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Amotekun: Makinde appoints Togun, Olayinka chairman, commandant

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Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has appointed the duo of General Ajibola Kunle Togun and retired Colonel Olayanju Bisiriyu Olayinka as chairman and commandant, respectively, of the Oyo State Security Network, codenamed Amotekun.

The governor, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant (Print Media) Moses Alao, indicated that the retired military officers will oversee the initiative, which was put in place to check insecurity in the state.

It will be recalled that Governor Makinde signed the Amotekun Bill into law in March, with the government having procured vehicles and other equipment for use by the security outfit which, he noted, was set up to complement the efforts of other security agencies in the state.

The new chairman of the outfit, General Togun, retired from the military having served as Director of Military Intelligence and former Deputy Director-General of the State Security Service.

Togun, who attended the Government College, Ibadan, and Mount Olivet High School, Oyo, studied Zoology at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University),  Ile-Ife, between 1964 and 1968, before joining the Nigerian Army in 1968, where he served in the Awka Sector during the Nigerian Civil War.

He was the first non-American Army Officer to score 100 percent in a military subject at the aptitude level.

He served in various positions in the Army, including Presidential Guards, Dodan Barracks, Lagos; Adviser in the Nigerian Embassy, Cotonou in 1979; Battalion Commander; Brigade Commander, Director of Military Intelligence and

Similarly, the newly appointed commandant of the Oyo State Amotekun outfit, Col. Olayinka (rtd), has several years of experience in the military, having served as Assistant Director, British Military Advisory Training Team, Defence Headquarters, Abuja; Deputy Chief of Staff (Logistics), Headquarters 2 Div, Nigerian Army, Ibadan and Sector Commander, Operation Safe Haven, Plateau State, among others.

He began his military training at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji, Nigeria, in 1993, and holds a Higher Defence Management and National Security certification from the National Defence College, Abuja.

He also holds a Masters of Strategic Studies certificate from the University of Ibadan, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology and Security Studies from the National Open University, Abuja; Professional Diploma in Safety and Security Management from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, among other educational and professional certifications.

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COVID-19 Update by the Incident Commander, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

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Covid-19: Lagos discharge cases rises to 707 as 45 patients gets discharge

Lagos State has recorded the discharge of 45 fully recovered Covid-19 patients. This brings the total number of discharged cases in the state to 707.

This was disclosed by the state governor and incident commander for Covid-19, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu on Saturday while giving Covid-19 update for the state.

He urged all to take responsibility in ensuring safety for self and for all.

He said:

Good people of Lagos,

“I bring you great news from our isolation facilities. Today, 45 fully recovered COVID19Lagos patients; 22 females and 23 males, all Nigerians were discharged to join the society.

“The patients; 19 from the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, 3 from Onikan, 8 from Agidingbi, 7 from Lekki, 1 from Eti-Osa (LandMark) and 7 from Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Isolation Centres were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative to COVID19.

“With this, the number of patients successfully managed and discharged from our Isolation facilities has risen to 707.

“As we look forward to more great news in the coming days, I urge you all to take responsibility and play your part for a #COVID19FreeLagos #ForAGreaterLagos.”

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Is all well with Mr President? – Nigerians react as Buhari prays sitting, without face mask

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Nigerians have taken to social media platforms especially Twitter to ask what exactly may be the problem with President Muhammadu Buhari as pictures surfaced online of him sitting while observing the Eid-il-fitri prayers.

The president was also seen without a mask as a one of the precautionary measures to guard against the novel and deadly Covid-19.

The photograph showed the president sitting on a chair without a mask while his aides with masks sat on a mat as expected by the tenets of Islam in observing prayers.

This has triggered controversies on why the president had to disregard the teachings of Islam by sitting on a chair.

While some explained that there are some exceptions in Islam that exempts one to sit while praying, others believed all may not be well with Mr President.

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Abia State Commissioner for Environment, Solomon Ogunji is dead

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Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has reacted to the death of the Commissioner for Environment in the state, Solomon Ogunji, who reportedly gave up the ghost on Saturday, May 23, 2020.

The commissioner as disclosed in a statement made available to newsmen by the state Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu, had died at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital in Aba yesterday.

Given an update on the incident to newsmen on Sunday in Umuahia, Kalu revealed that the deceased pass away after a brief illness relating to High blood pressure.

Reacting to the commissioner’s death, Governor Ikpeazu expressed his sadness and shock over the news which he described as unfortunate.

Ikpeazu commiserates with the family, friends and well-wishers, praying that God will give the family of the deceased the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and rest his soul in the bosom of the Lord.

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