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Ife ruling houses on warpath

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The battle for the vacant Ooni of Ife stool is gradually becoming intense with virtually all the ruling houses battling to fill the throne to replace the late Oba Okunade Sijuwade who joined his ancestors on July 28.

The four ruling houses battling for the Ooni stool are Ogboru, Osinkola, Lafogido and Giesi. On Monday, the Giesi ruling house declared that it was its turn to produce the next monarch of the ancient town and that the ruling house is prepared to claim what it belongs to it at all cost.

The ruling house stated that it would not allow any other ruling house to outsmart it in the kingship succession. Its spokesperson, Prince Kunle Adelowo, at a press conference in Osogbo, argued that going by the succession arrangement to the throne of Ooni which is presently in vogue in Ife, the Giesi family is the next occupant of the stool.

Adelowo said: “The Ooni of Ife Chieftaincy declaration with reference no CB141/7/1/540 dated August 22, 1977 showed that the order of rotation among the ruling houses should be as follows: Osinkola, Ogboru, Giesi and Lafodigo.”

But at a separate press conference in Ile-Ife, the Ogboru ruling house appealed to the kingmakers to be guided by the respect for tradition, equity and fair play in the selection of a new Ooni of Ife.

Spokesperson for the family, Prince Adediran Adetipe, called on the Osun State Government to assist the traditional institution in ensuring that the right person and ruling house emerges as the 51st Ooni of Ife.

“The Ogboru ruling house is one of the four ruling houses expected to produce the successor to the deceased 50th Ooni, Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II, who joined his ancestors last month,” he said. Adetipe stated that the Giesi ruling house had traded away their turn for the stool.

He said that Oba Sijuwade, in 1980, had an agreement with the Giesi ruling house to trade their turn for the throne. Sijuwade was from the Ogboru ruling house while his predecessor, Oba Adesoji Aderemi, was from the Osinkola ruling house.

But, Prince Peter Adetola Ogunleye, an 83-yearold lawyer from Giesi ruling house who contested with the late Oba Sijuwade, maintained that it is the turn of Giesi ruling house to produce the next monarch. Ogunleye explained that: “There are four ruling houses in Ile-Ife and they are Giesi, Lafodigo, Osinkola and Ogboru.

The last time an Ooni from the Giesi ruling house reigned was in 1894 and the Ooni then was Oba Derin Ologbehunla, my great grandfather, known as Ooni Kunbusi. He reigned between 1849 and 1878. “In other words, the last time we occupied the throne of Ooni was in 1849.

However, the order of ascendancy remains the same. After the Ogboru ruling house where Oba Sijuwade hailed from, it is the Giesi ruling house. So, it is the turn of my family to produce the next Ooni of Ife.”

Meanwhile, a United Kingdom-based consultant in the oil and gas sector, Prince Adeagbo Adekemi Adefarakan of the Adefarakan dynasty, Ogboru Olubuse royal family house, has joined the race for the vacant stool.

The 47-year-old prince is the great grandson of Ooni Olubuse I. Adefarakan, who has since notified the kingmakers of his intention to vie for the exalted stool, said he is convinced that the Ogboru ruling house would produce the next Ooni based on equity, stressing that of the four ruling houses in Ile-Ife, the Ogboru family has produced the least number of Ooni.

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BREAKING: ASUU meeting with FG end in deadlock, strike to continue

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The meeting between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday ended without an agreement.

As a result of this, the six-month-old strike embarked on by public university lecturers is set to continue.

The lecturers met with the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee at the National University Commission (NUC) in Abuja with high hopes of resolving the impasse.

A senior member of ASUU said that members of the Briggs renegotiation committee didn’t come with any new offer on the table.

According to him, the committee pleaded with the lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike, with promises that their concerns will be included in the 2023 budget.

The meeting started at about 12pm and lasted for about three hours.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14.

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Suspected thugs destroy Tinubu’s Emilokan billboard in Lagos (PHOTO)

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Some persons suspected to be political thugs have vandalized a billboard of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in Lagos.

The billboard located on the close to the third mainland bridge was destroyed on Tuesday morning.

The action sparked tension online as some APC members have accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

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EFCC recovers another 1.4bn naira for NHIS

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EFCC writes INEC, demands APC, PDP, other aspirants’ bank details

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered an additional sum of one billion, four hundred million naira (N1.4 Billion) for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

In a statement via its official Twitter handle, the money, according to the commission, was part of the funds which some commercial banks ‘fraudulently’ refused to transmit to the Treasury Single Account, TSA, since 2015.

The statement further said the money had been released to the NHIS since August 5, 2022.

It also revealed that the Commission had in similar fashion on February 10, 2022, released a sum of N1.5bn to the scheme.

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