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Danger as another NNPC pipeline may explode in Alagbole, Lagos suburb soon!

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Residents of Alagbole Cele bus stop, a busy Community in Lagos/Ogun State suburb are currently living in probable tension, as pipeline vandals are said to be scooping fuel from the shallow pipe that passed through the community.

Just like it happened few days ago at Abule-egba in Lagos, residents of this community said they have been noticing activities of vandals around the area as the whole environment now smells of petroleum products.

Some even alledged that they have been noticing night movements of suspected vandal’s vehicles at odd hours. They said if care is not taken, the Abule-egba experience may be just a little story compared to the magnitude of destruction this alagbole pipeline might caused.

I paid a visit to the environment yesterday, Saturday January 25, 2020 to witness what the residents described as a very disturbing odour of petroleum products and to my dismay, the community is actually sleeping on a loaded barrel. The entire Ifelodun community (they are the closest) smells as if they were bathing with petrol. The odour was so obvious that people gathered in twos to discuss it.

They were equally discussing the suspicious movement of an unidentified military man who always disappeared into the tick forest moments after being noticed around the area.

Although bushy, the pipeline was cleared recently and a joint military force monitoring the activities of vandals were around to check few days ago, but with this latest development, hardly would you see anyone around that area that can sleep with both eyes closed.

One of the residents of the area who simply identified himself as Mr. Olatunji said, “few days ago, I heard that the community arrested a man who was seen with kegs of fuel and some packaged inside nylon materials but, it seems as if the issue have been buried.”

Mr. Olatunji therefore, called on the Lagos and Ogun State Governors to as a matter of urgency address the situation before it becomes a catastrophe.

Activities of vandals have in the couple of days ago, caused serious havoc in Lagos State, most recently the Abule-egba, Lagos State pipeline explosion.

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Oluwo of Iwo fumes over 6 months’ suspension

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Oluwo of Iwo fumes over 6 months' suspension

Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, who is the traditional ruler of Iwo kingdom in Osun state, has denied that he was suspended for six months by the state’s traditional rulers’ council.

The Witness had reported earlier that the traditional ruler of Iwo kingdom in Osun state was suspended for claims of dragging the council’s name into disrepute.

It was gathered that the state council at its emergency meeting held at the Finance Building at the State Secretariat on Friday, February 21, banned the Oluwo from attending its meetings and also constituted a committee headed by Orangun of Ila, Oba Wahab Adedotun to further investigate the matter.

Oba Wahab Adedotun, the Orangun of Ila, in his address to reporters after the meeting, said the decision was not taken as a result of the alleged fight between the Oluwo and Agbowu but due to his conduct to other traditional rulers in Yorubaland, including the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Alake of Egbaland and the Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

The Oluwo was alleged to have punched a fellow monarch, the Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa, Oba Dhikurulahi Akinropo during a peace meeting at the instance of the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone XI, Bashir Makama at his office in the state on the dispute between the monarch and members of Iwo traditional rulers council.

Reacting to the report of his suspension, the Oluwo said it is unprofessional of the respected Osun State traditional council meeting to make such pronouncement without the approval of the state government.

Oba Akanbi said the argument for the suspension was out of context, saying the reason the emergency meeting was summoned by the council was not addressed and that he was surprised to note that his purported suspension for his conduct against certain traditional rulers is strange to the traditional institution book of history and will never stand.

The statement reads as thus; “I was never suspended. The suspension reported by the media is just from the monthly Osun State Traditional Council meeting which is subject to the approval of the state government.

“It is sad to note that Osun State traditional council could be so political. They said I was rude to Alake, Ooni and Alaafin. And the same Ooni presided over the same meeting that purportedly pronounced my suspension from the Osun State traditional council meeting.

“If this should stand, many monarchs will not be encouraged to regard the council. It is just an audio pronouncement and an insult to the state government without consultation by the council

“We were invited to address the allegation that I punched another Oba. The AIG and the government officials presence came to the meeting as witnesses and gave account that I didn’t beat any Oba.

“Maybe because the truth from the witnesses didn’t go with their expectation, they hatched unfounded excuse to make an audio suspension”

“It is pure political and there are many things attached but we keep mute to see how far this will stand,” the statement added.

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Oluwo of Iwo suspended for 6 months

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Oluwo of Iwo fumes over 6 months' suspension

Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, who is the traditional ruler of Iwo kingdom in Osun state, has been suspended for six months by the state’s traditional rulers’ council.

The Witness reports that the traditional ruler of Iwo kingdom in Osun state was suspended for claims of dragging the council’s name into disrepute.

It was gathered that the state council at its emergency meeting held at the Finance Building at the State Secretariat on Friday, February 21, banned the Oluwo from attending its meetings and also constituted a committee headed by Orangun of Ila, Oba Wahab Adedotun to further investigate the matter.

Oba Wahab Adedotun, the Orangun of Ila, in his address to reporters after the meeting, said the decision was not taken as a result of the alleged fight between the Oluwo and Agbowu but due to his conduct to other traditional rulers in Yorubaland, including the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Alake of Egbaland and the Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

The Oluwo was alleged to have punched a fellow monarch, the Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa, Oba Dhikurulahi Akinropo during a peace meeting at the instance of the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone XI, Bashir Makama at his office in the state on the dispute between the monarch and members of Iwo traditional rulers council.

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Lagos govt, NTDC partner to strengthen tourism

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The Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf has said that the state government was prepared to collaborate with the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) to strengthen tourism in the state and in Nigeria.

Speaking during a visit to the Director-General of the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mr. Folorunsho Coker aka Folly Coker in Abuja on Wednesday, Akinbile-Yusuf said that her ministry would take advantage of the unique opportunity provided by NTDC to reach out to major tourism stakeholders in Africa.

“This collaboration will provide us with the opportunity to further market Lagos as a must-visit destination in Africa and the world.

“Lagos State is prepared to collaborate with NTDC in areas that will give recognition to creative arts and tourism development.

“Lagos is a preferred destination for business, leisure and entertainment,’’ she said.

Reacting, Mr Folorunsho Coker called on state governments to collaborate with Federal Government in the joint efforts to boost tourism in their localities.

He said that the visit was necessitated by the need for states to collaborate with the Federal Government to effectively tap into tourism potential in their localities.

The Director General urged other states in the federation to emulate Lagos in its rapprochement towards the Federal Government for mutual benefits of both levels of government.

“When the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government come together on a project, success is guaranteed. It is like saying when both parties clap, the whole of Africa will hear.

“Tourism has huge revenue generating potential and it is good for government at all levels to come together and tap optimum benefits of these potential,’’ Coker said.

He urged other states in the federation to emulate Lagos State by mapping out collaborative strategies with the federal government to develop tourism and other sectors of the economy.

Akinbile-Yusuf was accompanied on the visit by Mr Babatubnde Olaide-Mesewaku, Permanent Secretary, Lagos Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and other top officials of the ministry.

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