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Oyo Arrests Six For Forging Park Manager’s Receipts

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Six individuals, including a young secondary school leaver have been arrested and taken to court for various offenses ranging from printing and issuing forged Park Management System’s receipts and collection of more than the amount on the receipts issued to motorists in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

This was disclosed on Wednesday by the Chairman, Disciplinary Committee of Oyo State Park Management System, Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi (Auxillary) while answering questions from reporters at his Podo, Challenge area of Ibadan Southwest in Ibadan.

Alh. Mukaila said that against the notions from some quarters that the disciplinary committee was not doing enough to bring to book, officials of the management found overcharging motorists and riders of commercial motorcycles, the body was in the process of trying six officials found culpable of the offenses.

He mentioned a particular case of a nineteen years old boy that was employed by a park manager to give out tickets but was instead issuing out forged tickets to motorists before he was apprehended.

He however pointed out that the park management system has come to stay, as it has succeeded in stamping out violence in the transport system in Oyo State, adding that even after he must have left the office as the Chairman, disciplinary committee, the system would continue, except if another administration made a change.

“People of Oyo State, especially residents of Ibadan will agree with me that the Park Management System has totally eradicate violence in the State, everybody can do his or her business or travel at all the parks throughout the State without the fear of outburst of violence.

“It is a system that I am sure will last the eight years tenure of Governor Seyi Makinde and will be adopted by any government that will come after, Osun and Ondo State are in the process of adopting the system.

“On the notion that there is revenue loss to illegal collections and sharp practices by officials of the Park Management System, I want to assure the general public that the Disciplinary committee is in control, we have arrested six individuals, including a young secondary school leaver that were caught perpetrating sharp practices and they are presently facing the legal system.

“We are not giving room to any revenue loss to illegal activities of any park manager of those working with them, they know it is a water-tight system that is self-monitored.”

When asked about the relationship between himself and former leaders of the proscribed National Union of Road Transport Union (NURTW), Mukaila said he still held them in high esteem as former comrades in the transport system but would rather relate with them if they accept to work with the Park Management System.

He called on members of Road Transport Employers Association (RTEAN) and Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN) to tow the line of law and pay for the Park Management System tickets as it remained the only source of revenue the State government relied upon for social infrastructures and other public works.

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From Boardroom To Politics, Ex-First Bank Boss Eyes Oyo Governor’s Seat

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Adesola Adeduntan, the erstwhile Managing Director of First Bank has been named as one of the would-be successors of the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde come 2027.

 

The banker who was allegedly eased out of banking for some undisclosed misdemeanors is claimed to have began consultations as he charts a new path in politics.

 

Sources hinted that Adeduntan had been interested in an elective position but his participation was measured because of his banking career. But now, the coast is clear and he is already aligning himself with some stakeholders ahead of 2027.

 

A list of names including Ilaji boss, Dotun Sanusi, Taofeek Arapaja, Stanley Olajide and many more has features as interested minds gunning for the number one seat in Oyo, a list Adeduntan has recently joined.

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Ex First Bank Boss, Afonja Dies In Auto Crash

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-Femi Bamgbose

 

Details have emerged on Monday, 20th May, 2024 regarding the tragic death of a former Chairman of First Bank Plc, Ajibola Afonja.

 

The 82 year-old man was said to have died in a car accident.

 

The accident occurred somewhere around Oyo town.

 

Sources hinted papermacheonline that the former Minister popularly known by his company name ‘IDS’ Integrated Dimensional System was rushed to the University College Hospital, Ibadan where he eventually gave up the ghost.

 

The news spread like wildfire within the society circle across Oyo State where Afonja was highly revered.

 

Family sources claimed he would be buried today according to Islamic rites.

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‘How Yahaya Bello Withdrew Almost $1M From Kogi Account To Pay Child’s School Fees’ EFCC boss, Olukoyede

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The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ola Olukoyede, has revealed that a former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, transferred $720,000 from the government’s coffers to a bureau de change before leaving office to pay in advance for his child’s school fee.

 

Olukoyede revealed this during an interview with journalists on Tuesday in Abuja.

 

He said, “A sitting governor, because he knows he is going, moved money directly from government to bureau de change, used it to pay the child’s school fee in advance, $720,000 in advance, in anticipation that he was going to leave the Government House.

 

“In a poor state like Kogi, and you want me to close my eyes to that under the guise of ‘I’m being used.’ Being used by who at this stage of my life?”

 

 

Olukoyede further stated that he personally reached out to Bello, offering him a chance to clarify the situation in a respectful setting within the EFCC office but the ex-governor reportedly declined to cooperate, citing fears of harassment from an unnamed woman.

 

The EFCC boss added, “I didn’t initiate the case; I inherited the case file. I called for the file, and I said there are issues here.

 

“On my own, I called him, which I am not supposed to do, just to honour him as an immediate past governor. ‘Sir, there are issues. I’ve seen this case file. Can you just come let us clarify these issues?’

 

 

“He said, ‘Ha! Thank you, my brother. I know, but I can’t come. There’s one lady that has surrounded EFCC with over 100 people to come and embarrass me and intimitade me.’

 

Bello was said to have suggested that the EFCC come to his village rather than conduct an investigation at the agency’s quarters.

 

“I said if that is the issue, I’m going to pass you through my own gate, and you will come to my floor. We will accord you that respect. I will invite my operatives; they will interrogate and interview you in my own office. What could be more honourable than that to allay the fear?

 

“You know what he said: ‘Thank you, sir, but can’t they come to my village? Olukoyede added.

 

The chairman also highlighted the agency’s achievements during his tenure, stating, “We have recovered close to 120 billion and secured over 1,600 convictions in six months.

 

“I’m so passionate about the need for us to move forward in this country. We need the EFCC to survive. There are so many victims that we have wiped tears off their eyes, people that have been swindled in their millions. Every day, we keep recovering money for victims.”

 

PUNCH Online reports that the EFCC chairman, Olukoyede, has vowed to resign from his position if Yahaya Bello is not prosecuted.

 

The EFCC is seeking to arraign Bello on 19 counts bordering on alleged money laundering, breach of trust, and misappropriation of funds to the tune of N80.2 billion.

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