Akeredolu’s Family Clears Air On Marriage Of Widow To Brother-In-Law

Mohammed Shosanya

The family of the late Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, has reacted to the reported marriage of his widow, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, to his brother, Prof. Wole Akeredolu.

The reaction was conveyed in a statement by the Publisher/Editor-in-chief, National Newsbreak Newspaper, Gele Agbai.

According to the statement on Saturday, Agbai said: “Our attention has been drawn to the twist being given to our story entitled: ‘Aketi Eternal: Emeabiam Community Performs Mgbafu Mgbe Rite For Widow.’

“For the benefit of those who are not familiar with the story, Aketi is the nickname of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, CON, the former Governor of Ondo State who passed away in December 2023.

“He was married to the former First Lady of Ondo State, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, Ada Owere 1.

“According to the tradition of the Igbo especially the people of Imo State, Mgbafu Mkpe ceremony must be held after the death and burial of the husband of their daughter.

“The Mgbafu Mkpe ceremony of Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu was held on Sunday, March 31, 2024 at the serene Emeabiam Community in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State.

“The ceremony held at her ancestral compound in Umuikea Emeabiam Community. During the ceremony, Mr. Herbert Igbo representing the Umuegeolu Kindred handed over the former first lady to the immediate younger brother to her late husband, Prof Wole Akeredolu as tradition stipulates.

“This was after the Akeredolus had indicated interest to have Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu still live with them. Some rituals were carried out to seal the handover.

“It is therefore to our utter surprise to read posts made by bloggers, many of whom depended on our story, claiming that Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu is now married to Prof Akeredolu as his wife.

“This is totally false and a clear misrepresentation of what actually transpired during the ceremony. We don’t want to believe this sensational plank given to the story is deliberate. It stems solely from ignorance of the full import of the tradition of the people since most of the bloggers do not hail from the area. However, it is usually good to seek clarification whenever one is in doubt.

“Note that our story did not suggest or assert that Prof Wole Akeredolu is the husband of Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu. He did not remarry her either at the ceremony or afterwards.”

Oil Theft:Deploy More Soldiers To Niger Delta,PENGASSAN Tells Tinubu

Mohammed Shosanya

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, (PENGASSAN), has implored President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to deploy more military personnel to the Niger Delta, to halt crude oil theft, and generate more revenue for the country.

Its President,Comrade Festus Osifo made the call at he National Executive Council, (NEC), meeting of the Association held in Abuja, Nigeria.

According to him,the deployment would further safeguard oil production, and increase output by an estimated 30 percent which could be used to stabilize the economy of the country

Oil sector,he said,remains the instant cash cow of the Nigerian economy as such must be given more attention, even as attempts are being made to diversify the economy in the solid mineral and agriculture sectors to generate more revenue for the country.

“We implore government President Tinubu to ask his commanders to relocate to Niger Delta and ensure that this menace of crude oil theft is put to a halt for more revenue to be generated and at the end of the day, the Nigerian state will be better for it,” he said.

He advised the military to exercise caution while trying to fish out the killers of military personnel in the Okuoma community in Delta state so that the innocent ones would not become victims.

On the increment of electricity Tariff for band A consumers, Osifo said the Association is still studying the development and will soon come out with a statement but was quick to add that the increment from N66 naira to N225 naira per kilowatt is on the high side.

He added:“We are still studying it. There is the need for interrogation and intervention by the Association so that the policy will not quickly snowball to the other bands where the downtrodden are”.

He expressed the Association’s excitement over the reduction of Diesel price by the Dangote refinery to N1,225 per liter from about N1,700 per litter, stressing that it will impact the economy positively

He maintained that the the production of petroleum products locally, eliminates a lot of handling costs which brings down the price of the commodity.

NNPC Explains Fuel Queues In Lagos

Mohammed Shosanya

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited,says the tightness in Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) supply witnessed in some filling stations in Lagos was due to an issue in one of the Depots in the area.

Olufemi Soneye,Chief Corporate Communications Officer,NNPC Limited, conveyed this in a statement at the weekend

He quoted in the statement,that the NNPC Retail Limited, has since resolved the issue and effective tomorrow, normalcy in supply shall be restored within the affected area.

“The NNPC Limited calls on motorists in Lagos to avoid panic buying of PMS as all hands are on deck to sustain sufficiency in the supply of petroleum products in the area”,the statement added.