The Aare Oona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has appealed to two paramount traditional rulers in Yorubaland, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; and the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, to come to the rescue of Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
The Iba Adams made the appeal on Wednesday.
Recall that after raiding Igboho’s house in Soka, Ibadan, the Department of State Services also declared him wanted.
Also, speaking after the raid, the spokesperson for DSS, Peter Afunaya, had said that seven AK-47 rifles were recovered, alongside pump action guns and 5,000 rounds of ammunition, including other weapons, were recovered when DSS raided Igboho’s house, in Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State around 1:00 a.m. on Thursday.
The secret police also said it killed two persons and arrested 13.
Following the incation, Igboho, who is a promoter of the Yoruba Nation, has gone underground, denied the ownership of the arms, and demanded an apology and N500 million damages from DSS.
However, many Yoruba monarchs have been silent on the development, a situation that the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Adewale Akanbi, attributed to Igboho’s disrespect for some traditional rulers.
Igboho had in the past tackled Ooni and Alake for expressing opposing views to his approach in agitating for Yoruba Nation and fight against herdsmen’s invasion.
But the Yoruba generalissimo appealed to the influential monarchs and South-West governors to intervene in Igboho’s travail, adding that “from my experience, it is difficult to fight the government and win.”
He said, “I appeal to our traditional rulers starting from Ooni, to Alake and other leaders, including our Governors who Sunday had abused and insulted – you know he insulted me too but we need to forgive and help him. We must not allow this to consume him.
“We are appealing to them generally not to allow Sunday Igboho to be consumed. The issue on the ground now is about the interest of the Yoruba Nation. Either you support self-determination or not, anything that happens to Sunday Igboho will be a slap to the entire Yoruba race. They should not forget that the issue on the ground is not only the issue of self-determination. It is also about insecurity – that some tribes are determined to overrun our own region.
“If you allow this to consume Sunday Igboho, it will create an advantage for the criminals, who have already invaded our farms and communities to cause a security threat.
“At the same time, I appeal to all agitators that they should not abuse anybody that defer or disagree on self-determination – that believes in the devolution of power. We shouldn’t abuse those who said publicly that they believe in the devolution of power. We should not be enemies.”
Good Morning! Here Are Some Major News Headlines In The Newspapers Today: Lagos police arrest eight suspected robbers on wanted list
1. Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested eight suspected armed robbers on its wanted list. The spokesperson for the command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday. Hundeyin stated that the suspects, who belonged to two syndicates, were arrested after weeks of discreet and intense investigation.
2. Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, has urged the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, to shelve their proposed nationwide protest. In a letter addressed to the counsel for the NLC, Femi Falana, SAN, dated February 23, 2024, Fagbemi reminded the NLC of a subsisting order restraining the union from embarking on any industrial action.
3. Some yet-to-be-identified hoodlums have killed the President-General of Umuoji Community in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Silas Onyima. Although the details of the incident are still sketchy, it was gathered that the hoodlums, numbering about 15, invaded the deceased’s home on Friday evening and shot him dead thereby throwing the community into panic.
4. The Nigeria Police, on Friday, arrested officers attached to the Special Tactical Squad in Abuja for extorting the sum of N30m from a member of the public. In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Friday, the police said the case was brought to their attention via X (formerly Twitter).
5. The presidency has confirmed that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will visit Qatar. This was contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, in reaction to a leaked memo. He said the State Visit by Tinubu was on the invitation of the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
6. The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, has lifted the economic sanctions imposed on Niger, Mali and Burkina-Faso. The lifting of the sanctions followed long hours of deliberations by the regional leaders at an extraordinary summit on the political, peace, and security situation in the sub region.
7. Bandits have killed one of the seven persons abducted from Kuduru community in the federal capital territory, FCT. The bandits stormed the area and abducted the victims on December 28, 2023. Source said that the victim, Olayinka Ogunyemi, was killed after members of the families of the hostages failed to pay the N290 million demanded.
8. Wale Edun, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, has stated that fuel subsidy was costing the federal government N400 billion monthly. President Bola Tinubu, had in his inauguration, declared the end of the fuel subsidy era.
9. Dr Kanu Agabi, a former Attorney-General of the Federation, says Nigeria’s judiciary is better than the legislature and the executive, saying it is the best arm of government in the country. Agabi stated this in Abuja on Saturday, at a book launch titled “Court and Politics” authored by Dr Umar Ardo, the former Special Adviser on Research and Strategy to former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar.
10. A fresh crisis is brewing in the All Progressives Congress, APC, over the election of the party’s candidate for the September 21, 2024, governorship election in Edo State. Dennis Idahosa, the first runner-up in the just concluded primary election, rejected the declaration of Senator Monday Okpebholo as the party’s gubernatorial candidate.
Sanwo-Olu, deputy test run Lagos red line ahead of commissioning
Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos State, on Saturday, carried out a test run of the Lagos Red Line ahead of next week’s commissioning of the project by President Bola Tinubu.
The Lagos State governor also inspected the tracks and the rail corridors. Some of the comfort facilities inspected by Governor Sanwo-Olu included the train’s cooling system, handrails, cushioned seats, and in-built safety features of the wagons.
Today, I was at the Ikeja Train Station for the pivotal test run of the brand-new trains dedicated to our transformative Red Line Rail Project.
The Red Line Rail Project which I performed the groundbreaking on April 15th, 2021 is a momentous step towards a connected and… pic.twitter.com/CzynLh8759
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) February 24, 2024
“We just completed another inspection of the Red Rail Line facility and corridor; now we are back in Ikeja Mega Station. We all have just used the train to Iju and back. I’m sure our media men can fully report what we all witnessed in the course of the short journey. This rail infrastructure is ready for inauguration, but we still have a few cleaning to do,” Sanwo-Olu said in a statement by his chief press secretary Gboyega Akosile.
“The challenge we have is the pedestrian interference on the rail track and unapproved activities seen along the corridor. We will continue with the enforcement we started against illegal use of the rail corridor. We are in talks with NRC (Nigeria Railway Corporation) to reinforce the train route with physical barriers to limit pedestrian interference.”
He told residents of the state to abide by safety measures in using the rail line, saying, “We have reduced human interference on the track considerably over the last two months, but enforcement continues.
“The stations are ready, the trains are ready and I believe Lagosians are ready to welcome this new infrastructure built for their use and benefit.”
Sanwo-Olu’s deputy Obafemi Hamzat and members of the State cabinet were part of the entourage.
The 37-kilometre rail line built by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) will be inaugurated by President Tinubu, along with its stations and other ancillary facilities. The Red Line traverses seven stations from Agbado, a boundary town in Ogun State, to Oyingbo in Lagos Central.
UPDATED: ECOWAS lifts sanctions against Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lifted sanctions imposed on Niger Republic, Mali and Burkina Faso — member nations that are ruled by the military.
On Saturday, President Bola Tinubu, chairman of ECOWAS, said the decision was based on humanitarian considerations, especially because of the Lenten period and the approaching month of Ramadan.
The regional bloc also lifted sanctions on the Republic of Guinea-Bissau.
In a statement, Ajuri Ngelale, presidential spokesperson, said Tinubu spoke at the extraordinary summit of ECOWAS held in Abuja.
“Everything we did was in hopes of persuading our brothers that there existed a better path, a path that would lead to genuine improvement of their people’s welfare through democratic good governance. And this was a path each of our nations had solemnly agreed with one another pursuant to formal regional treaty and protocol,” the statement quoted Tinubu as saying.
“However, the sanctions that we contemplated might help lead our brothers to the negotiating table have become a harsh stumbling block. In my mind and heart, that which is hurtful yet ineffective serves no good purpose and should be abandoned.
“ECOWAS was established for the unassailable objective of improving the lives of the people of this region through fraternal cooperation among all member states. This edifice was cemented on the strong foundation and apt conviction that, united as one, we can be the true masters of our destiny.”
Tinubu said ECOWAS took the steps it did based on the regional ideals of security, social stability, democratic governance, political freedom, broad-based prosperity, and sustainable economic development through fair opportunity for each and everyone in West Africa.
He said neither hatred nor hidden motive influenced the steps taken, adding that there was never any intention to douse or undermine the legitimate political aspirations of any member state or to advance the interests of any outside party.
In calling for the suspension of sanctions, Tinubu said: “We must take note of the approach of the holy month of Ramadan and of Lent.”
“Whether you pray in the mosque or in the church, this represents a time for compassion, hope, and harmony. It is a time that we must not only seek God but also a closer relationship with brother and neighbour,” the president said.
“What I suggest in real and practical terms is that we, my colleagues and fellow heads of state in ECOWAS, indefinitely suspend economic sanctions against Niger, Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso and against the leadership of the military authorities in those nations.”
The president asked that ECOWAS facilitate the unfettered flow of foodstuffs, medicines and other humanitarian items to the people of these nations, especially to the most vulnerable.
He added that for Nigeria, “this will also mean the prompt resumption of the export of electric power to Niger”.
“In this vein, suspension of sanctions is an important but initial step. What we seek is more than the breaking of the diplomatic logjam. We must use this very moment when things seem tense and progress unavailing, to forge greater cooperation within our community,” he said.
“We not only reach out to our brothers. Today, we say unto them — let us begin to work more earnestly together for the economic development of our people and towards confronting those modern challenges that respect no borders or boundaries.
“As leaders of ECOWAS, we have accepted the honour and duty to draft the history of the region and its people during our tenure in office.
“We have also accepted the honour and duty to reach out to our brothers, letting them know this regional home belongs to us all. I shall do my utmost in this regard. I humbly beseech that you do the same.
“For these reasons, we must suspend sanctions and return to brotherly dialogue. I call on the leadership in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, and Niger to embrace the hand extended.”
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