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The review of the book in honor of the Alaperu of Iperu, Remo Land today 26th November 2022 by HRM Oba (Prof) AbdulKabir Adeyemi Obalanlege.

All protocols duly observed.

⦁ Please permit me to start this endeavor by acknowledging the author of this book Dr. Reuben Abati, a phenomenon who represents and has his hands in the three components of any successful book project; knowledge production, book publication, and media promotion. Dr. Abati is an intellectual, author, communicator, and media guru. Added to his feathers is his depth, and practical experience of Nigeria’s government and politics all of which he has laid bare by gesturing Oba Adeleke Adelekan Idowu Basibo, the Alaperu of Iperu Remo, the honor of a book that befits his stature and reverence.

⦁ The title of the book Alaperu: The Crown and The Glory grabs attention, the ideas are original, with contemporary significance. The book is unique in many ways, it not only tells the story of Alaperu, but it also helps to critically appraise the matter, values, sense, and importance of his revered Alaperu stool, and his contribution to Iperu land.

⦁ It also calls into reflection a whole range of assumptions about the life of Alaperu. And as demonstrated in the first chapter, it stretched to introspecting, analyzing, and prescribing a role of significance for traditional institutions in Nigeria. As a traditional ruler myself, I have taken a perspective that differs radically from any of the approaches I have seen in recent times. And that same perspective I believe could be a clue to strengthening the traditional institution in Nigeria, and advocating the moral efficacy of traditional stool. The book is systematically divided into nine chapters and arranged in orderly and sequential forms such that it adds suspense, glamour, and style to the literature.

⦁ One of the lessons worth emphasizing in the first chapter which is an introduction is the same as the gist of Pixelberry’s novel, The

Crown & The Flame. The story revolves around the choices we make and the value attached to the prestige, and honor with which we do things. It goes on to narrate how the fall of Kenna’s kingdom was helped to being restored by Dominic Hunter who could risk his life, and comfort hiding as spies among the kitchen staff of the usurper just because he sees honor, prestige, and dignity in retrieving Ken’s kingdom.

⦁ The interpretation I made from this parable is that Kenna Rys had long-time committed his stool to reputation, dignity, and prestige causing Dominic to see the usurping of Ken’s kingdom as an aberration. This is the same character the author in the first chapter presented the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II who like his grandfather had a reputation, and honor for speaking his mind no matter whose ox was gored. Meanwhile, like Kenna Rys, Muhammad Sanusi II was removed and exiled.

⦁ What then follows in the succeeding narratives was the author’s seeming discomfort with the traditional stool depicting subservience and sycophancy, unlike in the past when it symbolizes honor, reputation, and prestige. He summarized it as a conflict between tradition and modernity and echoed the demand for constitutional roles for traditional rulers within a democratic framework as a hypothetical measure to resolve the conflict. The chapter also touches on the history and trajectory of the traditional institution in Nigeria, from the period before colonialism, during colonization, and its operation in the post-colonial era traversing the political spectrum in Nigeria’s post-independence era.

⦁ The second chapter, the customs officer, introduced the subject, Alaperu of Iperu Remo, Oba Adeleke Adelekan Idowu Basibo from the cradle. Alaperu was no doubt a prince from one of the three Royal families in Iperu land, the Odoru Dynasty. He was well nurtured and his parents gave him the best education that was in vogue at that time. He also studied at Morley College and South Bank University at Elephant and Castle in London. He is a sportsman. He studied Economics and Shipping and Marine operations. He is sociable, he worked as a customs officer and left service meritoriously to ascend the throne of his forbears. What I considered fascinating and expository as revealed in this chapter is the dynamics and diversity of cultural realities and practices even among intra-ethnic relations in Yoruba land which may have originated from the acts of sanctifying retrogressive mythologies that are unhelpful for socio-economic development and political advancement. It is revealing that Oba Adeleke Adelekan Idowu Basibo descended from the female line of the Basibo royal family. He is a grandson of Metuluko, the daughter of Oba Basibo III. With this, I hope gender and comparative studies scholars will find this yet another example in their research endeavors, and this book a worthy material for patronage. 


Chapter three is titled The Road to Alaperu Throne. Of the truth, the contest to become a king, especially in Yoruba land follows a lot of intrigues, politics, and financial muscling. I quite agree with the author that the enormity of the stool of Iperu land, and especially the prominence of the quality of subjects in the kingdom could invoke the wish of anyone to ascend the throne of the Alaperu of Iperu. However, experience has shown that power belongs to God, and only He can give it, and he freely chooses to honor anyone he feels he wishes to honor with power. The author revealed how destiny met nobility. It was destined and predicted that HRH Oba Adeleke Basibo will be crowned king, so, the road to Alaperu’s throne was a crow fly, that on 7th February 2002, he received his appointment letter as the Alaperu of Iperu. 9. Chapter four captured the Ipebi and coronation ceremony of Alaperu. The author described Ipebi as a place of seclusion where the king is expected to perform certain traditional rites and learn about the history, tradition, and conventions of the town which he is expected to rule with. The author established the dissimilarities in the number of days in Ipebi according to different communities. While it is 3 months or 2 months elsewhere, he noted that the seclusion period takes 19 days, going to the experience of Alaperu Oba Idowu Basibo. And he completed the rites on March 15, 2002, while the Coronation Day, and the presentation of staff of office was held on Saturday, March 30, 2002, at the Christ Apostolic Grammar School grounds along the old Ibadan Road, Iperu.


Chapter five deals with Iperu Akesan. The chapter dwells on the historical, social, economic, and political importance of Iperu land. The author went on to tell us that Iperu is the most populous town in the Remo Region of Ikenne Local Government Area in Ogun State, with a current population estimate of about 250,000. He also mentioned how Iperu has a connection with Awujale of Ijebu, Epe, and Oyo. The discussed the Iperu war, how it was fought, and how it ended was equally documented in the chapter. 11. Chapter six examined the challenges of Oba Adeleke Basibo since he ascended the throne while chapter eight discussed his achievements. The approach that the author devised to compose these two chapters is what I have found creatively unique. While Oba Adeleke Basibo recounts his challenges himself, his subjects gave accounts of his achievements so far. 12. Chapter eight is titled Reflections but we may consider it more appropriate as Alaperu’s Philosophies. Because the chapter entails his ideas and ideals on varied aspects of the society ranging from politics, tradition, governance, socio-economic policy, education, and the lingering secession agitations. 13. The last chapter Epilogue and New Beginning sets an agenda for the future. Then how best can the author honor the Alaperu if not closing this book with remarks, greetings, prayers, and best wishes from our indefatigable executive Governor of Ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun. Ladies and gentlemen, based on my assessment as an academic, and monarch, I found this book informative, inquisitive, and expressive such that it is worthy to recommend, and I am recommending it to the public. Let me conclude by congratulating our dear 21st Alaperu of Iperu, Oba Adeleke Adelekan Idowu Basibo on your glorious 20th anniversary on the throne of your forebears. I join the Governor and the government of Ogun state, your entire family, friends, and well-wishers in wishing you more years on the throne, in good health, increasing wealth, wisdom, and knowledge to continue to guide and lead your subjects to the Promised Land. Amen.




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The Nigerian government has revealed the criteria for obtaining a loan from the Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN), which they say only companies with less than 250 employees are eligible for.

This was disclosed by DBN’s managing director, Mr. Tony Okpanachi, in a meeting with the Senate ad hoc committee investigating uneven disbursement of its loans. They also noted that their lending criteria are similar to those set by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Okpanachi told the Senate committee that only small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) with less than 250 employees and revenue not above N1.1 billion are qualified to access its loans.

He disclosed that southern Nigerian SME’s have received the most funding due to possessing the most requirements.

  • “Our lending has criteria and they are the same as those set by the Central Bank of Nigeria. We do a risk assessment of the Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs) before they begin to lend to businesses. We don’t want to give out money and the money fritters away. So we track the end users of the loans yearly,” he said.

He also said the DBN observed that there were issues with interest-based banking and loans in the north, citing that it has engaged two non-interest banks in Nigeria to cater to that region

The DBN boss said the process is continuous to get more businesses on board and urged participating financial institutions to build the capacity of small-scale businesses and train them on how to structure their businesses to be able to access the loans.

For the record: Nairametrics reported earlier that the Nigerian Senate set up a committee to investigate the uneven disbursement of N500 billion made by the Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) to the six geopolitical zones.

The Senate stated that Lagos was the major beneficiary, with 47% of the total loan, while the entire northern region got 11%.


A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, dismissed a suit seeking disqualification of Labour Party (LP), presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

Joined in the suit marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/1743/2022 as defendants, are Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), LP, and Peter Obi as 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants, respectively.

The plaintiff, Allied Peoples Movement (APM), had approached the court for an injunction restraining the 1st defendant from acting on, according recognition to, giving effect to, or in any way or manner, dealing with the name of the 3rd defendant as candidate of the 2nd defendant in the forthcoming 2023 presidential election.

In his judgment, Justice James K. Omotosho dismissed the suit for failure of the plaintiff to provide sufficient evidence to grant the request.

The plaintiff, in an originating, summon had sought, among other reliefs, “a declaration that, in view of Section 131(c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the 1st defendant’s election time table and schedule of activities for the 2023 general election, the 1st defendant’s electoral guidelines for the conduct of 2023 political party primary elections and nomination of candidates for election, Sections 29(1), 77(2) and (3) of the Electoral Act, 2022, which mandate the 2nd defendant to maintain a register of its members in both hard and soft copy and make such register available to the 1st defendant, not later than 30 days before the date fixed for the party’s primaries, the 3rd defendant be disqualified from taking part in or otherwise contesting the 2023 presidential election fixed for February 25, 2023.

“Provisions of Section 131 (c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended); the 1st defendant’s election timetable and schedule of activities for the 2023 general election, the 1st defendant’s electoral guidelines for the conduct of 2023 political party primary elections and nomination of candidates for elections, Sections 29(1), 77(2) and (3) of the Electoral Act, 2022 and the fact that the 3rd defendant became a registered member of the 2nd defendant less than 30 days to the party’s presidential primary election, which held on May 30, 2022, the 3rd defendant, herein, is disqualified and ineligible to contest the 2023 presidential elections as the candidate or flag bearer of the 2nd defendant.”



President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday indicated that governors steal from local government council allocations.

The President, who spoke extempore after delivering his speech at the presidential parley for members of the Senior Executive Course 44 (2022) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) at the State House, underscored that personal integrity is fundamental in the operations of government.

He recalled an instance of how a state governor would receive allocation on behalf of council areas in his state only to remit half of such allocation to the council chairmen.

These actions, he said, portrayed the sort of corrupt practices that is now symptomatic of Nigeria in dispensing resources meant for local council administrations, thereby undermining development.

Buhari, in his address, congratulated the members of the Senior Executive Course 44 on the successful completion of their course. He challenged them to revitalise and reinvigorate leadership at the various levels of establishments.

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Thousands of Nigerian motorcycle riders and drivers could be thrown into the labour market following the announcement today by Ugandan ride-hailing startup Safeboda that it will be exiting the Nigerian market. 

The announcement is coming barely three months after the company expanded its service from bike-hailing to include car-hailing.  

While the details of the company’s exit are still sketchy as of publication time, an official of the company, who would not want to be named, confirmed to Nairametrics that the company will be exiting the country. Without giving further details, she confirmed that riders and drivers on the platform will be disengaged.  

Riders still in the dark: However, when Nairametrics spoke to one of the bike riders on the platform in Ibadan, he said he was not aware that the company was about to exit the country. The rider who was shocked to hear the news said: 

  • “As of this morning, everything was still going on as normal, there is no such information. We have not been told anything.” 

Surprising development: This is a surprising development seeing as the company had just recently announced a new product. Earlier in September this year, the transport startup launched a car-hailing service called SafeCar in Uganda and Nigeria. Announcing the launch, SafeBoda’s Co-founder Rapa Ricky Thomson, said:

  • “We’re very excited to launch SafeCar in our super App with a safer, more convenient solution than what is offered in the market. We’ve talked to drivers and passengers, tested our product, and we are going to change transportation in Uganda forever, we are going completely cashless.”

Earlier in March, the bike-hailing company celebrated crossing 4 million rides, and 50,000 deliveries with over 10,000 riders and 100,000 passengers. The startup launched in Ibadan, Nigeria, in December 2019 but began operations in March 2020. 

Prior exits: This is the second time SafeBoda is exiting a market since its founding in 2017. In 2020 SafeBoda exited Kenya after extending its services to Nairobi less than two years earlier. It explained that it exited Kenya due to the negative effects of COVID-19 on its business. 


A Federal High Court sitting in Minna, the Niger State Capital, has ordered that the Chief of Army Staff, General Farouk Yahaya, be arrested for contempt.

Justice Halima Abdulmalik, who issued the warrant and presided over the case, said the order followed notice brought before the court in pursuant of order forty two rule ten of the Niger State High Court Civil Procedure 2018.

The judge ruled that the order is commuting Yahaya to be kept in Minna correctional custody for contentions of order of the court on October 12, 2022, adding that the COAS is to remain in custody till he has been “purged”of the contempt.

Also, the judge issued that the Commandant Training and Doctrine Command, Minna, Major General Olugbenga Olabanji, be arrested and imprisoned for a similar offense.

Justice Abdulmalik then adjourned the case to December 8 for continuation.

The PUNCH had reported that on November 29 a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja sentenced the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to three months in prison for disobeying a court order.

The IGP’s committal followed a suit that was filed by a police officer, Patrick Okoli, who was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigerian Police Force.

The court also ordered the payment of N10 million to the applicant, being special and general damages for the unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional denial of his (Patrick’s) rights and privileges as a Senior Officer of the Nigeria Police Force from 1993 till date.

Abia State Governor Dr Okezie Ikpeazu yesterday presented a N157. 517 billion Appropriation Bill for 2023 to the state House of Assembly for deliberation.

The bill, christened: “Valedictory Expenditure Expansion and Budget” showed an increase of 6.95 percent from the 2022 budget of N147.787 billion.

Presenting the bill on the floor of the state House of Assembly, he said the government had pursued a number of signature programmes aimed at improving the livelihood of the people.

“On this occasion, I wish to once again commend your efforts on the early passage of the 2022 Appropriation Law implementation of which I started on 1st January”, he said.

According to him, “Your support has made it possible to sustain the January to December budget cycle and fiscal implementation in Abia State during my administration”.he added.

“As is our practice, I will present the highlights of the State 2023 draft estimates and budget proposals. The commissioner for finance will later provide the details of these proposals in his breakdown.”

The governor, who will vacate the office on May 29, 2023 after a second four year term, gave a breakdown of the Bill as follows: Recurrent N75.044 billion and capital N82.472 billion.

More details have emerged on how a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Aminu Adamu, was trailed and arrested over a post against First Lady, Aisha Buhari.

Naija News learnt that the police track team trailed the 24-year-old to his school where he was arrested.

Recall that Aminu in a post on his Twitter account had accused the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari of feeding on Nigeria’s money.

A police detective attached to the ‘Anti Vice Section A’ in Mararaba, Nasarawa State, Festus Josiah, in his statement filed as part of the prosecution’s proof of evidence against Aminu before the court, claimed that Aisha Buhari’s Aide De Camp (ADC), Usman Shugaba contacted him concerning the defendant’s tweet.

According to Josiah, he works with the office of the first lady as a phone tracker.

Josiah disclosed that his team travelled to Dutse, the Jigawa State capital, on a Monday and trailed Aminu for three days before they tracked him down.

The police operative in his statement dated 19 November wrote “When we got his phone, an iPhone 7, we saw the Twitter account on the phone. We also saw the (alleged offending) post.”

He said the undergraduate was brought to the FCT State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).

According to court filings, Aminu’s confiscated phone has been sent to the Terrorism Investigation Branch, Force Intelligence Bureau in Abuja “for analysis” and “evidential value.”

Kwara State Governor, Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq yesterday presented a N189,436,248,054.00 appropriation bill for 2023 to the State House of Assembly.

The budget tagged, “Economic Expansion and Sustainable Development,”has recurrent expenditure of 49.1 per cent and the capital component of 50.9 per cent.”

Presenting the appropriation bill at the floor of the State House of Assembly, the state governor, Alhaji AbdulRazaq said, “the fiscal document focuses on strengthening the current gains and is built around the Kwara State Sustainable Development Plan 2021-2030, Medium Term Sector Strategy 2021-2023 and citizens’ need Assessments.”

He added: “Today, I stand before this Honourable House to present the 2023 appropriation bill. This fiscal document is as significant in its provisions as it is in expanding the gains of the past three years for maximum socioeconomic benefits of the state.

“With the support of this House and the good people of Kwara State, our government has delivered on key campaign promises in education, healthcare delivery, provision of potable water, agriculture, poverty reduction, gender mainstreaming, youth and women empowerment, financial inclusion, workers’ welfare, infrastructure, and rural urban development.

“Under us, Kwara has shed horrible indices and broken new positive grounds across development sectors. This is all due to our commitments to inclusive growth.

“Of particular interest are the recent positive data on healthcare delivery, poverty rate, unemployment rate, and fiscal management of the state. All of these show that Kwara is a lot better today than we met it.”

He added, “I’m glad to report that our investment in the premier hospital has earned the state university an accreditation to begin Medicine and Surgery for the first time.

“In the outgoing fiscal year, we expanded economic opportunities for the people and executed many impactful projects and programmes across sectors, while many are near completion.”

He noted that, “The commencement of the KwaraLEARN initiative has raised school attendance by 43 per cent in four pilot local government areas of Baruten, Ilorin East, Ilorin West, and Offa.

“We have delivered a new waterworks at Dumagi, new and well-equipped Dental, Eye, Renal, ICU facilities, and an expansive new ward.

“The Garment Factory, Visual Arts Centre, Innovation Hub, General Tunde Idiagbon Bridge, Osi-Obbo Aiyegunle Road, Adeta-Yebumot-AlHikmah University Road, Ilesha Gwanara Road, Osi and Ilesha Baruba Campuses of KWASU, Oro General Hospital, Jebba Waterworks, among others, are all near completion.

“For the first time, we are 90 per cent set to deliver a game-changing Electronic Management System (EMS) for our hospitals in Ilorin, Kaiama, and Offa. We have also completed the first radio station in Kwara North and 39 Digital Literacy Centres across the state.”

The Governor said the new budget places more emphases on continuous infrastructural development, completion of ongoing road projects, agribusinesses, irrigation and mechanisation, workers’ welfare, rural electrification, and improved water reticulation, among others.

Chaired by the Speaker, Yakubu Salihu Danladi, the budget presentation session was attended by Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi; representative of the Chief Judge Justice Olalekan Adegbite; Acting Grand Kadi Justice Abdullateef Kamaldeen; among others.

The Speaker commended the Governor for his efforts to steadily bridge the huge infrastructural gap in the state and for his focus on workers’ welfare, provision of basic amenities, and prudent management of public resources.

He assured AbdulRazaq of the readiness of the House to ensure timely passage of the budget after proper scrutiny as constitutionally required for the benefit of the people of Kwara State.

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Suspected 'celebrity kidnapper,' John Ike Lyon, and his accomplice, Emmanuel Angase, have pleaded not guilty to a 14-count charge bordering on conspiracy to commit felony, kidnapping, and armed robbery filed against them before the  Bayelsa State Judiciary Complex, Yenagoa.

Recall that Lyon who used to be a cleaner in a bank, and the other suspects, were arrested in September this year over allegations of carrying out series of kidnappings in the state.

They were also charged on eight counts of “kidnapping contrary to Section 2 sub (1) of the  Kidnapping and Other Offences Laws of Bayelsa State 2013,” and a further two counts of armed robbery, contrary to Section 329 sub (2 ) of the criminal code law, cap ‘C’ of Bayelsa State, 2006.”

John Lyon started crying and protesting that his health condition in police custody is deteriorating.

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