The Eyin-Osa community leaders have exonerated popular real estate merchant, Murphy Adebare popularly known as Topaz from land-grabbing claims making rounds in the media.
There were reports that Murphy Adebare has been arrested for offenses related to land-grabbing, forceful takeover, and criminal trespassing.
Although the claims of arrest are untrue, one of the family representatives, Alhaji Suleiman has mentioned popular land grabbers, Alhaji Saheed Ibile, Alhaji Muraina Banjoko AKA Threeco, and the Oba Of Epe as brains behind the crisis in Eyin-Osa community and the recent media attacks against Murphy Adebare.
While speaking to journalists, Alhaji Sulaiman made it known that Ibile has been selling landed properties given to the community by the state government as a compensation following the acquisition of more than 16,000 acres owned by three communities namely Abomiti, Eyin-Osa and Yeguda.
According to him, the government compensated the communities with over 2,300 acres, with Eyin-Osa families getting 700 acres being the largest owners of the initial landed properties. However, the properties have been taken over by the Alhaji Saheed Ibile, Alhaji Muraina Banjoko (Threeco) and the Oba Of Epe.
‘’ The government acquired about 16,000 acres of land from three towns; Abomiti, Eyin Osa and Yeguda. The government relocated them and gave them properties along the express way, it was over 2,300 acres. Every family in the community has their Certificate of occupancy.’’
‘’At the end of the day, the Eyin-Osa families were not satisfied because they had the largest share of the land acquired by the government. They went to court and requested for 20% of the landed properties sometime last year. They contacted one man called Olukoya popularly known as Alhaji White and he promised to help them survey and monitor their landed properties which they obliged to.’’
‘’In the course of survey and monitoring, He brought in a land grabber, Alhaji Threeco to secure the landed properties. He deceived the families into allowing Alhaji Threeco work for them and they gave him 25 acres of the landed properties to monitor the land.’’
‘’In the process, Alhaji Threeco in conjunction with Olukoya and Oba of Epe started selling the lands of the family. Last year, Alhaji Saheed Ibile contacted the family and assured them that he will pursue Alhaji Threeco from the premises because he has sold a lot of acres from the land. The family agreed and asked him to help them send Threeco away but Immediately Ibile got the job, he connived with Threeco, Adekoya and Oba of Epe and they became a team and started selling all the landed property.’’
He explained that Saheed Ibile has been claiming to have 1,500 acres of land in the 2,300 acres given to the communities by the government. Alhaji Suleiman explained that they dragged the case to the police headquarters in Abuja with the real owners of Eyin-Osa but Saheed Ibile found a way to maneuver the case by bribing DIG Kokumo who just retired few months ago.
‘’Recently, they met with Ibile to ask him of the amount of Land he has in the 2,300 acres given to the people by the government and he said he has about 1,500 acres there. He said he bought the land but it’s a lie, an acre is sold for N10 Million there.’’
‘’The family that went to court to agitate are the original owners of the land in Eyin Osa which the government gave them 700 acres. The families didn’t sign any paper for Ibile. After then, Ibile and Oba of Epe came up with imposters and presented themselves as the owners of Eyin Osa. When we went to Abuja last year, we took the Eyin Osa families to the DIG office, they were more than 200 and they asked Ibile to bring his own people, he brought just two people to present them as Eyin Osa owners. The family members of Eyin Osa denied the two people he brought as family members and didn’t have anything to do again.’’
‘’At the end of the day, the DIG Kokumo asked all of us not to step on the land for now but in January, Ibile gave the DIG money and he was planning to retire. He collected money from Ibile and he was allowed to start working on the land. He got gun wielding criminals, thugs, snipers and land grabbers on the land. He started selling the landed properties and started intimidating them with police.’’
Speaking on the involvement of Murphy Adebare AKA Topaz in the matter, Alhaji Suleiman made it known that Topaz paid over N1 Billion to buy landed properties from the original owners of Eyin-Osa despite knowing that they don’t have access to the landed properties yet. He noted that the people of Eyin Osa are standing solidly behind him in the fight because he bought land from them legally.
‘’When Topaz came in, he did his research and looked for the original land owners of Eyin Osa to buy the land. Topaz paid over 1 billion to the families. Now, he is different from Ibile who didn’t buy land. Now that Topaz bought land from Eyin-Osa people, they said they are ready to back him up. He has all the evidence and receipts which he paid with. Now, you are saying Topaz is a land grabber, how is he a land grabber, it’s totally different.’’
Governor Sanwo-Olu invites DSS to join investigation into Mohbad’s death
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has extended an invitation to the Department of Security Services (DSS) to collaborate in the ongoing investigation into the tragic death of the late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.
This announcement was conveyed through an official statement signed by Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, on Tuesday.
Mohbad, a former signee of Naira Marley’s Marlian Records, passed away last Tuesday at the age of 27, leaving his family, friends, and fans in mourning.
In the statement, the Lagos State government expressed its heartfelt condolences to Mohbad’s family and fans, acknowledging the profound loss of a young and promising talent in the fiercely competitive music industry.
The statement read,
- “We feel the pains of losing such a talented and promising young man, who made a name for himself in a highly competitive industry. May the Almighty grant his soul rest and comfort his bereaved family and fans.”
In a concerted effort to ensure a thorough and comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mohbad’s untimely death, Governor Sanwo-Olu has taken the initiative to involve the Department of Security Services (DSS).
The aim is to widen the scope of the inquiry through inter-agency collaboration and the utilization of state-of-the-art technology to uncover the truth.
Governor Sanwo-Olu has issued a directive that all individuals who may have played any role in events leading up to Mohbad’s tragic death be held accountable and face legal consequences after a meticulous investigation.
The inclusion of the DSS in the investigation underscores the determination of the Lagos State government to achieve transparency and justice in the inquiry, with a commitment to bringing those responsible to account.
The state government also implores anyone who possesses vital information that could assist the investigative process to come forward and share their insights with the investigative team.
Furthermore, the government emphasizes the need for the investigating team to guarantee the confidentiality and protection of all witnesses who may provide essential information or indicative evidence to aid the process.
Meanwhile, in response to Mohbad’s passing, his management announced a candlelight procession and tribute night to honour the late artist.
The move comes as fans and sympathizers continue to call for a thorough investigation into the cause of his death.
The management expressed gratitude for the outpouring of love from fans worldwide and those who have organized events in their communities to pay respects to Mohbad. They invited everyone to join them in the candlelight procession and tribute concert to remember and celebrate the artist’s life.
Dangote Refinery to start production by October and November 2023
The Dangote Refinery is gearing up to commence refining operations, with plans to produce diesel and jet fuel by October 2023 and petrol by November 30, 2023, according to the Executive Director of the Dangote Group, Devakumar Edwin.
According to reports, Edwin in an interview with newsmen disclosed that the refinery is on track to receive its first crude cargo within two weeks.
Initially, the facility is set to produce up to 370,000 barrels per day of diesel and jet fuel in October 2023.
Furthermore, Edwin outlined the refinery’s strategy for gradually increasing petrol production, to reach an impressive 650,000 barrels per day by November 30.
He expressed the refinery’s readiness to receive crude oil:
- “Right now, I’m ready to receive crude. We are just waiting for the first vessel. And so, as soon as it comes in, we can start.”
Regarding the shift in the original timeline, Edwin explained that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL) had already committed their crude oil to another entity on a forward basis, causing a temporary delay.
He assured that this setback is momentary, and the refinery will exclusively use Nigerian crude oil from November 2023 onwards.
Edwin highlighted that the Nigerian oil will be purchased in US dollars, not in naira, as the refinery operates within a free trade zone on the outskirts of Lagos. However, due to its equity stake, the NNPCL will supply some crude at discounted prices.
The Dangote refinery is equipped to process various crudes, including most African grades, Middle Eastern Arab Light, and even US light-tight oil.
- “We can take even some of the Russian grades… if the global system opens up to allow us to receive them. If you look at our production profile, 50% of my production will meet 100% of the requirements of the country.”
Excess gasoline, meeting 10 ppm sulfur Euro 5 quality, will be exported to other African markets, the US, and South America, albeit in relatively small volumes.
Jet fuel will be exported to Europe, while diesel will be sold in sub-Saharan Africa.
Edwin emphasized that the refinery would benefit Nigeria significantly, providing a reliable supply of environmentally friendly refined products and generating substantial foreign exchange for the country.
Furthermore, he noted that the Dangote refinery will play a pivotal role in addressing fuel supply challenges faced by import-dependent West Africa, particularly following Nigeria’s removal of fuel subsidies, which had resulted in a thriving illicit gasoline market due to price fluctuations.
Edwin added that the revenues generated from the refinery’s operations will be reinvested in further developments, underscoring Aliko Dangote’s commitment to Nigeria.
- “The money will be coming back in, and it will go for further investments,” he affirmed, highlighting Dangote’s dedication to the nation.
Senate President, Godswill Akpabio faces strong opposition amid allegations of loyalty to Tinubu
A brewing political storm is on the horizon as top politicians within the Senate, gear up to challenge Senate President Godswill Akpabio’s leadership when the Senate resumes later this month.
The unhappy forces are reportedly angry by what they perceive as Akpabio’s submissiveness to President Tinubu, rather than prioritizing the interests of lawmakers and the Nigerian public.
Accusations have been levelled at Akpabio, a former Akwa Ibom State Governor, suggesting that his close relationship with the President has diverted his attention from his colleagues and hindered his ability to address the pressing concerns of Nigerians amid the nation’s challenges.
Reliable sources have confirmed that a group of dissatisfied Senators, led by two former North West governors, intends to capitalize on Akpabio’s recent misstep, where he claimed that “prayers” had been sent to their mailboxes for celebrations, to take punitive action against him.
A well-placed source within the National Assembly, knowledgeable about the brewing plot, revealed that the anti-Akpabio faction has convened multiple meetings, including gatherings in Saudi Arabia and Ilorin, to finalize strategies for Akpabio’s potential impeachment upon the Senate’s return.
The source within the National Assembly disclosed,
- “Among Senator Akpabio’s ‘sins’ is his perceived ‘highly-subordinated relationship with President Bola Tinubu. Additionally, the ‘token’ slip by the Senate President on the day of adjournment for the ongoing recess forms the basis for the move to serve him the famous ‘banana peel’ treatment.”
Despite Akpabio’s subsequent clarification and retraction of his “prayer” comment, it failed to mollify many of his colleagues who had publicly expressed their disapproval.
The source further noted,
- “All of these actions are part of preparations for the 2027 general elections, where a new ‘hybrid party’ is expected to emerge, drawing membership from both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and opposition parties, particularly the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
- The goal is to replicate the ‘tsunami’ that rocked the then-ruling PDP in 2014 when many party heavyweights defected to form what is now known as the SPC.”
As the Senate gears up for its resumption, political intrigue and manoeuvring promise to be at the forefront of Nigeria’s political landscape.
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