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Death of OAU student in hotel: Culprits must face full wrath of law – MURIC

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The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has said that those behind the death of Adegoke Timothy Oludare, a postgraduate student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, must face the full wrath of the law.

MURIC also appealed to members of the public to remain calm and to desist from undue speculations capable of making them jump to conclusions.

The appeal came in the wake of the death of Adegoke, a student of the institution’s Executive Master in Business Administration (MBA) programme in a hotel in Ile Ife.

The director of the human rights organisation, Professor Ishaq Akintola made the appeal in a statement on Saturday.

The statement read: “MURIC has come across two audio messages containing passionate appeals made by the owner of a hotel, Dr. Raymond (Rahman) Adedoyin and his wife, Chief Mrs. Iyabo Adedoyin, the Yeyemaye of Ile Ife. The couple appealed to members of the public, particularly the people of Ile Ife, to give them the chance to prove their innocence.

“The passionate appeals struck a chord in us, and we decided to join them in appealing to the good people of Ile Ife and its environs in particular and to Nigerians in general. The concern of the Muslim Rights Concern is humanity, the milk of kindness that flows from the breasts of caring mothers, as well as our love for justice and fair play. We are deeply worried that the innocent may suffer unduly. We are motivated by social responsibility.

“We appeal to the people of Ile Ife, in particular, to ponder over the popular Yoruba proverb which says, ‘Though several heads are cut off at the shrine, many of them belong to the innocent’ (Ori yeye ni mogun, ti alaise lo po). This is why nobody should jump to conclusions.

“We have faith in the Nigeria police. They have unearthed many crimes in the past and they will crack this too. We, therefore, appeal to all and sundry to allow the police to do their work. Justice will be served and there will be no cover up. It is a dastardly crime and those behind it must face the full wrath of the law. At least civil society groups like MURIC are already monitoring the case. We also call on elders and other stakeholders to continue to calm frayed nerves, particularly among the youth.

“Both the Islamic and Christian scriptures teach us to investigate all matters until we find the truth instead of rushing to judge (Glorious Qur’an 49:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; Deuteronomy 13:14). It, therefore, behoves all of us to wait patiently until the police finish their findings.

“MURIC appeals to the Osun Police Command to handle this case with utmost diligence and professionalism. Blackstone’s ratio 10:1 in criminal law affirms that it is better for ten criminals to go scot-free than for a single innocent person to suffer unduly.

“We commiserate with the bereaved family and pray that Allah will grant them the fortitude to bear the loss. We equally remember the Adedoyin family and the families of the hotel staff who are presently in distress. We share your fears and worries in this moment of trial. We charge you to be strong and to have faith. The Supreme Creator is merely testing you (Glorious Qur’an 2:155; 29:2-3; Deuteronomy 8:2; Job 13:9). This cup shall pass.

“MURIC calls on Nigerians to pray for the suspects and members of their families because only Allah knows what really transpired at this moment. It can happen to anybody. Pray that you are not at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Recall that Adegoke was reported missing on November 7, 2021.

The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, had described as unfortunate the death of Adegoke.

The Osun Command of the Nigeria Police had disclosed that Adegoke, who was declared missing on November 7, was dead and his corpse had been found.

The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, did not, however, disclose how he died or where his corpse was found but explained that it was working hard to unravel the circumstances surrounding his death.

Six persons have, however, been arrested in connection with the case while an investigation is ongoing.

Adegoke was an Abuja-based student who travelled to Ife on November 5 to sit for an examination at the school’s Distance Learning Centre in Moro, Osun State.

He was declared missing two days later when friends and family members could neither reach his phone line nor find him at the exam venue.

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Group advises politicians above 60 not to contest in 2023 election

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The leadership of the Concerned Northern Forum (CNF) has appealed to Nigerian politicians over 60 years of age to stay away from the 2023 presidency.

Spokesman of the forum, Comrade Abdulsalam Moh’d Kazeem, in a statement noted, “In Nigeria today, our civil service (rules) will not retain any individual above 60 years of age no matter his/her experience and value the said distinguished/accomplished individual will add to our system, this is enshrined in law.”

The statement explained that most renowned civil servants with an outstanding history of bravery, accountability, transparency, and fairness in service can later be engaged by the federal, state, or local government either as consultants, advisors, or committee members to help formulate and restructure policies that would bring about efficiency, and effectiveness in service delivery.

In developed nations, the forum noted that people of such age and experience are mostly engaged in charitable activities, free consultancy services, and all forms of selfless services to their nation and populace.

It lamented that in developing nations, the people in the age group are actively involved in all forms of forgeries, desperate moves in aspiring for the presidency to which they have no value to add, their aspiration for such office is wrongly motivated.

“Most of Nigeria’s political elites sources of wealth/ ideology is questionable, their state of health is unknown, primary, secondary and university/polytechnic attended is unknown while their age, name, parents and even state of origin are disputed,” the forum lamented.

According to the statement, research carried out by CNF proves that most of the country’s political elites inclinations to be Nigeria’s president are for reasons not beyond lust for power and affluence, with no blueprint on how to tackle the enormous challenges bedeviling us as a nation.

It observed that the time has come for Nigerians to give their mandate to candidates below 60 years, with good manifestos, stressing that the political will to help address the immediate, short term and long term problems that have made Nigeria the poverty headquarters of the world despite its population and abundant resources, which ordinarily should be advantageous to the country at any rate.

The forum noted that the country is faced with brain drain due to the effect of poor leadership caused by the so-called “Landlords of Nigeria” that sees nothing good in developing the nation but developing themselves at the detriment of over 200 million people.

According to the forum, “The time is now and 2023 Presidency for us should be based on an Individual’s personal competence, health status, integrity, and credibility will determine his marketability and electability”.

The group explained that it can not allow the recycling of old politicians who have been instrumental to the enormous problems facing the country from 1999 till date to still come and lead the country to more uncertainty, alleging that their achievements are looting, corruption, among others.

It called on progressive youths to take advantage of the not too young to rule to participate actively, not only in social media, since no polling unit exist here, rather they should help mobilize and sensitive their fellow youths on how to get permanent voters card, become a member of a particular political party, aspire for political offices, and equally encourage others with leadership potential with either finance, free consultancy services or soft words of encouragement, which will demonstrate that we are ready to lead our nation too.

“We are the trustees of this nation and the epoch of being spectators is over, we have to participate actively because available records show that out of the over 84 million registered voters, the youth represent over 51% and our nation with a fast-growing population of over 200 million, with more than 60% of the people under 25 years of age, we can and the time is now to unerring our past and have a nation that can stand tall among the comity of great nations against all we presently witness today,” the forum explained.

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Billionaire kidnapper Evans’s co-defendant dies in prison

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Chiemeka Arinze, one of the co-defendants in the alleged kidnap of trial of Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, has died in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service.

Recall that Arinze was charged alongside, Evans, Joseph Emeka, and Udeme Upong with the attempted kidnap of Chief Vincent Obianodo, the Chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors.

They were arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court.

They were also charged with murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kidnap and sale and transfer of firearms.

According to his death certificate obtained by NAN on Monday, Arinze passed away at 9.08 pm on Nov. 26 as a result of cardiopulmonary arrest.

The death certificate which was issued by Ajeromi General Hospital, Ajegunle, signed by Dr. B.E Salisu indicated that the deceased, who died at the age of 45, was also suffering from complicated Advanced HIV.

According to officials of the correctional facilities who spoke under anonymity, Arinze, who was battling ill health, was rushed from the hospital of the Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Center to a General Hospital on Friday where he passed away, NAN reports.

As at the time of the filing of this report, the counsel to Arinze, Mr Ogedi Ogu is in court for the hearing of the kidnapping case which is slated for hearing.

He disclosed to NAN that he intends to inform the court of Arinze’s demise and apply to withdraw from the case

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Reduce cost of governance instead of planned oil subsidy removal – Muslim journalists tell FG

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Muslim journalists on the platform of Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) have advised the Federal Government to reduce the cost of governance instead of the planned subsidy removal.

DAILY POST recalls that the Federal Government had a few days ago announced its plan to remove subsidy on petroleum products.

But, MMPN in its reaction has advised the government to shelve the idea of oil subsidy removal.

The Oyo State chapter of the association, in a communique issued at the end of its monthly meeting held in Ibadan on Sunday, insisted that the government should reduce the cost of governance in order to save money to embark on developmental projects.

In the communique made available to DAILY POST on Monday through its Chairman, Alhaji Ridwan Fasasi, MMPN enjoined the government not to remove oil subsidy because such a move will lead to an increase in prices of fuel and other essential commodities.

The association revealed that the removal of subsidy at this time will inflict more suffering on the majority of the Nigerian masses.

It appealed to the committee set up by the Federal Government on fuel subsidy to advise the government to look for other options such as reduction in the cost of governance at all levels by 70 percent.

“The reduction in the cost of governance will help to save more money as the Association believes that the cost of governance in the country is too high compared to the developed world,” it said.

The association while reviewing recent happenings in the journalism profession in the state, advised media professionals to uphold the responsibility of being the watchdog of the society by avoiding practices that could lead to derailment from its journalistic ethos.

It condemned the crisis that characterised the October Correspondents’ chapel election and the recently held NAWOJ election in the state.

“The charade that led to the NUJ National election, the brouhaha that characterized NUJ, Oyo State Correspondent Chapel election and the recent State NAWOJ election where two factions are claiming leadership of the union is a show of shame which have soiled the watchdog responsibility of the media as well as its role model functions.

“MMPN warns civil and public servants against being overzealous in implementing government circulars or taking steps that could lead to denial or infringement on Muslims fundamental human rights,” it added.

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