AFTERMATH OF DETENTION OF BENIN CHIEF PRIEST, POLICE RECEIVES LIST OF ITEMS TO USE FOR PURIFICATION SACRIFICE

The Chief Priest of Okhuaihe shrine, Osarodion Usuanlele, the Ohen N’ Ukoni Neyedo, has been arrested and detained at the Edo Police headquarters in Benin City, The Nation reports. With the priest’s detention, an age-long tradition which says the Ohen N’ UKoni does not enter Benin, the abode of the Oba, had been desecrated. Consequently, three dogs were slaughtered as sacrifices were carried out near the police headquarters before the chief priest was released. Additionally, a list of other items has been given to the police for cleansing sacrifice the…

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FG POSTPONES ABUJA CARNIVAL

The Federal Government said the annual Abuja carnival has been rescheduled to hold from Nov. 23 to Nov. 25. Mrs Grace Gekpe, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information said the postponement was to enable the ministry plan adequately for a robust event in a statement in Abuja. Gekpe, who expressed regret at the inconvenience caused by the postponement, however assured the public of a robust carnival. The annual carnival holds in the first week of November in the city capital with events such as road shows, music, cultural dances, masquerades and…

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BENIN ZOO ATTACK: HOW GUNMEN BOUGHT BEER FOR POLICEMEN BEFORE KILLING THEM

Cajetan Mmuta Benin A worker at the Ogba Zoo and Nature Park in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State, Helen Juchei, has revealed how gunmen stormed the zoo, killed three policemen and abducted the Managing Director, Ogba Zoological Gardens, Dr. Andy Ehanire. According to Juchei, the gunmen disguised as fun seekers before they opened fire on the unsuspecting policemen. The woman said she returned to the zoo after an outing to discover the policemen’s bodies. She said: “When I came back about 6p.m., I met three policemen lying dead…

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GUNMEN ABDUCT PROMINENT LEISURE PARK DIRECTOR

Three policemen attached to the Edo Police Command were on Sunday evening killed by gunmen in Benin. The policemen were posted to provide security for fun-seekers at the Ogba Zoo and Nature Park in Oredo Local Government Area of the state. The gunmen, suspected to be kidnappers, abducted the chief executive of the leisure park, Dr Andy Ehanire, in the process. The gunmen also took the rifles of the policemen after killing them. It was learnt that the killing disrupted activities at the leisure park as many fun seekers scampered…

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AMOSUN UNVEILS NATIONAL PEACE PARK IN ABUJA

By Osa Amadi Ogun State  Governor, Ibikunle Amosun Tuesday unveiled the National Peace Park located inside the Abuja Arts & Craft Village as part of the events marking the opening ceremony of the 2017 African Arts & Craft Expo. The governor was represented by the commissioner for Culture and Tourism,  Muyiwa Oladipo. Speaking as prelude to the unveiling ceremony, the Director-General of National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe said: “From today, the spirits of our forefathers have a special peace in this park.” •Amosun: Ogun governor Waving…

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GLO RENEWS SPONSORSHIP OF OFALA FESTIVAL FOR THE NEXT 3-YEAR,SEE PICS

National telecommunications operator and leading corporate promoter of Nigerian arts and culture, Globacom, has announced its readiness to sponsor the prestigious Ofala festival of Onitsha, Anambra State, for another three years. This followed the signing, on Wednesday, of a new Memorandum of Understanding between Globacom and the palace of the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe. The new deal will see the telecom firm sponsoring the festival from 2017 to 2020. Globacom’s support for Ofala began in 2011, when it signed a three-year sponsorship deal with the Obi’s palace.…

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ABUJA COMMUNITY WHERE DOG IS PART OF THE DOWRY

By Godwin Tsa, Abuja Located on a land area of about 1,206 square kilometres, Kwali is one of the six area councils of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, with  a population of about 85,837, based on the 2006 census. The council was created from Gwagwalada Area Council  on October 1, 1996, by the military administration of General Sani Abacha. Famous for pottery, Kwali is the hometown of the legendary woman potter, Dr. Ladi Kwali,whose image adorns the N20 bill. The inhabitants are also into cloth making, hunting and trading.…

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OLUBADAN CAN’T STOP CROWNING OF 32 KINGS IN IBADAN – OYOSG

From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan Oyo State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Bimbo Kolade, has said the Olubadan of Ibadanland cannot stop the ongoing review of 1957 Olubadan chieftaincy declaration that will result in upward review of kings in Ibadan to 32. In an interview with newsmen in Ibadan yesterday, he said the Justice Akintunde Boade-led Judicial Commission of Inquiry on the review of the existing 1957 (1959) Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration, submitted its report last Friday, adding that, “the report is going through the normal processes it should before…

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AJIMOBI HAS NO RIGHT TO CREATE BEADED KINGS: OLUBADAN

Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, on Tuesday described the report of the commission set up by the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi to review the existing chieftaincy matters in Ibadan land as a ‘joke carried too far.’ This was contained in a statement signed on behalf of the monarch by his Director, Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Adeola Oloko, in reaction to an interview granted by the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Bimbo Kolade, in Ibadan to a radio station…

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