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Wanted Drug Baron Arrested As NDLEA Nabs Woman Linked To Pakistani Cocaine Syndicate – Naijanewsdirect

...Recovers over 7.7tons of cannabis, arrests 20 suspects in Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Edo raids; intercepts 497,900 tramadol 225mg pills at Lagos airport   Ten days after he was declared wanted, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested fleeing Lagos socialite and owner of Adekaz Hotels, Alhaji Ademola Afolabi Kazeem (a.k.a Alhaji Abdallah Kazeem Muhammed) over offences bordering on exportation and trafficking of illicit drugs as well as money laundering.   The Agency had on Tuesday 1st November declared the suspect wanted following his failure to honour NDLEA invitations and an order granted by a Federal High Court in Lagos. The wanted drug kingpin was uncovered as the sponsor of some traffickers arrested by the anti-narcotics agency in their recent attempt to export cocaine to Dubai, UAE and other destinations outside Nigeria.   The search for him however paid off on Thursday 10th Nov when he was successfully taken into custody where he is currently being interviewed. His lid was blown open after the arrest of one of his mules, Bolujoko Muyiwa Babalola, a Lagos BRT driver on 27th June at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, when he named Alhaji Ademola Kazeem, alias Adekaz as the owner of the 900grams of cocaine he ingested. Following Adekaz’s failure to honour invitations sent to him, the Agency approached a Federal High Court in Lagos with three prayers: to attach and seal his identified properties in choice areas of Lagos island and Ibadan; declare him wanted and block his bank account with a cash balance of Two Hundred and Seventeen Million Naira (N217,000,000.00), all of which were granted.   In a related development, NDLEA operatives also arrested a businesswoman, Okefun Darlington Chisom over her links with two Pakistanis: Asif Muhammed, 45 and Hussain Naveed, 57, arrested at the Lagos airport with 8 kilograms of cocaine concealed

ARISE TV Apologises As Keyamo Berates TV Station For Broadcasting Fake News Credited To INEC On Tinubu – Naijanewsdirect

One of the fast rising private television stations in Nigeria, ARISE TV has been lambasted by the official spokesperson for Tinubu/Shettima 2023 Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo (SAN). The criticism came over the broadcast of the letter purportedly issued by INEC to investigate APC Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu over alleged drug scandal in the United States in 2003. In a Tweet on his official page, Keyamo berated ARISE TV for failing to verify a letter that was debunked by INEC. Keyamo said, “Even the ‘usual suspects’ have rushed to carry the fake story on their news bar without even a simple confirmation from INEC. The same outlet that wanted to conduct a ‘fair debate’. Now, they are left with a red face. It’s as bad as that this season of politics & electioneering!”   It would be recalled that INEC debunked the letter trending on social media on Tuesday. INEC issued official press statement to deny the letter saying it was a fake letter and that it did not come the commission. However, on Sunday morning, the Management of Arise TV apologised to Tinubu over the fake report after INEC publicly dismissed it as fake. The station said: “Of criminal forfeiture of funds, linked to narcotics, smuggling conspiracy and money laundering against the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress Bola Ahmed Tinubu, we Arise News that carried the news, which is now been denied by after the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and we apologise most sincerely to the APC Presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the earlier broadcast.” INEC in a statement by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in Abuja on Saturday, described the report as the handiwork of mischief makers. “It claims that the commission has commenced investigation into a case of criminal forfeiture against one of the Presidential candidates

HabariPay Partners Google Hustle Academy to Deliver Digital Payment Training for MSMEs – Naijanewsdirect

In line with its mission to empower Africans with the payment solutions they need to thrive in a digital community, HabariPay has partnered with Google Hustle Academy to train targeted MSMEs on digital payment solutions.     The Hustle Academy seeks to provide MSMEs across Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa with expert training on business strategy and development, digital marketing, and financial planning. The participants will also have access to key industry leaders and masterclasses on business to help create opportunities and boost business growth and job creation across the region. This year, the academy aims to train 5,000 MSMEs across the target countries. At the Bootcamp, HabariPay will deliver impact-led sessions about how these businesses can adopt innovative payment solutions, such as its product, Squad, to grow and expand their reach to new markets.     On the impact of the Hustle Academy and the partnership, Head of Brand and Reputation, Google SSA, Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with HabariPay to give much-needed assistance to MSMEs. Small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) are the backbone of the global economy, accounting for many businesses in almost every region. They employ over 50 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa and contribute to the region's GDP. Through the Hustle Academy, we will provide them with training to assist them in packaging their businesses and obtaining the necessary funds to take them to the next level.”     Also commenting, Chief Marketing Officer, HabariPay, Adeyemi Atanda, said, “At HabariPay, we are on a mission to ensure that businesses in Africa have access to the right solutions that they need to make and receive payments anytime, anywhere. We understand the critical role of small businesses in the economy; thus, our goal is to equip merchants with the knowledge and tools they need to make every payment digital whether online or

Read Siju Iluyomade’s Motivational Speech At 14th ‘Arise Women Conference’ Tagged “By Appointment” – Naijanewsdirect

  Being a speech made by Dr. Siju Iluyomade at the 14th Arise Women’s Conference on Saturday, October 29, 2022. It is my utmost pleasure and privilege to welcome you to the ARISE WOMENS CONFERENCE 2022. Our theme for this year’s conference is “BY APPOINTMENT”…. #APPOINTED TO LIVE.   The Ethos of this theme is encapsulated in JEREMIAH 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart, I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. The word APPOINTMENT is used for a large variety of ideas including an act of assigning a job or position to someone to function fully and accomplish a task. It connotes making choices, engaging, consulting, allotting, fulfilling purpose, nomination, selection, appropriation, determination and many others. Our theme elicits the need for women to harness greater cooperation amongst themselves and others. A need to lead even in the face of existential threats. By Appointment is a call to meet needs or challenges with better preparedness. There is an urgent need for women to engage in civil society, vote in election, be elected to Government office, serve on boards, make their voices heard in any process that ultimately affects them, their families and their communities. At this conference, we are called upon to Champion OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN and their economic empowerment and well-being. We as women, need to shy away from situational ethic and values. Instead, we must embrace permanent, consistent values which we can pass onto our children. Women are the bridge between generations. It is time as women to embrace mainstream politics and policy making for ourselves and succeeding generations. 3 WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO BE ABSENT …. WE MUST BE PRESENT. THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL No. 5 says Achieve Gender equality and empower all

NDLEA Declares Lagos Drug Baron Wanted, Arrests Kingpin Behind Cocaine Shipments – Naijanewsdirect

...Seals baron’s 7 mansions in Lagos, Ibadan; blocks N217million in bank account The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has declared wanted Lagos socialite and owner of Adekaz Hotels, Alhaji Ademola Afolabi Kazeem (a.k.a Alhaji Abdallah Kazeem Muhammed) over offences bordering on exportation and trafficking of illicit drugs as well as money laundering. The decision to declare the suspect wanted followed his failure to honour NDLEA invitations and an order granted the Agency by a Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday 17th October 2022. The wanted drug kingpin was uncovered as the sponsor of some traffickers arrested by the anti-narcotics agency in their recent attempt to export cocaine to Dubai, UAE and other destinations outside Nigeria. Soon after the arrest of one of his mules, Bolujoko Muyiwa Babalola, a Lagos BRT driver on 27th June at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Alhaji Ademola Kazeem who is also the Chairman of Adekaz Global Integrated Services, went underground. Following his failure to honour invitations sent to him, the Agency approached a Federal High Court in Lagos with three prayers: to attach and seal his identified properties in Lagos and Ibadan; declare him wanted and block his bank account with a cash balance of Two Hundred and Seventeen Million Naira (N217,000,000.00), all of which were granted.   As a result, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday 26th October 2022 sealed six of the identified properties located on Lagos Island. They include: 105 Tokunbo street off Broad street, Lagos Island; 1 Abibu Oki street off Marina, Lagos Island; 3 Abibu Oki street off Marina, Lagos Island; 54 Palm Church street, Lagos Island; 26 Agarawu street, Lagos Island; and 41 Foresythe street, Lagos Island. The other one is located at 1 Irepodun zone, Adepoju bus stop, Ajoda Ayedun, Ibadan, Oyo state. In a related development, the Agency on Friday 28th

Union Bank Wins Global Finance Award For Best SME Bank in Nigeria – Naijanewsdirect

Union Bank of Nigeria ‘Union Bank’ has been named as the Best Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) bank in Nigeria by Global Finance - a leading financial international publication, in its second annual 2023 SME Bank Awards. Global Finance seeks to help corporate leaders, bankers, and investors chart the course of global business & finance and has become a trusted standard of excellence for banks and their corporate partners. Honorees of the 2023 Best SME Bank Awards have been chosen globally across the following regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and Western Europe. Union Bank was recognised as The Best Bank for SMEs in Nigeria based on independent research, with input from industry insiders, executives, and technology experts using criteria such as knowledge of SME markets and needs, breadth of products and services, market standing, and innovation. Speaking on this notable award, Mr. Mudassir Amray, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Union Bank said: “Supporting SMEs is a core objective for us at Union Bank, because we recognise the vital role they play in economic growth and development. This recognition is proof of our strategic efforts over the last few years, to transform our SME platform and provide innovative offerings to customers, amidst the challenging business environment. We thank our customers for their unwavering loyalty, and we remain committed to providing simpler and smarter solutions to support their businesses”. This recognition further highlights Union Bank’s commitment to enabling the success of its customers by ensuring that every Small and Medium Enterprise business owner gets the support needed to meet their everyday banking needs.

Fed. Lawmaker, Akande-Sadipe Meets Fashola, Describes ‘Olomi’ Road A Death-Trap – Naijanewsdirect

  The Lawmaker Representing Oluyole Federal Constituency, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe has met with Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, over the deplorable condition of Olomi/Olojuoro and Liberty Academy Roads in Oyo State. The lawmaker called for the immediate rehabilitation of the roads, describing them as death traps. She said this in Ibadan after a meeting with the Minister at his office during the week. The lawmaker revealed she had fruitful deliberations with the Minister, arguing that priority attention ought to be given to such roads which shared borders with Ogun state, in order to save it from the present deplorable state. Akande-Sadipe, who Chairs the House Committee on Diaspora expressed her worries on the slow pace of work on the federal roads within Oluyole Federal Constituency. "Olomi road has now become a death trap, where lives are lost on a daily basis, adding that business activities and wellbeing of residents are negatively affected", she said. She said despite several interventions made by her in the past, the Federal roads through her constituency have not seen any significant improvement. The lawmaker argued further that the roads, when rehabilitated, will not only boost the economic fortune of the residents of the areas, but would lead to drastic reduction in serial auto crashes that have claimed people’s lives. Akande-Sadipe further said that she has visited the sites three times with the major stakeholders of the federal government including the Public Complaint commission and representatives of the Ministry of Works. “After back-to-back intervention and calling out of contractors, we haven’t seen any improvement as inaction continues to add to the sufferings of my people”, she added. “This road, I mean Olomi Olojoro road has been listed in the budget every year as far back as 2018, but up until this moment, we cannot continue to bear the suffering, we need an urgent intervention. We also

Olutayo Irantiola’s Historical Play, The Okeho Exodus Set For Release November 2022 – Naijanewsdirect

The Historical play titled The Òkehò Exodus, written by Olutayo Irantiola, is set for release November 2022. The play is a unique documentation of the story of Òkehò, the headquarters of Kajola Local Government area of Oyo State, South West, Nigeria. This is a dramatic documentation of a specific episode in the story of Òkehò, the regicide of Ońjò Olúkìtìbí, in 1916, an incident that changed the Òkehò story drastically. After the unfortunate incident, the British colonial administration stepped in to restore law and order in its way. Its ultimate order was for Okeho to relocate from its nature-endowed refuge in the hills of Òkehò-Ahoro to its present site from which it had been forced to flee the Fulani and Dahomey invaders. It is this part of the story of Òkehò that is effectively captured in this drama. The Òkehò Exodus has been receiving several praises ahead of its release, Professor Segun Gbadegesin, Aṣíwájú of Òkehò who wrote the foreword to the play, noted that, “Ìrántíọ́lá has woven seamlessly the goals of truth-telling and entertainment and has demonstrated fidelity to historical accuracy while also achieving artistic excellence.” According to him, “through this drama, he has effectively presented, not an unhistorical entertainment, but an entertaining history. It is my fervent hope that this volume will generate the interest of serious cultural enthusiasts and the play will be staged in theatres across the country and the world in no distant future,” he added. Also, Mr. Dípọ̀ Adéṣidà, the Chief Operating Officer of Verdant Zeal Group stated that “the story began on a romantic note, goes through the unprecedented labyrinth of divide and rule, infighting, intrigue and myopia, the genesis of bloodletting and eventual loss of a kingdom and by extension, an entire nation’s identity. Sadly, this story is still reminiscent of many African communities today who cannot see the

LASUTH Partners Cardiostat Int. On Cardiovascular Operations For Indigent Patients – Naijanewsdirect

...US Medical Team commends LASUTH for providing Cardiac Catheterization lab The Cardiology Unit in the Department of Medicine at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in collaboration with Cardiostart International recently carried out a two-tier cardiovascular mission for less privileged patients with heart diseases. The mission which involved open heart surgeries and cardiac interventional surgeries, kicked off on Friday, 14th of October, 2022.   The Chief Medical Director of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Prof. Adetokunbo O. Fabamwo thanked the Cardiostat team for its keen and passionate interest in the last spanned 8 years in the healthcare system in Lagos and LASUTH in particular. He noted that the effort of the team has helped to improve standards in the provision of healthcare solutions in LASUTH and has so far given unquantifiable hope to many families who had otherwise thought that their loved ones may never access the required intervention. He acknowledged that the partnership is no doubt a beneficial one, and the management of the hospital is not taking the effort for granted.   Dr. Emily Farkas, a US based Cardiothoracic Surgeon, who is also the incoming President of Cardiostat International commended the effort of the cardiac team at LASUTH. While making comparisons with when Cardiostat first became involved with the hospital, Dr. Farkas described the progress as phenomenal. She said her team is currently performing just a supportive role to the in-house cardiac surgeons in LASUTH as they have become the almost perfect at what they do. She opined that the quantum leap by the hospital to provide a Cardiac Catheterization lab is highly commendable as more surgeries can be done and invariably more lives can be saved. She therefore, promised the continuous support of Cardiostat to continually provide equipment, consumables and the much-needed support to the hospital on all fronts.   The

FirstBank Partners CFA Society Nigeria To Host Its Annual Flagship Event, The Universities Ethics Challenge – Naijanewsdirect

First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider has announced its partnership with CFA Society Nigeria to host its annual flagship event, the Universities Ethics Challenge final, scheduled to hold at Radisson Blu Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos on Saturday, 29 October 2022. The Universities Ethics Challenge is designed to increase students' awareness of the ethical dilemmas and issues they may face when they become finance and investment management professionals.  During the Ethics Challenge, students are given adapted real life ethics case studies to analyze and evaluate ethical issues raised, then make recommendations and present same to a panel of judges from whom they field questions relating to the case presented. The judges for the 2022 edition of the annual challenge include Oluropo Okunmuyide, Head, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, First Bank of Nigeria Ltd; Taiwo Olatunji, CFA, Head, Investment Banking, Coronation Merchant Bank; Tomilola Olakiigbe, CFA, Head Finance, All-On Energy; Eno Atoyebi, CFA, Managing Director, Valualliance Asset Management and Kazeem Alimi, CFA, Head Secondary Markets, NGX Limited. 22 Universities registered and onboarded for the Challenge which kicked off in May, 2022. Subsequently, 13 Universities, comprising 3 from the North and 10 from the South participated in the regional rounds. The schools included Abia State University, Ahmadu Below University, Zaria, Clifford University, Coal City University, Covenant University, Madonna University, Obafemi Awolowo University and the University of Abuja.   Others were the University of Benin, the University of Ilorin, the University of Lagos, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the University of Port Harcourt. Following a stiffly contested and rigorous semi-finals, 4 of these schools namely: Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Lagos, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and University of Port Harcourt advanced to the grand finale. According to Ibukun Oyedeji, CFA, the President of CFA Society Nigeria, “strong ethics and high standards of professional

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