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Ned Nwoko’s Baseless Assassination Plot… Why He Is After Gabriel Ogbechie!

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Businessman-cum-politician, Prince Ned Nwoko of Idumuje-Ugboko community in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, who reliable sources say has continued to pull the strings of false stories, has alleged that another prominent son of the community who is the chairman of Rainoil, Chief Gabriel Ogbechie, is sponsoring a plot to assassinate him.
This, however, was found not to be true.
According to a petition he wrote to the office of the Commissioner of Police, Abuja, Ogbechie was mentioned as sponsor of the plan to kill him by two suspects in Kuje Prison. He alleged in the petition that his wife, Regina Daniels, was told by one Wale Jana that he (Jana) was informed about the plot by an inmate who overheard the suspects discussing how to assassinate him.
Part of Ned’s petition reads:
_“I was reliably informed by my wife, Regina Daniels, who was also informed by one Mr. Wale Jana, that the suspects who were arrested and remanded at the Kuje Correctional Centre in connection with the murder case in my village, are plotting to cause me harm and possibly kill me._
_From the information made available to me, the evil plot is being sponsored by one Chief Gabriel Ogbechie, the chairman of Rainoil. I came to this conclusion because, according to the report sent to my wife by Wale Jana, an inmate in the same room with the suspects at the correctional facility who pretended to be sleeping heard them plotting to harm me by conspiring with others outside the prison yard. From what he heard, the sponsor of the planned attack owns a filling station and is in the business of oil and gas and hails from the community around. As far as I know, the only person that fits that description is one Chief Gabriel Ogbechie…”_
Meanwhile, if it were not for the involvement of the police, the nakedness of Ned Nwoko’s false assassination theory would have gained public acceptance.
Based on Ned’s petition, Chief Gabriel Ogbechie and other people were reportedly invited by the police for questioning, including Ogbechie’s lawyer. The case got to the office of the Inspector-General of Police who then put together an investigative team to probe the allegation. In the course of investigation, Ned was asked to present the said Wale Jana who he said in his petition overheard the suspects plotting to kill him, but Ned changed the story. He was said to have told the police that the person who actually heard the suspects planning to kill him was not Jana but one Ossy Boise. When he was asked to present the Boise, Ned said the guy was dead. Then the police reportedly asked him to tell them how the Boise died, where he died, what killed him and where the autopsy report is, to which Ned could not make available any proof. Consequently, the case was dismissed by the police.
It was after his plot hit the rocks that, we gathered, Ned Nwoko decided on an escapee method by pushing the story to the public domain. In his public narrative, Ned claimed that the Boise that died was actually poisoned and that Gabriel Ogbechie was behind his killing so that Boise wouldn’t be able to testify against him (Ogbechie) in the case.
Logically, Ned Nwoko’s narratives were clear falsehoods, based on two premises. The first premise is that, in the petition that he wrote alleging a plot to kill him, Ned mentioned one Mr. Wale Jana as the person who informed his wife someone overheard the suspects discussing the plot. When Ned was asked to present the Wale Jana, he changed the story. Ned said that it was not Jana but one Boise. The second premise is that, when the two community youths were arrested, they were arrested and detained for murder. When they were taken to court, the judge said that they should be remanded in Kuje Correctional Centre pending the conclusion of investigation. But Kuje Correctional Centre was overcrowded and because of the coronavirus protocols, the two suspects were remanded at Suleja Correctional Centre. In other words, Ned was not aware that the suspects he claimed were overheard plotting his assassination in Kuje Correctional Centre were indeed being detained in Suleja Correctional Centre.
Therefore, sources said, it is clear as crystal that it was false narrative that Ned pushed to the public place and these revelations have verified the fact that, indeed, there was no plan by anyone to kill Ned Nwoko; it is just a plot to malign Chief Gabriel Ogbechie. Sources also confirmed that the assassination theory, including ceaseless media attacks, is actually part of face-saving efforts to get back at Chief Gabriel Ogbechie, who he perceives as supporting those he (Ned) is being oppressed in a community land tussle that dates back to twenty years.
According to insiders, Ogbechie has been challenging Ned, in courteous manner, on his violation of the due process required to acquire a community land, asking of him to engage the leadership of the community properly in doing so. The land crisis involves Idumuje-Ugboko community from where both Ned and Ogbechie hails and all Chief Ogbechie has been doing is to bring peace back to Idumuje-Ugboko community and to compel Ned Nwoko to protect and preserve the throne and the family heritage and not drag the throne and, indeed, the Idumuje-Ugboko community to disrepute.
The problem began in Year 2000. Ned Nwoko had approached the late King of Idumuje-Ugboko, HRH Obi Albert Nwoko that he wanted to be allocated 33 hectares of land because he was bringing investors to the community to build a Cattle Ranch and Dairy Farm where the youths of the community would be employed. The late king excitedly allocated the 33 hectares of land to Ned as requested, for free, we learnt. However, instead of fulfilling his promise to bring investors to Idumuje-Ugboko, Ned only erected his personal mansion on a portion of the land and held on to the remaining part without any development.
Few years after that, Ned again approached the late king to request for another 100 hectares of land upon which he promised to build a sports university, the first of its kind in sub-Sahara Africa. But the king refused him, on the ground that the 33 hectares of land he was earlier given which he has failed to put to use for development as promised, was still causing crisis in the community. The king then asked him to first start the sports university on the remaining portion of 33 acres and more lands would be added if that was not enough for the university project. Sources said that Ned was not comfortable with the king’s suggestion. Hence, he reportedly kept pressure on the king on the matter and in the process, the king died on the 9th of February 2017.
The Idumuje-Ugboko’s kingship is hereditary; so, it is expected that when a king dies, one of his children would naturally take the throne. In that regard, the late king’s first son, Prince Chukwunomso Nwoko, was chosen to succeed his father and the necessary rites to that effect were undertaken. According to sources, Ned Nwoko soon approached the Prince and told him that his late father had already promised him a hundred hectares of land for the university project. But the Prince reportedly replied Ned that he was privy to the agreement he had with his late father, which was for him to first start the university project on the remaining part of the 33 hectares earlier allotted to him. The Prince told him that until he started the project on the first land, the palace could not give him another land. Ned didn’t like that, sources said, thus, he reportedly began working against the Prince’s candidacy to the throne.
According to reliable sources, Ned got in touch with people relevant to events that would make the Prince to get his staff of office, applying pressures on them and eventually the Prince has not received the staff of office till date. A meeting was reportedly called by elders of the community to deliberate on the next line of action but, according to information, thugs suspected to be working for Ned Nwoko invaded the meeting place and disrupted the process. The meeting was then relocated to the palace. Again, we gathered, thugs stormed the palace, but the youths of the community rose to defend the palace and stop the thugs. Tension arose and it degenerated to a free-for-all.
Following the palace scuffle, we learned, Ned Nwoko wrote a petition to the police headquarters in Abuja that somebody, a certain Okada rider from Onicha-Ugbo, was killed in the palace and the community youths be held for murder. Subsequently, two of the community youths were reportedly arrested. In the course of the investigation, nobody was found to have died in the palace encounter. But based on Ned’s petition to the police, the arrested youths were taken to court and remanded in Kuje Correctional Centre pending the conclusion of the investigation. Few days after, and before the final funeral rites for HRH Albert Nwoko, Ned wrote another petition to the police against the Prince and president general of the Idumuje-Ugboko Development Union (UDU), Mr. Okey Ifejiokwu. Both the Prince and the community union president were arrested. That was when prominent personalities in the community decided to intervene. Pressure was, however, mounted on Ned by Ogbechie and elders of the community and the Prince was released, leaving Ifejiokwu in police net. The Rainoil chairman later got a lawyer for Ifejiokwu through whom he secured his release from custody. That was where the problem between Ned and Ogbechie actually started. Ned had assumed that Ogbechie was supporting people against him. Hence, the assassination plots.

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All You Need To Know About Otunba Tomori Williams Conferment As Aare Onikoyi Of Yorubaland

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Sunday, February 28, will be etched in the history of Oyo Town for a very long time.

This is because it was the day that the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, conferred the title of Aare Onikoyi of Yorubaland on Otunba Tomori Williams.

Indeed, on that day, endless blessings flowed, as the town was agog with activities.

The three days event was incomparable to anything that had been seen in the state, as mouths were left agape by the display of wealth, opulence and taste.

Kicking off with a DJ night on Friday, February 26, guests were treated to a night of dance music.

If the first day was for the young at heart, the second day which saw guests hosted to a Sabaka Night was something else, as a blend of adults and youths enjoyed themselves to traditional old school music.

 

The climax of the event was on Sunday, February 28. Guests witnessed a show stopper event with people from all works of life in attendance.

Kicking off at 10: AM, the palatial marquee, the venue of the event stood tall at the Aganju Forecourt of Alaafin’s palace. Indeed, it was a sight to behold as it was tastefully designed with drapes of delicate fabrics, chill air conditions, metal detectors, and what have you.

 

Indeed, such a marquee had never been spotted in the history of the town, as a lot of people confessed.

While the massive marquee served as the venue of the event, a smaller one was made available for the comfort of food vendors. It was indeed mind-blowing.

 

As expected, inside the marquee was a gathering of who-is-who, as almost all the important personalities in the southwest were in attendance.

Present at the event were notables such as Oyo State Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Alao Akala, House of Representative member, Hon. Shina Peller, Elegushi of Ikate Kingdom, Oba Saheed Elegushi, Akinsiku of Lagos, Olalekan Dosunmu, and Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Oloyede Gbadamosi.

Also present were Oloyan of Oyankingdom, Oba Kelani and his Olori, Alara of Ilara Epe, Oba Folarin Ogunsanwo, the Lagos/mainland council of white cap chiefs, Osolo of Isolo, Oba Kabiru Agbabiaka, Onibogun of Ibogun, Oba Ifakayode Ajigbotifa, Chief Executive Officer of Sodium Brand Solutions Limited, Bisoye Fagade, Chief Olawale Andus, the Aro of Oto, representative of Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Mogaji Nureni Akanbi; the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams and Onishagisha of Magodo.

 

Others at the event were Ambassador Ayanlakin, Oloye Akin Fijabi, Chief Wale Saranda, Chief (Mrs) Kadijat Bakare, Bashiru Fakorede, Mustapha Dodo among others.

Music was supplied by King of Fuji music, Wasiu Ayinde Marshall, and Mayegun of Yorubaland who ensured that guests dance into the evening, as he dished out both old and new songs to the amazement of guests present.

 

Presenting certificate of office to the newly installed Aare Onikoyi of Yorubaland, Oba Adeyemi described Aare Tomori Williams as a brave successful businessman whose philanthropic gestures can’t be overemphasized.

Aare Tomori Williams is the MD/CEO of T. Williams Construction Nig. Limited, the Managing Director of Olaleye Property and Investment Limited, MD Maintek Property, and MD Olaleye New Town Developments Ltd. His various working expertise includes Real Estate Developments, Construction, and Consultancy.

 

Indeed, history will remember Aare Tomori Williams for a long time to come.

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Sanwo-Olu, Kenny Martins, Dele Momodu, Others To Attend IntegrityReporters 4th Annual Public  Lecture .

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Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Chairman, Ovation Media Group, Basorun Dele Momodu ,Kenny Martins and other eminent personalities across the country are billed to attend the IntegrityReporters newspaper  4th  Annual public lecture series.

According to the press release signed by the publisher of integrityreporters newspaper and convener Mr. Adewale Ogunniran, says that the programme is slated for Thursday 25th march, 2021,at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos while the title of the lecture is “Security Challenge And Implication On National Development”.

The event will be chaired by Chief Dele Momodu,one of the most decorated media mogul in Africa, governor of centre of excellence ,Lagos state will be Special Guest Of Honour and the opinion leader Chief Kenny Martins will do the justice to the topic as Guest speaker.

Others that will do justice to the topic as discussants are,AIG Dasuki Galadmach FCID, Alagbon,Lagos, the popular essayist and columnist a trained lawyer Dr. Festus Adedayo, Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland Aare Gani Adams,  Lagos state Commissioner of  police Hakeem Odumosu,Otunba  Olusegun Abiru,Rtd. Comdr Olawunmi among many security experts and opinion leaders.

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WOMEN SHOULD ENGAGE IN PROFITABLE VENTYRE AND GAIN INSPIRATION TO LIVE FULFIFILLED LIVES

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Mrs Iyiola Olatokunbo Edun is the Executive Director, Grace Schools, comprising of both primary and secondary arms .Grace School is also the official Representative of the Loyalist College of Technology, Canada in Nigeria. Edun bagged a Bachelors of Arts Degree in History from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a Masters of Arts Degree in Comparative History from the University of Essex, all in the UK.She later completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Lagos. She speaks on the role of women in the society, impact of Covid-19 on learning, Parental issues among others.

 

MEASURES IN ENHANCING THE LEARNING PROCESS

We have embarked on several measures to accelerate learning and deliver qualitative teaching for our students.Covid-19 has also enabled us to be more pro-active and dynamic in our teaching endeavor. We had to adopt 3 approaches as students were not forced to come to school. The three learning methods are online , Hybrid- 3 days in school , 2 at home and 5 day physical attendance in school. The strategy we adopted was the use of questionnaires for parents to choose what they want. The fees were different and they had choices. Basically learning remains the same thing but it is now left to parents to supervise their children.

HUGE COST OF COVID-19

It should not be overemphasized that Covid pandemic affected schools more than any other sector. We invested huge sums of money on data for our teachers. We also had to procure Germicidal lamps from overseas. We paid in dollars and they came through courier in order to facilitate speedy delivery. We obtained the lamps before school resumed and they were faced in all the classrooms. We also invested a lot of funds in sanitizing the entire school compound. We had to invest huge funds with view to cushion the effects of covid-19. The school had to stop some extra-curricular activities to aid social distancing.

 

 

IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON LEARNING

Before the advent of Covid, we actually prepared about the possibility of setting up online learning schooling for our students. We started the test run already before lockdown and it now launched the school into a new technology. We already installed things place and the process commenced with the training of all our teachers. There were some teething problems associated with such novel ideas but we were able to overcome. Some parents were not patient during this period but it eventually became a success. It is an innovation we adapted to aid learning and facilitate the teaching process. Some of the students also took time to get accustomed to it but eventually, they enjoy the system better through interactions and engagement session with their peers online. It is impressive to note that some the students even in the primary school developed their own videos and started their own YouTube channels. These are primary school pupils who are brilliant. The students are more independent and more technically sound. I joined some of the classes through zoom it was a great experience.          The investment in ICT has impacted positively on our students as well as our teachers. The role of Technology cannot be underestimated in view of its relevance to accelerate the learning process.

 


 

PARENTAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Parents need to be alive to their responsibilities. A lot of Nigerian parents have abandoned their functions to the school. It is the responsibility of the parents to teach their children basic values such as politeness and courtesy. It should be emphasized that the school is meant to reinforce the training parents give their children. Parents should not abdicate their responsibilities to the school. Parents should teach their children basic values so that schools can deliver qualitative learning. Charity actually begins at home. Parents blame schools for performance but they also need to be involved in the learning process. It has been observed over time that parents are non-challant about the performance of their children academically. The other side of it is that they (Parents) blame the school while neglecting their own roles and responsibilities. Parents need to exercise patience in rating schools and this is more of a Nigerian mentality as parents are quick to blame schools for poor standard. Teachers need to be accorded respect as we are more like parents to the children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE SOCIETY

I was brought up by a very strict mum. My mother had strength in talking which she used in passing across key messages.   My mum didn’t give anything on a platter of Gold. She ensured that I work to earn whatever I deserve. I was exposed to several things through my mother and she ensured that I had the basic fundamentals of becoming a woman of repute. It has become imperative for women to create an enabling environment and monitor their children. The role of women cut across the home and the society. It is also important for women to know Know the peculiarities of every individual child.  Women should engage in profitable ventures and gain inspiration to live a fulfilled life. It is important for women never to be discouraged in any way. There are myriad of challenges facing women in our society but women should not quit. I have had strong women in my life who have also provided the platform for me to rise beyond my challenges. My Master’s thesis was on women and how they cope with challenges and life in my life generally. It is important for women to have confidence in themselves. Women should strive to be independent and never be a burden on the society.  In Nigeria being a woman is at disadvantage because we are referred as second class citizens already. Women should also endeavor to obtain sound education, which no one can take away from them. They need to have the courage and Confidence to face life. They should not see themselves as inferior in any way. A lot of women are undergoing stress and they are unable to seek professional counsel and this causes serious threat to their health. They should belong to a network of positive women who can tackle challenges together and discuss issues . Women should seek help when they have challenges. There are professionals to seek and find people. There are professional counselors in churches. They should also engage in hobbies and some activities that will give them inspiration. The older women should also provide counseling for the younger ones in order to support them in life

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