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Kidnapped twin children of Islamic cleric Akewugbagold released

The twin children of an Ibadan-based Islamic cleric, Taofeek Akewugbadold, have been freed by their abductors. PREMIUM TIMES gathered on Sunday that the twins, a male and female, were released to the cleric at a bush path in the early hours of Sunday. The children were kidnapped at gunpoint at…

Seyi Makinde, Oyo State Governor [PHOTO CREDIT: @seyiamakinde]

COVID-19: Makinde slashes salaries of senior political appointees

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Friday announced a slash of the salaries of all his senior political appointees by 50 per cent. He said that was their contribution to the fight against COVID-19 in the state. Mr Makinde said the cut takes immediate effect. He disclosed this while…

Some bags of the controversial rice in Oyo

Customs reject 1,800 ‘contaminated’ bags of rice from Oyo officials [PHOTOS]

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has denied Oyo State government an opportunity to return the 1,800 bags of rice the state claimed were not fit for human consumption. Both Oyo government and the Oyo/Osun Command of NCS have been trading blame since last Friday over the bags of rice customs…

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COVID-19: Three Togolese arrested after illegally entering Nigeria

Three Togolese were on Wednesday arrested in Iseyin town in Oyo State, after allegedly bribing their way into Nigeria amidst the coronavirus lockdown, security operatives and sources have said. The trio according to an indigene of Iseyin who begged not to be named, entered Nigeria through Saki town, though the…

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Cleric pleads for release of kidnapped twins

An Ibadan-based-Islamic cleric, Taofeeq Akewugbagold, on Wednesday appealed to the abductors of his twins to release the two children. Mr Akewugbagold made this appeal while speaking with PREMIUM TIMES in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. PREMIUM TIMES reported the kidnapping of the twins, a male and a female, at gunpoint…

Seyi Makinde: Oyo State Governor

Customs urges Oyo govt to probe how FG-donated rice became contaminated

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has urged the Oyo State government to investigate how 1,800 bags of rice it delivered to the government became contaminated. The NCS Oyo/Osun command had on Tuesday supplied the rice to the state on the order of its comptroller-general, Hameed Ali, as part of efforts…

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One dead as storey building collapses in Ibadan

One person on Sunday died when a story building collapsed in Ibadan, the Oyo State’s capital, police said. PREMIUM TIMES gathered on Monday that the woman was trapped when the building collapsed at Onipasan area, behind Oluyoro Hospital, Ibadan. The woman is the wife of the owner of the building.…

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

Hospital where Oyo’s first coronavirus patient visited shuts down

One of the hospitals where the first patient who died as a result of coronavirus in Oyo State visited, Lafia Hospital, Apata Ibadan, has been shut down for two weeks. The management of the hospital, in a statement, said it will shut down its operations for two weeks. This is…

Seyi Makinde, Oyo State Governor [PHOTO CREDIT: @seyiamakinde]

Oyo records second coronavirus death – Governor

Oyo State has recorded another death from coronavirus, Governor Seyi Makinde has said. The state recorded its first fatality case from coronavirus also known as COVID-19 last Wednesday. The state recorded the second fatality on Sunday. Mr Makinde announced the second fatality Sunday night via a post on his Twitter…

Seyi Makinde: Oyo State Governor

Makinde confirms three new cases of coronavirus in Oyo

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has confirmed three new cases of coronavirus in the state. Mr Makinde, who is the chairman of the state's COVID-19 task force, made the announcement Saturday night in a series of tweets on his Twitter handle. He announced the new cases shortly after the…

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Twin children of popular Islamic cleric kidnapped

Twin children of a popular Islamic cleric in Oyo State, Taofeeq Akewugbagold, have been kidnapped. PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the children, a male and a female, were abducted at gunpoint in Ibadan, the state capital, Saturday night. Mr Akewugbagold, who disclosed the kidnap in a post on his Facebook page…

Contraband rice seized by the Nigerian Customs Service

Coronavirus: Oyo rejects 1,800 bags of rice donated by FG

Four days after it received 1,800 bags of rice from the federal government, the Oyo State government has rejected the rice saying they are not good for human consumption. The federal government ordered the Nigeria Customs Service to donate 1,800 bags of rice each to Oyo, Osun and Ekiti States,…

Seyi Makinde: Oyo State Governor

Oyo records first death from coronavirus – Governor

Oyo State has recorded its first death from coronavirus, an official has said. A coronavirus patient died at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Wednesday night, the governor said. Governor Seyi Makinde made this announcement in a series of tweets Wednesday night. He noted that the patient died before the result…

Richard Akinjide

Akinjide: Buhari, Olubadan, Tinubu, others mourn ex- minister

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the government and people of Oyo State over the death of a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Richard Akinjide. Mr Buhari condoled with family members, friends, professional and political associates of the legal icon, who made remarkable impact on…

Seyi Makinde, Oyo State Governor [PHOTO CREDIT: @seyiamakinde]

COVID-19: Oyo Assembly members take 30 per cent pay cut

Members of the Oyo State House of Assembly have agreed to a 30 per cent cut in their monthly allocation. PREMIUM TIMES understands that the slash in the allocation takes effect from April. The agreement was reached when the state governor, Seyi Makinde, met with the lawmakers at the government…

Seyi Makinde: Oyo State Governor

Coronavirus: Oyo to produce one million face masks as UCH doctor tests positive

The Oyo State Government says it has concluded arrangements for local production of one million face masks for the people of the state even as it confirmed another case of coronavirus in the state on Saturday. Governor Seyi Makinde announced the developments in Ibadan, the state capital on Saturday. The…

Seyi Makinde: Oyo State Governor

Coronavirus: Oyo residents demand distribution of donated items, money

Some residents of Oyo State have urged the governor, Seyi Makinde, to distribute the over N200 million relief fund and relief materials worth over N50 million it received from organisations and philanthropists as donations to cushion the effects of a lockdown in the state. The state government shut major activities…

Seyi Makinde, Oyo State Governor [PHOTO CREDIT: @seyiamakinde]

Covid-19: Oyo begins radio lessons for primary school pupils

The Oyo State Government on Friday said it will begin airing lessons in English Language and Mathematics on the radio for primary school pupils in the state from Monday. The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Nureni Adeniran, said the step fulfils a promise by the state government…

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Coronavirus: How we’re coping with lockdown without salaries – Nigerian university lecturers

Some Nigerian university lecturers said they are facing serious economic hardship after being denied their salaries for two months for refusing to enrol in the federal government's centralised payment platform. Their situation has been compounded by the lockdown of the economy over the coronavirus pandemic. The Academic Staff Union of…

Transmitter, studio equipment, others burnt as fire razes online radio station in Ibadan

Fire razes radio station

A radio transmitter, studio equipment and office materials were destroyed on Saturday when a radio station, Agidigbo Radio, was gutted by fire in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. The online radio station, which belongs to an Ibadan-based radio presenter, Oriyomi Hamzat, is located along the Iwo-Ibadan Road in Monatan area…

Seyi Makinde: Oyo State Governor

Coronavirus: Oyo discharges three more patients – Official

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Friday said the state had discharged three more coronavirus patients. It would be recalled that Mr Makinde and the Chief Medical Director of University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, Jesse Otegbayo, who had earlier tested positive were discharged after they later tested negative twice…

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Ex-Oyo Senator, Robert Koleoso, is dead

The lawmaker who represented Oyo North senatorial district between 2003 and 2007, Robert Koleoso, is dead. Mr Koleoso, who hails from Saki area of Oyo, died on Thursday at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, the state capital. The deceased is the elder brother to Michael Koleoso, former Secretary to…

The OYRTMA impounding the trailers and vehicles for disobeying Oyo State government's restriction order

COVID-19: Oyo impounds 36 trailers, articulated vehicles for flouting restriction on movements [PHOTO]

The Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) on Thursday said it has impounded 36 trailers and other articulated vehicles for flouting the stay-at-home order in the state. The agency said it seized the vehicles during its routine operations and surveillance in the state. Governor Seyi Makinde had earlier ordered…

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Oyo records two more cases of COVID-19

The Oyo State government said it has recorded two more confirmed cases of COVID-19. The state governor, Seyi Makinde, said this late Tuesday. Mr Makinde who also doubles as the head of COVID-taskforce confirmed the two new cases in a series of tweets on his official Twitter handle. He said…

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Petroleum stations in Oyo towns selling above N123.50

Petroleum stations in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, and other towns in the state are currently ignoring the directive of the federal government to reduce the price of petrol from N125 to N123.50 per litre. Investigations by PREMIUM TIMES in major areas of Ibadan on Friday and Saturday revealed that…