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SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: Foremost industrialist and Co-Chairman, Lagos @50 Planning Committee, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi is dead. He died at the age of 72.

Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde announced the death of Gbadamosi on Wednesday night.

Ayorinde said “the Lagos State Government mourned the passing of a leading industrialist, art patron, former minister and Co-Chairman of Lagos@50, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, 72.

“Chief Gbadamosi will be remembered for being a true Lagosian, a nationalist and art aficionado. His remains will be interred at 2pm tomorrow.”

Chief Press Secretary to the Lagos State Governor, Habib Aruna also confirmed the death of Gbadamosi, saying he died in Nigeria.

Gbadamosi had been suffering from multiple strokes since last year and had recently gone abroad for medical treatment.

Gbadamosi, former chairman, Bank of Industry, and one-time Director, National Sports Lottery Plc was named co-chairman of Lagos @50 Planning Committee and long with Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode last year.

He was a former chairman, Petroleum Products Prices Regulatory Agency, PPPRA and a one-time minister.

Gbadamosi, economist, industrialist and former minister was an accomplished man. A scion of a successful industrialist, Gbadamosi had wanted to be a doctor, but his persuasive father chose economic discipline for him for the purpose of continuity of the old man’s company.

Chief Gbadamosi, was also the chairman, Ragolis Water Ltd, AIICO Pension Managers, Lucky Fibres Nig. Plc and several other companies.

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016 11:23

HIRING234: Police foil kidnap attempt on Otedola

SPONSORED BY HIRING234.COM: The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT) has foiled an attempt by a three-man gang to kidnap business mogul, Femi Otedola.

Ikechukwu Daniel, 28, Adeyemi Kayode, 29, and Ayodele Temitayo who were arrested in June, confessed to have planned Otedola’s kidnap.

They were also said to have admitted being responsible for various high profile kidnappings in the Southwest.

While Kayode was said to be a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ikechukwu, the prime suspect, was dismissed from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, for cultism.

According to Force Headquarters’ spokesman, Don Awunah, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), two AK47 rifles loaded with live ammunition were recovered from them, adding that the planned to collect one billion Naira as ransom.

He said: “The arrest was achieved through coordinated intelligence gathering and deployment of technical investigative tools that spanned several weeks.

“The Principal suspect, Ikechukwu Daniel, a 28-year-old indigene of Imo State, who is the mastermind of the gang, was rusticated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, due to his cult related activities on campus in 2009/2010.

“He doubles as the IT guru of the kidnap gang with mastery of computer applications. He made damning revelations of their criminal exploits in the south-west of the country.

“Another member of the gang, 29-year-old Adeyemi Kayode, a serving officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and a native of Ojoo in Ibadan, Oyo State serves as a Personal Assistant to the Commandant, NSCDC Oyo State Command.

“The suspect took undue advantage of his office to obtain the GSM number and location of their would-be victim. He hatched the plan on how to kidnap the business magnate to make a demand of one billion naira ransom.

“The third suspect, Ayodele Temitayo, a native of Oyo in Ibadan, Oyo State was the marksman and armourer of the gang. He claimed to have been dismissed from 213 Battalion Maiduguri of Nigeria Army as a Private in 2015.

“All the suspects made confessional statements revealing that they had successfully carried out several high-profile kidnappings and two AK47 rifles loaded with live ammunition were recovered from them.

“While efforts are currently being intensified to apprehend other members of the gang and extend the investigation to their other criminal enterprise, the IGP Ibrahim Idris restates the commitment of the Force to clamp down on all criminal activities across the country and reassures law-abiding citizens that criminal elements would be eventually apprehended and charged to court.”

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SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM; Another army officer has been killed in the battle against Boko Haram insurgents.

Lt. Col B U Umar, the commanding officer of 114 TF battalion, was killed barely two weeks after Lt. Col. Muhammed. Abu-Ali died in an ambush.

A senior Officer said Umar was ambushed alongside his troops on Monday on the way to Bita, in Borno state.

According to him, the late officer and his troops were returning from Mubi, Adamawa state, a town reclaimed from? Boko Haram, when his vehicle stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

The military source said details of the incident would be released as soon as the military concluded the necessary arrangement.

He however denied that there was heavy casualty saying only Col. Umar was fatally wounded in the incident.

The late Col. Umar was a member of the 48 Regular Course in the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA).

In response to fresh attacks from the sect, the Air Force has launched a new offensive aimed at further degrading the ranks of the insurgents.

Planes carried out attacks on the insurgents’ location at Malkonori in northern Borno State.

Director, Public Relations and Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, said the attack was a follow-up to the close air support operation that repelled the insurgents who attacked Air Force ground soldiers at Kangarwa.

Famuyiwa said survivors among the insurgents fled to Dogochuku where they were also attacked by NAF fighter aircraft and forced to relocate to Malkonori.

Ground forces confirmed a number of the insurgents were killed and their vehicle destroyed from the latest air strike at Malkonori

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SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: Charles Oputa (aka Charly Boy) led hundreds of protesters to the National Assembly yesterday to demand public disclosure of the budget of the Federal lawmakers.
The protesters also demanded that immunity from criminal procedure against the President, Vice President, governors and deputy governors be removed from the constitutional.
Besides, the protesters, under the aegis of Office of the Citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, backed the anti-corruption crusade of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
It insisted that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), including the Legislature and the Judiciary, be subjected to the Treasury Single Account (TSA) to curb wastages and corruption in government.
To reduce the burden of governance, the protesters said the Senate be scrapped with the controversial constituency intervention projects.
Charly Boy, who said corruption had robbed Nigerian youths of their future, noted that death penalty should be introduced to check corrupt public office holders.
The entertainer assured that his group would not relent in protesting what he called the gross injustice against Nigerian youths until positive commitments were obtained from the lawmakers.
He said: “I was happy that some youths are doing what young people should do. I am just here to encourage them to take their rightful place in the society.
“I have also advised them on the need to go back to the drawing board and come out massively because this is a cause for the few men and women of integrity left in Nigeria to come and speak out against this oppression.
“I see that most of the youths these days are just handicapped by the great poverty, unemployment and uncertainty of tomorrow. This is because we have a government that does not work; we have a government that cannot arrest corruption.
“I am here to encourage them because when next we come here, the whole place will be filled up. This is a movement. I am telling young Nigerians that if they do not do something about their future, their future has been stolen.
“So, if you don’t fight to retrieve it, you will die for nothing in this country. There will be nothing for you, if you don’t agitate.
“I am here to encourage that culture of agitation, the culture of standing up for your bloody rights because nothing will change until you do so.”

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SPONSORED BY HIRING234.COM: The remains of the late Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki, the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, who died on Monday at the Nigeria-Turkish hospital, Abuja, after a protracted illness, have been buried. 

Dasuki, whose death was confirmed in a statement issued by the Secretary, Sultanate Council of Sokoto, Alhaji Umar Faruk, was buried at the Hubbaren Shehu, Sokoto, after the funeral prayer was conducted at the Sultan Bello Juma’at Mosque in Sokoto.

While commiserating with Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and the late Sultan Dasuki’s family over the loss, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, in a message of condolence issued by his spokesman, Mallam Imam Imam, stated that the deceased gave his all to ensure communal harmony and educational development of the citizenry.

“The history of local government reform in Nigeria will not be complete without the mention of the important role Sultan Dasuki and his colleagues played in giving the country the present structure we are enjoying at the third tier of government.

“For the eight years Dasuki spent on the throne as Sultan of Sokoto, he gave priority attention to the educational development of our people by promoting adult and women literacy in all parts of Sokoto. He equally paid attention to the revitalisation of religious education especially among Imams of various mosques in the caliphate.

“He dedicated time, energy and resources in promoting religious harmony especially between Muslims in the North and South-West of the country. So also was his efforts at promoting peaceful coexistence between and among various religious groups within the country and beyond,’’ Tambuwal said.

While praying to Almighty Allah to grant Sultan Dasuki jannatul-firdaus, Tambuwal said the people and government of Sokoto would continue to cherish the deceased’s contributions to the development of the caliphate and the state at large.

Also, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday extended his condolences to the Dasuki family, the government and people of Sokoto State on the death of Dasuki.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President also commiserated with the Jama’atul Nasril Islam and the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs over the death of the traditional ruler.

He noted that Dasuki devoted his life and tenure of office to the promotion of peaceful coexistence and tolerance among diverse ethnic groups in Nigeria.

He described the deceased as one of Nigeria’s most powerful voices for peace and unity in diversity, who diligently kept faith with the virtues of the Sardauna whom he had served as a public servant.

The statement read partly, “Apart from modernising the traditional institution to bring it in tune with changing times, President Buhari believes that the late Ibrahim Dasuki, who died on Monday at the age of 93, will be long remembered for his role in the creation of the present local government system in the country.

“The President pays tribute to his contribution to national peace and development, particularly his significant role in producing the report that gave birth to the current local government councils.”

Late Dasuki, 92, was the first Sultan of Sokoto between November 6, 1988 and April 20, 1996, from the Buhari line of the house of Dan Fodio.

A close associate of Ahmadu Bello, who was influential in the founding of Jama’atu Nasril Islam, was deposed in 1996 during the military government of late Gen. Sani Abacha.

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SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: The former civilian President of Ghana, Mr. John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor, is dead.

He died in Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesday morning following surgical operation on his spine.

According New Mail, quoting Reuters, Kufuor was flown to South Africa to receive medication after complaining bitterly about an excruciating pain at the spinal cord.

A team of doctors were said to have conducted a second surgical operation on Mr Kufuor’s spine; but unfortunately he passed away just after 45 minutes of the Surgery.

Though it’s obvious to provisionally attribute his sudden demise to the spinal problem, doctors have assured the public they will soon release autopsy report to ascertain the real cause.

An autopsy will fully confirm the cause of his death, but the best guess at the moment is the spinal problem.

Today is a sad day, Mr Kufuor’s death has come as a big shock to his party members and the entire Ghanaian Community, as Ghana is just on the verge of undergoing electoral exercises.

John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor born 8 December 1938 was a retired Ghanaian politician and statesman who served as President of Ghana from 2001 to 2009. He was also Chairperson of the African Union from 2007 to 2008.

His victory over John Atta Mills after the end of Jerry Rawlings’ second term marked the first peaceful democratic transition of power in Ghana since independence in 1957.

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SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: 20 year old beauty Queen, Chidinma Okeke who has been going through a lot from her blackmailers lately as a result of her escapades, has revealed hidden truths about her sextape and blackmail.

In an interview with The Nation, Chidinma said: “Early last year, the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) advertised for the Miss Anambra beauty pageant. I heard of it and went to make enquiry.

“My roommate was also interested, but one of the organisers told me to apply. I told them I was not interested but the man insisted that I might win the competition. He also promised to give me the form for free if I indicated interest, and he did when I agreed to contest.

“But one Jane told me that before a winner would be declared, there were certain things to be done, including the (sex) video. I consented after some persuasion from the organisers. I later went for the contest at the Marble Arch Hotels in Awka, and I was declared winner with a Kia Rio vehicle as star prize.

“When I went for my car after the contest, the organisers brought out a contract form for me to sign, but I told them I wanted to contact my lawyer to see it. I was not given the opportunity to do so.

“What they kept telling me was that if I insisted on not signing the contract or wanted to contact my lawyer, they would release the video.

“At that point, I became uncomfortable and signed the contract to avoid such embarrassment, and the car was released to me from where it was packed within the premises of ABS.

“From that moment, I became a slave to them. On October 11, 2016, they called me to come and make presentations inside the office of one the organisers. After that, the man excused some people in that room and showed me the video again.

“They told me to drop my car and removed my crown from me. I told them I would take the car as stipulated in the contract. They insisted I should pack it in the premises of (ABS).

“I told my uncle in Abuja about the situation. My uncle called them and asked them to release my car to me. Instead, they forwarded the video to him as part of the blackmail. That was what happened,” Chidinma said, crying.

Also reacting, her parents, Sir Jeremiah and his wife, Lady Nora Okeke, said the management and organisers of the pageant capitalised on his daughter’s “age and naivety to deny her whatever monetary gains she made while serving as Miss Anambra.”

Sir Okeke said: “How can a beauty queen borrow money to pay her driver, even when she is supposed to be receiving a monthly salary?

“I cannot say all that I heard or saw. Why was she not paid her winning prize of one million naira fully? Rather, they paid her on installmental basis. And up until today, the money has not been completely paid.

“They have rubbished her and rubbed the family’s name in the mud. But we have united as a family, praying seriously for my daughter and for the people behind this wicked act to be exposed.

“My family at first agreed not to tell me about the whole thing, because I am hypertensive. But they decided otherwise when things got out of hand. I told them this issue will not kill me because I have had worse experiences while in business years back.

“My God, as always, will answer me and expose the truth in no distant time. I won’t say much because the damage has already been done.

“Chidinma is a small girl who does not know anything, hence, she fell into a trap that was too heavy for her to shoulder. But I thank God she is recovering.”

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SPONSORED BY X365TV.COM: Many years after he parted ways with his boss,Ex- President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has confirmed for the first time that the former president actually wanted a limitless term but he opposed him.

Similarly, Atiku has opened up on the seeming lingering quarrel with current Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-rufai and the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commison, Nuhu Ribadu, whom he claims to have brought into the government of President Olusegun Obasanjo. Atiku claimed that the two men, who allegedly connived to work against him, had refused to show any form of appreciation to him, despite his disposition to them.

He also gave reason Ribadu must go on public television station to avow that he was not a corrupt person in order to earn his forgiveness.

Atiku’s claims are contained in the current edition of the EFCC Magazine,  Zero Tolerance  released in Abuja yesteray. The former Vice President denied allegation that he was corrupt, claiming that if he was, he would have been convicted before now. He also said he had become popular among Nigerians, having held sway in politics for over 25 years.

He said: “My offence was simply that I disagreed with him on the amendment of the Constitution to remove tenure or term limits or what was popularly called third term agenda. In fact, Obasanjo sent the then Attorney General of the Federation, and Jerry Gana to my office to bring me the draft of the amendments to the constitution. “After going through, I found out that tenure limits had been removed. In other words, he could be president for life. I now asked them, ‘if I send you to the President can you deliver this message’? And they said ‘yes’. I said ‘go and tell him I will not support it and I will fight it.”

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SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: Lagos—Counsel representing lawyer and ex-Lagos socialite, Fred Ajudua, Allens Agbaka yesterday vowed to produce his client before Justice J. E. Oyefeso for re-arraignment on charges bordering on defrauding former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of 330,000US dollar. 

Ajudua was docked before the Lagos State High Court last year alongside a court registrar, Ms. Rosulu Oluronke for allegedly receiving $330,000 supposedly meant to be part payment for professional fees allegedly charged by Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) to handle his case. However, Rosulu opted for a separate trial and she had since been convicted by the court. 

Ajudua was conspicuously absent yesterday when he was expected to be re-arraigned for the offence. His lawyer only informed the court that he was unaware of the development, only that he stumbled on the case before the court. The matter had been earlier fixed for Monday, where Ajudua alongside others(now at large) are to be re-arraigned on a 28-counts charge pressed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). 

Justice Oyefeso was stunned about the absence of Ajudua, which made his lawyer promise to unfailingly produce him. Explaining the reason behind making an undertaking, Agbaka noted that, “I only stumbled on this matter this morning. “I tried to contact the defendant and got in touch with his younger sister, who informed me that the defendant (Ajudua) is being hospitalised at the National Hospital, Abuja. “This is the first time I am hearing about this matter. I personally undertake to produce the defendant at the next adjourned date.

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SPONSORED BY X365TRADIO.COM: The Federal Government on Monday filed gratification charges against Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court in Abuja, and his wife, Olabowale, who is the Head of Service of Lagos State.

The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation filed 15 counts in the suit with number, FCT/CR/21/2016, against the couple before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory on Monday.

The prosecution accused Ademola and his wife of “corruptly” receiving a total sum of N248,101,300 and $520,000  as gratifications from law firms and others between 2013 an 2016.

Justice Ademola was among the judges, including two Justices of the Supreme Court, Justices Sylvester and Inyang Okoro, arrested by the operatives of the Department of State Services between October 7 and 8 on  allegations of corruption.

The Federal Government had already on November 8, 2016 charged Justice Ngwuta before the Federal High Court, Abuja on charges of money laundering and passport infraction relating to age falsification and obtaining of multiplicity of passports.

Justice Okoro has however not been charged.

In the charges filed on Monday, Justice Ademola and his wife were accused in counts one and two, of “criminal conspiracy to receive and/or obtain gratification contrary to sections 8(1) and 26(1) (c) of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission Act, 2011 land punishable under Sections 8(1) (iii) of the same law”.

The wife was accused in counts four to seven of “receiving gratification for other person, contrary to Section 8 of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission Act 2011 and punishable under the same law.”

In counts eight to 15, Justice Ademola was accused of receiving a total of N248,101,300 and $520,000   as gratifications other than his “lawful remuneration, a motive or reward for doing an official act and/or in the exercise of your official functions as judge of the Federal High Court.”

The offences were said to be contrary to section 115 of Penal Code Law (Laws of Northern Nigeria 1963) and punishable under section 115(iii) of the same law.

The charges indicated that various sums of money were paid into the Guaranty Trust Bank account of Justice Ademola’s wife by law firms and others as gratifications for onward payment to the judge.

The judge and his wife were accused of conspiracy to receive/obtain N30m gratification from Joe Odey Agi Associates between March 11 and 26, 2015.

They were also accused of conspiracy to receive N40m gratification from Joe Agi Associates between February 20 and 21, 2014.

Olabowale, allegedly, on March 11, 2015 received from Joe Agi Associates N10m on behalf of her husband.

On March 16, 2015, she allegedly received another N10m from Joe Agi Associates on behalf of her husband.

She also, on March 26, 2015, allegedly received the sum of N10m from Joe Odey Agi Associates.

On February 20, 2014, the prosecution alleged that she received N40m from a source not named on behalf of her husband.

In one of the counts, the judge himself was accused of receiving N30m from Joe Agi Odey Associates through the GTB account of his spouse between March 11 and 26, 2015.

The judge was also accused in counts eight to 15 of receiving gratifications from various sources including Joe Odey Agi Associates.

He allegedly received $520,000 from Johnson & Johnson Solicitors on May 6, 2013.

The judge was also accused of receiving the sum of N6m from Oshodi, Oshodi & Co. between February 25, 2015 and. April 16, 2015

The prosecution also accused him of receiving N55,650,000 from G.T.J Ademola & Co between January 5 and June 23, 2016.

He was also accused of receiving N40m from Vertice Solutions Ltd. on February 20, 2014.

The prosecution also accused him of receiving N47.6m from Acardian Energy Services Limited on February 20, 2014.

He will also be facing a count in which he was accused of receiving N34.08m from Omotayo Babafemi Aliyu between February 20 and 21, 2014.

He was also accused of receiving N4.7713m from Lawan Sulaiman between February 21 and November 7, 2014.

In the last count, he was accused of N30m from Joe Odey Agi Associates between February 20 and 21, 2014.

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