Charles Olumo Agbako: Fans, Colleagues Celebrate Veteran Actor At 94

Veteran Yoruba actor, Abudulsalam Sanyaolu, otherwise known as Charles Olumo or ‘Agbako’ was 94 years old on Tuesday.

The actor had been off the screen for many years due to old age. Thus, when his birthday picture surfaced on the social media, many began to reminisce about his heydays as an actor.

The thespian who started acting about 66 years ago, got the stage-name, ‘Agbako’, from one of the movies he featured in.

One of the low moments for him was in 2013, when he was said to be sick and in coma. The actor who was also hospitalized in 2018 was said to be battling an undisclosed aliment. He had since not been going to movie locations, and has remained indoors, in his Abeokuta home, when not in hospital.

In 2015, he was down with a stroke for six months. The same year, few days to his 90th birthday, he had an accident in his compound, wrecking his only car in the process.

Don’t Blame Us Over Baba Suwe’s Ailment – Dele Odule

After a long battle with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), following his arrest at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport in October 2011, over allegation that he was couriering drug en route to Paris, popular Yoruba movie comedian, Babatunde Omidina, aka Baba Suwe’s acting career could be said to have nosedived, earning him less visibility on the entertainment scene. But the thespian came to public eye again recently with the news of an undisclosed ailment, and this appears to be causing mixed feelings between his colleagues and fans.

Fans who got hints that the entertainer was seriously ill, and had been abandoned by his colleagues took up some notable actors in the Yoruba movie sector, accusing them of selfishness, insensitivity and misplacement of priority. The professional associations have also been under attack for contributing to politicians’ campaign, while a member who needs urgent medical attention is abandoned.

Apart from personal concerns being expressed by fans of the ailing actor, Baba Suwe himself spurred the emotion of his fans in a viral video where he inferred that he had actually been abandoned in his critical moment, claiming he would be needing about N100million for his medical attention abroad.

During a recent interview with Esho Promotions TV, the comedian was seen clutching a walking stick.

He said: “I am now using a walking stick. If I don’t use it, I might fall down, if I am mistakenly pushed. I want to travel abroad for further treatment. They said in America that if I can get funds, I would be able to go back to being my normal self and go back to my acting. If I am given N100million, I don’t mind, I just want to take care of myself.”

Refuting some of the allegations against individual actors and associations, former president of Theatre Arts and Motions Pictures Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Dele Odule, said while it is untrue that Baba had not received help from individual thespians, the participation of association in a matter of this nature is official and dependent on whether or not, he (Baba Suwe), has been an active member of any association.

Odule, in a chat with The Nation, claimed that he had no personal grudge against the ailing actor said that in spite of odds, TAMPAN, under his leadership, had sent a donation of N100, 000 to Baba Suwe when his sickness was earlier announced, a contribution he said the actor did not acknowledge.  He said it was quite painful that colleagues and association are being accused of not reaching out to the ailing comedian.

“I have read a lot of things being said about us and to be sincere, it is not good. The little that people can do, they have done. They ask too much from artistes. We are human being too. There are lots of other professional bodies that have members going through the same situation and they are not called out. So why is it always the case with us?

“Another question people need to ask if the person belongs to the association that is being accused of ignoring their responsibility. Is the person paying his dues too? What has the person done for the association? Last year, I saw him at our convention and I was surprised at his condition; I did not know it has worsened. I later sent N100, 000 to him on behalf of the association. And he did not even acknowledge that he received the money”.

On why it is important that members get involved actively in association matters, Odule used himself as an example: “In 2015, when I came in as the President of TAMPAN, we needed to go to Abuja for a meeting and there was no fund yet, I had to sell my 504 Peugeot to raise the flight ticket to be able to meet the deadline given to us. And after the meeting, we were given money and I was refunded for the five tickets I paid for. But if we were not given money too, it wouldn’t have been a gesture too much to be made for the association as a leader. So if I have a challenge today, and the association looks back and see what I have done, they can decide if I deserve something in return.”

He urged the public to desist from sentiment and face the fact of the matter, adding that, apart from colleagues and association, Baba Suwe belongs to some religious organisations, and has family members who are also responsible to the actor.

“If there was a provision of such in the association’s constitution, and it is not extended to him, then we can have a case. It is purely sentiment when people say he has been abandoned. He was never abandoned. One thing we should know is that Baba Suwe has an immediate family; he also belongs to one of the religious organisations, so why is it that it is his colleagues that should be responsible for his case? Have they reached out to these two; his family and religion body?” he asked.

He noted a similar allegation was levelled against the association when Moji Olaiya died few years back.

“It was also the case with Moji Olaiya, so much was said about her too when she passed away, and the association did not have money to arrange for her remains to be brought back to Nigeria. They accused us, saying we all drive big cars. Don’t we have right to that after working hard?”

Asked how well the ailing actor was being paid for his acting services, he said: “Baba Suwe started travelling abroad in 1997. He built his house 20 years ago, and started using car about 30 years ago. It is only a person that is comfortable that can do all of these things. This is his own trying period and we can only pray that it passes by, everyone goes through it in life.”

Baba Suwe was arrested on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 while trying to board an Air France flight to Paris.

Despite different CT scan tests showing drugs were deposited in his body, as claimed by the agency, efforts to get the suspect to excrete the substance proved abortive. This led to a lawsuit filed by the actor against NDLEA. The case went in the actor’s favour and he was to be awarded N25million for damages – an amount he is yet to receive from the agency.

Dele Alli Parts Ways With Model Girlfriend Ruby Mae

Nigeria born England international Dele Alli has parted ways with his model girlfriend Ruby Mae after a two and half year romance

The Tottenham Hotspur footballer, 22, and the lingerie model, 23, decided to call time on their relationship three weeks ago.

A source revealed to MailOnline that Dele and Ruby are both ‘pretty upset about the split’ but have remained ‘very amicable, speaking to each other a lot’.

They added that there is no ‘animosity’ between the former couple and that there was ‘no drama’ surrounding their split.

Dele had been dating Ruby, a lingerie model who has posed for Dolce & Gabbana and Rare London, since June 2016 after they were spotted kissing at the Euros.

This comes as the footballer denied claims he had swapped numbers with Love Island’s Megan Barton Hanson, after it was alleged the blonde beauty had caught his eye in London’s Tape nightclub.

The stunning brunette is signed to Boss Model Management in Manchester, and has worked for several other well-known brands including Chanel, Hidden Fashion and The Couture Club.

Ruby supported Dele throughout the 2018 World Cup held in Russia from 14 June to 15 July, making a lavish sharing of the sporting event on her Instagram account over the summer.

The model shared several photos of the sporting event onto her Instagram account over the summer.In one sweet snap, Ruby sat on Dele’s lap, as she revealed in the caption: ‘So proud .’

Alli was born in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire,to a Nigerian father Kehinde and English mother Denise. He moved to Nigeria at the age of nine with his father spending only two years in the West African country before returning to Milton Keynes to live with his mother. Dele who had Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as child hood idol, tinkered with the idea of playing for Nigeria in 2015 when it was reported that John Fashanu was on the verge of convincing him to play for Nigeria.

The move however did not see the light of the day as the former England Under 17 to 23 ace played his way into the mainstream of England team where he has continued to make his mark.

He was named in the Three Lions 23-man squad to the last world cup in Russia. He scored the second goal against Sweden in the quarterfinals as England hit the semifinals and also won a free-kick through which England took the lead in the semifinals against Croatia, thought the team eventually lost the game 2-1 in extra time.

Nigerian High Society Honours Keem Belo-Osagie and Siblings At Mum’s Burial

Boardroom guru and Corporate titan, Hakeem Belo-Osagie, recently lost his mother and celebrated the obsequies with a final outing party in Lagos.

Belo-Osagie’s mother, Mrs Maria Iyakekhue Belo-Osagie (née Bazuaye), died on Monday, January 14, 2019, at the ripe age of 89. She was the widow of Professor Tiamiyu Belo-Osagie, renowned medical practitioner and long-running gynaecologist to several first families, who died in 2005 at the age of 81.

The funeral rites for the Belo-Osagie’s matriarch, kicked off on Thursday, 31 January, with a Christian Wake-keep. On Friday, 1 February, the funeral service took place at Ebony Vaults and Garden, Ikoyi, in accordance with Catholic injunction. This was then followed by the Interment at the same venue. The event climaxed with a grand reception at Habour Point, off Ahmadu Bello, Victoria Island.

The reception party was sumptuous and was graced by the high and mighty within the Nigerian social establishment. society.

The deceased is survived by four children – Hakeem and Myma Bell-Osagie, Sheri (a corporate Amazon, who is married to Folarin, the son of the late FRA Williams), Rilwan Belo-Osagie (former Managing Director of FSDH Group), Lateef Belo-Osagie (the managing director of Hackett Nigeria Limited and chairman of Western Pacific Communications Limited); and many grandchildren.

Prominent among the dignitaries who attended the classy burial ceremony were: Governor Godwin Obaseki, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe, Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Tony Elumelu, Wale Babalakin SAN, Hajia Bola Shagaya, Senator Daisy Danjuma, Adenike Makinde, Angela Adebayo, Kashim Immam, Bimbo Alase, Sisi Modupe Sagoe, Pelebo Banigo, Atedo and Dundun Peterside, Chief Sonny Asemota, Chief Johnson Oyewole Fasawe, Olu and Joke Okeowo, Sena Anthony, Asue Ighodalo, Alake Dare, Sisi Abah Folawiyo, Bisi Abiola, Atinuke Saro, Fatima Adegunwa, Bashorun J.K. Randle, Yemi Cardoso, Anana Bode Emmanuel, Folake Adeniyi, Afsat Oshinusi, Odein and Awuneba Ajumogobia, Maiden Ibru, Kayode and Bimbo Williams, Pamela Jibowu and many other dignitaries.

“Pay The N5m Advert Debt You Owe Us,” TheNEWS Asks Senator Shehu Sani

TheNEWS magazine (published by Independent Communications Network Limited), through its solicitors, is asking Shehu Sani, the Senator representing Kaduna Central, to pay the N5 million advert debt he is owing the media house since March 2018.

That was after exploring all avenues of making the Senator to honour his promise as a gentleman, a much acclaimed human rights activist, social critic and a highly respected national legislator. First, the company explored personal contacts to persuade Sani to pay, he did not. TheNEWS wrote a letter dated 29 November, 2018, to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to intervene. Nothing happened.

Therefore, Barrister Umudjoro, of Umudjoro & Co, (OWHE Chambers) wrote a letter to Senator Sani, dated 7th February 2019, entitled, “YOUR INDEBTEDNESS TO INDEPENDENT COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK LTD, PUBLISHER OF TheNEWS MAGAZINE.”

The lawyer demanded as follows:
1. That you, in company of your S.A. media, Comrade Abubakar Ahmed, had a meeting with some of its officials at its premises, wherein it was agreed that its magazine known as TheNEWS magazine, should be deployed for a media coverage and publication of a supplement of your constituency projects.

2. That it was further agreed that the publication which is to be a 10- page pull out should be published on credit, with payment agreed to be made within three months of publication at a cost of five hundred thousand naira (500,000.00) per page, making the cost of producing the 10- page pull-out at Five Million Naira (N5,000,000.00) only.

3. That pursuant of this agreement, TheNEWS magazine published the 10- page pull out of your constituency projects in the March 2018 edition of the magazine, showing extensively the several and different pictorialsof your constituency projects in their different stages. In addition to the publication highlighting the constituency projects, the magazine published an extensive interview you granted to its editors which turned out to be very explosive, nationally and internationally. Need we say, you had full coverage as you had desired and wished for.

4. That unfortunately, eleven months down the line, you have neglected or refused to pay the debt of Five Million Naira (N5,000,000.00) accrued from the publication and all efforts made by our clients to persuade you to liquidate the debt, have yielded no fruit.

5. That it is our brief to recover the said sum of Five Million Naira (N5,000,000.00) with interest from you. We therefore by this letter demand the immediate payment of the aforementioned debt. In this light, we request you to deliver to our office a cheque for the said sum of Five Million Naira (N5,000,000.00) drawn in the name of our client.

TAKE NOTICE that we shall not hesitate to seek legal remedies in a court of competent jurisdiction if you refuse/neglect to accede to our client’s demand within two weeks of the receipt of this letter.

PAY UP and avoid the negative publicity usually associated with litigations of this nature.

Thanks in anticipation of prompt response.

Yours faithfully,

BENJAMIN UMUDJORO ESQ
(PP OWHE CHAMBERS)”

DSS Issues Disclaimer For Ex-DG Lawal Daura

Former DSS boss Lawal Daura: disowned by DSS
The Department of State Services has issued a disclaimer for former director-general Lawal Daura who was sacked last year, after mounting a blockade of the National Assembly.

In a rare statement on Tuesday by spokesman Peter Afunanya, the secret service agency warned that “any person or group that further engages him or his representatives/associates does so at their own peril”.

The service also debunked notions that Daura still remotely controlled its affairs.

“The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to insinuations and wide speculations that its former Director General, Alhaji Lawal Musa DAURA mni, still controls affairs at the Agency, long after his removal from Office.

“While the Service debunks this false belief, it warns that any person or group that further engages him or his representatives/associates does so at their own peril.

“The Service will not tolerate acts of impersonation designed to undermine it and will decisively deal with person(s), no matter how highly placed, that may engage in such behaviour. The public should, therefore, note this and avoid circumstances under which unsuspecting persons may be deceived.

“On the other hand, the DSS continues to recommit itself to the core values of professionalism, selflessness, vigilance and the rule of law that it has always been identified with”.

Daura was sacked ignominiously on August 7 last year by acting President Yemi Osinbajo, after sending hooded servicemen to block the National Assembly, an action that provoked national and international outrage.

Daura, 65 years old, was appointed by President Buhari on July 2, 2015.

President Buhari later appointed in September 2018, Yusuf Magaji Bichi as Daura’s replacement.

Alao-Akala’s Son Rejects Suspension As LG Boss

Olamijuwon Alao-Akala, the son of a former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, has rejected his suspension  as the Chairman of Ogbomoso North Local Government Council.

Mr Bimbo Kolade, the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, had on Wednesday in Ibadan announced the suspension and his replacement by his deputy, Mr Abas Bello.

The council boss, who was elected on May 12 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) recently defected to the Action Democratic Party(ADP) in support of his father who is the party’s governorship candidate.

Kolade said that his ministry had on Monday received official correspondences from the legislative arm of the council announcing the suspension of the younger Alao-Akala.

The commissioner said that the councillors had suspended the chairman for alleged misconduct and abuse of office. “Apart from Alao-Akala who was suspended, four other councillors from the same local government are also suspended.

“Among them are Mr Olawunmi Olutayo,  Adeniyi Adekunle , Oladele Sunday and Alagbe Ayodunmade. “Other councillors that were suspended from Ogbomoso Central Local Council Development Area are Akande Ranti, Olabode Abiola, Salaudeen Muhammed and Muhammed Yusuf,” he said.

He also presented a letter of authority to Bello, urging him to discharge his duties according to the rules. But the younger Alao-Akala described his suspension as a “kangaroo decision” which would not succeed, saying he remained the executive chairman of the council.

He said that the councilors, who claimed to have suspended him, were councillors-elect who were  yet to be inaugurated since their election. “I remain the executive chairman of the local government. This is because the suspension is a kangaroo one with no blessing of the state governor.

“I know the governor is a democrat and will never sanction such unconstitutional move. Let me give you some instances why it is so. “We got elected last May 13, and since then,  the councillors had  not been inaugurated.

They have never sat collectively before as the legislative arm. It has never happened. “Secondly, I have eight councillors in my local government, so to form a quorum, they need six councillors plus the leader to make it nine.

“But in this situation, four councillors sat in a kangaroo manner and said they suspended me without informing me,’’ he said. He urged the councilors to present the minutes of their sittings and records of their election as officers.

“It is a kangaroo set up by those who are yet to recover from my defection to my father’s party, ADP. Their claim cannot hold water and I am an elected chairman by law,” he said.

Also speaking on the development, Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin, the African Democratic Congress governorship candidate in the state, faulted the suspension. Lanlehin in a release signed by the Director- General of Handshake Campaign Organisation, Bashiru Lawal, said the action was undemocratic.

“Irrespective of our political party differences, we want to identify with Olamijuwon on this illegality being perpetrated by the ruling APC and the governor of the state, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi,” he said.  

Emirates Airline Raises Abuja-Dubai Route, Others

Emirates Airline has announced adjustments to its operational schedules in 2019 to minimise the impact of the closure of Dubai International Airport’s Southern Runway in April and May 2019, and to respond to global travel demand trends. The airline also outlined its fleet plans for the year and will step up services to Abuja with a three additional flights, beginning from 01stJune, 2019, thus increasing the frequency to the Nigerian capital to a daily service, which will be operated on Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. According to the airline, the new service flight EK786 will depart Dubai every day at 10:40hrs and arrive Abuja at 14:55hrs. The return flight EK785 will leave Abuja same day at 18:10hrs. Commenting on the development, Sir Tim Clark, president Emirates Airline, said “The changes we are implementing to our network schedules in 2019 are in line with this approach, taking into consideration global market dynamics and operational limitations including the maintenance work on Dubai Airport’s Southern Runway. Through the year, we will continue to keep a close watch on global markets and will maintain our flexibility to optimise the usage of our aircraft assets.” A significant number of scheduled Emirates flights will be impacted by the closure of Dubai International Airport’s Southern Runway for maintenance work between 16 April and 30 May 2019. Given the limitations around operating flights using a single runway at its hub, many Emirates flights will be cancelled, re-timed or have the operating aircraft changed in order to reduce impact on customers.

This will result in up to 48 Emirates aircraft not being utilised during the 45-day period. “Emirates will deploy additional flights to several markets in Africa starting in June 2019. The additional services will satisfy the increased demand that the airline has witnessed in these markets, and will offer customers even more seamless connections between these destinations and Emirates’ global network through Dubai. “Starting from June 1st 2019, Emirates will introduce a second daily flight to Casablanca, Morocco; Conakry, Guinea; and Dakar, Senegal. Similarly, starting from June 2nd2019, second daily flight will be introduced to Accra, Ghana. Also, between March 31st and October 2019, second daily flight will be introduced to Athens, Greece; three daily flights to Rome, Italy; while daily service will begin once again to Zagreb, Croatia.” Clark added that “Emirates A380 will operate to Boston, USA, between June 1st and September 30th 2019, and between December 1st and January 31st2020, in order to accommodate increased seasonal demand in travel to the US East Coast; while the Emirates flagship double-decker aircraft will be introduced to Scotland, UK for the first time between April 16th and May 31st 2019.

Starting from June 1st to September 30th 2019, Emirates will resume operating double –daily service to Glasgow, UK with one daily Boeing 777-300ER and one Airbus A380” With these developments, Nigerians travelling ‘to’ or ‘from’ any of these cities, can benefit from it, and have their trips at their own comfort. During the financial year 2019/20, Emirates will take delivery of six new Airbus A380 aircraft. At the same time, the airline will be renewing its fleet by retiring seven older Boeing 777 aircraft. Emirates took delivery of its last Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in November 2018 and will commence taking deliveries of the next generation Boeing 777Xs in 2020.

Serena Returns To Top 10 For 1st Time Since Becoming Mother

Serena Williams has returned to the top 10 in the tennis rankings for the first time since taking a break to have her first child in September 2017. Williams dropped as low as 491st upon her return to competition in March 2018 but is up to No. 10 after reaching two Grand Slam finals since, losing to Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon and Naomi Osaka at the US Open. The 23-time major champion won the Australian Open in January 2017 while still in the early stages of her pregnancy before giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September of that year. Williams returned at Indian Wells in March 2018, having dropped as low as 491 in the standings, but Monday’s update saw the 37-year-old ascend back to number 10 in the world. Wlliams hasn’t played since her quarterfinal loss to Karolina Pliskova at last month’s Australian Open, but she still overtook Caroline Wozniacki. The Danish player’s points from reaching last year’s Doha semifinals expired this week.

Osaka remains at the top of the rankings. Simona Halep is second and Sloane Stephens is third, while Petra Kvitova dropped to fourth.

Teenager Impregnated By Own Father Gives Birth

A 13-year old girl who was impregnated by her father has given birth to a baby at the Benin Central Hospital. The teenager who was in primary six when her father put her in family way has been in protective custody of the Edo State government. She is the eldest daughter of her 42 years old father identified as Friday Moses. Her father, who was a commercial motorcyclist, started having sex with her since she was seven after the death of her mother. An Edo State Family Court had in October last year sentenced the man to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour without an option of fine.

The father hails from Cross River State but live in Edo State. It was gathered that the teenager delivered last Saturday. In a chat with newsmen, she said she would like to continue with her education and become a medical doctor.

She stated that as at the time she was impregnated by her father, she was yet to write her First School Leaving Certificate examination. The teenager said she would be happy if her education is supported by good spirited individuals. Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Philip Ugbodaga, said he has directed the management to cancel the medical bills of the teenager. Dr. Ugbodaga said the hospital was in collaboration with the Ministry if Women Affairs and Social Development to take proper care of the teenage mother and her baby. Ugbodaga noted that subsequent assistance for the victim would be based on situation that arose.

Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Ms Magdalene Ohenhen, could not be reached for comments.