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Ife Mosque Attack: Muslims protest against traditional worshippers

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….End Oro procession on daylight – Ex-NLC Chairman

By Jeleel Olawale

There was palpable fear on Friday in Ile-Ife as Muslims protested against attack on some of their members in the mosque on Thursday evening by traditional worshippers.

Some Muslims were attacked on Thursday while praying Solat Asri at 4:00 pm in the mosque. The traditional worshippers allegedly attacked them and some sustained various degree of injuries in the process.

The Muslims blocked major roads in the town to express their displeasure over the attack on their members. Four people were said to have been attacked by the traditionalists in the mosque. The victims are Imam Abdul-Lateef Adesiyan, Muritadah Adeoye, AbdulBaqih Adesakin and another, identified as AbdulWahab.

Alhaji Sakariyau Adesiyan, the former chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Osun State Branch, said there is need to end activities of traditional worshippers in daylight. This must be the end of daylight Oro procession in Ile-Ife. This is not the first time they would be attacking Muslims and Christians on broad daylight.

Adesiyan who is the elder brother of the victim, Abdul-Lateef Adesiyan said what happened yesterday was barbaric and satanic because the person that was attacked inside mosque yesterday never did anything wrong to them.

“They attacked those who were praying inside mosque. It is painful. They have once attacked people. So, we are saying enough is enough. The Muslims are not happy with what they did.

“They brought Oro into the mosque when they have already attacked muslims in the mosque. We are not happy with this satanic incident in Ile Ife. We want justice to be served on the perpetrators. The protest will continue if those involved are not arrested,” he concluded.

He said one Chief Dada, the leader of the traditional worshippers was said to have instructed them to attack the victims in the mosque. Government should intervene and call them to order.

According to an eye witness, Mr. Bashir AbdulAzeez, “We were about to observe our Salatul Asr on Thursday evening around 4:30 pm, when scores of Oro worshipers attacked the Imam of the mosque and other Muslims doing their ablution.

“They attacked us and told us to move away. Before we could explain anything, they had started beating our Imam and Muslim sisters and brothers.

“They invaded the mosque and destroyed the Quran and other properties”. AbdulAzeez stated.

According to him, the Imam and five other Muslims have been receiving treatment at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ile-Ife.

The Chief Imam of Ifeland, Sheikh AbdulSemiu AbdulHammid said the Palace had intervened in the matter, saying Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi had called him to appeal to muslims to be patient as the matter would be resolved amicably, promising to be responsible for hospital bill of the victims as well as repairing the vandalised mosque.

He said the head of the traditional worshippers would be arrested and brought to justice. He said there is fundamental human right of freedom of religion in the land, urging muslims to be law abiding in their activities.

Mr Tajudeen Adesiyan who is the relative of the victim, said it happened when the muslims were about to observe Solat Asri prayer. The traditional worshippers were returning from the venue of their shrine when they forcefully entered the mosque and were asking for Imam and if not that he was in the mosque, they would have killed many people.

“It happened inside mosque and the mosque was destroyed. There was pool of blood of the injured persons. We are telling Nigerians that constitution allows everyone to practise his religion as he likes.

“There has never been a day when christians would ask muslims to stay indoor for religious event as being done by these traditionalists. The traditional worshippers are intolerant of other religions. We are going to end the act of indiscipline of the traditional worshippers in Ile-Ife. This act is barbaric and inhumane.

“We are calling on well-meaning Nigerians to come to our rescue to end this evil act in Ile-Ife. We are not going to cover the incident and they have been doing it in the past. We want justice and we have written letters to security agents to uncover this evil act.

“We want all muslims all over the world to support us in this fight because an injury to one is an injury to all. We are doing peaceful protest and police are involved and we want law to take its course on this issue,” he said.

The Police Spokesperson for Osun Command, SP Opalola Yemisi Osun said that the attack was confirmed and that the Olobatala people attacked Muslims at their worship place.

Opalola said that the investigation still continues.

NewsDirect reports that there was a pandemonium at Idi Omoh Mosque, Ilare, Ile Ife, on Thursday, when Oro worshipers attacked Muslims.

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Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves surge by 5% to $33.58bn

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Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves increased by 5 percent to $33.58 billion in the last two months.

This is according to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN’s latest FX data as of June 19, 2024.

Accordingly, the foreign exchange reserves figure represents a $1.47 billion increase compared to $32.11 billion on April 19, 2024.

The Monetary Policy Committee, MPC during its 295th meeting reiterated its commitment to boosting Nigeria’s external reserves.

“The Committee also noted the marginal increase in the external reserve balance between March and April 2024 and urged the Bank to sustain its focus on accretion to reserves”, reads in part.

Recall that the Nigerian government received $925 million from Afrieximbank barely two weeks ago as the $3.3 billion crude oil-backed prepayment facility organized by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.

Meanwhile, despite the increase in the country’s foreign reserves, Naira depreciated N1485.36 for the second consecutive time against the dollar on Thursday.

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Ondo Govt breaks silence after court declared 33 LCDAs illegal

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Following the judgment of an Ondo State High Court which declared the creation of the 33 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, as unconstitutional, the state government has stated that it is studying the judgement.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Kayode Ajulo, in a statement on Friday, said the state government would duly analyze the judgement, adding that the rule of law would be followed.

The late former Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu created the LCDAs in 2023.

But in his judgement on Thursday, Justice A.O. Adebusuoye stated that the LCDAs were not lawfully created.

According to Ajulo, the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgement has been requested and will be studied accordingly.

“All necessary measures, in accordance with our laws, will be taken to safeguard the interests of our citizens, foster peaceful coexistence, and uphold the rule of law.

“The Honourable Attorney General remains steadfast in his commitment to prioritising the well-being and welfare of our citizens, working tirelessly to ensure that justice and the law are served.”

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Nigeria Customs generates N249b within 5 months in Rivers

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The Nigeria Customs Service, Area 2 Command, Onne in Rivers, said it has generated more than N249 billion as at May, 2024 representing 40.3 per cent of its current annual revenue target.

Comptroller of the command, Muhammed Babandede, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen at Onne.

According to him, the 40.3 per cent revenue record followed a recent review of the command’s annual revenue target from N494 billion to N618 billion.

The comptroller noted that when compared to the same period in 2023, the command had recorded an increase of more than N153 billion.

He also said that six containers laden with codeine, contraband drugs and goods valued at more than N3 billion were also confiscated within the period under review.

He said that the seizures included four containers laden with bales of clothing, lace and fabrics with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of more than N911 million.

Others, the controller said, were two containers laden with 2,625 cartons of codeine syrup among other contraband valued at more than N2 billion.

Babandede commended the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for inter-agency collaboration while also assuring adequate handover of seizures.

He also emphasised that the command would not relent on its core function of trade facilitation which entailed streamlined and simplified technical and legal procedures for clearing import or export goods.

On the operations of bonded terminals, the comptroller explained that the final destination for clearing of consignment was at the importer’s discretion.

“These procedures are guide which all Customs officers must adhere to.

“This negates the erroneous belief that officers of the Onne command connive with operators of Bonded Terminals to transfer containers,” he said.

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