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Ajimobi defies court order, confers Obaship title on ‘sacked’ Lanlate monarch [Documents]

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Ajimobi defies court order, confers Obaship title on 'sacked' Lanlate monarch [Documents]

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The Oyo State Government under the leadership of Senator Abiola Ajimobi has conferred Obaship title on the embattled Baale of Lanlate, Abdulateef Olawuyi Olagoke.

This is despite a court judgement that asked the embattled monarch to vacate the stool.

Olagoke was sacked by a High Court in the state in a judgement delivered on October 5th, 2018 after 19 years legal battle on who is the rightful person to occupy the stool.

The court after it sacked Olagoke, thereafter, reinstated Olusegun Bolawale Oladejo of the Oguntayi family as the Baale of Lanlate.

Amid the crisis, the Oyo State Government, in a letter dated February 13, 2012, installed Olagoke of Bioku house as the Baale of the town following the controversial deposition of Sunday Olusegun Bolawale Oladejo.

But delivering his judgment last year, Justice B.A Taiwo, of the State’s High Court held that Olagoke’s installation was “unlawful, illegal, null and void”.

The court also nullified Olagoke’s deposition also describing it as “unlawful, illegal, null and void” and “a breach of the right of the claimants to fair hearing.”

The court also restrained the state government and its agencies from recognizing Olagoke as the Baale of Lanlate and also restrained him (Olagoke) from parading himself as the Baale of Lanlate also known as Onilala of Lanlate.

The government was then ordered to reinstate Oladejo to his position as Baale of Lanlate and restore all the rights, privileges and entitlements attached to his office.

But, in what appears to be against the court ruling, the government in a letter obtained by DAILY POST on Friday had conferred Obaship on the Olagoke as the new King of Lanlate.

In the circular issued from the Ministry of Local Govrenment and Chieftaincy Affairs and addressed to the Baale, the state government described him as Royal Majesty, Onilala of Lanlate, conferred Obaship on Abdul-Lateef Olawuyi Olagoke of Bioku family.

The Lanlate Progressive Forum, while commenting on the move called on Ajimobi to stop the allocating of beaded crown to the embattled monarch.

The forum in a statement signed by Tunde Adeyemi (President) and Kunle Taiwo (Secretary) a copy of winch was made available to DAILY POST on Friday urged the state government to respect the court judgement.

The statement read, “The government of Oyo state is aware of the judgement and a party in the said case.

“We notice that rather than the state government to implement the judgement of the state high court by Hon. Justice B. A Taiwo, the government is conferring Obaship on whom is no more recognized by Law as the Baale of Lanlate.

“Lanlate progressive Forum is in line with the elders of our town Lanlate that the Oyo State government should follow the rule of Law and should not cause chaos in our peace loving Community.

“We are using this medium to call on the commissioner for justice and Attorney General of the state, Oyo state Chief Judge, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters in Oyo State and the Chairman Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs as a matter of urgency Advise the State Governor to respect the rule of Law and stop conferment of Obaship on Abdullateef Olagoke whom court has restrained from parading himself as Baale of Lanlate .

“It will be recalled that the Oyo State High Court sitting in Eruwa Judicial division delivered a judgement by Hon. Justice B. A Taiwo on 5th Oct, 2018. According to the judgement, the rightful owner of the stool of Lanlate is Olusegun Bolawaye Oladejo of the Oguntayi ruling house of Lanlate and the government should restore him all the rights, privileges, and entitlement attached to the office. We are law-abiding town don’t turn our town to a theatre of war.”

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

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The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike

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Increasing Fuel and Electricity Prices

Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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