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PLANNED ILLEGAL TAKEOVER OF BALOGUN MARKET : Traders Seek IGP Intervention

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PLANNED ILLEGAL TAKEOVER OF BALOGUN MARKET : Traders Seek IGP Intervention

PLANNED ILLEGAL TAKEOVER OF BALOGUN MARKET: Traders Seek IGP Intervention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SaharaWeeklyNG Reports That  Traders, shop owners, and stakeholders operating under the aegis of Balogun Market Business Association, BBA, in Lagos State, have raised the alarm over rumored threat to invade their market by thugs loyal to their former Chairman, Chief Okey Ezeibe, who they alleged is being aided by some top corrupt police officers.    

 

 

PLANNED ILLEGAL TAKEOVER OF BALOGUN MARKET : Traders Seek IGP Intervention

 

 

 

The aggrieved Traders who addressed pressmen, at the Association Secretariat, located at the popular Lagos International Trade Fair Complex, Badagry Express Way, Ojo, alleged that credible intelligence in their possession indicated that the planned unlawful invasion of their hitherto peaceful market, would take place between Sunday, June 27th,2021 and Wednesday, July 28th, 2021.                                                                                               

 

 Warning of imminent bloodshed of innocent traders, should the alleged invasion happens, the Principal Stakeholders while recalling that similar attacks by the same Chief Ezeibe in the years 2005 and 2007, led to unnecessary waste of lives, vowed to ensure unprecedented resistance against unlawful take over of their market by those they said have no stake in their Association.                                                                                                               

 

The group, therefore, called on the Lagos State Government, the Inspector – General of Police, the Directorate of State Security Service, and the State Commissioner of Police, to urgently intervene and wield into the crisis, to protect their market and forestall possible breakdown of law and Order.                                                                                                                                

 Speaking, the Chief Security Officer,(CSO), of the Association, Chief Celestine Emechebe, Vowed that the traders would do everything within the ambit of the law to defend themselves and the market from being unlawfully taken over by those he described as Touts working with Chief Ezeibe.                                                                                        

 ” We got the information that Chief Okey Ezeibe and his opposition group, after the Kangaroo election with hooligans at the Villa Park Hotel, have perfected their plans to unlawfully invade our market on Sunday and forcefully install his Administration with the help of his police friends. They will not succeed because we will resist it with all our strength. This was the same thing he did in 2005 and 2007, that led to the death of some persons.”                                                                                                                        

 

While giving insight into the cause of the crisis, Emechebe stressed that ” It was Chief Ezeibe’s insistence on heading our Association’s Board Of Trustees as Chairman, Many years after he completed his tenure as President, contrary to the market Constitution, which provides that the incumbent president should be Chairman, was what started the crisis .”                                                                                                                                                        

” Despite that, I regard Chief Ezeibe as my Mentor, I have advised him privately to allow the present administration and caretaker Committee led by Chief Anselem Duru, to complete its term next month, to make way for a peaceful election on July 28th, but he refused to allow peace reign in the market”, Emechebe Said.                                                                                                            

 

According to the Progenitor /Founding Father of BBA, Ambassador Leonard Ogbonna, who is also the Secretary of the Caretaker committee inaugurated by the Outgoing president, Chief Tony Obih, ” Greed on the part of Ezeibe, has been our problem here. I was the person that invited Ezeibe from Automobile Spare Parts Market, to join us in BBA, after I and few other Founding fathers had conceptualized the idea for the Association in 1990, due mainly to congestion, extortion by social miscreants and shylock landlords, who were oppressing us at our former location at Lagos Island .”                                                                                                                                                                 

 

 Lamenting at the briefing attended by other Stakeholders and aggrieved contestants in their forthcoming July 28th elections, such as a Pioneer BOT Member, Chief Nicholas Okeke, High Chief (Dr.) John Ezeakor (aka Ojiji), Contesting for the office of president, Ogbuefi Emmanuel Otunabor, Chief Okey Ojiaku, Chief Benson Amaechi, Dr. Emeka Igbosopulu, Hon. Elendu Ikenna, Hon. Nnamdi Okoye, Hon. Mrs. Pauline Onuekwusi and others. Ambassador Ogbonnaya regretted making Ezeibe a president of the Association in 1992, after leading the Traders for two years.                                                                              

 

Expressing the position of the association, he said thus: ” At the expiration of Chief Tony Obih’s tenure as president, he could not conduct an election due to the COVID-19 lockdown. As stipulated in our constitution, the outgoing Administration then inaugurated a Caretaker Committee headed by Hon. Anselem Duru. After the expiration of the constitutional two months lifespan of the committee, We approached a Badagry Magistrate court for an extension, which was granted until July 31, 2021, and upheld by a Federal High Court. We have appointed a Constitutional Returning Officer by the name of Chief G. O . Umunnabuike, who has instituted an Electoral panel already working, with our elections fixed for July 28th, next month.”                                                                                                          

 

Questioning the validity of the Elections purportedly held at Villa Park Hotel, Amb. Ogbonna queried why ” Ezeibe is creating Confusion by conducting illegal elections outside BBA market and employing an Obnoxious CAC decision, which has been upturned by an order of a Federal High Court “. Collaborating Ogbonna’s position, Chief Nicholas Okeke, said 80 percent of the market population of over 15,000 members trading in their market, did not attend the illegal elections conducted in the hotel. Contributing, High Chief (Dr.) John Ezeakor, who is a popular front-runner presidential candidate in the forthcoming market polls, noted that what happened at the Villa Park hotel, was a charade, selection, and not election, as most of the aspirants were not informed.                                                                                                                             

For Ogbuefi Otunabor, chief Ojiaku, Dr. Igbosopulu, Hon. Elendu, and Hon. Okoye, they slammed Ezeibe thus, ” We were not informed about the sham they called elections, Elections are not and have never been conducted outside the market, It was unconstitutional and out of the Five presidential aspirants, only two were selected and invited. We are looking forward to the July 28th elections, which we believe the outcome would be acceptable to all the traders, ” They stated.                                                                                                            

 

Checking the pulse of traders seen clustered in different groups at the Multi-billion Naira market, there are palpable fears of the alleged threat of invasion, this is even as a Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has stepped into the long-running crisis in Balogun Business Association.

 

The court granted the application of the association on June 24th by its leadership, led by Chief Anselm Dunu, to quash a purported decision of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), revoking the current Certificate of Registration of the Association.

 

The application of the association is for orders of certiorari, prohibition, and injunction arising from a letter addressed by the commission to some of the lawyers involved in the imbroglio.

 

 

 

The order followed an application made by six members of the market for themselves as incumbent chairman and secretary, respectively, of the caretaker committee of the association representing other incumbent members of the committee upon an ex-parte motion seeking an order granting leave to them to quash the letter issued by revoking and canceling the certificate of registration of the association.

 

After hearing the case, the court, therefore, ordered a leave to be granted to the applicant for orders of certiorari, prohibition, and injunction against the respondent within seven days of the order.

 

It will be recalled that traders at the multi-billion-naira market had raised the alarm over an alleged plan by a group to conduct elections into the leadership of their association outside the market and called on security agencies to urgently intervene to avoid a bloodbath.

 

The aggrieved traders alleged a plan to foist an illegal leadership on the association through election outside their market and vowed to stop it.

 

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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

 

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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