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Insecurity: Christians stage peaceful protest in Ondo

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At the  Okitipupa Local Government area of Ondo State, Christians, on Sunday, staged a peaceful protest against security breaches and incessant killings in the country.

Newsmen report that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) had, last week, directed all Christians to protest the killings and shedding of bloods in the country.

The Christians, in their large numbers at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Holiness Cathedral, Ondo Province Five, sang solidarity songs.

They also carried placards with various inscriptions, such as “We say No to terrorism”, “Stop the killings of Christians”, “Every soul matters to God”, “Share no more blood, it cries to God”, “God hurts when His creatures hurt”, and “All souls are precious to God”.

They urged President Muhammadu Buhari to rise up to the security breaches, describing him as the president of all Nigerians.

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They said that Nigeria was not a country of one religion but a country that belongs to Christians, Muslims, people of other faiths and, indeed, all the indigenes residing in the country.

They also said that the blood-letting in the country was much, demanding that the killings must stop.

Pastor Johnson Umoren, the Provincial Pastor, RCCG, Province Five, said that the protest was aimed at passing a message to the leadership of the country that Christians could no longer bear the incessant killings.

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He said that the country belonged to everybody residing in it, adding that Nigerians should learn to live in peace.

“The killings are getting too much, especially killing of Christians in the Northern part of the country.

“We say no to shedding of innocent blood; this protest is to send a message to President Buhari and the international community that the blood shedding must stop,” he said.

One of the protesters, who represented the women, Mrs Flora Amehim, also said that the killings and raping of women must stop.

“This country belongs to all of us and we must live together in love and unity; we can no longer tolerate the killings and raping of women; this must stop now,” she said.

Mr Dayo Oyekan, a youth leader, also said that the youths were tired of being wiped out by the terrorists through incessant killings.

“We are being pushed to the wall gradually with all these killings; we want the killings to stop so that the government does not invoke the wrath of the youth,” he said.

 

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Makinde begins reconstruction of Akesan market

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Governor Seyi Makinde

Seven months after it was razed, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Wednesday flagged off the reconstruction of an ultra-modern Akesan market complex, Oyo Town.

The over 400 years old ancient market was engulfed in a fire accident which led to the loss of goods and valuables to the tune of hundreds of millions on January 5.

The reconstruction of the market which is put at a total cost of N781.7million will have 520 lock-up shops, 168 open stalls, administrative block, warehouses, cold room storage facilities, clinic, police post, toilets and portable water among others.

Speaking at the ceremony which held on the market ground, Governor Makinde said the fund to complete the project is readily available and needs not be sourced from borrowings.

He assured that, when completed, the new structure will never be grounded by any fire incident again, and if fire breaks out at all, it will never be as devastating as the last one.

According to Makinde, many safety fire precautions and safety measures have been factored into the new structure, adding that new firefighting trucks have been procured to serve the market and the immediate community.

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Makinde said:

“On January 8, 2020, when we visited Oja Akesan, Oyo Town to assess the damage caused by the shocking fire outbreak, I commiserated with traders who lost goods in the fire. I remember that I told them that I was taking full responsibility for the failure of the fire service to contain the fire. And that we would rebuild this market and compensate them for their loss.

“We were able to provide our widow’s mite as a government to support the people who lost their livelihoods here and had to start again. We also replaced the fire truck at the Akesan Fire station. So, we can go to bed and sleep with our two eyes closed knowing that should there be a fire here or anywhere else around here, the fire service will have no excuse to prevent them from doing their job.

“And so, we are here today to fulfill the second part of that promise, to officially flag off the rebuilding of Ojoba. Our people say, “Ile oba t’o jo, ewa lo busi.” In a literal way, Ojoba was razed but it will be raised to be of greater glory than it was before. That is why we have taken time to redesign the market.

“You must already know that this market had been in existence for 400 years and no one in recent history could have anticipated that something like this would happen. What that means is that no one even planned for a fire. So, one of the things we are doing now is to put things in place to make sure that should there be a fire in the future it will not be as devastating as this last one was.

“The reconstruction will cost N781, 761, 820. 15k and the stores will be allocated to the original owners. The first phase of reconstruction will take six months and the second phase will take two months. The contractor, who is from Oyo Town, has assured us that in less than one year the market will be complete and ready and we pray that we never experienced anything like the January 5th fire ever again.”

In his royal remarks, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi thanked the Governor for the support to the people who lost their goods and valuables to the fire incident.

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While urging the contractor handling the project to ensure that the quality of materials quoted in rebuilding the market is deployed for use, the first-class monarch urged the market and shop owners to ensure they are safety conscious in their trading activities when reallocated.

The Caretaker Chairman, Oyo East local government, Prince Arowasaye Adeyemi (Arosad) said fire resistant materials that will be used in its construction will have a fire pump and water hoses connected in all the building s with a dedicated underground fire hydrant tank.

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He added that the reconstruction will take a high priority on the safety and protection of properties, an indication of the uttermost importance the Governor has placed on the project.

Oyo Deputy Governor, Mr Rauf Olaniyan, the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubanwo Adeosun, Chief of Staff to Governor Makinde, Chief Bisi Ilaka, other top government functionaries, traders, traditional rulers, community leaders among others attended the event.

 

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Man pens emotional tribute to his deceased dog

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A Nigerian man identified as Andre Tha Mage on the micro-blogging platform, Twitter, has mourned his dog Douglas Brown in a heartwarming way.

This comes as little or no surprise as, a dog they say, is man’s best friend.

When a close friend passes on, it is only right that last respects are paid in honour of the dead, which is what has been done in the case of Andre Tha Mage and his dog friend.

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In a tweet he made on Saturday, August 1, Andre revealed that Brown had taken ill.

However, days later, he said that the dog finally passed away, adding that death brought an end to their “8 years of friendship and loyalty”.

Andre thanked his late pet for being an excellent listener to issues he couldn’t tell anyone else other than his furry friend. While penning an emotional tribute, the dog lover added that he would also not forget the bite scars Brown gave him as he said that his love for the dog is forever.

“Thank you for the 8 years of friendship and loyalty, thanks for listening to me when I couldn’t express myself to anyone, I won’t forget the scars from your bite as well, love you forever buddyPleading face❤

RIP Douglas Brown 2012 – 2020.” he wrote.

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JUST IN: Governing Council sack UNILAG Vice Chancellor

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The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Olawatoyin Ogundipe, has been sacked by the governing council of the institution.

His removal was announced during a meeting of the Governing Council of the institution which held at the National Universities Commission (NUC) building in Abuja today.

Seven members voted for the removal of Ogundipe (UNILAG Vice-Chancellor) while four voted against. One of the members voted that he should rather be placed on suspension.

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The meeting was presided over by its Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr Wale Babalakin (SAN).

Recall that the council chairman, Babalakin and the UNILAG Vice-Chancellor, Prof Toyin Ogundipe, have been at loggerheads over some issues relating to the running of the school.

The face-off led to the last-minute suspension of this year’s graduation ceremonies of the school.

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Based on the development, ASUU, UNILAG chapter under the leadership of Dr Dele Ashiru, held a Congress where Babalakin was declared unwelcomed on campus.

When the Council attempted to hold a meeting a few weeks ago, ASUU also fixed its congress for the foyer of the Council Chambers and the Council called off it’s meeting due to that.

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As a fallout of the matter, four senior professors in the school including Prof. Lai Olurode issued a statement lambasting ASUU’s stance and saying that the action amounted to overzealousness on the part of the union.

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