New Ibadan Obas Set To Dethrone Olubadan In 21 Days

The rift between Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso 1 and his chiefs made obas against his will has reached a climax as the latter on Monday issued a notice of dethronement to the former who has been accused of acts unbecoming of his office as the paramount ruler of the ancient town.

At a press conference, the 21 obas who were installed on August 28, 2017 by Governor Abiola Ajimobi led by Oba Lekan Balogun, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, highlighted Olubadan’s ‘sins’ against them, stressing that except he retraced his steps within 21 days, they would recommend his removal to the state governor.

Other members of the council, including many Mogajis who were at the conference were: Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, Balogun of Ibadaland; Oba Abimbola Tajudeen Ajibola, Osi Balogun of Ibadanland; Oba Eddy Oyewole, Ashipa Olubadan of Ibadanland; Oba Lateef Gbadamosi Adebimpe, Ashipa Balogun of Ibadanland; Oba Amidu Ajibade, Ekarun Olubadan of Ibadanland; and Oba Kola Adegbola and Ekarun Balogun of Ibadanland.

Oba Adetunji’s crime against his chiefs turned obas included taking actions on behalf of the Olubadan-in-council without involving the new obas, inciting people against them as well as refusing to resolve pending issues among them.

According to to the address read by Oba Balogun, “Olubadan-in-Council meetings are not conducted the way they are supposed to be. Oloris were still attending meetings with us and contributing, dictating, attacking that resulted to abuses and curses on the High Chiefs.

“The appointment of Baales and Mogajis are not in compliance with proper set up rules and standards.

“Apart from the monetary scandals of which kabiyesi is yet to refrain, a new Olubadan-in-Council is inside Popoyemoja palace consisting of Olubadan, the Oloris and PA to Olubadan (Tairu) who decide from time to time who is to be Baale or Mogaji and will only send Hearing Notice of meeting and agenda to the real members of Olubadan-in-Council on Saturday preceding the installation date on Monday.

“The Olubadan, Oba Adetunji has since after the inauguration of the Beaded Crown Obas in Ibadan cultivated himself to misbehave by engaging in acts to cause civil disorder by parading himself about with some unscrupulous Mogajis in Ibadan land, inciting people to rise up against the legitimate government of our amiable governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

“This is a serious offence which we the Ibadan Council of Obas can pass a vote of ‘No Confidence’ on him, after which we as king makers that nominated and appointed him for confirmation and approval by the Executive Governor will also call for his removal. We are by this conference giving His Imperial Majesty 21 days ultimatum to change his stand now and work for the improvement of Ibadan rather than disorderliness”.

The Ibadan obas further accused Olubadan of allowing interests within and outside the palace to manipulate him to their own advantage.

Relationship between the Olubadan and most of the council members has rapidly degenerated since Governor Ajimobi reviewed and approved the recommendations of an 11-man Judicial Panel of Inquiry raised to review the laws guiding the chieftaincy system in Ibadan leading to the emergence of the new obas.

Trump Denies Watching 4-8 Hours of TV A Day

President Donald Trump on Monday denied a New York Times story on his daily White House life that says he watches up to eight hours of cable TV news a day.

“Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day – Wrong!” the US president wrote on Twitter.

“Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News,” he added.

Trump then described CNN news anchor Don Lemon as a person “I once called the ‘dumbest man on television!’”

A lengthy New York Times story over the weekend, citing sources close to the president, says that Trump gets up early in the morning and immediately tunes into the cable TV news and commentary shows.

The former New York real estate magnate often fires off early morning tweets that react to cable TV news stories, often those on Fox News.

Trump, 71, is sensitive to criticism on the subject.

“I do not watch much television,” Trump told reporters on his recent trip to Vietnam.

“I know they like to say — people that don’t know me — they like to say I watch television. People with fake sources — you know, fake reporters, fake sources. But I don’t get to watch much television, primarily because of documents. I’m reading documents a lot.”

Later in the trip he complained that the only US cable TV news available to watch in the Philippines was CNN.

Ex-Sports Minister, Damishi Sango, Regains Freedom

A former Minister of Sports and the Plateau State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Damishi Sango, has regained his freedom.

Sango and some members of the PDP were kidnapped on Wednesday as they drove to Abuja for the party’s National Convention.

They include Emmanuel Mangni, a PDP chieftain, Sango’s son, his driver and his police orderly.

The kidnappers had demanded N100m ransom which they later reduced to N50m.

However, the Publicity Secretary of PDP in Plateau State, John Akans, confirmed the release of the five victims on Sunday.

“The Plateau State Chairman of the PDP, Damishi Sango, and others have been released,” he revealed.

“They regained their freedom this (Sunday) evening; they are all at home in Abuja.

“No ransom was paid; they were unconditionally released because Plateau State PDP doesn’t have money to pay ransom.”

Haze Disrupts Flights In Southern Nigeria

The prevailing hazy weather over major parts of the country has continued to disrupt flight operations, especially in the southern part of the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the disruption has led to flight cancellations by many airlines.

The flight cancellations in many airports across the country begin on Thursday.

An Enugu-bound Ethiopian flight was reportedly forced to return to Addis Ababa on Saturday at the point of landing because of bad weather.

At the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Monday, only flights from Lagos and northern states were being announced for arrival and departure.

Mr Abdulahi Saroke, the Station Manager of Azman Air at the Abuja airport, told NAN that the airline cancelled more than 10 north-bound flights on Thursday and Friday.

He attributed the cancellation to intense harmattan haze in the region.

Saroke said that over five flights from Lagos to Kano, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Yola and Kebbi were cancelled as well as two flights from Kano.

He said that though the weather had improved in the northern region, it had worsened in the southern part.

According to him, as at Monday morning, the flights from Kano and Maiduguri were processed but flights to Enugu and Benin could not be processed because bad weather has shifted to that region.

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“As I speak with you, no flight has taken off to Enugu and Benin and no flight has also come from those airports today.

“The situation has been like that since Saturday but the northern region has improved.’’

Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), confirmed that the bad weather had affected many flights across the country.

Yakubu said that the weather was a natural phenomenon that was beyond human control.

She added that local fight was yet to be recorded as at 2 p.m.

According to her, no flight has also taken off from or landed at Benin airport today.

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has persistently predicted dust and hazy weather and poor visibility of two to five kilometres and less than 1, 000 metres over the entire country in the last few weeks.

The agency has been warning pilots consistently against adverse weather situations that could affect flight operations.

Appeal Court Strikes Out Charges Against Justice Nganjiwa

The Court of Appeal, Lagos on Monday struck out the criminal charge filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against a serving judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa.

The EFCC had arraigned the judge for allegedly receiving 260,000 dollars and N8.7 million gratification to enrich himself as a public official.

The anti-graft agency arraigned the judge on 14 counts before the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere on June 23.

The judge pleaded not guilty and trial had already commenced before Justice Adedayo Akintoye.

However, in a judgment on Monday, the appellate court presided over by Justice Adejumo Obaseki quashed the 14 count charge against Mr Nginjiwa.

The Appeal Court’s ruling followed an appeal filed by Mr Nginjiwa, through his lawyer, Robert Clarke, SAN, challenging Justice Akintoye’s jurisdiction to entertain the charge.

Prior to Mr Nganjiwa’s arraignment on June 23, Clarke had argued a preliminary objection challenging Justice Akintoye’s jurisdiction to hear the case.

The SAN had contended that by virtue of Section 158 of the 1999 Constitution, only the National Judicial Council had power to deal with the kind of allegations brought by the EFCC against the judge.

But the prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, disagreed and rather maintained that Mr Nganjiwa did not have immunity against criminal prosecution.

In her ruling, Justice Akintoye had upheld Mr Oyedepo’s argument and dismissed Mr Nganjiwa’s objection.

The court of appeal in its verdict on Monday, upheld the appellant’s contentions and struck out the charge.I

Oil Price Jumps Above $65 For First Time Since 2015

Brent crude oil prices jumped above $65 per barrel after the shutdown of the Forties North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supplies from a market that was already tightening due to OPEC-led production cuts.

Brent crude futures on Tuesday, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $65.07 dollars a barrel at 0211 GMT.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at 58.21 dollars a barrel.

Britain’s Forties oil pipeline, the country’s largest at a capacity of 450,000 barrels per day (bpd), shut down on Monday after cracks were revealed.

“The market reaction shows that in a tight market, any supply issue will quickly be reflected in higher prices,” said ANZ bank.

The jump in Brent prices widened its premium to WTI prices, making U.S. oil exports more attractive.

Medview’s Dubai Launch, A Beginning of Good Things To Come To Nigeria – Bankole

To encourage more Nigerians who travel on the Dubai route on Medview airline, the airline has introduced a free ticket for any passengers who has flown 5 times on the route.

Making the announcement on board the Boeing 767-300 ER flight during its inaugural flight to Dubai, Managing Director, Medview airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole said Nigerians who are widely travelled and frequent fliers on the route need a pocket friendly fare and packages which Medview is offering.

He said as a Nigerian airline, carrying the nation’s flag, it needs all the support from all Nigerians to remain and be consistent on the route.
Bankole promised the over 200 passengers on board the flight and prospective passengers on time departure, quick passenger facilitation, free baggage allowance and quality inflight service.

“We have a special free baggage allowance, with two pieces of 25kg each, which gives 50kg, that is a wonderful gift as well and we want to say to you coming onboard this flight, we will continue to remember you, this is the beginning of good things to come to the country called Nigeria.

Alhaji Bankole also used the opportunity to intimate the passengers of the new routes to start soon and other existing routes, “Medview airline operates 4 flights to London as you are all aware and we are here on the Dubai route for 3 times weekly and we hope to commences Jeddah on schedule flight on 24th of December, 2017 on Thursday and returning on Sunday, this will continue till summer and that will make it 4 flights during the Ramadan. And the big news everyone of you is expecting is the direct flight to Huston come summer 2018”.

He expressed appreciate for the patronage, “I wish you all the best and I thank you for being part of this glory, may Almighty God continue to enrich your pocket and bless you and your family, I wish you season greetings and the best of next year 2018 that we are all looking up to. I pray for the government and the country Nigeria, May God continue to make the country great, thank you and God bless you”.

At the stop over at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport, Abuja, representative of the Minister of state, aviation, minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Aisha Jumai Al Hassan, came on board to celebrate with the airline. Others include, Alhaja Bankole wife of the MD Medview airline, Super Eagles striker, Odion Igalo, the representatives of the Oba of Lagos, aviation Journalists, among other dignitaries.

Some passengers were boarded at the Abuja airport to Dubai.

Adding spice and excitement to the inaugural flight was the marriage proposal of one its male passengers, Mr. Tayo Adesokan to his fiancée for some years, Miss Tolulope Sanya onboard the flight.

The mood was set by the crew members with a romantic love song played for the marriage proposal to awaken other passengers who were in a sleepy mood to feel the effect, as the elated passengers who were witnessing such a unique presentation applauded after the marriage proposal was made.

The inaugural flight of 8 hours from Lagos via Abuja to Dubai was rounded up with the cutting of the cake which was shared to all on board.

Inflight service on board were jollof rice, pounded yam, semovita, egusi soup, chicken, fish, meat, wine(white and red) and others on demand by passengers.

Obey Court Orders, Release Sheikh Zakzaky Unconditionally – IMN Tells FG

Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, under the leadership of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has called on the Federal Government and the all people of conscience to intensify pressure on the Nigerian regime to obey court orders to unconditionally release Sheikh Zakzaky.
This was contained in a statement on Monday by its spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, pointing out how the movement would commemorate the two-year anniversary of the Zaria massacre with peaceful processions in Abuja.
“Will peacefully mark the two-year Zaria massacre memorial between 12 and 14 December 2017 solemnly and peacefully in Abuja with series of activities slated for the purpose.
“It has become expedient to make “clarification that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria has never employed the use of violence or the issuance of threats of violence in its entire four decades of existence to anyone, group or authority.
“This is not about to change. Some recent false flag calls issued reminiscent of previous calls used to attack us and disrupt our peaceful events seem to be again sounded recently,” the movement said.
The movement alleged that the security forces ascribe violence to them in order to swing public opinion against them especially their campaigns to free Zakzaky and justify the December 2015 massacre.
“We are aware of this two-faced machination of the security to pretend they are working to enforce peace and security while in fact, they mean evil.
“They have kept Sheikh Zakzaky in incommunicado detention, while claiming to keep him in protective custody, without access to adequate medical attention in clear contempt of valid court judgment declaring their action as unconstitutional and that he is set free.”
The movement added: “We wish to once again reject any suggestion of threats of violence in our name. The Islamic Movement is not and will not be responsible for any breach of peace or violence that will result from any false-flag plots.
“We will continue to employ all lawful, legal and constitutional means as we have done throughout these two years of state-perpetrated persecution to achieve our goals, and would not be blackmailed into submission or surrender.
“Our timely rallies, processions, and campaign activities will continue as at when due and in our ways without fear of intimidation. We will also continue to seek redress in national and international courts of justice as we have done in the past twenty-four months,” he concluded.

Buhari, Three Governors, Depart For Paris

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday departed Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, for France, to participate in the One Planet Summit.

The President was accompanied by the Governors of Adamawa, Kano and Ondo States, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Environment.

It was gathered that the President was scheduled to leave for Paris on Monday to participate alongside over 50 world leaders in the One Planet Summit which opens on Tuesday.

Before heading for the Summit venue, the Nigerian leader will attend a lunch hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France for Heads of State and Governments at the Elysee Palace.

The summit, jointly organised by the United Nations, the World Bank Group, and the French Government in partnership with non-governmental organisations concerned about reversing the negative effects of climate change, like Bloomberg Philanthropies, holds at the eco-friendly La Seine Musicale, situated on the picturesque Seguin Island in western Paris.

The main focus of the summit, with the theme, “Climate Change Financing,” according to the organisers, will be to innovatively pool public and private finance “to support and accelerate our common efforts to fight climate change.”

While recognising that all countries are affected by the effects of climate change under “One Planet” but some are more vulnerable, the summit seeks for tangible collective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The President and his entourage are scheduled to return on Thursday.