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We’ve 3 , Not 12 Igboho’s Aides In Custody – DSS

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At Last, DSS Produces In Court 12 Aides Of Igboho

The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied detaining 12 associates of the Yoruba nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.

The DSS insisted on Thursday that instead of 12 being claimed in a suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja, it had three Igboho’s aides in its custody.

It is claimed in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/64z/2021 being prosecuted by some lawyers including Pelumi Olajengbesi and Allen Sowore that the DSS is holding on 12 associates of Ighoho arrested during its raid of his Ibadan (Oyo State) residence earlier this month.

They gave the names of those being detained as: Abdullateef Ofeyagbe, Amuda Babatunde (alias Lady K), Tajudeen Erinoyen Diekola Ademola, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Noah, Ayobami Donald, Adelabe Usman, Oluwapelumi Kunle, Raji Kazeem, Taiwo Opeyemi and Bamidele Sunday.

The court, on July 23 granted an ex-parte application by the applicants and, among others, ordered the DSS to produce them on July 29 and to show cause why they should not be granted bail.

At the resumed hearing in the case on Thursday, the DSS failed to produce the applicants, but made effort to justify its inability to comply with the court’s order.

DSS’ lawyer, I. Awo apologised for his client’s inability to produce the applicants in court, but argued that they were being detained based on an order from another court pending the conclusion of an investigation.

READ ALSO: Court Adjourns Trial As DSS Fails To Produce 12 Detained Aides Of Igboho

Awo said the order got for their detention would lapse on August 2 and prayed the court to allow the DSS time to conclude its investigation after which it would decide on whether or not to release or charge them to court.

The lawyer noted that as against the applicants’ claim that 12 of them were being held, the DSS has three – Amoda Babatunde (aka Lady K), Diokola Adeyemo Admola and Bamidele Sunday – in its custody.

Awo added the DSS also had Abdullateef Ofeyagbe (the first applicant) in its custody until July 27when he was released.

Lawyer to the applicants, Olajengbesi faulted Awo’s claim and insisted that all his clients were being held by the DSS.

He also faulted the remand order tendered in court by the DSS’ lawyer arguing that it was not certified.

Olajengbesi however sought time to enable him to respond to the affidavit filed by the DSS in relation to the court’s order for it to show cause.

Ruling, Justice Obiora Egwuatu restated the order for the applicants’ production on the next adjourned date.

Justice Egwuatu also ordered the DSS to allow the applicants’ lawyers access to them between today and Monday.

He adjourned till August 2 for the DSS to produce them in court and for further hearing in the case.

 

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Ooni Opens Up On Meeting With Buhari Over Igboho

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Ooni Opens Up On Meeting With Buhari Over Igboho

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has disclosed what transpired during his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.

In an interview with BBC, the monarch said the agitator rejected advice offered him by monarchs sent to dialogue with him.

Ooni said that during the meeting, Buhari was informed of the reasons for Igboho’s agitation.

In his reaction, Buhari said Igboho needed to be “calm and patient”.

The president also asked monarchs in the South-West to advise Igboho against moves that were lawless.

The monarch, who said Igboho had a just cause to fight, said he should have been more diplomatic.

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He alleged that Igboho was misled by politicians, insisting that the activist deserved the support of monarchs in the region.

Ooni said he had forgiven Igboho and already working to get him freed from detention in Benin Republic.

He urged other Yoruba Nation agitators to consider dialogue.

He said: “I have always told the government to call the agitators for a dialogue. Sunday Igboho grew up in Ife. All that he has become today, started from Ife. He fought the Ife and Modakeke war and both lands belong to Ife. He is a son of the soil.

“He wanted to fight for his kinsmen. He stood up and fought for those killed in Oke Ogun. We thank God for preserving his life. He tried his best but he was overwhelmed by different pieces of advice from people.

“Many people advised him wrongly. He listened to them.

“I visited President Buhari on his case and we discussed it. I told him that Igboho is our son, he told me that he (Igboho) should stay calm and exercise patience. The president told me that monarchs should warn him to be calm.

“After I left Buhari’s place, I called on monarchs and elders of Yoruba land for a meeting to advise Igboho to exercise patience but Igboho did not listen. He started abusing everyone, including the monarchs I sent to him.

“He hurled so many bad words but he is still our son. God owns forgiveness. We’ve forgiven him. If he had listened, he wouldn’t have found himself in his current travail.

“We are trying our best to secure his release.

READ ALSO: Ooni Warns Against Communal Crisis Over Modakeke Killings

“It is better to fight together. We can only achieve our goal if we are united.

“No one can fight with the government alone. You’ve to be diplomatic.”

 

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Bandits Kill 17 In Mosque

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Bandits Kill 17 In Mosque

Seventeen people were killed as bandits invaded a mosque in Maza Kuka village in Mashegu local government area of Niger State.

Also, 18 people were said to have been abducted during the attack on Monday morning.

The gunmen invaded the community on motorcycles while the residents were performing their morning prayers, shooting sporadically into the air.

Sources said that the gunmen shot at some victims, leaving 17 dead.
Some of the residents said on phone they were still in shock over the attack, which they said took them by surprise.

The Maza Kuka and Kulhu communities in Mashegu local government council of Niger State are bordering Kianji Lake Forest where most of the bandits are said to be taking refuge.

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The Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, confirmed the attack to reporters.

He said that 16 people were killed in the mosque while one other was killed at Kaboji village by the gunmen.

Matane said that the State Government had sent a team of military personnel to the forest to fish out bandits hiding there.

The Chairman of Mashegu local government council, Alhaji Alhassan Isa Maza-Kuka also confirmed the incident, describing it as very devastating to the people.

He said that the attack was uncalled for especially as the people were in the mosque for prayers.

Alhassan disclosed that one of the injured people was in a critical condition and had been referred to the Minna General Hospital for medical attention.

 

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Federal University, Lokoja Honours Toyin Falola, Holds Conference

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Federal University, Lokoja Honours Toyin Falola, Holds Conference

The Department of History and International Studies, Federal University, Lokoja will hold a national conference in honour of renowned historian Prof. Toyin Falola.

The theme of the conference is “Insurgency, Armed Banditry, And Ethno-religious Conflicts In Central Nigeria.”

The event billed for 10:00 a.m. on November 10, 2021 at the University Auditorium, Adankolo Campus, is one of the ceremonies of the fifth convocation of the university.

Falola is a Professor of African History and Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin , U.S.A.

Prof. Falola’s research interest is African history and the geographic areas of interest include Africa, Latin America, and the United States. Falola’s thematic fields include Atlantic history, diaspora and migration, empire and globalization, intellectual history, international relations, religion and culture.

Beyond his academic pursuits, Falola who is author and editor of more than one hundred books, makes regular interventions in the simmering and overt socioeconomic and political crises of his country Nigeria and continent Africa.

 

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