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Breaking: Baba Ijesha granted bail N500K

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Breaking: Baba Ijesha Granted bail N500K

NaijaNews Nigeria May 17, 2021

 

NaijaNews Nigeria reports that Lagos State Police Command Monday granted N500,000 bail to detained Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, aka, Baba Ijesha for alleged sexual assault.

 

His lawyer, Adesina Ogunlana in a telephone call told Vanguard that his client was granted administrative bail by the police in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties.

 

Baba Ijesha Bail not Granted, DPP Disallowed

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Baba Ijesha Bail not Granted, DPP Disallowed

 

NaijaNews Nigeria May 14, 2021

NaijaNews Nigeria reports that DPP has cancelled bail for Baba Ijesha, said his case is sexual assault by penetration

The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), Lagos State Ministry of Justice, has ruled out any possibility of releasing Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James aka Baba Ijesha, on bail.

The DPP insists the thespian has a case to answer in his sexual assault case.

Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, spoke to newsmen at his office in Oduduwa, Ikeja GRA.

Baba Ijesha faces a possible life imprisonment. On April 22, Lagos State Police Command announced he was arrested for allegedly defiling a minor

On Friday, Adejobi said that the DPP advised the police to still detain Baba Ijesha, because the case against him “is sexual assault by penetration”.

“Invariably sexual assault is more like defilement too, considering the age of the victim.

“Baba Ijesha is being kept with the police not within our own power, but because of the legal advice from the DPP pending when Baba Ijesha’s case will be charged to court.

“IF THE DPP HAS ADVISED US TO RELEASE BABA IJESHA, WE WILL HAVE RELEASED HIM,” ADEJOBI ADDED.

He added that Baba Ijesha’s case was initially bailable, based on the statement that his offense was based on indecent assault which was a bailable offense.

Adejobi disclosed after the DPP investigated the case file, the police was advised not to release Baba Ijesha on bail pending when he will be charged to court.

Rights group says Soyinka got It wrong on TB Joshua’s trial

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Rights group says Soyinka got It wrong on TB Joshua’s trial

 

NaijaNews Nigeria May 11, 2021

 

May 11, 2021 Nigeria’s leading human rights movement, has said that Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka got it wrong on his calls that famous Pastor Temitope Joshua should be tried by the law court over the collapse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Nigerian Human Rights Community, (NHRC) said the respected Professor should have been armed with the correct information before making the statement calling for the trial of Pastor Temitope Joshua.

“The trial has been on-going. The persecutors and the defense lawyers have been arguing their cases in the law court. As we speak, Pastor Joshua and his Church have not been found guilty by the law court. We do not understand what other trial the learned Professor is talking about” the NHRC said in a statement signed by its officials, Taye Adeleye and Mark Eke Alozie.

Prof Soyinka had said at a book launch that Joshua should be tried by the law court over the collapse of the building. “We find the position of the Professor Soyinka strange. We wish to remind him that the court in Lagos has been prosecuting this case including using the evidence provided by witnesses”, the NHRC said.

The NHRC established in 2005 is a coalition of 135 civil society spread across the country. NHRC is also member of the Human Rights Network, (HURINET) coordinated by the British Council and the African Civil Rights Network.

According to the group, there are witnesses who said they sighted a flying object few minutes before the collapse of the building. These objects could be a drone, or light helicopter adding that it is left for the court not an individual to investigate and come up with solutions.

The officials said given the current state of banditry and violence, those who claimed they sighted a flying object may be correct. Prof Soyinka should be aware that terrorists in Nigeria use drone and this did not start today.

The NHRC said “Pastor Joshua is not above the law. That was why he has been taken to court. What we oppose is what looks like a sectarian plot to draw conclusions even when the legal processes are yet to be concluded. This raises the public fear that Pastor Joshua is a target of some influential individuals based on personal interests. They want to destroy him and all the good work he has been doing especially meeting the needs of the people when relevant authorities have failed.”

The group said Pastor Joshua has made tremendous contributions to promoting the right to life and living by millions of Nigerians and black people all over the world. The NHRC urges Prof Soyinka to visit the Church and the aspect of the Church’s humanitarian services which is the best in Nigeria. The group said all victims of the unfortunate collapsed building were touched by the Church in ways the grieving families will never forget in a country where victims of accidents are left to nurse their wounds.

“He has brought hope to millions of despairing population all over the world. He has brought respect to Nigeria. He has shown that something good can come out of Africa. His worship centre inspires millions of people against violence, gives inspirational speeches in the face of despondency, provides psychological treatment to millions of Nigerians in trauma occasioned by the harsh realities of life in Nigeria. He is one of the greatest phenomenons that have ever come out of Africa. This is apart from the fact that he has provided jobs for millions of people in need.”

The group said millions of people come to Nigeria from Europe, Asia and America for the simple reason of coming to the church .Many foreigners would never think of coming to Nigeria is not for the Church.

NHRC said all these achievements do not make him to be above the law but that they should also be taken into consideration by those bent on destroying his name.

FINANCIAL LITERACY: Unity Bank Kick Starts One Minute Genius 2.0

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FINANCIAL LITERACY: Unity Bank Kick Starts One Minute Genius 2.0

 

LAGOS. 07.05.2021: In its drive to boost financial literacy among students in primary and secondary schools across the nation, Nigerian lender, Unity Bank Plc has flag-off its pioneer educational game play, the One Minute Genius season 2.0.

The OMG 2.0 game play, which kicked in May 3, 2021, on the Unity Bank’s Website (www.omg.unitybankng.com) is an expanded version of the maiden edition to be played virtually.

Over 200 winners will emerge at the end of the 25-day contest. To win prizes in any of categories, participating students can play the virtual game from Monday to Friday between 8 AM – 6 PM.

The One Minute Genius (OMG) is an initiative that underscores Unity Bank’s commitment to the development of the next generation, as it seeks to connect with their aspirations and reinforce the importance of education as a vehicle to empower the Nigerian child. Children and students between the ages of 6 –17 years can participate in the game.

According to the Divisional Head, Retail/SME & E-business, Unity Bank Plc, Mr. Olufunwa Akinmade, the idea is to enable the participants improve their intelligence quotient and unleash the genius in them.

Mr Olufunwa further explained that the game will be played as a blend of quizzes containing spelling Bee and Arithmetic questions. “The children that answer the questions correctly within the one-minute stipulated timeframe will be rewarded with cash prizes”, he quips.

Throwing more light on the initiative, Mr. Olufunwa said, “the Bank has decided to continue investing in the game play because it is pleased with the impact which the previous editions of the contest had created being a vehicle for reinvigorating the values of education through gamification and fun”.

Still speaking, Mr, Olufunwa stated: “Unity Bank remains committed to playing a critical role in advancing learning for a better society by developing the minds of our children.

And this virtual, participatory learning and reward contest has proved quite effective in achieving the goals of motivating the students towards subject mastery using a branch of reinforcement model”

He added: “On the heels of COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted negatively on the education sector in Nigeria by disrupted learning, an activity such as the OMG provides a veritable opportunity to boost learning, even as all stakeholders continue to make deliberate efforts to cater to the needs of our future generation.

“We hope that parents and guardians will encourage their wards with every support needed to enable the students explore the opportunity that this provides.”

Recall that the 2o20 edition of the OMG attracted massive interests from across Nigeria, producing no fewer than 120 winners who coasted home with millions of naira in cash rewards.

Nigeria Movie Producers Association Congratulates Alhaji Adedayo Thomas On his Reappointment As NFVCB Director

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Nigeria Movie Producers Association Congratulates Alhaji Adebayo Thomas On his Reappointment As NFVCB Director

Association of Movie Producers in Nigeria has congratulated Alhaji Adebayo Thomas on his reappointment as NFVCB Executive Director.

Congratulating Alhaji Adebayo, the President of Association of Movie Producers in Nigeria, Peace Anyiam Osigwe (MFR) took pride in him as a member of his noble association. She noted that very few associations in the movie industry can boast of having their member occupy such exalted seat.

She noted that the Director’s first tenure brought new vigor into the operations of the NFVCB. In her words, ‘your first tenure saw a new vigor brought into the operations of the NFVCB. One aimed at refocusing all interested parties and repositioning the audiovisual industry”.

The President while praying for a successful second tenure for the newly reappointed NFVCB Executive Director also lauded the level of sanity his previous tenure instilled in the space.

“The level of sanity instilled in the space has been clear for all to see”

“AMP and the industry have enjoyed a very cordial and collaborative working relationship with you and we look forward to building on this to take our industry to greater heights” the statement added.

Pastor Adeboye Finally Speaks On The News Of His Son’s Death

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Pastor Adeboye Finally Speaks On The News Of His Son’s Death

 NaijaNews Nigeria May 7, 2021

Pastor Adeboye E. A., fondly called Daddy GO, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), on Thursday mourned the demise of his son, Dare Adeboye.

NaijaNews Nigeria had reported earlier about the death of Pastor Dare Adeboye, died in his sleep after officiating the church service at his home in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, on Wednesday night, May 5, 2021.

The sad incidence was reacting to in an official statement on Thursday via its verified @rccghq Twitter handle, the church on behalf of Adeboye said though it was shaken by the sudden death of the young cleric, its anchor remained Jesus Christ.

The following was in the statement;

“It is with a deep and heartfelt sense of loss, we announce the departure of our beloved son, brother, husband and father, Oluwadamilare Temitayo Adeboye, who went to be with the Lord on the 4th of May, 2021.

“His life was well lived as he served the Lord without reserve, giving effortlessly and leading fearlessly.

He was crowned by the Lord with blessings of 3 seeds and a beautiful wife.

“Though shaken, our anchor remains Jesus Christ in whom we have the assurance that we will one day meet in a place where there is no pain.

It is the wish of the family to be granted privacy at this moment and that prayers be offered on their behalf.”

2 Final Year Student of Delta State University Crushed to Death.

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2 Final Year Student of Delta State University Crushed to Death.

NaijaNews Nigeria May 6, 2021

NaijaNews Nigeria reports that the 2 final year students of the Delta State University (DELSU) Abraka, Emmanuel Maduka and Timeyin Okoromadu, have been crushed to death by a cement-laden truck.

This online news medium gathered that the incident occurred on Tuesday, May 4, when the truck tried to avoid a motorcyclist and another vehicle plying the ever-busy Police station road in Abraka.

The truck skidded off the road and fell on the side where it crushed the victims.

The two students of the Economic department were said to be best friends and were supposed to graduate in few months time. Late Emmanuel was reportedly a First Class student.

Videos of the scene shows Maduka’s body partly trapped under the trailer, and Timeyin lying on a side of the road while sympathisers made frantic efforts to rescue any other victim by unloading the cement truck.

It was further learnt that the truck driver ran away from the scene while the assistant was said to have been mobbed by angry residents before Police rescued him.

Spokesperson of the Delta State Police Command, DSP Edafe Bright, confirmed the incident on Wednesday May 5, 2021

“I have two casualties for now. I don’t know if they have discovered another one. I know the conductor was rescued from being mobbed and is currently in our custody,” Bright stated.

Unity Bank Sustains Momentum, as Profits Rise by 43% in Q1/2021

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Unity Bank Sustains Momentum, as Profits Rise by 43% in Q1/2021

NaijaNews Nigeria May 1, 2021

Nigeria’s foremost agric lender, Unity Bank Plc has sustained the growth momentum demonstrated in its 2020 full year earnings as it recorded an impressive performance of 43% in both profit before and after tax in Q1-2021.

In the Bank’s unaudited Q1-2021 results submitted to the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Friday, the retail lender’s Profit Before Tax grew by 43% to N784.3million from N550.1million recorded in the corresponding period of 2020.

The Profit After Tax for the period which also grew by 43% stood at N721.5million compared to the N506.1million recorded in Q1-2020.

As an outcome of increased focus on supporting local enterprises and industry, the asset portfolio also showed a significant growth in loan book of 76% as net loans and advances to customers increased to N223.2billion up from N126.6billion recorded in the corresponding period. The total assets of the Bank for the period showed an appreciable growth of 42% to close at N521.5billion from N366.8billion in the corresponding period of 2020. The balance sheet of the bank had been considerably de-risked with an NPL ratio of near zero per cent (0%) which it had consistently maintained over time, thus making the Bank to rank as one of the best in risk
management and credit creation culture.

The Bank recorded gross earnings of N11.5billion, representing marginal decline of 3% when compared to N11.9billion posted in the corresponding period of 2020.

The remarkable positive growth in profit and other strong indicators recorded in Q1-2021 is a sign of the Bank’s growing resilience as the economy continues on a recovery path following the impacts of COVID-19 pandemics.

Other key highlights of the Q1-2021 results included the cash and balances with the Central Bank which recorded a whopping 326% leap to close at N111.2billion from N26.1billion in the corresponding period of 2020.

The lender also grew its customer deposits by 13% to N348.3billion up from N308.8billion recorded in the period under review, a strong indication of the growing popularity and acceptance of the Bank’s array of innovating products and services and the arrays of new technologies deployed in its operations to enhance high level of customers’ experience and service delivery.

Interest and similar income also recorded a marginal increase of 1% to N9.7billion compared to N9.6billion posted in the corresponding quarter of 2020.

However, net interest income recorded a 16% increase to N4.8billion from N4.1billion in the corresponding period of 2020.

Total operating income also rose by 3% to N6.6billion from N6.4billion, even as the net operating income rose by 12% to close at N6.7billion from N5.9billion in the corresponding period of 2020.

Commenting on the result, the Managing Director/CEO, Unity Bank Plc, Mrs. Tomi Somefun said that the first quarter result is a promising indication of better outcome
for the year, profoundly reflecting the Bank’s renewed focus on driving efficiency and productivity anchored on targeted initiatives to grow both volume and quality of assets and offer a wide range of customer-centric products supported by novel technologies to its teeming and growing customers in all the six-geopolitical zones in Nigeria.

The top-line performance was driven by improvement in net interest income margins which reported 16% growth.

To this, Mrs. Somefun stated the Bank’s is replicating the same momentum in the area of liability generation and to gain traction,

“we are targeting opportunities across regions and identified segments in retail and SMEs whilst optimising our technology and digital platforms such as Omni-channel UniFi, USSD *7799# to deliver bundled product bouquet, operational efficiency and improved unparalleled customer service delivery.

Like the multi-language service
channels, customers are to expect more innovations as the year unfolds”.

Looking ahead, the Unity Bank’s Chief further stated:

“The Bank will consolidate on
the gains it has made on its assets growth and further build the franchise of the brand
in many areas of the business to shake off any lethargy to galvanize efficiency across
its earning assets, thereby diversifying its earnings base to further grow the bottom-
line”.

The Bank will thus continue to play formidably and efficiently in the area of its strength
especially in the niche space of agribusiness to get more involved in the value chain
banking having firmly established its strong foothold in the financing of primary crop
production such as rice, maize, cotton, wheat, sorghum, etc.

coupled with their rich
and robust structures in value creation.

In her words,

“we hope to continue to expand on this as we play our part in driving the nations’s quest for self-sufficiency in food production, employment generation, foreign exchange conservation and all allied advantages that come with agribusiness.”

Analysts commend the Q1-2021 result for the strong fundamentals and for the positive outlook in the future, even as market confidence continues to reflect encouraging momentum and the steady growth of the Bank’s balance

Benue killings: Ortom put the blames on Buhari Presidency

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Benue killings: Ortom put the blames on Buhari Presidency

 

NaijaNews  Nigeria April 30, 2021

 

NaijaNews Nigeria reports that the Presidency expressed worry on Thursday about Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom’s remarks about President Muhammadu Buhari and the federal government.

 

This online news medum gathered that according to a statement released by Mr Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, he just sees the concerns of others and not his own.

 

“The President extends his condolences to the families of our dear people who have lost loved ones in the recent spate of killings in Benue State,” according to the release.

 

Furthermore, he claims that the increasing number of accidents, especially killings and violence in various parts of the world, necessitates greater cooperation with security agencies to prevent their recurrence.

 

“He also expresses his dismay and sadness at hearing Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue State, level a slew of allegations against him and his administration in the aftermath of recent unfortunate incidents in the state.

 

@No accountable government finds pride in activities such as the targeting of military personnel and innocent civilians seeking shelter in an Internally Displaced Persons camp. President Buhari is profoundly troubled by the horrific acts of violence occurring not only in Benue State but also in other parts of the world, and he expects law enforcement authorities to go to whatever length to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators of these heinous acts.

 

“The lives of fellow people should not be desecrated by deploying them in political diatribes, which sadly appears to be the purpose of Governor Ortom’s series of emotional assaults and blame laid at the feet of the President for those killings. “Those people, regardless of their affiliations, who either inspire, support, or are found to be abettors of these massacres will face the law squarely and be answerable for their crimes against our fellow citizens and nation,” President Buhari said.

 

“President Buhari consistently emphasizes that the power of our nation lies in our diversity of religion, culture, and customs, and efforts to widen the gap between northern and southern Nigeria, Muslims and Christians, and cultures that have coexisted for centuries should be frowned upon and resisted.

 

“As Nigerians, we accuse colonial rulers of a divide-and-rule approach. Today, it is our own politicians who pit one area against another, one religion against another, one ethnic group against another, and one race against another.

 

“The future of Benue State, and indeed the whole world, lies in unity and reverence for law, justice, and the constitution.” It is the only way to move forward and improve.

 

“While the President will need to keep defense, police, and the armed forces on their toes in troubled areas of the world, all working together will profoundly help the situation in the states because it is the basis on which progress and development will be accomplished.

 

“Benue, under the Ortom administration, should work with the Federal Government to enact a series of national strategy initiatives aimed at solving underlying problems impeding stability, progress, and growth. This is still possible if the needs of the people are prioritized above all other considerations. A government elected by the people should regard the people as masters rather than servants.”

Killing: Tinubu Breaks Silence, After meeting, Buhari sends a strong message to Nigerians.

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Killing: Tinubu Breaks Silence, After meeting, Buhari sends a strong message to Nigerians.

 

NaijaNews Nigeria April 30, 2021

 

NaijaNews Nigeria reports that as a result of the ongoing killings and kidnappings of civilians by alleged bandits across the region, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has responded. On Thursday, April 29, the APC leader said he was troubled by the terror and brutality being inflicted upon the people, especially in Borno, Yobe, Benue, Niger, and Imo states, in a series of tweets on his Twitter profile, @AsiwajuTinubu.

 

He clarified that the attacks had forced many people to dismiss the country’s military and security services, who were risking their lives to protect the people.

 

Apparently dissatisfied with the ongoing loss of life, the former Lagos state governor said that the government would continue to empower security forces to do whatever possible to combat this challenge. Tinubu also urged Nigerians to never succumb to the trap of blaming one another, regardless of location or religion. While acknowledging that everybody must work together to overcome a shared adversary, the former governor stated that discord would only lead to defeat.

 

Meanwhile, according to this online Report, Tinubu defended President Buhari’s battle against insecurity. According to Tinubu, both nations will experience these ups and downs. The former Lagos state governor revealed this in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

 

He went on to say that no president anywhere in the world would want robbers and criminals to destabilize his government.

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