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1 dies, 2 wounded in Ikere Ekiti chieftaincy row

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The renewed crisis of power tussle between the traditional ruler of Ikere Ekiti and another king seeking official recognition from government has claimed the life of one person with two others injured on Thursday evening.

Nigeria News Agency, reports that supporters of the two rival kings of the town, the Ogoga of Ikere Ekiti, Oba Adejimi Adu, and Olukere, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin, reportedly engaged in a bloody clash.

The rivalry between them had lasted for many years.

Tbe two injured persons were reportedly wounded through gunshots during the violent clash.

However, on the other hand, the Olukere, Ganiyu Obasoyin,  wanted the status quo changed, rejecting all attempts to reduce his status to a mere chief priest and consequently deny him recognition as an Oba.

NAN reports that the scenario had for years polarised the ancient town, with residents shifting loyalty to either of the two opposition camps.

Local sources confirmed that the incident happened around the popular roundabout close to Olukere’s palace around 6pm.

According to the witnesses, the clash was said to have caused panic in the town as people had to scamper for safety as a result of the severity and sporadic nature of the gunshots .

Those traveling on the Akure-Ado Ekiti highway had to take a detour and returned to their bases to avoid being caught in the web of the crisis.

NAN learnt that the Ogoga, Oba Adu, was preparing for the annual Odun Oba and part of the rituals was for his people to dance around town on Thursday to perform some rituals, before trouble started.

“As they were doing this, the traditional hunters were shooting sporadically.

“The bullet hit a commercial motorcyclist and two others who belonged to Olukere’s camp and that was the beginning of the crisis,” a witness said.

Confirming the incident, the Police public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ekiti Command, Mr Caleb Ikechukwu, said one cyclist died as a result of clashes during the traditional event while one person was wounded.

“We learnt one of the supporters of the two camps was performing traditional dance in the town and the hunters were firing shots with their dane guns when one ‘okada man’ was hit by bullets and he later died

“One other man was also wounded and now receiving treatment in a hospital.”

Ikechukwu said the crisis had been quelled while his men were already on ground to prevent further escalation of the conflict.

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Ikere-Gorge dam potential yet to be tapped — MD raises alarm

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Mr Olufemi Odumosu, the Managing Director of the Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority (OORBDA), says  Ikere Gorge Dam has potential that can be tapped to stimulate economic growth.

Odumosu stated this on Wednesday in Ibadan during on a courtesy call on Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.

Ikere Gorge Dam is a 565 million cubic-metre multi-purpose dam located in Iseyin Local Government Area of Oyo State  was initiated by the Shehu Shagari government of 1979 to 1983.

According to the managing director, the dam which is the biggest in the Southwest region, has the capacity to generate electricity, promote fishing and aquaculture, tourism and recreational activities.

Odumosu said that the dam had large volume of water that could be used throughout the year for  irrigation activities.

He said the hydro-power component and tourism potentialities of the dam had remained unutilised due to the lack of right investors

He said the deplorable condition of the 28km access road to the dam site had been discouraging prospective investors and tourists from tapping into the facility.

The managing director appealed to Makinde to intervene by rehabilitating the road for the benefit of the economy.

Odumosu highlighted other projects and activities of the OORBDA in Oyo State to include water supply intervention projects, development of agricultural facilities and irrigation schemes, flood and erosion control projects, fisheries and aquaculture.

He appealed for the sustenance of the existing support and cordial collaboration between the organisation and the state to help OORBDA in achieving its mandate.

In his response,  Makinde thanked the Managing Director for the visit and promised to improve upon the existing cordial relationship between the state and the authority.

The governor promised  that the road leading to the dam site would receive the attention of the state government.

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Ikere Ekiti killing: Police confirm 5 arrests, ruler denies involvement

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The Police in Ekiti on Friday said it had arrested five suspects in connection with Thursday’s incident that led to the killing of one person and two persons injured in Ikere Ekiti.

The deceased, a commercial motorcycle operator, popularly called Okada, was allegedly hit by bullets during a dancing ceremony conducted by the Wife of Ogoga of Ikere Ekiti and the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Adejimi Adu.

The ritual was to herald the Odun Oba festival slated for July 27.

The traditional dancing procession was, however, allegedly conducted amid shooting which reportedly led to the stray bullets that hit two motorcyclists, leaving one of them dead.

While confirming the arrest of the suspects, the PPRO said, “When killing like that happens, and once we know where the shooting allegedly emanated, it is normal for us to make arrest, so it is true.

“The offence becomes more severe when you carry prohibited firearms, as it was in this case. The arrest should be expected”.

NAN reports that when the incident occurred, causing residents to scamper for safety many thought that it was another in the series of fights between the supporters of Ogoga and his rival, the Olukere of Ikere, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin.

But Obasoyin, in his clarifications, on Friday, denied his involvement in the crisis, saying he and his supporters were never involved in the incident.

He explained that he had already cautioned his people to be calm, in spite of the “highly provocative shooting in the town on Thursday.

“The whole town knew where the shooting emanated from; we are not involved at all. Some people were dancing round the town and shooting, one died and others were injured.

“The issue has nothing to do with me, Olukere, and Ogoga. We are happy that the suspects have been arrested.

“I appeal to the police to do their job. They should do a just job. They should not allow the matter to be swept under the carpet,” he said.

 

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FG to dualise Akure-Ikere road–Akeredolu

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Akure, March 21, 2019 Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Friday  said  the Federal Government would  dualise the Akure-Ikere  carriage way.

According to Akeredolu, the Federal Government has already completed the design  for the dual carriageway project.

Akeredolu made the revelation during a thank-you visit  to Ifedore, Akure North  and Akure South Local Government Areas in  Ondo Central Senatorial District.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the All Progressives Congress (APC) won 23 of the 26 seats in the recently concluded House of Assembly election.

The governor explained that the road contract would be awarded as soon as the 2019 budget was approved.

He added that the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola,  had given his assurance that the contract would be awarded before the end of the first term.

“The work we are interested in embarking on is the Akure-Ikere dual carriageway, but we cannot because it is a federal project.

“Earlier, we made several efforts to get the road done; even Fashola intervened and suggested that since Ikere was a dual carriageway, then Akure to Ikere should also be a dual carriageway.

“I accepted the suggestion, hence the rehabilitation of the deplorable portions of the road.

“ The drive to Akure will be just 10 minutes,” he said.

Akeredolu further said his administration would not build any more mega schools, but renovate the existing schools in the state.

“We will have schools that are accessible and close to pupils’  homes. All those abandoned schools are still schools.

“We are renovating and building several classrooms and fences of most of them,” he said.

Earlier, Oba Amos Farukanmi, the Okiti of Iju, thanked the governor for the various life changing projects initiated by government, especially the water scheme in the area.

Also speaking, Alex Oladimeji, the Chairman of  Ifedore Local Government Area, thanked the governor for the laudable projects in the area and promised the continued support of the people.

He further appealed for the upgrade of the traditional ruler.

Similarly, Ade Adetimehin, the Chairman of APC in Ondo State, thanked the people for their support  during the House of Assembly election.

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Ekiti APC mourns ex-Governor Olumilua

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti has described the death of the former Governor of old Ondo State, Bamidele Olumilua, as a colossal loss to the people of Ekiti and Ondo States.

The party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Ade Ajayi, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Thursday.

The party said Olumilua, who marked his 80th birthday at his country home, Ikere-Ekiti recently, died on Thursday morning, according to a family source.

Ajayi noted that the advisory role played by the late former governor to the present administration was immense and purposeful.

The APC spokesman also described Olumilua, a retired Diplomat as an astute politician.

He said the late Olomilua would forever be remembered for his roles and determination in the fight against the annulment of June 12, 1993 Presidential election won by the late MKO Abiola.

Ajayi said Olumilua was a quiet achiever and always steadfast in any course he believed in, saying that his adventure into politics benefitted the lots of the masses in old Ondo State.

He, therefore, commiserated with the state Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Muyiwa Olumilua and the entire Olumilua family over the death of the former governor.

In a similar vein, the Ekiti House of Assembly has expressed its condolences to the family of Olumilua, Ikere-Ekiti community and the state government.

The state Assembly’s condolence message was contained in a statement by its Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Yemisi Ayokunle and made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti.

Ayokunle commiserated with the family of the elder statesman for the loss of their Patriarch, whom she said served mankind selflessly.

She described Pa Olumulua as a leader, who made valuable contributions to the development of Ondo State during his tenure as governor and to Ekiti where he served in different capacities.

The Assembly equally commiserated with the commissioner for information and civic orientation, son of the late politician.


Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

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Fayose, Olujimi mourn passage of Olumilua, ex-Ondo gov.

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The immediate past governor of Ekiti, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has condoled with the state government and family of late former governor of the old Ondo State, Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua.

A statement from Fayose’s spokesman, Lere Olayinka, on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti described Olumilua’s death as a loss to Ekiti and indeed Nigeria.

“With the death of Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua, Ekiti, and indeed Nigeria, have lost a very upright and courageous leader.

He feared God and served humanity selflessly.

Rest in peace, Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua, former governor of old Ondo State,’’ Fayose said.

In another condolence message Sen. Abiodun Olujimi, representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, described Olumilua’s death as shocking.

Olujimi, who personally signed the message remarked that “Ekiti would sorely miss him’’.

She described Olumilua as a democrat, selfless statesman and one of the leading lights of the state, who has remained a unifier, despite political differences.

The former Senate minority whip noted that the vacuum created by the death of Olumilua would be difficult to fill.

She urged the state government and the family of the deceased to take the demise of Olumilua in good faith, because he played his parts well in the service of humanity.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the elder statesman, who was the second civilian governor of the old Ondo State, passed on in the early hour of Thursday in his home at Ikere-Ekiti.

Aged 80 years old, late Olumilua was the governor of old Ondo State from January 1992 to November 1993.


Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Ekiti Speaker pays tributes to late Olumilua

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The Speaker of Ekiti House of Assembly, Mr Funminiyi Afuye, has described a former governor of the old Ondo State, Bamidele Olumilua, as an outstanding elder statesman.

This was contained in Afuye’s tribute signed  by his Special Adviser on Media,  Tai Oguntayo, and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti.

The speaker described the late Ikere-Ekiti born politician, who died on Thursday, as a worthy ambassador of the state in particular and Nigeria as a whole.

Afuye, who is also an indigene of Ikere-Ekiti extolled the good virtues of the late politician, saying ” it is  the footprints left behind by Baba that we are following and it is a thing of joy that he left behind a good legacy. He was a Pathfinder.”

He said Olumilua was “a disciplinarian, educationist and a progressive politician who lived a selfless, spartan and exemplary life.”

“Olumilua’s death was confirmed on Thursday morning at the age of 80 by his son, Ekiti  Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua.

“He was the governor of Ondo State from January 1992 to November 1993 during the Nigerian Third Republic.

“Pa Olumilua was elected on the platform of the  Social Democratic Party (SDP), but left office when the military regime of General Sani Abacha took over power,” Afuye said.

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Fayemi, Bamidele, EKSU mourn ex-Gov Olumilua in Ekiti

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Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, on Thursday paid glowing tributes to the former Governor of the old Ondo State, Amb. Bamidele Olumilua, who passed on early Thursday at the age of 80.

Aside Fayemi, there were reactions from different state indigenes, who mourned the former diplomat passage, describing it as regrettable and most unexpected at this time.

The governor, in a statement, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, , in Ado Ekiti, by his Chief Press Secretary, Olayinka Oyebode, described Olumilua’s death as a ‘monumental loss’ to Ekiti State.

He said the deceased served in different capacities till he breathed his last.

Fayemi said that the ex- Governor Olumilua’s death came few months after he celebrated his 80th birthday in his hometown, Ikere-Ekiti, where his ideals once again came to the fore.

He said that nobody knew that he would soon depart for the world beyond shortly after joining the club of octogenarians.

According to him, Olumilua was a humble servant of the people, a compassionate leader, a politician whose actions were guided by the fear of God and a revered statesman whose impact positively affected the people he served.

The governor said that Olumilua excelled as a foreign service officer, public servant, politician, community leader and clergy.

He noted that Olumilua’s tenure in old Ondo State between January 1992 and November 1993, was remarkable in execution of life changing policies and projects within limited resources.

Fayemi said his worth was appreciated by the Federal Government which appointed him as the Chairman of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, where he also served diligently without blemish.

He recalled that the deceased equally excelled as the Chancellor of the Ekiti State University (EKSU) during his first tenure in office.

He also described Olumilua as a disciplined and selfless party man and one of the leading lights of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Elders’ Forum in Ekiti State.

Fayemi said that Olumilua’s death had robbed the state and party of wise counsel, noting that the vacuum created by the loss would be difficult to fill.

He urged the family to take solace in the fact that he lived a fulfilled life and left legacies of service, statesmanship, peacemaking, service in God’s vineyard and honour.

In his own reaction, Senate Committee Chairman on Judiciary and Human Rights, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, Representing Ekiti Central, said the dispositions of Olumilua, as a governor had become a template for good governance in the country.

Bamidele, averred that the people of the state would miss Olumilua’s progressive leadership style and ardent belief in the doctrine of unity, togetherness, equity, transparency and accountability in service delivery.

“Apart from exhibiting the spartan and incorruptible lifestyle that has been a long-standing brand an average Ekiti is reputed, Pa Olumilua at various times played pivotal roles in the entrenchment of progressive leadership in Ekiti through his political leaning”, he said.

NAN further reports that the Management of the Ekiti State University, (EKSU), where he once served as Chancellor, also mourned his death.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Eddy Olanipekun, remarked that Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti mourned the demise of Olumilua who served as the institution’s Chancellor between 2011 and 2014 meritoriously.

He noted that the University witnessed robust development during his tenure and that he contributed immensely to the development of both Ondo and Ekiti states. (


Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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Bamidele Olumilua, former governor of old Ondo dies at 80

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Chief Bamidele Olumilua,a former Governor of the old Ondo State, has died at the age of 80.

Olumilua is also the father of Ekiti State Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua.

Muyiwa, while confirming his father’s death, in Ado Ekiti, said that the former governor, died in the early hours of Thursday.

“I can confirm to you that it is true that Baba died today (Thursday) around 3 a.m.

We thank God that he lived a good and worthy life and we are proud of his personality and achievements while alive,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Olumilua, had been battling some illnesses, associated with old age, before his eventual death.

He served as state governor from January 1992 to November 1993 under the platform of the Social Democratic Party, during which another late Governor, Olusegun Agagu was his deputy.

His tenure as Governor was, however, truncated along with others nationwide, when retired Gen. Sani Abacha-led military administration came into power.

Olumilua, who hailed from Ikere Ekiti, was appointed the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), by Gov. Kayode Fayemi, during his first tenure in Office.


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Deregistration: INEC asks court to dismiss 31 political parties’ application

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday, prayed a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to strike out the prayers of deregistered 31 political parties, saying “their application is frivolous.”

Counsel to INEC, Alhassan Umar, SAN, told Justice Anwuli Chikere at the hearing of the substantive suit challenging the deregistration of political parties.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that INEC had, on Feb. 6, deregistered 74 political parties, leaving 18 others.

However, in a motion on notice with suit number: FHC//ABJ/ CS/444/19 between Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD) and 32 others Vs. Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and INEC (1st and 2nd respondents respectively) the applicants approached the court for restraining order.

Although 33 political parties filed the matter in court, two of the parties; Labour Party (LP) and African Democratic Congress (ADC) were later dropped from the suit because the parties were not deregistered by INEC.

Justice Chikere had, on May 29, fixed June 3 to hear the substantive matter.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, Chinedu Obienu announced his appearance for the party seeking to be joined in the suit.

Obienu told the judge that his client, Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) was also affected by INEC’s action and that they sought to be joined in the suit in order to avoid case multiplicity.

“We have a motion on notice dated and filed on March 4, praying for the order of this honourable court joining the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) as a plaintiff which was purportedly deregistered on the 6th day of February, 2020, by the 2nd defendant.

“The prayers of the plaintiffs are the same with the prayers of the applicant and we do this so that there will be no multiplicity of suit.

We have a 34-paragraph affidavit and 10 exhibits. We have filed a written address for this motion and we urge this court to grant this application in the interest of justice to join others against the 2nd defendant,” he said.

The lawyer told the court that the plaintiffs and the defendant had been served with their motion.

Counsel to the 31 political parties, Kehinde Edun, and INEC’s Lawyer, Umar, did not oppose the application.

When Edun told the court of his intention to take his application on order of interim injunction granted by the court on Feb. 17, restraining INEC from deregistering the parties pending the determination of the matter, Justice Chikere turned down the request, saying: “We are going to substantive suit today.”

According to Edun, the order was to undo what the 2nd defendant has done.

The judge said though she understood the argument of the lawyer, “I cannot treat interlocutory injunction and substantive suit together. Let us go to the substantive suit and address the matter.”

Chikere stated further that part of her ruling on Feb. 17 was to take the substantive suit.

Edun, then, moved his motion on the amended originating summon dated Oct 29, 2019 and filed on Oct 30, 2019.

My Lord, there are five issues for determination and we are asking for seven reliefs as it appears on the amended originating summon.

My Lord, we also have a 45-paragraph affidavit in support and we adopt the written address attached,” he said.

Edun also informed the court that a further affidavit was filed on June 1 with 23 paragraphs and a written address to counter INEC’s response.

According to him, we are not saying that the 2nd defendant (INEC) has no power to deregister; our contention is that this power has not accrued.

Quoting the relevant section of the law, Edun said: “You don’t condemn a man unheard.”

He said the political parties had not breached the sections of the law that allowed for the deregistration of a party after all governorship, chairmanship and counsellorship elections must have been heard.

On his part, Umar said INEC filed a counter affidavit to the amended originating summons.

“We filed it on Feb 24 and we rely on all the positions therein. We also filed a written address on Feb. 24 and we rely on this as our argument in the case,” he said.

The lawyer, who described the further affidavit and written address of the plaintiffs as “incompetent,” told the court to discountenance the applications.

He argued that the plaintiffs were served on Feb. 24 but only replied to their counter affidavit on Tuesday.

He said by virtue of Order 13 Rule 50 of the court which gave them 14 days to respond to a counter affidavit, he urged the court to discountenance the application.

He argued that the plaintiffs neither asked for an extension of time to file their application nor proffered their facts in accordance with Section 115(2) of the Evidence Act.

Umar reminded the court that Justice Taiwo Taiwo, in a judgment delivered on May 18 in a suit number: /211/2020 between National Unity Party (NUP) and INEC, had settled the matter.

“Your learned brother, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, has settled this issues in a very recent decision,” he said.

He said that Justice Taiwo overruled the NUP in its argument that the power of the electoral umpire to deregister them was not exercisable.

He said that there was no provision in the constitution for INEC to communicate its intention to any political party that did not meet the requirements.

My Lord, their applications are frivolous and lack merit. They have no material at all.

“We urge this honourable court to dismiss the application. It is a distraction to the electoral process,” Umar remarked.

Responding, Edun, though admitted that the further affidavit was filed behind scheduled time, argued that INEC also filed its counter affidavit behind scheduled time.

“Once your own is granted, ours too should be granted,” he stated.

Justice Chikere, after listening to the counsel, adjourned the matter until June 11 for judgment.

The affected parties are Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD) Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP) All Blending Party (ABP) All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP) Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP) Democratic People’s Congress (DPC) Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and Green Party of Nigeria (GPN)  among others.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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