Nigeria’s wrestler, Odunayo Adekuoroye, has qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Adekuoroye defeated Sun Jong of North Korea 12-2 via technical superiority in the 57kg category to reach the semi finals of the 2019 Senior World Wrestling Championship in Kazakhstan on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old was, however, displaced by Japan’s Rusako Kawai, 6-1 in the women’s 57kg semi finals later in the day and will now battle for the bronze medal on Thursday.
Nigerians Celebrate Renowned Industrialist Aare Rasaq Okoya At 80
Those who witness the 80th birthday celebration of renowned industrialist and business mogul, Aare Rasaq Okoya at his panache Oluwanishola Estate will readily agreed that it was the first-class party, which will remain unforgettable in memories of those that attend the first-class party for a very long time.
The highlight of the event was the cutting of birthday cake by the celebrator flanked by Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu among others.
The vice president, who presided over the cutting of the cake, prayed God to grant Okoya 100 years, preserve him and keep him in good health.
For a man who started from a very humble and poor beginning, eking out a living from petty trading, to rise to the topmost echelon as an industrial giant, it should not surprise anyone that his 80th has been celebrated in amidst pomp and the ceremony, starting with a thanksgiving prayer with him and close members of the illustrious Okoya family, led by prominent Islamic clerics.
The build-up of the much-awaited history-making birthday celebrations of business mogul, Alhaji Rasak Akanni Okoya clustered with the A-list guests as the ambiance is engrossed in anticipation of what to come. The guests were thrilled by renditions from different musicians, as the vice president and former President Olusegun Obasanjo stepped out with the birthday boy; Okoya on the dance floor.
As expected his circle of equally stupendously rich friends and associates are all gathered in his massive estate to celebrate the milestone age with him, likes of notable Nigerians that attended the event were the royal father of the day, Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, businessman, Aliko Dangote as well as traditional rulers.
While his youngest wife, elegant and charming Sade Okoya, she is on her toes to make sure that the commemorative birthday party was the talk in town as she has put all necessary logistics like maximum security, sumptuous dishes, vintage drinks, good music and sundry merriments in place which make the day a memorable one.
Top on the list that grace the event is Princess Dr. Toyin Kolade, Shinna Peller, Mayor Akinpelu, Dele Momodu, Seye Kehinde, Mr Moses, Joke Shogunro, Aare Bashir Olawale Fakorede and lovely wife Yeye Aare Basirat Fakorede, Femi Pedro and his beautiful wife, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Emeka Anyaoku, Prince Subomi Balogun, Justice Oguntade and wife, Dr. Samuel Adedoyin and wife, HRM. Oba Adeyeye Ogunnusi Ooni of Ife, HRM. Oba Adesina Adenugba, Ebumawe of Ago Iwoye, Sir (Dr.) Adebukunola Kesington Adebutu, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Okiki Obasanjo, former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prince Samuel Adedoyin and wife Toyin,
Ambassador George Oguntade and wife Modupe, Kunle and Ojuolape Ojora, Chief Subomi and Abimbola Balogun, Oba Otudeko, Mr. Demola Seriki, Sir. Segun Okeowo and wife, Sir. Alex Duduyemi, Chief Mrs. Kemi Nelson, Mrs. Abimbola Jakande, Engr. Funso Joko Akin-George, Chief Emeka and Bunmi Anyaoku, Mr. Femi and Jumoke Pedro, Modele Sarafa Yusuff, Chief Bisi Olatilo, Chief Dele Momodu, Gbenga Adeyinka; TAA, Mrs. Daisy Danjuma, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, wife of the former governor of Lagos State, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Prof. Wale and Sade Omole, Chief Alao and Kemi Akala, Chief Niyi Adebayo, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Mr. Segun and Bola Awolowo, Chief Lai Mohammed,
UI justMinister of Information and Culture, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, former Governor of Delta State, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, Osile Oke Ona Egba and his Three Oloris, Senator Prince Lanre Tejuoso, Sir. JK Randle, Olori Ladun Sijuade, Profess Pat Utomi, Dame Abimbola Fashola, Mrs. Sarah Sosan, Senator Ibikunle and Funso Amosu, HE Prince Dapo Abiodun, Executive Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, HRM. Oba Saheed Elegusi, Sina Peller, Evangelist Ebenezer Obey, King Sunny Ade, Chief Wasiu Ayinde, Sir Sina Peters, Mr. David Adeleke a.k.a Davido, Alhaji Musiliu Haruna Ishola, Chief Mrs. Nike Akande, Mr. Paul Ruwase, Chief Wale Babalakin, Adejoke Orelope Adefulire, Derin Osoba, Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat, Deputy Governor, Lagos State, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mrs. Maiden-Alex Ibru, Publisher, The Guardian Newspapers Limited, Olorogun Oscar Ibru, Chief Odein Ajumogobia, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Executive Governor of Lagos State, Tessa Ikimi, Sena Anthony, Abiola Atanda, Evangelist Esther Ajayi and Husband, Mr. Kola Abiola, Mrs. Kemi Mimiko, Joe Odumakin, Members of Island Club, Lagos, Olorogun Sonny Kuku, John and Sola Momoh, Chief Florence Ita Giwa, Mr.&Mrs. Sunny Omoregie JP, many societies women who glow in various exotic attires and fabrics.
Beejay Sax performed to the entertainment the special guests and the big stage is shared by two major compares in the MC industry, Gbenga Adeyinka the 1st and Tee-A, while The 1st Mayegun Of Yoruba Land, K1 De’ Ultimate, Ebenezer Obey, King Sunny Ade, Arunna Ishola, Sir Shinna Petters, Davido and others trill the guest to unforgettable and unlimited funfair which make the birthday as a carnival alike celebration.
Ijebu herbalists pledge free charms, others, to support Amotekun
Some traditional doctors in Ijebu land have expressed their readiness to lend a full backing to operation Amotekun been the community police to curtail all sort of criminalities in Yoruba land.
When contacted, some of the herbalists said the local police group orchestrated by Southwest governors should not worry if the Federal Government bar them from using the modern arms.
They said local charms would be improvised for the team free of charge to accomplish their assignment.
Chief Aremu Agbomola, in his contribution, said “ the Amotekun police officers should approach us for charms free of charge. We have enough traditional powers to give them. It is all in the interest of Yoruba nation security. We believe that Amotekun will be our traditional police, so, we must lend them good support to fight criminals in our land. There are traditional powers in Yoruba land which surpass the modern arms, and we are ready to release them to Amotekun to make then formidable to the criminals like kidnappers, Yahoo boys, armed robbers and other. “
Also, one of the leaders of the Ifa priests in Ijebu land, High Chief Ifaneye Odusanwo when contacted said, Amotekun would be fully backed by deities in Yoruba land through the herbalists. He said Ijebu land been known for true traditional powers would ensure total support for the outfit to defeat enemies.
He also advised that the officers of the team should be sworn-in at the shrine of various deities in Yoruba land so that they don’t misbehave.
“The initiative is welcome, provided it is for total security of the land. Our deities will back them through we the herbalists. We will give them the necessary supports that will help to combat various crimes. But the officer must be sworn in at various shrine in Yoruba land like Ogun, Ifa, etc so that they don’t misbehave. The herbalists in total Ijebu land will support them with our powers so that Yoruba land can be secured.
The traditionalist also implored the Federal government to overlook the negative impression created by some people about Amotekun. He said it is a community policing to strengthen the Federal police efforts.
AGF Malami moves against Gov. Makinde’s sack of council Chairmen
Mr Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has stepped into the sack of Oyo State Council Chairmen by Governor Seyi Makinde.
Malami said Makinde’s action is illegal and asked the governor to disband the caretaker committees he set up at the councils last December.
In the letter from AGF and sent to Oyo State Government through the State Commissioner of Justice, Prof. Oyewo Oyelowo, Malami asked Makinde to restore the sacked council Chairmen according to the law.
It was gathered that the letter dated 14 January, 2020 was entitled; “Unconstitutionality of dissolution of elected local government councils and appointment of caretaker committee: The urgent need for compliance with extant judicial decisions.”
It would be recalled that Gov. Seyi Makinde had on assumption of office in May 2019, dissolved the elected local government executives in the state, a year into their administration.
Following the sack, the governor had in December 2019 inaugurated caretaker committees for the 33 local governments and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.
“The need to immediately disband all caretaker committees and restore democratically elected representatives to man the local governments has therefore become obligatory,” Malami said.
Malami requested that the commissioner take positive steps to ensure compliance, adding that the president and other relevant agencies would advise on further compliance measures to be taken in national interest.
According to Malami, “in view of the decision of the Supreme Court on the matter that is binding on all 36 States of the Federation.
“The common practice by some state governors in dissolving elected local government councils is unconstitutional, null and void.
“So also any system of local government run by Caretaker Committees are out rightly illegal and unconstitutional,” he added.
He urged Makinde to reverse himself over the dissolution of local government administration in the State.
“To this end, I hereby request all their Excellences, State Governors and Speakers of State Houses of Assembly, who are currently acting in breach of the provisions of Section 7(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
“And also acting in disobedience of the Supreme Court judgment highlighted above to immediately retrace their steps by ensuring compliance with the above in the overall interest of the rule of law and our democracy,” it said.
Malami said that copies of the letter had been sent to the IGP, DSS, EFCC and NFIU.