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On Tuesday, about 1,500 youths applicants shortlisted for employment into the Ogun State teaching service staged a protest at the Governor’s office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta accusing the State Government of abruptly cancelling the recruitment exercise.

According to them, the Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Professor Abayomi Arigbabu, had once told them that their appointment letters may not be out anytime soon, blaming this on lack of funds, they said, gave rise to the recruitment of casual teachers, who would serve as interns for a period of two years.

Newsmen gathered that about 29,000 applied for the 1,500 vacant teaching slots as of November 2019 but the exercise was put on hold as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. In October 2020, Abiodun assured that 1,655 graduate teachers would be employed, adding that the process was at an advanced stage. He disclosed that successful applicants would be contacted in due time. but, the applicants said none of them has heard from the state government as of March 30, 2021.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, an applicant, Yemi Oyeleye, implored Abiodun to give them the teaching job, as they have waited for several months. The protesters expressed worries that the Education Commissioner has announced the recruitment of casual teachers, cancelling the first recruitment exercise.

“We want them to release our appointment letters. They have started recruitment, they sent us a congratulatory message that we have been selected,” Oyeleye pleaded.

Reacting, the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Femi Majekodunmi stated that the state government has not cancelled the recruitment of 1,500 teachers.

He said “Government did not forget them. The situation of things and paucity of funds is the factor. But, the interim recruitment is available for them to partake”

An accident occurred at the Obada area of Abeokuta and claimed the life of a woman.

The road crash happened around 8:25am on Monday along the Lagos-Abeokuta highway.

Report reveals that the crash involved an Iveco truck, with registration number, KSF 209 XY.

Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement (TRACE) Corps Spokesperson, said two trucks were competing, driving recklessly and lost control.

Akinbiyi said: “According to eyewitnesses, two trucks were competing for lane, as if on a track race when suddenly, in attempt to avoid an object, the one on the outer lane swerved towards the inner truck and which also in an attempt to avoid the outer one, rammed into the shop and house by the road, killing a woman, who had just had her bath, and trying to apply make-up.

The driver of the truck ran away to avoid a mob who were desperate to kill him and set the truck ablaze, but for the quick intervention of TRACE Corps operatives and police operatives from Obada-Oko Divisional Police Station,” he said.

Ogun State police force has disclosed the arrest of three suspected herdsmen who allegedly attacked residents of Bamajo village in Ayetoro, Yewa North Local Government Area.

According to police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi, the herders also burnt houses in the village. While adding that they inflicted deep machete wounds on one of the villagers identified as Ismaila Alabi.

Three herdsmen were on the 18th of February 2021 arrested by operatives of Ogun State Police Command for the role they played in the attack of Bamajo village in Ayetoro area of Ogun state. The men had attacked the village where they set some houses ablaze and inflicted a deep machete cut injury on one Ismaila Alabi,” he stated.

Four people lost their lives on Saturday as a result of an accident that involved a DAF truck and a commercial bus on the Ijebu Ode/Oru Road in Ogun State.

The spokesman of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Mr. Babatunde Akinbiyi disclosed that the accident occurred at about 1:15 pm and was caused by excessive speeding and loss of control on the part of the DAF truck driver, he then left his lane and rammed into a bus loaded with kola nut in the opposite direction.

The bus was going to Ibadan from an unknown destination while the truck was heading towards Ijebu-Ode from Ibadan axis. All the passengers in the bus, including the driver and three women, died on the spot,” Akinbiyi said.

Akinbiyi said two other persons were injured in the accident while the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of Ijebu- Ode General Hospital, the injured truck driver and one other were also taken to the same hospital.

He also warned drivers of articulated vehicles against reckless and dangerous driving as well as excessive speeding because of its attendant consequences.

Mufutau Olayemi, a lecturer and HOD of the Electrical Engineering Department,  at D.S Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic, Itori, in Ogun State, was killed in his car by unknown gunmen on Wednesday.

It was gathered that Olayemi was trailed to the Itori area by the gunmen in an unmarked vehicle and was shot at close range.

Olayemi was said to be returning from a conference. He died in his car while the culprits left without taking anything from him or his car. 

Police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi said the command is treating it as a case of assassination, stressing that detectives from the homicide section have been dispatched to the area to investigate the matter.

Prince Dapo Abiodun, the Ogun State Governor announced that the State Government has reversed the COVID-19 test levy on graduating students resuming in the state.

The governor, in a statement in Abeokuta, said the test, aimed at safeguarding lives in the schools, would instead, be provided free of charge by his administration.

While admitting that the cost of undergoing the COVID-19 test is capital-intensive, especially for the less-privileged, he said his administration had resolved, from the outset, to bear the cost of the test, in the overall interest of the masses.

Abiodun said: “The state has been very apprehensive about the issue of school opening, even for exit students.

Data from other countries, where schools have resumed, show that community transmission in school environments is a major concern.

Even countries with stronger healthcare facilities than ours are being very cautious.

In line with the Federal Ministry of Education recommendation and WASSCE timetable, we decided to open our schools on the 4th August 2020 for SS3 students only.

We also put in place guidelines that would ensure that our students resume in a safe environment.

In our pre-opening engagements with stakeholders, opening of boarding houses was discussed.

Our state has one of the largest population of boarding students in the country, coming from all over the country. After consultations with health professionals, we concluded that testing the children for COVID-19 before admittance will reduce the risk of community transmission.

This is to reassure parents and even teachers of the safety of everybody concerned.”

The Ogun state government has directed all secondary school teachers in the state to resume on Monday, August  3 as a result of the West African Senior Secondary Schools Examination (WASSCE) slated for Aug 17.

Mrs. Ronke Soyombo, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary and Secondary Education, made this known, stating that the aim of the directive was to enable the teachers work with their principals in preparation for students’ resumption on Aug. 4.

However, Governor Abiodun notes that the directive was for teachers in public and private schools to enable them assist in the distribution of materials provided by the state government for the examinations.

Adding that all guidelines stipulated by the government for the students’ resumption were to be followed strictly by all school administrators. He enjoined all stakeholders to cooperate with the state government to ensure safe return to schools.

“The Ogun state government wishes to inform the general public that all Senior Secondary School Three students both in the public and private schools will resume to school on August 4 in readiness for an intensive revision classes ahead of their WASSCE. The revision exercise is being put in place to cover the academic gaps and lapses for students that could not follow the virtual classes tagged Ogundigiclass put in place by the state government while they were at home. The concerned students are to resume to their individual schools on Tuesday, August 4,” the governor stated.

On Sunday, an unidentified female passer-by was burnt to death in Ogun State, after a truck conveying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS, fuel) lost control on motion and hit barrier with the content catching fire afterwards.

The deceased was said to have passed by when the fuel spilled on the road with the surrounding areas catching fire. She was reported to have quickly been encircled by the fire. Two vehicles were also burnt in the process.

The accident was reported to have occurred around the Lagos – Ibadan expressway, which involved a man diesel loaded with food stuff, commercial Mazda Bus and Daf truck loaded with PMS.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, also confirmed the accident and attributed the cause to loss of control on the part of the truck driver.

Akinbiyi said the charred remains of the lady were taken to the Fakoya morgue in Sagamu, Ogun State, while the fuel truck had also been taken off the road to ease traffic flow.

A driver has reportedly abandoned a suspected coronavirus patient and his friend on his way from Cotonou to Abeokuta, Nigeria.

The suspected patient, identified as Alex, was a Beniose national and resident of Ijebu Ode in Ogun State. Alex’s friend disclosed that the deceased took ill shortly after he returned from Cotonou, Republic of Benin.

The friend who was unidentified revealed that they were Beniose citizens residing at Ijebu Ode and one officer was conveying them from Sagamu to Owode Idiroko, a border town in Ogun State. He explained that when his friend died in the car, the officer hurriedly dumped him and his deceased friend beside the road.

The development caused great concerns in Abeokuta, fearing that people could begin to contract the viral disease. 

Governor Dapo Abiodun in a statement, through his aide, Emmanuel Ojo, advised residents of Abeokuta to remain calm. stating that the Government was already aware of this incident and would surely act responsibly to mitigate its effect.

“This is to reassure the general Ogun State public, especially residents of Abeokuta, to remain calm, as regards the trending video of a Cotonou returnee (male) opposite GTBank, around Simeon Adebo Library, Kuto. I have contacted the appropriate authorities, including the Hon. Commissioner for Health and they are on top of the situation. The returnee and the second male with him will be immediately picked up, and the tracing of all their contacts will begin as treatment is given at the closest Isolation Centre in the State. Residents around the area are strongly advised to stay indoors and avoid going near the suspected patients,” Ojo said.

In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Kunle Somorin,Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun on Sunday vowed to deal ruthlessly with criminals terrorizing the people of the state

Reports has it that the state police command had earlier on Sunday paraded 150 suspects in connection with recent series of harassments, robberies, burglaries and cult clashes that occured within the Agbado Ijaiye, Sango, Ijoko and Ifo axis of the state.

“It has become expedient that we do not spare the rod and spoil the child. Anybody, no matter whose child he or she is, if found guilty of armed robbery, would be visited with the full weight of the law, including capital punishment,” the governor stated.

Governor Abiodun also urged the police to intensify efforts at curbing the insistent activities of criminals, asking them to smoke them out of their hideouts and promptly investigate those involved in the activities across the state.

He said the state would avail all other security outfits, including the Department of State Security Service and the armed forces, with necessary material and logistic support to end the reign of terror unleashed by armed robbers on the state.

“I will not hesitate to confirm sentences, even of capital punishment, if that will deter these social misfits. Ogun has zero- tolerance for criminals and we will deal with it with venomous measures,” he stated.

The governor commended the state police command for its swiftness and prompt adherence to directive of the state government to flush out those turning the sit-at-home order to a criminal enterprise. He also assured the people that their lives and property were of his utmost concern

After consulting with President Buhari and getting permission, Governor Dapo Abiodun on Monday, has announced the postponement of its lockdown borders and all public and private activities till April 3 so as to enable residents of Ogun State prepare adequately and stockpile their homes with basic necessities.

The lockdown was initially set to commence on Sunday Midnight but shifted to 11pm on Monday and further now to Friday, April 3.

He also revealed that he had taken a COVID – 19 test after he had observed self-isolation upon returning to Nigeria after returning on March 10, from the United Kingdom, and fortunately the test came out with a negative result.

Abiodun made this known while inaugurating the 128 beddings COVID – 19 Isolation Centre at the hometown of the late Premier of Old Western Nigeria, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, at the HID Awolowo Model School, Ikenne.

He revealed that the state has made over 300 beds Isolation Centers spread across the state, adding that Ogun plans to build a testing centre for the virus so that nobody from the state would have to travel to Lagos for the laboratory test.

The Ogun State Government has announced that it will close borders with neighboring states and the international border with the Republic of Benin.

The closure is to take effect at 12 midnight on Sunday. It is said that it will be in force for two weeks.

“The state is constrained to effect border closure in order to stem and flatten the curve of the spread of the dreaded corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic, not only in the state but in the country and in the West African sub-region.

The position of Ogun State is peculiar. It not only shares an international border with the Republic of Benin, it does so with all other states in the South West (except Ekiti), including Lagos State, which has understandably recorded the highest number of infections in the country largely because it hosts the busiest air and sea ports and it’s the nation’s economic capital.

The border closure will not only be beneficial to Ogun State but the national efforts to curtail and contain the virus.

Lessons from other climes strongly indicate that closure of borders has the potential to drastically flatten the curve of spread whilst unrestricted movement portends grave dangers,” a statement signed by Kunle Somorin, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun.

Churches in the Ogun state have received a new directive by the Ogun State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) on Friday, asking them to shut down all activities, including House Fellowship as well, to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

“In view of the trying time the world contends with today, Christians should apply the Godly wisdom as enunciated in the book of Isaiah 26:20 and stay indoor for a while until the danger posed by the COVID – 19 passed away” the State Chapter Chairman, Bishop Tunde Akin-Akinsanya, said in a statement on Friday said.

He urged all members and church leaders to comply with the new improvement as well as those from the state government regarding measures to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Ogun state Police Command, Ibafo division arrested 23-year-old secondary school teacher, Azunyere Chima, for allegedly raping his 14-year-old pupil.

The suspect, an Arts teacher, was reported to have deceived the pupil on the pretext of assisting her with her practical work.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

“The suspect allegedly dragged the victim to his room and forcefully had sex with her. This action, caused the victim to bleed heavily.

The DPO, Ibafo, SP Abiodun Ayinde, detailed his detectives to the residence of the suspect at No. 2 Unity Close, Aseese, where he was promptly arrested.

He has since made a confessional statement to the police, while the victim has been taken to hospital for treatment.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Kenneth Ebrimson, had directed that the suspect be transferred to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation and prosecution”

A successful raid was conducted in Alabata, Abeokuta, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan zonal office.

48 suspects were arrested in different locations that surround tertiary institutions in the town. The suspects who ranged from 18-28 years of age claimed to be undergraduates.

The suspects include Anwinilomo Tomisin, Ayeni Ifedapo, Melojuekun Oluwatobi, Adeyemo Stephen,  Gideon Achuka, David Mulero, Owolabi Abraham, Toheeb Olabanji, Teslim Kasali, Jide Abiodun Emmanuel, Alli Emmanuel Oluwaseun, Adeniyi Sultan, Ejiro Daniel, Chima Emmanuel, Adejare Oyebajo, Dike Chukwuebuka, Emeka Ikegbunam, Daniyi Tobiloba, Tomiwa Ibironke, Daniel Onnorom, Quadri Ayaniyi, Victor Solomon, Ayeni Oluwatosin, Adegbenro Emmanuel, Abdulrauf Adam, Daniel Praise, Biyi Adegbamigbe, Adeyinka Ibrahim, Sadiq Sanni, and Ibikunle Ajibola.

Tony Orilade, the Commission’s acting head of media and publicity said the raid led to the recovery of valuable items, such as three exotic cars, mobile phones, laptops, and SIM cards, from the suspects.

“The suspects will soon be arraigned in court,” he stated.

The Ogun State Government has launched a mobile application to enhance information dissemination among health workers in the state in order to contain the coronavirus.

Dr. Tomi Coker, the Commissioner for Health,  disclosed this at a meeting with the Emergency Operation Committee (EOC) on Monday in Abeokuta.

According to her, the Android application named, “CommCare,” will serve as a base for information about case definition.

Coker added that the mobile device would help health workers in primary health centers to easily carry out risk assessment before it escalates to the local government level.

She said that the application had been rolled out at Ewekoro Local Government Area to enhance the activities of health workers.

The commissioner also said that the application would be deployed for use in Ado-Odo-Ota and Ifo Local Government Areas given the volume of industrial activities in the areas.

“Since the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed, we have launched the mobile application to help disseminate information to local government and primary health centers. It is a decision tree mobile application for health workers.

“The mobile app will enable our health workers to easily do the risk assessment of patients at the primary health center before it escalates to the local government level,” she said.

Coker, who gave an assurance that the state government had the means to contain the Covid-19, called on members of the public to remain calm and practice personal hygiene.

Dr Elijah Ogunsola, the Executive Secretary of Ogun Primary Health Care Development Board, commended the commissioner for evolving initiatives that would aid health workers.

Ogunsola said that all primary health centers would use the mobile application to alert on any emergency.

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has charged some youth in Sagamu of attempts to loot banks and the local government secretariat under the presence of protesting the death of the Remo star footballer, Kazeem Tiyamiyu, Monday.

The governor noted that he had gotten reports that the youth had attempted to attack the Sagamu Divisional Police Officer and burn an armed personnel carrier.

Tiyamiyu, known as Kaka, died on Saturday as residents of Sagamu alleged that the footballer was killed by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). It was reported that yesterday’s protest turned into a riot, reportedly leading to fatalities.

Ogun State Governor said some youth have refused to remain calm even after they have been pleaded with to avoid violence as they took advantage of the protest to commit crimes.

“Contrary to the promise of restraint given by the youth, a while after the peace meeting, some youth defied the calls for restraint and decided to take the advantage of the situation by embarking on activities that further aggravated the already tense situation. They attempted to attack the Divisional Police Station, burn the police Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), and even loot the banks and local government headquarters,” Abiodun said.

Gov Abiodun, in a live Facebook video last night, said he received briefings from security chiefs in the state on the matter, saying he deemed it fit to share the information with the public.

The governor said his administration would not tolerate any hindrance to the peace in Sagamu, and he warned that anybody caught fomenting trouble would face the wrath of the law.

Abiodun said he had informed the Presidency about the unfortunate incident, adding that he had been assured that needed actions will be taken

According to him, security has been beefed up in Sagamu, including the deployment of soldiers.

“Let me assure all the good citizens of Ogun State and residents of Sagamu that they should go about their lawful business without any fear of molestation whatsoever. I wish to sound a note of warning that anyone that attempts to capitalize on the unfortunate incident to foment any trouble or engage in activity that is in breach of public peace and order will be subjected to full force of law. Parents and guardians should caution their children and wards to refrain from confrontation with law enforcement agents whilst carrying out their responsibilities of maintaining law and order,” he said.

Anthony Joshua took a tour of his native hometown Sagamu in Ogun state as he arrived Nigeria 

The heavyweight champ visited the palace of Elepe of Epe and Akarigbo of Remoland where he had close conversations with the monarchs 

Joshua did not go alone, as with him was his 4-year-old son Joseph Bayley Temiloluwa. Joshua visited his native hometown on Wednesday, February 19, where he was given a heroic welcome by his delighted kinsmen.

 Joshua’s visit came barely six months after he came to Nigeria and paid a courtesy visit to the Makoko area of Lagos state ahead of his much-anticipated fight against Mexican heavyweight star Andy Ruiz Jr.

Trouble hit Olomore market in Abeokuta on Thursday morning, as dozens of Hausa traders in the market protested for the alleged shooting by the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) which allegedly claimed the life of one  Hausa man and two others injured.

Enraged traders, who sell produce like onions, pepper, tomatoes, yam and fruits, allegedly went violent, destroying things, including the vehicle of the Ogun State-owned television station and many other properties.

It was gathered that the SARS officials chased some people believed to be ‘Yahoo boys’ online fraudsters, towards the market and fired at them when they ran into them as they made good their escape through the usual commotion of the market.

The ones in a nearby market called Lafenwa, who got wind of the shooting and took to the Lafenwa -Abeokuta -Lagos Expressway, disrupting traffic as they marched towards Olomore.

The expressway was blocked with bonfires mounted in various locations on the busy road. Many fled in different directions seeking where to hide from harm. Business activities came to an abrupt end even as a detachment of policemen and operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) laboured to keep the violent protest from escalating.

Many buses, taxis, private cars whose drivers were caught unawares had their windshields, side mirrors and door glasses smashed. Some motorists abandoned their vehicles on the road and took to their heels.

“The people they shot are pepper dealers in Olomore Market,” a trader said. “They are now in the hospital: one of them, Abati, is dead in the hospital. I can’t say whether the other one is dead or not.”

Police spokesman  Abimbola Oyeyemi said the victims were alive and not dead, stressing that they are receiving treatment in hospital.

Abimbola said the officers implicated in the shooting were operatives of the anti-cultism unit of the Ogun Police Command and not SARS.

On Monday, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, stated in her office that the “Ogun State Government is set to key into the Revolving Drug Fund established in 2019 to promote bulk purchase of drugs from manufacturers for end-users to buy at competitive prices.

Coker said: “The Governor Dapo Abiodun-led government will not take the provision of qualitative health service for granted.“Our vision is to make Ogun the health tourist destination of choice and attractive to all and sundry, including investors.

This will provide economic empowerment and job opportunities for our people“The renovation and equipping of primary health centers across the 236 wards in the state will commence soon and every resident of the Gateway State must have access to quality healthcare, irrespective of location.

 According to her, this will make healthcare services available to all, adding that the scheme will cover pregnant women and children up till the age of five, including screening of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

She said that the present administration was determined to make the health sector attractive to both residents and non-residents in a way that would provide solutions to health issues and attract investors to the sector.

The commissioner further said that government would not take training and continuous professional development of its health workers for granted, noting that delivery of quality services across the primary, secondary and tertiary tiers of the health sector remained a priority.

  “We will also equip and staff these facilities adequately to ensure that the public are given best services.” According to the commissioner, since Ogun has the best life expectancy in Nigeria, government will not relent in maintaining the status.