The South-West zonal office of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) has expressed joy at the giant strides already being recorded within less than 100 days in office of the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde.
A statement by the South-West spokesman of the PDP, Mr. Ayo Fadaka, which was made available on Tuesday, expressed happiness that the people of Oyo State are indeed under a new lease of life during Makinde’s short tenure so far.
According to the statement “this is becoming evidently so in view of the quality of policies, legislations and managerial acumen of Governor Seyi Makinde,” which it added is manifestly been impressed on the people, thereby indicating that it cannot be business as usual in the Pacesetter state.
The South west PDP submitted however that it noted with sadness a statement credited to the immediate past Governor of the State to the effect that the issues of missing Government vehicles is a “minor issue” and that such was not “worthy” of the attention of government.
Condemning the statement of the erstwhile governor, the PDP said it ” note that his attempt to whimsically dismiss fraudulent and sharp practices of this magnitude clearly underscore the levity with which the State’s resources were carelessly frittered under his watch.
“The Oyo State Government continues to maintain that many of the cars procured in February 2019 by the Ajimobi administration remain missing and such vehicles, in view of their age, cannot be classified and described as unserviceable.
“We, therefore, demand of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the former Oyo State Governor, to take due cognisance of what posterity will say concerning him and his tenure and immediately impress it on his appointees to return those vehicles to the new government”
The PDP further recall that “the Ajimobi administration awarded a N7billion contract for a upstart contractor who is nowhere to be found after the sum of N2billion was paid to him.
“This is grand larceny and it is sad that this happened in Oyo State.
“In view of the foregoing, Governor Seyi Makinde must do a proper audit of what transpired in the Ajimobi years, as it will help the people of the State to realise how criminal actions were perpetrated under the guise of governance”
Eulogising Makinde further for his achievements in office so far, the PDP lauded the Governor ” for bringing laughter back to the lips of Oyo State workers and especially pensioners through his administration’s payment of 100 per cent of their emoluments as against the inhuman 20 per cent paid under the APC administration of Senator Ajimobi.
“This action demonstrates Makinde’s respect for the people he governs and also an attestation of PDP’s genuine care for the people. The people of the State are certainly in for a dose of compassionate administration. We also ask the people of the South West region to take due cognisance of developments in Oyo and now resolve to ensure that they vote the PDP in the next round of elections across the Zone” the statement concluded.
Guest Flees As Hotel Uncovers Murdered Female Companion
The Kwara State Police Command has begun searching for a man who allegedly killed a lady in a hotel in Ilorin, the state capital, about three weeks ago.
The suspect, whom the police identified as Adegboye James of Okelowo Street, Ede, Osun State, was alleged to have murdered the lady whom he brought to the hotel on Adewole Housing Estate, Ilorin, on May 27, 2021.
The police, in a statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, said the address given by the suspect was fake and could not be traced.
He called on members of the public whose daughter or female relation was missing since May 28, 2021, to check the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department for possible identification of the corpse.
The statement read, “On May 28, 2021, around 7.30pm, we responded to a call from one Olalekan Anafi, the supervisor of Premium Diamond Hotel, in the Adewole area of Ilorin that on May 27, 2021, around 2pm, one Adegboye James, lodged at their hotel.
“The said Adegboye James went out and came back with a lady. The said Adegboye James later checked out of the hotel without the knowledge of any of the hotel staff.
“In the morning of the following day when nothing was heard from the room occupied by the said lodger, a spare key was used to open the room and the hotel was confronted by the dead body of the lady.
“Investigation into the incident is already at an advanced stage as ordered by the Commissioner of Police, Kwara State, CP Mohammed Bagega, to arrest the lodger whose name and address as reflected in the hotel’s logbook is fake.”
In another development, the Kwara State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps said its operatives are searching for a motorist who allegedly cut off the hand of a seven-year-old Alimanjiri student, Usman Abubakar, of Malam Aliu Adamu School, Patigi, in the Patigi Local Government Area of the state.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the NSCDC, Babawale Afolabi, said the child was allegedly kidnapped together with his schoolmate by the unknown motorist, who promised to take them to where they would eat on Monday night.
Babawale said the suspect, who is now at large with the boy’s hand, later escaped into the bush.
He said the victim lost much blood and was treated at the Patigi General Hospital.
The PRO said the NSCDC had commenced investigation into the incident.
Buratai, Olanisakin Get Ambassadorial Postings, Buhari Silent On Other Ex- service Chiefs
Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (rtd), has been deployed to Benin Republic. While General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (rtd), former Chief of Defence Staff, has been appointed the head of mission to Cameroon.
At a brief ceremony in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, presented letters of credence to the ex-service chiefs.
This was disclosed by Mr Kimiebi Ebienfa, information officer of the ministry.
“The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Geoffrey Onyeama today 22 June 2021, presented Letters of Credence to the Ambassador-Designate of Nigeria to the Republic of Cameroon, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (Retired) and the Ambassador-Designate of Nigeria to the Republic of Benin, Lt.Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (Retired).”
“The Minister of Foreign Affairs during the brief ceremony congratulated the immediate past service chiefs on their appointment by Mr. President and called on them to deploy their wealth of experience to promote Nigeria’s interest during their tour of duty in countries of accreditation,” he said in a statement.
However, the statement was silent on the postings of the other former Service chiefs, Vice Admiral Ibok- Ette Ibas (retired) former Chief of Naval Staff; Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar (retired), ex-Chief of Air Staff and and Air Vice Marshal Muhammad S. Usman (Rtd), former Chief of Defense Intelligence.
President Muhammadu Buhari had, on February 4, 2021, appointed the ex-service chiefs as non-career ambassadors.
The president appointed the ex-service chiefs in 2015 and refused to bow to the pressure to relieve them of their duties until they “voluntarily resigned”.
Their ambassadorial appointment sparked public outrage, with calls on the Senate to reject their nominations.
Despite the outrage, the Senate, on February 23, 2021, confirmed their nominations.
UNIJOS Hires Hunters To Secure Campus Against Bandits
The University of Jos (UNIJOS) has hired local hunters to beef up security within and around the campus, its vice-chancellor Prof. Sabastine Maimako has stated.
Maimako announced this on Tuesday during the valedictory session to mark the end of his five-year tenure.
He said: “It is no longer news that the security situation in the country is quite tenuous. This is why under my administration we made frantic efforts to ensure that all lives and property within the University are adequately protected.
“When we got a security report that we were the soft targets, we closed our hostels for almost two weeks and suspended lecturers eventually.
“Now before we could reopen, we were given a condition that we must employ the services of local hunters to help us secure our hostels, particularly at night.
“Today, this is where we are but thanks to God the Director of Peace and Conflict Studies looking at the happening, he has offered to train these hunters on the rule of engagement in their working in the University.”
He noted the institution has collaborated with various security experts for a significant drop in crimes on campus while some staff were recruited to address the deficits in security personnel.
He said his administration initiated and completed 85 projects which have been commissioned.
The VC explained out of the 75 programmes, which the institution was to run, 43 have full accreditation status while 30 programmes have interim accreditation status.
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