EXCLUSIVE PICTURES: Faces At The Wedding Ceremony of Cash Madam/Bankole Oki’s Granddaughter In Vienna

The wedding between Morayo Adebowale, the daughter of Dr Bayo and Tokunboh Adebowale and Kevin Roseke was held last weekend, Saturday, 11 August, at the Gartenpalais Liechtenstein in Vienna Austria.

The bride’s father, Adebowale is the first child of Madam Bisi Edionsere, (aka Cash Madam). Her mother, Tokunboh, is the daughter of late Chief T. A. Bankole Oki SAN, the Alaagba of Lagos.

 


EFCC Charges Saraki’s Aide , Ex-bank MD, Mbonu With Alleged Diversion of N3.5b

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC) is set for the trial of Gbenga Makanjuola, deputy chief of staff to the Senate President Bukola Saraki and a former Managing Director of Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria( SGBN), Mr. Robert Mbonu.
The duo are to be arraigned over the alleged conversion of N3.5billion of N19billion London-Paris Club refund to states.
The other accused are Melrose General Services Limited and Obiora Amobi. No date has been fixed for the trial of the suspects at a Federal High Court in Lagos, TheNation newspaper reported today.
Following protests by states over deductions for external debt service between 1995 and 2002, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the release of N522.74 billion (first tranche) refund to them, pending reconciliation of records.
Each state was entitled to N14.5 billion or 25 per cent of the amount claimed.
The release of the cash was trailed by a huge controversy, including payment of N19billion consultancy fees and $86million into the accounts of the NGF.
The EFCC in the last two years has been investigating the alleged diversion of the N19billion under the guise of consultancy fees, including the N3.5billion, which was allegedly remitted to Melrose General Services Limited, allegedly with links to Mbonu.
About $183,000 of the N3.5billion was transferred to a Dubai jeweler patronised by some senators.
In the charges against the suspects, the EFCC said there was no service rendered to have warranted the payment of the N3.5billion.
The charges read in part: “That you Robert Chidozie Mbonu, Melrose General Services Limited and other persons at large on or about the 14th day of December, 2016 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired amongst yourselves to disguise the unlawful origin of the sum of N3.5billion paid into the account of Melrose General Services Limited and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.
“That you Robert Chidozie Mbonu and Melrose General Services Limited having reason to know that N3.5billion directly represented the proceeds of your unlawful activity to wit: Conspiracy and Stealing: did convert the said funds which you received from the Nigeria Governors Forum under the false guise that you were entitled to payment of consultancy fees from money recovered for the states in relation to “over-deductions on Paris and London club loans on the account of the states and local government (1995-2002)” which service you did not render and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.
“That you Robert Chidozie Mbonu and Melrose General Services Limited on or about the 14th December, 2016 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did retain in the Access Bank Plc Account No. 0005892453 operated by Melrose General Services Limited the sum of N3, 500,000,000.00 received from the Nigeria Governors Forum when you reasonably ought to know that the said money was a direct proceed of your unlawful activity to wit Conspiracy and Stealing: and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2) ((1) 0f the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.
“That you Robert Chidozie Mbonu and Melrose General Services Limited on or about the 20th of December, 2015 in Lagos wihln the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did transfer the sum 0f N50m being part of N3.5billion which represented the direct proceed of your unlawful activity to wit: (Conspiracy and Stealing) to Gbenga Makanjuola and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.
That you Gbenga Makanjuola on or about the 20th of December, 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did make cash payment of the sum of N50, 000,000.00 (Fifty million naira) to Robert Chidozie Mbonu without going through a financial institution and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 201 1 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable under section 16 (2) (b) of the same Act.
“That you Robert Chidozie Mbonu on or about the 20th of December, 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did accept cash payment of the sum of N50million from Gbenga Makanjuola without going through a financial institution and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable under section 16 (2) (b) of‘ the same Act.
“That you Robert Chidozie Mbonu and Melrose General Services Limited between the 15th December 2016 and 17th December, 2016 in Lagos Within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did transfer the sum of N300million being part of N3.5billion which represented the direct proceed of your unlawful activity (to wit Conspiracy and Stealing) to Obiora Amobi and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2) (b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.
“That you Obiora Amobi between the 15th December 2016 and 17th December, 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did make cash payment of N300million to Robert Chidozie Mbonu without going through a financial institution and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable under section 16 (2) (b) of the same Act.
“That you Robert Chidozie Mbonu on or about the 20th of December, 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did accept cash payment of N300million from Obiora Amobi without going through a financial institution and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable under section 16 (2) (b) of the same Act.(NAN)

Why Saraki, Tambuwal Left APC – Tinubu

APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has opened up on the recent defections in the polity, saying Senate President Bukola Saraki and Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal among others left the APC because the party could not offer them what they wanted.

Asiwaju said on Sunday in Lagos that the defectors wanted automatic tickets and sharing of the national wealth which the APC could not guarantee.The APC leader unfolded his mind in a lengthy statement he personally signed, entitled “They Go Away Because We Go the Right Way”.

According to him, the defectors “left the party to return to a motley agglomeration that would promise them what true democracy could not: automatic tickets, sharing of the national wealth and other offices and privileges”.

Asiwaju Tinubu asked the people to go beyond the debate on the numbers in the Senate of House of Representatives, saying “we must pull back from the shallow headlines to recognize that something fundamental is at stake.

“Nigeria is undergoing a historic transition. Sometimes awkwardly, tentatively, yet inexorably, we nurture political and governance reform. We steadily close the door on the old malpractices that have caused a rich nation to reside in the tenement of the global poor”.

Speaking specifically on the Sokoto governor’s defection, the APC leader said: “Governor Tambuwal’s exit can be distilled to one cause. He covets the presidency.

However, he had not the stomach to challenge President Buhari in a primary. Tambuwal felt further insulted that he would be compelled to face a direct primary just to retain the governorship nomination.

“But for the promise made by PDP headliners like Rivers State Governor Wike that he would have the PDP presidential nomination, Tambuwal would not have left.

His exit had nothing to do with governance of the nation. It was about forging a personal ambition predicated on the defeat of progressive reform not the advancement of it”.

On Senate President, he said: “Much the same for Senate President Saraki. Returning to the PDP, he harbors dreams of the presidency but Tambuwal’s ambition will dwarf Saraki’s when the two collide.

If Saraki had remained in the APC, he would be unable to reclaim his Senate seat let alone the Senate Presidency. He thus bolted because he lusts for the presidency but was promised by the PDP, at least, a return to his position in the Senate”.

He added: “For Saraki to talk about lack of governance is for him to deny who he is and the position he holds. This man stands as Nigeria’s Number 3 citizen.

”Clothed is he in ample power and influence. If he saw areas where government and the nation needed help, he could have easily applied his energies to these areas. He could have drafted legislation and easily got laws passed.

“However, no progressive enactment bears his name for he cared not for progress. He has been more focused on changing the rules of the Senate to favour himself and changing the order of elections so as to coincide with his selfish designs”.

 

Lagos Not World’s Third Dangerous City To Live In – Falana

Mr Femi Falana, A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has said that he does not believe in the report that Lagos State was the third most dangerous city to leave in the world.

Falana debunked the report on Sunday evening during the investiture of Mr Kayode Opeifa, the former Commissioner for Transport in Lagos State as the President of Rotary Club.

Opeifa was decorated as the 35th President of Rotary Club of Agege District 9110 of Nigeria at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja in Lagos State. Falana was reacting to a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, EIU, that ranked Lagos State as the third worst city to live in among 140 cities worldwide. Lagos was ranked 138th out of the 140 countries in the EIU 2018 report. Part of the EIU report stated: “With a relatively low score of 38.5 percent, the city was just a little above Syria’s war-torn capital, Damascus, and Bangladesh’s Dhaka.” Falana said, “I dont believe Lagos is the third dangerous city to leave in because there are many cities in other countries that are more dangerous than Lagos. “The Lagos State Government should quickly respond to this report and let people know that the state is safe for people. “The only challenge we are facing is that the quality of our representation in government is low, at the state, local government and federal levels. ”Lagos alone has 24 members at the Federal House of Representatives, let us be sincere to ourselves how many of them do we hear about? “We have 40 legislators in the state house of assembly, what is the quality of the debate there? Who are the people representing us at the various local government levels?” Falana, therefore, advised the residents of the state to always challenge their representatives at both the National and state assemblies on proactive legislation. He said that legislators from Lagos and the South West should stand out for the good of their states and not go to the assemblies to dance. The lawyer also appealed to the Rotary Club members to do what they could to make the society a better place for all. Also, Mrs Folashade Ayoade, the Secretary to the Government of Kogi , who was the Guest Speaker at the occasion also advised Rotarians to inspire the people around them through their humanitarian services. Ayoade urged the people to be of good value, truthful and be people of inspiration to others for a better society. “We must lead an authentic life, truthful and honest, and understand that God created you differently so you need not copy anybody. “We need to stand for good values since so much is expected from the Rotarians and they need the support of eminent personalities and all of us in the society to succeed. “I want to urge each and everyone of us to support the great gesture of the Rotary Club,” she said. Opeifa had earlier in his opening remarks said that Agege Rotarians had identified six areas of focus that were part of the the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. These are: Maternal Child healthcare, prevention of diseases, resolution of conflicts, empowerment programme for our communities and education and literacy. The rotary president said that the club was also aiming at positively touching the lives of 10 per cent of the people in the community. He added that the club would also be reaching out to at least 300,000 people by providing them electricity through its solar power project. He also said that the club was working toward distributing school bags and uniforms to about 1,000 students. Opeifa said that he also planned during his tenure to embark on selfless services and get more members admited into the Rotary Club.(NAN) 

Former French Envoy To Nigeria, Pierre Cherruau, Dies Saving Drowning Son

Former Regional Audio-visual Attaché of the French Embassy in Nigeria, Pierre Cherruau, has died from injuries sustained in a drowning accident at the Signal beach in Soulac-sur-Mer in the southwest of France.

It was gathered that the 48-year-old, who was on a family vacation in the Gironde in the southwest of France, died on Sunday morning, hours after the accident on Saturday.

He was trying to save his 10-year-old son who was drowning after going into the water.

Mr Cherruau and another family member jumped into the water to rescue the boy.

The child was rescued but his father suffered fatal injuries which resulted in cardiac arrest.

Cherruau was transported by helicopter to Bordeaux University Hospital where he was pronounced dead a few hours after arrival.

A journalist, writer and teacher, Cherruau was an avid supporter of Nollywood during his time in Nigeria.

Speaking with Qed.ng Founder, Olumide Iyanda, in a 2017 interview, Cherruau said “I am amazed at the way Nollywood has improved over the years.

“It is not perfect, but you see an improvement every year.

“There is technical improvement of course because there is more money in the movies, but you can also see more energy, more time spent on the script and so on. Nollywood is definitely going up.”

Cherruau taught French Language in Enugu State about 20 years ago and wrote a novel on stolen Nigerian artefacts.

He would have been 49 on Monday, August 20, 2018.

 

Source: Qed.ng

Kofi Annan: The World’s Peacemaker From Africa – Strive Masiyiwa

Reflection: Sad farewell to my counselor, mentor, friend, father, confidant.

“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God”. (Matthew 5:9)

The world just lost one of the greatest leaders ever. Africa has lost its most illustrious son. I just lost one of the most important people in my life @ Kofi Annan.

For the last 12 years I have worked with the man I simply called “Chief,” at times on a daily basis. Being my elder, I never called him Kofi, but when he would come on the line, it would always be “Strive, it’s Kofi. How are you? How are Tsitsi and the kids…”

We talked about everything and anything.

We discussed serious and grave situations: world peace, African crises, poverty, hunger, girls’ education, pandemics, food crises, elections, leaders, climate change…

We discussed them all. He was always looking to do something right away.

I worked with him on several international organizations, often at his invitation. I always saw myself as one of his foot soldiers. Just ready to do anything to help his work.

We started things together and drove initiatives together.

He was a quiet man of extraordinary humility and poise.

We also laughed and joked together because he had such a warm sense of humor.

He was my counselor, mentor, friend, father, confidant. All that… and more!

I loved him so dearly.

My family and I loved him to high heaven.

True, I’m kinda hurting right now but I know how to draw Comfort, so I will be fine.

To Nane, Kojo, Ama, Nina – my deepest heartfelt condolences. This man worked for peace, and henceforth shall be called:

# The world’s peacemaker from Africa!

 

– Masiyiwa is the Executive Chairman and Founder of the Econet Group

APC Not For Okorocha, His Family – Senator Uzodimma

Chairman of the Southern Senators Forum, Senator Hope Uzodimma of Imo West Senatorial District, has taken a swipe at the Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, insisting that the state chapter of the All
Progressives Congress, APC, neither belongs to the governor nor does it belong to his family.
The Senator made this known just as he told his supporters that he will soon make his next political move known via a public declaration very soon. He made the declaration late on Friday at the New Yam Festival of his autonomous community, Omuma, in Oru East L.G.A, where he was the Chief Guest of Honour.
Uzodimma, in a direct reference to Okorocha, warned those arrogating to themselves the sole ownership of the APC to come out from their
illusion because the APC does not belong to any individual, but to all Nigerians.
“Let me make this clear, the APC does not belong to any individual. It does not belong to the President. And if it does not belong to the
President then it cannot belong to the governor. The APC belongs to all Nigerians. It is the collective enterprise of all Nigerians so let no one delude himself that the party belongs to him or to his family” he declared.
Continuing, he said, “I will soon invite all of you to a public declaration of my ambition for 2019 and I assure you that after that, we shall pursue that ambition with every strength at our behest.

Politics is about struggle for power and it is the strength you bring to the struggle that determines what you get”.
The ceremony was graced by many politicians from all over Imo State, traditional rulers and members of the Clergy.

Demolition of Yinka Ayefele’s House Is Executive Rascality – SERAP

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has accused the Governor of Oyo State Senator Abiola Ajimobi of executive rascality and strongly condemned “the unlawful demolition of Fresh FM building owned by popular musician Yinka Ayefele.

The group also condemned the forced evictions of residents by the Oyo State government, describing it as a “grave violation of fundamental human rights and contrary to international law.”

Oyo State Government bulldozers early on Sunday morning arrived the Challenge area of Ibadan where the building was located and pulled it down, despite pending court action to stop the demolition.

Ayefele had sued Oyo State government, and the court had ruled that ‘there are serious issues to be determined, and adjourned the case to August 20. The Oyo State government had been duly served.

SERAP in a statement today signed by its deputy director Timothy Adewale said, “This is a gross abuse of powers by the Oyo State government and governor Ajimobi against a radio station simply doing their job. The action is politically motivated, patently arbitrary and entirely inconsistent with international human rights standards and national laws. The action amounts to executive rascality and seriously undermines the integrity and authority of our courts. This kind of action has no place in a democratic society that is based on the rule of law.”

The organization said “the destruction of a radio station on the grounds that the Oyo state government dislikes their work is a textbook case of repression of media freedom and violation of the right to adequate housing. The authorities must immediately stop the demolition, ensure appropriate repairs of the building and adequate compensation, and guarantee of non-repetition. SERAP will challenge this violent and reckless destruction of Ayefele’s Fresh FM in court.”

The statement read in part: “The Oyo State government has not only engaged in forced eviction but also violated the right to adequate housing, the right to freedom of expression and media freedom.”

“It is the obligation of Oyo State government to ensure that Ayefele and everyone affected by this act of illegality is adequately compensated for the property of Fresh FM that has been demolished.”

“Nigeria is a state party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which requires Oyo State government to refrain from arbitrary forced evictions and arbitrary destruction of resources that individuals and families have invested in building their homes.”

“Nigeria has also ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which protects individuals from arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, and guarantees everyone the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attack.”

“In its “Resolution on Forced Evictions,” the U.N. Commission on Human Rights affirmed that forced evictions constitute a gross violation of human rights. The term “forced eviction” is defined for the purposes of international law as the permanent or temporary removal against their will of individuals, families and/or communities from the homes and/or land which they occupy, without the provision of, and access to, appropriate forms of legal or other protection.”

“It is important to note that international standards focus on protecting individuals who occupy homes and land and do not depend on any particular form of ownership title to the land or house, nor on the legality of the occupancy.”

Re: On Governor Ambode’s Stunted Re-election

By Ibidapo Balogun

From the get-go, the writer, a supposed journalist for that matter, going by that known name, made it clear he was not a Governor Ambode’s person, signposting the danger that daily besieges the journalism profession when those required by the ethics of their noble profession to look at issues from a non-aligned, unbiased and dispassionate angle, now tell us openly who they are for or against. This is dismaying to journalism purists who constantly advocate that the profession and its practitioners be guided by the ethics of their work.
Now to the issue of direct primaries adopted to popular acclaim for the choice of Osun APC flag bearer because the generality of the party members are the electors in the process as opposed to delegates who usually turn themselves into mercenaries extorting money from the candidates at such election. Yes at the Lagos APC stakeholders’ meeting at ACME Road, Ikeja, Asiwaju Tinubu affirmed the direct primary option would be employed to pick candidates for election at all levels in Lagos. This was not targeted at anybody, not in the least Governor Ambode who also spoke at the meeting and equally embraced the option, knowing full well it can only galvanize the party members behind him.
The writer needs to be properly educated that the fact that incumbents may enjoy the option of first refusal does not mean they would not participate in primaries. President Buhari will most likely enjoy the option of first refusal in APC but this does not mean there would be no primaries.
The idea of direct primaries is not to shut out incumbents and certainly not Governor Ambode. The direct system can only help to give more legitimacy to the party’s candidature as it enjoys more popular participation and is akin to giving power to the party members and a test of the party’s strength before the real election.
Again, the impression that all is not well between Asiwaju Tinubu and Governor Ambode is not correct. That is what the sponsors of the hired writer want people to believe. They are out to create a crisis situation in Lagos but that is not what obtains. It will not happen. The Governor enjoys the confidence of Asiwaju Tinubu who brought him in in 2015 when the naysayers like the writer and his sponsors were shouting blue murder and wanted to shoot down the same Ambode they now see as their good boy in a bid to get at Tinubu.
Truth is there is no problem in Lagos APC, definitely none between Asiwaju and Ambode. The primaries would come and the best candidate for the job that the governor represents will emerge to take the state to greater heights.