NATIONAL NEWS 16-06-2021

HIGHLIGHTS

  • ONDO KINGDOM GETS NEW LOGBOSERE.
  • INEC UNVEILS DATE FOR EKITI, OSUN GOVERNORSHIP ELECTIONS.
  • FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPENS UP ON ADMINISTRATION OF SECOND DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINATION.
  • BABA IJESHA TO REMAIN IN PRISON AS COURT DECLINES BAIL APPLICATION.

LOGBOSERE/INSTALLATION

The Borokini Adini of Ondo Kingdom, Alhaji Chief Abdulrazak Famuditimi, has been installed as the Logbosere of Ondo Kingdom.

The installation, which was held at the Ugha in the Osemawe’s palace in Ondo city, had prominent sons and daughters of the kingdom, who were decked in their different colourful attires in attendance.

Speaking at the installation, the Sasere of Ondo Kingdom, High Chief Olushola Adeduro, described the Logbosere’s title as an important position in the kingdom that is close to the Osemawe and has more than 150 chiefs under it known as Otu Chiefs.

Responding, the new Logbosere, Chief Famuditimi, who could not hold back his joy, appreciated God for witnessing the coronation and as well lauded the Osemawe and his cabinet for counting him worthy for the post, promising to continue in his duties to the community.

INEC/EKITI-OSUN POLLS

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced the dates to conduct the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states.

INEC’s Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who announced this at the meeting of the commission held at its headquarters in Abuja, said the Ekiti state governorship election will hold on Saturday, June 18, 2022, while that of Osun state will hold on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

The INEC boss, therefore, appealed to political parties and aspirants to ensure rancour-free primaries and conduct peaceful electioneering campaigns.

Meanwhile, he disclosed that the commission is preparing to conduct the remaining off-season end of tenure elections ahead of the 2023 general elections.

INEC/POLLING CENTRES

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has disclosed the addition of 56 thousand, 872 more polling units in various parts of the country.

INEC’s Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the disclosure at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, pointing out that the move is in line with the resolve to expand voters’ access to polling units.

While speaking, Yakubu revealed that with the addition, the country now has 176 thousand, 846 full-fledged polling units across states of the country.

He however attributed the establishment of voting points and voting point settlements across the states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to the several unsuccessful attempts to create additional polling units.

FG/COVID-19

The federal government has re-opened administration of the first dose of the Oxford/Astrazeneca covid-19 vaccine in various parts of the country.

Executive director of the national primary health care development agency, NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, gave the hint while fielding questions from reporters in Abuja.

Shuaib therefore urged those who are yet to be vaccinated to visit any nearest vaccination site for first dose of the jab, adding that they would be due to receive their second dose of the jab in 12 weeks.

Meanwhile, he called on all Nigerians who have received their first dose to ensure that they receive the second dose between six and 12 weeks from the date the first dose was taken so as to gain full protection against the covid-19 virus.

FEC/FCT LAND

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, has given approval to the resumption of the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, land swap plan which kick started under the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mohammed Bello, gave the hint while addressing state house correspondents at the end of this week’s virtual council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja.

Bello disclosed that the initiative worth about one trillion naira is designed to resolve infrastructural deficit in the FCT by swapping land with private investors who would in turn provide necessary infrastructure.

The Minister however revealed that some amendments were made to the original form of the initiative by establishing a legal framework to protect all parties.

BABA IJESA/COURT

The Yaba Magistrates’ Court sitting in Lagos state has thrown out the bail application brought before it by the embattled Nollywood Actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, popularly known as Baba Ijesha.

Baba Ijesha, who has been in police custody since April 22, 2021 he was accused of molesting a 14-year-old, was brought to the court earlier today in a black Maria vehicle of the rapid response squad.

Speaking with reporters after the arraignment today, one of the counsel for the suspect, Kayode Olabinran, confirmed that his client sought bail on health grounds but was denied.

He added that the magistrate declined granting his client bail as the directorate of public prosecutions in Lagos had already filed the case at the state high court.

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