A tragic incident occurred at a WEMA bank branch in Iju, Akure North Local Government area of Ondo State, as two people were allegedly killed following an armed robbery attack.
Ondo State Commissioner of Police Mr Undie Adie, confirmed the robbery attack but disclosed that it was foiled by security operatives. He told newsmen;
“Our men are currently trailing the robbers in the bush.
“when they were confronted by security operatives, they abandoned the operation as well as their vehicle. We’ll give updates as soon as possible. I’m on my way to the town where the incident.”
Wema Bank also confirmed the robbery incident and further disclosed that relevant authorities have been contacted. Read the tweet below;
We are aware of the situation in our branch in Iju, Ondo state. Relevant authorities have been contacted and are handling the incident.
A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to freeze three bank accounts said to belong to the Lagos State Government over an alleged fraud of N9.9 billion.
The three bank accounts, domiciled in First City Monument Bank, Access Bank, and Zenith Bank, are numbered 5617984012, 0060949275 and 1011691254, respectively. Justice Chuka Obiozor ordered the “suspension” of the bank accounts following an ex-parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The EFCC had prayed the judge to freeze the account pending the conclusion of investigation and possible prosecution of the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff to former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Adewale Adesanya. According to an ex-parte application, a member of the EFCC investigating team, Kungmi Daniel, said the commission discovered “a huge inflow of N9,927,714,443.29” from the state accounts into an FCMB bank account opened on September 17, 2018 during the administration of former governor Akinwunmi Ambode and operated by Adesanya.
He stated that the schedule of the FCMB account showed how Adesanya and the other signatories to the account made fraudulent transfer from the accounts of the Lagos State Government and dissipated the funds housed in the said accounts. Daniel added that the trend in the account was that the account always witnessed huge inflow from Lagos State Government in the above scheduled accounts managed by the respondent (Adesanya), adding upon receipt of intelligence, the EFCC analysed it and found it worthy of investigation.
The EFCC prayed the court to grant it an order to temporarily attach and take over the accounts to enable it to conclude its investigations.
“There have been concerted efforts and attempts to dissipate the contents of the accounts listed in the schedule to this application. Without freezing the nominated accounts and temporarily forfeiting the money to the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, there is no way the fraud being perpetrated using the scheduled accounts can be stopped,” the EFCC said.
After listening to submission by the EFCC lawyer, Mohammed Abbas, Justice Obiozor granted the prayers. He adjourned further proceedings in the matter till August 9, 2019.
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari is to swear in his ministers-designate on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
This was contained in a statement issued by Babatunde Lawal, Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs Office in the
Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
The statement said before the inauguration, the ministers-designate had been invited to attend a two-day induction retreat in preparation for their swearing in.
According to the statement, “The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, invites all ministers-designate, head of the civil service of the federation, federal permanent secretaries and top government functionaries (specifically invited) to a 2-day induction retreat to be presided over by his excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the retreat earlier publicized has been rescheduled as follows:
“Date: Monday, 19th – Tuesday, 20th august, 2019, Time: 9:00am daily, Venue: State House Conference Centre, Presidential Villa, Abuja.”
The objectives of the retreat, he said, included “Building a strong platform for synergy and teamwork, sensitize appointees on the status of the implementation of policies, programmes and projects of government from 2015-to date and cquaint the appointees with the roadmap for delivery of government’s priorities and next level agenda (2019-2023).
Omoyele Sowore, a Nigerian activist and publisher who was arrested on Saturday, has spoken from detention.
Mr Sowore maintained a spirit of defiance when associates visited him in the custody of the State Security Service on Monday evening, two days after his arrest, according to Sahara Reporters, his media platform.
“I am pleased that the peaceful #RevolutionNow protests went ahead,” Mr Sowore told members of the ‘Take It Back’, one of the numerous social platforms he has been using to champion the course for a better Nigeria.
Mr Sowore was arrested at 1:00 a.m. on Saturday by state agents from the SSS, a secret police with a reputation for ruthlessness and repressive tactics from the days of Nigeria’s brutal dictators.
Many Nigerians immediately condemned President Muhammadu Buhari for using state resources to crush dissent. A video of how Mr Sowore was arrested later confirmed fears that the action did not meet democratic standards.
The SSS spoke for the first time about Mr Sowore’s arrest on Sunday, but failed to provide any evidence to support its allegations that the activist and others calling for an end to corruption, economic hardship and acute insecurity had any sinister motive behind their agitation.
Despite the arrest of Mr Sowore two days before he was scheduled to hit the streets with other Nigerians, and the police description of their agitation as an act of terrorism, a multitude of Nigerians still came out on August 3 in several cities to demonstrate.
They were, however, met with violence from security forces. Dozens of marchers and journalists who covered them were arrested across the country, a development critics said exposed President Buhari regime’s growing intolerance to dissent.
Mr Sowore used his brief chat with his comrades from ‘Take It Back’ movement to demand immediate release of all those whose constitutional rights were violated when security forces descended on them for participating in a protest.
“Knowledge of the sheer number of innocent Nigerians being arrested for exercising their civil rights bothers me,” Mr Sowore was quoted as telling his visitors in custody at about 6:00 p.m. Monday night.
“I join others in demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arrested by the police on Monday,” he added.
Sahara Reporters said Mr Sowore was met in a good condition in custody, and he remained defiant that his arrest will not foreclose agitation for better living conditions for the Nigerian masses.
It remains unclear when the activist would be charged. The SSS did not seem to be in a hurry to arraign him, even though the law allowed only a maximum of 48 hours for a suspect to be detained before being arraigned in court.
Kwara State Governor, Abdulrasaq Abdulrahman may have begun to show his hands early as he recently disrupted and hung the plans by the committee in charge of the popular Ilorin Emirate Dubar, because former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki was made a guest of honour and his name on the invitation cards.
THISDAY gathered that the organisers of the annual event, which always holds during the eid-el-kabir celebration, have had a running battle with the governor following his disapproval of Saraki as a guest of honour to the event.
While the governor was said to have insisted that Saraki must not feature in this year’s Dubar in whatever form, organisers of the event were said to have told him that it would be impossible to brush aside the holder of the title, Waziri Ilorin, adding that not only must he be invited, his name must be on the invitation cards.
But after the governor insisted that such a thing would not happen under his watch, THISDAY gathered that the organisers of the event have had to reprint the invitation cards about three times, deleting Saraki’s name from the latest reprint.
Apart from being alleged to have rejected the initial samples of the invitation cards shown to him (the governor), he also insisted that the sitting arrangements as explained to him was not feasible, because it positioned Saraki in a prominent position.
This is why on the three times that samples of the invitation cards were allegedly printed and shown to the governor, he was said to have rejected them on those three occasions, because according to a source close to the organisers, he wanted “everything Saraki” completely deleted, reiterating that Saraki would not be involved in this year’s Dubar activities.
Although the event planners were said to have fixed an appointment to see him, hoping that if they met him in person and explained to him.
It’s never easy adjusting to new things and this must be why the Pepper Dem Gang found the change in the Nomination process surprising and reacted differently. Mike was quick to state he loves the element of surprise though, but what about the rest of the Housemates, what do they think?
Fate In The Hands Of Others.
Gist sisters, Diane, Esther and Mercy were a bit bothered that their fate was in the hands of their teammates. The fact that their Nomination for Eviction depended on the success of their team scared them. All three have only been up for Eviction once and the thought of going up again should their team not succeed in any of the Nomination challenges unsettles them. They claim to be happy with their team but will they feel the same way after their first Challenge?
The Happy Usual Suspects
Housemates fond of making a feature on the Nominations’ list were super euphoric for the change. Tacha and Mike were particularly excited. This was a welcome development from having to be put up every week for possible Eviction. They all seemed confident about their Team and loved the fact that they had a shot at working to keep their name off the dreaded list. Omashola who had been Nominated twice was also excited for this twist. He reason was that most of the Housemates who were always hiding under the radar and putting up the others for possible Eviction will also get a taste of their own medicine.
We’ve Got This
They clearly have nothing to worry about as they each believe in the strength of their teams. From Frodd to Gedoni, Ike, Jackye, Khafi, Seyi, and Sir Dee, each was certain that their team had Housemates with strength and brains to get the job done. Now that they have expressed confidence about their teammates, it will be quite interesting to see how well they will fare in the challenges to come.
Separating The Strong From The Weak Links
They did say they were confident in their teammates, but if given the option, which of them would they readily swap for another? Who did the Housemates think were the weak link and who would they rather have on their team? Frodd, Omashola, Khafi, Ike and some of the new members of the Pepper Dem gang (Cindy especially) were a few names that readily came to the lips of the Housemates as the weak links. Seyi, Joe, Mike, Sir Dee and Ike were some of the strong Housemates other team members were keen on drafting to their teams.
The new Pepper Dem gang had their first-ever Diary Session and boy, were they excited. “It’s been a long time coming,” Cindy remarked. Venita was the first to go and she walked in excitedly with high expectations. Sharing her time in the House so far, she disclosed she was still wary of the Housemates and made mention of the fact that she had gotten into altercations with a couple of the Housemates. Asked if she deserved to be in the House, she answered in affirmative. Joe loves how he has been able to explore his creative side while Enkay has found the rest of the Housemates welcoming. Cindy and Elozoname also had nice things to say about the Housemates, especially her teammates.
As the quest for the final spot in the House continues, one thing is certain, the recent changes will turn up the pressure in the House. Which Housemate will be able to bear the weight of the pressure, who will cave in? The coming weeks will reveal a lot.
ONGA Seasoning, from the stables of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, had an exhilarating time with active brand followers on social media and upcoming chefs in this year’s ONGA Foodies Hangout held in Lagos.
Themed “The Jollof Showdown,” the event was packed with merriment and delicacies prepared with the brand and took place at Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island, on Saturday, August 3, 2019.
It was hosted by renowned TV host, Chuey Chu, and in attendance were celebrity chefs and food bloggers, like Atim Ukoh, popularly known as Afrolems, who enlightened others on food blogging and photography.
Commenting on ONGA Foodies Hangout, the Category Manager, Culinary and Cereals, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Olumide Aruleba, said the initiative is an experiential platform aimed at connecting the brand with lovers of food and fun-seekers, who are mostly the brand’s social media followers. “It is also a time to entertain ONGA consumers, to bring them together to enjoy delicacies served with ONGA taste and flavours,” he affirmed.
Aruleba added that having debuted in Lagos in 2018, with subsequent event in Abuja, the third edition was borne out of fans request for more.
According to him, the theme, The Jollof Showdown, was in preparation for the 2019 Jollof Day in Ghana in August, where the winner from the cooking competition at the third edition will represent Nigeria.
The jollof cooking competition which was the highlight of the event between three seasoned chefs and one attendee was supported by ex-Big Brother Naija housemates, Vandora Williams and Nina Ivy, Nollywood actress, Chy Nwakanma and ONGAcious TV Show host, Folake Cole-Adeife.
After a painstaking decision by the judges based on taste and presentation, Adebukola Abass (Chef Turay) who was supported by Nwakanma was declared the winner. She clinched the prize of a giant refrigerator and other gifts, and will represent Nigeria at the 2019 Jollof Rice Day.
While receiving her prize, exhilarating Abass, commended ONGA for the laudable initiative and the opportunity to showcase her skills. Also, she promised to make the nation proud in Ghana.
In her remark, Nwakanma affirmed that she was highly delighted to be behind the winner and eulogised the brand for putting the initiative together.
Speaking on ONGA’s range of products, the Brand Manager, Sophiat Bello, said Onga is proudly the Seasoning of Naija, made with locally sourced raw materials and caters to all culinary needs from start to finish. She said with Onga’s range of powdered and cube seasonings, everyone can make extraordinary meals every time.
ONGA Seasoning with the catchphrase, Mama’s Helping Hand, is available in powdered format with flavours which include classic, stew, chicken and the special mix of ginger, onion and garlic while Onga cubes is available in chicken and beef flavours.
Mouka Limited, Nigeria’s foremost foam and manufacturing company is partnering Supa Strikas in a business deal geared towards projecting Mouka’s Dreamtime baby mattress.
The dreamtime mattress which is designed with children in mind will now feature in Supa Strikas comic magazine.
Supa Strikas’ platform will be designed to showcase Mouka’s innovative children product monthly, a strategic placement which is meant to promote Mouka Dreamtime mattress.
A subsidiary of Strika Entertainment Nigeria Limited, Supa Strikas is a monthly comic publication that provides an avenue for brands to leverage its readership for wider publicity through varied categories of partnership.
According to the Brand and Innovation Manager for Mouka, Jide Odelola, this deal is aimed at attracting the target market segment for the Dreamtime mattress as it is set to unveil the unique selling points of the mattress which is one of the innovative designs to beat by competitors in Nigeria’s foam and mattress industry.
Odelola added that the Dreamtime mattress is a rare mattress technology in the Nigerian bedding industry. He hinted that the product pits its outstanding features against competing brands in a manner which technically puts it in a class of its own.
“Dreamtime is the first mattress of its kind for kids in Nigeria and offers water resistant cover and at the same time, breathable. Water resistant in the sense that water cannot penetrate through the fabric into the foam. And it’s also breathable in the sense that air can pass through. So it’s a new technology that we used for the production of the fabric. And that is why Mouka Dreamtime is different from Mackintosh because people try to compare it with Mackintosh. The technology behind Dreamtime is far beyond that of Mackintosh,” said Mouka’s Brand and innovation manager, Jide Odelola.
According to Mouka’s Senior Marketing Manager, Tolu Olanipekun, Mouka is giving a special touch to the mattress design while seeking a huge market share, as it focuses on catering specifically to the sleep needs of a market segment deserving of special attention.
“Dreamtime mattress is made with a special fabric that is water resistant which prevents water from soaking the foam. Sleeping on mackintosh often makes a child uncomfortable due to the texture and heat produced during sleep. Dreamtime on the other hand is covered with a soft and breathable fabric which keeps the body cool at night,” said Olanipekun.
Mouka’s partnership with Supa Strikas is a business venture designed for Dreamtime’s positive positioning and poised to entrench brand loyalty with increased market share as dividend of the joint venture.
In line with strategic business intent and corporate realignment to sustain continued business growth, the Board of Directors of Keystone Bank Limited has announced the appointment of three new Executive Directors. At its 49th, Annual General Meeting held in Lagos, the Board approved the appointments of Tijjani Aliyu, Olaniran Olayinka and Lawal J. Ahmed as Executive Directors, subject to the approval of the Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN).
In a statement by the divisional head, marketing & corporate communications of the bank, Mrs. Omobolanle Osotule, made available to journalists on Monday, said that the three new executive directors will join the executive management office to pursue and deliver on the bank’s strategic business objectives bringing to bear their in-depth wealth of banking experience garnered over the years across various sectors.
Commenting on the development, the Chairman of Keystone Bank, Alhaji Umaru H. Modibbo noted that the promotion of the three former General Managers to Executive Directors is in line with the bank’s corporate governance and culture of maximizing her human capital through consistent leadership development and training.
‘’Since we restructured, we have intentionally and proactively nurtured our talent in readiness for future leadership opportunities that will arise in the organisation. It is therefore a major feat for us that we were able to appoint the three new Executive directors from our internally groomed executives’’ said Modibbo.
Tijjani holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Bayero University, Kano and an MBA from the Bangor Business School, UK. His experience spans over two decades in both regulatory and top financial institutions in Nigeria. He is a member of various professional bodies and has attended various courses within and outside Nigeria including INSEAD Business School and the US Federal Reserve Bank in Washington.
He is a consummate Risk professional and a member of Risk Managers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN), Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB, HCIB). His experience in the financial services sector covers operations, treasury, Banking Supervision, Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Risk Management. Until his elevation, he was the Chief Risk officer of Keystone Bank.
Olaniran holds a First Class Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the prestigious University of Lagos. He has attended several executive courses and programs in Banking Operations, Credit, Risk Management, Business Process Re-engineering, Change Management amongst others.
He had a 4 years stint with PricewaterhouseCoopers and 25 years banking experience covering Operations, Human Resources Management, Corporate Banking, Commercial Banking, Retail Banking and Institutional Banking.
Until his elevation, he was the Regional Head Corporate Bank and West, Keystone Bank Limited.
On his part, Lawal, holds an LL.B Degree from the University of Jos, and an LL.M Degree from University of Dundee, United Kingdom. He has over 19 years post-call experience that cuts across Legal Practice, Banking Regulation, Process Improvement, Conflict Resolution, Project Management and Regulatory Compliance.
He is a Fellow of the Compliance Institute of Nigeria (FCIN) and has attended top global educational and professional institutions including the London School of Economics (LSE), UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Management Delft, Netherlands, the Clingendael Institute for International Relations, Den Haag, Netherlands, US Federal Reserve,
Washington DC, USA and Financial Stability Institute of the Bank for International Settlements. Until his elevation, he was the Chief Compliance Officer of Keystone Bank Limited.
Keystone Bank is a technology and service-driven commercial bank offering convenient and reliable solutions to its customers.