In a historic ruling that sends a clear message against land grabbing and criminal activities, the Magistrates’ Court of Lagos State has ordered the remand of two individuals who were allegedly hired by accused land grabbers to assassinate Hon. Saheed Mosadoluwa, the promoter of Whiterose, Harmony Gardens and Estate Development Limited. The court also ordered further investigation into the masterminds behind the plot.
A few months ago, Hon. Saheed Mosadoluwa, popularly known as Mr. Ibile, raised concerns about the unlawful activities of land grabbers on a property owned by his company at Eyin-Osa. The suspects, including Samsudeen Oluwo aka Ese Olobo and Sunday Olabayo, were allegedly engaged by Murphy Adebare Ademoye a.k.a Topaz to assassinate Mr. Ibile and forcefully take possession of his company’s properties.
On Tuesday, November 21, 2023, before His Honor, B.A. Sonuga, CM (Admin), at Court 2, Igbosere, Lagos, the court held a session to address the charges against the defendants. Among them were Sunday Olabayo, Lawal Ibrahim Adefemi, Gbenga Demurin, Idowu Mujaheed, Samsudeen Oluwo, and Dare Majekodunmi.
Notably, the court discharged and acquitted Lawal Ibrahim Adefemi, Idowu Mujaheed, Dare Majekodunmi, and Gbenga Demorin based on the advice of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) of the Attorney-General of Lagos State. However, it ruled that Samsudeen Oluwo a.k.a Ese-olobo, who granted Saharareporters and Gistlover viral interviews claiming dehumanization by Mr-Ibile, and Sunday Olabayo should be remanded in prison custody pending further legal proceedings.
In a letter with reference number CB:3510/X/FHQ/ ABJ/PPRO/VOL.11/96, the legal advice from the DPP highlighted that there was sufficient evidence to establish a prima facie case of conspiracy and unlawful possession of firearms against Shamsudeen Oluwo and Olabayo. The charges also included wilful damage to property and forcible possession.
The court’s decision vindicates Hon. Saheed Mosadoluwa, who had previously raised alarm over the nefarious activities of the accused individuals. Eyin Osa land owners claimed that Murphy Adebare had the backing of the AIG Idowu Owohunwa and CSP Shola Jejeloye of the Lagos State Task Force, who they believed took advantage of their offices to obstruct justice and favor the alleged land grabbers.
Adewole Apena claimed “that his family was part of the owners of the ressetlement land that sold land to Saheed Mosadoluwa, and despite attempts to discredit him and withdraw his company’s mobile guards and his personal security, Mr. Ibile stood his ground and defended himself against the assassination attempt and we all the land owners thank God for the court’s ruling that supports Mosadoluwa’s claims and exposes the lies of the accused hired assassin, who posted a doctored video on social media claiming dehumanization and ownership of the land.
However, the DPP recommended a follow-up investigation into Murphy Adebare Ademoye (Topaz), Sule Razak (Success), Lawo Oyewole (Fake General), and Kamoru Lamina (Sir K) for their alleged involvement in orchestrating the criminal activities.
The case is adjourned to January 23, 2024, for mention, and the AG office is advised to pursue the necessary legal processes at the High Court of Lagos State.
This legal development marks a significant victory for justice, emphasizing the consequences for land grabbers and those involved in criminal activities. Hon. Saheed Mosadoluwa’s stand against the illegal takeover of the property is now reinforced by the court’s decision, setting a precedent for accountability in such cases.
Baba Adinni and Iya Adinni: Harmony Gardens Chairman and Wife Inducted into Spiritual Roles
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.
Squad Powers OmniPay’s Trade Business to Simplify Payments for FMCG Industry
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.”
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.
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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