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Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, on Tuesday rescued and evacuated some victims of an accident to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

gathered Wednesday evening that passers-by and residents of Iwo Road, Ibadan, hailed the humanitarian gesture of the Governor when he halted his convoy to rescue and evacuate victims of an accident to the University College Hospital, Ibadan on Tuesday.

The governor, who escorted the victims to the Accident and Emergency Ward of the hospital around 5pm on Tuesday, it was gathered, had just returned from Ado-Ekiti, where he had attended President Muhammadu Buhari re-election campaign rally.

Sources at the scene of the accident had claimed that a hit-and-run driver had knocked the motorcycle conveying the victims from the rear around 4pm, thus, flinging the rider and his female passenger to the ground and fled. They had sustained suspected head injury and fractures.

One of the sources, Tajudeen Adebare, who sells tyres along the road, said that onlookers had feared that they might get into trouble if they rescue the victims and take them to the hospital without a police report should any of the victims dies.

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He said, “Everybody was afraid of going near them. A reckless driver who ought to obey the ‘drive slowly’ signs placed along the road because of the expansion works ignored the signs and drove recklessly into the area.

“He hit the motorcycle rider from behind and ran away. The rider and the woman he was conveying sustained serious injuries, which scared people from moving near them. Nobody wants to get into trouble with the police.

“With their condition we cannot start taking them to the police station to first obtain report before taking them to the hospital. We are afraid that if we take them to the hospital they will ask for police report before treating them. And if any of them die in the process the rescuers may get into trouble.

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“We were surprised when the governor got to the scene after about 30 minutes and stopped. He watched as the victims were taken into one of the hilux vans in his convoy. Many people that we consider as big men have passed through this place since the accident occurred without caring.

“Personally, I’m impressed by the governor’s humanitarian gesture. That is why people who were watching started to hail him. He is an example of a good leader. I pray that other leaders will be as caring as this.”

It was learnt that the victims writhed in agony from suspected fractures and were left to their fate for more than 30 minutes before the governor’s convoy arrived in the area, where a massive road reconstruction work is ongoing.

Ajimobi had ordered that the victims be taken in the hilux van in his convoy and instructed it to be positioned next to the pilot car as the convoy headed for the UCH.

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On arrival at Emergency Unit of UCH, the governor had frantically engaged the medical personnel on duty, ensuring that the victims were stabilized before departing the ward.

Ajimobi before leaving the hospital paid the bill of four other victims he met in the place and detailed one of his aides to follow up with the two victims he personally took to the hospital.

 

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ONDO ELECTION: Jegede drags Akeredolu to tribunal

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The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the October 10 election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede has challenged the victory of Govenor Rotimi Akeredolu at the Election petition tribunal.
Joined in the petition are the Independent National Electoral Commission, the All Progressives Congress and the Deputy Governor- elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
Ifedayo Adedipe SAN is the lead counsel for the Governorship candidate of the PDP.
Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds which include that the election was married by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation.
Jegede also faulted the emergence of Akeredolu during Party’s primaries.
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Meanwhile, Jegede in a terse statement signed by him said ” ln the last 19 days I have been silent, today we break that silence in obedience to the provisions of our laws.
“We commence a challenge against the declaration and return made by INEC in respect of the Ondo State Governorship election of 10th October, 2020._
Jegede said ” by this process, let our people again begin to hope for a better future to the glory of God. End

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#EndSARS: ‘Police personnel did not shoot protesters, they were professional and exercised maximum restraints’- IGP tells Amnesty International

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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has dismissed claims made by Amnesty International that some police officers shot at protesters during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.

 

In a statement released by the spokesperson of the force, Frank Mba today October 30, the IGP said police acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints and some paid the supreme price for peace during the recent protests and ensuing violence in some parts of the country.

 

The police chief described the Amnesty Int’l report as untrue, misleading, and contrary to all available empirical evidence.

 

According to Adamu, during the protests, officers of the Force used ”legitimate means to ensure that the protests were carried out in a peaceful manner and in most cases, physically protected and walked side-by-side with the protesters”. He reiterated that even when the protests turned violent in some parts of the country, the officers still maintained utmost restraint and did not use excessive force in managing the situations.

”Available Reports show that twenty-two (22) police personnel were extra-judicially killed by some rampaging protesters and scores injured during the protests. Many of the injured personnel are in life threatening conditions at the hospitals. Two hundred and five (205) Police stations and formations including other critical private and public infrastructure were also damaged by a section of the protesters. Despite these unprovoked attacks, our police officers never resorted to use of unlawful force or shooting at the protesters as alleged in the report.

It also beggars imagination that Amnesty International failed to mention or pay tribute to Police officers who were gruesomely murdered during the protests while serving their fatherland. The Force decries the discriminatory tendencies exhibited by Amnesty International as seen in the report. One wonders if in the estimation of Amnesty International, police officers are not also human beings equally entitled to the protection of their fundamental rights to life and dignity of human person.

The IGP, while noting that the Force is committed to the Federal Government’s ongoing holistic reforms of the NPF targeted at improving service delivery, positive police-citizen relationship and respect for human rights, enjoins Amnesty International to ensure they subject their reports to adequate scrutiny and proper verification of facts before making the reports public.” the statement read in part

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