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Group begs Tinubu to caution alleged tyrant politician in Lagos Mainland

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 Help!!! Hon. Batola is inciting Iya Oloja General against Lagos Mainland residents, group cries to Tinubu
Caution Hon. Batola over plot to split Oyingbo market, group begs Tinubu
 How a politician in Lagos Mainland oppresses us over market leadership
Market Leadership: Lagos Mainland traders begs Tinubu to rescue market from politician
A group, under the aegis of Concerned Mainlanders, have called on the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to prevail on a popular politician in Lagos Mainland, Hon. Monsuru Alao Owolabi, popular known as Batola, over plot to truncate the leadership of Oyingbo market.
In a press statement signed by the Coordinator, Hon. Chief Lateef Adegboyega Lasisi, popularly known as Agbeloba, the group made the call in a petition, addressed to the National Leader of the APC, titled “SAVE OYINGBO MARKET FROM THE HANDS OF THE TYRANT CALLED HON. MONSURU ALAO (BATOLA). HE IS INSTIGATING HIGHLY RESPECTED CHIEF FOLASHADE TINUBU-OJO (IYA OLOJA GENERAL OF NIGERIA) AGAINST THE LEADERSHIP OF OYINGBO MARKET, ALL FOR HIS PERSONAL GAINS – (OBA KII PE MEJI L’AAFIN) – OUR DEAR LATE MAMA ABIBATU MOGAJI INSTALLED ALHAJA SIKIRAT EJIDE SULE AS IYA LOJA OF OYINGBO. INSTALLING A SECOND IYA OLOJA WILL ONLY CAUSE ETERNAL CRISIS AND UNREST”.
The group expressed worry over the purported plan of Batola to impose a new Iya Oloja on the market, through the help of the Iya Oloja General, Chief Folashade Tinubu-Ojo.
“It beats the imagination with a deep sense of worry that a self-acclaimed politician named Hon. Monsuru Alao (Batola) has been inciting our most revered Iya Oloja General, Chief Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, against the good and peace loving people of Oyingbo market.
Our leader, sir, with due respect, we would like to bring it to your notice that Sikirat Ejide Sule has been part of your struggle since when you were aspiring for the senatorial seat in Abuja, with other party leaders in SDP.
There is an evil plot, engineered by Hon. Monsuru Alao, to remove the present Iya Oloja of Oyingbo or better still split the market into two and introduce a second Iya Oloja to the market. We know for sure that “Oba kii n pe meji l’aafin”, and that is why we need you to the rescue against such draconian and autocratic moves by a man who has been assuming himself as the lord of lords in Lagos Mainland.
Back to memory lane, before the demise of Alhaja Basirat Abeni Balogun, her vice, Alhaja Sikirat Ejide Sule, stepped in as the new Iya Oloja and was even issued a certificate of office by Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji, backed by a court ruling from Justice Rose Ovivor of the Lagos High Court, stating that Alhaja Sikirat should continue as the authentic Iya Oloja of Oyingbo.  As a matter of fact, our great late mother, Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji installed Alhaja Sikirat Ejide Sule as the new Iya Oloja of Oyingbo market. Even the Local Government Council issued a Certificate of Office to Alhaja Sikira. Hence, the imposition of a certain Aishat Majeobaje from nowhere will not be allowed to stand and we hope our great leader, Asiwaju, stands by us on this,” said Agbeloba.
In the statement, the group alleged that the said Alao has been at the forefront of some of the dastardly acts within the jurisdiction of Lagos Mainland, including the instigation of the Iya Oloja General against the leadership of the market, while attempting to install a second leadership.
“Please, we Mainlanders will revote if the truth is not maintained. The dastardly acts we experienced during the Lagos State House of Assembly election here are still fresh in our minds. Youths were killed and a lot lost just because this same man played the lead role of imposing his son on us in the APC primary election. Yet, we supported him and he won the election, after all, we know it is still an APC affair. We did not mind. We still tolerated him.
“Now, they want to adopt another Iya Oloja of Oyingbo to unseat the authentic one in Oyingbo, in the person of Alhaja Sikirat Ejide Sule. We will revote against any illegality that is always being brewed by the machinations of evil. This unceremonious move, however, led to the close down of the market by the Iya Oloja-General on Friday, May 17, 2019,” the group noted.
It, however, called on Tinubu to call the said Alao to order, in order to avert any impending crises.
The statement reads: “We cry to you sir to help us appeal to our highly respected Chief Folashade Tinubu-Ojo to eschew such undemocratic and illegal plot to unseat our Iya Oloja or split Oyingbo market into two. All factual documents that validate the authenticity of Alhaja Sikirat as the Iya Oloja of Oyingbo are on ground, including the procured court order restraining impostors and trespassers.
“Dear Asiwaju of the universe, please call Alhaji Monsuru Alao to order, lest he keeps playing god over all of us in Lagos Mainland, all for his egocentric interest.
“Respecting the rule of law and shunning all forms of illegality is the one way we can have peace and progress reign in our community. “At least, that is the gospel Asiwaju has always preached to us all.”
Among those that were copied with the press statement are His Royal Majesty, Oba Oloto of Otto and the Council of Chiefs; Alhaji Tajudeen Olunloyo Olusi – APC Chieftain; Senator Oluremi Tinubu (OON) – Lagos Senatorial Central; Dr Tunji Bello – Secretary to the Lagos State Government; Honourable Jide Jimoh – Federal House of Representatives, Abuja; Inspector General of Police, Abuja; Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command and a host of media houses

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Inclusive Foundation Mourns Veteran Actress, Rachael Oniga

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Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation, a non-governmental organisation has expressed its heartfelt sympathy to family, friends and the entire movie industry over the loss of the veteran actress, Rachael Oniga who died at age 64.

 

 

The CEO of the foundation, Chief (Mrs.) Pat Eleto, in a condolence visit to the family, on Saturday, July 31st, said the news came as a rude shock to many, but she believes that the late actress has created a great impact with her career, and her legacy should never be forgotten.

 

 

In her statement, Chief (Mrs.)Eleto said:

“It is with a heavy heart that I grief with the family of a sister, friend and adviser of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.

 

 

“Mrs. Oniga, is one of our great ambassadors, and we were actually working on a project that is meant for the later part of this year when the sad news of her demise came.

 

 

“Death is inevitable, we pray for the repose of her soul, and may God comfort all the people she left behind. We also hope and pray that all her good legacies, be sustained because, she was indeed a pillar of support to our foundation, and also one of veterans that contributed immensely to the growth of Nollywood,” the statement reads.

 

 

A native of Delta State, Oniga was one of the ambassadors of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.

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Alaafin Shuns Ooni-Backed Group Over Alleged Anti-Buhari Posture

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The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Friday, at the last minute, allegedly cancelled an appointment he gave to a Yoruba group, Ooni’s Caucus, on the alleged complaint that members of the group are “notorious critics” of the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

 

 

The Ooni’s Caucus, which was inaugurated at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on July 20, 2021, is made of many influential Yoruba persons and is being coordinated by a former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Akin Osuntokun.

 

 

PUNCH learnt that Osuntokun led about 14 members of the group to Alaafin’s palace for the alleged 11am appointment on Friday, but after waiting for about two and a half hours, the influential monarch sent words to them that he would not be seeing them.

 

 

According to a source, who spoke to  PUNCH on condition of anonymity, some of the group’s members who went to Alaafin’s palace with Osuntokun were a monarch, the Olugbon of Orile-Igbon, Oba Francis Alao; a former presidential spokesman, Dr Doyin Okupe; a former commissioner in Osun State, Muyiwa Ige;  a former Minister of Defence, Mrs Dupe Adelaja; a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Taiwo Lakanu,  Oye Oyewumi, Sola Lawal, among others.

 

 

A former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, is also said to be a member of Ooni’s Caucus, but he was not on the delegation to Alaafin’s palace on Friday.

 

 

The source, who is a member of the group, claimed that the group had through the Olugbon secured an appointment with Alaafin since Monday, and the same appointment was confirmed on Thursday, only for them to get to the palace and the Alaafin refused to see them on the claim that they were anti-Buhari and were also loyalists of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

 

 

The source explained that the main purpose of the meeting was for the newly-inaugurated group to get Alaafin’s blessings and to possibly discuss the issue of the embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, alias Sunday Igboho, who is currently being held and tried in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

 

 

The source said, “The Olugbon, a member of the caucus, was the one who booked the appointment, but he said the Alaafin said he didn’t want to see us because we’re notorious critics of the Buhari government.

 

 

“He (Alaafin) confirmed the appointment yesterday (Thursday). But when we got there today, he kept us waiting; after a while, he asked to see the Olugbon. He (Alaafin) didn’t come to see us; we were told he said he wouldn’t see us because we are notorious critics of Buhari’s government and that some of us are close to Obasanjo, who is also critical of the government.

 

 

“We were made to wait for about two and a half hours; he gave us an appointment for 11am; we got there at 11am and at about 1.30pm, that was when it was obvious to us that he wasn’t coming (to see us). But he initially asked to see the Olugbon, who went to see him for about an hour. When the Olugbon eventually came back, he said Alaafin would not see us, saying we are a group that is critical of the Buhari government and some of us are loyalists of Obasanjo.”

 

On whether the group’s mission to Alaafin’s palace was to discuss Sunday Igboho’s matter, the source said, “Of course, the issue (of Igboho) would come up but that was not the purpose of the visit. The issue of Igboho concerns all the Yoruba people but that was not our reason for going to him.”

 

 

On whether the group would try and book another appointment, the source said, “I don’t know; we were all surprised that a Yoruba oba can refuse to see his children on account of not wanting to be on the bad side of Buhari’s government. I would have thought that an oba is supposed to take everybody as his children, whether they are supporters of Buhari the All progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party or whatever party.”

 

 

But when contacted by PUNCH, the Media Director to the Alaafin, Bode Durojaye, said the reason his principal did not see the group was because they did not have any prior appointment with him.

 

 

Durojaye said the Alaafin would be willing to entertain the group if they booked an appointment.

 

 

 

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NMA Reacts As Bandits Break Into, Pick Nurse At Zamfara General Hospital

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Suspected bandits invaded General Hospital, Dansadau, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Friday, resulting in the abduction of a nurse and caregiver.

 

 

Residents said that immediately the men stormed the medical facility, the armed men headed to the outpatient ward in search of a doctor or nurse.

 

 

“When they couldn’t find anybody there, they started going from one ward to another. A nurse and a caregiver were abducted. They then moved to staff quarters looking for doctors and nurses but could not find any.”

 

 

“The armed criminals had earlier attempted to attack Maigoge, a community located six kilometres north of Dansadau town.

 

 

“But when they laid siege to the community, the vigilantes otherwise known as Yan Sakai firmly defended the village. The vigilante killed some of the bandits and injured several others.

 

 

“They then invaded the hospital to kidnap nurse and doctors that will treat their injured brothers in the forest.”

 

 

 

Maigoge is one of the few communities in Dansadau Emirate known to be firmly defending themselves against bandits.

 

 

“The staff of the facility are not carrying out night duties now. They only attend to patients at day time. They then move inside the town to spend night usually at undisclosed locations,” he added.

 

 

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association in Zamfara state, Dr Mannir Bature, who confirmed the attack said the association is worried by the unfortunate incident.

 

 

He said they would hold an emergency state officers council meeting on Saturday.

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