Monday, 21 June 2021



2023: Nigerians’ll Resist Any Move To Extend Your Tenure - Arewa Youths Warn Buhari

2023: Nigerians’ll Resist Any Move To Extend Your Tenure - Arewa Youths Warn Buhari

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This comes followed alleged reports that President Muhammadu Buhari may extend his tenure due to insecurity.

 

Muhammadu Buhari
President Buhari
 
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has issued a serious warning to President Muhammadu Buhari.
 
This comes following alleged reports that President Muhammadu Buhari may extend his tenure due to insecurity.
 
AYCF National President, Yerima Shettima, said Nigerians would resist any attempt by Buhari to extend his tenure beyond 2023.


Speaking with DAILY POST, Shettima urged Buhari to emulate former President Goodluck Jonathan, who addressed insecurity, a few weeks to the general elections.
 
According to Shettima: “I do not think the president will descend so low to that extent, and of course if he attempts such, Nigerians will resist it because the constitution does not allow it.

“If there are any security issues that will warrant that, they should quickly address it before the 2023 elections.

“We have seen instances where Jonathan took three weeks to fight insurgency so elections could be held, so if that is the case, we still have a long term before the election. I’m sure Buhari can do the mobilization and order that anyone found wanting, especially bandits and terrorists, are dealt with.

“Once this is done, we can use one year to address and forge ahead with the election. For the president or anyone to say due to insecurity, he would sit behind and defy the constitution is insane. We run a constitutional democracy, and we are not in Banana Republic; Nigeria is a sovereign nation.”
 





"My Father Abandoned Us In The Hospital Because Doctor Told Him His Wife Gave Birth To A Girl" - Nigerian Lady Writes On Father's Day

"My Father Abandoned Us In The Hospital Because Doctor Told Him His Wife Gave Birth To A Girl" - Nigerian Lady Writes On Father's Day

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According to the lady, her mother was constantly beaten up by her father during her pregnancy and he abandoned them after the doctor revealed her gender.

 

Sandy

Chinwendu

A Nigerian woman identified as Chinwendu took to social media to narrate how her father allegedly abandoned her and her mother in the hospital after the doctor informed him that she was a girl.

"All the people saying my dad is the best I envy you all, you guys are lucky ooo, mine abadoned us in de hospital cos doctor told him his wife gave birth to a girl that's after 9 months of daily beating my mom nd cursing her you must die in with that baby you are carrying in your womb, and that evening after her daily business she felt funny and went to the hospital herself nd climbing the stairs she gave birth like the Hebrew women to a healthy baby girl.

"Oga just enter his car nd zoomed off, my elder brother was the one my mom sent to where she hides her money to bring the 5 naira that they charged her December 1991 in dat general hospital Nasarawa so you guys won't understand, reasons I was named chinwendu cos mom didn't believe I will still be alive after all the beatings"


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Ighalo’s Marriage About To End Like His Man Utd Career

Ighalo’s Marriage About To End Like His Man Utd Career

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It is alleged that Ubi Franklin’s ex-wife, Lilian Esoro is among those warming the footballer’s bed according to online reports.

 

Sonia and Ighalo
Sonia and Ighalo
 
What started as a sweet lovey-dovey relationship between Odion Ighalo and his darling wife Sonia is about to end with a hard bang.
 
The woman who’s legally married to the footballer is at war with some sidechics and babymamas who are willingly throwing themselves at Ighalo and he’s gratefully scoring goals. He’s already gotten two pregnant and they have given birth to his babies, that’s according to Sonia’s insta stories. She had called out the husband and threatened the women, saying if Ighalo continues to misbehave, she will take everything from him. If I am Ighalo, I will seriously feel threatened considering how divorce cases are settled abroad hugely in favour of women. He should remember Emmanuel Eboue of Arsenal and how he lost everything.


It is alleged that Ubi Franklin’s ex-wife, Lilian Esoro is among those warming the footballer’s bed according to online reports. To the extent that Sonia even had to react after Ighalo and Esoro shared a scene that looked identical in their photos.
 
With the latest development, Ighalo should be careful so that he doesn’t lose everything. I don’t understand this craze with sleeping with anything in skirt being exhibited by footballers and musicians. This is not good at all. I have come to realize that men who have money/power or are famous have this bad habit of sowing their wild oats as if being possessed by an evil spirit.
 
Personally, I like Ighalo. But this new personality is making me dislike him. He should be a responsible family man to his wife and children. Las las, he will lose a large chunk of his wealth to his wife. While at the enjoyment phase of his life, he should remember that nothing lasts forever. As I said in the beginning, we are all watching his marriage end sadly like his Manchester career.
 
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Regina Daniels Celebrates Her Husband, Ned Nwoko On Father's Day With Sweet Video

Regina Daniels Celebrates Her Husband, Ned Nwoko On Father's Day With Sweet Video

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Nigerian actress, Regina Daniels has showered sweet words on her husband, Ned Nwoko on Father's Day.

 

Ned Nwoko and Regina Daniels
Ned Nwoko and Regina Daniels 
 
Popular Nollywood star, Regina Daniels has praised her husband on Father's Day.
 
The actress who showered him with sweet words, begged God to continue to fulfill his heart desires.


She took to her Instagram page on June 20th and wrote:
 
"Happy Father’s Day to the best caring, supportive disciplined, brave, intelligent and educating father. I pray God gives you the strength you need to fulfil all of your heart desires… I love you…. @princenednwoko"
 




“To All Mothers Playing The Roles of Fathers, May God Give You Peace of Mind” – Tonto Dikeh's Ex, Olakunle Churchill

“To All Mothers Playing The Roles of Fathers, May God Give You Peace of Mind” – Tonto Dikeh's Ex, Olakunle Churchill

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Olakunle Churchill prayed for mothers playing the roles of fathers in their marriage.

 

Churchill and Rosy
Churchill and Rosy
 
Tonto Dikeh's ex-husband, Olakunle Churchill has called on God to reward all mothers playing the roles of fathers with peace of mind.
 
He made the prayer on Father's Day.
 
Olakunle Churchill in a post via his Instagram account shared photos of his two sons; King Andre who he had with Tonto and his newest baby who he had with Rosy Meurer.
 
Olakunle in his caption of the photos spoke about reconnecting with his son, King Andre some day.

In his words: “Happy Father’s Day to me and to all the fathers out there who like myself are not just fathers to our biological children but to many others…a child is a gift and should be treated as such…for those who are unable to share this special day with their children for whatever reason…one day a reconnection will be made…I’m blessed and highly favored and love my children with all my heart and with my all soul…Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and to all the mothers playing the roles of fathers may God give you peace of mind.”
 
See his post below:
 




'“I Beg For Money From My Dad” – DJ Cuppy Reveals While Celebrating Him on Father's Day (Photo)

'“I Beg For Money From My Dad” – DJ Cuppy Reveals While Celebrating Him on Father's Day (Photo)

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She made the revelation on Father's Day while celebrating the businessman.
Cuppy posing with dad, Femi Otedola
Cuppy posing with dad, Femi Otedola
 
Musician and disc jockey, DJ Cuppy has revealed that she still begs money from her billionaire dad, Femi Otedola.
 
She made the revelation on Father's Day while celebrating the businessman.
 
DJ Cuppy uniquely celebrated her father as she shared lovely photos of them together and things they have done.
 
In one of the photos she shared via her Instastories, DJ Cuppy revealed she begs for money from her father. In another, she shared a photo of the two of them reading messages from guys sent to her.
 
She also shared a photo of her and Otedola doing business together.
 
The photo showed there is a deep bond between DJ Cuppy and her father.
 
See photos below:
 
 
 




'If Anyone Had Told Me I Would Get To This Age And Not Be Married, I Would've Rebuked Them' – Tboss

'If Anyone Had Told Me I Would Get To This Age And Not Be Married, I Would've Rebuked Them' – Tboss

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A former BBNaija star, Tboss has wished herself a happy Father's Day as she joined others to celebrate the day.

 

Tboss and daughter
Tboss and daughter
 
Reality TV star, Tboss has spoken about marriage as she joined many other celebrities to celebrate Father's Day.
 
The mother of one took to Instagram to reveal that she would have rebuked anyone who had told her that at her current age, she would still be unmarried.
 
Here’s what she wrote;
 
”If Anybody had told me that I would get to this age and not be married, I would have rebuked them. I was the girl that always imagined being a wife & mother. I have literally NEVER envisioned my wedding day except that it would be nice to have it done on a beach without shoes on & I would like to have my natural hair- no weaves nothing. Just us both, close family & loved ones. Y’all can’t even imagine how much I have given to my relationships. I gave till I had nothing left for myself. I have been heartbroken too many times and yet I never gave up on love. Still haven’t-ish.

But Alas, life had other plans for me.

I’m a single mother. I laugh when I see some of the comments about how I make motherhood look so sweet & I get lots of dms about ladies wanting to have kids because of my portrayal of Motherhood. Thanks. I’m flattered .

However it is HARD- Last night I was up begging & screaming at my daughter to go to sleep at 4:30am. The night before it was 5:30, the one before that was 5:am- She just wasn’t having it. I don’t get a chance to do my own stuff, I can’t get a moment to shave my armpits or have a proper convo with my friends because lil mama is gonna cook her teddy bear in the middle of the living room, taking a sh*t in private is Luxury.

My body’s changed tremendously, I’m loosing hair, my eyes are puffy and Black and sunken. I can’t afford to have off-days because my mood would affect hers. Days when she’s under the weather- I loose sleep so badly that I break down as soon as she gets better. Pampers, wipes, baby food, clothes, cosmetics ain’t cheap. Constantly wondering if I’m doing the right thing? Constantly thinking about her future.

Constantly looking out for opportunities to invest for her, loosing money- Last week I lost so much money I’m yet to break down from that one and yet Every single day I get up- Grumpily sometimes but I show up for my Daughter. I do it for her regardless of my emotions. You know why? Because she didn’t ask to be here. I made the decision to have her and I’m gonna see this journey blossom till I draw my last breath.

So, Happy Father’s Day to Me and all you Beautiful mothers & Amazing Fathers out there”
 




Davido Celebrates Father's Day With Cute Photo Of His Son, Ifeanyi, Hailey And Imade

Davido Celebrates Father's Day With Cute Photo Of His Son, Ifeanyi, Hailey And Imade

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The musician on Sunday, June 20, joined the rest of the world to celebrate father’s day by sharing lovely photos of his children.

 

Davido and his children
Davido celebrates Father's Day with photos of his children
 
DMW label boss, David Adeleke Davido has celebrated Father's Day in grand style.
 
The musician on Sunday, June 20, joined the rest of the world to celebrate father’s day by sharing lovely photos of his children.
 
Davido, who has fathered three children with three different women, took time to share lovely photos of his children on his Instastories.
 
In one of the post, Davido shared a photo of him and his son, Ifeanyi and the captioned read “Papa Ify.”
 
His other two children are Hailey and Imade Adeleke.
 
Despite his busy schedule, Davido is one celebrity that finds time for his children and always proud to show them off.
 
See the photos below;
 



Sunday, 20 June 2021



T.B. Joshua: There Was A Man I Knew, By Femi Fani-Kayode

T.B. Joshua: There Was A Man I Knew, By Femi Fani-Kayode

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Femi Fani-Kayode mourns the sad passing of the late founder of the Synagogue Church pf All Nations, Prophet T.B. Joshua.

 

TB Joshua

T.B. Joshua

There was a man I knew who helped a former Head of State's wife gain access to her husband whilst the latter was in detention and when his life was in danger, even though he had never met him.

There was a man I knew who gave $100,000 USD to a leading traditional ruler who was in need and wanted to go on a trip to America with his delegation, even though he had never met him.

There was a man I knew who bought a beautiful jeep for a former Nigerian/British football star who spent much of the time in his Church.

There was a man I knew who stood by the family of a leading SAN when the latter was kidnapped even though they had never met.

There was a man I knew who stood by the family of a former Minister of Aviation when the latter was in detention even though they had never met.

There was a man I knew who fed more poor people and paid the school fees of more young people than all the other men of God in Nigeria put together.

There was a man I knew who read about how the entire family of a young boy from Delta state was wiped out by assasins whilst the boy himself was left for dead with a cut throat but who took the boy into his Church, treated him in hospital, counselled him, sent him to school, took care of all his needs and raised him as his own son.

There was a man I knew who gave shelter to the homeless, food to the hungry, clothes to the naked and spiritual and physical succour to the needy more than any other.

There was a man I knew who counselled and led millions of people all over the world to give their lives to Christ and become born again.

There was a man I knew who filled football stadiums in South America, the Far East, Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and indeed all over the world with his remarkable soul-winning and earth-shaking crusades.

There was a man I knew who gave scholarships to thousands of young people to study all over the world and who took care of thousands of widows and orphans.

There was a man I knew who footed the bills of many cancer patients and those that suffered from other terminal illnesses.

There was a man I knew who hated injustice and persecution with a passion and who helped and supported the vulnerable, the weak, the persecuted, the oppressed and the misrepresented and maligned more than any other.

There was a man I knew who set up the most popular and powerful satellite television station on the African continent to propagate the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and to display His glorious and remarkable healing and loving power.

There was a man I knew who was a real patriot, who loved his country Nigeria, who loved his continent Africa and who loved the Church more than any other.

There was a man I knew who flew more refugees from foreign lands back home to Nigeria and fed and gave them jobs more than any other.

There was a man I kew who never responded to his detractors and critics and who preached nothing but love and forgiveness.

There was a man I knew who was gifted in the prophetic, who worked many miracles in the name the Lord and who always gave God the glory.

There was a man I knew whose Church attracted 6 out of every 10 foreigners that come to Nigeria.

There was a man I knew who was better known and more loved and respected than any other Nigerian living or dead in the nations of the world.

There was a man I knew who prayed into power and counselled many world leaders and Presidents than any other.

There was a man I knew who was more comfortable in the company of the poor than he was in the company of the rich.

There was a man I knew who suffered more persecution and tragedy than any other man of God in Nigeria without ever complaining.

There was a man I knew who derived more joy in giving than receiving and whose charitable works and humility was second to none.

There was a man I knew who preferred to build prayer retreats with beautiful trees, beautiful animals and beautiful flowers than private universities.

There was a man I knew who inspired more than any other, who always made time for those in despair, pain and anguish, who always allayed the fears of those he counselled and who offered the best advice that anyone could ever hope for.

There was a man I knew who believed that kindness to even the cruel and loving even the unlovable was the duty of every follower of Christ.

There was a man I knew who never forgot his roots and who took pleasure in telling others about his humble beginnings.

There was a man I knew who never judged others, who prayed for his enemies, who loved those that hated him and who helped as many Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists as he did Christians.

There was a man I knew who was closer to being an angel than any other person that I have ever met before in my entire life.

That man's name was Temitope Balogun Joshua the founder of The Synagogue Church of All Nations.

He was a great Prophet of the Living God whose remarkable ministry and extraordinary works shook the entire world and brought solace and hope to several generations.

He passed on a few days ago and we God glory for his life. Until the end of time he shall be remembered and celebrated for being the kind-hearted, loving, caring and generous soul that he was.

He was one of God's 'end-time' Generals and his fruits and works speak for him.

Godspeed and fare thee well brother and please rest in peace. You ran your course, you fought a good fight, you did us proud and you earned your crown.

We will never forget you and the impact you made in our respective lives.

We shall meet again at the marriage feast of the Lamb and until then we shall hold on to your words and remember your counsel.

We shall be strong and bold in all things and at all times and we shall keep our flag of compassion, courage, honor and faith flying.

This is not the end but only the beginning of our journey into eternity.

O death, where is thy sting? O grave where is thy power? For even in the grave, Jesus is Lord!

I close with David's famous words when he learnt apart the passing of King Saul and his friend Jonathan.

He said, "Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, Lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph...How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places. I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. How are the mighty fallen and the weapons of war perished!"- 2 Samuel 1: 20, 25-27.

I weep at your passing my brother TB.

Adieu and shalom great Prophet of the Living God and great son of Nigeria.

***

Written by Femi Fani-Kayode





Drama Looms As EFCC Warns 120 Banks MDs, Others To Declare Assets Before June Ending

Drama Looms As EFCC Warns 120 Banks MDs, Others To Declare Assets Before June Ending

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The anti-graft agency gave the top bankers till June ending to obey the order even as the initial deadline of June 14 has passed.

 

According to SaharaReporters, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC} has issued a final warning to over 120 managing directors and top executives of banks to submit their asset declaration forms.

The anti-graft agency gave the top bankers till June ending to obey the order even as the initial deadline of June 14 has passed.

The EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, had initially in March given top bankers, among others, till June 1, 2021, to declare their assets in line with the Bank Employees, ETC (Declaration of Assets) Act 1986, with defaulters said to risk 10 years in jail if found guilty by any Federal High Court.

But the anti-graft agency extended the deadline till June 14 to allow bankers to comply with the order effectively.

According to Punch, the EFCC chairman has sent a final reminder to all the affected banks executives and given them till the end of June to declare their assets.

“The truth is that this law has been in place for over 35 years, but it was hardly ever enforced and so these bankers would just declare anything or not declare at all. However, the EFCC is now demanding the declaration forms as part of moves to sanitise the system.

“To this effect, the chairman has written a reminder to the banks, asking all top executives to comply latest by the end of June,”
 an investigator said.

Findings showed that well over 120 managing directors, deputy managing directors and executive directors of 19 deposit money banks are affected by the EFCC’s order.

While Access Bank has 16 board members, United Bank of Africa has 15, Sterling Bank and EcoBank have 13 members each, while First Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank and Fidelity Bank have 12 members each as contained on their official websites.

Others are Zenith Bank, 11; Wema Bank, 11; Union Bank 11; First City Monument Bank, 9; and Unity Bank, 8.

According to the Bank Employees, ETC (Declaration of Assets) Act 1986, bankers should declare their assets through the appropriate authority like the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. But the forms were hardly ever scrutinised, a trend which the EFCC seeks to change.
Section 1 of the Act states, “Every employee of a bank shall, within fourteen days of the commencement of this Act, make a full disclosure of all his assets.

“In the case of a new employee, he shall within 14 days of assuming duty with the bank make a full disclosure of all his assets at the time of his assuming duty; and for the purpose of this subsection, a transfer or secondment from one bank to another shall be treated as a new employment.”


Section 2 of the Act reads, “The full disclosure of assets required under Section 1 of this Act shall be made in the manner prescribed in the Declaration of Assets Form contained in Form A of the Schedule to this Act and shall be executed before and attested to by the Registrar of a High Court, the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court.

“The President or the appropriate authority may from time to time prescribe such other forms as may be necessary to achieve the purpose and intendment of this Act.”


Speaking in March, EFCC chairman, Bawa, noted that the anti-corruption agency was worried about the role that financial institutions and bankers played in corruption.

He said, “We understood that at the tail end of every financial crime, it is for the criminal to have access to the funds that he or she has illegitimately acquired and we are worried about the roles of financial institutions.

“We have discussed, but we hope that all financial institutions, particularly the bankers, will declare their assets as provided for by the law, in accordance with the Bank Employees Declaration of Assets Act.

“The EFCC, come June 1, 2021, will be demanding the asset declaration forms filled by the bankers so that the line that we have drawn from June 1 is really complied with by bankers in particular





'You Treat Your Staff So Different Yet They Prey On You' - Toke Makinwa Laments

'You Treat Your Staff So Different Yet They Prey On You' - Toke Makinwa Laments

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The OAP complained about the staff who take their employers for granted and prey on them, despite being treated well.

 

Toke Makinwa

Nigerian media personality, Toke Makinwa has complained about her staff.

The OAP complained about the staff who take their employers for granted and prey on them, despite being treated well.

She wrote on Instagram: "Sometimes being good to people really be exhausting. You treat your staff so decent yet they prey on you like they expect you to be trash to them that when you are good they take it for granted and take the piss


She continued: "Maybe we should should be selfish. After all they say the wicked people live the longest."






Nigerian Man And His Two Children Who Died In Fatal Car Crash In South Africa Laid To Rest (Photos)

Nigerian Man And His Two Children Who Died In Fatal Car Crash In South Africa Laid To Rest (Photos)

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The family had been traveling along the N2, near Bluewater Bay, when their car veered off the road and hit a barrier.

 

A Nigerian man and his two children who died in South Africa have been buried.

The remains of the 42-year-old man, Ifeanyichukwu Mba and his two sons, Uchenna, 6, and Chinedu, 1 year and 4 months, have been laid to rest.

Ifeanyi from Enugu State and his children were killed in a fatal car accident in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa on Monday night, March 22. His wife, Nomabandla Mbah, 33, was the only survivor in the accident. 

The family had been travelling along the N2, near Bluewater Bay, when their car veered off the road and hit a barrier.




'Engaged To A Boss': Ubi Franklin's Baby Mama, Sandra Updates Her Bio After Rumor Of Her Romance With Businessman Steve Chidi

'Engaged To A Boss': Ubi Franklin's Baby Mama, Sandra Updates Her Bio After Rumor Of Her Romance With Businessman Steve Chidi

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The update came after a photo of their alleged wedding IV went viral. The wedding is allegedly scheduled to hold on August 7 in Festac, Lagos.

 

Sandra Iheuwa

Sandra Iheuwa, the fourth baby mama of Nigerian record label executive, Ubi Franklin's has updated her bio to read 'engaged to a boss' after rumor of her romance with businessman and CEO of Royal Hairs, Steve Chidi.

The update came after a photo of their alleged wedding IV went viral. The wedding is allegedly scheduled to hold on August 7 in Festac, Lagos.

Soon after this was shared online, Sandra confirmed their romance by saying "na love we love we no kill person".

She added those saying it will end up in tears, will also get same.

Steve also gave an update on his marital status shortly after. According to him, he got separated from his wife in 2017 and they got divorced in 2020.





So sad!! Unknown Gunmen Kill Popular OAP In Ibadan

So sad!! Unknown Gunmen Kill Popular OAP In Ibadan

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It was gathered that two masked gunmen on a motorcycle shot the deceased who was with some of his friends.

 

Titus Badejo

According to Daily Post, some gunmen whose whereabouts are still unknown have killed an On Air Personality (OAP), Mr. Titus Badejo.

It was gathered on Sunday that Badejo formerly worked with Naija FM, Ibadan, Oyo State.

A source said that the Ogbomoso indigene was killed around 11.30 pm at Oluyole area of Ibadan.

It was gathered that two masked gunmen on a motorcycle shot the deceased who was with some of his friends.

It was learnt that the OAP, whose nickname is Eja Nla, had been in the club with his friends since 9.pm but was accosted around 11.30 pm while leaving the club.

It was gathered that the death of the OAP is coming a week after he celebrated his 40th birthday.

DAILY POST gathered that the two masked men suddenly stopped, wielding guns and asking Badejo and his colleagues to lie down.

It was gathered that the unknown gunmen aimed at the OAP and shot him repeatedly before leaving.

They ensured that the OAP was dead before they left the scene without taking anything from him or his friends.

The policemen from Oluyole Division were said to have gone to the scene, from where his body was taken to the mortuary.

Public Relations Officer of the State Police command, Mr Adewale Osifeso confirmed the incident.

Osifeso in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Sunday noted that the manager of the club reported the incident to the Police.

“At about 0730hrs, Sunday 20th June 2021, One Damilola Afolabi ‘m’, Manager at Club 407,Oluyole Ibadan reported at Oluyole Divisional Police Headquarters that on Saturday 19th June, 2021 one Titus Badejo Journalist and Freelance Disc Jockey with the club was shot outside the club premises by unknown assailants,” he said.

“However, comprehensive investigations are in top gear to unravel circumstances surrounding the incident and to apprehend the assailants. Verifiable updates would be provided soonest, please.”






Stop Tinubu From Controlling Alpha Beta, Ex-MD Begs Court

Stop Tinubu From Controlling Alpha Beta, Ex-MD Begs Court

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a Beta boss had in 2020 filed a suit before the court but withdrew it before filing it a second time after making amendments.


 

 

Bola Tinubu

Mr. Dapo Apara, a former Managing Director of Alpha Beta LLP, has filed a suit before a Lagos State High Court asking it to stop a former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, from controlling the finances of Alpha Beta.

In the suit filed by Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) on behalf of Apara on Wednesday, the former MD alleged that Tinubu controls Alpha Beta, a tax consulting firm that monitors and generates revenue on behalf of the Lagos State Government.

The ex-Alpha Beta boss had in 2020 filed a suit before the court but withdrew it before filing it a second time after making amendments.

Apara, who had in 2018, written a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission accusing Alpha Beta of tax fraud, asked the court to compel the firm to pay him his entitlements even as he alleged that Tinubu was the one that got him removed from his position as MD for investigating the firm’s finances.

Apart from Tinubu, others named as defendants in the suit included Alpha Beta and the current Managing Director, Mr Akin Doherty, who is also a former Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State.

The claimant is seeking eight reliefs including “A declaration that the 2nd defendant (Tinubu), not being a named partner of the 1st defendant (Alpha Beta), is not entitled to direct or influence the affairs of the 1st defendant in such a way that will deprive the claimant (Apara) of his profits and entitlements from the 1st defendant.

“An order directing the defendants herein, to render an account of all sums due to the claimant from the defendants, from 2010 to date (and) an order tracing all funds and assets due to the claimant from the defendants herein from the inception of the 1st defendant till date.

“An order of specific performance of Clause 8 and 11.0 of the partnership agreement that created the 1st defendant by extant partners; an order for payment to the claimant by the 1st and 3rd defendants, of all sums adjudged to be due to the claimant from the said 1st and 3rd defendants on the submission of the accounts.

“A perpetual injunction restraining the 2nd defendant (Tinubu), from directing, influencing or in any other manner running the affairs of the 1st defendant (Alpha Beta) in such a way that will deprive the claimant of his profit and entitlements from the 1st defendant (Alpha Beta), the 2nd defendant not being a partner of the 1st defendant.

“Ten per cent interest in ruling (5) above; and cost of this suit of N10m.”

In the statement of claim, Apara also narrated how Alpha Beta was allegedly formed in 2002 when Tinubu was still the governor of Lagos State.

The claimant said he was the one who came up with the idea of a consulting firm to help the state government to track and reconcile taxes.

“The claimant (Apara) avers that sometime in about the year 2000, he solely conceived, prepared and presented a proposal to the Lagos State Government on providing consultancy services using his registered firm, Infiniti Systems Enterprises, with respect to using computer technology to track and reconcile the Internally Generated Revenue of the state.

“The claimant avers that following the presentation of his proposal to the Lagos State Government, the second defendant (Bola Ahmed Tinubu) who was at the time the governor of Lagos State, demanded that 70 per cent equity interest in the project be assigned to a certain Olumide Ogunmola on his (Tinubu’s) behalf before he, the second defendat, would approve the project,” Apara said in his statement.

The former Alpha Beta boss claimed Tinubu nominated Adegboyega Oyetola and one Olumide Ogunmola.

He said due to the technological innovation that was deployed by him, the IGR of the state grew from N10bn per annum in 2002 to N300bn in 2019.

The claimant stated that in 2010 or thereabout, Tinubu directed that the incorporation structure of the Alpha-Beta Consulting Ltd be changed from a limited liability company to a limited liability partnership under a newly promulgated law in Lagos State.

He said the aim of the move was to shield Tinubu’s involvement from public scrutiny.

Apara said as the head of the company, he began looking into its finances and he made many startling discoveries such as mysterious transfers of over N20bn in different currencies to several companies.

The former Alpha Beta boss said he realised that all the payments were sanctioned by the partners nominated by Tinubu and they were done without his knowledge, contrary to the terms of their partnership.

Apara stated that Tinubu was furious that he was looking into the company’s finances and ordered that he be demoted to deputy managing partner.

He said he refused to obey this order and this led to a feud between the both of them.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.

Both Tinubu and Alpha Beta had last year described Apara’s allegations as spurious.

The company had alleged that Apara was relieved of his position because he was involved in fraud.

A statement by the firm read in part, “The fact is that Dapo Apara began making his untrue allegations in the aftermath of his removal as Managing Director of Alpha Beta for fraud and unethical practices.

“While he was MD, Apara used his position to siphon huge sums of money from the company including but not limited to fraudulently converting $5m; money allegedly used to pay for cloud-based services that were eventually discovered to be worth less than $300,000.

“In July 2018, further evidence of his fraudulent and unethical practices was uncovered, including the revelation that he converted approximately N6bn belonging to Alpha Beta to his personal use.”






Twitter Ban: FG, Lai Mohammed Sued Over Directive To Broadcasters

Twitter Ban: FG, Lai Mohammed Sued Over Directive To Broadcasters

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This is in reaction to the order by the National Broadcasting Commission asking TV and radio stations to “suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately” after the social media giant was banned in the country for deleting tweets of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

 

 Twitter

According to The PUNCH, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit asking the Federal High Court in Abuja “to stop the Federal Government and the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Muhammed from using their patently unlawful directive to all TV and radio stations not to use Twitter, and to delete their accounts as a pretext to harass, intimidate, suspend or impose criminal punishment on journalists and broadcast stations simply for using social media platforms.”

This is in reaction to the order by the National Broadcasting Commission asking TV and radio stations to “suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately” after the social media giant was banned in the country for deleting tweets of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

In the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/496/2021 filed last Friday, SERAP is seeking “an order of perpetual injunction restraining the government of President Buhari, the NBC, and Mr Lai Muhammed and any other persons from censoring, regulating, licensing and controlling the social media operations and contents by broadcast stations, and activities of social media service providers in Nigeria.”

In the suit, SERAP is also seeking “an order setting aside the directive by NBC and Mr Lai Muhammed asking broadcast stations to stop using Twitter, as it is unconstitutional, unlawful, inconsistent and incompatible with the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 [as amended], and the country’s obligations under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

SERAP is arguing that “the government of President Buhari, the NBC and Mr Lai Muhammed have consistently made policies and given directives to crack down on media freedom, and the rights of Nigerians to freedom of expression and access to information, and to impose crippling fines and other sanctions on broadcast stations without any legal basis whatsoever.”

According to the organisation, “The court has an important role to play in the protection and preservation of the rule of law to ensure that persons and institutions operate within the defined ambit of constitutional and statutory limitations.”

SERAP is also arguing that “where agencies of government are allowed to operate at large and at their whims and caprices in the guise of performing their statutory duties, the end result will be anarchy, licentiousness, authoritarianism and brigandage leading to the loss of the much cherished and constitutionally guaranteed freedom and liberty.”

The organisation said, “By using the National Broadcasting Act and the Nigeria Broadcasting Code to stop broadcast stations from using Twitter without recourse to the court, the NBC and Mr Lai Muhammed have contravened the right to access to justice and fair hearing guaranteed under sections 6[1] & [6][b] and 36[1] of the Nigerian Constitution 1999, and articles 1 and 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.”

The suit filed on behalf of SERAP by its lawyers Kolawole Oluwadare, Kehinde Oyewumi and Opeyemi Owolabi, read in part, “The directive by the NBC and Mr Lai Muhammed to broadcasters to delete their Twitter accounts is unlawful, as it amounts to a fundamental breach of the principle of legality, the rights to freedom of expression, access to information, and media freedom, and incompatible with the country’s international human rights obligations.”

“SERAP and concerned Nigerians are entitled to the rights to freedom of expression, access to information, and media freedom subject only to lawful restrictions. SERAP and concerned Nigerians frequently rely on the Twitter handles of many broadcast stations as sources of information for our activities in the promotion of transparency and accountability in the country.”

“Nigeria is a state party to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which impose legal obligations on the government of President Buhari to ensure that the rights of Nigerians to freedom of expression, access to information and media freedom are respected, promoted, protected, fulfilled, and not unlawfully restricted.”

“The NBC and Mr Lai Muhammed have not shown any law breached by journalists, broadcast stations and media houses in Nigeria, and the government of President Buhari cannot use any disagreement with Twitter as a ploy to violate Nigerians’ rights and undermine their individual businesses and professional duties.”

“The drafters of the Nigerian Constitution well knew the danger inherent in special executive and legislative acts which take away the life, liberty, or property of particular named persons. They intended to safeguard the people of this country from punishment without trial by duly constituted courts. These principles are so fundamental and must be respected.”

“The directive to broadcast stations has seriously undermined the ability of Nigerians and other people in the country to freely express themselves in a democracy, and undermined the ability of journalists, media houses, broadcast stations, and other people to freely carry out their professional duties.”

“The Twitter accounts by broadcast stations and media houses are their own properties acquired upon privity of terms and conditions formulated by the Twitter Inc. and accepted by the stations and media houses.”

SERAP is also asking the Federal High Court for the following reliefs:

“A DECLARATION that the directive by the NBC and Mr Lai Muhammed to broadcast stations in Nigeria to deactivate their Twitter handles and desist from using Twitter as a source of information gathering is unlawful, and amounts to a breach of the principles of legality and no punishment without law, and violation of the rights to freedom of expression, access to information, and media freedom guaranteed under sections 39 and 22 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 [as amended], Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

“A DECLARATION that the acts of the NBC and Mr Lai Muhammed in relying on the National Broadcasting Act and the Nigeria Broadcasting Code to unilaterally direct broadcast stations to delete their Twitter handles and desist from using Twitter without recourse to the court amount to infringement on sections 6[1] & [6][b], 36 and 44[1] of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 [as amended], Articles 1 and 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

“A DECLARATION that the provision of section 2[1][r] of the National Broadcasting Act and sections 5.6.3, 5.11.3 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code being inconsistent and incompatible with sections 36[1], 39 and 22 of the Nigerian Constitution, Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights are null and void to the extent of their inconsistency and incompatibility.

“A DECLARATION that the NBC and Mr Lai Muhammed lack the power and authority to unlawfully impose penalty such as fines and other sanctions on any journalists and broadcast stations for using Twitter, and refusing/failing to deactivate their Twitter handles.”

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.



Friday, 18 June 2021



ESN Suspects Will Be Charged For Murder - Commissioner Declares

ESN Suspects Will Be Charged For Murder - Commissioner Declares

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He said that the law was very explicit on the activities of the group, adding that razing public infrastructure and killing of security operatives were an act of terrorism.

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Abutu Yaro, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, has said that his command would arraign arrested members of the Eastern Security Network linked to the Indigenous People of Biafra for murder, The PUNCH reports.

The CP told The PUNCH that the suspects who he said were unleashing violent crimes on the state would not be allowed to go uncharged.

He said that the law was very explicit on the activities of the group, adding that razing public infrastructure and killing of security operatives were an act of terrorism.

Yaro disclosed that the legal department of his command would commence the persecution of Stanley Osinachi, who was caught penultimate Sunday when gunmen came to attack the state police command headquarters for the second time and others who were terrorising the state.

He said that security operatives had decimated the “terrorists” in three explosive battles in the last six weeks in the state.

The CP informed that he had moved his Tactical Units to the hinterlands to combat the hoodlums whom he said had shifted bases to the villages.

Yaro said, “The law is very explicit on this. We will charge them for murder. Their activities are terrorism. They were unleashing violent crimes on the state until we decimated them in three explosive battles in the last six weeks.

“I have moved my Tactical Units to the hinterlands because they have relocated to the villages because of the defeats they suffered at our hands in the last three explosive battles in the last six weeks.”



Obasanjo Contributed To Nigeria’s Crisis Through His Actions, He Should Mind His Language –Femi Adesina

Obasanjo Contributed To Nigeria’s Crisis Through His Actions, He Should Mind His Language –Femi Adesina

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Presidential aide, Femi Adesina, has stated that former President Olusegun Obasanjo contributed to the crisis being faced in the nation through his actions.

Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo

Presidential aide, Femi Adesina, has stated that former President Olusegun Obasanjo contributed to the crisis being faced in the nation through his actions.

He stated this on Friday in a piece titled, ‘Nigeria’s Unity And All The Iberiberism’.

Adesina wrote, “The sabre-rattling about Nigeria’s unity and the possibility of disintegration has got to the point of Iberiberism (an Igbo word which could mean stupidity). Some people have no other business than doomsday predictions of a crumbled, collapsed Nigeria, as if they actually fast and pray for that eventuality.

“When Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was President between 1999 and 2007, they predicted that he was going to be the last President of a united Nigeria. It didn’t happen. When Umaru Yar’Adua came, they said he was too sick to hold Nigeria together. The country stood.

“Under Goodluck Jonathan, they said the man was too weak, and different components of the country would soon say, ‘to your tents oh Israel.’ Nigeria survived. And for six years under Muhammadu Buhari, they have not changed their songs. The Somaliasation of Nigeria was on the way. The Fulanisation of the country would be the final death knell. But Nigeria lives. It trudges on from day to day, month to month, and will surely survive.”

Adesina said though some people dwell on negativity, “some fathers of the land will not fold their hands and see Nigeria go down”.

“Fortunately, we have one of them as President now. The young Muhammadu Buhari spent 30 months in the frontlines as a young army officer, fighting the war of unity. And he has said it: we will not be around and watch Nigeria go down. Never. We will rather speak to insurrectionists in the language they understand.


“And what of Olusegun Obasanjo, a civil war hero. Despite all that he has contributed to the current upheavals by his actions and inactions, words and bile, he says it is idiotic to wish Nigeria disintegration now. Good. But let us put our money where our mouth is. Let Baba mind his thoughts, and his language,” the presidential spokesman added.

“Nigeria will survive. The polity will endure. And the component parts will live together in amity and brotherhood. Any other option is Iberiberism,”
he concluded.

Obasanjo, a military head of state from February 1976 to September 1979, was Nigeria’s democratically elected president between May 1999 and May 2007.



Buhari Appoints Five New Perm Secs

Buhari Appoints Five New Perm Secs

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The appointment was approved by Buhari following the recent successful conduct of the selection process of permanent secretaries.

Muhammadu Buhari
Muhammadu Buhari
 
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has given his approval for the appointment of five new Permanent Secretaries.
 
The appointment was approved by Buhari following the recent successful conduct of the selection process of permanent secretaries.
 
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan made the announcement in a statement by Mr AbdulGaniyu Aminu, Director Press and Public Relation, HOCSF, in Abuja.
 
The names of the permanent secretaries are as follows; Mr Adebiyi Olufunso, (Ekiti), Mrs Maryann Onwudiwe, (Enugu State), Mr Yusuf Ibrahim, (Katsina state), Mr Ogunbiyi Olaniyi, (Lagos State) and Mr Ibrahim Kana, (Nasarawa State).
 
According to Yemi-Esan, the date of the swearing-in and deployment of the appointees will be announced in due course.
 



BREAKING: Governor El-Rufai Sacks 99 Political Appointees

BREAKING: Governor El-Rufai Sacks 99 Political Appointees

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At least 99 persons appointed by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El Rufai have been sacked.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El Rufai
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El Rufai
 
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El Rufai has approved the sack of 99 of his political appointees.
 
The Governor made this public at a media chat with journalists in Kaduna on Thursday night.
 
He explained that the disengaged political appointees constitute 30% of political officeholders.
 
‘’So far, 99 political appointees have lost their jobs but we have not commenced rightsizing civil servants,” the governor said.

“We want to be fair with regards to civil servants. We had earlier promised that before we reduce the size of the civil service, we will start with political appointees and we have done that.”
 
Speaking in Hausa, El-Rufai said the rightsizing of civil servants will still go on as planned because of dwindling revenues that is accruing to the state government from the federation account.
 
He said the rightsizing started with political appointees because their details are clearly known, making it more straightforward to disengage them.

‘’However, civil servants with question marks on the veracity of their data have to be given a chance to clear the doubts before any action is taken on them,’’ he clarified.

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