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Fresh trouble brews in Ibadan as Balogun defies Olubadan’s order on Egungun festival



Ibadan masqueraders, in large number, on Wednesday converged on the Aliiwo family house of the Otun Olubadan, Oba Lekan Balogun, to entertain him and his guests.

The event was against the directive issued by the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, that only him and Governor Seyi Makinde should play host to the masqueraders this year.

Ahead of the beginning of the annual festival on Monday, Oba Adetunji had through his Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Publicity, Adeola Oloko, said: “Only the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, and the Olubadan of Ibadanland would be entertained by the masqueraders”.

But, the masqueraders turned out in large numbers, coming into the large compound one after the other to entertain Oba Balogun, who was accompanied by his colleague-Obas, including Balogun of Ibadanland, Owolabi Olakulehin, Eddy Oyewole, Lateef Adebimpe, Hamidu Ajibade , among others, to shower gifts on the masqueraders as they danced and prayed for peace, stability and growth of Ibadanland.

The climax of the festival, which included an acrobatic display by the local gymnasts, was the traditional killing of a dog – a ritual statutorily reserved for one of the foremost masquerades in Ibadanland, “Atipako”.

Speaking with reporters after the ritual, which was followed by a downpour, Oba Balogun described the programme as “incredibly fantastic”.

He wondered why the Olubadan should insist that he alone among the members of Olubadan-in-Council should receive the masqueraders in his palace.

The monarch added that Oba Adetunji, ever before he qualified to host the masqueraders by virtue of his position then as “Ekerin Balogun”, had to plead for it from the late Oba Odugade Odulana and the late monarch graciously approved it with inputs from some of the then High Chiefs.

“It is now inexplicable why Oba Adetunji should wish to deny those of us who genuinely qualify to host the masqueraders.

“Olubadan tried it last year and failed just as he has equally failed to stop the outing this year. What he stands to benefit from robbing our tradition which should be promoted by him remains unknown to us. But, thankfully, the custodians of the masquerades had taken it upon themselves to protect the tradition in defiance of his order which lacks logic.

“For the umpteenth time, we are saying we have no problem with him as the Ibadan foremost monarch and the reform being attacked by him has not in any way diminished his status. As Otun Olubadan, I’m behind him just like other high chiefs promoted as Obas and we still retain our titles,” the monarch said.

When Oba Balogun was reminded that ordinarily, the pronouncement of a monarch should automatically be binding on all his subjects and their defiance amounts to insubordination, he said “the popular saying in Yoruba that ‘toba lase’ presupposes that Oba would always weigh his directive before making pronouncement”.

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N1bn Debt: AMCON Takes Over Ex- Minister, Demola Seriki’s Assets



The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) on Monday said it carried out the order of the Federal High Court, Lagos, to take over two choice properties belonging to Ademola Seriki.

Mr Seriki is a former Minister of State for Defence as well as a former Supervising Minister for Mines and Steel Development.

The dispute between Mr Seriki and AMCON had lingered for some time over debt valued at almost N1 billion before the matter was brought the court for settlement.

Mr Seriki’s non-performing loans obligation was sold to the AMCON by the defunct Oceanic and Skye Banks.

Several attempts by the corporation to explore a peaceful resolution of the outstanding obligation failed.

But the case was eventually brought before the court for settlement.

“When all efforts to amicably resolve the loan was frustrated by the former minister and a prominent member of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), the corporation was left with no other choice than to defer the matter to court.

“Having looked at the case over time, the court ordered AMCON to take over the assets of the APC chieftain,” AMCON said in a statement by its spokesperson, Jude Nwauzor.

After a review of the claims and counter-claims by the legal counsels representing all the parties, the court presided by Justice Chuka Austine Obiozor ordered AMCON to take over the two properties located in Lagos and Abuja.

Pursuant to the court order, the AMCON, through Oak Partners, who works for the corporation as one of its Asset Management Partners (AMPs) said on Monday it took custody of the two properties.

AMCON said it also received protective orders from the court to take possession of the properties.

The corporation said the two properties include those located at No. 1A & 1B, Jalupon Close, Surulere, Lagos, and the other at No. 4, Djibouti Crescent, a high-brow area of Wuse 2, Abuja.

Mr Nwauzor confirmed the taking over of the two properties pursuant to its mandate as directed by the Federal High Court.

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Police Find Corpse Of Ex-Senate President’s Brother, Killers Still On The Run



The police has found the corpse of Hashimu Mantu, younger brother to former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu. 

Although the killers are yet to be found, the police said the body of the deceased was discovered in Chanso Village.

Mantu was kidnapped in his hometown three days ago, according to family members.

The Plateau State Police Command said the victim’s phone was found beside his corpse that has now been released to the family for burial. 

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AFRIFF 2019: Edem Dotse wins Best Student Short Film



The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) 2019 came to an end yesterday as Linger by Edem Dotse wins the Best Student Short Film category award.

At the beginning of the eight edition of the popular festival, TECNO Mobile — as part of its commitment to developing and encouraging mobile cinematography and storytelling in Nigeria — partnered with Kiki Mordi and Nora Awolowo to deliver a masterclass on the use of smartphone for film making & storytelling.

The grand finale was the Awards Night, a colorful ceremony that was attended by A-list movie personalities from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. The ceremony played host to a number of big names in Nollywood, including Rita Dominic, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Ini Edo, Uche Jombo, among others.

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Cross-section of dignitaries and celebrities at the AFRIFF 2019 Awards Night

Apart from the lecture series, TECNO also sponsored and presented the best Student Short Film category award, won by Edem Dotse’s Linger, at the glamorous AFRIFF Globe Awards.

Mr. Chidi-General Manager Transsion holdings Presenting the cheque to the winner of the Best Student Short Film Category in AFRIFF 2019

As the theme of this year’s award is Sheroes, the organizers and their partners are using this edition to celebrate the extraordinary women in the film industry, those stellar personalities who enable us to dream and celebrate storytelling, thus, impacting the society.

The Awards Night also included the recognition of The Ghost & The House of Truth as the Best Nigerian Film, with the Best Director won by Akin Omotoso for the same movie.  The Best Documentary award went to In Search by Beryl Magoko, while the Best Actress category award was won by Kate Henshaw, who acted Officer Stainless in The Ghost & House of Truth.

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On that high note, this year’s edition of AFRIFF 2019 came to an end, bringing to a conclusion an event full of fun, glitz and glamor.

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