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Ten charged for vote buying in Ekiti

10 docked for vote buying in Ekiti

Posted By: ODUNAYO OGUNMOLA,ADO-EKITI

The police in Ekiti State on Friday arraigned 10 persons before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court for alleged vote buying during last Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

Police prosecutor Femi Fałade told the court that the accused persons offered money to voters to induce them to vote for their parties during the election.

The action, according to him, contravened Section 130 (a) and 130 (b) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

The accused persons were – Olowosile Eunice, Ajayi Modupe, Ayodele Omolara, Suliat Habib, Udoh Anthony, Oyebola Kemi, Roseline Tunde, Odunayo Toyin and Babalola Esther.

Falade said the accused persons and others at large ‎committed the offence on July 13 at Ojaoba shopping complex in Ado-Ekiti.

He alleged that Olowosile corruptly offered money to other accused persons to unduly influence them to vote for her political party during the election.

Falade also alleged that Ajayi and other accused persons accepted money from Olowosile to vote during the election.

The prosecutor asked the court for adjournment to enable him study the case file and assemble his witnesses.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge and their lawyer, Mr. Chris Omokhafe, ‎urged the court to grant them bail, promising that they would not jump bail.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Adesoji Adegboye, granted each defendant bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety each in like sum.

He adjourned the case till August 9 for hearing.

Source: The Nation

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Fayemi Gets Certificate Of Return, Pledges Good Governance

Fayemi Gets Certificate Of Return, Pledges Good Governance

Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi receiving the certificate of return

By Alo Abiola –

Ekiti State Governor-elect Dr Kayode Fayemi was on Wednesday presented with the Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), with the promise to deliver good governance to the people of the state.

Speaking after he was presented with the certificate, at a ceremony held at the INEC state headquarters office, in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, Fayemi pledged not to disappoint the people of the state who gave him the mandate in the last Saturday’s poll.

Fayemi said the people of Ekiti State will start enjoying the real dividends of democracy from October 16 when he will formally assumed mantle of leadership of the state.

The National Commissioner in charge of Oyo, Ekiti and Osun States, Prince Adedeji Soyebi, presented Fayemi and Deputy Governor-elect Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi with the Certificate of Return at the event.

While commending the INEC for doing an excellent job Fayemi contended that the election which returned him as winner was “seamless, free, fair, credible and violence-free.”

He said INEC should be commended for conducting a process of 14 steps which climaxed with the presentation of the Certificate of Return.

Fayemi maintained that the electoral body delivered the election in a credible and professional manner, despite fears being expressed in the build-up to the poll.

The governor-elect also commended the security agencies for securing the process which gave the voters courage to turnout massively and exercise their civic responsibility.

Fayemi hailed the APC National Working Committee (NWC) led by the National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole and the State Executive Committee led by the State Chairman, Chief Olajide Awe.

He said: “For INEC, the work has just ended and for us, the work has just started. We have a responsibility not to disappoint our people.

“Ekiti people will see the benefit of good governance by the grace of God as from October 16.”

In his remarks, INEC National Commissioner, Soyebi noted that the presentation of Certificate of Return marked the end of the process of the Ekiti governorship election.

Soyebi who described Ekiti as a homogenous state, urged the people of the state to continue being one another’s brother’s keepers.

He said, “Today marks the end of the election in Ekiti State on the part of the Commission while is the presentation of Certificates of Return to the governor-elect and the deputy governor-elect.

“If there are issues arising from the election, there is another arm of government that will take care of that. This is another important day in the history of the state.

“On behalf of the Commission, I congratulate everybody. Ekiti has pointed the way forward in conducting elections in Nigeria.”

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. AbdulGaniy Raji, commended the people of Ekiti State for the maturity displayed before during and after the election which he was successful.

Dangote Remains Africa’s Richest Man With $12.4bn Net Worth

Dangote Remains Africa’s Richest Man With $12.4bn Net Worth

Aliko Dangote

BUKOLA IDOWU, Lagos

Despite a nearly $2 billion drop in his net worth, Chairman of Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote remained Africa’s richest person with a $12.4 billion fortune.

He is currently number 100 on the Forbes Billionaires list which listed the founder of Amazon.com Inc, Jeff Bezos as the richest man in modern history.‎ While Bezos fortune jumped from $112 billion which it was in March this year to $151.4 billion as at yesterday, Dangote’s fortune dipped from $14.1 billion in March to $12.4 billion.

This was however higher than $12.2 billion that he was worth in January this year. Forbes yesterday said Jeff Bezos is the richest person in modern history. The Amazon.com Inc. founder’s net worth cracked $150 billion in New York on Monday, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

That’s about $55 billion more than Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, the world’s second-richest person. Bezos, 54, also has topped Gates in inflation-adjusted terms. The $100 billion mark that Gates hit briefly in 1999 at the height of the dot-com boom would be worth about $149 billion in today’s dollars.

That makes the Amazon chief executive officer richer than anyone else on earth since at least 1982, when Forbes published its inaugural wealth ranking.

Bezos crossed the threshold as Amazon was preparing to kick off its 36-hour summer sales event, Prime Day, which got off to a rocky start as glitches struck the firm’s website and mobile app.

Shares of the company, which had climbed to a record $1,841.95 earlier Monday, pared gains on the news, closing up 0.5 percent at $1,822.49. Bezos’s stay above $150 billion may be short-lived. The stock slipped below $1,800 in extended trading after Netflix Inc. posted disappointing results, rattling tech investors.

Eight die in Ondo road crash

Eight die in Ondo road crash
By Damisi Ojo On: July 16, 2018 In:

•Seven others hospitalised

Eight persons were said to have died yesterday in a road crash at Ogbese, on the Akure-Owo Road in Ondo State.

Seven others were said to be receiving treatment at the State Specialists Hospital in Akure, the state capital.

It was learnt that the accident, which occurred at 4 a.m, involved a tractor without a headlamp.

The tractor reportedly collided with a Toyota Hiace commercial bus from Lagos and heading to Jigawa State.

Another truck from Owo was said to have crashed into the two vehicles on the same spot.

The eight of the passengers in the Toyota bus were said to have died instantly and their bodies were deposited at the hospital’s mortuary.

The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Rotimi Adeleye, blamed the accident on speeding of the drivers.

He warned motorists against night travels.

Adeleye said he had informed the head of the Shasha Market near the scene of the accident to check the hospital for possible identification of the victims, who he suspected must be from the North.

The FRSC chief also led his other officers to clear the debris of the three ill-fated vehicles to allow free flow of traffic on the busy road.

Tragedy! Ikeja Electric blamed as 72-yr-old man electrocuted on way home from mosque

72-yr-old man electrocuted on way home from mosqueResidents blame IKEDC technical staff
Henry Okonkwo

Residents of Humani Street, Bajulaiye in Shomolu area of Lagos State were thrown into mourning when news spread that one of their neighbours, 72-year-old AbdulRasheed AbdulQuadri had been electrocuted.

The sad incident occurred at about 3:00p.m the septuagenarian was going back home from the jumat service at the Central Mosque few blocks away from his house.

Sunday Sun learnt from the residents that Pa Abdul-Quadri known in his neighbourhood as Baba White was killed when he tried to step over the open gutter in front of his house. He was said to have touched the iron bar of a mini-goal post (popularly known as monkey post) that was close to an electric pole. No one noticed that an electric cable previously disconnect by technicians of the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) was lying on the monkey post. As the septuagenarian touched the monkey post, he was electrocuted.

One of the neighbours, who witnessed what happened but does not want to be mentioned, told Sunday Sun: “When he fell we rushed to see what was wrong with him. That was when we noticed the electric cable coiled around the monkeypost. At that point we realized that Baba had been electrocuted. And it was dangerous for anyone to go and touch him.”

Residents disclosed to Sunday Sun that the power distribution authorities from the Ikeja Electric Distribution Company Plc (IKEDC) had, on Monday, July 2, conducted mass disconnection exercise in the neighborhood. Many of them alleged that the technical staff of IKEDC, who carried out the exercise did not properly secure the wires after the disconnections.

Grandson of AbdulQuadri, Hafeez Quadri, who was at home when the tragedy happened recalled: “When I heard people shouting that my granddad had been electrocuted, I rushed and saw him on the ground. I was held back to prevent me from going to touch him. One of the neighbours struck the electric wire with a praying mat, to push it away from the monkey post. It was then we rushed him to the hospital but it was already too late.”

Also another family member, Alhaji M. B AbdulQuadri, who is the victim’s elder brother, said he was shocked when he got wind of the incident. “I was at Ejigbo when I got a call that my younger brother was electrocuted. I hurried down to Bajulaiye and saw his corpse. We reported the incident to the Alade Police Station, and then got his death certificate. After which we proceeded to bury him according to Islamic rites.”

For over one week after the incident, residents are still in shock and distruaght. “We feel so sad that such a terrible thing happened. Baba was a jolly good old man. He was like a father to me. No one can say anything bad about him in this street. He was a straight-forward person that loved to treat people equal. It is really tragic the way he died, but only God knows best,” said a male neighbour, who pleaded anonymity.

Another community leader, and Secretary of the Bajulaiye Community Development Association (CDA), Comrade Toyin Okanlawon, said he was appalled by the incident. He contended that the tragedy could have been prevented if the staff of IKEDC had taken adequate precaution. “I have always forewarned IKEDC workers about the nonchalant way they leave electric wires dangling indiscriminately after their disconnection exercise.”

Reacting to the incident and allegations of nonchalance, the Public Relations Officer of the Ikeja Electric Plc, Felix Ofulue, told Sunday Sun that the head office of the organization was yet to be informed about the incident as at the time of filing this report. His words: “We are not aware of such an occurrence. Nobody has raised any issue like that to us. We take issues of safety very seriously. Our team is very proactive and reactive when they need to be. They have their ears to the ground. So, it is not possible that something like that would happen and we would not know about it.”

Source: The Sun

Deadline for 2018 Maltina Teacher of the Year entries extended

2018 Maltina Teacher of the Year entries extended

Posted By Ambrose Nnaji

A new window of opportunity has opened for teachers as the deadline for submission of entry for the 2018 Maltina Teacher of the Year has been extended to Friday, July 20.

The Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries, Plc, Mr. Kufre Ekanem explained that the extension was due to pressure from teachers across the country who wanted more time to complete the process.

The Maltina Teacher of the Year, an initiative of the Nigerian Breweries Plc-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund, identifies showcases and rewards outstanding teachers in Nigeria.

The entry for this year’s edition opened on Friday, May 25 and was to have closed last Monday.

Ekanem enjoined interested teachers to avail themselves of the new opportunity by downloading application forms from the Maltina website.

According to him, the 2018 Maltina Teacher of the Year will receive N1 million, a trophy and another N1 million every year for the next five years, and a block of classrooms built at the school where he or she teaches.

The first runner-up he said will have N1 million and a trophy, while the second runner-up will be rewarded with N750, 000 and a trophy. In addition, each state champion, including the winner and the first and the second runners-up will get N500, 000 adding since inception in 2015, the Maltina teacher of the year initiative has produced three grand winners.

Source: The Nation

I killed former deputy governor’s daughter to become rich in 7 days – Suspect

I killed Khadijat Oluboyo to become rich in 7 days – Suspect

Khadijat Oluboyo

*Says native doctor in Ondo Town took body parts
By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—THE Holy Bible in Jeremiah 17 vs 9 succinctly stated that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

This verse aptly described the story of a 27-year-old suspected ritualist, Adeyemi Alao, also known as QS.

The 2012 Quantity Surveying graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, allegedly strangled her fiancee, Khadijat Oluboyo, 24, dismembered her, buried her in a grave he dug in his bedroom, and slept on the decomposing corpse for six days.

All these were in a bid to be rich.

The suspect is a son of a bricklayer, Alhaji Alani Alao, who hails from Osun State.

Neighbours described the suspect’s father as a Muslim, gentle and easy-going until the ugly incident which had ridiculed the family.

How Alao killed lover

A reliable source said the lover boy, who is being interrogated by detectives in the Criminal Investigation Department, CID, of the state Police Command allegedly scrapped the hair of the deceased and also removed her private part which he had taken to his native doctor in Ondo town for money ritual before burying her in the grave.

It was learned that he was joined that night by two other suspected ritualists to kill the victim.

For the six days that he was sleeping on her corpse inside the room, the suspect was reportedly spraying both insecticide and perfume to subdue the offensive odour oozing out of the decomposing corpse.

A night to her death, both lovers, who started dating five years ago when they met at Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, went to a restaurant for dinner and branched at a drinking joint before they retired to the lover boy’s New Oke- Aro extension residence.

While the late Khadijat thought she was having a rollicking time out with her heartthrob, the lover boy was deep in thoughts on how he would snuff life out of her and within the next seven days, become stinkingly rich.

But the prayers of Muslim clerics on the request of the victim’s father, who is a staunch Muslim, exposed the suspect as he became uncomfortable on the sixth day and had to confess his murderous act.

He was subsequently arrested after his father invited the police, who exhumed the decomposing corpse and deposited it at the Akure Specialist Hospital.

The suspect just completed his National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.

However, his quest to get rich quick made him kill Khadijat after a native doctor in Ondo town reportedly informed him that the money ritual he was requesting for will require some human parts of a very close acquaintance.

He, however, regrettably settled for his fiancée.

The victim reportedly rushed down from her school, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Akoko to Akure to keep a date with the suspect without informing her friends in school where she was heading to.

This, however, suggested that she might have been hypnotised by the suspect. Even her parents, who live in Akure, had no inkling that their daughter was in town.

They believed she was in school writing her final year project.

But by that time, the victim was already murdered and buried while the killer fiancé sent a message to her parents to fake that she was kidnapped and that they should await how much to pay for her ransom.

The same fiancé equally joined them in the search for the deceased.

He told the deceased’s younger sister that her sister left his house in Akure for Lagos.

Yahoo Plus Club

A Police source told Vanguard that the suspect confessed during interrogation that the murder was his first after he joined the Yahoo Plus Club.

He alleged that two other persons, who he did not mention their identities, joined in killing the victim.

Findings showed that the other accomplices are the native doctor and a friend, who introduced him into the Yahoo Plus Club.

He, however, denied that he was the one that actually killed the victim, adding that after the two boys killed her, they ordered him to bring a digger and shovel to dig the grave where she was buried inside his room.

The suspect confessed that he was the one that dug the grave and put her corpse into it and covered it up.

He said the crime was committed when neighbours were busy watching a World Cup game, adding that he also turned on his musical system to suppress the sound of the digging.

A Police source said that if the corpse had been allowed to decompose for seven days, the suspect would have become rich suddenly.

Police boss speaks

Briefing newsmen, Ondo State Police Commissioner, Gbenga Adeyanju described the story that the suspect was not the killer as a cock and bull story.

He said: “The Command launched an investigation immediately to unravel the mystery surrounding her sudden disappearance. However, on July 6, 2018 at about 2125hrs, the Command received an information that one Seidu Sakiru Adeyemi, 27 years, of No 17 Adegbolarin Layout Aratunsin, Akure, who was a boyfriend to the missing Khadijat, had allegedly killed her and was about to dispose of her corpse.

“The Police immediately swooped on him, and on close observation of his residence, it was discovered that the suspect had actually buried the missing girl for six days and was planning to exhume and finally dispose of the remains, because according to him, he was not comfortable with the stench coming from the decomposed body as it was not properly buried.

“The suspect will soon appear in court while effort is on to arrest the alleged accomplices.’’

In an interview, the father of the deceased who was her second daughter, said she was hypnotised before her gruesome murder for rituals by her ex-boyfriend as he called the suspect.

I leave him to God — Deceased’s father

Asked if he wanted justice, the father of the deceased said: “To me, I don’t want anything. God’s judgment is more than any human’s verdict. Of what use is it if he is jailed or sentenced, will that bring back my daughter?”

Amongst sympathisers that had visited the deceased’s father were the immediate past governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko; former political appointees, politicians across the parties, and Islamic clerics among others.

The state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has commiserated with the family of the deceased.

Source: Vanguard