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Herdsmen attack: Akeredolu vows to deal with criminals

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The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), on Sunday, visited the Omolege community in Ute, Ose Local Government Area of the state where some gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen carried out an attack, killing people.

The attackers stormed the community.on Thursday evening, killed three people and razed down buildings in the community overnight while the residents ran for their lives. The community’s head was said to be among those killed.

Akeredolu, who commiserated with the people of the community over the death of their loved ones, particularly the community head, vowed to deal with the perpetrators of the dastardly act, saying concerted efforts would be made to forestall future occurrence of such in the state.

The governor visited the scene of the incident in company of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Oyediran Oyeyemi, the Commander of the Amotekun Corps, Akogun Tunji Adeleye, and some members of the state executive council.

Addressing the people, Akeredolu said, “I commiserate with you on the death of your loved ones. May their souls rest in peace. No government will be happy with this kind of development.

“But you have to be prepared. These herdsmen are becoming too problematic. We are not sleeping. You can see police and Amotekun here. With this one they have done, we will ensure that it is their last evil act here.

“Those behind this are criminals. Those supporting them are all criminals too. Anyone who commits crime will answer for it. The police and Amotekun with other security agencies will set out and bring them to justice. We will treat them like criminals.

“Both the police and Amotekun have briefed me that they were being shot at. But for their boldness and courage, the criminals would have overwhelmed them.

“I want to assure you, don’t be scared. We are still on their track. They have ran to Edo now. But for the houses that were razed down, government will bring relieve materials. We will rebuild the ones that were razed completely.”

Earlier, the monarch of Uteland, Chief Felix Olabode, lamented the incessant attack of the herdsmen on his people, calling on the government to come to their aids.

He said, ”I was home when we heard that some gunmen came and killed people here. We came here immediately and we met a dead body. These buildings had not been razed.

“When we alerted the police, the DPO came and we didn’t know that those people were still around. Not less than 30 minutes after the police evacuated the dead bodies, the gunmen came back and razed these buildings down.

“They always use guns to scare people away here and then bring their cows to graze on people’s farm and drink water. When they are leaving too, they also use guns to scare people away and leave. We have seen the level of damage here. People have left the community. We are begging the government to come to our rescue.”

Similarly, the Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress in the area, Mr Folorunso Olofe, narrated that the herdsmen were more than 50 that attack the community with AK-47 guns.

“This has been happening for long. They are always coming with AK-47, they were more than 50. One Amotekun officer was hit with a bullet during the attack. They came and killed the Baale. The police came and evacuated the dead bodies and not up to fifteen minutes, they came back and razed down this place,” Olofe narrated.

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Alumni of Osun schools pump in N2Billion: Governor Oyetola

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By Dorcas Elusogbon/Ile-Ife

Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun said his administration has attracted over N2 billion in alumni contributions across the state since the review of education policy.

Oyetola, who was represented by Folorunso Oladoyin, Commissioner for Education, made the disclosure on Saturday at the 60th anniversary of St. John’s Grammar School, Ile-Ife.

The event was organised by the Old Students Association at the school playing ground.Some alumni of St. John’s Grammar School Ile-Ife

“Since the reform of education policy that we carried out, we have attracted over N2 billion intervention fund from old students across the state.

“We thank you for your quick intervention in the structural renewal of your school infrastructures.

“We are immensely grateful that you heeded our call for a partnership between the government and all stakeholders in the education sector to move education to the next level.

“Our vision is to deliver 21st-century education that will make our student to be globally competitive, we realise that the four legs on which education stands like a table must corporate and work together.

“I agree with the Lord bishop on the level of rot in public education, it has been cumulative over the years and the improvement will not be a sudden flight, it will be gradual steps.

” We have introduced policies that are impacting education which will attract public schools to the middle and upper class,” he said.

The Chairman of Organising Committee of the Anniversary, Mr Gbenga Adefaye, said the association was not happy with the way the past administration practically destroyed education by centralising schools in Osun.

Adefaye, however, commended the governor for restoring the name, uniform and collaborated with stakeholders to transform the school.

In his benediction, Bishop of Osogbo Diocese, Catholic Church, Lord Bishop John Oyejola, charged government to revamp public education for the sake of the common man since politicians no longer send their children to public schools.

”We went to public school and we had quality education. Today, those in government do not send their children to public schools, but missionary or private schools.

“It is unfortunate that the Europeans came and planned a good future for us, but we cannot replicate same for our children.

“We must rise for the youths. The building built by government are already dilapidated while those built by missionary still stand. We must learn to begin to do the right thing for the benefit of the youths,” he said.

Also, Sen. Babajide Omoworare, Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly (Senate) to President Muhammadu Buhari, said that SJOBA has set the pace by contributing to restore the lost glory of the school.

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Jonathan to deliver keynote speech at Bayelsa education summit

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President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to deliver a keynote address at the Bayelsa education summit scheduled to hold from February 7 to 10, 2022.

The state government said the three-day summit in Yenagoa, the state capital, with the theme, ‘Optimising the delivery, performance and sustainability of outcomes in the education sector of Bayelsa State,’ was aimed at repositioning the education sector.

The Commissioner for Education, Gentle Emelah, said it had become necessary for the state to shift its focus to technical and vocational education and training, science, technology, engineering and mathematics and other modern approaches at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

The shift in focus, according to the commissioner, would enable the state government to ensure the provision and sustenance of the quality of education that meets global standards.

Emelah further said, “We have contacted and received the acceptance of very important and knowledgeable persons, institutions and organisations to both speak, attend and share useful strategies with the state on the development of our education sector. Notably, Dr Goodluck Jonathan GCFR, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, shall present the keynote address.”

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Edo vigilantes arrests three for trafficking 28 victims from South-East to South-West

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A team of local vigilantes in Benin City, the Edo State capital, has rescued 28 victims of human trafficking.

The Coordinator of the state Community Vigilante Security Network, Oboh Otoide, disclosed this while addressing journalists in Benin City on Saturday. He said the victims, who were between the ages of 13 and 17, were rescued during a stop-and-search operation by his men.

Otoide stated, “The victims were rescued by our men around 2am on Tuesday along the Akpakpava Road in Benin City. Three suspects, including two drivers conveying the victims to their destinations, were arrested during the operation and handed over to the Department of State Services for further investigation.

“Our preliminary investigations revealed that the victims were being moved from the South-East, en route from Edo State, to the southwestern part of the country.”

Otoide said in another operation, officials of the group arrested a man, who was robbing residents of their personal belongings while pretending to be insane, adding, “The man, who identified himself as Olatunji, was arrested around the Baptist Church on Ring Road, Benin City, and has been handed over to the Nigeria Police Force. Among the items recovered from the suspects are ATM cards belonging to victims of his criminal acts.” He said the ESCVSN was working with other security agencies to secure the state.

The coordinator urged residents to report criminal activities to the group’s central base control room through 09153333340 and 09153333341.

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