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Ekiti Will Become S’ West Economic Hub With Bamidele As Governor – Ilori.

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An Estate surveyor and Valuer, Mr Oluwagbemiga Ilori, has lauded the former member of the House of the Representatives, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele for declaring for Ekiti governorship poll, saying the state will become the economic hub of the Southwest with him in the saddle.

The Lagos based businessman said, Bamidele has the requisite exposure, political experience and the temperament to be able to restore the state’s lost glories in the areas of economy, agriculture, health and other critical sectors, having garnered experience as a commissioner in Lagos and National Assembly.

Speaking with journalists on Friday in Lagos on the 2018 Ekiti governorship election, Ilori disclosed that Ekiti cannot afford to gamble with their collective destiny in the poll, urging them to vote for a man with the right frame of mind and mental capability to lead the state.

He described Bamidele as a thorough-bred administrator, who has proved his mettle during his four years in the House of Representatives, saying the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain became a darling name in Ekiti politics with the quality representative he offered on the floor of the National Assembly.

Ilori said the fact that Bamidele plunged into the race at a time the party is in the opposition and needed someone with the political network to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), further confirmed the enormous respect and commitment he has for the people.

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“Hon Bamidele is a man with unblemished records in the politics of Ekiti. During his time as a commissioner in Lagos State, he saw Ekiti as an immediate constituency. He treated every Ekiti indigene with respect. He offered them jobs and offered assistance that can brighten their careers.

“Also, as a member of the National Assembly between 2011 and 2015, he sponsored so many  bills that can make life better for Nigerians. He constructed class rooms for schools in Ado and Irepodun/Ifelodun federal constituency. He constructed ultra modern health centres in the two councils that are of benefits to the citizens.

“When it comes to the act of giving, Bamidele is unrivaled. He is kind to a fault. He sees lifting humanity from the pangs of poverty as his hobby.

“In terms of scholarship, Bamidele is a well read person. He Bagged B.A., LL.B and LL.M degrees from the University of Ife( now Obafemi Awolowo University,). With these daunting academic laurels, it was evident that the former federal lawmaker is well equipped for the plum job.

“We need a man that is educated, politically sagacious and morally upright at this critical time Ekiti has been debased in all facets by the current government. We need a man that can restore Ekiti values and with Bamidele in the saddle, our people should be rest assured that they are in safe hands”, he said.

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Ilori appealed to APC to stop unnecessary discrimination within the party, describing the  branding of some top leaders of the party as defectors as a distraction capable of robbing the party of victory.

He, then appealed to Chief John Oyegun-led National Working Committee of the APC to conduct free, fair and credible primary, so that the party can approach the poll with an invincible and united posture.

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Catholic bishops advocate review of Nigeria’s security architecture

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Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province, comprising Ibadan Archdiocese, Ilorin, Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti and Osogbo Dioceses, on Tuesday called for a thorough review of Nigeria’s security architecture.

The bishops, who gathered at the Jubilee Conference Centre in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, also expressed concern over the rising insecurity in the country, adding that it was unfortunate that the Federal Government has remained impervious to this call.

The meeting had in attendance, Most. Rev. Gabriel Abegunrin, (Ibadan), Most. Rev. Felix Ajakaiye (Ekiti), Most. Rev. Emmanuel Badejo (Oyo), Most. Rev. Felix Job (Ibadan).

Others are: Most. Rev. AyoMaria Atoyebi (Ibadan), Most. Rev. John Oyejola (Osogbo), Most. Rev. Jude Arogundade (Ondo) and Most. Rev. Paul Olawoore (Ilorin).

According to them, “With the current realities, it has become more necessary than ever to demand the review of Nigeria’s security architecture. Given  the campaign promises of the present government and the cauldrons of insecurity erupting all over the country, it is unfortunate that the Federal Government has remained impervious to this call. As a consequence, we parade a Nigerian Army that has not been able to effectively check the atrocities of Boko Haram for over a decade. How does one deny the allegation that kidnapping and banditry are abetted by government when  even State governments pay bandits and herdsmen as a means of placating them?

“How can we claim to have a Nigeria Police, when the body is no longer trusted to protect the same people it was set up to serve in many parts of the country?”, the bishops questioned.

The Catholic Bishops, in a communique jointly signed by the President, Most Rev. Gabriel Abegunrin and the Secretary, Most Rev. John Oyejola  at the end of  their first meeting for the year 2021, identified the ongoing effort of the governors of some South Western States  to regulate the activities of Fulani herdsmen within the zone, noting that insincerity, selfish interests and lack of political will had in the past, caused needless destruction of life and property and inflicted untold pain and hardship on innocent citizens.

However, they urged the governors to shun deceptive adulations and empty promises on issues that impact the security of life and property.

The communique read, “they must work with the security agencies to courageously implement the law in all cases and sanction those who blatantly and murderously flout it in their territories. No Nigerian or foreigner should be above the law in any part of the country.

“It is frustrating to see Governors, constitutionally empowered  as the first security officers of their States, being impeded and rendered ineffective by mitigating actions and pronouncements allegedly made on behalf of the Federal government, when they take lawful steps to respond to security needs in their States. Such manner of governance, that exerts itself to protect the interest of a segment of the population at the expense of the security of life and property of the majority, makes the emergence  of militias and self-appointed messiahs inevitable.

“We therefore join all well-meaning Nigerians who have called on the authorities to allow alternative and lawful initiatives which are established for protecting life and property like the South Western Security Network (SWSN), codenamed Amotekun, to thrive. Such initiatives deserve to be supported and optimised  as a complimentary security organization for the benefit of the people in different parts of Nigeria”.

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Properties worth over N50m lost to inferno – Sunday Igboho reacts

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Yoruba activist and Oodua  Republic agitator, Chief  Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as ‘Sunday Igboho’ has said that properties worth  over N50 million has been lost to the early Tuesday morning inferno at his Soka residence in Ibadan

Reacting on Tuesday, shortly after his house went up in flames, Sunday Igboho explained that the arsonists broke the gate to the building to gain entrance before setting the house on fire.

He stressed that the two people living in the house fled for their lives in the chaos.

“Around 03:30 am this morning, my siblings living in my old house came to alert me that some hoodlums were at the house, shooting sporadically, and that they had forced the gate open and set the house ablaze.

“My siblings escaped unhurt but my house was burnt. When we got there, the hoodlums had escaped so we called the fire service to put out the fire.

“I am surprised that some Yoruba people could be supporting killer herdsmen to destroy my house. This saddens me.

“My agitations are for all of us to come together against killer herdsmen who have been terrorizing the Yorubas by kidnapping, killing our brothers, and raping our women in Yoruba Land.

“To my amazement, some Yoruba people are aiding these killer herdsmen.

I expected them to come and attack my residence where I live now to show that they mean business.

“I assure you if they had, I would have been able to give you evidence of the hoodlums that did this.

“The property destroyed in that inferno would not be less than fifty million”, he added.

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2 Operatives Injured , As Youths Attacked Amotekun In Oyo {Photos}

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The Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun, in Oyo state has confirmed that two of its operatives from Ilesiwaju Local Government Area of the state were attacked by some ‘misguided youths’.

Oyo Amotekun also informed that though, there was no loss of life, but the officers were severely injured and are in critical condition at an undisclosed hospital.

It added that vehicles belonging to Itesiwaju Area Command were completely vandalized .

The state Command, in a statement issued on Monday explained, “On the 23rd of January 2021, two of our operatives from Itesiwaju LGA were travelling to Ago-Are enroute Tede were brutally attacked without provocation.

“They were granted free passage at Ago -Are end upon the explanation that they were from Itesiwaju LG and are on routine mission.

“However, at Tede end some misguided youths attacked the operatives with guns, matchetes and axes.

“Though there was no loss of life, our two operatives were severely injured and are in critical condition at the hospital.

 

“Unfortunately, after this unprovoked attack and assault, our vehicles belonging to Itesiwaju Area Command were completely vandalised and damaged”, the statement concluded.

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