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The Independent National Electoral Commission () has presented a cheque of N1.9 million to the family of Late Miss Kemisola Adeniran, a corps member who died in Oyo State during the electoral process.

The News Agency of (NAN) reports that the cheque was presented to the deceased’s next of kin and sister, Mrs Folasade Adeyemi, at INEC in Ibadan on Tuesday.

NAN recalls that the late Adeniran, who was until her death serving in Ona-Ara Local Government Area of Oyo State, died in February, in road accident while returning from INEC training.

Dr Mutiu Agboke, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), said that the commission had acted in line with its life insurance policy for officials, including adhoc personnel before and during elections.

“On behalf of the commission and entire INEC staff in Oyo State, I wish to express my profound deep regret for the loss of our illustrious daughter/corps member.

“We also express the sincere condolence of the commission to the family over this irreparable loss.

“Though, the commission’s insurance policy makes provision for both permanent and adhoc staff, nothing can be counted worthy for the life lost.

“This of token is just to cushion the effect of this irreparable loss to the deceased family,” he said.

The REC appreciated the invaluable services rendered by corps members, saying that INEC would continue to honour its part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NYSC, NAN reports.

He enjoined all stakeholders, particularly the media and security agencies, to collaborate with INEC to establish violence free electioneering process.

Agboke called on politicians to eschew both electoral and political violence, urging them and supporters to desist from fake news as well as hate speeches.

According to him, “we should all learn the culture of doing things right. I am passionate about this because we are losing our staff. will anyone be happy at the death of others.

“The media should partner with Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC). Electioneering is not during election alone. Let there be collective solution to these problem to have a better society.”

Mrs Eniola Ambekemo, the State Coordinator, NYSC, commended INEC for fulfilling its agreement on the corps members in terms of insurance.

She described deceased’s death as very unfortunate, saying she would have passed out of service with her colleagues in October.

Ambekemo also thanked God that no corps members died in the recently conducted election in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

Adeyemi, the deceased’s sister who received the cheque on behalf of the family, appreciated INEC and NYSC for standing by the family.

“God says we should give thanks in all situations and circumstances. Though, it is hard to bear, but we have to accept it as the will of God,” she said.

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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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Benue: Gov. Ortom approves N30, 999 as minimum wage

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The Governor Samuel Ortom-led Benue State Government has approved the sum of N30, 000 new minimum wage for civil servants in the state.

This was disclosed to DAILY POST, on Thursday, by Ortom’s Adviser on Labour Matters, Hon. Ode Enyi.

According to Enyi, Ortom gave the approval during a meeting in the state.

He said: “Buhari approved N30. 999k today at a meeting.”

On when it will take effect, Enyi said: “We are yet to conclude the consequential adjustments and when that is done we will get a date of the take-off.”

Recall that Ortom had in December last year said his administration was willing to pay the N30,000 national minimum wage but would do better if the revenue sharing formula undergoes an upward review.

Ortom stated this while explaining that an upward review of the revenue sharing formula in the country would ensure more money was made available to states and local governments for greater development.

He had spoken at the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi, the state capital, when the Federal Commissioner representing Benue State at the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, Chief Adaa Maagbe paid him a courtesy visit.

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Alfa caught on camera raping 5-year-old girl in mosque

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A prosecution witness in a defilement case against a cleric, Abdulsalam Salaudeen, on Thursday, narrated how he allegedly caught the defendant in the act with a hidden camera.

Mr Ebenezer Omejalile, a social worker and child protection consultant, testified before an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court.

He was led in evidence by Mr Akin George, lead state prosecutor.

Salaudeen, 43, who resides at No. 16, Awoyemi St., Ikotun, Lagos, is facing a charge of child defilement contrary to Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2015.

Omejalile told the court that a hidden camera was set up in a Lagos mosque, which captured the cleric engaging in sodomy with a pupil.

Omejalile told the court how he got wind of Salaudeen’s alleged unlawful act.

“A community-mandated reporter drew my attention to what was happening in the community.

“She said that Alfa Abdulsalam had been abusing children who attend his Islamic school in the community,” the witness said.

Omejalile said that he then embarked on a “social inquiry” and found the claim to be true.

“We (Omejalile and his team members) also found out that he was not just a cleric, he was regarded as a demi-god in the community.

“We got a laser camera and we planted the laser camera within the vicinity of the mosque,” he said.

The witness said that the camera caught Salaudeen in the act of defiling one of his pupils, a five-year-old girl (name withheld).

The social worker said the graphic footage was obtained and transferred into a mobile phone.

He said the mobile phone was taken to the Child Protection Unit of the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development.

He said that staff of the unit, however, refused to attend to the matter, causing him go to the police.

“When I got there, they were not ready to attend to the issue; they told me in Yoruba that they did not want to see something unusual.

“I proceeded immediately to the of the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), I gave him a copy of the footage which was sent to the then Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Edgal Imohimi.

“Initially, the CP found it difficult to believe the video because of its graphic nature and kept asking if I was sure of its authenticity. It took a week for him to act on it.

“Meanwhile, the mandated reporter kept calling me, saying that children were still being sexually abused by the cleric.

“I called the PPRO to immediately act on it or the press would be contacted, and on Dec. 28, 2018, a team was set up to arrest the Alfa,” he testified.

He told the court that the team comprised himself, police officers from the State Investigation Bureau (SIB) and the Gender Unit.

Omejalile said that on the day scheduled to effect the defendant’s arrest, Gender Unit refused to go with the team to apprehend Salaudeen.

He said when the team arrived at Igando, the defendant was absent and members of the community were resistant, and when Salaudeen arrived, he feigned ignorance of the mission of the police team.

The witness said that even when the name of the five-year-old girl, who the defendant allegedly molested was mentioned to give him a hint of the mission, he insisted he knew nothing about it.

“We went to the home of the survivor in the video and met her mum who was plaiting her hair, and the survivor was identified,” he said.

Omejalile said that the team wanted leave the community with 10 pupils of the Islamic cleric but youths who gathered around became hostile.

“I pulled one of the youths aside and I showed him the video and he immediately calmed the other youths down.

“After all the arguments, the Alfa resisted and still said he did not know he was being taken away; when we told him it was on the CP’s orders, he agreed,” he said.

Omejalile said that the defendant was taken to the SIB located in Ikeja, where he continued to deny committing the offence until he was shown the video footage.

“When the video was shown to him, he burst into tears and accepted that he committed the crime.

“The 10 other children from his Islamic school were taken to the Juvenile Welfare Centre located at Alakara.

“We had called their parents to identify them after they were picked up from the mosque.

“At a point, the Child Protection Unit of the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development took over the children,” the social worker said.

At this point, George requested that the case be adjourned because there was no electricity to play the graphic video in the courtroom.

Justice Abiola Soladoye adjourned the case until Feb. 10 for continuation of trial, NAN reports.

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