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The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and Shomolu Local Government council, have agreed on re-introducing the monthly environmental sanitation on a voluntary basis, slated for the last Saturday of every month, beginning from November this year. The exercise takes place between 7am and 10am in the morning.

 

The agreement was reached at a stakeholder’s meeting, organised by LAWMA at the council secretariat, Oguntolu, during which all stakeholders agreed to turn-around the face of waste management in the area.

 

Addressing the participants, the Managing Director/ CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, disclosed that the current state of environment in the council neighbourhood was unsatisfactory, noting that residents should re-engage fully with the serving PSPs, towards unimpeded service delivery.

 

He told them that waste collection and disposal was never free anywhere in the world, hence the need for them to take responsibility for their waste management, and mobilize the youths of the area, to police the black spots for good results.

 

Odumboni said, “It is very important for all of us here to participate in ensuring that Shomolu is kept clean. It is a duty for you to ensure that your environment is always clean.

 

“The solution to Shomolu’s challenge is the youth. Empower the youth and they will solve your waste disposal problem. You have a lot of able bodied young men, put many of them together at strategic places to police the black spots. This is called local policing; it is local solution to local problem’’, he concluded.

 

In his remarks, the council Chairman, Hon. Abdul-Hamed Salawu, commended LAWMA’s determination to rejuvenate waste management in the area, admonishing the residents to live healthy and hygienic lives, by keeping their environment clean and to pay their waste bills for sustained PSP service.

 

He said, “A healthy environment is one that is sustainable for a long time and a source of good life for everyone. Many of our actions and attitude to this planet has resulted in many environmental problems. Therefore, it is my duty to protect our environment and restore the aesthetics of Lagos State towards achieving our model city status”, he noted.

 

Also speaking, the vice Iyaoloja-General of Shomolu, Alhaja Omobolanle Suleiman, commended LAWMA’s effort which has enabled cleaner environment for markets in the council, while appealing to the agency to be moderate and considerate, in its proposed upward review of market billing for waste collection.

 

In his contribution, the chairman of the PSP in Shomolu/Bariga, Mr. Olugbenga Adebola, enlightened the residents on waste sorting at source for recycling purposes.

 

He urged them not to co-mingle their waste, but sort out recyclable items for sale to off-takers, stressing that there was huge economic opportunity in so-called waste, if properly managed.

 

In attendance were the vice-chairman of the council, Hon. Adekunle Ibiyemi; a former council chairman, Hon. Mogbolahan; CDC Chairman, Mr. Adedapo Oduguwa, among others, as well as senior LAWMA officials including the Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Olorunwa Tijani; AGM Central 1 Operations, Mr. Jelili Alao; Head of Domestic PSP, Central 1, Mr. Habeeb Savage; Head of Domestic PSP, Central II, Mr. Olumide Mumuney, among others.

 

Folashade Kadiri

 

Director,Public Affairs

 

LAWMA

 

 

 

Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has saluted the Nigerian military under the 7 Division Garrison of Operation Hadin Kai for successfully clearing 25 fighters of ISWAP and Boko Haram who manned dozens of gun trucks on Monday evening along Chabbal on Maiduguri-Gubio road. 

 

In a statement by his spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, the Governor described the military’s success in upturning an ambush planned by the insurgents as very commendable, urging the troops to sustain recent gains over the insurgents.

 

“I am happy to have confirmed from multiple sources that our gallant troops under the 7 Division Garrison of Operation Hadin Kai have, once again, successfully dislodged at least 25 fighters of ISWAP/Boko Haram alongside several gun trucks on Monday evening around Chabbal. I highly commend all troops and anyone who contributed to that victory. The government and good people of Borno State are proud of our troops and we will continue to accord them all the support they require from us. We must continue to combine both military and persuasive approach in our shared determination to end the insurgency as soon as this can happen”, Zulum was quoted in the statement.

 

 

 

The Coalition of the Arewa Christians Youths Movements  of Nigeria ( ACYN ) has today praises Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle of Zamfara State for taking a public Oath with the Holy Quran exonerating himself from knowing, or assisting the lingering inherited insecurity in Zamfara and Nigeria as a whole.

 

The coalition Secretary General Mrs. Rifkatu  Mathew Malumfashi Made this known today in Wusasa Zaria to brief the Press on the Coalition Quarterly activities,  Mrs. Rifkatu, further said that, " Through, as a Christian I know the powers attached to the Holy Bible and the implications to Swear with it, " So also I Strongly believed that Our Muslims brothers and Sisters Can not take the Holy Quran for granted because of its powers too.

 

 

Therefore, " I would like to use this opportunity to Call on the Zamfara State Political Gladiators,   all the Prominent Sons and daughters from Zamfara, State, Including  Our Father the elder statesman and Security Expert In Person of ( *GENERAL ALIYU* *MOHAMMED GUSAU* *RETIRED)* to Swear with the Holy Quran as Gov. Matawalle did, that they knew nothing about the existing insecurity in Zamfara State and the Northwest in general.

 

"Honestly  we as the Coalition  wondered why that up till now General Gusau has never for one Come out as a Security expert to Condemn  or Sympathy with what is happening in Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and his birth place Zamfara State, "Mrs Mathew angrily lamented.

 

The Coalition uses the opportunity in a strong term to Condemn the bandits activities and their financier's and Praises the efforts being made by Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle administration in religiously handling the long existing insecurity in the State and encourage Governor Matawalle to be Strong and continue with the good work that he has been doing.

 

It may be recalled that the  residents communities in Zamfara State comprising both Christians and Muslims gathered to pray for peace and Security of the State over the week.

 

 

Former governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and one of his aides have been fingered in the crisis that occurred at the palace of the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo during a factional congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state on Saturday October 16.

Security sources within the state revealed that the immediate past governor and his henchman, one Honourable Mikky Kazeem, a former member of the House of Representatives is currently being investigated by the police over the ugly incident.

The police had on Monday paraded about six suspected thugs alleged to be loyalists of the former governor.

The suspected hoodlums were said to have confessed to the Police that Hon. Mikky Kazeem, a former SSA to Amosun sponsored them and gave them the guns and other ammunition found on them.

While parading the suspects:
Ibrahim Amoje, Yusuf Afeez, Olaide Sodiq, Adewale Ogundele, Femi Oke and Balogun Olawale Dhikrullai, the police had said that a British Beretta pistol and a locally made gun were found on them.

The mayhem was said to have left a number of people injured.

Sources revealed that the attack in Ake Palace was arranged by the loyalists of former governor Amosun to appear as if it was from the camp of Governor Dapo Abiodun of the state.

“The strategy has failed. Why would Governor Abiodun send hoodlums to attack a congress that was not given recognition. The Governor didn’t need that as it was known to all that the state exco from the Governor would be recognised.

“But the police are investigating the matter and we will all know the culprits after they have concluded their investigations which will come in a few days.

“Amosun is a desperate man, who just wanted to foment trouble, when he knows that he has lost out completely in the scheme of things as far as the APC is concerned in Ogun State,” said a source close to the former Governor.

When contacted on the telephone, the PPRO of the Ogun State Police Command, Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi said that the police were still investigating the matter and that the arrested suspects have been making useful information and that the police would make their findings known to members of the public at the appropriate time.

“We are still investigating the case and the suspects arrested have been giving useful information. At the appropriate time we will make our investigations known to members of the public.”,Oyeyemi stated.

However, Hon. Mikky Kazeem did not pick calls made to his telephone lines to state his own side of the story over the allegations made against him. We even heard from sources close to him that he has gone underground.

It will be recalled that while the Ogun State chapter of the party held it’s Congress in MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, a faction of the party, loyal to Amosun, held a parallel congress at the Palace of the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo in Abeokuta.

We were informed that this was contrary to the directives of the national caucus of the APC, which gave recognition to only the executives of the party across the states that are loyal to the incumbent Governors or the highest political office holders in the states that are not being ruled by the party.

It was gathered that with this, the likes of Senator Ibikunle Amosun have lost out in the power tussle in their states.

The APC faction loyal to Governor Dapo Abiodun has since been given recognition by the national caucus of the party as the incumbent Governor.

The faction loyal to Senator Amosun had elected Chief Derin Adebiyi as the chairman.

But Chief Yemi Sanusi emerged as the Chairman of the faction supported by the incumbent Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun.

It will however be recalled that there was tension at the palace of the Alake of Egbaland, on Saturday October 16, when hoodlums stormed the venue of the state congress of the APC faction loyal to Amosun.

Gunmen broke into the venue, which was being used by the faction, shortly before the exercise commenced.

Hundreds of persons, including security operatives, scampered for safety amid the pandemonium.

The crowd of party supporters later threw stones at the hoodlums, who later fled the scene.

Apparently aggrieved that the security agents, including Police, NSCDC operatives, did not resist the hoodlums, the APC members, mostly youths, charged towards the security men and chased them away.

However, the security personnel, who ran momentarily, turned against the aggrieved youths, shooting into the air to resist further attacks.

The matter, we gathered, has further “shown that former governor Amosun is an enemy of the Ogun State APC despite the fact that he won a seat to the senate in 2019 through the party.”

 

 

 

-My command takes directives from AIG Boarder Patrol Abuja

-I leave landmarks wherever I served

Gallant and tireless Commander Boarder Patrol Idiroko in Ogun state of Nigeria, CSP.Mannir Y.Gafai has come out bolding to declared that all his men are so discipline and follow the ethics of modern policing in all there conduct at the idiroko command of the Nigeria Police Force.

This katsina state born Respectful and humble officer also remarked that he ensures that all his men go through weekly training and lectures for effective discharge of their duties as Men and Women of the boarder patrol team of the command in Idiroko, he said this was made possible because his command report or take directive directly from the AIG in charge of Boarder Patrol in Abuja Nigeria

CSP Gafai also clarified that none of his Men at the Nigeria Police force Boarder Patrol Team, is permitted to check vehicle particulars, international Passport or check Phones of commuters. He said there major duties is to ensure the security of Lives and properties of the people along the boarder regions, saying anything outside this is not their duties and no one can find any of his men’s discharging such duties

In a community policing parley with some youths in the boarder town of idiroko in Ogun state Nigeria recently, CSP Gafai declared that with the support of the youths participating in community policing, the job of his Men will be easier, challenging the youths to ensure they differentiate officers of the Boarder patrol team from other officers, who are known for extorting motorist, claiming None of his men can be found wanting in such act

Explaining the reason behind building an edifice for his command with his own personal effort, the Commander Boarder patrol team idiroko Ogun state said, virtually in all the command he has serve, he ensured that he leave a legacy, he said his current office in Idiroko command of Nigeria Police Force was built in 2020 with his personal effort with support from his men, he confirmed he did same in Kwara and Gombe state

Just within a year in office CSP Gafai as created a good record for himself as so many indigines of the host community testify to the various professionalism he display in the area of security of lives and Properties, a chieftain who will not want his name mentioned said CSP Gafai has brought total peace to all the boarders community in Ogun state

Commander Office Boarder Patrol Idiroko built by CSP Gafai

 

Gomber Office built by CSP Gafai

 

Kwara Project done by CSP Gafai

 

 

Every other day, social media brings us a picture or video of a dilapidated school somewhere in Nigeria or shares images of a distraught widow, a struggling roadside trader or street hawker, or some other hapless victims of the extremely harsh realities of living in Nigeria.
Immediately, as if on cue or automated, viewers launch into stinging attacks of government, public officials, the privileged class and even Nigeria itself. The attacking mob wastes no time in calling for the government’s head or the heads of public officials with responsibilities in the jurisdiction or sector where the unfortunate sights surfaced from.
The online mob seems unconcerned that while its eyes and ears, aided and locked in by the binoculars and headsets of social media, are completely focused on distressing situations it may not be able to help other than rant about, countless situations that it can help are calling for attention in its immediate neighbourhood every single day. Focusing on things so far away while ignoring or pretending not to see the things in one’s immediate vicinity is a human tendency which is well recognised. Journalists even have a term for a similar or related behaviour among their own. “Afghanistanism” is the tendency of the media to focus on news and happenings in remote places and other parts of the world to the exclusion or neglect of covering happenings and problems in the local environment of the media. It is like the psychological or emotional equivalent of the eye defect medical practitioners refer to as hyperopia or farsightedness. Sufferers can see objects that are far away but have difficulty focusing on objects that are up close.
By focusing on faraway objects people do not have to offer to give a helping hand but can offer their finger to point at others and their tongue to criticise and pontificate. Everyone can criticise and pontificate online or become an “e-warrior”, like Nigerians like to call it, fighting government and whoever and whatever in society they are unhappy with from the comfort and safety of their bedroom and behind their keyboard. It is the easiest of things to do but not the noblest or kindest. It is the well-trodden path but should never be confused with taking the high road in reaching out with compassion to people around whose lives and circumstances could do with some kindness.
Taking the high road rather than practising Afghanistanism or psychological hyperopia is the approach adopted by First Bank of Nigeria Limited, the premier bank in West Africa with its impact woven into the fabric of society. This approach has played an important role in sustaining FirstBank’s development-oriented services for over 127 years as the region’s foremost financial inclusion services provider. It has been a driving motivation for how the bank operates. FirstBank always considers the impact of all its operations and actions on customers and other stakeholders, including the environment, to ensure it is making a net positive difference in the end. And this orientation has attracted to the bank people who share a similar outlook – whether as employees, partners or other stakeholders. They look forward every year to an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the bank and make a net positive difference in their own immediate environments. These men and women do not pretend that they can solve or intervene in all the challenging situations confronting people in their immediate environments but they do not refrain whenever they can lend a helping hand and make a difference.
Through an Employee Giving and Volunteering programme employees of FirstBank find a ready platform to fully identify with the compassionate disposition of the bank, which further has a number of initiatives that enable employees to give expression to this identification. The Start Performing Acts of Random Kindness (SPARK) Initiative is but one such initiative. Aimed at expanding and deepening FirstBank’s involvement within the communities of its various stakeholders, SPARK seeks to do so by integrating and institutionalising random acts of kindness in society. Among employees SPARK has inspired and encouraged kindness and empathy as well as consideration for others. It has also contributed to employee bonding and teamwork, which have been critical to enhancing work performance.
This year’s implementation of the SPARK Initiative has seen employees under the banner of their various departments make choices regarding the specific nature of intervention they would want to undertake and the specific group of people or institutions within their immediate communities that they would want to extend the milk of human kindness to. Employees and their departments could choose any one of the four areas that constitute FirstBank’s corporate responsibility and sustainability (CR&S) pillars: Education, entrepreneurship, health and welfare, and environment. Under education, they have had a choice to make between support for infrastructural facilities in schools, such as renovation of dilapidated buildings, painting of school buildings, and provision of laptops and desktops; or donation of items such as classroom chairs and tables, books and stationaries; or provision of scholarships for best students, feeding of school students per day or week, funding of a school initiative such as JETS club, bootcamp, space club, etc. If employees and their departments were interested in supporting entrepreneurship, then they had the chance to empower through entrepreneurship programmes of their choosing such as sponsoring youth and women to acquire skills like fashion designing, baking, hairstyling, make-up artistry, electrical repairs, event decoration and planning, catering, etc., or enabling entrepreneurs with tools and equipment to work or supporting SMEs and start-ups.
Where the health and welfare area was their preferred area of intervention, employees and their departments could choose from: donations to orphanages (selected from an approved list of orphanages); support to a good cause, for example lending a helping hand to the Down Syndrome Foundation; support to widows; support to people with health-related issues; and off-setting medical bills. And if employees and their departments were to decide to go for the environment, then they could choose from: support to environmental issues, such as support to Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) initiatives; donation of garbage cans to a community; partnership with a recycling firm to recycle waste; support to LAWMA such as donating cleaning tools (brooms, dustbin parkers), etc.
While several departments in FirstBank did things worth showcasing so the good citizens of Nigeria (individual and corporate) can emulate, this piece has just enough space to accommodate the activities of only three departments: Human Capital Management and Development (HCMD), Compliance, and Marketing and Corporate Communications (M&CC) departments. The employees in these departments seemed involved in efforts to outdo each other in acts of kindness, which made more sense and would leave a real difference on the ground as against criticising and pontificating online on faraway issues.
The Human Capital Management and Development department decided that reaching out to one of the most vulnerable groups in Nigeria – underprivileged widows and their underfed children – was the best way they could stay true to the “Human” in their name. And employees in the department moved beyond their Marina location to the nearest environment where some of the most vulnerable widows are to be found to go show kindness. The Makoko community situated in Lagos Mainland and which CNN once described in a report as “Nigeria’s floating slum” was overwhelmed to receive the august visitors from HCMD bearing so much food stuff to benefit their widows and children. What they did not realise was the overwhelming sense of gratitude felt by their benefactors for the opportunity to be able to give back

 

Tagged “Feed a Widow Initiative”, the undertaking was HCMD employees’ way of putting a smile back on the faces of widows in impoverished communities and they got more than they could ever have imagined. Their hosts received them with the broadest of smiles and said goodbye to them with the grandest of gratitude; and they left with very broad smiles on their own faces. The jury is still out on who between the hosts and their guests ended up with the broadest of smiles on the day. And given the “fierce contest” to outdo the other in smiling, one is again forced to wonder why people labelled e-warriors would choose to forfeit this kind of real joy for the joyless world they have locked themselves in by clinging on to Afghanistanism and psychological hyperopia.

Not so for employees in the Compliance department. Not to be outdone and, in fact, as though going up the hierarchy of human needs, Compliance employees decided that they would focus on the education need of their beneficiary community. HCMD had done an excellent job of providing the basic “stomach infrastructure” without which it would be difficult, if not impossible, to get any of the beneficiaries interested in any talk about more sublime matters like education and mental development. So, employees of Compliance department, in order to encourage pupils to continue their pursuit of education, procured Mathematics and English Language textbooks for 617 pupils who would be in senior secondary (SS) 1 and 2 classes of Gbara Community Secondary School in Jakande, Ajah in the next academic session. The visit to the school and book donation were undertaken when the pupils were in the third term preceding the new academic session.

The gesture was Compliance employees’ own way of giving back in such a manner as to relieve the pupils of this public school, particularly those from indigent homes, and their parents or guardians of the financial burden involved in providing textbooks for the two core subjects. It was also, in an uncanny way, an attempt by the employees to ensure the pupils were in full compliance with the requirements for taking on the two most important subjects in the secondary school curriculum, putting the pupils at a vantage position to excel in these two essential subjects. There were other benefits of the engagement that the employees noted. They observed that their presence in the school inspired the children, giving them “hope that a better life was within reach and could be achieved.” The employees thus expressed optimism that the engagement boosted the children’s interest in succeeding in life through the pursuit of education.


For employees of the Marketing and Corporate Communications department (M&CC), entrepreneurship was the area they decided to focus on, to make a difference in their own immediate environment. Every day they came to their office on Broad Street or the bank’s head office in Marina, they passed by a number of roadside traders around the various office buildings in the locations. They observed that some of these traders were exposed to the elements or having difficulties in their business and struggling to make ends meet, and decided that they would do something about it. And true to their word, they did something about it that made so much difference in the businesses and circumstances of the traders. They provided the traders the following: branded umbrella to offer shade from both sun and rain, improving the conditions under which they operated and their quality of life; branded chairs and tables to accommodate more customers in their corner as well as grants to boost their business capital.


Anyone who has met with employees in the corporate communications department of any major bank in Nigeria would readily admit that these professionals have among them some of the most skilful digital marketers around. So, it is not for lack of skills to be e-warriors that M&CC employees chose to extend the milk of human kindness flowing in them to roadside traders around their office rather than practise Afghanistanism. They could have chosen to concentrate all their time and resources on attacking the government online and blaming public officials for all the challenges in the economy and the spate of insecurity all over the nation and whatever else would make M&CC employees true champions of Afghanistanism and psychological hyperopia. But would that make any difference to the lot of the roadside traders around them and lessen their burden? So, M&CC employees chose the road less travelled but one that could deliver the desired impact, and it did.


There are so many lessons to draw and feelings to take away from the examples demonstrated by employees of these three departments in Nigeria’s foremost lender. Besides committing their time and resources to their chosen humanitarian initiatives using the platform of the SPARK Initiative that places FirstBank at the forefront of the social impact space through employee advocacy, the employees have shown that they have the milk of human kindness flowing through their veins. They have demonstrated that they would rather consider how they could extend kindness to people around them and make a difference than pretend not to see the situations affecting those around them while playing Afghanistanism and psychological hyperopia online.


For the rest of us who are not FirstBank employees, the message could not be clearer: The next time we feel like we must share on social media distressing images to provoke government-bashing or we feel constrained to make stinging comments on such images that are shared to criticise Nigeria, we should first pause and look around us. We should look to see if we can identify situations where we, not government or Nigeria, can make a difference. Then we should take our fingers off the keyboard and go out there or make that call that will make a difference in some other person’s life and circumstances. We should be like FirstBank and its employees. We should follow their example of trying to outdo themselves in showing kindness to others. We should start where we are with what we have, to make a difference right now – yes, this very minute and not some future time.

 

 

 

It was a lively mood all through on Saturday 16thOctober 2021 when thousands of people gathered in clusters globally to participate in this year's Arise Walk for Life, organized by Arise Women, led by Dr Siju Iluyomade. The annual event which marks its 13th edition, was again a great timeout, as it attracted Nigeria sport legends, Professionals, top government functionaries, celebrities and many more.   

 

This year’s edition was again put together with mode to prevent large gatherings as participants converge in several cities in clusters across over 10 Countries including, U.S, UK, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Canada among other countries. The event, which always precedes the interactive part of Arise Women Conference every year, was organized as part of the Convener’s initiative to alert people on the need to be health conscious, through Walking.

 

In its dynamic style, the Arise Walk attracted every cadre of people in the society from every profession as Sport legends like Daniel Amokachi, Victor Ikpeba, Falilat Ogunkoya, Chioma Ajunwa, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Austin Eguaveon, Peter Rufai among other notable sport personalities joined celebrities like Kaffy, the dance queen who thrilled participant throughout with her craft and others like Nathaniel Bassey. Wives of Governors of Ogun State Mrs Bamidele Abiodun, her Lagos State Counterpart, Ibijoke Sanwo-olu and Mrs Oluremi Hamzat were also part of prominent Nigerians that participated in the Walk which took place simultaneously across the globe. The Convener’s cluster converged at the St. Saviour School in Bourdilon area of Ikoyi and walk through the Ikoyi bridge before returning to the premises of RCCG, City of David recreational pitch for lots of dance and games.

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....All The Lies, Propaganda Told Against Olota Of Ota, Hon. Afolabi Afuape, Others Exposed

 

Facts emerging about some reports on the Obaship tussle in Itele-Awori Kingdom area of Ogun State have pointed to some false claims by a group of people that identified themselves as members of Adogun Itele Family in the community.
 
 
The said family had written a petition dated August 9, 2021 to the Chairman of the Ogun State House of Assembly Committee on Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs, Oke Mosan, and alleged that the Olota of Ota, Oba Kabiru Adeyemi Obalanlege connived  with the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Moruf Afolabi Afuape to sell the Onitele stool to Ademola Asorota at a sum of N100 Million.
 
 
The letter was titled: Re: Fraudulent Sale Of Itele-Awori Kingdom And Election Over The Stool Of Onitele Of Itele-Awori Vacant Stool And The Criminal Breach Of Trust By Commissioner For Local Government And Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Moruf Afolabi Afuape And Threat To Cause Bloodshed In Itele By Olota Of Ota, HRM Oba Kabiru Adeyemi Obalanlege- Request To Intervene And Prevent Bloodshed In Itele.”
 
 
It was jointly signed by Chief Taoreed Muhammadu Dada, Pa Nurudeen Akanbi Alimi Akapo, Head (Olori Ebi), Ogunrounbi Ruling House Head, Oosa Ruling House, Mr Sunday Mathew Taiwo Owotolu, Alhaji Monsuru Oseni Yusuf, Head, Imidawo Ruling House, Head, Alagbeji Ruling House.
 
 
 
They claimed to have had a Supreme Court judgment dated December 16, 2011 to the effect that Adogun was the founder and first settler of Itele and that the only family comprising of four Ruling Houses are those eligible to the stool of Onitele of Itele Awori via Ota Ogun State.
 
 
Oba Kabiru Adeyemi Obalanlege

They further alleged that immediately Olota of Ota, Oba Obalanlege got into the scene he offered their family a sum of N50 Million so that Ademola Asorota could be installed as Onitele of Itele and that they rejected the money.

 

 
According to them, Ademola Asorota is from Iseyin in Oyo State, and that he was impersonating and parading himself as a member of Adogun Atele.
 
 
They made several unsubstantiated allegations against Ademola Asorota, which have been found to be false through investigations.
 
 
Sources revealed that Ademola Asorota is not only from Itele-Awori, but that he is from a royal family that is entitled to the coveted throne.
 
 
It was also discovered that their allegations that Ademola Asorota wanted to buy the stool for a sum of N100 million through Olota and Bashorun Olanrewaju “were figment of the imagination of those who said they are from Adogun Atele family in Itele community.”
 
 
They also indicted Mr. Solomon Dada and the  then Transition Committee Chairman of Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government, Alhaji Wasiu Lawal in the petition, which was said to be false allegation.
 
It was also discovered that there is nothing like Adogun Atele family in Itele and that “the four families just formed a common front to fight for what they felt they deserve.”
 
Hon Afolabi Afuape, Hon Commissioner Fpr Local Govt And Chieftaincy Affairs

It was also found out that allegations that various sums of money ranging from N20,000 to N100,000 from the said N100 Million bribe by Ademola Asorota were given out to delegates during a meeting in the palace of Olota on June 24, 2020 to resolve the issues surrounding the obaship seat was unfounded and “a figment of their imagination.”

 

 
According to a source close to the palace, “there was nothing like such a meeting. The Olota of Ota could never be involved in such, when he knows it’s implications.
 
 
“In any case, what does the monarch stand to gain by involving in such a deal. He was brought into office through a fair process and so he wouldn’t want to be involved in dirty deals all because someone wants to be installed as an Oba.”
 
 
He added that all the allegations that some personalities were impersonated at the meeting couldn’t have been true, where it was alleged that “our own respected and first class monarch was present.”
 
 
He stressed that the writers of the petition were wrong to have alleged that Oba Obalanlege was lobbying “many personalities close to the family and offering us the sum of N50,000,000.00 (N50  Million)  to concede the stool of Onitele of Itele to Ademola Asorota with the promise that Asorota would make undertaking that none of his family members would ever ascend to the stool after him.”
 
 
It was also alleged that Olota met with their family lawyer and pleaded with him to prevail on the family to concede the stool to Ademola Asorota and that he would influence the Governor to create four coronets in Itele and that the four would be given to Adogun Atele family.
 
All these were found to be false claims.
 
 
The source stated that the “so-called Adogun Atele family should go and do their investigations very well to know where Ademola Asorota came from.”
 
In a judgement delivered by Honourable Justice A. Akinyemi of Agbara Judicial Division area of Ogun State in Suit No. HCT/266/03 on November 15, 2010 on pages 6 and 7 the court stated that the defendant, who testified as DW2 stated that the claimants are the customary tenants of Adogun Atele family.
 
The court said that he traced the history of Itele land from Adogun Atele to himself.
 
 
“He said there is no ruling house in Itele called “Ilegbede Chieftaincy family,” that there is Ilegbede Compound. He said Ilegbede is the area Adogun Atele used to hunt. It is significant however, that this witness also stated that there exists in Itele the following land-owning families: Ijaguna, Ilegbede, lliwo, Isunba, Ilogun, Opoyobo, Elekemo. He added however that there is only “one Itele land” which has never been partitioned. This witness added that he belongs to Ijaguna and lliwo families.
 
“Under cross examination, he admitted that all the seven families mentioned in exhibit A are families existing in Itele. He added “All these families reside in Itele. Only those families that are descendants of Adogun Atele have land in Itele, apart from our customary tenants.”
 
“This witness stated in cross examination: “Ilegbede family is part of Adogun Atele family…I agree that this case as sued by the claimants is in respect of Ilegbede family land. It is the same Ilegbede that was mentioned in the 1946 case. It is the same Ilegbede shown as No. 7 on exhibit ‘J.’ Exhibit ‘J’ is the survey plan on which exhibits A and E we’re decided. The witness further admitted that Adogun Atele family was not mentioned or referred to in Exhibit A or E.
 
“DW 3 also confirmed the existence of all the said 7 famies in Itele. This witness added another dimension to the case however, when he stated in cross examination that all the said families including Ilegbede family are all branches of Adogun Atele family- even though no where in the traditional history of Adogun Atele family pleaded given in evidence, was any reference made to any of these seven families as related to Adogun Atele in anyway.
Question is, if they are not related to or descendants of Adogun Atele, how can they be branches of Adogun Atele family. And if they are indeed branches of Adogun Atele, why was this not pleaded?
 
 
“Weighing the evidence proffered by both sides, I find the evidence of claimants witnesses more content, credible and believable. On the other hand, I find the evidence of defendants to be totally mixed up, confused, and highly suspect. Indeed DW 1 was a very difficult, shifty and unco-operative witness. He was virtually compelled by the court to answer almost every question put to him under cross examination. I found Lso that the witnesses of the defendants appeared to be using part of the facts that became obvious and undeniable under cross examination to ‘patch’ up their own traditional history so as to maintain that the land in dispute belongs to them, but the more they did this, the more it made the story of the claimants more believable. I find the evidence of the claimants more consistent, reliable and believable; that the land in dispute belongs to them and not to Itele or Adogun Atele family.”
 
 
The court also ruled that the issue of chieftaincy did not arise in the case as what was before the court was about land matter.
 
“The issue of the addition of the word “Chieftaincy’ to their family name, which the defendants have made an issue of, in my humble view, will only become critical, if they aspire to a chieftaincy stool in Itele, in which case they will have to prove that they are a cheiftaincy family, but in a land matter, the addition of that word or title to their family name, makes no difference and has no relevance in the determination of title to land. Evidence shows that there is only one Ilegbede family in Itele, which is a land-owning family and the plaintiffs have shown that to be their family. Whether they are also a Chieftaincy family does not arise to be determined in this case.
 
Also, the Ibadan Judicial Division of the Court of Appeal Holden at Ibadan on Monday December 11, 2017 before their Lordships; Monica Bolan’an Dongban Mensem, JCA, Chinwe Eugenia Iyizoba, JCA and Nonyerem Okoronkwo, JCA ruled against Adogun Atele family.
 
In concluding the judgment on Page 21, the Court ruled that;
 
“The defendants could not explain to the court why their family was excluded from the list of all land-owning families in Itele listed in exhibit “E” tendered by them. It is therefore either that Adogun Atele or Itele family does not exist at all, or only came into existence recently. The evidence of traditional history given by the defendants was not convincing neither did the judgments tendered by them prove that Itele or Adogun Atele family owned Ilegbede family land which by the defendants own showing and admission is the land in dispute. Defendants also did not prove that the claimants are their customary tenants. In fact, none of their claims was proved satisfactory.”
 
The Supreme Court, in it’s ruling delivered by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, JSC, and signed on February 17, 2021 revealed that the application of the said Adogun Atele family for leave to appeal lacked merit and that it was accordingly dismissed.

 

 

 

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has finally been presented with his caricature, days after daring Boda Taiye Oniyakuya, the comic artist who made a mockery of the Governor’s official portrait. 

 

The comic artist, whose real name is Taiwo Osinowo, dared the Governor and showed up with Sanwo-Olu’s drawing at a youth event held in LTV Blue Roof, Agidingbi, on Tuesday. 

 

Midweek, Boda Taiye Oniyakuya became a social media sensation after a viral post showing the Governor’s caricature. The artist, then, threatened to show up at the Governor’s office to present the humorous image. 

 

The artist’s audacity elicited Sanwo-Olu’s response under the viral post, inviting the artist to present the funny drawing. 

 

Sanwo-Olu, dressed in Boy Scouts’ venturing green shirt, beret and light-brown pant with yellow tie to match, received the comic image from the artist and praised the creativity behind the post. 

 

“I’m truly excited with the creativity we have in Lagos and the amount of talented youths we have here. There are several of Boda Taiye Oniyakuya that we need to bring out to showcase to the world. We have gifted artists and scientists in Lagos. 

 

“I use this opportunity to tell our youths that we are changing education curriculum to accommodate music, song writing, entertainment and fashion to be taught right from school. This is to help young people develop their abilities and give them choices.” 

 

The Governor received the drawing and reward the artist for his effort. 

 

Visibly excited after meeting the Governor, Boda Taiye Oniyakuya, who attended the event with his twin brother, thanked Sanwo-Olu for encouraging his talent. 

 

He said he received messages warning him not to honour the Governor’s invitation for fear of possible arrest, pointing out that Sanwo-Olu’s simplicity and good-nature had changed the impression people sowed in his mind about the Governor.

 

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