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Ikeja Royal Families Okay Real Estate Expert, Tajudeen Muritala, As Monarch-Designate



In an effort to end a 9-year-old dispute over the Ikeja kingdom’s vacant throne, the royal families have picked a real estate expert, Tajudeen Muritala, as the new monarch for the community

The families said that they decided to pick Tajudeen as their preferred candidate to ascend the kingdom’s traditional throne due to his lineage as a royal son from the Osooja Royal Family and to end the interregnum that had affected the community from having a leader.

Aside from unveiling the real estate expert, the family hinted that they have also written to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to inform him of their conclusions and for an official declaration of their preferred candidate for the throne.

Members of the royal families unveiled Tajudeen on Thursday after signing documents to indicate that Tajudeen was their preferred candidate and that he should be installed as the new monarch for the kingdom.

The decision was reached during a meeting that was also attended by elders of the community, principal members, youths, and community members that also threw their weight behind the decision reached by the family.

It was learnt that plans have also been concluded to commence the traditional rites for the real estate expert before assuming the Ikeja kingdom throne.

The new monarch was unveiled during a press briefing in Ikeja and was attended by members of the three royal families, Iyade, and Oshoja as well as representatives from the families.

Some representatives of the families include one of the heads of the family, Chief Olushola Coker, Oluwo of Ikejaland, Chief Mureni Illo, Prince Saheed Afariogun, Prince Jamiu Folami, Prince Jamiu Obidairo, and the Iyaloja of Ikeja, Princess Mutiat Folami.

Speaking to newsmen during a press briefing in Ikeja, Coker stressed that Tajudeen’s selection was a unanimous decision of the royal families in Ikeja kingdom and that the name was picked while scrutinizing all candidates shortlisted to assume the throne with the criteria of Obaship within the royal families.

He noted that the same agreement was reached earlier and formed the content of their letter earlier sent in 2016 to the former governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, for approval which was not done before leaving office.

According to him, about 40 heads of different sub-families from the royal families signed the agreement documents and asked the government to approve Tajudeen as their preferred candidate from the Oshoja royal family.

The head of the family and other members appealed to the government to give consent to their chosen candidate and to quickly give him the staff of office.

Addressing newsmen after his unveiling, Tajudeen, the Olu of Ikeja-designate, described his selection as a welcome development and that it is what had been destined by God for him, saying I accept it and I am ready to serve the people of Ikeja effectively.

He added that his selection was a call to serve the people and to ensure that the palace worked for the progress of every individual irrespective of their status in the kingdom.

According to him, efforts would be intensified to ensure that the youths in the kingdom become gainfully employed.

The newly elected candidate for the throne, meanwhile, said that his doors were open for collaboration on the development of the community, adding that when installed, he would not administer the kingdom in isolation.
Furthermore, the king-designate noted that his reign would stop at nothing in ensuring that Ikeja kingdom remains safe and secure for all irrespective of tribe, religion, and political affiliations.

He noted that while security cannot be left alone for the government, he would immediately initiate engagement with relevant security agencies on the best approach to adopt in nipping the challenges in the bud.

“Part of my priority areas after ascending the throne will be security. Talking about security, I understand Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is doing his best to keep all Lagosians safe, but we must not leave the security of lives and property at his doorstep alone.

“As the representative of my people, I will initiate relevant conversations and exploit Ikeja status in Lagos to further protect the people and drive out those behind subtle attacks and robbery in the area.

“We know we have issues to deal with in Ikeja in terms of miscreants who have turned the area into a hotspot in robbing law-abiding residents off their belongings, and we will do all within our power to protect our people by working with relevant security agencies in protecting resident in the kingdom.

“We all know Ikeja is one of the revered economic hubs in the state, housing several businesses and even the government secretariat, governor’s seat, and House of Assembly. It is the center of attraction and I can assure the residents and business owners that the lost glory in terms of security will be restored while we will stop at nothing to make sure that Ikeja, and Lagos, in general, remain safe and secure,” he said.

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Niger Govt Declares Two-Day Holiday For PVC Registration, Collection



Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has declared Thursday, 30th June 2022, and Friday, 1st July 2022 as state-wide public holidays to enable the people of Niger State to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

The governor made the declaration in a press statement signed on Thursday by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane in Minna.

The holiday, he said, is to enable civil servants, public office holders, and citizens of the State who have attained the age of 18 years or lost their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) or even changed their locations to take advantage of the ongoing INEC Continuous Voters Registration Exercise and obtain their Permanent Voters Card (PVCs).

Governor Bello equally directed all Commissioners, Special Advisers, and top government officials to proceed to their respective Local Governments to sensitize and mobilize the general public to come out en-mass to register and obtain their Voter Cards before the closing date announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“At the end of the exercise, Commissioners and Special Advisers are expected to render reports on the outcome of the exercise in their Local Government Areas, the statement stressed. Voters Card remains the only tool that allows people to elect credible candidates of their choice,” the statement read.

While asking everyone to come out in large numbers to obtain their voter cards, the governor then tasked every political Appointee to submit reports on the outcome of the exercise in their local government areas.

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Money Laundry Trial: Permit Me To Travel Abroad For Medical Treatment – Okorocha Begs Court



Senator Rochas Okorocha has sought an order of a Federal High Court, Abuja, granting him leave to travel to the United States (U.S.) for medical treatment.

Okorocha, through his lawyer, Daniel Alumun, made this known on Thursday when the matter came up before Justice Inyang Ekwo, NAN reports.

Alumun, however, informed the court shortly after his case was mentioned, that he was unable to serve the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the complainant, respondent motion.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the EFCC counsel was not in court.

Justice Ekwo consequently adjourned the matter until July 6 for a hearing of the motion.

In a motion on notice marked: FHC /ABJ/CS/28/2022 dated June 22 and filed June 27 by Okey Amaechi, SAN, Okorocha sought an order granting him leave to travel outside Nigeria for medical treatment; and return before Nov. 7, being the next adjourned date for his trial.

The senator representing Imo West Senatorial District also sought a consequential order for the release of his Nigerian international travel passport booklet, which was deposited with the court registrar in partial fulfilment of the conditions for the bail granted to him.

He further sought for “a consequential order that reliefs(1} and (2) above be communicated by the registrar of this honourable court to the Nigerian Immigration Service, to facilitate the passage of the applicant.

“An order directing the 1st defendant/applicant to return his international passport to the registrar of the honourable court upon his return to Nigeria.”

The lawmaker, who gave three grounds why the reliefs sought should be granted, said he was admitted to bail pending trial in charge number, FHC/ABJ/28/2022.

He said he has duly complied with all the terms of the bail including depositing his travel documents with the registrar of the court.

He said prior to his arraignment, he had “undergone medical surgery at the Ambulatory Surgery Centre, Texas, in the US for distal femur fracture, which he sustained in an accident.”

Okorocha said he has been on regular/scheduled care and treatment at the same Ambulatory Surgery Center, where he has been scheduled for further medical tests, observation and treatment on July 19, 2022, or immediately thereafter.

The former governor is being tried for alleged money laundry during his time as Imo helmsman.

Others arraigned alongside Okorocha are Anyim Chinenye, Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited as 2nd to 7th defendants respectively

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Just in: 38 Nigerians Deported From UK Arrive Lagos



No fewer than 38 Nigerians deported from the United Kingdom, in the early hours on Thursday, arrived in Lagos.

According to authorities in Nigeria, the deportees, who are mainly mothers and grandmothers, arrived the Murtala Muhammed international Airport, Ikeja.

They arrived in Lagos early this morning with one Home Office charter flight.

It was gathered that some members of LGBTQ communities seeking asylum were among the deportees.

Some of the deportees claimed they have lived in the United Kingdom for many years.

However, the Nigeria Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Britush Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, the deportation bothers on violation of immigration-related offences.

It was gathered that the deportees were later conveyed to yet to be ascertained locations.

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