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Tension in Osun as Islamic group denies replacing Aregbesola’s security details

By VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG, GBENGA OLARINOYE & DAPO AKINREFON
OSOGBO—THE dust raised by perceived insecurity of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State refused to clear yesterday as the Muslim organisation, Jama’t Ta’Awunil Muslimeen, TAWUN, accused of taking over the duties of the governor’s State Security Service, SSS, details denied the allegation.

This came as the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Southwest, questioned the rationale behind the release of federal allocation to the Aregbesola-led government in Osun State, claiming that the governor had no right to such allocation after allegedly changing the name of the “state to State of Osun, which is alien to the constitution of Nigeria.”

Similarly, the argument for and against the alleged plot by PDP to distabilise the South-west persisted as a member of the House of Representatives from Ife Federal Constituency, Mr Rotimi Makinde, described the allegation of religious extremism against Aregbesola as one of the antics of PDP to destabilise the state and the South-west

At a joint briefing by the Muslim community and TAWUN in Osogbo, the group said provision of security to private individuals was not part of its  activities and noted that none of its activities since establishment in 1995 could be linked with Islamic jihadists or fundamentalists.

President of TAWUN, Alhaji Dawood Molaasan, said the organisation was not registered as a security outfit with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, threatening to sue DSS and the newspaper  which published the alleged security report if they failed to substantiate their allegations.

He  said TAWUN had established over 29 nursery and primary schools, three secondary schools and a diploma awarding institution affiliated to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, among others and could not have been linked with Boko Haram.

PDP queries allocations to state

The South-west zone PDP said the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, Federal Ministry of Finance and the Accountant-General of the Federation should explain which state they had been releasing allocations meant for Osun State to since Gov. Aregbesola allegedly replaced the constitutionally recognised Osun State with his own State of Osun.

PDP Zonal Publicity Secretary, Kayode Babade, said in a statement, that “Changing Osun State to State of Osun goes beyond mere semantics. It is a fundamental issue, which touches the basics for the existence of Osun State as a creation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The question RMAFC and other Federal Government agencies must answer is; constitutionally, can State of Osun continue to receive federal allocations meant for Osun State?”

Rep tackles PDP

Meantime, at a briefing yesterday in Lagos, Makinde,  said “the false alarm from PDP is the usual but failed antics and ranting of looters who were shamefully sent packing by the people. It is a plan by the opposition and the enemies of progress who are not at peace with the steady progress being experienced in Osun State as there is no tension to suggest possible intention to disintegrate.

”It is comical to see those legally deposed of power turning round and wielding evil machinations against the people of the state, thereby becoming a threat to the corporate existence of a peaceful state like Osun.”


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