Oyo recorded 277 deaths from 260 road accidents in 7 months, says FRSC


OYO State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Yusuf Salami, on Tuesday, said it recorded 277 deaths, 1,126 injured persons in 260 road crashes in the state from January to July. Salami made this known while briefing members of the Oyo State House of Assembly on ways to reduce road accidents in the state. He bemoaned human negligence ranging from overloading to non-use of helmet by motorcycle riders, irregular vehicle maintenance and check-up, drunk driving, non-adherence to traffic rules, as constituting 80 per cent of the carnage. In particular, he identified the Oyo-Ogbomoso-Ilorin and Lagos-Ibadan expressway as places where many of the accidents occurred.

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Akinola appointed as new Aare Musulumi of Yoruba land


The League of Imams and Alfas in the South-West, Edo and Delta States has approved the appointment of an Ibadan-based businessman, Alhaji Dawud Akinola, as the new Aare Musulumi of Yoruba-land. The League gave the approval on Monday during its meeting held at its secretariat in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. Announcing the outcome of the meeting, Secretary-General of the League, Sheikh Ahmad Aladesawe, said its decision on the new Islamic leader, as the body vested with the power to make such an appointment, was final. Aladesawe, who doubles as the Chief Imam of Owo, in Ondo State, described Akinola as deserving of the honorary religious title and expressed confidence that his era would mark a renaissance for Muslims in Yoruba-land.

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Police chief vows to rid Oyo of crimes


The new Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr. Adeleye Oyebade, yesterday pledged to forge closer ties with the people for improved policing. He was addressing officers after receiving the baton from his predecessor, Mr. Mohammed Katsina, at Eleyele, Ibadan. Oyebade listed closer ties with the people as one of his methods to rid the state of crimes. He said other methods included policing with the fear of God, respecting the human rights of suspects, welfare of his subordinates and promotion of tutorials on personal security. The police boss said the command would engage in professional policing in line with the Inspector-General of Police’s (IGP’s) commitment to change the perception of the security agency.

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God of the Bad Boys 2…..Loading!

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See the smile and the swags o! Of course, You all know Jazzy B and his weird ways, which has made him stand out as the ‘Chief of the bad boys’ in this city and beyond! (lolz), so this shouldn’t come as a surprise to you.

Anyway, ‘God of the Bad Boys 2’ is coming up soon from the stables of ‘This House Under God’, and we sure must bring you the information as it unfolds.

For those that attended the ‘Season 1’, I guess you wont want to miss this for anything, but for those of you that missed out then, this is a chance for you to catch up with what some of us tag as a life changing experience in the city of Ibadan. Keep four fingers crossed peeps!


Igbo in Ibadan accuses Ohaneze Ndigbo of instigating crisis


THE perennial battle over the title of Ohaneze N digbo of Oyo state resurfaced again, weekend, as the socio-cultural group accused the Ohaneze national leadership of instigating crisis in the state. This was disclosed in Ibadan by the Ezendigbo of Ibadan and Oyo state, Eze (Dr.) Alex C. Anozie, President of the Ohaneze in Oyo state, E. Ndidi Nzeako. They claimed that Anozie is the only recognized paramount head of the Igbo community in Ibadan and Oyo state. The duo called that attention of the national body to a subsisting court judgment delivered by an Oyo state High Court on February 18, 2014, in which the court affirmed the leadership of Anozie as the democratically elected and crowned Ezendigbo, Onyendu Ndigbo in Ibadan and Oyo state.

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Ajimobi and politics of reducing cost of governance


KEMI OLAITAN examines recent policies of the Abiola Ajimobi-led All Progressives Congress, APC, administration in Oyo State, aimed at reducing the cost of governance.

Since the inauguration of elected governors across the country on May 29, either for first term or second term, most of them have embarked upon various cost saving measures given the dwindling resources from the federal allocation. The Oyo State government under the leadership of Governor Abiola Ajimobi is not left out of this as it last week rolled out measures which it said were unavoidable at this period. First on the list was the stoppage of payment of West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, WASSCE, registration fees for students in the state.

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Oyo tribunal: INEC to present 160 witnesses


One hundred and sixty witnesses are to testify at the Oyo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Ibadan, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lead counsel, Yusuf Ali (SAN), said yesterday. Sikiru Sanni, who held the fort for Ali, said the witnesses would be selected from the 33 local governments to prove to the tribunal that INEC conducted free, fair and credible election. The Accord candidate in the April 11 governorship poll, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, challenged the declaration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner.He joined the APC, Dr. Rufus Akeju, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) and the commission as co-respondents.

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Olubadan praises celebration of Adelabu centenary


The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Samuel Odulana, on Monday praised the organisers of Adegoke Adelabu Centenary celebration for keeping the values of the late politician alive. The late Adelabu, popularly referred to as Penkelemeesi (peculiar mess), died in an accident on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in 1958 at the age of 43. On Monday, his family and head of the organising committee of the centenary celebration, Aare Alasa of Ibadan land, High Chief Lekan Alabi, visited the Olubadan as part of the activities to celebrate him. Earlier on Sunday, the group had visited a former Managing Director of Daily Times, Areoye Oyebola, in his Ibadan home.

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Hit or Miss? Latitude waiters serving With Hoverboard!

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And we come to this issue of Latitude Café serving customers with Hoverboard at Ventura Mall Ibadan.

Of course, the buzz has been on for a while, so we think you can share your views. Some say its an abuse of technology, some say its putting Ibadan as a pacesetter city of which she has always been, with all the firsts…(Cocoa house, UCH, UI, NTA etc) now we can add ‘Restaurant Hoverboard’, I guess?

To some its simply Innovation and Creativity, its an attraction for peeps that haven’t seen a hoverboard before (in real life I mean), and it will make delivery of meals faster and with ‘swags’. To some its just a joke, someone actually said its putting a gold ring in a pigs snout, especially the way the lady is looking and all.  So what do you think?

Anyway Follow @Latitudecafe on Twitter peeps

Ibadan Poly NASU begins indefinite strike today


Non Academic Staff Union (NASU), The Polytechnic Ibadan Branch has commenced an indefinite strike beginning from today, Monday, August 31. This was contained in a communiqué issued and signed by the branch secretary of the union, Mr Ibraheem Adekunle Akande, at the end of a meeting held at the Sports Pavilion, North Campus of the institution on Friday, August 28, 2015. The communiqué read: “The management should as a matter of urgency prevail on the state government to pay all our outstanding salaries and wages from April till date.” It also stated that “henceforth, members’ salaries should be paid in full without the deduction due to the cooperative and members. The union will not call off the strike until our demands are met.”

Come November, Mike Obot brings ‘Rising Heroes’ to Ibadan

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Mike Obot is not a new face in the ‘Inspi-tainment’ scene, especially in gospel circles in Ibadan. The young man who has paid his dues over the years is finally bringing his much awaited album launch to the city of Ibadan.

His Music has been termed as ‘Inspi-tainment’ in some circles due to the way it makes listeners feel when listened to. Its a combination of Inspiration, information, and a little entertainment, making you to want to keep listening to this talented man with an extra-ordinary vocal strength that delivers the powerful lyrics that is synonymous to all his songs.

During a media chat with http://www.whatsupibadan.com on the state of the nation, Mike says; “Considering the present state of our great nation and the world at large where citizens are filled and motivated by nothing but fear, we’re giving up on the things that are rightfully ours, settling for less and giving in to failure. Now we all need the strength and courage to take back what is rightfully ours.”

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Oliseh watches 3SC beat Abia Warriors


Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh was in Ibadan to watch Shooting Stars beat Abia Warriors 2-0 in a Week 26 league match on Sunday. 3SC now have 38 points from 26 games. Former El Kanemi Warriors striker Sunday Adetunji scored the opening goal in the 28th minute. He completed a brace with the second goal to douse the tension as the Chisom Chikatara-led attack in the second half mounted pressure for goal. Adetunji has now scored six goals this season. In Jos, Giwa FC defeated Lobi Stars 2-0 in a dramatic game. Lobi looked good to get a point from the game but in the dying minutes the game turned around for the hosts. Hassan Abubakar opened scoring in the 83rd minute, before Aminu Mbai doubled the score two minutes to the end of the game.

Adelabu’s day of honour here


The Aare Alaasa of Ibadanland, Oloye Lekan Alabi and Chairman, Adegoke Adelabu Post-Humous Centenary Birthday Celebration Planning Committee, extols the virtues of the foremost nationalist and politician, the late Chief Adelabu, and his progressive ideals, which made his life colourful and evergreen. His centenary will be celebrated on September 3.

Nigeria’s first Federal Minister of Social Services and Natural Resources (at age 39 in 1954), the first African Manager of the United Africa Company (UAC) (at age 21 in 1936), first Chairman the old of Ibadan District Council (now comprising II LGAS) in 1954, former first National Vice – President of the now defunct NCNC political party, former Leader of Opposition in the old Western Region House of Assembly and Leader of the NCNC Western Delegation to the 1957 Constitutional Conference in London, UK, the late Alhaji (Honourable) Adegoke Adelabu (alias Penkelemesi) would have been 100 years old, come Thursday, 3rd September 2015, had he not died in a road accident at Ode Remo (present Ogun State) on 25th March, 1958, at the age of 43 years.

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Why we’re admitting only 3,500 out of over 30,000 UTME applicants – Olukoya, Registrar, UI


Mr. Olujimi Olukoya is the Registrar of University of Ibadan. Soft-spoken and highly cerebral university administrator, Olukoya, is apparently the youngest registrar the premier university has ever had. Before berthing in Ibadan, the member of Financial Planning Association and Nigerian Institute of Management (FPA, NIM), who holds a first and Master’s degrees in Educational Planning and Administration from the University of Ilorin (Unilorin) had worked severally in his old school, the Lagos State College of Education, Ijanikin and Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo, from where he left as the registrar. Engaging Olukoya in an interview is a seminar on higher educational management and a window into the world of a humble, God-fearing personality who believes that leadership is not about taking credits, but giving credits to the team of subordinates that makes things happen. He also speaks on his experience as the registrar, the challenges and why UI has been relatively tension free among many other issues.

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PSquare escape death on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway


Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is notorious for incessant fatal auto crashes. The busy expressway would have been in the headlines today if not what could be termed divine intervention. The singing duo, PSquare were involved in an accident on the expressway in the early hours of Sunday on their way back from a show in Ibadan. Their red Range Rover SUV in which they were travelling with their assistant manager was hit by a lorry and was dragged for about 12 seconds. The twins and their co-travellers escaped unhurt from the accident.

Over 100 convicted for traffic offences in Oyo


IN its preparation towards ensuring safety on roads as the year approaches the ‘ember’ months, the Oyo State sector of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has convicted over 100 road traffic offenders in the last two weeks. Disclosing this at the weekend, in Ibadan, at Egbeda unit in the command where a mobile court sat to try erring road users, the state Sector Commander, Mr Yusuff Salami, disclosed  that enforcement of traffic rules and regulations was to curb the occurrence of road traffic crashes on our roads in Oyo State. Noting that the same special operation was carried out on August 18 on Ibadan-Ilesa expressway, the Sector Commander said the weekend operation was the continuation of that to prepare the minds of people towards 2015 ‘ember months.’

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Seven die in Oyo crash, residents scoop fuel


Seven persons died when a passenger bus collided with a truck on the Ibadan-Ogbomoso road on Sunday. Also in Ogbomoso, a truck loaded with crashed in the Taki area of the town, spilling its content while residents of the area scooped fuel before security men arrived at the scene to disperse them. Eyewitness said apart from those who died in the accident, several others sustained varying degrees of injuries. The eyewitness explained that the commercial bus had attempted to overtake a Sports Utility Vehicle along the bad portion of the narrow road but failed to accomplish the task before being faced with an oncoming truck.

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#GloSlideNBounce2015: Its going down for real-#Tonight


Its tonight and Glo is locking it down at Hall of Grace, Jogor Center.

This promises to be another swell time brought to the city of IB by the Telecom Giant-Globacom.

Billed to thrill the crowd includes, Wizkid, D-Banj, MI, Flavour, Wande Coal, Reekado Banks, Korede bello, Di’ja, Sammy Okposo, P-Square and  a host of others.

For a chance to get an invite, text ‘Yes’ and ‘Ibadan’ to 30188 and use N2000 or more before evening! Waoh, you said? Yeah right! You heared!!!

See ya at Jogor tonight.

EFCC invites ex-Oyo Speaker, others for alleged fraud


The Economic and Financial Crime Commission has invited former Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly under former Governor Rasidi Ladoja, Adeolu Adeleke, and 31 other lawmakers to Lagos over fraud related to the sale of the state shares. The shares worth1.5bn was alleged to have been sold by the government of Ladoja but Adeleke in his reaction said the state government of Governor Abiola Ajimobi was behind the EFCC action. In a letter signed by Abdulahi Madaki of EFCC and dated August 21, 2015, the lawmakers were invited over conspiracy, diversion of public fund and abuse of office. Our correspondent learnt that a team of EFCC led by Madaki visited the state government secretariat on August 20, 2015. The team visited the state ministries of lands, finance and justice looking for evidence in connection with the sale of the shares under Ladoja and how the money was spent.

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The Palms Shopping Mall IBADAN presents the FAMILY FUN FAIR GRAND FINALE!!!


The past three Saturdays at the Palms Mall Family Fun Fair has been a bevy of exciting activities for everyone involved. The final installment of the PALMS MALL FAMILY FUN FAIR GRAND FINALE takes place this Saturday, August 29 2015 and it promises to be an even more exciting affair. The FIFA 15 PlayStation 4 tournament makes its last bow. Gamers from all over the city square off for the ultimate Grand Finale Prize and the ultimate bragging rights
(registration is free and starts by 10am).

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