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AbdulRazaq Appoints Chairman, DG For Newly Created Sports Commission

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has appointed Mr. Bola Mogaji as the chairman of the newly created Kwara State Sports Commission, a statement said on Monday, saying the pick would help to drive growth and innovation in the subsector.

Mogaji, who has decades of cognate experience as a professional athlete and stakeholder, is a household name in the country’s sports industry.

Educated at the University of Ibadan, Mogaji has served in different capacities as a sports administrator at different levels.

He was on the Kwara State Sports Council as chief coach between 1977 and 1995; he was national champion (squash) between 1988 and 1989; National coach squash between 1995 and 2014; technical chairman of Nigeria Squash Federation between 2000 and 2015; Vice President Nigeria Squash Federation between 2000 and 2004; Players’ Representative on National Board between 2000 and 2015;  member of the Main Organising Committee of the National Sports Festival Eko 2012; member MOC Kwara Sports Festival 2020; and President of the Nigerian Squash Referee Association from 2012 to date.

He hails from Ilorin West.

The Governor has also appointed Dr. Olarinoye Steve Abiodun, another renowned sports administrator from Ifelodun local government, as the Director General of the Kwara State Sports Commission.

A graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University and an alumnus of the International Sports Academy Germany, Abiodun has decades of cognate experience as an A-list sports administrator and athlete. These include his positions as executive Secretary of the Professional League, Nigeria Football Association (1993-1995); Head, International Competition Department (NFA) (1995-1996); Secretary General, Nigeria Weightlifting Federation between 2005 and 2009; chairman, Kwara State Weightlifting Association from 2018 to date; administrative secretary to the gold-winning Nigeria Olympic Football Team Atlanta (1996).

Other members of the Commission are sports authorities and enthusiasts like Dele Abubakar; Abdullahi Lade; Lanre Elijah; Makanjuola Monisola Yemisi; Roseline Raphael; Balikis Abolore Abdulkadir; Bakare Salmon Adebayo; and Ojukaiye Adedoyin Omolade, a senior civil servant, who is the secretary of the Commission.

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Apathy mars PDP congress in Kwara, As Prominent Members Stay-off

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There was low turnout of members of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, during the state congress held in Kwara state, today, September 25th 2021.

The internecine war within the state chapter of the party may likely be responsible for this poor turnout of party members for the congress.

Prominent among the causes of this boycott is the power play between the former President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki and a former Minister and current Director General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies , NILDS, Prof Abubakar Sulaiman.

A group loyal to Sulaiman had in press release prior to today’s congress stated that the current executives who were elected in 2018 are expected to spend four years tenure according to the Constitution of the party, vowing to drag the party to court.

Findings show that the former Kwara political lord has received the blessings of the national leadership of the party to change the executives of the party in Kwara state and take control, a development which surprisingly is being resisted by Sulaiman, a beneficiary of Saraki’s patronage, having been assisted with his present appointment during Saraki’s reign as President of the Senate.

According to an inside source, Sulaiman had been avoiding prior political interface with Saraki, choosing to offer excuses for his absence at pressing political engagements.

Many prominent members of the party also stayed away from the Congress in apparent support for the constitutional rights of the present executives across the 16 local government areas of the state.

With this face-off, there is the likelihood of a forced takeover of the Kwara PDP by Saraki, since he enjoins the support of the national secretariat of the party.

The fate of the executives and members loyal to Sulaiman is dangling, and may be determined at a meeting to hold sometime next week in Ilorin.

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AbdulRazaq Greets APC Spokesman On Birthday Anniversary

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated the State Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) Alhaji Folaranmi Tajudeen Aro, praying the Almighty God to grant him more fulfiiing years ahead.

The Governor described the politician as a committed, consistent and fearless democrat who promotes his beliefs wholeheartedly.

“I felicitate Alhaji Aro, as he is fondly called, on his birthday anniversary today. His service and commitment to party discipline and growth are beyond doubt. Alhaji Aro is a frontline advocate of this administration and its laudable pro-people programmes, as can be seen in his activities,” the Governor said in a statement.

“I pray the Almighty Allah to bless him with good health and long life, and grant him his aspirations in life.”

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Man Allegedly Kills Brother For Rituals In Kwara

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The Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested one lsmail Saliu, 25, for allegedly conspiring with a herbalist and one other, to slaughter his brother.

The NSCDC Command Spokesman in Kwara, Babawale Afolabi, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, in Ilorin.

Afolabi said that Saliu conspired with two others, and killed his 14-year-old younger brother, Azeez Saliu, with the intention of using him for money rituals.

The spokesman said that the incident happened on September 13, 2021 in Kosubosu, Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara.

“On Sept. 13, operatives of the NSCDC in Kosubosu Divisional Office got a distress call from a neighbourhood about suspicious movement of certain individuals in the area.

“Some officers from the divisional office, with operatives of the Anti-Vandal patrol team in the area, swung into action and subsequently arrested a herbalist Ahmed Nkwe 44, lsmail Saliu 25 and Saliu Ahmed 30,” Afolabi said.

The spokesman said that investigations revealed that the suspects lured the victim to the farm, where he was gruesomely murdered by his own brother, Saliu.

He said that the suspect and his accomplices were later arrested by operatives of the NSCDC on their way back from the farm.

Afolabi said that the prime suspect and brother to the deceased confessed to having personally slaughtered his brother with the help of the herbalist and one other person.

He said that the State Commandant, Ayinla Makinde, was briefed on the incident, and had ordered that the suspects should be handed over to the police, for further investigations and prosecution.

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