Obasanjo’s Inability To Serve Estranged Wife Petition Stalls Divorce Suit

Olujonwo Obasanjo, son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has been unable to serve his estranged wife, Temitope Adebutu, a copy of his divorce petition. 
This has consequently stalled proceedings on the divorce case Thursday at an Ikeja High Court in Lagos.
Temitope is the daughter of billionaire Premier Lotto magnate, Sir Kessington Adebutu, aka Baba Ijebu.
Counsel to Olujonwo, the petitioner, Ms Omo Omofoma, told the court Thursday that the court sheriff had made several failed attempts to serve the defendant.
Omofoma said Temitope was not resident in Lagos but lived and worked in Ogun.
She said the court sheriff was informed that the defendant occasionally visited her Lagos residence which was given as address for service by the petitioner.
The counsel also said Olujonwo was not aware of any alternative address to serve the court documents to his estranged wife.
In response, Justice Adebisi Akinlade said: “Olujonwo cannot tell me that he does not know where she stays; they courted for some time, they had a highly publicised wedding which was viewed nationally and internationally.
“They have separated since 2017 till date and by June next month it will be two-years since they separated which is longer than the actual marriage.
“The parties can narrow down their issues and part amicably and prevent the press from feeding on this case. Let them go their separate ways without generating unnecessary publicity.”
The judge then adjourned the case until September 18 for further mention.

Kashamu, Ibru, Ifeanyi Ubah, Jimoh Ibrahim Top List of Nigerians Biggest Debtors

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has fulfilled the promise it made to name and shame some very important persons in the country owing the corporation huge amount of money worth N906.109 Billion.

According to the list, Business Magnates, Ifeanyi Ubah of Capital Oil and Gas is indebted to the tune of N115.952 billion while Jimoh Ibrahim of NICON Investments Limited is indebted with N59.544 billion with other 103 individuals and companies also on the list summing the debt to N906.109 Billion.

AMCOM made the list of the 105 individuals and companies public after running out of patience with repeated promises of repayment on the part of the debtors. Below is the list of the debtors and their debts:

  1. Capital Oil & Gas Industries Limited Ifeanyi Ubah 115,952,152,265.92
  2. NICON Investments Limited Jimoh Ibrahim 59,544,633,980.31
  3. Bi-Courtney Limited (MMA2) Wale Babalakin (SAN) 40,798,422,374.02
  4. Josepdam & Sons Limited Late Mrs. Josephine Damilola Kuteyi, Saheed Kuteyi, Ganiyu Kuteyi 39,056,674,951.55
  5. Tinapa Business Resort Cross River State Government 36,006,319,844.68
  6. Home Trust Savings Chukwukadibia Ajaegbu, Funmu Ademosun. 30,626,243,344.71
  7. Geometric Power Limited; Prof. Barth Nnaji, Nnaji Agatha, Obibuaru Eluma, Anike Paul, Nwobodo Benjamin Chukwuemeka, Dozie Chijioke, Akpe Austine, Nnaji Okechukwu, UBA Trustees Limited, Kunoch Limited, Diamond Capital & Financial Market Limited. 29,844,500,896.77
  8. Roygate Properties Limited; Wale Babalakin (SAN), Agumadu John, Alarape Olabode, Okhaleke Ndudi. 28,137,176,532.32
  9. Shell Development Petroleum Company–West Multipurpose Co-operative Society Limited (SPDC) Shell Staff, represented by Ikponmwosa Ogiemuda 26,474,541,188.17
  10. Anyiam Osigwe Limited; Anyiam-Osigwe, Dorothy Chinyere 20,523,322,350.29
  11. Platinum Capital; Obire Richard, Francis Atuche. 20,378,820,507.19
  12. Flotsome Investment Limited; Oboden Ibru, Tejiro Ibru 20,218,703,550.96
  13. Lonestar Drilling; Late Chief Idisi; Margaret Idisi. 20,207,979,803.22
  14. Petrologistics Limited; Ugoji Egbujo. 19,576,962,565.35
  15. Lorna Global Resources; H.E. Chimaroke Nnamami. 18,919,109,352.85
  16. Hosanna Properties Limited; Anionye Chika, Obi Ike C. 18,059,895,396.27
  17. Minaj Holdings Limited; Ajegbo Mike Nnayeluchudihu, Luke Chidi Chudihuilogu, Miller Gregrey, Ethridge Kyle, Attueyi Joe, Oladele Afolabi, Okpere Kisito and Kokoricha Paul 17,306,900,257.66
  18. Afrijet Airlines Limited; Inoelle Willam Barry, Carr Collin. 13,122,022,439.57
  19. Petroleum Brokers Limited; Wilcox Awopuolagha 13,076,314,937.26
  20. Hotel De Island; Kasmal Properties; Island Autos & Nacoil; Kashamu Prince Buruji 13,015,595,907.67
  21. Zarm Stores Limited; Gbadamosi Muftau, The Olofa of Offa 12,410,560,226.18
  22. Tak Continental Limited; Thomas Akoh Etuh 11,585,755,562.89
  23. Netlink Digital Television; Fashewe Oyewole, Varderpuije Ahmed 11,550,782,130.79
  24. Mobil Workers (EKET) Multipurpose Cooperative Society Mobil Workers, represented by Okeke Eze (legal practitioner) 11,504,121,133.06
  25. DWC Drilling Limited; Etheridge Kyle, John Ayeke. 11,363,388,024.05
  26. Sammy Beth Interbiz Limited; H.E. Chimaroke Nnamani 11,017,336,899.00
  27. Ferdinand Oil Mills; Chief Ferdinand, Anyaoha Anghara 10,855,175,005.53
  28. Octopus Trust Nigeria Limited; Erastus Akingbola 10,175,717,163.07
  29. Avian Spec; Femi James, Funmi Ayorinde 7,619,760.034.02
  30. Brooke Investments Limited; Chief S.I. Adegbite, Adegbite Adewale Michael, Adegbite Ademola Olumide, Sofela Michael Olufemi. 7,341,118,227.21
  31. Resource Intermediaries Limited; Soji Oyawoye (MD/CEO), Ebun Bamigboye, Weyinmi Jemide, Ido Ohiwere 7,282,308,754.08
  32. Jummai Mahmud; Senator Joshua Dariye. 6,823,110,429.13
  33. Genprogetti Nigeria Limited; Nnamdi O. Okoye, Charles Umeadi 6,637,593,140.34
  34. Ray Gold Silver Plus Limited; Oboden Ibru, Tejiro Ibru 6,392,813,914.61
  35. Camden Resources Limited; H.E. Chimaroke Nnamani 5,875,022,498.73
  36. Riverside Logistics Limited; H.E. Chimaroke Nnamani 5,874,161,281.46
  37. Robo Michael Limited; Kassabali Samir Ibrahim, Egirani Arobo, Egirani Olotu. 5,837,512,139.51
  38. Lexcap Partners; Albert Okumagba, Chibundu Edozie. 5,696,111,908.02
  39. Osigwe Foods & Agro Industries; Moh’d Anselm Kayode, Raji A. Usman. 5,648,190,385.41
  40. Rangk Limited; Kanu Godwin Ndubuisi 5,390,589,104.93
  41. Afro-Arab Investment Limited; Baba-Ahmed Moufitah, Baba-Ahmed Muna Beitah. 5,340,204,984.21
  42. Dormanlong Engineering Limited; Austen Peters 4,700,000,000.00
  43. Abasa Nigeria Enterprises Limited; NPK1 A Ezuma Innocent Ozoemena 4,666,999,131.41
  44. Lawal Obelawo Plastics Industries Limited (LOPIN); Prince Lawal Olaosebikan Yesufu, Ramota Lawal 4,361,717,794.63
  45. Eres N V (Nig.) Limited; Chief Pius Akinyelure 4,171,546,113.09
  46. Al-Kahf Motorcycle Company Limited; Shehu Badamasi, Safiya M. Badamasi 4,067,369,214.72
  47. Madunka Motorcycle Company Limited; Abdullahi A. Haido, Zainab A. Haido 3,561,115,889.09
  48. Terminal Zero; Obadina Gbenga, Niyi Oyedele. 3,318,675,426.60
  49. Ocean Deep Properties Limited; Ray Nduka J. Okpu, Ray Ufoma Okpu. 3,075,367,362.75
  50. Claremount Management Limited; Okobi Paul Uche, Akpan Patrick. 2,944,490,078,53
  51. Ena-Bell Limited Ojo Osamuede Belle, Ojo Osamuede Enahoro. 2,910,142,971.76
  52. Omega Sunshine Ventures Limited; Segun Agbetuyi, Tolulope O. Fadahunsi. 2,763,085,587.14
  53. Tuns Farm Nigeria Limited; Olatunde Adekunle Badmus, Joseph Zopy. 2,738,973,788.06
  54. Nakem Oil & Gas Company Limited; Alebe Nathaniel Uzezi, Alebe O. Gift 2,718,933,557.79
  55. Hyacinnth U.F. Enuha; Hyacinth Uzu-Fela Enuha 2,710,078,325.77
  56. Ray Okpu; Ray Okpu 2,673,346,469.66
  57. Bao Yao Future Lex; Garba Idris Abubakar, Yaozhang Shen 2,669,859,056.59
  58. Aquitane Oil and Gas Limited; Ikechukwu Okolo 2,640,490,132.20
  59. Waziri B. Mustapha; Alhaji Waziri B. Mustapha 2,612,458,766.09
  60. Riggs Securities Limited; Yomi Tokosi,Tokosi Tokumbo, Frederick Fasheun, Ralph Obiha, Awosika Kola 2,601,085,572.34
  61. Likam Nigeria Limited; Alhaji Ibrahim Hamza, Yashuwah Hamza 2,525,755,239.96
  62. Safe Nigeria Limited; Itohan Ogieva-Omosigho, Osa Ogieva-Omosigho 2,369,063,554.93
  63. Woksons International Limited; Chief William Oki, Oke E. Cynthia 2,326,577,517.14
  64. Travaux Investments Limited; Lambo Jumoke, Ogutuga Kemi, Sheri William, Folarin Rotimi Williams 2,303,470,835.43
  65. Omega Savings and Loans; Agbetuyi Segun, Adeniyi A. Adeuyiwa 2,283,749,521.09
  66. Bellview Airlines Limited; Kayode Odukoya AVM, Emmanuel Ombu (Rtd) 2,258,232,021.87
  67. Sage Int. Nig. Limited; Atikoro Uyovbukerhi, Maureen Uyovbukerhi 2,241,719,528.00
  68. Van Vliet Trucks Limited; Nol Van Vliet, Adetunmbi Dayo, Kome Agodo 2,136,216,694.00
  69. Baba Haruna; Ibrahim Baba, Hruna Ibrahim 2,076,544,891.02
  70. Abbey Lincoln Limited; Awoleye T. Abisodun, Francis T. Abisodun 2,065,489,600.50
  71. Shell Staff West Shell Staff; represented by Ikponmwosa Ogiemuda 2,004,956,109.70
  72. L.O. Consult Ogbeogonogo; Chief Uche Luke Okpuno 1,984,819,888.82
  73. Variations Industries Limited; Nwazulu Prince Dennis, Nwazulu Protus 1,969,012,064.04
  74. Tuns Holdings Limited; Olatunde Adekunle Badmus, Joseph Zopy 1,965,039,873.11
  75. Shelter Development, Bayero Usman Ja’afaru, Ibrahim Isa Wada 1,875,156,385.12
  76. Lynq Communications; Joe Obiora Udeagbala, Sylvia Udeagbala 1,847,974,990.21
  77. Petlib Envi-Chem Ser; Ibiam Eleanya E,  Ekwo Eteakamba Edem 1,706,415,936,54
  78. Amsalco Ind. Limited; Aminu Saleh, Bashir Aminu Saleh 1,646,184,931.54
  79. Aminu Saleh Alhaji; Aminu Saleh Alhaji 1,630,812,798.76
  80. Chevron Oil Staff Multipurpose Cooperative Chevron Staff 1,595,966,334.11
  81. Micro Products Int’l Nig. Limited; Chris Anugwolu 1,568,839,810.06
  82. The Franklin Hotel & Suites; Frank Omosigo 1,566,984,396.77
  83. Titanium Oil and Energy Limited; Acholonu Patrick, Ekezie Chief Ralph 1,564,295,090.70
  84. Alcomp Computers Limited; Engineer Emeka Vitus Ezenwanne, Gloria Uzoamaka Ezenwanne 1,559,711,000.55
  85. Tina Stores Limited; Matthew Nmezi, Clementina Nmezi 1,558,068,328.38
  86. Shemofeyo Ventures Limited; Sheba A. Acholonu, Patrick Modupe Olorunfemi 1,549,586,200.57
  87. Westoil Petroleum Services Limited; Bidemi H. Fahn, Hamdalat Ajayi Omotayo Fahn 1,540,787,598.44
  88. Ohzed Oil and Gas Company Limited; Stella O. Dike Engr Matthew A. Dike 1,516,937,763.45
  89. KDC Construction Limited Alh Waziri B. Mustapha 1,480,572,356.42
  90. Deep Sea Oil Gas Limited; Itelima Steve Yeowuma, Itelima Patricia Yeowuma 1,386,834,554.36
  91. Ascot Fabricators and Constr. Limited; Henry E. Imasekha, Joey Chuma Obue 1,374,274,319.42
  92. C.M.G. Limited; Mike Osime 1,339,507,291.77
  93. Huf Engineering Nigeria Limited; Enuha Hyacinth Uzu Fela, Enuha Carol 1,288,402,095.13
  94. Integral Petrochemicals Limited; Oludare O. Olagoke, Adeyemi Y. Olagoke 1,269,386,433.60
  95. Unicorn Place Leisure Services Limited; Ike Nwabuoku 1,256,178,425.11
  96. Ibika Investment & Property Limited; Fashina Kofoworola Olakunle, Fashina Mabayomije Omololu 1,230,763,959.94
  97. Assorted Foods & Beverages; Ifabiyi Ademola Ifabiyi, Eyitope Ifabiyi Toyin 1,185,194,335.36
  98. Al-Fil Petroleum Company Limited; Alao Idris Alao Abdullatif 1,151,788,405.05
  99. Primeview Investment and Property Gabriel Orene Esule George 1,119,804,330.77
  100. Merepainti Nigeria Limited/BPT Equipment; Engr Mohammed Nura Khalil 987,172,183.55
  101. Rainbownet Limited; H.E. Chimaroke Nnamani 804,985,922.59
  102. Paveblocks Nigeria Limited; Alh. Waziri B. Mustapha 633,128,165.50
  103. Honourable Adetunji Adeniyi; Honourable Adetunji Adeniyi 491,220,414.05
  104. Sarki Labaran; Engr. Sarki Labaran 471,402,281.70
  105. Senator Usman Bayero Nafada; Senator Usman Bayero Nafada 409,502,652.84

I Didn’t Accuse Foreign Airlines of Running Drug Cartels – Dabiri – Erewa

The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said she did not accuse the Ethiopian and Egyptian airlines of running drug cartels in the nation’s airports.

Dabiri-Erewa had on Wednesday appeared before the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on the plight of Zainab Habibu Aliyu, who was arrested by Saudi Arabian Police for a drug-related offence.

She had expressed worry that the two airlines were not doing enough to check the activities of drug cartels operating in the nation’s airport.

She had also expressed concerns over the alleged non-functionality of the scanners at the airports.

She had said, “To start with, the airlines I am sorry to say, in most cases we investigated, only two airlines have been involved; Ethiopian air and Egypt air, never Bellview,  never Saudi Air, never KABO,  never Emirates, no other airline.

“All the cases have either been Ethiopian Airline or Egypt Airline. So those two airlines have to ensure compulsory baggage identification, everybody going on that route, you must ensure every passenger identifies their bags.

“If they don’t do that don’t carry those bags. There are cartels inside there working on these things.”

But Dabiri-Erewa, in a statement on Thursday by her media aide,  Abdur-Rahman Balogun, distanced herself from newspaper headlines quoting her of accusing some foreign airlines of running drug cartels in the country.

Dabiri -Erewa, according to the statement, described “the headline which reads “Egypt, Ethiopian Airlines Running Drug Cartels in Nigeria”  as a figment of the Reporter’s imagination.

The statement further read,  “The headline is totally incorrect and not a true reflection of what she said during the Senate committee public hearing chaired by Senator Kabiru Gaya on Wednesday.

“Dabiri-Erewa had during the hearing stressed the need for those two airlines to ensure compulsory baggage identification as all cases recorded on the issue of drugs had been from both airlines.

“Luckily enough,  the representative of Ethiopian Air, who was at the public hearing, promised that baggage identification would be strengthened.

“The Senate public hearing was geared towards probing the circumstances surrounding the framing and eventual arrest of Zainab Aliyu in Saudi Arabia over allegation of carrying tramadol in her baggage.

“Members of the public are hereby urged to discountenance a previous publication that is contrary to this clarification.”

Theresa May Stares At Defeat In Final Brexit Gamble

British Prime Minister Theresa May stared at the prospect Wednesday of her political career coming to an inglorious end after her final attempt to save her hated Brexit deal was almost universally condemned by parliament.

The beleaguered premier is in the last throes of a tumultuous rule focused all-but exclusively on guiding her fractured country out of the European Union in one piece.

But three overwhelming rejections by parliament of the terms she struck with the other 27 nations last year have forced Britain to miss the original March 29 departure date and plead for more time.

May is now paying the price for failing to deliver on the wishes of voters who chose by a narrow margin in 2016 to break their uneasy four-decade involvement in the European integration project.

Her Conservatives are set to get thumped in European Parliament elections Thursday in which the brand new Brexit Party of anti-EU populist Nigel Farage is running away with the polls.

Anxious members of May’s party were meeting behind closed doors Wednesday to discuss changes to the rules that would let them vote no-confidence in her leadership in the days to come.

May has already promised to step down no matter the outcome of her fourth attempt to ram her version of Brexit through parliament in early June.

But even that sacrifice — and a package of sweeteners unveiled Wednesday that included a chance for lawmakers to get a second Brexit referendum — failed to win hearts and minds.

“It’s time for the prime minister to go,” Ian Blackford of the pro-EU Scottish National Party told May as she tried to defend her latest proposals in parliament.

“Will she do it?”

May ignored the question and called the upcoming vote Britain’s last chance to leave the EU with a negotiated deal that can avert economic chaos.

“There are people who tell me I have compromised too much in the package being put forward, others telling me I have not compromised enough in the package being put forward,” she said with a note of exasperation in her voice.

“At some stage the House has to come together and we have to decide to go the distance together in order to deliver Brexit.”

Election drubbing
But things look to go only worse for May in the days and weeks to come.

The European elections are being interpreted in Britain as a referendum on both Brexit and May’s ability to get the job done. They make grim reading for the government team.

A YouGov survey Wednesday showed Farage’s Brexit Party claiming 37-percent support.

The pro-EU group of Liberal Democrats was second on 19 percent. The main opposition Labour Party was on 13 percent and May’s Conservatives were lagging in fifth place with just seven percent.

“If we win these elections and win them well, we have a democratic mandate,” Farage said Thursday.

Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable told supporters that a vote for his party was “a vote to stop Brexit”.

His group’s open rejection of Brexit appears to be resonating with pro-EU voters who would normally back one of the two main parties.

‘We can do better’
May is still hoping to stay in power long enough to somehow win parliament’s approval of the EU divorce terms before its summer recess begins on July 20.

This would let the country leave at the end of that month — as long as lawmakers reject a second referendum.

Otherwise the process could be delayed until October 31 — the deadline set by the EU — or even later if its leaders grant Britain another postponement.

But pressure within both May’s government and party is building for her to go now so that a new leader can rescue the process before Britain crashes out without a deal.

UK media reports said that Wednesday’s meeting of rank-and-file Conservatives discussed changes in rules focused on pushing May out the door within days.

Discussions were expected to continue into Wednesday evening.

The field of candidates to succeed May is led by former foreign secretary Boris Johnson — a divisive figure who enjoys relatively strong public support.

Johnson said on Twitter he would not support May’s new package despite backing her “with great reluctance” the last time around.

“We can and must do better,” Johnson tweeted.

Naira Marley: Magu Speaks On EFCC’s War Against Internet Fraudsters

Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said the Commission is not after musicians.

Magu spoke on May 22, 2019 during an interactive session with artistes, comedians and On-Air-Personalities (OAP), which held at the EFCC Headquarters, Jabi, Abuja.

Making reference to the recent prosecution of popular musician, Afeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, for charges bordering on internet fraud, Magu stressed with great concern that the EFCC was not “chasing” musicians.

He said: “Let me use this opportunity to emphasize that we have no issues with any member of this very important sector of the country.

“I have said it in the past and I will also like to restate, that the EFCC does not go after any innocent person. Our mandate is to rid Nigeria of any form of economic and financial crimes, and internet fraud is not excluded.”

He further stressed that “there is always intelligence report that our officers get and investigate before effecting a warrant of arrest, and we don’t arrest innocent people”.

He noted that the concern for the increasing cases of internet fraud, prompted him early in the year, to constitute a Task Team given the task to stem the tide of internet fraud in the country.

“This Task Team has since swung into action, and the outcome of what you have is the increasing cases and report of EFCC operatives rounding up internet fraudsters across the country,” he added.

He however, noted with concern that “I don’t like arresting them, but what can we do, we have to do our job”.

“While I restate our commitment to continue the intensity of rounding up internet fraudsters, I strongly urge you all to join hands with the EFCC to promote the culture and gospel of hard work with dignity”.

He also charged Nigerian artistes and comedians to join the anti-graft agency in the fight against corruption, particularly internet fraud, and to lend their voices to the Commission’s anti-corruption fight.

“You have a very wide reach, so lend us your voices, please let your works propagate and promote integrity and the right values,” he said passionately, as he stressed that they remained key to winning the war against internet fraud, and corruption in general.

“I urge you to raise a collective slogan against all forms of criminality among our youths, condemn in strong terms, ostentatious living without credible sources of income, particularly the get-rich-at-all-cost syndrome among the youths,” he said.

Stressing the important status, which the Commission attaches to members of Nigeria’s entertainment industry, Magu called on them to “join hands with the EFCC in this fight against corruption, because we need you more than ever before to change the negative narratives about our country being havens of internet fraudsters”.

According to him, the EFCC was ready to collaborate with the creative industry in every way possible, with the sole aim of combating the menace of internet fraud and all other forms of economic and financial crimes.

He said: “I have always stressed that we cannot claim to have the monopoly of knowledge of how to fight corruption at the EFCC.

“We are however, driven by the passion to explore all frontiers that will enable us achieve a better society for our children yet unborn – an egalitarian society and one which we all can be proud of.”

He noted that the engagement with the members of the creative and entertainment industry, was out of great concern about the increasing cases of “yahoo-yahoo” among Nigerian youths, and in the belief that Nigeria’s creative minds was critical to curbing the ugly trend, which has given Nigeria a bad image.

“Let’s find a way to reduce or stop our teeming youths from engaging in internet fraud,” he said.

Speaking on the efforts of the EFCC in its enlightenment efforts aimed at nurturing young minds against corruption, Hajiya Aisha Musa-Larai, Head of Creative and Communications, Public Affairs Department, used the platform to intimate the stakeholders of various programmes of the Commission targeted at children and young people.

“The Commission has put in place Zero-Tolerance Clubs at various Universities and Integrity Clubs in both primary and secondary schools in conjunction with the National Youth Service Corps,” she said, noting that the programmes have gone a long way in sensitizing the young ones.

She, however, noted that the call on the artistes and members of the creative industry was a clarion call aimed at further cementing the efforts of the EFCC in its anti-graft crusade.

Expressing their desire to heed the EFCC’s clarion call, the artistes and entertainers, also urged the Commission to help track the activities of Ministries Departments and Agencies, MDAs entrusted with funds meant to assist entertainers in their job, should be made to account for it and ensure that they get to the recipients of such funds, as this is necessary for them not to look in the direction of internet fraudsters, who are more than willing to provide funding for entertainers.

Amosun Blocks Road To Venue of Dapo Abiodun’s Inauguration (PHOTOS)

On the pretext of road construction, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, not only completely closed the road leading to MKO Abiola Stadium, ABEOKUTA venue of the inauguration of Prince Dapo Abiodun as Governor of Ogun State, he also dug a deep and wide gulley in front of June 12 Cultural Centre, where the inauguration lecture is holding today.

These are contained in a post on the Ogun Daily Core’s whatsApp by Mr Tunde Oladunjoye. He added: “Not done, Amosun left a huge hip of sand and a bulldozer at the entrance. The question is: Would this have happened is it is Amosun’s puppet that is to be inaugurated as Governor?”

However, Yinka Olayemi, a member of the group reacted: “Yes. I told someone yesterday that those attending today’s event will have no choice than to drive through NNPC via Stadium to Cultural Centre.”

“It is over. The outgoing governor can never and never run foul of the Constitution of the country by extending his day in office.”

Also, Femi Oteweso, made another suggestion: “We saw it today too, but we all expressed the opinion that people can take the M.K.O Stadium to access the June 12 Cultural Center for the event.”

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MainOne To Commit N25bn To Digitisation of Lagos

West Africa’s leading connectivity and data centre solutions provider, MainOne launches its “Digital Lagos: Broadband for All” campaign initiative to enable the digital transformation of Lagos state through deployment of ubiquitous broadband infrastructure across the state.
MainOne’s ambitions for Lagos is inspired by the vision of Lagos Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who noted presciently that “Technology will improve the rule of law, education, ease of doing business and government processes of Lagos”.
At the campaign launch organized in Lagos to announce its plans on Tuesday, Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer, MainOne, said, the company is keen to collaborate with the Lagos State Government and all other relevant stakeholders to build Digital Lagos and help citizens from all walks of life realize the benefits of broad, sustainable economic growth, modernized education, health, and other services delivery, and improved quality of life.
“MainOne is pleased to have the opportunity to present its plan for Digital Lagos, a proven path to ubiquitous broadband connectivity. This plan will involve the investment by MainOne of over N25 billion over the next 2-3 years to develop critical fiber optic infrastructure to enable broadband services across Lagos state,” she said.
A presentation was made by Mr. Judah Levine, CEO HIP Consult, a Washington DC based, independent, management consulting firm with specialization in ICT in emerging markets. HIP Consult worked with MainOne in developing a concept paper and implementation plan for Digital Lagos. Mr. Levine touched on the research done for Digital Lagos, its implementation plans and subsequent impact in Lagos State.
Opeke said MainOne has pioneered investments in critical internet-enabling infrastructure across West Africa, Nigeria, and Lagos. To date, the company has invested over N120 billion funded by leading African banks and has proven its capabilities in expanding and densifying localized fiber networks in neighboring Ogun and Edo States by deploying almost 1,000kms of fiber in partnership with Facebook to expand broadband access and connect government institutions and other areas of interest.
Opeke said, as the licenced InfraCo for Lagos zone, the resulting network to be built by MainOne would provide essential connectivity to critical State institutions, cover over 300 government agencies, up to 10,000 State CCTV locations, Telecom operators and ISPs, public Wi-Fi hotspots, Smart City components / IOT devices, in addition to Enterprises.
In Lagos, MainOne’s existing 700-kilometer network already covers major population centers and Yaba, where it provides connectivity for the majority of the Yabacon ecosystem and has connected startups like Andela, ccHub, Paga, and Flutterwave and others that have raised up to USD500million Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Nigeria.

Egypt, Ethiopian Airlines Running Drug Cartels In Nigeria — Presidency


The Presidency has accused Egypt Air and Ethiopian Airlines of running drug cartels in Nigeria.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said this when she appeared before the Senate Adhoc Committee set up by the Senate to look into circumstances that led to the arrest of Zainab Aliyu in Saudi Arabia last year over alleged possession of a banned substance, Tramadol.
Dabiri-Erewa also said many of the scanners at Nigerian Airports were not functioning.
Dabiri-Erewa, who is also Chairman of the Nigeria Diaspora Commission, accused Egypt and Ethiopian Airlines of running drug cartels at International Airports across the country.
She explained that Aliyu’s ordeal in Saudi Arabia before the intervention of the Federal Government of Nigeria, which led to her release, was caused by a drug cartel collaborating with officials of the two airlines.
She said: “We have other foreign and local airlines operating at our airports, but Egyptian and Ethiopian Airlines have drug cartels operating at our International Airports.
“They operate alongside local collaborators.
“It is not Air Peace, not Arik Air but Egyptian and Ethiopian Airlines.”


Nollywood: NFVCB, Filmmakers ‘Light Up’ Africa Pavillion At Cannes

Delegates of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), filmmakers, stars and other players in the Nigerian movie industry have ‘lit up’  the Pavillon Afriques at the 2019  Cannes Film Festival.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria has the highest representation at the Pavillon at the ongoing Festival de Cannes holding from May 14 to May 25 in France.

The Pavillon Afriques, situated at the Film Market section of the Festival, is a platform where filmmakers, investors, relevant government functionaries and other stakeholders meet to discuss business of filmmaking in the African continent.

Nigerian Participants, at a special forum tagged ‘NFVCB Day,’ joined key partners and panelists at the Pavillon  to share insights into Nollywood  and how to enhance Africa movie sector through strategic collaborations.

Mr. Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director of the NFVCB and a member of the Advisory Board of the Pavillon Afriques, led the Nigerian team, which included actors, producers and other stakeholders.

Veteran actress Hilda Dokubo , Beverly Naya and award-winning movie director Kunle Afolanya, among others, also hit the pavillon to share ideas.

Award-winning Nigerian and Canada-based writer and director, Kathryn Fasegha had her new movie “2 Weeks in Lagos”,  premiered at the festival .

“ It is not just about directing a movie, it is also about seeing my movie placed at one of the biggest film platforms in the world,” Fasegha said.

Thomas, in a remark, urged Africa filmmakers to do more to maximize opportunities the industry offers in terms of job creation and contribution to GDP.

He noted that market for Africa contents was growing within and outside the continent, and therefore urged filmmakers to work together for enhanced distribution.

Nigeria government is committed to providing the enabling environment and the ease of doing business, so investors are welcomed,” he said.

Representatives of relevant government agencies and industry players of other African countries admired the exponential growth of Nollywood over the years, while urging other countries to learn from it.

They also extolled the NFVCB for its role of steering the nation’s film and video sector reputed to be largest in Africa and second in the world.

Mehret Mandefro, Ethiopian Filmmaker and TV Presenter, noted that Nollywood was a role model in Filmmaking that other Africa countries needed to work with to grow their industry.

“Nollywood is miles ahead of others and there are a lot other countries can learn from it.

“Others can take a lift from Nigeria because stakeholders are very key to each other as filmmaking cannot be done in isolation.”

Mandefro therefore urge filmmakers to collaborate and build strategic partnership toward the collective growth of the continent’s film industry.

NAN reports that the Pavillon Afriques, is in its first year at Cannes with over 15 participating countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania and Ethiopia.

Others include Rwanda, Togo and Djibouti, Jamaica and Senegal among others.

AAC Sets Up C’ttee To Probe Sowore Over $1m

The National Working committee of the African Action Congress( AAC) has set up a committee to probe Omoyele Sowore over claims that he received 1 million dollars during the Rivers gubernatorial elections. The NWC also passed a vote of confidence on its acting chairman,Leonard Enzenwa. In its communique after the members of the NWC met on May 17 in Abuja, and signed by Nzenwa the NWC  also frowned at how the over One hundred and fifty seven million naira (N157,000,000.00) presidential campaign funds donated by party faithful within and outside the country was illegally utilized and not properly accounted for. The NWC also declared that the purported suspension of the Rivers State chairman of the party is  null and void as having been done illegally and the chairman is directed to continue to discharge the duties of his office.

Nzenwa said the meeting was also  “To review the cases of compromise of election petitions of the party in different states and cases of collusion involving the suspended chairman Mr. Omoyele Sowore with some political parties. “That following a review of the petition of some aggrieved members of the Rivers State Chapter of the party alleging the absconding with the sum of $1,000,000.00 received by the suspended Chairman of the Party, Mr. Omoleye Sowore from a Chieftain of a rival political party for adoption of our Party as a general opposition platform for Rivers State, the National Working Committee set up a 3-man Committee headed by Hon. Musa Abu to investigate the allegations and report back in seven days.

“To review all election litigations in court including legal representations to ensure that the chances of the party are enhanced and to wedge bad eggs within the party working to undermine the interest of the party. “That the NWC viewed with concern the decision of one Tawo Tawo SAN, (a lawyer alleged to have close links with one of the chieftains of a rival party) to continue to disrespect the new leadership of the party and continue to relate with the suspended Chairman on election petition issues concerning Rivers State. “The said Tawo Tawo has by some actions shown to have conducted himself in a manner that is injurious to the legal pursuits of the party and allowing him to continue will be damaging to the party hence the decision to remove him as lawyer and appointment of another senior lawyer who will enhance the chances of the party in our quest to reclaim our mandate. “The party has also appointed legal representatives where the suspended former Chairman refused to appoint one because of the collusion and will further review representations that are tainted or influenced by outside elements,” he said.