Ondo 2020: APC Appoints Young Party Member, Obinna Ebirim As Member Of Reconciliation Committee

The Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CEONCPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appointed Dr. Obinna Ebirim as a member of the party’s eight-member National Reconciliation Committee for Ondo State.

The appointment is in line with the party’s determination to resolve the festering crisis within the party in the state as announced by the National Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni.

Dr. Obinna, a party stalwart from Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State is to replace one Mr. Jasper Azuwatalum, who had been earlier announced as a member of the Governor Abubakar Sani Bello-led Committee by the Acting Spokesperson, Yekini Nabena. 

Recall that Mr. Jasper Azuwatalum, former Executive Director (ED), Finance and Investment of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), was among those suspended indefinitely by President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged financial and procurement breaches, as well as gross misconduct in the NSITF from 2016 to date.

With the inauguration of the Committee, it is expected that the members will commence reconciliatory processes among aggrieved members of the party at all levels.

Other members of the committee include Governor Abubakar Sani Bello (Chairman), Senator Adamu Aliero; Senator Opeyemi Bamidele; Gambon Magaji, CON; Hajiya Binta Muazu; Hon. Iquo Inyang and Mr. Shina Pellar who is to serve as Secretary.

Dr. Obinna is 34-year old medical practitioner, public health  and health promotion specialist and vaccine advocate in Nigeria. Currently, he is the National Coordinator of a Non-Governmental Organization conducting Conditional Cash Transfer-based intervention to raise demand for routine immunization in North West Nigeria. He has previously worked on international donor-funded immunization advocacy and health system strengthening projects in various States of Nigeria and FCT. 

A Fellow of Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders and Former Member of Board of Governors of Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, Dr Ebirim is interested in equitable vaccine access and sustainable health financing, primary health care system strengthening and leadership in Nigeria.

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Man To Die By Hanging For killing Girlfriend In Ondo

An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure has sentenced a man, Chukwudi Onweniwe, to death by hanging for killing his undergraduate girlfriend two years ago.

Onweniwe, had strangulated his girlfriend, Nifemi Adeyeoye, an HND student of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic to death in Owo, Ondo State.

After reviewing the case, the presiding judge, Justice Ademola Bola, found Onweniwe guilty of murder and sentenced him to death by hanging.

The convict was charged on four-count charge bordering on endangering life, abduction, rape and murder.

The prosecutor, Jumoke Ogunjebi, who filed the charge on February 20, 2017, called five witnesses, including the mother of the deceased, to testify against the convict.

The convict abducted Nifemi and took her to a farm near Alayere, Ogbese, raped her and then snuffed life out of her by strangulating her to death.

Nifemi’s mother, who testified before the court, said her daughter had told her she was going to visit her friend on the fateful day.

According to her, she did not know the convict though he was said to be her daughter’s boyfriend.

Besides, the bereaved mother said she did not see her daughter again until policemen invited her to come to the mortuary to identify a corpse whether it was her daughter.

Two motorcyclists who saw the duo together on that day also testified in the case and one of them told the court that he carried them to a spot in town.

Delivering his judgement, Bola said Onweniwe was arraigned before the court on May 22, 2017 and he had entered a “not guilty” plea when the four-count charge preferred against him was read to him.

The judge said that an autopsy was carried out by Dr. Pelemo of Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Akure.

Pelemo, which revealed abnormal state of the deceased’s neck and fracture of the skull.

He explained that it suggested that the deceased had been attacked by an object with a blunt edge which led to her death.

The police witness, Inspector John Aderibigbe, said one of the motorcyclists who testified in the case had come to report the suspicious movement of the convict and the deceased at the police station.

He explained that the case was later transferred to the Special Anti-Cultism Squad in Akure.

The judge said the convict had confessed to the officers of the squad according to the testimony of one Ayoola Famoriyo and had taken his team to the spot where he hid the corpse of the deceased.

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APC Wins Majority In Ondo Assembly

The All Progressives Congress APC has won twenty-three out of the twenty-six seats in the Ondo State House of Assembly in the State Assembly election conducted over the weekend.

A summary of the results released by the Ondo State office of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC revealed that the Peoples Democratic Party PDP won two seats while the Zenith Labour Party, ZLP secured one seat from Ondo West one State Constituency.

The results also showed that the Senatorial Candidate of the PDP, Chief Nicholas Towofomo also won the Ondo South Senatorial district after the supplementary election after the inconclusiveness of the election held on February 23rd.

The result has put an end into insinuations on the authentic winner of the senatorial election into the Ondo South Senatorial seat at the National Assembly.

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Vice President Osinbajo Advocates Support For Democracy

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has encouraged Nigerians
to show more commitment to national unity and democratic development.

Osinbajo gave the advice during the funeral service of the founder of Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, Late Dr  Fredrick Faseun at  the Saint Stephen’s Anglican Cathedral Church,  Ondo City, Ondo State. 

Professor Osinbajo maintained that Late  Faseun spent his lifetime and resources on the restoration of democracy through June twelve and OPC.

Also speaking, governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu said the late pro democracy activist and nationalist who always spoke his mind no matter how controversial would remain indelible in the history of Yoruba race for his struggle through OPC

In a sermon, the Archbishop of Ondo Province, Anglican Communion, Most Revd Gabriel Akinbiyi who said death was inevitable for all irrespective of position or status described late Dr Frederick Fasehun as a patriotic Nigerian whose life was devoted to the liberating the people regardless of religious and political affiliations. 

Aged, eighty three, late Dr Fredrick Faseun is survived by wife, six children and thirteen grandchildren.

Dignitaries at the event included , Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, former Ondo State  governor , Dr Olusegun Mimiko, Minister of State for Niger Delta, Professor Claudius Daramola and Reverend Cannon Adebayo Eso of the Ondo Diocese of  Anglican Communion.


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Ondo Police Command Arrest Five Civil Servants Over Alleged Fraud

The Ondo Police Command on Wednesday, paraded five senior civil servants in the state over alleged graft and ticket racketeering in tax administration to the tune of N200 million.

The civil servants are Mrs. Oluwatoyin Abiodun, Mr. Ojo Ayodeji, Mr. David Omoyajowo, Mr. Isaac Solomon and Mr. Femi Tuki.

While parading the suspects, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, disclosed that they were issuing fake tax clearance, certificate of road-worthiness and fake driver’s licence.

Joseph, who noted that the police had begun investigation into the matter, added that the suspects would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations.

Reacting to the development, the Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor on Special Duties, Dr. Doyin Odebowale, explained that interim investigation shows that the state government has been defrauded to the tune of N200 million.

Odebowale revealed that the investigation indicted the civil servants, leading to their arrest and subsequent handing over to the police for prosecution.

Mrs. Abiodun, who confirmed that they had been suspended by the state’s civil service commission, denied the allegation.

Arguing that the government lied against them, she said that all the monies made in their different agencies and ministries were remitted to the state.

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Buhari At 76: Akeredolu Calls For Prayers To Support The President In Nation Building

As President Muhammadu Buhari marks 76th birthday on Monday, Ondo state Governor Mr Rotimi Akeredolu has called for prayers to support the president’s resilience in nation building.

Mr Akeredolu sought the support and prayers of Nigerians for President Buhari to enable him serve the country better.

In statement by Mr. Olusegun Ajiboye, his Chief Press Secretary, Mr  Akeredolu joined millions of Nigerians to congratulate Buhari on his birthday.

Mr Akeredolu also congratulated Nigerians for having President Buhari as their president at this difficult time.

He expressed confidence that the president was celebrating his 76th birthday with calmness, love and robust service to his fatherland.

The Governor said the president’s commitment to the development of Nigeria as the largest black African nation was increasingly yielding the expected results.

“I am soliciting more Nigerians’ support and prayers for the President to enable him to serve the country better,” he said.

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Court Orders IGP To Pay N7.9m To Widow Over Husband killing By Police In Ondo

A Federal High Court, sitting in Akure on Monday, ordered the Inspector-General of Police  to pay N7.9 million to Mrs Queen Akarewan, widow of Christopher , who was shot and killed by a police team in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State on Oct. 11, 2011.

Akarewan, a commercial motorcyclist, was said to have been killed for refusing to give N50 to two policemen at a check point.

The two policemen, John Aghaulor and Igodi Gbefamoghan, had already been dismissed by the Nigeria Police.

Justice Abdu Dogo, in his judgment, held that the victim’s life was unlawfully terminated contrary to Section 33 of Nigerian Constitution.

According to him, the section of the constitution allows anybody who has interest in existence of person whose life is taken unlawfully to take redress in court of jurisdiction.

“The perpetrators were still under the service of  the Nigeria Police Force when the crime was committed.

“I condemn in strong  terms, the gruesome, unlawful and extra-judicial  killing of the deceased over bribe of N50.

“This money must be paid within 30 days of the judgment”, Dogo held.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after the judgment, Temokun applauded the verdict.

“The best day in court for the common man  is that day in which the poor citizen of this country leaves the court, reaffirming the  old saying, that the court is still the last hope of the common man,” she said.

The widow had through her counsel, Mr Tope Temokun , approached the court on Jan 5, 2013 claiming damages to the tune of N8 million  against the Nigeria Police Force, the state Commissioner of Police, and the police officers alleged to be responsible.

Temokun noted that the loss of the victim had multiplier effect on his wife, four children and his aged mother because he was their bread winner.

The counsel to the defendants, Mr Edward Ojemu, who held brief for Mr Tolu Abisagbo, said that the plaintiff had no right to institute the first instance.

Ojemu explained that Nigeria Police Force had no link with the said crime committed.


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Labour Cancels Planned Strike In Ondo

Labour unions in Ondo State have resolved to revoked its planned strike.

Recall that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) had demanded that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu should pay workers’ salary arrears or face the consequences of indefinite strike.

Chairman of NLC, Tayo Ogunleye, told journalists in Akure yesterday that the government had paid six out of the seven months arrears, pledging to defray the remaining before the end of January 2019.

He noted that the leadership of the organised labour had not compromised on the strike but only negotiated with the government on the welfare of workers.

He, however, expressed displeasure that government waited for an ultimatum from the labour unions before performing its duty.

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Ondo Workers Threaten To Embark On Strike

Organised labour unions in Ondo State have threatened to commence strike on Tuesday, November 13,  if the government fails to pay the backlog of their salary arrears.

In a letter to the governor dated November 9, 2018 and signed by state chairmen of the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress and the Joint Negotiating Council, Tayo Ogunleye; Soladoye Ekundayo and Abel Oloniyo, respectively, the workers asked Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to pay the backlog from the N20bn Paris Club refund the state received from the Federal Government recently.

The workers accused the governor of not consulting the Labour unions on the release of the Paris Club refund to the state as both parties had earlier agreed.  According to the workers, industrial peace in the state might not be guaranteed if the government failed to pay the outstanding salaries on Tuesday as they threatened to resume the strike suspended on June 2016 in the state.

The letter read in part, “we want to draw the attention of His Excellency to the recommendations of a committee on payment of six months arrears of salary to Ondo State workers set up by the state government that was submitted to Your Excellency in May 2017.

We also hold that the said agreement subsists between Labour and the government of Ondo State irrespective of who mounts the mantle of leadership particularly when the state Head of Service remains the signatory to both the agreement and the committee report.

In view of the above, we call on the government to please pay in line with our agreement as analysed in our letter under  reference on or before 12 noon Tuesday, November 13, 2018“.

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I’ve Not Been Removed, Says Impeached Ondo Speaker

The impeached Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr David Oleyeloogun, says he remains the authentic leader of the House.

Oleyeloogun stated this while addressing reporters on Friday at the Assembly complex in Akure, the state capital.

He also insisted that his deputy, Mr Iroju Ogundeji, is the valid Deputy Speaker of the House.

He stated this after 18 out of the 26 members of the House signed the notice for his impeachment and that of his deputy.

“What they did today is not impeachment; a quorum was not formed,” said Oleyeloogun.

“I still remain the Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly; Rt Honourable Iroju Ogundeji is still the Deputy Speaker. Nothing changes, no impeachment and I am giving you the assurance.”

The impeached speaker, however, blamed the incident on an internal crisis among the lawmakers, stressing that it would be resolved soon.

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Ondo Police Command Arrest Cook Accused Of Killing Boss, Ope Bademosi

The Ondo State Police Command has arrested a cook, identified as Sunday Akfobale, who was accused of killing his boss, an Ondo High Chief, Ope Bademosi.

The suspect, a citizen of the Republic of Benin, was arrested on Friday and brought to the headquarters of the Ondo State Police in Akure, along with two other suspects in connection to the crime.

He was said to have committed the offence at the Lagos home of the deceased after which allegedly ran away.

The police, thereafter, declared him wanted.

Addressing journalists on the development, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, said the suspect had started divulging useful information which will help to unravel the facts connected to the crime.

Joseph, however, prevented journalists from interviewing the suspect saying he will be transferred to the Lagos State Police command where the crime was committed for proper prosecution.

Bademosi who was the Chairman of Credit Switch Technology was murdered in the early hours of Wednesday, at his Onikoyi Lane, Parkview Estate.

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CBN Partners NERDC On Financial Literacy In School Curriculum

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is collaborating with the Nigeria Education Research and Development Council (NERDC) to infuse financial literacy programme into the curriculum of secondary schools in the country.
The CBN Director, Consumer Protection Department, Mr. Kofo Abdulsalam-Alada, disclosed this while speaking during the School Mentoring Programme organised for students of selected secondary schools in Ikare-Akoko, Ondo State.
The programme held at Victory College, Ikare Akoko, was in commemoration of the World Savings Day.
Abdulsalam-Alada said the programme, in collaboration with NERDC was designed to enlighten students on savings and other financial investments.
According to the CBN director, the financial literacy programme, which is expected to commence in the current school calendar year, would be in Accounting, Commerce and Economics and other financial subjects.
He advised students to imbibe the culture of savings in order to meet their future and emergency needs.
“We have a collaboration with Nigeria Education Research Development Council (NERDC) in designing a curriculum that will ensure that financial literacy is actually infused into subjects that are being taught in secondary schools in Nigeria.
“Series of workshop had been done to pilot test some of the design programmes in Lagos. Within this school calendar year, infusion into the system should commence in subjects like  Accounting, Economics and Commerce in order to give the children knowledge about savings and other forms of investment. It is not when they get to the university that they start learning about financial literacy.
“We have some graduates out there who do not have financial literacy. You might get money but if you don’t have the management of these funds, you might have problem with spending. That is why CBN decided to introduce this programme to catch these children young,” he said.
While pointing out that inflation has been the major factor militating against savings in the country, Abdulsalam-Alada said that the apex bank would do everything  possible to address the situation.
The participating students were educated on various forms of saving money and other valuables and benefits that could be derived from the practice.
The CBN distributed enlightenment materials to participating schools at the event.
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