Obaship tussle: I am the bona fide Oba of Lagos, Akiolu tells court

Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu

About 14 years after his installation, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, on Monday appeared in an Ikeja High Court in a suit challenging his emergence as the paramount ruler of Lagos, saying he is the bona fide monarch.

“I am here to justify my appointment, you cannot build something on nothing, it will be broken.

“By native law and customs and by law, I am the bona fide Oba of Lagos,” said Akiolu, who was accompanied to the court by 10 white cap chiefs.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Akiolu’s installation as the Oba of Lagos is being challenged by Prince Adedoyin Adebiyi and Prince Rasheed Modile, two members of the Lagos royal family.

Joined as respondents in the suit are the state governor, the Attorney-General of Lagos State, Prince Babatunde Akitoye and Chief Junaid Eko.

Both Adebiyi and Modile are claiming that Akiolu is not entitled to the throne because he is not a member of a ruling royal family by not being a direct descendant of Oba Ado, the first Oba of Lagos.

According to the claimants, only members of the Ologun Kutere and Akinsemoyin ruling houses are entitled to the throne.

They also alleged that proper customary rules and procedures were not followed when he was appointed as Oba in May 2003.

While being led in evidence by his lawyer, Mr Adetokunbo Mumuni, Akiolu told the court the procedure he followed before being installed.

“After I made my intention known to my family that I wanted to be Oba of Lagos, I applied for the throne.

“In May 2003, the head of the kingmakers and the then Sole Administrator of Lagos Island Council called at my residence.

“At that time I was preparing to go to the mosque and I was told that I received a letter from the state government and the State Executive Council.

“The letter accepted my nomination that I have been approved to be a worthy successor of the late Oba of Lagos.

“It will be exactly 14 years tomorrow (May 23, 2003) that the my appointment was approved.

“By the grace of Almighty Allah, there is nothing like rotation in the succession to the throne of Oba of Lagos,” Akiolu said.

Before cross-examining Akiolu, lawyer to the claimants, Mr Babatunde Fashanu (SAN), told the court that for the purpose of the trial, Akiolu should be addressed as the defendant and not as the Oba of Lagos while in court.

“I apply that all referrals to the defendant as the Oba of Lagos should be expunged from the records of this honourable court.

“Within the walls of this courtroom, he is a defendant and when we step out of the courtroom, I will lie down and greet him as ‘kabiyesi’ because I am like a son to him,” he said.

Akiolu also told the court that he had a prior relationship with Fashanu’s father when he was working as a lawyer during his early years of legal practice 32 years ago..

“I know your father, I used to carry files for him when we were working together.”

Fashanu’s request to expunge referrals of Akiolu as Oba of Lagos was, however, not granted by the court.

In responding to Fashanu’s question whether proper customary procedure was followed when he became Oba, Akiolu said he was installed according to the customs of Lagos as Oba by kingmakers.

“Akiolu is a direct descendant of Oba Ologun Kutere, there is no registered declaration for the throne.

“It is the old customs and the recommendations of the Price Commission which is over 100 years ago that is still valid till today.”

Akiolu also debunked claims that Akiolu royal family was not one of the ruling houses because it was non-existent.

He said:“Despite the letter from Lagos State Government confirming my appointment as Oba and stating that I am from the Akiolu royal family, I want to make it clear that a royal family and ruling house means the same thing.

“My appointment as the king is the first time in history that kingmakers will be unanimous in selecting an Oba of Lagos.”

Justice A. Candide-Johnson adjourned the case until June 19 for continuation of trial.

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EFCC agents are after my life and this is their plan – Usman Jibrin alleges

– Former Chief of Naval staff, Usman Jibrin, has said the EFCC is threatening his life

– The vice admiral said there were plans to plant incriminating evidence on his properties

– He wrote a letter to that effect, raising alarm as to the EFCC's alleged nefarious plan

Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin (rtd) who was former Chief of Naval Staff has raised alarm over alleged threat to his life by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The former chief is being prosecuted by the EFCC for graft and he has alleged that there is a plan to plant incriminating evidence on his properties by the agency.

In a letter to the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, in which he copied Acting President Yemi Osibanjo among others, he challenged the EFCC, to explain the whereabouts of over 60 vessels arrested with stolen crude handed over to the commission under his watch as CNS.

Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin

Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin

According to the letter to Daily Trust, he said: “I regret to state that my life has been under threat by operatives of the EFCC, since my retirement from active service of the Nigerian Navy on the 14 July 2015.

“I decided to put my thought in writing because of information made available to me from very reliable sources that plans have been concluded to plant incriminating evidence against me by operatives of the EFCC.

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“I have observed that silence may not be golden after all in the face of some suspicious activities going around my properties by unknown elements. My life is at stake, my dignity is at stake, my integrity is at stake and my name is at stake."

Alleging that a cabal in the EFCC was behind the investigation, he said: “Your organisation is been used by a cabal, who are very uncomfortable with my freedom and threatened by my unblemished record as the former CNS, who fought them to a standstill in their illegal bunkering and oil theft.

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“It is worth noting that EFCC has conducted searches on me in eight locations without discovering incriminating evidence bordering on financial crimes. In most cases, my assets were destroyed in my absence, without a single apology from the commission or explanation as to why my properties were raided.”

Jibrin also added that in all eight searches, no warrants were produced. He further explained that the EFCC has already charged him to court over a navy guest house, which was a safe house bought by the navy under his watch.

However, EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said Jibrin is a suspect under prosecution by the commission.

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He stated that the commission was not in the habit of planting evidence on suspects and anyone making such allegations is just flying a kite.

Meanwhile, Governor Fayose of Ekiti state has set up a judicial committee to probe the administration of Dr John Kayode Fayemi over financial irregularities.

In a statement by Fayose's aide, Lere Olayinka, the panel will look into the financial transactions of Ekiti state between 2010 and 2014.

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14-year-old girl married off to Muslim man 20 years older than her in a mosque (photos, video)

A shocking video showing moments a 14-year-old girl was forced to marry a man 20 years older at a mosque, has emerged online.

DailymailUK reports that this ridiculous act took place at a Melbourne mosque.

In the video which has now been seized from the alleged groom by the police, the innocent looking teenager was seen sitting quietly as her groom-to-be signs papers presented by the Imam.

Shocking moment a girl, 14 'marries a Muslim man 20 years older than her in the back room of a mosque

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The video which is on the alleged groom’s phone, shows the traditional Islamic ceremony being anchored by Imam Ibrahim Omerdic, a 62-year-old prominent Muslim marriage cleric.

The Imam has however been accused of forcing a minor to enter marriage.

In the video, the underage girl's mother is seen as she watched on, while the groom paid a $1,480 gold necklace to marry the young girl.

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The Imam asks the child bride if she takes the man – who she reportedly met only a few days prior – 'to live together and live according to Islam.'

She answers 'yes' and is told by the Imam that as a wife, she now has a duty to 'obey' her husband. See the video below:

Kano Assembly halts probe on fraud allegations against Emir Sanusi


The Kano State House of Assembly on Monday stopped the investigation on the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, over allegations of misappropriation of funds belonging to Kano Emirate Council.

The assembly’s decision to end the investigation followed a letter from the state Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, which the Speaker, Malam Kabiru Rurum, read at plenary.

Ganduje said that the halting of the investigation was necessitated by the need to respect the intervention of some notable Nigerians on the issue.

He named the notable Nigerians as religious leaders, traditional rulers, former presidents, Arewa Consultative Forum, state governors and other respected Nigerians.

“Therefore, I am appealing to the honourable members to kindly end the investigation for the progress of the state,” the governor said.

After deliberations, the house resolved to stop the investigation and review the law that established the emirate council.

The assembly mandated the committees on Local Governments and Judiciary as well as the principal officers of the house to review the law and submit the report within three months.

On May 10, the assembly set up an eight-member committee to investigate the emir over the eight-count charges against him.

The member representing Nasarawa Constituency, Alhaji Ibrahim Gama, brought the allegations which also included delivery of a controversial speech at a summit in Kaduna, among others, before the house.

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PDP leadership tussle: Supreme Court reserves judgment

Ali Modu Sheriff

The Supreme Court on Monday reserved judgment on appeal challenging the affirmation of Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff as National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, who presided, reserved the judgment after counsel to parties adopted their written addresses.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the party had on March 16, filed the appeal against Sheriff’s position.

The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt on Feb. 27 declared Sheriff as the legitimate national chairman of the party.

Earlier, the five- panel of justices dismissed the application filed by Sheriff to stop the apex court from hearing Makarfi’s appeal.

At the resumed hearing, Chief Akin Olujimi (SAN), counsel to Sheriff argued that Makarfi’s appeal was an abuse of court process.

According to him, Makarfi fails to seek the leave of court before filing the application.

Olujimi also submitted that the Makarfi’s faction seized to be recognised following the court of appeal’s judgment.

He said his client, who was the legitimate national chairman of the party had not authorised anybody to file the appeal on behalf of the party.

In the light of the arguments, Olujimi prayed the court to dismiss the appeal forthwith.

Chief Wole Olanikpekun (SAN), however, prayed the court to disregard the argument advanced by Sheriff’s counsel, adding that the submissions were baseless.

In his ruling, the CJN held that all valid appeals before the court on the matter must be heard.

“The rules mandate the appeals to be filed within three months in this court after the appeal court judgment.

“ The application in question was so filed within the period and as such is deemed filed,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the dismissal of Sheriff’s application by the court paved the way for the adoption of the written addresses by counsel to parties.

Counsel to Makarfi in adopting his client’s address argued that the lower court erred in law to have affirmed Sheriff as the national chairman of the party.

He said that Sheriff was not elected at convention of the party, but was nominated to act as the chairman of the party within a specified period.

“My Lord, it is known to all party members including Sheriff that his tenure to act had long expired before Makarfi was made to head the caretaker committee to oversee the workings of the party.

“I therefore pray the court to re-write this wrong precedence set by the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt and upturn the decision.

“The election of officers of political parties is strictly the prerogatives of the political parties and not that of the court,’’ he said.

On his part, counsel to Sheriff urged the court to discountenance Olanipekun’s submission, adding that Sheriff was duly made the acting chairman of the party.

He argued that the party’s convention that had the power to elect a new chairman and other officers of the party in Port Harcourt never held as planned.

Olujimi further said the decision of the lower court was apt as no official step within the party machinery had removed Sheriff from office.

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Fresh Venezuela clashes after man burned alive

Opposition demonstrators pour petrol over an alleged thief during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on May 20, 2017. According to the Venezuelan Interior and Justice Ministry the victim, Orlando Figuera, 21, who was set on fire accused of being a chavist or a thief, remains at hospital with first and second degree burns in 80% of his body and several stab wounds. / AFP PHOTO / CARLOS BECERRA / Venezuela OUT

Doctors rallied in Venezuela on Monday in the latest street protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, as a young man lay in hospital after being set on fire by an angry crowd.

The death toll climbed to 48 over the weekend, with hundreds injured and thousands detained, as the unrest entered its eighth week, according to authorities and rights groups.

In the latest gruesome unrest on Sunday, a man was beaten, doused in petrol and set alight during a protest in the capital Caracas, an eyewitness video and photographs showed.

The crowd parted as he ran away in flames.

Some reports said the man was accused of being a thief but the government alleged he was attacked for being a Maduro supporter.

Speaking later on television, the president identified the man as Orlando Figuera, 21. He said he was hospitalized with first- and second-degree burns over half of his body and six knife wounds.

The opposition is marching in daily protests demanding elections to remove Maduro from power.

They blame him for an economic crisis that has caused shortages of food, medicine and basic supplies.

Maduro accuses the opposition of plotting a coup against him with US backing. He says the crisis is a capitalist conspiracy.

More than 200,000 protesters rallied overall on Saturday in Caracas and the western city of San Cristobal, according to estimates by the opposition and AFP reporters.

Police fired tear gas to break up the demonstration and protesters responded by throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails, in scenes now familiar after weeks of unrest.

Fresh clashes broke out between protesters and police on Monday morning on the outskirts of Caracas, where demonstrators blocked streets with barricades.

After marches by various civil groups, it was the turn of the Venezuelan Medical Federation to vent its frustrations in the streets.

"We have barely three percent of the supplies we need," said Douglas Leon Natera, president of the federation.

"It is a chaotic situation. Today we will march against hunger and the lack of medicine, against this destruction of the health system that the government has imposed."

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Ex-Trump aide Flynn to defy Senate subpoena in Russia probe

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 10, 2017 shows Lieutenant General Michael Flynn (ret.), National Security Advisor Designate speaks during a conference on the transition of the US Presidency from Barack Obama to Donald Trump at the US Institute Of Peace in Washington DC. President Donald Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn will not comply with a Senate subpoena for documents on his links to Russia and will invoke his constitutional protection against self-incrimination, a source close to Flynn said May 22, 2017.Flynn, a key target in the explosive probe into links between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election, "will be asserting his rights under the Fifth Amendment," the source told AFP. / AFP PHOTO / CHRIS KLEPONIS

President Donald Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn will not comply with a Senate subpoena for documents on his links to Russia and will invoke his constitutional protection against self-incrimination, a source close to Flynn said Monday.

Flynn, a key target in the explosive probe into links between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election, "will be asserting his rights under the Fifth Amendment," the source told AFP.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, which has demanded Flynn turn over records of any contacts with Russia by Wednesday, will be informed of his response and reasons in a letter later Monday.

Flynn, a former defense intelligence chief who joined the Trump administration but was fired within weeks, is a key figure of interest in several probes into what US intelligence says was Russian meddling in last year's election.

Investigators are examining Flynn's paid trip to Moscow to attend a gala in 2015 where he sat with President Vladimir Putin, and his multiple communications with Russia's US ambassador last December after the election.

According to the source, if Flynn complies with the documents subpoena, he risks giving up the ability to exercise his Fifth Amendment rights if he is ordered to testify in any of the investigations.

In late March, Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, said the retired lieutenant general would not testify without "assurances against unfair prosecution," raising speculation he was seeking an immunity deal.

"General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit," Kelner said in a March 30 statement.

"No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution."

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Ethiopian Airlines denies collecting unauthorised charges from Nigerians

The NCAA spokesperson, Mr Sam Adurogboye, said the charges which range between $75 and $150, were collected from Nigerians travelling to the Southern African country.

Ethiopian Airlines on Monday refuted the claim that it was collecting unauthorised charges on its route from Nigeria to South Africa.

The airline issued the denial in a statement signed by its media consultant, Mr Ikechi Uko, which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

NAN reports that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had on Sunday ordered the airline to stop the collection of the charges referred to as “refundable deportation fee’’.

The NCAA spokesperson, Mr Sam Adurogboye, said the charges which range between $75 and $150, were collected from Nigerians travelling to the Southern African country.

Uko, in the statement, maintained that Ethiopian Airlines does not charge any unauthorised fees on the route.

According to him, many passengers have been denied entry into South Africa by the immigration authorities for various reasons.

He said that the passengers had been inconvenienced during their stay at Johannesburg airport, before they were returned back to their airport of departure.

“They were asked to deposit the mentioned amount to cover their incidental expenses, in case they are denied entry.

“This amount has always been refunded to the passengers when they have been allowed entry into South Africa,’’ Uko said.

He said the NCAA had recently notified the airline of some passenger complaints on the matter.

Uko said :“We are discussing with the authority on how to handle the matter through diplomatic channels between the Nigerian and South African Governments, in the spirit of African brotherhood.

“Ethiopian Airlines has served the people of Nigeria for the past 57 years and have proved to be a partner in progress.

“Recently, when all foreign airlines refused to fly to Kaduna, ET was the only one that flew to Kaduna. ET was the only airline that agreed to fly to Enugu Airport. Ethiopian Airlines stands with the people of Nigeria for now and in the foreseeable future.’’

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Moyes resigns after Sunderland relegation

Sunderland's Scottish manager David Moyes watches from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in London on May 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON /

David Moyes has resigned as Sunderland manager following their relegation from the Premier League, the club announced on Monday.

The 54-year-old Scot succeeded Sam Allardyce last July and oversaw a desperate season that saw Sunderland finish 16 points adrift of safety at the foot of the table.

"I would like to thank (chairman) Ellis Short and the board for giving me the opportunity to manage Sunderland and the fans for always being so passionately supportive of their club," Moyes said in a statement.

"I wish the players and my successor well in their efforts towards promotion back to the Premier League."

Sunderland's relegation to the Championship after 10 years in the top flight was confirmed following a 1-0 home defeat by Bournemouth last month.

Moyes informed Sunderland officials of his decision to leave at a meeting in London on Monday.

His departure completes a sorry few weeks for the former Everton manager, who has been charged by the Football Association after jokily threatening to "slap" a female reporter.

It is his third successive short-lived stint at a club, following previous disappointments at Manchester United, where he lasted just 10 months, and Real Sociedad.

"I pursued the services of David Moyes for a considerable period prior to his appointment last summer, which makes the announcement of his departure difficult for everyone concerned," said Sunderland chairman Ellis Short.

"Having worked tirelessly throughout the campaign to avoid relegation from the Premier League, David has chosen to leave the club without compensation, which is testament to his character.

"In the days ahead we will take some time for reflection and then focus on recruitment and pre-season as we prepare for our Championship campaign. We wish David well in the future."

Moyes was dissatisfied with Sunderland's close-season transfer dealings and set the tone for their campaign early in the season when he said he was preparing for a relegation battle.

Sunderland sank into the bottom three in September and did not move off the foot of the table from January onwards, finishing the campaign with only six wins to their name.

An incident involving Moyes and BBC radio reporter Vicki Sparks occurred after a 0-0 draw against Burnley on March 18, but only came to light last month.

After taking exception to a question, Moyes waited until the interview had ended before telling Sparks: "It was getting a wee bit naughty at the end there, so just watch yourself.

"You still might get a slap even though you're a woman. Careful the next time you come in."

He subsequently apologised, but was charged by the FA on April 26.

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Can you afford Unilag? – Check out postgraduate school fees 2017

Lagos state university school fees for 2017 academic session has been released by the management of the University of Lagos. Would to like know more? Keep reading!

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This is to inform all the undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) that the management of the institution has released the schedule of obligatory charges for the 2017 Academic Session.

Postgraduate students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) SPGS can see their scheduled school fees below or on the Unilag admission portal.

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UNILAG Direct Entry Admission List 2014/2015

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S/n Details; New students (2 numbers); Returning students (2 numbers).

1. Acceptance 20,000.00 20,000.00 | 00.00 00.00

2. Registration 5,000.00 5,000.00 | 2,500.00 2,500.00

3. Identity Card 1,000.00 1,000.00 | 1,000.00 1,000.00

4. Result Verification 5,000.00 5,000.00 | 00.00 00.00

5. Examination 5,000.00 5,000.00 | 2,500.00 2,500.00

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6. Medical Services 2,500.00 2,500.00 | 1,000.00 1,000.00

7. Library Services 5,000.00 5,000.00 | 2,000.00 2,000.00

8. Information Tech. (IT) 2,000.00 2,000.00 | 1,000.00 1,000.00

9. Endowment Fund 10,000.00 10,000.00 | 1,000.00 1,000.00

10. TISHIP 5,000.00 5,000.00 | 5,000.00 5,000.00

11. Sport 1,000.00 1,000.00 | 00.00 00.00

TOTAL 61,500.00 61,500.00 | 16,000.00 16,000.00

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Important Notes:

1. Lab. Services are to be paid by:

(a) All Science Students;

(b) All Science Education Students;

(c) All Engineering Students;

(d) All Language Students (Art & Education);

(e) All Mass Comm. Students;

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2. Loss of I.D. Card N2,000.00;

3. Payment should be made into Unilag TSA via Remita Platform at any Bank Nationwide.

Share this University of Lagos postgraduate school fees list with your friends interested in SPGS Unilag and follow all the notes and rules for payment. Good luck with your studies!

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