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LG Crisis: ‘Don’t set Oyo state ablaze’, Mogajis warn FG, Malami

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The Council of Authentic Mogajis in Ibadanland has warned the federal government and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakah Malami to desist from any act that can set Oyo state ablaze.

The local government chairmen sacked by Governor Seyi Makinde under the aegis of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), had on Monday resumed in their offices following a judgment of the Supreme Court that governors, States House of Assembly cannot arbitrarily dissolve elected local government councils.

It would be recalled that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), had, in a recent letter to the Attorney General of Oyo State, demanded the reinstatement of the sacked local government chairmen and councillors.

Similarly, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, had in another letter, urged the sacked Chairmen through the ALGON and the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to liaise with the state Commissioner of Police for appropriate actions.

However, the family heads in a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Chief Wale Oladoja said the federal government should respect the 1999 constitution which empowers the governors to care for local government in their various states.

The Mogajis maintained that the Government’s position became imperative following the threats of violence by the sacked ‘illegal chairmen’ and the stay-at-home order issued to all local government workers in the State by the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE).

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According to the family heads, Oyo State has been peaceful and there is need for government to maintain the peaceful atmosphere in the state.

“We are amazed with the latest development on the issue of local government in our dear Oyo state. The federal government. We wondered when it becomes the role of the Anthoney General of Federation to determines who leads local government.

“It is imperative to note that we have 33 local government areas in Oyo state not 68 as election was held in those LCDAs which made the election null and void.

” We want president Buhari to caution his aides who are working hard to ensure that our nascent democracy is being truncated. We appeal to the president to make sure that the issue of local government in Oyo state does not lead to crisis as we are aware that many of the APC chairmen had forcefully took over their council.

“If anything happens to our sons and daughters who are working in our councils, the Attorney general would be hold responsible for given questionable order”, the statement reads.

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Properties worth over N50m lost to inferno – Sunday Igboho reacts

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Yoruba activist and Oodua  Republic agitator, Chief  Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as ‘Sunday Igboho’ has said that properties worth  over N50 million has been lost to the early Tuesday morning inferno at his Soka residence in Ibadan

Reacting on Tuesday, shortly after his house went up in flames, Sunday Igboho explained that the arsonists broke the gate to the building to gain entrance before setting the house on fire.

He stressed that the two people living in the house fled for their lives in the chaos.

“Around 03:30 am this morning, my siblings living in my old house came to alert me that some hoodlums were at the house, shooting sporadically, and that they had forced the gate open and set the house ablaze.

“My siblings escaped unhurt but my house was burnt. When we got there, the hoodlums had escaped so we called the fire service to put out the fire.

“I am surprised that some Yoruba people could be supporting killer herdsmen to destroy my house. This saddens me.

“My agitations are for all of us to come together against killer herdsmen who have been terrorizing the Yorubas by kidnapping, killing our brothers, and raping our women in Yoruba Land.

“To my amazement, some Yoruba people are aiding these killer herdsmen.

I expected them to come and attack my residence where I live now to show that they mean business.

“I assure you if they had, I would have been able to give you evidence of the hoodlums that did this.

“The property destroyed in that inferno would not be less than fifty million”, he added.

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2 Operatives Injured , As Youths Attacked Amotekun In Oyo {Photos}

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The Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun, in Oyo state has confirmed that two of its operatives from Ilesiwaju Local Government Area of the state were attacked by some ‘misguided youths’.

Oyo Amotekun also informed that though, there was no loss of life, but the officers were severely injured and are in critical condition at an undisclosed hospital.

It added that vehicles belonging to Itesiwaju Area Command were completely vandalized .

The state Command, in a statement issued on Monday explained, “On the 23rd of January 2021, two of our operatives from Itesiwaju LGA were travelling to Ago-Are enroute Tede were brutally attacked without provocation.

“They were granted free passage at Ago -Are end upon the explanation that they were from Itesiwaju LG and are on routine mission.

“However, at Tede end some misguided youths attacked the operatives with guns, matchetes and axes.

“Though there was no loss of life, our two operatives were severely injured and are in critical condition at the hospital.

 

“Unfortunately, after this unprovoked attack and assault, our vehicles belonging to Itesiwaju Area Command were completely vandalised and damaged”, the statement concluded.

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Ex-Oyo ALGON boss rejoices with Ibarapa-born billionaire Ayandele at 60

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Former  Chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria )ALGON) in Oyo State, Chief Ademola Ojo  has felicitated with All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain, Dr Olusola Ayandele as he clocked 60.

Ojo, described the Ibarapa-born billionaire  as a patriot, politician and leader who have contributed to the advancement of the nation’s democracy as well as nurtured many individuals to greatness.

The ex-council gaffer states this  in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Saturday in Ibadan  the state capital.

Ayandele was an APC governorship aspirant in the 2019 general election and presently a senatorial hopeful.

According to the ex-ALGON Chief, the renowned businessman and philanthropist had brought great political, economic as well as social success to the state and Nigeria.

“I feel inspired and motivated most times by your doggedness, forthrightness and knack for truth at all times. You are leader worthy of emulation.

“I celebrate you my dear brother and leader. Your courage, character, wisdom, strength and simplicity stands you out always. May the Almighty fill your future with blessings, ” he said.

Also, Mr Olusola Adeleke, a Personal Assistant to Ayandele, joined to felicitate his boss whom he described as reliable, dependable and visionary boss.

He   described Ayandele as a renowned businessman, philanthropist, leader and political gargantuan with uncommon sagacity.

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“Your commitment and selfless service to humanity has brought tremendous development to Ibarapaland, Oyo State as well as Nigeria. You are a rare gem boss and you will forever be appreciated.

“I wish you more years of sound health, peace and glory as you celebrate. Happy birthday to my dear boss,” he submitted.

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