Author: Akewushola Afeez

Investigative journalist!

Have you been wondering how to snatch, steal and run away with power? Here are a few observations of what transpired at the just concluded 2023 general elections in Kwara State. Who says the power of incumbency does not matter? It is either that person is just playing or may not know how politics is being played. The power of incumbency transcends from having enough resources and people that matters at your side—people who are ready to work with every drop of their blood for victory. Judging from the gallery of the 2023 general elections, the ruling All Progressives Congress,…

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When Muhammad Alhaji, a resident of Patigi in Patigi Local Government Area of Kwara state cast his vote in the 2019 general elections, he had to rely on one of his relatives who guided him in choosing candidates/parties of his choice. Though blind, Alhaji exercised his right as enshrined in the constitution, but he still was unsatisfied and suspected that he might have been cheated. Alhaji thought the person who assisted him to cast his vote might be supporting another party other than his own and could have made him cast the vote against his wish without his knowledge. “Though…

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The Police in Zamfara State says its Tactical Operatives in collaboration with the vigilante have burst a gang of terrorists at Kadamutsa village of Zurmi Local Government Area in the State and rescued six women and one year-old child. A statement issued in Gusau, by the State police spokesman, S P Mohammed Shehu, revealed that the police operatives and vigilante group acted on information regarding the abduction of the six women and the child. “The Police operatives mobilized to the location where a search and rescue operation was conducted along Zurmi – Jibiya axis, leading to the unconditional rescue of…

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No fewer than 22 institutions in the country, including 18 universities and six polytechnics, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), drawn evenly from the six geopolitical zones, have benefited from a Federal Government’s broadband infrastructure projects. It was learnt that the projects were designed to accelerate the Nigeria Digital Economy efforts Presiding over the unveiling of the projects being driven by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, said the projects underscores the importance of broadband connectivity and access as central to the targets of the…

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The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has mocked his People’s Democratic Party counterpart, Abubakar Atiku, for running multiple times for the presidency. Tinubu was speaking during an engagement with Niger Delta stakeholders in Gbaramatu, in Delta State on Friday, noting that Atiku had been running for presidency. He added that the former Vice President must be tired from running. Tinubu said, “As I stand before you, there are few of us left running. One says he is Atiku. How many times has he been running? “He’s always on the run and he is tired. Tell…

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The Police in Edo State has arrested two female students of Adesuwa Secondary School, Benin, for allegedly assaulting a teacher. The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the arrest in a statement issued on Friday in Benin City. He said preliminary investigation revealed that the students were the prime suspects of unrest caused by some students at the all-girls school on Thursday. “The students were dissatisfied with disciplinary measures taken by a female teacher in the school against some students during an English Language class,” he said. Nwabuzor said that the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed…

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The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), on Thursday, distributed starter packs, worth N1.5 million, to 30 farmers in South East to increase Rice Production in the country. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 25kg of certified rice seeds of FARO 44 variety, three litres of 2,4-D post emergence herbicide and two litres of liquid fertilizer went to each farmer. The distribution of the materials took place at the FMARD office in Enugu with farmers from Anambra, Imo, Ebonyi, Abia and the host state, Enugu, in attendance. In his opening address, the Minister of Agriculture and…

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A seven-year-old girl was reportedly murdered by a suspected ritualist in Ota, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State on Thursday. It was gathered that the incident happened around 7am at Kilani Street, Iyana Iyesi area of Ota. According to reports, the victim was sent on an errand by her mother’s neighbour, to get her something from the house, when she was killed. It was further learnt that when the girl entered the house, the suspected ritualist, who had hidden somewhere in the building, attacked her and smashed her head with a pestle. A resident of the area, who simply…

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Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has appointed 30 civil servants as permanent secretaries on Thursday. In a statement signed by the Head of Service, Dr Festus Oyebanji. The names of those appointed were disclosed. According to the statement, those appointed would fill existing vacancies in the state civil service. Reacting to this, the Osun Governor-Elect, Ademola Adeleke, in a statement signed by his spokesperson, warned those appointed against taking up the post. “We want to put on record that those who accept the appointments should be ready to leave the service whether or not their service tenure has reached statutory…

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised Nigerian youths not to allow those messing up their future to succeed, saying that they need to change the narrative by participating in all socio-economic and political activities. A statement by spokesperson Kehinde Akinyemi said the ex-leader spoke at a mentorship retreat organised by the Youth Development Center of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL). He said in most parts of Africa, there are visible barriers that are affecting the actualization of the latent potential of the youth. The one-time Head of State charged young citizens never to allow another person to determine or…

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The Labour Party (LP), Ogun State chapter, has demanded an immediate dissolution of the party’s Presidential Campaign Council. The party alleged that the council is being dominated by party leaders from the Southern part of Nigeria, passing a vote of no confidence on the National Chairman of the LP, Julius Abure. At a press conference in Abeokuta, the State Secretary of the LP, Mr Feyisola Michael, said there is what he termed ‘southernisation’ of the PCC against the northern interest. According to Michael, since the LP presidential candidate, Obi and the National Chairman hail from the South, the positions of…

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The Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has said that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will rule Nigeria for eight years. He stated that there is no basis for comparing the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, with Tinubu. Governor Sule, made this known during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today. He said, “The economy in Lagos is better today than that of Anambra. Yes or no? Having them is like a day and night. You know there is no comparison. The when you say I should compare them what…

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Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) for the 2023 elections, Omoyele Sowore, has challenged the presidential candidates of Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi; Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to a political debate. Speaking in an interview with Channels Television’s Politics Today, Sowore challenged the presidential candidates to a debate to discuss ideas to move Nigeria forward. He said, “Bring me and Obi to discuss our ideas on your show, I guarantee that he would not come.” “I know the other two people will not show up…

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An Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court, on Wednesday, sentenced one Adewale Ibitoye to life imprisonment for having sexual intercourse with his 14-year-old daughter. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Abiola Soladoye also sentenced Ibitoye’s friend, Moses Okrukpe, to life imprisonment for defiling and impregnating the survivor at 14. Soladoye held that the prosecution had convincingly proved the charge of defilement against the convicts. She condemned the barbaric act of the first defendant for having sex with his underage daughter several times before passing her to his friend for a pseudo marriage, over a bottle of gin.…

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The Kwara House of Assembly, on Wednesday, confirmed two outstanding commissioner nominees forwarded to it by Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq. The nominees are Hajia Sa’adatu Maddibbo-Kawu from Ilorin South Local Government Area and Abubakar Sadiq Buhari from Edu Local Government Area of the state. The commissioner designates were confirmed after the consideration of their nomination at the Committee of Whole House, following a thorough screening by the lawmakers. Responding to questions, Hajia Maddibbo-Kawu promised to rekindle her efforts to further improve on her capacity in line with policy thrust of the present administration in the state. On his part, Buhari described…

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Throng of supporters of the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, on Wednesday, stormed the campaign rally held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. In a tweet on his Twitter handle, Obi had boasted that the Oyo rally would be the mother of all other campaign rallies. He claimed that the rally would serve as an eye-opener to those who are sceptical about the chances of the Labour Party winning the 2023 presidential poll. He wrote, “Today, the OBIdient train has rolled into Oyo. It will be the Mother of all rallies. My team and I are looking forward to…

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Following the discovery of the corpse of a teenage girl in a hotel wardrobe, the coastal town of Twon Brass in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State was thrown into confusion on Monday. The deceased, aged 16, was identified as Miss Nengi Enenimiete, an indigene of the area. It was gathered that the corpse, which had started giving off a foul smell, was discovered by the manager of the hotel. It was learnt that the corpse showed no sign of physical injuries, mutilation or strangulation. The spokesman of the state police command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident. According…

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Three minors died on Monday when fire razed a one-storey residential building in the Kabuga Yan Azara area of Kano State. The spokesperson for the Kano State Fire Service, Saminu Abdullahi, confirmed the incident in a statement. He said the agency received an emergency call around 10.40pm from one Marwan Umar, who reported the fire incident at Kabuga Yan Azara. According to the statement, fire fighters promptly mobilised from the central fire station and arrived at the scene around 10.50pm, adding that the fire fighters found a building with two apartments on fire. Meanwhile, the cause of the fire incident…

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Covenant University has reportedly sacked a member of staff accused of raping the students. In a circulating chat, it shows insiders narrating how some employees forced students into having sex. Those mentioned include hall monitors, school clinic workers, and security personnel. The viral chat reads, “The staff in Covenant University are raping the students. “They’ll set stupid rules and, if the students should break them, they sleep with them in exchange for their studentship.” The anonymous person revealed that a girl was in coma after “an abortion for the head of the student disciplinary council”. “He got her pregnant and…

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Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Federal University Gashu’a, Yobe State branch, on Tuesday staged a peaceful protest over unpaid salaries. Members of the Union were seen in their numbers carrying placards with different inscriptions and went around the university campus. Chairperson of the branch, Dr. Melemi Abatcha, said the protest was against the maltreatment of lecturers through what he termed ‘weaponization of hunger and intimidating court order’. Abatcha stressed that rather than addressing the cardinal demands presented by the Union, the Federal Government, through its agencies, resorted to blackmail and intimidation. The Chairperson added that such…

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The Federal Government has concluded investigations into the attack on Kuje Correctional Centre in which 600 inmates escaped. Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola stated this on Tuesday in Abuja at the fourth edition of the PMB Administration Scorecard 2015-2023 Series, organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture. Aregbesola however said that details of the investigation would not be made public, “as it is still a security document”. The minister said some of the escapees had been recaptured and returned to the centre, while efforts were on to arrest other escapees. According to him, the greatest legacy of the Buhari…

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The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, on Monday in Lagos State, said that he would rather die than fail his supporters. Speaking at the Editors Forum, an initiative of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Obi, disclosed that the right leadership would end most of Nigeria’s challenges by turning the nation from consumption to production. He said that the country was going through many challenges mainly because it was consuming instead of being a producing nation. According to him, if Nigeria is productive, three-quarters of its challenges can be solved. The former Anambra State governor mentioned the…

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Gunmen on Monday kidnapped four persons including a nurse and principal along Oke Ako-Irele Road in the Ajoni Local Council Development Area of Ekiti State. It was gathered that the kidnappers waylaid the four persons and whisked them to the forest, leaving the principal’s vehicle on the road. Sources said the victims included the principal of a secondary school in the area, two teachers and a nurse with a primary health care centre, who were returning home at the close of work. A source said, “There is anger in the LCDA here. These kidnap incidents and attacks are worrisome. Nobody…

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No fewer than 11 persons have reportedly died of food poisoning in Ikobi community, Apa Local Government Area of Benue State. It was learnt that the victims lost their lives after consuming food that was contaminated with harmful chemical. According to the source in area, those who died from last Monday in the tragedy in a space of one week included Adi Ale, Ochefije Ojo, Maria Ojo, Aipu Ochefije and Aboyi Ochefije. Others are Mary Ochoyoda and Ehi Abu, Blessing Abu, Peace Ochoyoda, Ojochono Daniel and Favour Edoh. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, disclosed that while six…

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Late Vice-Chancellor of Kwara State University, Malete, KWASU, Professor Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi, SAN, was buried in Ilorin on Monday. The late Professor of Law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, died on Sunday night in a Lagos hospital after a brief illness at 51. He was buried at his father’s residence, No 6, Agba Dam Street, off Ahmadu Bello Way, GRA, Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, at about 4:30 p.m. According to reports, the Muslim janazat prayer was led by the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Sheikh Mohammed Bashir, attended by a crowd of family members, associates, lawyers, judges and top…

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The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, has said that he will not give excuses or  blame the predecessors if elected in 2023 general elections. Speaking at the Editors Forum, an initiative of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), on Monday in Lagos, Obi said that leaders are elected to solve problems and not to be looking at the past and blaming others. He said that he had studied the country, understood the yearnings of the people and was ready to be a problem solver. “Next year’s election will based on character, competence, capacity, and ability or…

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Gunmen have reportedly kidnapped Richard Omosehin, a former Senior Special Assistant to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, in Ondo State. The Ondo State Police Command, confirmed the incident on Monday, saying that the incident was being investigated, while search efforts for the victim already started. It was gathered that Omosehin was abducted over the weekend at his home in Igbekebo, the headquarters of Ese Odo Local Government Area of the state. According to a source, the gunmen, who were six in number, arrived in the neighbourhood on a speed boat before going to the victim’s private residence and took off with hm…

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The Police in Lagos State has arrested a gang of fraudsters after they followed their victim to the bank to withdraw N600, 000. Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin informed that the incident occured last Friday at about 3:50pm. The PRO said a cashier noticed a 64-year-old customer fidgety, receiving repeated calls and was in a hurry to withdraw N600,000. It was gathered the worker then asked what the problem was but the woman told her she would die if she talked. A team of officers from the Ogudu Division responded to a distress call and discovered three men waiting…

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC in Jigawa State, has arrested a 75-year-old man, Musa Gambo, who allegedly raped his six-year-old great-grandniece. The spokesman of the Jigawa State NSCDC Command, Chief Superintendent of Corps (CSC) Adamu Shehu confirmed the arrest in a statement issued to newsmen. He said the suspect was arrested after a report by a social worker who got an emergency call from a family friend of the victim who claimed she caught the suspect red-handed when she paid a visit to the girl’s grandmother. Adamu said the suspect was arrested on Wednesday at Gandun Sarki…

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Gunmen reportedly struck at Oko-Olowo, a town in Ilorin, Kwara State capital in the early hours of Saturday, and abducted three persons including a Muslim cleric and his son. It was learnt that the victim is a young Islamic cleric identified as Alfa Sofiu Amolegbe, who was abducted alongside his son, Aliyu. Another sibling identified as Fasasi was shot and believed to be dead. Reacting to the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer Kwara State Command, SP Okasanmi Ajayi, confirmed the abduction of the victims, adding that two suspects had been arrested in connection with the matter. “The command is…

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