ANTP Crisis: Baba Wande Sues For Peace Among Stakeholders


Veteran Yoruba movie actor, Mr Kareem Adepoju, has called for peace among members of the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP), after a court judgement on the crisis rocking the national body of the association.

Adepoju, who is popularly known as Baba Wande, said the judgement of the High Court sitting in Ejigbo, Osun State on March 28, 2017 that Mr Victor Asaolu should remain in office as the President of ANTP till February 2018, was not a solution to the crisis bedevilling the association.

He called on all stakeholders including the governors and royal fathers in Nigeria’s South-West region to intervene in the matter and save the ANTP, lauding the efforts of the Olowu of Owu kingdom, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, in resolving the crisis.

Speaking during an interview with Channels Television at his residence in Osogbo, Baba Wande appealed to all Yoruba film actors and actresses to come together and speak in one voice to develop the industry.

“Some of us feel that the tenure of the President of ANTP, Mr Victor Ashaolu has expired, but the man insisted that he has not finished his tenure and he took the matter to court instead of leaving the office.

“The man has been in the office as the ANTP President since 2010, whereas he was supposed to spend four years. The matter was brought to a court in Osun here and after several years of litigation, the court eventually ruled that Ashaolu’s tenure will end in February next year.

“As law abiding citizens of this country, we must respect the court and obey the judgement, unless anyone is interested in appealing the judgement in the higher court and that cannot be a solution to the problem we are battling with.

“I want to appeal to all Yoruba film-makers, actors and actresses to unite and speak in one voice in the best interest of all of us. This current crisis in the ANTP will not benefit anyone of us and the society.

“I also want to call on all stakeholders, especially the Governors of Osun, Mr Rauf Aregbesola; Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Lagos State, Mr Akinwumi Ambode; Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose and Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu to intervene in the ANTP leadership crisis.

“I’m also appealing to our traditional rulers in Yoruba land, especially the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, and the Awujale of Ijebu Land, Oba Sikiru Adetona, to wade in and help us settle the dispute so that we can be together.

“We are grateful to the Olowu of Owu kingdom, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, who has been making frantic efforts to resolve the crisis. We appreciate his efforts so far and we also want him to intensify efforts so that the crisis would be resolved while we unite to make our association great again,” the Yoruba actor said.

Recalled that leading members of the ANTP pulled out from the association and form a parallel association christened Theatre Arts and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN).

Mr Adebayo Salami, also known as ‘Oga Bello’, Prince Jide Kosoko and Mr Dele Odule, who had a running battle with Mr Ashaolu over the leadership tussle in ANTP, formed TAMPAN in Lagos State.

Three Jailed For Six Months In Osun For Stealing Pineapple

89-Year-Old Man, Three Others Jailed For Land GrabbingThree persons have been sentenced to six months imprisonment by an Osogbo Magistrate Court for theft of pineapple.

The convicts faced three count charges of conspiracy, forcible entry and theft.

The convicts include, Azeez Olarewaju, 57, Sarafa Olarewaju , 33 and Ilutoye Olayode, 25.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Olusola Aliko, ordered that the convicts be kept behind bars due to the magnitude of the offense committed or pay an option of fine of 10,000 each.

The Prosecutor, Mr Idoko James, had told the court that the convicts committed the offense on August 4, 2008 at about 10 am at Igbo via Ejigbo in Osun State.

Idoko said the convicts conspired together to forcibly enter a parcel of land which was in custody of one Adeyemi Oyedemi without any justifiable reason.

He said the convicts stole palm fruits and pineapple valued about 300,000 Naira.

He also said that the incident almost led to breach of public peace before the intervention of the Nigerian Police.

The Prosecutor said the offense contravened sections 516, 81 and 383 of the Criminal Code cap 34 vol. 11 in the laws of Osun State.

Earlier, the counsel to the convicts, Mr Babatunde Akanbi, prayed the Magistrate to temper justice with mercy in his judgement after the convicts pleaded guilty to the three count charges against them.

WAEC Exam: Osun Says Students’ Performance Reflects Input

JAMB Act, ASUU, AmendmentOsun State government on Friday said the 46.30 per cent performance of its students in the 2016 West Africa Examination Council Examinations confirms its huge investment in the education sector.

The government said that for a state that once fell to a woeful six per cent performance prior to the Rauf Aregbesola’s administration to move up to 46.3 per cent aptly illustrated the fact that the government’s various interventions in education were paying off.

A statement by the Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of the Governor says the government is not yet satisfied or resting on its oars until the state emerges the best state in the country in external examinations.

The statement, signed by the Bureau’s Director, Semiu Okanlawon, noted that the 2016 WAEC results indicate that the 2016 performance rating remained the highest and the best in 13 years.

In 2015, results of the WASCE showed that Osun ended up with 21 per cent in performance.

The details of the results from West Africa Schools Certificate Examination (WASCE) showed that Osun presented for the examination, a total of 36,678 students with 18,318 males and 18,360 females.

Out of these, 8,329 males secured credits in at least five subjects including English and Mathematics while 8,654 females candidates secured credits in English and Mathematics totaling 16,983 that got five credits with Mathematics and English.

Gradual Upward Movement

The state had registered 48,845 candidates the previous year, 2015 with 25,347 males and 23,498 female candidates.

Out of these, 5,314 male candidates got five credits and above in Mathematics and English while 5,276 female candidates secured at least five credits, including Mathematics and English, making a total of 10,590 to make the 21.68 per cent performance of 2015.

The Bureau said Osun, under Aregbesola’s administration had recorded gradual upward movement from the abysmal performances due to the various interventions in the sector.

“For instance, the state has discouraged enrollment of students whose performances in internal examinations were nothing to write home about. This has compelled many of the students to change their orientations towards learning.

“Other novel interventions such as provision of stand-alone Tablet of Knowledge (Opon Imo) to all students writing WAEC each year has made learning much easier.

“With the introduction of this tablet, students now spend quality times both in and out of classroom situations.

“The result is that there is no dull moment for every student who is desirous of true education,” the Bureau’s statement read.

Better learning environment, the statement identified, had also contributed in no small measure to the improved results.

“So, far, Osun has completed 1,694 classrooms in the existing elementary, middle and high schools; providing accommodation for 84,700 pupils at 50 pupils per classroom.

“We have provided for them more than 100,000 desks and chairs, toilets and boreholes.

“Today, the Wole Soyinka Government High School, Ejigbo, Ataoja Government School of Science, Osogbo, Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo and Adventists Government High School Ede have been completed, with Ilesa Government High School, Iwo Government High School, Unity/Fakunle Government High School, Osogbo and others near completion,” the statement added.

Osun Election Petition: Tribunal Admits Evidence Tendered By PDP

OSIWAThe Justice Elizabeth Ikpejime  led Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo on the governorship election held on the 9th of August  in Osun state has admitted in evidence all documents tendered by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Senator Iyiola Omisore in contending the outcome of the election.

Senator Omisore is challenging the victory of Governor Rauf Aregbesola at the poll in 17 Local Government Areas out of the 30 Local Government Areas in the state.

Counsel to the petitioner, Dr Alex Izinyon, while presenting the Certified True Copies of form EC8A ‎ and EC8B in all the 17 local government areas in contention to the panel said they are contesting the results from the said Local government areas to prove that the APC did not validly win the Election.

Meanwhile, counsel to the first respondent, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Akin Olujinmi SAN, objected to all the documents tendered by the petitioner‎, reserving his objections till the final addresses.

Counsel to the All Progressives Congress (APC)‎, Kemi Pinheiro SAN and counsel INEC, Mr Ayodele Ogunleye, also aligned with the submission of the first respondent who reserved all his objections till the final addresses.

The tribunal is expected to continue its sitting tomorrow.

The disputed local government areas whose results were tendered by the petitioner are  Osogbo, Olorunda, Ede North, Ede South, Ejigbo, Ifelodun, Ilesa East, Ilesa West, Irewole, Iwo, Obokun, Irepodun, Atakumosa East, Ayedaade, Boripe, Ola-Oluwa and Oriade.

Ejigbo Women Assault: Faces Of Wanted Suspects Unveiled

Ejigbo AssaultAs part of the continuing enquiry into the torture of Ejigbo Market women, the Nigeria Police has obtained the pictures and descriptions of the three suspects declared wanted during its last press update.

As stated in a release by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba, the three suspects are; Ranti Lukman Akande, Akeem Shitu and Tiri.

Ranti Lukeman Akande a.k.a Otempa uses the appellations: Comrade or Alhaji or Chief Ranti Lukeman Akande. He is between 45 to 50 years old and hails from Ayetoro in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State. He is dark in complexion, tall with a big frame and has no tribal marks.

The suspect has white set of teeth with an artificial gold tooth. He had been known as a panel beater before he eventually started parading himself as Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC). He speaks Yoruba and English Languages. He is married with children and he likes attending parties.

Akeem Shitu is about 42 years of age. He hails from Ayete town, Ibarapa Central Local Government Area of Oyo State. He is dark in complexion, slim but tall and has tribal marks. He speaks Yoruba Language fluently and also speaks understandable English language. He is married and is believed to be a member of the OPC at Ejigbo.

Tiri is about 37 years of age. He hails from Ibadan in Ibadan North Local Government Area of Oyo State. He is married and has children. He is dark in complexion, not too tall, no tribal marks, has pointed nose with uneven set of teeth. He also has visible thick lower lips.

The public has been implored to furnish the Police with any useful information that would lead to the arrest of these wanted suspects.

The Suspects - L-R: Tiri, Ranti Lukman Akande, and Akeem Shittu
The Suspects – L-R: Tiri, Ranti Lukman Akande, and Akeem Shittu


Ejigbo Women Assault: Police Arrest 12, Declare 4 Others Wanted

The Nigeria Police Force has arrested and will soon charge to court, 12 suspects connected with the torture of 3 women at Oba Morufu International Market, Ejigbo, Lagos.

This is according to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba.

Two of the victims who were young girls were arrested along with their mother, tortured and dehumanized by persons who claimed to be members of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) providing security at the market, and some market association officials who subsequently extorted the sum of 50,000 Naira from the father of the victims in return for their freedom.

One of the victims, Juliana Agoma, a national of Republic of Benin, was moved back to Cotonou by her father where she subsequently died, allegedly from injuries sustained in the torture.

The suspects include: Isiaka Waidi (the Baba-Oja of the market) said to be the mastermind of the dastardly act which culminated in the arrest, debasement, torture and extortion of 50,000 Naira, Haruna Abdullahi and Buhari Yusuf who mixed the concoction of pepper and alcoholic spirit that were applied on the bodies, including the privates of the victims.

Others include Saheed Adisa, Lateef Tijani, Ahmed Adisa, Oloruntoyin Dauda a.k.a Iya-Oja, Adekunle Adenuga, Jimoh Busari and Azeez Akinosun.

It would be recalled that earlier in the year, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar, had, in view of his concern towards ensuring the speedy delivery of justice in the case, ordered the immediate takeover of its investigation by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Force Criminal Investigation Department (Lagos Annex) from the Lagos State Police Command.

Consequently, a team of crack detectives led by DCP Chris Ezike swung into action and conducted discreet investigations, during which the suspects in connection with the matter were arrested.

The Police have also declared wanted the following suspects: Tiri, an alleged member of OPC who was captured in the video footage and alleged to have stripped naked one of the victims, Ajoke Agoma, mother of the two other female victims in the presence of her husband, Otepa Oluronti, Akeem and Michael Abolore whose whereabouts are yet unknown but who have been implicated in having played active roles in the heinous crimes against the victims.

Meanwhile, the IGP has commended the Human Rights, Civil Society, and Women Support Groups as well as the Office of the Public Defender, Lagos State Ministry of Justice and all other stakeholders whose important contributions have tremendously assisted the Police in the matter and others relating to human dignity, safety and security. He called on the public to assist the Police with information that would lead to the arrest of the fleeing suspects.

Ejigbo 2: Perpetrators Must Account For Their Actions – NHRC

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday assured the public that it will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that all persons involved in the alleged torture of a woman and her daughters at Ejigbo market in Ejigbo Local Council Development Area of Lagos State are made to account for their actions.

The Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, Prof Bem Angwe, who made this disclosure in Abuja, stated that “the Commission had waded into the matter and is expecting a report on the investigation going on in order to ensure the enforcement of the rights of the victims”.

A woman, her daughter and her step daughter were subjected to unbelievable acts of torture and brutalization for allegedly stealing pepper at Ejigbo Market, a suburb of Lagos state, recently.

According to Professor Angwe, “the commission will invoke its full powers in ensuring that those who perpetrated the dastardly act are brought to justice. The Commission, under its enhanced mandate, will not only bark but bite at those who take interest in violating the rights of others”.

He added that the “Lagos office of the commission has been directed to work with the police and other relevant stake holders to ensure that the matter is properly  investigated and alleged culprits prosecuted”.

The NHRC Chief Executive commended the actions taken by the Lagos State House of Assembly and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, in ensuring that the identities of the alleged culprits are established.

Ejigbo 2: 12 Year Old Victim Advocates Death Penalty For Perpetrators

Nike, a 12 year old girl who was one of the three victims of suspected OPC members who tortured 3 pepper sellers in Ejigbo, Lagos state, for allegedly stealing pepper worth 50 naira, has advocated death penalty for the suspects for causing her step-sister’s death.

Nike, who was the third and youngest of the victims, appeared at the public hearing ordered by the Lagos State House of Assembly to investigate the incident which occurred in February 2012.

At the hearing, she identified three men as the ones who tortured herself and her step sister for stealing pepper worth 50 Naira.

She further revealed that one of the suspects (who was without a shirt in the viral video) had promised to set a trap for her because she rejected his advances.

She identified the man who wore jeans as ‘Tirin,’ the man who wore native attire called ‘ankara’ as Jibola, the third man, ‘Abolore’ and ‘Baba Oja.’

She also said that she witnessed the murder of a certain individual by the said men at the same location where they tortured her family members.

Nike, who was unaware of her sister’s death as a result of the severe injuries sustained, was asked what penalty she wanted for the criminals and she said “the people that kill somebody, they use to kill them.”

At the hearing, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly,  Adeyemi Kuforiji, redeemed the 1 million Naira promise made by the ad-hoc Chairman to the family who helped in locating the victims. Part of the money was given to the victims.

The case has been handed over to the Office of the Public Defender.