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Human rights activist Ariyo Atoye dies of cancer

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A human rights activist and Executive Director of Adopt A Goal Initiative, Ariyo-Dare Atoye has died.

The activist died in Abuja on Thursday.

His death was announced by his colleague, Deji Adeyanju, who tweeted on Thursday afternoon, My brother comrade Ariyo Dare Atoye has gone to be with the Lord. He was looking at me till the last moment. From God we came, and it is certain to Him we will return.”

SaharaReporters learnt that the activist died of lung cancer.

The activist, who had been in critical health condition for weeks, in a short text message he sent from his sick bed to SaharaReporters in mid-October, said he needed prayers from Nigerians to save his life.

At the time, Ariyo was battling with the disease in a hospital in Abuja.

The text message read, “Activist Ariyo-Dare Atoye in a critical health condition. Down but not out, Jesus got me, pray for me.”

Atoye was a frontline human rights crusader who stood against oppression, injustice and forces and actions that sought to undermine civic and media space.

The activist played a major role in the passage and signing of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2022 into law through a coalition called Civil Society Partners on Electoral Reform (CiSPER).

He led several protests against the initial delay in the passage of the bill.

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Third Mainland Bridge: FG announces 24-hour total closure

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The Federal Ministry of Works announced on Monday that both lanes of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State will be shut down to traffic from Wednesday at noon until Thursday at noon. Mrs. Olukorede Kesha, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, provided this information in a statement to the press.

Kesha clarified that the complete closure is part of the ongoing rehabilitation efforts on the bridge. She emphasized that the bridge will not be accessible to traffic during this critical 24-hour period and urged all road users to seek alternative routes.

Motorists are encouraged to cooperate with traffic management officials to ensure smooth traffic flow during this time. Additionally, the Lagos State Government has also issued a notification regarding the planned closure of the bridge.

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Closure of Osun courts making judiciary lifeless – CSO

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The Osun Masterminds (TOM), a civil society organization, has expressed dismay over the prolonged closure of courts in the state due to the strike declared by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), describing it as rendering the judiciary inactive. TOM also criticized the strike as thoughtless and contradictory to the principles of maintaining law and order and ensuring justice in the state.

The organization accused the state government, led by Governor Ademola Adeleke, of displaying indifference toward the ongoing closure of the courts. In a state of the state address delivered by TOM’s Executive Director, Prof Wasiu Oyedokun-Alli, the group insisted that the state government should have taken proactive measures to address the issues leading to the industrial action.

TOM alleged that the silence of the state government could be interpreted as tacit support for the strike, highlighting that the government continued to pay salaries to judicial workers while overlooking the current paralysis of the court system in the state.

Oyedokun-Alli, calling for an end to the strike, warned that the group would not hesitate to take legal action against all parties involved if the industrial action persists.

“As a group, we will not hesitate to take legal action against the participants in the judicial battle before competent courts if the strike continues.

“We advise all concerned parties to act responsibly and uphold the oath they took. It is crucial that the Osun State Government, rather than showing indifference, takes active steps to resolve the issues leading to the ongoing industrial action.”

It is worth noting that JUSUN in Osun State initiated an indefinite strike in November 2023, following allegations that police personnel had used tear gas against members who were picketing and protesting against the Osun Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo.

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AFCON 2023: We’re not stupid – Peseiro gives condition to invite NPFL players

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The head coach of the Super Eagles, Jose Peseiro, stated during his press conference in Abidjan on Saturday that only talented players from the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) would receive invitations to the national team. Peseiro emphasized that the selection would be based on the players’ quality and abilities, irrespective of the league they currently participate in.

While addressing the media ahead of Nigeria’s opening fixture at the 2023 African Cup of Nations against Equatorial Guinea, the Portuguese coach clarified that he had not ruled out the possibility of inviting players from the local league. He mentioned the inclusion of Ojo Olorunleke in the team and expressed his openness to inviting other players from the NPFL if they demonstrated the required qualities.

Peseiro affirmed, “I have not said that no player in the local league can play for the Super Eagles, but I need to see if you have the qualities and capacities to play. Ojo [Olorunleke] is in the team, but if I see other players with quality, I will invite them. We coaches are not stupid. I need to choose the best players; if a local league player is better than the one outside, I will call him.”

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