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Chief Imam drags Soun of Ogbomoso, Council to court over alleged plan to sack him



The Chief Imam of Ogbomoso, Taliat Yunus Olusina Ayilara has dragged the Soun of Ogbomoso land, Oba Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye and the Soun In- Council to court over plans to remove him from the office.

The suit marked HOG/7/2024 is to be decided at the Oyo State High Court, Ogbomoso Division.

The Chief Imam was installed in November 2021 during the reign of the immediate past Soun of Ogbomoso land, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi while the new Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye was installed by the kingmakers led by the Are Ago of Ogbomoso, High Chief Sobalaje Otolorin in September 2023.

The Imam had claimed that the defendants threatened to remove him as the Grand Chief Imam of Ogbomoso.

Ayilara, who is the 13th Chief Imam of Ogbomoso land in the affidavit in support of the motion on notice sworn to at the High Court Registry, Ogbomoso, on February 12, said he was appointed by the Surah committee of the Muslim Community in Ogbomoso land.

In the documents obtained by DAILY POST on Saturday, Ayilara insisted that the defendants were appointed to rule under the laws and customs of Ogbomoso to the traditional titles they hold and have no power to remove him from office.

He added that the Central Mosque in Ogbomoso land and other mosques and the administration of the mosques is the responsibility of the Muslim community, headed by the Chief Imam.

The Chief Imam maintained that the appointment of Imams anywhere in the world is regulated by Islamic rules, adding that the right to appoint a Grand Chief Imam of Ogbomoso land is the prerogative of Muslims in the Ogbomoso community and the appointment is done in accordance with Islamic rules.

He said the Grand Chief Imam of Ogbomoso land is not a chieftaincy or traditional title and as such, is not subject to the control or supervision of the traditional council.

He then urged the court to stop the defendants from removing him from the office.

Ayilara said, “I say that the central mosque in Ogbomoso land and other mosques and the administration of the mosques is bestowed on the Muslim community headed by Imam, Chief Imam or Grand Chief Imam which I am one. I know that the appointment of an Imam anywhere in the world is regulated by Islamic rules and tenets as it is not a chieftaincy or hereditary title.

“I also say that the right to appoint Grand Chief Imam of Ogbomoso land is the prerogative of Muslims in the Ogbomoso community and the appointment is done under Islamic rules. I know that based on settled Islamic rules, the Imam is appointed by the entire Muslim members of the community through a committee called the Surah Committee.

The Surah Committee is a screening committee constituted by Muslim elders/leaders in the Muslim community to make decisions on Muslim affairs which include the appointment of Imams.

“Following the demise of the immediate past Grand Imam of Ogbomoso land, Sheikh Al Aman Yekeen Adegboyega Asafa, sometime in October 2021, the need to appoint a new Grand Chief Imam for Ogbomoso land arose and I was considered suitable for the position of Chief Grand Imam of Ogbomoso land after a screening exercise conducted by Surah Committee led by Alhaji Alimi Surajudeen, the Parakoyi Adini of Ogbomoso land.

“I was appointed the Grand Chief Imam of Ogbomoso land in November 2021 and since then, I have been discharging my responsibilities as Grand Chief Imam under Islamic rules and tenets. However, the defendants, particularly the 1″ Defendant who is a Christian, sometime in January 2024, a few months after his installation as the new paramount ruler of Ogbomoso land, threatened to remove me as the Grand Chief Imam of Ogbomoso land.

“That the threat of my removal became more pronounced when 1 approached the Honourable Court to restrain the Inspector General of Police and the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State from removing or suspending me as the Grand Chief Imam of Ogbomoso land and an interim order was granted to that effect”.

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Troop uncovers ISWAP bread factory in Borno



By Francesca Hangeior

Troops of Operation Lake Sanity III, under Operation Hadin Kai, have reportedly discovered an Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist bread production factory hidden within their den in Maisani, Timbuktu Triangle, Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

According to intelligence sources quoted by security analyst and counter-insurgency expert, Zagazola Makama, on Monday, the Combined troops of 199 Special Forces Battalion, in conjunction with Hybrid Forces and Civilian JTF (Joint Task Force), stumbled upon the bread factory during an exploitation mission into the terrorists’ hideout on over the weekend.
“The sources said that the factory was destroyed while items recovered include 2 Lister generating plants, 1 baking machine, and several baking materials,” Makama reported.

According to the report, the discovery came amidst a week-long clearance operation aimed at decimating the terrorists from their stronghold in the Timbuktu Triangle, an area comprising Buk 1, 2, and 3, Talala, Ajigin, Dusula, Abulam, and Gorgi – a region notorious for harbouring these extremist groups.

“These groups of terrorists are mostly responsible for attacks, ambushes, and IED/mine incidents targeting the Damboa roads, Damaturu-Maiduguri MSR (Main Supply Route), attacks towards Askira, Buratai, Buni Yadi, as well as the destruction of the high-tension transmission line connecting Borno and Yobe State.

“These groups of terrorists are mostly responsible for attacks, ambushes and IED/mine towards Damboa roads, Damaturu-Maiduguri MSR, attacks towards Askira, Buratai, Buni Yadi as well as destruction of high tension transmission line connecting Borno and Yobe State.

“Despite the complexity of the terrain characterized by highly fortified camp mostly located under thick foliage and IEDs planted in several locations within the Timbuktu Triangle, the troops continued to maintain high fighting efficiency,” Makama stated.

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Residents Panic As 30 Cows Die After Eating Poisoned Grains In Kwara



Thirty cows have died after consuming grains allegedly poisoned in Ilorin, Kwara State.

A source explained that the cows were brought out from the Mandate Market for their routine grazing around the School of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies when the incident occurred at the weekend.

One of the owners of the cows, simply identified as Olugbon, said they received a distress call that their cows were falling and dying while returning to the Mandate Market.

He said, “We discovered they ate poisonous grains on their path and 30 died before we got to the scene. We suspect sabotage.”

On his part, Ismail Ibrahim, another herder, said, “Other affected cows have been treated and kept under watch; we lost more than 30.”

The Babaloja of the Mandate Market, Murtala Tanbariku, while describing the development as unfortunate, solicited the state government’s support for the affected traders.

Meanwhile, a group, Kwara Monitoring Group (KMG), in a statement by its Coordinator, Dan-Musa, alleged that some of the dead animals were being slaughtered and distributed to butchers to be sold.

He, therefore, called for an immediate action from the government.

Before then, City & Crime gathered that a state government’s delegation went to the market to confiscate the suspected beef.

Led by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development and her health counterpart, Mrs Toyosi Thomas-Adebayo and Dr Amina Ahmed El-Imam, the team said they came to activate measures to protect the public amid rumours of poisoned beef.

In a statement, the government said, “The government has immediately confiscated all the suspected meat for laboratory tests and confirmation of claims after initial engagements with the Mandate Market stakeholders.”

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Terrorists Kill 2 Army Officers, 4 Soldiers In Niger State Ambush



Troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army deployed at Allawa and Erena, while on a fighting patrol to Karaga Village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State experienced a setback when two officers and four soldiers were killed by terrorists.

Major Gen Onyema Nwacbukwu Director of Army Public Relations said they were killed during an encounter in an ambush staged by terrorists on 19 April 2024.

Nwachukwu said, “Troops gallantly fought through the ambush and eliminated several of the terrorists as well as captured some of their equipment.

“Sadly, the troops suffered a temporary setback as 6 personnel comprising 2 officers and 4 soldiers paid the supreme price.

“The General Officer Commanding 1 Division and Commander Operation Whirl Punch, Maj Gen Landers Saraso has on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff sympathized with the families of the deceased personnel and promised them that the unfortunate setback will be avenged by the troops.

“He said the troops are currently trailing some of the terrorists who survived and fled after the encounter.

“He urged the good people of the State to go about their legitimate and lawful activities and reassured them that the Nigerian Army and other security agencies will ensure their protection at all times.

Continuing he said, “In line with customs and traditions, the Nigerian Army authority has contacted the Next of Kins of the fallen heroes, while burial has been conducted for the deceased muslim personnel with the consent and approval of their family members.

“The Chief of Army Staff was represented at the burial which took place at Minna Military Cantonment Cemetery by the Commander Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Maj Gen Kelvin Aligbe.

“The Deputy Governor, representative of the COAS, GOC and other senior officers also visited the 2 wounded soldiers receiving medical attention at the Military Hospital and subsequently paid condolence visit to the families of the deceased.

“We urge the general public, particularly the good people of Niger and contiguous states to continue to avail the Nigerian Army and other security agencies with actionable and timely information to enhance the operations of the troops.”

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