No vacancy yet in Aso Rock – Former Senate Leader

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Former Senate Leader, Senator Teslim Folarin and the governorship aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), spoke with some newsmen on some national issues. BOLA BADMUS. Excerpts:

Your aspiration for the position of Oyo State governor is still at the level of speculation. What is the correct position and how prepared are for the exercise?
It does not matter what our next position is all about. What matters is the position of our party. We have started meeting people from many zones in the state. We recorded tremendous success recently during our trip to Oyo town. We are today in Ibarapa zone of the state to see our people and those defecting to PDP from other parties. Our next point of call would be Oke-Ogun and Ogbomoso, as well as Ibadan. After those places, we would tell our people our next line of action. We have been encouraged by our people.

You said while addressing party members and defectors from other parties that you had not commenced real campaign. How did you mean?
That is absolutely true. That is what I have been telling the people in all the places where we have visited. When the real campaign starts, we are going to take a critical look at what has been done and how we could redress all injustice done to our people. Today’s event is simply about receiving those who felt that their old parties have not lived to their expectations and that they would be better off being in the PDP. That is what we are here to do as simple as that.

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Ladoja’ll emerge Oyo gov in 2015 —Accord Party chieftain

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Culled From Tribune

FORMER governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, has been described as the beacon of hope of the masses in the state, an attribute that would eventually lead to his emergence as the next governor in 2015. Giving this description was a chieftain of Accord Party and leading chairmanship aspirant in Egbeda Local Government Area of the state, Chief Bamidele Adeniji, who added that Ladoja remained the best man that could lead the state to its safe haven. Adeniji, in an interview with the Nigerian Tribune on Tuesday, said though, the current government, led by Senator Abiola Ajimobi, had done its best in eradicating crime and giving the state capital a facelift, there was the need for a holistic approach to governance. “People’s welfare should not be sacrificed for any reform. Their well-being should be paramount in the agenda of any government. If you build the people, they will build whatever institution you are putting in place,” he said. The Accord Party chieftain said, with the development, the state needed people like Ladoja, who would be able to effect its welfarist approach to governance and help restore the confidence of the masses in their government. According to him, at present, no one was contesting the governorship slot of the party with Ladoja, because every other member of the party “see him as the leader and the hope of the masses.” Speaking on the age of the former governor, he said Ladoja “is mentally alert and physically fit” to govern the state, adding that it was not age that mattered, but experiences.

POETS TO ROCK IBADAN AT BE BLESSED 6…

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This Saturday, 26th April 2014, the city of Ibadan will be playing host to some of the finest voices in Spoken words, Performance poetry, Comedy, and Music. The event is tagged Be Blessed 6, a poetry and sundry talent event; it features a mixture of both upcoming and already known talents. This quarterly event, in time past has featured poets such as award winning Tade Ipadeola, Kukogho Iruesiri Samson, Uche Uwadinachi, Soonest Nathaniel, Iquo Eke, Ogbeni Femi, Servio Gbadamosi, Street Poet, Funmi Aluko, Ndukwe Onuoha, etc. Next edition will be featuring emerging voices alongside already known poets as usual, with the likes of Olulu (organizer of WordUp), Eriata Oribhabor (organizer of 100Thousand Poets for Change in Nigeria), Servio Gbadamosi (organizer of Artmosphere), Wale Owoade (leader at Artbeat Africa), Enigmatic Olumide (the host of Be Blessed). Fast rising Ibadan based comedian, Chris Da Lecturer will be making a comeback to crack ribs after a spectacular performance at the last edition. Other poets expected are Street Poet, Yommy Bishop, Thick Code, Eaglez Voice, Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom, Olamilekan Show, VicAdex, Adedayo Agarau, Ola Writes, Adelaja Rilwan, Clementina, Yomi Akinlaja, and many more; including budding artists who are bold enough to ask for the microphone and show what they have.

Date is this Saturday 26 April 2014

Venue is Zoological gardens, University of Ibadan

Kick off time is 1:00pm

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Nigerian Police, NEMA debunk rumour of terrorist attack on Lagos -Ibadan road

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NEMA described the message as “complete lies and unfounded.”

The Nigerian Police and the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, have debunked rumours that suspected Boko Haram insurgents took over a section the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, shooting and maiming their victims. In a statement in Lagos, Ibrahim Farinloye, NEMA’s South-West Spokesperson, said that the agency received “a false alert” about the purported attacks along the expressway. A message had been circulating via Blackberry Messenger and other social media avenues that 18 suspected Boko Haram members, armed with AK47 rifles, were on the highway “displaying their skills.” “If you are on the Lagos/Ibadan Express road going towards Ibadan… please turn back… 18 suspected Boko Haram members with AK47 riffles are on the highway now displaying their skills… nine policemen and 11 civilians have been confirmed dead by this gunmen while trying to stop them from the shooting… Please rebroadcast to save lives. May God help us in Nigeria!!!” the message stated. NEMA described the message as “complete lies and unfounded.” “Security agencies have combed all routes and beyond without any trace of such incidents,” Mr. Farinloye said. “Mischief makers broadcasting these evil machinations are strongly warned to desist from circulating unfounded messages in the country.

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Alaafin urges govt to step up anti-terrorism fight

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The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111, has urged the Federal Government to step up the fight against terrorism. In his condolence letter to President Goodluck Jonathan on the Nyanya bomb blast in Abuja, Oba Adeyemi urged the President to seek the help of the international community, especially neighbouring countries like Cameroon, Niger Republic and Chad Republic, to combat the Boko Haram sect. Describing the Boko-Haram menace as an embarrassment to the nation, he said: “Your Excellency, Islam, of which I am a strong adherent, is a religion of peace, which forbids and abhors the killing of any human. In other words, the Boko-Haram sect is not fighting the cause of Islam. It is a political tool in the hands of those who do not wish you and your government well; therefore, there is urgent need for the enhancement of intelligence, logistics, holistic and political intervention to uproot this menace, which has become an international embarrassment. “Sometimes in May and November, 2013, when the American Consular-General, Ambassador Jeffrey Hawkins, and the British Deputy High Commissioner, Ambassador Peter Carter, visited me in my palace, I reiterated the need for international support to clamp down on the Boko-Haram sect, including logistic support.

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Nigeria: Why exam malpractice is on the rise

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Examination malpractice in Nigeria today has  become very rampant among secondary and university students, and even the so called mission and private institutions, have numerous tales of students who engage in the act. To the country, examination malpractice spells doom for the education sector as it is an illegal act committed by students, either single handedly or in collaboration with other students, parents, teachers, supervisors, examiners or anyone, before, during or after an examination, in order to obtain undeserved marks or grades. Many factors contribute to this menace. According to the Head of Department, Music, The Polytechnic Ibadan, Mrs Kehinde Faniyi, examination malpractice “is usually done by unserious students who do not come for lectures and even when they come, they do not concentrate. “From my experience as a HOD and a lecturer, I have observed this menace. You don’t have to think about the effects; they are there to see. Once they are caught, they would face the disciplinary committee for appropriate actions. The outcome of the disciplinary committee is either expulsion or being suspended.”

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Alleged incest: Court dissolves 43-year-old marriage in Ibadan

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A Customary Court sitting in Mapo, Ibadan, on Monday dissolved the 43-year-old marriage between one Rauf Olayiwola and his wife , Mojisola, over alleged incest. The presiding president of the court, Mr Ezekiel Ogundipe, said that all attempts at reconciling the couple had failed and the only option left was to allow each of them to live separately. “I even tried as much as possible to allow concerned members of their street to intervene, but it was to no avail. “Olayiwola shall therefore pay Mojisola’s house rent for the next one year where her children can always have access to her,” Ogundipe stated. According to the judge, Olayiwola is to carry out the court’s order of house rent not later than 30 days of the judgment. Olayiwola had earlier accused Mojisola of having incestuous relationship with her children. “I sometimes see her on the bed with some of our children kissing and massaging their bodies. “She no longer take instructions from me. “In fact, she has succeeded in turning the children against me,” he alleged. Mojisola, however, dismissed the allegations of Olayiwola, saying she has a close relationship with her children. “The children are close to me because I treat them well and not that I have any sexual relationship with them,” she stated. She, however, prayed the court not to dissolve the marriage because she had no where to go. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Olayiwola and Mojisola had been married since 1971 and the union was blessed with five children. (NAN)

Oyo: What manner of politics? (letters)

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SIR: Few weeks ago, the city of Ibadan and indeed the world, quaked at the revelation that a den of kidnappers had been discovered in the Soka area of the city. The world was terrified and bothered that, right in its very before, some traffickers and merchants were trading in the entrails and other body parts of its people. While the state government, which rose to the occasion immediately, intensified efforts to arrest the situation, in conjunction with the state police command, politics, that ubiquitous vocation that is the preoccupation of the high and mighty, crept into the tragic discovery. First was a young lady who was said to have been hit by a vehicle at the Mobil area of the state capital, which dragged her remains down to the Adeoyo area of the city. Promptly, not one to be caught napping, Oyo politicians leapt on the scene and began to spin a yarn: she was a victim of ritual murder, a story primed to up sow the seed of fear in a state where the most essential win for the government in power is the peace and tranquility it brought after eight years of brigandage and thuggery. Then what was alien to Ibadan became the norm: mad men became recipients of people’s anger. One was apprehended at the Ring Road area, reportedly with human tongues. Before the drop of a hat, a cabal of political merchants went to town to spin the ridiculous: since the apprehended mad man was apprehended close to Oluyole, the home of the governor, he must be working for him! The mad man was promptly lynched by a wrathful mob. Two others were lynched within a week. I saw one beside Genesis area being rescued by police, his face bloodied. The police PPRO confirmed this animal sausage story.

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When Labour Party locked down Ibadan

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The launch of the Labour Party in Oyo State, less than a year to the next general election, may have redrawn the political architecture of the state, writes DARE ADEKANMBI, who covered the event. It can be likened to the days of Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s campaign, when fanatical supporters of the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), in the Second Republic, filed out not just to catch a glimpse of awe-inspiring Awo but also to listen to well-researched and pragmatic solutions to the problems impeding the growth and development of society and its inhabitants. This captures the scenes in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, recently, when the Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, literally locked down the political capital of the South-West for the Labour Party (LP). The occasion was not a campaign rally but a two-in-one event of the inauguration of the LP interim state executives and the commissioning of the party’s state secretariat located on Awolowo Road, Oke Ado. Bedecked in various attires bearing different inscriptions and with the LP symbol, a mammoth crowd guesstimated to be about 50, 000 stood in defiance of the scorching sun and hot tarmac to welcome Mimiko and the LP national leadership led by its national chairman, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu; a governorship aspirant of the party in Osun State, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade; and many others to Ibadan. Although the LP national leaders were billed to arrive at the venue from Abuja in the afternoon, enthusiastic LP members started trickling into the secretariat from 9 a.m. in groups. And within a few minutes, a large crowd had gathered. The surging crowd was kept entertained by one of Ibadan’s popular fuji sensations Taye Currency. Quickly, the two carriages of the busy road had been taken over by the bubbling LP members. Movement from Molete end of the road to Mokola and other areas was an ordeal.

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Abandoned, uncompleted buildings, real environmental threat

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Culled From Tribune

Against the backdrop of the evil being perpetrated in abandoned buildings, PAUL OMOROGBE and DOYIN ADEOYE look into what should be done to safeguard the safety of residents. Looking at harsh economic conditions that have persisted in the country, it is not uncommon for it to take donkey years to complete the building of a structure. Some structures have become objects of litigation in court. The demise of the builder has left some houses uncompleted. For such reasons and more, numerous abandoned buildings have become a common sight in cities and towns, both great and small across the country. It is a known fact that some of these abandoned and uncompleted buildings are potential hideouts for miscreants. In the past, stories of crimes such as rape, kidnapping, and murder have been reported in the media to have taken place in abandoned buildings. However, none has attracted such sensation, horror and outcry like the recent Soka “house of horror” in Ibadan, where scores of dead bodies, human bones, and captured victims were found in an abandoned building not far from the ever busy Lagos-Ibadan expressway. The shock arose from the fact that such horror could take place for years in a well populated area of Ibadan, undetected, in an abandoned building. This has brought to the fore the fact that there is much potential for crime in an uncompleted or abandoned building. This situation is not peculiar to Ibadan alone, and state governments have paid little or no attention to this menace, up till now. It seems the people are left to their own fate, and if there are any security measures it is as result of what the residents have instituted via their own efforts.

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Ibadan residents flood tourist centres for Easter

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Tourist centres in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, were flooded yesterday by fun seekers and shoppers in continuation of the Easter celebration. The capital city was agog as residents thronged the Heritage and Cocoa Malls at Dugbe, the Trans Amusement Park, major eateries, the Zoological Garden of the University of Ibadan (U.I.) and hotels. At the Heritage and Cocoa Malls, residents filled the popular supermarket, Shoprite; the cinema and eateries. The large car park was filled up. Many customers endured long minutes of waiting before they could get a space to park their vehicles. The situation was the same at the Trans Amusement Park and U.I.’s Zoological Garden. The N200 gate fee at the Zoo remained unchanged. Major eateries, including Mr. Biggs, Tantalizers and FoodCo, enjoyed high patronage. Tantalizers attracted more customers with its repackaged menu, which offers cheaper meals. Some hotels had special Easter offers. At the hilltop Premier Hotel, some customers swam at the swimming pool while others wined, dined and danced at the restaurant. Memories of this year’s Easter celebration will not be forgotten soon by many residents.

‘Folarin is not Oyo PDP’s governorship candidate’

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By Tayo Johnson

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, Alhaji AbdulRasheed Olopoenia, has told former Senate Leader Teslim Folarin to stop parading himself as the party’s candidate in next year’s governorship poll. He urged Folarin to respect the party’s constitution by going through the primary and not cause disunity among aspirants. Speaking with reporters yesterday on the state of the party, Olopoenia said: “We have 10 PDP governorship aspirants and one of them is former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala. Does Folarin think he is bigger than Alao-Akala? Does he think he can floor Mr. Seyi Makinde, who is a grassroots mobiliser and a friend of the masses? Can he floor Prof. Soji Adejumo, Mr. Azeem Gbolarumi and Mr. Femi Babalola, who are also grassroots mobilisers? “Folarin won the senatorial election with just 11 local government areas in Ibadan and we have 33 councils in this state. Does he think he can win in the other 22?” On rumours that Folarin might have the backing of the President and some PDP chieftains, he said President Goodluck Jonathan has no candidate and believes in following the party’s constitution.

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Pictures From Hadiza Okoya & Olamiju Alao-Akala’s Wedding

 

Hadiza Okoya the daughter of billionaire industrialist, Chief Rasaq Akanni Okoya  wedded her fiancé, Olamiju Akala,  the first son of former Governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala today, Easter Sunday, 20th of April. Their Islamic wedding termed ‘Nikkai’ and their white wedding took place inside the expansive Okoya estate located in the Lekki area of Lagos state. Here are pictures from the grand wedding.

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Oyo govt owns Ibadan kidnappers’ den – Ex-Oyo SSG; It’s a lie – Oyo govt.

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A former government official in Oyo state has countered the claim that a property with decomposing corpses and emaciated people discovered in the Soka area of Ibadan was a den used by kidnappers and ritual killers. Ayodele Adigun, a former secretary to the state government, said the property was an abandoned government-run camp for the mentally challenged. Writing in the Guardian Newspaper, Mr. Adigun alleged that the premises discovered last March was an abandoned sewage treatment plant converted to a camp for lunatics abducted from the streets of Ibadan by the Oyo State government  as part of a campaign to beautify Ibadan. The news of the discovery of the alleged kidnappers den and its horrid condition filled the sensibilities of Nigerians with horror. Over 20 decomposing corpses and horribly emaciated people, some in the throes of death, were found at the den when a group of commercial cyclists allegedly searching for a missing colleague stormed the premises. Some of the inmates, who claimed to have been fed just once a week, said they were abducted by unknown persons and brought to the compound. It was alleged that their abductors kept them and sold their body parts for fetish purposes. However, Mr. Adigun, also a former Commissioner for Special Duties in the state, said the tales being spread about the property were nowhere close to the truth. He traced the history of the facility in Soka to the award of the contract for the channelization of the Ogunpa River. He explained that the place was converted to a sewage treatment plant after the contractors working on the channelization of the river failed to deliver on the project.

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Rep Calls for Peace as Christians Mark Easter

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A member of the House of Representatives, Olayemi Busari, on Sunday advised Nigerians to embrace peace and unity for the nation’s continued advancement. Busari, a member of the Accord Party, representing Egbeda/Ona-Ara Federal Constituency of Oyo State in the House, made the call in an interview in Lagos. He said that there was a need for all Nigerians, particularly Christians, to live exemplary lives, stressing that the death of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary at Easter time, was a sign of humility and sacrifice. The legislator advised citizens to use the Easter celebration to preach peace and unity. He said that the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ was to save the world and bring hope to the hopeless. Busari enjoined Nigerians to emulate the virtues of Jesus Christ, which he said, were anchored on forgiveness and willingness. He urged everyone to join hands to pray for peace, progress and unity of the country. The legislator urged Nigerians to remain resolute in their faith in the power of prayers as the relieving balm for all challenges. “ We draw inspiration from the knowledge that the Almighty God, who watches over our land, shall endow us with the power of victory. “ Especially as we confront several challenges plaguing our dear country in recent time,” he said. Busari, however, called on Nigerians not to despair in their belief in one Nigeria as the only way forward. The legislator urged every Nigerian to put the interest of the nation first in all their endeavours. “ Let us resolve to make the necessary sacrifices for the common good, so as to guarantee the happiness of our people,” he added.

Why I joined others to plan girl’s murder –Suspect

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Culled From Tribune

The saying that one can only run but cannot hide forever became a truism in the case of Abiodun Nasiru, who fled after an alleged murder of a six-year-old girl, Oladayo Yetunde Glory as he was arrested in faraway Sokoto State where he tried to hide from his crime. The decapitated body of six-year-old Glory was found in Nasiru’s room at Isale Awero area of Moniya, Ibadan, on March 14, two days after she was declared missing. Her head had been cut off, her stomach ripped open, and her entrails packed in a bucket within the room. It will be recalled that Crime Reports carried the news of Glory’s murder in Sunday Tribune’s March 23, 2014 edition. Glory’s guardian, Mrs Mary Olaniyi, who was her aunt, had reported at Moniya police station on Wednesday March 12 that the girl was missing. By the time the police forcefully gained entry into Nasiru’s room, they found the body tied in a wrapper while the entrails were kept in a bucket. Since the transfer of the case to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Iyaganku, Ibadan, detectives investigating the case had been on the trail of the runaway suspect, seeking information on his whereabouts. Their efforts yielded fruits when they received news from Sokoto State Police Command that he had been nabbed. The homicide team left for Sokoto and came back to Ibadan on Tuesday, April 15. Crime Reports learnt that other detainees at the CID who had overheard discussions on  Nasiru’s alleged dastardly act welcomed him with serious beatings immediately he was  put in the cell, angry at his deed. Crime Reports was at the State CID to interview the suspect. Initially, he sold another story on how the murdered girl came to be in his room, but later opened up on how it really happened. Below is his confession:

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Ekiti United accuse ref in loss to 3SC

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The management of Ekiti United has blamed center referee Adeyeye B.A from Lagos for awarding two questionable penalties to Shooting Stars Sports Club, 3SC, of Ibadan in a week 11 Nigeria National League, NNL, match played at the Adamasingba Stadium in Ibadan on Saturday. The result dashed the hope of the coach Adewumi Moses-tutored side to secure their first away win in the ongoing National League this season. Sylvanus Ebiaku’s two goals from the spot in each half of the encounter in the 36th and 87th minutes gave the Oluyole Warriors the needed victory to settle the contest between both clubs. Ekiti United Secretary, Olowolafe Ayodeji said the center referee played the role of a spoiler in the match. “We gave everything to the game and denied 3SC all efforts to score against us but they managed to score through two unexpected penalty kicks. We can’t do anything about that because we are helpless but it was shameful”, Ayodeji said. “Nigerian referees should allow the game to flow. Free and fair officiating is paramount to the development and progress of football in Nigeria. “Referees should stop playing the role of spoilers in our football. However, our next game against MFM in Lagos will be a good opportunity for us to bounce back”. Ayodeji said Ekiti United did not miss everything in Ibadan, he praised the players for their fighting spirit despite losing the encounter to 3SC.

I ran away from home at 15 –Robbery suspect

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By Oluwatoyin Malik

Twenty-six-year-old Dayo Olorunniyi (26) had been involved in several armed robbery cases in Ibadan, Oyo State but was always smart enough to evade the long arm of the law even as his other gang members are languishing in prisons. His place of refuge was Lagos State where he would hibernate until the heat eased. But his last attempt on March 15, 2014 blew up in his face as he was caught before he could make another escape. Reports had it that the suspect and two others – Ademola Olagoke and Bamidele Kayode – went to rob one Mrs Muyibat (surname withheld), a food vendor, at Oluyoro area of the city at about 10p.m. in her shop. Dayo was said to have entered the shop with a locally-made double-barrel pistol, accompanied by Ademola, while Kayode waited outside on standby with the bike used for the operation. As the woman was being attacked, her husband, who was around, summoned courage, gripped Dayo and disarmed him. In trying to rescue his colleague, Ademola was reported to have injured the food vendor’s husband, who raised the alarm to alert people around. To avoid arrest, Kayode and Ademola escaped, leaving Dayo behind. Crime Reports gathered that one live cartridge was recovered from the scene while a gun and another live cartridge were recovered on March 22 when the two other suspects were arrested by operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ibadan. In an interview with Crime Reports, Dayo confessed to the crime, saying that he was introduced to robbery by one Isiaka who is currently in Agodi prison.

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Why we honoured Olubadan, by CEO Africa

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By Tayo Johnson

The Chairman of CEO Africa, Mr. Cletus Ilobanafor, has explained why the magazine unveiled a docu-drama and magazine to mark the centenary birthday of the Olubadan, Oba Samuel Odulana, Odugade I. The docu-drama, titled: Olubadan of Ibadanland: The living legend, The pride of Africa, was unveiled yesterday at the ancient Mapo Hall in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. Addressing reporters after the event, Ilobanafor said: “We are keen on celebrating Africa’s living legends and projecting Africa’s image. The Olubadan is a living legend and he needs to be celebrated. “Olubadan is the oldest living monarch and that is why we are trying to put his name in the Guinness Book of Record. There is no first-class monarch in the world that is up to his age. We are packaging him so that the world will begin to celebrate our own. We want to project personalities, qualities, characters and others to the world, so that they will join us in celebrating him. “During our research, we found out that Oba Odulana has a passion for education, believes in justice and you cannot buy him with money. Such people are rare in our society. I believe in the unity of this country and if a Hausa man can do a project on an Igbo man, if a Yoruba man can also do a project on a Hausa man, there is no doubt that the country will be united.”

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Oyo APC shifts State Congress to April 26

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The state congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State earlier scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 2014 has been shifted to Saturday, April 26, 2014. This was contained in a statement issued at the week-end by the State Congresses Committee Chairman for the state, Engr. Sola Akinwumi and made available to newsmen. The postponement of the state congress, according to Engr. Akinwumi, is to allow for more preparations by APC stakeholders after the Easter celebrations. The State Congress Committee Chairman, therefore, enjoined APC stakeholders and party faithful to take note of the new date and make adequate preparations for the congress.

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