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Olu of Warri Kingship Tussle: Chief Ayiri Emami and Capt. Hosa Okunbo, Who Blinks First??

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Since the demise of the immediate past Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli 1 Godfrey Emiko; there has been several controversies surrounding the selection process of the new Omoba designate and the soon-to-be crowned Olu of Warri, who would take the Itsekiri nation to the next level. After consulting the oracle and carrying out an extensive background check of various candidates who showed interest, the selection team headed by the Iyatsere of Warri kingdom and the acting chairman of Warri Council of Chiefs and the Olu Advisory Council, Chief Johnson Amatserunreleghe had finally settled for; Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko as the next Olu of Warri and the head of the Itshekiri nation.

Hosa Okunbo

On announcing the young chap, the news spread like wildfire as jubilation engulfed the ancient city on the newest development. Simultaneously, some aggrieved chiefs never agreed to the outcome of the selection process claiming it was marred with anomalies and discrepancies. Some went ahead to sponsor a campaign of calumny against the Omoba elect, claiming all sort to de-market him and as well pitch his people against his candidature. The factions broke into two as the suspended Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom (Traditional Prime Minister) Chief Ayiri Emami is hell-bent on not allowing the selected candidate to emerge as the Olu of Warri. From his body language, he and some other aggrieved chiefs are currently working underground to stall his coronation.

Sources averred that; Chief Ayiri is not directly against the emergence of Prince Emiko but because of Captain Wells Idahosa Okunbo, who happens to be the father-in-law of the Omoba elect, who was said to have moved all resources to support his son-in-law in his quest to become the Olu of Warri. “Chief Ayiri is just angry that Captain Hosa Okunbo waded into the kingship tussle. The Omoba elect is like a son to Captain Wells. He is married to his daughter Ivie Uhunoma Okunbo.

 

The union is blessed with three children namely; Oritsetsemaye, Oritsetemisan and Oritsetimeyin. It also has a political undertone if I must be frank. Ayiri is angry that a man of Benin Origin would have so much say and grip in the selection process of the Itshekiri nation. All he should have done is to allow peace reign since the outcome of the selection process was made public knowledge. All he should be interested in is working with a youthful person who will move the ancient Itshekiri nation forward.”

As it stands it seems the battle line has been drawn between Ayiri and Okunbo over the installation of his son-in-law as the Olu of Warri but Sources further said; Ayiri has threatened that he will resist every attempt that Emiko emerges the Olu of Warri and Okunbo has also said his selection and installation will hold. He also claimed that his suspension as Ologbotsere remains null and void. For Captain Okunbo, Emiko has been selected and must be coronated as the king. “Only time will be the umpire as to who blinks first in this fierce battle between the two billionaires on who gets crowned as the Olu of Warri Kingdom.”

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BREAKING: FBI INDICTMENT: IGP SUSPENDS DCP ABBA KYARI, INAUGURATES 4-MAN PANEL FOR INVESTIGATION

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Sequel to the level of the numerous allegation of corruption leveled against super cop DCP Abba Kyari by the FBI over his involvement in taking funds from Celebrity fraudster Abass Olorunwa known as Hushpuppi, The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has recommended the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari, the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), from the Service of the Nigeria Police Force, pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigation touching on him.

 

The IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July, 2021, noted that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force. The IGP further noted that the suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference. The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.

The Special Investigation Panel (SIP), comprising four (4) Senior Police Officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID). The SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The SIP is also to obtain a detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations leveled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force Leadership on the matter.

Meanwhile, the IGP has reaffirmed the commitment of the Force to the Rule of Law and assured the public of the sanctity of the probe as well as the absolute respect for the rights and privileges of the officer throughout the period of the investigations.

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NAS tackles NBC over censorship of Media

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The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has kicked against what it called “blatant assault on press freedom” by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). The organisation declared that the directive by the regulatory body to Television and Radio stations not to “divulge” details of bandits, kidnappers and terrorists during Newspaper Reviews is unconstitutional as it violates freedom of expression of citizens and seeks to prevent the press from performing its duties enshrined in Section 22 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended) to hold government accountable on behalf of the people.

The NAS Capoon, Mr Abiola Owoaje in a statement titled: “NBC’s Bullying of the Media Unacceptable” stated that the regulatory body by its latest action wants to suppress press freedom and restrict access of information to Nigerians.

According to Owoaje, NBC by the directive intends to criminalise journalism and prevents victims of terrorism, banditry and other associated crimes from getting justice.

“The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) notes with considerable concern the sudden brazenness, repressive instincts and open partisanship being exhibited by the NBC in the interpretation of its regulatory remit in recent times. We unequivocally condemn these unethical attempts by the NBC to browbeat radio and television stations, and other organs of the Press, in a desperate bid to cow the Press.
Besides, we cannot find any justification for the bizarre NBC
directive; even on the hackneyed excuse of a security necessity, other than to
keep Nigerians in the dark about the uncomfortable reality of the insurgency
and the seeming inability of the security agencies to halt the spate of
insecurity across the country,” he said.

Owoaje stated further that contrary to what the security agencies would want Nigerians to believe, ferocious attacks on insurgents, kidnappers, killer herdsmen and bandits continue unabated in the country.
“We implore the executive arm of government to rein in the NBC to desist from its overt clampdown on press freedom.

The NBC should withdraw its illegal directive as it is unhelpful and counterproductive to the fight against insecurity in the country. Rather than see the media as the enemy, the media should be seen as a patriotic partner that can rally Nigerians to support the efforts of the government in tackling the myriad of security challenges afflicting our country. A free and unfettered press makes democracy thrive and is not merely a liberal indulgence. This is what Nigerians need. This is what we demand. We reject the shackles the NBC wants to foist on the media,” the statement added.

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Half-Year Performance: Transcorp Plc Shows Powerful Growth as Profit Leaps by 713%

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Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp) has released its unaudited results for the half-year ended June 2021, recording significant improvement across its major income lines.

The Conglomerate with strategic investments in the Power, Hospitality, and Energy sectors, recorded a profit after tax of N6.5bn, rising by 713% up from N0.8bn recorded in June of the previous year. Other key highlights of the result include the following:

  • Revenue rose by 53%, from N35.0bn in June 2020 to N53.3bn in the period under consideration.
  • Gross profit grew by 60%, from N14.7bn in June 2020 to N23.5bn in June 2021.
  • Profit before tax rose by 689% from N0.9bn in June 2020 to N7.1b in June 2021.

Commenting on the performance, Transcorp’s President/Group CEO, Mrs. Owen Omogiafo, reiterated the Conglomerate’s commitment towards producing long-term value and sustainable impact. “We are pleased to see the sustained growth in our group performance, which was achieved as a result of the improved performance across all the sectors we operate in. The revenue achieved in our power business grew by 48%, as a result of improved gas supply and increased generation capacity”, she stated.

Commenting on the hospitality sector, Omogiafo stated that the company’s strategic actions have resulted in a growth in revenue of up to 84%, despite the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the Nigerian and global hospitality industries. She expressed confidence in the company’s recovery strategies, citing the recent official launch of Aura, the company’s digital hospitality platform, as a testament to that confidence.

On the Group’s capacity to sustain its performance, Omogiafo said, “We do not plan to rest on our oars. We will continue to sweat our existing assets and explore new frontiers, as we continue to deliver on our purpose of Improving Lives and Transforming Nigeria.”

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