The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) said the death toll in Friday’s evening boat mishap near Ikorodu has risen to five while one victim is still in critical condition.
The General Manager of LASWA, Mr. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos while providing an update on the incident.
“Rescue effort commenced this morning with the Commissioner of Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, LASWA Search Party, Local Boat Operators, Marine Police, and LASEMA (Lagos State Emergency Management Agency).
“So far sixteen (16) passengers have been rescued alive with one person in critical condition and five (5) fatalities recorded.
“The Lagos State Government through the commissioner for transportation commiserates with the families of those who lost their loved ones in this tragedy.
“Search and rescue effort is still ongoing, ’’ the LASWA boss said.
He said that the accident happened at Owode/Ibeshe near Ikorodu at about 8.30 p.m. on Friday evening.
According to him, both the boat operator and the passengers broke the law against night travel on waterways.
Emmanuel said that the boat, which took off illegally from Èbúté Ẹrọ Jetty, heading toward Ikorodu, ran into an unforeseen object on the waterways, which resulted in the mishap.
He said that the Lagos State Government, through the authority, had repeatedly warned boat operators and passengers against night travel on the Lagos Inland waterways.
On Friday, a-20 capacity passenger boat with the name “Lalek Marine” was suspected to have left Ebute Ero Jetty around 8.00 p.m. after the approved sailing time of 6.00 p.m. and didn’t arrive at its destination which was Ikorodu Terminal.
On the same night when the incident occurred, four passengers were dead, four others were missing while 11 were rescued alive.
On June 23, a local boat with four adult males on a boating expedition capsized due to water turbulence.
Three of the passengers were rescued alive while one was missing.
Earlier on June 18, LASWA had celebrated zero records of boat mishap in the last six months in the state waterways.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has promised to name his prince after the late Sir Adesoji Aderemi, the 49th Ooni of Ife, as a mark of appreciation to Aderemi for his good works.
Ooni Ogunwusi made the promise on Friday in his Palace at Ile-Ife.
Ogunwusi was speaking at the 40th remembrance anniversary of the late Ooni organised by his princes, princesses and grandchildren in memory of the late Ooni who reigned from 1930 to 1980.
The monarch described his predecessor as a great icon who would be remembered for his immeasurable contributions to the independence, stabilisation and growth of Nigeria.
“I wish to implore our politicians across the country to look deep into the life, times and accomplishments of Sir Aderemi and learn great lessons of servant leadership.
“He was selflessly committed to the development of the country.
“Among several tangible virtues to be emulated from the good life of Sir Aderemi is the good name he left behind which still speaks volumes till date.
“Houses, cars and other material gains of life will surely fade away, while one’s name remains in the book of history forever.
“Today, the ancient city of Ile-Ife and indeed the entire human race is proud to have had Sir Adesoji Aderemi whom we shall continue to celebrate.
“Plans are underway to immortalise him and I have discussed it with members of the family.” Ooni Adeyeye said.
Speaking on behalf of the family members, Prince Owoade Aderemi, thanked Ooni Ogunwusi for the warm reception and acknowledgement of their father’s giant strides during his lifetime.
“I am sure that our father would be so happy in the world beyond to realise how great and united his family is after four decades.
“As princes and princesses, we have done a lot to develop Ile-Ife and I wish to state that we shall continue to be active in the growth of our beloved city,” Owoade said.
Mr Segun Omoworare, who spoke on behalf of the late Aderemi’s grandchildren, described the late monarch as an epitome of traditional and political leadership.
“While on the respected throne of Oduduwa, Baba served Nigeria in several political capacities including being among the first set of the country’s Ministers and Governor of the then Western region.
“He was among the nationalists, who fought a great fight for the nation’s independence and we are so proud to be his descendants.” Omoworare said.
Earlier, Ogunwusi had led members of the Aderemi family to lay wreath on the tomb of his predecessor as a mark of respect.
Ogunwusi later led dignitaries to inspect the White House built by Sir Aderemi in 1937 which he (Ooni Ogunwusi) has modified.
The All Progressives Congress has urged relevant security agencies to probe reports linking suspected cybercriminal, Ramon Abbas alias Hushpuppi to top-ranking members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
APC’s request was contained in a statement signed by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, in Abuja, on Saturday.
Nabena said, it was instructive to note that the suspect was arrested in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, which was a destination of choice for PDP leaders ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The APC statement read in part, “We note that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has already declared the arraigned Instagram celebrity wanted over fraud allegations.
“However, the EFCC, Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit and other sister agencies must investigate money laundering reports linking some PDP leaders and financiers to the Dubai-based international criminal ring.”
The statement further read, “That the PDP leadership turned Dubai into their ‘Strategic’ meeting place ahead of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria and ‘Hushpuppi’s’ affinity with the PDP leadership is not mere coincidence.
“At different times, ‘Hushpuppi’ was photographed in Dubai meeting with the PDP’s 2019 presidential candidate, Alh. Atiku Abubakar; former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; former Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Senator Dino Melaye among other PDP stalwarts.
“While relevant authorities investigate the nature of their relationship and business partnership, we also challenge the PDP leadership to do same by opening up on the nature of the relationship, particularly the kind of services the arrested “Hushpuppi” provided them.”
Ecobank Nigeria has restated its unwavering commitment to support and sustain the development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in all sectors including the Agriculture sector of the nation’s economy, following the emerging economic climate. This was the submission of speakers at the Ecobank Webinar held recently in Lagos.
In his presentation tagged: Harnessing CBN and other funding opportunities for small and medium enterprises in the emerging economic climate, Emeka Agada (Head, SME, Ecobank Nigeria), stated that the bank will continue to harness and explore the various CBN intervention schemes and other funding and trade opportunities provided by Ecobank Nigeria for small businesses.
He further added that Ecobank has also made available solutions that enhance trade through provision of working capital and digital platforms for payments and collections.
According to him, Ecobank recognises that one of the ways of creating jobs, reducing poverty and achieving economic growth and development is by the timely extension of credit to businesses, stressing that the bank is a big player in financial intermediation in that sub sector.
“Ecobank is a major player in the SME space. We have won several awards in this regard. Which is why Ecobank is commonly referred to as the SME friendly bank. We will continue to partner with CBN and other funding partners to play the important role of promoting economic growth and development through the process of financial intermediation in the sub sector under any circumstance,” he said.
Agada listed business loans offered by Ecobank to SMEs as merchant advance for businesses using digital collection channels, inventory finance for key distributors, shop owners facility for traders, purchase order and invoice discounting, asset finance, agriculture finance amongst others. He further stated that the bank also supports trade by providing solutions for facilitating onshore and off-shore activities such as export finance, import finance, bonds, guarantees, small scale import forex via form Q etc. He further stated that Ecobank is also a major participant in the CBN Interventions such as Creative Industry Initiative(CIFI), Healthcare Intervention Fund, Real Sector Support Facility(RSSF) and all Agric related intervention funds amongst others.
Moji Oguntoyinbo (Head, AgriBusiness, Ecobank Nigeria), in her presentation titled- Harnessing CBN and other Ecobank funding opportunities for Agric business in the emerging economic climate, said Ecobank, is sustaining its commitment to the agriculture sector in partnership with NIRSAL and some other developmental institutions in the next two to three years. According to her, Ecobank is a partner with the CBN in all its intervention schemes and programs which are focused on the development of the agricultural sector. ‘’This relationship is generating activities across the entire value chain of the sector,” she stated.
She listed the various schemes and programs as Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP), Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk-Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme (CACS), Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF), Real Sector Support Facility (RSSF), Paddy Aggregation Scheme (PAS), Maize Aggregation Scheme (MAS) and Rice Distributors’ Facility (RDF).
This edition of the Ecobank Webinar series is an initiative of Ecobank Commercial Banking business, aimed at deepening conversation on the new normal for businesses and how individuals can harness new opportunities in the face of COVID-19. The virtual engagement attracted participation from amongst various Ecobank customers comprising, individuals and business owners from different sectors of the economy and financial experts who joined across virtual platforms and social media handles.
Ecobank’s unique and largest pan-African platform is designed to help unlock the opportunities of the continent and for the continent, through standardisation, fueling regional integration, trade and investment across borders. Due to its sterling performance, the bank has been recognized multiple times; as ‘Best Retail Bank in Africa 2019’ by the African Banker Awards and also as ‘Most Admired Financial Services Brand in Africa 2019’ by Brand Africa 100.”
SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv can look forward to a thrilling weekend of European football action, as your Channel of Champions broadcasts live action from the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A from Saturday 4 to Monday 6 July 2020.
This round of action in the Premier League is headlined by the meeting of Tottenham Hotspur and Everton in London on the evening of Monday 6 July, with both teams continuing their push to move up the table and end the season on a high. The match will air live at 8pm on DStv Supersport 3
Tottenham still have an outside chance of reaching the top four – and guaranteed entry into the UEFA Champions League with it – and midfielder Erik Lamela insists that this remains their ambition despite looking sluggish since the restart. “No we have to aim for the top four, try to win every game. There are plenty of opportunities ahead. We have to take it game by game but that is our plan,” said the Argentine.
Sunday’s meeting of Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield is set to have an Egyptian taste to it, with the Reds boasting Mohamed Salah and the Lions able to field his compatriots Ahmed Elmohamady and Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan. It’s desperate times for Villa as they look to claw their way up the log and avoid relegation, but Jurgen Klopp’s side are unlikely to be in a generous mood. The match will kick off at 4:30 pm on DStv Supersport 3.
This weekend of La Liga action is headlined by Real Madrid’s trip to Estadio San Mames to face Athletic Bilbao. The Sunday game will air live on DStv SuperSport 7 and on GOtv SuperSport Select 4 at 1pm. Los Blancos are in the midst of a tough title tussle with arch rivals Barcelona, but Zinedine Zidane’s side are showing signs of being able to withstand the pressure and possibly win a first title since 2016-17.
Bilbao were able to hold Real 0-0 when the teams met at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu back in December last year, but going a step further and defeating the capital giants has proven difficult for the Basque club in recent years: their last win in the rivalry was back in March 2015 and that was one of just two victories over Real in the decade spanning 2010 to the end of 2019.
Another key clash sees Barcelona head to Estadio De La Ceramica on Sunday to take on Villarreal, with the Yellow Submarine invigorated since the restart and chasing a place in next season’s UEFA Europa League. The match will air 9pm on DStv SuperSport 7 and on GOtv SuperSport Select 4 . Much of this new ‘oomph’ has come from the feet of Nigerian winger Samuel Chukwueze, whose skill and pace have been one of the highlights in La Liga since the resumption in June.
The pick of weekend Serie A matches is definitely the Turin derby between Juventus and Torino at the Allianz Stadium on Saturday 4 July. The match will air at 4:15pm on DStv SuperSport 9 and on GOtv SuperSport Select 5. The ‘Derby della Mole’ (named after the Mole Antonelliana, a major landmark in the city and the architectural symbol of the Piedmontese capital) will see Juve continue their push to retain the Serie A crown, though the loss of the Coppa Italia final to Napoli in June was a major blow to their morale.
Juventus’ title rivals Lazio and Internazionale face home matches of their own, with their former taking on Milan later Saturday at 8:45pm on DStv SuperSport 9 and on GOtv SuperSport Select 5 and the latter hosting Bologna at 4:15pm in Sunday’s late afternoon kick-off. The match will air on DStv SuperSport 9 and GOtv SuperSport Select 5.
Don’t miss the conclusion of the 2019-20 football season on DStv and GOtv. Visit www.dstv.com and www.gotvafrica.com to subscribe or upgrade, and join in on the excitement. And while you’re on the move, you can stream matches on DStv Now.
Raymond Hushpuppi’s comrade-in-cyber crime, OLALEKAN JACOB PONLE, also known as “Mr. Woodberry” or “Mark Kain,” was arraigned on a separate charge in Chicago today.
The 29 year-old who was arrested in Dubai last month, was charged in U.S. District Court in Chicago with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
The criminal complaint accuses Ponle of orchestrating “business email compromise” schemes to defraud several U.S.-based companies.
The schemes resulted in attempted or actual losses to victim companies in the tens of millions of dollars, including a Chicago-based company that was defrauded into sending wire transfers totalling $15.2 million, the complaint states.
Ponle was arrested last month by law enforcement in the United Arab Emirates, where he had been residing.
He was subsequently expelled from the UAE into the custody of the FBI and arrived in Chicago Thursday evening.
Ponle’s alleged cyber fraud scheme spanned at least the first nine months of 2019.
The complaint describes several instances in which one or more unknown subjects gained unauthorized access to a U.S.-based company’s email account and sent messages to unwitting employees claiming to be from the company or a known business contact.
The emails were nearly identical to prior legitimate emails sent over the company’s email account, but the fraudulent emails instructed victims to wire funds to a bank account that was set up by money mules at the direction of Ponle, the complaint states.
Ponle then instructed the mules to convert the fraud proceeds to Bitcoin and send them to a virtual wallet that Ponle owned and operated, the complaint states.
In addition to the Chicago-based companies, other victims included companies based in Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, New York, and California, the complaint states.
Conspiracy to commit wire fraud is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.
The complaint and expulsion were announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the FBI. The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs at the Justice Department provided substantial assistance.
The government of the United Arab Emirates and the Dubai Police Department provided valuable assistance. Assistant U.S. Attorney Melody Wells of the Northern District of Illinois is prosecuting the case.
Read the full Indictment here: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndil/press-release/file/1292061/download
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) says stamp duty will now be paid on house rent and certificate of occupancy (C of O).
Abdullahi Ahmad, director of FIRS communications and liaison department, urged all residents to ensure that all rent or lease documents and C of O are subject to authentication with the new FIRS adhesive stamp duty.
He said this was necessary to give the instruments the force of law and make them legally binding on all parties involved in such transactions.
The official said the new FIRS adhesive stamp duty came into being at the official inauguration of the inter-ministerial committee on audit and recovery of back years stamp duties that recently held in Abuja.
Ahmed quoted Muhammad Nami (pictured), the FIRS executive chairman, as saying: “chargeable transactions under the stamp duties act as amended in the Finance Act 2019 are in two categories – fixed duty instruments and ad-valorem instruments”.
“The following are the chargeable transactions in the fixed duty instruments category, power of attorney (PoA), certificate of occupancy (C of O), proxy form; appointment of receiver, memorandum of understanding (MoU), joint venture agreements (JVA), guarantor’s form, and ordinary agreements receipts.
“While ad-valorem instruments chargeable under the stamp duties act are deed of assignment, sales agreement, legal mortgage or debentures, tenancy or lease agreement, insurance policies, contract agreements, vending agreement, promissory notes, charter-party and contract notes.
“Stamp duty is basically charged in two forms, either ad valorem where duty payable is a percentage of the consideration on an instrument or a fixed sum irrespective of the consideration on dutiable instrument or document.”
Ahmad advised that all members of the public ensure that all the listed instruments have the new FIRS adhesive stamp affixed or stamped on them as this would legalise such instruments. (The Cable)
Heritage Bank Plc said it has closed down an Experience Centre- EC (branch) at Allen Avenue; Ikeja over “unconfirmed case” of Coronavirus for deep hygiene clean up after an employee took ill last week.
The bank in a statement made available to the press and customers, noted “in line with our emergency response plan and following regulatory practices, we have taken immediate steps to close down Allen Avenue, Ikeja Experience Centers- EC (branch) for thorough disinfections of the affected location.”
Contrary to rumour, the bank disclosed that whilst the suspected staff awaits her medical test from the Covid-19 Test Centre in Yaba, she had not exhibited any symptoms related to the virus.
“Neither of the suspected person or others in the EC had exhibited any symptoms,” the bank said in the statement.
Specifically, the bank stated that staff were advised to self-isolate for 14days forthwith which was in consonance with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The bank stated that the EC will undergo “thorough disinfections,” further affirmed, “Customers and staff safety remains paramount; hence we will recommence business with new set of relief employees, as the current staff self-isolate.”
In the interim, the bank advised customers, “please visit other ECs or branches in Ikeja where you can conduct your daily transactions. Otherwise, you can use our alternate e-channels for seamless service deliveries.
“Heritage Bank remains resolute to continually serve you seamlessly despite prohibitions imposed on physical contact through our bouquet of electronic products which have been made available on notable mobile stores and our website (www.hbng.com).”
The bank noted that it would continue to intensify ongoing efforts via its intranet and other channels to keep staff and customers up-to-date with the latest COVID-19 information and provide clear direction and guidance expected of workers and customers.
“We have setup a COVID-19 Support Centre to offer COVID-19 safety tips to all our customers during this period, in support of the efforts of the Government and relevant bodies. Please send any information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic via these channels: E-mail: HeritageBankCovid19Support@hbng.com and contact number: 01-2369099,” the bank stated.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday announced that final year students in Primary 6, Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 are to resume classes from Monday, August 3.
The Governor made the announcement during a press briefing held at State House, Marina Lagos
He however, directed school operators of public spaces and offices should deny entry to anyone without a mask.
The Federal Government had last week approved what it called “safe reopening” of schools nationwide in the next phase of the gradual easing of lockdown ordered to curtail further spread of COVID-19.
Union Bank of Nigeria (UBN) Plc has reaffirmed its allegiance to sustainable business practices as it released its 2019 Citizenship, Sustainability, and Innovation (CSI) report – an annual report outlining the bank’s social and environmental investments during the year.
The report gives a detailed, year-long account of responsible business practices, innovation, and community impact.
The 2019 report was prepared in line with the Nigerian Sustainability Business Principles (NSBPs) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards, highlighting Union Bank’s commitment to transparent reporting of its CSI efforts.
The report also provides insight into the bank’s commitment to making lives better for Nigerians by enabling success and championing development in Nigeria, in line with 14 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
According to the report, in 2019, Union Bank achieved its plan to deepen its sense of shared ownership and accountability, leveraging the unique three-pillar model: citizenship, sustainability and innovation.
This model informed the bank’s choice of partnerships, as it continues to explore ways and opportunities to deepen engagement and ensure sustainable and scalable impact.
Chief Executive Officer, Union Bank of Nigeria (UBN) Plc, Emeka Emuwa, expressed his satisfaction at the contributions of the bank as a leading financial institution committed to making lives better for Nigerians.
“We have continued to make progress in embedding citizenship, sustainability, and innovation into our operations as a bank.
Last year when I presented our scorecard, I highlighted that our focus for 2019 would be to deepen our sense of shared ownership and accountability.
We have achieved this and more by making significant, and strategically aligned contributions aimed at enabling youth empowerment, social innovation, arts, and culture, and fostering a globally competitive economy,” Emuwa said.
Underscoring this commitment, last year, Union Bank won three awards at the 2019 Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility (SERAs) Africa CSR Awards – ‘Best Company in Environmental Excellence’, SERAS Innovation Prize Award and the Second Runner Up award in the Most Responsible Company category.