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Onolememen faults Oshiomohole’s claim on federal road

THE build-up to the July 14, 2012 governorship polls in Edo State took a messier dimension at the weekend when  Governor Adams Oshiomhole accused the Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen of resorting to a verbal war over projects executed by th…

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THE build-up to the July 14, 2012 governorship polls in Edo State took a messier dimension at the weekend when  Governor Adams Oshiomhole accused the Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen of resorting to a verbal war over projects executed by the latter.

While Oshiomhole accused the minister of misleading the Federal Executive Council (FEC) into awarding a N2.6 billion contract for a non-existing road in Uromi, the minister said the governor was playing politics with a project that was initiated before he (Onolememen) came into office.

The governor made the charge when former Special Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo on Policy and Strate-gy, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, formally decamped to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

But in a reaction yesterday, Onolememen said he was shocked over the governor’s comments on Ada-Okere-Ukoni-Amedokhian Old Road, which FEC recently awarded the contract for its execution.

The minister said for the governor to accuse him of smuggling the project into the budget was the worst form of falsehood the chief executive of state can spread.

According to him, he expected Oshiomhole to be happy over infrastructural development in the state by Federal Government.

He said the Ada-Okere-Ukoni-Amedokhian road exists in Esan North East Local Government Area and transverses Uromi, Ugboha and Uzea communities in Edo State.

But for Governor Oshiomhole’s public display of ignorance of the Ada-Okere-Ukoni-Amedokhian road, having been governor of the State for about four years now, is unpardonable and speaks volumes of the character of his government. The Ada-Okere-Ukoni-Amedokhian road leads to Federal Technical College, Uromi, the Esan Water Works project being executed by Federal Government in Ugboha and the Hydrocarbon mineral deposit recently discovered by government in Uzea.

“Contrary to Governor Oshiomhole’s false claims that the contract for the Ada-Okere-Ukoni-Amedokhian road was ‘smuggled’ into the Federal Government Budget by the Honourable Minister of Works, we make bold to say that the said road project has been designed and introduced into the 2010 Federal Budget, and later, into the 2011 Federal Budget, long before Arc Mike Onolememen was appointed Honourable Minister of Works.”

But Oshiomhole said: “The godfather and the godson deceived FEC into awarding a N2.6 billion contract for a road construction that does not exist in Uromi,” adding that “they will be kept where they belong with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)”.

In a statement made available to The Guardian yesterday in Lagos, the minister said the Ada-Okere-Ukoni-Amedokhian road project was not the one being executed by Federal Government in the state.

He listed the others as the reinstatement of the gully erosion disaster along Auchi-Okene Expressway (near Omega Fire Ministries by Jattu Junction) leading to Oshiomhole’s residence in Iyamo; the repair of the erosion damaged portion of Ayogwiri-Fugar Road in Ayogwiri. Onolememen said the two projects were located in Oshiomhole’s native Etsako West Local Council.

He hinted that, following a memo he initiated, the South Ibie Road, opposite Federal Polytechnic, Auchi also located in Oshiomhole’s Etsako West Local Council was being handled by the government. The minister said the project involved the construction of two bridges among others.

Onolememen said: “Even when Governor Oshiomhole continuously claimed credit for the rehabilitation of the Dawson-Iyaro-Uselu-Ugbowo section of the Benin-Ore-Shagamu Highway and other ongoing federal projects in the state for political gains, we did not consider it necessary to engage him because falsehood can never thrive in the state because the people are enlightened and well- informed about the rehabilitation programmes of the Federal Ministry of Works.”

Oshiomhole however said: “I am inviting President Goodluck Jonathan to kick off the construction of that road so he can see that it does not exist. Our President has been misled by a Minister of Works, who needs money to fund an election, but this time we will not keep quiet. They have been doing it for a long time.

Last year, they invited the Vice President (Namadi Sambo) to commission a water contract, but when the people of Uromi shouted that the contract was fraudulent and that they only pumped water into the overhead tank, the Vice President cancelled the commissioning.”

The governor further alleged that rather than campaigning and tell the people of the state their plans for the development of the state, “the PDP leaders in Edo Central and Edo North were busy buying voters’ cards.”

Onolememen insisted that Oshiomhole never rehabilitated any federal road in Benin City and elsewhere in the state.

“If indeed the governor was responsible for the rehabilitation of Dawson road section, which is part of the full rehabilitation works of Benin-Ore-Shagamu Expressway, why has he not asked for claims or refund from Federal Government for intervening in federal roads like other state governors are doing?”

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Man United and Arsenal Go Head To Head In The Premier League on DStv

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It’s another big weekend for Manchester United as they face Arsenal in the English Premier League on Sunday November 1, 2020.

Still battling with a wobbly start to the new season, the Red Devils will be looking forward to ending their home games woes as they face the Gunners at the Old Trafford in the Super Sunday match.

United head into the match under intense pressure to regain fans’ confidence and get its Premier League campaign on track after an unimpressive home run. They have won their last 10 away games in all competitions but none of their last five at home.

It is United’s worst start to a season at Old Trafford in the last 48 years.

The once dreaded Old Trafford where opponents visit with their hearts in their mouths is fast becoming a common ground after United suffered 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace, 6-1 to Tottenham and refused to score a goal against the Blues last weekend. It is left to be seen whether Arsenal will come close to repeating the 6-1 plummeting of United by its North London rivals.

Despite losing 1-0 to Leicester City on Monday night, the Gunners boss, Mikel Arteta, will be boosted by the fact that his side has a head to head advantage over United in their last three encounters.

The head to head record appears to favour Arsenal having won two and drawn one of the duo's last three league meetings while United’s last win against Arsenal was in the FA Cup in 2019.

Arsenal presently at 10th place on nine points travel to Old Trafford on Sunday without Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers have all been ruled out with injury. David Luiz who picked up a muscular injury against Leicester is also unsure for the game yet.

United with seven points sits at 15th place will also be without Anthony Martial still serving his domestic suspension, while Eric Bailly, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are all ruled out with injury.

While we look forward to the epic battle at Old Trafford this weekend live on DStv, we cannot lose sight of matches from the 18 other Premier League clubs that will all be in action this weekend. The games will also be live on
SuperSport Premier League for all DStv customers.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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Onolememen faults Oshiomohole’s claim on federal road

THE build-up to the July 14, 2012 governorship polls in Edo State took a messier dimension at the weekend when  Governor Adams Oshiomhole accused the Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen of resorting to a verbal war over projects executed by th…

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THE build-up to the July 14, 2012 governorship polls in Edo State took a messier dimension at the weekend when  Governor Adams Oshiomhole accused the Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen of resorting to a verbal war over projects executed by the latter.

While Oshiomhole accused the minister of misleading the Federal Executive Council (FEC) into awarding a N2.6 billion contract for a non-existing road in Uromi, the minister said the governor was playing politics with a project that was initiated before he (Onolememen) came into office.

The governor made the charge when former Special Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo on Policy and Strate-gy, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, formally decamped to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

But in a reaction yesterday, Onolememen said he was shocked over the governor’s comments on Ada-Okere-Ukoni-Amedokhian Old Road, which FEC recently awarded the contract for its execution.

The minister said for the governor to accuse him of smuggling the project into the budget was the worst form of falsehood the chief executive of state can spread.

According to him, he expected Oshiomhole to be happy over infrastructural development in the state by Federal Government.

He said the Ada-Okere-Ukoni-Amedokhian road exists in Esan North East Local Government Area and transverses Uromi, Ugboha and Uzea communities in Edo State.

But for Governor Oshiomhole’s public display of ignorance of the Ada-Okere-Ukoni-Amedokhian road, having been governor of the State for about four years now, is unpardonable and speaks volumes of the character of his government. The Ada-Okere-Ukoni-Amedokhian road leads to Federal Technical College, Uromi, the Esan Water Works project being executed by Federal Government in Ugboha and the Hydrocarbon mineral deposit recently discovered by government in Uzea.

“Contrary to Governor Oshiomhole’s false claims that the contract for the Ada-Okere-Ukoni-Amedokhian road was ‘smuggled’ into the Federal Government Budget by the Honourable Minister of Works, we make bold to say that the said road project has been designed and introduced into the 2010 Federal Budget, and later, into the 2011 Federal Budget, long before Arc Mike Onolememen was appointed Honourable Minister of Works.”

But Oshiomhole said: “The godfather and the godson deceived FEC into awarding a N2.6 billion contract for a road construction that does not exist in Uromi,” adding that “they will be kept where they belong with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)”.

In a statement made available to The Guardian yesterday in Lagos, the minister said the Ada-Okere-Ukoni-Amedokhian road project was not the one being executed by Federal Government in the state.

He listed the others as the reinstatement of the gully erosion disaster along Auchi-Okene Expressway (near Omega Fire Ministries by Jattu Junction) leading to Oshiomhole’s residence in Iyamo; the repair of the erosion damaged portion of Ayogwiri-Fugar Road in Ayogwiri. Onolememen said the two projects were located in Oshiomhole’s native Etsako West Local Council.

He hinted that, following a memo he initiated, the South Ibie Road, opposite Federal Polytechnic, Auchi also located in Oshiomhole’s Etsako West Local Council was being handled by the government. The minister said the project involved the construction of two bridges among others.

Onolememen said: “Even when Governor Oshiomhole continuously claimed credit for the rehabilitation of the Dawson-Iyaro-Uselu-Ugbowo section of the Benin-Ore-Shagamu Highway and other ongoing federal projects in the state for political gains, we did not consider it necessary to engage him because falsehood can never thrive in the state because the people are enlightened and well- informed about the rehabilitation programmes of the Federal Ministry of Works.”

Oshiomhole however said: “I am inviting President Goodluck Jonathan to kick off the construction of that road so he can see that it does not exist. Our President has been misled by a Minister of Works, who needs money to fund an election, but this time we will not keep quiet. They have been doing it for a long time.

Last year, they invited the Vice President (Namadi Sambo) to commission a water contract, but when the people of Uromi shouted that the contract was fraudulent and that they only pumped water into the overhead tank, the Vice President cancelled the commissioning.”

The governor further alleged that rather than campaigning and tell the people of the state their plans for the development of the state, “the PDP leaders in Edo Central and Edo North were busy buying voters’ cards.”

Onolememen insisted that Oshiomhole never rehabilitated any federal road in Benin City and elsewhere in the state.

“If indeed the governor was responsible for the rehabilitation of Dawson road section, which is part of the full rehabilitation works of Benin-Ore-Shagamu Expressway, why has he not asked for claims or refund from Federal Government for intervening in federal roads like other state governors are doing?”

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Man United and Arsenal Go Head To Head In The Premier League on DStv

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It’s another big weekend for Manchester United as they face Arsenal in the English Premier League on Sunday November 1, 2020.

Still battling with a wobbly start to the new season, the Red Devils will be looking forward to ending their home games woes as they face the Gunners at the Old Trafford in the Super Sunday match.

United head into the match under intense pressure to regain fans’ confidence and get its Premier League campaign on track after an unimpressive home run. They have won their last 10 away games in all competitions but none of their last five at home.

It is United’s worst start to a season at Old Trafford in the last 48 years.

The once dreaded Old Trafford where opponents visit with their hearts in their mouths is fast becoming a common ground after United suffered 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace, 6-1 to Tottenham and refused to score a goal against the Blues last weekend. It is left to be seen whether Arsenal will come close to repeating the 6-1 plummeting of United by its North London rivals.

Despite losing 1-0 to Leicester City on Monday night, the Gunners boss, Mikel Arteta, will be boosted by the fact that his side has a head to head advantage over United in their last three encounters.

The head to head record appears to favour Arsenal having won two and drawn one of the duo's last three league meetings while United’s last win against Arsenal was in the FA Cup in 2019.

Arsenal presently at 10th place on nine points travel to Old Trafford on Sunday without Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers have all been ruled out with injury. David Luiz who picked up a muscular injury against Leicester is also unsure for the game yet.

United with seven points sits at 15th place will also be without Anthony Martial still serving his domestic suspension, while Eric Bailly, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are all ruled out with injury.

While we look forward to the epic battle at Old Trafford this weekend live on DStv, we cannot lose sight of matches from the 18 other Premier League clubs that will all be in action this weekend. The games will also be live on
SuperSport Premier League for all DStv customers.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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