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ICDA BoT Chairman petitions IGP over threat to life

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By Friday Idachaba
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Igala Cultural Development Association (ICDA), Dr Simeon Oyiguh has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) over alleged threat to his life and other members of the association’s Interim Management Committee.

In a letter of Safe Our Soul (SOS) to the IGP made available to newsmen on Saturday in Lokoja, Oyiguh said the petition had become imperative to forestall danger and possible attack on him and members of the board and the committee.

It is also to check any form of embarrassment and wilful hindrances to smooth operation of the Association.

In the letter dated January 15, 2021 the BoT Chairman alleged that the ousted national President of the ICDA, one Sadiq Amodu Abubakar, in a recent on-line video that went viral.

Oyiguh who is also Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kogi State chapter said that the video authored and anchored by Abubakar threatened in Igala language to destroy him and two other members of the Caretaker committee.

In the petition titled “Impersonation and threat to life”, Oyiguh said that he was moved to Lodge the “report against Sadiq Abubakar before the IGP and Director General of the Department of State Security (DSS) in view of the manner the threats were conveyed.

“He has courageously, fearlessly and brazenly recorded a video in Igala language where he openly threatened me (Oyiguh) and two others and made the video go viral”, Oyiguh said.

The BoT Chairman added that he would have ordinarily disregarded the threat in the video but given his position and the nature of the threat taking due cognizance of those encouraging him (Abubakar), he had to alert the heads of law enforcement agencies.

Oyiguh chronicled in the petition on hindsight, the “birth” of ICDA and how he met Abubakar as well as registration of the association at corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Abuja with the Board of Trustees members.

He added that all the members (Abubakar inclusive), consented to the terms of aggrement on formation, membership, function or operation and dissolution, including discipline of any erring leader or member.

“These and other regulations were stipulated in the association’s constitution before it was duly registered with the assistance of a legal practitioner.

“We began to fall apart when he started to involve the organization in political activities against the vision and mission, objectives, goals and aspirations of the organization”, he explained.

Oyiguh further explained that following repeated disagreements with the majority of the BoT members, the Executive Committee of the association led by Abubakar was dissolved.

He said that the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) was communicated by the Board and the then paramount ruler of Igala kingdom, the Attah Igala, late Dr Micheal Idakwo Ameh II.

He accordingly, condemned the activities of the ousted President which including frivolous giving of chieftaincy titles and awards to individuals without recourse to the palace.

The petition hinted further that Abubakar caused to be forged, the official document of Igala Area Traditional Council purportedly signed by Yunusa O. Idachaba, the Secretary of the Council.

It added that he disrespectfully went ahead to host an Annual General Meeting and Award Ceremony on the 1st of August, 2020 after the dissolution of his executive committee members.

An action which drew the ire of Attah Igala who addressed the forgers of the document as “Imbeciles” with pronouncement of curses”.

According to the petition before the IG and DSS, among others, the BoT Chairman urged the Inspector of General of Police to invite Sadiq Amodu Abubakar to explain his desperation that has led him to

The petitioner had urged the heads of security agencies to question Abubakar on his continued impersonation as President of ICDA and the use same platform to threaten lives.

Oyiguh also urged that Abubakar should be made to sign an undertaking that should anything happen to any of those mentioned in the video, he should be held responsible. (NAN)

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Tor Tiv turbans Nasarawa Gov with Tiv traditional title

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Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

Nasarawa state Governor, Abdullahi Sule has been turbaned with the traditional tittle of “Asor Mtem U Tiv” meaning “The peace builder of the Tiv nation.”

While bestowing the traditional tittle on the governor, the Tor Tiv, His Majesty Prof. James Ayatse, stated that the traditional tittle has
been approved by the Tiv area traditional council.

According to him, the governor was recognized for protecting all his people, particularly the Tiv indigenes resident in the state.

His words: “But because he is not here in person and we don’t send the tittle to the beneficiary, at his appropriate time he will come to the palace to be decorated and conferred.”

The paramount ruler also honoured the wife of the governor Hajiya Silfat Abdullahi Sule with the traditional tittle of “Hwan U Mtem U
Bem U Tiv” which also is translated as the “Rib of the peace builder of the Tiv Nation.

Expressing his gratitude on him via his tweeter handle @Abdullahi A Sule, governor Sule commended the Tor Tiv, and the entire Tiv nation.

“My immense gratitude to the Tor Tiv, His Majesty Prof. James Ayatse and the Tiv Nation for honouring me with the traditional tittle of “As or Mtem U Tiv” which translates to ” The peace builder of the Tiv Nation “.We will not relent in the search for peace in Nasarawa and beyond,” Sule added.

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Gov Bello felicitates with new Emir of Kagara

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NIGER State Governor and Chairman North Central Governor’s Forum (NCGF), Abubakar Sani Bello has congratulated the newly appointed 3rd Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Ahmed Garba Gunna.

Appointment of Garba Gunna followed the death of Alhaji Salihu Tanko who died Tuesday, March 2nd 2021 after 39 years on the throne.

Alhaji Ahmed Garba Gunna scored the highest number of votes in the recently concluded election by the electoral college of the Kagara Emirate and subsequently declared winner.

Bello, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, described the appointment as well-deserved stressing that his nomination by the kingmakers stands him out as the one with the royal pedigree to stir the emirate to greatness.

Governor Sani Bello expressed the believe that, as a reputable professional and public servant, the new Emir has the capacity to build on the legacies of his predecessors by upholding the sanctity of the traditional institution.

“Your appointment, after serving the emirate as Dan Majen Kagara, to the exalted seat also represents the confidence and belief of the entire people of the emirate that you will bring your wisdom and expertise in preserving the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the people”.

He reminded the new Emir that he was ascending the throne at a critical period of insecurity in his domain and urged him to use his wealth of experience by collaborating with relevant stakeholders to bring enduring peace to the area.

The Governor called on the people of Kagara Emirate to support the New Emir to bring harmony and peaceful coexistence towards the socioeconomic development of the area in particular and the state in general.

The new Emir was, until his appointment, the Acting Chairman Niger State Board of Internal Revenue and the Dan Majen Kagara

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Olusunle speaks on the glamour of Ogidi Day

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A former presidential advisor Dr Tunde Olusunle, Scholar and Poet has described Ogidi day as Nigeria’s biggest cultural event.
While reminiscing on his past experiences he said he has attended Ogidi Day on a number of occasions, usually on the invitation of his senior professional colleague and brother, Mr. Tunde Ipinmisho.

“I’ve always been thrilled at the ability of the fiesta to draw guests and invitees from across  the broad spectrum of society. This for sure, is an unmissable intersection of colours, cultures and history.

“The overall ambience, the dancing, the spell-binding performances  and displays, continue to intrigue you even after the event.

Continuing, he said  Ogidi Day among others, is one programme which re-enacts the Yoruba-ness of the Okun people of Kogi State’s Western Senatorial Zone that responds to the misgivings of doubters, and confused proponents of the sociocultural ambivalence of the Okun people.

“Ogidi Day challenges other communities in Okunland to take genuine pride in their heritage and culture, and to happily flaunt these in the face of the world.

“Ogidi Day, Nigeria’s biggest culture event in June comes up again on *Saturday, June 19, 2021.*Prepare to relish the grandeur of pure culture”

Ogidi-Ijumu, also affectionately called Ogidi-Ela by its people, is a small Yoruba town about 56 miles North West of Lokoja in Kogi State, Nigeria.
With s population of about 15,000 according to 2011 national census, Ogidi is known for its formations of igneous rock mountains, a traditional art industry, hospitality, valour and a deep tradition of self-reliance.

The language spoken in Ogidi is the Okun dialect of Yoruba. The men are traditionally farmers and hunters, and the women are renowned for arts, craft and trading.

Administratively, Ogidi-Ijumu was under the Northern Region with Kaduna as the capital. With the creation of 12 states, it came under Kwara State with Ilorin as the capital.

Today, Ogidi-Ijumu is under Ijumu Local Government Area (hereinafter referred to as “the LGA”) in Kogi State with Lokoja as the capital.
Ogidi shares boundaries with Kabba in Kabba/Bunnu LGA, and Ayere, Iyara and Ogale in Ijumu LGA.

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