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Exclusive : Ajimobi sets to re- appoint caretaker chairmen.

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Forwarded list to OYSHA.

•Some notable names have been dropped.

 

Baring any last minutes changes, Oyo state governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, has forwarded a list containing the names of Care-taker Chairmen to the 33 local governments in Oyo state to the Oyo State House of Assembly, OYSHA, Mega Icon Magazine reliably gathered.

According to our correspondent, the new list which has been received today is coming on the heels of the agitations by party members in the state who recently expressed their displeasure to the state governor during a recent get-together held at Lafia Hotel, Apata, in Ibadan.

The state governor in a bid to placate the party faithfuls is set to announce the names of members into the state various boards as well as some aides that will be working closely with him.

According to a source in the state Secretariat who does not want his name mentioned, the list of the caretaker is said to rock some boats when it is finally announced as the governor has finally dropped some of his perceived loyalists.

The source further stated that while some loyalists have taken their exclusion in the new look care-taker chairmen in good faith, one among them is, however, said to be highly disappointed in the governor’s resolve citing his blind loyalty to the governor during his re-ectioneering campaign as the reason why he should enjoy ‘the untouchable status’ in the governor’s administration.

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When our source was pressed further as to why the governor will drop the perceived loyalists for unknown people, the source revealed that those who have been picked to replace the dropped ones are not new in the party adding that they have also worked for the party’s success over the years in their respective local governments.

He noted that the main reason behind the governor’s decision is to spread the appointments evenly towards the party members irrespective of their closeness to him.

“Not a lot of people know that the governor being a smart person that he is constantly liaise with the leaders in each of the local governments . He ensures that their interests are taken care of and when there is need to stamp his feet on the ground he does so in a very tactical manner.

“This is not to say that the governor does not intend to install his people in the strategic positions knowing fully well that when he eventually leaves at the expiration of his tenure in 2019, they are the ones that will be his ‘eyes and ears’ in the scheme of things. Like every other politicians he wouldn’t want to leave without covering his tracks but he is being careful with it and at the same time carrying the leaders along. This is where I salute his wisdom”, he concluded.

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It will be recalled that the need to re-appoint the care-taker chairmen across the 33 councils of the state became necessary against the background of a court injunction instituted by some Baales in Oyo town with a view to preventing Oyo State government and OYSIEC from going going ahead with the last month February slated Council election.

The state government has, however, stated that it will opt for out to out-of-court settlement in order to resolve the issue amicably.

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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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