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Ondo spare parts traders propest alleged imposition of chairman by Deji of Akure

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The major spare parts market in Ondo State, which is located at Ilesa garage, Akure, the State capital is currently embroiled in a leadership crisis.

With the traders appealing to relevant authorities to intervene in the matter before it snowballs into a dangerous crisis, they alleged that the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi has made perfect moves to impose someone on them as chairman of the market.

According to the traders, who were armed with placards bearing various inscriptions, the monarch wants to impose one Kayode Olorunfemi, as chairman of the spare parts markets, stressing that he has been Chairman of the market for the past 11 years.

Some of the inscriptions on the placard read “Let Peace Reign,” “Aketi Come To Our Rescue,” “Enough of Autocratic Ruling,” and “We Want Peace In Mojere Market”, among others.
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They emphasised that they were tired of Olorunfemi and he should relinquish the chairmanship position after forcefully staying in office for eleven years.

Speaking on behalf of the protesting traders, Kole Amueyinoge said “we are tired of the continuous imposition of Kayode Olorunfemi on us. We have dragged him before Deji of Akure who appealed to us to give him 12 months to wind up his tenure.

According to him, the embattled chairman refused to vacate office despite spending eleven years, adding that the traditional ruler was aiding the crisis in the market by insisting that the embattled chairman should continue in office.

Reacting to the protest against him, the embattled chairman, Olorunfemi, described the protesting traders as lazy bones, just as he maintained that he remains the chairman of the spare parts market.

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On the allegation of imposition by the Akure monarch, Oba Aladelusi, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Micheal Adeyeye, said though the market is a traditional market which was built by the palace but the monarch has no special interest in the leadership of the market.

Adeyeye said, “The Deji of Akure only installed a traditional leader in the market and not chairman. He waded into the crisis and a caretaker committee was set up to conduct an election.

“But the committee realized that most traders who traveled during the last Christmas and new year period have not returned and they have to postpone the election till March this year.”

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Comedian AY, wife welcome second child after 13 years

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Popular Comedian, Ayodeji Makun, also known as AY, has welcomed his second child after thirteen years.

He announced this in a video shared on his Instagram page.

The birth of their second child is coming thirteen years after they had their first child, Michelle.

Alongside a video, AY wrote: “Our prayers in the last thirteen years has been answered. Ayomide, thank you for making Mabel and I ‘Mummy and Daddy’ again.

“Thank you for making Michelle a big sister. Thanks to everyone who kept us in their prayers and never stopped feeding us with positive vibes.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your path straight.

“God’s time is the best.”
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Comedian AY, wife welcome second child after 13 years

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Banditry: Policemen, vigilantes reportedly die during gunfight with bandits in Niger

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Three Policemen and two local vigilantes were allegedly killed by gunmen in an attack in Kwanan Dutse, Mariga local government area of the Niger State on Monday.

The incident occurred during a routine patrol by the Joint Security TaskForce, made up of the police and the local vigilantes at about 4pm in the area

It was learnt that the Joint Security team had earlier on Sunday morning foiled an attack by another group of bandits after about two hours of fire exchange at Bari village, along Tegina-Kontagora road.

A source from the area said no casualty was recorded during the fierce fight between the two sides only for the bandits to return on Monday to block the Kontagora road around Kwanan Dutse.

Unaware of the development the patrol team ran into the ambush and a fire fight ensued.

The source said,” the exchange of gunfire between the bandits and the Joint Security TaskForce resulted in the death of three policemen and two local vigilantes while others sustained various degrees of injury”

“A number of the gunmen were also killed in the gunfight but their bodies were quickly evacuated by their members on motorcycles”.

However, a detachment of police tactical squad and the military have been drafted to the area and are on the trail of the criminals.

The state police command is yet to issue a statement on the attack as of the time of filing this report.

This is coming on the heels of an attack unleashed by armed bandits on some communities in Kontagora and Mashehu local government areas about three days ago.

It would be recalled during the attacks on the councils, three persons lost their lives, 28 were abducted and an unspecified number of cattle were rustled.

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We spend N155,000 monthly for security yet we face pirates – Calabar boat owners

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Boat owners in Calabar have decried alleged poor protection from security agencies on the Calabar–Oron maritime route even though they spend, at least, N155,000 per month as levies to the agencies.

The group was reacting to the kidnap of a speed boat carrying 14 passengers including a Navy personnel.

The boat was reportedly going to Oron from Calabar.

Due to the terrible state of the Calabar-Itu federal highway which links other nearby states, increasing numbers of commuters prefer to travel by water to Uyo in Akwa Ibom State under 30 minutes as against 5 hours.

A senior official of the group said who spoke under anonymity said piracy on the route has been rampant.

“For instance, in December 2021, a boat with five passengers was hijacked. A few of the passengers individually paid ransoms of N200,000 before they were released.

“Before then, in 2019, the hijack was on a daily basis which is why we suspended business and protested for about two months.

“The protests took us to the police and navy headquarters in the state. It was as a result of the protests and stoppage of boat operations that the two authorities decided to station their gunboats in the Calabar waters while the naval police stationed theirs on the Akwa Ibom end of the waters to deter militants and pirates.”

The official claimed to support the police, they collectively pay them N5000 daily, amounting to N155,000 for 31 days.

The official insisted that piracy now thrives on the waters and that kidnapping which thrived on land seems to have been shifted to the waters since the anti-kidnapping squad began to make life uncomfortable on land for the kidnappers.

He said the attraction seems to be the speed boat engines which second-hand price goes for over N5m.

“When they carry out a hijack like this we would normally contribute, say N250,000 to secure the release of the boat and its engine but they will never release both the boat and engine. They will collect our money, collect ransoms and still will not give us back our boats.

“We appeal that attention of the security agencies be moved to this direction even though we are not scared”, he said.

Reacting, the Police PRO in the state, Irene Ugbo said their Commanding Officer Marine was yet to officially brief them of the hijack.

As of press time, none of the kidnapped passengers have been rescued.

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