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Ogun royal family takes possession of disputed land.


Owolola Adebola

A notable royal family in Ijebuland, the Onosa Royal Family, has finally executed the warrant of possession of their family land located at Odogbolu Local Government area of Ogun State.

Consequently, the family obtained Form ‘O’ following a judgement it earlier obtained from High Court of Justice in the HCJ/214/19.
The family had earlier cried out to the Ogun State Police Command, to help it enforce a court order, granting it possession of several thousands of hectares of land in the locality.
The land is said to be in the region of 271.023 hectares with a survey plan OG/1134/2014 drawn by Pastor Lekan Taiwo,a registered Surveyor.
The family, from Odo-Onosa community of  Ikosi-Ejinrin Local Council Development Area, under Epe local council of Lagos State, said the contested land lapped to Lugben Araromi Abatiwa and Ita-Ala, up to Rusewe in Odogbolu Local Government area of Ogun State.

In a recent petition to the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, through the Assistant Chief Registrar of the State’s High Court of Justice, the Onosa family expressed frustration over its efforts to enforce the judgment concerning the landmass conceded to it.

The claimants, of the Onosa Ruling House, had in a lingering land dispute suit, secured a judgment from the state’s High Court of Justice, Ijebu-Ode Division, way back on May 3, 2018.

In the suit, the court had declared that the disputed land of 271.03 hectares belonged to the Onosa ruling house.

The ruling house, in the suit had been represented by Otunba David Okelarin and six others, being claimants, against Morufu Karounwi Salau and 17 others, being defendants.

In its letter to the Ogun State Police Command, renewed for the umpteenth time last week, the Onosa Ruling House stated that “I hereby apply for four armed policemen to assist the bailiffs of this honourable court in executing the judgment in compliance with the laid down directive, please.

“The parties and certified true copy of the judgment and the duly agreed writ of possession are herewith attached.”

The Onosa ruling house, in expressing its frustration, noted that the judgment, secured three years ago, had not been appealed against by the defendants, and that there was no stay-of-execution order on the court order, wondering why justice could not prevail.

It also lamented that the party that lost out in the suit had laid siege to the land, employing the services of land grabbers, urchins, and other criminals, all armed with various weapons and dangerous charms.

It thus appealed to the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edward Ajogun, to act swiftly, in the interest of justice and to help the society to uphold the sanctity of the rule of law.

It was in line with this that the execution of warrant of possession of the land took place on 25th of March 2021 and Form ‘O’ was consequently obtained.

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IGP grieves over assault on policewoman

Prof. Zainab Duke Abiola


— orders prosecution of culprits
 Owolola Adebola

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba,  has strongly condemned the grievous assault of a female Police Officer, Inspector Teju Moses, by her principal who is a Legal practitioner and human rights activist, Prof. Zainab Duke Abiola and her domestic staff comprising the housemaid, one Rebecca Enechido and a male suspect currently at large.

Zainab Duke, a Mbaise-born activist, grievously assaulted her orderly in the company of some accomplices on Tuesday 20th September 2022 at her residence in Garki, Abuja, due to the refusal of the orderly to breach professional ethics by carrying out menial and domestic chores at her house.

The IGP also directed the express prosecution of the arrested suspects who are currently in Police custody, as the preliminary investigation shows overwhelming evidence of culpability on the part of the Professor and her domestic staff.

The IGP has equally tasked the investigative team to ensure that the fleeing suspect is arrested and made to face the wrath of the law.

It is pertinent to clarify that the suspect, Prof. Zainab, who name-drops the IGP, his family members, and other officers in the top hierarchy of the Force has no acquaintance with the Police in any form as erroneously peddled on social media.

The Inspector-General of Police who similarly ordered the withdrawal of all Police personnel attached to the Professor expressed consternation at the fact that an individual who claims to be an advocate for Human Rights could stoop so low as to violate the rights of another individual, a police officer tasked with ensuring her protection.

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Customs collects N1.7trn  revenue in 8 months

CGC, Ali


–embarks on aggressive revenue hunts to meet target

The Eyewitness reporter

The Nigeria Customs Service has collected a whooping sum of  N1,755,386,486,390.02  as revenue in the first eight months of the year spanning January and August.

The service made the highest monthly earnings of N241,903,781,854.46 in August as the service intensifies its aggressive revenue drive to meet the expectations of the Federal Government which has come to rely on the revenue from the service to fund its critical project.

This follows the diversification of government to non-oil sectors and expands its tax base due to the dwindling revenue from the oil sector.
The revenue in the first eight months of 2022 is N363,436,321,614.95 higher than N1,391,950,164,775.97 the customs collected in the corresponding period of 2021.

Abuja has increased its focus on non-oil revenue sources, prompting higher expectations from revenue collection agencies such as the NCS, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), among others.

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Jamoh wears OFR diadem as Buhari confers national honour on NIMASA DG


The Eyewitness reporter 
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh, has expressed deep appreciation to President Mohammed Buhari for being conferred with one of the highest national honours in Nigeria, Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).

The Office of the Honourable Minister, Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, has conveyed this good news to Dr Jamoh in a letter of Award which has slated the investiture ceremony for the International Conference Center (ICC), Abuja on Monday, 10th October 2022.

Recall that Dr. Jamoh had served the Nigerian maritime sector as an administrator for over 30 years when he was appointed by President Buhari as the NIMASA DG in March 2020.

Since that time, he has overseen the successful deployment of the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure otherwise known as the Deep Blue Project which has played a major role in achieving a reduction of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea to its barest minimum since 1994 and culminating in Nigeria being removed from the infamous piracy red list by the International Maritime Bureau, IMB.

A hallmark of his tenure at the helm of NIMASA has been his institutionalization of collaboration among stakeholders, within and outside the country, to achieve significant milestones in the sector.

One notable example of this is his initiation of the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Collaboration Forum/ Shared Awareness and De-confliction (GOG-MCF/SHADE), which has demonstrated the positive outcomes of information sharing among regional and non-regional military forces in achieving a secure maritime space.

Reacting to the news on his social media handle, Dr Jamoh expressed gratitude for being considered for the honour stating:

“Words cannot express how humbled I feel to be so considered for the National Honour as an Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR).

“When I began my maritime journey 30 years ago, little did I know that Almighty Allah would so favour me to rise to the position of NIMASA DG, let alone to be considered for one of the highest honours in the land”.

Dr Jamoh especially thanked His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Standing Committee on National Honours Award for deeming him worthy of the honour while also appreciating everyone who had supported him throughout his tenure as NIMASA Director General, especially the maritime stakeholders.

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