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Death Is Inevitable, Don’t Make Moneybag My Successor —- Awujale Tells Ijebu Indigenes

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The Awujale and Paramount ruler of Ijebuland Ogun State on Tuesday told his subjects to “go for a capable successor” whenever he joins his ancestors.

He spoke when he received thousands of sons and daughters of Ijebu extraction in Ijebu – Ode at the 2019 Ojude Oba cultural festival/carnival.

The Octogenarian ascended the throne in 1960 at the age of 25 and hailed from the Anikinaiya Ruling family.

There are indications that the ruling House to produce the next Awujale when the stool becomes vacant is the Fusengbuwa Ruling House where the founder of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Otunba Subomi Balogun, is the Olori Ebi (Head).

Oba Adetona, the Ogbagba 11 and who is often referred to as Orisa Ijebu(god of Ijebu), urged his people to sustain the tempo by ensuring that the stool does not go to moneybags.

The revered monarch urged Ijebu sons and daughters to reject any candidate for the position of the Awujale that could set Ijebuland backward.

In attendance at this year edition of the Ojude Oba cultural festival where over 25,000 participated in the carnival, were Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi; Governor Dapo Abiodun and his wife Bamidele; Deputy Governor Noimot Oyedele – Salako; former Governors Segun Osoba, Gbenga Daniel; former Deputy Governor Segun Adesegun, Sir Kensington Adebutuc(who was the Special guest of honour), Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Olori Kemi Adetona among others.

The Awujale, who spoke in Yoruba language, advised that the process of selecting the next Awujale should not be politicized.

He stated that if the next ruling house does not present a viable candidate, the people should reject them and go for the next ruling house with a capable candidate.

Oba Adetona said: “When I eventually go, please go for a capable successor. Reject any candidate that will put Ijebuland into retrogression.

“Do not politicize the process of selecting my successor. Do not go for people that will draw Ijebu backward.

“If the next ruling house does not present a viable candidate, please reject them and go for the next ruling house with a capable candidate.

“Do not go for moneybags that will destroy the achievements Ijebuland has recorded so far.

“My prayer is that Ijebuland will continue to grow from strength to strength.

“Call on God for direction when picking my successor. Ask God to guide you.”

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Ambode’s Thugs Attacked Our Officers, We Had Valid Warrant To Search His Ikoyi, Epe Residence — EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has claimed its operatives were attacked by thugs loyal to former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday.

The EFCC had gone to execute a search warrant on Ambode’s residence in his hometown, Epe.

Wilson Uwujaren, the agency’s Head of Media and Publicity, said in a statement on Tuesday evening that the commission “had obtained a valid warrant to conduct a search on Ambode’s residences in Park View, Ikoyi and country home in Epe, as part of an ongoing investigation of alleged malfeasance.”

According to him, the operatives were attacked and prevented from executing the search warrant in Epe, by “irate youths” who injured three officers and damaged the EFCC official vehicle.

“The attack was totally unprovoked as the Commission’s operatives were civic and did not molest anybody.

“The Commission, therefore, frowns at the attempt to manipulate the video of the search to create the wrong impression that officers of the agency molested residents at the Epe home of the governor.

“It is also not true that the search was an attempt to plant foreign currencies in the home of the former governor,” he added.

The agency had earlier denied carrying out a raid on Ambode’s residence, insisting that its operatives were on a legitimate duty.

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Kidnappers Collect N3.5m, 10 Tubers Of Yam, 30 Litres Of Palm Oil, Carton Of Schnapps To Release Victims In Ogun

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Facts have emerged on how the three victims of kidnappers in Ode-Omi in the Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of Ogun state were released from their captors.

A family source told our correspondent on Monday that the kidnappers collected a sum of N3.5m, a carton of Schnapps, 30 litres of palm oil and 10 tubers of yam before the victims were released.

The police in the state had last Friday said they had rescued the son of the Chief Imam of Ode-Omi, Abdulazeez Sanni and two others – Adams Bamidele and Jelili Adams – who were abducted last Sunday.

The trio were reportedly kidnapped on the eve of the Eid-el Adha in Ode-Omi, a boundary community between Lagos and Ogun states.

The state Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, had said no ransom was paid.

The source said, “The kidnappers collected N3.5m, carton of schnapps, 30 litres of palm oil, 10 tubers of yam and a five-litre keg of vegetable oil.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the police command was not aware of the payment of any ransom.

Oyeyemi said, “The victims were rescued by policemen of this command. We are not aware of any ransom.”

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BREAKING: EFCC Raids Former Lagos Governor Ambode’s Country Home In Epe

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, are raiding the residence of Akinwumi Ambode, former governor of Lagos state, in Epe area of the state.

Tony Orilade, the spokesperson of the anti-graft commission, confirmed this development to journalists.

Orilade denied that they were at Ambode’s residence on a raid, explaining that they are only there for an investigation.

“It is not true, we don’t raid. An investigation is on-going in respect of the petition we have, that is why we are here,” he said.

This is a developing story.

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