… Demands Retraction from Accusers within 24 hours or face legal battle
The executive chairman of Oshodi-Isolo local government, Otunba Kehinde Almaroof Oloyede has dissociated himself or any of his aides from an alleged assault or beating of the immediate past Lagos state auditor of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Elder Wale Ariyibi as well as Mr Israel Akiode.
The council boss said he would not descend so low to order or instruct anyone nor the Lagos state chairman of the National Union of Roads Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Musiliu Ayinde Akinsanya, to beat or assault any party member.
Oloyede warned those planning to foment trouble to desist from such devilish act, stressing that as chief security officer of the local government he won’t tolerate overheating of the already tensed political situation in the council.
The council boss while reacting to the viral video, he stated that the video being circulated is an attempt to tarnish his image and his towering influence in the state.
According to him “let me reiterate for the sake of clarity, that as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of this local government, I want to place on record that efforts by some people to foment trouble in our local government is devilish and an attempt at creating tension in the land will not be tolerated. We have started our impactful programmes on a good note, and we wouldn’t want to be distracted. Oshodi is moving in the right direction of progressive politics.”
“Let me also reiterate, for the sake of those who have called and sent messages on the video, there is no iota of truth in the said video, as I sat quietly in the box provided for all the chairmen, while I only stood up once to pay courtesy on his Excellency, the Governor. My good brother, Alhaji Musiliu Ayinde Akinsanya was equally seated with dignitaries and I couldn’t fathom where the purported beating held. I am a peace loving man and who will not descend so low as to be ordering people to beat up someone in a political function not even anywhere.”
“Let it be known that those who have alleged must come up with convincing evidence at the appropriate time, as we will ensure those behind the evil plots are unveiled to serve as a deterrent to other evil perpetrators,” he concluded.
Oloyede has also in a message he signed demanded that within 24 hours the duo of Messrs Ariyibi and Akiode should retract their claims or face legal battle.
He said the duo must retract the video using same means to retract their falsehood on his personality.
The statement reads:
DEMAND FOR RETRACTION
Dear Mr Wale Ariyibi and Hon. Isreal Akiode,
I write in response to the slanderous and defamatory video you both made on 16th Oct, 2021 alleging that I personally attacked you. The video was later released online with caption “Kendoo and Mc-Oluomo Unleashed Attack on Elder Wale Ariyibi and Osha at APC State Congress”.
The video was reckless, full of falsehood, defamatory and constitute slander per se against my person and my reputation. You alleged that I personally punched you while Hon. Akiode claimed I ordered my aides to beat him blue-black. You both lied against me and made a video to that effect saying myself and Alh. Musiliu Akinsanya (Mc-Oluomo) threatened your lives. I am putting it to you that throughout the duration of the program, I never set my eyes on either of you, which makes me to wonder where, when and how I personally punched you and also directed my aides to beat you up. Your video is nothing more than a politically-motivated efforts to smear my name, reputation and raising profile. You both know it deepdown that your claims are false and defamatory.
I hereby demand that within 24hours you both retract this statement and tender apology to me, using the same medium of video-clip you earlier used. Failure to do so will leave me with no other option than to institute a legal action and demand for #100,000,000( one hundred million naira) as damages because since the video went viral, people have been calling me to enquire about your falsehood.
I await your retraction within 24hours.
Otunba Kehinde Almaroof Oloyede,
Executive Chairman, Oshodi-Isolo local government.
Over 3,000 Indigents Benefitted from Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation Zakat Distribution
In efforts at ensuring that indigent citizens are lifted out of their state, an Islamic organisation, Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation (ZSF) has distributed proceeds of Zakat collection to 3,199 people across the country.
Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, an Islamic body with the responsibility of collecting and distributing Zakat to the less privileged in the society in making the distribution even has distributed same at different parts of the country.
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Z&S Foundation, Prince Sulaiman Olagunju, at the distribution of Zakat held at the Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Ikeja, Lagos, disclosed that N255,500,667 was spent to empower the people.
The fund was used to uplift the less privileged through educational support for orphans, people with health challenges, economic support, care for widows and settling of debts, amongst others.
The disbursement, Olagunju said, was carried out in 19 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and distributed to both Muslims and Christians.
According to him, over 60 per cent of the Zakat disbursed in Lagos State was used for empowerment of the needy and poor members in various communities.
“Over 19 per cent was used to provide medical care to patients with different kinds of health challenges, while the rest was shared to rent accommodation, debt relief, educational support for the less privileged members in our midst,” he added.
He urged Muslims to continue paying Zakat for the development of the society.
Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh Sulaimon Oluwatoyin Abou-Nolla, commended ZSF for supporting both Muslim and non-Muslims.
Sheikh Abou-Nolla prayed that Allah should continue to strengthen the donors and the management.
He, however, sought for the harmonisation of zakat payment in the country, noting that efforts have been directed to implement a harmonized zakat payment system in Lagos State.
“We need to harmonise and make collective efforts. That’s how we can get resources to channel to various sectors of the economy. May Allah make it easy for us,” he said.
One of the beneficiaries, Madam Veronica Fagbami expressed happiness that she made the list.
According to her, “Since the death of my husband, no one has been there except God. When I came for the interview, I was told to pray to be among the beneficiaries. And today, I am grateful I am on the list. Though I requested money and a grinding machine, I was given only the machine. I won’t sell it. I will make judicious use of it.
“I pray Almighty God will continue to strengthen the Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation. Their donors will continue to be blessed. Their organisation shall rise in leaps and bounds.”