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Retired Pharmacist Beaten To Death By Family Driver

If the Okusanyas were to choose how they wanted their 76-year-old mother, Mrs. Jolasun Okusanya, to die, it would definitely not be to be murdered by her daughter’s driver.

Mrs. Okusanya who was a former acting registrar and secretary of the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria was murdered in cold blood at her No.83 Owukori Street, Surulere, Lagos residence on December 1, 2018.

It was reliably gathered that on the said day, a Saturday, Mrs Jolasun and her husband, Babasola Okusanya, a lawyer, were attending a family friend’s daughter’s wedding.

Shortly after the deceased and her husband left their home for the wedding, she realised she did not have enough cash on her so she asked their driver to return home.  On getting back home, she went into her room to get some cash. But while in her room, she heard a some noises coming from her husband’s room.

Thinking it was her husband, she walked straight to the room only to find Ahmed, another  driver who had been working with the family for about five years.

Apparently, Ahmed, had made duplicate copies of  the house keys, and went as soon as the house seemed empty, let himself in  with the aim of burgling the house.

He had already packed a few items when Jolasun went into the room and surprised him. He reacted by attacking the woman and clubbering her to death.

According to deceased’s brother in law Prof. Teju Okusanya, from the University of Lagos “the incident was a pathetic one”.

Prof Okusanya said the suspect was like a son to the family. He said the suspect came to the family with an Ordinary National Diploma holder and was sponsored for his Higher National Diploma programme by the family.

“Her husband getting fed up of waiting for her decided to go inside the house to hurry her on only to find her lifeless body on the floor with cuts on her forehead.

Believing she might have tripped and fell, he called out for help. At this time, Ahmed had scaled the fence to  escape. He told a suspicious security guard from the neighbouring building that he was on an errand for the Okusanyas. He then took advantage of everyone rushing to respond to Mr Okusanyas distress calls and quietly snuck back in and sat in Adetayo’s (te Okusanya’s daughter) car, looking like nothing had happened. While Sola (Jolasun’s husband) called for help, Ahmed also ran along with neighbours to rush the deceased to the hospital.

“At the hospital, the doctor, who pronounced Jolasun dead, revealed that the injury on her forehead as a result of an attack rather than a fall.

Immediately officers of the Iponri police division were called in to investigate the incident. Thei investigation let them to the secuity guard from next door who told about the suspicious movement he had earlier noticed by the driver. When questioned, Ahmed was found in possession of a bag in which was discovered some jewelry, cash in envelopes with Mr Okusanya’s name on them Some of the envelopes were from his children and had tags like ‘Daddy’s Christmas money, Daddy’s upkeep, etc.’

“A cash sum of N100, 000 and quite a substantial amount of dollars were also found on him. He was arrested and later confessed to the crime. He has been charged to the Magistrate’s Court by the Iponri Police but the magistrate said she didn’t have the capacity to hear the case, as it was a clear case of homicide. He was remanded at the Kirikiri prison while the case was transferred for hearing at the High Court.”

“Mrs Okusanya was the one taking care of her husband while he was very sick. So, right now he is greatly pained.”

She was described as an excellent wife and mother. So nice, so kind, so dedicated and religious. She raised six girls as graduates and they are distinguishing themselves in various fields. She is someone you will want to have as a wife.”

In his tribute to his dead wife at the funeral, Mr Okusanya said “If I were to write about her when not in grief, it will amount to writing a book. However, I will still write concisely and accurately about her during our marriage of approximately fifty years.

“We had been looking forward to and planning for our upcoming 50th wedding anniversary and my 80th birthday in 2020”

“I have often prayed to God to let my wife, Jolasun survive me. But it has pleased the Lord God, our Creator, to recall her home at this time. As mere mortal, I must accept the Lord’s decision.”

Controversy Trails News Of Ooni’s New Marriage

Pictures of the wedding of the Ooni Olonisa of Ile Ife, Nigerian made an unexpected and unforseen appearance on social media last Thursday and immediately the news of the wedding quickly became a trending topic

The Ooni’s new wife is 25 year old prophetess and evangelist Oluwaseyi Naomi.

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But alongside the feelings of felicitations that has welcomed the news of the Ooni’s nuptials following the humiliating demise of his much highlighted marriage to Olori Wuraola just 2 years ago, the most talked about issue of the marriage is the Queens conflict between her vocation as a preacher of the Gospel of Christ and her new role as a wife within the palace of a high level Yoruba monarch where occultic and ritualistic practices form main apart of the tradition.

The new Queen is a preacher with a ministry based in Akure, Ondo State Nigeria

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It is however believed in some quarters that the Ooni himself is a born again Christian and he has been seen attending several church services but his marriage to a practicing evangelist has divided opinions right across the board.

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Many question if indeed it is possible for the Ooni, the office of the seat of Oodua, the “father” of the Yorubas, a race originally and traditionally known for practices which stand at contrast to Christian beliefs, to be able to do away completely with these practices and ignore the cultural practices and beliefs of his forefathers especially in such part of Yorubaland still rigorously steeped on tradition.

And while it would be unrealistic to expect the Ooni to be able to avoid or completely abolish such traditional practices of the royal establishment, the question on many lips is whether the new Olori will be able to freely engage in her ministry of prophetess and evangelist without crossing the line.

Olori Naomi is the Ooni’s 3rd wife after Olori Wuraola. Before then, he was married to his first wife Adebukonla whom he divorced just before he was crowned as Ooni in 2016.

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Ooni married Olori Wuraola in March 2016
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Olori Bukola and the Ooni got married in 2007

 

 

 

Amosun To Announce Successor

Reports reaching us allege that the State Senator lbikunle Amosun CON,FCA,  is set to announce his successor to take over the mantle of the state leadership after he leaves office next year.

The Ogun State Governor, our sources say, will announce his Chief of Staff Chief Tolu Odebiyi as his successor and favorite to clinch the APC’s ticket for the Gubernatorial race.

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Chief Tolu Odebiyi,  who hails from lboro-Yewa, Ogun West, had his senatorial ambition side-stepped in 2015 by the leadership of his party, APC.

His father, Chief Jonathan Odebiyi, was the Minority Leader in the Second Republic Senate on platform of the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria.
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The Wentworth Institute of technology Boston, Massasuchets USA – Building Construction and Engineering graduate is described as a workaholic and a hands-on man, just like his boss.

 

Housewife Planned Her Own Kidnap To Extort N15m From Her Husband

A housewife conspired with others to plan her own kidnap and demanded a whooping N15m king size ransom from her husband.

Hadijat Kabir had been married to her husband for 27 years with four children between them.

One of the children was also”kidnapped”

hadijat said she planned her own abduction because her husband, Muraino Kabir, was not taking good care of her.

The Lagos State Police Command confirmed the arrest.

Briefing newsmen on Monday in Lagos, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said the suspect’s husband, Kabir Muraino, had reported the case at Ikotun Police Station before the suspect was arrested.

“On Aug. 2, 2018 at about 3:30pm, one Alhaji Kabir Muraino of Governor’s Road, Ikotun, reported at Ikotun Police Station that his wife, Hadijat Kabir, and daughter, Hamidat Kemi, who is of unsound mind, were kidnapped same date on their way to Psychiatric Hospital, Oshodi, Lagos.

“That the kidnappers were demanding for the sum of N15million before the hostages would be released. Based on this, I directed the Anti-Kidnapping Squad to ensure speedy rescue of the hostages and arrest of the suspects.

“Investigation revealed that the kidnappers were making their demands from a community in Ogun State, called Ado-Odo, Ado–Odo Ota LGA.


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“The operatives of the squad mobilized to the area and busted the camp of the kidnappers. The hostages were rescued and two suspects were arrested, while the rest fled the scene.

“When one of the hostages, Hadijat Kabir was being debriefed, she confessed that she planned her kidnap with the suspects arrested, to defraud her husband,” he said.

Imohimi said the case was under investigation with a view to arresting the other fleeing suspects.

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Lagos Lagoon Suicide: Update

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has called on residents of the state with useful information concerning the alleged suicide that took place on the 3rd Mainland Bridge lagoon in Lagos over the weekend to please come forward with such information.

LASEMA General Manager, Adesina Tiamiyu, says the agency is yet to receive any concrete information regarding the incident making the round on social media.

Tiamiyu said that anybody with useful information of any missing person should report to the nearest police station or any office of the agency.

“We are still carrying out our search and rescue at the lagoon. Both the Marine Police and the Lagos State Waterway Authority are still there to see if there is any floating body,’’ Tiamiyu said.

He said the owner of the Ford Explorer Sports Utility Van (SUV) trending on the social media had nothing to do with the incident.

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“He was only trying to help. He and his wife are okay,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, the Texas-based Nigerian woman, Toyin, whose photos have been going around as the person that committed suicide is fake.

Toyin is alive, another woman committed suicide but  is yet to be  been identified.

Nigerian Lawmaker Slumps And Dies While Out Jogging

A member of the Cross Rivers State House of Assembly slumped and died while on an early morning workout on Wednesday.

Steven Ukpukpen, who represents Obudu Constituency in the Cross River House of Assembly, was said to have collapsed around 7.00am along Moore Road in Calabar, while he out jogging.

All first aid efforts to revive him failed and he was later pronounced dead at the hospital he was transferred to

Cross River State governor, Senator Ben Ayade described as shocking and devastating the sad news of the lawmaker’s death.

In statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Christian Ita, the governor said the sudden passing of Ukpukpen had left him in a state of shock and disbelief.

He said he was completely numbed and bewildered that the state had lost such a vibrant intellectual who, as a lawmaker was deeply committed to the effort of his administration to build enduring legacies and bequeath strong economy for the people.

Ayade expressed regret that Ukpukpen died at such a young age, especially when the state most needed his skills and expertise.

He commiserated with the lawmaker’s immediate family, the State House of Assembly, the people Of Obudu and the entire state over the loss.

Saraki, Dogara, Tambuwal, Others To Dump APC

A meeting of aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was held last Wednesday where participants reportedly weighed several options, with majority backing the idea of a mass defection from the ruling party.

The meeting was attended by several party chieftains including  the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso.

A statement yesterday by the chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, said the meeting was called to intimate members on the outcome of an earlier meeting with the leadership of the APC.

Baraje and other members of the nPDP on Monday met with APC stakeholders over allegation of marginalization against in the ruling party.

The group, in April, demanded to meet with officials of the ruling party to discuss their grievances and expectations from the APC and the Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

“Following this development, the party invited us and we honoured their invitation for a meeting. We met with the leadership of the party last week, during which we resolved to report the outcome of our meeting to our members and stakeholders before arriving at any decision or proceeding with the next phase of discussions or actions with the APC and government,” Baraje said in the statement.

 

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Bukola Saraki, Yakubu Dogara set to dump Buhari

But on the list of the nPDP members at the Wednesday meeting provided by Baraje were names of political office holders that were never part of the nPDP or its parent party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), checks by Daily Trust on Sunday showed.

One of those in attendance at the meeting said last night that the meeting was not restricted to the members of the nPDP block in the APC alone as other ‘like-minds’ also attended.

As part of the outcome, it was learnt, there is the likelihood that the affected members would leave the party in en masse, Daily Trust on Sunday has learnt.

The source, who is a lawmaker, said they discussed issues relating to how some of them were treated during the last congresses of the party and the way forward.

The lawmaker, who was never part of the nPDP, said they may leave the party if no concrete action was taken to address their grievances.

The meeting was well attended, with some governors who could not make it sending their apologies, the source said.

“I was at the meeting as a like-mind, not as a member of the nPDP because I was never part of them. We felt that so many things are going wrong in the party. Most members of the nPDP are not well treated.

“Look at what they are doing to Dino Melaye, who is an APC senator. Even during the PDP era, nobody did such a thing to anybody. The police would drag a senator who suffered for the party on the ground and no action was taken.

“Again, if you look at the congresses held, many nPDP members were sidelined, so they need justice. But the ultimate decision taken is to give the party some time to see if they would address the issues. If they don’t, then we’ll have no option than to leave,” the source said.

Asked which party they would join in the event that their grievances are not addressed, the source said no decision was taken on that.“We all worked for the APC and we should be treated equally; that’s what we are saying,” the lawmaker added.

Another lawmaker, who is a member of the nPDP, confirmed that the meeting was for like-minds as other members also attended.

Another source, who was at the meeting, said the tone was set by the Senate president who opened the floor by speaking about the plight of the members of the nPDP in the APC.

The source said: “After Saraki spoke, he asked us what would be our next step. We told him that we thought the meeting was convened for us to pull out of the APC.”

The senator said, at the end of the meeting, they resolved to pick one of two options.

“One of the two options supported by the majority was the immediate pulling out of the APC. Almost everybody who attended the meeting supported this option.

“But the issue now is that we must forestall the repeat of what happened to us when we joined the APC. Most of the speakers said we must have concrete agreements between us and the party that we will cross to,” he said.

The second option was for them to remain in the APC and continue to consult and strategise, adding, however, that it did not go down well with majority of the aggrieved members in attendance.

“This last option was not supported by many of us. The first option was the one that majority of us supported. The meeting was well attended by almost all members of the nPDP from across the country,” he said.

Asked to name those who attended the meeting, the source who spoke after seeing the statement issued by Baraje said: “All the names listed in the statement were in attendance, but Tambuwal was just a listener at the meeting. He didn’t say anything.”

Daily Trust on Sunday gathered that the meeting set up three committees to advise it on the next line of action to take.

“The first committee has been tasked to articulate the grievances of those who attended the meeting, including nPDP members and many others that joined much later but could not be fully accommodated, a source said, adding, “The committee has been directed to look at the relationship with the APC and the presidency; how they were shoved aside by the current leadership and the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to fully resolve the problem,” the source said.

“The second committee was tasked to look at the state of the nation, including the economy and others. They were also asked to aggregate the political strength of aggrieved members in their states; the mass of people they could go along with in the event they would leave the party.

“The third committee is expected to shop for a strong political party they could join as a group so that they could negotiate from the position of strength,” he said.

Another source said the aggrieved members were already in talks with the PDP and ADC.

“Many of those that attended Wednesday’s meeting strongly feel that PDP is the party to join because Nigerians know it very well and it has structures all over.

“But the condition for joining the PDP is that the name should be changed. They want the letter ‘A’ to precede PDP so that the party would now be called ‘APDP’, and this is for two reasons. The first is to enable the party appear on top of the ballot paper so that Nigerians would find it easier to trace it. The PDP is down in the ballot; and remember that we have about 68 political parties now.

“The second reason is that in the event the ADC agrees to merge with the PDP, its first letter ‘A’ which stands for Africa that would be adopted,” he said.

“Even though the aggrieved legislators said in their communiqué that they would not leave the APC, that is not the actual case,” a source close to one of the aggrieved senators, said.

“Yes they would remain if their grievances are met, which is very unlikely because in most instances, it means that Buhari would tame governors in favour of legislators and others. The conceivable option is to leave the party. I can assure you that at present, at least 20 senators and no fewer than 100 members of the House of Representatives are set to go.

“And there would be a band wagon effect, meaning that more legislators would leave in the coming months ahead of party primaries in order to actualise their dreams.

“As things stand, with the exception of very few, many senators and reps have lost out the battle to their governors in their states after the congresses, and there are others, especially ex-governors who might likely leave despite the fact that they are in control of the APC in their states. They have security a report that the EFCC will not spare them immediately after the election,” he said.

The meeting was well attended by members of the nPDP, including serving and former governors, senators, members of the House of Representatives and other aggrieved APC stakeholders, Baraje said in the statement.

“Those that attended the meeting include Sen. Saraki, President of the Senate; Yakubu Dogara, Speaker, House of Representatives; Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto State; Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso; Prince Oyinlola, Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd); Sen. Adamu Aliero; Sen. Danjuma Goje; Sen. John Enoh; Sen. Andy Uba; Sen. Ibrahim Gobir; Sen. Rufai Ibrahim; Sen. Ibrahim Danbaba; Sen. Suleman Nazif; Sen. Isa Misau; Sen. Muhammed Shitu; Sen. Shehu Sani; Sen. Dino Melaye; Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi; Sen. Shaaba Lafiagi; Sen. Bala Ibn Na’Allah; Sen. David Umaru; Sen. Barnabas Gemade; Alh. Abubakar Baraje, chairman, former nPDP; Rep. Aminu Shagari; Rep. Kabiru Marafa Achida; Isa M. Ashiru; Hon. Muh’d Musa Soba; Hon. Mark Gbillah; Rep. Sani Mohammed Rano; Rep. Garba Umar Durbunde and Rep. Aliyu Madaki, he said.

“Others are Rep. Zakari Mohammed, Hon. Rufai Ahmed Chachangi; Hon. Razak Atunwa; Hon. Emmanuel M. Udende; Hon. Hassan Saleh; Hon. Nasiru Garo Sule; Hon. Orker Jev; Hon. Aliyu Ahman Pategi; Hon. Isah Halilu B.; Hon. Rabiu Garba Kaugama; Hon. Abdussamad Dasuki; Hon. Ismaila A. Gadaka; Hon. Lado Suleja; Hon. Dickson Tarkighir; Hon. Babatunde Kolawole; Hon. Dr. Bode Ayorinde; Hon. U. Danjuma Shida; Hon. Danburam Nuhu; Hon. Sunday Adepoju; Hon. Sani Zorro; Hon. Ahmed Garba Bichi; and Hon. Garba Ibrahim Mohammed, among others.”

A source close to Dogara confirmed that the Speaker attended the meeting.

Dogara has been having a running battle with the Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abubakar.

Dogara did not attend any of the APC congresses held in the state.

Prior to the state congress held last week, he and other notable personalities such as Senator Isa Hamma Misau and Nazif Gamawa approached a court to stop the congress.

Contacted, the special adviser to Saraki on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said he was not aware of any meeting between his principal and other members of the APC.

“I do not know anything about the meeting. You said a statement had been issued, why can’t you stick to it?” Olaniyonu said in a phone interview.

 

Original story from PMNews