Thursday, 23 September 2021

How Popular Ota Families End Agelong Land Dispute

   



If there was something that took away sleep from the eyes of Ogun governor, Dapo Abiodun, it was how to settle land ownership rift among families from various conflicting alleged owners. This is the story of the age long rift between Ajangboju Koniwo Agbogbo Akindipe  and Fatusi Ogedengbe families in Atan Otta, Ogun State. The crisis, which predated his administration, had brought the community to its knees, having defied measures by previous administrations to resolve it.

It was said to be a matter of land ownership that developed out of what was regarded as famlily- driven conflict.

 Ajangboju, Koniwo Agbogbo Akindipe, who are the appellant has claimed the ownership of a vast expanse of land measuring 6,477,124 acres located lying being and situated at Imojuba Town, Along Atan Ota, Owode, Idi- iroko road, Ogun State, more particularly described on Survey plan number AKN/OG/074/97 dated December 8th 1997 drawn by Surveyor S,O Akinde. The appellant in their casefile alleged that the Fatusi Ogedengbe had illegally infiltrated and trespassed on the land and attempts to claim ownership.

 This created a major crisis, erupting into fatal confrontations between the two communities.

For many years, the families engaged each other in battle.

However, after several peace efforts deployed by popular property outfit, Reality Global Properties Limited, the age-long family hostilities between the two clans has been settled. On September 15, 2021, spokesperson of Reality global properties, Princess Foyinsola converged the leaders of the two families and their lawyers:  Sola Ojutalayo (SAN) for the prosecutor and Olusola Dare for the defendant and prevailed upon both families to settle the case out of court. The two parties were made to sign an agreement on land ownership and boundary delineation.

In his remarks, Foyinsola Agbedina, assured the delegates from the families’ justice and a fair playing ground, as she appealed to the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edward Ajogun, to ensure that land disputes do not degenerate into unnecessary bloodshed, in the interest of justice and to help the society to uphold the sanctity of the rule of law.

 

Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Bureau of Lands and Survey in Ogun, Aina Salami, has commended both families for the peaceful resolution that was resolved to. He however reiterate that any other party or group of people that may want to reignite a fresh dispute, by claiming ownership or trespassing illegally on the land shall face the full wrath of the law, no matter how highly placed.

 

 






Thursday, 2 September 2021

Sacking of Two Federal Ministers By Buhari: A Misplaced Priority Says Erelu Tinuade.

  


 

The globally acknowledged ambassador of African traditional cultures and Erelu-Oodua of Aye Kingdom, in Ondo State, Erelu Tinuade Mabel Onaneye has criticized the sacking of the Minister of Agriculture, Mohammed Nanomo and his Power counterpart, Saleh Mamman by President Buhari, saying it's a misplaced priority and efforts in wrong direction when there are more pressing issues needing urgent government attention.

 

She made the declaration from her base in Texas, United States in a Press Release she granted, endorsed and made available to the press and general public via her media aide, Saint-Olawale Jimoh, shortly after the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adeshina, announced President Buhari's decision in the morning of Wednesday 1st of September, 2021.

 

'In the face of serious security challenges that has made Nigeria a laughing stock within international communities, one begin to wonder if firing Ministers of Agriculture & Power is what should be the next action from any serious President.' She blasted.

 

'All the efforts and momentum channelled towards hunting down Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday Igboho and others should have been directed towards winning the battle against Boko Haram and his murderous herdsmen called bandits ravaging our lands.' Erelu added.

 

In conclusion, Erelu enjoins President Buhari and his cabinet members to focus more on the safety of lives and properties of Nigerians rather than creating unnecessary distractions all in the name of convincing Nigerians they're truly in charge. She says if anyone should be sacked at this present state of situations in Nigeria, it should be President Buhari himself who has failed Nigerians in all ramifications.

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

PLEASE HELP SAVE LITTLE AISHA'S​ LIFE

  

 




 

Little Aisha Bashiru, 3, has been in hospital since June 2021. She was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and currently undergoing treatment at Bloom Boom Paediatric Center in Lagos. Little Aisha’s parents need financial assistance of more than N500,000 just as deposit for her examination and preliminary treatment, according to the doctor’s advice.

 

A medical report signed by Dr Ehierim, on behalf of the Consultant Physician Nephrologist at Bloom Bloom hospital, reads in part: “The 3-year-old girl is yet to make urine despite the fluid challenge. An assessment of severe sepsin with acute kidney injury is discovered."

 

“The best treatment option for chronic kidney disease, in terms of improved quality of life and long term, is a kidney repair. The above requires substantial funding,” he said.

 

Narrating her ordeal to our Correspondent, Mrs. Bashiru said life has become so burdensome and painful as a result of her daughter’s sickness which had drained the family’s resources.

 

She said that the family could no longer bear the financial cost of the series of tests and referrals which they had undergone in the past two months.

 

Just on Tuesday, the girl was transferred from Lagos to Babcock specialist hospital for treatment and was later referred back to Lagos for another test.

Aisha is currently at Bloom Boom Paediatric Centre in Lagos where her mother has made  payment for series of tests, aside from the registration fee of N35,000.00

Mrs. Bashiru is soliciting financial support of N500,000.00 from the government, kind-hearted individuals and corporate organisations to keep her daughter alive.

 

You can reach the parents/guardian on 0803 407 5430 or donate into this bank: Suleiman Adejoke Bolanle GTB-0495174520, or Zenith 2005095692



Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Attack On Nigerian Defense Academy: Aftermath of Pampering Banditry In The Name Religion & Ethnicity Says Erelu Tinuade

 





 

The highly revered global custodian of African cultures and Erelu-Oodua of Aye Kingdom, Erelu Tinuade Mabel Onaneye has blamed the attack on Nigerian Defense Academy Afaka-Kaduna yesterday morning on compromised leadership and aftermath of pampering banditry and insurgence in the north by Fulani-led Federal Government all in the name of ethnicity and religious bigotry.

 

She made the declaration from her base in Texas, United States in a Press Release she granted, signed and made available to the press and general public via her media aide, Saint-Olawale Jimoh, shortly after the attack on the morning of Tuesday, 24th of August, 2021.

 

'It's a national tragedy and big shame in a nation headed by a former military general. Unfortunately, we cannot expect anything lesser when Buhari-led federal government continue to pamper bandits and murderous herdsmen all in the name of ethnicity and religious bigotry.' Erelu lamented.

 

'Today they're apprehend, tomorrow they're pardoned, rehabilitated and placed on monthly salary or absorbed into Nigerian army. I don't know of any nation that romances banditry except Nigeria.' She added.

 

In conclusion, Erelu says until the security apparatus and measures to tackle insurgency and banditry are clearly spelt out by the federal government with all sincerity, this problem may linger and metamorphose to large scale attack, citing Afghan-Taliban example.

Multichoice Nigeria Settles With Music Industry, Pays MCSN Due Royalty

 




This is the best time for musical copyright society as the Musical Copyright Society Nigeria Ltd/Gte (MCSN) has announce that it has reached an amicable settlement with Multichoice Nigeria Limited on the judgment which MCSN secured against Multichoice both at the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal, for the broadcast and distribution of musical works in the repertoire of MCSN on all Multichoice channels within the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This was made known in a statement released by the Copyright Society on Tuesday, August 24, 2021


According to the settlement also covers other exploitations of MCSN’s repertoire on other sister platforms of Multichoice up to 31st December 2020.

 

Having attained this milestone, MCSN and Multichoice Nigeria Limited now see each other as sister organisations which must work for the success of the other, particularly in the area of exploitation of  and remuneration for intellectual works, notably musical works, sound recordings and ancillary works.

 

Since the information filtered out that Multichoice has settled with MCSN and that payment has been made, MCSN has been receiving series of inquiries and in some cases, outright demand for a share of the money paid to it by Multichoice.

 

In response to this inquiries and demands, MCSN would want to assure everyone that due process is being followed in dealing with the subject matter as follows:

 

 

 

MCSN’s Management would make a formal report of the outcome of the settlement to its (MCSN’s) relevant authorities, particularly the Board of Directors and Members’ General Meeting in formal communications and meetings.

 

 

 

Management would then make proposals to the bodies on how the money should be allocated in line with best practices, all which is still an ongoing process.

 

 

 

Noting that the settlement and payment were recorded in the course of the year 2021, MCSN would draw a line between which years should what particular payment fall in and deal accordingly.  For instance, MCSN has to determine what allocation would be made to each year from 2006 and who benefits from whatever distribution allocated to each year, from which all MCSN’s members and international affiliate societies would certainly benefit.

 

 

 

One thing which MCSN has made clear and which its Board agrees with is that all liabilities from the past would not be loaded on and borne by this single payment, as this settlement is purely an opening for more past, present and future incomes.

 

 

 

MCSN would therefore want to assure everyone that any and everyone who has any contractual, legal or even moral claim to the payment would certainly be paid, without any form of sentiment, emotion or blackmail.

 

 

 

Those who have genuine stakes and claim in MCSN should have their fingers crossed and await development.

 

It is hereby directed that all members, who have registered and been admitted into the membership of the Society since 2006 should update their records, particularly their bank details with the Society, as the Society have migrated away from cheque and cash payments.

 

Recall that 5.9billion was recently paid by Multichoice to MCSN through Appeal court judgement. Content creators and music artists are implored to register and upload their contents on GoCreate to access the fund.

Wema Bank, SheCan Nigeria, empowers 1,000 Women in Ogun state through skill acquisition

   



To further help women realise their personal and business potentials, Wema Bank Plc again partnered with SheCan Nigeria on a Skills Acquisition Program at Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State.

 

The Skils Acquisition Program, which kicked off on 18 August 2021, came immediately after the SheCan Conference 2021 at Muson Centre Lagos themed "SheCan Do More".

 

The program saw over 1,000 women benefit from vocational training exercises designed to equip them with basic skills that could help boost their financial status.

 

The training included general classes on Business Empowerment, Digital Marketing, Advantages of Effective Marketing, Networking and Product Promotion, to mention a few.

 

There were also Group Classes that catered to the various entrepreneurial skills. The training included lessons on Waste to Wealth, Bead Making, Hair/Wig Making, Hat Making, Make-up, Catering with a focus on Pastries/Baking. There were also classes in Antiseptic, Petroleum Jelly and Insecticide, production and Olive oil, shampoo, Liquid toilet soap, Air freshener making.

 

Among the dignitaries at the program were the Keegbo Atikori of Ijebu, Igbo, Alayeluwa Oba Ibitoye Solaja, the Chairman Ijebu North Local Government, Honorable Omobolaji Odusanya among others.

 

Abiola Nejo, Head of Gender Banking said, "A major takeout from the program was to help every woman realize that she can do more irrespective of her background, gender, education, and career."

 

She added that "Wema Bank will continually partner with women-focused initiatives like SheCan Nigeria to empower adolescent girls and women through strategic training, mentoring, counselling, skill acquisition and community empowerment programs

Saturday, 14 August 2021

Nigeria moving towards cholera outbreak in IDP camps – EDWIIN

  



Nigeria is moving close to a major cholera outbreak if urgent sanitary measures are not put in place at the Internal Displaced Camps in the Northeast. The awareness and advocacy for government intervention has intensified, following the surge of cholera outbreak at the Kuchingoro camp in Abuja, where 9 people die within two days and over 246 people were infected.

 

Author and convener of the Empathy Driven Women International Initiative, EDWIIN, was a guest on Arise TV to discuss the cause of the Cholera outbreak, and urgent measures to take to prevent future occurrences and the fundamental plight of IDP camps in Nigeria.

 

Read Excerpts..

How did you come to be involved in this particular plight and what was it that drew you to feel you could make a difference?

 

Okay. I went to work in Abuja, and I asked someone, I said I have been hearing of IDP camp, can I please visit one? And that was in February; this is August. I just couldn’t leave those people. I’ve been going there ever since like every other day. And we have been able to move one stead ahead of the other. I have been able to work with a lot of partners, and I have visited other camps, but I can say that there are some camps that are a little bit more organized, but the problem is the same all over.

Now in Kuchingoro Camp, there is no hospital whatsoever. What you have is just a shop that has one retired matron that comes once every week.


How many people are we looking at?

 

We’re looking at 1,750 people in one camp, and of course, we are also looking at 255 births between 2016 and 2021; and then we are looking at 400 children, and women and men.

And not only that, we are looking at open defecation. There is just one borehole that works and six tanks to serve 1,750 people. When I said open defecation, it is open defecation. You can imagine 1750 people defecating openly every day. So, a cholera outbreak was imminent, because when we went in there, it was like everybody is just going to die here.

 

There is another report that 146 people have died from this cholera in Kebbi state, and 2028 persons are infected

 

 Yes. In Kuchingoro, there were over 30 infections, but what we were able to do immediately was administer ORT and then we were able to take some of them to the hospital. But then we lost 9 people in 2 days, not even in one week.

 

What have they been doing, before you came into the scene?

 

Well, what they’ve been having is what I can call topical interventions, not integrated interventions, when people come and say they want to help, but they just take pictures and look good before the camera, and they’ll say “we’ve gone to the IDP Camp. We’ve given them food, and all, but we don’t have integrated intervention. So, what I am talking about is that they need at least two more boreholes, and like 1000 litre to the 50,000-litre capacity tank. We need to improve their hygiene. They don’t have water. And even with the boreholes, we still have to talk about pumping the boreholes

 

Who funds the pumping of the boreholes, how do they pump the borehole? During the day, the water can be pumped, but the water that is pumped to the 6 tanks don’t go round.

 

So the urgent intervention right now will be two new boreholes out there first. Because even when we intervened with the ORT and lots of sugar and salt to do the mixing, we also had to buy cartons and cartons of water to prepare it.

 

What can be done to ensure that, they minimise this outbreak for those living in the IDP camps?

 

What we have to teach them personal hygiene. For us to teach the women skills, because we knew it was not going to be easy working with these women, we took like a week to provide the women with bathing soap, deodorants and everything, because we are going to be working with them. And they were really excited. They were happy because no one had actually come to teach them skills and take their hygiene into consideration. So for them, personal hygiene was like a learning process.

 

And very importantly I want to say, there’s a lot of infections and STDs in the camp. If you have 255 children between 2016 and now, certainly, a lot of activities have been going on. And so we are working on having the very first reproduction health medical outreach; working with doctors and medical practitioners.

Monday, 9 August 2021

Momentum Builds As First Ever Creative Industry Conference Set For October 1st

 


 


On Saturday, 31st July, 2021, Nigeria’s umbrella outfit for creative industry, Creative Industry Group officially announced its partnership with the Musical Copyright Society Nigeria (MCSN), and Performing Musicians Employers' Association of Nigeria, and Empressive media to organize the very first ever convergence of all creative sectors in Nigeria.



The event has since garnered interest and anticipation is high for the 1st of October, which is slated date for the event.

Other partnering groups include Society of Nigerian Artists, SNA Fashion Designers Association of Nigerian FADAN, Association of Nigerian Authors,, Actors Guild of Nigeria and many more.

Nigeria’s umbrella outfit for creative industry, Creative Industry Group, has positioned itself to set the ball rolling in putting talents and exclusive initiatives into the path of profitability and reward, as it is set to partner the all-encompassing Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria  and  leading PR company, Empressive Media to launch the first ever convergence for all creative minds in Nigeria to discuss the way forward amid the major challenge bedevilling the industry; Copyright

 

 Tagged “The Nigerian Creative & Media Conference”, the event is scheduled to hold on Independent day, October 1st 2021 in Lagos and will be aired live for participants across the world to engage.

Speaking with newsmen on Saturday, 31 July 2021 Mr Nosa Omorege, the CIG Publicity Secretary stated that, creativity and artistic careers are now becoming a lucrative business globally and there is an increased awareness among Nigerian Youth as it has offered a new level of opportunity and means for Financial Liberation for young minds.

While the media keeps scouting new young talents in every area of arts and entertainment, we believe these young minds are supposed to be guarded and protected against all forms of manipulations that comes with content exploitation.

 

The news platforms also have a great deal of work to do in projecting true talents beyond any forms of kickbacks. This program will discuss these issues among many other salient issues that revolves around joining forces with all other copyright platforms.

 

We intend to bring in MCSN’s Go Create and introduce the app to every content creator to secure their work and let their work be able to put food on their table.” He said

 

President of PMAN, who lauds the idea commended CIG and all partnering platforms for the initiative and pledged to support in every capacity required from PMAN

 

“I believe this conference will offer learning opportunities to content curators, bloggers and social media users on creative and branding strategies, monetization opportunities and structured business models, successful digital business principles and other topics that will prove advantageous for Bloggers in all fields. It will also provide a networking opportunity for media practitioners to meet and share their knowledge.” He stated.

 

 

 

 

It also aims to introduce the new digital networks to the new creative platforms from the stable of PMAN, MCSN, CIG and other platforms that protects copyrights of contents.

 

Tagged “Monetizing Your Content Amid Limitations”, the event is free to registered participants. But for space constraints, only the first 500 proposed participants to register will be sent the admission code to enter the conference venue. All other interested bloggers after the first set of 500 registered participants will be encouraged to watch the live streaming and live feeds of the event This conference is programmed into workshops, keynote presentations, insightful talks, collaborative round table working sessions, and panel discussions from recognized experts in business strategy, customer-relationship building, branding and monetization of social media.












Popular Filmmaker, Olu Micheals Clears The Air Over Misconceived Allegations Against Him

 




Against all the rumours going round on some microblogging handles about top actor and show promoter, Olu Micheals over using his highly reputed travels platform, Forbes Global Project International Limited, for fraudulence purposes, the actor has finally come out to lay all the matters to bear before newsmen on Monday, 09 August 2021.

Recall that some microblogging platforms (name withheld) raised allegations against the actors, based on unconfirmed complaints forwarded to them.

Speaking comprehensively about what transpired, Olu Michaels took time to explain the bottlenecks that come with visa application since the interruption of the deadly covid-19 virus and how the U.S and Canadian Governments have reduced the numbers of visas to be approved vis-à-vis countries of prospective tourists or intending students.

He reiterated the money-back policy of the company and urged affected customers to be patient with his brand as every customer who has been affected will be refunded.

 

He wrote:

 

On Sunday 25th of July 2021, a publication was made regarding myself (Olushola Micheals ) and Forbes global project international Ltd. I am making this post on behalf of myself and Forbes Global in order to explain and clarify things. Forbes Global Project has a money-back guarantee which means that if a client's visa is denied and upon request by the client, we take the necessary steps to refund the client's money between 4 to 8 weeks.

Unfortunately, in recent times, business instability and the harsh economic reality have caused us not to be consistent with the time frame for refund. However, we have always made certain that we stick to our refund policy.

 

Some Of our affected customers whose names and faces appeared on the Blog post and comment section of the recent publication must have been forced to engage with the Blog for the following reasons:

 

 Firstly, since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out and more particularly from the start of the year 2020, the Canadian High commission reduced issuance of tourist visas and further in the year put it on hold totally. However, we continued to make applications even up until late 2020 and these applications were accepted along with the visa fee by the Embassy But no response was given for several months. As we speak, we still have quite a number of clients who have applied for Canadian tourist visas and to date, their applications are still pending at the embassy.

 

Some of the clients have been to our office requesting for a refund simply because they can’t wait forever. In response to their requests for a refund, we have initiated the process of refund. While some have been paid in full others have been paid in part, even as their applications are pending at the embassy.

 

Secondly, USA visa applicants are also affected by the effects of the global pandemic. Some of our clients have gotten their appointments while others are still waiting for appointment dates simply because there is no appointment-free date until 2022 both at the Lagos and Abuja offices. Despite the above, some of our clients have asked us for a refund as they are running out of patience for their interview dates. We are currently engaged in talks with all our affected clients and must confess that our businesses have been hurt by the negative publication.

 

Forbes project agrees that there are still quite a number of pending refunds to be made to the affected clients. However, we have never denied the fact that any client who is not pleased with our services has a right to request a refund. We have always pledged to refund our clients upon request. Some of our affected clients have been paid in cash while others have received post-dated cheques as proof of our pledge to refund. All We are asking for is your patience as we take urgent steps to remedy the situation.

 

We hereby use this medium to appeal to our esteemed clients to please bear with us as every request for refund will be attended to, in due time. To those we failed, we sincerely apologize, yes we aren’t totally exonerating ourselves, we ask for patience and forgiveness.

 

As an organization that deeply cares for its clients and their welfare, we apologize and appeal to our esteemed clients for their continued patience as we hope to serve you better in the coming days. To all our esteemed clients who are aggrieved by our shortcomings we ask that you forgive us. And for any further complaints, requests or need for clarification we would be happy to attend to you if you reach us through our usual communication channels.







Sunday, 8 August 2021

Cholera Outbreak In IDP Camps, As 9 Die In One Week

 


The cholera outbreak in the IDP camps in Nigeria reaffirms its public health threat to the country. Evidence on the current epidemiology of cholera required for the design and implementation of appropriate interventions towards attaining the global roadmap strategic goals for cholera elimination however seems lacking.

 

Scores of cases of cholera have been reported in Kuchingoro IDP camp with 9 deaths within one week, newsmen report.

 

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease caused by Virbrio cholerae bacteria. It is passed on from faeces through contaminated food, drinks and unhygienic environments, and causes severe dehydration. Infected people can die if their illness is not quickly managed with rehydration

 

Further investigations by a team of journalists reveal the deplorable state of Kuchingoro IDP that camps no fewer than 1700 persons. The camp has no adequate water, as only one borehole serves the entire population.

 

 

Recall that EDWIIN in it's program in July drew the attention of the World Health Organization, WHO, and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC to the rate at which the people in the camper suffer from an inadequate supply of clean water and sewage system, which has been discovered to be the cause of the outbreak.

 

The inclusive-driven NGO partnered with a number of organizations and schools to provide an emergency intervention in July, but the effect was minimal as donations and contributions served only for a couple of weeks.

 

Speaking to newsmen on Saturday, August 7, 2021, Uri Ngozichukwuka, the convener lamented the situation at the camp and appeal to government agencies to, as a matter of urgency, come to the aid of the Kuchingoro IDP, and save them from the clutches of the disease, by providing adequate hygienic water supply by constructing boreholes within the camp

 

Further investigations reveal that the new KUCHINGORO IDP camp has only one functioning borehole that serves over 1700 persons.

 

The camp has no hospital but a basic drug supply window and a twice-weekly visit by a retired nurse.

 

Medical aid camp has also been ravaged by STDs and infection due to open defecation, where there is not adequate sewage system.

 

Some well-meaning Nigerians have been feeding the children daily to keep them in school. As hunger looms over the camp the school is where they readily get at least a meal a day.

 

“We are calling on well-meaning individuals to help raise the living conditions of these displaced persons”, Uri said in her response to newsmen.

 

EDWIIN has been partnering with so many groups to bring succour to the camp. Amongst such is The Education Reform group. A team of resolute distinguished professionals concerned with restoring and redefining the education landscape of the country to meet contemporary international standards.

 

The team lead is Mrs Yemisi Subair, a chartered accountant and an author.

It will be recalled that on May 27th Standard Bearer School's CEO Mrs Modupe Adeyinka Oni also launched the I-Africa which pushes for a rural online school. The children in the IDP CAMP will also be the key recipients of this project.

 

NGOs continue to bring partners into the camp in so many areas however the cholera epidemic has hit hard with so many deaths within a week. 

 

According to Modupe Oni, one of the volunteers and early education specialists, there is a need to urgently raise the hygiene level and awareness to prevent more deaths.

For material needs, there is an urgent need for a clean soup Kitchen, supply of toiletries, disinfectants soaps. Supply of mattresses and bed sheets and bed frames are also needed.

 

Interested volunteers and donors are requested to reach out through 08024367544 for updates and donations. 






Saturday, 7 August 2021

Suru Homes CEO arraigned for selling property he used as collateral for N1.7bn loan




Chief Executive Officer of Suru Homes Limited, Edward Akinlade, was, on Thursday, arraigned before an Ikeja Special Offences Court for allegedly selling his company’s property which he used as collateral for a Fidelity Bank loan.

Chief Executive Officer of Suru Homes Limited, Edward Akinlade. [citypeopleonline]
Chief Executive Officer of Suru Homes Limited, Edward Akinlade. [citypeopleonline]
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Akinlade and his company were arraigned on a 10-count charge of stealing and issuance of dud cheques.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) preferred the charges bordering on attempted fraud against the defendants who, however, plead not guilty.

According to EFCC Prosecutor, Mr Temitope Banjo, Akinlade committed the offences sometime in 2017 in Lagos.

“The defendant, with intent to defraud, converted the property, situated at No. 11A, Lawson Adeyemi St., Ikoyi, Lagos, by selling it without the knowledge of the bank and diverting the proceeds of the sale.

“The property was part of a legal mortgage he had used as part of collateral to secure a loan of N1.7 billion from Fidelity Bank Plc,” the prosecutor said.

Banjo said that on Sept. 8, 2017, the defendant issued nine separate dud Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) cheques of N10 million each to Fidelity Bank Plc.

“When the cheques were presented for payment, they were dishonoured on the grounds that no sufficient funds were standing in the credit of the account,” he said.

According to the prosecutor, the offences violate Sections 1(1)(a)(b) and 2 of the Dishonoured Cheques Offences Act, 2004 and Section 284 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

After the arraignment, the Defence Counsel, Mr Lawal Pedro (SAN), said that he only became aware of the charges against Akinlade on Aug. 5.

In response, Pedro said that he had filed a bail application and had just served a copy of the application to EFCC.

Responding, the EFCC prosecutor acknowledged receipt of the bail application and told the court that he needed some time to respond to it.

“My lord, the charges have been filed since 2020 and it was impossible and very difficult to get the defendant arrested until yesterday.

“The Bank Fraud Section of the EFCC had, on several occasions, put calls across to the defendant to no avail.

“He jumped administrative bail and he is being investigated by four sections of the EFCC,” Banjo said.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, in a ruling, granted Akinlade bail in the sum of N30 million, with two sureties in like sum.

“One surety shall be a legal practitioner and the second shall be a close relative of the defendant.

“The sureties shall swear to affidavits of means and their home and office addresses shall be verified by the court,” she said.

The case was, thereafter, adjourned till Oct. 11, for trial.

Sunday, 1 August 2021

Creative Industry Group, MCSN, PMAN Partner For First Ever Creative Conference

 





Nigeria’s umbrella outfit for creative industry, Creative Industry Group, has positioned itself to set the ball rolling in putting talents and exclusive initiatives into the path of profitability and reward, as it is set to partner the all-encompassing Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria  and  leading PR company, Empressive Media to launch the first ever convergence for all creative minds in Nigeria to discuss the way forward amid the major challenge bedevilling the industry; Copyright

 Tagged “The Nigerian Creative & Media Conference”, the event is scheduled to hold on Independent day, October 1st 2021 in Lagos and will be aired live for participants across the world to engage.

Speaking with newsmen on Saturday, 31 July 2021 Mr Nosa Omorege, the CIG Publicity Secretary stated that, creativity and artistic careers are now becoming a lucrative business globally and there is an increased awareness among Nigerian Youth as it has offered a new level of opportunity and means for Financial Liberation for young minds.



While the media keeps scouting new young talents in every area of arts and entertainment, we believe these young minds are supposed to be guarded and protected against all forms of manipulations that comes with content exploitation.

The news platforms also have a great deal of work to do in projecting true talents beyond any forms of kickbacks. This program will discuss these issues among many other salient issues that revolves around joining forces with all other copyright platforms.

We intend to bring in MCSN’s Go Create and introduce the app to every content creator to secure their work and let their work be able to put food on their table.” He said

 

President of PMAN, who lauds the idea commended CIG and all partnering platforms for the initiative and pledged to support in every capacity required from PMAN

“I believe this conference will offer learning opportunities to content curators, bloggers and social media users on creative and branding strategies, monetization opportunities and structured business models, successful digital business principles and other topics that will prove advantageous for Bloggers in all fields. It will also provide a networking opportunity for media practitioners to meet and share their knowledge.” He stated.



It also aims to introduce the new digital networks to the new creative platforms from the stable of PMAN, MCSN, CIG and other platforms that protects copyrights of contents.

 

Tagged “Monetizing Your Content Amid Limitations”, the event is free to registered participant. But for space constraints only the first 500 proposed participants to register will be sent the admission code to enter the conference venue. All other interested bloggers after the first set of 500 registered participants will be encouraged to watch the live streaming and live feeds of the event This conference is programmed into workshops, keynote presentations, insightful talks, collaborative round table working sessions, and panel discussions from recognized experts in business strategy, customer-relationship building, branding and monetization of social media



Saturday, 31 July 2021

NDW Mourns Foremost PWD Advocate Prince Sunday Adelabu

  



 

The First and top-notch largest coalition of the Network of Women with disabilities NDW have expressed a deep sense of loss over the death of a foremost distinguished advocate for persons with disabilities in the country Prince  Sunday Adelabu on Thursday 29th July 2021.

 

Mrs Lois Auta the president and founder of the NWD expressed a deep sense of loss decrying the huge vacuum created by the demise of prince Sunday Adelabu.

 

Speaking on behalf of the NDW she said

  "The disability community in Nigeria lost a father figure ". Mr Adelabu has  been at the part of Disability struggling from the beginning as the  first President of Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, 

 

PRINCE PAUL ADELABU,  was until his death  BOT CHAIRMAN of JONAPWD

 

Prince Paul Adelabu was also a seasoned politician, a former Special Assistant to the immediate past Governor of Oyo State until his death, he was the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD).

 

Adelabu was a social worker and one of the pioneer  distinguished members of the Nigeria Association of Social Workers (NASoW), Oyo State chapter.

 

He had also served as Principal to Rehabilitation Center for people with disabilities in Moniya, Ibadan.

 

Mrs Lois Auta and the entire coalition of Network of Women with Disabilities expresses sincerest condolences with the family and the entire disability community and the Nation.

 

Signed

NDW Communication team