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Muslim community splits over new Aare Musulumi

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Yoruba Muslims are divided over  the selection of a successful trade merchant, Alhaji Dauda Akinola, as the new the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland.

The last holder of the title, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Arisekola Alao, died last year. He was a business mogul and philanthropist.

The Chief Imam of Ibadan, Sheik Abdulganiy Agbotomokekere, in a statement last week, announced Akinola (aka Dedamak), as the new holder of the title.

But some Muslim leaders, who craved anonymity, said they were not involved in the  selection of Arisekola’s successor.

They said they were still in shock because, if anyone would be conferred with a title covering the entire Muslim community in Yorubaland, consultations were expected to be made with all major leaders, groups and stakeholders in the six states of the region.

The states are Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ogun and Ekiti.

A source close to the leadership of the League of Imams and Alfas in the Southwest said the league was still waiting for those who conferred the title on Akinola to brief them on the “unilateral” decision.

The source added that all groups within the Muslim community should have held meetings to review nominations for the position and agreed on a candidate before such announcement can be made.

Another source close to the leadership of Ibadan Muslim community said they were still at a loss over the decision, which is viewed as an error.

It was learnt that some other qualified Muslims would have been nominated for the post, if it was thrown open.

Akinola is a business merchant, who deals in automobile and building materials.

With sales outlets spread over the country, especially in the Southwest, Dedamak, as he is fondly called, imports asbestos, roofing sheets, KVA generators, motorcycles and others.

He was said to have made fortune at a time when only few people showed interest in the business.

Agbotomokekere was not available for comments last night.

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Deborah Samuel: Gov Tambuwal relaxes curfew

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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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Arsonists burn down LG secretariat, Magistrate Court in Anambra

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Suspected arsonists have burnt down Idemili North Local Government secretariat in Ogidi and a Magistrate Court in the area.

Sources said the arsonists entered the premises on Sunday night to perpetuate the act, burning down all files, properties in the secretariat, including the secretariat building.

Videos and pictures circulating online showed that the entire buildings were reduced to rubbles, while vehicles parked inside the Local Government secretariat were also burnt to ashes.

The State Police Command has also confirmed the development, attributing it to unidentified arsonists.

DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the spokesperson of the State Police Command said: “Yes, the incident was confirmed, and our men were there to restore normalcy.

“Right now, the fire has been put off, and calm has been restored to the area,” Ikenga said.

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National Assembly transmits amended Electoral Act to Buhari

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The National Assembly has transmitted the amended Electoral Act 2022 to the Presiden Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

The bill was transmitted to the Presidency on Friday.

Sources in the Presidency and the National Assembly confirmed the transmission.

A source in the Presidency, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he had not been authorised to announce the development officially, said, “Yes, it has been transmitted. But wait till Monday when it may be announced when the President will sign it.”

Another source in the National Assembly said, “It was transmitted on Friday. I needed to confirm it before saying anything.”

It was further learnt that Buhari would sign the amendment ahead of primaries of political parties beginning next week.

The Senate and the House of Representatives had last week passed an amendment to the Act to recognise statutory delegates at primaries, congresses, and conventions of political parties.

The lawmakers particularly amended Section 84(8) of the Act to provide automatic or statutory delegates, ahead of the forthcoming party primaries, from where candidates would emerge for the 2023 general elections.
In March, the National Assembly had passed the bill for the Act while the President signed it into law.

While political parties are close to conducting primaries to elect candidates for the 2023 general elections, the Act did not allow members elected into public offices and executives of the parties, known as statutory delegates, to participate and vote in the conventions, congresses, or meetings of parties.

The chambers had described the omission as “a fundamental error.”

Without the provision by the law, Buhari; the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN); members of the National Assembly, governors and their deputies, members of the State Houses of Assembly, chairmen of local government areas, councillors, executives of political parties, amongst others, would have been disenfranchised.

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