Cows Invade Akure Airport Runway

A herd of cattle strayed onto the runway of Akure Airport this morning, preventing an Air Peace flight from Lagos from landing.

The Corporate Communications Manager of Air Peace, Mr Chris Iwarah, confirmed the incident, saying “Flight P4 7002 from Lagos had to delay landing into Akure Airport on Saturday when the pilot-in-command sighted cows on the runway at about 12.15pm.

“On being alerted by control tower, aviation security personnel of the FAAN (FAAN AVSEC) quickly intervened and cleared the runway.

“The flight was eventually cleared to land after about seven minutes. Our guests on board were all calm while the delay lasted.”

In a statement signed by its General Manager, Corporate Affairs , Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has apologised to Air Peace Airlines and its passengers for the incident.

She said :”However, normalcy was restored quickly, as officers of the aviation security department quickly dispersed the cows from the runway and the aircraft was cleared for landing.

“The authority will like to assure travellers and the general public that efforts are already ongoing to close the gap that aided this incident.

Wife of Remo Monarch Dies Three Months After Husband Ascends Throne

Dr Linga Ajayi, wife of the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi who ascended the throne barely three months ago is dead. She died after a protracted illness.

A statement from the Akarigbo’s palace signed by the chief of staff, Abbe Aina on Saturday, had it that Olori Linga Ajayi died on Sunday 4th February, 2018, after a protracted illness.

The statement which did not give much details read, “The Palace of His Royal Majesty Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, the Akarigbo of Remoland , regrets to announce the untimely death of our beloved Olori, Dr Linga Ajayi (FMCS, FWAS, FRCS (Ed)).

“The sad event took place, after a long and protracted illness, on Sunday 4th February 2018.

” Dr Linga Ajayi was a Consultant Surgeon at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Scotland, United Kingdom.

“She trained at Lagos University Teaching Hospital. She was a fellow of National Postgraduate Medical College Nigeria; a fellow of West African Postgraduate Medical College and a fellow of Royal College of Surgeon, Edinburgh.

“Burial arrangements would be announced later.”

Kiprotich, Gupta Win Lagos Marathon

Kenyan born, French athlete, Abraham Kiprotich has won the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon 42km race in an unconfirmed record time of 2:15:04.

Herpha Guta of Ethiopia also won the women’s edition of the race. She did it in 2hrs38mins. Both won $50,000 dollars each for their efforts.

Having also won last November the 39th Istanbul Marathon, which covered 46 kms, Kiprotich has now won two marathons back to back.

About 100,000 people participated in the IAAF Bronze Label Race which offers over 200,000 dollars for grabs.

Participants defied an early morning rain to run in the race which started at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Western Nigeria Should Take WNTV From NTA By Tunji Ajibade

History is ever conveniently trampled here and no one cares. An example is how 40 years has become identified with television broadcasting in Nigeria. Evidence of this miscarriage of history is everywhere, especially online among younger generation of Nigerians. They say they’re unaware of any TV station that’s older than the Nigerian Television Authority that’s celebrating 40 years of its existence. I congratulate the NTA on its anniversary. But I have my reservations, because as a result of the 40 years that the NTA celebrates the true age of TV broadcasting in Nigeria has been thrown under the carpet. History is forgotten.

We know that television broadcasting in Nigeria (the first in Africa) is 59 years old, not 40. How the Federal Government had in the past gobbled up what should belong to the constituent units created the confusion. No thanks to the military in politics, an aberration that I’ve never clapped for. Meanwhile, for me, by celebrating 40 years of existence of the NTA raises issues regarding our federal arrangement as well as the preservation of our history. The following shall serve as a backdrop. The other day, a panel set up by the All Progressives Congress to consider the restructuring debate submitted its report. With his view on how the skewed federation was being run already known even before he became the governor of Kaduna State, what Mallam Nasir el-Rufai said when his committee submitted its report to the APC leadership didn’t surprise.

The fifth item in the recommendations submitted by the el-Rufai committee was the movement to the Concurrent Legislative List issues of mines and minerals, oilfields and mining, geological surveys and natural gas. El-Rufai said, it was “the feedback we got from Nigerians because offshore oil is federation asset, everything in the continental shelf and exclusive economic zone which is also policed by the Nigerian Navy belongs to the federation but minerals, oil, everything in the land belongs to those that own the land which is the state governments; but we think the time has come that we take this bold step and move away from over-centralisation.”

His panel also recommended that the police should be moved to the Concurrent List. It made a similar recommendation for the Prison Service. The committee noted that before 1966 most prisons were under the control of local governments or native authorities. As such, a return to the same arrangement would reduce the burden on the Federal Government and reduce prison congestion because states would be able to build additional prisons.

The panel equally recommends that the registration of business names should be moved to the Concurrent List “so that business names which seek to operate nationwide can be registered at the federal level while those who seek to operate only in the states should be registered at the state level.” According to el-Rufai, and this is most relevant to this piece, “if these amendments are passed by the National Assembly, they will significantly re-balance our federation, devolve more powers to the states, reduce the burden of the Federal Government and make our country work better.” This last part equally calls attention to how the FG agencies go about ‘donating’ to the 36 states what should be theirs by law.

Few days ago, the FRSC boss, Boboye Oyeyemi, visited Rivers State. At a meeting with the state governor, Oyeyemi announced that he would establish a vehicle plate number-making plant in Port Harcourt. Here, the FRSC wants to “dash” Rivers State what it has the right to establish by itself. We know that under a federal arrangement, states have the right to do all that agencies such as the FRSC are doing, because they too own roads. This is clear from what the Lagos State Government has demonstrated since 1999 by establishing its own plate number-making plant, with officials that monitor traffic on its roads. Why should it be a federal agency that offers to do the same in Rivers State? The entire episode brings to mind how, for whatever reasons, most states don’t utilise the power that they legally have, or is implied. These states currently demand restructuring or the devolution of power from the Federal Government, but the power that they do have they don’t use.

I think making full use of the powers that states have already is where to start, rather than concentrate energy, shouting themselves hoarse, to get what they don’t have. State governments should look in the direction of how to utilise their legally-given powers to automatically put most FG agencies, tailored for a unitary system, where they belong. Instead, the states have continued to provide relevance for these agencies that were established during the military era and which, in a civilian dispensation, should have been stylishly discouraged from getting involved in states’ affairs as most of them do at the moment.

It’s against this backdrop I state here that every public institution of any historical importance hijacked by the Federal Government from the components units during the military era be returned to them. Regionally-based TV stations that the NTA gobbled up in 1977, through Decree 24, belonged in this category. The Western Nigeria Television, established in 1959, and the first in Africa is one of them. By a decree, the then existing 12 regionally-based TV stations were swallowed up by the NTA which became the only body empowered to engage in TV broadcasting in Nigeria. Military mentality. Of all the former regional stations, the WNTV no doubt embodies the foundation of the history of TV broadcasting in Africa. This is why it’s crucial that the WNTV now known as NTA Ibadan be removed from the NTA family and made to stand alone as a living history, a continuous testament to one of Nigeria’s unforgettable firsts. Except this is done, the authentic history of TV broadcasting in Nigeria will fade away. This nation needn’t let it happen.

I make this call also because states in the South-West have shown seriousness regarding their integration. They had shown serious commitment towards maximising the combined energy and resources of the region, establishing as they did in 2013 a Development Agenda for Western Nigeria and the DAWN Commission, the technocratic institution for the sustainable development of the area. This commission is “fully empowered by the Governments to ensure the delivery of the composite development aspirations of the Region”.

In view of the above, I’m convinced that states in this region have the responsibility to protect the history of TV broadcasting which began with them. They mustn’t allow the 1959 landmark die an unnatural death. It’s to their pride that the WNTV lives. But it’s also to the pride of Nigerians as one that the first TV station on the continent is still in existence, autonomous, modernised, and answering its own name, rather than where it’s currently hidden under the NTA. In any case, if the first TV station that the West has is allowed to die, a vital part of Western Nigeria’s proud and rich history dies. I want the Governments of the South-West to (if only legally and symbolically) take the WNTV back from the NTA, give it its old name and have its history appropriately traced back to 1959, (mentioning only in passing on the WNTV’s history pages the period of interregnum that it has experienced under NTA).

Moreover, the DAWN Commission can adopt the WNTV as its broadcast arm, the network TV station for the region, and use it to project to the rest of the world the region’s pursuit of an integrated agenda. This is an endeavour worth pursuing by the states, more so as the NTA now has over 100 other stations apart from NTA Ibadan. The South-West states should, at least, take back from the NTA that very 1959 TV edifice in Ibadan (and give another building to the NTA if it so desires it). They should treat the WNTV Ibadan structure as their legitimate property which the Federal Government forcefully took from them in 1977. The Ibadan Station should then be given a face-lift, repositioned both in image and broadcast quality. I wish the structures of the other regional TV stations would be returned to their original owners too. It’s an excellent way of preserving our history. More importantly, it’s one of the ways by which we can, as the el-Rufai committee recommends, return what should reside with component units to them, as well as remove the many covers of unitary governance that have been placed on our federal structure

NSCDC Nabs 4 Suspects, Destroys 200,000 Litres Of Petroleum Products In Ondo

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Command says it has arrested four suspects, destroyed 200,000 litres of diesel in the state.
Mr Pedro Awili, NSCDC state commandant, who said this in a statement issued by Mrs Ajoke Pelemo (ASC I), command Public Relations Officer on Saturday in Akure, said the command also confiscated 2,710 litres of the product.
According to Awili, the suspects are Akin Akinyele, 42, Alao Yusuf, 40; Aremu Saidi, 35 and Hassan Jimoh, 37.
Awili said the suspects were arrested on January 31, for illegal dealing in diesel along Lagos express way.
He said that the raid was carried out by anti-vandal operatives of the state command in Ajibandele area where it was discovered that a lot of shops along the road were being run by illegal marketers.
He said that the suspects were still under investigation and would be charged to court immediately after the investigation.
NSCDC boss explained that illegal marketers were financiers and sponsors to those who break the right of way of either NNPC or SPDC to siphon crude oil and locally refine them in the creeks within the state.
According to him, illegal dealings in petroleum products is at the detriment of the public because it damages machinery and cause a lot of problems in the society due to the inflammable nature of the adulterated products.
Awili, therefore, implored the good citizens of the state to be security conscious and also report to the security agencies any illegal dealings in petroleum products.
He assured the general public that the corps would put more effort in bringing an end to illegal oil marketing in the state.
The commandant also warned individuals to desist from dealing in Illegal Petroleum products or face the wrath of the law.

NAN

Fulani Herdsmen Attack Teachers in Ewekoro

Two primary school teachers in Ewekoro area of Ogun State are currently battling for their lives at a government-owned hospital after suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked them on Thursday, inflicting deep machete cuts on them.

The incident, which took place few metres to Atola Primary School in Ewekoro North Local Council Development Area, sent residents of the area into a panic while other schools in the community hurriedly dispersed for fear of being attacked, too.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident, saying some arrests had been made but it was discovered that the herdsmen arrested were not the perpetrators but those residing and known to the residents in the area. He said the said persons had therefore been released.

Chairman of Ewekoro North LCDA, Mr. Kehinde Adepegba, confirmed to reporters. He said “The Ogun State Government has taken over the case and as we speak the affected teachers have been transferred from our maternity hospital at Onigedu to the Ogun State General Hospital at Ijaiye. They are receiving treatment and are recuperating.

“Following the incident, all security agencies in the state have been placed on the alert. As a matter of fact, I even learnt that some arrests have been made. While still searching for the perpetrators of the attack; we have put certain strategies in place to forestall against a similar occurrence in future.

“From preliminary reports, we gathered that the herdsmen who carried out the attack only recently migrated to the area. They are not part of the Fulani community cohabiting with the locals. They are unknown in the locality but they will be apprehended.”

Ewi Poem: Ife Traditional Council Suspends Maye Of Ife Over Alleged Defamation Against Ooni

By Sodiq Lawal

The Royal Traditional Council of Ile-Ife in the State of Osun, has announced the suspension of Chief Ramon Adedoyin, as the Maye of Ile-Ife over a trending Poetry ” Ewi” On Ooni, Oba Adeyeyi Enitan Ogunwusi released to defame the stool and character of the front line monarch.

The royal council in a statement jointly signed by Balufe of Ife, HRM Oba Idowu Adediwura and Lowa Adimula, Ife Oba Adekola Adeyeye stated that Chief Adedoyin should not parade himself anymore as the Maye of Ife henceforth.

The royal council affirmed that Chief Adedoyin and Oba Adeoye Adefarakan, the Oloyere of Oyere were the brain behind the production of the tape.

According to the release, “After the exhaustive deliberations and investigation with the invitation of some close associates and cohorts of Chief Ramon Adedoyin, the Maye of Ife, which includes, Oba Adeoye Adefarakan, Oloyede of Oyere, it was discovered that Chief Ramon was the financier of the production of the tape.

“That Chief Ramon Adedoyin, the Maye of Ife is the financier and brain behind the release of the “Ewi” in circulation”

“The paramountcy of the stool of the Ooni of Ife has been desecrated with this singular action among several others done in the recent past at the Ooni of Ife and house of Oduduwa is the chief custodian and honorary titles”

“That beyond reasonable doubt, Chief Ramon Adedoyin and his cohorts like Oba Adeoye Adefarakan have committed offences of defaming the stool and character of Ooni of Ife, assault and the libelous release of the “Ewi” remains indelible. and all these acts are conduct likely to cause breach of peace”

“That all the parties involved in the meeting passed the vote of no confidence in chief Ramon Adedoyin and Oba Adeoye Adefarakan”

“That the house of Oduduwa henceforth suspend the Chieftaincy title of Maye of Ife that was bestowed on Chief Ramon Adedoyin until further notice”

“Chief Ramon Adedoyin should not be parade himself as Maye of Ife until he absolve himself of his disloyalty and betrayal to the stool of Ooni and House of Oduduwa”

“We therefore implore all the sons and daughters of Ife to maintain peace and order in the nooks and crannies of Ile-Ife and its environment”

However, in a phone conversation with our correspondent, Chief Adedoyin said the traditional council has no power to remove him as Maye. He said Maye is not a traditional title but an honorary title bestowed on him by late Ooni Sijuwade.

He added that he has a very cordial relationship with Ooni Ogunwusi and he has no any personal issue with the Royal father since he lost the context to him.

It would be recalled that a poem (Ewi) tape, defaming the Ooni, had been circulating for a while. The tape, which is captioned “Oba Awakusa” was said to have been sent from the UK.

House Owner, Residents Condemn Lagos State Government

House owners and Residents have condemned the brutal manner with which houses were demolished in Abule-Egba, by the Lagos State government, to pave the way for the construction of the Jubilee Bridge in 2016 which has also become the lot of residents of Agege, a suburb of Lagos. They have been displaced, as a result of the ongoing Pen Cinema bridge construction.

Since they were hastily evicted from their abodes, shops and offices, the victims have been wandering and squatting with friends and relatives, as they have continued to bemoan their fate, describing their predicament as borne out of injustice.The Guardian learnt that the state government did not only err by not giving them enough notice, the victims were also not given any compensation or alternative abodes before the commencement of the demolition.

Chief Segun Oke, a caretaker of one of the affected buildings along Iju road, Pen Cinema, said no specific notice was issued by government before the demolition took place. “We had a meeting with representatives of Lagos State government last October, at the Museum, along Oba Ogunji road, Agege, opposite Women Development Centre, with the Commissioner for Lands and the contractor handling the project, soliciting our cooperation, as it would ease traffic congestion in the area.

“Early December, they distributed letters to the affected property owners, where it was stated that we should bring relevant documents, which had to do with our property to the ministry of physical planning at the Governor’s Office, Alausa. That was all. At the expiration of the one week, we just heard that they were bringing bulldozers and started bringing down the structures.

“What I would describe as the first notice was the letter, which was about getting our documents to Alausa. We were expecting them to give us a specific date after that but they just came hastily, without any prior notice.”

Another victim, Mrs. Bunmi Enimakure, whose storey house was inherited from her father, told The Guardian that there had been rumours that their property was on a Federal Government’s land. She said that in 2016, there was a report from the Lagos State government that property along the stretch would be demolished, noting that it was few shops that were pulled down at the period.

According to her, government came the second time for another round of demolition but the idea was shelved, with an assurance that there would be no more demolition, until last December when she heard that massive demolition would take place.“It was just after four days we heard about that the demolition started. Though poles were erected at the initial state to indicate areas marked for demolition, when the bulldozers came they demolished more than the marked areas.”

Due to the manner with which the ‘displacement’ was done, the victims were not only rendered homeless, their property and wares were allegedly destroyed and stolen by street urchins, who took advantage of the situation.Oke said from the property of his occupants, in a bungalow of four shops and 10 rooms were seriously affected because they were caught unawares. “A lot of things were destroyed, lots of items were stolen, especially from the corporate buildings. For here, what was stolen was up to N5 million from the shops in the building.”

Aside from the hasty demolition, one area in which the victims felt government got it wrong is that of compensation, coupled with the fact that they failed to value the demolished properties.Oke said: “The state didn’t come with any valuer before the demolition began, but individual owners, especially the corporate property owners got valuers but others who were not literate enough did not get any valuer. They did not enlighten us whether to get valuers for our property or they would do the valuation.

“They promised to compensate us, but nothing has come. In a civilised society there should be compensation before demolition, that is what we have been telling them. Right now we don’t even know how much they are going to pay us, on what ground is the payment, how many meters, there is no agreement whatsoever on that, it is an open-ended agreement.”Enimakure, who was also distraught by the development said: “There was no valuer at all, what we heard was that it is those with Certificates of Occupancy (CoO) that would be compensated.”

The residents are appealing to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to quickly fulfill his promise in the area of compensation to alleviate their suffering.Oke stated: “The governor should quickly come up with whatever they are going to give individual owners as compensation, because some of the affected property owners are hanging their things here and there, no specific place to stay. Those doing renovations are using their money, not as if any compensation has been given to them.”

Enimakure pleaded with Ambode to fulfill his promise of compensating them, adding that “there is still the rumour that more demolition would be done that may affect the existing structures. He should please stay action as this may send people to their early graves.”Meanwhile, the state governor, Ambode, has pledged to pay compensation, in the next three weeks, to all the people whose buildings were demolished in the course of constructing public structures around Lagos, promising that henceforth residents would be fully compensated and relocated before commencing construction.

Ambode, who said this at the 10th Quarterly Town Hall Meeting, recently, maintained that his government would build with the consent of the citizens. According to him, any development efforts that do not enjoy the support of the people would not be executed.Also, in a statement by the immediate past Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Abiola Anifowoshe, the government debunked media reports suggesting that it was unnecessarily delaying compensation, saying those whose structures were demolished would be paid.

Anifowoshe said the state government had already held a stakeholders’ meeting with the affected property owners during which the details of the flyover project were presented to them.“It was instructive that the stakeholders at the meeting welcomed the development and the Lagos State Government secured their buy-in.

“The government representatives at the meeting also urged the people to submit all relevant documents showing proof of ownership. Our officials served all the statutory notices and even gave more than enough time for the affected property owners to be aware of the removal.“Also, there were newspaper publications to that effect stating government intention and expectations from the people. As a matter of fact, many of such have been submitted to my office and the compensation process has commenced fully,” the Commissioner said.

Anifowoshe said the State Government had to remove its own staff buildings belonging to the Lagos State Development Property Corporation (LSDPC) to give way for the project, because the construction of the flyover is aimed at bringing development and ending the perennial traffic situation in the Agege axis.

“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to all residents of LSDPC in Agege that the Lagos State Government will compensate everyone involved and also to all other private property owners that the government understands their plight and is working tirelessly to ensure that those affected are compensated,” he said.

The commissioner urged all the affected property owners, who are yet to produce their planning documents such as certified registered title document of properties within the said right of way, approved building plan permit for the affected structures and any other relevant documents as proof of ownership, to do so without delay to fast-track the payment of compensation.

“We like to urge them to submit their documents to the Office of the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Block 15, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja to ensure that all affected owners are compensated appropriately.”

Osoosi Festival: Ooni Says Religious Intolerance Is Bane Of Peaceful Co-Existence

By Sodiq Lawal

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has identified religious intolerance as the bane of peaceful coexistence among Nigerians, noting that Godliness is different from religion.

The Spiritual Head of the Yoruba race worldwide stated this while speaking on Thursday during the annual Osoosi festival in Ile-Ife.

He urged Nigerians to see the country’s cultural and religious diversity as a great advantage needed to move forward socially, politically and economically rather than using it negatively, the result of which can only be backwardness.

“Nigeria is blessed with cultural and religious diversity which must not be seen as a curse but a blessing”

“What people practice today is ungodly religionism. It is very devilish for anyone to kill or maim in the name of religious differences. Deliberate frustration of peaceful coexistence in a diverse society like ours is an act of sacrilegious dogmatism perpetrated by the victims of religious brainwashing”

“We are all one before the Almighty God and we must remain so to allow for peaceful coexistence if we must progress socially, politically and economically “. Ooni Ogunwusi stated.

Obatala adherents at the event said Osoosi is a festival of African pantheon of divinity, configuration and interchange of power.

The ongoing Obatala Festival with a gathering of hundreds of foreigners especially from Brazil, Cuba, Venezuela, Jamaica and United States of America is expected to end on Tuesday 23th of January 2018

Herdsmen Kill Farmer in Ogun State

A farmer in his 60s, Adetona Owolabi, has reportedly been killed by suspected herdsmen who inflicted various machete cuts on him in Afon, Imeko-Afon Local Government area of Ogun State.

The farmer was said to have been working on his farmland located few metres away to the newly constructed bridge at Afon, along Owode/Abeokuta road when he was attacked by the herdsmen for challenging them when their cattle was grazing and destroying his farm produce such as cassava, yam and vegetables.

Ironically, the incident occurred few hours after the State Government held a meeting with security chiefs and representatives of various stakeholders such as leaders of the Fulani, Hausa communities and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigera in order to prevent clashes between herdsmen and farmers and also to ensure safety of lives and property.

Gani Adams Installed As Are Ona Kakanfo

 

The Alaafin of Oyo,  Oba Lamidi Adeyemi in the presence of other Yoruba Obas has formally installed Otunba Gani Adams as the 15th Are Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land.

The pronunciation was made after the ritual of the the New Are paying homage to the past 14 kakanfos,  represented with the calabash symbolising their reigns.

Are Gani Adams thus prayed for the peace of Yoruba land after which he was led to a temporary seclusion.

His emergence from the room made him pronounced as the Aare Ona Kakanfo