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Police to Protesters, We’ll keep Baba Ijesha until JUSUN resumes

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The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has revealed that the continuous detention of veteran Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, is based on legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions in the state Ministry of Justice.

Odumosu added that the actor would not be released until the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria suspend its nationwide strike and the courts resumed so that he could be arraigned.

He made the disclosure in reaction to Wednesday’s protest by Omiyinka’s colleague, Yomi Fabiyi, and others, who demonstrated at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, to demand his release on bail.

He stated that based on the legal advice, a prima facie case had been established against Omiyinka, adding that the thespian’s continued detention was based on the DPP’s advice.

Odumosu said, “When they got the SCIID today (Wednesday), they were advised by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the SCIID, and he told them that we have done our work and sought legal advice from the Ministry of Justice and the advice was that we should still keep him in our custody.

“When we concluded our investigation, we forwarded our report to the ministry for legal advice. The ministry advised us through the Office of the Public Defender. The legal advice was that there was a prima facie case established against him and some sections of the law were quoted in the advice. So, the advice was that he should still remain in our custody and to be charged for that.”

Odumosu said the ministry might review its position concerning Omiyinka’s detention if the JUSUN strike continues indefinitely, adding that a new arrangement had been made in the state for courts to sit three times a week.

The CP said, “Regarding the JUSUN strike, they agreed to be working for three days and striking for two days. They will go on strike on Monday and Tuesday, while the courts will sit on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

“It was our hope that they would work on Wednesday, but coincidentally, Wednesday and Thursday are public holidays. But if the courts continue to remain shut, the Ministry of Justice may further review the report. But right now, we are relying on the advice of the ministry.”

Omiyinka has been in detention since he was arrested for alleged sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl, who is in the care of a comedienne, Adekola Adekoya, aka Princess.

During the demonstration on Wednesday, the protesters demanded that Omiyinka should be released on bail.

Fabiyi, who led the demonstration, said he was not in support of the allegations levelled against Omiyinka, but noted that what he was clamouring for was for his fundamental human rights to be respected.

He also condemned re-traumatising the victim in a bid to gather evidence, explaining that such a measure would have negative implications on society.

Addressing the protesters, DCP Adegoke Fayoade, who is in charge of the SCIID, stated that the ongoing strike by judiciary workers had impeded Baba Ijesha’s arraignment.

“Baba Ijesha’s case, as we are aware, has gone to the DPP. And the DPP has advised us on what to do. What we are waiting for is for the courts to resume; as soon as the courts resume, we will arraign him,” he said.

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Osun To Develop Textile Industry, Says Governor Oyetola

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Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola-Crystal News

Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola’s administration to provide an enabling environment for the textile industry to thrive in the state.

Oyetola made the remark during an engagement with the members of the State Textile Dealers Association on Thursday in Osogbo.

The governor, who described the textile industry as a strong commercial sector, said its significant roles in economic development could not be over-emphasized.

Crystal News reports that the governor was represented at the event by his Special Adviser on Civic Engagement, Mr. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye.

Oyetola said that the industry had been playing significant roles in the areas of sustainable commercialization, foreign investment and employment generation in the country.

The governor noted that it was in the realisation of historical economic benefits of the sector that his administration had been putting in place the necessary infrastructure for the textile industry to thrive.

He said, “We cannot underplay the pivotal role the sector played in stemming the tide of unemployment between the late 1950s and early 1990s.

“This has precipitated the efforts of the current administration to make this sector thrive, among many others for sustainable socio-economic development.

“It should be noted that our administration declared every Thursday Osun Adire Day.

“The directive that all public and civil servants be dressed on Adire same day, is not only to promote our culture and tourism but also to specifically develop the state textile industry.”

According to him, the initiative of establishing an international trade centre in the Dagbolu area of the state is part of the concerted efforts towards sustainable industrialization.

He said it was also to strengthen importation and exportation of textile products, as well as give the state businesses international exposure.

“Many road networks and other necessary infrastructures such as Olaiya flyover, capital city roads, intra and inter-community roads, among others are being massively constructed.

“This is to particularly provide ease of doing businesses and to also advance the state foreign investment strategy,” he said.

Earlier in her remarks, the association’s President, Mrs Misturat Adedapo, appealed to the government to consider them for more value-added benefits.

She listed the values to include intensive loan facilities and grants, which could bring about a drastic development of the industry.

 Adedapo commended the administration of Oyetola for abolishing the single uniform policy in the state education sector.

The association president said that reverting to the old school uniforms had indeed improved their businesses.

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Sanwo-Olu Appoints Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello As LASU VC

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Tunji Bello’s Wife, Prof. Ibiyemi Emerges LASU VC-Crystal News

Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed the wife of the Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Professor Ibiyemi-Olatunji Bello as the ninth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University, LASU, Ojo.

The Professor of Physiology (Lagos State University College of Medicine) had served as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the institution before her elevation.

She becomes the ninth Vice-Chancellor of LASU after an exercise laced with intrigues and suspense.

A statement by the State Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, said Professor Olatunji-Bello was appointed following a recommendation by the Joint Committee of Council and Senate of LASU in accordance with the LASU Law, Cap 169 Vol 7, Laws of Lagos State.

She assumed duty as the First Professor of Physiology in LASU College of Medicine on the 2nd of October 2007 after rising through the ranks from Assistant Lecturer (1988 to 1991) to Associate Professor in 2005 at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi-Araba.

In Y2012, Mrs. Olatunji-Bello attended Course 34 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, the highest policy advisory body of the Federal Government, as a nominee of the National Universities Commission.

A member of the National Institute (mni), Mrs. Olatunji-Bello holds a Fellowship Award of the Physiological Society of Nigeria and was also appointed a Fellow of the Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Mitigation in the year 2019.

Prof. Olatunji-Bello as well as two other candidates, Professor Omotayo R. Awofolu and Professor Senapon Bakare, were recommended for the position in order of ranking respectively.

The process of selecting a substantive Vice-Chancellor for LASU commenced with advertisements for the vacant position in three National dailies on Friday, July 30th, and Friday 13th August 2021 respectively.

The tenure of the 8th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun, lapsed on January 11, 2021.

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FG To Lift Twitter Suspension Soon

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that the ban on Twitter will soon be lifted.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, confirmed this development when he fielded questions from State House correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to him, a lot of progress has been made in the ongoing dialogue with Twitter.

“I think even Twitter itself two days ago gave what I will call a progress report on our talks with them, and I think if I want to quote them rightly `it has been productive and quite respectful’.

“And as to the qualifying word for when or how soon, I want to assure you that the time that Twitter operation has been suspended, (I meant) between the time it has been suspended, and when it will be restored is by far, much, much shorter.

“That I can assure you that it is by far in other words, if the operation has been suspended for about 100 days now, I can tell that we’re just actually talking about a few, just a few more days now.”

The minister stressed that both parties were focused on reaching a conclusion on the matter.

“What we’re trying to do is the changes that have been going on, but we need to dot the ‘i’s’ and cross the ‘t’s’, but I can assure us that we’re not unmindful of the anxiety of Nigerians and both parties are working very hard to put a closure on the matter.

“And like Twitter itself said the changes have been very, very productive on both parties. It has not been advisory at all. And it’s quite respectful,’’ he said.

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