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Veteran Nollywood actor, Chief Bruno Iwuoha has been confirmed dead.

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Veteran Nollywood actor, Chief Bruno Iwuoha has been confirmed dead.

NaijaNews Nigeria April 10, 2021

NaijaNews Nigeria reports that Bruno died after battling with diabetes and going blind for years.

His painful death was made known by close associates and filmmaker, Derik Zai who revealed that the actor died at the National Hospital, Abuja.

This online news medium understand that, Chief Bruno has been in coma for about 3 weeks, and everything done to stabilize him couldn’t bring him back to life.

His remains has been deposited at the hospital mortuary.

His family members is yet to put out official notice and announce his burial arrangements.

Bruno Iwuoha’s death is coming weeks after Nollywood lost veteran actor, Sadiq Daba, who died on Wednesday, March 4 at a Lagos hospital.

Sadiq Daba’s last movie appearance was in Kunle Afolayan’s ‘Citation’ which was released in October 2020.

The ace broadcaster had gone public with his illness in November 2017.when he revealed he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

FIGURES DON’T LIE: WEMA BANK STANDING ON STRONG FINANCIAL FUNDAMENTALS -Adebise

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FIGURES DON’T LIE: WEMA BANK STANDING ON STRONG FINANCIAL FUNDAMENTALS -Adebise.

 

NaijaNews Nigeria April 9, 2021

Wema Bank, Nigeria’s leading innovative and digital-led financial institution has reassured its esteemed customers and shareholders that it remains standing on strong financial fundamentals and reliable performance metrics, riding on the back of seasoned and astute leadership.

The bank, through its Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Ademola Adebise, commended its customers for their sustained trust in the institution, especially on the occasion of the Bank’s 76th anniversary.

The bank has also reacted to a recent publication in the media purportedly alleging a dip in its liquidity status following the unaudited report for 2020 with the MD/CEO saying the report is only a deliberate wicked campaign to create panic among the stakeholder using false news, and therefore should be discountenanced,

He said, “The strength and viability of financial institutions are not measured on the isolated performance of one outlier year. The said report based a lot of its false allegations on the 2020 financial year. But that was a year when COVID-19 induced a lockdown and a disruption of such magnitude that negatively impacted businesses, industries and economies the world over.

“Wema Bank has continually exhibited not just resilience, but admirable viability over the years with a 30.95% increase in earnings recorded in just 2019. Then came 2020, and in spite of the difficulties, we succeeded in achieving significant increase in net fees and commission, while growing the Bank’s asset base by over 37% to over N900billion.

“That’s not all, customer credibility in the bank was also accentuated by over 40% increase in customer deposits from the previous year, translating to more than N800 billion in 2020. This is an audacious show of confidence from the customers of Wema Bank

“These performance metrics amongst others, are testament to our smart balance sheet optimization approach, and will be affirmed by the time the audited 2020 Financial Report is released in the coming weeks “

Commenting further on customer assurance and the integrity of Wema Bank’s alternative transaction platforms, Adebise said, “we have been credited with successful transaction of Nxxxx billion across our ATM and e-channels in 2020; much as our xxx,xxx agents across the country who have processed over xxx thousand/million transactions with astonishing values, also in 2020. This is another testament to the stability and aspirational direction of Wema Bank to navigate the uncertainties even post covid.

The CEO also referenced how well the Bank’s performance in the said 2020 makes it one of the best performing financial institutions in the land.

“We won the award for the Best SME Bank of the Year for 2020 from BusinessDay. A recognition of our unrivalled support for small and medium scale businesses through loans, business advisory, and ease of payments and transactions.

“Also, the recently published 2020 KPMG Customer Experience Survey, showed Wema Bank making significant growth in the retail category, climbing up ten (10) places from the previous year to 2nd position, with an above industry average of 74.6% CX score. This achievement is a mark of dedication to excellent customer service and refreshing support for all our customer categories.”

The KPMG Customer Experience Survey grades banks over six universal pillars of Personalization, Integrity, Expectations, Resolution, Time & Effort and Empathy, and Wema Bank has showed a mastery of these pillars and have been outstanding at all of them.

Furthermore, in line with the bank’s sustainability goal of developing digital solutions for societal impact, it successfully organized the second edition of Hackaholics, a radical gathering of developers, web designers and creative thinkers to develop solutions around key themes of Education, Health, Agriculture, Fintech, Gaming & Betting.

These are intentional measures put in place to sustain an institution’s legacy of economic evolution and social inclusion.

“We are a responsible corporate citizen with empathy as a core pillar of our personality. Thus, we stood by the nation in the trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic with significant support for governments at both the federal and state levels.

“Particularly to prevent severe food shortages and align with the SDG of Zero Hunger, we supported State Governments with food palliatives donation which alleviated the conditions of over 80,000 households of the most vulnerable segments of the population.”

With all these financial and non-financial performance metrics, it is not in doubt that Wema Bank is among the best performing financial institutions in Nigeria in 2020.

“While detractors pursue their ulterior motives with various campaigns of calumny, for us as a responsible and visionary organization, we are staying committed to our corporate purpose of making life easier and better through innovation and digital-driven lifestyle solutions for Nigerians and their businesses.” Adebise concluded.

Buhari not happy with Bishop Matthew Kukah statement,  “Before our Glory Departs”,

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Buhari not happy with Bishop Matthew Kukah statement,  “Before our Glory Departs”,

NaijaNews Nigeria March 5, 2021

Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Cathedral Bishop of Sokoto talked about insecurity but get the president angry.

The cleric had regretted that bandits, terrorists, kidnappers and other criminal elements have plunged Nigeria into a killing field.

In his message titled ‘Nigeria: Before our glory departs’, Kukah said President Muhammadu has become helpless despite condemning insecurity before he assumed power.

His views generated divergent reactions but did not go well with the federal government.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement Sunday night agreed that citizens have their individual ideologies and versions of truth.

Garba said anyone who professes to be a man of God like Kukah, should not stand in the way of facts and fairness.

“In saying that the Boko Haram terrorism is worse than it was in 2015, he did not speak like a man of God.

“Kukah should go to Borno or Adamawa to ask the citizens there the difference between 2014 and 2021”, he noted.

On the Hijab issue in Kwara State, Shehu insisted the courts have adjudicated on the matter.

The official said Kukah is “playing partisan politics” by dragging Buhari into issues that date back to the Olusegun Obasanjo administration.

Shehu said the Buhari administration created a whole Ministry, for the first time in the history, to take care of internally displaced persons.

“Some of the comments are no more than a sample of the unrestrained rhetoric Fr. Kukah trades in, which he often does in the guise of a homily,” he stated.

The presidency urged Nigerians to continue to support the efforts by the government to secure the country and move it forward.

The Members of the Association of Resident Doctors kick off Strike April 1st.

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The Members of the Association of Resident Doctors kick off Strike April 1st.

NaijaNews Nigeria April 1, 2021.

NaijaNews Nigeria reports that the members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have concluded plans to embark on an indefinite strike on Thursday, April 1.

This on-line news medium understand that the strike will be coming on the heels of the expiration of the 60-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government on January 25 for the payment of arrears of salaries of house officers across the country and the review of hazard allowance, among other demands. According to members of the association, since the pandemic began in 2020, it has lost 17 doctors, whose families and loved ones are yet to benefit from the Death in Service Insurance Scheme.

A statement released in Abuja by the President of NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, after NARD’s extra-ordinary National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Sunday, March 28, reads in part

“The NEC observed that her earlier ultimatum given to the Federal Government during the January 2021 NEC meeting in Owerri will expire by 12 midnight on the 31st of March 2021 with no significant achievement.The NEC reiterated her full support for the Central Placement of House Officers. Nevertheless, they decried the agony our members have been made to pass through for three months now without salaries despite uninterrupted service delivery to the nation.This is due to the inefficiency of the Registrar of MDCN in handling the processes of central placement of House Officers as approved by the Federal Executive Council since 2017.The NEC bemoaned the suffering of some of our members in GIFMIS platform who have not been paid salaries for four months now due to delay in biometric capturing by IPPIS department.They lamented the inhumane treatment being meted on our members in some State Tertiary Institutions like ABSUTH being owed twenty months salaries, IMSUTH five months salaries and UNIMEDTH three months salaries.The NEC also observed that despite the three-month window given to the Federal Government to review the hazard allowance of health workers, the hazard allowance has remained a paltry sum of five thousand naira monthly.The NEC noted that despite the efforts of NARD, the erroneously paid 2020 Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF) to non-resident Doctors is yet to be addressed. Also, the 2019, some of 2020 and 2021 MRIF are yet to be paid.”

*LAGOS POLICE ARREST SUSPECTED TRAFFIC ROBBERY KINGPINS, RECOVER ARMS* 

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*LAGOS POLICE ARREST SUSPECTED TRAFFIC ROBBERY KINGPINS, RECOVER ARMS* 

NaijaNews Nigeria March 31, 2021

The operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday 30th March, 2021, nabbed 6 notorious traffic robbery kingpins at different locations in Lagos State.

 

This is contained in a statement signed by CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Police Public Relations Officer,Lagos State Command and made available to NAOSRE.

 

In the statement, Adejobi stated that

the operational squad led by the Commander of the RRS, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, nabbed the 6 traffic robbery kingpins around Iddo Bridge, Ijora Olopa, Ojota and Ketu.

 

While briefing the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, on the operation, CSP Yinka Egbeyemi confirmed the arrest and recovery of a toy gun from one of the suspected traffic robbers, Toheeb Isiaka, on top of Iddo Bridge.

 

Other 5 traffic robbery kingpins, Tunde Raman, 25, Olamilekan Adeyemi, 20, Segun Sulaiman 33, Idris Mohammed, 25, and Uche Nwankwo, 25, were apprehended at Ijora Olopa, Ketu and Ojota.

 

Toheeb Isiaka, who was caught with a toy gun confessed that he had snatched more than twenty (20) phones from innocent motorists in the last 2 weeks at different spots in the area. He also confessed that once he pulled out his toy gun, motorists became jilttery and immediately surrendered their valuables like Phones, wallets and jeweleries, willingly without any resistance or confrontation.

 

In another development, barely 24 hours after his resumption the newly appointed DPO Festac, CSP Femi Iwasokun, has burst a robbery syndicate at Aboju Round About of Festac and recovered one locally-made pistol from them.

 

The Anti Crime Squad despatched by the Divisional Police Officer, while on patrol, intercepted some suspected armed robbers on a motorcycle around Aboju Round About, along Badagry Expressway, Lagos State, on Tuesday 30th March, 2021 at about 9am. One Adewale Sadiq, m, 37, of no fixed addresss, was arrested with a locally-made pistol, while others fled.

 

The Commissioner of Police,Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that the suspects be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba, for proper investigation, while he directed that the fleeing suspected members of the armed robbery syndicate and traffic robbers in many parts of the state be tracked and arrested as all hands must be on deck to get Lagos State rid of criminals and hoodlums.

 

CP Hakeem Odumosu however reiterated his zero tolerance for crimes and social vices in the state and urged criminals and hoodlums to steer clear of the state as the command will leave no stone unturned to suppress them and their antics.

Insecurity, Anambra Guber And Fears of Commissioner Kuryas’s Competence

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Insecurity, Anambra Guber And Fears of Commissioner Kuryas’s Competence

NaijaNews Nigeria March 31, 2021

*Insecurity and Anambra State November guber election, which have become worrisome, are the focus of the Research and Intelligence Unit of National Association of Online Security Reporters, NAOSRE’s Week 12 Security Review*

 

The height of brazen attacks on Police Stations and killing of personnel was experienced after the hijack of peaceful #EndSARS protest by hoodlums in October 2020.

 

Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, said that no fewer than 22 police officers were killed by youth protesting police brutality while hundreds of police stations and formations across the country were damaged.

 

But long after the end of the violent protests when the wounds were healing and Police pulling out of the onslaught with rebuilding of its formations, Policemen seem to have become endangered species especially in South East.

 

The attacks on Police which has assumed a worrisome dimension has resulted to loss of personnel, destruction of vehicle and police stations have been reported in Abia State, Anambra State, Ebonyi State and Imo states all in South East Nigeria as well as Cross Rivers

 

On December 24, a Police team at Amannachi on the Orlu-Ihiala Road was attacked by gunmen who killed two personnel instantly and later set their patrol vehicle ablaze.

 

Civilian victims were also recorded on the day of the including a promising youth popularly called ‘Soludo’ whose vehicle was also snatched in the process.

 

On January 10, three Police officers including two male and one female were killed when unidentified gunmen invaded Onueke Police Station in Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi state and carted away two Ak riffles.

 

Loveth Odah, Police Public Relations Officer in Ebonyi state confirmed the attack and death of personnel.

 

According to her, “Yes, three policemen were killed in the attack. We don’t know the identity of the attackers yet. We are calling on the general public to provide information to the police in order to hunt down the perpetrators of this heinous crime,” she said.

The tales of deaths of Policemen in the hands of gunmen reverberated in Cross River State on Feb 24 when four of them on patrol were gunned down.

 

It was bloody recently in Calabar, Cross River State South South Nigeria as unknown gunmen gunned four police officers at a check point at about 12:30 am.

The policemen comprising two inspectors and two sergeants, were killed in the early hours of Thursday at a check point along MCC – Idundung road in Calabar

According to a local eyewitness, their dead bodies were seen on the floor in their pool of blood as a team of police men recovered the two ruffles that were left behind.

Miss Irene Ugbo, PPRO in Cross River said that the Command has been thrown into grief and is very bitter about the ugly incident.

“It is quite unfortunate and we feel really sad and in mourning mood about the death of the four officers who lost their lives.

“We are investigating the matter and will surely root out the culprits no matter how far they run or hide, we must get them that I can assure you,” she said.

In Abia state, gunmen struck at Omoba Police station in Isiala Ngwa South and Abayi Station in Aba on Feb. 2 and Feb. 23 killing a total of three personnel.

Police in the state confirmed that the assailants gained access into the armoury and carted away a number of AK 47 rifles and ammunitions.

The source wondered why the police should be the target of those responsible such that able bodied responsible personnel who were fathers, brothers, sons, mothers, sisters and likely breadwinners of family would be mowed down so wickedly.

Mr Chucks Ezeh, a resident of one of the communities where Police were killed says they are living in fear because those who should protect them from criminals are murdered in cold blood.

Ezeh said though there had not been report of violent crime in the area, the possible disappearance of Police from the roads could lead to increased insecurity. “We don’t understand what the new Police Commissioner is doing,” he lamented.

 

Mr Osita Obijiofor, an activist, condemned the attacks saying it is not the solution to any problem.

Obi said the killings are not good for the security of the area as Police personnel would now operate with utmost caution and fear.

The activist called on governors in the region to harmonise and come up with a strategic regional plan to curb insecurity in the area.

“Though I did not support EndSAR, I have always called for reform of police towards creating a more robust relationship between between the Police and the people.

“The attacks on Policemen and police formations are unfortunate because the Police still remain the closest security outfit to the people. Moreover, killing them will not end corruption or injustice because they are part of the society.

“Though, there is need for the Police to work on their relationship with the people.

“As a way forward, governors of states in the affected regions should see the development as a problem and come together to discuss the common problem bedeviling their states.

“Certainly, these are youths, the governors should have a way of reaching the youth and convincing them that they are for their interest, it should worry them why Police in their states are being attacked,” he said.

A security expert, Colonel Chuba Ikeagwu (Rrtd) said there is need for more intelligence gathering in order to address the brewing arms buildup in Southern Nigeria.

Ikeagwu said attack on Police is an institutional challenge for which the police must examine itself to discover at which point they have become endangered in the society. He admonished heads of Police formations like the Commissioner to undergo internal reassessment to be able to fight crime.

He condemned the transfer of arms to people without licenses which happens on the basis of corruption and blamed it on the inability to provide adequate security for Nigerians.

According to him, there is no smoke without fire, something is wrong somewhere and only the police can explain better what has happened it is not usual for police to be under this type of attack.

“Again, it could be a possible arms build up in response to what is happening in the North where herdsmen display alarming volume of arms and efforts are not being made to mop them up.

“Federal government should not only condemn activities of herdsmen who as threatening peace of this country, it should deal with them ruthlessly and unapologetically.

“This will send a clear signal about how government view lawlessness and discourage people from going away with illegal arms,” he said.

In all of this however, is the case of Anambra State and the heightened security situation occasioned by the November governorship contest that is billed to be a battle of the titans.

First, Anambra State parades the highest number of billionaires in Nigeria and ostensibly, the most richest in the country on individual account.

Therefore, any election in Anambra State is often more of do or die where money is not a problem to arm the young ones with sophisticated arms for electoral operations.

This has technically become a source of worry to stakeholders and residents of the State who are of the view that the newly transferred Commissioner of Police to the State, Monday Bala Kuryas, has not demonstrated the required dexterity to curb crimes in the commercially activated State.

Speaking to NAOSRE Intelligent and Research Unit, Chief Okafor Mbadinuju {Not related to the former governor} who resides in the state said:

“I have not seen any action by the new CP to curtail the excesses of these young criminals. We are all afraid because this is an election year. There is governor ship election and lots of arms are entering Anambra like a never end stream,” he said.

Only recently, four Anambra policemen in two patrol teams lost their lives in Mkpologwu and Omogho in Aguata and Orumba North Local Government Areas on Feb. 25.

CSP Haruna Mohammed, then PPRO in Anambra who confirmed the attack said the Commissioner of Police had visited the scene of incident.

“The gunmen who drove in a saloon car and a black Mercedes Benz 4Matic SUV opened fire on the policemen deployed to patrol the two locations,” he said.

“Meanwhile, the CP has ordered for a discreet investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident and bring perpetrators of the dastardly act to book” he said.

In spite the open condemnations that trail the attacks, perpetrators of these killings have neither been arrested nor prosecuted.

According to various accounts, the attacks exhibit peculiar but similar characteristics going for the lives of policemen and making away with their riffles.

They go unsuspectingly, execute their mission and flee most times not resisted and without trail. No government or security agencies have been able unmask the identities of theses gunmen and it has not been established if the perpetrators are members of the same ring.

However, sources under pleaded anonymity suspect that they could be members of Eastern Security Network (ESN) a vigilance group created by outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

A 300 level student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Akwa who simply gave his name as Desmond corroborated the fears of Mbadinuju saying “We are told Commissioner Monday Bala Kuryas has served as Area Commander in Nsukka, Enugu State which means he should understand the terrain but nothing has changed and this is election years. We don’t even see the police chasing criminals. The ones we see are sent to the roads to collect money and that is all,” he volunteered.

Reacting, the new Command spokesman, DSP Nkenga Tochukwu to NAOSRE on Tuesday afternoon that those who complain that they are not seeing uniformed officers on the roads are right “Because the Command does more of convert operations {Deployment of intelligent officers on towns and villages} and we have been making success,”

Tochukwu added that it will not be correct to single out Anambra State as security pruned saying that “This is a trying period to every one. No state is totally free from insecurity. But at the Anambra State Command, I can tell you that we are doing our best,” the DSP submitted.

 

Commissioner Monday Bala Kuryas who hails from Kurya Dadu in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State assumed duty as the 29th Commissioner of Police (CP) in Anambra.

He replaced Mr John Abang who has been elevated to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police.

PPRO Immigration Edo was Adopted and sold to Fulani Herdsmen in Ahor Forest

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PPRO Immigration Edo was Adopted and sold to Fulani Herdsmen in Ahor Forest.

 

NaijaNews Nigeria March 29, 2021

 

NaijaNews Nigeria reports that the Edo State Police Command has arrested one Innocent Emonyon, a member of the notorious kidnap syndicate that abducted the PPRO of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in the state, Mrs Bridget Esene.

 

Two Fulani herdsmen identified as Baguba Usman and Yusuf Ismaila, were also arrested in connection with the abduction of Mrs Esene and other victims.

 

It was gathered that the kidnappers, said to be from the Southern part of Nigeria allegedly kidnapped people in Benin metropolis and sell them to Fulani herders in Ahor forest near Benin.

 

Globaltimes Nigeria reported that the PPRO was abducted around Iqueniro area off Agbor Road, on Sunday morning, January 24, on her way to church in Benin City. After her release, Esene narrated how she was abducted by the kidnappers and sold to another gang suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

 

Emonyon, 40, said to be the professional driver of the gang, was arrested by operatives of the Anti Kidnapping and Cybercrime Unit of the police command.

 

It was learnt that the Police had in February arrested four members of the gang in their hideout in Ahor forest, however, Emonyon managed to escape.

 

According to Standard Gazette, Emonyon was first arrested in 2016 for kidnapping but was acquitted by the court after spending three years in police custody. The case was dropped after the family, and kidnapped victims refused to appear to give evidence in court.

 

Speaking to Standard Gazette, Emonyon revealed how they kidnapped the Immigratiion PPRO and other victims.

 

“I was the one who drove the car used in kidnapping the Edo Immigration PPRO and sold her to some Fulani herdsmen in Ahor forest.,” he said.

 

“We also kidnapped a businesswoman along Lucky Way in Benin city, where we took her to the same forest after we destroyed her two mobile phones.”

 

He also confessed to kidnapping another businessman in Aduwawa, Benin city where we snatched his Toyota Highlander jeep.

 

When asked about the four other members of his gang, he said,

 

“I heard they were arrested, and I quickly ran to Lagos so that they will not catch me; I was shocked how the police got me now.”

 

Following his confession, the anti-kidnapping and Cybercrime unit raided the Ahor forest again on Wednesday, March 24, and arrested Baguba Usman and Yusuf Ismaila, who were named as accomplices to the several abductions.

 

The police identified Baguda as one of the prisoners who escaped onfrom the Edo correctional facility on October 19 during the EndSars protest that was hijacked by hoodlums.

 

Baguda confessed to have participated in several kidnapping since his escape from prison.

 

“I escaped from prison on October 19, 2020, after some people broke into the prison by force and asked us to go. I knew , who confirmed the arrest of the suspects, said that the State Police Commissioner, Philip Ogbadu has since called for more investigations into the series of kidnappings by the gang members

FIRST BANK CONVENES THE FOURTH EDITION OF ITS ANNUAL FIRSTGEM EVENT, REINFORCES ITS LEADING ROLE IN PROMOTING WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

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FIRST BANK CONVENES THE FOURTH EDITION OF ITS ANNUAL FIRSTGEM EVENT, REINFORCES ITS LEADING ROLE IN PROMOTING WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

 

 

FIRST BANK CONVENES THE FOURTH EDITION OF ITS ANNUAL FIRSTGEM EVENT, REINFORCES ITS LEADING ROLE IN PROMOTING WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider has announced the fourth edition of its annual FirstGem Conference, tagged FirstGem 4.0. The 2021 event is themed ‘The Art of Negotiation’ and convened to provide women with insights on the secrets of wealth management, investment and savings. It is scheduled to hold on Wednesday, 31 March 2021. Participants are required to register via the link http://bit.ly/firstbankwebinar

 

 

 

The product, FirstGem, is an account designed specifically to meet the needs of women, aged 18 years and above. The product is targeted at a broad spectrum of women, working professionals, entrepreneurs or market women to promote their business through an array of benefits, from free business advisory services on business funding, specialized training on Business Development initiatives (online and physical), regular information or insights on business opportunities or openings in various sectors and industries. FirstGem account owners have access to mouth-watering discounts at merchant outlets (spas, salons, grocery stores) that offer lifestyle products and services.

 

 

 

The Guest Speakers at the event are Mrs. Ibukun Awosika – Chairman, Board of Directors, First Bank of Nigeria Limited; Prof Pedro Videla – Prof. of Economics at IESE Business School and Prof Mehta Kandarp, Senior Lecturer, IESE Business School. They would respectively speak on the topics; the theme of the International Women’s Day “Choose to Challenge”, the current state of the Global Economy and how it Impacts Business Decisions and Negotiation as a Tool for Winning in Business & Career.

 

 

 

During the event, FirstBank SME customers would be given the opportunity to pitch their business idea and stand a chance to get N1,000,000 seed fund to kick-start their business. The business ideas would be judged by the following criteria; Originality, Feasibility, Good presentation skills and Sustainability.

 

 

Speaking on the event, Mr. Francis Shobo, Deputy Managing Director, Firstbank said “The FirstGem 4.0 is the icing on the cake in the streams of initiatives and activities we have organised and participated in March as we join the world to celebrate women for the indelible roles they play in our society. Through these activities, we spearhead the call on the need to promote women inclusiveness in the country as the role they play towards the continued socio-economic growth and development of any given society cannot be overemphasized.”

 

 

Shedding light on the impact of the FirstGem account, he said “our FirstGem account is specifically designed to meet the financial needs of women as it offers unrivalled services that empower women to do more and achieve more. It seeks to drive financial development and the empowerment of women through gender engineered programmes. At FirstBank, we recognize that promoting female entrepreneurship and empowerment is crucial to a better society, “he concluded.

 

 

Since the product launch in October 2016, the Bank has implemented various activities targeted at promoting female empowerment, impact and influence in the economy. Through its online portal – designed to provide a virtual online community with over 61,293 members where like-minded women irrespective of where they are in Nigeria and abroad, gather to connect, grow and share knowledge on everything about lifestyle, motherhood, career development, entrepreneurship, health, work and family. We encourage all women to join the community by signing up via this link https//firstgem.com.ng/community to enjoy this experience.

 

FirstGem has successfully empowered women in states across the geo-political zones in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

 

Winners have emerged at the Heritage Bank Plc, YNSPYRE Cream Platform Promo held in Abuja.

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Winners have emerged at the Heritage Bank Plc, YNSPYRE Cream Platform Promo held in Abuja.

 

Winners have emerged at the Heritage Bank Plc, YNSPYRE Cream Platform Promo held in Abuja.YNSPYRE CREAM Platform, Nigeria’s premiere creative reward platform officially kicked off its partnership with Heritage Bank’s YNSPYRE Initiative with the commencement of the YNSPYRE CREAM Monthly draws on Friday – March 26th 2021, rewarding subscribers who dialed the *745*463# code, with lots of cash and other prizes.

 

The YNSPYRE CREAM Draw proper started off on a great note with random picking of numbers electronically and with some never-to-be-forgotten moments producing 5 winners who went home with the sum of N200, 000 each as well as a pledge by D’Banj to fully support their businesses and passion in a call session from D’banj to the lucky winners.

 

Recently, Heritage Bank doled out the sum of N1million to Damilola Adeyemi, a winner of an online giveaway competition to celebrate the bank’s product, YNSPYRE CREAM ambassador, D’banj, which heralds launching of the Ynspyre Account set aside for talented young Nigerians in the different spectrum of the creative and entertainment industry.

 

At the draw held on Friday in Abuja, five winners were chosen from a pool of Heritage Bank’s customers that are currently on the Cream Platform and subscribers who dialed the *745*463# code for transactions.

 

The Cream Platform is chaired by popular Nigerian musician D-Banj (real name Oladapo Oyebanjo).

 

The event was attended by the Heritage Bank Regional Executive, Abuja and North, Mr George Okoh-Oboh; popular Nollywood Actress Tonto Dikeh; popular musician Mr Easi (real name Isaiah Ediae) and other top officials of the bank.

 

Speaking at the event, Okoh-Oboh described the partnership between Heritage Bank and Cream Platform as a game changer for the creative industry in Nigeria.

 

He said, “It’s been a smooth journey and the Bank has also set aside certain funds for the creative industry because we believe that is needed to support our youths.

 

“And so what we have done is to be able to put this out there so that we can select very talented youths working with D-Banj and once they meet certain criteria, we will be able to lend across to them as a bank.

 

“So the funds have already been set out and waiting this launch which we are having today. So it’s quite an interesting story for the bank and it’s a great day for us today.

 

In his comments at the draw, D-Banj who was physically present at the event, said that the Cream Platform has built a strong reputation for producing some of the brightest talents in the country over the last couple of years.

 

He said the purpose of the platform was to have a creative hub for Africa where people can upload their contents, be discovered and get funding support from Heritage Bank.

 

He said the platform would enable Nigerians discover their talents in areas such as entertainment, entrepreneurship, music, arts and other areas in the creative industry value chain.

 

He expressed optimism that the creative industry, if properly harnessed, has the potentials to reduce the level of unemployment in the country, boost wealth creation for the people and help the country generate the much needed foreign exchange.

 

He noted that with the creative industry accounting for one of the highest exports from Nigeria, time has come for operators in the sector to be supported with the finances.

 

He said, “This year will make it five years that the platform was launched and our main aim is to create a gateway to the creative hub of Africa. With so much talent in the country and the hub in the continent, we saw it as a platform for people to have that access to become whatsoever you desire.

 

“And it’s no news that Heritage Bank is our partner to provide the access and financial help that you will need.

 

The creative industry is one of the biggest exports in the last three years now whether you are looking at music, fashion, movies. But we need that financial help, that financial backing.

 

YNSPYRE Cream

“So for a long time, we have been discussing with Heritage Bank to see how we can get the funds and get that help to the people.

 

“And today is going to be the first time that we are actually rewarding the customers. Heritage Bank went further to help us create the ‘YNSPYRE’ Product.

 

“This product is for the youths and the creative industry to help ease access to funding contents uploaded on the Cream Platform.”

 

In her comments, Dikeh urged D-Banj and the Bank to create more awareness about the product to enable many people to take advantage of the initiative.

YNSPYRE Cream

L-R: Isaiah Edidae, Experience Centre Manager, Heritage Bank Plc; Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo aka Dbanj, Ynspyre product ambassador; Tonto Dike and Damian Okoroafor, CEO Cream Platform/D-Kings Men Media, at Heritage Bank’s ‘YNSPYRE’ and CREAM platform monthly draws held at Heritage Bank Regional Headquarters, 24 Algiers road, Wuse Zone 5 Abuja, weekend.

She said as an advocate of youth empowerment, the initiative would help to harness the potentials if the youths and stimulate the much needed development of the creative industry

 

Some of those that won at the digital draw such as Blessing (An Entreprenuer), Justice Isaac Precious (A footballer and musician) and John (A Caterer) expressed joy for emerging winners.

 

They also commended the bank and D-Banj for the coming up with the initiative

NO MFM BRANCH IS CLOSED DOWN IN THE UK MAUREEN BADEJO LIES AGAIN, THE DIVERSION

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NO MFM BRANCH IS CLOSED DOWN IN THE UK MAUREEN BADEJO LIES AGAIN, THE DIVERSION

NaijaNews Nigeria March 28, 2021

It’s amazing that some people just don’t know when to give up, there is a Yoruba proverb that says Aja ti ko ba gbo fere olode, ose tan lati parun ni. Maureen Badejo has come again with stories fabricated from hell. Instead of her focusing On the alleged stealing and fake operation of Sunday Ighogho’s fake gofundme account that she set up to DEFRAUD THE MASSES, which has brought her under fire and scrutiny from fellow bloggers and even friends, she is looking to shift attention, by coming with stories that don’t make sense, and better still recycling stories that have been straightened out by the truth.

 

THE OBVIOUS

It’s obvious that her biggest audience has been generated from fabricated lies about MFM and the pastor of the ministry, mind you a judgment has been ruled against Maureen Badejo on this matter, of which she has been ordered to stop peddling malicious and invidious stories about the name MFM and the person of Dr. Olukoya with a 500 million naira defamation claim to her name, and a lot more other lawsuits that are not going well for her,

 

A FRAUDULENT, DODGY AND FAULTY CHARACTER

This lady has been denying that she was never served for the Nigeria court process, and this has been her song for a while, but liars will always leave their trails behind, Maureen Badejo has a history of being very dodgy when it comes to legal matters, the cases below are examples of past lawsuits where she has displayed such characters on different grounds.

 

The Applicant’s character of dodging court proceedings and getting other people to lie on her behalf was judicially noticed and commented upon by the Court of Appeal (Lagos Division) in the case of Mrs. Adebola Nejo V. Access Bank & Ors (2019) LPELR-47960(CA)

From our investigation on the judgment of the Nigerian court, we discovered that DHL had a time posted proofs of Delivery which clearly show that Maureen Badejo personally signed for and received all the court processes, and Hearing Notices served her without exception.

Please read, the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division in Suit No. CA/L/923/2013 Debola Nejo (Maureen’s mother) V. 1. Access Bank Plc; 2. Niracon Engineering Nigeria Ltd; 3. Mrs. Maureen Omorinola Badejo; 4. Engr. Niran Badejo (Maureen’s estranged husband)

this can be found reported on Law Pavillion Electronic Law Report as (2019) LPELR-47960 particularly pages 27 and 28 of the electronic report, and find out the courts’ impression of Maureen as an artful dodger of court proceedings.

On another occasion where she had a matter, she pretended not to be Maureen when the USA servers approached her; they had to come back on a second day armed with her picture, immediately they identified her and she wanted to escape, they had to throw the papers by her feet on the floor

She has been a dubious character and a troublemaker for a long time.

 

HER ADMISSION

In her folly, Maureen Badejo admitted in one of her shows that she received and is aware of the letters served her. (Video attached)

For about a year now, Maureen Badejo has been fabricating stories about MFM ministries and the founder with nothing reasonable, or anything whatsoever to prove her allegations up to date, yet she doesn’t want to give up, she is going round and round with some stories that have no bearing, in the process, displaying her abysmal ignorance, foolishness and lack of intelligence, she came up with charity case and we brought out the true story, In the process correcting her lack of knowledge, that it was a fraud committed against MFM and not the other way round.

 

MFM UK CLOSURE?

Maureen, have you ever stopped to check yourself and listen deep down to the lies you tell people and to yourself? In one of the recent broadcasts you mentioned that there is a supposed closure of MFM in the UK and I wondered where you got that from, is there any document to prove these stories, or it’s another of your fabrications? Of course, no evidence to substantiate your claim will surface because you have no pedigree for true journalism.

 

MERGER FOR RESTRUCTURING

Today I will treat the matter on the supposed closure of MFM in the UK, which your informant had no understanding whatsoever before briefing You.

From our findings, we realized that MFM has way more than 14 branches in the UK and none, however, has been closed for any reason, an internal rebranding, restructuring, and expansion exercise is going on with MFM WORLDWIDE, which merges smaller branches with bigger ones to make them mega branches giving way for other branches to open, this as well as to make the branches more effective and productive in their service of Gods work.

 

AN ACHIEVER AND A PATRON

You alleged that Dr. Olukoya and his family want to run to Canada and as a matter of fact that Olukoya is in Canada at the moment, I laugh at your foolishness, what will he be doing in Canada? I am sure the last time he visited Canada was for the crusade and that’s a while ago. For audiovisual materials to be used for ministration in the church is not new in MFM it’s simply part of the MFM digital upgrade routine when the general overseer gets busy. We do our findings and we come with truth and facts.

It’s obvious that you have no understanding of the true nature and person of DK Olukoya his personality, his achievements, philanthropy, and the weight of MFM Ministries worldwide, The man can choose to live anywhere in the world but he has been in Nigeria doing his God called work, a man who is a grand patron to mega-science labs, health centers, university, and one of the biggest and fastest-growing ministry in the world, you really think will be moved by your callous and fake blogging scoops? Maureen, You are a Joke and a fraud and you will always remain one, I am doing this to make sure that children of God are not swayed by your deception since you pretend to be a sheep.

 

 

THE BRITISH IN HIM

Before I forget, know this and get this clear we got to know that his wife is not seeking for resident permit neither is she a resident permit holder, but a British citizen with a child that was born in the Uk and has been schooling in the UK for about 15 years now. so the misguided story you have been pushing around that she is collecting 35,000 pounds for residency purposes is the most stupid, ridiculous, and unfounded statement ever told. As a matter of fact, it’s an insult to the person of Olukoya, that I have come to know.

 

GET A LIFE

Pray that God gives you a life, so that you can move out of the Government council house that you live, repent, choose the right path ask for forgiveness from God and Olukoya and look for something reasonable to do with your life instead of going around doing fraudulent gofundme accounts for imaginary beings, you have been asked to publish all you have done with the gofundme accounts you have been defrauding people with yet you haven’t published. Maureen Badejo submits to retribution for all your sins before it’s too late.

FEMI OYEWALE

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