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A fierce rainstorm on Wednesday destroyed property worth several millions of naira in many part of Osun State, as hundreds of residents were displaced.

In Osogbo, the Osun state capital, areas affected include: Oke-Baale, Gbonmi, Isale-Osun, Kelebe, Ofatedo, Igbona, Oke Onitea among others.

The rain, which started at about 7:10 pm continued heavily for over three hours, and uprooted scores of electric poles, throwing many communities into darkness.

Many residents remained stranded after losing the roof of their buildings to rainstorm, while traffic was obstructed by electric poles, which fell across Kajola street, in Balogun-Oke Bale area of the metropolis.

Speaking with DAILY POST in Osogbo, a victim of the disaster, who is also the head of Kajola community, Chief Tiamiyu Ibraheem said it was a terrible experience for residents of the area.

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He said though, no cases of casualty were recorded, he had personally lost close to one million naira worth of property to the incident.

He said they have called the electricity company to come and remove the poles that fell during the downpour.

At Kelebe area, no fewer than 40 houses were affected, including a newly built
Chris Apostolic Church, Oke Ase, which its roof fell into the compound of an Islamic leader, who holds sway as the Grand Imam of Ansarudeen Mosque in the area, Alhaji Yunus Sanusi Imogbemi and damaged his car.

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The Pastor of the church, Mr Oshunsina Abel called on the state government and other stakeholders to come to his aid, likewise the Imam, who said the church must not be left there in rumbles.

Meanwhile, the General Manager, Osun State Emergency Management Agency OSEMA, Oluyemi Olanrewaju, in his reaction, said the agency has directed the affected people to come forward and make official complaint for necessary action.

He however lamented lack of funding to make provision for intervention in anticipation of such natural disaster, adding that the agency is almost grounded to the extent that there is no single operational vehicle in the agency for inspection.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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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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