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    Monarch flees palace as subjects protest alleged mysterious deaths



    Indigenes and residents of Ido-Osun, a town in Egbedore Local Government Area of Osun State have sacked their traditional ruler from his palace over alleged mysterious deaths in the land and its underdeveloped condition.

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    The indigenes staged protests in the town recently, chanting songs to ventilate their anger. They claimed that since 2005, when their monarch, the Obalufon of Ido-Osun, Oba Aderemi Adedapo, was installed, his reign had not recorded any significant progress or achievements in the sleepy town.

    Rather than developing, they claimed that the town had been backsliding in growth.

    The angry indigenes also claimed that the town had witnessed mysterious deaths of both the young and old and that the traditional ruler failed to do anything concrete to stem the ugly tide.

    Frustrated, they trooped out in a peaceful demonstration, armed with leaves and marched to the palace of the Obalufon.

    Upon hearing their unpalatable songs, it was gathered that the monarch bolted away from the palace to escape any assault or confrontation with his angry subjects.

    Since Friday, May 26, 2023, when Oba Adedapo allegedly fled the palace, some sources in the town informed The Point that he had yet to return to the palace as at the time of filing this report for fear of being attacked.

    Speaking under the condition of anonymity after the protest, one of the ruling family members of the town, said the demonstration was carried out because the traditional ruler had refused to take counsels from stakeholders concerning some happenings, which had become worrisome for citizens of the town.

    While accusing the monarch of being autocratic, the prince disclosed that most of the chiefs died in quick succession.

    Asked if Oba Adedapo had returned to the palace, he said, “He has yet to return to the palace. We are waiting for him to return from wherever he has gone to hide himself so that he can settle the issues the people have raised. We are saying he should return to the palace because we want to have some discussions with him on the peace and development of our town.”

    Giving further insights into the cause of the protest, he said, “The development that we used to record in this town has suddenly disappeared. Almost all the compounds in the town are divided over some actions of the traditional ruler.

    “The Oba is running the town like an occultic group and whoever doesn’t belong to his caucus is being sidelined. For instance, where I am from, there is a chieftaincy title the town usually confers on our family, but the monarch refused to confer this title on us, saying that anyone who is not among his supporters or clique will not be chosen for the title. Once you are not within his clique and you are not rich, what you are entitled to in the land will elude you.”

    “The Oba can ask someone whose family’s right it is to be honoured with a chieftaincy title to bring the sum of N5 million before he could confer the title. He is there to make money, nothing concerns him with the development of the land or welfare of the people. His rulership style only understands money and that’s for his personal benefits. The whole of this land, no one can suggest any good developmental idea that he would take.

    “People are dying in the community mysteriously and in very close rate. Even all the Oba’s cabinet members are almost dead and he has refused to allow the affected families to replace them or even seek solutions to these mysterious deaths. He is very autocratic and that’s why we protested,” the indigene further narrated.

    Efforts to speak with the traditional ruler did not yield result.

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    Hope Renewed world derby debuts in Kaduna



    Hope Renewed world derby debuts in Kaduna

    The Hope Renewed 1st Year International Horse Racing Derby opened on Wednesday in Kaduna.

    Akonitv reports that the tournament, organised by the Horse Racing Federation of Nigeria ends on Saturday.

    The derby with the theme: ‘Hope Renewed 1st Anniversary Democracy Derby 2nd Edition Under Division System Race’. was organised to commemorate the first year anniversary of President Bola Tinubu.

    The breeds of contestants included thorough-bred horses originating from Great Britain And Sudan.

    Others are Talon-horses originating from Chad and Naija breed, born, bred and trained in Nigeria.

    Similarly, there are the Arewa-Local Arewa Horses from Nigeria and Niger Republic.

    There are also trophies and car races to be competed for, in the finals on Saturday.

    They trophies are: President Bola Tinubu’s ‘Hope Renewed 1st Year Democracy Cup and the Sen. Uba Sani, Governor’s Cup, and the Sultan’s Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar Horse Amirul Muminin Cup.

    They also include Amb. Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, Emir of Zazzau’s Cup and Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, Etsu Nupe’s Cup.

    Speaking at the event, the Life Patron of the federation, the Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, said it has worked tirelessly to promote horse racing in the country.

    He said, “Today’s event is a testament to our dedication.

    “We have witnessed growth, excitement and passion from our participants and spectators alike.

    “As we celebrate this anniversary, we also remember those who have supported us along the way.
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    “We pay tribute to the horses and riders who have entertained us with their skills and process.

    “Sadly, we so take a moment to mourn those who were involved in an accident on their way to this tournament.”

    The royal father also commiserated the families of the deceased, adding that, “but even in the face of adversity, we have strength in our shared passion for horse racing.

    “We will continue to work together to ensure the sport’s growth and success”.

    The National Coordinator, Horse Racing Federation of Nigeria, Alhaji Mustapha Abubakar-Bida, said the derby was organised to bolster unity across Nigeria and the West African Sub-region.

    According to him, there are participants from across Nigeria and other African countries like Niger, Chad and Cameroun, among others.

    “This historic event is aimed at reviving horse racing as an age-long event that started in the 1960’s and with Kaduna as its hub, “he said.

    The event was graced by the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Ahmad Bamalli, the Emir of Machina in Yobe, Dr Bashir Bukar, the Madakin Zazzau, Alhaji Munnir Ja’afaru and the Speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly, Alhaji Yusuf Liman, among others.

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    Obudu mountain race returns



    Nine years after it was discontinued and missing from the annual tourism offerings of the state, the famous Obudu mountain race will resume this year.

    The tournament, a brainchild of former Governor Donald Duke, was conceived during his second term in office and kicked off in 2005.

    The 11.25km tournament was designed, among others, to boost global awareness of the Obudu Cattle Ranch in the northern part of the state and also make the youths in the state to embrace athletics.

    The mountain race gained global acclaim over the years and was an associate member race of the World Mountain Running Association and at a point was endorsed by the International Association of Athletics Federation.

    The tournament which had about $250,000 dollars available for grabs by various categories of winners was, however, suspended by the government due to a number of factors, including lack of funds and benefit to locals in the area.

    Things have, however, taken a turn for good as the state tourism commissioner, Abubakar Ewa, has announced a plan by the government to revive the mountain race.

    The commissioner, who disclosed this in Calabar, the capital of the state, said it is part of a wider plan by the state government to bring in lots of innovations into the tourism sector of the state. He also announced a plan by the government to relaunch its ecotourism sector.

    “We hope to bring lots of innovations into the tourism sector and plans are afoot to revive the mountain race this year and also relaunch ecotourism in the state.

    “We must organize packages for the leisure of tourists, particularly as the state is very rich in eco-tourism. We are also developing our tour sites in the state like the Qua Falls, which are very fantastic, Boki Water Falls, Drill Ranch, monoliths and others,” he said.

    He also announced that as part of plans to revive the mountain race, the government has been removing all the obstacles that have over the years impeded the smooth functioning of the Obudu Cattle Ranch and has paid over N200-million salary liabilities.

    Also speaking, the executive secretary of the carnival commission, Austin Cobham, said creative innovations will be added to this year’s carnival even as they intend to put non- competing bands ahead so that they can create sensitization and awareness of the carnival.

    He also announced that in addition to the Carnival Calabar in December, two other carnivals have been added to the calendar, which are the Ikom and Ogoja carnivals in October and November. He dded that the government is aggressively expanding infrastructure in the state for the carnivals and the benefit of the people.

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    Katsina Govt Hosts Dambe Warriors Competition To Promote Tourism



    To encourage tourism, the Katsina State Government has restated its total commitment to promoting the state’s cultural heritage and traditions.

    The Katsina State Commissioner for Information and Culture Bala Zango disclosed this to reporters on Sunday at the sideline of the Season 3 Dambe Warriors Circuit Fight 11 Competition, otherwise known as traditional boxing held at the Katsina Open Air Theatre.

    According to him, Katsina is a culture-friendly state, thus assuring the state government’s readiness, to organise inter-local government’s traditional boxing competition.

    On his part, the Co-founder of Dambe Warriors Chidi Anyina described Dambe as a new structure of attracting more funding from investors within and outside Nigeria, which he said will, in turn, implate the economy.

    He described the power of Dambe entertainment as one that can not be overstated, saying that the narrative can be changed through such sports as the Dambe,

    “It’s just a league. In each category, each fighter will fight in different cities starting from Katsina, Niger, Abuja, and Kano among other participating states.

    “We have light weight, middle weight and heavy weight categories. The last two will be disqualified and will leave the league and we will recruit new fighters as promotional for a competition. The third group will now fight at the finals to determine the king of Dambe in that category.

    “We sign the best fighters and pay them a good fee, monthly salaries, and appearance bonuses. For those that win at the finals, we give them one million naira each and N500,000 for the new fighters.

    “This is a new structure of attracting more funding from investment within and outside the country.

    “The locals are sleeping on this, we can take it to the international league. This will also impact the economy because the power of entertainment can not be overstated. Narrative can be changed through sports like this,” Anyina added.

    Earlier, three rounds of Dambe competition were conducted between Autan Kudawa from Kano State who eventually got 88 points, and Manu Shagon Garkuwar Cindo from Kebbi State who in the end scored 87 points.

    During the competition, a Nasarawa fighter Aljanin Bahagon defeated Dan Bahagon Zayyanu after scoring 87 points. His rival scored 86 points.

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