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Author: CLICK NAIJA

#ENDSARS: LAGOS JUDICIAL PANEL REPORT INDICTS ARMY, POLICE OVER LEKKI SHOOTING

A judicial panel set up by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to probe allegations of Police brutality in Lagos State has submitted its findings on Monday 15th November 2021.

One of the reports submitted was on claims of police brutality, while the other was on the shooting in the Lekki area of Lagos State during the EndSARS protests of October 2020.

After the protests of 20th October 2020, the Nigerian army denied shooting live rounds at protesters, telling the judicial panel that only blanks were used.

The protest had started as an online campaign to end the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a police unit accused of extortion, torture, and extrajudicial killings. But as time went by, the protests grew into a wider contestation against bad governance, and subsequently moved from being online alone, to the physical presence of mostly young people on the streets in many states of the nation.

One of the major places protesters converged was the Lekki toll gate, where, on the 20th October, 2020, the protests grew violent with the protesters alleging that military personnel had fired live shots at protesters who were without arms. An allegation the Army denied.

As a result of the denial, the Governor had set up the Judicial Panel to look into and find out what actually transpired at the Lekki tollgate.

Head of the Lagos State Judicial Reports Panel, Justice Doris Okuwibi submitting the report to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The panel submitted the report to the governor’s office on Monday, 15th November 2021- a year after the incidence.

The 309-page report detailed how the Army and Police disregarded their rules of engagement during the protest.

“The panel found that the Nigerian Police Force deployed its officers to the Lekki Toll Gate on the night of October 20, 2020, and between that night and the morning of October 21, 2020, its officer shot at, assaulted and battered unarmed protesters, which led to injuries and deaths. The police officers also tried to cover up their actions by picking up bullets”.

“The panel found that LCC (Lekki Concession Company) hampered the panel’s investigation by refusing to turn over some useful and vital information/evidence as requested by the Panel and the forensic expert engaged by the panel, even where such information and evidence was by the company’s admission, available. It manipulated the incomplete CCTV  video footage of the Lekki Toll Gate on the night of October 20, 2020, which it tendered before the panel.

Governor Sanwo-Olu has vowed a “proper response” to the panel’s recommendations, adding that a “white paper” would be published within the next two weeks.

“This process will help us start the very difficult process of proper reconciliation, restitution, bringing together of anyone… affected,” he said.

On the 20th of October 2021, activists and protesting youths held memorial protests at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos and at the Unity Fountain in Abuja.

Story: Ene Ken-Yawe

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SANI DANGOTE, VP OF DANGOTE GROUP IS DEAD

Sani Dangote, the Vice-President of Dangote Group and younger brother to Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote is dead. He died in the United States of America on Sunday, 14th November, 2021 after a brief illness.

Sani Dangote

Mr. Dangote had investments in manufacturing, agriculture, banking, and oil services. He was also the Deputy Chairman of the African Gum Arabic Producers Association and a two-time President of Lagos Polo Club.

Sani was a member of several Chambers of Commerce, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Shipping of Nigeria and President of the Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers Association (FERSAN).

He sat on the boards of several companies including Dangote Cement, Dangote Sugar, Dangote Agro Sacks, Dangote Refinery, Petrochemical and Fertiliser company.

He was better known for his role as the chairman of Dansa Holdings, a subsidiary of the Dangote Group that produces beverages.

Story: Ene Ken-Yawe

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MISSING VANGUARD REPORTER, TORDUE SALEM, FOUND DEAD

Missing Vanguard reporter, Tordue Henry Salem, has been found dead in Abuja.

Late Mr. Salem

Late Mr. Salem was last seen on the 13th October 2021.

After the close of work that day, he was said to have alighted from a cab at Total filling station, close to the Force headquarters in Garki, Abuja, and headed for B.J’s garden, in the company of a female relative.
According to reports, when leaving the garden, he flagged a cab for the lady who left before him, telling her that he was going to Area 8, Garki, but he was never seen until his remains were recovered on Thursday, 11th November, 2021.

Alarm on his mysterious disappearance was raised on the 14th of October, 2021, a day after his disappearance, and the matter was directed to the Intelligence Response Team , IRT on 16th October, 2021.

Some arrests were reportedly made. Among them was that of a man who was picked for attempting to extort the family of Mr. Salem.
The man, identified as Prince Enyenihi, 25, contacted Mrs. Salem on October 26, 2021, via a text message with a concealed number, requesting for N100 million ransom, to be paid as ransom for her husband’s release.
Part of the text message read: “if you don’t pay, Tordue will be killed in seven days. For more information, call this number …”. The text message also contained an account number the money should be paid into.

After this, an anonymous call was placed with a concealed number to Salem’s wife the next day. On the call, Mrs Salem requested to speak with her husband, to ascertain he was alive before negotiation would began. But the caller gave the phone to someone who tried to play along.
When she noticed that the voice did not sound like her husband’s, she asked the stranger to mention the name of their daughter and her birth date, a question that met dead silence at the other end.

Same evening, another anonymous call with a concealed number was received by Mrs Salem, requesting to know if her husband had been released.

The confused woman was said to have requested why the caller had his number concealed.
On 27th October, another text message was received by Mrs. Salem. It appeared to have been sent on a bulk text message platform, ordering the family to pay the N100 million ransom before the next day, failure of which they would kill Salem.

The Police swung into action first, by de-encrypting the number that called and the line was traced to a lady in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
As Police interrogated her, the lady, who owns Joy Skin Care denied culpability, stating rather, that a particular number had been calling her line since 26th October, 2021.
As the interrogation wen on, operatives discovered that the number was same with that used to contact Mrs Salem, consequent upon which 25-year-old Enyenihi was arrested on 5th November, 2021.

During preliminary investigation, it was discovered that he was next door neighbor to the beautician. During interrogation, he disclosed that he got information of Vanguard reporter’s disappearance on a flyer that went viral on social media, which had the number of Mrs Salem as the contact person to report to if found.

The suspect further stated that he sent the text messages without the knowledge of his female neighbour, adding that he got his neighbour’s telephone number and account details from her Facebook page .
He said, “I knew the family wouldn’t pay the money. I used the owner of Joy beauty skin care ‘s account details in order to punish her for always talking to me anyhow”.

The Police has stated that investigation on this will continue so as to hold relevant parties involved culpable.

Story: Ene Ken-Yawe

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NIGERIAN FINTECH START-UP, KOBOPAY SHORTLISTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

The co-founder of Kobopay, one of Nigeria’s most innovative financial sector brands, has been shortlisted for a prestigious entrepreneurial award and will fly out to the United Arab Emirates for the Finals later this month.

The Awards event will be delivered as part of the inaugural Inspiring Futures, which is being staged by The Adam Bradford Agency as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. It will be held on 17 November at Media One Hotel in Dubai Media City.

Following a grueling application process to compete for a prize that includes a cash award, investment opportunities, audience to global brands/ networks, and professional mentorship, Leslie Emenalo, the co-founder of Kobopay has been selected from a hugely competitive field of more than 200 aspirants.

Leslie will pitch Kobopay’s business model to a panel of expert business
‘dragons’, including AdamBradford (founder of the Adam Bradford Agency), John
Martin St Valery (chairman of the British Business Group), Helen Barrett (partner
at CBD Corporate Services), Adel Al Awadhi (executive chairman of The
Corporate Group) and Vincent Bardet (representing FedEx).

Kobopay is a digital bank aimed at providing the underserved with access to
everyday financial services. By aggregating financial services through a single,
easy-to-use platform.

The goal of the product is to ‘democratize’ financial services while also facilitating trade and remittance services.

Leslie said: “Financial inclusivity is the heart of Kobopay, providing access to everyone -irrespective of status,
location or literacy.

“My team and I are ecstatic to have been chosen out of the hundreds of applicants. It shows that there is real belief in our vision and the world we’re trying to create”.

Adam Bradford, founder, and MD of The Adam Bradford Agency said: “We were hugely impressed by the calibre of applicants and hopefuls, and its testament to the value, power, and potential of Leslie’s business that Kobopay emerged from the field.

“We look forward to welcoming Leslie to the Inspiring Futures event which will be a celebration of entrepreneurship and serve as a catalyst for business ambition, in keeping with The AdamBradford Agency’s own remit of supporting enterprising young people to achieve economic and social success.”

Emenalo has been supported in the growth of his business by the Aiivon Innovation Hub. The Hub operates primarily as an enterprise support organization and has built up an impressive portfolio of projects during its first five years in operation, growing and scaling start-up entrepreneurs through the provision of key enabling structures, co-working spaces, business incubation, and capacity development programmes.

Ama Ase

Ama Ase, the Managing Partner of Aiivon, said: “We are extremely proud of Leslie’s achievements through the Kobobank project and feel very humbled to have played our own part in his success. His hard work and perseverance have helped secure this fantastic opportunity to achieve international recognition.

“Leslie’s story is one of many that we encounter every day through our
organization, and this latest success will serve to inspire us even further
as we seek to deliver real opportunities for bright, young entrepreneurs
in Nigeria.”

Aiivon is a key strategic partner of The Adam Bradford Agency.
About Adam Bradford.

Adam Bradford

Adam Bradford is a social activist, entrepreneur, and business advisor, who
has worked with young entrepreneurs here in the UK and internationally
throughout his career, delivering numerous initiatives to support ambitions.

Having started his first business aged 15, Adam’s most recent
achievement was the development and sale of the BetProtect app.

The BetProtect app was developed to help at-risk gamblers and was
inspired by his dad’s own battle against gambling addiction.

Today, Adam’s focus is split between his social activism work and
managing the Adam Bradford Agency.

Story: Ene Ken-Yawe

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IKOYI BUILDING COLLAPSE: DEATH TOLL RISES TO 45- OMOTOSHO

Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho has said two more bodies have been recovered from the site where a 21-Storey building collapsed on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos on the 1st November 2021, bringing the total number of bodies recovered to 45.

Search and Rescue ongoing at the site of 21-storey building collapse on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State.

Authorities immediately swung into action to carry out rescue operations at the site after the 21- storey building, which was still under construction at the time, collapsed suddenly. Some people who were at the site at the time of the collapse were trapped under the rubble while a few others were lucky to escape. Among those lucky to escape is one of the labourers on-site, who is recuperating in hospital.

According to the survivor, whose identity and location are not revealed for safety reasons, they were working on a cracked pillar on the first floor when the sad incident happened. He said he and one of his other colleagues were given the directive by Engineers on-site to break and rebuild the pillar which had some defects when “suddenly we heard a noise, the thing (Pillar) started to shake, I and Monday (the other labourer) ran when we saw that the pillar was starting to shake”.

While the total number of people at the venue at the time of the incident remains unclear, rescue workers have continued to dig through the rubble with hopes of finding and possibly, saving casualties.

Story: Ene Ken-Yawe

Pictures: BBC World

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8 FACTS ABOUT PROF. CHARLES SOLUDO, ANAMBRA STATE GOVERNOR-ELECT

Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, who ran for Governor of Anambra State under the auspices of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has been declared the winner of the governorship election today, 10th November 2021 by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Soludo, who became a household name when he became the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has played prominent roles in National development.

Here are 10 facts about the governor-elect of Anambra State:

  1. Prof. Charles Soludo was born on the 28th July 1960 in Aguata LGA, Anambra State.

2. He is married to Nonye Soludo, who holds a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance from the University of Westminister, UK. Mrs. Soludo is also from Aguata LGA of Anambra State. Their marriage has produced 6 children.

3. Prof. Soludo graduated with First Class Honours in 1984, obtained an MSc in Economics in 1987, and a Ph.D. in 1989, winning prizes for being the best student at all three levels. A prolific macroeconomist, he obtained his three degrees and then a professorship at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka, Enugu State.

4. He has been a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fun (IMF), the University of Cambridge, the Brookings Institution, the University of Warwick, and the University of Oxford.

5. Professor Soludo joined the Federal Government of Nigeria in July 2003 as the Economic Adviser to President Obasanjo and the Chief Executive of the National Planning Commission (NPC). Among other accomplishments during the 10 months in office, he was the Chairman/Coordinator of the team that drafted Nigeria’s economic and social reform program (2003-2007), the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS), and also pioneered the collaborative planning framework in the Nigerian federation by initiating and assisting state governments in designing their State Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (SEEDS).

6. Soludo was named governor of the CBN on 29th May, 2004. As CBN Governor, Professor Soludo is credited with refocusing the Central Bank as an effective monetary authority, successfully implementing a fundamental restructuring which is said to have led to unprecedented consolidation of the Nigerian banking system. According to a statement on the CBN official page, Soludo championed the establishment of the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a continental, private -sector-driven, an investment bank.

7. Soludo announced his interest in becoming Governor of Anambra State in September 2009. He contested under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and lost to Peter Obi of APGA.

8. Again, in February 2021, Soludo officially declared his intention to run for governor of Anambra State. this time under the wings of APGA. This time, clinching the ticket and emerging as the winner of the gubernatorial elections in Anambra State.

Story: Ene Ken-Yawe

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CHARLES CHUKWUMA SOLUDO WINS ANAMBRA STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTIONS

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Charles Chukwuma Soludo, has been declared winner of the Anambra State Governorship Election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Charles Soludo emerged as Anambra State Governor under the umbrella of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

The Returning Officer of the Anambra Governorship Election, Prof Florence Obi, announced the result Today, Wednesday, 10th November 2021 at the INEC office in Awka, Anambra State. She declared: “That Charles Chukwuma Soludo of APGA, having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected”.

Soludo, 61, was announced the winner after the election held in the Ihiala Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday, 9th November 2021, following INEC’s declaration of the 6th November 2021, election as inconclusive.

He won 19 of the 21 local government areas including Ihiala LGA, getting a total of 112,229 votes to defeat Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party.PDP, in second place, received 53,807 votes, Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress, APC, received 43,285 votes, while Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party, YPP, finished fourth with 21,261 votes.

Story: Sani Asma’u

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TEGA OF BBNAIJA SEASON 6 CONFIRMS SHE IS PREGNANT

Tega Dominic, ex-Big Brother Naija Season 6 show housemate has confirmed she is pregnant one month after the show ended.

The reality TV star had shared a short video of herself on her Instagram page on Sunday, 7th November 2021, where she was dressed in a short black dress and about to go out for an event.

The short video showed off Tega’s seemingly protruding tummy and swollen feet. Friends and fans headed to the comment section of the video to compliment the reality star on how beautiful she looked. They also passed comments about her looking pregnant.

Tega later responded in the affirmative, confirming she is pregnant to the curious fans who remarked on her purportedly protruded belly.

Tega confirms she is pregnant

Tega also replied to another inquisitive follower who wrote, “Someone is pregnant, ok” with “yes, please”.

Tega, who is a mother of one, and married to Ajebo Lawrence before her BBNaija journey faced a lot of backlash during and after the show for kissing Boma, her fellow housemate, during the show.

Some viewers of the show had alleged that Tega and Boma were involved in a sexual relationship in the house after watching a video of them getting intimate under bedsheets and Boma later picking a roll of tissue for himself, but the duo had denied the claims after they got out of the BBNaija house, with Tega claiming that Boma only needed tissue to wipe his nose.

Amid the backlash, the reality star had said she would move on if her marriage crashes after she left the show.

Some curious fans also pointed that they noticed she wasn’t putting on her wedding rings. She responded:

This has made people curious about the state of affairs in her marriage. A curiosity that could only be resolved with time.

Story: Ene Ken-Yawe

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5 CONFIRMED DEAD IN KUBWA KEROSENE TANKER EXPLOSION

Five persons have been confirmed dead by the Nigerian Police in a kerosene tanker explosion that occurred in a popular village market in Kubwa Abuja, also known as Maitama Ultra Modern Market Kubwa. The incident occurred on the evening of Friday 5th November.

In a statement signed by police spokesperson Josephine Adeh, ten other persons also sustained injuries and revealed that two shops in the market were affected in the fire incident following the kerosene surface tank explosion. The remains of the five dead persons were already burnt beyond recognition while ten others who were seriously injured were immediately taken to the hospital and receiving medical attention.

Gathering of people after The Kubwa Market Explosion at the site

The Commissioner of Police, Babaji Sunday, who described the incident as unfortunate, has ordered a discrete investigation into the incident. The CP said that The FCT Police Command has commenced investigations into the fire incident that occurred at the Village Market. operatives from the Forensic Section of the Command Criminal Investigations Department, have also been deployed to the scene for forensic analysis to unravel the cause of the incident and more importantly provide recommendations to prevent a reoccurrence of such an incident. The CP commiserated with the families of the victims, noting that the inferno was under control, and commended the people who were at the scene at the time for supporting in the rescue operation and general control of the fire.

Passersby at the market the morning after the explosion

An eye witness, Mrs. Njideka Oguchi the sad event occurred this evening at about 6:00 pm around the popular junction “woman Bukuu” where the tank of a kerosene seller exploded killing buyers and sellers as well as affected badly shops within the area. Mrs. Oguchi said the woman that sells the kerosene and her son were also affected but she did not know if they are among the burnt corpses being taken aware by the police. Other eyewitnesses speculated that adulterated kerosene was the cause of the explosion while calling on residents to be careful of the kerosene they buy in spite of the high cost of cooking gas.

Men and officers of the Nigeria Fire Service who were already on the ground to stop the fire ran out of water and went to refill their vehicle during the operation.

Meanwhile, The Chairman Bwari Area Council of the FCT Mr. John Gabaya has directed all the roadside sellers in the Kubwa-Maitama Market to vacate before Monday 8th October as the enforcement team would be on the ground to ensure compliance.

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WEBMARK ESTATE ABUJA PROVIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN SPECIAL EMBER PROMO

Webmark Estate Services, a real estate company has introduced a special Ember Promo to enable Nigerians own their own homes. Under the package the company is giving 5% discount on their houses. This commitment to provide affordable and decent housing for Nigerians was stated during 2021 Special Ember Promo and Flag off of Freedom Garden City (FGC) Estate Site after Trade More Estate Lugbe Abuja.

The Management of Webmark Estate Services is offering 5% discount on 4.5M promo outright payment for 400sqm for Semi detached duplex and 5M promo. Installmental prices for 6months for 400sqm for semi-detached duplex with a 50% down payment while the balance can be spread for 6months.

The Management Team of Webmark Estate Services and Construction Experts on FGC Site

The Director of Marketing and Strategy of Webmark Estate Services Mr. Olapeace Ogunfile said prospective customers/subscribers also enjoy free 100 blocks to commence development on the plots. He explained that the Freedom Garden City (FGC) land in lugbe which is 2hectares has tarred access road and situated behind Trademore/VON Abuja, by ministry of Works and Housing site, and MFM Youth Camp, and it is 20minutes drive to the city gate and the International Airport Abuja.

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Managment Team and Some Benefitcaries Inspecting the Site

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