Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, has been reportedly diagnosed with possible kidney or lungs illness.
One of his lawyers, Yomi Aliyyu, made this known in an interview with BBC Yoruba, noting that the rights activist developed the illness in Benin Republic prison custody.
According to him, the agitator has also been critically ill and rushed to the hospital for treatment.
The FidelinfoNews had reported that Igboho is currently in a detention facility in Benin Republic.
The Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, home of the pro-Yoruba self-determination activist was invaded by men from DSS about 1:30am on July 1, 2021, leading to the arrest of 12 of his aides, while Igboho managed to escape arrest.
Igboho was later arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic, on July 16, 2021, with his wife, while travelling to Germany and has since then been in detention.
The lawyer raised an alarm that Igboho needed urgent medical attention, saying, “Igboho was not diagnosed with this sickness before he was arrested in Cotonou. It was so critical that they had to rush him to the hospital.
“I can’t tell if he has been returned to the prison from the hospital but what I know is, he’s battling ill health and it seems his kidney and lungs are already being affected.
“Even though I cannot tell which part of his body the sickness has really affected, I know it has to do with his internal organs.”
Sources in the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, confirmed the development.
“Yes, he is ill and his kidney appears affected. We are not very sure yet. Another test result is expected for confirmation. We are working on that and I can assure you that he is in safe hands,” one of the sources said.
When contacted, the spokesperson for Ilana Oodua, Maxwell Adeleye, said, “Expect our reaction soon. But the government should be warned that nothing must happen to Igboho.”
Following the raid, Igboho sued the Federal Government and demanded ₦500 million as special damages for the damage done to his house and his car and another N500 billion as exemplary and aggravated damages.
The court had awarded N20 billion against DSS for the “illegal” invasion of Igboo’s home in Ibadan on July 1.
Igboho also sought an order of the court directing the respondents to return all the items seized from the house.
He listed the items to include, N2 million cash, one thousand Euros, travel documents including international passports belonging to him and his family members, gold jewelry and wristwatches, two mobile phones, and other items yet unknown but which were allegedly carted away by the SSS.
Kwara Approves N20,000 Supports Funds For 30,000 Female Traders For 6 Months
- Kwara cabinet okays initiative to support 30K female traders
- Govt partners with MTN Mobile Money for data capturing, disbursement
- Programme modelled after World Bank initiative
Grant will deepen financial inclusion: Gov
Kwara State Executive Council has approved a programme to empower at least 30,000 female petty traders with a grant of N20,000 each over the next six months — a social investment measure modelled after a World Bank initiative.
In a presentation to the council on Wednesday, Secretary to the Kwara State Government Prof. Mamman Saba Jubril said the programme would be implemented under the Kwara State Social Investment Programme while beneficiaries would cut across the 16 local government areas of the state.
“For stimulation of micro, small and medium scale locally-owned businesses, the agency (KWASSIP) deems it necessary to empower the women within the 16 LGAs of Kwara State. This is another dimension towards ensuring that the women who ordinarily do not have access to financial facility are availed with financial support through the programme,” according to Jubril.
“It may interest council to note that this programme being domesticated and to be funded by the State Government is a replica of the World Bank project (Nigeria for Women Project). However, the state has applied to the World Bank to include Kwara State among the beneficiary states in Nigeria in order to complement the efforts of the state government.”
For efficiency, transparency and easy disbursement to all the 193 wards in the state, Jubril said the government will partner with MTN Nigeria (Mobile Money, MoMo) Service provider which has over 5000 payment agents.
He said the programme will gulp N658m with huge benefits on the microeconomic sector in the state.
Council members took turns to commend the initiative which they said would help to grow small businesses and tackle extreme poverty.
The council meeting was chaired by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who said the administration remains committed to the plight of the downtrodden, including deepening financial inclusion.
KWASSIP, the implementing agency, has carried out similar social safety programme, including Owo Isowo, Owo Arugbo, and Kwapreneur which have benefitted over 100,000 people in the last two years alone.
A recent social impact assessment report on KWASSIP showed no less than 90% of the beneficiaries affirming the programme to be of huge impacts to them, according to Social Innovation and Research Institute and Northeast Humanitarian Innovation Hub.
A military research group had earlier in March, 2022 made similar conclusions on the state’s social safety programme, saying the KWASSIP could lift at least 50,000 people out of extreme poverty within the next five years.
BREAKING: Buhari Appoints New Special Adviser
Dr. Habiba Lawal, a former permanent secretary at the Ecological Project Office has been appointed on Wednesday by President Muhammadu Buhari to the position of Special Adviser to the President for Policy and Coordination.
The FidelinfoNews gathered this was stated in a statement headed “President Buhari appoints Dr. Habiba Muda Lawal Special Adviser Policy and Coordination” and signed by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.
Dr Lawal, who served as Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, from April 19, 2017, to October 30, 2017, has since resumed her duties.
The statement read in part, “Before retirement, Dr Lawal had successfully supervised a team that ensured management, identification, planning and execution of projects to mitigate serious ecological challenges across the country, with commendable results.
She attended Ahmadu Bello University Zaria from 1982 to 1986 for B.Sc. Chemistry; there, she won the Nigerian Tobacco Company Prize for the Best Year II Student 1984/1985, the Imperial Chemical Industries Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Chemistry (Second Class Upper) and the Imperial Chemical Industries Prize for the Best Graduating Project 1985/1986.
“In 1991, Dr. Habiba obtained a Master’s Degree in Inorganic Chemistry from ABU, Zaria and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi (1997).”
Lawal also holds a Certificate in Professional and Personal Competence in Women’s Development from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, Britain.
FG Grant Kwara Right To Host National Council For Women Meeting
The Kwara State Government under the leadership of His Excellency, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has been described as one of the progressive governors that are creating new narratives on female gender issues.
This submission was made by the Kwara State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hon. Mopelola Abdulmaliq-Bashir while featuring as a guest on Royal F.M programme “Gbe Ebi Ro”.
The Commissioner used the medium to reiterate the commitment of the present administration in the state to all efforts geared towards involving women in decision making processes.
Hon. Mopelola also used the opportunity to intimate Kwarans of the forthcoming National Council Meeting, which is scheduled to take place in the state between 26th-29th September, 2022.
The Commissioner expressed the readiness of the Kwara State government to host women from across the 36 states of the Federation including FCT,, Multinational Partners, the Civil Society Organisations and Non-Governmental Organizations to the August event.
In her word “I am delighted to, on behalf of the Kwara State Government announce that the right to host the forthcoming national council meeting has been unanimously granted to Kwara State, as one of the benefits of the unparalleled investment of the present administration in the state under the able leadership of His Excellency, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq in female gender mainstreaming and economic capacitation.
The Commissioner used the medium to thank His Excellency, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for accepting the hosting right, and for providing necessary logistics for the programme. She also appreciated the support of the First Lady of Kwara State, Amb, Dr. Olufolake Abdulrazaq, which has culminated in the automatic granting of the hosting right to Kwara State.
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