Gunmen Abduct Oyo PMS Chairman, Akintola

Some unknown gunmen abducted Alhaji Akeem Akintola, the Oyo State Chairman of Tipper, Lorry, and Quarry Park Management System (PMS) on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Akintola, popularly known as KUSO, was kidnapped at his residence at Ajiboye area, Omi Apata, Ibadan.

A source, who did not want his name published, said the gunmen stormed Akintola’s residence in the early hours of Saturday and abducted him to an unknown destination.

Efforts to reach the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in Oyo State, SP Adewale Osifeso, proved abortive.

Several calls put through to his number were not answered.


Gov Makinde Approves Car Loan For Oyo Primary School Teachers

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has approved a car loan for primary school teachers across all zones in the State.

The development was confirmed in a statement issued on Friday in Ibadan by the Coordinating Director, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Jacob Dairo.

He said the state government approved the car loan as a form of palliative to the teachers. Dairo explained further that the loan would be disbursed to all Oyo primary school teachers in tranches to cushion the effects of the economic crisis.

The public officeholder said Governor Makinde has since warned that there should be no favouritism in the disbursement of the loan.

The coordinating director advised the beneficiaries to use the loan for the intended purpose. The facility, which is to be granted by financial institutions, is to be redeemed within 40 months, he said.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Salihu Abdulwaheed, has expressed readiness to work with all stakeholders in the education sector.

The commissioner gave the assurance when he paid a visit to the Directorate of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board on Thursday, Naija News understands.

Abdulwaheed said the state government would, in due course, recruit more teachers into the basic education sub-sector.

He added that the government would ensure the training of staff for all-round success, according to Dairo.

2023 Elections

BREAKING: Seyi Makinde Wins Oyo Guber Election

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has emerged winner of the governorship election in the state for another term.

The election was conducted in all the 33 local government areas of the state on Saturday.

Makinde who contested on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been declared the winner of the election.

The returning officer in the state, Professor Adebayo Bamire who announced the result of the election, declared that Makinde who is seeking another term in office defeated all other candidates to win the election.

Bamire, the Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, announced that Makinde scored a total of 563,756 votes to defeat all other candidates.

Bamire while speaking announced that the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Teslim Folarin scored 256,685 votes.

The Accord candidate, Adebayo Adelabu scored a total of 38,357 votes.


Islamic Group, MURIC Attacks Oyo Governor, Makinde For Naming Rebuilt Mosque After Self

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has slammed Seyi Makinde, the governor of Oyo State.

MURIC said that Seyi Makinde has no moral right to rename the rebuilt Adogba Central Mosque, which his administration demolished in 2020, after himself.

The MURIC Executive Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, said this in a statement on Saturday.

The group warned Makinde to remove his name from the mosque before next Saturday’s Governorship election.

The statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to the name of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, which has been conspicuously printed on the newly rebuilt Adogba

Central Mosque, Iwo Road, Ibadan. It’s an insult to the corporate dignity of the Muslim community of Oyo State, in particular, and the entire Muslim Ummah in Nigeria.

“Makinde has no moral right to name the mosque after himself because it was a replacement of the original mosque, which was demolished by him.

“MURIC advised the governor to effect the change before the gubernatorial election on Saturday to avoid a protest vote. It doesn’t belong to him. It’s an attempt to rewrite history.”


Presidential Polls: I Stood For Justice And Equity – Gov Makinde Reveals Why Tinubu Won In Oyo

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has disclosed why the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu won the state during the polls.

The governor expressed happiness to be part of the process that “redrew the electoral map of Nigeria.”

Makinde, who spoke on Saturday when he was featured on Splash FM’s State Affairs with Desmond Obilo, said he stood for equity and fairness.

Tinubu polled 449,884 votes to defeat Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party who polled 182,977 votes in Oyo.

“I supported fairness, justice and equity. I supported a united Nigeria, a Nigeria that gives opportunity to every part of this country
,” Makinde said.

When he was told that he delivered his ward to Tinubu, Makinde said, “He (Tinubu) defeated me out there. How do you deliver your ward?”

He said democracy was about people expressing themselves through the ballot, saying a lot of people in Oyo voted who they wanted. “That is what they decide to do.”

“You know, you allow people to express themselves. A lot of our people, that is what they decided to do. They decided that, look, we want after eight years of presidency in the North, they want it to come to the South and this place being South-West, one of theirs was a candidate, so they supported one of their own.”

The governor says when one goes into a contest, he or she has to situate things appropriately, adding, “We had a survey before that election; we knew that a lot of our people are agitating for a country where there is fairness, equity and justice. I pointed it out to our party.”

“I am glad that I am a part of a process that redrew the electoral map of Nigeria. That arrogance, I believe with the result of last Saturday’s election, is basically behind us. Now we know that people will have to seek alignment. If you want to rule this country, you are not just going to say oh, because I am from a certain part of this country, then that is the only qualification I require to rule this country. Now, you have to build bridges, reach out to others.”


Seyi Makinde provides free buses in Oyo state.

Seyi Makinde, the governor of Oyo State, has announced the deployment of free Omituntun transport buses to alleviate the state’s people’s suffering from the twin crises of the naira and fuel scarcity that have befallen Nigerians in recent weeks.

Governor Seyi Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde, who announced this in a statewide broadcast aired on the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), said that the state government was ready to do whatever it can to alleviate the suffering of the masses.

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The governor, who frowned at the resort to violent protests by some residents of Ibadan earlier on Friday, said that while citizens are free to express their feelings peacefully, the government would not condone any resort to violence.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor also put all the security agencies operating in the state on high alert to avert any breakdown of law and order.

The statement also quoted the governor as urging the people to ensure they use their Permanent Voters Cards to usher in a responsible government in the forthcoming general election, adding that resorting to violence breeds other problems.

According to him, the Omituntun Mass Transit Buses would be deployed to more routes within the state for free, in order to ameliorate the suffering of the people.

The governor also said that the state was also working with Chairmen of local governments to provide immediate palliatives for the vulnerable people in order to alleviate the hardships that the twin scarcity of naira and fuel have brought upon them.

He urged all law-abiding citizens and residents of the state to go about their lawful activities peacefully.

The governor said: “My Dear Good People of Oyo State. I am addressing you today because of the prevailing conditions in our state and country that have led to protests and riots, especially in Ibadan.

“First, let me say that I understand the need for these protests. When citizens get pushed to the wall, there is only so much that they can take. “The continuous fuel scarcity and the scarcity of the naira have led to slow economic activities. I must repeat, I understand, and I feel your pain.

“I have always maintained that peaceful protests are fine. When things are not going how we want them to go, we have a right and even a responsibility to protest.

“Let me also state that while we are protesting, we must remember how easily a peaceful protest can turn violent and lead to the loss of lives and property.

The violence that erupted in parts of Ibadan today (Friday) is condemnable and will not be tolerated.

“In response to this, I have suspended all campaign activities forthwith. I have also met with the heads of security agencies in Oyo State to restore calm and maintain the peace in our dear state.

“Violence cannot and will not solve our problems, it only creates new ones. We have another opportunity in a few weeks to move this country in a new direction. Use your PVC, not violence.

“We must not allow elements within us who have other motives to take advantage of peaceful protests to perpetrate evil or push their agendas.

“I urge all law-abiding citizens and residents of the state to go about their lawful activities. All our security agencies are on high alert and so, peaceful residents of the state have no cause to fear.

“As a palliative measure, I have directed that the Omituntun Mass Transit Buses should be deployed to more routes within the state for free. “We are also working with Local Government Chairmen to see what immediate palliatives we can make available to the most vulnerable amongst us to alleviate the hardships that the twin scarcity of fuel and the naira have brought upon our people.

“Once again, we have another opportunity to put an end to oppressive systems and that is through the ballot. For now, I urge everyone to remain calm as we are doing our best to mitigate the hardships.”


Justice Iyabo Yerima is sworn in as acting Chief Judge of Oyo by Seyi Makinde.

On Monday, Oyo State Governor Engr Seyi Makinde swore in Justice Iyabo Yerima as the state’s Acting Chief Judge.

Gov Seyi Makinde and Chief Judge Justice Iyabo Yerima

The swearing-in of the new acting Chief Judge, Justice Yerima, became necessary just a few days after Justice Muntar Abimbola stepped down with great honors.

Governor Makinde stated during the ceremony held at the Executive Chamber, Secretariat, Ibadan, that his administration will provide her with the necessary support to carry out her duties diligently.

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The governor, on the other hand, expressed confidence in the new Acting Chief Judge’s ability to steer the ship of the state’s judiciary.

He added that his administration will continue to work with all other arms of government to ensure the system that the people of Oyo State will be proud of.

He explained that when re-elected under Omituntun 2.0, his administration will even do more to reduce the infrastructure deficit of the Judiciary and complete the work of modernising the arm of government.

Chief Judge Justice Iyabo Yerima
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Soun of Ogbomosho, Jimoh Oyewumi dead at 95 years after 48 years on the throne

The 20th Soun of Ogbomosho in Oyo state, Jimoh Oyewumi reportedly joined his ancestors in the early hours of Sunday aged 95 years.

Jimoh Oyewunmi soun of ogbomosh
Jimoh Oyewunmi soun of ogbomosh

Palace sources told the News agency of Nigeria that mourners have arrived at the palace to pay tribute to the late King and mourn the passing of the monarch who ascended the throne in 1973.

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Over 60 people fined by Oyo state tribunal for disobeying environmental sanitation rules in the state

The Oyo state Environmental Tribunal court fined over 60 individuals for various sanitation offences during the general environmental sanitation held across the state on Saturday November 2021.

oyo state
oyo state

The offenders were allegedly caught disobeying the state sanitation laws particularly around Bodija, Iwo-road, Beere, Sapati, Elewi-Odo, Ojoo, Gate, Oke-bola, and other locations in Ibadan and they have all been fined according to the environmental sanitation and waste management laws of the state, according to Magistrate Raheem Wasiu.

The violators were charged for a fine of between #5,000 and #25,000 for their offences.