jumps into Osun River over Coronavirus lockdown

Alake, while being questioned by reporters after her rescue, said she hails from Alapaaro, Isale Osun, Osogbo. According to her, she has three children and she could not continue to fend for them due to her financial predicament.

Single mother-of-three jumps into Osun River over Coronavirus lockdown

She stated that her husband stays in Lagos adding that she got separated from her husband thirteen years ago.

The woman was later rushed to a nearby hospital by the O’Ambulance team of the state.


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COVID-19: Total lockdown as Osun record 2nd case.


Osun State Government on Sunday announced a total lockdown of the state as from Tuesday, March 31st, following the confirmation of a second case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

The government reaffirmed its commitment to shut down all land boundaries with effect from midnight, Sunday, March 29th.


Governor Adegboyega Oyetola made the disclosure during a statewide broadcast on Sunday morning.

He maintained that there would be no movement within the state while the shutdown lasts, while those on essential duties such as health personnel, fire service, environmental officials, security personnel, power and water supply agencies, media and telecommunication officers will remain on duty.


The governor described the decision as imperative in view of the devastating nature of the pandemic.

He added that the first priority of any responsive and responsible government is to respond effectively to protect its citizens when an emergency occurs.


Oyetola, who expressed sadness at the latest incident, reiterated that the decision remained the only way to go if the state must contain the spread of the disease which has already claimed close to 31,000 victims worldwide from over 600,000 cases.

The governor’s statement reads:


“Following a review of our current situation, we have in addition to the subsisting measures taken in the past one week, decided to shut down all our boundaries, effective from midnight Sunday, March 29, 2020. In addition, a complete lockdown of the state will come into effect from midnight, Tuesday, March 31, 2020

“We believe this is the way to go if we must contain the spread of this virus. To this end, we urge citizens and residents to take advantage of the hours between now and Tuesday to stock up provisions that will last them two weeks in the first instance.


“During the lockdown, there will be no movement within the state. The closed boundaries also means there will be no inter-state movements. However, those on essential duties such as health personnel, fire service, environmental officials, security personnel, power and water supply agencies, media and telecommunication officers will be on duty. Also, pharmaceutical and medical outfits will be allowed to open.


“We have mandated and mobilised the state’s task force and security operatives to enforce measures to the letter. We, therefore, strongly advise our people to remain in their homes during the period of the lockdown.

“When an emergency occurs, such as the one at hand, the first priority of any responsive and responsible government is to respond effectively to protect its citizens. This is what we will continue to do.”

The governor urged state residents not to be panicked by the new measures but to continue to adhere to government’s instructions and directives on the need for them to continue to observe necessary precautionary measures, including regular washing of the hands with running water and soap, the use of hand sanitisers and the maintaining of social distancing.

He lauded the critical stakeholders led by the former health minister, Isaac Adewole, the COVID-19 task force and health officers for their services to humanity.


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COVID-19: 20 Nigerian judges in Osun on self isolation.


In the wake of the deadly coronavirus bedeviling the world, about 20 judges are currently in isolation in Osun State.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, who confirmed this on Wednesday disclosed that they had traveled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirate and went into isolation immediately they arrived the state.


Isamotu disclosed this in Osogbo, the state capital, on Wednesday on the sideline of a press briefing addressed by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, to intimate newsmen about the first case recorded by the state on Wednesday.

“Yes, they are currently in self-isolation, but I can’t disclose any hospital. It is not necessary that they go to the hospital before being isolated,” Isamotu said.

“There are many people who have even tested positive of the virus, but stay in their homes to isolate themselves without going to the hospital. The judges are in self isolation and we are monitoring them,” he added.

Daily Sun gathered that the judges had attended an international Conference in the Middle East country between March 9 and March 20, before they returned to the state at the weekend.


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COVID-19: 2 new cases in Lagos, 2 in Osun as toll rise to 46 in Nigeria.


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Tuesday announced two new cases of the novel coronavirus increasing the confirmed cases in the country to 46.

One of the two new cases was confirmed in Lagos State with the other case in Osun State, its first case.


The centre said both cases were returning travellers to Nigeria in the last seven days

“As of 07:00 am 25th March, there are 46 confirmed cases of COVID19 in Nigeria.“Two have been discharged with one death,” it stated.


See tweet;

Two new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: 1 in Lagos and 1 in Osun


Both cases are returning travellers to Nigeria in the last 7 days

As at 07:00 am 25th March, there are 46 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria. 2 have been discharged with 1 death pic.twitter.com/1NLKTFG7LF

— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 25, 2020


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All shit’s f*cked up – Davido lament after trip back to Nigeria.


Multiple award-winning singer and DMW boss, Davido has lamented over the poor condition of roads in his home state, Osun.

The artiste who embarked on a trip down home apparently met the sorry state of the road and took to his verified Twitter account to cry out as he revealed that everything is still the same.

A sad and enraged Davido wrote: “All roads is Osun fucked up ! Everything still the same smh Sad.”


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Cubans chief priest blast Davido and his uncle


Cubana Chief Priest has called Davido and his uncle’s political party loosers after Davido stylishly condemned for jumping over to choose the present governor, Hope Uzodinma as his best man on seat weeks after he revealed he is one of the prominent supporters for the sacked Imo State governor Emeka Ihedioha.

On his Instagram page, the Celebrity Bar Man, born Paschal Chibuike Okechukwu has been sharing posts in support and praise of governor Hope which many have viewed as being sycophantic owing to the injustice done by the supreme court that led to the emergence of Hope Uzodinma as governor of Imo State

Some hours ago, the celebrity bar man dropped a length post on his Instagram where he eulogies Gov. Uzodinma as being the messiah of Imo State, but his very good friend and Africa’s top super star, Davido was not having any of it and he wasted no time in showing his disapproval to the AGIP (Any Government in Power) celebrity by calling him “anywhere belle face” man.


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Update: Agbowu, Oluwo’s clash not fortune – Osun allege


The Osun State Government has described as unfortunate and avoidable the face-off between the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, and the Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa town, Oba Sikirulahi Akinropo, during a peace meeting at the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of zone 11, Bashir Makama last Friday.

This was contained in a statement signed on Monday by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode.


Egbemode said the State Traditional Council was looking into the matter, adding that traditional rulers ought to protect and preserve the sacredness of traditional institutions.

She said, “Situations, where royal fathers engage in a public display of temperament, do not edify the revered stools of our forebears.

Oluwo of Iwo | Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa

“We believe in the dignity of traditional stools and sacredness of royalty. We will continue to preach peace among all our citizens and harmonious relationship among our traditional rulers.

“Government is aware that the State Council of Traditional Rulers has stepped into the matter and we are confident that the council will take appropriate steps to preserve peaceful coexistence among the Obas in the state. We do not want any crisis in any part of the State.”


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Osun: Ritual suspects arrested with Human skull (Photos)


Osun State Police Command on Tuesday paraded two suspected ritualists, Adesina Adeniyi 42, and Oluwole Olapade, 58, caught with two human skulls.

The command also paraded two suspected armed robbery suspects who were captured after a gun duel with Police at Osu in Atakumosa West Local Government Area of the state.


Parading the suspects, the Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo said Adeniyi, a patent medicine shop owner, was arrested in Iwo while travelling in a commercial bus to Ibadan, Oyo State.

He added that he was caught with two human skulls and a liver after a thorough search by men of 39 Police Mobile Force attached to Iwo Area Command.


According to him, the suspect who resides at Kajola area in Iwo disclosed to the police during interrogation that the skull and the liver were recovered from a Muslim cemetery and a mortuary in the town, where he was an attendant.

Following the gruesome murder of Favour Oladele-Daley, we have pledged to rid the state of a ritual element in the state and during one of such efforts, a suspected ritualist was caught with two human skull and other human parts.


After the arrest of the suspect and upon diligent investigation, his accomplice, Oluwole Olapade, a resident of Yemetu in Ibadan was trailed and arrested.

Olapade, a native doctor, who required human skull for charm had pledged to pay N20,000 per skull to the attendants. He had gotten a skull before which he claimed did not produce money, hence, he decided another skull should be procured for use”, the Commissioner of police added.


While responding to questions from journalists, Adeniyi said he his a patent medicine store owner, but they source for the skulls in a cemetery in the town.

He said, “I sourced for the skull in an open cemetery in the town and I have gotten one for him before and was suppose to deliver another one to him before I was caught.


“For now I operate a patent medicine store and yet to be married.

“The native doctor claimed to have known Adeniyi for long because his father was his acquittance before his demise.


Meanwhile, police also claimed to have burst a fake Naval base operated by Nigeria Navy Coastal Merchant.

It arrested five persons, four suspected recruit and a self-acclaimed Naval Captain Akinsiku Sunkanmi, 27, for impersonation.


Four other suspects arrested at the base were; Aniedu Essiet, Nwabueze Ijeoma Dalton, Raheem Quadri and Gabriel Jacob.

Suspects arrested at the merchant Navy base at Ifon-Osun.

The suspects said they were recruited into the service after paying fees ranging from N100,000 to N200,000.

According to them, the person who recruited them has refused to show at the police station to bail them.


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Corps member assissinated in Osun ..


Suspected robbers have shot dead a National Youth Service Corps member in Osun State.

The deceased, Adebayo Mukaila was sad to own a container made-shop at Omo-west street close to the NYSC Secretariat in the state capital, where he sold recharge.cards, cable subscription and also engaged in money transfer.


It was gathered that Mukaila, popularly called Alfa on the street was attacked after closing his shop around 11 pm on Tuesday by the hoodlums.

It was learnt that after forcefully taking the deceased’s bag, containing cash, POS machine, recharge cards and a bunch of keys, the two-man robbers shot him on the head before dashing away on a motorcycle.


Idowu Korede, an eye witness told the Vanguard that the incident occurred late in the night and that the sound of the gunshot was too audible but that no one could come out of the house, adding that the deceased daughter (name withheld) was with him when he was shot and was crying for help after the robbers left the scene.

“We all heard a loud bang and we decided to stay off believing some cultists have started their usual rivalry clash but a few minutes later a little girl was crying for help and residents rushed to the scene. Mukaila’s body was discovered on the floor with gun injury on his head and his body was rushed to the hospital but he was pronounced dead.

“The incident was unfortunate, we observe the night prayer together at the mosque before he returned to the shop and whenever he stayed late, he sleeps over at his parent’s house located few metres from his shop”, he added.

An official of the Public Relations Unit of the state NYSC confirmed the incident.


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Lassa Fever: Osun records two cases ..


Osun State has recorded two cases of Lassa fever as confirmed by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu and the Special Adviser to the governor on Public Health, Dr. Olasiji Olamiju.

The cabinet members who spoke to newsmen in Osogbo yesterday January 27, said adequate measures have been put in place to contain the spread of the deadly disease.

Isamotu stated that all hands were on deck to check the spread of the disease as he revealed that the affected persons are currently getting medical treatment at Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospital in Ile-Ife and Ilesa.


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Operation Leopard: Osun Amotekun will not operate in Oyo Amotekun space – WNSN

...says it will not destabilize nigeria


South West governors, yesterday, recorded a giant stride in their regional integration efforts as they formally launched the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), codenamed: ‘Operation Amotekun’, which is the first of its kind in Nigeria.

Governors Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, personally graced the ceremony, while governors Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State and Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State were represented by their deputies, Gboyega Alabi and Noimot Salako-Oyedele, respectively.


Cloudy weather was said to have prevented Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, from attending the ceremony.

Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II; Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti and Chairman of Council of Traditional Rulers in Ekiti State, Oba Adebanji Alabi; a prominent Yoruba leader and astute historian, Prof. Banji Akintoye; Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, also graced the occasion.


All the governors, monarchs and Yoruba leaders that spoke at the event said Operation Amotekun was initiated to strengthen security architecture of South West against banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, ritual killings and other social vices in the region.

They said it was not a move by the South West to cause disunity in Nigeria or for Youbaland to break away from the nation, and not an affront on the constitution of Nigeria as the security network would play complementary roles for the armed forces in the country.


Governor Makinde, who hosted the ceremony, at the car park of his office at Agodi, Ibadan, said: “It is our priority to ensure indigenes and settlers, living within the boundaries of our various states can carry out their legitimate activities in a secure environment. The security of their lives and property should be of paramount importance.

“When we discuss the development potentials of our states and talk about investment opportunities and growing our Internally Generated Revenue by exploring areas of comparative advantage, we are aware that we cannot achieve anything in a state of insecurity.


“Our regional integration, our coming together, should be seen in one light: That we are coming together to fight a common enemy. That enemy is not Nigeria; the enemies are the elements among us and their affiliates who are determined to cause commotion within the borders of our states and threaten our peaceful co-existence.”

Akeredolu, who is the chairman of South West Governors’ Forum and convener of the launch ceremony, said each of the states agreed to contribute 20 vehicles, and they have done so, with the exception of Oyo State that donated 33 vehicles, adding that each of the states also provided hundreds of motorcycles to penetrate terrains that vehicles cannot get into, especially forest reserves.


He also dispelled the speculation that the presidency summoned the South West governors to Abuja, 24 hours to the launch, adding that Governor Fayemi actually met the Inspector General of Police on behalf of the governors on the launch for discussion.

“The frequency and ease with which these criminal elements operate gave us great concern that the government felt a society that has enjoyed considerable peace before the descent of this current barbarism, something has to be done. I am giving you what informed our thinking by coming with the security network. The sustained onslaught on the lives and property of our people compelled the adoption of serious counter measures to stamp out the menace within a short period. We shall not relent until the entire space in secured.


“We acknowledge the effort of the Federal Government and its agencies in stemming the dangerous tide of insecurity in the polity. Significant strides had recorded in curbing the menace. It is our hope that our contributions at the regional level will serve as effective complement to the security architecture that may be put in place by the Federal Government in future.

“We have spoken about community police. You agreed with it. But all we want to do is to complement all these efforts. It is not our intention to erect any antagonistic structure, whose operation will be at cross purposes to the existing template of defence, that is not what we are here for. You want us to work together, that is the essence of what has informed what we are doing today, so that all of us can work together.”


Governor Fayemi, who is the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) said: “We are not creating a regional police force. Neither are we oblivious of the steps we must take to have state police. Yes, some of us are unapologetic inveterate advocate of state police. But, we are also law-abiding citizens. We know the process and the procedures that we need to undergo to get to that point. We know we need a constitutional amendment and we are not there yet.

“That will not stop us from continue to campaign for a policing arrangement that is at a multi-level but most importantly, that is close to our people in their various communities. Whether it is local police or state police or federal police or even campus police. As long as it is close to our people and the people can hold them accountable, that is what we are for.


“So, for us, we do not want anyone to misconstrue or misinterpret what is happening here. The conception of Amotekun is that we will operate on a state by state basis. Osun Amotekun is not going to come and operate in Oyo Amotekun space. However, we share boundary and we are not islands. There may be situations that would warrant a handshake between one or the other of our Amotekun formations.”

Osun State Deputy Governor, Alabi, said governors of the six states in he region “are committed to the success of Amotekun and we will collaborate with the five services to make the project a huge success. We, therefore thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his concern for the security of the region and we enjoin all the people to cooperate with officers of the Amotekun Security Outfit for the successful execution of their assignments.”


The Ooni called on personnel of the Western Nigeria Security Network (Amotekun) not to betray the region on the ideals behind setting up the security outfit.

The Ooni said the governors in the region had done their best, adding that it was left for the personnel and the residents of the region to work together for the success of the security outfit.

“All the traditional rulers are in support, the Federal Government is not opposed to it, let all and sundry support it for peace to reign in the region.

“The success of this security outfit will be of benefit to the present generation and generations yet unborn,” he said.


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Osun government disburses N2bn to 25,000.

Osun State government has launched Public Workfare and Special Grant Transfer programmes under the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO).

It is aimed at providing immediate labour intensive work opportunities for indigent unskilled youths and provide life-sustaining assistance for the aged and persons with disabilities respectively in the state.

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola at the launch in Osogbo on Friday, presented a cheque of over N2billion to 25,907 indigent and vulnerable citizens. He disclosed that the programmes are in tandem with the administration’s resolve to improve on the state’s extant social investment policy and its vision to give adequate attention to the welfare of the aged and people with disabilities across the state.

He noted that the public workfare programme will not only enhance the capacity of participating unemployed youth but also create and improve basic social and economic infrastructure in the state adding that the programme “has taken over 10,000 vulnerable youths away from roaming the streets and are participating in productive service and earning monthly stipends.”

The governor said that the public workfare will also increase the income and consumption capacities of young participants and their households, up effective demand in local markets, and increase household assets ownership, savings, and investments.

“Since inception, the Public Workfare component of YESSO has resulted in increase in the income and consumption of the young participants and their households and more importantly, active participation of these selected unskilled and unemployed youths in this programme has reduced youth restiveness and other social vices in our society,” he added.

On the Special Grant Transfer, Governor Oyetola said it was “due to our active performance in fighting the scourge of unemployment among our youths, the World Bank gave the state the opportunity to participate in Special Grant Transfer; a programme designed for persons with disabilities and the aged to avail them the opportunity for enhance consumption and improve health system.”

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Cleric Abdulrahman re arrested for rape accusation in Osun state…

Abdulrahman Habeebulah, the Islamic who was made headlines in July for raping a 16-year-old girl attending his Qu’ranic school in Ede community of Osun State has been re-arrested by police after the case was re-opened.

The suspect whose trial was initially stalled after he claimed the girl was his wife though not denying the rape allegation, was discharged without any compensation for the victim after her family opted for an out-of-court settlement. He was also not able to provide evidence of the marriage which was debunked by the girl and her family.

Premium Times reported that the elder brother of the victim, Muideen Oloyede confirmed that the case was re-opened and transferred to the state criminal investigation department in Osogbo after his family was summoned by the police.

“The police said they got a signal when we went there last week. Although they did not show us the signal, we were told it was owing to a series of petitions the IGP got,” he said.

“I’ve spent a lot on the case till the point that I already gave up. Since the family had earlier opted for a settlement, I was disappointed and handed over everything to God.”

It was gathered that Mr Abdulrahman was re-arrested on Thursday November 21, following a petition written by a human rights group, RULAAC.

Nigeria police spokesperson, Frank Mba said the group had written them demanding the re-arrest and prosecution of the Islamic cleric for rape.

“Nwanguma is really following up that case,” Mr Mba

Anti-trafficking agency, NAPTIP is also conducting its investigation on the case.

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