Lagos Govt Debunks Rumour Of Plane Crash

The Lagos State Government has debunked rumours of a plane crash around Oworonshoki area of Lagos, southwest Nigeria, Thursday, saying what people saw was merely a simulation exercise.

Rumours of a plane crash spread around Lagos as panicky residents said they saw a plane going down around Oworonshoki area.

Lagos Plane Crash Simulation
Lagos Plane Crash Simulation
Lagos Plane Crash Simulation
Lagos Plane Crash Simulation
Lagos Plane Crash Simulation
Lagos Plane Crash Simulation

General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Michael Akindele, debunked the rumour of plane crash, saying it was just simulation being carried out to ascertain preparedness of emergency agencies in case of a plane crash.

“As part of emergency preparedness of the National Emergency Management Agency in collaboration with Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and other stakeholders in Lagos State, a simulation exercise was today conducted on plane crash in Oworoshoki area of Lagos State, SouthWest Nigeria,” he said.

Akindele said the exercise was to assess the level of preparedness and identify gaps of emergency responders in case of a plane crash or related emergency in the state.

He explained that the exercise would also help to assist in the areas such as coordination, response time, capacity building and the use of equipment and personnel during emergencies/disaster.

Agencies involved in the exercise were NEMA, LASEMA, LASAMBUS, LASTMA, Lagos State Fire Service; Lagos State Waterways Authority.

Other agencies are NAMA, NIMASA, Nigeria Police, RRS, NSCDC, FRSC, Nigeria Air Force, Nigeria Navy, and the local divers.

Source: PM News

Lagos Assembly Speaker Mourns Olubadan

Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has commiserated with the good people of Ibadan and Oyo State Government over the demise of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1.

The Late Olubadan, who was born in Igbo Elerin, Ibadan on April 14th,1914 became the Olubadan in July 2007 and passed on peacefully at the age of 101 on Tuesday evening, in his palace.

Obasa, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Musbau Rasak stated that the late monarch was a dedicated, dynamic and highly resourceful  monarch whose tenure contributed significantly to the development of Ibadanland.

He was however optimistic that the next Olubadan would build on the achievements recorded by his predecessor to take Ibadan to a greater height.

The Speaker stated that, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of the Olubadan, we share the pains of the good people of Ibadan and the State Government of Oyo State; we also commiserate with you at this trying period and may our prayers serve as comfort to you and your loved ones.”

He further said ‘we extend our deepest sympathy and our condolences to the family of the Olubadan, as we know that it is very hard to bear, but must remember that death is the ultimate end of every human being; and the beginning of eternal life in the hereafter’.

During his lifetime, the Speaker believed, the departed Olubadan “was a strong combatant soldier which made him soar in the Nigeria Army, a diligent civil servant, seasoned politician and a devoted member and co-founder of several organisations such as the Ibadan Economic Foundation and the Ibadan Progressive Union.”

According to the Speaker, the demised oba combined all the experience he had got to bear on the socio-economic development of Ibadan city and other towns under his control.

Alaafin, Ooni’s Renewed Partnership, Beneficial For Yoruba Race – Peace Committee

The Yoruba Obas Conflict Resolution Committee has described the presence of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Eniitan Ogunwusi, at the Church thanksgiving service to mark the 45th year coronation of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi as turning-point for the Yorubas.

Ooni of Ife - Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II - THE CHARISMATIC BRIDGE BUILDER during his visit to mark Alaafin Oyo's 45 coronation anniversary.
Ooni of Ife – Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II – THE CHARISMATIC BRIDGE BUILDER during his visit to mark Alaafin Oyo’s 45 coronation anniversary.

The committee, at the end of its meeting in Ibadan on Tuesday said the renewed friendship between the two monarchs would lead to stronger ties in the Yoruba race.

The secretary of the committee, Oba Saliu Oyemonlaa Azeez, Sabiganna of Iganna in a statement said the committee would consolidate on the Ooni’s peace initiative to ensure that all Yorubas work in harmony for the growth and development of the race.

He said the committee, during the reign of the immediate past Ooni of Ife, had made similar moves to bring the two leaders together but had not been successful.

He said with the two leaders now willing to work together as prominent members of the Yorubas, the marginalisation of the race at the national level would be tackled effectively.

“With Alaafin and Ooni in the forefront of any struggle or agitation by the Yoruba, it is certain that nobody can deny us our dues again which is why we must praise the wisdom and sagacity of the new Ooni and to commend him to keep the flag flying”, he added.

He urged South West politicians to also ensure that they do not bring disunity amongst the Yorubas by their selfish actions.

Intrigues, As Seriki Chiefs Files Motion To Stop Crowning Of Adetunji As Olubadan

The Seriki chieftaincy line in Ibadan has file a motion in court seeking an order to compel the Oyo State Government to install the head of the acclaimed line Chief Adebayo Oyediji as the Olubadan of Ibadan.

The Nation reports that Chief Oyediji and others based their prayer on a 1989 Supreme Court judgment, which ordered the recognition of the Seriki as the third line to produce the Olubadan.

According to him and the motion filed by his lawyer, A.G. Adeniran, before the Oyo state Chief Judge, Justice Mukthar Abimbola, the Olubadan -in-Council had since 1989 when the Seriki line obtained a Supreme Court judgment in their favour, denied them the opportunity of being admitted into the Olubadan line.

The businessman alleged disregard for rule of law on the part of the Olubadan -in-Council. He said he was the next to be installed Olubadan based on the said judgment.

The motion will be heard next Wednesday.

According to him, the alleged marginalisation of the Seriki line began since the last Otun Seriki, Chief Adisa Akinloye, was denied the opportunity before he died in 2007. He said that Seriki was the third line in the chieftaincy of Olubadan, adding upon the denial, the Supreme Court in 1989 ordered that Seriki line be included as the third line to the appointment of Olubadan.

Lana (left) with some high chiefs at the palace in Ibadan ...yesterday. PHOTO Credit: The Nation
Lana (left) with some high chiefs at the palace in Ibadan …yesterday. PHOTO Credit: The Nation

Oyediji claimed that the problem with the Seriki line started with the making of the 1959 Ekerin Balogun of Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration which put Seriki under the Ekerin Balogun of Ibadan and provided for the first time  that Seriki can only be promoted to Ekerin Balogun only if there are two simultaneous vacancies occurring in the Ashipa and Ekerin Balogun titles.

He explained that upon winning against the then Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Oloyede Asanke, and all the Chiefs in Balogun and Olubadan line, after challenging the said chieftaincy declaration, the Olubadan then prevailed on the Seriki chiefs not to insist on three lines for the Olubadan chieftaincy, but that rather chiefs in the Seriki line should cross to Ekerin Balogun and Ekerin Olubadan on the two lines whenever there is a vacancy in any of the two lines.

According to him, the out-of-court agreement was that the Balogun and Olubadan lines would each have two steps of promotion from Ekarun to Ekerin in their lines before the Seriki line shall have its own promotion to Ekerin in any of the two lines.

Having been denied the opportunity for long and following the consecutive deaths of high chiefs Sulaimon Omiyale and Omowale Kuye from both sides in November and December last year, Chief Oyediji said that it was the time of Seriki to have a shot at the Olubadan, stressing: “When the agreement was reached, the late Oba Odulana was the only senior ranking high chief in the Olubadan line and we were in the same rank. If that agreement was followed, I am the next person to succeed him.”

In the new motion filed by his lawyer, Adeniran, dated 19/01/2016 marked I/421/07 seeking an amendment to reflect the earlier order of the court, he sought a declaration that “by the provision of the consent judgment delivered by the high court in suit No. I/313/88, it is the turn of the claimants to produce the next Olubadan of Ibadan on both the Olubadan line and the Balogun line”.

He also sought the order of the court “setting aside the purported appointments made by the 1st defendant (Oba Odulana) to fill vacancies existing in the chieftaincy titles of Ekerin Olubadan, Ashipa Olubadan, Osi Olubadan, Otun Olubadan and Balogun Olubadan of Ibadan since the 21st of November, 2008 up till the last appointment he made on the 1st of January, 2016”.

Oyediji also called for an order “setting aside the purported approval granted by the Governor of a Oyo state on the 5th of January, 2016 or thereabout to the appointments made by the 1st defendant on the 1st of January, 2016 to fill vacancies existing in the chieftaincy titles”.

I’m ready for throne, says Adetunji

Chief Saliu Adetunji, the Balogun Olubadan of Ibadanland, next in line as the Olubadan, yesterday expressed appreciation to God, saying he is ready for the throne.

Hundreds of indigenes converged on his residence of Popoyemoja in the heart of the city to rejoice with him.

Amidst the felicitation, High Chief Adetunji, 87, after meeting with members of his family, said: “God is wonderful to me. The utmost ambition of any traditional Chief in Ibadanland is to ascend the throne of Olubadan, God has made that possible for me this year.I don’t have anything than to thank Him for making me the first Olubadan in my lineage.”

High Chief Adetunji was on  January 1 promoted alongside others following the death of High Chiefs Sulaiman Adetunji and Omowale Kuye.

People struggled for space inside the two-storey building.

Canopies were erected in the compound, which was filled with people.

Two big cows were tied to the side of the building. Two had been slaughtered to prepare food for the guests.

Drummers were busy welcoming guests.

Among the guests were chiefs, religious leaders, musicians, businessmen, traders, members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and politicians. Also there were  Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland,

Alhaji Dauda Makanjuola, Chief Imam of Ibadan, Alhaji Abdul-Ganiyu Agbotomokekere, former Oyo State Governor Victor Olunloyo , Baale Ekotedo, Chief Taiye Ayorinde and Mr.  Lowo Obisesan.

Two of the 23 children of the Olubadan- designate, Miss Suliat Adetunji and Adijat Adetunji, said: “We are very happy that he has been able to get to this level of becoming the Olubadan-in-waiting.  We thank God for His special grace .

Suliat (30), who is the last child described their father as “amiable” and “kind”.

The eldest child, Prince Mukail Adetunji, said when their father was promoted to Balogun, they never thought it would be so soon.

The Olubadan-designate is the proprietor Of Babalaje Records. He started his journey to the throne in 1972 when he was made Mogaji of his family compound.

He was a tailor for many years, making both native and English dresses.

High Chief  Adetunji is a music marketer with three marketing companies -Omo Aje Sound Studio, Adetunji Label and Babalaje Records, which he founded 55 years ago.

Aregbesola Commiserates With Ajimobi, Ibadan People Over Olubadan

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has commiserated with the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, over the demise of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade.

The Governor described the late monarch as fatherly, quiet, peace-loving, progressive and a bridge-builder during his time.

In a statement by the Director of Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, Governor Aregbesola said the death of the first class monarch has left a huge vacuum in the traditional rulers’ council in Oyo State and by extension in Nigeria.

He lauded the late monarch for always championing peaceful co-existence as well as fostering cordial relationship among diverse ethnic nationalities residing in the ancient city.

According to him, the monarch’s reign was peaceful, remarkable and progressive even though his reign was brief.
The statement added: “Indeed, the exit of Olubadan is a sudden one, yet it was also a glorious one at the time it came.

“Olubadan’s reign was remarkable and peaceful. The people of Ibadan and Oyo State as well as its government have certainly lost one of Yoruba’s foremost traditional rulers.

“I, on behalf of government and people of Osun, commiserate with the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Ibadan Elders’ Council, the entire people of Ibadan and Oyo State in general.

“We pray that the Lord repose the soul of our dearest monarch in paradise.”

Olubadan Was A Man Of Peace – Tinubu

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has described the death of the Olubadan Of Ibadan Land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade as the passing on of one of the greats of the Yoruba nation.

“A custodian of the Yoruba tradition and culture, filled with wisdom and also genteel,” Tinubu said in a statement issued by his media team.

“His death will be felt amongst not just his people but the Yoruba nation”. Tinubu noted that during the reign of the Olubadan Of Ibadan Land, Oba Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade, Ibadan witnessed peace and development.

“He was supportive of the advancement of the people and he kept faith with the values, tradition, culture and integrity of the Yoruba nation.

“I mourn with the governor and people of Oyo State over his passing. He has left a legacy which we must sustain. May the soul of the departed rest in peace,” the statement read.

Olubadan Is Dead

The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, is dead.

The monarch, who attained the age of 100 years in 2014, passed away Tuesday evening after he reportedly lost consciousness.

The Nation reliably gathered last night that the monarch’s corpse has been taken to a morgue as at press time.

Other details about Oba Odulana’s death were sketchy as at press time.

When contacted, one of his sons, Prof. Femi Lana, declined comments on the incident.

The Personal Assistant to the late monarch, Chief Isiaka Akinpelu, however denied the death, saying it was a rumour. He said Oba Odulana still ate yesterday, adding that he was hale and hearty.

His death will throw the city into mourning after brouhaha over promotion of nine high chiefs on January 1 which pitted the Olubadan-In-Council against the state government.

Oba Odulana mounted the throne in 2007 as the 39th Olubadan of Ibadan land. He was the 17th Olubadan since the title was elevated from Baale Ibadan to the Olubadan in 1930. The first traditional ruler to bear the new title was Oba Okunola Abass who reigned from 1930-1946.

Next in line to the throne is the Balogun of Ibadan land, High Chief Saliu A.O. Adetunji.

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Lagos now Member of Odu’a Investment Company Limited Owner States

…As Company Proposes N20b Revenue

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

The Oodua Owner States Governors on Tuesday announced the admittance of Lagos state into the Oodua Investement Company Limited just as a new revenue base was proposed for the company from N4billion to N20billion.

Addressing journalists on behalf of other Governors shortly after a closed door meeting of the Owner States Governors at the Cocoa House Ibadan, Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo state stated that the meeting was aimed at restrategising the activities of the company and take some relevant far-reaching decisions to reposition the Investment and as well boost its economic base in line with the global economic trends.

He disclosed that the five Owner States Governors have approved a five year strategic economic plan to grow the revenue base of the company from N4billion to N20billion.

According to him, “we owner States Governors of Osun, Oyo, Ondo, Ogun and Ekiti state have met with the board and management of Odu’a Investment Company on the need to improve our activities as regards revenue base.

“We have deliberated comprehensively on the need to improve our revenue base, economic activities and the implementation of new economic strategies in line with the best global economic trends.

“We have also taken far-reaching economic decisions to reposition the investment as the engine room of economic growth in the Southwest.

“To achieve all these, we owner States Governors have therefore approved a five year strategic plan to grow and increase tremendously the revenue base of the company from N4billion to N20billion.

Governor Mimiko further revealed that the Owner States Governors have also agreed on the principle to include Lagos State as part of the Odu’a Investment Company Limited, saying the economic strategy is a five-year plan aimed at increasing the revenue base of the company from its present N4billion to 20billiion and as well improve the economic activities of the investment for the general benefits of the owner states.

He therefore submitted that the owner States Governors have decided to meet with board and management of the Company quarterly.

“As we have agreed to reposition the company economically, we also implemented principles to admit Lagos State as part of the Odu’a Investment Company Limited with a view to reshape the revenue base of the company.

“In a bid to achieve greater improvement and effective management, we have agreed to be meeting with board and management of the company on quarterly basis”, Governor Mimiko disclosed.

Meanwhile, the meeting was attended by the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, his counterparts in Ogun and Ondo States, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Oyo State Deputy Governor, Otunba Moses Alade Adeyemo, Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola, Secretary to Ekiti State Government, Dr. (Mrs) Modupe Alade, Secretary to Oyo State Government, Mr. Olalekan Ali, Group Managing Director, Odu’a Investment Company Limited, Mr. Adewale Raji, Directors of the five owner States of Odu’a Investment Company Limited, among other dignitaries and political functionaries.