Insubordination:Ekiti Governor Suspends Home Affairs Commissioner

Mohammed Shosanya

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, has suspended the new Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Home Affairs, Mr Olaiya Atibioke, for two weeks.

The suspension takes immediate effect.

The action was sequel to Mr Atibioke’s unauthorised departure from the venue of a three-day retreat for members of the State Executive Council and Permanent Secretaries held at Bishop Adetiloye Hall, Trade Fair Complex, Ado-Ekiti, on Saturday.

According to a statement signed by the Special Adviser (Media) to the Governor, Mr Yinka Oyebode, the Commissioner had left the venue of the retreat without permission.

He was nowhere to be found when the new Commissioners were called upon to sign a performance charter,according to the statement.

The statement quoted that the Governor had sat down through all the sessions of the three-day retreat, which commenced on Thursday.

Kano Govt Revokes Licences Of Private Schools

Mohammed Shosanya

The Kano State government has revoked certificates of all private schools operating in the state with immediate effect.

The special adviser to the State Governor on Private and Voluntary Institutions, Baba Abubakar Umar, who said this on Saturday quoted his boss as saying this during a meeting with the proprietors of the private schools in the state.

According to him, Umar said all the schools were expected to collect new registration forms to fill for new certificates to be issued.

He explained that this was part of the state government’s commitment towards sanitising the private school operations and ensuring adherence to established laws and guidelines.

He implored the proprietors to pay their 10 per cent tax to the government as at when due for the progress of the sector, adding that his return to the position of managing the private schools should not lead to intimidation as he doesn’t have intention to victimise anyone.

He maintained his resolve for shutting any school that violates the operational laws of the state ranging from equipment, environment of operation, curriculum and academic calendar while revealing that a software had been developed to address all concerns from the government, school proprietors, parents and even job seekers in private schools.

Tribunal Reserves Judgment In Petitions Against Sanwo-Olu

Mohammed Shosanya

The Lagos State governorship Election Tribunal has reserved judgment in the petitions against the election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat.

Justice Arum Igyen Ashom who led the tribunal, said the court would communicate a date for judgment to the parties after counsels adopted their final written addresses.

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Olajide Adediran, popularly called Jandor and his Labour Party counterpart, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour are challenging the return of the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as well as his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the March 18 governorship elections in Lagos State.

The two petitioners were absent,but the third respondent (Hamzat) was present in court on Saturday.

INEC is the first respondent in the petition, while Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat are listed as the second and third respondents respectively, while the APC is listed as the fourth respondent.

While adopting his address, Governor Sanwo-Olu’s counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, asked the court to dismiss the petitions of the Labour Party and that of the Peoples Democratic Party for lacking in merit and a mere academic exercise.

Olaonipekun emphasized that there was no reference to the second respondent but instead the address dwelt on the third respondent.

He said, “They have abandoned their petition and also abandoned any issues against the
second respondent.”

He said the matter of non-qualification of the deputy governor as claimed by the Labour Party was to no issue as the allegation of his renunciation of Nigerian citizenship and the swearing of oath of allegiance to the United States were not sufficiently proven.

Counsel to the All Progressives Congress, Abiodun Owonikoko, SAN,contended that the argument of the petitioner about citizenship of the deputy governor were not duly proven by the petitioners.

Olatunji Benson, counsel to Labour Party and its governorship candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, asked the tribunal to hold the position of his clients that the deputy governor did not qualify to contest and he and the governor should be removed from office and the petitioner declared as the governor of Lagos State.

Adopting his final written address, counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party, Clement Onwuenwunor, argued that Governor Sanwo-Olu did not have a secondary school leaving certificate and therefore was not qualified to be governor.

Counsel for INEC, Charles Edosonwan, in the adoption of his final written address asked the Tribunal to dismiss Rhodes-Viviour’s petition for lack of evidence.

He said:“One of the issues raised by the petitioner is whether the election was conducted in substantial compliance with the Electoral Act? On this issue, we say that they have provided no scintilla of proof to show it wasn’t. A petition erected on such an allegation was sought to be proven by 10 witnesses in a state that has 13,325 polling units. The petition is materially challenged.”

Oyo Township Roads To Receive Facelift          

Mohammed Shosanya
The Oyo state Glgovernment has disclosed plans to embark on upgrade of community/township roads, in order to make rural roads motorable.
The Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy matters, Hon. Olusegun Olayiwola went on an inspection exercise in some communities.
Hon. Olayiwola,who conveyed government’s readiness to upgrade community roads, also addressed grey areas that could hamper project execution and solicited residents’ support.
He was quoted in a statement as saying that the present administration will continue to give priority to the welfare of residents, especially at the grassroots level, through the provision of basic and infrastructural amenities.
He said:”We have a number of roads across the state that are being undertaken by the local government, and this is just one of the roads, and we are here to inspect the road.
“The road is a linkage between two villages, Iresaadu and Ileoodu, a neighbouring village. With the bridge in place, the sky is the starting point, and I can assure you that, before one-year time, you will see houses springing up.
“The road is a beneficial to people in the area. It would be accessible for the road users, easy passage, and a sense of belonging for the two villages around, and they will know that we have a government in place”
Some of the roads inspected by the Honourable Commissioner include 1 km road linking Iresaadu village to Ileoodu village in Surulere local government; Kosobo road, Oyo East local government of the State.
A resident in the Kosobo community, Mr. Biodun Ahmed appreciated the State Governor Engr. Seyi Makinde for having the Kosobo community in mind.
He said, “Before the road construction, the erosion was disturbing us and a lot of people have left their houses and relocated elsewhere and now, they are back to their place of shelter”.
CBN Announces Accredited Cheque Printers

Mohammed Shosanya

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has released to the banks and other stakeholders an updated list of its accredited cheque printers in the country.

The list was contained in a circular signed by The Director of Banking Services, Sam Okojere,disclosed this in a circular he signed..

“In furtherance of its mandate to ensure an efficient payment and settlement system, the Central Bank of Nigeria in collaboration with the MICR Technical Implementation Committee (MITC) conducted the re-accreditation of cheque printers and cheque personalised in line with the NICPAS qualification criteria,” he added.

The list of printers and personaliser institutions include;Superflux International Limited, Triple Gee and Company Plc, Yaliam Press Limited, Marvelous Mike Press Limited, Kas Arts Services Limited and Papi Printing Company Limited.

Besides, institutions accredited as Personaliser institutions are Zenith Bank Plc, Eco Bank Plc, Stanbic IBTC Bank Limited, First Bank Limited, Keystone Bank Limited, Wema Bank Plc and Providus Bank Limited.

Abeokuta:Man Kills Two nieces,Blames Satan

Mohammed Shosanya

One Taye Agbaje has allegedly murdered his two nieces, last Saturday, inside a bush in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

He went to his younger brother’s house, Idowu Agbaje, at Kemta Abata in Abeokuta and took away the two girls on his bike, before he later murdered them with a cutlass.

The father of the two children who was said to be away from home when his elder brother came for the kids, started searching for them the moment he returned home in the evening.

He was said to have informed the community members who told him they saw the two girls on his brother’s motorcycle during the day.

He had been taken into custody by the police,a community source said.

“When Taye was asked about the whereabouts of the girls, he denied knowing about it. Members of the community said they saw him conveying the girls, yet he said he only took them to the market.

“He was taken to Kemta police division, where he later confessed to have killed his nieces. Taye took the police to the bush where he slit his nieces throats and left the bodies.

“We all saw the bodies where he killed them. Police have evacuated the corpses to the mortuary. Taye did not give any particular reason for his action, he only said the mother of the kids had spiritually taken his glory for her husband. This is very shocking,” the source added.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, confirmed the incident,and described it as horrendous.

He said the suspect showed no remorse while being interrogated by the police, stating that he kept blaming satan for the act.

“The suspect didn’t give any specific reason why he killed his brother’s children. There was no any sign of remorse. He’s just blaming satan, satan; and that does not exist in law,” Odutola added.

Glo Unveils Green Lotto Services

Mohammed Shosanya

Nigeria’s telecommunications services provider, Globacom, has announced the introduction of Glo Green Lotto service on the network.

It allows Glo subscribers to buy their favourite lottery tickets through the use of their Glo lines and pay through airtime.

The telecommunications introduces the Glo Green Lotto services to enable subscriber to win instant cash in the process.

A statement from the company,said subscribers can buy tickets to play the Glo Green Lotto right from the comfort of their homes or anywhere and at any time.

“To play, Glo subscribers need to dial *73342# from their mobile phones. Then they are to choose 1 to play their favourite game and buy a ticket using airtime ranging from N10, N20, N50, N100, N200, N500 up to N1000.

To view results, subscribers have to dial the same code *73342# and this time round, choose option 2 or visit, where they can also have more details about the unique service that can bring them to win big from their mobile phones”

The statement explained that no subscriber is at a disadvantage as the Glo Green Lotto is available to both prepaid and postpaid customers on the Glo network.

It said,Green Lotto has 8 draws from Mondays to Saturdays and 4 draws on Sundays. The draws are held in-house in Globacom’s office. Subscribers who win in Glo Green Lotto have the opportunity of adding their bank account numbers to transfer their winning to their accounts.

Thoughts On Jagun Jagun

By Chris Adetayo

Too many generous people on these streets. In a way, it’sso pleasing to see. The rave reviews on Jagun Jagun is, in my recollection, unprecedented. Even that inscrutable fella of Kogboduku and Associates scored it 10/10. Made me do a double take.

But me I no gree o. Infact, I don’t know what you people were watching. The movie was bland. Storyline was muddled even in its simplicity. What’s with all that burning fire to light a pathway to the palace during the day? No na! There was the scene where it was dark/night inside and daylight outside.

Even the quality cinematography was not enough to save the movie from its deficiencies. The fighting choreography was iffy. I also didn’t get the rationale of a warrior enthroning kings by pillaging village and towns while he remained just a warrior – I’ve been asking myself where in Yoruba history this existed. There was the tokenism of force-fitting of oldies in roles just for the appearance. And then that head twitching stuff that was clearly taken from Fadeyi Oloro who played similar roles in movies of decades ago.

I like Femi Adebayo. Once spent 6 hours together on a flight and we chatted from start to end. Great guy. He’s doing very well and deserves a lot of accolades. But I’m not convinced that this effort is the best he can muster.

16-Year-Old Ogun Student Gets 9A1s In WAEC

A 16-year-old student Taidob College, Asero, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Oloruntola Mutiu Oluwaseyi,got an outstanding result of Nine A1s in his 2023 West African Examination Council,WAEC.

Mutiu scored A1 in all his subjects during the exam,according to the Director of the school, Obawunmi Jiboku,who confirmed the result.

The student,an indigene of Abeokuta North Local Government and a science student of the College had A1 in Data Processing, Civic Education, English Language, Further Mathematics, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Technical Drawing.

The Director said,Mutiu’s outstanding performance was a reflection of moral and academic excellence the College is known for in its 30 years of existence.

Jiboku further said that though, Mutiu’s performance stands out, the college has always been recording outstanding WASSCE results year-in-year-out.

WAEC released the results of the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, few days ago.

Announcing the result in Lagos recently, WAEC’s Head of Nigeria’s office, Patrick Areghan said, out of a total of 1, 613, 733 candidates that sat for the examination, 1, 467, 565 candidates representing 91.5% have their results fully processed and released.

The examination body said out of a total of 1, 613, 733 candidates, 262,803 results are being withheld “due to reports of cases of examination malpractice.”

Areghan announced an improvement in pass rate by candidates as a total of 1,361,608 candidates, representing 84.38 per cent, obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects with or without English Language or Mathematics.

Fanot Oil Plans New Refinery In Edo

Mohammed Shosanya

Fanot Oil and Gas Company,has concluded plans to establish refinery in Edo state.

The Commissioner for Mining and Energy, Hon. Enaholo Ojiefoh met with the investors in his office in Benin City, and outlined the achievements of Governor Godwin Obaseki in the oil and gas sector.

He stated the import the governor places on the host communities and the need for them to be properly carried along as their interest and wellbeing remain paramount and must be protected at all times.

Commending the investors for making Edo State their destination of choice,the Commissioner assured them of the support of the state government,warning against all forms of infractions or sabotage against the state and its people, as such acts would be met with swift sanctions in accordance with the law.

Speaking,the Managing Director of Fanot Oil, Engr. Felix Aruya,disclosed that the company was proposing to build another refinery in the state, adding that that the project would commence as soon as they get proper approvals for their operations in Edo.

“We have carefully studied all the oil producing states in Nigeria and their attendant requirements for operation, it is noteworthy to place on record that the Ease of Doing Business Initiative by the Governor Godwin Obaseki led administration is of global standard.

“We won’t hold back to let you know that we will make all the refined products available here, which in return will open up more businesses as well as employment opportunities,” he added