EXCLUSIVE: Popular Lagos Socialite, Toyin Igbira, Dies At 56

+ Her Battle With Ovarian Cancer

+ The Life and Times of Nigeria’s Queen of Narcotic Trafficking

Popular Lagos socialite, Alhaja Monsurat Asabi (Ashabi) Oluwatoyin Oyemade Rufai Abraham aka Toyin Igbira, is dead.
She died in the early hours of Saturday, 20 July, 2019, at a private hospital in Surulere, Lagos, after a prolong battle with ovarian cancer.

She was aged 56.

The ELITES exclusively gathered that Toyin Igbira was diagnosed with ovarian cancer almost ten years ago. Her search for cure, saw her tranversing between the United States and the United Kingdom, where she sought for the best medical treatments. It was gathered that, after a while, Igbira’s health improved and the doctors declared her body to be free of cancer radicals. However, sometime last year, her health suffered a relapse. The deteriorating state of her health was so severe that the doctors declared she would not live beyond February 2019. But she braved the odds and lived for another six month before giving up the ghost on Saturday morning.

Barely literate, Igbira attended St. Paul’s Primary School, Idi Oro, Mushin in Lagos State from 1970 to 1976. Later, she was admitted into the Reagan Memorial Baptist Girls High School, in Lagos State.

However, Igbira dropped out during her second year in secondary school and went into private business. She joined her mother in a trade that was suspected to be the smuggling of cigarettes from Cotonou in the neighboring Benin Republic. Later, she was allegedly introduced into the business of drug smuggling by one Fatai, a London-based Nigerian who is now dead.

Thus began the unbelievable story of an African woman, who defied the odds of her illiteracy to establish a formidable international drug trafficking network – one that destroyed countless lives and made many rich. 

Igbira was arrested many times for drug trafficking offences. In 1999, atvthe age of 36, she was nabbed after extensive undercover anti-narcotic operations that commenced in 1995.

In her hey days, Igbira was a big fan of popular Fuji musicians like King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, K1 De Ultimate and Abbass Obesere, who sang her praise and poured accolades on her. In fact, the lyrical praise was so much that K1 dedicated tracks to her and even made reference to her nasty trade when he called her ‘Ónile Eru L’Abidjan’ meaning ‘The One With The Warehouse At Abidjan’. 

Abijdan was one of the centres of drug trade for many of the narcotraders and they also used the Ivory Coast city as a hub for their textile business – a cover for their real occupation. Igbira was one of the biggest players in the West African narcociruit and Abidjan was one of the hubs she controlled.

Survived by three children and many grandchildren, Igbira owned comfortable houses in Abuja, Lagos and the United States. Her love for expensive jewellery, customised diamond ensembles and exotic cars was legendary.

Google Doodle Honours Nigerian Writer, Buchi Emecheta, On 75th Birthday


Buchi Emecheta Google Doodle

Late Nigerian-born British novelist, Buchi Emecheta, has been honoured with a Google Doodle for her contributions to literature on what would have been her 75th birthday.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria on July 21, 1944, Emecheta wrote novels, plays, autobiography as well as works for children.

She was the author of more than 20 books, including Second Class Citizen (1974), The Bride Price (1976), The Slave Girl (1977) and The Joys of Motherhood (1979).

An early victim of gender bias against girls and violent marriage, Emecheta wrote to keep her sanity and feed herself.

Her books explore themes of child slavery, motherhood, female independence and freedom through education gained recognition from critics and honours.

Characterised as “the first successful black woman novelist living in Britain after 1948”, most of her fictional works are focused on sexual discrimination and racial prejudice informed by her own experiences as both a single parent and a black woman living in United Kingdom.

Emecheta suffered a stroke in 2010 and died in London on January 25, 2017, aged 72.

She features at number 98 on a list of 100 women recognised in August 2018 by BBC History Magazine as having changed the world.

Source: Qed.ng

EXCLUSIVE PICTURES: Kate Henshaw’s 48th Birthday Party

Award winning movie star and producer Kate Henshaw celebrates her 48th birthday with a heart of gratitude for a lot of things including her career, family and friends.

Henshaw marked the birthday anniversary by hosting friends and colleagues to a party.

Here are pictures from the event.

Photo Credit: Akinwunmi Ibrahim

#COZAGate: Aisha Buhari Warns IGP Against Intimidating The Dakolos

Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari has warned the Inspector General of Police against intimidating Busola Dakolo and her husband, Timi over the rape allegation against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, COZA.
Busola had come out openly to accuse Fatoyinbo of raping her 20 years ago when she was still 16 years old, but Fatoyinbo denied the allegation.
On Saturday, the police summoned singer, Timi Dakolo and his wife, Busola to Abuja on Tuesday over alleged falsehood, mischief and threat to life and criminal conspiracy,
Reacting to this on her Twitter account, Aisha called attention of the Inspector General of Police to a story from Sahara Reporters titled: Policemen storm Busola Dakolo’s residence.
And on top she left no doubt where she stands with the array of hashtags :
“ATTENTION : INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE #SayNoToRape #JusticeForRapeVictims #SayNoToIntimidation,” she tweeted.

The Dakolos’ Invitation: Police Confirm Fatoyinbo’s Link

The Nigeria Police Force has said that its invitation to the Dakolos was based on an on-going investigation involving Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, Busola Dakolo and others.
Force Public relations officer, DCP Frank Mba in a statement Saturday night confirmed that it was police operatives that served official invitation letters on Busola and Timi Dakolo.
But he promptly deflated the apprehensions about the invitations:
“It is important however to note that a Police Invitation Letter is not synonymous with a Warrant of Arrest, and must not be construed to be one. Rather, it is a polite investigative tool used in eliciting information voluntarily from parties to aid police investigations.
“Members of the public should see it as a legitimate act in line with the constitutional mandate of the police, which among other things include the investigation of all complaints brought before it.
“The Inspector General of Police, IGP MA Adamu NPM, mni has appealed for calm, and is reassuring Nigerians that the Police Force under his watch will remain professional, impartial and unreservedly committed to the pursuit of justice in this case and all other cases before it.”

Why Police Invited The Dakolos To Abuja – Kemi Olunloyo

Controversial blogger , Kemi Olunloyo has alleged that the failure of Timi Dakolo to honour an invitation by the Lagos State Police Command was the reason he is being summoned to Abuja.
The police on Saturday invited Timi Dakolo and his wife Busola to appear on Tuesday in Abuja over alleged falsehood and threat to life.
Olunloyo, on her Instagram page said: “Timi Dakolo did not honour the invitation from the POLICE in Lagos so now he must now sign a document to appear at the IGP’s office to recant his wife’s confession against Biodun Fatoyinbo.
“Busola Dakolo was never raped nor had any form of consensual sex with the pastor. The case is a totally fabricated case of blackmail, extortion and lies powered by Timi and Chude as I told @tvcconnect. Now they are complaining that the police is “harassing” them.
“Several newspapers are calling me now and I declined any interviews whatsoever. When one single journalist is spending time and money to investigate something they ran away from, don’t start interviewing the journalist who did the hard work.”
However, the police in their statement never made any mention that the Dakolos snubbed any prior invitation by the Lagos Police Command.

The Nigeria Police Force said that its invitation to the Dakolos was based on an on-going investigation involving Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, Busola Dakolo and others.
Force Public relations officer, DCP Frank Mba in a statement Saturday night confirmed that it was police operatives that served official invitation letters on Busola and Timi Dakolo.
But he promptly deflated the apprehensions about the invitations:
“It is important however to note that a Police Invitation Letter is not synonymous with a Warrant of Arrest, and must not be construed to be one. Rather, it is a polite investigative tool used in eliciting information voluntarily from parties to aid police investigations.
“Members of the public should see it as a legitimate act in line with the constitutional mandate of the police, which among other things include the investigation of all complaints brought before it.
“The Inspector General of Police, IGP MA Adamu NPM, mni has appealed for calm, and is reassuring Nigerians that the Police Force under his watch will remain professional, impartial and unreservedly committed to the pursuit of justice in this case and all other cases before it.”

#COZAGate: Police Invite The Dakolos To Abuja For ‘Criminal Conspiracy’

There has been a twist in the tale of rape accusation by Busola Dakolo against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, as the police sent separate invitations to Busola and her husband, Timi on Saturday.
The invitations which were delivered in the couple’s home in Lagos today, came from police headquarters in Abuja.

They were signed by a deputy commissioner of police Kolo Yusuf, who asked the couple to report on Tuesday by 10 a.m to face questioning over a case of “criminal conspiracy, falsehood, mischief and threat to life”.

The letter to Busola Dakolo was wrongly addressed to “Bisola Dakolo”.
The police were silent on the rape complaint filed by Busola weeks ago.
Pastor Fatoyinbo allegedly raped Busola in her family home about 20 years ago in Ilorin, Kwara state. Busola was then just about 16 years old.
The story has provided a staple of discussions with opinions divided as to why the celebrity photographer was exhuming the case now.
Pastor Fatoyinbo after protests against him by rights groups in his church in Abuja, stepped aside as the presiding pastor.

Rights Commission Wades Into Sen Abbo’s Alleged Abduction Of Wife

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) yesterday said it would investigate the alleged assault of Emily Eric, wife of the Senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, Elisha Abbo.
The father of Emily Eric, Pastor Alfred Dari, had claimed that the senator allegedly abducted his daughter from home since January 2016 and has been assaulting her since then without paying her bride price.
Eric, the acclaimed wife to Sen Abbo, became popular on social media since a video clip of her embattled husband who was sighted beating a woman in an adult toyshop in Abuja emerged online.
But reacting to a LEADERSHIP report published on Friday, the Executive Secretary (ES), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Anthony Ojukwu said even though there is no formal complaint about the incident, the commission will look into the assault claim.

“Well, we just read it. There is no formal complaint before us now. But having read the story, we are interested in the issue of domestic violence. We will investigate that. We will ask the lady to come. If we establish there is an issue of domestic violence, we will also ask the Senator to come,” Ojukwu told LEADERSHIP Sunday.
Meanwhile,  Sen Elisha Abbo (PDP,  Adamawa North), in his reaction to the story yesterday, alleged that Pastor Alfred Dari was paid N500,000 to tarnish his image with such claims.

Abbo  who could not mention the person that gave the pastor the money, said he could not respond to enquiries sent to him on Thursday, July 11, 2019 because he only saw the message after reading the earlier story.
According to the Senator, he won’t want to join issues with someone paid to do a hatchet job.
He said, “I am just seeing your SMS after reading your interview with Mr. Alfred Dari, an uncle to my wife, Emily Eric.
“My brother, I won’t join issues with a man paid to do a hatchet job. I wish the N500K he received for the interview will help his family,” the Senator said.

But Pastor Alfred Dari last night denied that he collected money to speak with LEADERSHIP Friday concerning the alleged abduction and assault of Eric.
“That I collected money from who? Who gave me money? Nobody gave me money. Nobody gave me money.”

“If I had money, I would have come to Abuja, to places like Human Rights Radio and other places. It is someone that connected me to LEADERSHIP Newspaper and they helped in conveying my cry through their medium.
“So, nobody gave me money and nobody promised me money. That is my position. Anybody that said I collected money, God knows that one. I know myself. Even my daughter that is with him knows that I am a man of integrity. She knows that very well. It is just that she has been brainwashed,” Dari said.

PDP Full of Ungrateful, Sadistic People – Orubebe

Former minister of Niger Delta affairs, Godsday Orubebe, has said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is a party dominated by ungrateful and sadistic people.
Mr Orubebe, who made the remarks in a chat with Vanguard on Friday, said that the behaviour of the party was hurting.

According to him, the PDP is a party that kills the spirit of loyalty, love and commitment of members, who dedicate themselves to its cause.

The PDP chieftain said the party was doing sadistic things at the local government, state and national levels.

Mr Orubebe said: “The Peoples Democratic Party is a party of so many ungrateful and sadistic people, and sometimes it sounds funny when I see and hear some of them talk on the television, radio and in the newspaper.

“One day we shall come out to call names with facts and history. It is a party that kills the spirit of loyalty, love and commitment.”

Wike Sets Up Trust Fund For Slain Colonel’s Children

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has established an educational trust fund to train the four children of late Colonel Ken Elemele, a Rivers – born officer who fell in a boko haram ambush between Yobe and Borno last Wednesday.
The governor, who said that the trust fund will take off with an initial seed money of N30 million, described the death of Elemele as a sad loss to the state and the entire country.
Speaking yesterday, during a condolence visit to the family in Port Harcourt, Wike, who was represented by the secretary to the state government, Dr Tammy Danagogo, said that the state government will stand with the family.
“This is a sad loss of an illustrious son of Rivers State. We were expecting the emergence of another General before this unfortunate incident. Please accept my personal condolence and that of the good people of Rivers State. The Rivers State government shares this grief with the family. We will stand with you through this period.”

Wike prayed God to console the widow and her children, saying that only God can fill the gap created by the sudden death of Late Ken Elemele. “We urge you to put your trust in God. Be strong for your children. God will always support you at this time.”
He stated that the Rivers State government will be in touch with the family to ensure that their immediate needs are taken care of.

The widow of the late Colonel, Mrs Chioma Elemele, thanked the governor for reaching out to the family.