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Mama Sijuwola Ajayi, The Yeye Oba Of Erinmo Ijesa Passes On At 80

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‘My Mother Was A Rare Gem’ — Elerinmo

The Elerinmo of Erinmo Ijesa in Osun State, Oba (Dr) Michael Odunayo Ajayi Arowotawaya 11, has lost his mother.

The matriarch of Ajayi Dynasty and also the Yeye Oba of Erinmo land, Pastor (Mrs.) Sijuwola Ajayi passed on peacefully recently at the age of 80.

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Yeye Oba, Pastor (Mrs.) Sijuwola Ajayi, with her son, Elerinmo of Erinmo Ijesa, Oba (Dr) Michael Odunayo Ajayi Arowotawaya II

In his tribute to celebrate a life well spent of his mother, accompanied by beautiful pictures that mirrored parts of her life and times, Oba Odunayo Ajayi described his late mother as a rare gem and mother in a million.

Read Elerinmo’s tribute below:

TRIBUTE TO MY MOTHER, YEYE OBA SIJUWOLA AJAYI

If you were looking for a woman of substance, a strict disciplinarian, a mother indeed, a wife to envy, and an epitome of elegance whose spoken and written English is Queen-styled, beauty and class look no further than for Pastor (Mrs) Sijuwola Ajayi the Yeye Oba of Erinmo Land.

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Late Yeye Oba, Pastor (Mrs.) Sijuwola Ajayi exchanging pleasantries with His Imperial Majesty, the Oòni of Ile-Ife, Osun State

Born sometimes in 1940, widely traveled, a retired teacher and educationist who was actively engaged in private business till her death recently. She is well-connected within the top echelon of Nigerian military, having taught some of the children of the high and mighty in Nigeria, including those of two former Nigerian Heads of State at the Command Children’s School in Ikeja Cantonment and before then in Kaduna.

A stickler for discipline and excellence, Mama was a caring, honest mother, grand mother and dutiful wife who dots over her children living long to witness the crowning of her first son as Kabiyesi Elerinmo of Erinmo land some years ago.

Late Yeye Oba in a group photograph with native of the United States of America during her visit.

Yeye Oba is royalty on all sides, by birth and by marriage. She is a grand daughter of the late High Chief Sapetu Aloba, the traditional prime minister of Igbara-Oke and late High Chief Ejemu Daniel Atere, the 3rd in command to his Royal Highness the Olowa of Igbara-Oke, and was happily married to the late Asiwaju of Erinmo Ijesa, Chief (Dr) Joseph Olubowale Ajayi the icon of the AROWOTAWAYA Royal lineage of Erinmo, whose son later became King Arowotawaya II.

Highly religious, mama is a certified pastor in training from the College of Divinity, Lagos. A Deaconess of the CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH in Erinmo-Ijesa, a Most Senior mother Israel/Matron Queen Sheba’s Band of the C&S Movement Church, Kingsland District, Oke-Oba, Lagos, Matron Elizabeth’s BAND C&S Church Movement Ewu Tuntun, Matron Mary’s Band St James Spiritual Grace Church, AREA COMMANDER CHAPLAIN FELLOWSHIP OF NIGERIA INC and in recognition of her service to the Christian community, she was conferred with the title OTUN EGBE AYA BISOBU of the ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, IGBARA-OKE, ONDO STATE, NIGERIA.

Yeye Oba at her installation as the Otun Egbe Aya Bishop of St. Paul’s Anglican church, Igbara oke, Ondo state

A woman of many parts, She was Founding President of the Prestige Social Club of Igbara-Oke; Matron of Facoys Sisters Club of Lagos; Matron Ifesowapo Social Club of Igbara-Oke; Matron Road Safety Club, Ifedore chapter.

Together with her husband she was blessed with six children (all of whom are graduates and professionals including lawyers, accountants, etc living in various parts of the world) and several grand children.

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Yeye Oba, Pastor (Mrs.) Sijuwola Ajayi, with her son, Elerinmo of Erinmo Ijesa, Oba (Dr) Michael Odunayo Ajayi Arowotawaya II

Up to the time of her departure, she occupied herself with praying, interceding for her children, communities, and the nation; attending religious, social, and traditional occasions that involved her communities and families.

May her soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.

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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

READ ALSO: BREAKING: APC Presidential Primaries: Jigawa Delegate Dies In Abuja

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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.”

READ ALSO: Pastor Adeboye Clarifies Reports Alleging He Asked Christians To Buy Guns

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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