Former Lagos Police Boss Fatai Owoseni Becomes Benue New CP

Former Lagos State commissioner of police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, is now in charge of the Benue State command.

Owoseni’s deployment came in the wake of renewed attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen on farmers in the state and destruction of their farmlands.

Owoseni, who was the Commissioner of Police in charge of administration at the Force Headquarters Abuja, reportedly resumed at his new post today.

Installation of 21 Kings By Ajimobi Illegal – Court

An Oyo State High Court on Friday declared the review of the 1957 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration and other Related Chieftaincies in Ibadan land by the Justice Akintunde Boade Review Commission, which was set up by the Oyo State Government, as unconstitutional, illegal, null, void and of no effect.

The commission had recommended, among others, the creation of several monarchs in Ibadan which led to the installation of 21 kings by the state Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

But the Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land, Rashidi Ladoja, challenged the composition and recommendations of the commission in court, joining Ajimobi as co-defendant.

While delivering judgment, Justice Olajumoke Aiki held that wearing of beaded crowns is beyond the purview of sections 10, 12 and 25 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law, stating that Section 25 of the Chiefs Law could not be treated in isolation to the provisions of Parts Two and Three of the Chiefs Laws.

According to PUNCH, the court also said provisions of Parts Two and Three of the Chiefs Laws, particularly sections 10, 12 and 25, did not give power to the governor to review the Olubadan chieftaincy declaration, while also restraining the government from accepting and implementing the reports of the commission.

Apostle Suleman Heals Lame Woman, Prays For Nigeria

This story of a lady’s healing on Thursday 11th of January during the last ‘Prayer Storm 2018’ apostolic visit of the president of Omega Fire Ministries worldwide (OFM), Apostle (Prof.) Johnson Suleman, is, well, almost too miraculous to be believed. Incredibly, though, it was caught on audio-visual tape.

The lady in question, before she met her healing, was brought on crutches into the Port Harcourt Polytechnic arena where the conference held. In her testimony, she suffered spinal cord injury and was bedridden for months until Apostle Suleman spoke words into her.

“Fire will cleanse you of all negative attachments in your life and destiny,” charged the ‘Oracle of God’, and as he spoke indicating that God still performs miracles in our day and age, something incredible happened. Her legs loosened and she walked again.

The lady was awed and so was the congregation who watched whilst the healing was perfected. And as she realized what had just happened to her life, she got choked up with emotion and broke out with ‘Thank you Lord’.

Following the Port Harcourt divine encounter, the OFM train again moved on the 16th of January for ‘The Supernatural’ conference in Houston-Texas. There it also proclaimed the potency of the Gospel of Jesus and many received restoration and joy of a lifetime.

Meanwhile, the ‘Restoration Apostle’, as Suleman is fondly addressed, has lent his voice to the strange killings that tend to prevent the peace that reigns in Nigeria.

In his counsel, the man of God condemned the repeated attacks of innocent people in Benue, Kwara, Taraba, Kogi, Adamawa, Kaduna and other states. Suleman warned the attackers to desist from their ways or face the wrath of God.

“I speak as a prophet of God over this nation; the Lord shall arrest the evil killers and purify His Children and Nigeria. Whoever is benefiting from the crises, systems ineffectiveness and wanton killings around Nigeria, by the mandate of heaven, the judgment of God that kills and extinguishes shall fall upon the killers and their sponsors.”

CLI: LASG, Visionscape Intensify Waste Evacuation Across Metropolis

Clear Black Spots, Illegal Dump Sites

The Lagos State Government and the environmental utility group contracted to implement the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, have intensified evacuation of waste in black spots and illegal dump sites across the metropolis.

A tour of various parts of the State on Friday revealed that evacuation of filth had been carried out and still ongoing in major areas including Falomo Bridge, Obalende, Ikoyi, Mushin, Ikeja, Ipaja, Agege, Oshodi, among others.

The clean-up exercise, which was simultaneously going on across the State, is in line with “Operation Deep Clean,” a stop-gap measure designed to keep the city clean pending the full transition to the new waste management policy of the State Government encapsulated in the CLI.

The CLI was established to address, enforce and regulate the challenges in the solid waste management systems within the State in line with global best practices.

Speaking after observing the evacuation of heaps of refuse in Ikeja Along Bus stop on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, a resident of the area, Mr Babatunde Bamidele commended the State Government and Visionscape for the exercise, saying it was obvious that a good job was done.

He said: “What they have done here is very good. Everywhere is clean now. I will only appeal to them to keep up the good work by coming regularly.”

Another resident, Tanwa Babarinde, who operates a public toilet in Ikeja, urged the State Government to designate officials to monitor the area especially at night to prevent indiscriminately dumping of refuse.

She said: “I like what Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is doing to make the State clean. The Visionscape people have been here to clean up this area and they did a very good job.

“My only appeal to the State Government is to designate their officials here especially at night to prevent indiscriminate dumping of waste because anytime they clean up the illegal dump site here, before the next day, you will see heaps of refuse again meaning that some people are coming here to dump waste at night,” Babarinde said.

It would be recalled that the operators of Private Sector Participation (PSP) in waste management and the Lagos State Government had agreed to amicably settle a court case which delayed full implementation of CLI.

Investigation revealed that some people were going out in the middle of the night to dump waste on a large scale on the roads. But the government, in turn, had vowed to go all out after such unscrupulous elements and punish them accordingly in line with the law.

The State Government has also urged residents to properly bag their waste and put in front of their houses for evacuation by officials of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative and other assigned bodies.


Nigeria’s Premier University, UI Clocks 70 Today

The Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, UI, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka has declared that officially the Premier University is 70 today.

“On 18 January 1948, the first set of students, 104 in number, started receiving lectures at the University College Ibadan, at the Eleyele Temporary Site, previously used by the Military during the Second World War. The three Foundation Faculties were Arts, Science and Medicine. In reality, today is, therefore, the 70th birthday of the University of Ibadan.

“17 November 1948 was the day the first sod for the permanent site was turned by Sir Arthur Creech Jones. 17 November has since then been marked as the Founders’ Day. Happy anniversary to the founding fathers and all Great UItes”, Olayinka stated.

In preparation for the celebration of the 70th anniversary the institution, Olayinka disclosed that a committee would soon be inaugurated for the planning, coordination and execution of various activities to mark the milestone.

”Though 70 years in the life of the university is relatively young when compared with some universities across the world, some of which are as old as 700 years, UI must joyfully mark this milestone considering its contributions to national development. This is the university which has produced high caliber of human resource for Nigeria in particular and the world at large, as UI products are found in almost every part of the world doing very well. Indeed, we can confidently say our products are our pride as people believe that once this product is from Ibadan, it must be the best.

“Given its prestigious position in higher education in Nigeria, some people have said every educated Nigerian is either a direct or indirect product of UI. This is because if you did not attend UI, you must have been taught somewhere by someone who attended UI or who was taught by someone who trained in UI. Therefore, UI belongs to all Nigerians. In the last 70 years of our academic excellence, our achievements are numerous and impactful as it can be seen in the quality of our products in every sphere of life. Therefore, we feel it will not be a bad idea if we come together on this occasion to celebrate, reflect on the journey so far and plan for the future. We intend to bring back our old alumni for flashback and reminiscence, celebrate our icons and inspire the current students towards nothing but the best,” the vice chancellor stated.

Olayinka called on all alumni of UI to get ready for the epoch celebration, saying every alumnus should think about the contributions of the university to their lives with a view to giving back to the university that made them.

He announced that UI would be shopping for the sum of N70 billion as capital projects campaign, just as he expressed optimism that “the dream is achievable if all UI products are harnessed”.

The Selfless Statesman: Alex Ekwueme For Burial February 2

The burial committee set up to plan a state burial for late Vice President Alex Ekwueme says he will be buried on February 2.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, made this known while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.

Mr Mustapha, who is the chairman of the committee, was represented by Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, who is also a member of the committee.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committee, which was inaugurated on December 15, 2017, has come up with a nine-day long Programme for the burial.

The programme will run from the January 19 to February 2, 2018.

The SGF described the first elected vice president of Nigeria as an accomplished architect, town planner, philanthropist and politician.

Mustapha noted that the death of Ekwueme was a painful loss to his family and the nation at large while announcing the details of the ceremony as follows:

On Friday, January 19 at 2.p.m, there will be a memorial service at Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina Lagos, while at 5.p.m, there will be the Evening of Tributes and Music at Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos.

On Saturday, January 27 at 2.p.m, there will be a Memorial Service at St Marylebone Parish Church London.

On Sunday, January 28 at 6.p.m, there will be a Service of Songs and evening of tributes at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Similarly, on Monday, January 29 at 12 p.m., there will be a Parade of Honour at the Presidential wing, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, after which body departs immediately to Enugu and will be received by south-east governors at the airport.

On Tuesday, January 30 at 4.p.m, there will be a Service of Songs at Cathedral Church of the Good Shepherd, Independence Layout Enugu.

Accordingly, on Wednesday, January 31 at 10.a.m, there will be South-East commendation service at Okpara square Enugu.

On Thursday, February 1 at 10 a.m., body departs for Awka at 12. p.m., there will be Anambra Commendation service at Ekwueme square, Awka.

Also at 4p.m body departs for Oko, Ekwueme’s hometown and at 5.p.m, there will be service of songs at his residence.

On Friday, February 2 at 8.a.m, there will be lying-in-state at his residence; and 11.a.m will be the funeral service, at St. John the Divine Church, Oko, followed by interment and reception.

On Sunday, February 11 at 9 a.m. there will be an outing service, at the St John the Divine Church, Oko.

The SGF, however, called on all professional groups and individuals whose lives and interests were impacted on by the departed statesman to be part of the burial ceremonies to pay him their last respect.

The Economist Disowns Publication On Buhari – Presidency

The Economist, a London-based newsmagazine, has disowned a publication which claimed that Nigerians had shown an unprecedented level of patience with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The publication has been making rounds on the social media and on some websites in the country and beyond.

Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, quoted the Africa Editor of the magazine, Jonathan Rosenthal, as dismissing the publication.

The presidential aide quoted a letter dated Jan. 18, written and signed by Rosenthal, condemning the publication.

The letter read: “It has come to my attention that an article has been circulating on social media and been published on various websites that purports to have been written or published by The Economist.

“The article with the headline ‘The Unprecedented Level of Patience Shown to Buhari’ was not written nor published by The Economist. Any claims connecting it to The Economist are false.”

Adesina therefore enjoined Nigerians to be “very watchful and circumspect about the kind of information they are exposed to and share, especially in this period when purveyors of fake news abound.”

Love In The Air: Pope Francis Marries Couple During Flight (PHOTOS)

Pope Francis has made history by performing a wedding ceremony for two flight attendants on board a plane travelling between cities in Chile.

Paula Podest Ruiz, 39, and Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriga, 41, had been married earlier in a civil service but asked the Pope to bless their marriage.

“Do you want me to marry you?” he said.

The couple said they were unable to conduct a ceremony in their church in the Chilean capital, Santiago, after it was damaged in an earthquake in 2010.

Pope Francis suggested performing the brief ceremony on his short flight from Santiago to the city of Iquique in northern Chile.

He then carried out a Catholic wedding service for the couple, lining up the airline’s boss as a witness.

A travelling cardinal provided a hand-written religious marriage document on a single sheet of paper, which was signed by the bride, groom, and witness.

The flight was provided by Latin America’s largest airline, Latam, and the journey forms part of the pontiff’s tour of Chile.

On Wednesday, Pope Francis visited the city of Temuco in Chile’s southern Araucania region, where he called for unity in one of the country’s longest-running conflicts.

In a public address, the pontiff said that “destructive violence” between the indigenous Mapuche people and the state was not the answer.

The region has experienced conflict for centuries, sparked by issues including ancestral land ownership and legal recognition for the Mapuche language and culture.

Pope Francis has also used his trip to meet victims of sexual abuse by priests in Chile.

He is wrapping up his visit to the country on Thursday with an open-air mass celebration in Iquique, before heading to Peru for the final leg of his two-nation trip.