- The government and people of Oyo state are in pain over the sad news of Alao-Akala's death on Wednesday, January 12
- The former Oyo governor travelled from Abuja to Ilorin before heading to Ogbomoso where he breathed his last
- Late Akala was the governor of Oyo for 11 months after Rashidi Ladoja was impeached from office
Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, former governor of Oyo, was reported dead in the early hours of Wednesday, January 12.
Akala, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was a former governor of the state, between 2007 and 2011, Vanguard reports.
The APC politician was a deputy governor under the then Governor Rashidi Ladoja between 2003 and 2006.
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He later attained the office of governor in the state to replace Ladoja who was impeached at the time.
Court acquits former governor in N11.5bn corruption charges
The suit was instituted against the former governor by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Alao-Akala was discharged and acquitted along with a former deputy chief whip of the Senate, Hosea Agboola, and a business mogul, Femi Babalola.
The trial which lasted for 11 years was presided over by a three-man panel led by Justice Jimi Olukayode Bada.
According to the court, the anti-graft commission failed to establish a prima facie case against them.
The three defendants who were physically present at the court during the hearing commended the judiciary for the judgment.
APC congress marred by violence and protests
In other news, the congresses organised by the APC in some states across the country on Saturday, July 31, 2021, were marred by violence and protests by factional groups within the party.
The leadership of the APC had on Friday, July 30, 2021, read a Riot Act to all its chieftains in all the states across the country against the conduct of parallel congresses in the states, threatening to sanction members who violate the order.