The Oyo State government, on Tuesday, approved the sum of N178.7 million for the procurement of radio communication equipment for the security agencies in the state.
Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, made the disclosure on Tuesday in Ibadan, at the end of the state Executive Council meeting.
Olatunbosun said that the equipment to be procured were different from the 100 units of Kia Rio vehicles earlier purchased for distribution to the security agencies.
According to him, the equipments are sophisticated digital communication gadgets that can expose whoever is involved in any security breach.
“The procurement of the radio communication gadgets for the police and other paramilitary organisations throughout the state has been valued at N178,700,000, which has been approved,” he said.
On the 100 units of Kia Rio cars, the commissioner said that they had been branded and would be distributed to all security agencies in the state next week.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
Bank robbery: Police arrest 3 more suspects in Oyo
The Police Command in Oyo State says it has arrested three more members of the gang that robbed the First Bank branch in Okeho, Kajola Local Government Area of the state.
Olugbenga Fadeyi, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, comfirmed the arrest of the suspects in a statement on Tuesday in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the bank was attacked on July 29 by armed robbers who took away an undisclosed amount of money.
Fadeyi, who said that the total number of suspects so far arrested in connection with the robbery was now five, added that they were being interrogated by the Special Anti-Robbey Squad in Ibadan.
He said that the suspects were arrested with the cooperation of vigilance group members, hunters and residents of the community.
The robbers, who came in an 18-seater bus, were later chased by members of a vigilance group, resulting in their bus summersulting due to overspeeding.
Three of the robbers were set ablaze by an angry mob while others escaped.
Edited By: Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
30 stranded Nigerians in Lebanon rescued, among 150 awaiting evacuation – NIDCOM
Thirty Nigerians, who were trafficked and left stranded in Lebanon have been rescued, and are among a total of 150 victims awaiting evacuation to Nigeria.
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) made this known in a statement by Gabriel Odu of its Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit on
The commission said the rescue came after a video footage of the stranded Nigerians making an appeal to the Federal Government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid viral on the Internet.
According to it, the appeal for help by the stranded Nigerians led to their rescue by officials of the country’s mission in Lebanon.
The stranded Nigerians have already been relocated to a more conducive apartment.
“They will be part of 150 others to be evacuated to Nigeria after they were trafficked and left stranded in Lebanon.
“The Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Houssam Diab disclosed the evacuation plans when the Management of NIDCOM, led by the Secretary, Dr Sule Bassi, visited that country’s mission in Abuja,” Odu said in the statement.
He quoted Diab as saying that the 150 girls would be returned home in batches with the first group of 110 people leaving Beirut for Lagos on Aug. 12.
The second batch sws expected to arrive Abuja on Aug. 16.
“The diplomat commended efforts of the Lebanese Community and the Oyo State Government who is sponsoring the return of 55 of the girls,” he said.
Responding on behalf of the NIDCOM Chairman/CEO, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Secretary of the commission, who acknowledged the excellent ties between Nigeria and Lebanon, urged both countries to sustain the cordial relationship.
Bassi also lauded the Nigerian Ambassador to Lebanon, Amb. Goni Madu Zanna Bura for his dedication and commitment.
He also commended the staff of the Nigerian mission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Oyo and Ogun state governments and other strategic partners for their efforts.
“As part of the Nigerian Embassy’s Consular responsibility, the ladies in the said video that went viral and many other distressed Nigerian domestic workers were located and relocated to a safer place.
“Suffice it to say that 150 of these stranded victims are expected to be evacuated next week and handed over to NAPTIP, the agency responsible for (dealing with human) trafficking.
“A break down of the evacuees shows that Oyo State had 41, Ogun 21, Lagos 12, Ondo 18, Osun 26, and Imo 3.
Others are Kwara– 9, Enugu — 1, Ekiti — 6, Kogi — 1, Edo — 1, Delta — 3, Ebonyi — 1, Benue — 1, Abia — 1, Akwa Ibom — 1, and Anambra — 1,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
Oyo launches state-wide initiative against COVID-19
The Oyo State Government has launched a statewide containment and decontamination response initiative to curtail the spread of COVID-19 across the state.
The training had in attendance representatives of environmental health officers in all the 33 local government areas which had been divided into seven zones.
In her address at the forum, Prof. Olanike Adeyemo, the state’s Team Lead of the Containment and Decontamination Project, said the initiative would focus on the next phase in the containment of COVID-19 in the state.
“COVID-19 has spread beyond Ibadan and what that means is that the government has to be responsive to do what is right.
“You can imagine if there is an incidence in Ibarapa and another one in Iseyin, it would be very difficult for the state containment team to cover all.
“So what the government is doing is to decentralise the containment efforts.
“Containment is not all about decontamination, it is a lot of things, so this is embedded in the local government system. Every local government has an environmental health unit.
“These are the people that are being trained because they are on the staff of the Oyo State government already to be able to take up this task as frontliners,” she said.
Adeyemo said 77 environmental health officers were being trained while each team had been provided with a revolving N500,000 seed grant for the purchase of chemicals and logistics.
She canvassed the need for self policing, adding that compliance form had been made available to report violators of COVID-19 guidelines.
Speaking on the high rate of COVID-19 cases in the state, Adeyemo said there was the need to work more on compliance to reduce infections.
Adeyemo said: “If you look at the mortality rate and you look at Oyo State and compare it with Edo state that is behind us and you compare the mortality, definitely they are under reporting in those states.
“I think Oyo State is doing more testing and we are reporting a closer to accurate number and that is why we are high there.
“But when you compare the mortality rate for people behind Oyo State on the NCDC list of confirmed cases then you will see that their mortality is higher.
“And it is just science, the more the cases the more likely people will die. So it’s easy to extrapolate that those states that have very high mortality but low numbers of confirmed cases are under reporting.”
Also speaking, Mr Mojeed Mogbonjubola, the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, said the decentralisation of containment was the initiative of the administration.
“It is quite unfortunate that the pandemic is spreading really wide and we couldn’t contain it in Ibadan.
“What His Excellency is trying to do in conjunction with the University of Ibadan is to extend the committee’s team to other regions of the state.
“This is about a call to service. Like I always advise people it is a privilege for everybody to be part of this and it is something that will stay with us for a very long time.
“Since there is no vaccine to control the virus the only way is to contain it and decontaminate affected zones,” he said.
In his remarks, Alhaji Akeem Azeez, the Personal Assistant to the Governor, urged residents to own their actions as well as their safety since the virus had spread all over the state.
Mr Tunde Adeyanju, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, said there was the need for a very good response in view of the rate of infections in the state.
Prof. Victoria Adetunji, a technical expert in the team, urged participants to adhere to precautions in handling the decontamination equipment while engaging in evaluation of their activities.
NAN reports that the training programme featured presentation of the containment equipment to the seven zones and practical session on mixing chemicals and handling of the equipment.
Edited By: Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Lagos COVID-19 recoveries exceed 13,000- NCDC
It said that the recovery figure recorded for Lagos includes patients who were successfully treated and discharged from the state’s treatment centres, and those managed at their homes in various communities by the state.
The data by NCDC shows that Abuja has
2,767 active cases, while Lagos and Oyo States have 2,057 and 1,347 cases respectively.
“That brings the state’s total number of infections to 15,355,” NCDC said.
Edited By: Nick Nicholas/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)