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Court Restrains Nigeria Army From Further Use of Disputed Land in Osun



An Osun state high court sitting in Osogbo has ordered an interlocutory injunction restraining the Nigerian Army and any other agents from further allocation, grant, lease, letting or license of any portion of the expanse of land situate, lying and being between Kelebe area to Omu stream, in Osogbo, to any person pending the determination of the action.

The Nigerian Army and Kelebe-Omu Landowners Association comprising Olorunda, Osogbo, Boripe and Obokun local government areas had been locked in a dispute over the large expanse of land, with both sides claiming ownership of the land.

The suit was filed by Chief Amodu Akanbi, Suleiman Folorunso, Alhaji Ibraheem Olaboye, Alfa Rasaki Tiamiyu and Yekini on behalf of of the families at Kelebe-omu area, with the Attorney General of the Federation, Minister of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, Post-Service housing development LTD, The Nigeria Army and the Chief of Army Staff as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th defendant respectively.

Granting the interlocutory injuction, Justice A.O Ayoola ruled that “the defendants, their agents, and or privies are hereby restrained from any further constructions, felling of trees, dredging, excavation and devastation of the soil of land in dispute pending the determination of the action”.

Meanwhile, the leadership of Kelebe-Omu Landowners Association has immediately after the ruling proceeded on pasting the court order on every property located on the said land.

The suit was adjourned to April 24, 2021 for definite hearing.

Recalled that the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo had on Tuesday, 3rd of March, 2020 transferred the case filed by Kelebe-Omu Landowners Association against the Nigerian Army to the Honourable Justice of Osun State High Court for trial.

The case was filed by Kelebe-Omu Landowners Association against the Nigerian Army for allegedly allocating the acquired land measuring approximately 3,646 acres belonging to them and their respective families without following laid down procedure.


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Staff Audit: Bedridden Pensioners To Partake Via Telephone – Osun Govt



Gov Ademola Adeleke

Osun State Government has said all bedridden pensioners and others with serious health challenge will henceforth have their audit exercise conducted through telephone.

A statement by signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi on Monday revealed that such pensioners, will no longer be required to be physically present at the venue of the screening exercise.

The statement added that pensioners who are currently outside the State would have their screening conducted via the same means.

It also said “Pensioners outside the state at the moment no longer need to travel down to Osun State as they will also be having their screening through the telephone.

“Additionally, pensioners in the diaspora will also be screened only through video calls.

“In line with the above, the Pension Board is expected to make available all the particulars, especially pictures of pensioners to the Consultant, for ease of identification during the video call screenings.

“The above directives take immediate effect.”

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Pensioners Collapse During Screening In Osun



On of the revived Collapsed Pensioners on stretcher

…Govt should decentralise process to prevent avoidable deaths – Retirees

Pensioners in Osun State have appealed to the State government to decentralise the ongoing screening of its workforce including retirees.

The call became necessary as some of the aged retirees collapsed on Monday within the premises of the Center for Black Culture and International Understanding, Osogbo, venue of the ongoing screening.

It took the intervention of the medics of the State Ambulance Service to revive and stablise the victims.

Retirees, numbering about 2,000 old men and women who are visibly aged, frail and in some cases sick, were at the venue for the screening exercise.

A number of them who could not withstand long time standing were seen either, lying down, sleeping or sitting on the bare floor to avoid eventuality.

Many of the pensioners were visibly angry for what they described as inhuman treatment by the handlers of the exercise.

Sunday Omotosho decried the arrangement and the eventual treatments of his colleagues who came for the exercise from across the State.

Though, he agreed that the exercise as sanctioned by the State government was desirable, but was of the opinion that the process would have been made easier if it were to be done on local government or zonal basis.

As at press time, the exercise was yet to commence as the consultant in charge, Saadat Bakri-Ottun was yet to arrive the venue, hence the wait prolonged.

The staff audit was earlier suspended for weeks by the state House of Assembly over inhuman treatment meted to the civil servants by the consultant, but the suspension was lifted after she promised to correct her mistakes.

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Breaking: Protest Rocks Iree Poly Over Removal of Rector



….ASUP, Students lock school gate to prevent academic activities

Heavy protesters have laid seige on the entrance of the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, Osun State against the removal of the institution’s rector, Dr. Tajudeen Adewale Odetayo.

The State governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke had reportedly suspended Odetayo and allegedly replaced him by his kinsman.

Protested gathered at the frontage of the polytechnic entrance as early as 7:30 on Tuesday morning carrying different placards with different inscriptions to register their displeasure against the removal of the embattled rector.

The school gate has been put under lock and key, by the students and the school chapter of the Academic Staff Union of the Polytechnic, ASUP preventing academic activities and other activities on the campus.

More to follow…

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