In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, Gov. Sanwo-Olu has directed that a fresh process that would terminate in 45 days should commence immediately in selecting a new substantive VC after the Governor cancelled the ongoing process for the appointment of a substantive Vice-Chancellor for the Lagos State University last week.
He said that the decision on the cancellation came after a thorough investigation and stakeholders engagement, which were necessitated by various petitions against the selection process.
The governor said that he was inundated with petitions arising from the selection process of the ninth vice chancellor by the Governing Council, and hence is forced to cancel the old process and institute a new one.
According to eye-witness account as given by a man whom had tried to revive the comatose and fallen young lady while lying helplessly on the ground before the arrival of the strange-looking men that had instantly hijacked the situation.
According to him, he had been returning home around some minutes past eleven on Sunday evening when he noticed a curvy lady sprawled face down on the bare ground at Agric Busstop, close to the popular KD bakery. In fear for the lady’s life he had quickly rushed over and rolled her on her back to help her breathe properly while her female companion whom had been ranting angrily about the disgrace and embarrassment her fallen comrade was causing her prior to the good Samaritan’s arrival, rushed to get water.
It was while they were still reviving the skimpily-clad, comatose lady that the four sinister looking young men arrived on the scene and promptly chased the good Samaritan away.
The other lady whom had been subdued for sometime, started ranting again and mocking the fallen lady for taking the drug “CORADO” (which can cause seizure and even kill) without being able to control herself. This had prompted the men to seize the opportunity to capitalize on the twisted opportunity of probably taking advantage of the defenseless lady.
After a short while, they hijacked a Tricycle and bundled the comatose lady in and zoomed off to an unknown destination.
Deputy Governor of Lagos state, Obafemi Hamzat, has appealed to residents of the state to take the COVID19 protocols seriously as the new variant of the virus affects all age groups.
The first variant that was recorded in Nigeria in February 2020, affected mostly the elderly.
The deputy governor last week lost his 37-year-old brother, Dr. Haroun Hamzat, to the novel Coronavirus. He took to his Twitter handle to grief his brother and also appeal to everyone to take precautions.
”This week I lost my 37 years old younger brother, Dr. Haroun Hamzat to #COVID19. He was hardworking and well loved,helping a lot of patents at the Lagos primary healthcare centre in Orile, Agege. COVID19 does not respect anyone & this second wave is affecting across age groups.
The first line of defence lies with you. Protect your friends and family by following our guidelines” he wrote.
First Bank of Nigeria Limited says it has launched a virtual payment card, a naira-denominated debit card and digital representation of the plastic debit card.
A statement from the bank on Sunday, titled ‘FirstBank begins the year with an innovative, convenient virtual payment card’, said the card was designed to be linked to either a customer’s operative account or wallet account.
It said, “The FirstBank virtual payment card is a suitable alternative to the use of cash and cheques, with its wide-range features, which include the ability of cardholders to protect his/her card using the block and unblock capabilities; PIN reset; change PIN as well as view statement at one’s convenience.
“It also enables diaspora customers to spend from his/her FirstBank account within the spend limit advised by the bank without the need for a physical card.”
According to the bank, the virtual payment card is a safe, convenient, and an easy way of making e-commerce payments, amongst other functionalities.
The bank said, “The virtual payment card can be created via the bank’s leading digital channels: FirstMobile or Firstmonie Wallet applications.
“Customers can download the card, activate the card and consummate transactions all at once from the comfort of their homes/offices. No branch visit is required.
“Customers are advised to update their mobile application to the latest version, then select card services on the FirstMobile App and ‘my virtual card’ application to create a virtual card at the cost of N215 (VAT inclusive).”
Speaking on the launch, the Deputy Managing Director, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Mr Gbenga Shobo, said, “The launch of our virtual payment card is yet another secure and seamless way we promote electronic banking, while enabling customers to carry-out their transactions on the web.
“The virtual payment card is also designed to guard against the spread of the COVID-19 as it does not require physical interaction between the customer and FirstBank branches. We enjoin our customers to download the application and stay ahead in modern banking.”
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has won the certificate forgery case instituted against him by the All Progressives Congress, APC.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Saturday dismissed the suit filed by APC.
The presiding Justice Ahmed Mohammed who delivered judgment said that the APC failed to prove the forgery allegation beyond reasonable doubt.
The judgment which was slated for 12noon, began at about 1.20pm, when the judge began by first reviewing the testimonies for the two parties.
The APC and one of its members had dragged the Governor to court, alleging that he had submitted a fake University of Ibadan certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to be eligible for the September governorship election.
Ambassador Cornel Udofia, the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of The Gladiators Magazine, has revealed that the news of Chico Ejiro’s death on Christmas day came to him as a rude shock which resulted in an emotional break down for him throughout that day.
Udofia who is also the founder and coordinator of The Gladiators of Repute, a group that consists of elite personalities as members, passionately expressed his pains over the demise of Chico Ejiro who he described as an outstanding all round entertainment practitioner.
With a heavy heart and deep emotional pain, he said
“Until his death, Chico was a proud member of CMC Gladiators of Repute group since 2015 when the group was created.
“Words alone cannot express how heart piercing the death of Chico Ejiro is to me. I’m talking about a man that I respect and hold in high esteem!
“I have cancelled all my appointments for the Christmas, infact I still can’t believe that Chico that I spoke with just last week is dead.
“You mean Chico Ejiro’s night is now silent forever? Please tell me it’s just a terrible dream.”
Chico was an authentic Nollywood pioneer and a great hero who will be remembered for his inimitable qualities and contributions in the movie industry.
His unique style made Nollywood the most efficient film industry.
Chico Ejiro who had just concluded directing his new movie on Christmas Eve, allegedly died in the early hours of Friday from a seizure.
His remains has been deposited at an undisclosed morgue waiting for burial arrangement.
Moyo Thomas, an ex-staff of FCMB, now based in the United States of America and accused of dating and delivering two babies for her MD, Adam Nuru, while still married (to the late Tunde Thomas) has finally opened up.
Denying the monumental allegation, she said: “I write in reference to all the allegations and accusations that have recently been making the rounds on the internet and various social media platforms. I have refrained from responding to this matter for various reasons, one of which is to preserve the memories of Tunde who departed to be with his maker on December 16, 2020. Memories, not only to me, but to his children, who are still young, and to everybody who had a relationship with him.
“Just like any marriage, Tunde and I had a lot of differences in our marriage, some of which even led to police intervention. But I remain committed to keeping only positive memories of him. No one can ever understand what transpired between us or what each of us experienced in the marriage; like they say, it is he who wears the shoes that knows where it pinches. In all of it, I never for once wished him bad. His untimely and sudden death is still a shock to me as it is to many others.
“On no occasion did I ever tell him he was not the father of our two children. It is therefore deliberate falsehood and certainly malicious to allege and insinuate that I informed him that the children are not his.
The children still bear his name. Only God knows why he died in an untimely period. It is not in my place, or anyone’s place to play God and talk with certainty as to the cause of his death, without proven medical facts.
“Despite our separation, we never allowed our differences affect the relationships we respectively have with the children. He still had conversations with the children like any father will, up until his sudden and unfortunate death.
It is quite sad and disheartening to see the pictures of these innocent children splashed all over the internet with very disparaging and weird comments.
“I do wish his family and friends the fortitude to bear the unfortunate loss and I ask that we all be allowed to grieve his loss in peace. He has now been laid to rest and we implore all and sundry to please respect our privacy and allow those grieving his loss, including the children and I, to do so in peace.”
Mr. Nuru, meanwhile, has already proceeded on suspension as a result of the scandal, which the management of the bank is now investigating.
On Saturday 9th January, 2021, the grim reaper came calling on the Adebutu family in the pandemic garbs of Covid-19 to snatch away Rosemary, the wife of Premier Lotto Magnate Kessington Adebutu “Baba Ijebu”.
According to reports reaching out desk, Rosemary (mother of Temitope Adebutu whose controversial marriage to one of former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s sons ended shortly after the nuptial knot was tied) had suddenly been inflicted with a mild ailment which had rapidly degenerated and metamorphosed into the symptoms of Covid-19.
This had prompted the family to quickly rush her to St. Nicholas Hospital but she was unfortunately pronounced D.O.A. (Dead On Arrival).
In 2017, Chief Adebutu who is the pioneer of the first Lotto company in Nigeria, Premiere Lotto Limited, lost one of his wives, Olaide Abimbola Adebutu. She was said to have passed on due to old age two days to her 74th birthday, leaving only his only surviving junior wife, Kofoworola, to console him in this great the of distress.
Ikoyi Club based category-1 amateur golfer, Ajayi Tajudeen has emerge winner of the 59th edition of the FirstBank sponsored Lagos Open Golf Championship. Ajayi closed with 1-under par 70 for a total of 7-over the course par to win the Championship by two-shots after 56-holes.
Happy at the recently held golf tourney, Ajayi adduced his success to hard work, saying “I practiced a lot”.
“There is no short cut to success which is why I take the sport very seriously. I was well prepared for this tournament because I practiced a lot”, he said in a chat with newsmen shortly after being declared the Champion.
With his victory, Ajayi replaces Peter Eben-Spiff on the FirstBank Open winners list.
Playing 4-shots adrift going to the final round, Ajayi recorded bogey free 18-holes to steal the show ahead of overnight leader, Gabriel Ejembi who carded a closing 76 for 9-over the course par, over 56-holes to beat clubmate Ejembi to the second position.
Coming in the third position was Tochukwu Emuwa at 14-over. Emuwa opened his game with 76, a second-round score of 75 and a closing 74 to duck in the third position.
Olusegun Emmanuel came fourth while Junior Champion; Osiregbeme Egbakhumeh completed the top five in the R&A and USGA sanctioned championship.
Satisfied with the outcome of the competition, Olusegun Alebiosu, the Chief Risk Officer of FirstBank, who represented the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, reiterated the banks continuous support for the championship.
The competition was organised in full compliance with the Federal Government Covid-19 protocols
There is no gainsaying that political permutations and re-engineering of how the political climate in Lagos, come 2023 will look like, is in top preparations; while some political gladiators in the state are whirling; on who will become the next governor of the state come 2023.
Prior to the last general election that denied Akinwunmi Ambode a return ticket to office for second term under his party, All Progressives Party (APC) with the decision of those who control the party structure, which produced the incumbent governor of the state, Sanwo-Olu, as the preferred candidate.
With this, and in many quarters, political pundits believe that the same fate could befall Sanwo-Olu if he falls into cesspit that Ambode fell into.
As the election year fast approaches closer, many top powerful and influential personalities in the state have been showing their interests to occupy the plum seat of the Lagos-Alausa Government House.
One of these top personalities, who are willing to take over the driver’s seat of the Center for Excellence state, is the successful businessman and an investment guru, Wale Gomez.
While others in his ilk are whirling, this very ambitious and very mind settled Wale Gomez is already ground swelling to make his political ambition a reality, all things being equal. Since this man of considerable means, has indicated his intention to be next governorship candidate of Lagos State, Gomez has ultimately become the new toast in town and social gathering in Lagos.
Meanwhile, this astute City businessman cum politician’s mandate group, ‘Re-build Nigeria Initiative’ has become a formidable force during the last 2015 general election in Lagos and Federal Capital, Abuja.
The group made so much in-road in the political horizon of Lagos and other adjoining states with millions of supporters. The grapevines have it that most political party leaders in Lagos are already rooting for him to join their political party.
This is the reason why political observers believe that he is the most sought-after politician in the state and he has been a-behind-the scene political strategist and an ally of most of the big political gladiators in the state and if this articulate and calculative, forward-looking and extremely industrious, emerges as a governor in 2023, there are prediction that Lagos will be better for it.
To boot, Wale Gomez is married to the beautiful former Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon Titi Oseni and he enjoys a lot of political support from some key political gladiators in the state.
The handsome, stylish Lagos born business was the Managing Director of Oylex Petroleum Limited; he is the Chief Executive Officer of Legends Care Agency Limited in London, UK and presently a senior partner at HCA, a facility management firm in the United Kingdom. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Quant Capital Limited, a private equity firm with investments in real estate and technology. He was trained in Houston, Texas, USA where he lived and worked for more than 25 years.
Where he will step out from is the raising for many political parties to garner his main intention on where he will be actualizing his dream as he inches closer to 2023.