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The Eyin-Osa community in the Free Trade Zone Parcel B and its resettlement area named Resettlement of Eyin Osa witnessed a protest last week Thursday as indigenes and residents demonstrated against ACP Jejeloye of the Lagos Taskforce and LSSTF boss Dr Ayo Ogunsan. The protesters accused them of forcibly taking over Eyin-Osa land for a notorious landgrabber known as Murphy Adebare Ademoye, also known as Topaz Gardens.

 

The protest, held in front of the Lagos High Court, aimed to draw attention to the alleged forceful taking over of residents’ lands and the damaging of properties belonging to Harmony Gardens and Estate Development Limited, which were legitimately bought from the Eyin-Osa Resettlement Committee.

 

According to Mrs Apena Adijat, the Secretary to the Parapo of Abomiti, Yeguda & Eyin-Osa Displaced Communities, Murphy Adebare Ademoye has become a terror to the indigenes and residents of Eyin-Osa. Topaz allegedly employed the services of touts and the Lagos State Taskforce to intimidate, assault, and evict the staff of Harmony Gardens, resulting in the demolition of their properties. Topaz then erected his billboard on the land that belongs to Harmony Gardens to defraud innocent buyers. Mrs Adijat called upon the Lagos State Government to intervene and protect the rightful owners of the resettled land, as they possess legitimate Certificates of Occupancy for their respective zones.

 

The situation escalated when the Baale of Laporu, Eyin-Osa, Chief Waheed, stated that Murphy Adebare Ademoye and his thugs had no legitimate claim to the Eyin Osa land and were pure landgrabbers, engaged by Alhaji M. Shitu A.K.A I no go gree of Epe.

 

In response to the escalating conflict, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, yesterday 13th June invited all parties involved in the land dispute to his office at the police command in Ikeja, Lagos for a hearing.

 

During the hearing, Topaz presented his case, asserting that he had purchased 100 acres of land in Eyin Osa from Alhaji Shittu, the President of Eyin Osa United Kingdom. However, upon attempting to take possession of the land, he claimed to have been attacked by hoodlums whom he believed were affiliated with Hon. Abdullahi Mosasoluwa A.K.A Mr Ibile and Alhaji Threeco, which Mr Ibile debunked.

 

Hon. Saheed Abdullahi Mosadoluwa, representing Harmony Gardens and Estate Development Limited, defended his position as an investor who had legitimately acquired land in Eyin Osa from the Eyin Osa Resettlement Committee. He presented the Eyin Osa Memorandum of Understanding and the Eyin Osa Certificate of Occupancy as evidence of his acquisition.

 

Alhaji Shittu, the President of Eyin Osa United Kingdom, claimed that the Lagos State Government had disclaimed any agreement with Topaz through a publication in 2021. He clarified that the Certificate of Occupancy had been issued to the Eyin Osa Resettlement Committee and he and his group did not conduct any enumeration. He expressed his grievance with the Lagos State Government rather than Hon. Dr. Abdullahi S. Mosadoluwa or the Eyin Osa Resettlement Committee.

 

High Chief Olatunde Oluwo, the recognized Chairman of the Eyin Osa Resettlement Committee, emphasized that the Lagos State Government had released the Certificate of Occupancy to the committee, which had conducted enumeration in collaboration with the government. He stated that Alhaji Shittu and his associates did not participate in the enumeration process and thus did not hold any legitimate claim within the Eyin Osa resettlement zone.

 

After carefully considering all parties involved and reviewing the submitted documents, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, responded to the case. He stated that Eyin-Osa United Kingdom is not recognized by the Lagos State Government, making any land transactions conducted with this entity invalid. The Commissioner emphasized that the Eyin-Osa Resettlement Committee is the legitimate body representing the resettlement land, holding a valid Certificate of Occupancy issued by the government.

 

The Commissioner acknowledged that Alhaji Shittu and others who sold the land to Topaz had no genuine dispute with the Eyin-Osa Resettlement Committee and their assignees. These individuals had successfully perfected their land titles with the Lagos State Government. He further stated that Eyin-Osa United Kingdom’s grievance lies with the Lagos State Government, as they have not completed the necessary processes to perfect their title with the government.

 

The Commissioner advised all parties involved to seek an amicable settlement and explore the possibility of resolving the dispute through compromise. The plenary was adjourned for another two weeks to allow for a report on any progress made in reaching a settlement.

 

But, another investor from Whiterose claimed that the CP advice is like turning deaf ears to justice by asking the stakeholders to negotiate with the reknown landgrabber in person of Murphy Adebare when it is obvious that his action is criminal trespass, invasion and misleading of the law enforcement agencies.

 

It is hoped that the parties will heed the Commissioner’s advice and work towards a peaceful resolution of the land dispute in Eyin Osa, ensuring justice for the affected residents and safeguarding their rights.

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Baba Adinni and Iya Adinni: Harmony Gardens Chairman and Wife Inducted into Spiritual Roles

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In a momentous occasion of spiritual significance and community recognition, the Chairman of Harmony Gardens and Estates Development LTD, Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa, popularly known as Mr. Ibile, and his wife, Hadjia Aishat Adebimpe, were recently installed with revered titles at an event hosted by the Al-Irshad Islamic Foundation.

 

Hon Saheed Mosadoluwa Ibile inaugurated a multi-billion naira ultra-modern Central Mosque at Ibeju-Lekki immidiately after he got recognized by the West Africa Islamic Council as the AL Mujaddid in Rabbat, Morocco.

 

According to popular Muslim tradition, the term refers to an individual who emerges at the turn of each century in the Islamic calendar to rejuvenate Islam, purging it of extraneous elements and restoring it to its original purity. In contemporary times, a mujaddid is regarded as the preeminent Muslim figure of a century.

 

The concept of Mujaddid is based on a hadith (a saying of Islamic prophet Muhammad), recorded by Abu Dawood, narrated by Abu Hurairah who mentioned that Muhammad said:

 

Allah will raise Mujaddid for this community at the end of every 100 years the one who will renovate its religion for it.

 

Recall that in a grand ceremony attended by distinguished personalities and spiritual leaders, Hon Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa, Chairman and CEO of Harmony Gardens and Estates Development LTD, officially commissioned and handed over a state-of-the-art central mosque in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State, on Friday, January 19th, 2024.

 

The auspicious event witnessed the presence of esteemed religious leaders, including Sheik Semiu .A. Opeloyeru, The Grand Chief Imam and General President of the League of Imam and Alfa in Ibeju-Lekki L.G.A. The ceremony commenced with the arrival of Sheik Semiu .A. Opeloyeru, setting the tone for a day of spiritual significance and community celebration.

 

Representing the executive governor of Lagos State, His Excellency Babajide Sanwoolu, was Hon. Ahmed Abdulai Jembe, the Special Adviser on Islamic Affairs to the governor, graced the ceremony. The Onibeju in attendance emphasizing the significance of the event in the cultural and traditional context.

 

The event saw the attendance of various traditional rulers, highlighting the communal and inclusive nature of the mosque inauguration. Notably, the newly appointed Lagos NURTW Chairman, Mustapha Sego, drew attention as his presence added an extra layer of recognition to the occasion.

 

However, the prestigious ceremony, held at Monarch Hall in Osapa London Lekki, Lagos State, saw Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa bestowed with the title of Baba Adinni, signifying a revered position within the religious community. His wife, Hadjia Aishat Adebimpe, was similarly honored as Iya Adinni, a title of great respect and responsibility.

 

The Al-Irshad Islamic Foundation, under the guidance of its founder Sheik Rasheed Adeleke, who is also the owner of Al-Irshad Travel and Tours, organized the event as a Pre-Ramadan lecture, award ceremony, and Turbaning ceremony. The atmosphere was filled with spiritual fervor and communal joy as community members gathered to witness the momentous occasion.

 

Notably, Abu Abel and other prominent figures, was also present at the event, adding to the significance of the gathering. The ceremony, held on Sunday, February 25th, 2024, brought together individuals from diverse backgrounds to celebrate the exemplary contributions of Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa and his wife to both the community and the Islamic faith.

 

The Turbaning ceremony, a traditional rite of passage within the Islamic community, symbolizes a deep connection with cultural heritage and spiritual leadership. The titles of Baba Adinni and Iya Adinni carry great responsibilities, signifying the honorees’ commitment to serving the community and upholding the values of the Islamic faith.

 

As the community celebrates this significant event, the installation of Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa and Hadjia Aishat Adebimpe as Baba Adinni and Iya Adinni reflects their exemplary leadership and commitment to the principles of Harmony Gardens and Estate Development LTD. The event serves as a beacon of unity, spirituality, and communal recognition within the Osapa London in Lekki community.

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Squad Powers OmniPay’s Trade Business to Simplify Payments for FMCG Industry

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In a strategic move aimed at furthering its mission to empower African traders with the necessary payment solutions for thriving in the digital era, Squad, a fintech subsidiary of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO), offering comprehensive payment and e-commerce solutions for businesses, has entered a partnership with OmniPay, a subsidiary of OmniRetail Inc.

 

This collaboration has currently benefited more than 65,000 stakeholders, which include retailers, distributors, and manufacturers through improved payment and collection methods using Squad’s Virtual Bank Account without incurring any charges. Additionally, they have gained more accessible and affordable working capital to procure goods on credit for their businesses, contributing to the daily transaction volume exceeding N3 billion, and this figure continues to grow.

 

Adeyemi Atanda, the Chief Marketing Officer, Squad, shared insights on the partnership’s significance, emphasizing, “At Squad, our mission revolves around providing African businesses with the right solutions for effortless payment processes, available at their convenience. We understand the pivotal role small businesses play in our economy. Through strategic alliances like this, we aim to empower even more merchants by granting them access to rapid, user-friendly, and dependable payment solutions that optimize their business operations and, in turn, boost their revenue.”

 

Deepankar Rustagi, CEO of OmniRetail stated, “As we join forces with Squad, we are driven by our shared vision of transforming the digital payment landscape for African businesses. With OmniPay, businesses will gain improved payment methods with zero transfer fees, while retailers and distributors will have easier access to OmniPay’s BNPL (Buy Now Pay Later) solution. This partnership aims to empower businesses, streamline payment processes, and enhance record-keeping accuracy through automated reconciliation for orders. This partnership reinforces OmniRetail’s commitment to innovation and financial inclusion.”

 

About Squad

 

Squad is a complete payment solution that is reliable, secure, and affordable, making receiving in-person and online payments simple and convenient.

 

Our goal is to support SMEs, micro-merchants, large corporations, and other fintechs (Tech Stars) with the tools they need to thrive in an evolving digital economy and expand beyond their current market reach.

 

Squad’s current products and service offerings include SquadPOS, Squad Payment Links, Squad Virtual Accounts, USSD, and E-Commerce Storefront.

 

Find out more at www.squadco.com.

 

About OmniPay

 

OmniPay, a subsidiary of OmniRetail Inc., is a company with a mission to simplify payments in Nigeria and provide working capital to trade businesses. OmniPay provides an API-based wallet built to simplify trade payments.

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