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Oyo commisioner’s death – PDP commiserate with Makinde. [Nigeria]


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commiserated with Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, over the death of his Commissioner for Environment, Kehinde Ayoola.

The party’s reaction was issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Thursday.

PDP said it was saddened by the demise of the governor’s associate.

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The party described the late Ayoola as a loyal and dedicated party member.

It recalled how he played key roles in Makinde’s governorship campaign and eventual victory at the polls.

“Our party indeed grieves. Nevertheless, we take solace in the promise of the Almighty God regarding those who departed in good works,” PDP said.

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The party condoled with the Ayoola family, the government and people of Oyo State.

The spokesman prayed God to grant everyone the fortitude to bear the loss and eternal rest for the departed.


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[Nigeria] Alaafin Of Oyo’s wife Queen Ola Attacks Queen Memunat On Birthday.

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Queens of the Alaafin of Oyo’s palace, following the sour end of the enviable relationship between Queen Badira Ola and Queen Memunat.

Recall with NobleReporters that Queen Ola who turned 30 last year and Queen Memunat who is marking her birthday today, used to be best friends.

When the going was sweet, the two Queens who are both mother of a set of twins, were fond of wearing same clothes and are always at the beck and call of the Alaafin, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.

Both friends, who are Alhajas (went to Mecca at the same time in 2017) were pregnant at the same time and gave birth to their babies a week apart.

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First, Memunat had her twins, a set of two girls, while Ola had hers a week after and it was a set of two boys.

Sadly the relationship has now turned sour and a source in the palace said that Lizzy Anjorin had a role to play in it.

The two Queens who loved to display public affections for each other on social media, now shun each other and have stopped following each other especially as the Alaafin of Oyo now adores Queen Memunat more.

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“Olori Ola believes that Olori Memunat is always spread false information about her, plus she doesn’t appreciate her new closeness with Lizzy Anjorin especially as she has now lost her position as the favorite Alaafin’s olori.….” Our source claimed.

It will be recalled that the Queens especially the Queen ola despised Lizzy Anjorin due to her closeness with the Alaafin, as a matter of fact, she has even once been caught on camera staring at Lizzy Anjorin with disgust.

Lizzy Anjorin however warmed her way into the hearts of the other Oloris especially Olori Memunat after she publicly debunked dating the Alaafin of Oyo.

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In a lengthy Instagram post, she wrote, “For those that are curious that maybe am his wife.. For your information, he can’t marry a woman that is not a virgin. Alafin is not OBA shakushaku ..For those that don’t like me or pick on me it’s because your internal and spiritual eyes are not functioning…A born ruler and authentic king can easily identify his/her fellow young or old and the chemistry always work like a magic…..Save your energy from curiosity and pray for who will love you like that. Just leave me and that baba alone. His love for me is something I can’t explain because am too young and I no get kobo for hand ..He is the one giving me…”

Liz Anjorin and Alaafin of Oyo
Months after, all the Queens, except for Queen Ola, honored the actress and business woman Lizzy Anjorin with birthday shout outs and tributes, letting the world know that all is well between them.

“The other young Queens have now taken sides with Olori Memunat who is now best friends with Lizzy Anjorin, leaving Olori Ola to herself…also, they will rather be associated with her for being humble and accommodating, than with Queen Ola who loves to carry her shoulders high. ” our source further disclosed.

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Truly, when Queen Badira Ola was hit with the scandal of having extra marital affairs with Kwam 1 a few weeks ago, none of the Queens showed any form support to her, however they are presently celebrating Queen Memunat’s birthday today with PDAs and the kindest words on their Instagram pages.

Queen Ola on the other hand shunned the celebrant’s birthday and posted crytic messages on her Insta story instead.

Cryptic message that reads “Hijab isn’t a crown that shows the world you are a perfect muslim, it is a gesture of love, that shows Allah you are trying….Allah please remove all the fake people from my life, remove all those who “pretend” to like me but actually think negatively of me and speak ill of me. Please purify their hearts and remove them from my life, Amen”

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Meanwhile, Queen Memunat shared a family photo of herself and her kids with the Alaafin of Oyo earlier today to mark her birthday

“I pray to You, dear Almighty Allah,to make all my dreams come true, for the years have taught me that as hard as I may try, I still cannot realize them through my own strength and wisdom.I pray that negativity is a thing of the past and that today marks a new, prosperous era in my life.” she wrote


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[Nigeria] Painter in trouble after killing evangelist in Oyo state.


The alleged killer of a woman evangelist with the Christ Apostolic Church, Oke Imole, Agbeni, Ibadan, Mrs Grace Ajibola has been paraded by the Oyo State Police Command.

The suspect, Olaniyi Abegunde, 34, who is a house painter, allegedly attacked Ajibola at her Oluyole residence on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and went away with some of her belongings, including three Automated Teller Machine cards.


During the parade of suspected criminals at the state police command headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan, on Tuesday, the Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu, said Abegunde was an errand boy to the victim.

The CP stated, “Abegunde attacked the woman with a wooden object, strangled her and later stole her Tecno mobile phone and three ATM cards, having discovered about N2m in the victim’s account, when she sent him to withdraw money for her.


“The suspect was later arrested in his hideout in Akure, the Ondo State capital. Upon interrogation, he confessed to the crime and explained how he withdrew the sum of N120,000 from the victim’s account.”

Abegunde, a resident of the Apata area of Ibadan, said, “I am a painter and I just got married. My wife is pregnant. I had not killed anybody before now. I have no criminal record. I am from Otun-Ekiti in Ekiti State.


“I met the woman (Ajibola) when I painted her house. This made her to like me. I have been with her for about a year now; I used to run errands for her, such as saving money, buying foodstuffs and so on.

“I knew she was rich. I don’t have parents and I don’t move with bad gangs. I know two of her children. One lives in Ibadan, while the other lives in Lagos. She was not the only one I used to run errands for. I run errands for other elderly people, because I like them.


“I strangled the woman in her home in the morning. The child, who was living with her, had gone to school when I perpetrated the act. I don’t know what actually came over me when I killed her.”

Other suspected criminals, who were paraded, included a gang of kidnappers, who allegedly also engaged in robbery.


Members of the gang are Ibrahim Mohammed, aka Dogo, 39; Kasimu Salisu, 27; Buhari Musa, 35; Folorunso Elijah; and one other, simply called Shago.

It was gathered that Mohammed and his cronies abducted Mrs Omobola Adepoju and her sister, Abiodun Ifeoluwa, from a poultry farm in Badeku village, Egbeda area of Ibadan on March 16, 2020.


The sisters are daughters of a former Director of Sports, old Western State, and Proprietor, Subuola Memorial Nursery/Primary School, Ibadan, the late Chief Emiola Adesina.

According to Olukolu, the hoodlums dispossessed the sisters of an undisclosed amount of money, their mobile telephones and other personal effects after taking them to an unknown location.


The CP said the hoodlums released the women after the payment of an undisclosed ransom, adding that items recovered from the suspects included five Bajaj motorcycles, which they used for operations, and N730,000.

Also in the police net are Usman Umar, 24; Shaibu Haruna, 20; Lawal Haruna; Usman Haruna, 28; and Aliyu Mohammed, 18, who allegedly specialised in robbery and kidnapping in Oyo town and its environs.


They were said to have attacked one Mrs Mary Oyeladun, and her daughter, Deborah, at their residence on Bode Thomas Estate, Oyo, with guns, cutlasses and other weapons on March 17, 2020.

The police said the hoodlums went away with Mary’s mobile phone, an undisclosed amount of money and her Toyota Camry car with number plate JBL 204 SA, and also took her to an unknown destination.

“The hoodlums contacted her husband, Rev. Israel Dada, and demanded ransom. A team of SARS operatives later rescued the victim after her husband had paid the sum of N1m as ransom,” the CP stated.


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Easter’20: Oyo Governor Calls For Sacrifice. [Nigeria]


Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Saturday implored residents of the state to be prayerful, while imbibing Christlike sacrifice this season of Easter.

Makinde said that residents, especially those of the Christian faith, should use the opportunity of the Easter season to engage in more prayers for the state and Nigeria in general.


Makinde also urged the people to imbibe the lessons of sacrifice and love which are the hallmarks of Easter.

“Jesus Christ enormously demonstrated the height of sacrifice and true love for humanity through His death and resurrection.


“Sacrifice, love and increased prayers are important at a critical time like this, when the world is fighting the novel Covid-19 pandemic.” Makinde said in a statement by Mr Taiwo Adisa, his Chief Press Secretary.

The governor, however, said he regretted that people could not celebrate the Easter festivity as they wanted due to the restriction order; to control social gathering and movements as a result of measures to contain COVID -19.


He commended the commitment, comportment and prayers of all residents of the state in the last few weeks.

“I also want to assure residents of the state that the present administration is doing everything possible to protect them and to ensure that the Easter festivity goes on as seamless as possible.


“As we celebrate the Easter season, it is another opportunity to offer more prayers to God to heal the world by granting wisdom and direction to humanity on a solution to Covid-19.

“As the Bible makes it clear that effectual fervent prayer of the righteous avails much, I am sure that our prayers can go a long way at this critical period.

“Also, as a people, this season offers us the opportunity to put into practice the lessons of sacrifice and love, which are the reasons for Easter.

“It is my sincere prayer that God in His infinite mercy will heal our lands and make these trying times to pass over us in a short while. I felicitate you all and wish you a Happy Easter,” Makinde said.


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[Nigeria] Oyo govt discharge 3 COVID-19 patients.


Nigeria – Oyo State has discharged three coronavirus patients after they tested negative for the virus.

The state governor, Seyi Makinde, announced this on Twitter.


”Yesterday, three confirmed COVID-19 patients were discharged after receiving their second negative test results. This brings the number of discharged cases in Oyo State to five. So, there are currently six active cases.”

This brings the number of discharged cases in Oyo State to five, leaving six as active cases.


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COVID-19: Oyo extends curfew instead of total lockdown. (Nigeria)


The Oyo State Government on Thursday extended the curfew imposed to combat the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government had imposed a 7pm- to 6 am curfew instead of full lockdown of the state to limit movement of people.


It also disclosed that it has hit the N200million mark from donors to the Endowment Fund to generate financial support in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, in a statement, said the Government would inform the general public if there will be a review to the curfew arrangement.


Additionally, Adisa said barely a week after the Oyo State COVID-19 Endowment Fund was set up, donations from corporate organisations, religious groups and individuals from within and outside the State have continued to flow in.

He named a former Governor Senator Rashidi Ladoja; a PDP chieftain, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo; Mr Remi Oseni as some of the individuals who made donations.


First Bank of Nigeria, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Adron homes, Christ Apostolic Church, Nigeria Baptist Convention and Seven-Up bottling companies, according to him, are among the corporate donors.

Adisa said: “As of April 8, 2020, the funds in the three accounts domiciled in First Bank, UBA and Unity Bank stand at N200 million, while donations in food items and other materials worth close to N50 million have also been received.


“First Bank of Nigeria, ADRON Homes and Properties Ltd donated N20 million each; a former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and former governorship hopeful of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), who is now a chieftain of the PDP, Engr. Aderemi Oseni, donated N10 million each.

“One of the founding leaders of the PDP in the state, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo and the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), donated N5 million each.


“Besides the cash donations, some groups, corporate entities and individuals have also made donations such as foodstuffs, drinks and other items worth millions to the state’s Food Security and Emergency Task Force.

“Some of the food products donated to the state include rice, beans, garri, yam and vegetable oil, among others


“Other items donated to the state government include hand sanitisers, medical items, knapsack sprayers and buckets.

“Details of the donations have been published on Oyo State website: http://www.oyostate.gov.ng as of April 8, 2020, noting that the Kola Daisi Foundation and Protogy Global Services donated N1 million each.


Other donations, according to Adisa, included those of the PDP candidate for the Ibadan North House Federal Constituency House of Representatives seat, Chief Ademola Omotoso, who donated N500,000; Seven-Up Bottling Company (N500,000) and Muraina Abdullahi (N500,000).

“Updates from the Food Security and Emergency COVID-19 Task Force, which is responsible for receiving food donations also show that different organisations and individuals including NPG Farms, Farm Connect Agribusiness Industry Ltd, Fan Milk PLC, Agro Park, Niji Farms, SUMAL Foods Ltd, Nigerian Baptist Convention and WEMA Bank donated different food items to the state.

“Other donations in food items and other materials came from: Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Dr. Sola Adeduntan, a Director with First Bank Plc, Dr. Kola Adesina, Group CEO, Saharan Power, Lagos, CAPS Feed, Seven-Up Bottling Company, Poultry Association of Nigeria, Oyo State chapter, IBEDC and Glister Success Ltd.

“All donations were those updated on the official website of the state as of 8 April, and Governor Makinde is full of appreciations to the donors.”


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COVID-19: Gov. Seyi Makinde test Negative days after Positive test.


Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has tested negative for the Coronavirus.

This is coming six days after the governor tested positive for the COVID-19 and was in self-isolation.


The governor had on March 30th, announced via social media that he had tested positive for the virus, stating that though he is asymptomatic, he will continue to self-isolate.

However, in a statement via his official Twitter handle, Governor Makinde in the late hours of April 5th, announced that he had received his second negative test result for COVID-19.

He thanked everyone who had prayed and supported him within the course of his isolation, with a special appreciation of Professor Temitope Alonge who stood in for him as head of Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force.

I am deeply moved by your prayers and support throughout this period. I am so thankful. This evening, I received my second negative test result for COVID-19. I especially thank Prof Temitope Alonge, who acted in my stead as Head of the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force. pic.twitter.com/p0Tn1iH0H1

— Seyi Makinde (@seyiamakinde) April 5, 2020


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COVID-19: Oyo confirms another case. (Nigeria)


The Oyo State government has recorded a new positive case of COVID-19. A statement released by the Acting Chairman of the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, Prof Temitope Alonge on April 4, says the latest case is a close contact of the second confirmed case who subsequently developed symptoms.

He indicated that the patient has been moved to one of the isolation centres in the state while activities at the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) are being ramped up to meet the evolving nature of the Covid-19 pandemic.


He disclosed that with the index case already discharged, the other seven cases remain stable.

He added that the diagnostic centre located inside the University College Hospital has commenced timely samples testing with a turnaround time of less than 24 hours to provide results.


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COVID-19: Oyo state cannot be on total lockdown – Seyi Makinde. (Nigeria)


Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has given the reason why the State can’t go on total lockdown over Coronavirus, days after President Buhari issued an order which restricted movement in Abuja, Ogun and Lagos.

The Governor who tested positive for the virus shared that he opted for a curfew instead of a total lockdown due to the high rate of poverty in the state.


He stated that a curfew will enable residents carry out their daily activities and earn daily incomes amidst the outbreak of Coronavirus in the state.

Speaking on a Fresh FM programme, Governor Makinde said,


“My own background is engineering and I kept saying to people that as an engineer, you take decisions that are based on logic and fact. It’s an uncharted territory. We kept on interacting with the experts to find out what are the facts emerging.

“Yes, Lagos can be on lockdown, Ogun can be on lockdown, Oyo State, yes, people have been saying have a total lockdown and then I have been asking them questions. What will be the benefits here? Are there alternative courses of action for us to take?


“If you ask people not to come out, you lock down the market places, there are people that what they sell today – the profit from today’s activities is what they will eat tomorrow. There are plenty people like that within our environment. So, are there alternatives available to us? Can we do selective lockdown? That’s why I imposed the curfew, to say limit interactions.

“I think, everything is on the table but it has to follow a logical pattern and it will need the input of experts. We are not just going to lock down because everyone is locking down.”


Governor Makinde went to disclose that he would follow the steps of some foreign countries that have successfully contained the virus.

He added,

“I have been watching CNN and the most successful place right now in containing this is the Czech Republic. And one of the things they brought out is that they made a law that if you must leave your house, you must wear a mask.

“It may be that route for us to go. I have asked them to start evaluating that. If we must make that law and say everybody that must go out must wear a mask, then, how about those who cannot afford it? Can we make masks locally? Can we get our artisans and our tailors to commit to that with the government supporting? So, those are the type of solutions we are looking for.”


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COVID-19: Seyi Makinde test positive.


Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has tested positive for coronavirus and is in self-isolation.

The governor revealed this in a statement on his verified Twitter handle on Monday where he disclosed that he is asymptomatic.


“I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result,” he tweeted. “It is POSITIVE. I am asymptomatic and will continue to self-isolate.”

He also directed the former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, Prof Temitope Alonge, to be the Head of COVID-19 Task Force as he recovers.


According to him, “I have designated Prof Temitope Alonge, former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, as the Head of COVID-19 Task Force while I recover fully.”

Governor Makinde also urged the people of Oyo State to comply with instructions from the COVID-19 Task Force.


“Stay home, stay safe,” he urged Oyo residents.

He is the third governor in the country to test positive for coronavirus.


I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result. It is POSITIVE. I am asymptomatic and will continue to self-isolate. pic.twitter.com/SX6UAYBb0S

— Seyi Makinde (@seyiamakinde) March 30, 2020


I have designated Prof Temitope Alonge, former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, as the Head of COVID-19 Task Force while I recover fully. Please continue to comply with all the directives from the COVID-19 Task Force. Stay home, stay safe.

— Seyi Makinde (@seyiamakinde) March 30, 2020


Earlier on Monday, the Nigerian Government confirmed the second death from coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, announced this during the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He said, “Till date, three persons have been discharged after successful treatment. But sadly, another fatality was recorded over the weekend in the person of a patient who had severe underlying illnesses.

“We have intensified contact tracing and our strategy remains to promptly detect cases, isolate them, and follow up with their contacts and also isolate and treat, in order to reduce the spread of the infection.”


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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde fires Media aide, Muritala Adigun.


The Governor of Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde, has sacked his Special Assistant on Digital Media, Muritala Adigun, for allegedly feeding the public with misleading information.

His letter of termination of appointment, signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Olubamiwo Adeosun, with reference number: SP/S.662/2/Vol1/115, was reportedly handed over to him on Friday.


The letter read in part, “I wish to convey the approval of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, on the termination of your appointment as Special Assistant (Digital Media), with immediate effect.”

It was alleged that the sacked media aide had, on Thursday, posted false information about the procurement of some kits on his Facebook page, alleging that they were bought by the Oyo State Government.


Sources said his action led to negative comments against the governor and the state government.

Adigun, a.k.a Adigun Ibadan, posted the picture of some tools, reportedly procured by the Lagos State Government, on his Facebook page, with a claim that it was procured by the Oyo State Government.


Makinde, who was said to have taken strong exception to the development, reportedly ordered the immediate dismissal of the media aide.

An official of the state government, who spoke with our correspondent in Ibadan on Friday on the condition of anonymity, said, “Adigun had initially apologised for publicising falsehood on his Facebook page.

“But, he later claimed that his page was hacked by some elements belonging to the opposition party in order to discredit him.”


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COVID-19: See Davido’s crowded show despite pandemic fears. {Video}


Despite warnings by federal and state governments to Nigerians to avoid social gatherings and observe social distancing, Davido went on with a show that had more than 50 people in attendance at Stone Cafe Ibadan.


On Sunday, March 22, 2020, Governor Seyi Makinde confirmed the first case of coronavirus in Oyo state.

The governor in a statement said the confirmation test for the suspected case at Bodija has come back positive.

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However, in a video posted on the Instagram page of Stone Cafe Ibadan, it was confirmed that Davido held the show at the club on Saturday night.

The video showed Davido sitting in the club, while a large number of people trooped in to greet him. The video also showed him posing for photographs with Asiwaju Segun Olalere, the CEO of the club.


“It’s @davidoofficial x @bredhkn in the building. And they came through with the full squad. This isn’t a throwback 😝. They are here live! 10:42pm” The club wrote.

NobleReporters learnt that Davido, who also appeared at a weeding in Ibadan, was later seen at Derok, another club in the city.

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A check on Davido’s Instagram page showed that the artiste visited Governor Seyi Makinde on Saturday before the show.

In a picture he shared on his Instagram page, Davido said he’s been waiting to meet Makinde since he became the governor of Oyo state.


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COVID-19: Oyo state, Nigeria record 1st case.


Oyo State has recorded its first confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This was revealed in the early hours of Sunday by the State Governor and Head of the State’s Task Force on COVID-19, Seyi Makinde.


Makinde in a series of tweets, confirmed that the United Kingdom returnee, whose sample was sent for testing had returned positive.

He tweeted: “The COVID-19 confirmation test for the suspected case at Bodija has come back POSITIVE. The result was released at 17:35 PM of March 21, 2020. Oyo State Public Health Officials are collaborating with the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan’s team on the case.


“A follow up on the Ekiti COVID-19 case revealed that the deceased was picked up directly from Lagos Airport to a private apartment in Ona Ara Local Government Area.

“The Health Authorities have contacted the family concerned and the community has been alerted for intensified contact tracing and self-isolation of identified close contacts.


The information given that he stayed in some hotels in Ibadan has been found to be false.

“Another returnee from Texas, USA, has also been identified at Oluyole Local Government Area. She has been kept in self-isolation with close monitoring by the State Epidemiological Team.


“All recent returnees are again urged to identify themselves to Ministry Officials and self-isolate for 14 days.

“We have released funds for:


a. Activation of Emergency Operation Centre at the Ministry of Health.

b. Establishment of Diagnostic Centre for screening of Coronavirus and other related infectious diseases to be stationed at the UCH, Ibadan.


“Equipping of the newly designated Oyo State Infectious Disease Centre at Olodo that has the capacity for over 100 cases.

“Oyo State Ministry of Health Helplines: 08038210122/ 08023229267/ 08073431342.”

This brings to 23 the number of confirmed cases in Nigeria.


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COVID-19: Oyo govt increase preventive measures.


The Oyo State Government has embarked on some preventive measures against the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) at its parastatals, such as Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board and Oyo State Road Transport Maintenance Agency, in Ibadan.

Earlier today, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran distributed over One thousand, five hundred (1500) hand sanitizers to staff members and guests at the board.


Speaking during the distribution exercise, he said the measures will help keep away coronavirus among staff members of the board, while he called on visitors, staff members and other stakeholders to adhere strictly to precautionary measures to safeguard themselves.

“We call on everyone to please remain alert and calm during work hours, and please kindly adhere strictly to our precautionary methods to safeguard us”, he said.


Adeniran added that the new measures will ensure that incoming visitors at the Board are sanitized properly, before they are attended to and ensure that high level of hygienic procedures are followed at the Board.

He affirmed that the Board has taken proactive steps to ensure pupils in public primary schools are safe from the virus, adding that the State Government is striving to curtail the spread of coronavirus pandemic in schools and the public.


Therefore, he called on teachers and parents in the state, to ensure pupils under their care maintain basic hygiene steps, by washing their hands regularly and that they play safe.

Meanwhile, following the spread of Coronavirus pandemic across the country, Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority, OYRTMA, has begun full enforcement of the Operation-one-passenger, which mandates commercial motorcyclists to carry one passenger.


The enforcement exercise also prohibits commercial cab drivers from transporting more than a passenger in front seats, while tricycle riders are not expected to take any passenger in front seats.

Executive Chairman, OYRTMA, Dr. Akin Fagbemi posited that, the enforcement became necessary considering the rapid spread of the virus, adding that the exercise would mitigate the easy spread of the deadly coronavirus.

He said “as a government agency in charge of transportation of goods and services across the State, it is not only imperative we make this move to prevent avoidable road crashes, but also to reduce body contacts and exchange of body fluids which aids the easy transmission of this deadly virus”

Speaking with stakeholders, Dr. Fagbemi enjoined them to brace up, take proactive and stringent steps to curb the spread of COVID-19, by sensitizing commercial vehicle owners on the need to take precautionary measures such as the use of protective hand gloves, nose covers and crash helmets.


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West Brom invite Oyo players for final screening.


The coast is now clear for the 20 lucky players picked during the recently held Oyo State Soccer Development Programme in Ibadan to undergo further screening to be conducted by English Championship side, West Bromwich Albion.

Successful players from the latest exercise will be admitted into the Bestowed Grace Football Academy, which is coordinating the programme for Oyo State government.


The 20 successful players, according to Ismail Ridwan Ayobami of Bestowed Grace, would proceed to West Bromwich Albion in England for final trials following recommendations by Coach Bird Josh, and Jones Mitchell Mark, both UEFA B licensed and recruitment managers for West Brom.

“We thank God for the success recorded so far in this youth empowerment programmes through football, which was the idea of Governor Seyi Makinde.

“It involves a successful one-month stay Westbrom UK camp, UK Visa processing, air-tickets, accommodation, feeding, logistics, kits, airport pick-up and drop-off”, Ayomide of Bestowed noted.

Meanwhile, the families of the beneficiaries of Oyo State Football Talent Identification Scheme have thanked the Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde for his love and concern for capacity building of youths in Oyo State through sports, especially football.


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Fake officers arrested in Oyo state.


A fake soldier and fake police corporal identified as Sodiq Abiodun and Oluwaseun Ogunjebe respectively, have been arrested by the Oyo State Police Command.

The fake soldier was arrested for impersonation and rape of a 17-year-old girl Alimot Ismail, while the police corporal was arrested for failing to stop for police personnel routine stop and search patrol along Ibadan/Ife Road Toll Gate, Ibadan.

They were paraded alongside 43 others arrested for crimes ranging from cultism, armed robbery, murder, rape, kidnapping, impersonation, receipt of stolen goods, and threat to life among others.


Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu who paraded the suspects before newsmen said;

“The hoodlum attacked the said Alimot Ismail, dispossessed her of her cell phone and abducted her to his hide-out at Papa Eleye, Olomi area, Ibadan, where his syndicate member was waiting for him. The victim was held hostage and later raped serially until the next day.


“As soon as the incident was reported at SARS office, a team of SARS operatives swung into action and the two hoodlums, who later identified themselves as Sodiq Abiodun and Lekan Adesokan, 31, were arrested in connection with the crime. A complete set of Nigerian Army camouflage uniform, which he normally wore to carry-out his criminal activities was recovered from him.

“The Swift Response Squad (SRS) along Ibadan/Ife Road Toll Gate intercepted one Oluwaseun Ogunjebe aged 48, of No. 1A Olanrewaju Street Agege Dopemu, Lagos, who claimed to be a Police Corporal serving at Force Headquarters Annex Lagos with one Blue Nissan Primera Car with registration number SMK 981 EQ and found with a fake Police I.D. card.

“The suspects upon sighting the SRS failed to stop for Personnel Routine Stop and Search, but later got arrested. He was arrested with fake police Corporal I.D. card, with a Blue Nissan Primera Car with registration number SMK 981 EQ.”

The suspects who have reportedly confessed to the crime, will soon be charged to court for proper trial.


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Operation Amotekun: Bill return for passage on Wednesday.


The stage was set on Sunday night for the resumption of legislative works on the bill seeking to establish Amotekun Corps in the six Southwest states.

Lawmakers in Osun, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Ondo states will be finalising the process beginning from today.

Speakers and Attorneys-Generals of the states met in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, where they made observations, suggestions and cleared conflicting areas identified during the public hearings conducted by the states last week Monday.


They did a clause-by-clause deliberation on the issues raised at the public hearings that held simultaneously in the states.

At the meeting were Speakers Adebo Ogundoyin (Oyo), Timothy Owoeye (Osun), Bamidele David Oleyelogun (Ondo), Mudashiru Obasa (Lagos), Funminiyi Afuye (Ekiti) and Olakunle Oluomo (Ogun).


The speakers adopted a uniform law for the security outfit to ensure uniformity and ease of regional cooperation on training, equipment and intelligence sharing.

It was learnt on Sunday that the Oyo State House of Assembly will tomorrow (Tuesday) pass into law the bill backing the establishment of the Oyo State Amotekun Corps.


The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Kazeem Olayanju, told The Nation that the bill, which has passed through Second Reading, will be passed into law at tomorrow’s plenary.

A source in the Assembly revealed that the request by Miyetti Allah to have its members recruited into the outfit was not accommodated in the bill to be passed.


The group made up of herdsmen, had during the public hearing requested that its members be recruited along with others into the security outfit.

The request was contained in its memorandum to the public hearing committee in Ibadan, the state capital last week.


In Lagos, the Tunde Braimoh-led Committee on Information, Strategy and Security of the Lagos State House of Assembly will tomorrow present its report on the proposed amendment to the Neighbourhood Safety Corp Agency Law 2019 at plenary.

The law is being amended to create Amotekun Corps in line with the region’s effort to tackle rising crime waves such as kidnapping for ransom, killings, robbery and banditry.


The House suspended its recess two weeks ago to consider an executive bill sent to it.

Information revealed that the House is resuming plenary tomorrow at 12noon.


According to the notice sent out to lawmakers and legislative staff, the bill will be laid and presented by the committee.

The notice reads: “At the plenary, the House shall consider laying and presentation of report on a bill for a law to amend the Neighborhood Safety Corps Agency Bill, 2020.”


Also in Akure, the Ondo State House of Assembly will tomorrow pass the Amotekun Corps’ Bill.

According to the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Gbenga Omole, the lawmakers had done what was required by organising a public hearing after cutting short their recess last week.


Omole said the lawmakers are ready to pass the bill tomorrow like their counterparts in other Southwest states.

The bill on the Osun State Security Network and Amotekun Corps will be passed into law on or before Wednesday, Speaker Timothy Owoeye told The Nation on Sunday night.


He told our reporter that he and his colleagues will resume legislative work on the constitution of the bill from today.

Owoeye said: “From tomorrow (today), we will start considering the suggestions and recommendations of individuals and groups from the public hearing. By Wednesday latest, we will pass the bill and send to the governor for his assent.


Barring the unforeseen, the Amotekun Bill will be passed by the Ogun State House of Assembly tomorrow, Speaker Kunle Oluomo assured last night.

In a telephone chat with The Nation, Oluomo said: “The bill having concluded the public hearing on the bill a week ago, and the document gone through reconciliation and harmonisation in Ibadan by all the Southwest Speakers, Majority Leaders and attorneys-general among others, it was resolved that each state Assembly should pass the Bill into law on Tuesday (tomorrow).

He added: “When it is eventually passed by the Assembly and eventually signed into law by the Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, the bill would be translated into indigenous languages for easy understanding so that essence of it will be felt by all even in remote area of the state.

The speaker reiterated the bill’s importance to protect the overall wellbeing of residents and investors in the state, emphasising that intelligence gathering remained the fulcrum of any effective security outfit.


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Operation Amotekun: Miyetti Allah wants to join Leopard

tells Oyo govt to enlist members


Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has told the Oyo State Government to include its members in the Amotekun security network.

A former chairman of the association, Yaqub Bello, said this during a public hearing of the state security network agency bill 2020 in Oyo State.


He said, “Some of us have been in Oyo State for over 40 years, cohabiting with the natives, married Yoruba women and have children.

“So, our request is to include Miyetti Allah as members of Operation Amotekun to enhance the job of the outfit, since we know the terrain of where we rear our cattle.

“Having Fulani among the outfit will make it easier for Amotekun officials to distinguish between genuine herdsmen and criminals while on patrol. A Fulani man can also serve as an interpreter while interrogating any suspected herdsman.”

Operation Amotekun is an idea of governors of the six South-West states to combat insecurity in the region.


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We are making Oyo conducive – Makinde


Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says his administration is already creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state.

A statement issued on Friday in Ibadan by Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, quoted Makinde as saying this while on an inspection tour of a private farm, Agrited Nigeria Limited, at Fiditi.


The governor said that his administration had started the process of making the state investment-friendly.

He added that efforts to turn the state into an industrial destination in order for businesses to thrive were already in top gear.


Makinde said that his government placed a premium on the promotion of agribusiness and would continue to assist investors in order to expand the state economy.

“What the government can do is to create an enabling environment for investors; they are private people and I strongly believe we should support them to do more.


“Government should not be running businesses and, even we are trying to turn over the businesses we have as a government to private people so that they can run them efficiently.

“This company, Agrited Nigeria Limited, is preparing to start operation and you can also see this is going to have a very huge impact as far as the economy of the state is concerned.


“And this is also because, as an administration, we said we were going to expand our economy, utilising where we have a comparative advantage, and agriculture is one of them.

“So, when I see this kind of the project coming into fruition, I am excited that jobs are being created and that suppliers will soon be flocking this place.


“And we have asked them what else the government can do to support them too,” he said.

The governor assured would-be investors in the state to put their minds at rest about the chances of the businesses succeeding in the state.


He added that the state had put in place the right security architecture and systems that would guarantee ease of doing business.

Also speaking, Mr Moty Ganon, the Deputy General Manager (Operations) of the farm, expressed appreciation to the governor for deeming it fit to pay to visit the farm.

Ganon sought the assistance of the state government towards the uplift of the farm.

He assured the governor that the company would partner with government to promote agriculture in the state, thereby expanding its economy.


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Oyo’s case against Kamil Akinlabi pulled


Justice Iyabo Yerima of Oyo State High Court has struck out a criminal case filed against a former federal lawmaker, Kamil Akinlabi, by a traditional ruler over allegation bordering on defamatory of character.

The monarch had been accused by Akinlabi of being the mastermind of some criminal activities in his kingdom, which led to the discontinued litigation.


The case was struck out by the court at the instance of the power of the state’s Attorney General, Oyelowo Oyewo, who told the court in a letter to discontinue the case, which was instituted in 2016 by the monarch.

The suit (Oyo vs Akinlabi) Hoy/5c/2016, was to be revisited after several adjournments.


Akinlabi, a former member of House of Representatives, is currently the chairman, Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OYSROMA), appointed by Governor Seyi Makinde in 2019.

In his reaction, he said he was happy that justice prevailed on the matter despite that it took a long time.

“I must give kudos to the judiciary, you should see the unbiased prosecution of the case from the beginning till it was discontinued. It reaffirmed the fact that the court of law is truly the last hope for the common man.

“It is one thing to take an action and it is another thing to be ready to bear the consequence of that action. This, I have shown and we are happy that the matter spoke for itself, even when charges were amended about two or three times, but I am glad to tell you today that it is a new dawn,” he said.


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