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Pomp, Pageantry As Makinde Installs 42nd Olubadan

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Senator Dr Moshood Olalekan Balogun has been officially installed as the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland. He ascended the throne after 33 years of ascendancy protocol. The unique selection method of the traditional rulers in Ibadanland.

Oba Balogun who became Mogaji of the Aliwo family in the Ibadan North-East local government area was presented with staff and instrument of office by the state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde at the ancient Mapo Hall, Ibadan on Friday.

The presentation was done shortly after the Kabiyesi left Ipebi at Ile Labosinde and Ose Meji shrine at Oja‘ba in Ibadan South East local government area at 12:35 pm.

Presenting the staff and instrument of office at an occasion which had in attendance the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the former Vice-President, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi and Etsu of Nupe, AbdulYahaya Abubakar, Makinde said the presentation was done in accordance with the state Chieftaincy law.

His words, “by the power conferred on me as the Executive Governor of Oyo State under the Oyo state traditional law, I hereby present the Staff of Office to the 42nd Olubadan of Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Moshood Isola Olalekan Balogun.”

The presentation was greeted by traditional gun salutes by the local hunters in accordance with the Yoruba customs and beliefs.

Also, the indigenes and non-indigenes of Ibadanland who were in attendance lit up the arena with singing and dancing.

The newly crowned Olubadan could not hide his feelings, as insisted that he must deliver his inaugural address while standing.

Olubadan’s address

Let me stand up, after all, His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde performed the presentation while standing. I thank you very much for the presentation of staff of office. I thank you all, especially Baba Alaafin and other traditional rulers in attendance. Thank you once again.

I am assuring you that I will not let the people of Ibadan and Nigeria down. Once again, I welcome you all to the capital city of Africa.

The Olubadan inaugural address which was later followed by Governor Makinde’s short but incisive speech drew applause from the audience who were hoping that his tenure would witness an unprecedented peace.

Governor Makinde

Governor Makinde admonished the traditional rulers for the role they are playing in sustaining peace in the Country.

He, however, advised them not to be involved in partisan politics, adding that they should leave politics to politicians and concentrate on the governance of their subjects.

Prof Yemi Osinbajo

The Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo who acted like a big masquerade that always performs last at a special function conveyed the greetings of President Muhammadu Buhari to the newly installed monarch and prayed for long life and peaceful reign.

He said the ancient city of Ibadan has a record of many first with the first University in Africa, first television station in Africa, WNTV, home of the first Football club, IICC to win a continental trophy and the first tallest building in West Africa, Cocoa House.

Osinbajo said Ibadan is home to notable politicians in the Country, in the likes of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and a host of others.

He, thereby, urged the newly crowned king to bring to bear his wealth of experience as a university scholar, lawmaker cum politician and seasoned administrator in the governance of his subjects.

 

Brief history

Oba Balogun was born into the royal family of Aliwo on 18th October 1942. He attended CAC Secondary Modern School now Oba Akinyele, Anlugbua and proceeded to Rapid Result college univ, United Kingdom and Brunel University in 1963. He was a research fellow at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and Head of Recruitment, British Petroleum company and ventured into politics in 1983.

Dignitaries in attendance

The Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Ekiti state governor and Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi, his Ogun state counterpart, Dapo Abiodun, Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, Ondo state governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, the Deputy Governor of State, former Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Senator Monsura Sunmonu.

Others are; the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, the Olugbo of Ugbo, Oba Obateru Akinruntan, the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Primate Emeritus, Methodist Church of Nigeria, Sunday Makinde and Orangun of Oke Ila, Oba Abolarinwa.

 

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From Boardroom To Politics, Ex-First Bank Boss Eyes Oyo Governor’s Seat

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Adesola Adeduntan, the erstwhile Managing Director of First Bank has been named as one of the would-be successors of the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde come 2027.

 

The banker who was allegedly eased out of banking for some undisclosed misdemeanors is claimed to have began consultations as he charts a new path in politics.

 

Sources hinted that Adeduntan had been interested in an elective position but his participation was measured because of his banking career. But now, the coast is clear and he is already aligning himself with some stakeholders ahead of 2027.

 

A list of names including Ilaji boss, Dotun Sanusi, Taofeek Arapaja, Stanley Olajide and many more has features as interested minds gunning for the number one seat in Oyo, a list Adeduntan has recently joined.

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Ex First Bank Boss, Afonja Dies In Auto Crash

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-Femi Bamgbose

 

Details have emerged on Monday, 20th May, 2024 regarding the tragic death of a former Chairman of First Bank Plc, Ajibola Afonja.

 

The 82 year-old man was said to have died in a car accident.

 

The accident occurred somewhere around Oyo town.

 

Sources hinted papermacheonline that the former Minister popularly known by his company name ‘IDS’ Integrated Dimensional System was rushed to the University College Hospital, Ibadan where he eventually gave up the ghost.

 

The news spread like wildfire within the society circle across Oyo State where Afonja was highly revered.

 

Family sources claimed he would be buried today according to Islamic rites.

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‘How Yahaya Bello Withdrew Almost $1M From Kogi Account To Pay Child’s School Fees’ EFCC boss, Olukoyede

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The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ola Olukoyede, has revealed that a former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, transferred $720,000 from the government’s coffers to a bureau de change before leaving office to pay in advance for his child’s school fee.

 

Olukoyede revealed this during an interview with journalists on Tuesday in Abuja.

 

He said, “A sitting governor, because he knows he is going, moved money directly from government to bureau de change, used it to pay the child’s school fee in advance, $720,000 in advance, in anticipation that he was going to leave the Government House.

 

“In a poor state like Kogi, and you want me to close my eyes to that under the guise of ‘I’m being used.’ Being used by who at this stage of my life?”

 

 

Olukoyede further stated that he personally reached out to Bello, offering him a chance to clarify the situation in a respectful setting within the EFCC office but the ex-governor reportedly declined to cooperate, citing fears of harassment from an unnamed woman.

 

The EFCC boss added, “I didn’t initiate the case; I inherited the case file. I called for the file, and I said there are issues here.

 

“On my own, I called him, which I am not supposed to do, just to honour him as an immediate past governor. ‘Sir, there are issues. I’ve seen this case file. Can you just come let us clarify these issues?’

 

 

“He said, ‘Ha! Thank you, my brother. I know, but I can’t come. There’s one lady that has surrounded EFCC with over 100 people to come and embarrass me and intimitade me.’

 

Bello was said to have suggested that the EFCC come to his village rather than conduct an investigation at the agency’s quarters.

 

“I said if that is the issue, I’m going to pass you through my own gate, and you will come to my floor. We will accord you that respect. I will invite my operatives; they will interrogate and interview you in my own office. What could be more honourable than that to allay the fear?

 

“You know what he said: ‘Thank you, sir, but can’t they come to my village? Olukoyede added.

 

The chairman also highlighted the agency’s achievements during his tenure, stating, “We have recovered close to 120 billion and secured over 1,600 convictions in six months.

 

“I’m so passionate about the need for us to move forward in this country. We need the EFCC to survive. There are so many victims that we have wiped tears off their eyes, people that have been swindled in their millions. Every day, we keep recovering money for victims.”

 

PUNCH Online reports that the EFCC chairman, Olukoyede, has vowed to resign from his position if Yahaya Bello is not prosecuted.

 

The EFCC is seeking to arraign Bello on 19 counts bordering on alleged money laundering, breach of trust, and misappropriation of funds to the tune of N80.2 billion.

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