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Heads of Akiogun Ruling House, Community Leaders, Others Pick Aremo Adesegun Oniru As Next Oniru of Iruland

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There appears to have been a breakthrough in the search for the next Oniru of Iruland in Lagos State as the heads of Akiogun Ruling House, community leaders, elders and youths of Iruland have picked a former commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development in the state, Prince Aremo Adesegun Abiodun Oniru as the next Oniru of Iruland.

Heads of Akiogun Ruling House, community leaders (baales) of some settlements in Iruland including Baale of Ilabare, Chief Ahmed Basorun, Baales of Oko Kuku, Ipewun, Osolu, Alakoto, Mosafejo, Falomo, Abule Ode amongst others unanimously agreed that Prince Adesegun Oniru should be installed as the next Oniru of Iruland.

Others including women, youths and several residents of the area, who were present at the venue of the declaration lent their voices to the choice of Prince Adesegun Oniru, son of the late Oniru of Iruland, Oba Abiodun Oniru, who died in September, 2019, as the next Oba of Iruland.

This declaration was however, preceded by a traditional rite, where kolanuts were thrown on the floor for a sign of approval or rejection.

The traditional rite was declared positive in favour of Prince Adesegun Oniru as the kolanuts turned to the positive side, an indication that his tenure as Oba would be peaceful and favourable to the town.

Prince Adesegun Oniru, an engineer, and administrator was born on March 11, 1965.

He attended Kafy Cross School, Lagos, St. Berriaden Private School, Ibara, Abeokuta, Hall School, Sussex, England, and Stafford House Tutorial College, England.

Adesegun Oniru also attended Waltham Forest College, U.K in 1989 and University of Westminster, U.K in 1991.

Prince Oniru was the Managing Director of Lagos State Waterfront and Tourism Development Corporation between 2003 and 2005, and Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure to Lagos State Governor in 2005.

He served as the Commissioner for Housing in Lagos State and later Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development in the state between 2007 and 2011.

It will be recalled that there had been wars amongst the various ruling houses in Iruland shortly after the demise of Oba Abiodun Oniru.

Just last week, a ruling house in the area, Abisogun Family described a report in a section of the media that the former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to ex-governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, Mr. Hakeem Ajasa has been picked as the next Oniru of Iruland in Lagos State as fake news.

According to the family, the selection of Ajasa, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) as the next Oniru of Iruland, is kangaroo and it was not known to the entire family.

The family said in a public notice titled; “Fake News By A Section of Abisogun Ruling House” that the “public and all interested parties are put on notice of the kangaroo selection of a person unknown to the entire Oniru Family to rule over their land and fill the currently vacant Oniru Chieftaincy stool.”

The family, who described themselves as Cheated Members of Abisogun Ruling House, alleged in the notice that was released to the media on Friday that being a policeman, they had information from reliable sources that Akeem Ajasa had harassed, intimidated and threatened other members of his ruling house.

The family insisted that from time immemorial, no member of any royal family could impose himself on the community.

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Fela’s statue at Allen Avenue pulled down by Lagos State Government

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Two years after former Governor of Lagos state Akinwunmi Ambode commissioned a statue of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti at Allen Avenue in Ikeja, the monument has been pulled by the state’s government. 

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s spokesperson, Gboyega Akosile who confirmed that the statue has been pulled down, said the roundabout where the statue was situated made the list of four roundabouts identified by the current administration as the major cause of gridlock in the state.

Other roundabouts that causes gridlock in the state were said to be located at Ikotun, Lekki-Epe expressway and Maryland. Akosile also told newsmen that the artwork will be relocated to a spot where it won’t cause traffic jam. 

Here are before and after photos of the spot the statue was placed at;

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BREAKING: Police detain House of Reps member, Shina Peller, in Lagos

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The police in Lagos State have reportedly arrested and detained a member of the House of Representatives, Shina Peller, at the Moroko Police Station.

Peller, who is representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa Federal Constituency, Oyo State, was allegedly arrested while trying to take the bail of some clubbers.

The lawmaker is the owner of a popular Lagos club, Quilox.

A statement by Peller’s Press Secretary, Kola Popoola, claimed that the lawmaker’s offence was not disclosed to him as his phones were seized.

He said, “Peller was at Moroko Police Station to bail some of Club Quilox’s customers who had allegedly parked on the road during a show at the club.

“Prior to the kickoff of the 36 hours non-stop show which usually holds every year at Quilox, Peller had informed the concerned Lagos traffic authorities to avoid unnecessary traffic gridlock.

“On getting to Moroko Police Station, the police started harassing Peller and even went as far as seizing all his phones for no reason.

“The continuous harassment and unjust detaining of a member of House of Representatives,Peller, by the police calls for urgent attention of the media, and the Commissioner of Police.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, did not take his calls and had yet to respond to a text message on the incident.

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Security Guard drilled over death of Chartered Accountant killed in Ikorodu

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The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu has ordered an in depth investigation into the death of Mutiu Agbosasa, the chartered accountant who was murdered in Ikorodu few months after returning to Nigeria from the United States where he lived for 45 years. 

The deceased’s security guard identified as Rohis Adamu Dana, has been placed in custody for questioning after reporting the incident to Ijede Police Station. 

44-year-old Adamu who disclosed that it did not occur to him to call neighbouring security guards for help, said he was sent to alert the police about the attack by his boss. 

A statement released by Lagos Police spokesperson, Elkana Bala reads; 

The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu psc has ordered an in depth investigation into the death of one Mutiu Agbosasa ‘m’ of Ginti Estate, Ijede, Ikorodu. On 15/12/2019 at about 2.30am one Rohis Adamu Dana ‘m’ a security man working with the said Mutiu Agbosasa reported at Ijede Police Station that his boss send him to call the Police. A team of Policemen led by the Divisional Police Officer rushed to the scene. Police found the corpse of the victim in his vehicle burnt beyond recognition.

The crime scene was cordoned off for forensic examination. Homicide detectives and forensic experts from the State Criminal Investigation Department were deployed to the scene for analysis. The corpse of the deceased person was evacuated to hospital for autopsy. The security guard who is 44 days old in the employment, was placed into custody for questioning.

In his statement, he stated that, on 14/12/2019 at about 10.30pm, he opened the gate for his boss to drive into the house and while closing the gate, four strange men entered the house through the pedestrian gate. That he heard his boss shouting that he should run and call the Police. That it did not occurred to him to call neighbouring security guards for help. Investigation is ongoing with a view to unravel the circumstances surrounding his death and to identify those behind the gruesome murder. Meanwhile, security is beefed up in the Estate.

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