I Have No Quarrel With Gani Adams – Obasanjo

A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo
A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo

 

Former President Olusegun Obasegun has denied having any rift with the leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams.

Obasanjo, in a statement issued on Wednesday by his spokesman, Kehinde Akinyemi said he rejected Gani’s request to visit him.

According to the ex-President, his decision not to allow Gani’s visit was because of what he described as the past way of life of the OPC leader.

“I have no quarrel with Gani Adams, but for his past way of life which was not in accord with my standards and principles. I have in the past, both in government and out of government, refused to grant Gani’s request to visit me,” Obasanjo was quoted as saying.

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“If at all anybody feels I have a quarrel with him or her that needs reconciliation, such reconciliation will, no doubt, take place in my residence in Abeokuta only.”

FORMER PRESIDENT OBASANJO DENIES RECONCILING WITH GANI ADAMS, DENIES RIFT WITH OPC LEADER

A former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo says his attention has been drawn to some publication reporting an acclaimed reconciliation between him and Oodua Peoples Congress leader, Gani Adams at the residence of Chief Ayo Adebanjo in Lagos tod­ay.

The former president through a press statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi says that the former president paid a personal visit to Chief Ayo Adebanjo at his residence in Lekki Phase 1 on December 2, 2020 and he met Gani Adams there. 

“I have no quarrel with Gani Adams, but for his past way of life which was not in accord with my standards and principles.  I have in the past, both in government and out of government, refused to grant Gani’s request to visit me” he said

“If at all anybody feels I have a quarrel with him or her that needs reconciliation, such reconciliation will, no doubt, take place in my residence in Abeokuta only” he concluded

KehindeAkinyemi­

Special Assistant on ­Media

December 2, 2020­

OPC Warns Hoodlums To Stop Looting, Demands Investigation Into Lekki Shootings

A file photo of cars burnt by hoodlums during the violence in Lagos on October 21, 2020.

 

The Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) has called for an immediate stop to the destruction of properties by hoodlums in the South-West region of the country.

The group warned that if the hoodlums responsible for the violence do not withdraw from the streets, it might be forced to bring out its men to guarantee security. This was disclosed in a statement signed on Friday by Wasiu Afolabi, Deputy President to the late Founder, Dr Frederick Fasehun after a meeting by OPC executives in Lagos.

The group also lamented over Lekki Tollgate shootings and called for President Muhammadu Buhari and Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwoolu to immediately set up a panel of enquiry into the incident.

“Such a heinous crime must not be swept under the carpet; or else we shall be nurturing a licence-to-kill mentality in our military men and security operatives as well as open up our civilian citizenry to the abuse and impunity of those supposed to protect us,” Afolabi said.

OPC said the peaceful conduct of the #EndSARS protests had been hijacked by hoodlums who now found an opportunity to loot, cause mayhem and destroy the economic basis of the South West region.

“Private businesses should not suffer for the ineptitude of the government and the criminality of evil policemen.”OPC as an organisation will not fold its arms and watch the region turned into the scapegoat of the #EndSARS protests,” the OPC Deputy President added.

However, the organisation noted that every agitation must end on the negotiation table and time had come for campaigners to step back and see whether or not the government would fulfil its promise to end SARS and bring about massive reforms in the police.

“The #EndSARS campaigns got our unflinching support and we fully backed the protesters.”Not only is it their legitimate and constitutionally-guaranteed right to express our collective pain, but indeed and in fact, that arm of the Nigeria Police had turned itself into an unruly terrorist clique with clear and verifiable abuses of citizens’ rights to life, movement and liberty.”

As citizens, those protesting had a duty to denounce SARS and FSARS operatives in order to prevent them from continuing their evil business as usual,” Afolabi said.

The group said further that the destruction of businesses and tools of businesses amounted to a huge loss to the people of the South-West.

Many of the owners of the vandalised businesses as well as those who were gainfully employed in those places could end up losing their jobs.

He, therefore, concluded that OPC would not tolerate a situation where South-West citizens become the biggest losers of the anti-SARS campaign.

Suspected Cultists Arrested For Killing OPC Member In Ogun

 

Operatives of Ogun State police command have arrested two members of a deadly cult group who assassinated one Kolawole Ajomale a member of Oodua People’s Congress on the 5th of April 2020 in Ijebu-Igbo.

The suspects Korede Pariosho and Jide Afolabi were arrested on the 7th of April following an intelligence-based investigation embarked upon by the detectives at Ijebu-Igbo division led by DPO Sp Kazeem Solotan.

According to a statement by the state command’s spokesperson, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the duo were arrested at their hideout and the gun they used to kill the victim was also recovered.

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The hoodlums had on 5th of April 2020 attacked their victim in his house situated at No.20 Odo Balogun Street Oke Sapen, in Ijbeu-Igbo where the deceased was shot in the head and stomach, right before his pregnant wife, consequent upon which the victim died on the spot.

Since then, police have been on the trail of the cultists till they were finally apprehended.

On interrogation, the two suspects confessed to killing the deceased, claiming to have carried out the murder in revenge of the death of one member of their cult group whom they alleged was killed by OPC men in 2017.

They further confessed to have vowed since then that any member of OPC seen will be killed in vengeance of the death of their late colleague.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to homicide section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation and prosecution.

‘We Are Afraid’, Miyetti Allah Reacts To Creation Of ‘Operation Amotekun’

The National Secretary, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Alhassan, says his organisation is afraid that if the Amotekun security outfit is allowed to operate, it could turn out to be a disaster for the country.

Alhassan who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, likened the initiative to the Oodua Peoples Congress (APC) which he claimed has the history of heinous crimes and killings.

“We are afraid because if they don’t tame this monster at the early stage, it is going to be a serious disaster for the country,” he said.

He also described the initiative as a “threat to democracy”.

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Speaking further, he accused those calling for the creation of the security outfit of planning to displace the herdsmen in the Yoruba-speaking states.

“For us, Amotekun, the Yoruba tribal militia is one of the greatest threats to democracy we now have in place. You cannot empower an ethnic militia that has a violent crime.

“Essentially what you have as Amotekun is OPC that have a history of ethnic crimes and killings. And the proponents of Amotekun have not hidden who their targets are. They have consistently said their target is to displace the herders from the Southwest,” Alhassan stated.

His comments come two weeks after Operation Amotekun was launched by the governors of South-western states, as part of an integrated approach to fight crime in the region.

But the Federal Government has described the initiative as illegal.

According to the government, no other authority at the state level, whether the executive or legislature has the legal authority over defence.

“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) has established the Army, Navy and Airforce, including the Police and other numerous paramilitary organisations for the purpose of the defence of Nigeria,”  a statement by the Special Assistant, Media and Public Relations (Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice), Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, said.

Buhari Asks New Aare Ona Kakanfo To Promote National Unity

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Gani Adams, on his investiture as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo asking him to use the position for national unity.

Buhari in his congratulatory message on Friday said Chief Adams should use the new position to pursue worthy goals of security, peace and national unity.

The president’s congratulatory message was made available to journalists in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

“The President commends the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111, on the appointment of a new Aare Ona Kakanfo, who will assist him in the arduous task of leading the illustrious Yoruba people.

“President Buhari urges the new Kakanfo to bring quintessential courage, wisdom and astuteness to bear on his new office, for a more secure life for the weak, vulnerable and voiceless in the country,” the statement read in part.

Buhari, therefore, prayed God will grant the Aare Ona Kakanfo a favourable reign.

Police, Suspected Kidnappers Exchange Fire In Lagos

Police, Kidnappers, Igbodu, Epe, LagosResidents of Igbodu community in the Epe area of Lagos State were in the early hours of Tuesday jolted by a gun duel between some suspected kidnappers and men of the Nigeria Police.

Confirming the incident, a source in the Lagos State Police Command told Channels Television that the suspects opened fire on a team of policemen who were on patrol along the Epe axis, and riddled their vehicle with bullets.

One of the farmers in the area also told Channels Television that the gun battle broke out after some of the kidnap victims escaped when they noticed that six of the gang members had left the camp, leaving only two of them, whom they later overpowered.

On arrival at the camp and learning that their victims had escaped, the gang members reportedly went on rampage, attacking everyone they came across.

The kidnappers had on February 14 abducted five farm assistants and two members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), who were guarding the farmers and requested for five million naira as ransom.

Arrest Buruji Kashamu For Threatening Public Peace, CPPM Urges Police

Arrest Buruji Kashamu For Threatening Public Peace, CPPM Urges PoliceA non-governmental organisation that goes by the name Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) has asked the Police to arrest Senator Buruji Kashamu for making inciting comments which has the potential to undermine public safety and national security.

The group made the demand in a public petition to the Inspector General of Police on Monday, January 30, which was signed by its Executive Chairman, Nelson Ekujumi.

The CPPM expressed shock at what it described as “irresponsible, barbaric, unparliamentary and threats to national peace and security statements” credited to Senator Buruji Kashamu over his indictment for drug related offences by the US appeal court and the order for his extradition to face trial.

Senator Buruji Kashamu was quoted in a national daily as warning that before anybody could succeed to extradite him to the US to face trial for drug related offence, “about three, four or five people will die”.

He also reportedly vowed that any attempt to “abduct” him would be met with violence, saying he planned to engage the services of members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) for protection.

CPPM said: “We regard these provocative and unbecoming comments of Senator Buruji Kashamu as denigrating to his office as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and an attempt to intimidate the law enforcement agencies from the discharge of their constitutional duties as well as an assault on the constitution which must be condemned and resisted.

“If Senator Buruji Kashamu who is a member of our highest law making institution, the Senate feels strongly about a judgement of the court whether in Nigeria or any part of the world, one would have expected him, as a custodian of the legitimate mandate of the Nigerian people to be civil, responsible and sensitive to explore civilized means of seeking redress rather than threatening public peace by threats of violence.

“Therefore, we are calling on the leadership of the Senate to immediately summon Senator Buruji Kashamu to appear before its appropriate committee for acts unbecoming of a Senator and for bringing the image of the house to public opprobrium.

“We are equally calling for the immediate arrest and questioning of Senator Buruji Kashamu for his unparliamentary, inciting and violence threatening comments which has the potentials to undermine public safety and national security.”

I Did Not Ask Gani Adams To Vacate OPC’s Leadership Position, Ooni Says

Gani-Adams---OPC-LeaderThe Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has refuted a newspaper report in which he was quoted to have ordered Mr Gani Adams to vacate his position as the National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC).

Ooni Ogunwusi dismissed the reports in a statement released by his spokesman, Mr Moses Olafare, who described Gani Adams as an unapologetic loyalist of the Ooni.

He said that the veteran Yoruba Self-determined Adams had invested so much of resources into the socio-cultural emancipation of Oodua race and could only be treated with a deserved reciprocation of love and respect, as a patriotic Ooduan who had never hesitated to demonstrate love and respect to the sacred throne of Oduduwa.

“Baba Ooni never at anytime claimed to have ordered Otunba Gani Adams to resign as the Leader of the OPC. He sees him as an unapologetic loyalist and son who has always treated him as his father with love and absolute respect.

“We have always welcomed him as a member of the inner chamber of the Ooni’s Palace,” Olafare said.

On the request by a factional group of OPC members on a visit to the Ooni at Ile-Ife recently begging him to intervene in the OPC matters, the Yoruba foremost king admonished all the factions within the Pan-Yoruba group to close ranks and work together as one big family in the interest of unity and peace in Yorubaland.

“Baba said to them to close ranks in the interest of peace and unity of Yorubaland. He assured them of his fatherly support at all time as long as the unity of Yorubaland is not in jeopardy. Kabiyesi, who is slated to tour Europe in May on the invitation of sons and daughters of Oodua, is committed to the emancipation of the race.

“His unwavering and unflinching determination to unite all forces in Yoruba Kingdom both home and in the diaspora is the driving force behind all these,” Olafare added,

The statement also revealed the preparations were on in the palace ahead of a visit of members of the OPC and Oodua Progressive Union as well as the members of Olokun Festival Foundation to Ile-Ife.

The visit is part of the annual Oodua Festival slated for January 25 and 26 in Ile-Ife.

Government Must Do More To Sustain Osun Osogbo Festival – Gani Adams

Gani-Adams---OPC-LeaderThe national coordinator of the Odua People’s Congress (OPC), Mr Gani Adams, has asked the Nigerian government to do more to adequately harness the revenue generation potential of the Osun Osogbo Festival.

Mr made the demand while hosting members of the Oodua People’s Congress at the Laro-Timehin Middle School in Osogbo, Osun State in southwest Nigeria to mark this year’s festival.

The OPC leader, who pointed out that culture was unique and rich wondered why the Osun Festival held on Friday recorded low turnout compared to the previous years.

He also admonished the Yoruba race to make conscious effort in discovering their true sense of value.

Worshippers Growing Lean

Mr Adams said: “I am just coming out from the groove, it is so disappointing that in the last six years, there is no significant development in the groove. How can this attract tourists?

“The government and the people of Osun need to do better to ensure the sustainability of this festival.

“I am surprised that the turnout of worshippers is growing lean every year and in particular the tourists especially the whites are not many here today.

“I believe that we are not getting it right as regards promoting our culture and this is responsible for the low turnout.

“The Yoruba race is also taking culture for granted, take a cue from northerners, they still celebrate Argungu Fishing festival and Durban Festival in spite of their religious beliefs the people troop out in Large number to be part of the celebration.

“We have allowed modernisation to almost erode our culture. We need to rediscover our true sense of value. I commend and acknowledge the efforts of the OPC ‎in promoting culture with the Olokun Festival and other festivals they do,” he stated.

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The Votary Maid at the Osun Osogbo Festival

On the poor turnout, he further expressed his displeasure with the way the festival was organised, stressing that the organisers should have provided something to eat or drink to persons present.

“I am not pleased in any way with the organisers of this event for their way of not arranging anything to eat. We don’t celebrate Christmas without eating anything and Ileya too.

“How can we call this a festival when you don’t give the people just a sachet of water?” he questioned.

He also urged the Federal Government to collaborate with the State Government and the people of Osun in creating a platform where the festival would be showcased for the world to embrace.

“Osun is a goddess that has been strong and honourable for ages. Well organised festivals like Osun Osogbo Festival multiply the economy of any country.

“If this festival is properly packaged it can be used to generate wealth for not just Osun State but Nigeria, considering what it will cost all the tourists who are here from all over the country and outside, with their hotel accommodation alone, Osun State economy will receive a boost this past few days.

“Nothing stops major television stations in the country from covering this event live, just as they cover Durban festival in the North,” the OPC leader added.

Police Should Investigate Domestic Staff Before Employment – CP

CPThe Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Kayode Aderanti has advised Nigerians who intend to employ domestic staff  to allow the police have a thorough investigation on the staff before employment.

This is coming after the kidnap of three children by a nanny who was employed through an online platform.

The Commissioner explained that the information of the abducted children was gotten to his office by the D.P.O who stays close to the parents of the abducted kids and action was taken immediately (24hrs).

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, CP, Aderanti stated that the investigative process is a way of preventing kidnappings by employees or fraudulent people.

He further stated that once an employer identifies a potential employee, the police should be contacted to begin an investigation before the employment details are finalised.

He said fingers and thumb prints as well as pictures will be taken and filed after which investigations/ background checks will be carried out, and the employer will be notified if the person is fit or otherwise for the job.

The Commissioner cautioned all parents to be aware of kidnappers disguised as domestic staff, likening it to the kidnap of the 3 children and several others that have been happening in the country.

Mr Aderanti maintained that the police profiling will to ensure prompt investigation within 24 hours with the use of technology to enable the culprit(s) to be tracked.

Use of OPC/Estate Guards

The Commissioner of Police also emphasized the need for a background to be done on any form of guards or security personnel to be used as applied in the case of kidnap.

The Commissioner also spoke on the armed robbery incident that took place in Lekki, saying that the investigation process is still on, adding that the perpetrators will be made public.

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The Commissioner stated that investigations have been carried out on areas where violence broke out but commended the force a being able to curb the crisis and still maintain peace across the state.

Welfare of the Police

He also commended the Inspector General of Police (Suleiman Abba) for holding the interest of the police officers at heart and ensuring that their needs are catered for and called on Nigerians to ensure that they make use of the police toll free line which is 767, 112, or direct line 08127155071 and 08079279349 when emergencies arise.

 

Yoruba Leaders Say Election Must Hold As Rescheduled

yoruba leadersYoruba leaders in south-west Nigeria have stressed the need for the rescheduled elections to hold without any delay on March 28 and April 11, expressing their commitment to a smooth transition and purposeful leadership.

After an extensive summit at the historic parliament building in Ibadan on Thursday, it was concluded that no excuse would be entertained for any shift of the date, as it could be a recipe for disaster.

In his address at the Pan Yoruba Summit that, the convener of the conference, General Alani Akinrinade (Rtd), said the summit was necessary because the current leadership had made Yorubas “victims of arrested development, with significant retrogression which must be stopped”.

He expressed hopes that the meeting would arrive at a common narrative that would outline the demand of the Yorubas for development in an emerging Nigeria, with purpose driven goals for regional and national progress.

Retrogressive Measures Of The Government

The Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, who hosted the event, condemned recent violent protest involving OPC in Lagos. He lamented what he called a state of servitude of his people which made it possible to turn them against one another .

Governor Ajimobi further said that despite the rich historical repertoire of the Yorubas and its contribution to national development, the region had suffered a great deal in the last 16 years of democracy.

The convergence of eminent Sons and Daughters of the Yoruba race at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Buildings Secretariat in Ibadan was called by the Yoruba elders to urgently address issues affecting the growth and unity of the race.

It was an avenue for the Yoruba leaders to register their displeasure with the retrogressive measures of the government at the centre to the south-west and by extension all Yoruba kits and kins across the world.

In a communique signed by the convener at the end of the summit, the elders agreed unequivocally that; elections must hold as scheduled, states must be allowed to grow and prosper at their pace while an end must be put to alienation and repression of the race.

OPC Calls For Jega’s Sack

OPCThe Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) on Monday stormed the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, demanding the sack of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, before the general elections.

Guns, cutlasses, pocket knifes, among other weapons, were seen on the OPC members who also destroyed some campaign posters of the All Progressives Congress candidates.

The protesters blocked the major highways causing a heavy traffic snarl while harassing pedestrians and motorists.

The protesters took time to distribute leaflets containing seven reasons why the INEC boss should be sacked.

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra had also on Friday protested in Abia and some other south-eastern states calling for the immediate removal of Professor Jega.