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Exclusive:  Laribikusi Ruling House to Produce Next Eleruwa

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Following the recent Supreme Court Judgment which terminated the 21 year royal reign of former Eleruwa of Eruwa, Mr. Samuel Adebayo Adegbola and consequently declared vacant the stool of the popular town. The Laribikusi Ruling Quarters billed to produce the next king have begun to reach out to the kingmakers, Mega Icon Magazine exclusively gathered

Eruwa, the headquarters of Ibarapa East Local Government Area in South-western Nigeria located in Oyo state. Eruwa is 72 km South west of Ibadan and 60 km North east of Abeokuta.

According to Eruwa declaration of 1958, the Akalako (Akalakoyi) Ruling Quarters and Laribikusi (Olaribikusi) Ruling Quarters are the only two Families that can produce the Eleruwa of Eruwa.

Our reporter reliably gathered that the Laribikusi Ruling Quarters with candidates from four sections; comprising of Omoni, Sabi, Ajao and Lasubu would be considered by the Kingmakers. They have started discreet moves to position their respective candidates for the exalted position.

Our further checks revealed that the sacked Eleruwa of Eruwa, Adegbola’s predecessor, the late Oba Bolanle Olaniyan Gbajumola II, who reigned between 1972-1994 came from the Akalako Ruling Quarters, therefore;  it is the turn of Laribikusi Ruling Quarters to produce the next Eleruwa.

“Declaration that following the death of Oba Bolanle Olaniyan from the Akalako Ruling Quarters, is the turn of Laribikusi Ruling Quarters to present the new Eleruwa and the first defendant, being a member of the same Akalako Ruling Quarters with late Oba Bolanle Olaniyan is not qualified to contest or ascend the throne”, the Supreme court judgement reads.

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Members of the Laribikusi Ruling Quarters, whose candidates would be considered for the throne had started in house screening of aspirants in readiness for when the race would formally begin. However, one of the major traditions being considered, according to an informed source, was that the next successor must have his forebear (s), as a former king buried in Igbo Iwaye, where the late kings were interred .

The source added that the next king must be educated, popular, outspoken,  integrity personified, exposed and be an outstanding personality that would command respect of all and sundry. “He must also be able to use his influence to attract more development to the town”, he concluded.

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Oyo: Adekanmbi visits, commiserates with family of slain APC leader

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The immediate past Commissioner for Finance and Budget in Oyo state, Mr. Bimbo Adekanmbi has visited the family of the late leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Alhaji Babatunde Oreitan, who was killed by unknown Assassins.

The revered political leader, Alhaji Oreitan was murdered on Wednesday at his Oremeji residence in Ona Ara Local Government Area of the state.

Adekanmbi who joined thousands of sympathisers in the state to commiserate with the family of the deceased described late Oreitan as a committed leader who put in his best for the smooth running of democracy in the state, adding that he led his people with absolute dedication to the highest good.

” Our leader, Baba wa, Baba Ore, only God knows all. We are shocked and saddened. May Allah grant you rest, Amen. You will be greatly missed by all”, the ex -commissioner submitted

Consoling the grieving family Adekanmbi said: “I received with sadness, news of the death of Baba. He was a kind gentle old man. He was courteous to all who met him. He was kind to friends and strangers alike, and he gave of himself generously to those who went to him for leadership tutor, his political leadership was never about personal ambition for its own sake.

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“He was a man of the people, who served for the people and now, has left a legacy which the rest of us must emulate and surpass.

“My heart goes out to Baba wives, children, his extended family, political associate and to his friends, I pray that God will give them the grace to bear this loss, and grant Al-Janah Fridaos to our Baba”, he added.

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Reps call for more funding for NTA, FRCN

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The House of Representatives through its Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Value has canvassed for more funding for the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN).

The lawmakers also lamented the dearth of facilities and transmitting equipments at the regional headquarter of the Federal Government owned stations located in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

The Chairman of the committee, Hon Segun Dokun Odebunmi who led other members to the federal government owned stations which include NTA, FRCN and Amuludun FM maintained that there is need for proper funding of these stations for effective operation.

While expressing his displeasure, Odebunmi noted that there was nothing on ground to show that these stations are ready for the digital switch over which is the current trend in the broadcasting industry in the world.

“ At FRCN, the building has been in place since 1961, no serious renovation on it, the same with NTA, old structures with obsolete equipments. We need to do something urgently to rescue the situation  and I want to use this medium to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed to please release funds to these stations.

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“ We don’t have to wait for the election period before we release funds to these stations to function, they should  be effective in the discharge of their roles of informing, enlightening and educating the general public at all time

”With the zeal and determination of the workers, I believe if they have the necessary equipments and other facilities in place they will operate effectively”, he said.

He, however assured that the Committee will influence more funds from the 2020 budget for FRCN and NTA as well as secure equipments from the available ones at the headquarters .

Odebunmi added,“ your role in  informing, educating and enlightening the public  about the development in the society cannot be underrated and the only way you can do this effectively is  when you work under conducive atmosphere with good facilities and just like I promised, wee will look into that and do something as soon as possible .

In his remarks, the NTA Zonal Director, Engr. Omolola Olorode who conducted the Committee round the station said lack of sufficient funding was  the major challenge facing the organization.

Also, the Director of Finance and Account,  Mr Michael Oluwole who represented the  Director General FRCN Ibadan, Alhaji Muhammadu Bello lauded the  Committee for their visit, urging  them to assist the corporation on increase funding and provision of basic facilities.

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‘Implement actions to reinstate elected council chairmen’ , IGP tells Oyo CP

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The Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, has directed the Commissioner of Police in Oyo state, Mr. Shina Olukolu, to initiate appropriate actions that will reinstate the sacked elected local government council chairmen by Governor Seyi Makinde.

According to a letter dated January 23, 2020 and addressed to the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Oyo state, Chief Akin Oke, the IGP asked him to liaise with the Commissioner of Police to facilitate the implementation of the legal opinion of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Abubakar Malami SAN.

It would be recalled that the AGF had earlier sent an official memo to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led Oyo state government to demand the dissolution of the local government caretaker committees and the reinstatement of the democratically elected council chairmen that were illegally sacked within hours of Governor Makinde resuming office.

The IG’s letter titled “Re: Unconstitutionality of Dissolution of Elected Local Government Councils And Appointment Of Caretaker Committees: The Urgent Need For Compliance With Extant Judicial Decisions” has directed the Commissioner of Police to take actions and implement the legal opinion of the AGF.

The letter signed by the Principal Staff Officer to the Inspector-General of Police ,DCP Idowu Owohunwa,  was in response to a petition by the Oyo APC Chairman.

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“Your letter dated 23, January, 2020 on the above underlined subject, refers. I am to inform you that the Inspector-General of Police has directed the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State to initiate appropriate actions in line with the legal opinion of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice on the matter. You may accordingly, liaise with him to facilitate”, the letter reads.

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