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Afenifere Reacts To Invasion Of Oyo House Of Assembly

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The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural and political organization, Afenifere, has condemned the recent invasion of the Oyo State House of Assembly in Ibadan by individuals claiming to be Yoruba nation agitators.

NigeriaUpdates reports that some people claiming to be Yoruba nation agitators, on Saturday attacked the premises of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Agodi Secretariat in Ibadan, which is recognized as Yorubaland’s political centre.

According to a viral video, the invaders claimed to have established a ‘Democratic Republic of the Yoruba’ out of Nigeria.

Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Jare Ajayi, issued a statement denouncing the agitators’ actions, asserting that their actions do not represent the interests of the Yoruba people.

“Those who took the said step did not act in the interest of the Yorubas whom they alleged to be representing,” Ajayi stated.

The organization firmly refuted the legitimacy of any so-called ‘Democratic Republic of Yoruba’, emphasizing the constitutional implications.

“Yoruba is an important component of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. And as is well known, there cannot be a sovereign republic within an extant sovereign republic,” he added.

Despite acknowledging various systemic issues within the Nigerian state, Afenifere stressed that solutions should not involve violent separatism.

Afenifere also expressed support for the current federal administration under President Bola Tinubu, noting efforts to restructure the nation for improved governance and regional autonomy.

“Afenifere is of the strong view that President Bola Tinubu’s administration is taking steps to rejig Nigeria in a manner that would make the country become one that every citizen would be proud of soonest. Restructuring the country is a sure way of accelerating this,” Ajayi said further.

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Lagos Speaker, Obasa, Mourns as Father Passes On at 83.

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The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has announced the passing of his father, Pa Suleimon Atanda Obasa, who died at the age of 83 in the early hours of Tuesday.

 

Pa Obasa, a successful businessman and community leader, was a devoted Muslim who dedicated his life to serving Allah and humanity.

 

He was a loving family man and a philanthropist who empowered many citizens through his farming and business ventures.

 

He is survived by his wives, children, and grandchildren, including the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly. His remains will be interred at 4 pm in the Agege area of Lagos State, according to Islamic rites.

 

The Lagos State House of Assembly and the entire Obasa family mourn the loss of this great man and solicit prayers and support during this difficult time.

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Port Harcourt Refinery to Begin Operations by End of July, IPMAN Reveals.

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The Port Harcourt refinery, with a capacity of 210,000 barrels per day, is expected to begin operations by the end of July, according to the Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN).

 

This announcement comes after multiple delays and is welcome news for the industry.

 

“Yes, when we visited the place, the MD told us that the refinery was almost ready and by the end of July, they would start producing. It has been turned into a new one; they changed all the armored cable to brand new, and everything there is almost like a brand-new refinery,” said Chief Ukadike Chinedu, National Public Relations Officer of IPMAN.

 

“The turnaround on maintenance is very massive, and the job is being done day and night. All hands are on deck to make sure that they meet that target. By the end of July, the refinery should be ready,” he added.

 

Chinedu emphasized that the refinery is 99% ready and that there are no challenges facing the project. He also expressed optimism that the completion of the refinery would lead to competition in the industry, which would ultimately benefit the nation.

 

“They are not facing any challenges at all; I can say the refinery is 99% ready. What we want is competition. I am very sure that with the two refineries, the price of petrol will be reduced. Dangote is coming soon, and the Port Harcourt refinery is almost ready too, and that is very good. We need that competition for the benefit of the nation,” he said.

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NDLEA Busts Cocaine Cartel, Arrests 4 Members, Declares Couple Wanted

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has dealt a significant blow to a cocaine cartel operating in Lagos, arresting four members and declaring a couple wanted.

 

The agency recovered a sports utility vehicle and sealed two houses linked to the cartel for forfeiture to the Federal Government.

 

According to NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, the couple, Kazeem Omogoriola Owoalade (alias Abdul Qassim Adisa Balogun) and Rashidat Ayinke Owoalade (alias Bolarinwa Rashidat Ayinke), were declared wanted after investigations revealed they ran a cocaine cartel from India.

 

The agency arrested Imran Taofeek Olalekan and Ishola Isiaka Olalekan on April 3, 2024, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA Ikeja Lagos, as they attempted to export 3.40kg of cocaine to Oman.

 

Further investigations led to the arrest of Hamed Abimbola Saheed, a member of the syndicate, on May 14, 2024, at Abule Egba, Lagos. A search of his home uncovered 900 grams of phenacetine, a cutting agent for cocaine, and other drug paraphernalia.

 

The agency also arrested another suspect at the Owoalade couple’s residence, recovering 400 grams of cocaine, a Toyota RAV4 SUV, and other drug-related items. The couple is still at large, and the agency is working to apprehend them and dismantle the cartel’s operations.

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