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Sanwoolu Faces First Battle As Governor.

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The newly sworn in Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwoolu may have gotten his first challenge as the leader of the state, following a call on him by  communities in Alimosho Local Government of the state for the sack of the monarch of Isheri-Olofin stool.

In a petition to Sanwoolu, residents of Isheri-Idimu and other communities In Alimosho Local Government  demand the removal of the monarch of Isheri-Olofin town, Oba Wahab Balogun because “both the title and the kingdom lack legal and customary basis to exist.”

According to the petition written on  behalf of the Communities by their leader, Alhaji Shamsideen Alade Adebimpe , issued in Lagos on Thursday, residents of the various communities accused the monarch of having manipulated  his way to the throne, with a view to grabbing land from rightful indigenous owners in the area.

Specifically, Adebimpe who claimed to be a stakeholder accused Oba Balogun of engaging in what he termed ‘illegal succession, fraudulent royalty and obtaining court judgment in a fraudulent manner.’

According to him, the title of Isheri-Olofin as an entity was not an integral part of the Awori Central Area of Alimosho in the colonial survey but was allegedly concocted by the Oba with a view to create a non-existing territory for himself, saying a subsisting court order has prevented him from parading himself in such manner.

To buttress the position of the people of the area whom he stated have had to bear the brunt of Oba Balogun’s tyranny, Adebimpe stated that the monarch and his agents and proxies had in the past altered sections of available colonial records to pave the way for his emergence as a traditional ruler of a non-existing community.

Adebimpe stated that pages 47 and 48 of the file No. 29939 and authentic file No.G.58, Pages 3 and 4 indicates that Isheri-Idimu and not Isheri-Olofin was one of the 20 villages paying rents to the Baale of Idimu who incidentally was his grandfather, Lawani Balogun.

“There is no place for Isheri-Olofin as recorded by relevant colonial documents but what we have is Isheri-Idimu which Oba Balogun and his agents and proxies have caused to alter in archival documents.” Adebimpe wrote.

He went ahead to accuse the monarch of using the forged document to further mislead a court of competent jurisdiction to fraudulently obtained a judgment from a state High Court in Lagos, a situation that the community is seeking a judicial review.

Adebimpe stated the need to set aside the judgment and illegal succession in view of the fact that Balogun and his agents altered a falsely tagged Intelligence Report Less Central Awori which is 2 per cent per his identity and 98 per cent altered version of file G.58 with missing 24 pages and 18 alterations of Isheri-Idimu to Isheri-Olofin.

The residents argued that the position of the monarch has been nullified by an order of a Lagos State High Court presided over by Justice M.A.O Abiru who told him not to parade himself as an oba.

“During the course of the trial, Oba Balogun told the open court that he has stopped parading himself as a traditional ruler in keeping with the order of the court,” saying since that had been done the state government ought to have curbed his excesses.

On the way forward, the residents urged the state government to constitute a judicial panel of enquiry to ascertain the correct position or status of the monarch in the community, saying he (Adebimpe) has enough evidence to link the true ownership of the land to Olorunfunmi family.

To him, this was the only to maintain peace in the area, saying residents of the community have been growing impatience over seeming non-challant disposition of the state government whom he accused of not carrying out due diligence before crowning Balogun.

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BUA SUGAR REFINERY LATEST: TRADE & INDUSTRIES MINISTER ADEBAYO REVERSES EARLIER DIRECTIVE ON SUGAR IMPORTATION FROM FREE TRADE ZONES INTO NIGERIA

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Days after, sending out an earlier letter to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed prohibition the importation of sugar from free trade zones, in Nigeria, the Minister of Trade Industries and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo has backtracked and reversed himself.

 

Adebayo, acting on a controversial petition written to him by the Chairman Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote and Chairman, Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC, Mr John Coumatros had written a letter which he copied the Managing  Director Nigeria Ports Authority, Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation prohibiting the importation of sugar from the country’s Free Trade Zones. This move was targeted at BUA sugar refinery as well as investments.

 

Recall that BUA Group Chairman, Samad Rabiu had reacted to the petition by revealing that his investments in sugar, especially the Port Harcourt project did not pose any threat to the country’s sugar policy. According to Samad Rabiu, his was project  indeed, meant to checkmate arbitrary increase in prices and which will ultimately benefit the ordinary Nigerian on the street.

 

 

 

 

Curiously, some agencies of the Federal Government especially  the NPA, had acted on the Minister’s directive by directing all Terminal  operators to ensure strict compliance with the Minister’s order, despite a court injunction refraining not only the Ministry but all government agencies from disturbing it’s operations pending the determination of a suit filed by BUA group.

 

The move to disrupt BUA’s activities depsite the injunction clearly embarrassed the government, hence Adebayo’s quick reversal of his earlier stance and letter to the Finance Minister directing that the action be stopped.

 

As for Hadiza Bala Usman who was in a hurry to overlook the court order, she has since been suspended from office as the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority while an Acting CEO has been appointed in person of Mohammed Koko, the erstwhile Executive Director, Finance and Administration.

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THE COMPLICITY OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN CORRUPTION AND BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA STATE

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During the 8-year reign of former Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State , there is hardly a week the state is not in the news for either killings of scores of Zamfarans or kidnapping of them in large numbers. So bad it was during his tenure that the only presence of security is the escort services provided by security agents for workers on Yari’s farm.

 

It is despicable and rather unfortunate that a man who is battling to clear his name from many allegations of fraud and unprecedented corruption in Zamfara is seen flying around in a Nigerian Airforce Jet.

 

Mungono’s lackluster performance to rejig the security architecture which has led to breakdown of law and order has portrayed the Presidency in bad light as failing in its duty to provide security and welfare of its citizenry.

 

The approval of the use of NAF jet by Abdulaziz Yari which allegedly came from the office of the National Security Adviser further lent credence to the claims among Nigerians that the APC-led government is not serious about fighting corruption and insecurity.

 

 

Assuming without conceding that Yari facilitated the use of the aircraft on his own, one wonders an emergency situation that would warrant a former governor enjoying such luxury even when the allegations of corrupt enrichment is still hanging on his neck.

 

 

The National Security Adviser has yet again confirm the call for his removal over incompetence and that the reason for his call and advise for the declaration for a “No fly Zone” in Zamfara is unprofessional, partisan and may not be to secure the country as he would want people to believe.

 

By Hamid Shinkafi

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Rural Resident Expresses Satisfaction On Jumia Service Delivery

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At the current pace, there’s no denying the improved fortune of eCommerce in Africa. Even the most ardent doubters of eCommerce viability on the continent will accept that the online shopping business is gaining momentum on the continent, contrary to their forecast and expectations.

 

Major African markets like Nigeria and Kenya are improving their internet penetration while the number of mobile phone users is rising exponentially. This, in turn, is boosting the online market entrants in urban locations and gradually rubbing off on rural settlements.

 

As a result, the conversation around eCommerce in a major market like Nigeria has gravitated from doubts on feasibility and acceptance to quality of service delivery, customers expectations and satisfaction. With at least 87 e-commerce platforms in Nigeria, the online shopping community is increasing by the day with innovation and bespoke approaches to address the challenges of the market and meet customers expectations.

 

In the thick of this, some customers are already having a glimpse of what eCommerce offers at its peak, thanks to the effort of key market players. Iteshi Prince Izuchukwu, a businessman based in Rivers State said he likes shopping online because of the price slash. Based on his experience with several online shopping platforms, he was quick to acknowledge the extra effort of Africa’s market leader on its quality of service delivery. “Things I order include Television, Wristwatches and others. When I buy these items on Jumia, they deliver on time and in good condition,” he stated.

 

In today’s market where customers demand value for every penny spent, a well thought out packaging that meets the aesthetic taste of the customers can spell a huge impact on the eCommerce business. It can help reduce the volume and cost of return, foster customer loyalty and put the brand in the face of prospects. “I always feel happy when what I ordered is being delivered to me. And as a businessman, I want value for money which I can say I am getting on a platform like Jumia,” Izuchukwu said.

 

With continuous effort by eCommerce brands to meet customers’ quality, timely and packaging expectations in their service delivery, testimonials like this will go a long way in getting more people onboard the online shopping train.

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