Following the police arrest of a notorious political thug, Dauda Olalekan Ajagungbade popularly known as ‘Emir’ in Osogbo and its environs four days ago, the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has tasked the Inspector-General of Police to extend the tentacle of the investigation of the alleged crimes perpetrated by the suspect to the state Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke.
The APC noted that its call became necessary because ‘Emir’ is an ally of the governor.
It would be recalled that the police in Osun State arrested the notorious crime suspect, Ajagungbade, who was a member of Governor Adeleke Transition Committee and currently Head of the state Task Force on Motorparks across the state for allegedly physically assaulting a man with cutlasses, cudgels, knives and charms.
The PDP thug who has been on the wanted list of the police since July 2, 2022 for alleged criminal offences including murder, cultism, kidnapping and being in possession of firearms, was subsequently transferred to the Police Headquarters in Abuja for intensive investigation.
It would be recalled that Olalekan was alleged to have led the killings of five people including one Oyewale Sheriff shortly after the inauguration of Governor Adeleke and burned one person (Olalekan Waheed) to death in a cruel manner in Osogbo last year.
Emir was also alleged to have led the PDP political thugs to snatch ballot boxes in Boripe, Osogbo and Olorunda Local Government Council Areas of the state during the last presidential, governorship, national and state assembly elections.
The notorious PDP thug reported to have caused bodily harm to a lecturer, the Director of Examinations, at the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, was also alleged to have been involved in the killings of more than five people at the recent grand finale of this year’s Osun Osogbo festival and escaped to the convoy of Governor Adeleke when the police attempted his arrest.
The violence which broke down in Ilesa last Sunday and Tuesday where no fewer than four people were killed while a traditional ruler, the Alamo of Aiyegbaju-Ijesa, Oba Abidemi Adeyemi, and others were severely wounded, has also been linked to the daredevil PDP political thug.
It has been observed that the inauguration of the administration of Governor Adeleke heralded the influx of political hoodlums into the state who have been enjoying executive protection at the Ede country home of the Adelekes from police arrest. They find refuge there to evade arrest.
Observations over time have also shown that the governor, who goes about with the thugs of all shades, showing preference for their presence wherever he may be so much so that he now extends to them political patronage of employments and empowerment.
As a demonstration of his love and preference for hard guys around him, it is on record that he last week gave a Special Assistant appointment to one Olagoke Ezekiel popularly known as ‘Oba Ezekiel’ , a known ‘hitman’ of a violent cult group in Kwara State.
However, after much pressure and heckling from the disturbed public, Adeleke in a press statement, directed the statutory law enforcement agents to take charge of the security architecture of Ijesaland, saying: *’We will no longer tolerate actions capable of disrupting the peaceful atmosphere in the state.’*
From the above submission of Governor Adeleke, it means his government was all along deliberately tolerating the actions capable of disrupting the peaceful atmosphere of the state.
The Osun State chapter of the APC nevertheless, consoled the people of Ilesa over the tragic violent attacks by the mentioned two factions of cultists fighting supremacy battle which resulted into fatality of innocent souls in the ancient town.
Having said that, the party chided Governor Adeleke to stop shedding crocodile tears over the tragic incidents, accusing him candidly that he could not wash himself clean over the crises in any part of the state as his administration is thuggery-friendly.
According to the state APC chairman, Sooko Tajudeen Lawal, in a statement issued by the party’s Director of Media and Information, Chief Kola Olabisi, in Osogbo, the state capital today, the Osun State people are not that forgetful not to remember that political deviants were let loose across the state immediately after the inauguration of the Adeleke administration on November 27, 2022.
Lawal asked Governor Adeleke if he has forgotten so soon that the political barbarians who are loyal to him and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) began the unchecked terrorizing and victimization of perceived and real members of the opposition APC and some innocent members of the public right from the Osogbo City Stadium, the venue of the event.
The APC chairman recalled that Adeleke has made the state a safe haven for political hoodlums to perpetrate their crime as he gives unfettered refuge to some of the criminals who are on the wanted list of the police.
Lawal stated that it is no longer news that some of the dangerous political thugs take refuge in the Ede country home of the Adelekes from where the instant services of some of them are activated to physically deal with political counterparts within and without.
The state APC chairman pilloried Adeleke and insisted that he could not feign ignorance of the role played by some of the thugs in the brazen rigging in the governorship election that brought him in in 2022 and the series of elections in 2023 where no fewer than 30 members of the APC were sent to the great beyond by the daredevil PDP savages.
Lawal stated that keen watchers of events in the state would not agree less that Governor Adeleke is a closet patron of violent scoundrels as he has appointed quite a number of them into his government as an expression of his gratitude for helping him thwart the electoral choices of the voters in the elections.
He enjoined the police to intensify their operations in order to get at other political hoodlums who wreck havoc in the state in the name of politics.
2024 Appropriation Bill scales 2nd reading in Senate
The N27.5trillion 2024 Appropriation Bill on Friday scaled through second reading at the Senate.
The followed debates by lawmakers on the general principles of the bill at plenary.
Sen. Adams Oshiomole (APC -Edo) said there was need for appropriations to be made for the completion of the Benin-Auchi Road,saying that the road was a major link connecting Nigerians from the six zones of the country.
He said the completion of the road would help to improve economic activities in the country.
He said it was not for the Senate to be debating exchange rate, saying that determinants of exchange rate was a matter of micro economic policies.
Sen.Franchis Fadahunsi (PDP-Osun), who commended the 2024 budget, said there was need for the masses to benefit from the content of the budget on implementation.
He called for allocation of more funds to ensure completion of roads in in Osun and other parts of the country.
Sen.Enyinnaya Abaribe(APGA-Abia)said not much was allocated to power as information indicated that less than 3 per cent was allocated to power in the budget.
He said power was key to employment generation and optimal workings of other sectors and the economy in general.
He said the Senate would have to re-order the priorities of the budget for direct impact on the economy.
Sen. Aba Moro(PDP-Benue) said allocation to education should be based on UNESCO provisions, given the challenges in the education sector.
Former President of Senate, Ahmad lawan commended President Tinubu for the budget.
He said the success of any administration was based on the support the legislature, saying that the National Assembly must continue to support the President.
He called on the senate committees to be interested on what happened on the implementation of previous budgets of 2021,2022,2023 both supplementary and main budget.
Lawan said emphasis must be placed on having secured and safe environment for schools to function, and provision of enabling peace in Niger-Delta.
He called for prioritisation of security in 2024 budget, saying that security was key in attaining the required economic activities.
Deputy President of Senate, Barau Jubril, shortly after the 2024 Appropriation Bill scaled second reading refered the bill to the Committee of Appropriations.
The committee was to return it back to plenary on Dec.19 for further legislative input on the bill.
Nasarawa Assembly elects new speaker, deputy
Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Friday elected Danladi Jatau (APC – Kokona West), as the new speaker of the Assembly.
The emergence of the new speaker followed the Appeal Court judgment, which nullified of the election of the former Speaker, Alh. Ibrahim Abdullahi on Nov. 28.
The House also elected Mohammed Oyanki (PDP-Doma North) as its new deputy speaker.
The duo were elected unopposed by members of the legislature.
Mr Ibrahim Musa, the Acting Clerk of the House announced the result during an emergency plenary in Lafia.
Alh. Suleiman Azara (APC- Awe South) nominated Jatau for the position of speaker, which was seconded by Larry Ven- Bawa (APC- Akwanga North).
Mr Solomon Akwashiki (SDP- Lafia Central) nominated Mr Mohammed Oyanki, (PDP – Doma North) for the position of Deputy Speaker and seconded by Hajiya Hajara Danyaro (APC- Nasarawa Central).
The clerk, thereafter, swore in Jatau and Oyanki as speaker and deputy speaker respectively.
Jatau, in his acceptance speech, thanked the members for the confidence reposed in him to lead the 7th assembly.
He promised to promote unity among members of the Assembly for robust legislation for the overall development of the State.
The new speaker also pledged effective collaboration with the executive arm of government in order to ensure that the people continue to feel the impact of democracy in the state.
Imo LP accuses INEC of defying court order for BVAS inspection
The Labour Party in Imo has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of denying it access to inspect the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System machine (BVAS) used for the November 11 Governorship poll.
The state Chairman of the party, Mr Callistus Ihejiagwa, made the accusation at a news briefing in Owerri on Friday.
Ihejiagwa said that the denial of access to the BVAS was in defiance to the November 26 order of the Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Owerri.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that applications for the inspection of the materials were submitted to the INEC by the LP, PDP, YPP and APGA, respectively.
The tribunal had, on November 26, given INEC until December 1, to make election materials available to the LP for inspection and forensic analysis.
Ihejiagwa also said that the forensic inspection of election materials, including the BVAS, was part of the order of the tribunal.
According to him, INEC had, on Wednesday, denied availability of the BVAS for inspection, insisting that only the commission’s headquarters reserved the right to grant access to the BVAS for inspection.
He said that the commission, however, made available only 65 of over 5,000 BVAS machines for inspection and denied the LP’s team of forensic experts access to the machines.
He wondered why INEC would “deliberately frustrate the process of litigation” in an election where it was only an umpire.
“Contrary to the orders of court for forensic analysis of BVAS machines, an INEC official is reading out figures of accreditation from the machines without allowing us access to Certified True Copies of the card copies for our own due diligence.
“We have less than 24 hours to examine the BVAS machines, assemble and present our findings to the tribunal but here we are still awaiting access to the machines
“The tribunal ordered for forensic inspection of the BVAS so the BVAS is specifically contained in the tribunal order,” Ihejiagwa said.
Also, Mr Okwudili Anozie, the Counsel for the LP Governorship Candidate, Sen. Athan Achonu, saud that the tribunal’s order for forensic examination of the BVAS machines would help ensure that the machines were not tampered with before and after the election.
He decried INEC’s disobedience to the order and restated the party’s confidence in the judiciary for the dispensation of justice.
INEC’S Head of Voter Education and Publicity, Mrs Emmanuella Ben-Opara, on Tuesday, confirmed that the materials requested for inspection were ready and waiting to be inspected.
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