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Ooni’s family moves out of palace



The family of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, has begun moving out of the palace ahead of the formal announcement of his transition.

Palace sources in Ile-Ife said the  the family, began moving personal effects from the palace to the late monarch’s private estate three days ago.

By Yoruba tradition, once traditional authorities break the news of the monarch’s death, all private assets remaining in the palace become the property of the town.

Sources said among the personal effects taken out of the palace were furniture while some of the monarch’s vehicles were seen being driven out of the palace at 2:55pm yesterday.

One out of the vehicles driven out of the palace was a limousine. But it was learnt that in preparations for the monarch’s funeral, his remains had been taken to Ilegbo’ for traditional embalmment.

It was said the body was embalmed at one of the deities’ shrine in Ile-Ife.

The body of the monarch was brought into the palace about three days ago after traditionalists and kingmakers had performed traditional rites on the remains of the Ooni.

It was learnt that the body is presently being preserved at “Ilegbo,” one of the traditional houses where the monarch was crowned when he was to become the king of the town.

Sources said since the corpse had arrived in the palace, leaders of the 201 deities in the land had been carrying out propitiations to the gods.

The body would be in “Ilegbo” till the traditionalists conclude their rites. The sources said it might take as long as three months to conclude the rites.

“The body arrived in the palace and was received by members of Isoro Cult early this week. “His journey to the throne started from that place called Ilegbo. That is where he was installed as Ooni. That is the place anyone that will succeed him will also be installed.

“The body is being preserved through traditional means. Details may not be too good for publication. All the rites would be done while the body is kept there. But don’t expect formal announcement of his death in the next two weeks.

“It may take months, depending on how fast the Isoro members are able to conclude the necessary rites. The body is there as I speak to you, but nonmembers of Isoro cannot see it. “Even his family members can no longer see him again,” one of the sources added.

Also, it was learnt that the traditionalists had visited different shrines to appease the gods and pray for smooth transition of the monarch. Investigations further revealed that all the sons of the Ooni had been informed, as tradition demands, before the local embalmment of the king at the “Ilegbo” shrine.


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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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