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Soun of Ogbomoso’s daughter dies days after monarch’s death

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Death has struck again in the family of the late Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi.

Oba Oyewumi died on December 12 at the age of 95 and our Correspondent gathered that the first daughter of the late monarch, Prof Taibat Danmole, died on Saturday, January 8 at the age of 71.

Sources within the palace told our Correspondent on Sunday that Danmole had been ill for sometime before she breathed her last on Saturday 28, days after her monarch father joined his ancestors.

One of them said, “Baba’ first daughter died yesterday. She has been sick for sometime and it happened yesterday. We just pray that God will spare the lives of those of us remaining.”

Danmole, who was born on March 19, 1951, it was gathered, would be buried on Sunday afternoon in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The deceased, who was said to be a professor of education was married to another university don, Prof. Hakeem Danmole, who is the Dean College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin.

She was Commissioner for Education in Oyo State from 1997-1998. She was member, Visitation Panel to The Polytechnic, Ibadan in 2011.

She was also a resource person, Coordinator and Independent Assessor to the National Teacher Institute.

The late Danmole was said to have been a lecturer at the University of Ilorin before she transferred her service to the Lagos State University where she retired.

She was said to have relocated to Ilorin where she joined her husband at Al- Hikmah University.

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Kalu, NUJ commiserate with Folarin

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Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr. Orji Kalu has condoled with Senator Teslim Folarin over the demise of his wife, Mrs Angela Folarin.

Expressing shock over the sad loss, Kalu, a former two-term governor of Abia State, described the deceased as a woman of virtue who supported her husband in his political and humanitarian endeavours.

The federal lawmaker and eminent businessman urged the Senator to take solace in the fact that his late wife was committed to the service of mankind. In a condolence message, Kalu prayed for eternal rest for the deceased, noting that the late Mrs Folarin would be sorely missed by family, friends and associates.

He said: “I received with pain the news of the passing of the wife of Senator Teslim Folarin, Mrs Angela Folarin. She was a virtuous woman who committed her resources to the empowerment of the womenfolk.

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“The deceased played noble roles in the advancement of the cause of the people by complementing her husband’s humanitarian gestures. Her demise is a huge loss to the womenfolk. May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace.”

The former governor prayed to God to give the Folarin family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, also on Friday condoled with Senator Teslim Folarin on the death of his wife, Angela Nwaka. The condolence message, which was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary of the Union, Sola Oladapo, quoted the union’s chairman in the state, Demola Babalola, as expressing sadness over the death of Angela.

Oladapo stated that Babalola had since called Folarin, who was on his way to catch a flight to the UK around 4pm Friday, minutes after the unfortunate news of his wife’s death was broken. Babalola, in the brief chat on phone with Folarin said Angela’s death was shocking and one death too many to bear, saying: “Distinguished Senator, this is sad and devastating. May Allah comfort you, the children and all the family members of the deceased.”

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Senator Folarin loses wife

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Chairman, Senate Committee on Local Contents, and 2023 governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Teslim Folarin, has lost his wife, Chief Angela Nwaka Folarin, a legal practitioner, to death.

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the former senate leader, currently representing Oyo Central in the National Assembly, YSO Olaniyi, confirmed the death and added that she breathed her last in the United Kingdom on Friday afternoon, although she was not sick.

A statement issued by Olaniyi read in part: “With total submission to the will of Almighty Allah, we announce the death of our wife, mother and sister, Chief Angela Nwaka Folarin.

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“The wife of Oyo Central Senator was confirmed dead on Friday afternoon. She breathed her last in UK.

“The deceased was hale and hearty until the angel of death knocked the door. May Almighty God Comfort us and grant the late Angela an eternal rest.”

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Croatian President calls PM ‘Ukrainian agent

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Croatian President Zoran Milanovic called Prime Minister Andrey Plenkovic an agent of Ukraine on Friday; two days after the latter apologized to Ukrainians over the president’s comments on NATO deployments.

 

In a televised address on Tuesday; Milanovic said that Zagreb would withhold its troops from Eastern European NATO contingents if the situation on the Ukraine-Russia border spirals into a full-blown conflict.

On Wednesday, Plenkovic dismissed the president’s statement as “nonsense,”claiming that; the Croatian contingent stationed in Poland had already returned and apologized to the Ukrainian people.

 

Milanovic, the commander-in-chief, hit back in an interview with Croatia’s RTL TV, suggesting that Plenkovic’s loyalties appear to be misplaced.

 

Let him apologize. He acts like a Ukrainian agent, and I act like a Croatian president. That’s a huge difference.

 

 

Asked if he feels the need to apologize, Milanovic said, “No way. I think the prime minister is an ordinary poltron who goes where he doesn’t belong.” “All I’m interested in is the Croatian interest,” he added.

 

In his statement on Tuesday; the president accused the US of agitating the geopolitical situation in the region amid a Russian military buildup near Ukraine’s border.

 

“This has nothing to do with Ukraine or Russia. It has to do with the dynamics of American domestic politics.”

ALSO READ: Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany reaffirm Ukraine ceasefire

 

Milanovic claimed he is trying to steer Croatia clear of a potentially disastrous conflagration involving Russia.

 

The Croatian leader said that Ukraine must start solving “the problem” it has with the “separatists” in the country’s east through negotiations; noting that Moscow has not recognized breakaway republics either.

 

He added that Kiev should “not constantly confront the thermonuclear and hypersonic power, Russia. It is not Serbia. Whoever encourages them to do so is a dangerous charlatan, and there are many in Europe.”

ALSO READ: NATO rejects Russia’s ‘red line’

 

Milanovic’s comments on NATO have earned him a place on Kiev’s “Peacemaker” database for “anti-Ukrainian activity,” and he’s been accused of justifying “Russian aggression.”

 

He told RTL TV that he’s “neither a Ukrainian enemy nor a Russian friend” but is rather focused on the well-being of his own country.

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