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NURTW CLASH: MC OLUOMO, KUNLE POLY SIGN PEACE ACCORD

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Members of National Union of Road Transport Workers, Lagos State Branch led by its Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya popularly known as MC Oluomo on 17h January 2020 has signed a peace accord in the presence of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu and his team.

The meeting was convened in respect of the perennial crisis rising from Lagos Island unit of Lagos State NURTW.
Leaders of the group fermenting the trouble Azeez Adekunle AKA Kunle Poly and Mustapha Adekunle AKA Sego were made to sign peace bond to ensure there is no reoccurrence of such ugly incident.

While his comment at the venue Kunle poly said he has nothing to say since his Chairman(MC) is in the gathering and he is a law-abiding citizen, “I don’t have much to say, I am a law-abiding citizen, my State Chairman is here and am ready to abide by the state chairman’s directive”

While the Commissioner of Police welcome them to the command and said we are all living witnesses to what happened in Lagos Island recently where people were injured and vehicles vandalized, we cannot fold our arms and allow such to continue happening. The cause of the clash is between two factions of NURTW on Lagos island. About four weeks ago, during the Lagos Island crisis, two innocent people were killed and properties damaged as a result of the turmoil caused by the warring factions.

” Our duties are to protect life and properties. When these incidents are ongoing, we did our underground research. In the course of our investigations, we discovered that NURTW Lagos Island branch is the one fighting.

“Investigation further revealed that the fight is between the two strong leaders in that area. So when we called on Mustapha Adekunle, popularly known as Sego, and Azeez Adekunle, popularly known as Kunle poly, and some other groups, we discovered.

“The crisis was caused by the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Lagos Island branch, and investigation revealed further is between the strong leaders in that area. It is believed that Unionism should guided by the rule of law and regulations. That is why we were able to invite State of the Union, ” the Commissioner said.

At the event the Chairman of the Lagos State National Union of Road Transport Workers and the executive were on ground and they have promised that they are going to call their members to order.

“We are only taking them by their words. They will be signing the bond order, and anybody who perpetrated the law after signing the bond orders form will be arrested and prosecuted, ” the Commissioner warned in his concluding statement.

On the part of the Chairman, Lagos State National Union of Road Transport Workers, Musiliu Akinsanya said that, he reported the actions of the factional leaders immediately he realised they were attempting to destroy his administration.

“I reported them when they are trying to destroy my Chairmanship .
It’s the Lagos Island two leaders’ boys that are fighting for supremacy .
The boys are fighting themselves.
The Lagos State government does not want miscreants hiding under the leadership of NURTW.”

He declared that it is the two leaders who are causing trouble.

“Lagos State does not like to see you with dangerous weapon or allowed yourself to be used as political thugs.
When I had about the fracas I took a step by visiting the scene of the crime and I summoned both parties for interrogation and made both parties to write undertaken.

“As the fracas is going, I was also summoned by the authority. But when I invited the two factions that ,what is their problems on this Island ,Azeez Adekunle was the first person to collect the Microphone to say that people who are members of the National Union, under Mustapha Adekunle popularly known as Sego are the ones fighting.

“I took a step further by inviting them to Lagos State Police Command ,because I see it as the next thing to do.
After inviting them, I noticed that some of these people are not Union Member ,and they came with them.
I asked Kunle Poly on how to solve the fracas within them.”

He replied ,”that people on the Island are all here and they pointed themselves and with immediate effect I handed them over to Area ‘G’ Command Ogba ,which is close by ,and we were all summoned.”

From there, the leaders where mandated to produce the persons causing trouble on the Island. Thereafter, they team up with some Police Officers and get them all arrested.

When they brought them before the Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP, Hakeem Olusegun Odumosu, he knew those behind the crisis from his independent investigation, he had seen people making this trouble on the Island.

He stated that is desire is to get true members of the Union release.

“My own is that they should release my men, since their investigations had proved that my boys are not the one causing trouble on the Island.

Once they release them I will still take them to the State Council to write undertaken, that fracas will no longer occurred on Lagos Island, and if it should happen again ,I will personally hand them over to the Police, in fact I will not spare anyone.

“We came for peace, and I believe the CP had done the right thing by inviting the whole members to State Command headquarters.

Even before I became the State Chairman I was doing my best in the area of Community Policing, we are all Lagosians, and I believe if anything happened everybody knows who will suffer it.

We have earlier informed the Police ,that there are some people who are not Union members, but are hiding under National Union.

MC during the event noted he is ready to collaborate with the police to ensure there is lasting peace in Lagos State.

“I’m using this medium to tell the CP that I’m ready to cooperate with him because I don’t want anything to damage my tenure, because what I want is peace.

Even the Executive Governor of Lagos State Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu, had earlier said ,that he wants peace, and I want peace to reign in my terrain.”

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Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Arabic Inscriptions On Naira Notes

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Justices Yellin Bogoro of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Tuesday, July 16, dismissed a suit by a Lagos-based lawyer, Malcom Omirhobo, challenging the use of Arabic inscriptions on Naira notes.

According to the judge, “the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is empowered by Section 53 (1) of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) to print, design and issue the currency and compels the need to establish bad faith before an action can be brought to challenge the act or omission of the Federal Government or the apex court.”

The court also held that the suit challenging the Arabic inscriptions on Naira notes failed to establish that the CBN’s powers were exercised in bad faith.

Omirhobo had filed the suit against the CBN in Jan. 2020 contending amongst other things that Arabic is not one of the four official languages of Nigeria namely English, Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo. In the suit, the lawyer contended that Arabic is not indigenous to Nigeria and to have it on our country’s currency offends certain provisions of the Constitution.

The CBN, in its response, had filed a preliminary objection insisting that Omirhobo had no locus standi to file the matter. The bank also filed a defence.

Three other interested persons joined the suits as defendants, the Incorporated Trustees of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), its Founder, Ishaq Akintola; and a Kebbi-based legal practitioner, Umar Kalgo.

Ruling on the case, Justice Bogoro first dismissed the CBN’s preliminary objection and held that Omirhobo had the locus standi to institute the action of being a taxpayer. The court also held that public interest actions must be encouraged.

The court, however, held that Omirhobo failed to prove that the CBN acted Mala Fide, in bad faith and accordingly dismissed the suit.

In his reaction to the judgment, Omirhobo said he had applied for a Certified True Copy of the judgement and would study the same to decide his next line of action.

The lawyer also said the court noted that Nigeria is a multi-ethnic and religious country and that no ethnic group or religion is superior to the other.

The lawyer claimed that the court held that Arabic is not Nigeria’s official Language and advised that for Nigerians to coexist in harmony, ‘perhaps it is time for the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Government to remove the Arabic inscription on the N200, N500 and N1000 naira notes since it has been removed from the N5, N10, N50 and N100.’

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Kano: Gov Yusuf Reinstates Gaya Emir, Names Two Others For Karaye, Rano

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Kano State governor, Abba Yusuf has reinstated Emir of Gaya, Alhaji Aliyu Abdulkadir Gaya, and approved the appointment of two other second-class Emirs for Rano and Karaye.

According to a statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson, Sanusi Tofa, the new emirates are to serve as second with Kano as first-class emirate.

Yusuf named the newly appointed Alhaji Muhammad Karaye as the Emir of Karaye. He was the District Head of Rogo before his latest appointment.

Alhaji Muhammad Umar was named the Emir of Rano. He was the District Head of Bunkure before the latest appointment.

The statement added: “While congratulating the newly appointed Emirs, Governor Abba Yusuf enjoined them to be custodians of culture, peace, and unity of the people in their respective emirates.”

Recall that Governor Yusuf had on Tuesday signed into law three second class emirates in the state with Rano Emirate covering only Rano, Kibiya and Bunkure Local Government areas and Gaya Emirate covering only Gaya, Ajingi and Albasu Local Government areas while Karaye Emirate covers only Karaye and Rogo Local Government areas.

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Obasanjo, Ooni, Adeleke, Buratai, Oyinlola, Emir Of Biu, Others Storm Kuta For Olowu’s 60th Birthday

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The ancient town of Kuta was ago on Sunday as Olowu of Kuta, HRM Oba Dr Hameed Adekunle Makama Oyelude, CON, Tegbosun III, received dignitaries across Nigeria to celebrate his 60th birthday anniversary.

Prominent among the dignitaries were former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Governor Ademola Adeleke, former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former chief of army staff, Gen TY Buratai rtd who also doubles as Balogun Agba Akin of Kuta and the executive chairman of federal character commission, Dr Muheeba Dankaka.

Traditional rulers at the ceremony include Ooni of Ife, HIM Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Olowu of Owu (Abeokuta) Oba Prof Saka Matemilola, Timi of Ede, HRM Oba Munirudeen Lawal and Emir of Biu, Alhaji Midala Mustapha Umar amongst others.

Speaking earlier with journalists, Oba Makama said he was elated to receive the creme de lacreme of the society at his 60th birthday.

The revered monarch said his 60th birthday anniversary was put together by his admirers, friends, and well wishers across the country.

He, however, advised that traditional rulers should adhere strictly to their mandate as Custodian of culture and traditions, adding that Obas are not installed to be religious leaders.

The 60th birthday was preceded by a series of events like Olowu Marathon, Walk For Life, and Healthcare/ medical checkup.

There were also fireworks at the dot of 12.00am on Sunday to herald Olowu Kuta into his 60th birthday.

The Marquee Tent, which served as the venue of the ceremony, was filled to its capacity.

The Bonsue Fuji Crooner, Adewale Ayuba, was a delight to watch as he dished out good music, relishing his bonsue style as guests also appreciated him.

Gen Buratai,who is a personal friend and confidant of Olowu Kuta, said he’s delighted to be part of the celebration of the monarch who has distinguished himself as detrabilised Nigerian.

Governor Adeleke, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed, commended Olowu Kuta “as a delightful example of devotion to the people”.

The statement read; “The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has rejoiced with the Olowu of Kuta, HRM Oba Hameed Adekunle Makama Oyelude (Tegbosun III), on the auspicious occasion of his birthday, describing him as a delightful example of devotion to the people.”

Governor Adeleke, who acknowledges Oba Oyelude, sustained efforts in fostering peace and harmony in his domain, noted that the monarch’s open door policy and soft power approach has engendered unity among subjects.

The Governor lauds Oba Oyelude’s steadfast observation of culture and traditions, adding that the monarch continues to inspire a great deal of interest in Yoruba’s rich heritage through appearances and utterances.

“On this auspicious day, I congratulate HRM Oba Hameed Adekunle Makama Oyelude (Tegbosun III). Oba Oyelude is a striking pointer of what purposeful leadership should look like considering the profound impact of his influence on subjects and Kuta town,” the governor noted in a congratulatory message.

“As he turns 60 years today, I join every sons and daughters of Kuta to celebrate Kabiyesi, and commend him for the incredible leadership he exudes just as I honour his commitment to fostering peace and stability by promoting harmony in his domain.

“It is my prayer that God Almighty will grant Kabiyesi more celebrations in good health, strength and wisdom so that he can continue to offer impactful leadership and also to contribute to the promotion of Yoruba’s culture, traditions and values.”

Also, Prince Oyinlola said Olowu Kuta’s ascending into the throne of his forebears has brought development to the ancient town.

He, however, wished Oba Makama long life and prosperity, as he journeyed ahead in his mandate as Custodian of culture and traditions.
Other side attractions include ‘Iwure’ by Chief Yemi Elebuibon, ‘Oriki’ by Ajobiewe.

The Osun State cultural troupe was a delight to watch, while a northern group based in Kano entertained the guests with the melodious songs laced with Hausa-Fulani traditions.

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