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Monarch arrested in Ekiti State over alleged impersonation



Oba Lawrence Bamidele Idowu, Olu-Ifon, Ifon Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti has been arrested by the Ekiti State Police Command for alleged impersonation.

The monarch was allegedly involved in a community crisis which reportedly claimed the life of an 80-year-old High Chief, who was also the Elejoka of Ibalogun, Chief Bello Ojo

The deceased’s daughter, Mrs Bunmi Fajana, alleged that his late father was manhandled by some people suspected to be thugs while rescuing his 14-year-old son allegedly abducted by the thugs.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Alberto Adeyemi, confirmed the development.

He said the old man slumped and died while in company of others going to inspect property destroyed following the confusion that trailed the arrest of the monarch.

According to community sources, the arrest, said to have been carried out in the early hours of Tuesday, was effected by SARS, who reportedly stormed the community and whisked away some people, including the monarch.

The source, however, could not ascertain the number of those arrested, saying that those arrested were already being detained at the police station.

The source alleged that the police, who came around 4a.m in eight pick up vehicles, marked ‘SARS’, allegedly vandalized some of the property at Idowu’s palace before they could gain entrance to arrest the monarch.

The Police Public Relations Officer said that the monarch was arrested for parading himself as the traditional ruler of the community, when he is not, an action, he said was capable of causing crisis in the community.

He also said Idowu would be charged to court for impersonation.

According to the PPRO, the community already had a traditional ruler recognized by the state government, saying that Idowu came from Ogun state to install himself as another king, thereby causing anarchy in the community.

Adeyemi added, “The real Olufon was installed and was recognised by the state government.

“But he (Idowu) came from Ogun state and installed himself as another Oba against the tradition of the community and law of the country,” he said.

The police spokesman alleged that several personal efforts by the state Commissioner of Police in the state, Alhaji Abdullahi Chafe, to resolving the chieftaincy crisis in the community had not yielded fruits.

He alleged that Idowu had turned down several invitations extended to him by the CP for dialogue.

“The chairman of the Traditional Council in Oye Local Government reported him (Idowu) to the CP, the commissioner invited him several times for a meeting to have his own side but he refused to show up.

“And we will not sit back and allow anybody to cause the breach of the law in any part of the state.

“We are going to charge him to court and if he is found guilty, that is seven years imprisonment,” the PPRO declared.

In his reaction, Idowu denied the allegation that he installed himself as an Oba of the community.

He said contary to insinuation, he was not based in Ogun state as alleged by the police but that the head of the kingmakers in ruling house, Chief Abraham Akanle, who installed him, was based in Lagos.

Under Omu Ekiti, it was gathered, Ifon, Ibalogun and Arin Omu are the three quarters that came together to run a confederation system of government in the community.

It was learnt that Akanle, who holds the traditional title Obaisa of the community, had, while installing Idowu as the new Olufon, dismissed the previous exercise as an “exercise in futility,” saying he had the sole right to present Olufon to the people and the government.

The PPRO said one of the suspected thugs had also been arrested and normalcy had returned to the community.

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Akeredolu: There’s A Serious Security Crisis In Ondo



Akeredolu: There’s A Serious Security Crisis In Ondo

Governor Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has expressed that there is a serious security crisis in Ondo State.

He made this remark while lamenting the murder of a monarch in the state, Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, who was killed by suspected kidnappers.

In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, Akeredolu described the incident as a sad one for the State.

Also Read: Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

The governor described the act as a heinous crime that is too heavy and unbearable.

He said he has directed security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police, to fish out the perpetrators of the crime.

Akeredolu also vowed to do all he can to unravel those behind the act and make them face the full wrath of the law.

He advised that caution should be exercised from making public reference in statements or utterances in respect of the “great loss.”


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Nigeria’s Economy May Emerge From Recession In 2021 Q1, Says Emefiele



 Nigeria’s Economy May Emerge From Recession In 2021 Q1, Says Emefiele

CBN Governor – Godwin Emefiele

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has predicted that the nation’s economy may emerge from recession in the first quarter of 2021.

Recall that some days ago, Nigeria entered into recession for the second time since 2016.

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, made the prediction on Friday during the 55th annual Bankers Dinner which held in Lagos.

He expressed that the expected economic growth was two per cent.

Also Read: Nigeria Will Exit Recession By First Quarter Of 2021 – Finance Minister

Emefiele said, “With the sustained implementation of our intervention measures, we do expect that the Nigerian economy could emerge from the recession by the first quarter of 2021.”

“We also expect that growth in 2021 would attain 2.0 per cent. However, downside risks remain, as restoration of full economic activities, particularly in service-related sectors, remains uncertain until a COVID vaccine is produced and made available to millions of people across the world.

“Second, with the significant rise in cases in advanced markets and the imposition of lockdowns in parts of Europe, concerns remain on the impact this could have on growth in advanced economies, commodity prices and the financial markets.”

He also called for measures to “insulate our economy from the impact of these shocks through our diversification efforts, while also working to ensure that we adhere to safety protocols in order to prevent a surge in COVID-19 related cases, as this could further cripple economic activities.

This prediction by the apex bank echoes the projection of the Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, who stated that Nigeria would exit recession in the first quarter of 2021.


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Shehu Sani Reacts To Hisbah’s Call For Scrapping Of Black Friday



Shehu Sani Reacts To Hisbah's Call For Scrapping Of Black Friday

Shehu Sani

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has reacted to the call for the scrapping of the popular ‘Black Friday’sales by the Kano State Hisbah Board.

Recall that earlier on Friday, the board asked a radio station, demanding that it stops using the word “Black Friday” to refer to Friday.

Also Read: TECNO Stormed Computer Village with BBNaija’s OZO to Wrap up its Black Friday Sales Activities

The board explained that since Friday is regarded as a holy day in Islam, tagging it “Black Friday” is derogatory and a thus, should not be condoned.

Reacting to the statement, the former lawmaker from Kaduna described the threat by the Hisbah board as ‘nonsensical.”

He wrote:

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