Ibadan power tussle: Gunmen open fire as Olubadan installs Mogajis, Baales at the palace

Gunmen opened fire at the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, during installation of Mogajis and Baales on Monday.

The PUNCH journalist, Olufemi Atoyebi; his ThisDay counterpart, Demola Babalola; a correspondent with Daily Trust, Jeremiah Oke; and a chieftain of Labour Party who was a former Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Sharafadeen Alli, were among the people who escaped death while the shooting lasted.

While the activity was going on, the four gunmen in a black Toyota Sienna opened fire repeatedly around 11:45am, shattering Alli’s car’s glass windows and other cars parked in front of the palace.

The journalists, who were just arriving at the gate of the palace, were caught in the fire, but they escaped being shot as they ducked for cover in the drainage outlet in front of the palace.

They were there for about 10 minutes until the gunmen sped off towards Molete end of Popoyemoja.

Alli‎, who is the Asaju Balogun Olubadan of Ibadan land, was also lucky, as he was inside the car when bullets hit his car.

The gunmen stopped in front of the palace, shooting and daring people inside the palace to come out and confront them.

The shooting, however, did not stop the coronation inside the palace.

Ibadancityng.com Entertainment Reporter, Toyin Adedire is a year older today

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Toyin Adedire, our Entertainment Reporter, actress and presenter turns a new page in her life as she celebrates her birthday today.

Talking to her just before her birthday, the mother of 2 listed some of her accomplishments the past year.

They include the continuous growth of Ibadancityng.com, the creation of her personal company, Masterpiece Entertainment, various red carpet event along with her new project Entrepreneurs. She also starred in several films especially with the Odunfa Caucus.

Join us in wishing her a happy birthday and many happy returns. Enjoy your day.

Ibadan Agog as Nollywood stands up for Wale Lawal


Ibadan hosted Nollywood celebrities and other dignitaries as Wale Lawal aka Wale Promo celebrated 30 years in the Nigerian film industry on Sunday July 23, 2017. Wale Promo as his name suggest is a promoter and marketer in the industry.

Ibadancityng.com were well represented as our Nollywood and Celebrity Reporter, Toyin Adedire who also happens to be part of the Nollywood industry was the hostess at the red carpet event which held Mauve 21 Event Center.
Some of the attendants include:

Adebayo Salami(Oga Bello), Yinka Quadri, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma, Muyiwa Ademola, Afonja Olabisi(Sanyeri), Adebayo Tijani,Afeez Eniola, Adekola Tijani , Wale Rasaq, Rose Odika, Iya Ereko, Bose Aregbesola , Dupe Jayesimi and a host of others.

Here are some pictures from the event:

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Meet Ibrahim Hammed Adesina Amos, contesting for Chairman Ibadan South Local Government


In February 2017, Oyo State voters will go to the poll to pick new Local Government Chairmen. In the next couple of weeks leading up to the election, we would try to interview candidates willing to sit down with us and discuss their agendas they have to offer to the people of their various Local Government.

We at IbadanCityNg.com belong to no political party and we would welcome candidates from different parties willing to communicate with the people of the Oyo State.

That being said, we caught up with one of the candidates. His name is Ibrahim Hammed Adesina(Amos)he is the flag bearer for PDP party representing the party in Ibadan South Local Government (Scout Camp).  During his campaign today, he took out a few minutes to talk to us.

Please introduce yourself:

My name is Ibrahim hammed Adesina Amos. I attended Victory Nursery and Primary school, then proceeded to Government College Ibadan and tertiary at Polytechnic also in  Ibadan. I am a member of

I served as chairman at Ramat Hall Polytechnic Ibadan, this is where my interest in politics started. I was once a youth leader in this great party for about 7 years.

I am man of different professions, I am a Farmer, Borehole Engineer, and a Businessman. My dream is for  everyone to be comfortable in whatever they do. I am always ready to serve my people and not to dictate.

You represented Labor Party in the last election and you contested for the House of Representative, now you are a candidate under a different party:

Thanks alot, in fact I was in PDP right from the start.  It was when there was crisis in the party, that my faction left the party. I left PDP for Accord Party. From Accord Party we decided to join Labour Party when my faction had issues with the party. I always want a place where people will be able to know what and how things are being done. After the last elections, I was disappointed with the way party executive treated me. All aggrieved members in PDP were called back and I reasoned  and like the direction of the new leaders  and the new of PDP.

As Chairman of Ibadan South Local government, what will you do different from the predecessors or offer the people?

I am not happy with the way things are going on in the country, how people being cheated by our politicians and so on.
I know what we all going through, all wards will be secured in term of security, I want to promise all our people a transparent system, by allowing our people to say their mind. I will make sure that unemployment is taken care of sincerely and reduced to minimal. I will improve agriculture level of this local government. All workers and teacher will sing a better song so that they can really teach and train all our students.  Deplorable roads in our community will be addressed. We would also pay attention to healthcare in Ibadan South Local Govt.
From House of Representative to Local Govt. Chairman, isn’t this a step down?
House of Rep to chairman does not matter. Making the people of my local government or my country very happy and feel among is what matters to me. Thank you sir. I have to go, I hope we talk more in detail in the future.
Thank You Honorable

Pastor accuses wife of being fetish, claims his driver ran mad after eating wife’s food


An Ibadan based pastor, Gideon Johnson, Wednesday sought for the dissolution of his 17-year-old marriage to his wife, Oluwatoyin, accusing her of being fetish.

Johnson, resident at 4, Boripe Street, Basorun, in the state capital, told a Grade C Customary Court sitting at Agodi-Ibadan that his driver ran mad after eating a meal his wife prepared for him (Johnson) to eat.

Speaking before the court, the pastor also accused his wife who had four children for him of bad character and threats to his life and other members of his family.

He said, “The innocent driver ran mad few hours after he had eaten the food and was chained before we could take him to his family for solution.

“She intended to run me mad, she is fetish, diabolical and a threat to my life; in fact, she killed my senior brother and my father through her fetish ways.

“She almost succeeded in ruining my ministry when she ganged up with my enemies to spoil me before the big personalities that usually come to my church for prayers.

“I have not slept with her in the last 11 years because of her bad character.

“I will kill her if the court should decline my request to separate us.

In her defense, the wife said, “He neither cared for me nor for the four children of the marriage but always abusing me whenever he is preaching on the pulpit in the church.

“He accused me of being a witch and possessed spiritual power and I had challenged him to do deliverance for me since he is a pastor.

“I did not kill his father and brother- in-law.

“My husband abandoned me 11 years ago when he married another woman who had bore three kids for him,” the mother of four stated, pleading with the court not to dissolve the marriage for the sake of the children.

While warning the parties to maintain peace and stay clear of anything that could bring disharmony, the court’s president, Chief Mukaila Balogun, dissolved the marriage and ordered two children to be with the plaintiff while the custody of the remaining two children should be with their mother.

He ordered the plaintiff to be paying N8, 000 monthly as maintenance allowance for the two children that are in the custody of their mother, also directing that the plaintiff pay N12, 000 as house rent and N5, 000 as transport fees for the defendant to pack her load from the plaintiff’s house.

Source: Daily Post

Alesinloye traders bulk against council’s eviction notice


Traders at the popular Alesinloye market in Ibadan South West Local Government of Oyo State have kicked against the council’s decision to evict shop owners to pave the way for Ajimobi Shopping complex.

The local government, in a letter titled: “Notice to quit”, dated November 18, and signed by Ayelagbe O.A. on behalf of the caretaker chairman, directed shop owners within Alesinloye market clinic to vacate in seven days.

Efforts made by market executives and traders to stop the eviction failed.

A market leader said a meeting with the caretaker Chairman, Rauf Folarin, did not resolve the matter.

An affected trader, Saka Salami, who was at the meeting, said the council was bent on demolishing the shops.

Salami said: “The chairman gave us seven days’ ultimatum. We told him that we were not illegal occupants. All appeals fell on deaf ears. Instead, the chairman said when completed, a shop shall be allocated to two people.

Another trader, who gave her name as Mama Ayo, said: “We were given permanent allocation by the council and we also pay tenement rate annually. It is wrong to revoke our permit. We were not given any long notice. Why would the council that legalised our stay turn round against us?”

The council’s Information Officer, Segun Adeyemo, said the Director of Estate and Valuation, Ibadan South West, Gabriel Oyeniyi, told him that “the notice was served on the traders adjacent to the fence of the zonal revenue office, which is sharing the same premises with the market clinic”.

Source: The Nation

Ladigbolu family and Ajimobi in N16 billion land tussle


Parties in the lingering legal tussle over the large expanse of land measuring 404.74 hectares around the National Horticultural Research Institute, NIHORT, Ibadan, may have to wait till November 23 to know the next direction in the matter.

Reason: An Ibadan High Court has reserved ruling on the admissibility of a document tendered by one of the plaintiffs in the N16 billion-land dispute involving the Ladigbolu family of Ibadan and Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State.

The concerned families under the leadership of Chief Ganiyu Ladigbolu and 21 others had filed a suit against Governor Ajimobi, the state Attorney -General and four others ‎over the parcel of land.

At the last sitting, the 3rd prosecution witness, Adeniyi Dada Bolarinwa told the court that it was Baale Lasogun who is now one of the defendants in the case that gave him Letter of Attorney as the Managing director of STAD Investment Company Ltd to be the representative of the entire family on the 404.74 hectares of land now in dispute.
Bolarinwa who was led in evidence by his counsel, Olayinka Abiose told the court that he made three statements to the police on May 2, 2013, December 12, 2013 and June 20 2016 in respect of the case.

The STAD boss also explained that the Federal Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development had through a letter dated April 20, 2011 invited him on behalf of the family over the land based on the Letter of Attorney given to him by the family.

Though, Bolarinwa told the court that the original copy of the letter was kept by the Ministry of Land Housing and Urban Development, attempt to tender its copy was opposed by counsel to the defendants.

According to the defence counsel, the plaintiff did not lay proper foundation for the tendering of the copy and at the same time did not inform them that he was going to tender such a letter as an exhibit.

It was at this point that the trial Judge, Justice Adegboye Gbolagunte adjourned the case to November 23, 2016 for ruling. ‎

Source:The Guardian

Oyo State to hold Amala Festival December 15-17 at Trans Amusement Park

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In an effort to promote Yoruba cultural tourism, Oyo State Government, in collaboration with some notable associations, has concluded arrangements to organise Amala Fiesta.
Mr Toye Arulogun, the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism on Tuesday in Ibadan publicly presented the Amala Fiesta Logo and Brand Ambassador.
At the event held at the Western Hall, Agodi Secretariat, Mr Gboyega Olatunji, a former aide to Gov. Abiola Ajimobi, was presented as the Amala Fiesta Ambassador.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ‘Amala’ is the Number One food brand of the Yoruba race.
‘Amala’ and its complements, ‘Ewedu’ and ‘Gbegiri’ are a delicacy for occasions of any magnitude associated with Yoruba race.
Arulogun said that the food festival would open opportunities, create employment and promote cultural tourism.
The commissioner said that the three-day fiesta would hold from Dec. 15 to Dec. 17 at the Trans Amusement Park, Bodija, Ibadan.
He said that ‘Amala’ represented the homogenous nature of Yoruba people, the culture, health and wealth.
“The Yorabas are indigenous to South-West Nigeria, and ‘Amala’ is not only indigenous to the Yoruba race but symbolic as the commonality and strong bond of a people.
“Amala is the Oyo State’s foremost delicacy which has become a national pride with international presence and worldwide acceptance,” he said.
Alhaja Iyadunni Lawal, Proprietress of Iyadunni Food Canteen, Ibadan, said at the occasion that Amala had become a delicacy for all, irrespective of ethnicity, religion and tradition.
Lawal, who represented Canteen Owners’ Association of Nigeria (COAN), Oyo State Chapter, commended the state government for the idea.
Mr Philip Areo, the Vice-President, Tourist Care and Hospitality Association of Nigeria (TCHAN), Oyo State Chapter, noted that `Amala’ consumption had provided employment and promoted food tourism.
“Farmers produced the raw material for Elubo, Gbegiri and Ewedu, while the transformation to edible substance involved many.
“If you look at these processes, it allows more opportunities, more revenue and economic development.
“A lot of my friends come from Lagos every weekend to eat Amala in Ibadan,’’ he said.
NAN also reports that the programme is being packaged by the Oyo State Government in collaboration with COAN, TCHAN and Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State Chapter.


Tourism in Nigeria: Old Oyo National Park “Best of Wildlife Park In Nigeria”

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Old Oyo National Park “Best of Wildlife Park In Nigeria”

As we try to look at the tourism benefits and economic opportunities of this beautiful edifice, we will also take a bite into its historical perspective based on the Old Oyo empire.

Old Oyo National Park is one of the national parks of Nigeria, located across northern Oyo State and southern Kwara State, Nigeria.

The park has total land mass of 2,512 km2 and is located in south west park of Nigeria.


Old Oyo National Park

The location has inevitably placed the park at a vantage position of abundance land area as well as diverse wildlife and cultural/historical settings.

Eleven local government areas out of which ten fall within Oyo State and one in Kwara State surround it.

The Administrative Head Office is located in Oyo, Isokun area along Oyo-Iseyin road, where necessary information and booking could be made.

The landscaping and organized space within the large yard has made the facility very endearing to the public. It is rich in plant and animal resources including buffaloes, bushbuck and a variety of birds.

The park is easily accessible from southwestern and northwestern Nigeria.

The nearest cities and towns adjoining Old Oyo National Park include Saki, Iseyin, Igboho, Sepeteri, Tede and Igbeti which have their own commercial and cultural attractions for tourism.

The park takes its name from Oyo-lle (Old Oyo), the ancient political capital of Oyo Empire of the Yoruba people, and contains the ruins of this city.


Ruins walls of Old Oyo (Photo: Internet)

Oyo Ile was destroyed in the late 18th century by Ilorin and Hausa/Fulani warriors at the culmination of the rebellion of Afonja, commander of Oyo Empire’s provincial army for which he allied himself with Hausa/Fulani Muslim jihadists.

The national park originated in two earlier native administrative forest reserves, Upper Ogun established in 1936 and Oyo-lle established in 1941.

These were converted to game reserves in 1952, then combined and upgraded to the present status of a national park.

The park covers 2,512 km2, mostly of lowland plains at a height of 330 m and 508 m above sea level. The southern part is drained by the Owu, Owe and Ogun Rivers, while the northern sector is drained by the Tessi River.

Outcrops of granite are typical of the north eastern zone of the park, including at Oyo-lle, with caves and rock shelters in the extreme north.

The central part of the park has scattered hills, ridges and rock outcrops that are suitable for mountaineering.

The Ikere Gorge Dam on the Ogun river provides water recreation facilities for tourists.

Flora and Fauna


Old Oyo National Park

The Old Oyo National Park was previously habitat for the endangered West African wild dog (Lycaon pictus manguensis).

However none now exist in the park due to hunting pressure and the expanding human population in the region.

Source: NTA