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MURIC warns as traditionalists threaten to invade Iwo over Oluwo’s utterances




Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has cautioned traditionalists against invading Iwo town, noting that such would be an invitation to chaos and disregard for the rule of law.

The Traditional Worshippers Association of Osun State are accusing Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi of disrespecting traditional religion.

They gave the monarch a 21-day ultimatum to publicly apologize for his statements against traditionalists or face the consequences.

The worshippers threatened to call for the deposition of the Oluwo unless he met their demands.

A statement on Monday by MURIC director, Prof Ishaq Akintola said indigenes were likely to come out in defence of their king, a situation that may result in a bloody clash.

Akintola insists there is freedom of speech and anyone who finds Oluwo’s declarations distasteful or defamatory should go to court.

He said Iwo is traditionally known as ‘Ilu Alfa’, meaning ‘city of Islamic scholars’ and that the planned invasion may be seen as “an attack on the base of Islam in Yorubaland”.

The taditionalists, Atintola stressed, have no right to insist that a king must be a traditional worshipper.

“The king is the ruler over all subjects in the town and this includes Christians, Muslims and traditionalists.

“The attempt to restrict the king to traditional worshipping alone and to attack the Oluwo because he is a Muslim is an exhibition of religious intolerance.

“MURIC appeals to the Osun State Police Command to take the threat issued by the traditionalists very seriously. No group has the right to threaten the peace of the land.”

Akintola charged the police to be proactive in handling the matter so that “the diabolical plan” of the traditionalists can be nipped in the bud.

He advised the Osun government not allow itself to be railroaded into taking any action capable of provoking “the teeming majority Muslim population of the state”.

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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Monday morning



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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Gunmen in large numbers with sophisticated weapons attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Jos, Plateau State on Sunday. The Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) however said in a statement that the gunmen have been trapped in the custodial centre’s yard.

2. Some armed men on Sunday, reportedly invaded the Conference Hotel, Abeokuta, shooting repeatedly into the air. The men, who many suspected to be officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), invaded the hotel, belonging to a former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel and made away with yet-to-be-identified persons.

3. The Department of State Services, DSS has issued an alert over planned attacks by insurgents on Ogun border communities and other border communities in Nigeria. In a letter signed by the State Director of Security, Ogun State Command, M.B. Abdullahi, DSS warned that it has intelligence that the insurgents are plotting to attack military bases in border towns.

4. Gunmen suspected to be sea pirates, in the early hours of Sunday attacked two oil installations, killing three and abducting seven oil workers in Bayelsa. It was learnt that the pirates ambushed their unsuspecting victims in Okoroma and Ogbokiri-Akassa communities of Nembe and Brass Local Government Areas of Bayelsa.

5. Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity has tackled the former presidential aide, Reno Omokri for challenging him to spend a weekend in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State and get $50k. Reacting to Omokri’s challenge, Garba Shehu in a post on his verified Facebook page on Sunday, accused the ex-media aide of former President Goodluck Jonathan of using the ordeal of abducted Daptchi School Girl, Leah Sharibu to make money.

6. The Police Command in Kaduna has confirmed the release of 10 out of the 13 abducted workers from the Zaria Local Government, Kaduna State. ASP Mohammed Jalige, Police Public Relations Officer, told newsmen on Sunday in Zaria that the kidnapped staff were released on Saturday, adding that efforts are on to ensure the release of the remaining three victims.

7. Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has described the panel the Lagos State Government set up to probe police brutality as illegal. During an interview on Sunday, Keyamo said the panel lacks the locus standi to probe the military and the police by virtue of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

8. As concerns continued to mount over the new variant of COVID-19 designated as variant of concern (VOC) and named Omicron by the World Health Organisation, WHO, the Federal Government on Sunday night reassured Nigerians that the Omicron variant has not been detected in Nigeria yet.

9. President Muhammadu Buhari, Governors, Captains of Industries and other dignitaries graced Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu son’s wedding at Umuahia, Abia State, on Sunday. Ikpeazu’s son, Jachimike, wedded his heartthrob, Chidinma Onwuenyi, on Sunday.

10. The Federal Government has directed the Nigeria Customs Service to ground 91 private jets belonging to some wealthy Nigerians over their alleged refusal to pay import duties running to over N30bn. This was contained in a letter, with reference number NCS/T&T/ACG/042/s.100/VOL.II, which was dated November 2, 2021, and was addressed to the Director-General, NCAA, Capt Musa Nuhu.

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EPL: Man United abusing Cristiano Ronaldo, making him average player – Michael Owen




Michael Owen has said that Manchester United’s use of Cristiano Ronaldo borders on ‘abuse’, adding that they want to turn the 5-time ballon d’Or winner into an average player.

Ronaldo was only introduced late into the second half in United’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Portugal international has scored ten goals in 15 appearances for the Red Devils so far this season.

And Owen noted that the former Real Madrid forward is often left to run the side’s attack and says the lack of support he gets is ‘abusive’.

Asked whether he’d like to play in United’s team, Owen told Premier League Productions: “No you can’t! We were at Old Trafford for the City game the other day and all of a sudden it’s just exactly the same they leave Cristiano Ronaldo up front on his own. That’s almost abuse!

“Having someone that good in your team and then playing everyone defensively and saying ‘That’s alright we’ll just hope he nicks a goal’ he’ll end up being average.

“If you leave him and all these good players or just two of them playing and everyone else defending they’ll start putting in bad performances because they’ve got nobody to pass to, they’ve got no options, they’re chipping the ball form 50 yards away. They need other players to come up and help them.

“It’s almost abusing the good players they’ve got and that’s the last thing you’ve got to do. If anything, expose the rubbish! Find ways of getting world class players in your team, get Pogba, get Fernandes, get Ronaldo, get them as best as you can.

“If you let a few goals in because Bailly’s not great or Wan-Bissaka or whoever it may be then fine you can replace them but at the minute because they’re nervous and scared they just bulk up with sitting midfielders and more defenders and abuse the great players up front leaving half of them on the bench and one or two to play, they’ve got no chance!”

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Lagos EndSARS panel illegal, can’t probe military, police – Keyamo



Festus Keyamo

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has described the Lagos State EndSARS panel as “illegal”.

Keyamo also claimed it was not within their jurisdiction to investigate Federal Government institutions and officers of the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Army.

The minister stated this while appearing on Sunday Politics on Channels Television.

The panel had stated in its report that at least nine persons were killed on October 20, 2020, when soldiers and policemen stormed the Lekki tollgate to disperse #EndSARS protesters and described the incident as a “massacre in context.”

However, Keyamo was asked why the President Muhammadu Buhari called for constitution of panels across the states to investigate cases of human rights abuses while the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, would later dismiss the report by the Lagos panel.

He said, “I will not answer this question as a sitting minister. I will answer this question as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria – a member of the Inner Bar, and so I am entitled to my opinion. This is not the Federal Government’s position. From me, that panel was an illegal panel. It was totally illegal.

“All lawyers who are listening to me should go back and read the Tribunals of Enquiry Act of Lagos State. It says that the governor will have the powers to inquire into the conduct of any person – underline any person – and chieftaincy matters and any other matter that will promote the good of the public.

“However, ‘any person’ there was defined in Section 21 to mean public officers of the state. It is defined to mean somebody within the public service of Lagos State or of the local government as the case may be.

“Then, the phrase was used at the end of Section 1 that says ‘any matter’…that they can inquire into any matter. People now think that to inquire into any matter, it means that you can just be at large.

“However, if you look at Section 21 again, it says that it has to be within the legislative competence of Lagos State. In other words, it is only people over whom the Lagos State has control that they can inquire into their conduct. If you don’t have control over me, you cannot inquire into my conduct.

“Policemen, the Armed Forces, military; they are not under or officers of Lagos State, they are officers of the Federal Government. By virtue of the Constitution, it is only the Federal Government that can control the conduct of policemen and the military. Lagos State cannot be in control; they cannot legislate too, regarding police and military matters; they are on the Exclusive Legislative List.”

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