Ilorin communities appeal to Gov. AbdulRazaq over damaged culvert



Residents of five communities in Pakata area of Ilorin West Local Government area of Kwara have appealed to Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to come to their aid and construct the damaged culvert in the area.

They made the appeal on Sunday in Ilorin in a statement jointly signed by Alhaji Ganiyu Mutalib and Alhaji Abdulrahman Solihu, Chairman and Secretary of the communities respectively.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the communities are Alada, Tidibodo, Alomonikun, Abatasunsehin and Maikaara.

According to the statement, the damaged culvert has affected the economic activities of the people of the communities, as the roads had become impassable.

The communities, while stating that they usually took longer routes to connect to other communities, added that anytime it rained, the roads would get flooded and their houses submerged.

The residents also said that erosion had damaged their roads and property, adding that water coming from different parts of the city was usually discharged on their roads as a result of the damaged culvert.

“We are afraid that when the rain starts again, it may be torrential as a result of the long break.

“If the rain starts, our property, buildings and children may be in danger as a result of flooding that may take over our communities.

“We hereby implore you (governor) to urgently come to our aid and rescue us from imminent flooding,” the statement added.

The residents, however, commended the governor for what they called his love for the masses, especially the downtrodden as well as his masses-oriented programmes since his assumption of office.

“On behalf of the entire residents of Alada, Tidibodo, Alomonikun, Abatasunsehin and Maikaara, all in Pakata area of Ilorin, we pray Allah to continue to guide you to take the state to greater heights,” they said.

Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq



EFCC, Unilorin collaborate on financial crimes



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has indicated its readiness to collaborate with the University of Ilorin towards reducing financial crimes in the country.

The Zonal Head of the EFCC in Kwara State, Mr Oseni Kazeem, made this known when he received the Unilorin Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, in his office on Monday.

Kazeem assured the Vice-Chancellor and his team that the agency would continue to ensure proper profiling of suspects, saying that this would be of great help to academics, who are researching in related fields.

He advised the University management to intensify its efforts in enlightening members of the University community on the evil inherent in financial crime, pointing out that school clubs should promote financial transparency and warn against financial crimes, among the students.

Kazeem also called on religious leaders to educate members of their congregation and instill moral discipline in them in order to keep them away from any activity that could warrant the agency’s intervention.

Earlier in his remarks, Abdulkareem, said that the visit was necessitated by the fact that the University works with all the federal security agencies in the state.

Abdulkareem commended the Zonal Head of the EFCC for making the time to receive the Unilorin team, as he congratulated the new zonal head on his recent deployment to Kwara State.

The Vice-Chancellor charged the commission to be wary of young persons in the society who falsely claim to be students of the University once they have been caught engaging in fraudulent activities.

He added that the University would identify and provide details of any student of the institution within minutes if required to do so, stressing that the institution does not want its noble name to be soiled under any guise.

Abdulkareem enjoined the agency to carry the University along on cases that involve any member of the University community.

He said that the institution would also want to exercise her disciplinary laws besides the regular statutes of the state regarding financial crime.

The Vice chancellor assured the Commission that the University would not in any way hinder its job or due process.

The EFCC was established in 2003 to rid Nigeria of economic and financial crimes and to effectively coordinate the domestic efforts of the global fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ismail Abdulaziz
Source: NAN

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Victims seek help as rainstorm renders many homeless in Kwara



Victims of Saturday’s rainstorm in Ilorin have called on the Kwara Government and other emergency management agencies to provide them with succour, as many were rendered homeless.

The victims made the call on Monday in Ilorin in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria while recounting the level of devastation the heavy rain and wind unleashed on them.

Alhaji Abdulyekeen Olohuntele, the Chairman of Isala Koko, Sanu Shehu Street in Ilorin East Local Government Area of the state, who spoke on behalf of the victims in the community, said more than 20 houses were destroyed in the area.

Olohuntele urged the state government to quickly provide help for the victims to avert further damage that could arise from another rainfall.

The community leader, who described the incident as unfortunate, asserted that many valuables were lost to the havoc.

Another victim at Ita Ogunbo in Ilorin West Local Government Area, Malam Olayiwola Abdulsalam, said unless an urgent help was provided, another downpour would further compound their woes.

Abdulsalam urged government at all levels to come to their rescue to ameliorate their sufferings.

Mrs Ronke Ibrahim, whose house collapsed at Akerebiata in Ilorin East Local Government Area, also lamented the loss she incurred to the natural disaster.

Aside the destruction of her building, she said that the rainfall also damaged all the property she had laboured for over the years.

She told NAN that she was left with nothing again, as the rain washed away all her valuable items.

She, therefore, urged the government to come to her aid; saying she needed government intervention to prevent her current situation from becoming worse.

NAN reports that the downpour, which was accompanied by heavy wind on Saturday night rendered many residents of Ilorin homeless.

The rainfall reportedly claimed some lives in the city, including a 14-year-old girl who hawked pepper and tomatoes.

It also led to the destruction of many electric poles in major areas in the ancient town, putting residents in total blackout.

Edited By: Moses Solanke/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
Source: NAN


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Kwara records 12 new cases of COVID-19, discharges 23 patients



Kwara has recorded 12 more cases of COVID-19 while 23 persons who tested negative twice have been discharged.

Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and Spokesman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, made this known in a statement on Monday in Ilorin.

Ajakaye said that the new cases brings to 1025 the total number of confirmed cases so far in the state, with 822 patients discharged and 26 deaths recorded.

“As at 9:30p.m on Sunday, the number of active cases was 177 and 822 patients had so far been discharged and 26 deaths recorded,” said Ajakaye.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni
Source: NAN

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NCDC records 97 new COVID-19 infections, total cases now 57, 242



The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded  97 new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the country, bringing the total confirmed cases to 57, 242 nationwide.

The NCDC disclosed this on its official twitter handle on Sunday .

It added that three persons died of COVID-19 complications while 138 patients, who recovered at various isolation centres across the country the same day, were discharged.

Based on the figures released, Lagos state recorded the highest number of infections with 46 new cases.

The data released also indicated that Kwara recorded 12 new infections, Rivers 11, and Adamawa 4.

Others were Niger – 4, Ogun – 4, Osun – 4, Ekiti – 3, Imo – 3, Kaduna – 3, Plateau – 2, and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) – 1.

According to the NCDC, the 36 states and FCT have now recorded at least one confirmed case of the virus.

“Till date, 57, 242 cases have been confirmed, 48, 569 cases have been discharged, and 1,098 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT,” the centre said.

NCDC stated that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, has continued  to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Emmanuel Yashim
Source: NAN

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