Students And Police Officers Clash In Ibadan, Several Injured

A clash between students of the Federal College of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, Apata, Ibadan and the Nigeria Police has left at least four police officers in the hospital on Monday.

This was confirmed by the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, adding that eight vans were also damaged in the clash. Reports reaching us say the students trooped to the Ibadan-Abeokuta Expressway around 6.30am, blocking the main road linking Oyo and Ogun states, with many motorists forced to take alternative routes to their destinations.

It was learnt that the rector invited the police when the students, who were protesting against the school management, blocked the main road.

They were said to be calling for the removal of the Provost of the school, Dr Babajide Adenekan, after a disagreement between Adenekan and members of the school’s Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, Non-Academic Staff Union and the Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions. A lecturer in the school, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the issue had been on for more than one year.

She said, “There have been clashes between the provost and lecturers of the school. Some lecturers were suspended, while some claimed their allowances were withheld by the provost illegally.

“But this time, the students were expressing their grievances over the administrative style of the provost. They said the style of the provost triggered several strikes and unnecessary delay in the school’s academic calendar. They also called for the removal of the provost.”

While revealing that the police had arrested five students for their involvement in the clash, Odude said there had been several meetings between the school authorities, the students and the police on how to resolve the crises in the school.

He said, “It has been an off and on situation. We have been on this for the past six months, meeting them and trying to resolve the issues. We have met the students’ union leaders and the school authorities.

“We told the students that they should limit their activities within the school because once you deprive others the use of a public facility, you are against the law. Today (Monday), they blocked the main road during their protest and we sent some policemen there. But they became violent and attacked the policemen.

“Four policemen were injured and they are now in the hospital. Eight police vans were damaged too. We had to use force to push them back into the school. That you are a student does not give you the liberty to break laws. Those who were arrested will be charged to court at the end of investigations.”

The students, however, claimed that the police shot at them during the protest with some of them sustaining gunshot injuries. They also said a lecturer was injured in the melee.

 

Olubadan Vs Ajimobi: Court Adjourn Till Dec. 13

The suit instituted by Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Ajeogunguniso 1, against Governor Abiola Ajimobi for installing 21 new obas has been adjourned to December 13, 2017.

Joined in the suit are the newly installed Ibadan obas.

The presiding judge of the case Justice Olujumoke Aiki of the Oyo State High Court adjourned the case till December 13 for hearing notices of preliminary objections because the defendants’ counsels asked for the adjournment to be able to regularise all processes for the commencement of the case.

At the resumption of the case on Monday, Yusuf Ali, SAN, lead counsel to the 1st to 3rd defendants and lead counsels to the 4th to 11th defendants, A. Eleja and lead counsel to the 12th to 24th defendants, Kunle Sobaloju informed the court that they had filed a motion for extension of time so that it could regularises all processes that needed for the commencement of the case.

Though, Lead counsel to the Claimant, Niyi Ajewole did not object the motions requesting for the extension of time but he frowned at the motion because, according to him, the request for extension of time was a ploy to delay the case.

It would be recalled that the defense counsel, during the last sitting, informed the court that they had filed a preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter because Olubadan has no ‘locus’ in challenging the elevation of the Baales to the status of Obas.

They averred that the elevation of the baales and crowning of the new Ones had not in anyway affected the Olubadan status negatively.

Kalotari Shines At NCC Tennis Game In Ibadan

Salami Ganiyu of Team Oluyole on an opening day at their Lekan Salami Stadium base in Ibadan first stunned Sundman opening day in the men’s singles but failed to sustain the tempo as he lost the second set 4-6 and the final set 0-6.

Christian Paul and his play with the Garden City-based side gave their second victory as he outplayed Adewale Samson 6-2, 6-3 in another men’s singles, while Blessing Samuel made it a hat-trick for the visitors as she dismissed Colleen Orji 6-2, 6-2 in the ladies singles.

Team Kalotari secured the needed four points to win the fixture in the last game of the day as the pair of Emmanuel Sunday and Ikechukwu Iloputa defeated Salami Ganiyu and Kunle Bamidele 6-3, 6-4 in the men’s doubles.

The serve off of Sunday’s matches had to be delayed due to downpour but the hosts did not fare better in the remaining games, as Christian Paul, in the reverse men’s singles, beat home boy Ismaila Adesina 6-0,  6-2.

Captain of Team Oluyole, Wasiu Ibrahim, put his wealth of experience to bear on the reverse men’s singles but could not match the firepower of rising star, Sunday Emmanuel, as the game ended 6-2, 6-1.

Team Kalatori, coached by Sunday Samuel, made it 7-0 when the pair of Christian Paul and Blessing Samuel defeated the duo of Adewale Samson and Colleen Orji in the mixed doubles 6-2, 6-1.

NCC’s Deputy Director, Policy, Competitions and Economic Analysis, Alhaji Abubakar Yakubu while speaking during the matches in Ibadan, said the sponsorship of the Tennis League by NCC is to empower the youth to be meaningfully engaged.

“The primary objective of sponsoring this League is to provide a platform for young talents in tennis to be discovered and also give prominence to the establised tennis players to improve in their standard of play.

“We at NCC believe that in the near future, some of these players featuring in the NCC League would not only rule Africa, but the world at large. The sponsorship of the NCC League is part of our corporate social responsiblity and we strongly believe that it would keep our youths meaningfully engaged while some of them could also make a living through this platform.

“This is the third season and at the end of the year, we would do appraisal and see what we can do to make the programme better because there is always room for improvement,” Yakubu said.

Meanwhile, unbeaten Team Muller maintained dominance in the Blue Group as they spanked fellow Lagos-based Team VGC Lions 7-0 in a derby.

The victory sealed the passage of Team Muller to the semi-final of the League with four points with a game left against Team Oluyole.

Playing at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, Mohammed Mohammed gave the homers the first victory of the day when he pipped Onyeka Mbanu in the men’s singles 6-3, 2-6, 6-1.

Emmanuel Idoko conquered Martins Abamu 7-5, 6-1, while Ronke Akingbade made it 3-0 as she spanked Loveth Donatus in the ladies singles 6-1,

6-0.

The pair of Mohammed Mohammed and rising star, Joseph Imeh runded off Saturday’s matches with 6-2, 6-2 victory over Pius Aneikan and Tobi Thomas in the men’s doubles.

Meanwhile, Popoola Jelili the following day continued from where Team Muller stopped as he beat VGC Lions’ coach, Benson Ishicheli in the  reverse men’s singles 6-4, 6-3 as Joseph Imeh thrashed Onyeka Mbanu

6-1, 6-4 in another men’s reverse singles.

The hosts completed the routing of the Lions through the duo of Mohammed Mohammed and Deborah Gbadamosi who outplayed the pair of Martins Abamu and Loveth Donatus 6-3, 6-4.

41-Year-Old Man Risks Jail Term Over Ram Theft

A 41-year- old man, Kasimu Saka, was on Wednesday brought before an Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan charged with stealing a ram valued at N40, 000.

Saka, whose address was not provided, is being tried for conspiracy and stealing.

According to the Police Prosecutor, Insp. Samad Aliu, Saka and others now at large conspired and stole a ram valued at N40,000, property of Mr Adesola Adeyemi of Fagbemi Street, Ring Road, Ibadan.

He said the offenses were committed on Aug. 21 at  8.00 p.m. at Fagbemi Street.

The offenses contravened Sections 390 (9) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Oyo State 2000.

The accused pleaded not guilty.

The Senior Magistrate, Mrs Patricia Adetuyibi, in her ruling,  granted the accused bail in the sum of N40,000 with two sureties in like sum adjourned the case until  Oct. 4 for hearing.

Biggest Coronation Ever! Ibadan To Crown 30 kings In One Day

Ibadan, capital of Oyo state will witness the biggest coronation event in its history on Sunday as Gov. Abiola Ajimobi will crown 30 kings in one fell swoop.

The coronation will take place at the historic Mapo Hall.

The 30 are among the 32 recommended by the Akintunde Boade-led Judicial Panel on the review of the 1957 Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration.

On Friday, secretary to the government presented letters to some of the new monarchs at a ceremony held at the historic House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Ibadan.

The governor had on May 19 inaugurated the panel based on several requests received by the state government.

The panel on Aug. 18 submitted its report, recommending that 11 Olubadan High Chiefs and 21 Baales be allowed wear the beaded crown in Ibadan.

Those who received the letters were nine high chiefs of the Olubadan-in-Council and 21 other local chiefs, known as baales who were elevated to obaship status in line with the government white paper.

Apart from Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, a former governor and Osi-Olubadan of Ibadanland, as well as two deceased members, eight other high chiefs were on hand to receive their conferment letters.

Among those who received the letters amidst jubilation were Oba Lekan Balogun, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Owolabi Olakunleyin, the Balogun of Ibadanland, Oba Tajudeen Ajibola, Osi -Balogun of Ibadanland and Oba Eddy Oyewole, Ashipa-Olubadan of Ibadanland.

Others were Oba Abiodun Kola-Daisi, the Ekerin Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lateef Adebimpe, Ashipa-Balogun of Ibadanland, Oba Amidu Ajibade, the Ekarun Olubadan of Ibadanland and Oba Kolawole Adegbola, the Ekarun Balogun of Ibadanland.

According to the letter dated Aug. 25, 2017 and signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Governments and Chieftaincy Matters, Mrs Olawunmi Ogunesan, the new titles takes immediate effect.

The letter stated that the title qualifies the new obas to wear the royal beaded crown, with the High Chiefs to be addressed as Royal Majesty while the baales would be addressed as Royal Highness.

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, it added, would henceforth be addressed as Imperial Majesty.

“The government rested its powers of the confirmation of the Obaship title on section 28(I) Cap. Vol. 1 of the Chiefs Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000, ’’ it said.

NAN reports that among the baales promoted to obaship status are Oniroko of Iroko, Onikereku of Ikereku, Olodo of Olodo, Alaba of Abanla, Onilagun of Lagun and Elegbeda of Egbeda.

Others are Alakaran of Akanran, Alajia of Ajia, Onido of Iddo, Alawotan of Awontan, Onijaye of Ijaye, Alakufo of Akufo, Olofa-Igbo of offa Igbo, Oloke of Okelade-Akin, Olugbon of Ile-Igbon and Ologburo of Ogburo.

NAN

Ibadan-Based Broadcaster Accused Of Murder Granted N2m Bail

An Oyo State High Court on Tuesday granted bail to an Ibadan-based broadcaster, Oriyomi Hamzat, and four others accused of the murder of a teenager.

Justice M.I. Sule granted each defendant bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum.

Mr. Sule said one of the sureties must be a civil servant on Grade Level 14 while the other must be a business man.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the case was first heard at an Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court on August 1.

It was, however, transferred to the high court as the magistrates’ court had no jurisdiction to hear the case.

Mr. Hamzat, 37; Idowu Ibrahim, 27; Mohammed Bashir, 31; Taiwo Olaronke, 23; and Yusuf Ajisafe, 23, were all arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder.

The prosecutor, Sunday Fatola, told the court that the defendants conspired among themselves to commit murder.

Mr. Fatola alleged that the defendants unlawfully caused the death of one Peter, 17, by inflicting an injury on his head and body.

He said Peter, who had been an inmate at a home owned by the Make a Future Alive Initiative, an NGO owned by Mr. Hamzat, was found dead at the home.

Mr. Fatola said the alleged offences were committed on July 21 at about 4. a.m. at the home at Oremeji Agugu, Ibadan.

He said the offences contravened Sections 324 and 316 and were punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

The plea of the defendants was not taken by the court.

Protest In Oyo Over Appointment of LG Caretaker Chairmen

Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s appointment of caretaker chairmen and education secretaries in Oyo State has taken a violent dimension as some APC members clashed at the State Secretariat, Ibadan. Reports have it that the protesters used rods, canes, and charms against one and another. Those against the appointments, especially from Akinyele Local Government Area of the state and the 10 local government areas in Oke-Ogun zone, who had stormed the Secretariat at Agodi with placards bearing various inscriptions, later engaged in a clash with those in favour of the appointments, who were at the Secretariat on a solidarity visit to the governor.

 

The pro-Ajimobi from both Akinyele and Oke-Ogun zone later overpowered and chased out the anti-Ajimobi supporters out of the Secretariat. While the pro-Ajimobi camp maintained that the appointments were fair, those against the development argued that the they were lopsided and tilted to favour the group loyal to Governor Ajimobi, known as SENACO, rather than that of the late former governor of the state, Alhaji Lam Adesina, known as LAMISTS. On the pro-Ajimobi side, APC secretary in Akinyele Local Government, Mr Olufemi Oyedele, said the appointments were fair, urging those with grievances to remain calm.

“We are here to show our solidarity with the governor and to express that we are fully satisfied with all his appointments, especially in Akinyele Local Government,” Oyedele said.

A party leader in Oke-Ogun zone, Mr Ahmed Ayinla, however, expresed displeasure at what he termed perceived lopsidedness of the appointments, calling for a review.

“The appointments are lopsided. Majority of us worked for the governor to succeed but a few are enjoying the dividends to our displeasure,” he said.

The group from Oke-Ogun accused the governor of putting their destiny in the hands of two personalities in the zone.

Alhaji Kareem Adebayo, a party leader from Saki West Local Government Area, said the alleged imposition of the chairmen on them by the government was an embarrassment to the party.

Adebayo said it was wrong for the governor to pick the chairmen without consulting the party, adding that party supremacy must be respected.

Addressing the protesters, Executive Assistant to Governor Ajimobi on Political Matters, Mr Morounkola Thomas, called for calm, urging all those who were aggrieved to allow the state House of Assembly carry out the screening of the nominees.

He expressed the commitment of the state government to conduct local government election, noting that the appointment of caretaker chairmen was only temporary.

“If you are supporting the government of Ajimobi, you will not fight. Those selected now are to be there for a while because the council poll is still going to be conducted,” he said.

The state assembly is expected to reel out the names of the nominees at its plenary scheduled for today where the list would then be passed to its committee on local government and chieftaincy matters for screening.

However, some of the nominees were seen around at the complex of the assembly holding their credentials.

Prior to the arrival of loads of buses of people from Oke-Ogun, Nigerian Tribune gathered that the protesters were earlier challenged at Moniya area of Ibadan by persons alleged to be members of the Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

It was gathered that the NURTW members allegedly acted on the orders of state chairman, Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde (Fele), to prevent them from holding their protest.

When contacted on phone, Alhaji Oyerinde confirmed the incident but added that the team were only stopped to confirm if the drivers obtained the union ticket or not.

Ajimobi Lashes Ibadan Indigenes Over Olubadan Palace

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi, at the weekend, flayed Ibadan indigenes for their “failure” to raise N400 million for the completion of the Olubadan palace.

According to him, besides the city deserving a befitting palace because of its status, the Olubadan needed a dignifying palace.

He spoke at the grand finale of the Ibadan cultural festival at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan, where prominent indigenes including a retired permanent secretary and former mayor of Ibadan Municipal government, Chief John Onaola Ajibola, were honoured.

The governor said: “That Ibadan indigenes cannot raise the N400million fund needed for the befitting palace is a thing of shame.

”I know of some towns that are smaller,but their monarchs’ palaces are far more befitting.

“Yet these towns are not up to a quarter of Ibadan. So, I am challenging all of you to donate towards the realisation of the N400million to ensure that Ibadan builds a befitting palace for its monarch.”

At the event were prominent indigenes including the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, members of the Olubadan in Council, Chief Adebayo Akande, who chaired the event, the Chairman of the Ibadan Cultural Festival 2017, Princess Olaide Salawu, President of the  Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) Chief Wole Akinwande, Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Edo and Delta states  Dawud Akinola and the Chairman of Ibadan Elders Forum (IEF), Ambassador Olu Sanu.

Others are  former Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Sarafadeen Ali, Dr Lekan Are, Chairman, Olubadan Advisory Council, Prof Taoreed Adedoja, Oloye Lekan Alabi and  the Leader of Igbo community in Ibadan,  Alex Anozie.

Ajibola described the recognition as a call to service to fatherland and urged all to do their utmost best to contribute to the growth of Ibadanland.

Ajimobi also  urged the indigenes to fight corruption, poverty, thuggery and blood shedding,

He explained that  development could only be achieved if the city is peaceful and clean.

“We need to foster trade and commerce by investing in the cleanliness of Ibadan .

“We need to join hands to build a clean environment.”

Princess Salawu urged indigenes to strive for its growth and development .

Credit: City Mirror News

We are Ready to Preserve the Yoruba Heritage- Brazilian Tourists

Some Brazilian tourists who arrived Oyo State last week on a tour of sites and discussions on the development of a partnership between the Yoruba culture in Bahia, Brazil and Oyo State, have declared their decision to promote the Yoruba culture.

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun who received the tourists led by Leopoldino Alves De Campos (Baba L’Orisa), stated that the visit to Oyo state is a fruit of his ministry’s recent meetings with the Brazilian Embassies in Abuja and Lagos.

Mr Arulogun said that the state government is committed to the Yoruba cultural exchange with the Brazilians because it is “aware that there is a strong inter-cultural relationship between the Yorubas here and those in Brazil, especially Bahia, where they do things in common with us in the South western part of the country.”

Arulogun also extended a promise to them (the Brazilians) trace their cultural origin. This, he said “will lead to the official connection between Brazil and Nigeria and promote the two countries’ relationship. Hopefully we would soon have a twin city arrangement and understanding.”

The leader of the delegation, Leopoldino Alves De Campos in his response to the warm welcome said it excites Brazilians to visit Nigeria, especially the South Western part of the country which shares the same cultural values with Brazil, noting that there are several thousands of Yoruba traditional worship centres in Brazil.

He promised that they are ready to preserve the culture and tradition of the Yoruba heritage, noting that many Brazilians are enthusiastic take a trip down to Nigeria, in order to further rediscover their origin.

Leopoldino Alves De Campos said the team will visit the Oke’badan shrine and Oje market in Ibadan, Egungun initiation centre in Oyo, the Igbo Oranmiyan in Ile-Ife and other tourist attraction centres in the South west region of the country.

Arulogun earlier paid working visits to the Brazilian Ambassador and Consular General, and both parties agreed on a bilateral relationship that will further unite Nigeria and Brazil as well as strengthen the ties between Oyo State and the Yoruba community in Bahia, Brazil.

Former UI VC Shot In Failed Kidnap Attempt

A former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof Olufemi Bamiro today Tuesday evening was shot by unknown gunmen in Ibadan.

Bamiro was shot as the gunmen attempted to kidnap him.

The Oyo State Police Command, through its Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu has confirmed the incident.

The police said that the kidnappers had almost succeeded with their criminal mission when a team of policemen arrived at the scene and saved the former Vice Chancellor. But this was not without gun shots from the kidnappers who shot him in the process.

The attempt was another in the series of rising wave of abductions across the country the last heard of being that of former Minister of the Environment, Mrs Laurencia Mallam and her husband in Kaduna State Monday evening.

Kidnappers had earlier seized wife of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mrs Margaret Emefiele in Delta State. She was rescued the following day.