Over the weekend, Members of the Omonuwa Echie Charity Foundation visited the Iwaya community in Yaba, Lagos State for their first soup kitchen of the year. The outing took place on Saturday, April 10, at the palace of the Oba-elect of Iwaya. It was organized to mark the OEC Foundation day ofThe six-man team consisted of dedicated volunteers and were led by Ehiaghe Echie, co-founder of the foundation. They were received by Iwaya palace chiefs including the secretary of the council and the youth leader namely Chief Balogun, Chief Otumba and Chief Akogun.The event began with a welcome address from Chief Akogun, expressing their appreciation to the OEC Foundation team for the timely visit. The chiefs mentioned the sorry state of the Nigerian economy and how individuals need to look after each other.The team lead, Ehiaghe Echie thanked the chiefs for their warm welcome and talked about what the foundation’s basic mission is; to offer a helping hand to the less privileged. She stated that the foundation’s target audience for the day was adolescent girls and children of Iwaya.After the preliminary discussions, food packs were distributed to over a hundred women, young girls and children. Sanitary pads were also given to adolescent girls.The outing ended with a vote of thanks from the palace secretary on behalf of the Kabiyesi and the rest of the royal council. He mentioned again that it is not an easy feat for people to dip their hands into their pockets to support strangers. He added that the people of Iwaya deeply appreciate the kind gesture from the foundation. The Iwaya women’s leader also offered a short prayer for the OEC Foundation team on behalf of the council.As the OEC Foundation team took their leave, they left smiling women and children behind them at Iwaya.The Omonuwa Echie Charity (OEC) Foundation is a Pan-African aid organization that exists to uplift the less privileged in society and be a helping hand to those in need. it is based in South Africa but operates in Nigeria.In the words of the founder of OEC Foundation, “Poverty is right in front of us, and its eradication begins with us”.More photos from the event:
South-West women on Monday accused the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, of threatening peace and security, obstructing justice, distorting facts and embarking on a campaign of blackmail.
‘’We will not fold our arms and allow Gani Adams to rubbish the good name and excellent track record Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko has built over the years’’ the descendants of Oduduwa said.
They also tongue-lashed Adams for his apparent disregard for law.
‘’ Gani Adams and his co-travellers are behaving like a pack of juveniles. They don’t mean well for this country’’
In a statement in Osogbo, the women praised Onadeko for her extraordinary courage and absolute understanding of security issues in Oyo State.
They accused Adams of pushing the real issues aside and employing sentiments and blackmail to explain the security situation in Oyo State.
The notable South-West women expressed delight and satisfaction with the high degree of determination so far exhibited by Onadeko to address the security challenges in Oyo State.
Signed by the Chairperson of Yoruba Women in Government (YWIG), Chief Fumilayo Adesanwo, the women commended the courage and patriotism of Onadeko to rid Oyo State of kidnappers, arsonists and other criminal elements.
The women underscored the shameful show of power, uncivilized tactics and the rights of citizens.
They condemned the uncouth language, arrogant demeanor and use of brute force by Gani Adams and members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC).
‘’Gani Adams did not put on his thinking garb before calling for the redeployment of the police commissioner. He is misinforming the people’’
Specifically, they took a swipe at the action of the OPC members in Kajola community, Ibarapa North Local Government, describing it as unacceptable.
‘’The solution does not lie in the use of blackmail or force’’
The women further praised Governor Seyi Makinde for protecting the lives and property of the people of Oyo State
They also urged the Inspector General of Police and the Police Service Commission to ignore Gani Adams.
‘’The South-West people are solidly behind Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko. We are very proud of her. She has given good account of herself in Oyo State’’ the statement added
Determined to tap from his wealth of experience, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has appointed the Managing Director, Mobsha Solution Limited, Mr. Sheriff Hammed as the Chairman of Lagos State Judo Association.
The governor also approved the appointment of Runsewe Babajide Adewunmi, Femi Dawodu, Comfort Ojafare Oladunni, Quam Animashaun and Yusuf Owolewa Abdulazeez as board members of the Association.
In a statement by the Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Sola Aiyepeku, Governor Sanwo-Olu urged the new Judo Board Chairman to bring his extensive knowledge and understanding of sports management, political communication and marketing communication to the service of Lagos State.
‘’Your appointment is as a result of your keen interest and contributions to sport development as well as selfless service to humanity and sterling achievements in your chosen fields’’
The governor also urged Hammed and other members of the board to work assiduously for the transformation of the Judo Association in line with the Lagos State Sports Commission’s vision of building ‘’The Foundation for a Sustainable Vibrant Sports Industry and Mission’’ to make Lagos the leading sports destination in Africa.
Hammed, who is from the Bankefun line of the Bashua Family of Lagos State, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, an Advanced Diploma in Law Enforcement Administration from the University of Lagos and a certificate of proficiency in Integrated Brand Experience from Orange Academy, an affiliate of Vega School of Branding, South Africa.
Hammed is also an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and the Institute of Strategic Management.
Before becoming Judo Association Board Chairman, other posts the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain held included Board Member, Lagos State Sport Commission, Service Centre Manager, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, Offsite Marketing Consultant, Abilat Company Limited, Senior Account Executive, Town Criers Limited and Event and Public Relations Officer, PR Africa International.
The Assistant State Coordinator, Tinubu Support Organization and General Mobilization Coordinator, Asiwaju Volunteers is expected to resume in his new capacity on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
No fewer than 37 herdsmen and 5,000 cattle were, yesterday, sacked by the Ondo State Security outfit, codenamed Amotekun, for violating the quit notice of forest reserves by the state government.
The herdsmen and their cattle, Jungle Journalist Media Limited has learnt, are currently on their way to Osun, Edo and Kogi States.
They were dismissed from the government forest reserves located at Ala, Oda and Ofosu.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had issued a seven day quit notice to the herdsmen in the government forest reserves across the state.
Commander of the state Amotekun Corps, Chief Adetunji Adeleye confirmed the arrest of the herders adding that other herdsmen have met with the Corps and had peacefully moved out of the state.
Adeleye said: “Some of them have opted to leave the state because they couldn’t meet with our terms and conditions.
“They came through the Chairman of Miyetti Allah in the state. Some opted to go to Osun, Edo and Kogi States.
“So our men escorted them to the boundaries of those states.
We have to monitor their movements out of the state so that they would not destroy farms on their way out.
“About 37 herders have been arrested with about 5, 000 cows. The majority of the herders have been coming to us through their chairman and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Hausa Matters.
Popular Afro Juju musician, Sir Shina Peters, has been ordained a bishop of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church.
The legendary singer was ordained at a ceremony in a Cherubim and Seraphim Church in the Iju area of Lagos on Saturday.
The singer shared a video and photo of his ordination on his Instagram handle on Sunday with the caption, ‘‘Bishop with the swagger. God above all.”
On his Facebook page, the ace singer wrote: “To God be the glory. I will serve my God till the end’’.
Ovation International magazine publisher Dele Momodu wrote: ‘‘Congratulations Bishop Isaac Oluwashina Akanbi Peters. Ore mi pataki pataki. A ti ko esu ati gbogbo ise buruku owo re sile (My very very dear friend. We have rejected the devil and all his evil works)”.
The singer’s most recent music was collaboration with Teni on her hit, ‘Jo’, released in December 2020.
SSP, as he is fondly called, released his debut album as a solo musician, Ace (Afro-Juju Series 1), in 1989.
The album went double platinum and was the career breakthrough that made him a household name in the music industry.
‘Shinamania’ produced by Laolu Akins was released in 1991, winning three awards at once with a Platinum Disc for selling more than 250,000 copies.
SSP currently has 16 album releases to his credit.
One of the houses of Yoruba rights activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Sunday Igboho in Soka, Ibadan, capital of Oyo State, has been razed by suspected arsonists, according to a breaking news by The Nation.
The incident was said to have occurred in the early hours of today, Tuesday, January 26, 2021.
Details were not immediately available.
Igboho recently came to the limelight when he issued a quit notice to Fulani herdsmen in the Ibarapa area of the state, accusing them of being behind a spate of kidnappings, rapes and murders.
He has vowed to take the campaign, which has stoked tension across the country, to other parts of Yoruba land.
Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo, has ordered massive recruitment into the state chapter of the Western Nigeria Security Network, Amotekun.
Adetunji Adeleye, commander of the corps in the state, confirmed this in an interview with journalists on Friday.
“The governor has ordered massive recruitment to the corps. The recruitment is free. You can download the form on our website,” Adeleye said.
Donald Ojogo, commissioner for information, also confirmed reports of the recruitment.
“We have not repudiated the story,” he said.
On Monday, Akeredolu had ordered herders to vacate the forest reserves over rising insecurity in the state
He had said “bad elements” have turned the forest reserves into hideouts for keeping victims of kidnapping, negotiating ransom and carrying out other criminal activities.
The governor’s directive had sparked different reactions, with Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, saying the governor could not unilaterally oust thousands of herders “who have lived all their lives in the state”.
But Afenifere, Yoruba sociopolitical group, said Shehu’s response showed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government prioritise Fulani interests above those of other ethnic groups.
The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) had asked herders to disregard the governor’s directive.
Sunday Igboho had last week issued a seven day ultimatum to Fulanis to leave Yorubaland after he stormed the Igangan residence of the Seriki Fulani noting that the Yorubas could no more bear being killed in their land by Fulanis.
Who is Sunday Igboho? Many had asked on social media, but of course, residents of Oyo and Osun know Igboho as a household name.
Here are few things to know about the Yoruba activist who led thousands of youths in a road walk against insecurity in Oyo, South-west of Nigeria;
Sunday Igboho was born on October 10 in 1972. His real name is Sunday Adeyemo.
He hails from Igboho town, located in the area of Oke Ogun, Oyo State. Later, the family left for Modakeke in Osun. After the war there, Sunday moved to Igboho.
On how he got the nickname ‘Igboho’, the activist said that people in Yoruba Land tend to give other inhabitants the “names” due to the place they live in. His father was called “Baba Igboho” because he comes from Igboho.
As a result, Sunday got the name “Sunday Omo Baba Igboho”. After Sunday’s father moved from Modakeke because of the war, people started calling him Sunday “Igboho”. This name stayed with him even after moving to Ibadan.
The name of Sunday Igboho is widely known in the city of Ibadan.
He is a politician and a businessman, whose attention is devoted to human problems and protection of their rights.
He is more popular for fighting for the helpless and hates an act of cheating.
Sunday’s career started from being a mechanic and a motorcycle repairer. But God had other plans for him. He guided Sunday into business and helped him meet the right people of great importance to do it well.
Igboho commands gun from the air, an act he refers to as God’s gift.
He was a frontline fighter at the Ife-Modakeke war.
He gained social media tractions in January 2021 when he gave a week ultimatum to Fulani herdsmen in Ibarapa to vacate the land after the killing of Dr. Aborode.
Igboho is a Christian, married to two wives and has children including three professional footballers playing in Germany.
Senator Anthony Adefuye, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Tuesday said it is the turn of the South-West to produce the President of Nigeria in 2023 as the only region that is yet to do so since the return of democratic governance to the country in 1999.
Speaking in an interview with INDEPENDENT, Adefuye said those clamouring for the Presidency to go to the South-East are wrong as the region produced former President Olusegun Obasanjo who was in power from 1999 to 2007.
According to him, Obasanjo is an Igbo man because his father hailed from Anambra state while his mother is a Yoruba woman.
He added that while in office Obasanjo concentrated most of his efforts towards developing the South-East, including appointing five Ministers as well as the Central Bank Governor from the region while he completely abandoned the South-West.
He said: “I believe that in 2023, the APC will zone the Presidential ticket to the South. When it comes to the South, then it will be narrowed down to the South West because that is the only region that has not produced the President since 1999. It has always been the North and the Igbos.
“Some people argue that what about Obasanjo? Obasanjo is not a Yoruba man. He is an Igbo man from the South-East. His father is from Anambra while his mother is a Yoruba woman. And that was why during his tenure, he completely ignored the South West. For example, throughout his eight years, he did nothing on the Lagos- Ibadan expressway.
“But he did a lot for his people in the South-East. He picked five Ministers from there and even appointed the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria from Anambra where his father comes from.
“So, it is right for the South-West to demand for the Presidency in 2023. What we should be doing now is working towards 2023 to ensure that the Presidency comes to the Southwest. The Southwest has never produced the President before,” he said.
The Ondo State Police Command has arrested a 10-year-old girl for allegedly committing murder at Owode Community in the Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The suspect, whose parents hail from Sokoto State, allegedly pushed a 20-month-old boy, who was her stepbrother, into a deep well.
After committing the act, it was gathered that the suspect initially told her father that the deceased had been kidnapped.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Bolaji Salami, who spoke with journalists about the incident, on Friday in Akure, said the incident happened on December 15, 2020.
He said, “She initially told their father that someone had kidnapped her brother (stepbrother). But she later informed her parents that the boy was inside a well. The deceased’s corpse was later recovered from the well. On receipt of the information, detectives swung into action and arrested the suspect. On interrogation, she confessed to the crime.”
On why she committed the dastardly act, the primary 3 pupil, who was weeping profusely during the interview, said she did not know that her action would result in the death of her stepbrother.
She said she committed the act to avenge the maltreatment meted out to her by the deceased’s mother.
The suspect alleged that his father’s wife always maltreated her following her mother’s separation from her father. She also accused her father of showing much more affection for her late stepbrother than herself. She further stated that she pushed the deceased into the well to punish her stepmother but not knowing it would result in his death.
She said, “My stepmother was always maltreating me. At times, he (the deceased) would pass excreta in the plate we ate with, and his mother would use the same plate to give me food. If I insisted that I would not eat the food, she would start beating me until I finished eating the food. Immediately after eating the food, I would start vomiting.
“On the day of the incident, the same thing happened. Later in the evening, I went to fetch water from the well and he followed me. A voice whispered to me that I should push him into the well and I did it. But I never knew that he would die.
“When they started looking for him and they couldn’t find him, my dad told me to lie that it was my mother who sneaked into our home to kidnap Usman. When I was told that everyone in the house would be taken to the palace of the monarch to swear an oath, I confessed.”