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- Advised FG On Building A Virile Inter-Agency Socio-Security Operational Networks.
The apex Yoruba body: Igbimo Apapo Yoruba Lagbaye: the umbrella body to the Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide and Yoruba Council of Women Worldwide urgently call on all Yoruba Obas, High Chiefs, Elders, Government Functionaries, great sons and daughters of Olofin Aye Agbaye to pray and rally maximum supports for Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho on his quest towards ensuring internal sanity and protection of all inhabitants leaving in Yoruba Land is guaranteed and sustained, as well as defending any form of aggression from external invaders, led by some identified clans and dreaded Fulani terrorists and bandits currently operating within Yoruba Land, having successfully destroyed large parts of the Northern regions, now emboldened to launch spiral coordinated attacks in the Southern regions of Nigeria.
While using this medium to caution all Hausa Fulani leaders to rise in support of the Yoruba now, if they desire assured peaceful cohesiveness and coexistence in the Yoruba Land.
However, in as much as we are constrain to react out of profused provocative stands of one Miss Hauwa daughter of the Seriki Fulani of Kishi threatening that they owned the President of Nigeria, nor do Yoruba brought Land from heaven?
Furthermore, stating vulgar words against Chief Sunday Igboho, we demand for immediate retraction and urgent caution against any similar occurrence of unwarranted killings in the whole of Yoruba land henceforth, while advising all Kara markets cohabited by Fulani conclaves in Kishi, Igangan, Ibarapa and other areas of Oyo State to shut down till all investigation and unravelling of all terrorists perpetrating evils within the region is optimally achieved respectively.
It is important we Yoruba work in unison on holistic security management, because what one body or person does unilaterally,could grossly affects the whole of Yoruba land, hence the need to collectively build unbiased synergy and unity towards total liberalisation of the Yoruba Land.
We keenly watched the trending video of how Fulani terrorist herders killed, rape and maim our people, continuous criminal activities of kidnapping with huge ransom paid daily remains precariously unending menace.
We are aghast to state that this evil marauders at will gruesomely killed countless numbers of our people daily, for instance they recently killed a medical Doctor and philanthropist business investor from Germany on his farm just because he cautioned against massive destruction of his farm land, and the following day they slit his throat with daggers and shot him dead.
It is based on this extreme necessity that we supports the ongoing efforts of Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho on his clarion call for vacation, while the Igbimo Apapo Yoruba Lagbaye eqaully call for an harmonized 7 days vacation ultimatum notice against all forms of criminalities in the whole of Yoruba Land: Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Lagos, Edo, Delta, Kwara and Kogi and other nexus Yoruba group areas in the Northern and Southern regions of Nigeria respectively.
Particularly, we emphatically warned against the confrontational attrition of war led by the Fulani communities in Kishi and other identified bandits occupants accused of kidnapping and maiming of innocent Nigerians.
It was seen in the trending video how the Fulani youths brought out guns to attack Chief Sunday Igboho led team during the warning peaceful rally, but later ran into the bush paths of Igangan town.
In view of the good intention to clear Yoruba Land of all debris of criminals and terrorists, it is also imminent to act cautiously, inorder not to violate the fundamental rights of fellow Nigerians, which could snowballed into a huge unmitigated civil ethnic unrest and volcanic war.
We hereby call on Chief Sunday Sunday Igboho and other leaders of Thought in Yoruba Land to convene an emergency security and intelligence Committees, that will aggressively avert, abate, manage and bring under control the ongoing provoking internal security infractions in Yoruba Land, especially Oyo State.
We equally call on the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government of Nigeria alongside all the State Governors to rise up to their responsibilities of building a strong public confidence and thrust, most importantly, we demand for a state of emergency in the Nigeria’s Security and Socio-Economic sectors.
We humbly call on His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ooni of Ife, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Sikiru Adetona, Awujale of Ijebu Land, Oba Fredrick Obarutan, Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, Oba Saheed Elegushi, Elegushi of Ikate Land, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Prof. Banji Akintoye, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande, Chief Olabode George, Aare Gani Adams, Chief Sunday Igboho, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Dr. Olajide, Chief Alani Akinrinade, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija, Mr. Femi Otedola, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, Mr. Victor Taiwo, Chief Mrs. Tokunbo Awolowo Dosunmu, Erelu Lola Ayorinde, Aarebirin Ajetoke Oyekan, Erelu Dosunmu, Mrs.Ibukun Awosika and Chief Segun Odegbami to lead a frontal emergency security dialogue within the next 7 days either virtual via Zoom or Physical(Under strict Covid 19 Rules), as the case may be.
Inorder not to fall out of the law, we appeal to our noble legal icon, Chief Afe Babalola, SAN to lead a formidable Legal team of erudite Yoruba Lawyers that will continue to work assiduously and brace up for any eventuality.
Also, in the same vein we urgently appeal to His Divine Grace, Oba Isooro O.O.O Dada, Obalesun Obatala Agbaye to lead all traditional spiritual and terrestrial leaders in Yoruba Land and beyond for an emergency intercessory prayers, appeasement and invocation of the Yoruba mythology and spirituality, conspicuously expected to lead to the total atonement, unity, economic growth, social wellbeing and peace in Yoruba Land, and by extension Nigeria as a whole.
We are equally calling Pastor Enoch Adeboye to rally prayer supports from all Yoruba Christian leaders, while appealing to His Eminence to kick start a marathon fasting and prayers within 7 days, while Sheik Bulalah is expected to lead all Yoruba Muslims to perform similar islamic prayers in 7 days, inorder to achieve an unprecedented turning point in Yoruba Land.
Lastly, the entire Yoruba Women and Youths must play active and positive roles in this fight against terrorism, hence the need for Aare Oladotun Hassan,Esq to consult with all the umbrella youths and students bodies in Yoruba Land, for maximum outputs on information and intelligence sharing, building strong alliances with all other youth groups domiciled in Yoruba Land towards attaining overall collective successes.
In view of the ongoing long war against terrorism, we are in doubt of the the will power to forcefully and effectively deliver on the promises to end terrorism in Nigeria, considering the high level of complicity going on within the military’s highest echelons.
We are frustrated and dissatisfied with the wrongful treatments of some of our Yoruba serving and late officers ie: Flt Officer Arotile whose death still remains a mystery, another is Genral Adeniyi who was demoted by the current Lft. Gen. Tukur Buratai led Nigerian Army, just because he raised fundamental objections against the compromised modus operandi in the endless war in Sambisa tagged “Operation Lafiya Dole”, and other ancillary casualties and respected and experienced officers in like manners ,who died in a clandestine most crooked and suspiciously wicked manner in the line of duty.
We laconically demand the immediate provisions of sophisticated armories and technological drones supports in the fight against terrorism in Yoruba Land.
We demand adequate funding for our local security Networks led by Amotekun, Vigilante, OPC, OLM, YCY, Agbekoya and other security agencies of government, while we implore that Chief Sunday Igboho needed to be encouraged and drafted to lead the whole of the coalition of all Yoruba local security Civilian Joint Task Force Base, to be headquartered in Ibadan, Oyo State.
We salute the governors of Oyo, Lagos, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo and Ogun states on their relentless sacrifices and monumental commitments towards the unity, peace, growth and development of the Western Nigeria Security Networks- code named: “Operation Amotekun”.
God bless Nigeria.
For: Igbimo Apapo Yoruba Lagbaye.
Aare Oladotun Hassan,Esq,
Akowe Oodua Adekanbi Siyanbade,
Global Secretary General.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign from the Senate on Monday, according to an aide.
The Californian Democrat’s resignation comes two days before she becomes the nation’s first female vice president, and the first person of colour to hold that office.
Harris has notified Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom that she will resign Monday, her aide said.
Newsom announced in December that he would appoint Secretary of State Alex Padilla to her Senate seat, and Padilla intends to run for a full Senate term in 2022.
Padilla said on a Friday press call that it is `very likely’ he will be sworn into the Senate on Wednesday, Inauguration Day.
Padilla will be the Golden State’s first Latino senator.
But Harris’ exit also means that no Black women will be serving in the chamber.
In her new role as vice president, Harris will serve as president of the Senate and cast tie-breaking votes.
After Democrats won a pair of runoffs in Georgia earlier this month, the Senate will be evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. Harris’ tie-breaking vote gives Democrats the majority in the chamber.
Harris has already been utilising her relationships on Capitol Hill as President-elect Joe Biden’s administration looks to quickly fill top Cabinet posts.
Harris’ aide said she has made calls regarding Retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin’s nomination to be the next Secretary of Defence.
Austin needs a waiver to lead the department because he has not been out of the military for the required seven years, and some Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee oppose granting the waiver.
Elected to the Senate in 2016, Harris is leaving the chamber with two years left in her first term.
In her short time in the chamber, the former prosecutor and California Attorney General grabbed headlines for pointed questioning at Judiciary Committee hearings.
She was a loyal Democrat in the Senate but also worked across the aisle on issues such as overhauling the bail system, supporting historically Black colleges and universities and making lynching a federal crime.
On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, the first woman of colour to serve on the high court, will reportedly administer the oath of office to Harris.
ABC News reported that Harris will be sworn in on two Bibles, the first from a family friend that Harris used when she was previously sworn into office, and the second from the late Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court justice.
As part of its’ efforts to stem the tide of covid-19, Lagos State Government has implored Council of Obas and Chiefs, Chairmen of LGs/LCDAs across the state, members and executives of Lagos State Development Advisory Council to resume sensitisation on health precautions as the state combats the second wave of the virus.
Chairmen of the 57 LGs and LCDAs have also been urged to commence decontamination of their various domains.
Commissioner for Local Government & Community Affairs, Dr Wale Ahmed, who spoke during a stakeholders’ meeting with the Council of Obas and Chiefs, LG/LCDA Chairmen, members and executives of Lagos State Development Advisory Council iterated that these measures have become expedient owing to the resurgence of the pandemic and the spike in the current rate of infection.
He reiterated the need to ensure members of their communities adhere strictly to the health guidelines issued by the state government to curb the spread of the virus such as; the wearing of facemasks, physical distancing, regular hand-washing and the use of alcohol-based sanitiser.
While commending stakeholders for their support at the wake of the pandemic in year 2020, he assured that with the support of the citizens of Lagos state, the state will emerge out of this health challenge stronger with better health structures and with a prosperous economy.
Ngozi Onadeko, the new Commissioner, Oyo State Police Command, has assumed duty.
CSP Olugbenga Fadeyi, the command’s Spokesperson, made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in Ibadan.
Fadeyi said Onadeko took over from Nwachukwu Enwonwu, who has been redeployed.
He said the new CP is an alumnus of Imo State University, Owerri, where she bagged BSc. (Hons) in Sociology in 1985.
Fadeyi said Onadeko later proceeded to the University of Lagos, where she bagged Master’s degree in Criminology.
He added: “CP Ngozi Onadeko was appointed into the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (POLAC/ Cadet ASP Course 15) on 15/03/1988 and was trained at the Nigeria Police Academy Annex, Kaduna State, between 1988 and 1989.
“On passing out, she has served in various administrative and operational capacities such as: Crime and Staff Officer SOI, SOJ between 1989-1993 in Imo State Police Command.
“From 1993-2001, she served as a directing staff at Police College, Ikeja, Lagos State.
“She equally served as Divisional Police Officer, Divisional Crime Officer, Area Crime Officer, Staff Officer and Chief Superintendent of Police (Admin) all in Lagos State Command.
“She was later redeployed to Police Academy, Kano, in 2008 as a directing Staff between 2009- 2016.
“As an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), she was AC Intelligence, (FIIB), FHQ Annex, AC X-Squad FCIID Alagbon, Area Commander, Eastern Port Authority Police Command, Port Harcourt.”
Fadeyi said Onadeko was the Second-in-Command/Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of ‘Administration’ Delta State Police Command from 2016 to 2019 and proceeded on course to the National Defence College on September 1, 2019.
He said: “Sequel to her promotion to the enviable rank of Commissioner of Police on 21st December, 2019, she was posted to the Department of Training and Development, Force Headquarters, Abuja as CP Training.
“The Commissioner of Police has attended various on-the-job courses during her career, which include; Advanced Detective Course (ADC) 1999, Operational Leadership Command Course (OLCC) 2005, Tactical Leadership Command Course (TLCC) 2009, Strategic Leadership Command Course (SLCC) 2015, all at the reputed Police Staff College, Jos, Plateau State and National Defence College (NDC) Abuja,
“The CP has Professional Qualifications to her credit amongst which are; Pass Staff College, psc, Member Nigerian Institute of Management, (mnin) and Fellow of the Defence College, (fdc).
“She is equally a member of professional institutions, which include; International Association of Women Police (IAWP) and International Association of Chief of Police (IACP), United States of America (USA).
“She is a thorough-bred professional who distinguished herself in all the places she has served.
“Consequently, all the experiences she has gathered over the years shall be brought to Oyo State to consolidate the existing security apparatus.
“The CP assures the good people of Oyo State maximum protection to lives and property, and solicits constant dissemination of credible information to enable the Police serve them better.”
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed civil servants on Level 14 and below to work from home till February 1, 2021 as part of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease amid the second wave of the pandemic.
This was contained in a statement signed on Saturday by the Head of Service in the state, Hakeem Muri-Okunola.
Muri-Okunola, however, noted that the directive excludes staff on essential duty as well as first responders.
He said, “Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved a further extension of the work-from-home order to all State Public Servants on Grade Levels 14 and below from Monday, 18th January 2021, to Monday, 1st February 2021, to curtail the spread of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“He urged all public servants to stay safe and ensure continued observance of all COVID-19 protocols for physical distancing, use of face masks, regular washing of hands with soap and running water as well as the use of hand sanitisers.”
Muri-Okunola also stated that the weekly duty rosters should be maintained for effective service delivery by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the State Government.
The Leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has issued a strong warning to corrupt politicians in Nigeria, amidst the ravaging COVID-19.
Primate Ayodele during a live service in his church revealed that COVID-19 will not really affect the poor, but the rich and corrupt politicians who have hands in the retrogression of Nigeria.
He explained that the vaccine going round is not the solution to the virus as no solution has been gotten yet, and that it will be serious in the coming days till August.
He warned those in government to be very careful, and repent if they have been involved in corrupt practices.
Ayodele said: “COVID-19 is not for the poor.
“Those in government should be careful, especially those who have spoilt the country.
“Let them repent now.
“COVID-19 is coming for them.
“We are moving to the final stage till August.
“The vaccines are not the solution.
“They have not gotten the solution.
“In Nigeria, it will be very serious in the coming days.”
Also, Ayodele warned the Independent National Electoral Commission against foul play in the outcome of Imo North Senatorial District election.
Recall that the popular prophet had prophesied victory for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the election but as it stands, even though the INEC declared the All Progressives Congress as the winner with no candidate, there is serious uncertainty about the final outcome.
Primate Ayodele reinstated his prophecy on the victory of the PDP candidate, and warned that anyone who tries to alter the victory will face the wrath of God.
He said: “In Imo, Emmanuel Okewulonu will be the one to be declared winner of the Imo North Senatorial election.
Uganda’s long-time president, Yoweri Museveni, has been re-elected with 58.64 per cent of the vote, according to the country’s electoral commission.
The commission announced this on Saturday afternoon.
Provisional Presidential results from the announcement from Uganda Electoral Commission on Saturday around 9 am showed that Museveni was leading.
Election results from from 86 per cent of polling stations indicated that the incumbent president garnered 5,300,831 votes (58%) while main opposition candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine got 3,119,965 votes (34.62%).
Ugandans expect the final results of the election later in the day.
Meanwhile, Kyagulanyi has alleged widespread fraud during the election.
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved for private and public schools in the state to resume from Monday, January 18, 2021.
The decision was reached after “due consultations” with stakeholders, including Governors, Commissioners of Education, Proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students.
Director General, Office of the Education Quality Assurance, OEQA, of the state Ministry of Education, Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, in a statement on Friday, Jan 15, said the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo urged all school managers to enforce strict compliance with all subsisting protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The statement read in part: “I want to convey the approval of Mr Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu that all public and private schools in Lagos State can still resume for 2nd Term 2020 /2021 academic session with effect from Monday 18th January, 2021.
“In view of this, Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo wishes to enjoin all school managers to enforce strict compliance with all subsisting protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state. I wish you all happy resumption and please stay safe.”
At the meeting, the stakeholders insisted on the compulsory wearing of facemasks by all students, teachers and workers in all schools.
Other guidelines decided on during the meeting included compulsory temperature checks and hand washing facilities at strategic locations in all schools, ensuring constant supply of water and sanitizers and enforcement of maintenance of social distancing and suspension of large gatherings such as assembly and visiting days.
The meeting called for schools to avoid overcrowding, ensure limitations in class sizes and hostel occupancy; availability of functional health clinics with facilities for isolation and transportation of suspected cases to medical facilities.
“These measures which are to ensure safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review as we urge teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance,” FG stated.
Lagos State currently has N158 billion debt stock for which it has committed N31 billion to servicing.
Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Rabiu Olowo, said this at a media parley in Lagos on Thursday where commissioners and special advisers in the state spoke to journalists.
The meeting was on the N1.64 trillion 2021 budget of the state tagged “Budget of Rekindled Hope.”
The budget was passed by the state House of Assembly on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 and signed into law by the governor on De. 31, 2020.
The budget is made up of N702.935 billion capital budget and N460.587 billion recurrent estimate.
Olowo said the debt was sustainable at 22 per cent of debt-revenue ratio, which he said was even below the Federal Government’s benchmark of 30 per cent and World bank’s benchmark of 40 per cent.
He said the state government planned to finance the N192.494 billion budget deficit through external sources, internal sources and bonds.
The finance commissioner said N100 billion would be sourced internally, N52 billion externally and N40 billion through bonds.
Mr Sam Egbube, the state Commissioner for Budget and Planning, said the main focus of the budge was to accomplish the Governor’s THEMES Agenda.
He said the state government had set up a 10-point agenda to achieve the agenda, which included aggressive development and maintenance of infrastructure across the state.
Others are creation of employment and enhancement of food security, improvement of civic participation, inclusion of and cooperation in governance and investment in human capital development.
Prof. Akin Abayomi, the state Commissioner for Health, said the state focused more on COVID-19 last year because it was a global pandemic that deserved a lot of attention.
He said in spite of this, the state still devoted a lot of its resources to other ailments.
He said the attention to COVID-19 did not distract the state from other ailments as only one of the 27 general hospitals in the state was dedicated to COVID-19 treatment.