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Oyo govt reunites rescued inmates of illegal Olore Correctional Center with families

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• treats 23 at Adeoyo hospital

 

 

Twenty-three of the rescued inmates of the illegal Olore Correctional Center at Ibadan have been admitted at the Adeoyo State hospital in Ibadan so they could receive better health treatment before being released to their families while about hundred others have been reunited with their families.

 

The notorious center was last week discovered by the State government and inmates were rescued by security personnel, after which the State governor visited the place and ordered the demolition of the structure used for the center.

 

The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Alhaja Faosat Sanni stated this at the weekend while briefing newsmen on the update about the saga in her office.

 

Sanni said “after due profiling of the rescued inmates by the relevant State government agency and security agencies, over hundreds rescued inmates were handed over to their relatives and right individuals with an agreement not to return them to such centers again.”

 

She urged Parents and guardians to always seek government assistance in correcting societal ills rather than subjecting their children to the care of unregistered correctional centers.

 

“Cases like this and many societal ills are better handled by social workers in the ministry, parents and guardians should always consult the ministry for corrections and rehabilitation of their wards in a better way rather than subjecting them to torture,” she added.

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Alhaja Sanni stressed that government has continue to ensure that adequate food, water and conveniences were provided for the evacuate – es as about 23 of them still receiving treatment at Adeoyo State hospital due to their critical conditions.

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Nigeria has lost a prominent figure, Ajimobi was a patriotic politician – Oyo NUJ 

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Oyo State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Tuesday declared that with the demise of late Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Nigeria has once again lost one of her prominent figures, describing the former governor as a patriotic and distinguished politician who impacted on many Nigerians.

The State NUJ Chairman, Comrade Ademola Babalola stated this during a condolence visit to the widow of the late former governor in Ibadan,!the state capital.

It will be recalled that the late Ajimobi who died on June 25 was buried at his Oluyole residence on June 28 in Ibadan.

Speaking further, the NUJ boss noted that Ajimobi’s impact would be missed at all level, adding that the late former governor was a successful politician in Oyo State and Nigeria.

 

In his words, “We have come here to commiserate with you over the demise of your husband. We are friend to Ajimobi’s family. He was a patriot and distinguish Nigerian.

“It was pleasant to be with him. We have lost a great man in Oyo State. It will take us 50years to come before we can see someone like Ajimobi.

“He was the first person to have governed the state twice. We shall continue to remember him for good”

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Babalola prayed that Almighty God forgive the shortcomings of the late Ajimobi and grant him eternal rest.

He also prayed that Almighty God grant the family, associates and the good people of the state fortitude to bear the loss.

Daughter of the deceased, Mrs Abisola Kola-Daisi, who spoke on behalf of the family, thanked the union for their love, support during and after the lifetime of their late father.

On the delegation are Mr Sola Oladapo, the Secretary, Mr Akeem Abas, the Treaurer, Mr. Kemi Olaitan, Mr. Raji Adebayo, Mr. Jeremiah Oke, Mrs Dupe Fehintola, and Mr. Musiliudeen Adebayo among others.

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Just In: Senator Buhari proposes naming Ibadan Airport after Ajimobi

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Senator Abdulfatai Buhari representing Oyo North Senatorial District on Tuesday asked the federal government to name the Ibadan Airport after late Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

Senator Ajimobi was in charge of the Agodi Government House between 2011 -2019.

Senator Buhari made this request while raising a point of order which came under Order 42 and 52 requesting for the leave of the Senate to present his motion.

Meanwhile, in the motion, the lawmaker notified the senate of the sad demise of late Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

He further asked the Senate to observe a minute silence in his honour and also requesting a high powered delegation to commiserate with the late Ajimobi’s family and the good people of Oyo state.

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Ajimobi lived a fulfilled life – Sheik Bello

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Family frowns at continued politicization of  late governor’s death, burial

 

Immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has been described as a once in a lifetime leader who only comes around in a generation.

This was the verdict of Sheik Muideen Bello who delivered the sermon at the 8th day fidau prayers for the former Governor.

 

Sheik Bello said Ajimobi died a fulfilled man after having achieved all God wanted him to achieve.

“ When Senator Isiaq Ajimobi entered Baitul -L- Atik, he asked God to let him see 70 years because no one in his lineage had seen it. He asked God to make him the first Governor to serve two terms in Oyo state. He also asked God to grant him mercy to build a befitting mosque for HIM. God granted all his requests. He died a fulfilled man”, the preacher said.

According to Sheik Bello, an individual like Ajimobi was a special creation of the Almighty Allah and a leader like him will not come around for another 50 years.“ He was a special being, we can never have a Governor like him in Oyo state who had done so well until the next 50 years”.

The scholar who was accompanied by other notable Islamic scholars and clerics in leading series of prayers for the repose of the soul of the deceased recounted the various encounters he had with the Governor and where he (Ajimobi) had emphasised how he longed to break the family jinx of living beyond 70 years.

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“Many times, he didn’t hide his secret prayers of how we wanted to live for 70 years because his father had died before the age of 70.”

 

The cleric also condemned people for only coming out to sing the praises of the deceased Governor after his death said such hypocrisy will attract judgement and punishment from the Almighty Allah. The fidau prayers which started shortly before 11 am was strictly a family affair in line with the Covid-19 protocols as laid down by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). There were less than 30 people at the ceremony which included Dr (Mrs) Florence Ajimobi, wife of the late Deputy National Chairman (South), the All Progressives Congress (APC), the children and extended family members.

Sheik Bello further enjoined those present at the event to be prayerful at all times in order to live a good and fulfilled life like Senator Ajimobi did.

Before the event ended, special prayers were offered for the protection of the family, Oyo state and Nigeria as well as prayers for the departed former Governor.

Meanwhile, the family has reacted to the issue of the inability of the Deputy Governor not having access to the venue.

 

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In a statement signed by Bolaji Tunji, Special Adviser on Media to Senator Ajimobi, the family of the former Governor were not aware of the incident with the Deputy Governor, just as they frowned at the continued politicization of the death and burial of their husband, father and grandfather.

 

“In view of the disinformation going about concerning the inability of the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan’s inability to gain access to the venue of the 8th day Fidau prayers for HE, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

“We want to state clearly that the event was announced as strictly a family affair. However, some dignitaries arrived for the event prior to the commencement of the prayers and were permitted entry and because they were not family, they were taken to a sitting room specially prepared for that purpose.

” There was a need to comply with the Covid-19 protocol as established by NCDC – Social distancing, not more than 30 people in a place and seats arranged, accordingly.

“Once we reached capacity, the gate was locked in order to reduce the continued presence of people at the event.

” No one was aware that the Deputy Governor was coming as neither the advance team nor the protocol informed us.

“The Deputy Governor arrived after the prayers had started and once the family was informed they proceeded to the gate in order to usher in the Deputy Governor.

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“By the time we got to the gate to usher him into the sitting room, he had left. Everything happened within a few minutes.

“Through a serving Senator and a former Attorney General we tried to get in touch with him that it was not to slight him and he could sit in a private sitting room provided by the family. Unfortunately, he had left.

“There was no attempt to disturb or detain the DSS details of the Deputy Governor. From information available, they did not park within the same area as the Deputy Governor and had to do a catch up in order to meet the deputy Governor ‘s convoy that had already left”, the statement explained.

 

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