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Opobo Community Gets Chief After 127 Years

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Chief Prince Saturday Jaja House, in the King Jaja Group of Houses, Opobo Town, Rivers State witnessed a mammoth crowd of guests from all walks of life recently, when one of its distinguished and illustrious sons was traditionally installed as successor to the stool that was vacant for the past years after the death of Late Chief Prince Saturday Jack Jaja.
The occasion which began with the hoisting of flags and decorations, shooting of canon with ekerefari; the dedication of the stool, gigs display that heralded the installation of Alabo Dr. Reuben Mietamuno Saturday Jaja as Prince Soide Jaja II in the presence of the who is who in the society at the King Jaja’s courtyard.
According to the Secretary of the Chief Prince Saturday Jaja Seniapu Council, Warisenibo Samuel Adabibi Jaja, it started many years ago, when it became obvious for the house to produce a successor to the stool, which had been vacant for all these years. “The search began and Ama-Opu-Senibo (Dr) Reuben Mietamuno Saturday Jaja from Ada Mietamuno Jaja family unit was selected and presented to the entire house that endorsed their approval,” he stressed.
Jaja maintained that the selection of the Alabo Prince Saturday Jack Jaja War Canoe House is done by election, where all the Seniapu Council members are given opportunity to vote in support of respective candidate upon the result of the polls, such candidate is presented to the house for affirmation, after which the house would inform the King Jaja Executive Authority through the head. Upon presentation and confirmation, the candidate becomes the Alabo designate of the house.
Jaja noted that on November 5, 2020, Alabo Reuben Mietamuno Saturday Jaja, Prince Soide Jaja II was presented to the house that endorsed their approval with blessings showered according to customs and traditions on him.
The House Secretary also disclosed to journalists that after the approval, a high-powered installation committee was constituted by the house; while preparation was ongoing, the stage was set for the event. Our reporter gathered that sequel to the death of Chief Prince Saturday Jack Jaja in 1872; the house was taken care of by an avalanche of Chairmen without the expected results that metamorphosed into the presentation of the Alabo to the Amanyanabo-in-Council on February 5, 2021 for recognition. “We are here today celebrating the installation and induction of Dr. Reuben Mietamuno Saturday Jaja into the Opobo Council of Alapu”.
It was equally discovered that on the day in retrospect, the newly installed Alabo was presented to the monarch and his Council of Alapu for formal induction.

 

By: Bethel Toby

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Twitter Promoting Instability, Act Of Terrorism In Nigeria, FG Alleges

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The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday, told the House of Representatives that the government decided to ban the operations of Twitter in Nigeria because it was promoting instability and act of terrorism in the country.

The minister, who spoke at a public hearing on the Twitter ban organised by a joint committee of the House, said despite repeated reminders, Twitter continued to provide separatist groups the platform to promote terrorism in the country.

He said the decision of the government was supported by the position of Section 45 of the 1999 Constitution, the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) and also the Anti-Terrorism Act, among others.

He said the twitter also provided IPOB, an organization that was banned by the court in Nigeria the platform to spread hate news and ordering the killing of soldiers, policemen and burning public institutions.

On the issue of personal liberty, he explained that personal liberty can always be suspended when the rights of others is at stake.

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Igangan: Court Orders Release Of Detained OPC Members After Three Months

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The Chief Magistrate Court 2, Iyaganku, Ibadan, in the Oyo State capital, yesterday, ordered the release of three members of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), three months after their detention by the Oyo State Police Command.

The OPC members – Awodele Adedigba, Dauda Kazeem and Hassan Ramon – had been detained mid-March, 2021, after they arrested a suspected criminal reportedly from the Fulani ethnic stock, Iskilu Wakili.

Wakili had been accused of terrorising Igangan and other villages in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State.

The OPC had handed over Wakili to the Oyo State Police Command but the police subsequently detained three OPC members for allegedly burning down Wakili’s house and killing an unknown woman in the process.

However, the OPC and one of its leaders, Gani Adams, had said that the murder and arson allegations were false; adding that it immediately handed over Wakili and three of his accomplices to the police in Igboora after their arrest.

The three detainees, yesterday, appeared before the magistrates’ court, presided over by A.O. Amzat, and were discharged and acquitted after the state’s Directorate of Public Prosecutions failed to prove to the court that the OPC men were guilty as charged.

Counsel for the defendants, Akwarandu Adetoun, said that the magistrate struck out the case and ordered the release of the detainees.

The OPC Coordinator in Oyo State, Rotimi Olumo, also confirmed the release of his men in a chat with newsmen, yesterday.

Before Wakili’s arrest, farmers and residents of Igangan, Ayete, Kajola and neighbouring villages in Ibarapaland lived in perpetual fear of Wakili who was accused of displacing them from their farms, kidnapping their rich men and raping their women.

Igangan has been in the eye of the storm of late as marauding hoodlums carry out successive attacks on the rustic agrarian village, creating palpable panic and tension in residents of the area.

Earlier in June, no fewer than 17 persons were reportedly shot dead when hoodlums invaded the town on motorcycles around 11pm, and started killing and destroying property, which continued until around 3am the next day.

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Buhari Names Six Ministers, Others To Resolve Twitter Impasse

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of the Federal Government’s team to engage with Twitter over the recent suspension of its operations in Nigeria.

The approval was announced in a statement in Abuja, yesterday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who will chair the team.

The Federal Government’s team also comprises the Attorney-General of the Federation and Honourable Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN); Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige; as well as other relevant government agencies.

Following the indefinite suspension of its operations in Nigeria, for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence, Twitter wrote to Buhari seeking to engage with the Federal Government over the suspension, with a view to charting a path forward.

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