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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State presenting a budget proposal[PHOTO CREDIT: @seyiamakinde]

For The Records: Budget Speech: What Makinde said about health, education, others in Oyo

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Wednesday presented a budget proposal of N209 billion (208,802,972,878.00) for 2020 to the Oyo State House of Assembly for approval. Mr Makinde who arrived at the Assembly complex in Ibadan, the state capital, around 11.00 a.m. began the budget presentation around 11.11 a.m.…

Seyi Makinde: Oyo State Governor

21 Ibadan ‘monarchs’ reject out-of-court settlement with state government

The crisis in the Ibadan traditional council took another twist on Thursday when the 21 high chiefs and Baales rejected a court judgement that stripped them of their crowns. The chiefs had been promoted and coronated by the administration of former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, as part of…

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How I killed my father – Suspect

A 32-year-old man, Ibrahim Isiaka, of Alagbaka area of Ashi in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Thursday, narrated how he killed his 72-year-old father, Busari Isiaka. Mr Isiaka was among 40 suspects paraded by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Shina Olukolu, at the command's headquarters in Eleyele,…

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (Seyi Makinde on LinkedIn)

Makinde withdraws crowns from 21 Ibadan ‘kings’ elevated by Ajimobi

The crises between the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Saliu Adetunji, and his High chiefs was put to rest on Tuesday when the state government withdrew their crowns as part of the condition to settle out of court. PREMIUM TIMES recalls that the Olubadan and some of his chiefs, among whom…

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Sultan urges Nigerian Muslims to demand hijab use through legal means

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar, on Sunday enjoined Muslims across the country to always demand their rights, whenever they are being denied, within the ambit of the law. He gave this advice while speaking at the 4th General Assembly of the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), themed…

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KogiDecides: Gunmen reportedly attack Oyo governor’s hotel

The Oyo State government has circulated a statement announcing that a hotel that Governor Seyi Makinde lodged in Lokoja has been attacked. Mr Makinde is the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party's Campaign Council for Kogi State and was in the state in that capacity. According to the statement, the…

Abibat Owolabi

Woman scores University of Ibadan’s Master’s degree ‘perfect’ grade

The daughter of a wood seller who had the best grade among Master's Degree graduates of the University of Ibadan says she wants to be a researcher in botany. Abibat Owolabi emerged on Thursday as the overall best graduating Master’s Degree student at the University of Ibadan. She obtained the…

Adebayo Adelabu

Oyo Governorship Election: Adelabu vows to approach Supreme Court over Appeal Court judgement

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 9 governorship election in Oyo State, Adebayo Adelabu, says he will approach the Supreme Court with his petition against the victory of Governor Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Mr Adelabu was reacting to Monday's judgement of…

Seyi Makinde

Oyo Governorship: Makinde, APC, PDP react to appeal court ruling

The Oyo State chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday argued over an appeal court ruling in favour of the opposition APC but which left Governor Seyi Makinde in office. Mr Makinde also reacted to the ruling, saying he remains the governor…

Seyi Makinde (Photo Credit: Inside Oyo)

Oyo Governorship: Appeal Court rules in favour of APC but leaves Makinde in office

A Court of Appeal in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Monday, upheld the appeal filed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adebayo Adelabu, against Governor Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The court, consequently, set aside the tribunal judgement that nullified the petition…

Police raid ‘torture centre’ in Oyo, free 259

Police officers from the Oyo State Police Command on Monday raided an Islamic school located at Ojoo area of Ibadan, the state capital and freed 259 students who were being maltreated, an official has said. The school is operated by Ismail Olore. The Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu, who led…

Sharafadeen Alli

Ladoja and I have no plans to join APC – Alli

A former governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, and the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in the last governorship election in the state, Sharafadeen Alli, have dismissed speculations in the state that they would be moving into the All Progressives Congress (APC). Mr Ladoja, a ZLP leader, was…

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Inside Oyo’s new anti-open grazing bill where herders risk five years jail term

Anyone who rears or grazes cattle or any other livestock openly in any part of Oyo State now risks at least five years jail term or a fine of N500,000 or both if found guilty of the offence. The punishment attached to open grazing of cattle or any livestock in…

Oyo Assembly chamber

Oyo Assembly passes anti-open grazing bill

The Oyo House of Assembly has passed the anti-open grazing bill. The bill prohibits open grazing in the state and will become law if signed by the governor, Seyi Makinde. Oyo is the latest state to embrace the law following examples by Benue, Ekiti and Edo States. The bill was…

Customs intercept bags of foreign rice

Despite border closure, Nigeria Customs intercepts 1,879 bags of foreign rice, cars in Niger, Kwara states

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday said it has intercepted 1,879 bags of foreign rice illegally smuggled into the country through Niger, Kogi, and Kwara states. The Customs Area Controller in charge of Kogi and Niger states, Yusuf Abba-Kassim, told journalists at a press briefing in Minna, Niger State,…

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Fulani herdsmen threaten legal action against Oyo Assembly over anti-open grazing bill

The public outcry that characterised the anti-open grazing bill at the Oyo State House of Assembly took another dimension Wednesday when Fulani herdsmen in the state vowed to drag the state lawmakers to court over the proposed law. At a meeting in Igangan, an agrarian community in Ibarapa North Local…

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Anti-open grazing bill not to witchhunt Fulani herdsmen- Oyo Assembly

The Oyo State House of Assembly on Monday said the anti-open grazing bill before it is not targeted at Fulani herdsmen or cattle herders in the state. The "Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Bill 2019" has passed second reading at the House of Assembly. It was sponsored by the Speaker…

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SSS arrests six University of Ibadan staff over examination malpractice

The State Security Service (SSS) has arrested six staff of the University of Ibadan Distance Learning Centre for alleged involvement in examination malpractices. PREMIUM TIMES gathered on Monday that the six staff were arrested at the instance of the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Idowu Olayinka. This followed their alleged complicity…

University of Ibadan (UI)

Sex-For-Grades: UI releases hotlines for sexual harassment complaints

The University of Ibadan (UI) on Wednesday published an e-mail address and a telephone number for its students to report cases of sexual harassments and sexual misconduct. The university also said it has set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate such reports emanating from the institution. The Vice-Chancellor, Abel Olayinka,…

Nigeria Police Force

Police arrest NANS officials over alleged misappropriation of funds, sale of bus

The police in Oyo State have arrested the chairman of Joint Campus Committee (JCC) of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in the state, Olujuwon Asubiojo, and the treasurer of the union, Akeem Ajibade, over alleged misappropriation of funds and illegal sale of the association's bus. Police spokesperson in…

University of Ibadan (UI)

Fire razes teaching equipment at University of Ibadan

Teaching equipment at the Faculty of Education of the University of Ibadan, whose value are yet to be determined, was razed by fire on Wednesday. PREMIUM TIMES gathered that firefighters battled for several hours to put out the fire which started around 9 p.m. The university management said the fire…

Oyo Assembly chamber

Robbers raid Oyo House of Assembly complex

Suspected hoodlums have stolen electric cables valued at N500,000.00 from the Oyo State House of Assembly complex, the assembly’s spokesperson, Kemi Ojoawo said on Wednesday. According to the spokesperson, the suspected robbers, broke into the assembly complex last Thursday night and made away with the item. A source told PREMIUM…

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NSCIA Deputy President-General, Sakariyahu Babalola, dies at 85

The Deputy President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Sakariyahu Babalola, is dead. Mr Babalola, a philanthropist, was also the President-General of the Muslim Ummah of Southwest Nigeria (MUSWEN). He was the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Telemobile Nigeria Limited. The native of Ede in Osun State died…

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Kidnapped ASUP chairman, scribe, three others freed

Four workers of the Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo Ora, who were kidnapped on Thursday have been freed. A fifth person who was also kidnapped alongside the officials was also released. The four lecturers of the institution who were kidnapped include the Chairman of the Academic Staff…

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ASUP Chairman, Secretary, three others kidnapped – Police

The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) at the Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology Igbo-Ora, Opadijo Olujide, and four others, have been kidnapped, the police said. PREMIUM TIMES gathered on Friday that Mr Olujide; the Secretary of the union, Gbenga Alayande, and three others were…