The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has faulted the state Governor Ademola Adeleke over his accusation of a prominent chieftain of the party in the state, Senator Ajibola Bashiru, of importation of ‘some unauthorized policemen into Osun State to create confusion, mayhem and destabilize the peace and stability of the state’.
It would be recalled that Adeleke caused a statement to be issued yesterday where he made the concocted, unsubstantiated and spurious allegation against the immediate-past spokesperson of the Senate with a plea to the Inspector-General of Police to withdraw the policemen.
The statement from the state governor also alleged that Senator Ajibola Bashiru had submitted the list of the names of some of the top notchers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state that have been slated for an arrest.
The Osun State APC acting 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 cautioned Adeleke to stop denigrating the institution of the police as he knows next to nothing about how the police perform their official duties.
Lawal who reminded Adeleke that Senator Bashiru, a Doctor of Law, is not in anyway a pushover in all aspects of legal endeavours knows his onions and knows his right hand from his left hand.
The state APC acting chairman advised Adeleke to limit himself to acrobatic dancing which is his core area of mastery of comparative advantage instead of poking his nose into a strange terrain of policing.
According to Lawal: “Why must Adeleke and his co-travellers be afraid of the shadow of a policeman if not that they have something to hide which makes them to be suspected fugitive to justice?
“Is Governor Adeleke in his wisdom saying that the police should not do their jobs whenever there is need for them to do so?
“What manner of peace is reigning in the state if not the peace of a graveyard after the blood of so many members of our party had been needlessly shed by the PDP goons in order for the PDP candidates to have undeserved victory at the polls?
“We are in support of the long arm of the law to deal decisively with whoever has run foul of the law of the land with impunity as was witnessed before the series of the elections in the state when no fewer than 30 members and supporters of our party were slaughtered like rams by the hired political hoodlums loyal to Adeleke and the PDP.
“It is no longer news in the state that some of the daredevil dangerous political thugs with which Adeleke and his co-travellers rigged the elections for all the PDP candidates are taking refuge in the Ede country home of Adeleke where they have become untouchable and living as if they are above the laws of the land.
“The gruesome massacre of some of the APC members by the militia arm of the Osun State PDP like Adetunji Adeyeye from Ward 10 in Atakumosa-East Local Government Council Area of the state; Oladele Moses a.k.a. ‘Alase’ from Ward 09 of Atakumosa-East; Oluwole Ade from Ward 09 of the same council; Omidokun Elijah of Ward 10 in Atakumosa-East and Ebenezer Alaro from Ward 09 in Ilesa-East Local Government are still fresh in the memory of the bereaved.
Others who were fell by the bullets of the PDP thugs in order to rig the elections for the PDP candidates are Ibrahim Taiwo Adebiyi a.k.a. ‘Omo Alhaja’ from Ward 05, Etiooni who was shot in the neck; Adex from Ward 09 in Ilesa-East; three commercial motorcycle riders were shot dead at Iwara Junction in Ilesa; Niyi Olajide from Ward 02, Atakumosa-East; Tope Samuel; Onigbogi Gbenga; Okunlola Job and many others.
It is on record that some principal members of the PDP in Osun State like the House of Representatives member representing Ijesa-South Federal Constituency, Hon Sanya Omirin; Hon Clement Olohunwa, the House of Representatives member representing Ila Federal Constituency; Senator Oyewumi Kamourudeen representing Osun-West Senatorial District; one Spain from Ikirun and the House of Assembly member from Iwo state constituency, all threatened to use violence to win the elections which they actually did.
The incident of the invasion and subsequent destruction of the APC Secretariats in both Ede-North and Ede-South local government council areas of the state by the PDP hoodlums will remain evergreen in the memories of our members.
Is Governor Adeleke saying that some of his identified thugs he used to kill our members should not be made to answer for their crimes?
If we can’t remember the names of all the thugs that Adeleke and his co-travellers used to rig the elections, the identities of the following are still fresh in the subconscious of our members:
Bode Itaapa, Solomon Adefioye Adedimeji, Solo Iwara, Emir Olalekan Ajagungbade, Carlos, Yinka Fasetire a.k.a. ‘Kenge’, Oladele Felix, Olumide Fisayo, Taiwo Amure Kekere, Kehinde Amure Kekere, Taiwo Amure Agba, Kehinde Amure Agba, Sunday Bugarly, Ojo Jagaban, Eruku, Opeyemi Olalemi, Saka Igboya, Saheed Orimade, Ado Igbona and Adewale Babawale.
When has it become a practice for a governor to dictate to the police how to do their work when the police is not an arm under the executive?
Adeleke and his co-travellers should shed their toga of executive rascality and brazen lawlessness and promptly allow the law to take its cause if they don’t have any skeletons in their cupboards.
Osun Pensioners: Governor Adeleke is Committed to Payment of Pensions, Entitlements
The government of Governor Ademola Adeleke has reacted to the rumor of accrued pensions not paid by his government as alleged by opposition in the state, upon which some unscrupulous elements are allegedly planning a protest march.
We want the public to note that the current government has been consistent in paying some of the accrued pensions, owed by previous governments, from inception of his administration
While we have ascertained and confirmed that the rumour of a planned protest is not true,we alert the public to the spreading of the fake news designed to offend and confuse the contributory pensioners who are strong supporters of Governor Adeleke.
We assert that the pensioners and other stakeholders are aware of sustained efforts of the current government to pay up the inherited pensions.
It may also interest stakeholders to note that the Governor has 48 hours ago directed the hosting of an emergency consultative meeting with contributory pensioners to table full data before them and agree on a path to further payments.
Details of the meeting are to be communicated to relevant stakeholders.
Ahead of the meeting, we take liberty to release part of the records with renewed commitment of the administration to accelerate the payment process.
The records according to the Local Government Staff Pension Bureau in the state, shows that the government of Ademola Adeleke has made payment to both the contributory pensioners and old pensioners in the state, with effect from 28th November, 2022 till date.
The breakdown is as follows:
MONTHLY PENSION (Old Pension Scheme) – Three billion naira (N3 billion).
PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS – Two billion, nine hundred and sixteen million, two hundred and twenty-four thousand, three hundred and forty-one naira and thirty kobo (N2,916,224,341: 30).
LOCAL GOVERNMENT STAFF PENSIONERS – One billion, Sixty-two million, Four Hundred and Sixty-nine thousand, Seven hundred and Forty-three naira, Eighty-six Kobo (N1,062,469,743 : 86).
Regarding Death Benefits:
PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS – Three hundred and Twenty-four million, Two hundred and Eighty-nine thousand, Five hundred and Ninety naira, Sixty-two Kobo (N324,289,590: 62).
LOCAL GOVERNMENT STAFF PENSIONERS – Nine-six million, One hundred and Eighty-one thousand, Thirty-two naira, Ninety-two Kobo (N96,181,032: 92).
MONTHLY PENSION (Contributory Pension) Remittances:
PRIMARY SCHOOL – One billion, Eighty-three million,One hundred and Ninety-seven thousand,two hundred and Sixty-five naira, Thirty-six Kobo (N1,083,197,265:36).
LOCAL GOVERNMENT STAFF PENSIONERS – Six hundred and One million, Seven hundred and Seventy-four thousand, Thirty-two naira, Thirty-two kobo (N601,774,032:32).
PRESENTATION OF BOND CERTIFICATES:
PRIMARY SCHOOL – One billion, Nine hundred and Eleven million, Three hundred and Seventy thousand, Two hundred and Eleven naira, Forty-four Kobo (N1,911,370,211:44).
LOCAL GOVT STAFF PENSIONERS – Seven hundred and Eight million, Forty-one thousand, Three hundred and Seventy-eight naira, Ninety-seven Kobo (N708,041,378:97).
The government appreciates the Pensioners and especially the contributory pensioners for their understanding, resilience and appreciation of the high level of commitment already shown by the government and urge them to distance themselves from evil operatives of the previous regime who were responsible for the pension debt in the first place.
As we remind the public and pensioners that Governor Adeleke has workers welfare as a number on his agenda, we affirm that the Governor has the best interest of workers, pensioners and the public at heart and his government will therefore not under any circumstances deny retirees their due rights and privileges.
The government reiterates its commitment to the good people of Osun state, and asked that the lying opposition party be shunned, as they are mischief makers.
Oluomo Kolapo Alimi
Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment
Mohbad: I Disguised To Candlelight, Shameful Things People Did – FPRO
The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, has said that he was one of those who attended the candlelight and night of tribe held for Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad, in Lagos.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police, however, said the conduct of some of those there did not serve the purpose.
In a tweet on his X handle, Adejobi said inasmuch as candlelight processions are a right, it should be done with decorum.
He tweeted: “None could recognise me, I disguised.
“But I intentionally attended to see things for myself and have an opinion about the whole thing.
“I gathered some intelligence there yesterday.
“Sincerely, many guys are our problem.
“You dey mourn, u con dey smoke, dey hit or attack people, dey drive reckless, etc.
“May his soul rest in peace.
“While I commend the organisers of the lagos procession for their steadfastness and understanding.
“I hope others will emulate them.
“It’s reasonable to end all processions at the latest 7pm.
“Candle light procession is a rite and must be purposeful.”
Ramsdale’s Time At Arsenal Coming To An End —Premier League Legend
Premier League legendary American goalkeeper Brad Friedel has said he is certain that Aaron Ramsdale’s time at Arsenal is coming to an end.
Ramsdale has been overlooked for selection in past two games, with summer signing David Raya getting the nod.
The Spanish goalkeeper joined Arsenal from Brentford on a £3million loan deal with a purchase option of £27m.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has insisted to the media that he will pick his goalkeeper based on tactical reasons.
But the fact that Raya has started in both the Premier League and now Champions League has many questioning his statements.
One of those is Friedel, who has the third-most appearances of any goalkeeper in Premier League history.
When asked if it’s over for Ramsdale if Raya starts this weekend’s north London derby against Tottenham, the American replied on talkSPORT: “Absolutely.”
“I thought from the second they signed him they signed him to be the new no.1, I don’t think you pay that much money for someone with one year left on their contract, I know he signed an extra contract and went on loan, but that was for other reasons.
“I think they really liked Raya so when he became available they pushed for him.”
“It’s very harsh on Ramsdale but it’s the coach’s decision,” the former Liverpool and Tottenham keeper said.
“I’m assuming Ramsdale at the end of this season will end up having to do what Matt Turner did at the end of the previous season and find another place to play.
“I know it’s early and people will say you have to see what he does, but I think Raya was brought in as the no.1, you thought maybe they could be swapping if they’d played Ramsdale in the Champions League, but that didn’t happen.
“I think we’ll see Raya in goal and he’ll be the incumbent no.1 this season.”
Ramsdale joined Arsenal in the summer of 2021, leaving Sheffield United in a £30m deal.
Last season the 25-year-old almost helped the Gunners to a first league title in almost two decades, which Friedel thinks will see him join another top club where he can play every match
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