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Alleged defamation: Igboho lacks noble character, Adams tells court



Gani Adams


Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland,Iba Gani Adams has told the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan that the Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Igboho,who filed defamation suit against him, was a thug that possessed no noble character.


Adams made this averrment in his statement of defence he filed to countered the N500m defamation suit slammed on him by Igboho before the court.


Igboho in the suit against Adams, is seeking an order compelling the defendant to pay N500 million as aggravated damages over the leaked audio conversation, which he claimed impugned his reputation


Igboho is also seeking, among others, “a declaration that the content of an audio clip between the defendant (Adams) and a third party named Nuru Banjo that took place sometime in November 2021 and further published on all new media platforms, including Youtube, is slanderous, libelous and defamatory”.


However, the defendant in his defence filed before the court, stated that the claim of Igboho is gold-digging, outrageous, wide and wild, insupportable, and ridiculous, and should be dismissed with substantial costs awarded against the claimant.


He averred that the claims of Igboho in the suit are mere falsehood, fabrications, and the figment of his imagination.


The defendant stated that he is a responsible, reputable, and notable national, traditional and cultural figure and personality in Nigeria, committed to the peace, security, prosperity, and development of Nigeria, particularly Yoruba land, who does not engage in frivolities, gossip, or baseless allegations.


Adams stated that contrary to the claimant’s alleged non-violent character, averred that from Igboho’s antecedents, he has indeed, presented and manifested himself as a violent, crude, destructive and wicked character of monumental dimensions.


“With specific reference to the libelous statement complained of by the claimant, I know as a fact that the Defendant neither made the said statement nor published the same.

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“The facts and allegations that contained in the claimant’s statement of claim, except otherwise expressly admitted by the Defendant, are mere falsehood, fabrications, and the figment of the imagination of the Defendant.


“Igboho had involved in character assassinations and maligning prominent personalities and obas, including President Bola Ahmed Tinubu,the Ooni of Ife,Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi,the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi,the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God,Pastor Enoch Adeboye,the Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land and several other personalities in Nigeria and Yorubaland as a whole .


Referencing Igboho’s many lies and atrocities as evident in some online videos. Igboho, in a video titled “Asiri Mi”, which can be found via YouTube also republished by the same Odis spoke at a public event with a large crowd, portraying himself as a thug early in life.


“He disclosed also that on the instruction of his father, who was a very powerful herbalist, he beat up an Alfa, who was always preaching in front of their house.

“In the video, Igboho boasted of his experience as a war mercenary at the battle front during the Ife-Modakeke war.


“He gleefully spoke about how he killed the son of the Araba of Ile-Ife (Araba Agbaye), whose name he gave as Yellow. Incidentally the Araba of Ile-Ife is regarded as the chief priest of the world.


“Narrating his story in Yoruba language, he said, “Yellow, omo Araba Ife, Nigba ti mo f’ibon gbe soke. Mo so dara ni”, insisting that “Yellow, the son of Araba Ife, when I shot him with my gun, I killed him in grand style.”

“In another video, Igboho spoke at a PDP political rally in Lokoja, Kogi State, affirming that he had been a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) since 1999,and that he was in Kogi State to campaign for Idris Wada against Governor Yahaya Bello.He went on to refer to the Kogi Governor in derogatory manner.

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“He said he joined active politics in 1999. Prior to that,he was a follower of a politician he identified as Oluwo Asalu in Modakeke. While in Ibadan during the political battle between the then Governor,Lamidi Adesina(Lam Adesina) and his successor, Rashidi Ladoja.


“He also spoke about his encounter with Lam Adesina’s security aides at a filling station that led to his being hired as Lam Adesina’s political thug.But later he switched allegiance to Rashidi Ladoja.


“There was another video where he rained curses on the Ooni of Ife, describing the monarch as a mad man. He claimed the Ooni collected money from former President Buhari and refused to say the truth about the “Yoruba Nation’s” cause.


“Igboho had alleged that President Buhari was scared of him and claimed that the Ooni of Ife had collected bags of “Ghana Must Go” filled with dollars from Buhari, saying he had been compromised by politicians, and urged his supporters to take up Ooni on the matter.


“Igboho had also spoke glowingly about his exploits on his way to Akure, when Rashidi Ladoja was to be presented with the party’s flag as a candidate of the PDP.


“In the interview by Kola Olotu, he said Ladoja’s convoy encountered a road block at Iwo road.He likened the scene as a war scene and claimed Ladoja’s vehicle was attacked with guns and cutlass-wielding thugs.


“He said the war was hot and that President Obasanjo panicked and called on the then IGP, Ehindero for support, while Ehindero reported back that the situation was terrible.

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“Igboho had once said he sought protection from former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who was at the time the Governor,adding that he became very notorious in Osogbo that there was no thug in the city who did not know him.


“He also mentioned the story of another battle among the members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ibadan, Oyo State,where a former union leader,Tokyo-Lateef Akinsola hired him to assist him in the war.


“He said he built his first house in Ibadan in 2013, after a politician seeking to become a Senator hired him. The politician,he said paid him USD 500,000 dollars for the job and he built the house within six months with the money he collected from the politician.


“He abused Senators, Governors and President thoroughly,even as he described them as “Oloriburuku”, because they were deceiving Nigerians and taking undue advantage of them.


“He advised that his detractors should not visit him at night and must not come with less than 1000 men,boasting that if 1,000 men besieged his house, hardly would 100 men go unhurt and would only escape through spiritual means”.


He chronicled various reports and situations to affirm his claims on the claimant’s character and lifestyle.


Adams alleged that it was the claimant that has been ridiculing and deriding the status describing
Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland as “a mere Aareonakakanfo of Oyo”


The defendant’s statement of defence is supported with an affidavit deposed to by Chief B. A Tanimowo, the Atoloye Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba Land and a member of Aare in Council and signed by five lawyers including Oluwole Kehinde ESQ,Chief Yinka Oguntimehin,Rosemary Thompson (Mrs)Chief BA Tanimowo,and Yusuf Olatunji Ogunrinde.

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Cholera outbreak: Death toll rises to 24 in Lagos, suspected cases now 417





The death toll resulting from the outbreak of cholera in Lagos State has risen to 24 from 21 earlier reported.


An update by the Lagos State Government on Friday indicated that a total of 24 persons have lost their lives to the disease as of June 19, 2024.


The report also said while a total of 417 suspected cases have been recorded only 35 cases have been confirmed so far across the 20 local government council areas in the state.


As of Thursday, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Health, Kemi Ogunyemi, said that the number of recorded fatalities rose to 21 from 15. She also reported 350 suspected cases.


According to her, Lagos Island, Kosofe, and Eti Osa recorded the highest numbers.


Ogunyemi, while providing an update on the outbreak after meeting with members of the Lagos State Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) attributed the rise in cases to the Ileya festivities during which large gatherings occurred.


She, however, noted that suspected cases were subsiding across LGAs particularly in previously affected LGAs due to state government interventions and surveillance efforts.


The special adviser stated that the Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Health and other sister agencies, was maintaining rigorous surveillance and monitoring of the situation and implementing planned programs and activities to curb the spread.

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“The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the State Ministry of Environment and its agency, the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), continues to collect samples of water sources, food, and beverages to identify the source of contamination. We have also intensified our surveillance activities in communities, particularly in affected local government areas, to address the situation head-on.


“We are also working with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education as well as the Ministry of Tertiary Education to ensure all precautions are taken in our schools to protect children and scholars as they return. Residents must, however, remain vigilant, practice good hand hygiene, and participate in community sanitation activities to stop the spread of cholera,” the Special Adviser stated.


She advised that citizens seek medical attention immediately if they experience symptoms such as watery diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain, general malaise, and fever, stressing that cholera treatment is provided free of charge at all public health facilities.


While noting that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu remains committed to ensuring that residents of Lagos receive quality and affordable health care, the special adviser extended the gratitude of the state government to local, national, and international partners—including UNICEF, WHO, NCDC, NIMR, Red Cross, and others —for their support in combating the outbreak.

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“Appreciation is also extended to the dedicated team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, lab scientists, environmental health officers, Water Corporation officers, surveillance officers, heads of agencies, members of PHEOC, and volunteers who are working around the clock to combat the disease and keep Lagos safe,” Ogunyemi said.


The Ogun State Government has also confirmed the outbreak of the disease which has claimed the life of a 62-year-old woman, and five persons hospitalised, according to the state’s Commissioner for Health, Tomi Coker.


Global Death Toll
Sadly, the World Health Organization (WHO) also confirmed a cumulative death of 194, 897 deaths and 1,932 cases globally as a result of a cholera outbreak.


A statement by the health organisation’s Eastern Mediterranean Region said the outbreaks were recorded from the 1st of January, 2024 to the 26th of May, 2024.


The cases were reported from 24 countries across five WHO regions with the Eastern Mediterranean Region recording the highest numbers followed by the African Region, the Region of the Americas, the South-East Asia Region, and the European Region.

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No outbreaks were reported in the Western Pacific Region during this time.


“The global stockpile of Oral Cholera Vaccines (OCV) was depleted until early March but exceeded the emergency target of 5 million doses in early June for the first time in 2024. As of 10 June 2024, the stockpile has 6.2 million doses. However, demand for the vaccine continues to outpace supply. Since January 2023, 92 million OCV doses were requested by 16 countries, nearly double the 49 million doses produced during this period,” it said.


By March, the UN health agency said it exhausted its global stockpile of Oral Cholera Vaccines (OCV). Still, it was able to exceed “the emergency target of five million doses in early June for the first time in 2024”.


WHO reported that 16 countries requested 92 million doses of OCV since January last year – almost double the 49 million produced during that time.


It said it was working with other partners such as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and others, to use resources to find long-term solutions for cholera.

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Cholera outbreak: Lagos LGA suspends school food vendors





The Agege LGA in Lagos has suspended food vendors in schools under the council as part of measures to curb the spread of the cholera outbreak in the state.


On June 11, Akin Abayomi, Lagos commissioner for health, said five people died while about 60 residents were hospitalised as a result of a suspected cholera outbreak in some parts of the city.


On June 15, the commissioner confirmed the cholera outbreak, noting that there have been 350 suspected cases, out of which 17 have been confirmed cases, with 15 fatalities.


As of Thursday, the number of cholera-related deaths in the state had risen to 24.


Ganiyu Egunjobi, chairman of Agege LGA, said the council has embarked on rigorous sensitisation to prevent the spread of the disease.


Egunjobi noted that market stakeholders and schools have also been sensitised over the radio on precautionary measures to ensure the disease is prevented in the community.

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“We have suspended all school food vendors to ensure the safety of the pupils and students,” he said.


“We have informed both the pupils and students on radio stations to come with their foods to ensure their safety from the cholera disease.


“This development will allow us to detect and prevent outbreaks in our community. We are working tirelessly to prevent the menace of cholera outbreaks in our community.


“We are using various means to talk to our people, through landlord associations and others, to caution them on ensuring hygiene in preparing foods and drinks.


“We urge residents to acquaint themselves with precautionary measures against the deadly cholera disease outbreak.”


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Good Morning! Here Are Some Major News Headlines In The Newspapers Today: Constables’ Recruitment: Police Intimidating Us, PSC Cries Out





1. The authorities of the Police Service Commission, PSC, on Friday, raised the alarm that the police high command is intimidating the agency over the ongoing issues regarding the recruitment of police constables.


2. Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has removed Chidi Awuse as Chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers. Awuse, an ally of the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike, was replaced with the traditional ruler of Apara Kingdom, Eze Chike Worlu Wodo.


3. Amid persistent high cost of goods and services, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Olayemi Cardoso assured yesterday that inflation will subside in the months ahead. At a meeting with leaders of the organised private sector, the CBN governor said there were positive developments in the fight against the economic challenges.


4. The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, on Friday announced the approval of N21 billion for 11 electricity Distribution Companies, DisCos, to provide meters for end-use customers. This was contained in its ORDER NO: NERC/2024/072 on The Operationalization of “Tranche A” of the Presidential Metering Initiative Under the Framework of Meter Acquisition Fund.

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5. Chairman of the Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Tola Alabere, has said that the loss of the November governorship election would end the existence of the party in the state. Alabere stated that the majority of members might not remain in the party if the ruling All Progressives Congress emerged victorious.


6. An officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps, whose name could not be immediately ascertained, was on Friday injured by a driver along Osogbo/Gbongan Road, near Osun Government Secretariat in Abere. The driver was said to be driving at top speed when FRSC officers at a roadblock near the Osun Sector Headquarters located along the expressway, waved him to stop.


7. There was palpable tension in Ojurowo, Folumo in the Isale Eko area of Lagos Island, Lagos State, on Friday after members of the public caught an unidentified woman for kidnapping and selling children. It was learnt that the woman had kidnapped the children from the Ijora area of the state and brought them to Isale Eko to sell them.

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8. The Bauchi State Police Command on Friday urged for calm following the lynching of a man alleged to be an advocate of a religious movement. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Auwal Musa, confirmed that the incident happened on Wednesday.


9. The death toll from the cholera outbreak in Lagos State has risen to 24 with 35 confirmed cases, even as 417 suspected cases have been confirmed in 20 local government areas of the state. The State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, who confirmed the development on his X handle on Friday, said the update was from the Lagos State Cholera Outbreak Situation Report.


10. Italian football legend, Roberto Baggio has been hospitalised after being attacked by armed robbers who stormed his home. The intruders locked his family up while they watched last night’s Euro 2024 match between Italy and Spain.

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