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The ancient city of Oyo state has witnessed the death of another monarch Oba Lamidi Adeyemi the Alaafin of Oyo, he was aged 83. The death of the Alaafin is the 3rd amongst the prominent monarchs in Oyo state in the spate of 5 Months.

 

Recall that the people of Ogbomosho was thrown into a mourning state when the news of the Soun of Ogbomosho Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade III broke out in December 2021.

 

The monarch died in the early hours of December 12th, 2021 at the age of 95 after being on the throne for 48 years.

He was buried according to Islamic rites at about 4:30 p.m. inside a Vault in the palace.

 

Meanwhile, the Olubadan of Ibadan Oba Saliu Adetunji died 22 days after the death of prominent monarch in Oyo State – Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi.

 

Adetunji, who was crowned the 41st Olubadan on March 4, 2016 was born on August 26, 1928 to the family of Raji Olayiwola and Suwebat Amope Adetunji in the Alusekere compound, Popoyemoja, Ibadan.

 

Confirming the Olubadan’s death, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, said, “The news of the death of our father, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I, came as a shock.

 

“His wealth of experience, his immense wisdom, and his commitment to seeing a greater Ibadan and a better Oyo State are unrivalled.

“Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria and humanity at large will miss Kabiyesi, who was ever ready to give his all to see a better society.”

 

Oba Adetunji grew up learning vocational jobs until he took up fashion designing as a means of living after moving into Lagos.

 

While working as a fashion designer, Adetunji delved into musical record marketing until 1960 when he founded his first of three record label imprints called Baba Laje Records which housed notable fuji music acts, including Dauda Epo-Akara and Wasiu Ayinde Marshall.

 

Prior to his coronation as the Olubadan of Ibadan, Adetunji was the Balogun of Ibadan land.

Four months after the death of prominent Oyo Monarchs, Soun of Ogbomosho and Olubadan of Ibadan, the Alaafin of Oyo has also joined his ancestors

 

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, passed on at 83 years on Friday night.

 

Alaafin Adeyemi was born Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi on October 15, 1938 into the Alowolodu Royal House of the famous Oyo town.

 

The Alaafin started out as a boxer and would have been a professional boxer but kingship called and he had to retire from boxing at an early age of 31 years to become the Alaafin.

 

Adeyemi died at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti after a brief illness.

 

The Alaafin ruled for 52 years before his demise, making him the longest-reigning Alaafin.

 

He became the Alaafin of Oyo in November 18, 1970, succeeding Oba Gbadegesin Ladigbolu I, during the governorship of Colonel Robert Adeyinka Adebayo, after the civil war. He was known popularly as Iku Baba Yeye.

 

However, Oba Lekan Balogun has been installed as the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadan by kingmakers in Oyo state whilst the people of Ogbomosho and Ibadan await the new Alaafin of Oyo and Soun of Ogbomosho respectively.

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NDLEA Recovers N8bn Tramadol In Lagos

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has busted a mansion in the Lekki area of Lagos State where Tramadol was stored.

 

NDLEA Spokesman, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Monday, said the pills recovered from the mansion were no less than 13,451,466 and worth N8.8bn in street value.

 

He said the mansion belonged to a billionaire drug baron, *Ugochukwu* *Nsofor* *Chukwukadibia* , who was now in custody.

The statement read in part, “The arrest of Ugochukwu, who is the Chairman of Autonation Motors Ltd, is coming barely two months after NDLEA uncovered at least 258.7kg of crystal methamphetamine in a clandestine laboratory in the residence of another drug kingpin in the estate, Chris Emeka Nzewi, who was arrested alongside a chemist, Sunday Ukah, who cooked the illicit drug for him, on September 30.

 

Following credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives on Friday 30th September stormed the Plot A45 Road 2 home of the 52-year-old billionaire drug kingpin. A search of the expansive mansion led to the discovery of 443 cartons of Tramadol Hydrochloride 225mg, which contains 13, 451, 466 pills of the drug while some cartons were already burnt in a fire incident in the house same day

“Before his arrest, Ugochukwu who hails from Ihiala local government area of Anambra state has been on the Agency’s watchlist as one of those behind the Tramadol drug cartel in Nigeria.

 

“Preliminary investigation shows that he has about six mansions within the VGC, one of which he uses to warehouse the Tramadol consignment, while he lives in the one at Plot Z-130 Road 67 and another as his office.

 

“Five exotic vehicles have also been located in two of his mansions, out of which two SUVs including a bullet proof jeep have been successfully removed to the Agency’s facility.

 

“Reacting to the latest drug haul, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd.) commended the officers and men involved in the operation for their diligence while also appreciating Nigerians for supporting the Agency in its arduous task of ridding the country of the menace of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.

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Dangote Cement Allegedly ForgedTax Receipt To Deceive Kogi Getovernment 

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The Kogi State Government through its agency Internal Revenue Service (KGIRS) has accused Dangote Cement Plc Obajana of forging its tax receipt.

 

The acting Chairman of KGIRS, Salisu Enehe, disclosed this during the ongoing investigative hearing by the State House of Assembly ad hoc Committee on revenue at the Assembly Complex in Lokoja.

 

Enehe was responding to the claim by the committee that the company had paid over 14 billion tax to the Agency between 2016 till date.

 

According to the state revenue boss, most of the figures the company claimed to have paid are totally incorrect, urging the company to check its record.

 

He said despite the billions of naira that company is making from the state monthly, it has failed to pay taxes that are due the state and Lokoja Local Government Area.

 

Enehe said instead of doing the needful, the Dangote company approached the court to stale payment of taxes that are legally passed by the state assembly and assented to by the governor.

 

He noted that the lack of tax payment has slowed down the development of the state.

 

Also speaking, the Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, Gabriel Olofu, said Dangote company has refused to pay for business premises in the last two years.

 

Olusegun Ogunbanjo, the Head of Accounts of the Company told the committee that the company had paid N14billion tax from 2016 till date.

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