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Alleged N10million Bribery Scandal Rocks Vacant Ipokia Stool




The struggle to fill the vacant stool of the Onipokia of Ipokia, a town in the Ogun west senatorial district of Ogun state, reached it head on Wednesday 8th May 2019, as King making process was truncated over an alleged bribery scandal.

Report says five kingmakers were billed to vote-in one of the 8 eligible candidates for the stool but rumors of the alleged demand and payment of bribery began to rock the process since it started on the 1st of May 2019.

Credible sources confirmed that Ogun State government through the Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs was duely informed about the malefaecance but failed to act swiftly.

However, when the stake of the alleged bribery was raised from N2million naira to N10million and the noise became deafening, the ministry reportedly ordered that the voting process earlier scheculed to take place on Wednesday May 8,be put on hold while proper Investigation is carried out into the allegedly ‘compromised’ voting process for the next Oba of the ancient town which recently had the Ogun state Polytechnic moved to the town.

But, contrary to the order of the State Government, the voting took place without the supervision of the government and a US based candidate got all the 5 votes.

Meanwhile, various Interest group especially some of the aggrieved candidates are now ‘heading’ to Court while some may have petitioned the State Government to dismiss the voting process as Illegal, not properly constituted and unsupervised, therefore null and void.

Oba Rauf Adeole ,the past traditional ruler joined his ancestors on the 13th of November 2016.

He was installed at an elaborate ceremony in 1986.

There are four ruling houses in Ipokia comprising Iwaye Sipaola, Iwaye Dodo, Iwaye Ikemo and Iwaye Dapaale……

Other ruling houses conscede to Iwaye Dodo whose candidates are Abdul Semiu Adedokun Adisa Ashade, Ganiyu Adelani Ashade, Abdulahi Adediran Ashade. Others are Yisa Sola Adeniyi Ashade, Abiodun Sunday Adediga, Akeem Dahunsi Oyelegbin, Emanuel Kayode Okeleye and Mikhail Adetokunbo Adelabu Akinlade.

One major grievance,according to one of the candidates is that “according to the 1954 Chieftaincy declaration, ‘where there exist male-child in the ruling house, the first preference goes to him’. But in this case, there are four male-child choices and living in Nigeria but the female-child living abroad was prefered, we want to know the rationale behind that”.

When contacted on the issue, the state commissioner for chieftaincy matters, Chief Jide Ojuko refused to pick his call or reply as at the time of filling this report.

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BREAKING: Many Feared Dead In Multiple Accident At Otedola Bridge, Lagos [GRAPHIC PHOTO]

Peter Okunoren



Tragedy occurred again at the notorious Otedola Bridge, Lagos, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, in the early hours Wednesday, when many were feared dead in fatal multiple-accident.

According to an eyewitness, Remilekun Abiola, the accident involving five vehicles, occurred about 8 am during the early morning downpour at Otedola Bridge, out ward Lagos to Berger.

Though, the immediate and remote cause of the accident could not be ascertained at press time, but eyewitness attributed over speeding and sloppy nature of the road by Otedola Bridge, coupled with the heavy rainfall which affected visibility of motorists.

At press time, one of the victims, an unidentified male, has been confirmed dead by men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA and Lagos State Ambulance Service, LASAMBUS, who raced to the tragic scene.

There were different versions on the number of casualties.

While eyewitnesses said many people died, LASEMA confirmed one person dead so far.

The injured victims have also been taken to various hospitals for treatment. Other rescue team at the scene, include: Men of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, of the Lagos State Police Command, Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Ciro’s, FRSC, among others.

The accident led to chaotic gridlock along the axis as motorists were trapped in the resultant traffic.

Meanwhile, motorists have been urged to make use of alternative routes.

“Anyone going out of Lagos should take either Otedola under bridge or go through Ogba-Ojodu-Berger axis to connect the Lagos Ibadan Expressway and move on their journey,” LASEMA source stated.

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ICPC Declares Buhari’s Former Aide, Obono-Obla, Wanted Over Fraud Allegations

Peter Okunoren



The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has declared the suspended Chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), Mr. Okoi Ofem Obono-Obla, wanted due to his repeated failure to appear before it to answer questions bordering on allegations of fraud and corruption.

The spokesperson of the ICPC, Rasheedat Okoduwa, in a statement Tuesday, said Mr. Obono-Obla is facing a series of allegations levelled against him by members of the public on his role as head of the government panel on asset recovery.

She said the Commission was in receipt of petitions accusing him of abuse of office, falsification of admission records, living above his income and collection of gratification from suspects under his investigation.

She said the suspended chairman is also facing allegations of working outside the guidelines governing the panel by investigating unauthorized petitions and prosecuting suspects without recourse to the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

Okoduwa said the ICPC had conducted series of investigations on the allegations with preliminary findings showing that some provisions of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and extant laws of Nigeria had been allegedly violated by Mr. Obono-Obla.

“Consequently, ICPC had extended several invitations to him, which he had failed to honour without giving any reason.

“Attempts to track and make him appear before the Commission also failed to lead ICPC to contact other law enforcement agencies for assistance concerning his whereabouts,” she noted.

She explained that “one of such contact has yielded results as records from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) show that Mr. Obono-Obla had travelled out of the country.”

She said the NIS records revealed that he left the country to an undisclosed location on 17th August 2019, through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, and has not returned two months after.

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VIDEO: How We Arrested Mompha With N20million Watches On His Way To Dubai — EFCC




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed how its operatives from the Lagos Zonal Office arrested Ismaila Mustapha, a social media celebrity, popularly known as Mompha.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement, on Tuesday, said: “The suspect was arrested on Friday, 18 October 2019, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on his way to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, following series of actionable intelligence reports linking him to organized transnational cyber fraud and money laundering.”

He added Ismaila allegedly perpetrates his fraudulent activities under the cover of being a Bureau de Change operator, to launder his proceeds of crime.

The five wristwatches with a total value of over N20,000,000 was recovered by the EFCC from Mompha.

Also in a series of tweets by the commission, it quoted EFCC operatives saying, “actionable cross border intelligence received from collaborative law enforcement agencies about his alleged involvement in the criminal activities further strengthened our suspicion.”

It added: “Ismaila who allegedly perpetrated his fraudulent activities under the guise of being a Bureau de Change operator is always seen with his little son flaunting huge amount of foreign currencies on his social media platforms.

“Investigations have also revealed that Ismaila is only using the BDC business, he jointly owned with his siblings, as a decoy to launder his proceeds of crime.

“However, the suspect has volunteered useful information to the operatives and has admitted being reasonably involved in the first two cases he was alleged to be involved.”

Uwujaren further noted that the suspect had volunteered useful information while the investigation continues.

“At the point of arrest, five wristwatches with a total value of over twenty million Naira (N20, 000,000:00) was recovered from him.

“The suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded,” the EFCC spokesman added.

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