Ojude Oba Festival Unifies Thousands In Ijebu-Ode

Royalty, fashion, style, elegance, rich cultural display. These and more are the highlights of Ojude-Oba Festival in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.

The annual festival has been in existence for over 100 years and has continued to be a unifying force cum rallying point for business development among the people of Ijebu.

Ijebu Ode, a town in Ogun State homes the festival as Ijebu sons and daughters from home and abroad gather two days after Eid el-Kabir

International tourists are also not left out as they relish the royal display and colorful festival.

Fashion parade, horse riding, and other cultural display make the Ojude-Oba festival distinct and exciting.

Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, and his wife at this year’s edition of the festival joined other dignitaries which include the Awujale of Ijebuland, the Alaafin of Oyo, the Ogun State deputy governor, two former governors of the state among other dignitaries to celebrate the festival.

The governor at the festival promised more infrastructure development which includes township roads. He said his administration is working with the federal government to tackle headlong the ecological challenges facing Ijebu-ode.

Former Commissioner For Commerce and Industry in the state, Abimbola Ashiru, also believes the festival is a unifying force.

“This is something that unites we the Ijebus. Whether you are a Christian or a Muslim, we are all one.

“It also brings Commerce and Business. This is the time of the year that people come together. This is an event that unites us and we always look forward to it,” he said.

Fashion parade by groups called ‘regbe regbe’ is one of the major highlights of the competition. At this year’s edition, Egbe Tobalashe Okunrin took the third position, Egbe Boba Mayegun Okunrin came second while Egbe Boba Mayegun Okunrin Ashiwaju took the first position.

In the female category of the ‘regbe regbe” Competition, Egbe Jagunmolu Stainless took the third position, Egbe Jagunmolu Original took second place while the Egbe Boba Mayegun Obirinrin Aremo took the first position.

In the horse riding competition, Balogun Alausa family came third, Balogun Shoye family took the second position while Balogun Odunnuga family displaced the Balogun Kuku family by bagging the first position.

The event was graced by dignitaries which include Former Ogun Governor Gbenga Daniel; Alaafin Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; Otunba Michael Olasubomi Balogun, Sir Kessington Adebutu and many others.

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Osinbajo Takes Campaign To Ijebu-Ode, Meets Awujale

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday took the campaign for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.

Professor Osinbajo during the visit to the town, had a closed door meeting with Awujale, the traditional ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona.

He also met with the family of Chief Mrs Lucia Onabanjo and the Founder of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Subomi Balogun.

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PHOTOS: Ijebu Sons, Daughters Attend Ojude Oba Festival

Sons and daughters of Ijebu land, have gathered in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria for the annual Ojude Oba Festival which celebrates the cultural heritage and tradition of the people.

The festival is usually characterised by dances, cultural displays, competitions, and all forms of entertainment.

Over the years, the festival has attracted participants and tourists from all over the world.

It is held on the third day of Eid-El-Kabir every year as sons and daughters of Ijebu converge to celebrate their culture.

Ogun Govt. Raises Alarm Over Impending Floods

ogun-rainThe Ogun State Government, has raised alarm over an impending flooding in various places in the state as predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) in its 2017 seasonal rainfall prediction.

Briefing journalists in Abeokuta, the state capital, the state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye said areas to be affected by the flood include Abeokuta, Ewekoro, Ijebu Igbo, Ijebu Ode, Ikenne, Ota among other towns in the state.

While asking residents to maintain a high level of personal hygiene, the Commissioner, however, warned them against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in canal, and water in the state.

“The 2017 seasonal rainfall prediction by the NIMET showed floods may occur in some states in the north and west even as a shorter length of rain is predicted in most part of the country, rainfall amount is predicted to be above normal in and around Sokota, Zamfara, Niger, Kwara, Ogun and Adamawa”, he said.

He further noted that, “NIMET predicts the earliest onset date to be February 25, over the coastal region of the Niger Delta, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Plateau, Rivers, Bayelsa, Ogun and Oyo states are predicted to record early onset dates by about, three to seven days range from their 30 years normal.

“NIMET also predicted that many Nigerians would likely experience “Above danger heat stress” this year, due to combination of heat and humidity, this impact is that exposure to excessive heat for too long could cause heat stress, which may in turn lead to severe illness collectively called “Hyperthermia”.

“We are appealing to residents not to block drainage channels, either natural or constructed, refrain from dumping waste into drainage channels and rivers or stream flow course” he concluded.

Pastor Arraigned For Fraud Attempts Suicide In Police Custody

Pastor, Freed Zone Church, Afolayan Joseph, Bimbo OlanrewajuAn Osun State Magistrate Court has arraigned the Pastor of Freed Zone Church, Ijebu Ode in Ogun-State.

The pastor, identified as Afolayan Joseph, 46 years, was charged for fraud and an attempt to commit suicide in police custody.

He was arraigned alongside a 35-year-old-woman, Bimbo Olanrewaju.

Channels Television gathered that Bimbo who resides in Osogbo, the Osun State capital had been in a relationship with Joseph since 2014 and that he paid her visits occasionally from Ijebu-Ode.

The pastor had reportedly told Bimbo that he had some goods he wanted to clear from Canada which he needed the sum of 600,000 naira.

He was said to have collected some money from his purported lover who went around to borrow the money, after which he fled to an unknown place before he was arrested in Osogbo.

Joseph was accused of stealing, pretence and attempted suicide while Bimbo was arraigned for stealing and pretence.

The Police Prosecutor, Mr Sunday Ajayj, told the court that Bimbo and Joseph sometimes in May, 2015 at Mubinu street in Jaye Area of Osogbo, did conspire together to commit felony by obtaining money under false pretence.

“They did obtain money totalling the sum of 450,000 naira under false pretence from one Odeleye Mathew Banjo.

“They also stole the sum of 450,000 naira property of one Odeleye Mathew Banjo,” he said.

The prosecutor stated that the offence committed contravenes sections 516, 419 and 390 (9) of Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. II; Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.

However, the accused cleric, on January 18, 2017 at about 9:00AM at the custody of Oke Odo Police Divisional Headquarters attempted to commit suicide by using his shirt to tighten his neck in the cell.

He was said to have committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 327 of Criminal Code 34 Vol. II; Laws of Osun State of Nigeria.

The two accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the allegations levelled against them.

The magistrate, Mrs Sodamada, consequently granted them bail in the sum of 100,000 naira each and adjourned hearing on the case till February 20, 2017.

Olufunso Amosun Reaches Out To Less Privileged In Ogun

Olufunso Amosun, Ogun, Less PrivilegedWife of the Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, has reached out to the less privileged in the three senatorial districts of the state.

In the spirit of the Christmas celebration, the Governor’s wife, her children and spouses of government officials embarked on food outreach programme in Ogun State.

The team, under the aegis of the Uplift Development Foundation, the first lady’s pet programme, distributed rice and cash gift to residents of Ijebu Ode, Ado-Odo Ota, Abeokuta, Sagamu, Obada and Ewekoro among other areas in the state in southwest Nigeria.

Highlighting the significance of the exercise, Mrs Amosun said that the economic hardship facing Nigeria made the gesture necessary.

She stressed that the foundation decided to make the people happy and celebrate their Christmas with joy by reaching out to them.

The governor’s wife noted that the foundation would continue to uplift people and provide succor to the less privileged in the society, irrespective of their religion or political affiliation.

CBN To Ease Access To Funds For SMEs

Godwin-Emefiele-Governor-of-Central-Bank-NigeriaThe Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has promised to streamline logistics and mechanisms to ease access to funds for the development of the Small and Medium Scale Enterprise (SMEs).

The Governor of the apex bank, Mr Godwin Emefiele, who announced the plan on Tuesday, said that of the 220 billion Naira earmarked for the sector in 2014 only about 80 billion Naira had been accessed so far.

He gave the update during the fact finding mission of the Presidential Task Force on Agricultural Commodity and Production led by the Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu.

Also at the meeting was the Governor of Ogun State, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, who asked for more funds for cooperative societies in the agricultural sector to grow the state’s economy.

Earlier, the task force was taken round some of the farms in the state, where the farmers laid bare their demands, with access to financing topping their list.

The coordinator of Eriwe Fish Farm Village, Professor Olanipekun Alausa, spoke on behalf of some fish farmers in the state before they moved from farm to farm in Ijebu Ode, Kotopo Greenhouse Farm in Abeokuta and Eweje Farm Settlement.

The task force members were conducted round the farms where the CBN governor assured the farmers of easy access to SMEs funds.

The Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, also reeled out some of the plans of the Federal Government for the sector for cooperative societies in the state.

Findings by this task force is expected to form the fulcrum for the extended Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Federal Government for the state.

Amosun Advocates Promotion Of African Culture

Ibikunle Amosun on African cultureGovernor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, on Thursday called for the promotion of the African cultural heritage.

The Governor says a smooth blend of religion, culture and tradition is a way of enhancing peaceful coexistence and national development.

He made the call during the celebration of an annual festival in Ijebu-Ode, Ojude Oba, in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

Among the dignitaries at the event are the governors of Bayelsa State, Mr Seriake Dickson and his Kaduna State counterpart, Mr Nasir El-Rufai.

Ogun Police Parade Three Suspected Militants

police parade, Suspected MilitantsThe Ogun State Police Command has paraded three suspected militants alleged to have participated in the series of attacks on riverine communities in Arepo, Ogijo and Warewa.

Several lives were recently lost during series of attacks and property worth millions of Naira were destroyed.

While parading the suspects at the State Police Headquarter in Abeokuta, the state capital, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulmajid Ali, told journalists that modalities were being put in place by the Command to commence aerial patrol of vulnerable communities.

He said that the modalities would especially affect riverine communities where activities of vandals and militants are being currently felt.

The CP also lamented that the rate of cultism, especially among the youths in the Sagamu, Ijebu Igbo and Ijebu Ode areas of the state was worrisome.

The Police also paraded other suspects for various offences ranging from cultism, murder, kidnapping and impersonation.

Some of the suspects confessed to the crimes they were being paraded for.

Ogun Police Announces Restrictions On ‘Okada’ Riders

Ogun policeThe Ogun State Police Command has restricted operators of motorcycle popular known as ‘Okada’ in order to check the increasing rate of robbery, kidnapping and other criminal acts in Ijebu Ode, Sagamu and its environs.

Announcing the restriction order which takes immediate effect, the Public Relations Officer of the Police Command, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi on Friday, said that criminal activities, especially kidnapping and armed robbery has been on the increase adding that it has continued to affect the peace of the area as well as commercial activities.

While asking for the cooperation of residents in this direction, the Command, however, said violators would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Incidents of kidnapping has been on the increase which necessitated the Command to mobilize armed policemen to the Ijebu Ode axis to maintain law and order.

Ogun Police Parade Suspected Robbers With Explosive Devices

OgunOgun State Police Command has arrested and paraded four suspected bank robbers with explosive devices meant for operation in Ijebu Ode area of the state.

Parading the suspects at the Police Headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of finance and administration, Celestine Okoye, said that the suspected robbers were arrested in October with four explosive devices and connective wires.

The Deputy Commissioner said that all the suspects were coming from Delta State to meet another leader of the syndicate simply identified as Wisdom who was arranging the operation in Ijebu Ode.

Three of the suspects; Gelebele Aitlabor, Moses Demene and Friday Saborom are indigens of Delta State while the fourth, Mohammadu Kaidiri was said to be from Edo State.

The Police boss explained that the suspects were still under investigation and would be charged to court at the appropriate time.

He said, “Information was received by Policemen on patrol at Ayepe town that some men were seen with bags and on the receipt of the information, they were intercepted by the team.

“On search on the bags, four explosive devices with three connective wires were recovered from them. The suspects confessed that they were coming from Delta State to meet their gang leader named Wisdom in Ogun State, now at large, to rob.”

While speaking with newsmen, Demene, who identified himself as the leader of the group, said that he was aware of a robbery plan on a bank in Ijebu Ode and had to call Gelebele who was in possession of the explosives.

He said that they were on their way to meet the leader of the group after alighting from a bus from Delta when an Okada rider suspected them and invited the Police.

The Police also paraded a member of a trans-border robbery syndicate, Atevonou Sesco, who was arrested after successfully snatching a Toyoya Sequoia Jeep with registration number Lagos, EPE 956 DP in Ilase, Idiroko area of the state.

The Police boss explained that efforts to get the owner of the jeep has yielded no result, a situation which gives the impression that the owner might have been killed during the operation.

Nine other suspects were also paraded for various offences ranging from fraud, cultism, armed robbery and murder, while series of exhibits were also recovered.

Ogun Police Parade 23 Suspected Cultists, Robbers And Ritualists

police23 suspects arrested for various offences in Ogun State, South West Nigeria, including a 40 year-old ritualist caught with human skull, have been paraded by the Ogun State Police Command in Abeokuta, the state capital

Parading the suspects, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Abdulmajid Ali, said the suspects were arrested while perpetrating their nefarious activities at different locations in the state

While assuring residents of adequate protection of life and property, the CP however ordered men and officers of the command to shoot at sight any confirmed suspects found to be disturbing the peace of the residents of the state

Seven of the suspects were paraded for alleged murder, 10 for cultism, two were unlawfully found in possession of human skull, including a 40-year old herbalist.

The suspects were paraded with dangerous weapons, including guns, cutlasses, charms among others that were allegedly seized from them.

While some of them owned up to the crime, others however denied any involvement

The Commissioner of Police also hinted that a suspect has been arrested and arraigned in court in connection with the murder of a popular market leader killed in Ijebu Ode a month ago