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Nigeria, hard times and cacophonous tunes By abiodun KOMOLAFE

Nigeria, hard times and cacophonous tunes By abiodun KOMOLAFE

Fellow Nigerians, if reports emanating from the grapevine are anything to go by, then, interesting times beckon in 2022. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Nigerian government is expected to fully remove the _“unsustainable and economically disingenuous”_ fuel and electricity subsidies next year. In simple terms, the dreaded full deregulation of the oil and power sectors will most likely take effect next year, to pave the way for _“market-based”, “cost-reflective”_ pricing mechanisms. However, government is said to be ‘forgivingly’ planning a _“well-targeted”_ N5,000-a-month social intervention scheme to cushion the biting effects of poverty on about 40 million vulnerable Nigerians.


So far, so excruciating! But, from the look of things, it’s like Nigerians _ain’t seen nothing yet,_ given the prevailing socio-economic conditions in the country. Why do I say so? Well, despite the troubling status of Nigeria’s economy, with many Nigerians becoming dangerously poor – the poor remaining poor; or, getting poorer – it is important to note that a certain bloc in the Nigerian power elite still holds the notion that Nigeria’s economy has not only recovered from recession but also improving quite remarkably. Like children born into homes with certain privileges, King Herod and Pontius Pilate became friends and the country is in turmoil. In the view of this privileged clique, statistical indices are all we need to proclaim a healthy economy. Hence, some of them are always quick to heap the blame of the food scarcity currently ravaging Africa’s largest economy on the doorstep of insecurity while the soaring prices of goods and services are blamed on the activities of smugglers.


In a recent edition of ‘ _Axios’,_ an American news website, Felix Salmon and Hans Nichols berated the Joe Biden administration’s use of positive economic indicators to demonstrate signs of strength in the American economy. Echoing the concerns of the broad population of ‘God’s own country’, _“who are yet to be convinced”,_ Salmon and Nichols urged President Biden not _“to worry about the economy" but  “about what Americans think of the economy.”_ After all, _“consumers don’t live by data points.”_ Compendiously, people’s experiential knowledge of the reality and dynamics of the economy is what really counts.


Sociological imagination mimics reality and gives interpretive understanding of the norms and values of a given society or civilization. In the Southwest, for example, there is a general belief, which is cosmic to the people. It is the belief in a better tomorrow. In the same vein, the society believes in communal togetherness; thus, has developed copious coping mechanisms that help to stabilize the society. Coincidentally, governments, over the years, have capitalized on this belief; and, have encouraged a laisser-faire attitude on the part of the government towards responsive, good, and accountable governance. To most public servants, the people will not revolt unless instigated by disgruntled elements in the society. This means, people should just be muddling through without demanding accountability.


When Fela Anikulapo sang that Nigerians were _‘suffering and smiling’,_ the late _Afrobeat_ king sang like a man who saw tomorrow! Tragically, the society in which he lived had woven a stigma of ‘unseriousness’ around him. Even, among the intelligentsia, Fela was seen as one unrepentant, recalcitrant, noisome pestilence who was only out to rebel against the government for whatever reasons. So, most people did not understand or, take him seriously! But, years after the man was gone, Nigerians are beginning to understand the philosophical worth of his songs. Unfortunately, Fela’s songs are relevant today as they were as at the time he sang them, which is also a shame! In saner climes, _‘Abami Eda’_ would have been celebrated for possessing the power of picturing into the future. But, ours is a different country, where prophets of his ilk are not honoured!


Looking at the issues dispassionately, it will not be out of place to conclude that the mismanagement and, consequently, the misfortune of the national economy has, by default, impacted negatively on the federating states. The unbridled national corruption over the years is now crying aloud for reckoning. Evidently, things, indeed, are no longer at ease!


In this part of the country, refilling a 12.5kg cylinder of cooking gas now attracts N9,000. Barely a year ago, it was N3,200. Around this time last year, a 25kg keg of palm oil went for less than N8,000. Now, a 5kg keg of the same product goes for N5,500. A measure of gari, which used to cost N100 in our very recent past, has now gone up to as much as N400. Ditto for a bag of rice, which has jumped from N7,300 in 2015 to N29,000! Even, a bag of sachet water, aka ‘pure water’, which sold for N100 in 2020, now costs N200. Rumours even had it that the current retail price per litre of premium motor spirit will no longer stand at N162.00; it’s eyeing between N380.00 to N408.00. Amidst these, monthly wages are not increasing. Many states are not paying even the old rates. So, how will an average man cope?


Yes, governments, on paper, always appear as having good intentions; but intentions are not reality. Take for instance: despite the avalanche of churned policies, it is difficult to decipher the way the national government is headed towards solving the myriads of problems currently confronting our country. Terrorism in the Northeast! Banditry and abductions in other parts of the country! National economic downturn! Investment drought! Criminally scandalous exchange rates; and, so much falsehoods being spread, even by government itself, amid emerging reality. Truth be told, the government appears overwhelmed!


Sad that our democracy has been so reshaped that votes no longer count. Instead, guns and allied violence do the counting; even the collation of results. Announcing the winners is a different ballgame entirely. Interestingly, the configuration of the Nigerian society, as of today, is different from those ones they lied to, decades ago. The sad reality is that the ends are no longer meeting! The symbolic retrogression is that even those who are now saddled with the power of legitimately providing direction have been fenced out of reality. What’s more? The nature of corruption in Nigeria is one that impoverishes the mass of the people. Of course, when the falcons can no longer hear the falconers, the gravity of the resultant _katakata_ can only be imagined. Is it any wonder we hear all kinds of problems daily? In any case, wasn’t that one of the factors that gave birth to the _#EndSARS_ campaign?


All said, there is a culture of making the government become accountable to the people. It is different from protests. Making the government accountable will curb corruption, improve governance and enhance mass political participation. When the citizens are interested in how they are being governed, the space for corruption and allied criminalities become narrowed. But, if a budget is passed, allocations are distributed, and contracts are messed up, what is left to contend with will be mere noisemaking which can only be likened to advice after injury.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!


 _*Komolafe wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected]; 07087941459)_

Fellow Nigerians, if reports emanating from the grapevine are anything to go by, then, interesting times beckon in 2022. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Nigerian government is expected to fully remove the _“unsustainable and economically disingenuous”_ fuel and electricity subsidies next year. In simple terms, the dreaded full deregulation of the oil and power sectors will most likely take effect next year, to pave the way for _“market-based”, “cost-reflective”_ pricing mechanisms. However, government is said to be ‘forgivingly’ planning a _“well-targeted”_ N5,000-a-month social intervention scheme to cushion the biting effects of poverty on about 40 million vulnerable Nigerians.


So far, so excruciating! But, from the look of things, it’s like Nigerians _ain’t seen nothing yet,_ given the prevailing socio-economic conditions in the country. Why do I say so? Well, despite the troubling status of Nigeria’s economy, with many Nigerians becoming dangerously poor – the poor remaining poor; or, getting poorer – it is important to note that a certain bloc in the Nigerian power elite still holds the notion that Nigeria’s economy has not only recovered from recession but also improving quite remarkably. Like children born into homes with certain privileges, King Herod and Pontius Pilate became friends and the country is in turmoil. In the view of this privileged clique, statistical indices are all we need to proclaim a healthy economy. Hence, some of them are always quick to heap the blame of the food scarcity currently ravaging Africa’s largest economy on the doorstep of insecurity while the soaring prices of goods and services are blamed on the activities of smugglers.


In a recent edition of ‘ _Axios’,_ an American news website, Felix Salmon and Hans Nichols berated the Joe Biden administration’s use of positive economic indicators to demonstrate signs of strength in the American economy. Echoing the concerns of the broad population of ‘God’s own country’, _“who are yet to be convinced”,_ Salmon and Nichols urged President Biden not _“to worry about the economy" but  “about what Americans think of the economy.”_ After all, _“consumers don’t live by data points.”_ Compendiously, people’s experiential knowledge of the reality and dynamics of the economy is what really counts.


Sociological imagination mimics reality and gives interpretive understanding of the norms and values of a given society or civilization. In the Southwest, for example, there is a general belief, which is cosmic to the people. It is the belief in a better tomorrow. In the same vein, the society believes in communal togetherness; thus, has developed copious coping mechanisms that help to stabilize the society. Coincidentally, governments, over the years, have capitalized on this belief; and, have encouraged a laisser-faire attitude on the part of the government towards responsive, good, and accountable governance. To most public servants, the people will not revolt unless instigated by disgruntled elements in the society. This means, people should just be muddling through without demanding accountability.


When Fela Anikulapo sang that Nigerians were _‘suffering and smiling’,_ the late _Afrobeat_ king sang like a man who saw tomorrow! Tragically, the society in which he lived had woven a stigma of ‘unseriousness’ around him. Even, among the intelligentsia, Fela was seen as one unrepentant, recalcitrant, noisome pestilence who was only out to rebel against the government for whatever reasons. So, most people did not understand or, take him seriously! But, years after the man was gone, Nigerians are beginning to understand the philosophical worth of his songs. Unfortunately, Fela’s songs are relevant today as they were as at the time he sang them, which is also a shame! In saner climes, _‘Abami Eda’_ would have been celebrated for possessing the power of picturing into the future. But, ours is a different country, where prophets of his ilk are not honoured!


Looking at the issues dispassionately, it will not be out of place to conclude that the mismanagement and, consequently, the misfortune of the national economy has, by default, impacted negatively on the federating states. The unbridled national corruption over the years is now crying aloud for reckoning. Evidently, things, indeed, are no longer at ease!


In this part of the country, refilling a 12.5kg cylinder of cooking gas now attracts N9,000. Barely a year ago, it was N3,200. Around this time last year, a 25kg keg of palm oil went for less than N8,000. Now, a 5kg keg of the same product goes for N5,500. A measure of gari, which used to cost N100 in our very recent past, has now gone up to as much as N400. Ditto for a bag of rice, which has jumped from N7,300 in 2015 to N29,000! Even, a bag of sachet water, aka ‘pure water’, which sold for N100 in 2020, now costs N200. Rumours even had it that the current retail price per litre of premium motor spirit will no longer stand at N162.00; it’s eyeing between N380.00 to N408.00. Amidst these, monthly wages are not increasing. Many states are not paying even the old rates. So, how will an average man cope?


Yes, governments, on paper, always appear as having good intentions; but intentions are not reality. Take for instance: despite the avalanche of churned policies, it is difficult to decipher the way the national government is headed towards solving the myriads of problems currently confronting our country. Terrorism in the Northeast! Banditry and abductions in other parts of the country! National economic downturn! Investment drought! Criminally scandalous exchange rates; and, so much falsehoods being spread, even by government itself, amid emerging reality. Truth be told, the government appears overwhelmed!


Sad that our democracy has been so reshaped that votes no longer count. Instead, guns and allied violence do the counting; even the collation of results. Announcing the winners is a different ballgame entirely. Interestingly, the configuration of the Nigerian society, as of today, is different from those ones they lied to, decades ago. The sad reality is that the ends are no longer meeting! The symbolic retrogression is that even those who are now saddled with the power of legitimately providing direction have been fenced out of reality. What’s more? The nature of corruption in Nigeria is one that impoverishes the mass of the people. Of course, when the falcons can no longer hear the falconers, the gravity of the resultant _katakata_ can only be imagined. Is it any wonder we hear all kinds of problems daily? In any case, wasn’t that one of the factors that gave birth to the _#EndSARS_ campaign?


All said, there is a culture of making the government become accountable to the people. It is different from protests. Making the government accountable will curb corruption, improve governance and enhance mass political participation. When the citizens are interested in how they are being governed, the space for corruption and allied criminalities become narrowed. But, if a budget is passed, allocations are distributed, and contracts are messed up, what is left to contend with will be mere noisemaking which can only be likened to advice after injury.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!


 _*Komolafe wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected]; 07087941459)_

PRESS RELEASE 2021 INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY: IGP APPROVES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SPECIAL DESK FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY IN POLICE COMMANDS NATIONWIDE

PRESS RELEASE 2021 INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY: IGP APPROVES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SPECIAL DESK FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY IN POLICE COMMANDS NATIONWIDE

- Says NPF Committed to Disability Mainstreaming and Protection of Rights of PWD







The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has approved the establishment of a Special Desk for Persons with Disability in all the Police Zonal and State Commands across the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).



The IGP, while commemorating the 2021 International Day for Persons with Disability, noted that the decision by the Force leadership to set-up the Disability Desk is informed by the need to ensure the NPF remains at the fore of contemporary policing practice which also advocates mainstreaming and inclusiveness for Persons With Disability.


 The IGP observed that the decision follows exhaustive deliberations with the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Persons With Disability, Mr James David Lalu, who led delegates from the Commision to the Force Headquarters on an advocacy visit to the IGP.


The NPF Special Desk for Persons with Disability, which will be domiciled at the Police Public Relations Offices in Commands nationwide, would serve as advocacy desk to enable the Force avail the PWD with unfettered access to policing services, promoting the dignity of their person, preventing stigmatization and stereotyping of PWD, and giving full effect to the Discrimination Against Persons with Disability (prohibition) Act, 2018.


The IGP equally approved a training program for Police personnel who are to serve as the Disability Desk Officers (DDO) under the coordination of the Force Public Relations Department. The training is being organized in partnership with the National Commission for Persons with Disability (NCPWD).

The Executive Secretary of NCPWD, who appreciated the IGP for the establishment of the Special Desk, expressed his belief that the initiative would go a long way in alleviating the numerous challenges faced by the PWD in the country.


Consequently, the IGP has directed all the Command Commissioners of Police (CPs) and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) to supervise the nomination of the DDOs and ensure hitch-free takeoff of the Disability Desk Offices in their respective Commands. He restates the commitment of the Force to ensuring adequate protection of the rights and privileges of Citizens with any form of disability in the country.



CP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA

3rd December, 2021

- Says NPF Committed to Disability Mainstreaming and Protection of Rights of PWD







The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has approved the establishment of a Special Desk for Persons with Disability in all the Police Zonal and State Commands across the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).



The IGP, while commemorating the 2021 International Day for Persons with Disability, noted that the decision by the Force leadership to set-up the Disability Desk is informed by the need to ensure the NPF remains at the fore of contemporary policing practice which also advocates mainstreaming and inclusiveness for Persons With Disability.


 The IGP observed that the decision follows exhaustive deliberations with the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Persons With Disability, Mr James David Lalu, who led delegates from the Commision to the Force Headquarters on an advocacy visit to the IGP.


The NPF Special Desk for Persons with Disability, which will be domiciled at the Police Public Relations Offices in Commands nationwide, would serve as advocacy desk to enable the Force avail the PWD with unfettered access to policing services, promoting the dignity of their person, preventing stigmatization and stereotyping of PWD, and giving full effect to the Discrimination Against Persons with Disability (prohibition) Act, 2018.


The IGP equally approved a training program for Police personnel who are to serve as the Disability Desk Officers (DDO) under the coordination of the Force Public Relations Department. The training is being organized in partnership with the National Commission for Persons with Disability (NCPWD).

The Executive Secretary of NCPWD, who appreciated the IGP for the establishment of the Special Desk, expressed his belief that the initiative would go a long way in alleviating the numerous challenges faced by the PWD in the country.


Consequently, the IGP has directed all the Command Commissioners of Police (CPs) and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) to supervise the nomination of the DDOs and ensure hitch-free takeoff of the Disability Desk Offices in their respective Commands. He restates the commitment of the Force to ensuring adequate protection of the rights and privileges of Citizens with any form of disability in the country.



CP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA

3rd December, 2021

MR. GOVERNOR, YOUR BELOVED LAUTECH IS PRODUCING MORE DROPOUTS EVERY YEAR THAN GRADUATES - INDIGENT STUDENTS

MR. GOVERNOR, YOUR BELOVED LAUTECH IS PRODUCING MORE DROPOUTS EVERY YEAR THAN GRADUATES - INDIGENT STUDENTS






As much as we all have tried to come to terms in agreement with the fact that education isn't free, at least not any longer, for reasons of maintenance and smooth running that should result to exploits, innovations and discoveries from the sector; we are yet to see these results manifest in the Nigerian educational sector; it has solely been a parasitic business venture that no longer has benefits for the consumers, rather than the fattening of cheeks and pockets of those who were assigned to meet the satisfaction of the consumers; education has been shortchanged.


This outcry is as ancient as tattoos as fashion but it is devastating that we've been left to continue crying and wallow as victims of education, yes, victims of education; the educational system in Nigeria has become a predator over the lives of those it should empower.


Every year in LADOKE AKINTOLA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, we bury victims of education who didn't die naturally by the inability to catch up academically, but because some coronavirus-like policies were introduced without prior or due notification, forcing students who never signed to these policies to abide by the policies, rendering the purpose of what would have been a good policy, ulterior.


Needless to recount past incidence, the recent repetition of the effects of this policy suffice as evidence in any court of law; the institution kicked off the second semester examination of the 2021/2022 academic session on Monday, November 29, 2021 and a good percentage of students who are the supposed purpose of the institution have been denied the access to write this examination; LAUTECH is producing more dropouts every year than graduates.


What is this policy? NO TUITION, NO EXAM POLICY. A very good policy that every sane person should understand that it is for the purpose of maintenance and the smooth running of the institution, considering the blows that the institution has faced in past times from strikes and tussle of ownership between two States.


The policy was initiated at a time when the institution was being self funded to meet the payments and arrears of staff members of the institution; and students who were never the cause of these arrears or irresponsibility of the visiting governments then, became the only victims of this anomaly by being forced to adjust; in fact an unreasonable geometric increase in the tuition was proposed as at the time, to leave the students' representatives no choice than to bargain the price rather than fighting a policy they were never prepared for; the tuition was still geometrically increased, at least that was the middle ground between the management and the students then, and the policy stood.


Ever since, it has been series of students dropping out of the institution; it has been a journey of marring the careers that the institution was supposed to make; it has been the production of hooligans, fraudster and victims of disappointments and a failed government, or what do we expect of students whose fees were suddenly increased alongside a policy that ensures they pay up the fees or they won't be eligible to write the examinations that will certify them?


The school has witnessed a financial turn around in recent times at the advent of a new visitor that has not only been responsible and responding to demands, but made sure that the fundamental troubles faced with the institution was resolved, and that was the sole ownership of the institution by a State(Oyo State).


This Governor has been paying FULL SUBVENTION to LAUTECH; arrears that are not even owed by the present visitor has been taken care of, obviously there had been a smooth running, funds are being generated and there is no need for unnecessary pressure on the students who should be the purpose of the institution, and not victims.


Ironically, it is students who are not appointees of the Governor that understands his good intentions for the Institution; or what else could be the intention of someone who removed #3,000 levy for Primary Schools in the State, and reduced our own tuition here by 25%? We see such gesture, and we appreciate it as a notable value for education and the greatest caution against having dropouts from schools.


These students are still the ones overworked, running TWO SESSIONS IN A YEAR; putting parents on the run to rally for TUITION OF TWO YEARS IN A YEAR; and they will term it our own share and advantage as it implies graduating on time, but the truth is, it only implies a rapid in flow of cash for the greedy purses and unproductivity from being worn out.


It is only unfortunate that the good intentions of the State Government are being sabotaged by the appointees who are supposed to implement credits to the good intentions; rather appointees such as the COMMISSIONER FOR EDUCATION in the State, Barr Rahman Abdul-raheem has connived with the Management of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology  starting from the Institution's ACTING VICE CHANCELLOR, Professor Mojeed Olaide Liasu, and his subordinates, the DEAN OF STUDENTS AFFAIRS, Professor Azeem Ige, who has actively been playing the role of silencing the students who are the very platform that influenced the newness in the State, the advent of clear waters.


It has been a tussle of who eats more from the spoils of the students as the fattening of the pockets of some of the Management Staff and purchase of VEHICLES is the reason why members of the ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES (ASUU), LAUTECH CHAPTER are also hell bent on having their shares by threatening with STRIKE ACTIONS.


These appointees have been deliberately sabotaging their principal's effort, because even as we speak, an IMMEDIATE IMPLEMENTATION OF A 25% REDUCTION has still not effected, why else if not because the school management has not made enough for their pockets.


We hereby call on the Executive State Governor of the Oyo State to rise to action to defend his love and good intentions for Education and do the needful to the pests and greedy personnels sabotaging his efforts.


The students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology will not stand down and watch the Institution we should be proud of in years to come, to be clamped down and feasted on by selfish interests; we won't fold arms and watch our colleagues drop out and become elements of destruction in our society; we want to graduate and rise together.


We hereby declare that there would be a peaceful protest at the Oyo State Secretariat to state our grievances, and make our plights known in solidarity of our fellow students, and for a call to action of a Governor whom we know has our good at heart.



Signed:

Indigent Students


CC:

THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF OYO STATE

OYO STATE COMMISSIONER FOR EDUCATION

OYO STATE COMMISSIONER FOR YOUTH AND SPORTS

SA, STUDENTS’ AFFAIRS, OYO STATE

LAUTECH MANAGEMENT

VICE CHANCELLOR, LAUTECH

DEAN OF STUDENTS AFFAIRS, LAUTECH






As much as we all have tried to come to terms in agreement with the fact that education isn't free, at least not any longer, for reasons of maintenance and smooth running that should result to exploits, innovations and discoveries from the sector; we are yet to see these results manifest in the Nigerian educational sector; it has solely been a parasitic business venture that no longer has benefits for the consumers, rather than the fattening of cheeks and pockets of those who were assigned to meet the satisfaction of the consumers; education has been shortchanged.


This outcry is as ancient as tattoos as fashion but it is devastating that we've been left to continue crying and wallow as victims of education, yes, victims of education; the educational system in Nigeria has become a predator over the lives of those it should empower.


Every year in LADOKE AKINTOLA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, we bury victims of education who didn't die naturally by the inability to catch up academically, but because some coronavirus-like policies were introduced without prior or due notification, forcing students who never signed to these policies to abide by the policies, rendering the purpose of what would have been a good policy, ulterior.


Needless to recount past incidence, the recent repetition of the effects of this policy suffice as evidence in any court of law; the institution kicked off the second semester examination of the 2021/2022 academic session on Monday, November 29, 2021 and a good percentage of students who are the supposed purpose of the institution have been denied the access to write this examination; LAUTECH is producing more dropouts every year than graduates.


What is this policy? NO TUITION, NO EXAM POLICY. A very good policy that every sane person should understand that it is for the purpose of maintenance and the smooth running of the institution, considering the blows that the institution has faced in past times from strikes and tussle of ownership between two States.


The policy was initiated at a time when the institution was being self funded to meet the payments and arrears of staff members of the institution; and students who were never the cause of these arrears or irresponsibility of the visiting governments then, became the only victims of this anomaly by being forced to adjust; in fact an unreasonable geometric increase in the tuition was proposed as at the time, to leave the students' representatives no choice than to bargain the price rather than fighting a policy they were never prepared for; the tuition was still geometrically increased, at least that was the middle ground between the management and the students then, and the policy stood.


Ever since, it has been series of students dropping out of the institution; it has been a journey of marring the careers that the institution was supposed to make; it has been the production of hooligans, fraudster and victims of disappointments and a failed government, or what do we expect of students whose fees were suddenly increased alongside a policy that ensures they pay up the fees or they won't be eligible to write the examinations that will certify them?


The school has witnessed a financial turn around in recent times at the advent of a new visitor that has not only been responsible and responding to demands, but made sure that the fundamental troubles faced with the institution was resolved, and that was the sole ownership of the institution by a State(Oyo State).


This Governor has been paying FULL SUBVENTION to LAUTECH; arrears that are not even owed by the present visitor has been taken care of, obviously there had been a smooth running, funds are being generated and there is no need for unnecessary pressure on the students who should be the purpose of the institution, and not victims.


Ironically, it is students who are not appointees of the Governor that understands his good intentions for the Institution; or what else could be the intention of someone who removed #3,000 levy for Primary Schools in the State, and reduced our own tuition here by 25%? We see such gesture, and we appreciate it as a notable value for education and the greatest caution against having dropouts from schools.


These students are still the ones overworked, running TWO SESSIONS IN A YEAR; putting parents on the run to rally for TUITION OF TWO YEARS IN A YEAR; and they will term it our own share and advantage as it implies graduating on time, but the truth is, it only implies a rapid in flow of cash for the greedy purses and unproductivity from being worn out.


It is only unfortunate that the good intentions of the State Government are being sabotaged by the appointees who are supposed to implement credits to the good intentions; rather appointees such as the COMMISSIONER FOR EDUCATION in the State, Barr Rahman Abdul-raheem has connived with the Management of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology  starting from the Institution's ACTING VICE CHANCELLOR, Professor Mojeed Olaide Liasu, and his subordinates, the DEAN OF STUDENTS AFFAIRS, Professor Azeem Ige, who has actively been playing the role of silencing the students who are the very platform that influenced the newness in the State, the advent of clear waters.


It has been a tussle of who eats more from the spoils of the students as the fattening of the pockets of some of the Management Staff and purchase of VEHICLES is the reason why members of the ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES (ASUU), LAUTECH CHAPTER are also hell bent on having their shares by threatening with STRIKE ACTIONS.


These appointees have been deliberately sabotaging their principal's effort, because even as we speak, an IMMEDIATE IMPLEMENTATION OF A 25% REDUCTION has still not effected, why else if not because the school management has not made enough for their pockets.


We hereby call on the Executive State Governor of the Oyo State to rise to action to defend his love and good intentions for Education and do the needful to the pests and greedy personnels sabotaging his efforts.


The students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology will not stand down and watch the Institution we should be proud of in years to come, to be clamped down and feasted on by selfish interests; we won't fold arms and watch our colleagues drop out and become elements of destruction in our society; we want to graduate and rise together.


We hereby declare that there would be a peaceful protest at the Oyo State Secretariat to state our grievances, and make our plights known in solidarity of our fellow students, and for a call to action of a Governor whom we know has our good at heart.



Signed:

Indigent Students


CC:

THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF OYO STATE

OYO STATE COMMISSIONER FOR EDUCATION

OYO STATE COMMISSIONER FOR YOUTH AND SPORTS

SA, STUDENTS’ AFFAIRS, OYO STATE

LAUTECH MANAGEMENT

VICE CHANCELLOR, LAUTECH

DEAN OF STUDENTS AFFAIRS, LAUTECH

PRESS STATEMENT: THE AFRICAN ACTION CONGRESS (AAC) FROWNS AT THE CONTINUOUS ATTEMPTS ON THE LIFE OF MR OMOYELE SOWORE

PRESS STATEMENT: THE AFRICAN ACTION CONGRESS (AAC) FROWNS AT THE CONTINUOUS ATTEMPTS ON THE LIFE OF MR OMOYELE SOWORE

*THE AAC WILL NOT ACCEPT ATTACKS ON OMOYELE SOWORE AND OTHER PRO-DEMOCRACY CAMPAIGNERS, AS THE NEW NORMAL.*


*WE CALL ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STOP PERSECUTING HIM AND STOP THIS OBVIOUS DANCE OF SHAME*




In the list of the new lows that the despicable Buhari-regime has sunk Nigeria into, is the mobilization of thugs through its militia arm, the State Security Service (SSS) and other security agencies to attack pro-democracy campaigner, the Chairman of the African Action Congress, Mr Omoyele Sowore. 


It has become trite to see thugs operating violently yet freely in broad daylight, at the Federal High Court premises in Abuja, specifically when Sowore alongside other Nigerians comes to solidarize with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigneous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the trial by the Federal Government. 


It is also not news that these thugs enjoy state protection, as it has been the case everytime he’s been attacked. The last time being October 21, 2021, these thugs attacked Sowore but were apprehended and handed over to the Police by courageous journalists who were locked out of the Court by “official thugs”- the DSS. This happened while all heavily armed security agents looked the other way. 

These thugs were then released almost immediately and we can not ascertain if at all they were taken to the Federal Secretariat Police station before being released. 


The case wasn’t different today December 2, 2021 as the thugs came prepared to kill. The window of Mr Sowore’s car was smashed in a bid to get hold of him and while he was driven away, other things that could cause harm were thrown at his car. Members of our party in his company were also not spared by these thugs. 


We condemn in the strongest terms these attacks on the Chairman of our party, Mr Sowore and we call on the Buhari regime to stop this show of shame it is serving the international community. 


While the Buhari regime seeks to normalize fascism, hardship and human rights violation, the AAC through all revolutionary means will not fold its arms on this issue. We refuse to accept as a new normal these brazen attacks on individuals and corporate entities who hold dissenting opinions against the Buhari regime.  


The AAC will not watch this slide or wait for another “Government magic” (killing and later denial of killing) to happen to our peace-loving Chairman, as it is now the case of several massacres in the country. 


Conclusively, we call on the Buhari regime to pick itself from the dust and accept defeat honourably. It must stop forthwith the persecution of Omoyele Sowore as it is glaring the regime has no case against him. 



Signed: 

National Publicity Secretary 

Femi Adeyeye 

2/12/2021

*THE AAC WILL NOT ACCEPT ATTACKS ON OMOYELE SOWORE AND OTHER PRO-DEMOCRACY CAMPAIGNERS, AS THE NEW NORMAL.*


*WE CALL ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STOP PERSECUTING HIM AND STOP THIS OBVIOUS DANCE OF SHAME*




In the list of the new lows that the despicable Buhari-regime has sunk Nigeria into, is the mobilization of thugs through its militia arm, the State Security Service (SSS) and other security agencies to attack pro-democracy campaigner, the Chairman of the African Action Congress, Mr Omoyele Sowore. 


It has become trite to see thugs operating violently yet freely in broad daylight, at the Federal High Court premises in Abuja, specifically when Sowore alongside other Nigerians comes to solidarize with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigneous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the trial by the Federal Government. 


It is also not news that these thugs enjoy state protection, as it has been the case everytime he’s been attacked. The last time being October 21, 2021, these thugs attacked Sowore but were apprehended and handed over to the Police by courageous journalists who were locked out of the Court by “official thugs”- the DSS. This happened while all heavily armed security agents looked the other way. 

These thugs were then released almost immediately and we can not ascertain if at all they were taken to the Federal Secretariat Police station before being released. 


The case wasn’t different today December 2, 2021 as the thugs came prepared to kill. The window of Mr Sowore’s car was smashed in a bid to get hold of him and while he was driven away, other things that could cause harm were thrown at his car. Members of our party in his company were also not spared by these thugs. 


We condemn in the strongest terms these attacks on the Chairman of our party, Mr Sowore and we call on the Buhari regime to stop this show of shame it is serving the international community. 


While the Buhari regime seeks to normalize fascism, hardship and human rights violation, the AAC through all revolutionary means will not fold its arms on this issue. We refuse to accept as a new normal these brazen attacks on individuals and corporate entities who hold dissenting opinions against the Buhari regime.  


The AAC will not watch this slide or wait for another “Government magic” (killing and later denial of killing) to happen to our peace-loving Chairman, as it is now the case of several massacres in the country. 


Conclusively, we call on the Buhari regime to pick itself from the dust and accept defeat honourably. It must stop forthwith the persecution of Omoyele Sowore as it is glaring the regime has no case against him. 



Signed: 

National Publicity Secretary 

Femi Adeyeye 

2/12/2021

#FreeNnamdiKanu 's trial, The Lawless DSS MOBILISES THUGS TO ATTACK SOWORE AGAIN!

#FreeNnamdiKanu 's trial, The Lawless DSS MOBILISES THUGS TO ATTACK SOWORE AGAIN!

"Today again, the DSS mobilised thugs to attack and kill me for attending Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s farcical trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja. They came well prepared, however, we can’t be deterred. The struggle continues." - Sowore


Video




The attacks on the activist by DSS agents and their thugs would not be tolerated.

No one has a monopoly of violence,any other attack 


Sowore Wrote: This is a video clip of the deadly attack on me today at the Federal High court in Abuja.



 #ExonerateOgoni9  #TakeItBack 

#BuhariMustGo  #NoGoingBack   #RevolutionNow

"Today again, the DSS mobilised thugs to attack and kill me for attending Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s farcical trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja. They came well prepared, however, we can’t be deterred. The struggle continues." - Sowore


Video




The attacks on the activist by DSS agents and their thugs would not be tolerated.

No one has a monopoly of violence,any other attack 


Sowore Wrote: This is a video clip of the deadly attack on me today at the Federal High court in Abuja.



 #ExonerateOgoni9  #TakeItBack 

#BuhariMustGo  #NoGoingBack   #RevolutionNow

Alleged N4.6bn Fraud: Court Adjourns Fani-Kayode Others’ Trial Till Feb. 24

Alleged N4.6bn Fraud: Court Adjourns Fani-Kayode Others’ Trial Till Feb. 24


Justice Daniel Osaigor of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, adjourned till February 24, 2022 further hearing in the alleged N4.6bn fraud involving a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode and others.


Fani-Kayode is standing trial alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenadi Usman, a former Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, Yusuf Danjuma, and a company, Join-Trust Dimensions Nigeria Ltd. on a 17-count charge bordering money laundering to the tune of N4.6billion.

Justice Daniel Osaigor of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, adjourned till February 24, 2022 further hearing in the alleged N4.6bn fraud involving a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode and others.


Fani-Kayode is standing trial alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenadi Usman, a former Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, Yusuf Danjuma, and a company, Join-Trust Dimensions Nigeria Ltd. on a 17-count charge bordering money laundering to the tune of N4.6billion.

ENDSARS PANEL NOT ILLEGAL - A REPLY TO FESTUS KEYAMO

ENDSARS PANEL NOT ILLEGAL - A REPLY TO FESTUS KEYAMO


1 . On Sunday, Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, said the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victim of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters was “illegal and a waste of time” on the ground that the Lagos State government lacks the power to probe the conduct of police and military officers.


2. With due respect, the position of the learned Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) is grossly misconceived, suspiciously misleading and does not reflect the true position of the law. The Lagos EndSARS panel was constituted within the ambits of law and its investigative powers are neither overreaching nor beyond the scope of the 1999 Constitution.


3. First, Section 1 of the Tribunal of Inquiry Law, Cap T7, Laws of Lagos State, 2015, confers power on the Governor of Lagos State to constitute the judicial panel to investigate “any matter in respect of which in the opinion an inquiry would be for the public welfare”. Instructively, it is settled law that the Federal Government lacks the power and authority to constitute judicial panels or any tribunal whatsoever for state governments. With a clear understanding that the Federal Government lacks the constitutional vires to constitute tribunal for states, the National Economic Council, NEC, last year directed the immediate establishment of State-based Judicial Panels of Inquiry to investigate complaints of police brutality or related extrajudicial killings with a view to delivering justice for all victims of the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squads (SARS) and other police units.


4. In the popular case of Fawehinmi v. Babangida (2003) 3 NWLR (Pt.808) 604, the Supreme Court succinctly held that: "The National Assembly cannot enact a general Law for the establishment of tribunals of inquiry for, and applicable in, the Federation of Nigeria. The power to enact such a Law has become a residual matter for the States in respect of which the Houses of Assembly can legislate for their respective States by virtue of Section 4(7)(a) of the 1999 Constitution. Although the Tribunals of Inquiry Act is an "existing law," its application is limited and has no general application". Flowing from the decision of Supreme Court, it is clear like crystal that the Federal Government of Nigeria can only set up Tribunal for the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and not for States of the federation.


5. It is not in doubt that matters relating to the police and other security agencies established by law are on the exclusive legislative list. It is equally not a subject of controversy that Section 21 of the Tribunal of Inquiry Law of Lagos State empowers the Governor to exercise his powers under the Law in respect of matters within the legislative competence of the state. My only question is whether issues of human rights are within the legislative competence of state governments and whether the panels so constituted can look into the atrocities and human rights violations committed  by the police and other security agencies?


6. In AG Abia State v. AG Federation (2006) 16 NWLR (Pt. 1005) 265, the Supreme Court clarified that matters not included in the exclusive and concurrent lists are residual and are meant for the State, not the Federal, to legislate upon. Human rights related matters are neither on the exclusive or concurrent lists, therefore, they are within the legislative competence of Lagos state. Thus, the Lagos State government can validly make laws in respect of human rights and constitute panels to investigate cases of human rights violations recorded within the state. 


7. While the Lagos State Government cannot make laws to control, discipline or regulate security officers of the Federal Government, it has the constitutional powers to set up panels to investigate human rights abuses and in any case where the conducts of federal officers like the police and army come under checks or scrutiny, the panels so constituted have the powers in law and equity to investigate them and make valid recommendations. There is a fundamental difference between the Lagos State government legislating over matters on officers of the Federal Government and a case where officers of the Federal Government who committed heinous crimes against humanity in Lagos State become subject of a Panel of Inquiry set up by the Lagos State Government. Those that perpetrated the massacre cannot use the law as a shield from being answerable for their crimes.


8. Meanwhile, it is a rude shock that the learned silk just discovered his alleged “illegality” of the Panel over a year since it was constituted up till the point that it submitted its reports. This sudden attack on the legal validity of the panel is strange and quite suspicious. One wonders if the Honourable Minister would have maintained the same position if the Panel reports and recommendations absolved the Federal Government of any wrongdoing. I daresay that the opinion of the Honourable Minister is calculated to discredit the valid reports of the panel. Too late! The truth is in the open and no attempt to thwart the genuine efforts of the EndSARS panel will succeed.


9. I find it self-immolating that the same Federal Government that directed that the panel be set up and submitted itself to its jurisdiction is coming forward to challenge the constitutionality of the panel. It shows a great level of dissimulation and double-standard. Why is the Federal Government blowing hot and cold? Why is the Federal Government approbating and reprobating? It is illegal and immoral for the Federal Government to submit to the jurisdiction of the Panel and later retract when the verdict is “unfavorable”.


10. In the light of the foregoing, I call on well-meaning Nigerians to disregard the views of Mr. Keyamo as it is grossly misleading, made in bad faith and calculated to distract the incontrovertible fact that Nigeria is currently ruled by merchants of death. 


FESTUS OGUN, ESQ.

29 November, 2021

[email protected]


1 . On Sunday, Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, said the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victim of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters was “illegal and a waste of time” on the ground that the Lagos State government lacks the power to probe the conduct of police and military officers.


2. With due respect, the position of the learned Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) is grossly misconceived, suspiciously misleading and does not reflect the true position of the law. The Lagos EndSARS panel was constituted within the ambits of law and its investigative powers are neither overreaching nor beyond the scope of the 1999 Constitution.


3. First, Section 1 of the Tribunal of Inquiry Law, Cap T7, Laws of Lagos State, 2015, confers power on the Governor of Lagos State to constitute the judicial panel to investigate “any matter in respect of which in the opinion an inquiry would be for the public welfare”. Instructively, it is settled law that the Federal Government lacks the power and authority to constitute judicial panels or any tribunal whatsoever for state governments. With a clear understanding that the Federal Government lacks the constitutional vires to constitute tribunal for states, the National Economic Council, NEC, last year directed the immediate establishment of State-based Judicial Panels of Inquiry to investigate complaints of police brutality or related extrajudicial killings with a view to delivering justice for all victims of the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squads (SARS) and other police units.


4. In the popular case of Fawehinmi v. Babangida (2003) 3 NWLR (Pt.808) 604, the Supreme Court succinctly held that: "The National Assembly cannot enact a general Law for the establishment of tribunals of inquiry for, and applicable in, the Federation of Nigeria. The power to enact such a Law has become a residual matter for the States in respect of which the Houses of Assembly can legislate for their respective States by virtue of Section 4(7)(a) of the 1999 Constitution. Although the Tribunals of Inquiry Act is an "existing law," its application is limited and has no general application". Flowing from the decision of Supreme Court, it is clear like crystal that the Federal Government of Nigeria can only set up Tribunal for the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and not for States of the federation.


5. It is not in doubt that matters relating to the police and other security agencies established by law are on the exclusive legislative list. It is equally not a subject of controversy that Section 21 of the Tribunal of Inquiry Law of Lagos State empowers the Governor to exercise his powers under the Law in respect of matters within the legislative competence of the state. My only question is whether issues of human rights are within the legislative competence of state governments and whether the panels so constituted can look into the atrocities and human rights violations committed  by the police and other security agencies?


6. In AG Abia State v. AG Federation (2006) 16 NWLR (Pt. 1005) 265, the Supreme Court clarified that matters not included in the exclusive and concurrent lists are residual and are meant for the State, not the Federal, to legislate upon. Human rights related matters are neither on the exclusive or concurrent lists, therefore, they are within the legislative competence of Lagos state. Thus, the Lagos State government can validly make laws in respect of human rights and constitute panels to investigate cases of human rights violations recorded within the state. 


7. While the Lagos State Government cannot make laws to control, discipline or regulate security officers of the Federal Government, it has the constitutional powers to set up panels to investigate human rights abuses and in any case where the conducts of federal officers like the police and army come under checks or scrutiny, the panels so constituted have the powers in law and equity to investigate them and make valid recommendations. There is a fundamental difference between the Lagos State government legislating over matters on officers of the Federal Government and a case where officers of the Federal Government who committed heinous crimes against humanity in Lagos State become subject of a Panel of Inquiry set up by the Lagos State Government. Those that perpetrated the massacre cannot use the law as a shield from being answerable for their crimes.


8. Meanwhile, it is a rude shock that the learned silk just discovered his alleged “illegality” of the Panel over a year since it was constituted up till the point that it submitted its reports. This sudden attack on the legal validity of the panel is strange and quite suspicious. One wonders if the Honourable Minister would have maintained the same position if the Panel reports and recommendations absolved the Federal Government of any wrongdoing. I daresay that the opinion of the Honourable Minister is calculated to discredit the valid reports of the panel. Too late! The truth is in the open and no attempt to thwart the genuine efforts of the EndSARS panel will succeed.


9. I find it self-immolating that the same Federal Government that directed that the panel be set up and submitted itself to its jurisdiction is coming forward to challenge the constitutionality of the panel. It shows a great level of dissimulation and double-standard. Why is the Federal Government blowing hot and cold? Why is the Federal Government approbating and reprobating? It is illegal and immoral for the Federal Government to submit to the jurisdiction of the Panel and later retract when the verdict is “unfavorable”.


10. In the light of the foregoing, I call on well-meaning Nigerians to disregard the views of Mr. Keyamo as it is grossly misleading, made in bad faith and calculated to distract the incontrovertible fact that Nigeria is currently ruled by merchants of death. 


FESTUS OGUN, ESQ.

29 November, 2021

[email protected]

Video: Decentralized Social Media: What you need to know about #DaeSO?

Video: Decentralized Social Media: What you need to know about #DaeSO?

 


 
Just consider it that a post submitted to Instagram, TikTok, or Twitter and etc belongs to these corporations, rather than the creator who posted it. And the monetization goes predominantly to these corporations as a result.

In contrast, according to the DeSO protocol, DeSO stores all of its data on a public blockchain, which means that anyone in the world can run a node that exposes their own curated feed. Today, bitclout.com operates one such node, but there are over 100 other projects running nodes and building apps on DeSo Blockchain as well.

DeSo, short for "decentralized social," is the first and only blockchain custom-built from the ground up to power and scale a new category of decentralized social applications to one billion users.

 DeSO holds much promise for value creation.

 


 
Just consider it that a post submitted to Instagram, TikTok, or Twitter and etc belongs to these corporations, rather than the creator who posted it. And the monetization goes predominantly to these corporations as a result.

In contrast, according to the DeSO protocol, DeSO stores all of its data on a public blockchain, which means that anyone in the world can run a node that exposes their own curated feed. Today, bitclout.com operates one such node, but there are over 100 other projects running nodes and building apps on DeSo Blockchain as well.

DeSo, short for "decentralized social," is the first and only blockchain custom-built from the ground up to power and scale a new category of decentralized social applications to one billion users.

 DeSO holds much promise for value creation.

COWS FINISHED MY BEANS FARM DESPITE LOCATED CLOSE TO MY COMMUNITY! SO PAINFUL!!!

COWS FINISHED MY BEANS FARM DESPITE LOCATED CLOSE TO MY COMMUNITY! SO PAINFUL!!!

Due to the rising cost of foodstuffs I decided to engage in large scale multi-crop farming this year. My beans farm located close to my community produced bountiful seeds.


Last Sunday 21st November, 2021 I drove to the farm after service and saw that the beans produced bountifully and are dry ready for harvest, but because I wanted to travel I couldn't arrange for people to help me harvest the beans.


So I traveled on Monday and returned today Saturday 27th November, 2021. While on my way back to Kaduna, I arrange for who will help in the harvest, as I arrived Kaduna, this evening we drove to my beans farming to commission the commencement of the harvest. Watch and behold there is nothing else to harvest as those callous Fulani Herdsmen have brought their cows to my farm and the farms of others around and their cows ate and finished all the beans.


We still met the cows and their herdsmen grazing in my farm. Since we (those who want to help me in the harvest and I) are not wearing bullet proof we only decided to take pictures lamenting the destruction we couldn't do or say anything to the herdsmen because we value our lives more than what they have destroyed.


We all know how much a bag of beans cost today. Even if it's only 6 bags of beans I could get we know how much that will be. And no matter what, we could have harvested far more than 6 bags of beans if the Fulani Herdsmen had not turned my farm to their grazing zone. .


What kind of destructive regime did gullible people bring upon my beloved country?!


SO PAINFUL!!!


Emmanuel Olorunmagba


Photos of the farm:










Due to the rising cost of foodstuffs I decided to engage in large scale multi-crop farming this year. My beans farm located close to my community produced bountiful seeds.


Last Sunday 21st November, 2021 I drove to the farm after service and saw that the beans produced bountifully and are dry ready for harvest, but because I wanted to travel I couldn't arrange for people to help me harvest the beans.


So I traveled on Monday and returned today Saturday 27th November, 2021. While on my way back to Kaduna, I arrange for who will help in the harvest, as I arrived Kaduna, this evening we drove to my beans farming to commission the commencement of the harvest. Watch and behold there is nothing else to harvest as those callous Fulani Herdsmen have brought their cows to my farm and the farms of others around and their cows ate and finished all the beans.


We still met the cows and their herdsmen grazing in my farm. Since we (those who want to help me in the harvest and I) are not wearing bullet proof we only decided to take pictures lamenting the destruction we couldn't do or say anything to the herdsmen because we value our lives more than what they have destroyed.


We all know how much a bag of beans cost today. Even if it's only 6 bags of beans I could get we know how much that will be. And no matter what, we could have harvested far more than 6 bags of beans if the Fulani Herdsmen had not turned my farm to their grazing zone. .


What kind of destructive regime did gullible people bring upon my beloved country?!


SO PAINFUL!!!


Emmanuel Olorunmagba


Photos of the farm:










Osun: a future in the making?

Osun: a future in the making?

By

Abiodun KOMOLAFE 


(Published in The Nation, Nov 27, 2021)



Talking philosophically, the seed of tomorrow is always said to be planted today. In other words, whatever actions that are taken today will certainly be giving definition to the future. If, _‘whoever defecates on the floor will later have to contend with flies’,_ then, it behooves the people to always bear in mind that, in taking political decisions; even for the government in power to implement a particular policy, its consequences beckon, if not now, assuredly, later! It is all about posterity!


When the late Obafemi Awolowo started _‘Free Education’_ in the First Republic, that eventually became the tonic needed by the then Western Region of Nigeria to access freedom! As fate would have it, that advantage subsists, till date! Although the region is hated for it, _‘Free Education’_ has become a ritual of a sort for parents and guardians in the Southwest geopolitical zone not to let their children and wards end up as almajirai! Impliedly, the culture of _‘Boko Haram’_ is strange to the zone because somebody introduced a policy that defined education-friendly future, which is today. Since the past is what we carry along with us into the future, we should rather be circumspect, and think through our issues for informed decisions. For example, it’s true that Awolowo was denied a seat at the helm of Nigeria’s political Administration; but then, who is now bearing the brunt of the wahala that was created as a result of that ignoble decision by the political elite? Of course, it is the poor man on the street!


When the feud between Awolowo and the late Samuel Ladoke Akintola peaked; and the _‘Oloye Aare Ona Kakanfo XIII’_ of the Yoruba opted to align with the _Northern Elements Progressive Union_ (NEPU), it was like a mere decision back then. But it was also a fitting definition of the future. How? Well, long after the _dramatis personae_ of that crisis have joined their forebears, Ogbomoso is not believed to have hidden its dislike for _Awo_ (as he was fondly called), whatever he stood for, and/or whosoever stood by him! Many decades after, it is doubtful if an Ogbomoso man will contemplate sharing a space with any mortal who has something in common with the late sage. That a former Governor Christopher Alao-Akala is currently eating at the same table with elements within the camp of the ruling _All Progressives Congress_ (APC), which is the nearest to Awolowo’s political family, cannot be divorced from ‘politics of the belly’. Yes, it is all about survival instincts!


History also reminds us of a prominent man of Ijebu-Jesa descent in Osun State, whose 2-storey building was razed in the aftermath of Governor Bola Ige’s re-election loss in the old Oyo State. Almost 40 years after, the one-time imposing structure in my Native Nazareth remains a shadow of its old glory. It is even doubtful if the victim’s twin buildings on a certain street in Osogbo, the State Capital, which were similarly destroyed by arsonists under the same guise, have been rebuilt; or that my kinsman ever recovered from the disaster before he died a fair few years ago.


In the 3rd Republic, Lagos missed the rare opportunity of developing at the right time and pace. For reasons best known only to posterity, the leaders of the now-defunct _Social Democratic Party_ (SDP) wanted to exact their pound of flesh; and they got it – through the careless surrender of the governorship of Lagos State to Michael Otedola of the now-rested _National Republican Convention_(NRC). Of a truth, the aftereffects of that imprudent decision ruined the political structure of the  _‘Centre of Excellence’_ for a long time to come, simply because Otedola was largely unprepared for the rigours of that coveted office. Since he won the governorship seat without treading upon the serpents and scorpions, not even the thorns and thistles associated with such a struggle for power, especially, in this part of the world, the Epe, Lagos State-born politician could not fathom how important it was to build institutions in a democracy. And _‘Political Lagos’_ paid dearly for it!


Between 1997 and 2003, Ile-Ife and Modakeke communities in Osun State engaged in an intra-ethnic conflict that ended up consuming thousands of erstwhile friends, in-laws and neighbours, in addition to property worth billions of naira that were destroyed. With the benefit of hindsight, has any development accrued to the two communities as a result of that war? A visit to the two communities will bring one face-to-face with the carcasses of burnt buildings, which still litter the two landscapes, decades after.


Once upon an era in Osun, the _People’s Democratic Party_ (PDP) was in power. Its major preoccupation at the time was crass class opportunism, practically founded and oftentimes funded by paranoid illiterates and political bigots. Apart from the party’s recklessness with our commonwealth, residents of the state no longer felt safe under PDP’s misgovernance. Amidst political frustrations, released fury and unprompted emotional outbursts, all which gave expression to the frustration of the society, impunity thrived! At the right time, the electorate acted with their thumbs! Had _PinDiPi_ checkmated the vanity of greed and sheer illogicality that had taken the better part of its rank and file, it’d not have lost the election of April 14, 2007.


Let’s revisit Nigeria’s Civil War! Those who witnessed it would no doubt have been treated to a bombardment of complicated puzzles as to why the war had to be – and was actually – fought. From Olusegun Obasanjo’s reluctant _‘Will’,_ to Emeka Ojukwu’s willing _‘Involvement’;_ even, Frederick Forsyth’s _‘Emeka’,_ did anyone remember how and why things so fell apart with unnerving rapidity that Nigerians had to go to war against Nigerians in order to rescue Nigerians from Nigerians? And, if one may ask: where were our seers and allied spiritual gymnasts when the war was being concocted by nationalists as well as self-servers? Who actually won the war, who lost it and for whom was it won or lost? If the war was in the end won, what about its resultant peace, hope and consolation? Were they also won, lost or compromised? If, truly, the war was won, where has the peace been hiding that Nigeria’s troubles are growing by the day? If it was lost, has there been a replacement for the lost peace?


In times like this, the disputatious wrangling allegedly gaining currency within Osun APC readily comes to mind. As a society, one can only hope that the import of posterity would not be lost on the political gladiators who delight in fanning the embers of deep divisions and troubling rancor in the state. Be that as it may, history has over the years shown Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a listening, resourceful and courageous leader. So, Nigerians are hoping that he would deploy these much-coveted virtues at a level that will help deescalate the _‘Us vs. Us’_ conflict currently troubling the ruling party’s Israel. The otherwise won’t be palatable as it can fatally rupture the internal dynamics of APC, not only in the state but also nationally.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, make Gboyega Oyetola’s Administration the best in the history of Osun State!


 _*Komolafe wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected]; 07087941459)_

By

Abiodun KOMOLAFE 


(Published in The Nation, Nov 27, 2021)



Talking philosophically, the seed of tomorrow is always said to be planted today. In other words, whatever actions that are taken today will certainly be giving definition to the future. If, _‘whoever defecates on the floor will later have to contend with flies’,_ then, it behooves the people to always bear in mind that, in taking political decisions; even for the government in power to implement a particular policy, its consequences beckon, if not now, assuredly, later! It is all about posterity!


When the late Obafemi Awolowo started _‘Free Education’_ in the First Republic, that eventually became the tonic needed by the then Western Region of Nigeria to access freedom! As fate would have it, that advantage subsists, till date! Although the region is hated for it, _‘Free Education’_ has become a ritual of a sort for parents and guardians in the Southwest geopolitical zone not to let their children and wards end up as almajirai! Impliedly, the culture of _‘Boko Haram’_ is strange to the zone because somebody introduced a policy that defined education-friendly future, which is today. Since the past is what we carry along with us into the future, we should rather be circumspect, and think through our issues for informed decisions. For example, it’s true that Awolowo was denied a seat at the helm of Nigeria’s political Administration; but then, who is now bearing the brunt of the wahala that was created as a result of that ignoble decision by the political elite? Of course, it is the poor man on the street!


When the feud between Awolowo and the late Samuel Ladoke Akintola peaked; and the _‘Oloye Aare Ona Kakanfo XIII’_ of the Yoruba opted to align with the _Northern Elements Progressive Union_ (NEPU), it was like a mere decision back then. But it was also a fitting definition of the future. How? Well, long after the _dramatis personae_ of that crisis have joined their forebears, Ogbomoso is not believed to have hidden its dislike for _Awo_ (as he was fondly called), whatever he stood for, and/or whosoever stood by him! Many decades after, it is doubtful if an Ogbomoso man will contemplate sharing a space with any mortal who has something in common with the late sage. That a former Governor Christopher Alao-Akala is currently eating at the same table with elements within the camp of the ruling _All Progressives Congress_ (APC), which is the nearest to Awolowo’s political family, cannot be divorced from ‘politics of the belly’. Yes, it is all about survival instincts!


History also reminds us of a prominent man of Ijebu-Jesa descent in Osun State, whose 2-storey building was razed in the aftermath of Governor Bola Ige’s re-election loss in the old Oyo State. Almost 40 years after, the one-time imposing structure in my Native Nazareth remains a shadow of its old glory. It is even doubtful if the victim’s twin buildings on a certain street in Osogbo, the State Capital, which were similarly destroyed by arsonists under the same guise, have been rebuilt; or that my kinsman ever recovered from the disaster before he died a fair few years ago.


In the 3rd Republic, Lagos missed the rare opportunity of developing at the right time and pace. For reasons best known only to posterity, the leaders of the now-defunct _Social Democratic Party_ (SDP) wanted to exact their pound of flesh; and they got it – through the careless surrender of the governorship of Lagos State to Michael Otedola of the now-rested _National Republican Convention_(NRC). Of a truth, the aftereffects of that imprudent decision ruined the political structure of the  _‘Centre of Excellence’_ for a long time to come, simply because Otedola was largely unprepared for the rigours of that coveted office. Since he won the governorship seat without treading upon the serpents and scorpions, not even the thorns and thistles associated with such a struggle for power, especially, in this part of the world, the Epe, Lagos State-born politician could not fathom how important it was to build institutions in a democracy. And _‘Political Lagos’_ paid dearly for it!


Between 1997 and 2003, Ile-Ife and Modakeke communities in Osun State engaged in an intra-ethnic conflict that ended up consuming thousands of erstwhile friends, in-laws and neighbours, in addition to property worth billions of naira that were destroyed. With the benefit of hindsight, has any development accrued to the two communities as a result of that war? A visit to the two communities will bring one face-to-face with the carcasses of burnt buildings, which still litter the two landscapes, decades after.


Once upon an era in Osun, the _People’s Democratic Party_ (PDP) was in power. Its major preoccupation at the time was crass class opportunism, practically founded and oftentimes funded by paranoid illiterates and political bigots. Apart from the party’s recklessness with our commonwealth, residents of the state no longer felt safe under PDP’s misgovernance. Amidst political frustrations, released fury and unprompted emotional outbursts, all which gave expression to the frustration of the society, impunity thrived! At the right time, the electorate acted with their thumbs! Had _PinDiPi_ checkmated the vanity of greed and sheer illogicality that had taken the better part of its rank and file, it’d not have lost the election of April 14, 2007.


Let’s revisit Nigeria’s Civil War! Those who witnessed it would no doubt have been treated to a bombardment of complicated puzzles as to why the war had to be – and was actually – fought. From Olusegun Obasanjo’s reluctant _‘Will’,_ to Emeka Ojukwu’s willing _‘Involvement’;_ even, Frederick Forsyth’s _‘Emeka’,_ did anyone remember how and why things so fell apart with unnerving rapidity that Nigerians had to go to war against Nigerians in order to rescue Nigerians from Nigerians? And, if one may ask: where were our seers and allied spiritual gymnasts when the war was being concocted by nationalists as well as self-servers? Who actually won the war, who lost it and for whom was it won or lost? If the war was in the end won, what about its resultant peace, hope and consolation? Were they also won, lost or compromised? If, truly, the war was won, where has the peace been hiding that Nigeria’s troubles are growing by the day? If it was lost, has there been a replacement for the lost peace?


In times like this, the disputatious wrangling allegedly gaining currency within Osun APC readily comes to mind. As a society, one can only hope that the import of posterity would not be lost on the political gladiators who delight in fanning the embers of deep divisions and troubling rancor in the state. Be that as it may, history has over the years shown Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a listening, resourceful and courageous leader. So, Nigerians are hoping that he would deploy these much-coveted virtues at a level that will help deescalate the _‘Us vs. Us’_ conflict currently troubling the ruling party’s Israel. The otherwise won’t be palatable as it can fatally rupture the internal dynamics of APC, not only in the state but also nationally.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, make Gboyega Oyetola’s Administration the best in the history of Osun State!


 _*Komolafe wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected]; 07087941459)_

WARNING! ⚠️ GRAPHIC CONTENTS: Remains of Timothy Oluwadare Adegoke on exhumation

WARNING! ⚠️ GRAPHIC CONTENTS: Remains of Timothy Oluwadare Adegoke on exhumation

 


This is the remains of Timothy Oluwadare Adegoke on exhumation. 


Remember he is wrapped with the hotel's bedsheet and hotel duvet and put in a carton before burying him in a shallow grave. Hence, the body and the blood-soaked clothing wasn't contaminated with soil. 


One can see the blood socked T-shirt clearly. Zoom the photo and notice his neck, around the left shoulder and see what is left of his left arm. 


Yet, one of the principal suspects Adedoyin while still in Police detention can declare his own Post Mortem Report of intact body parts. 


The Nigeria Police may needs to explain to the public how Adedoyin was  able to make voice notes and post the same on Social Media while under detention.


Nigeria is a miracle country. Once you have rotten blood money to throw around and about, miracles will start happening! 


A land of Illegalities!


May calamity befall anyone who has a hand in evil, or assists is submerging evidence that can help to expose evil in Nigeria or anywhere else. 

Amen.


Source: Social Media

 


This is the remains of Timothy Oluwadare Adegoke on exhumation. 


Remember he is wrapped with the hotel's bedsheet and hotel duvet and put in a carton before burying him in a shallow grave. Hence, the body and the blood-soaked clothing wasn't contaminated with soil. 


One can see the blood socked T-shirt clearly. Zoom the photo and notice his neck, around the left shoulder and see what is left of his left arm. 


Yet, one of the principal suspects Adedoyin while still in Police detention can declare his own Post Mortem Report of intact body parts. 


The Nigeria Police may needs to explain to the public how Adedoyin was  able to make voice notes and post the same on Social Media while under detention.


Nigeria is a miracle country. Once you have rotten blood money to throw around and about, miracles will start happening! 


A land of Illegalities!


May calamity befall anyone who has a hand in evil, or assists is submerging evidence that can help to expose evil in Nigeria or anywhere else. 

Amen.


Source: Social Media

Appeal Court in Lagos Affirms Forfeiture of Diezani’s $40m Jewelry to FG

Appeal Court in Lagos Affirms Forfeiture of Diezani’s $40m Jewelry to FG


The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, on Friday, November 26, 2021, affirmed the forfeiture of a $40 million worth of jewelry belonging to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to the Federal Government.


Justice I.N. Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos , had, on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, ordered the final forfeiture of the jewelry and a customized gold Iphone valued at $40m belonging to Allison-Madueke, to the FG.


The Judge had, earlier on July 5, 2019, granted the interim forfeiture of the properties, following an ex parte application filed by the EFCC. For details of this and other stories.


By EFCC


The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, on Friday, November 26, 2021, affirmed the forfeiture of a $40 million worth of jewelry belonging to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to the Federal Government.


Justice I.N. Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos , had, on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, ordered the final forfeiture of the jewelry and a customized gold Iphone valued at $40m belonging to Allison-Madueke, to the FG.


The Judge had, earlier on July 5, 2019, granted the interim forfeiture of the properties, following an ex parte application filed by the EFCC. For details of this and other stories.


By EFCC

Abuja Court declares Bandits as a Terrorist Group

Abuja Court declares Bandits as a Terrorist Group

 An Abuja High Court on Thursday declares Bandits as terrorists group.


According to a judgement delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, the court outlawed the activities of some groups linked to banditry and declared their activities as acts of terrorism.

The  court ruling followed an ex-parte motion filed by Mohammed Abubakar, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) at the Federal Ministry of Justice, on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Abubakar said, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the legal action, seeking an order declaring the activities of bandits as act of terrorism.

He said the court action has the goal of outlawing the Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups, as well as other terrorist groups in the country.

Abubakar said, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the legal action, seeking an order declaring the activities of bandits as act of terrorism.


He said the court action has the goal of outlawing the Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups, as well as other terrorist groups in the country.

In a supporting affidavit to the ex-parte motion, Aminu Kayode Alilu, from the Federal Ministry of Justice, who argued the motion ex-parte, explained why the Federal Government chose to approach the court for the order.


He argued that security reports have confirmed that bandit groups were responsible for killings, abductions, rapes, kidnappings, and other criminal acts in the Northeast, Northcentral, and other parts of the country.


The Government blamed the groups for an increase in “banditry, incessant kidnappings for ransom, kidnapping for marriage, mass abductions of school children and other citizens, cattle rustling, enslavement, imprisonment, severe deprivation of physical liberty, torture, rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, and other forms of sexual violence, attacks and killings in communities and commuters, and wanton destruction of lives and proper property.”


It specifically argued that Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups, as well as other similar groups, were responsible for the deaths of soldiers, police officers, and other security agents across the country.


“The activities of the Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups, as well as other similar groups, constitute acts of terrorism that can lead to a breakdown of public order and safety, as well as a threat to Nigeria’s national security and corporate existence”, the motion claimedAfter listening to the argument on the application on Thursday,  the court ruled and specifically declared the activities of the “Yan Bindiga Group” and the “Yan Ta’adda Group” and other similar groups in any part of the country, especially in the Northwest and Northcentral geo-political zones, as “acts of terrorism and illegality”.


It equally proscribed the Yan Bindiga  and the Yan Ta’adda Groups as well as other similar groups in any part of Nigeria, especially in the Northwest and Northcentral geo-political zones, “either in groups or as individuals by whatever names they are calle



The court restrained “any person or group of persons from participating in any manner whatsoever, in any form of activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the collective intention or otherwise of the Yan Bindiga Group and the Yan Ta’adda Group under any other name or platform however called or described


It  ordered the Federal Government to publish the prosecution order in the Official Gazette and two national dailie


Justice Taiwo said he was convinced that such orders were necessary in view of the nefarious activities of bandits and their effects on the people and the nation’s econom


The judge also proscribed all other groups in the country, irrespective of their names, but whose activities and objectives are similar to those of Yan Bindiga Group and the Yan Ta’adda Grou


The court  listed terror activities to “include, but not limited to banditry, kidnappings for ransom, kidnapping for marriage, mass abductions of school children and other citizens, cattle rustling, enslavement, imprisonment, severe deprivation of physical liberty, torture, rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, other forms of sexual violence, attacks and killings in communities and commuters and wanton destruction of lives and properties in Nigeria.”


 An Abuja High Court on Thursday declares Bandits as terrorists group.


According to a judgement delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, the court outlawed the activities of some groups linked to banditry and declared their activities as acts of terrorism.

The  court ruling followed an ex-parte motion filed by Mohammed Abubakar, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) at the Federal Ministry of Justice, on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Abubakar said, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the legal action, seeking an order declaring the activities of bandits as act of terrorism.

He said the court action has the goal of outlawing the Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups, as well as other terrorist groups in the country.

Abubakar said, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the legal action, seeking an order declaring the activities of bandits as act of terrorism.


He said the court action has the goal of outlawing the Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups, as well as other terrorist groups in the country.

In a supporting affidavit to the ex-parte motion, Aminu Kayode Alilu, from the Federal Ministry of Justice, who argued the motion ex-parte, explained why the Federal Government chose to approach the court for the order.


He argued that security reports have confirmed that bandit groups were responsible for killings, abductions, rapes, kidnappings, and other criminal acts in the Northeast, Northcentral, and other parts of the country.


The Government blamed the groups for an increase in “banditry, incessant kidnappings for ransom, kidnapping for marriage, mass abductions of school children and other citizens, cattle rustling, enslavement, imprisonment, severe deprivation of physical liberty, torture, rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, and other forms of sexual violence, attacks and killings in communities and commuters, and wanton destruction of lives and proper property.”


It specifically argued that Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups, as well as other similar groups, were responsible for the deaths of soldiers, police officers, and other security agents across the country.


“The activities of the Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda groups, as well as other similar groups, constitute acts of terrorism that can lead to a breakdown of public order and safety, as well as a threat to Nigeria’s national security and corporate existence”, the motion claimedAfter listening to the argument on the application on Thursday,  the court ruled and specifically declared the activities of the “Yan Bindiga Group” and the “Yan Ta’adda Group” and other similar groups in any part of the country, especially in the Northwest and Northcentral geo-political zones, as “acts of terrorism and illegality”.


It equally proscribed the Yan Bindiga  and the Yan Ta’adda Groups as well as other similar groups in any part of Nigeria, especially in the Northwest and Northcentral geo-political zones, “either in groups or as individuals by whatever names they are calle



The court restrained “any person or group of persons from participating in any manner whatsoever, in any form of activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the collective intention or otherwise of the Yan Bindiga Group and the Yan Ta’adda Group under any other name or platform however called or described


It  ordered the Federal Government to publish the prosecution order in the Official Gazette and two national dailie


Justice Taiwo said he was convinced that such orders were necessary in view of the nefarious activities of bandits and their effects on the people and the nation’s econom


The judge also proscribed all other groups in the country, irrespective of their names, but whose activities and objectives are similar to those of Yan Bindiga Group and the Yan Ta’adda Grou


The court  listed terror activities to “include, but not limited to banditry, kidnappings for ransom, kidnapping for marriage, mass abductions of school children and other citizens, cattle rustling, enslavement, imprisonment, severe deprivation of physical liberty, torture, rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, other forms of sexual violence, attacks and killings in communities and commuters and wanton destruction of lives and properties in Nigeria.”


RE: MY DAUGHTER ADEOLA OGUNWUSI AND OONI ADEYEYE OGUNWUSI’S ATTACK ON THE TRUTH

RE: MY DAUGHTER ADEOLA OGUNWUSI AND OONI ADEYEYE OGUNWUSI’S ATTACK ON THE TRUTH

 OMOLARA TUBOSUN’S FULL STATEMENT


TO THE NIGERIAN PRESS, AND ALL OTHER CONCERNED

November 24, 2021


My name is Omolara, and I am Adeola Ogunwusi’s mother. She was born in Akobo, Ibadan, in May 1994 as a result of a teenage relationship I had with Adeyeye Ogunwusi, now the Ooni of Ife, who was then also a teenager, neighbour, and family friend.









The relationship was short and uneventful, but certain matters of late have forced me to break a silence I have held since 2015 when, shortly before his coronation, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi concocted a self-serving tale about his role in our daughter’s life. A couple of weeks ago, on his Instagram and Facebook pages, he once again wrote that he was a “single father” to my daughter — a mendacious claim that has no basis in fact, but has gone on for too long.


I want to put it on the record now in public that there’s not an iota of truth to that claim, and I challenge him to prove me wrong.


Yeye Ogunwusi was never present in Adeola’s life for the first ten years of her growing up which makes the “single father” narrative shocking, annoying and disrespectful to hear by all who know the truth of the story. I, Omolara, took care of my daughter physically, financially and emotionally, with the moral support of my mother and my siblings.


I was a pregnant teen, but he was nowhere to be found, and I bore the responsibilities for our child, and paid the physical and social cost of raising her alone in my mom’s house.


Yeye Ogunwusi saw Adeola for only five minutes at the hospital when she was born. The next time he saw her was when she was already four years old and ten years old respectively.


I got NO monetary or material support from him or ANYONE while raising my child. I could not have, because he was also just finding his way in the world.


Adeola started spending holidays with Yeye Ogunwusi and his then wife (Bukola Bombata) in Lagos when she was thirteen in 2007, and started living with them when she was fifteen in 2009. This was when he began any financial and personal involvement in her life at all.


All these years, I have kept quiet in the belief that all is well that ends well. I decided to be an adult in this situation for the sake of my daughter. I have also kept quiet since the first time he made this outrageous claim because I hate unnecessary publicity, and I wanted to keep my private life out of public glare.


However, it appears that Yeye Ogunwusi has taken my silence for stupidity.


In spite of every private outreach to him to stop repeating the lie that he “raised my daughter as a single parent since she was born”, he has continued to say so. It is not true, and no amount of repeating it will make it so. I was the single parent. He was, until our daughter was old enough, an absentee father. Unfortunately, a lie goes a long way around the world before the truth gets a chance to tie its shoes. So, this is my attempt at correcting the record.


If Yeye Ogunwusi has any photos of him and our daughter, or the receipt of any expense he bore on her, before the age of ten, let him present them to the public right now.


I refuse to let someone else define me or tell my story. It is a story of triumph over fear, over shame, and over doubt. It is a success story, but with several bumps and obstacles along the way. But it is mine, and no one else’s to tell.


If Yeye Ogunwusi is proud of the daughter we have raised, he can say so without any attempt to minimize or denigrate the very foundation on which he’s now attempting to build, and from which he cowardly fled when the going was tough.


For our daughter’s sake, enough is enough. For the sake of truth and justice, enough is enough.


I will not allow ANYONE to disrespect a lifetime of hard work that I put into raising my child no matter how powerful, famous or seemingly influential they claim to be.


I am also making this public to put on notice any media organisations to stop repeating Yeye Ogunwusi’s lies without proper verification and qualification. You, also, have a duty to be truthful and factual. And now, you can.


Omolara Olatubosun


Adeola’s mother

 OMOLARA TUBOSUN’S FULL STATEMENT


TO THE NIGERIAN PRESS, AND ALL OTHER CONCERNED

November 24, 2021


My name is Omolara, and I am Adeola Ogunwusi’s mother. She was born in Akobo, Ibadan, in May 1994 as a result of a teenage relationship I had with Adeyeye Ogunwusi, now the Ooni of Ife, who was then also a teenager, neighbour, and family friend.









The relationship was short and uneventful, but certain matters of late have forced me to break a silence I have held since 2015 when, shortly before his coronation, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi concocted a self-serving tale about his role in our daughter’s life. A couple of weeks ago, on his Instagram and Facebook pages, he once again wrote that he was a “single father” to my daughter — a mendacious claim that has no basis in fact, but has gone on for too long.


I want to put it on the record now in public that there’s not an iota of truth to that claim, and I challenge him to prove me wrong.


Yeye Ogunwusi was never present in Adeola’s life for the first ten years of her growing up which makes the “single father” narrative shocking, annoying and disrespectful to hear by all who know the truth of the story. I, Omolara, took care of my daughter physically, financially and emotionally, with the moral support of my mother and my siblings.


I was a pregnant teen, but he was nowhere to be found, and I bore the responsibilities for our child, and paid the physical and social cost of raising her alone in my mom’s house.


Yeye Ogunwusi saw Adeola for only five minutes at the hospital when she was born. The next time he saw her was when she was already four years old and ten years old respectively.


I got NO monetary or material support from him or ANYONE while raising my child. I could not have, because he was also just finding his way in the world.


Adeola started spending holidays with Yeye Ogunwusi and his then wife (Bukola Bombata) in Lagos when she was thirteen in 2007, and started living with them when she was fifteen in 2009. This was when he began any financial and personal involvement in her life at all.


All these years, I have kept quiet in the belief that all is well that ends well. I decided to be an adult in this situation for the sake of my daughter. I have also kept quiet since the first time he made this outrageous claim because I hate unnecessary publicity, and I wanted to keep my private life out of public glare.


However, it appears that Yeye Ogunwusi has taken my silence for stupidity.


In spite of every private outreach to him to stop repeating the lie that he “raised my daughter as a single parent since she was born”, he has continued to say so. It is not true, and no amount of repeating it will make it so. I was the single parent. He was, until our daughter was old enough, an absentee father. Unfortunately, a lie goes a long way around the world before the truth gets a chance to tie its shoes. So, this is my attempt at correcting the record.


If Yeye Ogunwusi has any photos of him and our daughter, or the receipt of any expense he bore on her, before the age of ten, let him present them to the public right now.


I refuse to let someone else define me or tell my story. It is a story of triumph over fear, over shame, and over doubt. It is a success story, but with several bumps and obstacles along the way. But it is mine, and no one else’s to tell.


If Yeye Ogunwusi is proud of the daughter we have raised, he can say so without any attempt to minimize or denigrate the very foundation on which he’s now attempting to build, and from which he cowardly fled when the going was tough.


For our daughter’s sake, enough is enough. For the sake of truth and justice, enough is enough.


I will not allow ANYONE to disrespect a lifetime of hard work that I put into raising my child no matter how powerful, famous or seemingly influential they claim to be.


I am also making this public to put on notice any media organisations to stop repeating Yeye Ogunwusi’s lies without proper verification and qualification. You, also, have a duty to be truthful and factual. And now, you can.


Omolara Olatubosun


Adeola’s mother

PHOTO NEWS: 63-year-old Randy Apostle Peter Udofia, Marries 18-year-old Choir Member As Second Wife

PHOTO NEWS: 63-year-old Randy Apostle Peter Udofia, Marries 18-year-old Choir Member As Second Wife

 By Issac Obasi


The General Overseer and Founder of Way of Salvation Church of Jesus Christ, Calabar, Apostle Peter Udofia has married an 18-year-old choir member of his own church identified as Sister Blessing Eku as a second wife.


End Time Randy Pastor.












 By Issac Obasi


The General Overseer and Founder of Way of Salvation Church of Jesus Christ, Calabar, Apostle Peter Udofia has married an 18-year-old choir member of his own church identified as Sister Blessing Eku as a second wife.


End Time Randy Pastor.












Happy birthday to Mr Ibitoye Sunday

Happy birthday to Mr Ibitoye Sunday


Happy birthday to you, Mr Ibitoye Sunday.

May your days be many and abondantly fruitful.

Congratulations!!!!

CHEERS!!!!





By Comrade Dele Abiola




Happy birthday to you, Mr Ibitoye Sunday.

May your days be many and abondantly fruitful.

Congratulations!!!!

CHEERS!!!!





By Comrade Dele Abiola



VIDEOS: Police Endless Extortions, Brutalities, Torture & Murder, When Will It End?

VIDEOS: Police Endless Extortions, Brutalities, Torture & Murder, When Will It End?

A victim of police brutality, torture and assault just sent in this.


This is his story below:


This Morning heading to Ikeja with my brother and his wife to meet up with our visa appointment, on getting to the road that connects third mainland bridge through Osborne, we saw people scatter round the road, An unbranded Vehicle (Korope) was used to block the road. I told my brother to be careful incase they were Armed Robbers (which turns out true, only this time, they wore uniform, empowered Criminals) so we don't just run into their trap. 


We got to them, stopped after noticing they were police men, they asked for vehicle particular and we gave them, asked for his drivers license and we gave them, then they asked my brother's wife to get down from they car, and that my brother should hand over his keys.


Ah hand over keys ke,  Why do you need our car key and why should my brother's wife leave the front seat for you? Why do you even want to enter the car, is it your car? Omo the next thing one of them snatch my brother's phone? Ah this people mean business o At that point, I had started recording with my phone, and the same guy that collected my brother's phone started moving close to me.


I noticed he was trying to snatch my phone too so I was carefully avoiding him, and boom they tried pinning me to the Ground, I quickly passed my phone to my brother's wife, the dragging continue and they were very particular about getting the keys from us. Took all our phones they could lay hands on, Took turns to hit me, tore all my clothes. 


Some guys saw what was happening,

Stopped their car on the other side of the road and started recording, when the noticed that they were external people recording them, they started shooting. On noticing that we did not even flinch, one of them started begging us, told us we can go.


Go? Like seriously? without our phones? No sir, we must get our phones, all our phones.

It's sad that we keep seeing a repeat of the very brutality we've been fighting against every time. Men of the Nigerian Police Force are never tired of constantly extorting


When they noticed that we and the Guys who stopped to record weren't backing out, they ran into their vehicle and sped off. I don't even feel safe anymore in my own country.


We run from Armed Robbers and Kidnappers and we should be running from Police men too? @PoliceNG when will all this Harrasment end?

At what point will we start feeling safe in our own country?

Shout out to the Young men who stopped to record what was happening. The End.



This is the Nigerian Dream.


I'm so ashamed watching this. How did we get to this level of having officers representing Nigeria without shame, dignity, respect for themselves, families and their nation. 


I'm tired. No wonder we are being treated like animals abroad how can anyone respect citizens whose police extorts assaults, toture and kill its citizens if they don't give them bribe.




VIDEOS:











A victim of police brutality, torture and assault just sent in this.


This is his story below:


This Morning heading to Ikeja with my brother and his wife to meet up with our visa appointment, on getting to the road that connects third mainland bridge through Osborne, we saw people scatter round the road, An unbranded Vehicle (Korope) was used to block the road. I told my brother to be careful incase they were Armed Robbers (which turns out true, only this time, they wore uniform, empowered Criminals) so we don't just run into their trap. 


We got to them, stopped after noticing they were police men, they asked for vehicle particular and we gave them, asked for his drivers license and we gave them, then they asked my brother's wife to get down from they car, and that my brother should hand over his keys.


Ah hand over keys ke,  Why do you need our car key and why should my brother's wife leave the front seat for you? Why do you even want to enter the car, is it your car? Omo the next thing one of them snatch my brother's phone? Ah this people mean business o At that point, I had started recording with my phone, and the same guy that collected my brother's phone started moving close to me.


I noticed he was trying to snatch my phone too so I was carefully avoiding him, and boom they tried pinning me to the Ground, I quickly passed my phone to my brother's wife, the dragging continue and they were very particular about getting the keys from us. Took all our phones they could lay hands on, Took turns to hit me, tore all my clothes. 


Some guys saw what was happening,

Stopped their car on the other side of the road and started recording, when the noticed that they were external people recording them, they started shooting. On noticing that we did not even flinch, one of them started begging us, told us we can go.


Go? Like seriously? without our phones? No sir, we must get our phones, all our phones.

It's sad that we keep seeing a repeat of the very brutality we've been fighting against every time. Men of the Nigerian Police Force are never tired of constantly extorting


When they noticed that we and the Guys who stopped to record weren't backing out, they ran into their vehicle and sped off. I don't even feel safe anymore in my own country.


We run from Armed Robbers and Kidnappers and we should be running from Police men too? @PoliceNG when will all this Harrasment end?

At what point will we start feeling safe in our own country?

Shout out to the Young men who stopped to record what was happening. The End.



This is the Nigerian Dream.


I'm so ashamed watching this. How did we get to this level of having officers representing Nigeria without shame, dignity, respect for themselves, families and their nation. 


I'm tired. No wonder we are being treated like animals abroad how can anyone respect citizens whose police extorts assaults, toture and kill its citizens if they don't give them bribe.




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Moscow rejects Washington concerns about Ukraine as smokescreen

Moscow rejects Washington concerns about Ukraine as smokescreen

President Putin

Russia on Monday  vehemently condemned and rejected the U.S. claims of a Russian troop buildup near Ukraine.


Kremlin added that it could be a ruse intended to cover up what it described as Ukrainian leadership's aggressive intentions.


According to the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov who dismissed U.S. media allegations of Moscow's purported plans to invade Ukraine as part of efforts to discredit Russia. 


Peskov maintained that troop movements on Russia's own territory shouldn't concern anyone.


Ukraine complained earlier this month that Russia has kept tens of thousands of troops not far from the two countries' borders after conducting war games in an attempt to further pressure its ex-Soviet neighbor. Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and has supported a separatist insurgency that broke out that year in eastern Ukraine.


Speaking to Ukraine's foreign minister this month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken noted that Russia's "playbook" was to build up forces near the border and then invade, "claiming falsely that it was provoked."


Peskov sought to turn the tables on Ukraine and the West, arguing that the expressions of concern by the U.S. and its allies may "camouflage aggressive intentions in Kyiv to try to solve the problem of the southeast by force."


He accused the Ukrainian military of increasingly frequent shootings across the tense line of contact in the east and added that Moscow is strongly worried about the U.S. and other NATO countries providing Ukraine with weapons.


"The number of provocations has been growing, and those provocations have been conducted using the weapons that NATO countries sent to Ukraine," Peskov said in a conference call with reporters. "We are watching it with a grave concern."


Russia has cast its weight behind the separatist insurgency in Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland known as Donbas that has left more than 14,000 people dead. But Moscow has repeatedly denied any presence of its troops in eastern Ukraine.


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday also criticized what he described as "bellicose rhetoric" by Ukrainian military officials, charging that it could "reflect a desire to conduct provocations and turn the conflict into a hot phase."


Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba rejected the Russian allegations of Ukraine's plans to launch an attack on Donbas as part of Moscow's "disinformation."


"Let me state it officially: Ukraine does not plan a military offensive in the Donbas," Kuleba said on Twitter. "We are devoted to seeking political & diplomatic solutions to the conflict."


In a strongly-worded statement, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) scathingly criticized the U.S. State Department of spreading "absolute lies" about a purported Russian buildup near Ukraine.


"The Americans are painting a horrible picture of Russian tank armadas crushing Ukrainian cities," it said in Monday's statement. "It's surprising to see a speed at which a formerly respectable foreign policy agency is turning into a mouthpiece of mendacious propaganda."


The SVR alleged that it was Ukraine that was beefing up its forces near Russia and Belarus.


The Russian spy agency also accused the U.S. and the European Union of encouraging "the sense of permissiveness and impunity" in Ukraine, comparing the situation to Western expressions of support to Georgia before the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia.


Russia routed the Georgian army in the brief conflict that erupted when Georgia attempted to reclaim control over a Russia-backed separatist province. Moscow then recognized the independence of Georgia's two separatist provinces after the war.




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President Putin

Russia on Monday  vehemently condemned and rejected the U.S. claims of a Russian troop buildup near Ukraine.


Kremlin added that it could be a ruse intended to cover up what it described as Ukrainian leadership's aggressive intentions.


According to the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov who dismissed U.S. media allegations of Moscow's purported plans to invade Ukraine as part of efforts to discredit Russia. 


Peskov maintained that troop movements on Russia's own territory shouldn't concern anyone.


Ukraine complained earlier this month that Russia has kept tens of thousands of troops not far from the two countries' borders after conducting war games in an attempt to further pressure its ex-Soviet neighbor. Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and has supported a separatist insurgency that broke out that year in eastern Ukraine.


Speaking to Ukraine's foreign minister this month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken noted that Russia's "playbook" was to build up forces near the border and then invade, "claiming falsely that it was provoked."


Peskov sought to turn the tables on Ukraine and the West, arguing that the expressions of concern by the U.S. and its allies may "camouflage aggressive intentions in Kyiv to try to solve the problem of the southeast by force."


He accused the Ukrainian military of increasingly frequent shootings across the tense line of contact in the east and added that Moscow is strongly worried about the U.S. and other NATO countries providing Ukraine with weapons.


"The number of provocations has been growing, and those provocations have been conducted using the weapons that NATO countries sent to Ukraine," Peskov said in a conference call with reporters. "We are watching it with a grave concern."


Russia has cast its weight behind the separatist insurgency in Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland known as Donbas that has left more than 14,000 people dead. But Moscow has repeatedly denied any presence of its troops in eastern Ukraine.


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday also criticized what he described as "bellicose rhetoric" by Ukrainian military officials, charging that it could "reflect a desire to conduct provocations and turn the conflict into a hot phase."


Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba rejected the Russian allegations of Ukraine's plans to launch an attack on Donbas as part of Moscow's "disinformation."


"Let me state it officially: Ukraine does not plan a military offensive in the Donbas," Kuleba said on Twitter. "We are devoted to seeking political & diplomatic solutions to the conflict."


In a strongly-worded statement, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) scathingly criticized the U.S. State Department of spreading "absolute lies" about a purported Russian buildup near Ukraine.


"The Americans are painting a horrible picture of Russian tank armadas crushing Ukrainian cities," it said in Monday's statement. "It's surprising to see a speed at which a formerly respectable foreign policy agency is turning into a mouthpiece of mendacious propaganda."


The SVR alleged that it was Ukraine that was beefing up its forces near Russia and Belarus.


The Russian spy agency also accused the U.S. and the European Union of encouraging "the sense of permissiveness and impunity" in Ukraine, comparing the situation to Western expressions of support to Georgia before the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia.


Russia routed the Georgian army in the brief conflict that erupted when Georgia attempted to reclaim control over a Russia-backed separatist province. Moscow then recognized the independence of Georgia's two separatist provinces after the war.




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TIMOTHY ADEGOKE OLUDARE AND THE RITUAL MURDER IN A HOTEL, WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN

TIMOTHY ADEGOKE OLUDARE AND THE RITUAL MURDER IN A HOTEL, WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN

Some of us may be aware of the recent happening of one TIMOTHY ADEGOKE OLUDARE a Chattered Accountant and Director of Finance in one Multinational Company in Abuja who traveled down to Ile Ife to write his master’s degree exam but was murdered in his hotel room where he lodged.











Timothy


Report indicates that Timothy came into Ife from Abuja on Friday 5th to write his exam on 6th & 7th and to go back on Sunday evening or Monday. 


As his usual coming on weekend for his master program, he usually lodged at a hotel named Hilton and Resort Hotel in Ife, one of the prominent hotels in town and only to be declared missing by his wife and family when they can not reach him for 2 days.


 In the process of searching for him by the anti-kidnapping team from Osogbo, it was established that he lodged in Hilton hotel and the hotel management murdered him at midnight with evidence showed his body was wrapped with hotel blanket and bed sheet and buried at the upper side of the hotel in Ife the Dustbin arena and reliable sources said that spot has been the burial ground for various victims after some part from his chest was removed.


How Did the Police Investigation know this?


They demanded for his national Id Card from his family, but his wife was able to provide the earlier hotel receipt of Hilton where he used to lodge whenever he came for his weekend program.

They visited the hotel, but the lady receptionist denied admitting the young guy into the hotel, but a transfer payment was traced to her account that Timothy paid for 2 nights in the hotel and receipt was issued to him.


The manifest and receipt of the hotel was doctored with a page number receipt for Timothy was removed from the booklet.


The lady receptionist supposed to close at 12noon but called another staff to take over duty at 8am, that she had emergency call at Ejigbo. Her phone and Timothy’s phone was tracked to Ejigbo and eventually picked up by d police. She then pleaded with the police that she was ready to confess everything that happened


It was at her instance that all principal actors were mentioned and apprehended, including the Chairman of the hotel.


Contrary to earlier report that an herbalist from Ejigbo was involved. No please. The Manager "4", who is also one of the principal staffs of the hotel is an Alfa/ritualist and probably been used by the Chairman to carry out their evil plans. He had also confessed and in police net with 6 others


The lady also confessed that their Chairman Prince Ramon Adedoyin who happened to own Oduduwa University and Ife Polytechnic had hand in the brutal ritual killing and he has been arrested and detained.


The body of the man was exhumed and already taken to Ife teaching hospital for proper examination.


Investigation is ongoing to establish more fact about the hotel and the University and Ife Polytechnic  

 


KEY ADVISE


 Whenever you arrive in any hotel, make sure you make a call at the reception lobby to let them know you are informing your family member or friends or colleagues about the hotel you are lodging in, the name and address and study the mood of the receptionist and other hotel worker around you.


Make sure you obtained a receipt and immediately snap or scan the receipt and send to your family member, friend, or colleagues to show that you pay for a room and lodge there.


If you are making transfer payment, kindly generate payment receipt, and scan same to your office, family, or friend.


In the room, kindly check round the room very well before lying down, the doors, windows, mattress and under the bed, Waldrop, drawers if any, the toilet wash hand basin and sit, the AC to be sure nothing is hiding inside the room.


As you sleep always make call or contact to your close friend and family member that you are still there till next morning.


When leaving the hotel inform your family member and friends or colleagues that you are about to check out and study your surrounding when checking out.


Always call immediately you find yourself in an unfriendly situation in a hotel where you lodge for security assistant.

 

Please let share this tip to all our friends and family to safe lives.


 May God continue to protect us all

Some of us may be aware of the recent happening of one TIMOTHY ADEGOKE OLUDARE a Chattered Accountant and Director of Finance in one Multinational Company in Abuja who traveled down to Ile Ife to write his master’s degree exam but was murdered in his hotel room where he lodged.











Timothy


Report indicates that Timothy came into Ife from Abuja on Friday 5th to write his exam on 6th & 7th and to go back on Sunday evening or Monday. 


As his usual coming on weekend for his master program, he usually lodged at a hotel named Hilton and Resort Hotel in Ife, one of the prominent hotels in town and only to be declared missing by his wife and family when they can not reach him for 2 days.


 In the process of searching for him by the anti-kidnapping team from Osogbo, it was established that he lodged in Hilton hotel and the hotel management murdered him at midnight with evidence showed his body was wrapped with hotel blanket and bed sheet and buried at the upper side of the hotel in Ife the Dustbin arena and reliable sources said that spot has been the burial ground for various victims after some part from his chest was removed.


How Did the Police Investigation know this?


They demanded for his national Id Card from his family, but his wife was able to provide the earlier hotel receipt of Hilton where he used to lodge whenever he came for his weekend program.

They visited the hotel, but the lady receptionist denied admitting the young guy into the hotel, but a transfer payment was traced to her account that Timothy paid for 2 nights in the hotel and receipt was issued to him.


The manifest and receipt of the hotel was doctored with a page number receipt for Timothy was removed from the booklet.


The lady receptionist supposed to close at 12noon but called another staff to take over duty at 8am, that she had emergency call at Ejigbo. Her phone and Timothy’s phone was tracked to Ejigbo and eventually picked up by d police. She then pleaded with the police that she was ready to confess everything that happened


It was at her instance that all principal actors were mentioned and apprehended, including the Chairman of the hotel.


Contrary to earlier report that an herbalist from Ejigbo was involved. No please. The Manager "4", who is also one of the principal staffs of the hotel is an Alfa/ritualist and probably been used by the Chairman to carry out their evil plans. He had also confessed and in police net with 6 others


The lady also confessed that their Chairman Prince Ramon Adedoyin who happened to own Oduduwa University and Ife Polytechnic had hand in the brutal ritual killing and he has been arrested and detained.


The body of the man was exhumed and already taken to Ife teaching hospital for proper examination.


Investigation is ongoing to establish more fact about the hotel and the University and Ife Polytechnic  

 


KEY ADVISE


 Whenever you arrive in any hotel, make sure you make a call at the reception lobby to let them know you are informing your family member or friends or colleagues about the hotel you are lodging in, the name and address and study the mood of the receptionist and other hotel worker around you.


Make sure you obtained a receipt and immediately snap or scan the receipt and send to your family member, friend, or colleagues to show that you pay for a room and lodge there.


If you are making transfer payment, kindly generate payment receipt, and scan same to your office, family, or friend.


In the room, kindly check round the room very well before lying down, the doors, windows, mattress and under the bed, Waldrop, drawers if any, the toilet wash hand basin and sit, the AC to be sure nothing is hiding inside the room.


As you sleep always make call or contact to your close friend and family member that you are still there till next morning.


When leaving the hotel inform your family member and friends or colleagues that you are about to check out and study your surrounding when checking out.


Always call immediately you find yourself in an unfriendly situation in a hotel where you lodge for security assistant.

 

Please let share this tip to all our friends and family to safe lives.


 May God continue to protect us all

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