Allegations of money laundering, tax evasion trail Rev. Mother Ajayi’s suspected ban from UK

Who is after Reverend Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi, the General Overseer of Love of Christ (LOC) Generation Church, United Kingdom? This is the mind-boggling question that has been troubling many of her admirers and followers. The highly revered evangelist, preacher, motivational speaker and philanthropist has become a subject of derision among some Nigerians living abroad, especially in the United Kingdom, where her church is based. The church, which sources said is small, is reportedly located in Clapham, London. Sources disclosed that Iya Adura, as Rev’d Mother Ajayi is fondly called,…

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We have resolved crude oil crisis -Dangote, says refinery will make $26bn yearly

The Chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has revealed that the crisis surrounding the supply of local crude oil to his $19bn dollar refinery has been resolved. However, Dangote’s confirmation of the resolution of the crude crisis might be a soothing balm to Nigerians who feared the lack of feedstock might jerk up the price of the refinery’s PMS. The PUNCH’s correspondent reports that this will be about the third time the refinery will postpone its PMS delivery date since it commenced the supply of diesel and aviation fuel into…

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Dangote to list refinery on Nigerian Exchange in March 2021

The President and Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Industries Limited, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has disclosed that the Dangote Petroleum Refinery will be listed on the Nigerian Exchange before the end of March, 2025. This came as the refinery again delayed the date for the supply of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, till August, another shift from July. Dangote disclosed that the refinery was set to roll out its petrol in August 2024, having resolved its crude oil supply issues through the help of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company…

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Nigeria’s oil crisis worsens as Aliko drops NNPCL stake in Dangote Refinery to 7.2%

The lingering crisis in Nigeria’s petroleum sector took a new dimension on Sunday as the Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Refinery, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, revealed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation now owns a 7.2 per cent stake in the mega refinery following the nations oil industry regulator to pay up its balance for a 20% stake. Aliko Dangote made the revelation during a media briefing held in Lagos State on Sunday. He said, “NNPC no longer owns a 20% stake in the Dangote refinery. They were meant to pay…

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Copyright Infringement: AGF applies to take over prosecution of MTN’s CEO, Toriola, others

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) has approached the Federal High Court Abuja, indicating interest in taking over the prosecution of the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, Karl Toriola, and others. The suit, which was initially being prosecuted by the Nigerian Copyright Commission, has listed as defendants in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/111/2024, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited; Toriola, MTN Senior Executive Officer, Nkeakam Abhulimen; Fun Mobile Limited, a telecommunications service provider; and Yahaya Maibe, its CEO as first, second, third, fourth and…

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British singer, Stefflon Don reinstates love for Burna Boy

British rapper and singer, Stephanie Allen, popularly known as Stefflon Don, has stated that award-winning Nigerian singer, Damini Ogulu, also known as Burna Boy, is the love of her life. Stefflon Don made the claim in an interview with Fernando Halman on the Netherlands music platform, Real Talk, which was released on social media on Saturday. When asked if Burna Boy still held a special place in her heart, the Jamaica-born singer responded with an unequivocal, “Yes!, with dreamy eyes and a voice softened by fond memories. As the conversation…

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Healing, deliverance liberation galore as Rhema holds ‘Let Me Pass’

There was massive healing, deliverance and financial liberation as Prophet (Dr.) Anene Nwachukwu led Rhema Deliverance Mission holds 2024 “Let Me Pass” program tagged the “Gathering of Prophetic Generals” even as the nation’s economic and insecurity challenges bites harder by the day, to set children of God on the path of economic and spiritual stability. “Let Me Pass” 2024 is targeted at delivering the nation from her economic, political/leadership and insecurity challenges as the bible has charged the children of God to pray for the leaders in authority. It will…

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Unveiling the 20yr old crook, who shot ex-Pres. Donald Trump

Following an attempt on the life of former United States President Donald Trump at a political rally on Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Pennsylvania, authorities have identified the shooter as 20-year-old Thomas Crooks. “Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, is the subject involved in the assassination attempt of former President Donald Trump on July 13, in Butler, Pennsylvania,” USA Today quoted the Federal Bureau of Investigation as saying in a statement on Sunday. The bureau added, “This remains an active and ongoing investigation, and anyone with information that…

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Attempted Assasination: I felt a “whizzing sound”, bullet rip my skin, says Trump

Donald Trump says he has been shot in the ear at a political rally, describing a “whizzing sound” and feeling a “bullet ripping through skin” A male attacker was shot and killed by a member of the Secret Service after the apparent assassination attempt on Trump at the event in Butler, Pennsylvania The attacker killed one spectator at the rally, and two others are critically injured, according to the Secret Service A witness at the rally told BBC they saw a man with a rifle crawling on a nearby roof…

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Unknown assailants set Emir Sanusi’s palace on fire

An early morning fire outbreak has burnt a section of the Gidan Rumfa palace of the 16th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II. PUNCH Online gathered that the fire outbreak, which happened on Friday night, around 11 pm, was set by yet-to-be-identified persons. A source, who spoke with Daily Trust, said the palace located at Kofar Kudu, where the Emir sits every Monday for the court, was seriously affected by the fire. The source added that the throne, air conditioners, and other valuables were destroyed in the inferno. “It…

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LG Autonomy: Ex-Delta Gov., Ibori faults Supreme Court judgement

James Onanefe Ibori, a former Governor of Delta State, has faulted the Supreme Court judgment that granted full autonomy to local governments in Nigeria, saying it dealt “a severe setback on the principles of federalism.” Ibori, in a post on X shortly after the judgment, expressed his disagreement with the verdict, referencing constitutional provisions to substantiate his claim that the decision undermines the foundations of federalism. After an intense back and forth between the Federal Government and state governors, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that it is unconstitutional for…

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Canada Trip: Lagos Police Command arrests couple attempting to sell their two-year-old son

Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a couple (name withheld) attempting to sell their two-year-old son to travel to Canada. The command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos. Hundeyin said that the couple, aged 28 and 22, were apprehended on Tuesday while trying to sell their child off. He stated that around 2.45 p.m. on Tuesday, the Isolo Divisional Police Officer received information that the couple went to Isolo General Hospital and expressed their intention to sell…

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N33bn Fraud: Power Minister collapses in court

Former Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, collapsed outside the courtroom on Thursday at a Federal High Court, Abuja, due to ill health. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mamman, whose plea was fixed for Thursday morning, collapsed outside the courtroom before the case was called. The former minister’s counsel, Femi Ate, SAN, told Justice James Omotosho shortly when he was called to take his plea. Upon resumed hearing, the ex-minister walked into the courtroom and stepped into the dock with part of his clothes drenched. Justice Omotosho then asked…

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FG to revoke Interior Ministry’s Ikoyi property sales

The federal government has threatened to revoke the sale of residential quarters belonging to the Ministry of Interior in the Ikoyi area of Lagos. The affected property is the Ikoyi liaison residential quarters of the ministry. In 2020, the Federal Ministry of Justice, through the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), commissioned an agent to identify and recover possession of landed properties belonging to the federal government that are currently being used and occupied by unauthorised persons. Although details of the sale, including the date and buyer,…

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Tinubu’s ADC, Yusuf may succeed father as Kwara monarch

Barring last-minute change of decision, the Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Lt. Col. Nurudeen Yusuf, will be appointed the next Elemona of Ilemona in Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State. Yusuf, if appointed, will succeed his father and late monarch, Oba Yusuf Omokanye Oyekanmi, who died in May, at the age of 95. According to reports credited to Daily Trust the process of his announcement is only waiting to be ratified by the state government. Senior palace sources and top stakeholders in Oyun who confirmed his selection…

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N1.6bn Fraud: Ex-AGF offers to refund looted money, begs for more time

Anamekwe Nwabuoku, a former acting Accountant-General of the Federation, has pleaded with Justice James Omotoso of the Federal High Court in Abuja to give him more time to conclude the refund of the public funds allegedly looted by him and his co-defendant. Nwabuoku and his co-defendant, Felix Nweke, who are facing 11 counts of money laundering to the tune of N1.6bn, made the plea on Wednesday. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting them of committing to the act while Nwabuoku served as the Director of Finance and Accounts…

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Democracy wins, as Supreme Court grants financial autonomy to local governments

Nigeria’s Supreme Court declared on Thursday that it is unconstitutional for state governors to hold funds allocated for local government administrations. The seven-man panel, in the judgment delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, declared that the 774 local government councils in the country should manage their funds themselves. The apex court held that the power of the government is portioned into three arms of government, the federal, the state and the local government. The court further declared that a state government has no power to elect a caretaker committee and a…

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Minimum Wage: Tinubu invites NLC, TUC for talks

The Federal Government is on the verge of agreeing on a new national minimum wage as President Bola Tinubu has invited the organised labour consisting of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress to a meeting at the Aso Villa on Thursday. A close source in the labour leadership who craved anonymity made this known to our correspondent on Wednesday. According to him, Tinubu is willing to settle the lingering talks on minimum wage on Thursday and has invited the joint union presidents to a meeting.

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NDLEA arrests drug baron who flee South Africa to hide in his village in Imo state

A drug baron on the wanted list of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, identified as Joachin Mbonu, has been arrested. Mbonu was arrested by operatives of the NDLEA in his village mansion in Imo State on July 5. A statement on Tuesday by the agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, said Mbonu was arrested along with his associate. He stated that Mbonu belongs to a drug cartel behind the production of methamphetamine. Babafemi said, “A major drug cartel behind the production and distribution of deadly psychoactive substance, methamphetamine, popularly called ‘Mkpuru…

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Power Failure: NERC goes tough on DisCos, rolls out sanctions

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has rolled out touch sanctions against Discos that commit infractions capable of inflicting pain on consumers. Among other things, NERC said it would reduce five per cent of the administrative, and operational expenditure of any electricity distribution company that failed to offtake at least 95 per cent of the total energy allocated to it for distribution. This was contained in the commission’s Order on Performance Monitoring Framework for all the DisCos. According to the order, DisCos would now be assessed on seven key performance indicators…

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Alleged N1.5bn Fraud: Reps probe Women Affairs Minister for spending N20m on sanitary pads

The House of Representatives has queried the Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, for spending unrelated expenditures, including N45m for a New Year party, N20m for sanitary pads, the News Agency of Nigeria reports on Wednesday. Others include N1.5m for vehicle fuel. NAN reports that Rep Kafilat Ogbara, Chairman of the House Committee on Women Affairs, led the interrogation of the minister, over the non-payment of N1.5bn to contractors despite the fund release in Abuja. She said that the investigative hearing was aimed at uncovering the truth and not witch-hunting…

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APC, Nat. Chair, Ganduje, family to appear in court for corruption charges

Abdullahi Ganduje, The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, his wife Hafsat, and six others are set to appear before a Kano State High Court on Thursday. They face charges related to alleged bribery, diversion, and misappropriation of funds amounting to billions of naira. The Kano State Government initiated the suit before Justice Amina Adamu Aliyu. The court had earlier granted permission on June 5 to serve the respondents through substituted means. The respondents in the case include, Abdullahi Ganduje (1st respondent), his wife Hafsat (2nd respondent), Abubakar Bawuro…

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Vice -Chancellor accuses varsity staff of serving as informants to bandits

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University Dutsinma (FUDMA), Katsina State, Prof. Armaya’u Bichi, has alleged that some of the university’s staff are serving as informants to bandits. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that bandits have been attacking the area, kidnapping students and staffers of the university as well as their family members. Exactly a week ago, bandits stormed the residence of Dr Tiri Gyan David, Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension, and Rural Development of FUMA, killing him and abducting his children. Briefinf newsmen on Tuesday, Bichi said…

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Miyetti Allah hails as Tinubu creates ministry for livestock development

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has commended President Bola Tinubu for establishing the Ministry of Livestock Development. In a statement released on Tuesday in Abuja, the association’s President, Baba Othman-Ngelzarma, said the establishment of the ministry would unleash the potential of the trillion-naira livestock industry. Othman-Ngelzarma said the ministry intends to generate high-quality and efficient employment opportunities throughout the livestock value chain with the aim of enhancing the Nigerian economy. He said, “With this development, MACBAN believes, the hope of the Nigerian pastoralists is now achieved under…

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Reps threaten to arrest Dangote over arbitrary cement price increase

The House of Representatives’ Joint Committee on the arbitrary increase in the price of cement, on Tuesday, threatened to arrest the management of Dangote Cement if it fails to appear at its next hearing. Recall that the legislative chamber had on May 7, 2024, issued a 14-day ultimatum to cement manufacturers to appear before its joint committee and make their submissions on the arbitrary increment of cement prices in Nigeria. The Chairman, House Committee on Solid Minerals, Jonathan Gbefwi, gave the summon at a public hearing to investigate the arbitrary…

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ECOBANK sacks 150 staff, paid compensation below industry standard

Friday, December 22, 2023, was a sad day for more than 150 Ecobank workers across different units and branches in Nigeria, as the bank disengaged them without clear reasons. Some of the workers told FIJ that what Ecobank gave them as severance pay in February was significantly less than expected, considering their long years of service to the bank. FIJ learned that although the affected workers, who had worked for 10 to 22 years, were told to pick up their termination letters on December 22, the termination took effect on…

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Finally, UK based Nigerian gets access to N373k deposited in Wema bank after eight months

Alat by Wema has granted access to a Nigerian woman in the United Kingdom who could not access the N373,000 in her account for eight months. This development happened on Monday evening, 24 hours after FIJ reported about the lady’s frustration with the bank. She told FIJ on Tuesday that the issue had been resolved and she could access her money, adding that she was grateful for FIJ’s intervention. “I am so thankful for your publication. Not too long after I saw it on Monday, I realised I could access…

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How Wema Bank’s ALAT blocked UK based customer from accessing N373,000 for 8 Months

A Nigerian based in the United Kingdom has accused Alat by Wema of deliberately frustrating her by refusing to allow her access to her N373,000 for more than eight months. The woman, who prefers to be anonymous, told FIJ that she kept writing to the bank, asking them to help her update her National Identification Number (NIN) to withdraw her funds but it had yielded no success. She said that her frustration started in October, when she wanted to withdraw some funds but could not do so because her account…

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N4.8bn Fraud: Ibeto gets Oct. 24 date for trial

Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja, on Thursday, July 4, 2024, adjourned till October 24, 2024 further hearing in the alleged N4.8bn fraud trial involving Cletus Ibeto, Chairman, Ibeto Energy Development Company. Ibeto alongside Ibeto Energy Development Company and Odoh Holdings Ltd are to be arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on 10-count charges bordering on allegations of obtaining by false pretences, fraudulent conversion of property, criminal breach of trust, forgery and deception to the tune of N4.8bn. Count one reads: “That…

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World Finance Banking Awards 2024: Again Zenith Bank emerges best commercial bank, corporate governance in Nigeria

Zenith Bank Plc has emerged as the Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria in the World Finance Banking Awards 2024, retaining the award for a fourth consecutive year. The bank was also named as Best Corporate Governance, Nigeria for the third year running in the World Finance Corporate Governance Awards 2024. The awards, which were published in the Summer 2024 Issue of the World Finance Magazine, are in recognition of the bank’s robust financial performance, superior customer service, sustainability initiatives and corporate governance practices. Commenting on the dual honours, the Group Managing…

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Your controversial lifestyle will be a bad influence on our daughter, Momodu fires back at Davido

Award-winning artiste, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has hinted at his intention to leave his first child in custody of her mother, Sophia Momodu. This follows a recent counter-affidavit filed by Momodu, claiming that Davido is unfit to raise their daughter. In her response, she alleged that his home is an unsafe environment for a young girl, referencing the tragic death of Davido’s son, Ifeanyi, in 2022 as evidence of her claim. The document, which is now circulating on social media, read in part, “The applicant cannot take proper…

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How I manage sexual overtures from women, by Pastor Adeboye

Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, has said he is still wary of sexual immorality despite his ‘anointing’ and years in the ministry. Adeboye said despite his age, he runs faster than before to avoid any form of sexual temptation, noting that no amount of anointing can fight such temptation. The cleric also warned ministers of the gospel to be wary of sexual immorality and the erroneous belief that their ‘anointing’ could help them withstand any temptation. He stated these during a sermon…

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NOVA Bank begins operation as a national bank, introduces PHGITAL to increase customers’ experience

NOVA Bank, formerly known as NOVA Merchant Bank, has officially commenced operations as a National Commercial Bank, as the bank opened its first commercial banking branch at 18, Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island. This follows the Central Bank if Nigeria’s (CBN) approval of the final license for the Bank to commence operations as a National Commercial Bank. Apart from the newly opened branch in VI, the Bank announced that additional branches in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Kano, will follow shortly. Speaking on the commencement of its commercial banking operations,…

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I am not bothered about A/Court verdict, Rivers’ Governor, Fubara boasts

Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has said that he is neither deterred nor worried by Thursday’s Appeal Court judgment which returned Martin Amaewhule and 24 other lawmakers to the state House of Assembly. The Appeal Court had nullified the order of a Rivers State High Court which restrained Amaewhule and the other lawmakers loyal to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, from parading themselves as lawmakers. The court also said only the Federal High Court has the jurisdiction to entertain the matter of the lawmakers. Meanwhile, Fubara…

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Bayelsa Gov., Duoye Diri rejects Atiku’s 2027 running mate proposal, says its the job of “political buccaneers”

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, said on Wednesday that he is not interested in being a running mate to ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar for the 2027 presidential election. A statement by Diri’s Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, on Wednesday, said, “A faceless group, which sarcastically named itself Diri Angels, in a statement, had made the suggestion to Alhaji Abubakar.” Atiku was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 presidential election, which he lost to President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress. According to…

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Lawmakers salary too meagre, can’t last 3 days -Dogara

A former speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara on Wednesday said lawmakers’ monthly earnings can not last them for more than three days. He urged the legislators to open their finances to dispel the insinuation that they were taking a humongous monthly salary. Dogara disclosed this during the first legislative open week of the House in Abuja. According to the Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, his monthly salary was less than N400,000 during his time as a Rep member, while his monthly allowance as a presiding officer was N25…

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‘My hands no dey’ -OBJ speaks on Nnamdi Kanu’s planned release

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said he did not discuss the issue of releasing Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) during his discussion with the South-East Governors, on Tuesday. Our correspondent reports that Governors under the umbrella of the South-East Governors’ Forum met in Enugu, on Tuesday, and resolved to meet with President Bola Tinubu to seek the release of Kanu. Hope Uzodinma, governor of Imo and chairman of the forum, announced the resolution at the end of a meeting of the governors held in Enugu.…

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Dangote cries out over CBN’s 30% interest rate, asks FG to protect existing businesses

Chairman of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has criticised the hike of interest rate to almost 30 per cent by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Speaking at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja, during the opening session of a three-day summit organised by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), on Tuesday, he said with the present interest rate regime, it will be difficult to create jobs. He added that it would also be tough for the manufacturing industry to grow and compete favorably. Dangote, who also called…

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GTCO Announces 2024 Autism program themed “A Spectrum of Possibilities”

Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (“GTCO” or “the Group”) has announced dates for the 2024 GTCO Autism Program and follow-up consultations. This year’s program is themed “A Spectrum of Possibilities” to promote inclusivity, self-advocacy, and empowerment for persons on the Autism Spectrum. The theme A Spectrum of Possibilities aligns with GTCO’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and its goal of creating a society where everyone can thrive and reach their full potential, regardless of their background or abilities. The theme acknowledges and celebrates this diversity, recognizing that each person…

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Ex-Naval Chief, Alison Madueke battles Diezani over refusal to drop name after marriage dissolution

Admiral Alison Madueke, Nigeria’s former Chief of Naval Staff, has filed a petition in the Lagos State High Court, seeking a legal declaration to end his marriage to Diezani and requesting that she drop his last name and revert to her maiden name, Agama. This was contained in Madueke’s petition for jactitation of marriage (declaration that a marital union has ended). The ex-Naval chief argues that Diezani’s ongoing use of his name despite their marriage being legally over damages his reputation and could lead to unintended consequences, including mistaken liability,…

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FirstBank powers Nigeria’s digital lending charge with FirstCredit

In the fast-evolving world of digital banking, Nigeria stands on the brink of a financial revolution. As the global pandemic has accelerated digitalization, the need for accessible, efficient, and reliable financial services has never been more crucial. FirstCredit by FirstBank emerges as a groundbreaking digital lending solution designed to meet the demands of Nigerians where the need for quick cash is ticking ever northward. The shift towards digital banking in Nigeria has been both rapid and transformative. With the increasing penetration of mobile phones and internet access, more Nigerians are…

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Rotary District 9111 lays foundation of Sickle Cell Disease Centre

Rotary International (RI) District 9111 is to conduct the foundation laying of a multi-million Sickle Cell Disease Centre on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at the State Hospital, Ota, Ogun State. According to Rotary District 9111 Governor, Dr Wole Kukoyi, the Chief Medical Director of Ace Medical Clinic, Ota Ogun State, “the foundation laying ceremony of the Rotary District 9111 Sickle Cell Disease Centre will be performed by Dr. Tomi Coker, Ogun State Commissioner for Health”. Kukoyi noted that “Nigeria has the highest number of people living with Sickle Disease disorder…

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Why we are having difficulties paying Heritage bank customers -NDDC boss

The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) says account names discrepancies in Bank Verification Number (BVN) linked alternate account of some defunct Heritage Bank customers is delaying the payment of their insured deposits. Mr Bello Hassan, the Managing Director of NDIC told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja. Hassan said the corporation had paid substantial amount to depositors of the defunct bank without BVN account linked issues. He called on depositors of the bank who were yet to receive their insured deposit credit alert to visit the…

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I rejected N150m bribe to have peace of mind, says Police officer

A Superintendent of Police, Ibrahim Sini has said he turned down a N150m bribe allegedly offered to him by a Lagos-based businessman, Akintoye Akindele to have peace of mind. Akindele who was arraigned for the offence at the Federal High Court in Abuja in August 2023 was remanded in the Kuje correctional centre. According to the charge sheet, the bribe was offered to allow police to permit him to escape abroad and to write a favourable report for him after the investigation. Sini was said to have led the Inspector…

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Olu Jacobs, Nollywood legend not dead -Family

Oludotun Jacobs, Nollywood’s legend is alive and “doing just fine”, his family said on Sunday amid raging death rumours on social media. Soji, the first son of the acting legend, disclosed that his octogenarian father is not dead as trumpeted online. His wife, a veteran Nollywood actress, Joke Silva, also dismissed the viral rumours stressing that “her husband is alive and doing just fine.” A Nigerian columnist, Betty Irabor, made this known in a message posted on her social media account on Sunday. “Olu Jacob is well and alive.. please…

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I paid the commercial sex worker I killed for ritual only N3k -Suspect reveals

A suspect, Raman Akande, arrested in connection with the death of a commercial sex worker in the Ifo area of Ogun State, has narrated how he and two others allegedly killed the victim for ritual purposes. Akande, in a confession video made at the police station, and obtained by PUNCH Metro from a source who pleaded anonymity on Wednesday, disclosed that he participated in the killing of the commercial sex worker after one person identified as Ifa promised him a reward of N100,000. He said following the agreement with Ifa,…

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Tinubu approves N50,000 grant for household, N155bn for states and food package

President Bola Tinubu has approved the National Construction and Household Support Programme during the National Economic Council meeting on Thursday in Abuja. According to a statement issued by the presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, the programme is aimed at boosting agricultural productivity, strengthening the economy, and providing immediate economic relief for Nigerian households. Ngelale added that the programme, which was supported by the NEC, includes financial allocations and infrastructure projects across all geo-political zones in the country. He added that a key component of the programme is the approval of the…

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I want my trial in Kogi, Yahaya Bello write Abuja court

Yahaya Bello, the immediate past Governor of Kogi State, who was absent for his scheduled arraignment and plea bargain, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, Thursday, wrote the court a letter that he would prefer to be tried in his state. In the letter he wrote through his team of lawyers led by Abdulwahab Mohammed, Bello claimed that only the Kogi High Court in Lokoja has the territorial jurisdiction to preside over the allegations brought against him. Adeola Adedipe, one of the lawyers in Bello’s team, told the court about…

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How Konga’s ex-boss, Imudia killed self

Konga’s former Chief Executive Officer of one of Nigeria’s e-commerce giants, Konga, Nick Imudia, has reportedly committed suicide in his house on Tuesday. Imudia was said to have committed the act by jumping from the balcony of his apartment in the Lekki area of Lagos State on the evening of Tuesday, June 25, 2024. Until his death, Imudia, was the CEO of D.light, a leading residential solar energy solutions company, and reportedly took his life in his Lekki, Lagos apartment. Before his death, the businessman reportedly made a call to…

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Fire outbreak at Dangote refinery, as FG reacts to bad fuel allegation

On Wednesday, a fire occurred at a section of Dangote Refinery in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State. In a trending video, on X, formerly Twitter, a cloud of thick smoke billowed into the sky from the facility. The sound of an explosion could also be heard in the video. However, the Group Chief Branding & Communications Officer, Dangote Industries Limited, Anthony Chiejina, confirmed the fire incident to our correspondent in a terse message. He said the company had contained the minor fire at its effluent treatment plant that broke out in the…

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Lagos/Ibadan expressway night accident claims seven lives, 11 injured

Seven people have been killed while another 11 suffered varying degrees of injuries in a crash which occurred on Monday night around the Ogere area of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. The accident involved a Mazda bus with registration number MNY894 and a truck with no number plate. The Mazda bus, due to excessive speed reportedly lost control and rammed into the truck from behind. The Spokesperson of Ogun State Sector Command of Federal Road Safety Corps, Florence Okpe, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Tuesday. Okpe said…

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