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Osun-Osogbo festival ends with funfair

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The grand finale of the annual Osun-Osogbo Festival ended on Friday with fanfair and merriments at the site of the Osun-Osogbo groove in Osogbo.

 

During the festival, Osun devotees, masquerades, traditionalists and royal fathers paid homage to the festival’s host, Ataoja of Osogboland, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, at the groove.

 

Gov. Ademola Adeleke, who spoke with newsmen on the sideline of the festival, said the state government had done so much to support the festival.

Adeleke said the government assisted in renovationing and beautifying the groove to make it more attractive to tourists.

“Since the inception of the Osun-Osogbo festival, they have not had the kind of support our administration gave them.

“We did the beautification of the groove in less than two months and we still have more to do,” he said.

Oba Olaonipekun, the Ata-Oja of Osogbo, in his remarks, thanked the governor and his entourage for gracing the event, praying that they would gather to celebrate it with him again in 2024.

The royal father also thanked all the partners and sponsors, who made the festival a success, as well as dignitaries, royal fathers and people, both from Nigeria and abroad who graced the occasion.

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Bandits shoot 40 dead, sack Plateau community

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Bandits in their numbers reportedly attacked Zurak village in Bashar District of Wase local government area of Plateau State, killing more than 40 persons, including vigilantes.

 

According to residents of the community, the incident occurred around 5: pm, on Monday, when people were going about their normal activities.

 

The residents said but they could not immediately report the incident due to the poor communication network in the area.

According to Sahpi’i Sambo, a youth leader in the area, who also confirmed the incident to Daily Trust, the bandits arrived at the community on motorcycles – two on a bike – with sophisticated weapons and started shooting sporadically.

He said “More than 40 people were killed while many injured. Residents of the village have fled to neighbouring communities for cover. As of yesterday, security personnel had not yet arrived at the community. It was deadly,” Sambo said.

Spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Alabo Alfred, had not responded to inquiry by our correspondent as of the time of filing this report.

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Ex-Sports Minister laments after hospital neglected him for hours over N80000 deposit

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A former Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has recounted how a hospital in Plateau State did not attend to him because of the non-payment of the admission deposit.

 

Dalung said he fell ill on Wednesday, May 8, and went to the unnamed hospital for treatment but that the hospital refused to give him treatment because he had yet to make an admission deposit despite holding his medical records. The former minister said he regained partial consciousness later and transferred the deposit before he was attended to.

 

“I took ill on Wednesday, arrived at the hospital & shortly became unconscious after doctor’s interviews. Was ferried into emergency ward but abandoned for over 4 hrs due to non payments of admission deposits. Regained partial consciousness later did the transfer of deposit.

After that, I fell into unconsciousness again for about 7 hours. To God be the glory, I have been discharged after 3 days & recovering. Were it not for partial consciousness to pay the deposits, I would have been Mr. late. Many Nigerians have gone this way. Where is our humanity?

I was then admitted into the ward and given medical attention. This is the hospital that has my medical records. The last medical checkup I did about 2 months ago was there, but suddenly, I became a stranger because of non payments of deposits even with the so-called name. Hmmmm”

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