First Day Of Ramadan In Ile Ife 2018

By Sodiq Lawal

Ile Ife is an ancient city of Yoruba which links traveling vehicles to the mainly road leading to Iwo, and subsequently several towns in Osun State. In this town, culture and tradition are well respected by everyone.

The city sounds sweet in the mouths of the elders and the young ones. It is with a certain, deliberate thoughtfulness that could not be found in the way other cities and towns are pronounced especially with its cultural heritage.

Despite the love of culture and tradition, on Thursday, which was the first day of Ramadan, the gate of most shrines were locked, only few attend to in beer pallor, the area boys in Iremo roads have fled… Oh, I thought for a while, what causes all these within a day? A friend immediately trashed my anxiety, It is “Ramadan”.

Every mosque in Ile Ife was  full of  people within the first day of Ramadan. Life goes on with serenity, and other than the frequent gentle. The people have sat down quietly in all  mosques, some who were not opportune to be in the mosque were seen carrying and reading Quran all around.

The sun seems well equipped for that day and by 1pm, it had already started to emit strong heat. At the various mosques which people of different religion turned out, people outside the mosque feel the suffocating heat, and to temper the tepidness, they turned any paper they see to hand fan.

Love and peace  bestowed on the ancient city. The endowment is extended to non living objects with Ramadan leading in the row.  The uniqueness is rare. Everyone keeps doing charity. Even the beggars at Sabo appreciated their Creator for the exorbitant gift given to them by the people.

Traders in their large numbers noted the rate at which they sold their goods as incomparable to other days. The turnout of both traders and buyers were so much at Sabo market, Oja Ijio,  Oja tuntun and others.

The Chief Imam of Ife, Shaykh Abd Samii Abd Hamid had admonished believers to cultivate good virtues during this period such as dedication to Solaat, sadaqat and refraining from idle talk.

Muslims are expected to be of good character and be cautioned of disbelief, abusing the religion, and evil interaction with people, because fasting requests orientation to the hearts.

It is of great loss for a fasting person to be indulging in vain talk, even if it is for fun, lest you waste your fast.

When the darkness of night had descended on Ile Ife in the first day of Ramadan, shops, cars and motorcycles could be heard plying the road. Living venue, people were eating, children were playing around various environment and people were full of  laughter and joy on the first day of Ramadan.

Police Raids Black Spots In Ile-Ife

By Sola Jacobs

In its effort to rid the ancient city of criminal elements, men of the Nigeria Police Force, Division ‘A’ Moore Ile-Ife raided black spots within Ife metropolis last week.

During one of the raids, carried out in Oja Tuntun area as witnessed by OSUN DEFENDER at the ancient city, about eight suspects were apprehended in a ghetto behind the famous market.

According to a police source, the raid become imperative as cultism and violence had been on the increase in Ile-Ife and its environs.

The source added that some of the suspects who belong to “Eye and “Aye” Confraternity”   had been breaching public peace, conducting themselves in violent activities within the metropolis.

The source disclosed that some members of the cults have been charged to court, while police has intensified efforts to arrest others at large who are involved in breach of public peace in Igbodo, Edena, Oroto and other parts of the town.

The officer lamented the rate at which the youths, especially young school leavers who should have taken up vocational skill decided to engage in unproductive ventures such as cultism and other forms of criminal activities.

A social critic in Ile-Ife, Mr Biodun Kafidiya blamed youths involvement in criminal activities to high rate of unemployment which has made artisans to boycott their trades for commercial motorcycle business just to have their daily meal.

He spoke further that trade learning and skill acquisition now become unattractive as artisans could not be patronized because of the economic situation in the country.

He therefore called on government and cooperate individuals to help youths in the area through counseling, family integration, seminar and workshops which could redirect their focus from criminal activities to productive ventures.

In its effort to rid the ancient city of criminal elements, men of the Nigeria Police Force, Division ‘A’ Moore Ile-Ife raided black spots within Ife metropolis last week.

During one of the raids, carried out in Oja Tuntun area as witnessed by OSUN DEFENDER at the ancient city, about eight suspects were apprehended in a ghetto behind the famous market.

According to a police source, the raid become imperative as cultism and violence had been on the increase in Ile-Ife and its environs.

The source added that some of the suspects who belong to “Eye and “Aye” Confraternity”   had been breaching public peace, conducting themselves in violent activities within the metropolis.

The source disclosed that some members of the cults have been charged to court, while police has intensified efforts to arrest others at large who are involved in breach of public peace in Igbodo, Edena, Oroto and other parts of the town.

The officer lamented the rate at which the youths, especially young school leavers who should have taken up vocational skill decided to engage in unproductive ventures such as cultism and other forms of criminal activities.

A social critic in Ile-Ife, Mr Biodun Kafidiya blamed youths involvement in criminal activities to high rate of unemployment which has made artisans to boycott their trades for commercial motorcycle business just to have their daily meal.

He spoke further that trade learning and skill acquisition now become unattractive as artisans could not be patronized because of the economic situation in the country.

He therefore called on government and cooperate individuals to help youths in the area through counseling, family integration, seminar and workshops which could redirect their focus from criminal activities to productive ventures.

Towards An Enduring Peace In Ile-Ife

By Sola Jacobs

Peace is not a state of absolutely no trouble. When a society is peaceful, an individual or group is not perturbed but rather remain calm. Peace is an essential brick for nation building and developments in any society.

In allusion to the biblical Solomon, who ascended the throne of Israel and was confronted with numerous challenges of governing a controversial nation like the then Israel, he asked God for two major things; wisdom and understanding which are essential tools for a successful leadership, having realised that peace is a quintessential tool to having a good and developed society.

The reign of Ooni Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja, II in Ile-Ife could be related to that of biblical Solomon as he knows that he needs peace, wisdom and understanding to lead the source of the black race, the cradle of civilisation. He quickly saddled himself with the business of making peace across various tribes and people not only in Nigeria but even in the diaspora.

This singular move endears him to many hearts including those who had not ebeen opportuned to met him.

But it is a known fact that after every conquest, there is a still land to conquer, thus the question, is Ile-Ife itself peaceful within? Every society has its challenges and disagreement is evident in human existence. So Ile-Ife, being a land of the living and not the dead, there could be noise, there could be disagreement, there could be rivalry, there could be envy but alas there must be peace.

Earlier this year, there was controversy in the Ancient City over “Ewi conundrum” which was said to be produced by an “unknown author” which tends to breed discord between the Kabiyesi and some of his subjects.

Reports from Ile-Ife revealed that the “Maye of the source” Dr Rahman Adedoyin was a strong contender of the throne of Oodua and immediately after the installation of the Ooni Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, he had been offered Olive branch, as Ooni deliberately paid him a visit in his residence in Eleyele quarters as a father and royal brother and tasked him on the development of the Ancient city. He sought the cooperation of all the indigenes as he cannot do it alone.

As a royal father, without the cooperation of all his subjects, just as Yoruba proverbs say “Agbajo owo la fi n soya”, meaning that to steer things right in the town, all hands must be on deck”, with this gesture it is a cheering news that really, Ooni Ogunwusi is a peace lover.

But it was alleged that utterances and dispositions of Dr Rahman Adedoyin to issues and matters that relate to the foremost royal father portrays that he is yet to come to reality that Ooni Ogunwusi is the supreme monarch of Ifeland.

The disposition of Oba Adeoye Adefarakan after being fingered as the sponsor of the alleged “Ewi” that ridiculed the highest stool in yorubaland could be said to be tied to his “activist” style but with no concrete evidence. However, Yoruba had this proverb that “Whosoever that shy in dealing with his own siblings from the same mother, other siblings from his father will not fear him’ hence leading to the arraignment of Oba Adefarakan in February, coinciding with his 63rd birthday before an Ile-Ife magistrate court on four-count charge over an Ewi conundrum and his subsequent remand at Ile-Ife Prison, Kosere for 14 days.

Most of the people outside Ife reacting to the reports are of the opinion that if Oba Adefarakan is not of Ife extract, what is more serious and dangerous could have happened, but thank God for the intervention of Ife indigenes in diaspora and within, as well as some friends and lovers of peace that mediated in the crisis.

The most cheering of it all is that Oba Adefarakan had since regained his freedom while all charges against him had been quashed, that is the spirit of forgiveness: to err is human and to forgive is divine.

But the begging question is that is the present peace in Ile-Ife an enduring one, has all the factions, individuals and group sheath their swords? Time and events has way of revealing the truth as well as the responses of leaders to situations arising.

Now that Oba Adefarakan had regained his freedom and charges against him had been quashed, Ife had won the battle again, as what could had strained the peaceful atmosphere of the ancient city had been wisely truncated, and every effort to plunge the city into any internal crises must be jealously guided as the house that is divided against itself will suffer defeat.

Ife has many enemies to conquer ranging from youth joblessness, underdevelopment, lack of infrastructures, lack of unity and purpose, unpatriotic acts among indigenes and selfishness of some individuals to conquer. But to add division and internal wrangling to these societal enemies is suicidal, as many are watching what will become of a preacher without peace in his abode.

Therefore, it should be an imperative sincere desire for everyone, as an Ife indigene and of pure Yoruba extracts to see that peace reigns in Ifeland and the state of Osun in particular but it requires concerted effort of internal reconciliation, building bridge of love and forgiveness, selflessness and perseverance just as the biblical injunction stated “He that must be great among you, must accept the kingdom of God like of these little children”. The peace of Ife, is the peace of the entire Yoruba race.

Breaking: One Dead, Many Injured As Mopol, Thugs Clash In Ile Ife 

By Sodiq Lawal

Residents of Ile Ife were on Friday  put in a state of fear as men of the Mobile Police clashed with thugs in the town.

It was gathered that trouble started when some mopol officials raided a shop at Ojoyin where some hoodlums sold hemp and marijuana.

It was learnt that the mobile pollicemen attacked the thugs with weapons and threatened to kill them.  As a result of this, the thugs launched an attack to the mopol officials at the shop.

It however led to a serious gun battle as the mopol and thugs engaged.

On hearing the sound of gunshots, residents fled away for their lives, traders shutdown market in many areas, such as Lagere,  Mayfair, Ojoyin, Akarabata and many others.

According to a transport worker in Lagere,  who craved anonymity said that, “One person has been confirmed dead during the clash, many have been Injured.  No one could pass Lagere road when the mopol officials were shooting. Everyone fled.

Weather Forecast: Cloudy With Thunderstorm Expected In Ile Ife On Friday

By Sodiq Lawal

Despite the current heat rocking the ancient city of Yoruba land, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency has predicted a most cloudy weather conditions in Ile Ife on Friday.

NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office in Abuja on Thursday also predicted day and night temperatures in the range of 33 to 23 degrees Celsius respectively.

It added that thunderstorms is likely to occur during the day in Ile Ife.

Police Arrest 2 Men For Stealing Electricity Cables In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

Operatives of the Police Division at Moore in Ile Ife, on Thursday said it has arrested two men for allegedly stealing electric cables.

Our correspondent learnt that the Police foiled the theft of over 30 meter long cables at Ojoyin community in the ancient town.

They said, the two men on sighting patrol vehicle inward Ojoyin jumped into the bush leaving behind an over 30 meter long cable on the road.

According to the police, the vandal had drawn out the concealed cable on the road from the connecting point at the base of a lamp post when they sighted the operatives but were later apprehended by the combine effort of the Police and the residents.

The police had in the wake of been patrolling the area to curb incessant vandalization before the incident occurred.

Owa Ilare Festival: Ife Residents, Artisans Continue Businesses Despite Restriction Of Movement

By Sodiq Lawal

Despite the celebration of Owa Ilare festival in Ile Ife on Saturday afternoon, scores of traders, residents, transport workers still performed their daily activities without fear.

The Waasin of Ife land, who is a traditional ruler of Ilare quarters, Oba Zacheous Olasoji had on Friday said that Owa Ilare festival will hold on Saturday, announced restriction of movement during the celebration.

Our correspondent observed that scores of residents, transport workers and others defied the order and went on with their businesses in the ancient city.

It was gathered that the Owa Ilare festival lasted for two hours and was meant to clear the land from devils attack .

Police Arrest Man  Over Robbery In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

Operatives of the Police division in Moore,  Ile Ife, have arrested a robbery suspect, Odeniran John, and recovered three stolen vehicles from him.

According to Police source, the suspect was arrested on Friday following a tip off that some group of armed robbers with four stolen vehicles were about taking them to the Eastern part of the country following which the operatives’ clampdown on them where the prime suspect was nabbed.

The recovered vehicles were according to the source are, a hummer jeep and Siena Bus.

Confirming the story, the Area Commander of the police division in the town, Funsho Adegboye said the suspect will soon be charged to court as effort is ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects.

The Hausas And Sabo Market In Ile Ife

 

By Sodiq Lawal

From the way the ancient city is called, one could almost get the taste of what living in it would be like. The city sounds sweet in the mouths of the elders and the young ones. It is with a certain, deliberate thoughtfulness that could not be found in the way other cities and towns are pronounced especially with its cultural heritage.

 

Ile Ife is an ancient city of Yoruba, on the outskirts of Modakeke, close to the service road which links traveling vehicles to the mainly road leading to Iwo, and subsequently several towns in Osun State. In this town, culture and tradition are well respected by everyone.

One of the many biggest markets in Ile Ife is Sabo market. Sabo pulsates with life. Its suya spot, night life and its red light district, help to keep it alive, indicates an online platform. One may add that the warmth of its inhabitants, its tall buildings and the joy of living, so noticeable on its streets, helps to give it character too.

 

At 4:30 am in every day, the community is already wide awake. Men are busy in their shops while some young men are already heading to the nearby mosque. Bus conductors are eagerly yelling “Lagere, Mayfair, Campus and mentioning many other locations. Women clean pots and pans as they get ready for the days business, expressing themselves in Hausa and making an easy turn to Yoruba if they have to.

Sabo impresses in the day time too. There are countless restaurants spread all over the community, where for a little money you can have a nice meal of white rice, stew and salad. By the restaurant is a mosque and soon the men gather to say their prayers. It is about 4:00 pm.

Hawkers of fruits,sugar cane and so many items,as well as visitors, all pass by. Men on commercial motor cycles also move along with their passengers. The men continue praying. This part of Sabo looks like a slice of Kano, but it is not. This is Ile Ife. The streets are narrow, houses are built close to each other, and there is a huge growing population.

 

Alh. Mahmuda Abubakr is Leader of the Hausas. He is also known as Sarkin Hausawa, his official title. He rules over the Hausa populations in Ile Ife. He was not born in Ile Ife, but has since become home to him and many others, and that the history of the community goes back a long time.

 

The market consists of traders from different ethnic groups in Nigeria. These include: Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Kanuri, Ibibio, Fulani, Efik, Edo, Igala, Idoma, and Ebira just to mention a few. It is most populated with Hausa’s because most Vegetables comes from the Northern part of Nigeria.

 

All food items that are grown in tropical Africa can be found there. Including vegetables, fruits, anything related to salad, tomatoes, pepper, onions, yam, yam flour, palm oils, livestock, fresh and cheap perishables, and other numerous edible food items and non-edible items are sold there.

 

Findings say the Hausa community developed the street along which the community is found. Slowly, the population of Hausas grew and grew, until, finally, the neighbouring communities began to refer to the market as hausa community.

There are shops, dwellings, restaurants, mosques, tea sellers, shoe repairers, tailors, local barbers (wanzamai) and countless other folks who help to define and give colour to Sabo.

 

There are many individuals who married Hausa wives in Sabo, that is Hausa ladies born in Ile Ife. Some of the parents of these Hausa women were born in Ile Ife. There are many Hausa men whose first home is Ile Ife, for they were born there. There is a high level of intermarriage and mixing of cultures going on in the community.

 

 

One of the leader of the Hausa in the market, Alh Sani Muhamadu, says that he used to bring cows from the North to sell in Ile Ife and this eventually made him to settle at Sabo.

 

“I would spend thirty days trekking with cows from Sokoto. I would sell the cows and take the money back to the North, and buy more cows to return to the South with. Sometimes, ten of us will bring 50 cows from the North and trek with these to the south,” he said.

 

He said migrant workers used to come to Sabo market a long time ago, and the culture is still alive today.

“Some used to come here and work for a few months, and then go back home. While here they sell goats,beans and sugar cane, and also carry out menial jobs. Our people work hard here and then go back later”.

Drama In Ile Ife As Man Beats Wife To Stupor For Refusing To Have Sex With Him

By Sodiq Lawal

There was drama at Ojoyin road in Ile Ife as a 40-year-old man popularly called Baba Ope beat his wife to stupor for refusing to have sex with him for  months.

The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon about 4:15pm.

It was gathered that the husband got home around 3:30pn on the day of the incident and demanded sex from his wife but she refused, a pattern she had taken for a long time.

The husband was said to have accused her of cheating on him and grabbed his wife by the neck and dragged her outside, and beat her up.

His wife suffered severe cuts as a result of the beating and was taken to a hospital by relations who came to her rescue.

The husband claimed that he beat his wife out of frustration: “I did it out of frustration and anger. My wife refused to have sex with me for the last 4 months. Before then, I even had to pay her to have sex with me. I believe she is cheating on me because she does not answer her phone in my presence. Sometimes she moves away or even hangs up the phone
call.”

Police Arrest 5 Motorcycle Thieves In Ile Ife 

By Sodiq Lawal

The Police Division at Moore in Ile Ife has arrested 5 suspects over alleged robbery and receiving of stolen motorcycles.

In an exclusive interview with the Area “A” Commanda of the Police Moore Division, Funsho Adegboye said the suspects were arrested by the command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad at Gbodo in Ile Ife.

He said following credible information from members of the public, five suspects were arrested.

He added that the suspects were believed to be members of a syndicate that specialised in stealing and sales of stolen motorcycles.

Adegboye explained that two of the motorcycles were recovered from the suspects, and assured members of the public that the police were on top of the situation to apprehend other members of the syndicate to halt their activities in the town.

He said further that the  suspects were helping the police with information and would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.