Ibadan Poly closes school over insecurity

THE management of the Polytechnic Ibadan on Sunday, suspended all activities at the institution over rising insecurity in the state.

A statement by the public relations officer of the institution, Adewole Soladoye which was signed by the registrar, Mrs Modupe Theresa Fawale, said it is “to monitor the security temperature within the institution and its environment.”

The statement said all public activities including conferences, seminars, and workshops in the institution and its environs have been suspended.

It reads, “The Authorities of The Polytechnic, Ibadan have suspended all public activities including conferences and seminars and workshops in the Institution and its environment until further notice apart from the ongoing second-semester examinations.”

Fawale, who is the Registrar and Secretary to the Council said the decision is part of efforts to monitor the security situation within the Institution and its environment.

The statement further disclosed that the decision is also part of efforts to curtail and monitor the continued Covid-19 precautions.

“By this, all Deans of Faculties, Directors, Heads of Departments, religious bodies, Students’ Union, students’ Representative Council, all staff and members of the public are to kindly abide by this directive which takes effect from Sunday, 27th of June.”

Arguably, there is worsening insecurity in Oyo with killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen, cult wars, and violence involving road transport workers topping the ugly list.

The school closure came barely 24 hours after Olusegun Agagu University, Info State, was shut after four female students were raped by gunmen.

Anambra 2021: Valentine Ozigbo Wins PDP Governorship Primary Election

A candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Valentine Ozigbo has emerged as the governorship candidate of the party in Anambra State.

The 50-year-old Mr Ozigbo polled 62 out of 218 votes to beat 13 other contestants.

Some aspirants had withdrawn from the primary out of protest because of the new list of delegates that was released by the National Working Committee of the party.

Besides, a faction of the party had held a parallel primary electiins in Awka which produced Ugochukwu Uba as its candidate.

The candidates who lost to Mr Ozigbo included Uche Ukwunife, a serving senator, who scored 44 votes and came third in the primary which was conducted late into Saturday night.

Obiora Okonkwo, a billionaire businessman, came second with 58 votes.

Mr Ozigbo was the president and chief executive officer of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp) from 2019 to 2020.

He has worked with several banks in Nigeria, including Diamond Bank and the United Bank for Africa.

Mr Ozigbo will be contesting against a former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Charles Soludo, who is the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the November 6 governorship election in the state.

APGA is the ruling party in the state.

The All Progressives Congress was yet to declare its candidate for the election at the time of this report.

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