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Court Sacks Ooni Of Ife’s Second-In-Command, Orders Replacement

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An Osun State High Court on Wednesday sacked the Obalufe of Ife , Chief Idowu Adediwura , and directed the Ooni of Ife , Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, to, within 21 days , filled the stool with a candidate from the Aga Ruling House.

Obalufe is the traditional prime minister of Ife and he is next to Ooni in rank .

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Justice Foluke Awolalu of the Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo , in her judgment on the suit instituted by Abayomi Elugbuji on behalf of self and the Aga Ruling House, held that the installation of Adediwura was not in accordance with the provisions of Ife Chieftaincy Declaration of 1957 .

The court had earlier dismissed the preliminary objection filed by Adediwura seeking that the matter be dismissed because there were similar cases already instituted on the same matter .

On the merit of the case , the court held that going by the Ife Chieftaincy Declaration of 1957 , it was the turn of Aga Ruling House to produce Obalufe and not Ajagbusiekun , where Adediwura that was eventually installed hails from .

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The court also restrained Adediwura from parading self as Obalufe.

Commenting on the matter , counsel for the plaintiff , Mr Babafemi Akande, described the judgment as “ sound and clear , ” adding that a Chieftaincy Declaration once registered had become the law .

“The law is very clear , nobody is above the law and no one is below it. So the judge gave the judgment in accordance with the dictates of the law , ” Akande said .

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Efforts to get Adediwura’s reaction to the judgment proved futile, as calls to his phone number rang out, while text message sent to him was not replied as of the time of filing this report .

(Punch)

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100 Civil Servants Die In Jigawa Within One Month

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The Jigawa State and Local Governments Contributory Pension Scheme said 100 civil servants died within one month.

Executive Secretary of the Board scheme, Alhaji Kamilu Aliyu Musa, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the payment of the retirement and death benefits in his office.

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He said the Board has paid N1.215bn to 550 retirees for the month of July, 2022.

Kamilu explained that, the beneficiaries are categorized into four for the payment of their rights.

According to him “the first category include 411 beneficiaries who have retired from the service and were paid over N920,331 million.

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“The second category of the beneficiaries are those 100 people that have died while in service and their families received the total amount of N267,329 million”

“The third category of 8 beneficiaries are under the death pension balance and will get N27, 952 million as their entitlement

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“While the fourth category of beneficiaries are those who are not in service for up-to five years, the board will refund 8 percent to them amounting to N201,437 thousands as their entitlement.”

The Executive Secretary also reiterated the board’s commitments to pay each retired civil servant his entitlement within one month of his retirement.

He then commended Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubukar for his support to the Board and releasing the Pensioners entitlement in a right time.

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INEC Reacts As Hoodlums Burn Razed Its Enugu Office

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that hoodlums burnt down its office at Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The incident occurred on Sunday night when the arsonists stormed the office situated at the council’s headquarters in Ogurute.

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Confirming the incident, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, in a statement on Monday, said the arsonists overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises, and set the building ablaze.

He said although no casualties were reported, 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture, and equipment were destroyed in spite of the effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka.

READ ALSO: JUST IN: Hoodlums Set INEC Office Ablaze In Enugu

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Ononamadu added that the Commission is working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise as well as uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet.

”The incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.

”The attack, coming in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other preparations for the 2023 General Election, is worrisome. It will be recalled that on 23rd May 2021, our office in the neighbouring Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by unknown gunmen.

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”This followed earlier attacks on the Udenu Local Government Area office on 13th May 2021 and the State Headquarters in Enugu on 16th May 2021.

”The Commission has since substantially recovered from these attacks and resumed normal activities there, including the VR and collection of
PVCs.

READ ALSO: 2023 Elections: INEC Speaks On Voters Registration In Niger Republic

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”The Commission will continue to work with the security agencies and the emergency services to protect our facilities,” the statement added.

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Niger Attack: Death Toll Of Security Operatives Rises To 48

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The number of security personnel killed in Niger State by suspected bandits has increased following the discovery of more bodies in the bush.

Sani Kokki, the convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths of Niger State, explained that more bodies of the security operatives were discovered in the bush by the locals.

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According to Sani Kokki, “On Saturday evening, the dead body of a mobile policeman was also discovered by a passerby.”

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Recall that a number of soldiers, policemen and civilians were killed after bandits attacked a mining site on Wednesday in Niger State.

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He explained that the death toll of the security personnel killed by the bandits had risen to 48.

He alleged that the bandits killed 34 soldiers, eight mobile policemen and six civilians.

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