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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Death toll rises to 248 as 7.1 earthquake strikes Mexico city to rumbles of a centurion quake

7.1 magnitude quake hits DAYS after biggest in century – 248 dead.. Numbers to rise.

Thousands sift through rubble after Mexico earthquake

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The quake struck at 1.15pm local time (7.15pm BST) and of the 216 people confirmed dead so far, half of them were in the capital, Mexico City.

Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto later confirmed 22 bodies had been recovered from a collapsed school in Mexico City where 48 people remain missing.

One woman, a 32-year-old mother, told reporters: "They keep pulling kids out, but we know nothing of my daughter."

The governor of the neighbouring state of Morelos said at least 42 people had been killed there.

Five more people died in the State of Mexico, governor Alfredo Del Mazo told local TV.

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Rescuers work to clear the debris from a collapsed building in Mexico City

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A woman is pulled alive from the rubble of a collapsed building in Mexico City

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Shocked Mexico City residents console one another after this afternoon's quake

Dozens of buildings have been reduced to rubble across the capital, including a number of historic points of interest, while broken gas mains have sparked fires across the city.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit five miles southeast of Atencingo in the state of Puebla, about 100 miles south of Mexico City, at a depth of 32 miles.

The quake prompted a small eruption of Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano, which is visible from Mexico City.

On its slopes a small church collapsed, killing 15 people.

Video has emerged showing a huge explosion over the city following the quake, the cause of which is not yet clear.

HUGE explosion tears through Mexico City after earthquake

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Hospital patients were moved outside of the building following the quake

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The president said at least 27 buildings had collapsed in Mexico City

A large number of hospital patients have been photographed receiving treatment outside the facility for fear the building may collapse.

Dentist Claudia Meneses said she was in her clinic in Mexico City's Lindavista neighbourhood when the earthquake struck.

"People are really scared right now," she said.

"We're going to go to a building that fell to see if we can help."

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An injured woman is carried away after the quake in Mexico

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Mexico has been hit by another powerful earthquake weeks after a fatal quake

The quake was recorded at 1.15pm local time and comes days after the country was hit by an 8.1 magnitude tremor, the biggest to hit Mexico in a century, killing at least 98 people.

President Nieto was on a flight to Oaxaca, one of the hardest hit areas by that quake, but has since tweeted that he was immediately returning to attend to the quake in Mexico City.

Just two hours before the quake struck, people had been taking part in evacuation drills on the anniversary of one of Mexico's deadliest earthquakes which struck in 1985.

Video footage shows a huge cloud of thick dust and smoke filling the streets as people try to make their way to safety.

One clip shows the side of a National Secretariat building crumbling as onlookers scream in horror.

People scream as Mexico earthquake destroys building

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Seperate footage shows huge storm-like waves rocking gondoliers in Mexico city's famous Xochimilco canals.

Adrian Wilson, a photographer from New York City, was in Mexico City when the quake hit.

He told CNN: "I was having lunch when the floor gently rocked as if a big truck went by.

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The earthquake comes just days after the country's biggest earthquake in a century killed 98 people

"It then amplified in waves and the whole room started shaking.

"The building is from the 1930s and just survived a big earthquake, so I knew I would be OK."

In Cuernavaca, a city south of Mexico City, there were unconfirmed reports on local radio of people trapped beneath collapsed buildings.

Mexican TV and social media showed cars crushed by debris.

Many people fled into the streets, and electricity and phone lines were down in parts of the capital.

"We got out really fast, leaving everything as it was and just left," said Rosaura Suarez, as she stood with a crowd on the street.

Tourists feel force of Mexico City earthquake on famous canals

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The Mexican stock exchange has suspended trading following the quake.

Mexico airport has also suspended all operations.

US President Donald Trump said on Twitter: "God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you."

The city and its surrounding area are home to about 20 million people.

Fears that the quake could cause a tsunami in the Pacific ocean have been dismissed by officials from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, who said it was too far inland to generate such a wave.

It also comes on the 32nd anniversary of a 1985 quake which killed 5,000 people and caused serious damage to the Greater Mexico City area

Following the quake the Mexican government brought in sweeping changes to safety rules and disaster preparation.

Additional reporting by Will Kirby, Matt Drake and Nicole Stinson.


Culled from Express

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Read: Nigerian President Speech At The 72nd United Nations Session

On behalf of my country, Nigeria, I congratulate you Mr. President on your election and Mr. Gutteres on his first General Assembly outing as our Secretary-General. I assure you both of my country’s solidarity and cooperation. You will indeed need the cooperation of all member States as we are meeting during extra-ordinarily troubled and dangerous times. Let me also thank former Secretary-General Mr. Ban ki Moon for his service to the United Nations and wish him peaceful retirement.
Mr. President,
2. The previous year has witnessed many far-reaching developments. Some of the most significant events include the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and, of grave concern, the North Korean nuclear crisis.
Mr. President,
3. I must also commend the UN’s role in helping to settle thousands of innocent civilians caught in the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. In particular, we must collectively thank the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany under the commendable leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Governments of Italy, Greece and Turkey for assisting hundreds of thousands of refugees.
4. In an exemplary show of solidarity, the international community came together within my own region to assist the countries and communities in the Sahel and the Lake Chad regions to contain the threats posed by Al Qaida and Boko Haram.
5. We thank the Security Council for visiting the countries of the Lake Chad Basin to assess the security situation and humanitarian needs, and for pledging assistance to rebuild lives and livelihoods. Indeed, in Nigeria we are providing relief and humanitarian assistance to millions in camps and those afflicted by terrorism, drought, floods and other natural disasters.
6. In the last year, the international community came together to focus on the need for gender equality, youth empowerment, social inclusion, and the promotion of education, creativity and innovation. The frontiers of good governance, democracy including holding free and fair elections, and enthronement of the rule of law are expanding everywhere, especially in Africa.
7. Our faith in democracy remains firm and unshaken. Our regional organisation ECOWAS came together to uphold democratic principles in The Gambia – as we had done previously in Cote D’Ivoire.
8. Through our individual national efforts, state institutions are being strengthened to promote accountability, and to combat corruption and asset recovery. These can only be achieved through the international community cooperating and providing critical assistance and material support. We shall also cooperate in addressing the growing transnational crimes such as forced labour, modern day slavery, human trafficking and cybercrime.
Mr. President,
9. These cooperative efforts should be sustained. We must collectively devise strategies and mobilise the required responses to stop fleeing ISIS fighters from mutating and infiltrating into the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin, where there are insufficient resources and response capacity is weak.
10. This will require strong UN cooperation with regional organisations, such as the African Union, in conflict prevention and management. The UN should continue to take primary leadership of the maintenance of international peace and security by providing, in a predictable and sustainable manner, adequate funding and other enablers to regional initiatives and peacekeeping operations authorized by the Security Council.
Mr. President,

11. New conflicts should not make us lose focus on ongoing unresolved old conflicts. For example, several UN Security Council Resolutions from 1967 on the Middle East crisis remain unimplemented. Meanwhile, the suffering of the Palestinian people and the blockade of Gaza continue.
12. Additionally, we are now confronted by the desperate human rights and humanitarian situations in Yemen and most tragically in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. The Myanmar crisis is very reminiscent of what happened in Bosnia in 1995 and in Rwanda in 1994.
13. The international community cannot remain silent and not condemn the horrendous suffering caused by what, from all indications is a state-backed programme of brutal depopulation of the Rohingya inhabited areas in Myanmar on the bases of ethnicity and religion. We fully endorse the call by the Secretary-General on the Government of Myanmar to order a halt to the ongoing ethnic cleansing and ensure the safe return of the displaced Rohingya to their homes in safety and dignity.
14. In all these crises, the primary victims are the people, the most vulnerable being women and children. That is why the theme of this session: Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet” is most apposite.
15. While the international community grapples to resolve these conflicts, we must be mindful and focus on the widening inequalities within societies, and the gap between the rich and the poor nations. These inequalities and gaps are part of the underlining root causes of competition for resources, frustration and anger leading to spiralling instability.
16. The most pressing threat to international peace and security today is the accelerated nuclear weapons development programme by North Korea. Since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, we have never come so close to the threat of nuclear war as we have now.
17. All necessary pressure and diplomatic efforts must be brought to bear on North Korea to accept peaceful resolution of the crisis. As Hiroshima and Nagasaki painfully remind us, if we fail, the catastrophic and devastating human loss and environmental degradation cannot be imagined.
Mr. President,
18. Nigeria proposes a strong UN delegation to urgently engage the North Korean Leader. The delegation, led by the Security Council, should include members from all the regions.
19. The crisis in the Korean peninsula underscores the urgency for all member states, guided by the spirit of enthroning a safer and more peaceful world, to ratify without delay the Treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, which will be open for signature here tomorrow.
Mr. President,
20. I end my remarks by reiterating Nigeria’s abiding commitment to the foundational principles and goals of the United Nations. Since our admission as a member state in 1960, we have always participated in all efforts to bring about global peace, security and development. Nigeria will continue to support the UN in all its efforts, including the attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
I thank you.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Police Release Image Of Newborn Baby Who Was Abandoned In East London Park

Police Release Image Of Newborn Baby Who Was Abandoned In East London Park

18 September 2017, 17:00

Police have released a picture of Baby Harry in a bid to encourage his mother to come forward. Picture: Met Police

Police have released an image of a newborn baby who was found abandoned in an east London park over the weekend.

Named Harry by medical staff, officers hope the picture will encourage his mother to come forward.

The newborn was discovered in a park area close in Balaam Street in Plaistow on Sunday morning.

Officers and paramedics attended and the boy, who was carefully wrapped in a white blanket, was taken to hospital where he is being cared for.

Det Insp Ian Barker, who is leading the inquiry, said: “Baby Harry is doing well under the care of hospital staff but we are very worried about his mother.

Baby Harry was found in a park area close to Balaam Street in Plaistow on Sunday morning. Picture: Met Police

"If you see this appeal, please come forward and let us know you are safe. I know you must be feeling very frightened and alone to have done what you did but please make contact with us or your local hospital or GP surgery so they can check you are OK and offer you medical care and support.

"Little Harry needs to be reunited with his mother so we would urge anyone else with information, or who saw anything out of the ordinary in the Balaam Street area on Sunday morning, to please come forward."

Anyone who can help is asked to call police on 020 8217 6528 or via 101.

-LBC

Igbo Ethnic Bigotry And Hate Campaigns Worry Me, By Joe Igbokwe.

OPINION : Igbo Ethnic Bigotry And Hate Campaigns Worry Me By Joe Igbokwe.
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Ever since President Buhari won the 2015 Presidential elections he was destined to win having labored in 2003, 2007, 2011 and then 2015 a very vast preponderance of South South and South East indigenes have descended on the President, pouring invectives, calling him names, abusing his person and his exalted office, preaching hate, and ethnic divisions. I have followed this dangerous trend over a year now, and it is not abetting. It is growing like wild fire everyday. In recent times the South-South people whose son lost the election have moved on except the criminal avengers who are fighting for their pockets only and destroying their environment.
I have seen spirited and genuine efforts being made by the leaders of South-South to bring peace to the Niger Delta, and I heartily commend them for this. It is in their own interest. But in the South East, our people have refused to move on. In the diaspora, in Nigeria, in schools, in the markets, on the streets, in Churches, in Town Meetings etc Igbo have refused to move on. Every move the President makes to rebuild and reposition the country is abused, castigated and ethnic meaning read into it. The dangerous trend has become so embarrassing that one is compelled to speak out. While leaders of South-South have made interventions to make way for harmony and peaceful co-existence, Igbo leaders have maintained a deafening silence but this silence is no longer golden. Ethnic bigotry and hate speeches our people both at home and abroad dish out everyday endanger our people living in all parts of Nigeria. President Buhari belongs to a section of Nigeria and must not run away with the thinking that his people will be happy and clap for us when we malign and abuse one of their own.
No ethnic group in Nigeria moves and settles in any part of the country like the Igbo. They settle and do business in almost every part of the country, and when we throw stones to other Nigerians, we endanger their lives and their businesses. The worst sets of Igbo guilty of this dangerous trend are those living outside the country. While some of them are engaged in meaningful employment, many of them are unemployed. They have become economic refugees and cultural savages. They have formed an association of hate preachers and wailing bigots. They have through actions and deeds created millions of enemies for Ndigbo in Nigeria while they waste their precious gift of time abroad doing nothing.
Last week the Vice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo was in Afe Babalola University Ekiti State as Guest Speaker during the University’s Convocation ceremony. In the cause of his speech, he told his capacity audience the Niger Delta Avengers are not freedom fighters but those fighting for their pockets only. I saw the story on facebook and other sites on the internet. The one on Facebook caught my attention because of nearly 400 reactions as at the time I read it. I took mental note of the reactions and the names attached to it. 95% are Igbo names and they abused and called the Vice President unprintable names for speaking the truth. This is a shame. Ignorance should not be a virtue. Ignorance is a disease. Foolishness is a tragedy. This is ignorance stupid. This is mental darkness. A roaring lion kills no game. It is only a river that wants to get dried up that forgets its source. A Chinese proverb tells me that “He who blames others has a long way to go on his journey. He who blames himself is half way there. He who blames no one has arrived.”
Now, it is time for the Igbo to move on and join other Nigerians to begin the process of rebuilding Nigeria. I want Igbo Governors, elected Senators, elder statesmen, House of Reps Members, House of Assembly members, political leaders, traditional rulers, Igbo intellectuals, professionals, market leaders, town union leaders, village heads, etc. to rise up to defend the integrity and honor of Igbo race. Are these ignorant ones who preach hate speaking for us? Are they representing us? Are they our brightest and bests? Are those asking for Biafra and using it as business venture speaking for all of us? Have we taken a look at the situation in South Sudan today? Shall we continue to sleep pretending that all is well? Can we be honest enough to see the real danger ahead? For how long will our leaders continue to be silent on these weighty issues? Can elders continue to sleep while the kids wear snakes as necklaces? Can the young teach tradition to the old? Who will bell the cat in Igboland? Who will call the ignorant kids to order?
Did the Yoruba go to war when June 12 1993 Presidential Election won by their illustrious son Chief MKO Abiola was annulled on June 23rd 1993 on a sheet of paper by IBB? Did Yoruba go to war when Abiola’s wife Alhaja Kudirat Abiola was murdered in Lagos in the morning of Jun 4 1996? Did Yoruba go to war when the winner of that historic election was poisoned on July 7 1998? Did Yoruba go to war when those who killed Abiola imposed Obasanjo on them as President in 1999? Did Yoruba accept Chief Ernest Shonekan when IBB made him to head the interim government in 1993? Yoruba rejected OBJ and Shonekan because this unique race has never been slaves to public office and yet they have remained number one in Nigeria in almost everything. This is wisdom and strategic thinking at work.
Those of us who have lived in Yoruba land for years should not only learn how to wear Aso Ebi, eat Ewedu soup or dance Owambe, music.
We must have also learned other unique things from them like sharing property to both male and female children, religious tolerance, ethnic tolerance, transferring legacies from generation to generation. Do you know that APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s wife is a Christian? Do you know that former Governor Fashola’s wife is a Christian? We can learn a lot from Yoruba. Yoruba too can learn from Igbo in areas of thinking home, business enterprise, self-help, apprenticeship, etc.
A Yoruba woman, a Pastor Mrs. Eunice Olawale Elisha of the Redeemed Christian Church of God old NEPA Road Phase 4 Kubwa, Abuja was killed by unknown persons on Saturday morning of July 9, 2016, while preaching the gospel around 5.30am. I have followed the reactions on the internet and Yoruba do not behave like the Igbo. They have been speaking but not preaching hate. They have called for the culprits to be fished out, prosecuted and punished. If Mrs. Eunice Elisha had been an Igbo hell would have been let loose. There would have been abuses and abuses. But Yoruba are not Igbo. This is civilization. This is strategic thinking. I hope our people can learn from this. Civility is not a sign of weakness.
To have ears is not to listen, to listen is not to hear, to hear is not to understand, to understand is not to put to practice. I know that writing this may not get me many friends among the Igbo, but it always gets me the right ones.
Case Rested!
Joe Igbokwe
Lagos.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Breaking: Nigerian Army to launch Operation Crocodile Smile II in South West !

The Nigeria Army on Friday, has said that Operation Crocodile Smile II, will soon be launched in the South-West, after Python Dance II.

Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, the Director, Army Public Relations, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Friday.

His words: “It is so sad and unfortunate that a particular group of people, for political expediency and mischief, are trying to set the Military and Nigerian society against each other.

“It is sad, it is unfortunate”, Usman said, while reacting to the face-off between the Army and members of some groups in the zone, particularly in Abia.

The Army Spokesman however, maintained that in spite of the face-off, the Army would go ahead to conduct its exercise, “Egwu Eke” – Python Dance II, due to commence on Friday.

“It will commence on 15th, Sept. 2017. The troops have been conducting themselves professionally within the ambit of rules of engagement and code of conduct, and where there are noted infractions, appropriate measures will be taken.”

Usman described the face-off between the Army and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra in Abia, as an isolated issue which he said was being blown out of proportion by some people.

“These isolated incidences, instigated by miscreants and mischief makers, therefore, should not be taken as something that should jeopardise the Military exercise going on in that place.
“It is really sad and unfortunate that people will not find time to ask a question about the essence and activities involved in respect of exercise Egwu Eke II, before jumping into conclusion.

“The exercise is taking part in the entire South-East and Cross River, why should we have a problem in one state – Abia.

“There is no reported problem in Imo, Ebonyi, Anambra, Enugu, and Cross River States.”

The Army Spokesman called for understanding, saying that there “is need for all of us to be more responsible, exercise understanding about the issues at hand, support and encourage the Military to perform its legitimate duty.

“The exercise we are having has been scheduled since last year – 2016, it is not targeted at any segment of the Nigerian society.

“As a matter of fact, it was because of the encouraging feedback that we have about the conduct of exercise Python Dance I in 2016, that brought the idea of having another exercise.

“And being a responsible organisation, people said Python Dance seems to be something awkward, so, why don’t you call it in the native language of those people, so that they can understand it, just like you have exercise Harbin Kunama.

“We have had exercises in other parts of the country.

“As soon as we are done with exercise Egwu Eke II, we are embarking on exercise Crocodile Smile II, which is also a scheduled training exercise in the circle of the Nigerian Army training year, 2017.

“And this time around, beyond the South-South Zone, it will be extended to the South-West zone, involving 2 Division, 6 Division, and 81 Division”, Usman said.

He argued that Egwu Eke was not an operation, but a training exercise intended to sharpen the skills involved.

This, he said was to enable them to deal with crimes such as kidnapping, pipeline vandalism, and other violent crimes associated with the zone, especially in “ember months.”
“I want you to understand that the Military do not come out on its own, it will only do so in case there is a need, a constitutional responsibility, or need for them to come out in aid of civil authority.”

On the reported attack by members of IPOB on other ethnic groups in Abia and part of Rivers, he said security agencies had risen to the challenge.

“Well, there were reported attempts by hoodlums or miscreants to take undue advantage of what has been happening, to harass and molest some other persons residing in the South-East.

“For instance, we have had incidents at Oyibo in Rivers, and of course, Aba. Security agencies have risen to the challenge.

“There are some mischievous elements that are peddling information to incite people. People should be wary about information on the social media.” Usman advised.

Friday, 15 September 2017

London terrorist incident : IED used in container burning on London tube -MET

Breaking: Fire on London Tube!

Plastic container burning on district line London train in Parsons Green (southwest London) Station at 08:20hr.

  Declared a terrorist incident by police.
NUJ Europe gathered that Assistant Police  Commissioner Mark Rowley,  briefing  newsmen at 11:45 am,  said an Improvised Explosive Device is being used by yet identified suspect. He described injuries  suffered  by victims  as flashes of burning from the IED package. Investigations are still ongoing.

Meanwhile Forensic investigators are working on the materials. Over 18 people  are being treated in hospital following varying degree of injuries they sustained during  the commotion in the rush hour.
No serious or life threatening injuries reported so far.

Lashley Oladigbolu,  reporting live from London.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

FIFA Ranking: Nigeria perch 44th to trail Congo DR in Africa as champ Germany take over Brazil

Top of Africa: Congo DR lost 14 points on the ladder  and still retain leadership in Africa on 42nd position.  Nigeria pushed up to 44th by losing 6 points while African current champions Cameroun shredded 10 points to perch on 45th. 

FIFA/COCA-COLA WORLD RANKING

Germany oust Brazil as qualifying heroes soar

(FIFA.com)

Germany's Timo Werner celebrates scoring with Julian Draxler and Thomas Muller

Germany have returned to the summit of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, continuing this year’s ongoing tug-of-war with Brazil for top spot..

The reigning world champions edged ahead of A Seleção following two impressive FIFA World Cup™ qualifying victories over Czech Republic and Norway, and head a table much changed after the recent Russia 2018 preliminaries.

Belgium, for example, have climbed four places to enter the top five on the back of qualifying for next year’s finals. Portugal, for their part, are up three to third and, further down, no fewer than 23 teams jumped ten places or more.

Among the most notable climbers are the Cape Verde Islands (67, up 47), Luxembourg (101, up 35), Bolivia (46, up 22) and Denmark (26, up 20), this on the back of stunning results in qualifying against South Africa, France, Chile and Poland respectively.

Luxembourg are also one of four teams to have reached an all-time high position in the latest Ranking, along with Peru (12, up 3), Northern Ireland (20, up 3) and Syria (75, up 5).

The Bolivians, meanwhile, number among five new entries to the top 50, where they are joined by Montenegro (37, up 15), Bulgaria (38, up 14), Scotland (43, up 15) and Haiti (48, up 7). 

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 16 October 2017. 

Leader

Germany

Moves into top ten

None

Moves out of top ten

None

Matches played in total

161

Most matches played

20 teams with four games each

Biggest move by points

Cape Verde Islands (up 264 points)

Biggest move by ranks

Cape Verde Islands (up 47 ranks)

Biggest drop by points

Switzerland (down 119 points)

Biggest drop by ranks

Guatemala (down 31 ranks each)

Newly ranked teams

None

Teams that are no longer ranked

None

Inactive teams, not ranked

None

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

IPOB Unrest: Police ammunitions carted away, officer killed others wounded on attacks

The police accused IPOB members of launching attacks in Oyingbo, Rivers State

- A policeman was killed while two others were injured
- The police vowed to deal with perpetrators of the attack

-Kanu issues statement

The police in Rivers state has given details of what happened in Oyingbo, Rovers state when members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) allegedly launched an attack in the Hausa community. It has been reported that the attack took place on Tuesday, September 12 when IPOB members allegedly attacked the Hausas in the community.

Recall a quit notice to Igbos living in the north, before withdrawing it later.
A video has emerged online depicting a search for members of Hausa community in public buses.
IPOB members also clashed with the Hausa community in Rivers State on Tuesday.IPOB members also clashed with the Hausa community in Rivers State on Tuesday.


Zaki Ahmed who is the commissioner of police in Rivers in a statement released on Wednesday, September 13 explained that a policeman lost his life in the attack while two others were badly injured. He said that normalcy has been restored in the state and vowed that the perpetrators will face the full wrath of the law.

He dismissed report that a mosque was burnt but lashed out at IPOB for attacking innocent people. He said:

“The said group who had no justification for their action also attacked a Police van from Training School Nonwa enroute Port Harcourt International Airport and burnt the Police van to ashes.

“The driver Inspr. Emaikwu Ochochi was badly injured and is now on admission. They also carted away one AK 47 riffle with sixty rounds of live Ammunition, and one Berretta Pistol with 8 rounds of live Ammunition.

“At the end of their rampage, many vehicles were damaged and stores burnt. “The timely response of the Police restored normalcy and brought the situation under control as I made adequate deployment to arrest the situation. The mob were dispersed with minimum force thereby restoring law and order. At the end of which 23 IPOB members were arrested. “However, the Command was awaken to yet another sad incident today at about 0010hrs, where the same dare devil IPOB members regrouped and launched a surprise attack on the Mobile Policemen stationed at Oyigbo junction, killing a Police Sergeant identified as Sgt. Steven Daniel attached to 19 PMF, injuring two and set a patrol vehicle ablaze as a result of which a Sterling SMG Riffle belonging to the deceased Sgt. was taken by the hoodlums.

“They were however repelled by the Police, where about 9 of them were arrested, bringing the total number of suspects arrested to 32. They are helping us in Investigation and will be due in Court as soon as our Investigation is concluded.”

Meanwhile, The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu finally released a statement since the Tuesday, September 12, siege laid at his residence by troops of the Nigerian military. Kanu in a statement personally signed by him said prominent leaders and group have before now urged him to tow the line of peaceful dialogue with governors from the south eastern region of the country.

He said he already conceded to the request from the prominent leaders which led to the August 30, meeting with governor of the South East Governors' Forum at the Government House in Enugu.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Breaking: Abia State Government Declare 3-Day Curfew Amidst Tension In South East!

The Abia state Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Tuesday afternoon, declared a three-day curfew in Aba, a commercial city in the state.
This followed the Nigerian army’s inversion of the state.
A statement issued on Tuesday by the state government, Governor Ikpeazu expressed concerns over the launch of a military exercise tagged, Operation Python Dance II, in the state and other South-eastern states by the Nigerian army.
He said the curfew starts from 6pm to 6am on Tuesday and ends on Thursday.
The Nigerian Army had, a couple of days ago, deployed troops, including weapons to the South-eastern states, in an exercise it tagged Operation Egwu Eke II or Operation Python Dance II.
The army said the aim of the deployment was to tackle kidnapping, violent agitations and protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria.
However, tension has continued to mount in Abia, especially the country home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu following Sunday’s clash between the army and IPOB supporters.
The situation became even heightened on Tuesday when soldiers again were seen in a a video clip, parading Kanu’s area with heavy armoured tanks and a platoon of fierce-looking soldiers as the army said it is conducting an exercise tagged, ‘show of force’ in the state.
According to Ikpeazu, in order to nip an impending danger lurking, he declared a three-day curfew in Aba.
The statement noted: “Abia State has for the past few days been the focus of security searchlight occasioned by the reported skirmish between some groups in the State, especially Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) with men of the Nigerian Army.
“Government notes and has observed the frenzy of activities of members of IPOB within Afara-Umuahia, the ancestral home of the leader of IPOB for some months now.
“Government is equally aware of the recent proclamation by the Nigerian Army of Operation Python Dance II within the South-East geopolitical region of Nigeria.
“The operation as declared by the Army is intended to check kidnapping, banditry, assassination, secessionist activities within the region, amongst other forms of criminal activities.
“The recent confrontation between the Nigerian Army and members of IPOB on Sunday, 10th September, 2017, could presumably be attributed to the commencement of the said Operation Python Dance II.
“The Abia State Government unequivocally states that Abia is a component State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and subscribes to the supremacy of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and all other extant laws.
“While the Government of Abia State recognizes the right of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies, to perform their statutory duty of protection of lives and property of Nigerian citizens, such duties must be carried out within acclaimed Nigerian and international standards of engagement with the civil populace, with due respect to the human rights of citizens and sanctity of human lives.
“The Abia State Government is committed to the protection of the lives and properties of its citizens and others residing and doing business within the geographical entity called Abia State.
“Abians and others living within Abia, are advised to remain law abiding and carry on their lawful business without fear, as efforts by Government will be made to reduce friction between the civil populace and military personnel in the State.
“Meanwhile, Aba residents are advised to observe a curfew from 6pm to 6am from today 12/09/2017 to 14/09/2017. Persons residing within the State are strongly advised to remain law abiding, while going about their lawful business without fear of molestation, and, not engage in any form of confrontation with military personnel or other security agents.
“The Government recognizes the constitutional Right to Freedom of Movement for all Nigerians, but objects to the influx of people into Abia State for purposes of unsettling the enduring peace in the State.
“Finally, Abia State will co-operate with security agencies to maintain the rule of law and order in the State.

Legal Battle: See Siamese twins face each other in court over right to masturbate !

A set of 54-year-old conjoined twins from Michigan are facing each other in court, as one of the siblings is contesting his brother’s right to engage in sexual acts without his consent.

Alfred and Wilbert Peterson were born joined at the waist and facing each other, and spent their entire life this way.

They have two sets of arms and legs and their own hearts and stomachs but share a lower digestive tract and a penis.

This shared penis has become a major source of conflict between the twins over recent years, and Alfred is now going to court to keep his brother from masturbating.

“He keeps playing with our penis without my consent. That’s legally a sexual assault!”


Alfred says he is suffering from insomnia and from a post-traumatic syndrome after waking up at night on three occasions to catch his brother masturbating.

“I don’t want to sleep at night because I’m afraid he’s going to touch me.”


As for Wilbert, he claims he has done nothing wrong and insists that he has the legal right to masturbate.

He said he waited for his brother to be asleep because he knew he was against it didn’t want to disturb or shock him.

Wilbert’s lawyer, Michael Gallagher, says this trial threatens not only his client’s basic human rights, but also “the sexuality of all conjoined twins”.

The two of them were facing each other in a specially adapted courtroom this morning in Flint, Michigan.

Dozens of reporters were present to cover this unusual case, which should clarify many legal issues concerning the sexuality of conjoined twins.

At the moment, the Michigan state law doesn’t include any guidelines for individuals sharing the same genital organs.

Across the U.S., the only state to have a law concerning the sexuality of conjoined twins is California, which passed a bill in 2011.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

LMC, NTA sign football broadcast production agreement

A broadcast production agreement was on Thursday in Abuja signed by the League Management Company (LMC) and the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) for production of matches of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

The papers were signed by the LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko and Mallam Yakubu Ibn Muhammed, the Director General of NTA.

 

An official statement jointly signed by the heads of the two organizations indicate that the LMC and NTA would be setting up a private sector driven company to manage the business of the broadcast production.

According to the statement, “the company which shall be operated as a private, commercial venture will leverage its operations on the huge infrastructure, technical and human capacity and equipment of NTA spread across the country. The equipment includes very high grade eight Outside Broadcast (OB) Vans specially designed for football and sports coverage, which had been acquired by the Federal Government at huge cost.”

It marks a new vista in the management of broadcast content in the annals of professional football league in the country as hitherto; broadcast right holders have also produced the games. However, in the new dispensation, the LMC treading the path of some European football leagues such as the English Premier League and Spanish LaLiga, is aiming to control the production and distribution of broadcast content across all media including live streaming, terrestrial and cable platforms.

This landmark venture has been facilitated and strongly supported by the Federal Government of Nigeria represented by the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. It is a culmination of strategic engagement initiated by LMC officials with the Minister of Information and Culture seeking to deploy the vast equipment procured by the Federal Government on behalf of NTA for past FIFA tournaments hosted by Nigeria. NTA also enjoys a robust network spread in the country with stations in every state capital and which the LMC hopes to leverage on to take the NPFL to the homes of millions of Nigerians in cities and rural communities.

Dikko, at the ceremony, explained that LMC will towards meeting modern broadcast standards, assist NTA to upgrade the OB Van equipment to ensure that contents produced will be globally competitive.

“The operation of the company, as envisaged will rely on the services of international technical partners and domestic expertise to provide the much needed vehicle for the production of high quality programmes and events for broadcast in the sports and entertainment industries. This model is in keeping with proven international best practices in sports content production, distribution and broadcast,” the two organizations declared in their joint statement.

Continuing, they gave an assurance that “as from next season of the NPFL, Nigerians are, therefore, assured of the enjoyment of high quality football matches to be produced by the independent media services company for distribution, sales and broadcast across all media platforms on a domestic and global basis.

Dikko noted that the production company will serve national objectives as it is not be restricted to just football or sports production but such other industries like entertainment and cultural, political and business events in general.

“All over the world, countries develop because they have a standard production broadcast company with capacity to serve not just the sporting industry but also the entertainment industry. We are delighted that the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Information, has backed this project and we look further to other fantastic partnerships,” the LMC Chairman concluded.

"For us, this is just another step for NTA to stamp its authority as the biggest broadcast network in Africa. We have the widest reach and sports, especially football is a big industry, and we are happy to be in partnership with the LMC and NFF,” Muhammed said.

Also in attendance at the event which held inside the Conference Hall of NTA were the General Secretary of the NFF, Dr Sanusi Mohammed, Director-General of the NTA, Chief Operating Officer of the LMC, Mallam Salihu Abubakar, Samson Ebomhe, Legal Adviser to LMC and other top management staff of the NTA.

How Plateau United won Nigerian Pro League 2017, 3SC others relegated!

Plateau United have won the 2017 Nigerian Professional League championship, beating defending champions Rangers International 2-0 on the last day, to clinch the coveted  trophy and cash of N50million.

The 2017 championship in the last few weeks was  a cheek and jowl affair between United and Lagos based MFM FC, with just one point separating them going to Day 38.

Champions Plateau United

But while United earned the maximum three points to hit 66 points, MFM faded out, losing to El-Kanemi Warriors in Maiduguri 1-2  and ending the race with 62 points.

Both Plateau United and MFM will automatically  represent Nigeria at the CAF Champions Cup.

Enyimba International came third with 61 points and Akwa United fourth with 60 points.

It was the first time that Plateau United have won the League. They are the 19th different champions of the competition. And the victory is significant as they were promoted into the premier league this year.

Shooting Stars,  ABS FC, Gombe United and Remo Stars have been relegated from the premier league.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

World Cup qualification summary of Africa: Nigerians on the brink, big guns out in the cold!

World Cup qualification summary of Africa: Nigerians on the brink, big guns out in the cold!

THE MATCHDAY REPLAYED – Only Nigeria were mathematically able to qualify during the fourth instalment of the third round of African qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, but the Super Eagles will have to wait another month before attempting to obtain the points they require to advance. Their draw with Cameroon did have one direct impact: Les Lions ildomptables are no longer in the running for a qualifying spot.

Algeria, who competed at Brazil 2014, are also out, and Ghana are now in great danger of suffering the same fate, despite their resounding victory over Congo. Egypt, meanwhile, made up for their previous slip-up in Uganda by picking up three points against the same opponents in Alexandria, and Tunisia and Burkina Faso both came back to earn hard-fought draws late on.

FIFA.com puts the African Zone qualifiers under the microscope.

Results Group A: Congo DR 2-2 Tunisia, Libya 1-0 Guinea 

Group B: Cameroon 1-1 Nigeria, Algeria 0-1 Zambia 

Group C: Mali 0-0 Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire 1-2 Gabon

Group D: Burkina Faso 2-2 Senegal, South Africa 1-2 Cape Verde 

Group E: Egypt 1-0 Uganda, Congo 1-5 Ghana

Match of the day Congo DR 2-2 Tunisia 

Defeated 2-1 in Tunisia three days ago, Congo DR hoped to cancel out that result when they welcomed the Carthage Eagles to the raucous Stade des Martyrs. And everything seemed to be going to plan as the home side built up a solid two-goal advantage, Chancel Mbemba heading home the opener after nine minutes and Paul Jose Mpoku doubling the lead in the early stages of the second half.

However, things can change in a blink of an eye in football, and when Congolese midfielder Wilfred Moke deflected a Mohamed Amine Ben Amor shot into his own net with a good 12 minutes remaining on the clock, the match was suddenly up for grabs. In the end, the Tunisians took just two minutes to conjure up an equaliser through Anice Badri’s improvised volley, but there was to be no further scoring. The North Africans hold a three-point lead at the top of Group A.

Group A: While the top two were locking horns in Kinshasa, the bottom pair clashed in Monastir. Libya gained revenge for their 3-2 reverse in Guinea last week by eking out a 1-0 home win, but both teams have been knocked out of the qualifying race.

Group B: Despite Vincent Aboubakar’s equalising penalty, which negated Moses Simon’s opener for Nigeria, Cameroon were forced to bid farewell to their World Cup dream, having now failed to win any of their four group games so far. The draw gave hope to Zambia, who needed to acquire all three points in Algeria to have any chance of catching the Nigerians. And they did just that, notching a 66th minute winner to stay in the hunt and knock Les Fennecs out of contention in the process.

Group C: Still smarting from their stinging 6-0 defeat in Morocco on Friday, Mali made amends somewhat in front of their own supporters by holding the same team to a scoreless draw. The Atlas Lions, for whom Hakim Ziyech missed a penalty, may regret not finding the winning goal that would have taken them top of the section, following Côte d’Ivoire’s shock 2-1 loss in Gabon. Les Elephants now have a one-point lead over Morocco.

Group D: Burkina Faso, who had worked hard for a share of the spoils in Senegal on Saturday, knew that they would retain leadership of Group D should they manage a similar result against the same opponents in Ouagadougou. With Sadio Mane having handed Senegal a 2-1 lead in the 75th minute and Les Etalons being reduced to ten men, the home fans began to feel a sense of despondency set in. However, an own goal by the unfortunate Pape Seydou N’Diaye not only kept the Burkinabe at the top of the pool, but it also pushed Senegal down into third place, due to Cape Verde’s surprising 2-1 triumph in South Africa.

Group E: After losing 1-0 to Uganda on Thursday, Egypt, who have not appeared on the World Cup stage since 1990, were forced to relinquish top spot in the group. On Tuesday, the Pharaohs returned to the summit of the section, Mohamed Salah’s all-important goal seeing off the Cranes. Ghana kept their faint hopes alive with a 5-1 demolition of Congo.

The number 4 – Ghana’s Thomas Partey, who was first capped in June 2016, had not scored an international goal prior to his country’s double-header with Congo. There was nothing unusual about this situation, as he usually plays as a defensive midfielder. But in the space of three days, the Atletico Madrid player proved that he did actually have a nose for goal, especially in high-pressure circumstances: he registered the Black Stars’ equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Congo in Kumasi, and in the second match in Brazzaville, he proceeded to notch a memorable hat-trick.

Corporate Affairs Commission approves Guild of Professional Bloggers - GPBN to raise standards of blogging in Nigeria

The Guild Of Professional Bloggers Of Nigeria (GPBN) an umbrella body of Bloggers set up to regulate the activities of blogging in Nigeria has been formally registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

The development is contained in a Press Statement signed by the Acting Publicity Secretary of the body, Miss Helen Ozor in Lagos on Wednesday.

According to her, the news of the registration process that took quite some time to complete was received with so much applause and excitement from industry and media stakeholders across the country finally legitimizing the Association as the authentic body to regulate the practice of blogging in Nigeria.

Meanwhile the Association has set up various committees to mobilize more members to join the group.

A membership drive committee headed by versatile blogger Laila Ijeoma (Lailasblog) has been set up for this purpose.

Announced in the release, an Ethics Committee that will oversee the activities of members on ethical behaviours and standards has also been set up. The Committee is headed by Mr Adrian Egonu (Naija Car Lovers Blog)

The Interim Executive Members of the Association include Chris Kehinde Nwandu (CKN News), President, Femi Adeoya (Skytrend News) Secretary, Helen Ozor (Helen Blog), Head, Media and Publicity, Mrs Nelly Agwu (Indepth News), Treasurer.

Receiving the approval from CAC the President of the Association, Mr Chris Kehinde Nwandu reiterated that the aim of the group is to set up a standard for the practice of blogging in Nigeria as well as formulate policies aimed at engaging major stakeholders, government functionaries and the general public.

Nwandu maintained that the association will also see to the fact that the practice of blogging is not abused or used as an avenue to blackmail or settle scores among individuals and stakeholders, adding that in the months ahead, the activities of the Association will be made public.

For a start, a logo has been approved by the Association to be placed on the website of all members to distinguish them from other players in the industry.

In the same vein, the Association has released the following numbers for easy access to the group.

National Secretariat: +2348033857245

Ethics Committee: +2348096433707

Membership: +2348080810909

President: +2349055513813

SIGNED

HELEN OZOR

HEAD MEDIA/PUBLICITY

6th September 2017

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Buhari Lookalike MC Tagwaye meets and dazzles President Buhari in Daura

Mc Tagwaye meets President Buhari in Daura

- Mc Tagwaye welcomes President Buhari back to Nigeria - Tagwaye extols Buhari’s leadership qualities -

A young Nigerian, known as Mc Tagwaye, who has become popular for mimicking President Muhammadu Buhari has finally met with the president in Daura, Katsina state.

Mc Tagwaye, in a post on Facebook said his meeting with President Buhari occurred on Saturday, September 2. The young man said he used the opportunity to welcome the president back to the country and praised Buhari for his many qualities which stands him out as a good ruler. Read the statement by Mc Tagwaye below: “Yesterday, I had the opportunity to pay His Excellency the President, Chief and Commander Federal Republic of Nigeria a SALLAH visit and to say welcome back to your kingdom.

“It's not yet in the history book of Nigeria a man like PMB, who sees nothing about this life, who placed integrity above all things, like him or hate him, deep inside your heart you know he's a good man, what wrong has he done to you as a citizen, no record showing he stole your money, his only crime is that he want to defend and protect what is rightfully yours, protect your future administratively, set a paste between good and bad governance.” "You must not agree with what I said, but I am a citizen too, I reserve the right to my opinion. God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria." Read more: 

Saturday, 2 September 2017

OPINION: The Olubadan Chieftaincy Affair By Dr Omololu Olunloyo

The Olubadan Chieftaincy Affair
By: Dr Omololu Olunloyo

A former governor of Old Oyo State and former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Dr Omololu Olunloyo, in this piece, addresses what he calls erroneous impressions and misconceptions on the Olubadan chieftaincy and succession, including the mounting tension from the Seriki line on the Olubadan stool.

In the last few weeks, before Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I died, there has been a rash of skirmishes involving the Olubadan and some High Chiefs who were promoted in Ibadan. This actually amounted to an unnecessary clash between the Executive Governor of Oyo State on the one hand and the Olubadan and the nine promoted chiefs on the other. The clash culminated in a ‘settlement’ effected by an ad hoc body many of whom comprised the so-called committee of Ibadan Elders, headed by our respected and frank Ambassador Olusola Sanu. The clash was something of an unnecessary damp squib in view of the extant revised Laws of Oyo State, Cap 28 Section 16, which states as follows:
“Where a vacancy occurs in a recognised chieftaincy other than a ruling house chieftaincy and a declaration has effect with respect to that chieftaincy, a qualified person shall be nominated, selected and appointed in accordance with the customary law relating to that chieftaincy within thirty days of the occurrence of the vacancy.”

If the Governor had got competent advice, the meeting should have, if necessary at all, lasted only ten minutes. The positions of the High Chiefs are non-ruling house chiefs, unique to Ibadan and as at that time, the Governor and Government published on page 40 of ‘The Nation’ a very far-reaching advertisement. It is a matter for regret that the Director of Chieftaincy Affairs, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Oyo State, goofed in his advice to the Governor.

A cursory reading of Section 16 reveals that each of the chieftaincies had existing approved and registered declaration which are indeed formalisation of the customary law and practice pertaining to the chieftaincies. The Governor has no power under the law to nominate any one for promotion. The Governor has no power under the law to select. The Governor has no power to appoint. Those who are vested with these three powers are clearly stated in the individual relevant extant declaration. Thus, to query or interfere with these three processes amount to acting ultra vires. The only power the Governor could possibly have is approval.

Therefore, the late Olubadan and the nine High Chiefs have no case to answer and the Governor was misled and inadequately advised. Thus, it is, that the aggressive advice was an unnecessary threat, likely to lead to a breach of the delicate peace that has attended these matters since the promulgation of the Chiefs Law (Cap 19) as it then was on 20th June 1957 and all the cumulative or any amendment made thereto to date. The episode was most unfortunate as it was uncalled for and without precedence in Ibadan history. The seriousness of the government error is underlined by the advertisement being copied to the Commissioner of Police, Department of State Security (DSS) and the Permanent Secretary (Health) all of which were unnecessary, embarrassing, unlawful and uncalled for.
One corollary of my observations is the urgent need for the Governor to appoint Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries, as well as the Attorney-General, the last of whom holds three positions simultaneously under the 1999 Constitution, to wit, Attorney-General, Commissioner for Justice and the Chief Law Officer of the state, vide Section 195 (1) of the Constitution.
For completeness, the issue of medical clearance of Chiefs is not explicitly stated overtly in the constitution. A careful reading of Section 189 in its entirety and in particular Section 189 sub-section (1)(b), subsection (2), (3), (4)(a and b) refers. These are overt and explicit legislations which pertain to the Governor and Deputy Governor. They, of all people, must not import into the constitution what is not there in respect of the Chiefs. Indeed, the nearest approximation as to Chiefs is contained in Cap 28 Section 14(2). A careful reading of Sections 14(2)(a) and (b) refer to the matter of health but does not legislate about the explicit manner of verifying various forms of infirmity and procedure of establishing same. The officials of the Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs are, therefore, encouraging the Executive to legislate and thus acting ultra-vires.

There is clear separation of powers in our type of Presidential Constitution. Again, from an empirical and practical point of view, the content of the advertisement on page 40 of “The Nation” of Tuesday, January 5, 2016 is without precedence in the Gerontocracy that has typified Ibadan Chieftaincy System since its earliest day. Anyone who is averse to the gerontocratic characteristic of the Ibadan System should refer to Chief Theophilus Adeleke Akinyele’s exquisite book: “Ibadan Traditional System: Reform and Regeneration.” Many people ask about the important AKINYELEs in Ibadan. One is the aforementioned civil service guru, an accountant, budget expert and classic scholar. Before him comes Olubadan Akinyele of Alafara, author of Iwe Itan Ibadan. He was a co-founder of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC). He, it was, who when he became the Olubadan signed the curious double vacancy clause into the top of the Balogun line, which permits the Seriki of the day to move to Ekerin Balogun. This transition was successfully made by one man only so far, namely Chief Ogunwusi in 1964. He died six months later. It is doubtful whether what Olubadan Akinyele signed into law truly represents Ibadan Customary Law or practice or even whether he was honest about this contrivance. Yet another famous Akinyele is the founder of Ibadan Grammar School, my father’s alma mater. He is Archdeacon Alayande’s father in-law. His famous school was founded on 31st March 1913. Yet a fourth famous Akinyele is F. L. Akinyele Olunloyo, who with his sister, Yejide, were the first two pupils to go to the first school, St David’s Kudeti, Ibadan in 1853. So much for historical clarification and diversion.

It must be concluded that the fly-in-the-ointment of a trivial misunderstanding between the Olubadan-in-Council and the Governor and Government that what concerns the government is not the nomination, selection and appointment in those High Chieftaincies as much as forwarding the matter thereafter to the Governor perhaps via the Commissioner for APPROVAL. The rumoured dual ‘long’ meeting was due to insufficient understanding or misunderstanding of the law as it is. If the Executive is dissatisfied with anything in the law or its procedural activation, it must not be tempted or advised in effect to legislate. It must consult the people of the area involved, arrange a referendum or similar consultation and thereafter send a bill (executive or private member’s) to the House of Assembly to sort out the matter.
I have a claim to some solid authority on these matters. I started holding public office at the dawn of my adult life. For instance, I have solved many a chieftaincy riddle or conundrum since 46 long years ago. The ones of epic proportions were those of the Alaafin of Oyo, Balogun of Ijebu-Ode, Owa of Idanre, Owa of Igbara Oke, etc. I worked with fine civil servants who were versed in the Chiefs’ Law, the most outstanding ones being Chief Akingbade, Chief Abinusawa, Chief A. A. K. Degun with whom I had a productive synergy. I was the one who, with the permission of General Robert Adeyinka Adebayo, first released to the public, all the Chieftaincy Declarations in Western Nigeria and caused them to be published, nearly seven hundred (700) of them published and sold by the indefatigable Government Printer of the day, Mr Somefun. Each declaration for each of the Local Government Area was sold for five shillings. That was the first time they were released to the public. They were kept under tight security deliberately and many of them contained mischievous and deliberate manipulations by the government of the day. Indeed, the secrecy under which they were kept is enshrined in Section 8 of the Chiefs’ Law which reads thus:
8 (1) Every declaration of a committee of a competent council approved by the Governor and every declaration made by the Governor shall be registered and retained in safe custody by such officer of the department of the Government of the state as the Governor may direct.
(2) No declaration shall come into effect until it is so registered.

They were all under lock and key in the innermost recesses of the Cabinet Office. I was the first to prise them open after the intermediate disingenuous debacle called the Obileye Commission of Enquiry on the Alaafin Chieftaincy which was entirely rejected by Edict. The Secretary to the Commission, a senior officer in the Ministry of Justice was a certain Michael Ogundare Esq, a man of rare integrity. The terse minority report was only three or four lines recommending that the whole exercise be de novoed. The rest is history. Michael Ogundare reached the Supreme Court and left his footprints in cases like Resource Control and littoral extent of each state. He was worth his weight-in good. Those were the days of excellence.
After perusing the Alaafin of Oyo and Oyomesi declarations, I made a bee-line for the Olubadan and the High Chiefs declarations. I shall not dwell here on the malversation contained in the Alaafin of Oyo declaration, especially the phrase “without reservation” concerning the list of candidate or candidates to be submitted by the family head to the Basorun of Oyo, head of the Kingmakers, by Babayaji Maradesa Sanda, a man of conscience and great integrity and a gem of Yoruba history. The next declaration shocked me to the bone marrow. I was expecting a simple linear alternating system of candidates who can aspire to and access the renowned throne of the Olubadan of Ibadan. I advised many of my successors to rectify this declaration and do something about its contents, which many of the last five Governors – Ajimobi, Alao-Akala, Ladoja, Ishola and even Lam Adesina, did not heed.

It therefore comes to me as a surprise that there are so many ‘unusual’ features which no one has tried to correct so as to make it conform to the spirit of Ibadan! I suggest to the perspicacious reader to cast his mind to the Adegoke Adelabu saga with ‘Olubadan’ Akinyo who ‘reigned’ for three days of tension. Nevertheless, Akinyele became the recognised Olubadan, but how did he arrive at the Seriki-Ekerin Balogun confluence and the utterly meaningless simultaneous death or vacancy condition. Physicists/mathematicians find the idea of simultaneous events difficult when probed rigorously in the famous Einstein’s Theory of Relativity! The Ibadan system has eleven kingmakers chosen from the four extant lines. Whether we like the idea of Seriki or not, he is one of the statutory kingmakers for the position of Olubadan of Ibadan. So is Iyalode. The remaining are chosen four and five respectively from the two main lines. The ordinary man in the street does not know that the system is not a linear straightforward alternating system. Again, there is overtaking and supersession built into it. Chief Lamidi Adedibu of blessed memory, whose last birthday and funeral orations I gave at a fee, nearly became Olubadan by exploiting legal loopholes written into the law in black and white. The most senior chief in the line may not be chosen and the field of choice can go as far as the Ekerin, namely four steps down the ladder etc. There are so many other incongruities which we must sit down and rectify.

Dr Busari Adebisi, my ertswhile Commissioner for Education, was Secretary to the Government to Governor Ishola when I found out that the government had presented a defective certificate to Olubadan E. A. Adeyemo. I presented the error to him with clinical transparent exactitude. The old man who was my father’s assistant, deputy and successor as Secretary/Treasurer of Ibadan Administration would have been embarrassed had it not been for my timely intervention. It was a technical point which rendered the paper they handed to him worthless. Dr Adebisi saw to it that the Military Governor or administrator of the day, Colonel Sode, retrieved the faulty one and replaced it with a neat accurate one.
So I now come to Governor Ajimobi’s recent errors. The second term Executive Governor of the state was reported in the Nigerian Tribune of January 27, 2016 as follows:
A “The beauty of the Olubadan institution makes it unique in the whole of Nigeria. It is the only institution where we know the next 20 or 50 kings. We don’t fight over it.”
B “Therefore we feel it is a rancour-free succession programme, where everybody is qualified to be there. So we know the next to the next, in fact, we know the next 100th Olubadan.”
Both statements are untrue.

Explanations follow:
Why I have taken a tour-de-force stance at correcting my brother Isiaka’s grave errors is not due to what he said but where he said it. He was talking to President Muhammadu Buhari. Fortunately, our razor-sharp legal guru of an Acting President and Substantive Vice President, Professor Osinbajo, would easily unravel every knot drafted into our Chiefs’ Law, Cap 28 (2000) of Oyo State. It is a very good thing to have a Vice President seriously committed to the Rule of Law. We cannot tolerate today any Chike Offodile type of Decree maker, backdating death sentences or punishing journalists for publishing something false or merely embarrassing. Here comes the declaration of the Olubadan of Ibadan:

DECLARATION MADE UNDER SECTION 4(3) OF THE CHIEFS LAW, 1957, OF THE CUSTOMARY LAW REGULATING THE SELECTION TO THE OLUBADAN OF IBADAN CHIEFTAINCY
(i) Succession to the Stool of the Olubadan shall be in strict rotation between the following major chieftaincy lines:
The Olubadan Line;
The Balogun Line.
(ii) The Order of rotation in which the respective chieftaincy lines are entitled to provide candidates to fill successive vacancies in the chieftaincy shall be:
(a) The Olubadan Line
(b) The Balogun Line (present ruling chieftaincy line)
(iii) There are eleven kingmakers as under: Otun Olubadan, The Balogun, Osi Olubadan, Otun Balogun, Ashipa Olubadan, Osi Balogun, Ekerin Olubadan, Ashipa Balogun, The Iyalode, Ekerin Balogun, Seriki
(iv) The person who may be proposed as candidate by the line whose turn it is to fill a vacancy in the Office of Olubadan shall be the most senior chief in that line.
Provided that the most senior chief in that line may be superseded by a junior chief if such senior chief is found to be disqualified as a candidate under the provisions of section 10(2) of the Chiefs Law, 1957 (now Section 14(2))
And further provided that:
(a) The field of selection for the purpose of the foregoing proviso shall not extend beyond the Ekerin Olubadan on the Olubadan Line and the Ekerin Balogun on the Balogun Line;
(b) Any chief from any of those embraced in proviso (a) above found guilty by a meeting of the Chiefs who are traditional members of the Council (at which the nominated candidate shall not be present) of disregard of, or disrespect to the position or authority of the Olubadan, or of a Senior Chief under Native Law and Custom may not be eligible for nomination.
Disregard or disrespect shall mean acts of contumely; refusal to pay necessary customary obeisance and flouting of superior customary authority.
(c) The method of selection is as follows:
The line whose turn it is to present a candidate shall nominate a candidate for the chieftaincy at a meeting of the kingmakers, to be summoned by the most senior chief of the chieftaincy line not presenting the candidate.
The kingmakers shall, if satisfied as to the candidate’s right of succession declare him appointed.
Provided that should a dispute arise among the line presenting the candidate, the majority decision of the kingmakers shall be final.

The Declaration of Native Law and Custom dated 19th August, 1946 made by the Ibadan Native Authority regarding the appointment of a new Olubadan and Seniority of Chiefs and, later amended on 16th January 1950, is hereby revoked.
Made by the Chieftaincy Committee of the Ibadan District Council which has been designated as the competent Council by Western Region Legal notice 22 of 1959, and signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Committee this 8th day of August, 1959.
I.B. Akinyele,
Chairman, Chieftaincy Committee, Ibadan District Council
Secretary, Chieftaincy Committee, Ibadan District Council
Approved this 26th Day of October, 1959
D. S. Adegbenro,
Minister of Local Government
Registered this 28th Day of October, 1959,
J. O. Afolabi,
For Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government

THIS DECLARATION IN ESSENCE IS STILL IN FORCE TODAY. THEREFORE, WITH THE CHIEFS LAW AND ITS SUBSIDIARY DECLARATION, NO ONE ON EARTH KNOWS UNDER THE LAW WHO IS THE NEXT OLUBADAN, NOT TO TALK OF 50 OR 100 OLUBADANS FROM NOW. Quod Erat Demonstandum!

However, what a travesty of codification of our famed customs. This declaration shocked and still shocks me. We often publicly boast of our system being so transparently straight forward and rancour free. We often claim that it excludes leap-frogging or indeed overtaking. I belong to a school of thought that we should collectively get this allegedly streamlined procedure vetted and honestly streamlined once and for all. I do not belong to a school of thought which is rumoured to be floating around what I consider a very outlandish idea of evading or avoiding the currently built-in gerontocracy by retiring ‘old’ or ‘vegetating’ Olubadan on the throne. Olubadan Kobiowu got in and left just as quickly, at 55, quite astonishingly, Olubadan Odulana has died at 101. I am certain a completely blind man became Olubadan in the last fifteen years despite Section 14 (2). That is the joke of the century.
Perhaps, the number of rungs on the ladder could be shortened. The Attorney-General of Oyo State should exhume the originals of this document from the cabinet division of the office of the Governor of Oyo State and satisfy himself among other things, even as to the validity of the originals. It is my hope, for example, that the apparent absence of the signature of the Secretary of the Chieftaincy Committee of the Ibadan District Council, the designated competent council as of the time of the formal construction of the declaration, does not vitiate the content.
This declaration is not only the only issue surrounding the ascent to the throne of the Olubadan. There are some controversies surrounding the route aspiring candidates could take to access the coveted throne. Any serious thinker on this issue must be reminded that there were at a time as many as five lines – (1) Balogun line (2) Otun Olubadan line (3) Seriki line (4) Sarumi line and (5) Iyalode line.

The truth is that up until 1946, the Balogun line alone supplied the political head of Ibadan whatever the name. Things were liberalised to permit the alternation, many of us here today have come to take for granted. This is no surprise at all, because of the military camp antecedents of Ibadan.

All reasonable Ibadan citizens would probably agree with me immediately that the contents of this declaration do not faithfully represent the custom and social philosophy of Ibadan. It does not represent the much touted exceptionally straightforward, transparent procedure unique to Ibadan and in every way unlike most of Yoruba towns. There was a rumour a couple of years back, precisely some seven years ago that Chief Lamidi Adedibu wanted to exploit the historically weird loopholes in the declaration in order to bludgeon his way to the throne of Olubadan. I think, probably without knowing, a top Nigerian journalist, Sam Omatseye, had written a satirical article, entitled: ‘Oba Lamidi Adedibu’ in a national daily. The vital vacancy arose in 2007 and was filled by the last holder of the post. Sam’s article was not surrealist. It was a vivid legal threat.
Other errors in Governor Ajimobi’s reported speech to the President went thus:
“The Seriki line started during the period of Chief Akinloye and it has been decided even long ago that to be, after the Seriki line, you have to join (the Balogun line) if there are concurrent deaths of both the Ekerin and Ashipa, then you can qualify as Seriki to be Ekerin.”

This is a travesty of errors, to say Seriki line started during the period of Chief Akinloye, that is in 1976, is pitiful wrong because Ibikunle of Ayeye fame was Seriki in 1851 and promoted to Balogun in that same 1851. Moreover, Ajobo was Seriki in 1870 and promoted to Balogun. Mosanya was Seriki and promoted to Ashipa Balogun. Ajayi-Osungbekun was promoted from Seriki to Balogun, etc. In post-independence civil rule, to wit, 1964, Ogunwusi was the Seriki immediately before Akinloye and he successfully crossed to Ekerin Balogun, but unfortunately died six months later. The rest of his journey to the throne was thus aborted.

We don’t know the next Olubadan after the Olubadan-designate, High Chief Saliu Adetunji. Nobody can know the next 50th or 100th Olubadans. There are as many as six obstacles on the path of the person nominated as contained in Section (iv) of the extant declaration of 1959, which remains un-amended. This shows the brilliance and adroitness of the constructors of the law, particularly Chief Awolowo and Chief Rotimi Williams. The next Olubadan must meet the requirements of the law. He must be so recommended by his line and selected by the kingmakers. Approval by the Governor completes the process.

What Governor Ajimobi told the President is not the law of the land. There are no laws without checks and balances. Rumours are rife even today in Ibadan that there are people who dream of diverse malversions and distortions as Lamidi Adedibu almost got away with. The Olubadan succession is not automatic in theory or practice.

There is another but trivial sense in which Governor Ajimobi is wrong: “The process is not rancour-free.” There is presently rancour with the Seriki line who threatened to appoint a parallel Olubadan and based their case on some litigations which they took as far as the Supreme Court of Nigeria. I am personally convinced they do not have a very good case. It is true they have litigated right up to the Supreme Court and they have put up an intricate advertisement of their case. Before I go into this second half, I wish to give a signature claim to this long ago.

I do not write lightly or frivolously. I have been lucky and as William Shakespeare would say, “my life has had a smatch of honour in it” or as Zik would say, “my life has been a joy to me.” I hold the first Ph.D in Ibadan town and I have had the luck of being posted to Ministries where truly great men left their bold footprints on the sands of time.

Awolowo was the first Minister of Local Government. I was in Local Government in 1970, namely 46 good years ago. Oba Akran was in Economic Planning and Community Development with responsibility for Economic Planning, Community Development and National Census. I was his immediate successor in 1962, fifty four years back. I have read Law privately and try to combine this with Mathematics, both Pure and Applied, as if I was aiming to be a Lord Denning, the great Master of the Rolls. I give thanks to Professor David Ijalaiye of University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), who gave me guidelines and a basic 30-book reading list. As a habitual litigant myself, I visited courts for my own cases involving criminal, libel and slander, as well as contract and election cases. I benefited a lot from the inspiration of Chief Akinjide, Aare Afe Babalola and various legal luminaries, from whom I learnt the basics of Sources of Nigerian Law, Evidence, Contract, Tort, Canons of Statutory Interpretation, Jurisprudence or Legal Philosophy, Drafting and the general publications like the six books of Lord Denning, Teslim Elias, all of T. A. Aguda, the nearest in judicial activism in Nigeria. So I have been lucky to be placed in Chieftaincy Affairs occupied by Alhaji D. S. Adegbenro, Dr Omitowoju, Chief Rotimi Williams etc, men who were born great, achieved greatness and had greatness thrust on them as my favourite English bard was wont to say.

My dear reader, I wrote six definitive articles twenty years ago on the topics of Olubadan succession, Olubadan Advisory Council and the Seriki line tangle. I wrote these very articles in the Nigerian Tribune of November 4, 11, 18 and December 2, 9, 16 and 23 of 1996. They constitute an excellent dramatic throwback to the current situation. I have ever since given lectures to the Ibadan Progressive Union (IPU), who honoured me fifty years apart, both in 1962 and 2012. So also have I given the first Adelabu Memorial Lecture and perhaps upon their decision, the last to the prestigious Ibadan Foundation in 2008 and 2015, among several others. I am not a member of the Foundation, IPU, although my father was the first Treasurer of the IPU Study Circle with Chief S. A. Oloko as the first President and Barrister Victor Esan, the first Secretary. The latter gentleman, my baptismal godfather, was the husband of Iyalode Wura Esan and the father of LASU VC, Jadesola Akande. The first was the father of Justice Atinuke Ige. So much for my antecedents. I was very close to the late Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Odulana and I advised him, building for him, fourteen definitive files on chieftaincies in Ibadanland, as Mr Muda Ayeni, secretary of the Ibadan Foundation would testify. With all the foregoing having been said, my personal library and those of Professor Bolanle Awe and Chief John Ayorinde, the distinguished father of the present Baale Ekotedo, Elder Taye Ayorinde, form a veritable source of information on Ibadan and its history. Professor Falola is a recent wonder.

My father was the Secretary/Treasurer of the Ibadan Native Administration when, under the second half of Abass Alesinloye’s reign the Olubadan position was extended from the exclusive prerogative of the Balogun line, of which Seriki line was a part and the alternation between Egbe Agba and the Balogun line began. Abass Alesinloye was Baale of Ibadan (1930 – 1936) and Olubadan (1936 – 1946), giving him a total of sixteen years reign over Ibadanland. I am now close to 81 and with all this experience, Ibadan Elders Committee does not deem it fit to make me a member of their closed group. I am actually amused by all this flight from truth, experience and various contributions to the town, state and the nation. I am amused and amazed and this is perhaps why it took them like ten needless hours to resolve a trivial matter of promotions which overheated the polity in Ibadan and led to an unprecedented advertisement to incarcerate the Olubadan and the nine lawfully promoted chiefs and the ridiculous demand for unconstitutional medical tests. I make bold to say that within the last two decades or so, a completely blind man succeeded in becoming the Olubadan! The Committee of Elders should beware of becoming an illicit and illegal clearing house for who could be governor of Oyo State. They have a right to join politics or even set up criteria for a good Olubadan. Oyo State is more than Ibadan alone. I was particularly appalled by one single statement that they would not have a person becoming Governor and Olubadan. If no one would challenge them, I would. This is a biased and pointed attack on Adewolu Ladoja of Isale-Osi.

First, the Governor of Oyo State is not meant only for Ibadan. Alao-Akala was not from Ibadan. The Governor of Oyo State could come from Ibadan, Eruwa, Saki, Ogbomoso, or indeed any other part of the state. The Ibadan Committee of Elders should note this. I have nothing against Ambassador Sanu. I adore him, eat in his house and commission extra chin-chin from his wife as much as I love the moin-moin of Mrs Bode Amoo. Chief Amoo is a distinguished, blessed and shrewd classmate of mine at our great school, St Peter’s Aremo, Ibadan, where I first showed signs of arithmetical prowess under class teacher J. A. F. Sokoya and headmaster S. A. Olukoya. The scarcely veiled attack on the inalienable right of Ladoja to be Olubadan and governor is not the business of the Ibadan Committee of Elders. May I end this part of my article that I can produce a logical counter example. In the Second Republic, HRH Alhaji Awal Ibrahim was the Governor of Niger State, a temporary post and he was and is a natural ruler of Suleja. That nails the coffin of bias against Ladoja. I have mentioned this because it may happen in the future and it is compatible with the constitution. Oba Odulana was a Federal Minister. Seriki Adisa Akinloye was also a Federal Minister as well as Chairman of the NPN.

All the foregoing arose before the glorious exit of Oba Odulana Odugade I. This analytical continuation of my long essay concerns what I have chosen to call the Seriki gridlock. The principal aim is to prove beyond any iota of doubt that as the Seriki line is on the face of the statute, no Executive power can legislate it out of existence. Nevertheless, I want to show that the Seriki line, a long time ago in Oba Asanike’s reign, shot itself in the foot. The best evidence is the testimony of my kind uncle, Chief Bayo Oyediji himself. With the assistance of his competent lawyer, Barrister A. G. Adeniran, he had just put out in book form, a comprehensive case for the claims of his line. One or two people have pulled out of the line, like my friend, Chief Oyelade, the printer and publisher who played a significant role in my governorship contest in 1982 from Greensprings to Government House. Chief Bayo Oyediji has always provided me with all the documentation he puts out in his stolid fight for the rights of the Seriki line. Many of those he started with have gone the way of all flesh, such as the likes of the great Babasale, Chief Muibi Akanbi (M.O.) In Chief Oyediji’s latest personal publication, the preface is titled: “Reports from the Minutes of The Olubadan Advisory Council, held on Monday, the 21st Day of April 1987. Ibadan Chiefs: Matters Arising.”
“After going through a declaratory statement on the definition, functions and powers of the ‘Olubadan-in-Council,’ the extent of Olubadan over the entire Ibadanland, especially as custodian of customs and traditions, the Olubadan went into the issues of disorderly behaviour among the junior chiefs, he then came on to the crucial Kabiyesi’s announcement to wit..

“At this juncture, His Royal Highness, Alaiyeluwa Oba Yesufu Oloyede Asanike I, Olubadan of Ibadanland, announced that all those who were recently installed as Chiefs in the Seriki line did not pay customary installation fees and failed to perform their traditional rites with the exception of one Chief Rasidi and as such they should not be regarded or accepted as Seriki chiefs.”
Seriki chiefs: Matters affecting
“The council unanimously decided that Seriki Line should not be constituted to the extent of becoming a major line, it should remain a subsidiary to the Balogun chieftaincy line. It should be further decided that Ibadan Municipal Government should be informed not to cater for more than the chiefs enumerated in its annual estimates, which invariably implies that no additional number of chiefs be included in the annual Estimates or paid for the Ibadan Municipal Government.

“Oba Asanike-in-Council then went into the issue of PROTOCOL. Fifty-seven (57) chiefs were listed in an explicit order. For the interested reader, naturally enough the Olubadan was placed at number one, Otun Olubadan, number two, Balogun, number three, Seriki as number 11 and the Iyalode, number 12, whilst Osi Seriki, Ashipa Seriki and Ekerin Seriki were listed Nos 55, 56 and 57 respectively. This is significant. The council decided that any chief from Seriki line who opts to join one of the two major chieftaincy could do so on his volition at the rank of Jagun Balogun or Jagun Olubadan of Ibadanland. Chief Oyelade of his own volition availed himself of this option. The council finally asserted with grave concern about frictions and open conflict among junior chiefs and further asserted that Ekerin Balogun is senior to Seriki, Ekefa Balogun and Otun Iyalode are senior to Otun Seriki, etc. It finally stated that no Mogaji is senior to another.”

The significant thing is that only a handful of chiefs is recognised on the Seriki and Iyalode lines which have in my own opinion arbitrarily extended their lines contrary to statute. The Seriki line was upset and their promotions frozen. The Seriki saga took some diplomatic turn under the personal initiative of a non-member, Barrister Oyelakin Balogun, who set up an unprecedented ad hoc committee headed by the then Are of Ibadan, Archdeacon Alayande as chairman. Other members were retired Chief Judge Fakayode, Alhaji Salami (Adajo), Alhaji S. A. Adewale, Hon. S. A. Ogunkeye (JCA), Dr V. O. S. Olunloyo (myself), Alhaji (Dr) Adebayo Adetunji, Venerable T. I. O. Bolaji, Dr E. O. Adetunji, Imam Inakoju. This ad hoc committee met several times in Arch Alayande’s Ode-Aje residence and eventually sent a signed communiqué to the Olubadan. For judicial reasons, in case litigation ensued, Justice Ogunkeye refrained from signing. There was a discernible balance in terms of both religious and political affiliation. The main recommendations were sent to the Olubadan and the two sides, Seriki and Olubadan (combined) urged to adopt one or the other alternative we gave them with the caveat that all litigation in court be stopped.

As of today, the litigation continued until the consent judgment reached the Supreme Court. The Governors of Oyo State, for their own part, have not completed the processes. No one can blame or should blame any of the Governors because of the nature of the judgment of the Supreme Court. This is my own personal opinion and I think it is an informed one.

At this juncture, we come to an almost surrealist but definitely transcendental part of my treatment of the recondite problem now facing Ibadan as to Seriki line claims of various kinds. Certainly, promotions had been frozen for a good while and yet Oba Asanike I was one of the most popular Olubadan who reigned in or ruled Ibadan. Oba Asanike kept strictly to the tenets of justice, fair play and equity. He was a jolly good fellow, a fine gentleman of the finest calibre if ever there was one. I remember vividly his stand-off with Chief Yinusa Ogundipe (as he then was) over the promotion of Balogun-elect Akere. This was before the chicken came home to roost. We all know the subsequent fate of Ogundipe. God moves in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform. The substance of this part of the write-up is the terse, almost entirely logically accurate, unexceptionable and nearly flawless points made by Chief Olalekan Adisa Fakunle on behalf of the Seriki line. The advertorial was titled “The Bases of Claim of the Seriki chiefs to produce the next Olubadan of Ibadan after the death of HRM Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I.”

I read this advertorial nearly five times before picking the subtle holes embedded in it. It was on page 46 of the “Saturday Tribune” of 30 January, 2016. Before going into the crafty nitty-gritty of the write-up, I must pontificate that no chieftaincy line and a fortiori no one can make an Olubadan of himself. That would be akin to Napoleon Bonaparte which Ibadan’s republican, egalitarian and cosmopolitan republic of warriors, indeed funded by a composite band of marauders, would tolerate.

Chief Fakunle’s advertorial was skilfully put together. There are two major parts, Section 1 was the historical leg which is more or less flawless because before 1946 ONLY the Balogun line used to occupy the headship of the town, Bale or by whatever name called, e.g. Bashorun, Are-Ona Kakanfo, etc etc. Fakunle’s historical leg is absolutely almost unexceptionable. The Section 2 is the controversial legal leg concerning Suit No I/313/88 (Seriki vs Olubadan etc) in Ibadan in 1988 and here I would stick out my neck. The terms of settlement (out of court) was prepared and signed by the Olubadan, Balogun and the Otun Olubadan representing all the traditional chiefs in Ibadan and their counsel. These terms of settlement were filed in court and on December 1, 1989 and to cut a long story short, adopted as judgment of the High Court. We need not haggle over the terms, for instance, as to how mutually equitable they were vis-a-vis the interest of both sides. Suffice it to say they were signed as agreed to.

The first suspect statement in Fakunle’s submission is that the original and now notorious double vacancy clause in the Akinyele 1959 Declaration has been amended by clauses I and II of the consent judgment. Fakunle thereafter contrives to quote that the Oyo State of Nigeria Gazette No 24, Vol 3 of the 8th June 1978, though retrospective, still governs the composition of Olubadan, Balogun and Otun Olubadan as the Chieftaincy Committee of Ibadan Local Government of the IMG. This Fakunle assertion presumes that the IMG was still the competent council designated for the Olubadan chieftaincy. There lies a small catch, rectifiable today for instance, as it might not be valid. Fakunle then uses the phrase “deemed to have been amended” in respect of the Seriki declaration of 1959.

Fakunle used other arguments such as “And since it is their duty to prepare a formal amendment to the 1959 Declaration and present the same to the Governor of Oyo State for his approval and having failed to do so, they cannot hide under their failure to do their duty to contend that the 1959 Akinyele Seriki Declaration was never amended.” Fakunle, in a very desperately plaintive tone takes refuge under a maxim that as far as the law is concerned that a person will not be allowed to take refuge under his own malfeasance to contend that what he ought to have done was never done. The law, Fakunle contends that the law will tell him, since it is your duty to do it and you have failed to do it, the law will act on the presumption that you have done it and proceed from there.

In my own humble logical opinion (not necessary legal!), this is a very clear but either weak or inappropriate maxim. Suppose it involves material things such as payment of money, release of land, it seems overt steps to complete the actualisation of the fruits of the judgment to the judgment-creditor.

Fakunle cites various authorities which are not really persuasive to a mathematical legally inclined mind. Why do I say this? He resorts to equity but I think it is to little avail. The principles of equity and regarding the court, any court (High, Appeal, Supreme) is inherently a court of equity does not quite catch this slippery rambling game in the legal forest! He ends his valiant write-up, more by way of sentiments as to relative positions of various chiefs on incomparable lines. By sheer Aristotelian logic (see e.g. Organon or Nichomachean Ethics), it is invidious to compare incomparables. If you take Otun line and Balogun line and the rate of mortality on one line is double or triple that on the other, someone who was once very far relatively another may come to be senior to another.
He ended with a fatally hideous argument jumping a wide legal chasm to conclude as if exhausted that it is the turn of Seriki chiefs to produce the next Olubadan, in line with the consent judgment.

This is shockingly and pitifully vacuous type of argument. Let us start from the end. The consent judgment does not pronounce or imply anything about when and how Seriki chiefs would or could produce the “next Olubadan.” Pitifully, it is pity, because it only pronounces as to how a Seriki can travel the next leg of his journey to the top from one of the Ekerins. Ogunwusi in 1964 did not complete the second leg of that arduous journey. He died six months later. There is even now no Seriki as such but the undisputed head of the dormant (but not moribund) Seriki line. Assuming the dexterous use of the principle of equity, how do we calculate where Seriki Oyediji would be located now on one of the Olubadan ladders and which of the ladders in the partly ambiguous consent judgment? Fakunle’s argument does not today quite clinch this Olubadan stool for anyone on the Seriki line, since it does not do so unfortunately for Chief Oyediji.

It is nearly absolute nonsense to set up a parallel Olubadan as one newspaper said last week. There are several fatal flaws in Chief Fakunle’s arguments. He concentrates on the trio of the highest chiefs who constitute the declaration making committee. Assuming they make a new declaration absolutely in line with the adopted consent judgment, what about the Governor? Can he sign an amended declaration which has not been made or forwarded to him? Can any such amputated document have the force of law without the Governor’s signature?
We enter the deep end of the treacherous waters of the jurisprudence of this matter. To explain this, we must pay tribute to Aare Afe Babalola, OFR, SAN, FNIALS, FCIArb, LLD, LLB (Hons), B.Sc (Econs) Lond, B.L of Lincoln’s Inn London and Supreme Court of Nigeria He has penned a book, the subject matter of which is hardly taught in our universities nor given the pride of place it deserves in law schools in Nigeria and England. It is the dry and difficult subject of the Enforcement of Judgements. Kudos to the Aare Babalola who wrote the book: “Enforcement of Judgements” which contains an inimitable, lucid and very felicitous foreword as bright as the morning star by Hon Justice M. O. Onalaja when he was Justice of Appeal Court, Lagos.

What is difficult for one mind to comprehend may be easiest for another. Jurisprudence, Theory of Law, Philosophy of Law, Canons of Statutory Interpretation and Drafting have so many similarities with Pure Mathematics and Logic and so become a piece of cake for a mathematician studying the basic underpinning of Law.

Chief Fakunle’s advertorial has a discernible pattern. The argument in the legal leg becomes weaker and weaker as it crawls inexorably to its pathetic failure of an end. The weakest part is that the Governor who must sign this amendment to the 1959 Declaration has not been presented with it since the judgment was delivered in 1989. It has not reached the table of all the Governors, military or civilian. One corollary is that the 1959 subsidiary legislation subsists and save for the obstacles in the principal legislation Cap 20 Section 14 (2) and those in the Olubadan Declaration of 1959, High Chief Balogun Saliu Adetunji has cleared all the hurdles in the declaration. It remains for the government to clear him and without let or hindrance, importing no non-constitutional process into the process. He is as good as home in the race.

There are a few comments that can be gained from closely reading Aare Afe Babalola’s “Enforcement of Judgements.” The Supreme Court consent judgment is probably a pathological case of a judgement that is merely declaratory, incomplete or outright unenforceable. “Every judgement of the court must be obeyed and is effective from the date of its delivery or from such a date as the judgement itself appoints. The judgement is meant to be obeyed without demand and if there is default in obedience, after a period of grace which can be between three to fourteen days as the rule may prescribe, the judgment creditor is entitled to commence enforcement proceedings.” Now that is vintage Afe Babalola on enforceable judgments.
Chief Fakunle’s case seems to involve an unenforceable per se. The Governor is not a party and there is nothing he can do if no amendment is forwarded to him. It is somehow dormant. Afe says a declaratory judgment may however be enforced by an action. Thus the party who obtains a declaratory judgement or order may go back to court and seek an order to enforce it. Aare Afe Babalola then explains what Karibi Whyte JSC advises anyone who finds a dormant judgement on his plate to do. Does Chief Fakunle not think that since 1989 proceedings ought to have been taken to protect the threat of violation of the rights so declared in the judgement or order coercive powers of the court in the enforcement of the judgement? Is the judgement Seriki line obtained in 1989 at the Supreme Court a mere paper judgement? Have the Seriki people taken the ultimate final step of translating their paper judgement into reality? I think not.
Now for an anticlimax, calculating statistically, I told High Chief Saliu Adetunji thrice in the last six years that he would be the next Olubadan! He would confirm that to you all. He should do two things to prune lines which have unilaterally increased rungs on them. He should also defreeze the promotion on the Seriki line. The Seriki and Iyalode are the unique representatives on the list of Kingmakers of Ibadan as listed in the 1959 Declaration for the Olubadan of Ibadan Chieftaincy. The gridlock is smashed.
The Gordian knot is untied. The government is lucky. Saliu Adetunji is the victor of the day.

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