Chief Efemwenkiekie Eresoyen, the Enogie of Irue N’Owina, Iyekogba area of Oredo local Government Area, and the Catholic church are at loggerhead over land acquisition.
The Enogie alleged that St Paul Catholic Church, Benin City in connivance with some persons in his community have acquired several plots of his ancestral land for their church’s expansion.
Two letters by his counsel, Olayiwola Afolabi, to the Archbishop of the Catholic Church, Most Rev Augustine Akubeze and the Parish Priest of St Paul Catholic Church, Rev Fr. Nosakhare Omorogbe said the church acquired the said land in connivance with “some infamous young men in the village parading themselves as Community Development Association (CDA).”
The letter said, “these said persons illegally purchased and took over our client’s community lands including our client’s own ancestral home which was utterly destroyed and bulldozed.”
It continues, “The extent of the land wrongfully taken amounts to over thirty five plots on which your church has erected several structures even after been aware of the confirmation of the position of our client by an order of court vide a judgement delivered on the 23rd Day of June 2014 in suit number B/339/2009 in a case which lasted for about four years.”
The letter claimed the church was still meeting with the people its claimed misled the church into the crisis but that it was ready to amicably resolve the crisis but without people he claimed were masquerading as CDA which has been banned.
But reacting to the incident, Chancellor, Catholic Archdiocese of Benin City, Very Rev Fr. Michael Oyanoafor denied the allegation saying the Church acquired the land from the elders of the community to build schools with a view to bringing development to the community.
He said, “I do not think his case is tenable because St Paul’s Catholic Church was given a land in that community to build a church and they did, that church has been there now for more than ten years, then the community said they don’t have school, they gave land by the church and a school was built, nursery and primary school.
“They were to pay stipend but the church discovered that they could not pay, the church requested for more land to also build a secondary which is on-going and then decide to make education free for the community, the church employed teachers and paying them.”
He said the church requested to meet with Eresoyen and the community when he claimed to be the Enogie but that he failed to attend the meeting.
He added that when the church requested that the meeting be held in the community, he also declined, an indication that he was not in charge of his community.
Drogba Returns, Scores Hat-trick Against Arsene Wenger’s Team
Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, on Wednesday night, returned to action to score a hat-trick against Arsene Wenger’s UNICEF XI team in a charity match.
Wenger returned to management to lead a UNICEF XI out against Marseille legends.
Wenger’s side moved into a 2-1 lead at the Stade Velodrome in his first.
However, Drogba stole the show with his trio of goals for Marseille legends.
The Ivory Coast legend found the net twice and then even dusted off his infamous celebration for his third goal.
Marseille legends triumphed 7-4 against UNICEF XI.
Formula One hotshot Pierre Gasly was also on target in the enthralling game.
Meanwhile, Robert Pires, Jens Lehmann, Mathieu Flamini and Samir Nasri, all Arsenal legends under Wenger, made appearances last night.
EFCC Bursts Internet Fraudsters Hideout, Arrests 22
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Command, has arrested 22 “Yahoo Boys” for alleged involvement in internet fraud.
The suspects were identified as Akintunde Ibrahim Olajide, Yusuf Taiye Afeez, Jimoh Idris Okikiola, Adeyemo Wariz Adegoke, Ademola Olalekan Saheed, Anif Abayomi Busayo, Oriade Sunday Oluwatobi, Ajadi Opeyemi Damilola.
Others include, Peter Akanji Blessing,Olaoluwa Felix Oguniran, Agbei Shola Peter, Toheeb Adeagbo Tola, Ajayi Akinyinka Umar, Ibrahim Opeyemi Ishola, Samson Shonubi Oluwafemi, Oki Kayode Oluwadunsi, Durosamo Temitope Dickson, Akinremi Ridwan Abiodun, Ahmed Ogunyele and Olawore Ridwan Olalekan.
They were apprehended during an operation at their hideout in Ogbomoso, Oyo State based on intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.
At the point of their arrest, five cars, several mobile phones, laptops and other incriminating documents were recovered from them.
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The Commission said twenty of the 22 suspects have been indicted by investigation.
It added that they would be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded.
Six Parties Ready To Merge, Contest Against APC, PDP – Moghalu
A former presidential candidate in the 2019 general election, Kingsley Moghalu has claimed that at least six political parties have indicated their interest to merge and form a mega party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Moghalu stated this when he hosted Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo, the candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) for the November 6 governorship poll in Anambra State.
The ex-Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, who recently defected to the ADC, also called on Nigerians to register in order to be eligible to vote in 2023.
DAILY POST quoted him him: “We hope to be a key part of a much larger third force that is building up for the presidential elections which will include a merger of about six or seven or more parties.
“So, I believe that in the 2023 elections the citizens of Nigeria should not allow it to be a contest between two sides of the same coin because there is no difference. It should be a battle between the old and the new – between the old Nigerian and the possibilities for a new Nigeria. That is what 2023 should be,” Moghalu said.