Residents of Ikire community in Irewole Local Government area of Osun have appealed to the state government to intervene in the 37-year-old kingship tussle in the town.
Some of the residents, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ikire on Tuesday, said that the tension, which the tussle was creating in the town, was becoming unbearable.
NAN reports that the battle for the throne had started in 1987 after the demise of the former monarch, Oba Oseni Oyegunle.
NAN also reports that when the process of appointing a new monarch started, one of the five ruling houses, Aketula, presented a candidate, Mr Tajudeen Olanrewaju, in line with the Akire of Ikire Chieftaincy Declaration of 1958.
Before the process of Olanrewaju’s installation could be completed, two ruling houses, Ladekan and Lanbeloye, went to court to challenge the inclusion of Aketula in the ruling houses.
An Ile-Ife High Court, Ile-Ife, where the matter was instituted, consequently stopped Olanrewaju’s installation as the monarch, while the incumbent, Oba Olutunde Falabi, was installed in May 1993.
Even though he lost at the Appeal Court, Ibadan, Olanrewaju proceeded to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court, in its judgment on April 11, 2014, affirmed that Aketula was one of the ruling houses, as provided in the 1958 Akire of Ikire Chieftaincy Declaration.
The Supreme Court also held that in view of the evidence on record, “it shows that the 1958 Declaration, in respect of the Akire of Ikire Chieftaincy stool, has not been amended or repealed.’’
Following the judgment, the incumbent monarch approached the High Court in Ikire, praying it to restrain the state government from deposing him because he had not committed any offence warranting his removal.
He also pleaded with the court to restrain the state governor, the commissioner for justice and the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs from deposing him, while his incumbency subsisted.
Justice Abdulkareem of Ikire High Court, in his judgment of June 29, however, said that Falabi could no longer occupy the stool, based on the 1958 Akire Declaration and the rotational procedure contained therein.
He said that by order of rotation, the process of appointing Olarenwaju, who is from Aketula ruling house, was almost completed before it was stopped by the court.
“Another compelling reason why the plaintiff, Oba Falabi, has to vacate the stool is because his appointment is a nullity. This is because he was not validly nominated by the ruling house or validated by the state government.
“I equally find and hold that based on the overwhelming evidence adduced before me, that the plaintiff, who has already spent three decades on the throne, must not continue to occupy the throne of Akire of Ikire.
“To hold otherwise, will amount to a great travesty of justice.
“The Supreme Court is the highest court in Nigeria and its judgment is binding on all lower courts, and failure to do so amounts to gross insubordination,” the judge ruled.
Alhaji Bamidele Kadir, a resident of the town, said that a situation whereby two people were laying claim to the Akire stool was not good for the development of the town.
Kadir appealed to the state government to intervene by implementing the Supreme Court judgment on the kingship tussle for peace to reign in the town.
He said that the recent High Court pronouncement on the kingship matter had been causing tension in the town.
Also speaking, Mrs Iyabo Olayiwola, another resident, said it was only government’s intervention that could bring peace to the town.
Olayiwola, who said that the kingship matter had been generating tension in the town, appealed to government to do the needful.
Another resident, Mr Bode Olayiwola, also said that the development of the town should be paramount to both the indigenes and the government.
He urged the state government give proper interpretation to the two court judgments on the matter and take the right step in order to nip the tension in the bud.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeqhttps://nnn.ng/intervene-in-37-year-old-kingship-tussle-in-ikire-residents-urge-osun-govt/
KDSG attracts 25 new business worth $500m – El-Rufai
Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, says his administration has attracted 25 new businesses worth over $500 million as it continues to open up the business space in the state.
El-Rufai made the disclosure on Monday at the opening of the 5th Kaduna Investments Summit.
He said that the over $500 million was invested by local and foreign companies.
The governor explained that the summit was one of the means through which the government showcase and market Kaduna State to national and international audiences as the prime investment destination in Africa.
This year’s theme is “Infrastructure, Industrialization and Innovation.”
According to him, the target of the government is to make Kaduna as the number one state for doing business and the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in the country.
He said among the recent investments were the setting up of a tomato processing plant by TomatoJos, an Agro company, and Damau Milk Farm by Arla, designed to transform livestock production from a culture into a business in the state.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, who joined the virtual summit as special guest, commended the efforts of the Kaduna State Government to establish its credentials as the investment destination of choice in Nigeria.”These efforts have received just recognition in the response of the business community which has put in new investments in the state.
“It is hardly a surprise that Kaduna State has emerged as the leading destination for foreign direct investment within Nigeria.
“This is a further affirmation of the ranking of the state as Number One for Ease of Doing Business by the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2018.” the president said.
“It is a fitting statement of the resilience of the Kaduna State Government that it is able to host #KadInvest 5.0 amidst the severe disruptions caused by COVID-19.
“This is the sort of focus that can help the country to navigate the challenging consequences of the pandemic,” Buhari added.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that keynote speakers at the 2-day summit include President of African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, Mr. Bismark Rewane, Prof. Doyin Salami and Chinelo Anohu.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Security: FRSC tasks officers on accurate database of vehicles
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has called on officers to provide accurate and reliable data base of vehicle and ownership details to check crimes and criminality on the roads towards enhancing National security.
Speaking at the one day workshop organised for desk officers on Monday in Abuja, the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, noted that the road provided a veritable transit path for crime and criminality.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the year 2020 National Vehicle Identification Scheme (NVIS) desk officer’s workshop theme is “The Imperatives of Data Accuracy in the Light of Prevailing Security Challenges”.
Oyeyemi said that NVIS desk officer’s workshop was critical in the light of the myriads of security challenges experienced in the processes and the country at large.
He said that the NVIS desk officers were responsible for upload of information with regards to registered vehicles and ownership details into the database, saying that the workshop was strategically targeted at stock taking and examining issues.
According to him, Our NVIS process must continue to offer its relevance to the national security architecture through accurate and reliable database.
“NVIS desk officers must continue to promote integrity, transparency, good and professional service in their interactions with the clients and stakeholders.
“The NVIS data base must sustain the trust of Nigerians as a dependable super structure in the recovery of stolen vehicles.
“Desk officers must ensure there is prompt reporting of all recovered stolen vehicles. So far, this year, 34 vehicles have been recovered through our process, ” he said.
Oyeyemi reiterated the commitment of management towards the continuous maintenance and upgrade of FRSC platforms to constantly meet the demands of the contemporary society.
He noted that the management had expanded the scope of coverage nationwide to strengthen the resolve of the corps and make road crash data in Nigeria more reliable and intentionally acceptable.
“Station officers and Marshals have already been posted to the respective LGAs and have just completed thier training for the task.
“The concept of station offices is to reduce FRSC dependence on secondary sources of data while harnessing prompt, accurate and first- hand data collection and processing, ” he said.
The FRSC boss admonished NVIS desk officers to constantly reflect on the importance of data to planning, research and policy formulation, especially as it relates to issues of crimes and criminalities.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
EFCC, Unilorin collaborate on financial crimes
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has indicated its readiness to collaborate with the University of Ilorin towards reducing financial crimes in the country.
The Zonal Head of the EFCC in Kwara State, Mr Oseni Kazeem, made this known when he received the Unilorin Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, in his office on Monday.
Kazeem assured the Vice-Chancellor and his team that the agency would continue to ensure proper profiling of suspects, saying that this would be of great help to academics, who are researching in related fields.
He advised the University management to intensify its efforts in enlightening members of the University community on the evil inherent in financial crime, pointing out that school clubs should promote financial transparency and warn against financial crimes, among the students.
Kazeem also called on religious leaders to educate members of their congregation and instill moral discipline in them in order to keep them away from any activity that could warrant the agency’s intervention.
Earlier in his remarks, Abdulkareem, said that the visit was necessitated by the fact that the University works with all the federal security agencies in the state.
Abdulkareem commended the Zonal Head of the EFCC for making the time to receive the Unilorin team, as he congratulated the new zonal head on his recent deployment to Kwara State.
The Vice-Chancellor charged the commission to be wary of young persons in the society who falsely claim to be students of the University once they have been caught engaging in fraudulent activities.
He added that the University would identify and provide details of any student of the institution within minutes if required to do so, stressing that the institution does not want its noble name to be soiled under any guise.
Abdulkareem enjoined the agency to carry the University along on cases that involve any member of the University community.
He said that the institution would also want to exercise her disciplinary laws besides the regular statutes of the state regarding financial crime.
The Vice chancellor assured the Commission that the University would not in any way hinder its job or due process.
The EFCC was established in 2003 to rid Nigeria of economic and financial crimes and to effectively coordinate the domestic efforts of the global fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ismail Abdulaziz
Babatope congratulates Obaseki, praises Buhari for free and fair polls
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has congratulated Gov Godwin Obaseki on his emergence as winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Edo.
Babatope told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone that the outcome of Saturday’s governorship election was not only victory for Obaseki and PDP but also for the people of Edo.
“I am excited that Obaseki and the PDP won the election; I am so happy at the outcome and I congratulate Gov.Obaseki and our great party for this sweet victory.
“I also congratulate the good people of Edo state for speaking through their votes .They went to the polls to vote their preferred candidate.
“The conduct of Edo elections is big victory for democracy; It has proven the fact that power truly resides with the people,” he said.
Babatope said that the free and credible conduct of the election was also victory for INEC and the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari.
According to him, Buhari has enriched his democratic credentials by ensuring the votes of Edo people counted in the election.
“I commend President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring that the election in Edo was peaceful, free and fair.
“The election in Edo has inspired hope that elections can actually be done without blood letting or acrimony.The president deserves credit.
“I want the president to do all he can to ensure subsequent elections in Nigeria are peaceful and credible. Once again I commend Buhari.He is also a winner,” he said.
Babatope advised INEC to ensure the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State was also peaceful and credible
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi