The Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola has been commended for the way and manner he managed to handle his attack, looting and wanton destruction of property that greeted #EndSARS protest in the State.
Led by a former Governor of the State, Chief Bisi Akande, some Osun elders gave the commendation during a solidarity visit to the Governor at the Oke-fia Government House, Osogbo.
The elders described the attack as “unfortunate, unwarranted and alien to the Omoluabi ethos” for which the State is known for.
“We as friends with common concern in the affairs of Osun State are here in solidarity with our Governor… on the fallout of the ENDSARS imbroglio. We sympathise with the Governor over the attack on him by hoodlums who evidently hijacked the protest in Osogbo”
Lending their voices to the youth’s initial agitation to end police brutality and call for its general reform, the elders enjoined the youth to consolidate on their new voices, become agents of change by participating actively in the enquiry and efforts at finding solution.
They however condemned destruction and looting, attacks on security personnel saying they are counter productive.
Against this backdrop, the elders pleaded with business leaders and investors not to be discouraged by the “isolated acts of lawlessness” with a view to creating jobs and offering employment to the youth.
“We again acknowledge the Governor for systematically addressing the 5 for 5 demands of protesters and again appeal to our youths to give dialogue a chance for peaceful resolution of their grievances and demands”.
“These exuberant youngsters remain the pillar and fulcrum of our unity, upon which we can attain greatness having broken national records in sports, science, academics, medicine and other areas of human endeavours” they stated.
Speaking, Governor Oyetola appreciated the elders for the visit, concern and individual phone calls to him after the attack.
The Governor who hinted that someone is still planning to stage another round of protest, warned the youth not to be persuaded to partake as government would not allow any acts of lawlessness.
“We understand that somebody is still planning to stage another round of protest, I hope the security agencies will do the needful. We are not opposed to peaceful protest but when it is accompanied by violence then there are ulterior motives. It is unfortunate that we find ourselves where we are today” he said.
Oyetola used the occasion to clear the air on the alleged hoarding of CACOVID palliative which was looted by hoodlums.
He said a 21 member committee was set up and the government was not involved in how the CACOVID palliative was being distributed.
“CACOVID is a private arrangement to support the issue of lockdown palliative distribution to the citizens generally and they asked us to get a warehouse which we did. Incidentally, the cocoa premises appears to be most suitable” the Governor explained.
“We are talking about 75 trailers… there are components that must be supplied, the major component is rice… We were expecting about 40,000 of 5kg of rice yet to be delivered. There have been series of communication with them through the office of commerce, as I speak, it is yet to be delivered. And they made it mandatory that they must complete the delivery and then flag off before we can distribute”.
“So it is not that the state has prerogative of when to distribute. The owners of the palliative said we most come to the state and then flag off. We, as government, we are constraint not to want to do anything other than in line with what they have stated, it is their own, not our own. That was the situation of palliative”
“There is a clear distinction between the federal government palliative and CACOVID palliative. That of federal government is through the ministry of humanitarian and disaster management and it was distributed immediately I think in May ending or June. CACOVID is a private donor. It is not a deliberate efforts on the part of the committee not to distribute” he added.
Other elders on the solidarity visit were retired General Alani Akinrinade, former Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and renowned academic, Prof. Olu Aina.
Remember there’s a God of second chance” – Ooni tells inmates during visit to Kuje Correctional Centre
The Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Tuesday, kickstarted his annual coronation anniversary with a humanitarian visit to the Kuje Correctional facility in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory.
According to Director of Media & Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, Otunba Moses Olafare, the monarch told the inmates to always remember that God created everyone and that he’ss the God of second chance.
Ooni Ogunwusi was on an official duty in the F.C.T. when he decided to visit inmates at the facility for a programme organized by Hopes Alive Initiative (HAI) under his Chairmanship to motivate those who are often ignored by the society.
Addressing the gathering of inmates and prison’s officials after being welcomed into the facility by officers of the Nigeria Correctional Service, Ooni Ogunwusi who was flanked by his Queen & Deputy Convener of Hopes Alive Initiative HAI Olori Temitope Enitan-Ogunwusi, explained that the best part of human life is the one spent to serve others particularly the poor and vulnerable individuals.
“We should always remember that God created all of us and that is the God of second chance, we have seen in this country from prison to presidency, right from prison all the way to become the president of this country.
“So please do not write off yourselves, whatever the situation you might have found yourselves here remember that their is a God of second chance.
“I am here to tell you that there is a life after here, it does not end here and that is why you all must see this current phase of your life as a learning stage for the lessons with which you will live for life after here.
“I have not come here to tell you that it is not difficult but I am here to tell you that it is possible for you all to be better and be amongst the best members of the larger Nigerian society when you eventually leave here.”
Highpoint of the event was when five (5) inmates were freed after fulfilling all requirements including payment of bail/fines through the assistance of the HAI, with a promise to keep an eye on them and also empowering them in the trade they learned while in the Correctional Centre.
Other event earmarked for the Ooni Ogunwusi’s coronation anniversary is the Staff Appreciation Night during which all staff members (Traditional and Official) working with His Imperial Majesty will be honoured and gifted series of items including cars for the best performing ones.
In the same vein, parts of the statement said the Palace is not unaware of false, malicious and misleading reportage particularly by some unprofessional bloggers and armchair journalists about the event which does not tally with the event or any of its realities.
“These purveyors of fake news who are bent on blackmailing top personalities for income (Online traffic), prominence or whatever reasons predetermined by them wrote nonsense from the figment of their imagination and got it circulated by armchair (lazy) journalists with no regard for principles, laws and ethics of the prestigious pen profession.”
The Ooni’s Hopes Alive Initiative (HAI) has in the last five years engaged in the charity work which targets to give hope to the hopeless and vulnerable members of the society. Ooni Ogunwusi through the NGO has donated befitting homes to the orphanage and destitute, water borehole facilities to several market’s across the South West in Nigeria, educational materials to several schools in the country.
Osun NUJ to hold commendation service on Friday in honour of late Adesunmbo Abioye
The Nigeria Union of Journalists,Osun State Council will on Friday hold a Commendation Service in honour of late Bishop-Elect, Adesunmbo Samson Abioye.
A statement by the Chairman of the union,Comrade Wasiu Ajadosu and Secretary,Comrade Adeyemi Aboderin indicate that the service will hold at NUJ Press Centre, Iwo /Ibadan Road,Osogbo by nine in the morning.
The statement calls on members of the union,friends and associates of the deceased to be part of the ceremony.
Late Bishop-Elect, Adesunmbo Samson Abioye was a former Secretary of NUJ,Osun State Council.
IPOB/ESN Commander Killed As Police Raid Terrorists’ Camp In Imo
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has said that the second in command of an outlawed Eastern Security Network (ESN) Commander, Ebube Virus, has been killed in a fierce gun battle.
The deceased suspect was on the Imo State Police Command’s wanted list due to his nefarious activities in the Aboh Mbaise area of the State.
The Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Aboki Danjuma, disclosed this in a statement issued by the Police spokesman, Henry Okoye, on Tuesday.
According to the CP, “Following the confessions made by the suspected IPOB/ESN Terrorist allegedly involved in the killing of DPO Ahiazu Mbaise and other dastardly acts in the Mbaise axis, operatives of the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping squad led by CSP Oladimeji Odeyeyiwa on Monday 4th of December, 2023 stormed the criminal hideout of a deadly IPOB/ESN Terrorist Syndicate led by Ebube Virus and Ishaka, at Umuogu Amuzu in Aboh-Mbaise LGA of Imo State and dislodged the terrorists.
“In the process, a ferocious battle broke out between the terrorists and the combat-ready Police agents, neutralizing the Second in Command Ebube Virus, who is well-known on the Command’s wanted list due to their nefarious actions in the Mbaise axis. Others who had been shot at had escaped. From the neutralized terrorist, one AK-47 rifle with 19 rounds of live ammunition was found.
“An operation is underway to find additional fugitive suspects and bring them to justice.”
While praising the brave officers for their unwavering efforts in the fight against all violent crimes in the State, CP Danjuma affirmed the Command’s commitment to working with other security agencies with the aim of restoring peace in the state.
CP Danjuma called on Imo residents to support the Police and other sister security agencies with timely and actionable information that will assist in the crusade against terrorism in the state.
He encouraged owners of hospitals and first-aid outlets to report any person seen with or treating gunshot injuries to the nearest Police Station.
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