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Alleged N10million Bribery Scandal Rocks Vacant Ipokia Stool

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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: Ondo Commissioner For Health Dies Of COVID-19

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Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Mr. Wahab Adegbenro is dead.

A source revealed that Mr Adegbenro died on Monday after he was rushed to a hospital in Owo after contracting Coronavirus.

“The Commissioner died at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo and this has just thrown the entire cabinet into chaos.

“He died of COVID-19 because he had contracted the virus earlier and was taking drugs at his own comfort being a medical doctor.”

Governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu, is currently in self-isolation after testing positive for the virus earlier this week.

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Former Nigerian Ambassador Vincent Okobi Is Dead

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Former Nigerian Ambassador to Togo, Vincent Sunny Okobi is dead.

A statement by the family, which was signed by Amaechi Okobi, Group Head, Corporate Communications, Access Bank Plc reads as follows:

“Our family is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Ambassador Vincent Sunny Okobi, who passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, June 27, 2020, after a long illness.

Ambassador Okobi was the quintessential gentleman and a diplomat who has left an indelible mark on the world stage. First as a clerk under then Governor-General of Nigeria Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, before leaving Nigeria for the United States. Then as a civil rights activist and President of the African Students’ Union in Washington, D.C. in the 1960s. While serving as Nigerian Ambassador to Togo, he was awarded France’s Légion d’honneur by President Francois Mitterrand for his commitment to promoting Franco-Nigerian foreign relations.

Most of all though, Ambassador Okobi has left his most unforgettable legacy as a devoted husband of 52 years, father of four children, and grandfather of 14.

Ambassador Okobi is survived by:

Justice Victoria Okobi (wife)
Amaechi Okobi
Yomi & Adaobi Oniwinde
I.K. & Alison Okobi
Patrick & Awele Okigbo

Comfort Odiachi (sister)
Maggie Okobi (sister)
Patricia Dada Amuzie (sister)
Telema Okobi (brother)

We would like to thank all friends and well-wishers for your constant love and support.
In strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines, we respectfully ask that well-wishers do not plan home visits to the family at this time.

Burial plans will be announced shortly. In the meantime, we ask that you keep our family in your prayers.”

 

Signed:
Amaechi Michael Okobi
on behalf of the family




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BREAKING: Dubai Police Hand Over Ramoni Igbalode ‘Hushpuppi’ To FBI In The US

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Nigerian Instagram Celebrity Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi has been handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US, Dubai Police said on Thursday, Gulf News Dubai is reporting.

According to a statement, Christopher Wray, Director of FBI, praised the role of Dubai Police in arresting Raymond Abbas (Hushpuppi) and Olalekan Jacob Ponle aka Woodbery and handing them over to the US.

“Director of FBI expressed his thanks for the exceptional efforts (of Dubai Police) in fighting organized cyber crimes and arresting Hushpuppi and Woodbery,” Dubai Police said in the statement.

According to Dubai Police, Hushpuppi and Woodberry wanted for a series of crimes like money-laundering, fraud, hacking of websites and accounts, impersonation, banking fraud etc.

Hushpuppi and Woodberry were arrested with 10 other suspects on allegations of fraud, involving huge money.

Hushpuppi often posted pictures on Instagram with his luxury cars and private jet.

Last month, Dubai Police said that the operation called “Fox Hunt 2”, revealed a hidden online fraud network that was committing crimes outside the UAE, including money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonating, scamming individuals, banking fraud and identity theft.

Police said the raid resulted in the seizure of incriminating documents pertaining to a well-planned international fraud worth Dh1.6 billion.

According to Dubai Police, the gang used to hack corporate emails and send fake emails to corporate customers to change money transfers to the gang’s personal banking accounts.

“They were designing and mimicking company and bank websites to steal credit card data and illegally obtain victims’ money before laundering the cash,” said Brigadier Jamal Al Jallaf Director of Criminal Investigation Department at Dubai Police.

During the arrest, police found a huge amount of data on individuals, companies, bank accounts, credit cards as well as documents of money laundering, online fraud, and hacking accounts of victims outside the UAE.

“The forged documents pertained to online fraud outside the country. The fraud was worth more than Dh1.6 billion. We seized more than Dh150 million in cash from them and confiscated 13 luxury cars worth Dh25 million,” Brig Al Jallaf said.

Police confiscated 21 computers, 47 smartphones, 15 memory cards, five hard disks containing 119,580 fraud files as well as addresses of nearly two million victims.




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