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Breaking: 17 Feared Dead In Benue Links Bus Crash




All but one passenger in an 18-seater bus belonging to Benue Links were feared dead when the bus had a head on collision with a truck along the Akwanga-Makurdi road,

An eye witness told DAILY ASSET that the bus left Abuja Sunday evening to Makurdi before the incident occurred at the Sharp Bend along the Akwanga section of the road.

The trailer was said to have pushed the bus to a ditch leading to the death of 17 passengers on board. One passenger, a woman who could not be immediately identified was the only survivor, the source said.

The bodies of the deceased passengers were still unclaimed at press time, the source further informed.

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Buhari Pays Tribute to Elder Statesman, ex-NEPU Admin Sec. MK Ahmed




President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the passing of MK Ahmed,  elder statesman and former National Administrative Secretary of the defunct Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU).

In a condolence message issued by his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, on Tuesday in Abuja, Buhari commiserated with the family of the deceased.

The president paid tribute to ”a man celebrated for his numerous contributions to political development in Northern Nigeria and the country at large, as well as service to his fatherland.

Late Ahmed, a disciple of the iconic Malam Aminu Kano, was the pioneer head of Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Association of Nigeria, now  National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

The president noted that Ahmed demonstrated the moral uprightness, social justice and deep passion for the welfare of the downtrodden, associated with the late founder and leader of NEPU.

He recalled that in recognition of his services to the country in the public and private sectors, the late Sarkin Yakin Lakwaja was awarded the national honour of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) in 2013.

While affirming that Ahmed’s legacy will be remembered by many generations to come, Buhari prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed and comfort for all mourning the elder statesman. (NAN)

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Adeleke Issues Orders, Sacks Three Osun Monarchs, 12,000 Workers




Barely one day in office, Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke, yesterday issued six executive orders reversing appointments made by immediate past Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, including appointments of workers and installation of traditional rulers.

This was contained in a statement issued in Osogbo by his Spokesperson, Malam Olawale Rasheed.

The governor signed the executive orders yesterday, including an order freezing all the State Government accounts in all banks and other financial institutions.

“The six executive orders, according to the statement are to take immediate effect.

“The orders cover chieftaincy matters, appointments issues, setting up of review panel, staff audit and employment matters,” he said.

Others he said are for the immediate freezing of all the state government accounts in all banks and other financial institutions, order on Staff Audit – All Heads of Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Commissions, Boards and Parastatals of Osun State Government are directed to carry out immediate staff audit of the actual number of workers in their establishments as at July 17, 2022.

The governor said all heads of agencies and parastatals are to file a report to the Office of the Chief of Staff to the Governor stating the full details and position/designation of each of the staff on the forwarded list, within seven working days from the date of the Executive order, using the Oath of Fidelity Template.

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The governor also nullified all employments in the service of Osun State Government made in any capacity into any capacity in all the Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Commissions, Boards and Parastatals after July 17.

The governor also said all appointments in the service of Osun State Government made in any capacity into any capacity in all the Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Commissions, Boards and Parastatals after July 17, 2022 be and are reversed.

The governor further said all appointments of traditional rulers made by Osun State Government after July 17, 2022, to be reviewed to ensure there was strict compliance with due process of chieftaincy declarations and native law, custom and tradition relating to such chieftaincies.

“In the case of Ikirun, Iree and Igbajo, to avoid further breakdown of law and order, the appointments of Akinrun of Ikinrun, Aree of Ire and Owa of Igbajo are hereby put on hold pending review.

“Subsequently, the palaces of Akinrun of Ikirun, Aree of Iree and Owa of Igbajo should remain unoccupied, while security agencies are hereby ordered to take charge,” he said.

The governor said in line with the executive orders two, three, four and five, the state government has ordered the setting-up of review committees on Staff audit/appointments/promotions, State assets inventory and recovery, Contractors/MoUs/agreements and Chieftaincy matters/appointments of traditional rulers.

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Secretary to Osun State Government, Tesleem Igbalaye, in a statement also announced the suspension of the chairman of the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), Mr. Segun Oladitan and its members.

Others are: Yusuf Oyeniran, Suibat Adubi, Prince Yinka Ajiboye, Abosede Omibeku, Dosu Gidigbi, and Wahab Adewoyin. (NAN)

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Homosexual Allegedly Rapes 5-year-old Boy to Death in Ogun




The Police Command in Ogun says it has arrested a 36-year-old suspected, Sikiru Ajibola, who allegedly raped 5-year-old boy to death in Ogijo area of Sagamu local government.

SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), disclosed this in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Saturday.

Oyeyemi explained that the suspect was arrested on Friday following a report lodged at Ogijo divisional headquarters by the CDA Chairman of Olorunwa Arogbeja Ogijo.

Oyeyemi said that the chairman had reported that one of the community members informed him that the suspect had unlawful carnal knowledge of the boy, consequence upon which the innocent boy died in the process.

The PPRO added that upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Ogijo division, Enatufe Omoh, quickly detailed his detectives to the scene, where the suspect was promptly arrested.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed engaging in homosexuality and that while he was having sex with the deceased boy, he died.

“He confessed further that he quickly dug a shallow grave in a nearby bush, where he hurriedly buried the boy.

“He has also taken policemen to where the deceased was buried,” Oyeyemi said.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Lanre Bankole ordered the immediate transfer of the case to Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Departments for further investigation and diligent prosecution.(NAN)

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