Controversy on Saturday trailed the burial rites of a former Minister of Defence, General Domkat Bali, who died on December 4, 2020.
Kinsmen of the late minister led by the chairmen of Langtang North and Lantang South local government areas of Plateau state Dr. Joshua Laven and Nimchak Rims, respectively had at a press conference accused the military of exclusion in the burial rites of the late minister.
They warned that anarchy was looming in the land should the military go ahead with the burial arrangements without involving the joint traditional council in the two council areas, insisting that he must be buried in line with the tradition as the Ponzhi Tarok, according to a report by Sunday Punch.
But a statement on Saturday by five kingmakers to the throne of Ponzhi Tarok disowned the late minister as the Ponzhi Tarok and insisted that he never occupied the stool while he was alive.
Those who signed the statement included Ponzhi Tumwat, Nicholas Musa; Ponzhi Dambar, Nanman Bale and Ponzhi Mbin, Binfat Zitta.
The kingmakers said, “While we mourn the late Gen Bali, let us state for the record that Gen Bali was never installed at any time as Ponzhi Tarok. The December 2010 election of Ponzhi Tarok was marred with several controversies and needless intuitions.
“As kingmakers, some of us were deprived of the opportunity to participate in the exercise; and truly, there was no election that day. Government, however, went ahead to appoint Gen Bali who was one of the contestants into the office.
“That fiat by government triggered various litigations in courts. Some of the cases are still ongoing and there are subsisting judgments that stopped Gen Bali from performing the role of Ponzhi Tarok or presenting himself for installation as Ponzhi Tarok.
“While these cases were yet in court, Gen Bali resigned from the position and his resignation was duly acknowledged by the government.”
The kingmakers appealed to the people to desist from politicising the death of the late minister and allow his burial to take place as announced by the military authorities.
Buhari commiserates with King Sunny Ade over wife’s death
President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with ace musician, King Sunny Ade, over the demise of his wife, Risikat Ajoke Adegeye, who was a member of the 6th Lagos State House of Assembly.
Buhari, in a release on Wednesday by his Media Adviser, Femi Adesina, also condoled with the Lagos State Government, House of Assembly members, her friends and political associates, urging trust in God at this very difficult time.
The President prayed the Almighty God should comfort the deceased’s husband, family and loved ones, while granting her soul eternal rest.
Four die, one missing as Lagos-Kano bus plunges into Kogi river
Tragedy struck Tuesday night in Kogi State as an 18-seater bus plunged into the Black River, a tributary to River Niger, in the Koton Karfe area, killing four of its occupants.
Solomon Agure, Kogi State Sector Commander of the Federal road Safety Corps, confirmed that the accident occurred around 7.30pm.
He said the bus with registration number Plateau – JJN 73 XA took off from Ijora Seven Up park in Lagos and was heading for Kano.
According to Agure, four people, including a woman, died in the accident while seven others were critically injured.
The driver was said to have lost control of the vehicle after sleeping off.
The state Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Suleiman Mafara, said after receiving a distress call, his men in conjunction with FRSC officials and volunteer divers moved to the scene.
He said four corpses had been recovered and 13 others rescued alive while one person could not be accounted for.
He added that his men and other Security personnel were working to recover the only person yet to be accounted for.
The recovered corpses, according to Marafa, have been deposited at a mortuary in Lokoja.
He warned drivers and commuters to adhere strictly to road safety guidelines so as to avoid preventable accidents on the highways.
Lagos governor hails Remi Tinubu at 61
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has congratulated senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Oluremi Tinubu, on the occasion of her 61st birthday.
Governor Sanwo-Olu described the former First Lady of Lagos State as a great asset to Lagos State and Nigeria, who has contributed immeasurably towards nation-building.
The governor in a statement by Gboyega Akosile, his Chief Press Secretary, said the three-term senator and philanthropist has contributed immensely to humanity and governance with her laudable programmes as First Lady and currently as a member of the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.
He added that the federal lawmaker has played critical roles in the growth and development of Lagos State and Nigeria, thereby setting examples for other women in leadership and governance.
He said, “On behalf of my dear wife, Ibijoke and the good people of Lagos State, I heartily congratulate a political icon, the distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu on the occasion of her 61st birthday celebration.
“Over the years, Senator Oluremi Tinubu has emblazoned her name on the national and international stage as a lover of truth, an advocate of social justice, philanthropist and a loud voice of the voiceless.
“Senator Tinubu’s penchant for diligence and distinction is evident in her contributions to the development of Nigeria’s socio-economic and political landscape as former First Lady in Lagos State and as distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic.
“On this occasion of her 61st birthday, I pray that God will continue to preserve and grant her good health to enable our distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu to render more service to humanity, Nigeria and our beloved State, Lagos.”
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