14 — Vanguard, THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019 Poisoning of OAU Dam, an act of genocide — OAU MGT •We've no hand in it — IDP By Gbenga Olarinoye O Management SOGBO—THE of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, yesterday, described last week’s alleged poisoning of the university dam that supplied water to the university community by people suspected to be land grabbers as an act of genocide against the university community. The university management argued that if the hoodlums had succeeded in their bid, the effect of their action was capable of destroying the credibility and the good image the university had built over the years. Conducting journalists round the disputed land, the University’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, accompanied by the Chief Security Officer of the university, said a section of the land had already been marked for the construction of a proposed Oduduwa MEETING: From left; G o v e r n o r Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State; Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba A d e k u n l e Aromolaran and the Elegboro of Ijesaland, Oba O l w a f e m i Ogunsayo, during meeting with Ibadan Electricity Distribution C o m p a n y (IBEDC) over restoration of electricity in Ijesaland, at the Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo yesterday. Estate within the university estate. The management noted that the hoodlums, at a time, chased out workers of the university and erected “stop work” order on it. Olanrewaju said the chemical used in poisoning the dam, which was the only source of water in the university killed the aquatic life in it. He said: “The act is condemnable and wicked. How can some group of people poison the only source of dam where over 36,000 peoples in the university community were drinking from? The act is genocidal and wicked. “They came through the Parakin area of the town to poison the dam but God was so good to us that immediately the dam was poisoned, it rained for two days which washed the poisonous chemical away. “We have treated the water and laboratory test had been done on it and now very safe to drink.” On the disputed the land, Olanrewaju said the whole land belongs to the Federal Government, stressing that the university was not ready to concede any portion of it to anybody. According to him, the 162 hectares of land was given to the University in the 1960s by the then Ooni of Ife, Oba Adesoji Aderemi. He said the land grabbers had started selling some portions of land to the people while construction workers working on the proposed OAU International Secondary school on the land were chased away with cutlasses and other dangerous weapons by the hoodlums. Olanrewaju said: “The Vice-Chancellor has instructed our security men not to retaliate but it is not possible for anyone to invade Federal Government land for personal gain because the land is gazetted. “We have informed the police and other security agencies and we believe they will act accordingly. We have also informed the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye BUILDING COLLAPSE: 30 distressed buildings demolished in Lagos Island — LASBCA LAGOS—IN a bid to stem recurrence of building collapse in the state, the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, said, yesterday, it has pulled down 30 out of 80 distressed buildings marked for demolition in Lagos Island. General Manager, LASBCA, Mr. Olalekan Shodehinde, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, that the demolition would come in phases because some of the buildings are subjects of litigation. He said the demolished buildings were located at Elegbata Street, Apongbon; Tokunbo Street, by Glover; Inabiri Street, Egatin Street, Ojo Giwa and John Street, among others. Shodehinde said that the 80 buildings were marked for demolition following the collapse of a three storey building on March 13 at Ita Faji area of Lagos Island in which 20 people were killed. The LASBCA boss said: “The motive is to sanitize and rid Lagos of distressed and dilapidated buildings in a bid to stem the era of building collapse in the state. “But presently, nothing is happening at the area and the demolition is suspended waiting for the report of the investigation committee. “Before now, there exists some informal collaborations, but with the current formalisation process which is still at the proposal stage, the collaboration will become stronger and officially recognised too.” Shodehinde appealed to residents and all Ogunwusi and Ife Development Board.” We’ve no hand in dam poisoning — IDB Meanwhile, the Ife Development Board, IDB, debunked the allegation of its members’ involvement in the poisoning of the OAU dam as alleged by the university authorities. Speaking with Vanguard, yesterday on telephone, the President of IDB, Mr. Lawrence Olajire Awowoyin said the university’s claim that Great Ife Development Board perpetrated the act must not be misinterpreted as Ife Development Board. He said: “We are worried. We are not comfortable. IDB is not Great Ife Development Board. We have nothing to do with the poisoning of OAU dam. “The Vice Chancellor should go beyond mere allegation and should be able to take a step forward to provide cogent reason for the allegation.'' “OAU is our institution stakeholders to assist government to actualize its objective of creating a safer Lagos by reporting noticed substandard building constructions and dilapidated structures within their locality to the agency for necessary actions. CREDIT SWITCH LTD BOSS' MURDER: Togolese cook arraigned By Onozure Dania Adeyemi, who appeared in court with J.I. Osagiede LMobolanle AGOS—JUSTICE I.O. Bashua and Eniola Okikiolu- Disu, applied for the Ighile of a Lagos High services of an interpreter. Court, sitting at Igbosere, Justice Okikiolu-Ighile yesterday, remanded a upheld her application and Togolese cook, Sunday directed that one be Adefonou Anani in prison provided. The charge, custody over alleged prepared by the Director of murder of the Chief Public Prosecutions, Titilayo Executive Officer of Credit Shitta-Bey was then read Switch Limited, Chief and interpreted to Anani Opeyemi Bademosi. Anani, 22, was alleged to Justice Okikiolu-Ighile have committed the offences made ruling after Anani’s on October 31, at arraignment by Lagos State Bademosi’s Parkview Government on a two-count Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos charge of murder and residence. armed robbery. Shitta-Bey, said the The Director of the Office defendant allegedly of the Public Defender, stabbed Bademosi, 67, to Adenrera Adeyemi, who death with a knife and stole was the counsel to the his valuables, including the defendant, told the court deceased’s phone. Anani does not understand Anani pleaded not guilty, English language. but his plea was not taken. Court hears N100m suit involving Ikoyi Club 38 Trustees today By Innocent Anaba LAGOS—THE Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos, will today, hear the appeal in a N100m fundamental rights enforcement suit by former Entertainment Chairman of Ikoyi Club 1938, Mr. Gbenga Gbadesire, against the Registered Trustees of the club. Gbadesire had appealed the judgment of Justice K. Dawodu of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere, who in 2015 dismissed his suit against the club. The plaintiff, who served as the Entertainment NYSC certificate: Communication Minister knows fate today Lagos upgrades Ayinke House to ultra-modern health facility By Chioma Obinna LAGOS—AS a way of checking cases of newborn and maternal deaths in Lagos, the state government has upgraded the popular Ayinke house to ultramodern 170- bed Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialist hospital. The fully rehabilitated and expanded health facility which has been under construction for some years is now ready for commissioning. Ayinke House, located within the premises of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, primarily functions as a facility to cater for mothers, children and newborns. Addressing journalists during a tour of the facility yesterday, the Commissioner for Health, I Federal BADAN—THE High Court, Ibadan has reserved until today, judgment in the case between Communication Minister, Adebayo Shittu, and All Progressives Congress, APC, over the party’s primaries. The minister, a member of APC had dragged the party to court, seeking redress for allegedly being denied participation in the governorship primary election in Oyo State in the recent general elections in the country. He claimed that APC omitted his name in the list of its governorship aspirants Dr Jide Idris described it as a promise kept by the administration under the leadership of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. Idris, who was represented by the Head, Project Unit of the State Ministry of Health, Dr. Abiodun Oduwole said: “The government has expended huge sum of money to ensure the project is made possible but we cannot quantify Chairman of Ikoyi Club 1938 between February 2006 and February 2008, had in his suit argued that his suspension from the club for one year, which was turned to expulsion, through a letter dated October 2, 2008, was unprocedural and breached Rule 9 of the Ikoyi Club 1938 Rules 2007. He argued that he was not given fair hearing by the club before he was expelled and urged the court to declare that his right to fair hearing and principle of natural justice under Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution were violated. for the primaries in Oyo State because he did not participate in the National Youth Service Corps scheme. After written addresses were filed by the plaintiff and the defendants, the Judge, Justice P.I. Ajoku, fixed Thursday afternoon for judgment on the relieves sought by the minister. The minister has constantly maintained that the 1979 Constitution, under which he first contested a political post, did not make it mandatory for anyone seeking an elective position to present an NYSC certificate. money spent to save the lives of Lagosians.” The Chief Medical Director, LASUTH, Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo who served as the Medical Director at Ayinke House for 10 years said the hospital has been upgraded to a state of the art facility to meet the standard of developed countries and no private hospital in Lagos can compete with it.
Vanguard, THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019—15 Certificate of Return: Judge hands-off Okorocha’s suit By Ikechukwu Nnochiri ABUJA—Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, disqualified himself from presiding over the suit Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, filed to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to issue him a Certificate of Return as the Senator- elect for Imo West Senatorial District. At the resumed proceeding on the matter, Justice Taiwo told the parties that he would no longer entertain the case in view of a petition that was lodged against him by candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the disputed Imo West Senatorial election, Mr. Jones Onyereri. Justice Taiwo said he would transfer the case-file back to the Chief Judge for re-assignment to another Judge. Okorocha who vied for Senate on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, had in his suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/296/2019, maintained that INEC lacked the statutory powers to withhold his Certificate of Return, saying he was validly elected to occupy the senatorial seat. He is praying the court to declare that the electoral body acted in error when it refused to recognise him, even after the returning officer had declared him winner. Meanwhile, the Plaintiff’s bid to secure an interim order against INEC suffered setback last Friday following joinder applications by four candidates that participated in the senatorial poll, who separately persuaded the court to admit them as interested parties in the suit. Those the court considered their requests and joined in the suit were Mr. Nwachukwu Clement of KOWA party; Precious Nwadike of United Progressive Party, UPP; Dr. Uche Ibeh of Labour Party; and the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA. The court had earlier joined Onyereri of the PDP and Senator Osita Izunaso of APGA as interested parties in the case. The applicants were added as 2nd to 7th Defendants in the matter. They notified the court of their intentions to file preliminary objections to challenge the competence of the suit. The defendants said they were opposed to the issuance of Certificate of Return to the plaintiff. However, shortly after the court adjourned the case for hearing, PDP’s candidate, Onyereri, in an application he filed pursuant to section 22(1) of the Federal High Court Act, 2004, and section 36(1) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, applied for an order transferring the suit to the Chief Judge of the High Court for reassignment to any other judge. The PDP candidate who was joined as the 2nd Defendant in the matter, through his lawyer, Mr. N.A. Nwawuchi, SAN, gave reasons why he said Justice Taiwo was no more qualified to continue with the hearing of the matter. In an affidavit that was deposed to by one Chijioke Nzekwe, he averred: “That this matter came up on 5/4/ 2019 before Honourable Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Abuja Judicial Division of the Federal High Court of Nigeria. I was one of the lawyers that represented the 2nd defendant/ applicant in this matter on the said date. “That in the course of the said proceedings, the said Judge made utterances which clearly showed that he had taken sides in this matter." Imo PDP raises fresh alarm over alleged looting by Okorocha's govt By Chidi Nkwopara OWERRI—Imo State branch of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has again raised the alarm that “government properties are still being looted massively by acolytes of the current administration”. Similarly, the Imo State Governor-elect, Chief Emeka Ihedioha has warned banks and financial institutions against opening fresh financial transactions on behalf of the state government. The PDP State Secretary, Nze Ray Emeana raised the alarm yesterday while fielding questions from journalists in Owerri. Chief Ihedioha however read the riot act through a press statement signed by his media aide, Chibuike Onyeukwu and made available to newsmen in Owerri. “Any bank or financial institution that prefers to defy this directive does so at it’s own risk”, Chief Ihedioha said. Part of the statement read: “Pursuant to confirmed information reaching the Imo State Governor-elect and the reckless, irresponsible and selfish applications and requests for loans, overdrafts and other credit facilities being hurriedly and wickedly made by the outgoing Governor Rochas Okorocha on behalf of Imo State Government; “All banks and financial institutions having business relationship with Imo State Government are hereby warned against granting or giving approvals to such loans, overdrafts and credit facilities. “Any bank or financial institution which fails to heed this warning does so at the risk of our future business relationship with the Government of Imo State.” In a similar development, Nze Emeana lamented that “just yesterday (last Tuesday), some concerned youths confronted those dismantling and carting away street lights along Port Harcourt Road, Owerri”. He also alerted Imo people that apart from some moveable properties that have been allegedly looted, “the looters have perfected plans to equally swoop on the Songhai Farm, Nekede," adding that "the machines in Adapalm, Ohaji, have also Prices of petroleum products rise in Aba By Anayo Okoli U MUAHIA— RESIDENTS of Aba, the commercial city of Abia State are groaning under hardship imposed on them by some independent petroleum marketers who now dispense premium motor spirit to them at N150 per litre against the official pump price of N145. Also, kerosene is sold between N300 and N350 per litre against N240 to N250 being sold in other cities. However, major marketers still maintain the official price is N145 per litre. However, it was observed that the major marketers hardly have kerosene to dispense. It is only the independent markers that have kerosene in stock. On inquiry in some petrol stations, the petrol attendants said they dispense at that price because they bought at higher prices from major marketers. According to one of them, Osisioma depot where they are supposed to be lifting petroleum products don’t have enough and if they depend on them, the city could experience scarcity of petrol. Osisoma depot, according to a manager in one of the stations on Owerri road who gave his name as Eze, currently loads 20 tons daily as against 35 tons it used to load. To fill the gap, he said, they resorted to sourcing products from major marketers at higher prices to avoid having scarcity of the products in the commercial city. However, in Umuahia, the product is sold at the normal price but it was observed that few of the major stations were not selling as they claimed that they had exhausted the supplies. 65 professors jostle for UNN VC By Chinenyeh Ozor NSUKKA—NOT less than 65 professors from different universities across the country and abroad have indicated interest to contest the vice chancellorship position of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN. Prominent among them are the two UNN deputy vice chancellors, DVCs, of Administration and Academics, Prof. Charles Igwe and Prof. James Ogbonna respectively. Others included are Deputy Vice Chancellor, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, ESUT, Prof. Samuel Eze, four former deputy vice chancellors, University of Nigeria, Nsukka: Prof. Polycarp Chigbu, Prof. Ifeoma Enemo, Prof. Cyprian Onyeji and Prof. Smart Uchegbu, respectively. Among the 65 professors, 33 emerged from different departments of the university. Five of the professors aspiring for the vice chancellorship position of University of Nigeria, Nsukka, indicated interest from abroad. They are Prof. Nduka Ekere (Engineering) from United Kingdom; Prof. Jonathan Odo (Law) from Cameroon; Prof. Anthony Okoh (Microbiology) from South Africa; Prof. Lawrence Ugwuanyi (Philosophy) from Gambia and Prof Godwin Mbamalu ( Chemistry ( from Charlotte NC. Vanguard gathered that at the main campus of the university in Nsukka, professors have divided into groups, faculties and departments in the effort to penetrate the university governing council that has the final say before the presidency approves winner of vice chancellorship positions of the university. The atmosphere on campus is charged as Prof. Benjamin Ozumba winds up his five year single tenure June 14, 2019.