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BALOGUN MARKET CRISIS : Court Restrain Chief Okey Ezeibe, Six Others From Forceful Removal Of Market Union leadership

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BALOGUN MARKET CRISIS : Court Restrain Chief Okey Ezeibe, Six Others From Forceful Removal Of Market Union leadership

BALOGUN MARKET CRISIS : Court Restrain Chief Okey Ezeibe, Six Others From Forceful Removal Of Market Union leadership

 

A Lagos State High Court,sitting in Lagos has restrained former President and Member, Board of Trustees of the Balogun Business Association,BBA, Chief Okey Ezeibe.from forcefully taking over the Secretariat, Assets, Funds and properties belonging to the traders Association.

 

BALOGUN MARKET CRISIS : Court Restrain Chief Okey Ezeibe, Six Others From Forceful Removal Of Market Union leadership

 

Others who were restrained and sued along side Chief Ezeibe as defendants , are Chief Alex Obi – Odunukwe ,Chief Ifeanyi Okwuma, Chief Ikechukwu Obiora , Commissioner of Police,Lagos State, ACP Halilu ,Area Commander, Area ‘E’ , Command, FESTAC, CSP Tolani , Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Trade Fair Complex, Lagos.

 

 

The decision of the Court is coming on the heels of last Monday’s alleged purported botched Police invasion and attempted move to foist an illegal leadership on the traders, by Chief Ezeibe, who was said to have employed the help of Police operatives from Area ‘E’ Command ,FESTAC, led by a Superintendent of Police, SP ( Names withheld) and the Operations Officer, OPS.
While delivering his ruling on the Enrolment of Order, in the suit dated Monday, 5th July, 2021, delineated as SUIT NO : ID/4749GCM/2021, the presiding Judge, Honourable Justice A.M Lawal , made the Order after hearing the Application of Barristers Ken .I. Ugwu and C. A. Obianika, Counsels for the traders, represented by the Incorporated Trustees of Balogun Business Association, BBA and six other persons.
He Said: ” I have considered the application in its entirety. paragraph 24 of the affidavit in support , states that the defendants( Chief Okechukwu Ezeibe and six others) planned to take over ‘viet armis’ the secretariat of Balogun Business Association, which may lead to a breakdown of law and order. ”
” In order to avert this ugly situation, the interest of Justice demands a grant of some preemptive succours to the Claimant pending when they will comply with the requirements of the pre- election protocol. ”
The court stated that ” The defendants (Chief Okechukwu Ezeibe and six others) are accordingly restrained as sought in the interim , pending the Claimants compliance with the pre- election “. Justice Lawal also ordered that ” the defendants ( chief Okechukwu Ezeibe and six others) are restrained from taking over or attempting to take over the secretariat, assets, funds and properties of the first Claimant (BBA) ,Including her international centre for commerce , trade fair Complex “.
He further gave a legal backing to the administration and control by BBA Care Taker Committee, CTC, led by Honourable Anselem Duru , by ruling that ” the second claimant shall maintain and control the management of the affairs, assets and funds of the First Claimant, including her international centre of commerce, trade fair Complex , pending the Claimants compliance with the pre-action protocol formalities.”

On how Chief Ezeibe and his group would be notified of the court order which was counter signed by the Court Registrar, Mr. B. Y . Sadiku, the Judge granted leave to the Trustee and six others , permitting them to serve the order of the court on the defendants together with the pre – action protocol documents through the sheriffs of this court.

It would be recalled that Vanguard Newspaper had in their breaking news reported sporadic shootings in the market on Monday, which was allegedly occasioned by a botched attempt to take over the traders secretariat and foist an illegal leadership. Confirming the incident in his office yesterday, the Chief Security Officer, CSO, Spy Deputy Superintendent Of Police, DSP Celestine Emechebe, who denied granting interview to Vanguard Newspaper as quoted in their publication, stated that about 100 police officers from Area ‘E’ , in a convoy of Operational Vehicles, had stormed their market on Monday and drove down to their secretariat without booking their arrival at his security post. According to him, the ulterior motives and mission of the police Officers from Area ‘E’ Command were thwarted by the agile and eagle eyed police Operatives from the Force Criminal Investigation Department, FCID, Annex ,Alagbon ,led by an Assistant Superintendent of Police ASP Adeoye Callistus, who confronted them and refused to allow them achieve their aims and objectives of storming the market.

CSO also said that his men over heard the Area ‘E’ officers, when they told the FCID Operatives, who had been on ground to ensure peace, law and order, that they came from Lagos commissioner of Police, to install a new leadership in the market.
Collaborating the CSO’S account of the incident, the former Treasurer and frontrunner presidential Aspirant in the forth coming elections in the market, High Chief (Dr.) John Ezeakor, popularly called ‘Ojiji ‘, pointed accusing fingers at Chief Ezeibe and his opposition camp for plotting the botched plan to foist an illegal leadership on the traders . In his words, “Enough is enough for this hooligalism and thuggery which Chief Ezeibe and his co- travellers have continued to unleash on genuine traders in our market continually. How can people who have no stake in the market, have no shops and businesses, would alway want to cause mayhem. Market is not owned by an individual and come to think that Ezeibe who is a car seller outside our market, conducted an illegal kangaroo election in a hotel and now wants to use policemen to dethrone a legitimate Care taker committee, this is rascality taken too far. He disobeys Court Orders at will and Government appears to overlook these conduct breaching public peace. This Market is not the birth right of Ezeibe or Anambra State Traders alone. Other States like Enugu my State, should be allowed to lead “.
The Out going President, Chief Tony Obih, had carpeted the purported elections, stated that it was illegal, null and void , as the life span of the legal Caretaker Committee was still subsisting until June 31, pending BBA’s legally planned elections in July, 2021.
This is even as a Federal High Court sitting before Justice I.E. Ekwo in Abuja, the federal capital territory, was said to have barred the Corporate Affairs Commission CAC from expunging the names of the Incorporated Trustees of Balogun Business Association, Chiefs Tony Obih, Jonathan Okpala, Balogun John Ezeako, Nicholas Okeke and Hon. (Chief) Anslem Dunu ,Business; all registered trustees of BBA. The court also barred the factional group led by one Chief Okey Ezeibe from conducting any election into elective positions in defiance to the existing Caretaker Committee and or disregarding the committee in the discharge of it’s statutory functions pending such time when the atmosphere was clear for the conduct of election by the caretaker committee .
The order of the court followed an action brought to it by barrister John Duru, counsel to the Applicants in suit N0 FHC/ABJ/CS/451/2021 praying the court for an order of perpetual injunction (certoriari) barring the CAC from taking such action of expunging their names from the certificate of incorporation.
In a motion experte, the court, granted the leave of the Applicants stopping the CAC hereinafter referred to as Respondent from carrying out the action including further interference in the affairs of the BBA. Meanwhile, Police department at the Force Criminal investigation Department, Alagbon, Lagos, had wielded into the crisis that has bedeviled the hitherto peaceful Market.
It was learnt that a private detective (names withheld) , took the initiative to petition the Police authorities, to avert imminent threat to peace and possible break down of law and order in the market.

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HON. PRINCE IDRIS BALOGUN THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR EGBE /IDIMU 2025 CHAIRMAN

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HON. PRINCE IDRIS BALOGUN THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR EGBE /IDIMU 2025 CHAIRMAN

 

 

For years, Prince Idris Balogun popularly refer to asOluomo Kafata and SLA to the Senate of the federal Republic of Nigeria has been a dedicated and loyal member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) political party, in Alimosho Lagos State, His unwavering loyalty to the party has been evident through his consistent hard work, services and dedication to serving the party and people of Alimosho especially Egbe idimuLCDA,his free ride of school children and masses over the years upon the fact it is coming from his personal earnings is a testimony of his large heart ,he has shown perseverance and resilience in the face of challenges, always working tirelessly to ensure victory for the party at all levels, improve the welfare of the residents and promote the development of the community.

His experience in serving the party couple with his philanthropic gestures in his community, Hon Prince Idris Balogun has proven himself to be a competent and capable leader. His track record of quality leadership is undeniable, as he has consistently prioritized the needs of the people and worked towards achieving tangible results that benefit the community as a whole.

As the 2025 chairmanship elections approach, now is the time to reward Oluomo Kafata for his years of dedicated service and commitment to APC. He has demonstrated his loyalty, perseverance, experience, and quality leadership, and it is only fitting that he is supported and endorsed for the upcoming chairmanship.

With Oluomo at the helm, the future of Egbe Idimu Local Government is in capable and trusted hands.

He his a Royal Prince of isheri Road who has identify with his community and well respected,a successful business man who fought gallantly for the welfare of his people and a family man.

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Breaking! Fire guts Christ Embassy headquarters in Lagos (Video)

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Breaking! Fire guts Christ Embassy headquarters in Lagos

Breaking! Fire guts Christ Embassy headquarters in Lagos

Sadly, the headquarters of the Christ Embassy Church, located in the Oregun area of Ikeja, Lagos State, reportedly caught fire on Sunday morning.

This was revealed in multiple videos from the scene shared on X.com on Sunday.

Officials of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service are also said to be at the scene in efforts to salvage the situation.

Sharing a video from the location, Augustine tweeting as Chief_Augustin1 on X.com wrote, “Christ Embassy Church on Billings Way, Oregun, is on fire.

“Serious fire is raging, and men of the Lagos State Fire Service are working hard to put it off. Thank God service hasn’t commenced fully.”

 

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Utsev: Harnessing Nigeria’s Water Resources For Economic Gains By Tolulope Adebayo

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Utsev: Harnessing Nigeria's Water Resources For Economic Gains By Tolulope Adebayo

Utsev: Harnessing Nigeria’s Water Resources For Economic Gains

By Tolulope Adebayo

 

Under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration, the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation has experienced a remarkable resurgence, led by the visionary leadership of Professor Joseph Terlumun Utsev. As the Honourable Minister of Water Resources, Utsev has leveraged his vast expertise and experience in water resources and environmental engineering to champion groundbreaking initiatives addressing the nation’s complex water challenges.

 

Utsev: Harnessing Nigeria's Water Resources For Economic Gains
By Tolulope Adebayo

 

Hailing from Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria, Professor Utsev boasts an impressive academic pedigree. He graduated with distinction from the Federal University of Agriculture (now JOSTUM), Makurdi, in 2004, earning a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering with Second Class Honours (Upper Division) as the best student in his cohort. He then pursued advanced studies at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, earning a Master’s degree in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering in 2007 and a PhD in the same field in 2011.

Professor Utsev’s illustrious career spans approximately 17 years, marked by distinguished tenures in academia and the engineering field. He has accumulated a wealth of experience and expertise, earning widespread recognition and acclaim as a consummate administrator and highly esteemed professional. A prolific scholar, he has authored approximately 40 scholarly papers published in esteemed national and international journals, solidifying his standing as a leading authority in his field.

As Minister of Water Resources, Utsev has drawn upon his extensive experience to address flooding and erosion across the country. His academic background and professional expertise have enabled him to devise innovative solutions addressing the root causes of these problems. His leadership has fostered a culture of inclusivity and effectiveness, characterized by a silent intellectual approach focused on results-driven initiatives and collaborative governance.

Professor Utsev’s most outstanding achievement yet has been his remarkable aptitude for augmenting and expanding existing initiatives, tailoring and refining them to harmonize with the pragmatic nuances of the situation. He has expertly recalibrated, adopted, or adapted policies to align with his visionary objectives for the water sector, demonstrating mastery of strategic adaptation and leadership.

Under his leadership, the Ministry of Water Resources has made significant progress in water infrastructure development, irrigation projects, and water supply expansion, enhancing the nation’s water security. His commitment to a water-secure Nigeria has led to the implementation of innovative technologies and sustainable practices, ensuring equal access to clean water and sanitation for all citizens.

Professor Utsev’s appointment as Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation marks a homecoming, with an expanded purview that affords him the opportunity to leverage his intellectual approach to governance, cultivating synergy and inclusivity among diverse stakeholders. Through his commitment to transparency and accountability, he has earned the esteem and trust of the Nigerian populace, inspiring confidence in the ministry’s programs and initiatives.

As a silent intellectual, Professor Utsev exemplifies leadership by example, dedicating himself selflessly to the service of the nation and its people. His efforts have begun to yield concrete results, positioning Nigeria for a brighter future where water resources are optimally harnessed for sustainable development, economic growth, and human betterment. His steadfast commitment to public service, combined with his legal acumen and expertise, makes him the perfect fit for President Tinubu’s administration.

As the nation marks the first anniversary of the Tinubu administration, Professor Utsev’s contributions to the water sector stand out as a testament to the transformative power of silent intellectual leadership, demonstrating the impact of dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment to shaping a better Nigeria.

–Adebayo is a communication expert based in Badagry, Lagos.

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