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OYRTMA warns night prowlers, club-goers against reckless driving as man hit by drunk driver dies in Ibadan

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The Oyo State Road Traffic Management Authority, (OYRTMA) has reiterated it’s warning  against reckless driving and illegal parking at clubs as well as fun spots during the night.

The Executive Chairman of OYRTMA, Mr.  Akin Fagbemi  gave the warning last Sunday while reacting to an incident that led to loss of a life, which was caused by an individual suspected to be driving under alcohol influence at a popular club at Awolowo way, Bodija in Ibadan.

He disclosed that the middle-aged man who was hit by a drunk night reveller sustained head injury and later died at a hospital close to the scene of the incident.

“It would be recalled that following a directive of the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde, the authority issued stern warnings to owners of commercial buildings particularly Club houses during the height of the covid-19 lockdown around March this year following the flagrant disregard to the pandemic prevention protocols as issued by the State Government and as regards the indiscriminate and illegal encroachment of road corridors by customers of the club houses.

“It is pursuant to this warning that the Authority moved to impound erring vehicles around such vicinities particularly as the Authority continues to receive several public petitions and formal complaints from both motorists and residents of the areas where such centers are situated.

“Following a road crash occasioned by the illegal parking of a vehicle whose owner was reported to be patronizing one of the club houses located at Awolowo Road here in Ibadan, OYRTMA in conjunction with the Special Security Joint task Force otherwise known as Operation Burst moved in to impound ten erring vehicles which have been deposited at the our premises pending their legal prosecution for infringing on section 16 of the Oyo State Road Traffic Management Authority Law 2009”, he said.

He further explained that the victim, who was a resident of the area, was rushed to a nearby hospital after the accident around 1200hrs of Friday night, gave up the ghost because of the road blockade caused by indiscriminate parking of vehicles at the club house.

Fagbemi urged the public to ensure that they do not constitute blockade to the roads whenever they parked their vehicles so as to allow others to pass, especially in cases of emergency situations such as fire outbreaks or the need to rush a sick resident to the hospital.

He called on fun lovers and night crawlers to always seek the service of licensed drivers, as there have been several cases of midnight accidents resulting from drunk-driving by vehicle owners who investigations often revealed were coming from club houses in the midnight, who destroyed properties of other persons as well as those of government, like public utilities and streetlight poles.

“It is to this end that we reiterate that the Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration would not condone the continuity of such destructive behaviors on the roads, we shall henceforth continue to enforce relevant sections of the extant traffic laws of the State against such,” he submitted.

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Ex-Oyo ALGON boss rejoices with Ibarapa-born billionaire Ayandele at 60

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Former  Chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria )ALGON) in Oyo State, Chief Ademola Ojo  has felicitated with All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain, Dr Olusola Ayandele as he clocked 60.

Ojo, described the Ibarapa-born billionaire  as a patriot, politician and leader who have contributed to the advancement of the nation’s democracy as well as nurtured many individuals to greatness.

The ex-council gaffer states this  in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Saturday in Ibadan  the state capital.

Ayandele was an APC governorship aspirant in the 2019 general election and presently a senatorial hopeful.

According to the ex-ALGON Chief, the renowned businessman and philanthropist had brought great political, economic as well as social success to the state and Nigeria.

“I feel inspired and motivated most times by your doggedness, forthrightness and knack for truth at all times. You are leader worthy of emulation.

“I celebrate you my dear brother and leader. Your courage, character, wisdom, strength and simplicity stands you out always. May the Almighty fill your future with blessings, ” he said.

Also, Mr Olusola Adeleke, a Personal Assistant to Ayandele, joined to felicitate his boss whom he described as reliable, dependable and visionary boss.

He   described Ayandele as a renowned businessman, philanthropist, leader and political gargantuan with uncommon sagacity.

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“Your commitment and selfless service to humanity has brought tremendous development to Ibarapaland, Oyo State as well as Nigeria. You are a rare gem boss and you will forever be appreciated.

“I wish you more years of sound health, peace and glory as you celebrate. Happy birthday to my dear boss,” he submitted.

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Oyo APC scribe celebrates Ayandele at 60

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Caretaker Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo state, Hon.  Mojeed Olaoya, has described the former gubernatorial aspirant of the party in the state, Dr. Olusola Ayandele, as a pride to Nigeria and humanity as a whole.

Olaoya remarked while celebrating the  60th birthday of the Ibarapa-born Ayandele who is a staunch player in the business and political space of the country.

In a statement issued in Ibadan on Friday and which he personally signed, Olaoya expressed his delight about Ayandele being always available to help the cause of the poor and less-privileged in the society.

“For the good people of Ibarapaland, Oyo state and Nigeria in general, the man (Olusola Ayandele) is a rare blessing and he deserves to be celebrated everyday having made a lot of difference as a businessman, politician and philanthropist for a very long time.

“As an academic and scholar, Ayandele made his indelible mark by imparting knowledge on a great population of young people. And more importantly, his positive contribution to the economy of Nigeria cannot be underestimated as he is leading investor and creator of employment opportunities of all time. To crown it all, Dr. Ayandele decided to dabble into partisan politics to enable him do more for the society and he has not disappointed his people.

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“To this end, it is worthwhile to join several thousands of people globally to celebrate the enigma known as Eruobodo on this auspicious occasion of his 60th birthday anniversary as we pray God to grant him the opportunity of long life, sound health and prosperity”, the statement  added.

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Oyo commissioner, Olatunbosun urges citizens to disregard panic messages over ultimatum to herdsmen

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Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun has disclosed that citizens of the State should disregard a voice note message urging people in Ibadan to stay indoors on Friday 22nd of January due to a purported ultimatum issued by some individuals to a Fulani Community in Igangan, Ibarapa area of Oyo State.

Recall that the State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has warned individuals to respect the constitutional rights of any Nigerian to live anywhere in the country in a peaceful manner and condemned the said ultimatum in a state broadcast to the people of the state

A voice note, being circulated on Wednesday by one woman from London simply known as ‘Remi’ has urged residents of Ibadan to stay indoors on Friday so as to avoid any crisis that might arise from the outcome of the ultimatum issued to the Fulani Herdsmen Community in Igangan.

Olatubosun said the message was targeted at causing panic among the people and to tarnish the efforts of the present administration in tackling insecurity in the State.

He said Oyo State indigenes at home and in the diaspora ought to give support to the government and not to cause disaffection and unnecessary panic over an issue that has been adequately addressed by the government and concerned security agencies.

He added that the people of the State, especially in Ibadan should go about their businesses without fear of molestation or attack from any quarter.

“It is funny to hear that somebody was sending voice note from London, warning Ibadan people not to venture out on Friday because of an ultimatum issued to a Fulani Herdsmen Community in Igangan, in Ibarapa area.

“This is an issue that has been addressed by the government that nobody has the power to give such ultimatum, the constitution of Nigeria does not allow for it, especially when the said Community is not constituting security threat to lives and properties of the people.

“The government of Oyo State and security apparatus are working around the clock to give the people of the State the required peaceful atmosphere that will engender economic growth, we therefore urge our people, especially in Ibadan to ignore the voice note message and go about their normal businesses without fear of molestation or attack from any quarter.”

The commissioner called on the residents of the State to be wary of scaremongers who he said could create psychological crisis where such was not in existence.

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