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The day Thugs Unleashed Mayhem on Idumuje Igboko

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Idumuje Igboko is located in Aniocha, North of Delta State and bordered to the East by Idumuje-Unor, Ekpon or Akpu to the North West, Ohodua to the North East, Igbodo to the West and Onicha-Ugbo to the South.

Idumuje-Ugboko was founded in the 17th century. Historians are of the opinion that a core group of settlers led by Nwoko, his siblings and relations founded the community.

Idumuje-Ugboko is made of four villages. They are Atuma, Ogbe-Obi, Ogbe-Ofu and Onicha-Ukwu (Ogbe-Akwu). The four villages are reputed to have migrated from various towns and kingdoms in and around the present states of Delta, Edo and Ondo.

For instance, the Atuma village is said to have migrated from Owo, a town in present-day Ondo State, the Ogbe-Ofu from Emu, an Ishan speaking town in present-day Edo state, the Ogbe-Obi from Uzebu in the old Benin kingdom and Onicha-Ukwu from Onicha-Ukwu, a town in present-day Delta State. Among the four villages, the Onicha-Ukwu was the last of the villages to settle in Idumuje-Ugboko.

There are 16 Ebos and 24 quarters, commonly known as Idumu. The town is relatively known for its peaceful coexistence of his people since it was founded until thugs unleased mayhem on the community. After the mayhem, they left their trademark sorrow, tears and blood. The thugs were arrested and are currently facing criminal charges at the Federal High Court, Abuja

Chief Chris Ogwu is the prime minister of Ugboko, a former editor and retired journalist. He told this reporter how the incident happened. “Let me tell you, I was one of the victims of the mayhem. I was brutalized and my properties damaged by these boys. They abducted me and took me to the palace in front of Nonso where I was beaten up mercilessly.

“Between March 23rd and 26th, 2017, they unleashed mayhem on the Idumuje Ugboko community, attacked residents in their homes with guns, small axes, machetes, and sticks.

In the evening of 23rd of March, alarms were raised in the community by women and boys who were running helter-skelter and screaming.

 “Upon stopping a few of them and asking what the problem was, it was learnt that thugs had invaded the residence of one Mr. Kennedy Nedu Iloh and had abducted him to an unknown destination. A search party made up of friends, family members and well-wishers later that night found and rescued him in the palace. His abductors had fled the scene on sighting his rescuers approaching their location’

 “The next day, I, Chief Christopher Chukwuka Ogwu, the Iyase traditional prime minister of the Idumuje Ugboko Kingdom was seated in front of my house about 10 am when suddenly armed thugs attacked my home. They smashed the windscreens of two of my cars which were packed in front of my house – a Mercedes Benz 300 V-boot and a Toyota Camry (2.4cc). They entered the cars and stole some valuables such as telephones, cash, documents, etc. Meanwhile, I was abducted from my home to the palace grounds where I was ordered to lie on the grass after I had been thoroughly beaten up. Upon my return home, I found my home had been broken into and some of my valuables looted.

 ‘In continuation of these attacks, on the 25th and 25th, 21 other homes were similarly attacked at night with armed thugs roaming the community from village to village targeting homes of persons who supported the allocation of land to Lina’s International, a holding company owned by Prince Ned Nwoko who had applied to His Royal Majesty the Obi of Idumuje Ugboko for 90 hectares to build a sport university in Ugboko. His Royal Majesty (now late) was progressively inclined towards the university and had set up a 21-man land allocation of committee from amongst the membership of the Obi in Council (the official law making organ of the kingdom).

 “I can tell you without mincing words that the thugs were sent to unleash the mayhem. At this time, Mr. Peter Bama was the chairman of local vigilante group set up in the community.

Also during the mayhem, Peter Bama’s home was one of those attacked. The thugs removed from his home some of the weapons and motorcycles which well-meaning members of the community had provided for the vigilante group. We reported the loss of the weapons and the motorcycles to the police who immediately gave assurance that they would investigate the robbery.”

 Unfortunately, few months later, when a new vigilante group was launched in the community, the same supposedly lost weapons and motorcycles were released to them by the new tenants in the palace.

 t would therefore appear that the palace harboured some of the items removed from victims’ homes. People have therefore drawn the conclusion that Prince Nonso sponsored the attacks but he had denied it in the past saying he did not send the thugs to attack anybody.

 On the recent campaign of calumny against Prince Ned Nwoko, he said ‘’Those behind the said campaign want to divert attention from the criminal proceedings for murder and terrorism believing that if they raise false allegations against me I will tell the complainants to withdraw the matter in Abuja.” The thugs  were granted bail of N50 million each but  are currently in Kuje prison because they couldn’t up  meet up with  their bail conditions

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Ogun High Court grants relief to Datkem as shocking photos of malicious damage surface

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The High Court of Justice in Ogun State, led by Honourable Justice O. Hassan Oyajinmi, has granted significant relief to Datkem Enterprises Limited, headed by Yeye Olufunke Daniel, in a property dispute against multiple state authorities.
The case (Suit No: HCJ/297/2023) involves allegations of unlawful demolition and trespass by the Ogun State Ministry of Physical Planning & Urban Development and other defendants.
The claimants, represented by senior counsel A.M. Kutoye, SAN, sought an interlocutory injunction to prevent further trespass and damage to their property.
They also requested an official inspection to assess damages and the removal of unused materials trapped on the property due to the alleged unlawful actions by the state government on September 10, 2023. These materials are valued at N184,435,000.
The defendants, represented by Mrs. Elegbede, filed a counter affidavit and a preliminary objection, challenging the motion on procedural grounds and questioning the court’s jurisdiction.
They argued that the claimants had not exhausted administrative remedies under the Ogun State Urban and Regional Planning Development Law of 2022.
In the Certified True Copy sighted by Freelanews, Justice Oyajinmi granted the claimants’ reliefs, mandating the Chief Registrar to inspect the property, take inventory of the damage, and oversee the removal of unused items.
Specifically, the reliefs sought included:
An Order of Interlocutory Injunction: To restrain the defendants and their agents from further trespassing or negatively affecting the claimants’ proprietary rights.
An Order for Inspection and Inventory: To allow the Chief Registrar or an appointed officer, along with the claimants, to inspect the property, assess the damage, and take inventory of the destruction and unused items.
An Order for Removal of Unused Items: To permit the removal of unused materials purchased for the completion of the property before the invasion and sealing by the defendants on September 10, 2023.
The ruling underscores the court’s role in protecting proprietary rights against unlawful government actions and provides interim relief to Datkems Enterprises, allowing them to mitigate further losses.
Concerning jurisdiction, the defendants’ preliminary objection was dismissed, affirming the court’s competence to hear the case.
The court emphasized the necessity of adhering to statutory conditions while ensuring timely justice.
The upcoming expedited hearing will further address the substantive issues, potentially setting a precedent for similar disputes in the future.
The claimants are represented by A.M. Kotoye (SAN) and O.T. Are Esq., while the defense team includes O.T. Olaotan (S.G), F.I. Ameh (A.D.P.P), A.B. Elegbede (S.S.C.), and M.L. Deinde-Dipeolu.
Recall that DATKEM initiated the suit via a Writ of Summons on December 4, 2023, citing various grievances against the Ogun State government’s agency, including failure to respond to letters of complaint regarding an alleged unlawful ‘Notice to Quit’ and subsequent violent invasion of the property.
On September 10, 2023, at approximately 3:00 AM, the 3rd defendant, with the assistance of armed policemen and other agents, forcefully entered and vandalized the property.
Yeye Daniel, the former first lady of Ogun State and wife of the senator representing Ogun East District at the national assembly, asserted that this invasion resulted in significant damage and left numerous materials and items, valued at N184,435,000, trapped within the property.
These items, intended for the property’s completion, have since been rendered unusable.
However, a source close to happenings informed Freelanews that Justice Oyajinmi has recused himself from the case, being the second judge to do so since the commencement of this trial over alleged intimidation.


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Malabu Case: EFCC Debunks Allegations of Bribery of Its Official, Mulls Appeal

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has debunked as false, news making the rounds that one of its prosecutors was offered a bribe over the Malabu OPL 245 fraud case leading to the dismissal of the charges against a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Bello Adoke and others by a Federal Capital Territory High Court.
In statement issued on Friday on its official website and verified social media handles, the anti-corruption agency disclosed that it has commenced a review of developments around the Malabu OPL 245 fraud case, including the dismissal of the charges against Bello Adoke and others by the Court in Abuja.
The review, the EFCC hinted, will entail exploration of the option of appeal and possible change of counsel in view of the Commission’s dissatisfaction with the handling of the case by Offem Uket.
Speaking on the alleged bribing of its official, the EFCC says, its intention to review or appeal the case “has no nexus whatsoever to the spew of speculations imputing compromise by parties to the charge, currently making the rounds in some sections of the media.” It will be recalled that after the decision of the Abuja High Court upholding the no case submission of the defendants in the criminal case, a certain online news outfit had spewed the narrative suggesting that the EFCC accused its prosecutor of compromise by prominent lawyers connected to the case.
In denying the narrative of compromise, the anti-corruption agency further said, the, “EFCC is not obliged to embrace such narratives as it neither accused any of the parties of any unsavoury conduct nor made any conclusive statements about any investigation on the matter.”
The agency also dubbed allegations of compromise as “effusions of mischief makers” and urged the general public to await its next course of actions

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Breach of Contract: Tunji Afolayan gives Kunle Afolayan a seven day ultimatum

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Tunji Afolayan, an award winning Art Director through his legal representatives, Osifowora & Co. has berated the Managing Director of KAP Productions Limited, Kunle Afolayan over what he termed a “breach of contractual terms”.

In the letter signed by the firm’s lead counsel, Olatubosun Osifowora, Tunji accused Mr Kunle Afolayan of making a deliberate attempt to undermine his creative input and relevance on the movie, ‘Ijogbon’.

The letter to KAP Productions and Netflix stated that Mr Tunji was contracted by one Mr. Segun Akintunde, a Line Producer at KAP Productions Limited, to work as Art Director for the movie ‘ljogbon’. His deliverables, and remuneration as Art Director, were well spelt out in the contract. The letter noted that the contract was signed on January 11, 2023 between Mr Tunji and KAP’s Production Executive/Representative in the presence of Kunle Afolayan.
 “Our client stated also that the executed copies of the contractual documents were kept by the management of KAP Productions Limited and his copy was never given to him to date after signing.Upon completion of the project ‘Ijogbon’, the movie was released on Netflix- a streaming platform, and to our Client’s consternation, there was an omission of his name and title as Art Director for the movie ‘Ijogbon’,” the letter reads.

The letter further stated that Mr. Kunle was instead credited as the Art Director for the Movie ‘Ijogbon’m While accusing the management of KAP Productions Limited of deliberately and consciously portraying Mr Tunji as ‘Set Designer’ instead of his role as the Art Director, which he was originally contracted.

“Our client is appalled at this grave omission and therefore regards this as a breach of contractual terms in the contract with KAP Productions Limited. This is further viewed and taken, as a deliberate attempt to undermine our client’s creative work and relevance for the movie titled ‘Ijogbon’.

“In view of the above, it is our client’s demand that his name and role for which he was contracted and worked, be restored and properly credited in the Movie ‘Ijogbon’ as the Art Director,” Osifowora wrote.

He further demanded, on behalf of Mr Tunji Afolayan, that the retraction be done within seven days of receipt of the correspondence before the next line of action is taken.

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