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Herdsmen Attack: Actor Toyosi Akinsanya Narrates Rape Experience

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The fragile security network in the country claimed a victim within the Yoruba arm of the nation’s movie community few days ago, when versatile actor, Toyosi Akinsanya lost a member of his crew during an attack in Ilorin.

According to Toyosi, she was almost in Ilorin from Akure, in company with her female Personal Assistant and Juwon, the deceased who was on the wheel when tragedy struck.

She said crisis started when the driver sighted afar, some armed Fulani men, believed to be herdsmen, attacking vehicles on the road.

The driver, she said, attempted to avoid the herdsmen and accelerated away, but he was shot at, as the car, with Toyosi and the other occupants headed for the bush and tumbled severally into and outside of the bush, by which time the driver was dead.

The Fulani attackers eventually caught up with them and Toyosi ,while thanking those who have been commiserating with her and sending good will messages said she returns ” all glory to almighty God who delivered us from the hands of devil”

Narrating her ordeal, Toyosi, in her narrative on a Whatzap group she is a member said she shall ”forever commiserate with the family of late Juwon Awe over the sudden death of young and promising Juwon ,I pray that almighty God will give the family,my group ,my association the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

”I’m using this medium to thank my esteemed fans both home and abroad, my great association TAMPAN,,led by ever supportive leader otunba bolaji amusan,,all kwara state tampans most especially the governor alhaji sulaimon akinkanju odeilorin,,,prince dele odule,,otunba adebayo salami,uncle jide,Barr femi adebayo,,bewaji ADESANYA and his hubby, i am using this medium to thank all pressmen, newspapers,Islamic scholars,,my husband Mr dele Ileyemi,all my boss at odunfa caccus, all TAMPAN members from different states,Mr lanre awe(JUWON s elder brother)I cannot but thank God for safety of my brother Abdullahi Ade rufai(agbawo)my p.a(Lola omofolarin)”

Narrating her ordeal in the hands of the attackers, Toyosi said ”we were together in the car on that fateful unforgettable sad moment on our way to ilorin for a film shoot with empror damola olatunji,it was so scary and fearful moment when Juwon sighted the 4 dreadmen few minutes for us to be in ilorin from ibadan,he wanted to escaped us together ,they targetted him and shot the car on d motion,that was when I discovered JUWON was dead bcos immediately the car swapped into d bush and we were battling with our lives inside d car in the bush ,I was sitting beside JUWON the car has already lost total control,it later came on the road after series bruises on my ankle, immediately d fulaniis sighted us they attacked us by asking us to get down from d car,we did as instructed ,they collected our phones,sum of 22k,and asked for more,they cork gun at agbawo,,they planned to rape Lola my p.a,,they even search JUWON who was dead,they took some of my jewelleries (925)it was after their Second attempt to rape my p a when I was begging and I was slapped by one of d fulaniis,the forth guy was a Yoruba man who was stylishly tell us,the late JUWON was suppose to stopped on sighting them on hearing the Yoruba language ,,collectively we told him,we asked JUWON to wait but he knew we will be attacked ,,d fulanis later came to d Yoruba guy and asked what he was discussing with us,he told them another thing,,d fulaniis said,Yoruba people we will kill you,all this period of time we were asked to sit on d ground,other vehicles had already reversed and turn their direction since,they later moved to the other side of the road and continue shooting sporadically,we were there till 6,30am it was a trailer who rescued us to solid worth hotel junction at asa dam ilorin,damola olatunji intervened policemen with d support of solidworth hotel management,and JUWON s corpse was examined and taken to the mogul,,,,,his corpse was taken to his hometown in efo amoro kogi state with his family ,his children and one of the victims (Lola my p.a),,,,,,,,,we will not die untimely,a o nirin Niko ti ebi npa ona,I thank d CEO of mainframe production Mr tunde kelani,mauve 21 hotel,olaiya igwe,,and I pray to almighty God to make JUWON soul rest in peace,thanks all,,”
She concluded in the thank you message.

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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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