Connect with us

news

Nigerian Navy Accused Of Aiding Land-grabbing, Terrorism In Ogun Village

Published

on

 

 

As you read this, a 12-month old infant forcefully taken from her mother is yet to be found, dead or alive, several months after she was snapped from the mother, Lateefat Adenekan who recently visited Fowowawo village, near Magbon Etido, in Obafemi Owode Local Government area of Ogun State. She had innocently travelled to see her kinsmen without prior knowledge of land-grabbers invasion of the hitherto peaceful village.
One Sufi Taiwo Ogunleye with the backings of some naval officers he contracted have allegedly continued to unleash terror on the villagers as they extort locals and grab their lands at will, even when there is an existing court judgment against that.
According to the Baale, Chief Waheed Muraino, who himself has been forced on self-exile, the naval officers have refused to vacate Fowowawo while they continued extorting innocent villagers, torturing those who are not ready to comply by their directives. He said some villagers have been maimed as a result of the torture while some others have been extra-judicially killed.
He said: “The kidnap and disappearance of Lateefat Adenekan’s 12-month old baby is not the only evil that the uniformed men and those who brought them to our village have visited on our people. Lateefat’s uncle, Nurudeen Adenakan who confronted them, was not only maimed but was eventually killed.”
Chief Muraino said trouble started in 2015 when the Ogun state high court under Hon. Justice Akinyemi ruled in favour of the Olasile family as the rightful owners of the land making up the Fowowawo village near Magbon Etido against the defendants, the Ogunleye’s family represented by Sufi Taiwo Ogunleye, labi Ogunleye and Ayinde Ogunleye. The case had lingered in court since 2009 before the judgment of 2015, -a six year period.
According to Chief Muraino, “Since that judgment, the Ogunleye Family has not allowed us rest in the village. Sufi Taiwo Ogunleye has not ceased wagging war against the entire villagers. It was during one of the invasions that they kidnapped the 12-months old baby that has not been found till date. That abduction led to the continued torture of one Nurudeen Adenekan by the armed officers with all sorts of chemical which eventually led to his death in November 2020 at the Olabisi Onabanjo University teaching Hospital [Muraino brandished the death certificate]. This is the death certificate issued. Nurudeen was the uncle of the mother whose baby was stolen.
“Since January this year, Sufi Taiwo Ogunleye has continually led some naval officers into the village, starting from the 5th or 6th January 2021. We reported at Elewe-Iran police command but it appears like the police were overwhelmed with the involvement of the naval officers, although they tried their best.
“Later, we approached 174 Battalion in Odogunyan (as the one in charge of Berger to Shagamu) thinking the uniformed men were men of the army, but on coming around, they discovered they were naval men. That was when we petitioned the naval base in Apapa reporting the matter and seeking their intervention but they told us the men were only sent to secure pipelines in Arepo but we all know that Fowawawo is far from Arepo.
“They have seized more than 10-acres of farmland and they keep excavating sand to sell just as they never stopped extorting motorists. All efforts to seek an intervention have not yielded desired result.
“For instance, last month or thereabout, one of our brothers, Michael Sotinoye and three others were arbitrarily arrested at around 12 am led by naval Officer, Albert Abraham as assisted by Taiwo Sufi Ogunleye. The boys spent more than 12 days in their captivity as they were locked inside a container. As I am talking to you, Michael Sotinoye is still at the hospital.
“Albert Abraham led other naval officers and Sufi Ogunleye to forcefully grab about two acres of land from a farmer, Seyi Sodipo who had legally bought the land from the Agbeje family with all documentations intact. The uniformed men invaded the farmland with rifles and caterpillar to take two acres from the five acres he used for farmland. Two weeks after, they returned to take the remaining three acres.

“I as the Baale have not been spared. They are also threatening to deal with me for asking questions and insisting that the court judgment be respected.” Chief Muraino told our correspondent, adding that they have written petitions to the Senate, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ministry of Defence, Headquarters of the Nigerian Navy, office of the Chief of Naval Staff, among others, but the actions have yielded little or no result.

Efforts to speak with the Ogun state naval commandant Ofem Ubi, under whose purview Obafemi Owode falls, did not yield a result as he immediately cut the call as soon he was told the caller was a Journalist. For Officer Albert Abraham, he initially rejected the call and ignored a message sent to his phone but later promised to speak with our correspondent later via a text message. Up till the time of filing this report, he has not called back and has not been picking his calls.

PS: (for the editor/ publisher)
If you need more editorial information, please call 08055441309 or 09090870065.
Albert Abraham (08059630179)
Commandant Ufem Ubi (08037033711)

 

See documents below

Continue Reading
Advertisement

news

HAPPY EID AL-ADHA: AANI CALLS FOR UNITY, PEACE, AND RESILIENCE IN NIGERIA

Published

on

HAPPY EID AL-ADHA: AANI CALLS FOR UNITY, PEACE, AND RESILIENCE IN NIGERIA

HAPPY EID AL-ADHA: AANI CALLS FOR UNITY, PEACE, AND RESILIENCE IN NIGERIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That As Muslims around the world prepare to celebrate Eid al-Adha, the National President of the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI), Ambassador EO Okafor mni, on behalf of the National Executive Committee and the entire AANI family, extends heartfelt congratulations to our Muslim members and the entire Nigerian Muslim community. Eid Mubarak.

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY EID AL-ADHA: AANI CALLS FOR UNITY, PEACE, AND RESILIENCE IN NIGERIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

At this time of joyous celebration, It is imperative for all Nigerians to live in peace, embracing the spirit of tolerance, respect, and compassion towards one another.

AANI wishes to commend the resilience and unwavering commitment of Nigerians to our beloved country despite the current economic challenges. We urge the populace to maintain their faith in the nation and implore leaders at all levels to strive tirelessly to enhance the wellbeing and prosperity of all citizens. We also extend our sincere appreciation to our military and security forces for their relentless efforts in ensuring the safety and security of our nation.

Furthermore, AANI reiterates its support for the Government and all individuals and organizations dedicated to building a sustainable and prosperous future for Nigeria. We encourage our members to continue being beacons of hope, generously offering their wealth of knowledge, expertise, and experience to positively impact our country.

As we celebrate this significant religious occasion, we wish everyone a peaceful and joyous Eid. May the lessons of Eid al-Adha—faith in God, tolerance, respect, compassion towards others, and the spirit of sacrifice—guide us towards creating a better society.

Brigadier General SK Usman (rtd) mni fnipr fapra fnarc FIOARM fspsp

Sarkin Yakin Kanwan Katsina

AANI National Publicity Secretary

Saturday, 15th June 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue Reading

news

Democracy: Hon Jowon Olorunnipa Praises Heroes, Urges Nigerians To Be Patient

Published

on

 

The special adviser to Kogi state governor on arts and culture, Honourable Juwon Olorunnipa AKA Jumabee has praised the Heroes of Nigerian Democracy in celebration of the 25th anniversary of democracy in the country.

In the statement he released, Jumabee described the continued practice of democracy in Nigeria as an indication that the country’s heroes didn’t sacrifice in vain.

He noted that the efforts at sustaining democratic practice is a testament of Nigerians’ resilience in the face of adversity.

He also appreciated Nigerian presidents for always showing support for democracy while praising former governor Yahaya Bello and Governor Usman Ododo for being democratic in their governances.

Furthermore, He urged Nigerians to be patient with the current government while assuring them that economic hardship will soon be a thing of the past.

Read statement below

I congratulate Nigerians on this auspicious occasion of our 25th anniversary of democracy.

Over two decades practice of democracy show that indeed, the struggle of our heroes didn’t go in vain. Our sustained efforts in ensuring democracy continues to thrive in the country is a testament of our resilience even in the face of adversity.

Special accolade goes to our Presidents; former and present, for their unwavering support for democracy. They have continued to uphold the standard of Democracy and made the sacrifices of our heroes worth it.

For us in Kogi state, in the last nine years, we have been blessed with governors that are democratically inclined. Former Governor, Yahaya Bello and the current governor, Usman Ododo have shown beyond reasonable doubt that they support democracy and have done everything to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.

I understand that Nigerians are going through a lot at this time due to economic hardship but I want to encourage us all to be patient, Nigeria will be great again.

Continue Reading

news

Goodwill Message from Otunba Fola Ogunmefun, National Head of NBM of Africa Worldwide, on the Occasion of June 12 Democracy Day Celebrations

Published

on

Goodwill Message from Otunba Fola Ogunmefun, National Head of NBM of Africa Worldwide, on the Occasion of June 12 Democracy Day Celebrations

Goodwill Message from Otunba Fola Ogunmefun, National Head of NBM of Africa Worldwide, on the Occasion of June 12 Democracy Day Celebrations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fellow Nigerians,

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That On behalf of the Neo Black Movement (NBM) of Africa Worldwide, I extend warm greetings to all Nigerians as we commemorate Democracy Day on this significant June 12. This day serves as a powerful reminder of our collective struggle for democracy and the relentless pursuit of justice and equity for all citizens.

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill Message from Otunba Fola Ogunmefun, National Head of NBM of Africa Worldwide, on the Occasion of June 12 Democracy Day Celebrations

 

 

 

 

 

As we celebrate this historic day, we must acknowledge the immense challenges our nation continues to face. The socio-economic hardships, pervasive insecurity, and rising unemployment have left many Nigerians struggling to make ends meet. These challenges have tested our resilience and resolve as a people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We call on the government to prioritize the alleviation of these sufferings. It is imperative that our leaders take decisive and impactful actions to address these issues. Enhanced security measures, economic reforms, and policies that create job opportunities are essential steps toward a more prosperous and secure Nigeria. The well-being of the masses should always be at the forefront of governance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite these challenges, we encourage all Nigerians to remain steadfast and hopeful. Our strength lies in our unity and our unwavering belief in the promise of our nation. Let us continue to support one another and work together towards a brighter future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To our esteemed members of NBM of Africa, I urge you to remain law-abiding and uphold the values that our movement stands for. Our commitment to justice, equity, and the betterment of society must guide our actions. Let us lead by example and contribute positively to the communities in which we live.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we celebrate Democracy Day, let us remember that the journey to a fully realized democratic nation is ongoing. Our collective efforts, resilience, and determination will pave the way for a Nigeria where every citizen can thrive in peace and prosperity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Democracy Day, Nigeria!

 

With solidarity and hope,

 

Otunba Fola Ogunmefun

National Head, NBM of Africa Worldwide

Continue Reading

Cover Of The Week

Trending