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Jubilation in Ogun-Waterside as Prince Mafe Becomes New Onisin of Ilusin

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After a round of traditional rights, Prince (Alhaji) Jimoh Abimbola Mafe has been announced the 2nd Onisin of Ilusin after the selection process conducted by the Onisin kingmakers amidst wide celebrations over the choice of the new traditional ruler.

In celebration of the announcement, sons and daughters of Ilusin gathered joyously to the emergence of Prince Mafe as the new Onisin of Ilusin and his elevation to the traditional leadership institution in the land.

While praying for a long and eventful reign for the new Onisin, the people of Ilusin expressed hope that the new monarch would deploy his tremendous skills and rich understanding of traditional institution to promote peace and stability in Ilusin, Ogun-Waterside LG, and Ogun State as a whole.

One of the sons of Ilusin, who simply introduced himself as Olusesi, said that Prince Abimbola Mafe represents the desires of the people, who waited patiently for the announcement to be made.

The community urged the new Onisin to discharge his duties in the best interest of his people, without preference and unite them for the progress of the kingdom.

The new Onisin, who was born in 1949, has been a philanthropist providing financial services for scholarships, community project, employment assistance for the people.

After serving as a Manager at Mafoil Oil And Gas Ltd as well as Mafe Construction Ltd respectively, Prince Mafe steps in as the 2nd Onisin after the call to glory of his predecessor Late Oba Israel Taiwo Adesanya.

Prince Mafe mounts the ancient throne of his forefathers with a great pedigree of experience both in private and public service as well as the traditional institution.

The people of Ogun-Waterside LG prayed that His Majesty’s reign shall be peaceful and attract meaningful development to Ilusin. They called on sons and daughters of Ilusin to give the monarch the necessary support to succeed on the throne.

While expressing their satisfaction over the choice of the new Onisin, the people of Ogun-Waterside LG added that they look forward to the completion of the traditional rights and the coronation to formally commence the reign of the new Onisin.

Responding, the new Onisin, who expressed gratitude to the people of Ilusin for finding him worthy of the position, promised to justify the confidence reposed in him.

Prince Mafe promised to operate an open door policy, calling for the support and cooperation of everyone in the Kingdom.

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High Society Present As Rotimi Akeredolu’s Laid to Rest in Owo

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By Eric Elezuo

The ancient town of Owo, Ondo State on Friday was a beehive of activities as it played host to dignitaries and citizens from all walks of life who stormed the town to grace the final burial ceremony of the late former governor of the state, Alakunri Rotimi Akeredolu.

The funeral service held at the St. Andrew’s Cathedral Anglican Church, Imola, Owo, Ondo State.

Akeredolu died on Wednesday December 27, 2023 during a protracted illness in German hospital.

The Vice President, Kashim Shettima, was among the dignitaries, who attended the funeral service at the church, and thereafter.

Other dignitaries whose presence were noted are the Ondo State Governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa; Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde; Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki; Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Ganduje among others.

Others were former governor of Ondo State, Segun Mimiko; governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun and members of the Ondo State House of Assembly, federal law makers among others.

The late former governor was interred at a burial ground in the town, at a brief ceremony that was strictly attended only by the immediate members of the Akeredolu family before a grand reception was held.

In his speech at the burial, the state Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, who was Akeredolu’s deputy, said his former boss always stood for good governance and the rule of law.

“You are all here because he stood for something: good governance and the rule of law. He means a lot to different people, and that is why he has been described in different words. He was a courageous leader, a fighter, and a warrior. How can we forget him so soon? It is not possible because he lives on.

“He used the instrument of governance to intervene in different sectors of the state, including education, health services, and infrastructural development and security, among others,” he said.

Photos: Koya Adegbite

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Osun Gov, Adeleke, Loses Brother-in-Law

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A brother-in-law of the governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, Alhaji Tohir Aderemi Sanni, has died.

Alhaji Sanni is the husband of Governor Adeleke’s sister, Chief (Mrs.) Modupeola Adeleke Sanni.

Meanwhile, the Osun Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has commiserated with the bereaved, Mrs Sanni over the loss of her husband.

In statement signed by the state party chairman, Hon. Sunday Bisi, the party  described the news of the death as extremely sad and shocking, adding that the late business mogul was too good to depart at this time.

The statement reads:

“Osun PDP is really in short of words over the loss of a loving father and friend of our great party, Alhaji Aderemi Sanni, whose carriage exuded love beyond borders. He was a friendly father, so accommodating to a fault!”

“Alhaji Sanni would not hold back words of advice to anyone, no matter the societal disparity in class or status. Baba lived like a friend to all. He was an embodiment of humility in greatness”

“While we continue to grasp with the reality of the demise of Alhaji Sanni, our thoughts are with his wife, Chief Mrs Modupeola Adeleke, the children and members of the immediate family the great icon left behind”

“May Almighty Allah repose his gentle soul and grant him jannatul firdaus.”

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Lagos Country Club Appeals to Members for Calm

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The Lagos Country Club has appealed to its members and well wishers to remain calm and exercise restraints in the face of the current developments at the Club.

The appeal is coming on the heels of the illegal moves by the Registered Trustees of the Club to suspend the Management Council and constitute an Interim Management Board.

The Management Council made the appeal in a Special Statement to members and staff urging them to go about their activities in the Club without fear.

The Statement assured them of their commitment to upholding the Constitution of the Club, resolving the issues as soon as possible, and providing a safe and enabling environment.

The Chairmen of eight out of the ten sections of the Club have rejected the Interim Management Board arrangement and called on well meaning members of the Club and elders to wade in and explore avenue for peaceful resolution and allow peace to reign.

Meanwhile, His Lordship, Hon Justice Lewis Allagoa of Federal High Court of Nigeria in the Lagos Judicial Division has granted an Interim Injunction restraining the Trustees of Lagos Country Club from dissolving the Management Council of the Lagos Country Club and constituting a Caretaker Committee howsoever called or described.

In line with the order of Court for the status quo to remain, the Management Council remains in charge of the day to day running of the Club.

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