Femi Makinde


The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has issued a fresh query to Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, based on a petition written against her to the National Judicial Council by the Osun Civil Societies Coalition.Folahanmi-Oloyede

The OCSC, in the petition signed by one Mr. Waheed Lawal and two others dated July 28, 2015, asked the NJC to investigate the judge following her petition to the Osun State House of Assembly where she accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of corruption.

A copy of the query, signed by the CJN and received by the judge last Wednesday, was made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Wednesday.

The query with Ref. No. NJC/S.29/HC.OS/16/1/107, written to Oloyede through the Chief Judge of Osun State, Justice Adepele Ojo, and dated August 25, was said to have been delivered to the embattled judge last Wednesday.

An earlier query dated July 28, 2015 had been sent to the judge following a petition by a mother of four, Mrs. Emily Richard-Obire, who accused the judge of co-habiting with her husband.

The fresh query read, “Re: Request for investigation of Justice Oloyede Olamide Folahanmi. Read More →

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Ipetumodu, a suburb of Osogbo, the Osun State capital, was yesterday agog when the people of the community hosted their son, Mr Femi Adesina, to a grand reception on his appoint­ment as the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammad Bu­hari.

Before Adesina, who was the immediate past President of the Nigeria Guild of Edi­tors, NGE, arrived the palace of the Oba of Ipetumodu, HRM James Adegoke, the venue of the event, amidst tight security, in company with his wife, Femi-Adesina-MDAdenike,government officials, a huge crowd of peo­ple, including royal fathers, traditional rulers, eminent peo­ple from all walks of life had converged on the palace hall to receive him .When he finally arrived the hall, he was greeted with thunderous ovations by the tumultuous crowd.

He beamed with smiles, acknowledging cheers from them. In attendance were Governor Rauf Aregbesola, the Senator representing Osun West Constituency at the Na­tional Assembly, Senator Ba­bajide Omoworare,the Man­aging Director of The Sun Publishing Ghana, Mr Shola Osunkeye, Deputy Editor of Saturday Sun, Mr Femi Baba Femi, The Sun Assistant Edi­tors Yinka Fabowale, and Tope Adeboboye, among other staff members of The Sun Also honoured with Adesina was, another son of Ipetumodu, A Commissioner in the National Pensions Commission, Barris­ter Olaoba Efuntayo.

The high point of the event were showers of prayers by Pastor Tunji Abegunde, who said the opening prayers, as well as Oba Adegoke, the Apetumodu of Ipetumodu, who prayed that Adesina would continue to “excel with Buhari throughout his tenure and also remain a great man in his life time and a pride to not only Ipetumodu his home­stead, but also Osun State.” “Very soon, you will become a Chief,” he said. Oba Adegoke, in his Read More →

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Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, has dissociated himself from a purported photograph of him canvassing for votes for Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Adamawa State.

Atiku, in a press statement signed by his media office on Friday, said that the circulation of a photograph showing him carrying a banner asking for votes for Ribadu was a fraud done out of malice.Atiku Abubakar

According to the statement, the banner in question was the banner he held in canvassing for votes for the Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, during the last governorship election in Osun State last year.

Atiku said that the imperative of voting for the APC in the next line of elections in the country on April 11 is a virtue that he is firmly committed to, and to which he will urge all Nigerians to give unwavering support. Read More →

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Former vice president of Nigeria and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated categorically that he will never a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Atiku-Abubakar

Atiku stated this in a press statement signed by his media office on Friday following reports that he endorsed Malam Nuhu Ribadu of the PDP for Adamawa gubernatorial election.

“I did not and will never call for support for any candidate of the PDP. The photograph that is being circulated is the Photoshop copy of my photograph that called for votes for the Osun State governor in the 2014 gubernatorial election in that state. Read More →

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By Ishola Balogun & Ebun Sessou


National Coordinator of the Yoruba Socio-Cultural group, Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, Otunba Gani Adams, in this interview reveals that his rusty relationship with the leader of All Progressive Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was as a result of his resolve to free himself and his group from the servitude of the opposition.Gani-Adams

He discloses how the leader of the party truncated the peace move brokered by Governor Aregbesola of Osun State; the pipeline contract President Jonathan awarded OPC. This interview was on the eve of the last Presidential election. Excerpts.

OPC is believed to be a social cultural organisation, but the recent rally organised by you in support of Jonathan shows that it has become partisan. Why is OPC delving into partisan politics?

Well, every human being is a political animal. Politics is everywhere even in your homes. If you have four children, there is possibility that two of them will support everything the father does while others will pitch their tent with the mother. That is politics within the family.

]You also have politics with your community or in landlord associations, social clubs including your business ventures. We were only supporting a candidate without involving in what went on within the political parties. Here in my office, you cannot see anything reflecting PDP as a party. We also did not use the symbol of PDP, or that of any other party. I am a leader of Oodua People Congress and convener of Coalition of Concerned Nigerians and the Convener of Oodua Progressive Union in abroad as well as the Promoter of Olokun Festival Foundation and Chairman of Donyx Global Concept, all these are non-partisan organisations. Read More →

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by Segun Olatunji

The police in Ogun on Tuesday recounted how they saved the wife of the Osun State House of Assembly Speaker, Mrs. Muibat Salam, from her abductors.

Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye | credits:

Muibat was rescued from her alleged kidnappers at Ogunmakin Village in Odeda Local Government Area along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Saturday after she was in captivity for five days.

She was kidnapped in Ejigbo, Osun State, on Tuesday last week by gunmen who had trailed her car.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikemefuna Okoye, who spoke at a press conference in Abeokuta on Monday, said his command received information from men of the state vigilance services that some bandits were lurking in the bush.

Okoye said, “The police teams quickly swung into action and moved to the scene where there was exchange of gunfire between policemen and the hoodlums.

“As a result, one of the bandits was shot dead, four others arrested, while the rest escaped with bullet wounds.”

The police commissioner also said Muibat was rescued unhurt during the operation.

He added that two AK 47 rifles and four magazines loaded with 78 rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the bandits.

Okoye also said the suspects would soon be transferred to Osun State where they committed the crime and handed over to the law enforcement agencies for prosecution.

The police boss however commended the members of the state vigilance group for their contribution and for giving out the necessary information that led to the arrest of the suspected kidnappers.


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OSOGBO — GOVERNOR Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, yesterday, said, but for God’s intervention and the unflinching support from the people, the state would have been set on fire by political adversaries.


From left, Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola; American Economic Officer, Robert Folley; Economic Specialist, Mrs. Mayowa Obilade and Political & Economic Associate,Mr. Emmanuel Epongo, when a three-man delegation from the Consulate of the United States of America in Nigeria, visited the governor at Government House, Osogbo.

This came as Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, paid a solidarity visit to the governor over recent allegations of attempt to islamise the state and  secede from the rest of the country.Similarly, the Federal Government was called to face real governance and put in place measures to reduce the high level of poverty in the country rather than witch hunt Gov. Aregbesola.

A statement by Semiu Okanlawon, Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, said the governor spoke when the League of Imams and Alfas, South-West, Edo and Delta Zone, led by its President-General, Sheikh Mustapha Ajisafe, paid him a courtesy call in Osogbo.

It will be recalled that the State Security Service,SSS, in a purported secret report, had alleged that the governor planned to islamise the state and secede from the country.

Following this development, there were reports of tension in the state.

Aregbesola said if the plan to upset peace in Osun State had worked, the state would have been in chaos and disorder after widespread allegation of imaginary tension in the state.

He noted that the planned disruption of peace in the state started months ago with various allegations ranging from untrue reports that he had a broken leg, suffered a terminal disease and later that they doubted his sanity status.

American delegation’s endorsement

According to Aregbesola, God intervened and thwarted the enemy’s evil stratagems, saying the three-man American delegation and the Speaker of House of Representatives’ visit had vindicated the state as it was said to be free and peaceful.

He described the clerics’ visit as an affirmation of the support and confidence the people still repose in his government.

It will be recalled that the Christian Association of Nigerian, CAN, Osun State Chapter, had earlier paid similar visit to the governor to reaffirm its support for the government.

The governor said: “Your visit has once more confirmed to the whole world that there is no tension in Osun State. During the week, American delegates and on Saturday, the Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, visited the state, which is an indication that the state is peaceful.

”The visit has exposed the lies by those who wanted the state engulfed in chaos. This game-plan did not start yesterday. It has been on for long.

”The first rumour they peddled was that I had broken my leg. Later they claimed that I had a terminal ailment. And, when this did not work, they alleged that I was insane and demanded my physician to make public my health status.”

During the visit, Tambuwal described Osun State as calm and peaceful just as he said allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, against Aregbesola to secede remains a “mere allegations”, until they proved it.

The Speaker, said: “I found no checkpoints or police barricades on the roads coming to Osogbo, the state capital and the entire place looks like symbol of togetherness.

”I have come to Osogbo. I have not seen barricades. I have not seen any security checkpoints, which suggests that there is peace and calm here. The governor is a gentleman. He is down-to-earth and I believe he is committed to the vision of transformation of Osun State and continued co-existence of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I firmly believe that.

”I believe that after electioneering, politicians across the country should forget about what has gone past irrespective of party affiliation and face governance which is why they were elected in the first place.”

The Federal Government has been called to face real governance and put in place measures to reduce the high level of poverty in the country rather  than witch hunt Aregbesola under the guise of a spurious security report accusing him of attempting not only to islamise the state but also secede from the federation.

Rep, others task FG

A member of the House of Representatives, Hakeem Muniru from Lagos State, Wahab Alawiye-King; and a council chairman, Adeyemi Taofeek Alli, condemned what they called ‘the stigmatisation of the Osun State governor in a desperate bid to nail him’.

Muniru, who represents Oshodi-Isolo Federal Constituency 2 in the House, said the security report was an attempt to weaken the genuine developmental plans of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in the South-West geo-political zone.

He said: “They see Aregbesola as the arrowhead of our party’s march towards making the Southwest region a role model in developmental governance for others in the country hence the security report aimed at weakening him and other ACN governors and leaders.”


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