Osun Election: Electoral officials, others stuck as soldiers shut down Ilesa-Ife-Ibadan expressway

Nigerian soldiers on guard in Maiduguri

Dozens of army officers, Friday, barricaded the Ilesa-Ibadan expressway with used tyres at the junction that leads into Ife, Osun State, following an intelligence report about an arms movement into Osun State.

The motorists along the expressway hoping to beat the 6 p.m. deadline for the restriction of movement ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State were shocked, on Friday afternoon, as they met a blocked road.

“It’s not our fault, we are working under instruction. We got information that some people want to move arms into the state for the election,” said one of the army officers. “The blockade will be lifted on Saturday evening.”

While vehicles were barred from crossing the barricade, commuters on foot were allowed passage.

Kenneth Usidamen, whose car was stuck in the gridlock, said that he was on his way to Abeokuta.

“I have no business with the Osun election, why will they close the road like this? I really don’t know what to do. If they don’t allow us to go, it means we will sleep here.” said Mr. Usidamen.

Scores of members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, in chartered buses on their way for election assignment were also caught up in the traffic.
Some of the NYSC members are to serve as electoral officers in Saturday’s election.

“We are supposed to work in the election but right now I don’t know what we are going to do,” said an NYSC member who did not want to be named because they were not authorised to talk to journalists.


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  • kwango

    The first task of a new president from 2015 is to register all psychiatric and drug addicted cases in a databank and provide comprehensive medicare for them. The likes of lunatic columists must be helped out of our public space until they are certified as fully recovered, otherwise they grow membership to constitute greater nuisance. Stealing public money to bring up children can be punished by adulthood stupidity. Ask those whose parents were public service rogues in the first Republic.

    • tundemash

      word !!!
      The cl0wn wants to get justice for Gideon Akaluka in 2014, why did he not champion that cause when he was in govt for several years as a Minister and OBJ’s attack dog? He’s just saying this to get some feeble minds on his side. I wonder why the madman did ot tel us what Modu Sheriff is doing inspecting the Russian plane in Kano !!!

    • Davo

      Kwango, are you on a revenge mission? Let anybody blame whomsoever they like for the BH problem. As for me, the bulk stops on my presido’s table. He has the resources, if he does not know how how to deploy it……..

  • salako

    you started your colum on a good note i was enjoying it well ,but half way you started saying blunders as if you are at that corner of your study doing your normal routine {sniffing} as a riminder emir sanusi did not call on only muslims to protect themselves rather he call on every body christia/muslims, traditionalist or whatever you bleive on to protect themselves so learned how to tell the truth. kolomental

    • Joe

      You are a hater of truth and there is no truth in you. What FKK wrote is not new, these are things that happened and all of us knows them. Your kind of person just want to hear what they want to hear and not the truth. Did sultan not said boko haram should stop killing muslims?. Come-on!. Each and everyone will give account to God almighty on the day of judgment. It is appointed for a man to die once, and thereafter judgment. I know that the God I worship is not and can never be the same with the god your kind of person worships. God is love, builds, and save lives and His true followers do the same. Satan hates, kills and destroy lives and his true followers exhibit his character. Which one are you?.

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  • Garden-City Boy

    Femi, you again? We thought you had waved your old ways goodbye. You come here huffing puffing, hyperventilating and dripping with sweat. You swear by your dead father, Fani Power, not to ” shy away from speaking the hard and bitter truth. Your split-personality problem keeps popping up at every turn you make.
    You let yourself down and bungled the opportunity to reclaim your credibility with both the abuse and misuse of Mr. Egheomhanre Eyieyien’s contribution on his Facebook page
    on 30 November. Not only do you remind us of the big ostrich you are, but also the one brandishing the white feathers. People don’t plead the 5th Amendment here, not even when you are a lawyer.
    So, why would you do a wholesale lifting of Eyieyien’s contribution but fail to assert your “bitter truth” image? While using these two quotes: 1), ” Now that Kano has an Emir who is an ……. himself, I find it rather curious that he FINALLY said something which is against Boko Haram and then the Mosque at which he usually preaches every Friday was bombed by suicide-bombers WHEN he was not in attendance. Several questions on my mind”, and then, 2)”The role that …… played in instigating the riot which resulted in the beheading of Gideon Akaluka in Kano by a mob of Islamists is still very fresh in our memory. We will get ‪justice for Gideon Akaluka some day soon by God’s Grace!”, you still retained those two gaping spaces, leaving them unfilled. What does that show? You are not the true son of your father Fani Power, who dared the Great Awo….. a clone, at best, too lily-levered to tell your much-vaunted “bitter truth”.
    You don’t want to be disingenuous with your lies. Should anybody be so gullible as to accept that you need a course in rocket science to be able to figure out what name/word that should fill those gaps? Hmmmmm! Femi, these few days, you were well on your way to impress the Garden-City Boy. You then regress to nibbling the edges rather than hit your head on the nail. Don’t you ever start this game of hypocrisy again with me, not this election season. You must quickly fill in those gaps and get back to us.

  • Reminisce6

    To puncture your lies,Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo was promoted a Commissioner of Police in April 1997 and there are host of other CP`s of Christian faith within that period.Some Christian members of the Armed Forces Ruling Council aside from Ike Nwachukwu include the powerful minister of defense,Gen.Domkat Bali,Augustus Aikhomu succeeded Ebitu Ukiwe (also a member) as NO 2 in 1989 and was a member from `86 through `93,John Shagaya was a member since 86 till he was posted to head the ECOMOG in Liberia in `93.There are a couple of other senior Christians officers who were members of that top decision making body but for the purpose of putting a lie into this obnoxious character claim,i`ll leave it at that.

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