Ilorin flood claims student’s life, Gov Abdulrazaq commiserates with family

Wednesday evening downpour in the Ilorin metropolis has reportedly claimed life of a lady, Adeyemi Lateefah

Lateefah, a student of the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin was reportedly going to the Maraba motor park, few meters from her Mubo residence when she slipped into the flooded drainage.

It was gathered that the Wednesday downpour caused instant flooding of the area owing to what residents called the poor construction of the Asa drainage.

Speaking during an on-the-spot assessment of the Asa river channelization project at Mubo community of Ilorin on Thursday, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, commiserated with the family of the deceased, assuring them that a search team had been despatched to look for her remains and that the administration would ensure that proper steps are taken to ward off such incident in the future.

The governor has also called on the Federal Government to order contractors handling the channelisation of the Asa River in the state back to the site, saying the drainage was poorly done and is too narrow to prevent flooding in the areas and loss of human lives and properties.

AbdulRazaq said he had written to the Federal Government about the threats the poor job poses to the people of the state, especially residents of Ilorin, the state capital.

“This (channelisation) was long awarded. They didn’t execute it properly. We have written them a letter that they should come and finish it. What they did is too narrow”, he said.

AbdulRazaq said that he had directed the Kwara State Ministries of Works and Transport and Environment and Forestry to immediately drain the flooded area, including a megachurch where dozens of people were trapped following the downpour.

He also reiterated the government’s appeal for people in flood-prone areas to evacuate such vicinities following national forecasts about heavy flooding across the country, including Kwara State.


Local contractors to fix Kwara schools, hospitals, says Governor

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has said local communities will have the option of nominating trusted indigenous contractors to fix their schools and hospitals, while the government will fund the projects.

He said the contractors would be picked only after going through the government’s procurement processes, as spelt out under the law.

AbdulRazaq said the government has retooled the 2019 budget to focus on rebuilding basic infrastructure such as township roads, schools, hospitals and toilets, to tackle the menace of open defecation.

“For each community where we want to rebuild the schools or hospitals, we want to use the local contractors from those communities, so that we have trickle down effects and regenerate the economy by investing in the economy,” AbdulRazaq said in Kaiama town while touring public facilities.

He visited communities such as Gwaria, a major hub for yam flour production in Nigeria, Junga Aboki and Kaiama town all in Kaiama Local Government.

“When we got there, we realised that there are big issues with our roads, hospitals and schools. They are practically down, and I am here to make sure I understand in full the problems with all the hospitals and schools,” the governor said.

He added: “They all have peculiar problems. We have seen the different challenges in different hospitals and schools and we are going to make sure the right people are used in order to reposition the hospitals and schools.

AbdulRasaq said while his campaign thrust of development and change remained valid, he is constantly rejigging the campaign promises to reflect the realities of Kwara he now sees, especially because basic infrastructures for education and health are almost non-existent and must first be put in place before other things.

The Emir of Kaiama, Alhaji Umar Shehu Mu’azu, told the governor that the engineer had been sabotaging the project despite getting money from the government and the community.”

He urged AbdulRazaq to prioritise roads in the agrarian axis, especially Kishi Kaiama road and hailed him for approving the construction of the Kaiama township road.

Masquerade kills colleague at New Yam festival in Imo

There was pandemonium in Amihie, Orsuihiteukwa autonomous community in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State, as a masquerade allegedly killed its colleague during New Yam festival.

Daily Sun gathered that fight broke out last Monday during celebration in the village, and two masquerades attacked each other with dangerous weapons.

It was learnt that those at the gathering initially thought it was a joke and display of superior prowess when the fight started, until the victim, Cheche Nwadi, sustained severe injuries in the process and reportedly died later.

Irked by the development, members of the masquerade fraternity stormed the home of the suspected killer, burnt down his family house as well as destroyed everything within reach.

A source said the action of the masquerade fraternity was in line with their rules of engagement, which frowned seriously at anyone exposing the secrets of the cult.

Remains of the ‘masquerade’ have since been deposited at the mortuary while some of the fraternity members fled the town leading to abrupt end of this year’s celebrations.

Both the slain masquerade and his suspected killer, presently at large, were known as best of friends in the masquerade fraternity before the unfortunate incident happened.

The Police Division at Awo Idemili, Orsu Local Government Area has already stepped into the matter, though the state police command could not confirm the incident.

Story Of How Prophet ‘Daniel’ Abodunrin Was Killed, Eaten By Lions At Ibadan Zoo

A lot of people may have heard of the story of a Nigerian Pastor who was devoured by lions after he tried to mimic a miracle in the Bible.

If you had any doubts as regards the story, you should know that it really did happen. Nigeria History and Facts on Twitter, throwing more light on the issue, revealed that the incident occurred in 1991.

The Pastor identified as Daniel Abodunrin was eaten by lions at the zoo in Ibadan, after entering a cage hoping to recreate the bible account of the Prophet Daniel who was thrown into the lions den.

The Biblical Prophet Daniel came out from the ordeal unscathed according to account of the Holy Book.

The Nigerian Prophet Daniel however was not so lucky.

Arrested couple engages in sexual activity inside police car

A Florida couple arrested for cycling under the influence didn’t let that stop their plans for the evening, ripping off their clothes and having sex on the back seat of a police car.

Megan Lynn Mondanaro, 35, and Seth Aaron Thomas, 31, were riding their bikes on a Florida road shortly before midnight when they were pulled over by the police.

They had no lights on their bikes and had almost crashed into multiple cars.
The pair failed roadside sobriety tests, and the officer reported that he could smell alcohol on both of them.

They were both placed under arrest and put in the back of the officer’s car, where the amorous cyclists couldn’t wait to get back in the saddle.

While the officer was outside the car, the couple began stripping off their clothes and having sex.

When the officer opened the door to stop them, Thomas was naked and Mondanaro had her pants pulled down and her breasts exposed.

Once Thomas was pulled out of the car, he took the opportunity to escape, pushing over another officer and making a nude getaway on foot.

He was later arrested hiding behind a local ice cream parlour.

The pair were both charged with DUI, exposing sex organs and unnatural and lascivious acts and are being held in custody.


Tribunal nullifies Ilorin-South APC’s lawmaker poll

Kwara State Election Petition Tribunal, on Tuesday, delivered a judgment, nullifying the election that produced S Hassan Elewu, as the House of Assembly member, representing Ilorin-South State Constituency.

The Tribunal in its judgment also ordered that fresh election should be conducted in the Ilorin-South State Constituency within three months.

It is recalled that in the petition number KW/EPT/HA1/2019, Jimoh Raheem Agboola with his party, PDP, through their Counsel, Abdulwahab Bamidele, Esq., A.A. Ibrahim, Esq. and a host of other counsels were the petitioners seeking legal redress on the House of Assembly poll for the Ilorin-South region on the premise that the candidate returned by INEC as the winner of the election was not qualified to contest the said election.

In the judgment delivered by the tribunal and read by Justice Mariya M. Ismaila, the issue of jurisdiction was resolved against the respondents: Sulaiman Shehu Abdulsalam, APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The tribunal on its stance over jurisdiction to entertain the matter, held that it had the prerequisites powers to hear the petition and that it is fortified by the provision of section 138 (1) (a-e) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) On the merit of the petition, Justice Mariya Ismaila resolved the issue against Agboola and PDP on the basis that they failed to prove the allegation of forgery and deposition to false affidavit raised against the 1st Respondent.

On the question of who was the actual candidate of the APC for the poll between Elewu and Shehu, the Tribunal posited that Shehu’s name is contained in the Election results declared by INEC and a rebuttable presumption existed that Sulaiman Shehu Abdulsalam was the candidate presented by the party (APC). However, the Tribunal further found that since all the Respondents have deposed that Hassan Elewu is the candidate of the APC, the presumption that Sulaiman Shehu Abdulsalam is the candidate of APC has been successfully rebutted.

In the circumstance, the tribunal nullified the poll that was conducted with respect to Ilorin-South state constituency election, ordered INEC to withdraw any Certificate of Return already issued in respect of the said election and ordered fresh election which the tribunal held must be conducted within three months.

Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo bans mother from watching matches, gives reason

Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, has given reasons he banned his mother from watching big football matches.

Speaking to Piers Morgan in an interview on ITV ahead of Juventus’s UEFA Champions League opener against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, Ronaldo insisted that he banned his mum from watching matches because she gets too nervous watching him play.

Ronaldo said: “She gets so nervous, I don’t understand why.

“She is not allowed now to watch big games.

“I get friends to stay with her and she goes for walks around the house. She fainted two times in the stadium. She is nervous.

“It is impossible, I don’t have a father anymore and I don’t want to lose my mum, so I told her ‘you will not watch semi-finals or finals anymore’.”

Kwara Gov says sports could be Nigeria’s ‘soft power’

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Monday said sports could be a means of Nigeria projecting soft power to the world if the local talents are properly developed and motivated.

“It’s my hope that the government at all levels should develop a sectoral plan strategy to transform sports into an industry that empowers our teeming youths for social and economic development,” AbdulRazaq said in a speech at the closing ceremony of the 5th National Youths Games at the University of Ilorin in Ilorin, the state capital.

“Sports should not just be for mere recreation; it should be an important tools for image projection and diplomacy, a source of soft power, and a big industry that can engage the youths who would otherwise have channelled their abundant energy to other untoward activities.”

AbdulRazaq commended all the participants for their sportsmanship and hailed the Sports Ministry and the host university for their efforts that resulted in the success of the game.

“All of you are winners. The fact that you all came here from across the country shows your efforts to win,” he said.

“I hereby congratulate the organisers of this event. It is a fantastic event, hosting up to 4000 youths is a phenomenal thing. I salute Delta, Lagos in specific, I cannot call all states.”

He pledged to make the event better next year, including ensuring that the state contingent performs better.
“This is a new government, and we have seen what can be achieved and what is achievable. Certainly next year it is going to be a better event.

This is my first time to this event, next year we would come in full force. And we believe there will be progression and growth because the number of the participants in this edition surpassed last year’s, and next year we hope to have more,” he added.

Boy Knocks SARS Officer Unconscious

A SARS operative is lucky to be alive after a boy he was trying to wrongfully arrest, technically knocked him out.

The incident happened, today, at Abule Oja, off Unilag road, Lagos. The officer had accosted the boy because he had dreadlocks and was harassing him.

However, when he continued, the victim rained numerous heavy blows on his head, making him fall down but didn’t die.

His colleagues however gave the boy a hot chase, but he outran them. They later returned to help their unconscious colleague up and took him to a safe spot, where they lavished many gallons of water on him till he stopped seeing men like trees.

What Buhari should do with South Africa President’s apology – Fani-Kayode

Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani Kayode has condemned the apology tendered by South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa to President Muhammadu Buhari over xenophobic attacks.

DAILY POST reported that South African Government on Monday formally apologised to Nigerians and the Nigerian Government over recent xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, including Nigerians in that country.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Special Envoy to Nigeria, Mr Jeff Radebe, conveyed the apology when he met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday.

Radebe said President Ramaphosa had already directed the law enforcement agencies to apprehend all those involved in the attacks.

Radebe apologized on behalf of his President for what he called “acts of criminality and violence” that recently occurred, adding that “such do not represent our value system, nor those of the larger number of South Africans.”

President Buhari responded to the apologies from the South African President, pledging that relationship between the two countries “will be solidified,” while describing the xenophobic attacks as “very unfortunate.”

Reacting to the meeting, Fani-Kayode urged Buhari to reject the apology from Ramaphosa.

According to him, Nigerians were killed for no just cause, therefore there must be a response.

Fani-Kayode on his Twitter page wrote: “Buhari should take Cyril Ramaphosa apology letter, mark it “rejected”, use it as toilet paper and send it back to him by @FedEx or @DHLAfrica.

“Innocent Nigerian blood has been spilt by the South Africans for no just cause.

“Something must be done! There must be a response!”