Amitabh Bachchan, Son Abhishek Test Positive For COVID-19

Both admitted to Mumbai hospital

Amitabh Bachchan, son Abhishek test positive for Covid-19, admitted to Nanavati hospital; Jr Bachchan urges people to stay calm

The ‘Piku’ star said his family and staff had also been tested and results were awaited.

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, on Saturday, along with his son Abhishek, tested positive for Covid-19. Senior Bachchan has been admitted to Mumbai’s Nanavati hospital where he is being kept in an isolation ward, reports Filmfare.

After the news of the Big B being admitted started circulating on Saturday night, the thespian confirmed on Twitter. The 77-year-old actor revealed that his family and staff as well had been tested and the results were awaited.

In a tweet that went out from the actor’s handle, the ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ actor requested that those who had come in his proximity in the past 10 days should get themselves tested.

“I have tested CoviD positive .. shifted to Hospital .. hospital informing authorities .. family and staff undergone tests , results awaited .. All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested!,” read the tweet from the actor’s official handle.

Soon after his son actor-producer Abhishek also took to the micro-blogging site to confirm the news, adding that both he and his father had shown mild symptoms. The 44-year-old, who made his OTT debut this weekend with the thriller ‘Breathe’, also requested everyone to stay calm and went on to add that they had “informed all the required authorities”. He also wrote that the actor and his family were complying with the BMC.

Former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis was among the first who took to Twitter to wish the Big B a speedy recovery. In his tweet, the BJP leader from Nagpur wrote that he wished the actor a quick recovery.

Union Health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, who has been at the forefront of India’s health crisis, called the actor an “idol of millions… an iconic superstar” as he wished him a speedy recovery. Earlier in March this year when the pandemic broke out, the actor had starred in a minute-long, public service announcement about the preventive checklist to be followed in the wake of Covid-19. The Government of India announcement aimed at spreading awareness among the masses featuring the Bollywood actor was available in English, Hindi and a host of regional languages.

Soon prayers and wishes for the septuagenarian’s speedy recovery poured in from friends and colleagues of B-town.

Meanwhile, soon after the news broke, #AmitabhBachchan and #NanavatiHospital started trending. Mumbai, where the actor resides has been one of the worst-hit cities following the Coronavirus outbreak , recording 91,745 cases and 5,244 deaths so far. The toll remains second only to Delhi, which is the national capital. 

The actor was last seen in Shoojit Sircar’s ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ where he starred alongside Ayushmann Khurana. The movie released on the streaming platform Amazon Prime, in the wake of the novel coronavirus after public screenings were disbarred. 

On July 8, the actor who often posts evocative poems and posts, tweeted a video narrated in his own voice of some poetic lines that talk about life and death.

Regina Daniels’ Father Ends Rift With Ned Nwoko

Popular Nollywood actress, Regina Daniels’ father, Jude Ojegwu has ended the rift with his son-in-law, Ned Nwoko.

It will be recalled that Mr Ojegwu, a lawyer, had rejected the marriage between his daughter and Mr Nwoko on the grounds of age differences.

However, he made a surprise appearance on Friday at the naming ceremony of Regina’s baby boy – Munir – in Abuja.

Ojegwu told journalists that the arrival of the baby made him accept the union as the will of God.

He said, “The birth of this child has answered the question (about the controversy); everybody craves for peace, joy and happiness. I have accepted everything.

“I feel very happy having a grandchild and that is why I am here. I travelled all the way from Lagos to this place just to celebrate with the family. I told him (Nwoko) and the mother to call him Ifechukwude which means what God has written.”

Nwoko, a former member of the House of Representatives, said he was not done having children despite having several from past relationships.

“My little boy is bearing my middle name, Munir. It means light. It is an Islamic name and I am a Muslim. I am still very young, I have my target when it comes to child-bearing and I have not reached my target yet. God speaks through man. So when the time comes, you will know. Regina is a lovely woman, patient, easy-going, homely, disciplined and peaceful,” he said.

Babarinsa Launches Gaskia Monthly

A vibrant new monthly newsmagazine, Gaskia, is coming out soon to brighten and give fresh breathe and colour to the Nigerian media space.

Published under the stable of Gaskia Media Limited, GML, a first-class integrated media company, led by Mr Dare Babarinsa as Chairman, the all-gloss, all-colour new magazine seeks to capture the spirit and the events of the age in all its various cadences, rhythms and tempo, offering a timeless shelf-life and resource materials for research in the areas of contemporary events, politics, entertainment, history, interviews, sports and lifestyle in Nigeria, Africa and the world.

Mr Babarinsa, who leads the team of distinguished and award-winning editors and the best reporters in the Nigerian media industry, is one of the founders of TELL magazine which for many years was Nigeria’s dominant weekly publication. He served as Executive Director of TELL for 15 years and retired from the company in 2007.

He won many awards and honours in Nigeria and abroad, including the prestigious Journalist of the Year Award in 1986. He was invited in 1985 by President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of Ivory Coast to witness the convention of the then ruling Party Democratic de Cote d’Ivoire, DPCI. Babarinsa was the only Nigerian journalist invited by the United States government in 1988 to witness the convention of the Republican Party during which time George Bush Snr was nominated as a presidential candidate. Babarinsa and his team were later invited to the White House. He was also the guest lecturer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during the 50th anniversary of the Ethiopian Journalists Association in 1997.

He is a member of many national and international associations, including the Commonwealth Journalists Association and World Association of Newspapers. Babarinsa was educated at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and the University of Lagos.

In the team with Babarinsa are several top journalists including Mr Shola Oshunkeye, the overall winner of the CNN/MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year, 2006, and a Fellow of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr Oshunkeye, a Fellow of the CNN International Professional Programme, IPP, and an alumnus of The International Visitor Leadership Programme, the United States Department of State’s premier professional exchange programme in Washington. He is a member of the International Press Institute, IPI; and a member of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE.

Osunkeye started his journalism career at the defunct Concord Press of Nigeria, in 1990, where he rose to become the Editor of Weekend Concord in 1997. He later joined TELL magazine in June 2001, as Associate Editor/Abuja Bureau Chief/State House Correspondent, and rose to the position of Senior Associate Editor, before he moved to The Sun Publishing Limited as General Editor. He was later pioneer editor of The Spectator, an upscale tabloid in The Sun Group, from November 1, 2005, and on November 11, 2013, was appointed Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of the company’s subsidiary in Ghana, The Sun Publishing Ghana Limited until July 2016.

Mr Oshunkeye is the President of Crest Publishing and Entertainment Company Limited, publishers of The Crest online newspaper, and its sister organisation, Crest Journalism Enhancement Foundation, CJEF.

Also on the team is Mr Dele Fashomi, journalist, author and communication teacher. He is the Executive Editor of Gaskia magazine. He was the editor of The Westerner weekly newsmagazine. He also edited the Sunday edition of National Life and lately, he was the Editor of Daily Newswatch. He is the author of Issues in Communication Technology and the co-author, along with Dare Babarinsa, of Dare to Be Different, the biography of Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye.

In the team also as is the Controller of Operations is Mr Gbenga Olagunju, who holds National Higher Diploma (HND) in Marketing from The Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro and MBA from Lagos State University. He joined Tell Communications Ltd in 1993 and rose to the position of Senior Manager, Marketing before leaving the organization in the year 2004. He had a stint in private practice before joining GML.

Heading the Abuja and Northern Operations of the organization is Mr James Awojolu. He is a graduate from the Ondo State University (now University of Ado-Ekiti) with more than 15 years of experience in marketing. He was until 2013 the head of marketing, Abuja Office of the Western Publishing Company Ltd, the publishers of The Westerner and the Nigerian Compass.
In Abuja with Mr Awojulu is Mr Godwin Onyeacholem, Associate Editor in the organization and head of the editorial team in the nation’s capital. Onyeacholem has worked as correspondent, Sunday Times, Senior Writer TELL Magazine and later became deputy Editor, Vanguard Weekly Newspaper in Accra Ghana. He also headed the Accra Bureau of African Observer, a weekly newsmagazine published in New York.

Mr Mfonnobong Udosen is the Head of Production. Udosen is a graduate of Business Administration from the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu. He worked as Production Manager, Scroll Magazine and later left and worked as a Print Media Consultant for different media organizations before joining Gaskia Media Limited. He has over 10 years’ experience in Creative Designs, Production Management and Print Media Operations. He also has a flair for writing.

Indeed, the team is supported by a distinguished crop of editorial consultant, Mr Wahab Ajao, a denizen of the old Daily Times Library.

Dele Fashomi
Executive Editor

It Is A Lie: N800m Abuja Property Doesn’t Belong To Me – Kiki Osinbajo

Kiki Osinbajo, one of the daughters of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has rubbished claim that she owned the N800 Abuja property housing her Glam D’Africa business.

Jackson Ude, a former presidential spokesperson had alleged that the multi-million naira building belonged to Kiki.
But responding to the allegation on her Instagram page, Kiki said it was completely unbelievable that a grown man could contort such lies against her.

“For me it is completely UNBELIEVABLE that a grown man will sit in his home and LIE about me, a grown man who possibly has children my age!

“Like many young women in Nigeria I work hard , It may be difficult for people like him to understand that a young woman can work hard and succeed on her own steam.
“ANYONE can verify the ownership of the property of Glamd Africa at Agis in Abuja. I am a tenant in that property. My landlord’s name is Mr MUSA ADAMS,” she wrote on her page.

BREAKING: Buhari Suspends EFCC Boss, Ibrahim Magu; Appoints Umar

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), says the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has approved the suspension of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.Malami said this in a statement by his Spokesman, Umar Gwandu, on Friday.He subsequently appointed the EFCC Head of Operations, Mohammed Umar, as the acting chairman.The statement read in part, “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of Ibrahim Magu as Ag. Chairman EFCC in order to allow for an unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws.“President Muhammadu Buhari has also approved that the EFCC Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar, should take charge and oversee the activities of the Commission pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation and further directives in that regard.”

Hushpuppi Not On Our List of Billionaires – Forbes

American business magazine, Forbes, has said alleged international fraudster, Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi, was not on its list of World’s Billionaires.
Hushpuppi, who boasts of over 2.4 million followers on social media, was known to always flaunt his ostentatious lifestyle.

The magazine famous for listing richest people on earth including Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, amongst others, however, said in an article on Thursday that Hushpuppi was not on its list of World’s Billionaires.

“Forbes does not currently include Abbas on our list of the World’s Billionaires,” it said.
The magazine also said richest people on earth are not immune to the coronavirus, adding that there were over 2,095 billionaires in the world who worth over $8 trillion but Abbas who was accused of committing over N168 billion scam was not one of them.

REVEALED: How Lagos Lawmaker, Tunde Braimoh, Died of COVID-19

+ Two Months Shy of 60th Birthday
Popular lawmaker representing Kosofe constituency 2 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Barrister Taofeek Olatunde Braimoh is dead.

He died early Friday, 10 July, 2020. He was aged 59, two months shy of his 60th birthday celebration, on September 30. 

A close family source confirmed his death. Although the cause of his death is yet to be made official, The ELITES exclusively learnt that Braimoh died from COVID-19 complications in one of the isolation facilities of the Lagos State Government.

Ironically, Braimoh was reported to have paid a visit to the isolation center two weeks ago, to donate food stuffs and other items to the patients.

He fell ill shortly after. The lawmaker was later rushed to the isolation center when the illness took a turn for the worse. He died in the early hours of today.

Until his death, Braimoh was the chairman house committee on information, security and strategy in the Lagos state house of Assembly. He had also served in the Parliament as the chairman house committee on Judiciary, petitions and Lasiec, he was also a one time chairman of Kosofe local government area, now ikosi isheri local council.

He is survived by his wife, Yetunde and children.

EFCC Operatives Didn’t Search My House – Abdulsalami Abubakar

Former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) yesterday refuted media reports that his residence was searched by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The said report alleged the residence of the former Nigerian leader was searched in Minna, Niger State, on the orders of the embattled acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.

But in a statement signed by his media adviser, Capt J Mfon (rtd), Abdulsalami noted that no search was conducted in Minna residence by EFCC or any security agency in the country.

He recalled that in 2017 operatives of the Commission from Kano zone came to Minna to search a house in Tunga but the team ended up in his Guest House where they told the security officers on duty that they had instructions from their zonal head to search the property.’’

Abdusalami explained that the officers said since the numbering of houses in Tunga was haphazard, it must be a case of mistaken identity.

He said when he contacted Magu, the EFCC boss said he was not aware of the operation.’

He noted that the EFCC team from Kano left after realising they came to the wrong address.

The statement made available to LEADERSHIP Friday further noted: “His Excellency as a rule does not comment on media publications directed at or concerning him. He has taken this step in view of the reactions these reports are generating.

“His Excellency felt the need to provide this important clarification due to the ongoing media frenzy insinuating His Excellency’s role in Magu’s issue,” it said.

Modu Sheriff Begins Lobby For APC National Chair

Former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu-Sheriff has reportedly been eying the National Chairmanship position of the All Progressives Congress, APC, following the dissolution of the party’s National Working Committee by President Muhammadu Buhari.

It was gathered that two former governors of Borno State, Mr Modu-Sheriff and Kashim Shetima as well as former Lagos State military governor, Buba Marwa are among the big names being touted for eyeing the national chairmanship seat.

Mr Modu-Sheriff, a former caretaker committee Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, defected to the ruling APC on April 26, 2018.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Thursday evening, Mr Modu-Sheriff had paid a surprise visit to the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.

The former Borno State governor, who arrived the party office at about 4.15 pm, went straight to the office of the National Chairman, Caretaker Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, where he held a brief meeting that lasted for about 15minutes.

Although the outcome of the meeting was not disclosed to newsmen, a reliable source at the office of the chairman of the caretaker committee told The Nation that the two leaders had to leave the office for an undisclosed venue for a meeting.

Osinbajo Writes IGP, Wants Alleged Link To ‘Magu Funds’

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has asked the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to investigate allegations that he received N4 billion from the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

Reports had surfaced that Magu gave the vice president N4billion, while Osinbajo also allegedly gave instructions to Magu to release some of the recovered loots.

In a petition dated July 8, 2020 and addressed to the IGP, the vice president, through his lawyer, Taiwo Osipitan, said Jackson Ude, publisher of the said report, will continue to publish the “false claims” on social media until an action for “criminal defamation” is commenced against him.

Osinbajo’s lawyer noted that if the allegation is false after investigation, the IGP should initiate criminal proceedings against Ude.

He said, “We act as Solicitors to Prof Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (“our Client”) and on

whose instruction we write this petition against one Jackson Ude for criminal defamation.

“These vicious and malicious publications are meant to achieve one objective only, to represent to his readership and others (Nigerians and foreigners) that our client is a dishonest and disloyal public officer and consequently unfit for the position of Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which he is occupying.

“We are of the view that unless an action for criminal defamation is commenced against the said Mr Jackson Ude, he will continue to use his social media platform to publish materials that are false and criminally defamatory of our client’s reputation.

“In view of the above, we humbly request that you cause the above allegations, made against our client, to be investigated and if the suggested investigation confirms our complaint of the falsehood of these allegations, to initiate criminal proceedings pursuant to the provisions of sections 391 – 395 of the penal code act for criminal defamation against the said Jackson Ude.”

Meanwhile, the suspended acting chairman of the EFCC, Magu, yesterday, appeared before the Justice Ayo Salami – led presidential panel sitting inside the old banquet hall of the presidential villa.

The appearance which is the fourth since the sitting began on Monday also saw the appearance of the secretary to the EFCC, Olanipekun Olukoyede and some directors.

Right from the first day of the interrogation, Magu remained in police detention at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Abuja.

Magu appeared with his lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN, a former attorney general of the Federation (AGF) and minister of Justice, who incidentally set up the EFCC during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo.

He is facing 21 corruption allegations from the attorney general of the federation (AGF) and minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

The panel had summoned the directors from the commission to give insight on some of the allegations against the embattled chairman.

Over three weeks, the panel has been sitting and scrutinising the corruption allegations against the embattled chairman.

Yesterday, secretary to the EFCC, Mr Olanipekun Olukoyede and the Directors of the commission appeared before the Presidential panel investigating corruption allegations against Magu.

LEADERSHIP Friday gathered that the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel invited the top management officers of the commission to testify on some of the allegations against Magu.

They were said to be grilled for hours over their knowledge of some of the allegations against the embattled EFCC boss.

Magu is facing 21 corruption allegations from the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.