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Group to Ladoja: Submit lists of dream projects for Ajimobi to actualize.  



 A Project Monitoring Group, Ajimobi Legacy Project Group, has appealed to former Governor Rashidi Ladoja and his party, Accord Party to submit the list of projects he dreamt passionately to actualize while in office to Governor Abiola Ajimobi to actualize.
The Group, in a statement issued  at the weekend, said that the statement credited to Ladoja’s Accord Party that the former governor initiated the Ibadan Circular Road project should be commended rather than being condemned. It cautioned however that the violence which the Ladoja administration was known for should not be part of the initiatives to be submitted.
The coordinator of the group, Lukman Babatunde, noted that the statement shows that former governor Ladoja was bereft of  the grace to actualize governmental ideas while at the helms of affairs, stressing that former governor Ladoja did not have a worthy legacy to leave except violence, stating that only actualizers were celebrated throughout the world and not dreamers.
The group stated that  the habit of Accord Party to always claim being initiators of iconic projects executed by Governor Abiola Ajimobi should not be surprising to the people, adding that the party’s leader also dreamt of constructing a flyover bridge at the Mokola area of Ibadan, which was later constructed by Ajimobi.
The group said: “We are not surprised with the statement credited to the Publicity Secretary of Accord Party on the Ibadan Circular Road. Only those who are not familiar with the habit of Accord Party members will give credence to their utterances.
“When the Mokola flyover was constructed, Governor Ladoja claimed to have dreamt of it. However, he could not construct or flag it off in his four years in office. We want to put in on record that this project was completed two years after Governor Ajimobi assumed office. We want to also put on record that the over N4bn former governor Ladoja is being tried for could have completed two flyovers but nothing was done.
“The party is going round again to say that Ladoja initiated the Ibadan Circular Project. We are not bothered about the initiator but very much concerned about the person who birthed it. The records are there and records do not lie. The records will show the initiator but nowhere in the world is a dreamer celebrated. We believe that Accord Party should have supported the projects going on in the state, rather than claiming undue glory.
“Throughout the world,  Government is a continuum, leaders follow up on policies, ideas or initiatives as there is no point sometimes in reinventing the wheel. An idea can be repackaged and carefully executed. We want to appeal to former Governor Ladoja and his Accord Party to submit all the initiatives he dreamt of while in office that will be beneficial to the people of the state for Ajimobi the actualiser to actualize.


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Catholic bishops advocate review of Nigeria’s security architecture



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




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}



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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