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Oyomesi Dares Makinde, Drags Him to Court over Alaafin Selection



The stool of Alaafin of Oyo, a foremost Yoruba Monarch is currently vacant, with the passing of the forty-eight paramount ruler, Oba Lamidi Atanda Adeyemi 11 since February 23rd, 2002, aged eighty-two.

However, all efforts by the Oyomesi, the traditional Kingmakers to select a successor have always hit a rock.
It was gathered that the conflict between the Oyomesi and governor arose over who to announce as the 47th Alaafin of Oyo. While the Oyomesi preferred a certain younger candidate, the governor has his eyes firmly fixed on an elderly retired Clergy as the next Alaafin of Oyo.

Therefore, the Oyomesi, to avoid ‘unpalatable consequences’, according to a source close to a high ranking chief, has decided to approach the Judiciary to stop the Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde ‘from aborting the process for the selection/appointment of the candidate for filling the vacant stool of Alaafin of Oyo duly conducted by the kingmakers of Alaafin of Oyo Chieftaincy’.

The source disclosed to that towards this end, a suit with number HOY/38/2023 has been filed before the Oyo State High Court sitting in Oyo town.
The claimants in the suit, gathered are the five members of the Oyomesi, the kingmakers.
They are seeking a court injunction restraining the governor and his agents “from aborting the process for the selection/appointment of the candidate for filling the vacant stool of Alaafin of Oyo duly conducted by the kingmakers of Alaafin of Oyo Chieftaincy.”

The kingmakers who filed the suit are the Bashorun of Oyo, High Chief Yusuf Layinka; Lagunna of Oyo, High Chief Wakeel Oyedepo; Akinniku of Oyo, High Chief Amusa Yusuf; Areago Bashorun, Chief Wahab Oyetunji; and the Alapo of Oyo, Chief Gbadebo Mufutau.

Apart from Makinde, also listed as defendants in the suit are the Oyo State Attorney General, and the state’s Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
The kingmakers explained that they had at a meeting on September 30, 2023, unanimously selected one Prince Lukuman Gbadegesin as the next Alaafin of Oyo to fill the ancient stool, which has become vacant since February last year, following the passing of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, who was the 45th Alaafin of Oyo.

The kingmakers are praying the court to restrain the Oyo State Governor and his agents from nullifying the choice of Gbadegesin and “approving or recognising any other candidate” as the next Alaafin “after a duly conducted process for the filling of the vacant stool of Alaafin of Oyo in accordance with the native law, custom and Chieftaincy Declaration of Alaafin of Oyo Chieftaincy.”

The kingmakers also want the court to restrain the governor and the other defendants from removing them as Oyo kingmakers or “dissolving the Oyomesi in Council or appointing or selecting warrant chiefs to conduct or start a fresh process for the filling of the vacant stool of Alaafin of Oyo.”
They want the court to stop the defendants from “harassing, disturbing, preventing or stopping the claimants from carrying on their traditional functions and responsibilities as kingmakers of Alaafin of Oyo Chieftaincy.”

Meanwhile, gathered that based a petition by one of the aspirants to the throne of Alaafin, some members of the Oyo kingmakers were on October 18 invited and grilled by the operatives of the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegations of bribery and financial inducements during the process of the selection of the new Alaafin.

It was gathered that the petitioner alleged that the kingmakers collected bribes running into millions of naira to favour a particular candidate, hence the decision of EFCC to summon them for questioning.
It was learnt that the kingmakers who honoured the EFCC invitation were accompanied by their lawyers and were asked to write statements, after which they were allowed to go.
No date, however, has been fixed for the hearing of the suit filed by the kingmakers.
Recalled had earlier posted a story on the tension being generated within Oyo town and outside over the stand-off in the selection of the new monarch.
Tension, anxiety currently enveloped the ancient town of Oyo, Oyo State, South West, Nigeria over the refusal of the Oyo State Government to announce the successor to the departed paramount monarch of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Atanda Adeyemi III, the Alaafin of Oyo. recalled that the late paramount ruler, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi joined his ancestors in February 23, 2022. He was eighty three years.
Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III reigned for 51 years, which is the longest reign of any Alaafin of Oyo in known modern recorded history.
Following the transition of late Alaafin, Oba Adeyemi III, the head of the Oyomesi, Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Yusuf Akinade Ayoola, assumed the role of the regent to take over the affairs of the palace, pending the appointment of a new Alaafin.

Basorun, historically, has the final say on the nomination of a new Alaafin and his power rivalling the king himself.
According to history, the Oyo empire was a monarchical system which was headed by Alaafin, as the king.
However, an administrative council and governing body made up of chiefs, Oyomesi, serves to maintain a balance in power.
Members of Oyomesi were headed by a prime minister called Basorun which could request the king’s suicide by sending him a calabash of parrot’s eggs.
Basorun has the power to organise religious festivals in addition to becoming Commander in Chief of the Oyo Army which gave him tremendous independent religious authority.
But since the demise of the Oba Adeyemi III, learnt that all the processes for selection of a successor have been completed and forwarded to the State Government for announcement and proclamation.

One of the sixty five princes, who indicated their intention to occupy the vacant stool spoke with our Correspondent under strict confidentiality in Lagos last weekend. He was worried that the most important traditional institution of the ancient town of Oyo is being gradually eroded by ‘unnecessary politics’.
According to him, ‘I know they may not pick me. Not because I am not qualify. I am duly qualify. I have everything they may ask for. But I do not have any political godfather to learn on. No politician to push my case’, he lamented.

‘All what I want is for somebody qualified, capable, to be announced fast’, he believed this will calm the tension building up in the ancient town over the selection of a successor to Oba Adeyemi.
But in a twist, a document has suddenly emerged revealing the identity of whom the Oyo Mesi, a group of kingmakers, actually selected as the new Alaafin of Oyo.

The Oyo Mesi, a group of kingmakers in Oyo, according to the document, reportedly unanimously picked Prince Lukman Gbadegesin from the Agunloye Ruling House. His name was said to have been forwarded to the State Government since September last year.
The document, believed to be a proclamation document and a court judgment attached, was signed by the five living Oyo Mesi members and two warrant chiefs selected by the government to replace deceased Oyo Mesi members.

The proclamation reads, “We hereby proclaim Prince Lukman Adelodun Gbadegesin the new Alaafin.”
The kingmakers said they received a list of 82 aspiring princes from the Baba Iyaji of Oyo, the head of all princes, Mukaila Afonja.

As the proclamation shows, all the kingmakers signed for Mr Gbadegesin, whose grandfather, Alaafin Bello Gbadegesin Ladigbolu II, was the predecessor of the immediate past Alaafin Adeyemi III.
By Oyo tradition and the Alaafin Chieftaincy Declaration, Baba Iyaji is empowered to collect the names of aspiring princes from the next ruling house and transmit them to the Bashorun, the head of Oyo Mesi.

The Bashorun would then convene a meeting of the kingmakers to take a vote, and the prince, with a simple majority, is to be proclaimed Alaafin.
According to the law, an aspirant or the ruling house has 21 days to petition the government to challenge the selection. But no such petition was written.
However, after the expiration of the 21-day window, a prince, Hakeem Ladigbolu, approached the court to set aside the selection process.

But in a judgment given on December 19, 2023, an Oyo State High Court in Oyo Town, upheld the process leading to the selection of Gbadegesin, court papers show. But despite the proclamation by the Oyo Mesi and the court judgment upholding the process, the government has yet to make a formal stand.

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Real Reasons Makinde Refuses To Announce New Alaafin



Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State

Some fresh facts have started emerging why Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State rejected the candidate selected by the body of Oyomesi,(Kingmakers) in Oyo Town, to succeed the departed Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Atanda Adeyemi 11.

The late monarch died on April 22, 2022 and since then, over nineteen months, a successor is yet to be announced.
No less than sixty-five princess from the Agunloye Ruling House, including an octogenarian priest, Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu, did put in an application to succeed the late flamboyant monarch. But after a laborious exercise, that lasted about four months, the Oyomesi claimed that they have submitted a name to the Executive Governor since 30 September, 2022.
The Governor on his part neither confirmed nor denied being in possession of a recommended name from the Oyomesi. But he just kept mute and refused to announced a name.

The body of Oyomesi however, speculatively approached the State High Court, sitting in oyo town, when they suspected that the Governor might announced a different candidate from their preferred choice. The case is still pending before the State Chief Judge who is yet to assign it to a trial Judge.
But in a new twists, gathered in the ancient town of Oyo that the Governor ‘might be protecting the ancient stool from despoliation by his tardiness in announcing a substantive Alaafin’.

Since 1823, Sokoto Caliphate has had a near obsession to annex Oyo into its estate, using the proxy emirate at Ilorin.
A source revealed to that there are a lot of external influences circling around the Oyomesi trying to influence the selection process.
It was further revealed that a prince with very deep affiliation to the Caliphate through Ilorin, and had gotten the support of the Sultan of Sokoto had successfully infiltrated the Oyomesi to influence the successor of Adeyemi III.

The prince was said to have the confidence of the Chief Imam of Oyo Town and that of the Muslims’ Rights Council (MURIC), in his bid to ascend the throne.
‘These people put immense pressure on the Bashorun to compromise the selection process, so that he can recommend the selection of a prince with Fulani blood’.
‘This prince’, further gathered, ‘has more loyalty to Usman Dan Fodio philosophy and heritage than the Yoruba heritage’.

Governor Makinde was said to have seen through the shenanigans and decided to outrightly cancelled the selection process and ordered a fresh one, which the Oyomesi strongly objected to.
The source revealed that ‘Governor Seyi Makinde rejected the process at the risk of his second term in office and insisted on a new selection process with total autonomy of the Oyomesi from Sokoto/Ilorin Fulani caliphate’s influence’.

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EFCC Arraigns 11 OAU Undergraduates for Alleged Internet Fraud



Eleven of the sixty-nine students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, arrested by the operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday (31 October) over alleged fraudulent internet activities have been charged to court.

The remaining fifty-eight arrested students have since been released.
The students were arraigned before Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, Osogbo for their alleged involvement in internet fraud. recalled that about 69 students of the institution were arrested over alleged fraudulent internet activities at the end of the operation. The operation reportedly lasted between about 1.40 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Wednesday. The suspects were ferried to the EFCC zonal office in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital for interrogations.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Dele Oyewale, on Tuesday (07 November).
Oyewale said the defendants were arraigned on different count charges, ranging from one to six charges, as preferred against them by the EFCC.
The defendants are: Perekebena Olombeni Micah, Nnekwelugo Nnaemeka, Moyosore Favour Oluwasakin, Aghwaritoma Wisdom Obaro, Daniel Olashile Maiye, Gbolahan Khalid Adesina, Yinka Temitope Jayeola, Olumuyiwa Emmanuel Adeleye, Abiola Emmanuel Oluwadare, Busari Abdulazeez Ayodeji and Okesipe Tobiloba Paul.

Nine of the defendants were arraigned on one-count charge each, while the remaining two: Micah and Obaro, had six-count charges filed against each of them.
One of the counts reads: “That you, Perekebena Olombeni Micah sometimes in 2023 in Osogbo, Osun State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did fraudulently impersonated the name – Pies through your Whatsapp account phone number +1(414)367-9473 by claiming that you are an American Female in love with your victims in the United States of America with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015.”

Another count reads: “That you, Aghwaritoma Wisdom Obaro on or about 1st November, 2023 at Ile-Ife, Osun State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonated by representing yourself to be a white man by name Alex Stephens from United States of America to one Megan Johnson, through your Google Chat and your email address ( with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015.”

Upon their arraignments, they all pleaded “not guilty” to the charges when they were read to them.
Consequently, prosecution counsel, Oluwatoyin Owodunni, prayed the court for trial dates and the remand of the defendants in a Correctional Centre.
In response, defence counsels to Ayodeji, Adesina, Oluwasakin, Micah, Adeleye and Okesipe informed the court of “motions for bail applications” filed on behalf of their clients, which have been served on the prosecution, therefore urging the court to admit the six defendants to bail in the most liberal terms.

Justice Ayo-Emmanuel, having listened to the prayers of both parties, admitted Ayodeji, Adesina, Oluwasakin, Micah, Adeleye and Okesipe to bail.
Ayodeji, Adesina, Oluwasakin, Adeleye and Okesipe were admitted to bail in the sum of N2 million each, while Micah was granted bail in the sum of N3 million.
Other bail conditions are: two sureties in like sum, first surety must be the defendant’s father or mother; the second surety must be a relative, sibling, clergy or civil servant with the Osun State Government; the sureties must depose to an affidavit of means and both residential and office addresses of the sureties, as well as their statuses, must be provided and verified by the court registrar.

The judge adjourned the matters to November 29 and December 12, 2023 respectively for commencement of trial and remanded the defendants at the Ilesha Correctional Centre, Osun State pending the perfection of their bail conditions.

The defendants were among the 69 suspected internet fraudsters arrested on November 1, 2023 at Oduduwa Estate area of Ile-Ife in Osun State following actionable intelligence on their alleged involvement in fraudulent internet-related activities.

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Nigerians Says No as Labour Declare Strike



Organised Labour, consisting of the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress, (TUC), have been advised to shelve their proposed nationwide strike slated to take off on November 14.

Many Nigerians spoken to were particularly displeased that the workers could be contemplating such an economic debilitating move at this point in time, when the nation is grasping for breath economically. recalled that the leadership of the two unions on Tuesday (07 November) declared a total nationwide strike effective November 14, 2023.
The leadership of the two unions reached the resolution after an extraordinary National Executive Council meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.
The leadership of the NLC and the TUC had summoned what the unions described as an extraordinary NEC meeting.

The aim of the meeting was to review the modalities of the planned strike following the brutalisation of the National President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, review of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Federal Government and the organised labour on October 2, 2023, following the removal of the subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit which the labour centres said has caused “untold hardship” to Nigerians.

The labour unions had, on Friday, issued a five-day ultimatum over the earlier arrest of the National President of the NLC, by the police in Owerri, Imo State, on Wednesday.
The labour centres demanded the redeployment of the commissioner of police in the state and the arrest and prosecution of the aide of the government who was alleged to have perpetrated the attack.

The unions also threatened to embark on a nationwide industrial action if their demands were not met in five days from Friday.
But a Labour Lawyer, Mr. Richard Akinola counselled the unions to perish the plan, at least for now.
He wrote, ‘dear NLC, l was one person that came out unapologetically to condemn the brutalization of your president, Joe Ajaero in Imo state and l still stand by that condemnation.
‘However, by declaring a national strike over that assault is stretching your luck too far. You have trivialized strike as a tool that nobody takes you serious again. You have demystified yourself and the potency of strike. So, you mean workers in Maiduguri would go on strike because of what happened in imo?

He added that ‘you people mean employers who have no trade dispute with their workers would shut down in this struggling economy and you expect them to pay the workers? When you abuse the power of strike, it loses its potency. You guys must be joking’, he warned the workers.

An Ikeja based businessman, Engr. Charles Nwaneke was more furious. He lamented the huge wage bills he had to contends with every month, and now the workers are planning to disrupt what was left of his staggering business.

He urged the workers to always towed a path of peace and development. recalled that NLC President, Ajaero was arrested by the police ahead of the state-wide protest in Imo on Wednesday. This was disclosed by the NLC’s Head of Information, Benson Upah.

Although the police denied arresting Ajaero, stating that he was merely taken into protective custody to prevent a mob attack, the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, accused the labour leader of meddling in the political affairs of the state.

The attack on the labour leader has been condemned by many prominent Nigerians and civil society organisations, including the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 elections, Peter Obi, and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN).

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