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Family rejects choice of new Olu of Ipaja



Alleged plan by some people to fill the vacant stool of Olu of Ipaja in Lagos State is now causing disquiet in the area.

The Aiyekotan Orufu Royal Family of Ipaja, claims that some people who have no historical connection with the nomination and installation of an Olu are in the process of filling the stool.

It has therefore sent a petition to  Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to stop the plot in the interest of peace.

The family insists that going by the judgement of a  Lagos High Court  in  suit No: ID/2733/98,it is the only  recognised ruling house eligible to nominate a candidate for the throne.

The judgment was said to have been delivered on  September 10, 2003 by Justice A.A Oyefesobi of a Lagos High Court.

The petitioners said:”Following the demise of Olu of Ipaja, Oba Sylvester Ajibola Akinniyi in June 2015, information reached us that plans have already been set into motion by certain families to install a new Oba despite a standing judgment and a pending appeal on the said judgment in an appeal court.

“We hereby refer you to a judgment delivered on Wednesday 10th September 2003 by Honourable Justice A.A Oyefesobi of a Lagos High Court in suit No.ID/2733/98 filed by our family (Aiyekotan Orufu) against the Military Administrator of Lagos State, Attorney General of Lagos State; Chief Sylvester Ajibola Akinniyi (the late Olu of Ipaja); Adam Baruwa; Daniel Atanda Ogunbiyi and Eliakim Oluwole Ishadare.”

They quoted  Justice Oyefesobi as declaring  that the Aiyekotan Orufu family otherwise called Orufu family “ is entitled to be approved and registered as the only ruling house entitled to the stool of Baale or Olu of Ipaja chieftaincy. The first and second defendants are hereby ordered to approve and register the Aiyekotan Orufu family as the only ruling house entitled to the stool of Baale or Olu of Ipaja.”

The petitioners said:” to our rude shock, instead of the losers to maintain status quo pending the ruling on their appeal against our favoured judgment, they have embarked on the process of producing a successor for the late Oba from their family which the High Court had nullified as a ruling house.”

They  urged Gov Ambode to use his good office  “to call those behind the plot to order before they ignite civil unrest in the community.”

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NAHCON screens 7 airlines for 2022 hajj




The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has commenced the screening of airlines that would participate in the airlift of the pilgrims.

No fewer than seven airlines have indicated an interest in the airlift.

They are Azman Air, Med-View Airline, Max Air, FlyNas, Skypower Express, Westlink Airlines and Arik Air.

Out of the seven airlines, six are domestic operators while FlyNas is a Saudi based airline.

It was gathered that the screening exercise would be a verification of the documents of the interested carriers that turned up in 2020 following the call from NAHCON.

The airlines were already screened in 2020 before the Hajj exercise was cancelled due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“They are using the 2020 template but we were only asked to validate our documents,” one of the airlines participating in the verification exercise confirms to our correspondent.

It was not clear yet if NAHCON would apply the same rule which would give over 50 per cent of the traffic to Saudi Airlines which stakeholders in the aviation sector have consistently kicked against.

When contacted, the NAHCON spokesperson, Hajia Fatima Sanda Usara, confirmed that there was an arrangement in place to use the 2020 screening exercise.

She said the screening committee had just been inaugurated to verify the documents of the Air carriers.

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Deborah Samuel: Adeboye postpones RCCG crusade in Sokoto



Pastor Enoch Adeboye has postponed the crusade scheduled to hold in Sokoto following the tension over Deborah Samuel’s murder.

The deceased was a 200-level Home Economics student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education.

Last Thursday, she was beaten, stoned and burnt by Muslim youths who accused her of blasphemy.

In a Facebook post Monday night, Adeboye announced the shift of the planned religious event which now holds virtually.

The Redeemed Christan Church of God (RCCG) General Overseer, however, noted that God is able to fix all situations.

Adeboye, who conveyed his message in parable, quoted Richard Halverson, the late American Presbyterian minister who served as United States Senate chaplain.

Halverson had said intercession is the universal work for Christians and that no continent, nation, city, office nor power can stop prayers.

“Postponed but God turned it around. We Trust In Our God’s Big Picture Plan!”, Adeboye wrote.

The Christian leader insisted believers serve a God who specialises in using the impossible situation for His glory.

Adeboye noted that if in doubt, they should look closely at the death and resurrection of Jesus.

“Devil thought he killed Him, but His death and resurrection resulted into life for many. He keeps turning it around for our good. It is in this might that we proceed”, he added.

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Deborah Samuel: Gov Tambuwal relaxes curfew



Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew he imposed on the state capital following violent protest over the arrest of some youths allegedly involved in the killing Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student.

Tambuwal in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Isah Bajini, said the revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township.

The statement noted that “Sequel to the briefing by the security heads in the State, the State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has ordered the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew in force in Sokoto metropolis

“The revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township. This is with a view to affording people the window to pursue their legitimate businesses and other means of livelihood.”

Recall that following the lynching of the 200-level student for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed, the State’s police command arrested some persons linked to the incident.

However, a large number of Muslim boys who were angered by the arrest, stormed the streets in the State on Saturday, demanding the release of the suspects.

The development, which triggered tension in several parts of the State, made the Governor to impose the curfew.

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