Man in court over alleged assault on neighbour



A 56-year-old man, Abdulazeez Jimoh, who allegedly assaulted his neighbour, on Monday appeared in  an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court .

Jimoh, who resides at No. 43, Ogunlowo St., Ikeja is charged with assault.

He tpleaded not guilty.

The Police Prosecutor, ASP Benson Emuerhi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on April 30, at his residence.

He said the defendant punched and slapped the complainant, Abdulahi Musa, during a disagreement which ensued between them.

Emuerhi said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 .‎

Section 173 stipulates a three-year jail term for offenders.‎

The Chief Magistrate, J. A Adegun, granted the defendant N50,000 bail with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case untill Oct. 7 for mention.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN



Cricket Federation hopes to complete phase 1 of oval construction in November — Official



The Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) says it is hopeful that the first phase of the oval at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja would be completed in November.

The federation’s Secretary, Taiwo Oriss, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja that the Federation had made significant progress with the construction.

Oriss said the focus at the moment was on the playing area and not the pavilion, which comprises of stands and dressing rooms.

“We are at the planting stage now. The planting is in two phases and we have completed the planting for the general pitch excluding the center pitch.

“For the general pitch, we are using the local grass but we will be using an imported grass for the center pitch because it is a special area.

“We hope to take advantage of the rainy season to conclude planting of both phases on or before November,” he said.

“We are also doing same at the Tafa Balewa Cricket Oval in Lagos and we are looking at the same time frame for Lagos and Abuja.

“The federation is working very hard to see how we can achieve this within the time frame, though COVID-19 stalled our progress a little but we are very positive,” he said.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Peter Ejiofor)
Source: NAN

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Victims seek help as rainstorm renders many homeless in Kwara



Victims of Saturday’s rainstorm in Ilorin have called on the Kwara Government and other emergency management agencies to provide them with succour, as many were rendered homeless.

The victims made the call on Monday in Ilorin in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria while recounting the level of devastation the heavy rain and wind unleashed on them.

Alhaji Abdulyekeen Olohuntele, the Chairman of Isala Koko, Sanu Shehu Street in Ilorin East Local Government Area of the state, who spoke on behalf of the victims in the community, said more than 20 houses were destroyed in the area.

Olohuntele urged the state government to quickly provide help for the victims to avert further damage that could arise from another rainfall.

The community leader, who described the incident as unfortunate, asserted that many valuables were lost to the havoc.

Another victim at Ita Ogunbo in Ilorin West Local Government Area, Malam Olayiwola Abdulsalam, said unless an urgent help was provided, another downpour would further compound their woes.

Abdulsalam urged government at all levels to come to their rescue to ameliorate their sufferings.

Mrs Ronke Ibrahim, whose house collapsed at Akerebiata in Ilorin East Local Government Area, also lamented the loss she incurred to the natural disaster.

Aside the destruction of her building, she said that the rainfall also damaged all the property she had laboured for over the years.

She told NAN that she was left with nothing again, as the rain washed away all her valuable items.

She, therefore, urged the government to come to her aid; saying she needed government intervention to prevent her current situation from becoming worse.

NAN reports that the downpour, which was accompanied by heavy wind on Saturday night rendered many residents of Ilorin homeless.

The rainfall reportedly claimed some lives in the city, including a 14-year-old girl who hawked pepper and tomatoes.

It also led to the destruction of many electric poles in major areas in the ancient town, putting residents in total blackout.

Edited By: Moses Solanke/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
Source: NAN


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Ife begins Olojo festival as Ooni enters 7-day seclusion



The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, on Sunday moved into Ile Mole, Iremo Quarters, Ile-Ife, for a seven-day seclusion as the ancient Olojo Festival kicks off in the city.

The monarch appeared in his usual white traditional attire laced with colourful ancient beads on his way out of the Ile Oodua Palace of Ife.

He told the newsmen that he will use the spiritual moment of seclusion as a point of contact with God Almighty towards the total eradication of the coronavirus as well as for peace and stability in the country.

Oba Ogunwusi explained that Olojo is a festival that connotes a strong indication of God’s creation and the day of the first dawn on earth.

“I am going into seclusion, I am going into fasting and prayer in the ways of our ancestors.

“As you know, we’re gradually winning the war against coronavirus and we must indeed be thankful because we are not superior to those countries being crippled by this pandemic.

“After the seven-day seclusion, there follows the climax of it, which is the procession of the sacred Aare crown with which we will pray for the entire nation and humanity.

“Every move of the Aare procession is highly significant, including the junctions of spiritual and historical significance where I would make supplications and prayers to our ancestors.

“The first junction indicates where the first dawn came and that is where we must stop, followed by where the pathfinder deity, which we call Ogun sighted the first dawn and that is Oke-Mogun.

“When I came down from the hill, there was turmoil among the deities because Aare is the first monarchical crown.

“At some point they all converged at Ita Oranfe, where they all agreed that kingship and organisation should commence and that is where the modern day democracy and other forms of government emanated from,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that during the seclusion rites, the monarch would be incommunicado and not grant audience to anyone.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ifeyinwa Omowole
Source: NAN




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Re-election: PDP South Africa chapter congratulates Obaseki



The executive committee and entire members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), South Africa Chapter, have joined other Nigerians in congratulating the re-elected Governor of Edo, Mr Godwin Obaseki and the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu.

“The PDP South Africa sends you our hearty congratulations on your resounding success in the just-concluded gubernatorial elections in your state,’’ it said on Monday in Lagos in a congratulatory message jointly signed by the Chairman Mr Ekos Akpokabayen and Secretary, Dr Emeka Ugwu.

“Your dogged fight, amid several odds, before and during the election is well appreciated and equally worth emulating.

“You have demonstrated in unequivocal terms the unflinching spirit of many good leaders,’’ the party said in the message emailed to the News Agency of Nigeria .

It said that the party’s chapter had no doubt that you would continue to deliver the much needed dividends of democracy to the people of Edo, adding the he should be rest assured of their continued support to his leadership.

It added that President Muhammadu Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) deepened Nigeria’s democracy by providing a level playing ground for the contestants.

NAN reports that INEC had declared Gov. Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winner of the Sept. 19, gubernatorial election in Edo.

Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619.

Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
Source: NAN

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