Abiola’s family appeals against negative media report on sons’ detention

The family of the late business mogul and presumed winner of June 12, 1993, presidential election, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, has pleaded with the public, especially the media, to be wary and cautious of any publication regarding Abiola’s family and “not to dishonour and disrespect the memory of the late sage.”

The family said that serious efforts had been put in place to secure the release of the two sons, Kasim and Aliyu, who were detained at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Ikeja.

The duo was detained following a complaint by their step-mother, Mrs. Adebisi Abiola, after the robbery incident at their residence in Ikeja on September 2, 2020.

In a statement yesterday, the family lawyer, Debo Adeleke, also denied the allegation that Adebisi was behind the ordeal of Kasim and Aliyu.

He said: “As expected, she was so petrified, bemused and stupefied by the unfortunate armed robbery incident that she could not raise an alarm even after the robbers had escaped with their loots. She was eventually freed by other members of the family who had apparently called the police upon which she and her daughter and other members of the family were interviewed by the police, led by Lagos State Commissioner of Police in person of Mr. Hakeem Odumosu.

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“It is on record that while security agents were interviewing the family members, Kasim conducted himself in a very rude and suspicious manner and all efforts to make him act in a responsible manner failed.

“These unguarded vituperations and violent conducts by Kasim infuriated the police and he was subsequently invited for further interrogation for demanding for the reason for the presence of policemen in his father’s house. His junior brother, Aliu, equally joined him in his tirade of abuse against the police.

“The police subsequently arrested Kasim Abiola, Aliu Abiola and seven others for further questioning.

“This unfortunate turn of event angered Mrs. Adebisi Abiola and other members of the family and they were thoroughly embarrassed. Although Kassim and Aliu Abiola have inalienable and constitutional rights for the enforcement of their rights and fight for freedom but before a third party could embark on such an exercise, such an action ought to have been brought to the notice and attention of other members of the family who were making frantic efforts to get them released on bail.”

Our interest in South-East purely economic, says Miyetti Allah

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The South- East chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders ’ Association of Nigeria on Monday said its interest in the region was purely economic and nothing more .

The Chairman of MACBAN in the zone, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki , stated this while briefing journalists shortly after a meeting of the joint executive council of the group in Enugu.

Siddiki said the clarification became necessary following growing suspicion and speculation in some quarters about the activities of herders in the zone .

He said it was imperative to correct the impression that their interests in the region were beyond economic pursuits .

Siddiki explained that the suspicion that herdsmen were harbingers of Fulani territorial expansionism had degenerated into unhealthy relationships in most parts of the region.

The chairman said such suspicion had made members of the association to be increasingly uncomfortable .

He said herders in the region were desirous of striking harmonious relationships with the people of the area in order to avoid mutual suspicion .

Siddiki stated , “This suspicion is rooted in the speculation that herdsmen are harbingers of Fulani territorial expansionism .

“However , the leadership of MACBAN, under my watch in the South-East , has continued to discuss appreciably well with the individual state governments in the zone .

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“I am happy that the dialogue gives us hope for better understanding between our members and their host communities .”

He said the group would not hesitate to report any of its members found to be involved in criminal activities.

He called on the governments of the South- East states to ensure the protection of the body ’s members and cattle , adding that herders in the area would be made to take precautionary measures while plying their trade .

Siddiki said that MACBAN recognised that the challenges the herders were faced with in the region were not tpeculiar to the zone, adding that there were bound to be conflicts between people of diverse cultural orientations .

He , however , said it was time to sort out the differences .
The MACBAN leader stated , “ We , hereby, jointly resolve to fully lend our efforts toward fostering an enduring and harmonious relationship with our host communities .
“We urge members of our host communities to be more accommodating too .”

Siddiki described the people of the South- East as good and promised that MACBAN would not do anything to create tension in the area .

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