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Controversy Looms As Suspected Hoodlums Attack And Set Activist Sunday Igboho’s Ibadan House On Fire

Charred remains of parts of Sunday Igboho’s Soka home (right) Sunday Igboho (Left)

According to details hitting the airwaves, The Oyo State Police Command are still investigating reports on the Tuesday morning attack and arson on the Ibadan home of the embattled self-styled Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.

The house located in the Soka area of Ibadan was set to have been set ablaze and a 3am power cut occurred in the area. The report filed at the Santo Police Station has it that some unidentified men, suspected to be hoodlums shot several times into the air and at the house, before finishing off their clandestine mission with the torching of the one-storey property. No casualty was recorded in both the night-time attack and the arson that trailed it. Clearly, Sunday Igboho’s guardian angel wasn’t asleep to put things to be under control.

The house which was said to be worth millions of Naira wasn’t totally consumed by the fire as the Fire Service’s prompt response ensured major parts of it was salvaged. It’s good to know somebody wasn’t sleeping on their job, kudos to the Police and the Fire Service.

While no group or individual is yet to claim responsibility for the attack, it may not be unconnected with the currently ongoing ethnic feud between Chief Sunday Igboho and the Fulani community in the Ibarapa LGA of Oyo State. An indigene of Ibarapa himself, the belligerent Chief Sunday Igboho was said to have led the community’s youth in violently chasing out the Seriki Fulani, the herders’ leader in Ibarapa, over allegations of his suspicious role in the kidnap-for-ransom saga which rocked the community in recent times. The move didn’t go down well with the scorned Fulani community and their sympathizers nationwide.

It is understood that Chief Sunday Igboho is yet to give an official statement on the attack of burning of his house, the identity of the suspected hoodlums and whether it was a reprisal attack on him for week’s routing of Seriki Fulani out of Ibarapa. Even though the ambience around his Soka house is said to be calm for the moment, what’s cooking in self-styled South-West warrior remains to be seen.

More details are being expected in the ongoing investigations into the attack but one thing is certain…The last has not been heard of the chain of events in the ethnic-powered clash, we can only hope common sense and peace will prevail at the end of the day.

(image credit – punchng.com, guardianngr.com)

Siege Is Over : Uganda Forces Pull Away From Opposition Leader Bobi Wine’s House

After days of constant threats and harassment, Uganda singer turned opposition leader, Bobi Wine can now heave a temporary sigh of relief as troops sent by the Ugandan government have finally pulled away from his house.

Bobi Wine had tweeted after on his social media handle, @HEBobiwine, after the court ruling, “The High Court ruled that my continued house arrest (11 days now) is illegal & unconstitutional. Several house later, the military still surrounds my home, blocking access to all! Perhaps (as always) waiting for Gen. Museveni’s orders on the next course of action.”

This compliance to the court order brings to an end the 12-day siege set up by troops acting under instructions from the country’s sit-tight, geriatric leader, President Yoweri Museveni. The development followed a rare compliance of a court order issued on Monday. The court had termed Bobi Wine’s house arrest unlawful and it was heart warming to the 38-year-old Wine’s supporters the government had complied. A roadblock set up about 600 meters from the opposition leader’s house has been removed by Tuesday morning.

It’s not out of place to congratulate Bobi Wine for his latest freedom because he who fights and runs away lives to fight another day. He’s gone to the lion’s den and came back alive. If he were looking to raise funds for his next election challenge this would be the time to launch an album, don’t you think? Striking the iron while it’s hot is wise. He’s the darling of the people, home and abroad, right now, dropping a record is the right thing to do. Come on! What do you think Bobi Wine’s next course of action should be?

(Image Credit – Aljazeera.com)

Incredible! Kaduna Engineer Builds Cheap Plastic Bottle House From Waste Material To Encourage Recycling Culture

Engineer Yahaya – with bottle design (inset)

In a rare show of putting his money where his mouth is, a Kaduna-based engineer has built a cheap house from the most unusual of materials. Can you take a wild guess from what?…Used plastic bottles.

Engineer Yahaya Ahmed, who happens to be the director of a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Developmental Association of Renewable Energies (DARE), built a three-bedroom house (with a kitchen and toilet) using 14,800 sand-filled plastic bottles as bricks!

The house which is located on Unguwar-Yalwa on the Kaduna-Zaria road, Kaduna State, is the first-of-its-kind in Sub-Saharan Africa and was constructed by filling the plastic bottles with sand and linking them by the neck in an specially designed network of strings.

Engineer Yahaya boasts his house is 20 times stronger than the regular brick walls houses and can last for over 3 centuries if properly built. This cheap but super house is also said to be fireproof, bulletproof, earthquake-resistant and can adapt to all kinds of climate changes, desertification and deforestation! Wonderful!

When asked why he embarked on the project, Engineer Yahaya it was built to reduce the generation of waste and environmental pollution usually associated with the pesky plastic bottles which are famous for blocking gutters and drainages in many of Nigeria’s cities. Every Nigerian can bear witness to seeing floating bottles as the major culprit of drainage blockage and big flooding contributor during the rainy season.

If Nigerians follow the trail blazed by Engineer Yahaya, the number of Nigeria’s homeless should start dwindling bit by bit, as you won’t need millions to build cheap houses anymore. Don’t be surprised if you see people picking empty bottles from the streets and trash dumps once this recycling gospel becomes famous nationwide anytime soon. Do you think our passion for the flashy and flamboyant would let Nigerians consider building and living in recycled bottle houses anytime soon?

(Image Credit – premiumtimesng.com)

Government Plans To Close NYSC Orientation Camps Found Wanting On COVID-19 Protocols

Socially-distant Corps members at a public event

Following controversial reports about Youth Corps members contracting the dreaded Covid-19 virus while in Orientation Camps, the Federal Government of Nigeria has reached a decision to shut down NYSC camps found flouting Covid-19 protocols for any reason. It’s about time someone cracked that whip already!

Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, made the disclosure while expressing his surprise at the number of corps members recently infected with the dreaded virus. Speaking at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Monday, he said the management of the NYSC cannot afford to risk the lives and health of the corps member. He further stated any camp found wanting in the aspect of COVID-19 protocol adherence, full testing using the Rapid Diagnostic Test kits and data management by the NCDC, would be shut down without hesitation.

As government has adopted a hard stance on the flouting of Covid restrictions, do you think Corps members should be called up for the compulsory Orientation programme now that their safety isn’t assured or should government put the camping on hold till further notice? Would graduating students take kindly to another delay in the call-up to their mandatory NYSC programme?

Federal Government Sues For Peace As It Vows To Deal With Trouble Makers In Recent Ethnic Clashes

The Federal Government of Nigeria has officially spoken on the recent raging ethnic clashes across the country, particularly that of Oyo and Ondo States, between farming communities and the controversial Fulani herders.

In a press statement issued and signed on Tuesday in Abuja by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, he said the government is taking a holistic look at all challenges causing sleepless nights to Nigerians in the restive communities and will stop at nothing to bring lasting peace, security and unity to all affected.

Aregbesola further stated the government will not tolerate any act or behaviour capable of jeopardizing law and order, as well as security of lives and property in any part of the country. Seems like the sleeping custodian of the nation had been awake all along, don’t you think?

“Let us all try to be our brother’s keeper and work towards building a peaceful community that works for all, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, and other forms of differences” he stated in his press release to the media.

As the government takes an official and seemingly unbiased position on the crises threatening to tear the country apart from the seams, are you optimistic with Minister Aregbesola’s press statement?

Breaking New: Buhari Accepts Resignation Of Service Chiefs, Appoints Replacements

Buhari and the outgoing Service Chiefs

Don’t adjust or clean your reading glasses, it is official. The long awaited call for the sack or removal of the Service Chiefs has taken place this Tuesday afternoon.

Details are still sketchy but signals emanating from the nation’s capital, Abuja, has it that President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service.

Tweets from Bashir Ahmad (@bashirahmaad), President Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, confirmed the development.

Those involved are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

The new Service Chiefs are Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A. Z. Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.

More details on this earth-shaking development later…

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