Ajimobi hails new e-passport


Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has hailed the 64-page newly approved international passport as an exercise that epitomises quality service delivery to the people. He made the remark after he was presented with the 64-page new international passport at the state headquarters of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Agodi, Ibadan, at the weekend. The governor, who had earlier undergone the necessary process of obtaining the passport, said the new document was of good quality and conformed to international best practices.

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APC, PDP, Accord flex muscle in Oyo over 2015 poll


Culled From TheNation

The three major political parties in Oyo State have started flexing muscles over 2015 general elections, with each vowing that it would emerge victorious. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Congress (APC) and Accord yesterday told The Nation in separate interviews that nothing would stop each of them from taking over control of Agodi Government House in the February the election. Speaking for the Accord, its Publicity Secretary, Dr. Nureni Adeniran, said the fact that the PDP and APC won in Ekiti and Osun states showed that voters in Southwest place more premium on candidates rather than parties.

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Adeniji installed 6th president of Rotary Club Ibadan-Akobo


Rotarian Taiwo Ajibola Adeniji was on Sunday installed as the sixth President of Rotary Club of Ibadan-Akobo, District 9125. In his acceptance remarks, Adeniji expressed his determination to align with the major areas of focus in Rotary International by embarking on projects that will help the less privileged. “I will partner with a sickle cell foundation to enable students to know their blood group and genotype. As done every year, we will conduct eye screening test for people in the community; We have adopted a village called Olajuwon village in Akinyele local government, where they lack pipe borne water. We intend to sink at least two boreholes,” Adeniji explained.

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NASU gives Oyo govt 21-day ultimatum over demands


The National Headquarters of Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) has given the Oyo State government a 21-day ultimatum to address its demands or face strike. NASU gave the threat in a letter addressed to Governor Abiola Ajimobi and made available to journalists in Ibadan. In the letter signed by the union  President, Ladi Iliya, it said that the ultimatum was effective from August 18 and which at the expiration would be a strike by its members in the state. NASU said the state government had failed to implement the 37.5 per cent peculiarity allowance it requested to its members in the State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM).

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PDP chieftain cautions politicians against violence


By Oladele Ogunsola

A call has gone to politicians in Oyo State to embrace politics of ideas and shun politics of violence or any act capable of endangering the lives of the citizens they are aspiring to lead. A House of Representatives, Akinyele/Lagelu Federal Constituency, aspirant, Olayinka Oladimeji, who is contesting on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform, said this in reaction to a violent clash that occured last Wednesday.

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Police nab killers of Alao-Akala’s wife’s driver


By Kemi Olaitan

The Oyo State Police Command, at the weekend, said it had arrested a gang of robbers terrorising the residents of Ibadan, the state capital, in the past one month. Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Olabisi Ilobanafor, who stated this in an interview, said it had been confirmed that the gang was responsible for the killing of the driver of the wife of former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, Kemi, who was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Ibadan on May 30. The deceased driver, identified as Alhaji Alabi Ajikobi, was said to have gone to a bank to cash money when he was shot by the alleged robbers.

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New robbery method: Hoodlums force car owners to write ‘change of ownership’ letters


By Oluwatoyin Malik

ARMED robbers have devised a new method of escaping police scrutiny after dispossessing their victims of their vehicles at gun point. They now force the victims to write letters of change of ownership duly signed and witnessed by another person. This was the experience of a woman (names withheld) in Ibadan, Oyo State on Sunday, August 24, 2014 when a six-man armed robbery gang scaled the fence of her residence at Akobo area and invaded her home at about 8.45p.m. But two of the hoodlums met their waterloo on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, when they were arrested by policemen from Ipetu-Ijesa Division in Osun State Police Command along Ilesa-Akure expressway. The names of the arrested suspects were given as Godwin Michael (21) and Abraham Joseph (29). They gave the names of other suspects at large as Mathew, Moses, Nigger and Ibrahim (surnames unknown).

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Man arraigned in court over N22m hajj fee


AN accused, Alhaji Olujide Semiu, a.k.a. Sarito has been remanded in prison custody pending the fulfilment of bail condition granted him, after he was arraigned in court on Thursday, August 28, 2014 on a three-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining under false pretence and  conversion of N22million meant for intending pilgrims during Hajj 2013. At his arraignment, in Chief Magistrates’ Court 1, Iyaganku, Ibadan, Oyo State, presided over by Chief Magistrate Fatimah Badrudeen, the first count read “that you Alhaji Olujide Semiu ‘m’ and Alhaji Ibrahim Omo Oba ‘m’ now at large on the first day of April 2013, at about 1.30p.m., at Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Ibadan, in the Ibadan Magisterial District did conspire to commit felony to wit: obtaining money under false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 516 of the Criminal Code cap 38 volume 2 Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.”

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Oyo Chief Whip beefs up security in Lagelu community…Pledges refurbishment of school


By Olakunle Taiwo

In line with the security consciousness of the government to ensure the safety of its residents, Honourable Adigun Hammed, representing Akinyele II Constituency and the current Chief Whip of the Oyo State House of Assembly, at the weekend, donated a brand new motorcycle to the Vigilante group at Lagelu community, at the request of the security group.
While expressing delight at the presentation of the brand new motorcycle and other pledges by the lawmaker to boost the security of the area, the secretary of the Vigilante group, Mr Olasode Oyetunde, who received the key of the motorcycle, lauded the steps taken by the lawmaker in ensuring the protection of lives and properties in the area.

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Oyo: Aspirants in desperate moves to clinch party tickets


When the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) some time ago released the time table for the 2015 general elections with the party primaries for the elective positions from the office of president to members of the state Houses of Assembly fixed for between October and November this year, it was expected that our politicians with different ambitions would not but come out to outdo their opponents. This is not only to get the ticket of their party but also to win the proper election. For politicians in the pace setter state, they are already in the business of politicking, as a first time visitor to Ibadan, the state capital and other cities such as Oyo, Ogbomoso, Saki and Eruwa, will be confronted with posters, bill boards and banners placed at strategic positions.

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Abiala bemoans non-completion of Apete bridge three years after


The non-completion of the collapsed bridge linking the Apete community, an outskirt of Ibadan in Ido Local Government area of Oyo State, with the rest of the world after three years, has been described as a sore point in the life of the current administration in the state. This was the view of the governorship aspirant of the Labour Party (LP) in the state, Olu Abiala, while recalling the flood disaster that occurred in the state three years ago, during which the bridge was washed away.

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20 caught for violating laws in Ibadan


The Director, Environmental Health Services, Oluyole Local Government Area of Oyo State, Mrs Oluwakemi Oyedeji, said 20 residents of the area were caught on Saturday in Ibadan, for violating sanitation laws. Oyedeji said that the residents were caught at Orita-Challenge during the monthly sanitation exercise, adding that 13 of them were later released after satisfactory reasons while the remaining seven persons were prosecuted. She said those who were prosecuted were told to pay fines ranging between N1,000 and N2,000 by a mobile court headed by Magistrate Nafisat Salaudeen.

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Photo of the day!

Friends or Foes?!

Governor Ajimobi of Oyo State and former Governor Rashidi Ladoja hugging each other during a condolence visit of the governor to Senator Ladoja over the death of his mother, Alhaja Aalimotu-Sadia Ladoja in Ibadan

Senator Adeseun charges PDP members on 2015


THE senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District, Ayoade Adeseun, has urged members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to work towards the success of the party in the forthcoming general election, especially the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan. According to him, the party needed unity now more than ever before to achieve victory at the polls next year. A statement by a member of Adeseun’s 2015 campaign committee, Mr Lekan Olawoyin, quoted the senator as saying that the PDP members needed to close ranks so as avoid power slipping into the hands of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). The statement said Adeseun, while addressing his supporters in Ibadan, Oyo State, at the zonal rally of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), called on the president to re-contest in 2015. He charged members of the party in the South-West to re-enact the 2011 feat by delivering the zone to Jonathan.

2015: APC charges aspirants to declare ambition


Ahead of the forthcoming 2015 general elections, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has asked members desirous of contesting for any of the elective offices to make public their interest immediately, with a formal notification of the state secretariat of the party. This directive given at the party’s state executive council meeting held at its South-West zonal office, Alakia, Old Ife Road, Ibadan, was contained in a statement issued after the meeting, signed by chairman, APC, Oyo State, Akin Oke. According to him, “2015 is almost here and our great party cannot afford to take chances.

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‘He makes loves to me in the presence of our grown-up children’


A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, has dissolved a 17-year-old marriage between Rukayat and Rasaq Muniru, over their diferences on sex. Rukayat told the court that Muniru was shameless and found nothing wrong in having sex with her in the presence of their grown-up children. “Muniru rented a room in a face-face apartment for me and our four children, both male and female, at Olunloyo area of Ibadan, Oyo State capital, because he has married another wife. “He sees nothing wrong in having sex with me in their presence as matured as they are.

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Ebola Awareness campaign in Ibadan


By Typearls

The management of Odu’a Group of Company( Odua investments), in conjunction with the Oyo State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association(NMA) and the Junior Chamber International (JCI Premier), has organised a one day  sensitisation programme against the spread of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) At the opening of the campaign in Ibadan on Tuesday, Managing Director of Odu’a, Mr. Adewale Raji, called on the public to respect all safety tips on ways to stop the disease, especially washing of hands. He said, “I want us to continue with frequent use of sanitizers, avoid eating bush meat and touching or washing the dead, among others,” Raji said.He said the partnership with NMA and JCI was initiated to increase awareness on the prevention of the spread of the virus, calling on the public to report any early symptoms of the virus to the nearest medical centre.

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Touching Story: My mother advised me against joining politics –Ladoja


The mother of former Oyo State governor Rashidi Ladoja, Alimotu Sadia, was buried on Thursday according to Muslim rights amidst eulogies at the family house in Yemetu area of Ibadan, with the Accord Party leader describing her as his last general.” Ladoja’s mother died on Wednesday night at the former governor’s house in Bodija area of Ibadan. While praying for the deceased, Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheik Aruna, said having lived a good life for 94 years and survived by successful children, her life should be celebrated. “When you look at someone like Ladoja being her son and others as well, you can only celebrate her passage. She lived a good life worthy of emulation. In everything we do, we must remember that we will one day return to God,” he said. Describing his mother as his last general and only confidant, Ladoja said his late mother was always right in her decision.

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Arisekola-Alao bags posthumous award


An educational institution based in Ibadan, Oyo State, Mimbar Children School, has nominated the late Aare Musulumi of Yoruba land, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Arisekola-Alao, as the third recipient of its Role Model Award. A statement by the chairman of the 2014 School Recognition Day Committee, Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said the award ceremony is scheduled for Sunday at the school premises at New Bodija, Ibadan.Balogun said the ceremony would equally mark the end-of-session programme of the school where awards would be given to outstanding pupils and staff members.

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