Oyo PDP Gov candidate, Folarin, picks running mate


THE Oyo State governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Teslim Kolawole Folarin, on Wednesday, announced Ezekiel Oyedepo as his running-mate for the February 28, 2015 election. The Oyedepo was a former Chairman of Oriire Local Government Area in Ogbomoso zone of the state as disclosed by Folarin, who also appointed a former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Asimiyu Alarape, from Oyo Alaafin as the Director General of his campaign team

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Why I drink garri with stew —Ajimobi


Culled From Tribune

The morning of December 16, 2014 met him presiding over a meeting on state matters; 12 midnight, that is. He had earlier sat for about 12 hours meeting strategic stakeholders on the development of Oyo State and at about 10.00pm, demanded that the deliberations moved to his residence. The brows of the ‘meetingneers’ had gone drowsy and their feet heavy but, literally on a food fast and his voice ringing like a member of a Christmas orchestra, all that passed Abiola Ajimobi’s lips  were cups of coffee and pieces of Tom Tom.

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Three suspected rapists to spend Christmas, New Year in prison


Three boys suspected to have raped two teenagers and dispossessed them of their property in Oje area of Ibadan, Oyo State will be spending their Christmas and New Year celebrations in the prison custody. The suspected randy boys,  Akintunde, 24, Olalekan, 19, and Aderemi, 23, were arraigned by the police before an Ibadan Magistrate court on Friday on a four-count charge ranging from conspiracy and rape to stealing. The prosecuting police officer, Mr. Philip Amusan told the court that the trio and others at large on November 30, 2014, at about 10 am at Oje area of Ibadan conspired to commit felony to wit rape and stealing and thereby committed an offence.

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Onigbinde Hails Ibadan Unification Match


FIFA and CAF advisor, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde has commended Heroic Image Sports Club the organiser of the unification football match scheduled for Sunday between footballers from the East and Western part of country at Lekan Salami Sports Complex Ibadan. Speaking on the match, Chief Onigbinde who is also based in Ibadan, said the idea of coming together of all prominent players in Ibadan to play and raise funds to cater for the distressed ones is a fantastic one, stressing that he is often moved to tears seeing some of our players especially the ones residing in Ibadan living in abject poverty and pitiful state.

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Oyo Butchers shun new abattoir


Members of a local chapter of the National Association of Butchers, from 11 local governments in Ibadan, Oyo state, on Wednesday, vowed not to leave their various slaughter grounds for the newly- opened abattoir on Moniya/Oyo Road, in Amosun village. Their spokesman, who is also the chairman of Ibadan North Local Government arm of the Union, Alhaji Ganiyu Olobo, told reporters, in Ibadan, that a former governor of the state, Al­haji Lam Adesina, who moved the Hausa commu­nity out of Bodija market due to incessant attacks between them and the Yoruba, knew what his government encountered prior to the separation of the two camps, because of the unhealthy rivalry that pervaded the market then

D’banj, P Sqaure, Shina Peters for Ibadan show


Mega stars in the entertainment industry including D Banj, P Square, Sir Shina peters and other prominent artists will on Saturday 20th December, storm Ibadan, the capital City of Oyo State for the maiden concert of the newly refurbished Agodi Resort and Conferences tagged “Sharing 31st”. The event which will be hosted by Bimbo Akintola and Gbenga Adeyinka, is part of the strategies mapped out to formally open the new park and market it to the entire world.

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Mechanic apprentice remanded for raping neighbour’s daughter


An Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan on Wednesday remanded at the Agodi Prison, an 18-year-old mechanic apprentice, Tirimisiyu Badmus, over the alleged defilement of neighbour’s four-year-old daughter. The Magistrate, Mrs Munirat Giwa-Babalola ordered Badmus to be remanded in prison custody and the case file forwarded to the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice. The court did not take the plea of the accused. Giwa-Babalola later adjourned the case till February 24, 2015 for mention.

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Ajimobi inaugurates N3.8b abattoir for Ibadanland


Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Thursday inaugurated the N3.8 billion ultra-modern abattoir at Amosun Village in Akinyele local Government area of the state, with a pledge that his administration would continue to create conducive environment for investment. The central abattoir, which is meant to serve all the 11 local government areas in Ibadan land, is sited on 15 hectares of land, with provisions for manual and mechanical slaughtering of cattle, pigs, goats and sheep. Besides, it also has a road network covering about five kilometres within the abattoir, with a parking space that can accommodate over 200 smaller vehicles and 50 articulated trucks.

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FIRS seals off firms in Ibadan over tax invasion


The Federal Inland Service (FIRS), on Thursday, sealed-off companies within Ibadan, Oyo State, for defaulting in their tax duties. FIRS, during an enforcement exercise, sealed off night clubs, among which was Bubble Plus and Echo Groove, for failing to register with the agency, despite several consultations. Other business entities included Richbam Autoshop and WETIPP Quarry.

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Sultan to open Muslim Students’ Vacation Course in Ibadan


SULTAN of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Dr. Sa’ad Abubakar is to declare open the 98th edition of Islamic Vacation Course (IVC) of Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) on Thursday, December 25, 2014.  In a statement issued in Ibadan by Alhaji Mushafau Alaran, MSSN B Zone Coordinator said that the formal opening would hold at the permanent site of the body at KM 30 on Ibadan/Lagos Expressway.

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Photo of the day!

Governor Ajimobi cutting cake with wife on his 65th birthday

Happy Belated Birthday!!!

Oyo Assembly confirms CJ’s appointment


Culled From Tribune

THE Oyo State House of Assembly has confirmed Justice Munta Ladipo Abimbola as the substantive chief judge of the state. Nigerian Tribune gathered that Justice Abimbola has been in acting capacity since August 6, 2014, following the retirement of Justice Badejoko Adeniji. The confirmation of his appointment came at a plenary presided over by the Speaker of the House, Honourable Monsurat Sunmonu, after a recommendation from the House Committee on Petition and Judiciary as presented in a report submitted on the floor of the House by the chairman of the committee, Honourable Azeez Adesope.

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Obasanjo turns pastor at University of Ibadan


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called on Nigerians to devote more time in learning more about God, insisting that “the more you know about God, the more you know how to serve and worship Him.” Chief  Obasanjo stated this when he visited Prof Deji Ayegboyin, one of the  co-supervisors for his Ph.D. programme in the Department of Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan recently. The visit was a prelude to other consultative academic visits expected in a supervisor/student-researcher relationship.

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Ajimobi charges Nigerian youths on creative thinking


Governor of Oyo State, Senator Isiak Ajimobi has charged Nigerian youths and students always think out of the box in order to bring about meaningful innovations and change the world for better. The governor made this submission during the 30th convocation ceremony of The Polytechnic, Ibadan for the award of diplomas, certificates and prices for 4,977 graduating students which held at the conference centre of the institution. Making reference to the creative thinking and ingenuity with which Bill Gate achieved success, he admonished the students to toe such line, saying such is the only guarantee for an uncommon achievement.

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Why we reconstructed Agodi Gardens – Ajimobi

GOVERNOR Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Sunday, performed the re-opening of the reconstructed Agodi Gardens, saying that it had the potential to generate not lesser than N500 million to the state government annually. The Gardens, now re-christened  “Agodi Resort and Conferences’’ is sitting on 62 hectares of land in-between the state Government Secretariat and the popular Premier Hotel in the heart of Ibadan.  Governor Ajimobi, while speaking at the ceremony attended by eminent personalities, members of the State Executive Council, students and parents, described the project as a dream come true.

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Oyo APC senatorial aspirant calls for justice


OYO South Senatorial aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded primaries held at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan, on December 8, Femi Olaore, has called for fairness and justice, saying the primaries was fraught with irregularities.  Olaore, an accountant and financial expert, stated that the exercise was characterised by alleged rigging, claiming that many of the delegates were not authentic members of the party. He stated further that there was no accreditation, therefore, numbers of delegates were not announced, adding that the primaries commenced late, apparently to favour the winner.

HarvestPlus launches vitamin A cassava products outlet in Ibadan


The fight against hidden hunger went one notch higher in Nigeria as a model vitamin-A cassava sales outlet in Ibadan was launched by HarvestPlus-Nigeria in conjunction with its development partners, Nollywood producers and actors, led by Zeb Ejiro, last week, opposite IITA, Ibadan. The model outlet is HarvestPlus’ strategy to ensure that Nigerians have access to the bio-fortified cassava crop to address the health challenges of vitamin A deficiency manifesting in poor vision, blindness, low immunity and poor body tissue development, which commonly affects 30 per cent of Nigerian children under five years and 20 per cent of pregnant women.

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Makinde joins SDP, emerges gov candidate


AHEAD the governorship election in Oyo State, Seyi Makinde,who recently defected to the Social Democratic Party(SDP), on Monday, declared that he would give other contending candidates comprising two former governors; Rashidi Ladoja, Adebayo Alao-Akala, the incumbent, Governor Abiola Ajimobi and former Senate leader, Teslim Folarin, a run for their money in the  2015 election.  With Monday’s declaration of Makinde as the SDP governorship standard-bearer, the state now parades Ladoja as Accord candidate, Akala as Labour candidate, Ajimobi as APC candidate and Folarin as PDP candidate ahead  the February 28 election.

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Court orders IGP to investigate allegations against Alaafin


THE Federal High Court  sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, has granted an order of mandamus compelling the Inspector-General of Police, Sulaiman Abba, to investigate alleged criminal activities levelled against the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III. Delivering ruling in suit FHC/IB/CS/54/2014, Justice Ayo Emmanuel, on Monday, said he was granting the prayers of the applicants since the respondent did not challenge the contents of a 17-paragraph affidavit filed by the applicants in support of their exparte motion.

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Alao-Akala’ll regret defection to LP, says Oke


Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo State, Akin Oke, has expressed his disappointment at a former governor of the state, Adebayo Alao-Akala, for his decision to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party to the Labour Party, instead of the ruling APC. Alao-Akala had joined the LP on the day the PDP held its governorship primary election in Ibadan the state capital, in protest against the outcome of the exercise. Oke, while speaking on the development, wondered why Alao-Akala made the decision when his chances of success were brighter in the APC.

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