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Group alleges threat to life, petitions Oyo Police Commissioner

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A human rights group, under the aegis of Veteran Organization for Human Rights Initiative (VOHRI), has petitioned the Commissioner of Police in Oyo state, Mr. Shina Olukolu, over alleged threat to life and removal of the President of Association of Nigerian Barbers (ANB), Oyo state chapter, Mr. Mufutau Akinbami from the office. 

The group insisted that it was unlawful for two former presidents of the association, Mr. Lucky Possible and Mr. Biodun Lawal to threat the life of Mr. Akinbami and remove him from the office illegally.

VOHRI, in the petition entitled, “A passionate plea for redress to the Oyo State Commissioner of Police on case of intimidation, serious threat to life, illegal seizure and illegal sacking of the elected President of Oyo state association of Nigerian Barbers (ANB) by Mr. Lucky Possible and Chief Biodun Lawal, called on the Commissioner of Police to intervene in the case before it snowballs into full-blown crisis resulting in breach of peace and loss of lives. 

VORHI Lead Activist, Comrade Ayobami Sakirullahi and General Secretary, Comrade Abimbola Adekunle, alleged that Mr. Possible, Biodun Lawal, Luqman Adebayo, Sahid Suraju, Nuremi Suraju, Iyalode and others are hell-bent at unleashing terror on Mr Mufutau Akinbami on Thursday 20th June, 2019 when they intend to install the new executives.
The duo in the petition, copies of which were sent to Governor Seyi Makinde of the state, Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Director, Department of State Security, Area Commander, Agodi, DPO Agugu Division, urged the concerned authorities to intervene in the matter and forestall any attempt by the aforementioned members to forcefully install another President tomorrow (Thursday).
“Consequent upon illegal removal of Mr. Mufutau Akinbami from office as the Oyo State President of Association of Nigerian Barbers, contrary to section 34, 35 & 36 of the 1999 constitution  of the Federal  Republic of Nigeria  2010,  as  amended and  a  negation of the Association of Nigerian Barbers’ constitution Article 15 (1), we therefore call on you Sir, Oyo State Commissioner of Police to intervene in this case before it snowballs into full-blown crisis resulting in breach of peace and loss of lives.
“Mr. Possible, Biodun Lawal, Luqman Adebayo, Sahid Suraju, Nuremi Suraju, Iyalode and others are hell-bent at unleashing terror on Mr Mufutau Akinbami on Thursday 20th June, 2019 when they intend to install the new Kangaroo executives into office.
“VOHRI demands nothing but justice. An injustice to one, is an injustice to all. We therefore demand nothing but justice. We count on  your usual assistance and quick intervention in this regard. To the end, VOHRI is obliged to intervene in this ease of illegal sacking and serious threat to life meted on Mr. Mufutau Akinbami, Oyo State President of the Association of Nigerian Barbers.

“Mr. Akinbami was sworn in as President of the association on the 9th November,  2017 and was issued with a certificate of recognition and signed by Chief Abiodun Lawal former President of the association. The executive of the association swung into action and things went on without crisis what-so-ever.

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“When all efforts to instigate members of the association against him proved abortive, they, then,  called an emergency general meeting   of all executive members on the 13th June 2019 where he, Mr. Possible single handedly proclaimed the removal from office of Mr. Mufutau Akinbami, without regard to Article 15(1) of the association constitution which states that the President with the support of 2/3  majority committee by voting shall remove any zonal chairman if there is any, misconduct/mischief, fraud/stealing”, the petition reads.

While narrating his ordeal, Akinbami alleged that Mr. Possible, Bayo Lawal and others have concluded plans to install another President on the association.

The embattled President who said that the case of alleged threat to his life has been reported at Ogbere Police Station in Ibadan, he, however called on concerned authorities to intervene so as to prevent breakdown of laws and order in the state.

However, all efforts made by our correspondent to get the reactions of the duo of Possible and Lawal proved to be abortive. Several calls put through Possible’s line were not successful while calls put through Lawal’s telephone were not answered.

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Lagos govt. approves full reopening of churches, mosques

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The Lagos state government on Saturday approved the full reopening of worship centres in the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who announced this during a briefing in the state said churches are now allowed to observe their mid-week services, while the mosques are also allowed to carry out their five times a day prayer routine, with strict compliance to COVID-19 safety protocols.

“We must not forget that the coronavirus pandemic is still very much with us, and we must, therefore, strive to prioritize the safety of all our children, teachers, parents, and the entire society,” the governor said.

Before now, the state had allowed for a gradual re-opening of places of worship as lockdowns eased.

With the full re-opening now, the governor has urged Lagosians to continue to act responsibly and maintain the required levels of hygiene.

Some other parts of the world have witnessed a resurgence of COVID-19 infections and rising possibilities of “hard lockdowns”, which according to Governor Sanwo-Olu may become inevitable for Nigerians if caution is not applied.

“Let me make it clear that if we do not continue to maintain our guard, and sustain the adherence to all required protocols and guidelines, we will find ourselves in a situation where fresh lockdowns are inevitable,” he warned.

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“The only way to avoid this is to continue to act responsibly: maintain the required levels of hygiene, through regular handwashing and use of sanitizers, wear masks in all public places, avoid non-essential public gatherings, and maintain the prescribed levels of physical distancing at all times”.

The total infections in the country have now risen to 56,956, with 48,305 patients recovered and 1,094 deaths recorded.

At the onset of the virus in Nigeria, Lagos became the epicenter, gapping other states with its case load despite frantic efforts to curb the spread.

However, in recent times, other states such as Plateau have started to witness a surge with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 stating that it might become the new epicenter in the country.

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Photos: Oyo deputy gov. donates patrol motorcycles to security operatives

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The deputy governor of Oyo state, Engr. Raufu Olaniyan on Friday made a personal donation of patrol motorcycles to security operatives in Oke Ogun area of the state to boost their role of ensuring the safety of lives and properties.

Speaking at the event, Olaniyan noted  that Security is one of the cardinal objectives of the present administration headed by Governor Seyi Makinde, adding that the government has invested massively to provide facilities and equipment for security operatives in the state to perform their roles.

Speaking further, the deputy governor remarked that ” In the light of the security challenges in the country, it is imperative that we support the government in tackling this malady. It was therefore a delight for me to donate patrol motorcycles, from my purse, to the various security outfits operating in the Oke Ogun area of our state.”

He stressed that security matters should be the responsibility of all and not the government alone.

Olaniyan, however , urged well meaning individuals and lovers of peace to support the government in creating a safe and conducive environment for growth.

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Yorubas will resist arrest of proponents of Oodua Republic – Group

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Groups under the aegis  of Yoruba Frontier Movement (YFM) on Thursday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resist from using security agencies to harass, intimidate or arrest proponents of Oodua Republic.

YFM in a statement made available to journalists by its National Coordinator, Comrade Abdulkabir Adesina and National Secretary, Aderemi Adisa condemned the plan by security agencies to arrest proponents of Oodua Republic, saying that such action will only lead to breakdown of law and order.

The statement read, “We have received reports that there are plans by security agencies to arrest proponents of Oodua Republic headed by Chief Sunday Igboho. We are using this medium to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to order security agencies to desist from such attempts because proponents of Oodua Republic are operating within the ambit of the law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The group wondered why proponents of Oodua Republic have become the target of security agencies while Fulani herdsmen and bandits have remained untouchable.

“We should even go down memory lane. President Muhammadu Buhari while desperately seeking to become Nigeria’s president made many inciting statements capable of bringing anachy into the country but ex- President Jonathan never ordered for his arrest. On many occasions northern youths and elders have made similar inciting statements and heaven didn’t come down. As a matter of fact we have been calling for restructuring of Nigeria for a very long time.The failure of government to restructure Nigeria is the reason why we are calling for Oodua Republic. Yorubas have suffered greatly since the amalgamation of the country in 1914 owing to injustice against Yoruba race in Nigeria. As a race we have every right to demand for our right to either stay with Nigeria or go our separate ways”, the statement added.

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It further lauded  Chief Sunday Igboho for taking the bull by the horn, saying that Yorubas are fully in his support.

“We are using this medium to call on traditional rulers, Obas , leaders and all Yoruba sons and daughters to support the proponents of Oodua Republic”, the statement concluded.

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