Gunmen kidnap expatriate, kill driver, soldier in Ondo



Some gunmen have reportedly kidnapped an expatriate at Ogbonmo area of Ijebu-Owo in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State

The gunmen also killed a soldier, who was said to be a security escort of the victim, who is an engineer.

The driver of the victim was also killed by the gunmen.

The identity of the victims had not been revealed at the time of filing this report.


According to a source, the incident occurred at about 5.30 pm on Wednesday.

The source said, “The man we call white engineer has been kidnapped. His driver and his security soldier were killed. The gunmen fired many shots into the air to disperse the people around.”

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Uzodimma tasks kinsmen on unity as Omuma celebrates New yam festival




Uzodimma tasks kinsmen on unity as Omuma celebrates New yam festival

It was more of a home coming for Governor Hope Uzodimma on Saturday at the Omuma Central School in Oru East Council as he joined his kit and kin to celebrate their 2023 new yam festival with pomp and circumstance.

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The Iri ji Omuma brought together all the traditional rulers, President Generals and other stakeholders in such a rare manner that an excited Governor Uzodimma challenged his people to work hard to sustain the unity they have achieved with the cultural heritage.

The Governor said upholding unity among themselves will create room for development to thrive in Omuma.

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In his remarks, Governor Uzodimma expressed gratitude to Omuma Amano – Etiti, Ozuh, Abia and Umuhu – for coming together to celebrate the 2023 New Yam festival “with new spirit of reconciliation and unity for the progress of Omuma.”

He thanked the organisers and prayed that the coming together of the people will be a good omen for Omuma in the four market days of Orie, Afor, Nkwo and Eke.

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He urged them to uphold the unity that made this year’s celebration possible for the development of Omuma.

“God answers peoples prayers once a time. God has answered the prayers of Omuma people.”


He challenged them to explore the opportunity they now have and ensure they maximize it.

Governor Uzodimma said he was not oblivious of the work of the enemies and reassured his people that there is nothing they (enemies) can do to take away the power God gave to them.

“Omuma will develop like any other people that held power in the past.”


The Governor however warned those who indulge in drug abuse to do away with such habits as well as stop the destruction of public and private property, “because tomorrow will definitely be better.”

He thanked all those who attended the festival and promised to interface with the organisers to evaluate the various challenges bothering the community. “Omuma must be developed.”


In a joint address of the President Generals of the four Autonomous Communities of Omuma read by Chief Kenneth Okafor, he said that they have succeeded in bringing the four Communities together under one umbrella.

The PGs acknowledged that Governor Uzodimma has done a lot to make Omuma an urban city and thanked him so much.

Okafor said outside the regular achievements of the Governor in Imo State, thousands of students from their community are on the Governor’s scholarship scheme.


Also in an address read by Chief Lawson Okafor on behalf of the Umu Oru, Governor Uzodimma was commended for his unparalleled intervention in the human and infrastructural development of the entire Oru Nation.

He told the governor to be rest assured of the support of the entire Oru Nation in the coming November 11 governorship election.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, Chief Peter Igwe thanked the Governor for facilitating the New Yam festival and prayed God to continue to protect and guide him.

Chief Igwe said that Omuma has a unique way their fathers and grandfathers taught them how to eat New Yam, noting that they have resolved to uphold it.


He acknowledged that Governor Uzodimma has done a lot to uplift the living standard of Imo people in general and Omuma community in particular, and pledged the unalloyed support of the Omuma people in his quest for re-election.

Highlights of the celebration was the cutting and eating of the New Yam by the Governor, joined by the traditional rulers of the four autonomous communities of Omuma- HRH Eze GOB Okoraforanyanwu, HRH, Eze Philip Uzodimma, HRH Eze TO Ukachukwu and HRH Eze Clement Okonkwo.

Governor Uzodimma was later presented with an Award of Merit by the Students Union of Imo State Polytechnic, Omuma.

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Wife of the Governor, Barr (Mrs.) Chioma Uzodimma, Deputy Governor, Prof Placid Njoku, Chief of Staff Barr Nnamdi Anyaehie, the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Chike Olemgbe, former Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim and members of the Imo State expanded executive council attended the event.

Also in attendance were the Chairman of Imo State Council of Traditional rulers, HRH Eze EC Okeke, the Chairman Imo State Elder’s Council, HRM Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, Chairman Board of Ben Uwajimogu College of Education, Ihitte Uboma, HRH Eze Oliver Ohanwe, among other dignitaries.

Oguwike Nwachuku
Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to the Governor
October 7, 2023.


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Fela was born Olufela Oludotun Ransome Kuti in Abeokuta, Ogun state on 15 October 1938, to a middle class family.

His mother, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti was a famous front line activist in the anti- colonial movement and his father, reverend Israel Oludotun Ransome- Kuti, a protestant minister and a school principal, was the first president of the Nigerian union of teachers.

His musical talents and radical nature manifested early, so it was no surprise that he went to London in 1958 to study music at the trinity college of music. While there he formed the band Koola Lobito’s, playing a style of music that was a fusion of Jazz with West African highlife.

In 1963, Fela moved back to Nigeria, reformed Koola Lobito’s and trained as a radio producer for the Nigerian broadcasting corporation.

In 1969, Fela took the band to the united states, while there Fela discovered the black power movement through Sandra smith (now isodore) a partisan of the black panther party which would heavily influence his music and political views, indeed Fela experience a political awakening that later reflected in a total transformation of his world view his music and the place of Africa and the black man in history.

His early years and his mother political activism had exposed him to some degree to the fight for political independence from colonialism, and especially memorable for the young Fela was being introduced by his mother to the late Kwame Nkrumah.

Nkrumah was the guiding light of Ghana’s independence and the leading advocate for pan- Africanism and the Organization of African Unity (O.A.U).

If this early exposure could be said to introduce Fela to the politics, his nine (9) month sojourn in Los Angeles completed his political education and gave birth to the musical phenomenon and political maverick of African music forever. In his own words “for the first time I heard things I had never heard before about Africa”. Fela told friends he learnt more about African in Los Angeles than he had learnt in Lagos and insisted that the whole atmosphere of black revolution changed me, my consciousness, my thinking, and my perception of things). I was educated”

The first acclaimed on afro-beat song “which gave birth to the genre was my lady frustration part of a recording available today on the compilation named “the 69 los angeles sessions.

Fela and his band renamed Nigeria 70, returned to Nigeria. He the armed the Kalakuta republic a commune , a recording studio, and home for many connected to the band that he later declared independent from the Nigerian state.

Fela music became very popular among the Nigerian public and Africans general. Infact, he made the decision to sing in pidgin English so that his music could be enjoyed by individuals all over African where local languages spoken are very diverse and numerous. As popular as fela’s music had become in Nigeria and elsewhere. It was very unpopular with the ruling government and raids on Kalakuta Republic where frequent.

In 1977, Fela and the Africa ‘70’ released the hit album zombie, scathing attack on Nigerian soldiers using the zombie metaphor describe the method of the Nigerian military. The album was a smash with the people and infuriated the government, setting off a vicious attack against the Kalakuta republic, during which one thousand soldiers attacked the commune. Fela was severely beaten, and his elderly mother was thrown from a window, casting fatal injuries. The Kalakuta republic was burned, and Fela’s studio, instruments and master tapes were destroyed, he claimed that he would have been killed if it were not for the intervention of a commanding officer as he was being beaten. Fela’s response to the attack was to deliver his mother’s coffin to the main army barrack in Lagos and write two songs, “coffin for head of state” and “unknown soldier” referencing official injury that claimed the commune had been destroyed by Unknown Soldier. Fela and his band then took residence in crossroads hotel as the shrine had been destroyed along with his commune.

In 1978, Fela married 27 women, many of whom were his dancers, composers and singers to mark the anniversary of the attack on the Kalakuta republic. The year also marked by two notorious concerts, the first in Accra in which riot broke out during the song “zombie” which led to Fela being banned from entering Ghana. The second was at Berlin Jazz festival, after which he had a lot of his band members desert him due to various issues.

Despite the massive setbacks, Fela was determined to come back. He formed his own political party, which he called movement of the people. In 1979, he put himself forward for president in Nigeria’s first elections for more than a decade but his candidature was refused. At this time, Fela created a new band called Egypt ‘80’ and continued to record albums and tour the country.

He further infuriated the political establishment by dropping the names of ITT Vice president Moshood Abiola and then general Olusegun Obasanjo at the end of a hot selling 25 minute political polemic titled I.😭 (international thief-thief) in 1984, he was again attacked by the military government, who jailed him on a dubious charge of currency smuggling. His case was taken up by several human right group and after 20 months, he was released from prison. He continued to release albums with Egypt “80” made a number of successful tour of United State of America and Europe and his album output slowed down in the 1990’s.

He died on 2nd August 1997, more than a million people ironically including from the armed forces and police attended his funeral in Lagos. His musical career was matchless and prolific with over 70 albums and over 200 songs.

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Democracy has failed, says OLUWO as he pushes for Monarchical system of Government




The Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdularosheed Adewale Akanbi (Telu 1), says effective leadership can only be guaranteed in Nigeria if the country returns to a monarchical system of government.

He said this on Wednesday while responding to questions from journalists after receiving the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Mashood Lekan Balogun at his palace.

He described the monarchical system of government as the best form of governance whereby citizens can hold their monarchs accountable.

According to him, the present system of government practiced in the country is not democracy.

He said democracy is not working for Nigeria, hence, the need to return to the traditional system of government.

He said, “Politicians have made nonsense of democracy, what we have now is a demonstration of crazy. I am not surprised that it is not working for us, it is not our way. The African way of government is the traditional way of government and when the kings can thread the path of righteousness and can do what we are doing from here in Iwo, believe me, we will take back our power. Our people will fight for us but nobody will fight for a king that is threatening his own people.”

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, HIM Oba Lekan Balogun, appreciated the monarch and his subjects for the warm reception.

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