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Osinbajo, Obasanjo, Osoba, Abiodun others pay last respects as former Attorney-General, Bola Ajibola is buried

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former president Olusegun Obasanjo, All Progressives Congress (APC) leader, Aremo Segun Osoba, Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Noimot Salako – Oyedele, Chief Justice of the State, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, Chief Imam of Egbaland, Sheik Sa’dallah Bamgbola, were among dignitaries who paid the last respect to former Attorney – General of the Federation, Prince Bola Ajibola.

Prince Ajibola, also a former jurist of International Court at Hague, Netherlands, died on Saturday night following age related ailments.

After Janazah prayer led by Chief Imam of Egbaland, Sheik Sa’dallah Bamgbola, the remains of Ajibola were interred within the sprawling Islamic Mission for Africa (IMA) premises, at the centre he established decades ago on Abiola Way area of Abeokuta, the state capital.

The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo arrived the venue at about 4:57pm to join other dignitaries who came to bid the former jurist farewell.

Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari and the nation’s judiciary on the death of the former Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Prince Bola Ajibola.

This is contained in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, in Abeokuta.

Abiodun described Ajibola’s death as a big loss to the judiciary, saying his legacies in the judiciary, philanthropy and the educational development would never be forgotten.

The Governor also commiserated with the Owu Royal Family of the former minister of justice, his friends, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, as well as members of the Baptist Boys’ High School Old Students Association.

He described the legal icon’s death as “saddening, devastating and the end of an era.”

He added that the death of the illustrious son of the state, a celebrated jurist and judicial activist, public intellectual and elder statesman was a severe blow to everyone who knew him.

“Words cannot adequately convey my heartfelt sorrow over Papa’s death, for he was a kind and beautiful soul who spread love to all who encountered him,” he said.

The Governor recalled that Ajibola, after serving as President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), also served as the nation’s number one Law officer, Attorney-General and Minister of justice.

He noted that Ajibola also answered the call of higher duties at the International Court of Justice, Hague, Netherlands.

“He was a jewel of the Law Profession and an accomplished judicial officer of prodigious hue. Baba was a go-getter who delivered on any assignment committed to his hands because of his belief that service should always come first.

“Besides, he was a great religious influencer and philanthropist who established the faith-based Crescent University in his hometown, Abeokuta,” he said.

The Governor, however, urged the Olowu of Owu, Oba Saka Matemilola, the Olowu-in-Council, sons and daughters of the Ajibola lineage and the entire Gbadela Royal Dynasty of Owu to be consoled by the fact that the deceased selflessly served God, humanity during his impactful life.

“On behalf of the government and people of Ogun State, I commiserate with the immediate family of the deceased on this very huge loss. I also commiserate with President Muhammadu Buhari on the loss which signifies the dwindling class of sages in the country.

“I condole his bossom friend, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and all alumni of BBHS over the demise of a dependable ally and a loyal schoolmate and the Nigerian Judiciary over the loss of its greatest assets and Benchers. May the Almighty Allah grant the family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” the statement surmised.

Born on March 22, 1934 in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Ajibola attended Baptist Boys’ High School, Oke Saje, Abeokuta and University of London.

He was the president of the Nigerian Bar Association(NBA) between 1984 and 1985.

Ajibola was the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of Nigeria from 1985 to 1991 and a Judge of the International Court of Justice, Hague, Netherlands, from 1991 to 1994.

He was appointed the Nigeria High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2002.

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Sunday Igboho returns to Nigeria after regaining freedom

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Popular Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo has returned to Nigeria after regaining his freedom from prison.

His spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, confirmed the news through a statement and a video on social media, showing Igboho at a mortuary.

Igboho had been living in exile since 2021, seeking refuge in Benin Republic after being declared wanted by the Department of State Services (DSS) on terrorism charges.

He faced legal battles in Benin Republic, where he was arrested while trying to travel to Germany. After spending two years in a Beninese prison, he recently regained his freedom.

His spokesman revealed that the activist returned to the country to attend his mother’s burial.

Igboho had earlier been declared wanted by the DSS for allegedly engaging in activities that threatened national security.

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Lagos trains teachers in robotic learning in schools

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The Lagos State Ministry of Establishments and Training yesterday organised a training programme with the theme, “Supporting Teaching and Robotics Learning in Schools for Teachers in Lagos State.”

Declaring the training programme open, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Olubusola Abidakun said that the programme represented the State Government’s unwavering commitment to the continuous upskilling and knowledge enhancement of teachers in the State.

She said the State Government has been steadfast in its resolve to optimise the capacity building of teachers because it recognises that the quality of education is inseparable from the competence and dedication of teachers, adding that this was why the Administration of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has spared no effort in providing avenues for continuous professional development of teachers.

According to her, the theme, “Supporting Teaching and Robotics Learning in Schools,” was carefully chosen to equip teachers with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the evolving dynamics of modern education.

Mrs. Abidakun urged the participants to approach the programme with an open mind and a readiness to embrace the opportunities for learning and collaboration, saying that the skills they acquired at the training programme would enhance their professional capabilities.

The three-day training programme, which has 100 participants in attendance, commenced yesterday at the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industries (LCCI), Ikeja.

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Olu of Lisa charges religious bodies to establish welfare fund to ease hardship

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Religious bodies have been charged to establish welfare fund for the people to ease tension and pressure orchestrated by economic hardship facing the country, the Olu of Lisa, Oba Nojeemdeen Oladele Odugbemi has said.

Olu of Lisa, Oba Nojeemdeen Oladele Odugbemi gave the charge during his speech at the 5th anniversary of Warof Aanaahu Islamic Relief Foundation in Lisa over the weekend.

The monarch posited establishing the welfare fund with no interest will reduce sudden and premature death experienced by people when they find it difficult to repay loans with high interest borrowed from banks.

Oba Odugbemi added that establishing such fund will complement the efforts of the government aimed at ameliorating the sufferings of the masses as government alone cannot do everything because of the enormous responsibilities.

The monarch enthused that there have been cases of premature deaths in the country because of thinking of how to repay loans at shortest time which resulted into high blood pressure and eventual death.

He urged the religious bodies to set up such fund at no interest in order to better the life of the people which according to him must be done with trust and sincerity of purpose.

The Lisa monarch commended the members of the Board of Trustees of the foundation for the trust among themselves and for sustaining the foundation since its inception five years ago.

The president of the Board of Trustees, Alhaji Balogun Nurudeen who had earlier paid homage to the Olu of Lisa in his palace, in his  emotional speech said that the foundation has recorded some achievements in the last five years to include loan empowerment scheme for members, community social responsibility project like drilling of boreholes, acquisition of about 20 acres of land for the foundation estate and building of meeting halls and mosques at various branches.

Others are giving out palliatives to the needy and indigents, assistance to widows in cash empowerment and paying of school fees for the orphans, installation of street lights in all their branches and increase in membership as well as expansion of branches from eight to more than seventy branches among others.

The Foundation President hinted that these achievements spread to all over their branches across the country with branches also in South Africa and United States of America.

He assured that members of the foundation will not relent in their efforts to ensure that people are raised from the poverty level and in no small way contribute to the economic development of the country.

Highlights of the programme include giving out loans to the tune of fifty million naira, five million naira to reward to members of the foundation, empowerment of vehicles, sowing machines, deep freezers, tricycles, motorcycles, dryers among others worth fifty million naira.

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