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Performance rating : PDP, APC lock horns in Osun

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The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun state, and the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were at each others’ wit end over the weekend.

The two political parties were at loggerheads over the purported performance rating by the World Bank, in which Osun state was reportedly adjudged the best.

Reacting to this development on Monday through a press statement signed and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, the capital of Osun, the Director of Publicity for APC in the state, Mr Kunle Oyatomi has challenged the PDP to disprove this raring or “bury their heads in shame “.

According to him, failure of PDP to controvert the rating of APC led government in the state as the best in terms of performance by the World Bank’s assessment portrays them as shameless elements.

“Nothing can be more dishonourable than the recklessness with which the PDP had been spreading outright falsehood and misleading propaganda against the APC government in the last eight years.

“So pervasive had been the PDP propaganda and lies that it virtually created a negative impression across the country that Osun was being plundered and misgoverned by the APC

“Today, however, to the utter shame and disgrace of the PDP, the World Bank has declared Osun the best performing state in Nigeria on rural access and mobility projects.

“Besides, the Bank singled out the state as a strong performer on project implementation in the country. The fact speaks for itself.

“Of especial importance to any objective observer should be the World Bank’s statement that highlighted, ‘the high sense of diligence and commitment displayed by the state government that earned it the award.

“We dare the PDP and its Chairman to produce facts and figures to prove the World Bank wrong”, the statement read.

The PDP, in a swift reaction has described performance rating of APC as ‘fraudulent and unorthodox’ saying the party has woefully failed the people hence, the desperate move to seek for foreign cover up.

It said people that are completely alien to the state without deep knowledge of the political environment could not be said to be real.

Hon. Soji Adagunodo, the Chairman of PDP in the state stated this in a release made available to journalists in Osogbo.

Adagunodo alleged that the governor of the state, Mr Gboyega Oyetola after his abysmal performance had to take such steps to give himself and his team the undeserved rating.

“The strange World Back officials , whose real identities are even shrouded in secrecy and fraudulent in details cannot tell us how good or bad the performance of a government is than the people who have been impoverished by the APC maladministration.

“If Oyetola wants to be genuinely rated, he should sample peoples opinions from Igbona and Oja’ba Markets in Osogbo, Owode and Oja Timi markets in Ede, Akinola market in Ife North, Oja Titun in Ile-Ife, Atakumosa market in ilesa ,Olufi market in Gbongan , Obada market in Odeomu, Owode market in Apomu , Odo ori market in iwo, Olobu market in ilobu , Olufon market in ifon , Alara market in Ara , Alamisi and Monday markets in ikirun. These are the authentic people that accurately rate your performance.

“Also, various abandoned projects that littered the state with billions of Naira making their way into private pockets are there for people to see”, Adagunodo said.

Osun PDP said all what APC and governor Oyetola is doing is to embark on propaganda in his latest efforts to disabuse the minds of the people against the inhuman treatment being meted out to Osun people.

“Governor Gboyega Oyetola is hereby advised to face real governance instead of the old style of using padded propaganda that they are used to which has become obsolete and no longer reliable to deceive people into voting for them, because people are now wiser and are already counting the APC days,” Adagunodo said.

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BREAKING: Another torture centre with 11 inmates uncovered in Zaria

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An illegal rehabilitation home that had transformed into a house of horror where inmates are tortured and left to writhe in pains has been discovered in Zaria, Kaduna State.

The discovery, which was made on Tuesday, left many across the city in shock.

At least 11 inmates made up of men and children were removed from the illegal facility.

The latest incident follows the discoveries of other unauthorised rehabilitation centres in Rigasa under Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna, and another in Katsina State.

Many of the inmates in those places were bound with chains and had various torture marks all over their bodies.

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JUST IN: Seven killed, houses burnt as gang violence erupted in Cross River Community

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At least seven person have lost their lives while several houses were torched during a gang violence that broke out in Okundi under Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State in the early hours of Tuesday.

The violence was said to have been triggered by the killing of a young man named Joseph Bankong, who is opposed to cult activities in the area on Monday night.

A resident of the community, who witnessed the incident, said, “The killing of Bankong made the entire community to rise up against suspected cult members.

“In the process, Alphonsus Etta Ewung, Otu Agbor Edum, and Chief Paulinus Otu’s son among others were killed.”

Commissioner of Police in the state, Austin Agbonlahor, confirmed the incident, adding that “The police are on ground now”.

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Why we arrested Mompha in Abuja – EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha.

EFCC disclosed that Mompha was arrested for alleged internet fraud and money laundering on Friday last week at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

The anti-graft agency made the disclosure in a series of tweets titled: “Alleged Internet fraud, Money Laundering: EFCC Arrests Ismaila Mustapha, a.k.a Mompha.”

The tweets reads: “The EFCC, Lagos office, has arrested a renowned Social Media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha popularly known as Mompha for alleged involvement in internet-related fraud and money laundering.

“The suspect, a premium and first class customer of one of the popular international airlines, was arrested on Friday 18, October 2019 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on his way to Dubai Emirate following series of intelligence reports received by the Commission.”

EFCC also disclosed that according to its operatives, “actionable cross border intelligence received from collaborative law enforcement agencies about his alleged involvement in the criminal activities further strengthened our suspicion”.

It added: “Ismaila, who allegedly perpetrates his fraudulent activities under the guise of being a Bureau de Change operator is always seen with his little son flaunting huge amount of foreign currencies on his social media platforms.

“Investigations have also revealed that Ismaila is only using the BDC business, he jointly owned with his siblings, as a decoy to launder his proceeds of crime.

“However, the suspect has volunteered useful information to the operatives and has admitted to be reasonably involved in the first two cases he was alleged to be involved.

“At the point of arrest, five wristwatches with a total worth of over twenty million naira (N20, 000, 000: 00) was recovered from him. The suspects will soon be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.”

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