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Former chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW) Alhaji Akani Olohunwa who was arrested last week following his indictment by a suspect arrested over killings of rival officials of the union has been released by the police.

But Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Godwin Oti, told Saharareporters that he had not been briefed about the release of the murder suspect.

He, however, promised to get the information across as soon as the facts are available.

A source told Saharareporters that Olohunwa was released on Monday based on the agreement he had with the Police that he will always make himself available for questioning in the ongoing murder investigation.

If you recall, Olohunwa was arrested in relation to the murder of Ganiyu Ayinla alias Pinero.

Pinero was assassinated at Idumota area of Lagos, on January 23, 2018, after a meeting of the union.

Pinero and his boss, Azeez Lawal (AKA Kunle Poly), the NURTW chairman of Idumota chapter, were coming from a meeting where they had gone to discuss the annual Idumota Day when the assassins, totaling four in number, waylaid and opened fire on their car. But Kunle Poly who was said to be the target of the assassins luckily escaped as he was not in the car when the killers came.

Adeola Williams, aka Ade Lawyer, a suspect who was arrested in relation to the killing weeks after later confessed to have been paid by Olohunwa to carry out the assassination.

He also confessed that Kunle Poly was the target of the assassination, though the assassins missed him and killed his personal personal assistant instead.

A source told this website that on the day Pinero was killed, he was in an attire similar to that of his boss, hence the mistaken identity.

“Ade Lawyer must have thought that it was Kunle Poly who was in the car because they wore the same cloth that day. It is common practice for Pinero and Kunle Poly to wear the same cloth. They are tight friends and they go out together a lot. When they go for parties, they wear the same cloth and they are always together,” the source told Sahara reporters.

 

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You Are Incapacitated, Hand Over To Me; Ondo Deputy Gov Tells Akeredolu

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Agboola Ajayi, deputy governor of Ondo state, has asked Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor, to hand over to him.

Akeredolu has been in isolation since Tuesday when he tested positive for COVID-19.

While announcing that he would be going into isolation, the governor appealed to the people to keep safe and observe the safety protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

However, he was silent about transmitting power to his deputy.

When the issue of handing over to the deputy governor was raised at a media briefing on Friday, Donald Ojogho, commissioner for information, said the governor will never allow Ajayi to take control of the state.

“Handing over the governance of the state to Agboola is a non-issue and we are not even considering that. I know as a matter of fact that nobody would want to do that… He (deputy governor) has created an unusual scenario upon which he wanted to climb into the next step in his political ambition and we have seen this as a misadventure. We cannot toil with what we have built over the years. We cannot risk and attempt to hand over to someone who has exhibited the widest scenario of betrayal. So, it is unthinkable,” he had said.

But in a statement on Saturday, Ajayi said he ought to be the acting governor since Akeredolu has been partially incapacitated.

He said the refusal of the governor to allow him to take charge of the state amounts to a “flagrant disregard for the country’s constitution”.

“Section 190 (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) is apposite in the prevailing constitutional aberration in Ondo State,” Ajayi said in a statement Allen Sowore, his spokesman, issued on his behalf.

“However, it should be noted, that Mr Governor is at liberty to handover or not within 21 days after which the constitution becomes operational.

“Ostensibly, the refusal and failure of Mr Governor to handover the running of government to his deputy, while he is temporarily incapacitated in self- isolation, underscore his absolute disregard for our nation’s supreme document, 1999 Constitution (as amended) as well as the tenets of rule of law.

“The Governor’s position is a spite on the Ondo State people and a direct assault on the provisions of the constitution which he swore to uphold.

“Governor Akeredolu’s deliberate mounting of obstacles to smooth running of government machinery while he’s in self-isolation as a result of the fact that he has been tested positive for the COVID-19 privileges the hypocritical nature of Ondo State government’s war against the ravaging pandemic.”

Akeredolu and Ajayi have been having a running battle, which reached its height when the deputy governor resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The governor had fired all the aides attached to Ajayi’s office and his police escort was withdrawn until Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police intervened.

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COVID-19: Ex-LASIMRA Boss, Jide Odekunle, Dies At Lagos Isolation Center

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Chief Jide Odekunle, immediate past General Manager of LASIMRA during the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in Lagos State, has died.

The top socialite reportedly died of Coronavirus complications at the Onikan isolation center.

He was also the former secretary of the Ikoyi Club.

He was until his death the Bobagunwa of Egbaland.

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JUST IN: Ebonyi Governor Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease.

This was contained in a statement personally signed by him on Saturday.

Details later…

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